Mari's Moments

March 3, 2011

Friday Freebies: Oh, the places you'll go!

Eat green eggs and ham, get expert home-and-garden tips or go fishing for a day with the family this weekend.

Mari's Moments

Making my way through motherhood, one moment at a time

My 8-month-old loves it when I read to him Dr Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book . The colorful illiteration keeps him spellbounded. He watches my mouth move to the rhyming rhythm that kids of all ages have come to love. If he were old enough, I would definitely dress him in some Seussical pjs and whisk him to the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast at the Stonebriar mall.

Here are the details to my Top 5 things-to-do with the family this weekend: 
1. Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (Not free, but fun)
Celebrate the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Children can wear Seussical pajamas or dress as a Seuss character. Every child will receive a red-and-white striped top hat and be served green eggs and ham. Activities include story time, one free carousel ride during event and costume contests for best pajamas and best Seuss character.
Good to know: Seating is limited to 150, so early registration is recommended. Adults can register kids by calling Stonebriar Centre Guest Services at (972) 668-6153. Tickets for non-registered children may or may not be available the day of the event.
Recommended ages: All
When:  10 a.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas 75034
Cost: $10 per child

2. Mommy & Me Stroller Preview at Home and Garden Show
Moms and the kids are invited to spend a few hours as special guests of the 32nd Annual Spring Dallas Home & Garden Show. Get tips from Master Faux Finisher Michael Graves, Home Depot experts, Barbara Gilbert of Barbara Gilbert Interiors, and Ruth Garrett of . Kids can enjoy Radio Disney's “Mommy and Stroller Rockin’ Road Show” and you can relax in the Mommy lounge. Each mom will get a swag bag
Good to know: Moms will get a swag bag and a 2-for-1 ticket to return with a family member during the remainder of the show and can win door prizes.  
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, March 4
Where: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Cost: FREE admission and parking 

3. Kids Fishing Day at Mike Lewis Park
The lagoon will be stocked with rainbow trout furnished by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught.  A limited number of rods and reels will be available on a first-come basis, with a driver’s license or credit card deposit. You can also bring your own rod, reel and bait.
Good to know: No pre-registration is required, but there will be a sign-in table on site to keep track of participation and to notify prize winners.
Recommended ages: 16 and younger; 17 and older are welcome to fish at 4 p.m. after the event
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: Mike Lewis Park, 2600 N. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie
Info: 972-237-8100,
Cost: FREE!

4. Get artistic!
Nasher Sculpture Center: The popular Target First Saturdays event features art projects, tours, scavenger hunt, yoga, sculpture demo, storytime and take-home art activities.
Good to know: Family tours are at 10:15 a.m, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; NasherKids Meal available for puchase at Nasher Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100,
Cost: FREE!

5. Snake Encounters
Daryl Sprout presents the surreptitious world of snakes with comedy, magic and slithering tales.
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When:  2 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Where: NorthCourt, between Macy's and Nordstrom, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225
Cost: FREE!

Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."

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