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Enjoy a Gatsby Garden Soiree at the Dallas Arboretum June 10. The event will feature music, wine, craft beer and food stations. (Roaring ’20s attire is encouraged.) This fourth annual food and wine festival is $125 per person ($99 for members); doors open at 7pm. Click here for registration and ticket information.
Dallas-based jewelry company Allie +Bess recently launched a new collection just in time to celebrate any graduates in your family. You can shop the new grad collection here.
Shine Behavioral Academy—a school for those on the autism spectrum in kindergarten through grade six—recently opened in Arlington. The education provided will use a curriculum based on leading research and applied behavioral analysis (ABA). For more information about the school, click here.
Get together with some friends and go back in time to the 1970s at Addison After Dark’s ’70s Night Out. On June 19, don your best ’70s outfit for a costume contest, take some dance lessons, and listen to some tunes from band Le Freak. For more information on the event, click here.
Dallas Summer Musicals is hosting a blood drive May 26–28. The three-day blood drive will take place at the Music Hall at Fair Park 10am–4pm. All blood donors will be automatically entered into a drawing for a pair of season tickets that include smash hit Hamilton. Blood donors should enter through Gate 5.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is launching a 10-part STEM-focused virtual series called The Whynauts. The educational series will feature charismatic scientists along with youth actors. The digitally enhanced, bilingual adventures—with dialogue in English and Spanish— are available here. The 10 episodes and supporting educational materials are complimentary through the 2021–2022 school year.
Nanda Yoga, Fort Worth’s only children’s yoga studio, is offering discounted classes and services to kids and families struggling with mental health in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. Nanda will host mental health-focused yoga classes and programming with a portion of the proceeds donated to Lena Pope. To learn more, visit the website.
The Rise School of Dallas, a school for kids age 6 months to 6 years with and without disabilities, will host its annual Runway for Rise fundraising event virtually May 18. Attendees will be able to view the fashion show on YouTube or Facebook and will be able to participate in a raffle for prizes. There is no cost to watch the event, but donations are encouraged and will go toward financial aid for students who attend Rise. To register, make a donation or to view the raffle items, click here.
Did you attend SNOWDAY’s holiday pop-up exhibit at the Dallas Galleria this past winter? The newest installation is back as of May 15. POP! is an interactive experience for all ages that will take you through 24 themed rooms where you can snap dozens of pictures. For more information and to book your spot, visit the website. The installation is available through Sept. 6.
Wellness Wednesdays are back at Watters Creek. Stop by The Village Green for outdoor yoga, provided by Sarah Shiplett Yoga, from 6–7 every Wednesday in May and June. Classes are free but donations are encouraged and will benefit frontline works through Support Our Scrubs. Bring your own mat and towel! For more information, click here.
The new Kimpton Harper Hotel is slated to open this summer in downtown Fort Worth. The hotel, originally built in 1921, has been redesigned with subtle nods to Fort Worth’s history. Some of the offerings include complimentary coffee and tea service for guests, a daily social hour and a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with Peloton bikes. For more information or to book a future stay, click here.
A new month is here and that means new events at Reunion Tower! Put these on your calendar: Light shows are on May 31; and paint with a view on May 28. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.
A new resource is available to Tarrant County residents: TXT4 Tarrant Cares is a community texting service designed to make it easier for local families to get help they need, close to home. With this service, families can search for food, clothing, childcare, COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, housing services and so much more. Text the word FIND to 67629, and you’ll be offered a guided search to access a list of nearby organizations. The service is offered in English and Spanish.
Need a fun night out without the kids? Check out the Perot Museum’s adults-only nights, Thursdays on Tap. The weekly, after-hours event includes live music, food trucks, games and access to all five levels of the museum, including the Science of Guinness World Records exhibit. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. All guests must be at least 21 years of age. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Fort Worth Zoo recently introduced its newest habitat, Elephant Springs. The new exhibit includes a luscious green space with watering holes for the Asian elephants and one-horned rhinos to roam. Visitors will also be able to interact with the herd by spraying water streams into the 400,000-gallon river. For more information about the newest habitat, visit the website.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Sensory Sensitive Sundays—a dedicated play time specifically for children with autism and other special sensory needs—are back. The program re-launched April 11; locations will host the program on the first Sunday of each month going forward. For more information, visit the website.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival kicked off its 40th anniversary season April 10. The festival will run every Saturday and Sunday (plus Memorial Day) through May 31. Admission is $37 for adults and $17 for kids ages 5–12; free for children under 4. To buy tickets and learn more, click here.
