Things to do in Dallas with kids this weekend | Dinosaurs Live!

Things to do in Dallas with kids this weekend | Dinosaurs Live! | Image credit: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

There are always plenty of things for kids to do in Dallas, especially on the weekends. So if you’re wondering “What are the fun things to do in Dallas with kids this weekend?” you don’t need to look any further.

There are so many fun things to do with kids in Dallas this weekend of September 2 to 4, 2022!

Our top picks on for Dallas events for kids include Dinosaurs Live! at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife SanctuaryThe Grand Duck Derby, Anime Escape Festival, and lots more!

Top Pick – Enjoy 14 rides for just $13.99 at Prairie Playland, Traders Village

Star Dancer at Prairie Playland Traders Village in Dallas

The family-friendly amusement Star Dancer combines a carousel with a gondola wheel. The carousel starts to rotate as it ascends the 80-foot tower, and it keeps rotating as it ascends the tower until it reaches the top. Passengers receive a clear, panoramic view of the market and the metroplex when at the top.

Get more details on Star Dancer and all the other rides at Prairie Playland

Where: Prairie Playland at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
When: Summer Hours – Thursday, Friday (6 pm to 10 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (11 am to 8 pm)
How Much: All day pass allows you to ride any of the 14 rides for just $13.99

Top Summer Camp Pick: Sports, STEM & Arts Camps in Dallas at Elite University

Things to do in Dallas | Elite University Summer Camp Horseback Riding

Elite University Summer Camps is proud to serve the families of Richmond and Garland in Dallas, Texas. Elite University Summer Camps provides innovative summer camp programming with STEM Camps, Athletic Camps, Outdoor Camps, and Culinary and Mixed Media Arts. At Elite U there is something for everyone! Book your kids’ spot for Elite University Summer Camp in Dallas.

Also, check out our comprehensive list of the Best Summer Camps for 2022 in Dallas. 

Things to Do in Dallas With Kids This Weekend – September 2, 2022

Black Excellence Festival Day 1 Kickoff

Labor Day Events in Dallas | Black Excellence Festival

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What: Our top pick for Black events this upcoming Labor Day weekend in Dallas is the Black Excellence Festival. There will be tons of entertainment to enjoy including RNB and Soul music performances as well as hilarious comedy shows by some of the most talented black artists in the city. This Friday, there will be Dominique Hammons “The International Violionist” and Live Band, Sammie, Q-Parker 112. And many more are joining the lineup so don’t miss out on this!
When: September 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton, 1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201
How much: Starts at $40

Fair Park Jazz and Blues Festival

What: Round up the family or your friends, grab some blankets, and head on over to one of the most popular Dallas Labor Day weekend events featuring some of Texas’ best blues and jazz greats. Here, you can groove to the music while chilling out with the best people in your life. There will also be food vendors at the ready to satisfy your cravings. All proceeds from the festival will go to the African American Museum’s youth educational program.
When: September 2, 2022 | 5:00 pm onwards
Where: African American Museum of Dallas, 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
How much: $20 for advanced purchase | $25 at the gate


Things to Do in Dallas With Kids This Weekend – Saturday, September 3, 2022

Anime Escape Festival

Things to do in Dallas this weekend | Anime Escape

Image credit: Anime Escape

What: Calling all otakus out there! The Anime Escape Festival is comin to Boston! It’s your chance or your kid’s chance to dress up as their favorite anime character, attend panels, watch your favorite anime films, play vintage arcade games, and eat up tons of delicious Japanese-inspired dishes and desserts. Get your tickets now!
When: September 3, 2022 | 11:00 am onwards
Where: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
How much: $50

Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Things to do in Dallas this weekend | Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Image credit: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

What: Bring the whole family out to the Dallas Arboretum this coming weekend for a Labor Day weekend celebration. From Saturday up until Monday, there will be plenty of activities to enjoy in the park for the whole family. On Saturday, there will be zoo animal adventures, a WFAA meetup, and craft beer tasting. Then, on Sunday, there will be a family cooking class. Lastly, on Monday, the Singing Zoologist will return to teach kids about birds along with Window to the Wild.
When: September 3, 2022 | 10:30 am onwards
Where: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
How much: Free

Clark Gardens Model Train Show

What: Are your kids big fans of trains or are just curious creatures? Then they might enjoy this train model heaven. North Texas Garden Railroad Club and North Texas T Trak will be setting up their miniature train displays that will have loads of track with different loops and auto switching displays. Aside from the displays, there will also be delicious food, facepainting, and trackless train ride for you and the kids to enjoy.
When: September 3 – 4, 2022 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Clark Gardens, 567 Maddux Rd, Weatherford, TX 76088
How much: $9 for adults | $7 for seniors | $5 for children 4 – 12

Dinosaurs Live! at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Things to do in Dallas this weekend with kids | Dinosaurs Live!

Image credit: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

What: Travel back millions of years in time as you and the kids journey the half-mile nature trail at the sanctuary. There will be 11 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar. In addition to that, this year’s exhibit will also feature an outdoor hadrosaur fossil dig to inspire future paleontologists.
When: September 3, 2022 | 9:00 am onwards
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069
How much: Free – $12


Things to Do in Dallas With Kids This Weekend – Sunday, September 4, 2022

Labor Day Weekend Luau

What: Aloha! Just because summer is ending does it mean that you can’t enjoy a perfect luau. Come dressed up in your best Hawaiian attire at Legacy Hall and chill out with live hula and fire dancers. There will also be specialty poke bowls, airbrushed island tribal tattoos available, a limbo competition, and more activities that will make you feel like you’re out and about on an island adventure. Buy a ticket now!
When: September 4, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Where: Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano, TX 75024
How much: $15 – $60

Texas Food Fest

What: What is a Labor Day weekend celebration without tons of good food, right? That’s just not right. Fortunately, the Texas Food Fest is here to satisfy all your cravings. The best caterers and chefs in Texas are coming together in Dallas to get you a taste of the best flavors of Texas. Get ready to fill up your tummies!
When: September 4, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Lofty Spaces, 816 Montgomery St, Dallas, TX 75215
How much: $2 – $6

The Grand Duck Derby

Things to do in Dallas this weekend with kids | The Grand Duck Derby

Image credit: Claire Horlings

What: Ready, set, go! Come and watch adorable ducks race through the Grandscape Lagoon this Sunday. You can watch just for fun or you can come to see if your duck will be the winner. Individual ducks can be purchased online for $5 and $1 for every purchase will go to community organizations, with the goal to raise up to $35,000 in donations. The grand winner will get to take home $5000 cash.
When: September 4, 2022 | 9:30 am onwards
Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd, The Colony, TX 75056
How much: Free

Taste of the Colony

What: Calling all foodies! Celebrate Labor Day weekend with an amazing culinary experience that highlights the best flavors in The Colony. Come hungry and get to enjoy the food, the live music, and all the family fun which includes fun photobooths and carnival style kids zone. Grab those tickets now!
When: September 4, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Lawn at Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd, The Colony, TX 75056
How much: $40



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