Grand Times Events


CLICK CLACK MOO - MARCH 29Click, Clack, Moo – Musical

Family Theatre Series

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He puts her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No blankets” replies Farmer Brown. So the cows go on strike and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands?  Story Time at Barnes & Noble on 15th St. in Plano takes place on Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

When: Sunday, March 29 – 2:30pm

Where: Eisemann Center – Hill Performance Center 2351 Performance Drive

Phone: 972.744.4650  for ticket prices


DALLAS BLACK DANCE - MARCH 27Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams to inspire minority boys and girls to appreciate dance as an art form and to realize the possibility of dance as a means to express their creativity, Dallas Black Dance Theatre now offers dance opportunities regardless of race, age or circumstance, through a variety of dance programs.  The spring season will be highlighted by performances of Dancing Beyond Borders. DBDT and DBDT 11 will perform at the Eisemann Center for one evening only.

When: Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30PM

Where: Eisemann Center – Bank of America Theatre – 2351 Performance Dr.

Cost: $27

Phone: 972.744.4650


Call The Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 214-871-2376 to learn about future performances,

DENTON JAZZ - APRIL 24Denton Arts and Jazz Fest

Enjoy a weekend of entertainment with your grand kids in a community known for strong musical roots (Norah Jones studied piano at UNT, and Don Henley and the Eli Young Band got their starts here, too), it’s no wonder that one of the state’s best music events takes place in the heart of Denton. There are seven music stages, food and art vendors, kids activities including a percussion petting zoo with Steve Gryb. Headliners are the UNT 1 O’clock Band, Randy Brecker, Dr. John the Night Tripper and Brave Combo.

When: Friday, April 24th, 5pm – 11pm , Saturday, April 25th, 10am – 11pm,  Sunday, April 26th, 11am – 9pm

Where: Quakertown Park and Facilities – 321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell) Denton, Texas 76201

Phone: 940-565-0931

Cost: FREE admission, FREE entertainment

Website: Visit for concert times

Texas Discovery Gardens

Stories and More! And Then its Spring by Julie Fogliano

Join the butterflies for story time. Make crafts, read a book and enjoy themed snacks. At the end of the program marvel at the noon butterfly release.

What: Stories and More with Julie Fogliano

When: March 5, 2015

Where: Texas Discovery Gardens 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dallas

Cost: Adults pay regular admission. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge. Be sure to bring in the $2 discount coupon in the paper

Phone: 940-565-0931


FANCY NANCY - APRIL 12Fancy Nancy – The Musical

Follow Nancy and her friends who are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?  Story Time at Barnes & Noble on 15th St. in Plano takes place on Friday Apr. 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

When: Sunday, April 12

Where: The Eisemann Center, Hill Performance Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

Phone: 972.744.4650  for ticket prices


PEANUTS - THROUGH APRIL 22The Art and More of Charles Schultz

Join the Peanuts gang in this wonderful exhibit of Charles Schultz art and more.  The exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schultz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations.  You and your grand kids will get a Peanut’s-eye view of the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements (snow, wind, rain and clouds), gardening and Charle Brown’s escapades.  Activity stations allow children of all ages from pre-school to adults, to learn more and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

Where: Tower Gallery – 636 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX

When: Through April 22, Monday – Friday, 8am-5:30; Sat 10 am – 6:30pm Sun. 12 – 5pm

Cost: FREE

Phone: 800-457-6338


Celebrate the Art of Quilts

Introduce your grand kids to the heritage of quilting . Enjoy quilting tours and demonstrations, lectures, a live auction, exhibits, appraisals and more.

When: Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14, 10am -5pm and Sunday, March 15, 12 – 5pm

Where: Dallas Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas

Cost:    At the Door – Adults (ages 18 to 65) at the door – $10. Seniors, (65 and older) Children, ages 13-17, $9, Children, under age 13, FREE Advance tickets available at local quilt shops, $8

Phone: 214.879.8330


North Texas Irish Festival 2015

Be Irish for a day or 2 or 3,  enjoy music, storytelling, dance performances, educational workshops, kids’ activities and the competitive dog sport of sheep herding at this festival celebrating Irish and Celtic heritage. The Irish festival is a dog friendly event so bring your precious pet with you to enjoy the music and food. Please note the festival has a strict leash policy, so hang on to your wee furry friends and bring a good supply of plastic bags!

