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Fort Worth Nature Center introduces children to a friendly monster

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For most parents, the word monster brings up thoughts of terror and sleepless nights, not as much from their own fears as from that of their children. If your child is afraid of monsters and has you regularly performing bedtime closet checks, consider bringing him out to Lake Worth for the annual Monster Bash.

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The Lake Worth "monster", also called the Goatman, is an urban legend that have become a fun piece of local history. This year Fort Worth celebrates the 42nd anniversary of his sighting. There are many free and cheap family activities taking place during the Monster Bash including

  • games for all ages such as hurling a tire, fishing, sack races, and archery
  • crafts such as build-your-own monster
  • guided hikes
  • hay rides and canoeing ($5)
  • storytelling
  • live music
  • bison feeding
  • prairie dog town

The event takes place at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge on Saturday October 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is the regular park admission of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12.

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. For young children, much of this anxiety comes from the unknown. The four-to-six age group is when children are developing their imaginations, but they have not quite separated fact from fiction. For some children - though not all - facing their fears in a safe environment can turn the scary into the silly.

Visiting the lake and enjoying a day of fun may be just what it takes to assure your child. Who knows, he may even decide to be the monster for Halloween.