Garland offers a variety of entertainment choices with theater productions at both the Plaza Theater and Granville Arts Center. There are also free movies at the Plaza along with special celebrations, events and festivals in downtown Garland and various other locations around town.
Additional family-friendly events are sponsored by the Nicholson Memorial Library System as well as by various nonprofit organizations, churches, youth organizations, schools, businesses and associations.
Downtown Garland Square | Free
Join us for a family-friendly movie night at the Historic Downtown Garland Square.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and snacks. Movies will begin at sunset.
July 13 – Guardians of the Galaxy
July 20 – Beauty and the Beast
July 27 – Finding Dory
Firewheel Town Center and the city of Garland will partner to celebrate Independence Day. The event includes fun for the whole family. The Star Spangled Spectacular will be held Monday, July 3, from 4 to 9 p.m. Firewheel Town Center is located at 245 Cedar Sage Drive in Garland. All ages are invited to enjoy face painting, bounce houses, live music and food trucks. Firewheel Town Center retailers also will join the celebration with great summer sales and in-store events throughout the day.
The 92.1 Hank FM Party Patrol will be on-site from 4 to 7 p.m. with games, prize giveaways and even more fun. The event will culminate with a patriotic fireworks display which will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Summer storytimes – June 5-July 29. 972-205-2516.
Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2516
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Mondays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Mondays, 11 a.m.
North Garland Branch, 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804
Wee Read (birth to 18 mos.) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Fridays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Fridays, 11 a.m.
South Garland Branch, 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Family Storytime Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585
Family Storytime Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.
NMLS announces June activities
Block Party Program develops STEAM engineering skills – Children can develop engineering skills, by attending Block Party at the Library, a program for children ages 4-12. Block Party is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures. Event is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Central Library. This is a free event. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by adult. Library provides supplies. 972-205-2516.
Library screens Magnificent Seven – Adults can enjoy a free screening of The Magnificent Seven. Movie is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Central Library. The Magnificent Seven takes place in the Old West and tells the story of seven outlaws, bounty hunters and hired gunmen. Rating is PG-13, but due to violence is recommended for adults. Children may attend with adult. Parents may consult IMDB.com or commonsensemedia.com to see whether film is appropriate for families. Doors open 15 minutes before movie. Seating limited. Registration not required,. Popcorn and water available while supplies last. 972-205-2501.
Library welcomes jazz quartet – Enjoy a free evening of jazz with Matt Tolentino Band at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 8 at Central Library. Tolentino, a native of Dallas, specializes in popular pre-swing music from the 1895 to 1935 period. For this performance, his four-piece band will present jazz and ragtime music of 1920s and 30s. Event for adults 18+. Registration not required. Seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. 972-205-2502.
Adults learn Mahjong – Adults learn to play mahjong, the Chinese game of strategy, at Central Library Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Event will feature a mahjong instructor who will relate the game’s history, its rules and strategy. 972-205-2501.
Adults invited to play board games – Adults and their families can enjoy an evening of board games and card games at the North Garland Branch at 7 p.m. Yuesday, June 20. Attendees can choose to play classic games like Uno, Connect Four, dominoes and chess or newer games like Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan. 972-205-2803.
Adults and families build with Lego® – Adult fans of Lego® and families show off building prowess at Family Lego® Build event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at Walnut Creek Branch. All supplies and bricks used provided by library. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. 972-205-2585.
Adults learn to crochet – Adults can learn to crochet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at South Garland Branch. Learn basics of crochet and some simple stitches. All supplies including yarn and hooks will be provided. This program is limited to 12 individuals ages 18+. Registration required and begins June 8. To register, call 972-205-3931.
Make free greeting cards – Learn how to make your own greeting cards at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at North Garland Branch. Workshop consists of demonstration of card construction techniques followed by period of craftwork. Library provides supplies. 972-205-2803.
Adults create string art – Adults create string art at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at South Garland Branch. String art is made by stringing colored thread between points in geometrical or representational design. Various patterns available. Supplies provided by library. 972-205-3931.
Adults make tote bags – Adults can upcycle their old T-shirts and transform them into tote bags at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at the Central Library. Instructor will demonstrate the technique for making the T-shirts into totes, then assist attendees with their own bags. Participants must provide their own T-shirts. All other supplies will be provided by library. No registration required.
Develop STEAM engineering skills – Children can develop engineering skills, an important STEAM concept, by attending Block Party at the Library which is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations. The program challenges participants to create unique structures in an hour. Free event is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Central Library. It is for ages 4-12 and caregivers. 972-205-2516.
Singers pay tribute – Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald – Singers from DVA Productions will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Central Library. DVA Productions was founded by Sheran Keyton in 2008 to increase awareness of performing arts in Fort Worth community. Performance includes songs from Armstrong’s and Fitzgerald’s repertoires. Program free and open to anyone 55+. Donations of gently used books and media for book sale accepted. No registration required. Doors open 1 p.m.. 972-205-2502.
