School bells are ringing!
The kids have gone back to school and the temperatures have dropped… a bit. It’s festival season in DFW! Get out and enjoy all the family-friendly events we’ve scoped out; each and every one perfect for keeping your kiddos entertained. It doesn’t matter if they’re not in the classroom, yet, or if after-school activities are best, there’s something for everyone on our list. From the last days of SummerBlast to making sweet music and giant hot air balloons, it’s hard to choose between all the fun.
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September 1 :: Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Play Street Museum Plano! From Play Street Museum in Frisco comes a whole new adventure. Littles will love exploring the “Great Outdoors” complete with cabin, campfire, tents and Adirondack chairs.
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 :: Preschool Bounce is back! Every Wednesday during the school year, bring your preschooler to Urban Air Trampoline Park. We promise, they’ll nap for hours after tearing around this indoor bounce house. Only $5 per kid, parents get in free.
September 4 :: It’s Labor Day weekend which means it’s the last Friday to catch the fireworks of SummerBlast in Grapevine. Park yourself on the rooftop garage at the Gaylord Texan and you’ll have a first-rate view of the show.
September 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 :: Join Mowgli and the rest of the jungle crew for an amazing adventure in Jungle Book Kids! Plano Children’s Theatre is performed by kids, for kids. Don’t miss out on the fun. All Ages Welcome. General seating tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Front row seats are $18.
September 5 :: It’s First Saturday at the Crow Collection. Little yogis as young as 2 can join in on the soothing stretching with the help of an adult. Come to the galleries for Family Yoga!
September 5 :: Head straight up 75 and get your crew to the Heard Museum of Natural History. It’s Zip Line Day! Soar through the treetops of the Wildlife Sanctuary as you travel down the Ropes Course’s zip line! Purchase one ticket for each time you would like to go down the zip line. Ages 8 and up.
September 6, 13, 20, 27 :: Roll on over to White Rock Skate Center for Family Day. Parents skate for just $2 when accompanying a child.
September 6 :: Get your groovin’ shoes on and head to the Fair Park Jazz & Blues Festival, presented by the African American Museum of Dallas. It’s a full day of music, fun and food.
September 7 :: It’s the last day to catch a glimpse of those Jurassic Giants at the Dallas Zoo. With school starting, parents with littles will be able to avoid the crowds.
September 8, 15, 22, 29 :: Got a tot who is just learning about LEGO? Head for Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Offered every Tuesday, toddlers can enjoy playtime with a discounted admission. $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 3-4. Additional children ages 3-12 are just $5. Free for kids 2 and younger.
September 13 :: Go old school in Farmers Branch. The one-room school house will be open for a historical school session at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Join other fellow history buffs from 1 – 4 p.m. for a journey back in time.
September 16 :: Join other Dallas Moms Blog readers for a fun Mom’s Night Out at High Street Market & Antiques. An evening of shopping, demos, giveaways, food and more!
September 17 :: Get out those super hero capes and masks and get to the Wylie Public Library for a night celebrating comic book heroes. Free comic books will be handed out while supplies last.
September 17, 18, 19, 20 :: Don your lederhosen and practice your chicken dance, it’s time for the 28th Annual Oktoberfest! Head over to Addison Circle Park for German eats, live music and tons of fun.
September 18, 19, 20 :: Up, up and away go the big balloons of the 36th Annual Plano Balloon Festival. Be sure to get there either super early or later in the evening for the launch. Otherwise, enjoy the live music, food, arts and crafts and thrill rides for kids.
September 19 :: Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother’s favorite festival is back at the Arboretum. The beloved fall event returns and runs through November 25th, 2015. Stop by to see over 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, peek inside the Pumpkin Village and don’t forget Mommy and Me Mondays and Tot Tuesdays!
September 20 :: If sampling eats from over 15 food trucks while your kids enjoy one of the biggest kid zone’s in North Texas sounds up your alley, then make your way to the 4th Annual Food Truck Palooza. Enjoy a performance from musical wunderkind Griffin Tucker. This super family-friendly festival even offers special stroller parking. $5 admission, kids 3 and under are free.
September 21 :: It’s fun for the whole crew at the Richardson Public Library during Family Storytime! Kids and their parents or adult caregivers can participate in stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, and puppetry from 6:45 – 7:15 pm.
September 24 :: North Dallas residents can also enjoy foodie bites at the Downtown Denton Food Truck Fest. Be on the lookout for over 28 trucks!
September 25 – October 18 :: Get ready to get your Corny Dog fix because the State Fair of Texas is back at Fair Park. Ride the rides, enjoy the car expo, take a picture with Big Tex. Families will love the farm animals at Big Tex’s Barnyard, the Backyard Circus and the Mother Goose Story Hour. Don’t miss out on this classic Dallas event.
September 25, 26 :: If you’ve ever wondered what Dolly Parton looks like in the form of a rubber duck, then you’d better head to the Rubber Duck Regatta at The Harbor in Rockwall. Watch thousands of rubber ducks race, enjoy live music, the Rubber Duck beauty pageant, Kids Zone and more! All proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club and Meals on Wheels Rockwall.
September 26 :: In honor of Museum Day Live, join Frontiers of Flight Museum to Celebrate Girls in Aviation! Do crafts, experiment with wind, learn about Amelia Earhart and even visit the flight stimulator lab.
September 26 :: Come to the Irving Arts Center for Family Fun Day. This month’s theme is celebrating Smithsonian Museum Day and Flower Power! Free for all, from 2 – 4 p.m.
September 26 :: Gather your blankets and chairs, pack a picnic basket, and come out to the Town Center Plaza for FREE live music from Grand Theft Radio. Be on the lookout for free popcorn, too!
September 26, 27 :: Whether your kids are crazy for Thomas or Chugginton, they’ll all get excited for the 1st Annual Dallas Area Train Show. For the first time, come see model trains set and running around the tracks. Admission $8.00 per person Children 12 and under are FREE.
September 29 :: The weather is cooling off, so grab the kiddos for a storytelling session in the park! Join in on the cute stories and fun songs with Miss Kimberly at Klyde Warren Park.
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Which DFW festival is your family’s favorite? Share with us in a comment below!
— Gabby Cullen