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The Beverly Hills, California, chain Fatburger is opening its first Texas restaurant in North Richland Hills at the start of 2020. The restaurant will serve made-to-order hamburgers and chicken wings in a 2,300-square-foot space. More information to come in the following months.
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is hosting their exhibition “Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora” now through Nov. 27. On display are 46 artworks depicting native plants from across the US, including flowering dogwoods from East Texas. The plants range from everyday and familiar to rare and endangered.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas // 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth; 817/332-6657
Addison will host their Harvest Hootenanny on Nov. 16 as part of its Addison After Dark monthly program. The free event will feature live music, face painting, balloon twisting, outdoor games, a petting zoo, food trucks and more. It will take place from 7–11pm in Addison Circle Park.
Addison Circle Park // 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison
Lyric Stage’s next production at the Majestic Theatre will take place Nov. 12–17. The musical, Mirette on the High Wire, follows Mirette, a gutsy little girl and a mysterious high-wire walker who she convinces to teach her his craft. Tickets are available online at org or by calling 214/871-5000.
Majestic Theatre // 1925 Elm St., Dallas; 214/670-3687
North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre will present The Addams Family Oct. 25–Nov. 2. The show follows Wednesday Addams after she’s grown up and fallen in love with a “normal” boyfriend and what transpires after Gomez and Morticia host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents. Shows run Friday through Sunday with a special show on Halloween. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for premium seats.
North Texas Performing Arts // 6121 West Park Blvd., B216, Plano; 972/422-2575
A survey commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America recently found that Generation Z across the US believes bullying to be the biggest issue facing their community. The survey asked 1,002 Americans ages 6–17 to prioritize the top five issues from a list of 20. An additional 241 individuals were surveyed specifically in Texas within the same age range. Bullying was the issue 31% of youth said they wanted to solve the most with hunger coming in second (28%), and care for elderly, poverty and homelessness all tied at third place (24%).
Boy Scouts of America // 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving; 972/580-2000
The Fort Worth Zoo will host its 28th annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration Oct. 25–27 from 10am to 5pm. The event includes treat stations, Halloween-themed entertainment throughout the park, a live animal stage show and much more. If that’s not enough for you, you’re also invited to submit decorated pumpkins for the Boo at the Zoo pumpkin patch. The event is free with admission; $14 for adults; $10 for kids ages 3–12; $10 for seniors ages 65 and up; free for kids ages 2 and younger.
Fort Worth Zoo // 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/759-7555
The Dallas Galleria will celebrate the fall season with the Heyday Street Fair on Oct. 20 from 1–6pm. The event will take place in the center’s Alley area and will include a pop-up market, pumpkin patch, family activities, art stations and more. The whole area will be decked out with hay bales, pumpkins and harvest décor to serve as the perfect backdrop for family photos. Admission is free but pumpkins can be purchased with a donation to Hunger Busters, an organization that provides meals to Dallas Independent School District students.
Heyday Street Fair at Galleria Dallas // 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas
The Autism CARES Act of 2019 was signed into law on Sept. 30. This authorizes $1.8 billion in federal funding to autism research, training and services over the next five years. Additionally, funding will continue to enhance education, early detection and intervention activities at the Health Resources and Services Administration through training of future leaders and healthcare professionals.
Autism Speaks // 1 East 33rd St. Fourth Floor, New York; 646/385-8500
The Black Star Sport Horses will host its annual Halloween show on Oct. 19 beginning at 9am. The show will feature a festive fall photo area and a Halloween Horse Costume Contest where horses and riders dress up in creative costumes. The event is free, and concessions will be available.
Black Star Sport Horses // 5565 FM 549, Rockwall; 940/367-7815
The Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown is offering a State Fair of Texas hotel package from Sept. 27–Oct. 20. The package includes a one-night stay, two admission tickets to the State Fair, plus breakfast for two. Rates start at $219; to make a reservation, call 214/522-2929 or visit their website.
Canopy Dallas Uptown // 2950 Cityplace W Blvd., Dallas; 214/522-2929
The nonprofit organization Heels On the Move to Heal is holding their second annual Shoe Fashion Show that will benefit women who have been victims of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds and all shoe donations will be distributed to Denton County Friends of the Family, a non-profit that focuses on providing services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. The event will take place at the Star in Frisco at the Lincoln Experience Center from 5:30–8:30pm.
