*Explanation and Disclaimer: This was put together several years ago by Katy Willey, from Coppell 3rd ward. At the time, it was comprehensive and current and generally awesome. I share it with you after making a good faith effort to delete anything that was seasonal and no longer happening or has gone out of business. However, I have not added anything NEW and FUN, so I could use your help. Ideally, we could make this an open source (not sure that's the word - pardon my lack of tech skills!) document and all add/comment to make it useful.
Allen Road Park. (400 North MacArthur Blvd, Coppell)
Activities: Children’s playground; picnic facilities; water canal fishing.
Other: No swings (plus or minus); Park your car on the grass. Get there by turning onto Waterside (north of the park) make your 1st right and then turn into the alleyway to take you behind the houses and near the park
Andy Brown East. (260 East Parkway Blvd, Coppell)
Activities: Kid Kountry playground; picnic shelter; fishing; jogging/walking trails; Frisbee golf; restroom facility/concession.
Excellent Park Well shaded. Quite large requiring you to run and play with your children if you want to keep track of them.
My favorite way to get to these walking trails is to park on Glen Lake Drive (off of Macarthur) the trails are paved making it conducive for strollers, bikes, rollerblades etc.
Andy Brown West. (363 North Denton Tap Road, Coppell)
Activities: Soccer complex; jogging/walking trails; two lighted multipurpose fields; two outdoor basketball courts; concession/restrooms; 2 Softball fields; football/lacrosse field; concession stand/restroom facility
Grapevine Springs Park. (700 South Park Road, Coppell)
Activities: 2 Softball fields; football/lacrosse field; concession stand/restroom facility.
Hunterwood Park. (553 Anderson Avenue, Coppell)
Activities: Playground, nature trails, picnic area.
Macarthur Park. (400 South MacArthur Blvd, Coppell)
Activities: Playground, 7 baseball fields, 2 practice areas, watch out for the small creek little kids can fall in.
Magnolia Park. (553 Anderson Avenue, Coppell)
Activities: Playground, 2 ponds, paved nature trails.
Moore Road Park. (E. Parkway Blvd. and Moore Road, Coppell)
Activities: Jogging trail, Large Pond, Fishing
Parkwood Park. (575 Macarthur, Coppell)
Activities: Jogging trail
Riverchase Park. (1401 Glade Point, Coppell)
The Duck Pond Park. (400 E Bethel School Road, Coppell)
Activities: Playground, Large Pond, picnic area. Great place to catch frogs and feed the ducks and fish.
Wagon Wheel Park. (345 State Rd, Coppell)
Activities: 6 baseball fields, 5 Soccer Fields, 8 Tennis Courts – rental fee $2.50 for Coppell resident ($10 for non-resident!!!) 1.5 hours. 972-393-5687
Central Park. (1899 S Edmonds, Lewisville)
Activities: 2 picnic pavilions, 2 playgrounds, restrooms, hike and bike trails.
Willow Grove Park. (975 W. Corporate Dr, Lewisville)
Activities: Playground, picnic area. I love this park because it is surrounded on three sides by houses. It is big enough for lots of fun, but small enough not to lose your children.
Dragon Park. (Castle Hills)
Enter Castle Hills from Josey Lane by turning left on King Arthur Blvd (North of Trinity Medical center) take your 1st left on Merlin Drive and then it will be on your right.
Castle Park. (Castle Hills)
Enter Castle Hills from Hebron Pkwy Turn left on Standridge Dr. it turns into Holy Grail Dr. turn right on Merlin Dr it will be on you left.
Grapevine Botanical Gardens. (411 Ball Street, Grapevine) (Free)
Founders Plaza at DFW Airport. (Airfield Drive and Texan Trail at the Airport) (Free)
The observation area offers a magnificent view to watch airplanes take off and land. In addition, the plaza provides convenient parking, picnic tables, telescopes, beautiful landscape, airport information, a historic monument and an Air Traffic Control Tower Radio that airs FAA.
McKinney Avenue Trolley. (Uptown Dallas) (Free)
If you have young kids, try to get a low window trolley so the kids can see.
Fritz Park and Petting Farm. (312 E Vilbig St, Irving) (Free)
The petting farm is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday (weather permitting) during the months of June and July.