Where: Fair Park – 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

When: March 6 – 8

Cost: Friday Night 6-7pm FREE. Yes, arrive early and stay all night for FREE

After 7pm – $10, Saturday, $20 Sunday – $15

Phone: 214.821.4173

Website:  for ticket discounts and more information.

This venue is wheelchair accessible

Shen Yun, Forth Worth

Your grand kids will be in awe when you watch this notable Chinese dance troupe as they put on a grand production with some 400 costumes and a live orchestra featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments.

When: Tuesday, March 10, Wednesday March 11

Where: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

Phone: 877.212.4280

Cost: Tickets prices begin at $55


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADallas Blooms: Deep in the Heart of Texans

Share the beauty of flowers and the wonder of Spring at the largest floral festival in the Southwest. This years Texas-sized extravaganza features more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs, life-sized themes of Texas topiaries including two longhorns, two horses and the Texas Star – the perfect backdrops for photos and videos. There will be entertainment, food and special children’s activities and concerts.

When: Through April 12

Where: Dallas Arboretum – 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

Cost: Adult (13-64): $15 – Seniors (65 & over): $12 Children(3-12): $10, Children  (2 & under): Free Children’s Adventure Garden admission: $3 (additional general garden admission for non-members)

Phone: 214.515.6515

Website: for discounts and parking costs

PALESTINE DOGWOODS - MARCH 27 - 2977th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine, Texas  

Take a pleasant drive to Palestine, Texas and enjoy the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park and the surrounding area. Activities are scheduled each weekend including a festival the first weekend.  Don’t miss the Piney Woods Excursion and Dogwood “Train” Brunch at the Texas State Railroad, Dulcimer Festival, Main Street Farm & Flower Market, then listen to Phat Johnny and the Buicks concert and laugh at Professor QB the Clown.

When: March 20-22, March 27-29 and April 3-5

Where: Davey Dogwood Park and surrounding Palestine area

Cost: Visit website

Website: for specific weekend activities.

EDDIE COKER CONCERT - APRIL 3Dallas Arboretum – Good Friday Childrens Concert & Activities

Bring your grand kids and tap your feet at the Eddie Coker Good Friday Concert at the Dallas Arboretum. Don’t miss the Children’s activities in the Pecan Grove with face painting, crafts and petting zoo.

What: Eddie Coker Concert

Where: Dallas Arboretum – Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

When: Friday, April 3, 10am – 2pm

Cost: Check Website for price of admission

Phone: 214.515.6515

Website: for discounts and parking costs

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action

Watch your grand kids get physical in this program that aims to inspire young people to get physically active. This heart-pumping exhibit invites visitors into action adventure scenes where they can jump into action star training.  Adventure scenes include Surf /Snow (balance), Kung Fu Forest (coordination), Climbing Canyon (strength) and Fly-cycle Sky (endurance). An Action Star Training with Yoga Station, Strength Center, and Dance Club are also part of the experience.

Where:  C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Highway 360 at FAA Rd.

Fort Worth, TX 76155

When: Through May 9 9am–5pm.

Cost: $7 adults ; $4 ages 2–17.

Phone:  817.967.1560


SHERLOCK HOLMS - PEROT MUSEUM - THROUGH MAY 10The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

The Mystery Awaits!

Learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of literature’s most mysterious crimes.  The fictional detective’s practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remains in practice today. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes features a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props and costumes, along with investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes. You will be transported into Victorian London to collect clues and solve a crime using the same interactive methods employed by Holmes more than a century ago.

When: Through May 10 – Monday – Saturday 10am–5pm; Sun 12–5pm Sun.

