Mar 12, 2024 - Things to Do

Our guide to Dallas-Fort Worth family discounts at museums and more

A photo of the Dallas Museum of Art

The permanent exhibits at the DMA and the Kimbell Art Museum are free. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Spring break might be a good time to invest in some annual memberships to occupy your child. They make great birthday gifts, too.

Pro tips: Check if your city's library or arts department offers free or discounted admission to paid activities. Dallas' Culture Pass covers several museums and performing arts venues.

Here are some other options based on your child's budding interests…

🔬 The scientist: The Perot Museum in Dallas, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Heard Museum in McKinney all have annual memberships that accommodate adults and their kids.

🎨 The artist: Annual passes at the Crayola Experience in Plano and Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine start under $50 per person.

🌷 The outdoorsy explorer: The Dallas Arboretum has several family membership options. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is much cheaper and still beautiful.

  • Texas' 89 state parks also have a $70 pass that covers a pass holder and those in their car for a year.

🎭 The dramatic kid: Casa Mañana in Fort Worth has season tickets for shows including "Cats." The Dallas Children's Theater no longer has season tickets but still sells single tickets.

📚 The history buff: Members at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum get discounted merch, signature program tickets and guest passes.

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