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The Biggest List of Unmissable Things to Do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth

When Someone Says, “There’s nothing to do in Dallas,” we say, check this out! There are a ton of great things to do with kids in Dallas Texas.

If you love these, you’ll also love these free or cheap things to do with kids.

More: 10 Day Trips within a 2 hour drive from Dallas

Things to do with Kids in Dallas for the Thrill-Seeker

GoApe Plano

Location: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX 75074

Zip lines, a ropes course, Tarzan swings and more! Ages 10 and older. 

Six Flags Over Texas

Location: 2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

Heart-stopping fun right in Arlington. Rollercoasters and more. A full day of entertainment, with rides for all ages.

PrairieLand in Trader’s Village

Location: 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Let your kids get their kicks for a low price close to home! Wristbands are $13.99 and include the Vortex, Flea Fall, Wipeout, and lots of other crazy rides. 

Prairie Playland
Prairie Playland at Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie


Location: 8380 TX-121, Frisco, TX 75034.

Indoor skydiving at iFLY Dallas is as close as you will get to actual skydiving without jumping out of an airplane. The first indoor skydiving wind tunnel in Dallas. Delivering the dream of flight to everyone!

Yesterland Farms in Canton

Location: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, TX 75103

A fun amusement park for all ages, with lots of fair rides and activities like apple cannons. 

Things to do at Dallas zoo

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth for the Animal lover

Benbrook Stables

Location: 10001 Benbrook Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76126

Head to Fort Worth for horseback riding, guided trail rides, shows and private lessons

Bonton Farms

Location: 6915 Bexar St, Dallas 75215

Head to Dallas to this urban farmland with goats you can pet, shopping, farm-to-table restaurant, and classes. 

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Location: 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

Two words: Doctor. Fish. Seriously, if your kids are like mine, they will love sticking their hands in the tank while the “doctor fish” peck at them! Feed the stingrays, see sharks and so much more. 

The Dallas Zoo or Fort Worth Zoo

Dinosaur Safari at the Dallas Zoo: Hop on a shuttle-guided Dino Safari with your “research assistant” at this fun, prehistoric party. Then stay and play at the zoo’s children’s area. 

We look at which is better: the Dallas Zoo or the Fort Worth Zoo?


Location: Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

This Grapevine Mills spot is home to Texas’ only 360-degree ocean tunnel. See sharks, sting rays and more up close! 

You can save over $6 with these discounted tickets available. Sea Life Grapevine is an interactive aquarium located at Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, Texas. The aquarium contains thousands of aquatic creatures, plus interactive touch pools and a 360° ocean tunnel. 


Location: 1974 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Hang out with sloths, birds, sea creatures and more at this interactive aquarium located inside Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth. You can swim with sting rays and feed animals.

Things to do Aquarium

Dallas World Aquarium

Location: 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202

You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the rainforest when you set foot in the Dallas World Aquarium. Make your way through a number of exciting exhibits, including Mundo Maya, Ornico, Borneo, and more. 

Fossil Rim Drive-Thru Safari

Location: 2299 Co Rd 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043

Located in Glen Rose, Texas, about an hour from Arlington, Fossil Rim is a fun experience for guests of all ages. Drive through the wide spaces where animals roam- and feed the animals from your car. Stop halfway through for snacks and to visit the kid’s area. 

Fossil Rim Animals

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth for the Video-Game lover

National Video Game Museum

Location: 8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

Get ready for the ultimate throwback with a visit to this Frisco museum. Show your kids the computers and video game systems you grew up with and then have fun in the retro arcade at the end. 

Main Event

Location: 3941 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023

Get your game on! Spend the day playing video games, bowling, eating good food, doing the ropes course and more. 

Alley Cats

Location: 2008 W Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX 76015

Play mini-golf, go bowling, play video games and laser tag, and more. This local spot is lots of fun. Or head up to the Hurst location because it has outdoor rides, too!

There are some great Laser tag places near Plano 

Crayola Experience Plano TX
Crayola Experience Plano

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth for the Indoor Playground lover

We love the Crayola Experience in Plano. Check out our Top Tips and big Savings for the Crayola Experience Plano

PlayStudio Fort Worth

Location: 3005 E Belknap St, Fort Worth, TX 76111

This Montessori-based play space in Fort Worth offers tons of fun for the younger set. Kids ages 8 and younger will enjoy playing both inside and outside, exploring, creating, and more. 

We need to add this to our list of 30 Indoor Playgrounds around Plano for kids to play!

Peppa Pig World

Location: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy Suite 302A, Grapevine, TX 76051

Immerse yourself in the world of this adorable British cartoon pig and her fun family. Lots of creative play is available at this Grapevine Mills space, which is great for kids ages 7 and younger. 

Hologate Grandscape The colony

Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games

Location: 5752 Grandscape Blvd Suite 100, The Colony, TX 75056

Go carts, laser tag, duck pin bowling, arcades and a ropes course with a zip line all under one roof in the Grandscape, The Colony.

