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Simon Fun Labs Event~ Fun with PBS, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and More

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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Kids and parents can have a blast as the Simon Fun Lab Tour rolls into Grapevine Mills on Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Food Court. This interactive event will feature popular kids’ brands and activities hosted by Grapevine Mills, Simon, PBS, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Families can walk through engaging themed “Fun Zones” featuring entertainment for kids of all ages.

Featured experiences include:

PBS Fun Zone
There’s always something new to discover when you visit the PBS KIDS Fun Zone. Explore the newest digital apps from Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood; get up and get moving with Curious George’s Monkey Jump game; and play and imagine with the newest PBS KIDS toys. With PBS KIDS, learning has never been more fun.

#ShareYourCare with the Care Bears!
Show-off your happy and silly sides just like the Care Bears do by creating your very own Belly Badge! Once you finish making your badge, showcase it proudly by having your picture taken and posting it to the #ShareYourCare wall. Get a peek at the new Care Bears home entertainment from Lionsgate, and make sure to check out the softest and most cuddly, huggable Care Bears plush ever, which will be on hand from Just Play.

It’s a Berry Good Time with Strawberry Shortcake
Do you have a Berry Best Friend? Visit the Strawberry Shortcake friendship bracelet-making station and create a special, one-of-a-kind piece for your sweetest friend! There will be lots of Strawberry Shortcake toys to play with, courtesy of The Bridge Direct, and previews of the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Kids will also get a chance to try out all the new Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake apps at the iPad station.

Game Zone
Test your skills at Corn Hole, Plinko, Spin Wheel and other strategy thinking games for the chance to win prizes while engaging in family-friendly competition.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 – 8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. 

Special Needs Screening of The Book of Life at Studio Movie Grill on 10/25

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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This Saturday, 10/25, Studio Movie Grill will host a Special Needs Screening of The Book of Life at 11am! Tickets available at the box office only.

Special Needs screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Everyone else pays before noon matinee price. Special Needs screenings run with the lights up and the sound down so the children are free to laugh, play, sing and even dance while they watch. Seating will be first come, first served.

 

FREE Anti-Bullying Event at Vista Ridge Mall ~ Sat. 10/25

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:30 am
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Check out the FREE Anti-Bullying Event at Vista Ridge Mall on Saturday, Oct 25, 11:00 AM at Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville, TX

In an effort to teach children to be kind to one another and reject bullying behavior, Vista Ridge Mall launches Malls & Retailers United Against Bullying on Saturday, October 25 beginning at 11 a.m. The free event is presented in association with National Bullying Prevention month and sponsored by Captain McFinn and Friends. The afternoon will be filled with special guests, face painting, music, dancing, crafts, prizes and more!

1:00pm: A special “Friendly March” throughout the lower level of the mall,
led by Captain McFinn.

Build-A-Bear Workshop~ FREE Halloween Treat, No Purchase Necessary (Oct 24th-31st)

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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Starting tomorrow, October 24th through October 31st, go to your local Build-A-Bear Workshop store to score a FREE Halloween Treat – no purchase necessary!

Check out the Build-A-Bear Workshop Facebook page for more information.

Thanks, H2S!

Spooktacular Trails & Glow Run Extravaganza in Lewisville on 10/25

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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Grab your ghosts and goblins and join the City of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services at their annual Spooktacular Trails and Glow Run Extravaganza. Sponsors, vendors, and community organizations will once again be providing Halloween activities including a kid friendly haunted house, carnival games, face painting, and more!

While you are there, take part in the Glow 5K/Monster mile- an off-road course loaded with spooky surprises. Participants are encouraged to come dressed with their favorite glow products. The run will be held simultaneously with the Spooktacular festival and will begin at 8:15 p.m., with the 5K beginning at 8:30 p.m.. Each participant will receive a shirt,
medal, bib and 2 glow products to wear during race. Runners that are 7 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a registered paid adult. Strollers are not permitted on race course. Registration is required to enter race- just go to http:/playtri.com/spooktacular.

