Happy February, everyone! I’m just over here sipping on my daily dose of Emergen-C (in a teacup, like a lady). Hopefully you’re staying healthy. Physically, mentally, all the ways. Let’s see what’s going on around town this month, shall we?
All Month :: Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo means $8 admission and a chance to see the animals actually awake instead of napping in the summer heat. Reminder that there are some new safety measures in place, and all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance (even members). 9am-4pm daily.
All Month :: Just a reminder to run a search for programs at the Dallas Public Library. I’ve recommended a couple specific activities below, but if you haven’t visited the site in a while, check it out to see what’s new. I noticed they’ve been offering a lot of beginner musical instrument classes lately (for free!).
All Month :: Black Girl Magic Museum is a new Insta-worthy, interactive spot in Mesquite designed “to pay homage and honor the contribution that Black women have had in history and their impact on THE CULTURE.” Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids, 3 and under free.
All Month :: How about a little bookish fun? The Richardson Library has a Pokemon Gym Bange Challenge every day this month. Kids ages 3-6 can hunt for Pokemon between the library stacks. Older kids (7-12) and teens (12-18) can hunt for Pokemon in certain books utilizing their research skills. Each participant who completes the list will earn a special Pokeball button and entry into a drawing for a prize. Free!
All Month :: A new exhibit at the Sweet Tooth Hotel opened recently. Intangible, A Fiber Fairy Tale features 11 colorful installations and over 2 million feet of yarn. Exhibits have been created by some of the top female fiber artists in the nation. COVID guidelines here. Tickets from $15.
All Month :: I’ve been a member of the Y before and I had no idea this program existed! Adventure Guides (dad/child) and Adventure Maidens (mom/child) programs are designed to strengthen the relationship between parent and child. Campouts and family adventures provide parent and child with an opportunity to experience new adventures and create lasting memories. For ages 4-13. $25 per child for members/$40 per child for non-members.
All Month :: Check out Science Spotlight: STEM Leaders from the Perot to learn more about the African American STEM Leaders featured in their current Field Street staircase design. They’ll be adding more to this list as the month goes on!
All Month :: It was only a matter of time… the online escape room concept has been perfected. Check out Fantasy Escape Games for different themed escape rooms. Here’s a good FAQ about it. There’s different difficulty levels, including one for kids! (Could be a fun Valentine’s idea…)
All Month, weekends :: WinterFest at the Gaylord Texan offers a variety of different socially distant activities for kids, including a Jack Frost scavenger hunt, escape rooms, winter art studio, animal encounters, illusionist shows, and more. See link for additional details.
All Month, select dates :: The Drive-In at Central’s Rooftop Cinema Club continues to show a variety of family favorites on the big screen with the Dallas skyline in the background (located near Haskell/Central). You can bring your own food or buy from them. See link for showtimes and safety info. Tickets per vehicle, from $28.
February 2 :: Make it an early morning at the Arboretum for their 3rd annual Groundhog Day event. Take selfies with the famous groundhog until 8:30am, make groundhog crafts, visit the science activity tables and watch the iconic Groundhog Day (PG) at 9:30am. See link for lots more details including breakfast, free hot cocoa, and the hat contest. 7:15-9am. Included with garden admission, $5 winter pricing still available!
February 4 :: The Dallas Public Library will host their annual Harry Potter Book Night: Explore Diagon Alley with crafts, projects, prizes, and celebration of the beloved series. Craft kits available while supplies last at select branches. Another Harry Potter event, Escape Gringotts, will follow. See links for lots more details and to register. 6:30-7:45pm. Free!
February 6 :: Today is the annual Hot Chocolate 15k/5k benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s usually at Fair Park, but they’ve gone virtual this year. Register online and they’ll ship the goodie bag, medal, personalized bib and chocolate kit right to you.
February 6-13 :: The Dallas Museum of Art hosts Virtual Family Festival: MAKE! this week, a week of virtual activities with community partners focusing on Black History Month, museum exhibits, cooking, escape rooms, and more. Check out the link for a complete list. They’ll also have an in-person scavenger hunt and art kit pick-up on February 6 and 7 from 12-4pm. Free!
February 6 and 14 :: Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday both center on Black History Month for February. The programs are currently virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup while they last. JumpstART is for ages 2 and up. Free!
February 12 :: Big Lunar New Year festivities aren’t in the cards this year, BUT it’s still a good time to teach your kids about some of the traditions associated with this major holiday (Chinese New Year is probably the most well-known, but many Asian countries celebrate it). Don’t forget to have the kids figure out their Chinese zodiac animal!
February 13 :: Event details for the annual Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade & Block Party are still TBA, but I did find info on the Dash for the Beads 5k and 1M walk. The 5k aspect will be virtual this year, and the 1M has been reimagined into Dash Mardi Gras People Parades, split into smaller strolls through different Oak Cliff neighborhoods. Costume contest is a go! Lots more info at the link. 12:45pm. Register here!
February 14 :: Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss our Valentine’s Day roundup of romantical date ideas.
February 15 :: No school today. Farmers Branch Historical Park will host the Girl Scouts World Thinking Day workshop. All ages of Girl Scouts can enjoy activities centered around peace traditions, creating a peace pledge, and being the best you can be. Snacks and patch provided. Masks + social distancing required. Register here. 9-11am. $15 per scout.
February 16 :: Celebrate Mardi Gras right here in Dallas with a delicious King Cake. Make your own, pick up from a local bakery, or order straight from the source in New Orleans. Here’s some other ideas for Mardi Gras family fun from our archives!
February 20 :: Morning Bird Walks are back at the Trinity Audubon Center. This is an early morning outing led by the Education Team. No strollers. See link for COVID guidelines. 7:30-8:15am. Tickets $10.
Another option is the 2nd Saturday Guided Hike on February 13. 8:30-9:30am. $10.
February 20 :: The Art at the Park Clown Collage Workshop in Farmers Branch is for ages 7-13. Think of it like a mini day camp where they’ll make art and play games. Materials and snack provided. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Lots more details at the link. Only a few spots left! 9am-4pm. $50 per child.
February 20-April 11 :: Dallas Blooms kicks off at the Arboretum. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful” featuring more than 500,000 spring blossoms, thousands of azaleas, hundreds of Japanese cherry trees, and special activities and events along the way. The main event this month is Boots, Blooms & BBQ on February 28. Visit the link for all the Dallas Blooms activities. We’ll include more in our March guide!