As Spring is descending on Dallas, days filled with beautiful sunshine, fluctuating temperatures and parents will be scrambling looking for the good stuff to do with the kids. When we got to thinking about who would have the inside scoop on what to do with little ones, we thought of the super-gracious, former educator and uber-resourceful mom of triplets, WeTv’s Candace Hickey of Texas Multi Mamas. We got to talking about kids, life and what to do with the younguns. Graciously, Candaceshared her top 5 Dallas area haunts to visit with children.
1) The Dallas Zoo: The Zoo offers specialized programs and activities designed bring to a smile to kids, young and old. Hickey notes that this one place that membership pays off. With three small children, the costs of going and going often can get to wear hole in your wallet, membership comes with the perks of free admission and parking, invitations to members-only events and special treats for the family.
2) The Dallas Arboretum: The Dallas Arboretum is a beautiful space with lots of room for kids to just be, well kids, and backdrop for lovely family photos, especially during Dallas Blooms, starting March 3 until April 8. The Arboretum also offers classes and activities geared to kids and families, and also provides time to meet other parents with kids, the same age as yours. She notes that membership here counts as well — complimentary admission and parking, in addition to the fact that the Arboretum does holidays in a big way (including the Dallas landmark Santa activities) and it’s a perfect time to use your membership well.
3) Dallas Museum of Art: Hickey delightfully shared why the Dallas Museum of Art is a treasure trove for families. With Arturo’s Nest, a specially crafted space for children with books and educational learning centers, and Family First Tuesdays, a monthly activity day for families where admission fees are waived. She notes it’s a time that her children always enjoy. She also noted to be sure to inquire about the Kid’s Club, several of the Dallas cultural centers have joined together for discounted admission, reduced parking and special cross-facility activities geared for families with young children.
4) Frisco’s Rough Riders – Texas Rangers Minor League Baseball Team: Candace Hickey’s family is a very active one, and they happen to be based out in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. One of the great things that they love is going out to see the Frisco Rough Riders games. A family-friendly environment with promotions and a nice playground, in case the little ones just can’t make it in the seats. With games starting in April, I have no doubt that they will be frequent fliers at the arena.
5) Free Classes at the Disney Store: Did you know that your local Disney store offers free movies, classes and activities for children? No, I didn’t either. Hickey notes to check with your local store as they sometimes have varying times and activities, but that it is always fun and a good deal to boot. Since the interview, I have taken my own short people to the NorthPark store, twice. A winner… definetely.