Summer of Safety: City of Dallas offers free and low-cost summer activities for kids and teens

Summer of Safety: City of Dallas offers free and low-cost summer activities for kids and teens

This summer, the City of Dallas is proud to offer dozens of free and low-cost activities for kids and teens to enjoy to stay safe while keeping cool, staying active and expanding their knowledge.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Police Chief Eddie Garcia and other city and Dallas ISD officials announced a new “Summer of Safety” campaign to highlight some of these activities.

Here is some of what’s available:

Dallas Park and Recreation is partnering with Amazon and other local organizations to sponsor a Teen All-Access Pass that will allow youth free entry to more than ten popular Dallas cultural and recreational venues. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, passes will be distributed to teens between the ages of 13 to 17 who live within City of Dallas limits. Teens can pick up the passes at their nearest recreational center and begin to enjoy summer!

The fun ranges from visiting the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas Zoo and many other attractions.

Dallas Park and Recreation maintains nine community pools and 17 spraygrounds across the City for residents to enjoy. In addition to these facilities, residents can stay cool at the three Cove and five other aquatic centers and Bahama Beach Waterpark. Find the pool or aquatic center nearest to you here.

Classes and programs are offered at Dallas Park and Recreation’s 43 recreation centers located throughout the city. Each center offers an assortment of programming from day camps to sports lessons. A full list of available programing can be found here. Advanced registration may be required.

Dallas Public Library

Classes and programs are offered at all 30 library locations across the city for all ages. Classes include music and art lessons, language classes and story times in both English and Spanish. Find out what’s happening at your local library here.

Dallas Public Library’s popular summer reading and learning program is back in person after two years of virtual-only experiences. Students 18 and younger who read, or are read to, at least 20 minutes a day earn a free book for every 10 days of reading, up to five times through Aug. 13. When students have read 50 days, they will be entered in the grand prize drawings. Plus, there are events and hands-on activities every week to engage science, math, art, reading and technology interests.

Online registration is now open at

Dallas Police Department

The Dallas Police Department offers youth programing throughout the summer such as self-defense classes, midnight basketball, boxing programs, disc golf, movie nights, kickball events, and other programs. Learn more here:

Office of Arts and Culture

The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture offer programs and classes throughout the summer in addition to ongoing exhibits and concerts. Attractions coming to City culture centers across Dallas this summer include: People, Places, Things: Art by Essie GrahamBasically Beethoven Festival and Someone, Like Me an exploration of gender fluidity. The full calendar of events and programs can be found here.

Girls Rock Dallas Summer Camp with Swan Strings

Founded in 2011, Girls Rock Dallas is an organization dedicated to empowering girls, women, trans and gender-expansive individuals through the use of music education to promote self-esteem and confidence by providing the opportunity to learn and express their musical creativity. This five day summer camp begins on July 11 at the South Dallas Cultural Center and is open to ages 8 to 17. The deadline to apply is July 8 and applications are being accepted here.

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