Whether you’re watching your budget or just tired of watching the TV, you don’t have to look long or hard for things to in North Texas. Here are some of our favorite Top 10 Free Things to Do in DFW.
Trying to keep kids programmed all summer – isn’t just time consuming, but it can get expensive too. However, in the DFW Metroplex, there are so many things to do AND many things you can do for FREE. (Yep, one of my favorite words.)
So the next time the kids say I’m bored (or maybe it’s just you looking for something new to do with your weekend) or you’re just looking to change it up a little bit, here’s a good place to get moving this summer (and many of these are open throughout the year.)
Top 10 Free Things to Do in DFW
Kids Bowl Free – DFW
I’m all about getting the kids moving especially in the summer. With Kids Bowl Free – kids can get 2 free games of bowling all summer of the program from bowling centers across the country and many of them in DFW. All you have to do is get registered for free and they’ll send your tickets on Sundays for the whole week!
DFW Airport Founder’s Plaza – Grapevine
When we went, there weren’t just families there, we found adults of all ages waiting to see the planes take off and come in from a great vantage point. Dedicated to the founders of DFW Airport in 1995, the plaza provides convenient parking, picnic tables, telescopes, historic information, a commemorative monument and a radio that broadcasts air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon watching airplanes.
LEGO Mini-Build – LEGO Store at Northpark Center – Dallas
Who doesn’t love LEGOs? Once a month at the LEGO store at Dallas’ Northpark Center, you can participate in a free mini-build! This event has limited space and time slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to safety and build experience standards, builders must be between the ages of 6-14 to participate. The mini model must be completely built in store. In order to sign up, guests must have a registered LEGO® VIP email address. If you do not have one you can create one for free at shop.LEGO.com/VIP. The August mini-build is a cute little snail!
Addison Summer Series – Addison
Rockin’ the River – Fort Worth
Legacy Hall – Plano
Levitt Pavilion – Arlington
I’m a huge fan of outdoor concerts, enjoying the DFW sky under the stars (and in some cases under the stars) and listening to your favorite bands – and for free. From Addison’s Summer Series, Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion, Fort Worth’s Rockin’ the River and Legacy Hall in Plano (and more), you can almost find a concert every weekend. One of my favorites’ is Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. Downtown you’ll find a beautiful outdoor stage that accommodates more than 100,000 visitors for more than 50 concerts a year.
Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas
Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth
I love a good museum and in the summer when it’s not just hot or a good rainy day in the winter, there’s no better place to retreat than to immerse yourself in learning. Two of the best museums with free admission are the Dallas Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. You’ll find American art as well as free tours even for the kids. So don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the art of some of their own outdoor programs throughout the summer, so head to their website for more on times and dates.
Klyde Warren Park – Dallas
Right in the middle of Dallas, you’ll find a 5.2 acre deck park over the highway with tons to do all year long. Open anytime, you can check out the programming like this weekend’s STEM in the Park, from 9 am – 3:30 pm.
Other activities you can do at Klyde Warren Park include:
- Performance Pavilion
- Savor and Relish
- Walking trails
- Dog park
- Children’s park
- Games area
Fireworks – Lake Grapevine
Nothing can make anyone feel like a kid again than watching fireworks. And Grapevine does a free 10-minute show (with a downloadable music soundtrack) every Friday night at 9:30 pm as part of their SummerBlast program, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Viewing areas include Acorn Woods Park, the field next to Scott’s Landing Marina, Horseshoe Trails Park, Oak Grove Park (baseball, soccer and softball fields), Katie’s Woods Park, Lakeview Park and Rockledge Park for $5 a car.
Other great free places to enjoy in DFW include:
- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – Fort Worth
- Sundance Square Fountains – Fort Worth
- Fort Worth Stockyards – Fort Worth
- River Legacy Science Center – Arlington
We all love summer, but when the sun’s beating down on your back, sometimes you need to head for the A/C. Here’s our guide to Indoor Things To Do in DFW with the Kids. (And we’ve got the secret to get you into many of them!)
I love Texas but there are days when you just can’t do one more day outside. That’s when you head back into the precious sanctuary of air-conditioning, however, you still have to keep the words “I’m Bored” from being uttered. So here are some of our favorite ways to escape the heat (and some giveaways to boot!) Plus see our secret how you can get into many of them with one pass and save money all at one time!
1. Texas Discovery Garden & Butterfly Garden – Dallas
Kids love the 2-story Butterfly House where tropical butterflies dance around.
2. Crayola Experience – Plano
They have a playground, puzzles, and coloring galore! Plus, some fun shows and activities that will keep the kids busy all day. (Use the code AUTUMN and get a discount!)
3. SeaLIFE Aquarium – Grapevine
This aquarium is so good, you won’t believe you’re in a mall. I’m talking sharks, rays, seahorses, and more!
