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1. Hidden park in Arlington with enticing name is a joyously hilly enclave. North Texas resident Stacy Breen is an intrepid explorer of local culture, and her adventures are now taking her to parks around Dallas-Fort Worth. She recently discovered Crystal Canyon, a 37-acre preserve in North Arlington with a half-mile soft-surface trail, through forest and hilly, rocky terrain.
2. These are the 10 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend. The best ways to spend your free time this weekend include North Texas' first drive-in air show experience, a socially distanced bike ride through Fort Worth's mural scene, symphony orchestra concerts, "playlets" at a local theater, and more.
3. Here's a new COVID-19-friendly entertainment for Dallas-Fort Worth: a treasure hunt. In the post-COVID-19 world, where the simple act of going outdoors constitutes entertainment, comes a new diversion that seems positively wild by comparison. Called Treasure Quest Adventures, it's a treasure hunt in which participants comb through the city in search of clues that end with a cash prize for the winner.
4. Bars in Fort Worth and across Tarrant County get the OK to reopen. After a grueling seven-month shutdown, bars in Fort Worth are now allowed to reopen, thanks to a decree from Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. Bars in Fort Worth and across Tarrant County could reopen at 50 percent capacity beginning October 14, per state order.
5. Fun new playground with giant musical instruments debuts in Fort Worth suburb. A new recreation area in Bedford will allow kids to play together in more ways than one. The just-completed Sparkling Ice Musical Pocket Playground will feature life-sized, interactive musical "instruments" that not only make sounds but teach "players" a few things about music, too. The playground will open to the public on Saturday, October 17.