Summer is in full swing and so are all the ways you can have a blast in Cowtown this July! We have the coolest ways to enjoy summer for the whole family. From splashing in the water, celebrating our country’s birthday to flying high with Peter Pan, the sky’s the limit for family fun in Fort Worth.

July 1 & 2, 2017

Safari Splash - Fort Worth Zoo
Get out of the heat to a special kind of water park, one that includes a visit to the renowned Fort Worth Zoo! If you haven’t been already, you need to go. It’s got a 14,000-square-foot splash area for water play that includes water slides, water dump towers, water cannons and even a toddler splash area. Get more details.

Sunday Funday - Panther Island
Sure your neighborhood pool is convenient, but you could spice things up at Panther Island's family-friendly Sunday Funday . Bring your towels, blankets, lawn chairs and such for a great time floating and playing in the river. Rentals are available for paddleboards, kayaks, pedal boats and tubes. No outside food or drink. Get more details.

Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion
PC: Aspen Productions

Independence Day / 4th of July Celebrations

Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic - Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
You have several chances to enjoy the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic happening on the evenings of July 2, 3 and 4. Pack a picnic and blanket and plan on a bombastic display of musical patriotism and some of the of the best fireworks in town. Get more details and purchase tickets.

Fort Worth's Fourth - Panther Island Pavilion
Spend the day celebrating with fun family activities and music on the Trinity River at Panther Island. Gates open at 2 p.m. on July 4 and the festivities last until 10 p.m. Expect: Flyboard Shows, live music, an F-16 Flyover at 8 p.m. from the 301st wing of NASJRB and the largest Fireworks Show in North Texas with coordinated music on Fort Worth’s own 95.9 The Ranch. During the day there will be tons of activities available for the kids including: zip lines, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, tubing, water slides and more! Get more details and purchase (VIP) tickets.

July Fourth Fun - Stockyards Station
Mosey around Stockyards Station on July 4th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, Texas gunfight shows, face painting and the cattle drive, all for free! You can also head into the shops and restaurants to make a day of it! Get more details.

Fireworks Picnic Fourth of July
PC: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Concerts in the Gardens

July 8 & 9, 2017

Trail Tales - Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Join the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 8, at 10 a.m. for their Trail Tales event. Each week they read a new Western-themed children’s book and then take you and the kids on a tour of the museum. It’s a great way to get more info and fun packed into your visit. The kids will love it! Get more details.

Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp - Stockyards National Historic District
If you haven’t taken the kids to Cow Camp, now is your opportunity. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon. After lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Stockyards National Historic District head behind the Livestock Exchange Building to experience life on the trail, first hand! Things to expect: saddling, roping, chuckwagon stories and cattle drive demos. Get more details.

Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp girl rope

July 15 & 16, 2017

Waiting for Gator - Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Take the kids to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center to enjoy the work of the Stolen Shakespeare Guild Children’s Theatre. Billy's Globe House presents "Waiting for Gator," a fantastic interactive musical about a very late gator as he finds out the importance of respecting other people’s time. They promise to have you hissing, hollering and dancing together. Get more details and purchase tickets.

Dangerous Edison’s Magnificent Traveling Science Emporium - Fort Worth Central Library
Visit Fort Worth’s Central Library on Saturday, July 15, at 1 p.m. to learn about Dangerous Edison and all of his experiments. Your kids (and you) will be introduced to the concepts of chemical reactions, electricity, sound waves and the attracting forces. It will have you asking “Did he really do that?!” Get more details.

Fort Worth Nature Photographers
PC: Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

July 22 & 23, 2017

Big Blue Blocks by Imagination Playground - American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum
The sky’s the limit at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum on Saturdays, thru September 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foster creativity and imagination while giving your kids a place to play and explore inside and away from the July heat in the Big Blue Blocks Imagination Playground. Kids can build things like tractors, animals, robots and mazes. Get more details.

Nathalia – Bilingual Kids’ Music - Fort Worth Central Library
Did you know that the library is a great place to go on a Sunday? Well it is. Head to Fort Worth’s Central Library on Sunday, July 23, at 3 p.m. to catch Nathalia Bilingual Kids’ Music. It’s an interactive concert using space exploration, dinosaurs, cruising down the Amazon river and more to have everyone singing, dancing and maybe learning a little Spanish!

Modern Art Museum
PC: Modern Art Museum

July 29 & 30, 2017

PETER PAN - Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Take your kids on an adventure of a lifetime off to Neverland! The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is hosting National Theatre Live in which the live performance of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan has been filmed in HD and will be shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. Get more details.

Bug Safari - Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Spend your Sunday afternoon out in nature on the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Center's Bug Safari! The Safari will be on July 30, from 1-2:30 p.m. and is part of your admission for the day. So make a day of it and bring back some memories and knowledge about the amazing world of bugs. Get more details and to register.