Looking for Free Fun near Denton

Updated on July 02, 2012
A.M. asks from Denton, TX
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I am looking for free (or low-cost) activities for my 3-yr old son. I love the outdoor parks in the area, but with temps soaring (and me 7 months pregnant) I would like cool or indoor suggestions. I live in Denton, but would also drive to nearby towns.

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I would check local libraries... They 're all having summer reading clubs with special activities (magician, Critterman, juggling, movies, balloon sculptures, etc. - something different every week, and something different at each library.)

As mentioned, Rave Motion Pictures in Hickory Creek has free summer movies every Tues/Wed morning. Many other theaters are also offering similar deals, so check the theaters nearest you (I know near us, Cinemark, AMC, Harkins and Studio Movie Grill have deals - some, not all locations) (Pages 6 & 7 of our current issue list the rest of the season at 6 local theaters, including Rave... or check our calendar).

The Gaylord Texan may be worth an outing. They're having Summer Fest through September... entertainers like people on stilts, jugglers, mini train displays, etc. It's $10 for parking, but that can be comped with a $25 food purchase. Thursday nights, some restaurants are offering kids-eat-free specials; Friday nights 9:30, free fireworks show. (Check Page 5 our May 15th issue for details)

Bass Pro in Grapevine is having special activities this summer as well... lots of free mini-workshops, fishing around the pond in front of the store, etc. (Check Page 7 of our May 29 issue for details)

Founders Plaza (DFW Airport) is a great outing for a picnic and to see planes taking off and landing. Make sure you go on a clear day, and early morning makes for a cooler outing (think breakfast picnic). (Page 5, Jan 1st issue)

Also think about local pools and aquatic centers. They've got lots of great splash areas, etc. Some have admission prices of as little as $2-3. http://www.familyeguide.com/index5.php?id=13&sid=68

Obviously, most of what we feature is south of you, but use us for inspiration. Chances are, if the Lewisville and Flower Mound libraries, rec centers, movie theaters, and businesses offer certain programs, Denton will have similar options.

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

A.: consider joining MOMS Club. We do TONS of activities all month long, and most of our outings are free or close to it. e-mail me at [email protected]____.com for more info.

Have you done any activities at the libraries? They've got air conditioning!!!



answers from Dallas on

Hi A.,

If your boy is like mine, then he's already pretty bored with all of the usual outings to jump houses and play areas. This summer I plan on hitting up splash areas and aquatic centers. Most of the towns and cities have indoor water fun for all ages so check your local listing or familyguide.com for local listings to splash parks and aquatic areas (i too prefer indoor pools etc...)

Also, make play dates and host play dates several times a week so your little one can get a change of scenery while still having some physical activity and fun. We have a cousin and a friend here in town and every week we alternate at each other's houses for a "paint and play doh party" or something of the sort. That way your little one gets a couple of hours of playing with his friends and everyone is indoors where it's safe and cool and besides, kids just love being at someone elses house where all the toys seem "fresh and new" even though they may have the same toys at THEIR house :-)



answers from Dallas on

Chuck E Cheese. Free to get in, you don't have to eat there. He can just play. Also, if you buy one of their souvenier cups ($2.00 or so), I think it is free refills, so he can have a drink each time you go.

Indoor play area at Golden Triangle and Vista Ridge Mall.

Story time at the library.

Fountain Park at Highland Village Shopping area (407 & 2499).



answers from Dallas on

The Rave movie theater in Hickory Creek has free kids movies every tues & wed at 10am.


answers from Dallas on

Barns and Noble in Highland village has story time on Wednesday at 11:00 and the fountains are right outside the door. It’s a fun play date.
I have not checked out the fountains in flower mound by café Azul but on Mondays kids eat free at café Azul. Also sounds like another fun outing.
This past Friday we went to splish splash story time at Denton water works at 10:00 and the kids can play free in the splash park area until 10:45.
The Denton Libraries really put on a lot of activities for the kids. We love story time on Thursday.
We also love Old Town in Lewisville which is another splash park.
Hope this helps

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