The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is bursting with fun, affordable, family-friendly activities; read on for some ideas!
All aboard the Forest Park Miniature Railroad!
1. Who says you can only get your art fix inside a museum? The Public ArtWalk Dallas resulted from a completely awesome initiative to get people moving and enjoying art out in the fresh air. This free, 3.3 mile route highlights thirty pieces of art and architecture in downtown Dallas - what a great way to get a feel for the city! Check it all out here.
2. It's the little engine that could, and has, since 1959. The Forest Park Miniature Railroad is a dream come true for train lovers big and small; the five-mile, 45-minute ride departs from Forest Park Depot and takes passengers on a scenic loop. You'll see the Dick Pond in Trinity Park and pass over six bridges, and might even catch sight of the Grapevine Vintage Railway if you're lucky. Adults ride for $4 and kids for $3.50.
3. Saturday mornings at 10, the Artisan Center Theater transforms into Artie's Playhouse: Artie happens to be a monkey, and it's all about the kids! Bring the family over to take in some fun, interactive theater performances by local children and youth. Programs typically run about an hour, and are appropriate for all ages. Check for performance schedules and ticket prices here (sometimes non-Saturday performances are added).
Accommodation Tip: The Best Western PLUS Hotel and Conference Center puts you right in the center of it all - but when the kids need some free time, there's a biiiig outdoor pool for plenty of splashing around.