Hello, hello! I know not much has technically changed now that it’s 2022, but we can still be thrilled to be done with 2021, can’t we? ONWARD AND UPWARD. Let’s see what’s going on around town in this fresh, new month and year. Stay safe and stay warm!
Remember to check ahead for cancellations and updated safety measures.
Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo means $8 admission and a chance to see the animals actually awake instead of napping in the heat. Kids ages 2 and under are always free. Reminder that all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance (even members). 9am-4pm daily.
Yes, it’s winter, but temperatures fluctuate so much that $5 Admission at the Arboretum could make for a great deal on the right day. Note: The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed in January for preventative maintenance.
Rewind at the Sweet Tooth Hotel (now at Watters Creek in Allen) features incredible colorful, immersive art exhibits created by local and national artists. See the link for photos to get an idea of how cool it is. You can add on a Scavenger Hunt Package to make it extra fun. An indoor event. Tickets from $15.
Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard continues. Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and ten new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the trail. Please note that they don’t turn on the dinosaurs if temps drop below 35 degrees. Closed Mondays! Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. Kids ages 2 & under are free.
1st Day Hike at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is an annual tradition for all ages. Bring your own art to install along part of the trail. See link for art ideas and to register for the hike. 2–4pm. Suggested donation $10.
Day 1 DFW (formerly Day 1 Dallas) is all about family fun, with proceeds benefitting Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit for homeless children and their families. You can participate at multiple Main Event locations around the metroplex, so visit the link for details, additional activities, and to purchase tickets. An indoor/outdoor event.
JANUARY 1 – 3
If you need one last fun activity before school starts back up, the Downtown Dallas Winter Adventure Walk would be a fun outing. Here’s a link to the instructions/map which tells you a little more about the quest. Free!
JANUARY 1 – 17
SNOWDAY is around for juuust a little longer at the Galleria. It’s a winter wonderland with tons of photo opportunities and magical environments. Tickets are $8 for kids, $27 for adults, ages 3 and under free.
JANUARY 6 & 9
This month, Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offer Winnie the Pooh Day and Winter Landscapes, respectively. They have returned to in-person (indoor) activities. JumpstART is 1/6 at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is 1/9 from 1–4pm for families to do together. Free!
JANUARY 6 – 15
In a chaotic, unpredictable world, the greatest gift we can bestow on children is the gift of resiliency. The Forever Quest, Cry Havoc’s first production made by teens for young audiences, will explore resiliency, spirit, and tenacity. Performed indoors at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Tickets from $15.
Sneakerheads of all ages are welcome at the Dallas Sneaker Convention at Fair Park. Buy, sell, trade, and check out the newest and coolest kicks. An indoor event. 12–7pm. Tickets from $10.
JANUARY 11 – 17
The 2022 MLK Celebration Week will include a wreath laying ceremony, virtual events (including pre-recorded parade), MLK Clean Team Initiative, and more. See the link for specific dates and details. Free!
The Coppel Arts center hosts Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, featuring world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony, and over 30 performing pets including cats and dogs (all rescues), geese, white doves, and parrots. 2pm and 6pm showtimes. Tickets $29.
The City of Irving will host a celebration for MLK Day, featuring voices of the next generation, performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theater, along with vocalist and speaker Kamica King under the theme: “Reaching the Mountain Top”. A short reception will be held after the event that will feature Dr. King’s most beloved sweet treats. An indoor event. 6pm. Free!
Starting January 21 and running through April, CARNE Y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees through an Academy Award-winning 20-minute virtual reality experience. Described as genius, powerful, and intense, “you come out of it changed, transformed.” For ages 13+ only. An indoor event. Tickets from $35.
JANURARY 23 – FEBRUARY 20
Dallas Children’s Theater presents Dragons Love Tacos, a hilarious, dance-filled journey into the field of Dragonology that’s equal parts ridiculous and delicious. Recommended for ages 4 and up. An indoor event; masks required. Tickets from $17.
It’s the annual Too Cold to Hold Half, 10K, 5K today at White Rock Lake (or virtually). The after party will have warm drinks, free food, free Yuengling Flight beer, and great music. Register at the link!