Happy July! Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Obviously, the big deal this month is Independence Day. . .except it’s going to look a little different this year! The guide below will include where to watch fireworks (from a safe distance) and focus on all the other fun things to do in Dallas in July + a few unique ideas for staying home. And don’t forget to check out our 2020 Summer Bucket List for Families (Social Distancing Edition) for more fun ideas to cross off this summer!
And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are changing quickly! We encourage you to check the Dallas County Coronavirus website to be “in the know” about risk levels before you plan any events in public with your family. Also, be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events.
All Month :: The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine is open for business and is excited to welcome guests back for their 17th annual Summerfest. In addition to gaining access to the Gaylord’s Paradise Springs waterpark, you can participate in other seasonal family-friendly activities like movie nights, exotic animal encounters, scavenger hunts, and more!
All Month, Tuesday’s & Thursday’s :: We cannot get enough of storytimes; especially when they’re free! The Dallas Public Library is hosting weekly storytimes – each Tuesday & Thursday – at 10:30am. Registration is required as they’ll share the private online link with you via email the day of. If you’re not a member of the Dallas Public Library, now is the best time to join!
All Month, Wednesdays :: Can you imagine a new tradition where KIDS make dinner on Wednesdays? Taste Bud Kitchen hosts weekly classes online for kids ages 6-15 that will walk them through making a meal for the family. For $25 per class, your child will receive 2 hours of instruction beginning at 4pm and they make really easy meals like Shepherd’s Pie, Breakfast for Dinner, Stroganoff, and Chicken Pot Pie. Warning: The classes can get a little crazy! In a good way!
All Month, Tuesdays & Thursdays :: The North Texas Performing Arts is hosting a weekly bedtime reading featuring some of the most popular children’s books. Join Ms. Sara at 7:30pm-8:00pm each Tuesday & Thursday as she reads Diary of a Whimpy Kid. Simply register by email! FREE
All Month, Monday-Friday :: One of our favorite authors, James Dean (Pete the Cat), hosts a virtual art lesson and storytime LIVE on Instagram each weekday at 12pm CT/ 1 ET. Watch him draw some of your favorite Pete moments and hear a book live.
July 1-12, 2020 :: Jurrasic Quest Drive-Thru – America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event – has made its way to Fair Park and several dates are already sold out! Here’s your chance to see over 80 life-size dinosaurs in a drive-thru setting. Expect it to take about 30-60 minutes to make your way through the entire exhibit. Tickets are $49/vehicle (up to 8 individuals) and can be found on their website.
July 1-4 :: City of Richardson may have canceled their Independence Day Celebration at Breckinridge Park, but they’re bringing some fun 4th of July activities to your home all week long. Check their website daily for Patriotic Recipes, a Scavenger Hunt, and other fun activities.
July 1-4 :: Participate in a Chalk Drawing contest courtesy of Watters Creek in Allen! Grab your FREE “Chalk It Up To Summer” Kit between June 22-July 3 and decorate your sidewalks at home with positive messages. Post to social media before midnight (using #ChalkItUpWC) on July 4th and be entered to win one of 10 $25 gift cards! *while supplies last
July 3-5:: Mesquite is bringing the experience of a drive-in to Town East Mall. This month they’re featuring superhero films like Batman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman. Movies start at 9pm and tickets are required! $25/vehicle
July 3 :: Town of Addison’s Kaboom Town fireworks show will still go on! Just not in-person — and from a secret location for safety. So, don’t think about driving to Addison to try and watch the show. But you can catch all the beautiful fireworks on their YouTube Channel.
July 3 :: Southlake Fireworks won’t be open to the public this year, but they will be visible from Southlake homes starting at 9:30pm. Grab a lawn chair and sit outdoors to watch the show. Also check out their website as they’re posting fun giveaways, playlists, and other additions for you to enjoy that evening.
July 3-4 :: Park Cities is known for its incredible holiday decorations, and that includes the 4th of July too! Bring the kids and drive around Highland Park/University Park to check out some of the homes participating in the 4th of July Yard Decorating Contests (benefiting North Texas Food Bank & Rotary Club). The list of homes can be found HERE.
July 4-5 :: POSTPONED Get your taste buds ready for the annual Gelato Festival at Dallas Farmers Market. There’s over 35 flavors of handcrafted gelato to choose from, but the best part: it’s ALL YOU CAN EAT! Tickets are required (and sales end 7/3). Children 12 & under start at $9, Adults (13+) start at $25.
July 8-12 :: The Parking Lot Social is taking drive-in to a whole new level! They have 5 days of non-stop activities at Southfork Ranch for every member of the family. All events are broadcasted to your car and even street food can be delivered to your car door. Tickets start at $39/vehicle Here’s a brief lineup:
- Wednesday – Parking LOL: Comedy night
- Thursday – Movie Night Mamma Mia (2008)
- Friday & Saturday – Midnight Movies Jurassic Park (Friday) & Scream (Saturday)
- Saturday & Sunday – Social Kids activities (Bingo, Trivia Contests, Disco, Car-a-oke)
July 15 :: We could all use a little State Fair fun right now, which is why we love that Oak Cliff Brewing Co. is hosting the Fletcher’s Corny Dog Pop-Up Truck. Bring the family and come enjoy some corny dogs outdoors! 3-8pm
July 17 & 18 :: Need a date night? Addison Circle District is bringing their outdoor concerts back, but allowing you to enjoy live music from the comfort of your car — or bring lawn chairs and sit next to your vehicle (keeping an 8-10′ distance from those around you). Addison Weekend Drive-In music will be broadcasted over their speaker system OR FM radio so you can hear no matter where you sit! Free Admission. 8:30-10pm
Need some summer camp ideas? We’ve got a complete list here in our Dallas Summer Camp Guide with who’s going virtual, who’s providing at-home camps, and who’s meeting in person!
Any other fun Dallas July events to share? Let us know below?