Spring Creek Farm. (1401 East Lookout Drive at Plano Road) (Free – except petting zoo)
Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 3 pm.
Petting zoo $5 on weekdays $3 on weekends.
See how the famous Owens Country Sausage began as you tour a museum featuring a fully equipped kitchen, workshop, butchery and country store with articles and replicas dating back to the early 1900s. See Belgian draft horses, miniature ponies and other animals. Self-guided tours daily.
West End Historic District. (Downtown Dallas) (Free)
Features over 50 specialty shops at the West End Marketplace plus a variety of restaurants and clubs. Summertime nights in the Marketplace are often filled with the sound of free concerts.
Mustang Statues at Williams Square in Las Colinas. (5215 N O'Connor Blvd, Irving) (Free)
The world’s largest equestrian sculpture.
Longhorn Statues at Pioneer Plaza. (Downtown Dallas) (Free)
3 Cowboys and 49 Steers
Adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center at Young and Griffin
Nasher Sculpture Center. (2001 Flora St., Dallas) (Free on Thursday Nights)
Free Thursday nights with live entertainment from 5-9pm.
Tricky with young kids. You can’t touch any of the sculptures.
Fort Worth Stockyards. (130 E Exchange Ave., Fort Worth)
Live Cattle Drive occurs daily Free
Rodeo Adults $15; Kids are free on Fridays and can come down and chase a sheep as part of the show.
Check out long horns in the stable. Free
Lots of Shopping and Restaurants -Love Shack celebrity chef Tim Love (competed in Iron Chef).
Coppell Farmers Market. (Old Town Coppell at Bethel and Coppell Roads)
Dallas Farmers Market. (1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas)
Open every day, free samples. Exciting for kids to pick out and try a new fruit or vegetable. Up the street there are flower nurseries and ice cream stands. Has a covered pavilion.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad. (707 South Main, Grapevine)
Railroad goes from Grapevine to Fort Worth. Currently running “Train Robbery” shows on the weekends.
Polar Express at Christmas.
$20 per adult; $10 per child (3-12).
Forest Park Miniature Railroad. (Fort Worth)
The ride is an approximately five-mile, thirty-five to forty-minute round trip from the Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway in Forest Park to the Duck Pond in Trinity Park and back with one stop at the Trinity Park Depot in Trinity Park where passengers may board the train if seats are available.
$3 per adult; $2.50 per child (1-12).
Dallas Arboretum. (707 South Main, Grapevine)
Buy one get one free Wednesdays and $5 Thursdays for seniors with printable coupons online. Thursday concerts all summer 7:30pm buy tickets online.
Don’t miss the frog fountains. Run through them to cool off
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth) (Free)
http://www.fwbg.org/ Print fun activity sheets for kids online
Japanese Gardens and Conservatory have a small fee
Fort Worth Zoo. (1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth)
Wednesdays are half price. Bring cash to feed the birds. The better zoo in my opinion.
Dallas Zoo. (650 S RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas)
Walk up the big hill if you can, it’s worth it!
Play in the concrete river fountain to cool off.
Ride a pony
Check out a Puppy at Petsmart. (Multiple Locations) (Free?)
You can select a puppy for sale to play with in the store and then put him back. Free only if you have the will power to not buy the puppy! Might be too risky for some.
Bass Pro Shop. (2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine) (Free)
Kids love to look at the fish and animals. Just forget to mention that all the animals were hunted and are now stuffed for them to view.
Free fishing classes.
Model Train Display. (Dallas Children’s Medical Center; 1935 Motor St., Dallas) (Free)
This is the largest permanent model train display in the US. It is located in the lobby of Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Eight trains run simultaneously at this free exhibit. Children's Medical Center has a small fee for parking.
Dallas World Aquarium. (1801 N Griffin St, Dallas)
$18.95 per adult; $10.95 per child (3-12).
Definitely worth the money, it is amazing. It is set up like an indoor rainforest. Look for monkeys in the trees. And don’t miss the manatees on the bottom level.
Coppell Library. (177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell) (Free)
Activities include chess, science activities, puppet shows, crafts, movies, story times and, of course, reading.
June 24th Puppets with Sandy Shrout 3pm
Lewisville Library. (177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell) (Free)
Activities include audio-visual class, knitting class, video game tournaments, science activities and, again, reading.
