Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas–Fort Worth is no exception. It's the biggest metropolitan area in the state, so you can rest assured that the cities have plenty going to keep you busy on your spring break trip. Spring is one of the best times of year to visit, when the temperatures are mild and the parks are blooming with flowers. If you're traveling with kids, many of the local attractions from wildlife parks to horse stables host spring break camps. You can drop off the kids for a day—or week—of activities while exploring the rest of Dallas kid-free.
Visit the Amon Carter Museum
The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth is always hosting events about the current exhibitions, ranging from conversations with artists or curators to interactive activities geared toward kids. The museum, which specializes in American art, is free to visit at all times and for all visitors.
In 2021, the Amon Carter is open throughout the spring but all of the planned events are taking place virtually. For example, learn to create your own flower collage inspired by the floral installation on display at the museum by artist Natasha Bowdoin via Zoom.
See the Spring Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum
One of the best places to see spring flowers in the entire South is at the Dallas Arboretum during the annual event, "Dallas Blooms." Over half a million flowers are on vibrant display including bright tulip bulbs, azaleas, and pink cherry blossom trees, so make sure you pack your camera. Each week of the event, the Arboretum focuses on a different region of the U.S. and highlights the area with its local foliage and local cuisine.
The 2021 Dallas Bloom event takes place from February 21 to April 11, and the event is included with your admission into the Arboretum. Advance tickets are required with a timed entry for all visits through spring 2021.
Tour the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, or DMA, has a full calendar of events throughout the spring, although many of them are taking place virtually in 2021. The DMA is free to visit for general admission, although some special exhibitions have an additional cost. The museum's collection includes over 25,000 pieces of art that span 5,000 years, ranging from ancient African art to Renaissance clothing pieces to contemporary photography.
Check Out the Fish at the Dallas World Aquarium
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, which both share the rainforest with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fish.
Explore the Dallas Zoo
Check out the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) during your spring break trip to the Dallas Zoo. You can take your own mini safari adventure through the Wilds of Africa exhibit on the 20-minute monorail. 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.
Play Games at Dave and Buster's
Going to the arcade may sound like a spring break plan for kids, but adults often love Dave and Buster's just as much as children. There are all kinds of games like simulator race cars and fighter jets, retro favorites like Pacman, and non-electronic games like shuffleboard and billiards. On Wednesdays, all of the games are half-priced so it's an affordable outing for the family. If you're traveling with adult friends, then Friday and Saturday nights the entire facility turns into a 21 and over event. There's a location right in Dallas or in the nearby suburb of Frisco, in case you're staying outside of the city.
Hit the Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge
It doesn't matter what the temperature or weather is in the Metroplex, the Great Wolf Lodge gigantic indoor waterpark is always 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Everything you need for the perfect spring break is here. You can find themed restaurants, interactive arcades, full-service spas (and even a version for kids), fitness centers, and special spring break activities for the young ones. Spend all day relaxing as the current sweeps you along the winding lazy river while the kids will enjoy the four-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.
Get Schooled at Heard Natural Science Museum
You can enjoy a variety of fun workshops, educational programs, and outdoor family activities during the Kids' Spring Break Mini-Camps at the Heard Natural Science Museum. This wildlife sanctuary is home to all kinds of plants, birds, reptiles, and insects, many of which are fully active in the spring.
The Mini-Camps take place from March 8–12, 2021, and are split into two groups depending on the age. Younger visitors will learn about crawly critters and bird eggs while the older group learns how the park's animal ambassadors care for the wildlife. Apart from the Mini-Camps, kids get a discount for visits during March 8–12, 2021.
Go to Camp at It's a Sensory World
It's a Sensory World is perfect for kids with special needs, and the Spring Break Camp keeps participants engaged with entertaining games, sensory stations, art projects, science experiments, and more. All activities are designed specifically to cater to the enrolled campers and children will be grouped by developmental level. The 2021 Spring Break Camp takes place March 15–19.
