12 Kid-Friendly Indoor Attractions in DFW
We have moms here at Jay Marks Real Estate who know how important it is in Texas to always have a list of go-to indoor attractions to keep the kids occupied.
They've compiled a list of some of the best indoor spots to head when the weather is too rainy, too hot or too cold to be outside.
KidZania's first US location recently opened at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. It's a city built for kids and run by kids. You and your kids will check in and then they can independently explore the city and take part in whatever experiences they choose. They can go to college, choose a profession, and go shopping using the "money" they earn from working.
Parents can be involved at the interactive restaurant, by being an audience member in the TV Studio, and more. But the idea is to let the kids exercise as much independence as possible.
Experiences range between 20-30 minutes and you can do on average 6-10 activities each visit, depending on which ones you choose.
#2: Perot Museum
The Perot Museum offers fun for all ages. They have their Moody Family Children's Museum which was created with children age 5 and younger in mind. They also have several other permanent exhibits including their Being Human Hall, the Expanding Universe Hall and their Gems and Minerals Hall.
If you think you're going to be a frequent visitor of the Perot, you can purchase a membership which provides benefits like free admission, discounts, and access to exclusive museum events and hours.
If your little ones are intrigued by animals, they'll love exploring the Dallas World Aquarium. In addition to all the fish and sea creatures you'd expect to find in an aquarium, you'll find flamingoes, tamarins, parrots, penguins, and (our personal favorite) their two-toed sloth.
You can purchase memberships to the aquarium which will grant you free admission for a year, access to the "members only" entrance, discounts, and priority seating at their eighteen-0-one restaurant.
This may not be the first place you think of when thinking of "kid-friendly" spots, but the Dallas Museum of Art offers lots of programs and activities for kids. They have their First Tuesdays where they host activities especially designed for children age five and under. They also have Summer Art Camps and additional classes and workshops throughout the year your kids can participate in.
The best part? General Admission to the museum is FREE every day, but admission to the classes and workshops do require you to purchase a ticket.
Fort Worth, TX
SeaQuest is a unique petting zoo, aquarium, and feeding experience all in one! It's home to more than 300 species from around the planet, including stingrays, sharks, turtles, snakes, birds, and more.
With your ticket, you can also purchase feeding tokens which will allow you to buy snacks for certain animals.
This family-friendly attraction is located at The Shops at Willow Bend and offers dozens of hands-on, creative activities. There's a Color Playground, a gigantic coloring station, a Crayon Factory show, and even a Crayola-themed cafe where you can enjoy a meal or a snack.
Children 8 or younger can come explore the world of Peppa Pig at Grapevine Mills Mall. There are 14 themed areas all based on the hit animation series. Ride the bus, explore Peppa's house, run around the sensory garden, or go shopping in the supermarket. It's a great way to keep the younger kids entertained!
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills Mall is jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. They have a 4D cinema, laser ride, and a LEGO Ninjago City Adventure where your kids can complete obstacle course challenges.
For nonstop fun throughout the year, you can purchase an annual pass which grants you unlimited access, discounts, and access to exclusive events. You can also purchase a Combo Annual pass for LEGOLAND Discover Center and the SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Right across from LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills is the SEA LIFE Aquarium. They offer 16 interactive zones to explore including an interactive rockpool exhibit where your kids can touch sea stars, urchins, etc. But their most popular attraction is probably the Ocean Tunnel where fish, sharks, rays and turtles will swim next to, over and around you.
Just like with LEGOLAND Discovery Center, you can purchase an annual pass either exclusively to the aquarium, or you can purchase a Combo Annual pass with access to both attractions.
#10: Play Street Museum
Play Street Museum has several locations around the DFW area, all offering a different play theme. In Murphy you'll find the "Town Square;" McKinney offers "The Farm;" and Dallas has a "Downtown" location.
It was founded by a mother of four who knows the importance of allowing children to creatively play and problem solve based on her experience as a mother and in early childhood education.
Plano & Fort Worth, TX
This Lewisville attraction was founded by a family, for families. It features thousands of square feet of playground, an arcade area, and a restaurant. And while the kids play, parents can watch from the sound-proof room featuring wireless Internet access and flat screen TV's. But with how fun the playground is, you might quickly find yourself climbing, bouncing and zip lining with the kids!
Altitude has several locations throughout DFW including Grapevine, Fort Worth-Keller, and Denton. It's an activity that suitable for all ages (including parents). They have foam pits, gymnastics tumble tracks, a kid zone, basketball dunking lanes, dodge ball and group fitness classes.
If you have toddlers, they offer Toddler Time Monday-Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm where your kids 6 and younger can jump for super cheap and you can join them for just $2 additional.