Celebrate with her at the Fort Worth Zoo this weekend
Who doesn’t love big birthday parties? Okay, maybe throwing them can be a lot of work but your family has been invited to a no-hassle birthday bash this weekend. Belle, one of the Fort Worth Zoo’s two beloved Asian elephant calves, has just turned one and she’s the center of a weekend-long celebration. Join the zoo this Friday, Saturday or Sunday for crafts, cute photo ops and front seats to watch Belle dig her trunk into her cake.
August in Texas is H-O-T, so LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s soon-to-open pirate-themed splash pad comes just in time to keep us from melting into puddles. Pirate Beach, designed for kids ages 3–10, features a pirate ship with a 50-gallon dump bucket and more than 12 other spray features worked into the LEGO treasure chests, palm trees, cannons and sand castles.
As the summer heats up, we know it gets harder to entertain the kids, so trade the sprinklers and backyard water hose for fun romp through an interactive water fountain, splash pad or spray park near you. We gathered a few of our favorite locales that are unaffected by water restrictions and have generous open times – and best of all, entry is absolutely free.
Dallas-Fort Worth is packed full of water parks, so we’ve collected a few of our favorite destinations, including wake parks, stand-alone surfing rides and the biggest parks with the most daring slides. Stay the weekend at one of the local resorts with spectacular water parks of their own, get more out of your day with special events like outdoor movies over the water, or take it easy with paddleboats.
Hang up your aprons and put down those dirty dishes. Take a break from kitchen duties and check out these restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth that offer free kids' meals. You deserve it. But don’t forget to call ahead! Some details vary per location.