DFWChild’s 2014 Camp Fair

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We’re officially SICK of snowpocalypse and icemageddon and all those other frigid portmanteaus that we’ve been forced to manufacture this winter. So we’re turning our attention to summer, which on a day like today seems oh-so-far away, but is a lot closer than you might think – especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps.

Start planning for summer at our annual Camp Fair. Here’s what’s going down:

What: 2014 Camp Fair

When: Saturday, February 22 10am–3pm

Where: Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas

Why: Because now is the time to start looking at summer camps and programs for your kids. At the Camp Fair, you’ll be able to meet with day camps; sleep-away camps; art, science and technology classes and other fun summer programs. Plus, food trucks and local radio station i93 will be on-site with eats and contests. (And last year, some camps had live animals. Like penguins. And hedgehogs. Just sayin’.)

Admission to the Camp Fair is free. Click here for more info. And stay warm, friends!

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Red-hot Valentine’s at Vetro Glassblowing Studio

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VetroEver since the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum, the sight of hand-blown glass makes us ridiculously giddy and therefore we’re unable to resist these upcoming workshops at the Vetro Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine where you can learn how to form hot, molten glass into valentines for your honey or, hey, to keep for yourself.

For all ages
On Saturday, February 8 and 15, you and the kids can help professional glassblowers in making your own flower (for $25) or heart (for $40). You don’t need a reservation; just show up between 10am and 5pm. Visit vetroartglass.com for a short video on how it all works.

For adults
For the 21 and older crowd, join the Flaming Cocktail Hot Date Night scheduled for February 7, 12, 13 and 14 from 5–9pm. You’ll also get the choice of a heart or flower, plus hors d’oeuvres and flaming cocktails. Call to reserve your spot. The cost is $175 per couple.

701 S. Main St., #103
Grapevine
817/251-1668

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.

Black History Month program at Frontiers Flight Museum

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Photo courtesy M. Waddyi Thibodeaux
Black History Month begins February 1, so why not start out by focusing on the achievements of one pioneer who deserves recognition right up there with Amelia Earhart: Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license.

This Saturday at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, master storyteller M. Waddyi Thibodeaux, in costume and in character as Coleman, will give a “firsthand” account of Coleman’s life and teach the kids about how she overcame racial and gender barriers to earn her wings and go on to fly in aerial shows.

Thibodeaux’s re-enactments start at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 4pm and admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3 and up.

Try Winter Olympic sports for free at Klyde Warren Park

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M&C Saatchi (UK) Limited 36 Golden Square, Soho, London, W1F 9EE, United Kingdom Reg No. 3003693, registered in the United KingdomGet in the game this weekend – that is, the Olympic Games! Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, the U.S. Olympic Committee is bringing the Road to Sochi Tour to Klyde Warren Park. (This was originally scheduled for December but was cancelled because of the ice storm, ironically.)

This Saturday and Sunday, take the kids out to meet Olympic medalists Chad Hedrick (for long track speedskating) and gymnast Carly Patterson, and best of all, try out several sports that you’ll be seeing Olympic and Parlympic athletes competing in on the tele. All activities are free, open to all ages and will be around from 11am–6pm on Saturday and 11am–3pm on Sunday.

M&C Saatchi (UK) Limited 36 Golden Square, Soho, London, W1F 9EE, United Kingdom Reg No. 3003693, registered in the United KingdomBiathlon: Which is actually skiing and shooting rifles. You’ll just be skiing – with two fully interactive stand-up ski ergometers.
Bobsled: Hop on a bobsled to take a photo you can upload with a digital bobsled track in the background.
Cross-country skiing: Test a cross-country ski course using what the pros do – roller skis
Curling & wheelchair curling: Try both on an actual ice sheet
Figure skating: Get a look at historic figure skating memorabilia including one trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. Remember the skating rink is still open from 10am–10pm. Skate rentals are $5.
Ice hockey and sled hockey: They’ll point a radar gun at your slap shot to measure the speed.
Luge: One of the fastest winter sports. Suit up and steer down luge ramp on the street.
Ski jumping: Step into a pair of ski boots on semi-vertical skis for a photo while “in flight.”
Snowboarding: Board down virtual slopes on a Wii kiosk.
Speedskating: Compete with another skater in a one-minute skate off on two slideboards.

2 new interactive exhibits

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If “necessity is the mother of all invention,” then you’ve got some competition! Earn some my-mom’s-the-greatest-ever points by taking your kids to explore all the science- and technology-centered activities at these two kid-friendly exhibits in DFW.

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Maker Showcase, Frisco
Remember when the Imagination Playground debuted in Dallas at Klyde Warren Park last summer? Now Sci-Tech Discovery Center has one too! Check out these giant foam blocks and more gnarly-sounding stations like the “gyro chair” and the “keva quake table” when the new exhibit opens tomorrow.

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The Science of Rotation, Fort Worth
Discover how NASA uses air thrusters in its spacecraft, what the Coriolis effect is and more scientific concepts inside the C.R. Smith Museum’s interactive exhibit with spinning tops, laser lights, mini racecars and a human centrifuge, now open through May 3.

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.

Free weekend entertainment at the KidFilm Festival

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Photo courtesy USA Film FestivalClear your afternoons this Saturday and Sunday for the full lineup of kids’ movie screenings at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, all this for the 30th annual KidFilm Festival. All the shows are free, for both you and junior, all weekend.

Tickets are only available the day of and starting one hour before showtime. Films will run in two auditoriums so some start at the same times. Here’s a rundown of the schedule.

Saturday
12:30pm: Meet the children’s book authors/illustrators and father/daughter team Ed and Rebecca Emberley, watch four short films adapted from their books including Chicken Little, and get a free copy of The Crocodile and the Scorpion.
For all ages.
12:30pm: Seven animated short films based on more children’s books including I Want My Hat Back; for all ages
2:30pm: Ernest & Celestine, an animated French film but presented in English here; for all ages
2:30pm: The LEGO Movie in 3D; for all ages
4:30pm: Khumba; for all ages
4:30pm: A Pony Tale; for 8 and older

Sunday
12:30pm: Abner the Invisible Dog; for 6 and older
12:30pm: The Snowman and the Snowdog, Ahco on the Road and Jillian Dillon; for all ages
1:30pm: Little Moon Lost, Rocketship and Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale; for 5 and older
2:30pm: Otto the Rhino based on a Danish children’s book; for all ages
2:30pm: Dwegons and Leprechauns; for 6 and older
4:30pm: A sing-along screening of the 1979 The Muppet Movie; for all ages
4:30pm: My Dog the Champion, for all ages

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.

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