Glad to see you again! In the previous weeks, we went over summer camps and reading programs. Hope you have enjoyed the start of your summer adventures. This week is a big one! I am including information on some fabulous outings in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, which are either FREE or at a discount for your family. They are in no particular order, just as I thought of them.
1. Bass Pro Shops “Free Family Workshops, Activities, & Crafts” http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=86326&template=workshops.cfm
2. Lowe’s Free Kids Workshops – Twice a month, 10:00-11:00AM. http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/
3. Home Depot Kids Workshops – 9:00AM-12:00PM. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Kids_Workshops&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
4. REI’s Passport to Adventure – http://www.rei.com/family-adventure
5. Kids Bowl Free – https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=4254
6. Cinemark Movies – is back for summer 2011! Purchase your tickets in advance and get a 10 movies pass for $5! Movies are 50 cents/ticket with the pass. The movies are rated G or PG. If you don’t want to commit to see every movie, you can go for just $1 each! http://www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse.
7. Summer Movie Express – http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx
8. Studio Movie Grill – http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/SummerSeries.php
9. Free Bowling at AMF: Your whole family can bowl free by joining the AMF eClub. Receive a coupon for up to 10 free games (one for each member in your party). Coupon expires 30 days from signing up. http://www.amf.com/eclub
10. Strikz – is pleased to announce the return of “Students Bowl Free” program this summer! One free game of bowling every weekday this summer (Monday-Friday open-7pm).
Pick up your pass at the customer service desk. Passes are for students ages 15 and under. Shoe rental not included. http://www.strikz.com/
11. Wednesday is half price day at the Fort Worth Zoo! Parking is still full price ($5). 2 and under are free, ages 13 and above are $12 and ages 3-12 are $9 regularly.
12. Select Apple Retail stores are holding summer camps where kids can make movies, create photo slideshows, write and record songs, put on a show for everyone, and learn how to do new things on a Mac. Recommended for kids ages 8-12.
13. Target Arts + Culture: Target sponsors 2200 free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide at over 120 museums and cultural organizations. Find out what is going on in your area.
14. Bank of America Free Museums: If you have a Bank of America Credit, Debit or ATM card, you can get free admission to over 100 participating museums, zoos and science centers the first weekend of every month.
15. Free Tours & Sights – There are many free tours available in your area for kids of all ages. Tours are not always listed on the websites. I suggest calling the locations directly to arrange a time. Listed below are just some of the tours and sights.
- Post Office
- Grocery Stores
- Trolley Tours
- Local farmers’ market
- Local police or fire station
- Some Botanical Gardens
- Great Harvest Bread Company
- Bike or Walk local trails
- Enjoy a free outdoor concert: Parker Square Lewisville, The Shops at Highland Village
- View free fireworks every Friday all summer, from any Grapevine Lake public park.
- Attend one of the free events at Nash Farm in Grapevine.
- Visit a local nursing home
- Story times are at almost every book store and library
- BFI Recycling
- Glassblowing Studios
- Culturally diverse markets
- Transportation museums
16. Frisco Fire Safety Town – 8601 Gary Burns Drive, Frisco,75034. FREE safety education programs open to the public during both spring break week and the summer months. Wide range of safety topics for children who are in or have completed Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. All programs include a short classroom presentation, a hands-on activity related to the topic, and bike time in the village. During the months of June, July and August, they are open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Family Nights. 2011 season runs from June 3 through August 26 — every Friday night. http://www.friscotexas.gov/safetytown/Pages/SpecialEvents.aspx
17. Callie’s Kids at Calloway’s Nursery – D/FW area. Throughout the year, little gardeners ages 5 to 10 can learn more about nature and gardening. They will have the opportunity to take a completed project home with them. Check the web site for schedule. http://calloways.com/callieskids
Some other fun places to try that cost a little more are as follows.
· Sci-Tech Discovery Center – 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034. General Admission is $6.50pp. They periodically change the theme, so check out their web site to see what is current. http://www.mindstretchingfun.org.
· LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Grapevine Mills Mall, Entry 5, at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway. Tickets are $16.15 per adult and $12.75 per child. Buy your tickets online and save 15% off the standard admission price! Visit midweek between 5-6pm and pay just $12.50 per person! * Please note, this ticket is only available online and cannot be purchased at LEGOLAND.
· Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch – Pilot Point, TX 76258. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAYS MARCH-NOVEMBER. Gates open at 10am, last Safari Tram leaves at 4pm. They recommend arriving no later than 3pm to ensure you are able to see all the animals up front & are able to ride the Safari Tram. Ticket Prices: Adults (13yrs+) $10, Children (3-12yrs) $8, Children 2 & under: Free. http://www.sharkarosa.com/things-to-do-dallas-open.htm
· Sealife Aquarium – Opens July 1 in Grapevine. https://secure.merlinentertainmentsgroup.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=55102&catalogId=35052&storeId=17651&langId=-15
· In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Education Center – 3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie, Texas 75098, (972) 442-6888. http://www.insyncexotics.com.
These are just some of the wonderful places in our area. If you are still looking for things to do, you might check http://familyeguide.com/Home.html for more ideas. I often post discounts and specials on my “Today’s Life Skills” Facebook page, so please click on the “Like” button so you will be included in all of the helpful information. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Todays-Life-Skills/226929560653513
Next week, will be the end of this Summer Activities, Parts 1-4 series. In part 4, we will discuss many projects you can do with your children, or that they can make on their own this summer. They are fantastic boredom busters, and some make great gifts too!
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