No doubt this summer is different than any other for several reasons — do we really need to say more? The good news is that fun has more than one definition. Families can have fun virtually and at in-person events, which is why Fort Worth Moms has put together this list of events to enjoy for whatever style of fun you choose.
One of the places you may choose to take your kiddos is to a splash pad or pool. Use our handy “Guide to Splash Pads, Pools, and Water Fun” to find a refreshing spot to cool off.
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Explorium Denton Children’s Museum // Join Explorium each week as it hosts Virtual Story Time through the end of July. Tune in at 11:00 a.m. to Facebook Live for a fun story time at the museum. The books will be related to its themed make-and-think activities. It will be reading one to two themed books and engaging in dance and movement activities. Visit its Facebook event page for more information.
Fantasy and Fairy Tale Virtual Night // North Richland Hills Library is hosting a virtual trivia night focused on fairty tales, mythology, and fantasy. Visit its Eventbrite event page for more information and to register.
Josh Gad Does Nightly Story Time // Everyone’s favorite voice actor Josh Gad, who is the voice of Olaf in Frozen and Frozen 2, is doing nightly readings of popular children’s books. Follow him on Twitter to learn more. #GadBookClub
KERA At-Home Learning // At kera.org/learn, parents, teachers, and caregivers will find services they can use to “turn every home into a classroom.” They’ll also find an educational TV schedule, digital media collections, and curated tips and tools for teachers.
Live Star Stream // On July 7 at 1:00 p.m., join the University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium for a virtual live star stream and learn about the wonders of the universe. Check its Facebook page for additional dates.
Museum and Zoo Virtual Tours // Scroll through this list of iconic museums and zoos around the world, and take a tour without leaving your home!
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame // Need activities to keep your young cowgirls and cowboys busy? Take advantage of this free online resources and activities!
Peach Week Baking Contest // Back Home Bakery will be hosting a baking contest showcasing Parker County peaches! Contestants can enter 1 peachy item for each of the 3 categories: baked items that are non-cake (pies, tarts, etc.); cake or cupcakes; and cookies. Guest judges will score items based on flavor, creativity, aesthetic appeal, and execution. Kids 18 and under will be judged separately. Prizes will be awarded to the top two desserts for each category in each age division. Visit its Facebook event page for more information.
Play Wisely // PlayWisely is hosting virtual classes for through Zoom for littles. Visit Facebook for more information.
Royally Fun Parties // Book an online party to connect a birthday girl with her friends and her favorite character, or have a princess give your little one a call to brighten her day! Virtual services include phone calls, video calls, video messages, and virtual parties.
Storyline Online // Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and dozens more. Visit Storyline Online for more information.
The Kimbell Art Museum’s Kimbell At Home program // Experience the Kimbell from Home. Explore the collection, download family art activities, and take an audio tour.
Virtual Wednesday Walks // Join the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge for a virtual walk on the trails. Every Wednesday, it will pick a trail, hike, and see what is along the trail in the form of plants and animals. This is a great way to catch up and for you to see what is available on the trails. It will continue these virtual walks while it is closed for the public. Hike starts at 10:00 a.m. and the end time is not definitive. Typical hike will be an hour at the most. Visit its Facebook event page for more information.
Wildlife on the Move // Weatherford Public Library is hosting a virtual animal presentation about pythons and boas. The presentation is designed for teenagers and takes place on July 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Visit its website for more information.
July 2 – 26
Tribeca Drive-In // The “Tribeca Drive-In” series will feature an exciting slate of more than 30 iconic films, comedy acts, and more at AT&T Stadium July 2 through 26. It will provide families with a safe, comfortable entertainment experience that captivates audiences of all ages.
Home Depot Kids Workshop // Set out on an adventure with your child in this binoculars workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering, and more. With help from parents and store associates, your child will create his or her own pair of binoculars to take home. All workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion // This family-friendly event will take place every Sunday from June 28 through September 6. Tubes and pedal boats are available to rent, along with kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. There will also be yoga, tasty food trucks, music, and floating the Trinity River. Cold beer, sodas, and water will also be available for sale on site.
New Rangers Stadium Family Portraits // Modern Studios Photography is offering o take pictures of families and groups of up to 10 people in the new Rangers baseball stadium. Rangers wear recommended. You may bring in a ball or bat if desired. Visit its event page for more information.
National Day of the American Cowboy // At at 10:00 am in the Stockyards National Historic District, celebrate the American Cowboy and western heritage. Named the “Best Cowboy Tribute” event in the nation by Western lifestyle magazine, American Cowboy, you can expect to see wild cow milking, cowboy poetry, face painting, and a quick-draw contest.
Funky Finds Spring Fling // The 12th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a free family and pet-friendly market. Shop local with more than 200 of the funkiest area makers and pickers selling the best in handmade, repurposed, upcycled, and vintage finds. Event also features swag bags, charitable raffle, fundraising benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and CASA of Tarrant County, and much more.
Country Critters Farm, in Alvarado // Country Critters Farm is now open during the weekends. Activities include bounce houses, a tractor and train playground, pony rides, petting zoo, barrel train ride, hayride, wooden maze, and duck races. More included in private tours.
Fort Worth Zoo // The Fort Worth Zoo is open to the public on a reservation-only basis. Tickets can be purchased three days in advance.
Mainstay Farm Park, in Cleburne // Mainstay Farm Park is now open Thursday through Saturdays. Visit the “biggest backyard in Texas” and enjoy fresh watermelon from Texas farmers and stick around to enjoy a glass of Mainstay Farm wine or specialty watermelon beverages, photo ops, play, and wide open spaces.
What did we miss? What virtual activities and events do you want to share with Fort Worth Moms readers? Let us know at [email protected].