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

The Dallas Arboretum’s “The 12 Days of Christmas” display is now open for day and nighttime viewing.(Lynda M. González / Staff Photographer)

Find places to go and things to stream this month.

Chefs for Farmers

This year, the series of culinary charity events will include three virtual cocktail-making classes and five in-person dining events, with ticket sales benefiting the participating chefs and their staff members who have been affected by the pandemic. The virtual classes are $30 each, which includes the online programming and a cocktail-making kit that can be picked up in advance of the class. Learn about Desert Door sotol on Dec. 2, Patrón tequila on Dec. 4 and Maker’s Mark bourbon on Dec. 5. The small-capacity dine-in events are “A Taste of Napoli With Chef Dino Santonicola” on Nov. 30 for $115, “Into the Forest for a Mad Tea Party With Chef Misti Norris” on Dec. 1 for $145, “The Boujee Breakfast Dinner With Chef Jonathon Erdeljac” on Dec. 2 for $100 and “Praise the Biscuit, Pass the Jam: A Soulful Sunday Brunch” with chef Jordan Swim on Dec. 6 for $75. The fifth event, featuring chefs John Tesar, Sam Talbot, Alex Seidel and Justin Brunson, is sold out.

Nov. 30-Dec. 6. Visit for a full schedule and tickets.

Shop Small with the Boho Market

FREE The day after Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday is known as Small Business Saturday, when folks are encouraged to shop mom-and-pop spots instead of big-box retailers. In downtown Dallas, shoppers can support local Etsy-style small businesses during this two-day market at Klyde Warren Park. Expect handmade, vintage and artisan goods such as jewelry, clothing, home decor, beauty products, candles and more. Booths will be spaced 10 feet apart, and hand sanitizer will be available. Sellers and shoppers will be required to wear masks.

Nov. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free admission.

Only in Garland

FREE The Garland Chamber of Commerce and Visit Garland are hosting a Small Business Saturday event in downtown Garland, which is home to boutiques and other stores, restaurants and a brewery. Visitors to the historic district who register in advance can sample food and drinks while they shop. Sign up online, then visit the Garland Convention and Visitors Bureau to get a map to participating locations and their offerings.

Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at the Garland Convention and Visitors Bureau, 211 N.  Fifth St., Garland. Free admission. Register at

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

This year’s 5K and 8-mile runs are virtual, so get your flock of turkeys together for a trot whenever and wherever you want. Those who register online will still get the traditional T-shirt and race bib, plus they’ll get access to a virtual event and a virtual goody bag. Proceeds still support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, including the pandemic relief programs for children and families and the preschool program at Park South Family YMCA.

Through Nov. 29. $35 for the 5K and 8-mile events, $15 for children 6 and younger. Register at

Cowboy Christmas

FREE This Western gift show is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo being held Dec. 3-12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington. (Rodeo tickets are sold out; join the waitlist at Cowboy Christmas will have retailers specializing in Western apparel, jewelry, accessories, art, furniture and more from brands such as Cavender’s, Lucchese, Resistol, Teskey’s, J.W. Brooks Custom Hat Co. and Cowboy Santa. There will also be live music, appearances by rodeo competitors and musicians, autograph sessions, giveaways and more.

Dec. 3-12, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth. Free admission.

Holiday Movies at the Drive-In at the Central

Rooftop Cinema Club’s drive-in-style event has added Christmas favorites to its lineup. See Elf on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Nov. 28 lineup features Home Alone at 7 p.m. and The Holiday at 9:45 p.m. Other upcoming films include The GrinchThe Polar ExpressLove ActuallyThe Nightmare Before ChristmasA Christmas StoryIt’s a Wonderful Lifeand Die Hard. Viewers must watch the 52-foot screen from inside their vehicles (truck beds and hatchbacks count). Audio can be heard via FM radio (take a portable one if your vehicle doesn’t have a radio tuner or if you want to preserve the battery). Moviegoers are required to wear masks when outside. Visitors can take their own food and drinks, but concessions will be available for purchase. Restrooms are also available.

The Drive-In at the Central is at 2999 N. Carroll Ave., Dallas. Most films cost $28-$35 per car.

The Concert Truck

FREE The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has booked the Concert Truck for 22 outdoor performances all over the area through Dec. 18. Founded by concert pianists Susan Zhang and Nick Luby, the truck is literally that, with a side opening that serves as a stage. Zhang and Luby will perform on their own, and DSO players will present chamber works. Appearing on some dates will be performers from Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Each concert will be free and 45 to 60 minutes long.

Visit to see the schedule.

