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Fun day for kids to learn about flags, enjoy some family time and honor Dad! Photo by John Lehman


Bring the family, celebrate dad, and learn about the “Stars and Stripes”

as well as the flags that represent our 50 states


It’s not often that we have the chance to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day on the same weekend so in honor of this occasion, Dallas Heritage Village has planned a fun day to honor both.   A Special Family Past Times: "High Flyin' Flags" will be held on Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (special activity times 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 South Harwood Street,  75215. Museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and all kids 12 and under and dads are free!

The American flag has a colorful history and interesting evolution.  Flag Day is a day to honor and learn about the "Stars and Stripes."   Celebrated on June 14, it commemorates the adoption of the flag, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Kids can also create a family flag (similar to a family crest) especially to honor dads.  Additionally, activities include a lesson on how to communicate using Signal Flags like soldiers known as the Signal Corps during the Civil War.   After each demonstration, kids and dads are invited to stand on opposite sides of the valley and talk to each other utilizing the flags.

“We will show kids how to give their dads a special Father’s Day greeting with these flags!” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “Different flags and how you hold them mean different things so the kids and dads can communicate with each other from across the field.”

This process, called flag semaphore, is a method of telegraphy which is a way of conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags, rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed position.

Families will also enjoy participating in a friendly competition to identify as many state flags as possible.  Staff will post results showing those who guessed the most correctly throughout the day.

Tickets are $9/ adults; $7/ seniors;  dads and kids 12 and under are free.  All activities are free with admission.  Exact schedules for Village characters vary.  For more information, go to or call 214-421-5141.   Check in via Foursquare and Facebook.  Leave your tips and reviews and let others know about all the fun things happening.

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Dallas Heritage Village, located at Old City Park, is a nationally accredited history museum, depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. It is one of only five museums in the Dallas area to have this distinction. The grounds showcase 38 historic structures, including log cabins, the pre-Civil War Millermore home, a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, an 1860s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, school and more.  Visitors discover how crops were grown, animals cared for and how family living progressed from log cabins to grand manors and Victorian homes.  Dallas Heritage Village is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as individual and group donations. Dallas Heritage Village was nominated in 2011 and 2012 by D Magazine as one of the top Dallas-area family attractions.  It is located at 1515 South Harwood, one block south of Farmers Market in Downtown Dallas. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. The Village is closed the months of January and August. Regular admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4-12.  Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge. For more information call 214-421-5141 or visit

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