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Spring Break 2014 in DFW

More Than 20 Ideas for Kids of All Ages

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How about a staycation when Spring Break rolls around mid-March? The DFW area has many great things to do over the break from school. Here are a few fun things the entire family will enjoy -- right here in our own backyard.

1. Amon Carter Museum

Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

What: 2014 marks the return of Free Family Fun Week. It's an informal program designed to bring families together to engage in conversations about American art and artists. The museum’s educators will be stationed in the galleries to interact with families and help make connections between artworks and the natural element featured that day. During Family Fun Week, the atrium is filled with art materials so that children and adults can get creative. Cookies and lemonade are provided.

Reservations are not necessary, but parents are encouraged to call 817-989-5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org for helpful information and parking tips or to learn more about the Family Loyalty Program.

When: Tuesday, March 11–Friday, March 14, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.–noon.

Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. 817-738-1933

Parking Tip: The museum has a free parking lot located on Camp Bowie Blvd. If it's full there is paid parking located at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

2. Check Out Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District

Learning something during Spring Break wouldn't be a bad thing! I love the Kimball. The kids might also enojoy the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Follow the link for details on all venues.

3. Cosmic Jump

Cosmic Jump is a hoppening place (pun intended) where you can burn off some calories and have a lot of fun. They have a variety of jumping equipment including both dodge ball and slam dunk trampolines. At night you can glow on the trampolines with live DJ’s, an incredible sound system and blacklights. Be sure to wear your favorite LED or glow-in-the-dark jewelry (or you can buy there). This is great for Spring Breakers of all ages.

$8.66 for one hour and $12.99 for 2 hours for ages 7 and under. For ages 8 and older its $12 plus tax for the first hour. A current special offers 2 hours for $16 (it's usually $6 for each additional hour).

Cosmic Jump, 1300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300, Allen, Texas 75013. 214-383-1400. New Lewisville location I-35 and SH 121 near Chili's, 972-315-0234.

4. Dallas Arboretum

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There's no need to break the bank on your Spring Break 2014 activities. Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is only $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Pack a picnic lunch (bringing your own food will save a ton of money). The kids can play on the Texas-themed playground in teepees and mud huts down by the lake. Bring the camera and your Easter finery for photos among half a million blooming tulips, daffodils, pansies, azaleas and more. The bridge in front of one of the Cottages is the perfect place for your official Easter photo. BYOB: Bring Your Own (stuffed) Bunny.

Activities during Spring Break 2014 include Mommy and Me Monday on March 10 and Tiny Tot Tuesday on March 11.

What: Dallas Blooms!

When: through April 6, 2014

Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500.

5. Dallas Museum of Art

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It’s Art Madness at the DMA! Enjoy an action-packed week of art-making activities, family tours, story times and team gallery competitions for families. Enjoy these activities every day from March 11 to 14, 2014.

Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-922-1200.

6. Dallas World Aquarium

What: The Dallas World Aquarium is an incredible attraction--the perfect adventure for kids of any age. The indoor adventure begins at the top of the Orinoco - Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit. The upper levels showcase birds and mammals--ranging in size from small Vampire bats to large Antillean manatees--that share the rainforest with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and fish.

Where: Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202. 214-720-2224

Cost: Adults $20.95; children (3-12) $12.95; under 2 no charge; seniors $16.95

7. Dallas Zoo "Spring Break Camp"

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What: March 10 – 14, 2014; 9 am – 4 pm. Before & After Camp Available Enrollment is based on current grade level. Campers will be divided into grade level classes (PreK / K-1st / 2nd-3rd / 4th-5th).

Spring Break Camp is offered for grades Pre-K to 5th.

Check out the lions and tigers and bears (oh my) take the 20-minute monorail safari through the Wilds of Africa exhibit. You wanna iguana? Experience one of the best reptile and amphibian exhibits in the U.S. in the Pierre A. Fontaine Bird & Reptile building. Tigers, cheetahs and cougars are popular these days so visit The Hill to see what's new at the zoo.

Where: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203. 214-670-5656

8. Dave and Buster's

What: D&B's Million Dollar Midway contains numerous electronic, skill and sports-oriented games. Many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets and motorcycles, and a golf simulator. Retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga plus shuffleboard and billiards.

Enjoy half-priced games every Wednesday.

Where: Arlington, 2 locations in Dallas, Frisco.

9. Denton: Movie Release

Celebrate the movie release of Veronica Roth’s best-selling young adult novel Divergent as the North Branch throws a Faction before Blood movie release party on Saturday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. Learn the faction for which you are suited, enjoy themed snacks, crafts, and games. Take part in a trivia challenge for a chance to win a ticket to see the movie, thanks to Denton’s Movie Tavern! This program is best for tweens and teens ages 11 – 17.

Denton Public Library - North Branch, 3020 N. Locust, Denton, TX 76209. 940-349-8741.

10. Euro Bubble

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If you're looking for a place where your kids can burn off some energy, I have just the place. It's called Euro Bubble and it's at Grapevine Mills Mall. It's a place out in the middle of the mall where humans get into little plastic bubbles that are filled with air and sealed. They run like hamsters in a ball over a pool of water. It's hilarious. The cost is $10 for 5 minutes and $7 for 3 minutes. I gave them $20 and my 7-year-old was worn out by the end of the run. There's not a phone for the business, according to the Grapevine Mills office. Euro Bubble, Grapevine Mills Mall near Ross.
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