May 11, 2011

Friday Freebies: Healthy family outings

Here are some events to keep mom healthy, happy and sassy.

Rants, raves, reviews and resources for Dallas-Fort Worth parents

When I was pregnant, I was told many times by moms-in-the-know this helpful phrase: "When mom is happy, everyone's happy." To celebrate "Women's Health Month," why not take mom out for a nice stroll through downtown Grapevine to dine, wine and shop. Better yet, send her to get free health screenings to ensure she is healthy as well as happy.  Here are 5 suggestions:

1. Main Street Days: Taste international wines, craft beers and pizza pies at this annual three-day event in Grapevine. Best of all, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, admission is free! The KidZone, which will be located in the Cotton Belt Railroad District (next to the train depot) and open until dark, will offer a 40-animal exotic petting zoo, children's interactive games and live entertainment. Continuous shows all weekend. The Carnival/Midway will be behind Liberty Park at Wall Street and Jenkins Street.
Good to know: There will be a Comfort Station located in the KidZone area for feeding and diaper changing. Only service animals are allowed on festival grounds. Free shuttles run continuously from the free parking lots to the festival gates.
Recommended ages: All
When:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday, May 13; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine: North Parking Lot, 401 Boyd Drive, Grapevine and Grapevine Convention Center (South Gate Lot), 1209 South Main Street, Grapevine.
Cost: FREE admission on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only! Daily Admission: $7, adults; $5 for children 6-12 and seniors 62 and older; Children younger than 6 are free.

2. Women's Health Screeing: In honor of Women’s Health Month, Texas Health will offer free lipid and glucose screenings, blood pressure checks, BMI testing, and CPR demonstrations. Digital mammography screenings will also be available (cost of insurance co-pay). Read my blog about my first mammogram. Dr. Steven Suba, OB/GYN on the medical staff, will discuss women's health topics at 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Attendees can also take a tour of labor and delivery suites.
Good to know: Light food and drink will be served. At 9:30 a.m., you enjoy a free yoga class in the meditation garden (free yoga mat included!). Make an appointment for a mammogram or the yoga class by calling 1-877-THR-Well (1-877-847-9355) or visiting .
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 14
Where: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, 6100 Harris Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76132
Info:  1-877-THR-Well (1-877-847-9355),
Cost: FREE!

3. Watters Creek Fine Arts Festival: The three-day outdoor arts festival includes a juried selection of fine arts and crafts. Children can participate in interactive art activities including face painting, rock animal painting,chalk art, origami and more.
Good to know: Don't miss the 2011 Duck Derby where 10 ducks will be eligible to win $50,000 in prizes! All proceeds will go to local charitable activities of the Allen High Noon Lions Club and Lions Club International. Your contribution can be tax deductible. You can "adopt" a plastic, numbered duck for the race for as little as $5. There will only be 2,000 ducks sold. The ducks are placed in the Watters Creek waterway; the first 10 ducks to cross finish line become finalists. If a finalist's number matches the Grand Prize number, the finalist wins $50,000.
Recommended ages: All
When:  4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15
Where: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr. Allen, Texas 75013
Info: 972-747-8000,
Cost: FREE!

4.Health Fair: The Potter's House of Fort Worth is hosting a this free event, which will include cooking classes and fitness activities for children as well as bounce houses and more.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 14
Where: 1200 Woodhaven Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76112
Info: 214-331-0954,
Cost: FREE!

5. Target Second Saturday at Latino Cultural Center: The LCC presents Señora Tortuga by Dallas Children's Theater. The story follows Pedro who makes an incredible discovery: a magical turtle that speaks to him. The turtle's stories begin to haunt Pedro's dreams, where he discovers scary figures like the traditional, legendary figure "El Cucuy," and the surreptitious Snake. No one would ever imagine that a talking turtle could change human lives so much!
Good to know: Kids can also participate in a craft workshop and dance class.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 14
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas TX 75204
Cost: 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 with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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