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Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store


brookshires-wildlife-museum-tyler-tx3By Barbara King

Here’s everything you could imagine for a perfect day out with the family: animals, playground, exhibits, and to top it all off, it’s free!

Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum has been providing an entertaining and educational experience for East Texans since 1975 when the museum was first established as a result of the Brookshire family’s visits to Africa and North America. Brookshire Grocery founders, the late T. Wood and Louise Brookshire, made it their mission to share their love of wildlife and nature with the children and families of East Texas.

The Brookshire’s embarked on African wildlife safaris in 1967, 1969, and 1971, and obtained special permits in order to display the animals in an educational environment for all to enjoy. The purpose was to provide children exposure to the wild animals of the earth. The museum is a testimony to their greatest joys in life, the grocery business, and the great outdoors.

Originally opened in 1975 in the lobby of the Brookshire Grocery Company’s office complex, the museum was expanded in 1976, then moved to its current location in 1990. The museum was remodeled in 2004 to include the donations of animals by Wayne Scoggins of Marshall and Carolyn Eames of Tyler, on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Dan Eames.

brookshires-wildlife-museum-tyler-tx4You will be warmly greeted and treated like family as you are instructed to “ leave food and drinks behind and make sure not to touch the animals with your hands, just your eyes.” Museum Supervisor Tina Saxon, a genuine and enthusiastic face at the Museum, loves the fact that visitors come to the Museum from all across the States, and even the world.

“It’s a privilege to work here and see the faces light up when they see the huge animals we have on display,” she says as a group of young children point in awe at a huge white polar bear with a ferociously wide, gaping mouth.

More than 450 different mammals, reptiles, fowl, and aquatic species from Africa and North America are on display, each in a colorful diorama depicting their life in the wild. Each diorama has a detailed description of the animals displayed, along with information about their habitat and fun facts.

Every single nook and cranny of the Museum is full of animals, from a huge brown bear, to foxes, leopards, lions, and ostriches. Each corner you turn has walls mounted with everything from a giraffe to a rhino and bison, to a humorous display of monkeys playing a very serious game of Monopoly.

Take a seat and listen to the story of how the Museum began, with old footage from the very beginning of the idea from Louise Brookshire, herself, to the construction and expansion to the current facility.

brookshires-wildlife-museum-tyler-tx-1When you sign in the visitor’s book, you can see the draw the Museum has from all over the States, with guests coming from all over and as far away as China, Japan, and Halifax, Nova Scotia – and that was just for the month of September!

“Each year we welcome more than 60,000 visitors from all over the world,” said Saxon. Thousands of school children visit every year, and it’s also a popular spot for high school art students to sketch pictures of the animals.

As a thank you for visiting, each group also receives a free store coupon for a pint of ice cream that can be redeemed at any Brookshire’s, Super1 Foods, Spring Market, or FRESH by Brookshire’s.

Elissa Douglas was busy laughing with her friends as she celebrated her 4th birthday with a walk through of the museum, followed by a birthday party outside on the playground. Her mother, Nicki Douglas, said, “the girls are having a great time, and it’s such a different and great place to have a party.” Elissa said, “My favorite thing to see is the ostrich and the eggs that are her babies…I think!”

brookshire-s-world-ofTucked around the corner from all the wild beasts is the replica of an old 1920’s country store, which is a delight for folks of all ages. It’s a true trek back in time, encapsulating a rare look back at a past era in the supermarket industry. The structure is complete with wooden floors and antique display cases, showcasing everything from hard rock candy to shaving implements and all kinds of grocery-related artifacts. You can view old-fashioned cameras and dried goods, alongside hair tonics, scales, and tintypes.
Sarah Carter was in the museum with her 3-year-old twin sons Levi and Landry, younger brother Layton, and their aunt Kate. The twins were in awe over the polar bear and the chance to open the door to the country store. “It’s our 3rd time here,” said mom Sarah, “and the boys just love to get up close to the animals. I think their very favorite is the huge polar bear.”

20160429-114014-largejpgThere are artifacts galore on every wall of the building, including personal safari pictures of the Brookshire family, pictures of the grocery industry, and a tribute to Brookshire’s most famous employee, Earl Campbell.