October 25, 2014 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Toyota of Lewisville Rail Road Park
Valley Ridge Blvd
Lewisville, Texas 75057

Halloween Events at Bass Pro Shops in Grapevine

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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Don’t miss the FREE Halloween Events at
Bass Pro Grapevine taking place October 24-31, 2014.

Weeknights October 24, 27-30
~5-8pm (1) Free 4×6 Photo
~5-8pm Stuffed Owl Craft

Saturday and Sunday October 25-26
~12-5pm (1) Free 4×6 Photo
~12-5pm Jack O’ Lantern Magnet Craft
~1-2pm & 3-4pm Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Halloween October 31
~4-8pm (1) Free 4×6 Photo
~4-8pm Decorate A Real Pumpkin Craft
~4-8pm Trick-Or-Treating
~6pm Costume Parade (Must be 12 and Under to Participate)

* Weeknights ONLY (Including Halloween)- First 100 Kids To Have Their Photo Taken Will Receive (1) Pair of Free Glow in the Dark Glasses

*Each Child Who Participates in the Costume Parade Will receive (1) Drawstring Backpack

*After the Costume Parade is Over, a $10 BPS Gift Card Will Be Awarded for Best Costume

 

Celebrate 4th Annual Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day at Norma’s Cafe on 10/24

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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This Friday, in celebration of the 4th Annual Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, Norma’s Cafe is excited to welcome long-time fan of both Norma’s Cafe and chicken fried steak, Burton Gilliam, actor from Blazing Saddles, who will be signing autographs at the North Dallas and Frisco locations.

Plus, Norma’s Cafe is also offering a menu insertion featuring its chicken fried steak dishes on Friday, as well as spotlighting three twists on traditional chicken fried steak – Chicken Fried Steak Sliders, Chicken Fried Steak Shooters, and Chicken Fried Grilled Cheese.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. @Frisco Location
8300 Gaylord Parkway #19
Frisco, TX 75034

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @North Dallas Location
17721 N. Dallas Parkway #130
Dallas, TX 75287

 

FREE Family Friendly Event ~ Toyota Hello Texas Block Party at Bishop Park

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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Next Monday, Oct. 27th from noon to 8 p.m., the Dallas community is invited to the Toyota Hello Texas Block Party at Bishop Park. The FREE, family-friendly event will feature free food from 18 community restaurants and attendees will rock the night away with live concerts from some of Texas’ most recognizable music superstars, including Elaine Garcia, Curtis Grimes, Bobby Pulido, Lone Star Attitude and Jack Ingram.

The event celebrates Toyota’s plans to establish its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas and thanks the entire community for the warm welcome and outpouring of support. Celebrity “meet and greets” will take place throughout the day, with special guests including  FC Dallas player George John, NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr., Bassmaster Elite Pro Tournament Angler Kelly Jordon and Olympic athlete Nastia Liukin.

In addition to the entertainment, the event will include:

  • Firework Spectacular
  • Food & Drinks
  • Live Ice Sculpting Performance Art – Fear No Ice
  • Gaming Station
  • Interactive Photo Booth
  • Cellists
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Charcuterie Artist

Discounted Admission to Texas Civil War Museum

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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Here’s a fun, learning experience you can share with your family. Save 50% on admission to the Texas Civil War Museum. Children are admitted free.

  • $6 for Two Admissions ($12 Value)
  • 11 for Four Admissions ($24 Value)

Texas Civil War Museum consists of three separate galleries that display a civil war collection, Victorian dress collection and United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Confederate collection. Along with the exhibits, the museum includes a 75 seat movie theatre which hosts the commissioned movie, “Our Homes Our Rights”- Texas in the Civil War. Also included is the Magnolia Mercantile which showcases specialty gift items related to the Civil War and Victorian era.

 

FREE Family-Friendly BOO BASH at Northpark YMCA – Friday, October 24 at 6 p.m.

