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Around Cowtown :: Family-Friendly Events July 2018

Our friends at McDonald’s sponsored this edition of “Around Cowtown.” McDonald’s is hosting another Lunch Bunch date this month for FWMB readers — that includes FREE food! Grab a friend and join us at McDonald’s to try the new fresh beef burgers and to learn more about the modernized guest experience and new technology like the self-order kiosks! Be sure to check out each month’s “Around Cowtown” so you don’t miss the next date. We’d love to have lunch with YOU.

Here we go, mamas. The first full month of summer, which in Texas means only six more months to go before temps cool off for the week of winter/spring. Just kidding. (Not really.) If you’re feeling the heat like we are, you might be inclined to soak your feet in an ice bath and suck down sweet tea while the kids enjoy moderated unrestricted screen time for as long as it takes to get through summer. You wish you could leave the house, but you’ve got to stay cool. We get it. Fortunately, this month’s “Around Cowtown” features lots of air-conditioned options — like Lunch Bunch at McDonald’s, with free food and fun for the kiddos. A gamut of super fun events is happening in and around Fort Worth in the coming holiday week (see our “Guide to Fourth of July in Tarrant County” for details). And after that, fill your schedule with alternating wet and air-conditioned fun, care of our “Guide to Splash Pads & Water Fun” and “Guide to Indoor Activities.” Head over to our events calendar to see upcoming family-friendly activities or to submit your event.

July 2018July 10

Lunch Bunch at McDonald’s — 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Grab a friend and join us at McDonald’s next Fort Worth area Lunch Bunch event to try the new fresh beef burgers and to learn more about the modernized guest experience and new technology like the self-order kiosks! We’ll have plenty of kid-friendly activities for the little ones including a FIRE TRUCK tour, COLORING pages, happy meal TOYS, and more. This McDonald’s restaurant is unique and has numerous electronic games for kiddos! Attendees will receive a FREE happy meal with the purchase of a fresh beef burger and goodie bags! Interested parents can participate in a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour for a closer look at the operations at McDonald’s, including how the fresh beef burgers are made-to-order and served hot off the grill. We hope you can join us!

July 1

Prenatal Yoga Workshop — 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Drop in for one session or come for the monthly series of classes focused on active relaxation using sitting poses, visualization to create positive feelings, stretching, and inner strength.

Celebrate the 40th Birthday of the LEGO® Minifigure — 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. // LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the LEGO® Minifigure by throwing a totally awesome party filled to the brim with all things Minifigures — including LEGO costume character disco dance parties, super-mega Minifigure trading, scavenger hunt in MINILAND, a big birthday build with the Master Model Builder, and more! 

MADE: Festival of Music, Arts, Drinks, and Eats — 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. // Join Stage West Theatre at this community, indoor, air-conditioned festival event featuring local arts and refreshments. Kids under 10 are FREE. Pay-what-you-can admission includes samples of Near Southside neighborhood eats, local brews, area musicians, and a chance to explore Stage West’s 18,000 sqare-foot warehouse theatre space.

July 1 – 4

Celebrate Independence with Red, White, and Blues Music at the Dallas Arboretum — 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. // There is something for everyone here this July 4th weekend, from live music by blues saxophone and guitar players to demonstrations in cooking empanadas and cherry pies, and from a wild bird show to daily concessions.

July 2 – 4

Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic — 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra honors Independence Day with a bombastic display of musical patriotism. Pack a picnic, bring the whole family, and join the annual all-American July 4th celebration. Each performance concludes with a fireworks finale!

July 3

May the Fourth (of July) Be with You at Chisholm Trail — 10:00 a.m. – TBD // Celebrate July 4th the Star Wars way at Chisholm Trail Community Center, with themed photo decor, a bounce house and a Star Wars movie. Costumes encouraged.

July 4

Ryan Place Improvement Association (RPIA) 4th of July Parade — 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Enjoy an annual tradition in this historic district. The lineup starts at 9:00 a.m. at the 2400 – 2500 block of South Adams, with the parade starting at 9:45 a.m. A softball game follows at 11:00 a.m.

