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I'm the Deputy Managing Editor for Community Engagement at star-telegram.com and a blogger for m2m. At home, I unplug to be a loving wife to my best friend & doting mom to my blended family of boys! Life is complicated & imperfect -- and I'm lovin' every minute of it!
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Friday Freebies: Get the red-carpet treatment

By Maricar Estrella on 02/25/11 17:58
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There was a time when my husband and I were dating that we didn't miss watching any of the Academy Award nominated films. Fast-forward to present day: Guess which Oscar-nominated movie we saw this past year? Yup, like all of you, Toy Story 3 made our Top 1 list. That's OK though because I wouldn't trade any celluoid product for the fat, squishy rolls of my baby boy. Even if you didn't see all of the nominated films, grab a babysitter or take the older kids to the great Oscar Watching Party put on by our sister web site: dfw.com. Not only can you win cool prizes for dressing up as your favorite film character, you could also win a 40-inch flat screen TV!

Here are my Top 5 things-to-do with the family in Dallas/Fort Worth this weekend: 
 
1. DFW.com Oscar Watching Party at The Modern
Watch the telecast on the big screen in the theater or on one of two TVs in the lobby. Walk the red carpet to get interviewed and your picture snapped by the paparazzi. Get yourself re-created as Woody, Buzz Lightyear or Jesse of Toy Story by artist Ty Walls! Dress as your favorite movie character, actor or actress to win fab prizes in the costume contest. Prizes provided by the merchants of West 7th District (Tillman's Roadhouse, Moda Aveda Salon & Spa, Toni & Guy, Movie Tavern, Paciugo Gelato, Brownstone , Fireside Pies). Predict the Best Actress winner to have your name in a drawing for a brand new 40 inch Toshiba HDTV!
Good to know: More prizes will be given away at each commercial break that includes DFW.com swag, t-shirts, movie tickets, DVDs and more.
Recommended ages: All
When: Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 27. Everyone is invited to walk the red carpet. 
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Info: dfw.com
Cost: FREE!

2. Not free, but fun: DFW Family Expo
The expo hosted by Metroplex Baby & Kids has lots of entertainment for kids. What's great for parents is once you pay the admission, all of the activities are included. Entertainment includes bounce houses, rock climbing wall, face painting, balloon animals, live animal encounters, character appearances, Dano Parr Children's Concert, Septien Entertainment Auditions and performances, video gaming, Reebok Basketball Challenge, FC Dallas Soccer Zone, TexasLegends carnival games and more.
Good to know: For moms and dads, Toni & Guy will be offering mini makeup touch-ups for moms and neck trims for dads. Massages are also available. All ticket proceeds are donated to Children's Medical Center.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 26
Where: Fair Park Centennial Hall, Dallas
Info: dfwfamilyexpo.com
Cost: $3, adults; $2, ages 2-12; 2 and younger free

3. First Tuesday at The Museum
Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free the first Tuesday of every month. Programs include thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. The theme this month is Color My World.
Good to know: Kids Combos are available at The Atrium Cafe for $5.25.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 1
Where: Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201
Info: 214-922-1312, dallasmuseumofart.org
Cost: FREE!

4. Food For Life Classes
I'm all about empowering families. This series of cooking classes is designed for cancer survivors, their friends, and their family members. The classes teach easy-to-implement cooking skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians, each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home. I took a similar class recently for folks with Diabetes and found it useful even though I am not a diabetic.
Good to know: Classes are free, but donations are accepted.
Recommended ages: 8 and older
When: Classes are offered at a number of  times. Check web site for details.
Where: Classes are offered at a number of Dallas/Forth locations. Check web site for one near you.
Info: http://www.cancerproject.org/resources/cooking_class.cfm
Cost: FREE!

5. Worth repeating
If you missed out on winning tickets to Casa Mañana's My Son Pinocchio on mom2mom, don't despair. You can still purchase tickets for this family story of Pinocchio's journey from an awkward, wooden puppet to a real, live boy! The musical fairytale will include some of your favorite songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings."
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Friday, February 25 and March 4; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, February 26; 2 p.m., Sunday, February 27; and 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: Casa Mañana Theater, 3101 West Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-332-2272, http://www.casamanana.org/
Cost: $16-$18, box office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."

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