2018 Spring Bucket List of Outdoor Adventures

With warmer weather and longer days, we are always looking for an excuse to get out of the house. While dining al Fresco is a great option for just spending time with friends, sometimes you need something a little different when smaller family members are around or if you want to include your furry family members! 


When you’re put on the spot it can be hard to think of fun, new things to do for a night out. To help answer the “what-do-you-want-to-do” endless circle of questions, we’ve prepared the 2018 Spring Bucket List of Outdoor Adventures upcoming events in our metroplex! 

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  1. Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum: Featuring one of the largest floral festivals in the southwest, the Dallas Arboretum is home to more than 500,000 blooming flowers. This is a great place for your budding gardener to seek out new plant options or to snap a few spring photos for the grandparents!

  2. Safari Nights at the Dallas Zoo: Bring your dancing shoes to the zoo! Throughout the spring and summer bands will be filling the zoo with music. Come for the animals and stay for the tunes!

  3. Friday Night on the Green: If you’re looking for a lazy Friday night spent relaxing with good music, head to Magnolia Green in Fort Worth. This once-monthly concert series is going on its 10th year! In addition to music there’s also food and drink available.
  4. Baseball: Springtime means baseball time! North Texas has both major and minor league teams so there’s something for everyone. Head to Arlington to cheer on the Rangers or be on the look-out for promotional nights at the Roughriders that allow kids to run the bases before the game. Hit the concession stands, and you won’t have to plan dinner for a night!
  5. Dallas Pizza Fest: Have you ever met a kid that didn’t like pizza? Head to the Dallas Pizza Fest to get your fill and to taste samples from more than 20 local and national pizza restaurants. Also, if you have a child that seems to be a bottomless pit, there’s a pizza eating contest with a prize of $250!

  6. Dog Bowl: If your “kids” have four legs and are covered in fur, then head to the Cotton Bowl for the annual Dog Bowl! Here you can unleash your dog and let them run through agility courses, splash in kiddie pools and meet other canine friends. This event is open to dogs of all sizes.

  7. Dallas Children’s Theater: Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s theaters in the country, the Dallas Children’s Theater is a great option for rainy days. The Jungle Book will be featured next month, so get your tickets early for this childhood classic!

  8. Splash Parks: In Texas we know the mild spring weather won’t last long. As it gives way to the brutal heat, cool off at one of the dozens of splash pads in the area. While Celebration Park in Allen is a little bit of a drive, it’s worth the excursion. Boasting over 99 acres, this playground/park/splash pad will keep your kids entertained and, by the end of the day, wear them out!

  9. Six Flags: If everything is bigger in Texas, then Arlington, Texas must have the biggest and fasted rides in the country. Right? For a treat, take your kids to the amusement park and ride the roller coasters until you get dizzy from the fun of it all!

  10. Create your own adventure: One of the best parts of longer nights is the ability to come up with great family adventures on your own. Start your own family traditions that live on year to year. Let us know what you come up with! 

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