Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself. Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.
Although you’d never know it by the current outside temperature, summer is almost over for the kiddos. Yep, if the wee ones haven’t already started school, they’re definitely going back next week. But don’t worry, there’s still time to get in an adventure or two before the tardy bell rings. Continuing on our things-do-before-summer-is-over theme, here are 6 more family-friendly events to make this a summer to remember.
1. Celebrate the last gasp of summer with a good old-fashion fireworks display. Load up the kids and head to Lake Grapevine for their Friday Night Fireworks Show. The weekly 12 minute show runs until Sept. 4 and can be viewed from the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as parks around Lake Grapevine.
2. End the summer on a sweet note with the City of Coppell’s Back-to-School Ice Cream Social. Chill out on frozen treats (with toppings) and live music. The kids can run off their energy, i.e. sugar high, at the Old Town playground, or take a dip in the Main Street Interactive Fountain. The City of Coppell will also be collecting school supplies at this event.
3. Grab some aerial thrills at Trinity River Adventure Park. You and the kids can soar through the 200-year-old Post Oak trees at this aerial park that consists of six individual, elevated courses that include more than 70 elements, such as rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and more. All courses are self guided and every person moves at their own pace. But hold on, before you start handing out crash helmets to the littles; kids must be at least 6 years-old and 48 inches tall to participate.
4. Paddle down the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters on a Canoe Tour put on by the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes that can get wet, and not to overstate the obvious, but don’t forget the sun screen. Children must be 5 years or older to participate.
5. Catch an outdoor concert and movie at The Nasher Sculpture Center this Friday at their ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher event. The evening starts off with the acoustic singer/songwriter spotlight, followed by a concert featuring TEAM. When the sun goes down enjoy the awesomeness of The LEGO Movie. You and the kiddos will also have the opportunity to participate in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Best of all, it’s free!
6. Get your Elsa and Anna fix this Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History‘s Disney at the Museum event. They’ll be screening films from Walt Disney Animation Studios latest DVD, Short Films Collection, and have loads activities inspired by the films. Kids can decorate a birthday hat for Anna, test a paper airplane, and take part in Popsicle Science.
Time’s a wastin’! Now get out there and have fun!
Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 10-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your ideas for quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected].