There are a lot of special events happening in the Plano area and just a bit south in Dallas in January.  This post contains details on the events that require tickets or advance reservations.  Check it out and don’t miss a thing!

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Glow All Out
Friday, January 2 from 1-3pm
Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco
Preregistration is required for this STEM-based program for children in PreK-6th grade. Participants will discover the science behind glow-in-the-dark materials!

Family Freestyle Robotics
January 3 from 3-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
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

Free Acting & Visual Arts Workshops
Frisco, Plano & McKinney
Students will learn basic acting and improvisation skills at the acting workshops.  January 5th in Frisco, January 12th in McKinney and January 19th in Plano.  For ages 6+ from 6-8pm, free with one day advanced RSVP required.  Visual arts workshop is January 26th in Plano from 6-7:30pm.

Little Women, The Broadway Musical
Genesis Theatre, Plano
January 8-10
Follows the saga of the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—as they grow up in Civil War America.

The Sound of Music
January 9 – 18
Frisco Discovery Center
When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

Beauty and the Beast
Courtyard Theater, Plano
January 10 & 17
By the Plano Metropolitan Ballet.

Arsenic and Old Lace
Genesis Theatre, Plano
January 16 – 25
The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs.

The Marvel Experience
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
January 15 – February 1
Now you can join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality. Your adventure will take you through seven colossal Domes as you train for a climactic battle against Hydra and its army of evil Adaptoids. Along the way, you’ll experience the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic theater, and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride.  Entry is available in half-hour increments. The Marvel Experience is an approximately 90 – 120+ minute adventure. Child tickets are available for patrons 6-12 years of age. Children under 6 do not require a ticket.

The Addams Family
January 16 – 25
Heard Craig Hall, McKinney
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.  Recommended for ages 7+

Dinosaur Train: Live!
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
Saturday, January 17
Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth…and rode in trains!

Made with Code Projects
January 17 from 3-5pm
Harrington Library, Plano
Introducing coding skills to a new generation, Google has assembled an interesting collection of projects at www.madewithcode.com which will be worked on in class. Mentors will help you complete as many projects as possible; one of which is to design a simple bracelet which will be produced by Google’s partner and sent to your home for free! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free 3rd Grade and up

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, Dallas
January 17 – ?
Details coming soon

Junie B. Jones
Majestic Theater, Dallas
Friday, January 23
Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all). Recommended for grades K – 5

Skippyjon Jones
Dallas Children’s Theater
January 23 – February 22
Be among the first audiences to enjoy this brand new musical adaptation of Judy Schachner’s beloved book! Skippyjon Jones is a rambunctious Siamese kitten with big ears and an even bigger imagination. When his loving but exasperated mother puts Skippyjon in time-out, he starts to daydream. His imagination takes him far, far away to Mexico, where he pretends that he is a swashbuckling Chihuahua named Skippito Friskito. This silly, sweet tale celebrates the power of imagination. As Skippyjon would say… mucho fun!  Enjoyed by ages 4+ PAM Review

Xanadu Jr.
January 23 – 31
Plano Children’s Theater
Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.  Recommended for all ages.

Family Robotics
Davis Library, Plano
Saturday, January 24 from 3-5pm
Finish Line – 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

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Saturday, January 24 at 8pm
McKinney Performing Arts Center
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is the wildly popular New Zealand ensemble, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies, outrageous costumes and comedic banter. Delighting audiences of all ages, the orchestra’s signature sound presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before.

Night Hike
Heard Nature Museum
January 24 at 5:30pm
Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers will be encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard.  Registration required.

Rockin Robotics
Parr & Harrington Libraries, Plano
Registration required, opens 2 weeks prior to session.  Free to ages 10-12.
Intro to EV3 – Get hands on with the new EV3 Lego Mindstorms kits with a build session.  January 24 (Harrington) & January 27 (Parr)
EV3 Sensors – Learn about the two new Lego Mindstorms sensors (gyro and color) and see them in action.  January 31 (Harrington) & January 29 (Parr)

Math In Action
Schimelpfenig & Davis Libraries, Plano
January 26 (Schimelpfenig) &  27 (Davis) – 2nd grade
January 28 (Schimelpfenig) & 29 (Davis) – 3rd grade
Improve basic math skills in this hands-on program featuring manipulatives and tutoring help. Geared for struggling math students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Workbooks will be provided. This program is grant-funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Registration required.

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.

Lego Club Meeting
Saturday, January 24
The Lego Store, Frisco
Build the January mini model (and take it home), limited space.  Open to ages 6-14, $10.  Registration begins January 1st.  See a Brick Specialist to sign up.

Photoshop 101
Haggard Library, Plano
Tuesday, January 27 from 7-8pm
Photoshop 101 – Learn how to use Photoshop to manipulate your photos and create better images. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session. Free Ages 13-18

Podcasting 101
Haggard Library, Plano
Thursday, January 29 from 7-8:30pm
Learn the basics of Podcasting using microphones and Adobe Creative Suite. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session. Free Ages 13-18

Junior Robotics: Hungry Alligator
Schimelpfenig Library, Plano
January 31 from 3-4pm
Learn about pulleys and belts as you build an alligator that will snap at your fingers! Registration Required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session. Free Ages 7-9

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

Daddy Daughter Dance
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.