Bedford’s Family-Friendly Summer Guide

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Bedford summer events

Tornado season is officially over, school is out, and it’s starting to feel like the inside of an oven in Bedford. That must mean that it’s summer!

Even though every year we seem to forget just how hot it gets, everyone knows the heat can’t keep a Texan holed up inside all summer long! We have places to go, things to do, and people to see!

Things to Do in Bedford and the Mid-Cities This Summer

Happy Bedford children in summer

Bedford Splash Aquatic Center Flick N’ Float

If the heat becomes too much for you, escape to the cool waters of the Bedford Splash Aquatic Center. On one Friday per month through the summer, Bedford Splash will feature a family-friendly movie on their 21-foot movie screen, included as part of the regular $5 admission for the day. Concessions will be available during the movie screenings.

Movie Dates: Friday, June 9 – Disney’s Moana

Friday, July 14 – Finding Dory

Friday, August 11 – Lego Batman

Six Flags – Father’s Day Weekend Special – June 15–18, 2017

What does Dad really want for Father’s Day? You would be hard pressed to beat a day at Six Flags Over Texas, flying down roller coasters like the New Texas Giant and eating a Texas-shaped funnel cake. June 15–18, passholders can bring a guest for free!

Texas Rangers Daddy/Daughter Day – June 16, 2017

The Texas Rangers have frequent “Family Days,” offering special ticket prices and perks. In celebration of Father’s Day, dads can spend some quality time with their daughters as they watch the Rangers give the Mariners a proper Texas beatdown. Ticket prices include an exclusive Father/Daughter shirt for the event.

Bedford 4th Fest – July 4th, 2017

Bedford’s annual Independence Day celebration is the place to be on July 4. The event is always free and features live music, a classic car show, arts and crafts, and a bazillion other fun activities. The Bedford 4th Fest is held at the Boys’ Ranch Park.

Grapevine Christmas in July HodgePodge Market – July 22–23, 2017

Whether or not you feel the need to have a summer bonus Christmas, July is still a great time to prepare for the winter holiday. The Grapevine Christmas in July HodgePodge Market features rows of booths and shopping opportunities for Chistmas decorations, antiques, gadgets, and vintage items.

Texas State Fair – September 29–October 22, 2017

I know what you’re thinking: technically our fair happens at the beginning of fall. But this is Texas, and October is still tank-top weather, so I’m going to count it. The grand finale of any summer in the Mid-Cities has to be the Texas State Fair. Every year seems to be a competition to top the year before, and it’s already the biggest fair in the country. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Texans”; it will be running for an amazing 24 days.

~Dr. Marea White