Looking to do something fun with your kids in July?  This post contains the events where registration is required, and as of the publishing date there are still spots left.  Don’t miss out!  For daily events check the PAM Calendar.

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August Lego Minibuild
Lego Store, Stonebriar Centre, Frisco
August 3 & 4
A free Lego building event.  Registration starts July 1st. One registration with a maximum of 4 children per household. One free set per child. Due to safety restrictions, this event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

Annie
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
through July 5
Since its Broadway premier in 1977, Annie has delighted audiences worldwide and its a particular favorite of children who love Annie’s cheeky demeanor and her bubbly outlook. This brand new national tour sees talented nine-year old actress Issie Swickle taking on the title role. Suitable for all ages, two hours with one 15 minute intermission.

Ableton 101
Parr Library
July 1, 13, 19 & 26,
Learn the basics of digital music making: composition, mixing, and recording. Ages 13+, registration required

Eco Tots Discovery Hour
Thursdays at 9:30am
Plano Environmental Learning Center
This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and includes stories, crafts and activities about the environment, gardening, or nature-related themes. Plan to stay and play in our outdoor Nature Explore Classroom as well.

Autism Awareness Family Celebration
Saturday July 11, 9-11am
Dallas Museum of Art
Explore games and puzzles with staff-led gallery experiences and game-inspired art-making activities in the studio. Families may enjoy an interactive performance with a music therapist, relax in our sensory room facilitated by occupational therapy students from Texas Woman’s University, and, for kids over age 12, go on a gallery tour just for them—all before public hours.  Free, registration required.

The Urban Slide
Sylvan Ave, Dallas
July 11 & 12
The Urban Slide is the coolest Slip N’ Slide in the world! Regardless of how many times you take a trip down the 1000ft adventure you are bound to have a great time! The Urban Slide will run Saturday from noon-6:30pm and 8-10pm and 10am-5pm Sunday.  You will receive a wristband that gives you the ability to slide one time anytime during the day. Remember that an inflatable tube/device is required to slide. Tubes are not included with registration but you can bring your own or you can purchase one from us.  *Children MUST be at least 44 inches tall to slide*

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Dallas Children’s Theater
through July 12
DCT’s National Tour production is back from a whirlwind musical travelogue across the United States! Stanley is a normal 10-year-old boy—too normal, if you ask him. His wish for adventure is granted when a bulletin board flattens Stanley, enabling him to mail himself all around the world! Stanley—the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe, visiting Paris, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and more! In this heartwarming musical adventure, Stanley learns that there is no place like home.

Doll ’Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights
Saturday July 11 9-11am
American Girl Store, Dallas
Your girl can learn tips and tricks for giving her doll a bright new ’do! Our Doll Hair Salon Stylists will show lots of ways to style her doll’s hair using our new Bright Highlights Set, vibrant clip-in hair colors made just for My American Girl® dolls. Your girl will get hands-on tips from our experts—and she’ll get to take the highlights home! $28/person, reservations required

Lowe’s Build & Grow
Lowe’s Stores
Saturday July 11 & 25 at 10am
Free kid building workshop, registration required

The Little Mermaid
Geppetto’s Theater, Dallas
starting July 11
Geppetto’s Theater adapts the story by Hans Christian Anderson to the marionette stage in this impressive puppet presentation. Children will love the beautifully carved marionettes of the mer-kingdom and the underwater stage effects.  The story follows Ariel, daughter of King Neptune who yearns for a life not bound by water.  She makes a deal with the Sea Witch Ursula in exchange for her lovely singing voice.  She has but three days to convince the handsome Prince Eric to fall in love or be bound to the Sea Witch forever.  Arrive early for a before-show marionette demonstration and stay afterwards for a post-show backstage tour.

Nature Explore Family Club
Plano Environmental Learning Center
Sunday July 12 3pm
July Theme: Fresh from the Garden.  Join us for fun activities appropriate for children ages 3-8. FREE, registration required

Wild, Wild West
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Tuesday July 14 10am-1:30pm
The Heritage Farmstead Museum presents: “Wild, Wild West,” where visitors can immerse themselves into farm life at the turn of the century. Wild, Wild West will be featuring a branding and outdoor cooking demonstration. Other activities throughout the day include feeding our chickens, walking through the historic Farrell-Wilson House, wagon rides around the property, and so much more.
Tickets are $5 per person. Preregister your group of 15 or more and receive one free chaperone ticket.

