Kids need sunshine, fresh air and exercise. When the backyard isn’t enough — or you don’t have a backyard — here are some of the best bets in North Texas, courtesy of the Metro Moms.
River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center
703 Northwest Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
River Legacy Parks is a 1,300 acre oasis with more than eight miles of paved trails, picnic areas, a playground and the River Legacy Living Science Center, which offers educational programs.
Addison Circle Park
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
Addison Circle Park is a great event venue featuring over 372,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor space, three distinct performance venues, covered pavilion, water garden and interactive fountains, fields for active recreation and walking trails.
The Colony Five Star Complex
4100 Blair Oaks Drive
The Colony, Texas 75056
The Colony Five Star Complex is an 80 acre sports facility with six baseball fields, six soccer fields, two football fields, one softball field, two playground areas, three group pavilions and nearly 1.3 miles of hike and bike trails.
5151 North Colony Boulevard
The Colony, Texas 75056
Kid’s Colony is an acre of playground area with a large wooden jungle gym for the kids and plenty of seating for parents.
McCormick Park & Preserve
2190 Joyce Court
Euless, Texas 76039
McCormick Park is a 12 mile park with a half-mile bike and hiking trail, picnic area, gazebo and playground. The preserve has an open wilderness area, ponds, a bird watching area and more.
Unity Park / Kids Kastle
2250 Briar Boulevard
Highland Village, Texas 75077
Unity Park contains four lighted baseball/softball fields, five lighted soccer game fields, practice soccer fields, four tennis courts, two concession stands, restrooms, hike and bike trails, volleyball court, two ponds and a fishing pier. Play areas are abundant and feature Kids Kastle, an extensive wooden playscape.
Boys Ranch Park & Activity Center
2801 Forest Ridge Drive
Bedford, Texas 76021
The 68 acre Boys Ranch Park & Activity Center has a small urban lake with a spray fountain, a .4 mile jogging path around the lake, three youth baseball fields, three youth soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts, six lighted recreational tennis courts and the home of Bedford’s “Splash,” a premier aquatic facility, as well as a game room, picnic tables, grills, two practice soccer/baseball fields and three covered pavilions, a physically challenged playground, shuffleboard court, a swing set, fencing around the soccer fields, a roller hockey court and a fishing pier.