11 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday
Dig out those lei flower necklaces to wear over your swimsuits at this Plano family luau with free frozen treats, and check out more kid-friendly fun all weekend across Dallas-Fort Worth, from National Ice Cream Day to Christmas in July, duck races to Dior.
Words Elizabeth Smith
Published July 2019
Updated July 18, 2019
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Dig out those lei flower necklaces to wear over your swimsuits at this Plano family luau with free frozen treats, and check out more kid-friendly fun all weekend across Dallas-Fort Worth, from National Ice Cream Day to Christmas in July, duck races to Dior.

The Lego Deep Sea Explorers, Grapevine
Thursday–Saturday, July 17, 10am–8pm
Sunday, July 21, 11am–7pm
This is the crossover we’ve been waiting for. Now through Aug. 18, Legoland Discovery Center takes over Sea Life Aquarium. You’ll find Lego treasures hidden among the colorful creatures, watch underwater Lego building dives, and find more fun at five activity stations. Free with admission: $22.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and younger.

West Side Story, Plano
Friday, July 19, 8pm
Saturday, July 20, 2:30 and 8pm
Sunday, July 21, 2:30pm
On stage inside the Willow Bend Center of the Arts, NTPA Repertory presents West Side Story, a Broadway musical favorite transporting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to New York City. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Stay after the Friday performance for a reception with the cast. $18 orchestra seats; $25 premium seats.

Northanger Abbey, Fort Worth
Friday, July 19, 8pm
Saturday, July 20, 2 and 8pm
Sunday, July 21, 2pm
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents this stage version of Jane Austen’s earliest novel, a mock-Gothic romance following young Catherine Morland whose head is full of the gothic fantasies from Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, scenes from which keep intruding into her daily life. See it at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for tickets starting from $16.

Christmas in July Spectacular and The Grinch, Fort Worth
Thursday, July 18, 6pm
Come out to Sundance Square for Fort Worth’s version of Christmas in July with festivities including snow (!) in the plaza, a gif booth with Christmas props, themed treats from FunkyTown Donuts and Melt Ice Creams. Don’t miss the “reindeer” dogs available for adoption from the Fort Worth Animal Care & Control Center and strutting their antlers on stage before the screening of the 2018 animated comedy The Grinch. FREE ADMISSION

Family Swim Night Luau, Plano
Friday, July 18, 6–8:30pm
Come dressed in your luau best and join this family night of swimming and fun at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center outdoor pools. In-N-Out Burger provides dinner: burgers, chips, drinks and frozen treats—all included in the fee and served until 8pm. Cost is $5 per person and children under 3 are free.

Late Night and Dior Exhibit, Dallas
Friday, July 19, 6–11pm
See the Dior – From Paris to the World exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art and spend the evening celebrating the impact the House of Dior has had on the world of fashion. Check out the full schedule of live music, films, tours and art activities, including silk scarf marbling demonstrations and basic embroidery techniques. $10 for the event only; free for DMA members and for children 11 and younger. Event/exhibit combo tickets are $25 for adults; free for kids. Go online to secure your time slot.

Moon Day 50th Anniversary, Dallas
Saturday, July 20, 10am–4pm
The Apollo 11 mission to the moon burns bright in our collective memories 50 years later, and to mark the occasion, the Frontiers of Flight Museum turns it up to 11 for its annual space-themed
expo. Come to hear a real astronaut speak and for the all-ages STEM programs and exhibits. The first 200 students receive a special lunar sample bag. Free with regular museum admission: $10 adults; $7 children 3–17 years; free for children younger than 3.

Family Magic & Comedy Show, Arlington
Saturday, July 20, 2pm
Arlington Improv Comedy Club offers more than comedy for adults. Bring the kids on select Saturday afternoons for variety comedy, stand-up comedy and magic for kids 4 years and older. Doors open at 1pm. $10 per person.

Lucky Duck Race and Family Splash Fest, Plano
Saturday, July 20, 6:45–9pm
Adopt a rubber duck online to show your support of This Side UP Family. Then come cheer on the duck race at this eighth annual event with prizes, food, swimming and games. Bring your own picnic dinner or enjoy snow cones and snacks. $5 for one duck (max of three); $20 for five ducks; $100 for 30. Ducks on sale at event until 7:30pm.

Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off, McKinney
Sunday, July 21, 11am–3pm
Think fast: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? If you said, “my own,” you ought to enter the homemade ice cream competition at the 24th annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off at Chestnut Square. Come sample all the entries from contestants, enjoy more treats from professional vendors, and even join in an ice cream sandwich eating competition. Unlimited activity wristbands are $20 per child for access to the train display and fun with the magician, balloon artist and face painting. Free general admission.

Family Festival and Ice Cream Sunday, Fort Worth
Sunday, July 21, noon–5pm
Celebrate the world’s most delicious fake holiday—National Ice Cream Day—and the art of Claude Monet on exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum during this afternoon party. Grab a cone and take a walk around the grounds and galleries to experience all of the art making, live performances and face painting. FREE for ice cream, event admission and admission to Monet – The Late Years on the festival day only.