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From art to animals, from tales to trains . . . Dallas-Fort Worth is a haven of free and affordable family fun. Metroplex Baby & Kids has compiled some of the best places to go and things to see that will keep even the most discriminating kids from crying "I'm bored," and all at a price of $5 or less per child. 

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All Aboard
From model trains to ride-on trains and trolleys, your kids will be shouting "choo-choo" in no time!

Forest Park Miniature Railroad A Fort Worth Family Tradition since 1959, the Forest Park Miniature Railroad offers an approximately five-mile, thirty-five to forty-minute round trip from the Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway in Forest Park to the Duck Pond in Trinity Park and back with one stop at the Trinity Park Depot in Trinity Park where passengers may board the train if seats are available. The train crosses six bridges on its route including a 350 foot girder bridge and 171 foot truss bridge, both of which cross the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. City: Fort Worth
Cost: $4/adults; $3.50/kids 1-12 (cash only)

M-Line's air-conditioned and heated trolleys The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated trolleys run 365 days a year, providing local transit service to Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood. All rides, except charters, are FREE. Voluntary fare box contributions are welcomed. Monday-Thursday: 7am to 10pm,  Friday 7am to Midnight, Saturday: 10am to Midnight, Sunday and holidays: 10am-10pm City: Dallas
Cost: Free

model train display The U.S.'s largest permanent model train display is in the lobby of Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Eight trains run simultaneously at this free exhibit, which is open 6am-10pm daily. Children's Medical Center has a small fee for parking. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Architecture
If your kids like Legos, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs and other building toys, they may enjoy the architectural wonders in Dallas-Ft. Worth. For ideas on introducing architecture to kids,
visit archKIDecture, an independent architecture education project that encourages children to explore and participate in the built environment.

Bass Performance Hall Billed as "the last great hall built this century," the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall was designed by David M. Schwarz of Washington, D.C. One of the unique architectural features are the 48 foot high limestone angels on the front of the building. Most of the materials within the Bass Performance Hall are from Texas with the majority from the Fort Worth vicinity. Tours of Bass Hall may be scheduled for Saturdays at 10:30am.   City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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The Dallas Arts District is a unique, 68-acre, 19-block neighborhood in the heart of the city. A rare jewel that is the centerpiece of the region’s cultural life, the District is home to some of the finest architecture in the world. Enhancing the downtown Dallas skyline are buildings by Pritzker Prize winners I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and AIA Gold Medal recipient Edward Larrabee Barnes. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Dallas City Hall & Plaza Dallas City Hall & Plaza boasts famed architect I.M. Pei's inverted-wedge shaped building, which is one of the most distinctive structures in all of Dallas. The plaza is home to one of Henry Moore's largest bronze sculptures City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Fountain Place Waters dance and leap skyward at downtown Dallas' Fountain Place. At the base of this dramatically sculpted 1.2-million-square-foot office tower of green reflective glass lies an oasis of colorful flowers, waterfalls, 172 bubbler fountains and a central fountain. The latter is one of the world's most complex fountains and consists of 360 computer-driven water jets. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners, Fountain Place has received international recognition. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Fort Worth Water Gardens The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban park. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Arts & Culture
Art, music, theater, international and pop culture await DFW families

African American Museum The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials, with permanent collections include African art; African American fine art; magazine, historical, political and community archives. The Museum is open Tue-Fri 12-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm; closed some holidays; open 7/days a week during State Fair, from 10am-7pm. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Amon Carter Museum The Amon Carter Museum offers visitors a stunning survey of American art, from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the twentieth century, as well as storytimes and Family Fundays. The Museum is open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sun 12-5pm and is closed Mon and major holidays. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Arlington Museum of Art Located in an art moderne 1950s former department store building with a two-story expansive open gallery, the Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting Museum that brings in varying exhibits. educational programs and camps. The Museum is open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Closed on New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Museum closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. City: Arlington
Cost: Free
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ArtCentre of Plano Amazing discoveries lie in wait at the ArtCentre of Plano, housed in a former general store building. Click here to see the schedule of exhibitions. It is open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. City: Plano
Cost: Free
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Artie's Playhouse Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater offers plays and musicals designed specifically for kids as young as 2, and which can be enjoyed by all other ages. Shows are Saturdays at 10am, with added performances seasonally. Please check website for current shows. City: Hurst
Cost: $5/pp
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Concerts Under The Stars Families may enjoy Concerts Under the Stars throughout the Metroplex during the late spring, summer and early fall months. Pack a picnic and relax! The following cities and organizations offer free concerts:

