We took our boys to see the Trains at NorthPark this weekend, and were pleasantly surprised at all the family-friendly happenings at the mall.  Plus it was simply beautiful out and we got to sit outside by the courtyard.  Win! (Bread Winners and La Duni both have outdoor patios at the courtyard, which is a great open space).  We didn’t get any shopping done (tough to do that with two boys) but we enjoyed looking, got some ideas, and we all left happy.


Thinking about checking this out?  Here’s the scoop.

Trains at North Park

Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the Trains at NorthPark take up an entire storefront at the mall.  The exhibit is open November 19 – January 8, 2016. You have to pay to enter ($7 adults, $3 ages 2-12 and 65+) but it’s going to a great cause. There are more trains going around and around than we could count, with lots of city set-ups – Dallas, Washington DC, Albuquerque, New York City and more.  It’s great fun to see it all.

trains1 trains2trains4


The big guy is available for photos (he’s got a real beard) and does storytimes Monday – Saturday at 10:30am and Sundays at noon.  You can take photos on your own or purchase professional shots.  Hours here.

Puppet Shows

There are TWO puppet theaters at the mall, one on each floor – Scrooge & Santa’s Toy Shoppe.  One or the other has a show every half hour in the afternoons.  Check times here.


Starting Wednesday, December 2nd there are dance/choral/band performances happening.  Check the performance schedule here.


Need inspiration for your gingerbread house projects?  We love seeing what the professionals can do!  Gingertown will be outside near Nordstrom starting December 1st, and on the 5th & 6th kids can decorate gingerbread cookies for $10/child (proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need).  More info here.

And More!

When we were there an awesome balloon man was working (we got a bow and arrow balloon, and it worked!) as well as a singer/storyteller.  There are also dogs to adopt, a bake sale (12/19), a fashion exhibit, a Salvation Army Angel Tree and kettles, and probably some other things too.


Dogs available for adoption


live ducks and turtles (my little kid is quacking at them, one of his talents)


At lunch, with the CenterPark Garden behind us


Lunchtime selfie with my big kid

If you’re looking for a low-key, mostly indoor outing this is a great option.  There are also plenty of indoor restaurants, a Lego store, and (of course) lots of other stores as well.  This mall isn’t that close, but it’s a fun trip…especially if the weather is nice!

NorthPark Center
8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX