Places You Need to Visit Before School Starts


Goodbye, SummerTechnically, summer isn’t over until September 22, which is roughly a month and some change away. If you ask the kids, though, they’ll likely say it’s over the minute the school bell rings.

 

If you haven’t gotten around to doing those things (or visiting those places) you say you will over the summer, maximize your time now and take in all that D-FW has to offer before it’s too late.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Dallas

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Zoo

Gainesville

Frank Buck Zoo

Grapevine

Sea Life Aquarium

 

Bowling

Arlington

Alley Cats

Dallas

Bowl & Barrel

Fort Worth

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Plano

Plano Super Bowl

 

Mini Golf

Allen, Dallas and The Colony

Top Golf

Arlington and Fort Worth

Putt-Putt Fun Center

 

Museums and Libraries

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Frontiers of Flight Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Meadows Museum

The Old Red Museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Kimbell Art Museum

Irving

National Scouting Museum

 

Theme and Water Attractions

Allen

Hydrous Wake Park

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas

Bahama Beach

Denton

Water Works Park

Fort Worth

Panther Island Pavilion

Stockyards Station

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Garland, Mansfield and the Colony

Hawaiian Falls

Glen Rose

Dinosaur World

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Keene

North Texas Jellystone Park

North Richland Hills

NRH2O Family Water Park

Southlake and Flower Mound

Jump for Fun

 

Other Attractions

Dallas

Bishop Arts District

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

GeO-Deck

Texas Discovery Gardens

Trinity River Audubon Center

Fort Worth

Sundance Square

It’s That Time Again: DFW Restaurant Week 2016


DFW Restaurant Week will be back in action in less than a month. From Monday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 21 (many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4), more than 100 North Texas restaurants will feature special menus, some including paired drinks, for a darn-good deal (and cause).

 

As in years past, you’ll be able to delight in a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $35 or $45 at one of the participating DFW restaurants. A number of restaurants will also offer a $20 lunch option.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new spot, save on a meal that would normally be a splurge and indulge in some of the best food that local chefs and restaurants have to offer.

 

Click here to view the full list of participating restaurants, their menus, prices, and instructions on how to make a reservation.

 

DFW Restaurant Week supports the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, with proceeds from each meal benefiting the charities’ work to help local children and families in need.

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students


 

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

 

At Ebby Halliday, we’re big on little folks and the communities they create. We’re also proud to have been a return sponsor of the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon benefiting the Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm.

 

AT&T Stadium in Arlington was the place to be yesterday afternoon as the playing field at Jerry World hosted hundreds for the annual luncheon benefiting The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm. The event was attended by the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, Happy Hill Farm students and supporters from throughout the North Texas region.

 

Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational, interdenominational college-preparatory, day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding.

 

Traditionally, more than 90 percent of North Central Texas Academy’s budget has come from donations within the private community from caring individuals, corporations and foundations. The Academy seeks out underserved students and provides scholarships in order that these highly motivated boys and girls receive the opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society.

 

For many years Happy Hill Farm Academy has been near and dear to the Ebby Halliday Companies. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s new academic complex.

 

To learn more about Happy Hill Farm, visit happyhillfarm.org.

 

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

 

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

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Cowboys Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Goodbye, Summer


Goodbye, Summer

Technically, summer isn’t over until September 22, which is roughly a month and some change away. But, if you ask the kids, they’ll likely say it’s over the minute they find themselves back in the classroom, which is just around the corner, too.

If you haven’t gotten around to doing those things you always say you’ll do over the summer, maximize your time and take in all that DFW has to offer before it’s too late.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Dallas

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Zoo

Gainsville

Frank Buck Zoo

Grapevine

Sea Life Aquarium

 

Bowling

Arlington

Alley Cats

Dallas

Bowl & Barrel

Fort Worth

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Plano

Plano Super Bowl

 

Mini Golf

Allen, Dallas and The Colony

Top Golf

Arlington and Fort Worth

Putt-Putt Fun Center

 

Museums and Libraries

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Frontiers of Flight Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Meadows Museum

The Old Red Museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Kimbell Art Museum

Irving

National Scouting Museum

 

Theme and Water Attractions

Allen

Hydrous Wake Park

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas

Bahama Beach

Denton

Water Works Park

Fort Worth

Panther Island Pavilion

Stockyards Station

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Garland, Mansfield and the Colony

