Children & Family

Summertime fun in Dallas

Explore Dallas with the kids all summer long.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Jun 20, 2017

Summer is almost here and with that comes summer vacation! Fortunately, Dallas offers a vast variety of activities and fun options for children and teens during the summer.  Whether the kids are into a museum outing or a nature adventure, Dallas has it all.


Explore art and history

Explore the history of art on a tour just for teens at the Dallas Museum of Art. The museum currently has the groundbreaking Mexico: 1900-1950 exhibit through July 16. and your teen can learn about artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. They'll also uncover the impressive story of the DMA's collections through gallery discussions and art-making sessions in the Tech Lab.

Mexico: 1900-1950 exhibit. Credit: Dallas Museum of Art

Over at the Latino Cultural Center, just outside Downtown Dallas, get the whole family in on the fun with an introduction to the work of local Latino artists. Spark the imagination by visiting Hecho en Dallas at the center through June 30. This is the 14th year of the exhibit showcasing the incomparable talents of dozens of local artists. And art is not all that the Latino Cultural Center offers! Make it a mid-week outing on  Wednesday, June 21 for a locals' game of loteria, a traditional Mexican game.  


Have a wild adventure

Explore the wonderful world of wildlife with the family during Family Zoo Adventure Saturday Programs at the Dallas Zoo. From the African savanna to the South American rain forests to the Outback of Australia, the Dallas Zoo offers an exciting journey through wildlife habitats around the world.

Need a little bit of adrenaline? Find exciting outdoor activities for the family just minutes from Downtown Dallas at Trinity Forest Adventure Park, a seven-acre combination obstacle course and zip line park to soar, swing, scramble and climb. Designed for ages six and over, the park boasts more than 20 zip-lines and 70 different elements (cargo nets, wobble bridges, tight ropes and the like) spread out over six aerial obstacle courses, each with varying elevations and challenges.


Create some art

Feed your children's interest for all things artistic with a week or just a day at Spark, a creativity and learning environment in the Cedars/Southside district. Sparks offers a mix of all things art during the summer for children of all ages from ceramics, drawing, painting and mixed media to creating tie dye t-shirts while learning to use a screen printing machine.

Want more? See our complete list of kids activities and events, plus our top picks for things to do this weekend.