Cool Ideas for Beating the Summer Heat

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Thursday, Aug 4, 2011  |  Updated 10:36 AM CDT
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Dog Days of Summer 2011 - Gallery IV

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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)

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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
http://www.fbccoppell.org/the-ark

Grapevine CAC Preschool Playtime
www.gvpard.com

Paradise Pond
http://www.fbcgrapevine.com/groups/children/paradise-pond/

The Tubes @ Irving Bible Church
http://www.irvingbible.org/

Lewisville Playplace
http://www.vistaridgemall.com/dining-entertainment/old-town-lewisville-play-town

Playplace at Galleria Dallas
http://www.galleriadallas.com/

Museums:

Crow Collection of Asian Art
http://www.crowcollection.org

Kimbell Art Museum
https://www.kimbellart.org/index.aspx

African American Museum of Dallas
http://www.aamdallas.org/

Morton Meyerson Symphony Center Tours
http://www.dallasculture.org/meyersonsymphonycenter/

Transportation:

M-Line Trolley - Dallas
http://www.mata.org/

Other Free Activities:

TourTexas.com
http://www.tourtexas.com/content.cfm?id=136

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