Hawaiian Falls

Glen Rose

Dinosaur World

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Keene

North Texas Jellystone Park

North Richland Hills

NRH2O Family Water Park

Southlake and Flower Mound

Jump for Fun

 

Other Attractions

Dallas

Bishop Arts District

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

GeO-Deck

Texas Discovery Gardens

Trinity River Audubon Center

Fort Worth

Sundance Square

 

Photos courtesy of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/4-6/7)


 

 

DFW Weekend Round Up
Music events are the highlights in this edition of the Weekend Round Up. Get the details on those events and more below.

 

Thursday, June 4

Bishop Arts Wine Walk: Travel over to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff and enjoy an evening of shopping, dining and wine. Purchase a $10 wine glass and walk over to the designated wine stops within the district. 6-9 p.m.

 

Twilight Tunes: Kick off the weekend early and visit downtown Denton to hear live music by local bands. This Thursday, hear the country tunes of The Bird Dogs.  The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so remember to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE.

 

First Thursday Late Nights: On the first Thursday of the month, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science hosts Late Night, a themed-evening (related to science, of course) that extends past the museum’s normal business hours. This Thursday, discover Creepy Crawlers. Get the chance to explore what entomologists do and how bugs fit into our ecosystem, along with access to special programming. 7-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 5

Fantasy in Sand: You’re off to see the wizard in this attraction held at Globe Life Park in Arlington this weekend. Texas-sized sand sculptures will be on display, featuring characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Children will also get a chance to create their own sculptures in the 2,000-sq-ft play area. Tickets begin at $16.

 

Saturday, June 6

21st Annual Dog Day Afternoon: Join Operation Kindness at Flag Pole Hill Park in Dallas this Saturday, and don’t forget the dogs! The afternoon will feature vendors, free microchipping, performances, demonstrations, and contests. Adoptable animals will also be on site. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. View the schedule of events here.

 

Architecture Walking Tour: The Dallas Arts District and Dallas Center for Architecture are hosting a 90-minute walking tour of Dallas’ urban arts district. Led by a trained tour guide, guests will examine Dallas buildings from the 1890s to the present day, including the detail, institutions and visionaries who played a roll in their creation. 10 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Register here.

 

Belmont Stakes Day: Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will be simulcasting the Belmont Stakes live. Witness American Pharaoh, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, go for a Triple Crown sweep. In addition, enjoy live music. Kids are free to enjoy the available bounce houses, pony rides and petting zoo in the Family Fun Park. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

 

PantherFest: Happy birthday to Fort Worth! In celebration of its 166th birthday, the city’s Main Street will turn into a festival, featuring live music on two stages, food for purchase, craft beer, and a 2,000-foot water-slide event. Be sure to stick around for the evening fireworks. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. FREE admission. View the schedule of events here.

 

Sunday, June 7

Disney in Concert: Visit the Allen Event Center to watch projected video clips from some of the most beloved Disney films as the soundtrack comes to life right before your eyes. Four leading vocalists and a symphony orchestra will perform the Disney concert, featuring classic songs from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Frozen and more. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

 

Concerts in the Garden: Join the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for an evening of symphonic masterpieces. Sunday evening’s concerts presents Tchaikovsky’s popular 1812 Overture set to jaw-dropping fireworks. Guests have the option to pack their own picnic, purchase food from on-site concessions or pre-order appetizer trays. Bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. Chair rentals also available for $2. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

 

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (5/29 – 5/31)


DFW Weekend Round Up
Music, festival celebrations and competitions are the highlights in this edition of the Weekend Round Up.

 

Friday, May 29

AT&T Byron Nelson: Now in its 33rd year, the annual golf tournament kicked off on Tuesday, but promises more fun this weekend. The Pavilion After Dark, presented by Michelob Ultra, provides live entertainment during the evening. Spectators with a Championship ticket enjoy all the fun for free! For more info, visit here.

