Happy February, everyone. I’m just over here googling “What’s the best elderberry vitamin on the market?” as I coat my children in hand sanitizer because that’s who I am now. Is this the most I’ve ever thought about the flu in my life? Yes! Hopefully y’all are staying healthy. And hopefully you’re rolling with the unpredictable temperatures lately. We’ve got some fun outdoor February events on the list, so this wild weather better cooperate. Fingers crossed!
All Month :: Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo means $7 admission (kids 2 and under are free). Don’t be afraid to go when it’s cold – it’s way less crowded and the animals are actually awake. Winter zoo hours are 9am-4pm.
All Month :: Maybe I’m making things up, but I think the Dallas Public Library overhauled the program calendar page on their website. It’s very easy to search and filter now. I’ve recommended a couple specific activities below, but if you haven’t visited the site in a while, run a quick search and see what looks good in your area!
All Month, select dates :: Dallas Children’s Theater presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. This is an all-ages show featuring larger-than-life puppets from four different Eric Carle stories. There’s a video preview at the link if you want a sneak peek. Tickets start at $19.
Until February 18 :: Last chance to see Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. Dinos are animated unless it drops below 35. Consider planning your visit to coincide with Nature Story Time on Fridays from 10:30-11am.
Until February 23 :: Get into the Arboretum for $5 this month when you buy tickets in person. President’s Day weekend (February 17-19) will have live music, beer and wine samples, cooking classes, $2 hot dogs, $2 cherry pies and more.
February 3 :: Today is the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k at Fair Park. After the run, head to the Post Race Party for music, a kid-zone (bounce houses and games), and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats.
February 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Join the Preston-Royal Library on Smart Sundays for STEAM activities designed for all-ages, so the entire family can have fun. 2-3pm. Free!
February 6 :: It’s International Frozen Yogurt Day, and Yogurtland will give out 2 special flavors for free from 4-7pm. There’s a location in the Galleria if you want to multitask or hit up the play area.
February 6, 13, 20, 27 :: Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium are back. At either of these Grapevine Mills locations, you get admission for 1 adult + 2 kids under age four for $15. Additional children $5 each.
February 6, 13, 20, 27 :: On Tuesdays after school, the Prairie Creek branch of the Dallas Library hosts Squish and Squeeze Clay Creations for kids in 1st-9th grades. Create clay projects and artworks through direct observation and imaginative expression and work with a professional visual artist. Free!
February 7 :: UTD celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day with free indoor rock climbing at the Activity Center Gym in Richardson. RSVP at the link with how many climbers you’ll be bringing. 7-8:30pm. Free!
February 10 :: Monster Jam is back at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for one night only. 7pm. Tickets start at $24. Check out Jennifer’s monster truck pro tips here, so you can be sure to make the most of the event!
February 10 :: Discovery Days: Gadgets and Gizmos at the Perot this month. Explore the world of engineering, making, and inventing. Create circuits, program robots, build your own inventions, and learn about coding. 10am-4pm, members get in at 9am. Discovery Day activities are included with admission.
February 10 :: If want to do a family Valentine’s date, how about Hearts in the Park at Klyde Warren? Family-friendly crafts, dance lessons and sweet treats followed by a movie screening at 6:30 p.m. 3-8pm. Free!
February 10-11 :: Harry Potter nerds, make way to Southfork Ranch this weekend for A Day of Magic Managed. Find your magic wand, drink butterbeer, and meet live owls. They’ll also have potion and divination classes, wand dueling, trivia challenges, costume contests, food trucks, crafts and more. Tickets are limited to keep the crowd size reasonable, so don’t wait. $15/adults, $12/4-9, ages 3 and under free.
February 11 :: The 16th annual Krewe of Barkus returns to Historic Downtown McKinney. Come and watch 250+ dogs parading in costume, or dress up your own dog and participate! This year’s theme is “The Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World – Celebrating Countries & Cultures Across the Globe.” Participants check in at 12:30, parade begins at 2pm. Free to attend, participants pay a $5 per dog entry fee.
February 11 :: Catch some beads at Oak Cliff’s annual Mardi Gras Parade, their largest and most diverse event of the year. The link shows the parade route and has lots of tips for parking and getting to your viewing spot. Free!
February 14 :: Happy Valentine’s Day! Be on the lookout for our special Valentine’s Day roundup for lots of romantic date ideas.
February 17 :: Celebrate Chinese New Year at 2 different locations today – Northpark from 11am-2pm and Klyde Warren Park from 2-8pm. There will be Year of the Dog art activities and demonstrations at both locations, plus food, performers, and fireworks at Klyde Warren Park. Free!
February 25 :: The Eisemann Center in Richardson presents BAM PERCUSSION, a comedy-percussion show that electrifies the crowd with powerful rhythms and funny sketches. 2:30pm. Tickets start at $13.