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Friday Freebies: A date with Dad

06/16/2011 4:44 PM

06/16/2011 5:08 PM

Whether you call him Dad or Daddy or Papa or Pops, he's the guy in your life who makes things happen. So, why not honor him on his special day by spending quality family time with him? Here are my picks for this weekend:

1. Dads & Duct Tape Day: There's no better combination than this, right? All fathers, grandfathers or future fathers can get in free by wearing their favorite go-to fix-it tool -- duct tape. Special Father's Day festivities include creating a duct-tape wallet and a duct tape costume contest. Don't forget to check out the two current exhibits on display at the museum: "Ascent…When Dreams Defy Gravity" and "Fort Worth Champions."
Good to know: Enjoy bratwurst and burger specials in the Star Café and get a 20-percent discount on select Father's Day gifts at Shop Too!
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 19
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cost: FREE for Dads wearing duct tape. Admission is $14, adults; $10, children (ages 2-12) and seniors (age 60+). Museum members are free.

2. Lucky Duck Kids Club: Kids can create a one-of-a-kind baseball cap as a Father's Day gift. There will also be facepainting, hayrides(until 7 p.m.), a visit from Boocoos the Clown and a balloon artist.
Good to know: Beat the heat with free Paciugo gelato.
Recommended ages: Ages 3 to 12
When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 18
Where: Breezeway across from The Green, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Drive (U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive), Allen
Info: 972-747-8000,
Cost: FREE!

3. Bookmarks' 3rd Birthday Celebration: Bookmarks, a Dallas public library, is turning 3 and you're invited to the celebration. Meet children's author and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who will dazzle and amaze by simultaneously telling and drawing a story. Following the author visit, head down to NorthCourt to see Grand Jete, a Russian dance youth group. At noon, Spaghetti Eddie will perform fun songs that will show children how to say "please" and "thank you." There will also be "A Secret Agent Magic Show" and performances by  Grace Hula and Dance dancers and David Chicken.
Good to know: Throughout the afternoon, Janie Bynum, author of "Noah's Magic Shoes," and local librarians will read Bynum's book. Books will also be available for purchase with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Genesis Women's Shelter of Dallas.
Recommended ages: 11 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 18
Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Cost: FREE

4. Juneteenth celebration: Commemorate Juneteenth at this event, which includes live entertainment, food, games, health screenings and immunizations. 
Good to know:  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that slaves were now free.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 5 p.m., Friday, June 17
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215
Info: 214-670-8418,
Cost: FREE!

5. PLAN AHEAD! NOT FREE, BUT GOOD: Reebok 2011 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game: Didn't go to the Mavs 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
Cost: $5-$15 at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or, 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.

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Movies in the Park: Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs to this family-friendly movie night in Weatherford. The movie schedule includes Daddy Day Care, June 18 and Justin Bieber, Never Say Never, June 25. 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!

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: 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., June 2
Where: Chisholm Trail parking lot, Fourth and Main Streets, Fort Worth
Info:  817-255-5700,   Read more
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: 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 through July 27
Where: Rave Motion Pictures at NorthEast Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053
Info: 817-591-8540,
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 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.

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!

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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