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Friday Freebies: Taste the good life

05/18/2011 4:30 PM

05/19/2011 5:55 PM

Why not offer your family a taste of the good life? Get a taste of Asian culture at the Crow Collection or a taste of fame at The X Factor auditions or a taste of creative cooking at Grapevine Mills or just go all out and taste everything at Taste Addison this weekend. Here are my picks for fun, cheap things-to-do with the family:

1. Silk Road by Starlight: The Crow Collection After Dark series features art and family activities inspired by the exhibition "Fabled Journeys in Asian Art." Activities include a guided tour of the exhibition, designing a prayer flag, contributing to the community sand painting, creating sticker art, listening to musical performances and Karaoke. You can also enjoy complimentary samples of bubble tea, a favorite treat in Asia, while supplies last.
Good to know: Take the Silk Road Smart Phone Challenge and be the first to finish the scavenger hunt to win a complimentary Magnolia Circle membership to the Crow Collection. Follow @Crow_Collection and #SilkRoadAfterDark on Twitter for your chance to win. Snap a photo of the object or event that corresponds with the series of tweets. Be the first to present your findings to the Crow Collection staff member stationed in the Jade Room to claim your prize.
Recommended ages: All
When:  6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 20
Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora Street (Between Harwood & Olive), Dallas, TX 75201
Info: 214-979-6430,
Cost: FREE!

2. The X Factor Auditions: If I'm being honest, I'm still bitter that my favorite American Idol contestant James Durbin was voted off, which means I can't wait for ex-Idol judge Simon Cowell to come back to TV with his latest venture, The X Factor. If you think you or your child has what it takes to be the next big singing sensation, don't miss the X auditions in Dallas next week. At stake: a $5 million recording contract. You must be at least 12 years old, a U.S. citizen or eligible to work full time in the United States., and without a current music recording contract. Solo vocalists and musical groups alike can either go to the show's web site to get details on how to obtain wristbands to audition.
Good to know: No children under the age of 5 are allowed at the audition venue.
Recommended ages: Participants must be 12 years old as of March 1, 2011. If you were born after March 1, 1999, you are not eligible to
participate this season. There is no upper age limit, so moms and dads can audition too.
When:  6 a.m., Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26
Where: Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Cost: FREE!

3. Super Duper Mini Chefs: Got a budding foodie? This hands-on event, which encourages kids to get creative and have fun with their food, offers food-related arts and crafts and demos. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local hunger relief organization.
Good to know: Free kid's apron to Simon Kidgits members while supplies last. Not a member? It's $5.00 per child for an annual membership. Sign up at Simon malls or at
Recommended ages: All
When:  1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 20
Where: Grapevine Mills Mall (Entry 5), 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051
Cost: FREE!

4. Summer Kickoff: Jump into Summer in Southlake! Live entertainment, bounce houses, games, prizes and summer treats - all free when you sign up for Summer Reading Club and Southlake's summer camps. Kids who sign up for Summer Reading Club on this date are entered for a chance to win a free 1 week art camp at Studio Art House in Southlake.
Good to know: Teens and adults can sign up too!
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21
Where: Southlake Town Square
Cost: FREE!

5. Founders Day Festival: Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel will be performing at the city's 157th birthday celebration. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with "Family Time" when families can enjoy a performance by the Dallas Puppet Theater. 
Good to know: Coolers are welcome, but there will also be plenty of food and drinks to purchase too! Parking is also free.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 21
Where: Downtown Square, Rockwall, TX
Cost: FREE!

BONUS! Taste Addison: While it's not a free event, it is a culinary treat. The three-day festival features more than 60 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine tasting seminars, music, carnival rides, midway games, award-winning children's entertainment, and more. Take the kids to the Family Fun Zone where they can enjoy a quad bungee jump, gyroball, caricatures, face painting, old-time photos, sand art and inflatables. Don't forget to stop by the Kid's Stage on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to see a favorite children's books come to life, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."
Good to know: D/FW-area Albertsons are selling $10 anytime tickets. Carnival rides range from $3 to $7 each. Food and drink purchases are cash only; ATMs will be onsite. Please leave lawn chairs, coolers and animals at home.
Recommended ages: All
When:  6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 20; noon to Midnight, Saturday, May 21; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 22
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison
Cost: $15, Friday; $5 before 5 p.m. and $15 after 5 p.m., Saturday; $5 on Sunday. Children 3 and younger are 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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