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:15 am
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The Northpark YMCA has joined forces with Unity One Credit Union for a rockin’ good time at the FREE family-friendly Northpark YMCA Boo Bash, presented by Unity One Credit Union.

Friday, October 24
6-9 p.m.
Northpark YMCA – 9100 N. Beach Street, 76244
FREE – Public is invited; children in Halloween costumes are encouraged

The Northpark YMCA Boo Bash will include:

• Spiderweb Crawl
• Pumpkin Bowling
• Bounce Houses
• Face Painting
• Carnival Games
• Cake Walk
• Special appearance by Rangers Captain, mascot for Texas Rangers Baseball

Three finalist bands chosen from an online contest will participate in a “Battle of the Bands” judged by local leaders. The finalists are:
• Zero Gravity – This Keller band has been playing together for 3 ½ years. They play a variety of music from Guns and Roses to Paramore and of course their originals, including their wildly popular “You Only Live Once.”
• The Tendons – The Tendons are a rock band based out of Fort Worth. Their influences range from Rush and the Grateful Dead to Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine.
• The Josh Lee Band – The Josh Lee Band is based out of Arlington, Texas. Each member is dedicated to creating music that is written with passion for every note played. They play a variety of music and are influenced by many different genres including: county, pop and classic rock.

There will also be an opportunity during the “Boo Bash” for adults to participate in a Cash Cube offering nearly $1,000 in prize money. Complimentary hamburgers and hot dogs are available for the first 600 people, along with free drinks and candy for the kids.

Halloween Restaurant Deals, Offers, Free Events, Free Contests

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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Halloween 2014 ~ Restaurant Deals, Offers, Free Events, Free ContestsLooking for a Halloween restaurant deal or freebie? How about free events or even some contests to win something fun with your awesome costume?  Here is a round up the latest going on in the DFW Metroplex for Halloween 2014!

Restaurant Offers

Kids in Costume Eat Free at McAlister’s Deli on Halloween

Chuck E. Cheese Chucktober ~ 50 Free Tickets With Costume + More

Chipotle~ Score a Burrito, Bowl, Salad, or Order of Tacos For Just $3 on Halloween

IHOP ~ Free Scary Face Pancake for Kids ~ Now Through 10/31

Sbarro ~ Kids Eat Free w/ Adult Purchase on Halloween

El Fenix~ FREE Ghost & Pumpkin Sopapillas From 10/30-11/2

Boston Market~ Free Kid’s Meal Through 10/31

Get 6oz FREE Yogurt on Halloween at Monster Yogurt

-CiCi’s Pizza: Kids eat free with the purchase of your adult meal. Or Pick Up 2 large one topping pizzas for only $10. Must be a CiCi’s Pizza Perks member to receive deal and you must sign up by the end of the week to get your coupon!. Valid 10/31.

-FREE Treat on Halloween from Krispy Kreme! Come in your costume and receive Halloween-themed Jack-o-lantern and Spider Web doughnuts– and the new Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Doughnuts. Products and availability vary by market. Offer good on October 31st only. No purchase necessary. While supplies last. One doughnut per customer.

Outback Steakhouse: October 31st, Kids Eat Free on Halloween with paying adult. Just say “Free Kid’s Meal” to your server to get this deal! Kids 10 years and under.

Wendy’s: From now until October 31, for just $1, at participating Wendy’s, customers can purchase Halloween Coupon books that are filled with free Jr. Frosty coupons. Coupon books include 5 or 10 free coupons, depending on participating locations. *** CALL your Wendy’s to make sure they are participating

Entertainment/Event Offers

Build-A-Bear Workshop~ FREE Halloween Treat, No Purchase Necessary (Oct 24th-31st)

Dinosaur World~ FREE Admission For Child in Costume with a Paid Adult!

FREE Mall-o-ween Halloween Party at Grapevine Mills 10/29

Spooktacular Trails & Glow Run Extravaganza in Lewisville on 10/25

Celebrate HOWL-oween at The Shops at Highland Village ~ October 25th 3-6 pm

Halloween Events at Bass Pro Shops in Grapevine

FREE Family-Friendly BOO BASH at Northpark YMCA – Friday, October 24 at 6 p.m.

