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30 Events to Enjoy This Summer

live life to the max at these events in June and July

After a tough year and a cautious spring, it seems that summer has, well, sprung. That being said, it’s high time to catch up on playtime. Mark your calendars for these all-new exhibits, rescheduled touring shows and many of your old favorite events that are returning to Dallas-Fort Worth. Be sure to check each venue for COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Baby Shark Live!
Comerica Center
June 1
Dive into the frenzy at this live concert with Baby Shark, his buddy Pinkfong and all their underwater friends as they sing and dance along to hit songs Baby Shark, Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie and Monkey Banana Dance. Tickets from $23.50. Children younger than age 2 do not require a ticket to sit on a parent’s lap. 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco.

Life Maps: A Journey Back to My 12-Year-Old Self
House of Shine
June 1–August 31
House of Shine—the new nonprofit “museum of self-discovery” designed for visitors 5 and older, located just off Grapevine’s historic Main Street—rolls out its first pop-up exhibit this summer. Bring your littles to learn about nine local people who’ve made a difference and whose experiences are depicted in a connect the dots-like illustration. FREE 334 S. Barton St., Grapevine.

Trail Days
Biodiversity Education Center
June 2–July 28
On Wednesdays this summer, local educators invite kids ages 3–14 for drop-in activities throughout Coppell Nature Park. Come each week to explore new topics—the importance of soil conservation, how to track an animal, how they adapt to changes in the environment—for no admission fee. Pick up a map and hit the trails toward the activity stations anytime between 10am and noon. FREE 367 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell.

The Music Man
Multiple locations
June 3–July 4
Theatre Three takes its latest production on the road for outdoor performances at three separate venues: Coppell Senior & Community Center, Union Coffee in Uptown Dallas and Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park. Get a taste of this classic American musical about a traveling salesman who cons the townspeople of River City, Iowa. General admission tickets: $75 for a two-person socially distant square.

U.S. Gymnastics Championship
Dickies Arena
June 3–6
Don’t throw away your one shot to witness gymnastics superstars Simone Biles (she’s a Texan too!) and Sam Mikulak give their all on the mat in Fort Worth. This four-day national competition sets the winners of the 2021 men’s and women’s national all-around and individual events on the road to the U.S. Olympic team trials and then onto the Tokyo Olympics. Ticket prices vary by individual session, starting from $27. Multi-session packages available. 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth.

Shakespeare in the Park
Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre
June 3–July 24
Shakespeare Dallas’ return to the amphitheater for its landmark 50th season feels especially triumphant after completing substantial repairs from the winter storm. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for these socially distanced, live performances: Hamlet Project, inspired by the famous tragedy, from June 3–13 and the parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] from June 30–July 24 with an extended intermission on July Fourth for fireworks. $20 general admission; free for children 10 and younger. 1500 Tenison Pkwy., Dallas.

Father/Son Field Day
Parr Park
June 5
Don’t wait until Father’s Day to show the man in your life how badly you love him can cream him in a footrace. Sign up by June 2 to join this action-packed morning of games meant to strengthen the bond between boys (open to age 3 and older) and their fathers or father figures. Max of three boys per dad. $15 per person for Grapevine residents; $20 for non-residents. Includes lunch. 3010 Parr Lane, Grapevine.

The Rainbow Fish Musical
Artisan Center Theater
June 5–July 3
Local kids ages 8 to 14 perform in the Artisan Children’s Theater’s latest production based on the best-selling children’s book by Marcus Pfister. The title character is the most beautiful fish in the ocean but has no friends because he refuses to share. (You can see where this is going.) Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets now available for more Main Stage productions, including The Sound of Music beginning July 16. 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst.

The Mozart Experience
Meyerson Symphony Center
June 5
Maggie Petersen of the Magic Circle Mime Co. performs on stage as a street performer who’s mistaken for famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and thrust on stage to conduct a live orchestra. See how the plot unfolds in this Family Concert Series event presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, featuring Alexander Kienle on French horn. Tickets are $15. 2301 Flora St., Dallas.

Drive-In Movie Series
Coppell Arts Center
June 5 and July 10
Revisit some of your kids’ favorite films—Madagascar in June and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (the animated film starring Miles Morales) in July—at your friendly neighborhood arts center in Old Town Coppell, which has turned its freshly paved parking lot into an old-fashioned drive-in. Gates open at 8pm. $15 per vehicle. Kettle popcorn and drinks available for purchase. 505 Travis St., Coppell.

Fishing Seminar for Kids
Fort Worth Zoo
June 12
Sign up your kids ages 6–16 for this morning seminar taught by experienced fisherman. They’ll score a new rod and reel and learn how to cast a line, as well as all the basic skills they’ll need to entertain themselves for the summer (or—hey, let’s be positive here—feed themselves for a lifetime). Make your reservation online for one of two time slots: 8:30–10am or 10:30am–noon. Plan to spend the rest of the day at the zoo at no additional charge. Zoo members: $36 per one adult and one child. Nonmembers: $40 per one adult and one child. $16.20 per additional child; $22.50 per additional adult. Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount on additional guests. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth.

