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Friday Freebies: Be a social butterfly

Your family could watch a live release of butterflies, chow down on BBQ or donate locks for love this weekend. 



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:



Get butterflies



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Butterfly Flutterby: Butterflies make every other living thing happy: Humans, cats, flowers, makers of costume fairy wings. You'll need some of those for the costume portion of this annual event, which features a release of live butterflies at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Good to know: There's a parade at 9:30 a.m., and until 2 p.m., you'll find exhibits, entertainment, interactive events and $1 popcorn. The parade will line up at 9:30 a.m. at Liberty Park (corner of East Wall and Main Street) and proceed down Main Street to the Cotton Belt Railroad District.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 16

Where:  Historic Cotton Belt Railroad District 701 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas. Parking lot is at the intersection of Wall and Jenkins streets.

Info: http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Cost: FREE!



Get a taste of Asia



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Asian Egg Roll Festival: Spend the day celebrating Asian arts, culture and food with the Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Free medical check-ups will also be available.

Good to know: Parking is $3 per car.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 16

Where: Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Drive,Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Info: http://tcaacc.com

Cost: FREE!



Get BBQ



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Benbrook Heritage Fest Cowboy Roundup BBQ Cook-Off & Trail Ride: Look for a Native American village, a Mexican village and an "Outlaw Jail."

Good to know: It all caps off with a performance from local bluegrass band Salt Creek.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 16

Where:  Dutch Branch Park and Benbrook Stables, 10001 Benbrook Blvd., Benbrook, Texas

Info: http://www.cityofbenbrook.com

Cost: FREE!



Get culture



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Maya Lords of the Jungle: The Kimbell Art Museum presents this film that explores recent archaeological discoveries and exciting breakthroughs in deciphering Maya hieroglyphs. Watch leading experts as they piece together a more nuanced understanding of the powerful rulers, majestic cities and cultural achievements of the Maya civilization.

Good to know: The film is about 60 minutes.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, October 17

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

Info: http://www.kimbellart.org/maya/

Cost: FREE!



Get pampered



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Locks of Love: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, give a hair donation of 10 inches or more at Grand Spa and you will receive a free shampoo and style, free pink nail polish change and free eyebrow shaping. You will also be entered into a drawing to win a basket of Kerastase products valued at $500.

Good to know: Make your appointment by calling 972-392-9393. Locks of Love is a non profit organization that provides hair pieces and wigs to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Recommended ages: All

When: Donate your hair Monday, October 18 through Sunday, October 24. Spa hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Where: 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 620, Dallas, Texas 75254

Info: 972-392-9393, http://www.grandspa.com

Cost: FREE!



Get pumpkins



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Pumpkin Village: Free activities for the kids include hay rides, petting zoo, hay pyramid, bounce house and bounce slide.

Good to know: Pumpkins prices range from $.50 to $20.00 per pumpkin. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Recommended ages: All

When:  9 a.m. to dusk, daily. Through October 31.

Where: Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch, 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas 75028

Info: 214-498-8300, http://www.flowermoundpumpkinvillage.com/

Cost: FREE



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!



Rockwall Pumpkin Patch: About 125,000 pounds of pumpkins will be available for the pickin' and this patch stocks the traditional orange pumpkins as well as novelty pumpkins and gourds. Daily activities for the kids include a special photo area, Story Time Theatre near Oscar the Scarecrow, a hay maze and pumpkin carving. On Saturdays, there's Pumpkin Patch Playtime, which includes storytime, craft projects, face painting and special entertainment.

Good to know: Pumpkins are delivered from New Mexico and California where ideal conditions produce large colorful pumpkins.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Through October 30.

Where: 1201 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX 75087

Info: http://www.rockwallpumpkinpatch.com/

Cost: FREE!

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