Holiday at the Arboretum

The highlight of the season is the “12 Days of Christmas” holiday exhibit, which features a dozen elaborate outdoor vignettes depicting scenes from the classic Christmas carol of the same name. Attend during daylight hours or after dark, when the stunning gardens will be illuminated by 1 million twinkling lights. Special programming throughout the season includes a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., Santa visits on select dates, holiday teas and dinners, and the return of the Christmas Village in the style of a traditional European Christkindlmarket opening Nov. 27. For 2020, the Christmas Village will feature a 23-foot-tall, handcrafted, German-built wooden Christmas pyramid. Masks are required for ages 5 and older.

Through Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special nighttime hours Nov. 11-25 on Wednesdays-Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 27-Dec. 30 on Sundays-Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. See website for admission prices.

Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan

This annual holiday celebration includes 2 million lights decorating the Gaylord Texan’s atriums, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree with a light show set to holiday music, a large outdoor skating rink, an eight-lane snow tubing hill and a Christmas carousel. Usually the event’s centerpiece is the “Ice!” exhibit of carved ice sculptures, but this year, COVID-19 restrictions on international travel kept the Chinese ice sculptors away. In its place, the Gaylord will have “Yuletide Bright,” an outdoor walk-through exhibit of holiday-themed Christmas lanterns and lights, and “I Love Christmas Movies,” an interactive walk-through perfect for photos. The latter will include 13 vignettes with backdrops, props, characters and more, so visitors can step into scenes from Elf, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Year Without a Santa Claus. Other paid activities include breakfast with the Elf on the Shelf, snowball fights, gingerbread decorating, snowman building, story time with Mrs. Claus, crafts and escape room challenges. Capacity will be limited to encourage social distancing, and masks are required for ages 2 and older. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Nov. 13-Jan. 3 at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. Viewing the atrium decorations is free; prices for other activities vary. Some tickets are timed, and some prices vary by date. “I Love Christmas Movies” is $23.99-$31.99, $21.99-$29.99 for ages 55 and older, $14.99-$20.99 for children 4-11. “Yuletide Bright” is $15, $10 for children 4-11. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

‘The Trains at NorthPark’

Though some other holiday favorites have been canceled this year because of the pandemic, this model train exhibit at NorthPark Center is still chugging, with more than 700 railcars and 1,600 feet of tracks amid elaborate scenes. See the trains pass cityscapes of New York and San Francisco, national icons such as the Grand Canyon and Route 66, and Dallas attractions such as Reunion Tower, NorthPark Center and Fair Park with Big Tex, the Cotton Bowl and the Texas Star Ferris wheel. Coronavirus safety precautions include requiring that tickets be purchased online, requiring masks for ages 3 and older and encouraging social distancing with limited capacity and one-way traffic through the exhibit. Outside the exhibit, check out NorthPark’s beloved Christmas decor, including a Santa, sleigh and reindeer made from pecans on display starting Nov. 27. A new exhibit of trees decorated with origami ornaments will be on view in December. But many other holiday hallmarks will be virtual only this year, including visits with Santa, Scrooge puppet shows and performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Find out more at

“The Trains at NorthPark” will be on display Nov. 14-Jan. 3 on Level 2 between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Holiday hours vary; closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 25. $10, $5 for children 2-12 and seniors 65 and up, free for children younger than 2.

Christmas at Galleria Dallas

FREE Towering in the middle of a skating rink at Galleria Dallas stands what is said to be America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, sparkling with nearly half a million lights and more than 10,000 ornaments. Starting Nov. 27, the tree’s daily Illumination Celebration light shows will be set to music. There will be only one Grand Tree Lighting event this year. On Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., see celebrity skaters, holiday characters and more perform around the tree. Advance tickets will be required. New this year is Snowday, a holiday-themed, multiroom immersive photo experience. It will be open Nov. 20- Jan. 3, and tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and $8 for children 4-12; ages 3 and under are admitted free. Family festivities are scheduled throughout the season, including a streamlined Chamberlain Ballet performance of a portion of The Nutcracker on Nov. 21 at 9 a.m., Breakfast With Santa on select Sundays at American Girl Boutique and Bistro and menorah lightings nightly Dec. 10-18.

The tree is up through Jan. 3 at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway. For a detailed schedule, go to

Radiance: A Holiday Light Spectacular

Three new Christmas lights drive-throughs will open on Nov. 11. The shows, in Frisco, Weatherford and Decatur, are each about a mile long with 2 million lights set to holiday songs accessible via the radio. Admission is $30 per vehicle holding eight or fewer passengers. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include VIP entry, hot chocolate and special viewing glasses. Food, drinks and novelty gift items will be for sale. Restrooms will not be available.

Through Jan. 3, nightly starting at 5:30 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco; Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Grounds, 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, Weatherford; and Joe Wheeler Park, 3101 FM51, Decatur. $30-$50 per vehicle.

