Summer is slowly coming to an end, and parents are feeling it everywhere! The unbearable heat and humidity. Kids are (literally) bouncing off the walls, and the countdown to school has officially begun… for both parents and kids. Unfortunately, many of our favorite local businesses realize this too and family-centered activities take a little break during the month of August to allow families time to prepare and get back into a routine. But, if you’re in need of something to do to ease the summer boredom, we’ve searched across the metroplex and found a variety of events to keep you entertained!
The Guide below is just a glimpse at some of the more interesting events happening around the city (both indoors and out) to help you plan your month of August 2016. We maintain a full calendar of events here and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you get a free calendar printable! It’s filled with cool events and awesome ideas on how to keep your tiny tots and school-aged busy during their time off.
In addition, don’t forget to take advantage of some of the specialty guides we have listed below. We hope you’ll find these helpful as you celebrate summer with the kids! Enjoy!
One Day Only
August 3 :: Take an elevator ride to the Tall Tales Story Time presented by the Dallas Public Library on the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower.
August 3-14 (various dates/times): Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey are in town with a circus like you’ve never seen! Join BMX trick riders, daredevils, even a human cannonball for Circus Xtreme!
August 4 :: There’s not a better place to enjoy Spring than at Texas Discovery Gardens for Stories and More! Read a book, enjoy themed snacks and activities, and stay for the noon butterfly release in the Butterfly House. Begins at 11am; tickets are $8/child and regular admission for adults.
Parents, don’t forget! Tax Free Weekend is August 5-7!
August 6 :: The monthly, but popular, Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center gets you in FREE with lots of crafts and family friendly activities.
August 6 :: Do you have older kids? Bring them to Heard Wildlife Sanctuary for Zip Line Day! Ages 10+ are welcome.
August 12 :: The Dallas Zoo is staying open late for a Family Safari Night Hike. See the animals after dark, up close and personal for only $20/person
August 13 :: It’s time to discover insects at Texas Discovery Gardens’ Butterflies and Bugs! Family Festival all included with general admission. View live and pinned insects, activities, butterfly house tours, and crafts!
August 13 :: For families with special needs, Champions Day is just for you! Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in Garland, Mansfield, and the Colony will have free admission with special park access. (See website for details)
August 16 :: UniverSoul Circus at Southwest Center Mall is a multicultural experience featuring acts from Chile, Colombia, China, California, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, and more. Animals, comedy acts, and stunts are for kids of all ages.
August 18 :: It’s a Dallas Moms Blog Gymboree Playdate! Join fellow readers for a small, private playdate event at Gymboree in Plano. Tickets are still available HERE.
August 18 :: Watters Creek hosts their monthly Lucky Duck Kids Club for children ages 2-6 years old. There’s crafts, fun, and entertainment.
August 19 :: Explore the Dallas Museum of Art looking for your favorite insects with your 2 and 3 year olds. Then act out The Very Hungry Caterpillar during Toddler Art.
August 20 :: The ABC’s of Back to School at NorthPark Center will be a full day of fun — and you may just see a few familiar Dallas Moms Blog faces! See a kid-focused fashion show, art activities including crafts, story time, hula lessons, and dance performers.
August 27 :: Sing along with Mister Willy Welch at Galleria Dallas’s Showtime Saturdays.
Need a few last minute activities to do at home? Here’s a printable calendar of fun to get you through summer!
Happening All Month
August 1-31:: It’s hot in August, and the Dallas Arboretum understands. That’s why they’re closing out summer with August Dollar Days. All month long enjoy $1 General Admission, $5 parking, and $1 admission into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
August 1-31 :: Escape into the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at SummerFest at Gaylord Texan through September.. Activities take place everyday like the Mad Hater’s Tea, and each Friday & Saturday experience Queen of Hearts Light Up the Night Party and 3D Light Show.
August 1-31 :: Calling all LEGO maniacs! LEGOLAND Discovery Center kicks off a full year of fun with the debut of LEGO® Star Wars™ MINILAND Model Display today. Each display will recreate favorite scenes in Star Wars™ Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Fans will marvel at the replicas of a Gladiator-style battle between Jedi and Geonosians on Geonosis, Jango Fett Clones lining up on Kamino, Jango Fett battling Anakin Skywalker featuring Slave Ship 1 and Boba Fett, plus many more.
August 1-31 :: If you or your children love to collect, this is the exhibit for you! Eye of the Collector at Perot Museum of Nature and Science holds Dallas Cowboy memorabilia, PEZ dispensers of all kinds, the largest Star Wars collection in the world, and so much more!