Do you ever feel stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do with your children? Sometimes going to the park or Chuck E Cheese just isn’t going to cut it. I’ve gathered the Ultimate List of Things to Do in Dallas with kids to share with you. There is a little bit of everything in the list from learning about aircraft to jumping the day away. No matter what it is, this list will help you change up your routine and try something new and fun in Dallas and surrounding areas.
8380 State Highway 121, Frisco
If you want to do something totally different that your kids will never forget, take them to iFly. We recently had a family members birthday who was turning 9 there and they had the time of their lives. At iFly, whoever is flying will get suited up, get a 5 minute brief then taken into the tunnel to fly. There is an instructor inside with them to make sure they can handle it. It’s something that my nieces and nephews talk to me about all the time because they loved it so much. It can be on the pricey side, so this might be done for a special occasion.
2021 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before.
As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty. If you’re bringing your whole family, the show can get pricey. Check their website for specials often to snag a good deal. The Frugal Mom says, “each trip is just like the first…Always providing a great time and fun entertainment for everyone!”
11131 Malibu Drive, Dallas
Zero Gravity is an amusement park like no other. They only feature extreme thrill rides for extreme fun. Zero Gravity boasts five high-intensity thrill attractions, including such rarities as the Nothin’ but Net free-fall attraction. Their rides are popular amongst singles, couples and families. Children must be 42″ to ride the rides and some they must be 48″.
By far one of my favorite things to do in Dallas is visit the Perot Museum. It is not only interactive, there is something for everybody. No matter what age, everybody will have a good time. They have traveling exhibits that are always fun to see. Plan on spending a majority of the day at the museum. There is so much to see that you won’t get through it in just an hour or two. There is a cafe at the museum owned by Wolfgang Puck, so you won’t go hungry and the food is good. Tammy from Three Different Directions says, “Even if you only walk through the exhibit halls without doing all the activities you can spend hours in the facility, so plan your day accordingly.” I couldn’t choose my favorite thing to do there so I wrote about all of them. Here are 60 Reasons to Visit the Perot Museum.
1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite
Every summer on Friday and Saturday night tons of visitors pack the Arena to witness exhilarating rodeo events like bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and roping, all interspersed with the amusing antics of rodeo clowns. Young visitors can also enjoy face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and delicious barbecue.
1800 East Lamar Boulevard, Arlington
Spending my summer days at Hurricane Harbor (what use to be Wet n’ Wild) was some of my favorite memories as a child. Don’t let your kids miss out on all the fun such as the lazy river, the black hole and wave pool!
Have you seen the letters B and G located throughout Dallas’ hot spots? Dallas’ latest campaign is all about getting you to finish out the word BIG. Next time you see those letters, jump in the middle with the kids and complete the word. Don’t forget to snap a picture (be creative!) and upload it to your facebook, twitter or instagram account with #DallasBIG
8787 Park Lane, Dallas
This is a great place to take your kids because not only can they participate but you can too! If you opt out of hitting a few rounds, you can always have a drink and some grub while watching your littles perfect their game.
At this 100 year old Soda Fountain, soda jerks, lunch counters, and house-made phosphates are still in vogue, and “world famous” shakes are still served in frosty glasses, with the remaining cool concoction in a metal container on the side. Here kids can be kids, and adults happily can eat like kids. Regardless of when you visit Highland Park Soda Fountain, every meal should be washed down with a milk shake, malt, freeze, cooler, float, ice cream soda, ice cream sundae, or phosphate- a homemade soda that’s extra fizzy and yummy.
Splash the day away in over 80,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Grab a wand and battle a dragon in MagiQuest or get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.
215 South Tyler St, Dallas
The Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) is building a legacy as an important link in Dallas’ cultural history. It is a charming building near the Bishop Arts District that offers comfortable seating for theatergoers with the privacy of balcony suites, truly an intimate theater experience.
Ride the M-Line Trolley
The M-Line air conditioned and heated restored vintage trolleys operate normally 365 days a year, providing safe, clean, reliable, and convenient public transportation free of charge (except chargers) in Dallas’ vibrant Uptown Neighborhood. Carrie took her kids there and made a day of it, you can read about her experience with the M-Line Trolley here.
