We were invited to enjoy a Dallas staycation at the Hilton Anatole to review the Jade Waters pool complex and resort amenities. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
Hilton Anatole and Jade Waters Review
Have you ever wanted a break from it all, but you couldn’t exactly book a vacation – but like seriously needed away from stress? That was us. You guys, this year has been hell. We have lived in a hotel for 137 nights, my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer and had his colon removed (so no more cancer!), our house was severely damaged in a toilet incident and our 4 kids have each had issues of their own. It’s been a year, to say the least.
We moved out of the hotel a few weeks ago, except for one problem – our house wasn’t completely finished. While I enjoyed not having to drive 20+ minutes to school in the morning, living without a kitchen is well – hell. So when our friends at the Hilton Anatole asked if we would like to enjoy a little Dallas staycation. The timing couldn’t have come better. While we had been staying in a hotel for a bazillion nights, the Anatole knows how to cater to families.
The kids had no idea that we would be spending the night at the Anatole. We sneaky style packed a bag told the kids to get in the car and to downtown Dallas, we went. We checked in right around 3:30 and lounged in the comfy Hilton beds until 4:45pm. At that time, we heard banging on our shared door – it was the kids. They were all decked in their swim gear ready to hit Jade Waters.
Our 15 year old put together a video review of her stay. That video tech class paid off!
Jade Waters Pool Complex
Jade Waters is the Hilton Anatole’s pool complex. We have visited a few times before, and this visit – like the others DID NOT DISAPPOINT. While the Anatole resort is gorgeous, Jade Waters is the kids fave. With 2 water slides, a tot area, a lazy river, adult pool with swim-up bar, pool lounge area and more – it’s hard to not love this place. I often tell friends, it’s big enough to keep the kids busy for hours on end and never bored – but it’s small enough where you aren’t worried about losing them.
Jade Waters Features
Here is a list of features at Jade Waters. Jade Waters is available exclusively for hotel guests:
Leisure Cove Pool (adults only on weekends)
Splash and play area for kids
Two 180 ft. winding water slides
Private cabanas and daybeds
23-seat Swim-up Bar
Jade Waters Grill & Bar
Family Fun and Kids Activities
We have 4 kids, ages 6 to 15-years-old. We spent 1 night at the Anatole, and doing the calculation, we spent just about as much time sleeping as we did at the pool. In addition to swimming, the Anatole offers a plethora of kids activities. The atmosphere is cheery with great music, comfy lounge chairs, and friendly staff.
We stayed the night before Memorial Day. One of the activities on this particular weekend was fireworks. And all I can say is wow. We enjoyed a 15-minute up-close and personal show. The fireworks were set to music and did not disappoint.
My sister and her family were also staying at the resort. We all did dinner at the Media Grill located near the front registration desk. We have eaten at this restaurant many times and each time, enjoy the menu. Something new they are offering is a kid buffet. This is such a great idea as the kids can immediately eat, the food offered is all kid favorites (think mac and cheese, fruit, cookies) and did I mention they offer 2 free kids meals?
Here are all of the resort amenities:
50% off self-parking or $10 off valet
Guest room and public WiFi internet access
Access to Verandah Club and classes (ages 16+)
15% discount on VSpa treatments
Two kids dinners for free in Media Grill + Bar; (kids 12 and under only)
Dessert with dinner at Media Grill + Bar or SER Steak + Spirits.
Two Starbucks drip coffees per day
Local & 1-800 phone calls
JadeWaters resort pool admittance
The following day, we woke up early and enjoyed an amazing brunch buffet at the Terrace restaurant, located near the front registration. We then hit up the pool for several hours, until we had to drag the kids out kicking and screaming. I wish I could say I was kidding with that last sentence, but they all were pretty upset when I said we had to go home. All that said, we came home to new floors with kids that went to bed early from playing so hard. Dallas staycation, SUCCESS!
If you are looking for a place to get away and to enjoy a Dallas staycation – put the Hilton Anatole on your list. Their Jade Waters pool complex is open until October 7, 2018.
