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Friday Freebies: April 9-April 16

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010

By maricar

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

Here's some events for Friday, April 9 through Friday, April 16:

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Main Street Arts Festival: Listen to tribute bands, watch the Chinese acrobats, climb the rock wall, get your face painted and see some really cool art at Fort Worth's premier arts fest.
Good to know: Food coupons are $8 for a strip of 12 or 75 cents each.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 11
Where: Main Street, downtown Fort Worth
Info: www.mainstreetartsfest.org
Cost: FREE!

Homeschool Workshops: Designed for families who homeschool, these workshops will introduce children ages 5-12 to themes in the work of contemporary artist Jaume Plensa, and encourage critical thinking and creativity. Today's workshop is "Thinking About Art," in which children will  learn how to make sense of art by thinking thematically, comparing, and categorizing.  Then, create your own sculpture that “speaks to” other artworks in the galleries.
Good to know: Advance registration required.  To register, please contact Anna Smith at 214-242-5159 or Asmith@NasherSculptureCenter.org
Recommended ages: 5-12
When: 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, April 9
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org
Cost: $5 per person deposit is required

Snake Feedings: Watch the River Legacy Naturalists feed the snakes on display at the Living Science Center. Stay after for a brief Q&A with the Naturalist.
Good to know: This event is every Friday.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m., Friday, April 9
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington
Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/
Cost: FREE!

Concerts in the Park: Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic dinner and non-alcoholic drinks in the natural amphitheater setting for a night of music.
Good to know: Series runs every Friday through April 23
Recommended ages: All
When:  7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 9
Where: Turner Park, 600 block of N.E. 8th St., Grand Prairie, 75050
Info: http://www.grandfungp.com/
Cost: FREE!

SATURDAY, APRIL 10
Yoga in the Park: Complimentary all-level yoga class in CenterPark. This is a great way to try out local instructors!  Wear comfortable clothing and bring your mat or towel and water bottle.
Good to know: In case of inclement weather, the class will be held inside lululemon athletica, located between Dillard's and Macy's.
Recommended ages: Adults
When: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: CenterPark at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Cost: FREE!

Main Street Arts Festival: Listen to tribute bands, watch the Chinese acrobats, climb the rock wall, get your face painted and see some really cool art at Fort Worth's premier arts fest.
Good to know: Food coupons are $8 for a strip of 12 or 75 cents each.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 10; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 11
Where: Main Street, downtown Fort Worth
Info: www.mainstreetartsfest.org
Cost: FREE!

Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff and World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating: Cooking teams from near and far will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes. Zany chili and team names, inventive costumes, elaborate cooksite setups, and audience involvement by teams all ensure the public shares in the good times. Don’t miss the  “The World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating,” where contestants see how many jalapeno soaked quail eggs they can eat in 60 seconds.
Good to know: Parking is $3 per vehicle.
Recommended ages: All
When:  10 a.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie
Info: 972-647-2331. http://www.tradersvillage.com
Cost: FREE!

Allen Railroad Days: An exhibit of model trains representing a variety of railroads meandering through scenic settings will be displayed from the DFW O-Scale Model Railroad Club and a Lionel Modular Club.
Good to know: The Depot Museum is a replica of the original Houston & Texas Central R.R. station, which played a pivotal role in the creation & growth of Allen starting in 1874.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10 
Where: Allen Depot Museum, 100 E. Main St. Allen
Info: http://www.allenheritage.org/
Cost: FREE!

Spring Into Nash Farm:
Learn about life on the farm and participate in heritage games, pony rides, milk a goat or a cow, weaving, tractor rides, sack races, leather stamping and rope making. 
Good to know: Additional parking is across the street at Cannon Elementary and at the Botanic Garden.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine
Info: 817-410-3585, http://www.nashfarm.org
Cost: FREE!

Denton Redbud Festival:
The official Arbor Day event for the City of Denton includes a Home and Garden Show with more than 60 booths showcasing a wide variety of gardening, landscaping, and home improvement products. There will also be a Kids Zone with bounce houses and children's environmental activities.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton, Texas
Info: http://www.cityofdenton.com/
Cost: FREE!

EarthFest 2010: Bring the family and celebrate the great outdoors with nature walks, bird watching, kayaking, arts and crafts activities and wildlife demonstrations.
Good to know:
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Drive (US 75 and Bethany Drive), Allen
Info: http://www.watterscreek.com
Cost: FREE!

Target Second Saturdays at the Latino Cultural Center:
Kids will enjoy bilingual storytelling, Latin American children's games and dance workshops.
Good to know: This event occurs the second Saturday of each month.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204
Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/
Cost: FREE!

Family Read-In: Young adult author Alexus Rhone and children’s author and storyteller Toni Simmons will be among the panelists at this event, which will feature authors, book signings and storytelling. Experts from the University of North Texas will provide tips to parents on how to recognize reading problems or choose books appropriate for their children’s reading level. There will also be door prizes, book signings and storytelling, poetry and book vendors.
Good to know: Each visitor will also receive a bag of goodies to begin or expand their family library.
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where:  O’Hara Room, 7th floor of Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas
Info: www.dallaslibrary.org
Cost: FREE!

