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Art&Seek Jr: 5 Weekend Cures For The Back-To-School Blues
by Therese Powell 26 Aug 2014

Take the sting out back-to-school with one of the these fun events courtesy of Art&Seek Jr!

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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.

For a lot of North Texas kids, Monday was the official kicked off of a spanking, brand new school year. For some, it was all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns as they headed back with big smiles and attitudes that scream “it’s gonna be a great year!” For others, well, let’s just say there’s going to be an lengthy attitude adjustment period.

Here’s a few activities that will help the little kiddles let go of summer and ease back into the school groove. 

Inconceivable! Don't miss the 'Princess Bride' Quote-Along at Alamo Drafthouse.

Inconceivable! Don’t miss the ‘Princess Bride’ Quote-Along at Alamo Drafthouse.

First off, I know it’s a school night, but if you want a  sure fire way to cheer up those grumpy back-to schoolers then check out The Princess Bride Quote-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson on Thursday night. If you’ve never seen the film, no worries, the movie will be subtitled karaoke-style so you won’t miss a single–“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” There will also be swords for everyone to fight and dramatically switch hands with, as well as a Rescue Princess Buttercup game before the show. The only caveat to this good time is that the tinies will have to sit this one out because no children under 6 will be allowed. Also, get your tickets now. There’s only the one screening and it’s likely to sell out.

School may have started, but we’re still a long way from fall-like weather. Now is a great time to explore one of the many fabulous museums around North Texas and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth is a great place to start. Stop by the Kimbell’s Renzo Piano Pavilion this Saturday for their Kids Drop-In event. You and your mini Monets can learn about fun ways to enjoy art and then create a “Monster Portrait” project together. The event is free, but is limited to 20 children so be sure to sign up early.

Walk among the LEGOS at the LEGO KidsFest this weekend.

Walk among the LEGOS at the LEGO KidsFest this weekend.

Let the kids stay up late one last time and enjoy an outdoor movie at Cinema in the Circle at Beckerd Park in Addison on Saturday night. You and the family can spread out a blanket and watch an outdoor screening of Fantastic Four under the stars. It’s a free event so the price is definitely right on this one!

Speaking of outdoors, this is your last weekend to take advantage of dollar days at the Trinity River Audubon Center. That’s right, for just one measly dollar you and the kiddos can take a hike on one of the many trails or check out the interactive exhibits inside the center. Better hurry though. The offer is only good through August 31.

Finally, how about a little play time with America’s favorite toy? Lovers of the ubiquitous construction blocks rejoice! The LEGO KidsFest is headed to the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center of Dallas this weekend! Beside the chance to build to your little heart’s content, there will also be a veritable cornucopia of fun activities you won’t want to miss including: live demonstrations by LEGO Master Builders (talk about your dream job), screenings of the LEGO Movie, a battle brick zone, and the opportunity to walk among life-size models, built entirely of LEGOs bricks. Don’t forget your camera! There will be photo ops galore!

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 9-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your ideas for quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected].

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