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Fun, Free Things to Do with a 6 and 2 Yr Old

My great grandchildren will be here for a week. They come all the way from Alaska for a month in Texas. The Odessa family is taking the to Carlsbad. The Austin family will take them to the coast. My daughter and I live on very limited incomes and our kids don't want or expect us to spend any money, but we would like to do somethings special that the kiddos will remember.
I have found a beautiful place to feed the ducks and the swans and I remember how much kids love that. I also thought of taking them to see the big horses at Owens Spring Creek Farm. Both of these are Free!!
We live in at Plano Rd. and Spring Valey in Richardson and they will be here June 30th. (terrible time for Alaskans to come to Texas! Good thing they are native Texans)
I appreciate any ideas you have.
Thanks and God bless
D.

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WOW!! I am overwhelmed with the wonderful input from my Mamasourse friends. I think we will have a great time. Yes we do plan to spend time just being friends. I bot a new kiddie pool and have a bunch of new books. Thanks to all!
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Metroplex Moms always has a great calendar of things to do. We just went to a free junior fishing event yesterday in Carrollton-it was tons of fun and they provided the fishing equipment for free. Good Luck

http://www.metroplexbaby.com/Scoop.htm

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The Dallas Museum of Art is free on Tuesdays and they have a great kids program in the morning. I think it starts at 10 or 10:30. We went once with my 2 1/2 yr old and it was great. They made hats, had dancing "class" and got to play in the kids area. I think a 6 yr old would like it even more b/c it is art!
Also the Nasher is free on the first Sat or Sun of the month (check their website). It's a great spot in the middle of down town that kids can run around, parents can admire the art.

The Galleria has free puppet shows on weekends I think at 11 - by the kids play area outside of Nordstorms - 3rd floor.

You may want to pick up a copy of Dallas Child - any kids store should have it. They always have a list of events for the month.

Oh - and most public libraries have story time for kids - you may want to check the website for the one closest to you. It may be too young for the 6 yr old if she/he likes to read maybe they can browse the books.

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Metroplex Moms always has a great calendar of things to do. We just went to a free junior fishing event yesterday in Carrollton-it was tons of fun and they provided the fishing equipment for free. Good Luck

http://www.metroplexbaby.com/Scoop.htm

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D.,

I was just looking at the special events at the zoo and thought of you. It is not entirely free but $1 for the zoo sounds pretty good I thought:

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Enjoy the time with your family whatever you do!
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There is an awesome park just one block north of the Owens farm. Also the Spring Creek forest preserve is close to you, off of Holford road between Arapaho Rd. and George Bush. Wear old clothes and go down into the creek to collect fossils. Kids love it! My kids love to go to their grandmother's and play dominoes, work puzzles and play board games. Sometimes they bake cookies. Enjoy their visit!

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There are so many wonderful parks in the area. Also there are a few fun swim places that are very cheep. Just north of you in Allen is the Don Radenbaugh Natatorium. Also Allen has a free out door water/splash park off of Angel. The spray park is closed on Wednesdays. http://www.cityofallen.org/departments/parks_recreation/p... You could picnic at the park and let the kids play on the playground. Many parents of little children wear bathing suits or clothes they don't mind getting wet and will play with their kids too. There are bathrooms to change in also.

The city of Frisco has a pool too. It's prices are slightly higher than the pool in Allen. http://www.friscofun.org/aquatic/Pages/AdmissionFees.aspx

Kids also like board games and just to play. Have you ever been to Frisco Resale? It is located off of Main in Frisco. The resale shop has many items and some board games. All of the money spent at the resale shop is used to feed the hungry in frisco and run charity programs for the people. So not only can you get some inexpensive items, I bought my dining room table for $50 there, but you help to feed the hungry.

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I second the suggestion for the library. The storytimes are wonderful, and the Bookmarks children's library branch at NorthPark Mall has fun furniture, computers, and some absolutely amazing activities if you get there on the right day. My daughter has done Kindermusik, a Kabuki play, and seen The Critterman there. They have weekly activities for children of all ages, but the Saturday special events are wonderful. Here's a link to the Saturday schedule: http://dallaslibrary.org/bookmarks.php

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I can't think of anything free, but do know of some low cost things to do. The Dallas Aboretum (www.dallasaboretum.org)at White Rock lake is fun for both kids and adults. Fair Park is free to get in, but the museums do have an entry fee. The museum of nature and science (used to be the Science Place www.natureandscience.org) is tons of fun for kids that age. The Harbor in Rockwall on lake Ray Hubbard has a spray park and places to play and picnic on the lake - and it's free!

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