Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues


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In the Upper East Side of Texas there are plenty of places with activities to keep the dark days of winter fun for families and friends. There are the usual like movie theaters, game rooms, and bowling alleys — some with extra things to do like laser tag, virtual reality snowball fights, and jump zones. Here are a few other ideas sure to beat the winter blues.

1. Escape Rooms

Over the past few years Escape Rooms began appearing around the region, drawing in friends and families as they challenge themselves in a game of wits and intelligence in an attempt to escape the “trap.” Rooms are set up with a series of puzzles following along a storyline to truly immerse players into the game. Escape rooms are designed to encourage teamwork and test the skills of everyone in the room. Rooms come with different themes like pirates, detectives, schools, holidays and seasonal, fantasy, and more. Some get out, and some cannot (staff will help when that happens). This activity is best suited for teenagers and adults because of the challenging nature.

One Way Out. Tyler. (903) 352-6650.

Paradox Xscape Escape Rooms. Mineola. (903) 830-3496. FB/ParadoxXscape

Exit Theory, Longview. (903) 686-9054.

North Texas Escape Rooms, McKinney. (469) 712-6837.

Escapology Escape Rooms, Rockwall. (469) 769-1300.

2. Indoor Trampoline Parks

When the children have excess energy that needs to be burned away, indoor trampoline parks save the day. These parks invite children and adults to test their stamina and enjoy various types of trampolines. Long ones for tricks, short square ones for height, and even a smaller section for the toddlers so they don’t get hurt.

What’s even better, some of these trampoline parks even have designated areas for guests to pretend they are contestants of the television show, American Ninja Warrior. Consisting of multiple levels of difficulty, the arena trials test different parts of the contestant’s strengths, complete with a warped wall to run up. There are also small rooms for private parties, an arcade, and other exciting activities to do, such as rock walls or miniature indoor playgrounds.

iJump Tyler Trampoline Park, Tyler. (903) 630-7090.

Urban Air Trampoline Park, Rockwall. (469) 912-3117.

Altitude Trampoline Park, Cedar Hill. (469) 272-5867.

Air U Trampoline Park, Longview. (903) 663-2478.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Irving. (469) 499-3100.

3. Indoor Water Parks

What’s better than enjoying a summer day in the middle of winter? Try an indoor waterpark. Despite the cold weather and gloomy skies, kids can still bust out the floaties and pool games for the indoor water parks that adults enjoy as well. Some of these parks reside in resorts but are open to the public. So, whether its a trip through the lazy river, or a few rides on various water slides, these parks host numerous activities inside for everyone to enjoy.

Waterpark at the Villages, Flint. (903) 534-8400.

Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine. (800) 693-9653.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, Grand Prairie. (972) 337-3131.

4. Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing is another fun activity. The walls are constructed to simulate the real-life experience of climbing a cliffside, thesting the strength and agility of kids and adults alike. The trials of rock climbing exceed beyond just strength. It also requires planning, and provides an exciting new experience for visitors.

Summit Climbing, Yoga and Fitness, Carrollton, (972) 732-0307; Dallas, (972) 231-7625; Grapevine, (817) 421-3888; and Denton, (940) 808-1107.

Canyons Rock Climbing, Frisco. (214) 872-2992.

Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Center, Arlington. (817) 461-3966.

Tyler Rock Gym, Tyler. (903) 705-0074.

5. Museums

For many, especially the curious, museums are the perfect afternoon outing. Museums are chock full of hands-on and interesting exhibits. In the Upper East Side of Texas, there are a multitude of museums including art, history, science, miniature career centers, airplanes, trains, and even quirky objects. County Line has a huge selection of more museums to visit. Go to to find them.

Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, Commerce. (903) 886-6055.

The Discovery Science Place, Tyler. (903) 533-8011.

Play Street Museum, McKinney, Frisco, and Plano, (469) 362-8624; Allen, (972) 737-3256;  Irving, (972) 543-0911; and Dallas, (214) 414-2819.

Search “museum” on for a long list of fun and adventurous places for indoor fun.


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