School’s nearly out … if you’re dreading having to drag your kids on endless errands, repeatedly telling them to nix gliding in their Heelys in Home Depot, take five and let them show off their dexterity at Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center’s new skate park.
Kids of all ages on scooters, skateboards and BMX bikes are welcome to check out the various skating surfaces—from smooth to sloping—seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, protective gear is recommended and parental supervision is required. (Oh, and, about those Heelys … they aren’t on the list of approved wheels.) 972/247-4607; www.ci.farmers-branch.tx.us.
Eisenbergs Skatepark offers a Skate for Grades program, where kids can proudly whip out their all-A report cards to receive one free session (a full day) on the wheels of their choice—skates, scooters, skateboards, and, yes, even those nuisance Heelys are good to roll. If your child didn’t quite make the A honor roll, an A-B report card will earn a half-price session. Regular admission is $14.95 to skate; $15.95 to bike. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 972/509-7725; www.eisenbergs.com.
Or, head to The Edge @ Allen Station Park, a newly opened park that welcomes skateboards, in-line skates, scooters and BMX-style bikes with covered pegs. Protective gear is strongly recommended, as is parental supervision. The park (open 8 a.m. to dusk), which includes bowls, handrails, boxes, ledges and more, is the largest skate park in Texas. Admission is free. 214/509-4760;www.cityofallen.org.
Looking to step your child’s skating skills up a notch? Head to Action Park Alliance in Grand Prairie. This top-rated outdoor park welcomes skateboarders, in-line skaters and cyclists of all ages on its beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. Open Mon-Fri 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission is free on your first visit (then non-residents will pay $8 per session). 972/514-4495; http://actionparkalliance.com.