New Ideas For Summer Fun

Keeping kids entertained in the summer isn’t always easy. Most parents have limited time and already have all those swimming and karate lessons planned. Most parents want something new to divert their kids’ attention from hanging out with the X-Box between scheduled activities. Keeping the adults entertained is important, too. The Dallas Morning News recently published Guide Live’s list of new ideas that might spark some interest and inspire your imagination.

Delightfully weird things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth…

Looking for something different to do? We have you covered with our roundup of lovably oddball events.

Start of Summer Watergun Fight

Splash! Battle it out in a huge, family-friendly water gun fight at Klyde Warren Park on July 9, organized by Dallas Flash Mob.

Mutton bustin’

Little kids ride sheep as part of the festivities at Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Participants ages 4 and older who weigh 55 pounds or less are drawn at random from those who sign up at the arena. The rodeo runs Saturdays through Oct. 1.

Dallas Derby Devils: Choose Your Own Adventure

Practice some mind control at a choose-your-own-adventure roller derby match on July 9 at Dad’s Broadway Skate Land in Mesquite. What does that mean?  Fans can make a donation to change the game, with options such as mind control, which causes one player to secretly play for the other team. Devious.

Dub Splash

It’s all about the Volkswagens at Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton on July 10. Expect about 800 examples, from “rust buckets” to cars valued at up to $100,000, at the event, which is billed as Texas’ largest VW car show.

Deep Ellum Swimsuit Pub Crawl

Go bar hopping in your bikini during the July 13  installment of the themed monthly pub crawl series. It’s not entirely beach-accurate: You have to wear shoes and dudes must wear a shirt of some sort.

Dallas Cat Cafe

Cats meet coffee at this pop-up event at the Cat Connection pet-supply store July 16 and Aug. 13 (the felines are adoptable).

Disco Kids

It’ll Do Club gets turned over to a family crowd during this event series, featuring dancing to pop hits, a light-up dance floor and plenty of opportunities for parents to show off the dances of their youth. You even get your hand stamped at the door. July 22 and many other dates.

Internet Cat Video Festival

If your idea of a classic video is that cat dressed as a shark riding a Roomba, you might want to check out this celebration of one of the internet’s favorite video subjects. Catch a curated collection of the best at the Texas Theatre on Aug. 24.


This one’s all about pop culture nostalgia. Expect cosplay, vintage toys, free-play console and arcade games, and more Oct. 1-2 at Arlington Convention Center.

Pull For Puppies

Teams of humans will take part in a tug-of-war tournament to benefit Operation Kindness at the Beach at Craig Ranch in McKinney on Oct. 8.

Dog Day Afternoon

Check out an attempt to set a new world record for the world’s largest dog cake during this canine-centric fundraiser for no-kill shelter Operation Kindness. You can also expect contests for best costume, stupid pet tricks and best pooch smooch at the event, Oct. 22 at Flagpole Hill on White Rock Lake.

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