Allen - Summer Sounds Concerts: http://www.allenparks.org/
Bedford - MasterWorks Twighlight Concerts: 817-283-3406, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/
Dallas - Basically Bethoven Festival: 214-520-2219, music@fineartschamberplayers.org, http://www.fineartschamberplayers.org
Farmers Branch - Concert in the Branch: 972-919-2620, http://www.farmersbranch.info
Frisco - Frisco Grooves: http://www.friscogrooves.org/
Keller - Jazz on the Lawn: http://www.cityofkeller.com/
Lewisville -
Sounds of Lewisville: 972-219-EVENT, http://www.cityoflewisville.com/
City: Allen, Bedford, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Frisco, Keller, Lewisville
 
CostCost: Free

The Crow Collection The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. It is open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended hours on Thurs until 9pm; closed Mon. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Dallas Museum of Art The Dallas Museum of Art offers free admission for regular exhibits during regular museum hours, as well as free special family activities on the first Tuesday of each month. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents several free community concerts for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These concerts are hosted both within the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and at local parks and recreation centers. Please click here for a list of upcoming concerts and locations. City: Dallas
Cost: Free

Adrian E. M.D., Hand Collection The Adrian E. M.D., Hand Collection is on display at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in the George W. Truett Memorial Hospital lobby. The display is open and free to the public 24-hours a day. This exhibit of more than 100 cast, bronze-coated hands is the work of Adrian Flatt, M.D., who was chief of orthopedic surgery at Baylor Dallas from 1982 until 1992. The exhibit includes casts of the hands of historical figures such as Winston Churchill to sports figures such as Emmitt Smith. Please call 214-820-0111 for more information. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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International Museum of Cultures The International Museum of Cultures focuses on contemporary peoples and challenges of currently existing communities in remote locations of the world. It is open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 1-5pm.   City: Dallas
Cost: $5/adults; $4/4-12; children under 4/free
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Interurban Railway Museum The Interurban Railway Museum houses displays, pictures, and artifacts from the North Texas transit system. It is open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat 1-5pm.   City: Plano
Cost: Free
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Irving Arts Center The Irving Arts Center is located on a 10-acre complex, in the heart of DFW. The Center is a Smithsonian affiliate and offers daily exhibits. The Sculpture Garden showcases several permanent works along with touring pieces amidst flowers and fountains. The Irving Arts Center offers several free, annual events for children and families of all ages, including Holiday Open House and the Transportation Art Contest. City: Irving
Cost: Free
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Junior Players offers free camps If your child has a flair for the dramatic, s/he will enjoy the free programs offered by Junior Players, the oldest children's theater in Dallas. Junior Players offers summer camps and after-school programs that are sure to delight the youngest thespians. City: Dallas
Cost: Free

