I’m always looking for something super fun to do with my son, so he doesn’t stay on the couch (where he is often glued to video games). Here are our current picks:
1. Fixation VR. Okay, so this is still video games, but it gets him off the couch. This is also a different experience than just staring down at a device. The Fixation VR team is able to tighten the headset to fit your kiddo, and my son always has a blast. They have plenty of kid-friendly games too. Beat Saber and Fruit Ninja are some of our favorites.
Fixation VR // 538 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst; 682/404-6445
2. Free Play. Technically, this one is video games too. But hear me out. Going to Free Play is like a blast from the past. It’s vintage arcade game after vintage arcade game, plus pinball machines. Lower tech? Sure, but my son doesn’t care. Plus, he isn’t always sitting in one place. It’s $11 to get in, then all the games are set to … you guessed it, free play.
Pro Tip: You may have to put your child up on a chair to reach the controllers. Make sure you’re standing right there for safety!
3. Fort Worth Zoo Junior Train Conductor Experience. It was beastly hot when we did this, but oh-so-much fun. My son got a conductor’s hat and a vest, took tickets for the zoo train, rang the bell, etc. We loved it! Afterward, we spent the rest of the day at the zoo’s Stingray Cove—highly recommended.
Fort Worth Zoo Junior Train Conductor Experience // 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/759-7555
4. Design your own frozen treats. My son is big on getting his ice cream his way, even when it’s cold outside. He likes to get a sweet fix at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream (which freezes your favorite ice cream flavor with liquid nitrogen—it’s really cool to watch), Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (with a bar of choose-your-own toppings) and Steel City Pops (with dipping, dredging, drizzling and dusting to customize your pop).
5. TRE. Catching a ride on the Trinity Railway Express is an easy, inexpensive outing. We’ve ridden into Fort Worth and walked around the historic T&P Station; another day we rode into Dallas and went to Reunion Tower. It’s nice to get kids out and about and watch them experience the world.
Need some more ideas? Check out our list of 181 Places to See and Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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