Fun things to do this August in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more

The Dallas Arboretum is offering a bargain: Its August Dollar Days promotion features discounted admission and parking as well as food and drink deals.(Shaban Athuman / Staff Photographer)

Find places to go and things to stream this month.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at the Shops at Clearfork

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted celebrities like the Rolling Stones and Halsey to postpone North Texas appearances, but it isn’t stopping the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck tour. The truck has rolled through D-FW many times, and with each tour came hundreds of fans who waited as long as three hours to buy food and collectibles. Merchandise for sale this time includes lunchboxes, stainless steel water bottles, T-shirts, giant Hello Kitty cookies, macarons and cakes.

This year’s tour, which stopped Aug. 1 in Frisco and is headed to Fort Worth this weekend, will still involve lines of fans, but the organizers are hoping there’s “adequate open space for social distancing” at the outdoor plaza at the Shops at Clearfork. Attendees will be instructed to stand at least 6 feet apart, and the organizers say they will have a security guard on-site. Because of the pandemic, Hello Kitty staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and counters and credit card scanners will be wiped down every 30 minutes. Guests are encouraged but not required to wear masks.

Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shops at Clearfork, 5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth (in the plaza across from Starbucks).

August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

Aug 13, 2020 until Aug 31, 2020 ·  – 

Starting at $2

Get a cool discount during the hot weather. Throughout August, Dallas Arboretum admission is $2 for ages 3 and older and parking is $5, plus sodas and frozen pops are $1 each, hot dogs and root beer floats are $2, and brownie sundaes are $4. Cool spots in the gardens include the Toad Corners fountains and the misters in Fern Dell. The arboretum is open daily with timed ticketing and other pandemic safety precautions. No walk-up tickets will be sold. Groups are limited to 10 people or fewer. Parking must be purchased in advance, and spots are assigned to maintain safe distancing. The arboretum encourages everyone 3 and older to wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, the gift shop and other public buildings are closed. However, the Seward Johnson exhibit of 25 life-size cast bronze sculptures of ordinary people doing familiar things such as reading, knitting, gardening, mowing and bird-watching has been extended through Sept. 7.

Through Aug. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays till 8 p.m.) at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $2, free for children under 2. Parking is $5.

QuakeCon at Home

FREE This annual party for PC gaming fans will be virtual this year. Log on for 60 continuous hours of content related to QuakeDoom EternalFallout 76The Elder ScrollsPreyThe Evil Within and more. The lineup includes live game play, talks with developers and voice actors, a cosplay showcase and the finale of the Quake Pro League season: the Quake World Championship, where the world’s top Quake players will compete for $150,000 in prizes.

Aug. 7-9 at

Music and a Movie

FREE Farmers Branch’s summer series kicks off with a performance by country cover band Straight Tequila Night followed by a big screen showing of the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta, Debra Winger and the original Gilley’s nightclub outside Houston. Food vendor Nuevo Leon will have concessions for sale. The series continues with different bands and movies on Aug. 21 and Sept. 11. Coronavirus precautions include temperature checks at the gate and masks required for ages 10 and older. Seating on the meadow will be within circles marked on the lawn to ensure safe social distancing. Portable restrooms and hand sanitizer stations will be available.

Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free admission and parking at the Countersource, 12400 Ford Road, Farmers Branch. 1377/music-and-a-movie.

Boho Market

The Boho Market

Oct 10, 2020 until Dec 12, 2020 ·  – 

FREE Expect more than a dozen local Etsy-style small businesses set up at the Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. They’ll be selling handmade, vintage and artisan goods such as jewelry, clothing, home decor, macrame, woodwork, candles and more. The regular Shed vendors will also be selling their wares, including regionally grown produce, herbs, local honey and other gourmet ingredients. For Boho Market, booths will be spaced 10 feet apart and hand sanitizer will be available. The Dallas Farmers Market requires all sellers and shoppers to wear masks.

Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market, 902 S. Harwood St., Dallas. Free.

Rooftop Movie Nights

FREE Sundown, the restaurant next to the Granada Theater, is offering service on its rooftop patio that overlooks Greenville Avenue. And on Wednesdays and Thursdays, movies are projected for diners to enjoy. Admission is free, and Sundown will be selling dinner and drinks. On Aug. 12-13, the film is Labyrinth, the 1986 Jim Henson film starring Jennifer Connelly as a teenager trying to rescue her baby brother from Jareth the Goblin King, played by rock star David Bowie.

Aug. 12-13 at 8:30 p.m. at Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free admission. Menu and bar prices vary.

McKinney Wine Walk

Historic downtown McKinney’s Sip and Stroll Summer Series continues with a wine-tasting walk. For $30, you’ll receive a taster glass and a map to 20 businesses offering samples of reds, whites, rosé and sparkling wine. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and three time slots are available to spread out crowds and accommodate social distancing. The event benefits McKinney Little Free Pantry.

Aug. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at 111 N. Tennessee St. in historic downtown McKinney. $30 for those 21 and older.

Hot Import Nights

See customized, modified and beautified hot rods at this indoor car and truck show. The exhibition will also include related vendors such as KraftWerks and Skunk2 Racing auto parts dealers, the Miss HIN Dallas Model Competition, music, concessions and more. Face masks are required for entry. Social distancing will be enforced, and the number of shoppers per booth will be limited.

Aug. 8 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. $20 cash at the door, $15 in advance online, $10 for children 7-12, free for children 6 and younger.

Women Texas Film Festival

Women Texas Film Festival

Aug 13, 2020 until Aug 17, 2020 ·  – 

FREE For its fifth year, WTxFF will be virtual. The festival, which showcases the work of visionary female filmmakers, will include nearly a dozen full-length features and 36 short films sorted into five programs by themes or styles such as comedy and magical realism. Many of the films will be available to stream throughout the film fest, but some will be exclusive to their event times. Both narratives and documentaries are featured, with subjects such as an LGBTQ love story, sex trafficking and Europe’s first mosque headed by a female imam. “Our goal has always been to show the range of the female storyteller, and the depths to which women can take us via their work in film,” says founder and artistic director Justina Walford.

Aug. 13-16 at Free; donations accepted.

Drive Thru Balloon Glow (CANCELED)

UPDATE: Drive Thru Balloon Glow is cancelled for this weekend due to weather conditions. Organizers are working on new dates

See more than a dozen tethered, glowing hot air balloons along a half-mile driving trail at Frisco’s Warren Sports Complex. Frisco’s parks and recreation department is hosting this event for families to have some safe fun at a distance. The balloons begin inflating at 7:45 p.m. No parking or pedestrians allowed. All vehicles must enter the park from Eldorado Parkway, follow the course and exit onto Rogers Road.

Aug. 7 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Parkway, Frisco. Free admission.

Second Sunday Funday To Go

FREE While the Irving Arts Center remains closed, the center is offering arts and crafts from its Second Sunday Funday art-making program for children to work on at home. Families can pick up to-go projects curbside at the center on Aug. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. The kits are free while supplies last. This month, the project is inspired by printmaking techniques.

Aug. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Free.

Thursday Evenings at Dallas Heritage Village

Thursday Evenings

Aug 13, 2020 ·  – 

Starting at $6

The 20-acre outdoor history museum’s grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Thursday nights through Aug. 13, they will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. for special events. On Aug. 6, those who have been longing for Dallas Heritage Village’s usual spring Jazz Age Sunday Social can enjoy a Roaring ’20s night. Visitors can dress up in period clothes and dance the Lindy Hop. Then on Aug. 13, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by learning about the women’s suffrage movement. Both evenings will have a daylight tour of the grounds at 6:30 p.m. and a lantern tour at 8:30 p.m. Coronavirus precautions include contactless tickets, hand sanitizer stations and 6-foot markers to ensure social distancing.