Costume Contests

Service Experts Halloween At Home Contest ~ Best Decorations, Best Costumes For Great Prizes

Ad Pages Halloween Costume Contest – Enter to Win a $50 Ad Pages Credit!

 

FREE Canal Fest in Irving This Saturday, 10/25

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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Canal Fest in Irving returns for a second year of fun, food, music, and culture! Set along the beautiful Mandalay Canal, this festival includes a local art exhibit, cultural dance displays, family-friendly activities and attractions, live music, a variety of food and beverage options, and much more.

Attendees can take part in a variety of free activities along the canal, including face painting, henna tattoos and caricatures.  Craft vendors will be selling unique jewelry, apparel and décor.  Gondola rides, pedal boat rentals and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available for purchase.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Las Colinas Urban Center
200 Mandalay Canal
Irving, TX 75039

Paid Parking Garages
Parking & Driving Directions (PDF)

DART Orange Rail Service
DART Rail Schedule

Groupon ~ Extra 15% Off All Local Deals Through 10/21

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 10:20 am
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local deals Now through Tuesday, 10/21, take an extra 15% off all local deals on Groupon with promo code LOCAL15. Valid on a single voucher per customer. Up to max discount of $50.

Thousands of local deals in the Fort Worth and Dallas region!

Choose from photo shoots at The Picture People, sweet treats at Bahama Buck’s, Trampoline Park, Ice Skating, Spa Services, Automotive care and much more!

Grapevine Mills Open For Black Friday Deals on Thursday, 11/27 at 6pm

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:50 am
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Grapevine Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Texas, gears-up for Black Friday and extended holiday hours. The popular attraction will be open from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Thursday, November 27 and again from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Black Friday, November 28, giving early bird shoppers a head start for the 2014 holiday season.

For more information or to find details about special Black Friday discounts, promotions and extended holiday shopping hours visit Grapevine Mills website.

 

 

Amazon Lightning Deals – Monday, October 20th

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:13 am
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A Lightning Deal is a promotion in which a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period of time.

Lightning Deals can be found throughout Amazon.com, including the Gold Box page, and are available, one per customer, until either the promotion period for the deal expires or all the available promotional discounts are claimed. Since Lightning Deals are time-sensitive, it’s important to complete your order as soon as possible.

Here’s a roundup of today’s Toy Lightning Deals (CST):

-6″ Premium Lumistick Glow Light Sticks Blue (Tube of 25) 7:00 AM

-Green Toys Shape Sorter Baby Toy 8:00 AM

-Green Toys Rocket with 2 Astronauts Toy Vehicle Playset, Red/Blue 9:30 AM
Prime Early Access Deal 9:00 AM

-Green Toys Tea Set 9:00 AM

-Green Toys Cookware and Dining Set 10:00 AM

-Green Toys Seacopter, Blue/Orange 10:00 AM

-GoFit Professional Stability Ball 11:30 AM
Prime Early Access Deal 11:00 AM

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT Turtles Rule! Large 16 Backpack 11:30 AM
Prime Early Access Deal 11:00 AM

-Green Toys Dump Truck 11:00 AM

-Green Toys Train, Pink/Green 11:00 AM

-Green Toys Recycling Truck 12:00 PM

-Green Toys Helicopter, Green/Blue 12:00 PM

-Green Toys Helicopter, Blue/Green 1:00 PM

-Green Toys Chef Set 1:00 PM

-Green Toys Fire Truck 2:00 PM

-Green Toys Train, Blue/Red 2:00 PM

-Green Toys Pizza Parlor 3:00 PM

-Green Toys Seacopter, Orange/Blue 3:00 PM

-Green Toys Dump Truck, Pink 4:00 PM

-Green Toys Tool Set, Pink 5:00 PM

-Green Toys School Bus 6:00 PM

-Green Toys 16 Piece Salad Set 7:00 PM

-Green Toys Seaplane, Yellow 8:00 PM

-Green Toys Seaplane, Green 9:00 PM

-Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy, Blue/White 10:00 PM

FREE Mall-o-ween Halloween Party at Grapevine Mills 10/29

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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Grapevine Mills will offer Dallas-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club presents its annual Mall-o-ween event on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., near Entrance 3.

