Backyards will be buzzing with the sounds of family gatherings and the smell of Texas BBQ this three-day weekend. But it's good to remember why you and the kids are getting an extra day off. The Memorial Day holiday is a day to remember all who have - and are serving - in the U.S. armed forces. To honor the veterans, here are my picks of free family-friendly events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area:1. Memorial Day Veterans Celebration & Parade:
This three-day old-fashioned hometown fair and picnic includes arts and crafts, children's carnival and games and entertainment.Good to know:
The parade begins at Granbury Square at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30Where:
Granbury Historic Downtown, Granbury, TX 76048Info:
817-573-5299,http://granburysquare.com Cost: FREE!
Kick off the summer with a bang. Starting this weekend, every Friday night throughout the summer, you can feast your eyes on a 12-minute fireworks display that can be seen from any Lake Grapevine Park.Good to know:
Best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the Garage Rock Out Party.Recommended ages:
9:30 p.m. Fridays through Labor Day.Where:
Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, TexasInfo: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ Cost: FREE! 3. Memorial Day Ceremony:
Brigadier General Leon Johnson will be this year's guest speaker at the ceremony that will include a commemorative Air Force flyover, bag piper, 21-gun salute and live music by Levee Singers and a USO show.Good to know:
Free trees will be given out and a free "All-American" lunch will be availableRecommended ages:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, May 30 (Gather at 9:30 a.m., service begins at 10 a.m.)Where:
Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover, Grand Prairie, TexasInfo:
972-237-8100,http://www.gptx.org/index.aspx?page=15&recordid=5670 Cost: FREE! 4. Super Duper Mini Chefs:
If you missed this event in Grapevine last weekend. No worries. You can head to North East Mall for a second chance. This hands-on event, which encourages kids to get creative and have fun with their food, includes rolling pretzel dough with Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, decorating cookies with Great American Cookie Co., tossing pizzas with Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and more! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the North Tarrant Area Food Bank.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 atwww.simon.com/kidgits Recommended ages:
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28Where:
North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne St. Ste 1000 Hurst, TX 76053Info: www.simon.com/kidgits Cost: FREE! 5. CityArts Festival:
This juried art show includes vendors, music, live performances and free admission to all of Fair Park's eight museums. The Prudential Children’s Area at the festival will include arts and crafts, interactive activities and family entertainment. On Saturday and Sunday, kids can get their “graffiti on” at the mural wall, build wind-powered whirligigs, create mosaic pendants, paint a canvas quilt, construct paper railroad lanterns and much more. The Dallas Zoo will also present Animal Adventure, an interactive live animal show, at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Good to know:
The Children’s Area will be open until 6 p.m. Saturday (May 28) and Sunday (May 29). Kid’s activities will take place around the Lagoon at Fair Park.Recommended ages:
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, May 27; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28; and noon-6 p.m., Sunday, May 29Where:
Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., DallasInfo:
214-565-0200;www.cityartsfestival.com Cost: FREE!
The event is free. The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park Station.BONUS! 6. New Parents Tour:
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, May 27Where:
Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort WorthInfo:
,http://www.cartermuseum.org 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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