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Friday Freebies: Fun for foodies

07/14/2011 12:13 PM

07/14/2011 2:05 PM

Take a trip to Cowtown Farmers Market for a teaching moment or go tubing on the Trinity with your teens. Why not? It's free. Here are my pics for fun family outings in Dallas/Fort Worth this weekend:

1. Cowtown Farmers Market Annual Summer Festival: Teach your kids the value of food. It's time they know that the food they get from the grocery store doesn't just magically appear. Take them to this farmer's market where nothing is sold that was grown more than 150 miles from the market. Don't miss all of the music, tasting booth and cooking demos! Give each child a couple of dollars to splurge on something tasty. Then, fill up a bag with veggies, fruits and other delectables and have the whole family help cook dinner that night. Yummy!
Good to know: The market is open every Saturday year-round and on Wednesdays, June through November. Did you know? If you spend $100 at a farmers market, $62 goes back into the local economy.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 16
Where: Cowtown Farmers Market, 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth 76116
Cost: FREE!

2. Rockin' the River: The Trinity River Vision's floating summer concert series continues, with tunes from Dallas' own Eleven Hundred Springs. Free inner tubes are available for the first 600 attendees. Food and drink will also be available to purchase on-site. Floaters are allowed to bring their own tubes, beverage coolers and lawn chairs. Children under 12 years of age will be required to wear a life vest at all times while in the water.  Free life vests are available for use, but must be returned at the end of the event. Check in at the sign-in tent to sign a waiver and receive a Rockin’ The River wristband. You will not be allowed in the river without a wristband.
Good to know: This event repeats every second and fourth Thursday through August. Free parking at the "Old Tandy Center."
Recommended ages: 12 and older
When: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 14. Concert begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Near Henderson and Belknap, Fort Worth
Info: 817-698-0700,
Cost: FREE!

3. Summer Fun & Snakes at NorthPark: Take part in some fun indoor activities at the Summer Fun Day, presented by Children's Medical Center. Activities include face painting, a teddy bear clinic, arts and crafts and a performance by Mad Science at Level 1 between NorthCourt and Macy's. Then, head on over to East Court near Dillards at 2 p.m. for "Snake Encounters" where Daryl Sprout presents the surreptitious world of snakes with comedy, magic and slithering tales.
Recommended ages: 10 and younger
When: Noon to 4 p.m.., Saturday, July 16.
Where: NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225
Cost: FREE!

4. Fabled Journeys in Asian Art: East Asia: This Crow Collection After Dark event is perfect for a night out with your teen. Enjoy a sneak peek tour of the new exhibition "Fabled Journeys in Asian Art: East Asia" with Dr. Caron Smith, Crow Collection of Asian Art curator at 8 p.m.
Good to know: No reservations required. A complimentary wine reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the event of rain, outdoor activities may be moved inside the museum.
Recommended ages: 12 and older
When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, July 15
Where: The Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora Street, (Between Harwood & Olive) Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE!

5. Ice Cream Sunday: Escape from the heat and explore the galleries and get a free scoop of ice cream too! Docent-guided tours for families and screenings of the children’s films “Dropping in on Picasso” and “Getting to Know Michelangelo” will be ongoing throughout the event.To commemorate National Ice Cream Day, Blue Bell will debut their newest ice cream flavor, Dessert Trio, at the Museum. Dessert Trio is a smooth vanilla ice cream loaded with pieces of three popular desserts––chocolate chip cookies, pecan brownies, and chocolate-coated cake––all surrounded by a swirl of rich chocolate sauce.
Good to know: Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always FREE. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Press Pass holders will receive free admission to Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912. Admission to the Picasso exhibition is otherwise $8, adults; $6, seniors age 60 and older and students with an ID; $4 for children ages 6–11; and fREE for children 6 and younger and museum members.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 17
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-332-8451,
Cost: FREE!

BONUS! NOT FREE, BUT CHEAP: Harry Potter Magical Experience: Kids can dress up as their favorite Potter character and enjoy an enchanting castle Bounce House and a broom stick relay races. They can also participate in craft activities including a wand-making project and a wizard or witch’s hat craft.
Good to know: The event is free for Simon Kidgits members. 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 4 p.m., Saturday, July 16
Where: North East Mall- Center Court, 1101 Melbourne St., Hurst, TX 76053
Cost: FREE! (See note above)

Basically Beethoven Festival: Introduce your children to the wonders of classical music. The concert series continues with different themes each Sunday through July 31.
Good to know: Parking is free and no reservations are required.
Recommended ages: All ages
When:  2 p.m., Sunday, July 10. Rising Star Recital begins at 2:30 p.m. Featured concert begins at 3 p.m.
Where: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park Grand Hall, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd (Gate 6), Dallas TX 75210
Cost: FREE!

Fridays at the Farm: Enjoy a playdate at the farm! Chat with the chickens, dig in the dirt, ride a tractor and play with heritage toys.
Good to know: Tractor rides $1 per person.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 15 and July 29
Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. Overflow parking is available at Cannon Elementary and the Botanic Gardens.
Cost: FREE!

Splish Splash StoryTime: Here's a storytime with a twist. Take your water baby out to Denton for fun time with other tots at the Children's Play Pool at the Water Works Park.
Good to know: Admission is free during storytime, but participants must leave by 10:45 a.m. or pay the Water Works admission. Admission: 48 inches or taller, $11(non-residents add $2); Under 48 inches, $7 (non-residents add $2); 2 and younger, free; and non-swimming guests, $5.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., every Friday through July 29
Where: Water Works Park, 2400 Long Road, Denton (Off FM 428-Sherman Drive, near Loop 288)
Info: 940-349-8810,
Cost: FREE!

Friday Fireworks: 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: All
When: 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Labor Day.
Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
Cost: FREE!

Family Film Festival: Watch a G- or PG-rated film with your kids for free every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Here's the movie schedule: The Lighting Thief, July 12 and 13; Chronicles of Narnia, July 19 and 20; and Gulliver's Travels, July 26 and 27.
Good to know: Attendees can save $1 on the purchase of a Rave Movie Meal deal.
Recommended ages: All
When: Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Movies begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesdays through July 27
Where: Rave Motion Pictures at NorthEast Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053
Info: 817-591-8540,
Cost: FREE!

Storytime at the Amon Carter: The program brings the museum’s artworks to life through engaging children’s stories and related art activities. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the eight-week series. Perfect attendance throughout the summer makes your child eligible to win all the titles – 24 free books – read during Storytime.For information on books, go to
Good to know: Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 to receive helpful instructions.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, July 20 and July 27
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, ,
Cost: FREE!

2-for-1 Exhibit Tuesdays: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is offering a great deal during the summer months. Every Tuesday through August 30 is 2-for-1 admission. Bring the whole family to experience the new aviation exhibit, "Ascent…When Dreams Defy Gravity, and Champions."
Good to know: The second admission must be of equal or lesser value. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Does not apply to Omni Theater or Noble Planetarium tickets.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through August 30.
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-255-9540,
Cost: $14, adults; $10, children (ages 2-12) and seniors (age 60+). Museum members 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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