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

This monthly guide has been sponsored by Dallas Theater Center & Mornings With Mommy to bring you more details on a few October events. All opinions are 100% our own!

It’s October and that means EVERYONE is getting in on fall festivity and Halloween action. We even have a separate, massive Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas. You’ll want to check that out for details on fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Halloween carnivals, and lots more. Below, you’ll find general October events and a couple more Halloween-adjacent events for the kiddos including our own Spooktacular event at Legacy Hall later this month. Enjoy!

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.

things to do with kids in Dallasin the heights dallas theater centerFirst up, did you know the Dallas Theater Center is doing In the Heights this month? It’s a musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton) about life, hopes, dreams, and pressures in a vibrant NYC neighborhood. Best for ages 10 and up. Get your tickets HERE using these sweet Dallas Moms promo codes:
Use promo code MOMBLOG and receive special $39/ticket pricing.

Dinner and Show Special: Use promo code MOMBLOGDS and receive 2 tickets to In the Heights, free valet parking at One Arts Plaza, and a platter to share plus 1 drink each at Playwright’s Pub prior to the show. $110/couple. (limited number per performance, Gratuity not included, please tip your server!)

Mornings with Mommy is a “mommy and me” style playdate – developmentally appropriate story times and songs, learning centers and activities, snacks, and a chance to meet (and commiserate) with other moms. It’s all about learning through play with a special theme each time.

mornings with mommy dallas mommy and meWHO: Ages 0-5 and their caregivers
WHEN: 2nd and 4th Thursday and Friday of every month (that means October 10-11, 24-25)
TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 AM or 10:30 – 11:30 AM
WHERE: Calvary Lutheran Church, 9807 Church Road, Dallas
COST: $5 per family per session
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required at www.calvarydallas.org.

All Month :: The life-size animatronic dinos are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard Museum in McKinney. Walk the trails and hear them roar, then get hands-on in the outdoor fossil dig. Visitor tips here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12, 2 & under are free.

All Month :: The Crayola Experience at Willow Bend has Screamin’ Green Hauntoween activities throughout October, including live, slime-themed shows, zombie crafts, spooky scavenger hunts, and much more. Tickets start at $20, kids under 3 are free.

All Month :: Autumn at the Arboretum is back this year featuring It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Over 150,000 fall-booming flowers + Pumpkin Village, the ultimate photo op. Check the link for a complete list of all the special events and attractions. Tickets are $17/adults, $12/ages 3-12, 2 & under are free.

All Month :: The Kinsey Collection is the most comprehensive collection of African American art and history outside the Smithsonian, and it just came to the African American Museum in Dallas. In Bernard Kinsey’s words it “strives to give our ancestors a voice, name and personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs, accomplishments and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans in building this country.” See link for hour changes during the State Fair. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12, 3 and under free.

All Month :: Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine has Halloween events all month, from Trick-Or-Treat Trail to HowlOWeen themed dance parties, costume parades, boo bingo, and more. Stay the night (see Brooke’s experience here) or go with a Day Pass.

Until October 20 :: Friendly reminder that the State Fair ends October 20. It’s always gone before you know it! Here’s a link to the daily schedules so you can see everything happening the day you plan to go. And there’s several different ticket combo packages to help you save a little cash.

All Month, Saturdays :: Showtime Saturdays continue at the Dallas Galleria. Kid-friendly comedy, magic, songs, and silliness. AND, after the October 5 show there will be special balloon animal and face painting artists from 12-2pm. Showtime Saturdays are from 11:30am-12pm. Free!

All Month, Sundays :: Love a reason to wander around the Flagship Half Price Books. Every Sunday, Flagship HPB does Storytime and Crafts for kids ages 10 and under. 3-4pm. Free! 

October 1 :: First Tuesday at the DMA has an Art Sense theme this month, involving all your senses. Art activities, sensory play, story time with the Dallas Public Library, and more. See link for the day’s schedule. 11am-2pm. Free!

