Hate to miss out on something because you didn’t register or get tickets in time? This post is for you! Below are the family-friendly events happening in October that require some advanced planning. For more ideas check the PAM Calendar.

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Scratch-ing with WeDo
Thursday, October 1st 4-6pm
Haggard Library
Played with WeDo robotics before and ready for something new? We’ll break out of the box and combine LEGO WeDo robotics construction with Scratch program design. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Grades 4-8

Illustrator Logos
Thursday, October 1st 6:30-7:30pm
Parr Library
Advance your Illustrator skills by creating a custom logo. Bring your own idea or follow along with ours. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 13 & up

Matilda, The Musical
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Through October 4th
A universal, uplifting story about the anarchy of childhood, the limits of imagination and the power of love, with a brand new range of songs from the epic ‘When I grow up’, to ‘Naughty,’ and many more! Living Social deal

CATS
Plano Children’s Theater
October 2-10
The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Tarantula Release
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, October 3rd 2:30pm
Texas Brown Tarantulas were once common in the area, but habitat destruction has diminished their populations. You can be part of the solution! You can ‘adopt’ and release a tiny baby tarantula onto the LLELA grounds. Or, just come and see the spiders and listen to Leah the “Spider Queen” explain how she raises these spiders, and why. Online registration coming soon, in the meantime contact [email protected] to reserve your spot.

The Wizard of Oz
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater
Weekends all month
Geppetto’s Theater adapts the story by L. Frank Baum to the marionette stage in this classic presentation. This fun and interactive show takes the audience on a whirlwind journey to Oz. Join Dorothy and her friends along the yellow brick road as they make their way to the Emerald City and defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. The show is geared to ages 3+ due to a tornado and Oz chamber scene which may be too intense for toddlers. Living Social deal

Campfire
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, October 3rd 7-9pm
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 of 4-6. Registration required.

Junior Robotics: Drawbridge
Saturday, October 3rd 10am-noon
Harrington Library
Use motion sensors and learn about worm gear configurations as you build and program a mechanical drawbridge that will rise and lower for passing boats! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 7-9

Fancy Nancy, The Musical
Dallas Children’s Theater
September 18th – October 25th
Recommended for ages 5 and up. Take a trip to the tres irresistible world of the fanciest, funniest kid to ever take the stage. Nancy’s refined etiquette is not enough to get her the lead role in the upcoming school play. C’est la vie! She must summon the strength to forge ahead when a sudden turn of events casts her best friend as the lead. Every kid can relate to Nancy, with her boisterous attitude and tangled up feelings… Grown-ups will be equally dazzled while noting the (wink, wink) heart-warming lessons that we never outgrow. The Mermaid Ballet recital, complete with a scene-stealing dancing shark, will have your spirit dancing and your children hysterically happy.

Nature Explore Family Club
October 3rd & 4th
Plano Environmental Education Center
Our mission is to help connect children and families with nature and each other through fun, age-appropriate activities. Programs are designed for families with children ages 3 – 8. Parent/caregiver participation is expected and one adult registrant per family group is required. October Theme: Weather Watchers. Free.

Teen Entrepreneur Workshop
Sundays in October 2-3pm
Haggard Library
Learn how to develop an idea, implement it, find investors and run a business all before you graduate! Workshops with hands-on activities presented by local teen Mishan Kara. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Grades 6-12

littleBits: Intro to Circuits
Sunday, October 4th 2-4pm
Harrington Library
Interested in learning about circuits? Team up to create your own Flash Light and Art Bot using littleBits! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Grades 4 & up

Eco Tots Discovery Hour
Plano Environmental Education Center
Thursdays in October, 9:30am
Preschoolers and parents are invited to join us weekly for our Eco Tots Discovery Hour. 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.  $3 Plano residents, $5 Non-residents.

Guided Kayak Tour
Saturday, October 10th noon-2pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. $20/paddler. Ages 7 years and up. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Junior Robotics: Tower Crane
Saturday, October 10th 3-4pm
Schimelpfenig Library
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. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 7-9

Mobile App Workshop: Writing Simple Games
Davis Library
Sunday, October 11th 1:30-4:30pm
Basics on how to write games on Android devices using MIT App Inventor software. 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. Grades 6-12

Family Robotics: WeDo – Forklift
Monday, October 12th 10am-noon
Harrington Library
Use pulleys and belts, and investigate energy transfer as you build a forklift that lifts and lowers a pallet! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. All Ages

Robotics: EV3 – Tankbots
Monday, October 12th
Parr Library
Build your very own tankbot with the new EV3 expansion kits to see what obstacles it can overcome. Previous EV3 experience recommended. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 13-18

