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Are you ready to experience an Enchant Christmas?

This post is sponsored by Enchant Christmas. All opinions are ours. For more information please see our disclosure statement. 

When we were invited to get a sneak peak at North Texas’ newest Christmas attraction to hit Arlington, we jumped at the chance.

Enchant Christmas is open to the public November 24th – December 31st, from 5pm – 11pm most evenings (check the calendar for exact opening dates and times)

What can you look forward to with your family:

  • Enjoy and look up to the 100ft Christmas Tree

christmas treeRent some skates and take to the Ice – at the Skating Pond. A uniquely placed viewing bridge goes over the top, so there are some great picture spots and a place to watch!

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Skate rental fees of $5 per person go to 5 local North Texas charities – Cook Children’s Health Care System, Kidd’s Kids, Make-A-Wish North Texas, and Special Olympics Texas

ice skating enchant christmas

  • Check out the Main Stage – each evening, enjoy the different acts that come from miles around to entertain the audiences. We saw a Gospel choir on our visit.

 

  • Look out for the Carolers – the Uptown Carolers sing on request! Take yourself back in time to an age of Christmas wonder and sing along with them when you see them at various places around the Enchant Christmas set.

As you enter the Maze, look up and see Snow!

The Great Search Enchant Maze

  • Santa Claus in his own Palace – surrounded by lights! 

santa claus at enchant

We loved this Santa and his elf. Check out my daughter Lucy enjoying the whole experience with his palace full of awesome lights

Enter the World’s largest Christmas Light Maze and the kids can go hunting for the 9 Reindeers (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and of course, Rudolph) in exchange for Candy!

There are 3 acres of dazzling lights everywhere you look. Watch as your kids revel in the magic of it all!

boy in lights

There are picture opportunities everywhere.

Christkindl market

To make the experience even more magical, we visited the Christkindl Market.

They had over 85 different vendors with uniquely themed booths with German Bavarian Brand, Käthe Wohlfahrt, which sells Christmas decorations and articles to local Plano-based Amazeballz, selling their famous bite-size cake balls in numerous flavors and Savor Patisserie, with their great selection of tasty Macarons!

amazeballz from plano

And if you are hungry and thirsty, there are 21 different Food Trucks with everything from Funnel Cakes to traditional Food Truck fare.

Here are the things that are Good to know:

  • Address: Globe Life Park – Lot F, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX
  • CHILDREN 4 AND UNDER ARE FREE | PARKING IS FREE*
  • *Free Parking is limited on AT&T Stadium Event Nights
  • Tickets are available on the door but are cheaper online, in advance.

And now, thanks to our sponsored partner, Enchant Christmas, we have an even better deal for you!

Get 20% off the base price!!

Offer for Purchase tickets at: EnchantChristmas.com

Promotional code: SANTA

Valid days/ dates: Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, Dec 10

Valid Ticket Types: Adult, Kids, Senior, Military/EMS

Go visit this season. You will make memories and have great pictures that last a lifetime!

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Candy Buy Back – what to do after Halloween?

The great news is: even if your kids love collecting Candy at Halloween, they don’t have to keep it.

candy buy back halloween planoThanks to Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, for every 1 pound of unopened candy your kids donate, they will receive $1 and 1 Ticket entry to win a Family night at Urban Air Trampoline Park Frisco

Starts Nov 2nd – Nov 10th.

Do you like this idea?

Bounce Over to Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to trade in your Halloween Candy for some FUN!

You will receive $1 per pound of unopened candy a dental goodie bag and a ticket entry to win a family fun night at Urban Air Frisco!

family night urban air frisco

Restrictions apply: Limit 1 prize entry per child. All Children must be present to receive passes and must be accompanied by an adult. Candy must be unopened, maximum 5 pounds per child.

How it works

Bring in your unopened candy and Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will give you $1 per pound of candy, a dental goody bag to wash those sugars away. This Goody bag is filled with some dental goodies as well as some fun activities. Also you will get to enter in a drawing to win a family night at Urban Air Frisco for a fun filled time with your family or friends.

Details:

You Do not need to a patient of Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to participate. All children ages 18 and under and their parents can participate.

You can stop by anytime Starting November 2nd through November through Nov 10th.

Drawing will be live on Facebook at 4 PM on Nov 10th and winner will be notified through their provided contact information.

