10 things to put on your spring bucket list in DFW

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By A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

March 14, 2024

The spring equinox, the official mark of spring, is around the corner, meaning we can enjoy some of our favorite seasonal offerings, like spring break, beautiful pastel flowers, and warmer weather. But that doesn’t mean spring fun can’t start now!

When you live in a place overflowing with things to do like Dallas-Fort Worth, there’s no need to cross state lines for entertainment—we have ‘spring fun’ at home!

Are you curious about the local options so you can maximize family time? We got you! This list will ensure fun for folks of all ages. Keep reading for our suggestions for fun that will last you from spring break throughout the summer.

Head to Klyde Warren Park for spring break in the park

Klyde Warren Park—voted the best place for families by DFWChild magazine—is worth visiting year-round. But its nine-day long “Spring Break in the Park” celebration offers free, diverse activities to enjoy the season. 

This year’s event is sponsored by the Hersh Foundation, which supports various activities that ensure North Texas residents have what they need for quality education, health care, culture, and more. The celebration runs through Sunday, March 17, and remaining events include therapeutic dance and movement for kids, a fitness class, a silent disco, and appearances from the Dallas Children’s Theater. 

Learn more here.

Make a splash  at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Has your family missed water fun over the last few months of unpredictable weather? Get back to it with Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark. This Grand Prairie-based waterpark is fun for the entire family and is North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark. Open year-round, its attractions include racing slides, inner tube rides, and a wall-climbing Yellowjacket Drop. It also has a nine-slide tower, a surfing simulator, an enormous lazy river, and a kids’ play area with three slides. Epic Waters is located within EpicCentral, a public-private development that also houses PlayGrand Adventures, a 10-acre playground, and multiple restaurants.(It was even voted #3 Indoor Waterpark in the Nation by the USA Today Readers Choice Awards.)

Learn more about hours and fees here.

 

Visit the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth Stockyards hosts its annual “Spring Breakaway Stockyards Style” through March 17. This family-friendly event features live music, lawn games, giveaways, and more. The Stockyards celebration allows the kids to participate in cattle drives and rodeos, horseback riding along the Trinity River, line dancing, mini-train rides, and much more. 

Learn more here.

Jump around at the world’s biggest bounce park 

We all love a good bounce house. But know what’s even better? Bouncing it out at the world’s biggest Bounce Park that also uses its proceeds to support children in foster care. Take your crew to Funbox, a giant bounce house with 25,000 square feet of jump space and cool activities like a 23-foot slide, a mountain climbing challenge, and a ninja wall this spring season. Each ticket buys 80 minutes to experience Funbox’s 10 play zones. 

More good news? There’s no rush. Funbox is a limited-time experience available at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco and North East Mall in Hurst from March 15 through May 26.

Catch ’em all at Ecomon Adventure Days At Trinity River Audubon Center

If your kids enjoy Pokemon, they’ll love Ecomon. This program encourages local youth to learn about the Trinity River Audubon Center under the guidance of Professor Pecan. During adventure days, they can explore and study the creatures of the Trinity River Audubon Center Professor Pecan’s ‘Eco-Dex.’ (This title is a callback to the Pokémon Pokédex, which has the names and information about all of the Pokémon.) The next Ecomon adventure takes place March 16 from 10 – 11 am. It allows participants to study different species of bugs and collect specimens for hands-on learning. Best part? This activity is free, and at the end of the adventure, there’s an Ecomon Card to collect based on the living creatures at the Trinity River Audubon Center.

Can’t make the Ecomon adventure? There are plenty of other activities to do at Trinity River Audubon Center this spring.

Learn more here.

Get weird at Meow Wolf 

Located in Grapevine, Texas, Meow Wolf is an immersive multimedia art attraction with interactive art installations and themed rooms by local artists.

The Real Unreal is Meow Wolf’s Grapevine’s interactive art experience. It also includes a special exhibition-wide scavenger hunt that includes an “Choose Your Own Adventure,” where guests experience roughly 90 minutes of augmented reality. Meow Wolf is open year-round, but this all-age scavenger hunt occurs through March 17. It involves activities and challenges where participants tidy up in exchange for prizes. There are also events like Trade Secrets: Archeological Dig-Site Stamps, where participants practice printmaking and recreate ancient artifacts with rubber stamps, and the 21+ Adulti-Verse event featuring cocktails and music. 

Learn more here.

 

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

There’s never a bad time to visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. But this spring break, from March 11-15, they’re hosting Dallas Blooms: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words. Attendees will see 500,000 spring-blooming flowers from more than 120 varieties, including tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils. And that’s not all. There is something different each day, like cooking classes for adults at A Tasteful Place, kids storytimes, STEM activities for kids, and more. 

Learn more here.

Do the Owl Prowl Night Hike with Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Do you have questions and curiosities about owls? The Owl Prowl Night Hike through Heard Museum in Mckinney, Texas, offers answers about our nocturnal friends. Hikers on this trail will learn about the native North Texas owls, see a live owl presentation, and enjoy a guided night hike.

Check out Heard Museums’ calendar. Other cool adventures, like forest bathing, nature story time, and wetland canoe trails, are also happening this month.

Learn more here.

 

Climb your way to joy at Bolder Adventure Park

If your household struggles to pick one thing for the entire family, Bolder Adventure Park is for you. This Grand Prairie-based adventure park has a 66,000-square-foot area for activities that can meet each member of your family at their comfort level. The diverse activities, like ice skating, rock climbing, and ropes courses help participants build confidence and coordination as they play. The adventure park is open year-round, but has special spring break hours. Learn more here.

Write your name in a ‘Blank Space’ listening to Lover, a Taylor Swift Tribute Band

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a crowd of swifties belting your heart out to Taylor’s great hits, this is your chance. Head to Frisco to listen to Taylor Swift tribute band, Lover. Come sit on the lawn and listen to your favorite songs—plus some dance moves and ten unique “Taylor-made” outfits inspired by her albums. This free, two-hour event is happening on Saturday, March 16, at the Monument Realty PGA District.

Learn more here.

READ MORE: The 10 closest national parks to Dallas

 

  • A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

    A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is an award-winning writer, editor, and research-based storyteller. She is also the founder of FreeBlackmotherhood, a counternarrative to intensive mothering models that argues that to raise healthy, well-adjusted children; we must prioritize the wellbeing of those who mother.

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