Commentary from the Dallas Mavericks’ Chris Arnold and the Dallas Cowboys’ three-time champion Kevin Smith enlivens a schedule of NFL highlights shows presented by the Sportz Dreamz Foundation. Attendees walk the red carpet and pose with the event's hosts before nestling into first-come, first-served seating and crossing their fingers to win door prizes of autographed sports memorabilia, such as signed copies of locker-room hangman sessions. Arnold and Smith are joined by special guests from time to time, which in the past have included former Cowboys Darren Woodson, Jay Novacek, Rocket Ismail, Larry Brown, Chad Hennings, hall-of-famer Mel Renfro, and many others. After sharing their behind-the-scenes insights during roughly one-hour shows, Arnold and Smith mingle with the crowd, scribbling autographs for enraptured fans and posing for snapshots. Patrons leave with complimentary official membership cards, brimming with $50 worth of vouchers toward future Sportz Partnerz events, dinners at Sportz Partnerz-affiliated restaurants, or courtside seats during the entire NBA offseason. Proceeds from ticket sales go to bolster Dallas- and Fort Worth–area youth athletics programs supported by the Sportz Dreamz Foundation.
A nonprofit corporation, Texas Family Musicals helps launch the careers of talented young stars to the benefit of local family audiences. America the Beautiful is an uplifting spectacle that celebrates the excitement and wonders that make contemporary America great. This musical journey is a positive reinforcement of all things patriotic set to the sounds of catchy tunes and choreographed dancing. Cats holds the record for longest-running Broadway show with 7,485 shows in over 18 years. Enjoy the local adaptation of T. S. Eliot's classic collection of poems where eclectic cat costumes blend with sincere storytelling to entertain the human audience. The final performance option is The Sunshine Boys, which explores the 40-plus-year dichotic relationship between Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a vaudevillian team who enjoy professional success on stage but loathe each other off stage.
Gleeful squealing rings out across Jump Mania's nearly 10,000 square feet of green, purple, and blue inflatables during jump hours. The laughter is coming from children as they bound through the obstacle courses, bounce houses, and air-filled slides comprising the indoor playground's 10 mammoth inflatables. With private party rooms, the springy arena also entertains bouncers for birthday parties, which are enhanced by goodies such as pizza, ice cream, and grab bags. Additionally, the facility welcomes caretakers with free admission, letting them enjoy a grown-up approach to the youthful excitement without having to sample play-doh sushi.
The staff at Kids-N-Art come from many backgrounds, but all share degrees in arts or education and buckets of enthusiasm. Summer camps introduce projects such as throwing clay on a pottery wheel or rehearsing a musical to be performed at the end of the session. Kids’ classes develop skills in painting, mixed media, and cartooning, and events such as Parents’ Night Out let kids take a break from nagging their moms and dads to clean their rooms and relax with some pizza and games.
The Liberty by the Lake Festival is back for another round of family-style Independence Day fun. The party kicks off with a trio of races designed to jump-start the patriotism. A parade follows, complete with patriotic music and floats dedicated to America’s famous landmarks and star-spangled airspace.
At 4 p.m., the main events officially begin. Stunt riders wow the crowd on BMX bikes and skateboards throughout the day. From opening to 8 p.m., attendees can check out the business expo and learn more about local companies. Those with a competitive spirit can test their mettle by impersonating America's first bard, Elvis Presley, making salsa, wakeboarding, and speed-eating watermelon. Party rockers Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience have plans to howl at the sun until it drags the day below the horizon, priming the sky for fireworks that cast red and blue sparks over the waters of Lake Lewisville.
Though The Frisco Bar initially opened to provide the people of Frisco with a neighborhood hangout, the eatery is far from a typical bar. Sure, the menu is dotted with traditional bar food, such as burgers, pizza, and fish and chips, but these hearty meals also share page-space with more upscale feasts, including fish and tenderloin tacos, sweet-potato fries, and lumpia rolls packed with ground pork, carrots, and sprouts. To complement meals, bartenders pour glasses of cabernet, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio, and concoct nine unconventionally flavored martinis, from chocolate-covered raspberry to cinnamon apple pie. During their visit, patrons can sink into the eatery’s soft leather and velvet seating, play shuffleboard and darts, or test new pick-up lines on sports announcers broadcasted across the bar's collection 50-inch HD TVs.