 

Fan Expo Dallas: Visit the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas. Presented by Dallas Comic Con, the three-day event includes family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Dallas International Guitar Festival: Witness everything guitar this weekend! Held at Fair Park in Dallas, this festival will feature celebrities, guitar manufacturers, dealers, collector’s items, live music, and food. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Five Course Coffee Dinner: How about a private five-course dinner, where all the food is paired with coffee? Method Coffee and Spirited Cooking are joining forces to bring you the best food and coffee pairing Dallas has to offer. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Saturday, May 30

Rockwall Country Fair: Enjoy music, dancing, vendors, food, and games, all benefitting programs that help women and children. Consider it a family fun day — country style. Free entry and parking; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo: Indulge in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel at this year’s Women’s Expo, held at the Irving Convention Center. Keynote speakers include Melissa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, Nene Leakes and Tabatha Coffey. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Art Uncorked: The Arlington Museum of Art is hosting a painting party. Engage in some relaxing fun and create your own masterpiece, while sipping on a glass or two of wine. $35/person; 6-9 p.m.

 

Front Porch Showdown: Visit Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park and watch several bluegrass bands compete for cash prizes. Kids will also be able to join in on the fun by creating musical instruments to play in their own jam session. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Sunday, May 31

Jazz Under the Stars: Labyrinth Walk Coffee House presents an evening of jazz. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, food and drink (including beer and wine) and listen to the soulful tunes of Shoot Low Sheriff, Lady Diamond, Freddie Jones and the E-Flat Porch Band. For tickets and more info, visit here.

 

Feature image courtesy of AT&T Byron Nelson

DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)


 

DFW Weekend Round Up (5/21-5/24)

From concerts to sand sculptures, see where to get your fill of fun this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Thursday, May 21:

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by Dallas’ Eagles Tribute Band, Fast Lane. Don’t forget to bring blankets or chairs! 7:30 – 9:30 p.m; tickets from $17.

 

Thursday Twilight Tunes: Grab a meal from one of Denton’s many eateries and catch Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band performing at Dan’s Silverleaf, east of Denton Square, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Market After Dark: Visit Dallas Farmer’s Market this evening to hear live tunes, sample wine and beer, and purchase food from some of Dallas’ best food trucks. This free event begins at 6 p.m.

 

Frost Park Concert Series: If you’re attending this weekend’s Colonial, select stages will be hosting free concerts Thursday to Sunday. Be sure to pack your blankets and folding chairs for the outdoor seating. See the concert schedule here.

 

Friday, May 22:

Meadows Museum: To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Meadows Museum is offering free admission this Memorial Day weekend. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Head over to Grapevine to watch the skies light up with colorful sparks.  This 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it will give you the best view.

 

Fantasy in Sand: You’re off to see the wizard in this attraction held at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas-sized sand sculptures will be on display, featuring characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Children will also get a chance to create their own sculptures in the 2,000-sq-ft play area. Tickets begin at $16.

 

Saturday, May 23:

Thai Culture & Food Festival: Don’t miss out on two full days of Thai festivities! Held at the Buddhist Center of Dallas, the festival will feature foods from all four regions of Thailand, music, food, shopping, dances and more!

 

Urban Bazaar: Shop local this weekend! Community Beer Co. plays host to flea market Urban Bazaar, where you can find pet products, natural skincare, local art and handcrafted wares. Shopping begins at noon and ends at 6 p.m.; admission is free.

 

Summer in Wonderland: Rabbit Hole Brewing will be hosting a family-friendly brewing tour, featuring live music, crafts, hot dog carts and more. Festivities begin at 11 a.m.

 

Sunday, May 24:

SOLUNA: Salute to the Armed Forces: In honor of our fallen veterans, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a FREE concert at Klyde Warren Park. The program will feature patriotic favorites and a video collaboration, courtesy of artist Monte Laster and Booker T. Washington students.

 

If you’re looking for more food and drink centric events, click here.

 

Image courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

DSO on the GO Visits UNT


DSO on the GO Visits UNT

 

Next week offers another prime opportunity to enjoy the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO concert series. You’re invited to experience the DSO Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas in Denton.

 

This year is the third in a row that the Ebby Halliday Companies are sponsoring the full season of the DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

Tickets are $29 for the public and $9 for UNT students. They are available through the UNT Box Office at music.UNT.edu or by calling 940-369-7802.

DFW Weekend Round Up (1/8-1/11)


DFW Weekend Round Up (1/8-1/11)

Grab your coat and prepare for some fun days ahead! This weekend is headlined by amazing live music shows and various events celebrating Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship.