3801 Parry Avenue, Dallas
The fire station was built in 1907 as home to Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. All materials for the station came from Dallas or surrounding areas in Texas. The mission of the Dallas Firefighters Museum is to provide the City of Dallas a well-attended historical and educational asset. The Museum will teach fire safety, honor fallen heroes of the Department and preserve firefighting heritage. The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 9am-4pm.
The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, was designed to connect children with nature. Education is a central focus of our mission, which is why we are delighted to be able to teach life and Earth science to both school children and their teachers as well as families. Enjoy 8 acres of fun overlooking the beautiful White Rock Lake.
With over 20 individual kid friendly activities, the children’s garden features The Texas Skywalk, The Moody Oasis, a Walk in the Clouds, and more. I took my nephew to the Children’s Garden and he LOVED it.It was so fun to see him run around and be able to play with everything there. If you’re curious if the garden is good for toddlers, don’t miss Jill from Real Life Notes thoughts on if it is appropriate.
11250 North Central Expressway, Dallas
With locations throughout the DFW metroplex, Jumpstreet is definitely a kid favorite. Not only will they bounce til they can’t bounce anymore, they’ll also leave exhausted and ready for a nap. Pricing starts as low as $4 for the whole day.
Bake and Play Cafe offers a wide assortment of menu items to suit a variety of tastes including sandwiches, salads, and hot entrees. There is three areas at Bake and Play Cafe; a kid’s play area, cafe and party room. This is a great place to have a lunch date with a friend while your littles run around the jungle gym. There is an additional fee for your little one to play in the jungle gym but it’s minimal. Parties include playroom, table settings, cupcakes, and drinks. Starting at $20 per child! Don’t miss what Carrie Elle blog has to say about Bake and Play!
1238 Belt Line Road #300, Garland
Most games range from 1 to 6 nickels with only a few exceptions. They have everything from ticket games, video arcade games, pinballs, air hockey, alley rollers, and simulators. We even have newer updated versions of the “classics”!
Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest. The Dallas Zoo is the “hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles. March 2012 marked the highest attendance in the 125-year history of the Zoo. And 2013 set an all-time attendance record for the fourth consecutive year, with 915,971 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo. Suitcases and Sippycups has ventured through the Dallas Zoo more than once and says, “you can easily spend an entire day and not experience every part of the zoo.”
1462 First Avenue, Dallas
Explore aquatic life from all over the world as you travel through different aquatic habitats, without leaving Dallas. Touch a live stingray at the popular Stingray Bay, or stop by the tidal touch pool and meet some tide pool animals up close!
Experience unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, our mind-bending Mirror Maze, our challenging LaseRace, our sweet Candy Factory, and meet the stars at Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax. Alice from Thrill of the Chases recently visited Ripley’s Believe it or Not with her kid on a field trip and tells us, “We had so much fun and there really were many more wax figures in the museum than we expected to see. We could have played around in there for quite some time but when you are with a large group you have to keep moving along.” Tickets Starting at $18.99 for Adults & $8.99 for Children.
Dallas Library – J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street, Dallas
Dallas has tons and tons of libraries but there is something about the library downtown that makes it my favorite. The Children’s Center on the 2nd floor is full of books and fun for kids. The creation of the Children’s Center within the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is the realization of a dream for the children of Dallas. Completely funded by donations from many generous benefactors, it reflects the Dallas Public Library’s commitment to share in the challenge to ensure a nation of literate and informed citizens of tomorrow.
Although it’s called an aquarium, the Dallas World Aquarium is really a zoo. When entering, you feel as if you’re walking into a rain forest. There are tons of different animals to look at such as monkeys, sloths, birds and fish. Arena from The Nerd’s Wife took her family and said, “the best part was when we actually got to the aquarium. The shark tank alone was worth the price of admission.” Children 2-12 cost $12.95 + tax and adults cost $20.95 + tax.
White Rock Lake is one big playground, with plenty of room to run and natural features that any kid can turn into a playground. But there are several “official” playgrounds dotting the park. Make a day of it and try to hit them all!
1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas
Dallas Heritage Village is home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. These buildings, moved from throughout North Central Texas to Dallas’ first city park, line the tree-shaded 20-acre setting of Dallas Heritage Village. Stroll the grounds and discover what life was like over 100 years ago for ordinary Texans. Have you ever wondered what life was like in early Dallas? Take a step back in time as students become Dallas History Detectives to explore the mysteries and wonders of life in early Dallas. During your self-guided visit, you may meet characters dressed in period costumes such as Mrs. de Léon in the Depot’s Section House, Mrs. Freeman at the Shotgun House, the wagon master working with Nip and Tuck (our Mammoth Jack donkeys), or Mrs. Kennedy at the Farmstead.
