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Friday Freebies: April 23-April 30

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 moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"



Here are some events for Friday, April 23 through Friday, April 30:



SPECIAL EVENTS

FREE KODAK DIGITAL CAMERA: Post your favorite family bluebonnets photo for a chance to win a Kodak EasyShare digital camera. Click here for details on how to enter and find other contests: http://www.star-telegram.com/moms_contests/



MOM2MOM MOM'S CORNER AT DALLAS KIDS EXPO: Take the family for jammed-pack entertainment, great deals and services. Mom2Mom’s Mom Corner will be an oasis for moms to experience yoga, parenting tips and other services. Meet Chef Grady Spears who will be doing a cooking demonstration and signing cookbooks at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, expert colorist/stylist Blaine Schlaudt of Blaine's Color will choose one lucky mom to take part in a makeover. The first 50 moms to register at the Mom’s Corner each day will get a mom2mom gift bag.

Good to know: Sign up to become a member at our Mom2Mom booth for a chance to win a Flip video camcorder, gift certificates and more. Already a member? Give us your e-mail at the booth and you will get a Mom2Mom tote bag or mug and be entered into a separate drawing for prizes.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2

Where: Dallas Market Hall, Main Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

Cost: Adults, $5 online pre-sale, $7 at the door; Children 12 and under, $1 or free with a canned good. All patrons will be provided “security bands” to ID parent and child matches.  (A portion of all pre-sale tikets will go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters) Click here for a discount coupon: http://www.star-telegram.com/moms_contests/

Parking: Free!

Info: www.dallaskidsexpo.com



FRIDAY, APRIL 23



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Art in the Square: This juried art festival includes a Kid's Korner where activities include clay modeling, pipe cleaner art, oil crayon coloring, face painting and colored hair spray.  Don't miss the Youth Art in the Square, which displays work from aspiring high school artists.

Good to know: Many artist booths are only open until 9:00 p.m. Some artists may choose to remain open after that time during the evening entertainment, but this is up to the artists' discretion.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday, April 23; 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake

Info: http://www.artinthesquare.com/

Cost: FREE!



Snake Feedings: Watch the River Legacy Naturalists feed the snakes on display at the Living Science Center. Stay after for a brief Q&A with the Naturalist.

Good to know: This event is every Friday.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m., Friday, April 16

Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington

Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/

Cost: FREE!



Denton Arts & Jazz Festival: Bring your chairs and blankets to hear the cool sounds of jazz. More than 2,200 performers on seven stages are scheduled to entertain. Other activities include arts and crafts, children's art activities, food and games.

Good to know: Coolers are prohibited in the jazz area. No pets; service dogs only.

Recommended ages: All

When:  5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, April 23; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 24; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: Quakertown Park, Denton. From North or South take Hwy. 380, exit 469 from I-35.  Go East to Bell Ave. South on Bell to Festival grounds on right in Civic Center Park.

Info: http://www.dentonjazzfest.com/

Cost: FREE!



Sounds of Spring Concert Series: The whole family can enjoy the music of the Beatles, performed by tribute band Me and My Monkey. North Richland Hills' own The Cut Off will open at 6:50 p.m. Children can enjoy the Kidz Zone with a variety of games and arts and crafts.

Good to know: Don't forget to bring lawn chairs. Beaker's Cookin' Shack at NRH2O will be selling snacks. Smoking, video recording, audio recording, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.

Recommended ages: All

When: 7 p.m., Friday, April 23; gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills

Info:  817-427-6600, www.soundsnrh.com

Cost: FREE!



Concerts in the Park: Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic dinner and non-alcoholic drinks in the natural amphitheater setting for a night of music.

Good to know: Series runs every Friday through April 23

Recommended ages: All

When:  7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 23

Where: Turner Park, 600 block of N.E. 8th St., Grand Prairie, 75050

Info: http://www.grandfungp.com/

Cost: FREE!



SATURDAY, APRIL 24

Arbor Daze: Celebrate Earth Day with family fun including music, entertainment. Children can participate in the Kidz Zone, which will be filled with a variety of activities to keep the kids engaged. The Kidz Zone also features an entertainment stage booked with children's performers and educational shows. Don't forget to pick up your free tree to plant!

Good to know: Free parking is available at the Euless City Hall Complex. Additional spillover parking is available at First Baptist Church Euless on the east side of the parking lot. Free shuttle service will run from FBCE to the festival site.

Recommended ages: All

When:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: City Hall Complex, 201 N. Ector Drive, Euless

Info: http://www.arbordaze.org

Cost: FREE!



