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Friday Freebies: Spring Break edition

03/07/2011 8:03 AM

03/04/2011 7:04 PM


Inevitably, every mom hears this tired refrain: "I'm bored." This is especially true when Spring Break comes along and you run around like crazy to schedule stuff to keep them busy to avoid such refrains. If you missed out on the sign-ups for the camps, here are some suggestions that you can do, most won't even cost you a penny.

Here are the details to my Top 5 things-to-do with the family during Spring Break: 
1.Cowtown Goes Green

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early at this fun family-friendly event. Activities include pony rides, petting zoo, Radio Disney games and contests, face painting and live Irish band. Kids can also join the Fort Worth Herd CowCamp where they can get roping lessons, participate in stick horse races and more.
Good to know: Don't miss the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive at 4 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When:  1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards, Main and Exchange Streets, Fort Worth, Texas
Info: 817-625-9715,
Cost: FREE!

2. Spring Break Extravaganza at the Kimbell
Create drawings inspired by ancient Greek vases, experiment with printmaking techniques, and use everything but a brush for original paintings. There will also be 30-minute docent-guided “art talks,” which will encourage families to investigate topics relating to artworks in the permanent collection. Children’s films featuring famous artists and other topics will be offered in partnership with Lone Star Film Society and KIDS FIRST!
Good to know: No reservations are required for this free program, however, admission is required for the special exhibition.
Recommended ages: All
When:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17; noon to 5 p.m., Friday, March 18
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: 817-332-8451,
Cost: FREE!

3.Target Second Saturday at Latino Cultural Center
It's all about dance! Watch the premiere Mente en Movimiento, the newest children's show from Psophonia Dance Company, a hands-on performance perfect for families with children ages 4-12. Mente en Movimiento offers imaginative art that both entertains and educates. With musical selections from Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G Major to War's Lowrider, the show consists of nine dances, each showcasing Psophonia's ability to excite every child's imagination. Many of the pieces creatively examine Hispanic culture, such as Adelita, Frida Kahlo and Piñatas. Others invite children to re-examine everyday objects, like a mattress, as they leap into their biggest fantasy: a world where jumping on the bed is the norm.
Good to know: Kids can also participate in a craft workshop and dance class.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas TX 75204
Cost: FREE!

4. KidsVisionFest
In an effort to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Essilor Vision Foundation and the Kids Vision for Life Coalition will offer free eye exams and glasses to qualifying children, free vision screenings to all children, plus educational activities, entertainment, games, karaoke and more.
Good to know: Groups of children are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Check web site for details. Parking available in nearby lots, or ride DART.
Recommended ages: ages 4-12
When:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 15
Where: Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave.(corner of Pearl Street), Dallas 75201
Cost: FREE!

5. Beauty and the Beast Jr (Not free, but good)
One of my favorite local theaters in the Metroplex, and a great way for families to experience theater. Don't miss the last weekend of this theatrical retelling of the Disney animated film, which follows Belle as she tries to tame a beast and teach him the ways of love.
Recommended ages: All 
When:  7:30 p.m., Friday, March 11; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12; and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13
Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington, TX 76010
Cost: $10 per person ($8 if you use your Star-Telegram Press Pass -- good for 2 admissions only)

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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