4th of July Parade- Photo by Naifeh Photography

July 4
Fourth of July Parade
The Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association and the Kramer Elementary PTA host their annual Fourth of July parade, filling the streets with patriotic fire trucks, convertibles, bicycles, strollers and costumed pets. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Midbury between St. Michaels and St. Jude. A carnival follows, including balloon animals, ice pops and giveaways for pets and children.
Kramer Elementary School, 7121 Midbury,
hillcrestforest.org, free

July 1
Sing-along Musician and author Jim Gill performs his silly and lively songs, including “The Sneezing Song,” starting at 10:30 a.m.
Bookmarks at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central, 214.671.1381, free.

July 8
Experiment with color
The Dallas Museum of Art brings the works by Japanese artists Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga to the library as a study of color. Afterward, children will experiment with their own artwork.
Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal, 214.670.7128,
dallaslibrary.org, free

July 8
Dinosaurs and fossils 
The Perot Museum comes to the library to ask kids to play paleontologist in a guided investigation of bones and fossils, for kids in grades 3-8.
Park Forest Library, 3421 Forest, 214.670.6333,
dallaslibrary.org, free

July 10-11
Midnight madness
Pee-Wee Herman finds out, harshly, there’s no basement at the Alamo. Director Tim Burton’s 1985 classic “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” starts at 12:05 a.m.
Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers, 214.352.5085,
landmarktheatres.com, $8-$11

July 11, 18 and 25
Farmers market
The Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, from 8 a.m.-noon, features products from farmers and growers who practice natural, sustainable and organic farming.
8011 Douglas,
saintmichaelsmarket.com, free

July 17
Jimmy LaFave
The Texan singer-songwriter, who grew up in the Dallas area and has lived in Austin for 20 years, performs at 8 p.m.
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 N. Central, 214.363.0044,
unclecalvins.org, $8-$16

July 18
Moon day
The Frontiers of Flight Museum and the National Space Society of North Texas offer this day of learning about modern space travel, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Attendees can speak live to a crew currently on the International Space Station as well as space tourist Anousheh Ansari. The event also offers 22 classes and lectures, as well as a rocket-building workshop and art projects.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon, 214.350.3600,
flightmuseum.com, $7-$10

July 20-26
Parade of Playhouses
Dallas CASA celebrates its 20th-annual Parade of Playhouses. The event at NorthPark features a magnificent display of custom-built children’s playhouses, which are entered in a raffle. Raffle tickets cost $5-$20.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central, 214.363.7441,
dallascasa.org, free