As much as it makes us happy to see our kiddos play outside, this Texas heat is no joke. And parents, I know that by now, you're looking to switch it up a bit. Find something to do that is not too outdoorsy but still fun. Lucky for us here in Dallas, we get the best of both worlds at the Arts District in Downtown Dallas! How? Let me show ya ;)
1. Start The Day at the DMA
It opens as early as 11 am, from Tuesday to Sunday. And what's not to love about this place? Free admission, spacious, educational, and they even serve food too at their newly remodeled DMA cafe! You can get everything from soups and salads to sandwiches, burgers, and even wine.
If you're looking to dine al fresco, their outdoor Socca Mediterranean Cafe located by the newly renovated terrace at the north entrance (now called The Eagle Family Plaza) is for you!
They serve naturally gluten-free food here so moms, if your little ones have dietary restrictions like mine, you might wanna check this place out.
now can we please talk about what's in the DMA, mama?
Oh, yes sure, let's do it!
The DMA is the home of over 24,000 artworks from all over the world, and the collections of these historical and educational pieces are available for viewing year-round for FREE. However, the ever-changing exhibitions are often ticketed, so it is best to check out the DMA web prior to your visit, so you'd come prepared!
J and I have been coming to the DMA regularly since he was a baby, because guess what?! They have story times for infants and toddlers! Read more about it here.
Throughout the summer, the DMA offers FREE programs for families DAILY including, Summer Story Time, Summer Pop Up Art Spots, and Summer Art Camps. A fun event is coming on July 6 and it is called Frida Fest , in celebration of Frida Kahlo's birthday. It is also to mark the last days of the Mexico exhibition that has been going in on since March! What's fun about this event is that the DMA is trying to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressing up as Frida Kahlo! Care to join? Do it!
2. Cool Off at Klyde-Warren Park
Now that you've got your educational indoor activities done, it's time to let your little ones run around and have some fun under the sun. I know, it seems counter-intuitive to go outside in to cool off. But listen, the first thing you'll see right when you're about to cross the street from the DMA, is the line of food trucks offering everything from pizzas, sushi, to ice creams!
Since July is the National Ice Cream Month, I cannot possible go on without stopping by at one of the OG's here at KWP, the What's Da Scoop ice cream truck. They've been here for years, serving old fashioned hand-scooped ice creams that never fail to cool me off after that short walk from the DMA lol. Their Strawberry Shortcake Sundae is bomb, don't forget to give it a try!
And it's not just a regular splash pad, it's an interactive fountain, conveniently sheltered by the big trees it's under (so moms, don't worry, it's pretty shaded and it's not as hot as it looks).
You can sit back and relax, enjoy the free wi-fi, while your kiddos run around, splashing here and there. When your they're worn out, there's a changing table and a clean restroom here at the Children's Park that you get to use at your convenience. Now we can just end this good day right here but...
3. There's Always A FREE Trolley Ride
Right by the KWP and the DMA, there is a trolley stop where you can take a trolley all the way to uptown Dallas and back, with the total commute of 1 hour. I usually do it to calm J down. It's nice to sit down after a long day, enjoying the view of the city in an air conditioned vintage trolley. He often falls asleep here too! We would make it all the way to the station by The Rustic restaurant, and that's where the big turntable is. And you know what's awesome? That's where the conductor usually allows kids on board to blow the whistle!
It does get hot at this time of year, but with a good combo of indoor and outdoor activities, you and your kiddos would definitely have a great time here in the Dallas Arts District (don't forget to visit Nasher Sculpture Center on FREE Target Saturdays, read more here). The key is timing and strategizing! To experience more family-friendly adventures in Dallas and for more guidance on making the most of the Big D, visit DallasBigMoments.com :)
family photography by Beckley & Co. , DMA, KWP. and food photography by me.