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Friday Freebies: April 2-April 9

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's some events for Friday, April 2 through Friday, April 9:



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FRIDAY, APRIL 2

Organ Recitals: Broadway Baptist Church celebrates the Lenten season with its 2010 series of half-hour recitals featuring organists. Today's performance features Albert L. Travis, Broadway’s resident organist, with Michael Shih, the concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Good to know: A complimentary light lunch will be served in the fellowship hall beneath the sanctuary from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When:  Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway Avenue, Fort Worth

Where: 12:15 p.m., Monday, March 29

Info: 817-336-5761, www.BroadwayBC.org

Cost: FREE!



North Texas Beat: African Village Night: Live African drummers and dancing hosted by KUMAASI African Ensemble. You can bring your drum and join the circle.

Good to know: This is a smoke-free and alchohol-free event. This event takes place every first Friday of the month.

Recommended ages: All

When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, April 2

Where: Sandaga African Market, 1325 Levee Street, Dallas

Info: http://www.kumaasi.org/index.html

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 2

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

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

Cost: FREE!



SATURDAY, APRIL 3

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: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 3

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

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

Cost: FREE!





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Easter Eggstravaganza in Denton: Children can enjoy an egg hunt, arts and crafts, a bounce house, magic entertainment, face painting and more.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 3

Where: Quakertown Park, 700 Oakland St. (behind Denton Civic Center and Civic Center Pool), Denton

Info: 940-349-8732, http://www.cityofdenton.com

Cost: FREE!



Easter Eggstravaganza in Grand Prairie: Kids will be divided into three age groups in three different hunt fields to look for 100,000 hidden Easter eggs. Other activities include arts and crafts, bounce houses and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Good to know: Arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for parking and event traffic

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 3. Egg hunt times: 5 and younger, 11:30 a.m.; 6-9, noon; 10-12, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy., Grand Prairie

Info: 972-237-7529, http://www.grandfungp.com/

Cost: FREE! (with proof of Grand Prairie residence or $10 per carload)



Nasher Sculpture Center:
The popular Target First Saturdays event features art projects, tours, scavenger hunt, sculpture demo, storytime and take-home art activities.

Good to know: Family tours are at 10:15 a.m, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; NasherKids Meal available for puchase at Nasher Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3

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

Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org

Cost: FREE!



World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt in Arlington: Children can enjoy bounce houses, games, food and an egg hunt, presented by Mission Arlington.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 3

Where: Lockwood Center, 1516 W. Pioneer Parkway (intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Fielder Road), Arlington

Info: 817-277-6620, http://www.missionarlington.org/

Cost: FREE!



Community Egg Hunt in Coppell: Join the egg hunt, which will be divided into age groups and will be separated into different fields. All groups will begin at the same time.

Good to know: Event will begin promptly at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather on the day of the hunt, call 972-304-3542, message #462.

Recommended ages: 10 and younger

When:  11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 3

Where: Wagon Wheel Park, 345 Freeport Parkway, Coppell

Info: 972-462-5100, http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us

Cost: FREE!



Community Easter Eggstravaganza in Plano: Bring a picnic basket and blanket for an afternoon of bounce houses, family games, live entertainment, a visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt!

Good to know: In the event of rain, the festivities will be held indoors.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 3 

Where: First United Methodist Church of Plano, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074

Info: 972-423-4506, http://www.firstmethodistplano.org/

Cost: FREE!



Texas Sized Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt in Fort Worth: Children can enjoy an educational program with live chicks and bunnies, the Fort Worth Herd Cowcamp, watch the Fort Worth Cattle Drive and participate in a an Easter egg hunt. Bring your own camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Good to know: Egg hunt begins at noon, Cowcamp begins at 1:30 p.m. and the cattle drive begins at 4 p.m.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When:  Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 3

Where: Lawn of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building and the lawn of the Fort Worth Visitors Center on East Exchange Avenue at the Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164.