This free petting zoo within the Fritz community park in Irving is a great hidden gem only open during the months of June and July, weather permitting. The petting farm is a place where children of all ages can see animals up close and actually touch and pet them. This experience would otherwise not be available to many people residing in urban areas. The petting farm provides a peaceful setting where visitors can enjoy the animals in a clean, well-shaded environment. A variety of animals, such as cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, deer, turkeys, rabbits and even peacocks, reside at the farm.
2201 Road to Six Flags Street East, Arlington
They’re well-known for thrills and serious coasters but we also have plenty family rides of that moms, dads and kids can all experience together. If you plan on going more than twice a year, it’s the cheapest to buy a season pass for your family. Season Pass holders get lots of perks such as free parking and bring a friend days. There are lots of rides and activities for little ones. Don’t miss out on holiday in the park.
17717 Coit Rd, Dallas
Adventure Landing offers affordable family fun with several convenient locations. When looking for fun things to do or a place to host your next group outing or birthday party, choose Adventure Landing, entertaining millions of families for 15 years!
A day trip with the kids is always fun but can be stressful. Before leaving the house, make sure you have a game plan. I took my niece and nephew and was not prepared. You must bring socks for all kids. They won’t let you in other wise. Thankfully, someone in line had bought a large pack and let us have 2 pair. We waited in line quite a while and that could have been squashed if we had just bought tickets online. We had such a fun time once we were inside! I would say that you will stay at least 2-3 hours. Don’t miss my list of 10 things you must do when visiting Legoland.
909 First Avenue, Dallas
The best way to enjoy a Dallas Summer Musicals season is to purchase a subscription package at the beginning of the season. Each summer the Dallas Summer Musicals brings the best shows to Dallas! It’s a great way to introduce your kid’s to theater.
Take the scenic route and head to Fossil Rim for the day. Once there, you will wind along the 9½ mile Scenic Wildlife Drive, observing numerous exotic and endangered species. Fossil Rim offers the special experience to see, smell and even touch nature. The natural world and free roaming wildlife dominate the hilly landscape. It’s refreshing and invigorating. Fossil Rim is the first facility of its kind to have been accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
7252 Chase Oaks Boulevard, Plano
KidMania is the best family fun center in North Texas for daily play, kids birthday parties, fundraising events and group outings! Located in Plano, KidMania is a safe and secure venue with more than 16,000 sq.ft. of frolicking fun for the whole family – kids AND parents! Featuring a huge (but safe) two-story playground maze, (ManiaMaze) with 5 slides, bungee walls, cave, tunnels zip-lines and climbing nets, an isolated toddler-only playground.
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas
Once you step on the ice at the Galleria you’ll discover it’s truly the most unique ice skating experience around. With hundreds of stores, shoppers and restaurants to surround you, we put you in the center of it all. So take a lesson, have a party, or just go for a spin.
Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Dallas
Texas Discovery Gardens is where children and adults discover and learn to sustain the natural world. It’s their dream for each visitor who comes through our doors to leave with the knowledge and desire to emulate our sustainable practices at home. But most importantly, they’ve reached more than 8,000 students this year through our interactive EarthKeepers programs. Educational programming in nature like theirs is vital to the health of children.
5938 Skillman Street, Dallas
Every season at Dallas Children’s Theater features 11 spectacular plays based on the most beloved stories and characters of childhood. Not only can you watch all of these plays, but DCT offers classes for your little ones too.
2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas
The child-size amphitheatre and storytelling tree will be a treasured spot in the children’s park and playground. And, there will be squeals of delight when your children discover that the whimsical caterpillar fountain turns into a beautiful butterfly as the water jets outward like wings. Families can add the park to their list of favorite, free activities in Dallas.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
The Rory Meyers Children Park isn’t the only thing that kids can enjoy at the Arboretum. Not only is there tons of space for your kids to run around but there is so much to see. There is a reason to come back each season. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and make it a day!
3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie
This is one of my favorite activities to share with people because many people don’t know about it! This wild animal rescue center has lots of large exotic cats for you to come and visit. Head to In-Sync Exotics on the weekends for a self guided tour of the facility. Admission rates are a requested donation and are tax deductible. All money goes towards cats’ care.
