July 27

Fun Ideas Before Going Back To School


When you’re young, it seems like summer vacation stretches on forever, but as parents, we know the new school year will be here before we know it. Before that time, it’s essential to make some memories and have fun. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. If you’re running short on inspiration, these ideas should help you have fun with your family before school starts.

Visit Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo is a family-friendly attraction that delights all ages. Tickets are usually at their most expensive in summer, but you can get them for just $8 each on the first Tuesday of each month, known as Tiger Tuesdays. Ensure you feed the giraffes and see the lions, who spend most of their summer in the shady spots at the front of their enclosure. It can get hot this time of year, so bring your beach towels, and you can cool off at the free splash pad at the Children’s Zoo.

Have a Picnic Lunch

Once the school year starts, you’ll miss sharing lunch with your kids throughout the week. A picnic lunch at a local park can give you memories of when you’re all too busy to come together. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical GardenFlag Pole Hill Park, and Turtle Creek Park are all excellent spots for a picnic. Bring an assortment of sandwiches and cold meats, or use the onsite grills. With full bellies, you can relax while your kids burn off some energy on the playground equipment or sporting fields.

See the Texas Rangers Play

Summer is the perfect time to see the Texas Rangers in action. Taking the kids to Globe Life Field is much more exciting than cheering on these hometown heroes in your living room. Tickets are digital, so download the team’s app before heading to the stadium. Children under 36 inches get free admission, so don’t worry about buying tickets for your little ones. Hot dogs and popcorn are a part of the live sporting experience, but you can bring a bottle of sealed water and snacks in clear, sealed plastic bags to keep your costs down.

Enjoy Ice Cream With a Difference

Going out for ice cream is a summer vacation tradition for many families, but you can do it differently in Dallas. For an ice cream date with a twist, hit up some of the city’s most innovative parlors. MILK•CREAM specializes in delicious donuts stuffed with ice cream, so it’s a must-visit for dessert lovers. Botolino Gelato Artigianale offers a taste of Italy with its gelato made fresh in-house using ingredients sourced from Texas farms. Can’t make up your mind? Try the ice cream flights at Baldo’s, featuring three or six mini-cones with your choice of flavors.

Go Camping

Camping allows your family to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with nature and each other. The Dallas-Fort Worth has many excellent camping grounds, including Loyd Park in Grand Prairie and Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill State Park. Research the facilities to check whether you should bring recreational gear like volleyballs, fishing poles, and mountain bikes. When the sun goes down, the clear skies in these campgrounds are ideal for stargazing. Do your homework before you leave, and you can tell your kids about the constellations you see in the clear Texan sky.

Visit a Water Park

Splash pads are great fun for kids, but water parks are a better choice for the whole family. Adults have as much fun as their children, zooming down water slides and floating along lazy rivers. Dallas is home to Bahama Beach, an exciting water park with enclosed and racing slides, the Coconut Grove water playground, and the Boomerango, a hair-raising two-person tube ride. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in nearby Grand Prairie brings all the fun of a classic water park inside. Feel your heart pumping on the rides and slides, or dip in the Swimming Hole pool.

Shop at a Farmers’ Market

Good nutrition can take a back seat during summer vacations, but you’ll want to reintroduce healthy habits before the school year starts. Shopping at a farmers market can remind kids how good fresh food can be. Many stalls have samples and unique items kids will want in their lunchboxes. They might even learn to grow their produce at Mama Ida’s community teaching garden, part of the Dallas Farmers Market at the Shed every Saturday and Sunday. There are also inspirational cooking and gardening workshops at the Good Local Markets in White Rock on Saturdays and Lakewood on Sundays.

Visit the Library

On paper, visiting the library might not sound fun for kids, but these institutions are far from boring. All Dallas Public Library branches participate in the SMART summer reading program, which rewards children and adults who read over the summer with free books and entry into fantastic prize draws. Getting involved can encourage your children to keep their minds sharp during their vacation and provide opportunities for quiet family bonding time at home. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library also holds fun free events on summer Saturdays, including a Shakespearian Renaissance fair and community nature expo.

Search For a New Car

If you’re ready for a new set of wheels, shopping for a car as a family before school goes back can be great fun. Kids love taking vehicles for test drives and feeling involved in significant family decisions. Huffines Hyundai McKinney opens from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day but Sunday, so you can quickly stop by the dealership and browse our range before or after your summer activities. We have the latest Hyundai vehicles and a quality selection of used cars, so no matter your taste and budget, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Huffines Hyundai McKinney.


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