The Star // 3620 The Star Blvd., Frisco
Heels On the Move to Heal // 214/514-2926; 817/6555390
Allen Police Department and Dodd Law Offices are partnering to enroll individuals with special needs in Project H.O.M.E.—a program that helps first responders identify children or adults who are unable to communicate their names or addresses. To enroll, the individual or parent would complete information sheets and get pictures taken on Oct. 15 from 7–9pm. From there, the individual’s information is in the specialized database. With the information, if an adult or child with special needs is found wandering, the police will be able to return them to their caregivers or parents quickly and safely. Enrollment is also available anytime at the APD Headquarters during normal business hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Allen Police Department Training Facility // 900 S. Greenville Avenue, Allen; 214/509-4350
The nonprofit Laughter League will host their Dallas International Children’s Festival Oct. 19 from 10am–4pm at the Bath House Cultural Center. The festival celebrates cultural diversity and will include multiple youth performances from Beckles Dancing Company, Ballet Folklorico Hispanic of the Arts, Bharatanatyam Dancers of India, S-Ankh Rasa Drummers and more. And for more excitement, circus stars from The Petite Palace will also perform. Stop by for popcorn, education, entertainment, and arts and crafts. Free.
Bath House Cultural Center // 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas
1 in 6 children in the U.S. have a least one mental disorder but only have of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The 2017 Beyond ABCreport by Children’s Health noted that 1.2 million children in Texas live with a mental health disorder. Prosper Independent School District partnered with Children’s Health to introduce a school-based Telebehavioral Health program that allows elementary to high school students have virtual consultations at school.
A new youth-based transportation system launched at the end of September: HopSkipDrive. This service will allow busy parents to avoid much of the DFW traffic while still getting their kids where they need to go in a safe and reliable manner. Learn more about the service by downloading the app or visiting their website.
Sprinkles and Buzzfeed are partnering up for the second year in a row to support and raise money for breast cancer awareness. Sprinkles will bring back its strawberry champagne cupcake adorned with “Cuppy” (the name of Buzzfeed’s Good Advice Cupcake), the word “hope” and the iconic breast cancer pink ribbon. For every strawberry champagne cupcake sold, 50 cents will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The promotion is available Oct. 1–27.
Sprinkles Dallas // 8413 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas; 214/363-4050
Sprinkles Plano // 7500 Windrose Avenue, Plano; 469/969-0171
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMDH) expanded their building. The new wing will open Oct. 10 and offer 30 new guest rooms, allowing RMHD to serve 800 more families a year. Previously, RMHD has had to turn away more than 1,000 families because it has been at full capacity.
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas // 4707 Bengal St., Dallas; 214/631-7354
This week Mutualink, which has systems used by the US Department of Homeland Security, met with representatives from a number of local independent school districts on Oct. 1 to discuss school safety. Mutualink is developing solutions that connect schools with local law enforcement during crisis situations, and on Tuesday, the company provided live demonstrations of technologies that could save lives in the event of a school emergency, including the Rave Panic button, which activates real-time video sharing, and instant communication between schools, local law enforcement and first responders.
Pumpkin Nights at Howell Farms will run Oct. 10 through Nov. 3. This interactive Halloween experience transforms Howell Farms into a dazzling, multi-sensory display with seven Pumpkin Lands created with more than 3,000 hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins. This is the first year Pumpkin Nights will come to Dallas-Fort Worth after launching first in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver, and Santa Rosa, California.Pumpkin Nights at Howell Farms // 4016 W Division St., Arlington
Pop artist Peter Max will be featured at an exhibit displaying over 100 works from his studio. His Retrospective Collection gives a nod to the City of Dallas: sports, music, the arts and the legacy of the pop art genre. It will feature some of his iconic and best-known pieces as well, such as the Woodstock Commemorative, “Statue of Liberty,” “Umbrella Man,” and “Cosmic Runner.” The exhibit will be open Sept. 27–Oct. 6 with three event receptions open to the public. RSVPs required.
