Play Here's Activity Roundup for May 3 to 10, with Cinco de Mayo, Carson & Barnes Circus, 'Sister Act,' Museum Day, more

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Amarillo Little Theatre's "Sister Act" opens Thursday.
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By Chip Chandler — Producer

May kicks off with a bang with Cinco de Mayo fun, art shows, the circus, comedy, Museum Day, musical theater and more! Check here for all of your event options through May 10!

 

Thursday

Lauren Cotton and Harrison Blount star in TheatreAC's "Be More Chill."
Photo by Chip Chandler

Greater Southwest Music Festival: High school and junior high bands, plus student solo and ensemble performers, will compete in this annual regional fest. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; continues through Saturday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St., and Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-373-5093)

Chamber After Hours: Network over food and drinks at this free Amarillo Chamber of Commerce event; chamber membership is not required. (5 p.m. Thursday, Reed Beverage, 3701 S.E. 25th Ave. Free. 806-373-7800)

Parade of Homes: Visit some of the finest houses in Amarillo and Canyon at this annual Texas Panhandle Builders Association event. Neighborhoods include The Colonies, The Greenways, The Vineyards, The Woodlands, Fox Hollow, Medical Center, Strawberry Fields West, Town Square, Tradewind Square, Heritage Hills, Southwind, Madison Park & The Enclaves, Time Square Village, Cliffs at Canyon Country Club, City View and Smoky Hollow. (5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday; continues through Saturday. Various locations. Tickets $10. 806-353-3565 or www.amarilloparadeofhomes.com)

First Thursday Art + Music: The monthly party at The 806 Coffee + Lounge will feature new works by Holly Rhea and music by Fine & Dandy(7 p.m. opening reception Thursday; on view through May 31. The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover; donations accepted. 806-322-1806)

Be More Chill: This contemporary musical, to be staged by TheatreAC, is based on Ned Vizzini's popular 2004 YA sci-fi novel about a teen boy who ingests a super computer in an effort to escape bullies and find popularity. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors, AC faculty, staff and students. 806-371-5359)

Sister Act: This raucous musical adaptation of the popular film will close out Amarillo Little Theatre's 81st season. Here's my preview. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through May 20. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Friday

The Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival is Friday at Starlight Ranch Event Center.

Texas Panhandle Student Art Show: Students from kindergarten through 12th grade, in both public and private schools, will be featured in this annual exhibition. Here's a preview(Friday to May 18, Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Free. 806-371-5050)

Greater Southwest Music Festival: High school and junior high bands, plus student solo and ensemble performers, will compete in this annual regional fest. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; continues through Saturday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St., and Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-373-5093)

Panhandle Golden Spread Quarter Horse Show: Horse lovers will compete in the "Run for the Roses." (8 a.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Bill Cody Arena on Tri-State Fairgrounds. Admission is free. 806-376-7767)

Coffee & Cuties: Children 5 and younger can enjoy stories, crafts and more with their parents and grandparents. (9:45, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Friday, Don Harrington Discovery Center. Free with museum admission of $11 adults, $8 children, students, military and seniors. 806-355-9547)

Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival: The Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual fajita fiesta will feature fajitas, other foods, music from Jay Perez & The Band and Shelly Lares, drinks and Starlight Ranch Event Center's activities, including zip lines, a 10,000-square-foot maze, miniature golf and more. (5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; available at all Amarillo and Hereford United and Amigos supermarkets. 806-379-8800)

First Friday Art Walk: The monthly stroll through The Galleries at Sunset Center will feature new works by several of the gallery owners. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday, The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Free. 806-352-2706)

Parade of Homes: Visit some of the finest houses in Amarillo and Canyon at this annual Texas Panhandle Builders Association event. Neighborhoods include The Colonies, The Greenways, The Vineyards, The Woodlands, Fox Hollow, Medical Center, Strawberry Fields West, Town Square, Tradewind Square, Heritage Hills, Southwind, Madison Park & The Enclaves, Time Square Village, Cliffs at Canyon Country Club, City View and Smoky Hollow. (5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Various locations. Tickets $10. 806-353-3565 or www.amarilloparadeofhomes.com)

Mark Marley's Go Big or Go Home BBQ Bash: This two-day state-sanctioned barbecue cook-off includes fajitas, hot sauce, margaritas and steak on Friday, with a concert featuring Kody WestJason Nutt & Highway 70 and Bottle Rockets. (6 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday. Running Water Draw Regional Park, 3400 W. Fourth St. in Plainview. Tickets $15 ages 12 and older, $10 ages 11 and younger; cooler fee $15. 806-292-3288 or www.markmarleybbqbash.com)

Chonda Pierce: The Christian comedian will bring her Getting Back to Funny tour to town. (7 p.m. Friday, The Church at Quail Creek, 801 Tascosa Road. Tickets $27 general admission, $49.50 VIP, plus fees; group rates available. 800-965-9324)

Be More Chill: This contemporary musical, to be staged by TheatreAC, is based on Ned Vizzini's popular 2004 YA sci-fi novel about a teen boy who ingests a super computer in an effort to escape bullies and find popularity. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors, AC faculty, staff and students. 806-371-5359)

Chords & Comedy: Comedians Willy Olguin and Ben Davis will perform, as will San Antonio singer-songwriter Carrie Asher. Skylar Potter of Yellow City Comedy will host. (8 p.m. Friday, Rounders Club, 2801 Virginia Circle. Cover $5. 806-352-3317)

Sister Act: This raucous musical adaptation of the popular film will close out Amarillo Little Theatre's 81st season. Here's my preview. (8 p.m. Friday; continues through May 20. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Route 66 Boylesque Bunkhouse: Male burlesque dancers from Colorado, Las Vegas and Amarillo will perform at this new show. (10 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday. RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. Cover $15; $10 for burlesque performers. Text 806-341-5141)

 

Saturday

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday.

Free Comic Book Day: Stores across the country — including Nomad's Den, temporarily relocated to 4515 S. Georgia St., and Unknown Comic Books, 2803 Hobbs Road — will distribute free comics and sell back issues, current issues and more. (all day Saturday, various locations. www.freecomicbookday.com)

Cinco de Mayo 5K Run and One-Mile Walk: The fourth-annual walk will benefit LULAC's college scholarship fund for area high school students. (8 a.m. Saturday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1210 S.E. 11th Ave. Entry fee $25 for the 5K run or $20 for the walk. 806-433-9842)

Greater Southwest Music Festival: High school and junior high bands, plus student solo and ensemble performers, will compete in this annual regional fest. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St., and Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-373-5093)

The Longest Day Garage Sale: Look for some real finds at this rummage sale benefiting Alzheimer's Association West Texas' June 21 fundraiser(8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 6401 Stoneham Drive. 806-372-8693)

Panhandle Golden Spread Quarter Horse Show: Horse lovers will compete in the "Run for the Roses." (8 a.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Bill Cody Arena on Tri-State Fairgrounds. Admission is free. 806-376-7767)

Little Habitat on the Prairie: Take a guided nature hike through habitats of different prairie plants and animals. (9 a.m. Saturday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Mark Marley's Go Big or Go Home BBQ Bash: This two-day state-sanctioned barbecue cook-off includes pork spare ribs, chicken, pork butt, brisket, cook's choice, beans, bloody mary and chili on Saturday, plus kids' activities, vendors, sand volleyball and more. The day also features Mariachi los Galleros, plus an evening concert with Jack Cryver BandDave MartinezSeth Ward & The SilenceDrake Hayes BandDalton Domino and headliner Reckless Kelly(9 a.m. Saturday, Running Water Draw Regional Park, 3400 W. Fourth St. in Plainview. Tickets $20 ages 12 and older, $10 ages 11 and younger; cooler fee $15. 806-292-3288 or www.markmarleybbqbash.com)

Museum Day: Eight Amarillo and Canyon museums will offer special admission deals in this international celebration of museums. Participating entities include Amarillo Museum of ArtAmerican Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & MuseumBill’s Backyard ClassicsDon Harrington Discovery CenterKwahadi Indian MuseumPalo Duro Canyon State ParkPanhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Texas Air & Space Museum. Here's a preview(9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, various locations. 806-342-2016) 

