Tell your pre-teen there's a place in Dallas called Rainbow Vomit and they'll probably be into it, no questions asked. For those inquiring further, it's a seriously sick experiential art installation. More than just a social media selfie spot, it's a place they'll love to joke around, play and get creative with their photo or video skills as this curious location is full of surprises, props and clever twists. With eight different rooms to explore, plan between 45-60 minutes to take it all in and capture all of the off-beat selfies and hilarious TikToks they want.
Zoos are always a great time for kids and kids at heart. Mix up your zoo visit and challenge your tweens to prove how brave they are by getting up close and personal with the reptiles or even dinosaurs! When you purchase your Dallas Zoo tickets, don't forget to add on tickets to the Dino Safari - an experience that goes back in time to join a field team as you hop on board a shuttle for a tour of our research camp, observe dinos from close-up and search for what is rumored to be a newly-hatched Amargasaurus!
To feed those growing hungry, hungry hippos, I mean, kiddos, stop by Lower Greenville for a patio picnic of delicious sliders, fries and milkshakes at Son of a Butcher. They sell these tasty little burgers by the "butcher's dozen" along with a side sleeve of onion rings or waffle fries, which are perfect to either feed the family or even your hungriest teenager. They offer all sorts of flavors to choose from to serve both your pickiest and most adventurous eaters from wagyu pb&j sliders to the old-school veggie slider. Dine outside at the picnic tables on the front lawn to give them space to let them be their wild selves. If you're into desserts, order a swanky chocolate brownie milkshake for them with the option to make any shake boozy for yourself.
While you're in Lower Greenville, let them feel oh-so-grown up by ordering their own coffee or matcha at La La Land Kind Cafe. (For those not quite ready for coffee yet, they also serve teas, lemonades and incredible chocolate chip cookies.) This coffee shop with the purpose of hiring foster youth and normalizing kindness is located in a former home and has just the aesthetic their friends will be DMing about when they post their camera dump on Insta. While you're there, show them you're a cool adult that already follows the cafe on TikTok - their drive-by-kindness episodes always offer a hit of positivity and good energy we all need.