Road Show Company, International Design Center on Turtle Creek // 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 1048, Dallas; 866/900-6699
The Commemorative Air Force will kick off Wings Over Dallas World War II Air Show on Friday, Oct. 25. The event will include reenactments of what daily life was like for World War II soldiers, World War II veterans who will share their personal stories, and educational activities in STEM, aviation and history topics. The event runs through Oct. 27 at the Dallas Executive Airport.
Dallas Executive Airport // 5303 Challenger Drive, Dallas; 214/670-7612
Commemorative Air Force // 5661 Mariner Drive, Dallas; 214/330-1700
Chuck E. Cheese’s will now have Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Every first Sunday of the month, they will open two hours early specifically for children with autism and other special needs. Accommodations include reduced lighting and noise, food, games and trained staff.
Chuck E. Cheese’s // Multiple locations
The African American Museum in Fair Park will present The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection starting Sept. 21–March 1. The exhibit celebrates the achievements and contributions of black Americans from 1595 to present times. It will feature masterful paintings, sculptures, photos, rare books, letters and more. Admission is free to anyone attending the State Fair of Texas.
The African American Museum in Fair Park // 3536 Grand Ave., Dallas; 214/565-9026
A new playground designed to be accessible for children of all abilities opened in West Plano. Windhaven Meadows Park’s Liberty Playground—a 20,000-square-foot playground—will allow children with and without disabilities to play together. The park also includes walking trails, a pond, a dog park, restrooms, a pavilion and a spray ground.
Windhaven Meadows Park // 5400 Windhaven Parkway, Plano
A new Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse opened in Plano on Sept. 17. Think barbecue, Southern food, homemade sides—the works. Outside of the good ole barbecue standbys, Delta Blues will also offer other more inventive options, such as “Nashville Hot” Fried Texas Quail and Sticky Pork Belly Bites. Delta Blues is a part of the Pappas Restaurants family with the original Delta Blues located in Houston.
Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse // 3916 Dallas Parkway; Plano; 972/378-9903
Frozen Jr. is coming to the Firehouse Theatre Oct. 3–13. Firehouse JR, the kid’s cast of The Firehouse Theatre will present this Disney favorite featuring some of the hit songs, such as “Let It Go” and “Love is an Open Door,” along with five new songs written for the 2018 Broadway production. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased over the phone or online.
The Firehouse Theatre // 2535 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch; 972/620-3747
Veggie Tales is back with 18 brand-new episodes—including a Christmas special—and a fun, new kid’s Bible, The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids. Phil Vischer—the creator of Veggie Tales and author, filmmaker and writer of over 70 million kid’s products—developed this new Bible for kids. Pre-sale is available through Amazon.
Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine is getting ready for their annual Howl-O-Ween celebration that takes place the whole month of October. During this event kids and adults alike will get a kick out of the spooktacular lobby transformation complete with pumpkins and other festive decorations. Programs available include Twisted and Tangled, where children follow a spinner and try to stay on their feet to get a treat as the winner, Boo Bingo and so much more. Of course the event wouldn’t be complete without some trick-or-treating; a trail will be available with interactive games and stops for candy collection throughout.
Great Wolf Lodge // 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine; 800/693-9653
A new interactive store is opening in Grapevine Mills Mall—Goofy Turtle, a toy store where kids can “try before you buy.” Think of it as a test drive of sorts. There’s something for every age group, too—from little ones to tweens to adults who are looking to pilot their own drone or box it out in a robo-fight. There are plenty of play arenas to choose from, including a racetrack arena, smart toys arena, play area for kids under age 5 and more.
Grapevine Mills Mall // 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine;
The Junior League of Collin County is gearing up for their 24th annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market. The market will feature holiday décor, women’s clothing, children’s items, jewelry and more from over 100 different vendors. The proceeds from this event fund community impact projects such as Collin County Council on Family Violence, Done in a Day projects, My Friend’s House and more. The event runs Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.
The Plano Event Center // 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano; 972/769-0557
The Hughes Family Tribute Center will present its fifth Dia de los Muertos Celebracion 2 at Crown Hill Memorial Park. Families traditionally visit this cemetery on Oct. 31–Nov. 2 to remember their loved ones and celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The celebration includes a parade, dance performances, face painting, live mariachi music, a free showing of Disney Pixar’s Coco and much more.
Crown Hill Memorial Park // 9718 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has a new building—a huge 13,090 square foot facility in Southwest Fort Worth. This is a big change from their old space of 4,000 square feet. The building has a state-of-the-art milk-processing laboratory, new reception room with child activity center, a private lactation counseling room and more. Also, mothers can take part in a new initiative called Baby Café, a program that offers free drop-in breastfeeding support from a certified lactation consultant.
Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas // 7617 Benbrook Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/810-0071
This month the Meadows Museum will present 11 paintings created by some of Spain’s most celebrated artists including El Greco and Goya. The paintings are drawn from the collection of England’s The Bowes Museum, one of the British Isle’ most comprehensive collections of Spanish art. This will be the first time the works will travel to the United States. One of the paintings has never even been moved since its installation at the Bowes until now. El Greco, Goya and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from the Bowes Museum will be on view at the Meadows Museum through January 2020. Great for kids age 5 and up.
Meadows Museum // 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas; 214/768-2516
A Dallas high school student, Natalie Gonchar, 16, recently wrote a book that will be published by Brown Books and released Sept. 15— Gringle’s Magical Wheelchair. Natalie wrote the book after noticing a lack of children’s books featuring kids with disabilities. With this book, Natalie is hoping to inspire others to write more inclusionary books. The book can be found at the Highland Park Public Library and online at Barnes and Noble. All proceeds from the sales will benefit disability and differences charities including Big Dreams Children’s Foundation, a non-profit that provides support for kids with disabilities around the world.
Barnes and Noble // Multiple locations
Highland Park Public Library // 4700 Drexel Drive, Dallas; 214/559-9400
Turn, a Dallas-based environmental subscription service, is partnering with three Whole Foods stores in DFW in a program to recycle consumer food waste at a community level. As part of this new program, Turn will host a food waste drive-through station in three Whole Foods parking lots, where Turn subscribers will drop off their food scraps at the Turn truck. In turn, subscribers will receive a monthly perk and a quarterly household impact report on their diverted organic waste. The program launches this month at the Addison, Colleyville and Forest locations.
5100 Beltline Road, Addison; 214/854-3334
4801 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville; 817/918-3821
11700 Preston Road, Dallas; 214/361-8887
A new chapter of The Miracle League is now in Dallas. Heather Gregg, along with two of her friends Paula Willard and Caroline Demers, decided to form the organization after seeing a need for adaptive sports in their area. The league will start its first season Oct. 12 with basketball where the kids can participate in weekly practices and games. There will be a pep rally that will kick off the new season. Keep an eye out for when they start their adult league down the road. Registration begins Sept. 6.
The Miracle League of Dallas // 214/794-6120
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will have a new exhibit beginning Oct. 19—Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind. This exhibit gives you and your family the chance to dig into the history of humans through recently discovered fossils of ancient relatives. The fossils rarely travel—they’ve never been displayed outside of South Africa—so go see them while you can.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555
KidZania will be opening its first US location at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco this November. Kids will have the opportunity to take a peek into various industries and careers such as a firefighter, chef or surgeon through different activities and adventures. Your kiddos will be able to learn some life skills while having fun at the same time. Some of KidZania’s partners include MOOYAH Burgers, Southern Methodist University, Planet Fitness and Spotify. Great for ages 4–14.
KidZania USA // kidzaniausa.com
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on Sept. 14 after being closed for three months. After completing a year-long renovation project, the museum and galleries have a brand new layout for an improved experience with features, such as LED lighting and better accessibility. The grand reopening bash begins at 10am with events all day including live music, food trucks and more. New galleries include American Roots, Opulence and the Everyday and America as Landscape to name a few.
Amon Carter Musuem of American Art // 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/738-1933
Soon you and your family will be able to bring your love of Disney and Target together. The two companies are collaborating to open permanent Disney shops in 25 Target stores starting Oct. 4, with more opening in October next year. Two of the first 25 openings will be here in North Texas: one in Euless and one in Allen.
1401 Glade Road, Euless; 817/399-8494
150 E Stacy Road, Suite 2400, Allen; 469/342-2004;
Walmart announced its stores will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition as well as handgun ammunition. The store will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, which marks the company’s complete exit from handguns. This decision comes after the deadly incident in El Paso, Texas, last month.
Walmart // Multiple locations