Dallas Summer Musicals is hosting a virtual fun run and step challenge, called “Bolt to Broadway and Back,” as part of the DSM Give a Kid a Seat fundraiser—a campaign that helps provide free and subsidized tickets to youth in underserved communities of North Texas. From May 8–31, DSM’s goal is to raise $15,000 and complete 3,000 miles, which equals one round trip from the Music Hall at Fair Park to Times Square in New York City. Participants can start their race by tracking miles completed by running, biking, golfing and more. A grand prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most money. For all details, visit the website here.
Tiny Tot Time is back at Epic Waters in Grand Prairie. Every Monday through May, Epic Waters will open its doors two hours early, from 8:30–10:30am for kids under age 5. Admission for your first child is $10, and additional children are $5; entrance is free for parents and guardians.
The nonprofit Boss Club Foundation is hosting a virtual summer program for kids July 10–31. The program aims to inspire kids’ confidence and ignite creativity through the pursuit of entrepreneurship. Each participant will be mailed a business kit that will contain all they need for creating, distributing and marketing their product. Some of the kits available include homemade dog treats, bath bombs, fudge and handmade soap. Registration is open now; to learn more, click here.
Rise Against Hunger, a nonprofit based in Grand Prairie, is helping families do activities together at home—while working to end hunger—through its Garden Club. Rise Against Hunger provides supplies and tutorials for participants to start an at-home vegetable garden; the club is fit for all ages and skill levels. Register for the club here.
The Ranch at Las Colinas is celebrating the return of warmer weather with live music in The Pavilion every Friday and Saturday from 7–10pm. Visit the website or call 972/606-7262 for more information.
A new autism support facility recently opened in Allen. Action Behavior Centers (ABC) is an Austin-based organization that provides services to kids on the spectrum. The new facility features a play area with a ball pit, drivable toy cars, wagons, a basketball hoop and more. It’s located close to pediatrics and neurology centers, making a visit more convenient for parents.
Downtown Dallas’ newest park opened March 26. West End Square (located at 607 Corbin St., Dallas) is a new public park in the West End Historic District. What was once a surface parking lot is now the neighborhood’s first green space.
Dallas Art Therapy is working to provide free or low-cost art therapy in Dallas and surrounding areas. Through art therapy, participants will integrate mental health services with active art-making. For details, visit the organization’s website here.
Dallas Children’s Theater will open its doors for in-person summer classes this year. Classes will be limited and will include options for first graders through high school seniors. There will be virtual classes available as well. For a full list of the available classes, visit the website.
Summer camps are returning to the Dallas Arboretum, with registration now available. This year, the camps will feature a blended format of on-site science curriculum plus at-home engagement. On top of the camps, the arboretum will offer a DIY Explorers program. Participants will receive a spring learning kit for at-home garden activities. Click here or information on camps; and click here for information on the Explorers program.
If you’re like many adults who lost their support system during the pandemic and need access to peer support, Texas-based Listeners on Call is now accessible. The on-demand resource is available 24/7 and offers mental health support by connecting you with listeners and is totally confidential. Find more information about the service on the website.
Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center has made an important discovery in the fight against breast cancer. The researchers identified a gene involved in the cancer‘s growth—a finding that could lead to potential new targets for treatment. You can find the study, published in Cancer Research, here.
Nikia Lawson, a DONA International Certified doula and doula trainer who has been working in the Metroplex for over 25 years, is offering free virtual childbirth education classes. Lawson hopes these classes will reduce the number of birth complications. Learn more about Lawson and the online classes here.
Autism Response Team Texas recently finalized its contracts to implement training on autism specific resources for Texas State Health employees. This will allow dedicated support for those with autism in more places. The team will also be opening its third clinic location this spring, in addition to two clinics that are already open in Frisco and McKinney.