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 full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this guide sent straight to your inbox.

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Check ahead for cancellations and mask requirements.

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August Dollar Days at the Arboretum means $2 admission and $5 parking. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to $2 root beer floats and hot dogs, $4 brownie sundaes, and $1 sodas and frozen pops. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 9am-5pm.

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What about a kayak or canoe rental over 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.

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Last chance to see The Science of Guinness World Records exhibit at the Perot before it moves on. For those who prefer to stay home, don’t forget about the Perot’s virtual experience The Whynauts.

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It’s also the last full month to see Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Grandscape in The Colony. This all-ages exhibition immerses you in scenes inspired by the movie. Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15. 2 and under free with accompanying adult.

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“Would you risk your life to save a book?” The Book Smugglers is the newest exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, featuring the incredible true story of “The Paper Brigade.” Included in admission.

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WEDNESDAYS

Avant Chamber Ballet’s weekly “First Steps” class at Klyde Warren park is designed for ages 4-7 and develops a child’s imagination and movement skills through creative play, music, and dance. 10-10:45am. Free!

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FRIDAYS

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.

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WEEKENDS

Nerf Challenge continues Thursdays through Sundays until August 23. It’s 90,000 sq. ft. of play at Fair Park, featuring obstacle courses and all the latest Nerf toys. $29.95 to play. $5 entry for anyone 3 years+ who is not playing.

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It’s literally the LAST DAY to visit the Animal Connection Experience at Fritz Park (Irving). Feed, pet, and learn about farm animals. They also have exotic animals to see, pony rides for $3, and a tent with children’s activities. 12-5pm. $5 admission/$4 Irving residents.

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The first Tuesday of every month, Dallas Zoo admission is reduced to $8 for Tiger Tuesdays. 9am-5pm.

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5

Dallas Public Library programming is still virtual, but they keep it interesting! Today, join Anita N. Martinez from Ballet Folklorico for Zumba Kids. Designed for ages 6-11. Registration is required. 2-3pm. Free!

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This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offers Dog Days of Summer and Print It!, respectively. The programs are currently virtual, and all supplies are provided via curbside pickup while they last. JumpstART is for ages 2 and up. Free!

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6

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. $3 for ages 3 and up.

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6-8

Do some back-to-school shopping over Tax Free Weekend, perhaps?

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7

National Farmers Market Week culminates 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!

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12

Vitruvian Nights Live returns to the Amphitheater at Vitruvian Park in Addison with live music, food trucks, and outdoor games every other Thursday. First up this month is a Matchbox 20 tribute band. 7:30-9pm. Free!

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12-15

The Great 30 is an interactive dance production that utilizes the entire AT&T Performing Arts Center. Audiences change locations with the performers, and in many parts of the show, the audience will be asked to move with performers through very simple choreographed exercises. Tickets $29.50.

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The Coppell Arts Center hosts Make & Take Crafts for ages 3-12. 9am-12pm. Free!

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14

The Trinity River Audubon Center will host Audubon Artists, an art program for school-aged children. Supplies will be provided. Adults are free with purchase of ticket for child, but please register. 10-11am.

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14

This could be inspiring to young entrepreneurs: The Kids Market at Klyde Warren Park, organized by the Boho Market, will feature kid- and teen-owned small businesses. 10am-2pm. Free!

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15

Hugapalooza! is a kid-centered sing-along concert put on by KidLinks, a local music therapy non-profit. Recommended for children developmental ages 4 and up. Light refreshments will be served after the show. Tickets are free, but you do have to register at the link. 2:30-3:30 pm. Free!

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21

Family Night in the Park at Farmers Branch Historical Park will be a double-band feature, with Reputation: A Taylor Swift Experience followed by everyone’s favorite disco band, Le Freak. The featured movie is Up. There will also be free kids’ activities and concessions for sale. 5-10pm. Free!

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Learn the basics of identifying insect families from a certified entomologist during the 4th Sunday Nature Walk at Spring Creek Forest in Garland. 10-11:30am. 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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