Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of August

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Welcome to August, everyone. Remember what a cool breeze feels like? I sure don’t! Let’s try to make the best of these dog days of summer, because school starts up again in about five minutes. Before we get into that whole thing, check out our guide below for the best family activities in Dallas this month.

As usual, we maintain a community calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this guide sent straight to your inbox.

things to do in dallas august

Be sure to check ahead for any changes or cancellations.

ALL MONTH

August Dollar Days at the Arboretum means $3 admission and $6 parking. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to root beer floats, hot dogs, and sodas at reduced prices. 9am-5pm.


ALL MONTH

What about a kayak or canoe rental on Lake Lewisville? The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area doesn’t rent directly, but they link to several options on their site. There’s a Geocache Trail too. Park hours: 7am–7pm. Entry fee $5 per vehicle.


ALL MONTH

It’s the last full month for Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall at the Perot. It’s a highly interactive journey through the life and career of a true STEM pioneer. $5 in addition to a general admission ticket.


ALL MONTH

The Girl in the Diary is the current special exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The diary was written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl named Rywka Lipszyc and documented her life in the Łódz Ghetto in 1943-44. Rywka’s diary reveals a young girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope or her faith. Included in admission.


ALL MONTH

Rock out under the stars in downtown Rowlett every Friday night in August for their Summer Concert Series. Food trucks and activities for the kids will be onsite along with the live music. 7–9pm (concert at 7:30pm). Free!


UNTIL AUGUST 12

Summer Family Fun at the DMA means a little something extra each day of the week: story time, guided interactive tours, sketching in the galleries, and Pop-Up Art Spots. See link for the weekly schedule. Free!


EVERY SATURDAY ALL MONTH

Bookmarks at NorthPark has weekend live shows for the kiddos with a new performer each time. AUGUST 13 looks nice and interactive: Dance and learn the history of hula and Tahitian dance with professional dancers that will give a colorful, musical, exciting, and informative performance. Level one between Nordstrom and Macy’s. 2–3pm. Free!


AUGUST 2

The special Dollar Days at the Dallas Zoo are completely sold out, but admission is reduced to $8 on the first Tuesday of every month for Tiger Tuesdays. 9am–5pm.


AUGUST 6

Don’t forget about Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center, featuring a rotating schedule of art-y things for kids to see and do. See link for the day’s activities. 11am–2pm. Free!


AUGUST 6

This could be a fun play date for kids ages 6–11: The Skillman branch of the Dallas library will host The Amazing Zombie Race. Solo or in teams of no more than 4, you will be given tasks that you must complete to put together the much-needed cure. Inside the library is a safe zone, and zombies cannot turn you while in these zones, but certain areas are free-for-alls! (Mwahahaha.) You’ll be armed with “stun bombs” (rolled up socks) where you can freeze a zombie in place for five seconds to make your escape. 1–3pm. Free!


AUGUST 4 & 14

This month, Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday classes are “Dog Days of Summer” and “Print It,” respectively. JumpstART is AUGUST 4 at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is AUGUST 14 from 1–4pm for families to do together. Free!


AUGUST 5

Make “Meme’s Pickles” with the last of the summer harvest at Nash Farm’s First Friday at the Farm. Registration is required. 10am–12pm. $5 for ages 3 and up.


AUGUST 5

Get tickets for the unique and collaborative PANCHATANTRA: Fables of India at Moody Performance Hall. The Panchatantra is an ancient collection of animal fables intended to impart wisdom for everyday life. 7pm. Tickets from $15.


AUGUST 5 – 7

Doing some back-to-school shopping over Tax-Free Weekend, perhaps? Here’s a great look at Back-to-School Shopping: North Texas Tax-Free Weekend Tips & Deals.


AUGUST 6

National Farmers Market Week kicks off with Watermelon Day at the Dallas Farmers Market. Celebrate all things watermelon with recipes, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for your little farmers. 9am–5pm. Free!


AUGUST 6

The Coppell Arts Center hosts Make & Take Crafts on the first Saturday of every month for ages 3–12. It’s in Old Town Coppell, which is such a cute area—you should definitely check it out if you haven’t been! 9am–12pm. Free!


AUGUST 13

OK2BX stands for “It’s Okay to Be Extraordinary,” and the OK2BX Foundation supports and advocates for inclusivity. This weekend, they’re hosting a family-friendly OK2BX Fest in Deep Ellum featuring entertainment for all ages; local food vendors; hands-on arts and games; local artists, performers, and musicians on two stages; and non-profit advocacy. 2–10pm. Tickets are free but donations of $10–20 are encouraged. Get your tickets at the link.


AUGUST 13

This could be inspiring to young entrepreneurs: The Boho Mini Market at Klyde Warren Park, organized by the Boho Market, will feature kid- and teen-owned small businesses. 10am-3pm. Free! 

Later that night is Klyde Warren’s Movies in the Park. Grab a space on the lawn and enjoy a food truck or carryout picnic as you watch Soul (PG). 7–8:30pm. Free!


AUGUST 20

It’s the last session of Summer Saturdays at the Trinity River Audubon Center has (in partnership with the Perot). Learn about birds and all their adaptations. Registration required. See link for details. 10–11am. $6 for adults; children are free!


AUGUST 20

Hugapalooza! is a kid-centered sing-along concert put on by KidLinks, a local music therapy non-profit. Recommended for children ages 2–10. Light refreshments will be served after the show. Tickets are free, but you do have to register at the link. 3–4pm. Free!


AUGUST 20

Summer Wave at Mockingbird Station will have daytime and nighttime activities to celebrate summer and beat the heat. Surfing simulator, water slide, a new mural for photo ops, and an outdoor screening of Pirates of the Caribbean (bring your chairs!) at 8pm. 1-11pm. Free!


AUGUST 20

Celebrate the return to school with Family Night in the Park at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Lots of free activities for the kiddos including face painter, balloon artists, a trackless train, plus the Ballistic Swing, Tubs of Fun, and MindWinder amusement rides. They’ll have live bands and lots of concessions for sale. See all the details at the link. The featured movie is Sing 2. 5–10:30pm. Free!


Be safe and have fun! For more August events in the area, check out A Collin County Moms Guide to August.

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