Kids play board games – Afternoon Board Game event, 1 to 2 p.m. June 27, at Central Library. Program is a drop-in event where children ages 6 -12 play board and card games. 972-205-2516.
Summer gaming for teens and tweens – Gaming for teens and tweens is at 6:30 Thursday, June 29 at North Garland Branch. Play video games on Nintendo Wii and Kinect, board games or card games. Sign up for Summer Reading Program and bring gaming skills. 972-205-2804.
Tweens practice STEAM engineering skills – Tweens practice engineering skills while engaging in builder battles. Tween Scene is for youth 10-13. The program takes place twice a month at various library locations Thursday afternoons and evenings. June attendees will learn about history and science of catapults before fashioning miniature versions. Builders can then practice aim by lobbing pom-poms, buttons and M&M candies at a target. Tween Scene is at 6:30 p.m. June 8, at South Garland Branch and 4 p.m. June 15 at North Garland Branch.
NMLS announces July activities
The Nicholson Memorial Library System has announced its July schedule. Addresses of each library branch are below:
Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2517
Walnut Creek Branch Library, 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585
North Garland Branch Library, 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804
South Garland Branch Library is located at 4845 Broadway Blvd., at Oates Road, 972-205-3931
Block Party Program develops STEAM engineering skills – Children can develop their engineering skills, an important STEAM concept, by attending Block Party at the Library for children ages 4-12. Block Party at the Library is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures within one hour. Block Party is free event. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The library provides all supplies.
1 p.m., Tuesday, July 11 – Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2517
2:30 p.m., Friday, July 21 – Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Dr., 972-205-2585
6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 27 – North Garland Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave., 972-205-2804
NMLS screens La La Land – Adults can enjoy a free screening of the musical film La La Land. The movie will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the South Garland Branch. In La La Land, Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a struggling jazz musician, experience the tension involved in both love and ambition as they pursue their dreams and their relationship in Los Angeles. Film is rated PG-13, but due to language this event is recommended for adults. Children may attend if accompanied by adult. Parents may consult IMDB.com or commonsensemedia.com to make a decision whether La La Land is appropriate for kids. Doors open 15 minutes before event. No registration required, seating limited. Popcorn and water available while supplies last.
Adults learn to play Mahjong – Adults can learn to play mahjong, the tile-based Chinese game of strategy, at the South Garland Branch Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. This event will feature a mahjong instructor who will relate the game’s history, its rules, and its strategy. Questions will be answered and hands-on instruction will be available for interested individuals.
Adult Spelling Bee – Show off skills, win prizes and earn bragging rights at Adult Spelling Bee at downtown Garland’s Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Interested participants may register at the Central Library before the event beginning Monday, July 3, or at Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery upon arrival in teams of no more than four. The Spelling Bee will consist of five ten-word rounds. Teams will be given a word and allowed to consult with their teammates for 30 seconds before signaling judges they are ready to spell. Teams will be eliminated after two consecutive misspelled words. Both the winning team and the first team eliminated will win prizes.
Adults play board games – Adults and families can enjoy an evening of board games and card games at the Walnut Creek Branch at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Attendees can choose to play classic games like Uno, Connect Four, dominoes and chess or newer games like Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan.
Adults, families build with Lego® – Adult fans of Lego® and their families can stretch their imaginations and show off building prowess by participating in the Family Lego® Build event. The event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at North Garland Branch. Supplies and bricks will be provided by library. All ages welcome, though children must be accompanied by an adult.
Adults learn to crochet- Adults who have always wanted to learn to crochet can receive free instruction at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at the Central Library. At this workshop, crochet beginners will learn basic techniques and simple stitches that will allow them to pursue further crochet projects. All crochet supplies and tools, including yarn and hooks, will be provided. This program is limited to 12 individuals age 18 +. Registration required and begins June 17.
Adults make tote bags- Adults can upcycle their old T-shirts and transform them into tote bags at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at South Garland Branch. At this no-sew craft event the instructor will demonstrate the technique for making the T-shirts into totes, then assist attendees with their own bags. Participants must provide T-shirts. All other supplies will be provided by the library.
Summer gaming program for teens – NMLS presents a gaming event for teens 13-17 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at Central Library. Options include games for the Nintendo Wii, Kinect, as well as board games and card games.
Libraries host Perot Museum Tech Truck – Tech-savvy tweens can put their STEAM skills to good use this July as the Perot Museum’s Tech Truck visits the NMLS Tween Scene events. The Tech Truck is a mobile extension of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The truck, which is outfitted with technological gadgets and equipment like 3-D printers and laser cutters, visits community centers and libraries to give kids a hands-on experience with STEAM technology. The Tech Truck will appear at the Garland Library’s Tween Scene events and offer attendees creative, scientific, and maker-based activities related to robotics. The first event is at 6:30 p.m. July 6, at South Garland Branch. Second is at 4 p.m. July 13, at North Garland Branch. Both events are free. Registration required and limited to 20 tweens ages 10-13. Registration begins two weeks before each event at the location where the event will be held.