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11 Reasons to Get Out of the House Friday–Sunday

Follow Charlie Brown through scenes from his Christmas special in the Gaylord Texan’s new Ice! exhibit, experience the Dallas Zoo Lights and enjoy more family fun this weekend around Dallas-Fort Worth.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Fort Worth
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 12:30 and 7:30pm
Six monster trucks—Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber, Demo Derby, Hot Wheels Racing 1 and the famed Bigfoot—roar into the brand-new Dickies Arena for epic stunts, jumps and crashes. Come to the free Crash Zone Party before each show to meet the drivers and see the trucks up close. Tickets from $25 for adults; $8 for kids; $20 for military. Limit four kid tickets to one adult ticket.

Mirette, Dallas
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 2:30 and 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17, 2:30pm
In keeping with the season’s Wonder Women theme, Lyric Stage presents a musical based on Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. In this Caldecott Medal–winning children’s book set in a boarding house for circus performers in 1890s Paris, a gutsy little girl persuades high-wire walker Bellini to teach her his craft and saves the day when he becomes paralyzed with fear. Watch it at Majestic Theatre for tickets starting from $29.50.

Dallas Zoo Lights
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17, 5–9pm
Come early on select days to see the animals before they turn in for the night (around 4pm), and stick around to be the first to see the lights flip on at 5pm, transforming ZooNorth into a winter wonderland of light displays and silk-covered lanterns in the shape of zoo animals. Warm up with hot cocoa as you stroll under a rainbow arch or make ornaments from natural materials. Animal encounters begin every 30 minutes in the Elves’ Workshop at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. Free with regular admission: $17 adults; $14 children ages 3–11.

Annie Jr., Hurst
Opens Friday, November 15, 5pm
Saturday, November 16, 10am and noon
Artisan Children’s Theater presents this perennial favorite musical starring little orphan Annie, who flees the grip of the evil Miss Hannigan and sets off through the streets of New York City in search her birth parents. Witness the story of how she meets billionaire Oliver Warbucks and the lovable dog Sandy. $13 for adults; $7 for children 12 years and younger.

Ice! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Grapevine
Opens Saturday, November 15, hours vary by activity
Bundle up and buckle up to experience this real-life winter wonderland at Gaylord Texan kept at a frigid 9 degrees. You’ll zip down two-story-tall ice slides and stroll through an exhibit of colorful ice sculptures, hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice and modeled after scenes from the Charlie Brown holiday film. Even more fun at the Gaylord’s Lone Star Christmas includes ice skating, 12 lanes of snow tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw and Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. Prices vary by activity. ICE! tickets are $23.99 for adults and $14.99 for children.

The Trains at NorthPark, Dallas
Opens Saturday, November 16, 10am–9pm
Sunday, November 17, 11am–7pm
Make a coast-to-coast journey via this miniature train exhibit of 1,600 feet of track and scenes from landmarks across America. Take a closer look to see the recognizable locations in Dallas, plus some visitors from outer space. Tickets are $7 adults; $4 children ages 2–12; free for children under 2. Hand-painted railcars also available for purchase and to keep after the exhibit. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Irving
Friday, November 15, 9:30am and 7:30pm
More than 30 highly trained animals—rescued dogs and house cats, geese, white doves, parrots, and a Shetland pony named Diamond—make up the entourage of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich. The unbelievable show at Irving Arts Center also features acrobats, mimes and contortionists as well as juggling and physical comedy by Popovich himself. Tickets from $6 for the morning show and from $16.50 for the evening show.

Candy Canes for Kids, Fairview
Saturday, November 16, 10am–6pm
Sing along to live music in a free concert by band Stars Go Dim (you may know the tune “It’s Gonna Get Better”), and enjoy entertainment—everything from a petting zoo and bounce houses to a holiday market and fireworks—all day at Fairview Town Center’s seventh annual family fun day benefiting Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. Free admission. Activity tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Donations welcome for the holiday toy drive.

Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Fort Worth
Saturday, November 16, 3pm
Based on the children’s book of the same name, this world premiere children’s production at Rose Marine Theater and created by Fort Worth Opera follows the real-life story of Mariana Morillo Safa and her friendship with famed painter Frida Kahlo. Get your tickets to hear Frida’s parrot, dog and monkey all sing in this Saturday afternoon performance. $15 adults; $10 children. $40 family four-pack available by phone.

Carter Playdate: Tasty Art, Fort Worth
Saturday, November 16, 11:30am–12:30pm
This new, monthly program at the newly renovated Amon Carter Museum of American Art focuses on themed explorations of the galleries, a story time to connect the dots and then an art-making activity designed for parents and their little ones ages 3–5 to do together. This month’s program focuses on all the food-inspired artwork on exhibit, so come with a full stomach to talk about your favorite snacks. $10 per child, free for Carter members. Accompanying adults are free (max two adults per child; no siblings).

Family Festival: MAKE
Saturday, November 16, 11am–5pm
Celebrate the power of creativity by dropping into the Dallas Museum of Art’s art studio for a workshop with middle grade graphic novelist Chad Sells, a ballet folklorico performance, junior tour guides in the galleries from Arcadia Park Elementary School and more free entertainment and art making. While you’re there, check out the new exhibit Speechless: Different by Design, which explores how your senses connect you to the world. $16 exhibit admission; free for children 11 and younger.