SPRING BREAK GUIDE 2023
Staying in Cowtown for Spring Break? The WUFW Spring Break Guide has enough activities to keep you and your family busy all week long.
Spring Break in the Fort Worth Stockyards
Spend your Spring Break week at the Fort Worth Stockyards! Exciting activities include live music, old west gunfight shows, cattle drives, rodeos, and more. Every day starting March 13th-19th , including all the fun festivities with Cowtown Goes Green on Saturday, March 18th, 10am-8pm.
Cliburn Kids on the Road
The Cliburn will host a series of free Cliburn Kids On the Road concerts, “A Celebration of Latin America,” across the Metroplex during Spring Break, March 13–16, 2023. Full program can be found at cliburn.org/community.
These 35-minute programs celebrate the unique language of Latin American classical music. Professional hosts and pianists will lead families through an exploration of the instruments, dances, and rhythms of the region, and show how composers portray their identity and traditions through the piano. As always with Cliburn Kids On the Road, there are lots of opportunities for audience participation. The programs are entirely free for the public to attend, and several will be offered in both Spanish and English.
ART Break At The Modern
Admission for kids under 18 is free every day. Monday, March 13, and Friday, March 17, it’s FREE for ALL at the Modern.
Complimentary hot dogs and lemonade for kids at Café Modern on Monday! (11 am- 2 pm; while supplies last)
Take an ART Break with family programming at the Modern while your school-aged children are on Spring Break, March 13-17.
Slow down, stop, and learn a little bit more about some of your favorite works from the Modern’s permanent collection and special exhibition, I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen. Each ART Break station includes a conversation with a community artist or Modern docent and a gallery project focusing on selected works in the galleries. On our free days, Monday and Friday, join your family and others in helping build collaborative works.
Even though you can’t touch the art (!), we have fun designed for the whole family to enjoy together. Get your creative energy flowing as you spend time with the Modern’s collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video.
March 14, 15, and 16
11 am–3 pm
ART Break – Family Studio
March 13 and 17
On FREE Monday, March 13, Café Modern will open the Modern Grill on the Café Terrace with hot dogs and chips available for sale from 11 am to 2 pm. KIDS eat FREE! Each child under 12 receives a FREE hot dog and bag of chips. (While supplies last.)
Spring Break at Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Join the fun with Spring Break at the Museum on March 11th – March 19th! We will be every day during Spring Break and can’t wait to celebrate the season with guests and members.
Check out activities in Innovation Studios, new exhibits, and fun gifts at Shop Too!
March 11 – March 19
Monday – Saturday | 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday | 12 PM – 5 PM
Spring Break Art Extravaganza at The Kimbell
The Kimbell Art Museum Spring Break Art Extravaganza will return March 14–17. The annual free family event includes art activities inspired by Kimbell masterpieces, yoga, films and more, as well as MELT Ice Cream and Art by Sam caricatures on selected days. Additional highlights include studio experiences facilitated by guest artists Jamison LeBlanc and Johanna Belwood, as well as artist-led gallery sketching expeditions. The hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Friday, noon–4 p.m. The full schedule will be available by March 1 at https://kimbellart.org/springbreak
Daily weather-themed art-making activities include Cloudy with a Chance of Watercolor, Stormy Seascapes Printmaking, Nature Sounds and Sculpture, and DIY Suncatchers (Tuesday–Friday). Wednesday and Thursday will also feature yoga, and short family films will be shown on Tuesday and Friday.
Tuesday and Wednesday:
- Kimbell-inspired collages with guest artist Jamison LeBlanc;
- Art by Sam caricatures from 1–3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday:
- Wearable springtime flowers with guest artist Johanna Belwood;
- MELT Ice Cream available for purchase from 1–3 p.m.
- Free admission to all permanent collection galleries;
- Art making;
- Sketching expeditions with guest artists;
- Sensory tours;
- Book baskets;
- Studio A family play space designed for ages 5 and younger;
- Lunch available for purchase in the Kimbell Café 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and noon–2 p.m. Friday;
- And more!
All activities are first-come, first-served. Space may be limited. Free gallery guides and audio tours are available in English and Spanish in both buildings.
Theatre Arlington Spring Break Camp
Come play with us at Theatre Arlington!
Taking a break from school is awesome! Especially, when it means you can test your acting chops in Theatre Arlington’s Spring Break Camp 2023!
For ages 6-14, this all-day, Monday-Friday camp will culminate in a musical performance.
Show is Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS!
Spring Break Camp
Production: Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS
March 13 -17, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ages 6 – 14
Spring Break at Fossil Rim / Glen Rose
School is out, and Fossil Rim will have an abundance of baby animals. This is a great way to spend part of your Spring Break Week. Be sure to purchase your tickets online ahead of time.
Spring Break Family Camp at BRIT and The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Join us for Spring Break Family Camp on March 16 or 17! Bring the whole family for tons of fun and make memories that will last a lifetime in the many splendid spaces of the majestic Japanese Garden. Sign up for either a morning or afternoon session, or better yet, both! Family Camp programs are the same on both days.
For the morning Japanese Garden Art sessions, come find inspiration amongst the peace and serenity of the Japanese Garden while taking a class in botanical art. Create a masterpiece as a family that is nature-inspired, hands-on, and fun for all ages – no matter your skill level!
During the afternoon Maple Mystery sessions, work as a family using scientific tools, observational skills, and creative thinking to unveil clues that will guide you in solving The Maple Mystery.
The safety of our staff and guests is very important to us; masks are recommended during the program.
Date: Wednesday, March 15 or Thursday, March 16
Morning Art Session: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Mystery Session: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 10
Price (per session): $12 /Non-Member or $10 /Member (Log in to receive Member benefits.)
Spring Break at the Carter
Tuesday, March 14 through Friday, March 17.
Take a break with us! Enjoy this free, fun-filled extravaganza including gallery games, art-making activities, creativity challenges, and more. All ages welcome.
Share your experience Spring Break using: #CarterSpringBreak
Spring Break at The Fort Worth Zoo
Make WILD plans this spring break for your camper and sign them up for Spring Break Camp! Throughout the week campers will go on daily Zoo hikes, play games and activities, and see daily animal visitors in their classroom! Campers who are in first through fifth grade are welcome to join us for this WILD adventure. Choose from All Week or Individual Days.
Spring Zoo Camp 2023
Dates: Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17
Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Extended care: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 10 years old
Cost: $85 per day
$335 for all 5 days
Members receive a 10 percent discount!
Spring Break at SeaQuest
SeaQuest is the perfect place for your staycation this Spring Break and spend meaningful time with friends and family. Exploring the aquarium, interacting with the many different animals as you share new and exciting experiences together is a great way to create fun, lasting memories!
Peppa Pig World of Play
Peppa Pig World of Play is a New indoor play attraction, designed for preschool children.
With 14 themed areas each lovingly created from the hit animation series, we will bring to life the world of Peppa Pig and spark the imagination of your little piggies. Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle!
Looking for fun kid’s activities or things to do for Spring Break? There are 12 great family attractions in LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas / Fort Worth.
Six Flags Over Texas
You won’t find any homework here, just the Biggest Thrills in Texas!
There’s nothing quite like celebrating Spring Break at Six Flags Over Texas! Hang out with your friends or family and hop on to one of your favorite thrill rides! From March 11 through March 19, we’re celebrating Spring Break with THRILLS!
Live shows and entertainment all around the park is just what you need to have the best Spring Break experience.
Guests can enjoy other Spring Break offerings, too, including:
- 45 rides and attractions
- Specialty Spring Break culinary offerings
- Outdoor performance stages
- Spring Break photo ops throughout the park
Scream big on New Texas Giant on the world’s first hybrid wood/steel coaster or test your nerves on MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast as you travel backwards into a 180-degree inversion that takes you upside down as you stare at the ground.
Take a visit to GOTHAM CITY and challenge yourself with a ride on THE JOKER or HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, where no two rides are ever exactly the same! Or, perhaps you’ll dare to take on the RIDDLER Revenge and CATWOMAN Whip. Do you have what it takes to tackle these villainous thrill rides?
Spring Breakout at Great Wolf Lodge
Time to celebrate the return of Spring!
Shake off the winter blues and spend quality bonding time together with a perfect spring getaway — guaranteed to be 84 degrees and not a cloud in our sky.
Top Golf Spring Break Academy
The Topgolf Kids Spring Academy is three days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids will love. This program includes all the components that make up the great game of golf. Spring Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each Junior Golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing. Register your child(ren) today!
If your organization has a Spring Break activity, camp, or event, send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER CAMP GUIDE
Summer is just around the corner! What’s Up Fort Worth is already working on our Summer Camp Guide. If you have a Summer Camp that you would like us to include in our Summer Camp Guide, please send details to email@example.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY 2023
The History of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century.
At the time of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love. 200 years later, February 14th was proclaimed St Valentine’s Day
This year we officially celebrate our Loves on a Tuesday. Don’t wait till Tuesday! Here is a list of great date night experiences to celebrate Love in Fort Worth, either before or after February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day! We LOVE Fort Worth!
FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS
Billy Bob’s Texas
Before Valentine’s Day, February 10th & 11th
Ashley McBride & Wade Bowen
After Valentine’s Day, February 17th & 18th
Clay Walker & Michael Salgado with Jay Perez
You can’t go wrong when you treat your Valentine to a night of live music and dancing at Billy Bob’s Texas.
Tannehill’s Tavern & Music Hall
Before Valentine’s Day, February 10th & 11th
Los Lonely Boys & The Mavericks
After Valentine’s Day, February 17th & 18th
Rumours Fleetwood Mac Tribute & Muscadine Bloodline
Valentine’s is a great time to check out Fort Worth’s newest live concert venue.
Bass on Broadway presents Pretty Woman, The Musical
February 7th – 12th
Bass Performance Hall
The weekend before Valentine’s Day you can celebrate at Bass Hall with the musical Pretty Woman. If you are ready to fall in love all over again, Pretty Woman will lift your spirits and light up your heart.
FWSO presents An Evening of Brahm
Van Cliburn Hall at TCU
This one-night-only special concert will be conducted by newly-appointed Principal Guest Conductor Kevin John Edusei in the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at Texas Christian University.
Scat Jazz Lounge Concert on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Soiree with Shelley Carrol
Tuesday, February 14th:
THE coolest and most romantic way to spend Valentines Day is in the oh-so-cozy Scat Jazz Lounge. Take in the the talents of Shelley Carrol while sipping on a classic cocktail. A rose for the lady is included to make the night just right. It’s a Valentines Day Soiree!
Stolen Shakespeare League
February 10th – March 5th
Sanders Theatre at Arts Fort Worth
Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Fort Worth’s classical theater company, presents the Stolen Shakespeare Festival 2023 featuring A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare and THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare. The festival is directed by Lauren and Jason Morgan with Jule Nelson-Duac.
Reid Cabaret at Casa Manana presents The Music of Ray Charles
February 7th – 18th
Join us for Unchain My Heart: The Music of Ray Charles. Often called the “Genius,” Ray Charles pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s, combining blues, gospel, R&B, rock, country music and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as “Unchain My Heart,” “I’ve Got a Woman” and “What I’d Say.”
Cliburn Concert Series with J’Nai Bridges
Friday, February 11th
The Post at River East
A flashy Cliburn Concerts debut, without a doubt: J’Nai Bridges comes to Fort Worth fresh off a 2022 Grammy win for her recording of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten with the Metropolitan Opera. She’s known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times) and has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times); she’s graced the world’s top stages in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to world premieres to spirituals and standards. The American mezzo-soprano sold out her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. She’s performed at the BBC Proms, Elbphilharmonie, and Tanglewood Festival; with the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dutch National Operas; and with the National, BBC, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the last with Yo-Yo Ma. And now a handful of lucky Fort Worth patrons will get to hear her excellence in two intimate concerts, one at the Kimbell, one at The Post.
WEST Fort Worth
Buddy Whittington & the Second Bananas at Magnolia Motor Lounge
Tuesday, February 14th
Ballet Frontier presents Carmen & More
IM Terrell Performing Arts Center Auditorium
February 18th & 19th
Join Ballet Frontier this Valentine’s Day for the fiery romance of Carmen! Our production of Carmen is in collaboration with the University of Utah and performed in honor of Margo Dean.
In addition to Carmen, Ballet Frontier will present a brand new contemporary work by Lee Wei Chao, Variations on a Rococo Theme by Artistic Director Chung Lin Tseng, and the spicy ballet Paquita!
CAMP BOWIE DISTRICT
Saxophonist Vandell Andrew LIVE!
Saturday, February 11th
Join Saxophonist Vandell Andrew live in concert with his AMAZING full band! This will be a SPECIAL night that you don’t want to miss!
Doors will open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm
Pre-Valentine Weekend Concerts at Fat Daddy’s Mansfield
Friday, February 10th: Velcro Pygmies
Saturday, February 11th: Dallas Boston Experience with Breaking Bad Co.
