January family fun in DFW

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Happy new year! Now that the big holiday season has passed, you are probably ready to get out of the house. And if you have little kids, they are probably suffering from a little cabin fever. There are several January family fun activities around DFW that are free or budget-friendly. Check out what’s going on this month.

January 4-5

Walk in the Woods

Take a hike, literally, at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. This guided hike for all ages will give visitors a peek at the plants and animals that call the area home. Hikes are free with park admission: $5 for 13+, $2 for 3-12.

For more info: FW Nature Center and Refuge

Family Movie Fun

Northwest Branch Library will show a screening of the animated film, Meet the Robinsons (G). Admission is free. Showtime is Saturday the 4th at 2 p.m.

For more info: Family Films

Curious George Exhibit

If you haven’t seen the Curious George exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, this is the last weekend. This exhibit offers a cute and hands-on experience for preschoolers to visit the world of their favorite story character. Exhibit is free with museum admission: $14 for 13+, $10 for 2-12. Weekend museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

For more info: Let’s Get Curious

January 11-12

Dutch oven cooking

Visit Log Cabin Village throughout the month for historical demonstrations. On Saturday the 11th, the local Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be demonstrating traditional dutch oven cooking methods. Bundle up and visit the village and you might get a taste. Cost is regular admission: $5 for 18+, $4.50 for 4-17.

For more info: Log Cabin Village

Family Movie Fun

Central Branch Library will show a screening of the classic 80s film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG). Admission is free. Showtime is Saturday the 11th at 1 p.m.

For more info: Family Films

Family Celebration Weekend

The Kimbell Art Museum hosts this free family fun event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Come celebrate the new education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion. There will be hands-on activities, demos, guided tours, and performers. A full schedule is available on the Kimbell website. This event is completely free and requires no reservations.

For more info: Kimbell Family Festival

January 18-19

Family Movie Fun

Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library will show a screening of the 80s classic, The Goonies (Rate PG, but note that there are an exceptional number of references to male anatomy). Admission is free. Showtime is Saturday the 18th at 2 p.m.

For more info: Family Films

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo All-Western Parade

The Stockshow kicks off this weekend with a parade beginning downtown at 11 a.m. and will include livestock, cowboys, wagons and several local high school marching bands. The route runs between the Convention Center and the courthouse along Main and Houston Streets. There will also be face painting, balloon artists and other entertainment in Sundance Square. Reserved seating is available, but admission is free elsewhere along the route.

For more info: Fort Worth Stock Show

January 25-26

Lego Movie Learning Event

Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide are hosting a free family event on Saturday to celebrate the upcoming release of the new Lego Movie. There will be lots of hands-on activities, a screening of the movie trailer, and a few people will win movie tickets. Fort Worth has only one B&N still open – at Hulen and Overton Ridge. A full list of participating DFW locations with times is on the event page below. Some locations require pre-registration so contact your store for details.

For more info: Lego at Barnes & Noble

Exploring with LEGO

The Fort Worth Public Library hosts a special hands-on building event for kids age 8-12. An instructor will lead children in building motorized vehicles and other creative projects. This event is held on Saturday at Southwest Regional from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.

For more info: Worth Reading 365

Spin: The Science of Rotation

Visit the C.R. Smith Museum for a hands-on exhibit that teaches kids of all ages about the science of rotation. The 15-activity exhibit gives visitors a chance to explore spinning toys, space, transporation, and much more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for age 2-18. This exhibit runs through May 3.

For more info: C.R. Smith Museum

Young Adult Keller Book Festival

Keller ISD hosts this annual teen event at Central High School (9450 Ray White Road, Fort Worth). Teens can enjoy discussion panels and workshops with 25 young adult authors. There will also be autograph opportunities, music, poetry, and food. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more info: YAK Fest

If you have an event that you think should be added to this January family fun listing, send me a message through the contact form. I’ll be adding to this post throughout the month.

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