If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Dallas and Fort Worth.
National Videogame Museum
The National Videogame Museum is not your everyday museum. Whether you and the kids are serious gamers or casual videogame fans, you’ll get a chance to learn about the history of the industry while trying your hand at a few classic games. Stepping back in time at the museum’s 80s retro arcade, “Pixel Dreams”, you’ll get the opportunity to see if you or the kids have what it takes to get your names on the leader board.
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
Waterparks are always a family favorite, and Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark (located between Dallas and Fort Worth), certainly delivers all you’d want for an exciting day at the pool. The entire waterpark is indoors but is also glass-enclosed so you can get some sunshine while playing in the pool year-round. Older kids will love the Yellow Jacket Drop, the wave pool, and the Texastwist water slide, while Rascal’s Round-Up swim/play area is perfect for the younger ones.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Just North of Dallas, you and the kids can journey back in time to the late 19th/early 20th-century, and learn about Texas farm-life. There are barns, a 19th-century schoolhouse, and a beautiful Victorian farmhouse originally built in 1891. There are plenty of animals on the farm to befriend when you visit and a large collection of artifacts in the museum. If you’re looking to take the adventure even further, Heritage Farmstead also offers birthday parties where kids can go back in time looking for treasure, help “Farmer Duck” with the chores, and enjoy tractor rides.
Play Street Museum
A beloved Children’s Museum that is home to interactive exhibits and indoor play areas. Play Street Museum is an especially great place to visit with younger children and gives them an opportunity to learn through play. That is the focus of the museum. They can become artists, chefs, or learn to run a mini-town. The museum also hosts special events and birthday parties, so keep an eye out at each of their many locations.
Forest Park Miniature Train Railroad
The perfect place for train enthusiasts, whether that’s you, the kids, or both. Forest Park’s miniature locomotive has been operating since 1959, traveling five miles to and from Trinity Park. The ride offers beautiful views no matter the season – Spring blossoms, Summer Green, or bright Fall leaves. For the best experience, I recommend combining a family ride on the train with a picnic in the park.
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