Welcome to the Neighborhood
Comfortable neighborhoods and access to some of the area’s top private schools make this pocket of Dallas a desirable but more affordable option for families with young kids. While the popular Disney Streets of Midway Hills give families the chance to live in a charming mid-century home on a road named for a favorite animated character, stately properties in the Bluffview and Bachman Creek neighborhoods offer ritzy accommodations nestled into the area’s scenic greenery, or, for the lucky few, above the creek for striking backyard views. As Northwest Dallas is located right next to Love Field with convenient access to North Texas’ other airport and the brand-new entertainment options in Las Colinas, it’s easy to get out of town—but there are reasons to stick around, thanks to a couple of amusements parks, recreation opportunities around Bachman Lake and more.
152 elementary schools; 40 middle schools; 42 high schools;
Blue Ribbon Schools
Good Shepherd Episcopal School, 1991-92
Jesuit College Preparatory School, 1990-91
The Lamplighter School, 1993-94
St. Monica Catholic School, 2003
St. Rita Catholic School, 1998-99
Ursuline Academy of Dallas, 1992-93
Walnut Hill Elementary School, 1998-99
Dallas Public Library System
Open daily, Tuesday–Thursday open till 8pm
9480 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas,
Open Monday–Saturday, open till 8pm
2146 Gilford St., Dallas, 214/671-1447
Open Monday–Saturday, open till 8pm
3421 Forest Lane, Dallas, 214/670-6333
Health & Fitness 101
Dallas Recreation Centers
Arlington Park Recreation Center
1505 Record Crossing Road, Dallas,
Bachman Recreation Center
2750 Bachman Drive, Dallas, 214/670-6266
Grauwyler Recreation Center
7780 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, 214/670-6302
KB Polk Recreation Center
6801 Roper St., Dallas, 214/670-6308
Marcus Recreation Center
3003 Northaven Road, Dallas, 214/670-6599
Walnut Hill Recreation Center
10011 Midway Road, Dallas, 214/670-7112
Town North YMCA
4332 Northaven Road, Dallas, 214/357-8431; ymcadallas.org
Northhaven Park & Greenbelt
The park next to Withers Elementary School extends north and south via the greenbelt along Joe’s Creek central to the neighborhood.
3875 Northaven Road, Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org
Take a walk or bring out the bikes at Bachman Lake, which has a 3-mile hike and bike trail, picnic areas and an all-abilities playground located next to the rec center on the north side of the lake. Watch for planes taking off and landing at Love Field while you play.
3500 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; dallasparks.org
Dallas Community Pools
Bachman Indoor Pool
2750 Bachman Drive, Dallas, 214/670-6273
2157 Anson Road, Dallas, 214/670-7270
Walnut Hill Pool
The best feature of this basic outdoor pool is a funky climbing wall that rises out of the water.
4141 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214/670-6433
Frontiers of Flight Museum Play Area
There’s lots to see in the museum’s exhibits—from World War II planes to a real Southwest jet you can board—but for kids (and parents), the star of the show is the Children’s Discovery Area, an indoor play space with a climbable observation tower and a Jay Jay the Jet Plane theater. Get a family membership for free admission all year.
6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214/350-3600; flightmuseum.com
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
This seafood kitchen has a gluten-free menu, and the kids’ menu comes with bonus activities like a word find and sudoku.
10428 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, 214/358-1912; pappadeaux.com
Rusty Taco Inwood
If you’re in the mood for breakfast at 4pm—there’s no shame in it—then Rusty Taco is the place to go. Breakfast tacos are served all day, and the kiddie menu includes quesadillas and crispy chicken and potatoes.
12050 Inwood Road, Suite 110, Dallas, 214/462-7974; rtacos.com
Make your way to SpeedZone for go-kart racing and a little family competition at the mini golf course. Little ones under 54 inches (but at least 42 inches) can drive their own go-karts on the Lil’ Thunder track, or ride with a parent on Thunder Road.
11130 Malibu Drive, Dallas, 972/247-7223; speedzone.com/dallas
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park
For more extreme family fun, head next door to Zero Gravity—even younger kids can join in on some rides, like the Texas Blastoff, which shoots riders (at least 48 inches) 150 feet up in the air.
11131 Malibu Drive, Dallas, 972/484-8359; gojump.com
Mocha Moms, Inc. North Dallas Chapter
Meets the third Thursday of the month at Natural Grocers at 10am. Membership is $50 per year. For more information about the group and membership inquiries email email@example.com.
677 W. Campbell Road, Suite 100, Richardson; mochamomsnorthdallas.net
North Dallas Early Childhood PTA
Members get access to a private Facebook group, plus family outings, playgroups, moms night out, service projects and more. Visit the website for membership information.