Yoga in the Park: Complimentary all-level yoga class in CenterPark. This is a great way to try out local instructors!  Wear comfortable clothing and bring your mat or towel and water bottle.

Good to know: In case of inclement weather, the class will be held inside lululemon athletica, located between Dillard's and Macy's.

Recommended ages: Adults

When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24

Where: CenterPark at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Kids in the Kitchen: Families can enjoy activities and demonstrations including a fun walk, fitness activities, heart-healthy cooking demonstrations and meet Stephen McGee, former Texas A&M quarterback and current backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Good to know: Please leave all bikes, skateboards, scooters and pets at home. Event will happen rain or shine.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24

Where: Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, 7601 Preston Road, Plano, Texas 75024

Info: http://www.childrens.com

Cost: FREE!



Art in the Square: This juried art festival includes a Kid's Korner where activities include clay modeling, pipe cleaner art, oil crayon coloring, face painting and colored hair spray.  Don't miss the Youth Art in the Square, which displays work from aspiring high school artists.

Good to know: Many artist booths are only open until 9:00 p.m. Some artists may choose to remain open after that time during the evening entertainment, but this is up to the artists' discretion.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake

Info: http://www.artinthesquare.com/

Cost: FREE!



Air Power Expo: Naval Air Station Fort Worth is dispensing with its usual firm security measures and will allow visitors on base for a military event flown by pilots in uniform that will include Navy F/A-18 Hornet air-to-ground show of force, Navy F/A-18 Hornet flight demonstration, B-52 Stratofortress flyover, special-operations joint commando parachute team, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt flight demonstration, Cavanaugh Air Museum warbirds and Jan Collmer stunt flight. A free concert by country acts James Otto and Lonestar follows the air show Saturday.

Good to know: Food, drink and memorabilia will be sold on-site (no credit cards). Expect to have your bags and purses inspected. Do not bring pets, coolers, large bags, alcohol or weapons (regardless of whether you’re a permit holder). Parking is free.

Recommended ages: All

When: Show starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.

Where: Naval Air Station Fort Worth, enter the base near the Ridgmar Farmers Market on Texas 183.

Info: www.airpowerexpo.com

Cost: FREE!



Get Kidz Fit Fest: The Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity invites your family to be a part of this event that showcases simple and fun ways families can incorporate physical activity and nutritious eating into day-to-day life. Families can participate in hands-on healthy cooking demonstrations and try different sports and fitness activities.

Good to know: The first 500 kids get a free T-shirt; parking is free

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24

Where: Fair Park Centennial Building, Dallas

Info: http://www.getkidzfit.org/

Cost: FREE!



Brave Combo: Grammy Award-winning polka band Brave Combo will entertain the entire family!

Recommended ages: All

When:  2 p.m., Saturday, April 24

Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's, beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Star Parties: You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and even more astronomy buffs -- including Noble Planetarium staff and Fort Worth Astronomical Society members -- to help you navigate your way through the skies.

Good to know: Star Parties are held once a month in the parking lot just south of the Museum of Science and History (corner of Montgomery and Harley). Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street

Recommended ages: All

When: Dusk to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24

Where: Parking lot just south of the Museum of Science and History (corner of Montgomery and Harley), Fort Worth

Info: http://www.fwmsh.org/star-parties

Cost: FREE!



SUNDAY, APRIL 25

Art in the Square: This juried art festival includes a Kid's Korner where activities include clay modeling, pipe cleaner art, oil crayon coloring, face painting and colored hair spray.  Don't miss the Youth Art in the Square, which displays work from aspiring high school artists.

Good to know: Many artist booths are only open until 9:00 p.m. Some artists may choose to remain open after that time during the evening entertainment, but this is up to the artists' discretion.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake

Info: http://www.artinthesquare.com/

Cost: FREE!



Air Power Expo: Naval Air Station Fort Worth is dispensing with its usual firm security measures and will allow visitors on base for a military event flown by pilots in uniform that will include Navy F/A-18 Hornet air-to-ground show of force, Navy F/A-18 Hornet flight demonstration, B-52 Stratofortress flyover, special-operations joint commando parachute team, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt flight demonstration, Cavanaugh Air Museum warbirds and Jan Collmer stunt flight. A free concert by country acts James Otto and Lonestar follows the air show Saturday.

Good to know: Food, drink and memorabilia will be sold on-site (no credit cards). Expect to have your bags and purses inspected. Do not bring pets, coolers, large bags, alcohol or weapons (regardless of whether you’re a permit holder). Parking is free.