Spring Event: This family friendly event at The Shops at Wolflin Square will feature merchant sales, live music, food trucks, vendors and more. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, The Shops at Wolflin Square, 1932 Civic Circle. Free. 806-570-3617)

Whistle Stop Trade Days: The indoor/outdoor farmers/flea market in Clarendon continues its season. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. 1211 E. Second St., Clarendon. Free admission. 806-206-6815)

Frogs & Fairytales: Kids can learn about frogs (the non-princely kind) and other amphibians, plus meet several princesses in person at this special event. Costumed princes and princesses ages 3 to 12 get free admission. (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12. 806-381-7911) 

AMA Hullabaloo: Kids and families can take part in a new family carnival fundraiser for Amarillo Montessori Academy, featuring obstacle courses for all ages, games, a hay slide and pillow trampoline. (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Gee Family Farm & Sweet Corn, 7651 Whitaker Road. Tickets $15 each, plus fees, or $40, plus fees, for family pass for four; spectator tickets $5, plus fees. 806-353-3871)

Cinco de Mayo parade: Celebrate the holiday with a parade and fiesta with singers, dancers and more. (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Alamo Park, 1621 S. Houston St. Free. 806-444-5678)

Abuelo's Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy drink specials at this fiesta. (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 3501 S.W. 45th Ave. 806-354-8294)

Buffalo's Cafe's Cinco de Mayo: The Canyon restaurant & bar will offer food and drink specials. (11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. 806-655-4400)

Cinco de Mayo Salsa Competition: Enter your best hot sauce or vote for your favorite in this Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society event. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Tripp's Harley Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40. Admission $10 adults, free kids. 806-373-1716)

Copper Fire Grill's Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy a special holiday brunch and cocktails. (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Copper Fire Grill, 2800 Civic Circle, Suite 500. $40 each; reservations requested. 806-803-9432)

Drunken Oyster's Cinco de Derby: Sample new Mexican-inspired dishes and margaritas. (11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, The Drunken Oyster, 7606 S.W. 45th Ave., Suite 100. 806-418-6668)

Fam Fest: This new family event for Mission Amarillo will feature music by Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders and Noah JendaCowboy Gelato and J&L Good Grubs food trucks, carnival games, face painting and a photo booth. (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. $10 wristbands for game play. 806-553-0408)

Street Toyota's Cinco de Mayo party: Enjoy burgers, hot dogs and brews and register to win a free gas grill. (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Street Toyota, 4500 S. Soncy Road. Free. 806-355-9846)

Derby Day at Bar Z: Watch the Kentucky Derby and enjoy a special Derby Day drink, music from Jackson Haney, food from J&L Good Grubs, a hat contest, lawn games and more. (Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. No cover. 806-488-2214)

Revenge of the Fifth: Enjoy screenings of Star Wars films all day, along with cosplay, a trivia contest at 10 p.m. and steak, chicken and veggie quesadillas on the menu. (Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Long Wooden Spoon Brewing, 4098 Business Park Drive. 806-553-0397)

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: This free family festival will feature live music, vendors, bounce houses and more. (1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Azteca Music Hall, 500 N. Farm-to-Market Road 1912. Free. 806-242-0877)

Parade of Homes: Visit some of the finest houses in Amarillo and Canyon at this annual Texas Panhandle Builders Association event. Neighborhoods include The Colonies, The Greenways, The Vineyards, The Woodlands, Fox Hollow, Medical Center, Strawberry Fields West, Town Square, Tradewind Square, Heritage Hills, Southwind, Madison Park & The Enclaves, Time Square Village, Cliffs at Canyon Country Club, City View and Smoky Hollow. (1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Various locations. Tickets $10. 806-353-3565 or www.amarilloparadeofhomes.com)

Carson & Barnes Circus: The Oklahoma-based big-top circus will be in town to premiere its new CircusSaurus show. Daredevils, acrobats, clowns, aerial artists and more will bring prehistoric creatures back to life. (1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. Tri-State FairgroundsTickets $14 adults and $6 children in person, $18 adults and $8 children online and $20 adults and $12 children aat the gate; box seats $26 adults and $14 children online or $28 adults and $20 children at the gate. 806-376-7767)

