Super Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Dallas with Kids!

Sharon Tighe

February 10, 2015


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Here is a selection of the best ‘must-see’ free and almost-free activities to make sure that your family-time in Dallas is unforgettable! Read on to discover our Super Budget-Friendly Things to do in Dallas with Kids!

 1. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

A magnificent facility with wonderful acoustics and great views from every seat! Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is always a treat to visit! While writing this post current shows included the musical West Side Story, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and a celebration of the music from our favourite animated features – Disney In Concert.

2. Stylish Dallas Travel

FREE: It’s hard to believe that it is completely free to take one of these gorgeous re-conditioned vintage trolley cars around the uptown neighbourhood of Dallas! Soak up the sights in one of the McKinney Avenue Trolleys, that run all year round on the city’s original trolley tracks.

3. Dallas World Aquarium


Image from the Dallas World Aquarium

Let the adventure begin at Dallas World Aquarium! More like a zoo than just an aquarium, tours start at the rainforest exhibit where you will see exotic birds, monkeys and Orinoco crocodiles! Take your time working your way down to the ground floor so that you don’t miss anything! Your kids will love learning about and seeing all of the exciting creatures!

4. Picnic at Klyde Warren Park

FREE: Winner of the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award, Kylde Warren Park is located on a deck above Woodall Rogers Freeway. This park is a beautiful green space and the perfect place for a picnic! Features of this great Dallas park include;

  • children’s playground.
  • fitness area.
  • putting green.
  • ping pong tables.
  • croquet play area.
  • free scheduled events, such as concerts.

5. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

From sports to what we eat, and how our bodies function, science is all around us. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science helps bring learning to life through everyday objects and experiences. With Moody Family Children’s MuseumSports Hall and Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall to name but a few you’ll probably have to come back for more or choose the exhibit halls that most fuel your passion for science!

For more free things to do in Dallas, check out 10 Free Things to do in Dallas with Kids.

6. Experience Art and Beauty at the Crowe Collection

FREE: The Crow Collection of Asian Art has over 500 pieces of work, dating from 3500 BC to the early 20th century. Collected from the Eastern cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia, some of the wonderful items you can explore for free include Buddhist sculptures, Chinese jades and stunning Japanese screen paintings. There are regular kids clubs with painting, storytelling and fun performances.

7. Dallas Children’s Theater

From Pinocchio to Peter Pan to The Wizard of Oz, every season at Dallas Children’s Theater features 11 spectacular plays based on beloved stories of childhood. Named one of the nation’s top five youth theatres by “TIME” magazine, this Dallas gem consistently wows families with amazing sets, engaging stories and plenty of audience involvement.

8. Fun at Dallas Museum of Art

FREE: Write, talk, play and create at Dallas Museum of Art! Whether your kids like the ocean, dogs, or mysteries there’s a gallery guide designed just for them to help them explore the collection’s art exhibitions! Fun storytelling and art workshops are held frequently. General admission is free and includes access to most of the exhibitions.

9. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens


Image: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

With just a $5 entrance fee, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a superb day out with the kids. There is loads to do here, including the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, designed to connect children with nature. One of America’s most photographed gardens!

10. White Rock Lake Park

FREE: White Rock Lake is one of Dallas’s most beloved free attractions! Visitors can spend the afternoon biking, walking or running the beautiful nine-mile trail. For water enthusiasts, you can go rowing across the shimmering lake or fishing from the tranquil fishing dock. There are amazing sunset views of the Dallas skyline so make you visit in the late afternoon or make a day of it!

Can you add to this list of fun things to do in Dallas with kids? We’d love to hear your feedback, so please let us know below.

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