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Friday Freebies: Pick up a pumpkin

10/07/2011 5:38 PM

10/07/2011 8:05 PM

It's time to pick out a pumpkin for your family. Here are 5 patches in Dallas/Fort Worth:

1. Pumpkins on the Prairie: Enjoy the cooler temperatures of Fall and head to this fun pumpkin patch. Your children can play in the bounce house, run through the hay maze and play games in a Kid's Patch. Don't miss the Pumpkin Launching and face painting on weekends!
Good to know: Pick out and purchase a pumpkin. All proceeds will benefit Grace Avenue Missions, Ministries and Assistance
Recommended ages: All
When: Open through October 30. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or sunset), Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.(or sunset) Saturday and Sunday; NOTE: The pumpkin patch will open at 9 a.m. on Sundays, however, activities do not begin until noon.
Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco, Texas, 75034
Info: 972-335-2882,
Cost: Parking, admission and games are FREE!

2. Pumpkin Village: Free activities for the kids include hay rides, petting zoo, hay pyramid, bounce house and bounce slide. Other activities have fees.
Good to know: Pumpkins prices range from $.50 to $20.00 per pumpkin with all profits going to charity. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to dusk, daily. Open through October 31.
Where: Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch, 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Info: 214-498-8300,
Cost: Parking and admission are FREE!

3. Rockwall Pumpkin Patch: About 125,000 pounds of pumpkins will be available for the pickin' and this patch stocks the traditional orange pumpkins as well as novelty pumpkins and gourds. Daily activities for the kids include a special photo area, Story Time Theatre near Oscar the Scarecrow, a hay maze and pumpkin carving. On Saturdays, there's Pumpkin Patch Playtime, which includes storytime, craft projects, face painting and special entertainment.
Good to know: Pumpkins are delivered from New Mexico and California where ideal conditions produce large colorful pumpkins. Tuesday is Senior Day. Seniors (ages 55 or better) get 10% off purchases. 
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Open through October 30.
Where: 1201 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX 75087
Cost: FREE!

4. The Pumpkin Patch: First Christian Church Arlington with Rush Creek Christian Church of Arlington puts on this patch to raise funds for their youth groups. Little ones can enjoy storytelling, mini-pumpkin maze and pumpkin decorating.
Good to know: On Sundays, there are special events including movie night (Oct. 9), Blessing of the Pets (Oct. 16), Sports Fan Sunday (Oct. 23) and Costume Contest at 5 p.m.(Oct. 30).
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to dusk, Sunday through Friday. 10 a.m. to dusk, Saturday. Open through October 31.
Where: 910 S. Collins St. Arlington (1.5 miles south of Cowboys Stadium)
Info: 817-277-2634,
Cost: FREE!

ROAD TRIP! 5. The Pumpkin Patch at First Christian Church of Granbury: This patch includes more than 1,000 pumpkins, a photo booth (bring your own camera) and pumpkin painting station.
Good to know: On October 29, the church is having a free family Fall Festival from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with games, prizes, free supper and bounce houses.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to dusk, Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to dusk, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday, October 16-Monday, October 31
Where: 2109 W. Highway 377, Granbury, TX 76048
Info: 817-573-5431,
Cost: FREE!

$20 Great Wolf Lodge Day Pass: For a limited time, you can get a special $20 one-day waterpark pass to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. This is a great deal because normally you would have to pay for a night's stay (about $200-$600 per night) to have waterpark privileges. The best part of the deal is that proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Good to know: Passes are good between September 6-November 18 (with some blackout dates) and can only be redeemed at the Grapevine location. Not valid on Saturdays or Sundays before 2 p.m.
When: September 6-November 18
Where: Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Cost: $20 per person

VSP Eye Pledge Campaign: Seeing is believing. To bring attention to the importance of eye health, VSP Vision Care has launched the VSP Eye Pledge campaign. For every pledge, VSP will donate an eye exam and brand new pair of glasses to a Boys & Girls Club member on your behalf.
Good to know: VSP has pledged to donate up to 50,000 eye exams worth more than $19 million dollars.
Where: Visit and click on the Eye Pledge. Take the pledge to take care of your own eyes, then select the Boys & Girls Club that you wish to receive a free eye exam
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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