Gaylord Texan. (Grapevine)
Various restaurants and activities.
Indoor fireworks every Friday at 9pm (free).
Buy an ice cream cone or another small treat at one of the restaurants to get validated parking.
Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse. (Galleria Mall)
Voted the best puppet shows in Dallas.
$9 per adult; $8 per child (3-18). Check for discounts in the kids meals at Which Wich (Right next door in the Galleria Mall)
Indoor Playgrounds at Malls. (Various Malls)
My favorites include the Galleria Mall and the Shops at Willow Bend.
Grapvine Mills. (3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine)
Choo Choo Station Ride a Train $2.50 miniature electric Thomas train, 8 train tables to play with (Free)
Wiggly Play Center. (4944 Preston Road, Frisco)
Bounce house; climbing tubes; dancing time with Wags the Dog or Dorothy the Dinosaur.
A little overpriced, but a must do for a Wiggles fan. Make sure to bring socks!
Going Bonkers. (2565 MacArthur Blvd, Lewisville)
Large indoor playground (parents can join the fun); video games; sound-proof room with wi-fi for parents that need a break.
Best inside playground for the money. Make sure to bring socks!
Fountains at 3040 and Morriss. (Flower Mound) (Free)
Great Wolf Lodge. (Grapevine)
Indoor water park resort for hotel guests only. Great in-town vacation. Rooms are pricey depending on size and time of year ($180-$540) but include passes to Water Park.
Other activities - Kids Scoops Spa with ice cream themed Pedicures & Manicure starting at $15 (don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to participate).
Hawaiian Falls Water Park. (Colony)
NRH2O. (North Richland Hills)
Coppell Aquatic Center. (234 E Parkway Blvd, Coppell)
Pool with waterslides.
Sun Valley Aquatic Center. (801 S. Valley Parkway, Lewisville)
Pool with waterslides.
Old Town Aquatic Park. (535 W. College Street, Lewisville)
Pool with waterslides. My favorite for toddlers.
Dallas Summer Musicals. (Fair Park)
Coppell High School Football Games. (Coppell HS)
Tickets sold at elementary school offices $3 for students $6 adults. ($7 at the door) or free if you want to sit on the grassy hill outside the stadium – bring a cardboard for kids to slide on.
Addison Circle outdoor movies. (North of Beltline at Quorum, Addison) (Free)
Movies are shown at 9 P.M. (after dark) on the lawn in the Addison Circle which is north of Beltline at Quorum in Addison. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnic. This is a little late for little ones but a wonderful free date night.
Studio Movie Grill Discount Kid movies. (1600 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville)
$1 Kids $2 Adults Monday- Thursday at 11 am
RAVE free kid movies. (Various) (Free)
Free every Tuesday and Wednesday 10am
Cinemark Movies 8. (420 Oak Bend Dr., Lewisville)
Dollar Movie Theater
Cinemark 15. (Vista Ridge Mall)
10 weeks of movies purchased in advanced for $5 or $1 per show
AMC Highland Village 12. (4090 Barton Creek, Highland Village)
$1 every Wednesday at 10am
The Sounds of Lewisville. (Medical Center of Lewisville courtyard, Lewisville) (Free)
There are concerts on Tuesday nights—free and each week has a different type of music
Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra . (Various) (Free)
Summer Rhythms Concert Series in Little Elm. (Little Elm Amphitheater) (Free)
Friday nights in June
Bring lawn chairs and picnics.
Dallas Symphony Summer Concerts. (Various) (Free)
During the spring and early summer months, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs in area parks and you can also hear "Jazz under the Stars" at the Dallas Museum of Art on Thursday evenings.
Pottery Barn Kids. (Knox Street or Stonebriar Center) (Free)
Free Sing alongs at 10 and 11am
Knox Street 7/23 Willy Welch 8/29 Joe McDermott
Stonebriar Center 7/24 Staci Gray 8/27 Willy Welch
Barnes & Noble. (Lewisville) (Free)
Story time on Thursdays at 10am. Hit or miss depending on who is doing it that day.
