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July 18-20 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend

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This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE Outdoor Live Music Series in Arlington
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Beatles Tribute Band Outdoor Concert in Keller
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Manners Matter Minicamp for Teens
  • FREE Morning Bootcamp at Sundance Square Plaza
  • FREE Ice Cream Social at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Sunday Funday at Panther Island
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

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:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Friday to Sunday ~ July 18 to 20, 2014

Join your family and friends for an evening of FREE music at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – part of their summer series of free music and performing arts under the stars. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to comfortably enjoy the outdoor entertainment. Snacks or a picnic dinner, and beverages are allowed, but no glass containers, please.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series and weekly artist line-up, click here.
Where:
Founders Plaza in Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. (Corner of Abram and Center streets, directly across the street from City Hall). View the parking map for free parking options.
When: Concerts start at 8PM.  See the schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).

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:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, July 18, 2014 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

See the skies light up over Lake Grapevine every Friday at the Summer Blast Fireworks Show starting at 9:30 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, this weekly show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as at parks around Lake Grapevine. For the best viewing experience, download the accompaniment music here.

Details, details
What: This event is for all ages. For more information about the fireworks show, click here.
When:
 Every Friday through Labor Day.
Fireworks begin at 9:30PM (weather permitting)
Where to watch: Gaylord Texan Resort ~ Level 5 of the Resort Garage.  Click here for directions to the Gaylord Texan Resort.  Fireworks can also be viewed from any Lake Grapevine Lake park. Find a map of parks around the lake here.
Cost: FREE

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:: 11th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern
Now through July 25, 2014

The 11th annual Modern Dance Festival will feature a series of special interactive dance performances, films, and more.  All festival events will take place in the beautiful setting of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 

Details, details
What: Learn more about the 11th Annual Modern Dance Festival, here.
When:  View the schedule of festival events (runs through July 25) here.
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: Keller Concert in the Park ~ Featuring, Me and My Monkey
(Beatles Tribute Band)
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Relax under the big Texas sky, watch the sunset, and listen to the retro tunes of Me and My Monkey, a fantastic Beatles tribute band. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, or picnic and enjoy a fun night with the family. There will be food trucks  at the concerts, so come hungry!

Details, details
What: For more information about Keller’s concert in the park series, click here. For more on Me and My Monkey, click here
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Bear Creek Park in Keller, 400 Bear Creek Parkway
Cost:
FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event website.
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Manners Matter Minicamp for Teens
    Saturday, July 19, 2014

At this free class, teens will learn to present themselves with poise, flair and confidence to employers, friends and the world. The course covers communication, dining etiquette and dressing to impress. Program is suitable for ages 13 – 18 and there is a limit of 25 students. Registration Required (call 817-392-6012 to register).

Details, details
What: For more information about the Manners Matter Minicamp, go here. Registration is necessary.
When: Saturday, July 19, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Class will be offered at the Summerglen Library
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Morning Boot Camp at Sundance Square Plaza
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Start your Saturday morning with a free Boot Camp exercise class at the Sundance Square Plaza. Classes will take place every other Saturday through July 19th and will be presented by Sundance Square and City Club of Fort Worth. Classes are led by Ricky Chavez, a personal trainer and spin instructor. All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about the FREE Bootcamp Classes here.
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where:
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth. Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE! Blue Bell Ice Cream Social at the Kimbell
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum and Blue Bell Ice Cream present “Ice Cream Sunday” — a free event at the museum celebrating National Ice Cream Day. Visitors will enjoy an afternoon escape from the Texas heat to explore the galleries and savor a free scoop of ice cream. Docent-Guided tours for families, as well as children’s art activities are scheduled from Noon to 3PM. Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always FREE. Plus, visitors of the event can register to win a one-year supply of Blue Bell Ice Cream or a one-year Kimbell family membership.

Details, details
What: Learn more about the Kimbell and their ice cream social, here.
Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth
For directions to the Kimbell and other details, click here.
When: Sunday, July 20, 2014 ~ Noon to 3:00PM
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Sunday Fundays at Panther Island in Fort Worth
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth

Sunday Funday is a day of family friendly relaxation and fun in the sun at Panther Island Pavilion. Tubes and brand new pedal boats will be available for rent along with kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes. Stand up paddle board classes will be offered every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. — classes are very beginner friendly as long as you’re not afraid to get a little wet.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Sunday Funday website.
When: Sundays 1:00 to 6:00PM through August 10th.
Where: Panther Island Pavilion is located at
395 Purcey Street in Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE! Tube, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are extra.

