Smart fun in the summertime: Elementary School


    Dare to Discover Summer Camp, Entering Gr. 1-5 
    This is a one week long summer enrichment camp offering classes for students who enjoy being academically and creatively engaged.  Several performance-based and hands-on classes are offered.  The camp culminates with a family open house including demonstrations, project displays and performances by participants.  The Elementary School Camp will be held July 15-18 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday, at Western Hills Elementary School.  There is also a Middle School Camp offered in the afternoons. Registration forms and additional information can be found here. Registration forms are due by June 27, 2019.


    VanGrow Studio of the Arts
    Art classes and art camps for ages 5-18

    Kimbell Art Museum
    Free drop-in programs and art camps for ages 6-12.  817.332.8451

    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    For questions, please call 817.840.2121


    Get outside
    Pack a healthy lunch, invite your family or friends, and walk or bike to a local park for a picnic. Take a Frisbee or jump rope. Visit a city park and challenge your friends to a game.

    Contact the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, or City of Fort Worth about opportunities. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

    Bike or hike along the Trinity Trail Over 40 miles of trails!

    Visit Fort Worth’s Nature Center and Refuge
    Take hikes, look for birds and other wildlife, and see the baby buffaloes.

    Visit one of the city’s three aquatic centers
    Grab a bathing suit and a towel and check out the newly reopened Forest Park Pool, or the Marine Park Pool or the Sycamore Spray Ground. Check website for location, prices, and hours.


    Login to your school’s library catalog and access Follett eBooks and TumbleBooks!

    Read library books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer!

    Texas Library Association encourages reading at all ages with lists for children, teens, and adults.


    CR Smith Museum
    The CR Smith Museum completed a significant remodel in the summer of 2018. In its new configuration, the museum explains the inner workings of airline operations and showcases the people who run American Airlines every day. Brand new interactive exhibits and a rare 1940 Douglas DC-3 airliner that is accessible to visitors. In addition, the museum’s 4K digital theater features Why I Fly, a short film that shares the inspirational stories of some of American Airlines’ tea members

    Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze
    Over 54,000 square feet of pathways challenge you to compete against the clock. How fast was your time? Who was the slowest? What is the difference between the slowest and fastest person to complete the maze?

    Sock Sort
    Have your child sort socks after doing laundry. Match by color, size, and put pairs together. Count the pairs of socks.

    Play ‘Store’
    Select and label a few grocery items with prices from $.01 to $.50. Give your child 2 quarters, 5 dimes, 10 nickels and 50 pennies. Take turns counting out the correct coins to buy different items at the store. Increase the amount with older children.

    Play ‘More or Less Than’
    Estimate the weight of various fruits and vegetables at the store. Take turns asking, “Do you think this weighs more or less than ... pounds?”

    Pay Bills Together
    Have your child check your subtraction as you pay household bills.

    Play Board Games
    Favorites include Battleship, Monopoly, and Candy Land.

    Time Schedules
    Have children do activities that require them to tell time or figure elapsed time. Have your child develop daily and/or weekly schedules. Ask questions such as, “How many minutes/hours until we go to ….?”


    FWISD Summer Reading List

    Fort Worth Public Library Story Time
    Contact your local library for days and times.

    Fort Worth Public Library
    Year-Round reading challenge, Worth Reading

    Ready Rosie
    Fort Worth ISD offers just that---a free service that teaches YOU how to help your child developmentally and academically from birth through 3rd grade! Sign up for free.


    Go Geocaching

    A chance to get outside – walk and hike, and play “hide and seek.”

    Tandy Hills Natural Area
    Explore the Texas wild fauna and flora. Draw food webs.

    Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
    Draw and label as many plants as you can. Group them by their features like size or color.

    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
    Enjoy the newly renovated Omni Theater and Noble Planetarium.

    Fort Worth Zoo
    List the carnivores and herbivores that you see there.

    Botanical Research Institute of Texas
    Saturdays at BRIT, Camp BRIT, Bella’s Story Time

    Fort Worth Nature Center
    Compare similarities & differences of forests, prairies, and wetlands habitats.

    Fort Worth Astronomical Society
    Attend a free public star party and observe the universe with your own eyes.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife
    Explore activities for kids to play and learn outside.


    National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum • 817.336.4475

    Fort Worth Fire and Police Departments or the Chamber of Commerce.

    Fort Worth Log Cabin Village • 817.392.5881

    Texas Civil War Museum • 817.246.2323

    National Multiultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame • 817.534.8801

    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History • 817.255.9300

    Fort Worth Aviation Museum • 855.733.8627




    This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio art project. Advance registration is not required. Space is limited to 20 children, plus adults. Saturdays only.

    Upcoming Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio Program Dates:

    Drawing Adventures (1pm to 1:45 pm) – June 8, 22

    Weaving Patterns (1pm to 1:45 pm) - July 6, 20, 27

    Seaside Explorers (1pm to 1:45 pm) - Aug 3, 10


    Watercolor Wednesdays (1-3pm)

    June 19, 26

    July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

    Aug 7


    Family Festival / Fiesta de la Familia at the Kimbell


    Sunday, July 21 2019, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

    Piano Pavilion


    All ages


    Light, Color, Monet! / Luz, Color, Monet!

    Celebrate the art of Claude Monet and National Ice Cream Day at the Kimbell! Enjoy the sweet pleasures of a favorite summertime treat and paintings by one of the world’s most beloved artists. Highlights will include art making, gallery explorations, live performances, face painting, and free ice cream.                                                                                                                                                                           

    *Includes waived admission to the special exhibition Monet: The Late Years.


    2019 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp

    “Become a Gong Fu Panda”

    By the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas



    In Chinese, Gong Fu (功夫) doesn't only mean Kung Fu, but also means skills and talents.

    Do you want your children to learn some real Gong Fu?

    Enroll them in the Become a Gong Fu Panda – 2019 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp, offered by the Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas.

    This three-week camp for children 6 years and older will focus on building Chinese language skills and developing specific talents in Calligraphy, painting, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, folk dances, and crafts.

    Daily immersion language classes and fun activities will enable your children to learn fast while having great fun!


    Greet and Open House:

    Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 7:00pm - 7:30pm in JO 4.614, parents can meet, greet and communicate with each other for carpools and other help-out. There will be a Q & A session as well.

    Camp Time:

    June 10th – June 28th, 2019. Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

    Closing Ceremony and Show Day:

    Friday, June 28, 2019, at 2:00pm in Jonsson Performance Hall, campers will show and display what they have learned in the camp. Certificates and awards will be presented. Parents and friends are invited.

    Camp Location:

    Camp is held in Eric Jonsson Academic Center (JO), at The University of Texas at Dallas.
    (see campus map)


    $250/one week
    $450/two weeks
    $650/three weeks
    Campers can sign up for one week, two weeks or three weeks. The content of each week will be different and progress week by week. The camp cost includes a camp T-shirt, a pizza lunch on Friday and daily photos of the campers. A discount has already been applied if two or three weeks are selected. For a sibling registration discount please contact the camp director. Campers bring their own lunch boxes.


    Find more information at:




    Bilingual Story Times (Spanish and English) are available at certain library locations. These story times are can be found at the following link: