Here’s the best of the best for kids this weekend, Aug. 14-15:
Come to your local Lowes home improvement store around 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 (Saturday) and have your kids build a wooden bug box for free. The workshop is an hour long and building supplies are limited, so show up early. To RSVP for the workshop and ensure your spot, go here. Upon completion of the workshop, your little builders will also receive a coupon good for a free Jr. Frosty at Wendy’s.
Go to your local Disney Store at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 to make a “Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure” from the show Phineas & Ferb. Minimum age 3 years. Call ahead to make sure your store is participating.
Celebrate Dora the Explorer’s 10th birthday at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free cupcakes, party favors and special prices on Dora items. Find participating stores here. Bring your favorite photo, because you’ll have the chance to create a special 5×7 Dora photo card.
Roundup of the best bargain-priced (or free!) events in Fort Worth and Dallas Feb. 12-14, 2010:
Art Show: The Greater Denton Arts Council features “Materials Hard and Soft,” an exhibition of contemporary crafts from artists all over the country. Admission is free, and museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
NBA All-Star Jam Session: Some tickets left for Saturday, Feb. 13 at this event in Dallas. Tickets are 50 percent off. See here for details.
Romeo & Juliet: The Texas Ballet Theater is offering a performance of “Romeo & Juliet” Feb. 12-14 at Bass Performance Hall. You can get tickets for as little as $15 (regularly $19), if you go to the Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. showing. Just enter the promo code HEARTDAYS when you buy. (This code is also good for the performance on March 13 at 2 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House. Visit www.texasballettheater.org.
Kids’ Craft Workshop: Go to your neighborhood Lowe’s on Feb. 13 for their bimonthly Build & Grow Workshop. This weekend, the free project is a jewelry organizer – perfect Valentine’s Day gift for mom! Clinic is from 10-11 a.m. Visit www.lowesbuildandgrow.com to RSVP to your local store.
Barnes & Noble Storytime: The B&N stores in downtown Fort Worth, Hurst, Southlake and Hulen Center will have Saturday Morning Storytime at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13. Click here for a complete list of B&N events and store locations.
Valentine’s Craft: Come by your local Michael’s craft store from 10-11 a.m. and decorate a heart-shaped frame for free (you must buy the frame). Click here for details.
Scouting Museum Exhibit: The Arlington Historical Society recently opened its newest exhibit, focused on Scouting and scouting history. Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and tickets are $3 (free for kids 12 and under). At the Historic Fielder House, 1616 W. Abram St. in Arlington.
OPUS: See the Circle Theatre’s performance of OPUS, a drama about a string quartet. There is adult language and content, so don’t bring the kids. Tickets are normally $20-30, but preview performances are available on Friday, Feb. 12 for $15 ($10 students), and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 for $10 (everyone). The 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 13 begins opening-night rates of $30. Visit www.circletheatre.com for tickets.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Come to the River Legacy Living Science Center (703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.) in Arlington to help the staff count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a program held in conjunction with Cornell University. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event, but reservations are required; call 817-860-6752.
Shop & Get a Free Carriage Ride: Watters Creek, a new shopping center in Allen, has a deal going on: Spend at least $50 in one of their stores from Feb. 7-14 and get a free horse-drawn carriage ride through Watters Creek, as well as complimentary chocolates and a long-stemmed rose. It happens every day this weekend from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for more info and the skinny on other V-Weekend discounts.