19 FREE Things to do with Kids in Dallas – Fort Worth
Need something to do with your kids that won’t cost a lot? DFW has lots of FREE things to do with kids. Here are 19 activities to choose from!
by Liz Mangelsdorf
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 738-1933
This free museum offers a stunning survey of western American art, from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the 20th century.
Bureau of Engraving & Printing’s Western Currency Facility
9000 Blue Mound Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76131
Phone: (817) 231-4000
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency facility is one of only two locations in the U.S. that print money (Washington, D.C. being the other) and offers free 45-minute guided tours on weekdays.
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Model Train Display: A permanent model train display is 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.
Where: 1935 Motor St., between Stemmons Frwy. And Harry Hines Blvd.
Phone: 214-640-2000 or 214-456-7884
Collin Creek Mall
*NEW, Tiny Tot Time, just for the little ones. A variety of different activities, ranging from stories to crafts, singing and dancing. While Tiny Tot Time is designed for children five and under, all ages are welcome.
Where: located at US 75/Central Expressway and West Plano Parkway
When: Thursdays 10:00am starting Feb 2
131 E Exchange Avenue Ste 140 Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 366-9675
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of country music as a part of Texas heritage, the Cowtown Opry provides for 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.
Where: 2010 Flora St. (Downtown, between Harwood & Olive)
When: First Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dallas Museum of Art
First Tuesdays: Enjoy spending time with your little one the First Tuesday of every month at the Dallas Museum of Art. Youngsters can enjoy art projects, story time, performances, and gallery activities.
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 Harwood
When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Center for Creative Connections
Fire Station No. 1
203 Commerce St Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 732-1631
Fire Station No. 1, part of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, is a historic fire station near Fort Worth’s Sundance Square District.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76107-3420
Phone: (817) 871-7686
Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens are home to more than 2,500 species of plants in its 21 specialty gardens.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce St Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 392-7111
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Showtime Saturdays: weekly family fun entertainment event featuring the adorable antics of Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley. Located on Level One, near Saks Fifth Avenue.
Where: Galleria Dallas (Intersection of I 635/LBJ Frwy. and Dallas North Tollway, Located on Level 3, near the Children’s Play Place.
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturdays
Build. Learn. Create. Have fun with Kids Workshops!
FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 332-8451
The Kimbell’s permanent collection contains holdings ranging from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century, and includes major works by Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse.
Every Saturday from 11:00-3:00pm. Free crafts for kids. See their website for craft descriptions for each date. Check website for locations near you.
(the Dallas location is off the Dallas North Tollway near the Galleria)
Lowe’s Build and Grow Kid’s Clinics
Saturdays at 10:00am at your local Lowes
From project basics to giving your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!” our Build and Grow kid’s clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project.
Monnig Meteorite Gallery at TCU
Sid W. Richardson Science Building Bowie St at University Drive
2950 W. Bowie St Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: (817) 257-6277
Explore the mysteries of meteorites and experience a hands-on encounter with different types of meteorites, and create your own terrestrial impact crater.
Nasher Sculpture Center
If arts and crafts are your thing, then gather the family together and head to Nasher Sculpture Center for its free First Saturday Events. Each month’s “Big Idea” centers on a specific theme and is designed to bring out children’s artistic sides. Through art projects, scavenger hunts, NasherKids Live! Performances and story time, children learn and develop their creative skills.
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St.
When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sid Richardson Museum
309 Main St. Sundance Square Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 332-6554
Named after oil mogul Sid Richardson, once known as the “bachelor billionaire,” this free museum features his collection of Western art.
131 E Exchange Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (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, and then shipped them by railroad.
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