That time of year is almost here! Spring Break for alot of Dallas / Fort Worth area schools will begin Friday (March 6) at about 3:30 PM, (well technically Saturday) but I like to count the evening before, just to give myself more time ;o).
Every year, we face the same dilemma with trying to find fun activities for us to do that will not cost an arm and a leg just for a few hours of fun! I try to come up with at least one or two actives that we have not experienced before, and believe it or not there are so many things to do in the Dallas / Fort Worth area that are reasonable priced.
Here is a list of my top 5 activities (in no specific order)… Take a look!
1. Did you know that you can get free tickets to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for FREE with FREE Parking? Yea, me neither. My fellow blogger friend Marva at MarvalousMomements recently shared how to obtain FREE tickets just by visiting one of the area Dallas recreation centers. Score! For that reason, we will be heading to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens during spring break to experience all that it has to offer.
2. You can never go wrong with a visit to the Dallas Zoo! The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for children, but with the new enhancements to the Dallas Zoo, there are even more things to experience. What I found interesting was that they are offering a Family Safari Night Hike March 7, 2015 from 7:00-10:00 PM and the cost is reasonable at $20 per person. According to their website, this activity offers an unforgettable evening with a special Zoo tour, fun-filled activities, and an opportunity to see some of their Education animals up close. Sounds like a great way to start Spring Break to me!
3. A visit to Klyde Warren Park is a great choice because it is a perfectly located park that offers an array of activities or just a place to “people watch”! The park is actually located over the Woodall Rogers Freeway between Uptown and Downtown Dallas and it is open daily from 6AM-11PM. Because it is located in Downtown Dallas I would recommend taking DART and the great thing is that there is so much to do to keep the kids occupied in one location, and of course you can not forget the Food Trucks (oh that is for me) :o). According to their website they will be having a Spring Fling Saturday March 14 from 12-5PM and it sounds like so much fun!
4. Another Downtown Dallas choice is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. I know what you are thinking… Another museum of “stuff” to see. Actually, the experience at the Perot Museum is way more than that, from 3D Films, to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. My daughter loves a good mystery. The cost of admission is $17 for adults and $11 for children ages 2-17, with additional costs to experience the Sherlock Holmes exhibit, or one of the 3D films. Also, if you are an educator, like me, admission is FREE with proof of school affiliation at the museum box office the day of your visit. This museum is located in Downtown Dallas, so you will have to pay for parking, but again I would recommend using DART.
5. If you are like me, you really enjoy the whole “sit back and relax” type of activities. In the past, we’ve taken the time to enjoy a scenic ride on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) the travels between Dallas and Fort Worth. I know what you are thinking, it is just a train ride for commuters, but surprisingly that is not the case. Our last adventure took us from Dallas Union Station to the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and with a quick hop on the Fort Worth Zoo bus we enjoyed the day that the Fort Worth Zoo. It was so easy and so much fun. If you do not want to partake in the offerings at the Fort Worth Zoo or take in the sights of Fort Worth, just stay on the train and take it back to your original destination. My daughter had her notebook, pens and pencils for drawing while my son had his books (which he did not read because he was too busy looking out of the window). The cost to ride between the regions is $10 for a 1 Day Pass for adults and $2.50 for children ages 5-14 (who travel with their parents) for a 1 Day Pass. Not a bad deal to see parts of the Dallas / Fort Worth area that you may or may not have seen before.
Please note that this list is not indicative of the many family-friendly activities that can be done on a daily basis here in the Dallas area, but hopefully, it will give you just enough of a spark to plan your own family spring break activities. All views expressed are my personal opinions and I was NOT compensated in anyway to produce this post.
Until Next Time!