On an ideal trip to the zoo, the polar bears are awake; the monkeys are more up for performing acrobatics than grooming one another; the lions are out in the open basking in the warm, but not hideously hot, sun; nobody smells too much and all petting zoo participants are on their best behavior. But even if it rains and the hippos, zebras, wolves and jaguars all conspire to hide, it only costs a buck Sunday to go to the Dallas Zoo. Talk about a low-risk gamble. Sure, you might have to lose an inkling of self-respect while talking to the giraffes in order to keep little Suzy and Joey entertained. But it's only a measly buck, less than the large cup of java you bought for safari fuel. Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo is Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway. There is also a DART station across from the zoo. Call 214-670-5656. --Cheryl Smith
Behind the Lens
Photographer and artist Marianne Howard immersed herself in the vistas and culture of Burma during 2001, and returned to Dallas with images, objects and ideas for a new exhibition at the Crow Collection. Now she wants to dunk your kids in her experiences with a photography workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Howard hopes to inspire young participants, 12 and older, by exploring her photography and using objects in the Crow Collection as creative stimuli. Photographs of landscapes and people will be reviewed. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. Howard's work is on view through August 17. Register for the $20-per-child workshop by calling 214-979-6438. --Annabelle Massey Helber
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Texas may be the Lone Star State, but there's nothing singular about the cultural makeup of the greatest state in the union. To make sure youngsters learn to appreciate their own heritage as well as the traditions of their neighbors, the Dallas Museum of Natural History presents the Texas Cultures Day family festival. African dancers, pioneer exhibits, Native American jewelry displays, storytellers and hands-on crafts are just some of the goings-on to prove that Texas history goes much deeper than just the Alamo, oil prospectors and cattle barons. Remember when Six Flags Over Texas used to have the theme of the six flags that flew over Texas before Superman and Batman took over? It's like that without the roller coasters. It happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave. Admission is $6.50, $5.50 for seniors, $5 for students, $4 for children ages 3 to 12 or free for children under 3. Call 214-421-DINO. --Jay Webb