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The 10 best fun places for kids in Dallas

  • Wednesday August 16th 2023

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Are you visiting Dallas for the first time? The metropolitan city offers the best attractions that cater to all ages. We have you covered if you are looking for places to visit with the kids during the day. From building and racing car models at LEGOLAND Discovery Center to a day spent learning about life cycles and the importance of the environment, here is our list of ten fun places to visit in Dallas.  

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth has you and the kids covered when planning a family fun day. Are the kids brave enough to battle trolls and skeletons to save the kidnapped princess in Kingdom Quest? Once the rescue mission is successful, the kids can participate in wizarding fun by pedaling to the stars. Even heroes need breaks, and you can enjoy fifteen minutes of fun at the 4D Cinema.

Visit MINILAND, feast on the intricately built structures, and watch out for mischievous LEGO® characters. Join the LEGO® VR race and see if you can beat your competition. Visit the Pirate Beach water playground for a swashbuckling adventure. Lastly, stop by the LEGO® coffee shop for an ice-cold drink.

Reasons why we recommend LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Forth Worth

  • You don't want to miss out on our seasonal-themed decorations. You might spot cobwebs in Miniland or a pumpkin made out of LEGO bricks. Even better, you may leave with bonus LEGO®.
  • Where else can kids let off their energy and not break a thing? The short answer is LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
  • Let the kids build a LEGO® vehicle from scratch to test their motor and creativity skills.
  • The kids will make new friends both in the LEGO® world and in real life.
  • See and take selfies with life-sized LEGO® models.

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

Create unforgettable memories at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with the sea creatures. Learn about the sea turtle rescue program, watch sharks swim above you in the 360-degree tunnel, and interact with anemones in the rock pools.

Reasons why we recommend visiting SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

  • SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is home to the only 360-degree tunnel in Texas. Encounter all your favorite sea creatures, from fierce sharks to delicate ones like flashlight fish
  • Watch the staff at SEA LIFE feed sharks at select times
  • Get wet by laying your fingers on the friendly anemones and sea stars

Peppa Pig World of Play Dallas

Peppa Pig World of Play offers preschool children a chance to participate in 'oinktastic' activities with their favorite TV character. Expect a day of snorts and laughter as the kids explore the fourteen theme areas with Miss Rabbit as the Chaperone. After the school bus rides, the kids can stop at the photo-op area for a picture with Peppa Pig.

Your munchkins will love riding the tricycles and filling up gas in the make-believe station. Sensory-sensitive kids will love the sensory garden. Rebecca Rabbit's Underground Adventure and George's Dinosaur Discovery are also must-visit areas for your little ones. The main attraction is Peppa Pig's muddy puddle area, where kids can bounce along with Peppa Pig and her family.

Reasons why we recommend visiting Peppa Pig World of Play

  • You'll love seeing the smiles on your kids' faces as they watch their favorite tv character come to life
  • It's a safe space for children to engage in non-guided play
  • The peaceful atmosphere makes it a perfect attraction for sensory-sensitive kids
  • Peppa Pig World of Play is intentionally designed for kids

AMC Dine-in Theatre

Treat your family to an action-packed or educative film at the AMC Dine-in Theatre and a delicious meal served at your seat in this world-class cinema. This theater brings the comfort of watching a movie at home; the best part is you don't have to cook!

Reasons why you should visit the AMC Dine-in Theatre

  • Enjoy your favorite blockbuster while seated in plush seating areas and enjoy the immersive image-and-sound technologies
  • Choose from a wide selection of tasty meals and have them served to you as you enjoy your movie
  • Is there a better way to avoid movie spoilers than to be the first to watch it once it is released?

Creative Soul Music

Located in Fort Worth, Creative Soul Music is a school offering tailor-made music lessons to students of all ages. The school offers various programs, including private music lessons, student band classes, and 'lil' soul music classes. Those taking private music lessons undergo training, including ear training, history, sight reading, theory, and technique. The student band class offers group instrument lessons, and students will later perform in local venues.

The 'lil' soul music classes are perfect for you if you are raising a toddler or preschooler. These classes improve early childhood development and build music readiness for future private lessons. A perk of enrolling in these classes is having access to the Creative Soul Facilities for birthday parties.

Reasons to consider enrolling your child in the Creative Soul Music School include the following:

  • There is a wide selection of musical instrument classes, including piano, ukulele, guitar, drums, and flute
  • A rewarding program that recognizes and celebrates your kid's achievement
  • A qualified team of instructors
  • Flexible timing
  • No long-term contract, instead you enjoy a monthly one
  • A safe and comfortable music environment for children

Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the largest arboretums in the world. It features several attractions and hosts annual events. The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is a must-see for a family trip, with over a dozen attractions and a 240-foot canopy walk.

Start your journey by visiting the "first adventure" garden. This section features a caterpillar maze, a potting shed, a babbling brook, and a sandbox. Next is the incredible edible garden, which offers valuable lessons on good nutrition and where we get our food. This garden features the orchard and vineyard, a beautiful extension showing that we get food from plants.

Your kids can then participate in a plant scavenger hunt and assemble a plant puzzle that improves their knowledge of a flower's parts. The Kaleidoscope gallery displays a six-foot-long kaleidoscope featuring patterns and reflection. Other displays include concepts on tessellations and the Fibonacci sequence.

The oasis is a popular spot on the rooftop and a nice relaxing area where visitors can see nearby galleries. Texas skywalk features the 240-foot walk where visitors learn about trees, precisely treetops' benefits. Kids learn how natural energy sources are transformed into electricity in the pure energy section. The living cycles room teaches kids about life cycles, from the egg to the decomposition stage.

