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Free & Cheap Weekend Activities in DFWFree & Cheap Weekend Activities in DFW In addition to our big list of Halloween-themed events around Fort Worth this weekend, here's a listing of some other fun, FREE and inexpensive activities: Canal Fest - Saturday, Oct. 25 at Las Colinas...

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Halloween Events in and Around Fort WorthHalloween Events in and Around Fort Worth It's here! Here is the  comprehensive list of Halloween and fall-themed events for 2014, in and around Fort Worth. Unless otherwise listed, these activities are all FREE. Have fun! Did I miss an event?...

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Kids Eat Free at Dickey'sKids Eat Free at Dickey's Print a coupon to receive a free kids' meal at Dickey's Barbecue with purchase of an adult meal. This discount is good through Oct. 31. Find your local Dickey's here.

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Party on the Plaza at Montgomery PlazaParty on the Plaza at Montgomery Plaza Come to Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth this Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m. for Party on the Plaza, a fundraiser for Streams and Valleys (an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Trinity River)....

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Free Steak Taco from Del TacoFree Steak Taco from Del Taco Print a coupon to receive a free steak asada taco or grilled chicken taco from Del Taco with any purchase. This coupon is good through Oct. 26. Pair it with a drink and you've got lunch! Find your local...

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Independence Day Events Around Fort Worth

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

The 4th of July is right around the corner! Celebrate with these fun activities in and near Fort Worth:

July 2
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic - at FW Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic and hear music, followed by fireworks. $21 per person, $46 for table seating.

July 3
Roanoke’s 3rd Rocks – enjoy festivities a day ahead of time beginning at 6 p.m. at Community Park. Bring the whole family out for a night of fun with bounce houses, rock climbing wall, train rides, food and an AWESOME fireworks show! Live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Cats Game - game against the San Angelo Colts begins at 6:05 p.m.; followed by fireworks show
Light Up Arlington! – free festival begins at 6 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion. Music, concessions, fireworks.
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic - at FW Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic and hear music, followed by fireworks. $21 per person, $46 for table seating.

July 4
Fort Worth’s Fourth – at Panther Island Pavilion. Free admission and kids’ activities. Parking $5-10; no outside coolers allowed.
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic – in the Stockyards. Music, concessions, and of course, WILLIE! $40 individual admission advance purchase; $60 day of show
Fort Worth Cats Game -  game against the San Angelo Colts begins at 6:05 p.m.; followed by fireworks show
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic - at FW Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic and hear music, followed by fireworks. $21 per person, $46 for table seating.
Family 4th Fireworks Show - in North Richland Hills. Free admission. Fireworks, food trucks, kids’ activities and more. Grounds open at 5; fireworks at 9:30.
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza – in Grapevine. Free admission; 25-minute fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Park in many of the city’s lakeside locations to view. Some lots may charge for parking.
Boomin’ 4th – in Hudson Oaks. Pick up shuttle in the Walmart parking lot. Free admission. Music, face painting, food trucks and fireworks at dark.
Arlington Independence Parade - 9 a.m., various places in Arlington. Find parade route here. Awards ceremony for best floats at 1 p.m. at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.
Texas Rangers Fan Sleepover – sleep inside Globe Life Park! The park opens at 5 p.m. July 3; fans can enjoy the Rangers game broadcast on the scoreboard, followed by a fireworks show. $40 adults, $30 kids; $10/$5 if you don’t want to sleep over.
Independence Fest 2014 – in Flower Mound. Events begin at 10 a.m. with a Children’s Parade and kids’ zone, and an evening celebration that includes fireworks. Free.
Red, White & Lewisville – Lewisville’s Independence Day celebration is a fireworks show near Vista Ridge Mall around 9:30 p.m. Free.
Irving Independence Day Celebration - festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a parade and reception at Heritage Park. Evening festival from 6-10 p.m. includes fireworks.
Lone Stars & Stripes - at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Family fun from 3-9 p.m.; fireworks at 10.
Fireworks at NAS Fort Worth JRB – no additional info given. See Lake Worth Centennial site for details.
Hurst Stars & Stripes – free family-friendly celebration from 5-10 p.m. at Hurst Community Park. Live music, activities, fireworks.
4thFEST – in Bedford. Live music, kids’  activities, classic car show, concessions, fireworks. Free; parking and shuttle charges apply.

 

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Cheap Summer Movies All Over DFW

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

Summer means kids’ movie outings for almost nothing! Here’s where you can find them this summer:

Cinemark: Their Summer Movie Clubhouse shows are just $1 per person, or 50 cents per person when you buy a bundle of 10 movies for $5. Shows and showtimes vary by location. See schedule for their Alliance Town Center location here, the Ridgmar location here and the Hurst location here.

Regal: Movies play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $1 admission as part of their Summer Movie Express. You’ll find Regal at the UA Fossil Creek Stadium 11 in Fort Worth, and the Regal Burleson Movies Stadium 14.

