New parents are often excited about their new babies and look forward to teaching them about life, introducing them to the world and watching them grow up. Different than toddlers, infants cannot participate in many children’s activities yet, because they cannot walk or speak. However, there are many infant-specific activities available in the Dallas area that offer learning opportunities and the chance for new parents to spend time with their little ones.
Located on the shoreline of White Rock Lake near downtown, the Dallas Arboretum features many seasonal-specific activities and programs for babies. It has Mommy and Me Mondays, which typically includes face painting, music, a petting zoo and picnicking opportunities. There are many activities during the fall season, such as a pumpkin patch and daily hay rides. This location also features botanical gardens and summertime evening concerts that are ideal family outings.
Dallas Arboretum 8525 Garland Road Dallas, TX 75218 214-515-6500 dallasarboretum.com
This city zoo has numerous exhibits, including a children’s zoo, aquarium, monorail system, and the Wilds of Africa, featuring elephants, tigers, monkeys and more. The 95-acre zoo has strollers and wagons available, as well as older children’s programs for toddlers and kids. There is also a carousel and food court at the zoo, making it perfect for a whole day of family fun. There is no admission fee for kids under the age of two.
Dallas Zoo 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E) Dallas, TX 75203 214-670-5656 dallaszoo.com
Angelika Film Center and Cafe
The Angelika is located on Mockingbird Lane near Southern Methodist University and popular Greenville Avenue. It features many indie and foreign language films, and even sells gourmet coffee and cocktails at the café. This theater also offers Crybaby Matinees, which is a program designed for parents and infants. The featured movies are independent films, but the theater is set up for parents, with low lighting to assist with nursing moms. Crying babies are regular occurrences, so parents don’t have to worry about disturbing other moviegoers.
Angelika Film Center and Cafe 5321 East Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 214-841-4700 angelikafilmcenter.com
Emler Swim School
This swim school has several metroplex locations and offers classes for infants and toddlers. The Waterbabies class is designed for babies from six to 35 months with no water skills, and it teaches babies underwater breath control. Parents are taught how to use games and songs to teach their babies how to swim. The Advanced Waterbabies class teaches infants how to swim and move through the water. Both classes involve parents and their infants, and there are numerous classes for toddlers and older children.
Frisco Location 7151 Preston Road Frisco, TX 75034 972-599-7946 iswimemler.com
Plano Location 4621 West Park Blvd., Ste. 104 Plano, TX 75093 972-599-7946 iswimemler.com
Preston Forest Location 11909 Preston Road, Ste. 1422 Dallas, TX 75230 972-851-7946 iswimemler.com