Grand Times Events


Friends of Fair Park, presents the ninth annual

Dog BowlThe Ultimate Pooch Party

The whole family will enjoy DOG BOWL FREE unleashed fun for dog lovers and pooches when the historic Cotton Bowl field transforms into a giant dog park for canines of all sizes to romp and run free for an all-around tail-wagging good time. Talk to trainers, veterinarians and pet product vendors, and learn the latest tips and trends in the doggie world. Check out local dog clubs, rescue groups and animal welfare organizations with adoptable dogs. Misting ponds and giant “dip and sip” splash bowls will keep canines cool and quenched, while humans will enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments (including beer) and other concessions.

When: Saturday, May 3 – 1-5pm

Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park

3750 Cotton Bowl Circle, Dallas,

Parking – $5

Phone: 214.421.9600

Cost: FREE – $5 for parking within the gates of Fair Park.


*If able – Place this pic on right side after pet look-a-like contest

Sidewalk Chalk Art Family Festival

CHALK ARTBring your grand kids to the colorful fun of the “Chalk This Way” Art Festival, A FREE family festival in the historic Old Town Lewisville in and around the city-owned Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.  Planned activities include professional chalk artists,

amateur sidewalk chalk competitions, a children’s gallery for on-site chalk creations arts and crafts vendors

festival food, sidewalk games, and live entertainment. Entry to the festival is FREE; some activities will carry a nominal charge. New this year is the Paws on Parade pet parade; starting at 11 a.m. pet owners can show off their furry friends dressed in their most fashionable outfits during the two-block parade on Church Street.

When: Saturday, May 9, 9am-6pm

Where: MCL Grand and Lewisville City Hall, at Church and Charles Streets, in and around city-owned Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater

Cost: FREE



Texas Discovery Gardens

Mother’s Day Concert & Butterfly Release

TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENSCelebrate Mother’s at the fourth annual Mother’s Day Concert with The Women’s Chorus of Dallas. The hour-long concert, concluding with a live butterfly release in the Conservatory, is the perfect way to celebrate with the ones you love on Mother’s Day. Each year, concerts sell out! So get your tickets early. Concert tickets are available on

To release a butterfly with Mom, purchase the “Butterfly Release Gift Package” from Texas Discovery Gardens for $25 ($15/members). It includes a butterfly plant and goodies to take home.

When: Sunday, May 10, 2-4pm

Where: Texas Discovery Gardens

3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Phone: 214.428.7476

Entrance Cost: Concert Tickets include FREE admission to gardens.

Website: Visit for all information regarding concert and butterfly ticket details

The Wizard of OZ

wizard poster-logo-pathedClick your heels and come home to Casa Mañana! Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, her dog Toto and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, as they set out to find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You’ll be humming your favorite timeless classics, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” This musical is suitable for all audiences.

When: Through May 10

Where: Casa Mañana

Phone: 817. 332. 2272

Cost:    Call or check website for ticket prices



Humpback Whales

Omni IMAX ® Dome

Humpback Whales will immerse you and your grand kids into an ocean adventure that invites audiences to dive head-first into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals. In a splashing, musical mix of stunning imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film asks the compelling question: what might life be like from a humpback’s point of view. Once feared as monsters, and very nearly hunted to extinction, today humpbacks are in the midst of a slow but remarkable recovery. Presented by Pacific Life the film is family friendly and runs 40 minutes.

When: Through August 18

Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History                                          

Phone: 817.255.9300

Cost:    $7 Adults, $6 Children (2-12) and Seniors (65+) Museum Members receive a $3 discount

Website: for more information

Website for film

 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival

WF_TomThumbAd_2013Wildflower! Is the premier and much-anticipated eclectic music event in the area featuring a variety of top music performers. Move to the sounds of Wynona & The Big Noise, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Minus The Bear, Kansas, Max Stalling, the Zane Williams Band and Blue October. Stop by The Wild! Market Place and Taste of Texas Food Garden. Visit the Kids Korner with your grand kids. They will enjoy face painting, balloon art and rock climbing. Sing along with children’s entertainer Lizza Conner and delight in the Wildflower! Live Butterfly Habitat with over 150 native Texas butterflies and a display of the monarch butterfly metamorphosis – from egg to larva to chrysalis to adult.  Learn why wild flowers need butterflies and which flowers you can plant to attract butterflies to your backyard! You can even enter the butterfly tent and observe the butterflies as they feed on nectar.

When: May 15-17

Where: Galatyn Park Urban Center

2350 Performance Dr. Richardson

Phone: 972.744.4580

Cost: 3-day pass goes on sale at any Metroplex Tom Thumb from April 23-May 15 for $30. Single tickets available on the website beginning April 13 and at the gate for $20, Kids 5-12 – $3, children 4 and Under FREE.

Website: for more information

Trivial Pursuit, A 50 State Adventure

TRIVIAL PURSUITTravel from coast to coast learning about historical sites, iconic tourist destinations, and popular recreation and sports venues through unique hands-on activities, challenging puzzles and games, and a blend of classic and special edition Trivial Pursuit® questions. Discover unique customs and activities specific to each region of the United States. Learn about the 50 states with themed puzzles, games, and books. Mark your dream vacation destination on a map.

When: Beginning May 23                                                                

Where: C.R. Smith Museum 4601 Texas Highway 360 Fort Worth                       

 Phone: 817.967.1560

Cost: Adult $7, Seniors 65+ & Military $4
Students & Kids 2-17 $4 Infants & Members, FREE



Texas Heritage Festival

TEXAS HERITAGE FESTIVALThe Heard Museum invites y’all to put on your cowboy hat and mosey on over to the Texas Heritage Festival! Celebrate all that makes the Lone Star State so spectacular, like toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ Western music, local artisans, historical demonstrations, and interactive children’s activities (like “cow patty” tossing!) You can also rustle up some tasty Texas grub, say “Howdy” to our resident wildlife ambassadors, and explore the Native Texas Butterfly Garden. The young-ins will love exploring the Heard’s Pioneer Village, comprised of eight pint-sized buildings typical of prairie settlements in the late 1800s–such as a schoolhouse, general store, and settlers’ cabins!

When: May 30 – 10am-3pm

Where: Heard Museum

1 Nature Place, McKinney

Cost: Adults$10, Children 3-12 and Seniors 65+ $7 Members & Children 2 and Under: FREE

Phone: 972.562.5566



Robots – in the Omni IMAX ® Dome

ROBOTSToday’s robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too-distant future are simply revolutionary.  You and your grand kids will marvel at what it takes to make a humanoid robot—a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain. ROBOTS, presents the latest developments—the successes and failures—of robotics around the world. ROBOTS is a fascinating and fun look at what makes us human, how far machines can really go to look and act like us, and how humanoids are already changing our world. Robot “actor” RoboThespian will introduce you to CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB, and others as he takes you on an amazing tour of what’s going on in robotics labs around the world.

When:  Opening June 6
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History       1600 Gendy St. Forth Worth
Cost: $7 Adults, $6 Children (2-12) and Seniors (65+) Museum Members receive a $3 discount


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