Things to Do in Dallas With Kids 11


dallas angle building2If you are traveling to Dallas with kids, you won’t have any trouble keeping them busy. We actually had trouble narrowing down our choices since we were only there a few days! There are a ton of things for families in the area. Here are our top three choices for things to do in Dallas with kids:

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

children's museum model

A model of the Children’s Museum

The Perot Museum was one of our favorite things about Dallas. It is a newer science museum with a lot going on. It also changes out some exhibits to keep things fresh.The kids, of course, really loved the interactive aspects. I fell in love with the gems and minerals hall. Ironic, since I don’t actually like jewelry. I guess I like the raw stones much more than the polished, cut stones. We all really enjoyed the energy hall, too, since even the kids are interested in alternative energy sources. (Even if your kids don’t have an interest in energy, the interactive exhibits are really great in this hall.)

The Sports Hall was another fun spot. You can see how fast you run compared to a friend or a top athlete! You can also find out how fast you can throw a ball or how good your reflexes are. We spent a long time there burning off all the energy the kids stored up while traveling.

The littlest member of the family would have been happy to spend the rest of his life in the Moody Family Children’s Museum. There are so many things for little ones to do there. The specially designed baby and toddler park allows the youngest children to explore without worries that older, more energetic children might overwhelm them. There are also areas for preschoolers to explore, including the farmer’s market and waterplay tables.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum

The water walls are a refreshing spot to stop at on a hot day.

When we visited, we were just about the only people in the whole place. During times when plants are in full bloom or during the summer when the kids are out of school, it is apparently much, much busier and very crowded. Of course, the summer crowds are probably because some days are designated as dollar days and families flock to the children’s garden to play and explore. The $1 admission to the arboretum and an additional $1 to the children’s area is a huge discount over the $15 + $3 for adults and $10 + $3 for children. Parking is discounted to $5 from $15 on August dollar days, as well. (We caught a ride and saved on the parking, but paid full price for our day of fun. We felt like it was a worthwhile expense, but we LOVE nature and the children’s garden was a huge hit with the kids.)

For More Information:

Dallas Arboretum

8525 Garland Road

Dallas, TX 75218

Phone: (214) 515-6615

 

Dallas World Aquarium

 

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We weren’t sure what to expect when we visited the aquarium. It turned out to be a zoo/museum/aquarium experience. The kids actually seemed to enjoy the zoo exhibits the most. There was an extensive exhibit on the Mayan culture and after we explored it, we ate lunch at Cafe Maya in that part of the aquarium. Of curse, the winner was the South American rain forest exhibit, which was filled with playful monkeys, baby toucanets and a two toed sloth.

The aquarium part of the experience included a 400,000 gallon shark tank we were able to walk through and many lovely fish and undersea creatures. We spent much longer at the aquarium than we originally planned. Again, it isn’t the cheapest place to visit – adults are $20.95 and children are $14.95 and no parking is provided. However, we felt that we did get our money’s worth and really enjoyed our time there.

For More Information:

Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 720-2224

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About KateTravels

Kate loves to explore new places. She often begins planning her next trip before her suitcase is unpacked! She is currently working on her goal of fifty by 50, with detours to places outside the USA or trips back to states she’s already visited to discover new towns or enjoy new sights. In addition to travel, Kate is passionate about photography, dabbles in painting and cannot start her mornings without a good cup of tea.

Her most recent travels were to Rhode Island and the Azores. She will also be traveling to the Eastern shore of Maryland and Iceland in 2016.


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