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Art&Seek Jr: Laughter In The Rain — Or Not. Niffy Picks For Iffy Weather

by Therese Powell 23 Apr 2019 2:16 AM

Is it going to rain this weekend? Maybe yes, maybe no. Either way, the Junior has you covered.

Sometimes when it comes to the weather you just can’t catch a break. We’re currently caught in a cycle of sun, clouds, rain, repeat. The best we can hope for in the way of a forecast is — it might rain…then again, maybe it won’t. I know, I know, come July we’ll be begging for rain, but planning for weekend activities can cause a lot of dithering during this fickle weather cycle we currently find ourselves in.

Natives know that the best course of action for dealing with springtime weather here in North Texas is to grab an umbrella and then go about your plans. You might not need an umbrella, but either way, the Junior has you covered with these weekend events.

Photo: Heritage Farmstead Museum

One event that’s definitely worth dodging a few raindrops for is Fun on the Farm at Heritage Farmstead Museum. You and the littles can learn about shearing sheep, spinning wool, and maybe even get a glimpse of their new baby lambs. Later, enjoy a story, a craft project, and a wagon ride. The fun happens on Friday morning on the farm. But heads up! Registration is required and it closes on Wednesday, so I’d hurry up if I were EWE.

Photo: Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center

For most people, April means rain, but for us here at Art&Seek, April means Dallas Arts Month, the month-long celebration of the all the cool arts and culture events offered across Dallas. Sure, the month is almost over, but there’s still time to catch some cool art stuff this weekend including the 3rd Annual Lake-A-Palooza at White Rock Lake. The free music event will feature a wide variety of music genres performed on three stages from 12-9 p.m.  Returning this year are the gallery exhibitions featuring art created by local artists that celebrate the musical arts and an eclectic variety of music-related displays. And as always there will be plenty of activities for the kids.

Photo: Woodrow Wilson High School Musical

Join the talented students of Woodrow Wilson High School for their production of ‘Into the Woods.’ The show is a musical retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables featuring all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) a Witch, and many more. A bonus to these yearly musical productions at Woodrow is the beautiful art deco auditorium. Sit up in the balcony for the best view. The unforgettable journey into the woods happens Thursday through Sunday.

One great place to visit rain or shine is the Youth Discovery Center at the Central branch of the Dallas Public Library. On Saturday, join the Secret Society of Children’s Books for their bi-monthly lecture series that features a particular historical item from the Library’s Siddie Joe Johnson Children’s Literature Collection. Saturday’s program spotlights “The Railway Children” by E. Nesbit. Kids can see the 1906 first edition of the book, find out about the author and the story, learn about trains from the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, see a model train setup, and hear readings from the book by members of the Dallas Children’s Theater.

Photo: Kimbell Museum of Art

Rainy days are perfect for exploring one of the world-class museums in our area, but you don’t need an excuse to visit Kimbell this Saturday. Stop by the Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion for their Kids Drop-In event. The free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. This weekend kids can create a self-portrait of their future selves. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project, The event is limited to 20 children so be sure to sign up before you head out to the event.

For even more events, explore the Kids & Family section of the Art&Seek calendar.