CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
Kids of all ages will love Carnival of the Animals. Enjoy the William Tell Overture, “Flight of the Bumblebee,” and music from The Lion King. Michael Krajewski and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will guide you through an enchanted land where animals come to life right in front of your eyes. Delight in the royal march of the stately lions, the hopping kangaroos, the lumbering elephants, a graceful swan, and more in this beautiful performance by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Where: Bass Performance Hall | 525 Commerce Street, Fort Worth
When Sat. Sept 7, 11am
Cost: $11 – $22
TRINITY RIVER KITE FESTIVAL
Be prepared to be wowed at this unique outdoor extravaganza. The Trinity River Kite Festival is a family-friendly event whether you are a little kid or a little kid at heart. Enjoy free kite flying, kite stunt teams, show kites, North Texas hang/Paragliders Association, Kid’s Fun Zone, Marketplace, Food Truck Zone ad so much more.
Where: 146 Commerce St. Dallas
When: Sat. Sept. 14 | 11am – 5pm
Cost: FREE | Parking, $5 – $8 per car
CHALK ART FESTIVAL
You, your family, and your grandkiddos will be amazed at the elaborate chalk art designs by talented professional street painting artists at Crockett Row. Artists will begin around 10am, so come early and watch the art evolve. Other activities include a children’s chalk art area, an interactive photo booth, music, games, and prizes. So take a drive to Fort Worth and indulge your creative side.
Where: Crockett Row at West 7th | 2956 Crockett St., Fort Worth
When: Sat. Sept. 14, 12 – 4pm
THE GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL OF DALLAS
OPA! Live a day the Greek way! Clap to the renowned New York Greek band Thymos, traditional festive Greek folk dancers and enjoy your favorite Greek cuisines like souvlaki, gyro, and Greek sweets. Peruse the marketplace full of art, authentic Greek grocery items, and cooking demos. The kiddos will love the children’s area with activities galore.
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church | 1355 Hilcrest Rd at Alpha, Dallas
When: Fri. Sept. 20 – Sun. Sept 22, 11am – 10pm
Cost: $9 – $100
IRVING MAIN STREET FESTIVAL
This annual street festival is full of attractions for all ages. Enjoy live music, the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show, free rides, food and shopping, plus, a hot sauce contest with competitors from area restaurants, Perot Museum Tech Truck, free activities in the kids’ zone including new carnival rides, an obstacle course, face painting, and entertainment on the children’s stage: juggling, a musician, a puppet show, and live music all day from the Morris Brothers.
Where: Irving Heritage District | 217 S Main St
When: Sat Sept 21, 12 – 6pm
Cost: FREE | Please note: there is a cost for the Jackson Pollock-style painting activity.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DINOSAURS LIVE!
Celebrate the return of Dinosaurs Live by digging into dinosaur geology and hiking the dinosaur trail to welcome the new arrivals. Bring the whole family out for Family Fun Night, featuring hands-on activities built around a Magic Planet topic, plus access to the exhibit hall and parts of the sanctuary. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants, and bring bug spray. Participants will be outdoors for at least an hour. An adult must accompany children ages 18 and under.
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Place, McKinney
When: Sat. Sept. 21, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Cost: $19 nonmembers, $16 Heard Museum members
SHAWNEE TRAIL COWBOY DAY
The exciting day begins with stagecoach rides, armadillo races, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more! Experience life along the Shawnee Trail, with working blacksmiths, whittling, spinning, a steer roping station, and a chuckwagon cooking exhibition. Enjoy a quilt show, arts & crafts, and antique booths. Get dressed up in old-fashioned costumes and have your picture taken in the old-time western photo booth!
Where: Frisco Heritage Museum | 6455 Page St., Frisco
When: Sat. Sept 28, 12 – 5pm
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS IN THE PARK
Science is closer than you think! Join educators from the Perot Museum at Klyde Warren Park for fun family experiments that explore how bodies function. Each session features hands-on investigations and experimentation.
Where: Klyde Warren Park | 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. Dallas
When: Sat. Oct. 5, 11am – 12pm
NANCY CHURNIN AND THE RICHARDSON COMMUNITY BAND
A Tribute to Irving Berlin
Once Upon a Time, Stories Old and New — Bring the whole family for an afternoon of music and stories. Arrive early for activities in the lobby, music conducting lessons; instrument petting zoo, and our very own Nancy Churnin signing her books. During the concert, Barry Samsula will be the announcer and Nancy will narrate her book, Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing while the RCB plays Irving Berlin music.
Where: Eisemann Center |2351 Performance Dr., Richardson
When: Sat. Oct. 6 |Pre-concert activities: 2:20pm | Concert: 3 p.m.
Celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine, at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. You and your family can help release more than 700 tagged butterflies during scheduled releases throughout the day. Children and pets are invited to participate in the colorful Butterfly Parade and the costume contest. Enjoy vendors, a butterfly display, children’s art contests, arts and crafts, and more.
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens | 411 Ball St., Grapevine
When: Sat. Oct. 19, 10am – 2pm
Cost: FREE admission for parade and butterfly release | There may be a fee for some vendor activities/food services.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer, food, and the jolly sounds of polka music! Sooner than you think you and your friends will be dancing in the street. The festivities include the most excellent beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsman and makers, a kid’s zone and more. Bring your furry friend with you too.
Where: Haggard Park | 9-1 East 15th St. Plano
When: Fri. Oct. 25, 5 – 11pm | Sat. Oct. 26, 11am – 11pm
Cost: FREE admission
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Beloved by many, it is time to share this story with the next generation. Spirited Belle longs for adventure beyond her small, country town. But does she get more than she bargained for when the Beast captures her father, and she is forced to trade places to save him? Lumiere, Cogsworth, Chip, and Mrs. Potts hold out hope that Belle can, at last, be the one to help the misunderstood Beast learn to love. Beautiful songs, mixed with a touch of compassion and kindness, highlight the power of true love in this family musical based on the Disney classic. You will fall in love with this tale once again as you experience the magic with your grandkiddos. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Where: Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center | 5938 Skillman, Dallas
When: Through October 27 | Sensory-Friendly Performance: Sat. Oct. 12, 1:30 pm
Cost: Adult, $35 | Senior, $28 | Youth, $33