Welcome to August, everyone! We’re still in the midst of a full-blown heatwave around here, so that’s fun. Remember what a cool breeze feels like? I sure don’t! No worries though, we can totally make the most of these dog days of summer. Check out our guide below for all the cool family activities and events around Dallas this month.
All Month :: August Dollar Days at the Arboretum means $2 admission, $5 parking, and $2 to get into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. ALSO $1 sodas, juice and frozen pops, $2 root beer floats and hotdogs, and $4 brownie sundaes. Don’t forget, there’s a fountain and splash area at the Children’s Garden, so this could be a really nice, budget-friendly outing. 9am-5pm.
All Month :: Trinity River Audubon Center also offers mega discounts this month. Not sure what to do while there? Click here for info about the center and to plan your visit. Hours vary by day. $1 admission, 2 and under free.
All Month :: Won’t stop posting this until they shut the water off – our guide to splash pads, pools, and water parks. It’s essential!
All Month, select dates :: Last chance for Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp – matinees (around 10am) with reduced ticket prices, raising money for local non-profits. Check your specific Alamo for dates and deets.
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 :: Children ages 3-7 can explore Science, Technology, Engineering or Math through interesting and stimulating activities during Stem-N-Stories at the Preston Royal Library. Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm. Free!
August 2 :: JumpstART Stories & Art is back at Irving Arts Center (1st Thursday of each month). Ages 2 and up can enjoy a creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. All supplies provided. 10am. Free!
August 2 :: The Perot stays open late tonight for an all-ages Wizarding Science program. Concoct potions, learn about magical creatures, and investigate the wizardry behind some of your favorite magical films. Plus a costume contest! Full details at link. 5-9pm. Included with admission.
August 4 :: Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Dallas Farmers Market Watermelon Festival. It’s a day filled with family fun activities, including a petting zoo, watermelon-themed kids crafts, story time, watermelon games, face painting, tastings, live music on stage, and more. Details on activities at the link. 9am-5pm. Free!
August 4 :: The Forest Green Branch Library hosts Safari with Critterman today. Come see, touch, and learn about creatures like a hissing cockroach, a hedgehog, a blue tongued skink and more. 2-3pm. Free!
August 4, 11, 18 :: Head to the Galleria for Showtime Saturdays, featuring kid-friendly performances like magic shows and sing-a-longs. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
August 6 :: The DMA comes to you at the Skillman Branch Library today from 10:30-11:30am. Designed for preschool and school-aged kids. Free!
August 10-12 :: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes features over 25 of your kid’s fave superheroes in an action-packed live arena show at the AAC. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets from $19.
August 10-12 :: Tax-free weekend!
August 11 :: If you missed the Perot’s Wizarding Science night, the Discovery Day this month also has a “Magic” theme. Learn magic tricks that use gravity and centrifugal force. Explore the science behind some of your favorite magical films and learn how to create the snow used in the movies. 10am (9am for members). Included with general admission.
August 11 :: Play Street Museums in Plano and McKinney have Baseball Fun parties today. Paint a baseball bank, enjoy some baseball-themed snacks and activities, and start your baseball card collection by picking out some baseball cards. Bonus: When you register, you’ll have the option to purchase tickets to the 8/18 Frisco RoughRiders game for just $10 each. 9-10:30am. $18 per child.
August 11 :: Celebrate India’s Independence Day at the Anand Bazaar in Addison Circle Park. This event features cuisine, dance, and music from various parts of India, plus vendors, fireworks, and parades. 6pm. Free!
August 12 :: Bop over to Arlington for a Family Fun Day to celebrate the grand opening of Texas Live, a shiny new event space. Live music and entertainment from family performers, arts & crafts, bounce houses, face painters, jugglers, puppets, sports, giveaways, and more. RSVP at the link for a free bag of popcorn. 11am. Free!
August 16 :: Tummy time and getting your baby moving can be such a challenge. Bring your babe to Bookmarks at Northpark for J Baby Gets Your Baby Moving!, a program to help engage your baby with fun gross motor activities. 12:30-1pm. Free!
August 17-25 :: For all y’all country types, the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton has some pretty famous music acts, a carnival, magic shows, Swifty Swine Swimming & Racing Pigs (omg), and more. Lots of details at the link, including schedules. $15 adults/$5 kids (7-12)/6 and under free.
August 18 :: Just in time for back-to-school, Bookmarks and Nordstrom at Northpark bring us Kids’ Shoe-tying Storytime. This short class is designed for little ones, complete with a free lacing card for practice and a special certificate. 9-9:15am in the kids’ shoe department on the 3rd floor. Free!
August 18 :: SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium at Klyde Warren Park is a chance to learn about the challenges sea turtles face and experience the process of rehabilitating a sea turtle. Plus, get a FREE reusable water bottle while supplies last, and up-close views of several sea artifacts including a shark jaw, stingray barb, and more. 10am-1pm. Free!