Peppa Pig World of Play
British piglet and preschooler megastar Peppa from the children’s TV show crosses the pond for the U.S.’s first Peppa-themed family play attraction, opening in February at Grapevine Mills. Be among the first to discover the 14 play areas that help build physical, sensory and social skills. Peppa Pig World of Play is wheelchair accessible and includes a movie theater and party rooms. Look online for admission prices as they are announced.
Night to Shine
Prom night comes early for those with special needs when the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors Night to Shine annual dance parties on Friday, Feb. 8, exclusively for people with special needs at places of worship. If your home church is not a host location, check out the map to find a participating church near you (about 11 across Dallas-Fort Worth) and contact the church to request a spot for your young adult or teen age 14 and up. The best part? Every participant is crowned king or queen. FREE
Multiple locations, 904/380-8499
In the early evening hours on Thursday, March 7, bring your littles for a twilight story reading, nightlight tent fun and art making stations outdoors at the Nasher Sculpture Center garden. This second annual sensory-friendly family fun day for kids with sensory processing challenges and their siblings offers quiet learning activities, art activity tables and scavenger hunts inside the galleries. Registration is requested. All registrants will receive an event-specific social story to prepare their kids for the day. FREE
Walk to End Epilepsy
Has it been too long since you said hello to the elephants and hippopotamuses? Revisit these and more of your kids’ favorite exotic creatures at the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, March 30, and the Fort Worth Zoo on Saturday, April 6, when the Epilepsy Foundation Texas hosts its springtime family-focused Walk to End Epilepsy events at both locations. $35 per person or $125 for family four-pack; includes games and entertainment after the walk, plus day admission to the zoo.
Dallas and Fort Worth, 713/789-6295
Adaptive Wettest Egg Hunt
Who says you need your Sunday best for Easter egg hunting? On Friday, March 29, jump (or roll) into the indoor pool at The REC of Grapevine. For this egg hunt-meets-splash time for kids and adults with special needs, you’ll swim around the baby or activity pools to collect your haul. The egg hunt lasts from 7–8pm during the Special Needs Swim Night with more water activities from 6:30–8:30pm. Preregistration is required. Free for REC members; $5 per person for nonmembers.