If your kids are anything like mine. They are always complaining about being bored. So, finding fun and free kids activities are always challenging. Here is our go to activities for our kids:
- Klyde Warren Park (Dallas)
The first of every month means Target First Saturdays. This is when Klyde Warren Warren Park, DMA and Nasher Sculpture Center offers free admission to everyone. Even though we’ve been several times, the kids still enjoy brining their football, having a picnic or eating from the food trucks. Christian and Daniel enjoy playing croquet, ping-pong and miniature golf. (It’s across the street from the main park) If you check their website, Klyde Warren Park has different events each weekend and our favorite one is their Christmas tree lighting. It’s scheduled for December 2, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. Hope to see you there!
2. Nasher Sculpture Center– Dallas
The Nasher Sculpture Center was opened in 2003 and is located in the heart of the Dallas Art District. Their website describes it as a “rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher family collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. In addition to indoor gallery space, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe and a store.” During their “First Saturday” event sponsored by Target, they offer art activities, scavenger hunt and tours for the family. Their exhibits changes ever so often but our favorite ones are in their garden. The garden is behind the Nasher Sculpture Center and it’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. You can look up and see the beautiful building around you but feel so peaceful and relaxed at the same time. Last time we went, they had sculptures in their garden and the boys loved it. They also had chairs that you could sit on that makes you go in circles. Let me tell you, that was the highlight of our day!
3. Six Flags Over Texas– Arlington
I know what you’re thinking, Six Flags isn’t “free”. You’re correct! We bought our family season passes and enjoy their fun events every month. The boys love Fright Fest and our favorite is Holiday in the Park. Six Flags over Texas becomes haunted after 6 p.m. There’s “scare zones” located throughout the park. This means ghouls, zombies and everything scary are learning around the corner and will hunt you. You can tell where the scare zones are located by the smoke machines and the screaming. Six Flags also turns off their lights so it adds to the Fright Fest experience.
4. Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day– Frisco
Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day takes you back to when Cowboys roamed Texas. The day long event is $5 dollars for adults and it’s free for kids 2 and under. You can watch professional actors stage a mock gunfight, take a stage-coach ride, watch a working blacksmith, and enjoy their petting zoos. When we arrived, the blacksmith was making miniature swords for the kids out of old nails. Even my 16-year-old wanted one of his own. The boys loved the armadillo races and were able to pet one. Just in case you’ve never petted a armadillo, they feel hard and smooth, kinda cool! My favorite part of the even was the “free” old-time Western photo booth. You can see from the pictures below how great they turned out. They email you a copy of the pictures and print out the originals as well! Ours turned out amazing!
5. The Palaestra– Farmers Branch
The Palaestra offers an “Open Gym” different times a month. Last month it was offered for “free” if you brought 4 can goods. Kids 7 years old and up can walk on a balance beam, play on trampolines, jump in their huge foam pit or play on their bouncy floors. This place has everything for all age groups. Christian enjoyed the foam pit as he called it while Daniel loved the long trampoline. He looked like Tiger jumping so much! Unfortunately I found out about this “free” event too late so were only able to enjoy it for an hour. I actually got in on the action and jumped inside the foam pit as well, backwards! It was a dare from Daniel, and I couldn’t resist!
I hope you enjoy our “almost free” activities around Dallas. Since Daniel is 12 and Christian is 16, we try to find things they both enjoy! Please feel free to add to our list!- Dot