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

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 10/29/2020 Shannon Sutlief, The Dallas Morning News
a group of people sitting at a fruit stand: Alanna Zingano takes a photo of her seven-month old daughter Valencia at the Dallas Arboretum's Pumpkin Village. © Juan Figueroa/Staff Photographer/The Dallas Morning News/TNS Alanna Zingano takes a photo of her seven-month old daughter Valencia at the Dallas Arboretum's Pumpkin Village.

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Georges Pauget wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Chief executive officer of Credit Agricole Georges Pauget leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Chief executive officer of Credit Agricole Georges Pauget leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

Compiled by Shannon Sutlief, from staff reports

Flea Style Pop-Up Market

FREE This outdoor bazaar of handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind goods takes place near Flea Style’s brick-and-mortar store at The Star in Frisco (there’s also a shop in Deep Ellum). Vendors selling clothing, jewelry, home decor and lifestyle goods will be spaced throughout the entertainment district. For lunch, check out indoor and patio dining at The Star’s nearby restaurants.

Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco. Free admission and parking. fleastyle.com.

Harambee Festival

FREE Harambee is a Swahili word meaning “unity,” and the festival, now in its 46th year, draws thousands of families each year to celebrate culture and community. Because of COVID-19, this year’s festival will include an online program of music, poetry and more and a drive-through giveaway. Families can pick up treat bags and care packages at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Oct. 31, starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing while supplies last. The livestream will be available at facebook.com/DallasHarambeeFestival.

Muhammad Yunus wearing a hat: Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

Oct. 31, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. harambeedallas.org.

TACA Concert on the Green

The Arts Community Alliance will host a benefit concert at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s outdoor venue, Strauss Square. Hear soulful sounds from Fort Worth singer-songwriter Abraham Alexander and Dallas family band the Grays. Misa Hylton of the fashion label MCM will also make an appearance. Masks will be required. Halloween costumes are welcome. Those not ready to attend in person can livestream the concert for a smaller fee.

Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St., Dallas. $72-$165 for in-person tickets, $25 to livestream the concert. taca-arts.org.

$5 Admission to the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum will offer $5 admission during the five-day transition between Autumn at the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village, which ends Nov. 1, and Holiday at the Arboretum’s “12 Days of Christmas” gazebo display, which begins Nov. 7. (Children younger than 2 will be admitted for free.) Tickets and parking ($10 per vehicle) must be purchased in advance online. With the safety of visitors and staff in mind, COVID-19 rules will be in effect, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks for ages 5 and older at all times except when eating and drinking.

a person wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Alain Joyandet, Bernard Kouchner and Jacques Attali leave the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Alain Joyandet, Bernard Kouchner and Jacques Attali leave the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Nov. 2-6, admission is $5, free for children under 2. Parking is $10. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. dallasarboretum.org.

Parking Lot Comedy Festival

Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions, a nonprofit theater company, is letting local comedians take the stage — a temporary one in the theater’s parking lot. The  two outdoor stand-up shows will also have socially distanced seating. The lineup includes Paulos Feerow (who curated the fest), Brandon Davidson, Alvin Newsome, Lauren Davis, Emily Grefer, Shahyan Jahani, Sheridi Lester, Fonzo Crow, Katy Evans and Javoris James.

Oct. 30-31 at 8 p.m. at Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $15 per show. amphibianstage.com.

‘En Alas de Colibrí'

FREE Each year, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center hosts an exhibit for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday focused on gathering with friends and relatives to pray for those who have died and honor their memories. This year’s display, curated by Ofelia Faz-Garza, takes inspiration from the hummingbird (colibrí), a symbol of healing. The altars and artwork can be viewed through the center’s windows as the venue is still closed to the public due to the coronavirus. Visit facebook.com/OakCliffCulturalCenter/events for a list of upcoming virtual workshops about making Día de los Muertos crafts.

Nicolas Sarkozy standing in front of a building: Bernard Kouchner and Jacques Attali talk with President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Bernard Kouchner and Jacques Attali talk with President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

Through Nov. 6, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. Free. occc.dallasculture.org.

DriveBoo Halloween

DriveBoo is offering a contact-free, family-friendly drive-through event in American Airlines Center’s Silver Parking Garage. Enjoy a spooky night from the comfort of your vehicle. Four levels of the garage have themes such as carnivals, nostalgic Halloween scares and movie characters. Those looking for a more frightening time can purchase an upgrade to Post Apocalyptic Chaos on the fifth floor. The scares will be more intense and may have you double- checking that the car doors are locked. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance.

