October is almost here, and there are many family-oriented events happening this month. Below are the ones that require advanced tickets or reservations. For all October events check out the PAM Calendar.
Dallas Children’s Theater
September 16 – October 23
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Sensory-Friendly performance: October 15, 2016 at 1:30pm (Phone orders only); ASL performance: September 25, 2016 at 4:30pm
Winnie The Pooh Kids
Plano Children’s Theater
September 30 – October 8
Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.
Gauru – Journey of courage
October 1, 2:15pm
Gauru is an emotional & inspirational story of how a 13 year old grandson, Gauru fights against all odds to fulfill the last wish of his dying grandmother. A heart warming tale of the shepherd boy’s determination and sacrifice of his most priced possession to correct his grandmother’s vision, so she can clearly see her home that she left behind years ago. Set in Rajasthan, against the backdrop of a severe famine,the film unravels in the midst of the annual migration undertaken by the Raika’s (Sheep herding community) and beautifully captures the special bond shared between a grandmother and her grandchildren. Part of the Plano International Festival. Hindi with English Subtitles, $5, 5 and under free
Saturday, October 1 starting at 9:30am
Brinker Elementary School
The Plano West Band will take to the streets through West Cluster neighborhoods for the annual Wolf Pack Prowl Parade. The “Prowl” is the largest fundraiser for the Plano West Band with proceeds being used to support the band and its activities throughout the 2016-17 school year. The Prowl is a 3.5 mile parade and the band will stop by individual homes to play song requests for a set donation. The event ends with a 30 minute mini-concert in the south parking lot of Brinker Elementary around 1pm. This year, the band will march through the West Cluster neighborhoods of White Rock Creek Estates, Castlemere, Windhaven Farms, Huntingdon Green.All money will be collected when the band arrives to play your selections. Song requests in advance: One song – $50; Two songs – $80; Three songs – $100
Mobile App Workshop – Writing Android Apps
Sunday, October 2, 1:30-4:30pm
Learn how to write simple Mobile apps on Android devices. Participants need a laptop with the latest Chrome or Firefox browsers for these hands-on classes! Additional free software download instructions will be available for each class when you register. Presented in partnership with OASiS & TiE. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 6-12
Davis Library October 5, 19 & 26, 2-2:30pm
Haggard Library October 6, 13 & 20, 11-11:30am
An interactive, inclusive storytime geared toward children with sensory integration issues and their caregivers. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote learning – read books, sing songs, move around, and have fun! Visit the children’s desk or email [email protected] for more info and to check availability. Registration required in person at Davis and Haggard. Registration opens August 8. All ages
Plano Public Safety PULLooza
Oak Point Recreation Center
Saturday, October 8, 9am-2pm
Police, Fire-Rescue and 9-1-1, along with other City departments, invite you to enjoy a day of FREE fun while learning how to keep your family safe. Kid’s fire obstacle course, police motorcycle rodeo, bomb robot demo, helicopter landing, crime prevention, kid’s fingerprinting, tour fire and police vehicles, fire-rescue clowns “Patches” and “Snozzle” and face painting. 2016 Plano Public Safety PULLooza fire truck pull supports Special Olympics Texas! Teams of 12 people face off pulling a 72,000 pound fire truck for a distance of 75 feet in a timed event. Each team captain will receive a packet with their team’s participation information. The Public Safety Fair is FREE. Register your team today!
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Sunday, October 9, 2:30pm
DOKTOR KABOOM! performs original interactive science comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join DOKTOR KABOOM! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center.
Family Place Parent/Child Playgroup
October 6, 9-10:15am
Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists. Registration required in person at Harrington. Registration opens September 12. Ages 0-3
Arduino Basics Workshop – Simple IoT
Sunday, October 9, 1:30-3:30pm
Learn how to work with Arduino UNO and electronic components like LEDs, buzzers, motors, etc. Participants need a laptop with the latest Chrome or Firefox browsers for these hands-on classes! Additional free software download instructions will be available for each class when you register. Presented in partnership with OASiS & TiE. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 6-12
Dracula, The Vampire Play
Dallas Children’s Theater
October 14 – 29
Satisfy your cravings for thrill and terror with the original vampire story! Fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries will want to see how the mania began back when Count Dracula moved to England in his mad quest for fresh blood and a bride. Chilling adventure lurks in the fog…just in time for Halloween! Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Saturday, October 15, 6-11pm
Oak Point Park
Haunt Jaunt is a night-time Halloween-themed race hosted by the City of Plano. It is our goal to provide a safe, fun, and innovative way for citizens to enjoy their Halloween holiday. The 5K will take you through the nature preserve along the paved park trails and streets, combining the convenience of a smooth running surface and the beauty of the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The 1-Mile Fun Run will keep you off the street and in the park for a family-friendly experience. For each child registered for the 1-Mile Fun Run, one free adult entry in the 1-Mile Fun Run will be granted as well. See registration page for pricing information.
