Hello, hello! It’s January, it’s 2020, and WE ARE READY. Let’s start the year off with some good times. Here’s a whole list of ways to do just that. Hope you’ve had your coffee! Note: For lots more kid-friendly activities just a few minutes north, check out or Guide to January Events over on Collin County Moms!
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 heat). 9am-4pm daily.
All Month :: Yes, it’s winter, but there’s been enough warm temps that $5 Admission at the Arboretum could make for quite a nice day out. Note: The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed this month for preventative maintenance.
All Month, Tuesdays :: Klyde Warren Park does a weekly Music & Stories with KidWorks. Bring your little ones and join Miss Kimberly for an hour full of music, movement, and stories every Tuesday. Grab something from the food trucks after for a picnic lunch. 11am-12pm. Free!
All Month, Wednesdays :: The Play Street Museum in Las Colinas has guided toddler activities at 10:15am followed by storytime every Wednesday morning. 10:15am, included with regular admission.
All Month, Fridays :: Fretz Park Library has Toddler Storytime for ages 18 months to 3 years every Friday. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around, and learn. 11am-12pm. Free!
All Month, Saturdays & Sundays :: Come in from the cold at Spark! Family Days/Open Play every weekend. “Be creative on our giant light bright, go on a virtual hot air balloon ride, explore a space tunnel, take a journey into the jungle, and much, much more. Special pop-up activities include visual and performing arts.” Saturdays: 10am-4pm, Sundays: Noon-4pm. $10 per person.
All Month, Sundays :: Deep Ellum Art Co. hosts Sunday Family Fundays every weekend with activities for all ages. Live music, games & crafts, vendors, and drink specials. P.Y.O.P (pack your own picnic). 2-7pm. Free!
January 1 :: Celebrate the new year at Day 1 Dallas. Historically, this was a Fair Park event, but this year they’ve moved to the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. It’s still a 90% indoor event for kids and families; entertainment, cool activities, food vendors, and a big fireworks show at the end (that part is obviously outside). Gates at 3pm, fireworks at 7pm. Entry tickets required, $5 per person.
January 1-5 :: If you need to get out of the house before school starts back up, the SNOWDAY pop-up is around for a few more days at the Plaza at Preston Center. It’s a winter wonderland with lots of interactive photo opportunities and magical environments. Tickets from $22, ages 3 and under free.
January 3 :: JumpstART Stories & Art at the Irving Arts Center celebrates A. A. Milne’s birthday with stories and art inspired by Winnie the Pooh. Kids create a take-home art project and everyone can browse the galleries. Ages 2 and up. 10am. Free!
January 3 :: Capitalizing on the rink being set up for the Winter Classic, the inaugural Frosty Cup USHL exhibition game will be held at the Cotton Bowl today between the Chicago Steel and the Green Bay Gamblers. 5pm. Free!
January 4 :: I always forget to mention the Nasher Sculpture Center Free First Saturdays. Designed with families in mind, each month features a rotating schedule of things to see and do. Schedule at the link. 11am-5pm with specific family programming from 11am-1pm. Free!
January 8, 9, 11 :: Head to the DMA for Arturo’s Art & Me: More than Meets the Eye where kids ages 3-5 (and a caregiver) can listen to a story, look at works of art, and play hands-on games in the Museum galleries before creating an original work of art in the studio. 11am-12:30pm. Tickets $8/$5 for members. Adults and younger siblings don’t need a ticket.
January 12 :: Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Richardson with mochi, music and dance performances, and authentic cultural activities at the Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration. There’s lots planned for kids; check the link for a list of all the different activities and performances. 2-5pm. $10/adults, $3/kids 6-12, 5 and under free.
January 12 :: Little readers ages K-4th grade can practice their skills by reading to dogs during Tales for Tails at the Richardson Public Library. Tickets at the door starting at 2:30 pm. All ages can meet the dogs at 4pm. 3-4pm. Free!
January 17-26 :: Outcry Youth Theatre presents The Secret Garden at the Addison Theatre Centre. Afternoon and evening shows available. Tickets from $10.
January 20 :: The annual MLK Parade marches along Martin Luther King Blvd, from Holmes St. to Fair Park. Marching bands, floats, dance troops, and more. After the parade, check out the Kinsey Exhibit at the African American Museum at Fair Park while you are there. Parade at 10am. Free! (Kinsey Exhibit tickets are $5-10, recommend advance purchase.)
January 20 :: PJ Masks Live! Save the Day! returns to Winspear Opera House with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring your fave heroic trio. Choose a 1pm or 5pm showtime. Tickets from $25.
January 24 :: I’ll admit I know nothing of this world, but it’s sure to be an exciting night out – WWE Friday Night Smackdown at the AAC! 6:45pm. Tickets from $25.50.
January 25 :: ArtROCKS! at NorthPark focuses on the Lunar New Year, with Lunar New Year-inspired art projects with The Crow Museum of Asian Art, complimentary zodiac-inspired balloon artist creations, face painting, a festive photo station, and special performances. Location: NorthCourt, Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s. 1-4pm. Free!
January 25-26 :: The Angelika Theater in Dallas hosts the 36th annual KidFilm Family Festival. They’ll screen films based on popular books, have authors and illustrators on site, and more. Here’s the link to the full schedule. Free admission, tickets available one hour before showtime.
January 25-26 :: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Asia Times Square (Grand Prairie). Lots of food, both cultural and standard festival variety, diverse performances, kids activities, games on stage, daily KPOP dances, and more. This final weekend includes a firecracker show with lion and dragon dancers. 12pm. Free!
January 25 – February 23, select dates :: Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. is at the Dallas Children’s Theater this month. “Relive how fun learning English, history, science, and math was thanks to Saturday morning television and this pop culture phenomenon!” Recommended for ages 5 and up. See link for various showtimes.