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Art&Seek Jr: Give Your Mother A Hug–Mother Earth, That is
by Therese Powell 22 Apr 2014

You and the kids can save the planet and have fun at one of the Earth-friendly events this weekend.

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Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

While searching Google yesterday morning I came across a bit of serendipity. A happy, pappy animated doodle of a rufous hummingbird wishing me a Happy Earth Day! Awwww…thank-you! I will!

Earth Day doesn’t exactly have the same build up as Christmas or Easter, but it’s a great opportunity to bond with two important moms–Mother Earth, and her sister Mother Nature.  With that in mind  grab your brood and head out to these weekend events that celebrate our big blue planet.

Everyone knows the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. You can catch some of that celestial action this Friday night at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) for Stars on the Prairie. Besides some fantastic star gazing you might also get to hear a screech owl hooting or a lonely coyote calling its girlfriend. The event fills up quickly so be sure to call to RSVP.

Speaking of prairie, you and the kiddos won’t want to miss Prairie Fest, a free, outdoor festival that celebrates the natural world. You’ll find tons of kids activities like prairie wildflower tours, storytellers and science hikes and they all happen among the beautiful backdrop of the Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth. The wildflowers are in full bloom and this is one of the best places in the DFW area to catch them in all their glory. The fun happens this Saturday from 11 a.m. to sunset.

Hug a tree--or climb one this Earth Day! (photo: Earth Day Texas)

Hug a tree–or climb one this Earth Day! (photo: Earth Day Texas)

You can do your part in saving the planet and have a good time too at the Spare pARTS Flea Market this Saturday. There will be all sorts of upcycled furniture, vintage clothing and restored knick knacks to peruse through at this funky, fun flea market. Got some “treasures” in the garage that you’d like to get rid of?  Bring them and place them on a “swap meet” table for selling or giving away. You can take a romp with Fido at their pop-up dog park, play with the tinies in a 100% genuine sand pile, or just sit back and listen to some live music. Check it out at from 10 to 4 at 739 Fort Worth Ave, right across from the Belmont Hotel.

Last, but certainly not least, is the super humongous Earth Day Texas 2014 celebration happening this weekend at Fair Park. The annual two-day outdoor festival features cool exhibits,  speakers, entertainment, food and boatloads of fun. You can give the interactive OmniGlobes a spin, say hello to the Green Team from Radio Disney, get some tree climbing tips from professionals as you head to the top of a Fair Park oak, and take in a concert featuring the Polyphonic Spree.  And here’s the best part–it’s all free!

Doesn’t it feel good to be nice to your mother?

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 8-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected] 

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