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Hey Kids! Pro Tips for Summer Fun in Downtown Arlington

Are you looking for great ways to spend your Summer? Tell your parents to look no further than Downtown Arlington:

Theatre Arlington

Places, everyone! Theatre Arlington's Summer Theatre Camps schedule is packed full of opportunities to act, sing, dance, build, wiggle, and learn. There are different camps throughout the summer for kids ages 3-16.

Arlington Museum of Art

The AMA’s Summer Art Camp is a total immersion in the life of a busy museum. Campers roll up their sleeves every day as professional art educators teach them about the skills and techniques they see in the museum’s galleries.

Catalyst Creative Arts

Art camps at Catalyst Creative Arts feature a broad range of activities including pottery wheel, water marbling, fluid art, fused glass, water color, self-portrait painting and ink on paper collage.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library 

In addition to their popular Summer Reading Program, the Arlington Public Library has a summer full of fun planned throughout the City and especially at the Downtown Library. We especially love their Harry Potter Day, Cricut class in making summer t-shirts, Dino Bo, a series for Exploring Famous Artists through History, Make your Own Mermaid (what?), and so much more.

UTA College Park Center

Feel the excitement of the WNBA when the Dallas Wings play College Park Center, their home court in the heart of Downtown Arlington.

Arlington Museum of Art

From June 11 – September 4, join the Arlington Museum of Art for an incredible journey inspired by some of the most creative minds from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney Art from Private Collections features original animation sketches, character studies and concept drawings from 80 years of iconic Disney films from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Alice in Wonderland to The Lion King and The Princess and the Frog.

various locations

Even when the sun goes down, we’ve got a great reason to keep your beach blankets and folding chairs handy: Summer nights with the family at the Levitt Pavilion!

While you should never run with scissors, the folks at Lone Star Axe Throwing will teach you and your kids how to safely experience – and get hooked on – the sport of axe-throwing.

Show your kids how to kick it old school at Free Play Arlington. For one low admission price, you can play over and over on more than 100 retro arcade games and pinball. No quarters necessary! Pro tip: Couple this with a trip to Wild West Comics.

The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington is always the coolest place in town to gaze up at the stars.

Busy hands are happy hands whether you’re a kid or an adult. Check out the family-friendly creative classes offered throughout the summer in Downtown at venues including Upstairs Gallery, Sparks Studio, Arlington Museum of Art, Downtown Library Maker Space, and Board & Brush Creative Studio.

throughout Downtown Arlington

Arlington Juneteenth Jubilee: The second annual Arlington Juneteenth Jubilee consists of a variety of events taking place from June 17-19. Events include the premiere of the first episode of the “Echoes from The Hill,” live music and poetry readings, dancing, shopping, food trucks, an ecumenical service and volunteer opportunities. Nearly all of the events take place in Downtown Arlington, including West Main, Levitt Pavilion Arlington, City Council Chambers, City Center Plaza, Sanford House, and the Arlington ISD Center for the Performing Arts.

The Arlington Juneteenth Jubilee is organized by a committee representing a number of community organizations and businesses including the Arlington Museum of Art, Viridian DFW, Levitt Pavilion, the City of Arlington, Downtown Arlington, Arlington Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Arlington Public Library, and the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Inc.

Light Up Arlington: On Sunday, July 3, the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks return to Downtown! Be sure to get here early to enjoy our three outdoor stages, food trucks near the parade route, and other pre-show family fun.

Independence Day Parade: On Monday, July 4 at 9:00 a.m., come back to Downtown for the beloved Arlington Independence Day Parade. Every year this all-volunteer driven parade proves its claim as the largest Fourth of July parade in the State of Texas.


For more great ideas for spending your Summer in your City, visit the Arlington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website.