on February 22, 2016 / by Downtown Dallas Inc. / in Blog Posts, Clean and Safe, Things To Do
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Spring Break Events & Attractions
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Dallas plays host to some of the most lauded attractions in the nation, and visiting places such as the Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Gardenat the Dallas Arboretum, Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck, and Six Flags Over Texas are practically mandatory. Grab the kiddos and hit the town!
THE ANN & GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM: THE SAMURAI COLLECTION
2501 North Harwood St. | Listing Info
Discover the exciting world of the samurai during Samurai Spring Break, March 15th-18th! Stop by The Samurai Collection during the week to experience the new exhibition, Samurai: Inside the Armor, and participate in hands-on gallery activities led by The Samurai Collection staff. Children and adults can examine the collection through our special “x-ray goggles”, fold origami creations, participate in several samurai folk traditions, and more! Connect with your inner-warrior and learn about the fascinating culture of the samurai with this world-renowned collection of samurai armor. March 15th-18th, 11AM- 3PM. Free to the public. Samurai: Inside the Armor takes a closer look at what is inside Japanese armor, making special use of x-rays to reveal the hidden secrets behind the construction of these masterpieces. Helmets, masks, and suits of samurai armor present beautiful and creative exteriors. However, it was the quality of the interior composition that ultimately made the difference between life and death for the warrior. Discover the concealed skill and ingenuity of the armorers at The Samurai Collection. Samurai: Inside the Armor is on view winter 2015-spring 2016. Admission is free to the public. (Photo by Matthew Shelley of D Magazine)
AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
2403 Flora St. | Listing Info
Internationally beloved actress Sophia Loren will hold an intimate conversation with Dallas audiences in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Featuring a special Q&A session, “An Evening with Sophia Loren” will buy you a first-class ticket into the mind of this prolific artist’s journey from Italy to the silver screen. From her Academy Award-winning role in the film Two Women to decades of celebrated roles in movies like Houseboat, That Kind of Woman and It Started in Naples, Loren has become a bonafide icon in world cinema. You won’t want to miss her unique show in Dallas. Mezzanine tickets are $62 with discount code SOPHIA62. Booking fees apply. Discount is only valid in the Mezzanine section and is not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets.
BISHOP ARTS THEATRE CENTER
215 South Tyler St. | Listing Info
Our jazz series will open on March 19, 2016 with performances by Nick Colionne and Everette Harp. The event is family-friendly though we serve complimentary cocktails.
CREATIVE ARTS CENTER OF DALLAS
The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC), a nonprofit school of visual arts and community arts organization, geared to beginning, emerging and working artists will bring Art free family friendly art programming to Klyde Warren Park and Dallas Heritage Village during Spring Break. Art as a Second Language features fun family-friendly interactive art activities taught by various teaching artists from the Creative Arts Center. On Sunday, March 13 CAC will be at Klyde Warren Park from 2 to 4pm and Friday, March 18 CAC will be at Dallas Heritage Village for its Spring Fling Celebration from 10am to 4pm.
CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART
1010 Flora St. | Listing Info
Saturday March 5, 10 AM – 2 PM: FREE Adventure Asia: SENsational Sen. In celebration of our newest exhibition, Time and Eternity: Landscape Paintings by Bireswar Sen, think small and create your own miniature landscapes with activities like shaving cream landscapes, crayon cloisonné, and salt water watercolors. Experience story time and landscape yoga, and strike a pose at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Tuesday, March 8, 7 PM – 8 PM: FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection, $10 Public The Art of Compassion with Swami Sarveshananda. Swami Sarveshananda, Resident Acharya (Spiritual Head of the Center) of Chinmaya Mission DFW will elaborate on the notion of compassion, its definition and how to implement it. Swamiji has touched many lives through his service, dedication and loving presence.
Friday, March 18, 6 PM – Midnight: FREE After Dark: Goodnight Gorlizki. Help us celebrate the final days of the ever-playful exhibition Alexander Gorlizki: Variable Dimensions. Playing off of his colorful abstractions and amalgamations, create your own free-form mirror and ink blown tiles and contribute to a large-scale community collage.
8525 Garland Road | Listing Info
Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest returns February 27 through April 10 at the Dallas Arboretum. This year’s theme “The Artistry in Nature”, features the renowned Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Statues exhibit, set among over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs. Weekly highlights include, Children’s Activities on Monday and Tuesdays, Guided Walking Tours. Also, check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the north end of the Arboretum, this 8-acre scientific children’s garden is where science and fun become one. FYI: The Great Contributors exhibit is a part of Gary Lee Price’s renowned art collection. A fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Price has been recognized worldwide for his bold work lifting and celebrating the human spirit. The life-size bronze sculptures that will be placed throughout the spring garden include Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, many of which are on benches or in garden settings.
DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
Flora & N Harwood streets | Listing Info
It’s that time of year, again! On Friday, March 18 starting at 6 p.m., join the Dallas Arts District as we celebrate spring by closing streets for a block party with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center. Grab dinner or dessert from gourmet food trucks lining the streets as you enjoy all three museums and participate in art activities, live concerts, guided museum tours, DJ’s, outdoor film screenings, and more. TheSpring Block Party is a free street festival for the whole family that lasts until midnight. Note: Admission to the indoor activities at the Dallas Museum of Art is $15. All other indoor and outdoor activities are free.
DALLAS CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
Skyline360 Tour, Klyde Warren Park. March 5 2:30 p.m.; March 7 12:30 p.m.; March 10 5:30 p.m.; March 12 2:30 p.m.; March 14 12:30 p.m.; March 17 5:30 p.m.; March 19 2:30 p.m. No advance registration is required.
Arts District Walking Tour, March 5 10:00 a.m. March 19 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
West End Walking Tour, March 5 10:00 a.m. March 19 10:00 a.m. Tours are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
Main Street Walking Tour, March 12 10:00 a.m. Tours are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors. Register at DallasCFA.com.
Fair Park Walking Tour, March 16 Noon. Register for the tour by e-mailing info@DallasCFA.com. Free and open to the public.
Build Your City! Fair Park March 17 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Klyde Warren Park March 19 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
More details and registration for all events
DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER
5938 Skillman | Listing Info
Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ Hansel and Gretel – Adapted from the Brothers Grimm with Book, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf, March 4 – April 3, 2016. You don’t always need a prince and princess for your heroes to live happily ever after. Two children in search of food for their hungry family get lost in an enchanted forest. They must depend on all their powers of imagination to save them from the crafty, mysterious old woman in the candy house and (in this less “grim” version) lead them back to the loving arms of their parents. The familiar, melodic music of Engelbert Humperdinck brings an inventive theatricality to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale adventure. HANSEL AND GRETEL brings another feast for the eyes and ears to the stage from Kathy Burks’ Master Puppeteers. Recommended for ages 4 and up. More details
DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE
1515 S. Harwood St. | Listing Info
Spring Fling: Luck o’ the Irish! Tuesday, March 15 – Friday, March 18 (Museum open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Activity times: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) (Regular admission rates of $9/adults; $5/children 4+ and $7/seniors 65+. Parking is free.) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week at Dallas Heritage Village this Spring Fling. Go on a leprechaun hunt at the Sullivan house and help us link rainbow chains around the Village. Play vintage board games of chance with a roll of the dice or a spin on the wheel at the Saloon or lucky horseshoes behind Millermore. We will be spinning and twisting golden ropes at the Farmstead too. Put on some green, grab your lucky charms, and head to the Village for a little Irish fun. www.DallasHeritageVillage.org 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas TX 75215 214-421-5141
DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
211 N. Record Street, Suite 100 | Listing Info
Mondays through Thursdays, March 7 – March 24, Dallas Holocaust Museum, 1:30 p.m. Explore our special exhibit,Anne Frank: A History for Today, in a new way with the education staff of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Each program features readings from The Diary of a Young Girl, followed by a short discussion and learning activity. Recommended for ages 10 – 18. Included in cost of admission.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
1717 North Harwood St. | Listing Info
Spring Break at the Dallas Museum of Art caters to all ages! Enjoy a FREE fun-filled and unforgettable week of hands-on art-making activities. Families will be able to participate in interactive gallery tours and story times. From drawing to light graffiti opportunities, there is something for everyone! Spring Break programming will be held daily Tuesday through Friday, March 15-18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The week culminates with Late Night and theDallas Arts District Block Party, on Friday, March 18. Come also to celebrate the final weekend of Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. It will be an evening full of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks, family programs, and more! Tickets are $15 (some exhibitions require an additional ticket), FREE for children 11 and under and FREE for DMA Members.
DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
909 1st Ave. | Listing Info
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. STUDENT RUSH ALERT! $25 best available ticket with valid student ID, 1 hour before eligible performances at the Music Hall Box Office! Eligible performances: March 15-18 & 22-25, evenings only. One ticket per ID.
DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
2301 Flora Street | Listing Info
A Tribute to The Beatles, March 11-13, 2016. MARTIN HERMAN conducts CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR band. From Imagine to Yesterday and Yellow Submarine, you’ll be amazed at the meticulousness of their performance. The Los Angeles Times hails concerts by the Classical Mystery Tour for their “goose bump quotient.” Tickets start at $19.
ReMix: Aaron and Bryce Dessner, March 11 & 12, 2016. Enjoy an evening with Aaron and Bryce Dessner from the rock band The National, plus free appetizers, a cocktail and chance to meet the musicians. Tickets are $19 for general admission. Information and tickets.
Celtic Fire, March 18 & 19, 2016. JEFF TYZIK conducts EILEEN IVERS Irish Fiddle. Hailed as the “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, Grammy Award-winner Eileen Ivers and her band bring a very special St. Patrick’s Day concert to the Meyerson.
DALLAS THEATER CENTER
2400 Flora Street | Listing Info
All The Way, March 3 – March 27, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Texas native Robert Schenkkan, Dallas Theater Center’s All the Way is a suspenseful new play about one of the most powerful Texans, Lyndon B. Johnson, from the moment of his accidental presidency in 1963 to his hard-won landslide election a year later. A co-production with the Alley Theatre and directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty, the Houston Chronicle calls All the Way, “a fascinating portrait of one of the most colorful and complex figures in U.S. history.” Robert Schenkkan’s masterful script paints a gripping portrayal of LBJ, civil rights hero, ruthless bully, and perhaps one of our greatest legislative presidents. With a title harkening back to the slogan for his 1964 campaign, All the Way is a searing and enthralling dramatization that explores political gridlock, strong-arm manipulation, and the morality of politics and power. Tickets to All the Way are on sale now atDallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202. Photo by Karen Almond.
