Summer Fun Map 2019
60+ kid-approved places to check off your summer bucket list
Published May 2019
Updated July 10, 2019
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60+ PLACES TO VISIT

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW
Multiple locations. Pick your own ticket price of $1, $3 or $5 at our Kids Camp screenings 10am weekdays all summer with proceeds benefiting HopeKids North Texas.

Alley Cats Entertainment
Arlington. 817/784-2695. Hurst. 817/589-0523. Plenty of fun for everyone! Bowling, laser tag, Putt-Putt Golf, arcade games, go-carts, more. Attractions vary by location.

Altitude H2O @ Meadowmere Park
Grapevine. 817/207-7236. Home to the largest floating aqua park obstacle course in Texas. Our enormous floating playground is the best way to cool off this summer!

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth. 817/738-1933. Take a trip with the Amon Carter as we take our Storytime program to locations across Fort Worth. Wednesdays in June and July.

Arbuckle Wilderness Park
Davis, OK. 800/PET- PARK. Drive on the wild side; come feed the animals while driving thru the Arbuckle Mountains. Walk thru features; reptiles, petting zoo, fish feeding, pony rides+.

Bowl & Barrel
Dallas. 214/363-2695. Strike up the party! Our boutique bowling alley is great for kids 6 and up. With party packages, kid-friendly food, ramps, bumpers and more.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing—Tour and Visitor Center
Fort Worth. 817/231-4000. Learn how billions of dollars are printed at the BEP, where the nation’s paper currency order is produced. Self-guided tours, admission is free!

Cedar Hill Parks & Recreation
Cedar Hill. 972/291-5130. Have fun the Cedar Hill way this summer! Enjoy summer camps, pool activities, live concerts, community celebrations and much more. Visit cedarhilltx.com/pard for information.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas. 469/554-7340. Explore the undersea world at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, designed with kids in mind. You can see fish, feed stingray, and more!

Cinnamon Shore
Port Aransas. 361/336-0688. Stay in a seaside village with classic charm and casual sophistication that’s all about family and fun. Surf lessons! Sandcastle lessons! Music and more!

Crayola Experience Plano
Plano. 469/642-2901. Discover the magic of color at Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction. Dozens of hands-on, creative activities and a day of fun awaits! Buy tickets https://bit.ly/2UZ73y9.

Dallas Aquatics—Dallas Park and Recreation
Dallas. 214/670-1926. Bahama Beach Waterpark, 6 aquatic centers, 11 swimming pools, Bachman indoor pool. Swim lessons, swim teams, water exercise classes and special events.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas. 214/515-6615. Enjoy Summer at the Arboretum with Family Fun Fridays in June and July, Nature Walk Bingo Nights and Family Fun Lawn Games on Sundays.

Dart
Dallas Area. Staying home this Summer but still want to have fun? DART has you covered. Check out our DARTable Staycations for adventures the whole family will enjoy.

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas. 214/922-1200. It’s free family fun all summer at the DMA! Enjoy free general admission and free programs, including story time, gallery tours, art making and more.

Dallas Zoo
Dallas. 469/554-7500. The wild is calling at the Dallas Zoo, where over 2,000 animals are waiting to be discovered at the largest and oldest zoo in Texas!

Denton County Office of History & Culture
Denton. 940/349-2850. The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is 40 this year! See anniversary exhibits and play in our vintage grocery store. Come visit—admission is free!

Dough Dough, The
Multiple locations. 214/254-4445. Serving cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, brookies or indulge in one of 12 flavors of safe to eat raw cookie dough! Gluten-free and vegan available.

Explorium Denton Children’s Museum
Denton. 940/320-5444. Explorium Denton Children’s Museum is designed for children 12 and under, provides opportunities for children and their families to learn and play together.

Fairview Town Center
Fairview. Fairview Town Center is northern Collin County’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, featuring Dillard’s, iPic Theaters, JC Penney, Macy’s, Whole Foods Market and more!

Fort Worth’s Fourth
Fort Worth. 817/698-0700. Fort Worth’s Fourth is a day full of family fun at Panther Island Pavilion! Enjoy free festival admission, kid zone activities and tubing.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. Learning is cool at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History this summer in 165,000 square feet of air conditioning!

Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth. 817/759-7555. Adventure awaits at the Fort Worth Zoo. Explore wildlife firsthand at one of many interactive exhibits, from giraffes to stingrays. Plan your visit today!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Glen Rose. 254/897-2960. The memories you make with your children now will be with you forever. Feed giraffes and watch baby rhinos play, visit Fossil Rim today!

Frog Pond Water Park at the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center, The
Farmers Branch. 972/919-8720. This neighborhood oasis in Farmers Branch features an activity pool, lazy river, lagoon pool and water slides plus swim lessons, programs and events all summer!

Galveston, It’s Island Time!
Galveston Island. 409/797-5144. Whether you’re a history buff, thrill seeker or beach bum, Galveston Island has something for you. Let us help you plan the perfect island getaway.

Gaylord Texan Resort
Grapevine. 817/778-1000. Experience Summer Fest at Gaylord Texan featuring The Adventures of Peter Pan now through Labor Day. Enjoy family fun with pool parties, scavenger hunts, more.

George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas. 214/200-4300. This summer explore the Presidential Retreats: Away from the White House special exhibit to learn how presidents and their families rest, rejuvenate and work, too.

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grapevine. 817/410-3185. Discover a whole world of play in Grapevine. SummerBlast features fun for the whole family including waterparks, Friday Night Fireworks, Nash Farm and more!

