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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
What: The popular book comes to life onstage.
Why: Purple reigns.
When: Fri.-Oct. 26. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. (214-740-0051). Tickets online at dct.org.
The Great Pumpkin Festival
What: Explore the pumpkin house, hay bale maze, and pumpkin patch.
Why: Carve out time.
When: Sat.-Nov. 2. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. (214-515-6500).
Skies of Butterflies
What: A walk-through exhibit with hundreds of free-flying native Texas butterflies.
Why: No nets required.
When: Thru Oct. 24.
Where: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (214-428-7476).