Forecasts are indicating that the weather should be quieter and much drier by midday tomorrow with cooler temperatures in the 70s. As a result, we still plan to host Date Night on Saturday, May 20. Additional information about the forecast can be seen by clicking here.


Date Night at the Heard

May 20, 6-9 p.m.

Date Night at the Heard will be a fun, outdoor fundraising event featuring live music, dancing, a cash bar and tasty food trucks. Tickets are now available to the public (while supplies last).

The event will be for guests ages 21+; however, we will have child care available (spots are limited and only available for event participants) for kids ages 5-12. Click here to learn more.

Event admission includes free parking.


Tickets will be available at the door (while supplies last). Online ticketing is now closed.
  • Adult Ticket: $15 per person (ages 21+ only)
  • Child care (ages 5-12): $15 per child (for event participants only)

Child Care - SOLD OUT

Because this is an adults-only event, we will have childcare available (spots are now SOLD OUT) for kids ages 5-12. The childcare ($15 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.

Food Trucks

A portion of all food truck sales also benefit the Heard.

The Guava Tree Truck is a Cuban American Truskstaurant 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!

Oh My Kabob! is a new food truck serving Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas. They are dedicated to providing you with an authentic and delicious Mediterranean food experience. Benita Faizy, the executive chef and owner of Oh My Kabob!, takes the cuisine and culture that she was raised with to the next level with a food truck providing you with an incredible Mediterranean experience. Benita's mastery of traditional spices and flavors makes each dish an opportunity to experience classic delicacies in new and exciting ways. Every plate becomes a culinary journey.


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. 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
  • 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 May 20 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. Not doing so will greatly slow your entry.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and organizations. Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information.





Members who purchased event tickets during the pre-sale were automatically be entered in a drawing for a $100 Rick’s Chophouse gift card! Plus, the first 25 members who purchased tickets will receive a free pizza card from Cadillac Pizza Pub.

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.