Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of January


Hello, hello! I know not much has technically changed now that it’s 2021, but we can still be thrilled to be rid of 2020, can’t we? ONWARD AND UPWARD. Let’s see what’s going on around town during this fresh new month and year. Stay safe and stay warm!

As usual, we maintain a full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

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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. Reminder that there are some new safety measures in place, and all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance (even members). 9am-4pm daily.

Related: The Dallas Zoo Is Open: Here’s What You Should Know Before Your Visit

All Month :: 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 this month for preventative maintenance.

All Month :: Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard continues. Please note that they don’t turn on the dinosaurs if temps drop below 35 degrees. Closed Mondays! Visitor tips hereCOVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Until it is safe to gather again, the Dallas Children’s Theater offers DCT Digital shows. Streaming now is The Raven Society, recommended for ages 9 and up. Centered on Poe’s famous poem, this spooky, funny, educational Halloween show proves that true horror dwells within. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets from $5.

Weekends through February 28 :: Six Flags has a new Fire & Ice Winter Festival this year. You’ll find sledding and real snow on The Frosty Snowhill, Fire and Ice Light Show, Dancing Fountain Show and Mystic Acres Winter Wonderland, culinary delights, a Saturday night fireworks spectacular, and more. See link for all the info; advanced ticket purchase and reservations are required. Tickets from $19.61. Parking is $30.

Through January 10 :: There’s still time to visit Dinosaur Drive-Thru in Arlington (Hurricane Harbor). You’ll see 60 thrilling, museum quality, life-sized and animatronic dinosaurs come alive with life-like movements and roars. The 45-minute adventure is guided by an entertaining audio tour with interesting dino facts and trivia. See the link for details and to purchase tickets. $49 per vehicle.

January 1 :: 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. In consideration of COVID, this year there are 3 ways to attend. Check the link for details on each option: all-access passes to Main Event; a virtual party with live and pre-recorded games, performances, trivia, and more; and a FREE drive-in fireworks show at Toyota Stadium.
**Please note: Any Main Event passes must be purchased by 12pm on December 31!

January 1-3 :: If you need one last fun activity before school starts back up, the SNOWDAY pop-up is around for a few more days at the Galleria. It’s a winter wonderland with lots of photo opportunities and magical environments. Tickets are $8 for kids, $22 for adults, ages 3 and under free.

January 2 :: Kick off the new year with a Karate Dance Party! Mr. Gene from the Que Pastas will have you moving in this interactive song and dance extravaganza. Registration is required. Details on how to participate be sent to you via email. 11am-12pm. Free!

January 2 :: Join ExploreMore DFW for a Family-Friendly Community Hike at the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve today. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts, explore new trails and leave it better (bring trash bags to pick up trash on the trail when you can). Everyone will get a fun ExploreMore sticker and other fun swag. Please register at the link so they know how many to expect. 2-5pm. Free!

January 7 :: JumpstART Stories & Art with the Irving Arts Center celebrates A. A. Milne’s birthday with stories and art inspired by Winnie the Pooh. The program is virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup on December 3 from 8am-12pm. For ages 2 and up. Free! (If you can’t make this Thursday morning time, consider their Sunday option, a couple spots down on this list.)

January 9 :: Visit the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections (C3) to explore My|gration and receive a C3 Art Kit with an at-home activity highlighting artworks in the exhibition. Come back each month for new projects that bring the exhibition to life at home. First come, first served. 12-4pm. Free!

January 10 :: Second Sunday Funday with the Irving Arts Center presents “I Have a Dream: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday” this month. Join them for MLK-inspired arts, crafts & activities for the whole family in a to-go format with curbside pickup, while supplies last. 1-4pm. Free!

January 13-30 :: The Cube is a new socially-distanced art installation that aims to address community and loneliness in our current time. The immersive experience features lights, sounds, and projections (including strobe lights, FYI). Located at the Latino Cultural Center in the Deep Ellum area. Showtimes are every 30 minutes from 7-10pm. Tickets are $20 per.

January 15 :: Out of an abundance of caution, the annual MLK Parade has been cancelled this year, but the City of Dallas will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of virtual events. See the link for dates and details. Free!

January 15 :: Celebrate the Year of the Ox during the Japan-America Society’s Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration. There’s lots planned – music performances, mochi-pounding and origami demonstrations, the first calligraphy of the year, and more. Don’t miss a chance to purchase limited Mochi Set ($25) or Activity Set ($15) to make the event more fun and hands-on! See link for purchase and pick-up instructions. 4:30-5:30pm. Free!

January 15 (through June) :: A new exhibit at the Sweet Tooth Hotel opens today. 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.

January 16 – February 5 :: Another exhibition! Glow Forest will be on display at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center (an outdoor viewing). Artist Statement: As a place of quiet meditation, viewers will be invited to look inside an empty storefront to discover a quiet place of meditation, solace, and inspiration. This piece is part of a series presented in storefronts as a response to the shuttering of small businesses in the wake of the pandemic and social unrest. Free!

January 17 :: The City of Irving will host a virtual celebration for MLK Day, featuring Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore!, local artists speaking on their work, a student essay contest, and more. You can watch on Facebook or a several different TV channels – see link for specifics. 6pm. Free!


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