Kimbell Art Museum The Kimbell Art Museum's holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century. The Museum also holds special events and family festivals. Admission to the Museum's permanent collection is free. There is a charge for special exhibitions.  Free parking is available at the Museum, off Arch Adams and Darnell Streets and at the Darnell Street Auditorium, across Arch Adams Street from the Museum. The Museum is open Tues–Thurs 10am–5pm, Fri 12–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm.  Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Mary Kay Museum The Mary Kay Museum is part history lesson, part tribute and part recognition hall devoted to the life of one of America's most famous businesswomen, Mary Kay Ash. The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the soaring glass lobby of the Mary Kay World Headquarters. You can visit the Mary Kay Museum for free from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, except on major holidays. City: Addison
Cost: Free
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Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has the most comprehensive collection from the Spanish masters outside of Spain. There are also special exhibitions, a sculpture garden and the tree-lined SMU campus is an eye-catcher itself. Children under 12 are free. Adult admission is complimentary on Thursdays after 5pm and is $8 at other times. City: Dallas
Cost: Free for kids under 12 and on Thursdays after 5pm
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States, with a permanent collection consists of approximately 2,600 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, drawings, prints, photographs and videotapes/discs. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free on Wednesdays and the first Sunday
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 MortMorton H. Meyerson Symphony Center The acoustically renowned MortMorton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I.M. Pei, can be toured on select Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm (please call in advance for monthly tour schedule, as tours are subject to change with rehearsals and performances.) Discover the 4,535 pipes on the Herman W. Lay Family Organ crafted by C.B. Fisk Inc., which is truly an acoustical wonder. Enthusiastic and experienced volunteer docents are available to welcome visitors, school groups, conventions and families for one-hour tours detailing points of interest throughout the Meyerson. Once a month, schedule permitting, a 30-minute organ demonstration of the Lay Family Concert Organ is presented, followed by a tour of the Center. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Nasher Sculpture Center Nasher Sculpture Center is an outdoor “roof-less” museum of 20th-century sculpture and First Saturdays offer families the opportunity to visit for free as well as to enjoy special family programming between the hours of 10am-2pm. City: Dallas
Cost: Free on first Saturdays between 10-2
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National Scouting Museum The National Scouting Museum is a massive state-of-the-art facility that features a Norman Rockwell art gallery, high adventure rescues, hands-on learning experiences, and a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings. Admission to the Museum is free on Sundays and Mondays. City: Irving
Cost: Free on Sundays and Mondays
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NorthPark Center NorthPark Center's 1.4-acre landscaped garden, CenterPark, doubles as a serene, urban retreat and an exciting venue for free community events. Relax amid world-class sculptures, canopies of trees and green expanses of lawn. The collection includes Ad Astra, a 48-ft tall orange steel structure, Corridor pin blue – a larger than life safety pin, by Claes Oldenburg and Coosie van Bruggen among others. The collection carries on NorthPark’s tradition of showcasing major works by world-renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jonathan Borofsky. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Public Art Public Art intertwines culture throughout downtown Dallas. From the red neon Pegasus on the rooftop of the Magnolia Hotel to the three cowboys and 49 steers in Pioneer Plaza, Public Art can be discovered and enjoyed throughout the City of Dallas. Use these downloadable self-guided tour maps to explore the diverse and vibrant works of public art found throughout the downtown Dallas area. City: Dallas
Cost: Free

Sculpture Garden at  Trammell Crow Center The Sculpture Garden at the base of the statuesque Trammell Crow Center boasts more than 20 statues from the French masters, including Rodin, all of which reside in a peaceful setting with cascading waters and beautiful gardens. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Sid Richardson Museum The Sid Richardson Museum, a Fort Worth Museum located in historic Sundance Square, features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame pays tribute to the top cowboys and cowgirls in Texas. The museum is located in Barn A of the Fort Worth Stockyards, in what was once the horse and mule barns in the Stockyards.  Also included in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame are the Sterquell Wagon Collection and the John Justin Trail of Fame. The Sterquell is billed as “the world’s largest lifestyle wagon collection” and features more than 60 antique wagons, carriages and sleighs. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Adults/$5, seniors 60+/$4, children (3-12)/$3
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Texas Sculpture Garden Recognized as the largest private collection of contemporary Texas sculpture ever assembled and made available to the public, the Texas Sculpture Garden is a significant and unique collection that celebrates the work of 41 prominent Texas artists. Visitors to the park enjoy both the art and its remarkable setting. Winding walking trails, lush landscaping, lakes and fountains have been specially designed to complement the art and provide a fitting backdrop for the work. The Exterior collection is open daily dawn to dusk; interior art open weekdays 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am till noon. City: Frisco
Cost: Free
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 Mrs. Baird's Bakery There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. Mrs. Baird's Bakery offers tours for children 6 and up. Tours available Tue-Thurs every hour beginning at 10am; two weeks notice required. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Build It
Build It Workshops Bring your child to Home Depot locations from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of every month (for kids ages 5-12) and to Lowe's on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10-11am (for ages 6-12) for free build-it clinics for children. Check the websites for current projects and locations. City: Throughout DFW
Cost: Free

