It’s June! Already wondering how often I’ll hear “I’m bored” now that school is out. My preferred response to that is from Mad Men when Betty Draper tells her kids, “Only boring people are bored.” I can’t quite bring myself to say that to my children…yet. If you want to help stop summer boredom in its tracks, check out our June event guide below for family-friendly activities all around town.
Be sure to check ahead for mask requirements so there are no surprises.
All Month :: Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Summer in Dallas with info on pools, water parks, frozen treats, free admission, day trips, a family summer bucket list, and more!
All Month :: It’s the Summer of Sculpture at the Dallas Arboretum. Come see the return of the world-renowned ZimSculpt exhibit, a collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. Included with garden admission.
All Month :: The Science of Guinness World Records continues at the Perot, with a deep dive into these amazing achievements. See protocol for tickets and timed entry here.
For those who prefer to stay home, don’t forget about the Perot’s new virtual experience The Whynauts.
All Month :: For a Dreamer of Houses at the DMA brings together more than 50 works of art, from immersive installations to intimate photographs, all related to the idea of home. Remind: If you go with younger kids, download one of the Family Guides on your phone.
All Month :: POP! by Snowday is the latest interactive experience at the Dallas Galleria. Journey through themed rooms over the course of about an hour, taking lots of fun pics in the process. Tickets are $22 for adults, $8 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free.
All Month, Thursdays & Saturdays :: Twice a week, House of Shine in Grapevine holds Shineworks, a program where DIY meets Random Acts of Kindness. Using everyday household items, kids create one-of-a-kind Shineworks crafts and leave ready to share them with deserving people in their communities. Best for grades 2-5. 12:30-1:45pm. Tickets $20 (includes supplies).
All Month, Fridays & Saturdays :: CityLine Richardson has added more dates to their CityLine LIVE Music Series. Listen from one of the restaurant patios on State Street or pick up dinner and drinks to-go and enjoy the live music in the outdoor plaza. See link for lineups. 6-9pm. Free!
All Month, Saturdays :: The Grapevine Farmers and Artisan Market is a big open-air market in Historic Downtown Grapevine. You’ll find fresh Texas produce, baked goods, handcrafted and Texas-made items, live entertainment, and more! 10am-4pm. Free!
The city of Grapevine has compiled a bunch of area activities on their Summertime in Grapevine page. Worth a look!
June 3 and June 13 :: This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offers Camping! and Summer Splash, respectively. The programs are currently virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup while they last. JumpstART is for ages 2 and up. Free!
June 4-5 :: Taste Addison is back at Addison Circle Park with food, music, and more. Check out the Family Fun section for info on kid-friendly activities. Limited capacity, purchase tickets online in advance to guarantee admission. Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday: 2pm-12am. Tickets $15, ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 and under free.
June 4-5 :: Dallas Pride 2021 will be held outside in the Band Shell at Fair Park (no parade or festival this year). All ages are welcome to attend this evening variety show. Gates at 7pm, show from 8-10pm. Tickets are general admission, sold by tier, starting at $15. Children under 12 are free with a ticketed adult.
June 5 :: Join the performers from Circo Metropolis at Klyde Warren Park today to try your hand at circus skills including juggling, balancing, comedy and aerial silks. After the morning workshop, enjoy a performance on stage by the Circo Metropolis cast. Open to all ages! Workshop: 10am-12pm, Shows: 1-2pm and 3-4pm. Free!
June 5 :: The Shops at Park Lane will host their final Market at Park Lane for the season today. Shop local artisans’ handcrafted goods in a socially distant environment with live music, giveaways, free parking, and plenty of outdoor patio dining options nearby. 11am-4pm. Free!
June 5 :: The Mix Creative Space (located at White Rock UMC) welcomes all ages to their Outdoor Open House today. They’ll have art, art activities, live music, food, and fun for the whole family. See link for more details. 11am-6:30pm.
June 7 :: Our sister site Collin County Moms kicks off Legacy Hall’s Summer Lunch-N-Play series today with crafts, games, a balloon artist, and Professor Pop’s Bubble Show. See the link for all the fun details and additional Lunch-N-Play dates this summer. Free!
June 11-12 :: The Truck Yard’s Going to the Dogs this weekend with events for you and your pup and prizes for winners! See the link for the various contests including Running With the Bulldogs, Paint Your Pup, and Best in Yard Talent Show. They’ll also have beef broth popsicles for all the dogs (gross but cute). Hours vary by event. Free!
June 12 :: Are you expecting or have you recently had a baby? Join us virtually for Bloom 2021 (presented by myKIDSdds). Think of it as a virtual baby shower + baby expo + parent education all in one. We’ll have swag, giveaways, local brands and experts sharing resources and information, and more! See link for all the details. We’d love to see you there!
June 12 :: Fort Worth Opera in association with the DMA presents FWO Go at the DMA. This new 20-minute outdoor pop-up performance features excerpts from the one-act children’s opera Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, based upon the highly acclaimed book of the same name. It’s the perfect pairing with the Frida Kahlo: Five Works exhibition. Performances at 1pm and 2pm. Free!
June 18 :: Today is opening day for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Grandscape in The Colony. This all-ages exhibition immerses you in scenes inspired by the beloved movie. The park comes to life right before your eyes! Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15. 2 and under free with accompanying adult.
June 19 :: Head to Fair Park for the Juneteenth Celebration, March, & Festival. This inaugural event features a three-and-a-half-mile march and festival featuring a Negro League Baseball exhibit, hair show, concert, and fun activities. The march begins at 10am, festival starts at 11am. Free!
June 19 :: You could also bring the family to the Juneteenth Freedom Fest presented by Free The Streets nonprofit. This arts & music festival will include food, vendors, live art by local artists, talent showcase, cookout, watermelon eating contest, speakers, and more. 1-7pm. Admission $2.
June 19 :: Movies in the Park at Klyde Warren features Ferris Bueller’s Day Off this month. Grab a space on the lawn, enjoy a food truck picnic, and let the cinematic fun begin. 9pm. Free!
June 19-20 :: Father’s Day Weekend at the Arboretum features live music, classic cars on display, bird shows, cooking demos, and more. 9am-5pm. Included with garden admission.
June 27 :: Here’s a quirky one—the Victorian Fencing Society will be offering free demonstrations in the Church and/on the lawn of the Queen Anne Victorian Cottage. Come and watch, learn, and practice the late 19th century art of swordplay with foils and sabres. Gentlemen and ladies of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy. 1-4pm. Free!