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Free (and cheap) Spring Break activities in Dallas-Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, normally closed on Mondays, will be open on Monday, March 9, and offer free admission so students can celebrate the special gallery program “Spring Break Wonders.”
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, normally closed on Mondays, will be open on Monday, March 9, and offer free admission so students can celebrate the special gallery program “Spring Break Wonders.” Star-Telegram

The question on every parent’s mind during Spring Break: What am I going to do with the kids? If you have decided to stay close to home this year, consider these free or cheap activities in Dallas-Fort Worth that won't bust your budget:

Spring Break Wonders at The Modern: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is normally closed on Mondays. On Monday, March 9, the museum will open its doors and offer free admission so students can celebrate the special gallery program “Spring Break Wonders.” Each Spring Break Wonders session is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. Both the tour and project focus on selected works in the Modern’s collection. The Modern Grill on the Café Terrace will also be open and will have hot dogs, chips, and cookies for sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And kids eat FREE! Each child under 12 receives a FREE hot dog and bag of chips.

Good to know: The Spring Break Wonders session will also be conducted March 10-March 12 at 2 p.m. Registration is not required, but a sign-up sheet is provided at the information desk beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the program. Attendance is limited; admission is free.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, March 9

Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Info: 817-738-9215, http://www.themodern.org

Cost: FREE!

Spring Break Week at River Legacy: During Spring Break, River Legacy Park's Living Science Center will offer science and nature activities for $2 per person. Activities include nature hikes, reptile encounters, bug detective activities, awesome opossums, and art projects.

Good to know: There's a free animal exploration program at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, but space is limited. There’s also a free, family friendly nature walk at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 14. RSVP for these two activities at 817-860-6752.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13

Where: River Legacy Park Living Science Center, 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006

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

Cost: $2 per person

Spring Break Kickoff Party at the Nasher: The kickoff party features special performances by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. There will also be family activities in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Target First Saturday. Activities will include a children’s art activity, scavenger hunt, family tours, yoga and story time.

Good to know: The Nasher will offer half-price admission March 8-15.

Recommended ages: 11 and younger

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 7 (Free family activities end at 2 p.m.)

Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas

Info: 214-242-5100, http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/

Cost: FREE!

Spring Break Block Party at the Dallas Arts District: The daytime block party in the Dallas Arts District will offer free activities and a performance by the award-winning Mariachi Rosas Divinas at 1 p.m. The Crow Collection of Asian Art,Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Klyde Warren Park will host special activities such as family yoga, scavenger hunts, art-making and guided tours.

Good to know: Kids, ages 6 to 18, will be able to register for Dallas City of Learning summer program at the event and earn digital badges for activities they participate in throughout the day.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7

Where: Dallas Arts District, Harwood Street and Flora Street, Dallas

Info: 214-744-6642, http://www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/events/kickoff

Cost: FREE! (Get free garage parking with restaurant validation)

Fort Worth Opera Spring Break performances: The kid-friendly operatic versions of popular children’s stories Billy Goats Gruff and The Ugly Duckling will expose your children to beautiful music and appropriate lessons on life. Many may be familiar with Billy Goats Gruff from the Nickelodeon bedtime story breaks. The Fort Worth Opera production is based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, and Rossini and addresses the issue of bullying. Composed by Andrew Duncan, The Ugly Duckling promotes working together and accepting differences in other people.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m., Monday, March 9, and 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, Billy Goats Gruff; 11 a.m., Monday, March 9 and 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, The Ugly Duckling

Where: Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. Fort Worth, TX 76107

Info: 817-731-0833, http://www.fwopera.org/

Cost: $5 per person, available at the door or online.

Spring Break Art Extravaganza at the Kimbell: There will be ongoing art activities, interactive family tours, storybook readings, teen studios led by guest artists, and films provided by Lone Star Film Society. No reservations needed for this program.

Good to know: There is no charge to visit the permanent collection.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, through Thursday, March 12; Noon to 4 p.m., Friday, March 13.

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

Info: 817-332-8451, https://www.kimbellart.org

Cost: FREE!

Spring Break at Stockyards Station: Face painters and gunfight reenactments will be offered inside Stockyards Station.

Good to know: Don’t miss the cattle drives at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 11

Where: Stockyards Station, 130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164

Info: 817-625-9715,http://www.stockyardsstation.com/

Cost: FREE!

Target Second Saturday at Latino Cultural Center: Every second Saturday, the center offers family friendly activities that include art, culture and music.

Good to know: At noon the audience is invited to Celebrate Carnival with the Brazilian Association of Dallas.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 14

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas TX 75204

Info: http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter

Cost: FREE!

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