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

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 7/2/2020 By Shannon Sutlief, The Dallas Morning News
a person holding a flower: A visitor photographs roses during a 2019 visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The venue reopened June 1 with coronavirus precautions in place. © Tom Fox/Staff Photographer/The Dallas Morning News/TNS A visitor photographs roses during a 2019 visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The venue reopened June 1 with coronavirus precautions in place.

Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off and Festival at Heritage Village at Chestnut Square

This 25th annual fest of frozen treats at Heritage Village at Chestnut Square moves to the Fourth of July this year and combines with the weekly Historic McKinney Farmers Market. The farmers market, which is Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through November, features vendors selling produce and other ingredients, plus pre-made foods such as tamales and baked goods. There’ll also be pony rides and face painting. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the festival will include games, a train display, a magician, a balloon artist and visits to the Ice Cream Freezer Museum. Local home cooks will be churning their ice cream creations by hand. Attending families can sample the freshly made sweets for $1 per taste, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing while supplies last. Despite the quaint setting, this competition is anything but vanilla. Previous winners include habañero mango and bacon-and-waffle.

July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Tasting tickets are $1 each. 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. chestnutsquare.org.

Frisco Baseball

Although the minor league baseball season is canceled, the Frisco Roughriders Texas Collegiate League, which is primarily made up of players from Dallas-Fort Worth area universities and colleges, will play ball. Opening weekend is July 3-5 against the Amarillo Sod Squad. Fireworks shows will follow all Friday and Saturday games.

July 3-4 at 7:05 p.m. and July 5 at 6:05 p.m. (no fireworks on Sunday) at Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco. $6-$12, $30 for Lazy River admission. Parking is $5. milb.com/frisco.

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

Through July 31, 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. dallasarboretum.org.

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. meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

Mimir Chamber Music Festival

FREE Last July, classical music critic Scott Cantrell wrote, “Some of the most enterprising chamber music programs around here happen each summer at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.” This year, for its 23rd anniversary festival, Mimir will be enterprising in another way, with its concerts, classes and chats happening virtually. Musicians in Los Angeles, New York City, Melbourne, Australia, and Leipzig, Germany, will perform online as part of several programs. The July 9 concert will include married musicians Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung performing Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor, which is played by two pianists on a single piano.

July 5-11, with free concerts July 7, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. mimirfestival.org.

‘Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru’ at Fair Park

Typically when “Jurassic Quest” comes to North Texas, the touring exhibit fills a big building with roaring, moving animatronic dinosaurs and related activities such as fossil digs, bounce houses and rides on mini dino replicas. But this year due to COVID-19, “Jurassic Quest” takes on a new form: a drive-through attraction.

To explore the exhibit, which takes 30 to 60 minutes, families drive along a path past vignettes of more than 70 “true to life” scale dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures, including a 50-foot megalodon. An online audio tour can be played during the drive to narrate the tour, and visitors can text a dinosaur expert with questions about the giant reptiles. Visitors can also have souvenir photographs taken outside their vehicles.

June 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 27-July 5 and July 8-11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and July 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside Fair Park’s Tower Building, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance for $49 per vehicle. Quest Pack upgrades are $12 to $50. Discounts will be available for police, military personnel, first responders and their families. jurassicquest.com.

Mesquite Drive-In Concerts

FREE Despite the “drive-in” in the name, concertgoers do not have to stay in their cars during Mesquite’s weekly summer concert series. They can take lawn chairs and coolers and sit under the cedar trees on the Mesquite Arts Center’s front lawn. Groups of 10 or fewer people can gather at least 6 feet away from others for social distancing. The series begins July 9 and continues Thursdays through Aug. 27. July performers include local pop and rock cover bands Shot of Benatar, Grand Theft Auto and PriMadonna.

July 9-Aug. 27, Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., on the front lawn of the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite. Free admission. cityofmesquite.com/calendar.

Tribeca Drive-In at AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium typically hosts Dallas Cowboys games and other big sporting events and concerts, but July will mark its first stint as a drive-in theater. More than 30 movies will be shown in Parking Lot 10 as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series, an event that partners Tribeca Enterprises with AT&T, Imax and others. Every weekend through July 26, moviegoers can drive in to watch films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Wizard of Oz, Space Jam, Creed, Back to the Future, Inside Out, Black Panther and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. Masks are required upon entry and any time guests leave their vehicles.

Through July 26, Thursdays through Sundays at various times, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington. $35 per car for most movies and some double features. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. tribecafilm.com/drive-in/ATT-Stadium.

Cinema Pop-Ups in Frisco and Mesquite

Two more North Texas cities are going retro in the search for entertainment options that are safe during the coronavirus pandemic. These pop-up drive-in movie experiences are coming to The Star in Frisco and Town East Mall. Tickets are $25, and parking spaces are at least 8 feet apart to allow for social distancing. Audio can be accessed over FM radio or by using a cellphone app that also allows for the modification of audio preferences and other options.

Frisco: July 3-5 and 8-12 at 8:30 p.m. at The Star in Frisco, 330 Gaylord Drive, Frisco. The upcoming films are Ready Player One, 42 and Shazam! $25 per car. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. cinemapopups.com.

Mesquite: July 3-5 and 8-12 at 9 p.m. in the Dillard’s lot at Town East Mall, 2063 Town East Mall, Mesquite. The upcoming films are Batman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman, The Great Gatsby, Gravity, Godzilla, Ready Player One and Kong: Skull Island. $25 per car. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. cinemapopups.com.

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. funmoviegrill.com.

Prism Movement Theater: ‘Everything Will Be Fine'

Prism Movement Theater and the Latino Cultural Center will host a drive-in dance performance in the center’s parking lot. The production will use dance choreographed to electronic and rock music to tell the story of a woman learning to accept loss and embrace her circumstances. Attendees will be able to hear the performance’s soundtrack via their car radios, and some may be asked to flash their headlights as part of the production.

June 26-27 and July 10-11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. $32 per car, $16 for a solo ticket. facebook.com/PrismMovementTheater.

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. bigairusa.com/lascolinas.

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. cartermuseum.org.

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. kimbellart.org.

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. themodern.org

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. dallasheritagevillage.org.

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. sixflags.com/overtexas.

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. sixflags.com/hurricaneharbortexas.

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 1/4 u2032s 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 cinemark.com, studiomoviegrill.com and strikeandreel.com for more information.

Lone Star Park

FREE The grandstand at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie will be open for spectators and for wagering on live racing days through the remainder of the 2020 thoroughbred racing season, which is currently scheduled to conclude on Aug. 11. The grandstand will be limited to the second floor and the east apron, east paddock and east side of the first floor. Occupancy is limited to 50% in each area. Admission will be free, and fans will be able to enter through the east gate near the grandstand valet circle only. All visitors will be temperature-checked as they approach the gate and must answer a brief CDC questionnaire. Face masks will be available, and everyone is encouraged to wear them. Social distancing guidelines will be implemented.

Lone Star Park is at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. lonestarpark.com.

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. fwbg.org.

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. txdg.org.

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. mesquiterodeo.com.

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