For those who are staying home this week for spring break, we have found nine spots -- some tried and true favorites and some more surprising -- that the kids and you might enjoy. Get out your planner and get ready to have fun, Fort Worth style.
1. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Your kids will sound like Cuba Gooding in the movie Jerry Maguire: "Show me the money!" From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will host its annual spring break employee craft demonstrations at the Tour and Visitor Center. Learn how currency was printed in 1900; check out the engraver's workbench, photoengraver tables and Spider Press; and see damaged currency put back together at the Mutilated Currency Redemption Desk. This tour is free and requires no reservations.
Details: Open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tours begin every 30 minutes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is at 9000 Blue Mound Road, 76131. 817-231-4000; www.moneyfactory.gov.
2. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Take your kids to this museum one time, and they'll beg you every day afterward to visit again. This is a museum where kids can be loud, and there are tons of interactive exhibits made for play. From the Doodler Studio, where kids can show off their artistic skills, to a children's area complete with a mock grocery store and ambulance, this place is all about fun. For spring break, check out the new traveling exhibit: "Identity: An Exhibition of You," developed by Philadelphia's Franklin Institute. You'll learn about the brain, genetics and personality -- and all about yourself. There's also a new IMAX film, Tornado Alley, which opens Friday, and Bugs, an awesome rain-forest movie, will show through March 19. At the Noble Planetarium, Laser Lights Family Style is open and Our Amazing Solar System opens Saturday.
Details: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Exhibit tickets are $10-$14. Planetarium shows are $4-$5. IMAX films are $6-$7. 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth, 76107. 817-255-9300; www.fortworthmuseum.org
3. Fort Worth Zoo
Get ready for some fun at the zoo, where two-day camps for kids during spring break will make you the most popular parent ever. Open to first- to sixth-grade students 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday, the camps include crafts, games, snacks, trips into the zoo, animal presentations and dinner. Space is limited; the fee is $130 for zoo members for a two-day session ($140 for nonmembers). The zoo will open to visitors during regular hours. Remember: Wednesday is half-price day, and the Wednesday during spring break is always an extremely busy day at the zoo, so be sure to leave early and be prepared for some delays in parking. Or, take The T's Safari Shuttle and avoid any parking stress. Park at the T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center and take a round-trip ride to the zoo. Shuttle leaves every 30 minutes, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Shuttle cost is $3; $1.50 seniors and kids 18 and under; free for those under 5.
Details: The zoo is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $9-$12 (free for age 2 and under). 1989 Colonial Parkway, 76110. 817-759-7500; www.fortworthzoo.org/springbreakcamp. For more information on the shuttle, go to www.fortworthzoo.org or the zoo's Facebook page.
4. Kimbell Art Museum
This stunning museum is ready for spring-breakers. Drop in for special activities just for kids 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Friday. There will be art projects (create drawings inspired by ancient Greek vases or paint without a brush), films (including Ancient Greece for Children or Getting To Know Rembrandt) and tours for the entire family. No reservations are required; the events are free.
Details: Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the permanent collection is free. The visiting exhibition is "Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic." Tickets are $4-$8, ages 5 and under free. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 76107. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org
5. Cooking classes
Cooking fosters creativity and teaches useful life skills. Plus, it's fun! Central Market in Fort Worth is offering some cooking classes designed just for kids Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. At 2 p.m. Monday is a class for ages 10 to 12 called "What's a Locavore?" Kids will make fresh salsa and learn about the "eating local" trend. Wednesday and Thursday, there's a 10 a.m. class called "Healthy and Sweet," in which they'll prepare healthy desserts. Wednesday, the class is for kids 5-8; Thursday, it is for 9-12.
Details: Each class is $45. Sign up at www.centralmarket.com. For more information, call 817-377-9005.
Another option is the Young Chef's Academy. Classes focus on cooking, kitchen safety and table manners. Either sign your child up as member ($69 registration/$100 per month) and then visit throughout the month, or sign up for a camp session ($100-$150). At press time, camp information for spring break was not yet available, so call or check the website for additional information. Classes are for children ages 3 and older.
Details: 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., No. 260, 76116. 817-989-2433; www.youngchefsacademy.com
6. Fort Worth Opera
Introduce your children to the arts by taking them to the opera. You can take them to two special performances by the Children's Opera Theatre, part of the Fort Worth Opera. The Billy Goats Gruff, a classic tale of three little goats (with a lesson about how to deal with bullies), will be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday. Little Red's Most Unusual Day, a tale about Forest Ranger Dudley and his desire to take Little Red's mom to the ball (with a lesson about obeying rules), will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday.
Details: Tickets are $5 each and shows are about 45 minutes long. Ticket-holders who bring a can of food to donate to the Tarrant Area Food Bank at Monday's show will receive a free ticket to Friday's show. Monday's shows are at the Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. Friday's shows are at the Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.
7. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Spring is a great time to get outdoors. At this 3,621-acre wilderness oasis, special spring break events include a Deer Mouse Hike from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday; a Bison Feeding Hayride 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Animal Ambassadors, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and a Canoe Fest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. For a full list of activities, visit www.fwnaturecenter.org.
Details: Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission for ages 3-12 is $2; adults, $5; under 3, free. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, 76135l. 817-392-7410.
8. Grapevine Vintage Railroad
What kid doesn't love a train ride? Get on in Grapevine at 1 p.m., ride to the Fort Worth Stockyards and enjoy touring that area, then take the train back at 4:45 p.m. Note: Stockyards Station will have free pony rides and a petting zoo 1-4 pm Wednesday-Friday. And don't miss the cattle drive at 4 p.m. It all makes for a most memorable day.
Details: Round-trip tickets are $10-$28, depending on where you want to sit (ages 2 and under are free). Depot locations: Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., and Fort Worth Stockyards Station, 140 E. Exchange Ave. 817-625-RAIL or 800-952-5717; www.grapevinetexasusa.com. The train will run daily Sunday-March 20.
9. Stained-glass tour
For kids with an interest in art and/or history, a scavenger-hunt tour of stained-glass windows is a unique option. Historic Fort Worth Inc. has prepared an activity/tour booklet for kids 6 to 13. The booklet gives the addresses of the 14 buildings on the tour and suggests activities at each stop. The last stop is McFarland House, 1110 Penn St., where Don Young Glass Studio will have a special exhibit on the art of making stained-glass windows. Those who show a completed tour book will get a prize.
Details: The tour runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Do it all in one day, or spread out your visits. Some tour locations will have special hours. Be sure to check your tour booklet. Each booklet (your ticket) is $10. Get tickets online at www.historicfortworth.org or at Miss Molly's Toy & Candy Shop, 4804 Camp Bowie Blvd., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday or at McFarland House, 1110 Penn St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Bring your Star-Telegram Press Pass to McFarland House and get your booklet for half price.