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Friday Freebies: Go green with your family

04/22/2011 11:44 AM

04/22/2011 12:13 PM

It may not be nice to fool Mother Nature, but you can definitely have fun celebrating her this weekend at several Earth Day fests in the Metroplex. If you're looking for information on the annual Arbor Daze celebration in Euless, however, please note that the festival has been postponed to 2012 because of conflicting dates with Easter. Speaking of Easter, there are still plenty of free egg hunts to participate in. Bottom line: get out this weekend!

Earth Day Dallas: This two-day festival celebrating Mother Earth includes free yoga, live music and exhibits. In conjunction with the fest, the Dallas Museum of Art will have free admission and half-price parking ($5) from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Families can see the new exhibition "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection." Kids can also create their own animal-inspired wearable work of art in Studio Creations; see animals from the Dallas Zoo native to North America; meet artist Lizzy Wetzel and learn about materials and techniques; and enjoy storytelling, a family film, Sketching in the Galleries, and dance performances by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers at 1:30 and 2:00 p.m.
Good to know: The fest will go on rain or shine.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23
Where: Got to http://www.earthdaydallas.org/ for parking information or reduce your carbon footprint and take the DART/TRE to the festivities.
Info: http://www.earthdaydallas.org/
Cost: FREE!

Arbor Day in Westlake: Westlake moves its annual Arbor Day celebration from fall to spring this year. The event includes a petting zoo, fishing tournament, butterfly pavilion, rock climbing, egg decorating and -- new this year -- a Barnyard Relay. The Easter Bunny will make a visit, and Easter egg hunts for kids (with several age categories) start promptly at 3:15 p.m. While you're there, take time to learn about Arbor Day and tree reforestation.
Good to know: It's free, but bring money for food and raffle tickets.
Recommended ages: All
When: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 23
Where: Glenwyck Farms Park, 1601 Fair Oaks Drive, Westlake.
Info: www.westlake-tx.org
Cost: FREE!

Día del Niño (Children's Day) Festival at the Latino Cultural Center: Kids will enjoy children's theater, dance and visual arts, arts and crafts workshops, storytelling and live entertainment from artists such as ara Mía Theatre Co., Le Theatre de Marionette and Alegre Ballet Folklorico. 
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204
Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/
Cost: FREE!

Texas-Sized Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt: The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the lawns of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building and Stockyards Visitors Center. Additional activities are held inside Stockyards Station and along East Exchange Avenue. Activities include pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), face painting, balloons, petting zoo, Fort Worth Herd Cowcamp.
Good to know: Don't miss the cattle drive at 4 p.m.
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When:  Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 23
Where: Main Street and East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Info: 817-625-9715, http://www.stockyardsstation.com/
Cost: FREE!

Easter Eggstravaganza: Kids can enjoy a variety of activities including bounce house, arts and crafts and a magic show before egg hunting begins at 11 a.m. in Quakertown Park. The park will be divided by age groups for the egg hunt, and signs will guide participants to the designated areas.
Good to know: Inexpensive concessions will be available. Prior to the egg hunt, the park will be closed for set-up.
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When:  9 a.m., Saturday, April 23 (Egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.)
Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton, Texas
Info: 940-349-7275, http://www.cityofdenton.com/
Cost: FREE!

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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