Grapevine Mills Mall
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas
Hours: Mon. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Some kids think the mall is a real drag. But if you take them to the Grapevine Mills Mall and do even one or two of the exciting things they have in store for kids, they’ll be begging you to go to the mall long before they’re teens.
Go! Toys & Games
Go! Toys & Games isn’t just another toy store. They carry a selection of popular and specialty products you may not find in other toy chains. The toys they sell are high-quality, often educational and always fun! Since they also have a variety of family games, activity kits, puzzles and brain teasers, it isn’t uncommon to see parents just as excited to browse as their kids.
Take your child to build their own “beary” special friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Kids and adults alike can customize their own bear (or dog, angry bird or other favorite creature) with custom clothing and accessories. The basic bear starts around $10 and can go up to $50 or more depending on what clothes and accessories you choose.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
The new LEGOLAND Discovery Center is fun for the whole family. See models of DFW area landmarks, learn from the LEGOLAND Master Model Builder, and ride Kingdom Quest, the interactive LEGO laser ride. You’ve never seen so many LEGOS in one place!
Bring the Amazon to life at the Rainforest Cafe, where you’ll dine in style surrounded by the vegetation and (model) animals of the rainforest. You’ll hear authentic sounds of tropical rainstorms as you dine on generous portions of food, including pasta, seafood, salads and other signature entrees. The Rainforest Cafe is a bit pricey, so you may want to head to the Chuck E. Cheese outside the mall on most visits, but every once in a while, treat yourself and your kids to this one-of-a-kind experience.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Skip desert at the Rainforest Cafe and take the kids to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a chocoholic’s paradise! Choose from anything from caramel and candy apples, chocolate bites, fudge, chocolate-dipped fruit, cookies and more. The best part is, there’s no fighting because everyone can choose their own.
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
Find out what exotic, beautiful creatures can be found in our oceans at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. The aquarium curators have carefully recreated the natural habitats of some of our favorite sea creatures like starfish, octopus and seahorses. You’ll get a chance to see the ocean from a squid’s-eye-view in the 360-degree ocean tunnel and discover over 5,000 sea creatures. For the brave-at-heart, there’s also the frighteningly incredible Shark Walk, where you’ll see tropical sharks like the Blacktip Reef Shark, Zebra Shark and more.
Why Grapevine Mills?
Not only does Grapevine Mills have more fun things for kids to do under one roof than some small cities, it’s also well known in the DFW area for being one of the best places for great discounts. And since there’s so much for the kid’s to do, they won’t mind if you need to take advantage of some of those great prices while you’re there. Also, being one of the larger Metroplex malls, you’ll certainly get your exercise, but no matter how tired your kids are at the end of the day, they’ll always want to go back for more.
Heather Barnett is a freelance writer in Fort Worth. You can read more of her work in the SheKnows.com Dallas City Guide or at http://www.writinginredink.com.