Hilton Anatole
Dallas. 214/748-1200. Experience JadeWaters, Dallas’ only resort pool experience, complete with two 180-foot slides, a 630-foot lazy river, luxury cabanas, a swim-up bar and more!

Historic Downtown Carrollton
Carrollton. 972/466-9135. Downtown Carrollton features unique shops and restaurants, as well as events like World of Foodies Fest on Saturday, June 29, from 3–9pm.

Hydrous Wake Parks
Multiple Locations. 214/310-1105. What could be better than spending time on the water learning how to wakeboard? Sign up now. Hydrous Wake Parks camps, parties and lessons.

iT’Z Family Food & Fun
Euless. 817/283-3700. iT’Z the summer fun destination with a huge arcade, laser tag, rock climbing and bowling. The 8-visit annual pass offers the best value at $9.99/visit.

JCC Dallas
Dallas. 214/739-2737. JCC Dallas has something for everyone—enjoy the outdoor pool, modern fitness facility and more! Open to families of all faiths, shapes and sizes.

Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah. 877/285-3624. Waterfront dining, rides, games, shopping and entertainment all year long at the Kemah Boardwalk! Make plans now—stay at our hotel, the Boardwalk Inn.

Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. Celebrate Monet: The Late Years with activities for kids and teens all summer long. Don’t miss our Family Festival/Ice Cream Sunday, July 21.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
Lewisville. 972/219-3550. Explore oak forests, kayak by beaver dams, fish for bass in the Trinity and more at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)!

Maze Kids
Frisco. 469/656-9087. Maze Kids offers a safe, all-inclusive, fun environment at an unbeatable price! Programs immerse students in cutting edge hands-on STEM, sports, art and lifestyle activities.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Dallas. 888/935-6878. Kids free this summer with any full price adult admission Monday–Thursday. Code: DCKF. Knights compete in thrilling games on horseback inside the Queen’s 11th Century castle.

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce
Mineral Wells. 940/325-2557. Visit Mineral Wells where fun and adventure run deep. Dig for fossils, test your rock-climbing skills, become a butterfly with our amazing murals.

Museum of the American Railroad
Frisco. 214/428-0101. Experience family fun at TrainTopia this summer! Features 2,500 sq ft of running model trains inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Visit historictrains.org for tickets.

NRH2O Family Water Park
North Richland Hills. 817/427-6500. NRH2O Family Water Park features over 24 slides and attractions for a fun-filled day. Fireworks and dive-in movies on select dates. Free parking. Coolers welcome.

Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show
Fort Worth. 888/COW-TOWN. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show features trick roping, trick shooting, trick riding, cowboy songs and more! Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm and 4:30pm, call 1-888-COWTOWN.

Peppa Pig World of Play
Grapevine. 214/285-9110. Jump into the world of Peppa Pig to laugh, learn and play! New indoor play attraction for pre-school children—now open in Grapevine Mills.

Play Street Museum
Multiple Locations. Play Street Museum is a network of interactive children’s museums purposefully designed to encourage a young child’s sense of independence, exploration and creativity.

Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island. 409/766-4950. Waterfront fun and entertainment, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.

Pump It Up
Multiple locations. Our indoor arenas feature gigantic inflatables that are ideal for your child’s 100% private birthday party or check our online calendar for weekday public playtimes.

Reunion Tower
Dallas. 214/712-7040. Join us for activities all summer long on the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. Activities will include bingo, magic shows, arts & crafts and story time.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Grand Prairie. 972/263-2391. Come into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! this summer and get your weird on. With 5 awesome attractions, there’s something for everyone!

Shops at Lakeside, The
Flower Mound. 469/533-4131. Singer/songwriters perform Friday nights (7:30pm) at the Lakeside Music Series in the plaza. Bring portable chairs or blankets. Children welcome.

Shops at Willow Bend – Grand Court, The
Plano. 972/202-7110. Families get ready for a summer of heart-pounding, bubble-popping, mind-stretching, floor-stomping and clown-laughing fun during this summer’s performances at Summer Fun Thursdays from noon–1pm.

Stockyards Station
Fort Worth. 817/625-9715. Shopping, dining and big fun—Texas-style! Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station has western fun for everyone!

Studio Movie Grill
Multiple locations. Studio Movie Grill is the leader of in-theater dining whose passion is film, food and fun!

Texas Discovery Gardens
Dallas. 214/428-7476. Stop by Texas Discovery Gardens and take a stroll through our two-story tropical Butterfly House and 7.5 acres of gardens.

Topgolf
Multiple locations. 817/349-4002. Grow your child’s game this summer with Topgolf Summer Academy. This academy is jam-packed with fun and learning for kids ages 6–12.

Town of Little Elm
Little Elm. 972/731-3296. Best beach in North Texas! Sand volleyball, fire pits, swimming, kayaks/SUPs, unique restaurants, cable wakeboarding, hike and trails. There’s something for everyone in Little Elm!

Twin Points Park
Fort Worth. 817/720-4551. White sandy beaches 15 miles from downtown Fort Worth. Details about activities (free yoga) available on Facebook @twinpointspark. Bring a picnic and the whole family.

Urban Air Adventure Parks
Multiple locations. 800/960-4778. Experience next level adventure this summer on epic attractions like Sky Rider indoor coaster, warrior obstacle course, ropes course, climbing walls and so much more!

Visit Lubbock
Lubbock. 806/747-5232. Bring history to life and find adventure in Lubbock’s many family-friendly attractions this summer. Plan your next trip to the “Hub City” today!

Water Works Park
Denton. 940/349-8800. Enjoy a wave pool, five giant slides, two toddler slides, a lazy river, a children’s play pool, pavilions, cabanas, delicious concessions, and more!