Fun Things to do With Kids in Dallas
Our weekends are generally pretty busy with the kids’ activities. However, when we do get a free moment, I’m often stumped for family date ideas besides brunch. If you are like me and in need of fun things to do with kids, I got you! I’ve got some fun, reasonably priced, or free activities that you and your kids will enjoy. If you want more ideas you can click here for my free guide of over 20 Fun Things to do With Kids in Dallas.
1. See Some Art
Nasher Sculpture Museum
The Nasher Sculpture Museum is a gem, located in the heart of downtown Dallas. Admission is free every first Saturday of the month. The museum has 2 levels and the pieces are interesting enough to discuss even with little ones. We made a game out if it and asked our kids what they thought about the pieces, even my 4-year old had an opinion. The sculpture garden was my favorite. The Sketch for a Fountain was definitely a conversation piece. I also like that there is open space for the kids to run about and not feel too confined after being in the museum. There is also a Wolfgang Puck cafe in the museum where you can grab a yummy lunch.
2. Try a Unique Restaurant
Downtown Plano has added some really fun spots. Hub Streat is a beer garden (beirgarten) that’s fun for parents and kids. There is indoor seating, but the real action is out on the patio, and when the weather is nice we can really enjoy it. It’s a casual space where kids can move about freely, which I think makes for a peaceful dinning experience. The kids really enjoyed the arcade area. The menu is standard American. They have pretty good food and drink options on the happy hour menu.
*M&M suggestion: the street tacos and the wings.
3. A Day at the Opera
The Dallas Family Opera
Did you know your whole family could enjoy the opera for less than it cost to see a movie? We try and visit as a family once a year. The children’s opera is in English and most of the operas are based on stories your children are familiar with, like Jack and the Bean Stalk or the Three Little Pigs. The Opera house also has pre-show activities that include story time, photo walls, and craft stations. My kids have always enjoyed it and I feel like it exposes them to the arts in a whole new way.
When we want a fun afternoon out and can’t decide what to do, we head to Pin Stacks. There is bowling, a restaurant (they even do a weekend brunch), rock climbing, and so much more.
*M&M Tip: Go during the week in the evening to avoid peak pricing. They also have pretty decent happy hour specials.
5. Paint Something
Pipe and Pallet
Pipe and Pallet offers pottery classes and events where you and your little ones can discover their inner artist.
6. Take a Hike
Oak Point Nature Preserve
Get the kids off of their devices, pack a water bottle and some snacks and go for a hike at the Oak Point Nature Preserve. We enjoy this park because of the cool hiking trails that have lots of shade. The terrain also isn’t too difficult to navigate for little legs.
7. Explore the Geo Dec
Reunion Tower Observation Deck
Explore the iconic Reunion Tower and the Dallas skyline from the Reunion tower observation deck. While you’re their grab lunch at their Cloud 9 restaurant. Check out their calendar for family events.
8. Picnic in the Park
Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park is the central park of Dallas. Located in the middle of downtown, the park is a fun place to hang with the family. There are often street performers on the stage offering free entertainment. The park also has building blocks set out, and even a little area for miniature golf. Pack a picnic and enjoy the park, or just bring a blanket and grab lunch from one of the many food trucks parked on the weekend.
9. Go to Camp
Camp is a family experience store. The store has rotating theme experiences as well as products. They have actives that range from making slime and ice cream to crafts. Check their activity schedule to plan your visit.
10. Night at the Museum
An afternoon visit to the The Perot Museum is a fun and educational for kids. But why not take it up a notch and spend the night there. The museum offers sleepover themed adventures where you can explore the museum at night, do experiments, and other cool activities.
There are so many fun things to do with kids in Dallas and this list just scratches the surface. Click here to to download my free guide with over 20 fun things to do in Dallas with kids. Print it out and keep it on hand.