Traveling with a toddler can be nerve-wracking, especially if you have to fly alone with them. Miss Samantha and I have flown to Fort Worth twice now, this time she can walk and needs to have things to do. I grew up in Fort Worth Texas so I was very excited to show my daughter the things that I loved doing growing up! What can you really do with a walking toddler in Fort Worth Texas? Let’s see!
I spent so much time here as a child, we did pioneer days, prairie school, and just pretending while playing dress up. While Samantha couldn’t enjoy the historic cabins fully, it was fun to play outside, walk in the herb garden, and dig for wooden root vegetables. Holidays and spring break has more activities and there are always things for older children as well.
You might not think of IKEA as somewhere to go just for fun if you’ve never been in one. The store is set up with amazing little rooms, play stations throughout the store, and even a whole kids section with toys, coloring stations, and furniture.
The main reason my mother wanted to take us was the amazing and low-cost breakfast! Plus, free coffee for “IKEA family members” which is free to become! The employees were very nice, they had a craft event going for older children, and even free diapers in the restrooms and free lockers!
This park and pond hold a lot of special memories for our family. When my parents first started dating we would go there on family dates, after library trips, and every spring to see the new ducklings. Last year it was too hot and Samantha was too young. Sammy enjoyed running around, playing on the playground with her uncle, watching the ducks, and people watching. She did not approve of my attempts to feed her day-old goldfish crackers to the ducks; she promptly took them from hands, put them back in the box, and shut it. There is so much to do at this giant park with river access.
My mom always talks about this store and I really wanted to see what it was all about. I was not disappointed! The store has a wonderful selection of food and more glutenfree options than I have ever seen in one store. There is a little juice and coffee shop, a patio complete with fountain, and an outdoor play area that we spent the morning on with Grammy. Samantha loved the free fruit and looking at everything.
Fort Worth Central Library
Hands down, this was my favorite place to go growing up right up until I left Texas. We spent hours at this library, I even volunteered there from about age 10 to 16. The main floor is almost completely for children and teens. Everything is separated so that children and toddlers can be themselves without parents having to worry about forcing them to whisper. There is a discovery theater, a pre-school computer as well as regular computers for older children to use, and color stations. I truly miss this place and wish we had something similar where I live now.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
Since I was visiting during spring break, we didn’t go to the Botanical Gardens this year. We did go during my trip in August of 2017 though. This was one month before Sammy started walking but she still enjoyed it. The Rain Forest Conservatory is closed for renovations right now but it was magical when I was a child. 90% of the gardens are free, the exception is the Japanese Garden which is absolutely stunning. Our next trip I want Samantha to experience both since she’s walking like a pro.
For Next Time
Since it was Spring Break the week we visited there were a few things we decided to skip the hottest spots. Between the wait times, parking, and the hoards of people it just wasn’t worth the stress. The zoo was so packed that the highways had warning signs about the traffic and people were parking over a mile away just to get in. These are the top three places we want to visit next time!
Fort Worth Science Museum
Fort Worth Stockyards
What are your favorite toddler and kid-friendly places in Fort Worth or surroundings area?