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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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Drive-In Movie Nights at Texas Motor Speedway

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 photo texasmotorspeedwaydrivein_zps0b71c43c.pngSee 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 the speedway’s infield. The first event is July 16, and the featured film is The Lego Movie. The second event will be Aug. 26, and the movie will be The Little Rascals.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movies start at 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and come in through the speedway’s south tunnel. Admission is only $20 per car, and benefits Speedway Children’s Charities.

Find directions to Texas Motor Speedway here.

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Free Artists’ Reception in Grapevine

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 photo giddensgalleryjuly_zps191be8d4.jpgOn 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 Trudy Atteberry and Leticia Sedberry.

The gallery is located at 624 S Main St. in Grapevine. Parking in front of the gallery is limited, so park behind the building. From Main, turn west off W. Hudgins to get to the parking lot.

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“Little Sprouts” At the Botanic Garden

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 photo strawberries_zpsf52b86cb.jpgOn 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 in a learning experience with your toddler while enjoying the summer weather! Kids must be between 18 months and 3 years. There must be at least one caregiver per child – so unfortunately, moms with multiple young kids won’t be able to attend.

Admission to the Botanic Garden is free. To go to the garden’s conservatory, it’s $2 for adults and $1 for kids. Kids under 4 are free.

The Botanic Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Photo courtesy Paul Albertella/Flickr

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Free Family Day at Irving Arts Center

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 photo irvingartscenterfunday_zps5048eb21.jpgThis 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 that are themed to current exhibitions. All supplies are provided.

The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. Macarthur Blvd in Irving.

Photo courtesy Irving Arts Center

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$2 Movies at Studio Movie Grill

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 photo smgsummerrefresher_zps85b117e8.pngFrom July 21-24, Studio Movie Grill is offering movie tickets for $2 to select shows as part of its Summer Refresher Series. These are older movies, but they all have sequels on the way, so this is a great way to prep! Movies for the first Summer Refresher installment include The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, Magic Mike and Skyfall. Get your tickets for the Arlington location here. There are no booking fees for buying online!

Enjoy SMG Sangrias for just $5 while you watch.

Find your local Studio Movie Grill here.

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Ice Cream Sunday at Kimbell Art Museum

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 photo kimbellicecreamsunday_zps0e40ce9f.jpgThis Sunday, July 20, the Kimbell Art Museum will once again host its family-friendly Ice Cream Sunday event. From noon to 3 p.m., you can stop by the museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion and get a free scoop of Blue Bell ice cream. The featured flavor is Magic Cookie Bar, a a sweet ice cream loaded with graham cracker crust pieces, chunks of dark chocolate, roasted pecan pieces and toasted coconut, all surrounded by a caramel sauce swirl.

There will also be plenty of other activities during Ice Cream Sunday, including an ice cream-inspired collage activity and a showcase of children’s films. Plus, you can visit their permanent art collection (admission to the collection is always free).

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

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Cowboy Palooza Block Party at West 7th

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 photo cowboypalooza_zps11426f00.pngThe National Cutting Horse Association is in town for their 2014 Summer Cutting Spectacular at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. In celebration, West 7th is holding an NCHA Cowboy Palooza Block Party and Street Dance on Saturday, July 19 from 6-10 p.m. The 2900 block of Crockett St. will be closed so visitors can stroll and enjoy live music, demonstrations, beer tents, and shopping at West 7th merchants.

Find directions to West 7th here.

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Moon Day at Flight Museum

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 photo moonday_zps68c852c6.jpgOn Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas will host Moon Day, a special event held in conjunction with the National Space Society of North Texas. Come and experience a full day of family-oriented activities, demonstrations, and programs, marking the 46th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing (the actual landing was on July 20). Over 25 exhibitors will offer fascinating displays and activities such as a close-up look at a meteorite, robotics demonstrations, space art, re-creating Moon craters, and a SAFE look directly at the sun through specially-equipped telescopes.

The first 200 children  to arrive will receive a free “Lunar Sample Bag” courtesy of Moonlite Printing & Graphics of Carrollton, full of magazines, stickers, activity books, posters and other materials of interest to space flight enthusiasts of all ages.

In Scouts? Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts can meet various badge and pin requirements through participation in specific Moon Day activities.  No registration is required, and the qualifying activities are presented throughout the entire day.

Museum admission is $8 per adult and $5 for kids. Kids 3 and under get in free. The museum is at 6911 Lemmon Ave. in Dallas. Update 7/17/14: Save on admission by picking up this Groupon – two admissions are $16, or four for $16. A good deal if you have more than one adult going.

 

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Stargazing Event in Southlake

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On Saturday, July 12, Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake will host Starstruck, a special star-viewing party. If you love looking up at the night sky observing the stars, constellations, planets, and galaxies this spectacular stargazing party is for you! Come take advantage of the center’s super-high powered telescope, and view the stars like you’ve never seen them before. An instructor will teach you new constellations, and you’ll observe planets which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and drinks. Only red lights will be permitted as not to detract from the luminosity of the sky. (No phones, flashlights, lamps and the like.) Fee is $5 for nonmembers and free for members.

Bob Jones Nature Center is at 355 Bob Jones Rd. in Southlake.

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Parker County Peach Festival This Weekend

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 photo peachfestival_zpsd0eabe7b.pngOn Saturday, July 12, Weatherford will once again host its annual Parker County Peach Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly celebration is always a lot of fun. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, activity booths, kids’ activities, a domino tournament and more. The annual Peach Pedal cycling event is also being held in conjunction with the festival.

Admission to the Peach Festival is $5 for adults. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $4 at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Kids 12 and under are free!  Find parking info and directions here.

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