Aug. 6 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $8, free for ages 12 and under.

Jewish Film Festival of Dallas

Jewish Film Festival of Dallas

Aug 13, 2020 until Sep 3, 2020 ·  – 

Starting at $13

This year’s fest will be presented virtually with films streamed on Vimeo and post-film discussions on Zoom. The lineup includes four feature films about being accepted and accepting others, plus the documentary Hate Among Us about the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. Each film will be available for 48 hours after its release. A talk-back on Zoom follows the streaming period. The first film, The Keeper, will be available to stream from Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. through Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., then the post-stream discussion will be Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. The Keeper is a biographical film about Bert Trautmann, a World War II German paratrooper who, after being held in a British POW camp, became a star soccer player for Manchester City.

Through Sept. 2 at $13, $10 for members.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Reopens

The family-friendly Fort Worth museum has reopened, and the photography exhibit “Laura Wilson: Looking West” will remain on display through August. Masks are required for ages 11 and older, and some interactive stations will be closed. Check out “It’s Never Just a Horse” on the second floor. The exhibition looks at the bond between women and horses and at the women who shaped the American West.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $4-$10. Half-price admission ($2-$5) on Fridays and Saturdays. Free for ages 3 and younger. Parking is free.

KidZania Reopens

This Stonebriar Centre attraction for kids 6-14 is reopening July 31 with coronavirus precautions in place, including decreased hours and capacity to ensure proper social distancing. When visitors check in at the airport-like entrance, they will have their temperatures taken, must answer COVID-19 questions and are required to wear face coverings. Inside the museum, where kids try out jobs such as news anchor, optometrist and pilot, guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and after each activity.

Starting July 31, KidZania will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. $39.95 for ages 6-14, $14.95 for ages 4-5 and 15 and older.

Epic Waters in Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie’s 800,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor water park complex has a UV-protected retractable roof, a 600-foot lazy river, a FlowRider surfing simulator and Epic Waves, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor pool that surges 4-foot waves at 10-minute intervals throughout the day. Other attractions include the Lasso Loop body slide, the Aquanaut inner tube ride and Rascal’s Roundup, a special area for little ones. There’s also a cafe, a bar and lounge, and an arcade with classic and modern games. The park is open with a decreased capacity and signs to encourage safe social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures and additional hand sanitizer stations. Visitors 10 and older are required to wear face coverings except when swimming, eating, drinking, changing clothes and showering.

Other changes this summer include a series of discounts. A twilight special features $20 tickets for ages 4 and older on Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m. Additional discounts include $10-$22 admission for Monday Madness, buy-one-get-one free on Tuesdays through Sept. 1 and $17 tickets for Throwback Thursdays. Check the website for discount codes and package deals. Regular admission for ages 4 and older is $29-$34 on Sundays through Fridays and $39-$44 on Saturdays. There’s a $12 discount for Grand Prairie residents; ID is required when presenting tickets. Children 3 and younger are admitted free at all times.

Open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie.

Medieval Times Reopening

The replica 11th-century castle off Stemmons Freeway has reopened to visitors. The attraction north of downtown Dallas features two-hour shows with Queen Maria Isabella presiding over a jousting tournament, hand-to-hand combat and falconry demonstrations. Ticketholders get a knight to cheer on, paper crowns and a four-course dinner of roasted chicken and vegetables, tomato soup, garlic bread and dessert served with two drinks. (Vegetarian meals available.) Modern pandemic precautions include 50% capacity, extra space between seated parties and the requirement of masks and temperature checks before entry.

Medieval Times is open most days at 2021 N. Stemmons Freeway Dallas. $62.95, $36.95 for ages 12 and younger. Discounted admission available online.

