Play Here's Activity Roundup for March 30 to April 6

Posted by Chip Chandler on
Wonderland Park's 66th season opens Saturday.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

No foolin': There's a wealth of activities, arts productions and events to enjoy this weekend through April 6. Check them out in our all-in-one roundup!


  • Brain Candy Live:  Adam Savage (Mythbusters) teams with YouTube star Michael Stevens for this interactive theatrical experience described as "a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group." The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $32 to $122, plus fees. Call 806-378-3096.
  • Portraits of Dance: The West Texas A&M University dance department will work with in-house and guest choreographers for a performance incorporating several styles of dance, plus live music from the WT Symphony Orchestra. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Call 806-651-2804. (Check out my preview for more information.)
  • Amarillo College / West Texas A&M University Student/Faculty Exhibition: See the best artwork from AC and WT faculty and students at this annual exhibition, hanging through April 15 at Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050. 
  • Parents' Night Out: While the grownups are on the town, kids can learn the science behind the world's craziest weather in this event running from  5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Admission is $20 for the first child and $15 for additional children for members, or $25 for the first child and $20 for additional children for nonmembers. Call 806-355-9547.
  • Amarillo Bulls: The Bulls will face the Topeka RoadRunners at 7:05 p.m Friday and Saturday in the Civic Center Coliseum. Tickets are $13 to $23, or $9 for children. Call 806-242-1122.
  • Beauty & The Beast: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy continues its hit run of the stage version of the Disney classic. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Limited seats are available. Tickets are $18 for ages 12 and older, and $15 for ages 11 and younger. Call 806-355-9991. (Here's my preview of the fun.)
  • Amarillo Master Chorale: The chorale presents Night, Strange and Beautiful, a concert featuring an exploration of the sounds of the night. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students in advance, or $20 for adults and $7 for students at the door. Call 806-371-5340.
  • Kids in the Kitchen:  Junior League of Amarillo will offer tips for good nutrition for the family, including how to make better food choices on a limited budget, teaching children how to make soup and more. The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Commercial Exhibit Hall at Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-374-0802.
  • Amarillo Child Abuse Prevention Rally:  Amarillo Activity Youth Center will host its annual rally to kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month at 10 a.m. Saturday at 816 S. Van Buren St. Admission is free. Call 806-373-2292.
  • Panhandle Team Penning: Top regional cowboys saddle up for day-long action beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Bill Cody Arena on the Tri-State Fairgrounds. Admission is free. Call 806-376-7767.
  • Kids' Hike: Children can get exercise for their bodies and brains at this hike through Wildcat Bluff, beginning at 11 a.m. at the center, 2401 N. Soncy Road. The hike is free with admission of $4 for adults or $3 for seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Gender Revolution screening:  Equality Texas and OAC of the Texas Panhandle will host a screening of this National Geographic special, hosted by Katie Couric, at noon Saturday at the Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Admission is free.
  • There Be Monsters: Meet Bigfoot and other mythical creatures at this special April Fool's Day event at Amarillo Zoo. The foolishness begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, inside Thompson Park. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children. Call 806-371-7911.
  • Bowl for Kids' Sake: Look for a strike — and plenty of donations — in this 29th annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle. Bowling times are 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Western Bowl, 5120 Canyon Dr. Entry fee $75 or $85 per team member, depending on the match. Call 806-351-2210.
  • Wonderland Park: The park, 2601 Dumas Drive, opens for its 66th season this weekend from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Full weekend hours begin April 7, with weekday evening hours beginning April 11. The park will be in full swing beginning Memorial Day weekend. Admission is $16.95 for 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, $18.95 for 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, and $24.95 for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Full access passes are $31.95 for Tuesdays through Thursdays, $33.95 for Fridays, and $39.95 for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Spectator passes are $5. WOW passes are available in any amount. Miniature golf is $5; hours are 5 p.m. to close Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to close Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-383-3344. 
  • Badgeriety!: Members of Amarillo College's concert choir and vocal jazz ensemble will perform in a free variety show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the AC Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Donations will be accepted for the AC choral program. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5340.
  • Festival of Fools: Dallas comics Komedian KG and Derrick Cakley will join a lineup of Amarillo comics for this show, also featuring music by Jen Williams. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Cover is $5.
  • Wildfire Benefit: Several cowboy, country and other performers will join forces for a benefit concert at Cowboy Gelato Smokehouse, 6103 S. Coulter St., Suite 200, for those rebuilding after the recent wildfires. Chow down at a weiner roast (foot-long or half pound), or burgers and chips beginning at noon Saturday; music will stretch through 8 p.m. The lineup includes Mason Jar & The Shine Brothers, Jaycee Detten, Lee Scheetz, Eddie Siegel, Lane Provence, Chad Feemster, Dale Burson, R.J. Vandygriff, The Choice Yates Trio and Danny Ruiz & Gypsy Renegade.  Admission is $15 for adults or $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Call 806-376-5286. 
  • Amarillo Venom: The 3-0 indoor football squad faces off with the Albuquerque-based Duke City Gladiators at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Civic Center Coliseum. Tickets are $10 to $40, plus fees. Call 806-350-7277.
  • Bad Magik Bingo: Raise funds for the upcoming Bad Magik Music Fest on May 27 at this game night beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission is $5, which includes five single-game cards; additional cards are $1 each. 
  • Katherine Siochi: The harpist will close Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024's 2016-17 season at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Call 806-376-6316, ext. 105.
  • Dragon Eggs: Learn about the lives of dragons and create your own egg at this Family Fun Night event at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 S.E. 27th Ave. Admission is free. Call 806-342-1589.
  • Seminar: Amarillo Little Theatre tackles a contemporary black comedy about an acclaimed author leading a writing workshop for four aspiring authors in the final Adventure Space production of the season. The play opens April 6 and runs weekends through April 15 in the Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. Call 806-355-9991. (I'll preview the production on Monday.)
  • Power of the Purse Luncheon: Longtime journalist Joan Lunden will headline this annual fundraiser event for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at 11:30 a.m. April 6 in the Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. Tickets are $100; sponsorships are available. Call 806-356-4617.
  • The Great War screening: Eye Deep in Hell: Historians Bruce Brasington, Bryan Vizzini and Brian Ingrassia will speak during a roundtable discussion and screening of a portion of the first episode of this new documentary miniseries from PBS's American Experience. The event begins at 6 p.m. April 6 at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2504 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Admission is free. Call 806-651-2242.
  • First Thursday Art Show: See the latest in contemporary works featured at The 806 coffee shop & bar, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. The show opens at 7 p.m. April 6; admission is free. Call 806-322-1806.
  • Ongoing exhibitions include Nacidos Charro: Born Charro at American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40 (here's my preview); The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains at PPHM (here's my preview); and Little Builders, Brain Teasers 2 and Strange Matter at Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive (here's my preview).



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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