KEEP YOUR HERD HAPPY DURING SPRING BREAK IN FORT WORTH
March 7, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Leigh Lyons, CTA, Marketing Communications Manager
817-698-7842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT WORTH, Texas - Looking for something fun to do with your herd this Spring Break? Bring the entire family to Fort Worth and enjoy a variety of Spring Break activities, attractions, and special events. And while you're here, make a vacation out of your visit with special Spring Break hotel deals. For more information about all of the Spring Break happenings in Fort Worth, visit www.FortWorth.com/visitors/springbreak. Below, are a few of the highlights.
Things to Do and See
1. Fort Worth Herd Twice-Daily Cattle Drive - Known as the world's only twice-daily cattle drive, the Old West comes to life before your eyes as a team of cowhands drives a herd of longhorns along Exchange Avenue through the Stockyards National Historic District. Every detail of this cattle drive - from the saddles to the chaps, from the hats to the boots - is authentic and historically true. The cattle drive is held daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free.
2. Cowtown Goes Green - On Saturday, March 12, don't miss Cowtown Goes Green in the Stockyards National Historic District. This family-friendly St. Patrick's Day event features pony rides, a petting zoo, games and contests with Radio Disney, face-painting, live Irish music, Fort Worth Herd CowCamp featuring hands-on roping lessons, stick horse races and more, and the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive followed by Cowtown Goes Green Parade. Free.
3. Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - One of the Omni Theater's all-time favorites is back for a limited time! Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure returns to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater for a special Spring Break appearance, March 12 - 19. This live-action nature drama explores the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. Bugs! will show daily during the week. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for children (2-12) and seniors (60+). Museum members receive a $3 discount.
4. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing's 2011 Employee Craft Demonstrations - On March 14 - 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will host its annual 2011 Spring Break Employee Craft Demonstrations at the Tour and Visitor Center. BEP employees will be on hand to interact with visitors as they share their unique crafts while staffing the Engraver's workbench, Platemaker and Photoengraver tables, Spider Press, and Mutilated Currency Redemption Desk. Free.
5. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge's Spring Break Activities - The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge has a week's worth of fun activities for the whole family. Events begin on March 14 and continue through March 18. Special activities include a deer mouse hike, a bison feeding hayride, animal ambassadors program, canoe fest, morning stroll, and the Civilian Conservation Corps hike. Most events range in cost from $3 to $5 and many events are free for members.
6. Fort Worth Zoo's 2011 Spring Break Camp - Don't miss the chance to register your child for a wild "ed-venture" this spring break! On March 14 - 15 and March 17 - 18, first through sixth graders can participate in a two-day camp at the Fort Worth Zoo which features crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip into the Zoo. Dinner and snacks will be provided, but children must pack a lunch each day. The cost for Zoo members is $130 per two day session and $140 for non-members for each two-day session.
7. Amon Carter Museum of American Art's Family Fun Week - On March 15 - 18, take the family to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art's Family Fun Week. From western to modern, bring the family to experience all an American art museum has to offer! Enjoy different artworks and art activities each day. Events take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon daily. No reservations required. Free.
8. Kimbell Art Museum's Free Art Extravaganza - On March 15 - 17, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Friday, March 18, from noon - 5 p.m., visit the Kimbell Art Museum for creative learning activities, spotlight gallery talks, and films for young audiences. Children of all ages and their adult companions will enjoy opportunities to create drawings inspired by ancient Greek vases, experiment with print-making techniques, and use everything but the brush for original paintings. Thirty-minute docent-guided "art talks" will encourage families to investigate topics relating to artworks in the permanent collection. Children's films featuring famous artists and other topics will be offered in partnership with the Lone Star Film Society and KIDS FIRST! The program is free (although admission is required for the special exhibition); no reservations required.
9. Spring Break The Cowboy Way - On March 16 - 18, join Stockyards Station for some Spring Break fun - The Cowboy Way! Events start with the world's only twice-daily cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m daily and include a petting zoo and pony rides from 1 - 4 p.m. Activities take place on the lawn of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building at 131 E. Exchange Avenue. Stockyards Station also offers historical walking tours of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Free.