The Hilton Anatole, make sure to take advantage of all things that the Anatole offers. Did you know the Anatole has an impressive art collection? Here are a few silly photos my 8-year-old posed for while we toured various art pieces throughout the property.
So if you have been to the Hilton Anatole before, you know about the Nebula. I found this video and am even more fascinated by this magnificent piece of art. The Nebula is a kinetic piece of massive art that hangs and moves in the atrium of the Anatole. When I say massive, I mean massive.
For reference, here are some stats about the Nebula:
More than 100 feet long
50 feet wide
Weighs 10,000 pounds
Consists of 10 miles of aircraft cable
More than 4,500 amber reflectors
Floats more than 50 feet above the crowd
Before you see the Nebula in real life, or before you see it again – watch this video on how it was created. It’s simply fascinating and inspiring.
Thanks again to the Hilton Anatole for hosting our family. If you are looking for a family-friendly resort in Dallas, Texas or are looking to do a Dallas staycation, the Hilton Anatole is your hotel. It is located right next to downtown with easy access to the plethora of options of things to do in Dallas. But really, you just need to stay here and not leave. Enjoy the spa, Jade Waters, and the restaurants – and don’t forget to stop and appreciate the art!
Have you seen The Waitress movie? It’s one of my faves and guess what, the Waitress Musical is coming to Dallas this spring!
Waitress Musical – Dallas, TX
Dallas Summer Musicals welcomes Waitress to the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited two-week engagement, March 28 – April 8, 2018. (We will be covering opening night, March 28 – so make sure to follow along on social!)
If you aren’t familiar with Waitress, do yourself a favor and watch the movie! The amazing Sara Bareilles wrote the original music and lyrics, so you know it’s going to be amazing.
I’ve been streaming the Waitress soundtrack in preparation for opening night (p.s. it’s free with Amazon Prime!) Another fun fact, the creative team behind the musical, is all-female!
Best Quotes from Waitress
Here are a 7 of my favorite quotes from the Waitress. Feel free to share these on social!
It’s comforting how somethings never change.
Dreams come and they go, but hold them and keep them and know that you need them.
We’re all just looking for a little less crazy, and sometimes it’s a hard left turn down a road you’d never thought you’d see.
In the blink of an eye, there’s a new life in front of my face, and I know in due time everything will find it’s right place.
Chance won’t come every single day, so don’t throw it away.
It feels so good to be bad.
Waitress the Musical
Here are the complete details on the Waitress musical in Dallas. If you are looking for a fun girl’s night out, this is it! I’ll be taking one of my besties! It’s only in Dallas for 2 weeks, so don’t miss this opportunity! Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000 or in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of Waitress, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dallas Summer Musicals 2017-18 season continues with the thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable Les Misérables, April 24-May 6, 2018; Disney’s The Lion King, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, June 13-July 7, 2018; the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.
Single tickets are also available for Les Misérables and may be purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Single tickets for The Lion King may be purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at Ticketmaster, (866) 270-2717. All single tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Single tickets for Love Never Dies go on sale Friday, March 16, 2018. Single tickets for School of Rock will go on sale at a later date. Visit our website and sign up for DSM eNotes, our free newsletter, to receive exclusive presale access and on sale announcements.
Dallas Summer Musicals will continue to bring the best of Broadway to North Texas in the 2018-19 season. Joining previously announced Hamilton and Disney’s Aladdin, is Broadway’s most beloved musical, the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Revival, Hello, Dolly!; Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia; the legendary story direct from Broadway, Miss Saigon; and a gorgeous new Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
DSM and BAA are pleased to welcome back two audience favorites to Dallas as season add-ons to the 2018-19 season subscription. The musical for every-BUDDY, Elf, based on the film of the same name will return to Dallas just in time for the holiday season.
By popular demand, The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, will also return to Dallas for a limited one-week engagement as a season add-on.
In addition, the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and 2018 Grammy Award® winner Dear Evan Hansen will make its North Texas premiere as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals 2019-20 season.
