If you’ve been following along with us, then you may know that we recently made a trip to Dallas last weekend with our friends and six children under the age of six. So what did we do with all our kids?
We actually trekked over to Fort Worth, about 45 minutes away from where we stayed, to visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Yes, we used our local Science Museum Oklahoma membership and got in free as part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program. However, parking in the lot for the science museum did cost us $7.
My husband and I had visited years ago pre-baby and maybe even pre-marriage for a special Star Wars exhibit (the hubs loves everything Star Wars) and another time for their special body exhibit with the plasticized human bodies. This time we visited with kids, and it was like a whole new museum to us.
They have several different traveling or special exhibits that change throughout the year, so it’s never the same each time you visit. I had checked online to see what was featured when we would be visiting, and Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dora & Diego were two of the special temporary exhibits. This is the main reason we wanted to come here with all our little ones. Curious George is coming this fall, so that may be another good time to visit with little kids.
As soon as you enter the building (after you get through the whole ticketing area), you are greeted by a huge dinosaur skeleton and a view of the outdoor fountain display. You can head upstairs on the left to their special Dora & Diego exhibit, planetarium (which is included in general admission), cattle raisers museum and special 75-year anniversary exhibit, or make a right and explore the Clifford room, the children’s museum (with a whole outdoor water part), gift shop, and dinosaur display.
As expected, Dora & Diego and Clifford were huge hits with the littles. There were such neat and interesting hands-on activities in each of those exhibits. My oldest daughter had the most fun playing at the Animal Rescue Center and Rocket Ship in Dora & Diego, and she loved dressing up as Clifford and playing with the giant dog bones at the Clifford exhibit. There are also little padded and gated areas for the babies to play in a few of the exhibits. The kids could have easily played much longer, but we only stayed about four hours before we adults had reached our limit.
We had also planned to visit the Stockyards that afternoon to see the cattle drive and didn’t want to miss it. Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., real-life cowboys and actual Texas Longhorns make their way down Exchange Avenue for this touristy spectacle lasting only a few minutes. We snagged some fairly decent patio seating at Trailboss Burgers just moments before the cattle drive began and got to see it from there. It was also perfect for our entire crew of crazy kids because they could run around outside and be noisy without really disrupting anyone.
After dinner, we checked out a few of the shops around the restaurant, tasted a few samples, let the kids ride a tiny carousel machine and then headed back to the hotel pool for the dive-in movie. We had a fabulous time in Fort Worth and could have spent so much more time exploring but will come back another time to take in more sights.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History Fast Facts
Address > 1600 Gendy St. | Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone > 817.255.9300
Hours > Monday – Saturday > 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday > Noon – 5p
Website > www.fwmuseum.org
Tickets > Adult $15 | Junior (2-18) $12 | Senior (65+) $14