March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the many cultural, economic and political contributions women have made in the world. On top of that, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, so there’s a little more girl power in the world today. It’s important to teach your kids about gender equality at an early age, so we’ve rounded up spots in Dallas-Fort Worth where you can celebrate with your girls and boys. Want to celebrate Women’s History Month at home? Check out our list of female-focused kids’ movies in the sidebar below, and order food from GrubHub’s RestaurantHER app, which rounds up women-led restaurants near your ZIP code.
Mary Kay Museum
Share the life and legacy of hometown businesswoman Mary Kay Ash with your kids at the Mary Kay Museum, located in the lobby of the beauty empire’s world headquarters in Addison. The museum traces the many innovative business ideas she implemented throughout her career, and highlights her company’s iconic moments—pink Cadillacs included. For words of wisdom from the beauty boss herself, be sure to check out the theater screening Ash’s motivational speeches.
16251 Dallas Parkway, Addison; 972/687-5720
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
There is so much more than lassos and ten-gallon hats to see at the National Cowgirl Museum. Over 5,000 artifacts from pioneering women in the American West are on display, plus interactive exhibits, theater shows and oral histories. Kids can learn about women’s contributions to politics in the exhibition The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice, which traces the life of Sandra Day O’Connor from her early days on an El Paso cattle ranch to her historic role as the first woman on the Supreme Court.
1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/336-4475
OK, I’ll Do It Myself at SMU Fondren Library
OK, I’ll Do It Myself is dedicated to women in the American wilderness, exhibiting just part of collector Caroline Schimmel’s archive of over 23,000 diaries, photographs and memorabilia from frontier females. Introduce your little ones to sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Texas’ own singing cowgirl Dale Evans and 99 other intrepid women (and one man). Kids will get a kick out of seeing Oakley’s skills with their own eyes—the show features an envelope she shot through from 20 feet away, plus lots of other fun stuff from American legends. The show is on display in Fondren Library’s Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall until March 28.
6414 Robert S. Hyer Lane, Dallas; 214/768-2329
First Ladies: Style of Influence at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Inspire your own little future president with the Bush Library’s tribute to the nation’s first ladies. Style of Influence explores the impact of women in the White House through photographs and artifacts like Eleanor Roosevelt’s gown, Dolley Madison’s snuff box and a letter from Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams. See them now through Oct. 1.
2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas; 214/346-1650
Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins
Celebrate the iconic (and iconoclastic) Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama by visiting her mesmerizing DMA installment. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is the only one of Kusama’s signature Infinity Mirror Rooms currently on display in North America. Kids will love immersing themselves in the reflective room filled with bright yellow pumpkins covered in black polka dots, while Mom will love that Kusama is one of the few female artists with her own exclusive exhibition at Dallas museums. The DMA recently extended the run of All the Eternal Love until April 29.
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1200
A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum
Reflect on women’s history in the tranquil 1.8-acre garden, a gift from the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Designed in 1997 and expanded in 2006, A Woman’s Garden is an oasis composed of multiple garden “rooms,” like the Pecan Parterre, the Poetry Garden and the Majestic Allee. Kids will love exploring the 140-foot hanging garden and the wellspring surrounded by massive dawn redwood trees, and the whole family will feel Lone Star pride at the bridge built from Texas limestone.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
Brazen Book Reading at Interabang Books
On Tuesday, March 13, kids can meet Penelope Bagieu, the author and illustrator of Brazen—Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (recommended for ages 12-18) at Interabang Books in Dallas. In her newly released comic biography, Bagieu traces the lives of inspiring women like Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and Naziq al-Abid.
10720 Preston Rd., Dallas; 214/484-4289
They Made a Difference at Parr Library
Crafts and activities will help your kiddos in fourth-eighth grades celebrate and learn about women’s roles during the past century. They Made a Difference will held on Friday, March 16, at Plano’s Parr Library.
6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano; 972/769-4300
Girls Expression Night at Fort Worth Central Library
Fort Worth Central Library is teaming up with Girls Inc. of Tarrant County for a girl power performance on Thursday, March 29. The inspiring event will offer girls the opportunity to celebrate each other through song, dance, art and poetry.
500 W. Third St., Fort Worth; 817/392-7323