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Friday Freebies: May 21-May 31

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, May 21 through Monday, May 31:



FRIDAY, MAY 21


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, May 21

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

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

Cost: FREE!



SATURDAY, MAY 22

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, May 22

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

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

Cost: FREE



Asthma Screening: Dallas allergists, who are asthma specialists, will conduct free screenings.  During a screening, adults and children ages 8 years old and older will answer 20 questions about any breathing problems. Parents are permitted to answer those questions for children younger than 8.  Participants also take a lung function test that involves blowing into a tube, and then meet with an allergist to determine if they should seek a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: Dillard's Court at NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas

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

Cost: FREE



Art Walk: More than 75 artists will showcase their art throughout downtown McKinney. A series of uniquely decorated frogs line the downtown streets to guide shoppers into shops during the event.

Good to know: The event will go as scheduled, rain or shine.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney 

Info: http://www.downtownmckinney.com

Cost: FREE!



Founders Day Festival: Visit the City of Rockwall's historic downtown square for the city's annual celebration, which will feature vendor booths, activities for the kids, food, entertainment and concerts. Songwriter Robert Earl Keen is the star attraction at this year's festival.

Good to know: Check the web site for free parking areas.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: Goliad Street and Rusk Street, Rockwall, Texas 75087

Info: www.rockwallfoundersday.com

Cost: FREE!



Republic Grill Grand Re-opening: Children can participate in face painting and meet Collin County’s favorite Prairie Dog, Deuce.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: Republic Grill in LakeSide Market, 5813 Preston Rd. Suite 574, Plano, TX 75093.

Info: 972-379-6898, www.republicgrill.us

Cost: FREE!



Nature Walk: Explore the nature trails around the Living Science Center on a family-friendly Naturalist-led Nature Walk.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22

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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Bugs of the World: Noted insect collector and scientist Jungle Jim Klinger presents part of his collection from Austin in "Bugs of the World." 

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: NorthCourt,  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



Bancroft Family Concert: 4th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert: Introduce your children to classical music. Today's performance honors the memory of Dallas-born bassist Charles Barr. Laura Liu, award-winning Dallas violin virtuoso, will perform with pianist Yurie Iwasaki.

Good to know: This series occurs on selected Saturdays. The concerts are 1 hour with no intermission and audience members may dress casually. Metered parking is available on nearby streets and in area parking lots. Dallas Museum of Art’s underground parking garage is $10.

Recommended ages: 4 and older

When:  3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: Dallas of Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201

Info: 214-520-2219, http://fineartschamberplayers.org/

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, May 22

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, MAY 23

Family Funday: Kids of all ages are invited to create cool art projects with the help of local artists. Bonus! Explore the galleries and join in on the fun during a reception for the Texas & Neighbors annual exhibition.

Good to know: All supplies provided.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, May 23, July 11

Where: Iriving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062

Info: 972-252-7558, http://www.irvingartscenter.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, May 23

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, MAY 24

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, May 24

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



TUESDAY, MAY 25

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, March 25

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

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

Cost: FREE!



WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

The Close Encounters of Adventure Girl and Safari Boy: Debbie Day of Xtreme Kidz Ntertainment presents "The Close Encounters of Adventure Girl and Safari Boy" as children discover, read and sing about a booted monkey, a sneaky fox and other animals you might find --  like a tiger, or a lion, or even a live bunny in the rainforest!

Recommended ages: 6 and younger

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22

Where: NorthCourt, 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, MAY 27

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, May 27

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

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

Cost: FREE!



FRIDAY, MAY 28

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, May 28

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, May 28

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

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

Cost: FREE!



SATURDAY, MAY 29

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, May 29

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

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

Cost: FREE



Super Duper Mini Chefs: Super Duper Mini Chefs combines demonstrations with hands-on activities that encourage kids to have fun and get creative with food. During the event, kid chefs can pick up a food-friendly activity sheet provided by A Kid’s Life!, which encourages learning, discovery and self esteem through games, music and other activities available in an ad-free and secure online environment. Kids and their parents are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help provide relief to families served by the GRACE charity.

Good to know: Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a free Strawberry Shortcake™ doll and free chef’s set, containing a mini rolling pin, cookie cutters, measuring spoons and a whisk, while supplies last. Kids can join the club and join the fun for a $5 annual membership fee. Go to www.simon.com/kidgits or Guest Services at Grapevine Mills Mall to sign up.

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 29

Where: Entry 2 at Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine

Info: http://www.simon.com/malleventsandprograms/promotions.aspx?eid=103715

Cost: FREE!



Flutopia: Flutopia consists of 12 people who perform throughout North Texas to the delight and amazement of young and old alike.  Their performance may include a collection of  American favorites such as "American the Beautiful", "Stars and Stripes" and "My Country Tis' of Thee" or selections such as "Echoes in the Wind -- A Native American Soliloquy".  This fun-filled activity program is designed for elementary school age children and takes place at 2:00 pm in NorthCourt which is located between Nordstrom and Macy's, beneath AMC NorthPark 15 theatres.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 29

Where: NorthCourt,  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, MAY 30

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, May 30

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, MAY 31

Memorial Day Service: The Memorial Day observance will include a tribute to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A bagpipe-led processional, 21-gun salute and flyover will be part of the service.

Good to know: A free hot dog lunch will be served after the program.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday,  May 31

Where: Veteran's Memorial, 925 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Info: http://www.grandfungp.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: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, May 31

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!

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