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2015 Kids Summer Bucket List for Flower Mound/Highland Village and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Areas

Since both of my children are in school now they are used to constant activity and easily get bored.  So I've come up with a bucket list of activities around the area.  Here are other ideas I have posted on creating a Summer bucket to draw activities as well.

It appears we may have a wet Summer so I've included several indoor activities.

Reading Programs

Flower Mound Summer Reading Program, it begins on June 4th with a kick off on Sat., June 6th from 12-2 p.m.  There are 3 age groups for their programs, age 0-Pre-K, K-5, and grades 6-12.
There are also special library events during the Summer each week on Wednesday and Thursday for school age children.  Click here for the schedule. One of our favorites is Critterman!

Lewisville Summer Reading Program, kick off is also on June 6th from 2-4 p.m.
Summer events include Prime Explorations for grades 1-3 on Thursdays at 4 p.m. 

*Check with your local library's website for your Summer Reading Program.

Discount Movie Programs
Catch up on a movie you missed or one of your favorites on the big screen!

Cinemark in Lewisville Summer Program begins on June 8th.  You can choose 10 movies for $5 or $1 per movie.  Click for details and a coupon!  The closest location is
Lewisville, Cinemark Movies 8

Harkins in Southlake also has a Summer Movie Program beginning June 8th.  M-F, at 9:45 a.m.  Each week there is a different movie showing.
Carmike in Hickory Creek, every Thursday at 10 a.m. $4 a person includes small popcorn and drink.  Click to view the schedule.

*Visit your local movie theater website for other Summer programs available.

Visit a Museum, Zoo, Aquarium, and Gardens
*See websites for camps available.

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park $8 per adult, $6 per child.  Open 9-4:30 p.m. 

Other Museums and Gardens at Fair Park
Swan Boats at Fair Park, $10, May 1–July 31, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily
Dallas World Aquarium open 9-5 p.m. daisy. $20.95 for adults, $14.95 for children

Dallas Zoo, it's on our list to see the new baby giraffe!  Open from 9-5 p.m. daily.  They have an awesome children's area that includes a wading creek so bring your swimsuit.  You can also feed the giraffes which is a lot of fun too!

Fort Worth Zoo has 2 baby elephants you have to visit!  Open from 10-5 p.m. M-F, and 10-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun.

Frank Buck Zoo, 1000 W. California St. Gainesville, TX, 76240, open 9-5 p.m.
*Public Giraffe Feeding 10:30am daily weather permitting. $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children.

Shararosa Wildlife Park, open to public Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 adults, $10 for children.  Sharkeys Drive, Pilot Point, Texas 76258

Fort Worth Science and History Museum $15 for adults, $11 for children, they also have great shows on IMAX. Open 10-5 p.m. M-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sun.

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069 Open-
Tues.-Sat. 9-5 p.m. $10 adults, $7 children.

Dallas Arboretum Open 9- 5 p.m. It has a beautiful new children's garden with fun activities for children to explore! $15 for adults w/$3 extra for children's garden and $10 for children w/$3 extra for children's garden.

Dallas Museum of Art Free, open Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Forth Worth Botanical Gardens Open dawn to dusk, if you want to visit the conservatory there is a $2 fee for adults and $1 for per child and the Japanese Garden is $5 for adults and $3 per child.

Grapevine Botanical Gardens, free and the closest garden to Flower Mound.  It's small but easy to get around.  There is a playground next to the gardens and Koi fish feeding.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Park 

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur World

Other Glen Rose Parks


Twin Coves Park-Day rate $5 and Camping $15-25 a night.

Murrell Park, 880 Simmons Rd, Flower Mound, TX 75022, $10 per night.

Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine, Texas 76051, $5 for day pass and $35 per site.

Camp Jellystone Park-The closest are in Burleson and Witchita Falls.


Dallas Summer Musicals, we are looking forward to seeing Cinderella with my older daughters Girl Scout Troop.

Ohlook, located in Grapevine, TX also offers camps for kids.

Studio B  located in Highland Village, TX Also offers camps for kids.

Splash Pads
Grapevine has several splash pads, all free

Parr Park Spray Ground has several shaded pavilions and a colorful playground.  Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Dove Park, 1509 Hood Lane, Grapevine, TX  has a beautiful playground, Splash Pad, and small waterpark.  The Splash Pad includes a large bucket and a few sprayers.  The playground and splash pad are free.  The waterpark is $5 for non-residents and $2 for Grapevine residents.

Cannon Parkway Park, 750 Cannon Parkway-This is across from Hawaiian Falls in Roanoke.  It includes one shaded picnic area plus a playground.

Klyde Warren Park, free and amazing!  Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m.  It's built over Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas.  They have a playground, spash pad, games, dog park, outdoor library, and food trucks.

Waterparks and Pools

CAC-Community Activity Center, we usually get a monthly membership in the Summer.

Hawaiian Falls has two locations not far from Flower Mound.  Roanoke and The Colony.

Outdoor Learning Environment

LLELA-Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, open to the public Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  $5 a person, 5 and under free.  They also offer Summer camps.  

Vacation Bible School and Church Camps

Lamb of God Lutheran Church June 15-19th 9-12 p.m.

Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church June 15-19th 9:15-12:30 p.m.
Flower Mound United Methodist Church June 16-19, 8:30am-12:00pm

Valley Creek Church EPIC Week is Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18 from 9:00am to noon  
Rock Pointe Church-Cross Training June 15-19th 5:30-8:30 p.m., $10 per child.

Lakeland Baptist Church  June 15-19th 5:30-8 p.m. 

Crossroads Bible Pine Cove Camp in the City August 3-7th, entering 1-6th grade, 9-4 p.m.
Gymnastic Camps

Best Gymnastics has 1/2 day camps, this works great on days I have a portrait session and my kids are tired of going to drop in childcare.  The times are 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  You send a lunch if they are going in the AM camp. $25 per session.

Win Kids has great camps available as well!

Horseback Riding

Art Class

Studio Art House offers half day and full week camps.
Color Me Mine Offers Summer Camps

Other Bucket List Ideas

Bike Ride to the nearest park
Walk or Bike to your nearest spot for ice-cream or Frozen Yogurt.  For us it's Culvers.
Bike or Walk a trail
Park Day-Visit a park you haven't visited vet, Flower Mound has a huge list!
Sidewalk Chalk
Art Project
Homemade Playdough
Kids Cooking Day
Pinterest Project
Brush up on school, work on math, reading, or other subjects with math games, flash cards, book report, write a book, or research a topic etc...
Science Project
Scavenger Hunt
Water Painting the sidewalk 
bubbles or make your own bubble solution
board games
bug hunt or nature walk
sandbox treasure hunt
Lego Building
lemonade stand
make homemade shaped crayons

Back to School before you know it!

Robin Kelm Photography is a Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas maternity, newborn, baby, family, and senior/teen photographer. She is located in Flower Mound, TX and serves areas in Denton County.  Robin is an on-location photographer and brings a portable studio for newborn and baby sessions that take place in the comfort of your own home. Outdoor family sessions are on-location at a mutually decided location such as your home or a local park. If you have any questions or would like some more information on booking a session in Texas, please click the contact tab above. Be sure to “like” Robin on Facebook!
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Cynthia said...

What a thorough list!! I hope you and your little ones have a great summer crossing stuff off.

Melissa Klein said...

What a great list!! I wish you lived closer - now I want to find something like this by where I live. :)

Laura said...

So resourceful!! Hope you and your littles enjoy the summer!

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