“Where did all of our money go?” I ask this question plenty of times this month. As a parent, I work hard, pay my bills and then, when it is time to do the really important stuff- bonding and spending time with my family- I am well, moneyless, broke! As gas and food prices soar, there is little difference that I can make, even with my family’s budget. We are limited in the amount of opportunities available to us. Well, that’s what I used to think, before I started really researching mine and surrounding areas.
When I began looking into free activities, I did so during the summer. However, I learned that many of the family fun activities, reset each month; with various municipalities doing many things for their residents. So, even if you do not live in the Lewisville- Denton and surrounding areas of Texas, look in your area. I am more than sure many opportunities exist for you too!
Still, the focus of this article is to share what I found about Lewisville and the surrounding areas so here goes…..
Lewisville- by way of Castle Hills:
The city of Castle Hills is doing a lot these days. They are filming a movie, playing outside theatre shows and hosting live music in their town square. Regardless to your tastes, there is going to be something for everyone.
Fall Festival – Oct. 23rdOffers Hay rides and live music for free, (optional face painting for $1 and Pumpkin Patches for $2).
Kid’s Night – Oct. 28th –6pm until 8pm- Petting zoo, live music, arts and crafts and food.
Justin Cash Live Music in the Square, October 29th 6- 8pm
Join Justin Cash for live country music, kid’s photo and costume parades with trick or treating from the trunk (Car trunks that allow kids to trick or treat safely.)
Charlie Brown: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownMarionette Show, Oct. 30th 6-7 pm. Concessions are optional and sold at the Castle Hills Plaza.
Poi Show and Toy Story 3, Nov. 19th 7- 7:30. Families can enjoy the Poi light show by New Zealand natives7:30 Presentation in the Plaza of Toy Story 3.
**If you have questions about any of the above events, please contact: Tim McNutt at (214) 683- 3803 or email him at: timothy. firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are FREE!
Flower Mound Free Events:
One of the premiere attractions of this season is the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. The best part of about this event- outside of hay rides, pumpkin patches, train rides and hay mazes- is that it is completely, 100% free! The Pumpkin Patch houses picnic tables for free use- if you bring a large group you may want to reserve space- and vendors who sell good for you to eat and drink. Visitors to the patch are under no requirement to buy a thing. They can bring in their own lunches, free of charge, pets who are leashed and all of the family! Visit this Web Site for more information: http://www.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com/index.html
Denton Free Activities:
Want to know more about bats? Have a fear of bats because of myths that you may have heard? Come learn the facts about bats in the Bat World exposition in Denton. The event is free but it requires registration, and the show times are offered, twice, for the first time!
The event happens at 2pm and 4pm on Oct. 23rd. The live show debunks bath myths, teaches about bat health and safety and shows a real- life bat cave! Sounds fun and it is great for the entire family! Contact: Clear Creek Natural Heritage at (940) 349- 7275.
The Mystery of Derwin Drood and all things Emily Dickens-This event happens on Oct. 23rd from 1 until 4pm. Visit the Emily Fowler Library at 502 Oakland Drive, Denton, TX for an afternoon of all things Dickens. The library will have free Victorian style refreshments, costumes, and a riveting discussion about the Emily Dickens’ works that leave us all wanting more.
While I am a little late writing this article for the Oak Fest celebration which will take place today, Oct. 16th as I write this piece, you can still catch the Kid- a- Palooza Extravaganza at the Old Coppell Fall Festival.
This activity will happen in Old Town Coppell at: Bethel and Coppell Roads, from 8am until 12:00 on Oct. 30th. It is a chance for families to show off their children’s costumes, visit with face painters, food vendors and live music, for free! You will totally enjoy the time that is meant for your children and you!
As noted above, there are events for every member of the family- Fido included. Finding these events and taking part in the culture they create, is free but priceless. Just be creative and do your homework!