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Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break

School is out next week for the entire week! Are you ready for the week off and to keep your kids busy? We’ve got some awesome ideas for you to make sure your kids are not bored. Here’s a list of fun things to do over Thanksgiving break.

 

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

November 23-24 This marks the 50th year for this family-friendly event! The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

Dallas Cowboys Game

If you have lived here for awhile you know we are serious about our Cowboys. It’s a big tradition for the Cowboys to play on actual Thanksgiving day. If you can’t get tickets to the big came consider going to visit The Star in Frisco. It’s also a fun place to take visitors! 

Six Flags

Going to Six Flag is always fun for the whole family. From rides to shows, they have something for everyone! Holiday in the Park is back and will run from November 17-January 7th.

Allen Annual Great Turkey Skate

Saturday, November 25th marks the 6th annual Allen Great Turkey Skate event at the Allen Community Ice Rink. The skating will take place from 12-4 pm that day. Join the fun on the ice for various Thanksgiving-themed, on-ice games, and activities, including Turkey Bowling.
Open to all ages. Entry is $5, and skate rentals are $3.

Bring a non-perishable food item for Allen Community Outreach and receive a free skate rental! (All on-ice participants must wear skates.)

Granbury Country Christmas Parade

November 24th at 6 pm Grandbury (west of Ft. Worth)

Grandbury is such a cute historic town located West of Ft. Worth. It’s worth going to shop in the downtown square area and this event sounds so fun!

Fun things to do over Thanksgiving

Musical Activities begin at 6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Cookies for children and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the NEW Santa’s House on the square following the parade.

Thanksgiving in the Stockyards

Why not venture out west of Dallas a little bit to Ft. Worth and visit the Stockyards? They have so many fun things to do and places to eat. The stockyards are so fun to walk around and people watch too.

Events over Thanksgiving include:

  • Santa’s arrival on the 24th at 11:30 am where Santa shows up in a horse-drawn carriage!!
  • Photos with Santa on the 24th at Noon
  • and the Stockyard Championship Rodeo at 8 pm on the 24th.

Be sure and visit the famous Billy Bobs! 

 

Xmas Tree Lighting – Sundance Square (Ft. Worth)

November 18th 6:30-8 pm

Be part of the magic of the Sundance Square Tree Lighting powered by Green Mountain Energy. Costumed characters, holiday music and our friends from Nissan will be there early to get this event started! Entertainment will begin at 5:30.

 

XTO Energy Parade of Lights (Ft. Worth)

November 19th 6:00 pm

This looks like a really fun event taking place in Ft. Worth this weekend. Fun is happening all day from shopping to entertainment followed by the famous parade and even a special appearance by Cowboy Santa that night! Be sure and get there early to get a good seat!

Carol of Lights in Grapevine

November 20th 5-8:30 pm 

Join all the Who’s in Whoville as they help Grapevine launch their Whobilation at its NEW location at City Hall and sing in the holiday season in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Your favorite characters the Chilly Dawgs and Mrs. Claus will be joining in on this wonderful entertaining presentation of singing, dancing and lighting the entire town! Show up at 5 pm to enjoy taking photos with reindeer, creating seasonal crafts and savoring tasty food vendors. Then at 7pm, we’ll enjoy the spirit of Christmas as the Mayor “flips the switch” illuminating all historic downtown, all while hoping The Grinch doesn’t try to steal our spirit!

Free to the community and no tickets necessary. All ages are welcome. Activities will begin at 5pm and the program will begin at 7pm.

Christmas at The Star– Frisco

November 24th at 6pm

The first annual lighting of The Star’s 52-foot Christmas tree, located on Tostitos Championship Plaza, will take place on Friday, November 24th at 6pm. The tree lighting is a free event that will kick off the Cowboys Christmas Spectacular.

Cowboys Christmas Spectacular: Every Friday and Saturday night
The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular is a weekly holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa and more. The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular will take place on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star every Friday and Saturday at 6 pm. Admission and parking are free.

Home for the Holidays – McKinney

A McKinney Christmas is the best way to start your Christmas celebration. The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more.

Watch faces light up at the tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:15 p.m. and start (or finish) your Christmas shopping with Candlelight Shopping until 8 p.m. at all the unique shops on the square.

Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 12 to 5 p.m.

Don’t forget about these fun places around town that always make for a fun day trip!

Dallas Zoo

New this year is the Dallas Zoo lights so after your day of fun with the animals you can stay for even more fun with lights!

Arboretum

Taking place right now is the 12 Days of Christmas! Gather the whole family and make a fun day out of it.

Ice Exhibit!

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don’t forget to go  Check out some Christmas Lights!

What’s top of your list to do this Thanksgiving week with your family?

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Get your Ice Exhibit at the Gaylord Texan Discount Code here

Don’t wait a minute longer. Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to celebrate the Holidays now.

The main attraction is the Ice! At Gaylord Texan exhibit, 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures as you walk through a 14,000 square foot attraction kept constant at 9 degrees!!

Grab those parkas, your mittens, scarves and sweaters and slide down the slides, and marvel at the exhibits!

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In addition, you can enjoy the:

  • Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast
  • Cookies with Mrs Claus in her own cottage
  • Santa’s Snow Throw
  • The Gingerbread decorating corner
  • Photos with Santa
  • Snow Tubing
  • Santa’s Christmas Cottage Escape Room
  • Ice Skating

And for Adults, you can get tickets to upgrade your experience to VIP status with the On the Blocks Ice Bar!

Get your discount here:

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This year’s Ice! at the Gaylord Texan features “Twas the Night Before Christmas” along with a Lone Star Christmas. You can get 50% Off General Admission Tickets using the promo code PLANOMOMS at GaylordTexanTickets.com (Restrictions Apply)

*Offer valid 11/10 – 11/22, excluding Saturdays after 5 PM. Tickets can be purchased online. Limit of 10 tickets per purchaser. Not retroactive. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Other restrictions may apply. Please check the coupon small print.

What are you waiting for? Book your slot and enjoy it for yourself with our 50% off discount code!

Thank you to the Gaylord Texan Hotel for hosting our family for the day to enjoy it!

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Holiday guide

Plano Moms Holiday Guide 2017

The holiday season is here, are you ready? Well, ready or not, it’s time to get yourself prepared for all things holiday going on around Plano and Dallas. This is such a special time of year to have fun with the family and make some wonderful memories. To keep you on track for all of these holiday events here is the Plano Moms Holiday Guide of 2017.

Prairie Lights- Grand Prairie 

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image credit: Prairielights.org

Prairie Lights takes you on a two-mile drive featuring 4,000,000 lights with all-new custom displays with themes like “Pirate Christmas”, “Santa’s Mailroom”, and “Winter Woods”. Mid-way through the drive, stop at Holiday Village for concessions, carousel rides, gift shop, photos with Santa and brand-new attractions.

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image credit: PriairieLights.org

Walk through the brand-new Snow Maze that takes you through a playful labyrinth of twists and turns as you try to find your way out! Take a stroll through the Holiday Magic Walk-Through Forest with even more displays and illuminated trees. Then, finish the drive through the park with the always-popular animated tunnel of lights!

Holiday Guide

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The Trains at North Park 

Holiday Guide

Dates: November 18th – January 7th 

All aboard!  The Trains at NorthPark exhibit is taking off on its annual journey, delighting families and spreading holiday cheer. Come experience new exhibits and classic favorites in a magical winter wonderland!  The exhibit is located at NorthPark Center, Level Two between Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom. The Trains at NorthPark benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas—a home away from home for families of seriously ill and injured children.

Prices: children under 2 are free, Kids 2-12 and Senior Citizens are $4, and Adults are $7,00.

ICE at the Gaylord Texas  

Holiday guide

Dates: November 10th- January 1st    Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine

Prices: Vary depending on dates and ages. See the link above for prices and times.

This year’s theme is Twas the Night Before Christmas! I bet it’s amazing and so much fun for kids. Be sure to use Plano Moms discount if you are going in November to get 50% off your tickets!!

 Candy Canes for Kids

Date: Saturday, November 18th 10 am – 6 pm 

Collin County’s premier Holiday kick off – enjoy a day of family fun including our famous peppermint tree stick tree build, children’s activities (pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, and more) character meet and greets, a Holiday Market, food, FREE entertainment all day including a FREE performance by Contemporary Christian artist HOLLYN, an all-day live broadcast with KLTY, prizes, FIREWORKS and, new for 2017, a carnival! All proceeds benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.

