Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels trying to find ways to keep your kids entertained? No matter the age or the energy level of your littles, the Metroplex has plenty of spots to keep your kids amused and you looking like Mother of the Year. With the beautiful spring temperatures upon us, it’s a great time to get outdoors!
If you are looking for something nature-oriented and free to do, consider checking out the Grapevine Botanical Gardens to spy some budding foliage with a picnic and playground area nearby. You may also consider the Bob Jones Park and Nature Reserve in Southlake which includes a contained playground, trails, and a pond with fish and ducks. Kimzee Park in Colleyville offers a pond with ducks and a playground. Another free nature spot to consider in Colleyville is the Colleyville Nature Center.
If your little ones are needing to release a little more energy, there are countless playgrounds and trails to explore. The Keller Smithfield Activity Node in Keller features a large playground, walking and bike trails with artwork along the way. Andrew Brown East in Coppell has a very large playground area for both toddlers and older children. Parr Park and Trails in Grapevine features a sizable playground area for big and little kids and walking trails with painted rocks – bonus: In the warmer months it also has a spray ground! Echo Hills Park in Hurst offers a playground, a 1/3 mile walking trail, picnic tables, and athletic fields.
As the Texas heat rises, you may be looking for an affordable way to cool those kids off. There are several splash pads to choose from. Bicentennial Park in Southlake has a contained play area with something for all ages including a sand pit, a splash pad, and zip lines. Dove Park in Grapevine offers Casey’s Clubhouse featuring a large playground and covered picnic tables as well as a spray ground and Water Park (for a small fee). McPherson Park in Colleyville and Heritage Park in Flower Mound are other splash pads to consider.
If you are looking for a truly unique outdoor experience, check out Nash Farm First Fridays in Grapevine and get a taste of what farm life was like in the late 19th century. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
While the free options are endless, the Metroplex has a number of entertaining or educational experiences for a fee that are worth visiting as well. Be sure to say hi to the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo and the Dallas Zoo. If blooms are more your speed, make a trip to the Dallas Arboretum – TinyTot Tuesdays could offer something different - or the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and their Butterflies in the Garden could entertain your littles. Once the heat gets to be too much, find yourselves at one of the various waterparks nearby: Hurricane Harbor, NRH20, or Hawaiian Falls.
With so many choices and a wide variety of activities to choose from in the area, which spot will you and your littles explore first? Comment below with more ideas!
Many thanks to Haley Hoover for sharing these ideas. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with ideas on where to play and beat the summer heat!