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

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Ok, y’all, it’s June and summer is a GO. Time to get yourself a stylish caftan or two. A chic yet practical sun hat, for sure. We’re going for effortlessly cool summer vibes here. Once you’re all set, check out our guide below for fun things to virtually & in-person with the kids and fam this June in Dallas.

As 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.

This is where I think it’s important to remind you that things are changing quickly! Be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events. In addition, because many activities are virtual, you’ll find us repeating several events that are continuing on from last month’s guide.

As of June 1 :: There are quite a few local attractions that have just reopened and each one comes with their own very specific rules for social distancing. Be sure to check with each business’s website BEFORE you attend so you’re properly prepared.

  • Dallas Arboretum: Official reopen date is June 1st. You’ll find their new visitor and member policies here.
  • Dallas Zoo: Officially reopening May 29th. You’ll find their new entrance policies here.
  • Epic Waters Indoor Water Park: Officially reopening May 29th. Find all the details here because you’ll definitely need tickets in advance!
  • Heard Natural Science Museum: Open regular hours of operation.
  • Gaylord Texan Hotel: Reopening June 8th with full access to Paradise Springs. They’re now accepting reservations.
  • Great Wolf Lodge: Plans to reopen June 15th.
  • The Kids Play Co: Officially reopening May 27th by reservation only & 25% capacity. Find details here.
  • SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium: Now operating at 25% capacity. Find their new policies here.

Now through September :: Fun mail alert! The Big Tex Little Lone Stars Club is a free subscription services for kids 12 and under. It includes fun, fair-related activities delivered every month. See the link for more details and to sign up.

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 Taco Mac & Cheese, Fried Rice with Teriyaki Sauce, and Quesadillas. Warning: The classes can get a little crazy! In a good way!

June 10 :: New Moms, you’ll want to make sure and attend the Virtual Prego Expo. This is a three day event that will feature some of the best brands on the market. You’ll hear from experts in maternity, baby, and health services LIVE in a private Facebook group + still be eligible for giveaways and swag. Tickets range from $5-$75.

June 21 :: Since the days sort of blend in together, we thought this would be a helpful reminder. Don’t forget Father’s Day! {You’re welcome!}

June 26, 27, 28 :: If you feel comfortable being out in public, the 36th Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience will be a great way to escape the day-to-day and have a little fun with your family. This event is an ode to local breweries and wineries, but they also feature a lot of family-friendly fun and entertainment too. They have not released details yet, on how they’ll be enforcing social distancing, so be sure to keep an eye on their website before buying tickets. *Admission is FREE until 5pm on the 26th.

:: Virtual Activities ::

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park isn’t open yet, but they’ve been giving sneak peeks into their shark habitat remodel and providing weekly live video segments from the Dallas Zoo Educational Team on Facebook.

While the Scarborough Renaissance Fair has been canceled for the 2020 season, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is helping fill in the gap with some free education printables! You can find free activity pages, games, and crowns to color on their Pinterest page for ages PreK-Middle School.

Need a dance break? KIDZ BOP is live-streaming its Daily Dance Break videos on Facebook every day at 2PM CST.

If you miss Texas Discovery Gardens, head to their Facebook page for videos on butterfly releases kid-friendly talks on camouflage critters, activities you can do outside at home, and more.

Take a virtual visit to Reunion Tower with 360° high-def zoom cameras on their Reunion Tower VR app.

Outside the Odditorium is an offshoot site from Ripley’s Believe it or Not with a schedule of live events hosted by the museum, educational activities divided by age group, and more.

:: Virtual Storytimes ::

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.

June 12 & 26 :: The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum does a bi-monthly storytime for toddlers, Pre-K and Kinder. On June 12, they’ll do The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton. On June 26th, they’ll read What Should Danny Do? by Ganit & Adir Levy. Register at the link. Storytime is over Zoom, so space is limited. 9:30am.

From 1990-1994, Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted Mrs. Bush’s Story Time for families. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is re-releasing these storytimes in podcast format through June 30, 2020! Each reading features special guests like Winnie the Pooh, Elmo, and even Oprah, and can be found through their website here or wherever you listen to podcasts.

At any time, you can find some of your favorite celebrities and local heroes reading stories on Facebook & Instagram through SavewithStories; an idea that started with Jennifer Garner & Amy Adams. Some weeks you might find Hugh Grant reading Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and other times it might be Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann read by a Mental Health Specialist in West Virginia. You won’t miss a single one though because they’re all available here.

What kind of Dallas fun are you planning for June? Let us know!

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