A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of January

It’s January! New beginnings. A clean slate. Let’s throw off the moldy old husk of 2019 and get down to better business. All that optimism, potential, and possibility that comes with a new year? WE’LL TAKE IT. Have a look at our roundup of January 2020 events and family activities below, and get started on the best year ever. (See? Optimism!)

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All Month :: Last full month to see Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. Be sure to check the weather before you go, because they won’t turn on the dinos if temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Here’s a link to more visitor tips. $12/adults, $9/kids 3-12, 2 & under free.

All Month, Wednesdays :: Davis Library in Plano hosts Art Start for ages 3-5 every Wednesday. Stories to inspire your little artist followed by a different hands-on activity each week. Things may get messy, but smocks and materials provided. 11am-12pm. Free!

All Month, Sundays :: The National Videogame Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, and every Sunday they offer guided tours of the museum at 1pm and 3pm included with admission. Their current exhibits are really neat: step back into an 80s arcade, play giant Pong, and see their Timeline of Consoles. $12/adults, $10/ages 4-10, 3 & under free.

All Month, select dates :: The Plano Metropolitan Ballet will do The Adventures of Tinkerbelle (an original ballet) at the Courtyard Theater for this year’s Fairy Tale Ballet. Choose from afternoon and evening showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month (note: Girl Scout performances are open to the public as well). All tickets are $18 each.

January 1 :: Day 1 Dallas at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco is all about family fun. It used to be held at Fair Park but this year they’ve moved to Frisco (for your convenience!). All activities are free inside the park and 90% of them are indoors, even inside the suites. The day ends with a big fireworks show over the field. 3-7pm. $5 general admission.

January 6 :: Music Monday at EQ Kids Club in Frisco features the cute little Bob the Clam puppet and fun intro lessons to music theory. Includes one hour of open play and a related craft. Designed for ages 2-8. 10-11am. $15 per child.

January 10-12, 16-18 :: NTPA presents Winnie the Pooh KIDS, based on the 2011 film and with music and lyrics by the Frozen folks. Perfect for all ages, with several showtimes to choose from (performances at The Shops at Willow Bend). Tickets start at $10. Note: Lots going on at NTPA in January—click here to see all their other shows.

January 11 :: 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 11 :: The Little Sweetheart Dance at the Plano Event Center (hosted by Plano Parks & Rec) is for fathers or father figures and daughters ages 4-14. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, light refreshments, and fun photo ops. 7-9pm. Tickets $20 per person.

January 12 :: Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Richardson with mochi, music and dance performances, and authentic cultural activities at the Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration. There’s lots planned for kids; check the link for a list of all the different activities and performances. 2-5pm. $10/adults, $3/kids 6-12, 5 & under free.

January 16-19 :: The T&T Cup returns to the Allen Events Center. The Dallas Trampoline & Tumbling Cup features hundreds of tumbling and trampoline gymnasts of all ages, competing for the Dallas Cup championship. You can get tickets at the door: $15/adults, $10/ages 4-10, 3 & under free.

January 17 and 31 :: Little Land Play Gym in Allen/Fairview provides a bi-monthly Parent’s Night Out for ages 2 and up. 4-8pm. $35 for first child, $20 for each additional sibling (pizza and juice included). Note: socks required!

January 18 :: Learn about the Lunar New Year with a lion dance troupe and drummer at Hall Library in McKinney. There will be hands-on activities, lion costumes for kids, and a presentation about the significance of the lion dance. For all ages. 11am-1pm. Free! Register here.

January 18-19 :: 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 20 :: Experience the history and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an interactive MLK exhibit at the Frisco Public Library. All ages. 11am-7pm. Free!

January 25 :: One more for the Heard! Trail Guides 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 to register in advance because these always sell out. $12 for members ages 3 & up/$14 non-members.

January 26 :: I just realized we have minor league basketball in Frisco. Minor league sports are great for family outings! The Texas Legends play Salt Lake City Stars at Comerica Center today at 3pm. Tickets from $10.

January 26 :: Play Street Museum Plano has a couple play sessions today. Pint-Sized Play is designed for ages 3 and under from 9-10:30am. And Weekend Play is basically open play by reservation (so it doesn’t get too crowded). 11:30am-1pm. Both events are $12 per child.

Know of any other good January events? Let us know!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.