Visit a real-life Jurassic world at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Photo credit: monkeymashbutton / Flickr.

7 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Dallas This August

Turn August angst into a shipshape summer day with the kids.

August is hot and sticky and marks the start of the back-to-school season. And although we love fresh school supplies as much as the next kid, we think it’d be best for everyone if we extended the summer fun, at least until it cools down — it’s only fair. Here are 7 family-friendly ways you can turn August angst into a shipshape summer day.

1. If the Jurassic World hype has you and your little Tyrannosaur ready to explore the land before time, join Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a night of hiking through dinosaur tracks and an outdoor movie at Dinosaur Valley State Park. This month, the park, which is just a short drive from Fort Worth, will host two of these Friday night dinosaur adventures: one on Aug. 7 and another on the 14th.

2. Fort Worth’s West 7th is hosting a Chalk Art Festival on Aug. 15, where spectators can watch the temporary masterpieces unfold. Artists begin working at 10am and continue through the day, so this is very much what you make of it — a quick look around, or an all-day activity.

3. Better yet, let your child find their own inner Georgia O’Keeffe, Michelangelo, or Van Gogh (minus all that insanity) and paint their own canvas at the DMA’s Arturo’s Art and Me series, on Aug. 8, 12, and 13. Classes include a story, an up-close look at current exhibits, and of course some time in the art studio.

4. Educators from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science succeed once again in finding the biggest, baddest ways to educate the most curious of kids. On Aug. 8, the museum will host a Discovery Day dedicated to all things transportation — how we move as individual humans and as a society, and how other animals fly, leap and swim. Interactive exhibits and the chance to create your own transportation-oriented gadgets will provide a hands-on experience that feels like a chance to go behind-the-scenes. Discovery Days are included in the price of admission, and free for museum members.

5. The Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park will host a Butterflies and Bugs festival on Aug. 15. Kids can play scientist as they get to observe all sorts of arthropods, from butterflies to beetles, and even check out bug expert John Watts’ live tarantulas, walking sticks, and more. Besides these creepy crawlers, the Butterflies and Bugs festival will have face painting, crafts, and butterfly house tours.

6. The Dallas Children’s Theater is popping by Klyde Warren Park on Aug. 15 for acting games and escapades. Perfect for your biggest drama queen or king. Look for the group of tiny thespians at the learning tree between 10:30 and 11:30 am.

7. Check out the Nasher Sculpture Center’s family art activity for Aug. 1. This month’s art project will focus on Phyllida Barlow-esque banners, which each child will decorate to their heart’s content.

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