Fun Things for Families and Kids to do in the North Texas Area

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The holidays may be over but there’s still tons of family fun in DFW in the coming months. Here are a few things I have my eye on.

 

JANUARY

You’ve Stepped Back into an 80s Arcade

See if you can master some of the arcade games from the 80s era and maybe get your name added to their leaderboard!

Where: National Videogame Museum, Frisco

When: Ongoing event. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost: Call (972) 668-8400

 

Prehistoric Videogaming

Learn about the early days of video gaming and how the world was introduced to video games. Also check out “prehistoric” games like Pong, Breakout, and Night Driver. 

Where: National Videogame Museum, Frisco

When: Ongoing event. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost: Call (972) 668-8400

 

The Timeline of Consoles

Did you know there have been 50 game consoles released in North America? Take a look at all of them in one place and also learn some pretty interesting facts about each. 

Where: National Videogame Museum, Frisco

When: Ongoing event. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost: Call (972) 668-8400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Rangers Fan Fest 2018

Batter Up! It’s time for the 2018 season of Texas Rangers baseball! Come tour the clubhouse, grab some autographs, meet the coaches, run the bases, and even take a swing in the batting cage.

Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington

When: Saturday, January 20th from 9:00  am to 3:00 pm

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 and younger.

 

Building Toys and Toy Buildings: Architecture Through a Child’s Eyes

Learn about the timeline of toys that have been used by children over the years including wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, TinkerToys, Erector Sets, LEGOs and K’Nex. There will also be a variety of dollhouses on display, including one of the first Barbie Dreamhouses!

Where: Dallas Center for Architecture

When: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm until  January 20

Cost: FREE

 

Dallas Area Train Show

Enjoy this two-day event and observe a assortment of operating train layouts, model trains, and train memorabilia.

Where: Plano Event Center

When: Saturday, January 20th & Sunday, January 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cost: $10, FREE for children 12 and younger if accompanied by paying adult. (Cash only at the door.)

 

Science in 30: Slimes & Putty (for ages 4-12)

Explore scientific principles, participate in hands-on activities, and have a great time! 

Where: West Irving Library Meeting Room

When: Saturday, January 20th from 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Cost: Call (972) 721-2691

 

Family Movie Matinee: Lego Batman Movie

Enjoy a family-friendly movie classic.

Where: Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room

When: Saturday, January 20th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: Call (972) 721-4669 for more information.

 

Stars and S’mores

Experience the great outdoors complete with  s’mores around the campfire, stargazing and a guided night hike.

Where: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill

When: Saturday, January 20th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $5. FREE for children younger than 2.

 

Sci-Tech on the Road at the Texas Legends

Sci-Tech Mind-Stretching Fun!

Where: Dr. Pepper Arena

When: January 20th  and January 25th at 6:30 pm

Cost: Contact rsvp@scitechdiscovery.org for information.

 

Pete the Cat

Enjoy this new musical from Theatreworks USA, based on the series of books by Kimberly and James Dean.

Where: Eisemann Center

When: Sunday, January 21st at 2:30 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $12

 

Jurassic Quest

Marvel at a collection of prehistoric creatures as they come to life. The exhibition features more than 80 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. Other activities include science stations, dinosaur-inspired crafts, face painting, a fossil dig and “Dino Bounce,” a series of inflatable dinosaur bounce houses.

Where: Fair Park

When: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm through January 21st

Cost: Tickets start at $20. $18 for seniors 65 and older, FREE for kids younger than 2.

 

Frost Fest

Bundle the kids up and come enjoy a day of winter activities including a snowy play area, ice skating, snow tubing, an inflatable maze and toboggan slide, train rides, ice sculpture demonstrations and family photo ops. Indoor activities include arts and crafts, story readings and puppet shows.

Where: Cimarron Park

When: Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Cost: FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel to the Tropics Family Festival

Get out of the cold and learn about various butterfly species and their native countries. Kids can also participate in arts and crafts activities. 

Where: Texas Discovery Gardens

When: Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $8. $6 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for children 3-11, FREE for children 2 and younger.

