Mari's Moments

March 16, 2012

Friday Freebies: Going Green for St. Patrick's Day!

Wind down your Spring Break activities with free St. Patrick's Day events.

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Close out Spring Break with some St. Patrick's Day fun. Here are my picks:

1.Cowtown Goes Green: Activities include pony rides, petting zoo, Radio Disney games and contests, face painting and live music. Following the 4 p.m. cattle drive, there will be a special Western/Irish themed parade.
Good to know: Don't miss the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive at 4 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When:  1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 17
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards, Main and Exchange Streets, Fort Worth, Texas
Cost: FREE!

2. Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade: Start your St. Paddy's Day with the annual parade, which was saved this year by Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban. Be prepared for hundreds of floats and lots of people.
Good to know: After the parade ends, the party kicks off at Yale Blvd. with live entertainment.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17
Where: Greenville Avenue, between Blackwell Street and Yale Blvd., Dallas
Cost: FREE!
3. Saturday Story Time: 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.
Good to know: RSVP to 817-860-6752.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, March 17
Where: River Legacy Park Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006
Info: 817-860-6752,
Cost: FREE!

4. 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!


BONUS: Dallas Kids Expo: Returning for the fourth year of family fun, Dallas Kids Expo will be jammed-packed with exhibitors and services, educational seminars for parents and kids, and lots of entertainment. Bob the Builder™ performs his interactive Sing-Along Performance at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. He'll also be available to pose with kids and families for photos. Are you an expecting or new mom? Stop by Oh Baby! Alley with workshops that include "Five Baby Signs to Save Your Sanity" and "Potty Training Before Age 2."
Good to know: Go to to get $8 admission for a family of four to the expo (savings of up to $26). Hurry, the deal expires Sunday, March 18!
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24
Where: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, Texas 75207
Cost:  Pre-Sale Adult tickets, $7 (offers ends Friday, March 23); Regular Admission Adult, $12 per day (Cash only at event); Children 12 and younger, $1 or FREE with a jar of peanut butter. All proceeds from kid tickets will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Admission includes all non-premium activities + the Bob the Builder™show

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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