4 Christmas festivals on Saturday to kick-start the season


For photos with Santa, carriage rides, community performances and a look at massive trees that would never fit into your own living room, check out these local events that kick off the ongoing holiday festivals through Christmas Eve. Here are a few of our favorites.

Klyde Warren Park
The park is sprinkling some cinnamon sugar on its usual plethora of free activities. Photos with Santa and his better half, a Rudolph photo booth, choir performances and more activities start at noon and the tree lighting at 6pm.

Galleria Dallas
Meet Santa on level two near Nordstrom and then head up a level to catch Magic Mike at his Showtime Saturday performance near the Children’s Play Place, and come back for more activities at the Galleria, including an ice-skating Santa around the rink on November 29.

Southlake Town Square
Santa lights the tree at 6:30pm on Saturday. Pay him a visit at Rustin Park, enjoy crafts and snow tubing, and get a free carriage ride around the shopping center.

Sundance Square in Fort Worth
Santa will be hearing holiday wishes through December 23 at the newly remodeled Sundance Square Plaza. Festivities start at 3pm and the tree lighting at 6:30pm.

For even more Christmas festivals and activities near you, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and select Christmas under Event Type.

2 Family Fun Events on Saturday


A Christmas Cinderella courtesy Al SmithHappy Friday! Check out a couple of our favorite picks for fun with the family tomorrow, November 16.

A Christmas Cinderella
Nobody loves fractured fairy tales more than the directors, teachers and kids of community theaters. Next up from Artisan Center Theater in Hurst is this mashup with Santa and Cinderella, who gets a dose of the holidays with a pumpkin-turned-sleigh and mice-turned-reindeer. See the play opening Saturday and on stage weekends through December 21.

Countries, Cultures and Kids
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is closed today for a fundraiser but will open up again tomorrow for an 11am family program hosted by Professor Brainius, the “mad scientist” who’s as happy as a clam to be teaching kids 5 and younger how to do all sorts of experiments.
For your kids 8 and up who will surely be jealous of the professor’s rad lab coat, take them up to the Being Human Hall’s Bio Lab. Both activities are included in general admission, but get your tickets online in advance so you can get in for the right time slot.

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.

7th Street Parade & Festival


The nonprofit organization Streams & Valleys is throwing two parties this weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary and completed remodel of the 7th Street Bridge, which connects the Fort Worth Cultural District to downtown and provides a great glimpse of the Trinity River.

-Make this Friday a date night for the bridge lighting party with gourmet food, live music and fireworks. Tickets are $77 a pop.

-And bring the kids on Saturday for a free festival with food trucks and activities from 10am–2pm. The parade starts on the west side of the bridge at 10am.

The parade may include the Texas longhorns of the Fort Worth Herd as well as many “classic” modes of transportation: covered wagons, horses, motorcycles, military vehicles and more from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

For more information, visit 7thstbridge.com or call 817/926-0006, and for more family-friendly events, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar. Sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Penguin exhibit opens Friday

posted by on 2013.11.13, under Around Town: Fort Worth, What to do today!

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


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


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.


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