10. Strike While The Iron's Hot at Log Cabin Village - On Saturday, March 19, don't miss the Spring Break celebration at Log Cabin Village. The Strike While The Iron's Hot event features demonstrations of embroidering (with the Fort Worth Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild), woodworking, blacksmithing, coopering, and toys and games. Visitors can take an active role in this event by working wood, as well as plowing the field, learning about herbs, and more! The event takes place from 1 - 4 p.m. and the cost is regular admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a wooden mallet to take home.
11. Fort Worth Botanic Garden - Take the kids for an outdoor learning experience to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Visitors will see more than 2,500 species of plants in its 21 specialty gardens, the world-renowned Japanese Garden, and the 10,000-square-foot Conservatory. Admission to the Garden Center and the Conservatory is $1.00 for adults, $.50 for seniors and children 4 -12. Children under age 4 are free. Other pricing applies during special events. Admission to the Japanese Garden is $4.00 for adults on weekdays, $4.50 for adults on weekends and holidays. Seniors receive $.50 off regular admission. Admission for children ages 4 - 12 is $3.00 and children under 4 are free.
12. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame - Take the kids to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and learn about the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and a pioneering spirit in their trail blazing efforts. It features a rare photograph collection, various artifacts, a theater, and a Wild West-themed gift shop. Admission prices are adults $10; seniors $8.00; children 3 to 12 $8; children 3-12 - $8.00; children 2 and under are free with a paid adult. Members of the Museum are free.
13. Stockyards Championship Rodeo - Every Friday and Saturday year-round, the Stockyards Championship Rodeo offers bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and more. Pawnee Bill's Wild West show, a reenactment of the original Wild West show, provides a look at Western history, including trick shooting, roping, riding, and cowboy songs. Both events are held at the historic Cowtown Coliseum. Tickets for Stockyards Championship Rodeo range from $10 for children to $20 for reserved seating. Tickets for Pawnee Bill's Wild West show range from $8 to $15.
Visitors to Fort Worth can also find great hotel deals over Spring Break. For example, during Spring Break, The Stockyards Hotel is offering a "Spring Break" rate of $139.00 plus tax Sunday through Thursday and a rate of $169.00 plus tax Friday and Saturday. This rate is good for a standard room with 1 king-sized bed or a standard room with 2 full-sized beds and is based on availability. The Omni Fort Worth Hotel is offering the "Worth the Drive" special with rates starting at $119. These rates are based on availability. The Comfort Inn Western Center is offering a 15 percent discount for 5 days advance purchase or 20 percent off for 3 nights or more during Spring Break. The Holiday Inn Express I-30 West is offering a $99 rate during Spring Break, which includes breakfast. For more information on Fort Worth hotels or to book your hotel online, visit www.FortWorth.com.
Additional Spring Break Events
Here are some additional events during Spring Break:
• Kevin Fowler, March 12, Billy Bob's Texas
• 48th Annual Dolly Johnson Art and Antique Show, March 12, Will Rogers Memorial Center
• 3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling, March 12 - 13, Will Rogers Memorial Center
• Fort Worth Symphony presents "Cherish the Ladies," March 12 - 13, Bass Performance Hall
• Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight," March 17, Bass Performance Hall
• Josh Weathers, March 18, Billy Bob's Texas
• Timber Tales Storytime, March 18, Log Cabin Village
• Goodguys Rod and Custom Car Show, March 18 - 20, Texas Motor Speedway
• Josh Turner, March 19, Billy Bob's Texas
• Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band, March 20, Log Cabin Village
• "Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic," through March 27, Kimbell Art Museum
• "Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections," through April 3, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
• "Ed Ruscha: Road Tested," through April 17, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
• "Focus: Robert Lazzarini," through April 17, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
• "From Survey to Canal: Photographs of the Isthmus of Panama," through May 1, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
• "Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books," through May 29, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
• "The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision," through June 19, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
• "Masterworks of American Photography: Artistic Communities," through July 31, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
• "The First 50 Years," through December 11, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
For more information about Fort Worth hotels, attractions, and events, visit www.FortWorth.com.
About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
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