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Art&Seek Jr: Cooler Temperatures Bring Cool Fun 4

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.

Wasn’t this past weekend glorious? Low humidity, pleasant temperatures and a wonderful little breeze. It was a tantalizing taste of the season ahead–fall! Besides cooler weather fall also brings with it a boatload of family activities. And why not? The weather’s perfect.

Celebrate Korean Thanksgiving at the Crow this Friday. Photo: Crow Collection of Asian Art

Celebrate Korean Thanksgiving at the Crow this Friday. Photo: Crow Collection of Asian Art

Welcome the harvest season this Friday evening at the Crow Collection of Asian Art where they’ll be celebrating Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day.  At this after dark fall block party you and the kids can usher in autumn with traditional Korean food, dances, fashion, and activities like Korean folk tales with Twice Upon a Time Storytellers and Origami craft making.

Celebrate fall and the annual migration of the monarch butterfly this Saturday at the 3rd Annual Flight of the Monarch Celebration at Central Park in Grand Prairie. You and the kids can take part in butterfly releases (be sure to get there early. It’s first come, first served and there are a limited number of butterflies available for release), fly a kite, or just have fun on the bounce houses in the KidZone. There will also be music from Trout Fishing in America, the eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs.

Kiss summer good-bye and welcome fall with open arms this Saturday evening by celebrating International Observe the Moon Night at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. In case you were wondering, International Observe the Moon Night (or InOMN, for short) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest celestial neighbor, the moon. They’ll have a telescope available so you and kids can have a look at the Man in the Moon  And speaking of moon men, the president of the Moon Society will also be there to answer your burning moon questions–like, what, exactly, is a Harvest Moon? If you’re in Dallas Saturday night, be sure to stop by Klyde Warren Park for their  InOMN event. Folks from the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas (TAS) will be there with their telescopes along with Perot Museum of Nature and Science to celebrate the Earth’s moon. Both of these are “clear sky” events, so be sure to check for clouds before you head out.

Explore Keenan Cemetery with ghostly tour guides. Photo: Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation

Explore Keenan Cemetery with ghostly tour guides. Photo: Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation

Halloween might be a month off, but you can get a jump on the spookiest time of the year on a ghost lead tour of Farmers Branch Keenan Cemetery this Friday and Saturday night.  At Encounters from the Past: Living History Cemetery Tours you’ll have a chance to meet everyone from Farmers Branch first female postmistress, to a traveler who met an early and mysterious demise, to a mother who fought for better schooling for her children. Costumed actors will take on the roles of these “former” citizens during an evening of storytelling, history, and family fun.

As if you didn’t need another reason to celebrate, Wednesday, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Buckle up your motley crew in the Jolly Roger roadster and head to the Parr Public Library in Plano for a Pirate Party. They’ll will be commemorating the day by reading pirate stories and making pirate crafts. “Ahoy there you scurvy dog! It was my turn to use the glue stick!”

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 10-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your ideas for quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at