Fun and FREE Activities For Kids in Fort Worth and Dallas

With our Little Pawners getting out of school for the summer, family fun requires budgeting for two sets of twins in Texas!

If you are looking for fun on a budget, here are a few great ideas for families:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd FTW TX 76107
(817) 738-1933
This free museum offers a stunning survey of western American Art, from the landscaper painters of the 1830s to modern artists from the 20th century.

Bureau of Engraving & Printing’s Western Currency Facility
9000 Blue Mound Road FTW TX 76131
(817) 231-4000
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility is one of two locations in the U.S. that print money (Washington D.C. being the other) and offers 45 minute guided tours on weekdays

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Model Train Display
1935 Motor Street (between Stemmons and Harry Hines)
(214) 640-2000 or (214) 456-7884

Cowtown Opry
131 E Exchange Avenue Suite 140 FTW TX 76164
(817) 366-9675
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of country music as part of Texas heritage, the Cowtown Opry provides one of the most authentic Western experiences in the area

Crow Collection of Asian Art
Adventure Asia: Family Days at the Crow
Enjoy storytelling, art activities and more as you celebrate Asian culture
2010 Flora Street (Downtown Dallas between Harwood & Olive)
The first Saturday of every month 10AM-2PM
(214) 979-6430

Dallas Museum of Art
First Tuesdays of every month, youngsters can enjoy art projects, story time, performances, and gallery activities.
Dallas Museum of Art
(214) 922-1312

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
1502 Botanic Garden Blvd FTW TX 76107
Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens are home to more than 2,500 species in it’s 21 specialty gardens
(817) 871-7686

Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce Street FTW TX 76102
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis to the Fort Worth Convention Center
(817) 392-7111

Galleria Dallas
SHOWTIME Saturdays: weekly family fun featuring the adorable antics of Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley (located on Level One near Saks Fifth Ave)
Galleria Dallas (Intersection of I 635/LBJ Frwy and Dallas North Tollway Level 3 near the children’s play place)
(972) 702-7100

Sid Richardson Museum
309 Main Street
Sundance Square FTW TX 76102
(817) 332-6554
Named after oil mogul Sid Richardson, once known as the “bachelor billionaire” this free museum features his collection of Western art

Stockyards Museum
131 E Exchange Ave FTW TX 76164
(817) 625- 5082
This historic site offers visitors the chance to explore the rich history of Fort Worth and how it was developed from a stop for cowboys driving cattle North to the stock market of the West that sold millions of heads of cattle, then shipped them by railroad

For more fun ideas that don’t cost parents and inspire creative young minds, visit:


Or, for Dallas/Mid Cities Families,


While my twin, Cindy Daniel, doesn’t love museums as much as I do- it should be noted that museums inspire curiosity and learning. My son attended both museum school and zoo school and, loved the experiences he will remember for a lifetime.

Teaching children to love animals, nature and history may not be as exciting as Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor but, will provide an avenue for parents and children to discuss what they’ve seen and ask questions that give them insight on the unique and colorful histories of both Fort Worth and Dallas.

There is no need to spend a fortune to enjoy Fort Worth. The City of Cowboys and Culture is the 17th largest city in the United States and part of the number one tourist destinations in Texas, welcoming 6.5 million visitors annually. Fort Worth is compromised of seven primary entertainment districts each offering distinct dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural amenities. In only a few days you can enjoy a range of experiences from Nascar racing, to rodeos, world class museums to cowboy cuisine, boutique shopping to a Top 5 zoo, biking to horseback riding. Explore each of the unique districts to find what Fort Worth has in store for YOU and your family!

Fort Worth Friendly areas:
Stockyards National Historic District
Fort Worth Cultural District
Sundance Square/Downtown
Near Southside District
West 7th District
Camp Bowie

Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from DFW International Airport. With 1,850 flights daily, DFW Airport serves as a gateway for visitors around the globe, making Fort Worth an easily accessible international and domestic leisure destination.

Wendy M Wortham