Welcome to July, gals! Hopefully everyone is living their best summer life, mixing work and play with ease and swanning about in caftans every weekend. I’m currently sitting under an A/C vent wearing jeans and an old hoodie, so… perhaps I need to adjust my goop levels. If you find yourself in my situation, or just need something new to do with the kids, take a look at this Guide to Dallas family fun in July!
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All Month :: Friendly reminder about Studio Movie Grill Children’s Summer Series, where tickets are just $1 each. This month they’ll do Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda 3, Shrek the Third, Madagascar. LOOK Cinemas does the same thing Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10am with a new movie shown each week. Check the link for specifics!
All Month :: Fritz Park Petting Farm is a free petting zoo operated by the city of Irving Parks & Rec, open June and July only from 10am to 6pm. The website specifically indicates a “well-shaded environment,” so they know what’s up.
July 1 :: The North Dallas Toy Show will be at the Dallas Events Center (in Farmers Branch, mysteriously) from 9am to 3pm today. Vintage toys and collectibles, mostly of the geeky variety – think Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Transformers, Stark Trek. Over 70 vendor tables to check out! Admission is $2 for ages 12 and up.
July 1, 8 :: The Dallas Zoo wraps up their Safari Nights Concert Series this month. These are the last two Saturdays for you to catch live music and all sorts of interactive animal activities and demonstrations. Food and drinks (including beer/wine) available for purchase. Activities start at 5pm, see the link for a full schedule of the evening. Event is free with zoo admission.
July 2 :: Every other Sunday the Addison Improv does a Comedy & Magic Show at 2 pm. Tickets start at $10 and all ages are welcome, although the show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
July 4 :: You’ve noticed there is no 4th of July stuff on this Guide. That’s only because there is actually SO MUCH going on that the 4th gets its own post. Check here for all the best ways to celebrate!
July 6 :: The first Thursday of each month is JumpstART Stories and Art at the Irving Events Center. This month’s theme is “On the Beach,” which means fun stories and crafts inspired by the seashore. 10am, designed for ages 2 and up. Free!
July 7 :: The Dallas Museum of Art hosts Toddler Art: Dress Up! today from 11am to 12pm. Explore the galleries, make a t-shirt to take home, and play in Arturo’s Nest, the kid-friendly play area. $8/$5 for members. Adults and younger siblings don’t need a ticket. Class size is limited to 18 kids so reserve your spot!
July 7-9 :: This one’s for the bigger kids. Have we heard of Texicon before? I confess, I’m not in the demographic, but I know many are INTO IT. Texicon is a mega gaming convention featuring miniatures, RPGs, and board games. You can play old faves or learn to play new games in an open and relaxed, family-friendly environment. Check here for more deets, including ticket pricing, which starts at $20 and varies based on multi-day, age, etc.
July 7, 14, 21, 28 :: We mentioned this in an older Guide, but it bears repeating, especially since kids can stay up a bit later in the summer: It’ll Do Club hosts Disco Kids from 6-9:30pm every Friday. This is a kids-only night for bustin’ moves on the dance floor. $5 cover for kids, parents get in free!
July 8 :: Discovery Days at the Perot has an Architecture theme this month. Explore engineering, design, building, and tech, with special presentations and hands-on activities from 10am to 4pm. Discovery Days is included with general admission (*and for a limited time you get $2 off per person when you buy your tix online).
July 8 :: One of my top summer chill dreams is to float in a pool while watching a movie. Bahama Beach Waterpark, owned and operated by Dallas Parks & Rec, hosts Dive-In Movie Night this summer for that very purpose. The July movie is LEGO Batman. Gates at 8pm, movie at sundown. Races and games before the show. Admission $5.
July 11 :: Tiny pony alert! The Fretz Park Library will have two miniature horses on site for a special equine story time. Children will learn about horse care basics and the unique healing bond between humans and horses. 11am to 1pm.
*P.S. The Preston Royal branch will host the ponies July 25 at 2:30pm.
July 14, 28 :: Had to sneak in one more pool/movie event. The Holmes Aquatic Center in University Park will kick off their summer Dive-In Movie series with Zootopia on July 14. July 28 is Moana. Gates at 8, showtime at 9 pm. Free for UP and HPISD residents!
July 20 :: Today is the annual summer Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo. This means $1 admission, $1 selected snacks, $1 nectar for the lorikeets, plus reduced prices on giraffe feedings, carousel rides, and parking. The parking lots fill up fast on Dollar Day, so considering taking the DART straight to Dallas Zoo Station.
July 20 :: The third Thursday of every month means free admission at the Trinity River Audoubon Center. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to bust out a parasol.
July 27 :: Any Fancy Nancy fans here? Texas Discovery Gardens is doing a Butterfly Tea Party today with “fancy” crafts and activities in celebration of Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O’Connor. Tickets start at $3 and can be purchased at the link.