Celebrate springtime with exciting local attractions


Shravya Mahesh

The Dallas area boasts numerous exciting activities and experiences to enjoy over Spring Break. The Sidekick staff members Shravya Mahesh, Anjali Krishna, Claire Clements and Angela Yuan share their favorite must-see springtime local destinations.

It is that time of year again – springtime. Instagram feeds fill with photos of tropical destinations, tags hitting every corner of the world. However, the excitement does not have to be limited to the far and wide. The Metroplex offers a multitude of exciting experiences for all types of people. 

Whether you crave a highly buzzed-about event with bustling crowds, a quiet afternoon to keep to yourself or something in between, there is something for everyone this spring break – so why not try it all? 

Dallas Blooms

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the springtime at the Dallas Blooms festival. Over the course of six weeks, the garden will be showcasing hundreds of thousands of colorful buds, as well as hosting plenty of fun activities including cooking classes, live music and live speakers. All the diverse fun makes this a must-see attraction, sure to top any springtime bucket list. – Shravya Mahesh

The Dallas Blooms festival will be taking place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which is located at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas. 

Keller’s Drive-In

For more than 50 years, Keller’s Drive-In has been compared with restaurants owned by celebrity chefs in downtown Dallas. Only adding to its appeal, Keller’s continues to maintain its grungy diner vibe, and rather than offer tables, allows customers to eat in the privacy of their cars. Famous for its poppy seed buns and No. 5 burger, Keller’s has been and will remain a classic for years to come. – Anjali Krishna 

Keller’s Drive-In is located at 10554 Harry Hines Blvd, in Dallas.

North Texas Teen Book Festival 

Kick off your break with the biggest convention for novel fanatics in the state – the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Boasting bestselling authors such as Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which inspired 2018’s Love, Simon), John Green (The Fault in our Stars), Gordon Korman (39 Clues) and Marie Ku (the Legend series), the Q&A panels and signing opportunities provide a unique experience for young book lovers and aspiring writers in the area. – Shravya Mahesh

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is tomorrow at the Irving Convention Center at 500 West Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving. 

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

If you are craving something sweet in West Village in Dallas, make sure to check out the Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie. The pastry shop is most well-known for their macarons (which is no surprise when you consider the owner, Andrea Meyer, was inspired by the French), but if you are lucky, you might come on a day the bakery is selling Sammies, their delicious croissant waffle ice cream sandwiches, or get a chance to try their cruffin, a croissant and muffin mix. – Claire Clements

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie is located at 3700 McKinney Ave. Suite 150 in Dallas. 

Legacy West 

A popular destination for birthdays and hang outs, this Plano shopping complex becomes even more exciting in the spring, when the weather becomes perfect for strolls along the sidewalks and aesthetic photography. Step into one of its high-class restaurants for a bite or experience a unique shopping experience in a classily decorated store. End the day with a bite of gourmet gelato from Amorino or just head straight home, stuffed with food from the state-of-the-art, three story Legacy Hall. No matter your preference, there’s something at Legacy West for everyone. – Shravya Mahesh

Legacy West is located at 5908 Headquarters Drive in Plano. 

Tattered Style 

A vintage home decor shop established a little more than a year ago, Tattered Style curates one-of-a-kind antiques. Located in Old Town Coppell, the shop sells an ever-changing collection of carefully selected goods. Rather than stepping in and finding copies of the same piece of decoration, each piece is unique and has a certain ‘Coppellian’ aesthetic. Homegrown and Texas owned, no place in Coppell offers better customer service, or selection. –  Anjali Krishna

Tattered Style is located at 446 W. Bethel Road in Coppell.

Meccha Matcha

Perfect for matcha lovers, Meccha Matcha offers a variety of matcha-flavored drinks and desserts, including ice cream, shaved ice and lattes. It uses premium grade matcha sourced directly from Uji, Japan and boasts the strongest matcha ice cream in the United States with a 55 percent concentration. If matcha isn’t your thing, the store has items in other traditional Eastern flavors, such as yuzu and red bean. – Angela Yuan

Meccha Matcha is located at 2001 Coit Road in Plano.