Ok, y’all, as you’ve probably heard by now, Dallas cancelled the St. Patrick’s Day parade. More event cancellations seem likely in the coming weeks. Double check details, use good judgement, and if you’re sick, stay home! Let’s be smart out there; we’ll get through this together.
Staying in town for Spring Break? This is your big chance to do the touristy stuff you never do, and take the kids to places a little bit too special for an average day out. We’ve got ideas for fun family day trips, or if you want to get next-level, combine any of these with a couple nights at a hotel for the ultimate staycation experience.
Destination: DOWNTOWN DALLAS
Downtown is bringing the Spring Break action this year. The Perot Museum has extended hours March 7-22, meaning they’ll open at 9am (an hour earlier than usual), and if you’re a member you get to come in one hour before that. It’s your last chance to see the world-exclusive Origins exhibit! This is a busy time for the museum, so be sure to get your tickets online in advance.
You’ve also got Spring Break at the Nasher and Spring Break Week at the DMA beginning March 17 for even more downtown kid-friendly museum programming. Both are free! Check the links for comprehensive schedules of their offerings this week.
The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower will Spring to the Top from March 9-20 at 11am daily. Each day brings a different activity, like visits from SPARK!, magic shows, bingo, and more. See link for activity schedule.
If you haven’t taken the kids to a major sporting event yet, this would be the perfect time! There are several Mavs and Stars games at the AAC this week. Take the DART and get off right outside the venue.
Destination: SIX FLAGS
Six Flags is one of those special treat places, which makes it a great Spring Break spot. There’s extra stuff happening March 7 -22. Lots of live music from local artists on multiple stages, karaoke and lip-synching competitions, and extended park hours of 10am to 10pm. Six Flags has rides for all ages, and if you want to know before you go, check out kids rides and a ride height list here. And we’ve got a guide to Six Flags for in-betweeners (too big for the small rides, too small for the big rides).
Destination: FAIR PARK
Why not organize a day out around Fair Park this Spring Break? Texas Discovery Gardens is doing a come-and-go week of crafting and nature experiences 10am-3:30pm daily, March 16-20.
You can also hit up the Children’s Aquarium for stingray petting and Nemo-spotting. Check out their feeding schedule as soon as you arrive because the kids will want to see piranhas and sharks having lunch. After, mosey over to the Leonhart Lagoon with your own picnic lunch while the kids run around on that sea serpent sculpture thing. Fair Park has so many great photo ops, and it’s nice to walk around there without State Fair crowds! Gates are open daily from 6am-11pm.
Black Panther (2018, PG-13) is on the docket for Fair Park Pop-Ups: Movie Night at the Historic Fair Park Bandshell on March 13. Pre-show activities start at 6pm, movie at 7pm. Food vendors will be on site, so plan to have dinner there if you’d like.
Destination: ST. PATRICK’S DAY
St. Patrick’s Day aligns with Spring Break this year, so we’ve got some extra festivities for those of you who like to pinch. There’s the annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival on March 14. With 90+ floats and 125,000+ people wearing green, it’s the biggest St. Patty’s celebration in the Southwest. The parade kicks off at 11 am and follows a 2-mile route, so tailgating opportunities abound (parade route street closures begin at 9 am).
We rounded up a whole bunch more family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events here. Like the Shamrock Shindig at Watters Creek in Allen. Live Irish music and dance, face painting and balloon artists, free hair root glittering, and more. And they dye the creek green!
Or you can head west for Cowtown Goes Green at the Fort Worth Stockyards. This is a family-friendly event with armadillo races, petting zoo, face painting, live music, a parade, and it’s free! March 14, 10am-8pm.
Destination: FORT WORTH
Speaking of Cowtown, Spring Break is a great time to visit Fort Worth, especially if you want to do the hotel thing and stay a couple days. Sundance Square is a great hang, especially with kids. Check out how to take the train from Dallas!
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has Spring Break Week with sketching activities, art projects, and more. March 10-13, 1-3pm. If your spring break is the following week, it’s still worth a visit – they did major renovations in 2019 and admission is always free.
Just down the block, the Kimball Art Museum will do Spring Break Art Extravaganza from 10am to 3pm, March 10-13. If you visit on another day, be sure to check out the Family Guides to help kids get the most out of the experience. Admission to their regular collection is always free.
Across the street, The Modern has Spring Break Wonders, a docent-led session with gallery art project March 9-12 at 11am and 2pm. If you can’t make it that week, Fridays are always free and Sundays are half-price. Kids under 18 are free every day. And I have to recommend Cafe Modern. Best museum dining in the metroplex!
After that, it’s a short walk over to the Museum of Science and History. They’re usually closed on Mondays but will be open on Monday March 9, 16, and 23 for the break. Pi Day celebration on March 14. There’s a huge new space artifact exhibit and lots of shows at both the Noble Planetarium and OMNI IMAX theater, including Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13). Since Spring Break means bigger crowds, be sure to secure your tickets in advance for any showtimes.
The Fort Worth Zoo is tremendous, and has revamped a bunch of the African animal enclosures. Spring Break can be crazy crowded, though. Be prepared!
>> SPECIAL EVENTS
Dallas always has at least a few special events happening at any given time, and Spring Break is no exception. Here are a few ideas for this year:
Just because school’s out doesn’t mean we need to let our brains atrophy. (3.14) Pi Day falls during Spring Break this year and there’s a Pi Day Math Festival at Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center from 10am to 1pm. Major local exhibitors will showcase the many ways math impacts art, nature, science, and more of our world. And it’s free!
FIGMENT Dallas is a free, participatory art event at Reverchon Park on March 14. It features local artists creating interactive and participatory visual artwork and performance art. Think music, costuming, large scale sculptures, immersive environment installations, art cars/bikes, hands-on creative workshops, and video installation. No vendors, this is just art for the sake of art!
What about the spectacle of Medieval Times!? It’s the perfect time to go because they have Spring Break Special Pricing. You get a 4-course meal, and the tournament lasts 2 hours with 6 competing knights.
And of course, you should check out our “Moms in the Know: Guide to the Month of March” for even more fun, family-friendly events and activities happening around Dallas. There’s lot of great spring break ideas to help your family plan if you stay in town this year. Have fun out there!