Mari's Moments

March 6, 2013

Friday Freebies: Free Spring Break events in Dallas-Fort Worth

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

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There are plenty of free and inexpensive activities available for your family during Spring Break. Here are some of my faves:

Free, free, free
Free Family Fun Week: "Sensational Seasons" is the theme of this year’s Family Fun Week. The museum’s educators will be stationed throughout the museum to engage families and make connections between artworks and the season featured that day. The atrium will be set up as a creativity zone with stations for children and adults to make art inspired by the four seasons.
Good to know: Cookies and lemonade are provided. Reservations are not necessary, but parents are encouraged to call 817-989-5030 or e-mail for information and parking tips. Did you know? Admission to the museum is always free.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, ,
Cost: FREE!

Spring Break Gallery Program: This program intended for families with young children is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. Both the tour and project focus on select works in the Modern’s collection. On Tuesday, March 12, the tour will feature the work of Bruce Nauman. On Wednesday, March 13, the tour will feature the work of Mark Bradford.
Good to know: Registration is not required, but a sign-up sheet is provided at the front desk the day of the program. Attendance is limited.
Recommended ages: 10 and younger
When: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Info: 817-738-9215, ,
Cost: FREE!

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Craft Demonstration: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility produces over half of the nation’s paper currency. You can see billions of dollars as you take the tour, which is always free, on the elevated walkway above the production floor and learn about the history of U.S. paper currency. During Spring Break, there will be special demos by bureau employees. Families will learn about plate making for Offset printing presses, witness Intaglio engraving artisanship at the engraver's workbench, watch mutilated currency be reconstructed piece-by-piece and see how currency was printed circa 1900 at the refurbished spider press. Children 8 years and older can even engrave and print their very own currency design in the Kid$ Corral.
Good to know: Tours at Bureau of Engraving and Printing are always free. The bureau is a secured facility. All visitors, including children, are subject to a security screening prior to entering the tour and visitor Center. Cell phones or any electronic equipment, back packs, cameras, weapons (including knives, pellet guns, mace, etc.), explosives, food and drinks are prohibited.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15. Last tour is at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Tour and Visitor Center, 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76131
Info: 817-231-4000 or 866-865-1194,
Cost: FREE!

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 The King Bucks' music, which forges a unique alliance between traditional country, boogie, rockabilly and soul. At 9 p.m., watch the 2009 Academy Award-nominated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. The film has a PG rating.
Good to know: No outside food, beverages or furniture are allowed to be brought in. You can pre-reserve picnic baskets by calling 214-242-5144 by Wednesday, March 13. On-site premade salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase at Nasher Café.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 15
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100,
Cost: FREE!

Spring Break Family Experiences: Enjoy a fun-filled week of art-making activities, family tours, story times, and gallery activities for families. Enjoy these activities every day from March 12-15.
Good to know: Beginning this year, the Dallas Museum of Art began offering free general admission and free memberships.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201
Info: 214-922-1312,
Cost: FREE!

Galleria Dallas activities: Kick off Spring Break with these weekend activities. On Saturday, March 9, watch Seussology 101 with Cinde Sanders. This fun performance features the sister of Dr. Seuss’ famous hat wearing cat. She will bring wise and witty tips for living from the good Dr. Seuss with magic, music, puppets and fun. On Sunday, March 10, join Saige's Scavenger Hunt at the American Girl store. Learn about Saige, the newest Girl of the Year, with a fun-filled scavenger hunt. During this free event, your girl can create a paper hot air balloon inspired by Saige’s stories and get a free American Girl poster at the end of the scavenger hunt.
Good to know: Call American Girl for details on Sunday's event: 888-777-0010
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 10
Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX (I-635 at Dallas North Tollway)
Info: 972-702-7100,
Cost: FREE!

Not free, but cheap

Nature activities: During Spring Break, River Legacy Park's Living Science Center is offering science and nature activities for $2 per person. On Monday, March 11, you can grab a dip net and collection box to see what interesting insect inhabitants you can find in the parks. On Tuesday, March 12, take a guided nature hike. On Friday, March 15, Get an upclose look at a Gulf Coast Toad and a Tiger Salamander during this amphibian exploration and related craft. For all activities, at least one adult must be present per family. Space is limited for some events and require RSVP, call 817-860-6752.
Good to know: There's a free Saturday Story Time at 11 a.m. on March 16. 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., Monday, March 11; Tuesday, March 12 and Friday, March 15
Where: River Legacy Park Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006
Info: 817-860-6752,
Cost: $2 per person

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