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Things to do in August
Print out and save this page. It's your guide to the best family activities of the month.
2 August, Tuesday
An unpleasant family of toads. A slimy water rat. A muddled old
mole. This trio of villains does not make life easy for the heroine in Tiny Thumbelina.
Step inside her ever-so-small world in the latest stage production
adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen at the Creative Arts
Theatre & School in Arlington. Join Thumbelina in her quest to find
the prince and princess and the Land of the Little People. See THEATER.
3 August, Wednesday
This is the last month for children to enjoy the Summer Storytime
Tours at the Amon Carter Museum. Children can discover a whole new
world through moving words and vibrant pictures. The program presents
picture books and captivating stories inspired by the museum's fabulous
collections. The books are read in the galleries. See MUSEUMS.
4 August, Thursday
Lace up those inline skates and get ready to take your game to the
street. The Fort Worth Brahmas are about to wrap up their popular
Blacktop Brahmas Summer Tour, a series of free inline hockey clinics.
But there's still time to get some great tips from Brahmas players and
coaches. Today the tour stops from 10 a.m. to noon at the Martin Boys
and Girls Club in Fort Worth. Participants learn basic hockey skills,
including skating, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive
strategy. See EVENTS.
5 August, Friday
Enjoy an afternoon at the theater with your family as you sit back and delight in the classic tale of Peter and the Wolf.
Peter and his friends learn about friendship and courage in this
musical celebration, presented by the Pushcart Players, an
award-winning theater and arts-in-education company. The show will be
performed at the Irving Arts Center. See THEATER.
6 August, Saturday
Ahoy, mateys! The Wiggles have shipped out on their latest live
concert tour, and they're ready to dock right here in North Texas. The Wiggles Live! Sailing Around the World
features the world's No. 1 preschool band and their many friends,
including Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Wags the Dog.
Enjoy all their popular songs, see fabulous new sets and much more when
the show opens today at NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie. See EVENTS.
7 August, Sunday
Today is National Kids Day -- a celebration launched nationwide in
2001 to bring families together. Embrace your loved ones at a free
community event honoring kids. The River Legacy Foundation is hosting
the celebration, featuring indoor and outdoor activities, the Dallas
Disc Dogs and a fishing clinic. Attendees can enjoy free snow cones,
watermelon and popcorn. Join in the fun at the Living Science Center in
Arlington. See EVENTS.
9 August, Tuesday
It's time to raise the curtain on The Muppet Show! Get ready for big-time fun with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and more with the special-edition release of The Muppet Show -- Season One
on DVD. The set includes all 24 episodes, completely restored and
remastered, from the inaugural 1976 season of the variety show, plus
two never-before-seen episodes. You'll also get creator Jim Henson's
original pitch of the show, a gag reel and plenty of other memorable
12 August, Friday
Gotta dance! If that's the mood you're in, you'll definitely want to check out a performance of the rousing musical Singin' in the Rain.
The stage show is loaded with exciting tap numbers, heartwarming
moments and maybe, just maybe, some real live rain. You'll be humming
the tunes the whole way home. So, come out and soak up all the
wet-and-wild fun when the show opens today at the Artisan Center
Theater in Hurst. See THEATER.
13 August, Saturday
More than 1,000 pounds of hand-blown glass art will be showcased
this weekend at the Euless Public Library. The "Blooms of
Enlightenment" display was made to evoke images of growing floral
elements. The blooms take about two hours and require as many as four
people working together as a team to create. The 68 roundels weigh
about 10 to 20 pounds each and were created by David Keens and students
in the UTA Art Department. See EVENTS.
14 August, Sunday
Ever wonder what kind of animals visit your garden at night? Join in
the mystery with the "Backyard Wildlife Festival" at the Texas
Discovery Gardens at Fair Park. Kids can find clues and play a
detective game to learn about the nightlife creatures. Also, learn
humane, effective solutions to wildlife problems, such as squirrels in
attics, raccoons in chimneys and more. See ANIMALS AND NATURE.
16 August, Tuesday
Teen popster Hilary Duff is a busy girl. She's headlining a big-time concert tour. She's filming the sequel to the film Cheaper by the Dozen
with Steve Martin. She's co-hosting tonight's Teen Choice Awards. Quite
the busy-bee life, indeed. Well, at least she's made time for her music
fans, whom she greets today with her newest CD, Most Wanted. The album features the hit single, Wake Up,
which also can be heard in the commercials for Candies, for which Duff
also is the spokeswoman. Whew! Somebody give this girl a nap.
20 August, Saturday
Bicycle safety is so important, especially when it comes to kids. As
children across North Texas head back to school -- many on two wheels
-- be sure to make time for a valuable event that could help prevent
bike injuries. The 2nd Annual Bicycle Rodeo, hosted by the city of
Euless, will teach kids about road safety, helmet protection and more.
Children can ride along a specially constructed safety course with an
officer from the Euless Police Department. The free event also features
bounce houses, face painters and $1 train rides. See EVENTS.
23 August, Tuesday
It's a show so popular it spawned a reality-show knockoff. It's The O.C. and it's available for your home viewing pleasure 24/7. The O.C. -- The Complete Second Season is
scheduled to arrive in stores today in all its DVD glory. The great
thing about this show is that while the teens are the primary players,
the parents are just as vital, exchanging witty one-liners with the
best of the younger set. The seven-disc set includes all 24 episodes
and a disc full of bonus material.
24 August, Wednesday
Catch a lively performance of the award-winning Hello, Dolly! starring film, Broadway and television star Michele Lee, who is perhaps best known for her work on the nighttime soap Knots Landing. The show, featuring the classic hits, Put on Your Sunday Clothes and Before the Parade Passes By,
won 10 Tony Awards, including best musical. The show, presented by Casa
Maņana Theatre, is at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
25 August, Thursday
Travel to the African plains for a wild animal adventure. Illustrator Jan Brett's latest children's book, Honey...Honey...Lion!
follows the escapades of a honeyguide bird and an African honey badger.
For years, the friends shared the sweetness of honey. But now the
badger has become greedy, and the bird has decided to teach him a
lesson. A lift-the-flap page reveals the twist. Brett's most recent
book, The Umbrella, was a New York Times bestseller.
27 August, Saturday
Just in time for back-to-school season, it's the second annual
"Keepin' It Real" Youth Empowerment Summit. The goal of the event is to
provide kids ages 12 to 19 from across North Texas the information that
will help them be successful students and responsible citizens. The
youth summit is free and designed to provide teens with real-life
solutions to problems they may face as they prepare to return to
school. You must pre-register by Aug. 19. The summit, presented by Teen Graffiti magazine, Teens Reaching Teens Inc. and the Lakewest Family YMCA, will be held at Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas. See EVENTS.