Where:  Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park

2201 N. Field St. Dallas, TX 75201

Cost: Adults (18-65) $29 Seniors (65+) $23 Youth (2–11)  $19 Includes general admission.

Phone: 214.428.5555

Website: for more information and discount pricing

PEROT MUSEUM - THORUGH MAY 21Galapagos 3D Natures Wonderland

Nature’s Wonderland a short film that vividly documents an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters. Part adventure, part scientific expedition and part fantastic voyage, this nonfiction film takes audiences to the famed Galapagos Islands.

The film delves deep into the largely unknown water surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory. Narrated by Jeff Corwin.

Where:  Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park

2201 N. Field St. Dallas, TX 75201

When: Through May 21

Cost: Adults: $5 Children FREE

Phone: 214.428.5555

Website: for more information and discount pricing

SPRING HAS SPRUNG - IRVING - APRIL 2Spring has Sprung at the Irving Arts Center

Flowers are blooming and the birds are singing … welcome the season with storytelling and a craft project.

When:  Thursday, April 2

Where: Irving Arts Center – 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard

Irving, TX 75062

Phone: 972.252.7558

Website: for more story time events

Olate Dogs Rescue Tour

This furry troupe of rescue dogs led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, are a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical experience like no other. Best known for stealing hearts while winning America’s Got Talent, their new variety show takes amazing dog tricks and stunts to a new level with comedy, acrobatics, music, and film clips. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the DFW Humane Society in Irving.

When: March 11

Where: Carpenter Hall – 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving

Cost: Adult $35 and $25 Kids under 12, $10 discount off of $25 – $35 ticket

Phone: 972. 252.2787

Website: www.

DALLAS CHILDREN'S THEATER - THROUGH APRIL 5Peter Rabbit and Kathy Burks Puppets

Back by popular demand! The musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved rabbit tale lavishly blends puppetry and live acting on the Baker Theater’s stage. Peter Rabbit’s mother warned her children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, when she leaves the burrow, curiosity gets the best of little Peter, and he visits the garden. Will he escape the find the way back to the safety and warmth of his home? Fall in love again with this cozy tale of everyone’s favorite naughty bunny.

When: March 13 – April 5, 2015

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater

Cost: Check website for ticket prices    

Phone: 214.978.0110



By Barry Kornhauser

Your young grand kids will enjoy this award-winning story of a lonely old man (played by DCT’s own Karl Schaeffer) and his friendship with a balloon. The old man is set in his solitary ways until a red balloon blows through his window and insists on becoming 11his friend. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.  Enjoyed by ages 3 and up

When: April 10 – 19, 2015

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater Rosewood Center 5938, Skillman, Dallas

Cost: Regular Single Ticket price: $14. Subscriber price: $12. All seats will be General Seating

Phone: 214.978.0110


Monthly Open Art Studio for Young Artists

Join Amy Hofland, art museum educator and Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, along with guest artists to explore creative and engaging projects through diverse media and techniques. The series culminates with an exhibit of selected works in the Justus Sundermann Gallery.  Guest artist: Pamela Nelson

When: Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Justus Sundermann Gallery 5100 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Cost: Free admission. Ages 5-12. All materials provided.

Phone: 214.887.6552

Website:  – Register here:

12th Annual Day Out with Thomas Tm

All aboard for a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine!

Treat your grand kids to a 25 minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, storytelling, live music, building with Mega Blocks (R with circle insert), temporary tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, arts and crafts and more. Little engineers can meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

When: April 10, 11, 12, April 17, 18, and 19

Where: Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine

Time: Trains depart every 45 minutes beginning at 9am. The last train departs at 5:15pm

Cost: On Friday, April 12 and 19 Tickets are $17 per person ages 24 months and up. On Saturday, April 13 and 20 and Sunday, April 14 and 21, tickets are $20 per person, ages 24 months and up. Children under 24 months may ride free but must sit in a parent’s lap. Advanced purchase is highly recommended due to the popularity of this event. Tickets can be purchased from or by calling 866-468-7630.

Phone: 817-410-3185



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