3 Not-so-scary Halloween events on Saturday


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.

3 Best Family Programs on Tuesday


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


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.

Puffy returns to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad


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.

Kids Eat Free: Quaker Steak & Lube


Kids-Lube-CruiserMake game day a family affair by heading to Quaker Steak & Lube this Sunday. Even if the Cowboys disappoint, you can still leave with a smile because kids eat free all day long. While you decide how hot you can go with your wing sauce, kids 8 and under can choose a “Lube Cruiser” (pictured above) of their own. Quaker’s kids menu is chock full of classics such as cheez pizza and a chevy cheeseburger, but kids can also select jumbo wings in their choice of over 25 sauces.

With bikes hanging from the ceiling, TVs lining the walls and special events and games taking place every day, your kid’s attention is sure to stay occupied while you cheer (or jeer) your favorite team along. Join the Quaker Steak & Lube Coop’s Pit Crew for kids and tweeners for special offers and keepsakes, including a frequent member card and a voucher for a free Lube Cruiser Meal and visit quakersteakandlube.com to peruse the full menu and check out daily specials.

Kids 8 and under eat free every Sunday with the purchase of an adult entrée. Locations in Carrollton and Plano.

Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday


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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