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

Cost: FREE!



Mother Nature: During this activity, presented by Debbie Day of Xtreme Kidz Ntertainment, children can experience Spring by watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly, admire a garden of flowers accompanied by ladybugs, listen to the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper and visit with the Easter Bunny.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3

Where: NorthCourt which is located 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!



SUNDAY, APRIL 4

Drawing at The Modern: The program will be led by artist who will take participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the Modern’s collection. Bring a sketchbook and pencils or purchase materials from The Modern Shop. Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so arrive early to sign up at the information desk to ensure your space. Class is closed to additional participants after 2 p.m.

Recommended ages: 6-12 (Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.)

When: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 4

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

Info: 817-738-9215, childrensprograms@themodern.org; http://www.themodern.org/children.html

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 4

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, APRIL 5

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 5

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



TUESDAY, APRIL 6


First Tuesday: Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free the first Tuesday of every month. Programs include thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. The theme this month is Earth Day.

Good to know: Kids Combos are available at The Atrium Cafe for $5.99 with a choice of Crispy Chicken Strips, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jammer, or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich. Combos include carrot sticks with ranch dip, chips, and milk or a Capri Sun drink.

Recommended ages: 5 and younger

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 2

Where: Center for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201

Info: 214-922-1312, http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/Family/FirstTuesdays/index.htm

Cost: FREE!



Monthly Mini Model Build: On the first Tuesday of every month, kids can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month. This month's model is a LEGO Chick

Good to know: One free model per child.

Recommended ages: Open only to ages 6 to 14.

When: 5 p.m. (while supplies last), Tuesday, April 6

Where: The LEGO® Store NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225, 214-750-6422; The LEGO® Store Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034, 972-668-3859

Info: http://stores.lego.com/en-us/Dallas/LandingPage.aspx; http://stores.lego.com/en-us/Frisco/LandingPage.aspx

Cost: FREE!



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

Dallas Public Library Children's Activity Series: Storytelling talent Dorayne Breedlove brings the classic tale of Little Bo Peep to life.

Recommended ages: 6 and younger

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7

Where: NorthCourt which is located 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!



THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Homeschool Workshops: Designed for families who homeschool, these workshops will introduce children ages 5-12 to themes in the work of contemporary artist Jaume Plensa, and encourage critical thinking and creativity. Today's workshop is "Thinking About Art," in which children will  learn how to make sense of art by thinking thematically, comparing, and categorizing.  Then, create your own sculpture that “speaks to” other artworks in the galleries.

Good to know: Advance registration required.  To register, please contact Anna Smith at 214-242-5159 or Asmith@NasherSculptureCenter.org

Recommended ages: 5-12

When: 10 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9

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

Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org

Cost: $5 per person deposit is required



Keller Gallery Walk: Keller art galleries will open their doors to feature artwork of all varieties and genres. Participants will enjoy free art exhibits, music performances, and refreshments.

Good to know: This event happens every second Thursday of each month through May.

Recommended ages: All

When:  7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 9

Where: Keller Town Hall and Arthouse Galleries, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller, Texas 76248

Info: 817-743-4010, publicarts@cityofkeller.com, http://www.cityofkeller.com/

Cost: FREE!



FRIDAY, APRIL 9

Homeschool Workshops: Designed for families who homeschool, these workshops will introduce children ages 5-12 to themes in the work of contemporary artist Jaume Plensa, and encourage critical thinking and creativity. Today's workshop is "Thinking About Art," in which children will  learn how to make sense of art by thinking thematically, comparing, and categorizing.  Then, create your own sculpture that “speaks to” other artworks in the galleries.

Good to know: Advance registration required.  To register, please contact Anna Smith at 214-242-5159 or Asmith@NasherSculptureCenter.org

Recommended ages: 5-12

When: 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, April 9

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

Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org

Cost: $5 per person deposit is required



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 2

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

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

Cost: FREE!

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