LEGO WeDo: The Challenge
Monday, October 12th 3-4pm
Haggard Library
Are you a LEGO WeDo expert? Work with a team to design, build, and program your own project and then submit it to the judges to find out who will win the challenge! Previous LEGO WeDo experience preferred. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Grades 4-8

Spooky Science
Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco
Monday, October 12th at 10:30am or 1pm
Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at Sci-Tech’s Spooky Science workshop, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. There will be hair-raising activities, creepy crafts, and fangtastic demonstrations. Guests can look forward to making gooey, glowing monster slime, watch oozing pumpkins, create bubbling brews, and more eyeball fizzing FUN! Ages 1st -3rd grade, $15/member, $20/ non-member

Premiere 101
Wednesday, October 14th 6:30-8pm
Haggard Library
Use cameras, the green screen, and Adobe Premiere to create and edit videos. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 13-18

Robotics: EV3 – Znap
Thursday, October 15th 5:30-8:30pm
Parr Library
Create a cranky creature using the new EV3 expansion kits. Previous EV3 experience recommended. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 13-18

Legally Blond Jr.
October 15th – 24th
Plano Children’s Theater
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington III. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Recommended for ages 7+

The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow
Dallas Children’s Theater
October 16th – 30th
Recommended for ages 11 and up. You may have heard of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but Sleepy Hollow has so many more frightening secrets to show you and your teens. Travel deep into the haunting woods of Sleepy Hollow and nestle up to see why the terrifying tales of Washington Irving have been favorites for fireside spookfests for over a hundred years. The DCT Teen Scene Players bring this world premiere play about Irving’s ghosts to life (err…death) as the Studio Theater is transformed into a wild, fun romp through a hair-raising nightmare that might just scare your head off!

Robotics – WeDo – Family Freestyle
Saturday, October 17th 3-4pm
Haggard Library
Pick which WeDo robot you want to build in this freestyle session! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. All Ages

Haunt Jaunt
Saturday, October 17th at 6pm
Oak Point Recreation Center
A night-time Halloween-themed race hosted by the City of Plano. 5K plus a 1 mile fun run. 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.

Halloween at the Heard
Saturday, October 17th 6-10pm
Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney
Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. Costume contest, Haunted Forest and Ghost Town. Tickets available October 1st, $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, and free for children ages 2 and under.

Family Fright Night
Stewart Creek Park, The Colony
Saturday, October 17th – Sunday October 18th
Don’t miss the 8th annual Family Fright Night family Halloween campout at Stewart Creek Park. Join us for a haunted trail, tent trick or treating, costume and scream contests, scary movie, hayride, campfire, s’mores and great food. This event has limited enrollment and fills quickly, so don’t delay. Registration begins October 1.  Cost TBD.

Arduino Basics Workshop – Simple IOT
Davis Library
Sunday, October 18th
Basics on how to use Arduino to build simple IoT (Internet of Things) devices using Scratch for Arduino software. 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. Grades 6-12

Podcasting 101
Thursday, October 22nd 6:30-8:30pm
Parr Library
Learn the basics of Podcasting using microphones and Adobe Create Suite. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 13 & up

3D Printing
Saturday, October 24th 9-11am
Davis Library
Learn the basics of 3D printing and get an introduction to 3D design using different programs. Students ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Ages 7 & up

Family Robotics: WeDo – Finish Line
Saturday, October 24th 11am or 2pm
Parr Library
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. All Ages.

Family Robotics: EV3 – Family Freestyle
Saturday, October 24th 2-5pm
Davis Library
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. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. All Ages

Spooky Symphony
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Sunday October 25th, 3pm
Enjoy popular melodies from Halloween and children’s movies and be mesmerized by magician David Hira’s illusions! Wear your costume! Pre-concert activities for the kids start at 2:15pm – instrument petting zoo, crafts, be a conductor.

Arduino Advanced Workshop – IOT & Cloud
Sunday, October 25th 1:30-4:30pm
Davis Library
Builds on the Arduino Basics Workshop. Students will learn how to use sensors, collect data, load the data into AT&T 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. Grades 6-12

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Frisco Discovery Center
October 30th – November 15th
A musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz. This is a show the entire family will enjoy together!

Lego Monthly Mini Build
Lego Store, Frisco
November Registration begins October 15 at 9am EST

Science with a Princess
Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco
Saturday, November 7 10am
Participants will take part in Science with a Princess, perform science-related projects, conduct experiments, and create themed crafts. $20 Members $25 Non-members