Fun On The Farm
 Gnismer Farm Take the kids to pick strawberries and other treats at Gnismer Farm, a family run “u-pick” farm that offers strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, tomatoes and more depending upon the season. Please check website to see what is ripe and ready to pick. City: Arlington
Cost: Starts at $2.50/pound
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Nash Farm in Grapevine Take a tour of Tours of the oldest intact farmstead in Tarrant County- Nash Farm. The tour includes a history of settlement in North Texas specific to the Nash family, a focus on survival needs like water and food sources, changes in technology evident in the windmill and farming implements, and a hands on activities. Kids will like the here are two resident sheep, Cinnamon and Jane. Visitors may pet the animals from the outside of the corral. Click here to download the form to request a tour. City: Grapevine
Cost: Free
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Owens Spring Creek Farm Relax in an A-frame cottage while enjoying time with your family at Owens Spring Creek Farm. For a fun family experience, stop by our Spring Creek Feeding Pen. Your children will enjoy feeding and interacting with a variety of farm animals including goats, lambs and donkeys. Be sure to bring your camera. Weekday admission includes: feed for animals, hay ride, farm tour and museum admission. Open seasonally Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. City: Richardson
Cost: $5pp; under 2/free
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Pick peaches at Red River Peach Orchard The Red River Peach Orchard is an opportunity for families to pick sweet, juicy, tree-ripened peaches directly from the tree. Hours are seasonal so please check website. City: Gainesville
Cost: Under $2/pound
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Pick veggies at RJR Farms Want to teach the kids how vegetables are grown? Take them to pick their own tomatoes, squash, peppers and cucumbers at RJR Farms. Hours are seasonal so please check website. City: Farmersville
Cost: Approx. $2/pound
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Get Your Game On
Play games for nickels Enjoy exciting and entertaining games and family get-togethers for nickels? That's right. For a mere $1.95 admission at Nickelmania in Carrollton and NickelRama in Garland,  families can enjoy games for nickels. Hours vary by season; please check website. City: Carrollton, Garland
Cost: $1.95 admission; games priced at 1-6 nickels

