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Family Events: Fun for Everyone This Weekend


This Weekend Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

What are going to do this weekend? We have a few unique and fun ideas!

Watch Some Live Music

A few concerts with be held virtually this weekend. Log in:

Have a Pizza Party

Rotolo’s Pizzeria is offering a fun Survival Kits with it’s new 12” Home Pizza Kits. Just pick up a kit, take it home then make a special night where everyone can create their own pizzas. Kits include everything you need – dough to flatten, toppings, sauce, and cheese – all in one convenient box. To place your order call (903)561-8805. Rotolo’s Pizzeria is located in south Tyler at 8970 S Broadway Ave, Ste 148. The kits are $10.

Go On a Bunny Hunt

The Bunny Hunt has been an annual favorite activity for families enjoying the Tyler Azalea & Spring Trail for several years, and this year is no different. While the festivities look a little different this year, the bunnies are back and hiding along the Trail.

Even though you are probably adhering to the shelter in place rule and staying home, you might be in the mood to take a drive, which is perfectly ok under the new rules. The Azalea District is a beautiful afternoon drive. The historic homes are always pretty, and flowers are blooming. Spring is the perfect time to get out in this area of Tyler.  MORE INFO

Attend a Watch Party for “Clue”

If you are getting bored at home, how about watching a movie virtually with some new friends? Join this free watch party virtually on April 3rd at 7pm where they will be watching the movie “Clue!” There will be a live discussion via the Facebook event. “Clue” is available for free on Kanopy with your library card.

Check out the event page at

This starts at 7pm. They encourage everyone who wants to participate to use this event for discussions throughout the movie. Library staff will be available to discuss alongside with you.

Need an ecard? Go HERE. It’s free and you can apply completely online.

FREE Activity Guides Especially for the Kiddos

Kids at home due to closed schools? Here’s a free activity book from Texas A&M that will keep them busy – at least for a while.

Use the Alphabet Activities guidebook HERE to provide activities for kids to do at home.  The tips and games were created by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Child Health Specialist.

Also, here is another Activity Guide that you can print out, created from local #tylertx businesses. Click HERE or on the “Until We Meet Again” image on the right.

Exercise with Locals

Several locally owned #tylertx businesses are offering free online classes. Here are a few:

Play Mario Kart Tournament Virtually

April 11th at 7pm, tune in at! If you have Mario Kart on your Switch, then the Tyler Public Library invites you and your family to join for an online Mario Kart Tournament. To join, you’ll need to go to “Online Play” then select tournaments, search by code and enter code: 1499-5751-4795.  May the best racer win!

Cookies Will Make Everything Better

We promise, yummy hand decorated cookies *will* make this whole ordeal better. Check out these fun projects.

Get Baked by Christina will be selling and delivering kits for the 3rd week in Tyler Texas, we have tons of themes to choose from! Each kit now has photos to refer to(like the first pic) instruction sheets, 2 different consistency icings to get the best results and sprinkles! The cost is $27 and they will be delivered anywhere in #tylertx.

Tutorials are held on weekends on the Fiesta and Unicorn kits for y’all to follow along at home. They will also have Chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles and lactation cookies available for delivery as well! This is a “drop off at your door” and get a call when they’re delivered.

If you don’t want to decorate cookies, they are also offering wood painting kits on their Etsy shop for $15! Wood cutout, acrylic paint, brushes and detailed instruction sheet all included.

Go check out Get Baked by Christina for cookie kits and Kailiani Designs for wood kits to order.

Delivery, Carry Out and Alcohol To Go

You can still order take out, call ahead for curbside service, go through the drive-thru from some local restaurants to support their business and get delivery from a variety of services. And thanks to Governor Abbott, restaurants can now sell alcohol to go!

Links to restaurant’s new condensed menus, websites for ordering, phone numbers and what is available (delivery, drive-thru, curbside, etc…) are all posted HERE in a convenient and easy to use format.

To add your restaurant or report any changes or additions to this list, please email

Speaking of local favorite winery Kiepersol is now offering Wine To Go & More via their Drive Thru! Check it out at…/

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From Tyler Civic Theatre: Announcements & The Future


 Announcement Regarding  The Mark Twain Show

We are saddened to announce the cancellation of The Mark Twain Show at TCTC. But, this is the best and safest decision for our actors and our patrons due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and based on the latest recommendations by the CDC. We are happy to provide those who have already purchased tickets a refund. Please contact our box office during business hours.