Lights at Legacy

Date: November 19th, 2-7 pm The Shops at Legacy (Plano) 

Tree lighting and family fun event starts at 2 pm and lasts all day! 2 p.m.
Holiday movie with Santa and Mrs. Claus sponsored by Sky Ranch. “The Grinch” at The Angelika Film Center at The Shops at Legacy. $8 tickets available for sale at angelikafilmcenter.com/plano

Lights at Legacy 4-7 p.m.
Enjoy Plano’s premier holiday event that will include holiday crafts with Mrs. Claus, magic with Mr. Scrooge, rides on the Atmos Energy Christmas train, live entertainment, caricatures, face painting and more. Photos with Santa will be available, sponsored by Plano Profile, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Children’s Health.

The holiday season officially starts with the lighting of the new LegacyTexas Christmas Tree at 6:30 p.m.

Enchant Christmas 

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Dates: November 24-December 31st       Globe Life Park in Arlington

Come see the world’s largest light maze, glide around the ice-skating pond, shop in the marketplace, and visit Santa’s Palace. This is going to be an incredible experience you do not want to miss!

Prices: Children 4 and under are free. Adults  (ages 15+) are $29.95, Children (ages 5-14) are $21.95) Family 4 Pack for $79.95. The tickets are limited per night so please make sure you get your tickets ahead of time. Parking is also limited.

Holiday Wonder at Fair Park 

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photo credit: Holidaywonder.com

Dates: November 21- January 7th     Fair Park, Dallas

Holiday Wonder debuts this winter as a new, unforgettable, family-friendly event in Dallas’s Fair Park to celebrate a season of light and magic. Holiday Wonder Dallas is an outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland, visitors will marvel at more than two million lights bringing to life holiday favorites in giant illuminated eye-catching displays, including Santa Claus, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites, and more. Guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations and are all-new, custom creations for this festival.

Prices: Children 3 and under are Free,  Kids 3-12 tickets are $12, Adults are $20, Family 4 Pack – $54

Christmas at the Anatole

Dates: November 24th- December 30th  Anatole Hotel (Dallas) 

Holiday lights, train rides in the park, Marionette shows, Kids activities and crafts, Breakfast with Santa, and more!

Prices: A select number of tickets will be available to the public, but access to hotel guests is always available.  Please see this flyer for more info.

Home for the Holidays (McKinney)

Dates: November 24-26th  Free and Open to the Public

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 24th at 6:15 pm.

Dickens In Historic Downtown Plano

December 1st, 2017 

This is a FREE event put on by the City of Plano that will be fun for the whole family! There will be live entertainment, food, and even a visit from Santa. This will take place at Haggard Park and live music will take place at McCall Plaza. Free parking is available at the municipal center. Leashed dogs are allowed as well!

Santa Run 

Holiday Guide

Date: December 2nd 8 am – 12 pm      Toyota Stadium, Frisco 

Benefitting the FC Dallas Foundation and My Possibilities.

The original holiday festival of its kind in the DFW metroplex. This event includes a 5K run and 1-mile walk, with a family and pet-friendly festival celebrating the holiday season. A five-piece Santa suit is even included with your registration! Come enjoy hot cocoa/coffee, live music, free food, Vendor Village, and Santa’s Playground, where kids and adults can both visit Santa!

Dallas Holiday Parade

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Date: December 2nd 10 – 11: 30 am   Downtown Dallas 

One of the largest parades in the United States, this Dallas holiday tradition spans two generations of families while attracting a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. This year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more. Kick-off your holiday season by attending the Dallas Holiday Parade!

Plano Lions Christmas Parade

December 9th   Theme: Peace on Earth

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image credit: Girl Scout Troop 659

The parade begins at 9 am and ends at 11 am. It’s a very quick, but a fun parade for the city of  Plano. It includes bands, cheerleaders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and many more students walking and riding in floats. It usually begins by Vines High School and goes down Independence and ends near Plano Senior High.

Holidays at the Heard

Dates: December 15-16th, Heard Museum, McKinney

Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty.

Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. Family-friendly entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. Local musicians will delight audiences with live holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater.

