I think we’re all in agreement that “school looks different this year” and “life looks different this year” need to be stricken from the vocab. WE KNOW. Everything is bananas out there and we’re just muddling through. At least we’re on the cusp of a season change. Let’s take a look at what’s going on around Dallas this month as we patiently wait for temperatures to fall.
Note: It’s was weird putting this September guide together, more so than previous months during COVID. As you’ve probably noticed, things are starting to open back up (movie theaters, museums, indoor play areas, etc.). At the same time, there are tons of places and events that are not back yet, that are cancelled or on pause pending further decline in cases. It leaves me feeling conflicted about what exactly to promote here. Just because something is open, do we all need to rush over there? I feel like because Dallas Moms has such a wide audience, our obligation should be to promote the safest events and activities. However, I’ll also include news on local reopenings as they come up, so that we’re all aware. And that way you can asses risk for your family and the community based on the many variables involved.
All Month :: The Perot is still closed, with no news on reopening. In the meantime you can check out Amaze Your Brain at Home to find fun ways to explore science and nature from home, using household items.
All Month :: We recently made A Guide to Virtual Learning & Homeschool, and one of the sections is on Outdoor Spaces. Dallas is chock full of open space and trails and you can use this list to discover your favorite ones!
All Month :: The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum recently reopened with new visiting guidelines, but you can still virtually visit their special photography exhibition The Fight For Civil Rights in the South. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for the virtual visit.
All Month, Mondays & Wednesdays :: No indoor library programming right now, but they’ve got story times from the comfort of home! Children’s Story Time for kids under 6 is offered twice a week from 10:30-11am. Registration is required and you’ll be emailed details on how to join the session. Free!
All Month, Fridays :: Irving Parks & Recs brings you a Friday Night Movie Series for families to enjoy from their cars at rec centers throughout Irving. BYO food & drinks (no alcohol allowed). See link for locations and movie titles. Movies start at 8:30pm. Free!
All Month, select dates :: Have you heard about The Drive-In at Central? Rooftop Cinema Club shows 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. Tickets per vehicle, from $28.
All Month, select dates :: Ok, pretty sure these programs are brand new, and it’s so cool! The Dallas Public Library will offer different types of virtual music lessons on a weekly basis – Beginning Music Theory, Beginning Piano and Keyboard, Beginning Violin, and more! See the calendar for all the details/dates/times. For ages 6 through teen. Registration required. Free!
Until September 7 :: Not sure if you’ve noticed, but this summer the Arboretum has been home to 25 life-size sculptures of people doing everyday things. Make it a scavenger hunt to find them all, and of course pose for some silly pics in the process. Note: The Children’s Garden is still closed until further notice. Don’t want to drive out to the garden? Visit Garden STEM at Home for daily virtual family activities.
September 1-4 :: Fun Movie Grill in Irving has turned their parking lot into a drive-in. Showtimes are at 9pm, single feature. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and concessions can be purchased inside the theater. Reserve your exact spot when you purchase tickets online!
September 2 :: The Dallas Museum of Art has just reopened, but they are still doing children’s programming virtually. Today they’ll do Virtual ARTventures with Arturo: Clear Blue Sky for ages 2-5 and Virtual Explorers: What We Wear for ages 6-12. One ticket required per family. $5 members/$3 non-members. 10am for both.
September 2 :: Here’s a good interactive virtual program for littles. Nature + Play: Show and Tell from the Dallas Public Library includes story time plus a chance for kids to show off their favorite nature finds. See link for additional details. Registration required. 10:30-11:30am.
September 2 :: The 2020 Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival will be virtual for the first time ever this year. The live stream will include performances, demonstrations, and special presentations including Haiku poetry reading. See how to submit your Haiku at the link. 8-9:30pm. Free!
September 4-5 :: Fair Park finishes up their Spatially Distant Summer Series this weekend (drive-in live music concerts). Tickets are priced by car, and VIP tickets guarantee you a spot in the first 2 rows. See link to purchase. 7pm.
September 5-6 :: Slightly early for holiday shopping, but this could be a cute gift idea. Artist Mary Gonsiorek will be taking orders for Pet Illustrations in the Park at Klyde Warren this weekend. Pet caricatures from $20. 4-7pm. Note: The Children’s Park is still closed. Bring your masks for moments when social distancing isn’t possible.
September 11-12 :: Addison Weekend Drive-In finishes up their summer series with two more nights of local live music acts. Gates at 7:30pm. Space is limited, so snag your spot early. Vehicle access only. Free!
September 12 :: The 2020 Dallas Heart Walk is a virtual “walk where you are” event benefitting the American Heart Association. Join 1 million walkers across the nation this year. See link for registration and details. 9:30am.
September 12 :: A family-friendly volunteer opportunity! Volunteer Day is this weekend at Fair Park. Outdoor spaces have seen increased traffic since COVID, and the Fair Park grounds are no exception. Some TLC is in order. They’ll be taking precautions to keep volunteers safely distanced, and will provide masks, gloves, sanitizer, and refreshments. Sign up at the link. Starts at 8am.
September 12 & 26 :: As part of North Texas Giving Day (mentioned below), Dallas Black Dance Theatre has a couple virtual events that should be super cool for anyone interested in dance. Watch favorites from DBDT’s repertoire and take part in a live Q&A as the choreographer and dancers share their experiences working through the creative process. See other North Texas Giving Day non-profit virtual events here!
September 12 & 26 (and October 10 & 24) :: The 21st Annual Arts & Autos in Downtown Denton will still be happening but with many changes to the activities and schedule in order to keep things as safe as possible. No vendors or street closures, and Chalk Fest will be pushed to next year. They’ll now have 4 separate cruise dates for car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts along with appropriate activities posted to the link when details become available. Time details TBA.
September 17 :: Time for the annual North Texas Giving Day, an 18-hour giving extravaganza benefitting local non-profits (with prizes!). This is a great time to find a non-profit to get involved with. Start here and see how to identify the local orgs that align with your passions and values.
September 19 :: Arboretum pumpkins will be out starting today if you want to get in early on all that. Autumn at the Arboretum: The Art of the Pumpkin will have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month with new safety precautions and rules in place. Note: As of now the Children’s Garden is still closed.
September 25-27 :: The State Fair is cancelled this year, but here’s something funny you can do instead. The Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru is a chance to get your fair food fix AND take a picture with Big Tex, who will be wearing an enormous mask for safety. That’s a historical photo op, y’all. If you want the Big Tex photo but not the food, there’s a dedicated photo weekend September 19-20. See link for tons of details including times, ticket packages, FAQs, and more.