3 Family-Fun Events on Saturday

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Are you taking the kids to our DFWChild Model Search on Saturday? We’ll be at The Shops at Willow Bend from 10am–3pm, which means you may have time to squeeze in another of these activities with the kids. Ambitious? We think not. It’s the weekend and time to party!

Lamar Street Festival
The old Sears building on South Lamar is blowing out the candles on its centennial on Saturday. You’ll love the food truck selection, art vendors and live music from local bands. The kids will share equal affection for the magicians, puppet shows, Big Thought’s craft area and art-making for the Dallas LOVE Project.

Family Festival, courtesy of the Kimbell Art MuseumFamily art festivals in Fort Worth
Art Discovery at Amon Carter: So long black and white, and hello, color. Check out the museum’s newly opened color photography exhibit during this morning program for kids 7–12.
Family Festival at the Kimbell: In the afternoon, head next door for art projects and children’s films for another family program inspired by the Kimbell’s exhibit The Age of Picasso and Matisse.

Food Day for Kids at Coppell Farmers Market
If you’ve never brought your morning appetite to this weekly farmers market, plan to bring that as well as your reusable bags for this special program. Coppell ISD’s Chef Helen and the folks at Le Cordon Bleu will lead the kids in nutrition-focused activities. Be sure to check out the child-sized food portions at vendors around the market.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Puffy returns to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad

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Grapevine Vintage Railroad courtesy Grapevine Convention & Visitors BureauIf your kids are obsessed with trains (or cars or fire trucks or planes or dump trucks for that matter), check out this upcoming event that’s right up their alley. Take the family to downtown Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot on Friday when Puffy, the 1896 Cooke Locomotive Works Steam Engine 2248, returns to the tracks after a long hiatus.

While Puffy’s been out repairs and restoration, the railroad has been running all of its excursions on its diesel train, so Puffy will again be helping to share the load starting with the Friday Night Steam Train, departing at 7pm each Friday evening until Thanksgiving. Step aboard the train for a short ride in its Victorian-era coaches and listen to its signature whistle. Tickets are $8 for kids and $20 for adults.

Visit gvrr.com to check the schedule and to reserve tickets. For questions, call the Grapevine CVB at 817/410-3185.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Kids Eat Free: Quaker Steak & Lube

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Kids-Lube-CruiserMake game day a family affair by heading to Quaker Steak & Lube this Sunday. Even if the Cowboys disappoint, you can still leave with a smile because kids eat free all day long. While you decide how hot you can go with your wing sauce, kids 8 and under can choose a “Lube Cruiser” (pictured above) of their own. Quaker’s kids menu is chock full of classics such as cheez pizza and a chevy cheeseburger, but kids can also select jumbo wings in their choice of over 25 sauces.

With bikes hanging from the ceiling, TVs lining the walls and special events and games taking place every day, your kid’s attention is sure to stay occupied while you cheer (or jeer) your favorite team along. Join the Quaker Steak & Lube Coop’s Pit Crew for kids and tweeners for special offers and keepsakes, including a frequent member card and a voucher for a free Lube Cruiser Meal and visit quakersteakandlube.com to peruse the full menu and check out daily specials.

Kids 8 and under eat free every Sunday with the purchase of an adult entrée. Locations in Carrollton and Plano.

Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday

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logoSince Luke Skywalker first boarded the Death Star in the ‘70s (or whenever the setting is supposed to be), we can’t stop loving the sci-fi phenomenon or reading about it. Bookstores and libraries around the country are throwing parties this Saturday for the second annual Star Wars Reads Day.

Here are a few local spots with special activities planned for the kids:
-2pm at Harrington Public Library, 1501 18th St. in Plano
-2–4pm at Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr.
-Two Grand Prairie libraries: 10am–noon at Warmack Branch, 760 Bardin Rd. and 2–5pm at Shotwell Branch, 2750 Graham St.
-Four Dallas library branches
-Plus most DFW Barnes and Noble stores.

They’ve got a great list of recommended reads by the age group. Some of our faves: Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, both by Jeffrey Brown, and Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series on finger puppets. Don’t have his The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett? To learn how to fold Jabba, get step-by-step instructions in this free downloadable kit with craft to make at home, games, coloring pages and recipes. Yoda Soda, anyone?

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Send Cheer to Teachers

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Saturday is World Teachers’ Day, and if your kids’ teachers are anything like the many who work tirelessly or even spend money for supplies out of their own pocket, here’s one creative way for the kids to say thanks, or rather “T-H-A-N-K-Y-O-U!”

Take the family to the plaza at Southlake Town Square where the Cheerios cereal company will be hosting a free, one-hour cheer camp (see what they did there?) for kids. Starting at 11am, Dallas-area cheerleaders will lead the group of gracious kiddos and teens in jumping, dancing and chanting to create a one-of-a-kind cheer in honor of all local teachers.

To make the most of your trip out to Southlake, stay for a full lineup of entertainment planned for the weekend-long Southlake Oktoberfest including the weiner dog parade and races at 9:45am.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

Date Night: Mercy Wine Bar

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courtesy of mercywinebar.comSomething about Mercy Wine Bar just screams romance. Maybe it’s the dim lighting, maybe it’s the cozy couches and live music … probably, it’s the overabundance of great wine. Either way, this Addison haunt is one of my favorite date night destinations.

Feel free to start your evening at one of Addison’s numerous nearby restaurants, but I suggest giving Mercy’s food menu a try.  The husband and I usually opt for a shared cheese plate followed by a panini or the fish of the day. The staff at Mercy knows their wine, so don’t sweat finding the perfect pairing; they’ve got you covered.

In my book, any night is a good night for wine and cheese. But if you’re into live music, stop by on a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. Local acts such as The Beatles tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, set up camp for acoustic shows … adding to the ambiance. Courtesy of mercywinebar.com

Mercy Wine Bar

Addison, 972/702-9463

mercywinebar.com

 

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