Kids Activities in Balch Springs

Fair Park Labor Day Blues & Jazz Festival for 2 or 4 at African American Museum on August 31 (Up to 45% Off)

African American Museum

Fair Park

$20 $12

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Initially rescheduled due to weather, this blues and jazz festival returns to celebrate emancipation through music

Pass for Go-Karting, Mini-Golf, and Other Attractions for One, Two, or Four at SpeedZone (Up to 45% Off)

Palace Entertainment

Dallas

$39.99 $22.99

Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$138 for $250 Worth of Music Lessons — The Sound Foundation.

The Sound Foundation

Dallas

$250 $138

Four 30-minute music lessons; Owner Norman Matthew is an RIAA award winner who has been featured in several music magazines

Museum Outing for Two or Four to the Frontiers of Flight Museum (Half Off)

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Northwest Dallas

$16 $8

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Collection of aeronautic artifacts houses the Apollo 7 command module, Hindenburg salvage, and more than 30 vintage aircraft

One Month of Private or Group Piano Lessons at Mark Ripley Piano By Request (Half Off)

Mark Ripley Piano By Request

Farmers Branch

$150 $75

Instructor with more than 30 years of piano-playing experience teaches students to play in styles including jazz, country, and classical

Dallas Holocaust Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Downtown Dallas

$16 $8

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As part of a mission to combat indifference, audio guides narrate three pivotal stories from April 19, 1943 amid historic artifacts

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Drum Lessons with Paul

Drum Lessons With Paul

On Location

$120 $54

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$19 for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Center Stage Guitar Academy ($108 Value)

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

One or Three 30-Minute Piano, Guitar, or Voice Lessons at Just Rock Enterprises (Up to 54% Off)

Just Rock Enterprises

Lancaster

$40 $20

Lessons introduce students to techniques for playing the piano or guitar, or help develop singing skills

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Two Hours of Jumping for One, Two, or Four at Urban Air Trampoline Park

Urban Air Trampoline Park

Multiple Locations

$20 $15

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Kids and adults bound across enormous wall-to-wall trampolines, play dodgeball, fly into a foam pit, and slam-dunk basketballs

Visit for Two or Four or Family Membership to International Museum of Cultures (Up to Half Off)

International Museum of Cultures

Duncanville

$10 $5

More than 10 exhibits celebrate contemporary indigenous cultures while educating visitors about their history and challenges they face

Guided Tour for Two, Four, or Six at The Heritage Farmstead Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Heritage Farmstead Museum

Plano

$10 $5

Docent leads groups through Victorian-era grounds that re-create turn-of-the-century Texas Blackland Prairie culture

$11 for $20 Toward Pottery Painting or Throwing at Paint 'n Party Family Art Studio

Paint N' Party

Plano

$20 $11

Guests can rent a pottery wheel to throw their own pieces, or paint existing mugs and figurines

One or Two Hours of Bowling for 5 or 10 with Shoe Rentals at Plano Super Bowl (Up to 52% Off)

Plano Super Bowl

Plano

$47.70 $29

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Lively bowling alley stays open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year

5 or 15 Open-Bounce Visits at BounceU (Up to 59% Off) 

BounceU

Plano

$40 $19

Kids frolic on giant inflatable structures, such as bounce castles, tunnels, slides, and boxing rings

One or Two 30-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Extra Innings (Up to 56% Off)

Extra Innings

Plano

$25 $12

Iron Mike pitching machines help batters improve swing technique in 70 ft. long, 15 ft. wide and 20 ft. high batting tunnels

$77 for $140 Worth of Music Lessons — SGM Lessons

Sgm Lessons Music Studio

Plano

$140 $77

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One Month of Unlimited Aquatic Fitness Classes Plus Open Swim for an Individual or Family at Aqua~Fit (Up to 65% Off)

Aqua~Fit

Plano

$185 $65

Warm salt-water pool hosts aquatic fitness classes for all skill levels; families can splash together during open swim hours

Repticon for Two Adults and Two Children at Knights of Columbus Center on September 20 or 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon

Knights of Columbus Center

$30 $15

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

Ice Skating for 2 or 4 or 8 Weeks of Once- or Twice-Weekly Skate School at Dr Pepper StarCenters (Up to 68% Off)

Dr Pepper StarCenters

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Regulation-size rinks at ice centers endorsed by the Dallas Stars host eight-week learn-to-skate school or public-skate admission available

Two or Four Beginners’ Circus Classes at Lone Star Circus School (Up to 51% Off)

Lone Star Circus School

Farmer's Branch

$40 $20

Introductory classes help budding performers master tricks on silks, the trapeze, and aerial hoop; this type of workout yields quick results

Two Games of Bowling for Two or Two Hours of Bowling for Six at Forum Bowling Lanes (Up to 46% Off)

Forum Bowling Lanes

Grand Prairie

$23 $13

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Recently remodeled 60-lane alley lets players bowl in a vintage, 1970s-style atmosphere

One or Two 60-Minute Private Music or Dance Lessons at Modern Sound Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Modern Sound Studio

Central Carrollton

$62.50 $29

One-on-one music lessons for piano, voice, guitar, drums, audio production, dance, songwriting or more

Admission to Adventure Sundays for Two, Four, or Six at Group Dynamix (Up to 57% Off)

Group Dynamix

Southwest Carrollton

$50 $24

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Participants play black-light sports as well as archery tag; scale indoor high-ropes courses and inflatables

Open Skate for Two or Four or Skating School with 16 or 32 Passes at Allen Community Ice Rink (Up to 80% Off)

Allen Community Ice Rink - City of Allen

Allen

$16 $8

Skaters enjoy open-skate with family and friends; beginners learn how to skate with lessons

Bowling Night for Two or Six with Popcorn and Soda at Allen Bowl (Up to 48% Off)

Allen Bowl

Allen

$30.45 $16

Bowl two games with a friend or rent a lane with a group for a couple of hours; either way the snacks are covered.

Six Months of Group Music Classes or 10 Private Music Lessons at Stage Volume LLC (Up to 53% Off)

Stage Volume LLC

Midlothian

$200 $99

Group music lessons cover anything from playing instruments to audio engineering basics; private lessons cover drums or piano

Four-Hour Pontoon Boat Rental for Up to 10 on Lake Arlington from Arlington Parks and Recreation (Up to 50% Off)

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Lake Arlington

$500 $250

Pontoon boat holds up to 10 passengers and includes captain, chips, water, and life vests

$20 for $40 of Arcade-Games & Batting Cages at Putt-Putt Fun Center/Alley Cats Entertainment Center

Putt-Putt Fun Center and Alley Cats Entertainment Center

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Fun center offers 50–110 arcade games and batting cages are available at each Putt-Putt location

Four Weeks of Ice-Skating Group Lessons for 1 or 2 Including Public Skating at ICE at The Parks (Up to 92% Off)

ICE at The Parks

The Parks At Arlington

$295 $25

Ice-skating group lessons for children and adults take place on NHL-size ice rink inside The Parks at Arlington

Planetarium Show Admission for Four or Six at The Planetarium at UT Arlington (Up to 50% Off)

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Arlington

$24 $12

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Audiences experience unforgettable stargazing & watch 360 degrees video on one of the largest dome screens in Texas.

Batting Cage Visit with 40 or 80 Tokens at Cover All Bases (50% Off)

Cover All Bases

Heart Of Arlington

$20 $10

23,000 square foot facility houses six cages with fast- and slow-pitch machines for softball and baseball

45-Minute Princess Dress-Up Tea Party for Two or Three at Chelsea's Tea Room & Boutique (52% Off)

Chelsea's Tea Room & Boutique

Southwest Arlington

$49.98 $24

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Each dress-up session culminates in party replete with giggle tea, treats, and mingling with other princesses in attendance

$39 for a Princess Play Date for Three at A Moment in Time ($83.97 Value)

A Moment in Time

Arlington

$83.97 $39

Partygoers play dress up, drink tea at tea party, and learn princess etiquette as parents snap precious photos

