Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 19 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday
There’s no shortage of family fun options this weekend, from fairy tale plays and musicals (Pooh Bear! Snow White marionettes!) and Shark Week-esque movie screenings to fun with cowboys and pirates. Want to turn the volume up to 11? Rock out to the kid-friendly Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival going down on the Majestic Theatre stage.
Harlem Renaissance Exhibit, Plano
Thursday–Saturday, July 26–28, 10am–5pm
Once on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this collection of art and history documents the African-American experience from 1600 through the Civil Rights era. You’ll find authentic artifacts, letters, photographs, 3D art and more at ArtCentre of Plano beginning this Thursday and on view through September 22. Free.
Alice in Wonderland, Dallas
Friday, July 27, 7:30pm
Saturday, July 28, 1:30 and 7:30pm
An all-youth cast of Dallas Children's Theater Academy travels down the rabbit hole in this special performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., recommended for age 5 and older. See Alice and all of Wonderland’s madcap characters for tickets starting at $15; $20 for closer seats.
The Little Mermaid, Plano
Friday–Saturday, July 27–28, 6 and 8:30pm
Sunday, July 29, 1 and 3:30pm
Even merpeople have reckless teenagers to contend with. Revisit the angst and the passion of The Little Mermaid when Art Centre Theatre presents the first of two weekends of performances. Earlier showtimes feature a youth cast and later shows an adult cast. $15.
Choices Musical, Fort Worth
Friday, July 27, 7:30pm
Saturday, July 28, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, July 29, 2pm
There’s a moral to every story the Kids Who Care Musical Theatre produces. Get your tickets now for Choices, an original hip musical that reminds audiences how decisions, both big and small, shape your lives. Watch the theater students stand up to bullying and choose to live joyfully, on stage at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. $20 adults; $17 kids ages 15 and younger.
Peter Pan Jr., Denton
Friday–Saturday, July 27–28, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 29, 2pm
The origin of some of our favorite quotes—“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”—flies into The Campus Theatre thanks to Denton Community Theatre's youth production. Take a seat in The Campus Theatre off the Denton square for a shorter musical version based on J.M. Barrie’s original play. $10 general admission seating for all ages.
Annie the Musical, Lewisville
Thursday–Friday, July 26–27, 7pm
Saturday–Sunday, July 28–29, 2pm and 7pm
Even if you never read the original comic strip, you know the rags-to-riches story of little orphan Annie. Introduce the plucky redhead to your kids when Acting Studio Productions presents their summer production of Annie Jr. at the MCL Grand Theater in downtown Lewisville. $22 adults; $18 children.
Snow White Marionette Show, Dallas
Saturday, July 28, 11am and 2pm
Sunday, July 29, 2pm
Now extended through Labor Day Weekend, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the latest, original show from Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, which operates in a magical velvet-curtained theater in the sub-level of the Hilton Anatole. Experience this classic art form with a cast of hand-carved puppets and special lighting effects for the Magic Mirror. Stay after the show for a behind-the-scenes-look and snap a photo with the marionettes. Tickets from $18.
Family Fun Friday, Dallas
Friday, July 27, 10am–2pm
Start your summer weekend at the Dallas Arboretum when extra kid-friendly fun comes to the Pecan Grove. See cuddly farm animals in the petting zoo, get your faces painted, and let the kids cool off in the nearby frog fountain. While walking around the gardens, keep an eye out for the Steel City Pops cart, selling locally made popsicles. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3–12. Additional $3 to enter the Children’s Adventure Garden.
Shark Tale at the Waterpark, Flower Mound
Friday, July 27, 7:30–9pm
For your kids eating up Shark Week, add this to the frenzy: a screening of Shark Tale, the 2004 animated comedy about a vegetarian shark and his would-be prey. Watch it over the indoor pool at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center while you float in the water or lounge on dry land. Free with admission: $6 adults and $4 kids for residents; $8 adults and $6 kids for nonresidents.
