Exploring Dallas with Children: A Guide for Family Activities

Exploring Dallas with Children: A Guide for Family Activities

by Kay McCasland Threadgill

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Overview

Grab the kids and come on down to Dallas/Fort Worth where there are tons of fun places to visit and activities for families to enjoy together. From Six Flags Over Texas to the Mesquite Rodeo, Exploring Dallas with Children is the most complete and up-to-date guide to the fascinating places and unique activities that make the metroplex the perfect place for family fun. Highlights include: - Parks, museums, farms, and other fun places to go - Animals, science, shopping, transportation, and restaurants - Performing arts and concerts for kids - Sports and recreation parks, camps, and playgrounds - Festivals and special events for families Exploring Dallas with Children also includes rainy weather ideas, birthday party ideas, and lists of free activities. Whatever activity you and your family are looking for, you are bound to find it in the pages of this essential guide to family fun in Dallas!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589794320
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Edition description: 4th Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,218,872
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Native Dallasite Kay McCasland Threadgill has explored Dallas with children for more than thirty years as a mother of three, a teacher, and a Girl Scout leader.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Places to Go 1

African American Museum 2

Audubon Nature Centers 3

Bachman Lake 5

Ceder Ridge Preserve 6

Celebration Station 6

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 7

Dallas Arts District 8

Dallas Children's Aquarium at Fair Park 10

Dallas Firefighter's Museum: Old Tige 10

Dallas Heritage Village 11

Dallas Heritage Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance 12

Dallas Museum of Art 13

The Dallas World Aquarium and Orinoco Rainforest 15

Dallas Zoo 16

Fair Park 18

Frontiers of Flight Museum 20

Hall of State 21

Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park 23

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary 23

Heritage Farmstead 24

Las Colinas/Williams Square 26

Mesquite Championship Rodeo 27

The Museum of Nature and Science 28

Museum of the American Railroad 30

Nasher Sculpture Center 31

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture 32

Owens Spring Creek Farm 33

Palace of Wax, Ripley's Believe It or Not! and Enchanted Mirror Maze 34

Ranger Ballpark in Arlington 35

Sandy Lake Amusement Park 37

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 38

Six Flags Over Texas 39

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza 41

Surf and Swim 42

Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park 43

West End Historic District 44

White Rock Lake 45

The Women's Museum 48

Chapter 2 Tidbits: More Good Things to Do 49

More Amusements 50

Nature, Ecology, Science 54

Farmers Markets and Pick Your Own Food 64

Pets and Wildlife 69

History and Politics 73

Tours of the Working World 88

Underground Dallas/Downtown 92

Transportation 94

Storytelling, Libraries, and Bookstores 102

Small Art Museums, Galleries, Centers, and Studios106

Outdoor Sculpture and Murals 112

Shopping and Hobbies 115

Hotel Hiatus 123

Restaurants with more 125

Community Colleges 128

Chapter 3 Performing Arts for Children 131

Dallas Center for the Performing Arts 133

Metroplex Performance Venues 134

Dance 136

Music and Chorus 137

Opera 143

Opry 143

Puppetry 144

Theater 145

Movie Theaters 152

Annual Concerts and Performances and Film Festivals 153

Chapter 4 Sports and Recreation 159

Spectator Sports 160

Individual, Family, and Team Sports 164

Summer Sports Day Camps 184

Recreation Centers and Playgrounds 185

Youthe Organizations 187

Ranches and Horseback Riding 189

Lakes, State Parks, and Recreation Areas 191

Chapter 5 Festival and Special Events 201

Chapter 6 Day Trips 217

Denison 219

Fort Worth 221

Glen Rose 235

Texas State Railroad/Palestine and Rusk 239

Tyler 241

Waco 245

Chapter 7 Resources 251

Special Events and Ticket/Reservation Hotlines 252

Convention and Visitors Bureaus 252

Helpful Websites 253

Publications 254

Telephone Services 256

Top 20 Places to Go for Families 257

Free Activities for Families 257

Free Activities for Families 257

Birthday Party Ideas 260

Rainy Weather Ideas 263

Index 265

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