650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway | Listing Info
Family Zoo Adventures – March 5. Families can explore the wonderful world of wildlife together during Family Zoo Adventure Saturday Programs! This month’s theme will focus on Amazing Amphibians and include activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours that will make learning fun for young and old alike. Program on March 5 from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. Register
Wild About Art – March 12. Calling all creative animal lovers ages 5-8! Your blossoming artist will explore their creative side using a variety of materials and art techniques while being led in an animal-inspired project by a Dallas Zoo instructor. Register
Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Spring Break Camps – March 7-11 & 14-18. This spring break, explore animal extremes at the Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Spring Break Camps! Each single-day camp features a Zoo tour, games, crafts, and animal encounters unique to each extreme theme. Register
Nature Connects – Through April 10. Visit the Dallas Zoo to visit the newest exhibit, Nature Connects, a LEGO® brick art exhibit. built by award-winning artist Sean Kenney! Included with admission. More info
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GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
2943 SMU Boulevard | Listing Info
Step into the candidates’ shoes at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in the special exhibit, Path to the Presidency. Discover the history of presidential campaigns and elections in the United States. Deliver a speech from the teleprompter, pose for your own campaign poster, and watch clips of historic political ads and debate moments. Learn about landmark elections of the past, how technological and cultural advances are changing the way we elect our leaders, and get a glimpse of life on the campaign trail. Receive $1.00 off admission. Visitbushcenter.org and use the code SPRING BREAK when purchasing a ticket. MARCH 1 – OCTOBER 9, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
KLYDE WARREN PARK
2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway | Listing Info
Klyde Warren Park Spring Break Events: Food Trucks in the Park every day, 11am – 3pm
March 5: Family Art Activities with Nasher Sculpture Center, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Family Experiments with the Perot Museum, 11am – 2pm
Imagination Playground, 9am – Noon
Music and Stories with KidzWorks, 11am – Noon
Capoeria with RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu, 10am – 11am
March 15: Imagination Playground, 9am – Noon
Music and Stories with KidzWorks, 11am – Noon
Jazz on the Green Presented by Chase, 7pm – 9pm
March 18: Dallas Pets Alive! Dog Adoptions, 10am – 3pm
Dallas Children’s Theatre, 10:30am – 11:30am
Build Your City! with Dallas Center for Architecture, 11am – 4pm
Kids Live, 1pm – 2pm
Movies in the Park, 8pm
March 19: African Dance with Fihankra Dance and Fitness Studio, 11:30am – 12:30am
Poetry Under the Stars, 6pm – 8pm
LATINO CULTURAL CENTER
2600 Live Oak at Good Latimer | Listing Info
The Legacy of Octavio Medellin: A Survey of His Work & Influence, January 22 – March 31, 2016. Born in 1907, Octavio Medellin was an influential artist working in Dallas in the 20th Century. He founded the Creative Arts Center of Dallas in 1966. As part of the Creative Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary, the Latino Cultural Center will showcase a survey of Medellin’s artistic works and will highlight the legacy and influence he left behind, including historical and biographical narratives of his artistic output. The exhibition will also feature work from Dallas-based artists influenced by Medellin, including Eliseo, Marty Ray, Rob Pollock, and David Hickman. Designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Latino Cultural Center is a 27,500 sq. ft. multidisciplinary arts center located at the intersection of downtown Dallas and the Deep Ellum neighborhood. The mission of the Latino Cultural Center is to serve as a regional catalyst for the preservation, promotion, and development of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. Regular hours for the galleries are 10 am to 5 pm. Galleries are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.
5900 Bishop Blvd. | Listing Info
Salvador Dalí: An Early Surrealist Masterpiece, through June 19. The Meadows Museum debuts its latest acquisition, Salvador Dalí’s L’homme poisson (1930), the first Dalí painting to enter a public Texas collection. The exhibition will take a renewed look at this early masterpiece within Dalí’s oeuvre.
Between Paris & Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque, through June 5. The first monographic show devoted to Marie Cronin, a Texas-raised artist who trained and exhibited in the salons of Paris before returning home to paint portraits of Texas Statesmen.
Process & Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner, through June 5. Presenting the work of two pioneering artists working and teaching in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s whose experimentation cast a wide net of influence over students and contemporaries.
Pictured above (L-R): Carlotta Corpron (American, 1901-1988), A Figure Arose From Coral and Glass, 1949; Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989); Marie Cronin (American, 1867-1951), Lady in Green, c. 1908. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Bell County Museum. Photo by Brad Flowers.
NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
2001 Flora Street | Listing Info
HALF PRICE ADMISSION. Join us at the Nasher Sculpture Center during Spring Break from March 15 – 20 for half-price admission and family activities in the galleries. Admission for children 12 and under is always FREE!
