14 Reasons to Get Out of the House Friday–Sunday
When you thought summer couldn't get any hotter, here comes Highland Village’s annual hot air balloon festival—and we are down for it. Don’t miss the glorious view of hot air balloon glows and the tethered balloon rides at sunrise and sunset. This and more in our roundup of the best family fun offerings throughout Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend.
Words Elizabeth Smith, Photography Michael Nguyen
Published August 2019
Updated August 15, 2019
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ALL WEEKEND
North Texas Fair & Rodeo, Denton
Friday, August 16, 6pm–1am
Saturday, August 17, 1pm–1am
Sunday, August 18, 1–11pm
Easton Corbin and Pat Green are among the country music acts headlining each night of the festival, nine days of rodeos, livestock shows and carnival fun. Don’t miss the swimming pigs and the juggling fire shows daily in the fun zone—Oh, and the western parade on Saturday—oh, and the mutton bustin’ for 3 to 7-year-olds. Adult admission from $15. $5 for children ages 7–12; free for 6 and younger. $30 in advance for unlimited carnival rides wristband; $35 at the fair.

Highland Village Balloon Festival
Friday, August 16, 5–10pm
Saturday, August 17, 7am–10pm
Sunday, August 18, 7–10am
Make this the highlight of your weekend staycation: the picturesque hot air balloon glows at sunset—and the chance to take a ride inside one—at Highland Village Lions Club’s 32nd annual balloon festival at Unity Park. Tethered balloon baskets (it’s safe, with attachments at three different anchor points) climb up to 100 feet in the air while being. Tethered rides are $15 cash for kids younger than 12 and $25 for those 12 and older. Wristbands available for all access to the bounce houses, a trackless train and more in the kids zone. FREE ADMISSION

Infinity Festival, Fort Worth
Friday, August 16, 7–10pm
Saturday, August 17, 10am–5pm
Sunday, August 18, noon–5pm
Bring the kids to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Saturday and Sunday to experience the latest advancements in virtual reality and immersive tech. You’ll create your own virtual tour of the galaxy with astronomy software on Saturday. On Sunday chat with the museum’s in-house astronomers and go on virtual reality galaxy tours that were created the previous day. Free with exhibit admission: $16 adults; $13 youth ages 2–18. Friday for 21 and up only: $20; $30 VIP.

Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It
Friday, August 16, 8pm
Saturday, August 17, 2:30 and 8pm
Sunday, August 18, 2:30 and 7:30pm
This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It is set to original folk-pop music and appropriate for all age groups, and here’s the even more interesting part: It’s a groundbreaking community theater project featuring 200 actors and community members, only five of which are professional actors. A limited number of free tickets will be available at the Dallas Theater Center box office in the Wyly Theatre. FREE ADMISSION

The Man in the Locket, McKinney
Friday, August 16, 8pm
Saturday, August 17, 3 and 8pm
McKinney Repertory Theatre presents this popcorn-throwing, fun-for-everyone melodrama set in the early 1900s and starring a hero, a villain and a damsel at the circus, based on the story by Kris Thompson. See it inside the McKinney Performing Arts Center on the town square.
$20 adults; $15 children 12 and younger. Seating is general admission.

Junior Players’ Revolution, Dallas
Friday–Saturday, August 16–17, 8pm
The final installation of Junior Players’ 5-year dance production series on stage at Moody Performance Hall. See the cast of teen dancers and movers in this thought-provoking production pairing their struggles to music, stage combat and choreography and representing the challenges that exist within the teen communities and family ecosystems. $10.

FRIDAY
Happy Feet at ’Til Midnight at the Nasher, Dallas
Friday, August 16, 6pm–midnight
The Nasher Sculpture Center opens up on this third Friday for its monthly live outdoor concerts and movie screening in the garden. Come enjoy all the entertainment and visit the Nasher collection for free. The Nasher Cafe stays open until midnight. FREE ADMISSION Not staying the entire night? Step next door to the Dallas Museum of Art for its Dior-themed Late Night from 6–11pm. $10.

Train Stories with Eugene the MotorMouse, Plano
Friday, August 16, 10:30–11:15am
Join professional storyteller Genie for the at the Interurban Railway Museum’s weekly (always train themed) story reading for toddlers and preschoolers and starring none other than the puppet Eugene the MotorMouse. Stay after the reading for a motorman-guided tour of Car 360. FREE ADMISSION

SATURDAY
Kimbell Kids – Seaside Explorers, Fort Worth
Saturday, August 17, 1–1:45pm
Explore the seaside vicariously through the kid-focused artworks during this Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio, a free program designed for kids ages 12 and younger and their adult companions to complete a gallery activity and studio art project as a team. Space is limited and sign-up begins one hour prior in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios. FREE ADMISSION

Breakfast with the Beasts, Fort Worth Zoo
Saturday, August 17, 9–10am
There’s nothing like bonding with family over Sunday lunch. Come bond with the animals at Fort Worth Zoo during this monthly Saturday morning meal with the Animal Outreach staff in the education building where you’ll meet furry, feathered and scaled friends. Designed for kids 3–10 years and their parents. $30 per adult and $22 per child and includes day admission. 10 percent off for zoo members.

Star Wars Series at Grand Berry Theater, Fort Worth
Saturday, August 17, 7 and 9:45pm
The brand new Grand Berry Theater, now open in the Foundry District, specializes in screening independent, local and art house films. One of its first orders of business is to screen the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels. See the Empire Strikes Back this Saturday night and more as the series continues through August 31. The ticket package for all six shows is a steep $85. Seats left for individual screenings will go on sale the week of the movie. Email info@grandberrytheater.com for more information and look online for more family-friendly films slated.

Science in the Summer Family Day, Frisco
Saturday, August 17, 10am–4pm
Discover the ends and outs (literally) of the hearts, lungs, blood and the brain during Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s end-of-summer program. You’ll join hands-on demonstrations and activities—extracting DNA from a strawberry to dissecting a sheep’s heart—all about exploring the theme “the science of me.” All are included with museum admission: $8.50; free for members and kids 2 and younger.

SUNDAY
Star Wars Screening at the Majestic, Dallas
Sunday, August 18, 5–8pm
See Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back during this all-ages screening at the Majestic Theatre in downtown. Bring your kids early to color Star Wars coloring sheets in the lobby. Tickets are $10. $1 of each ticket sold to each screening will be donated by Aviation Cinemas to the Peter Mayhew Foundation in honor of the actor who played Chewbacca and passed away in April 2019.

Bubble Bash, Fort Worth
Sunday, August 18, 2–3:30pm
Register of your spot online and join the newly opened Play Street Museum Fort Worth (themed Town Square) on Sunday for special water and bubble activities inside and outside. $14.50 per child.