Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Kids and family events in Dallas-Fort Worth, July 20-27
If you're willing to take a risk, you may find a great reward.
This week's events are all about stepping out of your comfort zone, whether it's going someplace you might not normally go or doing something you might not normally do. Sure, you could give your kids the same old, same old, but what kind of lesson what that be teaching them? And trust me, even if it's different, it'll still be fun.
First up is the Summer Balloon Classic and Airfest, running Friday through Sunday. Now, that may sound like your typical entertaining event until you find out it's at MidWay Regional Airport in Midlothian, which, unless you're from Midlothian, is not a short drive for most in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But with multiple fly-overs, chances to fly in planes, helicopters, and balloons, and other activities, it'll be worth the trip.
Although Fort Worth, and especially the Stockyards, often celebrates aspects of life in the West, everybody deserves their day, which is what will happen on Saturday as Stockyards Station hosts National Day of the American Cowboy. This event will have such varied activities as a Watermelon Eating Contest, Best Mustache Contest, and Cowboy Idol, which we can only assume means a singing competition. Can you say "Yee haw!"?
Finally, looking for a new house can be a grind, right? But looking at other people's interesting houses can be fun! That's what you'll get with McKinney Historic District Trolley Tours, happening next on Saturday at Chestnut Square Historic Village. There's a lot of history to be found in the old homes in and around downtown McKinney, and seeing it via a guided trolley ride makes it come alive.
Know of any kids and family events we should have mentioned? Tell us about them in the comments section below.