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.
This past weekend, we enjoy the Hilton Anatole Dallas for the ultimate family staycation. We are a family of 6. Yes, I’m a mom to 4 kids – so that means wherever we go, whether it be Target or the Anatole – it is an adventure. The Hilton Anatole was an adventure that our family won’t forget.
Hilton Anatole Dallas and Jade Waters Family Review
Let’s first talk about the Hilton Anatole Dallas Resort. If you are not familiar with this hotel, I should point out a few things. This Dallas landmark is located off of I-35, next to downtown Dallas. In fact let me tease you with a view from our hotel room that featured the Dallas skyline.
While the resort itself is gorgeous, the main thing I want to tell you about is how family friendly this place is. As mentioned, 4 kids. Also mentioned, my kids be crazy. We have vacationed several times at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, and our family as a whole, has not once have I felt anything but welcomed. I can’t tell you how many times that we’ve traveled with our 4 kids and have had bad experiences with hotel staff. Not at the Anatole. They embrace family and as I’ll talk about further – have gone extra lengths to make sure that their facilities are family-centric.
Family Friendly Resort in Dallas, TX
Last year, the Anatole resort under went a massive renovation, revamping a large courtyard area into a pool complex called Jade Waters. The pool complex, in my opinion – was the perfect move to make the Hilton Anatole Dallas the ultimate family friendly resort.
Jade Waters itself is the perfect size for families. This past weekend, we spent a total of 10 hours in the Texas heat loving every minute of this place.
Here are the pool features that you won’t want to miss:
2 180-feet water slides
kiddie pool area (with a water dump feature and kid water slide)
activity pool (featuring basketball hoops)
lazy river (3 feet deep and so relaxing)
family swim area
hot tub area
adult pool with swim-up bar
pool-side service (Order a drink or food and have it delivered to your chair)
Jade Waters Cafe (Order the funnel fries. TRUST ME.)
lawn activities (corn hole, anyone?)
countless kids activities!
While all of this is impressive, what I love even more is how it’s designed. At no time, did I ever feel panic on wondering where my kids are. This is a HUGE mom win, especially when trying to keep an eye on 4 kids. Yes, husband was with me – but he spent most of the time in the lazy river. With it being Father’s Day weekend, I told him to relax and enjoy the pool without worrying about the kids.
Side note: Jade Waters offers free life vest rentals. If you have an okay swimmer, or maybe even a non-swimmer – get a life vest. You can checkout a life vest at the Jade Waters front entrance.
When the kids weren’t swimming, they were participating in a plethora of planned activities. The Anatole has really worked hard to organize a great family experience for all ages. From family bingo to movie night, smores to a kids happy hour – there are a ton of familyy activities that will not disappoint.
I’m going to be TOTALLY honest and say that I looked at the Texas weather before our stay and just about died when I saw the heat index was going to be 105 degrees. I am a pale person, so is the rest of my family. We don’t handle the heat and I really didn’t think we would last long out in the sun. WRONG. The first day, we spent 8 non-stop hours swimming, playing and lounging. The next morning, we woke up for another 2 hours of fun. There are numerous chairs with umbrellas, in addition to Jade Waters itself being shaded by trees. The TEXAS HEAT DID NOT WIN. The water was perfect, and much fun was had!
Food and Beverages at the Anatole – Kids Eat Free!
Let’s face it – with 4 kids, feeding the children is something we always have to keep in mind. We enjoyed meals in our room, with room service, The Terrace, Media Grill, pool-side and at Counter Service.
The first morning at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, we ordered room service. ORDER THE NUTELLA FRENCH TOAST.
No complaints with any of the meals and the best part – kids 12 and under eat dinner free in Media Grill and Counter Offer. You get one kids menu meal per adult entrée!
Tips for Families Staying at the Hilton Anatole Dallas
Here is a list of tips I would suggest for families when visiting Jade Waters and Hilton Anatole Dallas.
Get to the Pool Early
Stake out your spot for the day and the kids had zero line at the water slides for the first 30 minutes!
Appreciate the Art
Walk around the Anatole and enjoy all of the art exhibited. During our last visit, I MAY have told my kids that the statues were people who touched the art, and a kid MAY have reminded me of this ditty during our last stay. Seriously though, there are some amazing pieces featured!
Eat at Media Grill and Counter Offer
Make sure to take advantage of the 12 and under – kids eat free deal by eating at Media Grill and Counter Offer.
Order the Carribean Colada Pool-side
I mean, hello. If you appreciate pina coladas, you cannot go wrong with this drink.
Plan Out Your Activities
You will get a summer activity schedule when you check-in. Make sure to plan out your activities. There are a few things we missed when we were lounging in the lazy river for hours upon hours (glorious.) View all activities here.
Okay, this may seem like an obvious, but our last visit, I totally forgot the sunscreen. I made the kids re-apply 3 times the first day (and we still all were sunburnt!)
