Stomping in rain puddles, climbing trees, spinning around the carousel: It goes without saying that being a kid can be a lot of fun, and the sprawling array of kid-oriented entertainment in Dallas-Fort Worth is proof of that. Whether the occasion is a family-friendly weekend outing or a chance to get in touch with your inner kid, you'll find options for outdoor and indoor adventures that make for a memorable experience in the Metroplex.
More than just kid-friendly, these attractions are tailored to the interests of today's kiddos, and are located throughout Dallas, Fort Worth and everywhere in between, meaning any activity is a short drive from pretty much anywhere. Animal lovers will have a blast at the Fort Worth Zoo and the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, both located mere minutes from downtown. And while making a splash at these kid-friendly hot spots may be frowned upon, it happens to be the name of the game at parks like the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine and Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton, a longtime theme park that also offers a large outdoor pool outfitted with water features and lounge chairs.
For family entertainment with an educational twist, visit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, located right in the heart of Dallas. Its 11 exhibits are full of hands-on demonstrations related to space, technology, anthropology, meteorology and more. Nestled in between Dallas and Fort Worth is the entertainment hub of Arlington and Grand Prairie, where the National Scouting Museum houses one of the most expansive collections of memorabilia plus a variety of workshops and activities for scouts of all ages. Down the road from this state-of-the-art center is Ripley's Believe It or Not!/Louis Tussaud's House of Wax, an emporium of odd artifacts plus a population of lifelike historical figures and pop culture celebrities made entirely out of wax.
For families looking to find a less-intensive activity or a few hours of laid-back fun, head to Medieval Times or the Dallas Children's Theater for an evening of entertainment that offers tuckered out kids (or parents) the opportunity to simply sit back and enjoy the show.