I will 100% not be making pumpkin spice jokes in this intro. But I will most certainly say something about the temperatures, because let’s be real, September is almost indistinguishable from high summer around here. September in Dallas means getting overly excited to bust out my fall fashions, then sweating to death in boots and knitwear because, of course, it’s 97 degrees outside and I am delusional. So! Leave that cute jean jacket in the closet for just a little longer and check out our Guide below for the best kid and family events this month. Or go ahead and wear the jean jacket. We can perspire together.
Real talk: September begins on a somber note for us here in Texas as we sort through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We know y’all are all over social media and have seen many ways to help those in need. Here’s a list of some vetted organizations other than the Red Cross and Salvation Army who are also on the ground providing aid:
- Americares provides emergency medicine and supplies
- Portlight helps the elderly and those with disabilities
- Texas Food Banks are mobilized – here’s an article on how to give
- Global Giving and All Hands Volunteers are raising money for short- and long-term recovery
- Texas Diaper Bank fills a specific gap in Red Cross relief efforts by providing diapers for the very young and the elderly
- Little Lobbyists is collecting funds and medical supplies to help vulnerable children with complex medical issues
- BakerRipley is based in Houston and focuses on long-term disaster relief after emergency crews have left
If you’re looking for ways to help the areas to our South right here in DFW, check out our up-to-the-minute post on where you can donate, volunteer, and send monetary donations locally. Let’s all help however we can because it’s certainly going to be a long road back.
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September 1, 8, 15 :: Come see what goes on when the lights go out at the Dallas Zoo. Twilight Safari Hike Night is a family after-hours tour with special talks, activities, and up-close animal encounters. Click the link to register online and read the FAQ. 7-10pm, for ages 6 and up. $20 per ticket.
September 2-5 :: Labor Day Weekend at the Arboretum brings you $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, wine tastings, giant lawn games, bubbles and music, and cover bands to play out the end of summer.
September 2 :: Start your weekend with the Disney-oriented and audience-interactive Happily Ever After Saturday Morning Breakfast show at Geppetto’s Marionnette Theater inside the Hilton Anatole. 9am. $16 General Admission. This month also sees the start of their new Wizard of Oz show every weekend beginning September 9.
September 2 :: “If ya have to go potty, stop and go right away…” then head to Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on the big screen. Reserve your tickets with a $1-$5 donation benefitting our local PBS station. 10am.
September 2 :: The first Saturday of each month, the Perot Museum does Family Experiments at Klyde Warren Park. This time the topic is Biology, exploring how our bodies function and examining models of human cells. 11am to 2pm. Free!
September 2 :: Who has heard about Gleaux Fest? It’s a nighttime family LED festival on the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge. Laser tag, food trucks, music, bounce houses, face painting, KISS FM, and all the light-up toys. A visual feast for the eyes. 7-11pm. Free!
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 :: Every Saturday this month is Showtime Saturday at the Dallas Galleria. Slapstick, magic, puppets, that kind of thing. 11:30-12, near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. Free!
September 5 :: First Tuesday at the DMA this month is Pattern Play, with pattern-themed activities for little kids from 11am to 2pm. Check the link for the schedule. Free!
September 9, 30 :: Football families, have y’all ever been to a Dallas Cowboys Rally Day? On home game weekends, AT&T Stadium opens up for tours, on field games, a Kid Zone, and appearances by Cowboy alums. 10am to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the link. FYI, tickets for November Rally Days go on sale September 4 if you want to get a jump on things.
September 9 :: The Perot Museum will do Discovery Days: Animals for their September theme. Examine specimens through microscopes, look at X-Rays, invent a creature, and even meet some live animals. 10am to 4pm. Included in the cost of general admission.
September 10 :: Irving Arts Center’s Second Sunday Funday, Comically Yours, is all about comics and graphic novels. Get inspired by BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels in the Gallery, then tell a story by drawing a comic strip. 1-4pm. Free!
September 14 :: The Microsoft store at Northpark Center is our local host for North Texas Giving Day. Donate, learn about volunteer opportunities, and watch performances by area non-profits like the Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Zoo, and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. 11am to 2pm.
September 15-16 :: The annual Irving Main Street Event is this weekend in the heart of the Irving Heritage District. Live music, car show, food and shopping, free rides and activities for kids (petting zoo, marionette show, a monkey…). Hours vary each day, so check the link for that and for specifics on all the action. Free admission!
September 15-16 :: Lakewood Library Friends has a library book sale this weekend benefitting the Lakewood Branch Library. This is a great way to get books, music, and movies for a steal. On the flip side, if you are looking to unload some of your books and media, the library is accepting donations for the sale. Sale hours are Saturday 10am to 5pm, but check the link for info on the early bird preview Friday evening.
September 16-17 :: The Richardson Civic Center hosts the Dallas Comic Show today, and in their own words: Our mission is to bring back an affordable pop culture convention experience to the DFW area, something everyone can enjoy and embrace without breaking the bank. This is show run by fans and done for fans. We are here to make sure you have fun. Sounds good to me! Click the link for tickets, children under 6 are free.
September 16 :: One of the main reasons I had kids was to one day ready Roald Dahl books with them. I’m barely exaggerating. Support your local independent bookstore and revel in childhood whimsy on Roald Dahl Day at Interabang Bookstore (Preston/Royal). Fun and games start at 1pm. (While we’re here, every Wednesday at 11am they have a themed story time and activity for kids ages 2-5. Pass it on.)
September 16 :: Get swept up in the 6th Annual Trinity River Wind Festival, an outdoor extravaganza of wind, wings, and action. We’re talking kites, giant kites, falcons, more kites, dance performances, and lots of fun activities (see also: kites). Check the link for a breakdown. Free!
September 21 :: Free Third Thursday at the Trinity River Audubon Center. Ask about their citizen scientist opportunities if you want a little purpose while you explore. 9am to 4pm.
September 22-24 :: Time for the Greek Food Festival of Dallas at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Besides the obvious, FOOD, they’ll have a children’s area with caricature artists and face painters, a backgammon tent, folk dancing and music, cooking demos, a marketplace, and lots more. Tickets are $6, kids 12 and under are free.
September 23 :: The 2017 Flights of Our Fathers Air Show & Fly-In is today at the Terrell Municipal Airport. Kid’s Zone, performances by all sorts of jets and planes named with letters and numbers (MiG 17F, AT-6, A-26… you see what I mean), car and motorcycle show, food and drink vendors, and more. 8:15am to 5pm. Tickets at the gate $10 per person or $20 per carload (cash or credit).
September 25 :: Today marks the start of two 6-week programs, Wiggle Worms Storytime and Storytime Stars, at the Richardson Public Library for ages 2-3 and 4-6, respectively. See the link for details and time slots. *Must register for these programs by September 5!*
September 29 :: Last but certainly not least, the State Fair of Texas opens today and runs through October 22. I’m off to check out the list of new foods, and I suggest you join me because it is the perfect Dallas small talk subject this time of year, and you’ll want to be informed.