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Art&Seek Jr: Balloons and Chalk Get Their Own Festivals!

by Therese Powell 20 Mar 2012 1:10 PM

Forget March Madness this weekend and have some real fun at these two quirky festivals.


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.

If you’re into quirky, fun festivals then you’re in luck – this weekend there’s not ONE but TWO (count ’em) TWO celebrations of the unusual.

Lori Fitzgerald was the featured Professional Chalk Artist for 2011.

Up first on Saturday is the second annual Chalk This Way! Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival at the Five Star Complex in the Colony.  This daylong event will feature super cool chalk drawings by professional chalk artists and two chalk drawing contests: One for amateur chalk artists and a scholarship contest for high school seniors majoring in an arts-related field.  For those mini Piccassos out there itching to get their fingers dusty, there will also be a children’s gallery where kids 3 and up can create their own work.

Attendees at the Festival of Balloons 2010 got to take photos in this life-size balloon "car," built by balloon artist Robbie Furman. Copyright:Steve Rasmussen/2010

On Sunday, load up the kids and head down to the Sheraton Dallas for the Festival of Balloons!  Yes, that’s right – a festival made up entirely of balloons!  On display will be balloon art created by artists from all over the world who are in town for the World Balloon Convention. Who knew?  Here’s a sample of what you’ll see showcased:  balloon sculptures (some with special effects), balloon figures, interactive balloon displays, dresses made out out of balloons, balloon entertainers and tons of photo ops.

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer.  She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 6-year-old daughter, Rose.