The groundhog saw his shadow, so spring is coming early, goes the old tale. But whether the temps start warming up or not, our city has plenty of activities going on as we spring forward to blooms, bunnies and sunshine. If your kids are out of school for the week or you're just looking for a unique activity to do with friends, look no further than these Dallas gems.
1. Explore ancient fossils at the Perot Museum: You have a few more weeks to behold Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind before it closes on March 22. The exhibit features two specimens, Karabo and Neo, who are here all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. Dated at roughly two million years old and 250,000 years old, respectively, don't miss your last chance to get up close and personal with these treasures. More information on Origins is here. Additionally, drop off the kids for a few hours at the Perot's Discovery Camp, where they'll dig into topics such as marine biology and chemistry. Pop over to El Fenix while your little scientist soaks up some knowledge.
2. Stroll through Dallas Blooms with a loved one: Surround yourself with more than 500,000 tulips in 100 varieties at the Dallas Arboretum's annual offering. Fresh blooms make for a picturesque picnic, and the Arboretum's "Sounds of Spring" adds the perfect soundtrack. As you walk through the gardens, you'll see six gorgeous topiaries highlighting different musical instruments, with a live violinist and pianist entertaining you along the way. During Spring Break Week, catch global music from Latin America, France, and Africa, while various live performers bring international sounds to Dallas. Additional Spring Break activities can be found here.
3. Make fishy friends at a local aquarium: Head to the Historic West End District and make a day of touring the Dallas World Aquarium. You'll see everything from ocelots and flamingos to pot-bellied seahorses, all while staying indoors. You can't bring in food, but take the opportunity to dine with your family at one of DWA's three restaurants. Hint: The Jungle Cafe is the most kid-friendly. Find more information here.
Or head to Fair Park and visit the Children's Aquarium. Stingray Bay, an outdoor pavilion dedicated to cownose rays, is one of the aquarium's most popular features. Check their schedule for feeding times to take advantage of an up-close encounter with sharks, grouper, wolf eels and others.
4. Learn about the art of sculpture during Spring Break at the Nasher: Make your way to the Arts District to take advantage of free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of March 17-22. In celebration of 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz, enjoy programming designed for the whole family, including the Resist/Release and Barry X Ball exhibits in town until April. Over Spring Break, students can participate in artistic projects onsite while being inspired by the Nasher's impressive collection of modern art. More information is here.
5. Snap photos of majestic animals at the Dallas Zoo: For young ones who don't want to take the week off from learning, the zoo offers single-day camps for kids in pre-K up to fifth grade throughout Spring Break. Registration gets them a tour of the zoo, special animal encounters, games, and crafts with friends. Even if you don't attend a Wild Adventure Camp, the zoo is a perfect spot for making memories. Feed one of the zoo's nine giraffes before watching a bird show or encountering the cheetahs. Find daily schedules and ticket information here.
6. Take a load off with a margarita (or two): Grab some friends and enjoy Dallas' own Margarita Mile, a collection of the city's delicious margaritas. Start by downloading the app. Then sip on beverages along the Mile, and you can earn rewards! The patio is calling your name...
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