Events and Family FUN Through Labor Day Weekend
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (June 8, 2020) – There is no excuse to be bored this summer, with Grapevine’s 12th Annual Summertime in Grapevine celebration, now through Labor Day! Summertime in Grapevine features entertainment and activities for all, including waterparks, Lake Grapevine, Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine Pioneers Passport program, 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza and more. Grapevine is the ultimate destination for family FUN!
Families are invited to shop at Grapevine Mills or unique boutiques; savor delicious flavors at locally-owned bistros and cafés; and stroll along the Urban Wine and Craft Brew Trail. Kids can enjoy attractions like LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Nash Farm, the Grapevine Pioneers Passport program and Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ exhibit. COVID-19 safety protocols have been put in place for all activities. Here are some top Summertime in Grapevine activities for friends and families to enjoy all season long:
Be Dazzled by July 4th Fireworks: Grapevine’s 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is guaranteed to light up the North Texas sky. Sparks will fly in a beautiful show reflecting over Lake Grapevine at 9:30 p.m. Don’t miss the exhilarating show which is sure to dazzle and excite. Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer to download patriot music set for the fireworks show and for an updated list of viewing locations. Viewing locations are subject to change. Parking or entry fees may apply.
All Aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Step back in time and climb aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! Ride in style inside 1920s Victorian-era coaches on the Grapevine One-Hour Excursions through Sunday, June 28. These excursions depart at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the one-hour Father’s Day Trains which runs Sunday, June 21 with special moments to honor Dad. While the one-hour excursions don’t go all the way to the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, there is still plenty of fun to be had on board with games and contests. Summer 2020 tickets are on sale now at GVRR.com. Same-day ticket sales are subject to walk up availability only on the day of. Online or phone purchase is recommended.
The Great Wolf Lodge makes a Howling Return! Reopening on June 16, Great Wolf Lodge features a new Paw Pledge program to keep families healthy and safe as they play together at the indoor water park resort. Come celebrate summer at the largest water park resort in North Texas. Great Wolf Lodge’s 80,000-square-foot water park features slides for all ages, a lazy river, wave pool, and more for some family-friendly fun. Play MagiQuest, the exclusive interactive adventure game where players follow clues and use a magic wand to collect relics and runes needed to battle dragons and goblins or visit Build-A-Bear Workshop and make-your-own furry friend. New to the resort is Oliver’s Mining Co., an interactive mining experience featuring a mirror maze and sluice where kids can search for keepsake gemstones. For more information, visit GreatWolf.com.
Buckle Up and Prepare to Compete in the Great LEGO Race! You’ll be immersed in a virtual, brick-built world racing LEGO cars to try and become the next champion! But, can you beat the mischievous Minifigures who stand in your way? This is FUN for kids aged six and up and adults exclusively at LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills. The LEGO store is open and offering curbside and contactless pickup. NOTE: This experience is an additional cost and not included in the price of your admission ticket. For more information, visit dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Cool Down at the WhoaZone Recreation Center: WhoaZone features an inflatable on-water obstacle course that provides hours of high- energy fun for persons of all ages. WhoaZone is designed to ensure every guest has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the top outdoor adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills, and safe, yet fun, active challenges. Contact WhoaZoneGrapevine.com for details.
Stingrays and FUN await at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium! In Stingray Bay, you’ll see happy southern stingrays and cownose rays as they glide along the sea bed. They also like to bury themselves in the sand! This is a behavior they use in the wild to hide from predators such as Great Hammerhead Sharks and Killer Whales. Let their upbeat nature take your cares away in a relaxing and magical space. Due to safety measures, changes in operation may result in limited access to certain offerings, but guest access will be offered to as many attractions as possible. For more information, visit VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine.
Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites™: It’s a traveling exhibit that transforms seven award-winning picture books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot by Eric Hill and others. These beloved children’s books come alive inside the Tower Gallery located in the Grapevine Visitor Information Center. Storyland, presented by Target, is a bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibit aimed to increase literacy skills. This exhibit was built by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and provides imaginative, book-based experiences geared towards children up to eight years old. The Storyland exhibit will run through September 7, 2020. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Storyland. *Exhibit currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, reopening date information will be posted on the site.
