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The 5 best playgrounds in Dallas

  • Wednesday August 16th 2023

LEGO Playground | LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The weekends are perfect for outdoor activities. And your toddlers and furry friends could use an hour or five of playtime by the swing sets and slides. Here is our complete guide to the best playgrounds in Dallas, including the interactive LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas and local parks that offer maximum relaxation. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Pirate Beach Water Playground 

Get the kids' swimsuits ready because Pirate Beach water playground opens this summer, and you don't want the kids to miss a day of swashbuckling adventures. Exploration awaits inside the pirate vessel, and the kids will have the time of their life swooping down slides and splashing in the water fountains. Moreover, there are tons of LEGO bricks to build and test the kids' motor skills. Lockers are available, so there's no need to worry about where to leave your stuff. Also, we know the kids will be parched afterward. Walk to our coffee shop for tasty snacks and cold drinks. 

If you are a teacher planning a trip to Pirate Beach for your young students, here are a few planning tips to make the day successful. 

  • Plan at least two months before the visit. The spots at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth fill up fast. Ensure you get the check approval from the administration office, as you must pay in full to reserve tickets. 
  • Send permission slips to the parents fast. You'll need to finalize the attendance list. Also, request parents to indicate any allergy concerns and leave the emergency contact details. 
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth requires one chaperone for five students. Secure chaperones in advance 
  • Schedule a free teacher preview with one of the knowledgeable staff at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. We recommend doing this at least a month before your field trip. This preview highlights the educational aspects of the twelve Legoland attractions and rides. 
  • Prepare a few educational activities that fit into your current curriculum to combine with the trip to Legoland—for instance, calculating the area and perimeter of buildings in Heartlake City. Another fantastic activity would be to build the tallest LEGO brick tower possible. 

Here's how parents can prep for a visit to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth 

  • Set some money aside for a visit to the LEGO® gift shop. The latest LEGO® build kits, miniatures, and other souvenirs are here. 
  • Bring a stroller with you as the place is quite big with lots to explore. 
  • Besides the Pirate Beach, there are lots of attractions to explore. Ensure to bring socks as they are required to enter the playground. 
  • We recommend planning your visit on a weekday if you or your child has sensory issues. These days are less crowded, therefore the ideal time to bring your kid to the water playground. 
  • We all know how kids love putting things in their mouths. With LEGO® bricks everywhere, ensure you have another loved one with you and stay alert. 
  • Participate in the activities. Build and test LEGO® vehicles with them and master the art of Spinjitzu with them. This trip offers a fantastic opportunity to bond with your kids. 
  • Consider taking your kids to the bathroom before you begin your journey into LEGOLAND Discovery Center. 
  • Download the LEGOLAND Discover Center app to get the latest news on the event and offers 

We often get lots of questions surrounding entry into LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and answers.

No, adults can only enter if they have children 17 and under in their company. 

No, every child must have an adult present at all times. 

We limit the number of visitors. We, therefore, recommend downloading the LEGOLAND Discovery Center app and purchasing a ticket online to guarantee entry and also visiting our site for opening hours. 

No, we don't allow outside food or beverages unless the child has allergies. Don't worry because thee have a wide selection of delectable snacks and drinks at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center coffee shop. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Kindly note that we don't offer wheelchairs for rental. 

Yes, they always ensure that first aid trained staff are present across the attraction. 

Yes, they are stroller friendly and have baby-changing stations  

ADA caregivers get complimentary tickets upon entry into Legoland. 

Peppa Pig World of Play 

Peppa Pig World of Play has all the attractions that bring your kids' favorite British show to life. Your kids will have a blast jumping in the mud puddles, meeting Peppa Pig, and boarding a train to see ducks at the pond. And who doesn't love two fun trips in a day? The school bus trip has an interactive screen and the perfect trip sing-along, including "Wheels On The Bus." 

Here are a few tips to help you plan your visit to Peppa Pig World of Play. 

  • Weekdays are the best if your child has sensory issues or is looking for a less crowded time. Even so, the trick is to go early in the morning. 
  • Plan. We recommend visiting the website and downloading the attractions guide.  
  • Prepare your kid for a meet and greet with Peppa Pig and her family. Bring your camera so you can take as many selfies as possible. 
  • Set aside money for snacks and beverages at the indoor campervan café 
  • Note that the attraction does not have a stroller park. Visitors are encouraged to leave them in their vehicles. 
  • Visit the Accessibility guide on the website to view which sections of the attraction are wheelchair accessible 

Klyde Warren Park 

Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park at the caved-in Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. It offers a fantastic play area for families, including your furry friends. 

Visitors can take part in everyday activities at Klyde Warren Park. Enjoy different cuisines from the Food Truck Lane from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Take the kids to the Sheila and Jody Grant Children's Park at the west end of Harwood and St. Paul Streets. The park is open to children ages 12 and under. Here, the kids will enjoy sliding down one of the giant slides, climbing a wall, and tree-top lookout. And if you are planning a birthday party, we recommend holding it at the Sowden Family Pavilion. Right across the Sheila and Jody Grant Children's Park is the Ginsburg Family Lawn, the perfect location for picnics. 

