Ahhhhh, January. New beginnings. A clean slate. Let’s throw off the gross old husk of 2017 and get down to better business. The fresh vibe that comes with a new year cannot be beat. All that optimism, potential, and possibility – we’ll take it. Have a look at our roundup of January events and family activities below. It’ll help get your 2018 off to a great start and set the tone for your best year yet. (See, optimism!!)
All Month :: Dinosaurs Live! continues at the Heard in McKinney. They don’t turn on the dinos if it is below 45 degrees, so be sure to check on that before you go. $11/adults, $8/kids 3-12, 2 and under free.
January 1 :: Celebrate the new year at Day 1 Dallas at Fair Park. This is an indoor event for kids and families; entertainment, activities, food vendors, and a big fireworks show at the end (that part is obviously outside). Gates at 3pm, fireworks at 7pm. Free!
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 :: Every Wednesday is Storytime at Interabang Books (Preston/Royal) with a different theme and activity each week. Best for ages 2-5 but open to all ages. 10:30am. Free!
January 4 :: Family Storytime at the Audelia Road Branch Library is for children and parents, listen to stories, sing songs and practice literacy skills together. Designed for ages 6 and under. 11-11:45am. Free!
January 5 :: Come to Fretz Park Library every Friday for Toddler Storytime in the Black Box Theater. Sing songs, jump around, and learn. Designed for ages 18 months to 3 years. 11-11:45am. Free!
January 5, 19 :: Night OWLS (Out With Loving Sitters) is a service provided by Highland Park United Methodist Church for kids with special needs aged 3 months to 13 years and their siblings. Qualified caregivers help your child participate in pre-planned activities and fun events for a memorable night out. Check the link for more info, as you will need to register for the program in advance. 6-10pm. Free, and open to the community.
January 5, 19 :: Every other Friday is Disco Kids at It’ll Do in Deep Ellum. We haven’t mentioned it in a while, but this is such a cool idea for a nighttime activity with friends. Way more fun than a play date, and even the littlest kiddos have a blast. Dancing, pop hits, and a food truck at the curb. 6-9:30pm. $5 cover per child, parents get in free.
January 11 :: Kids ages 8-12 can learn how to use LEGO Mindstorms to build a Track3r robot, then race it against challengers at the Richardson Library. Beginners are welcome! Registration begins Tuesday, January 2. Call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk to register. 4-5:30pm.
January 13 :: Ease into those 2018 fitness goals by combining your fun run with pancakes. The Hotcake Hustle in Addison offers a 5k, 10k, or kids fun run followed by pancakes, great music, a beer garden, and free goodies from sponsors. 8am. Register here.
January 13 :: Discovery Days: Geology at the Perot Museum is all about mineral testing experiments and mineral digs, making your own volcano, exploring the rock cycle, and lots more. Discovery Day activities are included with regular admission. For a limited time, get $2 off each ticket when you register online.
January 13 :: Explore the work of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, American sculptors known for large-scale replicas of everyday objects at ArtRocks at NorthPark. Children can do hands-on art projects, a Bookmarks scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, and walkSTEM tours. 1-4pm. Free!
January 14 :: This month’s Second Sunday Funday art activities celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday and the power of creative vision. Get inspired by This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. 1-4pm. Free!
January 14 :: 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 15 :: Head down to the annual MLK Parade, one of the largest commemorative events in the country. Elected officials, high school bands and dance teams, car clubs, horses, local businesses and other community organizations will parade down MLK and end at Fair Park. 10am. Free!
January 16 :: It’s Appreciate Your Dragon: Dragons Love Tacos Day! at the Richardson Library. Come read the book, then participate in crafts and games celebrating tacos and dragons. 2-3:30pm. Free!
January 19 :: The DCT presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show full of color, artistry, and larger-than-life puppets from 4 different Eric Carle books. Lots of showtimes to choose from at the link. Tickets start at $17.
January 20 :: Meet at the Learning Tree in Klyde Warren Park for acting games and fun with the Dallas Children’s Theater today from 10:30-11:30am. Free!
January 20 :: The Heard in McKinney has a special Night Hike tonight. Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Sharpen your senses to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard. Pre-registration is required and these always sell out. Click here for extra night hike info, especially if you are considering bringing younger kids. 6-7:30pm.
January 21 :: The Eisemann Center in Richardson presents Pete the Cat, a new musical based on the series of books by Kimberly and James Dean. For one day only, join has this groovy blue cat on his way to stay with a new family – an adventure of friendship and inspiration. 2:30pm. Tickets start at $12.
January 27 :: The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the AAC for two shows (games?) today at 2pm and 7pm. This would make a great family date. Did you know they’ve been doing this for 90 YEARS?? Tickets start at $15.
Know of any other fun January events? Let us know below!