Want to show your kids a good time without breaking the bank? Tyler offers a variety of opportunities for free family fun. Here’s a short list to get your started:
Tyler Museum of Art
TMA offers free admission the 2nd Saturday of each month for Family Days.
Strap on your bike helmet and hit the trails for some great off-road riding. Or if biking’s not your thing, take advantage of their tennis courts, picnic and playground areas, fishing pond, and sprayground — all for free!
Brookshire’s Park and Wildlife Museum
Our kids love the big fire engine on the playground, the various animals in the museum, and (especially) the 5-cent candy at the general store. The park has been recently revamped with lots of new playground equipment, plentiful picnic tables, and large canopies for protection from rain or sun.
Green Acres Baptist Church Library
You do not have to be a member of GABC to enjoy their wonderful library. In addition to books, they have a wide selection of movies and audio tapes.
Home Depot Kids Clinics
Kids can build a free wooden project at Home Depot the 1st Saturday of every month — just show up between the hours of 9am and noon.
East Texas Symphony Orchestra
Don’t let squirmy kids or pricey tickets keep you from enjoying the beautiful music of the ETSO. There are free open rehearsals at The Cowan Center in the afternoons before each performance. Call box office for dates and time.
Fun Forest Pool and Sprayground
Free admission and free swim lessons are offered during the summer months at this community pool. See website for hours of operation (closed Sun-Mon).
There’s always something going on at Bergfeld — art shows, free concerts, outdoor movies, ballet performances, 5K races, Easter egg hunts, family festivals, flag football matches, etc. Check their calendar of events for details.
Want more ideas of fun stuff to do in East Texas? Check out the great list of resources on Dr. Wick’s website: http://www.doctorwick.com/tyleratoz.html
And if you plan on dining out while you’re in town, check out our list of Tyler-area restaurants where kids eat free!