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Drive-In Movie Nights at Texas Motor SpeedwayDrive-In Movie Nights at Texas Motor Speedway See a movie in a whole new way! In July and August, Speedway Children's Charities will host two drive-in movie nights at Texas Motor Speedway. Family-friendly movies will be shown on the huge screen at...

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Free Artists' Reception in GrapevineFree Artists' Reception in Grapevine On Saturday, July 26, the Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine will hold a featured artist's show and reception from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres as you check out works from...

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How I Saved Money on My Summer VacationHow I Saved Money on My Summer Vacation This summer has been a whirlwind! After a week in New Mexico, my family and I headed out to Colorado, where we spent time in Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park. Now, I'm not going to say that our...

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Little Sprouts At the Botanic GardenLittle Sprouts At the Botanic Garden On Tuesday, July 22, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will host a "Little Sprouts" event for toddlers from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at the Backyard Vegetable Garden. The theme for this week is "Fruits." Engage...

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Free Family Day at Irving Arts Center This Sunday, July 20, the Irving Arts Center will host a free Family Funday from 2-4 p.m. At this event, families are invited to browse the galleries, and children can participate in hands-on art projects...

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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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Save on Graffiti Run in Fort Worth

Category : Arlington, entertainment, Featured, sports

 photo graffitirun_zpsea773a10.jpgI can speak from personal experience when I say this was a lot of fun – the Graffiti Run in Fort Worth. Right now, LivingSocial is offering one entry to the race for just $25. The entries are normally $35 to $45 each. Even if you’re not a runner, the Graffiti Run is lots of fun to just walk – every few feet, you’re showered with different colored powders, leaving you quite, uh, rainbow-like when you’re done. The fun takes place at Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 16. The package includes an entry to the race, a t-shirt and headband, and your own bag of color, so you can pelt your friends to your heart’s content.

Check out the full details here.

Other race deals available right now include:

$17 for one entry to the Neon Dash 5K – glowing night race on Sept. 20; at the Ballpark in Arlington

$20 for one entry to the Race2Rescue Color Run – another color run; $40 value; on March 29 in Grapevine

$35 for the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race – package is valued at $70 and includes a medal, shirt, and swag; race is Sunday, June 8 in Dallas

$45 for the Armageddon Ambush – $90 value; package includes entry, shirt and a beer at the after party; race is April 5 in Fort Worth

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Animal Exploration Event at River Legacy

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

Come to River Legacy Living Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. for their Animal Exploration event. Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist at River Legacy Living Science Center. Space is limited, so please RSVP to 817.860.6752 as soon as you can. This is a free event!

River Legacy Living Science Center is at703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. in Arlington.

Also, on Monday, Feb. 3, River Legacy will host an open house for its Nature School, a program that teaches preschool-age kids about nature and science. Kids can participate in a variety of activities while parents meet the teachers and learn more about the program.

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20% Off LivingSocial Deals

Category : Arlington, Featured, fitness, food

Through today (Monday, Jan. 20), you can get 20 percent off deal purchases at LivingSocial with the code LSJAN20. The code is good for a maximum discount of $20. Here are some Fort Worth-area deals that look good:

$10 for $20 at Social Bakehouse Cafe – half off baked goods, coffee, paninis and more in Arlington – just $8 with discount

$10 for one admission to Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax – Creepy or interesting? You decide at this museum in Grand Prairie, on the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not grounds; just $8 with discount (kids’ regular tickets are $8.99, so no need to buy deals for them)

$25 for 5 drop-in yoga classes at Yogali – get more flexible and relaxed with some classes from this studio on Lancaster. $50 value. Just $20 with discount!

$25 for admission to a 2-hour painting party – all supplies are provided at these fun artist-led painting classes held at local bistros. Locations in Fort Worth, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Colleyville, Lewisville, Frisco and more. $20 with discount!

$39 for a “Drop a Dress Size” program from AMP Fitness – this 21-day program includes meal planning and fitness classes to help you shed pounds; valued at $199 – just $31.20 with discount

$99 for a one-night stay at the Kennedy Mansion Bed & Breakfast – get away to this charming B&B in Tulsa, which features rooms decorated in a romantic style. Stay includes in-room breakfast for two. Just $79 with discount!

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Half Off Outdoor Ice Skating

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

 photo pantherislandice_zps929b9c6e.pngNothing says “the holidays” like a good old-fashioned ice skating session! Fortunately, LivingSocial has you covered, with a $10 deal for two ice-skating admissions at Panther Island Ice. You and a friend will receive admission, plus skate rentals, to Fort Worth’s first outdoor ice rink, where you can show off your skills while listening to fun seasonal music. This is a $20 value. Got a bigger group? Pay just $20 for 4 admissions.

If you buy this deal, you’ll have until January 5 to use it. It can’t be used on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Check out the full details here.

Panther Island Ice is at 223 N. East 4th St. in Fort Worth.

Other holiday-themed deals available today include:

$15 for one ticket to The Nutcracker – see the North Central Ballet perform this holiday classic on Dec. 7 at Will Rogers Auditorium; $50 value

$8 for two unlimited admissions to the Festival of Trees – see this fabulous holiday themed exhibit, featuring dozens of artistically-created Christmas trees, at the Arlington Museum of Art. Come back as many times as you like through Dec. 29.

$60 for a holiday lights boat tour in Grand Prairie – take up to 10 people on this semi-private tour from Lynncreek Marina around Joe Pool Lake. View holiday lights, sip hot chocolate and listen to seasonal music. Tours available from 6-9 p.m. $200 value.

