Spring Break in DFW

More Than 20 Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Angela Patterson

Wondering what to do with the family over spring break? How about a staycation when Spring Break rolls around mid-March? The DFW area has many great things to do over the break from school. Here are a few fun things the entire family will enjoy -- right here in our own backyard.

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    Amon Carter Museum of American Art
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    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.

    Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. 817-738-1933

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

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    Check Out Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District

    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Texas
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    Learning something during Spring Break wouldn't be a bad thing. The Kimball is a popular museum.

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    Teepee and Mud House at Dallas Arboretum
    Angela Patterson

    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 and your Easter finery for photos among half a million blooming tulips, daffodils, pansies, azaleas and more. The bridge in front of one of the cottages is the perfect place for your official Easter photo.

    Activities during Spring Break include Mommy and Me Monday and Tiny Tot Tuesdays.

    What: Dallas Blooms!

    When: Through April 8, 2018

    Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500

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    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 from March 13 to March 16 in 2018.

    Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-922-1200.

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    The Dallas World Aquarium is an incredible attraction, 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.

    Where: Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202. 214-720-2224

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    Dallas Zoo
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    Check out the lions and 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.

    Where: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203. 214-670-5656

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    Dave and Buster's, Dallas, Texas
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    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, and a golf simulator. You'll also find retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga plus shuffleboard and billiards.

    Enjoy half-priced games every Wednesday.

    Where: Arlington, Dallas, Frisco.

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    Great Wolf Lodge
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    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.

    Where: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. 800-943-1127

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    Heard Natural Science Museum
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    March 13 to 15, 2018: Enjoy a variety of fun, educational programs, and outdoor family activities for Kids' Spring Break Mini-Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

    Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX | 75069

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    Galleria Ice Skating Center
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    Ice skating is fun at the Dallas Galleria.

    Where: Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240. 972-392-3361

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    Cinemark 17 and IMAX Theatre, 11819 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, Texas 75234
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    It's an audio-visual playground! Check out DFW's great IMAX locations.

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    It's a Sensory World
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    Awaiting 2018 details

    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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    Fort Worth Zoo
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    Awaiting 2018 details

    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.

    Dates: Typically 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Spring Break. After-care available.

    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. 

    Where: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110. 817-759-7500

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    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
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    This museum is perfect for kids who love history. Check out "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World" through May 6, 2018 and "Go Figure" which brings five popular children's books to life.

    Check out the planetarium or catch "Flight of the Butterflies" or "Coral Reef Adventure" in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome.

    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107. 817-255-9300

    Museum Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5pm; Sunday: Noon - 5 pm.

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    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.

    Where: Less than an hour from Fort Worth at 2155 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043

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    Legoland Discovery Center
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    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.

    Tickets: Admission varies. Buy tickets in advance online for discounts.

    Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Last admission is two hours prior to closing.

    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051. Phone: 877-818-1677.

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    Main Event
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    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. 

    Where: Locations in Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine, Lewisville, and Plano.

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    Nasher Sculpture Center
    Angela Patterson

    Spring Break activities are planned at the Nasher Sculpture Center with a workshop on March 12, 2018 and free admission on March 13, 2018. Enjoy art both indoors and outside. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201. 214-242-5100. The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    Angela Patterson

    From March 10 to 18 in 2018, 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 10-17, the Museum will stay open until 7:00 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.

    Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas 75201.

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    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.

    8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-515-6615

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    SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
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    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.

    Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills, Parkway, Grapevine, Texas.

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    The Texas SkyScreamer
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    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 to March 18 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. 

    Where: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX 76010. 817-640-8900

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    Courtesy of 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.

    Where: Top Golf has locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Allen, and The Colony.

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    Benbrook Stables
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    Awaiting 2018 details

    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 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Kids can sign up for as many days as they would like.

    Benbrook Stables, 817-249-1001

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    Urban Air Adventure Park
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    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.

    Urban Air Trampoline Park, 325 Commerce, Southlake TX 76092. 817-203-8686

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    Woodhaven Stable offers horseback riding camps and lessons in Western riding, English jump course, poles, and barrels.

    Woodhaven Stable, 3670 Orr Rd. Allen, TX 75002. 972-562-6518

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    Some events are family-friendly. Others are for ages 21 and up. Be sure to wear green or you might just get pinched.

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    It's a good time to start looking into summer camp ideas for your kids. Plan early because spaces fill quickly. And you don't want to hear "I'm booorrreeeddd" all summer long!

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    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." Check it out.

    Instructors will show you how. You don't have to just jump.

    iFly, 8380 S.H 121, Frisco, Texas. 214-618-4359