Sites for Parents


Baby Center –
Find information on pregnancy, children’s health, parenting & more, including expert advice & weekly newsletters that detail your child’s development from preconception to 9 years.

Kids in Mind –
This site enables adults to determine whether a movie is appropriate for them or their children according to their own criteria. Unlike the MPAA, they do not assign a rating based on age but 3 objective ratings for Sex/Nudity, Violence/Gore, and Profanity, on a scale of 0 to 10, and explains in detail why a film rates high or low in a specific category

Family Fun & Entertainment –  
With links to a multitude of sources in many subjects, this site links parents and caregivers to a plethora of information. Opportunities for communication such as blogs and message boards, recipes, special needs resources, and much more are found here. Advertisements are present, but can be skipped over at times.

Pampers Parenting Institute
Information from T. Berry Brazelton and other experts on infant and toddler care. –
Provides parents of school-aged children with free access to information and resources to give them the answers they need — plus activities and articles that make learning together more fun for everyone.

Early Childhood Intervention
ECI is a Texas-wide program supporting families with children from birth to three years with developmental delays and disabilities.


Early Literacy

Birth to Six –
Includes information about early literacy skills and how to help your child get ready to read as well as how to read to different ages: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Booklists are provided. Discusses the role reading plays in brain development. Provides information about early childhood resources and programs, including Early Words.

Get Ready to Read –
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. The initiative provides an easy-to-administer, research-based screening tool to early childhood educators, child care providers, and parents in order to help them prepare all children to learn to read and write.

Ready at Five
Parent newsletters and school readiness activities.

Reading is Fundamental
How to choose good books, create a literacy-rich home, and motivate your child to read.

Story Blocks
Children get ready to read long before they start Kindergarten. You can help by singing, talking, and playing with the children in your care. Watch these brief videos to learn fun songs and rhymes, and how they help build readers!

Zero to Three
Complete early literacy guide for parents and caregivers.


Internet Safety

Child Safety on the Information Highway –
A guide to Internet safety for parents and kids, originally from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association. Offers a quiz for kids on Internet safety.

Connect Safely
If you have concerns about social media and how your children are using it, this site provides some help and guidelines for parents. 


Family Fun in DFW  


Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas



Cowtown Cattlepen Maze –

Dallas Farmers Market –

Sandy Lake Amusement Park –

Six Flags Over Texas –

South Fork Ranch –

Stockyards Station –

Tarantula Train-

Texas Motor Speedway –          


Historical Sites

Chestnut Square Historic Village – McKinney

Fair Park – Dallas

Florence Ranch Homestead – Mesquite
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic Dist. – Fort Worth

Garland Landmark Museum – Garland

Heard-Craig House – McKinney

Irving Heritage House – Irving

Log Cabin Village – Fort Worth

Marty Leonard Community Chapel at Lena Pope Home – Fort Worth

McKinney Avenue Trolley – Dallas

Old Bedford School – Bedford

Old Red Courthouse/Museum – Dallas

Sundance Square – Fort Worth

Thanks-Giving Square – Dallas

Thistle Hill House Museum – Fort Worth Thistle Hill House Museum

West End Historical District – Dallas


Nature and Gardens

Campión Trails – Irving

Cedar Ridge Preserve – Dallas

Clark Gardens Botanical Park – Weatherford

Connemara Conservancy – Allen

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Dallas

Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Fort Worth

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge – Fort Worth

Fort Worth Water Gardens – Fort Worth

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – McKinney

River Legacy Living Science Center – Arlington

Texas Discovery Gardens – Dallas



African American Museum, The – Dallas

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum – Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth

Arlington Museum of Art – Arlington

Cattle Raisers Museum – Fort Worth

Cavanaugh Flight Museum – Addison

Dallas Center for Contemporary Art – Dallas

Dallas Holocaust Museum – Dallas

Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History – Fort Worth

Hall of State at Fair Park – Dallas

Heritage Farmstead Museum – Plano

International Museum of Cultures – Dallas

Kimbell Art Museum – Fort Worth

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area – Lewisville
Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Grand Prairie

Madi Museum and Gallery – Dallas

Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center – Mansfield

Mary Kay Museum – Addison

Meadows Museum of Art – Dallas

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Fort Worth

Museum of Nature & Science – Dallas

Museum of the American Railroad, The – Dallas

Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – Fort Worth

National Scouting Museum – Irving

North Texas History Center – McKinney

Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery – Fort Worth

Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art -Fort Worth

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The – Dallas

Stockyards Museum – Fort Worth

Texas Civil War Museum – Fort Worth

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame – Fort Worth

Texas Fashion Collection – Denton

Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection – Denton

Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, The – Dallas

Vintage Flying Museum – Fort Worth

White Settlement Historical Museum – White Settlement

Women’s Museum, The – Dallas


Parks and Recreation

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Fort Worth

Mesquite Championship Rodeo – Mesquite

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo – Denton

Stockyard Championship Rodeo – Fort Worth

Texas Parks & Wildlife – Texas



Noble Planetarium – Fort Worth

Planetarium at UT Arlington, The – Arlington

University of North Texas Sky Theater Planetarium – Denton

Theater and Performing Arts

Actors Conservatory Theatre – Lewisville

ArtCentre of Plano – Plano

Artisan Center Theatre – Hurst

Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth

Bath House Cultural Center – Dallas
Casa Mañana’s Children’s Playhouse – Fort Worth
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts – Richardson

Circle Theatre – Fort Worth

Creative Arts Theatre – Arlington

Dallas Children’s Theatre – Dallas

Dallas Summer Musicals – Dallas

Dallas Theater Center – Dallas

Denton Community Theatre – Denton

Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra – Flower Mound

Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater – Flower Mound

Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Fort Worth

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Fort Worth

Frisco Area Children’s Theater – Frisco

Frisco Community Theater – Frisco

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre – Lewisville

Heard Craig Hall – McKinney

Hip Pocket Theatre – Fort Worth

Jubilee Theater – Fort Worth

Kids Who Care – Fort Worth

Lewisville Lake Symphony – Flower Mound

Majestic Theatre, The – Dallas

McKinney Performing Arts Center – McKinney
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas

Music Hall at Fair Park – Dallas

Ohlook Performing Arts Center – Grapevine

Plano Children’s Theater – Plano

Pocket Sandwich Theatre – Dallas

RCT – Repertory Company Theatre – Richardson

Runway Theatre – Grapevine

Stage West – Fort Worth

Teatro Dallas – Dallas

Theatre Arlington – Arlington

Theatre Coppell – Coppell

Theatre Three – Dallas

Verizon Theater (NOKIA Theatre) – Grand Prairie

WaterTower Theatre – Addison


Dallas Zoo – Dallas

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Glen Rose

Frank Buck Zoo – Gainesville

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch – Pilot Point



Last Updated: BAO december 2015

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