Carrie is a stay-at-home-mom to two children, Jack (3) and Claire (1). Previously an account manager for a local insurance firm, she now spends the days wrangling small children and wondering how the house got so messy, and considers the day a success if everyone is dressed by noon. She also likes horses, books, iced tea and lip gloss. She blogs about learning to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom at Carrie Elle.

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10 Fun Activities for Kids in Dallas

There is a lot to do in Dallas.  I believe it to be an incredibly kid-friendly city, and I am always finding new and fun things to do (you’d think, at some point, that we’d run out of things to do – but that’s far from the truth!).

Of course, some of the activities in Dallas are seasonal, and some are dependent on the weather.  But most take place year-round…and many are free or very inexpensive!

Here are ten of my favorite family-friendly activities in Dallas.

1. Visit the Dallas Arboretum.  There’s something for everyone, and although it can be hot – or cold! – it’s always worth a visit.  The next big event, starting in March, is the Dallas Blooms.  Dress up the kids and bring your camera – there will be a ton of photo ops!  You can bring your own picnic lunch or buy something delicious from one of the many restaurants/cafes/food stands onsite.

2. Ride the M-Line Trolley.  The trolley is FREE – and air-conditioned, so it’s fun even in the middle of August.  Kids *love* the trolley, and it’s a great excuse to see parts of Dallas you might not normally visit.

3. Go to the Dallas Zoo.  Visit the gorillas, elephants, zebras and kangaroos at the zoo.  You can even feed the giraffes and ride a camel!  The Dallas Zoo is easy to get to, has several new exhibits, and is lots of fun for little ones and grown-ups, alike.    We have a zoo membership and love to visit.

4. Visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  I haven’t been here yet – and I can’t wait to go.  I know the kids would love the Moody Family Children’s Museum, which is created for kids up to five years old. The Perot Museum just opened, and tickets are selling out – you might order them in advance online.

5. Visit the Museums and Gardens at Fair Park.  Fair Park is such a cool place.  Home to the State Fair of Texas in September, it’s also home to museums and beautiful gardens year-round! Here you will find the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, the Texas Discovery Gardens (which include a butterfly garden you can stroll through), and The South Dallas Cultural Center – just to name a few.

6. Go to the Dallas World Aquarium.  This aquarium is something else!  It’s like stepping into another world.  Exotic birds, a sloth, and even a jaguar await your visit.  And of course, there are lots and lots of fish, sharks, and even manatee! You can also watch a feeding or even see a Mayan dance performance!

7. Visit Klyde Warren Park.  Located in downtown Dallas over the Woodall Rogers Freeway, Klyde Warren Park hosts daily activities (like yoga and stroller boot camp) that anyone can enjoy!  You can find the calendar of events here.

8. Shop at Northpark Center Mall.  Northpark is a great mall.  It’s easy to get to, has yummy places to eat (Corner Bakery – my favorite!) and lots of stuff for kids, including a children’s library!  You can check out the different events here.  And if you’ve got teeny babies, you’ll *extra* like this place – there are two nursing rooms, with big comfy chairs perfect for nursing, and clean changing tables.

9. Step back in time at Dallas Heritage Village.  Visit the biggest collection of pioneer and Victorian homes in Texas!  At Dallas Heritage Village, you’ll get a little taste of the Texas of yesteryear – and you can even meet some farm animals while you’re there!

10. Go for a hike at the Trinity River Audubon Center.  Learn about birds (there are 220 species living here) and wildlife as you walk through the park.  Print this trail map and pack a picnic, and enjoy a day (or just a few hours) outdoors with the family.

Okay, locals…what are your favorite things to do in Dallas?

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