Welcome to August, everyone! Remember what a cool breeze feels like? I sure don’t! No worries though, we can totally make the most of these dog days of summer. Check out our guide below for the coolest family activities and events around Dallas this month.
All Month :: August Dollar Days at the Arboretum means $2 admission, $5 parking, and $2 to get into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. ALSO $1 sodas, juice and frozen pops, $2 root beer floats and hotdogs, and $4 brownie sundaes. Scroll down at the link to where it says “August Dollar Days” to see their additional daily August events. 9am-5pm.
All Month :: Won’t stop posting this until they shut the water off – our guide to splash pads, pools, and water parks. It’s essential!
All Month, select dates :: Last chance for Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp – matinees (around 10am) with reduced ticket prices, raising money for local non-profits. Check your specific Alamo for dates and deets.
All Month, Saturdays :: I’ve mentioned the Mommy Moves afrikoPOP class at Bookmarks in Northpark before (it’s on Mondays), but they also do a Fam Jam 30-minute dance workout for the whole family on the weekend. Kasa, fitness enthusiast and founder of afrikoPOP will lead everyone in this fun cardio workout. 10:30-11am. Free!
August 1 :: The Perot stays open late tonight for an all-ages Maker program. Meet artists, engineers, builders, and other creators to try your hand at a variety of skills and see what inspires you. Full details on activities at link. 5-9pm. Included with admission.
August 3, 10, 17, 31 :: Head to the Galleria for Showtime Saturdays, featuring kid-friendly performances like magic shows and sing-a-longs. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. Face painting and balloon artists follow the first show of every month. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
August 4 :: Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Dallas Farmers Market Watermelon Festival. A day filled with watermelon eating contests, watermelon bowling, seed spitting contests and even a Watermelon Pet Pageant. Enjoy live music, demos, family-friendly activities, tastings of 10 different watermelon varieties, and more. Details on activities at the links. 9am-5pm. Free!
August 5 :: It’s our final Summer Playdate at Legacy Hall! We’re wrapping things up with a showing of Beauty & The Beast (2017) + Lunch with Belle. Join us! There’s over 20 food vendors at Legacy Hall and they even keep a list of the especially kid-friendly menu items offered. 10am-12pm. Free!
August 7 :: It’s also time for the last meetup of our Summer Park Hop Series! Glencoe Park is a spot you’ll want to discover if you haven’t already. Located just southeast of Mockingbird & 75 (3700 Glencoe Street) in Dallas. For our final event, we’ll be bringing out the Heroes. It’s one you won’t want to miss! RSVP on the Facebook Event page HERE.
August 8 :: Take a summer field trip to the GEO Deck at Reunion Tower and enjoy their family-friendly Summer Heights activities. Today the Dallas Zoo will teach kids about a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles, including up-close encounters with some of the zoo’s residents. They also do Family Bingo on Fridays, with prizes! Dallas Zoo at 12:30pm. Included in tower admission. Tickets $22/adults, $13/youth, kids under 3 free.
August 9-11 :: For the major Harry Potter fans in our midst, LeakyCon is this weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The big guest is Tom Felton, and they’ll have a new Family Day on Sunday, August 11 with wizarding crafts, games, kid-focused costume parade, and more. Schedule of events here. Recommended for ages 11 and up. This is a pretty major event, which is reflected in the ticket prices – they start at $59.
August 9-11 :: Tax-free weekend!
August 10 :: Celebrate India’s Independence Day at the Anand Bazaar in Addison Circle Park. This event features cuisine, dance, and music from various parts of India, plus vendors, parades, and fun activities for kids. 4pm. Free!
August 10 :: Klyde Warren Park has a Summer Movie Series, showing family movies in the park on Saturday nights. Tonight is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Grab a space on the lawn and enjoy a food truck picnic while you watch. 7-10pm. Free!
August 11 :: Second Sunday Fundays at Irving Arts Center has a “Sculpt It!” theme. Make art with your children using clay and other media from 1-4pm. Guided tour at 2:30pm. Free!
August 11 :: Bop over to Arlington for a Family Fun Day at Texas Live. Bounce houses, superheroes and princesses, face painters, a petting zoo, the 7-Eleven Slurpee Truck, live DJs from KISS FM, games, giveaways, and Ripley’s Believe it Ot Not will be there hanging out with some oddities and giveaways. 12pm. Free!
August 16-24 :: For all y’all country types, the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton has some pretty famous music acts, a carnival, magic shows, Swifty Swine Swimming & Racing Pigs (omg), and more. Lots of details at the link, including schedules. Tickets $15 or $20 adults/$5 kids (7-12)/6 and under free. Admission discount info here.
August 17 :: Just in time for back-to-school, Bookmarks and Nordstrom at Northpark bring us Kids’ Shoe-tying Storytime. This short class is designed for little ones, complete with a free lacing card for practice and a special certificate. 9-9:15am in the kids’ shoe department on the 3rd floor. Free!
August 22-25 :: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical comes to the Winspear Opera House as part of their Broadway Series. Show time is 2 hours 30 minutes and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets from $25.
August 30-September 1 :: About an hour south of Dallas is West, TX home of Westfest, an annual Labor Day weekend event celebrating the area’s Czech heritage. They’ll have constant live music and entertainment, all sorts of contests, a carnival, authentic food & beverages, and non-stop family-oriented activities. See the link for more activity info and festival hours by day. Tickets $10/adults, $5/ages 6-12, kids under 5 free.
August 31 :: The Majestic Theater is so lovely, and it would be such a magical outing to bring the kids to a screening of The Wizard of Oz there. They’ll also show the original Star Wars trilogy earlier in the month, if that’s more your speed. See here for calendar. Doors at 4, showtime at 5pm. Tickets $10.
August 31-September 1:: The Perot also has Dino Fest at the end of the month. Dino lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate with family-fun activities like digging for fossils in our dinosaur pit, face painting, and sightings of a life-size dinosaur roaming the halls. Take deeper dives into the science of dinosaurs with talks from paleontologists, demonstrations, trivia, workshops, and more. Most Dino Fest activities included with general admission. 10am-4pm (museum stays open until 5pm).