Mari's Moments

May 4, 2011

Friday Freebies: Celebrate Mom

Treat mom to a special weekend filled with art, song, culture or trains. But, please no chores.

Mari's Moments

Making my way through motherhood, one moment at a time

Do something fun with Mom this Mother's Day Weekend or let her take a well-deserved break. Here are 5 suggestions:

1. National Mom's Nite Out: Send mom to the mall for some "Me Time." Moms can enjoy fun interactive activities, food and wine tastings, shopping incentives, giveaways and more. 
Good to know: Each mom that attends the event at North East Mall or Irving Mall will receive a host of complimentary goodies including a swag bag, summer fashion tips from retailers, hand & back minute massages, hair styling demos, summer make-up tips and free mini makeovers, face painting and crafts for the kids and a movie ticket to the mall movie theater good for a complimentary movie showing after the event. Firewheel Town Center moms will also receive complimentary swag bags, summer fashion tips from retailers, hair styling demos, summer make-up tips and free mini makeovers, ring cleaning station and light repair work, cookie decorating and samples, fragrance station and face painting and crafts for the kids.
Recommended ages: All, but give mom a break!
When:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 5
Where: North East Mall – Center Court, 1101 Melbourne St., Hurst, TX 76053; Firewheel Town Center – The Park, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, TX 75040; and Irving Mall – Center Court,3880 Irving Mall, Irving, TX 75062
Info: or call North East Mall, 817-589-9603; Firewheel Town Center, 972-675-1041; Irving Mall, 972-255-0572.       
Cost: FREE!

2. Behind the Curtain: A Conversation with Stars of the Fort Worth Opera Festival: Moms can get a sneak peek at this year's Fort Worth Opera Festival. The Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Opera offer this Mother's Day program that will feature countertenors Randall Scotting, Michael Maniaci, and José Álvarez, from the Fort Worth Opera Festival production of Handel’s Julius Caesar. Moms can enjoy live music and discussion followed by a light reception on the Museum's west portico.
Good to know: The event requires no reservations, however, seating is limited. Priority seating available for Kimbell members and Fort Worth Opera ticket holders who arrive at least 20 minutes before the commencement of the program. By the way, The 2011 Fort Worth Opera Festival will run May 14–June 5 and tickets can be purchased now. Hint: A very nice Mom's Day gift for the mom who loves opera!
Recommended ages: All, but let mom have a day out!
When:  2 p.m., Sunday, May 8
Where: Kimbell Art Museum auditorium, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard,Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: 817-332-8451, ,
Cost: FREE!

3.metroPCS Asian Festival: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by taking the family and mom to this festival for the day. You'll enjoy a traditional Lion dance, martial arts, sumo wrestling and Japanese drums.You'll also be able to partake in authentic Asian cuisine, cultural entertainment and activities for children.
Good to know: Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win an American Airlines ticket. You can also make a donations on behalf of the American Red Cross for Japan Tsunami Relief.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7
Where: Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Info: 972-241-8250 or visit
Cost: FREE!

4. Dinosaur Train: It's National Train Day and the 50th Anniversary of KERA, and you and your family are invited to join this Dinosaur-themed celebration! It's a perfect event for the train enthusiasts in your family. In addition to touring the The Museum of the American Railroad's historic train cars, attendees will take part in show screenings, photo opportunities and giveaways. The first 400 children to arrive will receive a free Dinosaur Train book. Kids will also be encouraged to participate in hands-on educational activities provided by the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children and the Dallas Association for Parent Education.
Good to know: At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, KERA will premiere a new episode of Dinosaur Train.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 7
Where: Dallas Union Station, 400 S. Houston Street, Dallas
Cost: FREE!

5. Cottonwood Art Festival: The bi-annual fest features works from more than 240 of the nation's top visual artists. Works on display include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, art glass, woodwork, mixed media and photography. Children can become pint-size Picassos at ArtStop, a hands-on, interactive children's area. Kids can paint on a humongous mural, design a drawstring bag or chisel away on a large block of plaster. The festival also features local bands. 
Good to know: Be sure to check out the courtyard, where you can sit in the shade by the lake and relax while you enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8
Where: Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Road (one block east of Coit Road), Richardson
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 with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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