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Friday Freebies: Fun-filled celebrations

08/11/2011 6:36 PM

08/11/2011 6:36 PM

Take the family to explore one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Amon Carter Museum, which holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. One of my Top 5 picks to do this weekend in Dallas/Fort Worth. Enjoy:

1. 50 Fest: In honor of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s 50th Anniversary, your family is invited to a fun-filled celebration where guests will be treated to food, drinks and the toe-tapping music of two Austin-based bands -- The Marshall Ford Swing Band and Del Castillo. There will also be hula hoops and bubbles for more outdoor fun, along with photo booths where guests can pose for a souvenir of the celebration. And of course, there will be cake. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite Amon Carter–themed confection designed by local pastry chefs.
Good to know: The museum will have shaded areas, misters, bottled water and ice cream to keep you cool outside. Indoors you can view the gallery.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 13
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, ,
Cost: FREE!

2. Family KhanDays: Kids can create Mongolian-themed art projects inspired the center's "Genghis Khan: The Exhibition," which you can peruse after your art activitiy.
Good to know: Family KhanDays activities are free, admission to the exhibition requires a seperate ticket ($12, adults; $8, seniors 55 and older and children 18 and younger; Children younger than 2 are free).
Recommended ages: All
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 13, September 10 and September 24
Where: Carpenter Lobby, Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062
Info: 972-252-7558,
Cost: FREE!

3. The Professor Brainius Show: Presented by Team Family, the show uses science experiments, interactive music, audience participation, comedy and lots of surprises to encourage and challenge kids to be their best and to never stop learning.
Recommended ages: 11 and younger
When: 2 p.m., Saturday, August 13
Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Cost: FREE

4. 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 Sept. 2
Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
Cost: FREE!

NOT FREE, BUT GOOD: 5. Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum: Every day in August, you and your family can enjoy admission to the garden for just $1 for adults and children! The arboretum features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake.
Good to know: Children 2 and younger are free
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,open daily through August 31
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road,Dallas, Texas 75218
Cost: $1 per person, adults and children; parking is $7

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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