Feel all the feels this February with events in and around Tarrant County designed to be fun and entertaining for the whole family. Whether it’s a day at the zoo or a mommy-and-me story time, your kiddos and you can spend quality time together.
Speaking of story times, you can find more literary happenings in Fort Worth Moms’ “Once Upon a Time in Cowtown :: A Guide to Story Times in Tarrant County.”
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January 17 – February 8
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo // The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo features the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, Best of Mexico Celebraciõn, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding, and Rodeo X Extreme Team Competition. The FWSSR Pro Rodeo Tournament tops it off in the world’s most awesome venue for rodeo — the new Dickies Arena. Other activities include livestock and horse shows, kid-friendly activities and exhibits, live music, carnival midway, shopping, great food, and much more.
February 2, 9, & 16
Black History Month Film Series, hosted by the Fort Worth Public Library, Central Branch — 2:00 p.m. // Go to the Fort Worth Public Library’s Black History Month Film Series in the Tandy Lecture Hall. All showings are free and open to the public. The film Selma (2014) will be shown on February 2; Betty & Coretta (2012) will be shown February 9; and 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (2012) will be shown February 16.
Night Hike, hosted by Keller Parks & Recreation — 6:00 p.m. // The February Night Hike starting location will begin behind the Kroger on Rufe Snow and North Tarrant Parkway. From there, the group will explore the Little Bear Creek Linear Park trails. Approximate miles for the hike is three miles or one hour. Bring your pooch, the kids, friends, or whoever!
Mommy & Me Pioneer Story Time, at Thomas Place Community — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. // This Log Cabin Village-hosted event includes story time with a historical interpreter. Listen to Crow Chief: a Plains Indian story by Paul Goble.
Sensory Friendly Day, at Fort Worth Zoo — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. // The zoo’s first Sensory Friendly Day is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as others who have sensory sensitivities. Some sensory-sensitive accommodations will allow these individuals to enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo with their families and caregivers. Participants have access to quiet rooms, which are available to create relief from any overwhelming situations.
Valentine’s Day Cooking Decorating, at Bakeologydfw — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. // Check out this fun cookie decorating event for all ages. Each person will get six heart-shaped cookies to decorate for Valentine’s day in royal icing and sprinkles. In this class we will go over royal icing consistencies, colors, making, storage, and more!
Be Our Valentine, at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History — 10:00 to 12:00 a.m. // Explore “sweet science” and participate in hands-on activities on Valentine’s Day. Designed for children ages eight and younger. All activities are included with exhibit admission or free for museum members.
Texas Squirrel Sandy Cheeks Activity, at Fort Worth Public Library — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. // Celebrate the world of SpongeBob, Patrick, and all your friends from Bikini Bottom! We’ll make our very own sea-worthy crafts, play games, and more! Program presented in partnership with the Bass Hall’s special presentation of Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical. This activity is free, open to the public, and requires no registration.
Baby Day, at Botanical Research Institute and Technology — 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. // In this session you will learn five strategies for helping children understand and express their feelings. Learn about the importance of identifying feelings and understanding the cause of feelings.
Helping Children Handle Their Feelings, at Bedford Public Library — 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. // In this session you will learn five strategies for helping children understand and express their feelings. Learn about the importance of identifying feelings and understanding the cause of feelings. Children who can recognize, manage, and express their feelings in healthy ways are more successful in school and at home. Registration is not required for this free class.
Austin Allsup concert, with Randy Brown, at Railhead BBQ, Willow Park — 6:30 p.m. // Fort Worth native Austin Allsup is known for his success on season 11 of NBC’s The Voice. Before the show, he had already become a staple in the Texas Music Scene as a gritty folk rocker with a thirst for originality. As a member of Team Blake, Austin was able to walk the line of a country outlaw and renegade rock n’ roller persuaded by passion and purity to his craft.
Texas Mac & Cheese Festival, at Texas Live! — 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. // This event will bring together the area’s best restaurants, food trucks & chef’s cheesy visions into reality! Get ready to try a mountain of cheese goodness at Texas’ largest-ever mac and cheese festival. No matter how you like it — peppery, with ketchup, crispy with breadcrumbs, or creamy like butter, you’ll find the mac and cheese of your dreams right here!
Best Summer Ever 2020, at All Saints Episcopal School — 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. // Learn more about local and national camps, day and overnight camps, meet with schools and educators, sign up for extracurriculars and even plan your family vacation. The event is free for the whole crew with activities hosted throughout the day, and childcare to keep the kids busy while parents and caregivers meet face-to-face with over 60 summer fun experts. Free admission.
Black History Month Festival, at Arlington Public Library, Southeast Branch — 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. // Celebrate African-American culture in a variety of ways featuring, music, displays, dance performances, lectures and more. Bring the whole family to this annual event for our community. The Arlington Historical Society will have special displays during the month of February.
The Amphibians of Early Spring, at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge — 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. // Spring is for new life, especially for the frogs and toads of North Texas. Why do frogs and toads call on spring nights, and where are our salamanders? Find out the answers with photos and recordings of frog calls. See the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge page or website for entrance and other fees.