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Join Williams-Sonoma to learn how to can vegetables and fruits to make the most of summer’s bounty. Whether you have bushels of tomatoes, corn, zucchini or peaches, learning how to can these favorites is not only practical but a delicious way to enjoy summer’s finest later. These hour-long classes are FREE and include tastings of prepared dishes. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores. Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, July 20, 2014. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times and date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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FREE Printable Summer Time Chalkboard Art

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With all the back-to-school buzz in full force, you might need a little reminder that the lazy days of summer are not yet over!  Here’s a great way to do just thatprint out this FREE chalkboard printable from creative blogger, ishouldbemoppingthefloor (isn’t that the truth?).  This fun summer time design prints on standard letter paper and then trims to fit an 8 x 10 frame — perfect!

:: Download your FREE Summer Time And The Living Is Easy chalkboard printable here.

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TONIGHT — FREE Admission to Keller Pointe Pool and Water Park

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The Keller Pointe invites all guests to enjoy FREE admission 5-7 p.m. this evening, Wednesday, July 16th — part of their July National Parks and Recreation celebration.  This is a substantial savings for a family, as admission is normally $9 for youth and $10 for adults (non-residents).

The Keller Pointe is located at  405 Rufe Snow Drive in Keller. Find directions and other details for the Keller Pointe here.

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July 11-13 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend

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This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE Friday on the Green Evening Outdoor Concert
  • FREE Outdoor Live Music Series in Arlington
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum
  • CHEAP Parker County Peach Festival
  • FREE Star Gazing Party at Bob Jones Nature Center
  • FREE Manners Matter Minicamp for Teens
  • FREE Naturalist-led Nature Walk at River Legacy
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
  • FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price
  • FREE Double Feature Film ~ Are We There Yet and
    Superman Unbound ~ Fort Worth Central Library
  • FREE Kids Woodworking Workshop at Lowes
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Decorating Class at Pottery Barn

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:: FREE Friday On The Green Outdoor Concert
Friday, July 11, 2014

Enjoy a fun evening with your family and friends at Friday on the Green, a FREE monthly live music series sponsored by Fort Worth South. This month’s music lineup delivers Quaker City Nighthawks, Foxtrot Uniform, and Missing Sibling. Bring your blankets and chairs (and even Fido if you want), and enjoy an evening of live music from great bands in a relaxing setting.

Details, Details
What: Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is the non-profit org behind Friday on the Green. Get more info here.
When: Friday, July 11, 2014 ~ 7:00-10:00PM
Where: Head to Magnolia Green Park ~ 1201 Lipscomb Street, between Magnolia and Rosedale.  FREE Parking Garage at 1201 Alston Ave.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Friday to Sunday ~ July 11 to 13, 2014

Join your family and friends for an evening of FREE music at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – part of their summer series of free music and performing arts under the stars. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to comfortably enjoy the outdoor entertainment. Snacks or a picnic dinner, and beverages are allowed, but no glass containers, please.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series and weekly artist line-up, click here.
Where:
Founders Plaza in Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. (Corner of Abram and Center streets, directly across the street from City Hall). View the parking map for free parking options.
When: Concerts start at 8PM.  See the schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).

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:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, July 11, 2014 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

See the skies light up over Lake Grapevine every Friday at the Summer Blast Fireworks Show starting at 9:30 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, this weekly show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as at parks around Lake Grapevine. For the best viewing experience, download the accompaniment music here.

Details, details
What: This event is for all ages. For more information about the fireworks show, click here.
When:
 Every Friday through Labor Day.
Fireworks begin at 9:30PM (weather permitting)
Where to watch: Gaylord Texan Resort ~ Level 5 of the Resort Garage.  Click here for directions to the Gaylord Texan Resort.  Fireworks can also be viewed from any Lake Grapevine Lake park. Find a map of parks around the lake here.
Cost: FREE

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:: 11th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern
Saturday and Sunday, July 12-25, 2014

The 11th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth will feature a series of special events, concerts, films, and more.  The festival kicks off in the Grand Lobby of the Museum on Saturday afternoon and provides opportunities for community participation before and during the performances. 

