Parenting is hard. The daily grind of school, work, homework, dinner, bath, extra-curricular activities, brief weekend and repeat can become exhausting for even the most seasoned parent. Intentionally planning your weekend retreats with your family can give you both a reprieve from the weekday routine and create lasting memories. DFW is often known for sports venues, bars/clubs and tourist attractions. In recent years, DFW businesses have focused on a family friendly environment to help parents create those memories while relaxing from the day to day routines of life.
Check out these 3 Family Friendly spots this weekend and create some lasting memories!
1) Alley cats
With two convenient locations (Hurst and Arlington) this family entertainment center has it all! In Arlington, you can spend the afternoon outdoors with some Putt-Putt or get some practice swings in the batting cages. Indoors you can hit the lane on their upgraded bowling alley lanes complete with a full-service bar! The arcade has a range of games both for kids and adults. Minecraft, Hot Wheels Racing, Virtual Reality and Axe Throwing can all be found in this state of the art arcade. Laser Tag and Rock Wall climbing can round our your afternoon of fun.
The Hurst location offers all the same amenities as Arlington with the addition of carnival style midway rides and Go-Karts! The outdoors space at Alleycats Hurst is unique from many of its local competitors. This spot definitely has something for everyone!
If you are looking for a more upscale, VIP outing, check out the Hurst locations Upper Alley. Equipped with a private bar, lanes, TV's and a lounge area, this is the perfect spot for an adults only night out!
2) mainstay farm
Located in Cleburne, Mainstay Farm Park is an experience unlike any other you can find in DFW. The park alone offers such an array of family fun activities that you would be hard pressed to have anyone along for the ride not find something they loved doing. A Texas sized Ferris Wheel welcomes you when pulling up and sets the tone for your entire experience. Attractions on site you do not want to miss (other than of course the Ferris Wheel) include: Texas-Sized Tube Slide, Mazes, Pedal Carts and of the Tree House! Each attraction is sure to leave you and your family with a lasting memory with the added bonus of burning some youthful energy.
The food and beverage options are excellent as well. Burgers, hot dogs, tacos and more! Mainstay Farm offers a variety of adult and kid-friendly eating options. For drinks, try a classic glass bottle Dr. Pepper or a float complete with Melt Ice Cream. Parents, they have options for you too. Wine tastings and glasses are available year-round as well made on site and served in The Tasting Room, you are sure to find a wine you'll love.
3) hat creek burgers
Originally Austinites, the team at Hat Creek Burgers has brought their operation to the DFW area with now 7 locations across DFW. This unique setup has the best of both worlds: food and fun! Enjoy one of their signature burgers paired with a cold beer or a speciality shake while your kids burn some energy on the playground. The indoor-outdoor feel of the patio is perfect for Fall weather with TV's showing your favorite ballgames this is a must stop addition to DFW.
The notion of living for the weekend does not have to ring true for your family. Finding ways to break up your routine and introduce memorable family fun moments is a great way to keep you all connected and energized day to day. Find a spot you and your kids love and make family fun part of your weekly routine!