5 Family-Friendly Dallas Activities Your Kids Will Love
Your kids won’t be the only ones asking “Are we there yet?” when you head to Dallas for family fun. The city hosts new tweaks on classic attractions that serve up one-of-a-kind experiences. From scream-until-you’re-hoarse thrill rides to a playground in the sky, Dallas rolls out unforgettable family adventures.
Jumping to Extremes: Zero Gravity
Give your young adrenaline junkies the time of their lives at Zero Gravity (11131 Malibu Dr., Dallas, TX). There’s only five “rides” in this amusement park, but each one will give you the thrill of a lifetime. Experience the amazing sensation of free flight five different ways. You and your child can slingshot into the sky at 70 miles per hour on the Texas Blastoff. Or take your whole family of four on the Skyscraper. Snuggle into your seat next to your child and wave to your family members strapped in at the other end of the 165-foot propeller. Better do it fast: Before you know it, you’ll be whirling around at 60 mph and reaching four G’s.
Tiptoe Through the Tulips: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
If you prefer staying firmly planted on terra firma, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX). Nestled along the eastern shore of White Rock Lake, you’ll find the perfect spot to capture special selfies and keepsake photos in the 19 manicured gardens. Head over to the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Gardens (8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX). Colorful oversized sculptures, fountains and a towering kaleidoscope are just a start. Take the Texas Skywalk through the treetops and get a bird’s-eye view of the lake or jump around in an airborne bounce house at the Walk in the Clouds.
Inspire Young Minds: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Kids ranging from toddlers to teens will have a blast exploring at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N. Field St., Dallas, TX). On the lower level, the Moody Family Children’s Museum gives kids ages 5 and younger a chance to fuel their knowledge through water, sand play and oversized role playing props designed to fire up their imagination. Older kids will have a blast exploring the museum’s many themed rooms. Discover what it takes to be on technology’s cutting edge at the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall or uncover the intricate world of the human body at the Being Human Hall.
Free Family-Friendly Fun: Klyde Warren Park
Explore hundreds of free family-friendly activities at Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 403, Dallas, TX). Children’s Park brims with playgrounds, interactive fountains a storytelling tree and pint-size amphitheater for enjoying educational and entertaining programs. Perot Museum, Dallas Children’s Theater (5938 Skillman St., Dallas, TX) and more put on shows at the venue. Stop and smell the flowers in the botanical garden, listen to live music at venues throughout the park and, when you’re hungry, grab a bite at the food truck court. Bring your furry friend: My Best Friend’s Park has off-leash areas and refreshing fountains that Spot or Fido can enjoy.
Off the Hook: Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Pet and feed live stingrays at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park (1462 1st Ave., Dallas, TX). Designed with kids in mind, the museum’s eye-level interactive exhibits will fascinate your children for hours on end. Go in the afternoon to witness feedings open to the public and watch as sharks, turtles, piranhas, alligators and eels snap up their dinner. Leave time to explore Fair Park after you’re done at the aquarium. The 277-acre former World’s Fair site boasts one of the largest collections of art deco architecture and art in the world.
Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.