Grand Times Activities To Do With Your Grand Kids


by Heidi Frankel


design zoneDesign Zone 

What does it take to create an addictive and fun videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes behind creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills? Discover the secrets behind how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers do what they do. Your grandkids can even design their own 2-D and 3-D art!  Design Zone is a highly interactive, hands-on exhibition where visitors can explore a variety of creative concepts to learn the processes and tools needed to create a successful design.

Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

When: Through September 7

Price: Adults, $15, Children 2-11 $12, Seniors 65+ $13

Phone: 817.255.9300




july 4Concerts in the Garden – Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

Fort Worth Symphony at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Bring a yummy picnic basket and dine on the lawn or reserve a table and order food as you listen to a lively patriotic performance by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra then enjoy a fabulous fireworks show. This venue is wheelchair accessible

Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

When: July 2-July 5

Gates open at 6:30pm;

Music begins at 8:15pm July 2-5

Price: Tickets may be purchased from  They are NOT on sale at Fort Worth Botanic Garden except at the gate on concert nights.

Phone: 817-665-6000 – Fort Worth Symphony




 Garden Gigs amid the FlowersBring your grandkids to the first time ever Dallas Arboretum full-grounds musical event for all to enjoy. Local artists and musicians will perform intimate sets at sundown in several of the gardens. What a great way to experience the beauty of the Dallas Arboretum. Bring a blanket and your homemade goodies to picnic on the lawns or buy a unique meal from a variety of food trucks.

Where: Dallas Arboretum

8525 Garland Rd. Dallas

When: Friday, July 24 – 7:30 – 9:30pm

Price: $7 | Free Parking

Phone: 214.515.6615




wonderful wizard of ozThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road with your grandkids to the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” exhibit in the Tower Gallery at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, original art by W. W. Denslow, was published in 1900. This larger than life pop-up book exhibition dazzles the eyes and stimulates the mind with creativity, play and exploration. You will literally step into the pages of the story at each exhibit section designed as an open book. Science, art and history are explored through the wonder of this timeless story with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits such as puppets of Oz with a message of tolerance, the Tin Woodsman sharing physiology of the heart, and the Scarecrow allowing visitors to pick his brain!

Where: Tower Gallery

636 S. Main St. Grapevine

When: Through August 21

Monday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10am – 6:30pm, Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Price: FREE

Phone: 817.410.3185



GVRR, Stockyards, Train Robbery 07-12-08The Great Train Robberies

This is a stick up! Don’t miss the Great Train Robberies on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend. Costumed cowboy train robbers stop the train and distribute their loot to child passengers on board. But never fear the Marshal is hot on their trail and deputizes all of the young passengers as he chases the bandits through the train. The train travels from the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to the Fort Worth Stockyards leaving at 1p.m. with an expected return back to Grapevine at 5:45p.m.

Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad

705 S. Main Street Grapevine

When: Through Labor Day, September 06, 2015

Time: 1:00pm Saturdays & Sundays. Round trip duration- 1-5:45 pm

Price: Round Trip tickets $16 for touring class, $26 for first class

Phone: 817-410-3185



heard museum texas heritage festivalTexas Heritage Festival

Y’all mosey on over to the Heard Museum for the Texas Heritage Festival. Guests are invited to celebrate all that makes the Lone Star State so spectacular. The Texas Heritage Festival will feature toe-tappin’ western music, local artisans, historical demonstrations, and interactive children’s activities (like “cow patty” tossing!) You can also rustle up some tasty Texas grub and visit the Native Texas Butterfly Garden. The whole family will love exploring the Pioneer Village, with eight pint-sized buildings that would have been typical in prairie settlements in the late 1800s.

Where: The Heard Museum

1 Nature Place McKinney

When: Saturday, July 18, 10 – 3

Price: Tickets will be available at the door.

Adults: $10, Seniors 60+ & Children 3-12: $7

Members, McKinney Residents & Children 2 and under: FREE

The Texas Heritage Festival admission includes free general admission and FREE parking. Donations welcome!

Phone: 972.562.5566



curtainsCurtains: The Musical

The 2007 musical, a whodunit by the creators of Chicago and Cabaret, is set in the year 1959. An unlikable leading lady meets her demise during the opening-night curtain call of—yep, you guessed it—a brand new musical! The police detective is a huge musical theatre fan, and with the entire cast and crew detained in the theatre as suspects, he vows to solve the mystery and allow the show to go on. *Curtains: The Musical is a show within a show to see with your OLDER grandkids.

Where: Dupree Theater 1, Irving Arts Center

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd Irving

When: July 24 – August 8

Sunday, 2:30pm, Thursday – Saturday 8pm

Price: Tickets – $21 – $24

Phone: 972.252.7558



amazing animalsAmazing Animals: Built to Survive

Traveling Exhibit

Slow down the graceful gait of a sprinting cheetah, feel the pressure of a giraffe’s heart and catch the wind with your own simulated wings as you walk through this stimulating exhibition. Hands–on displays, and incredible specimens create an experience you won’t forget! Amazing Animals: Built to Survive goes deep inside the remarkable workings of nature to reveal how all species have evolved specialized ways of acclimating to the world around them.

Where: Perot Museum of Nature and Science

2201 N. Field Street, Dallas

When:  Through Sept. 7

$24 (18-64), Youth $17 (2-17), Seniors, $18 (65+) Children under 2 FREE.

Phone: 214.428.5555



wild west showPawnee Bill’s Wild West Show

The original re-enactment of the Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show that was first held at the Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum in 1909 is back in Texas! The show features trick roping, trick riding, trick shooting, a bull whip act, Indian Ceremonial dance and cowboy songs that for a thrilling and historical look back to the turn of the last century.

Where: Cowtown Coliseum

121 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX. 76164

When: July 4, 5 visit website for additional shows and times

Price: Adult $15, Children $15 Seniors $11

Reserved Box Seats $18

Phone: 1.888. COWTOWN or 817.625.1025

Web: General Admission $1Reserved

fantasy sandBring your grandkids to a once in a lifetime event,

Experience the world of larger then life sand sculptures featuring scenes and characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty as you have never seen them before; intricately carved in 100% pure organic sand created by 13 sand sculptors. Some are over 20 feet high! Concerned about the Texas heat? No worries. You will enjoy Fantasy in Sand™ in the comfort of a giant air-conditioned tent. Don’t miss the largest indoor sandbox in Texas where the young and young at heart can create their very own sand sculpture.

Where: Globe Life Park Arlington

PARKING LOT F (corner of Copeland Rd. and Convention Center Drive 1000 Ballpark Way Arlington

When: Through August 23

Price: $19.99 – General Admission, Children ages 3-11, $15.99, Active Military Members, $16.99 Group Discounts Available.

Phone: (682) 300-1837



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