The Dallas Children's Theater--local haven for bead art and full-body animal costumes--is turning 20 this year. To mark the occasion, the company members have decided to throw a big birthday bash with food, fun and live entertainment. Headlining the event is the DCT's newest production, The Island of the Skog, a play adapted from Stephen Kellogg's book of the same name. Skog is a tale about seafaring rodents searching for a new home, but little do they know that the island they've chosen to inhabit is also the home of the evil skog. Can the mice resolve their differences with the skog in time, or will they be squished to mincemeat by its gigantic feet? Come find out at 7 p.m. September 24 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Tickets are $15 for children and $18 for adults. Call 214-740-0051 or visit www.dct.org. --Mary Monigold
We imagine the moment, millenia ago, when several species of birds flocked together and said, "Don't those voles and shrews look scrumptious? Why are we settling for seeds and nuts?" And so the raptor came into being. Though we're absolutely certain this is how it all happened, evolutionarily speaking, you can review every raptor-rific detail at the Dallas Museum of Natural History's Hunters of the Sky exhibit. Find out what birds of prey eat, where they live, how they nest and their role in art and folklore throughout history. Now that's something to sink your talons into. Raptor-related exhibits and programs begin September 20 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. Museum admission is $4 to $6.50. Call 214-421-DINO. --Michelle Martinez
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History comes alive
You're never too young to learn about cultures around the globe, but it doesn't always have to be in the form of a boring daily school lesson. And story time doesn't always have to be about gathering in a circle while the librarian holds up a jumbo-sized book and flips the pages to a monotone voice. Why not get animated and culture-driven lessons straight from the source? On September 23, the kindergarten-to-third-grade crowd gets its chance when Alexander Santos, a Kuyaribo Inter-Tribal storyteller, comes to the Pleasant Grove Library as part of Library Live! Santos, a member of the Arawak tribe, tells creation stories and myths using moral lessons, Arawak words and customs. He uses authentic instruments, traditional dress and plenty of animation and dance to keep the kiddos interested. The event begins at 4 p.m. and is located at 1125 S. Buckner Blvd. Call 214-520-0023. --Jenice Johnson