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Operation: Dallas Spring Break Staycation

Dallas Spring Break 2017Staying in town for Spring Break? This is your big chance to do the touristy stuff you never actually 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 all next-level about it, combine some of these with a couple nights in 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, meaning they’ll stay open until 7 pm (two hours later than usual), and if you’re a member you get to come in one hour before they open to the public. March 11 is also Discovery Day: Fossils, which means lots of cool dinosaur and paleontological activities.

You’ve also got Spring Break at the Nasher and Spring Break Week at the DMA beginning March 14 for even more downtown kid-friendly museum programming. Both are free! Check the DMA link for a comprehensive schedule of their offerings this week.

The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower will Spring into Fun from March 6-17th at 11 am daily. Your admission ticket gets you free bingo and activities for the kids plus up-close encounters with residents from the Dallas Zoo!

Klyde Warren Park wants to close out your Spring Break with a Food Truck Frenzy on March 18 from 11am-8pm. More than 20 food trucks, oversized lawn games, kid crafts and activities, and a concert at the end of the day.

Destination: SIX FLAGS

Six Flags is one of those special treat places, which makes it a great Spring Break spot. They just opened for the season, and there’s extra stuff happening March 9 -19 just for the break. Lots of live music from local artists on multiple stages, karaoke and lip-synching competitions, and extended park hours of 10 am to 10 pm. 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.

Destination: FAIR PARK

You can definitely organize a full day of fun around Fair Park this Spring Break. Texas Discovery Gardens is doing a come-and-go week of crafting and nature experiences 11-3:30 pm daily, March 13-17. (Read our post here for a lot of the details: http://dallas.citymomsblog.com/spring-break-texas-discovery-gardens/)

You can also hit the Children’s Aquarium for stingray petting and Nemo-spotting. Check out their feeding schedule because the kids will be sad if they miss the piranhas having lunch. Then you can mosey over to the Leonhart Lagoon with your own picnic lunch while the kids run around on that cool sea serpent sculpture thing.

Finish the afternoon or evening off with Let It Be, the new Dallas Summer Musicals show. Suitable for ages 5 and up, there are a host of showtimes from March 7 through March 19th. It’s live Beatlemania and you already know all the words!

Destination: ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) aligns with Spring Break this year, so we’ve got some extra festivities for those of you who like to pinch. There’s the 38th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival on March 11 – 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).

Also on March 11th, from 1-5 pm there’s a Shamrock Shindig at Watters Creek in Allen. Live Irish music and dance performances, face painting and balloon artists, Leprechaun selfies, and St. Patty’s specials at the restaurants. And they dye the creek green!

Or head west for Cowtown Goes Green at the Fort Worth Stockyards. This is a super family-friendly event with armadillo races, petting zoo, face painting, live music, a parade, and it’s free!  March 18, 12-5 pm.

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. The Stockyards Station has family-friendly Spring Break at the Station events from March 11-17th, starting with a big kick-off party that spans that whole first weekend. 

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is doing Fun Week (recommended for ages 10 and up) with gallery games, creativity challenges, and art projects from 1-3 pm, March 14-17.

Just down the block, the Kimball Art Museum is doing a Spring Break Art Extravaganza from 10 am to 3 pm, March 14-17.

After that, it’s a short walk over to the Museum of Science and History for Spring Break at the Museum with extended hours until 6 pm, March 11-18. They’ve totally revamped the dinosaur area and there are lots of shows at both the OMNI IMAX theater and Noble Planetarium. Since Spring Break means bigger crowds, be sure to secure your tickets in advance for any showtimes.

>> SPECIAL EVENTS

Dallas always has at least a few special events happening at any given time, and Spring Break week is no exception. Here are a few ideas for this year!

Southfork Ranch welcomes the 6th annual Festival of Colors which marks the start of spring and celebrates life, love, and Indian culture. This festival will have vendors, live music, street food, Indian percussion specials, and dry colors! Douse your family in color and post your most memorable Instagram of the year. March 12, 11am-5pm, tickets $11.

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 10 am to 1 pm. You can also nurture your inner math nerd with walkSTEM, a 45-minute guided math walk that leaves every 15 minutes from the festival. Register in advance for these free walks designed for elementary and middle school-aged kids and families. 

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment March 16-19 at the American Airlines Center. This time they’re bringing characters from Cars, Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and Frozen, plus Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. Don’t forget to budget for show souvenirs. You know they’re gonna upsell you on that commemorative cup!

And of course, you can always check out our “Moms in the Know: Guide to the Month of March” for an entire month worth of 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! 

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