Fury’s Fun Center

Location: 303 Main St, Frisco, TX 75036

An entertainment center featuring axe-throwing lanes, as well as an indoor paintball arena with various obstacles. Low-impact “gellyball” and a splatter paint room are also fun options!


Location: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051.

Save over $6 on tickets! Legoland Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth is an indoor family entertainment center located at Grapevine Mills mall in Grapevine. The attraction includes Lego-theme rides, a soft play area, a 4D cinema and a gift shop. In warmer weather, there is also an outdoor splash pad.

Fun for kids of all ages. 


Location: 2601 Preston Rd #3011, Frisco, TX 75034

Let your kids imagine what the world would be like if they ran it! At Kidzania, kids can create a news show, learn about dentistry, try their hand at fire-fighting, and lots more. Kids ages 8 and older can be dropped off and play while you shop at Stonebriar Centre. This spot is fun for kids ages 4 and up. 

KidZania Dallas media studio with kids
Kidzania at Frisco, TX


Location: 7252 Chase Oaks Blvd, Plano, TX 75025

If your kids have energy for days (mine do!), this is the spot for all of you! You can sit on the second level in the parent’s room and work, read, or simply scroll on your phone while your kids climb and play for hours. 

** NEW ** Nerfies

Location: 3045 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075

Get together in an obstacle course and fire upon your friends with nerf guns. Open Play time Friday – Sunday.


Location: 1238 Belt Line Rd #300, Garland, TX 75040

Head to Garland to a superfun family arcade that operates on nickels. Go back in time to find some old-school arcade machines that use real money. 

Strike and Reel

Location: 5902 N President George Bush Hwy, Garland, TX 75044

Combining a movie theater, bowling alley, bumper cars, wall climbing, arcade, bar, restaurant and an ice cream parlor – a full day’s worth of entertainment.

Many of these entertainment venues are all accessible for free with an annual Pogo Pass membership! It’s also listed as one of our top 10 family memberships in DFW

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth for the Museum lover

Perot Museum

Location: 2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201

This Dallas Museum has a fun kid’s area on the lower level that will enable your kids to learn and explore. Spring Break Week offers lots of unique programs that deal with STEM activities so your kids can learn while they play. 

International Bowling Museum

Location: 621 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX 76011

Learn about the fascinating history of bowling at this Arlington museum. Your kids will love playing all the interactive games as well as bowling with mini balls and pins before exiting to the gift shop. 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Location: 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

You could spend a huge number of hours at this museum with little kids, watching them stuff their grocery carts in the mini grocery store. The children’s museum is geared toward kids in second grade and younger but there are lots of other awesome exhibits older kids will find exciting, too. Their Omni Theater is also great!

Museum of illusions in Dallas – a great place to have a fun photo shoot 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Location: 601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Get ready to get weird! Check out all the celebrities in the wax museum, try your hand at the mirror maze and learn cool and yes, weird, facts inside the Ripley’s Museum. 

Reunion Tower

Location: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207

Spend Spring Break at the top of this observation tower! There is tons of fun programming for the week, including storytime, local sports teams’ mascots, and more. All of that is included with your admission ticket!

Epic Waters, Grand Prairie

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth for the Water lover

Epic Waters

Location: 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Rain or shine, you and the kids can have a splashing good time! Try out the crazy water slides, relax in the lazy river, try your hand at the Flow Rider and more. 

** NEW ** The Cove at the Lakefront

Location: 417 Lakefront Dr, Little Elm, TX 75068

This indoor waterpark in Little Elm is fun for all ages. With fun slides, a rope challenge, lazy river and more, everyone will have fun here. Plus, there is a seating area with TVs for you- and you can bring your own food in. Score!

Both of these Water Parks are in our full guide!

While you’re in Little Elm, head to the Little Elm Beach and enjoy Lake Lewisville.

Do not miss the Historic Texas Pool in Plano!

Be sure to bookmark the best list of local Splash Pad parks for kids around Plano and Collin County

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve – The pond at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is open for kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding from dawn to dusk. You can use your own watercraft (canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board) or rent for $10 per hour or take a class. Check hours directly with Plano Parks and Recreation

Do not forget to take one or more of our fun Scavenger Hunts around Parks in Plano

Scavenger Hunts

Looking for something fun to do as a family?
It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors and explore some of our local parks.

Things to do with Kids in Dallas Fort Worth Outdoors

Head outdoors, including Heard Museum, Limestone Quarry Park and Hope Park, Frisco and so many more outdoor playgrounds for kids

A visit to the Klyde Warren Park is a great part of a day trip in Dallas.

The Dallas Arboretum


Including the Children’s Adventure Garden, is a beautiful and peaceful spot around White Rock Lake.

Be sure to check out this guide to 23 of the best Nature Trails and Hikes and great “You Pick” Farms in the area.

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  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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