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

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This monthly guide has been sponsored by the Bomb Factory and Moms Meet to bring you more details on a couple September events. All opinions are 100% our own!

August seemed like a long month to me. I’m quite pleased that it’s September as I am extremely ready for fall. Twelve days in a row of 100+ degrees will do that (I don’t even know if that’s true, it just FEELS like it). But let’s not dwell on the weather. Instead, let’s focus on all the fun things going on around Dallas this month!

September events in Dallas things to do with kids

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.


Slime Mania Bomb FactoryIf there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that CHILDREN LOVE SLIME. The Bomb Factory will host Karina Garcia’s Slime Mania, an all-ages show featuring appearances by your favorite slimers, a vendor marketplace with the best slime companies, slime workshops, activities and demonstrations, slime-making, slime-trading, games, raffles, and so much more. A kid’s dream!

Sunday, September 22 :: Doors at 10am, show at 12pm. Tickets start at $15. Limited VIP packages available. Tickets will go fast, so don’t miss out!

Meet Moms WOW Summit '19Ok, that one’s for the kids and this one’s for you: Moms Meet WOW Summit ’19 is an inspirational and educational 2-day event for Texas moms and mom bloggers. DAY 1 is tailored to bloggers and influencers – workshopping, networking, and learning how to level-up your blog. DAY 2 is for ALL moms interested in healthy living. Learn more about the latest natural and organic products, attend educational workshops, and connect with other women who share your healthy outlook. They’ll also have a fun cocktail party on Friday night for all attendees. And swag! Let’s not forget swag!

September 27 and 28 :: $35 general admission (Day 2) and $115 for Blogger/Influencer passes (Day 1). REGISTER HERE!


August 31-September 1 :: Dino Fest is back at the Perot for Labor Day Weekend. Family fun like digging for fossils, face painting, a life-size dinosaur roaming the halls, plus deeper dives into the science of dinos with talks from paleontologists, demonstrations, trivia, and workshops. Schedule at the link. Dino Fest activities from 10am-4pm. Included with admission.

August 31-September 2 :: Labor Day Weekend at the Arboretum brings you $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, free beer tasting, live music, and a bunch of science-based fun in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. See link for full schedule. Included with admission.

September 2 :: Garland has a Labor Day Parade and Car Show (74th annual!) through Historic Downtown Garland this morning. It’ll have all the usuals – floats, local bands, sports and dance groups, etc. Parade at 9am. Car Show from 11am-2pm. Free!

All Month, Tuesdays :: Klyde Warren Park hosts Music and Stories with KidWorks every Tuesday. Join Miss Kimberly for an hour full of music, movement and fun stories. Bring a picnic lunch for after! 11am-12pm. Free!

All Month, Wednesdays :: You and baby can learn American Sign Language (ASL) for the words and ideas that are important to tots at Sing & Sign on Wednesdays this month at Bookmarks Northpark. 12:30-1pm. Free!

September 3 :: First Tuesday at the DMA has Rainbow Connection theme this month. Art activities, sensory play, story time with the Dallas Public Library, and more. See link for the day’s schedule. 11am-2pm. Free!

September 6, 7 :: Texas Discovery Gardens Stories and More has both a weekday and weekend option for ya. Make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. Includes admission to the Butterfly House and the Gardens. Designed for toddlers but older siblings are welcome. 11am-12pm. Tickets start at $2.

September 7 :: The Dallas Galleria offers fancy face painting and a balloon artist on the 1st Saturday of each month. They set up on the 3rd floor by the play area. 12pm-2pm. Free!

September 7, 9 :: Family Zoo Adventures at the Dallas Zoo: Primate STEM includes activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours. Learn what is takes to be a gorilla zoologist and how you can help protect these great apes. Activities developed for families with kids ages 4 to 12. Saturday: 10am or 2pm; Monday: 9:15am. $12 members/$15 non-members

September 12-15 :: It’s the 33rd annual Grapefest in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Food & drink, multiple music stages, vendors, all that festival stuff. Don’t miss KidsWorld with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Fun Builds, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, and more. They also have games and rides at the carnival and midway. Hours vary by day. Tickets start at $5 (kids under 6 are free). There are certain days/times with FREE admission, check here for specifics.

September 14 :: North Texas Giving Day is the nation’s largest community-wide giving event. Head to Northpark to donate, learn about volunteer opportunities, participate in hands-on helping, and watch performances by area non-profits like the Texas Boys Choir, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Orchestra, and more. 10am to 4pm.

September 14 :: The 20th Annual Arts & Autos in Downtown Denton has a chalk art festival, silent auction, live music all day, car/truck/motorcycle show, food + vendors, and kids games and activities. 9am-3pm. Free!

September 14 :: Take some cool pics at the Trinity River Kite Festival today. Stunt kind demonstrations, free kite giveaway, food and vendors, a Kid Zone with bounce houses, arts & crafts, and more. 11am-5pm. Free!

September 19-22 :: Addison Oktoberfest is a big one – games, rides, and activities for all ages; bier activites, contests, and steins; live music; food; and a chance to win a trip to Munich. FAQ here, including free parking info. Free on Thursday and Sunday, $10 on Friday and Saturday. Kids under 10 free all weekend.

September 20-22 :: The Annual Native American Pow Wow comes to Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie this weekend. Several hundred Native Americans representing tribes from all over the country celebrate their culture and heritage and invite you to join them. Tribal dance contests, arts & crafts show, authentic Native American foods, and more. Free! (parking $4)

September 20-22 :: Time for the annual Plano Balloon Festival (that’s hot air balloons). The weekend includes fireworks, special kids activities, sky divers, food and craft vendors, live music, and more. Balloon schedule here (Ballon Glow in the evenings!). FAQ here. Tickets start at $5, kids under 36″ are free.

September 20-22 :: Can’t forget the annual Greek Food Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church. Food, music & dancing, cooking demos, a Children’s Area with sand art & crafts, caricature artists, face painting, and more. The Agora Marketplace also features a number of delights for young festival-goers. $9 for ages 14+, under 13 free.

September 21 :: Take advantage of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, with free admission to participating museums in town. Frontiers of Flight will do a special Girls in Aviation Day. See Museum Day link for participating museums and to register for free tickets. 10am-5pm. Free!

September 21 :: Another festival! The Irving Main Street Event (in the Irving Heritage District) has live music, the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show, free rides and activities for children, food and shopping, and more. Noon-6pm. Free!

September 21 :: Arboretum pumpkins will be out today if you want to get in early on all that. Autumn at the Arboretum has a It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown theme this year and they’ll have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month.

September 27 :: It’s Texas State Fair time again – can you believe it?? If you want to bring the kids, but you’re not quite sure how that’ll go, check out our post on Taking Little Ones to the State Fair. Admission and times vary, see site for details.

September 27 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson presents the Ultimate Willy Wonka Party, including a live Q&A with the actors who played Mike Teevee and Veruca Salt. Dress up as your favorite character or prop and enjoy bubbles, candy (of course!), sniffable wallpaper, a pre-show karaoke contest, and more. Must be over age 6. 7:30pm.

September 29 :: See the Rangers play the Yankees at the final game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Get a free commemorative t-shirt! 2:05pm start.

Anything other cool stuff happening in September? Let us know!

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