Prices: Children 2 and under are Free, Ages 3-12 are $5, and Adults/Seniors are $9

 

As you can see, there are so many fun events going on in the next few weeks to keep your family entertained! This is the best time of year to make memories with your family and friends. Happy Holidays!

Plano Steinfest Festival

Prost, Plano! Are you ready for Steinfest?

A highlight of our year in Downtown Plano Arts District, is the annual Steinfest Festival at Haggard Park

Think of a family friendly twist and Oktoberfest with German-inspired Food and Bier options, live music and polka dancing and some fun contests to enter for the whole family!steinfest plano family event

The fun starts Friday, October 20 from 5pm-11pm and continues Saturday, October 21 from 10am – 10pm at Haggard Park in Downtown Plano Arts District.

Throughout the day, the Entertainment Schedule features some great acts including Alpine Dancers Edelweiss, The German Band of North Texas and the The Flying Balalaika Bros!

steinfest music plano txPrepare for the event by registering here for Brat Eating, the Weiner Dog Fashion Show or the Stein Racing event.

Home Depot are offering a Grill as first prize for the winner of the Brat Eating contest, which starts Friday, October 20 at 7pm. Come hungry and see how many Bratwursts you can eat in 5 minutes! Thank you Ye Olde Butcher Shop for supplying the Brat Eating Contest Brats.

Get your Furry Friend involved on the Saturday, in the Weiner Dog Fashion Show, brought to you by Dogtopia at 11am.

Deck them out in their best dress or costume and let the judges award them prizes and treats.

Plano Steinfest FestivalFor all of us who are 21+, we can compete in Stein Racing with the chance to win VIP Packages and a big cash prize on Saturday, October 21 at 3pm. (Must register with a $10 fee). Make it your mission to cross the finish line with the least amount of spilled beer!

steinfest plano family festivalWhy not flex your muscles for the Masskrugstemmen on Saturday at 7.30 and see how long you can hold a fully filled stein out at a 90 degree angle without giving in? All participants get a souvenir stein and one beer.

Don’t forget the Kids!!!! This year, bring them to enjoy the fun dancing and polka music and the Raising Cane’s Kiddie Play Patch. They will have face painting, fall harvest photo-ops, bean bag toss, outdoor games and more!

Kids face painting Steinfest PlanoOne of our highlights of this Festival are the choices of Food and Drink available. The Karbach Brewing Company is the official sponsor and encourage you to enjoy a pint to wash down the great food choices

This year, enjoy food prepared by Downtown Plano Arts District chefs from The Fillmore, (which celebrates it’s 10th year of opening), Urban Crust, Angela’s Crosswalk, Urban Rio, Jorgs Cafe Vienna and  Ye Olde Butchers Shop

jorgs cafe vienna plano steinfestNew for 2017, we have a treat in store: we can enjoy traditional Kolaches of all types right here in Downtown Plano, all the way from the Czech Stop, in West, Texas.

At Steinfest, you can peruse the booths of more than 30 market vendors in the Marktplatz!

The Event itself is free to attend and enjoy the entertainment. If you would like to try the German-inspired cuisine or drinks, you can buy coupons at the ticket booths at the entrance.

Why not make the event really special?

You can get a VIP package for $50 each, which includes twenty food and beverage coupons, a commemorative stein, a Steinfest t-shirt and access to the Whole Foods Market VIP Bier Garden with a private bar.

See you there!

Prost, Plano

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Photo credits: Downtown Plano Arts District, Steinfest.org and Facebook

Best Pumpkin Patches in North Texas

The Best Pumpkin Patches in North Dallas

It’s almost Fall! I’m so ready for cooler temps and all the fall colors. It’s such a fun time of year! This time of year will bring out so many fun things to do, including visiting a pumpkin patch. They will start popping up all around us. Gather the family and don’t forget the camera, here’s a look at some of the best pumpkin patches in north Dallas.

Preston Trails Farms 

Best Pumpkin Patches in North Dallas

Known as “The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm” is celebrating its 21st year! Located in Gunter, this farm is voted one of the best in Texas!