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Veterans Day Events in Fort Worth & Beyond

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

Lots of Veteran’s Day happenings in DFW this weekend! Here’s where to find them:

Saturday, Nov. 9:
Grapevine Veterans Day Parade – 10 a.m., Meadowmere Park. Post-parade festival includes bounce houses, hot dogs, s’mores, a junior angler fishing experience for the kids, kayaks, paddle boats, crafts, and the opportunity to thank a soldier.
Alvarado Veterans Day Parade - 10 a.m., begins at Alvarado Public Library and ends at Glenwood Cemetery. A  ceremony will recognize veterans whose names were added to the Memorial Wall.
Parker County Veterans Day Parade – 10:30 a.m., begins at Ninth Grade Center. Travels north on Main Street, turns west on Oak Street, south on Alamo Street and east on Russell Street to return to the school.

Monday, Nov. 11:
Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade – 10 a.m. See parade route here. Starts at LaGrave Field and goes through downtown.
Taps N’ Tunes Salute to Veterans - 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Air Park. Presentation of colors, USO shows, addresses from veterans and their families. Also includes free admission to air museum, food vendors and more.
Grand Prairie Veterans Day Celebration – 10 a.m. at Grand Prairie Veterans Memorial. Event includes an aircraft flyover, bag pipers, a 21-gun salute and USO-themed patriotic music. Following the ceremony, a free all-American lunch will be provided at the Veterans Park Event Center, adjacent to the memorial.
North Richland Hills Veterans Day Celebration – 11 a.m., Liberty Park. Includes musical entertainment, NRH Police and NRH Fire Honor Guard presenting the colors, and a keynote speaker.
Arlington Veterans Day Event - 11 a.m., Veterans Park. Special tribute to WWII veterans. Rear Admiral James A. Lair, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who served more than 200 combat missions over Vietnam, will deliver the keynote address. A complimentary luncheon will be served immediately following the ceremony at the park pavilion.
Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade - 11 a.m. Route will start at Reunion Arena, will proceed north on Houston Street, east on Main Street, south on Ervay Street, west on Young Street, south on Akard Street and pass in review in front of City Hall. Military vehicles and equipment, veterans organizations, civic and corporate displays will be available for viewing at 9:30 AM in front of City Hall and will be dismantled after the parade.
Keller Veterans Day Celebration – 10 a.m., Legacy at Bear Creek. Will include a flag-raising by an Army Reserve flag detail from Naval Air Station Fort Worth.

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Recap: What to Do This Weekend

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

In case you missed them – here’s a roundup of the best fun events happening this weekend in Fort Worth and beyond:

Friday, Oct. 25
Halloween at Rangers Ballpark
Texas Food Truckin’ Fest
Kaplan College Haunted House

Saturday, Oct. 26
Martin House Brewing Halloween Boo-ery Tour
Nash Farm’s Bewitched by the Barn
Central Market Halloween Carnival
Astronomy Day at UTA Planetarium
Halloween at Rangers Ballpark
Texas Food Truckin’ Fest
Kaplan College Haunted House
Crowley Haunted Hayrides

Sunday, Oct. 27
Spooky Kooky Keller Kastle

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Fort Worth Daily Deal Roundup

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

 photo cleaninkphotobook_zpsff799779.pngHere’s a list of some of the best daily deals in and around Fort Worth (and online):

$10 for a custom hardcover photo book from Try Clean Ink – great idea for Christmas gifts! This is for a 20-page book; pay $14 for a 34-page book

$11 for $20 in sushi and Japanese cuisine at Big Fish – salmon, sushi, sashimi and more on Hulen St; $20 for $40 option also available (for 4 diners or more)

$12.50 for a fast-pass admission to Moxley Manor Haunted House – $25 value; this ticket skips you straight to the front of the line; haunted house is in Bedford

$20 for an oil change at Jiffy Lube – $39.99 value; valid at 20 DFW locations

$25 for one admission to the Color in Motion 5K – scheduled for Nov. 2 in Arlington; includes t-shirt and color powder, too

$29 for a 1-hour Swedish massage at Texas Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – in Haltom City; also includes a “vibration therapy” session

$30 for a Mystery Gift Box – this is an interesting one! Box has $200 worth of items, which may include MP3 players, tablets, digital cameras, Bluetooth headsets, makeup kits, scarves, designer sunglasses, gold jewelry, sheets and more; also check out this $17 Super Spooky Halloween Mystery Gift Box

$40 for a mani-pedi with massage, hot stones & paraffin at Amour Nails & Day Spa – in Arlington on Green Oaks Blvd.

$55 for a haircut, deep conditioning and allover color from Legacy Ridgmar – $115 value, near Ridgmar Mall

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$4 for $25 Restaurant Certificates

Category : Arlington, dining, Featured, food

From today through tomorrow, Aug. 13, is selling its $25 restaurant certificates for just $4 each. Use the promo code SALE at checkout to get this discount.

Lots of local restaurants participate in the certificate program, including Wilson’s Barbecue, Yucatan Taco Stand, DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks (Arlington location), and many more eateries. Be sure to check the fine print before you buy, since some restaurants require you to come during certain hours to use the certificates. Once purchased, the certificates do not expire. Check out the restaurants here and grab your certificates at this great price.

If you want to buy the certificates as a gift, is also offering two $25 eGift certificates for $10 through Aug. 14.

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