February is coming, and there are a bunch of reasons to get excited. I’m ready to plan some spring vegetable planting, plan a healthy way to enjoy Valentine’s Day with my family, and explore someplace new. What are your plans for the month? Here are some happenings you should consider.

Be Active!

Take a Nature Walk at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) on Saturday, February 4 from 10am-noon or a Bird Walk on Saturday 11 from 7:30-10:30am. Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 and up. More info

Zip Line Day at the Heard Museum in McKinney is Saturday, February 18 from 1-3pm. Climb a 23 foot tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487 ft. Zip line. Register here.

Take a Night Hike on Friday, February 18th from 6-8pm at LLELA (ages 5+) or an Owl Prowl the next night from 6-8pm. More info

Take a Kayak Power River Trip down the Elm Fork in Denton on Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm. More info

The Deafinitely Not Different 5k and Fun Run benefits students who attend the Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, helping middle school students attend a math competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and high school students who attend Academic Bowl through Gallaudet University. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8am at Vines High School. Register here.

Let your 6-8 year old be an American Ninja Warrior at the Obstacle Warrior Kids McKinney location competition on Friday, February 24 at 5pm. Two-stage competitions based on points and time. Register here.

Plano Pacers Bead Bash 5K, 10K and Kids K will be held Saturday, February 25 at 8am at Bob Woodruff Park. The Kids K should start at about 9:30AM. More info here.

Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology at the Heard Museum in McKinney. Enjoy the Wetland Canoe Trail on Saturday, February 25 from 1-4pm, ages 7+. Register here.

Be Inspired!

Meet Captain Orville Rogers at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on Saturday, February 4 from 2-4pm. He trained Army pilots during World War II, flew secret missions during the Cold War in the massive Consolidated B-36 (built in Fort Worth), ferried airplanes for jungle missionaries, and enjoyed a sterling career as a pilot for Braniff Airlines.Last year, at 98 years old, he established a new world 1500 meter record of 16:32.19 for 95- to 99-year-olds, at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships – owning every age group world indoor track record from the 800 meters up. RSVP here

The Plano Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Saturday, February 18 at 8pm at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Tickets

Have you ever wanted to fly? Take an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds! See Earthflight 3D at the Perot Museum. Tickets

Texas Tulips in Pilot Point opens the end of the month! A great spot to pick your own tulips and take some great photos.

Be Prepared!

Register for spring adult kickball, pickle ball, flag football or softball through the City of Plano. Registration is open through Friday, Feburary 3, except pickleball which is open through Friday, February 17.

Got a garden? It’s time to plant radishes, beets, carrots, peas, onions, lettuce, spinach and more. Here are some of the veggies you can plant this month. For a full list download this PDF from Texas A&M.

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14 – how will you celebrate this day of love? And don’t just think romantic love – there are lots of forms of love to celebrate, so be thankful and don’t go overboard on the sweets!