Explore the beauty and wonder of an experience like no other at Fort Worth’s Botanic Garden during Nature Connects, an award-winning exhibition using LEGO to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and humanity’s relationship with nature. You and your awe-inspired family will say, “How did he do that?!” Sean Kenney is an award-winning artist who uses LEGO toys as a medium for contemporary sculpture, portraiture, and commercial art.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) | 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth
When: Thursday, May 6 – Sunday August 1, 9 am – 6 pm | Last admission at 5 p.m.
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts
Navigate four centuries of American history while experiencing the joys and hardships of journeys past. “Journey Stories” brings to life the personal paths of people whose travels led from the Mayflower to the Northwest. As you enter the exhibition room each person will be able to write a short account of a notable family journey experience. The museum wants to capture a part of your family’s story. If you wish to learn how to write your memoirs of your travels, the museum is holding The Summer Memoir Writing workshops, Saturday, June 5, and July 8, 10 am – noon in the Heard-Craig Carriage House. To learn more about the exhibit, the workshops, and how to participate in the Oral History segments check out the website below.
Where: Heard-Craig Center for the Arts in McKinney | 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney
When: Tuesday, May 4 – Friday, August 27 | Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.
Web: www.heardcraig.org/events — Tickets are required for entry
Lone Star Youth Orchestra
Lovers of the three B’s (Bach, Brahms, and Burns) rejoice! The Lone Star Youth Orchestra (LSYO) invites you to hear the annual LSYO Concerto Competition winners perform with the orchestra. First Place winner Mohini Bhave will perform the first movement of Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042. Second Place winner Iris Song will play the third movement. Works by Johannes Brahms (Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68) and Reynard Burns (“Flying”) round out the program. Come out and support this exceptional youth orchestra.
Where: Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall | 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
When: Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m.
Addison After Dark
Nights under the stars in Addison have never been better! Enjoy free events on the third Saturday of the month. Each month’s festivities focus on a different theme: live music, food, dessert trucks, and specialty entertainment. Add a little extra fun to the evening and dress for the theme, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy unforgettable nights out in Addison. May 15 features Elaine Kay, Country Line Dance Lessons, and 90s country music band, Straight Tequila Nights. June 19 brings boogie with Studio 22 disco dance lessons, Silent Runner Band, a costume contest, and Le Freak disco band.
Where: Addison Circle Park | 15650 Addison Road, Addison
When: Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m. — Boots, Brew & BBQ | Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m. — 70s Night Out | Third Saturdays of the month through the summer
Flamenco Fever: Paella y Pasion
Enjoy an afternoon of flamenco and paella at the annual Paella y Pasion, featuring live dance and music performances by local studios and fresh paella prepared on the spot by local chefs. The event is outdoors and will feature hand sanitizing stations and social distancing signage to encourage a safe environment. Bowls of paella will be available for $20 and come paired with a silk flower, polka dot scarf, or fan to help patrons get in the flamenco mood. Bring chairs and blankets for this picnic-style event.
Where: TyPo Park 602 N. Tyler Street, Dallas
When: Sunday, June 6, 1 – 6 p.m. | Donations are welcomed
Father’s Day Vintage Train Ride
Honor the dad in your life with a Father’s Day excursion on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Fathers will enjoy a complimentary hot dog and soda as you ride the rails. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The 21-mile trip rolls at a leisurely pace and is a perfect outing for the whole family.
Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad | 705 S. Main St., Grapevine
When: Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20 | Check in no later than 12:20 p.m. | Departs at 12:50 p.m.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Have you ever imagined walking amongst the dinosaurs? Well, here’s your chance. Jurassic World: The Exhibition — produced in conjunction with Universal Parks & Resorts — engages audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the Jurassic World film franchise. The Exhibition is an immersive, 20,000-square foot experience. You’ll walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. You and your family will have an up-close look at a velociraptor, stand under a towering brachiosaurus, and even meet the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Where: Grandscape | 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony
When: Friday, June 18 – Sunday, September 5
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Experience what it’s like to step into a masterpiece painting. This 360-degree digital art adventure will take you on an awe-inspiring journey into the mind of artist Vincent van Gogh. The experience illuminates and transforms a unique physical space where Van Gogh’s work takes over the walls through cutting-edge digital projections and unique virtual reality immersions. Visitors enter the paintings themselves and become the eyes of Van Gogh. The family-friendly, Covid-safe event is sure to delight all ages.
Where: Secret location to be announced
When: Buy your tickets now for entrance in August through December