Busy Bee Crafts: Budding apiarists can learn about bees and make related crafts. (2 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)

Canyon Driving Tour: Get a guided look at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in this 1.5-hour tour. Tour departs from park headquarters; reservations suggested. (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)

Caprock Bingo: Learn more about Caprock Canyon's animals, history, plants, geology and more in this game day. (2 p.m. Saturday, Caprock Canyons State Park, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque. Admission $4. 806-455-1492)

Cinco de Mayo Block Party and Car Show: This north Amarillo celebration will include live music, dancing, food, drinks, games, a bounce house and a car show. Kingz 1 will perform at an after-party at 10 p.m. (3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Fresh Start Community Center, 612 N. Polk St. Admission $5; $10 for after-party for ages 18 and older. 806-626-8866)

El Tropico Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Amarillo's DJ RoRo will spin for this party. (3 p.m. Saturday, El Tropico, 1111 E. Amarillo Blvd. Free. 806-371-0226)

Derby Day: The annual Kentucky Derby watch-party fundraiser for Southwest Ambucs is officially sold out, but a limited number of names can be placed on a waiting list. The event will include the watch party, food, drinks, live and silent auctions and live entertainment, plus the Connie Schnaufer Derby Hat Contest. (3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Steit Drive. 806-316-5240)

Rick Rueda Art Show: The Amarillo artist will show new work, followed by a performance by Mount Ivy at 9 p.m. (5 p.m. Saturday, The R Gallery, 2400 S.W. Seventh Ave. Free. 806-640-4308)

Be More Chill: This contemporary musical, to be staged by TheatreAC, is based on Ned Vizzini's popular 2004 YA sci-fi novel about a teen boy who ingests a super computer in an effort to escape bullies and find popularity. Here's my preview(7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors, AC faculty, staff and students. 806-371-5359)

Sister Act: This raucous musical adaptation of the popular film will close out Amarillo Little Theatre's 81st season. Here's my preview. (8 p.m. Saturday; continues through May 20. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Route 66 Boylesque Bunkhouse: Male burlesque dancers from Colorado, Las Vegas and Amarillo will perform at this new show. (10 p.m. Saturday, RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. Cover $15; $10 for burlesque performers. Text 806-341-5141)

 

 

Sunday

Carson & Barnes Circus will return for performances Saturday and Sunday.

Panhandle Golden Spread Quarter Horse Show: Horse lovers will compete in the "Run for the Roses." (8 a.m. Sunday, Bill Cody Arena on Tri-State Fairgrounds. Admission is free. 806-376-7767)

Whistle Stop Trade Days: The indoor/outdoor farmers/flea market in Clarendon continues its season. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1211 E. Second St., Clarendon. Free admission. 806-206-6815)

St. Joseph Festival: A Tejano concert by Traficantes del Ritmo, food, drinks and games will be featured at this eighth annual party. (Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4122 S. Bonham St. Admission free; game, food and raffle tickets will be sold. 806-355-5621)

Parade of Homes: Visit some of the finest houses in Amarillo and Canyon at this annual Texas Panhandle Builders Association event. Neighborhoods include The Colonies, The Greenways, The Vineyards, The Woodlands, Fox Hollow, Medical Center, Strawberry Fields West, Town Square, Tradewind Square, Heritage Hills, Southwind, Madison Park & The Enclaves, Time Square Village, Cliffs at Canyon Country Club, City View and Smoky Hollow. (1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Various locations. Tickets $10. 806-353-3565 or www.amarilloparadeofhomes.com)

Carson & Barnes Circus: The Oklahoma-based big-top circus will be in town to premiere its new CircusSaurus show. Daredevils, acrobats, clowns, aerial artists and more will bring prehistoric creatures back to life. (1:30 and 4:30 Sunday. Tri-State FairgroundsTickets $14 adults and $6 children in person, $18 adults and $8 children online and $20 adults and $12 children aat the gate; box seats $26 adults and $14 children online or $28 adults and $20 children at the gate. 806-376-7767)

Be More Chill: This contemporary musical, to be staged by TheatreAC, is based on Ned Vizzini's popular 2004 YA sci-fi novel about a teen boy who ingests a super computer in an effort to escape bullies and find popularity. Here's my preview(3 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors, AC faculty, staff and students. 806-371-5359)

Dog Days of Summer: This Texas Panhandle Pet Savers event at Bar Z Winery will offer a dog adoption and supply drive. Those donating supplies will receive a token for a free glass of wine. J&L Good Grubs food truck will be on site. (3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, at Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. No cover. 806-488-2214 or info@texaspanhandlepetsavers.org)

 

Monday

Jodi Thomas will discuss her new book "Mornings on Main" on Monday at Palace Coffee Co. in Canyon.

