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8.27.2010

181 reasons you have NO excuse to bore your children







Everything really is bigger in the Lone Star State—and that includes family-friendly fun. We’ve compiled a Texas-sized summer survival checklist that includes all the must-dos for your growing brood—all within a day’s drive. So get out your No. 2s, fill your tank with gas and start checking off these essential North Texas attractions.


PLACES TO BRING OUT THEIR 
INNER EINSTEIN
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Tour, Glen Rose
Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Grand Prairie
Sci-Tech Discovery Center (reopening in Oct), Frisco

YOU'RE NOT A TRUE TEXAN 
TILL YOU'VE BEEN HERE DONE THIS
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
Fire Station No. 1 Museum, Fort Worth
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
Old Red Museum, Dallas
Resistol Arena, Mesquite
Reunion Tower Observation Deck, Dallas
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas
Southfork Ranch, Parker
Stockyards Station Walking Tours, Fort Worth
West End Historical District, Dallas
Western Currency Facility, Fort Worth
The Women’s Museum, Dallas

GET YOUR TICKET TO RIDE 
(SO MOM CAN SIT DOWN FOR A CHANGE)
DART, Dallas area
Forest Park Miniature Railroad, Fort Worth
Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine
Interurban Railway Museum, Plano
McKinney Avenue Trolley, Dallas
Museum of the American Railroad, Dallas
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth
Trinity Railway Express, Dallas-Fort Worth

WHERE DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT ... LITERALLY
Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison
C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth
Founders Plaza Plane Observation Park, DFW International Airport
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas
Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth

SOME MOMS DO EAT THEIR YOUNG ... BUT NOT HERE
Dallas Zoo, Dallas
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose
Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville
In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, Wylie
International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Boyd
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, Pilot Point


IN THE EVENT OF SPONGE BOB OVERLOAD
Bass Pro Shop, Grapevine
Cabela’s, Fort Worth
Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park (to reopen for a Sep. preview), Dallas
Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens

INDULGE IN A CAVITY-FREE MILKY WAY
Astronaut Training Center, North Richland Hills
Dallas Planetarium, Dallas
Noble Planetarium, Fort Worth
Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Fort Worth
Richland College Planetarium, Dallas
St. Mark’s School of Texas Observatory, Dallas
UNT Sky Theater, Denton
UTA Planetarium, Arlington

PLACES TO SPORT 
AN EXTRA LAYER OF SPF
Burger’s Lake, Fort Worth
Dallas Classic Gondola Cruises, Las Colinas
Eagle Mountain Lake, Fort Worth
Fort Worth Water Gardens, Fort Worth
Hawaiian Falls, Garland and The Colony
Keller Pointe, Keller
Lake Arlington, Arlington
Lake Benbrook, Fort Worth
Lake Grapevine, Grapevine
Lake Joe Pool, Cedar Hill
Lake Lavon, Wylie
Lake Lewisville, Lewisville
Lake Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells
Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett
Lake Ray Roberts, Pilot Point
Lake Worth, Fort Worth
NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington
Trinity River Kayak/Canoe Expeditions, Dallas area
Wet Zone, Rowlett
White Rock Lake, Dallas

MITTENS IN SUMMER? 
ONLY AT THESE ICY ESCAPES
Dr Pepper Star Center, Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney and Plano
Galleria Ice Skating Center, Dallas
Ice Arena at Stonebriar Centre, Frisco
Ice at the Parks, Arlington
Polar Ice House, Grapevine

BECAUSE THEY'RE SURE TO NAP AFTERWARD ...
300 Dallas, Addison
Adventure Landing, Dallas
Alley Cats Entertainment Center, Arlington
Celebration Station, Mesquite
Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, Fort Worth
Dallas Rocks Indoor Climbing, Dallas
Dyno-Rock Climbing Center, Arlington
Exposure Indoor Rock Climbing, Dallas
Just For Fun Watercraft Rental, Grapevine/Lewisville
Katy Trail, Dallas
Lone Star Fencing Center, Dallas
Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie
Main Event, Fort Worth, Frisco, Lewisville, Grapevine and Plano
Pilot Knoll Hiking Trail, Highland Village
Top Golf, Dallas
Trinity Trail, Fort Worth
Sandy Lake Amusement Park, Carrollton
Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington
Strikz, Frisco
Summit Climbing Gym, Dallas
Wiggly Play Center, Frisco


WHERE FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPORTS AND, AHEM, BEER COLLIDE
AirHogs Baseball, Grand Prairie
Dr Pepper Ballpark/Frisco RoughRiders, Frisco
LaGrave Field/Fort Worth Cats Baseball, Fort Worth
Pizza Hut Park/FC Dallas Soccer, Frisco
Rangers Ballpark/Rangers, Arlington

'MOMMY, WHAT'S A COW PATTY?'
Fairview Farms, Plano
Grisham Farms Petting Zoo, McKinney
Latte Da Dairy, Flower Mound
Nash Farm, Grapevine
Owens Spring Creek Farm, Richardson/Plano
Samuell Farm, Dallas
Trinity River Farm, Fort Worth

KIDS ARE EXPERT PICKERS ... 
OF FRUIT, THAT IS!
Duck Creek Blackberry Farm, Sanger
Fall Creek Farm, Granbury
Gnismer Farms, Arlington
Henrietta Creek Orchard, Roanoke
Merry Berry Farm, Balch Springs
RJR Farms, Farmersville
Worthington Orchard, Proctor


YEEHAW FUN FOUND HERE
Benbrook Stables, Benbrook
Chaparral Riding Stables, Burleson
Dallas Polo Club, Red Oak
Eagle Mountain Lake Equestrian Center, Fort Worth
Frisco Horse Park, Frisco
Las Colinas Polo Club, Las Colinas
Marshall Creek Ranch, Southlake
Park Lane Equestrian, Dallas
Shady Grove Equestrian, Arlington
Windmill Stables of Spring Park, Richardson


FOR MINI MONETS IN TRAINING
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
Arlington Art Museum, Arlington
Crow Collection of Art, Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Irving Arts Center, Irving
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas


ROUND-TRIP TICKET BACK IN TIME
Chestnut Square Historic Village, McKinney
Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas
Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
International Museum of Cultures, Dallas
Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth
Medieval Times, Dallas


IT'S OK TO GET A LITTLE DIRTY ... DIG IT?
Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, Southlake
Cedar Ridge Preserve, Dallas
Connemara Meadow Preserve, Allen
Dallas Arboretum, Dallas
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
Elm Fork Nature Preserve, Carrollton
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Fort Worth
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney
River Legacy Living Science Center, Arlington
Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas
Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas


SHAKESPEARE NEVER SAW SO MANY ...
Artisan Center Theater, Hurst
Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth
Casa Ma√Ďana, Fort Worth
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson
Circle Theatre, Fort Worth
Creative Arts Theatre & School, Arlington
Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas
Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas
Frisco Area Children’s Theater, Frisco
Grapevine Opry, Grapvine
Hip Pocket Theatre, White Settlement
Kids Who Care, Fort Worth
McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
Plano Children’s Theatre, Plano and McKinney
Rover Dramawerks, Plano
Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, Dallas
Theatre Arlington, Arlington
Teatro Dallas, Dallas 
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
WaterTower Theatre, Addison
Winspear Opera House, Dallas


Tell me which ones are your kids' favorites!!!

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