13 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday
Words Elizabeth Smith
Published October 2019
Updated October 14, 2019
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Savor every moment with your family this weekend when TV’s famed foodie competition MasterChef Junior comes to Dallas-Fort Worth on its first live tour. See below for more in our roundup of favorite kid-friendly events, from early Halloween festivities to our Real Kids Casting Call (your last chance to enter the running as a DFWChild cover model).

Pumpkin Nights, Arlington
Begins Thursday, October 10, open daily 5:30–10:30pm
A glowing tunnel made of jack-o’-lanterns leads to a pirate treasure dig, a 40-foot-long dragon and more in seven fantasy areas—all made from more than 3,000 pumpkins hand-carved by master pumpkin artists and on display at Howell Farms. When the weather turns cold, warm up with hot cocoa and live fire shows. Advance tickets required: from $17 for adults; $14 for children 4–12; $60 for a family four-pack; free for 3 and younger. (Note: closed on Halloween night.)

Le Ballet de Dracula, Lewisville
Friday, October 11, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12, 2 and 7:30pm
LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents this annual ghoulish production at the MCL Grand Theaterstarring Count Dracula and his vampire brides. Bring your bravest little ones to see this ballet inspired by the Bram Stoker novel, and for extra spooky fun, come to the theater at 12:30pm on Saturday for a special workshop for kids before the 2pm show. $20 for ages 3 and older; free for lap children 2 and younger.

River Legacy Foundation Fall Festival, Arlington
Saturday–Sunday, October 12–13, 11am–9pm
The inaugural festival combines the best of its former Eco-Fest and After Dark in the Park events for two days of nature fun geared toward ages 2–10. Stay all day at River Legacy Living Science Center for the pumpkin patch and animal encounters, and in the evening, check out the trail hikes and storytelling under the stars. Admission is $8 per person for 3 years and older. Coupons required for some activities but free for more than 30 activities throughout the science center and the park.

Brick or Treat, Grapevine
Begins Saturday, October 12
Open Saturday 10am–8pm and Sunday 11am–6:30pm
Playing on attractions at Legoland Discovery Center versus your own mini blocks at home feels like scoring a king-size vs. bite-size candy bar. Bulk up your Halloween fun by helping a master model builder create a larger-than-life Dracula and dressing up with Legoland mascot Bertie (daily at 4pm). $19.95 online; $29.95 at the door; free for kids 2 and younger.

MasterChef Junior Live! Grand Prairie
Friday, October 11, 7:30pm
The hit TV culinary competition MasterChef Junior goes on the road with its first live tour this fall. Love the show? Look online to see which all-stars and fan favorites from previous seasons are returning to go head-to-head in the kitchen. Tickets for this all-ages show from $29.75. Book the VIP experience for a picture with the cast and a signed cookbook. $50 adults; $30 for kids 11 and younger.

Real Kids Casting Call, Plano
Saturday, October 12, 10am–3pm
Want to see your child’s face on the cover of our magazine? Give your kids a chance at stardom by registering them for the 21st annual Real Kids Casting Call and coming to visit reps from our magazine and Kim Dawson modeling agency at The Shops at Willow Bend. Children must live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and be younger than 13 years on the day of the casting call. $45 registration fee the day of the event for walk-ups.

Bonnie and Clyde Days, Pilot Point
Saturday, October 12, 10am–5pm
Once the stomping grounds for outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, Pilot Point now celebrates its claim to fame every year with a tongue-in-cheek festival on the town square. Family-friendly entertainment features a soap box derby open to kids 6–12 years and robbery re-enactment at the bank. For less mayhem, stick to activities in the free kids’ zone. FREE ADMISSION

Girl Powered STEAM Day, Fort Worth
Saturday, October 12, 11am–4pm
Amon Carter Museum of American Art combines art with science for this festival celebrating women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Bring your girls to meet those who work to conserve the art at the museum, contribute to a community mandala using geometry and math, and join more STEAM experiments with help from local Girl Scouts. FREE ADMISSION

Catrina and Other Memorable Ladies Exhibit, Dallas
Opens Saturday, October 12, noon–6pm
She’s the grande dame of death—an elegantly attired, iconic character made famous by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada to symbolize Day of the Dead celebrations. See Catrina in many more forms at the Bath House Cultural Center’s 33rd annual art exhibition with altars and multimedia visual art that honor people, things and ideas that have passed on. FREE ADMISSION

Baby Shark Live! Frisco
Saturday, October 12, 1pm
They’ve danced in their car seats to the “Baby Shark” song. Now, here’s your kids’ chance to dance in the aisles when Baby Shark and his friend Pinkfong arrive at Comerica Center on their first-ever concert tour. Soon you’ll have new and classic songs, including “Five Little Monkeys,” “Wheels on the Bus,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Monkey Banana Dance,” stuck in your head too. Tickets from $33.50.

Kimbell Art Museum Family Festival, Fort Worth
Sunday, October 13, noon–5pm
The Kimbell’s vast permanent collection serves as the inspiration for the museum’s fall festival themed “Look, Create, Connect.” You’ll have the chance to do all three during this afternoon of art-making, face painting, guest artists and gallery experiences inside the Kahn Building. FREE ADMISSION

Maddi’s Fridge, Richardson
Sunday, October 13, 1:30pm activities, 2:30pm show
The Eisemann Center begins its Family Theatre Series with this touring play based on the children’s picture book by Lois Brandt, in which Sofia discovers that her best friend Maddi has no food in her fridge. Sofia wants to help, but Maddi swears her to secrecy. Tickets from $12; family series subscriptions available from $36; $10 for Eisemann Extras, the kids’ activities beginning an hour before the show.

Meadows Museum Trick-or-Treat, Dallas
Sunday, October 13, 3–5pm
Dress up in your Halloween best for an afternoon of trick-or-treating inside the galleries at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. You’ll stop by some of the museum’s spookiest works of art and see the docents dressed up as characters in the paintings. Free with regular museum admission: $12 adults; free for children 11 and younger and museum members. (Members receive an extra spooky treat.) Registration is not required but appreciated at eventbrite.com.