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14 Things You Must See & Do in Dallas-Fort Worth Before January 14th

2019 is just officially getting started, but there are some fast-approaching to-dos on cultural calendars in North Texas. You’ve only got about two weeks left to check out these ice rinks, lights displays and kid-centric museum exhibits before they wrap up the second weekend in January.


Snowland! at Great Wolf Lodge
This luxury report does Christmas Texas-style (i.e. big) with snow showers, a life-size gingerbread house and plenty of fun at the 84-degree indoor waterpark.


Balenciaga in Black at the Kimbell Art Museum
Need some inspiration to revamp your LBD? Over 100 pieces (and yes, all black) crafted by master couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga are on display in this traveling exhibition in partnership with the Kimbell and the Palais Galliera. Catch the chic show before it says “au revoir” to Cowtown this Sunday. Also on view through Sunday: Goya in Black and White.

Dalí—Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936 at Meadows Museum at SMU
These surrealist small-scale paintings will have you squinting your eyes before widening them in wonder in this special exhibit at SMU’s Meadows Museum. (Seriously, how did Dalí do all of those details?!) Also on view: Dalí’s Aliyah, through January 13th (see below).

Deck the Halls and Welcome All—Christmas at the White House 2006 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Travel back in time and get a glimpse at how W decked the White House halls during the 2006 holiday season. Replicas of the presidential decorations (including the famed Blue Room tree), plus behind-the-scenes tidbits, abound at this merry exhibition.

Grossology and Animal Grossology at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Learn the science behind your sniffles at Grossology – The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Expect icky interactive fun like arcade games about gas, and then explore Animal Grossology to learn what’s going on with our furry friends.

Hometown Christmas at Grapevine Tower Gallery
The self-proclaimed “Christmas Capital of Texas” is offering a few more days of holiday joy at this Instagrammable experience.

The Trains at NorthPark
Because your kids’ playroom could never handle a toy train set of this magnitude, and all the funds go to a great cause, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Ultimate Dinosaurs and Illuminate at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Expand your kids’ knowledge of the world at the Perot’s soon-to-close show. Through augmented reality technology and interactive activities, learn how the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart to become today’s continents and how it changed life for the planet’s earliest inhabitants, the dinosaurs. And be sure to swing by T Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall before Sunday for a last look at Illuminate, a dazzling lights experience across several of the museum’s prehistoric displays.


Skate on the Square
Lace up your ice skates and get to Frisco Square before its outdoor ice rink closes for the season. Enjoy special extended hours: Monday-Thursday 2-9pm, Friday-Saturday 12-10pm.


Dalí’s Aliyah—A Moment in Jewish History at Meadows Museum at SMU
25 large-scale lithographs chart Salvador Dalí’s exploration into the Jewish faith. The mixed-media works were created in 1966 to honor the 20th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, and highlights the surrealist painter’s attempt to distill over 2000 of Jewish history.


Panther Island Ice
To pair it with a double feature at Coyote Drive-In, save your trip to Fort Worth’s first outdoor ice-skating rink until the evening.

An earlier version of this article was published January 2014.