Culture the Kids this Summer in Dallas-Fort Worth


16 Cool & Educational Events for Kids this Summer in Dallas-Fort Worth

Schools in Plano, schools in Frisco, schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all are out for the summer! The kids need something to occupy their time, stimulate their brains and, let’s be honest….keep some sanity for Mom and Dad!

Maybe there will be a family vacation, and possibly some sports involved.

However, you may be looking for ways to expose the next generation to some cultural experiences that will be both fun and educational. We have located sixteen opportunities in North Texas that may be possibilities for your kids to see a new side of life.


When you were a kid, your opinion of museums may have been ‘old, cold, and boring.’ That was THEN. Now museums are fun, and they have specifically designed fun, exciting, relevant activities for kids. Some options are:

Summer Camp at the DMA

Calling all junior fashionistas, sculptors, painters, designers, and inventors! Summer Art Camps at the Dallas Museum of Art have something for every creative kid. Spark your imagination with mixed media, fashion, drawing, painting, design, and more in camps for children ages 4-12.

Enjoy free general admission and free activities daily for you and your family all summer long. Get social and share your favorite works of art using #DMAfaves.

Discovery Camp is the place to be for kids who love to get hands-on with science! Your kids will have a blast exploring topics such as paleontology, chemistry, astronomy, marine biology, and much more.

Fun, challenging, and exciting! Five afternoons of creative activities for children (ages 6–12) explore connections with Kimbell masterpieces and special exhibitions.

For more than 60 years, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Museum School program has been the foundation of the Museums work in early childhood learning. Since its founding in 1949, more than 200,000 children have participated in this one-of-a-kind program, which was the first in the United States to be accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children.

Performing Arts

Is your child an aspiring musician or  dancer? Dallas – Fort Worth is home to some fantastic performing arts organizations who focus on developing talent and confidence in local children. Some options are:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the Dallas Childrens Theater

North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. NTPA has classes, auditions, camps and productions in Dallas, Fairview, Frisco and Plano. They have two permanent locations in Plano and Fairview, and perform at venues all over the North Dallas metroplex.

Throughout the year, School of Rock offers music camps and workshops perfect for musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals.

Throughout the summer, Texas Ballet Theater Schools offer a range of programs for aspiring pre-professional dancers and budding ballerinas. These classes feature professional instruction from a skilled teaching staff combined with the fun of summer themes. Ballet Basics Camps introduce young children to the art of ballet. Senior and Junior programs are designed to improve technique through intensive study.

Visual Arts

Workshops for the disciplines of Bookbinding, Drawing & Painting, Glass, Metalsmithing and other traditional arts.  

Kaleidoscope at the Modern

The Modern’s unique programs for young artists emphasize learning through direct observation of art and thoughtful activities inspired by the permanent collection and current exhibition. This introduces students to some of the complex and challenging concepts and practices behind modern and contemporary art.

Nature & S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math)

The Heard’s mission is to inspire children to discover, enjoy, experience, and restore our priceless environment. Heard Summer Camps will feature opportunities for children from north Texas and beyond to delve into the wonders of nature.

A Scenic Nature Walk

Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and nature that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Camps also integrate critical thinking, problem solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children.

Step into the crime lab and dabble with the science of art. Tinker with technology, mix up chemical reactions and get hands-on with wildlife. Science camps are geared for children entering 1st-8th grades, with a different STEM focus each week. Everything from reptiles, robots, reactions and more.

Located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. Family festivals, free admission days, and our extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers® student education program introduce children and adults to natural outdoor learning experiences.

For young aspiring astronauts and pilots

Five-Day Camps | Jun 11 – Aug 3 | For 1st to 10th graders. Explore the universe, learn the basics of flight, program a robot!

Summer chess camps engage children in intellectual pursuit while building social skills. Many campers return year after year to build their skills and see friends. Some campers even bring their parents or grandparents for friendly familial competition!

Other Events for Kids this Summer in DFW

Calling all adventurers for a learning expedition with the SMU Summer Youth Program! Explore weekly workshops in game design, coding, robotics, visual arts, math, language arts, as well as SAT and ACT test prep. Programs are offered for students entering grades K – 12 from June through early August on the SMU-in-Plano campus. Extended day options are available.


Art&Seek is a service from KERA for North Texas where creative people can come together to find, discuss, create and react to art.

The best part about summer camps is having fun with friends.

If you know someone else who possibly bought a new home in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, invite the kids to enjoy some summer fun and learn along the way !

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