3 best Christmas shows on stage this weekend


Now that the ice has melted, we can get back to our faux-snow-filled entertainment! Check out these holiday productions you’ll know from the movies, cartoons and books.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas courtesy Dallas Summer MusicalsIrving Berlin’s White Christmas
Not since we first saw Vera-Ellen and Bing Crosby’s dance moves have we felt the same about Christmas. The Dallas Summer Musicals show based on the 1954 movie opens today at Fair Park’s Music Hall. Shows are open to all ages, so to help your littles prevail over taller heads, pick up a booster seat at the customer service kiosk.

Frosty the Snowman courtesy Samuel RushenFrosty the Snowman
The magic man will be waving goodbye this weekend. Get your tickets for his last performances at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, and note the recently added showtime at 11am Sunday.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, photo courtesy Zuilma PhotographyThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Kids Who Care will be their baddest behavior for this show based on the book by Barbara Robinson. See it Thursday–Monday at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. For an extra (sweet) treat, get tickets for their Sugar Rush fundraiser before the show on Saturday.

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 off-the-wall events this Saturday


After a weekend of cancelled events and days of ice storm-induced cabin fever, we’re looking for some stimulating entertainment to jolt us back into the holiday spirit. Check out these events around DFW that take you outside the box.

Dancing on walls at the Perot
For the Perot Museum’s first birthday party on Saturday, “vertical dance” team Bandaloop is hitting the dance floor on the side of the building. Head to the outdoor plaza to watch the group suspend from the roof in gravity defying shows at 10am, 12:30pm and 2pm.
Then stick around for the two kids programs: Discovery Days and Countries, Cultures and Kids.

Islamic art workshop
Can you define “tessellations”? Learn about these brilliant patterns and how to draw them yourself and more from 2–5pm on Saturday when the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art hosts a free kids’ workshop with more lessons in calligraphy and henna painting. And take a walk through to see the Islamic art exhibit, on view now through January 10, that inspired the workshop. Call 214/855-7802 to RSVP.

Star of Bethlehem Experience
Way out west in Weatherford, there’s a little village with a huge statue garden and stone buildings made to look like a town from the Biblical days. Check out the Capernaum First Century Village for a spin on the “live nativity scene.”
Live, 20-minute shows with costumed actors run weekends through December 22. A new kids corner with a bounce house, s’mores and cookie decorating make the 45-minute drive from downtown Cowtown worth the trip.

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 children’s book authors to see for free at the DMA


Book lovers, you will soon be among friends at the Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA released its lineup for the Arts & Letters Live series, including these four authors and illustrators the kids will love to meet. Reserve your free tickets now at dma.org/tickets or by calling 214/922-1818, and see the full list at dma.org/all.

February 9: Oliver Jeffers
You know this outside-the-box illustrator from: so many books! Namely Stuck and The Day the Crayons Quit
His latest book: It Wasn’t Me: The Hueys, Book 2, in bookstores January 28

March 2: Tim Federle
You know him from: his debut novel Better Nate Than Ever
His latest book: Sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, in bookstores January 21

April 12: Tom Angleberger
You know him from: the Origami Yoda series
His latest book: Fifth book in the series, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, out March 4

May 18: Karen Cushman
You know her from: her Newbery winning books of historical fiction novels, including The Midwife’s Apprentice
Her latest book: Matilda Bone, out May 6

Plus, Dave Barry on March 15
For $35 see the funny man and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than 30 books for both kids and adults.
You know him from: Peter and the Starcatchers
His latest book: You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, out March 4

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.

Date night: Neiman Marcus tube crawl


Most of us have long since outgrown those playplace tubes, but hey, it’s Christmastime, and thanks to Neiman Marcus, you can act like a kid again this Thursday, December 12 when they open up the tubes in their famous window displays to grownups.

Head over to their downtown location for the adult night from 5–7pm, and bring $20 cash for admission, a photo and a cocktail. Proceeds benefit the Dallas-based nonprofit Color Me Empowered, which connects at-risk kids with public art projects.

For dates when the kids can crawl around and take photos with Santa, visit neimanmarcus.com.
1618 Main St., Dallas

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.

New ice rink at Klyde Warren Park


Once the ice covering your car/driveway/road to the grocery store/civilization has melted, we can get back to enjoying all things icy and wintry, right? Yes, we recognize the irony. Props if you’ve already been using frozen neighborhood streets for ice-skating, tubing, even skiing. But here’s news of the latest venue to get your winter on.

Dallas’ “front lawn” is finally getting that ice rink you’ve heard the buzzing about, courtesy of former Dallas Stars owner, Norman Green.

The rink debuts this Friday, December 13, and not with just any ol’ frozen H2O but a synthetic, eco-friendly, ice-like material called Super-Glide.

Some lucky kids from St. Philip’s School and the cast from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer musical will be the first to try it out after the dedication on Friday, and then the rink will open up for a free skate until closing time.

Sign up at klydewarrenpark.org for free lessons on December 14 and 15, and get free skate rentals every Tuesdays. Got ice skates at home? Bring them for free admission every day.

At 5pm on Friday, head across the street to the AT&T Performing Arts Center for their rescheduled Reliant Lights Your Holidays, a free festival with fireworks, photos with Santa, kids’ crafts and animals from the Dallas Zoo.

To find out where else you can ice-skate (and snow tube and more), check out our picks for the 6 best winter activities for the kids.

As you know, several events over the weekend were rescheduled or cancelled altogether. Visit the family activities calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar to find the new dates for some of those festivals the kids had their hearts set on.

Gimme Shelter: 3 indoor events on this weekend


We sincerely hope you’ve stocked up on hot cocoa and marshmallows. You’ll need them this weekend when the icy weather rolls through, but for holiday entertainment worth pulling your mittens on, venture out long enough to get to these programs in Dallas, Arlington and Irving.

Aesop's Fable-ous Christmas Tree courtesy Paul Knudsen of Portfolio StudioAesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree
Tortoise and the Hare meets 12 Days of Christmas for a rat race like you’ve never seen. Take the kids to Mosaic in Arlington for Creative Arts’ on-stage mash-up of a dozen stories on Friday and Saturday.

Target First Saturdays
Keep those fingers and toes warm this Saturday inside the Nasher Sculpture Center galleries for drum making, scavenger hunts, stories and yoga. The free activities run from 10am–2pm but you can stay until the party shuts down at 5pm.

Holiday Open House
Irving Arts Center is pulling out all the stops for a Feliz Navidad. Head out to Irving on Friday for jugglers, art projects and a mariachi band and more free entertainment. Take a look at their alebrejes, colorful sculptures made of papier mâché, and Christmas tree forest. Santa will be around taking wishes Friday night and the next day for Family Funday.

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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