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Try New Sports & Get Active at These 40 Places Around Dallas Fort Worth

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Don’t let your children climb the walls at home this summer. Try a climbing gym, an archery range or other new sports to get rid of all that excess energy. (Ah, youth.) Early bedtime, here we come.

Archery

Bring out the bows and arrows! Did the kiddos attend camp where they had a little archery practice? Consider taking them to one or more of these programs around town. – section intro for web only

1. Stop by the Texas Archery, Elm Fork Range range during public access hours for some outdoor archery practice with elevated stands, target practice and an archery course. Dallas

2. At Gateway Archery and Indoor Range, drop in at the indoor range for some all-day family fun! There are 10 lanes available, but you do need to have your own bow. If you don’t have one, talk with one of the coaches on staff and you’ll be able to work with them and use one of theirs. Fort Worth; 817/759-2220

Batting Cages

Swing batter, batter! Hit a home run at one of these batting cages around Dallas-Fort Worth.

3. Choose to hit real baseballs or softballs at D-Bat’s 15 locations around North Texas. Cage rentals are available in half-hour increments; all the pitching machines accommodate different pitch speeds including regular baseball, fast-pitch softball and slow-pitch softball. Multiple locations

4. At Cover All Bases, choose from renting a HitTrax technology-equipped cage for an hour, or a regular cage for 30 minutes or an hour. Arlington; 817/565-7690

5. Shop and play at Dick’s Sporting Goods with HitTrax Batting Cages. Want more than just the usual hitting practice with a pitching machine? The lanes have games available, such as a home run derby and team games. Frisco; 214/618-0200; Fort Worth; 817/750-1170

6. Hit it out of the park at Home Run Alley, a 16,000 square-foot facility. There are 12 indoor lanes to hit on as well as two outdoor cages. Lucas; 469/202-4266

7. Rent out one of Extra Innings Plano’s multi-use tunnels by the half hour or full hour. While reservations can be made, walk-ins are welcome. Three of the tunnels are used for softball; two are used for pitching only. The remaining three tunnels are used for baseball hitting. All the tunnels are equipped with an adjustable pitching machine. Plano; 469/241-1432

Climbing Gyms

Reach for the top! Kids will gain strength and problem-solving skills as they scale the walls at climbing gyms. At most places, you don’t have to be an experienced climber; staff will provide an orientation for first-timers. Here are some options—check with each gym about any age, weight and supervision requirements, as they can vary by location even within the same company.

8. Summit Climbing, Yoga & Fitness, Multiple locations
9. Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Center, Arlington; 817/461-3966
10. Oso Climbing Gyms, Dallas; 844/676-4967
11. Canyons Rock Climbing, Frisco; 214/872-2992

Fencing

12. En garde! Get the kids geared up and into position with drop-in hours available at Lone Star Fencing Center and International Fencers Alliance of Dallas. Both locations are great for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced fencers. International Fencers Alliance of Dallas, Carrollton; 214/669-9592. Lone Star Fencing Center, Plano; 201/257-7475.

Ice Skating

13. Go ice skating all year long at Dallas Galleria. Drop the kids off for a quick skate around the rink or join them for a little on-the-ice family fun. Skates are available to rent from the front desk. Be sure to check the website for public skating hours, as the times are subject to change. Dallas; 972/392-3361

14. Get some ice skating in this summer at one of the many Children’s Health StarCenters. Who knows? Maybe you have the next Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin in the family. With locations in Euless, Frisco, Farmers Branch, Mansfield, McKinney, Richardson, Valley Ranch and Plano, there’s a location convenient for practically almost everyone in the area. Check your preferred location’s website for details on public skate times. Multiple locations

Ninja Warrior Courses

15. Balance, climb and jump your way through challenges at Obstacle Warrior Kids. This indoor gym offers free play as well as lessons to hep your children push themselves to the next level. There are obstacles or even dedicated courses for preschoolers. Farmers Branch, Garland and Southlake

16. Take your kiddos to Strong Fitness and Fun to help them climb higher, run faster and swing farther. Dallas offers open hours as well as classes to mold your littles into ninjas worthy of the title. There’s a toddler area, so crawlers on up are welcome. You can also rent a ninja obstacle course for home. Farmers Branch; 972/373-4062

17. Zip lines, floating bridges, spider walls, cargo nets and trampolines fill the padded ninja lanes at Win Kids. Kids ages 3–14 can take classes and compete or play during open gym hours. Win Kids also offers gymnastics, dance, music and other programs. Flower Mound; 972/355-9988

