Date Night at the Heard

Rescheduled for May 25

May 18, 6-9:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening featuring live music from the Blandelles and dancing in our outdoor ampthitheater, a cash bar, tasty food trucks and more.

Enjoy an evening stroll through a portion of our trails and a sneak preview of the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden (opens June 1). Stop by Top Golf's booth for fun activities.

The event is for guests ages 21+; however, we will have limited child care available (pre-registration required--see below). Event admission includes free parking.


Online ticketing is now closed; however, additional tickets will be available at the door. Event admission includes free parking. 

  • Adult Ticket: $15 per person (ages 21+ only)
  • Child care (ages 5-12): $25 per child (for event participants only)

Child Care 

Because this is an adults-only event, we will have childcare available for kids ages 5-12. The childcare ($25 per child) will be offered by the same great staff and volunteers that lead Heard educational programs. Pre-registration is required and spots may not be available to those without a prior reservation. Kids will enjoy live animal presentations, kid-friendly nature videos, games and puzzles. Water and popcorn will be provided by the Heard. Kids may bring an outside snack if they wish.


Enjoy classic Rock and Roll from the Blandelles! Their nostalgic, fun and exciting entertainment will bring everyone out to the dance floor. The Blandelles are a collection of professionals who have carved out a niche in the northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma area by playing rock and roll "the way you remember it" since 1985. They play rock and roll music from the years 1954 to 1969. 

Food and Beverages

Cash Bar

Our cash bar will feature a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Enjoy a selection of beers from Tupps Brewery including their American Wheat, IPA and Juice Pack. We will be serving sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. All purchases made at the cash bar benefit the Heard.

Food Trucks

A portion of all food truck sales benefits the Heard.

The Guava Tree
Our food truck options will include The Guava Tree, a Cuban American Truckstaurant that has been on the road since September 2012. The Guava Tree Truck is owned and operated by Onel and Pam Perez, who have taken Onel’s Traditional Cuban family recipes and have added a modern food truck twist. They were honored to take their truck on the road with The Food Network in 2015 when they debuted on The Great Food Truck Race with host Tyler Florence. They were also named one of the nine best food trucks in Dallas in 2015 by Thrillist. The Guava Tree Truck is sure to satisfy your Cuban fare cravings!

Kona Ice
Kona Ice serves delicious flavored shaved ice which is finely shaved through a blade. It’s not chunks of ice. It’s not crushed ice. ItKona Ice’s not an icee or a slushie. It’s, simply put, ice that is shaved. With Kona Ice, you get to flavor your own Kona shaved ice. That’s right! Our very own Flavorwave makes that possible. You’ll get your Kona from the window of the truck and then off you go to choose as much of as many flavors as you want! Flavor to your heart’s content. In do you - Kona style!

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • A cash bar will be available.
  • All guests to the event must be 21 or older. IDs will be checked at the door. We will have a limited number of child care spots (for children ages 5-12) available to event attendees. Pre-registration is required for child care.
  • Please note that the museum will be closed from 3-6 p.m. on June 2 to all outside persons in order to allow us time to prepare for Date Night at the Heard.
  • Tickets are limited and they may sell out before the event.
  • If the event sells out, we will not be able to sell any additional tickets at the door.
  • Special Date Night tickets are required for all guests, including Heard Museum Members.
  • This includes persons that arrive with current Date Night at the Heard ticket holders.
  • General admission passes and any reciprocal general admission agreements are not valid for this after-hours special fundraising event.
  • Sorry, because this is a limited engagement fundraising event, there are no refunds.
  • Bring a printed copy of your tickets. 
  • If you did not receive your confirmation email with tickets, please contact
  • You may wish to bring cash to facilitate purchases at the cash bar or food trucks.
  • Many activities are outdoors and on uneven ground (not suitable for high-heel shoes). Dress appropriately. Bring a flashlight and wear bug spray!
  • Please bring a water-resistant blanket and/or stadium chairs for amphitheater or grassy seating areas. Depending on the weather prior to the event, waterproof seating may be preferred.
  • Help us keep our sanctuary clean and pick up your trash. Recycle water bottles, cans and other recyclable items in the blue bins or inside the museum.
  • Visit our volunteer information page for more information regarding volunteer opportunities.



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About the Heard

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney, Texas (Collin County). The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more about the Heard, click here.