Rita Cook – Guest Contributor
Jun 12 2018
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As summer temperatures rise and Summer Solstice is just weeks away, it’s time to check some items off your Dallas bucket list and get busy taking advantage of the long, lazy days and nights ahead. Here are a few things you might consider while discovering all that the Dallas area has to offer this summer.

For Indoor Sport’s Enthusiasts

Bowlero Corp, the world leader in bowling entertainment and parent company of Bowlero, AMF, Brunswick Zone and Bowlmor centers is offering Summer Game passes at their local bowling alley and it’s good for adults and children. The passes are good for bowling at Bowlmor Dallas, Bowlero Euless and the AMF Richardson Lanes and are available until August 22. Passes range in price from $9.95 to $43.95 for children 15 and younger and $27.95 to $58.95 for those 16 and older. The passes can be used to bowl up to three games of bowling every day until September 3, 2018. 

For Science Junkies

It’s the summer of the dinosaur at Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum will be showcasing a traveling exhibition, Ultimate Dinosaurs, beginning June 23, and visitors will have a chance to learn about a variety of dinosaur sights and experiences that many North Americans might not be familiar with. From a T-Rexcalator installation that will greet visitors on Level 4 to an interactive dancing-with-dinosaurs experience, Ultimate Dinosaurs will reveal 17 rarely seen species – including the world’s heaviest land animal, T-Rex’s ferocious distant cousin, and a cannibalistic dino – all from the southern hemisphere. Not based on your old-school dinosaurs, this exhibit features groundbreaking research from scientists around the world telling the story of the break-up of supercontinent Pangaea into today’s continents and the amazing diversity of dinosaur species that evolved as a result. Highlights include 15 fully articulated dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, augmented reality to experience the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossilized dinosaur specimens and hands-on play spaces featuring miniature dinosaur dioramas. Ultimate Dinosaurs runs through January 6, 2019.

For Nature and Music Lovers

Dallas Arboretum's Cool Thursdays Concert Series kicks off next week beginning with Rio on June 14. The Ultimate Duran Duran Tribute Band, this is the first time Rio has performed in Dallas and guests will enjoy the show overlooking White Rock Lake at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. If you aren’t into Duran Duran, you might prefer the June 28 concert; Sounds of Summer-Beach Boys Tribute Band. Attendees can also bring picnics and beverages or purchase food items from some of DFW's favorite food trucks including Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Rick's BBQ, So Cal Tacos and Guava Tree. The gardens are open for strolling through before the concert and don’t miss the summer exhibit, Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with complimentary on-site parking.

For Lazy Lounge Lizards

To drink by day, try Cantina Laredo, known for their awesome Mexican drinks specials. Through July 3, Cantina Laredo will be offering three spicy summer sips you won’t find anywhere else; Fire & Funk, Spicy Cilantro Mule and the Spicy Paloma.  f you want to make your own version at home, here’s you can do that, too.

Fire & Funk: Mix Hornitos Plata Tequila, Del Maguey VIDA Mezcal, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and a dash of Cholula Hot Sauce.

Spicy Cilantro Mule: Mix Avión Reposado Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, jalapeño and cilantro, topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer.

Spicy Paloma: Mix Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, chile de árbol and grapefruit juice, topped with club soda.

If you are sleeping the summer days away, try Atwater Alley come sundown. Hidden, dark and swanky with that unmistakable speakeasy feel, this two-story cocktail haven offers plenty of drinks to satisfy both the mixology enthusiast and craft cocktail novice. Atwater forgoes a traditional drink menu, instead encouraging guests to strike up a dialogue with the bartenders. Request a classic or tell the bartender what you’re in the mood for and let some of the city’s best drink-slingers create something special on the spot while you chill out among dark wood, black wallpaper, leather booths and a fireplace. Open Thursdays through Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.