Animal encounters, shows and more at the Dallas Zoo

Meet the newest lion, Kijani, giraffe calf Kendi, toddling gorilla half-siblings Mbani and Saambili, African penguin chicks and other new friends at the Dallas Zoo, which reopened to visitors in late May. Due to coronavirus precautions, the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, the herpetarium, indoor viewing areas and some other spots are closed, and the carousel, mini train and monorail are not in operation. Ongoing activities include more than 10 daily keeper chats, the Wonders of the Wild wildlife show, the macaw-in-flight experience, pop-up animal encounters in ZooNorth and hourly animal presentations at the Wild Encounters Stage. As part of its safety modifications, the zoo requires advance purchases of timed tickets and parking. Tickets are available up to one week prior to your visit. Protective face coverings are required for visitors 10 or older, and they’re encouraged for visitors 2-9. Snack bars, walk-up food stalls and the craft beer garden will be open, and hand sanitizing stations will be scattered throughout the park.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $17 for adults, $14 for ages 3-11 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $10.

The Native Butterfly House & Garden at the Heard Museum features chances to view the winged creatures.
The Native Butterfly House & Garden at the Heard Museum features chances to view the winged creatures.

Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden at the Heard

Stroll through an enclosure of free-flying butterflies and pollinators such as honey bees at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. The winged beauties flitter among their favorite native plants and delight spectators by lighting upon them. The butterfly house is open through Oct. 4 and is included in general admission. The garden, which is open all year, includes North Texas native plants that naturally attract free-roaming butterflies with their colorful blossoms. Kids will enjoy spying the gliding insects indoors and outside and learning about their origins as caterpillars and chrysalises, and adults may pick up some ideas for adding butterfly-friendly plants to their home gardens.

Through Oct. 4 at 1 Nature Place, McKinney. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., plus July 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the second Saturday of each month, the grounds open at 7:30 a.m. $10-$12 for adults, $7-$9 for children 3-12 and seniors 60 and up, free for children 2 and under.

Addison Weekend Drive-In

Addison Weekend Drive-In

Aug 14, 2020 until Sep 12, 2020 ·  – 

FREE Addison’s summer events, including live music and salsa dancing in Vitruvian Park, have been canceled, but this weekend the town is debuting a new event series. Addison Weekend Drive-In is a stay-in-your-car concert series being held south of Addison Circle Park in a grass field. Local bands will perform onstage, and the show will be displayed on a large video screen with the audio played over a deluxe sound system, as well as transmitted via FM radio. Tailgating is not allowed and food and drinks will not be sold, but restrooms will be available on the north side of Addison Circle Park. Pedestrians can watch the shows from inside the park. The schedule includes Extended Play on Aug. 14, Joseph Veazie on Aug. 15, Shot of Benatar on Aug. 28 and Even It Up on Aug. 29.

Aug. 14-15 and 28-29 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at 15499 Julian St., Addison. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

Summer Drive-In Concert Series

Drive-In Concert Series

Aug 21, 2020 until Sep 4, 2020 ·  – 

Starting at $38

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will present three country music concerts at Tupps Brewery at the historic McKinney Cotton Mill. For $45 per vehicle, get a 20-by-20-foot space for parking and tailgating. Food and drink will be for sale. And the concerts’ sound will be played over a speaker system and available via a radio station. The lineup is Hill Country on Aug. 21 and Cody Canada and the Departed on Sept. 4. Get admission for all three concerts for $120.

Aug. 21 and Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. at Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. Entry begins at 7:30 p.m. $45 per vehicle.

Summer Drive-In Movie Series

Coppell Parks and Recreation has joined the recently opened Coppell Arts Center to host a drive-in movie series in the arts center’s west side parking lot. The schedule is Grease on Aug. 1, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu on Aug. 8, Annie on Aug. 15 and the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark on Aug. 22. Prepackaged popcorn and water will be available for purchase. And some Coppell restaurants will be selling to-go meals designed for picking up and taking to the drive-in.

