June 7, 2011

Friday Freebies: Movie Madness

Celebrate the Selena Gomez's upcoming film or check out some recent movies at film festivals at area malls -- all for free!

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Temperatures are heating up in the Metroplex. To prevent the parental flares that are sure to spark with every "I'm bored," I've come up with some sizzling fun for all in the family (with most activities in the comfort of an air-conditioned mall). Here are my 5 faves with some bonus ongoing summer fare at the end:

1. Experience 'Monte Carlo' w/Selena Gomez: After spending some quality R&R time with some-guy-named-Justin, Grand Prairie gal Selena Gomez is returning to Texas on a mall tour to tout her upcoming film 'Monte Carlo,' which opens July 1. Fans can participate in a 45-minute Q&A with the star, then enjoy "royal mini-makeovers" and other activities. She's not scheduled to perform any of her new tunes from her upcoming “When The Sun Goes Down,” but the first single, “Bang Bang Bang," dropped on iTunes Tuesday. You can sample it below:
Good to know: The Grapevine Mills web site has the event starting at 2 p.m., but several fan blogs have her appearance starting around 5:20 p.m. Although you would probably want to get there early.
Recommended ages: All
When: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14
Where: Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051
Info: 972-724-4910,,
Cost: FREE!

VIDEO: "Bang, Bang, Bang"

2. ROAD TRIP! Dublin Dr Pepper's Big Fun Greek Birthday: The home of the world’s oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant celebrates 120 years with an event fit for the Gods. As you drive in, you'll see the city limits signs changed (legally) to Dr Pepper Texas just for the occassion. Enjoy free museum and bottling plant tours, family-friend games and activities, food and live music. And, of course, all the free Dublin Dr Pepper you can drink.
Good to know: Don't forget to get a slice of Dr Pepper Birthday cake at 1 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 11
Where: 221 South Patrick Street, Dublin, TX 76446
Info: 254-445-4210,
Cost: FREE!

3. Movies in the Park: Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs to this family-friendly movie night in Weatherford. The movie schedule includes American Tail, Saturday, June 11; Daddy Day Care, June 18; and ustin Bieber, Never Say Never, June 25. (Wow, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber in the same blog post, coincidence?). Along with the Never Say Never showing, the Weatherford Swim Team will be hosting a Justin Bieber look-a-like contest to win two 2011 season passes to the Cherry Park Pool.
Good to know: Concessions will be open and restroom facilities will be available.
Recommended ages: All
When: At dusk, around 9 p.m. on Saturdays through June 25.
Where: Balls Fields at Holland Lake Park, 1419 Holland Lake Road, Weatherford, TX 76086-5862
Cost: FREE!

4. Puppets, Puppets, Puppets and a Ventriloquist: Your children will laugh at the goofball comedy and vaudevillian flair of Mr. Puppet, a puppeteer, humorist and educator.
Recommended ages: 11 and younger
When: 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11
Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Cost: FREE

5. 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: Megamind 3D, June 6 and 7; Yogi Bear, June 14 and 15; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, June 21 and 22; Live Large, June 28 and 29; Ramona and Beezus, July 5 and 6; 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 June 6-July 27
Where: Rave Motion Pictures at NorthEast Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053
Info: 817-591-8540,
Cost: FREE!

BONUS! The Caribbean Show: Children will experience Caribbean island culture through music, such as traditional African folk, calypso and reggae presented by Rochelle Rabouin.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 15
Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
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
Cost: FREE!

Stars Under the Stars: Free movies will be shown each Thursday night through June 30 in Sundance Square. Beverages, popcorn and sweets are available at a snack-bar area. Guests are allowed to bring "to-go" food from area restaurants, as well as chairs or blankets to sit on. If you get there early (8 p.m.), kids can climb a rock wall.
Good to know: No pets or outside coolers. Folding chairs will also be available for a $2 rental fee. Parking is free after 5 p.m. at all Sundance Square parking lots. Here's what will be shown this summer: Julie & Julia, June 9; Despicable Me, June 16; The Bucket List, June 23; and Seabiscuit, June 30.
Recommended ages: All
When: Seating begins at 7 p.m.; movie begins at dusk, around 9 p.m., Thursdays through June 30
Where: Chisholm Trail parking lot, Fourth and Main Streets, Fort Worth
Info:  817-255-5700,
Read more: Sundance Square plans film festival
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
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, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030,,For
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,
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 with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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