Visit the Irving Archives and Museum
Thursday–Friday, January 23–24, noon–5pm
The new Irving Archives and Museum recently had its soft opening and is open for visitors Wednesdays through Fridays. Come check out the IAM’s Smithsonian Spark!Lab for kids 6–12, view exhibit Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard, and on Friday afternoon, join a free plant workshop led by Daniel Cunningham, known as the Texas Plant Guy. FREE ADMISSION
Not Your Grandmother’s Pride & Prejudice, Irving
Friday–Saturday, January 24–25, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 26, 2:30pm
This new adaptation by Kate Hamill spins the tale of Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Darcy for a new era. Main Stage Irving-Las Colinas presents this post-modern version in Irving Arts Center’s Dupree Theatre. Tickets from $21.
KidFilm Festival, Dallas
Saturday–Sunday, January 25–26, begins at 12:30pm
See some of your favorite children’s book adapted for the big screen at KidFilm, the country’s oldest and largest family film festival, at Angelika Film Center. In-person authors/illustrators include Christopher Eliopoulos of the PBS Kids’ series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. Authors will sign free books after their programs, and free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour before each showtime. FREE ADMISSION
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Dallas
Opens Saturday, January 25, 1:30pm
Sunday, January 26, 1:30 and 4:30pm
This live production at Dallas Children’s Theater carries on the educational Saturday morning TV series from the Seventies for a new generation. Here’s your chance to sing along to “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” and share with your kids this cult classic animated show that made learning English, history, science and math fun. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Tickets from $17.
MLK Jr. Tribute, Plano
Thursday, January 23, 6:30–8:15pm
Plano ISD invites the community to Williams High School auditorium for the for this annual showcase honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards will be presented to student winners of the Plano ISD 2019-20 MLK Art Contest and of the Diversity Leadership Awards. Winning artwork will be on display at the Cox Building through Feb. 18. FREE ADMISSION
Night Hike, Irving
Friday, January 24, 7–9pm
Native species experts lead the way on this two-hour hike through a portion of Campión Trail, Irving’s 22-mile, master-planned greenbelt along the Elm and West Forks of the Trinity River. Bring your littles as young as 5 to join in search of nocturnal animals and experience the sights, smells and sounds. Registration is required. FREE ADMISSION
Fishing for Fun, Keller
Saturday, January 25, 9–11:30am
Dust off the fishing poles in your garage or let your littles break in their new gear for Keller’s annual family fishing event and competition at Bear Creek Park pond freshly stocked rainbow trout. Try and catch the biggest and smallest fish, first fish caught and most fish of the day to win prizes. No fishing license required for anglers age 16 and younger. Bag limit is five fish per day. FREE ADMISSION
Focus, Focus, Focus! Fort Worth
Saturday, January 25, 10am
This children’s program for ages 9–12 focuses the new exhibit by Damascus-born artist Hrair Sarkissian at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Sign up your kids to join a gallery activity and take a closer look at Sarkissian’s works such as Final Flight, featuring the northern bald ibis, an endangered bird among the rarest in the world and the living descendants of those depicted in the oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs. $15 per session for museum members; $20 for nonmembers; scholarships available.
Kids Gone Wild Day, Fort Worth
Sunday, January 26, 11am–6pm
Have you ventured out to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo yet this year? If not, this Sunday’s the day to go. Head out to the in the Cattle Arena for Kids Gone Wild Day featuring fishing in the catfish catch tank, an air rifle range, live animals encounters and more educational fun teaching the kids all about livestock and wildlife. General grounds admission: $10 adults; $5 children ages 6–16; free for age 5 and younger. Additional tickets required for rodeo competitions.
Community Safety Day, Carrollton
Saturday, January 25, 11:30am–2:30pm
Goldfish Swim School Carrollton-West Plano partners with Carrollton Police Department and Carrollton Fire Department to host this free safety event for all ages. Bring the kids to learn tips for staying safe around water and fire hazards, take a look inside police cruisers and fire engines, and meet with police officers, firefighters and the Goldfish Swim School mascot, Bubbles. FREE ADMISSION
ArtROCKS! Lunar New Year, Dallas
Saturday, January 25, 1–4pm
Celebrate Lunar New Year by exploring of the work of Chinese surrealist artist Zhang Xiaogang at NorthPark Center’s art-focused day for children. Meet at NorthCourt, located on level one between Nordstrom and Macy’s, for art projects led by local artists, complimentary zodiac-inspired balloon artist creations, face painting, a photo station and special performances. FREE ADMISSION
Wild Kratts Live! Dallas
Saturday, January 25, 1 and 4:30pm
Wild Kratts brothers Chris and Martin Kratt travel to animal habitats around the globe and bring their adventures back to you via live tour, stopped at Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. Get your tickets for one of two shows that explore age-appropriate science concepts through the brother’s signature comedy style. Tickets from $29.50.
Stargazing with Astronomers, Mansfield
Saturday, January 25, 7–9pm
Meet up with members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society who share their high-powered telescopes with the public for a chance to explore the night skies over Oliver Nature Park. Take a peak through and chat with the members to learn about the constellations and planets, provided that there’s no tremendous cloud cover. Check the weather before you go. Registration is not required. FREE ADMISSION
Family Concert: Movie Music from Faraway Lands, Frisco
Sunday, January 26, 2:15pm activities, 3pm concert
Come early for the instrument petting zoo in the lobby and then travel to Arendelle, ancient Polynesia and galaxies far far away by way of this family concert at Frisco Discovery Center geared toward kids 3–12. Musicians with Plano Symphony Orchestra set the scene with songs from Frozen, Moana, Coco and Star Wars with help from costumed dancers and narrators who introduce the audience to the regions (real and imagined) depicted in the music. $10.