Farm Facts: 

  • Open 8am-8pm Monday-Sunday
  • Children under 2 are free
  •  Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome

Ticket Prices:

Monday-Friday Admission- $8 Includes:

  • one pie pumpkin
  • feed for petting barn
  • Hayride
  • roping pen
  • hay maze

Best Pumpkin patches in Dallas

Saturday/Sunday Admission – $10 Includes:

  • free farm train – NEW for 2017
  • free hot dog
  • free feed for petting barn
  • free hayride
  • free roping pen
  • free hay maze

Autumn at the Arboretum

Best pumpkin patches in Dallas

8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218

Dates/Hours: Sept 23rd  – Nov 22nd   9 am – 5 pm

Ticket Prices:$9.50/Adult; $6/Kids (3-12); under 3 are free

This Year’s Theme: “The Wonderful World of Oz”   Travel through the pumpkin village on an actual yellow brick road! You’ll see all the famous and beloved characters from the story. Don’t forget your camera!!!

Facts: 

  • Will feature more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds
  • Costumes allowed for children 12 and under
  • Popular Haybale Maze and Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to purchase pumpkins

 

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch   Open October 1- October 31 from 9 am to 7 pm

Parking charge: $5 during the week and $10 on the weekends. All activities are FREE! (hayrides, bounce houses, playground, maze)

 

Team Family Farms Pumpkin Patch (Aubrey)  September 30th – October 31

Hours: 10 am to 7 pm, closed Mondays         Prices: $8 ages 2 and up.

Activities: Feed the Animals, Barrel Train rides, playground, photo spots, mazes, games and more!

 

Storybook Ranch (Mckinney) Open September 24- November 1

Hours: Sunday – Friday 10 am – Sundown,  Saturdays 9 am to Sundown

Ticket Prices: $15 a child/ $5 for adults  Activities include hayride, bounce houses, pony rides,  maze, and pumpkins

Activities:  hayride, bounce houses, pony rides,  maze, and pumpkins

 

Pumpkins on the Prairie (Frisco)   Opening day September 30th at 9 am to October 31 5 pm

 Hours: Monday- Friday 1 pm to 7 pm, Saturday/Sunday 9 am to 7 pm

Activities: hay maze, bounce house, and hayride   ALL ARE FREE!

 

Christ United Methodist Church (Plano, Parker/Coit)  open from 9 am to 7 pm  Sept 23- Oct. 31st (youth pumpkin patch)

 

Creekwood United Methodist Church (Allen) October 1- 31 All proceeds benefit Creekwood Student Ministries’ missions.

 

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm (Grapevine)  September 29th – October 31st Corn maze, hayrides, and lots of family fun!

Hours: Monday thru Thursday    3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday    3:00 pm – 10:00 pm     

Saturday     10:00 am – 10:00 pm     Sunday     1:00 pm – 8:00 pm     

Tickets: $5 per person      CASH ONLY!!!!

Activities: Corn maze, hayrides, and lots of family fun!

 

Blase Family Farm (Rockwall) September 30th – October 31

Hours: Monday- Friday 9 am – 6 pm     Saturday 10 am – 6 pm       Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Tickets: $7 per person (1 and under are free)

Activities: Petting zoo, hayride, farm train, and more!

Poncho’s Pumpkin Patch (Heritage Farmstead, Plano) open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Heritage Farmstead of Plano recently debuted a new pumpkin patch experience for residents of all ages.  Poncho’s Pumpkin Patch – named for the Farmstead’s resident donkey – offers a variety pumpkins for sale, a hay maze, a wealth of photo opportunities and more.

Yesterland Farm (Canton) Fall Festival OPEN for weekends September 23 – November 5

Hours: Fridays: 6pm – 10pm
Saturdays: 10am – 10pm
Sundays: Noon – 6pm

Tickets: At Gate $21.95/Online $18.95 each (2 and under are free)

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Farm Attractions: Corn Maze, Wagon Train rides, Farm Zoo, Pig Races, Rubber Duck Races, Pumpkin Movie in the Tipi, WesterLand Village, Playground Area, Hi-Striker, Kiddie Pedal Carts for our little guests, Specialty Shows, Candy Cannon and lots of Photo Ops.

Fright Farm Activities: Creepy Corn Maze, Chain Reactor, Horrid Hayride, and Tunnel of Terror. (Activities begin at dark)

 

Looking for more Fun Activities to do this Fall? Check out these 5 Things and These Fall Festivals in and Around North Dallas.

www.planomoms.com A special thanks to Preston Trails Farms and The Dallas Arboretum for sponsoring this post.

