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Friday Freebies: May 14-May 21

By maricar on 05/14/10 11:39

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, May 14 through Friday, May 21:

FRIDAY, MAY 14
American Idol contestant Casey James: Support North Texas native Casey James' bid to be the next American Idol.  A parade and performance are scheduled.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m., Friday, May 14
Where: 130 East Exchange Avenue Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Info: (817) 625-9715, http://www.fortworthstockyards.org
Cost: FREE!

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, May 14
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington
Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/
Cost: FREE!

SATURDAY, MAY 15
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 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15
Where: CenterPark at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Cost: FREE!

Mayfest: Enjoy entertainment from Grand Prairie ISD fine arts performers, "green" exhibits and demonstrations, a petting zoo, bounce houses, arts and crafts, festival foods and more.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Where: Kirby Creek Park Nature Center, 3400 Corn Valley Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Info: http://www.grandfungp.com/
Cost: FREE!

Air Fair: Northwest Regional Airport hosts this open house with aircraft displays, aircraft rides, hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, classic cars and trucks show and more. Good to know: Pancake Breakfast served both days from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 16
Where: Northwest Regional Airport, 1008 Douglas Road, 76262 
Info: http://www.nwratx.org/Air_Fair_2010.html
Cost: FREE!
 
Bounce!: Check out this bounce house haven. Children can participate in bounce houses, inflatable slides, bungee trampolines, balloon animals and face painting. Pack your lunch and bring a picnic blanket.
Good to know: In case of inclement weather on the day of event, please call C-Link at 972-304-3542, message #462.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Where: Wagon Wheel Park, 345 Freeport Parkway, Coppell
Info: 972-462-5100, http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

Slappy's Puppet Playhouse: Former Ringling Bros. Clowns "Slappy" and "Monday" are presented by Slappy's Puppet Playhouse. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for a Ha Ha Ha, highly magnetic, vaudevillian slapstick comedy act! 
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When:  2 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Where: NorthCourt, 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!

Happy Tails Ice Cream Social: Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank, a program of Tarrant Area Food Bank, will provide ice cream for humans and special ‘ice cream’ treats for all pets while supplies last. The Humane Society will be in attendance with their mobile adoption unit, and the Pet Food Bank will raffle off a custom pet portrait donated by Jimmy Ellis and a special bowl created by local artist Paula Cadle.
Good to know:
Recommended ages: All
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 15
Where: Trinity Park Pavilion, West Seventh Street and Trinity Park Drive in Fort Worth
Info:  www.dontforgettofeedme.org
Cost: FREE!

SUNDAY, MAY 16
Air Fair: Northwest Regional Airport hosts this open house with aircraft displays, aircraft rides, hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, classic cars and trucks show and more. Good to know: Pancake Breakfast served both days from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 16
Where: Northwest Regional Airport, 1008 Douglas Road, 76262 
Info: http://www.nwratx.org/Air_Fair_2010.html
Cost: FREE!

African Cultural Festival and Family Picnic: Celebrate African culture with food, children's activities, cultural performances, African Leadership Awards, a drum circle and the trophy presentation to African Unity Cup champion teams
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 16
Where: Reverchon Park (Turtle Creek and Maple), 3501 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Info: http://www.dfwinternational.org/AfricanUnity/
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, May 16
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

MONDAY, MAY 17
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, May 17
Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving
Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

TUESDAY, MAY 18
UT Southwestern Spine Center Event: UT Southwestern Medical Center will host "How to Make Back Pain Disappear", led by its Spine Center specialists and featuring Dr. Kevin Gill, MD. The goal of the event is to educate the community on how to prevent or ease back and neck problems, and to provide feedback from leading researchers and physicians.
Good to know: There is no cost to attend this event but space is limited.  To RSVP, please call 214.648.7898 or email confirm@utsouthwestern.edu by May 15.
Recommended ages: All
When:  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 18
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy at Northpark Shopping Center, 8687 N Central Expy Ste 205, Dallas, TX, 75225-4499
Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Cost: FREE!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19
Kid Yoga: Stefani McMurrey Watters, a Cooper Institute and American Power Yoga trained teache, will teach yoga basics to kids.
Recommended ages: 6 and youngerl
When:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 19
Where: NorthCourt, 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!

THURSDAY, MAY 20
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 8 p.m., Thursday, May 20
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
Info: 817-738-1933, http://www.cartermuseum.org/
Cost: FREE!

FRIDAY, MAY 21
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, May 21
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington
Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/
Cost: FREE!

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