Top Winter Activities for Family in DFW (2018)

Panther Island Ice ~ Picture Courtesy of Panther Island Ice

No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate during the winter season, there is no denying that it is just a magical time of year in Dallas/Fort Worth. Fallen leaves cover the ground in shades of orange and yellow. We find comfort in the warmth of woolen sweaters and steaming beverages. Lights illuminate the city. People slow down just a bit to really appreciate one another. There is no shortage of wintery things to do in this town. So, how do you choose what should make your calendar this season? We have put together a list of our personal top winter activities in DFW for 2018 below. No matter what or where you choose to spend your time, the whole Kid Allergy Travel family wishes you and yours a safe and joyous winter season!

Panther Island Ice (Fort Worth)

Open 7 days a week including holidays from Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 14, 2019.

Outdoor ice skating in Texas? Yup, it can be done! Thanks to these folks the Coyote Drive-In venue in Fort Worth is transformed in to a winter wonderland where for $12 you can get admission and a pair of skates. Plus, for a limited time, those living the gluten free lifestyle may find gluten free pepperoni and cheese pizzas on-site!

We partnered with Panther Island Ice (via sponsorship). Check out our family experience ice skating with Panther Island Ice for the first time.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth)

Polar Express Pajama Party

Select Dates Dec 7, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018

Hands on wintry activities, a visit from Santa, and a screening of Polar Express in IMAX Theater proportions, what more could your family want? Plus, you can enjoy all of this while wearing your PJs! Don't miss this festive event that kicks off the holiday season with comfort and joy. Don't have time in your busy holiday weekend to squeeze a party and a screening in? Don't worry, you can skip the party and just take the kids to see the movie in the IMAX Theater instead.

We partnered with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (via sponsorship). Read about our science-filled fun attending the Polar Express Pajama Party.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark (Grand Prairie)

Breakfast with Santa

First 4 Saturdays in December starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 10:00 AM.

Combine breakfast with Santa and a full day at an indoor waterpark. Epic Waters hosts a breakfast buffet that can be tailored to those with gluten/wheat allergies, holiday crafts, and a meet & greet with Santa. Plus, in this frigid weather, your tickets also include swimming admission to stay and play in the indoor waterpark for the rest of the day thanks to their retractable roof for year round enjoyment. Don't miss the FLOWRIDER for wave riding, the nation's tallest Aqualoop, and the first indoor double rider Aquasphere inner tube ride. Plus, join their toiletry drive through Dec. 19th for 25% off admission and teach the kids about giving back!

Kid Allergy Travel partnered (via sponsorship) with Epic Waters this past weekend and our whole crew had a blast visiting this high energy waterpark. Read about our detailed family experience playing, plus attending the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark Breakfast with Santa event.

Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie)

Now through December 30, 2018.

Do your kids love looking at holiday light displays? If so, don't miss this 2-mile path with over 4 million lights through Lynn Creek Park (by Joe Pool Lake). It is mostly a drive-through experience, but you have the opportunity to stop half way for some on foot fun like a walk-through light up forrest, carnival rides (included in ticket price!), a holiday show, and holiday snacks and beverages. Plus, a potty break for your littles!  Skip the lines and snag a fast pass.

Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington)

Holiday in the Park

Open on select days Nov 16, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018.

Enjoy the same old thrill rides here but with a holiday twist. Special holiday season attractions like The Frosty Snowhill (downhill sledding), Story Time with Mrs. Clause, and The Lone Star Lights (animated light presentation to music) are all available to appeal to every member of your family from the young to old. The little one without the wheat allergy loved roasting s'mores throughout the many fire pits locates throughout the park. Unfortunately, this is not for those with wheat allergies as the kits are prepackaged with graham crackers already touching the chocolate and marshmallows!. So bundle up, and take the whole brood out to this amusement park!

AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas)

A Christmas Carol (Wyly Theatre)

Running Nov 21, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018.

Dallas Theatre Center's rendition of the holiday classic about Scrooge and his journey through the past, present and future. Filled with songs and holiday cheer, don't miss this performance this winter that teaches your family the value of respect, joy and connections with others.

The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House)

Running Nov 23, 2018 - Dec. 2, 2018.

Ok let's be honest. This is pretty much a must do for the season. Filled with magic, love, fear, and culture, The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets of all time. Make sure to get your tickets so your children may step inside the magical Christmas dream brought to you by the eloquent performers of the Texas Ballet Theater.

Four Season Resort and Club Dallas (Las Colinas)

Community Origami Folding Event

Dec 1, 2018 (10am - noon)

Help complete the Origami themed Christmas tree in the lobby of this elegant hotel during this community event. Led by Paper for Water co-founders, refreshments and snacks will be on hand.

Fireside Holiday Kick-Off Event

Dec 1, 2018 (4pm - 6pm)

Head to the Outlaw Taproom Patio for holiday train rides, Elf balloon artist, and outdoor kid games. Plus, enjoy a build your own hot chocolate bar, light bites and cocktails (for purchase) while listening to the sounds of the holidays being played by a live band. There might even be a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Clause too!

Wanna extend your fun? Book an overnight stay.

Gaylord Texan Resort (Grapevine)

This is the place to go for ALL DAY Christmas themed fun. In fact, we visited for the first time last year and there was so much going on I couldn't really process where to go first. In our opinion, we recommend you just shell out the cash for the VIP tickets because you will want to skip the gigantic crowds and head straight in for the holiday spectacular. Our favorites: ICE (this year it is Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer themed), Snowtubing, & Build-A-Bear Workshop. They have make shift bars set up throughout (and trust us you will need them because the crowds are pretty thick!) and for all those gluten free kids you are welcome to bring in your own gluten free snacks.

Wanna extend your fun? Book an overnight stay.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas)

Winter Wonderland Sleepover 

Jan 5, 2019

If you have a child aged 6 to 14, don't miss this wintertime event filled with the science of snow, winter-time green screen, a black light scavenger hunt, and a dance party with Arctic dinosaurs. Your kids will love being able to spend the night in the museum so mark your calendars for this fun filled event scheduled for the beginning of the new year.