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


It’s October and I know we’re all ready for a little fall festivity. Even just the chance wear a sweater! Thrilling. Although we’ve seen so many cancellations to annual fall events, there’s still good times to be had. We’ve rounded up pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and Halloween activities in our Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas. And for other safe and fun October events in Dallas, check out the list below!

things to do with kids in Dallas OctoberAs 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.

And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are still changing! Check the Dallas County Coronavirus website to be in the know about risk levels before you plan any outings in public with your family. And be sure to double check in advance for cancelations or changes to activities.

All Month :: The life-size animatronic dinos are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard Museum in McKinney. Walk the trails, hear them roar, then get hands on in the outdoor fossil dig. Visitor tips here. COVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Autumn at the Arboretum returns this year featuring The Art of the Pumpkin. Over 150,000 fall-booming flowers + Pumpkin Village, the ultimate photo op. Check the link for a complete list of events and attractions. Psst, the Children’s Garden has re-opened with new guidelines. Note: To visit the Arboretum these days you need to reserve tickets ahead of time on a specific date and time slot. Masks are required in indoor spaces and recommended in the garden when within six feet of other guests. Tickets from $11, 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Now that it’s cooler, it’d be a great time to revisit this interactive map of Dallas outdoor art. Put together by the DMA, the map includes background information on each piece and tips on where to park and walk (particularly for the downtown ones). Free!

All Month :: And don’t forget about our guide to local Outdoor Spaces. Dallas is chock full of open space and trails. Use this list to discover your favorites!

All Month :: Take a look at Dallas Public Library at Home for details on all their latest virtual programming including interactive story times, digital puzzle rooms, on demand content, and more. Hint: scroll to the bottom of this link to access virtual experiences from a bunch of local institutions.

All Month, select dates ::  The Drive-In at Central’s Rooftop Cinema Club continues to show family favorites on the big screen with the Dallas skyline in the background (located near Haskell/Central). You can bring your own food or buy from them. See link for showtimes and safety info. Hocus Pocus showtimes are selling out FAST! Tickets per vehicle, from $28.

All Month, Fridays & Saturdays :: DriveBOO Halloween is a no-contact, family-friendly Halloween event in the AAC parking garage. From the comfort of you car, enjoy spooky thrills, a haunted carnival, and Halloween icons around every corner. Costumes encouraged! 7-11pm. Tickets $30 per car.

All Month, weekends :: The Perot is officially back in business on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Check their clear and comprehensive guide to COVID protocols here, including an FAQ section on the changes.

All Month, select dates :: Green Meadow Petting Farm is only open in October, and head’s up: they moved from Grand Prairie to Camp Wisdom (Dallas). An admission ticket gets you hands-on and up close with 150+ animals. They also have pig-racing, animal feeding, and more. Open Thursdays-Sundays only, 10am-3pm. $14/age 2 and up. Under 2 is free.

Through October 4 :: DCT Digital is a way to experience theater while we wait for indoor gatherings to be safe again. Award-winning playwright, poet, and changemaker Idris Goodwin offers short online plays for multi-generational audiences to spark conversation about race in America. This month watch The Water Gun Song, inspired by Tamir Rice, about a parent trying to find the words to explain why a water gun isn’t simply a toy. For ages 6 and up. Free.

Through October 23 ::The State Fair of Texas team has curated some fun-filled virtual events and kid’s activities as part of Fair from Home. Big Tex Cooking School, Create Your Own Fair Kits, virtual tours and contests, shopping, and more. See link for all the details.

October 1 :: Irving Arts Center still conducts their JumpstART Stories & Art virtually for now. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special bilingual story time and arts & crafts activities featuring the books of author and illustrator, Yuyi Morales. Free!

October 3, 24 :: Klyde Warren Park continues Movies in the Park with more family-friendly favorites. Bring blankets, grab something from the food trucks, and enjoy the cool breeze. First up is The Wizard of Oz (10/3) followed by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (10/24). 7:30-9:30pm. Free!

October 7 :: The Dallas Museum of Art recently reopened, but children’s programming is still virtual. Today they’ll do Virtual ARTventures with Arturo: Silly Sculptures for ages 2-5  and Virtual Explorers: 2-D to 3-D for ages 6-12. 10am for both. One ticket required per family, per class. $5 members/$3 non-members.

October 10 :: It’s Pumpkin Day at the Dallas Farmers Market. Find the perfect pumpkins, gourds, and squash; shop seasonal goods from local vendors, and enjoy live music and kids crafts. 9am-5pm. Admission is FREE!

October 10-11, 17-18 :: Circo Metropolis Pop-Up Circus, featuring an all-star lineup of your favorite local kids entertainers, will be outside at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre for afternoon and early evening shows on select weekends this month. See the link for more details and to purchase tickets. 1:30-3pm and 5-6:30pm. Tickets are $15 per or $50 for 4.

October 19-23 :: Sign up via email for Healthy Zone’s five-day virtual challenge. Kids will receive (via your inbox) daily interactive games and activities to learn and practice healthy physical, mental, and nutritional habits. Free!

For even more ideas, don’t miss these posts from Dallas Moms:

25 Family-Friendly Fall Activities in DFW

DIY Fall Family Fun Jar {Plus a Free Printable!}

Pumpkins, Hayrides, and Carnivals: A Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas



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