▪ Take the kids to a free storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday at the River Legacy Living Science Center. The center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25. RSVP for the activity to 817-860-6752. River Legacy is at 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. www.riverlegacy.org.
▪ Kids can learn about the winter survival skills of snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. From 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, kids and adults also learn about winter constellations, including folklore and stargazing tips. Both days’ activities are free with paid admission ($2-$5).
The nature center will have several winter-break programs, including a birding walk at 10 a.m. Monday and bison feeding hayrides Tuesday and Wednesday and again Dec. 29-30. A free snake-skin bookmark activity for kids who need a last-minute gift is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Thursday. All materials will be provided. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org.
▪ Get your gardening questions answered with a call to the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association help desk, 817-884-1944. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
▪ Johnson County Master Gardeners also answer gardening questions and give advice 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Call the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 and ask to speak to a master gardener.
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