Dallas offers a whole lot more than tall hats, tasty southern food, and the Cowboys. This city is growing quickly and provides a plethora of family-friendly activities for residents and visitors alike.
This is the perfect time of year to visit Dallas. Start by building an itinerary of fun things to do with kids ranging from local art and music to popular events and landmarks. Our guide will have you exploring every corner of the city from downtown, to far north, to down south.
Central Dallas is one of the most popular city neighborhoods. With lushes green spaces, tons of shopping and top-rated restaurants, and the booming arts scene, downtown Dallas is one of the best places to entertain the whole family. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most walkable areas in the entire state so getting around with kids is no trouble at all.
While downtown, be sure to explore one of the most beautiful art districts in the country. The district spans more than 20 blocks and 68 acres. Downtown Dallas is also a highly walkable neighborhood with its own unique vibe.
Dallas Arts District Block Party
If you happen to be visiting during the Dallas Arts District Block Party, you’re in for a treat. The event brings crowds of visitors and passionate artists from all over the world to the Dallas Arts District. Festival-goers get a unique look at Dallas with the melting pot of local visual and performing arts groups, pop-up performances, and tons of cool local food trucks. The annual block party is a great way to kick off any vacation.
Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center lives in the art district’s center and is home to hundreds of fine modern and contemporary sculptures. There are 300+ sculptures crafted by varying artists such as Shapiro, Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Picasso, Giacometti, Serra, Hepworth, Roding, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Gormley, and many more.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art has been ranked as one of the best art institutions in the country. It’s unique and innovative displays and educational programs have gained the museum worldwide recognition. Today, it is home to more than 22,000 works of art, spanning more than 5,000 years of humanity. Some special exhibits require an admission fee but general admission is free to the public.
Far North Texas
Outside downtown, you’ll find plenty of other fun things to do with kids. Up north, the Beltline Entertainment District runs from Dallas right through the center of Addison. This area is perfect for shopaholics and food fanatics alike. Far North Texas is a gorgeous region, home to countless residential areas — each with their own unique personality and flare. Another fun Dallas shopping destination is the Galleria, but it’s a bit more upscale.
Beltline Entertainment District
Find some of the city’s best restaurants in the Beltline Entertainment District. Choose between vibrant Tex-Mex at Uncle Julio’s, smoky southern BBQ at Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke, or another top-rated hot spot. This district also offers shopping for families, all in walkable distance.
The Galleria is a shopping mall with over 200 stores spread between four floors. This mall is so massive it even has an ice level! It is the seventh largest shopping mall in the state and is a must-see for both heavy spenders and window shoppers.
South Dallas is full of fun kids entertainment too. This section of Dallas is thriving with new construction and incoming residents but it also holds some of the city’s richest history. Spend the afternoon exploring interactive exhibits at the children’s aquarium or check out the Texas Discovery Gardens and learn about sustainability.
The Children’s Aquarium
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be an unforgettable day of fun for the kiddos. The exhibits are learning-focused and feature marine and freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, and other aquatic animals. Here, children can feed different animal species, take educational tours of the aquarium, and enjoy several rotating and long-term exhibits.
Texas Discovery Gardens
The Texas Discovery Gardens are perfect for the whole family. The 7.5-acre garden will swoon nature enthusiasts and truth-seekers and promote a sustainable life for the future. The gardens take pride in being open year-round and maintained organically. This urban oasis is a great spot to learn about nature and the sustainable methods these gardens use to conserve energy and water. The Texas Discovery Gardens are also home to the Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium where visitors can see dozens of butterflies flying around freely in a man-made tropical rainforest environment.
For anyone visiting or new to the city, be sure to hit these must-see destinations during your stay. There are also deals on fun things to do with kids in Dallas that tourists and local families should explore.