It’s June! Already wondering how often I’ll hear “I’m bored” this summer. 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.
Remember to check ahead for any changes or cancellations.
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!
There’s finally a new traveling exhibit at the Perot: Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, a highly interactive journey through the life and career of a true STEM pioneer. $5 in addition to a general admission ticket.
The Animal Connection Experience at Fritz Park is only open in the summer and features petting zoo animals, pony rides, exotic animal displays, a gift and snack shop, a duck pond, and a children’s activity tent. Wednesday–Saturday: 10am–5pm, Sunday: 12–5pm. $5 per person; $1 off for Irving residents.
The city of Grapevine has compiled a bunch of area activities on their Summertime in Grapevine page. Worth a look! The Grapevine Summer Passport sounds pretty cool—kids can get hands-on and learn a bunch of different pioneer skills at Nash Farm.
ALL MONTH, WEDNESDAYS
Bookmarks at NorthPark is up and running again with weekly live shows for the kiddos. There’s a new performer each time, like magician Mike Williams or silly juggling clown duo, The Ramazinis. Level one between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Times vary but all are between 10am–12pm. Free!
ALL MONTH, THURSDAYS
Through the summer, Fair Park Crits means biking racing, music, and food trucks. This is a community event for spectators and families. Races will be held on the ICONIC Gexa loop, training grounds for many of DFW’s top racers and teams. 6pm (doors at 5pm). Free!
ALL MONTH, SATURDAYS
Pop-Up Art Spots have recently returned to the DMA. Experience art in a new way every Saturday: dress up as a character, listen to songs scored by local musicians, or imagine a fantastical landscape inspired by nearby works of art. Reminder: If you go with younger kids, download one of the Family Guides on your phone. Free!
ALL MONTH, SELECT DATES
Alamo Kids Camp offers summer screenings of family-friendly movies at Alamo Drafthouse, from recent animated favorites to timeless classics. Most are for ages 3 and up, but some are designated all ages. Check your listing and location at the link to verify. Tickets $5 for all.
Have you been to Life Safety Park in Coppell before? Today they’ll host Splish, Splash Bash! for K-5th graders. Topics will include general water and pool safety practices, open water safety (life jackets), and heat safety. After, kids can have a water balloon fight out on Safety Town. Register at the link. 9:30–11am. Free!
JUNE 2 & 12
This month, Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday classes are “Things That Go” and “Summer Splash,” respectively. JumpstART is JUNE 2 at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is JUNE 12 from 1–4pm for families to do together. Free!
JUNE 3 & 8
The DSO presents their annual Symphony in the Parks this summer, with free orchestra performances for the whole family at parks all over Dallas. JUNE 3 at Kidd Springs Park and JUNE 8 at Campbell Green. 8:15pm. Free!
Grand Prairie’s annual Crawfish Boil features live music, local vendors, games, and of course, crawfish. Tasty authentic crawfish prepared by Dustin Clement’s Heads or Tails Cajun Crawfish will be sold for $10 a pound and accompanied with potatoes and corn. 10am–2pm. Free!
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center feature a rotating schedule of art-y things to see and do. See link for the day’s activities. 11am–2pm. Free!
JUNE 3 & 4
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 onsite tickets; advanced purchase encouraged. Tickets $15, ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 and under free.
JUNE 4 & 5
All ages are welcome to attend the family-friendly Dallas Pride festival and parade at Fair Park, featuring a variety of musical and dance performances and 200+ vendors. The Family Pride Zone has bounce houses, face painting, and entertainment for the kids. There’s also Teen Pride, which fosters a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 19 and their friends to enjoy live entertainment from artists and DJs, and other age-appropriate activities. 11am–7pm. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for teens, 12 and under free.
There’s also a Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party on JUNE 17 with programming from the Dallas Arts District, Crow Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center. Performances, story time, movies, local artists, food trucks, makers and artisans, drag shows, runways, outdoor activities, and more. Schedule at the link. 6pm–midnight.
JUNE 4 & 5
Trolls LIVE! takes over Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie this weekend. It’s jam-packed with music, glitter, humor, and happiness, and interactive fun. Four different showtimes to choose from. Tickets start at $19.
If you’re looking for an easy road trip to kick off summer break, the 32nd Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches (~3 hour drive) will have live music, blueberry picking, auto exhibits, shopping and restaurant specials, friendly competitions for all ages, demos, workshops, and lots more. See link for more details, including hotel specials. 8am–4pm. Free!
Denton Drive Live!, the concert series in Farmers Branch Historical Park, returns for the season. This family-friendly, music festival-style event features two bands, kids’ activities, and food and drink for purchase. See link for performance schedule. 6–10pm. Free!
Taste of Dallas celebrates once again at Dallas Market Hall with three days of foodie fun—dozens of interactive and engaging attractions and activities featuring delicious food, tasty drinks, music, art, and culture. Tickets from $10; kids under 12 free.
WEDNESDAYS, STARTING JUNE 15
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse means weekly fun films for kids for just $1.50 per person, per movie. Save even more with $1 off deals on kids’ snack packs or any size popcorn and drink combo. You can purchase tickets online or at the box office. See the link for the movie line-up.
JUNE 15–JULY 23, SELECT DATES
Shakespeare in the Park celebrates 50 years with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Pack a picnic and BYOB! Lawn chairs or blankets recommended. 8:15pm. Tickets $20; children 10 and under free.
Head to Fair Park for a big North Texas Juneteenth Celebration featuring local black-owned vendors, live entertainment, concessions, health and beauty expos, tech and panel discussions, a Kid Zone, and other cultural activities celebrate the national holiday, all free and open to the public. 10am–8pm. Free!
The City of Irving’s Junteenth Celebration will be at Bear Creek Heritage Park with live performances from All Funk Radio Show and Moore Melodies. Activities include a car show, face painting, balloon artist and more. Food trucks and other vendors will be available on-site. 3–7pm. Free!
During Kelley Family Days, guests paying for general garden admission to the Dallas Arboretum will also receive free entrance to the Children’s Adventure Garden. 9am–5pm.
In honor of Pride Month and Juneteenth, enjoy free admission to the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum today. Your ticket includes access to permanent and special exhibitions, the Dimensions in TestimonySM interactive Holocaust Survivor experience, and special screenings of the film Harriet (2019) at 11am and 2pm in the museum theater. Free!
House of Shine in Grapevine hosts 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 1–5. 1–2:30pm. Tickets $10 (includes a snack, all craft materials, and a collectable pin).
What kind of Dallas fun are you planning for June? Let us know!
(If you want to plan any adventures up north, check out our Collin County Moms Guide to the Month of June!)