23 Best Things to Do for Spring Break in Dallas-Forth Worth

Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. The city is the third-largest in the Lone Star State, and it has plenty of fun, family-friendly activities to discover. Consider a staycation over Spring Break in mid-March to really explore your own backyard. The DFW area has history galore (including the famous JFK assassination site), art museums, aquariums, sculpture centers, and more.

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Visit the Amon Carter Museum

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Amon Carter Museum

Spring Break at the Amon Center features conversations about American art and artists. Enjoy art projects, creativity challenges, gallery games, food trucks, lawn games, and more throughout the afternoon. Be prepared to create, compete, and consider American art in a new way.

Reservations are not necessary, but parents are encouraged to call 817-989-5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org for helpful information and parking tips or to learn more about the Family Loyalty Program.

Parking Tip: The museum has a free parking lot located on Camp Bowie Blvd. If it's full, there is a paid-to-park lot located at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

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See the Spring Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum

Teepee and Mud House at Dallas Arboretum
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There's no need to break the bank on your Spring Break activities. Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is only $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Pack a picnic lunch (bringing your own food will save a ton of money). The kids can play on the Texas-themed playground in teepees and mud huts down by the lake. Bring the camera for photos among half a million blooming tulips, daffodils, pansies, and azaleas during Dallas Blooms. The bridge in front of one of the cottages is the perfect place for your official Easter photo.

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Tour the Dallas Museum of Art

Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, USA
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It’s Art Madness at the DMA! Enjoy an action-packed week of art-making activities, family tours, story times, and team gallery competitions for families. Activities are free and held daily March 12-15, 2019.

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Check Out the Fish at the Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas World Aquarium
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The Dallas World Aquarium is an incredible attraction and the perfect adventure for kids of any age. The indoor adventure begins at the top of the Orinoco, Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit. The upper levels showcase birds and mammals, ranging in size from small Vampire bats to large Antillean manatees, that share the rainforest with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fish.

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Explore the Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
Dallas Zoo

Check out the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) on the 20-minute monorail safari through the Wilds of Africa exhibit. You wanna iguana? Experience one of the best reptile and amphibian exhibits in the U.S. in the Pierre A. Fontaine Bird & Reptile building. Other exhibits include the Simmons Hippo Outpost and the Elephants on the Savanna.

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Play Games at Dave and Buster's

Dave and Buster's, Dallas, Texas
Dave and Buster's

Dave and Buster's contains numerous electronic, skill and sports-oriented games. There are many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets, and motorcycles, as well as a golf simulator. You'll also find retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga, plus shuffleboard and billiards. Enjoy half-priced games every Wednesday.

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Hit the Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge

It doesn't matter what the temperature or weather is in the Metroplex, this resort's gigantic indoor waterpark is always 84 degrees. Everything you need for the perfect Spring Break is here. You will find themed restaurants, interactive arcades, ​full-service spas (and even a version for kids), fitness centers, and special spring break activities for the kids. Spend all day relaxing as the current sweeps you along the endless, winding lazy river. The kids will enjoy the four-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.

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Get Schooled at Heard Natural Science Museum

Heard Natural Science Museum
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From March 9 to 17, 2019, you can enjoy a variety of fun, educational programs, and outdoor family activities for Kids' Spring Break Mini-Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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Go to Camp at It's a Sensory World

It's a Sensory World
It's a Sensory World

It's a Sensory World is perfect for kids with special needs. They are offering a mini spring break camp in the month of March to provide structured fun when school is out.

In previous years, spring recreational mini-camp has kept children engaged and entertained with a structured schedule filled with games, sensory stations, art, music, science, and discovery. All activities are designed specifically to cater to the enrolled campers and children will be grouped by developmental level. Best for ages 5 to 12.

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See the Animals at Fort Worth Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo
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Spring Break Camp is a day camp for first through sixth-grade students that include crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip to the Zoo. Campers must pack a lunch each day and snacks will be provided. The Fort Worth Zoo is open 365 days a year. During Spring Break, the camp typically runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Break Parking Tip: You can take the Safari Shuttle, provided by The T. The Safari Shuttle bus will run from Bus Bay A adjacent to the Trinity Railway Express platform at The T’s downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo during spring break. 

