Summertime in our house is a perfect time to relax, have fun, and seek out new adventures! As a mom, I’m always on the lookout for the most budget-friendly (free please!) places that offer a fun environment the kids will love but also provides some education at the same time! In the DFW area, we have found several of these exact places. Your family will love these budget-friendly summer adventures!
Budget-Friendly Summer Adventures
Always call double-check all locations just to be sure they are open prior to visiting.
In Garland, there are several kid-friendly stops to make! First up, the Wastewater Treatment Plant. We booked a tour with the plant and got a one-on-one tour with an employee and an educational presentation explaining what it does for our state. My kids were so engaged! They still talk about this summer adventure to this day. Pro tip – Book your visit as early in the morning as possible because it will get hot out there!
Next up, we went to the Garland Environmental Waste Services Department. (We even had a garbage man-themed birthday that year!) They had a whole educational program set up for kids to enjoy. I even learned some things about all the services they offer to our city. If your kids are obsessed with the garbage man, this is a must-do in your neighborhood. (Check your city’s website for other educational programs and tours near you!)
One of our favorite stops was to visit our neighborhood Fire and Police station. All I needed to do was call the front office of each to schedule appointments. The kids loved getting to see all the equipment and tools our first responders use and I love that we get to learn fire and safety tips along the way! Pro tip – take some treats for the fire and police men and women!
In Frisco, you and your family can visit Fire Safety Town. Inside the tour, you get led by a firefighter and see a real working firehouse plus equipment from years of firefighters. Outside, the kids get to tour the “town” on bicycles and practice biking safety. My kids cried when we left Safety town–I’m guessing they loved it! *Pro-tip – Make sure the kids wear tennis shoes as the tour has some climbing and they will need them to ride the bikes.
Tons of History
Plan a day trip to Fort Worth and take the whole family to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8:30-5:30 pm, and admission is free! The tour featured tour guides, self-guided tours, and an audio tour. You can see the plant where they make money, tons of historical tools and photos, and even watch a movie about all things money! *Pro-tip – No phones or cameras are allowed inside (I don’t have one picture!).
Head east towards Greenville into Sulfur Springs and you’ll find the Southwest Dairy Farm Museum. They are open Monday through Friday, 9-4 pm, and admission is free! Inside you will learn all about milk and butter making and the ice cream process. The museum is full of tools and fun dairy history that kids and adults will love. You may even get a treat at the end! While you’re in Sulphur Springs, swing by downtown and use the 2 way mirrored bathrooms! The kids will get a kick out of using the bathroom “outside”!
Summer of adventures
Never want to hear that your sweet babies are bored again this summer? (Check out this link for some other summer boredom busters!)Then try all of these great trips to save your sanity and save your wallet! Remember to never be afraid to ask about a tour and encourage your kids to get involved in every way that they can. I know that my boys will always remember these unique budget-friendly adventures and experiences!