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Taste of Keller This WeekendTaste of Keller This Weekend This weekend, you can try discounted cuisine from Keller's best restaurants at Taste of Keller, a festival blending family, food and fun. The festival is on Friday, April 18 from 5-11 p.m. and on Saturday,...

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Mother's Day Idea: Photo Book for $5Mother's Day Idea: Photo Book for $5 Start thinking ahead to Mother's Day, Father's Day and all your other gift-giving occasions - right now, York Photo is offering custom 8x8 softcover photo books for just $5 each. This is an $11.99...

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Save on Sweet Treats in DFWSave on Sweet Treats in DFW Ready for dessert? Save some cash while feeding your sweet tooth with these deals: $5 for $10 at Cool Zone Frozen Treats - save half on by-the-ounce frozen yogurt in Fort Worth $7 for one 9-inch...

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Cardboard Boat Regatta at Six FlagsCardboard Boat Regatta at Six Flags Got 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....

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Stop Six Wellness ExpoStop Six Wellness Expo Come out to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center this Saturday, April 19 for the Stop Six Fitness and Wellness Expo. This free event begins at 9 a.m. There will be free fitness classes, Zumba, wellness...

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Taste of Keller This Weekend

Category : dining, entertainment, family, Featured, food

 photo tasteofkeller_zps28c6d546.jpgThis weekend, you can try discounted cuisine from Keller’s best restaurants at Taste of Keller, a festival blending family, food and fun. The festival is on Friday, April 18 from 5-11 p.m. and on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Keller Town Hall. More than 20 local restaurants will be at the event, including Buttercup’s Bake Shoppe, Devivo Bros. Eatery, and Elote Mexican Kitchen. Admission to the festival is free, but you must purchase tickets for 50 cents each to get food and drink. The average price is about 6 tickets per item.

Some notable events at Taste of Keller include:

Tasting Tent - on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Pay $10 and get 1-oz samples from 25 eateries. (Get tickets at Keller Business Connections, 131 Taylor St. during business hours)

Egg Drop – Saturday at 4 p.m. 10,000 plastic eggs will be dropped on the festival grounds from helicopters for kids to pick up!

Kids’ Activities – crafting corner, children’s play space and other activities

Other Fun Stuff – a poker run, 1k Fun Run (Saturday at 8 a.m.), a food-eating competition, live music and more

For a complete schedule of events, see the Taste of Keller Facebook page or this page.

Keller Town Hall is at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

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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

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Stop Six Wellness Expo

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo stopsixwellness_zpsd596d30f.jpgCome out to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center this Saturday, April 19 for the Stop Six Fitness and Wellness Expo. This free event begins at 9 a.m. There will be free fitness classes, Zumba, wellness seminars, vendor booths and more. Look for a kid’s area with obstacle courses, coloring and painting, nutritional games and activities, as well as face painting.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is at 5565 Truman Dr. in Fort Worth.

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Easter Eggstravaganza at North East Mall

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo northeastmalleaster_zps8567e2f2.jpgCome by North East Mall in Hurst on Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their Easter Eggstravaganza. The event will take place in the mall’s Center Court. Kidgits Club members will enjoy Brunch with the Easter Bunny as they snack on delicious Chick-fil-A nuggets and sip on juice. Plus, there will be cookie decorating, balloon twisters, face painting, bunny hop sack races, and loads of fun activities for kids of all ages. Participants will receive a Kidgits® Easter bucket and bunny ears as a keepsake to take home.

Membership in Kidgits Club is only $5 per child and is good all year. Sign up at the mall’s service desk or see this page.

North East Mall is at 1101 Melbourne Rd. in Hurst.

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Easter Event in White Settlement

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo eastereggs2.jpgOn Saturday, April 12, the city of White Settlement will sponsor an Easter Eggstravaganza at Veterans Park from 2-5 p.m. Kids ages 0 to 10 are invited to come and hunt for eggs. They will be divided into three age groups so everyone gets a chance to find some!

Veterans Park is at 8901 Clifford St. in White Settlement.

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Free Family Festival at the Kimbell

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo KimbellJapaneseFest2014_zpse7419447.jpgOn Saturday, April 12, the Kimbell Art Museum will host a free family festival, themed “Sights and Sounds of Japan.” The festival takes place from 1-4 p.m. A spectacular host of mighty samurai warriors will welcome families for a lively afternoon of creative art projects, artist demonstrations, family tours, children’s films made possible by the Lone Star Film Society, and interactive Kabuki theater workshops with Kent Williams.

No reservations are required to attend. Admission will also be free for the special exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection during this event.