We all know when it gets hot in Texas, it gets HOT! Nothing beats a day at the splash park and we have lots of them in the DFW area. Out of curiosity – which one is your favorite?
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America’s aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation. Most visitors opt to enjoy the museum’s collections on a self-guided basis by reading the informative signs near each aircraft or display; however, formal museum-guided tours are also available by appointment.
Located conveniently at Mockingbird and 75, Pokey-O’s is a great place to stop and eat sweets. I noshed on many cookies during my years at SMU and share the goodness with as many people as possible. My favorite thing to order is the ice cream cookie sandwich.
1 Nature Place, McKinney
The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. In keeping with Miss Heard’s vision, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation through education. The emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children; however, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age.
Discover Together is an opportunity for families to Hang out at TRAC and create great memories together. Their workshops are designed for beginners and families with children between the ages of 5 and 13. Workshops are open to all types of families, including grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
14255 Old Denton Rd, Roanoke
This orchard has over 500 hybrid dwarf apple trees and about 300 peach trees. There is also a pizza garden that includes tomatoes, peppers, garlic and other herbs. They offer preserves, jellies, salsa, honey and fruit butters for sale in the Apple House. Check Ripe Now for current products.
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium transports you into an amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. Be sure to buy your tickets online before you go and you will save 25%.
1800 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton
Sandy Lake Amusement Park is family owned and operated. The park is designed with a variety of entertainment while providing a place to get together for fellowship, not lost in a crowd. The Sandy Lake Park family offers just the right combination of location, professional services, and great food to make your group outing something truly special. Be sure to check their upcoming events to see what is going on at the park.
300 Reunion Boulevard East, Dallas
Ranked in The Dallas Morning News: Guide “Top 10 Jaunts of 2013,” a visit to the Reunion Tower isn’t just about seeing what’s below from hundreds of feet in the air. It’s about expanding your horizons. The GeO-Deck has something for everyone – the foodies, the fashionistas, adventure seekers or sightseers. Think you’ve seen it all? Experience the interactive Halo today, and change your view forever.
Dedicated to inspire and educate visitors about the rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County Area, the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture serves as a symbol of Dallas heritage. The space is stimulating for any kind of visitor, including students, local Dallasites or anyone looking to learn more about the history of Dallas County. There is always something new to discover!
11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point
Located one hour north of Dallas, Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch offers you the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. A Safari Tram, bucket train rides & outdoor dining areas help make Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch your next wild adventure! Open to the Public Days are every Saturday and Sunday March through November.
6455 Page Street, Frisco
The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture. Exhibits and general programs are provided year-round. Educational programs are available to local schools and universities through study trips, in-class programming & outreach, and online resources.
This place has it all. From arcade games, bumper boats, batting cages, go karts, laser tag and more. Your kids won’t get bored here with so many different choices to choose from. Celebration Station is great for the whole family. I would recommend bringing kids 4 and up.
2389 Midway Road, Carrollton
If you’re looking to get your older kid into a new hobby, check out Summit Climbing. They have classes almost every hour throughout the day. They even offer Winter Break Camp for Kids. It’s a great way to introduce a new sport to your little ones.
Don’t miss this Children’s Library for ages 0-12 located at North Park Center. They offer free Wifi and Children’s Early Learning Computers (for children 12 and under only) and Regular Storytime for Children. They have events almost daily.
3700 Hogge Drive, Parker
Southfork continues to welcome visitors from around the world, who come to see where “Dallas” was filmed and to experience the lifestyle made famous by the Ewings. Southfork is open daily, ‘year round for guided tours of the ranch made famous by “Dallas”. Tour the famed Ewing Mansion and re-live exciting moments from the series in the “Dallas Legends” exhibit, featuring an exciting array of memorabilia from the series. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s Wedding Dress, the “Dallas” Family Tree, and Jock’s Lincoln Continental.
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco
The Sci-Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology. Sci-Tech’s Storytime Adventures are interactive, STEM-based educational programs for children ages 3-5. Participants will take part in storytime, perform science-related projects, conduct experiments, and create themed take-home crafts! These events do require preregistration so reserve your spot today through Bookeo or through Sci-Tech staff in the Explore Store!
What other activities in the Dallas area would you suggest? Leave a comment so we can add it to the list!