What to Do This Weekend

By Elizabeth Smith

This Father’s Day weekend, we give cards and cheers and thanks to all the wonderful papas in our lives. Make the holiday one to remember by taking the whole family out to these kid-friendly events around Dallas-Fort Worth made for dad, such as an ice cream fest in McKinney, Star Wars nights in Fort Worth and the inaugural PapaPalooza.

The Lion King Broadway Musical, Dallas

Thursday and Saturday–Sunday, June 14 and 16–17, 1:30 and 7:30pm
Friday, June 15, 7:30pm
“Hakuna matata” is Swahili for “get your tickets now so you won’t worry about missing The Lion King.” Don’t miss the touring Disney musical on stage now at Music Hall Fair Park. Tickets from $28. For an extra wild experience, book your seats on the bottom level aisles for the best view of the masked dancers and animal puppets as they parade down the aisles toward the stage.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Plano
Thursday–Friday, June 14–15, 7:15pm
Saturday, June 16, 2:15 and 7:15pm
Sunday, June 17, 2:15 and 6:15pm
Musical legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice first dreamed up this biblical pop musical 50 years ago, and in honor of Joseph’s golden anniversary, take your kids to the laugh-out-loud story of the coat of many colors, presented by Plano Youth Theatre at Courtyard Theater. $15.

How I Became a Pirate Musical, Dallas
Friday, June 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 16, 1:30 and 4:30pm
Sunday, June 17, 1:30pm
After a year on the road, the Dallas Children's Theater national touring production of the comedy musical How I Became a Pirate sails back into North Texas for shows June 15–July 8. Come early for kid-friendly activities in the lobby before each show and then sing along to “A Good One to Boot” and “Green Teeth” as the young Jeremy Jacobs and the pirate crew search for a place to bury their treasure. Recommended for 4 years and older. Tickets from $17.

Star Wars Nights at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Friday–Sunday, June 15–17, 8:15pm
Have you seen the new Solo movie yet? Keep the Star Wars fandom going at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden series with three nights of Star Wars and Beyond—A Laser Light Spectacular. Wear your Yoda/Luke/Rey costumes and reimagine the laser light show as an epic light saber battle. Lawn seats are $25 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Table seating from $35 for adults and $19 for children.

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party

Friday, June 15, 6pm–12am
The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art join forces for a street party celebrating National Pride Month and the arts and culture in the LGBTQ community. Free for entry to the block party, the Nasher and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. $10 for DMA admission; free for children 11 and under.

Moana at the Waterpark, Frisco
Friday, June 15, 8pm
Treat your Moana-obsessed kids to an over-the-pool screening of Disney’s animated adventure at Frisco’s outdoor water park. The lagoon and lazy river will be open during the movie. $10 per person. Tickets for kids under 2 are free but must be picked up at the athletic center front desk in advance.

Family Day at the International Folk Art Market, Arlington

Saturday, June 16, 8am–2pm
Experience the cultures of 30 countries through the lens of artisan crafts when this second annual international market brings global folk art, cuisine and live entertainment to the UTA campus. The market runs Thursday through Saturday, but save your visit until Saturday for extra kid-friendly fun and the opportunity for your littles to stamp their passports at each booth. Admission from $10 online; free for youth age 16 and younger. Free for all from noon–2pm on Saturday.

Father/Son Basketball Tournament, Flower Mound
Saturday, June 16, 8am–2pm
Sign up by this Thursday to join this two-on-two basketball tournament for dads and their sons ages 8–13. Each team plays at least two games in the Flower Mound CAC gym and gets the chance to go all the way and win awards for their age division: third-fourth grades, fifth-sixth, and seventh-eighth. $35 per team for CAC members; $39 nonmembers.

Mermaid Party at the Texas Pool, Plano
Saturday, June 16, 9–11am
Slip a faux mermaid tail over your human legs and join a team of professional mermaids at this Plano community pool for a fairytale underwater party. The MerFriends team lead a short swim lesson and show off what it’s like to live like a mermaid. $10 for nonmembers; free for Texas pool members. $15 for the tail rental.

Go Fishing with Dad, Keller
Saturday, June 16, 9–11:30am
Bait, cast, reel and repeat during Keller’s friendly fishing competition on the Saturday before Father’s Day. Bring your gear to fish to try and catch the biggest (and smallest, and most) catfish in the town hall’s freshly stocked pond to win prizes. Limit of five fish. Free.

Taste of Fort Worth
Saturday, June 16, 10am–6pm
Head to Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center for the inaugural food fest with some of Fort Worth’s best chefs, restaurants, food trucks and barbecue makers. Free kids' activities in the Fun Zone include giant Jenga, costumed characters and face painting. $10 admission; free for kids age 5 and younger.

Bookmarks 10th Anniversary Party, Dallas
Saturday, June 16, 12:30–2:20pm
Clowns Slappy and Monday, the guitar-shredding David Chicken, and magician-in-training Tommy Terrific bring the giggles in celebration of the Bookmarks library branch’s 10-year anniversary at NorthPark Center. Stop into the library branch as early as 10am and then take the short walk down to NorthCourt for family entertainment beginning at 12:30pm. Free.

The Lava Luau, Downtown Carrollton
Saturday, June 16, 3–9pm
Share in all of the fun of Hawaiian traditions (but far from the actual lava flow from the volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island) when Aloha Amigo Productions throws this summertime kick-off party in the Carrollton square. This local luau features hula dancing and instruction, live bands and food trucks. Be sure to compete in the limbo and hula-hooping contests and stay for sunset at the square. Free.

Inaugural PapaPalooza, Weatherford

Sunday, June 17, 11am–7pm
For an adventurous Father’s Day Sunday, head west to Weatherford (about 30 miles outside Fort Worth) for this action-packed festival with everything from an obstacle course, field day games and SWAT team simulators to an exotic petting zoo and a dunking booth. $10; $5 children ages 3–12; free for under 3. Proceeds benefit the Chandor Gardens Expansion Project.

Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off, McKinney
Sunday, June 17, 11:30am–3:30pm
On Father’s Day Sunday, trade in your Blue Bell (for one day only) for a variety of unexpected flavors at Chestnut Square Historic Village’s 23rd annual homemade ice cream competition. Take a taste and vote for your favorites. Free admission; tickets needed for ice cream tastings and other concessions, carnival games and a petting zoo.

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