I'm still on an outdoor kick, especially with the mild temps here in the D/FW area the last couple weeks. Last weekend, we had great dim sum in Richardson with friends and visited the Crow museum to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here's my Top 5 picks of things-to-do with the family this weekend:
1. Great Backyard Bird Count
Explore the outdoors at River Legacy Park's Great Backyard Bird Count. Novice and experienced birders are invited to participate in this annual census of birds held in conjunction with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. There will also be lots of family activities including guided bird walks, story times, bird valentines, nesting bags, owl pellets, birding lane, face painting and more.
Good to know: The event is free, but donations will be accepted.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 19
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76006
Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/
2. Surprise! Art of the Unexpected
Do you love surprises? Allow your children's imaginations to run wild with on-your-own gallery activities, film programs and studio-art projects inspired by the Kimbell Art Museum's permanent collection and the exhibition Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic. There will also be interactive musical programs featuring 16-year-old, award-winning pianist Sahun (Sam) Hong.
Good to know: Advance reservations are not required.
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 19
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: 817-332-8451, ext. 297, http://www.kimbellart.org/
3. Crow Collection After Dark: Year of the Rabbit Celebration
Let the kids stay up late. After all, there's no school on Saturday. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit under the stars with a rare glow-in-the dark dragon and lion dance. Family activities include Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting demonstrations, creating paper lanterns and red envelopes, karaoke with DJ Mark Ridlen, Chinese astrology readings, and performances by Harpist Anita Hu, Four Seasons Choral Society and Chinese Orchestra, and a Kung Fu showcase with performers from JK Wong KungFu and Tai Chi Academy.
Good to know: In the event of inclement weather, some activities may be canceled or moved indoors. 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: 3 and olderl
When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, February 18
Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201(Between Harwood and Olive)
Info: 214-979-6430, http://www.crowcollection.org/
4. New Parents Tour at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Plan ahead, bring you baby to this interactive tour designed to introduce parents to the variety of artworks at the Amon Carter Museum. Meet at the Information Desk.
Good to know: Strollers welcome; Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive helpful instructions and parking information.
Recommended ages: Pre-toddlers
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, February 25
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, http://www.cartermuseum.org
5. Not free, but good: Casa Mañana's My Son Pinocchio
If you missed out on winning tickets to Casa Mañana's My Son Pinocchio on mom2mom, don't despair. You can still purchase tickets for this family story of Pinocchio's journey from an awkward, wooden puppet to a real, live boy! The musical fairytale will include some of your favorite songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings."
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Friday, February 18, February 25 and March 4; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, February 19 and February 26; 2 p.m., Sunday, February 20 and February 27; and 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: Casa Mañana Theater, 3101 West Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-332-2272, http://www.casamanana.org/
Cost: $16-$18, box office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
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