Best Indoor Play Spaces in Dallas-Fort Worth

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We all love summer, but when the sun’s beating down on your back, sometimes you need to head for the A/C. Here’s our guide to Indoor Things To Do in DFW with the Kids. (And we’ve got the secret to get you into many of them!)

I love Texas but there are days when you just can’t do one more day outside. That’s when you head back into the precious sanctuary of air-conditioning, however, you still have to keep the words “I’m Bored” from being uttered. So here are some of our favorite ways to escape the heat (and some giveaways to boot!) Plus see our secret how you can get into many of them with one pass and save money all at one time!

Hands-On Learning

1. Texas Discovery Garden & Butterfly Garden – Dallas

Kids love the 2-story Butterfly House where tropical butterflies dance around.

2. Crayola Experience – Plano

They have a playground, puzzles, and coloring galore! Plus, some fun shows and activities that will keep the kids busy all day. (Use the code AUTUMN and get a discount!)

3. SeaLIFE Aquarium – Grapevine

This aquarium is so good, you won’t believe you’re in a mall. I’m talking sharks, rays, seahorses, and more!

4. Lego Discovery Center – Grapevine

Kids can race LEGO vehicles, watch 4D movies, and build tall towers on their Earthquake Tables! Talk about an indoor adventure.

Museums and Art

5. Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth

Head to the museum on Thursdays from 10:30-12 for artmaking, art discovery, and story time!

6. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History – Fort Worth

This museum has stuff for both you and the kids! Check out their 9-11 Tribute while the kids head over to the Children’s Museum where they can play all day.

7. Perot Museum – Dallas

If you haven’t been to Perot, you need to go! There’s so much to do you can’t cover it in one day and with changing exhibits there’s something to do for the kids (and the adults!)

8. Gold Exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas

Let’s be honest, we like shiny things just as much as our kids do. Go check out all of the fabulous things made from gold at the DMA’s newest exhibit.

9. Painting with a Twist – DFW

Painting with a Twist is totally kid-friendly now! Check out the nearest classes to your neighborhood.

10. Board & Brush – DFW

Canvas isn’t all you’ll paint on at Board & Brush. In fact, they prefer, you guessed it – BOARDS!

11. Front Porch Pottery – Fort Worth

Let the kids get messy and create a masterpiece. Surely you need a new whatchamacallit for your bathroom counter, right?

12. Sunshine Glaze – Southlake

Paint a plate (or any of the other fun ceramics) for memories and fun at this beloved venue! Don’t miss the theme days too for indoor painting fun!)


13. Top Golf – DFW

Because sometimes you just want your kids to get really tired so you can sleep through the night.

14. iFLY – DFW

For the kids that love a thrill, and parents that like to give themselves a minor heart attack.

15. Ice Rink at Galleria Dallas

For those REALLY hot days that you need a serious cool down.

Trampoline Parks

16. Urban Air – DFW

This place has a Warrior Obstacle Course, TUBES Playground, and a Battle BEAM. But don’t worry, it’s safe…

17. Flight Deck Trampoline Park – DFW

There are literally trampolines everywhere at this place. No fluff but the kids love it.

Gaming Centers

18. National Videogame Museum– Frisco

This little slice of nostalgia is just as much for you as it is the kids. Did someone say Burgertime?

19. Free Play – Arlington/Richardson

Just pay $10 to get in then let them play all day! They have over 95 games.

20. Alley Cats – Arlington

Bowling, games, rock climbing, and air conditioning – what more do you need?

21. Main Event – DFW

Old faithful never really gets old!

22. Dave and Busters – DFW

Fun for the whole family! Let them play their games while you grab a bite to eat and maybe a well-deserved glass of wine.

23. ItZ – Euless

Bowling, an arcade, and a pizza buffet will literally keep the kids distracted all day.

Water Parks

24. EpicWaters – Grand Prairie

This place is massive and brand new! Come here once and your kids won’t want to leave!

25. Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine

If you’re in need of a staycation, this is the place to go! Plus it’s a one-stop shop with activities, restaurants, and a place to lay your head while the kids are running around with their magic wand (plus parents love it, too.)

Escape Rooms

26. The Escape Room – Grapevine

This one’s for your older kids who love figuring out puzzles!

27. Escape This – Dallas

They’re rated #1 on Yelp for Escape rooms for kids for a reason – great customer service and challenging scenarios.

There are lots of fun things you can do to beat the heat this summer. If you want to try a few, I HIGHLY recommend you grab a POGO Pass so you can get 12 months of free access to participating venues around DFW. (Affiliate partner.)

Be sure to use Promo Code: MAMACHALLENGE at for 60% off!

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