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

Happy July! Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Obviously, the big deal this month is Independence Day. Head over to our 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for a whole bunch of ways to celebrate. The guide below will focus on all the other fun things to do in Dallas in July, including plenty of ways to beat the heat because that’s all we care about at this point, right?

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.

July events Dallas things to do in Dallas

If you’re looking for a fun way to get to know some other moms this month, join us on Thursday, July 12 (11am-12pm) for the 2nd Dallas Moms Blog’s Lunch Bunch event {presented by McDonald’s of North Texasat McDonald’s :: 216 Coit Road, Plano, Texas 75075. 

Lunch Bunch is a new initiative hosted by McDonald’s of North Texas and Dallas Moms Blog, inviting local moms and dads into the restaurant to learn more about McDonald’s and its commitment to education, food and giving back to local communities. The July Lunch Bunch event will feature the new Fresh Beef burgers and self-order kiosks, plus a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour; all while kids have fun in the PlayPlace. 

Spots are very limited, so grab yours here. Stay tuned for our future Lunch Bunch events in October, and November!


All Month :: The Trinity River Audubon Center has special $1 admission all this month and the next. Hands-on exhibits, 5 miles of hiking trails, a butterfly garden – you can spend a lot of time here exploring nature with the kids, citizen scientist-style. Open daily. Click here for hours, directions, rules, and more.

All Month :: There’s really only one way to truly beat the heat: GET WET. Take a look at our guide to slash pads, pools, and water parks for info on the best places to cool off this summer.

All Month :: Summer Family Fun at the Dallas Museum of Art means free daily activities for kids like Story Time (T/W/TH), Pop Up Art Spots, and Family Gallery Guides to help you get the most out of the museum. Pick up your guide in the Family Fun Cart on level 1 near the blue elevators. See the link for more info on all the activities. Free!

All Month :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson continues their Kids Camp – daily matinees with reduced ticket pricing, raising money for local non-profits. They’ve also got a Summer Family Fun reward card, so kids can earn free concessions. See the link for details and a handy graphic schedule of all the summer shows and movies coming up.

All Month :: I know some of y’all like to go to Top Golf as a family. It can get pricey if you go often, but they now have a Family Fun Pass, basically a family membership, that covers play for up to 6 people until 5pm all summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). You get special deals on food, lessons, and events, too. Click the link for more info if you’re the golfing type.

All Month, Fridays :: This is the last month for Family Fun Fridays at the Arboretum where they provide a petting zoo, face painting, music, and more in addition to the usual botanical delights. 10am-2pm. Included with garden admission.

July 1 :: LEGOLAND Discovery Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first LEGO minifigure with a special birthday party event. Activities include a scavenger hunt, cupcake and birthday-themed build sessions, character meet & greet, minifigure trading stations, and more. Oh, and giveaways! Tickets from $15.99. Buy online in advance to save $$.

July 1-15 :: Northpark has a bunch of children’s playhouses on display as part of the 23rd CASA Dallas Parade of Playhouses fundraiser. You can enter to win a playhouse in the raffle drawing on 7/15. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at event ticket tables at NorthPark Center or online at dallascasa.org.  I hope you win!!

July 1, 8, 15 ,22, 29 :: The Preston Royal Branch Library offers Smart Sundays where the whole family can adventure together through Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology. They will be doing different activities every week with an all-ages approach in mind. Perfect for those who can’t make it to the library on weekdays. 2-3pm. Free!

July 3 :: The Renner-Frankford branch of the Dallas Public Library will hold a Family Fun Night: LEGO Challenge where you can compete as a family building team to win a special prize. 5-6pm. Free!

July 3, 4 :: Not sure where to watch fireworks? See all the best family-friendly 4th of July celebrations, including public fireworks shows, in our 4th of July Fireworks and Festivities Guide for 2018.

July 5 :: Summer is the perfect time to stay up a little bit late. The Perot has a Summer Nights program for kids to explore the science behind their favorite summer activities. Learn about the science of fireworks and sunscreen, and even make your own ice cream. There’s a complete schedule of activities at the link. And don’t miss the new Ultimate Dinosaurs special exhibit while you are there. 5-9pm. Included with general admission.

July 6, 13, 20, 27 :: Fridays in Fretz Park Library’s Black Box Theater is Toddler Storytime. Practice the skills kids need to be ready to read. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around, and learn. Suggested ages 18 months to 3 years. 11am-12pm. Free!

July 7 :: Haven’t mentioned the North Dallas Toy Show in a while. My brother was just talking about his childhood love of toy shows, so I took it as a sign. New and vintage action figures, comics, collectible toys, and more at the Dallas Event Center in Farmers Branch. Door prizes every hour! 9am-3pm. $2 admission, kids 12 and under are free.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 :: Willow Bend will bring in kid-friendly performers every week this month for Summer Fun Thursdays. First up is the James Wand Secret Agent Magic Show, with tricks, comedy, and interactive entertainment. All Summer Fun Thursday shows are held on the lower level between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court. 1pm. Free!

July 6, 20 :: Back by popular demand, Luciana’s Galactic Summer Adventure at the American Girl store gives kids a chance to discover more of Luciana’s story through interactive science demonstrations, enjoy a fun Moon Phase craft, and take home a special doll tee (while supplies last). Plus, enter to win a Luciana Doll and Book and Luciana’s Robotic Dog. 11am-2pm. Free!

July 10 :: The Preston Royal Branch Library will host the Equest Mini Ambassadors (aka mini ponies!) for two hours today. This is an interactive event and sure to be super cute. Designed for school kids ages ~6-11. 2-4pm. Free!

July 11, 14 :: You have a Wednesday OR Saturday option for Barnyard Buddies Storytime at Dallas Heritage Village. Designed for ages 18 months to 5 years. Read a story and do a hands-on activity and related craft. The July book will be Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni. 11am. $5/ages 2 and up, $5 adults.

July 11, 18, 25 :: Wonder Kit Wednesdays at Klyde Warren Park allows kids to spend an hour doing hands-on science experiments designed to spark imagination and learning. For kids ages 5-12. Bring some towels so you can hit up the fountains after. 2-3pm. Free!

July 12 :: The Renner-Frankford Library also has a cool raptor event for all ages this month. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center presents Raptors of North Texas, where you’re invited to come discover the habits and habitats of our local raptors, including hawks and owls. 2-3pm. Free!

July 14 :: The Perot Discovery Days topic this month is Biology. Investigate living organisms and what makes you unique, dive into marine biology activities, and explore cellular science and genetics. Learn about the human body and how amazing we really are as you explore the newly renovated Being Human HallDiscovery Days activities are included in regular admission.

July 14 :: Time for the annual Bastille on Bishop festival in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. This all-ages event covers several blocks and celebrates all things French with food, vendors, dancing, and more. Here’s the FAQ for parking info, if you’re interested. 6-11pm. Free!

July 21 :: Moon Day at Frontiers of Flight Museum is the biggest annual space exposition in Texas. Learn about space flight accomplishments and current and future activities in space exploration. This year the STEM-focused event also celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo VII mission and includes programs and classes for all ages. See link for more event info, including details on the Model Rocket Build (which requires advance registration and a $25 materials fee). All other Moon Day activities are included in museum admission. 

Any other fun July events to share? Let us know below?

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