 

Thursday, Jan. 8:

Luke WadeThe Voice contestant will play a concert at Trees with openers  Mark Allan Attwood, Amber Ferris and David Cote.

 

The Flick: This play won, among other accolades, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, so you know it’s a must-see. It will be put on by Undermain Theatre through January 31.

 

Friday, Jan. 9:

College Football Playoff Fan Central: Before Ohio State and Oregon face off in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will host a weekend of family-friendly fun from Friday to Sunday. You can expect former players from each team, cheerleaders, both team mascots, pep rallies, games and more.

 

CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live: A concert featuring country superstars Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge and more will be held live from College Football Playoff Fan Central at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. Patrons of Playoff Fan Central will have free, first-come, first-serve access.

 

Curtis Grimes: The Texas-native will take the stage for a free show at The Rustic in Uptown Dallas.

 

Parmalee: The country music group will play at Billy Bob’s Texas.

 

Saturday, Jan 10:

Lenny Kravitz: The celebration of college football continues with the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert at American Airlines Center. Saturday’s show will be headlined by rockstar Lenny Kravitz. Keri Hilson and Vintage Trouble will join him as opening acts.

 

Totally 80’s Night: Flash back in time with a concert at Granada Theater featuring Le Cure, The Cure tribute band, and The Gorehounds, The Cramps tribute band.

 

Scotty McCreery: The American Idol winner will perform a late-night concert at Billy Bob’s Texas that will include his recent hit, See You Tonight.

 

Sunday, Jan. 11:

Cowboys at Packers: We’ve made it to the second round of the playoffs! Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV to cheer on the ‘boys as they take on Green Bay away at 12:05pm. There will also be a free watch party at Granada Theater.

 

Sting: In the second act of the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! concert at American Airlines, Sting will dazzle fans with opening act Echosmith. If you want to see both nights, you can purchase a two-day ticket here.

 

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DFW Weekend Round Up (11/20-11/23)


DFW Weekend Round Up

Holiday celebrations are in full swing in DFW this weekend! From Christmas musicals to holiday exhibits, there are plenty of ways to get in the spirit.

 

If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.

 

Thursday, Nov. 20:

Amy Schumer: She’ll be at Verizon Theater Grand Prairie performing stand-up comedy as part of her latest tour, the Back Door tour.

 

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: Celebrate the holidays like never before with an exhibit featuring a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos each telling the story of one of the 12 days from the beloved Christmas carol. The exhibit runs through January 4.

 

Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse: The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 8.

 

Elf the Musical: This musical, based on the Christmas film starring Will Ferrell, has shows through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. This is the first time it’s been in the metroplex since its Broadway debut in 2010.

 

The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion: Get transported through time and space with a collection of fashion by some of the most avant-garde contemporary Japanese printmakers. Baskett’s personal collection will be on display through February 22.

 

Friday, Nov. 21:

Leon Russell: The singer/songwriter will be at the Granada Theater promoting his latest album, Life Journey. The Zack King Band will serve as his opening act.

 

Mavs: The Mavs play the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.

 

Saturday, Nov. 22:

Rhett Miller: The Granada Theater and Old 97’s frontman Miller are hosting the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series. In addition to Miller’s great tunes, you’ll also get to hear music by The Wind & The Wave, The O’s, and Prophets and Outlaws.

 

The Trains at NorthPark: The holiday favorite is back for its 27th year and its 16th at NorthPark. This wonderful tradition features model trains and famous U.S. landmarks on more than 1,600 feet of tracks. You can get in on the fun of this display now through January 4.

 

Sunday, Nov. 23:

Cowboys at Giants: In week 12, the ‘boys will take on the New York Giants away on Sunday at 7:30. We’re 7 and 3 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Dallas City Lights: Kick off the holiday season with the spectacular lighting of downtown Dallas in Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza. In conjunction with the lighting of the Christmas tree, there will also be art performances, crafts like ornament making and, of course, Santa Claus.

 

Panther Island Ice: Colder temperatures mean it’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice. Trinity River Vision Authority presents the opening of Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, which is located at Coyote Drive-In and open daily through January 19.

 

Image via The Trains at NorthPark