The Last Jedi in the Park, Frisco
Friday, July 27, 8pm
On a tight entertainment budget at the end of the month? You can still squeeze in that Friday night movie with this complimentary screening at Frisco Commons Park amphitheater featuring Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Blankets, chairs, snacks and leashed dogs welcome. Free.
National Day of the American Cowboy, Fort Worth
Saturday, July 28, 10am–8pm
Imagine trying to rope an average steer; now imagine throwing a lasso around a Texas longhorn. Saddle up for this special day at the Stockyards all about the lore—and lure—of cowboy culture with a tip-to-tip guessing contest with the Fort Worth Herd, a Western parade, real live rodeos inside the Cowtown Coliseum and more family-friendly fun such as the cow milking contest. Free for most activities; cost for rodeo tickets.
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids, Hurst
Saturday, July 28, 10am and 12pm
The live action Christopher Robin movie coming to theaters has us feeling nostalgic for the Hundred Acre Wood, and just our luck, Artisan Children’s Theater stages Winnie the Pooh beginning this weekend. Join the stuffed animal crew on a mission to rescue Christopher Robin—and to find some honey—during this shortened, 40-minute play. $11 adults; $7 children age 12 and younger.
Pirate Poetry and Nursery Rhymes, Fort Worth
Saturday, July 28, 2–4pm
Think you know your nursery rhymes better than the lot of them? Meet at the lower level Center Court in Hulen Mall for kid-friendly readings and songs all about pirates, including “The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee” by poet Mildred Plew Meigs and Robert Browning's “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” along with giveaways of pirate swag. Free.
Fireworks and Family Fun, Garland
Saturday, July 28, 6–9:30pm
Pack up your blankets and chairs for a Family Night Out at Garland’s Central Park with food trucks, children’s games and bounce houses celebrating Parks and Recreation Month. Live music from party band Cover Down begins at 7pm, and the night ends with a literal bang—fireworks!—at 9:30pm. Free.
Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival
Saturday, July 28, 7pm
Feel the beat of a live, hip-hop battle when this kid-friendly dance festival, featuring pros and dancers of all ages, goes down on the Majestic Theatre stage. Want to be a part of the action? Spots are still open for the Friday dance workshops led by professionals in the business and open to groups 13 years and younger, and 14 and older. $210 registration or $50 per class. $25 for Saturday night show.
Finding Nemo, Grapevine
Saturday, July 28, 7:30pm
Hello, Bruce. Take a nibble out of Shark Week with a screening of this oldie but goodie at Palace Theatre, the historic movie theater in Grapevine's downtown district. $6.
Magical Moth Night, McKinney
Saturday, July 28, 8–11pm
Butterflies get all the love, but there’s much to admire about moths. Experience the magic of moths by taking a night hike out to the Native Texas Butterfly Garden at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary and study moths firsthand through the use of non-lethal catch and release methods. Register online. Best for kids 5 and older. Strollers are prohibited on the trail.
$19 nonmembers age 3 and older; $16 Heard members.
Science in the Summer Astronomy Day, Frisco
Sunday, July 29, 12–4pm
Explore the new frontier—space!—during Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s family celebration with astronomy experiments and demonstrations. For regular admission, the kids’ science museum inside the Frisco Discovery Center offers all-ages fun such as rocket building and testing, a showcase of the power of liquid nitrogen on stage, vacuum demos and more make-and-take crafts. Free with admission: $8.50 for age 3 and older. Free for 2 and younger.
Pixar Movies on the Plaza, Irving
Sunday, July 29, 6:30pm activities; movie at dusk
Outside, next to Toyota Music Factory, Irving’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema blows up a giant, inflatable movie screen for Pix on the Plaza, a limited Sunday series of Disney-Pixar favorites. Come early for the kids’ playtime on bounce houses and face painting, and spread out your blanket or chairs to watch Finding Nemo for free.