Details, details
What: For more information about the 10th Annual Modern Dance Festival, click here.
When:  Saturday, July 12 ~ 1 & 3 pm. Sunday, July 13th ~ 3 pm.  View the schedule of festival events (runs through July 25) here.
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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::  Cheap Parker County Peach Festival
    Saturday, July 12, 2014      

Take a trip back to yesteryear at the Parker County Peach Festival, held in Historic Downtown Weatherford. This year marks the 30th annual Peach Festival which features over 200 arts, crafts, food and activity booths, live music, children’s activities, and more.

Details, Details
What:
Learn more at the Parker County Peach Festival’s website.
When: Saturday, July 12th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Where: Historic Downtown Weatherford.  Be sure to use the free remote parking with free shuttle rides to the festival entry gates ~ go here for directions and parking info.
Cost: Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance for $4 at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce office (401 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford). Tickets can be purchased at the entry gate for $5.  Admission is FREE for children 12 and under.

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:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Bob Jones Nature Center
Saturday, July 12, 2014

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 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 etc).

Details, details
What: For more info about the Bob Jones Nature Center’s A Night Under The Stars, click here.
When: Saturday, July 12~ 8:30pm – 11:00pm
Where: Bob Jones Nature Center, Bob Jones Road in Southlake
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Manners Matter Minicamp for Teens
    Saturday, July 12, 2014

At this free class, teens will learn to present themselves with poise, flair and confidence to employers, friends and the world. The course covers communication, dining etiquette and dressing to impress. Program is suitable for ages 13 – 18 and there is a limit of 25 students per library. Registration Required (call 817-392-6012 to register). Saturday class dates (1-3pm) include:

Details, details
What: For more information about the Manners Matter Minicamp, go here. Registration is necessary.
When: Saturdays through July 19, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Classes will be offered at the Summerglen Library
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Explore the nature trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center on a FREE family friendly naturalist-led nature walk. The Living Science Center is the gateway to River Legacy Parks in Arlington.

Details, details
What:
To find out more about the FREE nature walk and River Legacy Living Science Center, go here. RSVP to 817.860.6752
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 ~ 10:00AM
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.

 

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, July 12, 2014

Start your Saturday morning with a free Yoga class at the Sundance Square Plaza.  Classes will take place every other Saturday, through July 26th and will be presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Yoga at Sundance Square, here.
When
: Saturday, July 12, 2014 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: 
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mayor Betsy is teaming up with city council members to host community coffees throughout Fort Worth at Town Halls for All. This Saturday, come on out to talk to Mayor Betsy about what is important to you in your neighborhood and around town.  Free coffee will be provided ~ enjoy a cup while talking to your city leaders!

Details, details
What: Learn more about Town Halls for All here.
Where:
Sycamore Recreation Center ~ 2525 E. Rosedale
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 ~ 9:00AM
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE! Double Feature Movie Screening at the Central Library ~ Are We There Yet? and Superman Unbound
Saturday, July 12, 2014

  

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a free showing of the films  Are We There Yet? (PG, 95 min) and Superman Unbound  (PG-13, 76 min) on Saturday, July 12th. The Fort Worth Library’s monthly movie events present award-winning films in a wide range of genres, including drama, action, comedy and science fiction.

Details, details
What: Read what people are saying about  Are We There Yet, here and Superman Unbound here
When: Saturday,  July 12, 2014.  Are We There Yet will be shown at 1:00pm and Superman Unbound at 3:00pm
Where: The Fort Worth Central Library.  You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.  The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost: FREE, no ticket required.

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make Your
Own Dreamworks Turbo Toy with Motor
.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home. All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores.
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Pottery Barn Decorating Seminar
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Join Pottery Barn for an in-store seminar and demonstration where you will get expert advice on choosing the perfect color scheme and using color and pattern with confidence.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn Store Events.
When:
Sunday, July 13, 2014. Note: Class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Go here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.
Cost:
FREE!

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FREE Chick-Fil-A Meal for Cow Appreciation Day — All Day On Friday, July 11

One of our favorite annual promotions is back!

Dress up like a cow from head to toe, and to get a FREE Chick-fil-a meal all day Friday, July 11th (part of customer appreciation day at Chick-fil-A).  Even a partial costume will get you a FREE entree!

Just in case you don’t have a cow costume hanging in your closet, you can download a printable D.I.Y. cow costume here.

:: Get more info at cowappreciationday.com.  

