When the temperatures dip in Dallas-Fort Worth, we head indoors to hide out. True—we don’t get snow and 20-degree weather, but for us Texans, anything less than a sunny, 60-degree day gives us a good excuse to find fun inside. Fortunately, there’s plenty of places in DFW where you can have a good time and stay warm! Here’s 8 of my favorite places to go when it’s too chilly to play outside.
Located inside the Frisco Discovery Center, this unique museum is fun for all game enthusiasts. It’s actually one of the state’s biggest gaming museums, featuring a collection of vintage gaming consoles and artifacts! The $12 general admission ($10 for kiddos 10 and under) also includes tokens to play vintage games in their “Pixel Dreams” retro arcade. The best part about this museum? It’s 100% interactive. After all, videogames are meant to be played!
There’s something magical about this classic European style opera house in Fort Worth. You can enjoy mutiple different performances here throughout the year, but my favorite is The Nutcracker, presented by Texas Ballet Theater. This annual ballet has delighted generations with its charming story and exquisite dancing. It’s even more spectacular when you see it at the magnificent Bass Performance Hall!
Located in Victory Park near Downtown Dallas is Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a gorgeous science facility open to the public since 2012. Kids can experience dozens of interesting and educational programs, like tinkering with robots at the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, playing in the Moody Family Children’s Museum or staying warm and cozy inside for storytime at the Life Then and Now Hall. Looking for a fun way to spend the evening? The Perot also offers science sleepovers at the museum!
Grab your swimsuits and head to the largest waterpark in the nation! With wave pools, lazy rivers, a multitude of aqua-loops and slides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. This 80,000-square foot “cruise ship on land” is open year-round, even on holidays! It also has a retractable roof, making it perfect spot for water fun whether it’s a hot Texas summer or chilly winter.
This Grapevine favorite has Texas-sized outlet shopping and amazing deals. It’s my go-to for shopping with kiddos in tow, because it’s more than just a mall. Sure, they have great stores, but they also have SEA LIFE aquarium, home to around 5,000 sea creatures, including starfish, seahorses, sharks and jellyfish! Also inside the mall is LEGOLAND Discovery Center, an entire attraction dedicated to the classic building bricks.
One of the best ways to warm up? Sipping on some coffee at this local Denton hotspot. It’s located on the Historic Downtown Square, making it the perfect spot to relax before or after a day of exploring Denton’s unique boutiques and art galleries. Pro tip: You can snag a one-of-a-kind Denton souvenier at the DIME (Denton Independent Maker Exchange) Store, just a thee-minute walk away from West Oak Coffee Bar.
At the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, you can sip while you shop! The full service café at Ascension Annex serves up coffee, hot chocolates, wine, beer and more. The best part? It’s all to-go, meaning you can bring your drink with you while you window shop—even if you’re drinking adult beverage. Not many places in town where you can do that! This mall is also home to Texas’ only Crayola Experience, where kiddos can go crazy with crayons and all things colorful.
8. CAMPO VERDE
Whether you’re an adult or child, you’ll definitely feel the magic when you visit this local Arlington restaurant. Every year, they deck the halls with a spectacular holiday display! Enjoy Tex-Mex and Margaritas while watching model trains zip by under the 120,000+ lights, garlands and 30 Christmas trees. If you’re reading this after the holiday season, don’t be sad about missing the magic—Campo Verde’s festive decor stays up until March!