Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps June 6 – August 12!
Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Concerts Return!
The premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” at the Dallas Arboretum, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, is back in action. As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, tickets have been selling fast and selling out. This year the series will kick off on March 17 with a new band, Downtown Fever: The Favorite Variety Party Band.
PEROT MUSEUM DECLARES TWO WEEKS OF SPRING BREAK COMPLETE WITH DAILY DOSES OF SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES AND DEMOS FROM MARCH 5 – 20, PLUS EXTENDED HOURS, 3D FILMS, DISCOVERY DAYS AND MORE!
Got spring fever? Break away at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for two weeks of daily activities and “science on the spot” demos, a sleepover, Discovery Camps, a fossil-themed Discovery Days, 3D films, extended hours and more!
From March 5-20 at select times, enjoy daily spring science crafts, bookworm readings, science trivia, slinky spring science, live “science on the spot” demos and drop-in activities involving making clouds, rainbows, egg dyeing, pinwheels/wind energy, marshmallows, mammoth/dinosaur toothpaste and mini kite flying, to name a few.
On Saturday, March 12, get hands on with a variety of paleontology-themed activities from digging for fossils and bones, to giant 3D dinosaur puzzles and fossil artwork, to a fossil scavenger hunt at the fun-for-all Discovery Days: Fossils … then stay late for a “doze-with-the-dinosaurs” sleepover!
Snag a seat in The Hoglund Foundation Theater: a National Geographic Experience for up-close encounters in Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 3D, Journey to Space 3D and Tiny Giants 3D that will have all ages ooh-ing and ah-ing.
The Perot Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. from Saturday, March 5 – Saturday, March 19, with special member hours each day.
For more info and to purchase your tickets** in advance, go to perotmuseum.org.
** Museum general admission ticket prices are $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (2-17), $13 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Museum general admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $6 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are FREE.
Medieval Times Spring Break Offers! PLUS Knight Training!
Spring Break is looming – do you have plans, yet? Well, here’s an idea, or two!
Friends and families of all ages love to experience the excitement of Medieval Times. A Four-course feast awaits as you watch the pageantry and thrills of an authentic medieval tournament come to life inside the walls of the King’s 11th Century Style Castle. Six armor-clad Knights of the realm compete in thrilling games on horseback as the pageant unfolds and cheers of the King’s noble guests fill the arena. Skill and strength are measured in the combat. Discover which of the Knights shall become champion.
There’s a great Spring Break offer, too:
*Use discount code SBWEB16 to get the above pricing. May not be combined with any other discount, special offer or group rate. Not valid for special shows, holidays or prior purchases. Restrictions may apply. Upgrade packages, tax, gratuity and applicable fees are additional. Valid only at the Dallas Castle thru 5/1/2016.
But Wait…There’s More!!
JUNIOR KNIGHTS TRAINING:
This Spring Break, bring your kids to train to become Knights of the realm at Medieval Times. Knights Training is available before all 2:00 p.m. shows March 14-18. Children will enjoy: Watching an exclusive weapons demonstration by our Knights and Weapons Master, and learning about the grueling training it takes to become a Knight. Upon completion of their training your children will be knighted by his majesty King Carlos in a group knighting ceremony. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 to participate. Space is limited and training is available on a first come first served basis. Training is open to both boys and girls. Closed toe shoes are required to participate. Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. and training will being promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Take Your Kids to Train with the Knights FREE with Each Child Admission
March 14th – 18th before the 2pm shows. Doors open at noon & training begins at 1pm (first come, first serve to first 80 kids)
- *Children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 to participate
- Space is limited
- Training is available on a first come first serve basis for the first 80 kids
- Training is open to both boys and girls
- Closed toe shoes are required to participate
- Valid only at the Dallas location.
WORLD-RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHERS, FILMMAKERS TO BE FEATURED AS PART OF 2016 INAUGURAL SEASON FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPEAKER SERIES AT PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
Underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes to kick off the springtime series Feb. 4; also scheduled are American photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Ami Vitale on March 3 and wildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James on April 7
Behind every great National Geographic story is a great storyteller. From great white sharks to ferocious lions to Amazonian culture, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will bring those stories to life as it kicks off its inaugural National Geographic speaker series with underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes Feb. 4 in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. The 2016 line-up also includes American photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Ami Vitale on March 3, and wildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James on April 7. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. with Q&A and autograph sessions immediately following. The speaker series, presented by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., is in partnership with National Geographic Live, bringing the National Geographic experience to global audiences, while celebrating the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Season and individual tickets are now on sale at perotmuseum.org (tickets prices below).
“The National Geographic speaker series gives guests a chance to hear about the incredible real-life adventures of some of the world’s most renowned explorers and photographers,” said Colleen Walker, the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “And The Hoglund Foundation Theater, with its eye-popping digital color, enables these astonishing images to truly come to life.”
Duo David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, partners in life and under the sea, have produced some of the world’s most stunning images below and above land. From unnervingly close shots of great white sharks to serene seascapes to bright and unusual aquatic life, Doubilet and Hayes’ underwater adventures have spanned the world, reaching even the most remote coral reefs. Together, they will take ticketholders on a journey of amazing imagery and storytelling during their featured talk Thursday, Feb. 4.
