Ok, y’all, it’s June and summer is a GO. Time to get yourself a stylish caftan or two for maximum summer vibes. Maybe a head wrap. New sunglasses? Just avoid those tiny frames the youths are wearing lately. I cannot with that trend. Once you’ve got your summer look all set, be sure to check out our guide below for fun things to do in Dallas with the kids and fam this June. You might not want to wear your new caftan to like, Discovery Days at the Perot, but at the same time, why not? It’s summer!
All Month :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson gears up for summer with a few different kid-friendly programs. Their Kids Camp is back – 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 :: Did you see our Epic Waters post? This new Grand Prairie water park would be such a special treat for the kids. They even have spectator tickets available if you’re bringing someone who isn’t going to get wet. Now that they’ve been open for a few months, they’ve compiled a “Must-Know” page filled with the information people have been asking about. I live for additional info.
All Month :: The Sweet Tooth Hotel is a temporary Willy Wonka-esque installation of interactive sugar-themed rooms in Victory Park. Total Instagram bait. Here’s the FAQ – no strollers, FYI. Open 10am-8pm daily. Tickets must be purchased online in advance: $20 general admission, kids under 2 free.
All Month, Wednesdays & Saturdays :: LOOK Cinemas has a Kids’ Summer Movie Series starting this month. Tickets are $1 for all ages, and kids’ meals are $4.50. Kung Fu Panda, Ferdinand, LEGO Ninjago Movie, Boss Baby, and Despicable Me 3 are first up. Sensory Sensitive Showings start at 9am, others start at 10am.
All Month, Fridays :: Every Friday this month is Family Fun Fridays at the Arboretum with a petting zoo, face painting, music, and more. 10am-2pm. Included with garden admission.
All Month, Saturdays :: Galleria Dallas continues Showtime Saturdays each week with magic, puppets, bubbles, singing, and other kid-oriented performances. Different performers each week. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
June 1 :: It’s National Donut Day, and that means freebies. Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut today, no purchase necessary. Dunkin Donuts will also give you a free donut of your choice with purchase of a beverage. All day, while supplies last. Free!
June 8 :: Support the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation at Dirk’s 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Celebs playing bad baseball, entertainment before and during the game, and fireworks show after. Proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. Game time is 7pm. Tickets start at $9.
June 9 :: Discovery Days: Sports Science at the Perot this month. Race against a friend, a T Rex, or a pro, and discover how athletes do what they do. Explore the science behind sports drinks and nutrition, see how fast your reaction time is, and learn about sporting equipment. Full schedule of activities at the link. Included with general admission/free for members.
June 9 :: Pop over to Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano to celebrate diversity at the 8th annual North Texas Pride”Come As You Are” Festival. They’ll have vendor booths, food & drink, giveaways, adult and kid activities, bands, DJ, dancing, and entertainment for all ages. 11am-7pm. Suggested donation of $10, kids 12 and under free.
June 9 :: Family Day at the Sammons celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Sammons Center for the Arts. You’ve surely noticed this cool old building before, but I’ve bet you’ve never been in. Kids of all ages are invited to create art, pet an instrument, and play musical games. Bonus: complimentary valet and snacks. Free but please register to let them know you’ll be there.
June 9 :: There is so much going on around town today, you had better get out to one of these things! The annual Fair Park Sparks family event will have food, children’s activities, live music, fireworks reflecting off the Esplanade fountain, and more. 4-11pm. Free!
June 9 :: Irving gets in on the action with Canal Fest, highlighting cultures from around the world with live music, dance performances, ethnic craft and food vendors, and family-friendly activities and attractions. Free face painting and caricatures, as well as paid water attractions like gondolas and stand-up paddleboarding in Mandalay Canal. 2-10pm. Free!
June 13, 16 :: Bookmarks at NorthPark celebrates their 10th anniversary with 2 days of partying. David Chicken, Slappy & Monday, and Tommy Terrific will perform. Every time I read that I giggle. Check out a book and receive a Bookmarks birthday gift while supplies last. Wednesday: 10:30am-12pm, Saturday: 12:30-2pm. Free!
Starting June 15 :: Sail off with the Dallas Children’s Theater on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacobs and his new pirate friends. How I Became A Pirate, based on the book of the same name, is a story of adventure and finding one’s own heart. Rec’d for ages 4 and up. Choose from numerous dates and showtimes at the link. Tickets start at $17.
June 16 :: Head to Downtown Carrollton Square for the Lava Luau, welcoming the summer season through music, color and decoration, food, and dance. There will be live music, dancing, vendors, contests, and more. See the link for schedules and more info. 3-9pm. Free!
June 17 :: Father’s Day! The Arboretum has a bunch of beer and grill-based offerings. And the American Girl Doll Store has a Father’s Day Afternoon Tea, but that kind of sounds like a punishment for many Dads. Your mileage may vary!
June 19 :: The MLK, Jr. Community Center by Fair Park hosts their annual Juneteenth Celebration, a community-based event celebrating art, history, music, food, family, and freedom. Local craft and food vendors, kids’ games, arts & crafts activities for the whole family, and live entertainment – local artists, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, and more. 3-7pm. Free!
June 22, 23 :: Dallas hosts the NHL Draft this year, and the Dallas Stars will throw a Draft Fan Fest on Victory Plaza at the AAC to celebrate. The festival includes all-day live country music, interactive games, mechanical bull rides, photo ops with a longhorn and the Stanley Cup, and more. Check the link for info on fan fest-only tickets and event schedule.
June 30 :: Learn all about native Texas snakes, tarantulas, and other animals with venomous fangs at Texas Discovery Garden’s Fangs! Festival. Join them for ongoing talks, crafts, and animal encounters. Full schedule at the link. 10am-3pm. Included with admission to TDG.