Our friends at McDonald’s sponsored this edition of “Around Cowtown.” McDonald’s is hosting a series of Lunch Bunch dates for FWMB readers — that include FREE food! 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.
Time to squeeze every drop of unstructured, stay-up-late, sleep-in, sun-baked, sticky, sweet summer fun out of the weeks remaining before school starts up. This edition of Around Cowtown has you covered for just about every activity and interest — from free ice cream to live performances. There are sure to be hours of enjoyment for every kid in your family (even your inner child). Soak in summer while it lasts, mamas. Check out A Guide to Family-Friendly Breweries in Tarrant County, if you haven’t done so already, to plan a fun-filled day for your family. Or head over to our events calendar to see other upcoming family-friendly activities or to submit your event.
Lazy Flamingo PT.2 Painting Party — 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Come hang out at Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar in Arlington and get your flamingo wine glass art on! Due to extremely high demand, this ENCORE painting class is already filling, so make sure you get your tickets while you still can.
Splash Pad & Popsicle Play Date — 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Come SPLASH with us at the Sycamore Spray Ground Neighbor Group play date. We’ll bring some popsicles for you and the kiddos as an extra treat to cool down! We hope you can join us! Not a member of our Neighbor Groups? No problem! This event is open to the public. Join our Neighbor Groups today to connect with local moms in your area. http://bit.ly/FWMBNeighborGroups
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.
7th Annual Family Expo & Big Latch On — 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. // Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at this FREE, mostly indoor event held in the Redbud Hall and Oak Hall at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. There will be something for everyone at the Family Expo vendor fair — where more than 30 vendors cater to families with babies and toddlers, those who are pregnant, couples who are just beginning to plan their families, and anyone interested in a holistic or healthy lifestyle. Be sure to stop by the Fort Worth Moms Blog booth and say hello!
Rockin’ the River — 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Beat the Texas heat at the LAST DATE for 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.
August 7 – 12
Love Never Dies — Times vary daily. // Come to Bass Performance Hall to see this spellbinding sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera. In a final bid to win back Christine Daaé, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son to the glittering world of Coney Island.
Wine Tasting: Wines Aged in Spirit Barrels — 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. // Hosted by Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar and Republic National Distributing Company, this unique wine tasting will stretch your palate as you explore wines aged in spirit barrels. Seating is limited, tickets are required, and cost includes appetizers.
Frost Cityview Summer Sweet Treats — 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Frost invites you to the Cityview Financial Center for a cold and sweet summer treat through the summertime heat. Frost Cityview will offer guests a variety of frozen goodies. This event is free and open to the public.
Fanboys Comic Con II — 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Come celebrate all things fandom, from Star Wars to Superman and everything in between.
Family Movie Fun: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. // Here is your chance to see one of the titles that made our list of 100 Kid-Friendly Films for Family Movie Night! Families are invited to bring a blanket to the Fort Worth Public Library downtown branch and enjoy a free feature length showing of the beloved 1971 musical. (Adults must be accompanied by a child.)
Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan — 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // The best mariachi in the world comes to Will Rogers Auditorium for a family-friendly gala of Mexican heritage — also featuring the local talents of Gustavo Alvarez, Yaneth Villabeltran, Juan Quezada, and Alejandra Garza along with Mariachi Mi Tierra.
3rd Thursday Jazz Series: An Evening of Jazz at the Movies — 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Cinema and jazz find common ground. Join the musicians at the Fort Worth Library central branch for a performance of various soundtrack music.
Frost Southlake Summer Sweet Treats — 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Frost invites you to the Southlake Financial Center for a cold and sweet summer treat through the summertime heat. Frost Southlake will offer guests a variety of frozen goodies. This event is free and open to the public.
Story Time at the Arlington Library Downtown — 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. // The NEW George W. Hawkes Downtown Library in Arlington will be hosting a story time event just for Fort Worth Moms Blog. There’s a lot of fun to be had with story time and song stations, a special craft, and lots of space for kiddos to play. The library‘s play room will be filled with toys and their Imagination Playground will be ready for families to enjoy. We’d love for you to join us!
August 16 – 19
Marvel Universe Live! — Times vary daily. // Your kiddo’s favorite Marvel superheroes are on their way to the Fort Worth Convention Center. You won’t want to miss this spectacular show!
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!
2nd Annual Riverside Shootout at Martin House! — 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. // Cheer on your favorite of 10 finalist home brewers — and see who is crowned the winner — at Martin House Brewing Company. Your entry fee gets you a pint glass, three house beer pours, and tastings from each of the top 10 teams in the contest. Bring the whole family to this dog- and kid-friendly brewery (which made it onto our Guide to Family-Friendly Breweries in the Tarrant County Area) to enjoy live music, food trucks, and more.
Pickin’ for Preemies — 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Join Billy Bob’s for the 14th annual Pickin’ for Preemies, an original Texas Red Dirt country music event benefitting Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)!