This summer will only be what you make it. You can either hide from the heat while your littles catch up on Dora the Explorer, or you can get out there and start making memories (I promise your kids won’t remember how Dora saves the Crystal Kingdom in ten years). Unplug this season and take some inspiration from Janet Gridley’s passport list. Jump for the details.
1) Pick lavender at Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainesville, which is an hour and a half drive from downtown. Make a day of it- pack lunches, stop at interesting places along the way, and take plenty of pictures.
2) Go night swimming in your own pool, a fountain, or hop a fence to a neighbors pool. Just don’t get arrested.
3) Play ping pong in Klyde Warren Park. When you’re done there, you can venture over to the Children’s Park and play in the fountains or head to the food trucks for some grub.
4) Hike Big Bend National Park for a weekend. Go au naturale and camp out for the night, or opt for some lodging that the park has available (for those of you that deem beds and bathrooms necessary).
5) See Moonrise Kingdom at the Nasher. “‘Til Midnight at the Nasher” will feature live music and movie screenings in the Nasher Garden all summer long.
6) Go to Aunt Stelle’s for a snowcone. It’s a known fact that the best snowcones are found in the most random places.
7) Avoid 635. ‘Nuff said.
8) Teach her son to tie a bowline knot. Because real men can tie complicated knots.
9) Ride a bike to the library. There are no records of anyone doing this since the 90’s. Show your kids what childhood was like before Xbox and the internet (Uh, so much better. Remember tree forts and kick-the-can?).
10) Support the local farmers market. It’s a fruitful experience (see what I did there?) and if you ever want to read up on what is done to our food now-days, farmer’s market food will be the only food you’ll ever want to eat.
Plan your own adventures with our “Summer Passport to Dallas.” Just print out our handy template below, fill it with activities you want to accomplish and destinations you’d like to visit, and get going!