For the Kids: The Haute 5 Family-Friendly Venues in Dallas

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School’s out, so you just got another day job. Looking for family fun this summer that will keep everyone happy? Keep reading.

Kids for All Seasons at the Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Colinas doesn’t just want to pamper you–they want to spoil the kids as well. Their Kids for All Seasons program ensures your stay will be fun for every member of the family. Just let the concierge know how many children in your party, and upon arrival they’ll receive an ammenities basket suited to their tastes, child-sized bathrobes so they can relax in style, complimentary video games and milk and cookies at bedtime, and much more. Want to have a late night romantic dinner just for two? The Four Seasons features a 24-hour babysitter service as well.

The Four Seasons, 4150 North MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, 972-717-0700 www.fourseasons.com

Dallas Children”s Theatre

Creating an interest in the arts at a young age is a top priority for a lot of parents, something the Dallas Children’s Theatre helps to realize. Rated by TIME magazine as one of the top 5 youth theatres in the nation, it’s no wonder the DCT’s summer academy programs sell out so fast, with classes like improv, acting, musical theater and puppetry for various age groups. The classes are taught by world-class professionals and range from brief four-day instructions to two-week camps. A perfomance is held for family audiences at the end of the course, so you can cheer on your mini-Meryl when she gets her shining moment on stage.

The Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5938 Skillman St., 214-978-0110 www.dct.org

Fair Park

The Texas State Fair in October may be the biggest thing to hit Fair Park, but there’s still tons of fun to be had there in the summer. From concerts featuring headliners like Rhianna, to exhibits at their various museums and gardens, to plays like the Broadway hit Wicked, there’s bound to be something for everyone at the 277-acre park. Bonus: This fall the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park is reopening its doors as the Chilren’s Aquarium. Stay tuned for details.

Fair Park, 1121 First Avenue, www.fairpark.org

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Always a family favorite, the Dallas Arboretum is a hit especially in the summer months. Their full and half-day camps are great for the curious kiddos, whether they want to study garden critters, fossils, sculptures or even outer space. For the older campers, the Arboretum features a Survivor challenge camp where teams will race one another to navigate the garden. For the grownups, the Dallas Arboretum has a “Cool Thursdays” concert series in the summer, featuring the best local music Dallas has to offer. Bring a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine for a romantic summer outing, or take along the whole family for a fun boogie-down.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, 214-515-6500, www.dallasarboretum.org

Me and Mommy Yoga at Asante

Child’s pose has never been so literal. To get a truly meditative moment out of your day, take your child (age 6 and under) to Asante for Me and Mommy Yoga. It’s a 45-minute class that focuses on your child’s poses, increasing posture and flexibility as well as teaching them to stay attentive and have the proper breathing techniques. Moms are encouraged to practice alongside their little one for their own physical and mental wellness. The class will end with a 15-minute savasana, or “quiet time,” which may prove to be more challenging than the yoga itself.

Asante, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane, www.asantewellness.com

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