Summer vacation is almost here, are you ready? If you’re still looking for day camps check the PHF Summer Camps post (gigantic list of camps).

Summer Kid Movies

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
Cinemark Movies 10, Plano; Cinemark Movies 14, McKinney; Cinemark Allen 16; Cinemark Frisco Square & XD
$5 for 10 movies (purchased online) or $1 per movie at the box office. Dates are for Plano (Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9:30am)

  • June 8 & 9: Paddington
  • June 15 & 16: Alvin & The Chipmunks, Road Chip
  • June 22 & 23: The Peanuts Movie
  • June 29 & 30: Pan
  • July: 6 & 7: Home
  • July 13 & 14: BoxTrolls
  • July 20 & 21: The Sandlot
  • July 27 & 28: Norm of the North
  • August 3 & 4: Shawn The Sheep
  • August 10 & 11: Max

LOOK Cinemas
5409 Beltline Rd, Dallas
Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10am, $1 for movies and $4.50 kids meals

  • June 7 & 11: Despicable Me
  • June 14 & 18: Shreck 2
  • June 21 & 25: Alvin & The Chipmunks, Road Chip
  • June 28 & July 2: Shrek The Third
  • July 5 & 9: Despicable Me 2
  • July 12 & 16: The Sponge Bob Movie
  • July 19 & 23: Hotel Transylvania 2
  • July 26 & 30: The Peanuts Movie
  • August 2 & 6: The Lego Movie
  • August 9 & 13: Minions

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
movie calendar
100 South Central Expressway, Richardson
$1 – $3 tickets with 100% of ticket sales benefiting local non-profits

  • June: A League of Their Own, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2015), Clash of the Titans (1981), Curious George, The Iron Giant
  • July: Babe, The BoxTrolls, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, The Neverending Story
  • August: The Dark Crystal, Fly Away Home, The Karate Kid (1984), The Lego Movie, Shaun The Sheep

Studio Movie Grill Children’s Summer Series
$1 tickets

  • June 6-10: Madagascar 3
  • June 13-17: How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • June 20-24: Shrek
  • June 27 – July 1: Wallace and Gromit
  • July 4-8: Horton Hears a Who!
  • July 11-15: The Peanuts Movie
  • July 18-22: Chicken Run
  • July 25-29: Rio
  • August 1-5: Kung Fu Panda 2
  • August 8-12: Home
  • August 15-19: MegaMind

Christmas in July
Beckert Park, Addison, free, 8pm

  • July 9th – Polar Express
  • July 16th – Elf
  • July 23rd – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • July 30th – A Christmas Story

Free Outdoor Concerts

Free Camps & Museum Deals

  • Vacation Safety School – A half-day camp offered by the Plano Police Department to Plano residents ages 6-9.  Space is limited.
  • Vacation Bible School – most programs are free!
  • Jumpstart for Arts offered to ages 8 – 12.  Applications must be picked up/filled out and returned to ArtCentre of Plano.
  • Crow Collection: Daily admission to the museum and Sculpture Garden is free (suggested donation is $7 for adults).  Check their calendar for family yoga, Tai Chi, Introduction to Mandarin Chinese.   Current exhibit info here.
  • Dallas Museum of Art: always free! Ideas for Everyday Family Fun and check the PAM Review
  • Nasher Sculpture Center: first Saturdays of the month are free and have special family programming
  • Texas Discovery Gardens: The gardens are free each Tuesday (butterfly house admission is regular admission).
  • Dallas Arboretum: check their website for current discounts, they typically offer $1 admission in August, BOGO tickets through July 27- buy one get one free admission (limit of one purchase per person)
  • Buy a PogoPass and save over $90/kid to places like Hawaiian Falls and Sci-Tech Discovery Museum.

Summer Reading Programs

  • Plano: lots of special events happening (which are all on the PAM Calendar), some require pre-registration. Library cards are free to residents of Plano, Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, and Wylie and $50 for others. Summer Reading program kickoff is June 4th.
  • Frisco: Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge starts June 3rd, visit the library to sign up. Read to earn points towards prizes. Lots of special events happening, most require you to get tickets prior to the event. You need a library card (free to residents of Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Plano, or The Colony, $50 for others) to get a ticket.
  • Allen: Summer Reading Club June 4th – August 7th with a kick off is June 11th from 10-11:30am. Get prizes for reading. Lots of programs too, many require tickets before the event.
  • McKinney: Reading Gives You Superpowers summer reading program June 6th – August 6th.
  • Half Price Books: earn Bookworm Bucks for reading in June and July.

Free (or Cheap) Activities

Other Stuff

PAM Calendar

Check the PAM Calendar for daily events: