Save the Date :: January Kid-Friendly Events in Dallas

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A calendar with January kid-friendly events in Dallas.

Happy new year to all our lovely readers. Onward and upward! Let’s see what’s going on around Dallas in this fresh, new month and year. Stay safe and stay warm!

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8 Indoor Play Ideas for Bad Weather Days

If you need to get out of the house, but the weather isn’t cooperating, try one of these indoor play ideas — includes pay-to-play and free options.


Dallas Arboretum

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. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.


Dallas Public Library

Find free activities this month for children of all ages! The filter function is really great — select your desired age group, library branch, program type, and more.


Sweet Tooth Hotel: Dreamland

The Sweet Tooth Hotel has a new flagship location downtown with 6,000 square feet of adventures, its largest exhibit yet. Book your tickets at the link. Closed Mondays. Tickets from $20; kids under two free.


Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo

Penguin Days means $8 admission and a chance to see the animals actually awake instead of napping in the heat. Kids ages two and under are always free. Reminder that all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance (even members). 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.


The Science Behind Pixar

The latest special exhibit at the Perot is particularly kid-friendly! Explore the artistry, science, and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films. The exhibit consists of eight sections and more than 50 interactive elements. $10 – $12 with purchase of general admission ticket.

January 1
First Day Hike at Cedar Hill State Park

Choose from three different hikes celebrating the ecological diversity of North Texas and the beauty of the Blackland prairie ecosystem. Times vary by hike. Use our guide to Cedar Hill and make a day of it! Hikes are included with $7 per person park entry fee; kids under 12 free. Register in advance at the link.


January 1
Day 1 DFW

Day 1 DFW returns to the Irving Convention Center with a ton of family fun all day long and a fireworks show to cap it off. Proceeds benefit Vogel Alcove. See the link for specifics on the planned activities. $10 for adults; kids get in free.


January 1 – 8
SNOWDAY

SNOWDAY is around for juuust a little longer at the Galleria. It’s a winter wonderland with tons of photo opportunities and magical interactive environments. Tickets are $15.99 for kids, $34.99 for adults; ages three and under free.


January 4
Music & Karate Dance Party

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, experience a highly interactive live music dance party with Mr. Gene from The Que Pastas. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 5
JumpstART Stories & Art

Read Winne the Pooh stories and celebrate author A. A. Milne’s birthday with a special craft at Irving Art Center. JumpstART is for ages two and up. 10:00 a.m. Free!


January 7
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher

Explore the world-class art collection and a rotating schedule of fun activities on the first Saturday of each month. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!


January 7
Monster Truck Wars

Mesquite Arena hosts a monster truck show this afternoon. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets from $10. Pre-show activity add-on available.


January 7
Saturday Make & Take Crafts

Stop by the Coppell Arts Center in Old Town Coppell (a super cute area!) on the first Saturday of every month to create crafts. Designed for kids ages three to 12. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free!


January 8
Second Sunday Funday

Second Sunday Funday at Irving Art Center is designed for families to do together. This month, the art activity will focus on drawing. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Free!

January 11
Goofball the Magician

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, enjoy magic tricks, balloon art, humor, and more. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!

January 18
Magic Show with Tommy Terrific

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, local favorite Tommy Terrific will perform his Wacky Magic show. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 21
Raise Your Voice Fest

Celebrate local teens’ voices at Dallas Contemporary (in the Design District) with artist-led workshops, public speaking, and creative expression through live music and dance. Details on workshops and performances at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free! Get your tickets at the link.


January 21 – 22
An Artful 120th Birthday Weekend Celebration

Explore the Dallas Museum of Art with a scavenger hunt and tours, create your own masterpiece inspired by the recently reinstalled Indigenous American Art galleries, and more. See a complete schedule at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!

January 25
Puppet Show with Sandy Shrout

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, Sandy Shrout, talented puppeteer and storyteller, presents an entertaining and delightful puppet show suitable for all ages. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 28
Lunar New Year Celebration

DFW Chinatown (in Richardson) always hosts a big Lunar New Year Celebration. Fun for all ages, this signature event features stunning dragon and lion dances, musical and martial arts demos, art making and calligraphy, specialty booths, and cultural performances. Event schedule and tons of details at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free!


January 28 – February 19
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Dallas Children’s Theater presents a zany show based on the hugely popular Mo Willems book. Recommended for ages three and up. Tickets from $20.

