Best Events for Dallas Kids & Families in August (& Most are Free!)

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of COVID-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Get ready to fill up your month with loads of free and cheap things to do with your family this August! We’ve got family-friendly events around Dallas like a visit from the CAMP + Kroger ice cream truck, a virtual play for kids about racism and more. Scroll through for the best events around DFW for kids and families this month!

photo: CAMP

Find the CAMP + Kroger Ice Cream Truck

CAMP counselors will be bringing the CAMP spirit to about 15 locations throughout Dallas from Highland Park to Plano this month. They will lead games + crafts like Tie Dye and Capture the Flag in a socially distant way right from the truck. Counselors will be handing out free Kroger ice cream everyday and you can follow the truck’s whereabouts that will be posted on camp.com and CAMP's instagram stories.

CAMP will also be hosting a sweepstakes on their instagram page starting July 31 for three lucky winners to have the truck visit their backyards. Aug. 1-31. Event details

photo: iStock

A Kids Play About Racism

A groundbreaking collaboration among 37 Theatres for Young Audiences across the United States, led by the lead producing team of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, will present  the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism. Aug. 1-2. Event details

Dessert Goals Festival

Traditionally hosted in New York & LA, the family-friendly digital event, produced by festival founder Miraya Berke, will bring people together nationwide to experience Dessert Goals in a whole new way. Two days of exciting original content, both live and pre-recorded, available to stream for a week after the event including virtual panels, baking demos with celebrated chefs, a birthday celebration, an energizing morning workout class, family-friendly activities, a keynote speech, and much more. Aug. 1-2. Event details

photo: Perot Museum

Amaze Your Brain at Home with the Perot Museum

Have no fear, the Museum is still here! Amaze Your Brain at Home and watch your favorite concepts from the Museum come to life. The museum staff will share fun ways to explore nature and science at home and in your backyard—all while using the most common household objects and supplies. Daily. Event details.

Bring the Dallas Zoo to You

From virtual visits and  chats with staff, to showing what the animals are up to and posting activity ideas from  education and conservation teams, the Dallas Zoo wants to use this time to continue to engage, educate, inspire and ultimately bring a smile to your face. Daily. Event details

Visit the Dallas Arboretum from Home

Stay updated with images from the Dallas Arboretum, and enjoy the Video, "Experience The Beauty of the Dallas Arboretum in Full Summer Bloom". Browse their website for striking weekly updates of these incredible gardens. Daily. Event details.

SPARK! Creative at Home

SPARK! is creating cool do-at-home projects for you and your child to create during this time. New videos with step-by-step instructions are uploaded frequently to their YouTube channel and shared on Facebook page. Daily. Event details

Cliburn Kids with Buddy Bray

Take a break from at-home school studies to have some music fun, as we explore rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games. Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic advisor and co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom signature in-school program—will lead kids on short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys, twice a week. Tuesdays with past programs available any time. Event details

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Check Out Our MASSIVE Virtual Events Calendar

For more virtual fun every day of the week, head to our virtual events calendar. You'll find dance classes, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, drawing classes and MORE! Event details

—Kate Loweth

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