It’s time for your long-awaited Dallas vacation at last. Your family is ready to head to the “Big D” and enjoy the food and fun that this city has to offer. While trips are fun, the constant travel and activity can make children exhausted, cranky, and even bored. Check out these tips to help your kids stay happy and comfortable during your Dallas visit.
Prepare for Your Flight
Flying with kids can be challenging. You know that kids can get bored easily, especially if they are cooped up in a plane for a few hours. Your little ones can get hungry, too, and they will need more than a pack of peanuts. Fill a backpack with video games, books, earphones to watch videos, and plenty of snacks. Time will fly if you keep your children occupied during the flight. Make a checklist of items to pack before you go.
Choose a Family-Friendly Hotel
Look for hotels with large rooms or suites for everyone to stretch out and relax. Hotels with free breakfast can make your mornings easier, too. No need to look around for an affordable place to eat the first meal of the day.
Keep in mind that after enjoying a full schedule of activities in the city all day, it may be time for everyone to retreat to a quiet place. Leave the city lights behind and spend your evenings relaxing at a hotel in a quiet suburb.
Rent a Comfortable Car
Packing the family into a compact car may save money but could also make everyone really cranky. Budget for a large sedan or van if possible. Let the kids have space to stretch out and enjoy the ride. Bring your phone’s car charger to keep your GPS running, since you’ll be navigating unfamiliar city streets. Don’t forget to reserve car seats and boosters along with your rental car for your toddlers, too.
Plan Kid-Friendly Excursions
Sometimes exploring a city without a plan can be exciting. When you have your kids in tow, however, make sure to plan a few kid-friendly stops. Spend a day at the Dallas Zoo, and ride the T-Rex Express Mini-train and see the Wonders of the Wild show. Take your teens and tweens to the Jumpstreet indoor trampoline park. Toddlers age five and under can have fun at the Moody’s Family Children’s Museum at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Research Family-Friendly Places to Eat
Let your children help plan your trip and check out local restaurants online. Choose places that welcome families and offer a kid’s menu and a relaxed atmosphere. Try the buttermilk fried chicken and mashed potatoes at Chicken Scratch. Grab a table outside where the kids can run around, too.
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The LOT is another Dallas eatery that offers an outdoor play area. If you left room for dessert, which kids always do, visit the Hypnotic Emporium soda fountain for an ice cream sandwich or a cloud cone.
With a little planning, your kids and family will enjoy every minute of your Dallas vacation when you implement these easy tips to make everyone happy and comfortable during your trip.