Now that you’re settled in the Metroplex, you and the kiddos can venture out to enjoy the area’s bounty of family-friendly resources and activities. Gone is the pressure to cram as much as you can in a weekend as a tourist. When your new place is close to a world-class zoo, art museum, or nature center, it’s easy to dip in for a special program or to drop by for a hike because you know you can go back anytime.
Six Flags over Texas beckons, but if you want to slowly ramp up your theme park game, start with the smaller-but-mighty Adventure Landing. Its thrills include a video-game arcade, go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf courses, bumper boats, and batting cages.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Travel back in time at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, a living history village that portrays life in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries with restored buildings, costumed docents, farm animals, and events like mock gunfights.
In addition to serving as home base to an amazing menagerie of land and sea creatures, this stellar zoological institution offers fun educational opportunities for local families, like the monthly Family Zoo Adventure with activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours. Wild Adventures summer camps are divided by grade levels for relevant, zoo-centric content for everyone from Pre-K students to high school seniors. Becoming a zoo member brings extra benefits like monorail or carousel tickets, free parking, and access to invitation-only viewings and Member Mornings.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The newly renovated Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has reopened with tons of fun for children of all ages. Hands-on learning exhibits include Energy Blast, DinoLabs and DinoDig, and the Children’s Museum, designed for kids age 8 and younger. While you’re there, check out Noble Planetarium, IMAX films, and other engaging activities, like Nights at the Museum.
Hit cultural and science highlights with Kids Club, a partnership among the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Trinity River Audubon Center. By adding Kids Club to a membership at any one of these places, families receive special benefits, including invitations to six members-only events each year that rotate among the institutions. The events include art and craft-based activities geared for youngsters between the ages of 2 and 10, and families are invited to stay for the day at the host venue at no additional cost.
Mary Heads Carter Park and Playground
This expansive Carrollton park has a huge playground with a three-level tower, a rock-climbing wall, slides, swings, and plenty of shade. Two play areas allow kids between the ages of 2 and 5 to do their own thing while older children tear around the area designated for older children. Artificial turf makes the playground wheelchair accessible, and a nearby pavilion can be reserved for birthday parties.