Then on Thursday, March 3, award-winning cultural photojournalist Ami Vitale will present her endearingly provocative photography and the captivating stories behind them. Through her travels to 85 countries, Vitale has come face-to-face with the disparities of the world, yet has an incredible knack for eloquently capturing the prevailing and powerful spirit of both humans and animals. As a renowned photographer and filmmaker, she excels at addressing issues involving women in developing countries, infant mortality and climate change, to name a few.
The speaker series culminates with award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV presenter Charlie Hamilton James, best known for invoking wildlife images. A man of many cameras, James prolifically delivers compelling photography, from the evasive kingfisher to the commanding lion to the Amazonian people. He has contributed to several BBCdocumentaries, owns a rainforest and runs Halcyon Media, producing wildlife documentaries with his wife, Philippa Forrester. James’ lectures will take place Thursday, April 7.
TICKETS. Season tickets for the 2016 National Geographic speaker series include all three lectures and are $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Tickets to individual lectures are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (Museum general admission is not required – or included – with lecture ticket purchase.
Museum general admission ticket prices are $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (2-17), $13 for seniors (65+), and FREE for children under 2. Museum general admission is always FREE for members. Admission to the theater is $6 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are FREE. General admission prices subject to change.
Skip the lines! Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance directly from their smart phones or computers.
PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and Hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $8 per car when paid on-site at the parking lot and $3 for Museum members when purchased at the Museum Box Office or information desk.
SEA LIFE GRAPEVINE ANNOUNCES CLAWS EXHIBIT
TURN YOUR TRASH INTO ART,
Grapevine, Texas (January 28, 2016) – Experience some of the world’s crabbiest creatures with the opening of Claws at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium on Earth Day, April 22.
The yearlong Claws exhibit will feature different crustaceans from around the world including mighty coconut crabs, unique porcupine crabs, lively land crabs and even lobsters. The exhibit will also feature Japanese spider crabs, the largest arthropod in the world, with legs that can reach 12-feet across when fully grown.
To celebrate the opening, SEA LIFE Grapevine announces Sink Your Claws Into Recycling, a project to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. SEA LIFE has tapped local artist Val Curry to build a larger-than-life handcrafted crab sculpture made out of soda cans. It will take over 1,500 cans to complete the 6-foot crab sculpture. The aquarium is asking guests to bring in empty non-crushed soda cans and turn their trash into art.
From February 1 through April 1, with the purchase of one adult ticket and donation of five empty soda cans receive one FREE kids admission to SEA LIFE Grapevine. Bring in five cans for each additional child ages 3-12 and their ticket is just $5.*
The completed crab sculpture will be unveiled on Earth Day and will travel to popular Dallas-Fort Worth areas this summer to create awareness about pollution through powerful art and hands-on educational activities.
For updates on the crab sculpture follow along on social media with #SinkYourClaws.
*Beverage cans must be non-alcoholic. Children ages two and under are FREE. Only available for purchase onsite.
CLONE TROOPERS INVADE LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER IN NEW LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND MODEL DISPLAY!
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (January 13, 2016) – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth will offer a full year of galactic fun with a new LEGO® Star Wars™ MINILAND Model Display, debuting to the public on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
The exhibit will depict the First Battle of Geonosis in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Each display will recreate favorite scenes in Star Wars™ Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Fans will marvel at the replicas of a:
- Gladiator-style battle between Jedi and Geonosians on Geonosis
- Jango Fett Clones lining up on Kamino
- Jango Fett battling Anakin Skywalker featuring Slave Ship 1 and Boba Fett
- plus many more.
The LEGO® Star Wars™ MINILAND Model Display, featuring Episode II: Attack of the Clones, will be FREE to guests with general paid admission into the attraction.
For additional details regarding the exhibit, visit www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw, Facebook @ldcdfw or call 877-818-1677. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is located at:
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, Texas 76051.
Attraction Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – last admission two hours prior
That sounds like a great new addition! We LOVE LEGOLAND, they have a full day’s worth of stuff to keep the kids busy, rain or shine, heat or cold! There are rides, movies, exhibits, a waterpark, and of course more LEGOs of all shapes and sizes than you could imagine!
They have offered my readers a chance to win 4 tickets the opening of the all-new LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Model Display featuring Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones at LEGOLAND Discovery Center!
How do you win?
Just leave a comment telling us your favorite Star Wars character!
- There will be 1 winner!
- This giveaway will end Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 11:59 pm Central time and the winner will be emailed soon thereafter. Make sure you add [email protected] to your address book, so you get the email if you win!
- If the winner does not respond to my email within 24 hours then another winner will be chosen.
- Open to continental U.S. Residents only.
- Must 18 or over to enter.
- Winners will be chosen by And The Winner Is… plugin.
Almost 80 Adult Education, Special Interest Classes Available in the Spring and Summer at the Dallas Arboretum
Registration is now open for all spring and summer adult education programs at the Dallas Arboretum including everything from gardening and design to creative arts and special interests courses, encouraging guests to grow their minds. With such a large variety of classes for almost any interest, programs sell out quickly. Guests are encouraged to register and secure their spot today.
