Courtesy BEP Western Currency Facility
Each family has its own way to teach kids about money, whether it’s by rewarding them with an allowance for doing chores or making good grades, or teaching them how to budget and save for goals.
Well, here’s another, fun way to show kids the value of money – show them how it’s made and what antiquated processes were used the form the coins and dollar bills we carry around in our wallets (and cute kid purses).
The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be hosting free Summer Employee Craft Demonstrations at its Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth from 8:30am–5:30pm from July 23–27. Kids can sit at the engraver’s workbench and watch just how coins are engraving using a method that’s called Intaglio, and see how Intaglio printing plates are “grown” in a nickel solution. Take a look at how mutilated currency be reconstructed piece-by-piece, look at plate-making for offset printing presses, and see how currency was printed circa 1900 at the refurbished spider press. In the Kid$ Corral, children ages 8 and older can engrave and print their very own currency design.
Now, the center is also open year-round for tours, so after doing some kids craft activities, take a tour through the elevated walkway above the production floor for an experience a la the Science Channel’s How It’s Made television show. You’ll see where over half of the nation’s paper currency is printed and learn about the history of paper currency in the U.S. In July, tours leave every 30 minutes from 9am–4pm.
For more information, call 817/231-4000 or visit moneyfactory.gov.
Courtesy Michael Lamont
If you’ve read the stories, seen the films, and maybe even worn the green tights for trick-or-treating, then you know and love Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up and the story that never gets old. You and the kids can meet the cast of Broadway’s Peter Pan, now onstage at Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, at a special pre-show for DSM Kids Club members this Saturday, July 14, from noon–2pm.
Meet at the West Lobby to say hello to cast members, including the star of the show, former gymnast and Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby, who first performed as Peter in the show’s 1991 debut. Get your playbill signed, and have fun with activities, prizes and snacks, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals and Radio Disney.
It’s free to enroll in the Kids Club and you don’t need a ticket to the show to attend the pre-show, but we guarantee that you’ll want to stick around to see the main attraction. Tickets are still available for the 2pm performance starting at $15, and the show continues at Fair Park through July 22. Call 800/745-3000 for tickets or visit dallassummermusicals.org.
Courtesy of Texas Creative Arts Academy
For some pleasant, midsummer entertainment, see one of William Shakespeare’s best-known comedies at the inaugural Shakespeare in the Square event at Southlake Town Square on Saturday, June 30.
An all-teen cast will try out their acting chops in a live theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing Nick Bottom, Titania, Oberon, the mischievous Puck and the other woodland characters in a free community performance, presented by the Texas Creative Arts Academy and directed by Michael Johnson, an actor with Shakespeare Dallas.
The play begins at 8pm at the gazebo with pre-show entertainment starting at 7pm. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Call 972/304-0160 or visit texascreativeartsacademy.com for more information.
Courtesy of Victoria Kann
Aspiring designers and fans of shows like NBC’s Fashion Star can try their hand at the creative art with the Costume Design Contest for Dallas Children’s Theater. Students in K–12th grade can create a costume design on paper for the upcoming production of Pinkalicious The Musical, based on the kids’ books by sisters Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. Costume designer Lyle Huchton will use the winning design as inspiration for the whole cast of youth actors who will play the bees, butterflies and birds in Pinkalicious, which will open the DCT’s 29th season and run from September 21–October 21.
The grand prizewinner will:
-See their design on stage
-Have their biography printed in the show program
-Receive four tickets to opening night
-Be recognized on the stage
Runners-up will get special recognition, and all entries will be displayed in the theater lobby for the entire run of the show. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 27. Call 214/740-0051 for questions, or visit www.dct.org/funtodo to watch how-to tips in an online video by Huchton and DCT director Nancy Schaeffer.
Takes only a few steps to create and submit your design:
-Gather your materials from any medium – including crayons, pens, pencils, paints, glitter, glue, fabric or magazine clippings – and create your costume design idea for bees, butterflies and birds on paper.
-Download, print and fill out the registration form at www.dct.org/funtodo
-Mail or deliver your paper design and registration form to the Dallas Children’s Theater by July 23 or postmarked by July 20.
Courtesy of Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Long before Superman ever swooped down to save Planet Earth on the big screen, he was flying across the pages of comic books. DC Comics first published the Superman comic book more than 70 years ago in June 1938. So from noon–3pm, tomorrow on June 16, celebrate the Man of Steel with Superhero Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Meet comic book writers, artists and historians, get a free coloring page and a copy of Hero Within, Super Story Time in the Children’s Museum, and kids’ activities inside Innovation Studios.
And what would Super Hero Day be without costumes? All kids ages 12 and younger dressed as any super hero will get admission for half price. Regular admission is $16 for adults and $12 for children.
Courtesy of SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
For World Oceans Day today, SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine is bringing the ocean to us. The aquarium is celebrating Turtle Fest starting today and running through June 23 to spread the word about worldwide conservation efforts and also to honor its newest resident, a rescue green sea turtle named Hope.
Every day during Turtle Fest, you can go on scavenger hunts between the fish tanks, win prizes, make educational crafts, and learn fun facts about conservation issues and about re-homing sea turtles during the Turtle Talk daily at 1:30pm. From 11am–3pm tomorrow, the SEA LIFE Young Environmentalists will share more information about conservation and as well as details about their program for kids ages 8–12. SEA LIFE will also be collecting donations for The Turtle Hospital in Florida where they received Hope.
Go to visitsealife.com/grapevine to download coloring sheets with more turtles, or call 469/444-3050 for more information.