1. Dallas Arboretum. If you want to take them somewhere outside to run and play and have a BEAUTIFUL view and take your camera for some AWESOME photo-ops then I’d suggest the Dallas Arboretum. Pack a lunch and have lunch on the grounds overlooking White Rock Lake. When the kids are done eating they can roll down the hill then run back up and do it again. Lots of stuff here for the kids.
2. Dallas Aquarium. Located near the West End in Downtown Dallas. Penguins, alligators, sharks, turtles, ducks, flamingos, all kinds of fish, birds, etc.
3. Ride the trolley on McKinney Ave. Not a long ride but something different. Some neat shops and restaurants around this area. Just on the north edge of downtown so you could easily combine this w/ the Aquarium and they would NOT be worn out silly.
4. Ft Worth Zoo. It is very nice but if your not going to be over in Ft Worth then just go to the Dallas Zoo – it has improved a lot over the years.
5. Dallas Zoo. Depending on where your staying you can hope on a DART train and take that to the zoo EASY! The last stop on the south side of Dallas is the zoo. They have a monorail that the kids love. A great kids area w/ hands on petting areas.
6. State Fair of Texas. You did not say when you were coming but if you will be here during the State Fair it is a MUST! It is located at Fair Park in Dallas. Kids of all ages have a blast here. Sept 28-Oct 21, 2007 – BigTex.com
7. RoughRiders Baseball Game. The Frisco RoughRiders play at a very kid friendly stadium in Frisco right by Stonebriar Mall.
8. Mall. Now, yes our malls have things for kids. LOL!!!
A) Valley View Mall – Valley View Center
You are invited to see great kids’ movies for FREE during AMC Theatre Summer MovieCamp® starting every June 27 – August 15*. Shows start at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday, excluding July 4th.
Don’t let the kids sit at home, sign them up for summer recreation at the Sportsplex at Valley View. There are basketball, baseball, and volleyball camps for all ages! Sportsplex 5702 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX, 75240 (972-385-5416)
B) Stonebriar Centre in Frisco – Stonebriar Centre.
C) Firewheel Town Center in Garland – Simon Malls | More Choices â€” Firewheel Town Center Gift Cards
Outdoor mall w/ an outdoor play area for the kids.
9. 4th of July events all over town. These events will be in different locations all over the metroplex on the weekends prior and after the 4th and on the 4th. Star Spangled Fourth – City of Garland
10. Rockwall. If your in the Rockwall area then check out Harry Myers Park and their water area. Free. It is more of a splash area. They also do free movies and concerts in the park on I believe Thursdays nights.
11. The city of Richardson has a GREAT waterpark/splash park for little ones. This is totally geared to the little kids. Public park so a small entrance fee.
12. The city of Allen has an indoor/outdoor waterpark too. This one has stuff for all ages.
13. Hurrican Harbor. GREAT area for the little kids w/ slides and things to climb on. The lazy river is good too for little kids as is the new wave pool. I’d do this before going for similar fun somewhere our of town or state.
14. If you want something inexpensive and a little laid back you can go to the Carrollton Rosemeade Swim complex. They have a “rainforest” with kiddie pool and water slide for small children, sprinklers etc… I think Coppell has one as well. It cost $5 or adults and I believe free for kids 3 and under. This is the non-resident cost. (Rosemeade has a website that last I looked you could see a picture of the rainforest)
15. Kidsmuze in Coppell (Sandy Lake and Business 121 …I think)near Grapevine
There are a TON Of things to do in the area with little kids.
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