Friday, March 29, 2013

Totally Texas -- Families days are 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Many Dallas area sites have recurring events, often with free or reduced price admissions on particular days of each month -- “First Saturday,” “First Tuesday,” and so on. How to keep track? With this handy calendar of family-friendly events.

First Tuesdays at the DMA, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas. Regular admission is always free at the DMA, but first Tuesdays include storybook readings and music. Next date, April 2. Aimed at ages five and younger, but open to all. See

Second Wednesdays, Nip and Tuck’s Barnyard Buddies, Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas. Just for the little ones -- stories, songs, and exploration. 11 a.m. $5 for children, one adult with each child gets in free. Next date, April 10. See

First Thursdays at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, 1206 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill. Guided hike, animal encounters, and crafts. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Next date, April 4. Free. See

Third Thursdays at Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Hikes, animal presentations, owl prowl at 8 p.m. Next date, April 18. Free. See

First Fridays at the Farm, Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Farmhand demonstrations of 19th century life skills. $3. Next date, April 5. See

Third Fridays, Crow Collection after Dark, Crow Collection of Asian Art, 6 p.m.- midnight. Next date, April 19. See

Also third Fridays, Late Night at the DMA, 6 p.m. to midnight. Concerts, dance, films, yoga and stories. At

First Saturdays -- Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora, Dallas, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Art activities, story times, yoga. Next date, April 6. See

Also first Saturdays, check out AdventureAsia, Family Days at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. (across the street from the Nasher). Family tours, stories, kids art, and kid’s yoga. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. See

Second Saturdays -- Target Second Saturdays at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bilingual storytelling, dance, and more. Free. Next date, April 13. See

First Sundays -- Nature Explore Family Club, at Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. First Sundays, from 3-4 p.m. Next date, April 7. Ages 4-10. Free registration at

Third Sundays -- Family Past Times at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, noon - 4 p.m. Free for kids, adult admission applies. Seasonal hands-on activities. Next date, April 21, with kite theme. See

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