Aurora: ‘Area 3’

Aurora, which produces the large-scale, biennial light art festival, will present a drive-by music, dance and visual experience called “Area 3.” The DalPark parking garage in downtown Dallas will house 100,000 square feet of site-specific creations from 11 artists and creative groups. Works on display will range from towering neon light installations by Denton-based artist Alicia Eggert to the quirky choreography of the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. There will be new video art installations from artists including Dallas-based Tramaine Townsend and duo Melanie Clemmons and Zack Lloyd. And it’s impossible to predict what musician Francine Thirteen will do.

Through Jan. 1, daily from 7 p.m. to midnight in the DalPark parking garage, 1600 Commerce St., Dallas. $30 per vehicle.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center reopens

This interactive children’s museum focuses on science, math and technology with hands-on experiences for pre-K through sixth grade. Kids can learn while participating in activities such as designing games, flying a drone simulator, experiencing building challenges, creating giant bubbles and exploring how bodies work.

The museum, which is located inside the Frisco Discovery Center, has reopened with limited capacity. Some exhibits and activities remain closed, but additional social distancing-friendly tabletop experiments have been added. Other coronavirus safety measures include temperature checks before entry, face masks for ages 3 and older and sanitizing stations throughout the exhibits. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Those who are not ready to visit Sci-Tech in person may enjoy the museum’s free virtual programming. There are online classes, how-to guides for experiments to do at home, entertaining science videos and more.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. at 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. $10 for ages 3 and older; $8.50 for seniors, military and teachers; free for those 2 and younger.

Community Wednesdays at Texas Discovery Gardens

Every Wednesday, this Fair Park attraction offers pay-what-you-wish admission for those 3 and older. Children 2 and younger are always admitted for free. Families can explore the 7.5 acres of the certified organic gardens, which feature native and adapted plants. Or go inside to enjoy the two-story Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, which contains hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a tropical rainforest-like environment. There’s also the renovated Snake Shack, which now includes reptiles other than snakes. Visitors are required to wear masks to enter buildings, including the Butterfly House and Snake Shack. Masks may be removed when spending time outside in the gardens. Limited capacity, signage and one-way walkways are being used to encourage social distancing.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Regular admission is $10, $8 for ages 60 and older, $5 for children 3-11. Wednesday admission is pay-what-you-wish. Enter Fair Park at Gate 5, Robert B. Cullum Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Park in the lot near Gate 6.

Crow Museum reopens

The Crow Museum of Asian Art, which has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, reopens Sept. 18. The Dallas Arts District museum will operate at 25% occupancy with enhanced cleaning measures, hand sanitizer and appropriate wayfinding and instructional signage in place. Masks will be required. The special exhibition “Beili Liu: One and Another” has been extended through Jan. 3. For it, the Austin-based artist created two site-responsive installations, Lure/Dallas and Each and Every/Dallas, in two of the museum’s galleries. Together they touch on the theme of human connection. It’s the first exhibition of the museum’s Texas Asian Women Artists Series. Exhibits from the permanent collection, “The Art of Lacquer” and “Immortal Landscapes: Jade From the Collection,” will also be on view.

Starting Sept. 18, the Crow Museum of Asian Art will be open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2010 Flora St., Dallas. Free admission.

The Drive-In at the Central

Rooftop Cinema Club’s drive-in-style event at Central Expressway and Carroll Avenue shows one to two popular movies nightly. Viewers must watch the 52-foot screen from inside their vehicles (truck beds and hatchbacks count). Audio can be heard via FM radio (take a portable one if your vehicle doesn’t have a radio tuner or if you want to preserve the battery). Moviegoers are required to wear masks when outside. Visitors can take their own food and drinks, but concessions will be available for purchase. Restrooms are also available. Pricing is by the vehicle, and most films cost $22 to $35, with the higher prices for the parking spaces closest to the screen.

Nightly at 2999 N. Carroll Ave., Dallas.

Heritage Farmstead Museum reopens in Plano

This family-friendly, 4-acre landmark in central Plano has reopened to the public. Times, days and capacity are limited to encourage safe distancing. A few other changes: The chickens are now free-roaming, and there are 10 new lambs and a new pig to visit.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., admission is $5 (free for children 2 and younger). Families can tour the grounds, feed the chickens and check out the educational displays around the farmstead such as the working blacksmith shop. Picnics and play time are welcome on this Blackland Prairie historic site.

On Fridays, folks can enjoy all of those activities, plus tours of the farm’s buildings followed by a hayride through the property. The Ammie Wilson House, a Victorian home, has a current exhibit showcasing Roaring ’20s fashion and decor. The Young House, which was built in 1880, depicts a rural home without electricity or plumbing. Admission on Fridays is $10 (free for children 2 and younger). Tours, which take about 75 minutes, begin at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance. Masks are required inside all buildings and anytime visitors are interacting with people not in their group. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

Open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1900 W. 15th St., Plano.

