I’ve been to many aquariums in the DFW area, and this one is honestly my favorite. It’s not too big or too small, and there’s a ton to do inside. It’s also incredibly kid-friendly and packed with a variety of sea life. Sea Life has an interactive stingray tank where you can pet and feed the rays, open-top tanks around the aquarium with sea creatures to touch and hold, a multi-level jungle gym and viewing bubbles throughout the aquarium where you can crawl inside and see the sea creatures from a different angle.
Of course, everyone’s favorite is the walk-through tunnel—a 360-degree glass tunnel through the aquarium filled with sharks, sea turtles, fish, crabs, lobsters…you name it! If you’re traveling with toddlers, every Tuesday is toddler day at SeaLife and admission is only $15 for you and two toddlers. There are also combo packages for Sea Life and Legoland, which is directly across the hall.
Although this isn’t a giant amusement park like the original Legoland in California, it definitely makes for a fun interactive outing with the kids! LegoLand Discovery Center has rides (like Merlin’s Apprentice Ride), appearances from Lego characters, a 4D cinema, and over-the-top Lego displays. During spring and summer, you can also enjoy Pirate Beach—a Lego-themed pirate ship splash park. We’ve taken our son here as a tiny toddler and as a “bigger kid” (when he was three), and he enjoyed it both times.
The majority of the activities are geared for children over 36-inches, which is the height requirement for the rides and the Ninjago City Adventure jungle gym, which can be played in for hours. Little builders can also let their imaginations loose in the toddler-friendly DUPLO Village. My son’s favorite activity in LegoLand Discovery Center is the Lego Racers area, where kids can build their own Lego cars and race them down different size ramps. He must have done this at least 50 times, and it never got old!
Fun fact: This is the first Peppa Pig World of Play in the U.S., and currently the only one in Texas! Here, your little Peppa lover can immerse themselves in everything Peppa Pig. They can imagine being one of the characters as they play in Peppa-town, Grandad Dog’s garage, Peppa Pig’s Treehouse, Grandpa Pig’s Train, and of course, George’s Fort, where they can jump, climb and slide to Peppa music. Kids can also ride on a Peppa’s School Bus and visit Miss Rabbit at the Supermarket! In my opinion, Peppa Pig World of Play is best for small children ages 5 and under. I enjoy Peppa’s World for a play-date, because it is small enough for parents to hang out in the center of it all and watch as their kids run and play through the Peppa’s world.
PRO TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
If you’re planning to visit SeaLife, LegoLand or Peppa Pig World of Play, you’ll want to pre-purchase your ticket online. When you buy your ticket online, you can choose what time and day you’re going to visit. The designated time slot makes things a lot easier, prevents crowds, and helps move everyone along (especially on weekends!).
For more fun, be sure to check out Round 1 Bowling & Amusement. It’s family-friendly fun for everyone with bowling, arcades, and jungle gyms for the little ones. I’m sure that all of these activities will have you working up an appetite, and you can’t skip the Rainforest Cafe at Grapevine Mills Mall! It’s a jungle-themed restaurant decked out from floor to ceiling, including animals and rain, jungle sounds and a big fish tank that all the kids love.
Grapevine Mills Mall is a great spot for indoor fun. Being in Texas, some days are just too hot (or cold!) to be outside, and this is the perfect place to hang out and have a full day of fun!