We've rounded up some sure bets for fun that'll cost you nothing (we've focused on repeating events for this list, though we have plenty of other free options for you to try). 

Be sure to check ahead for weather-related cancellations, holiday closings or potential rescheduling before you hit the road. And we're just getting started: We'll be updating this list frequently to keep the awesome going.

The historic Green Dragon trolley prepares to leave the Uptown Station. The McKinney Avenue Trolley is a free jaunt that little kids might find particularly appealing.

The historic Green Dragon trolley prepares to leave the Uptown Station. The McKinney Avenue Trolley is a free jaunt that little kids might find particularly appealing.

/Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor

Every day

Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive Check out what's billed as the world's only twice-daily municipal cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's in the Fort Worth Stockyards (a good place to watch from is in front of the Stockyards Visitor Center).

5 fun things to do any day at Klyde Warren Park

McKinney Avenue Trolley Take a free ride aboard the trolley for a charming, relaxing way to see Uptown and a bit of downtown Dallas. There are stops close to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District, as well as the shopping and dining of Uptown.

Klyde Warren Park activities Sure, there are plenty of attractions at this popular 5.2-acre Dallas park, including the Children's Park playground, a dog park, and lots of green space. But this list is geared toward events, and the park has something scheduled every day of the week. Options include yoga classes, skyline tours, dancing in the park and much more.

Fort Worth Water Gardens Designed by Philip Johnson, this urban park features all sorts of cascading and falling water. It was featured in the movie Logan's Run.


A bullfrog peers above the water in a display at the Trinity River Audubon Center, where admission is free on the third Thursday of each month.

A bullfrog peers above the water in a display at the Trinity River Audubon Center, where admission is free on the third Thursday of each month.

/Michael Ainsworth/Staff Photographer

Thursdays

Meadows Museum Admission to the museum is free on Thursdays after 5 p.m.  This Southern Methodist University gem houses what's billed as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside Spain.

JumpstArt Stories and Art Check out stories and related art projects for ages 2 and up on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Irving Arts Center.

Free Third Thursdays It takes about 10 minutes to drive there from downtown Dallas, but the Trinity River Audubon Center feels worlds away. It is home to four miles of hiking trails, a wide variety of bird species and some indoor attractions. Check it all out for free on the third Thursday of each month (free admission doesn't apply for groups of larger than 10).

Saturdays

Showtime Saturdays Galleria Dallas hosts a colorful selection of children's performers on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., near the Children's Play Place and Nordstrom.

Nasher Sculpture Center The museum offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month, when it also hosts its free family event called Target First Saturdays. The urban retreat, designed by Renzo Piano, is a repository of modern sculpture and houses the celebrated collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher. Be sure to check out the tranquil garden.

Sundays

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth The museum offers free admission each Sunday. Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed the building, which houses post-World War II art in various media. 

Second Sunday Funday Kids and adults can do art projects together at the Irving Arts Center's monthly program

Third Sunday Open House Frisco Heritage Center hosts activities and an opportunity to tour its historic buildings on the third Sunday of most months. Check their website for the next installment.

Juan Reyna aerates a stack of $100 notes to help keep them from causing a paper jam in the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing's inspection machinery. A lot of money is printed there, but it's free to tour the facility.

Juan Reyna aerates a stack of $100 notes to help keep them from causing a paper jam in the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing's inspection machinery. A lot of money is printed there, but it's free to tour the facility.

/Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News.

Various days

Art museum admissions General admission to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, as well as the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, is always free (they're all open every day except for Mondays). There are plenty of masterpieces to see at each.

The Samurai Collection features samurai armor on (fake) horses.

The Samurai Collection features samurai armor on (fake) horses.

/Ron Baselice/The Dallas Morning News

The Samurai Collection This small downtown Dallas site features masks, horse and warrior armor, weaponry and more, covering some 10 centuries of craftsmanship with objects dating from the 10th through 19th centuries. It's open every day except for Mondays. (Pro tip: It's on the second floor of the St. Ann building, which also contains a restaurant.)

The Mary Kay Museum This 5,000-square-foot museum is dedicated to all things related to late cosmetics doyenne Mary Kay Ash, who started her empire in 1963 in Dallas. The museum shows off many iterations of makeup and packaging, of course, as well as Mary Kay's ball gowns, replicas of her famous pink Cadillacs, Liz Taylor-worthy jewelry and much more. It's open Mondays through Fridays.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Did you know that billions of dollars are printed in Fort Worth? You can learn a lot about U.S. currency and see the printing process from an enclosed walkway above the production floor during a self-guided tour of the Western Currency Facility. There are also exhibits, a film and a gift shop. Free tours are Tuesdays through Fridays at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth.

Some material for this story was drawn from the Guide archives.

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