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See the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
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This museum is perfect for kids who love history. Check out the planetarium or catch "Flight of the Butterflies" or "Coral Reef Adventure" in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Explore the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
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Explore the rugged beauty and discover a sanctuary for endangered species. You can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself and avoid the crowds and feed all the exotics early. Be in line at 9:00 a.m. and receive a free bag of feed. Greet the wild residents during breakfast. See how playful they are early in the morning and you can avoid the Spring Break crowds.

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Go Wild at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center

Kids can be tough. Bring them to LEGOLAND Discovery Center and see if they have what it takes to join the Ninjago team and help take on the bad guys at the LEGO Ninjago Training Camp.

The training camp brings the popular line of LEGO Ninjago toys to life and gives visitors the chance to show off their ninja skills with interactive features. Enhance your coordination and test your reactions with ninja missions, grow your creativity by building Ninjago out of LEGO bricks, then demonstrate your ​agility and skill by taking on the laser maze. How fast can you make it through? There's only one way to find out.

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Play Games at Main Event

Main Event
Main Event

How about a game of adrenaline-pumping laser tag or indoor climbing in Texas' only indoor gravity ropes course? This unique entertainment complex also offers rock climbing, bowling, billiards, arcade, and other activities. 

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See Some Art at Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center
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Spring Break activities are planned at the Nasher Sculpture Center on the second week of March. Enjoy art both indoors and outside. The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Visit the Perot Musem of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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From March 9 to 17, 2019, Spring Break at the Perot Museum is chock-full of fun and exciting science. From daily activities and “science on the spot” demos including bio-lab experiments, crafts with recycled materials, and 3-D films, the Perot Museum will be springing forward with exploration around every corner. Plus from March 9-16, the Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. giving guests extra hours to squeeze it all in.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is incredible. It's very interactive. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks, and educational games.

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Stroll Through the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden
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This is an indoor and outdoor hands-on classroom with 17 galleries focused on science and nature. Outside, kids are immersed in nature as they stroll along the boardwalk, roam through the grass tunnel, explore a full acre of wetlands, cross through the tree canopy along the Texas Skywalk, and explore under a waterfall. Indoors, the Discovery Center introduces technology to enhance a plant and soil lab station and allows children to solve a C.S.I-style mystery in a mini 3-D theater.

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Go Underwater at the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

Kids love the 360-degree underwater tunnel full of sharks and other great sea life. There are over 5,000 different sea creatures swimming around in there. There's even a play area so the kids can burn off a little energy after checking out the fish. Pick up an affordable souvenir in the shop. Season/family passes are available.

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Ride the Rollercoasters at Six Flags Over Texas

The Texas SkyScreamer
Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas opens in March on weekends for its 57th season. Visit your favorite coasters, including the award-winning JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis; Titan; BATMAN The Ride; and New Texas Giant.

The park will re-open for Spring Break March 10-18 and March 23-25 to allow thrill seekers of all ages to let their hair down and not only enjoy coasters but also live entertainment. From karaoke to local and party band performances, Six Flags Over Texas will have musical tunes running through the park both day and night. 

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Tee Up at Top Golf

Topgolf
Topgolf

Challenge your friends or family to some Top Golf. No, it's not putt-putt. It's a 240-yard outfield with dartboard like targets on the ground. Just hit your microchipped balls and see if you can go the distance, or even come close. Score again with TopGolf’s extensive food and beverage menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest foodies. You don't have to own a green jacket to be a star here. You don't even need a caddy.

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Join the Equestrian Camp at Benbrook Stables

Benbrook Stables
Benbrook Stables

At Spring Break Camp in previous years, kids could learn about feeding, horsemanship, horse nutrition, grooming, horse safety, horseback riding (western, English, and bareback), tack and equipment, and horse anatomy. Do arts and crafts, take hikes and hayrides, and play lots of games.

Camp times are typically from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday to Friday. Kids can sign up for as many days as they would like.

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Bounce Around at Urban Air Trampoline Park

Urban Air Adventure Park
Urban Air Adventure Park

About 24,000 square foot of wall-to-wall trampolines fuels sky-soaring bouts of open jump play and bounce-based sports. There are typically special Spring Break Hours.

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Skydive at iFly

With the invention of modern wind tunnels, skydivers have been given a consistent and practical way to develop and hone skills that usually require jumping from a plane. It's called "body flight." Instructors will show you how. You don't have to just jump.

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