As a Work-from-home Mom, I am balancing my workload with entertaining the kids too. I also have visitors from out-of-town so I’m using the time to be a tourist in the city.
What if I told you that for every Dollar I spend on day trips, passes and admission into local places that I could get automatic cash-back on every purchase, without redeeming any coupons and all from my Smartphone?
Sounds good, right?
I recently downloaded a new app, called Dosh. It’s simple.
You connect your payment cards (don’t worry about security, your data is safe!) and you can filter through Hotels & Activities and book right within the app. The pricing is among the best I have seen. For everything I book through the App, I get automatic cash back on my App which I can redeem whenever I like!
Not only that, but every time I take my family to eat out, we get a % cashback on every meal.
Think local places like Dugg Burger or Hash House a Go Go!
And when I need to cool off and let the kids blow off some steam, I can take them to Chuck E Cheese and get a win-win out of it. Let the kids play and eat and I get cash back.
Over the Summer, I will get 5% cash back on purchases over $30!
You have to try it.
When you download it and connect your cards you start earning Dosh straight away. And if you refer your friends you’ll get $5 when they get their first Dosh too.
Are you ready? Get Dosh NOW!
Just in time for Summer, check out this HOT deal!
Pogo Pass is a year long, family based entertainment pass, that gets pass holders into some of the best venues in Plano, Frisco, Dallas and all around DFW.
They are always adding new ones, but right now there are 20 listed! If you’re staying in town and looking for fun stuff to do, get a Pogo Pass.
Access your PogoPass on any mobile device or print at home.
Show your PogoPass at each area venue and you’re in.
Head over here and use code PLANOMOMS and get 68% off (you’ll pay $39.98 instead of $124.95).
What does the pass include? Check this out!
Just Hawaiian Falls and the Fort Worth Zoo are over $40 by themselves!
This is truly one of the best deals in family entertainment out there.
You’ll enjoy a FULL YEAR of admissions to places all over town (each place has their own details about how many times you get in with the pass).
It pays for itself within 1-2 visits!
Some things to know:
Well, the countdown is on, summer holidays are rapidly approaching. If you’re anything like me, I love to have a list of things up my sleeve for those days when the dreaded “I’m bored” words ring in my ears. I try and balance out some at home days with some adventures out of the house. And if it’s a free or cheap adventure, everyone is happy! My kids are 12, 9 and 6 so finding something that everyone enjoys can be a challenge to say the least.
Now, some of these we haven’t tried before and some are my family’s favorites. I’ve limited my list to within Dallas but focusing on Plano, Frisco, Little Elm area.
Both Cinemark and Studio Movie Grill are offering selected films at $1 over the summer. See their website for details. We also love the Coyote Drive In at Lewisville.
3. Hawaiian Falls
I love Hawaiian Falls but with 3 kids, I usually save this for a weekend when I can get my husband or another adult to come with me so we keep our eyes on everyone at once. We always take our own cooler in with lunch and drinks and might treat the kids to an ice-cream or snow cone on our way out.
Our favorite is the Frisco Athletic Center. We love that you can take a cooler in (no glass or alcohol) and enjoy a free day out if you are a member or pay the small entry fee if you’re not. There are two great little kid’s areas, a big slide for the bigger kids and an awesome lazy river. We haven’t yet been but will definitely be checking out the Jack Carter pool this summer, it has a diving board, a lazy river and a flow rider! There is also the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center close by which has splash pad, diving board and a slide.
5. Video Game Museum
If you haven’t been, you should check it out. My kids loved it and at the end of the museum is an 80’s style arcade (not to mention the 80’s tunes!!) and your entry gets you 4 tokens which gets you 4 games. You can buy extra tokens – 4 for $1. We only went a few weeks ago and my kids are already asking to go back.
6. Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park
My kids love being downtown and eating at the food trucks and playing in the park at Klyde Warren. It’s right across the road from the Dallas Museum of Art so makes for a great day out. DMA offers free entry every day and has a great summer family fun program from June 13 to August 11.
Most offer cheap deals over the summer like Strike and Pinstack, usually if you get there before 10am but if you register at www.kidsbowlfree.com – you can bowl for free, you just pay for your shoes. Registered kids get two free games of bowling every day of the summer for free! There is a one time payment of $5 per child to register and the closest is probably Plano Super Bowl.
A similar program to the bowling, it’s at www.kidsskatefree.com and the closest to us is Interskate at Lewisville. Ice-skating at Galleria is also lots of fun
We love both the Dallas Zoo (especially feeding the giraffes) and the Fort Worth Zoo (love the walk in bird exhibit). We’ll try and pick a cooler day and go early to avoid the heat, the animals aren’t overly active when it’s so hot
10. Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
I have been meaning to take the kids here for ages, there’s always a groupon! It’s about 45 minutes away and is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10-5.
Usually as summer approaches, I ask my kids to write down some things they’d really like to do on a piece of paper and we try and schedule all these things in too. Try it out, you’ll be surprised what they ask to do – a trip to the library, or going out for ice-cream always make it on to our lists.
We are blessed to live in an amazing part of the world with so many kid friendly things to do and amazing weather to enjoy it in. Don’t forget all the wonderful aquariums, museums, LEGOLAND (it has a small splash pad too!), splash pads, the list is endless…
It’s worth checking out the great deal with Plano Moms and Pogo Pass – for $39.98. You get access to quite a lot of these activities mentioned above and a whole lot more. And the best part is that you have a year to use it. Get yours now: https://dallastx.pogopass.com/
Enjoy your summer vacation!
What’s your favorite thing to do with kids over the long hot summer? I would love to hear of any I may not know about.
Melissa, Guest Blogger for Plano Moms
No, me neither, I am not sure if it’s the mountain of stuff that you need to take with you, the bugs, sleeping in a tent, did I mention the bugs??????? But if you can get past those things, as I have learned to do, there’s a whole world of adventure out there! Just remember to pack the insect repellent!
Over Easter, we discovered a hidden gem, just an hour’s drive from Dallas – Eisenhower State Park in Denison Texas.
Now before I start, a little about my family. There’s my husband and I and our three kids – they are 6, 9 and 12. We love a road trip, we love an adventure, we love exploring new places and having been in Texas for only 3 years after a big move from Australia, everything is exciting, new and interesting to us. I am just obsessed with those tiny Texas towns but I digress…
This is what their website has to say – “Rentals and marina services are provided by a privately operated marina located in the park. Park visitors can hike and bike on scenic trails that border the lake shore. An ATV trail offers enthusiasts a place to ride along the wooded hills of the park’s backcountry (OHV permit required), Shaded campsites accommodate RVs and tents as well as screened shelters, group facilities, and a limited service cabin.”
At Eisenhower State Park, we enjoyed two nights of swimming, boating, hiking and family time. There are a couple of things I really love about camping and I guess that’s what keeps me coming back for more – I love seeing my kids play outside all day and go to bed when the sun goes down, exhausted and a little dirty, without any electronics in sight, without electricity even. It’s back to the simple things in life. The other thing I love is the campfire at night – sitting around the campfire, cooking dinner, chatting, enjoying my favorite beverage, and admiring the stars. “The stars at night, are big and bright…..”, you know how the song goes, well that’s what it’s like when you’re camping.
The cost of campsites varies between $12 and $20 (as at April 2017) depending on peak season and whether you have electricity or not. The great place about this campsite is that it is right on the shores of Lake Texoma, a huge man-made dam. There is a “beach” which the kids loved and a marina where you can rent canoes, pontoon boats, kayaks and paddle boards. We took a pontoon boat out one morning and the kids loved jumping over the side to swim.
Now, I get it, if you’ve never been camping before, it can seem a little intimidating. But if you want to give it a try, here’s what you need – a tent (borrow one from a friend if you can to see if you like it), bedding – if you don’t have sleeping bags, no need to go out and buy, pillows, sheets, blankets from home are fine too, they just don’t roll up as small, we have a couple of air mattresses but a yoga mat would be good too!
In terms of cooking, you can make this as simple or as gourmet as you choose. We typically plan before we go and shop accordingly when camping. We usually camp with at least one other family and do our own breakfasts and lunches but take turns to prepare the evening meal. This time we ate out for breakfast one morning at this cute diner called the Gourmet Waffle Shop and it was delicious. For breakfast, we typically cook bacon and eggs wrapped up in a tortilla, the kids sometimes have cereal. Lunch we usually prepare at breakfast time so we can head out for the day on a hike or to the beach. Dinner can be as simple as hot dogs or we cooked chicken fajitas this time and our friends cooked a yummy chili on their night. You can cook in an old skillet over the fire or on a gas burner. You will need firewood but can usually buy that from the state park or from a local gas station (we got some from the local Walmart about 10 minutes from the state park). And don’t forget the smores – the best part of camping food!
On your way home, check out the Eisenhower Birthplace Historic Site and downtown Denison is really cute too!
Now, what are you waiting for?? Clear the calendar, pack the car (dogs welcome!) and set off on your adventure. The kids will love it, real memory making stuff here, and I think you will love it too. Just don’t take my favorite campsite, ok?
And if I still haven’t convinced you, this place would make a great day trip too!
This is a Guest Post written by Melissa Beaumont.
Have the day off? Last minute no weekend plans? Plan a last minute family fun day! Here are some day trips ideas into Dallas and surrounding areas that would make for great memories and fun for the whole family.
Dallas Zoo: You can easily take the DART train to the Dallas Zoo! Bring a picnic and some comfy walking shoes.
Ft. Worth Zoo: Want to get out of Dallas? Try the Ft. Worth Zoo.
Heard Museum: Located in McKinney on 289 acres of wildlife sanctuary. Come walk the trails and check out the fun exhibits.
Perot Museum: Located in downtown Dallas, this museum offers fun for all ages. See dinosaurs and animals from the past. View a 3D movie or just bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.
Klyde Warren Park: Take a break from the hustle and bustle and bring your kids to play at this park that goes across Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Enjoy the tasty food trucks and soak up some sun.
Dallas Aquarium: Kids of all ages will love this. You can make a day of it and eat in the West End area or bring a picnic lunch and head the park afterward!
Ranger Game in Arlington: Cheer on the Rangers baseball team in Arlington!
Burger’s Lake: Ft. Worth, Enjoy a day on the water at Burger’s Lake. A fun waterhole and you will think you’re at the beach!
Six Flags: Spend a full day at Six flags over Texas. Ride the rides, eat, and see the fun shows in the park.
Arboretum: Spend the day at the beautiful arboretum in the heart of Dallas off the serene White Rock Lake. Spring and Fall are great times to go to view the flowers and see the amazing displays.
Lake Lewisville: Want to spend the day on the water? Head to Lake Lewisville to eat and play on the water. Lots to do there!