July 5

Central Market Southlake Play Date: Summer Bucket List Challenge — 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Come by for a morning of connecting with moms, getting out of the house, cheering each other on, and finding joy in the long days of summer! Meet at the Central Market in Southlake for a playground for kids and lots of delicious meal options. Or bring your own lunch and join the group while your kiddos run around! 

Family Movie Night — Mamma Mia! Sing-a-Long — 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Sing along with all your favorites from the hit musical at this open-lawn seating, family-friendly, and FREE event!

July 6

Food Truck Friday — 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Spend a relaxing Friday evening at Prairie Vista Park and indulge in appetizing food truck dishes! When you’re done eating, hang out in the park and enjoy the music brought to you by live band Matt Wayne and Company.

July 7

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio — 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. // This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Space is limited; sign-up begins one hour prior to the program. 

Rockin’ the River — 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Beat the Texas heat at this free concert series by jumping in the Trinity River and floating up to the best seat in the house. Bring your kayaks, paddle boards, and river floats (or blankets and chairs if you plan to enjoy from the riverbank). Food and beverages for purchase on site.

Nature Walk — 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. // Enjoy a free family-friendly guided nature walk along the trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP.

July 8

Prenatal Yoga Workshop — 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Drop in for one session or come for the monthly series of classes focused on active relaxation using sitting poses, visualization to create positive feelings, stretching, and inner strength.

July 11

Mid-Week Movie Night — 5:55 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. // Enjoy discounted shows and refreshment specials in the Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome! The first film of the evening will begin at 5:55 p.m., the second at 7:00 p.m., and the third at 8:05 p.m. Films TBD.

July 12

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hits the Road with Sea Turtle Rehydration Station — 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Check out the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Sundance Square! Learn about the challenges sea turtles face, and experience firsthand the process of rehabilitating a sea turtle at a virtual rehydration station. Plus, get a FREE reusable water bottle and up-close view of several sea artifacts including a shark jaw, stingray barb, and more!

July 18

Park, Picnic, & Popsicle Play Date — 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Get to know mamas in the Tarrant County area at our free Bear Creek Park Neighbor Group play date in Keller on July 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Pack a picnic lunch for you and your family, bring lots of water, and a picnic blanket. We’ll bring the popsicles! We hope to see you there!

July 13 – 31

King Liz by Fernanda Coppel — Times vary daily. // Enjoy award-winning playwright Fernanda Coppel’s story of gender, race, and class in which sports agent Liz Rico has to fight to stay at the top of her game. She takes on client Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past, in the ultimate bet of her career. Pro tip: Pay what you want for seats to the 8:00 p.m. show on Wednesday, July 11 or Thursday, July 12.

July 13

North Park Play Date: Summer Bucket List Challenge — 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Come by for a morning of connecting with moms, getting out of the house, cheering each other on, and finding joy in the long days of summer! Meet at the covered pavilion near the playground for a snack or lunch, water balloon fun, and more.

Garden Gigs at the Dallas Arboretum — 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. // Enjoy live music, food trucks, and more at the Dallas Arboretum. Performers include Haylee and Amanda, Zach Coffey, and Kirk Thurmond.

July 14

Calling All Future Doctors — 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // This three-Saturday program allows children to explore the exciting world of medicine. Using interactive demonstrations, role playing, crafts, and games, kids learn how the body and organs work and how to use instruments real doctors use.

Rockin’ the River — 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Beat the Texas heat at this free concert series by jumping in the Trinity River and floating up to the best seat in the house. Bring your kayaks, paddle boards, and river floats (or blankets and chairs if you plan to enjoy from the riverbank). Food and beverages for purchase on site.

FAMapalooza: Beat the Heat — 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Enjoy the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in the cool of the evening, and do science all about how you can beat the heat this summer! Explore experiments about weather and how animals and humans around the world keep cool. Then, head outside for fun science of water games and activities!

July 15

Prenatal Yoga Workshop — 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Drop in for one session or come for the monthly series of classes focused on active relaxation using sitting poses, visualization to create positive feelings, stretching, and inner strength.

