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Art&Seek Jr: Inside and Out Adventures For An Iffy Weather Weekend

by Therese Powell 19 Mar 2019 10:47 AM

The weather might keep you guessing this weekend, but you can plan for inside or outside with the Junior’s list of family-friendly events.

It’s hard to plan outings for the littles this time of year. The weather is just so fickle. We get a few glorious days of sun that make us believe that winter is gone for good (and prompt us to pack away all the sweaters) and then BOOM! Down comes the freezing rain.

With a forecast calling for a 60 percent chance of rain this weekend, hoping and praying for good weather isn’t good enough. Anyone who’s lived in Texas more than a week knows that you should never trust the weather to do what it’s supposed to do. Except, of course, in June, July, and August when it’s pretty much blazing hot 24/7.

Since the weather keeps us guessing from one minute to the next this time of year it’s best to have a “plan b” when it comes to weekend activities. With that in mind, here are the Junior’s picks for this week — some inside and some out.

Photo: Texas Folklife

Accordions take over the Latino Cultural Center Dallas this Thursday evening for 2019 Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest. See competitors showcase their abilities in three categories: Polka, Zydeco, and Conjunto. There will also be a free concert featuring music from Grammy Award Winner Sunny Sauceda, former Big Squeeze Conjunto Champions Nachito Morales and Luis Gonzalez backed by Dallas’ own Los Morales Boyz.

Photo: Dallas Museum of Art

Kick off the weekend Friday night at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Family Mystery Night. In this museum mash-up of ‘Night at the Museum’ and the game of Clue, you and your junior sleuths must figure out who destroyed Miss Emma’s annual DMA bake sale display. Every junior detective receives a pocket magnifying glass for the investigation. They’ll search the galleries for clues, find the missing treats, and interview key suspects. Solve the mystery and you could win prizes.

This might be the perfect weekend to stay inside and enjoy a movie. But instead of heading to the local cineplex, check out a movie-going experience like no other at Fort Worth’s super-plush Bass Performance Hall. That’s where you’ll see (and hear) the 1993 classic ‘Jurassic Park’ like you never have before. The film will be projected in HD in the hall as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs the John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Your senses will be thrilled!

Photo: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

If you’re looking for a little outside time, stop by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for Lanterns in the Garden. The show is a magical forest of light that features over 20 sets of lanterns crafted from silk, wire, and steel. Spend the evening strolling through the illuminated garden that includes giant colorful butterflies, flowers, animals. If you get rained out this week, don’t worry. Lanterns in the Garden will be on display nightly through March 31 and then Thursday through Sunday through May 12.

Photo: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Another opportunity for a little fresh air is at the Dallas Arboretum for their annual Dallas Blooms floral festival. This year’s theme is “Life’s a Picnic.” In addition to the 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, you can also see a larger-life-size picnic scene topiary made up of a 40’x40’ picnic blanket, a vase of flowers, a picnic basket with pie and a giant picnic ant. Now before you say, “Holy cats! Are you crazy? The Arboretum is packed this time of year!” Remember that chance of rain this weekend? That means smaller crowds. So grab an umbrella, enjoy the sprinkles and the flowers.