Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.
The eye-catching artwork at Arlington's River Legacy Nature School is sure to perk your pupils right up.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This museum has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
At this museum, kids of all ages are welcome.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
An organization that has been shaping boys' lives for more than a century deserves a place to preserve its rich history. The National Scouting Museum does just that, tracing the Boy Scouts from its beginnings in 1910 through today.
Size: The 50,000-square-foot space houses approximately 600,000 artifacts, including items from each National Jamboree and decades' worth of uniforms.
Eye Catcher: The Campground Scoutcraft area allows guests to compare replicas of campsites from the 1900s, the 1950s, and today as they learn outdoor skills such as tying knots and identifying animal tracks.
Permanent Mainstay: The Norman Rockwell Art Gallery, the largest such collection of the renowned Americana artist's Scout-centric artwork.
Don't Miss: The first Eagle medal ever awarded, given to Arthur Eldred in 1911, along with his merit badges and neckerchief.
Hands-On Exhibit: Join the pinewood derby at Cub Scout Adventure World, go spelunking in an indoor cave, or practice marksmanship skills in a laser shooting gallery.
Pro Tip: Download audio files from the museum's website to your phone, and you'll have your own personal guide to the Norman Rockwell exhibit.
Special Programs: Scouts can earn merit badges in museum workshops based on topics such as sustainability, cooking, and oceanography.
Leave Your Mark: Current and former Scouts can share their stories for inclusion in the museum's oral history program.
Art connoisseurs flock to Mansfield's Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, where you can catch a glimpse of some of the best and brightest.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Owners Maarten and Hanna Vanderstoel created Van Grow Studio of the Arts to promote creative thinking and problem solving in children through artistic crafts. Boasting degrees in fine arts and studio arts, respectively, Maarten and Hanna teach most of the classes and prepare the curricula for all of the studio's camps. TCU graduate Alma Worrell manages the open studio and paint-your-own-pottery rooms, which are also accessible to adults. Van Grow's upbeat instructors nurture creativity and confidence across three age groups, offering classes, parties, and workshops to pique a wide range of interests. Courses foster each student's individual vision, rather than a mastery of technique, and help to develop motor skills, self-esteem, and the ability to sculpt gummy-bear replicas of Rodin's The Thinker.
The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is a family friendly museum that strives to inspire young people and educate our local community to the rich aviation history of North Texas. The museum includes the B-36 Peacemaker Museum, which tells the story of B-36 Peacemaker and Air Force Plant #4, as well as the Forward Air Controllers Museum, which tells the history of forward air control and close air support from 1794 to present with an emphasis on the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco and its community.
Size: There are 24 aircrafts from 1943 to present on display in the space surrounding the museums, an area known as the "petting zoo."
Highlight: Aviation history of North Texas predominately focused on the period between 1911 to present.
Don't Miss: The T-38 Cockpit Simulator and other flight simulators. Also be sure to check out the Navy FA-18 "Blue Angel" Hornet.