Spring in North Texas is unpredictable. One day it will be sunny and beautiful; the next it’s freezing and rainy. And sometimes all of that can happen during the course of one day. So you need a variety of things to do with the kids—outings that will entertain them and work with the current weather conditions.
With that in mind, we put together a list of 20 places to go with the kiddos during the spring—indoor, outdoor, sports-focused, artsy, scientific, you name it!
Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding cities have a ton of amazing museums the whole family will enjoy. Venture out to one or two of them on a day where being outside is less than ideal.
A few we enjoy include:
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
- Amon Carter Museum
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Kimbell Art Museum
- Nasher Sculpture Center
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
- George W. Bush Presidential Center
- Noble Planetarium
Have you tried an escape room yet? They’re so much fun and, sometimes, you make new friends in the process. There are various escape rooms all over DFW, but here are a few we know have kid-friendly options:
Dallas World Aquarium
Hit up this amazing indoor zoo-slash-aquarium in the heart of downtown Dallas. This spot never disappoints.
Need to get all that energy out of your kiddo for the day? Check out a trampoline park. Your kids will jump their hearts out while you can either join in on the fun or hang back and relax as they wear themselves out. Here are a few suggestions:
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
We know it’s not quite warm enough to get into an outdoor pool just yet, but if you littles are practically half fish, finding them an indoor spot to swim might be high on your list. Check out this indoor waterpark located in Grand Prairie.
Yes, ice skating is usually associated with winter, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an all year activity. If it’s a particularly a hot spring day, cool off at one of the many ice rinks around town.
Check these out:
Does your child like to be as active as possible? Check out KidStrong, with locations in West Plano, Frisco, Grapevine, Prosper and McKinney. The centers use fun activities to work on the development of your kid’s brain, character and body. Great for kids up to age 11.
Fort Worth Stockyards
When’s the last time you made it over to the Fort Worth Stockyards? Bring out your child’s inner cowboy and cowgirl and explore this area for the day.
Did you know you can go on scavenger hunts around town? Check out these businesses that put together fun hunts that your kiddos will definitely enjoy.
Spring is by far the best time to get out and see all the gorgeous flowers our Metroplex has to offer. Below are some we enjoy.
Parks and Playgrounds
This might seem like a no-brainer, but get out to one of the many parks and playgrounds around your neighborhood before the summer sun is upon us.
These parks are also great options if you want to try something different:
Has your child ever gone horseback riding? Try getting them in the saddle this spring at Benbrook Stables.
Visit Nash Farm where you can step back into history. Self-guided and guided tours are available, and there are seasonal activities always happening.
Get out and paddle the day away in a kayak or canoe! It’s like a workout with a view.
These are some fun places to rent a kayak or canoe:
- White Rock Paddle, Dallas (season opens April 1)
- Backwoods Paddlesports, Fort Worth
- Lonestar Adventure Sports, Grapevine
The Star in Frisco
Want to keep it simple and just give the kids some room to roam and play? Visit The Star in Frisco. There’s a bunch of restaurants to grab a bite at and there’s the wide open field (the Tostitos Championship Plaza) your kids can knock out some energy.
Walk or Bike
Take a walk or go biking around one of the many trails DFW has to offer. These two are solid and very easy for both walking and biking:
Dallas Farmers Market
Who doesn’t love a good day out at the farmers market? Stroll through all the vendors booths as you snack on some delicious food. There’s always something new to explore here!
Interested in testing out your golf swing as a family? Take the kids to Topgolf for an afternoon. There are locations in Allen, Dallas, The Colony and Fort Worth.
Have an old-school movie night out at the drive-in movies. Check out these locations below:
What do you like to do with your kids in the spring? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.