National Ice Cream Sunday at the Kimbell — 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Enjoy a free cup of Blue Bunny vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate ice cream at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion in celebration of National Ice Cream Day.

July 16

Chisholm Park Play Date + Fit4Mom Stroller Barre Class: Summer Bucket List Challenge — 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Come by for a morning of connecting with moms, getting out of the house, cheering each other on, and finding joy in the long days of summer! Meet in front of the playground at 9:00 a.m., enjoy a FREE Fit4Mom Stroller Barre Class, then stay for coffee and snacks after class! Bring your kids in the stroller, water, and a yoga mat if you have one! 

July 18

Mid-Week Movie Night — 5:55 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. // Enjoy discounted shows and refreshment specials in the Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome! The first film of the evening will begin at 5:55 p.m., the second at 7:00 p.m., and the third at 8:05 p.m. Films TBD.

July 19

3rd Thursday Jazz Series: Literary Jazz — 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Join the Music Mentors of Texas at the Fort Worth Library central branch for a performance of familiar jazz tunes and a new, “outside the box” take on American spirituals. The music will make you move your feet and feed your soul. Music Mentors of Texas is an organization of professional musicians and music educators dedicated to giving free music lessons to underprivileged youth in Fort Worth/Tarrant County.

July 20

Garden Gigs at the Dallas Arboretum — 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. // Enjoy live music, food trucks, and more at the Dallas Arboretum. Performers include Haylee and Amanda, Zach Coffey, and Kirk Thurmond.

July 21

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hits the Road with Sea Turtle Rehydration Station — 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. // Check out the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Klyde Warren Park! Learn about the challenges sea turtles face, and experience firsthand the process of rehabilitating a sea turtle at a virtual rehydration station. Plus, get a FREE reusable water bottle and up-close view of several sea artifacts including a shark jaw, stingray barb, and more!

Calling All Future Doctors — 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // This three-Saturday program allows children to explore the exciting world of medicine. Using interactive demonstrations, role playing, crafts, and games, kids learn how the body and organs work and how to use instruments real doctors use.

Rockin’ the River — 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Beat the Texas heat at this free concert series by jumping in the Trinity River and floating up to the best seat in the house. Bring your kayaks, paddle boards, and river floats (or blankets and chairs if you plan to enjoy from the riverbank). Food and beverages for purchase on site.

July 22

Prenatal Yoga Workshop — 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Drop in for one session or come for the monthly series of classes focused on active relaxation using sitting poses, visualization to create positive feelings, stretching, and inner strength.

July 22 – 28

Celebrate Shark Week at SEA LIFE Grapevine — Times vary daily. // Learn all about sharks through educational talks and hands-on inspection of jaws, teeth, and other shark artifacts. Meet and greet with Sharky, SEA LIFE’s costume character mascot. Plus, immerse yourself in the life of a shark while playing games on giant interactive touch screens in Shark Mission.

July 26

Fort Worth Zoo Play Date: Summer Bucket List Challenge — 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Come by for a morning of connecting with moms, getting out of the house, cheering each other on, and finding joy in the long days of summer! Meet at the Fort Worth Zoo Splash Pad! Price is $5 plus the cost of zoo.

July 28

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio — 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. // This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Space is limited; sign-up begins one hour prior to the program. 

Calling All Future Doctors — 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // This three-Saturday program allows children to explore the exciting world of medicine. Using interactive demonstrations, role playing, crafts, and games, kids learn how the body and organs work and how to use instruments real doctors use.

Rockin’ the River — 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Beat the Texas heat at this free concert series by jumping in the Trinity River and floating up to the best seat in the house. Bring your kayaks, paddle boards, and river floats (or blankets and chairs if you plan to enjoy from the riverbank). Food and beverages for purchase on site.

July 29

Prenatal Yoga Workshop — 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. // Drop in for one session or come for the monthly series of classes focused on active relaxation using sitting poses, visualization to create positive feelings, stretching, and inner strength.

 

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