See the Animals at Fort Worth Zoo
Spring Break Camp is a day camp for kids between the ages of 5 and 10 that include crafts, games, animal presentations, and a daily trip to the Fort Worth Zoo to visit the animals. Scheduled from March 15–19, 2021, campers can choose to join for just one day or go the entire week. Campers must pack their own lunch each day but snacks will be provided.
Explore the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
The experience of visiting the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is kind of like Jurassic Park, except instead of driving your vehicle through a park of dinosaurs, discover a sanctuary for endangered species. Visitors can drive their own car through the nature park which has free-roaming giraffes, rhinos, deer, ostrich, cheetahs, and more. You'll even be given a cup of animal feed that you can throw from the car to attract hungry residents.
The animals are especially active and looking for food in the morning, so reserving an early time slot to visit the park is the best time to visit.
Play Games at Main Event
How about a game of adrenaline-pumping laser tag or indoor climbing in Texas' only indoor gravity ropes course? The unique entertainment complex Main Event also offers rock climbing, bowling, billiards, arcade, and other thrilling activities that can easily keep kids entertained for hours. There are several Main Event locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area to choose from for your spring break activities.
See Some Art at Nasher Sculpture Center
Right next to the Dallas Museum of Art is this artsy gallery dedicated to the plastic arts. The Nasher Sculpture Center houses an impressive collection of artwork from artists like Pablo Picasso, Richard Serra, Giacometti, Rodin, Duchamp, among many others. The museum is open in 2021, but the typical programming is taking place virtually, so even if you aren't in the Dallas area you can join in to the events from anywhere in the world.
Stroll Through the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden
Part of the Dallas Arboretum, the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden 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.
Go Underwater at the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium
Get the full ocean view via the 360-degree underwater tunnel full of sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and nearly 300 other species of sea life at the Grapevine Aquarium. Kids can play in the touch pools to get an interactive lesson on tide pool creatures and also check out the sea turtles in North Texas' only sea turtle hospital. Many of the education activities focus on sustainability and protecting the ocean, so everyone leaves having a great time and equipped with information on helping their favorite animals.
Ride the Rollercoasters at Six Flags Over Texas
In the off season, Six Flags Over Texas has limited hours and only opens on weekends. But during spring break, which is from March 12–21, 2021, the park is open all week long. Visit your favorite coasters, including the award-winning JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis; Titan; BATMAN The Ride; and New Texas Giant.
Thrill seekers of all ages can 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 has musical tunes running through the park both day and night.
Tee Up at Top Golf
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 at least 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, and you don't even need a caddy.
Join the Equestrian Camp at Benbrook Stables
During Spring Break Camp at Benbrook Stables, kids learn about feeding the animals, horsemanship, horse nutrition, grooming, horse safety, tack and equipment, and horse anatomy. Of course, riding is also part of the camp and kids will get to try out Western style, English style, and even bareback. The 2021 camp is from March 15–19, and participants can drop in for a day or take part in the whole week.
Bounce Around at Urban Air Adventure Park
About 24,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines fuel sky-soaring bouts of open jump play and bounce-based sports at Urban Air Adventure Park. But it isn't just bouncing around, there are also obstacle courses, rope challenges, trampoline basketball, dodgeball, and more activities that kids of all ages can enjoy. With over 15 locations all around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it's easy to find an Urban Air near by.
Skydive at iFLY
If you've wanted to try skydiving but can't bring yourself to jump out of a plane, indoor skydiving at iFLY may be the activity for you. The wind tunnel gives riders the sensation of free falling through the air without the heights, and your instructor can even guide you to practice doing flips or somersaults in the tunnel. That way if you ever do graduate to real skydiving, you'll already have the acrobatics perfected.
Go Wild at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center
If your child loves Legos, then a spring break visit to LEGOLAND Discovery Center may be the perfect excursion to build on their natural creativity. From the agility Ninjago Adventure course to an interactive 4-D movie, kids won't be wanting for more in this action-packed park. You can even point out all of the city's landmarks on a mini-display of Dallas-Fort Worth that's built completely out of Legos.
Visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum is open to visitors, but the spring break camps are canceled in 2021.
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 springs forward with exploration around every corner.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas and 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.
See the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
As of February 2021, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is closed until further notice.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History 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.