At least one time during the summer, moms and dads everywhere here this familiar refrain: “I’m bored.”
These fun-filled activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will keep children busy and parents free of frustration. Some of these ongoing events are absolutely free.
Keep checking back for updates on events as the summer progresses. Please feel free to add any suggestions in the comments below.
Have a great summer!
To celebrate the release of the DVD, fans can meet with costumed characters Emmet and Wyldstyle in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth retail shop. While you're waiting, you could also snap your picture with 6-foot-tall LEGO model replicas of Emmet and Wyldstyle.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is once again opening three of its outdoor pools to Fort Worth residents. Through August 17, City of Fort Worth residents can access three YMCA pools with no membership dues required (daily admission prices required). The three Fort Worth pools are: Eastside YMCA, E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA and Westside YMCA.
Throughout June and July the Dallas Museum of Art will offer daily free activities that will include story telling and family tours.
Arlington’s outdoor pavilion offers free weekend concerts, sponsored by the Star-Telegram, through July 13. There is also a Children’s Concert Series that runs June 11 through July 9 with concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Check web site for schedule.
Beginning May 29, the Amon Carter Museum will offer a free outdoor film series called “Sunset Cinema.” You can pack a picnic dinner and bring blankets to watch the series on the museum lawn. Here is the film schedule:
Every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Grapevine features a 12-minute fireworks show over Lake Grapevine.
Each month, “Summer Fun in Studio A” will introduce new learning activities that explore thematic “do-it-together” activities focusing on color, along with a reading nook and digital interactive station. These play-based, content-rich experiences will connect with artworks on view and concepts in early childhood development. Opening day will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and will include studio-art activities for little ones and mini-classes for parents about exploring art with their children. Grand opening day visitors will also receive a special “colorific” gift.
The annual in-store program invites children to explore culture through crafts, and this year Irving-based Michaels has partnered with seven of North America’s best museums including The Perot Museum to create a museum road trip with projects that correspond to each museum’s exhibits. The six other museums are the Georgia Aquarium, The Field Museum, The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the Denver Art Museum, the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Register for classes online at www.Michaels.com/Passport
Young photographers, ages 12 through 17, can sharpen their skills at this free workshop. Edgar Miller, education director at Fort Worth Camera, will present a basic tutorial while allowing participants to shoot live subjects at the Ranch Sorting National Championships at The Will Rogers Memorial Complex. Participants will also tour the Barbara Van Cleve “Hard Twist” exhibit at the National Cowgirl Museum.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will host a fun day of learning. The day starts at 9 a.m. with local heroes, Fire Station #18 firefighters, who will have their fire truck on display outside the main Lantern entrance. Pick up free comic books, posters, and other give-aways while on your way into exhibits. Children will also get the chance to meet Star Wars and Star Trek characters as well as watch live Indiana Jones stunts at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Little superheroes can make their own capes or color super heroes. Special guest speakers will be sharing what it’s like to “Being a Hero” and how you can be one too!