One program features floral design consultant and expert in the industry, J Schwanke as he celebrates all things flowers at the Arboretum with a live demonstration and workshop on February 20. During the live demonstration in the morning Schwanke will show tips, tricks and inside techniques for flower arrangement, costing $50 for non-members or $45 for Members. In the afternoon workshop, participants will get hands-on instruction from Schwanke in designing their own fresh flower crowns, costing $140 for non-members or $126 for Members. Between the demonstration and workshop, Schwanke, author of “Flowers 365” and founder of UBloom.com, will have a book signing at 12 p.m.
With 80 different adult education classes to choose from in the spring and summer, programs begin February 6 and continue through June 18. Stay tuned for the announcement of more classes offered through the entire summer and year-round.
(*Denotes Sustainable Garden Topics)
Classes specializing in gardening and design education include Square Foot Gardening*, Understanding Your Soil*, English Gardens – Texas Style, Terrarium Gardens, Hobby Hoop House Gardening, The Weekend Designer, Landscape for Life Sustainable Gardening Certificate, Irrigation Insights*, Spring Ephemerals for Texas, Principles of Design, Extreme Makeover – Garden Beds, Permaculture Basics*, Traditional vs. Contemporary Design, Plant Native*, Worm Composting*, Sustainable Rose Gardening*, Propagating Plants, Lunch & Learn Series, Solutions for Shade and Hardy Tropicals for North Texas.
Photography classes include Shooting by Moonlight, DSLR Photography Basics, Best Shot with What You Got, Photographing Texas Wildflowers with Master Photographer Allen Rokach and Macro Photography Workshop.
Programs for those interested in creative arts include Fused Art Glass, Hobo Scarf, PMC Pendant, Mosaic Garden Gnomes, Beginning Watercolor En Plein Air, Easter Egg-Shaped Basket, Painting Brilliant Flowers, Mixed Media Mural, Watercolor Painting: The Rose, Paper Collage, Plein Air Painting, Glass Mosaics – Lamp, Plein Air Watercolor Workshop, Glass Mosaic Vase and Modern Calligraphy.
For those interested in beverage tastings, classes include Herman Marshall Whiskey Tasting, Savor the Arboretum – A Texas Twist, Wine Tastings with Times Ten Cellars and Around the World Wine Tasting with Urban Vines.
These classes include Giving the Gift of Chocolate – Valentine’s Edition, Seasonal Birds, Concrete Leaf Casting, Hip Girl’s Guide to Fermentation, Owl Prowl, Bottle Cutting, Day Trips from Dallas – Falster Farm, Organic Indigo – Natural Dye and Tillandsia Frames.
To learn more about individual classes including dates, times, individual descriptions, cost and to register, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/education/adult-programs.
About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
New Nature, STEM-Based Camps Available During Spring Break At The Dallas Arboretum!
Registration is now open for brand new nature and STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) camps, scheduled for weekdays, March 7 through 18 at the Dallas Arboretum. Organized by grade level, camps are catered for children based on age and interests to create an unforgettable camp adventure in the garden. Classes are led by experienced Arboretum teachers and are held rain or shine.
Exclusive First Look At The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure!
DALLAS, TEXAS (January 5, 2016) – For the first time ever, LEGOLAND® Parks are offering a look at an exciting new theme park attraction that reunites the stars of “The LEGO® Movie™” in an all-new story appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers.
The 30-second trailer released January 5, 2016 gives fans the first glimpse of what happened after the blockbuster movie, when Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business, who plans to open a curious theme park bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND®.
Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty). Actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt lends his voice to the scheming Risky Business, whose Evil Secret Plot requires the heroes to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.
“The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” premieres Saturday, February 27, 2016 at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth. Included in the price of admission, the short 3D film will play several times a day, with “4D” effects such as wind, water, fog and more bringing the action bursting off the screen and into the audience.
Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios is creating “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” with input from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the talented writer-directors who brought “The LEGO® Movie™” to life, along with contributions from Rob Schrab, who is directing the movie’s eagerly awaited sequel, due in 2018.
Also upcoming for LEGO fans are three more feature films: The as-yet untitled LEGO BatmanTM opens on February 10, 2017; “NINJAGO,” on September 22, 2017; and “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” on May 18, 2018.
For more information about “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” visit LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw or call 877-818-1677. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, Texas 76051.
Attraction Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – last admission two hours prior to closing.
THE LEGO® MOVIE © & ™ LEGO Group & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. (s16). LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, the Brick and Knob configuration and LEGOLAND are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth:
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth opened at Grapevine Mills Mall in March 2011. The 35,000-square-foot indoor attraction geared towards children ages 3 to 10 and their families, features millions of LEGO® bricks and offers a fun, highly interactive and educational two to three hour experience. Interactive features include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, LEGO® rides, outdoor water playground, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, and signature MINILAND exhibit, featuring replicas of North Texas landmarks made out of LEGO® bricks. Admission is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older, free for kids 2 and under. Adults must be accompanied by children to enter. For more information visit www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @ldcdfw.