4. Lego Discovery Center – Grapevine
Kids can race LEGO vehicles, watch 4D movies, and build tall towers on their Earthquake Tables! Talk about an indoor adventure.
Museums and Art
5. Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth
Head to the museum on Thursdays from 10:30-12 for artmaking, art discovery, and story time!
6. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History – Fort Worth
This museum has stuff for both you and the kids! Check out their 9-11 Tribute while the kids head over to the Children’s Museum where they can play all day.
7. Perot Museum – Dallas
If you haven’t been to Perot, you need to go! There’s so much to do you can’t cover it in one day and with changing exhibits there’s something to do for the kids (and the adults!)
8. Gold Exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas
Let’s be honest, we like shiny things just as much as our kids do. Go check out all of the fabulous things made from gold at the DMA’s newest exhibit.
9. Painting with a Twist – DFW
Painting with a Twist is totally kid-friendly now! Check out the nearest classes to your neighborhood.
10. Board & Brush – DFW
Canvas isn’t all you’ll paint on at Board & Brush. In fact, they prefer, you guessed it – BOARDS!
11. Front Porch Pottery – Fort Worth
Let the kids get messy and create a masterpiece. Surely you need a new whatchamacallit for your bathroom counter, right?
12. Sunshine Glaze – Southlake
Paint a plate (or any of the other fun ceramics) for memories and fun at this beloved venue! Don’t miss the theme days too for indoor painting fun!)
13. Top Golf – DFW
Because sometimes you just want your kids to get really tired so you can sleep through the night.
14. iFLY – DFW
For the kids that love a thrill, and parents that like to give themselves a minor heart attack.
For those REALLY hot days that you need a serious cool down.
16. Urban Air – DFW
This place has a Warrior Obstacle Course, TUBES Playground, and a Battle BEAM. But don’t worry, it’s safe…
17. Flight Deck Trampoline Park – DFW
There are literally trampolines everywhere at this place. No fluff but the kids love it.
18. National Videogame Museum– Frisco
This little slice of nostalgia is just as much for you as it is the kids. Did someone say Burgertime?
19. Free Play – Arlington/Richardson
Just pay $10 to get in then let them play all day! They have over 95 games.
20. Alley Cats – Arlington
Bowling, games, rock climbing, and air conditioning – what more do you need?
21. Main Event – DFW
Old faithful never really gets old!
22. Dave and Busters – DFW
Fun for the whole family! Let them play their games while you grab a bite to eat and maybe a well-deserved glass of wine.
23. ItZ – Euless
Bowling, an arcade, and a pizza buffet will literally keep the kids distracted all day.
24. EpicWaters – Grand Prairie
This place is massive and brand new! Come here once and your kids won’t want to leave!
25. Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine
If you’re in need of a staycation, this is the place to go! Plus it’s a one-stop shop with activities, restaurants, and a place to lay your head while the kids are running around with their magic wand (plus parents love it, too.)
26. The Escape Room – Grapevine
This one’s for your older kids who love figuring out puzzles!
27. Escape This – Dallas
They’re rated #1 on Yelp for Escape rooms for kids for a reason – great customer service and challenging scenarios.
There are lots of fun things you can do to beat the heat this summer. If you want to try a few, I HIGHLY recommend you grab a POGO Pass so you can get 12 months of free access to participating venues around DFW. (Affiliate partner.)
Be sure to use Promo Code: MAMACHALLENGE at www.pogopass.com for 60% off!
Arlington may be a sports fans dream, but May 22 – August 23, Globe Life Park becomes the Land of Oz – in a whole new way…in Sand.
Fantasy in Sand featuring The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a unique family experience that tells the story of characters we all know so well — Dorothy, Toto, the Wizard, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Scarecrow and more — through intricately carved sand sculptures, some of which are 20 feet tall.
Currently, internationally renowned sand sculptors are carving 3 million pounds on sand into 16 scenes from L. Frank Baum’s famous book, including the Cowardly Lion, the Flying Monkeys and the Emerald City of Oz.
The finale is called America the Beautiful and will feature the Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and other American landmarks. The experience concludes with a Texas-sized sandbox, which is 2,000 square feet, where children can create their own sand sculptures while parents watch from an observation deck. This is the largest indoor sandbox in Texas.
Fantasy in Sand is enclosed in an enormous air-conditioned tent for the guests’ comfort and includes the necessary amenities: parking, accessibility for strollers, ADA compliance for wheelchairs, restrooms and a snack bar.
More information about the event, including tickets and hours of operation, is available a www.FantasyInSand.com. The experience will stay open late on weekend nights when the Texas Rangers play home games so baseball fans may enjoy both events while in Arlington.
And MamaChallenge.com is getting a sneak peek at what to expect tomorrow May 21 before the exhibit opens to the public, so make sure to follow me on Instagram for this exclusive look!
