8 surprisingly kid-friendly haunts in Dallas
You love scouring the city for chic, sophisticated haunts. But with your sister’s sugar-filled hellions arriving for the weekend, you need a few kid-friendly spots in your arsenal.
Here, eight places around town that are great for both children and their parents.
If you haven’t been to the newly renovated Dallas Arboretum, this is your time. Think 65,000 pumpkins, a newly constructed 12 Days of Christmas exhibit and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Plus, you can pack a picnic and sit anywhere throughout the 66-acre garden.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd.; dallasarboretum.org
Best Dinner Spot
The Lot, located at the intersection of Garland and Gaston near White Rock Lake, serves up local food on a wrap-around patio, and little ones can play in the huge sand pit below. The on-site dog park and cornhole area also connect to the beer garden, which hosts local bands on a daily basis. What better way to exhaust the kiddos while you sit back and enjoy the nine local beers on tap?
The Lot, 7530 E. Grand Ave.; thelotdallas.com
Best Indoor Art Spot
Yes, you can be the cool kid-free adult who takes their extended family to the art museum--especially if it’s the Nasher in Downtown Dallas. Each Target First Saturday is a free event that is geared toward kids through activities, scavenger hunts, story times and demonstrations.
Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St.; nashersculpturecenter.org
Best Way to Get Around
The McKinney Avenue Trolley may seem like a sensible transportation option, but it’s also a fun, free way to entertain the kids. There are 37 stops along McKinney and Cole, and two are conveniently located outside the Nasher and Max’s Wine Dive--what a coincidence.
McKinney Avenue Trolley; mata.org
Best Place to See Live Music
So Yo Gabba Gabba won’t be performing (seriously, we don’t get it either), but we still love Chicken Scratch in North Oak Cliff, which serves up healthy, down-home fare while bands play in the background. You can see groups like the King Bucks and the Texas Gentlemen on a regular basis.
Chicken Scratch, 2303 Pittman St.; cs-tf.com
Between Pearl and St. Paul above Woodall Rodgers Freeway rests the privately funded 5.2-acre park of your dreams. Here you’ll find free games (bocce, chess, Ping-Pong, croquet and mini golf), a dog park, children’s areas, acoustic music and many other activities. Parking may be a problem--we recommend going valet at Savor for $15--but the park is totally worth the headache.
Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.; klydewarrenpark.org
Best Place to Watch the Game
Capitol Pub, on Henderson and Capitol, is known for a rowdy evening crowd, but in the daytime, this quaint bar is a hidden gem for families. The Sunday brunch menu boasts kid-friendly omelets, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, banana-bread pancakes and yogurt parfaits... and $14 all-you-can-drink mimosas for everyone else.
Capitol Pub, 2401 N. Henderson Ave.; capitolpubdallas.com