Recommended ages: All

When: Show starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.

Where: Naval Air Station Fort Worth, enter the base near the Ridgmar Farmers Market on Texas 183.

Info: www.airpowerexpo.com

Cost: FREE!



National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery.

Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org

Cost: FREE!



Children's Day Festival at the Latino Cultural Center:
Kids will enjoy children's theater, family movies, craft workshops, games and live music.

Good to know: For a complete schedule of activities, go to http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204

Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/

Cost: FREE!



Arbor Daze: Celebrate Earth Day with family fun including music, entertainment. Children can participate in the Kidz Zone, which will be filled with a variety of activities to keep the kids engaged. The Kidz Zone also features an entertainment stage booked with children's performers and educational shows. Don't forget to pick up your free tree to plant!

Good to know: Free parking is available at the Euless City Hall Complex. Additional spillover parking is available at First Baptist Church Euless on the east side of the parking lot. Free shuttle service will run from FBCE to the festival site.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Where: City Hall Complex, 201 N. Ector Drive, Euless

Info: http://www.arbordaze.org

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, APRIL 26

National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery.

Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 26

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.bsamuseum.org

Cost: FREE!



TUESDAY, APRIL 27



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Bump It Up: Transforming your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Book Tour: Meet author Amy Koch, trend reporter for NBC and Vogue Style Expert, whose latest book Bump It Up shows moms-to-be how to maintain their fashion edge and triumph over the incredible bulk of pregnancy.

Good to know: Preggo pampering services, raffles and gift bags. RSVP suggested at rsvp.01521@whotels.com

Recommended ages: Adults

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27

Where: W Hotel, Victory Park,2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas
, 75219

Info: http://www.bumpitupstyle.com/

Cost: FREE!


Amon Carter Museum:
Explore one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early 19th-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-20th-century modernists to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Good to know: Admission to the museum is always free! All galleries offer barrier-free access.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 27

Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695

Info: 817-738-1933, http://www.cartermuseum.org/

Cost: FREE!



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

SuperHero Day: Calling all superheroes! Put on your suits and bring your sidekicks as we celebrate acts of bravery, boldness and courage through stories, poems and songs with storyteller (and hero-in-training) Ann Marie Newman.

Recommended ages: 5 and younger

When:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 28

Where: NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy's, beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres, NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



THURSDAY, APRIL 29

It's Complicated Girls' Night Out: Life gets complicated, so take a break at a special girls' night out dedicated to helping "un-complicate" your life!  Celebrate the release of the hit movie, "It's Complicated" on DVD/Blu-ray.

Good to know: The first 150 guests will receive a NorthPark gift bag, and the first 250 guests will receive an "It's Complicated" gift bag and a complimentary Bacardi Rum Mojito or glass of wine. 

Recommended ages: Adults

When:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 29

Where: La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Amon Carter Museum: Explore one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early 19th-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-20th-century modernists to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Good to know: Admission to the museum is always free! All galleries offer barrier-free access.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 29

Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695

Info: 817-738-1933, http://www.cartermuseum.org/

Cost: FREE!



FRIDAY, APRIL 30

New Parents Tour: Pack up the baby stroller and join the tour designed to introduce new parents (with babies in tow) to a variety of artworks at the Amon Carter Museum. Refreshments will be provided after the program.Tour begins outside the Museum Store. Reservations are not required, but we recommend that parents call 817.989.5031 to receive helpful instructions. Parents are encouraged to park in the lot on Lancaster Avenue, south of the museum, and enter the museum through the accessible Lancaster entrance.

Recommended ages: Pre-toddlers

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 30

Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

Info: Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 to receive helpful instructions; http://www.cartermuseum.org



Snake Feedings: Watch the River Legacy Naturalists feed the snakes on display at the Living Science Center. Stay after for a brief Q&A with the Naturalist.

Good to know: This event is every Friday.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m., Friday, April 30

Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington

Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.org/

Cost: FREE!



Sounds of Spring Concert Series: The whole family can enjoy the music of Big Band Les Elgart Orchestra. North Richland Hills' own The Cut Off will open at 6:50 p.m. Children can enjoy the Kidz Zone with a variety of games and arts and crafts.

Good to know: Don't forget to bring lawn chairs. Beaker's Cookin' Shack at NRH2O will be selling snacks. Smoking, video recording, audio recording, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.

Recommended ages: All

When: 7 p.m., Friday, April 30; gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills

Info:  817-427-6600, www.soundsnrh.com

Cost: FREE!
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