3 Best Family Programs on Tuesday

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Happy Monday! Liven up the early part of your week with cats, mice and pumpkins galore on the theater stage and in the garden at these kid-friendly programs coming tomorrow.

Courtesy of Magik TheatreSplat the Cat
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, or so thinks Splat the Cat about his first day of school. Take the kids to the Irving Arts Center to see this special one-day-only musical based on the book series by Rob Scotton. Tickets to each of the two morning performances are just $6.
While you’re there, check out their art galleries and the other kids art programs offered at the Irving Arts Center.

Kids activities at the Dallas Arboretum
Halloween is getting closer and the arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is ripe with plenty to do for the little ones. On Mondays and Tuesdays through November 27, take the kids for face painting, art activities, a petting zoo and Kindermusik from 10am–2pm.

Also through the 27th, get buy one, get one free garden admission on Wednesdays or $1 discounted tickets available at local Tom Thumb stores for admission on any other day. Timed tickets are available to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden are an additional $3.

Little Sprouts
In other garden news, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is also hosting a free, afternoon program for your littlest flower children 18 months to 3 years. Meet at the Backyard Vegetable Garden (formerly called the children’s vegetable garden) for a walk through the pumpkin patch.

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 Family-Fun Events on Saturday

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Are you taking the kids to our DFWChild Model Search on Saturday? We’ll be at The Shops at Willow Bend from 10am–3pm, which means you may have time to squeeze in another of these activities with the kids. Ambitious? We think not. It’s the weekend and time to party!

Lamar Street Festival
The old Sears building on South Lamar is blowing out the candles on its centennial on Saturday. You’ll love the food truck selection, art vendors and live music from local bands. The kids will share equal affection for the magicians, puppet shows, Big Thought’s craft area and art-making for the Dallas LOVE Project.

Family Festival, courtesy of the Kimbell Art MuseumFamily art festivals in Fort Worth
Art Discovery at Amon Carter: So long black and white, and hello, color. Check out the museum’s newly opened color photography exhibit during this morning program for kids 7–12.
Family Festival at the Kimbell: In the afternoon, head next door for art projects and children’s films for another family program inspired by the Kimbell’s exhibit The Age of Picasso and Matisse.

Food Day for Kids at Coppell Farmers Market
If you’ve never brought your morning appetite to this weekly farmers market, plan to bring that as well as your reusable bags for this special program. Coppell ISD’s Chef Helen and the folks at Le Cordon Bleu will lead the kids in nutrition-focused activities. Be sure to check out the child-sized food portions at vendors around the market.

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.

4 Best Events for Families on Friday

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This Friday, have a ball at the Dallas Arts District Block Party, relieve the Halloween of the ‘60s a la The Munsters and learn about fire safety and the changing leaves at these top family-friendly finds.

Dallas Arts District Block Party
Late Night at the DMA: check out their new Jim Hodges exhibit, art activities in the C3 Studio, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck Truck parked outside with the food trucks. Get free goodies in honor of the series’ eighth book release.
Crow Collection After Dark: create your own lantern or candleholders and visit the “enlightened one” in the new sculpture garden. You can’t miss the 18-foot-tall red sculpture of Buddha.
10th Anniversary ‘til Midnight: the Nasher Sculpture Center is blowing out its “one decade” candle. Spread out your blanket on their lawn and boogie with the kids to live music by two bands: Somebody’s Darling at 7pm and Alpha Rev at 9pm.

And spend some time walking around the Arts District. Aurora, the free contemporary art exhibit called Aurora will be electrifying the streets, lawns and buildings with light, video and sound from 7pm–midnight.

The Munster Mansion
Remember The Munsters, the black and white TV show from the ‘60s? You can see their house in person and in color this weekend in Waxahachie. Couple Sandra and Charles McKee built a replica of the Munster Mansion as their own personal gothic home (yep, that’s right) and are opening it up for their yearly charity bash. Drive down on Friday and Saturday for the Halloween party and home tour from 7pm–midnight.

