Spring break is right around the corner! Don’t panic we have a great list of DFW spring break ideas. It’s easy to have a fun staycation when there are so many activities around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Things to do in Dallas for Spring Break
Are your kids out of school for the week and looking for ways to keep them busy so you don’t lose your mind? Don’t worry, here is a list of free or inexpensive activities to keep the kids entertained and having fun this spring break.
DFW spring break ideas
Fort Worth Zoo – Get outside and let the kids roam free amongst the animals. Wednesdays are 1/2 price – but get there early because it gets busy quickly and you’ll want to find a good parking spot.
Texas Tulip Farm – This pick-your-own tulip farm is a great destination that will have you feeling like you’re in Holland. Picking baskets are provided and tulips are $2.50 per stem.
TexRail – Hop on the TexRail at one of the 9 stations and take the kids for a ride. Hop off at the Grapevine Station to eat lunch and walk around Main Street before boarding and heading back home.
Picnic at Grapevine Botanical Gardens – Pack a picnic and head to the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. The park has plenty of trails, ponds, flowers, picnic areas, and a butterfly garden that the kiddos will enjoy.
Museum of American Railroad – Take an outdoor walking tour of some of the unique trains they have in the yard. The collection represents over 100 years of America’s rail history. The tour takes you back in time when the railroad was kind. Be sure to take a few pics by the steam engines and aboard the commuter cars.
National Videogame Museum – This is the only museum dedicated to video games and it’s fun for all ages! Not only do you get to remember all your classic games from your childhood, but some before your time! As soon as you enter the museum, you are greeted with a massive Pong game, I think I could have spent an hour just playing that!
Each person is given a handful of tokens to play in the arcade. This was a highlight for my son and he tried his hand at classic arcade games and some he had never seen before. They also have room set-ups from the ’70s and ’90s with an Atari and Nintendo set up.
This is such a unique museum and certainly a lot of fun for all ages!
KidZania – Have a child between 3-14? Then you need to take them to KidZania, a town run by kids for kids. Children have the opportunity to complete various jobs throughout the city and earn KidZos. With the money, they earned they can buy rock climbing, pilot simulations, and candy or toys at the local department store.
A few of my sons’ favorite jobs are being a fireman. They first learn about fire safety, then take a ride on a kid-sized truck to put on a building fire with real water. Then we head upstairs so he can try his hand at being a pilot. After having his eye exam, he watched an instructional video and was able to fly a plane for about 20 minutes.
My son also went to college, worked as a police officer, learned to change a bike tire, dentist, and worked out. In about 4 hours he was able to complete about 7 jobs. Before heading back to the hotel, he was able to cash in his hard-earned KidZos for some candy and a toy.
Crayola Experience Plano – You want to make sure to plan for at least 2 hours so you have time for each exhibit.
Once you enter the park, each guest receives a goody bag filled with a box of crayons, two tokes, and a coupon for a free prize. The tokens can be used for creating a costume crayon label.
While most exhibits such as creating your own coloring page, wax mold, spin art, chalk art, movie, etc are included in admission, there are a few exhibits that cost extra.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – This park is a great place to lace up your tennis shoes and get outside to explore. Arbor Hills cover 200 acres and has several hiking and mountain biking trails. I recommend hiking up to the observation tower for gorgeous views of the nature preserve.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve – Plano’s largest park that spans over 800 acres with 8 miles of paved trails and 5 miles of dirt trails. This is a great place to bring your bike and explore the entire nature preserve. Our favorite trails to ride are around the lake and on the board. The lake trail does not offer much shade, but the boardwalk and trails around that area are heavily shaded.
Bob Jones Nature Center – Expanding over 750 acres, takes you on several trails with some leading to lake Grapevine.
The nature center has over 20 miles of hiking trails as well as a fishing pond. Some trails are narrow, so long socks or pants are great – especially if you or your kids don’t like getting scratched or touched by bugs!
Dinosaur Valley State Park – This 1,524-acre park lets you explore nature and search for dinosaur tracks on the trails.
This is a park favorite for kids and adults. When the river is low you can see dinosaur prints at several locations throughout the park.
Adults are $7 and free for those under 12. This park is great for those looking to spend a full day in nature. There is everything to do from hiking, picnic, biking, swim, rent a kayak, or taking a trail ride on horseback.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge – This gem is made up of over 3,000 acres filled with bison, deer, and buffalos. It’s easy to spend an entire day here exploring.
The center also has guided hikes, kayak tours, canoe rentals, and guided birding. Not wanting to do a group activity? Don’t worry, the park has plenty of trails to explore on your own and places to picnic.
Price is $5 for adults and $2 for children.