Mari's Moments

March 7, 2012

Friday Freebies: Spring Break edition

Keep your kids occupied during Spring Break Week with one of these free family activities in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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School's out for a week. What are you going to do with your kids? Here are 5 suggestions that won't bust your budget:

1. Free Family Fun Week: Each day features a different artist, artworks, and activities. Here's the schedule of featured artists: Georgia O’Keeffe, Tuesday, March 13; John Singer Sargent, Wednesday, March 14; Stuart Davis, Thursday, March 15; and Ben Shahn, Friday, March 16.
Good to know: Refreshments are provided. Did you know? Admission to the museum is always free.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10:30 a.m. to noon, March 13-16
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, ,
Cost: FREE!

2. Spring Break 'til Midnight: Bring your blankets and the Nasher for an evening of entertainment. The fun begins with a 7 p.m. concert featuring Dallas band Emerald City. At 9 p.m., watch the five-time Academy Award-winning film, Hugo. The 3D version will be shown in the garden, and 3D glasses will be provided to the first 600 guests. The regular version will also be shown in Nasher Hall. The film has a PG rating.
Good to know: You can pre-reserve picnic baskets by calling 214-242-5144. On-site premade salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase. During Spring Break, half-price admission to the museum will be available March 10-18.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 16
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100,
Cost: FREE!

3.Target Second Saturday at Latino Cultural Center: This month's activities will focus on significant Latina artists in honor of Women's History Month. The all-female Mariachi group, Mariachi Girasol, will perform. At noon, there will be a performance of Dallas Opera's "Dr. Miracle." In addition to these activities, there will be a free music and dance theater boot camp from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. led by Dallas Theater Center artist and director Joel Ferrell. This boot camp is aimed at students who are interested in musical theater or auditioning for the upcoming Dallas Theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Good to know: Kids can also participate in a craft workshop and dance class.
Recommended ages: All
When:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas TX 75204
Cost: FREE!

4. CBS 11 Make it a Day at the DMA: The kick-off event to Spring Break activities includes meeting CBS 11 on-air personalities, sketching in the galleries with artist Solange Mariel and family tours of the collections. You can also create your own masterpiece in the Art Studio, hear from student artists represented in the Young Masters student exhibition and participate in The David Chicken Live Show Spectacular!
Good to know: On March 10, Youth and Beauty admission is half price from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Spring Break week, half-price general admission to the museum and Youth and Beauty exhibit will be available March 11-March 16. Note: Museum is closed on Monday, March 12. Family friendly activities will be offered daily from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. March 11-16. On Friday, March 16, walk on the wild side when Late Night explores the children’s book "Where the Wild Things Are."
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201
Info: 214-922-1312,
Cost: FREE!

NOT FREE, BUT GOOD: 5. Spring Break Week for Families: During Spring Break, River Legacy Park's Living Science Center is offering science and nature activities for $2 per person. On Tuesday, March 13, you can grab a dip net and see what interesting watery inhabitants you can find in our pond. On Wednesday, March 14, investigate snails, millipedes and worms under microscopes. On Thursday, March 15, take a guided nature hike. On Friday, March 16, get an up-close look at snakes. For all activities, at least one adult must be present per family. Space is limited for some activities. Call 817-860-6752 for more information.
Good to know: There's a free Saturday Story Time on March 17. Children of all ages are invited to listen to fun, seasonal stories presented by a librarian from the Arlington Public Libraries at River Legacy Living Science Center. Stay after for related activity. RSVP to 817-860-6752.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 13-Friday, March 16
Where: River Legacy Park Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006
Info: 817-860-6752,
Cost: $2 per person
BONUS! Children's Opera Theatre: Introduce your children to the wonderful world of opera. Fort Worth Opera has two productions during Spring Break: Little Red’s Most Unusual Day and The Bremen Town Musicians. Each kid-friendly opera will be approximately 45 minutes long and will be followed by a Q & A session with the cast.
Good to know: When you attend Little Red’s Most Unusual Day on Monday, March 12, and donate one nonperishable food item, you'll get one free ticket to a Friday, March 16 performance of The Bremen Town Musicians. All donations will go to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Tickets are limited to one per person, subject to availability.
Recommended ages: All
When: Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, March 12; The Bremen Town Musicians, 11 a.m and 2 p.m., Friday, March 16
Where: Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Info: 817-731-0726,
Cost: $5 per person

PLAN AHEAD: Wild West Double Feature: Consider America’s cultural depiction of the West through visual art and cinema while watching the family friendly, Academy Award winning film Rango (PG; 2011), followed by the spaghetti western classic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (NR; 1966). Come for one of the films or stay for both!
Good to know: Because seating is limited, reservations are required. Call 817-989-5030 or e-mail to reserve your spot. Rango will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by refreshments. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will begin at 1 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, ,
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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