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Friday Freebies: June 4-June 11

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"



EDITOR'S NOTE: Maricar will be on maternity leave during the summer. Please go to Heather's blog for this summer's Friday Freebies.



Here's some events for Friday, June 4 through Friday, June 11:



FRIDAY, JUNE 4

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, June 4

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

Info: 817-860-6752, http://www.riverlegacy.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, June, 4

Where: Sandaga African Market, 1325 Levee Street, Dallas

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

Cost: FREE!



SATURDAY, JUNE 5

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, June 5

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

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

Cost: FREE



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, June 5

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

Info: 214-242-5100, NasherSculptureCenter.org

Cost: FREE!



Stephanie's Day: This is a free resource fair for children with special needs and their families and caregivers. Kids can enjoy music, games, entertaining activities and much more at Stephanie's Day.  Meanwhile, parents and caregivers can find a wealth of resources available through local non-profit organizations, therapy centers, advocacy groups and parent-to-parent networks.

Good to know: Stephanie's Day was founded by CBS 11 / TXA 21 President and General Manager, Steve Mauldin, in honor of his daughter Stephanie who has autism.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5

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

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

Cost: FREE



The Express Show: Xtreme Kidz Ntertainment presents this high energy show for elementary-age children.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5

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



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Animal exploration: Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals during a live animal observation led by a River Legacy Naturalist.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5

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

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

Cost: FREE!



SUNDAY, JUNE 6

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, June 6

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!



Dog Bowl: Canines of all sizes and their human companions get to run, catch and tackle on one of the most historic sports fields in America -- the Cotton Bowl. There will also be entertainment, exhibits activities including canine crafts, a pet/owner look-alike contest, an animal-only agility course, frisbee demos and more.

Good to know: The event kick offs with a “tail”-gate party at 11 a.m. This event repeats on Sunday, June 6.

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 6

Where: Cotton Bowl, Fair Park, Dallas

Info: http://www.fairpark.org/

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, June 6

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, JUNE 7

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, June 7

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

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

Cost: FREE!



TUESDAY, JUNE 8

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, June 8

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

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

Cost: FREE!



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9

Storytime at the Carter: Celebrate summer while listening to Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems, Jacob Lawrence in the City by Susan Goldman Rubin, and Uptown by Bryan Collier read in front of urban scenes in the Carter’s collection. Fun activities and refreshments follow the stories. No reservations are required.

Good to know: Children with perfect attendance will be entered to win all twenty-four books read during Storytime 2010! Program runs every Wednesday through July 28.

Recommended ages: 6 and younger

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 9

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



You Are Special: Doc Gibbs' signature program for young children and for anyone who is young at heart.  Doc sings, plays the keyboard, does impressions and tells funny stories to encourage the children to see their value and use their talents. 

Recommended ages: 6 and younger

When: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 9

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



Wonderful Wednesdays at The Modern:
This gallery program for families is designed as an informal introduction to the Modern collection and special exhibitions. Families will be given a focused tour accompanied by a gallery project designed by the Modern's education staff. This week, participants will be visiting the work of Richard Serra and Deborah Butterfield.

Good to know: Prior registration is not required. Meet at the admission desk to sign in. Limited to 30 participants.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 9

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!



THURSDAY, JUNE 10

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, June 10

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

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

Cost: FREE!



FRIDAY, JUNE 11

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, June 11

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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