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Art&Seek Jr: 4 Weekend Family “Fun-Day” Events

by Therese Powell 11 Nov 2014 6:00 PM

Schedule a family “Fun-Day” this weekend. Here are some events to help you do it.


Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

We’re almost through the middle of November and for a lot of people that half-way point signals the rapid approach of the holiday season. We’re only a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, and from there it’s just a blur until Jan. 1.  Sure, time with family is a big part of the whole holiday hoopla. But the hussle and bussle  and the frenetic pace of the season can definitely affect the quantity and quality of that much talked about family time that we’re all suppose to be having (and enjoying).

Here a few events to help you savor that quality family time before it’s time head off to grandma’s house or start stuffing the turkey.


There are lots of surprises at the Dallas Opera’s Family Concert. photo: The Dallas Opers

The forecast calls for nippy temperatures this weekend, but for you outdoorsy types this is perfect camping weather. Grab the kiddos and your camping gear and head to Cedar Ridge Preserve in Dallas this weekend for a family camp out.  The program is only $25 per person, which includes an evening s’more roast, breakfast, and guided programing (camping 101, night hike, crafts and more). Bonus: the brisk weather will encourage snuggling around the fire. Don’t dilly-dally on this one, space is limited and an RSVP required.

Robots are all the rage with the tinies these days thanks to movies like WALL-E and Big Hero 6. Mini-geniuses can create their own robots at the Family Robotics Flying Bird Workshop this Saturday at the Haggard branch of the Plano Public Library. At this workshop families can build and program beginner level robots with LEGO WeDo kits. You and kids will learn about levers as you build a bird that flaps its wings. The program is free, but limited to 12 families and registration is required.

Come try your hand at an ancient art. Photo: Irving Art Center

Come try your hand at an ancient art. Photo: Irving Art Center

If you’re curious to see if the tot-lettes have the stamina for the season’s upcoming concerts, the Family Concert at the Winspear Opera House  is a great litmus test. Put on by The Dallas Opera, this short concert (about an hour) is the perfect primer to opera’s greatest hits, and the five dollar price tag makes it all the sweeter. This Saturday’s concert will feature wonderful selections by Mozart performed by soloists and The Dallas Opera Orchestra. Come early for fun in the lobby and costumes.

Art lovers won’t want to miss the Family Funday at the Irving Art Center this Saturday.  You and the kids can browse the galleries at the center and then participate in hands-on art project which is themed to the current exhibition Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed. This Saturday kids can practice metal embossing techniques at the creation station. Admission to the exhibition is $12, but the metal embossing workshop is free.

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer.  She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 9-year-old daughter, Rose.  Tell us about your quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected].