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Around Cowtown :: Family-Friendly Events {January 2020}

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Tackle the New Year with enthusiasm by attending family-friendly events in the Fort Worth {and surrounding} areas! Try something new and unexpected — your kids may find a passion you never saw coming. Take a leap and go to sporting events, try yoga, or witness a Mustang horse event. 

Fort Worth Moms gathered an array of activities to attend. And if the weather decides to not cooperate (this is North Texas, after all), and you need to get your kiddos out and about to burn off their energy, you’ll find plenty to do in our Guide to Indoor Activities

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Around Cowtown features family-friendly events in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.January 1 – 20

Panther Island Ice at Arlington Music Hall — 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. // This holiday season, the return of Panther Island Ice will up the cool factor in Fort Worth. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink brings a winter wonderland of fun. Including all holidays, the ice rink will operate seven days a week through January 20, 2020. Tickets start at $6.50.

January 3

WizArt, at Keller Public Library — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. // This art program for children ages 5-12 is led by local young artists. Participants will receive a brief art lesson and then apply their new knowledge to a fun craft project. All supplies provided. No registration required.

January 4

Meet the Mustangs, at Vanhoozer Farm — 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. // Head to the ranch for brunch and an opportunity to meet two of the mustangs that will be shown at the colt-starting competition, the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth. Help prepare the mustangs for the busy environment that will surround them at the EMM, January 23rd-25th.

Armed Forces Bowl, at Amon G Carter Stadium — 10:30 a.m. // This annual football event is at TCU and produced by Lockheed Martin. Visit the bowl’s website for more info and see how veterans can claim four free tickets.

Toddler Studio: Cloudy with a Chance of . . . , at Amon Carter Museum of American Art — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. // For children ages two to three, toddlers will learn about the weather. Is it cloudy or sunny today? Is there a chance of rain? Discover how artists show weather in painting, photography, and maybe even sculpture! Weather in art will inspire toddlers and their parents with open play, books, and art-making activities.  

January 9

Helping Children Handle Their Feelings, at Bedford Public Library — 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. // In this session you will learn five strategies for helping children understand and express their feelings. Learn about the importance of identifying feelings and understanding the cause of feelings. Children who can recognize, manage, and express their feelings in healthy ways are more successful in school and at home. Registration is not required for this free class.

January 10

Tween Dodgeball, by Life Time Athletic Fort Worth-Alliance — 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. // Get ready to dodge, duck, dip and dive at this Tween Dodgeball tournament! Kids ages nine to 12 are split into teams, then face off in a bracket-style dodgeball tournament until only the champions remain standing. Register in-club to choose Tween Dodgeball as one of your 12 Junior Membership-eligible events.

January 11

Winter Wonders, at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History  — 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., members get early starting at 11:00 a.m. // Join in for a day of super cold science exploration. Explore topics like how animals stay warm during winter, different kinds of snowflakes and how to make snow indoors! All activities are included with exhibit admission.

Dallas Stars Day, at Panther Island Ice  — 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. // Dallas Stars mascot, Victor E. Green, and several members of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls team will be mingling with the crowd for pictures and autographs. In addition, there will be a free bounce house, slap shot cage, and lots of fun. The first 50 paid ice admissions to post a photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with Victor E. Green or the Dallas Stars Ice Girls, tag Dallas Stars, and use ‪#‎PantherIslandIce will win two free tickets to an upcoming Stars game!

Texas Nature Traders, hosted by Fort Worth Public Library and Fort Worth Zoo — 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. // Learn about the Fort Worth Zoo’s Texas Nature Traders program. Kids will be able to sign up for the program that encourages them to explore nature and take “quests” with them to bring back later for points. This come-and-go event is for ages three and older.

January 14

Docent tours of the Japanese Garden, at Fort Worth Botanical Gardens — 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. // The Japanese Garden is a traditional stroll garden with winding paths through the landscapes and around ponds.  The Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo, bridges, and ponds which are home to over 1,200 Koi fish. Japanese Garden public tours are offered the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. Docents wait in the courtyard of the Japanese Garden. No reservations are necessary.

January 17 – February 8

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo // The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo features the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, Best of Mexico Celebraciõn, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding, and Rodeo X Extreme Team Competition. The FWSSR Pro Rodeo Tournament tops it off in the world’s most awesome venue for rodeo — the new Dickies Arena. Other activities include livestock and horse shows, kid-friendly activities and exhibits, live music, carnival midway, shopping, great food, and much more. 

January 18

Conservation Saturdays, at River Legacy Living Science Center — 11:00 a.m. // Conservation Saturdays are a fun and engaging way for families to learn and take part in various aspects of environmental conservation. Activities may include trail clean-ups, crafts and animal presentations, and talks. Space is limited, so RSVP soon! To RSVP call 817-860-6752. For more information, contact Jorge Garcia at [email protected] or 817-860-6752, ext. 125.

January 23 – 25

Extreme Mustang Makeover 2020 — times vary, at Will Rogers Collesium  // Trainers will have had approximately 120 days to gentle a wild horse and compete for the top prize of $50,000. The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of wild horses. The EMM program, created and produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro Program, involves a 120-day competition that challenges trainers to gentle and saddle train wild mustangs to ready them for competition.

January 24

37th Annual Fiesta Night — starts at 5:30 p.m. // The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is rounding up its partners for the upcoming 37th Annual Fiesta Night at the Rodeo. This signature event attracts more than 600 participants and features a dinner, auction, raffle, rodeo, and dance with live music. 

January 24 – 25

Daddy Daughter Dance — Return to Arendelle, at the Compass Church — times vary // Dads and princesses everywhere are cordially invited to return to Arendelle for the most anticipated Royal Snow Ball of the year! Please accompany Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf for a wonderfully enchanting evening of singing and dancing the night away along with a castle full of fun activities on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. Grapevine resident ticket sales begin Monday, December 9, and non-resident ticket sales begin Monday, December 16. Space is limited and the event will sell out quickly. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

January 25

Kids Yoga & Art with Yogi Squad and Art Room — 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. // Practice breathing and focusing techniques, flow through simple yoga poses (themed with accompanied high-quality children’s picture books), sing songs, dance, and play games. Participants will strengthen their bodies and develop positive self-awareness while cultivating their own set of mindfulness tools that will become instrumental throughout their daily lives. This is an ALL AGES event! It’s collaborated with The Art Room for an awesome make-and-take art project after class related to the our stories and yoga theme.

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