Barbie is still a bad role model for girls. At the American Girl Fashion Show, your daughters can indulge their interest in doll clothes without becoming habituated to the sight of high heel-ready feet.Yes, there's a product tie-in here, but it's an educational one. American Girl dolls are designed to look like young girls from significant periods in American history. Each doll comes with an explanation of her time period, books of stories from a year in her life and, of course, darling period clothes. The girls in the fashion show will be dressed like the dolls they're carrying, and actors will explain their historical context.
Natalie Flores and Felicity wear Felicity's Ball Gown.
Says Carolyn Franklin, HITS Theatre executive director, "The dolls teach girls that we're all living through history right now. A hundred years from now little girls will be interested in what you wore." 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-861-7408 or visit www.hitstheatre.org. $35 to $50. -- Lisa Simon
Big-Boned SAT 11/1
We might not know his name, but most of us have met Diplodocus, the huge dinosaur skeleton standing in the middle of the Museum of Natural Science. It's his 200,000,002nd birthday, so let's get together to help celebrate his ability to widen our youth's eyes. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 1. One Hermann Circle Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $3.50 to $6. -- Keith Plocek
Trick or Tree FRI 10/31
Halloween can be a scary time for safety-minded parents. Take your little monsters to the ArBOOretum this year, where they'll trick-or-treat down safe forest paths and participate in a slew of secure activities, including a costume contest and educational displays about bats and spiders. Never fear. Dusk to 9 p.m. Friday, October 31. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. For information, call 713-681-8433. $3. -- Keith Plocek