The Best Pumpkin Patches in all of North Dallas

Top Attractions to See at the State Fair of Texas With Kids

The State Fair of Texas is almost here. I just love this time of year! Bring on the corny dogs and Big Tex! It’s such a fun time to take the kids and make a fun day out of it. We decided as a family a few years ago that we would visit the fair every other year because it can be costly. This year is our year to go and I’m so excited! I’ve put together my top attractions to see at the State Fair of Texas With Kids.

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Top things to see and do at the Fair with Kids

Big Tex!

This is a landmark. You have to go see Big Tex. If you’ve been around here for awhile you might even remember where you were when the old Big Tex caught on fire. It was awful. Luckily, this Big Tex is good as new and he’s looking good. He gets very crowded but he’s also a good meeting area or a place if you get lost. Big Tex is always high on our list!

Things to see and do at the Fair with Kids

Animals

Yes, they stink and it gets crowded but the kids love feeding them. Visiting and feeding the animals is a huge highlight every year. Go to the inside area and fork over the cash to actually feed the baby animals. The kids will love you forever.

Dog Show

If you are a dog lover then go to the indoor dog show. This is a nice treat to be able to sit down in the a/c! This is a great show that is kid-friendly and short and sweet. It does draw a nice crowd so be prepared to wait!

Things to see and do at the Texas Fair with Kids

The Big Wheel

We never really go on this because the lines are always sooooo long but it’s fun to look at. I cannot imagine actually waiting in line for that but to each his own. I love taking pictures of it! If you’ve ridden this wheel, how long did you wait in line?

Food

Food is actually a highlight of the fair. Did you know some people come to the fair just for the food? They do!  We can’t leave without getting a Fletcher’s corn dog. They never taste as good as they do anywhere else as they do at the state fair. We always comment on how many tickets each corn dog is, but they are worth every ticket!! Other food favorites include a funnel cake, turkey legs (I’ve never had one!) and there’s always the food court area to try the winning foods of the fair.

Midway Games

Okay, so this is not high on my list but it is for my kids. This costs a fortune and the prizes are the worst things ever but the kids keep trying. We try and put this one-off until the bitter end. Maybe you have a good excuse to bypass this one??

 

This is my one extra stop and my kids love to go visit this half of a man. He’s funny (and a little crude) but he’s very interesting! Have you ever seen him? I cannot figure out his trick!

 

Are you going to the fair this year with your kids? What are your favorite things to do? Opening day is Friday, September 29th! We’ll see you at the Fair! Here’s a look at the daily schedule and ticket price information.

The best things to see and do with Kids at the State Fair of Texas

Fall Festivals 2017

Fall Festivals in 2017

Get your calendars ready, there are some super fun fall festivals coming up, and some in the same weekend! There’s going to be so much to do nearly every weekend until the holidays. It’s such a fun time of the year. Here’s a look at some Fall Festivals in 2017.

September

  • 8th-10th Oktoberfest in Allen at Watters Creek 2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival Enjoy 20+ Oktoberfest beers from area craft breweries along with live music, DJ, art vendors, food, and festive activities! Free admission
  • 14th Art and Wine Walk (Downtown Plano) Sip your favorite wines and shop while listening to some live music in downtown Plano! I love the 80’s theme.
  • 14th-17th Grapevest in Grapevine  The largest wine festival in the SouthWest! Wine tasting, Grape stomping, Kids Area, Car Fest, Live Entertainment and much more. Grapevine’s biggest event of the year. Purchase tickets online or at the event.
  • 14th-17th Addison Oktoberfest  Parades, Food, Beer, Rides, and Games. It’s the 30th anniversary this year!
  • Autumn at the Arboretum begins. This year the theme is “The Wonderful World of Oz” This is a must see!
  • 22- 24th. Plano Balloon Festival  Races, Balloon Rides, Food, Music, and fun for kids. The fun lasts all weekend long! Tickets run about $5 per person, free for kids under 2.
  • 22-24th McKinney’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest Beer, Food, Music, Kids’ Activities in downtown McKinney
  • 22-24th Greek Food Festival of Dallas Food, Music, Dancing, Cooking Demos, and much more
  • 23rd Yesterland Farm (Canton) Opens for Weekends through November 5
  • 29th State Fair of Texas  This will run through October 22nd.  Rides, games, food, and so much fun. The Fair comes around 1 time a year in Fair Park of Dallas and is a great time.
  • 30th Murphy Maize Days  Food, Concerts, Vendor Markets, Kids’ Area, Pet Adoptions, Pumpkin’ Chunkin contests and more.

