The Trinity River Audubon Center will be having its monthly Third Thursday program with a focus on one particular flightless bird. Director Ben Jones and Chris Brown, bird curator at the Dallas Zoo, will host an evening talk on Caribbean flamingo conservation at 7pm, and the kids can join guided hikes and animal encounters throughout the day as well as the regular owl prowl at 8pm. The center will be open with free admission all day, from 9am–9pm.
Vocal Trash in Allen
If your kids aren’t yet convinced that recycling is worth the effort, Vocal Trash’s upcoming concert in Allen should do the trick. The band not only dances and plays on instruments made from reused household items – a gas can guitar, trash can drum and toolbox bass – but incorporates educational messages about reducing, reusing and recycling for a truly “trash-talking performance,” and yes, pun intended. See the free concert at 6:30pm in the cafeteria of Vaughan Elementary School, located at 820 Cottonwood Dr. in Allen.
Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate
And if you and your other half want to shake things up for date night, try some quick-stepping yourself and jump in for an evening of swing dancing at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate is a nonprofit that hosts weekly dances on Thursday nights with to tunes from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s until 11:30pm. Beginners can come early for a lesson at 8am. Depending on the instructor, you could learn several different versions of swing dances, from the Charleston, East Coast swing, Lindy Hop, and a few you’ve never heard of, like the shag and balboa. Admission is $7 for nonmembers or $5 for members. For more information, call 817/738-1938.
To find more family-friendly events, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/showcalendar.asp.
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