October 1 :: Tonight is National Night Out, and if your neighborhood didn’t organize their own little get-together, come meet up at one of the many Dallas Public Library National Night Out events. These aren’t necessarily at the library, so be sure to check the link for details. Free!

October 3-30 :: Have you heard of Green Meadow Petting Farm? An admission ticket gets you hands on and up close with 150+ animals. They also have cow-milking, pig-racing, wagon rides, and more. Open daily this month only. See link for weekend/weekday times and prices.

October 4-6 :: Oktoberfest Southlake has live music all weekend, German food & beer, vendors, Family Fun Zone, wiener dog races Sunday, and more. Hours vary by day, see link for details. Parking and admission are free!

October 5-6 :: Time again for the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson. Live music, food, drinks, tons of artists, and a kids area where children of all ages can get hands-on with weaving, sculpting clay, and more. Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm. Free!

October 6 :: Blastfest 2019 celebrates all things SPACE in a fun kids festival that includes an onsite planetarium, crafts, activities, food trucks—and scheduled small rocket launches by Dallas Area Rocket Society. Lots of big vendors are involved, see the link for more details on all the fun activities. 3-5pm. Free!

October 12 :: The Plano International Festival returns to Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano. Fashion shows, food trucks, dancing, performers, a foreign film screening, and the Children’s Global Village featuring lots of hands-on activities. 11am-5pm. Free!

October 12 :: Double fun today at the Dallas Farmers Market: the Texas Pumpkin Festival features demos, tastings, live entertainment, games, train rides, and little farmers activities. THEN, Cirque Kerwich sets up their tent on the grounds to bring you magic, comedy, aerialists, contortionists, and more. Performances at 11am or 2pm. See the link for additional circus dates and time. Tickets start at $20.

October 13 :: The Eisemann Center in Richardson has a stage show of Maddi’s Fridge today, based on the book of the same name by Lois Brandt. Read all about it here. 2:30pm showtime. Tickets start at $12.

October 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 31 :: Lots of opportunities to see SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium’s Underwater Pumpkin Carve-Off in a 160,000-gallon ocean tank surrounded by sharks, rays, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. Carve-Off is at 11:30am on the days listed. Book online for best prices: $17.99 for adults, $14.99 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.

October 17 :: Tummy time and getting your baby moving can be such a challenge. Today at Bookmarks in Northpark, J Baby will give useful tips to engage your baby in gross motor activities and brain development through songs and activities. 12:30-1pm. Free!

October 19 :: Bring your little theater-kid-in-training to Klyde Warren Park for acting games and fun with Dallas Children’s Theater. Take on a character and act out stories with a DCT Teaching Artist. 10:30-11:30am. Free!

October 19 :: Ricochet 2019 is a Richardson city-wide celebration of arts and creativity. I’d say the most kid-approved portions of the event will be at the Richardson Public Library and Heights Village Shopping Center. Check out more event details on Facebook. 12-5pm. Free!

October 26 :: Time for a new Dallas tradition to celebrate the living and honor those who are no longer with us. The Dallas Dia de los Muertos parade and festival will be an evening filled with live music, fireworks, concessions, arts & crafts, and much more. The parade begins and ends at Dallas City Hall. 4-11pm (parade is from 5-7pm). Free!

October 27 :: Head to The Theatre at Grand Prairie for Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Come join Peppa on a camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends. Lots of singing, dancing, games and surprises. 3pm. Tickets start at 29.95.

October 30 :: Dallas Moms and our sister site Collin County Moms planned a Spooktacular Halloween Party at Legacy Hall for you and your littlest kiddos. Come in costume for a parade, enjoy mini pumpkin decorating, face painting, balloon artists, DJ, dancing, food, and more! See the link for all the deets. Get your tickets HERE. 9am-12pm.

And don’t forget to check out our 2019 Fall Activities Guide!


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