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Where to Find “Kids Free Admission” in Dallas

I think we’re all on the same page here – free admission is THE DREAM. Going out as a family can be so pricey, and even something simple like seeing a movie adds up real quick, as we all know. So! To help you hang onto as much of your hard-earned cash as possible, we like to keep an updated list of places in Dallas where kids get in free. Check it out, y’all.

Kids Free Admission in DallasCompletely Free Admission for ALL AGES

The following is a list of museums, events, and venues around Dallas that offer kids free admission. Most of these locations offer year-round free children’s tickets, but we wanted to highlight the particular activities that are FREE for the whole family.

Dallas Museum of Art :: Free admission for all ages (with the exception of special exhibitions and events when only children 11 and under are free). Hours: 11am-5pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Download a free Arturo Family Gallery Guide to give the kids some purpose and direction as you stroll the galleries. Some other FREE events and activities at the DMA include: 

  • Arturo’s Library Totes – another way to get the kids engaged. Borrow activity-filled totes for free on select Saturdays all summer.
  • Saturday Spotlight Tours guided by docents. Saturdays at 2pm.
  • Pop Up Art Spot – hands-on activities related to the collections. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm.
  • Summer Story Time – DMA Teen Ambassadors read stories aloud in the galleries. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12-12:30pm.
  • Summer Family Tours – an interactive museum tour with movement, sketching, and stories led by DMA Teen Ambassadors. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-2:30pm.

Nasher Sculpture Center “Target First Saturdays” :: The First Saturday of each month means FREE admission for the whole family. Target First Saturdays are designed for children in preschool to elementary and feature a line-up of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Hours: 10am-5pm, with special family activities from 10am-2pm.  Check here for a schedule of the day and the monthly themes. FYI, during regular museum days/hours, children 11 and under are free. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Crow Collection of Asian Art’s Adventure Asia :: Enjoy FREE admission every day. Due to summer construction projects, floors 2 and 3 are closed off, and free First Saturday Family Days are on hold until Fall 2018. Themes for Family Days vary each month, but in general you can expect a storytime, crafts and activities, plus museum exploration. Regular museum hours: 10am-5pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Galleria Dallas Showtime Saturdays :: Every Saturday from 11:30am-12pm, children and families are invited to enjoy FREE entertainment provided by Slappy’s Playhouse. Performances include puppet shows, magic shows, sing-a-longs, and even the occasional appearance by the Dallas Zoo. Shows are on the 3rd floor next to Nordstrom and the Children’s Play Place, so you can pack in quite a bit of free fun for the kids here. Swing by the kids shoe department at Nordstrom for a free balloon!

Trinity River Audubon Center :: Hike miles of trails and explore interactive exhibits for FREE on the 3rd Thursday of every month. And just so you know, in July and August admission is $1 for all, kids 2 and under free. Hours: 9am-4pm. {Read a firsthand account of Trinity River Audubon Center in our review here!} 

African American Museum :: Admission is FREE for all ages at this Fair Park museum (exception for special exhibits). Their main objective is “the presentation of meaningful experiences for children and adults who would not ordinarily visit a museum,” which makes for a great and accessible family art experience. They also have one of the largest collections of African American Folk Art in the country. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY.

Interurban Railway Museum :: Head to Historic Downtown Plano for FREE admission to this museum about the history of the Texas Electric Railway. Come for FREE story times with Genie and Eugene the Motormouse every Friday from 10:30-11am. Please note: Historic Car 360 will close for tours when internal temperatures reach 100°, so try to visit before noon in the summer if you want to see inside the train car. Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 1-5pm; CLOSED SUNDAY.

Trainscape at Children’s Medical Center :: More FREE fun for train-loving kiddos and anyone who loves a good miniature. This massive train display in the hospital lobby is open to the public every day for free viewing. The trains span two floors and feature a miniature Dallas skyline with lots of familiar landmarks. A great place to play “I Spy.” Hours: 6am to 9pm daily.

Home Depot’s Kids’ Workshops :: The First Saturday of each month, your local Home Depot hosts a FREE workshop for kids ages 5-12 (though this is just a guideline). Kids learn handy skills by making their own projects like a chalkboard door hanger, birdhouse, or race car. Each child who completes the class will receive a certificate, an official Home Depot Workshop apron and pin, plus the project to take home. Registration is appreciated to help them ensure enough supplies, and parents are expected to stay and participate. 9am-12pm.

Lakeshore Learning :: Join Lakeshore Learning (Dallas North Tollway & Spring Valley) for “Free Crafts for Kids” every Saturday from 11am-3pm. These FREE crafty classes are designed for children ages 3 and up, with no reservation required. It’s also fun to browse all the educational toys and products while you’re there; they have lots of stuff out for kids to play with. Check the link for an example of each week’s craft project .

Deluxe Church Playscapes :: Access to the same kind of indoor playgrounds you’d normally have to pay for but FREE! As seen in our past indoor play posts and The MECCA of Indoor Playgrounds, the really nice play areas inside Watermark Church (LBJ & Park Central), Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, and Irving Bible Church are open to the public. You don’t have to belong to their church to come play. See each link for individual hours and check out our posts for personal reviews!

Fritz Park Petting Farm :: Take a quick jaunt to Irving and get FREE admission to a clean, shady, petting farm that’s been in operation since the ’70s. The only catch is that this farm is open exclusively in JUNE and JULY. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 2-6pm; CLOSED MONDAY.