Big Cat Birthday Bash
In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Educational Center
June 12
There’s a lot to celebrate this summer. Volunteers at In-Sync are throwing a joint birthday party for all the resident cats, including recent birthday boys Chance the bobcat (who turned 10 last month) and Cincinnati the tiger (who turned 15). Join the celebration for cake, ice cream and games and for the experience of watching the cats enjoy their own birthday treats—ice cream and chicken. Suggested donation for entry: $12 adults; $8 children 4–12 years; free for 3 and younger. 3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie.

Frida Kahlo & the Bravest Girl in the World
Dallas Museum of Art
June 12
Outdoors at the DMA, the Fort Worth Opera presents a 20-minute excerpt from the company’s one-act children’s opera, which is based on a book about the real-life friendship between the famed Mexican painter and a young girl named Marianna. Watch one of two pop-up performances on Saturday at 1pm and 2pm and stay to view the DMA’s special exhibit Frida Kahlo: Five Works, on view through June 20. Free admission to the concert and the art exhibit. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
Location to be Announced
June 17–September 6
This is no stagnant art exhibit. Set to a musical score, Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works—“Starry Night” (1889), “Sunflowers” (1888) and “The Bedroom” (1889)—are digitally projected high onto the walls and across the floors, moving images that highlight the individual brushstrokes, color and detail of each painting. Reserve your tickets now for this world-touring installation (June is already sold out) and stay safe inside social distancing circles projected throughout the entire gallery space. $39.99 off-peak days; $49.99 peak days; $29.99 children for ages 6–16; 5 and younger do not need a ticket. VIP tickets $99.99. Address TDB, Dallas.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition
June 18–September 5
Behind the sky-high wooden gates to Jurassic Park, this massive exhibit features a world of life-size animatronic dinosaurs from the blockbuster movie franchise. You’ll interact with the ferocious T. rex, the pack-hunting Velociraptors and new baby dinosaurs—including an Ankylosaurus named Bumpy from the animated Netflix series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Tickets from $29.50 for adults 16 and older; $19.50 for children 3–15; free for children 2 and younger with accompanying parent. 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony.

Addison After Dark
Addison Circle Park
June 19 and July 17
This live music series features a different theme each month and a new roster of outdoor fun on third Saturdays. In June, wear your best ‘70s-inspired getup for a costume contest and disco dancing lessons before a concert by band Le Freak. July is Parks and Recreation Month, so get ready for bungee jumping, laser and water tag, a rock-climbing wall and more activities for all ages. FREE 15650 Addison Road, Addison.

Movies in the Park
Klyde Warren Park
June 19
On Saturday night* (*not a school night), share the 1986 cult comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with your kids at this outdoor movie screening in downtown Dallas. (The monthly-ish series continues through the end of the year.) Come early to play in the interactive fountains at the children’s park and grab dinner from one of the food trucks before settling in on the lawn for the movie. FREE 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas.

Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Opens June 20
This is a major retrospective of the most significant works by Irish-born American artist Sean Scully. The exhibition showcases 49 paintings and 42 works on paper (drawings, prints, pastels) that reflect the many phases of his artmaking, dating back to the 1970s. Included with general admission: $16 adults; free for children under 18. Half-price Sundays and free on Fridays. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth.

Dive-In Movie
Flower Mound Community Activity Center
June 25 and July 30
Trade the sofa for the poolside on these select Friday nights when the Town of Flower Mound screens two movies at the CAC’s indoor pool. Bring your floaties from home and settle in by movie time at 7pm to watch The Meg (as in the prehistoric Megalodon shark, for your teens or bravest little swimmers) on June 25 and The Little Mermaid on July 30. Children 10 and older are welcome without an adult present. Free with paid daily admission: $6 adults and $4 kids who live in Flower Mound; nonresidents are $8 for adults and $6 for kids. 1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound.

Sunday Fundays
Panther Island Pavilion
June 27–September 5
Pack your river shoes and pump up those inflatables to float for free along the shores of the Trinity River at Panther Island. Enjoy all the family fun out on the water with $5 all-day tube rentals and $20 per hour pedal boats. Important to note: Kids must be at least 30 inches tall to enter the water, and lifejackets are provided for free for those 12 and younger. Sunday Fundays return each week through Labor Day, except for July Fourth when the fireworks light up the river at 9:30pm. FREE 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth.

