As the temperature begins to rise here in North Texas, everyone is looking for fun activities that keep the kiddos not only entertained, but cool as well. A great option for kids eight years old and under is Grapevine’s latest exhibit, Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites. Located inside Grapevine’s Tower Gallery, this experience highlights and engages the six pre-reading skills identified by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Services to Children: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills and comprehension.

The neat thing about the exhibit is that the learning continues after the experience. Families in the community have loved this exhibit because it allows families to connect and read together at home while building those necessary pre-reading skills in a fun and interactive way. Below are comparisons between the seven stories and how they can be tied back to other activities in Grapevine to spur more summertime fun!

  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a popular 1902 children’s story, and your kids can learn more about children growing up in Grapevine in the early 1900s next door at the Settlement to City Museums. We also have a real farm here in Grapevine just like where Peter Rabbit lived – Grapevine’s Nash Farm has real-life chickens, scarecrows, rocking chairs and everything in between to provide that turn of the century nostalgia.

  1. The Snowy Day

We might not be getting snow anytime soon, but the winter season will be here before you know it! Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capital of Texas and families can see popular characters at ICE! At the Gaylord Texan along with experiencing more winter magic at Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge this winter season.

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

If you love getting outside to see trees, water and flowers, then the Grapevine Botanical Gardens is truly a treasure for your family to visit after reading about the fun and eclectic wildlife in this popular childhood favorite. Also, if you look carefully during your next trip to the Rainforest Café, you may just spot a coconut tree or two among all the tropical greenery.

  1. Abuela

Just like Rosalba and her Abuela adventuring New York City, your family and kids will love the rich history and entertaining activities here in Grapevine. Grab some fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market and have a picnic on Grapevine Lake or go back in time at Grapevine’s Vintage Railroad’s Cotton Belt Depot to ride along the Historic Cotton Belt Route.

  1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Let’s be real – what child doesn’t love cookies or sweet treats? Enjoy lunch at Main Street Bistro and Bakery where delicious French pastries are baked to perfection every morning. For more options, Judy Pie offers a variety of sweet and savory pies.

  1. Tuesday

For those that love the classic story in Tuesday, kids and adults can watch sea creatures at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. Fans of the story can also witness the Would-Be Train Robbers, Not Barret and Willy Majors, in their special show high atop the Grapevine Glockenspiel Tower.

  1. Where’s Spot?

Hmmm looks like we’ve got some mysteries to solve! Make sure to check-out Grapevine’s award winning escape rooms at Grapevine Escape, Corky’s Gaming Bistro or The Escape Game at Grapevine Mills for unlimited fun and entertainment.

Summertime in Grapevine is overflowing with safe and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy during the week and on weekends! Tickets for Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites are available online and at the Visitor Information Center. Admission is only $2 (free for 12 months and under) or complimentary if families have a Grapevine Pioneers Storybook Adventures Passport.

Happy reading and adventuring!