All Month

8 Indoor Play Ideas for Bad Weather Days

If you need to get out of the house, but the weather isn’t cooperating, try one of these indoor play ideas — includes pay-to-play and free options.


Dallas Arboretum

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. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.


Dallas Public Library

Find free activities this month for children of all ages! The filter function is really great — select your desired age group, library branch, program type, and more.


Sweet Tooth Hotel: Dreamland

The Sweet Tooth Hotel has a new flagship location downtown with 6,000 square feet of adventures, its largest exhibit yet. Book your tickets at the link. Closed Mondays. Tickets from $20; kids under two free.


Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo

Penguin Days means $8 admission and a chance to see the animals actually awake instead of napping in the heat. Kids ages two and under are always free. Reminder that all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance (even members). 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.


The Science Behind Pixar

The latest special exhibit at the Perot is particularly kid-friendly! Explore the artistry, science, and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films. The exhibit consists of eight sections and more than 50 interactive elements. $10 – $12 with purchase of general admission ticket.

January 1 – 8

January 1
First Day Hike at Cedar Hill State Park

Choose from three different hikes celebrating the ecological diversity of North Texas and the beauty of the Blackland prairie ecosystem. Times vary by hike. Use our guide to Cedar Hill and make a day of it! Hikes are included with $7 per person park entry fee; kids under 12 free. Register in advance at the link.


January 1
Day 1 DFW

Day 1 DFW returns to the Irving Convention Center with a ton of family fun all day long and a fireworks show to cap it off. Proceeds benefit Vogel Alcove. See the link for specifics on the planned activities. $10 for adults; kids get in free.


January 1 – 8
SNOWDAY

SNOWDAY is around for juuust a little longer at the Galleria. It’s a winter wonderland with tons of photo opportunities and magical interactive environments. Tickets are $15.99 for kids, $34.99 for adults; ages three and under free.


January 4
Music & Karate Dance Party

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, experience a highly interactive live music dance party with Mr. Gene from The Que Pastas. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 5
JumpstART Stories & Art

Read Winne the Pooh stories and celebrate author A. A. Milne’s birthday with a special craft at Irving Art Center. JumpstART is for ages two and up. 10:00 a.m. Free!


January 7
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher

Explore the world-class art collection and a rotating schedule of fun activities on the first Saturday of each month. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!


January 7
Monster Truck Wars

Mesquite Arena hosts a monster truck show this afternoon. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets from $10. Pre-show activity add-on available.


January 7
Saturday Make & Take Crafts

Stop by the Coppell Arts Center in Old Town Coppell (a super cute area!) on the first Saturday of every month to create crafts. Designed for kids ages three to 12. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free!


January 8
Second Sunday Funday

Second Sunday Funday at Irving Art Center is designed for families to do together. This month, the art activity will focus on drawing. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Free!

January 9 – 15

January 11
Goofball the Magician

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, enjoy magic tricks, balloon art, humor, and more. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!

January 16 – 22

January 18
Magic Show with Tommy Terrific

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, local favorite Tommy Terrific will perform his Wacky Magic show. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 21
Raise Your Voice Fest

Celebrate local teens’ voices at Dallas Contemporary (in the Design District) with artist-led workshops, public speaking, and creative expression through live music and dance. Details on workshops and performances at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free! Get your tickets at the link.


January 21 – 22
An Artful 120th Birthday Weekend Celebration

Explore the Dallas Museum of Art with a scavenger hunt and tours, create your own masterpiece inspired by the recently reinstalled Indigenous American Art galleries, and more. See a complete schedule at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!

January 23 – 31

January 25
Puppet Show with Sandy Shrout

Meet at Bookmarks at NorthPark for special kids programming on Wednesdays. This week, Sandy Shrout, talented puppeteer and storyteller, presents an entertaining and delightful puppet show suitable for all ages. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free!


January 28
Lunar New Year Celebration

DFW Chinatown (in Richardson) always hosts a big Lunar New Year Celebration. Fun for all ages, this signature event features stunning dragon and lion dances, musical and martial arts demos, art making and calligraphy, specialty booths, and cultural performances. Event schedule and tons of details at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free!


January 28 – February 19
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Dallas Children’s Theater presents a zany show based on the hugely popular Mo Willems book. Recommended for ages three and up. Tickets from $20.

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