Summer is almost here! That means no school, ice cream and snow cones, summer camps, and finding ways to pass the lazy days of summer. Now that my kids are a little older, I have come across a pretty good list of places to help beat the heat in Dallas too.
- Ridgewood Recreation Center remodeled their splash park a year ago and it's lots of fun for kids to run around without the hassle of a pool! There is also a playground next to it for fun before or after swim:
- The Lake Highlands Splash Park, free! Lake Highlands Rec Center at 9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX http://www.dallasparks.org/Downloads/Spraygrounds.pdf.
- Arboretum picnics in the morning (before it gets too hot)
- Top Golf for putt-putt
- Playgrounds that have padded surfaces with some shade are Scottish Rite Hospital's playground and Coffee Park at Hillcrest and Northwest Highway. We had our daughter's 2nd birthday party at Scottish Rite awhile back and loved it!
- Klyde Warren park downtown also has a lot to offer, including splash areas for kids to run around, food trucks and a park. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try to take the Trolleydown there too.
- Cry baby movies at the Angelika recommended for babies under 6 months on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:30pm.
- Alamo Drafthouse also has summer movies for kids in the mornings. This summer they have Curious George, The Iron Giant, and Willie Wonka (2005). Check out their site for more details here.
- Studio Movie Grill has Summer Kid Movies Mon-Friday at 11am for 1$ kids and 2$ adults, check the schedule here. They will have How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, etc.
- Pump-it-Up on Forest Lane has open gym play Monday-Fridays from 10-11:30am and from 12-1:30pm. 7$ first child, 5$ additional child. You can now reserve a spot online! Check out their Online Registration here.
- JumpStreet indoor trampoline park has open jump from 10am-9pm Monday-Sunday and is 4$ if under 4 and 8$ from ages 4-7.
- The Perot Museum has an area on the lower level for children under age 5 to play and run around in, with water play, climbing structures and art activities. Just beware the museum and parking gets crowded in the summer with kids out of school!
- Walnut Hill Rec Center on Walnut Hill and Midway Rd. has open play/gym for children through age 4, Monday through Fridays from 10:30-11:45am for 5$. Express Cheer Open Gym
- CooCoos. Ok, so technically this place is in Plano and I haven't been yet, but CooCoos is a huge indoor bounce house type place. 8$ for children 4 and older and 5$ for 3 and under, open daily from 10-6pm. 6505 W Park Blvd.
- Lake Highlands Rec Center now also has a great indoor playground for our littles from ages 0-5. It's 3$ for open play, Wildcat Fun Zone operates
- Indoor Playgrounds at Galleria Mall and Willowbend Mall. I prefer going to the Galleria one in the mornings when it's not as hot (it's on the top floor) and not as crowded :)
- The Treefort at Watermark Church has a great indoor play area. Check out the daily schedule of open hours here (scroll down).
- We also love going to the Fair Park Aquarium. It's small so it's not too crowded, parking is free and kids of all ages love it! Plus it's air conditioned :) 8$ for adults and 6$ for kids 3+
Libraries and Storytimes
- Reunion Tower has storytimes on Wednesdays this summer from 11am-11:30am on the GeoDeck! There are crafts and storytime. Discounted admission, 8$ for kids 4-12 and adults 14$. Details here.
- Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Park also has storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30am
- Northpark Bookmarks Baby Bounce and Tickles for Toddlers. Check out their calendar for weekly times:
- Tuesdays at Whole Foods Park Ln has storytime and crafting at 10am! We love going here for the free snacks too!
- Pottery Barn Kids off Knox also has a Tuesday storytime at 11am
- Storytimes at Lochwood Library on Fridays at 10:30m or Skillman Library at 10:30am on Thursdays. Also Highland Park Library has them daily at 10am, click on link here. The Preston-Royal location also has a different activity each Tuesday at 10:30am from music classes, to storytimes.
- For fun weekend storytimes, visit the Half Price Bookstore on Sundays at 3pm for children under age 10.
- Richardson Public Library I've heard has the best area for kids with an aquarium, lots of stocked kids books and a train table. Check out their schedule for storytimes though as you have to register beforehand here.
- Best indoor restaurant playground is at the Chick-Fil-A at Southwestern and Central Expy, and Hillcrest Ave because it's not as crowded!
- Bake and Play/ Lakewood Salon at Mockingbird and Abrams is a great indoor play area for kids. Complete with dress-up clothes for girls and boys, playscapes, train tables, doll houses and food to feed your youngster! It's 8$ per child, but if you buy a 10 pass punch card, it's 5$ a child. Don't forget socks for you and your kids!
- Monster Yogurt in Casa Linda is also a great way to cool off the summer with a froyo AND an indoor playground! Check out their site here.
- Sno snowcones! The best way to beat the heat, just wish it had indoor playground. But they have the best all natural flavors made in house! Meadow and I-75.
Hope this list helps fill up your Summer fun! If there are any other places I've forgotten, post in the comments below. Happy Summer!