Cool Ideas for Beating the Summer Heat

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    Elizabeth Ramirez, 7, plays in a water fountain in front of an office building in downtown Dallas, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Even though high temperatures are expected to top 100 today and into the weekend, a security guard from the office building told children to stop playing in the water after about 10 minutes of fun. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    As the temps heat up, North Texans are seeking refuge inside where it's cool.

    We've compiled a list of unique and affordable ideas to help you get through the dog days of summer.

    Indoor Play Areas:

    The Ark at First Baptist Coppell

    Grapevine CAC Preschool Playtime

    Paradise Pond

    The Tubes @ Irving Bible Church

    Lewisville Playplace

    Playplace at Galleria Dallas


    Crow Collection of Asian Art

    Kimbell Art Museum

    African American Museum of Dallas

    Morton Meyerson Symphony Center Tours


    M-Line Trolley - Dallas

    Other Free Activities: