Around Cowtown :: Family Friendly Events In & Around Fort Worth {December 2021}

If there’s ever a month to find family friendly events in and the Fort Worth area, this is it! Our little-big town is the perfect spot to celebrate family and togetherness with feel-good activities for kids, parents, friends, and loved ones.

Attend family friendly events in and the Fort Worth area.

Looking for Christmas and holiday-specific to-dos? Browse through our annual “2021 Guide to Holiday Activities,” which includes holiday parade dates, spots to meet Santa, theater productions, events, holiday light displays, and more!

Other helpful resources on the website are our “Guide to Extracurricular Activities” (because it is time to register for winter and spring activities) and “Support Local :: Local Makers Guide” (because it is time to shop for holiday gifts)! If you or your family are looking for walking or running races, check out “Guide to DFW Running Events.”

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December 3 

Teen Hangout at Kimbell Art Musuem // Kick off the weekend hanging out at the Kimbell! Grab a snack, take a teen-led tour, and come see what surprises we have in store during these free pop-up events. Free, registration required.

December 3 – 5

Anime Frontier the Fort Worth Convention Center // This epic, three-day anime convention in Fort Worth brings together the best of the U.S. and Japan for a showcase of what’s next in Japanese entertainment. It features some of the biggest guests in anime and manga and leading publishers in their first appearances in Texas. 

December 4

Mustang Magi Mustang Magi Trail Benefit 1 Mile and 5K Fun Run // For this benefit event, Fellowship Academy is excited to partner with Teen Life, a nonprofit that encourages, equips, and empowers teenagers by offering them a safe place to ask questions, receive the emotional support they need, and develop healthy peer and mentor relationships. The organization offers connection and hope through small group settings in more than 70 schools throughout the DFW metroplex. Find other running events in FWM Guide to Running Events.

December 4, 11, and 18

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio // Explore landscapes in the Kimbell’s permanent collection and pick up free art materials for related at-home activities. Free while supplies last.

December 4

Girls Nature Workshop: Holiday Botany at Fort Worth Botanic Gardens // All girls interested in floral design and horticultural skills, the Fort Worth Garden Club (FWGC) and FWBG|BRIT are partnering to offer a series of five, nature-based workshops that will connect you to the beauty of nature. Each program will work on one or more skills and highlight special spaces at the Garden and Research Institute. Members of the Girl Scouts can complete badge work, but all girls – not just Scouts – are welcome!

Toddler Studio: Once Upon a Time at Amon Carter Museum of American Art // At this event, toddlers will sing songs, play games, dig for treasure, and have playful adventures together inspired by Carter artworks. This is a free program for toddlers (ages two to three) and their families. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation may be provided during this event upon advance request.

December 5

Fort Worth Japanese Society Annual Bazaar // Attend this annual bazaar filled with great food and Japanese inspired gift items. Enjoy fresh, hot okonomiyaki as well as obento. There will also be a bake sale featuring many Japanese sweets. Pick up great Christmas gifts like origami jewelry by Ina Crow, pottery from Thea Patterson’s Running Bunny, accessories made of kimonos and obis from Miki Jory of Madame Butterfly Nagasaki, and gift items by Danny Adler. 

December 7 

Pictures and Pages at Kimbell Art Museum // This virtual event is a read along of Special Days Around the World, by Kate DePalma and illustrated by Martina Peluso. Prepare to travel to another world, presented in English and Spanish—just for kids!

December 8 

Indian Curry Night Workshop at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens // Culinary dietitian Dixya Bhattarai will go over the basic techniques and ingredients you need to layer flavors in Indian cooking. Once you master the basics and learn how to make a weeknight friendly curry, you and your family will be creating dinners like this again and again.

December 9

Wish You Were Here, Carroll Swenson-Roberts at Artspace lll // Artspace111 presents “Wish You Were Here,” a solo exhibition of artworks by Dallas-based artist, Carroll Swenson-Roberts. The exhibition features mixed media drawing and painting narrative works on paper and panel. Carroll Swenson-Roberts tells stories with color, pattern, space, and shape.

December 11

Family Ornament Painting at The Art Barn // Paint Christmas ornaments together as a family! The Art Barns has many different shapes and sizes to choose from. Prices of ornaments are priced individually ($6 and up). Five dollar reservation fee is per person. You will purchase ornaments separately the night of the event. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Reservations are required! 

December 17

Story time at River Legacy // Experience a free, outdoor storytime at River Legacy Nature Center in partnership with Arlington Public Library. You and the family will listen to two themed stories and will get to meet one of River Legacy’s animal ambassadors, like opossums, snakes, and turtles. 

December 18 

Itty-Bitty Art: Sounds and Stories at Amon Carter Museum of American Art // Snuggle close and spend the morning listening to music, telling stories, and exploring sounds with artworks in the collection. This is a free program for children 24 months and younger with their favorite adult. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation may be provided during this event upon advance request.

Carter Playdate: Tall Tales // Will your little one climb a mountain, fly through the clouds, or meet people in a faraway city? It’s entirely up to your kiddo! This program reads Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena. For kids ages three to five.

December 19 

Family and Kids Yoga at Funky Picnic Brewing // Join Yogi Squad in Funky Picnic’s dining room for an ALL AGES and socially distanced yoga session that’s perfect for the whole family! Yogi Squad incorporates music, story-time, and song into the yoga practice to keep yogis of all ages engaged and having fun.

 December 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and January 3, 4

Winter Zoo Camp at Fort Worth Zoo // Register for individual days or all eight days. The Fort Worth Zoo’s Winter Zoo Camp is a lot like Summer Zoo Camp, but colder! This camp offers unique activities for children in first through fifth grade, allowing them to explore wildlife inside the zoo and in the classroom during their winter break from school.

December 31 

Parker McCollum concert at Dickies Arena // Texas’s own Parker McCollum brings his amazing sound to Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena on New Year’s Eve. He is of country music’s brightest up-and-coming stars. 

Swing Is the Thing at Bass Performance Hall // Music and movement combine as four world-champion swing dancers take the stage in a show that captures the swing era of the ’40s and ’50s. Groove to favorites by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, to Bill Haley and the Comets, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Katie F
Katie has been and editor and journalist since 2010. She’s worked for various national publications, including EQUUS and Western Horseman, and freelanced for titles such as Horse Illustrated and The Reiner. In addition to her role as managing editor at Beal Media, Katie is a content writer for The National Council of Mental Wellbeing and secretary for the Ranch Horse Association of America. In all her work, she’s drawn to projects that serve a purpose and help others. She lives in Willow Park, Texas, with her husband, two kiddos, horses, dogs, chickens, and cat.


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