Preschool Discovery Club
It’s about time for the leaves to start changing. Bring your preschoolers to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge to discover which trees are evergreens and which are already shifting to our fave fall hues.

S’mores & Safety with the McKinney Fire Department
What’s a surefire way to get kids’ attention? The occasional sweet helps. Snack on s’mores at this week’s free High Noon on the Courthouse Lawn program while McKinney’s men in uniform teach the kids about how they can prevent fires.

For more Halloween events (trick-or-treating, campouts, pumpkin carvings) and otherwise, search our family activities calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar.

Puffy returns to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad

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Grapevine Vintage Railroad courtesy Grapevine Convention & Visitors BureauIf your kids are obsessed with trains (or cars or fire trucks or planes or dump trucks for that matter), check out this upcoming event that’s right up their alley. Take the family to downtown Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot on Friday when Puffy, the 1896 Cooke Locomotive Works Steam Engine 2248, returns to the tracks after a long hiatus.

While Puffy’s been out repairs and restoration, the railroad has been running all of its excursions on its diesel train, so Puffy will again be helping to share the load starting with the Friday Night Steam Train, departing at 7pm each Friday evening until Thanksgiving. Step aboard the train for a short ride in its Victorian-era coaches and listen to its signature whistle. Tickets are $8 for kids and $20 for adults.

Visit gvrr.com to check the schedule and to reserve tickets. For questions, call the Grapevine CVB at 817/410-3185.

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.

2 events on Saturday for kids with special needs

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Aching for some fun this weekend? Check out these upcoming events in Garland and Fort Worth.

Courtesy of Autism SpeaksWalk Now for Autism Speaks
Thousands of families are expected to walk the 1.5-mile lap around the Texas Motor Speedway track on Saturday. Take the kids to join the walk and enjoy the child-friendly activities starting at 8am and community resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools and recreational organizations.

Registration is free but all donations go toward Autism Speaks and their efforts to increase awareness about autism, fund innovative research and family services, and to be an advocate for families locally and nationally, so don’t be shy about forming a fundraising group on the website.

Free fishing tournament for the physically challenged
Don’t have your own bass boat? No problem. The volunteers with Turning POINT, a 34-year-old non-profit specializing in adapting outdoor activities for physically challenged children and adults, is hosting their 22nd annual Junior’s Fishing Tournament on Saturday from noon–5pm.

All participants will be given their very own rod and reel, tackle box and a goodie bag. You can choose to join a group on a pontoon or bass boat for fishing out on Lake Ray Hubbard or fish from the docks behind the Bass Pro Shops, located at 5001 Bass Pro Dr. in Garland.

The tournament is open to those 21 and younger with spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophies, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other disabilities.
Registration begins at 11am. Sign up online at turningpointnation.org/juniorstour.php or call 972/524-4231.
Stay after the tournament for the awards dinner and raffle fundraiser.

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

Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday

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logoSince Luke Skywalker first boarded the Death Star in the ‘70s (or whenever the setting is supposed to be), we can’t stop loving the sci-fi phenomenon or reading about it. Bookstores and libraries around the country are throwing parties this Saturday for the second annual Star Wars Reads Day.

Here are a few local spots with special activities planned for the kids:
-2pm at Harrington Public Library, 1501 18th St. in Plano
-2–4pm at Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr.
-Two Grand Prairie libraries: 10am–noon at Warmack Branch, 760 Bardin Rd. and 2–5pm at Shotwell Branch, 2750 Graham St.
-Four Dallas library branches
-Plus most DFW Barnes and Noble stores.

They’ve got a great list of recommended reads by the age group. Some of our faves: Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, both by Jeffrey Brown, and Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series on finger puppets. Don’t have his The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett? To learn how to fold Jabba, get step-by-step instructions in this free downloadable kit with craft to make at home, games, coloring pages and recipes. Yoda Soda, anyone?

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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