Fun out of the Sun

Top 10 kid-friendly indoor activities for cool summer fun in Dallas

Top 10 kid-friendly indoor activities for cool summer fun in Dallas

iFLY indoor skydiving
The whole family can take turns flying at iFly. iFLY/Facebook

When July hits and the sun scorches, Dallasites naturally start flocking indoors. But with the kids out of school, they need activities to keep their minds and bodies active. We’ve rounded up 10 kid-friendly activities in Dallas to stay cool and keep the youngsters entertained.

iFly Dallas
Knock off a bucket list item and skydive indoors. Fall, fly, and literally float on air from 8:30 am-9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 8 am-10 pm Friday and Saturday. There are several locations in the area. Kids as young as 3 years old can participate, and two flights for a first-timer are $79.95.

LOOK Cinemas Kids’ Summer Movie Series
On Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am, kids and adults alike can see a movie for $1. This month’s films include Captain Underpants, Secret Life of Pets, and Lego Batman. There’s also a special kids’ meal for $4.50.

Lunar Mini Golf
Play some putt-putt in an outer space-like atmosphere. The neon lights and A/C make this a really cool place to play a quality game of mini golf with the kiddos. The Grapevine Mills Mall course is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am-9 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-7 pm. A game is $9 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6-12.

Perot Museum: "Ultimate Dinosaurs"
Take a trip back to prehistoric times at the new exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. With hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, kids of all ages can learn about a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in South America, Africa, and Madagascar. The exhibit opens at 10 am Monday through Saturday, 11 am on Sunday, and closes at 6 pm daily. Tickets start at $13 per person.

Escape The Room
Challenge your kids (and yourself) in a game of wits and courage in an escape room. Choose from a Western bank heist, an apartment, a spy agency, or an archaeological dig — and solve your way out in 60 minutes. There are locations in Dallas and Fort Worth. Reserve your spots ahead of time online for $28 per person.

Let your kids jump out all that extra summertime energy at this indoor trampoline park located in north Dallas. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you and your kiddos can bounce and flip for two hours for $10 each. Just arrive any time from 10 am-9 pm.

Summit Rock Climbing
For your little thrill seeker, buy a $15 day pass for unlimited rock climbing at Summit. From 11 am-10 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 pm-8 pm on Sunday, the family can scale some walls and do some yoga in air-conditioned bliss during the heat of the afternoon. There are several locations throughout the Metroplex.

George W. Bush Presidential Center: “First Ladies: Style of Influence”
School-age kids can spend the day learning about the women of the White House. Everything from rare photographs and historical documents to artifacts and gowns are on display. Tickets are $19 for adults and $13 for children and include admission to the museum and First Ladies exhibit.

Sweet Tooth Hotel
Escape the heat and check into the Sweet Tooth Hotel for an hour. This pop-up shop includes five unique rooms filled with color and candy. Open until August 31 in Victory Park, the attraction has been a hit, so make sure to purchase tickets online before you go. It’s $20 for everyone and open 10 am-7 pm most days.

Crayola Experience
Recently opened in Plano at The Shops at Willow Bend, this colorful family attraction is filled with hands-on activities. Star in your own coloring page and name and wrap your own Crayola crayon. The Experience is open 365 days a year from 10 am-8 pm, and tickets are $20.