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Friday Freebies: Sun and Fun

02/10/2011 5:44 PM

02/13/2011 7:35 AM


Sunny with highs in the 60s. It looks like Snowpocalypse 2011 is now behind us and we can look forward to a great weekend. So, get those crabby kiddos who have been cooped up out and about. Here are my Top 5 suggestions:

1. Adventure Asia: Family Day at The Crow
This event, originally scheduled for Feb. 5, was postponed because of the weather. Lucky for you, you can celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with family activities including a rabbit petting zoo, art activities, face painting, storytelling, yoga inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, a lion dance at 1 p.m. and more!
Good to know: Enjoy complimentary samples of delicious Chinese candies and green and bubble teas, and learn all about the origin of bubble teas. Complimentary supplies limited. (Full-sized beverages will be available for $3.)
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 12
Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201(Between Harwood and Olive)
Info: 214-979-6430,
Cost: FREE!

2. Target Second Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center
As part of the popular Second Saturday, the center will be celebrating African-American history month with two special presentations: the play Audacity: A Celebration of African-American Achievement and the documentary La raíz olvidada (The Forgotten Root). Audacity, written by Dallas playwright Teresa Coleman Wash and performed in English, is a quick trip through the words, sounds and sights of African-American history makers such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. La raíz olvidada (The Forgotten Root), an award-winning documentary by Mexican filmmaker Rafael Rebollar Corona, explores the contributions of Africans, first brought to Mexico as slaves during colonial times, to Mexican culture. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Families can also enjoy a mask-making workshop and a Bachata dance class.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 12
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204
Info: 214-671-0045,
Cost: FREE!

3. Family Funday at the Amon Carter Museum
We lived it, now learn about Texas winter. Head to the Amon Carter to explore Texas’ extreme weather patterns while discussing related artworks, making hands-on art, and listening to stories about the weather from Rebecca Miller, Chief Meteorologist at The 33 News.
Good to know: Refreshments are provided, and no reservations are required.
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, February 13
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-989-5031,
Cost: FREE!

4. Sign and Stride
Two programs for your baby become one at this special event. This one-hour session of fitness and signing is your introduction to both programs. The Baby Signs Program is a research-based sign language class designed for children 6 months to 2 years old. The Stroller Strides program is a fitness program that includes power walking or running combined with body toning using the stroller. Best of all, you get to try it all for free!
Good to know: You must pre-register for the event at Stroller Strides® Grapevine, Farrah Agado, , or Baby Signs® with Sybil, Sybil Lane,
Recommended ages: 2 years and younger
When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, February 14
Where: Parr Park, 3010 Parr Lane, Grapevine
Info: 800-610-6539, ; 817-718-2876,
Cost: FREE!

5. Valentine Card Craft at American Girl
Take your little American Girl to the Dallas store to make a cute, handmade Valentine card with matching envelope. She’ll use stickers and decorative paper to make a one-of-a-kind card for her special Valentine.
Recommended ages: 8 and older
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, February 13; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, February 14
Where: American Girl Boutique & Bistro at Galleria Dallas, 13464 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240
Info: 888-777-0010,
Cost: FREE!

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