25 Family-Friendly Summer Activities in DFW :: Your Ultimate Bucket List


Although the first day of summer is technically June 21st, in Dallas it’s the day school is out for summer! And folks, that’s happened!  As other parts of the United States begin to put the parkas away, in Texas we’re already pulling out the baby pools and dreaming of Fall and cooler temps.

With the end of school looming and as the heat begins to rise, you might already be thinking about how you’ll survive another Texas summer. But never fear! Dallas Moms Blog has you covered!

We’ve got the list of must-do’s for the summer that will help you plan for the family who might be coming to stay or your 8 year old’s friends who seem to never leave.

So, grab that necessary “trenta” Shaken Iced Tea, and head out to cross off these awesome DFW activities with your family! (Need further details or more information? Click the link and you’ll be directed to all the fun!)

ULTIMATE Summer Bucket List Dallas Moms Blog

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for DFW::

1. Enjoy nature indoors at the Butterfly House in Fair Park.

2. Rent a Kayak on White Rock Lake.

3. Take a staycation to the Great Wolf Lodge or Gaylord Texan Resort.

4. Visit the Giants of the Jurassic and Children’s Zoo at the Dallas Zoo.

5. Brave the heat and sit in the upper decks at a Ranger Game!

6. Sneak over to Kidville’s Play Village and Indoor Gym on a FREE trial visit.

7. Take the 54′ escalator up to the top of the Perot Museum and explore your way down floor by floor.

8. Ride the McKinney Avenue Trolley to Klyde Warren Park for lunch with the food trucks and get a little wet at the splash pad.

9. Pretend it’s winter again and grab your favorite scarf for some Ice Skating at Galleria Dallas.

10. Keep the kids in the car and the A/C on while you watch the airplanes at DFW or Addison Airport from your car.

11. Head up to the GEO-Deck at Reunion Tower and enjoy lunch with a rotating view.

12. Try Saturday morning cartoons at the Studio Movie Grill.

13. Locate one of the many splash parks and cool off! (Celebration Park in Allen, Campbell Green in North Dallas, The Village at Fairview, etc.)

14. Get wiggly or listen to a story at Bookmarks Library in NorthPark Center.

15. Relax on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad with a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back.

16. Participate in a scavenger hunt and puppet show at “First Saturday’s” at the Nasher.

17. Have some fun in the sun at Hawaiian Falls in Garland.

18. Explore Grapevine Mills by visiting Legoland Discovery Center, then head across the aisle to SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and having lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.

19. Celebrate the 4th with Kaboomtown in Addison.

20. Attend a summer concert at the Arboretum.

21. Let your child be amazed when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey comes to town!

22. Stroll through NorthPark Center and visit with the ducks and turtles.

23. Have some good ol’ fashioned fun at Six Flags!

24. Take a short drive to Ennis and catch a movie at the drive-in.

25.  Grab a bucket and do some berry picking at one of many surrounding farms!

Need a creative way to pick an activity? Create your own “Summer Bucket” with this DIY Activity on Dallas Moms Blog!

DIY Summer Bucket List

Do you have a favorite DFW summer activity we missed? Do Share!!


**This list was NOT sponsored by any of the businesses or activities mentioned above. We were in no way influenced when making this list! 

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Krystal is a Dallas-native who began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Richardson RISD, but quickly changed paths to became a stay-at-home mom in 2011. Through a happy coincidence, she stumbled upon (what was then known as) Dallas Moms Blog in 2012 and found a community she’d been looking for since coming a mom. Shortly after joining the team, she gratefully accepted the “baton” passed to her as new owner of the site, and took off with it running full speed! Krystal not only helped to grow Dallas Moms into a large parenting resource, but also launched Collin County Moms in 2016; providing those in the north Dallas suburbs their community resource platform. While building a community, uniting the moms, and growing a business around this passion was a dream come true, after almost 10 years, Krystal officially stepped down as owner, and is now focusing on raising her 4 boys with her husband, Tim, and rediscovering old hobbies.


  1. Thank you for all the information! When my kids were younger, we loved to get out and explore our town. Now they are 14 and 11 and their interest has changed, but I am not giving up on us getting out together, unplugged! I loved your article on downtown parks and those will be at the top of our list. Two fun things I would suggest checking out; Mr. Jeff story time at Barnes and Nobles on 15th street in Plano and Sharkarosa. When the children were little we tried every story time we could find. After my son was in preschool we found Mr. Jeff. He is by far one of the best story time tellers, and the children listen. Sharkarosa is a small wildlife refuge in Pilot Point. My kids still love this place. They used to have some animals out for interaction, lemurs, baby kangaroos, and Caroline got to hold her all time favorite Animal, a Kinkajou. Last time we were out there the animals were not out to pet, not sure if it was because of the crowd. I am sure you get tons of suggestions! Thanks for your blog! Mom’s of all age child’s are enjoying it! As you can tell I am not a writer. 🙂


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