Learn to Fish
Frisco Commons Park
Saturday, October 15
In this free Junior Angler event, learn the basic skills of assembling fishing tackle, casting, and identifying fish and good fish habitats. Also learn about fishing regulations and safety, meet fishing professionals, compete in friendly contests, and try your luck fishing in the pond Frisco Commons Park. Curriculum developed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and taught by TPWD-certified instructors. No fishing license required for children under 17 years. Equipment provided. Check in begins at 8:45am and instruction begins at 9am with open fishing to follow. Registration required.
Halloween at the Heard
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, October 15, 6-10pm
Experience Collin County’s premier family-friendly Halloween event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Halloween at the Heard features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Live-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. Halloween at the Heard event tickets required for all attendees. Tickets available to the public, while supplies last: September 30. $15 for adults, children ages 3-12: $10, children ages 2 and under: free.
Arduino Advanced Workshop – IoT and Cloud
Sunday, October 16, 1:30-4pm
Build on the Arduino Basics workshop and learn how to use sensors, collect data, load the data into AT&T M2X cloud, and analyze the data in the cloud. Participants need a laptop with the latest Chrome or Firefox browsers for these hands-on classes! Additional free software download instructions will be available for each class when you register. Presented in partnership with OASiS & TiE. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 6-12
Little Shop of Horrors
October 21 – 30
Repretory Company Theater, Richardson
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Art Centre Theatre
October 22 – November 6
Halloween just isn’t the same anymore, and Jack is thoroughly bored. Why can’t he be the one to spread the joy of Christmas instead? Surely Santa needs a break from the “same-old, same-old,” just like Jack himself! Despite the best of intentions, his plans end up putting Santa in jeopardy, and good little boys and girls find themselves in something of a … nightmare! (Adult Cast)
All About Butterflies
Environmental Education Center
Saturday, October 22 10am-noon
Join us for a morning of FREE family fun as we celebrate the timely theme of monarch butterfly migration and learn about butterflies in our area! Enjoy kids activities, a butterfly talk, identifying local butterflies and the plants that attract them, and talking with our butterfly experts. Come in costume and join our butterfly parade through the gardens! Registration required.
Zip Line Day
Saturday, October 22, 1-4pm
Heard Museum, McKinney
Soar through the treetops of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary as you travel down the Ropes Course’s zip line! Purchase one ticket for each time you would like to go down the zip line. $12 per person. Preregistration required and spots are limited. For ages 10+; see ropes course program information page for information on size requirements.
Plano Archaeology Fair
Saturday, October 22 10am-4pm
Bethany Historic Site
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. is pleased to sponsor the 14th annual Plano Archaeology Fair. Held at the Bethany Historic Site, just north of Legacy Drive on Custer Road. Parking is at the Larry Guinn Special Programs Center at 2221 Legacy Drive, Plano. Activities will include corn grinding, pictographs, rock painting, petroglyphs, face painting, cornhusk dolls, Ojo de Dios, pottery making, Atlatl throwing, hands-on excavation (special reservation only) and more. There will be featured performances at 11am and 1:30pm by the Bear Claw Singers, a local group of Native American performers.
The Three Little Pigs
Sunday, October 23, 2pm performance with activities starting at 12:30pm.
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Our newest production is an adaptation, The Three Little Pigs, is based on music from operas by W.A. Mozart. This children’s opera tells the classic tale with an emphasis on the importance of reading and harnessing a love for learning as the three piggies do their best to keep Wolfgang Bigbad at bay. Sung in English. Adapted by John Davies
Arduino Advanced Workshop – Bluetooth and Voice Enablement
Sunday, October 23, 1:30-4:30
Build on the Mobile App and Arduino Basics workshops and learn how to control Arduino components using Bluetooth HC-05 and how to control electronic components using voice commands. Participants need a laptop with the latest Chrome or Firefox browsers for these hands-on classes! Additional free software download instructions will be available for each class when you register. Presented in partnership with OASiS & TiE. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 6-12
Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
Saturday, October 29, 7pm
A special concert event with the Dallas POPS for the entire family. The must-see video game concert of the year. This special Halloween Weekend show is the perfect place to dress up as your favorite Pokemon character and meet up with friends of all ages to catch, battle and trade Pokémon from your favorite games. All-new orchestral arrangements performed live by the Dallas POPS and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games shown on larger than life screens that will fill the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Sunday, October 30, 3pm
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Come join The Plano Symphony for a fun filled afternoon of family fun entertainment. This interactive concert features notable melodies from a selection of Halloween and children’s movies. The concert is designed especially for children ages 3 – 12. Come out at 2:15pm and enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo, the Conductor’s station, and coloring books. Wear your Costume! Everyone is sure to enjoy this high energy and creative symphony!