99 Things to do with Kids in Dallas

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Published Aug 3, 2017

There are plenty of activities for kids in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but which one should you choose? Here are 99 of our favorites, sorted by season:

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99 Things to do with Kids in Dallas


There are plenty of activities for kids in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but which one should you choose?

Here are 99 of our favorites, sorted by season:



The Texas Rangers aren't the only ones getting excited about spring training!


1. Dallas Bloom at the Arboretum Botanical Society

2. Visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens as the roses start to bloom

3. Do NOT miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

4. Take in a show at Stockyards Championship Rodeo!

5. The Annual Mayfest in Fort Worth

6. Celebrate Easter at a community-wide Easter egg hunt.

7. Have a tea party at the beach once it's warm enough.

8. Family Night at the Dallas Zoo

9. Visit one of Dallas' best playgrounds

10. Check out the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

11. Enjoy the Air Power Expo during the DFW Navy Week

12. Zipline through the the Trinity Forest Adventure Park

13. Join a family program or see a movie at the Irving Arts Center

14. Watch the Dallas Stars as they get ready for the National Hockey League playoffs

15. Participate in one of the public programs at the Klyde Warren Park

16. Take a family trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center--the ultimate indoor LEGO playground!

17. See an event at the Dallas Heritage Village

18. Enjoy a puppet show at Geppetto's Marionette Theater

19. Take the family out to a restaurant where Kids eat for free!

20. Go to the Odditorium at Ripley's Believe it or Not in Grand Prairie

21. Play some games at NickelMania

22. Anything other than playing with a fidget-spinner



The biggest and best time of year in Dallas-Fort Worth.


23. A Backyard BBQ is a necessity

24. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks, at one of the many popular venues

25. Cool down at one of our favorite water parks on a hot summers day

26. Have a fun Day at the Zero Gravity Amusement Park

27. Go for a Family Safari Night Hike at the Dallas Zoo

28. Take a walk through the Dallas Arts District (another all-year activity)

29. Enjoy America's favorite past-time with the Texas Rangers

30. Chuck the frisbee around in the backyard

31. Shop at the Dallas Farmers Market 

32. Have a water balloon or water gun fight. 

33. Be a tourist in your own home town and take one of the many historical or food tours

34. Rent Kayaks at White Rock Padle Co.

35. Visit the Trinity River Audubon Center

36. Use Happy Trails map to navigate the city by bike

37. Plan a family trip to Six Flags in Arlington

38. Pick some blueberries at Blueberry Hill Farms

39. Play mini-golf at Adventure Landing

40. Visit the Dallas World Aquarium

41. Go geocaching

42. Make a homemade slip and slide for your backyard

43. Check out what's playing by Dallas Summer Musicals 

44. Experience the city in a new way with a Dallas Segway Tour

45. Visit Fair Park for the Taste of Dallas Food Fest

46. Go-Karting at SpeedZone

47. See what's going on at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

48. See the annual Highland Village Balloon Festival

49. Go to the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton

50. Cheer on the Dallas Wings in WNBA Action

51. Enjoy an outdoor movie

52. Visit River Legacy Park

53. Get ice cream at Chills 360

54. Anything other than playing with a fidget-spinner



Take your mind off  Back-to-School, and get ready for some colder weather:



55. Cheer on the Cowboys (this really goes without saying)

56. Get into basketball season with a Mavericks NBA game

57. Take in the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park

58. Visit a Haunted House for Hallowe'en

59. Go to a local Pumpkin Patch--The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is awesome!

60. The annual Tom Thumb Texas Stampede

61. Go roller skating at Southern Skates Roller Rink

62. Get the kids involved in one of the many programs at the Dallas Public Library

63. Participate in the Target First Saturdays (of each month) at the Nasher Sculpture Center

64. Check out Free Family Fun programs at the Dallas Museum of Art

65. Carve pumpkins with the kids.

66. Family Karaoke could either be fun, a disaster, or both

67. Go Bowling--a good standby

68. Medieval Times Dinner Theater is a novel idea

69. Do a Family Sleepover at the Perot Museum--DFW's best museum for kids.

70. Experience the Dallas Dance Festival

71. Play chess on the life-size board at Klyde Warren Park

72. Boo at the Zoo - at either the Dallas Zoo or Fort Worth Zoo

73. Autumn at the Arboretum

74. Take part in The Plano International Festival

75. Visit the National Scouting Museum

76. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

77. Plan a weekend day trip to SPARK! Adventures in Creativity

78. Anything other than playing with a fidget-spinner



Christmas, New Years, Bowl Games... and much, much more!


79. Take in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

80. Participate in the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot

81. The Trains at NorthPark

82. Search for hand-crafted gifts at a Christmas Craft Fair

83. Watch a live show by the Dallas Children's Theatre

84. Do a driving tour in your pajamas, and find all the best Christmas lights in town

85. Make a multi-family playdate at a kid-friendly restaurant--Chuck E. Cheese's is a good standby.

86. Go to TopGolf for some mini golf or batting cage fun

87. Pictures with Santa... always a good one.

88. Indoor Trampoline Parks like Jumpstreet are a new active and fun idea

89. See a 3-D Movie at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

90. Visit one of the city's best indoor playgrounds. Affordable and fun!

91. See what's new and exciting at the North Dallas Toy Show (a monthly event)

92. Plan a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine (really an all year activity)

93. A DIY experiment is always fun!

94. Visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

95. Get creative and have a family paint night.

96. Visit an Escape Room

97. The Annual Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade

98. Go ice skating at the Galleria

99. Anything other than playing with a fidget-spinner


Written by Jan Cleaver

Yes, I know Jan Cleaver is almost "June Cleaver" from Leave it to Beaver!  My parents had a good sense of humor.

I was a freelance writer years ago, and excited to do some editing for ChatterBlock.

The subject matter is ideal for me as a stay-at-home mom, who loves planning activities for my kids and their playmates.

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