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FREE Slurpees at 7-Eleven — Friday, July 11

You’re invited to celebrate 7-Eleven Day with a FREE slurpee! Stop in any participating 7-Eleven store  on Friday, 7/11/14, from 11am – 7pm and get a FREE small Slurpee drink.

Plus, if you download 7-Eleven’s mobile app, you can also enjoy 7-Eleven Week with other FREE goodies every day from 7/12 – 7/19. Get the app here.

:: Learn more about the FREE Slurpee giveaway here.

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Fun Summer Recipe — Easy S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites

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If you are looking for a fun recipe to take to your next summer picnic or outing, here’s one of our favorites! These S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites are a fun treat to make with the kids, and are great for packaging up and giving as party favors, too.

 Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Following is a step-by-step picture tutorial, or just skip to the recipe and directions at the bottom of the post if you prefer.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

This quick-to-make, kid friendly treat requires only 3 ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and large marshmallows.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

First, coarsely crush 6-8 graham crackers with a nut chopper or rolling pin to make about 1 cup of chopped graham crackers.  Personally, we prefer using our trusty nut chopper for this process,  as it is quick, makes less mess, and chops the grahams to the perfect size.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Next, melt the chocolate. We recommend using a good quality dark chocolate, but milk chocolate and white chocolate are great substitutes. One of our favorite places to get a good deal on high quality European chocolate is Aldi – their Choceur brand runs about $1.99 for a 5.29 oz bar.  Chocolate chips work great too.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Chop the chocolate into smaller similar-sized pieces to make sure it melts evenly.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe dish or melt on the stove top using a double broiler over low heat. If using a microwave (our preference since it is much quicker), melt your chocolate on a low (50%) power setting in 30 second increments to avoid scorching or burning it. After each 30 second increment, stir the chocolate until it is completely melted and is smooth & shiny.

Note that it is important to stir between each 30-sec increment as chocolate is easy to burn & scorch.  Chocolate retains its shape even when melted (see pic above), so the only real way to know if it is truly melted is to stir it to see if it has become a liquid.  Once it is liquid you can proceed to the next assembly step.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.

To assemble, dip one marshmallow at a time in the melted chocolate then place on the lined cookie sheet.

Sprinkle chopped graham crackers on top of melted chocolate.  

Set marshmallows off to the side for 1-2 hours to let chocolate harden and set. This process can be sped up by placing the cookie sheet of dipped & assembled marshmallows in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Easy S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped graham cracker crumbs (we used the Low-Fat Honey Maid Grahams, but regular grahams would be dandy, too)
  • 10 oz of dark chocolate bars or chips (can substitute milk chocolate or white chocolate)
  • 1 Bag of large marshmallows

Directions

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave (see directions above) or on the stove in a double broiler over low heat.
  3. Dip one marshmallow at a time in the melted chocolate then place on the cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle chopped graham crackers on top of melted chocolate.
  5. Set marshmallows off to the side for 1-2 hours to let chocolate harden and set. This process can be sped up by placing the cookie sheet of marshmallows in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 24-30 S’More Marshmallow Bites.

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FREE 2014 July 4th Fireworks Shows and Family Events — Fort Worth & Dallas Area

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Grab your lawn chairs and head to one of these FREE July Fourth celebrations and fireworks displays in Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding DFW communities.

Events are listed by date and in alphabetical order by community.

:: Thursday, July 3, 2014 ~ DFW Fireworks Events

Addison
What: Kaboom Town in Addison
Rated one of the top places to watch fireworks in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal, the nationally recognized fireworks show can be seen from anywhere in Addison.  The 30-minute fireworks show is choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. Plus there is food, live music and the spectacular Addison Airport Air Show.
Where: The fireworks display and the Addison Airport Airshow can be seen from almost anywhere in Addison. Go here for a list of watching party locations.
When: July 3, 5:00PM to Midnight ~ Fireworks start about 9:30PM
Cost: FREE!

Arlington
What: Light Up Arlington Fireworks Show
Live music, kids area, bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting and games set up along several city blocks in Arlington. Features a 21-minute music-enhanced fireworks show from atop City Hall.
Where: Downtown Arlington. Go here for a map.
When: July 3, 6:0oPM – 10:30PM (Fireworks at 9:45)
Cost: FREE!  Petting Zoo and Pony Rides are available for a small fee.