Visit Geppetto’s Theater
Did you know, deep in the basement of the Hilton Anatole there is a puppet theater? Yep and it really is adorable. Make it a point to visit, everything is handmade.
You don’t want to miss the movie on the lawn! We did this last summer and this summer, they have upgraded their equipment for an even better experience.
Visit the Kid Concierge
Take a break mid-day and let the kids visit the kid concierge. You can purchase snow cones, cookies, candy and a plethora of other kid-centric goodies!
From a Teen’s Perspective
Our 14-year-old daughter was with us. Typical teen, on her phone – checking Instagram every 30 minutes. WOAH, we are with the family. If you are going to be on your phone, do something productive. I asked her to make a video of our trip. Here is what she came up with. Love this, and this was just with iMovie. I can’t wait to teach her Adobe Premiere!
More About the Hotel
The hotel itself often caters to conferences, weddings and what have you. The Hilton Anatole Dallas features over 600,000 feet of event space, 11 ballrooms, 79 meeting rooms and 3 Executive Level floors. In addition to conference and event space, there is an extensive collection of museum-class fine art featured through-out the resort. There are several restaurants including the famous Dallas steakhouse SER Steak and Spirits. V-spa and The Verdanah Club (a health and fitness club) are also located on the Hilton Anatole’s property as well.
Visit the Anatole This Summer!
The 2017 Summer Season is from May 26 – Sep 4, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day). Find a weekend and enjoy a Dallas staycation. Let the kids swim. Order a drink and lounge.
CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is coming to Dallas!
Here’s the deal. You may have heard that Barnum and Bailey Circus went belly-up and quit touring. There’s another circus in town, and this was has elephants (but before you go all judgey – keep reading.) Circus 1903 is headed to the Dallas Summer Musicals May 23 – June 4, 2017. This is a great family event that you and your kids are sure to love!
Dallas Circus 1903
The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from WAR HORSE, to bring a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 23 – June 4, 2017, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.
This North Texas premier has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist.
Elephants at the Circus
That’s right – I told you not to judge about the elephants at the circus. Circus 1903 has created elephants like you’ve never seen before. With puppetry, they are putting Elephants back in the ring – introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s WAR HORSE have designed, built and brought to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets appear throughout the show as the mother teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.
Hey Dallas, what are you doing for Easter brunch? Easter is around the corner and if you are NOT IN THE MOOD to cook, clean, entertain and juggle kids. I have a solution.
Listen, I get it. TOTALLY get it. Maybe the family is in town, or maybe you just want to relax this Easter rather than worry with all the stress that Easter can bring (isn’t that totally counter-intutive especially for this special holiday?) – pick up the phone, make a reservation and forget about the crazy and actually enjoy the day.
Head over to the Dallas Hilton Anatole this Sunday! Reservations are required. In addition to an amazing brunch, the Anatole is awesome at being family friendly! Their Easter Brunch isn’t just Easter Brunch – it’s an event!
Growing up, we spent Easter and Mother’s Day at hotels for brunch. As a child, we loved it and I KNOW now why my parents were always dragging us out the door, rather than slaying over the stove.
Now a days, I refuse to stress over the holidays. Christmas – I have rescheduled family events to another day. We typically host, but not being on the actual holiday makes it actually enjoyable. The rest of the holidays, we either go to family (let them stress!) or go out to eat. If we weren’t already going to our parents’ house – we totally would be at the Anatole. It’s a gorgeous hotel, amazing service and the food has NEVER disappointed.
Hilton Anatole Easter Brunch
Hilton Anatole will be hosting an Easter brunch buffet on April 16. The family friendly event will feature an egg hunt and petting zoo in the Anatole’s park, a balloon artist and mingling with the Easter bunny himself. (YES, petting zoo!)
Diners can enjoy signature brunch items, such as an omelet and benedict station, farm-to-table fare, a variety of desserts and more.
Two seatings are available at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The price for adults is $83, kids 4-12 are $45 and kids three and under are free.
Dallas friends, I am so loving this year’s Dallas Summer Musical’s line-up. We will be attending Kinky Boots this week and wanted to make sure you knew that this amazing Tony winning musical is in town! Did you know Kinky Boots is a creation of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein? Here’s the details:
Kinky Boots at Dallas Summer Musicals
About seizing your destiny and being who you want to be!
Presented by the Dallas Summer Musicals – Kinky Boots plays at at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 28 – April 9, 2017.
Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of KINKY BOOTS, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, KINKY BOOTS has won every major Best Musical Award and is represented around the world.
KINKY BOOTS took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
The creative team for KINKY BOOTS includes Tony® Award nominee David Rockwell(Scenic Design), Tony® Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony® Award-winner John Shivers(Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company, Justin Huff, CSA (Casting), DB Bonds (Associate Director) and Rusty Mowery (Associate Choreographer). KINKY BOOTSfeatures Musical Direction by Roberto Sinha, and Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Oremus.
Don’t miss Kinky Boots while it’s in Dallas! I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to view photos from the show! @digitalmomblog_com