“There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end them. So, the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend them.”
If you heard music in your head and found yourself singing along to this little ditty, there is a good chance that you have school-aged kids who are counting on you to help them fill the precious days of summer with a list of fun things to do. So, how can you fill the short days of summer in Fort Worth?
When you want to put a little yee-haw in your day:
- Saddle up at Benbrook Stables, a family-oriented equestrian center with acres of trails along Lake Benbrook.
- Head to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, where you can learn the history of the women who shaped the west and take a ride on a bucking bull.
When it’s time to unplug from the Nintendo:
- Take a step back in time to the wild days of Fort Worth with a visit to the Stockyards. Kids can run through the cattlepen maze, meet the Fort Worth Herd, ride a mechanical bull, shop and play in Stockyards Station, and generally have a six-shootin’ good time.
- Live like the pioneers for a day at the Log Cabin Village. The hands-on activities and demonstrations will keep kids so busy, they won’t even notice they are learning about history.
When the thermometer reads 100 degrees for the second week in a row:
- Take a lesson to learn Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), a new sport on the Lake Worth that lets you explore the lake in a whole new way.
- Hit the beach at Panther Island. Soak up some sun and stick around for a concert that you can enjoy from your tube along the river.
When you are looking for something that is out of this world:
- Take a trip through space with a demonstration at the Noble Planetarium. Bonus points if you stick around and catch a show at the “far out” Omni Theatre.
- Touch a piece of the solar system at the Oscar E Monnig Meteorite Gallery, where you can explore the mysteries of the oldest materials in existence.
When you want dreams to (literally) take flight:
- Your dreams are the inspiration for building a craft that can take you to new places at the Lego Travel Adventure exhibit at the CR Smith Museum.
- Soar over to the Vintage Flying Museum, a warehouse of historic and extremely rare airplanes that could inspire a new model aircraft hobby or a future career.