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Watch the final shuttle launch, create Mongolian-themed artwork or take in some beautiful music this weekend -- all for free. Here are my top picks for family outings in Dallas/Fort Worth:

1. Space Shuttle Watch Party: Watch the live news broadcast in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Oak Room as Atlantis lifts off from Kennedy Space Center for its final mission to the International Space Station. Planetarium Director Linda Krouse and Assistant Director Don Garland will be on hand during the broadcast to add commentary and personal insight into the history of the 30-year shuttle program and what lies ahead for space exploration
Good to know: If the launch is postponed the watching party will be rescheduled.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m., Friday, July 8; Launch is scheduled for 10:26 a.m.
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: www.fortworthmuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

2. Basically Beethoven Festival: Introduce your children to the wonders of classical music. At 2:30 p.m., Sam Hong will perform on the piano. In May, at the age of 16, Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Texas Christian University. At 3 p.m., the feature presentation will include Gary Levinson, senior associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Daredjan Baya Kakouberi who will perform an all-Beethoven program featuring sonatas from Levinson/Kakouberi's soon-to-be-released CD of the complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Beethoven.
Good to know: The concert series continues with different themes each Sunday through July 31. Parking is free and no reservations are required.
Recommended ages: All
When:  2 p.m., Sunday, July 10. Rising Star Recital begins at 2:30 p.m. Featured concert begins at 3 p.m.
Where: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park Grand Hall, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd (Gate 6), Dallas TX 75210
Info: http://fineartschamberplayers.org/concerts-a-events/basically-beethoven-festival
Cost: FREE!

3. Family Khan Day: Create Mongolian-themed art projects and visit "Genghis Khan: The Exhibition."
Good to know: Admission to the exhibition requires a seperate ticket. $12, adult; $8, seniors 55 and older, children 18 and younger, and Art Connection members. Children 2 and younger are free.
Recommended ages: All
When:  2 p.m., Saturday, July 9; August 13; September 10; and September 24
Where: Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062
Info: 972-252-7558, http://www.irvingartscenter.com
Cost: FREE!

4.  Target Second Saturday at Latino Cultural Center: Mexican artist, journalist and actress, Lucia Gonzalez, presents a storytelling program for the entire family. Children will sing, dance, and participate in wonderful stories surrounding the myths and legends of the Mayan culture.
Good to know: The LCC puts on this event with different themes the second Saturday of each month.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 9
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas TX 75204
Info: http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/calendarDetail.asp?id=4880
Cost: FREE!

5. NOT FREE, BUT CHEAP: Ice Cream Social: Mix and make ice cream the old fashioned way -- in a hand-cranked freezer! Sit on the farmhouse porch to enjoy your creation on a hot, sweltering day. Yum!
Good to know: Wagon rides $1 per person
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 9
Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. Overflow parking is available at Cannon Elementary and the Botanic Gardens.
Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/Heritage/NashFarm/tabid/522/Default.aspx
Cost: FREE!
 
BONUS: NOT FREE, BUT GOOD: Reebok 2011 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game: Didn't go to the Victory Parade? Cheer on (and congratulate) your World Champion Dallas Mavericks at this event, which benefits the children’s charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation. Two baseball teams will each be made up of 10 or more celebrities. Scheduled appearances include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James, Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd, NHL All-Star Mike Modano, Mavericks president Donnie Nelson, former NFL All-Pro Warren Sapp, former Dallas Cowboys player Everson Walls, Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and more.
Good to know: Roster subject to change.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9
Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
Info: heroesorganization.org
Cost: $5-$15 at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com, or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. the day of the game. Tickets also will be sold at the door the day of the game.

BONUS -- ONGOING SUMMER EVENTS!
Fridays at the Farm: Enjoy a playdate at the farm! Chat with the chickens, dig in the dirt, ride a tractor and play with heritage toys.
Good to know: Tractor rides $1 per person.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 15 and July 29
Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. Overflow parking is available at Cannon Elementary and the Botanic Gardens.
Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/Heritage/NashFarm/tabid/522/Default.aspx
Cost: FREE!

Splish Splash StoryTime: Here's a storytime with a twist. Take your water baby out to Denton for fun time with other tots at the Children's Play Pool at the Water Works Park.
Good to know: Admission is free during storytime, but participants must leave by 10:45 a.m. or pay the Water Works admission. Admission: 48 inches or taller, $11(non-residents add $2); Under 48 inches, $7 (non-residents add $2); 2 and younger, free; and non-swimming guests, $5.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., every Friday through July 29
Where: Water Works Park, 2400 Long Road, Denton (Off FM 428-Sherman Drive, near Loop 288)
Info: 940-349-8810, www.dentonwaterworks.com
Cost: FREE!

Friday Fireworks: Every Friday night throughout the summer, you can feast your eyes on a 12-minute fireworks display that can be seen from any Lake Grapevine Park.
Good to know: Best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the Garage Rock Out Party.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Labor Day.
Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/FestivalsAndEvents/SummerBlast527952011/tabid/320/Default.aspx?gclid=CNmrq43rhqkCFchJ2god1jd5qw
Cost: FREE!

Family Film Festival: Watch a G- or PG-rated film with your kids for free every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Here's the movie schedule: The Lighting Thief, July 12 and 13; Chronicles of Narnia, July 19 and 20; and Gulliver's Travels, July 26 and 27.
Good to know: Attendees can save $1 on the purchase of a Rave Movie Meal deal.
Recommended ages: All
When: Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Movies begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesdays through July 27
Where: Rave Motion Pictures at NorthEast Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053
Info: 817-591-8540, http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=220
Cost: FREE!

Storytime at the Amon Carter: The program brings the museum’s artworks to life through engaging children’s stories and related art activities. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the eight-week series. Perfect attendance throughout the summer makes your child eligible to win all the titles – 24 free books – read during Storytime.For information on books, go to cartermuseum.org/calendar
Good to know: Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 to receive helpful instructions.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, July 20 and July 27
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, visitors@cartermuseum.org, http://www.cartermuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

2-for-1 Exhibit Tuesdays: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is offering a great deal during the summer months. Every Tuesday through August 30 is 2-for-1 admission. Bring the whole family to experience the new aviation exhibit, "Ascent…When Dreams Defy Gravity, and Champions."
Good to know: The second admission must be of equal or lesser value. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Does not apply to Omni Theater or Noble Planetarium tickets.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through August 30.
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org
Cost: $14, adults; $10, children (ages 2-12) and seniors (age 60+). Museum members are free.

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"

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