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Most area schools have spring break next week (March11-15). If you don’t have out of town plans, there are many choices in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that will make a memorable spring break for your kids.
Here are 15 spring break ideas close to home….
1. Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Blooms runs March 2-April 7, 2013 when the tulips and daffodils are in full bloom. Kids expend a lot of energy running through the grounds and exploring the old Texas cottages. The arboretum is located in East Dallas at 8525 Garland Road. Call 214-515-6500.
2.Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is a wonderful indoor adventure for all ages. This multi-level space includes a river rainforest, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, penguins, fish and a mind-blowing walk through shark tunnel. The Dallas World Aquarium, located at 1801 N Griffin Street in downtown Dallas, is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Adults $20.95; children (3-12) $12.95; under 2 no charge; seniors $16.95. Call 214-720-2224 for more information.
3. Cosmic Jump
Cosmic Jump has 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 black lights. This is great for Spring Breakers of all ages. Rates are $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. Call 214-383-1400. New Lewisville location I-35 and SH 121 near Chili’s, 972-315-0234.
4. Amon Carter Museum
Free Family Fun Week at the Amon Carter Museum, (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth) is March 13-16, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 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! 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. 817-738-1933
5. Check Out Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District
Other great museums in Fort Worth, and adjacent to the Amon, is the Kimball Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
6. Dallas Zoo “Spring Break Camp”
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.
Or just visit the zoo, located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, in south Dallas. Open daily, for more information call 214-670-5656.
7. Dallas Museum of Art
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. Other spring break week activities include the “Come Fly With Me-Kite Making Workshop” with Amie Adelman on Tuesday March 12, 2013 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and there will be family friendly activities will be offered daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, call 214-922-1200.
8. Dave and Buster’s
Kids love all the electronic games and silulator 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. There are several DFW locations in Arlington, 2 locations in Dallas, and Frisco.
9. Great Wolf Lodge
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.100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. 800-943-1127
10. Ice Skating
The Dallas Galleria, at 13350 Dallas Parkway, offers ice skating daily. For more information, call 972-392-3361.
11. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Less than an hour from Fort Worth at 2155 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, is the Fossil Rim
Wildlife Center. Explore the rugged beauty and discover a sanctuary for endangered species.
You can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself. Fossil Rim will open a half hour
early at 8 a.m. from March 4-17, 2013. Avoid the crowds and feed all the exotics early.
Be in line by 9 a.m. and receive a free bag of feed (a $7.95 value).
12. Fort Worth Zoo
One of the very best zoos in the country is located in Ft. Worth. The Fort Worth Zoo is open 365 days a year.
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110. 817-759-7500
13. TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition
Perfect for kids who love history and running through March 24, 2013 . It’s the 100th anniversary of the most
magnificent ship in history. Experience Titanic’s voyage from launch to tragic ending, to modern-day recovery
and restoration efforts. OK for all ages. Also check out the planetarium or “Flight of the Butterflies” in the Omni
Theater. At the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
817-255-9300Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5pm; Sunday: Noon – 5 pm.
14. Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags will be open during spring break. Opening Weekend is March 2-3, 2013 and this year there are
new rides and a lot of new adventures and more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for Sunday, March 18 when hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at
2201 d to Six Flags, in Arlington. Call 817-640-8900.
15. LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Great for little boys (and girls) who love Legos! LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Grapevine Mills Mall,
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas, 972-539-9386. Open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(last admission 6 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (last admission 7 p.m.); Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(last admission 4 p.m.). Discounted tickets are available if you purchase online.
Have a wonderful and safe spring break!
From one mommy to another,
Jenny Wilson is a mother of three. She teaches a Mommy & Me class at Central Presbyterian Day School, is a member of the Paris ISD school board and serves on the board of Paris Community Theatre and Children’s Advocacy Center. She also is on the PCT Children/Teen Theatre Advisory Committee, the Aiken Parent Association Board, the PJH Parent Association and is a Sunday school teacher at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She also is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Everyday Yoga.