Tea Party for One, Two, or Three Mother-Daughter Duos at Let's Pretend Tea Parties (Up to 62% Off) 

Let's Pretend Tea Parties

Grapevine

$51.80 $20

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China teacups brimming with tea are served with other treats to mother-daughter pairs

Three or Five Standup Paddleboard-Fitness Classes at LakeSet Fitness (50% Off)

LakeSet Fitness

Grapevine

$90 $45

Instructors lead dynamic routines of calisthenics, CrossFit, and yoga exercises atop standup paddleboards on scenic Lake Grapevine

Go-Karting and Mini Golf for 2, 4, or 6 or Birthday Bash for Up to 12 at Zone Action Park (Up to 55% Off)

Zone Action Park

Lewisville

$43.98 $23

Go-kart tracks accommodate drivers as young as 3, and two themed 18-hole courses host mini-golf competition

Entry for Two, Four, or Six to the Celina Balloon Festival (50% Off)

Celina Balloon Festival

Celina

$10 $5

Colorful balloons fly above fairgrounds while guests enjoy live music, helicopter rides, and carnival rides

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoes for 5 or 10 at Strikz Entertainment (Up to 66% Off). Four Options Available.

Strikz Entertainment

Frisco

$72.75 $29

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Open until at least midnight every night, Strikz boasts 32 bowling lanes with computerized scoring and automatic bumpers

Two Private Piano or Violin Lessons at 7 Notes (Up to 52% Off)

7 Notes

Frisco

$70 $29

Suzuki violin and piano lessons teach students to play their instrument of choice

Four or Six Weeks of Private Music Lessons at Matt Burk Music Studio (Up to 53% Off)

Matt Burk Music Studio

Frisco

$185 $89

Teachers customize classes in voice, guitar, piano, drums, bass, and songwriting to each student’s skill level and goals

Two for Four Two-Hour Jump Sessions at Elevate Trampoline Park (38% Off)

Elevate Trampoline Park

McKinney

$32 $20

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Guests safely somersault on padded trampolines that stretch from wall to wall at an indoor jump center

One Hour of Jump Time for Two or Four at Rebounderz (Up to 46% Off)

Rebounderz

Hurst Plaza

$26 $15

24,000 sq. ft. of trampolines, café with Wi-Fi, 50 arcade games, dodgeball and basketball station; safety ensured by referees

Zipline Tour or Entry to the Great Obstacle Race with 1 Zipline Cable for 2 at DFW Adventure Park (45% Off)

DFW Adventure Park

Justin-Roanoke

$55 $30

Cruise down four 230- to 400-foot ziplines hanging 30–40 feet above the ground or compete against teams in a 1.5-mile obstacle race

Visit with Rock Climbing or Bungee Trampoline or Five Visits at Leapin' Lizards (50% Off)

Leapin' Lizards

North Richland Hills

$20 $10

Three rooms of inflatables, a four-story playscape, and private party rooms encourage children to bounce off the walls and burn off energy

Mini Golf, Go-Karting, and Arcade Tokens for Two, Four, or Six at Mountasia Family Fun Park (51% Off)

Mountasia Family Fun Park (DFW)

Walker Branch

$35 $17

Family fun park boasts two 18-hole mini-golf courses with real water hazards and a go-kart course with tandem karts for younger riders

Kids' Playtime at Celebration Party & Event Center (66% Off)

Celebration Party & Event Center

Fort Worth

$45 $22

Kids use their imaginations in play houses, bounce and slide on inflatables, and race around a mini track during play sessions

$45 for an Urban Dare Adventure Race for a Two-Person Team (Up to $90 Value)

Urban Dare

The Pour House

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

$15 for Four Rounds of Miniature Golf at Rockwood Gokart Track (Up to $28 Value)

Rockwood Gokart Track

North Fort Worth

$28 $15

Designed by Harris Mini Golf, the 18-hole course challenges putters to sink holes-in-one across undulating greens and past sand traps

Four or Twelve Mommy-and-Baby Music Classes at Tunes 4 Tots DFW (Up to 54% Off)

