When you're a mom, it's easy to get into a comfortable routine at home with your little one but it can do you both a lot of good to get out for a change of scenery. If you live in Mesquite, Texas, located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, you'll find a variety of kids activities for you and your little guy.
Get your little monster outside for some sunshine and fresh air. During the summer, you can cool off at one of the Mesquite public swimming pools (cityofmesquite.com). The Vanston Pool and City Lake Aquatic Center both have play areas specifically for the little ones, with slides, shallow pools and spray features. Participate in some of the activities planned by the recreation department, like the Mother and Son Luau where you and your preschooler can spend an evening together playing games, dancing and enjoying refreshments. The Eggstravanza Egg Hunt takes place in the spring and give kids the opportunity to hunt for hundreds, if not thousands, of eggs.
When it's rainy and dreary out and you need an indoor activity, head on over to the Mesquite Public Library (cityofmesquite.com/library). Snuggle up with your cuddle bug in the children's section and share some silly stories or attend events like toddler or preschool storytime with stories, games, crafts and songs. Visit the Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House and Insectarium (texasdiscoverygardens.org/butterfly_house.php). You and your sweetie pie can attend the daily talk and butterfly release to watch as new beautiful butterflies are released into the conservatory. Your little one's eyes will light up as butterflies swarm around her and if she's lucky, one may even land on her.
Sign your munchkin up for some classes to keep him busy. The City of Mesquite (cityofmesquite.com) has some recreation classes available for little ones. Inspiring Little Minds helps your little guy with his numbers, letters, shapes and colors, and helps improve social skills. Dance Perspective teaches the basics of jazz, tap and ballet, and assists kiddos in improving coordination, muscle tone and agility. Take your bundle of energy to ASI Gymnastics (asigymnastics.com) for some active fun. Tiny Tots is for kids ages 18 months to 3 years old, and teaches basic gymnastics skills. Your 3- to 4-year-old can take Kidz Gym Level 1 and learn more advanced skills, like donkey kicks and balancing on one foot.
Museums and Zoos
Visit the Museum of Nature and Science (natureandscience.org) for a day of hands-on activities. Go to the Water Room to splash and experiment with water or the Store where your little princess can use her imagination to work or shop in the kid-size store. Make a day of it and head over to the Dallas Zoo (dallaszoo.com) where you and your wild child can explore 106 acres and thousands of animals. Hop on the Monorail Safari or be brave and climb on the back of a camel for a ride. Your kiddo will squeal with excitement! Visit the Dallas World Aquarium (dwazoo.com) where you'll see sharks, jellyfish, sea anemones and fish from all over the world. Attend some of the feedings to watch keepers feed and talk about penguins, crocodiles, sharks, otters and sea turtles.
- City of Mesquite: Swimming Pools
- City of Mesquite: Library
- Texas Discovery Gardens: Butterfly House
- City of Mesquite: Recreation Classes
- ASI Gymnastics: Preschool Classes 18 mos - 4 yrs
- Fantasia Dance Co.: Class Descriptions & Dress Code
- Museum of Nature and Science: Home
- Dallas Zoo: Plan Your Adventure
- The Dallas World Aquarium: Home
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