Grapevine Pioneers Storybook Adventure Passport: Step back in time with Grapevine’s exciting educational experience, Grapevine Pioneers, which takes place throughout Grapevine’s Historic District. Kids will have the opportunity to experience the life of a pioneer on the Grape Vine Prairie by taking part in a variety of 1800s skills, and trade activities spread across five separate museums. Kids will visit Nash Farm, Tarrant County’s oldest farmstead, the Historic Cotton Belt Depot and Section Foreman House, Millican’s Blacksmith Shop and more. To learn more about Grapevine Pioneers or to purchase tickets, please call 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapevinePioneers.
Camp Main Street
The City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department and Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to offer the ultimate summer camp experience on Main Street. A variety of family-oriented activities will take place at various locations to include the Historic Palace Theatre, Liberty Park Plaza, Town Square Gazebo and the Cotton Belt Depot Historic District. Weekday programming will be a mix of indoor/outdoor experiences in the mornings and early evenings, while weekends will be full of fun and games. The City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department will host a total of 19 activities Saturday, July 18 and 25 from 2-8 p.m. For more information visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com
Explore Grapevine’s Nash Farm: Explore the lives of the earliest settlers at Grapevine’s Nash Farm. This historical landmark brings history to life through exhibits and interpretive programs. Summer events include First Friday, that highlight key heritage skills (Corn - June 5, Patriotic Picnic - July 3, Meme's Pickles - August 7). Families don’t want to miss Dairy Day on June 20, where kids learn about dairy processes including milk, butter and cheese making or 1920s Ice Cream Social on July 11, where ice cream is served and 1920’s dress is encouraged. The farm grounds are open for self-guided tours during regular business hours, admission is free. Group tours are available for the 5.2-acre farm, which centers around the Farmhouse Thomas Nash built in 1869, the historic barn and cemetery. Structures and exhibits are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nash Farm is located at 626 Ball St. For calendar of events and fees, visit NashFarm.org.
Shop ‘till You Drop at Grapevine Mills: Featuring 1.8 million square feet of shopping fun with more than 180 stores to explore, you will find favorites such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Michael Kors, Coach, Vera Bradley, kate spade New York, Ann Taylor Factory Loft Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Under Amour Factory House, Francesca’s, Puma, Luggage Factory, Nike Factory Store and Converse. Also at Grapevine Mills, enjoy the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 Dine-In Theatre, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Peppa Pig World of Play, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement, The Escape Game and Rainforest Café. Grapevine Mills is located off State Highway 121 and Grapevine Mills Parkway. For more information, visit GrapevineMills.com
Sizzling Summer Movie Series at the Palace Theatre: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, now through Wednesday, August 5, catch a classic summer matinée at the Historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Grapevine. Watch kid-friendly favorites such as Disney’s animated classic “Robin Hood,” “The Jungle Book,” “Enchanted,” “Finding Nemo” and more! Showings are at 11 a.m. Admission is $4. For the full schedule and more information, visit Palace-Theater.com. The Palace Theatre is located at 300 Main St.
Shop Local Saturdays at the Grapevine Farmers Market: Satisfy your summer cravings and shop locally-grown produce and goods from across Texas at the Grapevine Farmers Market open Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Town square Gazebo. This European-style, open-air market is packed with unique gifts and handmade crafts! The market is open rain or shine through September 12 at 325 S. Main. *Visit grapevinetexasusa.com/shop-wine-dine/grapevine-farmers-market/ for current reopen date
Discover Silver Lake Marina: Located along the shoreline of Lake Grapevine, Silver Lake Marina is a boat and water sport rental and activity complex. Some of the fun includes: boating, water skiing, sailing, tubing, wakeboarding and more. Whether it’s renting a jet ski, a pontoon boat or enjoying life from a Craig Cat taking in life at your own speed, Silver Lake Marina offers memories that will last a lifetime. Go to SamsDock.com for details.
