Things to do in DFW: Science Museum, Newsies at Casa Mañana
Looking for an easy excursion for the kids as summer vacation begins this week?
How about a day trip to the Fort Worth Science and History Museum, which returns to regular hours starting Tuesday, May 31 after operating on a limited schedule for two years during the pandemic.
The museum offers many interesting attractions, including the Noble Planetarium shows, the Children’s Museum, DinoDig, and the Innovation Studios.
Plus, here are some other special events and exhibits you can check out during your visit:
▪ Dino Day, Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn the history, science, and art of these incredible extinct creatures, dig your own dig site, and test your speed trying to outrun a dinosaur.
▪ Fort Worth and the Green Book, through August: Explore the challenges black Americans faced as they traveled through Texas from the 1930s to the 1950s, and the book that helped keep them safe.
▪ Watershed Urbanism and the DFW Metroplex, through August: This special exhibition examines the growing conflict between urban and natural environments exacerbated by population growth and climate change. It focuses on the Trinity River watershed in North Texas and includes designs from the University of Texas to Arlington College of Architecture.
The sprawling Omni Theater, another favorite of all ages, is closed for renovations and slated to reopen in fall 2023.
Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission prices are $16 for adults (12-64 years old), $12 for juniors (3-11 years old), $14 for seniors (over 65 years old), and free for children 2 years old and less. Tickets are currently only available for purchase on site.
For more information, visit fwmuseum.org or call 817-255-9300.
Disney’s “Newsies” arrives at Casa Mañana
Stop the presses! The inspiring story of a press boy leading a strike against unfair working conditions is coming to a theater near you.
Disney’s “Newsies,” a Broadway musical based on a true story and the 1992 film, begins its run at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth on Saturday, June 4.
“Newsies” tells the story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City.
The character of Jack Kelly, newsboy and leader of a group of teenage “newsies”, organizes the strike after newspaper publishers raise distribution prices at their expense.
The musical features 12 original songs from composer Alan Menken, along with nonstop thrills and a timeless message about the fight for what’s right.
Performances continue until Sunday, June 12 at Casa Mañana. Tickets start at $29 depending on dates and times.
To purchase tickets or for more information, go to casamanana.org or call 817-332-2272.
Watch a Keller student compete in the National Spelling Bee
Test your skills and watch some of the nation’s best young spellers compete for the top prize at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals in Washington, DC
The finale, hosted by LeVar Burton, will air live at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 on ION.
The spelling bee begins on Tuesday, May 31 with the preliminary rounds. ION will also air the semi-finals at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1.
Vivinsha Veduru, 11, a student at Keller’s Bear Creek Intermediate School, returns after finishing fourth last year as the youngest finalist. Veduru defended his championship at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on the TCU campus in March.
Veduru hopes to join a long list of champions from North Texas, which has won three of the last five titles. Texas has the most champions with 15, including eight from North Texas, one more than Pennsylvania, the state with the second-most winners.
To find ION TV in your area, go to spellingbee.com/watch and enter your zip code.