From fireworks to splash pads, here are the top family-friendly things to do in Fort Worth this July. 

July 4

Fort Worth's Fourth - Panther Island Pavilion

On Wednesday, July 4, spend the entire day celebrating ‘Merica at Panther Island! Gates open at 2 p.m. and it's all fun from there until fireworks! Expect: free tubing, F-16 flyovers, live music, bounce houses, ziplines, water slides (and the Levee Slide), plus, great food! Get the details.



Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks and Picnic - Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is hosting their Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks and Picnic every night from July 2-4! You can pack a blanket and picnic to see a concert put on by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra followed by a wonderful fireworks show. Kids get in free (lawn seating) with adult purchase. Get the details and purchase tickets.



July 7 & 8

Tech Truck - Ridglea and East Berry Branch Libraries

The Tech Truck is coming to the Ridglea Branch Library Friday, July 6, 4 p.m. and then to the East Berry Branch Libraryon Saturday, July 7, at 4 p.m. The TECH Truck is a mobile extension of the Perot Museum that travels. On Friday, kids will be able to “Get Innovative with Tech Tools,” and on Saturday they can “Solve Engineering Design Challenges.” Get the details for Ridglea. Get the details for East Berry.



Trinity Shakespeare Festival - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University (TCU) is hosting their 10th annual Trinity Shakespeare Festival June 29, through July 8. This is a perfect time to introduce your older kids to the classical theater of Shakespeare. Plays for the 10th season are: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Twelfth Night." Get the details and purchase tickets.

July 14 & 15

FAMapalooza! Beat the Heat - Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Spend the cool evening hours at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Saturday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m. FAMapalooza! is a family-friendly festival where you and your kids can explore and participate in hands-on activities. This month’s theme is Beat the Heat. You will be doing experiments about weather and how animals and humans around the world keep cool. Then, head outside for fun science and water games! Get the details.


National Ice Cream Sunday at the Kimbell 

The Kimbell Art Museum invites you to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with them on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15, at National Ice Cream Sunday at the Kimbell. You can enjoy free ice cream (while supplies last) and family-friendly activities. Activities include: perusing the galleries, watching one of the many movies being shown, Taiko Drummer presentations and a special performance of "The Ice Cream Song" by Fort Worth Opera. The best part? It’s all for FREE! Get the details.

If you can't make the Kimbell, make sure to enjoy a cold treat from one of Fort Worth's artisan ice cream shops: Melt Ice Creams and Gypsy Scoops.



July 21 & 22

Summertime in the Stockyards - Stockyards Station

Summer is the perfect time to go to the Stockyards for Summertime in the Stockyards! They have events every weekend through July that include the cattle drive, gunfights, food trucks, cornhole and live music! It’s a great place to take your visiting family. Get the details.



Snow White and the Seven Doubts - Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Take the whole family to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center to watch the kids of Billy's Globe House, the children's theater of Stolen Shakespeare Guild, perform a twist on the classic tale: "Snow White." Affordable ticket prices makes for a great way to introduce your kids to the world of theater. Get the details and purchase tickets.



July 28 & 29

Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Cowtown Coliseum

Take the family to see the famed Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show at Cowtown Coliseum. This is a historical reenactment of the original Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show. It’s the same Wild West Show that was first held in Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum in 1909 and features trick riding, trick roping, animals and more. Right now family-four packs are $30. Get the details.



Safari Splash – Fort Worth Zoo

Explore the Fort Worth Zoo's Safari Splash. It’s a water park at the zoo and it will be one of the best memories of the summer! Exotic animals and a water park in one day. What could be better? Get the details.