Fun-Filled Memorial Day Events in Dallas-Fort Worth

Make Memories at the Dallas Arboretum During Memorial Day Weekend

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden invites the community to visit the garden during Memorial Day weekend, an official kick-off to summer. The action-packed weekend includes live music, cooking demonstrations, a curated “Celebrating America” playlist created by Top Ten Records for the garden, and food and drink specials at The Terrace Café. Active military, retired and veteran military and active first responders receive free admission all weekend with proper identification; free admission for these individuals is at the gate only and not available to reserve online.

Now through August 8, arboretum you and your family can stroll the garden to see the Summer of Sculpture exhibit featuring ZimSculpt, a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. Daily, Zimbabwean sculptors carve statues for people to see and ask questions. 

You can purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the ones created by the onsite artists in The Marketplace, which is located in the Dallas Arboretum’s Pecan Grove.

For guests who are interested in visiting Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Memorial Day weekend includes Kelley Family Days from May 29 to 31 when there is free entrance with paid general garden admission.

Dallas Arboretum Concert

Arboretum Memorial Day Weekend Highlights

Sunday, May 30: Live music performances
The Dallas Tap Dazzlers, 2 p.m.
Justin Kemp concert (country)  (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)
10:30 a.m.: Window to the Wild bird show and Q&A (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn)
11 a.m.: Dallas College Cooks demo (A Tasteful Place)

Saturday-Monday, May 29-31
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Activities – Kelley Family Days,
FREE entrance to the Children’s Adventure Garden with general garden admission (Thanks to a gift from the Kelley Family)

Kick Of Your Summer at Panther Island

Let the summer fun begin this Memorial Day weekend at Panther Island Pavilion, located on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. Enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding or take a leisurely bike ride along the Trinity Trails System. You can also watch a movies under the stars at  the Coyote Drive-In.

Kylde Warren Park MusicFest

Enjoy a night under the stars with a live music performances by Robert Earl Keen and Devon Gilfillian on Thursday, May 27, from 6 – 20 pm. Food trucks will be available for food and beverages.

Follow us on Twitter @BigDConcierge, #DFWMemorialDay for more fun Memorial Day events.

Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Earth Day

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden features Earth Day activities 

In honor of Earth Day, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will have several family-friendly activities where you can spend the day outdoors connecting with nature.

There are hands-on, outdoor activities located in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This festival features engaging learning experiences and special guest workshops, centered around celebrating the planet and learning how to take care of it for generations to come.

Explore the main garden’s Artscape fine art and fine craft show and sale. There will be more than 85 outstanding artists from around the country showcasing and selling their art. In addition to artwork, many of which takes its inspiration from nature, the popular outdoor event features live music, free children’s ‘make and take’ art, concessions, food, and wine/beer samplings.

Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615. No walk-ups are available for purchase. Masks are also required for the duration of the visit.

Dallas Arboretum Earth Day Activities

Window to the Wild Bird Show
Thursday, April 2210:30 a.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

The popular bird flight show returns to celebrate Earth Day. After the flight program, enjoy a close encounter and Q&A with a few of their birds and trainers.

What’s Happening in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Recycled City– Use all recycled materials to create a model of a future sustainable city throughout the day in collaboration with other members of the community.

Vermicomposting– Learn the secret to awesome composting: worms! Discover how you can build your own vermicomposting bin at home.

Wetlands in Action– Look up close at the life found in wetlands using real tools like microscopes and see how tiny invertebrates can tell us the health of these unique environments.

Would You Drink That?- See how soil and plants can help filter water for our environment in an experiment you can try at home.

Pollination Station– Create finger puppets to explore Moody Oasis, a rooftop pollinator garden, and try to find the perfect flower adapted for your pollinator.

Go With The Flow– Play a fun game exploring the water cycle as a drop of water and make a bracelet to take home from your adventure.

Now You Sea Me…– Explore sea levels around the world and learn about the pH of the ocean and how these two things affect animals and people across the globe.

Earth Is In My Hands– Share how YOU pledge to help the Earth with a simple and fun craft in the Exploration Center.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Parking is $10. For more information, call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

Travel Back in Time at Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a full day of interactive 6th Century Style fun for everyone, 1 that will run every Saturday & Sunday plus Memorial Day Monday, April 10 through May 31, 2021. You and your family   will enjoy jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, Knighting ceremonies, a 50+ member performing company and 25+ stages of interactive and unique entertainment. You will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the hundreds of Scarborough shoppes and be amazed by authentic artisan demonstrations. There are also Renaissance rides, games of skill and so much more.

This year’s opening weekend  theme is  “Travel Back in Time”. The weekend will celebrate Steampunk and all other time travelers and feature the all-new Scarborough Mask Contest each day. Feel free to show off their time traveling costumes throughout the weekend and they also can compete in the Mask Contest each day with their most creative or unusual facemask for the chance to win a great Scarborough prize pack. Contestants must register for the contest by 1:30 each day.

[Read more…]

The Science of Guinness World Records Exhibit at the Perot Museum

The Science of Guinness World Records exhibition
Perot Museum
March 6 – September 6, 2021

Discover the marvels of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempts and the science (and secrets) behind their triumphs when the Science of Guinness World Recordsexhibition, presented by Highland Capital Philanthropies, makes its U.S. debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

A Family-Friendly Experience

You and your family will learn what it takes to crash through these seemingly impossible ceilings, the physical and mental thresholds humans possess, and the scientific principles that explain their awe-inspiring feats. Dozens of engaging exhibits – from the largest Pac-Man videogame to reaction competitions, speed drumming, and a dance-a-thon – will challenge and encourage all ages to go behind the scenes and discover the discipline driving these fascinating accomplishments. 

From the smallest stop-motion film (hint: it’s measured in nanometers) to the most drumbeats in one minute (2,400 beats or 40 beats per second!) to the longest mustache ever (14 feet) and the most consecutive pinky pull-ups (36), exhibition goers can discover some of the most astonishing record titles with opportunities to challenge themselves and others in pursuit of their own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS glory.

[Read more…]