Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Ft. Worth
2020 Best Places for Kids in the Ft. Worth region!
The best places to take kids in and around Fort Worth, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in Ft. Worth, TX! Get great ideas here! Of course, this year's Top 20 winners are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; click around KidsOutAndAbout.com for lots more!
Fort Worth Zoo
Home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, the Zoo supports wildlife conservation projects in more than 30 countries around the world. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Feed koi fish in the tranquil Japanese Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Engage with birds, insects and other wildlife on the Texas Native Boardwalk and be inspired by bluebonnets and 100 other native wildflowers at Rock Springs Woods. [GROW Membership allows access to the Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Ft. Worth area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas offers meaningful experiences through education, volunteer, and membership opportunities that enrich personal growth and sustain our planet. For all who yearn to learn and grow, join us for innovative and engaging opportunities in a uniquely natural, but nearby location in the heart of the city. You, too, will be inspired to appreciate plants and sustain our planet.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Dedicated to lifelong learning and anchored by rich collections, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages the community through creative, vibrant programs and interactive exhibits. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History houses a variety of traveling and permanent exhibitions. Permanent exhibits include DinoLabs & DinoDig, Energy Blast, the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and the Cattle Raisers Museum. Innovation Studios— a five glass-walled studio that houses Inventor, Doodler, Designer, Imaginer and Explorer—is where imagination, curiosity and creativity are encouraged and nurtured. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is also home to two theaters, the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome and the Noble Planetarium.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FWNC&R) is a 3,621 acre Refuge comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands. Over 20 miles of trails guide you through these habitats and allow you to see native wildlife and plants. The West Fork of the Trinity River winds through the Refuge offering scenic paddling opportunities. Outdoor recreation and education programs are offered year round. Best practices in land management are performed in order to maintain and improve the health of the land. The FWNC&R is a registered National Landmark through the Department of the Interior and a recipient of the Outstanding Lone Star Land Steward Award from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
Bass Performance Hall
Bass Performance Hall offers a vast array of entertainment, from Broadway productions to live concerts. The Hall is also the permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. Whether you take a tour of the breathtaking building or come to see a performance, you are bound to enjoy your time at Bass Performance Hall.
Altitude Trampoline Park Fort Worth
Altitude Trampoline Park is a 35,000 square foot, indoor trampoline park with jumping activities including sports and fitness programs, competitive jumping, and just plain, old-fashioned jumping fun. We're located in the North Ft Worth & Keller area and easily accessible to Southlake, Colleyville, Watauga, North Richland Hills, Saginaw and more!
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Burger's Lake offers summer fun for everyone. Burger's Lake is a 30-acre park featuring a one-acre spring-fed lake for swimming.
Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park
Urban Air Adventure Park is more than just a trampoline park- it's an adventure park with attractions for kids of all ages! We’re known for fantastic birthday parties, corporate outings and community fundraisers!
Acton Nature Center
The Acton Nature Center of Hood County promotes a recreational and educational venue for nature enthusiasts of all ages. There are hiking and biking trails through natural settings and even a butterfly garden! Events like Reptile Day, Star Parties, and the Annual Acton Nature Run are held year round for kids and adults alike to learn about and celebrate the nature around us.
Movie Tavern offers a premium movie-going experience that caters to adults but is also family friendly. We offer an in-theatre dining experience with a wide range of chef prepared menu selections available. At Movie Tavern you can see new releases in comfortable recliner seating with gourmet eats & cocktails available at the push of a button.
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, hosts an art collection as well as traveling art exhibitions, educational programs and an extensive research library.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
A renowned collection of American art housed in Philip Johnson’s masterpiece at the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Free admission.
Chuck E. Cheese
Where A Kid Can Be A Kid! Have a blast with food, games and prizes for the whole family.
Hawaiian Falls is built with the family in mind. We are passionate about serving our guests by creating a clean, safe and fun Hawaiian themed environment for the whole family. You can play with the kids in the Wave Pool, float down the Lazy River, or watch as they go down their favorite rides like the Hawaiian Halfpipe. Whether you're looking for a way to relax or looking to entertain the kids on a hot summer day, Hawaiian Falls has you covered!
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
The Granbury Theatre Company
The Granbury Theatre Company performs at the beautiful Historic Granbury Opera House, which underwent a 3.5 million dollar renovation in 2012 making it a state of the art venue.
Flight Deck Trampoline Park - Fort Worth
Flight Deck Trampoline Park is DFW’s hottest destination for family fun! Come take flight on our massive indoor court of connected trampolines for an unforgettable adventure. Duck and dive on dodgeball courts, soar onto our air bag or just coast at the FDTP Academy, our safe zone for junior flyers.
Log Cabin Village
Log Cabin Village aspires to build connections to 19th century Texas by providing educational opportunities and sensory experiences that are engaging, accurate, and as authentic as possible.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Arts EducationAll Star Dance Academy
All-Star Dance Academy is located in the North Fort Worth area. We offer a variety of dance classes for students 2 years old and up. We have classes for beginners, and those that want to "dance for fun."
Favorite Sports EducationKarate Works
We believe our martial arts program can help children in nearly every aspect of their lives, improve their health and fitness, increase their self-confidence, improve their focus and concentration, be more courteous and respectful and lead them to overall better behavior. We encourage and motivate our students to be the best they can be!