We might not have had much of a winter, but Tarrant-area students are ready for spring — or at least spring break. For most local schools, this year’s vacation falls March 14-18 (though a few are this week).Whether you are planning a staycation or planning for out-of-town visitors, we’ve found the best ways for your family to spend time together — plus a few places where you can drop off the kids. Book tickets or reserve space now for these popular spring break events, activities and outings.The Great Indoors‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Artisan Center TheaterFridayMarch 11-April 23Watch this classic children’s story re-created on the stage daily through spring break. Charlotte’s Web is based on the E. B. White story about a little girl, a terrific pig, and a clever spider who each learn a lesson on friendship. Performance times are 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with a second Saturday show at noon.Tickets: $10; age 12 and younger, $7. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst, 817-284-1200, http://artisanct.comClassic Movie at Grapevine’s Historic Palace TheatreFriday and March 11 and 18The Palace Theatre screens classic movies on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The spring break lineup includes Bend It Like Beckham (2002, Rated PG-13) on Friday March 11 and The Goonies (1985, Rated PG) on March 18.Wear your soccer team’s jersey to Beckham and receive complimentary small popcorn. Before the film, at 7:15, jerseys will be counted. The team with the most players in attendance receives a free movie pass for each member.Hey, Mom and Dad — special alert that 1985’s The Breakfast Club (Rated R) is the featured film on March 19.Tickets: $6. Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 817-410-3100, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/Palace-theatreChildren’s Opera TheatreMarch 14-15The Fort Worth Children’s Opera Theatre performs The Billy Goats Gruff and The Bremen Town Musicians over two days at the Scott Theatre. Both shows allow parents to introduce children to classical music with fairy tales and whimsical original performances. Shows run approximately 45 minutes and are followed by an audience Q&A. On March 14, The Billy Goats Gruff will be performed at 11 a.m. and The Bremen Town Musicians at 2 p.m. On the 15th, the schedule is reversed.Bring a nonperishable food item for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and receive a complimentary ticket for a future performance.Tickets: $5. Scott Theater, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817-731-0726, www.fwopera.orgGirls Soar! Aviation Day Camp at the C.R. Smith MuseumMarch 19March is National Women’s History Month, and theC.R. Smith Museum’s current exhibit is “Women in Aviation: The Real-Life Rosie the Riveters.” It includes a collection of photos from the Library of Congress that depict women working in aviation during World War II. The exhibit runs through May during regular hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.The museum is also offering its first Girls Soar! Camp, a one-day opportunity for girls ages 12-14 to explore aviation. Activities include a guided tour, hands-on activities and STEM experiments, and a chance to meet female aviators. Register online, $35 ($25 members). Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and campers should bring a sack lunch.Museum general admission: $4-$7. American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Highway 360, Fort Worth, 817-967-5925, http://crsmithmuseum.org.Adventure TimeCanoefest at the Nature CenterMarch 16Rent a canoe and paddle along the West Fork of the Trinity River at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided for $5 per person. Children must be age 5 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian who will sign a liability waiver. Space is first come, first served, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.The nature center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The event may be canceled if unsafe weather conditions exist, so it is recommended that you call the Hardwicke Interpretive Center on the morning of the event.Nature Center admission: $5, $2 ages 3-12. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org/event/canoe-fest.Spring Break at Six Flags Over TexasThursday-March 10-20Six Flags theme park is open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. In addition to all the rides and concessions, enjoy music by DFW groups on three Live and Local stages, step up to the Courthouse stage to sing your heart out in karaoke or challenge your friends to a battle in the Lip Sync Challenge.Tickets: One-day tickets start at $52; season passes at $73.Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, www.sixflags.com/overtexasSpring Fling on the Grapevine Vintage RailroadMarch 14-18Book a tour on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to see the area city and suburbs from a different point of view. Passengers can also participate in on-board games and activities.From Grapevine: Trains run from the Grapevine Vintage Depot to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back, 1 1/2 hours each way. Monday through Wednesday, the train departs at 1 p.m. and leaves the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the train departs at 11 a.m. and leaves the Stockyards at 2:15.Tickets: $18-$26. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-410-3579, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapevine-vintage-railroad.From Fort Worth: The Trinity River Ride leaves from the Stockyards and returns in approximately 1 hour. Monday through Wednesday, the train departs at 2:45 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, the train departs at 12:45 p.m.Tickets: $10-$15. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817-410-3185, http://stockyardsstation.com/attractions/grapevine-vintage-railroad.Benbrook Stables Horse CampMarch 14-18Spring break camp at Benbrook Stables offers horseback-riding lessons on a single day or weeklong session. Learn multiple riding styles, how to saddle, groom and wash your horse, feeding and safety. Additional activities include hayrides, outdoor games and crafts. Dress comfortably for the weather and bring a sack lunch and drink. Daily sessions are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Register by phone.Cost: $55 per day. Benbrook Stables, 10001 Benbrook Blvd., 817-249-1001, www.benbrookstables.com.Spring Break Camp at the Fort Worth ZooMarch 14-18First- through sixth-grade students can enjoy crafts, games and, of course, animal presentations and daily trips inside the zoo as part of this year’s camp, which has the theme “Birds of a Feather.” Children must pack a lunch each day; snacks will be provided. The camp runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, and before- and after-care are available. Register online.Cost: $225 (members receive a 10 percent discount). Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817-759-7200, www.fortworthzoo.org. Knowledge is PowerBubblefest at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and HistorySaturday March 12Families with kids of all ages will enjoy a celebration of all things bubbly. Learn the science behind soap bubbles with crafts, experiments and hands-on activities. Make your own bubble wand, and learn to blow bigger bubbles and make the perfect solution at home. Enter the bubblegum blowing competition, create bubble art, and experiment with frozen bubbles. Watch two demonstrations: Super Cold Bubbles and the Exploding Bubbles Show. The fun happens during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.General admission: $15, $11 ages 2-12. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817-255-9300, http://fortworthmuseum.org/bubble-festSpring Break at the Perot MuseumThrough March 5-20This year’s spring break activities have been extended to two weeks to accommodate different school schedules. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, with extended hours to 7 p.m. through March 19 until 7 p.m.Daily activities include bookworm reading, spring science crafts and science on the spot demo for topics like pinwheels, cloud making, marshmallows, egg-dying, rainbows, and Slinky springs. From March 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12, Discovery Days: Fossils will feature paleontology-themed activities, including 3-D dinosaur puzzles, fossil artwork and a scavenger hunt. Activities are included in general admission.General admission: $19, $12 ages 2-17 (members free). Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214-428-5555, www.perotmuseum.org.Spring Break STEM Program at the Longhorn Activity CenterMarch 14-18Kids ages 5-12 can have fun and learn through a combination of science, technology, engineering, art and math programs, with a new theme each day. For example,Monday, “If We Build It…” includes all things construction with contraptions, robots and food. Tuesday, “Ooey & Gooey” combines science and art for a messy lesson that includes silly putty, slime and papier-mâché. Wednesday, “That Rocks!” is all about fossils, rocks and volcanoes. Thursday’s theme, “It’s Alive!” features nature, birds and bugs. On Friday, the “Things That Go POP!” session includes rockets and geysers.Each day’s session is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. Registration deadline is March 9; forms can be downloaded and emailed, or call the center.Cost: $175 per child ($20 Scout discount). Longhorn Activity Center, 5350 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-231-8537, www.longhorncouncil.orgFood Truck Spring Break Camp at Young Chefs AcademyMarch 15-17Food trucks have become a fairly common sight at many DFW events and venues.This Young Chefs Academy kids’ camp for age 7 and older includes three days of themed classes from noon to 3 p.m. Each day, students will learn hands-on how to make food truck fare including entrees and dessert. For example, “Cruising Cocina” includes Latin favorites like Cubanos and dulce de leche. “Why Thai” is all about Asian fusion classics such as banh mi. The “Magic Carpet Ride” class covers Greek and Middle Eastern flavors. Register online.Cost: $150 per child. Young Chefs Academy, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 260, Fort Worth, 817-989-2433, http://ftworthtx.youngchefsacademy.com Uniquely DFWHandbook of the West Scavenger HuntSaturday-March 12-20Pick up a handbook at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for an adventure that will take you to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Public Art, the Sid Richardson Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards to learn about the famous people and places in history.Visit each destination and fill out the handbook; return it to the National Cowgirl Museum to collect a prize. The activity is geared toward elementary students and their families, and takes approximately four hours to complete.Cost: $13 children’s admission to the Cowgirl Museum plus handbook ($5 members); $5/accompanying adult. All other venues are free. Each child must have a handbook to receive a prize. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817-509-8662, www.cowgirl.netChildren’s Activities During Dallas BloomsDailyThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden reopened its Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden along with the annual Dallas Blooms display of spring bulbs. Multiple daily activities are scheduled during spring break.How Sweet Is It is a hands-on study and experiment with flowers in the Plant Lab at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. OmniGlobe presentations use a giant spherical model to display weather, plate tectonics and planets at 2:30 p.m. Little Adventurers Activities encourage preschoolers to use their senses and fine motor skills at 10 a.m. weekdays. There is also a free kids’ craft workshop March 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19.General admission: $15; ages 3-12, $10, plus $3 per person for the children’s garden. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 214-515-6615, www.dallasarboretum.orgButterflies in the GardenMarch 1-Through April 3“Butterflies in the Garden, The Mayan Experience” is the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in the area. Visitors can stroll through the conservatory and observe approximately 10,000 butterflies as they fly and land on tropical flowers. This year’s theme includes Central American butterflies like the blue morpho and glass wing, as well as species from the Americas, Africa and Asia. Entries are timed and advance purchase is recommended, though not required. The exhibit is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Admission: $10; $8 seniors (65+); $6 ages 3-12. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-392-5510, www.bitg16.org Butterflies in the GardenVideo of the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit of live butterflies, set to the music of "Flight of the Bumblebee". The exhibit runs through April , 2016 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden's conservatory. Check the website www.bitg16.org for more info and tickets. Spring Break on the GeO-DeckThrough March 5-20The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower has interactive touch screens to learn about Dallas landmarks and HD cameras to zoom in on sites below. On a clear day, visitors can see all the way to Fort Worth. During spring break, catch the great view and enjoy free family activities for kids of all ages.The Animal Adventures team from the Dallas Zoo will bring animals for close encounters March 13 and 17, 11-11:45 a.m. March 13 and 17. Enjoy story time with Tall Tales librarians 11-11:30 a.m. March 9, 14 and 16. The observation deck is open daily 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.General admission: $16, $8 ages 4-12. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas, 214-712-7040, www.reuniontower.comSpring break fun!Today: Events to book in advanceThursday: Gadgets and gear for your getawaySaturday: Free things to do in DFWMonday: A week’s worth of craftsMarch 15: The hottest new video gamesMarch 16: Recipes kids can help prepare
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