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Friday Freebies: Sky's the limit

07/21/2011 5:05 PM

07/22/2011 6:09 PM

Go up, up and away on a hot air balloon or let your babies grow up to be cowboys this weekend. Here are my pics for fun -- and free -- family outings in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend:

1. Summer Balloon Classic and Airfest: Hot-air balloons and stunt flying are the focus of this three-day fest, which includes activities such as arts and crafts, train rides, amusement rides and a petting zoo. You can even purchase a tethered balloon ride ($15, adults; $10, 13 and younger)!
Good to know: This is an outdoor event subject to weather conditions.  All flights are weather permitting and at the discretion of pilots. Pets and outside food and drink may brought into the event.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 22; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 23; and 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday, July 24
Where: Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Road, Midlothian, 76065
Info: 469-371-9218,
Cost: FREE! (Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle per day or $15 for a two-day pass)

2. National Day of The American Cowboy: Have you ever wanted to be a cowboy? Here's your chance. This annual event, named the best of its kind by western magazine 'American Cowboy,' features a parade, the Fort Worth Herd cattle drive and CowCamp for kids. You can also participate in a number of contests including watermelon eating contests, an art contest, best mustache contest and a singing contest called "Cowboy Idol." Who knew cowboys were so competitive? For a $5 entry fee, you can also try your hand at the Most Worn-Out Boot Contest or Riscky's Rib Eating Contest.
Good to know: All events will be along East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23
Where: 130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Info: 817-625-9715,
Cost: FREE!

3. Frisco Family Fun Ride: A family that bikes together -- stays in shape. Take your family out on a fun 1/2 mile bike ride. You don't have to be a Frisco resident to participate including the little ones in trailers or riding with training wheels. 
Good to know: The event is free but you must pre-register for a number, goody bag and T-shirt.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23  
Where: Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. Frisco, TX 75034
Cost: FREE!

4. Family Film Festival: Here's your last chance to watch a G- or PG-rated film with your kids for free at the Rave theater at NorthEast Mall. Here are the final two movies: 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!

5. 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 27
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030,
Cost: FREE!

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 24 and July 31. 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 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!

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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