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Music Hall at Fair Park
Disney’s The Lion King will leap onto the stage at The Music Hall at Fair
Disney’s The Lion King will leap onto the stage at The Music Hall at Fair Park June 13th and will run through July 7th. The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its 4th return to the Music Hall at Fair Park.
When: Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm through Saturday, July 7th at 7:30 pm
Where: Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Admission: Tickets are available at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by calling Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.
The production features Mark Campbell as “Scar,” Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa,” Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki,” Nick Cordileone as “Timon,” Greg Jackson as “Zazu,” Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa,” Jared Dixson as “Simba,” Nia Holloway as “Nala,” Keith Bennett as “Banzai,” Martina Sykes as “Shenzi” and Robbie Swift as “Ed.”
The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Joziyah Jean-Felix and Ramon Reed and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Danielle W. Jalade and Gloria Manning.
The North American touring production of The Lion King has been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its 4th return to the Music Hall at Fair Park.
June 13 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm - July 7 (Saturday) 7:30 pm CST
Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Inwood Soccer Center
Kids, here’s your chance to run away with the circus for a week! Discover the
Kids, here’s your chance to run away with the circus for a week! Discover the thrill of becoming a circus star and also make some new friends!
WHAT: Lone Star Circus School Summer Camp inspires campers to discover their unique sense of creative expression by providing opportunities to reach new potentials and expand skills. This is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children at any level of physical development and skill to the excitement of circus arts including aerial silks, aerial ring, trapeze, juggling, contortion, rolla bolla, tightrope, clowning, and balancing. Be sure to watch your young circus stars perform in their very own circus performance!
• June 18- 22 – 1/2 day camp (9am-Noon), $225
• July 9-13 – Full day (9am-4pm), $290 ALL-NEW!
• July 16-20 – 1/2 day camp (9am-Noon), $225
Showtime for ½ day camp sessions is at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of camp. For students in the full-day session, their showtime is at 3:00 p.m. Lone Star Circus School Summer Camp is for children ages six to 15. Limited to only 20 campers per session.
WHERE: Inwood Soccer Center, 14801 Inwood Rd. Addison, TX 75001 (near the Galleria)
RESERVATIONS: Visit www.lonestarcircus.com/camps.
LONE STAR CIRCUS is the performing arm of LONE STAR CIRCUS ARTS CENTER, a Dallas-based non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote circus arts through training, performance, and community outreach. Its Founder is Fanny Kerwich, an 8th generation circus artist of French descent, who started teaching circus arts several years ago at Dallas International School, and in her own studio, The Expressionists. LONE STAR CIRCUS ARTS CENTER was incorporated in 2006. Its circus school, LONE STAR CIRCUS SCHOOL, organizes recreational and professional training in circus arts for children and adults. They also provide circus-themed entertainment for fundraisers and corporate and civic events.
June 18 (Monday) 9:00 am - July 20 (Friday) 12:00 pm Central Time
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure by throwing a totally awesome party June 30–July 1. The bricktastic birthday bash will be filled
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure by throwing a totally awesome party June 30–July 1. The bricktastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures – even all 17 of the brand-new exclusive LEGO® Party Series Minifigures will be making an appearance.
The bricktacular celebration will be bursting with activities! Visit dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com for all the details. Activities are included in the price of admission
June 30 (Saturday) 10:00 am - July 1 (Sunday) 6:30 pm
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 75051
Ferris Wheeler's Backyard & BBQ
Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ will be partnering with Brotherhood for the Fallen (BFTF) to host a fundraising event to honor the memory of the "Dallas Five." There will
Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ will be partnering with Brotherhood for the Fallen (BFTF) to host a fundraising event to honor the memory of the “Dallas Five.” There will be a silent auction, live music, memorial program and more. All of the donations, ticket and table sponsorship sales will benefit BFTF.
WHEN: July 7th, 7 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, 1950 Market Center Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207 (in the Design District)
- The Dallas Police Choir will sing the national anthem and the Dallas Police Honor Guard will conduct a Presentation of the Colors
- Bagpipers from the Fort Worth Police Department will also be present during the memorial program
- Dallas native Ryan Berg and award-winning guitarist Mike “Junior” Clark will perform live throughout the night
COST: Two options: $10 ticket (donation) includes one BFTF souvenir drinking cup; $40 ticket includes one BFTF souvenir drinking cup and one dinner plate. Table sponsorships are also available. For more information on how to sponsor a table, email email@example.com. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Guests will be treated to complimentary valet upon arrival.