Right down the hall is the gift store, where you can buy anything from stuffed animals reminiscent of your visit to candles to compasses.
Outside is the newly renovated enormous playground, with three age-appropriate play areas from 2-5 years, 5-8 years, and 8-12 years. Most of the areas are shaded with canopies or trees and is the perfect spot for a birthday party. Reservations are required in advance for a designated birthday area on the playground where you can bring in your own decorations and food for $50 for two hours of fun. The only restriction for parties are no grills or bounce houses are allowed on the playground.

The playground features some really neat flashes from the past: a 1952 model LaFrance fire truck (which the kids will just love to climb), a restored railroad caboose, and a 1926 McCormick Deering farm tractor.

Come out and see what all the fun is about and learn about the wild kingdom in the process. Brookshire’s Wildlife Museum and Country store is located at 1600 WSW Loop 323 and Old Jacksonville Highway (south of Brookshire’s distribution complex) in Tyler. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

For more info or to make reservations go to or call (903)534-2169.

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DATE CHANGES!! April 2nd: Glass Rec. Center, Summer Camp Registration Open

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Glass Recreation Center Summer Camp Registration to Open April 2nd 

Summer time is almost here and some may need a place for their children to spend the day. Those should look no further!! The Glass Recreation Center (GRC) Summer Camp is the ideal day camp for children looking for a variety of things to do on any given summer day. GRC fun-filled summer events will include sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, education enrichment program, special events, field trips and much more for children ages 6 to 10.

Registration opens on April 2 and camp will start Tuesday, June 5th through August 3rd; Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 3pm.

A mandatory meet and greet for parents will be held Monday, June 4th at 6pm at Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St. This meeting will outline behavior guidelines, introduce camp leaders and pass out the camp activity calendar. Parents will be able to pay the remaining balance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the East Texas Food Bank Summer Food Program.

The cost to participate is $100 per child for the entire summer. Field trip fees are additional if child attends. A partial payment is due to register child. (There will be no refunds after payment has been made and all fees must be paid before June 6.) Space limited to 100 kids.

For more information, please contact the Glass Recreation Center at (903)595–7271.

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March 29th: Hop to the 17th Annual Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

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Gather your families and friends and hop to the Tyler Parks and Recreation’s 17th Annual Twilight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29 at Lindsey Park located at 12557 Spur 344 W. The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. and Easter egg hunts kick off at 6:45pm on the softball fields.

The egg hunts are categorized by age groups: children with special needs at 6:45pm.; children ages 3 to 5 at 7 pm; ages 6 to 8 at 7:20pm.; and ages 9 to 10 at 7:45pm. Hunt times are subject to change depending on circumstance. Only one group at a time will be allowed to hunt. Parents will only be allowed on the field with the special needs hunting group. Lights will remain on during all hunts.

Admission is free, but children should bring their own Easter baskets. The entertainment includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny so bring your cameras to capture the moment. There will also be karaoke, vendor booths and other fun activities. Concessions will be available for a fee.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this event or need more information, call the Glass Recreation Center at (903) 595-7271.

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2018 Azalea & Spring Flower Trails March 16th-April 1st

We welcome you to the 59th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, featuring mile after mile of blooming azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. 

This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise.  

Enjoy springtime in Tyler…stroll the beautiful gardens, join one of the many community events, and visit our offering of fine and performing arts.

Historic Homes Tours

The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House

Azalea Trail Tour Hours: March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

Tours of the historic McClendon house built in 1878 include information about the house and family. Admission is $7 per person. The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House is located at 806 W. Houston St. For more info call (903)592-3533 or go to

Historic Tyler on Tour 2018

Friday, March 23rd: Candlelight Party (7–9pm) — Home Tours: Saturday, March 24th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (1-5pm)

Stroll through these elegant neighborhoods and grand lawns, soaking up the beauty of East Texas in bloom, as you tour private residences in Tyler’s Historic Districts listed in the National Historic Register. Candlelight Party tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Home Tours tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more info call (903)595-1960, or go to

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea

Monday, March 26th, Wednesday, March 28th, and Friday, March 30th (2pm each day)

This is a four-course Afternoon Tea and Historic Plantation Tour. Tea and Tour are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tours only are $10 per person. Reservations are required for both. Roseland Plantation is located at 2591 State Hwy. 64 W., 6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. For more info call (903)849-0205 or go to

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Gallery Main Street Juried Art Exhibit: “Elephant in the Room”

