Summer is almost over and you are excited, but your kids are not. They whine and complain about going back to school. Make the last few weeks count and make their summer memorable with a visit to these cool and breath-taking spots for summer fun. These activities in DFW are great for children of all ages, promising memories the whole family will carry with them all year long.

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Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
110 E. Rivercrest
Allen, TX 75013
(214) 509-4770

Price: $5 for adults/$4 for children ages 3 to 17/$3 for seniors older than 50/free for children younger than 2

Just north of Dallas, Rodenbaugh Natatorium offers perfect year-round family activity for children of all ages. This affordable outing offers the ideal place to take your kids before the school year begins. This facility provides swim lessons, fitness classes and open swimming all at a reasonable price. The City of Allen even offers lifeguard-certification classes for teenagers and young adults. This pool is fully equipped with a water slide, lazy river, aquatic play area for children and a shallow water pool, making for the perfect day with the whole family. There are plenty of lifeguards at Rodenbaugh Natatorium, so parents may relax and tan on the outdoor deck while children enjoy the pool and all it has to offer.

Related: Family Fun Guide for Indoor Swimming

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Zero Gravity Thrill Park
11131 Malibu Drive
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 484-8359

Price: $32.99 to $77.95 plus tax

Zero Gravity Thrill Park is ideal for the families who are looking for a break from the mundane. This park features bungee jumping, a16-story drop and roller coasters. Take friends and family for a unique opportunity to soar at 60 miles per hour over Dallas. This extremely fun day is reserved for older children because of height and weight restrictions. Zero Gravity Thrill Park offers Hollywood stuntman adventures, but with a flawless safety record. This thrill-seeker’s playground is an ideal location for group events and parties at competitive prices.

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Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center
1924 Randol Mill Park Road
Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 275-0513

Price: $6 for 48 inches and above/$5.50 for less than 48 inches/free for 12 months and younger

The City of Arlington created the Rondol Mill Family Aquatic Center as a fun way to cool off in the summer sun. This pool features a shallow area for younger children and a waterside and vortex for older kids along with shaded pavilions. It’s available for outdoor rentals and makes for an ideal end-of-summer party great for all ages. For families on a budget, this aquatic center offers discounted twilight fees after 5 p.m.

Related: Best Waterparks & Pools in DFW

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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(888) 775-6742

Price: $20.95 adults/$13.95 children ages 3 to 11/$16.95 seniors ages 62 and above/free for age 2 and younger

This exotic animal park offers a variety of attractions for the animal lovers in the family. Regardless if the family wants a scenic drive through the park, educational summer camps for children, or an early morning safari excursion, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center provides a balance between conservation and family fun. Some of the animals featured at the park include cheetahs, bison, giraffes and rhinoceros. The park even provides feed pellets to make for an unforgettable experience all around.

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Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 488-6510

Price: roughly $359.99, price depends on dates, nights, and people per room

The Great Wolf Lodge is the ideal family fun experience for children and teens of all ages. This family friendly resort boasts a fully equipped water park featuring waterfalls, the raccoon lagoon and the howlin’ tornado. This resort even offers a childcare center if the parents need a few hours alone, and with themed hotel rooms for the kids, it’s a guaranteed great stay all around.

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