Kids Activities in Irving

Ripley's Believe It or Not! — Up to 47% Off Visit

Grand Prairie

$18.99 $10

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Take in 11 galleries of unusual and bizarre artifacts from across the world

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

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

Up to 68% Off Ice Skating or Skate School

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

Practice the Circus Arts with Professional Performers

Dallas

$30 $30

Russ Sharek and the Circus Freaks teach students basic conditioning, improvisation, slapstick, and juggling

Repticon – 50% Off

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

Marvel at an Intimate Magic Show Inside a Magician's Studio

Exposition Park

$20 $20

Edward Ruiz takes you on a tour of his personal studio before treating you to a masterful show of mind-bending illusions

62% Off Guitar Lessons at 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

Half Off at Frontiers of Flight Museum for 2 or 4

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

Half Off Piano Lessons at Metroplex Piano

Dallas

$39.95 $19.99

Students learn piano basics during fun, stress-free group sessions; piano ownership is not required

Half Off Piano Lessons

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

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

Up to 57% Off Thrill Rides at Zero Gravity

Dallas

$62.97 $30

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Thrill amusement park with flawless safety record and flexible schedule launches guests into lower orbit with a selection of thrilling rides

57% Off Lessons at The Dallas Drum School

Dallas

$300 $130

Master and build rhythms and sharpen techniques while focusing on a preferred genre of music

Medieval Times – Up to 47% Off

Medieval Times Dallas

$69.98 $37

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In a two-hour show, knights on horseback vie for the royal court’s favor by jousting and sword-fighting; dinner with chicken and spare rib

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Winspear Opera House

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Uptown

$90 $45

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

Museum of Biblical Art – Up to Half Off Visit

Dallas

$24 $12

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Museum uses biblically influenced works to examine art history across cultures; Thomas Kinkade exhibit features 18 of his original paintings

Up to 51% Off at 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

50% Off Five-Day Camping Trip

The Historic Grain Silos

$795 $399

Kids venture out into Ouachita National Forest with trained and certified wilderness guides on five-day camping trips

Up to 63% Off Private Music Lessons

Carrollton

$100 $49

Certified instructors and musicians teach kids and adults the basics of guitar, bass, piano, violin, or vocals

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Central Carrollton

$62.50 $29

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

Up to 58% Off Adventure Activities

Southwest Carrollton

$44 $20

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

Up to 52% Off Go-Karting at K1 Speed

Arlington

$91.96 $44

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

Comedy & Magic For All Ages – Up to 50% Off

Arlington Improv

$12 $6

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Magic mixes with standup as an ever-changing cast interacts with the audience

Up to 92% Off Ice-Skating Group Lessons

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

Up to 55% Off Private Music Lessons

Southwest Arlington

$120 $59

Music lessons in guitar, bass, drum, and piano-keyboard for kids and adults

Up to 50% Off Planetarium Admission & Show

Arlington

$24 $12

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

50% Off Batting Cage Visit

Heart Of Arlington

$20 $10

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

52% Off a Princess Dress-Up Tea Party

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

International Museum of Cultures – Up to 50% Off a Visit

Duncanville

$10 $5

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

Up to 62% Off a Mother-Daughter Tea Party 

Grapevine

$44.85 $20

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China teacups brimming with tea are served with cupcakes to mother-daughter pairs enjoying manicures and updos

44% Off

North Richland Hills

$90 $50

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

Up to 48% Off Jump Time at Rebounderz

Hurst Plaza

$26 $14

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

39% Off Zipline Adventures at DFW Adventure Park

Justin-Roanoke

$110 $67

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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

Up to 54% Off Dance Birthday Parties

North Davis Business Park

$150 $69

Dance center hosts birthday parties for kids

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For the guests of Maximum Sports Connection, a Dallas Cowboys game actually starts three hours before kickoff. For both home and away games, the company hosts all-inclusive tailgate parties—with or without tickets to the game itself—that keep revelers sustained with burgers, brats, drinks, and raffles for Cowboys merchandise. Customers can dress the part with apparel from the online store to show off their fandom or eerie resemblance to Troy Aikman to current and former players during private autograph sessions.

In addition to game-day events, Maximum Sports Connection also hosts Saturday-night dinner parties where fans come together to break bread as sportswriter Mickey Spagnola and former Cowboy Nate Newton broadcast their weekly radio program, Radio Road Show. Stadium tours the day before or after a game enable fans to guide themselves throughout Cowboys Stadium, while off-season trips such as a weekend in the Bahamas give fans the chance to draw up defensive plays in the sand with current and former Cowboys.

221 East Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving,
TX
US

Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.

1900 S Great Southwest Pkwy
Grand Prairie,
TX
US

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
US

While strolling the halls of Madrid's famous Prado Museum in the 1950s, Texas oilman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows fell in love with the rich tradition of Spanish art. Gradually building a collection of Iberian masterworks from throughout the centuries, Meadows helped found his eponymous museum to house and display the art. Now among the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum surrounds visitors with masterpieces from the 10th century through the 21st. The collection's highlights include Goya's darkly evocative Yard with Madmen, Picasso's patchwork Still Life in a Landscape, and Míró's colorfully surreal Queen Louise of Prussia.

Outside the museum's elegant colonnade, an encircling garden recalls Renaissance palaces with manicured bushes, stately gravel paths, and feral court jesters. Beautiful sculptures by modern greats fleck the garden, with such pieces as the 13-foot, wireframe head Sho, by modern Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Below the plaza, Santiago Calatrava's monumental Wave dominates the approach to the museum, with gently undulating iron beams, suspended over a serene reflecting pool that will itself never know the joy of forming a wave.

5900 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas,
TX
US

The frosty rink at Americas Ice Garden is always abuzz with wintry activity, hosting skaters ready to carve out figure eight8s during public hours or rehearse for impending competitions at freestyle skates. Athletes just breaking into the sport can attend skating and hockey classes, or commit to two weeks of drama and vocal exercises of saying "triple lutz" 10 times fast at ice-theater camps. The fun but demanding camps culminate in a production staged on the ice for a crowd of spectators. When thespians clear out, the rink is free to once again host parties or broomball matches.

Sunlight streams through 12 stories' worth of glass prisms, exploding into rainbows that dance on the trees, plants, and spouting fountains that fringe the well-chilled oval at its home in the heart of the Plaza of the as. The prisms are suspended in a next-door atrium, home to many shops and cultural attractions near the ice garden, including the Dallas Museum of Art.

700 N Pearl St
Dallas,
TX
US

A fleet of nine carriages bearing the NorthStar insignia clips and clops through the city streets of Dallas and Fort Worth, ferrying riders through historical tours and evenings filled with romance. Passengers watch the city skyline pan past their open-top carriage or opt for shelter beneath a cloth canopy as they visit historic locales. Ahead of them, a professional driver sports a white tuxedo shirt, boots, and Western hat, and his noble steed, trained at the company farm to be gentle and politely decline drag-race challenges, maintains a natural grace. Since its establishment in 1990, the company has had the honor of participating in a number of special local events, including football-victory parades and the Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade.

1800 North Market Street
Dallas,
TX
US