March 10th-April 14th (Open Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12 noon-4pm)

Gallery Main Street features juried art exhibits of original art created in a variety of media by regional artists. Admission is free. Gallery Main Street is located at 110 W. Erwin St. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to

Tours of Tyler

Fridays and Saturdays, March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st

Come experience the beauty of the Azalea Trails from the comfort of an air-conditioned touring van. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (214)621-6071 or go to

McC Rider’s Shuttle Service

Fridays-Sundays, March 23rd-25th and March 30th-April 1st (10am-5pm)

Let someone else do the driving through the Azalea Trails in an open-air touring shuttle. Tours will depart from Broadway and Dobbs St. Tickets are $10 per person, children 5 and under are free. The shuttle leaves every hour. For more info call (903)330-8262.

“Playhouses on the Plaza”

March 16th-22nd (7am-11pm daily) – Preview of the Playhouses — Thursday, March 22nd (6pm) – Dinner and Live Auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse

T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza will become a magical mini-community with up to eight life-sized custom playhouses – promising hours of imaginative playing –  displayed on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in Downtown Tyler and features an online auction. The display is open to public viewing at no charge. The event will culminate in a ticketed dinner and live auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse, 102 N. College Ave. All proceeds benefit Smith County Habitat for Humanity. This is sponsored by Invest In Tyler & Strada Caffe. Smith County Habitat’s mission is to build and repair houses for people in need of decent, affordable housing. For more info call Habitat for Humanity of Smith County at (903)595-6630 or go to

“Spring Through the Eyes of a Child”

Through March 23rd (Daily 9am-6pm and Sunday 2-4:30pm)

Walk through a wonderful “garden” of children’s hand-made art provided by Stepping Stone Preschool and Tyler Classical Academy. You can also tour through lovely arts and crafts created by Prestige’s residents such as quilts, paintings, crochet, Christmas items, doll collections and more. You can also retreat to the “Secret Garden” and sip tropical tea while enjoying azaleas and spring flowers. This is open to the public. Admission is free. This will be held at Prestige Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, 6928 Paluxy Dr. For more info call (903)561-6102 or go to

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour 

Daily Through April 1st (8am to sunset each day)

Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy one of the many trails at Tyler State Park to see beautiful blooming Dogwoods and other Spring Flowers. Saturdays, you can also enjoy fun Ranger Programs. Admission is $6 per person 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Rd. 16. For more info call (903)597-5338.

13th Annual Life in Tyler Photography Contest

Daily through March 31st (Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm)

This fun contest features photos depicting life in Tyler including youth, adult, and professional categories. It is open to anyone – information and registration online at Cost is $3 per entry. Admission is free. Entries will be on exhibit at Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. Call (903)531- 1214 or go to


Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

More than 500 cyclists will journey “Behind the Pine Curtain” to enjoy the beauty of East Texas while conquering the final climb up “The Beast.” Registration fee is $35. For more info go to

2018 Apache Belle Spring Show

Thursday-Friday, March 22nd-23rd (7:30pm) and Saturday, March 24th (2pm and 7:30pm)

This annual production is an evening of fun and entertainment featuring the internationally Famous Apache Belles celebrating their 70th Anniversary with the show title of “Lone Star State of Mind.” The Apache Belles will perform this customized show, which will include all styles and genres of dance and center around a theme that will capture the imagination of all audience members. Admission is $8 for Thursday night or Saturday matinee and $13 for Friday or Saturday night performances. Tickets may be purchased online at Group rates available for 20 or more. This will be held at Wise Auditorium on the Tyler Jr. College campus, 1400 E. Fifth St. For more info call (903)920-3773 or go to

East Texas Embroiderers Guild 23rd Biennial Needleart Show

Friday, March 23rd (10am-5pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This is a display of different types of hand embroidery products including needlepoint, goldwork, stumpwork, needle painting, crewel, hardanger, silk ribbon, beading, and more. Boutique items will be available for sale. Admission is $3 at the door. This will be held at Tyler Rose Garden Center in the Camelia Room, 420 Rose Park Dr. For more info call (903)952-0488.

