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|Texas: Arlington, Family Vacation Ideas – Baseball, Waterslides and a Heart Full of Art.
Imagine a family vacation with action and plenty of fun. Arlington isn’t just about the Texas Rangers and Six Flags although they are part of the fun. The city offers a rich mix of vacation experiences and oodles of possibilities to make memories. From ballpark rubbings and sundaes with Scooby-Doo to art and live theatre for kids, the fun stuff is waiting.
Hit a homerun.
The Legends of the Game Baseball Museum and Children’s Learning Center offers visitors the chance to experience the game of baseball in a whole new way. In the Legends of the Game section exhibits include Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball, Heroes of the Negro Leagues, a replica of the KLIF radio broadcast booth, a special section on the early Texas League and more. The Learning Center offers interactive baseball fun for all, from finding the “sweet spot” on a bat and matching your wits against past United States presidents to learning how baseball relates to history, math, science geography, and communications, and doing “ballpark rubbings.” Discovery:
The Ballpark After Dark program offers kids (grades 1-5) and their families a chance to set up camp among the legends of baseball. The program includes an evening full of baseball activities including the opportunity to hit and pitch in the Rangers’ batting cages, tour the Museum, learn about sportsmanship and teamwork and finishes off with a light snack and a baseball movie. Bonus points:
Throughout the year the museum hosts Little Legends Story time for 3-5 year olds, which features a baseball-related preschool story, discussion, craft activity and time in the Learning Center and Museum. (The Legends of the Game Baseball Museum & Children’s Museum) Learning Center 100 Ballpark Way, 76011. (817) 273-5600
Check out the Cat’s meow.
Founded in 1977, Creative Arts Theatre & School (CATS) is one of the oldest operating youth theatres in the United States, and the only youth theatre in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that boasts the unique opportunity to see a production where everything from the acting to the lights, sound and crew is undertaken by youth. All of the shows are appropriate for families, and are a great opportunity to expose kids of all ages to the arts in a fun and creative setting. Discovery:
In the summer, CATS runs a series of week-long performance workshops for kids with such themes as A Hogwarts Tale, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Return to Narnia, Under the Sea and Crack Up Comedy. (Creative Arts Theatre & School 1100 West Randoll Mill Rd., 76012. (817) 861-2287
Ride a rollercoaster.
Six Flags over Texas is an industry standard when it comes to fun family theme parks. With over 50 rides, over 20 of which are designed for families to enjoy together, Six Flags is guaranteed to deliver a full day of family fun. Six Flags over Texas is the home to Cirque Dreams Coobrilia, a mesmerizing and electrifying theatrical spectacle – every performance is different, so repeat visitors will always find something new to be amazed by. New at Six Flags over Texas is the Tony Hawk’s Big Spin spinning rollercoaster, which spins in different directions simulating some of the twisted maneuvers Tony Hawk pulls off when he skateboards. Discovery:
Kids will love the Sundaes with Scooby-Doo attraction, which invites kids to build their own one-of-a-kind sundae and then hang out with Scooby. Bonus points: Several of the rides are specifically designed with small children in mind, to ensure that everyone has a great day at the park. Detailed information on all of the rides, including intensity level and type, can be found online at the Six Flags over Texas website. (Six Flags over Texas 2201 Road to Six Flags, 76011. (817) 530-6000
Beat the heat.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has plenty of water-based fun for the whole family. The newest attraction is the Mega Wedgie, which invites guests to dare the four-story high, 83-foot wide slide which offers the thrill of “zero gravity” as it propels passengers down the massive slide. Ten of the water park’s attractions are designed to be enjoyed as a family, while two rides are specifically crafted for the little ones to enjoy either on their own or with their parents. For those traveling with teens, thrill seekers need not despair, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is home to some of the tallest, fastest, wettest and craziest water rides in the country. Bonus points:
Six Flags Hurricane harbor offers the opportunity for families to reserve their own shady spot at one of the 12 shaded cabanas available daily, which feature a table and chairs, private food service and other amenities. (Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 1800 E. Lamar Blvd., 76011. (817) 530-6000
Get spaced out.
The Planetarium at UT Arlington is the biggest and the best in the DFW metroplex, with a 60 foot diameter dome, a state of the art Digistar 3 CRT projection system and a seating capacity of 165 people. Shows at the Planetarium range from regular displays of the night sky to more eclectic offerings such as Stars of the Pharaohs (also offered in Spanish) and Rock Hall of Fame. Discovery:
In October, the Planetarium offers a special Halloween show entitled Spooky Skies. Bonus point:
Budding astronomers can check out the Planetarium’s website for information on eclipses, including dates and times of upcoming eclipses and photos from eclipses around the world. (The Planetarium at UT Arlington 700 Planetarium Place, 76019.(817) 272-1183
Take the stage.
Theatre Arlington has been bringing live theatre to Arlington for 35 years. With nine shows a year, ranging from musicals and comedies to dramas and youth shows, there is something for everyone. This summer there are three separate youth shows (shows by youth, for youth) on the Theatre Arlington stage – including Narnia the Musical, which premieres in August. Discovery:
Theatre Arlington offers several great summer camp options, including a Play and Pretend Camp, Adventures in Theatre Camp and a Center Stage Camp. In February and March of 2009, Theatre Arlington will feature Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., a fast-moving fun musical based on the educational cartoon series. (Theatre Arlington 305 W. Main Street, 76010. (817) 275-7661
Putting the art in the Texas.
Arlington Museum of Art is the oldest art organization in Arlington which aims to investigate art from around the world, encourage emerging artists and encourage creative thought by providing direct exposure to art for all ages. Upcoming exhibits include Texas Artist of the Year David Keens, Quilt Mania and a wildlife art show. Visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours of the museum, most of which are offered free of charge – all self-guided tours are available in both children and adult format. Discovery:
FM Weekly’s annual Best of the Metroplex Reaser’s poll selected the Arlington Museum of Art as the “Best Kids Art Experience” in the DFW area. Bonus points:
The museum has a variety of free and fee-based education programs for children, families and adults, and in the summer the museum runs the Kool Kids Summer Art Camp which is a series of week-long, half-day art camps geared to each age group. (Arlington Museum of Art 201 West Main St., 76011. (817) 275-4600
Go green as grass.
The River Legacy Living Science Center offers lots of education programs to children of all ages (and even some for adults), with the goal of making ecological education fun, and passing ecological knowledge on to future generations. Tailored for individual age groups (kindergarten through eighth grade), the Center offers field investigations which look at the plant and animal life and the environments of River Legacy Park. Summer classes are also available, and are also tailored to age groups. Discovery:
Throughout the year the Center hosts special events, such as a Boat Building school and Cardboard Boat Regatta (March), a Caddy Shack Scramble (September) and the fun After Dark in the Park (October). Bonus points:
The center also offers self-guided tour information for those who want to investigate the animal and plant life found along the paths and trails of River Legacy Park on their own. (The River Legacy Living Science Center 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76006. (817) 860-6752
Arlington Texas is “Fun Central”. Go to their website and click on “Funtastic Family Packages. You see super family vacation packages for Six Flags, Texas Rangers, Hurricane Harbor, and more. For more family vacation ideas contact Arlington CVB toll-free 1-800-433-5374, toll-free 1-800-342-4305
or log on to www.Arlington.org
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