Harkins Theatres: Their Summer Movie Fun program starts June 9. Tickets are $2 each, or $6 for a season pass (10 movies). There’s one Harkins location in DFW, the Southlake 14; see the schedule here.

City Lights Theatre: Every Tuesday from June 10 to Aug. 19, you can see movies for 50 cents each as part of their Family Film Festival. See a schedule here. The only local City Lights Theatre is in Weatherford/Hudson Oaks.

AMC Theatres: This one isn’t really for kids, but AMC’s Shows for Support starts June 23. These movies are just $3 each and start at 9:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. See a show at the AMC Palace 9, AMC Eastchase 9, at AMC at the Parks at Arlington.

Movie Tavern: Their Breakfast and a Flick series features shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Ticket prices vary by location. See all locations here.

Brazos Cinema: There’s just one DFW location, in Mineral Wells, but their Kids Summer Movie Camp has FREE kids’ movies every Wednesday at 10 a.m., from June 18 through Aug. 6. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Premiere Cinemas: Kids’ movies are $1 each with their Summer Kids Fest. Movies start at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, and the first showing is June 18. Only local theatre is in Burleson.

Studio Movie Grill: Movies are $2 each with their Children’s Summer Series. Schedules vary by theater. Find your closest location here to see details. Theaters are in Arlington, Colleyville and Plano.

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Half Off a Fort Worth Cats Game

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

Check out Groupon today – they’ve got a great deal: $7 for a ticket to a Fort Worth Cats game This is a $14 value. The deal is valid for any of their regular-season home games through Aug. 15, except the games on July 3-4.

If you buy this deal, you will have until Aug. 17 to use it. To redeem, simply come to the box office the day of the game and present your voucher. If you want seats together, please buy multiple Groupons in a single transaction. You can buy up to 10 with this deal. Check out the details here and buy yours!

The Cats play at LaGrave Field, located at 301 NE 6th St. in Fort Worth.

Other deals you might like include:

$14 for two tickets to a Fort Worth Cats game – if you’d rather go to the Cats games on July 3 or 4, use this deal from LivingSocial. Pay $28 for four tickets

$5 for a ticket to a Fort Worth Vaqueros soccer game – valid for the May 29 game at LaGrave Field

$12 for $20 in barbecue at Railhead Smokehouse – valid at the Fort Worth location on Montgomery Street

$10 for two admissions + skate rental at ICE at the Parks – in Arlington

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25% Off LivingSocial Deals – Ends Today

Category : Arlington, dining, entertainment, family, Featured, fitness, food, gifts

 photo themeltingpot_zps9b9934d3.pngThrough today, April 22, you can get an extra 25 percent off LivingSocial deals when you use the code BESTMOM at checkout. There is a maximum savings of $25 with this coupon code. Here are some of the deals you can get:

$10 for ice-skating for two at ICE at the Parks – in Arlington; includes skate rental; bigger ticket packages available; pay just $7.50 with discount

$15 for a 2-hour cruise on Lake Lewisville from JT’s Boat Rentals – bring a picnic and enjoy the lake on this group cruise; pay just $11.25 with discount

$20 for a month of classes and gym access at Fit For Life – group fitness, cardio and weight machines and more; locations in Fort Worth and Weatherford; pay just $15 with discount

$20 for a garage door tune-up from Family Christian Doors – $89 value; pay just $15 with discount

$35 for a two-course dinner for two at The Melting Pot – in Arlington; pay just $26.25 after discount

$35 for one 1-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage at CAN Clinic – in North Richland Hills; just $26.25 with discount; or pay $74.25 after discount for package of three massages

$65 for an on-location family photo session from Lona Jones Photography – get spring pictures of the family done by a pro; prints included; pay $48.75 with discount

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Texas Food Truckin’ Fest in Arlington

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, food

 photo texasfoodtruckin2014_zps5471efe0.pngOn April 25 and 26, the annual Texas Food Truckin’ Fest will take place at Globe Life Park in Arlington. This festival brings together more than 20 food trucks from DFW and beyond, including Wayne’s Flame, The Butcher’s Son, Shortcakes Bus and more. Plus, enjoy live music and kids’ activities.

Admission is $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Kids get in for $5 both days. Admission includes parking. You can get an additional $2 off per ticket when you bring in a canned good or other shelf-stable item for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. You can bring any item you want, but it must be sealed and can’t be in a glass container. Items needed include peanut butter, low-sodium canned vegetables, and whole grain crackers.

Globe Life Park (aka the Ballpark in Arlington) is at 1000 Ballpark Way in Arlington.

