April is Earth Month, and there are lots of fun events happening for families. For daily events check the PAM Calendar, and scroll down for the upcoming events that require tickets or reservations – don’t miss out!

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Day Out with Thomas
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
April 1st -10th
If your little ones love Thomas the Tank Engine, bring the entire family to enjoy this special opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine at regional heritage railroads across the country. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Dig It! Workshop
Saturday, April 2nd 9am-noon
UT Dallas, Richardson
Learn about how fossils are formed, unearth and prepare a “fossil” for transport, and see some fascinating rocks and fossils from all around the world. You will spend the morning with Dr. James Carter: UT Dallas Geoscientist- manufacturer of “Maria” moon dirt, and discoverer of an Alamosaurus right here in Texas. We think it will rock your world! For children in grades 2 through 5. $30/participant, advanced registration required.

Fun on the Farm
Fridays, April 1st, 15th & 29th 10:30am-noon
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Ages 2-5, $11 for one adult and one child
1st: Meet our sheep and goat and learn how their wool is made to make fabric.
15th: Earth Day, learn about recycling
29th: Get dirty while learning about bugs and gardens

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
April 1st – 3rd
Plano Children’s Theatre
Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It’s her play and it’s theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported. Recommended for ages 7+

Hansel and Gretel
Dallas Children’s Theater
March 4th – April 3rd
Recommended for ages 4 and up. You don’t always need a prince and princess for your heroes to live happily ever after. Two children in search of food for their hungry family get lost in an enchanted forest. They must depend on all their powers of imagination to save them from the crafty, mysterious old woman in the candy house and (in this less “grim” version) lead them back to the loving arms of their parents. The familiar, melodic music of Engelbert Humperdinck brings an inventive theatricality to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale ad-venture. Hansel and Gretel brings another feast for the eyes and ears to the stage from Kathy Burks’ Master Puppeteers.

The Wizard Of Oz
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, North Dallas
all month
Join Dorothy on her infamous journey over the rainbow to the land of Oz with the Scarecrow, the Tin man, and the Cowardly Lion. Recommended minimum age: 3-6

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Genesis Children’s Theatre
March 25th – April 2nd

Once Upon A Mattress
April 1st – 9th
Plano Children’s Theatre
If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Parent Child Playgroup
Harrington Library
Thursday, April 7th & 14th 9-10:15pm
Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists. Registration required in person at Harrington. Registration opens – Feb 29. Ages 0-3

Stars on the Prairie
Friday, April 8th
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Join us for a fascinating evening as we venture to LLELA’s prairie restoration area to explore the wonders of the night sky. Ages 5 and up. $10/person.

Build & Grow
Lowe’s Stores
Saturday, April 9th
A free building event for kids, this months project is a birdfeeder. Registration required.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Dallas Children’s Theater
March 18th – April 10th
Recommended for ages 7 and up. The award winning author of “Because of Winn Dixie” and “The National Ambassador” for Young People’s Literature launches the extraordinary pilgrimage of Edward, a beautiful, much-loved toy rabbit who loves only himself. When he is ripped from the arms of his doting young owner and lost, Edward finds that his breakable heart can learn to love, lose, and love again. This stunning, highly theatrical play became an immediate must-see hit following its premiere and is sure to go down in history as a family classic with your family being among its first audiences. Trust us, you’ll be sorry if you miss this one.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
The Eisemann Center, Richardson
April 10th 2:30pm
Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive, musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments for both kids and grown-ups! Flung into the future by a musical-loving Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates-turned-actors must now perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! But when their script is partially obscured by a tragic squid ink accident, the crew must turn to the audience to fill in the missing bits of the plot.

Willy Wonka Jr.
Plano Children’s Theater
April 15th – 23rd
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Ballonacy
April 15th – May 1st
Dallas Children’s Theater
BALLOONACY had people expressing all kinds of emotion in 2015! Now, we’re bringing it back so many can see it again and others can experience it for the first time. Audiences were truly smitten with Karl Schaeffer’s lonely old birthday boy and the unlikely friend he makes in a wandering red balloon. This immersive, non-verbal play invites the audience to direct the action making no two shows ever alike. You’ll be in awe of your child’s (and your own) laughter and reaction to the adventure between the old man and the balloon. Squirmy toddlers, their parents, and grandparents are invited to experience what could be the most valuable hour of the year! Recommended for ages 2+

The Billy Goats Gruff
Saturday, April 16th
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
This adapted version of the popular folk tale is based on scenes from operas by W.A.Mozart, G. Donizetti and G. Rossini. Perfect for introducing younger audiences to the magic of live opera through a familiar story. 12:30pm Lobby Activities, 2pm Performance

Campfire
Saturday, April 16th, 7:45pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s’mores! $10/person or $30/family

Spark! Family Day
Saturday, April 16th
Spark!, Dallas
Enjoy creative fun for the whole family and explore our 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture. Ideal for families with children in 2nd grade through high school. No drop-offs allowed. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

Show White and the Seven Dwarfs
Plano Children’s Theatre
April 16th – 17th
All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen, and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say! Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

Wicked
April 20th – May 22nd
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Recommended for ages 8+

The Secret Garden
April 22nd – May 1st
Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson
Beloved, Tony Award winning musical is ideal for the entire family. The rich Lucy Simon score includes several celebrated songs from the contemporary musical theatre canon, including Come To My Garden, A Bit of Earth, and the show-stopping duet, Lily’s Eyes. Dubbed by TIME Magazine “the best American musical of the Broadway season” in its 1991 premiere, the original cast featured Mandy Patinkin as Archibald Craven and a Tony Award-winning portrayal of Mary Lennox by Daisy Eagan.

Science with a Princess
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Saturday, April 23rd
Featuring Mulan: science of sushi, Kimono dragon fun, Chinese-themed activities and more. $20 members, $25 non-members.

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Dallas Children’s Theater
April 29th – May 22nd
In the much beloved tradition of Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), we join two misfits on an unforgettable odyssey. For a young orphan “human bean”, the sight of a giant outside her window is terrifying, and she fears for her life when he whisks her away to an enchanted land. This Big Friendly Giant is not like other giants, however. The job of this larger-than-life vegetarian is to blow magical dreams into children’s bedrooms, and together they embark on a quest to save England from the “gizzard-gulping” giants who don’t have the BFG’s tender heart. The cheeky BFG ultimately shows that heroes can come in all sizes. Recommended for ages 7+

Family Canoe Try-It
Saturday, April 30th
Heard Museum, McKinney
Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. Pre-registration required.