My Best Friend's Park is a fenced-in space for, wait for it, man's best friend. Bring your dogs to this side of Klyde Warren Park so they can make friends. Remember that the park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and visitors must clean up after their dogs and supervise them at all times. 

Those looking to break a sweat can do that at Klyde Warren Park. Activities include yoga and Zumba classes. Take advantage of Nancy Best Fountain's interactive water feature with a 5000-square-foot splash pad. It operates between 8.00 a.m and 9.45 p.m, and the choreographed water show comes every night, where you and the kids can play in the dancing water. Adjacent to the fountain is a spacious green section with free games and seating space to enjoy snacks and beverages. 

Besides the everyday relaxation activities, Klyde Warren Park holds several annual events. You can check out the event calendar to see if you can bring the kids to attend one. This year, the Texas Capital Bank will hold the Independence Day celebration on July 1. 

Grab a snack and drink at one of the food trucks and enjoy free and family-friendly "movies in the park" on select Saturdays. The salty food truck is your go-to for baked goods. Walk to Mi Cocina for their signature margaritas and La Parada for tasty burgers. 

Party in the Park is an annual fundraiser held in October this year. The event celebrates the park's impact on the city's residents. The economic gains have resulted in investment in amenities like schools and hospitals. Another park event to look forward to this year is the free trick-or-treating party, where you can dress your kids in their favorite Halloween costumes and participate in contests and candy collections. 

Spring is around the corner, making it the perfect time to visit Klyde Warren Park. Experience a week of fun-filled activities, including kids' stories and music, movies in the park, and seeing the Dallas Children's Theater.  

It's never too early to start planning for the festive season. Klyde Warren Park holds the tree lighting celebration every year. Kids can enjoy a meet and greet with Santa, face painting, storytime, and fun games. Expect engaging music performances and tree lighting.

Here are the most commonly asked questions and answers to help you plan your visit to Klyde Warren Park.

The activities at this park are free and open to everyone. 

Security personnel are present during operating hours, and the park is well-lit. 

Yes, visitors with children can use restrooms at the Children's Park, while others can use public ones. 

There are multiple food trucks across the park every day. 

Every visitor has access to the free park Wi-Fi. 

Bring your dog to "My Best Friends Park" and ensure you clean up after them. 

Exall Park 

Exall Park is a 10.4-acre park located at 1355 Adair Street in Downtown Dallas. Also established in 1914, this community space offers an escape from the bustling city. It's perfect for all ages and is spotless thanks to "The Friends of Exall Park," an NGO dedicated to keeping the park accessible and in pristine condition. 

The park has two children's playgrounds, one for toddlers and the other for older kids. There are designated areas where families can play soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. And there are hiking trails where you can walk your furry friends and lush lawns, perfect for picnics and relaxing. 

Flag Pole Hill Park 

Located along Maple Valley Road, Flag Pole Hill Park is a smart playground with tons of space for the kids to explore. The park also has swimming pools and archery. The flag pole stands above the city's skyline, perfect for evening walks. And there are lots of grassy spaces for family picnics or simply relaxing. Dog walkers will enjoy the trails that stretch for over a mile.  

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth Is the Ultimate Kids' Playground 

Are you looking to include more outdoor activities for the family this year? Dallas has amazing playgrounds for children of all ages to enjoy. You wouldn't want to miss LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas this spring and summer. Pirate beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center reopens, meaning your kids can finally use their swimming suits. The LEGO®-themed water playground has a pirate vessel and awaits a worthy captain to take over. They have other indoor playgrounds, including the build & test zone where you assemble a car and race it down a ramp. The kids will also have a great time at DUPLO Village, the animal-themed LEGO® village. The rescue mission in Kingdom Quest is a fan favorite because kids get to take out trolls and rescue a princess. The 4D cinema is also a must-visit. You wouldn't want to miss an action-packed LEGO® film with wind and snow effects. 

We recommend planning your visit early as we limit the number of visitors. Several ticket options are available, including combo tickets to the nearby kids' playgrounds Peppa Pig World of Play, and SEA LIFE Aquarium. The combo tickets are available for one-time visits and annual passes. We recommend the latter, which has several benefits, including guaranteed entry to attractions, and 40% discounts for annual passes. Combination tickets are specifically a steal for group admissions. You may want to bring the kids with their older siblings and cousins. Also, download the app for the latest information on our attractions, including queue information and discounts. The events page is also a great resource. For instance, the most recent one was adults' night, where adults can finally enter the center kid-free. Don't just read about it, join in the fun. Plan a family visit today to enjoy their twelve attractions and rides, and leave with great LEGO® souvenirs!