Preview of new Indiana Jones exhibit


DSCN1032aI cannot pretend to hide my excitement about Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, opening Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

This morning, we got a preview through the exhibit featuring clips and behind-the-scenes footage, tons of costumes and props from all four films, which for lesser movie buffs are: Raiders of the Lost Ark (’81), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (’84), the Last Crusade (’89), and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ‘(08).

DSCN1036We took a look at Indiana’s original outfit from hat to holster, Shia LaBeouf’s motorcycle, the enormously shiny ark of the covenant. Alas, no giant rolling boulder.

DSCN1045But the exhibit’s purpose in addition to reminiscing about Indy’s adventures (don’t miss the first stop on the audio tour, an intro voiced by Harrison Ford himself) is to educate you and the kids on pieces of actual archaeological history. Make sure you walk through all the smaller exhibit rooms to get a look at artifacts – pottery, jewelry, carvings – from the ancient Nazca civilization, Machu Picchu and more locales unearthed by famous archaeologists.

DSCN1044aPick up a tablet on your way in so you can listen to the audio guide and play along with the virtual treasure hunt for the kids. Swipe your tablet over these pillars for clues and then check out your pieced-together artifact on a big screen and compare your scores.

2014-03-06 10.59.08I had a great time reliving Indiana’s adventures, at least until these two brutes kicked me out. I don’t know who they think they are.

All Out Trinity Festival


Photo Courtesy RAFT DallasThis Saturday Trinity Commons Foundation and Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project are planning a huge fitness bash on the river basin from 10am–8pm. They’ll be shutting down the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for the Levee Run, a Bike Rodeo (bring the kids’ helmets and bicycles) and a family yoga class. Mom and Dad, sign up online for the yoga session for $5. Kids get in for free.

Most other activities are free too. Visit for directions and a complete list of entertainment. More kid fun including a soccer game with FC Dallas and a program as part of the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative starts at 11am, and RISE Adaptive Sports will be demonstrating wheelchair rugby and more sports.

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

2 Peter and the Wolf ballets this March


First, let’s get this straight. Peter is not the boy who cried “wolf” and I’m sure his fictional self would be offended by the confusion. In this classic Russian folk tale, brave young Peter actually captures the wolf with some clever thinking. Starting this weekend, you’ll have two chances to see local ballet companies perform their interpretation of the tale this March.

Photo courtesy Texas Ballet TheaterSunday, March 2
First up, the dancers of LakeCities Ballet Theatre perform their own Peter and the Wolf at Herring Recreation Center in Lewisville. The kids can see the action up close by sitting on gym mats in front of the stage. Listen to Chip Waggoner from Fox 4 narrate the story and stay after the concert for the instrument petting zoo and crafts.
191 Civic Cir., Lewisville

Saturday, March 29
Get your tickets now for Texas Ballet Theater’s family ballet at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Tickets are only $5 no matter where you sit. Bring your binoculars from home to zoom in on the dancers’ gorgeous costumes and makeup. Blown away? Of course you’ll be. Catch their last show of the season, Swan Lake, at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall May 30–June 1.
2520 Flora St., Dallas

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

5 reasons to smell the roses (and tulips and poppies) at the Dallas Arboretum


Photo courtesy Sandi McKean– After a brief hiatus for tweaks and repairs, the Dallas Arboretum reopens the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on Saturday. If you haven’t ventured out to this overwhelmingly cool venue since it opened last September, spring is the time to do it.

– Also on Saturday, the arboretum officially begins its 30th annual Dallas Blooms festival, a six-week period when the half-million flowers will be at their peak beauty. The grass really is greener on this side of the season.

– Everyone gets $5 admission February 22–28. Plus, entry to the children’s garden is only an additional 3 bucks.

Photo courtesy Sandi McKean– The playhouses exhibit is back, this year in the form of larger-than-life birdhouses built by local architects. And to complement the Birds of Paradise theme, you’ll find two peacock topiaries towering at 13 feet tall with a fan of feathers made up of 22,000 flowers.

– If you want to bypass the weekend crowds, there’s more waiting for you early next week. Head to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage on Monday and Tuesday for face painting, a petting zoo, kids’ crafts and music from 10am–2pm.

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

Thrive: Special needs movie screenings


Years after The Other Sister first hit movie theaters, the story of the young woman with developmental delays still tugs at our hearts, and on Tuesday, February 18, Studio Movie Grill will screen the movie during a free community event presented by Special Needs Partnership of Jewish Family Service. The 1999 film starring Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton and Giovanni Ribisi is rated PG-13. Reserve your seats for the 7pm showing. A reception starts at 6pm.
Studio Movie Grill
11170 N. Central Expy., Dallas

Photo courtesy Studio Movie GrillKid-friendly screenings
More SMG locations offer new release movie screenings – with more lighting and less blaring sound – for kids with special needs. Here are a few coming up:
March 15 at 11am: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
March 29 at 11am: Muppets Most Wanted

Both movies will be shown at all DFW locations: Royal Lane, Spring Valley and Northwest Hwy in Dallas; Plano; Arlington; Lewisville. Admission is free for children with special needs and their siblings, and adult tickets are $6.

For more family-friendly events, visit the calendar at and select Special Needs Friendly. Check out our spring issue of Thrive magazine for more stories and resources.

5 best family shows this February


Photo courtesy Samuel RushenDallas-Fort Worth has some mega entertainment headed its way. Check out these 5 best stage performances for kids coming up this month.

Pinkalicious the Musical
Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth
February 7–23
If you already thought food dyes are hazardous (in fact, they can be), watch the cupcake mania ensue on stage in perhaps the best warning yet about overindulgence.

The Little Mermaid
Music Hall, Dallas
February 13–March 2
Just when you think all is going swimmingly, Ariel sets her world in a tailspin. Watch it all happen under the sea when this Broadway musical heads to Fair Park.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Eisemann Center, Richardson
February 16
For the full effect, don’t miss out on the performance extras: a Barnes & Noble story time and a pre-show scavenger hunt before the performance based on the children’s book by Michael Rosen.

Photo courtesy Véronique VidalCirque du Soleil
Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco
February 19–23
In Varekai, these performers are channeling their inner magical forest creatures for gravity-defying feats you didn’t think were humanly possible. Click here for a preview.

Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
February 20–23
Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby expand their circle of friends to welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street.


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