What to Do This Weekend

By Elizabeth Smith

Snap the kids into their car seats and escape from your neighborhood this weekend. Our 14 favorite event picks are worth the drive. Do your kids love butterflies? Want playtime with Pooh Bear and Daniel Tiger? Check out these and more family activities, including performances that introduce Italian opera, French film, European art and cultures from all over the world.

Le Ballet de Dracula, Lewisville
Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2 and 7:30pm
LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents its annual ballet inspired by the Bram Stoker tome, plus a special workshop for kids before the Saturday afternoon show. Arrive at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at 12:30pm and get a bridal veil or Dracula’s cape to channel the vampire characters on stage with the ballet dancers.

Lone Star Storytelling Festival, Frisco
Friday, Oct. 13, 8–9:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 14, 5–6 and 8–9:30pm
For months a group of kids and teens have been crafting their stories and honing their public speaking skills. Listen to them, as well as two professional storytellers, perform their tales on stage inside Frisco City Hall. Maybe it will inspire your kids to audition next year.

Race to the End of the Earth Exhibit Opens, Fort Worth
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am–5pm
Sunday, Oct. 15, noon–5pm
Experience what it would have been like to travel to the coldest place on Earth a century ago when the latest exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History focuses on the challenges of two explorers who separately journeyed 1,800 miles to the South Pole. Don’t miss the Curious George exhibit open as well, all free with regular admission.

The Triplets of Belleville Film in Concert, Dallas

Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm
The 2003 animated French feature The Triplets of Belleville is unlike the other cartoons you’ve seen. Watch the award-winning film on a big screen at downtown Dallas’ Strauss Square while Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville performs a live jazz original score.

Celebrating the Monarch Butterfly Migration, Plano

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am–noon
Make butterfly feeders, count pollinators in the garden and find out what nectar tastes like at All About Butterflies, a Saturday morning program of free kids’ activities at the Environmental Education Center’s Nature Explore Garden.

Butterfly Flutterby and Fall Round-Up, Grapevine
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am–2pm
In honor of the monarch butterflies’ great migration south for winter, make your way over to Grapevine for a butterfly costume parade through the botanical garden. Dress your kids up in their butterfly (or fairy) wings for family-friendly fun, and don’t miss more activities happening down the street at Nash Farm.

Be My Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger, Dallas
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am–2pm
Get free admission to the Dallas Heritage Village, and take photos with characters from the PBS Kids show on this day focusing on local nonprofits’ service projects. Donations of peanut butter, gloves, scarves, socks and hats will be accepted and given to North Texas families in need. Plus, check out the village’s new children’s area called The Parlor.

Bonnie and Clyde Days, Pilot Point
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am–5pm
Pilot Point commemorates its claim to fame with bank robbery scene re-enactments, complete with gangsters and police squad cars, and turns up the 1930s charm with more kid-friendly entertainment. Put on a bib for the old-fashioned pie-eating contest, and compete in the soap-box challenge for kids ages 6–12.

Plano International Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am–5pm
Experience the melting pot of North Texas at this free family festival in Haggard Park, featuring cultural displays from over 100 countries, multicultural music and dance performances, a range of cuisine available from food trucks and children’s activities.

Interabang Books Party in Pooh Corner, Dallas
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1pm
Take an afternoon trip to Dallas’ newest bookstore to discover the true story of the bear that inspired author A.A. Milne to write his heartwarming stories. Make bear ears and listen to a reading of Finding Winnie.

Fire Truck Pull and Safety Pullooza, Plano
Saturday, Oct. 14, 3–8pm
Cheer on competitors in an unusual battle between man and fire truck when the ultimate tug-of-war challenge goes down at Plano’s Oak Point Park. The first pull begins at 4:15pm, and kids’ activities include a fire obstacle course, fire rescue clowns and a first responder vehicle rodeo.

Party Like Casanova at the Kimbell, Fort Worth
Saturday, Oct. 14, 4–10pm
Come early to witness or join in Casanova’s MasqueRIDE, a costumed bike ride around the Cultural District, and meet back at the Kimbell lawn for a rock concert, face painting and a photo booth to celebrate the new exhibit Casanova - The Seduction of Europe.

Donizetti and Company for Kids, Dallas

Sunday, Oct. 15, 12:30pm
Experience the high art form of opera for the low price of $5 when The Dallas Opera presents its first family show of the season, featuring biographical tidbits about Gaetano Donizetti and the prolific Italian composer’s most famous songs. Bring your young aficionados early for crafts and activities in the lobby before the 2pm performance.

Kidz Bop Best Time Ever Tour, Irving
Sunday, Oct. 15, 3pm
Let your littles wiggle and dance to kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits when the Kidz Bop kids take to the stage for a live concert at Irving’s brand new music venue, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Snag your VIP tickets now for meet-and-greets and access to the pre-show party.

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