Announcement Regarding  Just So Stories 

Just So Stories at TCTC has been postponed indefinitely. We hope there will be potential during the month of May to put this show back on stage, but we are unable to make any promises about upcoming shows at this time. Please understand this is the best and safest decision for our actors and our patrons based on the latest recommendations by the CDC. Please follow our Facebook page for updates regarding Just So Stories.

Announcement Regarding  Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Tyler Civic Theater Center has modified plans for Breakfast at Tiffany’s auditions by Facebook Messenger video chat. Details follow, but we are proceeding with cautious optimism for our final season production.

Meanwhile, Just So Stories is waiting in the wings with set pieces in place and costumes hanging in the dressing rooms. Obviously, no one knows what the next days or weeks will look like, but we will be prepared to go when it is safe to do so – that’s what theater people do!

If you plan to audition and are Facebook friends with DeAnna Hargrove, simply send her a FB private message to be scheduled anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday. If you are not yet friends, now’s the time to make that request…and don’t forget to send a message for your appointment time. Sides will be available Monday afternoon for cold readings, but prepared monologues are also welcomed. The following Monday and Tuesday we plan to continue the audition process for optimum casting.

Please understand that there is no guarantee that circumstances will allow this production to take place in May as scheduled, but we will be prepared to rehearse beginning in April if the situation improves dramatically (pun intended). Worst case scenario, we have fun with auditions and stay focused on returning to normalcy…which is what we all hope and pray to see in the very near future!

As always, TCTC thrives because of your support and participation. We look forward to some amazing auditions, so blow up DeAnna’s Facebook Messenger with those requests for your appointment!


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Azalea Trails

Get Out, Get Wild, Stay Safe

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Need to get out of the house? Do your kids need to “do something?” Anything? Cabin Fever is real and I bet you are starting to realize that you need to get outside and do just that – something!

There’s nothing better to pass some time than taking a drive. We suggest that you check out the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari, located at 1200 CR 4405 in Jacksonville. Cherokee Drive-Thru Safari is social distancing at its best plus it’s fun, and sometimes it’s even comical. It is a fun learning experience too.

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, 12 miles east of Jacksonville, TX.

It is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory.

You can spot a Watusi (African longhorn cow) mother and calf grazing near a spring-fed pond. Watch the Blackbuck (Indian antelope) studding across an open field.

All of the animals are friendly and inquisitive!

There are Aoudad, deer, Barasingha, Canadian Wood Bison, Dromedary Camel, Emu, Javelina or Collared Peccary, Llama, miniature donkeys, a kangaroo, Rocky Mountain Elk, ducks, Sika, Water Buffalo, Zebras, Yaks and Wildebeest.

Don’t know what some of these are? Check out Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari‘s website and make a game out of spotting each one!

Alligators are around the pond and you might even see a few babies this time of year.

At your own pace, you and your family can enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.

From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can observe, feed, and photograph these beautiful creatures. This natural environment has miles of roads that take you into a whole different world.

You only have to get out of your car to sign in, pay, and use the restroom facilities if needed.

There are a few simple rules: Stay inside your vehicle at all times. Feed only the food pellets provided. Drop food pellets on the ground do not hand feed. Keep doors closed at all times. Pets are not allowed. Stay on the roads.

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is open (weather permitting) Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1-6pm. The last car is admitted at 4pm.

The price, which includes one sack of feed, is 11.95 for kids age 3-12, 16.95 for adults, and 14.95 for seniors 65 and up. For more info call (903)683-3322 or go to

“We want you to know that your health and safety are our number one priority. Cherokee Trace is following all of the CDC’s recommended guidelines for the COVID-19 situation presently before us. At Cherokee Trace, you enjoy the animals from your own car; you only have to come in to check-in and use the restroom facilities.

So, it is a great way to get out of the house but still practice the recommended social distancing.

We kindly ask that if you or a family member is sick, please stay home. We also ask that you use proper coughing/sneezing etiquette and hand hygiene as recommended by the CDC:…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

Thank you for your understanding!”

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