Play Here's Activity Roundup for March 8 to 15, including Spring Break fun, 'Savannah Sipping,' Bulls, more

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ALT's "Savannah Sipping Society" runs through Sunday.
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By Chip Chandler — Producer

Get ready for spring break with this roundup of activities for the week ahead!

 

Thursday

"Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story Live on Stage" is, well, exactly that. It'll be staged Thursday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium.

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)

Just Between Friends Presale Event: The expo will open early for new parents, grandparents, teachers and homeschool parents only, plus one guest. (4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-674-7858)

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story Live on Stage: Baby and Johnny hit the dance floor again in this stage adaptation, part of Civic Amarillo and Celebrity Attractions' Broadway Spotlight Series. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $27 to $68, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

The Savannah Sipping Society: This comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Dixie Swim Club) features a quartet of Southern women seeking new lives while enjoying an impromptu happy hour. Here's my preview. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Friday

The Amarillo Bulls will take on the Corpus Christi IceRays on Friday and Saturday.

Just Between Friends: The expo returns with savings on new and gently used children and maternity items. (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $3. 806-674-7858)

The Peddler Show: The shopping expo returns with a variety of wares from designers, artisans, craftsmen and more. (Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; continues thorugh Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger. 512-358-1000)

Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Corpus Christi IceRays. (7 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)

The Savannah Sipping Society: This comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Dixie Swim Club) features a quartet of Southern women seeking new lives while enjoying an impromptu happy hour. Here's my preview(8 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Love Is in the Air: This performance from Broken Belts Collective burlesque troupe will feature Albuquerque artist Gabby O and Dallas artist Miss Mary Jane Green, along with Amarillo burlesque and drag performers. (9 p.m. Friday, City Studios, Studio 25 at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Cover $15; $25 for VIP and $150 for tables of seven. 806-282-6573)

Adults-Only Trivia: New Canyon restaurant/arcade Recreation will host a grown-up trivia night. (9:30 p.m. Friday, Recreation, 1512 Fifth Ave., Suite 103, in Canyon. 806-656-0665)

 

Saturday

Take a driving tour through Palo Duro Canyon on Saturday. Several other activities are planned throughout the coming week.

Panhandle Cutting Horse Association: Top regional cowboys saddle up for action. (8 a.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. Bill Cody Arena on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Free. 806-376-7767)

Just Between Friends: The expo returns with savings on new and gently used children and maternity items. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $3. 806-674-7858)

The Peddler Show: The shopping expo returns with a variety of wares from designers, artisans, craftsmen and more. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; continues thorugh Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger. 512-358-1000)

Texas Gun & Knife Show: It's a Texas thing. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission charge. 830-285-0575)

Track Trackin': Become a nature detective in this hands-on event. (10 a.m. Saturday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Smokey Fest 2018: Amarillo rock bands Touching VoodooMoon DogStrange Saints and The Solano Project will perform at this free event. (Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Smokey Joe's, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. Free. 806-331-6698)

Skins & Skulls: Examine animal remains to learn more about the creatures in this hands-on event. (2 p.m. Saturday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Yak and Yarn: Learn basic knitting techniques in this program for ages 12 and older Bring a skein of yarn and a pair of knitting needles. (3 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)

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)

A Wild View: Wildlife photographer Jessie Story will display new works. (6 p.m. Saturday, The R Gallery, 2400 S.W. Seventh Ave. Free. 806-640-4308)

Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Corpus Christi IceRays. This is Parents Night(7 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)

Original Team Roping: More fierce roping action. (7 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds; free. 806-376-7767)

The Savannah Sipping Society: This comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Dixie Swim Club) features a quartet of Southern women seeking new lives while enjoying an impromptu happy hour. Here's my preview(8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Sassys Reunion: Patrons of the late, lamented bar will reunite for a dance party with DJs Justin Tyme and Tra-C, plus performances by drag artists Kelolo, Adrianna, Simara and Lavonda. (8 p.m. Saturday, Austin's Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $5. 806-803-9063)

 

Sunday

Panhandle Cutting Horse Association: Top regional cowboys saddle up for action. (8 a.m. Sunday, Bill Cody Arena on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Free. 806-376-7767)

Just Between Friends: The expo returns with savings on new and gently used children and maternity items. (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $3. 806-674-7858)

Texas Gun & Knife Show: It's a Texas thing. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission charge. 830-285-0575)

The Peddler Show: The shopping expo returns with a variety of wares from designers, artisans, craftsmen and more. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger. 512-358-1000)

The Savannah Sipping Society: This comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Dixie Swim Club) features a quartet of Southern women seeking new lives while enjoying an impromptu happy hour. Here's my preview(2:30 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Miss Trailer Park Pageant: Drag queens will show off their trashy side at this special performance. (10 p.m. Sunday, The 212 Club, 212 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover. 806-372-7997)

 

Monday

The Don Harrington Discovery Center will host its Spring Break Spectacular beginning Monday.

