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SPECIAL EVENTS

FREE TREES FOR ARLINGTON RESIDENTS: In conjunction with NBA Cares, Arlington Parks and Recreation Department will lead an effort to plant 2,010 trees over the course of 100 days leading up to the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14, 2010. As part of this partnership, Arlington’s forestry program, Let’s Enhance Arlington’s Forestry or L.E.A.F, will distribute approximately 1,200 trees to area businesses and individuals. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and businesses who want to participate in the program. Trees will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for a tree, visit www.naturallyfun.org for an application. For more information about this program, call the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474 or send an e-mail to Parksdepartment@arlingtontx.gov.
Recommended ages: All
Where: Arlington
Info: 817-459-5474, parksdepartment@arlingtontx.gov
Cost: FREE!

DAILY

Amon Carter Museum: Explore one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early 19th-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-20th-century modernists to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
Good to know: Admission to the museum is always free! All galleries offer barrier-free access.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Info: 817-738-1933
Cost: FREE!

Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving & Printing: The 45-minute guided tour include exhibits showing the history of U.S. paper currency, a 15-minute film of the production process and a quarter-mile long elevated walkway tour overlooking the currency production floor. For spring break, employees will do craft demonstrations. An employee will be at each of four "living" exhibits: a turn-of-the-century spider press, a mutilated currency desk, an engraver’s bench, and a platemaker-staffed table. Visitors will be able to interact with the experts about their respective crafts. Arrive 30 minutes ahead of time to clear security. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Last tour is at 2 p.m.
Where: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth
Info: 817-231-4000; www.moneyfactory.gov
Cost: FREE

MONDAY

National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery.
Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, www.nationalscoutingmuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

TUESDAY

First Tuesdays: Enjoy a hands-on art projects, family tours, story times, gallery activities, and performances for children.
Good to know: Families, playgroups, day cares, and homeschoolers are welcome!
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., first Tuesday of each month
Where: The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
Info: 214-922-1200, http://www.DallasMuseumofArt.org/Events/CenterforCreativeConnections/EventsPrograms/Preschool/index.htm
Cost: FREE!

Pictures and Pages: This program, which is designed for preschoolers, makes popular children's books the inspiration for conversation and simple art activties. Today's activties focus on The Pencil, by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Bruce Ingman.
Good to know: Space is limited and advace registration is required. Maximum of 2 children per 1 adult.
Recommended ages: 3-5
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., first Tuesday of each month
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 297, https://www.kimbellart.org/index.aspx
Cost: FREE!

WEDNESDAY
Wonderful Wednesdays at The Modern: This gallery program for families is designed as an informal introduction to the Modern collection and special exhibitions. Families will be given a focused tour accompanied by a gallery project designed by the Modern's education staff.
Good to know: Prior registration is not required. Meet at the admission desk to sign in. Limited to 30 participants.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Second Wednesday of the month (check website for program and dates)
Where: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-738-9215, childrensprograms@themodern.org; http://www.themodern.org/children.html
Cost: FREE!

THURSDAY

Amon Carter Museum: Extended hours at the museum will allow you to explore one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early 19th-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-20th-century modernists to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
Good to know: Admission to the museum is always free! All galleries offer barrier-free access.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Info: 817-738-1933
Cost: FREE!

FRIDAY

North Texas Beat: African Village Night: Live African drummers and dancing hosted by KUMAASI African Ensemble. You can bring your drum and join the circle.
Good to know: This is a smoke-free and alchohol-free event. This event takes place every first Friday of the month.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., first Friday of each month
Where: Sandaga African Market, 1325 Levee Street, Dallas
Info: http://www.kumaasi.org/index.html
Cost: FREE!

SATURDAY
Nasher Sculpture Center: The popular Target First Saturdays event features art projects, tours, scavenger hunt, sculpture demo, storytime and take-home art activities.
Good to know: Family tours are at 10:15 a.m, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; NasherKids Meal available for puchase at Nasher Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., first Saturday of each month
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org
Cost: FREE

Target Second Saturdays at the Latino Cultural Center: Kids will enjoy bilingual storytelling, Latin American children's games and dance workshops.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 4 p.m., second Saturday of each month
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204
Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/
Cost: FREE!


SUNDAY

National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery.
Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, www.nationalscoutingmuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

Drawing at The Modern: The program will be led by artist who will take participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the Modern’s collection. Bring a sketchbook and pencils or purchase materials from The Modern Shop. Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so arrive early to sign up at the information desk to ensure your space. Class is closed to additional participants after 2 p.m.
Recommended ages: 6-12 (Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.)
When: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., first Sunday of every month
Where: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-738-9215, childrensprograms@themodern.org; http://www.themodern.org/children.html Cost: FREE!

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