My husband and I have always loved just being out and about and exploring new places. When I was in College (shoutout to Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA!) we would go out all the time. Whether it was taking a drive along the California Coast, exploring the San Gabriel Mountains, or walking down Hollywood Boulevard–we didn’t care. As long as we were out of the house and making memories–it didn’t matter.
We are still very much the same in that way. Except now, we love to have adventures with our children. DFW is not LA, but don’t be fooled. There is so much to do in the metroplex! Especially if you’re like us and are on a budget. I’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite things to do with our children in DFW. All but one of the things on this list are FREE. #ifitsfreeitsforme
1. Dallas Museum of Art
*side note: DMA parking is not free. Parking is $10.
2. Klyde Warren Park
3. Lakeside Park (Teddy Bear Park)
This is a fun one. I think if I was given the task of creating the most delightfully random space– it would definitely be the Teddy Bear Statues at Lakeside Park. Located in Highland Park, it is short walk over a small bridge and situated smack dab in the middle of a multimillion dollar neighborhood. It’s oh so random, but oh so cool. Pack a lunch when you go to enjoy a picnic amongst the beautiful outdoor scenery.
4. Founders Plaza Observation Area in Grapevine. If your little one(s) love planes as much as my son, they will LOVE Founders Plaza! Not only do you get a front row seat to planes taking off and landing, but you can also hear actual pilots talking in real time to air traffic controllers. There are also binoculars available so that you can get a closer look. It’s pretty awesome. This is another one that I’d suggest packing a lunch for to make the most of the experience.
5. River Legacy Living Science Center
*pro tip: if you can, visit on a weekday morning. It’s very low traffic and you will practically have the place to yourself.
6. Fish Feeding at Bass Pro Shop
If you’ve never taken your kids to Bass Pro Shop, I’d highly suggest making the trip. The store alone is amazingly massive and an adventure all on its own. The Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine hosts a Fish Feeding event each Wednesday and Saturday at 12:30pm. The fish tank is huge and filled with various fish of different sizes. The “Pro” is fitted with a microphone and he or she explains the different fish species, their temperament, and their diet. It’s a pretty interesting show. It’s worth the trip, and honestly there’s so much to do in grapevine anyway that you can hit up some other sites (see below) while you’re in the city.
7. Visit a Park
DFW is filled with so many absolutely fantastic parks. Visiting a park is great because it gives your children a chance to be in the great outdoors and get some fresh air all while they load up on vitamin D– and it’s also FREEEEEEE. I could do a top ten list of parks in the metroplex, but I’ll leave that for another post. However, some of our current favorites are Dream Park (located in Fort Worth), Dove Park (located in Grapevine), Frisco Commons Park (I feel like you’ll know where this one is located), and the playground at River Legacy (located in Arlington). I have not visited this park yet, but I’ll give an honorable mention to PlayGrand Adventures (located in Grand Prairie) because I hear such great things about it– I can’t wait to visit!
8. George Hawkes Library
9. Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is just such a peaceful place. Your kids will love looking at the different water features and perhaps the water will also have a calming effect on them (wishful thinking haha). This site is located in downtown Fort Worth, and its probably one that you’ve driven by a million times without even realizing it was there. It’s easy to miss, but worth the discovery. You’ll want to hold your little one(s) hand through this one, it’s definitely not a place to run free.
*side note: this site is a popular filming location with stars such as Solange Knowles filming here.
10. Fort Worth Stockyards
Almost anytime we have family or friends visiting from out of town, we take them to the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s probably one of the most “Texas” places in DFW, and it’s really just a fun place to visit. There are a few fun things you can pay for to do with your kids (train ride, petting zoo, etc.). But, they’ll also enjoy just walking around its cobble stoned streets. Oh, and I can’t forget the daily Cattle Drive. Every day at 11:30am and 4pm you can be transported back in time as cowboys lead beautiful longhorns down East Exchange Avenue. It’s very entertaining for kids and adults alike.
As I mentioned, this is just a small representation of the things that you can do with your kids on a budget. Is there any site on this list you’d never heard of before? Any site that you would add? Sound off in the comments! 😊