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Brighten Up Your Monday With a Viewing Party

Aug 18, 2017 09:38AM ● By Maleesa Johnson

It’s pretty hard to miss, but in case you have been in the dark about being in the dark, the moon is blocking out the sun this Monday around 1 p.m.

This is the first time in almost 40 years that the path of the moon’s shadow passes through the continental United States. Of course, it should be reiterated that proper eyewear should be worn if you intend to look at the eclipse. Sunglasses will not suffice. Many of the events listed below will provide special glasses, but should you choose to have your own viewing party, glasses are available online and at some local Kroger and Lowe’s stores. Be sure to buy your eye protection from a reputable source, as many have recently been recalled as fakes.

While North Texans will not be able to see a total eclipse (only about 75 percent of the sun will appear to be blocked from our vantage point), there are still plenty of events being held for your viewing pleasure.

Close to Home


The Southlake Library is hosting a viewing party that the whole family can enjoy.  The solar eclipse viewing party will be held at Family Park located in front of Town Hall on August 21 at 12:30 p.m. Treat yourself to some thematic snacks, such as moon pies and sun chips.

When: 12:30-2 p.m.

Where: Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main Street

Solar eclipse glasses? Yes

Flower Mound

The Flower Mound Senior Center welcomes astronomy enthusiasts of all ages to view the eclipse while celebrating National Senior Citizens Day. The center is throwing a patio party in honor of both events. There will be live music, dancing and an ice cream sundae bar. The party is open to the public and free for everyone.

When: 1-2 p.m.

Where: Flower Mound Senior Center, 2701 W. Windsor Drive

Solar eclipse glasses? Yes

A Little Further Out

Perot Museum

If you don’t mind driving a bit, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is hosting an event on the Plaza that is loaded with educational activities. Some activities include learning about meteorites with Perot Museum’s educator and creating pinhole cameras with the TECH Truck. Sun or space-related costumes are encouraged. Find out about other activities here. The event is free, but does not include general admission to permanent exhibits. The onsite cafe will also be open for business and serving moon pies and Eclipse burgers, among other standard menu items.

When: Noon- 2 p.m.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas

Solar eclipse glasses? Yes

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

How perfect is it that the eclipse is taking place during Dollar Days? If you haven’t visited the Dallas Arboretum lately, now is the perfect time with $1 admission deals taking place through the end of August. That includes Monday during the Arboretum’s Minutes of Midnight Solar Eclipse Party. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic or buy a $2 hot dog from the Terrace Café and cool down with Kona Ice. While waiting for the moon to cast its shadow, enjoy lawn games such as giant Jenga, Connect Four and Yardzee. There is an additional $1 charge for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, and parking is $5.

When: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas

Solar eclipse glasses? Yes

Staying In

If you can’t get off of work or just don’t want to put the effort into grabbing glasses and viewing the eclipse, never fear. Unlike when this event last occurred almost 40 years ago, we live in the digital age. Here is a link to the live stream of the eclipse:

No special glasses required.