Grapevine Mills will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy including trick-or-treating, a costume contest and Halloween parade, Halloween crafts and pumpkin decorating, scary stories, a “Mummy Wrap Relay” and more.

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, go HERE.

FREE LEGO Bat Signal Build at Toys R Us 10/18

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Here is a fun FREEBIE!  This Saturday, October 18th, select Toys R Us Stores will be holding a Bricktober LEGO Build.  From 12-2 your kids can build and take home their very own LEGO Bat Signal!  More info and locations go HERE!

Thanks Little Rock Mommy!

Modmarket: FREE Meals at New Plano Location (Must Register) ~ Spots Available 10/21-10/23

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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If you live in the Plano area, you can score FREE food at the new Modmarket located on Preston Road!

They are having a series of training sessions and still have spots available for Tuesday, 10/21 – Thursday, 10/23. They need your help providing “live fire” rehearsals for the new staff.

The menu will be slightly limited, but the food and drink will be completely FREE! Each session has a limited number of spaces, so sign up HERE now. The training sessions will also double as a fundraiser for North Texas Food Bank. A $5 donation at the register is suggested and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the food bank.

Modmarket – Plano
8400 Preston Rd
Suite 100

 

Simon Fun Labs Event~ Fun with PBS, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and More

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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Kids and parents can have a blast as the Simon Fun Lab Tour rolls into Grapevine Mills on Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Food Court. This interactive event will feature popular kids’ brands and activities hosted by Grapevine Mills, Simon, PBS, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Families can walk through engaging themed “Fun Zones” featuring entertainment for kids of all ages.

Featured experiences include:

PBS Fun Zone
There’s always something new to discover when you visit the PBS KIDS Fun Zone. Explore the newest digital apps from Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood; get up and get moving with Curious George’s Monkey Jump game; and play and imagine with the newest PBS KIDS toys. With PBS KIDS, learning has never been more fun.

#ShareYourCare with the Care Bears!
Show-off your happy and silly sides just like the Care Bears do by creating your very own Belly Badge! Once you finish making your badge, showcase it proudly by having your picture taken and posting it to the #ShareYourCare wall. Get a peek at the new Care Bears home entertainment from Lionsgate, and make sure to check out the softest and most cuddly, huggable Care Bears plush ever, which will be on hand from Just Play.

It’s a Berry Good Time with Strawberry Shortcake
Do you have a Berry Best Friend? Visit the Strawberry Shortcake friendship bracelet-making station and create a special, one-of-a-kind piece for your sweetest friend! There will be lots of Strawberry Shortcake toys to play with, courtesy of The Bridge Direct, and previews of the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Kids will also get a chance to try out all the new Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake apps at the iPad station.

Game Zone
Test your skills at Corn Hole, Plinko, Spin Wheel and other strategy thinking games for the chance to win prizes while engaging in family-friendly competition.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 – 8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. 

Studio 6 Fitness Offers FREE Pilates, Barre and Yoga Classes October 17-19th

Posted by Laura Thornquist on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
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For the month of October, Studio 6 Fitness, the largest Lagree studio in Texas, has switched to pink and teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), an organization dedicated to preventing and finding a cure for breast cancer.

In conjunction with BCRF and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Studio 6’s newest location at The Shops at Park Lane (8180 Park Lane, Suite 343, Dallas, TX 75231) will offer FREE pilates, barre and yoga classes all weekend, October 17th to 19th, to bring awareness to the cause.

In addition, Studio 6 is offering 20% off all pink retail items at both locations. Those interested in signing up for a free class can visit http://www.studio6fitness.com/.