No matter which city in DFW you hail from, as long as it’s within driving distance of the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine, then consider a weekend drive to the shop’s Hometown Festival from noon–5pm this Saturday and Sunday.
The kids can live it up with a number of activities including the net-a-fish pond game, metal detector treasure hunt, beanbag toss and casting bucket shaped like, what else, a bass fish. Complete all four activities to spin the wheel for a prize. Then get your face painted, make a leaf craft, watch fashion shows and from 1–3pm eat a free hot dog lunch.
And parents, you can enjoy free product demonstrations and seminars on fishing tackle and tactics as well as smoking grilling and Dutch oven cooking techniques at 1pm and 3pm each day. For more information, visit basspro.com or call 972/724-2018.
Courtesy Oil and Cotton
Since Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade wares, opened its virtual doors in 2005, our wish lists have never been the same. So for it’s seventh anniversary, Etsy Dallas is teaming up with Oil and Cotton for a free, family-friendly craft party for the community. Meet at Oil and Cotton’s place in Dallas from 7–9pm on August 24 for raffle prizes, a photo booth and a couple of cool crafts. Sew (or glue) on abstract-shaped fabric swatches to linen banners for a unique collage to hang on the wall at home, and wrap yarn around sticks and tree branches for a miniature craft version of Operation Rainbow Brains, a street art project adding chalk rainbows to brighten up trees throughout Oak Cliff (hence the pretty photo). Snack on free (handmade, of course) desserts and drinks and head outside for Gandolfo’s New York Deli and Trailercakes food trucks.
You know the tune, but who was Yankee Doodle Dandy? (Well, he actually wasn’t any one person in particular.) Find out at The Yankee Doodles Sing-Along, a free, revolutionary-themed event for the kiddos at The Reading Room at Fair Park this Sunday, August 19 from 4–6pm, hosted by our friends at Oil and Cotton, assistant director and curator at the Conduit Gallery Danette Dufilho and other local artists.
Kids will listen to ballads from the era of the American Revolution, including Yankee Doodle, and then draw as portrait as you envision him and create a flag that represents your identity as an individual and as a member of a group, like your school, family or country. Oil and Cotton will be showing artwork from its summer classes.
Want to know the whole story behind Yankee Doodle? Check out the original sheet music from the Library of Congress and read why soldiers sang the tune on the battlefield.
Courtesy SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week reminds us that there are two kinds of people (ok well, maybe for just this purpose): those who can’t stand to look at sharks for fear of attack through the television screen (maybe you would prefer the sharks from Finding Nemo, or even Shaq Week), and those who can’t take their eyes off them for shear fascination. If you and the kids are in the latter group, then join the frenzy at SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine for Sharks After Dark on August 17, part of the aquarium’s own week-long ode to the mysterious creatures.
From 8–11pm, take an educational tour through the aquarium’s 360º Ocean Tunnel and behind-the-scenes, watch shark videos in the SEA LIFE cinema, and enjoy snacks, win prizes and listen to live music in the Rock Pool area. Sharks After Dark is recommended for kids 8 and older, and admission is $25 at the door, $20 online and $5 for annual pass holders.
Courtesy Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The boys of summer are almost gone, and so are a lot of exhibits across DFW. It’s easy for time to get away from you during the summer months, but here at DallasChild, we’re looking out for you. So if you haven’t been to one of these museums lately, check out these seen these art and kids exhibits before they end in September. Some museums have a couple of exhibits on their way out, so consider spending another hour or two so the kids can see both.
Sep 2: TEAM Up! Explore Science and Sports at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco
Sep 3: Grossology – The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Sep 3: Risk! also at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Sep 3: Dallas Cityscape at Galleria Dallas
Sep 9: Ernesto Neto’s Cuddle on the Tightrope at Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas
Sep 9: Sightings by Erick Swenson, another at the Nasher
Sep 9: The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm at the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas
Sep 16: Planet Shark – Predator or Prey, also at the Museum of Nature & Science
This also means the end of those Sharky Sundays, shark feedings and dissections, and the Flying Monsters IMAX show.
Sep 16: The Zula Patrol – Mission Weather at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth
Sep 30: Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney
Courtesy Legoland Discovery Center
L’eggo of the workweek and take the kids to the LEGO Club Weekend at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine.
On Saturday–Sunday, August 4–5, kids can compete in creative builds and a game tournament in a LEGO City – Mining themed event, guess how many bricks it took to build a LEGO creation (like guessing how many jelly beans in a jar), and win giveaways.
Bring your LEGO Club ID card or copy of the magazine to get a free LEGO Club button, or sign up for free at the retail counter. That will also get you signed up to receive a free subscription to LEGO Club Magazine, which will be so handy on your coffee table next to your copies of DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild, right? (Nudge, nudge.)
Stick around to see the rest of LEGOLAND and try out their newest exhibit, LEGO City – Forest Ranger Pursuit, which opened in June. Hop into a kids-sized vehicle and drive through a 5,000-square-foot course through a LEGO forest. Admission is $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 and older. The center is open 10am–9pm Saturday and 11am–6pm Sunday, but don’t wait until the end of the day to go. Last admission is two hours prior to close. Call 469/444-3050 or visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw for more information.