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Family Fun Directory

15 places and events guaranteed to energize your kids

Tired of hearing “I’m bored”? Looking to get the kids off the couch and away from their digital devices? Our Family Fun Directory lists 15 places to explore with your family.

Altitude Trampoline Park
Altitude Trampoline Park is the destination for active family fun! Featuring thousands of square feet of indoor trampolines and exciting attractions, it’s always a great time to jump in. Six locations in DFW.

Crockett Row at West 7th
469/231-8707
Carriage rides Thursday–Sunday until Dec. 19, holiday specials, Instagram-able photo opportunities, and more!

Dallas Arboretum
214/515-6615
Holiday at the Arboretum features more than one million lights, visits with Santa, The Christmas Village with a scavenger hunt, write letters to Santa, and the new 50 foot Dazzling Musical Tree. Reservations required.

The Dallas Opera
214/443-1000
Family shows! Stories with music—that’s what opera’s all about! Fun, kid-friendly events with The Dallas Opera.

Galleria Dallas
972/702-7100
Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18: Story time with Mrs. Claus on Level 3 near Play Place at 10am and Slappy’s Holiday Circus on Level 1 in front of Zara at 1pm and 3pm. Free.

Gaylord Texan
817/778-1000
There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than at Gaylord Texan. With dozens of exciting activities and events including the all-new Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™. (Nov. 12, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022)

Kimbell Art Museum
817/332-8451
Holiday family fun at the Kimbell: Art-making activities, dual-language story times, and close looking explorations are available all month long!

Magic of Lights in Little Elm
Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Little Elm Park. Closed to cars Dec. 4 for free walk-through night. Closed Dec. 31.

Museum of the American Railroad
214/428-0101
TrainTopia features operating large-scale trains traversing exquisitely crafted landscapes with breathtaking scenery. The closer you look, the more you will discover in this detailed miniature world with ever-changing dramatic lighting. Fun for the entire family!

North Texas Performing Arts
972/422-2575
Christmas comes to life on stage in NTPA’s 11th annual production of Scrooge the Musical performing Dec. 8–19. Plus check out theatre camps, Intro to Acting, and Tech Theatre classes for students in grades K–8.

Panther Island Ice
817/698-0700
Enjoy ice skating 7 days a week at Panther Island Ice! Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink returns to Coyote Drive-In Nov. 19–Jan. 17. Enjoy free parking, a full menu and bar and more.

Reunion Tower
214/712-7040
The Ball invites you to GeO-Deck the halls and spread the holiday cheer at 470 feet above Dallas with festive events, views and more!

The Shops at Highland Village
972/317-7500
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, Elf at The Shops, Santa photos, Santa brunch, Victorian carolers, and a 65-foot Christmas tree light and sound spectacular this holiday at The Shops! Visit website or Facebook for details.

The Shops at Legacy North
469/231-8707
The Legacy North Pole is happening on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11am–2pm and will feature Santa, live reindeer, ice slides, the Grinch, real snow play areas, games, ornament decorating, and more!

Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery
817/251-1668
Join Vetro for an exciting chance to help create your own unique work of art forged from molten glass. Create family traditions this season by making flared bowls and glass ornaments! Online registration is required.

Looking for more options? See additional events on the DFWChild calendar.