Summer is in full swing, and for many kids, the boredom is already setting in. Don’t let another summer pass with your children spending their time in front of the television. Planning a day trip or weekly “adventure” for your children will help keep both their bodies and their brains active.

To help plan a summer you and your kids won’t forget, we’ve put together a list of our three favorite day trip locations in and around the Dallas area.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center - Located in Glen Rose, Texas, just 90 minutes from Dallas, Fossil Rim is a drive-through nature center.  When you arrive, you are able to purchase animal snacks and feed to lure the zebras, giraffes and other exotic creatures right up to your vehicle for a close up. The kids will love getting up close and personal with the animals who are able to roam the grounds, rather than being trapped in a cage.

Admission prices to Fossil Rim are $20.95 for adults during the week, $22.95 on the weekends. Admission for children 3-11 is $13.95 during the week and $16.95 on the weekends. Children under two are free.

Dallas World Aquarium - The Dallas World Aquarium is located near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas. The aquarium features marine species from around the world, a South Africa exhibit and a tunnel filled with sharks and rays as well as a rainforest exhibit. You may not be able to take your kids to the ocean for a day, but you can certainly bring the ocean to them with a trip to the Dallas World Aquarium.

After your trip to the aquarium, take the kids for a walk down Market Street in the historic West End district for a taste of the Old West.

Admission prices to the aquarium are $20.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 3-11. Children under two are free. There are also annual memberships and senior prices available.

Fort Worth Botanical Gardens - The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens are the oldest botanical gardens in the state of Texas, featuring 109 acres of more than 2500 native and exotic plants. There are 21 specialty gardens, and admission is only charged for the conservatory and Japanese Garden. Admission to the other gardens is free.

Cut the cost of your summer adventures by packing a Take Away Chef boxed lunch, rather than eating at any of the over-priced restaurants and cafes found at each of these locations. Our Take Away Chef menu features premium casseroles, enchiladas, a variety of poultry dishes and old-fashioned lasagna. For more info on our Take Away Chef menu or other services, contact S&S Catering

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