‘TIL MIDNIGHT AT THE NASHER. Plus, on Friday, March 18 don’t miss the FREE ‘til Midnight at the Nasher concert and film in the garden in conjunction with the Dallas Arts District Spring Break Block Party, 6 pm – Midnight. The FREE ‘til Midnight event on March 18 features a concert with by Kirk Thurmond & The Millenials, followed by a screening of Edward Scissorhands. Guests have the opportunity to engage in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two, as well as and grab & go snacks and street tacos the night of the event. Reservations for picnic dining at ‘til Midnight on March 18 are open through Wednesday, March 16 at 5 pm. * Please note the museum is closed on Monday, March 14.
THE PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
2201 N. Field Street | Listing Info
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is your go-to spot for endless discovery this Spring Break with an inspiring mix of daily spring science crafts, bookworm readings, science trivia, live demonstrations and drop-in activities involving making clouds, rainbows, egg dyeing, pinwheels/wind energy, marshmallows and mini kite flying. New 3D films will transport you from the depths of the prehistoric sea to the outer reaches of the universe or allow you to peer into the astonishing lives of some of Earth’s smallest animals. Plus, Discovery Days: Fossils on Saturday, March 12, will feature a variety of paleontology-themed activities, and Spring Break sleepover opportunities to “doze with the dinos” are scheduled for March 12 and March 18. The Museum will have extended hours March 5-20 until 7 p.m. for plenty of time to take in all five floors of adventure.
REUNION TOWER GEO-DECK
300 Reunion Blvd E | Listing Info
Spring Break at Reunion Tower! Say hello to spring at the GeO-Deck! Enjoy free activities, entertainment and more with your general admission ticket purchase. Keep the fun going with our high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes and photo ops at our indoor/outdoor observation deck. Come up and put a new spin on spring!
THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA
411 Elm Street | Listing Info
Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844 to 2012, Special Exhibit at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza February 3-March 10, 2016. Kick off this election year at The Sixth Floor Museum! From hand-colored portraits of Henry Clay and James K. Polk to the Roy Lichtenstein classic of the Clinton Oval office, this special exhibit displays the influence and art form of the most exciting and rarely seen political posters of the last 170 years. Exhibit included with Museum admission. Reserve tickets
THE BLACK ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS, INC.
650 S. Griffin St. | Listing Info
Jazz is hot in “Big D” and jazz lovers and would be jazz lovers don’t want to miss one of America’s most beloved jazz performer, WILL DOWNING! Get your tickets and prepare for a fantastic Dallas night on the town. We can’t rock without you, so come on out and rock at TBAAL for another memorable Jazz Weekend! Hosted by TBAAL Board of Directors and Dallas Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 8pm – Naomi Bruton Main Stage. Admission $25 // $30
Jazz Appreciation Educational Youth Workshop, Saturday, March 12 , 2016 @ 12pm. Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre. Admission-Pay What You Can.
TEXAS HORSE PARK
811 Pemberton Hill Rd | Listing Info
Visit the Texas Horse Park adjacent to the Great Trinity Forest on the 3rd Thursday of each month (March 17, 2016) and enjoy free riding and other activities for people of all ages from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The two non-profit operators at the Texas Horse Park, Equest and River Ranch Educational Charities, invite you to ride horses or learn about them and explore the beautiful 302 acre setting of the park. For more details, trot over to texashorsepark.com.
TRINITY RIVER AUDUBON CENTER
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way | Listing Info
Kids (aged 5–12) experience outdoor fun and learning at Audubon Adventure Day Camps, March 14–18 from 9am–3pm. Camps are nestled in the wild and beautiful Great Trinity Forest at Trinity River Audubon Center, located just minutes from downtown Dallas. More details
TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR PROJECT
300 Commerce Street | Listing Info
All Out Trinity and Trinity River Levee Run. All Out Trinity is Dallas’ premier fitness festival and it will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until sunset. The day of events kicks-off at 7:00 a.m. with the Inline Skate 10K and is followed by the Trinity River Levee Run Opening Ceremony at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K and 5K races beginning starting at 8:00 a.m. The action continues on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway after the race with a full line-up of activities for people of all ages. Visitallouttrinity.com to register and for the full schedule.
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