If you’re looking for family fun in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this is it. Many of the suburbs have lots of fun activities for kids. Here is a roundup of things to do in Mid-Cities and the surrounding area. This post is part of an ongoing series to help local families and visitors find fun, family-friendly entertainment across Texas.
For this blog post, the Mid-Cities area includes anything between Fort Worth and Dallas. While most of these cities are not technically defined as mid-cities, they don’t each have 10+ family attractions for a stand alone post, but I also didn’t want to leave them out of the series.
Things to do in Mid-Cities
1. Irving Arts Center, Irving
The Irving Arts Center is a hub for theater, history, and art exhibits. The sculpture garden has permanent installations, but everything else changes regularly. The best way to see what’s coming soon is to check the calendar. Past family-friendly exhibits have included Ghengis Khan, Egyptian mummies, and Peruvian Gold.
2. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad is beautiful to see and provides a unique look at the DFW landscape. Passengers can take an authentic, vintage locomotive car on a round-trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back. The train runs most weekend year-round, with extra rides during holidays. There are two ticket options: first-class, which rides in air-conditioned/heated cars and touring class, which rides in open-air/heated cars.
3. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Grapevine
LEGO fans of all ages can have fun at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Little kids will enjoy the rides and building with bricks. Big kids (and adults) will appreciate the detailed exhibits. Read about our experiences at LEGOLAND. Since our visit, the outdoor pirate water area has opened.
4. Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake
Hike through 700+ acres of trails, watch birds, and explore nature. The Bob Jones Nature Center also hosts lots of classes for kids and adults. Admission is free, but most organized activities have a fee.
5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Grand Prairie
The “Odditorium” is packed with strange, weird, and downright unbelievable sights. There are 12 themed galleries to walk through with artifacts like shrunken heads and a model of the world’s tallest man. There are also three other attractions (for an additional fee): Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax, the Enchanted Mirror Maze, and the Laser Maze Challenge. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is open daily.
6. Artisan Center Theater, Hurst
Artisan Center Theater has a special children’s series performed for kids and by kids. Like the main programming, the schedule changes each season. Many of the shows are based on fairy tales or Disney Princess stories. Audience participation is part of most shows. Tickets are inexpensive ($5 for kids and $10 for adults at the time of posting).
7. Heritage Park, Euless
Across from the Euless Heritage Museum, the four-acre Heritage Park shares a piece of history. The green space under the water tower is home to three historic buildings: the Fuller House, Himes Log Cabin, and McCormick Barn. The park also has a modern playground and short walking trail.
8. NRH2O, North Richland Hills
The city water park, NRH2O, is family friendly and has rides for all ages. Single-rider, multi-rider, and family areas are designated with height requirements. Even those who don’t enjoy water slides can have fun in the wave pool, endless river, and water playground. Select nights in the summer, the water park shows family movies on a projection screen over the pool. Plan your trip around the current discounts to save money.
9. Mountasia Family Fun Center, North Richland Hills
Mountasia is a family fun park that appeals to kids of all ages. There are carnival rides, go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, and an indoor arcade. Pay per ride and activity or save money with an unlimited ride wristband that grants all-day admission to most of the activities.
10. Boy’s Ranch, Bedford
This urban park hosts tons of community events, year-round. Even when there isn’t something on the calendar, the park has a big pond with a jogging path, sports fields, a playground, picnic areas, and a fishing pier. It is also the home of Bedford Splash, an aquatic center with water slides and pools, open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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