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.
What: It's the return of Free Family Fun Week. Explore the amazing art and art-making featuring the four seasons. Discover the works of art related to spring. Refreshments are provided. No reservation required. Admission is free for everyone. Lemonade and cookies too!
When: March 13-16, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. 817-738-1933
Hours: The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is always free.
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.
3. Cosmic JumpCosmic 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.
Activities during Spring Break 2013 include Mommy and Me Monday on March 11 from 10 am - 2 pm and Tiny Tot Tuesday on March 12 also from 10 am - 2 pm. Hanami flower viewing festival on Sunday, March 17, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm.
What: Dallas Blooms!
When: March 2-April 7, 2013
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500.
Saturday, March 9 is WFAA Family First Day 11 am – 5 pm; free admission to Chagall: Beyond Color. Drop by the Art Spot in C3 and find Crackers, the four-legged family member in the sculpture Family Portrait 1963 by Martin Delabano. Create a sculpture of your pet or create an imaginary pet pal for Crackers at the Art Spot, or use the sketching materials and try your hand at drawing.
It's great because you can enjoy free general admission at the DMA. Spring Break week is from Sunday, March 10 through Late Night on Friday March 15 (The Museum is closed on Monday). Check out the "Come Fly With Me-Kite Making Workshop" with Amie Adelman on Tuesday March 12, 2013 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Family friendly activities will be offered daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Friday, March 15 enjoy Late Night where the DMA is open until midnight.
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-922-1200.
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.
When: March 1 through August 31, 2011; open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily
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
What: Let’s Get Outside by signing up your children for spring break camp at the Dallas Zoo. Campers will learn scientific principles while they enjoy outdoor adventures March 11-15, 2013. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. each day, with Before Camp and After Camp sessions available. The Zoo is introducing a special one-day camp for children in kindergarten through 5th grade on Wednesday, March 27.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
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.
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10. Great Wolf Lodge
What: It doesn't matter what the temperature or weather is in the Metroplex, this resort's gigantic indoor waterpark is always 84 degrees. Everything you need for the perfect Spring Break is here - themed restaurants, interactive arcades, full service spas (and even a version for kids), fitness centers and special spring break activities for the kids. Spend all day relaxing as the current sweeps you along the endless, winding lazy river. The kids will enjoy the 4-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.
Where: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. 800-943-1127