Entertaining the Kids on a Budget

Kids PlayingMoving to Dallas, settling in and finding activities to keep your kids busy before schools starts up again can be difficult. Sometimes the stress of moving can make it hard to adjust, while other times it eats up your budget making it hard to afford fun activities for your family. Here are some of the less expensive things you can do in and around Dallas.


Ride the Trolley

The M-line trolleys provide air-conditioning and heat, while running all year long. Rides are free with donations accepted. The trolley runs Monday through Thursday from 7am to 10pm, Friday from 7am to Midnight, Saturday from 10am to Midnight and Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Kids love the trolley and this is a great way to get to another attraction or just enjoy your free time aboard the trolley.

NickelRama Arcade

You might think, just because the word “nickel” is in the name there’s no way this is a cheap place to go. Maybe it’s just an old name and games used to cost a nickel back in the day. Not all games at NickelRama cost just a nickel, but some still do. You can play games here with your kids for hours for less than $20. Games range from one to six nickels in price.

Cool Off at Splash Factory

Found in Grand Prairie, Splash Factory provides plenty of water fun for your kids. With age-specific areas including ground sprays, a magic tough gun, spray cannons, play structures, a water wall and power geysers, this attraction will provide plenty of fun for all ages. The cost of admission is just $1, so load up the van and bring the entire neighborhood!

Fritz Park Petting Farm

Another great free activity for kids is the Fritz Park Petting Farm found in Irving. This petting farm allows kids to come and enjoy cows, goats, sheep, deer, turkeys, rabbits, peacocks and many other animals free of charge. It’s open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday and 2pm to 8pm on Sundays.