Hey Dallas! Don’t you just love all of the amazing musicals coming to the Big D? We are super excited to tell you that THE COLOR PURPLE is headed to Dallas! Tickets are available now and performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park from January 23 – February 4, 2017.
Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and N’Jameh Camara (Nettie) and the North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017.
Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by Tony- and Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with
music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Tony Award®. If you aren’t familiar with THE COLOR PURPLE, here are a 4 fun facts to know:
THE COLOR PURPLE Musical in Dallas
THE COLOR PURPLE went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®.
The revival of THE COLOR PURPLE opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
THE COLOR PURPLE played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.
Groups of 10 or more get concierge service and can receive a special discount on their tickets. To book a group, please call (214) 426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
Carrie Compere (Sofia) and the North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017.
Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of THE COLOR PURPLE, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017.
The Dallas Summer Musicals 2018
Dallas Summer Musicals highly anticipated 2017-18 season will continue with ON YOUR FEET!, February 27- March 11, 2018; WAITRESS, March 28-April 8, 2018; LES MISÉRABLES, April 24-May 6, 2018; DISNEYS THE LION KING, June 13-July 8, 2018; LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be SCHOOL OF ROCK, August 15-26, 2018.
Our friends at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX hosted our family for this Christmas at the Anatole review.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no for real. I am THAT person who absolutely loves Christmas. One of the main reasons I love this holiday season is watching our kids embrace a love for all things Christmas, just like their mama. Each year, we write up a bucket list of things we want to do to celebrate the season. While it can be a whirlwind – enjoying this time and these things with family is priceless. We have 4 kids – ranging in age 6 to 14-years-old. I know that the years are short and before we know it, things will change. But until then, Christmas is our favorite.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole Review
The last few years we have had the privilege of attending Christmas at the Anatole. Each year we walk away with amazing memories and a wonderful time – this year, was no exception. The Anatole changed a few things up, and somehow we managed to have even more fun this year than last.
One thing that always impresses me with the Anatole is that it is family friendly.
When our 4 kids go with us anywhere, as much as we try to keep them in line and on their best behavior – at the end of the day, they are kids. The Anatole embraces the kids’ spirit and the staff in every area are always over accommodating to make sure that the kids are just as welcome as the adults.
If you haven’t stayed at the Anatole, don’t miss out on the hotel’s amazing art, plus the Christmas decor is absolutely stunning through-out the hotel.
A new feature this year at Christmas at the Anatole is Peppermint Park. The beautiful courtyard between the hotel and Jade Waters water park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. From twinkling lights to the beautiful sound of Christmas music – Peppermint Park is a holiday memory dream come true.
Peppermint Park has free entry, but in order to participate in the various shows, games, and activities you will need to buy a pass or coupons. Learn more here.
A few things to note: Peppermint Park is open on select days from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Here are the dates for 2017:
November 24-26, 2017
December 1-3, 2017
December 8-10, 2017
December 15-23, 2017
December 26-30, 2017
Make sure to dress weather appropriate as this is an outdoor activity!
Here is a taste of the things to do while at Peppermint Park at the Hilton Anatole:
Some of the features that our kids’ love were the darling elf houses, each featuring a fun activity for the kids to do. We painted ornaments, decorated cookies, and even wrote a letter to Santa. Each house is manned by an elf!
Photos with Santa Claus
In front of the huge, gorgeous Christmas tree at Peppermint Park – sits Santa. Go and visit Old St. Nick and get your photo taken with him.
Another fun Christmas feature was the outdoor arcade. This was unlike any arcade I had ever been to – it was old school fun! Remember all those fun carnival games you use to play as a child before technology?
That’s what the games are like at Peppermint Park! Each game, ran by an elf – of course, is old school fun. We threw “snowballs’ and did some bowling, played a spin game and more. With each game, you had the chance to win a wooden token. The wooden tokens are redeemed for toys.