Paradise Pond Paradise Pond is an indoor play place for children 2yrs. - 6th grade within first Baptist Church Grapevine. It includes 10 different stations where the children can play: a grocery store, basketball toss, legos, trains, cars, magnets, dress-up, a small climbing wall, an oversized bounce house and a two-story play feature with slide. Open Play Time: Thursday & Friday mornings 9-11am. City: Grapevine
Cost: $1pp
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The Tubes at Irving Bible Church The Tubes is a massive indoor play area within Irving Bible Church, and is designed for children up through 5th grade. It is open to the community seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. No reservations are required. The Tubes is a warm and welcoming place for all parents and their children to enjoy. City: Irving
Cost: Free
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A.W. Perry Homestead Museum The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum offers a glimpse of life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. The Museum is open Wed-Sat 10am-12pm & 1-5pm. City: Carrollton
Cost: Free
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing The Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility Tour and Visitor Center is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency. You can actually see billions of dollars being printed as you walk along an enclosed elevated walkway suspended over the production floor. Enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits and displays showcasing the history of currency and the intricacies of the printing process. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Chestnut Square Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of seven historic houses and buildings dating from the 1850's. Public Walk-up Tours are given at 11:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (August by reservation). All seven buildings are on the tour, which lasts approximately an hour. City: McKinney
Cost: Recommended admission donation is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children
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Dallas Heritage Village Dallas Heritage Village is a living history museum portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910. Family programs include storytimes, mock gun fights and more. It is open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.  January, February and August hours: Tue-Sun 10am-2pm.  Closed Mon, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. City: Dallas
Cost: Kids 3-12/$5; adults/$9; under 3/free
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Farmer's Branch Historical Park The Farmer's Branch Historical Park is nestled on 27 acres that trace more than 165 years of proud Farmers Branch heritage. Welcoming approximately 50,000 visitors each year, the Historical Park offers many opportunities from free tours and educational programs to special events and lectures. Hours are Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-6pm; closed some holidays. City: Farmers Branch
Cost: Free
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Fire Station No.1 The historic Fire Station No. 1, built in 1907, houses the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's “150 Years of Fort Worth” exhibit which traces Fort Worth's development, from its beginning as a frontier outpost, through its rowdy youth as a cattle town, to present day. The Exhibit includes a display case containing the uniform and writing desk of Maj. Gen. William Jenkins Worth, Fort Worth's namesake; a display on the prehistoric Clovis people and a bucking bronco that provides a photo opportunity for Guests. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Freedmen's Cemetery Less than one mile north of downtown Dallas is Freedmen's Cemetery, a pre-Civil War burial ground in what was once the Freedmen's Town Area–a small Dallas community formed by African-Americans freed from slavery in the mid-1860s. This historic and state landmark memorial features figures cast in bronze by artist David Newton. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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 Frisco Heritage Museum and Frisco Junction Embark on a journey through local history at the Frisco Heritage Museum and Frisco Junction, a living village comprised of buildings representing the area's rich history. Visitors will not only see and hear the past come alive, they will participate in recreating history in many of the interactive exhibits throughout the Museum and historic structures. City: Frisco
Cost: Adults/$4, children (5-11)/$2, children 4 and under/free, family/$8
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Heritage Farmstead Museum The Heritage Farmstead Museum is a historic house and Blackland prairie farm museum. It is open Mon-Fri 10am-3:30pm, Sat-Sun 1-3:30pm.   City: Plano
Cost: $2; children under 4/free
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Log Cabin Village Log Cabin Village is a living history museum devoted to the preservation of Texas heritage. It is open Tue-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 1-5pm. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Adults/$5, seniors & children (4-17)/$4.50 (under 3, free)
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National Cowboys of Color Museum The National Cowboys of Color Museum acknowledges the contributions of Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans in the settlement of the Western American Frontier. The Museum is open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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North Texas History Center The North Texas History Center museum contains Civil War, Harvesting and Pioneering exhibits based on North Texas heritage. It is open Mon-Sat 11am-4pm, Sunday 12:30pm to 4:30pm. City: McKinney
Cost: Adults/$5, Children/$3, Families/$12
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Texas Civil War Museum The Texas Civil War Museum is a destination which tells the story of the Civil War soldier 1861-1865. It is an artifact driven museum with a broad range of collections from both the North and the South, the home front and the veterans. Victorian era women’s and children’s clothing continues to tell the story using fashion trends. This uniquely bridges the hardships of a wartime lifestyle to the abundant lifestyle of a reunited country at the end of the century. Museum hours are Tue-Sat 9am-5pm. Closed New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Adults/$6; students 7-12/$3; Children under 6/Free with adult
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Movies Under The Stars
Galaxy Drive In About 30 min south of Dallas is a hidden gem known as the Galaxy Drive-in. They have four screens and each has a double feature. Most are family friendly movies, but sometimes during the 2nd showing there is an "R" rated movie. City: Ennis
Cost: $6 for adults, $3 children 5-11, children under 5 are free
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Victory Park As the summer months approach, head outside and down to Victory Park to catch a movie under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, popcorn, family and friends and join others on select days throughout the months of June and July in the Plaza near American Airlines Center. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Naturally Yours
Fish, camp, hike, pick fresh produce, canoe and explore. DFW offers many destinations for nature lovers, from nature preserves, to gardens, to farmers markets and more.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park that features vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity such as a playground, cycling trail and creeks. It is open from 5am to 11pm daily.
City: Plano
Cost: Free
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Cedar Ridge Preserve Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly Dallas Nature Center) is a natural habitat of 633 acres featuring 10 miles of hiking trails, a native plant nursery, butterfly gardens, and picnic areas. It is open Sunrise to Sunset, Tue-Sun. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Colleyville Nature Center Colleyville Nature Center is a park that includes 46 acres of natural refuge, nine ponds, 3.5 miles of multi-use trails, amphitheater, covered pavilion with a grill, rest benches, playground and fishing pier. Hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. City: Colleyville
Cost: Free
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Connemara Conservacy Enjoy Family Nature Walks and more at Connemara Conservacy. Experience all that the Meadow has to offer and learn about native plants and animals. Please check website for scheduled events. City: Allen
Cost: Free; suggested donation $10/family
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Farmers Markets Farmers Markets brings something new and different, from the first vegetables and fruits of a new season to special events, classes, festivals, and more. Area Farmers Market include Coppell Farmer's Market, Dallas Farmer's Market, Fairview Farms Marketplace and Ridgmar Farmer's Market. City: Coppell, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano
Cost: Free

