Happy July! Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Obviously, the big deal this month is Independence Day. Head over to our 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for a whole bunch of ways to celebrate. The guide below will focus on all the other fun things to do in Dallas in July, including plenty of ways to beat the heat because that’s all we care about at this point, right?
All Month, Mondays :: We’ve partnered with Legacy Food Hall to bring you a Summer Playdate Series filled with free family fun every Monday. See our link for lots of details and a full schedule. This month includes a kids karaoke dance party, Black Panther, and more. Come out and have lunch with us! Legacy Hall has a whole list of Kid-Approved Menu Items, btw. 10am-12pm. Free!
All Month :: Have you heard about Rainbow Vomit? This family-friendly, interactive art installation near Fair Park includes over 6000 LEDs, 100 pounds of cotton, 25 pounds of glitter, 5 miles of ribbon and 1 secret unicorn FAQ here. Tickets start and $17 and should be purchased at the link.
All Month :: There’s really only one way to truly beat the heat: GET WET. Take a look at our guide to slash pads, pools, and water parks for info on the best places to cool off this summer.
All Month :: Summer Family Fun at the Dallas Museum of Art means free daily activities for kids like Story Time (Wed/Fri), Pop Up Art Spots, and Family Gallery Guides to help you get the most out of the museum. Pick up your guide in the Family Fun Cart on level 1 near the blue elevators. See the link for more info on all the activities. Free!
All Month :: Alamo Drafthouse continues their Kids Camp – daily matinees with reduced ticket pricing (choose $1/$3/$5) to raise money for local non-profits. They’ve also got an Alamo Kids Club reward card, so kids can earn free concessions and prizes. See the link for details and a check your closest theater for specific times.
All Month :: I know some of y’all like to go to Top Golf as a family. It can get pricey if you go often, but they do have a Family Fun Pass, basically a family membership, that covers play for up to 6 people until 5pm all summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). You get special deals on food, lessons, and events, too. Click the link for more info if you’re the golfing type.
All Month, Mondays:: Bond with your baby while getting a 20-minute workout during the AfrikoPOP class at Bookmarks in Northpark. It’s a low- impact, mommy-and-me dance class led by personal trainer Kasa, founder of AfrikoPOP. For caregivers and infants up to 12 month old. Bring your baby carrier. 10am. Free!
All Month, Thursdays :: Willow Bend will bring in kid-friendly performers every week this month for Summer Fun Thursdays. Magic shows, bubbles, clowns, interactive entertainment, all that fun stuff. Summer Fun Thursday shows are held on the lower level between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court. Pre-show activities at noon, showtime at 1pm. Free! **NO SHOW ON July 4**
All Month, Fridays :: This is the last month for Family Fun Fridays at the Arboretum where they provide a petting zoo, face painting, and activities in addition to the usual botanical delights. 10am-2pm. Included with garden admission. Side note: If you’re not a member and are looking for a little price break, they have BOGO admission on Wednesdays.
All Month, Saturdays :: Galleria Dallas continues Showtime Saturdays each week with magic, puppets, bubbles, singing, and other kid-oriented performances. Different performers each week. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. First show of the month has face painters and balloon artist afterwards. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
All Month, Saturdays :: Every Saturday this month is Field Day at Fair Park. Meet at Leonhardt Lagoon for a pop-up park experience with lawn games, sports, yoga class, a toddler area, art activities, animal encounters from the Children’s Aquarium, and story time from the Dallas Library. 9am-2pm. Free! (free parking at Grand Avenue/Gate 5)
July 4:: Not sure where to watch fireworks? See all the best family-friendly 4th of July celebrations, including public fireworks shows, in our 4th of July Fireworks and Festivities Guide for 2019.
July 5 :: Summer is the perfect time to stay up a little bit late. The Perot has a Summer Nights program for kids to explore the science behind their favorite summer activities. Learn about the science of fireworks and sunscreen and participate in hands-on activities. There’s a complete schedule at the link. 5-9pm. Included with general admission.
