What parent in Texas isn’t a sucker for a great, indoor activity to do with the kids? If it’s got A/C to keep us cool in the summer and a roof to keep us dry in bad weather, we’re there. If we can call it an educational opportunity, even better! That’s why I’m so glad the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reopened in the fall of 2010, after an $8 million renovation.
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
1462 First Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week, except Christmas and Thanksgiving
Price: Adults (12+) $8/day, Youth (3-11) $6/day, Senior (65+) $6/day
Children 2 and under are free, Dallas Zoo members receive $2 off daily admission, group rates and annual passes are also available
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
“The Children’s Aquarium is located off of I-30 in Fair Park at 1462 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210. Off of I-30 take Exit 47 Second Avenue/Fair Park and enter in through Gate 6 off Second Avenue. The Children’s Aquarium is on the left, located between the Texas Star Ferris wheel and Cotton Bowl stadium.” – ChildrensAquariumFairPark.com
Parking is free at Fair Park, except during the State Fair and football games. It’s not easy to find the perfect spot, though. You’ll have the best luck parking between the Museum of Nature and Science and Texas Discovery Gardens. The aquarium will be a short walk from that parking lot.
It’s All About The Kids
The redesign of the aquarium really put the tiniest points of view first. Children will be able to walk right up to large tanks and look straight in. Or, they can peer down into Stingray Bay outside. And, if that’s not interactive enough for you, check out the fish feeding demonstrations. There’s a public feeding at a different exhibit every day at 2:30. See who’s getting a late lunch before you plan your visit by going here:
Speaking of food, there aren’t concessions on site, but there are picnic tables. Outside food and drink are permitted in the aquarium, but not near the touch tanks. So you can pack your own and save some dough.
While most of the facility is stroller friendly with many ramps that provide easy access for families pushing their smallest members, local mom and Metroplex Baby & Kids founder Barbara Arnondin offers this advice:
“Honestly, if your child does okay without a stroller for an hour, I would leave it behind for a few reasons. First, it’s not a huge exhibit, and it is laid out in a way that you can always keep an eye on your child. There aren’t a lot of nooks and crannies to hide in. Second, the outside stingray exhibit has stairs and is raised, so that part is not stroller friendly, I think people have to leave their strollers nearby and take the kids out to get down.”
So next time you’re looking for a new place to escape with the kids when the weather outside is less than desirable, head on over and check out the revamped Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. You might find yourself fighting the urge to jump into the tanks for a swim with the fish to cool off.
Jill Krause is a blogger, product ambassador and mother to 2 young children. You can find her humorous take on life as a parent at http://www.BabyRabies.com.