Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 18 Reasons to Get Out of the House Friday–Sunday
Revel in French traditions at Bastille Day celebrations in Dallas-Fort Worth and enjoy more kid-friendly entertainment offered this weekend, including free bowls of ice cream on National Ice Cream Day, and not one, but two, fractured fairy tale plays centering around Snow White.
Batty Youth Play Stellaluna
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, July 14, 2 and 7:30pm
Sunday, July 15, 2pm
On the first of two weekends, watch Theatre Arlington's youth production of Stellaluna, based on the children’s novel by Janell Cannon about a baby bat raised by birds who do not hang by their feet like her. Appropriate for audiences aged 4–12. $14.50.
The Adventure of Rose Red, McKinney
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, July 14, 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, July 15, 3pm
MRT Young Actors Guild presents a new fractured fairy tale starring Snow White’s less famous sister on stage at McKinney Performing Arts Center. Rose Red has just turned 13 and the pressure is on to reach the same level of fame as Snow White, but she doesn’t want her face on the cover of the Grimm Times. She just wants to be normal and live happily ever after. $12 adults, $8 students.
A Musical for Cats-Lovers, Plano
Friday–Saturday, July 13–14, 8:30pm
Sunday, July 15, 6pm
On one special night of the year—the night of the Jellicle Ball—the Jellicle Cats come out to play. Watch local actors with Art Centre Theatre perform the beloved Broadway musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. $15.
Splish Splash Story Time at The CORE, Coppell
Friday, July 13, 11am–12pm
Wear your swim suits for a refreshing story time, songs and splashing at The CORE outdoor pool, offered in partnership with Coppell’s Cozby Library and in conjunction with Tot Swim. Kids 8 and younger are welcome to stay and swim until 12:45pm for free.
Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford
Saturday, July 14, 8am–4pm
One day a year Weatherford’s historic downtown transforms into a special kind of peaches-only farmers market. Especially for your kids who haven’t developed a taste for the fuzzy fruit, here’s their chance to try out a variety of homemade peach ice cream, cobbler and pie, tea, smoothies or plain whole peaches. Browse through the craft and produce market in front of the courthouse, and enjoy activities in the Kiddie Korner and live music every hour. $5 adults (cash only); free for kids 12 and younger.
A Day of Biological Discovery, Dallas
Saturday, July 14, 10am–4pm
Make a jellyfish tentacle necklace with artists from Oil and Cotton and look at real cells under the microscope when the Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers kids’ activities that delve into the wonders of biology. Experience all the special activities inside the newly renovated Being Human Hall and throughout the museum. Perot Museum members get a sneak preview from 9–10am. $20 adults; $13 youth 2–17. Free for members.
Snow White and the Seven Doubts, Fort Worth
Saturday, July 14, 10:30am
Billy's Globe House, the children's theater of Stolen Shakespeare Guild, presents another twist on the classic tale—in this one, the Evil Queen of Townvilleland sends Snow White seven doubts to try and keep her from having the confidence to rule. Witness how Snow overcomes these doubts as the story unfolds on stage at Fort Worth Community Arts Center. $7 adults; $5 children.
A Wild Ride with Adult Cast in Madagascar, Plano
Saturday, July 14, 10:30am and 1pm
Did you hear about the flamingo that escaped from a Kansas zoo in 2005 and was spotted last month on the Texas coast? Perhaps the jailbird got some inspiration from Madagascar, the story of Alex the Lion and friends who bust out of New York's Central Park Zoo and wind up on an island in the Indian Ocean. Laugh along with the misguided animal friends when the North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre’s adult cast opens the hilarious musical this week at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts. $10.
Meet Black Panther, Mansfield
Saturday, July 14, 11am–3:40pm
Join a free meet-and-greet with Marvel superhero character Black Panther at the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark Mansfield. Black Panther will be available for all water park guests to meet throughout the day, and VIP ticket holders get to meet him first at 11am followed by a pizza party at noon. $31.99 for admission, VIP pizza party and an autograph memento. $10 for season pass holders.
Bastille Day at SCRAP Denton
Saturday, July 14, 12–3pm
Say oui to crafts and crepes when SCRAP Denton celebrates the French national holiday with a day of mini craft projects. For a $5 suggested donation, you’ll make tiny macaron charm keychains, a painting and your own mini easel to go with it, all with recycled and reused materials in keeping with SCRAP’s mission.
DMA’s America the Beautiful Workshop, Dallas
Saturday, July 14, 1–2:30pm
Even after July Fourth, Independence Day fun continues at the Dallas Museum of Art with this family program designed for kids ages 6–12. Celebrate works of art that are uniquely American by visiting them in the galleries, and then head to the art studio to create something red, white and blue. $5 DMA member children; $8 nonmembers. Adults do not need a ticket.
Bastille on Bishop, Oak Cliff
Saturday, July 14, 6–11pm
Hot off the heels of America’s Independence Day, now it’s time to celebrate the red, white and blue of another flag. Enjoy French traditions in honor of the Bastille Day holiday at this kid- and pet-friendly street festival in the Bishop Arts District. Between sharing bites of crepes, you’ll pass by mimes and jugglers, a mini Eiffel Tower, a pétanque court (lawn bowling), and lots of berets.
Ice Cream Social, Grapevine
Saturday, July 14, 7pm–dark
Savor some frozen treats, play Victorian lawn games, and relax to tunes from the Lone Star String Band at this 1920s-style evening at Nash Farm. Lawn chairs, quilts and picnics are welcome, and there may be some vintage cars on view. $5 includes admission and ice cream.
Stars on the Prairie, Lewisville
Saturday, July 14, 8–10pm
A trained stargazer can spot them even without a telescope. Join this naked eye astronomy program at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area to trek through the prairie after park hours and learn how to find the North Star and identify constellations. Recommended for kids age 5 and older. Sign up online by 11am on Friday. $11.50 per person.
National Ice Cream Sunday, Fort Worth
Sunday, July 15, 12–3pm
Save your freezer’s ice cream stash for another day and snack on your choice of strawberry, vanilla or chocolate ice cream cups—all free—during the Kimbell Art Museum’s annual day of yum. Claim your treat while supplies last and listen to Fort Worth Opera singers perform “The Ice Cream Song.” When you’re ready to retreat from the heat, head inside the Piano Pavilion for free admission to the exhibit From the Lands of Asia and kid-friendly films.
Confetti Dance Party, Dallas
Sunday, July 15, 12–5pm
SPARK, the magical playground and art destination located inside the sub-basement of the historic South Side on Lamar building, turns up the fun on Sunday afternoon. Bring the kids to decorate their own confetti flicker sticks and dance under the rain of confetti cannons as a DJ spins tunes. Free with regular admission: $5 adults; $10 for kids. Free for SPARK members.
Family Day at Frisco’s Heritage and Discovery Centers
Sunday, July 15, 1–4pm
Tour the working blacksmith shop, all historic buildings and the Frisco Heritage Museum free of charge at the monthly open house. You’ll find entertainment and games out of the heat and inside the depot building. Then for additional fun, take the short drive or walk down the street to the Frisco Discovery Center for another open house featuring mini performances by local groups.
Children’s Tea at Dallas Arboretum
Sunday, July 15, 2pm
Register your little ones for this proper, English-style tea inside the Dallas Arboretum’s historic DeGolyer, offering a three-course menu of soup, sandwiches and sweets made to satisfy a kid’s palate. Open to all ages. $49 per person includes admission to the main and children’s gardens, parking, the tea service, tax and gratuity.