As far as school kids are concerned, summer is coming to an end. While the weather has no signs of cooling down, the school will soon be in session. If you’re looking to squeeze a tad bit more fun out of the summer, here are some fun things you can do before school starts.

Marvel Universe Live
Location: American Airlines Center
Date(s): Aug 9 – Aug 12
Bruce Banner morphs into Hulk in real time, Doctor Strange can levitate while audiences watch, and Spider-Man throws his web across the arena in an updated spectacle fit for the Age of Heroes. The addition of Guardians of the Galaxy rounds out this new show.

Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden
Location: Heard Museum
Date(s): Sun, Jul 1 – Sun, Sep 30

Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in this Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden. Inside the Butterfly House, there are nectar plants for food for the adult butterflies and a few “host plants” so that some of the adults can lay eggs and the caterpillars will be able to feed on those plants. The butterfly garden is also filled with nectar and host plants in order to attract butterflies.

$5 Friday at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Location: Children’s Aquariam at Fair Park
Date(s): August 10
Retreat from the heat and take your little ones to our affiliated Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park! Tickets are just $5 this Friday, August 10. Designed with kids in mind, the Children’s Aquarium is home to more than 50 different exhibits, including everyone’s favorite – the sting ray touch-tank! Click here for more information about Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

River Ranch Horse Park
Every third Thursday, River Ranch gives back to the community by offering the following free services: pony rides, mini lessons, mini trail rides, exercise bounce house, field day activities, equine education.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Trinity Forest Adventure Park is an aerial adventure park consisting of 6 high ropes & zip lining courses of varying levels of difficulty. Challenges include: wobble bridges, tight ropes, ladders, cargo nets, free falls, and more at up to 50 feet!

Discovery Magic Day
Location: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Date(s): August 11
Discover the science of magic as you learn magic tricks that use gravity and centrifugal force. Explore the science behind some of your favorite magical films and learn how to create the snow used in the movies.

Annual Summer Art Festival at Southwest Gallery
Location; Southwest Gallery
Date(s): Aug 18 – 19
Experience 15+ artists making art while enjoying jewelry trunk shows, live music, food and fun!

Dallas Zoo
Situated 3 miles south of downtown, the Dallas Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals (from roughly 400 species), including all the favorites; chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Nestled along the shores of White Rock Lake, this oasis of horticultural magnificence is arguably one of the most enchanting as well as most visited botanical gardens in the country, welcoming nearly a million visitors to its grounds each year.

Medieval Times Dinner Theater
It’s dinner and a show with a medieval twist, with some sword fighting and jousting thrown in for good measure.

Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard
Dallas might not be the mecca of paddling, but there is fun to be had on Dallas waterways.
Trinity River
White Rock Lake
Lake Lewisville