Well, the countdown is on, summer holidays are rapidly approaching. If you’re anything like me, I love to have a list of things up my sleeve for those days when the dreaded “I’m bored” words ring in my ears. I try and balance out some at home days with some adventures out of the house. And if it’s a free or cheap adventure, everyone is happy! My kids are 12, 9 and 6 so finding something that everyone enjoys can be a challenge to say the least.
Now, some of these we haven’t tried before and some are my family’s favorites. I’ve limited my list to within Dallas but focusing on Plano, Frisco, Little Elm area.
- Public libraries
We are blessed with some of the best libraries around and all at our doorstep. They offer amazing programs over the summer and at the very least, we go and borrow some books and dvd’s for those afternoons where it’s just too hot to play outside. They offer summer camps and summer reading programs. Look online for more details.
Both Cinemark and Studio Movie Grill are offering selected films at $1 over the summer. See their website for details. We also love the Coyote Drive In at Lewisville.
3. Hawaiian Falls
I love Hawaiian Falls but with 3 kids, I usually save this for a weekend when I can get my husband or another adult to come with me so we keep our eyes on everyone at once. We always take our own cooler in with lunch and drinks and might treat the kids to an ice-cream or snow cone on our way out.
Our favorite is the Frisco Athletic Center. We love that you can take a cooler in (no glass or alcohol) and enjoy a free day out if you are a member or pay the small entry fee if you’re not. There are two great little kid’s areas, a big slide for the bigger kids and an awesome lazy river. We haven’t yet been but will definitely be checking out the Jack Carter pool this summer, it has a diving board, a lazy river and a flow rider! There is also the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center close by which has splash pad, diving board and a slide.
5. Video Game Museum
If you haven’t been, you should check it out. My kids loved it and at the end of the museum is an 80’s style arcade (not to mention the 80’s tunes!!) and your entry gets you 4 tokens which gets you 4 games. You can buy extra tokens – 4 for $1. We only went a few weeks ago and my kids are already asking to go back.
6. Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park
My kids love being downtown and eating at the food trucks and playing in the park at Klyde Warren. It’s right across the road from the Dallas Museum of Art so makes for a great day out. DMA offers free entry every day and has a great summer family fun program from June 13 to August 11.
Most offer cheap deals over the summer like Strike and Pinstack, usually if you get there before 10am but if you register at www.kidsbowlfree.com – you can bowl for free, you just pay for your shoes. Registered kids get two free games of bowling every day of the summer for free! There is a one time payment of $5 per child to register and the closest is probably Plano Super Bowl.
A similar program to the bowling, it’s at www.kidsskatefree.com and the closest to us is Interskate at Lewisville. Ice-skating at Galleria is also lots of fun
We love both the Dallas Zoo (especially feeding the giraffes) and the Fort Worth Zoo (love the walk in bird exhibit). We’ll try and pick a cooler day and go early to avoid the heat, the animals aren’t overly active when it’s so hot
10. Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
I have been meaning to take the kids here for ages, there’s always a groupon! It’s about 45 minutes away and is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10-5.
Usually as summer approaches, I ask my kids to write down some things they’d really like to do on a piece of paper and we try and schedule all these things in too. Try it out, you’ll be surprised what they ask to do – a trip to the library, or going out for ice-cream always make it on to our lists.
We are blessed to live in an amazing part of the world with so many kid friendly things to do and amazing weather to enjoy it in. Don’t forget all the wonderful aquariums, museums, LEGOLAND (it has a small splash pad too!), splash pads, the list is endless…
It’s worth checking out the great deal with Plano Moms and Pogo Pass – for $39.98. You get access to quite a lot of these activities mentioned above and a whole lot more. And the best part is that you have a year to use it. Get yours now: pogopass.com
Enjoy your summer vacation!
What’s your favorite thing to do with kids over the long hot summer? I would love to hear of any I may not know about.
Melissa, Guest Blogger for Plano Moms