15 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday
Words Elizabeth Smith, Photography The Art of the Brick
Published February 2019
Updated February 21, 2019
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Get a jump-start on planning your kids’ summer at DFWChild magazine’s Best Summer Ever expos in Carrollton and Fort Worth, and plan your weekend too with the help of our family entertainment roundup. Coming soon to DFW: a picnic-themed Dallas Blooms festival, an artistic Lego exhibit opening at the Perot Museum and musicals galore, from classics Anastasia and Oklahoma! to kid-fave Junie B. Jones.

Anastasia Musical Opening Weekend, Dallas
Thursday–Friday, February 21–22, 7:30pm
Saturday–Sunday, February 23–24, 1:30 and 7:30pm
Remember the 1997 animated movie? This Broadway musical reimagines the real century-old story of the young woman who believes she may be the lost Romanov princess. Follow Anya from the Russian Empire to 1920s Paris as she searches for the truth and for her family. Anastasia, on stage at Music Hall at Fair Park, runs about 2.5 hours including one intermission. Recommended for children age 8 and older. Free booster seats available to give your kids a lift. Tickets from $20.

Junie B. Jones the Musical Jr., Arlington
Friday, February 22, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 23, 2 and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2pm
For kids who can’t get enough of this famous first grader, don’t miss Theater Arlington’s all-youth musical based on the children’s book series by Barbara Park. Treat your elementary-age kids out to see Junie B. on her first day of first grade, bouncing around from new friendships to fiascos (i.e., an intense kickball tournament). Best for kids age 3 and older. Shows offered Friday–Sunday for three weekends. All tickets are $17.

Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, Hurst
Friday–Saturday, February 22–23, 7:30pm
In this fictionalized musical based on her life, young Annie Oakley joins up with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, falls in love with her fellow sharpshooter and trouble ensues. There’s no mistaking the message of female empowerment with song lyrics “Anything you can do, I can do better” and “Love and honor, yes, but not obey.” Take your whole family to revisit this 1946 original on the Artisan Center Theater’s Main Stage with tickets starting from $14.

Ragtime the Musical, Denton
Friday–Saturday, February 22–23, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2pm
Set in the melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime puts the music in musical. Listen to all types of ragtime rhythms of Harlem, brass band marches, waltzes and banjo tunes and more cross-cultural styles when Music Theatre of Denton presents three distinctly American stories of an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant and a young Harlem musician. On stage at Campus Theatre off the square. $21.85 for adults, $16.70 for students.

The Little Mermaid Jr., Lewisville
Friday, February 22, 7pm
Saturday, February 23, 2 and 7pm
Sunday, February 24, 2pm
As Sebastian says, “Children have got to be free to lead their own lives,” which in this case means taking every opportunity to revel in the joy that is The Little Mermaid. Treat your Ariel devotees to this local performance of the Disney modern classic at The Actors Conservatory Theatre, offering three weekends of shows. $14 adults; $10 students; $9 children age 9 and younger.

The Little Mermaid Movie in Concert, Dallas
Friday–Saturday, February 22–23, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2:30pm
Forget theater surround sound. Feel the swell of live orchestral music in-person as Sarah Hicks conducts the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a performance of every song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the 1989 animated modern classic plays on a giant screen over the stage inside the Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets from $34.

Oklahoma! Plano
Friday, February 22, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 23, 2:30 and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2:30pm
On stage at Courtyard Theater, the kids of Shine Performing Arts Studio perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th century. A spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. Runs 2.5 hours including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $16.

Best Summer Ever
Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton
Saturday, February 23, 10am–2pm
Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth
Sunday, February 24, noon–3pm
DFWChild’s original camp fair and summer planning events return to Dallas and Fort Worth to help you get a head start on planning an epic summer for every member of the family. We’ll keep the kids busy throughout the day while parents and caregivers have the chance to meet face-to-face with over 80 camps (local and national, day and overnight), meet with schools and educators, sign up for extracurriculars and even plan your family vacation. Free.

Dallas Blooms – Life’s a Picnic
Saturday–Sunday, February 23–24, 9am–5pm
Dallas Arboretum highlights its status as a top destination for picnics with this year’s Dallas Blooms theme. Pack your lunches and come to admire the half million spring-blooming bulbs and the festival’s pièce de résistance: a larger-than-life topiary scene made up of a 40-foot-by-40-foot picnic blanket, flower vase, giant ant and a basket with pie. Look online for a full schedule of family fun there and in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opening for the season Feb. 23. $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3–12. $3 for children’s garden.

The Art of the Brick, Dallas
Opens to public Saturday, February 23, 10am–5pm
Sunday, February 24, 11am–5pm
See some of the world’s most famous masterpieces—such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring—made exclusively from Lego bricks in this traveling exhibition at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Then stay to play and build your own masterpieces and compete in build challenges in the interactive Lego brick gallery called the Science of the Brick. Member preview Feb. 21–22. Special exhibit: $10 adults; $8 children ages 2–12; $7 members. Plus, general museum admission: $20 adults; $13 children ages 2–12. Free for members.

Cirque Éloize’s Saloon, Irving
Friday, February 22, 7:30pm
This Canadian contemporary circus troupe gets playful with the Wild West aesthetic in this comedic performance set to the tunes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline and featuring 11 acrobatic cast members performing juggling, aerial silks, Korean seesaw and more acrobatic feats you’d never expect to spy at the local watering hole. See Cirque Éloize’s Saloon – A Musical Acrobatic Adventure at Irving Arts Center for tickets starting at $21.50.

Rainbow Trout Fishing Derby, McKinney
Saturday, February 23, 8am–noon
Bundle up and bring your fishing poles and bait to McKinney’s Towne Lake Park for a chance to catch some of the 5,000 rainbow trout recently stocked by state park rangers. The day includes a casting contest, prizes for biggest fish and smallest fish, and a free hot dog lunch. Free for 16 and younger; $3 for adults. Adults and children do not need a fishing license during the event time, but you will need a license if you choose to stay past noon and continue fishing after the event.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party, Arlington
Saturday, February 23, 11am–1pm
Come celebrate the joys of reading and the life and works of the beloved children’s author at the UT Arlington campus. This event is open to the public, offering crafts, a puppet show, character appearances and games. Children can receive a free book and sit and read with a UTA student volunteer. Free.

Engineers Week Family Day, Fort Worth
Saturday, February 23, 11am–5pm
Bring your whole family to Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for a day full of engineering challenges led by real-life engineers whose careers grew from their love for tinkering and problem solving. Ladies, you’re especially welcome to come between noon and 4pm for hands-on science activities designed with girls in mind. Free with regular museum exhibit admission: $16 adults; $13 children ages 2–18; free for members.

Monster Jam, Arlington
Saturday, February 23, 2:30–5:30pm pit party, 7pm show
You’ll be grunting like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor as you witness 14 monster trucks go hog wild inside AT&T Stadium. Treat your adrenaline junkies out to see the daredevil drivers flatten cars, pop wheelies and even attempt backflips over the dirt floor track. Invest in a pair of noise canceling headphones (or at least a pair of inexpensive foam ear plugs) and come early for the pit party. Tickets from $25. VIP starts at $50 for post-show meet and greet.