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Cardboard Boat Regatta at Six Flags

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, theme parks

 photo cardboardboatregatta_zps1d514ae9.jpegGot a talent for boat-building? Just like to see them? On Saturday, April 26, River Legacy in Arlington will sponsor its annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cardboard Boat Regatta challenges amateur boat builders to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. You can build your boat beforehand, or participate in the Build-On-Site competition on the event day. See all the details here. Registration to participate in the Regatta ranges from $50 to $90, and there are discounts for schools and churches. For $5, kids can participate in the Mini-Boat Regatta.

If you’re not into building, you can still come and enjoy the fun. General admission to the Regatta is $8 per person, or $6 if you stop by River Legacy before April 25 and pick up your tickets. Kids will enjoy the children’s area, which includes Hook’s Lagoon, face painting, bubble play and a hula-hooping contest.

Six Flags will also open some of their water attractions at the Regatta. For $10, you can purchase a ride pass that includes admission to the Tornado ride, Tsunami Surge & Typhoon Twister (all subject to availability on event day). Sky Coaster Swing Rides cost $10 per person (2-person minimum ride).

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is at 1800 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington.

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$5 Ticket Deals at Studio Movie Grill

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

Studio Movie Grill has a new discount program – each week, they offer movie tickets to select shows for just $5 each, off their normal prices. (Evening shows are normally $9.75 and matinees are $7.75). See this week’s list of discounted shows here. When making reservations online, just enter the code MYSMG1 for each discounted ticket you want to buy. There’s also an option to print a coupon if you want to buy at the box office. (There is an online booking fee of $1.50 per ticket.)

Studio Movie Grill is at 225 Merchants Row in Arlington, though there are theaters in Dallas and Plano, too. See a list of all locations here.

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Save 43% at The Melting Pot

Category : Arlington, Featured, food

 photo themeltingpot_zps9b9934d3.pngMade your date night plans yet? Look no further than this LivingSocial deal – $35 for a 2-course dinner for two at The Melting Pot. This fondue restaurant in Arlington is fun and delicious. Your package includes two salads and two entrees. Pick from shrimp, sirloin, duck breast and more. This is a $61 value.

If you buy this deal, you’ll have until July 15 to use it. It’s only valid for dinner hours, and it’s not good on holidays. Must make a reservation beforehand.

The Melting Pot is at 4000 Five Points Blvd. in Arlington.

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Discounts on Spring Break Fun

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

Enjoy Spring Break without breaking the bank! The daily-deal sites have some discounts for fun activities:

$6 for a movie ticket to Studio Movie Grill – this is a $10.50 value; valid at the Arlington location only

$10 for ice skating for two at ICE At the Parks – in Arlington; includes skate rental; 50% discount; pay $18 for the same package for 4 people

$15 for a mini-golf and go-kart outing for two at Mountasia Family Fun Park – $30 value; includes 18 holes of golf for two people, plus a go-kart ride for each; pay $30 for the same package for 4 people

$17 for a 2-hour painting class for kids from Texas U Can Paint – locations in Southlake and Arlington

$25 for 10 open-jump passes to Let’s Jump – $50 value; can be shared by multiple kids; in Keller

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Valentine’s Specials at DFW Restaurants

Category : Arlington, family, Featured, food, free

 photo tacobuenovalentinesday_zps0162183c.pngOK, so it’s probably too late for a Valentine’s Day reservation at the fancy pants restaurants – but several casual eateries have great Valentine’s deals available! Get there early (or arrive late):

Logan’s Roadhouse – featuring a special V-Day menu on Feb. 13-16.
Taco Cabana -visit their Facebook page for special Sweetheart Deals every day; the offer for Feb. 14 will be a two for $9.99 special that includes drinks.
McAlister’s - kids eat free on Valentine’s Day with purchase of an adult entree.
Wienerschnitzeltwo corn dogs for $1 on Feb. 14 (Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Allen)
California Pizza KitchenValentine’s special for two is just $30, through Feb. 16.
Boston’s - Valentine’s Day special includes free dessert through Feb. 16.
Hooter’s -  get two 10-piece wing orders for $14 on Feb. 14.
Einstein Bros. Bagels – get a special Valentine’s bagel box through Feb. 14.
Uno’s - special Valentine’s menu from 2/14-16.
Papa Murphy’s -  get the “heartbaker” heart-shaped pizza for $8.
Brio Tuscan Grille – dine Feb. 13-16 and get a $10 bonus card.
Dickey’s – buy one meat plate and 2 large drinks and get the second plate free through Feb. 18.
Carrabba’sget 4 courses for the price of 3 through Feb. 25.
Spaghetti Warehousetwo can dine for $34.99 through Feb. 17.
Taco Bueno - free chips and queso with any purchase through Feb. 14.
Outback Steakhousespecial Valentine’s menu through Feb. 16.
Mimi’s Cafespecial Valentine’s menu through Feb. 16.
Social Bakehouse Cafefree entree with purchase of another entree and 2 drinks.
Souper Saladfree adult meal with purchase of another meal and 2 drinks through Feb. 16.
Pappasito’s – special Plato Amor for two for $44.95.

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