Roanoke
What: Independence Day Celebration ~ Roanoke 3rd Rocks
Fireworks, family fun, food and music by retro disco band, Le Freak (returning by popular demand). Family activities include  bounce houses, rock climbing wall, train rides, games and more.
Where: Roanoke Community Park ~ 201 Park Dr.   A map has been provided of the available parking lots on Roanoke’s Facebook page.
When: July 3. Family activities begin at 6pm and fireworks at dusk.
Cost: FREE!

Southlake
What: Stars & Stripes Southlake Event and Fireworks Show
Kids zone activities, balloon artists,  live music/entertainment, fireworks celebration and more!
Where: Southlake Town Square
When: July 3, Family Activities begin at 6:00PM. Patriotic ceremony and fireworks will start at 9:30PM.
Cost: FREE!

:: Friday, July 4, 2014 ~ DFW Fireworks Events

Arlington
What: 49th Annual Arlington Independence Day Parade
Where:
Downtown Arlington – see parade route here.
When: July 4, Begins at 9:00AM
Cost: FREE!

Bedford
What: City of Bedford’s Independence Day Celebration
This 4th FEST will feature free live musical entertainment, a variety of themed family friendly activities, a classic car show, festival food and spectacular fireworks when the sun goes down.
Where: 2801 Forest Ridge Road ~ Bedford Boys Ranch Park.  Go here for parking details.
When: July 4, 12:00PM to 11:00PM, fireworks at 10:00PM
Cost: FREE! Swimming at Bedford’s Splash Aquatic Center is Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids under 18 and free for children two years old and younger. Optional parking and shuttle service, $5 (Free for children 3 and under) will be offered at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive.

Burleson
What: City of Burleson’s Independence Day Celebration
Parade, 90-minute live rock concert, fireworks show, and more.
Where: Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex
500 W. Hidden Creek Pkwy
When: July 4 ~ Parade starts at 9:00AM. Gates to Chisenhall  Complex will open at 5:00PM.  Fireworks at 9:20PM.
Cost: FREE!

Dallas
What: Fair Park Fourth Celebration

The City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration at Fair Park will feature spectacular fireworks at the Cotton Bowl, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, kids activities, and a variety of live music. Access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fair Park in Dallas.
When: July 4 ~ 10:00AM to 10:00PM. Fireworks start at 9:30PM. Gates D and E to the Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m.
Cost: FREE!  You will need a wristband for Cotton Bowl entry (available at information booths while supplies last).  Parking is $5 at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11.

Flower Mound
What: Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show
This fun family event features live music from legendary classic rock band, KANSAS, children’s parade, Kid’s Zone activities, vintage auto show, art show, exhibitors, and a great fireworks show.
Where: Flower Mound’s Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane
When: July 4, Children’s Parade begins at 10:00AM, Gates for the festival activities will open at 5PM, Kansas plays at 8:15PM and fireworks begin at dusk.
Cost: FREE!

Fort Worth Fourth Fireworks

Fort Worth
What: Fort Worth’s Fourth Family Event
This fireworks show promises to be one of the largest and best in the metroplex! It offers an evening of free music, family fun, new jet ski and flyboard shows, zipline, bounce houses, miniature golf, food trucks,  fireworks, and lots more! You can even cool off in the Trinity River with kayaking and free river-tubing — tubes are free but supplies are limited, so feel free to bring your own.
When: July 4, Festival and shows starts at 2:00PM.  Fireworks shoot off at 10:00PM. See the complete schedule here.
Where: On the Trinity River, at Panther Island Pavilion.  Go here for directions and parking.


Local Traffic Tips: With an anticipated crowd of more than 100,000 for the various Fort Worth 4th of July events, the Fort Worth Police Department has put together a traffic plan to make it quicker and safer to get to and from Panther Island (or other downtown Fort Worth event locations).  Go here to learn more.
Cost: FREE!  Parking at Panther Island varies from $5 to $10.

Frisco
What: Frisco Freedom Fest
Fireworks, food, live music, children’s activities (bounce house, games, face painting, etc.), 5K run, street entertainment, and more.
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
When: July 4, Begins at 4:00PM, Fireworks at 10:20PM (approx.)
Cost: FREE!

Granbury
What: Granbury Old-Fashioned 4th of July Fireworks Show
Live music, parade, kids activities, fireworks over the lake, and more. Voted one of the top 5 best fireworks shows in Texas.
Where: Events take place around town with fireworks over the lake.
Go here for specific event locations.
When: July 4, Fireworks and Laser light show begin at dusk (about 9:30PM). Go here for a complete schedule of events.
Cost: Most events are FREE. Check links above for specifics.