October

  • 1st Family Fall Fest at CUMC 12 pm – 2 pm Fall fun for all ages, pumpkin farm, animals, food truck, obstacle courses (free event)
  • 1st “Mass in the Grass” Come enjoy outdoor worship at 10:30 am and stay for the festival on the field and playground area behind Haun Elementary. Music by Cast Iron Soul (regular performers at Frisco Square)
    Bounce houses, food, and fun for everyone.
  • 7th Aubrey Peanut Festival  Starts at 10 am with a parade! A full days fun of events for the whole family.
  • 7th -8th Cottonwood Art Festival  (Richardson) Free Park and Free Admission  Artists from all over the world, top bands, food, music, and fun.
  • 13th-15th ArmeniaFest Arts, Crafts, Dancing, and Eating Contests
  • 14th Plano International Festival (Haggard Park, Plano) Fashion show, food court, and more. Come learn about all different types of cultures and have fun for the whole family.
  • SteinFest (downtown Plano) 20th and 21 Beer, food, polka dancing, and more all taking place in historic downtown Plano! Events start at 10 am. There’s even going to be a Weiner dog fashion show!!!
  • 21st McKinney Wine and Music Festival 12 pm – 4 pm 12 of the best North Texas wineries, a variety of delicious restaurants, family friendly activities, a grape stomp, 40+ boutiques, and a full lineup of talented local musicians (FREE!!)
  • 26th Boo Bash (Put on by the Plano Parks and Rec) 5 pm – 8 pm Come dressed in costume with your trick or treat bag for a fun night of carnival games and candy!  Please bring a canned food item to donate to a local food bank.
  • 27th Trick Or Treat at the Farm (Heritage Farmstead in Plano) 10 am -12 pm Dress up in your costume and trick or treating at the farm! Activities include trick or treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides, a craft, and so much more!  Open to ages 1-9. Check their site for ticket prices.
  •  27th  Faith Lutheran School Treat-N-Feast Fall Festival  5 – 9 p.m Farmers, mice, fairies, and superheroes will gather at Faith Lutheran School on Friday, October 27 for the school’s annual Treat N Feast Fall Festival. The event will feature a bounce house, fair-type foods, a cake walk, carnival games and more. Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano. Tickets can be purchased at the door to be used in exchange for food and games. For more information, please call 972.423.7448
  • 28th Custer Road United Methodist Church Fall Festival 5 pm – 7 pm Free community event- trunk or treating, bounce houses, games, and food trucks!

Thinking of hosting a neighborhood block party? Make sure you rent the Pop-up Party Trailer from the City of Plano for the best party!

A look at the best Fall Festivals happening in North Dallas in 2017.

Do you know of a great Fall Festival to add to our list? Tell us in the comments or email us at info@planomoms.com.

Host a Fun Neighborhood Block Party in Plano

Are you thinking about having a neighborhood get together? Hosting fun a neighborhood block party in Plano just got easier thanks to the BEST Neighborhood’s Pop Up Trailer. This is a perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors and have a great time. Here’s how to host a neighborhood block party in Plano.

Host a Fun Block Party in Plano

If you are a registered neighborhood association, HOA, or crime watch group renting the trailer is completely FREE! Contact BEST Neighborhoods at 972-208-8150 or email blockparty@plano.gov for more info.

Host a Neighborhood Block Party In Plano

The trailer will show up the day of or day before (depending on your party) at Host a Neighborhood Block Party In Planoyour designated location and drop off with all the supplies. Included in the trailer are adult tables, kid tables, games, coolers,  28 chairs, trash cans, recycling cans, extension cords, chalk board easel, traffic cones to block off the street, barricades, umbrellas and bases or shade. That’s a lot of great stuff to get you started for a fun day!

