Take a trip back in time, to the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Ennis, where new releases play on huge outdoor screens, and you can watch with your family from the comfort of your own car while enjoying some popcorn or a sweet treat from the snack bar. Before your double feature starts, be sure to check out the mini golf area for an extra dose of fun.
See real butterflies in their natural habitat at Texas Discovery Gardens inside Fair Park in Dallas. This gem holds an oasis of lush flora that will delight young and old as they watch butterflies soar around them. Just outside the butterfly garden, are sprawling fields with a large play structure built for kids and tons of beautiful plant life to explore.
Right in front of the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters and practice arena, is a huge, regulation-sized football field just begging to be played on. Toss around a football, play tag or just race back and forth until they tire out. When your kids inevitably become hungry, there’s East Hampton Sandwich Shop or Cow Tipping Creamery right nearby at this Frisco must.
This epically large, indoor-outdoor water park is open every single day in Grand Prairie. Epic Waters features 80,000 square feet of water slides, lazy river, water surfing and wave pool. Next door to Epic Waters is The Epic, a fitness, arts and entertainment destination that includes a cutting edge gym, artist-in-residence studio, recording studio, culinary studio, an indoor adventure track, a bar and more.
A public playground for children of all abilities, Dream Park was built with the goal of inclusive fun for kids with autism, disabilities, special needs and anyone with an imagination. One in five people have a disability in the U.S., and often that means sitting things out. This recently opened, colorful, whimsical park aims to make sure nobody is left out of the fun in Fort Worth.
Everyone knows about the big Dallas World Aquarium, but for a quicker, more casual and more affordable experience, visit The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Admission at the Children’s Aquarium is between $6 and $8 depending on age, and the attraction’s smaller scale keeps most of the scaled friends at eye-level for kids to explore. Don’t miss the hands-on stingray tank!
In Plano, there’s a beautiful place that’s part farm, and part museum, where if you’re not looking for it you might drive right by it without realizing. But if you should step inside the Heritage Farmstead Museum, you’ll find real farm animals, information about the history of North Texas and life on the prairie, with permanent and rotating exhibits to see.