School is almost out for summer. Think you’ve been everywhere and done everything?
The newest initiative at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a reminder that there’s always something new going on in DFW. Here’s the news on that, plus 11 more new family-friendly events to get on your calendar this summer.
1. NatGeo at the Perot Museum
The Perot Museum just announced an exclusive five-year partnership with National Geographic that will bring new films, guest speakers and traveling exhibitions to the museum. The museum’s summer lineup of films in its state-of-the-art 3-D Hoglund Foundation Theater includes Pandas: The Journey Home, Flight of the Butterflies and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia. For reviews of the movies, visit www.star-telegram.com/moms.
2. Fun in Sundance Square
Enjoy lazy Sunday afternoons in Sundance Square and listen to live jazz. Performances are 3-4:30 p.m. every Sunday through June, and they’re free. A special Father’s Day show June 15 will include Adonis Rose & the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. Concerts are held on the Plaza, where the kids can cool off in the jetted fountains while you relax under giant umbrellas.
The family also can gather for free Movie Nights in the Plaza. They take place at dusk (about 8:30-9 p.m.) through July 30. Titles include Frozen (Wednesday), Enchanted (June 18), Father of the Bride (June 25) and Back to the Future (July 30).
3. Go green with ‘Shrek the Musical’
From June 7 to July 12, Artisan Center Theater presents Shrek the Musical at its new 150-seat children’s theater. The program is based on the popular DreamWorks film about an ogre and his sidekick donkey who set out to rescue a princess. This musical comedy is appropriate for all ages. 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; also 2 p.m. July 1, 3, 8 and 10.
4. A deal at Noble Planetarium
Noble Planetarium admission is included with general exhibit admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Six shows throughout the summer will introduce the solar system to visitors. Admission is on a first-come basis and seating is limited. Daily scheduling is available on the museum’s website. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
5. Summer Fun in Studio A
The Kimbell Art Museum recently opened Studio A in the Piano Pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through August, the museum will offer a hands-on art activity geared toward children age 5 and younger, accompanied by a parent. The theme for June is “Mixing It Up with Color”; for July, “Color in Nature”; and for August, “Colors and Feelings.” No reservations are required.
6. Up close with nature
Kids can explore nature hands-on at Bob Jones Nature Center summer programs running June through August. Weeklong programs are held Tuesday through Friday and children can participate in one or several. Breakfast With the Birds covers a different local species each week. Afternoon Artists’ Club will teach about styles and mediums. The Coolest Thing Ever series of Saturday sessions covers owl pellets, bugs and more. Natural Artists includes nature weaving, nature casting and woodland fairy houses. Register in advance online.
7. Sunset Cinema at the Amon Carter Museum
Bring a picnic meal and a blanket to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for a free film screening on the last Thursday of each month through the summer. The schedule includes Vertigo on Thursday, Toy Story on June 26 and Chicago on July 31. The lawn opens at 6 p.m., followed by tours at 7 p.m. Films begin at 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed.
8. Cool off at the newest water park
Hawaiian Falls opens its location in White Settlement on June 5 for season pass holders and June 6 for the general public. This water park on the west side of Fort Worth boasts a football field-size wave pool, a 1,000-foot river of rapids and a 10,000-square-foot activity pool, complete with obstacle course. There are also several tube and body slides, a lazy river, and a splash pool for the youngest visitors. Open 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, until 10 p.m. Fridays.
9. ‘Stuart Little’ on stage
The Dallas Children’s Theater presents Stuart Little in the Baker Theater at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. Based on the classic children’s tale by E. B. White, Stuart Little is the story of a family whose youngest child is a mouse who must learn to adapt in a world of humans. The opening-night party June 13 begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a mouse-ears craft, giveaways and treats.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 13 (no shows July 4th weekend). There will also be a sensory-friendly performance at 4:30 p.m. July 12, with a reduced ticket price of $5 per person. Showtimes and tickets are available on the theater website and at the box office.
10. Family-friendly outdoor concerts
Levitt Pavilion in Arlington has several kids’ shows lined up for Wednesdays this summer. The schedule includes musical shows from Billy Jonas on June 11, Big Bang Boom on June 18 and the Boogers on June 25. Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble performs an interactive show July 2. Local group Lone Star Circus performs July 9. Performances are 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
11. Family drop-in at the Botanic Garden
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites families to a come-and-go craft session 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday in June and July. On June 19, make a bubble wand and explore the pocket gardens at the Texas Garden Club Headquarters. On July 17, make flower fairies outside the Garden Center in the Leonard Courtyard. Supplies are provided and no registration is needed.
12. Gigantabugs! at the Fort Worth Zoo
This spring, the Fort Worth Zoo opened a special exhibit throughout the park called Gigantabugs! This collection of 13 larger-than-life animatronic creatures is on display through July 6 and included with general admission. Guests can control the bugs’ movements and learn about how each benefits the ecosystem. Many of their smaller, live counterparts can be found throughout zoo exhibits. The zoo’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and until 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.