Grapevine
What: 32nd Annual Fireworks Extravaganza
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Celebrate America’s birthday at Grapevine’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza! Be prepared to be astonished by the fireworks spectacular, which can be viewed from almost any lakeside location as well as several other places throughout Grapevine including Gaylord Texan Resort’s parking garage (with a parking fee), Admission is free at most viewing locations. 
Where:
Best fireworks viewing locations are Oak Grove Park and Rockledge Park on Lake Grapevine (map here) or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort — our favorite spot, but there is a parking fee.
Local Traffic Tips:  In the interest of public safety, the City of Grapevine will be shutting down Fairway Drive between State Highway 26 E. and Silveron Blvd. on July 4th. beginning at 9 p.m. Additionally, parking along Fairway Drive will be prohibited.
When: July 4, Fireworks start at 9:30PM
Cost: FREE! Note that some parks along Lake Grapevine — as well as the Gaylord Texan — charge an admission fee of $5 to $15 per vehicle.  Most parks are free, though.

Irving/Las Colinas
What: Irving’s Firecracker Fourth
Join the City of Irving for the annual two-part celebration of America’s independence.  The fun begins with a community parade followed by a reception at Heritage Park.  Finish the day with an evening festival, showcasing live music, food, a Fun Zone, and fireworks spectacular.
Where: Go here for the parade route.  Fireworks will take place on the south side of  Lake Carolyn ~ 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd.
When: July 4, Parade begins at 9:00am. P:re-fireworks family event and entertainment begins at 6:00PM &  fireworks at 9:30PM
Cost: FREE!

Lewisville
What: Red White & Lewisville Fireworks Show
Uncle Sam invites everyone to join him for a parade. Children can dress in America’s colors and decorate tricycles, strollers or wagons [no bikes allowed] in red, white and blue. The parade starts in Vista Ridge Mall’s Center Court and ends where a DJ will rock the mall with music and host fun games with prizes. Crafts with a patriotic theme along with face painting will also be a part of the festivities.
Where: Learn more about the family events and parade at Vista Ridge Mall here. For Fireworks, the best viewing area is on the south side of Vista Ridge Mall, between the mall and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
When: July 4, Parade and all activities will begin at 11:00am and end at 2:00pm; fireworks begin at 9:30PM.
Cost: FREE!

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Northeast Tarrant County Family 4th Celebration and Fireworks Show — Sponsored by the Cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, and Watauga
What: Family 4th Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day at the Family 4th Celebration.  Festivities include kid’s activities, bounce houses, contests, a salute to veterans, stage performances and festival food.  For fireworks viewing enjoyment, set your radio dial to KTCU, 88.7 for a choreographed, musical fireworks simulcast.  Learn more here.
Where: The Hills Shopping Center (6351 Highway 26)
or WG Thomas Coliseum (6108 Broadway in Haltom City).
When: July 4, Family activities and festivities begin at 5:00PM. fireworks start at 9:30PM.
Cost: FREE!

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FREE Admission to Keller Pointe Pool and Water Park — Wednesday Evening, July 9

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The Keller Pointe invites you to enjoy FREE admission 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9th — part of their July National Parks and Recreation celebration.  This is a substantial savings for a family, as admission is normally $9 for youth and $10 for adults (non-residents).

The Keller Pointe is located at  405 Rufe Snow Drive in Keller. Find directions and other details for the Keller Pointe here.

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FREE 4th of July Sparkler Holder Printable — Great for Glow Sitcks Too!

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Click here to download a FREE Fourth of July Sparkler holder printable designed by creative blogger, Over The Big Moon.  You’ll find a fun patriotic design that will hold at least 5 sparklers or glow sticks along with an easy-to-follow tutorial complete with pictures.

To make your sparkler holders, you will need letter-sized cardstock, scissors (or a straight edge trimmer), and glue. 

:: Get your FREE 4th of July Sparkler holder printables here.

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P.S.  If you plan on making several of these holders, we recommend using a trimmer like this one from Fiskars (as your hands may get a bit tired from all the scissor cutting).  We’ve had a Fiskars trimmer for several years, use it almost weekly, and at $16.50, it’s a good bargainLearn more here.

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