May 21, 2014

Memorial Day weekend events

Here are some free, family-friendly events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the holiday weekend.

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The Memorial Day holiday is a day to remember all who have - and are serving - in the U.S. armed forces. Here are free family-friendly events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area during the holiday weekend:

Memorial Day Ceremony

Pay tribute to the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year's event will include a bagpiper, 21-gun salute, flyover, photo display, musical entertainment and military memorabilia for sale.

Good to know: A free All-American hot dog lunch will be available to to attendees

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m., Monday, May 26

Where: Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas

Info: 972-237-8100,

Cost: FREE!


Blue Star Museums

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is one of more than 2,000 museums across the United States to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. However, the Modern will begin free admission on Friday, May 23, and offer it through Sunday, August 31 (the Modern is closed on Labor Day). The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their families (the military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active-duty military personnel include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserve members. The Modern will also include retired military and veterans with identification.

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Recommended ages: All

When: Friday, May 23 through Sunday, August 31

Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Info: 817-738-9215;

Cost: FREE for military personnel and their families!


Grapevine Summer Blast

Every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Grapevine features a 12-minute fireworks show over Lake Grapevine.

Good to know: Best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort, which is home to the Garage Rock Out Party.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Friday, May 23 through Labor Day.

Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas


Cost: FREE!


Summer Fun at Studio A

Each month, "Summer Fun in Studio A" will introduce new learning activities that explore thematic “do-it-together” activities focusing on color, along with a reading nook and digital interactive station. These play-based, content-rich experiences will connect with artworks on view and concepts in early childhood development. Opening day will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and will include studio-art activities for little ones and mini-classes for parents about exploring art with their children. Grand opening day visitors will also receive a special “colorific” gift.

Good to know: Space is limited, however, no reservations are required.

Recommended ages: Children 5 and younger

When: Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, August 31

Where: Piano Pavilion Education Studio A, Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792

Info: 817-332-8451;

Cost: FREE!

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