Adventures for Spring Break
For those planning on staying in the area for Spring Break or if you you’re just looking for some weekend adventure options, here are some great family fun ideas that keep you close to home:
This is incredible for kids of all ages. 30,000 square feet of foam pits, gymnastics tumble tracks, a kid zone, basketball dunking lanes, dodge ball and more. It’s right across from Golden Triangle Mall so if you’re kids are a certain age, you may drop them and go shopping.
During Spring Break there are outrageously fun camps for children ages 2 1/2 and up for 3 hours or all day. Kids will have fun making friends, getting exercise and learning new skills in this super kid-friendly sport center.
CINNAMON CREEK RANCH
It’s the new bowling! Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of archery. There is so much to do here and the great instructors are happy to help the newcomers get the feel of the bow and arrow. It’s perfect for the whole family whether they are new to archery or practiced veterans.
Grapevine Mills Mall
For kids who love Legos, it’s a no-brainer. There are three rides, 10 Lego build and play zones, a 4D cinema and a mini-city all to explore. It’s geared toward younger kids but is enjoyable to parents, too. Tickets online can be cheaper and they have group discounts as well.
ESCAPE ROOMS HQ
Escape Rooms HQ is a one-of-a-kind fantasy entertainment facility where players race against the clock to solve all of the clues to escape their mystery room. Your team will be charged with solving a series of codes, locks and puzzles that reveal clues to enable the escape. This is especially good for older kids and fun for the whole family.
SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS ARLINGTON
Since we never know what the weather will be like that would be the first thing to check to before heading to Six Flags, but this park is huge and has a happiness factor to suit both young and old. There are lots of rides to please everyone from kiddie rides to serious roller coasters.
ZERO GRAVITY THRILL PARK
For the older kids looking for some serious thrills, there’s this: bungee jumping, a 16-story free fall, a sky-coaster that glides 100 feet off the ground, a rocket ride that sends you straight into the air at 70mph and being strapped to a 165-foot propeller with speeds up to 60 mph in just seconds. We’re talking 4Gs of force. Talk about your wild rides…
ZONE ACTION PARK
There are go-karts and putt-putt golf as well as two floors of games and fun inside. It’s nothing fancy, but it is fun. Groupons are
FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS
Take a trip back in time. The Fort Worth herd cattle drive comes through twice an hour and there are lots of shops, dining, museums and history to be seen. For extra fun, take the Grapevine Vintage Railroad there and back.
TRINITY FOREST ADVENTURE PARK
This is a seven-acre combination obstacle course and zip line park for people 6+ that has over twenty zip-lines as well as cargo nets, rope bridges, and other obstacles spread out over six courses. Go at your own pace, as long as you don’t take longer than the three-hour time limit.
SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK
Though not as big as Six Flags, Sandy Lake Amusement Park has something for everyone including thrill rides as well as kiddie rides and paddle boats. You can picnic with the family and bring a friend or two to enjoy the day while staying pretty close to home.
COYOTE DRIVE IN LEWISVILLE
Take the kids and experience the drive-in movie theater at the Coyote Drive-In in Lewisville.
Animals and Aquatics
The zoo is always fun and there’s plenty for the kids to see and do. The Keeper Encounters and Training Demonstrations are always interesting for a behind the scenes look. There’s even a guide to Pokemon Go on their website. You can save with CityPass if you’re planning on going to the Perot and other locations as well.
FORT WORTH ZOO
The oldest zoo in Texas, this is so much more than just a zoo. There’s the Yellow Rose Express Train, a carrousel, a petting zoo, the Play Barn playground and climbing area, a shooting gallery for kids, rock climbing and much more. This is an all-day adventure.
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
Much like the zoo, it’s hard to go wrong with a trip to the aquarium. It’s educational, it’s fun and it’s cool to see sharks.
CHILDREN’S AQUARIUM AT FAIR PARK
Specifically designed for children, it has eye level interactive exhibits and is very educational for the young ones.
When you think of museums you think quiet and sometimes boring, but NOT the Perot Museum. This is anything but boring and the kids will love it. There are lots of interactive things to do and it’s great learning for everyone. Even the building is radical.
THE DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Arboretum is beautiful in and of itself with breathtaking gardens at every turn. For the kids there is the Rory Meyers Adventure Garden for Children overlooking White Rock Lake. There are over 150 individual kid friendly activities, and the children’s garden features The Texas Skywalk, The Moody Oasis, a Walk in the Clouds, and more.
Museums of Historical Importance
THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM
AT DEALEY PLAZA
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from social media, it’s that people don’t know their history, so let’s change that with our kids. Teach them about what happened on that fateful November day before social media does. In addition to historical information, there are special
exhibits as well.
DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
AND CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND TOLERANCE
This is truly a moving experience featuring displays such as an actual boxcar used to transport Jews during WWI. There are also other exhibits regarding the history of life before and after the war for the Jewish people.
Growing up, there was always that one house or neighborhood that went overboard with the Christmas lights and it was
Dr. Brent Wallace of North Central Texas College spoke at the November Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce luncheon about the