Bass Pro Shops {A Spot to Visit with Tots}

Lists of places to take toddlers in Dallas Fort Worth

Over the course of the week a pesky cold was passed from one family member to another, and successfully kept us confined indoors.  In fact, Mason missed his dental visit due to said cold.  Yesterday as everyone was on the mend, a thunderstorm rolled successfully holding us hostage.  Everyone (including me) was cranky and unpleasant.  We needed to go somewhere to restore our spirits.  There don’t seem to be many Thanksgiving family activities, but Christmas festivities are already in full force.  After cruising the Fort Worth Mom’s Blog for places to visit, I found a thorough listing of holiday venues.  Since Thanksgiving has not yet been celebrated, I could not bring myself to go all in on the Christmas cheer, but settled on taking the kids to the Bass Pro Shops.


Bass Pro Shops are available nationwide, check here for the location nearest to you


November 15 – December 24 during normal store hours


All activities are FREE!  Santa’s wonderland includes kid friendly crafts, games, a carousel ride, and a visit from the jolly old man himself.  Bass Pro Shops provide a complimentary 4 x 6 photo with Santa.  You may choose to purchase a complete package of photos with Santa or you can take snap shots with your own camera as well.

Favorite Features:

What’s not to love about FREE family entertainment?

The quads enjoyed taking a spin on the carousel.  Since all children under 42″ must be accompanied by an adult, three of our littles enjoyed their ride from Santa’s sleigh allowing me to supervise all of them.

Free Carousel at the Bass Pro Shops

Harper apparently felt slightly intimidated by the ride, but once it was in motion he settled down.  The fear of the unknown tends to get the better of him.

Free Carousel at the Bass Pro Shops

Free Carousel at the Bass Pro Shops

After taking a spin on the carousel, George demonstrated how to drive a remote control monster truck in the toy testing area.

Bass Pro Shop Monster truck

We weren’t willing to brave the line to visit Santa (and I just don’t like the idea of seeing Santa before Thanksgiving), but we did check out the aquarium.

Bass Pro Shop aquarium

Bass Pro Shop aquarium


If you plan on visiting Santa, see one of his elves first.  They have passes to get into the line at specific times, which will reduce your wait time.

Don’t forget to bring your own camera in case you’d like to snap pictures with Santa yourself.

Our trip to the Bass Pro Shops was a success in decreasing the tension and brightening our day.

After we celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to enjoy several of the local holiday scenes around town.  I’m really looking forward to celebrating our Christmas traditions with the quads since they can understand them now.

What are you hoping to do or see this season?