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Mall Play Places

When it gets hot, you want to head indoors. Don't be afraid to take your kids shopping with you and reward them with some playtime at these indoor mall play places. Each of the play areas we’ve compiled in this list has cushioned perimeter seating for parents and hand-sanitizing stations, not to mention air-conditioning. Plus we’ve included some fun information about the play features and specs on the malls themselves to help you plan playtime.

Collin Creek Mall
Closest entrance: The play area is located on the lower level in front of Dillard’s.
The theme: Outdoors
Cool features: Sit inside the off-roading Jeep and play around the tree, waterfall, canoe and bear, lazily draped over a log. Kids can stash their shoes in cubbyholes.
Recently upgraded? The play area was renovated at the beginning of 2012.
Closest restrooms: Right across from the play area
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 10am–9pm Sun.
811 North Central Expy., Plano
972/422-1070
collincreekmall.com

Galleria Dallas
Closest entrance: Enter through Nordstrom. The play area is on level 3.
The theme: Kids Gone Wild
Cool features: A rainforest-themed play area where kids can crawl and climb around monkeys, rock structures and a boat commandeered by a parrot
Recently upgraded? The new play area was installed in April 2013.
Closest restrooms: A family restroom is right around the corner. Nordstrom has restrooms with diaper changing tables and a breastfeeding lounge on level 3.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: Regular hours
13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas
972/702-7100
galleriadallas.com
 
Hulen Mall
Closest entrance: The play area is on the lower level near the Sears wing. Enter from the upper level Hulen entrance then take the escalator down.
The theme: Flowering garden
Cool features: Climb on a dragonfly, butterfly, grasshopper and caterpillar.
Recently upgraded? The play area was installed in 2011 and updated in 2017.
Closest restrooms: Located in Sears; more on the upper level by the Food Court.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Fri–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
4800 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth
817/294-1200
hulenmall.com

Irving Mall
Closest entrance: Take the food court entrance on far west side of property, facing SH-183.
The theme: Simon Kidgits Club
Cool features: Enjoy the playhouse, slides, mirrors and airplane and check out the sky jump and caricature artist near the play area.
Recently upgraded? No
Closest restrooms: In front of the Dillard’s
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 11am–7pm Sun.
3880 Irving Mall, Irving
972/255-0572
shopirvingmall.com

North East Mall
Closest entrance: The play area is located by the Rave movie theater. Take the mall entrance by Nordstrom.
The theme: Simon Kidgits Club
Cool features: Play in the Simon Kidgits Klubhouse with a slide, log and car.
Recently upgraded? New carpeting and interactive play pieces have been added recently.
Closest restrooms: Family restrooms with a diaper changing area are next to Macy’s.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 11am–7pm Sun.
1101 Melbourne Rd., Hurst
817/589-9603
shopnortheastmall.com

NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center doesn’t have a traditional, enclosed play area, but your kids might like visiting the shopping center’s resident ducks and turtles even better. Stop by the shallow indoor pond at Neiman Marcus Court and slide on the adjacent sloped planters. Don’t forget story times at the Bookmarks, a Dallas Public Library branch, and children’s entertainment at NorthCourt.
Closest entrance: By Neiman Marcus
Closest restrooms: Family restrooms are across from Bookmarks on level one and a nursing room by Aunt Annie’s on level two.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 11am–7pm Sun.
8687 North Central Expy., Dallas
214/363-7441
northparkcenter.com

The Parks at Arlington
Closest entrance: Enter through Sears on the lower level.
The theme: The great outdoors
Cool features: Climb over a bridge, in the canoe and around butterflies and turtles. A carousel is located on the upper level. Also check out ICE at The Parks ice-skating rink.
Recently upgraded? The play area opened in November 2010.
Closest restrooms: The nearest restrooms are just inside the Sears entrance.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 11am–7pm Sun.
3811 S. Cooper St., Arlington
817/467-2757
theparksatarlington.com
 
Ridgmar Mall
Closest entrance: Enter through either Dillard’s or Neiman Marcus. The play place is on the lower level near the escalators and at the center of the mall.
The theme: Trains, planes and automobiles
Cool features: Check out the nearby carousel, bungee jump and kiddie train.
Recently upgraded? No. The area is closed from 2:45–3:15pm daily for cleaning.
Closest restrooms: Restrooms are directly across from the play area.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–9pm Fri–Sat; 12–7 Sun.
1888 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth
817/731-6591
ridgmar.com

The Shops at Willow Bend
Closest entrance: Enter between Neiman Marcus and Crate & Barrel store off Park Boulevard.
The theme: Looney Tunes and health
Cool features: The Medical Center of Plano-sponsored play area is designed with Looney Tunes characters that relay messages such as, “Listen to your heartbeat!” The kids will love sliding down Pepé Le Pew’s tail and crawling through Gossamer’s mouth. (Remember the big red monster?) Coin-operated kiddie rides are located outside the play enclosure.
Recently upgraded? The play area opened in November 2009 and new carpet was installed in 2012. The play area is cleaned twice daily.
Closest restrooms: Restrooms are on the lower level near the food court, the lower level near Dillard’s and upper level near Macy’s.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: Regular hours
6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano
972/202-4900
shopwillowbend.com
 
Stonebriar Centre
Closest entrance: Park between Nordstrom and Dillard’s. The play area is on the lower level near Dillard’s.
The theme: Wild West
Cool features: Climb on an old-fashioned railroad that “runs” around a track, plus cattle, horses, buffalo, bridges and cabins. Also check out the carousel on the second level.
Recently upgraded? No
Closest restrooms: Located just down the mall about halfway to Center Court
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
2601 Preston Rd., Frisco
972/668-6255
shopstonebriar.com
 
Town East Mall
Closest entrance: Enter through the lower level of Dillard’s or at the mall entrance beside BJ’s Restaurant and Buca di Beppo.
The theme: Lake Ray Hubbard
Cool features: Play in the kid-sized tent and campfire, canoe and crossing bridge.
Recently upgraded? The play area received refreshed features and new carpet about two years ago when it was relocated.
Closest restrooms: Located near the Dillard’s wing
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
2063 Town East Mall, Mesquite
972/270-2363
towneastmall.com
 
Vista Ridge Mall
Closest entrance: Take the stairs down from Dillard’s or walk with your stroller from Cinemark on the lower level.
The theme: Lewisville landmarks and industry
Cool features: Explore City Hall, a fire truck and the feed mill, where kids can step on areas that make animal sounds. Coin-operated kiddie rides are located in front of Sears.
Recently upgraded? Stay tuned. Vista Ridge Mall is designing a new play area.
Closest restrooms: Restroom and nursing area in the family lounge next to the play area.
Regular mall hours: 10am–9pm Mon–Sat; 12–6pm Sun.
Extended hours for tax-free weekend: 9am–10pm Fri–Sat; 10am–9pm Sun.
2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville
972/315-3641
vistaridgemall.com

Updated March 2015