Learning continues at the habitats 500-foot trail, where children learn about the interconnections between plants, humans, and animals. The earth cycles sections offer interactive learning on weather forces and erosion.

The OmniGlobe sits inside a 9100-square-foot building with a soil and plant lab and innovative exhibits to increase children's understanding of earth science.

Why we recommend visiting Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

  • A chance to introduce your little ones to science
  • Improve the kids' understanding of food sources and the importance of good nutrition
  • It's a fantastic way to build kids' connection to nature at an early age

Reunion Tower

The Reunion Tower, also known as the "ball," is one of the most famous buildings in Downtown Dallas. It has a fascinating history. The early designs show that the rooftop/ observation deck would be pyramid-shaped. However, the team behind the construction settled on a sphere-shaped deck. Also, as for the name reunion, the idea was to bring together the old and modern Downtown. And, on its opening day in 1978, the sphere-shaped Geo-Deck led to a mass distraction of motorists, resulting in heavy traffic. It wasn't until a police cruiser with a public address system stepped in that the motorists began moving.

Reunion Tower is 561 feet long, and you must climb 837 steps to reach the top. It's also the fifteenth tallest building in the city. The ball weighs 500 tons, and the Geo-Deck, i.e., the observation deck, offers a 360-degree panoramic view and is 470 feet up. The glow from the building at night is thanks to more than 250 LED lights.

Visiting the Geo-Deck with the kids is fun, especially on a clear day. It's possible to view several skyscrapers, such as Fountain Place and the Bank of America Plaza, and buildings up to 32 miles away. Using the telescopes offers an even closer view of Dallas attractions such as Klyde Warren Park and AT&T Stadium.

A high-definition touchscreen interface fitted with cameras at the Geo-Deck allows you to zoom into people on the ground. You can also tour Dallas with the interactive maps, create a custom light display on a virtual tower model and learn about President John F. Kennedy.

The Reunion Tower is a must-visit. Learn interesting facts and its history, and enjoy the view from 470 feet up.

Klyde Warren Park

Opened in 2012, Klyde Warren Park is a 5-acre deck park featuring thirty-seven native plant species and three hundred and twenty-two trees. It ranks as the fifth-best park in the country and has the world's longest interactive fountain, Nancy Best Fountain. A fun family day at the Klyde Warren Park would entail visiting Sheila and Jody's Children's Park, taking your dog on a walk-in "My Best Friend's Park," attending a yoga class, and trying out the different cuisines sold on the food truck lane.

Reasons to visit Klyde Warren Park

  • A spacious and safe playground
  • A great place to relax and have family picnics
  • Attend free annual events, including movies in the park and the Independence Day celebration

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science stands at 180,000 feet and covers five floors in a 4.7-acre site. The museum features 11 permanent exhibits allowing visitors to explore nature and science. You will learn the connections between pre-historic dinosaurs and today's birds, the process of harnessing natural energy sources, and also go through a simulated earthquake.

The kids will love going to Moody Family Children's Museum. Activities include going on a scavenger hunt to find as many critters as possible and nature exploration along the museum's Trinity River corridor. Here, the kids learn what the work of a wildlife biologist entails. They also climb a miniature version of Dallas and explore the dig pit to better understand paleontology. The miniature farmer's market is ideal for kids under five. The last stop is the art lab, where kids can continue their science discovery journey through color.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-visit for the following reasons:

  • Enjoy interactive exhibits such as a simulated earthquake, a dance-off with dinosaurs, and racing a pro athlete
  • Offers great insight into STEM careers

Epic Waters Indoor Park

Epic Waters Indoor Park spans 80,000 square feet and features eleven waterslides and one of the largest retractable roofs. There's something for everyone at Epic Waters. The Aquanaut slide is a double-rider AquaSphere inner tube ride. The Yellowjacket Drop gives you an adrenaline rush as it takes you high up a wall, creating a feeling of zero gravity. The Lasso Loop is, as the name suggests, a slide that takes you in a 360-degree loop, and those outside can see what's happening thanks to the translucent fiberglass.

See if you can get to the finish line before your friends by taking the E-Racers ride. The Texas Twist slide will have you spinning until you reach the bottom. You might want to skip that burger before taking the Prairie Plunge. This slide features a 50' drop and will have you holding on to your stomach. Build your surfing skills at the FlowRider ride. Not to worry if you have never surfed before. The staff is available to teach you how to boogie board and balance as you stand.

The Wave Pool creates an ocean feel thanks to the gentle waves. Enjoy an exciting river experience at the Rio Grand, the longest indoor action river in the state. Rascal's Round-Up is perfect for children under 42″. It features a 300-gallon bucket that dumps out on whoever stands below, geysers, and water sprinklers. The park also has an arcade room with classic games where visitors can choose to redeem prizes during their next visit.

Here's why Epic Waters Indoor Park is a must-visit:

  • There's an activity for everyone. Athletic people can try the wave pool, while those who want to float can do that in the lazy river section. The kids, too, have their dedicated pool section
  • The park hosts Tiny Tot Time for mothers and children under five to enjoy without the older kids around.
  • Epic Waters offers birthday packages, and users can book a room with a view of the waterpark

Bring the Kids Out to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth This Spring!

The kids will be home for a week, and what better way to spend their free time than at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth at Grapevine Mills Mall? We are open every day. However, get combo tickets to triple the fun, so you and the kids can visit Peppa Pig World of Play and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Visit our website to purchase your gate pass and pack the kids' swimming suits today!