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Friday Freebies: Family Fun during Super Bowl Week

If you weren't lucky enough to snag a seat for Super Bowl XLV, here are a few budget-conscious options for families for the week leading up to the big game. And you don't have to be an out-of-towner to take advantage of these kid-friendly events! 

Friday, Jan. 28: New Parents Tour at the Amon Carter Museum

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. Tour begins outside the Museum Store. You'll be able to 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. Reservations are not required, but parents can 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.

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

Recommended ages: Pre-toddlers

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 28

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

Info: 817-989-5030;

Saturday, Jan. 29: NFL Experience

This is the first weekend of the Super Bowl's interactive park at the Dallas Convention Center. The young and young at heart have a chance to demonstrate their football skills, as well as attend clinics, autograph sessions and purchase merchandise of all 32 teams.

Good to know: All adults and children must complete a waiver to participate in the interactive games, which can be found at

Recommended ages: All

When: Thursday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, February 2 through Sunday, February 6

Where: Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas

Info:866-849-4635,                                                                                                                 Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for 12 and younger. Available at or 866-849-4635. Here's how you can get tickets for free:

On Go to the mom2mom Contests page for details on how to win a family 4-pack.

On Go to the Super Bowl web site for details on how to score NFL Experience tickets or even win Super Bowl tickets.

On Twitter: Through Jan. 26, the National Football League is giving away two free tickets every day via Twitter @superbowl


Sunday, Jan. 30: Dallas Community Health Fiesta

The NFL has teamed up with the League of United Latin American Citizens to provide Latino families with information on how to improve the health of their families and children. Participants will learn about the importance of exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices, and will receive information about NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and fitness campaign, and its programs. Attendees will also be able to participate in fitness activities including flag football and dance.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, January 30

Where: Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave, Dallas

Info: 202-833-6130;                                                                       Cost: FREE!

Monday, Jan. 31: ESPN at Sundance Square

Starting on Monday, Jan. 31, ESPN will begin 80 hours of live radio and TV programming from downtown Fort Worth, which the pre-eminent sports network is calling home during Super Bowl week. Network executives chose Fort Worth because they said it best captured the North Texas region's Western heritage and modern-day sensibilities. From the popular radio talk show Mike & Mike in the Morning, at 5 a.m., to the network's signature show, SportsCenter, at night, the network offers fans the chance to congregate in Sundance Square to see their favorite ESPN on-air personalities. A demonstration football field made of artificial turf will be on Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets so that ESPN Countdown analysts such as Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson can demonstrate plays.

Good to know: Plenty of celebrities will make appearances on ESPN shows, and it's a great chance to ask for autographs and see some of your favorite players in person. Spectators will be allowed in the parking lot to watch SportsCenter and studio shows, but there will be no seating. The ESPN broadcast day will begin at 5 a.m. each weekday beginning Jan. 31, with the Mike & Mike national radio talk show broadcasting from its setup at Fourth and Main Streets, and will conclude at 10 p.m. with SportsCenter from the main stage.

Recommended ages: All

When: Monday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, February 6

Where: Main Street and 4th/6th Streets, Fort Worth


Cost: FREE!


Tuesday, Feb. 1: Pictures and Pages at The Kimbell Art Museum

This program, which is designed for preschoolers, makes popular children's books the inspiration for conversation and simple art activties. This free program features a reading of Kevin Henkes’s acclaimed storybook "Kitten’s First Full Moon," which received the 2005 Caldecott Medal, followed by an engaging docent-led tour and a related art activity.

Good to know: Space is limited and advace registration is required. Maximum of 2 children per 1 adult. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Recommended ages: 4-6

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 1

Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792

Info: To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 297,

Cost: FREE!

Wednesday, Feb. 2: Fort Worth Zoo

This is one of the best zoos in the country with almost 7,000 animals and 14 major exhibits that are open 365 days a year. The interactive Texas Wild! exhibit, which stretches across more than eight acres, celebrates the Lone Star State's history and the plants and animals of its six distinct geographic regions.

Good to know: Wednesdays are half-price admission.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Where: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110



Cost: $12; children 3-12 and seniors 65 and up, $9. Wednesdays are half-price admission.

Thursday, Feb. 3: GM Plant Tour

This is the last day to catch the tour of the General Motors plant in Arlington, which produced more than 280,000 Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades last year. Visitors will tour the plant during working hours when employees will be building new GM sport utility vehicles. They'll also get the opportunity to look at and test drive an assortment of new GM vehicles.

Good to know: GM will allow visitors to bring cameras into the plant. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No open-toe shoes or high heels are allowed in the manufacturing area.

Recommended ages:  Children 7 and older are allowed in manufacturing area.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and again from 5:45 to 8 p.m., Jan. 31 through Feb. 3

Where: 2525 E. Abram Street, Arlington, TX; Enter GM Assembly Plant through Gate 6 off Abram Street.

Info: GM Plant Tour Facebook Page


Cost: FREE! No tickets or reservations are required, but the number of visitors will be limited and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday, Feb. 4: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

The Stock Show will be wrapping up right before the Super Bowl, but if you come in for the weekend, there's still plenty to do and see. What's also great is that admission includes entry into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Cattleraisers Museum. All very family friendly sites!

Good to know: The big rodeo finals are Saturday night, but will probably be sold out, but tickets may still be available for the 2 p.m. Saturday rodeo. If you are a Star-Telegram subscriber, you can get 50% off $16 PRCA Rodeo tickets. If you renew or subscribe at the Star-Telegram booth at the Stock Show, you will also get a free TCU front page poster or T-shirt.

Recommended ages: All

When: Through Feb. 5; event times vary

Where: 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth

Info: 817-877-2400,


Cost: Rodeo tickets (which include grounds admission) are $16-$22. A general admission pass, which gets you into everything but rodeo events, is $10, $5 for children 6-16 and free for kids 5 and under. They are available at (817) 877-2420.

Saturday, Feb. 5: Adventure Asia: Family Day at The Crow

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with family activities including a rabbit petting zoo, art activities, face painting, storytelling, yoga inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, a lion dance at 1 p.m. and more!

Good to know: Enjoy complimentary samples of delicious Chinese candies and green and bubble teas, and learn all about the origin of bubble teas. Complimentary supplies limited. (Full-sized beverages will be available for $3.)

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 5

Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201(Between Harwood and Olive)

Info: 214-979-6430,

Cost: FREE!

Sunday, Feb. 6: Super Bowl Sunday: Kick back and watch the game at home with your family! It's free! For complete coverage, go to