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 though, 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 around Dallas this month!

things to do in dallas augustAs usual, we maintain a full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are changing quickly! Check the Dallas County Coronavirus website to be “in the know” about risk levels before you plan any outings in public with your family. And be sure to double check in advance for cancelations or changes to activities.

All Month :: It’s not too late to make use of our 2020 Socially Distant Summer Bucket List! Lots of great ideas in here. I really need to get my kids into geocaching, like, yesterday.

All Month :: August Dollar Days at the Arboretum means $2 admission and $5 parking (note: the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden is closed at this time). See here for COVID accommodations, including a “Know Before You Go” FAQ. 9am-5pm.

All Month :: What about a kayak or canoe rental over at Lake Lewisville? The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area doesn’t rent them directly, but they link to several options on their site. Park hours: 7am-7pm. Entry fee of $5 per vehicle.

All Month :: Check out this really cool interactive map of Dallas outdoor art. Put together by the DMA, the map includes background information on each piece and tips on where to park and walk (particularly for the downtown ones). Free! 

All Month :: Amaze Your Brain at Home with The Perot. You’ll find videos and activities on a variety of topics. Kids can explore science concepts using common household items. Content is organized by age group, from early childhood to grades 6-12. Free!

All Month :: Marvel HQ on YouTube has lots of cute content like their “How to Draw” videos and Marvel Read! (I love Andy Daly, so I’m recommending his read-aloud of Mealtime Mayhem). Free!

All Month :: We can’t travel but we can Window Swap. Open a window somewhere in the world!

All Month :: Some of you may be feeling a little better about the Dallas Zoo, considering all the outdoor space and opportunities for distancing. They’ve made a bunch of operational changes, which are detailed here. If you aren’t comfortable heading over there in person, don’t forget about their Bring the Zoo to You program!

All Month :: Take a look at Dallas Public Library at Home for details on all their latest virtual programming including interactive storytimes, digital puzzle rooms, on demand content, and more. Hint: scroll to the bottom of this link to access virtual experiences from a bunch of local institutions.

All Month :: The State Fair may be cancelled but they’ve still got a few things going on, like the Youth Arts & Crafts Contests. Lots of categories for entry, open to any child over the age of 6, although most sections have dedicated groupings (7-12 and 13-17 years old). Register at the link by September 1; drop off work by September 13. Entry fee from $3.

All Month, select dates :: Speaking of the State Fair… Fletcher’s Corny Dogs will do pop-up dates around the metroplex, so you can get your fix of funnel cakes, corn dogs, curly fries, and lemonade. They’ll continue this through the fall, so check the link for a spot near you.

Saturdays, through August 22 :: Coppell Arts Center finishes up their Summer Drive-In Movies series with Grease (8/1), Detective Pikachu (8/8), Annie (8/15), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (8/22). 8:30pm. $10 per vehicle.

Daily, through August 23 :: Wynnewood Village hosts a Contactless Treasure Hunt while you back-to-school shop. Participate through Facebook on your mobile device for a chance to win $10-50 gift cards to Wynnewood Village stores or the $250 grand prize. Each person can participate twice (and you need a Facebook account to play). Free!

August 1 :: National Farmers Market Week will look a little different at the Dallas Farmers Market this year, but they’ve arranged safely distant, family-friendly activities for the annual Watermelon Festival, including a Little Farmers scavenger hunt and kids goodie bags (while they last). 9am-5pm. Free!

August 3-7 :: The Dallas Museum of Art has Virtual Summer Art Camp this week. Choose from Nature Explorers (ages 4-5) or Picture Perfect (ages 6-8). Both camps are 10am-12pm. Register at the link, DMA member discounts apply.

August 6, 9 :: Irving Arts Center conducts their Jumpstart Stories & Art and Second Sunday Funday virtually these days. Guided craft projects plus all old “episodes” available at the link. Free!

August 14, 28 :: The Holocaust and Human Rights Museum may be closed, but you can join them virtually for Empowerment and Inclusion Through Storytime. Recommended for toddlers through Kindergarten, the featured books instill young children with lessons on diversity, tolerance, and empowerment. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed (8/14) and She Persisted (8/28). Space is limited, please register at the links in advance. 9:30am. Free!

August 14-15, 28-29 :: Addison Weekend Drive-In brings you live music from the comfort of your vehicle. Lots of details at the link, including a schedule of bands. Grab some takeout from an Addison restaurant and enjoy! All ages. Gates at 7:30, but space is limited so don’t be late. Free!

Stay well! Let us know if you have any other fun ideas for August!

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