Cool Summer Movies for the Whole Family

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As the summer heat rises, the perfect place to be is at a cool movie theater.

This summer, some of our favorite local movie theaters are featuring family-friendly summer movies to keep you and the kiddos entertained. From classic animated movies like The Jungle Book to popular movies for all ages like Enchanted and Jurassic Park, you love these summer movie series.

Alamo Kids Camp

Kid’s Movie Camp at the Alamo

Kid’s Movie Camp at the Alamo Drafthouse is fun for the whole family. Experience your favorite family-friendly movies on the big screen.

General admission for Kids Camp is $5 for children and adults. The weekly movie selection will include recent animated favorites and timeless classics. Get tickets your tickets and Season Pass unlimited movies subscription online.

*Most Kids Camp screenings are recommended for ages 3 and up


June 24 Hotel Transylvania

July 1 Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure & The Mithcell’s vs. The Machines

July 8 Sing

July 15 Sing 2

Studio Movie Grill

The Studio Movie Grill Children’s Summer Series continues through August 11. The first showtime of the day is every Monday-Thursday. The $6 admission includes a small popcorn and kid’s size drink.

June 20 – 23 Kung Fu Panda

June 27 – 30 The Croods: A New Age

July 5 – 7 Shrek

July 11 – 14 How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

July 18 – 21 The Boss Baby: Family Business

July 25 – 28 Despicable Me

August 1 – 4 Sing 2

Summer Movie Series

Downtown Grapevine – Palace Theater

Visit historic downtown Grapevine’s Palace Theater this summer at 10 am on Tuesdays. and Wednesdays, now through August 3. General Admission Tickets are $4.

June 21 The Jungle Book (1967)

June 22 Enchanted

June 24 Jurassic Park (1993)

June 28 The Sandlot

June 29. Dr. Dolittle

July 1. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

July 5 An American Tale

July 6 Little Rascals (1994)

July 8 Jaws (1975)

And don’t forget to bring a same-day receipt from any restaurant in Grapevine to receive a free small popcorn.

Stay tuned for more news about summer movie events happening in and around the DFW area. Follow @BigDConcierge on Twitter – #DFWSummerMovieFun for updates

Summer at the Dallas Arboretum 

Summer at the Dallas Arboretum 

Featuring Custom Murals, Peacocks, Plantings and Plenty of Shade

Summer at the Arboretum kicks off on June 1 and continues to August 14. It will feature music, food, custom mural art and family fun in the 66-acre Dallas garden. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across.

From June 4 to 9, the Dallas Arboretum will feature local mural artists Alli KochMOMWill Heron and Favio Moreno as they create custom Birds in Paradise-inspired works. In the Lakeside Exhibit Area, these artists will be painting custom garden-inspired murals on massive outdoor canvases.

You are invited to an exclusive “Meet the Artists” night in the garden on July 26. The topiaries remain through August 7, and the completed murals through August 14. In June, the garden will display more than 50,000 new plantings with impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, vinca, and pentas.

There will also be 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating the garden’s signature summer look. In addition, each week will feature free live music, seasonal food demonstrations in A Tasteful Place and fun family activities such as Bubble Picnics and special Movie Mondays, Dallas Zoo animals, Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist and Window to the Wild. There are also live bands performing every weekend.

Dallas Blooms: Birds in Paradise

To complement the peacocks, the Dallas Arboretum will conduct bird-centric programming featuring guided hikes, expert talks, live bird demonstrations and petting zoos all summer long.

For a complete list of dates, visit On Family Fun Weekends. Activities include face painting, petting zoo, photos and more. Frozen Fridays also feature cool frozen treats from local shops for purchase. Holiday weekend events include face painting, petting zoo, party bands and vendor markets.

Father’s Day and Juneteenth Weekend Events

Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Summer at the Arboretum is a wonderful time to visit as the garden is lush and cool in the shade. We have created even more shaded areas for you to enjoy, and July and August are affordable options for families.” 

Don’t miss an opening weekend full of events to celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth, including a curated photographic exhibition by local photographer Don Thomas II, who was recently featured on WFAA-TV and in D Magazine. Admission in July is $5 per person ages 2 and up.

Entrance is free to Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on the weekends of June 18-20 and July 2-4, thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family. Parking is $11. Reservations are required and need to be made online at DallasArboretum.org in advance. 

$5 July Admission and August is only $3

August Dollar Days return at $3 per person ages 2 and up. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is an additional $3 per person.

New shaded structures:

  • Jeanne’s Pavilion along the Paseo near the entrance to the concert lawn is a perfect place to stop and rest under fans and heating bars; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 2 p.m. from now to November, a pianist performs for those picnicking on the lawn or strolling by the site.
  • Nancy’s Knoll has two-level areas overlooking the concert lawn. During the day, visitors can enjoy picnics or rest under the trees here.
  • The Richard Grant Octagonal Fountain Courtyard provides more seating around the original fountain belonging to the DeGolyer family. But now the horticulture has been reinterpreted, making it a garden highlight.

Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting: www.dallasarboretum.org/

Dallas Summer Musicals is now Broadway Dallas

And Announces the 2022/20023 Season

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Today, Dallas Summer Musicals announced a new operating name change to Broadway Dallas and its 2022-2023 Germania Insurance Broadway Series, in partnership with Broadway Across America (BAA).

While the name is changing, its commitment to bringing the best Broadway productions to Dallas is not. As the premier presenter of touring Broadway in North Texas, Broadway Dallas will continue to deliver the hottest, most award-winning, edge-of-your-seat exciting shows to its diverse, multi-generational audiences on a year-round basis (not just in the summer).

The name change and a series of new sub-brands also reflect the core of Broadway Dallas’ mission to grow its already comprehensive education programs and community partnerships which allow the organization to share the “Spirit of Broadway” with members of the community who might not otherwise have access to these world-class productions.

We changed our name from Dallas Summer Musicals to Broadway Dallas to accurately capture who we are and what we do. It encompasses not only the magnificent work that we put on our stage but also our other exciting events and community engagement and education programs through which we share ‘the spirit of Broadway’ with as many members of our community as possible.” – Ken Novice, President and CEO of Broadway Dallas.

What’s New in thje 2022-2023 Broadway Series

We could not be more excited about our 2022-2023 Germania Insurance Broadway Series,” continued Novice. “With new blockbusters, classics, and crowd favorites, it’s a stunning season that offers many opportunities to make new memories with your friends and family.”

Starting in September with the Tony Award®-winning smash-hit Broadway musical AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONSThe series continues with Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, the electrifying new global phenomenon SIX, one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL; the first North American tour of MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, the winner of ten 2021 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical; TOOTSIE, a laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater based on the Oscar®-nominated film; and the history-making new play Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – written by Academy Award® winner Aaron SorkinIn addition, the international Irish dance phenomenon RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW will be offered as a season option.

Broadway Dallas will present SIX and TOOTSIE at the Winspear Opera House as part of its ongoing collaboration with the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Season Tickets Subscription Packages

If you are a current subscriber, you can log in to your account and renew your seats. All subscribers will be automatically renewed into the 2023-2024 season and beyond risk-free. A valid email address and a credit card are required. If you decide you do not want to renew for any reason, you will not be charged.

New patrons can sign up for the official waiting list at https://bit.ly/3tqi4IG and you will be notified when new subscriptions become available. Subscriber benefits include access to the best seats for one low price, priority access to additional tickets before public on-sale, enrollment in interest and fee-free payment plans, and ticket exchange privileges.

Subscribers can make the most of their season with CenterStage. CenterStage members receive exclusive perks tailored to enhance their experience at every performance while their tax-deductible gift supports the non-profit Broadway Dallas and its community and education programs.

Single Ticket Sales

Single tickets to individual shows will go on sale later this year. Group pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Reserve by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@BroadwayDallas.org.

The 2022-2023 Germania Insurance Broadway Series

AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS 

September 6-18, Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park

AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits, with 14 reaching number one.

Nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, AIN’T TOO PROUD tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.

Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), the unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the Motown beat of songs like: “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY 

November 1-13, 2022 Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park

The “sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1)

Featuring classic songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

SIX 

December 6-25, 2022. Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Winspear Opera House

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power! This new original musical is a global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. 


PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL 

January 24 – February 5, 2023, Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (HairsprayKinky BootsLegally Blonde).

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

March 15 – April 2, 2023, Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park

Are you ready to fall in love all over again? Pop the champagne, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL is the winner of 10 Tony Awards® — including

Best Musical!

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL! Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Directed by Tony Award® winner Alex Timbers, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and — above all — Love. With a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan; music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award® winner Justin Levine; and choreography by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, MOULIN ROUGE! is more than a musical — it is a state of mind. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

TOOTSIE 

April 18-30, 2023, Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Winspear Opera House

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone).
Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter).
Call it TOOTSIE! 

TOOTSIE is the laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater that tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s VisitDirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg).

In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”

Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 

May 16-28, 2023 Presented by Broadway Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” (60 Minutes). Rolling Stone gives it 5 stars, calling it “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic,” and New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.”

With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune— has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award® Winning actor Richard Thomas (The Waltons) will play the role of “Atticus Finch” in the National Tour. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

June 6-8, 2023 at the Music Hall at Fair Park

See RIVERDANCE, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite celebrated the world over for its Grammy award‐winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty‐five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground‐breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages.

With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world prSeasonemière run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London the reaction was unprecedented. Since its inception, RIVERDANCE has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

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About Broadway Dallas

In 2022, Dallas Summer Musicals changed its name to Broadway Dallas. Since 1941, the non-profit Broadway Dallas has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, Broadway Dallas promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Broadway Dallas relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs. For more information about Broadway Dallas, visit BroadwayDallas.org.

Trolls LIVE! Tour Coming Soon to Grand Prairie

Trolls Logo by Dan Norman Photography 2019

Get ready for a hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch, and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage in Trolls LIVE! 

Jam-packed with epic music, glitter, humor, and happiness, Trolls LIVE! will visit Texas Trust CU Theatre, on June 4th and 5th for four Trolls-tastic performances.

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