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Unique family activities in DFW

How fast can you make it through the Ninjago Training Camp laser maze?
How fast can you make it through the Ninjago Training Camp laser maze? Legoland Discovery Center

Sometimes it’s difficult to find activities that the whole family can enjoy. Fortunately for Dallas-Fort Worth parents, there’s a plethora of unique events and exhibits in the area that will keep all ages engaged. Here are my recommendations:

For the foodie family

For the first, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival will have a family friendly event as part of the four-day culinary celebration. The Family Sunday Funday will include some famous North Texas food trucks, live music and lots of fun. Each ticket includes a taste from each truck plus two beverages.

Recommended for: All ages

Good to know: No refunds for this event in the case of a rainout. Children ages 12 and older must purchase a ticket; 11 and younger are free.

When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015

Where: Coyote Drive-In, 223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76164

Cost: $50 per person


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For the ninja family

For a limited time, Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine is offering Ninjago Training Camp. Based on the popular line of Ninjago Lego toys, the camp allows visitors to show off their ninja skills with interactive features.

Recommended for: All ages

Good to know: Ninjago Training Camp activities are included in admission price. Advance booking recommended.

Where: Legoland Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine

Cost: $21 per person, ages 3 and older; children ages 2 and younger are free. To purchase special discounted tickets visit


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For the problem-solving family

Families can participate in the science of sleuthing and solve a "whodunit" in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Perot museum. Guests can venture to Baker Street to collect clues and solve a crime using the same investigative tools that Holmes used.

Recommended for: All ages

Good to know: You can also catch 3D showings of films including Tornado Alley 3D and Deepsea Challenge.

When: Through May. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas

Cost: $21-$29

Info: 214-428-5555;

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For the nature-loving family

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas opens to the public on the first Saturday of the month for tours of exhibits. BRIT First Saturdays also include self-guided exploration stations and story times in the children’s library.

Recommended for: All ages

Good to know: BRIT hosts a monthly farmers market on the first Saturday of each month from April through October.

When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4 and May 2

Where: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-3400

Cost: Free!


Maricar Estrella, 817-390-7720

Twitter: @maricare

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