Sounds of Nature: Meet animals from Lone Star Scales and Tales, and learn about animal care and adoption from the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society. Part of Discovery Center's Spring Break Spectacular: Sounds of the Community(1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Free with admission of $11 for adults, $8 children 2 to 12, students, military and seniors. 806-355-9547)

Origami Lamps: Anyone ages 12 and oder can learn how to fold recycled and decorative paper into lamps. (7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 E. 27th Ave. Free. 806-342-1589)

Sunset Hike: Enjoy the start of spring break with an evening hike along a 1.5-mile path. Bring flashlight, and meet at Chinaberry Day Use area. (7 p.m. Monday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Willie Nelson & Family: The Lone Star legend returns for the first time in five years. (8 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $55 to $65, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

 

Tuesday

Caprock Canyons State Park will host several activities throughout the week.

Sounds of Music: Rock out in the Virtual Reality Music Jam Studio from 10 a.m. to noon, then make music in the STOMP Room with instruments made from recycled materials from 1 to 3 p.m. Part of Discovery Center's Spring Break Spectacular: Sounds of the Community(10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Free with admission of $11 for adults, $8 children 2 to 12, students, military and seniors. 806-355-9547)

Trailway Tour: Take a guided vehicle tour of the historic Caprock Canyons Trailway. Reservations are required. (10 a.m. Tuesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4; tours $10. 806-455-1492)

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. Tuesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Goin' Batty: Learn about the flying mammals with read-alouds, games and crafts. (2 p.m. Tuesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Village Tour: Explore one of the oldest campsites at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in this guided walking tour. Dress for the weather, wear walking shoes or boots and bring water for the moderately difficult walk. Meet at the Visitor Center. (2 p.m. Tuesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

FireSongs: This concert series featuring original music will continue with a birthday show for Johnny Reverb Holston(7 p.m. Tuesday Fire Slice Pizzeria, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 10. 806-331-2232)

Bats of the Texas Panhandle: Learn even more about the flying mammals at this special presentation and attempt to spot some at the park. (8 p.m. Tuesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4. 806-455-1492)

TeaseDay: The Galatea Experience: Amarillo burlesque troupe Galatea Burlesk will offer a saucy peek at their full performances at this monthly show. (9 p.m. Tuesday, MJ's Saloon & Grill, 3705 Olsen Blvd. Cover $5. 806-398-0634)

 

Wednesday

Prairie Safari: Learn about the prairie ecosystem, including bison, black-tailed prairie dogs and more. Space is limited; reservations required. (10 a.m. Wednesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Tot Trek: Kiddos can hear a story of the West and take an easy hike to the river at this special spring break event. Meet at Chinaberry Day Use Area. (11 a.m. Wednesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Pi Day: Celebrate the number 3.1415926 with a day full of activities, including a pie-eating contest and free pie beginning at 1:59 p.m. Part of Discovery Center's Spring Break Spectacular: Sounds of the Community(1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Free with admission of $11 for adults, $8 children 2 to 12, students, military and seniors. 806-355-9547)

Junior Ranger Program: Kids ages 4 to 12 can meet at the PDC Visitor Center and learn about canyon wildlife, take part in activities and earn a ranger patch. (1 p.m. Wednesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Caprock Bingo: This game will teach about animals, history, plants, geology and more. (2 p.m. Wednesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4. 806-455-1492)

What's the Scoop on Poop?: Palo Duro Canyon park rangers will offer a nature lesson about ... well, guess. Meet at the Mack Dick Group Pavilion. (3 p.m. Wednesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

The Park After Dark: Take part in a night-time hike. Bring flashlight and closed-toe shoes. Limited to 30 participants; reservations required. (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492)

 

March 15

Prairie Dogs: Talk of the Town: Learn about the black-tailed prairie dog's role in the prairie ecosystem at the Honey Flat prairie dog town. (10 a.m. March 15, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492) 

Berry Loop Hike: Meet at Chinaberry Day Use area for this moderate, 1.5-mile hike at Palo Duro Canyon. (10 a.m. March 15, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Sounds of the Body: Donate blood with Coffee Memorial Blood Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and discover the sounds of creatures during an animal show from Fish Pros. Part of Discovery Center's Spring Break Spectacular: Sounds of the Community(1 to 4:30 p.m. March 15, Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Free with admission of $11 for adults, $8 children 2 to 12, students, military and seniors. 806-355-9547)

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. (1 p.m. March 15, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Trailway Tour: Take a guided vehicle tour of the historic Caprock Canyons Trailway. Reservations are required. (2 p.m. March 15, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Park admission $4; tours $10. 806-455-1492)

We Will Survive!: Take part in a puzzle-solving teamwork activity. Space is limited. (11 a.m. March 15, Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2088)

Water Bottle Bird Feeders: Learn how to turn recycled water bottles into bird feeders at this activity at Palo Duro Canyon's Wolfberry Day Use Area. Supplies will be provided. (1 p.m. March 15, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217. Free with park admission of $5. 806-488-2227)

Lion Around the Library: Enjoy lion stories and make your own lion pillow. (4 p.m. March 15, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)

 

Ongoing

  • 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 featuring AMoA Achievement in Art: The Collection of Mike and Dalia Engler through March 31 and Tibetan Tsakli and Saddle Blankets through April 14. It's 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 open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). It's featuring Hard Work and Horse Power through July 29. 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 Quintessential Amarillo through April 11. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • The Colony Frame & Gallery: The shop, 2606 Wolflin Ave., features its Spring Art Show & Sale through May 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 806-352-2782.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, features Wild Music through May 20. It's open 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, features Pop Culture through Dec. 31. It's open 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.

 

 

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

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