Axe Throwing at Corky’s Gaming Bistro: Looking for something unique to do? Then check out Corky’s Gaming Bistro which features four themed escape rooms, 10 axe-throwing lanes, and classic arcade games along with pinball machines that bring a unique spin to game night. Corky’s also has a full bar complete with mixology, wine, craft and tap beers, burgers, hot dogs, gluten-free options and shareable plates. Corky’s caters to private events such as holiday parties, team-building exercises and get-togethers large or small. Corky’s is located at 3520 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd. For more information, visit CorkeysGamingBistro.com.
Games, Games and more Games! Make Grapevine your gaming destination with classic arcade games virtual fun and unique experiences. With over 100 arcade games, including cutting edge linked challenge play video games and life-sized classics like Pac-Man® and Galaga, there is something for everyone in the Main Event arcade. Check out all the fun at https://www.mainevent.com. Break free to the Grapevine Escape! Themed escape rooms offer unique adventures to solve challenges in record time. Next up, play golf at Pebble Beach, throw dodgeballs at zombies, toss footballs to open receivers or play soccer while unleashing one’s inner athlete on the world’s best multisport simulator at Crush It! More information can be found at https://crushitsports.com. To ramp things up a bit, visit Texas’ ultimate machine gun and retail destination. The massive state-of-the-art facility hosts everything a firearm enthusiast could dream of including: 26 high-tech shooting lanes, robust rental selection, thousands of firearms and knives on display, and over 150 machine guns available to rent! For more information, visit texasgunexperience.com.
Axe Throwing at Corky’s Gaming Bistro: Looking for something unique to do? Check out Corky’s Gaming Bistro which features four themed escape rooms, 10 axe-throwing lanes, and classic arcade games along with pinball machines that bring a unique spin to game night. Corky’s also has a full bar complete with mixology, wine, craft and tap beers, burgers, hot dogs, gluten-free options and shareable plates. Corky’s caters to private events such as holiday parties, team-building exercises and get-togethers large or small. Corky’s is located at 3520 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd. For more information, visit CorkysGamingBistro.com.
Would-be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors, Entertain: Discover Western lore right in the heart of Grapevine. Come see Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower featuring two larger-than-life, 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. Approximately 75 feet above the ground, these figures emerge from the tower at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily to attempt a lucrative train heist. Glockenspiel Clock Tower is located at 636 S. Main St.
Live Theater? You Bet! Grapevine is home to a bustling live entertainment scene. The Palace Arts Theatre, 1940’s renovated art deco-style theatre, offers a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year, including the amazing Texas Tenors and much more. Texas Star Dinner Theater’s zany cast of characters will leave the audience laughing as they try to solve a live-action whodunit while enjoying a delicious meal. For more information go to GrapevineTexasUSA.com
Grapevine is Open for Golf! Grapevine Golf Course stretches more than 6,900 yards when played from the back 27 tees, and what a journey it is. Everyone loves the lush scenery of the course first built in 1979 that offers a rare blend of water hazards, sand traps and rolling fairways. The Grapevine Golf Course, located at 3800 Fairway Drive. For more information go to GrapevineGC.com. During your stay, why not visit the award-winning Cowboys Golf Club? It’s the first and only NFL-themed golf club in the world. The club is open to the public seven days a week for golf, dining, hospitality and private events, ranging from weddings and golf tournaments to corporate outings, business meetings and other special occasions. Find out more at CowboysGolfClub.com.
Why not make Grapevine a destination? Stay and play at 20 hotels throughout the city, many offering package deals. Families are invited to shop, wine and dine at Grapevine’s fantastic shopping areas, with more than 200 locally-owned shops, restaurants, winery tasting rooms, boutiques and more.
For more information about the 12th Annual Summertime in Grapevine celebration, amazing savings on hotels and fun ideas for a getaway, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 817.410.3195
© 2012 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.