Family Fun Night: Enjoy a night of board games. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 E. 27th Ave. Free. 806-342-1589)

Jodi Thomas Q&A: The bestselling Amarillo-based romance author will discuss new book Mornings on Main(6:30 p.m. Monday, Palace Coffee Co., 420 15th St. in Canyon. 806-282-9888)

 

Tuesday

Get a sneak preview of PBS's new "Little Women" on Tuesday.

Spring Luncheon: The annual Downtown Women's Center luncheon, this year themed Runway to Recovery, will add a fashion twist, with models, plus a celebration of both the 80 women served by the center and of Executive Director Diann Gilmore's 40 years of service. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tables $250 to $10,000. 806-372-3625)

Book Signing: Author R. Rachel Gauna will sign copies of The Thinking Log and discuss the book in a meet-the-author event. (6 p.m. Tuesday, Studio 3313, 3313 S.W. Sixth Ave. Free. 806-279-0282)

Little Women screening: Preview the first hour of a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved book, premiering May 13 on Panhandle PBS. (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-371-5277)

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)

 

May 10

Dinosaur Club: Kids ages 6 to 10 can enjoy dinosaur stories and crafts. (4 to 5 p.m. May 10, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)

Battle of the Badges Barbecue: Officers will face off in a cook-off for The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle. (6 p.m. May 10, Food Court Corral at Tri-State Fairgrounds. 806-376-7767)

Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Reading: Authors Dorothy Alexander, Steven Schroeder, Chera Hammons and Daniel Miller will offer readings of their works. (7 p.m. May 10, Burrowing Owl Books, 419 16th St. in Canyon. Free. 806-282-9888)

Sister Act: This raucous musical adaptation of the popular film will close out Amarillo Little Theatre's 81st season. (7:30 p.m. May 10; continues through May 20. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Ongoing

  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument: The monument, about 35 miles north of Amarillo near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Daily hikes with rangers are offered from 10 a.m. to noon; reservations requested. Admission is free. Call 806-857-6680.
  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through September. 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 spring 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 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, plus by appointment. 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 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Caprock Canyons State Park: The canyon, 850 Caprock Canyons State Park Road near Quitaque, is open daily. Park admission $4 for ages 12 and older. Call 806-455-1492.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., is 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, features Wild Music through May 20. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. 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, or by appointment. Admission is $6, plus tax, per person per game; group rates available. 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 tours conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Kwahadi Indian Museum: Celebrate the legacy of the Native American population on the Plains and the Kwahadi Dancers at this museum, 9151 E. Interstate 40. Admission $5 adults, $3 children. Hours are noon to 5 pm. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays in June, July and August, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from September through May. Call 806-335-3175.
  • 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 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 through Memorial 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 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through May. 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. 
  • Starlight Ranch Event Center: The event center's zip lines, a 10,000-square-foot maze, miniature golf and more are open 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. It's located at 1415 Sunrise Drive. Zip line prices are $25 for first ride, $7 for additional rides. Maze price is $5 per walkthrough. Day passes are $50; night passes (7 p.m. to midnight) are $40. Call 806-683-7883.
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 10 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.
  • Wonderland Park: The park, 2601 Dumas Drive, will continue its 67th season. Park hours vary throughout the spring and summer, so check their calendar for the most up-to-date information. Ultimate WOW passes are $31.95 to $39.95; regular WOW passes are $16.95 to $24.95. Spectator passes are $5. Miniature golf is $5; hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 806-383-3344.
  • Xcape Room Warehouse: The escape room attraction, 714 S.E. 10th Ave., is open from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays; other times available by appointment. 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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