Through Aug. 22, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. at Coppell Arts Center, 505 Travis St., Coppell. Entry begins at 7:30 p.m. $10 per vehicle.

Movies in the Park at Klyde Warren Park

FREE Lay out a blanket on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn to enjoy a free family-friendly movie series at downtown Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park. The 5.2-acre deck park that sits atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway will host film fun days most Saturdays in July and August and twice monthly in October and November. The series ends with Elf on Dec. 19. The summer lineup includes romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians on Aug. 8 and football film The Blind Side on Aug. 15. The Aug. 22 film will be Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez as the Queen of Tejano music, Texas’ own Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Klyde Warren Park has plenty to do even when there’s not a movie, including interactive water features, a dog park, walking trails, game and reading areas, and food trucks selling drinks and dishes from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

At 8:45 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free admission.

Crayola Experience reopens

This Plano attraction inspired by colorful crayons has reopened. Kids can see how Crayola’s products are made and check out about two dozen other activities such as designing and naming a crayon to take home. Some parts of the play space have been modified, including having fewer stations per activity to ensure social distancing. Playground spaces are closed for now, and costumed characters will not be making appearances.

But the gift shop and cafe are open. Other coronavirus precautions include requiring masks for ages 3 and older and checking temperatures of employees and visitors. Personal belongings must be in clear bags to allow contactless security checks. Capacity is limited to 50%, so entry is via timed tickets and reservations are encouraged. There will be hand sanitizer stations, and the attraction has implemented additional cleaning and sanitation protocols.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. $24.99, which includes unlimited visits for the rest of 2020; discounted single-day tickets available online. Free for children 2 and younger.

Shayla and her sister Kaylin Herron play on tubes at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. If you’d like to do the same, you’ll need to take your own tube while coronavirus precautions are in place.
Shayla and her sister Kaylin Herron play on tubes at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. If you’d like to do the same, you’ll need to take your own tube while coronavirus precautions are in place.(Tailyr Irvine / Staff Photographer)

Panther Island Pavilion daily activities

FREE Enjoy a beach staycation along the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Splash around near the shore, relax on the sand, take your own tubes and rafts, or rent kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. The Panther Island Pavilion Beach venue is open Tuesdays through Sundays with concessions such as soda and ice cream, pedal boat rentals and loaner life vests. On weekdays, outside coolers and food are allowed. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be food trucks, beer and wine sales, live music and lifeguards. Panther Island Pavilion’s pandemic safety precautions include requiring that purchases be made via credit card; no cash accepted. Groups of 10 or fewer people can gather at least 6 feet away from others for social distancing. Tube rentals will not be available.

The Panther Island Pavilion Beach venue is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. The beach is open Mondays without amenities such as pedal boat rentals and concessions. Free admission and parking. Rentals of kayaks, paddleboards and canoes are available daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $18 per hour.

The sculpture Crossing Paths is part of Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum.
The sculpture Crossing Paths is part of Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Seward Johnson: ‘ Celebrating the Familiar’ at the Dallas Arboretum

Through Sept. 7, 25 life-size cast bronze sculptures of ordinary people doing familiar things such as reading, knitting, gardening, mowing and birdwatching will be displayed at the Dallas Arboretum. The Seward Johnson exhibit features mariachis performing, a woman lounging in the grass, old friends chatting and a man reading The Dallas Morning News. They look right at home — except some are wearing clothing far too warm for the Texas summer. The arboretum is open daily with timed ticketing and other pandemic safety precautions. Reservations are accepted up to one week in advance. No walk-up tickets will be sold. Groups are limited to 10 people or fewer. Parking must be purchased in advance, and spots are assigned to maintain safe distancing, The arboretum encourages everyone 3 and older to wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, A Tasteful Place Tasting Garden, the gift shop and other public buildings are closed.

Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays till 8 p.m.) at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. Parking is $10.