Elm Fork Nature Preserve The Elm Fork Nature Preserve is a self-contained ecosystem that offers an Interpretive Center with a nature education library that is open for scheduled classes and hikes. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. City: Carrollton
Cost: Free
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Environmental Discovery Garden & Center The Environmental Discovery Garden & Center features a self-guided composting and native plant/water conservation, waterway tours, butterfly garden and a fun interactive educational play area for children. It is open daily. City: Plano
Cost: Free
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Fort Worth Botanic Garden The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a lush 109-acre garden that is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants. It is open Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm.  Open later during Daylight Savings.  City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is a wildlife refuge that offers educational programs, family activities, canoeing and more. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Adults/$5, children (3-12)/$2, under 3/free, seniors (65+)/$3
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Grapevine Botanical Gardens The Grapevine Botanical Gardens welcomes visitors with hundreds of varieties of plants. This beautiful treasure in the heart of historic Grapevine is an excellent place to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquil surroundings of nature. Admission is free and the Gardens are open from Dawn until Dusk, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Enjoy a walking tour led by a trained garden docent. There is no fee for these guided tours, however monetary donations towards our educational programs are greatly appreciated. See website for tour information City: Grapevine
Cost: Free
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Kirby Creek Nature Center & Park Kirby Creek Nature Center & Park is a natural science education center in a city park. City: Grand Prairie
Cost: Free
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Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area offers hiking, camping and fishing along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, birding opportunities, canoeing or kayaking (BYOC/K — no equipment available on site except on pre-arranged river tours), picnicking and an 1870 Minor-Porter Log Home. Hours vary by season.

