Apr 282011
 

The last weekend of April is packed with many family friendly events in Dallas-Fort Worth, including a number of FREE festivals!

Arlington
River Legacy’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Coppell
Earthfest (FREE EVENT)

Dallas
Dallas Roars! A Festival of Flight (Dallas Zoo)
Discovery Saturday at the Trinity Audubon Center
Fairy Tales Castle Exhibit – Dallas Arboretum
Get Kidz Fit Fest 2011 (FREE EVENT)
IMAX Theater at Museum of Nature and Science
North Park Mall – Atmos Energy Presents Children’s Activities (FREE EVENT)
Rapunzel at Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse
White Rock Lake Festival
Wizard of Oz at the Women’s Museum (puppet show presented by Dallas Puppet Theater)

Denton
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (FREE EVENT)

DFW Metroplex
National Geographic Little Explorers Club at Pottery Barn Kids

Farmer’s Branch
Younger Generation Chorus Performance at Brookhaven

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Boat and Sport Show
IMAX Theater at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Frisco
Animation – Sci Tech Discovery Center (LAST WEEKEND)

Garland
Cinco de Mayo Celebration (click on calendar date)

Grand Prairie
Annual Big Mamou Cajun Festival (at Trader’s Village)

Grapevine
Heritage Fun and Kite Flying
Metroplex Doll Club Annual Show and Sale

Mansfield
Peter Rabbit Trail (through May 8th)

Mesquite
Mesquite’s Annual Real.Texas.Festival

Muenster
Germanfest

Pilot Point
Sharkarosa Wild Life Ranch

Plano
Sidewalk Chalk Spectacular (FREE EVENT)

Waxahachie
Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Apr 282011
 

Dallas Roars! is an annual multi-weekend spring celebration at the Dallas Zoo packed with fun – bounce houses, crafts, music, shows, games, and more. There are two more fun packed weekends left to enjoy the Dallas Roars! festival. The festival, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, takes place on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Website

Check out the planned activities for the next two weekends:

April 30 to May 1

Butterflies Reopening, Cinco de Mayo

  • Education animal presentations in the ZooNorth Breezeway – noon to 4 p.m.
  • Senorita Stilt Walker and Bayou Queen appearances
  • Variety of Hispanic performing artists including musicians and dance troupes from local high schools
  • KLNO/Univision Radio – Sunday: noon to 2 p.m.
  • Keeper Encounters
  • Paper flower craft
  • Mural craft
  • Bounce houses
  • Carnival games with prizes
  • Community organizations including Stranger Danger, 1st Class Kids,
    Dallas Police Dept., Dallas Fire Rescue, DART, Dallas Public Library,
    and more
  • Marketplace featuring face painting, airbrush tattoos, photo buttons, and airbrush art (fees apply)

May 7 to 8

Mother’s Day Weekend

  • Butterfly releases – Saturday: 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.; Sunday: 2, 3, and 4 p.m.
  • Special Mother’s Day brunch – Saturday only, reservations required
  • Butterfly Stilt Walker and Bayou Queen appearances
  • Education animal presentations in the ZooNorth Breezeway – noon to 4 p.m.
  • Special appearance by Radio Disney – Sunday: 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Keeper Encounters
  • Butterfly mural craft
  • Bounce houses
  • Carnival games with prizes
  • Community organizations including Dallas Police Dept., Dallas Fire
    Rescue, DART, Dallas Public Library, Green Mountain Energy, Dallas Water
    Utilities: CeaseTheGrease, and more
  • Marketplace featuring face painting, airbrush tattoos, photo buttons, and airbrush art (fees apply)

 

 

 

Apr 272011
 

It’s not too late to celebrate Earth Day and teach your kids about environmental awareness. Stop by The Heard Museum Natural Science Museum for their Green Living Family Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

From their website:

Chat with dozens of green vendors that can provide you with practical tips about eco-friendly living. If you are a “green veteran,” there is always something new to learn! Enjoy live entertainment, green demonstrations and kid’s activities including kite flying in the meadow. See the new Bugs! exhibit, check out Animals of the World and walk the nature trails. Bring recyclable products to support the Heard’s electronics recycling program. (Stay tuned for more details.)

McKinney residents – FREE ADMISSION (proof required)

Non-residents pay the standard admission: $9 adults, $6 seniors & kids 3-12. Kids 2 & under are free.

Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

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Apr 212011
 

Check out all the family friendly stuff going on in Dallas-Forth Worth this Easter weekend!

DFW Metroplex
Easter Egg Hunts this Weekend in DFW
Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics for Kids – Various Locations

 

Carrollton
Teddy Bear Picnic – A.W.Homestead Museum

Dallas
Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection – Dallas Museum of Art (Opens 4/23)
Earth Day Dallas Festival
Easter Weekend Celebration – Dallas Arboretum
Fairy Tales Castle Exhibit – Dallas Arboretum
IMAX Theater at Museum of Nature and Science
North Park Mall – Atmos Energy Presents Children’s Activities (FREE EVENT)
Rapunzel at Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse

Ennis
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival (FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING)

Fort Worth
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Bass Performance Hall (THIS WEEKEND ONLY)
IMAX Theater at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Frisco
Animation – Sci Tech Discovery Center
Bowling with the Easter Bunny at Strikz
Earth Day Extravaganza – Sci Tech Discovery Center

Grapevine
Taking Care of Mother Earth Expo (FREE EVENT & MOVIE)

Mansfield
Peter Rabbit Trail (through May 8th)

McKinney
Victorian Eggstravaganza

Pilot Point
Sharkarosa Wild Life Ranch

Waxahachie
Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Apr 212011
 

Lowe’s is celebrating Earth Day by giving away a million FREE trees. What kind of tree is it you might ask? I wanted to know too so called a couple of local stores. One guy told me it was a Western Yellow Pine seedling and another guy told me it was a Douglas or Noble Fir. Both varieties are pine trees, so you can expect them to grow at least 20+ feet. The seedlings they are giving away are approximately 4 inches big and they will need to stay in a pot for at least a year before you transplant them into the ground.

Visit a local Lowe’s store this Saturday, 4/23/2011 to get yours.

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Apr 202011
 
The Mountain: Time Lapse Video That is A MUST SEE!

I saw this time lapse video on Facebook and had to share it here. It has tremendous views in time lapse mode taken by Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd taken on El Teide in the Canary Islands. Don’t miss this one!! View it in fullscreen mode for the full experience!

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the photographer:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain’s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.