If you have space you can set up more tables and either do potluck (bring food to share) or even rent food trucks.

 

Host a Neighborhood Block Party

 

Are you ready to reserve the trailer and host your next block party? 

Is your Neighborhood Registered?   Check here.   If not, fill out this form.

Check the Trailer Calendar for availability.

 

We are all about having fun in Plano, here are 5 Fun Activities to do this Fall in Plano.

Let’s Go to a Frisco Rough Riders Baseball Game

If you have ever been looking for something fun to do for the whole family, consider going to a Frisco Rough Riders Baseball Game. It’s true family fun that everyone will enjoy. Here are some reasons why you should check it out!

Family Friendly

I’ve never been to a more family friendly event! The Rough Riders put on a great game but the family-friendly atmosphere makes it so much fun for even the youngest in your bunch. Every inning they have songs or dance offs or games going on on the field. It’s so fun to watch!

Great Location

To get to a game is so easy! It’s located just north of 121 close to Stonebriar Mall. The ballpark is very easy to get in and out of and parking is easy too. If you’ve ever been to a Rangers game in Arlington they are so fun too but the parking and walking can be a total beating. This is not at all. You park, and within minutes you are at the front gates of the ball park. It’s so nice! The park itself is so easy to get around in and the people that work there are SO nice and helpful.

Food

Doesn’t everyone come to games to eat? From hot dogs to nachos, peanuts, and yummy ice cream- the Dr. Pepper ballpark has it all. You even have the option to do Uber Eats and skip the lines! You can order on your app, and when the food is ready you pick it up at the counter bypassing the lines! So nice!

photo credit www.milb.com

Lots to Do

If you’re worried about your kids not wanting to sit for the entire game, don’t worry! There is so much to do and see at the ballpark. They even have a lazy river! How fun would this be for a birthday party?! They also have a bounce house and 2 playground areas that are fun for kids too.

Cheap Seats

We discovered that the seats are pretty reasonably priced. A lot of people seem to buy a season package where they get several games a year to pick and choose to come to. That’s a great option. If you are just wanting to do one game or want an even cheaper way to go, try the lawn seats. This would be so fun for kids! You can bring blankets and watch the game in style. There really isn’t a bad seat in the whole place.

At the end of each game, kids are allowed on the fields to run around the bases and that was a huge highlight for my kids. They still talk about it! A few times a year and on Fridays, they have Friday Night Lights and set off a great show of fireworks. They also hold themed days and several other fun nights like bring your dog night! That sounds pretty interesting!

I would definitely recommend a Rough Riders game if you are looking for a fun night out with the family. This would also make a great place to take out of town visitors. Frisco is such a fun town to visit with so much to offer. The Rough Riders have a few games left this season so be sure and check out a game before the season ends!

Plano Balloon Festival Runs

It’s time to break out your running shoes and participate in Plano’s most memorable and talked about yearly races at this years Plano Balloon Festival Runs! This year there will be 4 races, something for everyone! This year will include a half marathon, relay, 5K or 1K. Come read more about the races and sign up today!

What: Plano Balloon Festival Runs for the Whole Family

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 5K and 1K

  • 7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 1K Fun Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 5K Awards Ceremony

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Half Marathon and Relay

  • 7:00 AM Half Marathon & Relay Start. Relay Exchange Point Opens
  • 9:30 AM Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

If you are really adventurous there is a Sky-High Challenge where you can run in BOTH days! (The half marathon and the 5K).  There is even a 3rd metal involved!!

As you run and walk you will have the best views of the balloons taking off for their morning departures. The balloons will be launching at 7 am on both race days. You will not want to miss this!!

All participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal featuring 7 hot air balloons.  Participants will also receive two tickets to the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival plus parking on race day! That will be worth the race itself! There are so many activities lasting all day and into the night so you will definitely want to come back and bring the whole family for this special day.

Registration fees depend on your age and races you enter. Please see the Plano Festival Runs page for more info on this as well as packet pick up and FAQ’s for the Race. Sign ups are happening right now so dust off those running shoes and get ready to have so much fun!

****GIVEAWAY*****Are you interested in running in the race? Comment below with why you want to run in this race as we are giving away one FREE race registration to someone that comments!!