Do you hate missing out on something great because you didn’t register early enough?  This post will help!  Below are the family-friendly events happening in the Plano area in August that require tickets or advanced registration.  Check it out and don’t miss out on something great!

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LEGO Ninjago Weekend
Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine
August 1st & 2nd
Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers: Saturday & Sunday from 11am-6pm; Ninjago City Build hosted by our Master Model Builder: Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm & Sunday at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Kai Meet ‘n’ Greets: Saturday & Sunday from 11am-6pm (*Please note, Kai will be taking periodic breaks during this time period); Ninja MINIFIGURE Trading: All weekend.  Advanced tickets required.

Ringling Brothers Circus
July 29th – August 9th
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents an unforgettable night of family fun at Legends, an all-new show that brings the imagination to life.

Stop Motion 101
Saturday, August 1st 3-5pm
Haggard Library
Learn about Stop Motion and create a video using our iPads, ages 13-18. Registration required, free.

Scribblebots
Saturday, August 1st
Davis Library
Create unique artwork by building a bot that colors as it moves. You’ll leave with your very own Scribblebot to take home
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Podcasting 101
Sunday, August 2nd
Parr Library
Learn the basics of podcasting using microphones and Adobe Creative Suite Ages 13+, registration required

Nature Explore Family Club
Environmental Learning Center, Plano
August 2nd & 3rd
August Theme: Water World.  Join us for fun activities appropriate for children ages 3-8. FREE, registration required

Free Acting Workshop
Monday, August 3rd 6-8pm
Frisco Discovery Center
One day advance RSVP Required. Call 972-422-2575

LEGO Monthly Minibuild
The Lego Store, Frisco
August 4th & 5th
Come build a LEGO® Kangaroo model and take it home for FREE.  Registration required.

Family Robotics: Flying Bird
Tuesday, August 4th 1pm & 7pm
Parr Library
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Learn about levers as you build a bird that flaps its wings! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior.  Free

Family Robotics: EV3 Family Freestyle
Haggard Library
Tuesday, August 4th
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Is your family ready for the next step in robotics? Play together with our EV3 robotics kits and see what your robot can do! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior. Free

Hour of Code
Wednesday, August 5th 3pm
Harrington Library
grades 4-8.  Choose your own Hour of Code challenge! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior.  Free

Squishy Circuits
Wednesday, August 5th 3pm
Davis Library
Get hands-on and explore simple circuits and electronics with play dough! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior. Free

Eco Tots Discovery Hour
Thursdays in August at 9:30am
Environmental Education Center
This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and includes stories, crafts and activities about the environment, gardening, or nature-related themes. Plan to stay and play in our outdoor Nature Explore Classroom as well. Registration required.

Family Robotics: Tower Crane
Thursday, August 6th 3pm
Davis Library
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Investigate balance, stability, and belt-driven pulleys as you build a tower crane that rotates on its base and has a moving hook! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Illustrator 101
Friday, August 7th 3pm
Haggard Library
ages 13-18
Learn how to use Illustrator to create scalable vector graphics and designs. Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

MaKey MaKey Madness
Friday, August 7th 3pm
Davis Library
Turn everyday objects into touch pads as you combine them with the internet. Use a banana as a space bar, play a video game using a pencil-drawn joystick, and more! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Honk Jr
August 7th – 16th
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, McKinney
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be. Recommended audience age: All Ages

The Little Mermaid
Geppetto’s Theater Hilton Anatole, Dallas
Saturdays & Sundays
Geppetto’s Theater adapts the story by Hans Christian Anderson to the marionette stage in this impressive puppet presentation. Children will love the beautifully carved marionettes of the mer-kingdom and the underwater stage effects. The story follows Ariel, daughter of King Neptune who yearns for a life not bound by water. She makes a deal with the Sea Witch Ursula in exchange for her lovely singing voice. She has but three days to convince the handsome Prince Eric to fall in love or be bound to the Sea Witch forever.
Parents Tip: Arrive early for a before-show marionette demonstration and stay afterwards for a post-show backstage tour.

