Local dance groups, circus performers, a dog-loving illusionist and songstress Lisa Loeb all work their magic on stages across Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend, so carve out some extra quality time with the kids this weekend and get your tickets now for these and more family-friendly events.
Cirque Italia – Water Circus, Mesquite
Thursday–Friday, March 21–22, 7:30pm
Saturday–Sunday, March 23–24, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30pm
“Slippery when wet” serves as caution, right? But water is no obstacle to the cast of Cirque Italia, performing on a stage that holds 35,000 gallons of water and with spouting water overhead. Take your seats under the blue- and white-striped tent outside Town East Mall and marvel as the acrobats balance on poles, perform aerial silks and more in this high-tech show with laser lights and even an animatronic dinosaur. Tickets from $20 for adults and $10 for children 2 and older.
North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving
Friday, March 22, 8am–4pm, Educator Day
Saturday, March 23, 8am–5pm, Festival Day
Contain your excitement, readers—or don’t. Big names Tahereh Mafi (A Very Large Expanse of Sea) and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) keynote the YA author conversation at Irving Convention Center where 75 authors discuss their books in small breakout panels and meet their readers while signing their books. Free admission. Book copies and concessions for sale.
Illusionist Jason Bishop, Fort Worth
Friday, March 22, 7pm
Saturday, March 23, 1 and 5pm
Sunday, March 24, 2pm
Not only does this master illusionist make his assistant Kim levitate in thin air, but he floats along with her too in a double levitation. Witness more of Bishop’s signature tricks at Casa Mañana this weekend: a Rubik’s Cube solved in a snap and his new hologram illusion starring a second assistant, his Yorkshire terrier pup Gizmo. Bring your family’s aspiring magicians to this jaw-dropping show for the chance to join Bishop on stage when he requests assistance from the audience. Tickets from $21.
Jurassic Park in Concert, Fort Worth
Friday–Saturday, March 22–23, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 24, 2pm
If you thought surround sound spoiled you, wait until you hear John Williams’ musical score performed live by the Fort Worth Symphony while the 1993 mega hit Jurassic Park screens in high-def over the Bass Performance Hall stage. Tickets from $28.60.
Tuck Everlasting, Dallas
Friday, March 22, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23, 4:30pm
Sunday, March 24, 1:30 and 4:30pm
Say that you find the literal fountain of youth. Would you drink from it? Young Winnie Foster faces this dilemma after she meets a family with a secret. Experience this modern classic children’s book written by Natalie Babbitt in 1975, now adapted for the stage. Bring your kids age 10 and up to see the play at Dallas Children’s Theater. Tickets from $15.
Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, Plano
Saturday, March 23, 9am–6pm
Sunday, March 24, 9am–5pm
Step up your fishing game by watching casting and fly tying demonstrations, take a casting or fly tying class and test out the latest fly rods yourself at this third annual family-friendly event at Plano Event Center for both experts and novices. $20 general admission each day; $35 weekend pass. Free for children 16 years and younger with an adult.
Crayola’s 1-Year Color-versary, Plano
Saturday, March 23, 10am–4pm
Your numero uno favorite place to go with the kids turns one year old this weekend. Come celebrate its first anniversary at The Shops at Willow Bend and meet Crayola characters at this party with free cake and cupcakes, live dance performances every hour and a confetti countdown to 3:23pm. Free with regular admission: $21.99 at the door; $19.99 online. Free for 2 and younger and annual pass holders.
Touch-a-Truck, North Richland Hills
Saturday, March 23, 10am–2pm
Let your kids sit in the driver’s seat of—no, not your car—but of dozens of firetrucks, big rigs and even a helicopter at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts Complex. Take the wheel of more than 45 vehicles used in fire and rescue, law enforcement and construction and stay for more games, activities and a photo booth. $5 donation per child or $10 per car. Proceeds benefit the Tina McCloskey Scholarship, which provides educational assistance for students with special needs at Tarrant County College.
Frisco Festival of Colors
Saturday, March 23, 1–5pm
Prepare to get really dirty and really colorful at this Holi festival color throw, open to the community and held at the Independence Practice Field across from the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple. Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes you don’t mind staining (white is best to let the color show up) and sunglasses and to bring towels or plastic for the car ride home. Free admission. $3 per bag of color and $5 for water shooters.
Self-Portraits with Kimbell Kids, Fort Worth
Saturday, March 23, 1–1:45pm
Paint your own self-portrait during the free Kimbell Art Museum’s drop-in studio program designed for kids 12 and younger. Admission is free, but space is limited so sign up as early as an hour before the program begins in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios.
Lisa Loeb in Concert, Lewisville
Saturday, March 23, 3 and 8pm
She’s the Dallas native behind that 1994 hit single “Stay (I Missed You)” and an eyewear line inspired by her signature spectacles, but did you know she won a 2018 Grammy for Best Children’s Album? Listen to tunes from “Feel What U Feel” made with funny guys Craig Robinson and Ed Helms and more tunes when Loeb performs live at the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, first in a family matinee at 3pm and then in a second concert at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and younger.
Primitive Camping, Lewisville
Saturday, March 23 at 4pm – Sunday, March 24 at 3pm
Staff at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area lead this 101 class for camping novices. Learn the basics of tent camping outdoors sans electricity and how to cook a decent meal over a fire. Firewood provided, so no worries about having to chop your own. Tent, sleeping pad and cookware also provided. $26.50 per person and open to kids age 5 and older. Register online or call to reserve a space. $5 entry fee per vehicle (cash or check only).
Saturday, March 23, 5–9pm
The city hosts its second ever Celebrate Southlake, this year with the addition of a community dinner on the terrace of The Marq with lots of cuisines from around the world. (Prices vary.) You’re welcome to bring blankets and chairs from home. Come eat up and expand your palates and check out the free cultural performances and activities beginning at 6pm.
Firefly Run, Plano
Saturday, March 23, 6–10pm
You won’t need daylight to see your feet on this running course, just the LED gear you’ll be wearing for this 5K/10K, night festival and after-party with DJs and a costume contest. Swag bags include gear worn to mimic the effect of glowing fireflies. Meet at the Oak Point Park amphitheater. Registration from $45 and proceeds benefit Scottish Rite Hospital.
Jazz Age Sunday Social, Dallas
Sunday, March 24, noon–5pm
Search through your closets for the most 1920s-esque outfits you own and trot over to Dallas Heritage Village for this sixth annual event inspired by the music and culture of that glittering decade. Dance on a wooden floor to traditional jazz and swing music and take a look and a listen as another musician plays his 1923 Tangley calliope, a.k.a. a steam organ. The contest for best dressed begins at 2:30pm. $15; free for kids 12 and younger.
Tap Dogs, Dallas
Sunday, March 24, 7:30pm
If your kids have ever uttered, “Tap dancing isn’t cool,” don’t miss out on this chance to change their minds. The production of Tap Dogs at Winspear Opera House is “part theater, part rock concert, part construction site” as a cast of dancers swings from scaffolding, beats on drums, stomps in water puddles and literally makes sparks fly with steel-cutting tools. Tickets from $29.