Tunes 4 Tots DFW

Fort Worth

$100 $49

45-minute mommy-and-baby classes combine singing, dancing, and playing

$3 for $5 Worth of Arcade Visits — Gamerz

Gamerz

Ridgmar

$5 $3

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10 Bounce-House Visits at United Bounce (Up to 50%Off)

United Bounce

Keller

$50 $25

Kids bounce in 12,000-square-foot facility with 13 inflatables

$60 for $120 Groupon — Robyn Meahl Piano Studio

Robyn Meahl Piano Studio

Chamberlin Arlington Heights

$120 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Cowtown Bowling Palace (Up to 60% Off)

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Fort Worth

$24 $12

Orbs pummel pins on 32 slick lanes at newly remodeled facility replete with snack-bar treats, bumper lanes for tykes & rental shoes

In-Studio or In-Home Guitar Lessons from Kyle Mathis Guitar Lessons (Up to 63% Off). Five Options Available

Kyle Mathis Guitar Lessons

burleson

$40 $15

Rock guitarist with national touring experience teaches basic guitar skills during private or semi-private lessons

200 or 500 Batting Cage Balls, or One-Hour Private Hitting Lesson at RIP Empire (Up to 60% Off)

RIP Empire

Burleson

$20 $10

In batting cages with pitching machines, sluggers swing hard at 200 or 500 balls; trainers help batters perfect their stance and swing

Safari Adventure for Two or Four at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch (Up to 50% Off)

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch

Pilot Point

$20 $10

Safari trams ferry guests across 126-acre park to see and interact with exotic and endangered animals, such as kangaroos, bears, and lemurs

$16 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf at Hidden Valley Miniature Golf (Up to $28 Value)

Hidden Valley Miniature Golf

Lakeside

$28 $16

Multitiered greens pass through rocky outcrops, windmills, burbling fountains, and waterfalls on tricky, 18-hole course

$30 for Four Hours of Bowling with Shoes for Up to Six at Pin Center Bowl ($60 Value)

Pin Center Bowl

Cleburne

$60 $30

Groups of up to 6 bowlers play for four hours; shoe rentals included

Ziplining for One, Two, or Six at Beaumont Ranch (Up to 64% Off)

Beaumont Ranch

Grandview

$60 $29

The course includes a training run and five ziplines, including one measuring more than 1,500 feet long

Wildlife-Refuge Visit for 2, 4, or 10 at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (Up to Half Off)

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

Tyler

$20 $10

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From behind a double fence, watch more than 40 types of rescued big cats in environs that simulate their native habitats

East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park Admission for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

East Texas Gators and Wildlife Park

Grand Saline

$12 $6

Park in which guests can safely view alligators and variety of other wildlife; hands-on experience for people of all ages

Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Up to 50% Off)

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

$14 $7

Museum space holds more than 35,000 square feet of legendary sports memorabilia from Texas' best athletes and sports moments

Visits for Two, Four, or Six to Dr Pepper Museum (50% Off)

Dr Pepper Museum

Brazos

$16 $8

Museum in former Dr Pepper HQ houses 3 floors of exhibits dedicated to Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry

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With paintball gear on, 10,000 sq. ft. can seem like a vast jungle. Specifically, one where the animals have figured out how to operate paintball markers. The outdoor paintball arena at Celebration Station hosts friendly competitions between players of all skill level, who fire salvos from behind obstacles. That competitive zone only makes up a small portion of the fun, however. Outside alone, visitors find a towering rock-climbing wall, batting cages, and a go-kart track that twists and turns across a quarter mile. Bumper boats collide nearby, while waterfalls cascade down the landscapes of an 18-hole mini-golf course.

Arcade tokens take over indoors, where 100 games present visitors with a challenging dilemma: should they master every one of the racing simulators, or take a break for a game of laser tag? Luckily, they can ponder their choices over a meat lovers pizza at the onsite restaurant.

