Dallas with Kids
Family time will be anything but ordinary when you participate in one of our many kid-friendly activities around Dallas!
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, home to 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibitions throughout the year, delivers hours of fun for children, adults and life-long learners alike. Catch a view of Downtown Dallas from the museum's glass-encased elevator as you work your way up to the top floor and back down and stop by the earthquake stimulator before taking on a virtual Olympic athlete in a race.
Established in 1903, the museum is a central figure in the vibrant Dallas Arts District in Downtown Dallas. Holding more than 22,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history, the DMA is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and welcomes more than 650,000 visitors annually. Enjoy its diverse spectrum of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, literary events and presentations.
Opened in 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum holds the largest electronic records collection in the entire Presidential Library system with more than 200 million email messages and nearly four million photographs. Visit Freedom Hall, a high definition video wall montage of the 44 U.S. presidents, and a full-sized replica of the Oval Office. The museum and an accompanying 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of former First Lady Laura Bush.
The largest of its kind in the Southwest, the Dallas Children's Theater reaches an estimated audience of 250,000 youth annually and is constantly revving up its wide range of family-friendly productions to provide quality shows to spectators. Both American Theater and TIME magazine named the Dallas Children's Theatre as one of the best family theaters in the nation.
Home to the city's oldest remaining fire station, Fair Park Fire Station (1907), this site, now museum, offers a glimpse at the important history of fire rescue. Personally see how horse-drawn steam pumps used to battle blazes in the 19th century have evolved into the equipment used today.
Flora and Fauna
Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5 acre botanic garden featuring native and adapted plants. Witness nature's intricate web of life through guided walking tours that allow visitors to see birds, frogs, and other native wildlife. Be sure not to miss the tropical Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium, home to dozens of different types of beautiful butterflies!
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden features 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. Home of Dallas Blooms, the Southwest's largest outdoor floral festival, the Arboretum provides a tranquil oasis where visitors are surrounded by the beauty of all four seasons. The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, designed to connect children with nature, has a central focus on their mission to teach life and earth science to school children, teachers and families. Enjoy eight acres of fun overlooking the beautiful White Rock Lake with 150 interactive exhibits, 16 indoor and outdoor classrooms and a Discovery Garden.
Named one of “20 Best Zoos” by USA Today, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological experience in Texas, with a 106-acre park, thousands of animals and an education department that offers programs for all ages. Visit the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, an 11-acre safari experience where visitors can get up close and personal with giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs and many other African species.
The adventure begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds and lounging sloths can be seen along with a wide array of animals that are part of the many conservation projects. Experience the outdoor South Africa exhibit and catch a glimpse of black-footed penguins, Shoebill storks and Madagascar giant day geckos.
The 289-acre site aims to educate visitors on the importance of preserving the environment. Fun interactive activities, like bird-watching and hiking trails, immerse visitors in the environment, in hopes of fostering greater appreciation for nature.
For more than 50 years, Six Flags over Texas has been providing family fun with over 100 thrilling rides and attractions, including mega-coasters like Titan and Texas Giant. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly shows and attractions, plus fun-filled themed areas like Looney Tunes USA for the kids.
With over 3,000,000 gallons of water, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington is famous for its heart-pounding rides. A plethora of family-friendly activities cater to both thrill seekers and the faint of heart. Prepare to be soaked with bigger, better, and wetter excitement!
SpeedZone is fun for the whole family, featuring unique race attractions including the 300 horsepower Top Eliminator Dragster, the New Thunder Road Family track and the exciting Slick and Turbo go-kart tracks. The six story high Fire Ball! Looping Coaster takes daring riders on 6 head over heel inversions. SpeedZone also offers over 100 of the latest video and simulator games in our Electric Alley. Race, dance and battle your friends and family for bragging rights. SpeedZone also has two 18 hole miniature golf courses. Need to refuel? Visit the elevated sports bar for delicious food and soft drinks or even a cocktail. Keep an eye on the action on any of 8 flat panel TVs.
TopGolf is the ultimate entertainment venue with fun point-scoring golf games for all ages and skill levels. The sports entertainment complex is a climate-controlled indoor/outdoor facility that accommodates parties from 12-1,200. Topgolf offers a full-service restaurant, bars, lounges and patios on all floors.
Zero Gravity Dallas is the world's only 'Thrill Amusement Park' featuring 5 different extreme thrill rides: a 7-story Bungee Jump, the Nothin' But Net (a 16 story free-fall), Texas Blastoff (a 70 mph rush!), the Skycoaster (glide over 100 ft. in the air) and the Skyscraper (whip 165 ft. in the air at fighter jet speeds). These high intensity rides are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!
Klyde Warren Park opened in 2012 and introduced a central green space in the middle of a bustling downtown scene. The 5.2-acre park delivers a comprehensive activities calendar for locals and visitors, including daily fitness classes, food trucks for lunch, a dog park, a children's center, games and live music.
A public-private partnership, the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge provides pedestrian access and beautiful views of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Downtown Dallas just steps away from Trinity Groves. Lounge on the chairs, snack from one of the food trucks, play in the water fountains, engage in a chess match, or participate in one of the many fitness activities offered to visitors.
See our city from over 500 feet in the air at one of Dallas’ most recognized structures. Enjoy the view and interact with Halo, the deck’s digital information system, to learn about Dallas, its landmarks, Reunion Tower’s light shows, milestone events in the city and more.