 

Texas Rangers Winter Carnival

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Frisco RoughRiders! Meet players and coaches, collect autographs, hang with team mascots and enjoy family-friendly activities. Ballpark concessions will be available for purchase. There will also be an autograph session from noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Dr. Pepper Ballpark

When: Saturday, January 27th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cost: FREE

 

Kimbell Kids Drop-in Studio: Ready, Set, Draw (for ages 12 and under)

Learn about the different types of art and participate in a  studio-art project. Space is limited; sign-up begins one hour before the program.

Where: Kimbell Art Museum

When: January 27th from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Cost: FREE

 

Harlem Globetrotters

Enjoy the amazing, talented and world famous Harlem Globetrotters as they show off their many basketball skills on the court including slam dunks, fast breaks, and the figure-eight weave. 

Where: American Airlines Center

When: Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $15

 

FEBRUARY

Harry Potter Book Night

Experience the magic of Harry Potter with games, activities, and crafts at the fourth annual Harry Potter party. This event is a come-and-go event.

Where: Frisco Public Library, 2nd Floor

When: Thursday, February 1st from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost: A come-and-go event. Call (972) 292-5669 for more information.

 

First Lego Spring Training

More Sci-Tech Mind-Stretching Fun!

Where: Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center

When: Starts February 6th

Cost: Contact rsvp@scitechdiscovery.org for information.

 

Monster Jam at AT&T Stadium

An incredible family-friendly experience!  Watch both male and female world-class drivers as they race and rip up a custom designed obstacle track in their 12 feet tall, 10,000 pound machines!

Where: AT&T Stadium

When: Saturday, February 10th at 7:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineers’ Week

More Sci-Tech Mind-Stretching Fun for Engineering Wannabees

Where: Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center

When: February 18th to 24th

Cost: Contact rsvp@scitechdiscovery.org for information.

 

Dinosaurs Live!

Take a half-mile nature trail back in time in this exhibit that features a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Dilophosaurus, and eight other dinosaur species! Future paleontologists can also enjoy an outdoor fossil dig, and climb on stationary baby dinosaurs for photo ops.

Where: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

When: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through February 18th

Cost: Tickets start at $11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sci-Tech Discovery Center National Engineering Week

National Engineering Week will kick off on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 19, 2018) and will showcase and explore inventions created by past presidents. The museum will offer hands-on activities aimed at exploring the science and engineering behind presidential inventions. There will also be family fun activities, electrifying stage shows, planetarium experiences and special guest speakers.

Where: Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

When: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 19th

Cost: General Admission – $5/member and $10/non-member; $2 Planetarium Show tickets available at the door; VIP Fast Pass – $10/member and $15/non-member. The VIP Fast Pass comes with early entry at 10 a.m., free take-home engineering activities built with the museum’s maker experts (from 10 – 11 a.m. only) and one free ticket to any planetarium show that day.

The museum will feature drop-in engineering activities and additional guest speakers that are free with paid admission from February 20 – 23. Cost: General admission – $8.50 (ages 3-64) and $7 for seniors ages 65+, military, teachers and groups of more than 10 people.

Click here for more details on hours and admission.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Experience this larger-than-life theatrical production based on the illustrations of beloved children’s author Eric Carle.

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater / Rosewood Center for Family Arts

When: Various dates and times through  February 25th

Cost: Tickets start at $21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penguin Days

It’s Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo! Bundle up and visit the African penguins and enjoy a daily discounted admission price of $7!

Where: Dallas Zoo

When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm through February 28th

Cost: Tickets start at $7. FREE for children 2 and younger.

 

MARCH

 

Texas Pinball Festival

Over 400 vintage and new pinball machines and classic arcade games all set on free play all weekend! Enjoy vendor demos, memorabilia,  special guests (including Lou Ferrigno), and other events. Parents and kids can also participate in pinball tournaments! 

 

Where: Embassy Suites Frisco

When: Friday, March 18th at 5:00 pm

Cost: Tickets start at $25

 

 

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