In addition to the sparkling lights, elf houses and games are a host of outdoor shows to watch. From a talking Christmas tree to a penguin show, the kids enjoyed each.
If all of that wasn’t enough – there are various activities to do as well.
There is a Reindeer Dance Party, a holiday train to ride thru-out the park, storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating and more.
We were hosted for the night for Christmas at the Anatole. As always, the rooms were amazing.If you have multiple kids like us, ask about family options.
Our room was configured perfectly for a family with children. We each had our space but we had easy access to one another.
Movie Night – Polar Express
The Anatole offers a Holiday Experience package. Learn more here. Part of the fun at Christmas at the Anatole is the movie night!
That’s right, you can visit a ballroom if you stay on a holiday weekend and enjoy a Christmas movie. We watched Polar Express. The Anatole staff goes all out, offering pillows to lay on while watching the show.
Media Grill Review
For dinner and lunch, we dined at Media Grill in the Anatole. It’s a great restaurant that offers a variety of food types, an awesome beer menu and a cheese plate that is to die for.
I have actually tried to replicate it since we’ve been home – I failed, guess we need to go back!
Breakfast with Santa
Peppermint Park was amazing. We loved the hotel room and the wonderful food. But guys, Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christ – and Santa. I had to say Christ – but you know SANTA – he kind of is a big deal.
Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Anatole is the best. No seriously. The Anatole goes ALL out for breakfast. The food is amazing and TOTALLY KID FRIENDLY. From Grinch casserole to a pancake bar to an amazing assortment of eggs, bacon and what have you. I drool just thinking of all of the yum on that breakfast buffet. I can’t forget to mention unlimited chocolate milk.
Santa walks from table to table greeting each of the children. It’s so sweet as it’s the same Santa we’ve seen there the last several years. Our third kid was asked by Santa if he has been good. This kid is too honest – so he told Santa that he is smart. He didn’t dare tell Santa that he might not have been on his best behavior this year!
Breakfast with Santa at Christmas at the Anatole concludes with storytime with Santa. All of the kids circle around Santa’s chair and he reads them the Night Before Christmas. My very busy, can’t-sit-still-child – sat and listened attentively. Talk about Christmas miracle!
Our wonderful Christmas Staycation at the Anatole itinerary ended with a fabulous puppet show at Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. Geppetto’s is located in the Hilton Anatole. This puppet theater is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. From walking downstairs to this darling quaint theater, you instantly know something special is about to happen.
This Christmas’ puppet show is called Winter Wonderland. It’s a fun collection of holiday songs featuring various puppets. The show ends with a backstage tour. Totally fun and this is something you can buy tickets for without doing the entire Christmas at the Anatole event (but the whole Christmas at the Anatole event is so worth it.)
Take a whirlwind journey to the North Pole in Geppetto’s Marionette Theater’s holiday show, featuring a cast of over 60 hand-carved marionettes. Children will delight as they meet the Winter Wizard, the North Pole dancing elves, the magic toys of Santa’s workshop and a whole host of other holiday favorites, including Rudolph and Frosty.
It’s that time again, start planning your family Christmas schedule because November is here and Christmas is RIGHT around the corner. We are based in the North Texas, Dallas area so will be sharing family Christmas activities in Dallas all month long.
Photo credit: IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016.
One holiday event that we love to do every year is a musical. Last year, we saw Elf the Musical – and this year, we are excited to be guests at the Dallas Summer Musicals to see White Christmas. White Christmas will be in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
White Christmas – Fort Worth, TX
November 14-19. 2017
Bass Performance Hall
White Christmas – Dallas, TX
December 5-10, 2017
Music Hall at Fair Park
Make sure to follow us on social, we will be featuring photos from opening night, on December 5th!
Here are all the detail:
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!
Photo credit: IBWC 2016 National Tour Company. Jeremy Daniel Photography, 2016.
The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed the show as “a holiday card come to life.
Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, currently on Broadway in PRINCE OF BROADWAY, has been cast in the role of Martha Watson. She will be joined by Sean Montgomery as Bob Wallace, Jeremy Benton as Phil Davis, Kerry Conte as Betty Haynes and Kelly Sheehan as Judy Haynes.
The cast also includes Conrad John Schuck as General Waverly, Gil Brady as Ralph Sheldrake, Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Mike Nulty, Cliff Bemis as Ezekiel Foster, and Makayla JoyConnolly and Bella Yantis as Susan Waverly.
The ensemble includes Arlington, Texas native Sarah Fagan, along with Kelly Black, Stephanie Brooks, Darien Crago, Laurie DiFilippo, Drew Humphrey, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Matthew J. Kilgore, Brianna Latrash, Ann-Ngaire Martin, Danny McHugh, Chris McNiff, Bryan Charles Moore, Kristyn Pope, Sean Quinn and Chelsea Williams.
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
This production of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Work Light Productions. The creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner, scenic design by Anna Louizos, scenic supervision and adaptation by Kenneth Foy, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel. The tour is produced by agreement with R&H Theatricals, an Imagem Company.
Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement start at $44 (pricing subject to change) and are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.
Single tickets for the Dallas engagement, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change) are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Single tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park box office Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Groups for the Dallas engagement of 10+ receive a 15% discount and groups of 35+ receive a 20% discount. Group orders placed before tickets go on sale to the general public get priority seating, a 15% discount to M Dining for groups of 15+, and many other great perks. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 214- 426-4768 or e-mail groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Dallas Summer Musicals
Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.
DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
About Performing Arts Fort Worth
The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, and the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.
The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community.
Good news! We will have a full show of a total eclipse here in Texas in April 2024! Read more.
Dallas Eclipse Watch Parties
A few of our local friends are hosting viewing parties. If you are up for a solar eclipse party, check out both the Perot Museum and Dallas Arboretum’s activities and festivities below:
Perot Museum Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Outdoor party on the plaza to include a live NASA feed of the solar eclipse in totality, free eclipse glasses, a photo booth, pinhole cameras with the Perot Museum TECH Truck and other activities to satisfy eclipse enthusiasts.
Total eclipse of the sun! Texas may not be in the totality zone when the sun and moon cross paths Aug. 21 during the solar eclipse, but Lone Star State onlookers can enjoy a partial eclipse during the outdoor watch party at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science! From noon-2 p.m. visitors will gather on the Museum Plaza to partake in all sorts of sun-sational eclipse excitement, from a live NASA feed of the total eclipse, to an eclipse-themed photo booth, pinhole cameras with the Perot Museum TECH Truck, miniature solar systemsand other out-of-this-world space activities. The outdoor event is free and open to the public. General admission fees apply for indoor visits.
Perot Museum educators will be on hand with tips regarding how to safely watch the partial eclipse using a sun spotter. They’ll also offer up fun facts about meteorites, explain why the sun and moon appear the same size during an eclipse, and more. Sun- or space-themed attire is encouraged!
Solar Eclipse glasses will be available for guests. Eye protection is still important, even during a partial eclipse.
Monday, Aug. 21, from noon-2 p.m.
Dallas Arboretum Solar Eclipse Event
The first-ever photo of a total solar eclipse was taken 166 years ago in 1851. This will be the first total eclipse in nearly 40 years to be visible from the continental U.S., and the first in 99 years with the path of totality traveling from Oregon to South Carolina. Enjoy watching the eclipse at the Dallas Arboretum while visiting the gardens.
Guests may pack a picnic or enjoy $2 hot dogs from the Terrace Café. Kona Ice will have cool treats available for purchase, and eclipse-themed music will be playing as visitors view the unforgettable solar eclipse at the Camp Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. Guests are encouraged to bring their own “viewing devices,” however, complimentary special viewing glasses are available, (while supplies last).
Visitors may also view the solar eclipse in The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Moody Oasis, where kids can make their own “pinhole eclipse viewers” and learn more about the solar eclipse.
Oversize lawn games such as Jenga, Connect Four and Yardzee complete the activities for this event.