City: Lewisville
Cost: $5pp; under 5/free
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McCormick Park McCormick Park is a 12-mile park with a half-mile bike and hiking trail, picnic area, gazebo and playground. The preserve has an open wilderness area, ponds, a bird watching area and more. City: Euless
Cost: Free
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Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is approximately 800 acres and features recreation trails, an equestrian use area, pavilions, a 17-acre lake and nature preservation and conservation areas. City: Plano
Cost: Free
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River Legacy Parks River Legacy Parks is a 1,300 acre oasis with more than eight miles of paved trails, picnic areas, a playground and the River Legacy Living Science Center which has some reptile and fish exhibits. The Parks are open from 5am-10pm daily.  The Living Science Center is open Tue-Sat 9am-5pm. City: Arlington
Cost: Parks admission is free. Admission to the Living Science Center is free (donations accepted).
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White Rock Lake White Rock Lake is a unique, 1,015 acre city lake which offers six playgrounds, a wide variety of outdoor activities, including a hike and bike trail (9.33 miles), Audubon Society-designated bird watching area and wetlands site, numerous scenic picnic areas, three rental facilities (Winfrey Point, the Dreyfuss Club and Big Thicket), fishing piers for catfish, sunfish, and bass fishing. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Put Out the Fire
Dallas Firefighters Museum The Dallas Firefighters Museum is located in one of the city’s oldest remaining fire stations. The station was built in 1907 and originally was the home to Hook and Ladder Company No. 3. The Museum boasts a fantastic collection of fire apparatus including “Old Tige”, an 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named after then mayor W.L. Cabell. Other apparatus include some of the first motorized engines that were used by the Dallas Fire Department. Children can indulge their fascination with firefighters by climbing on a 1951 Fire engine, pulling on their helmet, and pretending they are on their way to “save the day”. It is open Wednesday through Saturday 9am-4pm. City: Dallas
Cost: $4/Adults; $2/Children
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Frisco Fire Safety Town Teach young children about fire safety by participating in a Safe & Sound Walk-Arounds at Frisco Fire Safety Town. During the walk-around, children and adults have the opportunity to learn a variety of safety lessons while touring the indoor and outdoor areas of the facility. The walk around also features a kid-friendly fire engine that children love to play in. Safe & Sound Walk-Arounds occur Monday through Friday starting at 2:00 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. City: Frisco
Cost: Free
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Splish Splash
Splash Factory Splash Factory is an interactive water park featuring age-specific play areas including a water wall, ground sprays, play structures, a magic touch water gun, spray cannons and power geysers. Six touch buttons allow children to interact with the play features. City: Grand Prairie
Cost: $1
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Surf and Swim in Garland Surf and Swim is a 4 acre aquatic complex featuring Wally's Cove splashground, a half million gallon wave pool, great food and drink, and plenty of space for your family to soak up the sun. Surf and Swim provides clear inner-tubes and coast guard-approved life jackets for all guests free of charge on a limited basis. Patrons may also bring their own U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets. No outside floating devices or “floaties” are permitted. Hours are seasonal. City: Garland
Cost: Adults/$7; Kids under 48"/$5; under 2/free; $2 off admission after 5pm
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Monnig Meteorite Gallery Would you like to hold a piece of the solar system in your hand? Would you like to touch a piece of Mars? The Monnig Meteorite Gallery can provide you with this experience. By visiting the gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of meteorites! Meteorites are the oldest materials known — even older than our 4.5 billion-year-old Earth! Learn how to identify a meteorite, experience a hands-on encounter with different types of meteorites, and create your own terrestrial impact crater. Open 1-4pm Tuesday through Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Noble Planetarium Noble Planetarium offers children the opportunity to learn about the solar system through a series of shows, and hosts free Star Parties that are open to the public. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Planetarium admission is $5/adult; $4/child 3-12. Star Parties are free.
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Sky Theater The Sky Theater at UNT is a 100 seat, 40-foot domed theater that is only one of 20 planetarium in the world featuring the Digistar II projection system that can reproduce tonight's sky with digital precision. It can make you feel like you are traveling to nearby stars, or taking a celestial roller coaster, or winding through a field of electrons within an atom. It is open to the general public Sat 2pm & 8pm. City: Denton
Cost: Adults/$5, seniors/$4, children under 12/$3
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C.R. Smith Museum The C.R. Smith Museum has a 1,000-plus item collection, which invites exploring not only the history of commercial aviation, but also such things as careers in aviation and the principles of flight. It is open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. City: Fort Worth
Cost: $5/adults; $3/kids 2-12
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Frontiers of Flight Museum The Frontiers of Flight Museum is a100,000-square-foot airplane hangar/educational center that showcases over 25 full-size aircrafts, including the Apollo 7 Command Module. The Museum has a play area for younger children. The Museum is open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm. City: Dallas
Cost: Kids 3-17/$5; under 3/free; adults/$8
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Founders Plaza at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport From the observation area known as Founders Plaza at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, you'll see some of the 2,300 daily takeoffs and landings from one of the world's busiest airports. Witness winged wonders with long-distance binoculars, graph board to help you identify the different aircraft, and a speaker system featuring audio straight from the Control Tower. Picnic amenities are available. City: DFW
Cost: Free
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Vintage Flying Museum The primary mission of the Vintage Flying Museum is to preserve America's flying heritage in Word, Deed and Action. Twenty aircraft are on exhibit including several which are extremely rare and historic.  Additional displays include a dedicated reciprocal and jet engine room, an FAA Aviation Education Resource Center, WWII memorabilia and artifact exhibits and a unique aircraft model exhibit. The Museum is open Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, Weekdays by appointment. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Adults/$8, ages 13-17 & Seniors/$5, ages 6-12/ $3, kids under 6/free
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From libraries, to bookstores and more, parents have lots of opportunities to take their kids to a storybook reading. Many story times also include free crafts. For a listing of storytimes by city and with age designations, please visit the Metroplex Baby & Kids daily Event Calendar. City: Throughout DFW
Cost: Free

