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Friday Freebies: Best bets for family fun in DFW

I'm back from maternity leave and ready to take on my blog again. For those of you who have been following the Friday Freebies blog, you'll notice a change. Instead of a Friday-Friday format, I will be compiling my top picks of free family friendly activities in Dallas/Fort Worth.



Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."



Here are my picks this week:



Explore Tibetan culture 



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AdventureAsia: Family Day at The Crow: Celebrate the opening of The Mystical Arts of Tibet exhibit with cool family activities. Children can design their own prayer flags that reflect an act of kindness or create Tibetan friendship scarves for loved ones.  Families can also add their  own personal touch to a community mandala, a sacred sand painting based in geometry.

Good to know: At 2 p.m., join the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery as they perform a special group blessing for children. Free, but donations to the monastery are appreciated.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 2

Where: The Crow, 2010 Flora Street, (Between Harwood and Olive), Dallas, TX 75201

Info: 214-979-6435, http://www.crowcollection.org/

Cost: FREE!



Get a taste of Lebanon



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Lebanese Food Festival: Take your family on a journey to experience Lebanese food and culture. There will be a children's play area, folk dances and music and door prizes.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Ocotober 4

Where: Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 719 University Place, Lewisville, Texas 75067

Info: 972-436-7617, http://www.ourladylebanon.com

Cost: FREE!



Pick out a pumpkin



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Pumpkins on the Prairie: Enjoy the cooler temperatures of Fall and head to this fun pumpkin patch. Your children can play in the bounce house,  run through the hay maze and play games in a Kid's Patch.

Good to know: Pick out and purchase a pumpkin. All proceeds will benefit Grace Avenue Missions, Ministries and Assistance

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. NOTE: The pumpkin patch will open at 9 a.m. Monday, October 11 due to school holiday. Through October 30.

Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco,Texas, 75034

Info: 972-335-2882, http://www.pumpkinsontheprairie.org/

Cost: Parking, admission and games are FREE!



Celebrate Fall



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Oktoberfest: Wunderbar! Families can get tasty food, watch live entertainment, play in the children's area and browse the booths for unique, handcrafted arts and crafts.

Good to know: Don't forget to sign up your dachshund in the popular wiener dog race on Saturday, October 2!

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, October 1; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 2; Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 3

Where: Southlake Town Square, Main Street, Southlake, Texas 76092

Info: 817-481-8200, http://www.southlakechamber.com

Cost: FREE!

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