Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Dallas
2019 Best Places for Kids in the Dallas region!
The best places to take kids in Dallas, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in and around Dallas: Get great ideas here at KidsOutAndAbout.com! What is listed below are just the starting point: Browse through our site and calendar to find lots more, and be sure to click on Everything That's Free.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Explore your world through 11 mind-blowing exhibit halls filled with magnificent prehistoric creatures, the wonders of space, and extraordinary experiences with wild weather, glistening gems, robots, sports, and more. Race a virtual T. rex, experience the power of earthquakes and construct model skyscrapers. Spark little imaginations in a mini version of downtown Dallas and take in a variety of traveling exhibitions. Exhilarating 3D films, a Wolfgang Puck Café and outdoor leapfrog forest complete the day of fun. A world of scientific wonders awaits.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
The Heritage Farmstead Museum (HFM) is the premiere living history site interpreting the Blackland prairie region in North Texas. An American Association of Museums accredited institution, the HFM strives to offer a step into the past for people of many ages, interests and backgrounds. The HFM hosts summer camps, educational school field-trip programs for students pre-k through sixth grade, birthday parties, and weddings.
Welcome to the largest zoological experience in Texas! Thousands of animals and an unwavering commitment to conservation, education and research.
The Dallas Arboretum, one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Dallas, features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
A natural science education center and 289-acre wildlife sanctuary preserved in McKinney, Texas.
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Experience the stories of aviation and space flight from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake, the Apollo 7 spacecraft, and 32 other memorable aircraft and space vehicles. See 18 historical galleries including our expanded Space Flight Gallery; and our acclaimed STEM education program. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is the perfect place to explore the history and progress of aviation, as mankind continues to pursue going higher, faster and farther.
Crayola Experience Plano
Crayola Experience Plano is a one-of-a-kind attraction where color, chemistry, and technology magically combine to create a colorful adventure! With 60,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Texas' most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play! Families can spend hours exploring our 25 hands-on attractions which include: starring in your own coloring page, naming and wrapping your own Crayola crayon, a 4-D coloring adventure, and learning how crayons are made in a live show, as well as many others. The Crayola Experience Plano is open year round and specializes in colorful birthday parties, group outings, educational field trips, and special events.
My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Dallas area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
The Children's Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level, interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world. Birthday parties, summer camps, and night programs are also available in addition to the every day fun of the aquarium!
The Dallas World Aquarium
The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects.
Dallas Children's Theater
Your Family Arts Center! Astonishing kids & families with the fun of Broadway-like plays...and a lot more!
Hawaiian Falls is built with the family in mind. We are passionate about serving our guests by creating a clean, safe and fun Hawaiian themed environment for the whole family. You can play with the kids in the Wave Pool, float down the Lazy River, or watch as they go down their favorite rides like the Pineapple Express. Whether you're looking for a way to relax or looking to entertain the kids on a hot summer day, Hawaiian Falls has you covered!
Dallas Museum of Art
We heART families at the DMA and invite everyone from toddlers to teens to make themselves at home in the Museum galleries. Whether you're looking for quiet time with your baby, messy fun for your preschooler, or an art workshop for your tween, we have something that is just your size!
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages. DSM impacts the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and by enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
Great Wolf Lodge (Grapevine, TX)
Stay and play at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine! Our Dallas, Texas resort offers recently renovated suites, indoor water park fun, and dry-land adventures for the entire family. We feature kid-friendly activities, cabanas, a range of dining options, an adult-friendly wine down service, and more all under one roof. Your stay includes access to the 80,000-sq. ft. water park, kept comfy at 84-degrees year-round.
NRH2O Family Waterpark
NRH2O Family Water Park offers a full day of fun for everyone in your family. Whether you want to ride the waves in the wave pool, brave our thrilling water slides, or just relax in the Endless River, we have something for everyone! The park's events include Dive-In Movies, fireworks, and much more! NRH2O is also a great place to host your next group outing or birthday party!
From its legendary ice rink, to its fusion of hip fashion and chic dining, Galleria Dallas is one of the most dynamic shopping environments in North Texas. Our mall has an international collection of shops and boutiques, setting the standard for world-class shopping in Dallas. Nestled under Galleria’s famous domed skylight is the Children Play Place – the perfect “playground” for our youngest guests.
Moviehouse and Eatery
For those looking to catch dinner and a movie, Moviehouse & Eatery has three locations in DFW featuring reserved recliners and full service right at your seat. You can enjoy scratch-made dishes, a full bar and lounge, plush leather recliners at every seat, and of course great movies shown on wall-to-wall screens.
At Jump Mania we are dedicated to kids, and we have so many fun activities to offer them. They can try bouncing, bumper cars, mini bowling, mini golf and our arcade! We also host birthday parties, so your child can have a blast on their special day.
Play Street Museum
Play Street Museum is a children's museum created to inspire imaginations and the world through superior quality play. Our mission is to encourage exploration through educational activities for young children and their families.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Arts EducationPlano Childrens Theatre
North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. Our programs include year round performing arts classes, summer camps, major productions featuring the best in Broadway and dramatic literature, Starcatcher Therapeutic Arts Programs, NTPA Repertory Theatre featuring adult and youth in age appropriate roles, free community outreach, and Birthday parties. The North Texas Arts is the largest not-for-profit youth theatre organization in the country!
Favorite Sports EducationYMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.