Around Cowtown :: Family Friendly Events {September 2021)

Disclaimer :: This edition of Around Cowtown is brought to you by River Legacy Living Science Center.
Fall is lingering in the air — it’s still warm, but there’s something cozy brewing. Take time to spend with your family after the chaos of summertime fun. Below you’ll find several family friendly events (and event a parents night out)!
River Legacy Around Cowtown family friendly events in September
If you’re a sports fan, check out our Sports Fan’s Guide to Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Events. If the weather is questionable but you and kiddos are itching to get out of the house, browse our Guide to Indoor Activities
River Legacy fall festivalThe guide is brought to you by our friends at River Legacy Living Science Center. Join River Legacy Foundation at its all-day Fall Festival on October 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This family event features animal encounters, food trucks, a dunk house and bounce house, games, tree giveaways, camping demonstrations, and much more! Learn more and purchase tickets and discounted ticket bundles at

Mark your calendar with these family friendly events Fort Worth Moms has gathered. Please note that events are popping up, changing, and being cancelled at the drop of a hat due to the coronavirus, and we will update the calendar as timely as we can. 

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Scheduled In-Person & Virtual Events

All Month {In-person}

The Slam Bang Story of Ichamore Twerpwhistle // If you were a kid growing up watching TV in North Texas in the 1960s, you might remember a comical character by the name of Icky Twerp. Or maybe you recall a Channel 11 kid’s show called Slam Bang Theatre. The inspiring story of Bill Camfield, the creative mind behind the show and the character, is one of hilarity, heartbreak, and even a smidgen of Halloweenish horror — But mostly it’s the hilarity.This show is recommended for all ages.

Sweet Tooth Motel at The Foundry // Guests can expect an exterior reminiscent of their favorite roadside vintage motel, with a Sweet Tooth Motel twist. The interior will feature an entry filled with fantastical desserts, look but don’t eat, through which guests will have to find their way into a glowing Sunset Lounge filled with radiating, ring pop laden cacti. This is a limited-time summer exhibit.

Black Girl Magic Pop Up Museum // The Black Girl Magic Pop Up Museum is an interactive museum to pay homage and honor the contribution that black women have had. The museum has more than eight interactive Instagram-worthy photo-ops. Come and enjoy melanin boxes, the Black Girl Magic Room, melanin room, Say Her Name Room, I Am Not My Hair room, and so much more.

September 7 {In-person)

Homeschool Day Terrific Trees at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens // During September’s homeschool day program, discover more about the trees that live on the Texas native forest boardwalk. Many of these trees are native to Texas and many are not. How did these trees arrive here? Why are native trees vital not only to us but to many other living creatures that rely on them? Registration required. 

September 11 {In-person}

Family Workshop/Botanical Colors at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden // Attend a beautiful day in the garden practicing your botanical watercolors! A local artist will lead you through painting your own nature inspired masterpiece. Make a memory as a family that will last forever and find your inner artist. Art supplies and garden admission are included in the cost of registration

Toddler Studio: Play Day at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art // Spend the morning looking at art, reading, drawing, building, and playing together with family and friends during our first Toddler Studio back in person. 

Family Workshop: Abstract Stitches at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art // This’ll have you in stitches! Learn the basics of pattern making, fabric piecing, and hand sewing while working together to sew an abstract masterpiece inspired by colorful Carter artworks. Family Workshops are a quarterly program designed for children 6 to 12 years old and their families.

September 14 {In-person}

Teen Talk Tuesday Conservation and Citizen Science at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden // Teen Tuesdays provide participants opportunities to engage and learn from environmental STEM leaders. Topics have included biophilic design, herbarium digitization, and scanning electron microscopes. This is a free event! 

September 15 {In-person} 

Homeschool at the Carter: Working in Watercolor // Experience the dramatic variety of watercolor paintings in the Carter’s collection and learn about watercolorists’ challenges and strategies. Participants will try their hand at the medium and see a new addition to the Carter’s collection! This workshop is offered in English and Spanish.

September 17 {In-person}

Story time at River Legacy // Experience a free, outdoor story time at River Legacy Nature Center in partnership with Arlington Public Library. You and the family will listen to two themed stories and get to meet one of River Legacy’s animal ambassadors, like our opossums, snakes, and turtles. City of Arlington masking policies will be followed. Masks encouraged for unvaccinated guests ages 10 and up. Registration required. 

September 18 {In-person}

Family Fun Day with Tarrant County 911 District, presented by the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum //  Enjoy horseback riding, free lunch, music, 911 trivia and prizes, and snow cones at this FREE event! 

W.A.T.E.R. Festival at River Legacy Living Science Center // The W.A.T.E.R. (Water Awareness Through Education & Recreation) Festival celebrates the wonderful resource of water. It will feature a variety of experiences, crafts, and demonstrations during this free festival for the whole family!

Carter Playdates: Little Architects // Gather to read, play, and create exciting new structures together with building toys. Don’t forget your hard hat! This program is for children ages 3 to 5 and their families.

September 24-25 {In-person}

Vintage Market Days Denton/Forth Worth // This is a unique and relaxing shopping experience with 100+ amazing vendors from across the United States! Find upscale vintage-inspired market featuring vintage funds, home decor, antiques, handmade artwork & jewelry, boutique clothing, outdoor furnishings, architectural salvage, handmade treasures, food trucks, live music and so much more!

September 25 {In-person}

Girls Nature Workshop at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden // All girls interested in floral design and horticultural skills, the Fort Worth Garden Club (FWGC) and FWBG|BRIT are partnering to offer a series of five nature-based workshops that will connect you to the beauty of nature. Each program will on one or more skills and highlight special spaces at the Garden and Research Institute. Members of the Girl Scouts can complete badge work, but all girls – not just Scouts – are welcome!

Parents Night Out at the Fort Worth Zoo // Parents can enjoy a kid-free night out on the town while your children enjoy a night at the Zoo with pizza, a movie, crafts, and a night hike through the park! Each night is themed with a movie and related craft. Each wild night at the Zoo is from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Space is limited, so register early!

September 25 {Virtual}

Teen Workshop: Drawing Animals, hosted by the Sid Richardson Museum // For kids ages 13 to 17, this event will offer the time and space to develop skills and creativity with instructor guidance; live demonstrations; peer-to-peer interactions; a virtual visit to the Museum galleries; all necessary art supplies conveniently packaged and shipped to you; and by the end of the session, a finished piece of art!

On-Going Virtual Events

Fort Worth Zoo’s Virtual Programs // Whether you are learning at home or in the classroom, would like to offer a fun virtual experience for employees or residents, or you just miss the Fort Worth Zoo, it is ready to bring the animals to you. Connect with the animals through your choice of virtual programs, starting at $25. Zoo members save 10 percent during registration. 

Virtual Story Times // North Richland Hills Library hosts virtual story times every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. on its Facebook page. After the reading, the video will be available on its YouTube channel and the library’s website

Yogin’s Karma Bookclub // Karma Yoga in Denton is starting a free community yoga bookclub to learn more about the practice of yoga and how to transform our lives off the mat and see how the words impact not only us, but our fellow yogis. Learn more HERE.

Virtual Nurturing Parent Group // Hosted by My Health My Resources of Tarrant County, the virtual nurturing parent group is “a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to other forms of parenting and child-rearing practices. This is a great group for any and all parents wanting to learn about parenting for any child.” Meetings happen every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more here.

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!

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.


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