The Kimbell Art Museum is at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Image courtesy Kimbell Art Museum

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Main Street Arts Festival This Weekend

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo mainstartsfest2014_zpsa5339e26.pngIt’s that time of year again! From Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13 is Fort Worth’s Main Street Arts Festival, a showcase of art, food, live music and fun! Admission to the festival is free. Here are just a few of the things to look out for during this year’s festival:

The festival’s official guidedownload it here so you’ll know what vendors are where.

Kids’ Activities – two entire city blocks are dedicated to MAIN ST. Creates!, featuring a rock climbing wall, balloon designing, ceramic tile painting, sand art and more. Some of these activities come with a cost; check out the kids’ activity web page for more info.

Food and Drink – you can get pretty much any kind of cuisine you can think of at this year’s festival. See a list of food vendors here.

Bring Your Own Water Bottle – forget disposables. The Tarrant Regional Water District is sponsoring water refill stations throughout the festival, so you can fill up for free. Bring one from home, or buy a commemorative aluminum bottle for 9 coupons.

Ride a Bike to the Festival – there are 14 bike-sharing stations by Fort Worth Bcycle located within walking distance of the festival. You can use the promo code 76102 at any station to get half-price access to the system ($4) on the day of the festival.

Buy Coupons – all food and beverage purchases, plus other activities, are done through coupons instead of cash. Buy yours online ahead of time and avoid the wait in line.

Find directions and parking info for Main Street Arts Fest here.

 

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Keller Crawfish Krawl This Weekend

Category : entertainment, Featured, food, free

 photo kellerkrawfishkrawl_zps8b025c20.pngThis Saturday, April 12, Old Town Keller will host its annual Crawfish Krawl, a free festival featuring live music, family-friendly activities and more. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and other activities in the children’s area, sponsored by the Keller Church of Christ. Bring some cash to sample vendors’ Cajun food and, of course, crawfish! The organizers promise they won’t run out of crawfish this year, or at least, not as quickly.

No pets or coolers will be allowed at the Crawfish Krawl. The event will take place on Olive Street. Here’s an approximate map.

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Plan Your Summer Travel: Discounts on Getaways

Category : entertainment, Featured, travel

 photo panamacity_zps999c22b4.pngYes, it’s time to start planning for summer trips! Work ahead of time and you can score some serious discounts. Here’s what’s available right now – all of these deals are good at least through mid-June:

For Couples
Save on a Romantic Getaway to San Antoniobook this special Marriott offer with promo code ROM and you’ll get special pricing on hotel rooms, plus a bottle of sparkling wine and box of chocolates. Hotels on the Riverwalk are available! (Stays through 11/1/14)

Laid-Back Luxury in Santa Festays start at $119 a night at the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, a 4-diamond resort. Heated pool, full-service spa and more.

Get Away to Georgia Wine Country – (yes, there is one) Pay just $297 for three nights at the Paradise Hills Resort & Spa in Blairsville; deal includes 1-bedroom cabin, two neck-back-shoulder massages, two on-site wine tastings and more. (Stay through 4/15/15)

For Families
Disney/Universal Digs on the Cheaptwo can stay for as little as $84 per night at the Crowne Plaza Orlando, close to theme parks with free wifi and more.

Beach Getaway for the Whole FamilyPay just $89 a night for a 1-bedroom condo at The Summit Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla., which includes 1 king bed and bunk beds for 6. Two- and three-bedroom condos also available. (Stay through mid-July 2014)

Family-Friendly Smoky Mountains Retreat -
4 people can stay at the Brookside Resort in Gatlinburg for $54 per night. Includes kid-friendly pool, continental breakfast, onsite shuffle board, and is close to lots of attractions like Dollywood. (Stay through 6/30/14)

For the Adventurer
Rustic Retreat on the San Marcos River - pay just $178 for two nights at Leisure Resort in Fentress, southeast of San Marcos. Package includes river tubing, smores and a stay in a rustic cabin for as many as 4 people. (Stay through 2/28/15)

Outdoors in Yosemite – prices start at $129 per night for a a stay at the Long Barn Lodge in the Sierra Nevadas. Plenty of swimming, fishing, hiking and more. Cabin accommodations have full kitchens and enough space for 4 people. (Stay through 6/30/14)

10-Day Ecuador Tour w/Flight Included – pay $1,299 for a 10-day adventure in Ecuador, with a package that includes hotels, flight from Miami and some meals. Book by April 15, 2014, but stay anytime through Dec. 2014.

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Korean Day at Irving Public Library

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo koreanflag_zps9a07422e.jpgCelebrate Korean culture this Sunday, April 6 at the Irving Public Library. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., children and families can take part in a variety of free, educational activities, including name writing, Arirang (traditional folk song), dress and crafts. Enjoy cultural refreshments and learn how to use chopsticks.

The Irving Public Library is at 825 W. Irving Blvd.

Photo courtesy Valentin Janiaut/flickr

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