4040 Towne Crossing Blvd
Mesquite,
TX
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The trusty team of Quarter Horses at Broken Bow Ranch escorts visitors over the sprawling pastures and winding trails that grace the 1,400-acre working cattle ranch. Their owner, Gay Leigh Bingham, draws upon 25 years of experience when teaching new riders the subtleties of proper horsemanship. During private and group riding lessons, she aims to teach riders the proper way to confidently command a horse so they can ride comfortably on trails or help equine companions practice self-control when trotting through apple orchards. Not content to stop at the saddle, Ms. Bingham also invites visitors to enjoy her land for such pastimes as dove and duck hunting.

12540 Falcon Rd
Crandall,
TX
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At The Gentle Zoo, youngsters feed pigs, pat ducklings, and interact with the other fuzzy residents. Elsewhere on the zoo’s 10 acres, guests can leap about on the bounce house, blast corn from the corn cannon, navigate the maze, or enjoy a leisurely ride on the tractor train. Such attractions enthrall kids at onsite birthday parties, while the mobile petting zoo’s 12–15 staff-supervised animals offer nuzzles and create memories in children's minds. The creatures also hit the road for the animal-encounters program, which combines hands-on animal contact with educational 45-minute presentations. The Gentle Zoo donates its proceeds from the program to its Creature Connection, Inc. nonprofit, which rehabilitates rescue animals before they participate in outreach programs for foster children and at-risk youth.

12600 Fm 2932
Forney,
TX
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Starplex Cinemas Forney Stadium 12 adds a little extra shine to every screening with modern technology and screening rooms. Viewers are thrust right into the action of the film by 3-D projectors. Plush chairs—stacked stadium style—envelope audience members in comfort while also providing them with the unobstructed sightline required to see every production assistant’s name in the credits. Other welcome amenities include wall-to-wall screens, digital surround sound and projectors, and a concession stand that serves the theater’s signature $1 hot dogs.

600 Fm 548
Forney,
TX
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On a single day in the middle of World War II, actions in three isolated incidents represent an ethical lesson taught to this day at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. On that day—April 19, 1943—three Belgian men attacked a train destined for Auschwitz, freeing its passengers; the occupants of the Warsaw Ghetto united in revolt; and at the Bermuda Conference, officials from the British and American governments declined to take action against ongoing atrocities in Europe. The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s main exhibit locates a crucial distinction in presenting these three events: the difference between "bystanders" and what the museum calls "Upstanders." The exhibit was created in the hopes that every visitor would become an "Upstander," moved not only to remember a horrific past but also to take action when faced with modern threats to human rights.

A self-guided audio tour relates the heroism of those who stood up on that date in 1943 as museum guests explore artifacts, photographs, and a full-size boxcar. Special exhibits that often focus on photography supplement the permanent installation, and testimonies from volunteer survivors and liberators provide a firsthand perspective on the historical tragedy and its lessons. Along with exposing more than 30,000 students and 22,000 walk-in visitors to its messages annually, the museum advocates engagement with the world through educational programs designed for everyone from educators to law-enforcement officials.

211 N Record Street
Dallas,
TX
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There was a time when looking down the barrel of Clyde Barrow's gun wouldn't have seemed too appealing. But now people visit the second floor galleries of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture just to get a glimpse of the infamous weapon, which shares space with more than 1,000 other artifacts, including the first traffic light in Dallas County and handcuffs worn by Lee Harvey Oswald. Taken together, these artifacts trace Dallas County's past from prehistory to the present day, a timeline visitors also explore via the museum's 41 touchscreen computers, four mini theatres screening specially commissioned films, and hands-on activities on topics such as architecture and pioneer life. More hands-on activities await in the education center, where youngsters learn about their local heritage thanks to exhibits on Dallas County children.

Housed in the Old Red Courthouse, a restored Romanesque building from 1892, the museum is practically a large-scale exhibit unto itself. Its many architectural flourishes include a four-story grand staircase, a restored clock tower, and two original stained-glass windows from the courthouse's original collection of more than 100. Tours of all four floors grant visitors access to areas not otherwise open to the general public, including the courtroom and the judge's tightly guarded gavel shed. The historic building makes a fitting setting for the special exhibits that grace the first floor gallery several times a year.

100 S Houston St
Dallas,
TX
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