18. Play, train and compete at Ninja Nation, which has two locations in Collin County. Your child can take advantage of open gym time to build their skills, or enroll in a class or private lessons. Kids ages 3–5 can take part in the Mini Heroes class. Frisco; 214/937-4942; Murphy; 972/485-5800

Roller Skating

Lace up your roller skates for a blast from your childhood past at these rinks:

19. Southern Skates, Dallas; 214/670-1190
20. Rollerland West, Fort Worth; 817/244-8290
21. Forum Roller World, Grand Prairie; 972/641-0661
22. SkateTown, Grapevine; 817/329-9988
23. RollerWorld Northeast, Haltom City; 817/485-8222
24. Interskate Roller Rink, Lewisville; 972/221-4666
25. Thunderbird Roller Rink, Plano; 469/243-3719

Skateboard Parks

Have a full morning or afternoon of fun at one of these skateboard parks. (Don’t forget the protective gear!)

26. Arlington is home to four city skate parks. Grab your board and head for the 4,000-square-foot Webb Skatepark (with a flat edge and rooftop rail); the 7,500-square-foot Vandergriff Skatepark (offers a rail with steps, pool-bowl, orange peel-clamshell); the 1,940-square-foot Burl L. Wilkes Skatepark (with slappy bank, wedge to wedge, and varying degree banks); or the 5,500-square-foot Cody Rocamontes Memorial Skate Park (with grind rail, dragon tail and manual pad). Arlington

27. Your kids can skate the bowls and ramps (indoor and outdoor options) until they need a break, then they can check out some skateboard history at Guapo Skateboards. Guapo even offers girls-only hours on Sundays. Dallas; 210/396-1504

28. Check out the ramps, rails and quarter-pipes offered at Lakeland Hills Skate Park in East Dallas. Dallas

29. Visit the Denton Skate Park for ramps and rails at various heights. You’ll find a corner bowl, half-pipes, a fun box with a half pyramid and a separate area for beginners. Denton; 940/349-7275

30. Action Park Grand Prairie has it all to get your kids active this summer. On top of a solid skatepark, there’s also an outdoor bike park. Grand Prairie; 972/262-4479

31. Get your ollies in at Chisholm Trail Skatepark in Fort Worth. Local skaters gave input on the terrain and features at this park, part of the larger Chisholm Trail Park. A pavilion provides a spot to cool down. Fort Worth

32. Lively Skate Park includes as an amoeba bowl, grind edges and handrails. Irving; 972/721-2501

33. Located inside Railroad Park, this 33,000 square-foot skate park includes deep-bowl skating and above-ground features for skaters of all ages. Lewisville; 972/219-5077

34. Located at Gabe Nesbitt Park, McKinney Skate Park offers something for all skill levels—including three bowls as well as street elements. Leave your two-wheel rides at home; bicycles are not allowed here. McKinney; 972/547-7480

35. Located across from Hawaiian Falls, Roanoke Skate Park has 20,000 square-feet of features and skating elements. Roanoke; 817/491-2411

36. Wheel Zone Bike & Skate Park, a fully decked out skate park in The Colony is free and open to the public. The Colony; 972/625-1106

Trampoline Parks

Get your child’s bounces out at one of these trampoline parks that feature a variety of other activities as well. Feeling springy, Mom? You can jump too!

37. Altitude Trampoline Park has plenty of trampolines for standard jumping; you can also play trampoline dodgeball, duel on the Battle Beam, climb the rock wall and try to avoid getting knocked down by a giant rotating (and padded) bar, depending on which location you visit. Parks have toddler jump times, and there are some jump times for kiddos with sensory needs. Call each location for more info on specific offerings. Multiple locations

38. Pump up the fun at Pump It Up. These play parks feature trampolines, bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses. Some parks have resumed open jump hours, while others are operating for private jumps and parties. There are some jump areas for toddlers. Arlington, Fort Worth, Frisco, South Dallas

39. Check out Urban Air Adventure Park to bounce around and a lot more. Try your hand (and feet) at the Slam Dunk Zone, giant airbag in the Drop Zone, the ninja warrior course, the Tubes Playground, ropes course, Sky Rider and more. Check with each location about on-site activities. There are some trampolines designated for little jumpers. Multiple locations

40. Sky Zone is a trampoline park (and more) inside Irving Mall. Bounce on endless trampolines, make your way through the ninja warrior course, land in the foam pit, climb the crazy ladder and play dodgeball, among other activities. There’s a toddler area, too. Call or look online for summer jump times for children with sensory needs. Irving; 469/499-3100

Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas.