Lone Star Circus. Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Jan. 1: Lone Star Circus 

Expect jugglers, acrobats and four-legged performers in the spectacle that pays tribute to the birth of the modern circus. Catch the last showing at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St.

Cost: $48

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More info: dct.org

Jan. 6: Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Dinner

You don’t have to travel to 221B Baker St. in London to celebrate the detective’s birthday. Mark the occasion with a mystery and a meal, beginning at 6 p.m.

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road

Cost: $125-$140

More info: dallasarboretum.org 

Jan. 6: Holiday Trains

All aboard for the last day to see miniature toy trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track featuring Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl. 

Where: NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway

Cost: $4-$7

More info: thetrainsatnorthpark.com

Jan. 7: Instrument Petting Zoo

Keep your kids out of treble and take them to the instrument petting zoo in partnership with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Children can learn about the instruments and make their own to take home. 

Where: Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road

Cost: Free

More info: dallaslibrary.org

Jan. 19: STEAM in Action: Make a Monster

Unleash your inner beast and make a clay monster based on your personality traits, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road

Cost: Free

More info: dallaslibrary.org