Like to plan ahead?  Below are the events happening in February that require tickets or advanced registration.  Don’t miss out on something great!

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Pinocchio
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, Dallas
January 24 – March 22
This classic childrens story is presented with over twenty handcrafted marionettes. Join Pinocchio, Geppetto, the Blue Fairy and Stromboli in this fun and fast paced show geared to families and children of all ages.

Odysseo
Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Frisco
January 24 – February 8
Odysseo by Cavalia is the only 6-D show in the world. A grandiose three-dimensional show where spectators are taken to a live Hollywood-style movie set while the touching interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. Layers of mesmerizing decors combined with gravity-defying acrobatic and areal stunts and the staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery makes this humongous stage a real 3-D feast for the eyes.

Daddy Daughter Valentines Ball
Civic Center Grand Hall, Richardson
Friday, February 6 from 6:30-9:30pm
Call Heights Recreation Center to Register at 972-744-7850. $60 per couple, $25 per additional daughter

Sock Teddy Bear Puppet Workshop
Collin County Farm Museum, McKinney
February 6 & 7
Kids 8+ can make a sock teddy bear for $20 in this two hour workshop. Call 972-548-4792 to register.

Night Hike
Saturday, February 7, 6-8pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville
We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear…it’s probably just an armadillo. Follow our trail guides on a moonlit stroll down the Redbud Trail. Coyotes howling, owls hooting, and other night sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary. Ages 5 years and up. $10/person ($5 LLELA admission plus $5 program fee). The hike will be rescheduled in the event of rain.
Registration required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance
Saturday, February 7 from 7-9pm
Plano Centre
For girls ages 4-14 and their father/grandfather.  Space is limited.  Registration opens to Plano residents on January 3rd.

Family Freestyle Robotics
Saturday, February 7 from 3-5pm
This freestyle session lets you pick which robot you want to build! We will provide WeDo kits for families with younger kids, and EV3 kits for those looking for a challenge! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Dallas Opera Family Concert
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Sunday, February 8 at 12:30pm
This year’s Family Concerts will present “Mozart & Company,” an original program designed to introduce the young and the young at heart to one of the world’s most well-known composers and his music. This terrific event will be guided by the composer’s mentor and close friend, “Papa Franz Joseph Haydn,” and features wonderful soloists and the superb Dallas Opera Orchestra under the baton of Keith Chambers. Be sure to come early to enjoy family activities in the lobby! 12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts and costumes 2:00pm — Family Concert (about 1 hour) Tickets are $5.

Nature Explore Family Club
Sunday, February 8, at 3pm & Monday, February 9 at 9:30am
Environmental Education Center, Plano
A monthly program designed for for ages 3-8.  Free, but pre-registration is required.

Shrek the Musical
Plano Courtyard Theater
February 12 – 15
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Recommended for all ages.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
February 13 – 22
Plano Children’s Theater
Often thought of as the quintessential story of star-crossed lovers, at the heart of the work are themes exploring prejudice, hatred and the consequences of violence. Much like Fun House’s acclaimed 2013 production of Hamlet, this production, directed by Jeff Swearingen, is an intimate and classical mounting of the work, presented in its original language and edited only for time. Reduced in size from often produced Shakespearean spectacles and adding the device of live musical underscoring by accomplished musician, Thiago Nascimento, Fun House’s Romeo and Juliet is perfect as an accessible “first” Shakespearean production for youth audiences as well as being presented as a traditional work, fit for aficionados of The Bard. Tickets $8.00 (Suggested Audience – Ages 10 and up)

Campfire by the River
Saturday, February 14
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville
Song, stories, s’mores. Registration required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]  $10/person or $30/family

Family Robotics: Finish Line
Davis Library, Plano
Saturday, February 14 from 3-5pm
We’re off to the races! Learn about motion sensors and levers as you build a mechanical finish line that waves a signal flag and create cars to race across the finish line! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages.

Shoulders of Giants: Signs of Life
Saturday, February 14 from 2-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Explore worlds both big and small in this exciting introduction to biology! Join the search for life on other planets as we investigate signs of life from another world, then explore an inner world as we and learn about the amazing complexity of a cell! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Teacher From the Black Lagoon
Sunday, February 15 at 2:30pm
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Theatreworks USA presents an exciting new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Books include: The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee; Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey; Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard; I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen; Lily’s Plastic Purple Purse by Kevin Henkes; Love Splat (Splat the Cat) by Rob Scotton; and The Grasshopper and the Ant based on a fable by Aesop and adapted by Eric March.

Family Robotics: Family Freestyle
Monday February 16
Parr &  Schimelpfenig Libraries, Plano
This freestyle session lets you pick which robot you want to build! We will provide We Do kits for families with younger kids, and EV3 kits for those looking for a challenge! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Disney in Concert
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
February 20-22
Relive childhood memories with scenes from the new golden age of Disney animation accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Featuring music from Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and many more.

Teen Brain
February 20 – March 1
Dallas Children’s Theater
Enjoyed by ages 12 and up. Not suitable for younger children.  This energetic musical follows a day in the life of eight young people as they navigate the rough waters of high school. With fast-paced, witty dialogue and original songs like “Like Me, Like Me,” an ode to social media, and “When I Was Small,” a winsome reflection of the simplicity of childhood, DCT resident playwright Linda Daugherty and composer Nick Martin capture the complexities of the modern adolescent experience. An honest, powerful look at the inner workings of the mysterious teenage brain.

Shoulders of Giants: The Cycle of Sustainability
Haggard Library, Plano
Saturday February 21, 2-5pm
Witness the beauty of life! The pathways of energy and nutrient transfer between living things is filled with complexity. Ecosystems rely on this delicate balance; let’s watch one grow! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Daddy Daughter Dance
Saturday February 21 from 2pm – 9:30pm
Frisco Conference Center
Check the website for recommended times for each age group.  Ages are recommendations only, not restrictions; however, you must attend the dance time for which you purchased tickets.  Tickets on sale starting December 15th.

Daddy Daughter Dance
Saturday February 21 at 3, 5 & 7pm
Cascades Events Center, The Colony
Arrive in your semi-casual attire and dance the night away amid sparkling tiaras, pink balloons and fairy tale characters. Welcoming all daddies and their little angels (ages 3-12). Light refreshments provided. A limited number of tickets go on sale in January and includes one 4×6 photo. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.

Stars on the Prairie
Saturday, February 21 at 6:30pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville
Bring a chair or blanket. Registration required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Wild Kratts Live!
The Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
Saturday, February 21 at 1:30pm
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story! Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues a helpless animal friend and returns her home “Living Free and in the Wild!”

Carnival of the Animals
Sunday March 1 at 2:15pm
Courtyard Theater, Plano
Camille Saint-Saëns famous work paints a picture of the variety of creatures in the animal kingdom through music. The concert will also feature puppeteers from Le Theatre de Marionette and Geppetto’s  Marionette Theater.  The concert day begins at 2:15 with activities such as crafts, coloring, Be a Conductor, and the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience where kids can see, hear and play different instruments.  Concert starts at 3pm