The Producers
August 7th – 15th
Plano Children’s Theater
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! Recommended audience age: Ages 13+ due to mature language and sexual content

Family Robotics: WeDo Family Freestyle
Saturday, August 8th 3pm
Haggard Library
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Pick which WeDo robot you want to build in this freestyle session! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Arduino 101
Sunday, August 9th 2pm
Harrington Library
Ages 7-12.  What is arduino? All components including hardware and software will be explained. We will have an LED demo with sample code. Students will have a chance to a create a very basic circuit design and compile a small program to control it. Presented by TheLab.ms Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Scratch Programming
Tuesday, August 11th 2pm
Harrington Library
Ages 7-12.  Students will learn the ideas behind programming with a simple drag-and-drop building blocks program designed for children. They will be able to control a cartoon and make it dance to music. Presented by TheLab.ms
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Family Robotics: Goal Keeper & Kicker
Davis Library
Thursday August 13th
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Use pulleys and belts, and learn about friction as you build a mechanical goal keeper that will move back and forth to block the ball. Test with a goal-kicking soccer player! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

Junior Robotics: Sailboat Storm
Friday, August 14th
Harrington Library
Lego WeDo, ages 7-9. Learn about gears, levers and sensors as you build a rocking sailboat toughing it out in the middle of a furious storm! Registration required. Registration opens 2 weeks prior

Peter Pan: The Panto
Allen Community Theater
August 14th – 30th
What do you get when you cross British humor and physical comedy with a well-loved children’s story? A hilarious, interactive performance that is perfect for all ages! This comedy version of Peter Pan is not the same one you’ve
enjoyed before . . . With additional characters like Nanny Knickerbocker and Crackle the Crocodile (and even a few mermaids and merboys for good measure), you’ll be rooting for the good guys and booing the villains!

Stars on the Prairie
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Friday, August 14th 8:30pm
Join us for a fascinating evening as we visit a dark spot in LLELA’s prairie restoration area to explore the wonders of the night sky. Ages 5 and up. There is a $5 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person). Reservations are required at 972-219-3930 or Erin.Taylor@unt.edu. If the sky is cloudy, we will still meet and take a night hike.

Shoes and Stories
Spark!
Saturday, August 15th 9am-noon or from 1-4pm
For girls in second grade through high school, a back-to-school themed creative activity. We will provide participants with a pair of white canvas shoes to design and decorate. In addition to decorating their shoes, the girls will have an opportunity to create and share the story behind the inspiration for their unique design through performing arts. SPARK! instructors will lead the girls through the design and storytelling process, providing feedback and motivating learners to try new things and to take risks in their pursuit of creativity. Tickets are $20 per participant – group scholarships are available!

Ableton 101
Sunday, August 16th 1:30pm
Parr Library
Learn the basics of digital music making: composition, mixing, and recording. Ages 13+, registration required

Family Robotics: WeDo Family Freestyle
August 19th 3pm
Schimelpfenig Library
Families will build and program beginner robots with our LEGO WeDo kits, and work as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to create and experiment. Pick which WeDo robot you want to build in this freestyle session! Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior

The Music Man Jr
August 20th -22nd
First United Methodist Church, McKinney
The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s powers just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. Recommended for all ages.  A Plano Children’s Theater production.

Night Hike
August 21st 8pm
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Cottonwood Trail. We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear…it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary. $10/person. Ages 5 years and up. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or lisa.cole@unt.edu.

The Chocolate War
August 22nd – 29th
Plano Children’s Theatre
A compelling coming-of-age story about young people in conflict at a New England prep school. The story depicts a secret student organization’s manipulation of the student body, which descends into cruel and ugly mob mentality against a lone, non-conforming student. Recommended audience age: 13+ due to mature language and violence.

The Little Mermaid Jr
August 20th – 23rd
Frisco Discovery Center
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Recommended for all ages

LEGO Club Meeting
The Lego Store, Frisco
August 22nd & 29th
Meet other Club members and share your building skills in a small group environment at the LEGO Store. You’ll learn how to build a mini model and use your creativity to add even more to it. Plus, you can take your creation home! Visit your local LEGO Store to sign up. This exclusive event has limited space and availability varies by store, so sign up early! Registration is $10 per child. Open to children ages 6-14 only.