Frisco Fire Safety Town :: Children can explore a fire engine, see the safety house, and practice pedestrian skills in the Fire Safety Town Village during this FREE 30 minute walking tour guided by a firefighter. Tours are usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, but dates vary, so check here for the schedule. Be advised that any participating adult needs to present valid I.D.

Founders’ Plaza Planes :: Watch planes at DFW Airport take off and land at this FREE observation area. Bring breakfast or lunch and sit at the picnic tables, use their telescopes for better viewing, and listen to the air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. Hours: 7am-7pm daily.

NorthPark Center :: In addition to all the ongoing FREE library programs at Bookmarks (story times, performers, kids yoga, etc.), every other month we get Northpark’s FREE artROCKS kids program in the NorthCourt. Explore a different famous artist each time through art projects with Artist DIY, Creative Arts Center, KidArt and Sour Grapes, as well as a Bookmarks scavenger hunt and walkSTEM tours. 1pm-4pm.

Free for AGES 2 AND UNDER or UNDER 2

Lots of places let you slide a young ‘un in for free. In addition to the places above, here’s where you can go without paying a dime for toddler admission: 

  • Dallas Zoo (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-11, $12)
  • Texas Discovery Gardens (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-11, $4)
  • Six Flags Over Texas (Ages 2 & under FREE, Children under 48″, $63.99)
  • Heard Museum (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-12, $6)
  • Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-11, $6)
  • Legoland Discovery Center Grapevine (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3+, $15.99 online)
  • SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium  (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-12, $12.99 online)
  • Dallas Arboretum & Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-12, $10; $13 if you include Children’s Garden)
  • Frontiers of Flight Museum (Ages 2 & under FREE, Ages 3-17, $7)
  • Perot Museum (under 2 FREE, Ages 2-17, $13)
  • Dallas World Aquarium (under 2 FREE, Ages 2-12, $14.95)
  • The Crayola Experience at Willow Bend (under 2 FREE, otherwise $18.99 per person online)
  • Play Street Museums (under 1 FREE, Ages 1-8, $11.50)
  • The Gentle Zoo (under 1 FREE, General Admission, $6)
  • The Coop Frisco (under 1 FREE, otherwise $10/child)

Free for AGES 3-5 AND UNDER

Have a child who’s pushing that age limit of free admission? There’s a few spots where slightly older littles can still get in for free:

  • Dallas Heritage Village (Ages 3 & under FREE, Ages 4-12, $5)
  • Reunion Tower (Ages 3 & under FREE, Ages 4-12, $8)
  • Cavanaugh Flight Museum (Ages 3 & under FREE, Ages 4-12, $6)
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Ages 3 & under FREE, Ages 4-12, from $13.99)
  • Frisco Heritage Museum (Ages 4 & under FREE, Ages 5-11, $2)
  • Museum of Biblical Art (Ages 5 & under FREE, Ages 6-12, $8)
  • Epic Waters (Ages 3 & under FREE, Children under 48″, $24)
  • Lone Star Park (Ages 3 & under FREE, Ages 4-12, $3)

What about tickets to Sporting Events? 

To summarize everything below, if you’re going to a stadium or an arena you’re all probably gonna need a ticket. Pretty much the only exception is for literal babies, who you’ll obviously be holding because they cannot sit in a seat on their own. Lap children 2 and under can get in to some of these venues, but you have to really consider how much you want a wiggly two-year-old sitting in your lap the whole game! Here’s the exact details for each of our sports teams:

Texas Rangers (and Globe Life Park in Arlington) :: Children 13 years and younger are eligible for reduced-price tickets in Upper Reserved and Grandstand Reserved seating areas, and children under 36″ tall can get in for free but must sit in a ticket holder’s lap.

Dallas Cowboys (and AT&T Stadium) :: For Cowboys games and most events, children under the age of one do not need a ticket to enter AT&T Stadium. They must be seated on an adult’s lap and not interfere with the sightlines of other guests. Other events may require all children, regardless of age, to have a ticket to enter the stadium. For specific information regarding the children’s ticket policy for a particular event, please call the AT&T Stadium Ticket Office at (817) 892-5000 or the Guest Services Hotline at (817) 892-4161.

Dallas Stars & Dallas Mavericks (and American Airlines Center) :: For all sporting events and most concerts, children one year of age and younger do not require a ticket to be admitted into American Airlines Center; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap and may not occupy a seat. Any child two years of age and older will require a ticket to enter the arena and must occupy their ticketed seat. Please note that some shows (especially those intended for children) may have a different age policy. Contact Guest Services at 214-665-4299 for further information.

Frisco Rough Riders (and Dr. Pepper Ballpark) :: Any fan two years or younger and sitting on a lap does not need a ticket.

Dallas Sidekicks (and Allen Event Center) :: For most events, children two years of age and older are required to have a ticket to gain entrance to the Allen Event Center. PLEASE NOTE: Occasionally an event will require that all attendees regardless of age possess a ticket. Please check the event’s ticket policies at the time and point of purchase.

FC Dallas (and Toyota Stadium) ::  Children that are 3 feet or shorter are not required to have a ticket into Toyota Stadium for sporting events. Children that are three feet or shorter may sit in a ticket holder’s lap, so long as the child does not obstruct the view of others nearby. There will be a height check station at all gates. If a child is taller than three feet, they must provide a ticket for entry. Policies may vary for concerts and special events. Please contact Customer Service at 469-365-0000 for information pertaining to specific events.

**Always double check business/organization websites before you go to ensure dates/times/prices are still accurate and/or available.**

Want to know where you can eat free with your kids?

Check out our Kids Eat Free Guide

 

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