Coppell Library. (177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell) (Free)
Baby & Me Mondays 11am
Family Story time Tuesday 7pm
Toddler time Wednesdays 10:30am
Ones upon a time Wednesdays 11:15am
Preschool Story time Thursdays 10:30am
Lewisville Library. (177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell) (Free)
Mother Goose Time (Ages 0-15 months) Wednesdays, 1:30pm; Thursdays, 11am
Toddler Time (Ages 15-36 months) Tuesdays, 10:30am & 11am; Wednesdays, 10:30am; Thursdays, 10:30am
Preschool Story time (Ages 3-6 years) Mondays, 10:30am; Tuesdays, 2pm & 7pm
Primetime (Grades K-3) Mondays, 4pm
Dallas Central Library Downtown. (1515 Young Street, Dallas) (Free)
This public library includes one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed in 1776 - also on permanent display, is William Shakespeare's First Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies.
JFK Memorial. (Main Street and Market Street Dallas) (Free)
Dallas pays homage to one of its darkest times, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during his 1963 visit. Designed by Philip Johnson, the John F. Kennedy Memorial is an open-roofed, concrete walled monument symbolic of an open tomb. It is not unusual to find flowers and notes placed here. Nearby, the infamous School Book Depository and Grassy Knoll have changed little since that devastating day in our Nation's history.
Farmers Branch Historical Park. (2540 Farmers Branch Lane) (Free)
Home to several historic structures that range in time from the 1840's to the 1940's. Structures include log cabins, the oldest stone structure on its original foundation in North Texas, and a 1930's gas station. Tours free, interactive programs available.
Dallas Heritage Village. (1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas)
Adults $5 Kids $3 (4-12)
Sprinkles Cupcakes. (4020 Villanova Dr, Dallas)
$3 Cupcakes. Not a lot for the money, but one of the few in the nation. I recommend the Red Velvet.
Central Market (Southlake location)
Outdoor playground and restaurant with live music on Friday and Saturday night. Makes a great date spot where the kids can play and you can enjoy grown-up food.
Pokey O’s. (3034 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas)
Create your own ice cream sandwich. Choose from 13 fresh baked cookies and 15 flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream $3.
Bahama Bucks. (2320 Valley Pkwy, Lewisville)
Best snow cones in the Metroplex!
TJ Hartfords. (1960 S Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville)
Restaurant and 5 cent arcade.
Krispy Kreme. (7955 N. MacArthur, Irving) (Free?)
Go when the Hot light is on and watch them make the donuts. Kids can get a free one from the conveyor belt.
Chuck E. Cheese. (Various)
Grapevine mills location is better than Vista Ridge Mall.
Planet Pizza. (3000 Custer Rd , Plano)
Indoor amusement park for young kids (No height restrictions), arcade, and tubes.
Addison’s Kaboom Town . (Addison) (Free)
July 3: Fireworks at 10:00 P.M. with a movie afterward. This night is really fun but it can be very crowded so plan on going by 6 P.M. NOTE: this is the 3rd not the 4th.
4th of July Parade. (Coppell) (Free)
Runs north on Samuel Blvd toward Parkway then heads west along Parkway to city center.
Best to sit on Samuel because they hand out a lot more candy at the beginning of the parade.
Fireworks. (Coppell) (Free)
Andy Brown Park over the lake
Vista Ridge Mall – a good place to watch these is from the hill behind Hearthstone (400 Highland Dr, Lewisville) park in the parking garage area and sit on the lawn.
Over Grapevine lake
Butterfly Flutterby. (701 South Main Street ,Grapevine) (Free)
Celebrate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to Mexico. Butterfly releases, exhibits, gardening seminars, arts and crafts, entertainment and a Gossamer Parade. The Parade will line up at 9:30 am at Liberty Park (corner of East Wall and Main Street) and proceed down Main Street to the Cotton Belt Railroad District
North Park Mall at Christmas. (Dallas)
Lots of fun activities, puppet shows and 12 days of Christmas clock
Miniature Train exhibit. $3 kids and $5 Adults
Christmas Parade. (Coppell) (Free)
Runs North on Samuel Blvd toward Parkway then heads west along Parkway to city center where they light up the city buildings for the 1st time.
Sam Moon. (11826 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas and 2449 Preston Rd Frisco)
Gigantic warehouse of purses and accessories very cheap. Lots of knockoffs.
Canton Trade Days. (130 E Exchange Ave., Fort Worth)
Giant flee market held on the weekend before the 1st Monday on each month.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Dallas Child Magazine.