Vincent Bollore wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: President of Bollore group, Vincent Bollore leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT President of Bollore group, Vincent Bollore leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

Through Oct. 31, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. at American Airlines Center’s Silver Parking Garage, 2503 Victory Ave., Dallas. $30 per car. $40 for Apocalypse upgrade. driveboohalloween.com.

Hallowfest

Six Flags Over Texas is trading its usual Fright Fest of indoor haunted houses and stage shows for Hallowfest, a two-part outdoor Halloween celebration. During daylight hours, there will be family-friendly fall favorites such as spooky photo ops and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. At dark, creepy fog and sinister music are switched on to create a scarier atmosphere. Some of the theme park’s roller coasters, including Superman: Tower of Power, Titan and Shock Wave, will run in darkness. The park will operate at a limited capacity as part of its coronavirus safety guidelines, so tickets and parking must be purchased in advance. Those 3 and older will be required to wear protective masks. Social distancing will be enforced, and there will be hand-washing and hand sanitizer stations throughout the grounds.

Muhammad Yunus wearing a jacket and smiling at the camera: Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

Through Nov. 1 on Fridays from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m., Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m., plus Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. $29.99 to $39.99, free for children 2 and younger. Fast passes range from $50 to $120. Parking is $27.78 to $37.04. sixflags.com/overtexas.

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. area3.site.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and Autumn at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum’s 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden has reopened to the public. Families can explore the garden’s exhibits and features like the Walk on the Wild Side discovery trail and the Amazing Secret Garden. Hundreds of exhibits are spread across a dozen themed areas. Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Check out two giant kaleidoscopes, 16-foot-tall plant models, fossils, a hedge maze and more at this garden that was designed with state and national curriculum standards for life and earth sciences in mind. The children’s garden also offers daily programs and activities.

And don’t forget it’s pumpkin time. Through Nov. 1, Autumn at the Arboretum features thousands of colorful, fall-blooming flowers and spectacular displays in Pumpkin Village with more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds from Floydada, the Pumpkin Capital of Texas. Stroll the gardens, navigate a hay bale maze, take photos in front of the 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses and thump away until you find the perfect gourd to take home from the pumpkin patch.

Muhammad Yunus smiling for the camera: Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

With the safety of visitors and staff in mind, COVID-19 rules will be in effect, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks for ages 5 and older at all times except when eating and drinking. Safety measures in the children’s garden include limiting entry to ages 5 and older and requiring children to wear provided disposable gloves while in the garden.

The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older, $12 for ages 2-12, free for children under 2. Parking is $10. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Under the arboretum’s COVID-19 protocols, tickets and parking must be purchased in advance; see the website for details. dallasarboretum.org.

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. mindstretchingfun.org.

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.

Nicolas Sarkozy et al. sitting at a table: French Foreign Bernard Kouchner, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Attali meet with Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT French Foreign Bernard Kouchner, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Attali meet with Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

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. txdg.org.

Crow Museum reopens

Claudia Carter et al. sitting at a table: French Foreign Bernard Kouchner, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Attali meet with Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM © Guibbaud Christophe/ABACA PRESS/MCT French Foreign Bernard Kouchner, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Attali meet with Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on March 31, 2008. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

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. crowmuseum.org.

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. rooftopcinemaclub.com/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. heritagefarmstead.org.

‘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. heardmuseum.org.

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. Sept. 3 1/4 u2032s doodle is about pizza. Every Monday at 10 a.m., families can pick up free Tote-and-Go kits that contain craft projects to complete at home. On Aug. 31, the kit contains a color-in canvas craft with a hero theme. Every other Wednesday at noon, children 12 and older and adults can watch workshops on YouTube. The next one, on rock art, is Sept. 2.

Visit mesquiteartscenter.org 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. dallaszoo.com.

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. fortworthzoo.org.

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.

Visit fwopera.org/greenroom. Free.

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. nvmusa.org.

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. billybobstexas.com.

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. cowgirl.net.

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. usa.kidzania.com.

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. epicwatersgp.com.

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. medievaltimes.com.

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. crayolaexperience.com/plano.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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