2018. We made it! Take a deep, yoga-style, inhale and exhale, and help yourself to some crisp New Year’s positivity and enthusiasm. I don’t know about you but by January 1, Christmas decor = clutter, and I’m ready to start the year with a clean mantle to go along with my clean slate. It’s pretty cold and gray outside, but we’ve still got lots of fun January events and activities for you to do with the kiddos. Happy New Year!
Below you’ll find a list of some of our favorite January events in Collin County. Be sure to PIN IT for later OR subscribe to our Newsletter and have our monthly guides sent straight to your inbox. Enjoy!
All Month :: Dinosaurs Live! continues at the Heard in McKinney. Be sure to check the weather before you go, because they don’t turn on the dinos if temperatures drop below 45 degrees. Here’s a link to more visitor tips. $11/adults, $8/kids 3-12, two & under free.
All Month (select dates) :: The Plano Metropolitan Ballet brings Sleeping Beauty to the Courtyard Theater in Plano for this year’s Fairy Tale Ballet. Choose from afternoon and evening showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month. All tickets are general admission: $18.
January 3, 4 :: Make crafts and play games in celebration of winter during Winterfest at the McKinney Public Libraries. This is a come-and-go event, and all ages are welcome. 1/3 at Roy and Helen Hall, 1/4 at John and Judy Gay. 10:30am-12pm both days. Free!
January 3, 10, 17, 2, 31 :: On Wednesdays you have three different chances to catch Babies’ Story Time at the Frisco Public Library. This is a lap-sit class for pre-walkers. Space is limited, get your free ticket on the day of class at the 2nd floor “Ask Us” desk. 10:30, 11, or 11:30am. Free!
January 6, 13, 20, 27 :: The National Videogame Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, but every Sunday they offer guided tours of the museum at 1pm and 3pm. Reservations are not required, and it’s included with the price of general admission. Check the link for more about the museum, including their ongoing exhibits. $12/adults, $10/ages 4-10, 3 & under free.
January 13 :: Burn some of those holiday-related calories at the Hotcake Hustle in Addison. They’ve got a 5k, 10k, and kids fun run, plus pancakes, great music, a beer garden, and free goodies from sponsors. 8-11am. Register here.
January 14 :: Head to Richardson for the Mochitsuki New Year’s Festival. Enjoy mochi, music and dance performances, cultural activities, and Japan’s rich New Year’s traditions. The link has more details on kids’ activities and all the performances. 2-5pm. $10/adults, $3/ ages 6-12, kids 5 & under free.
January 14 :: It’s the 42nd Annual India Day, a fun-filled event of songs and dances from all over India performed by local artists of all ages. Enjoy Indian classical music, Bollywood dances, and India’s rich cultural heritage at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. General admission tickets: $15.
January 15 :: The Frisco Library has a special MLK Day exhibit set up for kids. This is an interactive exhibit to help show children the history and impact of Dr. King. 11am-7pm. Free!
January 15 :: Third Sundays at the Frisco Heritage Museum means free fun for all ages. Kids’ crafts and games, entertainment, live animals, working blacksmiths, and docent-guided tours. All historic buildings are open to the public free of charge (does not include the museum). This month’s theme is “For the Birds.” Free!
January 18-21 :: The T&T Cup returns to the Allen Events Center. The Dallas Trampoline & Tumbling Cup features over 800 tumbling and trampoline gymnasts of all ages, competing for the Dallas Cup championship. You can get tickets at the door – $15/ adults, $9/ages 3-10, 2 & under free.
January 19-21, 25-27 :: North Texas Performing Arts has a show at their new location at Willow Bend Mall in Plano. The Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold over 100 million copies. Plot synopsis at the link. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets start at $10.
January 20 :: Trail Guides at the Heard will take you on a special Winter Night Hike tonight from 6-7:30pm. Sharpen your senses to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard. Check the link for night hike rules and register in advance because these always sell out. $12/ages 3 & up.
January 20 :: Texas Rangers Fan Fest is today at Globe Life Park in Arlington. They’ll have autograph sessions from top players, tours of the clubhouse, and Q & A sessions with coaches. 9am-3pm. $10/adults, $5/kids 13 & under.
January 20-21 :: Time for the Dallas Area Train Show at the Plano Centre. Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm. $10 per person, 12 & under free. Cash only!
January 21 :: Do y’all read the Pete the Cat books? There’s a new musical at the Eisemann Center in Richardson about this groovy blue cat coming to stay with a new family and the friendship and adventure that follows. Only one showtime for this one – 2:30pm. Tickets start at $12.