Heidi Frankel

Contributing Writer

Calling all video game enthusiasts – Visit the ONLY museum dedicated to the history of the videogame industry.  Share your memories with your grandkids of such classics as Asteroids, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more –

Play the timeless game Pong on the worlds largest home pong console in a giant 15-footTV replica from the 1970’s. Your eyes will widen as you experience a hall full of gaming stations.

Learn the stories behind the games and see rare artifacts. You may even notice a few game systems you have never seen before!


8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco – inside the Frisco Discovery Center

WHEN:   Permanent Exhibit

COST:     $12 Adult | ages 13-65 | $10 Children 12 and under, military, educators     and seniors. Valid ID required for military, educators and seniors ticket.

PHONE:  972.668.8400


Dinosaur’s Live! at The Heard

Visit The Heard Museum with your grandkids and look up at the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 9th annual Dinosaurs Live!

WHERE: The Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
WHEN:   Tues – Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
1 Nature Pl, McKinney
COST:    Adults $11 | Children (3-12) $8 | Seniors (60+) $8

Members & Children 2 and Under – FREE
PHONE: 972-562-5566


Is an exciting new exhibit opening at the Dallas Zoo! An incredible sculpture show created by artist Sean Kenney, each design is built with thousands of LEGO® bricks. The exhibit features 16 displays created from 24 sculptures depicting scenes from the natural world. Marvel at how one small LEGO® brick, when thoughtfully placed with thousands of others, becomes a polar bear family a snow leopard, and a peacock displaying his colorful feathers. Your grandkids will be able to play, build, experiment, and create in the Stay and Play Brick Yard.  Your whole family can collaborate, problem solve, and connect with science, technology, engineering, and math through the interactive activities.

  • WHERE: Dallas Zoo

650 R.L. Thornton Freeway

  • WHEN: Jan 15 – April 10, 2016
  • COST: Adults (12-64) $15 | Youth (3-11) and Senior (65+) $12

Exhibit included with admission


Laugh with abandon as you and your grandkids watch Curious George swing and flip, through a fun-filled adventure where he learns the more about Rome…and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking, than he’d ever imagined! Join that inquisitive monkey, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical, CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL.

WHERE: The Eisemann Center

                   2351 Performance Drive, Richardson,

WHEN:   Sunday, January 24 2:30 pm

COST:     Ticket prices ranges from $13 – $23

PHONE:  972.744.4650

WEBSITE: for more information

The Perot Museum

Discovery Days

If you haven’t seen the traveling exhibition, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence this is a perfect time.  Discovery Days lets you explore the world of light and investigate creatures and habitats, the solar system, how plants grow, and how electricity works; build circuits, travel near the sun and beyond in a portable planetarium; learn how to grow your own plant and so much more. You and your family will discover the fun of science together.

And while you are at the Perot say hello to “Ellie May,” the nearly intact and pristine Columbian mammoth discovered in an Ellis County gravel pit in May 2014,

WHERE: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

2201 N. Field Street

WHEN:   Saturday, January 9

TIME:     10 am – 4 pm

COST:     Please visit the website for admission packages. Discovery Days are included in the cost of general admission

PHONE:  214.428.5555



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