Meadows Museum Reopens

The Southern Methodist University museum known for its world-renowned collection of Spanish art will reopen July 7 with regular hours but at no more than 25% capacity. Timed tickets, which are available for advance purchase through the Meadows’ website, will help manage the flow of visitors. When it reopens, the museum will display Madrid native Secundino Hernández’s painting Untitled (2019), which is on loan through the summer. The exhibit “Berruguete Through the Lens: Photographs From a Barcelona Archive” will also open July 7. The photography exhibit was planned as a companion to the special exhibition “Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain.” Both were supposed to open in March. “Alonso Berruguete” will now open in the fall.

The Meadows Museum reopens July 7 at 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, on the SMU campus. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays till 9 p.m.) and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. $12, $10 for seniors 65 and older, $4 for non-SMU students, free for children 12 and younger and SMU students, faculty and staff. Free admission Thursdays after 5 p.m.

Fun Movie Grill’s Drive-In Theatre

Irving’s Fun Movie Grill has transformed its vast parking lot into an old-fashioned drive-in. There’s a 40-foot screen and space to accommodate about 250 cars. The regular cinema building will be open for access to restrooms and the concession stand. Carhops will deliver food and drinks, including pizza, hamburgers and Indian fusion dishes, to customers in their cars. If the drive-in proves popular, the theater may expand or make it a permanent fixture.

Open nightly at 9 at Fun Movie Grill, 8505 Walton Blvd., Irving. $20 per car. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Big Air Las Colinas

This new indoor adventure park in Irving is designed for all ages. It offers extreme trampoline dodgeball, a foam pit, a battle beam, a zip line, climbing walls, a ninja warrior obstacle course, a toddler area and a 2,000-square-foot parents-only mezzanine overlooking the park that serves adult beverages, coffee and small bites. Families can eat at the on-site Big Eats Cafe. This is the first Texas location for the California-based entertainment company. See the website for information on coronavirus precautions.

Big Air Las Colinas is open daily at 2000 Market Place Blvd., Irving. Admission starts at $16.

Fort Worth Museums Reopening

The city’s three big art museums — the Kimbell, the Modern and the Amon Carter — are set to welcome visitors back. The Carter is going first, reopening to the public on June 19 after allowing members only for three straight days. The Kimbell Art Museum will follow the Carter, reopening to the public June 20 after a member preview. And the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will reopen on July 1. The Carter and the Kimbell will limit capacity to 50%, and employees and visitors 2 and older must wear masks. The Carter will display “The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion,” “Looking In: Photography From the Outside,” and “Eliot Porter’s Birds” through July 5. At the Kimbell, the special exhibition “Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces From the Capodimonte Museum” has been extended through July.

  • The Amon Carter Museum of American Art opens June 19 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free admission.
  • The Kimbell Art Museum opens June 20 at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Museum admission is free; “Flesh and Blood” is $18, $16 for seniors and students, $14 for kids 6-11, free for ages 5 and younger.
  • The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opens July 1 at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $16, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, free for those under 18.

Dallas Heritage Village

The 20-acre outdoor history museum has reopened its grounds, but visitors won’t have access to the historic buildings’ interiors. However, there’s still plenty to do. The museum will have games, including horseshoes, bingo and hopscotch, plus there’ll be scavenger hunts, chalk for drawings, coloring sheets, word searches and more. Meet Waylon and Willie, a pair of mammoth jack donkeys who call the village home. There’s also a new walking tour of the park’s trees. Coronavirus precautions include contactless tickets, hand sanitizer stations and 6-foot markers to ensure social distancing.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $8, free for ages 12 and under.

Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor reopen

After a roller coaster-like start to 2020 with quarantine, closure and stay-at-home orders, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington and its accompanying water park, Hurricane Harbor, will reopen to the public on June 22. Both will initially operate at reduced attendance levels, gradually increasing crowd size throughout the month. The parks are open this weekend for loyalty program members only.

