School has started but, friends, the heat of summer lingers on. September is a tricky month, and we spend the whole thirty days trying to decide if the air is cool enough to warrant all the outdoor time we’re desperately longing for. Let’s be bold and take our picnic baskets to the square (or Harvest House)! Towards the end of the month, we hope that cooler temperatures will ease their way back in and the city will erupt with autumnal glee. On a side note, we're switching Seen & Heard from a weekly format to a monthly one so you can now plan out your family-friendly activities a month in advance!

Check out these options for family fun, and chime in with any other events or activities that welcome the unruly and untidy young population.  

Let’s Go Outside!

  • Cannonball Contest: All ages, $5 donation, Sept. 4th, 6:30-9:30 pm. Civic Center Pool. Come swim with WDDI and raise money to rebuild Eureka 2!

  • Preschool Naturalists: This event is for ages 3-6, $8, Sept. 11th, 10-noon. Meet by the pond at Cross Timbers Park to learn all about trees. You know you want to. This is a great event before you plant your free KDB tree. 

  • Arts, Antiques & Autos: All ages, free, Sept. 12th, 9 am.-3 pm. Take a few laps around the square to check out interesting cars, peruse the vendors, and try out all the kid’s activities.

  • GreenFest: All ages, $5 online/ $7 gate, Sept. 26th, 12-6 pm. Lake Ray Roberts Dam Road, Pilot Point 76258. Archery, climbing, kayaking, biking, and geo-caching are on the GreenFest schedule, as well as animal exhibits, fossil digging, pony rides, and an inflatable obstacle course.

  • Shiloh Field: All ages, free, every Sat. morning at 8 am. On Nottingham past Mingo. Bring the whole family to dig and harvest for the sake of lower income kids and families in Denton.

Give Me That Air Conditioned Life

  • Discount nights at the Natatorium: every Fri. 4-7 pm. Buy one admission get one free (16+ $4/ 2-15 $3)!

  • Bubble-licious: Free. Thu, Sept. 10, South Branch 3:30 p.m. ages 5-8. Explore the soapy world of bubbles and make your own bubble solution.

  • Premiere screening of Kolache, TX: Free. All ages. Sept. 12, 6 pm. Kolache, TX is a new documentary about the sweetest rest stop in Texas, Czech Stop.  Free screening and free kolaches directly from the Czech Stop. UNT on the Square.

  • We All Scream for Ice Cream: Free. Sept. 17, South Branch Library, 3:30 pm. Learn from Ken Willis of Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream how Beth Marie’s makes its ice cream. Stay to make your very own ice cream! Best for ages 5-8.

  • Big Denton Playdate: Sat Sept. 26, Emily Fowler Library, 10-11:30 am. Denton ISD, Denton Public Library, and the University of North Texas will provide hands-on examples of different engaging activities at this free come-and-go program. For children age 5 and younger and their caregivers.