My Top 5 Dallas Spring Break Activities for Families!

March 2, 2015

That time of year is almost here! Spring Break for alot of  Dallas / Fort Worth area schools will begin Friday (March 6) at about 3:30 PM, (well technically Saturday) but I like to count the evening before, just to give myself more time ;o).

Every year, we face the same dilemma with trying to find fun activities for us to do that will not cost an arm and a leg just for a few hours of fun! I try to come up with at least one or two actives that we have not experienced before, and believe it or not there are so many things to do in the Dallas / Fort Worth area that are reasonable priced. 

Here is a list of my top 5 activities (in no specific order)... Take a look!

1. Did you know that you can get free tickets to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for FREE with FREE Parking? Yea, me neither. My fellow blogger friend Marva at MarvalousMomements recently shared how to obtain FREE tickets just by visiting one of the area Dallas recreation centers. Score! For that reason, we will be heading to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens during spring break to experience all that it has to offer. 

2. You can never go wrong with a visit to the Dallas Zoo! The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for children, but with the new enhancements to the Dallas Zoo, there are even more things to experience. What I found interesting was that they are offering a Family Safari Night Hike March 7, 2015 from 7:00-10:00 PM and the cost is reasonable at $20 per person. According to their website, this activity offers an unforgettable evening with a special Zoo tour, fun-filled activities, and an opportunity to see some of their Education animals up close. Sounds like a great way to start Spring Break to me!

3. A visit to Klyde Warren Park is a great choice because it is a perfectly located park that offers an array of activities or just a place to "people watch"! The park is actually located over the Woodall Rogers Freeway between Uptown and Downtown Dallas and it is open daily from 6AM-11PM. Because it is located in Downtown Dallas I would recommend taking DART and the great thing is that there is so much to do to keep the kids occupied in one location, and of course you can not forget the Food Trucks (oh that is for me) :o). According to their website they will be having a Spring Fling Saturday March 14 from 12-5PM and it sounds like so much fun!

4. Another Downtown Dallas choice is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. I know what you are thinking... Another museum of "stuff" to see. Actually, the experience at the Perot Museum is way more than that, from 3D Films, to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. My daughter loves a good mystery. The cost of admission is $17 for adults and $11 for children ages 2-17, with additional costs to experience the Sherlock Holmes exhibit, or one of the 3D films. Also, if you are an educator, like me, admission is FREE with proof of school affiliation at the museum box office the day of your visit. This museum is located in Downtown Dallas, so you will have to pay for parking, but again I would recommend using DART

5. If you are like me, you really enjoy the whole "sit back and relax" type of activities. In the past, we've taken the time to enjoy a scenic ride on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) the travels between Dallas and Fort Worth. I know what you are thinking, it is just a train ride for commuters, but surprisingly that is not the case. Our last adventure took us from Dallas Union Station to the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and with a quick hop on the Fort Worth Zoo bus we enjoyed the day that the Fort Worth Zoo. It was so easy and so much fun. If you do not want to partake in the offerings at the Fort Worth Zoo or take in the sights of Fort Worth, just stay on the train and take it back to your original destination. My daughter had her notebook, pens and pencils for drawing while my son had his books (which he did not read because he was too busy looking out of the window).  The cost to ride between the regions is $10 for a 1 Day Pass for adults and $2.50 for children ages 5-14 (who travel with their parents) for a 1 Day Pass. Not a bad deal to see parts of the Dallas / Fort Worth area that you may or may not have seen before. 

Please note that this list is not indicative of the many family-friendly activities that can be done on a daily basis here in the Dallas area, but hopefully, it will give you just enough of a spark to plan your own family spring break activities. All views expressed are my personal opinions and I was NOT compensated in anyway to produce this post. 

Until Next Time!

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Our Villainous Tween #DisneySide Mardi-Gras Celebration!

March 1, 2015

"I received free products in order to host a DisneySide @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. " A special THANK-YOU to the entire Disney Parks team, MomSelect and all of the awesome sponsors who provided their products to make our party unforgettable.

So many awesome goodies!!
As you know (from a few of my previous posts), I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration with a Villian Tween theme. As a Disney Fan, I must say that I was so excited, not just for me, but for my daughter (Kelsey) who is 12 years old.  What made the planning even better, I had to include very little to make the party magical.

We started out the day with completing our Tie Dye cupcakes, which was a cake mix provided by celebrity baker Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios.  I used just three colors, because we had a Mardi Gras theme, and they turned out great (If I must say so myself). Well actually, the kids ate them all up, so that counts for something right? ;o)
Of course, no party is complete without food, right? I wanted to stay with the villain (Mardi-Gras ish) theme so I created the following: Dr. Facilier's Jammin' Jambalaya, Maleficent's Muffalattas (Hawaiian rolls with the sandwich fixings), Ursula's Poor Unfortunate Souls Pasta Salad, and the Queen of Hearts Pretzel Mix (another Pinterest creation).



















We were also provided nail polish, manicure supplies and nail art cards (they were a hit!). The only thing that I added was some remover, cotton swabs and additional colors we already had.
To add to the decor for the celebration, I displayed my Disney Villains - Designer Collection Maleficent doll, in addition to the key fobs I made, HP Photo Paper (CMYK) packs and Disney Vacation Planning DVD's.






While some of the tweens painted their nails and played the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved game for the XBox 360 a few of the young ladies took the time to create bracelets with the My Image Bracelet Maker Kit provided by My Image Bracelets, and I think that they turned out great!
Thankfully, my friend Kirsten helped me to set up for the party and brought the Mardi Gras beads. Also a special thank you to both Kirsten (right) and Christina (left) because they helped Kelsey find her retainer (Tweens & Retainers - smh). And, we can not forget The Dude, my 6 year old son?



They were a great bunch and we were honored to have them show their #DisneySide with us!
After the party, the only thing left to do was clean up and relax with a cup of Twinings Tea (provided by Twinings of London) AND plan our next Walt Disney World / Disney Cruise vacation this summer.

If you would like to plan your own Walt Disney World Resort vacation, be sure to visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com for more information. Also, be sure to visit the awesome Moms & "Dads" from the Disney Parks Moms Panel for all of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions!

Until Next Time!

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Surfing at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon with Miss Thing!

February 17, 2015

Each visit to Walt Disney World Resort involves my family making the decision to always try something new and different so that each visit is just as magical as the last. My 11 year old daughter (at the time) told me that she wanted to learn to surf and my first reaction was “Why?” Of course, her answer was, “because I've never done it”. I then tried to search the deepest portion of my brain to figure out how to make this happen for her, then it dawned on me…. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has surfing lessons!  After we figured out a date, I made the reservation and during this time, (I cannot lie) I was trying to get her to change her mind, but to no avail, it proved fruitless. J  

We got up about 4 AM the morning of her lesson and proceeded to Typhoon Lagoon, and had to wait just a bit because we were actually earlier than we expected (Fear of being late is the culprit). Once we got checked in, we walked to the surfing area and met the instructors. The instructors were excited and super friendly while making everyone feel comfortable. The surfers made their way to the water and one at a time practiced going over how to stand, and ride the wave safely and properly. I had nothing to worry about, because while my daughter is a good swimmer, there were always two instructors in the water, which was great.

She was able to ride the waves a few times and she was just over the moon. As you can see, she is a natural... she wiped out a few times, but still a natural :o). 
After they were done, the students were presented with a Surftificate of Achievement and were able to take photos with all of the instructors, which made her happy.
She LOVED it and as a spectator, I enjoyed the whole process. I cannot swim, so I would probably not venture out to do surfing lessons, but if my girl is happy then it was worth every penny.

Until Next Time!

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