For parents wanting to take their kids to any of the nine Fort Worth arts venues in the Cultural District offering free admission and activities at the annual Day in the District on Saturday, the choices might seem overwhelming.To help you plan your day with the family -- events take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. -- here are details on some of the child-friendly highlights of the day. For more information, visit the venues' websites or check out www.fwdayinthedistrict.org.Amon Carter Museum of American Art3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.orgFrom 1 to 4 p.m., guests can participate in hands-on art activities that will revolve around the current exhibits "Ruth Asawa: Organic Meditations" and "Industrial Monuments: Photographs and Works on Paper From the Machine Age."11 a.m.: Mondo drummers will play music using a variety of percussion instruments and hand drums. Repeats at 1 p.m.Noon: Tipi Tellers will tell American Indian folk stories. Repeats at 2 p.m.Fort Worth Community Arts Center1300 Gendy St., 817-738-1938; www.fwcac.comThe Texas Artists Coalition will feature "Passions in Glass," an exhibit by Grapevine glassblower David Gappa.11 a.m.: Sol de Fort Worth Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional Mexican dances in full costume dress.1 p.m.: Kids Who Care, a musical-theater company made up of 50 students ages 6-18, will perform Freedom Bound, a musical that promotes freedom around the world.2 p.m.: The Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, a volunteer community group, will perform a variety of classical pieces.Fort Worth Museum of Science and History1600 Gendy St., 817-255-9300; www.fwmuseum.orgFree admission will include permanent collections and exhibits (but not the Omni Theater or Noble Planetarium). Visitors can construct buildings in Box City, a 20-by-24-foot city grid constructed from cardboard boxes and other supplies.11 a.m.: DVA Productions will present a musical production.1 p.m.: Author Jennifer Drez and illustrator Lisa Voight will read from their book Goodnight Cowtown and sign copies.2 p.m.: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will present a unique traveling performance, "Irresistible Forces: A 'Happening' in Honor of Mother Nature."Kimbell Art Museum3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.orgSelections from the permanent collection, which includes hundreds of works from the pre-modern era from around the world, will be on display.11 a.m.: Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society members will perform a variety of classical pieces in the auditorium. Texas Camerata will perform baroque and classical ensemble pieces with period instruments in the Darnell Street Auditorium, located across Van Cliburn Way from the museum.1 p.m.: The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will perform in the Darnell Street Auditorium.2 p.m.: Ballet Frontier of Texas, a group of youth and adults, will perform classical ballet dance in the auditorium.Log Cabin Village2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, 817-392-5881; www.logcabinvillage.orgVolunteers in period dress will demonstrate traditional pioneer activities including cooking, blacksmithing, leatherworking and spinning. Anglo-Celtic band Buttermilk Junction will perform all day.Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org11 a.m.: The Texas Boys Choir will perform classical and contemporary pieces.Noon: Fort Worth Opera studio artists will sing a number of arias and musical numbers. Repeats at 2 p.m.1 p.m.: Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will perform.National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475; www.cowgirl.netThe current exhibit on display is "Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women," a collection of Barbara Van Cleve's black-and-white photographs of women working on ranches.11 a.m.: The Lone Star Film Society will show children's films from around the world in a series that will feature a variety of animation styles to inspire kids of all ages. Repeats at 1 p.m.2 p.m.: The Texas Girls' Choir will perform traditional and modern choral music.Also participatingBotanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) has on exhibit "From Field to Page: The Art and Science of Botany." Visitors can view a variety of botanical art from the 16th through 19th centuries. Experts from the Arader Galleries in New York City will be on site to answer questions about the art and artists. Guided tours of the facility will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 1700 University Drive, 817-332-4441; www.brit.org.Fort Worth Botanic Garden has no specific activities or performances scheduled Saturday, but cooler weather brings fall foliage and new blooms in all of the gardens. Admission to the Japanese Garden is not included in the free-admission day (it's $4.50, $3 ages 4-12). 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-871-7686; fwbg.org.
Parking and getting around
Free parking is available at both Farrington Field (University Drive and West Lancaster Avenue) and the east garage of the UNT Health Science Center (Camp Bowie Boulevard and Montgomery Street). The lots and garage surrounding the museums have daily rates of $3-$5.
Parking at Log Cabin Village is free, but very limited.
The T will provide free bus service for Day in the District visitors to ride from one location to the next from the following stops:
- Gendy Street in front of the Museum of Science and History
- Harley Avenue and Conservatory Drive north of BRIT and the Botanic Garden
- Van Cliburn Way and Darnell Street across from the Kimbell Art Museum
- Gendy Street and Lancaster Avenue in front of the Community Arts Center
- University Drive at the Route 7 bus stop in front of Farrington Field (This is a regular city stop and will take riders to Log Cabin Village. Show your wristband upon boarding for a free ride.)