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051
- Transportation for field trips for flight themed attractions like birds at the Zoo.
- Lunches (unless you have dietary issues)
- Snacks (including Go Go squeeze!)
American Airlines C.R. Smith Flight Museum
4601 Highway 360, Fort Worth, TX 76155
June 9-13, June 16-20 & June 23-27/8 am – 4:30 p.m.
Students entering 5th – 8th grade)
$250 for CR Smith Museum Members/$300 for CR Smith Museum Non-Members
To register, visit http://crsmithmuseum.org/pdf/EagleCamp2014.pdf
Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to giveaway for you to The Grapevine Vintage Railroad for Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014.
This has been a power-packed week of events with my birthday, Halloween and a pending holiday. The smiles on my kiddos’ faces and a late bedtime verifies that 2012 was a good Halloween, so like any good mom I’ll share a few shots from the best of the evening.
However, it’s all about looking forward, so I’m putting my star on a few events this weekend to officially celebrate the next two months of HOLIDAY! Can you believe we are already in the home stretch?
Now that I’ve officially scared you (and me), no need to worry! Mamachallenge.com is going to help you get that gold star for HOLIDAY 2012. Whether you’re looking for gifts, recipes or things to do, we’ll bring ’em to you. So just stay tuned to here AND do subscribe to 100 Days to Holidays newsletter from Parents. It’s always one of my must-dos and it’s a great way to get ideas for the holidays that make you look like a Martha Stewart without the jailtime.
While we have time for holiday planning, we don’t have a lot of time for planning this weekend. So here’s the scoop for Nov. 1-4:
|Here’s an old shot of my then 2 yr. old enjoying the simple fun of leaves at After Dark in the Park.|
Like Mother’s Day this year, this Father’s Day couldn’t have come at a worse time. Really. Heavy planning is already underway for the four-year old’s birthday bonanza (much more to come), family begins arriving Friday and then it’s the big day. Since I’d already used the Pinterest Father’s Day candy card idea for his birthday last month, I was going to have to expand my horizons. Luckily a few good emails came across that not only saved me some time, money and even made me look like a superstar.
“Peanut-butter-and-chocolate-everything bouquet” from Edible Arrangements
Actually called the Peanut Butter Chocolate Daisy®, this little-bit-of-heaven made everyone in the family happy – including Dad. With a little bit of everything, this yummy treat featured fresh banana slices hand dipped in peanut butter and rich chocolate, crisp Granny Smith apple wedges, some dipped in smooth peanut butter and some in rich chocolate, grapes, juicy pineapple stars, fresh strawberries and chocolate dipped strawberries and retails for around $49 for the regular size. (If you’ve never had chocolate-covered bananas from Edible Arrangements, you don’t know what you’re missing.)
While one of my go-to baby arrival gifts, normally, I wouldn’t think of dad + Edible Arrangements. However, after digging online I found out there’s a whole sports collection, perfect for those sports fans with a hankering for chocolate (and in our case PB, too!) And right now there’s even a special on their NASCAR collection for 15% off, but only until the end of the month (or supplies last). Best of all, starting June 14 they are mobile, so you can make your delivery from your mobile phone! (While this may not be the ideal way to get my family to eat their fruit, it did make me feel better than a plate of chocolate chip cookies.)
See below for a special giveaway from Edible Arrangements!
Label Interactive’s Game Table FREE App
Probably already one of your favorite apps on your Iphone, Game Table is excited to announce that this Father’s Day they will debut their free #1 ITunes downloadable app Game Table Free now for Ipad. If FREE didn’t grab you, then the fact that for every 10,000 downloads, Label Interactive will donate $1,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, up to $10,000 should. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in combat or accident. So give dad a few hours to himself to play the app in peace and quiet. That means this little gift doesn’t cost you anything but a smile and few clicks on the Apple.
Flight Lessons by Let’sGoFlying.com
While time is not on our side for royal treatment this weekend, I’d still like to give Dad something special to remember. Since my hubby is a big historical nut, I’ve found all kinds of interactive battle experiences he could do…out of state. However, I know there has to be something he could do close to home and for only a few hours at a time…and there is! The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Let’sGoFlying.com is an online resource for learning how to fly and a database of flight schools. Best of all, they offer really affordable introductory flights for only $99. So Dad get’s the equivalent of what it costs for me to get a massage and turns into Tom Cruise for an afternoon…Seems like a win-win for all of us (as long as I can find the flight suit and the Ray-Bans.)
Hopefully this gives you a few ideas for Dad’s Day without banging your head or breaking the bank. And to all you Dads out there, especially mine – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
And to make it even sweeter, we have a great giveaway from EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS ($69 value)!
a Rafflecopter giveawayDisclaimer: I was provided an Edible Arrangement for purposes of this review, however, all the views included here are my own.