Last Chance Summer Activities for the Family


by Laura Mazol

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Last Chance Summer Fun for the Family - Full List

Kid-centric exhibits ending

Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is running the Recycle Reef exhibit through August 25. Included in general admission: $15 adults and $10 for ages 2–11, plus a $2 charge


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Flower Village at the Dallas Arboretum through August 31


Super Kids Save the World exhibit at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco through September 2


LEGO Travel Adventure at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth through September 8


Great events in August

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus presents their Dragons tour at two locations this month. Tickets start at only $15.

American Airlines Center, July 31–August 11

Fort Worth Convention Center, August 14–18


SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine celebrates Shark Week with activities from August 4–11

Plus, they are offering a special, behind-the-scenes tour August 8–9.


SummerFest at the Gaylord Texan Resort through Labor Day with DreamWorks-themed activities; my favorite: life-sized dragon flight simulator based on How to Train Your Dragon. You don’t need to stay overnight at the resort to sign up for the activities.


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is screening free Summer Kids Flicks August 13–15


Water fun

Visit Summer Adventures in Fair Park for half price admission before it closes for the season on August 18


Hydrous Wake Parks at Allen is a great way to get out on the water for kids as young as 6, and the owners just opened another location on Lake Lewisville.

For those on the west side of DFW, visit Cowtown Wakepark north of downtown Fort Worth


Rent a pedal boat from the same company that operates the gondola rides and take the kids (up to three passengers) on a spin around Irving’s Lake Carolyn.


More great venues

The Children’s Park at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas has an interactive splash fountain, climbing structures, a story tree and much more playground equipment. The park also hosts activities everyday. Check out the Imagination Playground sessions on Tuesday mornings and kids yoga on Saturday mornings.


The Dallas Museum of Art has free general admission year-round, which means that kids can take part in the plethora of art activities in the C3 studio and more for no charge.


Meet Kobi and Tekin, the only two koalas in the state, at the Dallas Zoo.


The Fort Worth Zoo is still glowing with pride over its new baby Asian elephant named Belle.


The fun doesn’t end with August

Stay tuned for the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden opening September 21 at the Dallas Arboretum


Also, Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas is revamping and reopening the Observation Deck this fall