Independence Day Children’s Parade
Leonard & Helen Johns Community Park
July 3
Flower Mound salutes its youngest citizens in this annual patriotic parade of bicycles, tricycles, Radio Flyer wagons, scooters, strollers and otherwise non-motorized, child-sized vehicles. One day ahead of the town’s big July Fourth festival, let your kids decorate their favorite rides with red, white and blue, and roll up to join the lineup. The festivities include free hot dogs, drinks, children’s activities and live entertainment. FREE 1800 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound.

Addison Kaboom Town!
Addison Circle Park
July 3
This nationally ranked fireworks show caps off an entire day of July Fourth festivities. Join one of the many watch parties around town and tune into 102.1 FM at 9:30pm for music accompaniment during the fireworks or watch from inside the park for the very best view. Get there early to beat the traffic, and enjoy the food and concessions from local vendors, live music and a view of the antique aircraft taking off from Addison Airport. Admission is free but tickets will be used to maintain a limited number of attendees due to COVID-19. Fireworks will be visible from much of the area. FREE 15650 Addison Road, Addison.

America Strong Concert
Dickies Arena
July 4
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs this socially distant concert (through pod seating) in tribute to the country’s perseverance. Two world-renowned opera singers provide the vocals while FWSO conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya begins with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by a piece by Texas Christian University composer Kevin Day. More works will be performed as well by leading Black and Latin American composers. Tickets from $29.30 per person available in pods of two, three or four seats. 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth.

National Ice Cream Sunday
Kimbell Art Museum
July 18
The world’s most delicious fake holiday—National Ice Cream Day—returns to the Kimbell during this afternoon party. Grab a free cone on the lawn of the Kahn Building and stop by the education table to pick up a free art kit themed after Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon—the new exhibit on view June 27 through September 5 inside the Piano Pavilion. Special exhibition admission is $18 for adults, $14 for ages 6–11 and free for children 5 and younger. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth.

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Through August 1
A hummingbird drinking from a trumpet flower, a butterfly resting on milkweed—see these creatures and more fashioned entirely from LEGOs by New York-based artist and children’s book creator Sean Kenney, who brings his award-winning exhibit to Fort Worth. While you’re there, don’t miss the garden’s two other whimsical sculpture exhibits: animal-shaped topiaries through June 30 and Stickwork on view through the end of the year. Free with garden admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6–15 and free for those 5 and younger. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.

NERF Challenge
Centennial Hall at Fair Park
Through August 8
Take your Nerf fight to the next level at this new attraction of larger-than-life, foam-filled games that test your skills as an athlete. Score a goal in a human-sized foosball field or bowl a strike while swinging atop a foam-filled wrecking ball. No worries, folks. It’s all made of foam, with some soft play competitions suited for kids as young as 8 and others designed for 14 and up. Tickets from $25 per participant and from $9 for spectators. 1001 Washington St., Dallas.

Dallas Arboretum
Through August 8
More than 100 sculptures carved from serpentine and semi-precious stones by contemporary Zimbabwean artists adorn the arboretum this summer. Don’t miss your chance to behold the sculptures—some weighting tons and standing 7 feet tall—and watch two sculptors carve statues daily with chisels, hammers and sandpaper. Make the most of your visit by coming on Family Fun Fridays—with petting zoo fun and KinderMusik—in June and July. Free with general admission: $15 adults; $10 children 2–12. Reserve your tickets online. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas.

Elephant Springs & Safari Splash
Fort Worth Zoo
Now Open Daily
The Asian elephant herd and greater one-horned rhinos who call Fort Worth Zoo home got a major upgrade to their digs. This new permanent habitat with multiple watering holes and yards is nearly triple the size of their previous habitat. Come interact with the herd by spraying water streams into the 400,000-gallon river. Then, all summer long, cool off with your kids at Safari Splash, a water play area with animal-shaped water cannons and a toddler play area. $5 for 3 and older, plus general admission: $16 adults; $12 children ages 3–12; free for 2 and younger. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth.

The Science of Guinness World Records
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Through September 6
If you’ve ever dreamed of making it into the history books, here’s your chance. Challenge yourself in the world’s largest Pac-Man videogame and hoop-it-up basketball as you discover the science behind the titleholders’ awe-inspiring feats. Create your own digital avatar and track your progress on leaderboards throughout the exhibit. Special exhibit admission: $8 adults and $6 children 2–12, plus general admission: $20 adults, $13 children. Free for children under 2. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas.

POP! by Snowday
Galleria Dallas
Through September 6
Snap your next profile pic in a secret garden, the POP’o’MATIC 1970s laundromat and more funky scenes at this new photo experience with two dozen themed rooms. You’ll receive instant digital access to your photos and hard copy prints of your photos on-site. Tickets from $22 for adults and from $8 for children ages 4–12. Free for children 3 and younger; $50 for VIP. 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas.

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Photo courtesy of Michael Brosilow/Immersive Van Gogh.