Happy Thanksgiving! After the turkey and football, it's time to get out of the house and do something festive. Here are our picks for some fun family time this weekend.
1 Circle Theatre presents Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid
This live theater production is a pantomime based on Grimms' Fairy Tales. Of its original performance in 2002, The New York Times wrote, "As the brave little kid triumphs over an ogre, a witch, selfish royalty and a monster, the audience learns not to judge anything by its appearance, from parents to peas." The show is appropriate for all ages, though best for ages 6 and up. There's plenty of audience participation through cheers, boos and even a bit of singing.
3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Shows continue 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 17. $10-$30. 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. www.circletheatre.com. Box office open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 817-877-3040.
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2 Omni Imax Theater: 'The Polar Express'
Keep the kids in their PJs for a Polar Pajama Party screening of The Polar Express at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater. Children can enjoy hot cocoa and hands-on winter science experiments. Dynamo, the museum's dinosaur mascot, will be there in his jammies too, ready to pose for photos. The party runs at 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday, and the movie starts at 10 a.m.
Can't make it this weekend? Pajama parties are scheduled before Saturday-morning shows through Jan. 2 and daily during the week leading up to Christmas (times vary).
You must have a movie ticket to attend the party. $9 adults, $8 children and seniors.
1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. www.fwmuseum.org/polar-express.
3 Artisan Center Theater presents 'Scrooge the Musical'
Take the classic Charles Dickens story, add a few musical numbers, and you end up with a family-friendly show that reminds us all of the true spirit of Christmas in an entertaining way.
Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Thanksgiving weekend, daily (excluding Wednesdays) through Dec 23.
All shows are at 7:30 p.m., as well as 3 p.m. Saturdays. $7-16. 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.
4 Thanksgiving Weekend at Stockyards Station
Families can celebrate Thanksgiving in a truly Texan way in Stockyards Station, known for its cowboy heritage. In addition to the variety of food and retail shops that are open daily, there will be free holiday face-painting (noon-3 p.m.), the cattle drive (11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.), live gunfight shows (11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.) and a visit from Santa Claus himself (noon-3 p.m.).
11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817-625-9715; www.stockyardsstation.com.
5 Rahr & Sons brewery tour
Every Wednesday and Saturday, Rahr Brewery opens its doors for a walking tour. Everyone age 21 and up can also enjoy a three-beer sampling. Food is available for purchase, and local musicians perform. Rahr Brewery prides itself on being a family-friendly business. Parents are often seen pushing a stroller through the tour, and young children can play in the open-air facility. The brewery is also observing Movember, an annual prostate cancer-awareness campaign. Rahr will be hosting beard and moustache contests Wednesday, and a local salon will offer custom facial-hair trims.
1-3 p.m. Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $7 ages 18 and up; food and salon costs vary. 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth. 817-810-9266; rahrbrewing.com.