North Texas is known for its’ chilly winters and 100-degree summers. Although it’s fun to be outdoors—lets face it—we all need a reprieve from crazy Texas weather every once in a while. Whether you’re looking to escape the cold wind or the heat of the sun, DFW’s best indoor attractions will keep you and your little ones comfortable and entertained.
What we love about the Amon Carter Museum is that it educates and connects visitors to American heritage through exceptional art. From works of legendary American artists like Frederic Remington to the current exhibit, Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas – the museum offers diverse collections to fascinate and inspire us. The museum is always FREE and offers programs like story time activities for children and artist talks for art aficionados.
With exceptional artworks always on display and engaging activities for all ages, the DMA is simply a must-visit. They offer everything from storytimes for toddlers and babies, summer art camps for kids, to concerts and late night programs for adults. This award-winning museum also offers FREE general admission.
A pretend play heaven, this museum is a kid-sized indoor city with a grocery store, a firehouse, a hospital, a campsite and even a boat for kids to “go fish.” Visit the arts and crafts station where kids can get in touch with their creative side, working with different themes. The best part? Each child gets a FREE snack with admission.
If you want a sports-related activity that is fun for the whole family in an indoor setting with educational values, the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame is for you! Enjoy a unique bowling experience as you observe bowling artifacts from centuries ago, watch vintage film clips of the bowling legends of the past, and bowl in the computer-assisted bowling training centers. Admissions are just under $10, and kids under 3 get in for FREE!
You can’t go wrong with a little visit to Ripley’s! They have all sorts of cool things that will startle and charm both kids and adults. Take photos with your favorite celebs and icons at the Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax, find your way out of the mirror maze and try not to stumble when you cross the spinning vortex tunnel. Get your tickets here; kids under the age of 4 are FREE.
Much like Small World Big Imagination, this children’s museum is meant for playing pretend! What’s fun about Play Street Museum is that each location has a different make-believe world your kiddo can bring to life, from the great outdoors to Frisco’s local town square. Admission is $11 for little ones ages 1-8 and FREE for older and younger siblings.
No matter your age, a day at Pinstack is a day well spent. They have a massive bowling space (offering lane side food and drinks), along with a high ropes course, two-level laser tag, video game alley, rock climbing wall, bumper cars, giant foosball and a laser maze! If you get hungry, you can nosh on their top-of-the-line menu items and wash it down with a glass of wine, a seasonal cocktail or draft beer. Don’t miss their killer happy hour Monday through Friday and Wine Down Wednesdays with 50% off bottles of wine!
8. THE COOP
If you watch Shark Tank, you might remember Barbara Corcoran investing in The Coop several years ago. Since then, the ladies who envisioned this modern play space have brought it to Frisco for kiddos and parents in DFW to enjoy! They have free wifi (for the parents who want to get some work in while their little ones play), as well as an espresso bar for the adults and a curly slide, rope climbing tunnel, GIANT ball pit and interactive gaming floor for the kids. Admission is $10 per child and free for parents, but if you want to save some cash, be sure to stop in on Tuesday for $2 off!
This exciting hands-on attraction is one of Plano’s newest hotspots and the first of its’ kind in Texas! After a morning of shopping at the Shops at Willow Bend, bring the kiddos to Crayola Experience (located in the mall) to enjoy over 25 activities, including the Color Playground, Crayon Factory, and—of course—coloring! Get the most bang for your buck by buying your tickets online for $20.
This play space’s name says it all—it’s perfect for little humans who want to have BIG fun! Ideal for ages 12 months to 8 years old, Little Humans Big Fun offers hands-on exploring for kiddos and wifi and complimentary coffee, lattes and cappuccinos for adults. There’s tons of space and things to do that focus on STEAM interactive play (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Kiddos under 12 months or older than 11 years get in free with one paid admission of $13.
11. EPIC WATERS
Did you know that Grand Prairie is home to the largest indoor waterpark in the nation? At Epic Waters, you can enjoy water slides and lazy rivers year-round. It’s always a balmy 85 degrees at this indoor waterpark! Kiddos will love the Rascal’s Round-Up play area, and bigger thrill-seekers have tons of rides to choose from. The YellowJacket Drop will definitely get your heart pumping! Tickets are $34 for visitors over 48″ and $29 for those under 48″. Children ages 3 or younger get in free.