July starts with a bang with Independence Day events. Keep the fun going all month long with these picks for fun in (and out of) the sun! 


Sunday Fundays & Rockin’ the River 

Panther Island is the HOT place to be this summer to help keep COOL! Enjoy music and fireworks every Saturday at Rockin’ the River from 1-9:30 p.m. with kids old enough to tube or swim. If you’re looking for a little more R&R with the fam, Sunday Fundays are the way to go all summer long with family-friendly games and activities, music, tubing and food! Get the details.


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Fort Worth Science and History Museum has officially re-opened for business every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rediscover this Fort Worth favorite through several new and reimagined experiences, such as the Current Science Studio, a brand-new 2,500 square-foot exhibit sponsored by a 255,000 grant from Facebook. Anchoring the new exhibit space will be Science On a Sphere® (SOS), a giant global display system suspended from the ceiling developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Museum will reopen the Children’s Museum, Noble Planetarium, Cattle Raisers Museum, DinoLabs, DinoDig® and the Heritage Gallery. The Omni Theater, however, will remain closed indefinitely. Get the details.


Adventure Days in the Garden

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is hosting a summer-long camp called Adventure Days in the Garden that allows self-guided exploration of the gardens through weekly-themed kits designed to introduce and entertain visitors of all ages as they explore nature. Pick up a kit any day of the week that fits your schedule. Kits are $60 for non-members and include admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Registration is required. Get the details.


Free Weekly Children’s Book Reading

Every Thursday, attend a free storytime at the John Wayne: An American Experience museum in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Kids earn a Little Duke Sheriff sticker, free admission to the museum, and two free mini cookies at Nestle Toll House in the Stockyards. Adults receive 20% off admission. Get the details.


Safari Splash and Elephant Springs

Cool off this summer at the Fort Worth Zoo when you spend the day at Safari Splash, a 14,000 square-foot splash area equipped with four slides, a water dump tower, a fill wall for your water toys, animal-shaped water cannons, and a designated toddler play area. Entry is $5 in addition to Zoo admission. While you're there, discover Elephant Springs, the revamped habit of the Zoo's Asain elephant herd. Get the details


National Ice Cream Day

The Kimbell Art Museum invites you to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with them on July 18 from 12-3 p.m. The first 250 guests will enjoy a free cup of Melt Ice Cream. Visitors will also receive a free Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon–themed art activity to make at home. It’s art, ice cream, and fun all in one. Get the details.

Additional events include Summer Happy Hours in the Kimbell Cafe on Fridays; Soul Saturdays with Free Yoga July 17, 24 and 31; and Virtual Art Adventures featuring the current exhibit Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon.


Twin Points Park

Plan a day at the beach - without the drive - when you visit Twin Points Park at Eagle Mountain Lake. The park is equipped with a sandy beach, shaded picnic pavilions, picnic tables, horseshoes, BBQ pits, volleyball courts and more. So pack a picnic and make a day of it! Get the details.