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Aug. 10

Trees please

Grab your loppers, your work gloves and your water bottles, and join For the Love of the Lake at 7:30 a.m. to help prepare the Big Thicket at White Rock Lake for the hundreds of trees that will be planted there this fall. The number of volunteers who can help plant trees this fall will be limited, so if you help prepare now, you can also help plant later. Afterward, Peninsula Neighborhood Association will provide lunch.

Big Thicket at White Rock Lake (near the Corinthian Sail Club, north of the Bath House Cultural Center),
430 E. Lawther
214.660.1100, free

Through Aug. 10

Summer reading club

It’s not too late to join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. Regular reading throughout the summer vacation keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, enhances comprehension and vocabulary, and starts a habit for young people to become lifelong readers and learners. In an effort to encourage the whole family to read, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings hosted the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, an eight-week program powered by community participation and featuring weekly incentive prizes. Registration opened May 19.

All 29 Dallas Public Library locations as well as the Dallas Public Library’s Bookmobile


Through Aug. 18

Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures, the brand-new amusement park at Fair Park, is open daily from 10 a.m.­-6 p.m. Also, your ticket gives you access to rides, the Texas Discovery Gardens butterfly exhibit, live entertainment, and the Children’s Aquarium.

Fair Park
4101 S. Fitzhugh
$29.95 for adults, $24.95 for children and seniors, free for children 2 and younger


AUG. 1

Mayor’s Back to School Fair

Join other parents for the 17th annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair, presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, for one-stop shopping for all your needed school supplies from 8 a.m. -2 p.m.

Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
call 311 for information, free

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Aug. 24

Butterfly release

Join the Miracle Players Foundation at Flag Pole Hill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its third annual Peace, Hope, & Butterflies family fun and music festival. The event features music from up-and-coming Dallas bands, activities for kids and the young at heart, including a petting zoo, obstacle course, pirate ship, arts and crafts, giant slide and more. The day also features local art vendors, as well as several food trucks.

Flag Pole Hill
8100 Doran
$15 for adults, $10 for children 13 and under, sponsor a butterfly for $15

Through Aug. 25

Summer by the pool

Enjoy the hot summer days by the pool at Tietze Park, open Thursday through Monday 1-8 p.m.

Tietze Park
2700 Skillman
$2 for adults, $1 for children 11 and under

Through Aug. 31


Featured daily in Pecan Grove at the Dallas Arboretum, four topiary flower houses continue to bring scenes from the popular Lewis Carroll novel to life. Fall through the rabbit hole into the worlds of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat. Plus, the costumed characters during Family Fun Fridays will enchant you.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd.


Through Sept. 29

Nature art

Walk through the “Nature in my Art: Recent Artwork by Pavlina Panova” exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center at the White Rock Lake Museum. The exhibition, which consists of intricate pieces created from elements of nature, such as leaves, bark and wood shavings, is on display through Sept. 29.

Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther

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