There have been several new changes to how people experience both parks. A new online reservation system for admission lets customers choose both a time and day to visit a park and requires advance payment for admission and parking. If all options for the requested date are taken, customers can be placed on a waitlist.

All employees and visitors will have their temperatures taken before entering the park, and everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face mask while at either park. Masks won’t be required on waterslides, water attractions or in pools. Social distancing markers will be placed throughout the parks.

Rides, restraints and handrails will be cleaned throughout the day, and there will be hand-washing and hand sanitizer stations throughout the parks. Customers also will be separated by empty rows or seats on all roller coasters, rides and attractions. Water park patrons will be allowed to ride on a tube with their group members, but will not be allowed to share a tube with people not in their party.

  • Six Flags Over Texas will open to the public June 22; see website for hours. 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. $64.99 for ages 3 and older. Fast passes are $45-$100. $27.78 for parking.
  • Hurricane Harbor will open to the public June 22; see website for hours. 1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. $34.99 for ages 3 and older. $30 for parking.

Movie Theaters Reopening

On June 19, Cinemark will open Cinemark 17 and Imax on Webb Chapel in Dallas, Cinemark West Plano and XD and Cinemark North McKinney and XD as the beginning of a four-phase reopening. They’ll be showing previously released films for $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and younger and seniors 62 and older. Selections include 2020′s The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Sonic the Hedgehog. Concessions will also have welcome-back pricing. More theaters will reopen weekly, with all expected to be open in July. Also in July, Cinemark will transition to studio releases with regular pricing. Additionally, Studio Movie Grill will open its location in The Colony on June 19, and Strike+Reel in Garland is already open, offering $4 movies daily.

Visit and for more information.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Wander more than 100 acres of grounds at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, including French Renaissance-inspired vistas, the Rose Garden with its reflection pond and the Japanese Garden with its pagoda and koi. The landmark reopened June 1 with new admission guidelines to make sure visitors can maintain safe distances. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and entry will be in timed 60-minute blocks and limited to 300 people per hour. Most indoor spaces will be closed, except for restrooms and the Trellis Gift Shop. While the cafe is closed, concessions will be available throughout the garden. Guests can bring water bottles, and face coverings are encouraged for those older than 2. Those entering the garden will be subject to having their temperatures taken and being asked coronavirus-related questions.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Admission closes daily at 4 p.m. $12, $10 for seniors 65 and up, $6 for ages 6-15, free for children 5 and under. Free parking.

Texas Discovery Gardens

The Fair Park attraction is getting ready to reopen on June 19 with limited admission to maintain social distancing recommendations. The first weekend, June 19-21, will be reserved for members. Starting June 22, everyone is welcome to explore 7 acres of native plants in the certified organic gardens. Or go inside to enjoy the two-story Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, which contains hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Each day at noon, watch more butterflies being released. Additions include the “Water Dragons” exhibit, which features axolotl amphibians (aka walking fish), and renovations to the Snake Shack, which now also has reptiles other than snakes.

Starting June 22, Texas Discovery Gardens will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. $10, $8 for ages 60 and older, $5 for children 3-11.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

When the rodeo reopened last weekend, organizers say it may have been the first professional ticketed event in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic forced major sports leagues and events to shut down. Now rodeo events will happen each Saturday through Aug. 29 — with some changes. Capacity is limited to ensure social distancing in seating and in lines for tickets and concessions. Masks will be optional, and there will hand sanitizer stations. Two more changes: The public won’t be able to interact with cowboys before the show in the fan zone, and children will not be invited to win prizes by catching a calf during the calf scramble. However, each week will have a theme and promotion, with June 13 being Dollar Dog Night.

Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 29 at Mesquite Championship Resistol Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite. Gates open at 6 p.m. $22-$40, $10 for children 3-12.

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Shannon Sutlief. Shannon is the LocalGraf Database Manager on the product team and the former events editor for Guide and /shannonsutlief @shannonsutlief

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