Post-Valentine Weekend Concerts at Fat Daddy’s Mansfield
Friday, February 17th: Even it Up with Burning Sky Band
Saturday, February 18th: Back in Black with Poisoness
Arlington Music Hall
An Evening with JD Souther
Saturday, February 17th
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee JD Souther is “one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation,” writes Interview Magazine. “Raised on a steady diet of big band and jazz during his childhood, Souther has routinely returned to that music— as well as the genius songwriters of the early 20th century (Gershwin, Cole Porter)—for inspiration. On his latest studio album, Tenderness, Souther combines these musical threads, striking a perfect balance between understated jazz and the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work.”
Timeless Concerts presents Valentines Special!
Two concert dates available!
Saturday February 11, 8:00pm &
Saturday, February 18, 8:00pm
FEBRUARY 11 (HOLT HICKMAN CENTER): Our February concert includes: Violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, violist Tim Angel, cellist Oliver Schlaffer, pianist Heejung Kang, soprano Sabrina Romero-Wilson, tenor Sergio Cepeda, and newcomer soprano Youna Hartgraves. We will have a concert hour of variety from instrumental tangos and Latin songs to the classics of Europe, great Italian songs to favorites from musicals, plus previews of upcoming concerts! Complimentary wine, soft soft drinks and snacks provided. BYOB accepted! Pianist Erik Barnes will be there to make the post-concert party special, taking your musical requests!
FEBRUARY 18 (GRACIE LANE): Our February concert includes: Violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, cellist Oliver Schlaffer, pianist Heejung Kang, soprano Sabrina Romero-Wilson, tenor Sergio Cepeda, and newcomer soprano Youna Hartgraves. We will have a concert hour of variety from instrumental tangos and Latin songs to the classics of Europe, great Italian songs to favorites from musicals, plus previews of upcoming concerts! Complimentary wine, soft drinks and snacks provided.
Need More LIVE MUSIC Options for the Valentine Weekend or any other time?
Valentine Dining Options in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Stockyards https://fortworthstockyards.com/restaurants/
Sundance Square https://sundancesquare.com/dining-and-cocktails/
Downtown Arlington https://downtownarlington.org/visit-downtown/bars-restaurants/
Camp Bowie District https://www.campbowiedistrict.com/dining
Near Southside https://www.nearsouthsidefw.org/members
The Kimbell Art Museum invites families and art lovers of all ages to a free week-long celebration of creativity, storytelling, movement and more. From Monday, March 15, to Friday, March 19, the virtual Spring Break Art Extravaganza offers imaginative fun for curious spring breakers to enjoy from home.
Partnering with locally and nationally recognized artists and organizations, the Kimbell has prepared a lineup of exciting activities and performances inspired by the museum’s permanent collection. Each day will feature art-making guides, live family programming and engaging videos created by guest artists. Reservations are only required for selected art-making sessions, and Facebook Live story times are presented in both English and Spanish. Participants can sign up to receive free art kits while supplies last. Visit kimbellart.org/springbreak for more details.
Monday, March 15: Artful Animals
Paws, tails, wings and spots—today focuses on favorites from the animal kingdom! Warm up with sketching, follow a step-by-step video about painting fantastic creatures, gather around for a special story time starring one very loyal dog and more.
Tuesday, March 16: All About Lines!
Get inspired by the many wondrous possibilities of lines! Sign up for a two-hour needleworking class with Dallas-based artists from Oil and Cotton, watch how artist Jared Chapman combines shapes to create wacky characters, and don’t miss a delightful Facebook Live story time.
Wednesday, March 17: Faces
Nose around and focus those eyes—today is all about faces! Guest artist Nick Parker shares his tips for drawing faces, actor Kent Williams introduces kids to Kabuki theater, and an ancient sculpture from Nigeria inspires some art-making ideas.
Thursday, March 18: Finders-Makers
Calling all adventurers for a day of fresh discoveries! Experience the storytelling magic of stilt dancing performed by Amphibian Stage Tad-Poles, embark on a texture scavenger hunt, and sign up to model clay with Dallas-based artists from Oil and Cotton.
Friday, March 19: Families
The last day of the extravaganza celebrates families of all kinds! Monkey around with some playful primates from a Japanese landscape painting, discover the work of New York-based artist-illustrator Xindi Yan, and practice the art of Tai Chi with a loved one.
Youth education programs are supported by the Lowe Foundation Endowment for Kimbell Kids and a grant from the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
About the Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.
The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit kimbellart.org.
Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451.