In a world of wonderful, there's plenty of family-friendly fun
, adventures and memories to be made. For visitors and locals looking for things to do with kids in Arlington, check out our list of things to do with your toddlers, elementary aged and teens.
What childhood should include Six Flags Over Texas? Every SINGLE ONE! For the younger crowd, there’s Bugs Bunny Boomtown, where kids 42” and under can explore and crawl around at Looney Toons Adventure Camp and aspiring thrill seekers can get their first taste of a roller coaster on Wile E. Coyote’s Grand Canyon Blaster, specially designed with kids in mind. For the tweens, teens and beyond, hop on coaster after coaster to get your adrenaline fix on world-class roller coasters like Titan, New Texas Giant, Aquaman: Power Wave and El Diablo. To make the most of your experience, check out our insider tips and tricks.
At Free Play Arcade
in Downtown Arlington
, teach your kid a thing or two on the arcade and pinball games you grew up playing – Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede. For just $12 a person and one of the largest collections of arcade games around, no one’s getting bored anytime soon. In the Arlington Highlands, Black Dog Retro Arcade
has retro arcade games, board games and the latest games on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. You can play unlimited games for just $10 a person.
Discover interactive environmental exhibits and aquariums and terrariums with native animals. Learn about nature through one of their public events or classes. Free to enter, the Center’s Atrium has self-exploration activity tables, terrariums with native wildlife, plus the surrounding nature trails. For a small fee, the Discovery Room
features interactive exhibits and technology to virtually immerse yourselves in the woodland environments of next door River Legacy Park
, which features custom playgrounds & playscapes for toddler age and up IRL along the expansive green space. Have a covered picnic or see if you can spot the wildlife or identify different flowers on the 8-mile trail great for biking, walking, and jogging.
When they can jump high, run quick, compete in obstacle courses, or find magic around every corner of the indoor playground, you know bedtime is going to be easier. Tire them out at this trampoline and adventure spot. Great for walking toddlers and above, even parents will want to get in on the fun!
Catch the latest blockbuster hit on the big screen with the kiddos! Tuesdays are discounted ticket days with just $6 tickets. You can even order snacks or a whole meal to be delivered right to your seat, so you never miss a second of the movie.
Astrologers in the making can explore the night sky in one of the three largest planetariums in Texas. Buckle up and take a tour of the Texas night sky, see the solar system and watch a full dome feature program with surround sound. You can even ask astronomers questions!
Skate the afternoon away in the largest roller-skating facility in Texas. Check out their calendar for half-price skate days and stroller skates for the little ones! They even offer skating lessons for all skill levels.
During the summer months, this is the perfect, family-friendly place to cool down and have some fun. The little ones can splash around at Splashwater Beach with shallow water with dumping buckets, spraying hoses and curtains of water.
Race down water slides, float along the lazy river and share a ride on Tornado and Black Hole.
There’s A LOT to do under this one roof – bowling, laser tag, arcade games, putt-putt, batting cages AND rock climbing. The newest experience that you can try is the virtual reality laser tag that puts you in a whole new reality to battle it out in the laser tag arena. Don’t forget to check their website for deals and packages to make the most of your time!
Go Ape Arlington
Climb up in the trees and experience the great outdoors in the treetops. Climb through cargo nets and across swaying logs, zipline through a canopy of trees and swing on the tarzan swing. This one is definitely for the daredevils out there.
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