One of the more family-friendly running events in town, the Dino Dash is a fun mix of education and exercise that helps raise money for programs at the Science Place. With 10K, 5K and 1K courses, there's a race fit for all ages and skill levels. The 5K course winds around Fair Park while the 10K route travels north along Lindsley, Munger and Swiss avenues then makes a U-turn and heads back to Fair Park along the same path. The 1K fun run/walk is geared toward small children, but parents are welcome, too. While waiting for runners to finish, family members can check out the arts, crafts, food, music and games of Discovery Fest. This year's festival features music by the Doctor Doctor Band as well as popular children's entertainer David Chicken. Dino Dash XI and Discovery Fest are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. with the 10K race at 9:15 a.m. Everything takes place at Grand Place in Fair Park. Entry is $20. Call 214-428-5555 ext. 260 or visit www.dinodash-discoveryfest.org. --Jay Webb
Kicks have a Blast
There's something maddening about soccer; something that always manages to get my blood up. Maybe it's the short shorts and high socks. More likely it's the fact that the players kick the ball instead of picking it up. I mean, why would an evolved species with the benefit of opposable thumbs boot a soccer ball instead of grabbing it and throwing it with their hands? The only truly enjoyable form of soccer is the brand played indoors with loud music, cheerleaders and beer. Lots and lots of beer. So check out the Dallas Sidekicks when they host the Baltimore Blast at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Reunion Arena. Tickets are $10 to $30. Call Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000. --John Gonzalez
As a TV-addicted, sports-impaired child, no Olympic competition captured my attention like figure skating. I loved all the frosty razzle-dazzle, the tap skirts fluttering in the cool breeze, the arms stretched out and waving overhead. I loved the drama--the heartbreaking falls, the daunting triple-lutz. I would have pawned my best Care Bear for an event like Smucker's Stars on Ice, with guest appearances from such iconic Ice Queens as Kathy Yamaguchi and Oksana Baiul and produced by the Dick Clark of the rink, Scott Hamilton. Of course, the show features more recent champions as well, such as Olympic medalists Alexei Yagudin, the duo of Jamie Sale and David Pelletier and others who glide by on their youth and talent. The event takes place January 24 at the American Airlines Center, and tickets range from $27 to $87 for VIP seating. See www.starsonice.com for more information or to purchase advance tickets. But a warning: may inspire childhood fantasies of winning a gold medal. Or wearing jewel-encrusted polyester. --Sarah Hepola
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