Play Here's Activity Roundup for Jan. 11 to 18, including Disney Live, art shows, WWE Live, Make-A-Wish chili, more
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Here's your full roundup of activities and events for the busy week through Jan. 18! Don't miss a minute of fun!
Dinosaur Club: Kids ages 6 to 10 can enjoy dinosaur stories and crafts. (4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)
Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto: This exhibition honors the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp during World War II. It's part of Amarillo Public Library's Amarillo Reads focus on Elie Wiesel. (On view through February, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)
Outside Looking In: A collection of works by Steve Frish will open at Chalice Abbey. (5 to 8 p.m. Friday opening reception; on view through Jan. 24. Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, 2717 Stanley St. 806-367-9088)
McCracken Team Roping: Crack competitors will kick up some dust. (11 a.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds; free. 806-376-7767)
Floor to Ceiling: The Cerulean Gallery will celebrate its 12th anniversary (almost three of those in Amarillo) with this exhibition featuring works by Ginger Nelson, Nic Noblique, Christina Hall-Strauss, Robin Hazard, Jena Rawley Taylor and Nathan Taylor. Opening night proceeds benefit Amarillo Symphony. Here's a preview. (6 p.m. Friday opening reception; on view through Feb. 21. 814 S. Taylor St. Free. 806-576-0063)
Yellow City Sounds Live: The Panhandle PBS / FM90 concert series continues with Amarillo-based Americana band Comanche Moon. (7 p.m. Friday, Panhandle PBS studio, 2408 S. Jackson St. Free with tickets. 806-371-5287)
WWE Live: Top wrestlers return to Amarillo with a bout that's scheduled to include a six-man tag-team match with The Shield, Samoa Joe and Raw tag-team champions Sheamus and Cesaro, plus The Miz, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and more. (Card subject to change.) (7:30 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $15 to $100, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
Broken Belts Collective: The Amarillo burlesque performers will give a benefit show for troupe member Poppy Patois, whose family home burned down in December, causing serious injuries to her stepfather. (9 p.m. Friday, City Studios, Suite 25 at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. $15 to $25, plus fees.)
Traffic Light Party: This themed-party asks folks to wear red if they're in a relationship, green if they're single or yellow if it's complicated. DJ Element will provide music. (9 p.m. Friday, XR Downtown, 715 S. Polk St. Cover. 806-437-0223)
McCracken Team Roping: Crack competitors will kick up some dust. (7 a.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday, Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds; free. 806-376-7767)
Amarillo Polar Plunge: Dive into at least somewhat chilly waters (the low temperature's only expected to be 43) in this fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas. Attendees can jump in for at least a $20 minimum donation. (9 a.m. Saturday, Amarillo Town Club Southwest, 7700 Hillside Road. Donations accepted. 806-374-7171)
Make-A-Wish Tri-State Chili Cookoff: This annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of North Texas promises tasty treats and hopefully no heartburn. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Rex Baxter Building on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Cookoff entry fee $30; tasting cups $5. 806-674-8423)
Canyon Driving Tour: Take a guided tour through Palo Duro Canyon State Park and learn about its flora, fauna, geology and history. Limited to first 14 people; a waiting list will be used, and passengers must be old enough to ride in van without a car or booster seat. Meet at the gatehouse. (10 a.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic: Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and others for this stage show celebrating mystic mysteries. Here's my preview. (1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $20 to $50, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
Atlatl in the Afternoon: Learn about the atlatl, the main hunting tool in prehistoric times, in this event at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear hiking boots or shoes, and bring water. Meet at park headquarters. (2 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)
Fractured Fairy Tale Fun: Enjoy story time, a scavenger hunt, crafts and a STEM-based building project. (2 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)
McCracken Team Roping: Crack competitors will kick up some dust. (7 a.m. Sunday, Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds; free. 806-376-7767)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day March: The Amarillo branch of NAACP will host this celebratory march in King's memory. The march stretches from MLK Park to the Potter County Courthouse, 500 S. Fillmore St. (11 a.m. Monday, MLK Park, 1501 W. Amarillo Blvd. Free. 806-367-7818)
Iron Clad: Cast and Painted Works by Jack Craft and Ted Laredo: Sculptor Craft and painter Laredo will join forces for a two-person show. (Tuesday through March 10, Dord Fitz Formal Art Gallery at West Texas A&M University. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stay Warm This Winter: Enjoy story time and craft a fleece scarf. (7 p.m. Tuesday, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)
Puppy Tales: Kids can practice their skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. (4 p.m. Wednesday, Amarillo Public Library Northwest Branch, 6100 W. Ninth Ave. Free. 806-359-2035)
Collecting 101: The Friends of Southwestern Art and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum's Michael Grauer will discuss the dos and don'ts of beginning an art collection. (6 p.m. Jan. 18, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Free for FOSA members, $30 for nonmembers. 806-651-2244)
Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Odessa Jackelopes. (7 p.m. Jan. 18, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: This humorous whodunnit inspired by 1940s murder mysteries will be staged by Amarillo Little Theatre through Jan. 28. Look for a preview next week. (7:30 p.m. Jan. 18; continues through Jan. 28. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-378-3096)
- Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
- Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
- Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
- Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the winter at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
- Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
- Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
- Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
- American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is featuring its Youth Art Show through Jan. 6. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811.
- Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
- Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Take It All In through Dec. 21. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
- Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Travel Adventures through Jan. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
- Extreme Laser Tag: Take aim at this indoor attraction, 2503 S.W. 45th Ave. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $13. Call 806-367-8954.
- The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
- Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St., features free holiday tours through Dec. 19 conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
- Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
- Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. Call 806-488-2260.
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
- Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
- River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
- Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654.
- Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
- Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
- Xcape Room Warehouse: The newest escape room attraction, 714 S.E. 10th Ave., is open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission $25. Call 806-353-6353.