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The Best List of Local Splash Pad Parks for Kids

Summer gets really hot here in Texas so we need to stay wet! There’s nothing like fun in the sun at a local splash pad. As a Mom, you can enjoy it too and not worry about any of the kids falling in a pool! Here are some great splash parks in North Dallas that are not far from the Plano area.

North Dallas area splash pads

North Dallas Area Splash Parks

Plano Aquatic Center: This is an indoor pool in Plano but they also have a splash pad on the side. It is $3 per person for ages 3 and up but they have tables and locker rooms to change in. You could bring snacks and make an afternoon of it. Please call before to check on hours. They have odd hours in the summer due to morning time being mostly swim lessons only.  (972) 769-4232

Hope Park (Frisco)  This is a splash pad that is close to the all abilities playground in Frisco. It’s a great area with lots to do. You can certainly make it a day trip and take a picnic and bring bikes as well. The website says all Frisco Splash pads open on May 15th.

Fairview Fountain (Fairview outside of Gloria’s Mexican food)  This is a great place to grab some food (or eat at Gloria’s!) and let the kids splash and play. At night they will put on a light show to music with the water.

Celebration Station (Allen) This is a fabulous park and great location for a family picnic. There are tons of tables and restrooms close by. It does get crowded in the summer time so come early! (Open as of May 1st!)

Murphy Central Park  Playground area and splash park, restrooms and picnic tables.

Campbell Green Splash Park: (Dallas off Hillcrest) Restrooms, playground, and splash pad.

W.J. Thomas Splash Park (Carrollton) Open 9am–8pm daily May 1st through early October.

McKinney Splash Pads The City of McKinney has 9 splash pads throughout the city and even one for Dogs!!  All splash pads are open for the 2017 summer!

Klyde Warren Park: This is just an extra fountain area and park that is so fun for kids. They have fountains and a place in the kid play area that kids will LOVE getting wet in!

Have we left off your favorite local splash pad? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Is it too hot to be outside? Try these great places for indoor fun for kids. 

Klyde Warren Park

If you’re looking for a fun day trip with kids, Klyde Warren Park is the way to go! The park is in downtown Dallas and so much to offer for the whole family.

 

Check out this video all about the park.

Know Before You Go:

You can take the Dart train to save money on getting there. It takes about 35-40 minutes. If you drive you will have to pay for parking.

Bring a picnic! The food trucks are so nice but can be expensive. To save money, bring some food and drinks!

Take a blanket and balls to play with. There are some tables but picnic style is fun too.

There are lots of fountains so be prepared for your kids to get wet! Bring extra clothes or a towel.

In the gated playground area there are bathrooms, but there are only 2! There is usually a wait.

CityLine

If you’re looking for to check out some newer developed areas around town, check out CityLine. CityLine is located in the SE corner of George Bush Tollroad and Central Expressway. It’s just 2-3 stops off the DART from Parker station. It’s loaded with new restaurants and fun shops so visiting CityLine is a must!

CityLine is a new development that is served for mixed use of restaurants, Whole Foods grocery store, movie theater, offices, residences, and retail shops. It was created in hopes to bring more of a city life to the suburbs. They say the have something to offer everyone!

I loved that everything was within walking distance. I went around dinner time so I saw people out walking and enjoying themselves. I also thought the area was very well lit and there were tons of parking areas. That’s always nice!

I recently checked out CityLine and I was really impressed! There were so many fun restaurants to try out including one I’ve been hearing about, Fernando’s Mexican food. This was definitely the most packed as we were strolling by! It’s one I want to try sometime soon.

I also spotted Tom + Chee, for every grilled cheese lover! I’ve heard great things about this too. I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice variety of eateries. They have some nicer places that will cost more and some lower priced ranged sandwich and yogurt shops too.

To check out more shops and restaurants at CityLine they have a great directory to view them all with store information on each.  They have a movie theater that says opening in 2017 on the directory site. I did not see it the day I went so I’m not sure exactly when it will open.

CityLine is a really nicely done development that offers so many choices and things to do for the family. It will be a perfect place to spend a family night out or even a fun date night.  There were more developments going up and some construction going on because they are adding even more to the area!

Check out CityLine and let us know your favorite place there!

 

 

Fun Day trips around Dallas

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!