Photoshop 101
Wednesday July 15
Haggard & Parr Libraries 6:30pm
Learn how to use Photoshop to manipulate your photos and create better images. Ages 13+, registration required

WikiWiki Night Walk and Run 5K
Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
July 18 6-11pm
Dodge (or pass through) wet zones with super soakers & water balloons. Run will start and end at the Wave Pool with a kickin’ after-party and unlimited access to all the rides at night! 1 mile fun run $35 ($25 for 7 and under).

Harp’s Camp Fresh N’ Fit
Saturday July 18 9:45am-2:45pm
St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano
Join former Dallas Mavericks player and current Mavs commentator, DEREK HARPER at Harp’s Camp Fresh N’ Fit. Zumba, yoga, take home fresh produce, parent sessions, raffles, giveaways, and MORE. Meet Champ – the Mavs mascot! Mayor Harry LaRosiliere (City of Plano) is the morning kick off host. Parents and children of all ages invited. Free. Registration required

Intro to 3D Printing
Davis Library Saturday July 18 9-11am
Haggard Library Monday July 27 3-5pm
Learn the basics of 3D printing. Create a design to 3D print and receive a voucher for one free 3D print job of limited size

MaKey MaKey Madness
Saturday July 18 & Thursday July 30 3pm
Davis Library
Turn everyday objects into touch pads as you combine them with the internet. Use a banana as a space bar, play a video game using a pencil-drawn joystick, and more! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Arduino 101
Sunday July 19 2pm
Harrington Library
Ages 7-12.  What is arduino? All components including hardware and software will be explained. We will have an LED demo with sample code. Students will have a chance to a create a very basic circuit design and compile a small program to control it. Presented by TheLab.ms
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Rockin’ Robotics: EV3 Robot Wrestlemania
Monday July 20 6:30-8:30pm
Schimelpfenig Library
ages 10-12
Ready? Set. Fight! Take your skills to the next level in a robot battle. Customize your robot and pit it against others in the EV3 fighting ring. Last one left in the ring wins!
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Scratch-ing with WeDo
Wednesday July 22 3pm
Davis Library
Grades 4-8. Played with WeDo robotics before and ready for something new? We’ll break out of the
box and combine LEGO WeDo robotics construction with Scratch program design
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Parachute Drop
Thursday July 23 3pm
Haggard Library
Grades 4-8. Use your ingenuity to design a parachute, then subject it to the ladder drop test to see how well it performs! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

The Hobbit
Plano Children’s Theater at Elliot Elementary, McKinney
July 23-25
Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. Real adventures, however, are definitely not his cup of tea. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, 11 ragged looking dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, Bilbo could not be less interested—at first. But Bilbo’s love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest over mountain and under hill through caves and forest and slimy dark places. Recommended for ages 7+

Junie B Jones
Plano Children’s Theater
July 23-26
It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal”, and first grade has never been more exciting.

Dallas Gaming Expo
Crowne Plaza, Addison
July 24-26
Classic arcade games (All games are set to “free play”),  Big Screen Gaming tournaments, Live video game and nerd culture performances and more. Groupon deal

Mary Poppins
July 24 – August 2
UTD Theatre-Floyd & Lookout, Richardson
Based on the classic story with songs from the beloved movie.  Using a little bit of discipline, a spoonful of sugar and a whole lot of magic, the quintessential nanny reacquaints the Banks family with the things that really matter in life.  This Disney classic is fun for all ages.  With “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step In Time.

Squishy Circuits
Saturday July 25
Davis Library
Get hands-on and explore simple circuits and electronics with play dough! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

The Billy Goats Gruff
Saturday July 26
Dallas Children’s Theater
This adapted version of the popular folk tale is based on scens from operas by W.A.Mozart, G. Gonizetti and G. Rossini. Perfect for introducing younger audiences to the magic of live opera through a familiar story.

Family Robotics: Family Freestyle
Wednesday July 29 1-3:30pm & 6-8:30pm
Parr Library
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. This freestyle session lets you pick which robot you want to build! We will provide WeDo kits for families with younger kids, and EV3 kits for those looking for a challenge! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Camtasia 101
Wednesday July 29 6:30pm
Parr Library
Learn how to record your on screen activity and audio using Camtasia. Ages 13+, registration required.

Maker Club: Mixed Media Portraits
Dallas Museum of Art
Thursday, July 30 6-8pm
Learn new techniques for making interesting portraits using a wide variety of materials! Emily Howard, artist and student at George Washington University, will show you how to transfer images onto wood and then transform them through collage, painting, and more. Please bring a high-contrast black-and-white paper image that you would like to use. All materials are provided; open to ages 13-19.  Free, registration required.