July 6 :: Haven’t mentioned the North Dallas Toy Show in a while. My brother was just talking about his childhood love of toy shows, so I took it as a sign. Plus, it’s something you can do inside. New and vintage action figures, comics, collectible toys, and more at the Dallas Event Center in Farmers Branch. Door prizes every hour! 9am-3pm. $2 admission.
July 8 :: Grab your dancing shoes and head over for some kid-friendly music, games, and karaoke with DJ Aaron. Bonus: Dallas Moms Blog & Collin County Moms Blog will be popping in at the Legacy Food Hall to bring more of the fun with a face painter, swag bags, and giveaways! Come out and have lunch with us! Register here for Free!
July 10 :: Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures will be at Bookmarks in Northpark today with an interactive program featuring animals from around the world. All the programming at Bookmarks this month looks very fun (and very culturally diverse). I had to restrain myself from listing them all, but I’d encourage you to have a look!
July 10, 13 :: You have a Wednesday OR Saturday option for Barnyard Buddies Storytime at Dallas Heritage Village. Designed for ages 18 months to 5 years. Read a story and do a hands-on activity and related craft. 11am-1pm. $5/ages 2 and up, $5 adults.
July 12-28 :: Northpark has a bunch of children’s playhouses on display as part of the 24th Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses fundraiser. You can enter to win a playhouse in the raffle drawing on 7/28. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at event ticket tables at NorthPark Center or online at dallascasa.org. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the children served by Dallas CASA.
July 13 :: Meet the largest gecko in the world, an endangered ruffed lemur, a “country kitty,” an armadillo, and a surprise guest at Wild Things Zoofari – Guess Who? at the Richardson Library. For ages 5 and up. 2-3pm. Free!
July 14 :: Time for the annual Bastille on Bishop festival in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. This all-ages event covers several blocks and celebrates all things French with food, vendors, dancing, and more. See the link for an FAQ on parking info and other relevant details. 5-11pm. Free!
July 18 :: Did you see our Summer Park Hop Series post the other day? You should check it out! Dallas Moms Blog has organized FREE events throughout the summer at different parks around Dallas with the help of Woodhill Dental Specialities. This Thursday head to Lake Highlands North Park (9344 Church Road, Dallas), in the heart of Lake Highlands. The theme is WATER FUN. There’s a splash pad, so bring your swim gear and sunscreen. 9-11am. Free! RSVP on the Facebook Event page HERE.
July 18, 25 :: Another indoor option for ya – the Fish Gallery on Greenville Ave. has a summer storytime amongst the aquariums. They aim to foster a love of science and keep the next generation interested in a hands-on, inspiring hobby by providing opportunities to be creative. 3:30pm. Free!
July 20 :: Moon Day at Frontiers of Flight Museum is the biggest annual space exposition in Texas. Learn about space flight accomplishments and current and future activities in space exploration. This year the STEM-focused event also celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo VII mission and includes programs and classes for all ages. See link for more event info, including details on the Model Rocket Build (for ages 8 and up, requires advance registration and materials fee). All other Moon Day activities are included in museum admission.
July 25 :: Our 2nd Park Hop event of the month will be at Fair Oaks Park, located right near our Park Hop sponsor Woodhill Dental Specialities at 7621 Fair Oaks Avenue (just south of Walnut Hill, near Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas). The theme for today is RHYTHM & MOVEMENT. RSVP on the Facebook Event page HERE.
July 29 :: Dallas Moms Blog & Collin County Moms Blog will be popping in at the Legacy Food Hall to bring more of the fun with a face painter, swag bags, and giveaways! Join us for a Puppet Show by Maricela And Friends. Maricela And Friends will “come alive” through this ventriloquist act. This activity will have TWO showtimes: 10 am and 11 am. Come out and have lunch with us! Register here for Free!
July 31 :: Fretz Park Library also has some cool summer programs this year. Today is Mark-9 Search and Rescue: Sit & Stay, which teaches kids what to do if they are lost or in need of a rescue. They’ll learn different techniques on how to act, react, and recognize rescuers when needed. Search and rescue dogs will be there, too! 11am-12pm. Free!
Any other fun Dallas July events to share? Let us know below?