Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 13 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday
This weekend get a head start on planning your family’s epic summer by joining one of our two back-to-back events, DFWChild’s Best Summer Ever in Dallas and Fort Worth. Let the kids enjoy free fun while you check out camp offerings and plan your family vacation. And be sure to carve out time for extra family-friendly entertainment around DFW, including the Dallas Arboretum’s Blooms festival.
Anne of Green Gables, Plano
Thursday–Sunday, Feb. 22–25, multiple showtimes
Anne with an “e” arrives at the Willow Bend Center for the Arts for one weekend only. See the independent red-headed girl whack Gilbert over the head with her slate, save little Minnie May from her deathbed and touch the hearts of all who come to know her. $12.
Mary Poppins Jr. Musical Opens Friday, Lewisville
Friday–Sunday, Feb. 23–25, multiple showtimes
Two casts of kids at The Actors Conservatory Theatre relive the gravity-defying original story by P.L. Travers. $14 adults; $9 children 9 and younger. For $5 extra, take a backstage tour with Bert and friends at 3:45pm Feb. 24–25. Includes a photo op and a souvenir show button.
Shrek the Musical Jr. Opens Friday, Arlington
Friday–Sunday, Feb. 23–25, multiple showtimes
Theatre Arlington presents this all-youth musical based on the first Shrek movie (by far the best of the series). Join the gigglefest weekends through Mar. 11 as the ogre and donkey face a tiny foe, Lord Farquaad, and attempt to rescue the self-reliant Princess Fiona. $16.50. After the 2pm show on Saturday, stay for Donuts with Donkey in the lobby and decorate your own donut holes. $25 extra.
DFWChild’s Best Summer Ever, Dallas and Fort Worth
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10am–2pm at Parish Episcopal School, Dallas
Sunday, Feb. 25, 12–3pm at Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth
DFWChild hosts two back-to-back events this weekend to help your family get a head start on planning one epic summer. Come meet with reps from local and national camps while the kids are entertained by the Perot Museum TECH Truck, Bubble Ball, a photo booth and animal appearances. Free.
Dallas Blooms Opens Saturday, Dallas Arboretum
Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 24–25, 9am–5pm
Give your kids an entire garden’s worth when the Dallas Arboretum debuts its spring festival Dallas Blooms—A World of Flowers and a season of international themed entertainment. In the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (reopening Feb. 24 after seasonal closure for maintenance), claim your special passport. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12. $3 for children’s garden.
Two Days of Professional Bull Riding, Arlington
Saturday, Feb. 24, 5:50pm
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2pm
Rodeo fans flock to AT&T Stadium for two days of high-stakes competition. The top 40 riders in the world hang onto bucking bulls for dear life on Saturday night during the PBR Iron Cowboy and more rodeo competitions by amateurs and pros during The American on Sunday. Tickets from $20.
Dancing With the Stars Live, Dallas
Friday, Feb. 23, 8pm
Does your family TV night revolve around Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars? Don’t wait until the next season this spring. See the dance pros from season 25 in an all-new show, Light Up the Night, with celebrity Mirror Ball Champion Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz, live on stage at the Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets from $49.95.
The Cowtown Kids 5K, Fort Worth
Saturday, Feb. 24, 9:30am
Snap your littles into your jogging stroller or run alongside them in the 40th annual Cowtown races at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The kids’ 5K begins at 9:30am on Saturday and the Cook Children’s kids’ zone will be bigger than ever with bounce houses, face painting and an inflatable obstacle course. $30 for kids; $45 for 18 and older. Has your family got more stamina? Sign up for the other race distances all weekend.
Denton Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10am–5pm
Play with e-textile musical instruments, learn to solder, and get creative with a spin art machine at the local Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of more than 30 interactive exhibits. Head to the Denton Civic Center for fun with Explorium Denton, UNT College of Visual Arts and Design and SCRAP Denton. $7 adults at the door; $5 in advance. Free for ages 18 and younger.
Children’s Author Nancy Churnin, Dallas
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:30am
NorthPark Center begins a day of kids’ entertainment with The Dallas Morning News theater critic Nancy Churnin reading her latest children’s book Charlie Takes His Shot! about Charlie Sifford, who helped break the color barrier in professional golf. Stay for Jamming with Jason at 11am and Critterman’s Extra Furry Safari at 2pm.
Zooniversity at the Biodiversity Education Center, Coppell
Saturday, Feb. 24, 11am–12:15pm
Ever wonder how cold-blooded animals survive in the winter? Learn all about how reptiles native to North Texas move around, eat and defend themselves by bringing your kids (5 and older) to this educational program at Coppell Nature Park. Free.
Engineers Week, Fort Worth
Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 22–24, times vary by day
Don’t miss out on the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s special week of STEM activities led by real engineers and host speakers. Imagine, design, test and improve your ideas to experience the wonder of engineering. On Saturday from noon–4pm, local women engineers lead activities just for girls. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18.
BAM Percussion, Richardson
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30pm
If you love the Blue Man Group, don't miss another three-man drumming group coming to Eisemann Center for Performing Arts for the Family Theatre Series. Experience the slapstick comedy and percussive repertoire of this French-Canadian group during a raucous, kid-friendly show. Tickets from $13.