Spring Break in DFW

More Than 20 Ideas for Kids of All Ages

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. Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

    What: Spring Break marks the return of Free Family Fun Week. It's an informal program designed to bring families together to engage in conversations about American art and artists. The museum’s educators will be stationed in the galleries to interact with families and help make connections between artworks and the natural element featured that day. During Family Fun Week, the atrium is filled with art materials so that children and adults can get creative. Cookies and lemonade are provided.

    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.

    When: Tuesday, March 11–Friday, March 14, 2014, from 10:30 a.m.–noon.

    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...MORE Rogers Memorial Center.

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    Check Out Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District

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    Learning something during Spring Break wouldn't be a bad thing! I love the Kimball. The kids might also enjoy the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Follow the link for details on all venues.

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    Cosmic Jump is a hoppening place (pun intended) where you can burn off some calories and have a lot of fun. They have a variety of jumping equipment including both dodgeball and slam dunk trampolines. At night you can glow on the trampolines with live DJ’s, an incredible sound system, and blacklights. Be sure to wear your favorite LED or glow-in-the-dark jewelry (or you can buy there). This is great for Spring Breakers of all ages.

    $8.66 for one hour and $12.99 for 2 hours for ages 7 and under. For ages 8 and older it's $12 plus tax for the first hour. A current special offers 2 hours for $16 (it's usually $6 for each additional hour).

    Cosmic Jump, 1300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300, Allen, Texas 75013. 214-383-1400. New Lewisville location I-35 and SH 121 near Chili's, 972-315-0234.

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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. BYOB: Bring Your Own (stuffed) Bunny.

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

    What: Dallas Blooms!

    When: through April 10, 2016

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

    Check out the Dallas Blooms Photo Gallery.

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    ••• Sculpture at Dallas Museum of Art. Angela Patterson

    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. 

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

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    Dallas World Aquarium

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    What: 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

    Cost: Adults $20.95; children (3-12) $12.95; under 2 no charge; seniors $16.95

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    Check out the lions and tigers and bears (oh my) take 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. Tigers, cheetahs and cougars are popular these days so visit The Hill to see what's new at the zoo.

    General Admission

    $15.00 Adults (ages 12-64)
    $12.00 Children (ages 3-11)
    $12.00 Seniors(age 65 and up)
    Free Children (age 2 and under)
    Free Dallas Zoo Members
    Parking is $8 per vehicle

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

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    What: D&B's Million Dollar Midway contains numerous electronic, skill and sports-oriented games. Many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets and motorcycles, and a golf simulator. Retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga plus shuffleboard and billiards.

    Enjoy half-priced games every Wednesday.

    Where: Arlington, 2 locations in Dallas, Frisco.

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    Euro Bubble

    ••• Euro Bubble. Angela Patterson
    If you're looking for a place where your kids can burn off some energy, I have just the place. It's called Euro Bubble and it's at Grapevine Mills Mall. It's a place out in the middle of the mall where humans get into little plastic bubbles that are filled with air and sealed. They run like hamsters in a ball over a pool of water. It's hilarious. The cost is $10 for 5 minutes and $7 for 3 minutes. I gave them $20 and my 7-year-old was worn out by the end of the run. There's not a phone for the business, according to the Grapevine Mills office. Euro Bubble, Grapevine Mills Mall near Ross.
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    What: 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 - 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 4-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.

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

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    March 7-10, 2016: Enjoy a variety of fun, educational programs and outdoor family activities. Special hours from 9 am to 5 pm on those days.

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

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    Ice Skating

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    What: Ice skating is fun at the Dallas Galleria. More details.

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

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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 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.

    Age: 5-12

    Registration FREE for current students, $45 for new students; Cost: $250

    Spring recreational mini-camp will continue to keep your children engaged and entertained with a structured schedule filled with games, sensory stations, art, music, science and discovery. All activities will be designed specifically to cater to the enrolled campers and children will be grouped by developmental level.

    Contact Radha Jogi at radha@itsasensoryworld.com for details.

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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.

    Dates: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. A round-trip day pass to ride the Safari Shuttle is $3 for adults, $1.50 for seniors 65 and older and children 18 and under, and free for children under 5.

