Editor's note: Another hot summer is underway, so we've updated this story with 2018 details for these cool events.
Summer means relaxation and no school, but with it also brings triple-digit temperatures and persistent moms armed with SPF 90 sunscreen. (Pro-tip: There's no need for a SPF higher than 50, says the Skin Cancer Foundation.)
In the mood to cool off? Aside from the local splash parks and spraygrounds that are open for the summer, beat the Texas heat with these activities and events. Bikinis, balloon fights and berry popsicles will ensure what D-FW native Demi Lovato said best: You and I, we're cool for the summer.
Dive-in movie nights
Take a dip in the pool, refresh with a tropical smoothie and relax poolside while watching movies and the Texas sunset in the background. No, this isn't a scene from a movie; it's happening at many spots here in North Texas.
Dive-in movie nights are on the calendar at The Fairmont where hotel guests can enjoy family-friendly movies, including Wonder Woman and The Mummy, from June 9 through Sept. 23 on its rooftop terrace.
For a good bargain, NRH20 Family Water Park's admission tickets reduce to half price after 5 p.m on Dive-in Movie Nights (June 22, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) with a printed coupon. Families can enjoy rides and attractions for a few hours before winding down to kid-friendly movies at dusk. Click here for more information on NRH20's dive-in movie series.
Bedford Splash Aquatic Center hosts Flick N' Float on July 13 and Aug. 10 ($5 per person) starting at 8:30 p.m.
Bahama Beach screens movies on July 7, Aug. 4 and 18 ($5 per person).
Visit Frisco Water Park for its splash features and water slides before the movies which start at sundown: Ferdinand on July 13 and Coco on Aug. 3 ($10 per person).
Stay cool in the outdoor pool at McKinney's Apex Centre while watching Sing! on July 7, Zootopia on Aug. 4 and Finding Dory on Sept. 1 ($5 per person).
Popsicles by the pool
In need for a sweet treat after a few hours under the sun? Gaylord Texan's Paradise Springs water park in Grapevine is partnering with local popsicle shop Berrynaked on W. Lovers Lane in Dallas to bring pops poolside for guests. Cool off and indulge on these all-natural pops, with flavors including mango, chai latte and cookies 'n cream. Warning: If you try our recommendation, strawberry limeade, you'll be back for seconds.
Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan, open through Sept. 2, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. For resort guests only. marriott.com.
It may not be snowing in July but there will be free snow cones and a visit from Santa and his elves at this Christmasy celebration at Ford Pool in Allen.
Ford Pool, 704 W hitman Drive, Allen. Christmas in July Eve: July 24 from 3 until 5 p.m. and Christmas in July: July 25 from 5:45 until 8 p.m. $5 per person.
Get stoked to get soaked at a family-friendly super soaker battle and scavenger hunt. Keep your water gun filled at any of the fill-up stations because Super Soaker pirates can pop up at any time to blast your with watter.
July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Twin Points Park 10200 Ten Mile Bridge, Fort Worth (Eagle Mountain Lake). Free with admission to the park ($20 per vehicle).
Paddle with your pup(s)
Swim and splash alongside your furry canine friends at dog-friendly pool parties this summer.
First up, Cedar Hill's Crawford Park Pool is throwing its annual Paws in the Pool-ooza Party, whose proceeds will go to benefit Tri-City Animal Shelter (Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5 per dog).
Water parks are also joining the fun during events including Pooch Plunge at Wet Zone (Aug. 13, 4-7 p.m., $10 per dog), Paco's Poochie Plunge at Bahama Beach's Calypso Cooler (Aug. 25, noon-2 p.m., $5), the 10th annual Wags and Waves event at Garland's Hawaiian Falls (Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $22 per person and two dogs) and the Bow-Wow Luau at The Colony's Hawaiian Falls (Sept. 9, 1-5 p.m., $15-$20 per person and two dogs). Other parties to bring along man's best friend include North Richland Hill's Doogie Beach Bash, Mesquite's Doggie Splash Day and University Park's Doggie Splash Day.
Two-thousand people. 60,000 water balloons. Yes, you read that right. Deep Ellum is hosting an all-out water war for adults only. The annual event will take place in August (stay tuned for date announcement) behind music venue Trees. Featuring water balloon fights, dunk tanks, water slides, food and music, this end-of-summer splash extravaganza will leave you soaked from head to toe. Tickets are $15 until July 19. All proceeds go to Dallas-based mental health and addiction awareness organization Foundation 45.
Deep Ellum Water Balloon Wars, August 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Trees, 2709 Elm St., Dallas. deepellumtexas.com