Round Up the Kids and Take a Day Trip on DART

Posted on Jun 5, 2019 by donncoburn

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These kid-friendly, DARTable staycation destinations will turn a summer weekday morning or afternoon into an excursion. 

Beat the kids at Skee-Ball®

At NickelMania in Carrollton, it’s all about the classic arcade games. Well over 100 games provide a blast from the past for parents, and – who knows – maybe a different kind of challenge for kids. Can you get the high score? Find out by taking Bus Route 534 departing from Addison Transit Center and getting off at Trinity Mills and Midway Road in Carrollton. 

A walk-through history

The Farmers Branch Historical Park is a 27-acre outdoor gem that is both park and museum, and features numerous 19th-century buildings, including a train depot, school and old church. If you want to follow your visit with evening entertainment, just cross the street, where you’ll find a more than 60-year-old fire station converted into The Firehouse Theatre, a mainstay local performance venue. The park is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station

Express yourself

For a creative experience, head to Downtown Garland Station. Only two blocks away, you’ll find Painting with a Twist, a kid-friendly paint-and-sip (juice, of course) studio. Get step-by-step instruction from talented local artists and leave with your own one-of-a-kind creation. Check the business’ calendar for frequent “all ages” events. 

Head to Las Colinas.

For the price of DART passes, you can explore the Mandalay Canals, inspired by the famous Italian city of Venice, but easier to reach. The canals wind through the Las Colinas Urban Center, and you might even catch sight of a gondola. Walk the trail around Lake Carolyn or Toyota Music Factory, which offers movies, music and more. 

Time travel.

Kids love trains. But even many adults don’t know that Texas was once linked by passenger rail. Spend your summer staycation learning about our railroad roots at the Interurban Railway Museum, located in Haggard Park adjacent to Downtown Plano Station. You’ll also learn about electricity and science and tour a historic rail car. Afterward, enjoy some outdoor time in the park, stroll the shops and restaurants around 15th Street, or check out the historic homes in the Haggard Park Heritage District.


Building a Better Experience for You! DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation.

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