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Budget-Conscious Guide To DFW With Kids

January 15, 2011 2:15 PM

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There are many fun and inexpensive things to do with kids in North Texas. From free train rides to a bakery tour, here are some of our favorites that cost $5 or less per child. By Metro Moms
 

Mrs. Baird’s Bakery Tour

7301 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76134
(817) 615-3050
www.mrsbairds.com
Cost: free

There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. Mrs. Baird’s Bakery offers tours for children 6 and up. Tours available Tue-Thurs every hour beginning at 10am; two weeks notice required.

Forest Park Miniature Railroad

1700 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX
817.336.3328
www.fpmt.us
Cost: $3 for adults; $2.50 for kids 1-12 (cash only)

A Fort Worth Family Tradition since 1959, the Forest Park Miniature Railroad offers an approximately five-mile, thirty-five to forty-minute round trip from the Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway in Forest Park to the Duck Pond in Trinity Park and back with one stop at the Trinity Park Depot in Trinity Park where passengers may board the train if seats are available. The train crosses six bridges on its route including a 350 foot girder bridge and 171 foot truss bridge, both of which cross the Clear Fork of the Trinity River.

Concerts Under the Stars

Several cities

Families may enjoy Concerts Under the Stars throughout the Metroplex during the late spring, summer and early fall months. Pack a picnic and relax! The following cities and organizations offer free concerts:

Allen – Summer Sounds Concerts: www.allenparks.org/

Bedford – MasterWorks Twighlight Concerts: 817-283-3406, www.ci.bedford.tx.us/

Dallas – Basically Bethoven Festival: 214-520-2219, www.fineartschamberplayers.org

Farmers Branch – Concert in the Branch: 972-919-2620, www.farmersbranch.info

Frisco – Frisco Grooves: www.friscogrooves.org/

Keller – Jazz on the Lawn: www.cityofkeller.com/

Lewisville – Sounds of Lewisville: 972-219-EVENT, www.cityoflewisville.com/

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

1515 S. Harwood
Dallas, TX
214.421.5141
www.dallasheritagevillage.org/
Cost: Kids under 3 free; 3-12 $4; 12 and older $7

Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.
January, February and August hours: Tue-Sun 10am-2pm.
Closed Mon, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Dallas Heritage Village is a living history museum portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910. Family programs include storytimes, mock gun fights and more.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135
817.392.7410
www.fwnaturecenter.org
Cost: Kids under 3 free; 3-17 $2; Adults $4

Winter Hours (October – April):
Monday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours (May – September):
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is a 3600 acre wildlife refuge that offers educational programs, family activities, canoeing and more.

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