Crayola Experience

Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 15 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday

Elizabeth Smith
Crayola Experience
March 20, 2018
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With Easter right around the corner, egg hunting season is in full swing and some of our favorite local events this weekend put a spin on the classic egg hunt (in the water, after dark, with spoons). Make a mad dash to these or more family fun events around Dallas-Fort Worth, including a crayon-wrapper ribbon cutting for the new Crayola attraction in Plano.

Riverdance Irish Step Dancing, Dallas

Thursday–Sunday, Mar. 22–25, multiple showtimes
You may think you know Riverdance, but nothing compares to the rumble and energy of a live performance. Introduce your littles to the Irish dance phenomenon, with featured flamenco dancers and a Russian ensemble, which stops at the Winspear Opera House on its 20th anniversary world tour. Tickets from $25.

Finding Neverland Musical at Bass Hall, Fort Worth
Thursday–Sunday, Mar. 22–25, multiple showtimes
You and your littles have read Peter Pan. (Maybe not? No judgment.) Now discover the story behind the story in this Broadway touring musical about playwright J.M. Barrie who finds his inspiration in four imaginative brothers and their widowed mother. Tickets from $44.

A New Legend of the Bluebonnet, Dallas Children’s Theater
Friday–Sunday, Mar. 23–25, multiple showtimes
Just in time for bluebonnets to begin popping up along roadsides this spring, Dallas Children’s Theater offers a fresh look at the state flower. Reserve your seats for the world premiere play, recommended for kids age 6 and older, about the flower’s origins and the power of heritage. Tickets from $17.

Casa Mañana Opens Madagascar, Fort Worth
Friday–Sunday, Mar. 23–25, multiple showtimes
If your family couldn’t get enough of the Madagascar films and its Penguins spinoffs, this new musical is for you. During a three-weekend run, see Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo bust out of the Central Park Zoo and into a pickle in Madagascar—A Musical Adventure. Tickets from $17.

Arts in the Square, Frisco
Saturday–Sunday, Mar. 24–25, 11am–6pm
The annual juried fine arts and crafts festival returns to Frisco Square with works by 100-plus local and regional artists, interactive art activities, and live music from local children’s groups on two stages. Bring your kids to stroll around the square and Simpson Plaza fountain, and be sure to stop by the Empty Bowls booth benefiting Frisco Family Services. Free festival admission.

Crayola Experience Plano Grand Opening

Friday, Mar. 23, 9:45am–8pm
Your kids’ crayon box just got a lot bigger. The long-awaited family attraction created by the Crayola crayon company (and only the fourth in the nation) has finally opened. The 60,000-square-foot addition at The Shops at Willow Bend features a retail store, cafe and 22 activity stations. Bring your young creative to make melted wax spin-art, learn how crayons are made in a live factory show and experience two new attractions that debut in Texas: Silly Selfies and Kaleidoscope. $20.99 at the door; $18.99 online. $30.99 annual passes. Free for kids under 3.

Disco Kids Dance Party, Dallas
Friday, Mar. 23, 6–9:30pm
You’re never too old for clubbing thanks to the Disco Kids, which offers dance parties in a safe and fun environment that’s designed for kids to let loose. Crack open some glow sticks, snap pics in The Photo Van, get a face painting and boogie on the dance floor to DJ-spun tunes. $5 per child; parents are free.

Twilight Community Egg Hunt, Grapevine
Friday, Mar. 23, 6–8pm
Come armed with your Easter basket and flashlights (check for fresh batteries) for after-dark egg hunts at Oak Grove Park’s soccer field. Keep your eyes peeled for the brightly colored eggs during each hunt, divided by age group, and stay for a family party with bounce houses and face painting. Free.

Tents and Tales Campout, Arlington
Friday, Mar. 23, 4pm – Saturday, Mar 24, 8am
Swap your cozy beds for sleeping bags and “rough it” for one night during this family campout at River Legacy Park. Pitch your tent and unplug for a sleeping bag story time, a sing-along around the campfire, dinner and a screening of Despicable Me 3 under the stars. $10 per person.

Funny Bunny Festival, Lewisville

Saturday, Mar. 24, 9:30am–12:30pm
Get your bunny fix at Lewisville’s free Easter party, offering Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for hugs and photos and cuddle time with small farm animals in the petting zoo. Come prepared with your Easter baskets for morning eggs hunts and complete the family fun day with a ride (or three) on the Boogie Woogie Choo Choo train. Free.

Easter Egg Splash, Farmers Branch
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2–5pm
Save those ironed Easter outfits for next week. You’ll just need your swimsuits for this egg hunt in the pool at Farmers Branch Aquatic Center. Hunts are divided into age groups for kids 11 and younger, and age 6 and younger must have an adult with them in the water. After the hunt/swim, turn in your collected eggs to exchange for candy and toys. $5 aquatic center members; $8 nonmembers. Register online by the end of the day on Thursday, Mar. 22.

Eisenhower’s Easter Egg Roll, Denison
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2:30–4pm
Mix your family’s Easter festivities with an American history lesson by taking a day trip up to the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site for the Easter Egg Roll, celebrated annually in commemoration of the president’s revival of the White House tradition in 1953. Roll the eggs across the lawn with a spoon and join more egg scrambles for kids 12 and younger. Free.

Crawfish Boil and Family Fest, McKinney
Saturday, Mar. 24, 3–7pm
Teach your littles the art of peeling mud bugs when the McKinney-area community of Trinity Falls opens up its spring crawfish boil to the public. Park at The Club and take the shuttle over for the family fun day with Zorb Balls (those giant inflatable ones you step into), a zip line and more kids’ activities. Event admission and crawfish is only $1 per person.

Easter in the Park, Southlake
Saturday, Mar. 24, 9am–12pm
Prepare for grass stains and some friendly competition at this good old-fashioned egg hunt at Southlake’s North Park. The free-for-all begins at 10am, with hunts separated by age group to prevent too much competition. The petting zoo and inflatables remain open through noon, and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny come with one free 4-by-6 print per family. Free.

Marionette Pirates and Princesses, Frisco

Sunday, Mar. 25, 3pm
See the stars of Aladdin, Cinderella and Pirates of the Caribbean in puppet form when the creatives from Le Theatre de Marionette and dancers from KJ Dance perform to live music from the films. Come before the show at Frisco Municipal Center to meet musicians with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. $10.


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