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While attending Austin College, two important things happened to Kirby and Kristi Carmichael: they fell in love with art, and with each other. When Kirby moved to Italy after graduation to expand his pottery education, Kristi followed. During that time, she discovered she had a knack for majolica painting––a craft that Renaissance-era artists used to decorate vases, jars, and plates, all of which Leonardo da Vinci invented. The couple realized they had a sturdy link between their talents, and eventually returned to the United States jobless, engaged, and ready to share what they'd learned.

In October 2005, the Carmichaels opened Quiggly's Clayhouse, where potters and painters alike have since been crafting masterpieces and sharpening their skills with lessons. The studio's flexible walk-in availability encourages artists to visit whenever inspiration strikes—be it for painting pottery, sculpting clay, fusing glass, or forging mosaics. Frequent themed events also bring groups together in the name of casual creativity, including adult wheel nights, ladies’ nights, and kids’ nights.

1344 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson,
TX
US

In 2007, the North Texas Event Center underwent a renovation that transformed a former call center into four fairytale ballrooms and a museum for classic cars. The gleaming Gull Wings, Alpha Romeos, and M6s catalyzed the project, as their owners sought a way to share their collections with the public. This desire dovetailed with the designs of city officials, who wanted to create an enduring cultural institution in Richardson and a way to see the cars without masquerading as stop signs. In order to realize this dream and reverse signs of aging in the 1980 building, contractors installed gleaming parquet floors valued at $2 million, and built out rooms with vaulted ceilings, broad stages, or bars. A crew of event planners oversees the chambers, which range from 1,883 to 14,000 square feet, and contain surprises such as 360 degrees of white drapes and a marble gazebo.

677 W Campbell Rd
Richardson,
TX
US

Vetro Glass Blowing Studio & Art Gallery, winner of the WFAA-List’s award for best art gallery, offers the public an inside peek at renowned glass artists working on fragile creations. In a 30-minute, artist-instructed session, students help create one hand-blown, fluted glass bowl, choosing colors from among the vibrant Vetro palette.

701 S Main St
Grapevine,
TX
US

Crossroads Winery is Frisco's #1 winery and wine bar. We strive to give you the best experience with the best quality wines! We are a "grape-toglass" winery with most of our grapes coming from Generations Grape Growers in west Texas.We are open Friday 5-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-6.Our space is available to rent other times.

15222 King Rd
Frisco,
TX
US

In a world where technology advances in bounds and the tomes of what is known are ever expanding, Sci-Tech Discovery Center acts as an investment in future generations. With an emphasis on science, math, and technology, the museum instills a sense of innovation in children of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to pursue careers in fields such as engineering or education. Knowledge explored ranges from the periodic table—and the fact that the only letter not present is "J"—to palindrome numbers, which read the same backwards and forwards. The exhibits change throughout the year to explore basic scientific and mathematic principles in fun ways, touching on everything from animation to how the body works. The highly interactive displays let children experience principles firsthand while learning about real-world applications, such as how physics can affect the design of amusement-park rides or how arithmetic can calculate exactly how tall a giraffe wearing stilts would be.

8004 Dallas Pkwy
Frisco,
TX
US

Fun floats by air or by sea with watercraft rentals and aerial rides from Flying and Floating Toys. Zip around Lake Lewisville on the 20-foot Malibu Sportster, a competition boat ideal for water skiing, wake boarding, and lakeside high-fives for groups of up to seven people ($100/hour for first two hours with a two hour minimum, $85/each additional hour). Captained by the boat's owner, the Sportster has a tower that pulls boarders and skiers out of the water at a higher angle and 310 horsepower gets them up faster than an alarm clock made of three roosters. Float leisurely in the 22-foot 12-person pontoon boat ($75/hour for first two hours with a two hour minimum, $60/each additional hour, $10 extra/hour for a driver) or grab two friends for a ride on a Yamaha VX110 WaveRunner jet ski ($75/hour for first two hours, $60/each additional hour). Cloudcuddlers can soar up to 1,000 feet with a powered parachute ride ($150+) or lay a lower 100 feet over the water for a 15-minute parasail ($70/person, two person minimum). Fly solo or copilot a one- or two-person kayak around Lake Lewisville or tow kayaks to another lake or comically oversized hottub ($50/half day, $75/day, $225/week). Rental fees include gas, tax, and life jackets, and all boats feature a CD/MP3 player.

6060 S Stemmons Fwy
Hickory Creek,
TX
US