Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Kids and family events in Dallas-Fort Worth, August 9-15
A couple of new kids shows, canoeing down the Trinity, and the circus in Fort Worth are your best bets.
I know kids (and many teachers) don't want to think about it, but the new school year is less than three weeks away. If you feel like the summer has gotten away from you, there's still a chance to enjoy it while it's still here. The below events may not prevent the inevitable from happening, but they're at least worthy distractions.
Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine has been offering quality kids productions for a while now, and this week sees the opening of not one but two plays. Blue's Clues: The Most Spectacular Place (running now through August 18) brings the well-known TV show to the stage, using clues to explore fairy tales and even outer space. Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. (playing Friday through August 19) adapts the classic animated musical into a short show featuring some of your favorite songs. You can even visit with the cast before the Saturday and Sunday shows both weekends at Ariel’s Awesome Under the Sea Tea.
Even though it's hot - really hot - out there, we should all do our best to get outside once in a while. The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge offers as good an opportunity as any on Saturday when they present a Canoe Tour of the Trinity River. You'll get an up close and personal look at all the creatures and plans the Trinity has to offer. You must pre-register by Thursday, though, so get hopping.
Finally, since Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged is wrapping up its Dallas run at American Airlines Center, that must mean it's Fort Worth's turn to enjoy the fun under the big top. The circus rolls into Cowtown next Wednesday at the Fort Worth Convention Center, keeping its lions, elephants, and clowns around through August 19. Don't miss your chance to be amazed by The Greatest Show on Earth.
Know of any kids and family events we should have mentioned? Tell us about them in the comments below.