‘Dinosaurs Live!’ at the Heard

Walk the half-mile nature trail at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney to visit 10 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. The 15th annual display includes a 46-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex and nine other moving, roaring prehistoric creatures. An outdoor fossil dig, a play area and photo op are also featured. The trail is jogging-stroller-friendly but is not paved. The 289-acre wildlife sanctuary is also home to hundreds of birds, reptiles and other wild critters. In addition, the Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden is open through Oct. 4. Stroll through an enclosure of free-flying butterflies and pollinators such as honey bees. Coronavirus safety precautions include the ability to purchase tickets online in advance to minimize contact. Masks are required for visitors and employees. (For more on the Heard, see listing on Page 19.)

Through Feb. 15, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. $12, $9 for seniors 60 and up and children 3-12, free for children 2 and under.

Mesquite Arts Center’s Family Activities

FREE While the Mesquite Arts Center’s gallery and theater remain closed, families can learn new art skills and make crafts with the center’s virtual and take-home programs. On the first and third Thursday of each month at noon, a new MAC Doodles video is posted on YouTube showing how to create a new drawing. Every Monday at 10 a.m., families can pick up free Tote-and-Go kits that contain craft projects to complete at home. Every other Wednesday at noon, children 12 and older and adults can watch workshops on YouTube.

Visit for links to online programming. Pick up Tote-and-Go kits Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite, while supplies last.

Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos

The Dallas and Fort Worth zoos are having a summer baby boom. Both have new giraffe calves: a girl named Tana in Dallas and a boy named Nakuru in Fort Worth. Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Both zoos also have safety modifications, including masks for ages 10 and older, advance tickets required for timed entry, limited capacity and some indoor areas that are closed. The Dallas Zoo has recently reopened the giraffe feeding platform, the herpetarium, the gorilla viewing area, the carousel and the mini train. The zoo also announced last week that the Adventure Safari Monorail and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will remain closed permanently. The Fort Worth Zoo was recently named the top zoo in USA Today’s 10 Best Zoos contest. A panel of judges selected the top 10, then popular vote determined the ranking. Visitors have access to most areas, including the outdoor penguin exhibit, the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral, Stingray Cove, the train and the carousel. Safari Splash, a 14,000-square-foot water play area, is open with limited capacity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dallas Zoo is 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 Fort Worth Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 31 at 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. $16 for adults, $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is half-price on Wednesdays. $5 for Safari Splash tickets, $4 for Stingray Cove. Parking is $5.

FWO Green Room

FREE The Fort Worth Opera had to cancel its spring festival, and now for its 75th anniversary season, it has reimagined the fall programming to be online only. Called FWO Green Room, the project includes performances, discussions, seminars and masterclasses with Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Rowley. There will be a premiere of a virtual choral piece featuring the Fort Worth Opera Chorus’ 42 singers and Frontiers featuring Pulitzer Prize- winning librettist Mark Campbell.

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National Videogame Museum reopens

Families who have spent the last few months exploring islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons might enjoy learning about the history of video games and playing some, too. This attraction, which topped Buzzfeed’s list of 21 quirky museums, includes a 1980s-themed bedroom, living room and arcade with games like Asteroids and Donkey Kong that guests can play with tokens (four are included with admission; more can be purchased). You’ll also find the world’s largest Pong console, set up on a 15-foot TV replica from the 1970s, and the Head-to-Head Hall filled with gaming stations where attendees can compete against one another. The museum is open with coronavirus safety measures. Masks are required for ages 3 and older. Since many exhibits are hands-on, latex gloves are recommended and available upon request at the museum. Game controllers and other interactive elements are regularly sanitized. And some exhibits have been modified to encourage social distancing.

The National Videogame Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. $12 for adults, $10 for ages 4-10 and seniors, free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets must be purchased on-site.

Billy Bob’s Texas Reopens

To open, the Fort Worth Stockyards landmark had to be recertified as a restaurant — though it is one with a concert hall, a dance floor and a retail store. So instead of being the world’s largest honky-tonk, it’s the world’s largest honky-tonk-themed restaurant. Live music resumes Aug. 14 with the Bellamy Brothers. Flatland Cavalry takes the stage Aug. 15. Tickets are $16 to $32 and limited to 1,200 per show. Those who buy a ticket will have a seat inside the venue, but they won’t be required to sit in it. A $20,000 thermal camera will check guests’ temperatures when they walk into the venue. All have to wear masks and will be asked to socially distance.

Billy Bob’s Texas is at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Compiled by Shannon Sutlief, from staff reports

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