There is something about big, bouncy balloons that turns me into a kid again. Not sure what it is about the inflatable bag full of helium that mesmerizes me and brings out my inner child, but thank you, Bartolomeu de GusmÃÂ£o. He would be the person responsible for the invention of the balloon in the early 1700s, and he was a priest. Random. I'm sure back then in the olden days Bartolomeu would never have guessed that balloons would be such a big part of today's society, with balloons featured in parades, birthday parties, water-balloon fights, carnivals and now their own festival. This Sunday, the Sheraton Hotel Dallas, 400 North Olive St., will hold the Festival of Balloons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $5 (Children under the age of 12 get in free. Score!), you will get to see larger-than-life balloon sculptures, balloon artists work on their creations and more. For more information, call 972-934-2850.
Sun., April 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 2010