I love to learn. So, it's been wonderful to see my 10-month-old become so fascinated with books at an early age. He's learned to turn the pages as if he's really reading the book. This weekend, I suggest you and your family explore all of the facets of learning: introduce your youngsters to the smooth sounds of jazz, get nuggets of info about your furry friend -- the guinea pig, teach your kids to be more active or explore the art world. Here are some ideas:1. Denton Arts & Jazz Festival:
Bring your chairs and blankets to hear the cool sounds of jazz. This annual fest will be jam-packed with food, art and all-local talent including the UNT One O'Clock Band, the Quebe Sisters and Brave Combo. Kids can participate in arts and crafts and games.Good to know:
Coolers are prohibited in the jazz area. No pets; service dogs only.
5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, April 29; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 30; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, May 1Where:
Denton's Quakertown Park and Facilities, 321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell), Denton, Texas 76201Info: http://www.dentonjazzfest.com/ Cost: FREE! 2. Guinea Pig Hoedown in Grapevine:
Take your family and family guinea pig to this one-of-a-kind event that includes piggy costume contests, “well-piggy exams” and prize baskets galore. So bring your piggy, or just come if you’re curious about these little guys and gals.
If you bring your guinea pig, please make sure it is in a suitable carrier with plenty of fresh water and food. If it's in a costume, be sure it's not too hot or too tight. Also, no dog or other pets allowed.Recommended ages:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1Where:
Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 South Main Street, Grapevine 76051Info: www.theguineapigrescue.com Cost: FREE! 3. Tour with Your Tot:
Pack up the baby stroller and join the tour designed to introduce new parents (with babies in tow) to a variety of artworks at the Amon Carter Museum. Refreshments will be provided after the program. Tour begins at the Information Desk.Good to know:
Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 to receive helpful instructionsRecommended ages:
4 and youngerWhen:
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 29Where:
Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort WorthInfo:
,http://www.cartermuseum.org Cost: FREE! 4. Get Kidz Fit Fest:
This is a great event to encourage your children to get active. The Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity (DACPCO) invites your family to participate in this fun-filled festival to educate and engage children and families about wellness and nutrition. Activities include hands-on healthy cooking demonstrations, sports and fitness activities.Good to know:
Parking is free!Recommended ages:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30Where:
Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207Info: http://getkidzfit.org/ Cost: FREE! 5. First Tuesday:
Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free the first Tuesday of every month. Programs include thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. The theme this month is Animal Safari.Good to know:
Kids Combos are available at The Atrium Cafe for $5.25.Recommended ages:
5 and youngerWhen:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 1Where:
Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201Info:
214-922-1312,http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/Family/FirstTuesdays/index.htm 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 email@example.com
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