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

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    Perfect for kids who love history. Check out What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. He is responsible for creating Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the crew (through April 26).

    Check out the planetarium or catch "Humpback Whales" in the Omni Theater.

    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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    What: Explore the rugged beauty and discover a sanctuary for endangered species. You can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself. Fossil Rim will open a half hour early at 8 a.m. during Spring Break. Avoid the crowds and feed all the exotics early. Be in line by 9 a.m. and receive a free bag of feed (a $7.95 value). 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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    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 new LEGO Ninjago Training Camp opening March 6.

    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 is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older, free for kids 2 and under. To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw.

    Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - last admission two hours prior to closing.

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

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    What: How about a game of adrenaline-pumping laser tag or indoor climbing in Texas' only indoor gravity ropes course? Play as much as you want when you purchase a Spring Break Blast Fun Pass for $15.95 per person, per day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pass is good for bowling, billiards, bocce ball, laser tag, rock climbing, glow or mini golf, and gravity.

    This unique entertainment complex also offers rock climbing, bowling, billards, arcade and other activities. 

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

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    Take advantage of family programming at the Modern over the course of the week while your school-aged children are on Spring Break. Each session is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. Both the tour and project focus on selected works in the Modern's collection. Registration is not required. Attendance is limited to 45 children per session; admission is free.

    Two sessions each day; 10-10:45 am and 2-2:45 pm

    March 14 - Focusing on Color

    March 15 - Focusing on Line
    March 16 - Focusing on Shape
    March 17 - Focusing on Value

    For more information, please send a message to childrensprograms@themodern.org.

    Public Tours

    For the week of Spring Break 2016, docent-led tours of art on view at the Modern are offered every day at 2 pm. 


    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 817-738-9215

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    Nasher Sculpture Center

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    Spring Break activities are planned at the Nasher Sculpture Center with half-priced admission and more. 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 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    ••• Did you know that dinos were found in the DFW area?. Angela Patterson

    Extending to two weeks in 2016, Spring Break at the Perot Museum will come chock-full of fun and exciting science March 5-20. From daily activities and “science on the spot” demos including pinwheels, egg dyeing, cloud making, marshmallows, rainbows, Slinkys and more, to Discovery Camps, a sleepover, 3D films and a fossil-themed Discovery Days, the Perot Museum will be springing forward with exploration around every corner. Plus from March 5-19, 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 3D 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....MORE Field Street, Dallas, Texas 75201.

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    It just opened almost three years ago and it's the most amazing hands-on classroom that's fun as well as educational. Indoor and outdoor stations 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. How cool is that?

    8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-515-6615

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    ••• Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. Angela Patterson
    My 7-year-old daughter and I just visited Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium for the first time. We loved 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 a souvenir in the shop featuring lots of sharks! We got a stuffed shark, a shark that blows bubbles and a shark post card for less than $15. Unlike many places, souvenir prices are pretty reasonable. Season/family passes are available. Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills, Parkway, Grapevine, Texas.
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    ••• The Texas SkyScreamer. Photo courtesy Six Flags Over Texas

    Six Flags Over Texas will open for its 55th season on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Purchase your discounted online ticket for $19.99, plus tax, Visit your favorite coasters, including the award-winning JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis; Titan; BATMAN The Ride; and New Texas Giant. The special online ticket offer for Opening Weekend is valid for Saturday or Sunday, March 5 or March 6.

    The park will re-open for Spring Break March 10- March 20 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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    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 in 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, Allen and The Colony.

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    March 14-18, 2016 from 11 am - 3:30 pm 
    Get out of the house and into the gardens with your family during Spring Break. Enjoy discovery-themed activities and crafts each day! Included with admission.

    3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75210. 214-428-7476 x 341

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    Spring Break Camp: Learn abut 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 from 9 am to 1 pm Monday-Friday. Cost is $55/day. Kids can sign up for as many days as they would like.

    Benbrook Stables, 817-249-1001.

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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. Special Spring Break Hours.

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

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    What: 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 "bodyflight." Check it out.

    Instructors will show you how. You don't have to just jump. (I'm leaving this to you brave kids.)

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