M.O. asks from Rockwall, TX on August 06, 2006
Seeking Children's Activity Ideas near Rockwall
I would love to hear your ideas of fun children's activities near Rockwall, Rowlett, Mesquite, Garland, Plano and/or Dallas? With the heat of the summer and a new baby, I try to entertain my 4 yr old son indoors at the present time. He thrives on lots of activity and children to play with and I am growing weary of the indoor restaurant playlands. Please send all of your ideas. Thanks!
K.R. answers from Dallas on August 06, 2006
The public library's are always nice to promote reading skills at an early age. It's not an activity, but it's never to early to start a love of reading. And, their cool!!!!
C.F. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2006
The squirt park at Harry Myers Park in Rockwall is fun. Many times it is filled with older children but during the week after school starts, you should have it all to yourself.
E.C. answers from Dallas on August 07, 2006
Lynda Morley has written a book called Outings and Adventures Everywhere! It is an age appropriate guide for children's fieldtrips. The 5th edition is written so that it can also be used on vacation. My husband bought it for $12 through the New Dad's Bootcamp at Medical Center of Plano, but I believe that they sell it at Barnes and Noble and Borders too (ISBN 0-###-###-####-6-6). It is spiral bound, so it may be hard to find on the bookshelf, but makes it easy to hold with one hand. The chapters are divided by subject (e.g. Animals and Marine Life, Playgrounds, Story Time, Historic Sites). Then each chapter is divided into suggested activities by age group. Each chapter also lists specific locations for the DFW area along with their websites, phone number, and/or MAPSCO location. Her book also recommends that you use www.aroundtownkids.com, Collin County Kids newspaper, Dallas Child magazine, and Dallas Morning News Guide for more ideas.
M.S. answers from Dallas on August 06, 2006
Hello M.! I live in Rockwall, and due in 5 weeks with a little boy. My little girl is 2, so I understand your situation of needing to entertain him. Have you tried Jump and Jive? They have huge inflatable bounce houses in an indoor environment. It is a great place for him to run and play, and use some of that energy, while you could sit with the baby. Their website is www.jumpanjive.us.
Also, I sometimes take my little girl to Story Time at the Library on Wednesdays at 10. I think that this age group ends at 3, so you might want to call for the older groups' time.
I am not sure if you live in Rockwall or not, but they just came out with the new Fun Guide through the Parks and Recreation Department. You can access it online through www.rockwall.com/parks. They have all sorts of activities for children your son's age such as Art & Music Classes, Basketball, T-Ball, Soccer, etc. for really cheap. They usually last for 6 weeks and cost around $30.
Hope that information helps! I am always up for playdates too, so let me know if you ever want to meet up somewhere. Take care!