Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 14 Reasons to Get Out of the House Friday–Sunday
Do your kids think sharks are scary? Face your fears and learn all about the ocean predators during local Shark Week events beginning Sunday and more water fun around Dallas-Fort Worth with no threat of shark encounters, including the Pirate Super Soaker, Christmas in July and a Hawaiian luau by the pool.
TrainTopia Opening Weekend, Frisco
Friday–Saturday, July 20–21, 10am–5pm
Sunday, July 22, 1–5pm
The Museum of the American Railroad adds vintage locomotives to its collection—miniature ones at a new permanent exhibit inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Come check out the G-scale model train layout, valued at more than $1 million and spanning more than 2,500 square feet of track with six precision trains that run simultaneously.
North Texas Comic Book Show, Irving
Saturday, July 21, 10am–6pm
Sunday, July 22, 10am–5pm
Snap a photo in front of a replica Jurassic Park Jeep outside the Irving Convention Center and don’t miss the Saturday cosplay contest, open to kids and adults, for a chance to win prizes from Heroic Inner Kids. This comic convention stars a slew of cosplayers, comic artists and the thousands of comic books of their creation. $20 single day tickets; $30 for two days; free for kids 11 and younger with a paid adult.
Infinity Festival’s Virtual Reality Weekend, Fort Worth
Saturday, July 21, 10am–5pm
Sunday, July 22, 12–5pm
Come explore the latest advancements in virtual reality and other immersive tech at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Saturday and Sunday are open to all ages. Parents, check out the Friday night Science on Tap party for 21 and up. Tickets from $16 adults and $13 youth ages 2–18 for one-day pass. Multi-day passes available.
Late Night at the DMA, Dallas
Friday, July 20, 6pm–12am
If you’ve not yet taken a tour through Dallas Museum of Art’s special exhibit The Power of Gold—Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana, this family-friendly party is prime time for a closer look. Watch one of two live performances by Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble in the Atrium and don’t miss the Golden Touch Family Tour, a treasure hunt of gold artworks beginning at the Center for Creative Connections entrance at 7pm. $10 adults; free for DMA members and for children 11 and younger. $20 for Late Night and special exhibit admission.
Outdoor Jumanji Screening, Fairview
Friday, July 20, 7:30pm
Sit back for an outdoor screening of the 2017 adventure-comedy Jumanji—Welcome to the Jungle for Fairview Town Center’s Movies in the Park series. Pre-show music, bounce houses and games kick off the night starting at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk, around 8:30pm, at the Village Green Park. Blankets, chairs and picnics welcome. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available. Free admission.
Coco Movie and Swim, North Richland Hills
Friday, July 20, 9–11pm
For NRH2O Family Water Park’s Dive-In Movie night, come to float in the wave pool (turned off during movie) or lounge on the beach with the kids while watching the Disney Pixar movie Coco on a big screen after dark. Come play all day and stay for the evening movies for no additional charge ($28.99 for those taller than 48 inches; $21.99 for those shorter; free for kids 2 and younger) or come after 5pm for half-off admission.
Preschool Discovery Club, Fort Worth
Friday, July 20, 10:30–11:30am
Your kids love turtles? Discover everything you didn’t know that you didn’t know about turtles during this program at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Preregister online for your child’s spot (open to ages 3–5) and show up Friday morning for games, crafts and outdoor exploration to find turtles that live around the nature center. $8 plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 children ages 3–12. $5 for members.
Pirate Super Soaker Saturday, Fort Worth
Saturday, July 21, 10am–2pm
Swashbuckling is more fun with Super Soakers. Bring your water guns from home and join a scavenger hunt on the beach at Twin Points Park while costumed pirates do their best to distract you along the way. Find your way to all 10 stations to collect your treasure.
Moon Day, Dallas
Saturday, July 21, 10am–4pm
The aspiring space cadets in your family will go over the moon for Frontiers of Flight Museum’s mega-sized space exposition. Don’t miss the chance to meet two astronauts in person, see real lunar samples brought back from the moon, and check out more fun including the interactive OmniGlobe and NASA space-themed models built entirely from Lego bricks by a world-renowned Lego builder. The first 250 kids who arrive at the museum score their own lunar swag bags.
Christmas in July at Hawaiian Falls Garland
Saturday, July 21, 11am–3pm
Bring a new, unopened toy benefitting Santa’s Helpers to any Hawaiian Falls location and get admission for $8.88, and come to the Garland water park for extra fun with Santa, an ice princess and a snow queen. Meet the characters during a free meet and greet, or for an additional $10, during the VIP pizza party and live song performance at noon.
Hawaiian Night, McKinney
Saturday, July 21, 5:30–8:30pm
Dig out your flowered shirts and wear your Hawaiian garb to this kid-friendly luau by the pool at Juanita Maxfield Aquatic Center. You’ll have your shot at dunking friends in the dunk tank, playing field day games, and enjoying the slides and inflatables. $3; $2 for kids ages 3–9.
Shark Week at Sea Life, Grapevine
Sunday, July 22, 11am–7pm
Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium kicks off its own celebrations for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week with special activities beginning Sunday. Meet Sea Life’s mascot Sharky at 11:30am, 12:30 or 1:30pm, play games on the Shark Mission touch screens, and touch jaws, teeth and other shark artifacts. Free with admission: $20.95 adults; $16.95 children ages 3–12. Discounts online. Additional $4 per person for a behind-the-scenes tour.
Family BBQ Party at Summit Climbing, Dallas
Sunday, July 22, 12–4pm
Save your dollars for another day. Summit Climbing, Yoga and Fitness location on Forest Lane offers an afternoon of free indoor rock climbing for kids and a free lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs. Free.
Shark Week Celebration, McKinney
Sunday, July 22, 1:30–4:30pm
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary proves you don’t need an aquarium or a TV to celebrate Shark Week. See the Heard's fossil teeth and jaw bones on display as well as two 9-foot shark puppets from StageWorthy Arts. A rep from the Dallas Paleontological Society gives talks too (geared toward both kids and adults) about sharks, their fossils and how you can learn how to find your own. $9 adults; $6 children ages 3–12.