Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Kids and family events in Dallas-Fort Worth, November 24-30
Turkey Trots, Christmas lights, and more theater are your best bets this week.
Ah, Thanksgiving -- the time of year when families gather together to eat some turkey, watch some football, and (hopefully) enjoy each other's company. But you don't have to spend the entire four-day weekend plopped on the couch or at the table -- get out and do something! Any of the following would be worthy of your time.
In anticipation of all the food you're going to eat on Thanksgiving Day, it might behoove you to get in some exercise early. Luckily, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington will all be holding a Turkey Trot, the annual charity race. Options run anywhere from the 1K Gobbler Trot in Fort Worth to the 8-mile tester in Dallas. In addition, Dallas is looking to set the Guinness World Record for Most People Dressed as Turkeys, so let your imagination run wild.
Of course, Thanksgiving is the official kick-off of the holiday season, even if many places have had a head start for weeks now. You'll be able to find lights displays pretty much anywhere you go, but Fort Worth has a couple of events you won't find anywhere else. First is Laser Holidaze at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Running through January 2, your favorite holiday songs will be set to a spectacular laser light show. On Friday, Sundance Square will host Parade of Lights 2011, in which fire trucks and other vehicles will be decked out with brightness. The parade will be followed by an outdoor screening of The Polar Express.
Finally, the weekend brings another couple of Christmas-themed theater openings. Dallas Theater Center will present the classic A Christmas Carol, running Friday through December 24 at Kalita Humphreys Theater. If you'd rather have a more lively experience, head to Addison Theatre Center for WaterTower Theatre's Rockin' Christmas Party, running Saturday through December 18. Either way, you'll get in the spirit of the season.
Know of any kids and family events we should have mentioned? Tell us about them in the comments section below.