Penguin exhibit opens Friday

posted by on 2013.11.13, under Around Town: Fort Worth, What to do today!
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Gentoo penguin courtesy J. J. L’HeureuxDid that drop in temperatures send you scurrying for your winter coat? Here’s a little inspiration to get you through the coming season.

Penguins, a photography exhibit of emperor penguins by J.J. L’Heureux on an expedition to Antarctica, opens Friday, November 15, at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Catch the exhibit through February 9 for the regular museum admission price: $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 2–12. While you’re there, check out Curious George in the exhibit hall next door.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Santa photo sessions for kids with special needs

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Signing Santa Day, courtesy of Maresa KurtzTaking the kids to see Santa at your local mall is a holiday rite of passage, but if standing in line and dealing with noisy shoppers are too much for your child with special needs, save your trip for one of these free, private photo sessions designed to support those with sensory or physical needs.

Signing Santa: Wednesday, November 20 at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano

Sensory Friendly Santa: Saturday, December 7 at ACI Learning Center in Southlake. Register online.

Santa Cares: Sunday, December 8 at Galleria Dallas

Caring Santa: Sunday, December 8 at North East Mall in Hurst

For more family-friendly events, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and select Special Needs Friendly. And check out our winter issue of Thrive magazine.

Monstrously fun children’s theater performances this weekend

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Remember Monsters Inc.? Enrolled in Monsters University? Yes, kids can’t help but love the idea of fuzzy brutes who wouldn’t hurt a fly, much less figure out how to scare one. Check out these two productions by children’s theaters in Hurst and The Colony, starring monsters who are afraid of their own shadows.

My Pal Mack, courtesy of Al SmithMy Pal Mack
It’s time for his first big “scare” and Mack chickens out. Watch the kids of Hurst’s Artisan Center Theater play the monster and his human friend on Friday at 4:30pm and Saturday at 10am.

Monster in the Closet
This is the last weekend of performances by the kids of The Colony Playhouse. See Emily and the timid little guy hiding amongst her socks and shoes on stage at 7:30pm Friday–Saturday and 3pm on Sunday at Lakeview Middle School.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Special Needs: 2 Family Fun Events on Sunday

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Happy Monday! We’re looking forward to a great week of fall weather and family fun, and can’t wait to share with you our winter issue of Thrive magazine, heading to newsstands this week (along with our November issues of DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild). Don’t miss these events coming up just around the corner on Sunday, November 3.

Buddy Walk courtesy Down Syndrome Guild of DallasBuddy Walk
Join the folks of the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas for a 1-mile fun walk through AT&T Plaza at Victory Park in Dallas – keyword being victory. Take the whole family to this event in celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of those with Down syndrome and check out the bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face painting, games and food trucks from 11am–3pm. On-site registration is $35 for ages 13 and older and free for kids.

Fly Day with Challenge Air
The good people of Challenge Air for Kids & Friends are offering up a special opportunity for kids to experience freedom like never before. Register online for your seat inside the cockpit on a 30-minute flight over Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport.
Enjoy more ground-level entertainment from 9am–4pm including face painting, clowns and therapy dogs, fire engines and police cars, crafts and lunch. This free event is open to ages 7–21 with special needs. Bon voyage!

For more family-friendly events, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and select Special Needs Friendly.

Where to celebrate Día de los Muertos on Saturday

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Discover the history behind the Meso-American holiday at these four festivals this Saturday around Dallas-Fort Worth.

Latino Cultural Center
Join the center’s free, annual celebration from 11am–4pm on Saturday with craft workshops, music on the plaza and performances by Aztec and ballet folklórico dancers. Through next Saturday, you can see the exhibition of altars created by local artists.

Perot Museum
For the special Countries, Cultures and Kids program, meet in the lobby at 11am for a performance by the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkorico dancers and crafts for kids age 5 and younger. Saturdays fill up quickly at the Perot, so get your general admission tickets online in advance.

Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Decorate sugar skulls and create your own calacas during an artist-led workshop for all ages on Saturday from 4–6pm. Free.

Downtown Denton
The highlight of this daylong festival is definitely the coffin races. See the derby-loving zombies roll down Hickory Street from 1–4pm, and enjoy more festivities from 11am–11pm.

Plus, mark your calendar for Rose Marine Theater’s Día de los Muertos program on Saturday, November 2, the official day of celebration for 2013.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

3 Not-so-scary Halloween events on Saturday

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You’ll find a Halloween event hidden under every pumpkin this weekend. Here are a few of our favorites with kid-friendly versions of ‘round the fire storytelling, haunted trails, ghoulish movies and more activities for the your little monsters and mummies.

Frankenweenie and Magic Show
Because we’ll never tire of Tim Burton or Frankenstein or sweet stories of friendship between a boy and his dog. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to keep your costumes grass-free.

Updated 2:23pm Thursday:
In anticipation of inclement weather, the event scheduled for the Perry Museum will be moved to Crosby Recreation Center, located at 1610 E. Crosby Rd. in Carrollton. All other details remain the same: games and pumpkin decoration at 6pm, magic show starts at 6:30pm and film screening at 7pm.

Bewitched by the Barn
Lend an ear to the Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers on Saturday night at Grapevine’s Nash Farm. The spook-factor increases as it gets darker, so get there at 7pm for kid-friendly stories, free popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets.

Spooktacular Trails
And of course, the candy. Bring your kids’ treat bags to Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park for trick-or-treating through a haunted trail, hold their hands through a kid-friendly haunted house, or find a seat onboard the hayride. Runners decked out in glow sticks will begin their race at 8:15pm. Register online and join them on the Monster Mile for $20.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

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