Walk on the Wild Side
Fish Feeding Shows & Fishing at local Outdoor Supply stores One fish, two fish . . . Kids will love watching the free fish feeding shows at Cabela's and doing some fishing of their own at Bass Pro Shops. Dates and times vary so please check websites. City: Fort Worth, Garland, Grapevine
Cost: Free

Fort Worth Zoo The Fort Worth Zoo is a nationally ranked facility, housing more than 350 native and exotic species, and has a carousel, petting zoo and train. Although regular admission prices are Adults/$12, children (3-12)/$9, seniors (65+)/ $9, children under 2/free, you can enjoy the Zoo for half price every Wednesday. Please note that parking is $5. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Wednesdays; Adults/$6, ages 3-12 & Seniors/$4.50, kids under 2/free; parking/$5
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Frank Buck Zoo Frank Buck Zoo is home to over 130 animals from four continents. Check the calendar for occasional special events and discounts on the already low admission price. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. Winter Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm. Spring Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. City: Gainesville
Cost: Ages 13 and up/$6.50, Child ages 1-12/$4.50
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Fritz Park Petting Farm The Fritz Park Petting Farm provides a peaceful setting where visitors can enjoy the animals in a clean, well-shaded environment. A variety of animals, such as cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, deer, turkeys, rabbits, and even peacocks, reside at the farm. Visitors will observe eggs hatching in the incubator and chicks in various stages of development. Come watch the ducks and geese play as they swim and dive in their pond. The petting farm is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 2 to 8pm Sunday (weather permitting) during the months of June and July. City: Irving
Cost: Free
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Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens Experience free-flying butterflies in the Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens, a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Butterfly House tickets are sold from 10am-4:15pm. City: Dallas
Cost: Adults/$8, Child ages 3-11/$4; under 3/free
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Yee Haw
Cowtown Opry Cowtown Opry is a group of performers who are mighty proud of the great musical heritage of Texas. Shows are generally held on Sundays at 2pm on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange Bldg. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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Watch the horses at Lone Star Park Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie offers seasonal horse racing as well as some family events. Get there early and kids can see many of the horses close-up before the racing begins. There is no minimum age to enter the Grandstand for live racing, however persons under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. City: Grand Paririe
Cost: $5; under 3/free
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Mustangs at Las Colinas The Mustangs of Las Colinas, the largest equestrian sculptures in the world, is a breath taking realistic bronze sculpture of nine wild mustangs running across a granite stream at Williams Square Plaza. This is a must see for visitors and residents alike. City: Irving
Cost: Free
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Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive The Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive is a must-see in Dallas. Pioneer Plaza honors Dallas’ cowboy past by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas. It features native landscaping with a flowing stream and waterfall with a re-creation of a cattle drive in the form of bronze statues of longhorns being driven by three horse riding cowboys. Each sculpture was created by Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas. The sculptures are believed to be the largest bronze sculptures of their type in the world. City: Dallas
Cost: Free
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Fort Worth Stockyards Located in the heart of the Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station exemplifies Fort Worth by providing an exciting blend of old and new. The Fort Worth Herd presents Stockyard visitors with a glimpse into the past and Fort Worth's rich western heritage with the world’s only twice daily cattle drive (at 11:30am & 4pm; weather permitting). The Cowtown Cattlepen Maze is a unique form of entertainment for the entire family, group, or class field trip! With over 5,400 square feet of frequently changed wooden pathways, resembling the cattlepens of the old west, the maze is always a challenge! Maze runners can compete against the clock and each other, attempting to locate check points throughout the maze in a given time, to qualify for Amaze'n Prizes. City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free (Cowtown Maze is $5/ages 5 and over)
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Sundance Square Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth is rich in Western history and lore. The many restaurants range from casual to elegant, from intimate dining to a family-style atmosphere. Twenty movie screens show first-run films. The shopping is casual, and entertainment includes street acts, weather permitting. Kids are sure to love the ice cream parlors in the summer! City: Fort Worth
Cost: Free
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