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Friday Freebies: Go behind the lens

View the world through a photographer's eye, indulge in the great eats of Greeks or salute the troops at a community parade 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:



Go behind the lens



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Star-Telegram archives



Picture This Family Funday: Discover some of America’s greatest artist-photographers, pose for pictures in a photo booth, and decorate a scrapbook to commemorate your day at the museum.

Good to know: Each family will receive a free, disposable camera to use at activity stations.

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 14

Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Info: 817-989-5030, education@cartermuseum.org, http://cartermuseum.org/

Cost: FREE!



Go Greek



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Star-Telegram archives



Fort Worth Greek Festival: It’s time to get your spanakopita on! The annual Fort Worth Greek Festival returns with folk dancing, church tours, arts and crafts, a children's area, and, of course, food.

Good to know: Food service begins after 11 a.m. each day; Overflow parking with a shuttle is available at North Side High School, 2211 McKinley Ave., Fort Worth

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, November 12; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 13; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, November 14

Where: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 N.W. 21st St., Fort Worth

Info: 817-626-5578, http://www.fortworthgreekfestival.com/

Cost: FREE! (Food is purchased with tokens that are $1 each)



Go support the troops

Salute to the Troops Community Parade: Five World War II veterans will be honored as Grand Marshals at this year's parade. Come early, bring your chairs and stake your claim to sidewalk space.

Good to know: Before the parade, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center in Frisco Square, 6670 Moore St. (south of Babe’s). For $5 you will be served a country-style breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. There is also a child’s breakfast for $3. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast proceeds go to the Senior Center Advisory Council.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m., Saturday, November 13

Where: Parade starts at the southeast corner of Pizza Hut Park and goes eastbound down Main Street to downtown Frisco

Info: http://www.friscoparade.org/

Cost: FREE!



Go spicy



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Chile Pepperama: Some like it hot, and others like it really hot. Sample spicy food, browse arts and crafts booths and listen to music.

Good to know: Food samples will cost $3 for 3-ounce serving.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 14

Where: Old Town Shopping Center, Lovers Lane and Greenville Ave., Dallas

Info: 214-823-4370, http://www.chilepepperama.net/

Cost: FREE!



Go Santa!



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Star-Telegram archives

 

Santa at Parks Mall in Arlington: Get your holiday card portrait or your child's holiday wish list done early. Children visiting Santa will receive a free coloring book, It Takes Just One, while supplies last.

Good to know: Santa visits are free. Photo packages are available to purchase (hint: Click here for a coupon).  Santa will be taking breaks throughout the day to feed the reindeer and check on toy production at the North Pole.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Begins Saturday, Nov. 6 through Friday, December 24

Where: Sears Court, The Parks at Arlington, 3811 South Cooper Street, Arlington, Texas 76015

Info: http://www.theparksatarlington.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Explore the Winter Wonderland and get treated to free games, activities and crafts. You can even get a free 4x6 photo of Santa (packages available for purchase).

Good to know: Free Santa Bandz to the first 150 kids to visit every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When: Check website for hours. Through Dec. 24                 Where: 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051and 5001 Bass Pro Drive Garland, TX 75043 

Info: http://www.basspro.com/homepage.html

Cost: FREE!

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