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Beat the Heat at EpicCentral

With summer turning North Texas into a sizzling skillet, you might be desperate to find ways to keep the kids cool and entertained before they melt into a puddle. Here’s how you can beat the heat and have a blast at the EpicCentral Entertainment District in Grand Prairie, Texas, with family-friendly activities. Having hosted over two million visit occasions in 2023, EpicCentral has emerged as a new hot spot in Dallas-Fort Worth, even when “hot” is not what you’re looking for.

Come Early. Stay Late for Cool Adventures.

As the sun rises, start your day climbing, jumping, and spinning at PlayGrand Adventures before the heat sets in. This gigantic (and free!) playground offers a safe, fun experience of epic proportions for all ages and abilities with multiple shaded areas. The playground includes adventure areas designed to stimulate, challenge, and encourage the development of various skills.

After sunset, when cooler temperatures arrive, the one-of-a-kind Illuvia water show springs to life with its dazzling colors, dynamic water jets, and immersive experience. Illuvia is a thrill for kids of all ages and is free to the public seven days a week. The full water, lights, music, and video projection experiences run at 8:30 PM, 9:30 PM, and 10:30 PM. It draws a huge crowd, so we’ve added a few tips on parking here.

In Between, Head Indoors During the Heat of the Day.

Voted the #2 Indoor Waterpark in America by USA Today, Epic Waters is an 80,000-square-foot waterpark that provides a perfect climate regardless of the weather outside. There’s something for everyone, from toddlers to thrill-seekers. Experience the adrenaline rush on some of the country’s tallest and fastest indoor water slides. Enjoy a variety of attractions like the lazy river and interactive children’s play area, making it ideal for all ages. Take a break at the on-site café or relax in one of the cabanas for a complete day of fun and comfort. For those wanting to soak up some rays while the kids are floating down the indoor lazy river, they have an outdoor wave pool for that. Tickets can be purchased here.

Bolder Adventure Park is a one-of-a-kind indoor family entertainment center featuring over 66,000 square feet of climbing, zipping, sliding, skating, blasting, bumping, and free-falling! This is the only place in North Texas where you can experience 18 genuinely unique attractions, each tiered based on the level of adventure you want to tackle: green, blue, black diamond, double black diamond. Bolder even has an arcade with more than 50 of the latest games. The park is designed with the highest safety standards, ensuring a secure environment for adventurous kids and adults alike. Bolder Adventure Park provides an excellent opportunity for kids to burn off energy without burning up. Get your tickets here.

The Epic is more than just a community rec center. It offers a blend of physical, creative, and entertainment activities, making it a one-stop destination for family fun. Parents and kids can find activities that match their interests and energy levels. From a fully equipped gym to group exercise classes, there’s something to keep every family member active. Explore the arts and crafts room, recording studio, and culinary kitchen for a well-rounded recreational experience. It also has a multi-purpose pool, with kids play area too. The Epic is a community-focused environment where families can stay active and connected. The range of programs and facilities ensures that there’s always something new and exciting to try. Find out about memberships here.

So, don’t let the heat win. As one of DFW’s newest entertainment districts, EpicCentral is the coolest place to beat North Texas’ summer heat. See you soon!

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