Bongo Rod and his Coconutty Buddies: KCBI personality Bongo Rod who will perform his own brand of puppet wizardry. 
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: NorthCourt, which is located between Nordstrom and Macy's, beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Cost: FREE!

Jazz/Blues Festival:
The Collin College Faculty Jazz Band and Cheryl Arena Band will perform.
Good to know: No reservations required.
Recommended ages: All
When:  7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen
Info: 214-509-491, http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=7506&EventID=60322
Cost: FREE!

Earth Day ... Naturally: This year’s Earth Day will feature music by Brave Combo, healthy food, games, nature walks and kite flying. You can learn about the latest “green” technologies from eco-vendors. There will also be hands-on eco-activities for the kids.
Good to know: Bring your electronics for recycling. Please consider alternative transit for the easiest and most eco-friendly arrival. Free parking and shuttle service at  Ranchview High School (south parking lot), 8401 Valley Ranch Parkway East, Irving and T.W. Richardson Trail Park,  333 E. Interstate Highway 635, Irving.
Recommended ages: All
When:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 10
Where: Sam Houston Trail Park at Campion Trails, 101 E. Interstate Highway 635, Irving
Info: 972-721-2533, http://www.ci.irving.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

SUNDAY, APRIL 11
Main Street Arts Festival: Listen to tribute bands, watch the Chinese acrobats, climb the rock wall, get your face painted and see some really cool art at Fort Worth's premier arts fest.
Good to know: Food coupons are $8 for a strip of 12 or 75 cents each.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 11
Where: Main Street, downtown Fort Worth
Info: www.mainstreetartsfest.org
Cost: FREE!


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Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

"Get Modern" Family Funday: The whole family can enjoy art activities inspired by modern art. Venture through the museum galleries and locate specific works of American modern art—there will be a special prize for you waiting at the end! Explore what makes a work of art “modern” and then create your own modern masterpiece. Stay for storytime and enjoy some refreshments, too.
Good to know: No reservations are required.
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 11
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: http://www.cartermuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

Spring Fling: The patio party will feature live music from local student musicians Matt Musso and Jonah Smith from Zounds Sounds School of Music, as well as Ben Higginbotham. Kids can participate in face painting, take pictures in a themed photo booth and enjoy ice cream from The Purple Cow.
Good to know: For adults, Vintner’s Cellar will offer wine, peach Bellinis and winearitas for sale in addition to a specialty menu of cheese plates and charcutarie.  Local artists will be featured outside, participating in a sidewalk art sale.
Recommended ages: All
When:  1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 11
Where: Vintner’s Cellar Plano at LakeSide Market, 4025 Preston Road, Suite 604, Plano, TX 75093
Info: www.vintnerscellarntx.com
Cost: FREE!

Dog Bowl: Canines of all sizes and their human companions get to run, catch and tackle on one of the most historic sports fields in America -- the Cotton Bowl. There will also be entertainment, exhibits activities including canine crafts, a pet/owner look-alike contest, an animal-only agility course, frisbee demos and more.
Good to know: The event kick offs with a “tail”-gate party at 11 a.m. This event repeats on Sunday, June 6.
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 11, June 6
Where: Cotton Bowl, Fair Park, Dallas
Info: http://www.fairpark.org/
Cost: FREE!

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., Sunday, April 11
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

MONDAY, APRIL 12
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: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 12
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

TUESDAY, APRIL 13
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., Tuesday, April 13
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Info: 817-738-1933, http://www.cartermuseum.org/
Cost: FREE!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
Mr. Mark Get Set! Go!: Songwriter Mark Burrows will provide an innovative and energetic musical program.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 14
Where: NorthCourt, which is located between Nordstrom and Macy's, beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Cost: FREE!

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. This week, participants will be visiting the work of Morris Louis and Jackson Pollock.
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., Wednesday, April 14
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, APRIL 15
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., Thursday, April 15
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Info: 817-738-1933, http://www.cartermuseum.org/
Cost: FREE!

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

Snake Feedings: Watch the River Legacy Naturalists feed the snakes on display at the Living Science Center. Stay after for a brief Q&A with the Naturalist.
Good to know: This event is every Friday.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m., Friday, April 9
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington
Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/
Cost: FREE!

Sounds of Spring Concert Series: The whole family can relax and enjoy jazz music from the One O Clock Lab Band. North Richland Hills own The Cut Off will open at 6:50 p.m. Children can enjoy the Kidz Zone with a variety of games and arts and crafts.
Good to know: Don't forget to bring lawn chairs. Beaker's Cookin' Shack at NRH2O will be selling snacks. Smoking, video recording, audio recording, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Friday, April 16; gates open at 6 p.m.
Where: NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills
Info:  817-427-6600, www.soundsnrh.com
Cost: FREE!

Concerts in the Park: Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic dinner and non-alcoholic drinks in the natural amphitheater setting for a night of music.
Good to know: Series runs every Friday through April 23
Recommended ages: All
When:  7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 16
Where: Turner Park, 600 block of N.E. 8th St., Grand Prairie, 75050
Info: http://www.grandfungp.com/
Cost: FREE!

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