Tyler Quilt Show

Friday-Saturday, March 23rd-24th (10am–5pm)

This annual Quilt Show features local and national quilt artists and hundreds of beautiful quilts on display as well as many vendors. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for children 6-12 and seniors 65 and older, 5 years and younger are free. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)279-3484 or go to

Bergfeld Spring Fling “Azaleas Bloom in Bergfeld”

Friday, March 23rd (10am-7pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This historic art and wine event is where shops will be open throughout the shopping center with many great discounts available. Bergfeld Center is located on South Broadway at 8th St. For more info call (903)312-8707 or go to

Tyler Azalea 5k & 10k

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

Join the fun at this annual running event to benefit The Children’s Village. Race entry fee is $20-$50. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info find them on Facebook.

Smith Co. Art & History Show and Sale

Saturday, March 24th (12 noon-4pm)

View local artists displaying their Tyler and Smith County related work with the historical context for each piece. Some art will be available for sale. Admission is free, donations appreciated. This will be held at the Payne Auditorium at the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)592-5993 or go to

“The Spirits of Oakwood”

Saturday, March 24th (Gates open 1pm and tours are every 10 minutes with the last tour at 4:30pm)

This is a guided walking tour through Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Historians are dressed in period clothing that portrays notable Tyler and Smith County citizens that are buried in the historic cemetery. They will be telling their individual stories. Cost is $10 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult. The Oakwood Cemetery is located on the corner of Palace and Oakwood St. For more info call (903)316-2201 or go to

Azalea Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, March 24th (9am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (11am-5pm)

There will be more than 80 vendors with handmade art, jewelry, wood crafts, metal, sewing, and much more. Entertainment will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. There will be a Kids Zone and concessions for a fee. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)531-1214 or go to

Northern Texas PGA Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic

Saturday-Sunday, March 24th-25th (8am-6pm both days)

The Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic plays host to some of the most talented junior golfers in Northern Texas. This event is nationally ranked and offers exemptions to other prestigious tournaments throughout the region. Admission is free for spectators. Registration fee is $215 to participate. Contact the NTPGA for registration. This will be held at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Dr. For more info call (214)420-7421 or go to

ETSO Concert: “Time for Three”

Saturday, March 24th (7:30pm)

The Dynamic trio “Time for Three” returns to perform with Richard Lee and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. These multi-talented musicians perform everything from classical favorites to Katy Perry and Charlie Daniels, creating their own unique mashups and improvisations along the way. Admission is $16-$62. This will be held at UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd. on the UTTyler campus. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to

Seniors Celebrating Life

Wednesday, March 28th (8:30am-2pm)

his features a variety of educational classes geared toward seniors, such as health and wellness, scams against seniors, hobbies, and much more. Admission is free and there will be door prizes. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)592-1661 or go to

Tyler Obedience Training Club Dog Agility Show

Friday-Sunday, March 30th-April 1st (8am-5pm)

Dog Agility is a competitive sport that tests a person’s skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw, and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler’s competitive and training skills. Admission is free. This is hosted in the large Indoor Arena at Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Mini Easter Egg Hunt at the Goodman

Friday, March 30th (11am and 1pm)

This year on Good Friday, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures and there will be two Mini-Easter Egg Hunts. The first hunt will be at 11am and the second hunt will be at 1pm. Baskets will be provided for the first 50 children at each Egg Hunt. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman

Friday-Saturday, March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

This exciting annual open-air market is sure to inspire and entertain the entire family. Purchase an original oil on canvas, a wooden toy, or a beautiful ceramic vase. Plan out your flower garden for the year with roses, daylilies, and orchids, as well as purchase a sculpture or two. There will be live entertainment and concessions available during this two-day event. Tours of the Goodman Museum will be available. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Camp Ford Living History

Saturday, March 31st (9am-4pm)

Camp Ford features historical presentation of living history of the 1800’s. There will be a demonstration firing of a cannon, rifle shooting, presentation of flags during that period, actors in period dress, and a display of toys children played with at that time. Admission is free, donations accepted. Camp Ford is located at 6540 US Hwy. 271 N., 1/2 mile north of Loop 323. For more info call (903)522-1904.

Texas Rose Horse Park Spring Horse Trails-Cross Country Event

Saturday, March 31st (8am-5pm) and Sunday, April 1st (8am-3pm)

This is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This is free for spectators. Texas Rose Horse Park is located at 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Easter Eggstravaganza

Sunday, April 1st (9:30-11am)

All are welcome to fellowship and celebrate Easter with a church-wide brunch on the lawn. Admission is free. This will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to

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