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Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical

13 Reasons to Get Out of the House Thursday–Sunday

From SpongeBob and the Harlem Globetrotters to Mardi Gras and mac and cheese, don’t miss out on all the family entertainment coming your way this weekend. Plus plan your family’s summer fun at our free DFWChild’s Best Summer Ever camp expo.

Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical, Fort Worth
Thursday, February 20, 7:30pm
Friday, February 21, 2:30 and 8pm

Saturday, February 22, 10am, 3 and 8pm
Sunday, February 23, 1:30 and 6:30pm
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You will for the duration of this live stage show at Bass Performance Hall starring the zany sponge and his Bikini Bottom buddies. Watch them save their world and share a message of friendship all while singing and dancing to the sounds of Panic! at the Disco, The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Antebellum. Tickets from $44.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Lewisville
Friday, February 21, 10:30am and 7pm
Saturday, February 22, 2 and 7pm
Sunday, February 23, 2pm
The first grade student becomes a first-rate diva as she rotates through best friends, discovers she needs glasses to see the blackboard and writes in her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal. Follow along with her antics during Christian Youth Theater’s comedy musical adaptation based on four books by Junie B. Jones creator Barbara Park, on stage for one weekend at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater. Tickets are $14 in advance; $16 at the door.

DFWChild’s Best Summer Ever
Greenville School, Addison
Saturday, February 22, 10am–2pm
All Saints’ Episcopal School, Fort Worth
Sunday, February 23, noon–3pm
To help you get a head start on making summer plans for your family, we’re bringing back our original camp fair and planning expos with two back-to-back events in Addison and Fort Worth. We’ll keep the kids busy throughout the day while parents and caregivers meet face-to-face with reps from more than 80 local and national camps, day and overnight camps, schools and educators. Sign up for extracurriculars and even plan your family vacation in one afternoon. FREE ADMISSION

Mac N Cheese Fest, Arlington
Saturday, February 22 (sold out)
Sunday, February 23, 2–6pm, VIP entry at noon
Let the drooling begin at Texas Live! where more than 15 area restaurants dish out more than 40 types of gourmet mac and cheese for your consumption. Don’t miss the giant cheese fry bar, games, live entertainment, and various eating contests (can of Whiz holding) open to the first 10 sign-ups. Children 10 and younger are free and do not need a ticket. Sunday tickets are $34.99 and include 10 samples, and your first drink free. VIP tickets $54.99 include all-you-can-eat mac and cheese from noon–2pm, a commemorative keepsake, an order of french fries, and five drink tickets.

Harlem Globetrotters
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Saturday, February 22, 2 and 7pm
Dickies Arena, Fort Worth
Sunday, February 23, 2pm
Want to make your weekend a slam dunk? Bring your young sports fans to see and play with the high-flying basketball wizards of the Harlem Globetrotters returning to Dallas on the Pushing the Limits World Tour. Stay after the game to meet your favorite player court-side for photo. Game tickets from $23. Additional $22 tickets for pre-game Magic Pass on the court where the stars teach the tricks behind their trick shots and snap photos with fans.

Mardi Gras Oak Cliff, Dallas
Dash for Beads: Saturday, February 22, 8am–2pm
Parade & Block Party: Sunday, February 23, 4pm
Dress up with beads and in your green, purple and gold for a chance to win the costume contests for the annual fun run, 5K and 10K race through Oak Cliff. Prizes awards to best-dressed walker, runner and pet. Then come back the next day for the area parade of brass bands and New Orleans flare down Davis Street. Free to watch parade. Race admission is $25 for 1-mile walk, $40 on race day for 5K and $70 on race day for 10K.

Late Nights: Chemistry, Dallas
Friday, February 21, 6–11pm
The Dallas Museum of Art’s third Friday Late Night event elaborates on a wider definition of chemistry, from the chemistry developed in personal relationships to the science of conservation. Look at the full entertainment schedule for a variety of performances, live music, tours and more art activities inside the Center for Creative Connections. $10 admission; $5 for students; free for children 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibits require an additional ticket.

Mardi Paws, Irving
Saturday, February 22, noon–9pm
Dog lovers and Mardi Gras revelers unite to let the good times roll through Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory. Dress up your family dog and your whole family in matching purple, gold and green for a chance to win prizes for best costumes in the Mardi Paws Parade and enjoy more fun on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. $10 parade benefits the DFW Humane Society.

Girls and Engineering Day, Fort Worth
Saturday, February 22, noon–4pm
Engineers Week continues through Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with the final day of special activities created with girls in mind. Encourage your kids’ growing interest in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and math—during this annual week of challenging activities throughout the museum and the opportunity to collaborate with actual engineers who’ve made their mark in the industry. Free with regular admission: $16 adults; $13 children ages 2–18; free for members.

Blacklight Run, Fort Worth
Saturday, February 22, 6:15pm
After the sun goes down, the glow lights comes up at this fun run and post-race DJ dance party at Texas Motor Speedway where all participants are splashed with colorful powders that glow under the blacklights. Wear white clothes for the full effect and download the CoolEvents app for a cool view of the augmented reality finisher medal when you scan the medal with your phone. The run is noncompetitive and open to all ages. Registration is $40. Kids 5 and younger are free and do not need to register.

Barbie Truck’s Totally Throwback Tour, Plano
Saturday, February 22, 10am–7pm
Love Barbie? Shop exclusive retro-inspired merchandise and treats from the hot pink Barbie Pop-Up Truck stopping at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend for one day as part of its U.S. tour to celebrate the iconic brand’s 60-year heritage. Prices from $12 to $75 for pieces like a cassette tape wallet, upcycled vintage denim jackets with embroidered Barbie patch and more 90s-inspired style for all ages. FREE ADMISSION

Krewe of Barkus, McKinney
Sunday, February 23, 2pm
Let the good times roll through downtown McKinney and Mitchell Park during this 16th annual Mardi Gras dog parade and costume contests. Register your family pet and/or mini float today to take part in the parade starting at 2pm. Free admission to Pawty in the Park with pet vendors and family activities.

Judy Moody & Stink, Richardson
Sunday, February 23, 1:30pm activities, 2:30pm show
Sibling duo Judy Moody and her little brother, aptly nicknamed for his foul-smelling sneakers, seek fame and recognition in this touring show, part of the Eisemann Center’s Sunday matinee series for families. Tickets from $12. For even more fun, come an hour before the show for Eisemann Extras featuring pet live reptiles. $10; tickets sold separately.