Come enjoy some unforgettable BBQ, Texas-inspired cocktails, craft brews and live music, take a ride on the Ferris wheel and honor the “Dallas Five.”
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Junior Players is excited to announce that it will kick off its new summer collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with a brand-new production of the hit
Junior Players is excited to announce that it will kick off its new summer collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with a brand-new production of the hit musical Dogfight.
Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance. It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
The show features a book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It will be directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, with music direction by Mark Mullino and choreography by Micki Saba.
WHEN: July 12-15, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm
WHERE: University Theater on the UTD campus, 800 W Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX
COST: All tickets for the production will be $10, making the performances easily accessible and affordable for all families in North Texas. CLICK HERE for tickets or call 214-526-4076.
Dogfight will be the first musical produced by Junior Players and the University of Texas at Dallas. It is also Junior Players’ first production open to college students and Junior Players alumni. Dogfight will be performed by 10 highly talented high school and college students from across the Metroplex. As with all Junior Players programs, there is no cost for the participants to be part of the production.
12 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - 15 (Sunday) 6:00 pm CST
The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces it will celebrate National Ice Cream Day at all US locations on July 15 with a buy one, get one free offer from
The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces it will celebrate National Ice Cream Day at all US locations on July 15 with a buy one, get one free offer from 1:00PM – 6:00PM local time.
For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will serve five ice cream flavors as well as other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are. The five delicious scratchmade ice cream flavors include Rich Chocolate Ice Cream, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With WHOPPERS, Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream** and OREO® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream plus the usual lineup of craveable frozen yogurt flavors.
Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.
(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week from July 22-28, highlighting their expansive collection of 15 species of sharks. SEA LIFE visitors
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week from July 22-28, highlighting their expansive collection of 15 species of sharks. SEA LIFE visitors can enjoy a wide range of exciting, interactive family activities that raise awareness about shark conservation.
- Find out all you ever wanted to know about sharks during educational talks with the SEA LIFE aquarist team. Touch real shark teeth, jaws, and other shark artifacts. Talks held daily overlooking the 160,000-gallon ocean tank near Dinosaur Dive, Monday–Saturday at 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Take part in a meet and greet with SEA LIFE’s costume character mascot, Sharky.
- Get an up-close view of baby epaulette sharks with the purchase of a Behind the Scenes Tour ticket (Available to book online or at the door. Based upon availability).
- Immerse yourself in the life of a shark while playing games on giant interactive touch screens
- Discover compelling facts about these majestic predators of the deep
WHEN: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – last admission two hours prior to closing.
WHERE: SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051
ADMISSION: $20.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and FREE for kids 2 and under. To purchase special discounted tickets, visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine. Shark Week activities are included in the price of admission. Behind the Scenes Tour tickets can be purchased for an additional $4 per person. Activity times subject to change.
NOTE: On Friday, July 27, The American Red Cross will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donate blood and get a free admission ticket to SEA LIFE Grapevine. Guests of donator will also receive discounted admission of $12 per person (Redeemable that day only. Discounted admission for up to six guests).
22 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 28 (Saturday) 8:00 pm
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, Texas 76051
Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre
Revenge, love, and fate battle this summer as Junior Players returns to the Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre to present William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo & Juliet. This production is a collaboration
Revenge, love, and fate battle this summer as Junior Players returns to the Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre to present William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo & Juliet. This production is a collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas and will close out their summer season.
WHEN: July 24 – 29
WHERE: Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Parkway in Dallas. The gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:15 p.m. each night.
COST: Tuesday and Wednesday night performances will be free of charge. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and Sunday night performances and $15 for the Friday and Saturday night performances. Student and senior citizen tickets are $5 for the Thursday and Sunday night performances and $10 for the Friday and Saturday night performances. FREE admission for children ages 12 and under. CLICK HERE for tickets or call 214-526-4076.
Now in its 28th year, the Junior Players’ Discover Shakespeare program, produced in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas, has become a mainstay of the North Texas cultural scene. This production, performed entirely by young adults ages 15-19, has provided hundreds of students with real hands-on professional theatrical training at no cost to the participants and has introduced thousands of young audience members to Shakespeare. This production features 27 of North Texas’ most talented high school students, representing 14 different area schools.
24 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 29 (Sunday) 11:00 pm
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