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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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Trick or Treating in Plano

The Top Plano Neighborhoods to Go Trick or Treating

It’s almost time to get the kids all dressed up to go trick or treating! Now that you have the all the fun Fall Festivals to attend, the Best Pumpkin Patches to Visit, and some Fun Halloween Event for Kids, how about the top Plano neighborhoods to go trick or treating? There are some areas around town that go all out and make it so much fun for kids. Here’s a look at some great places to take kids on Halloween night.

The Top Plano Neighborhoods to Go Trick or Treating

Singletree Tr. 75023 (NW corner of Parker/Indep)

This mainly consists of one house who some call ‘The Halloween House,’ but the street is nuts! This one house goes above and beyond that it’s decor literally takes up nearly 3 houses worth. The entire street will be blocked off and even if you don’t come trick or treat that night it’s a must stop or stare at! All the neighbors sit outside and pass out candy to 1000 kids! A DJ tops the night with fun Halloween music. You do not want to miss this house! We go every year and it does not disappoint.

Trick or treating in Plano

Canterbury Drive 75075 (near Park/Independence)

This is a fun street that is almost directly across the street from Plano Senior High School. Several neighbors work together to create fun scenes/themes in the front yard. Kids from all over always want to come to Canterbury court! Some can be scary (just FYI) but it’s all in good fun for kids. The neighbors and atmosphere are great. This place will be VERY crowded so be prepared for lots of people and kids.

Whiffletree Area (Behind Davis Library)

This neighborhood does it right! The entire area is blocked off for safety so cars cannot drive through. Moms tell us there are popcorn machines and tons of fun everywhere. They are passing out candy and ready to have some fun!

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Deerfield Subdivision

Though this neighborhood is mostly known for the best Christmas lights, some Moms tell us they are prepared for all the trick or treaters as well. No big street parties that we know of but a fun and safe place to go trick or treating here.

 

These are the 4 most mentioned places to trick or treat on Halloween night for Plano Moms. Do you have a good neighborhood or area that does it right and fun for kids? Tell us all about it and we’ll add it to our list!

 

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5 Fun Activities to do This Fall in Plano

Plano is such a great town with so many fun things to do. The problem is finding time to do it all. Fall is the perfect season here too. I am slowly decorating for Fall and bringing out my Halloween decor! We finally escape the dreadful summer and the temperature starts cooling off a bit.  Whether you are wanting a fun night out with friends or a nice park to take kids to play, here are 5 Fun Activities to do this Fall in Plano.

Attend A Festival

There are so many fall festivals- almost one every weekend! Let’s hope the weather cooperates and you can attend one or all of these with your family this fall. Be sure to check out the Plano Balloon Festival, Family Fun Fest at CUMC, the International Festival,  and SteinFest. We always attend the Plano Balloon Festival as a family, and I’m really looking forward to checking out some of the others as well. I love that several of these are taking place in downtown Plano!

Art and Wine Walk 

This event takes place in downtown Plano second Thursday of every month from April to December. It’s a sip and shop event where you can sip on wine and shop the local stores all while listening to some live music. Tickets are $12 pre-purchased or $18 at the door. This would be a fun thing to grab your girlfriends or fellow Moms and go.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

There are so many great local pumpkin patches that will be popping up.  Some are really big and full of mazes, animals, and hayrides, where others are smaller and less involved. Still, they are fun to do this time of year. You can drive pretty far north and make a full day out of the Orange Pumpkin Farm or even the Autumn at the Arboretum. These are 2 places that really go all out and make it fun for kids and the whole family. These would be great to take visitors too.

Attend a Safe Trick or Treating Event

With Halloween being right in the middle of the school week, so many churches and other places now offer family friendly and safer alternatives to the traditional trick or treating. These are usually done during daylight and really fun for kids (especially younger aged). More and more are holding ‘trunk or treat’ style festivals that are fun as well. Plano holds an event called Boo Bash that is put on by the Parks and Rec department. The Heritage Farmstead is holding a Trick or Treating at the Farm on October 27th, and Custer Road Methodist Church always puts on a trick or treating event that will be free to the community as well. I love these because they are fun, safe, and a great way for your kids to get some good use out of their costumes!

Check out Hub Streat

Hub Streat is a newish to Plano but it is full of fun. It’s the food truck stop that has become a place to meet up with friends for drinks at night or take your kids for a fun lunch during the day. The outside area is also dog-friendly too! The food trucks rotate weekly so check their Facebook page nightly events.  I visited Hub Streat for a Mom’s Night Out and it was so much fun. With the weather cooling off, this would be a great spot to meet some friends and catch up.

5 Fun Activities to do this Fall in Plano

What are you looking forward to doing this Fall with your family?

Come to our next event – Plano Moms Plant & Sip!

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We love coming together and meeting each other. Here is a great fun Plant and Sip Event night out for all y’all!

City Central Plano would like to invite you to our Plano Mom’s Plant and Sip Night Out

on Thursday, September 28th from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

This will be a great opportunity for you to check out City Central’s amazing office and Co-working space while meeting other moms and having a great night!

They are conveniently located in Plano off of Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

You need to experience a Plant and Sip Event. Through Plant and Sip, you get to plant and design your very own exotic succulent terrarium while enjoying food and drinks with your friends!

It’s an experience, a full teaching class, combined with Mommy Mixing for y’all to meet each other.

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The Plant and Sip family has a love for all things nature. Their plants are bought from a family farm ensuring they get the very best quality while supporting fellow plant enthusiasts. Their love for nature doesn’t stop with plants. To be part of the Plant and Sip team, you have to have a love for animals and be willing to donate some of your time to local shelters and rescue groups. Three times a year, Plant and Sip holds fundraisers for their little friends where 100% of the proceeds go to local animal shelters.

Sooooo, to sum it up, come with friends to drink, eat, laugh, and create something cool!.. !

They will be giving away massages, one month of free coworking and other awesome door prizes our in-house massage therapist and we will have a In House Massage Therapist also giving away for door prizes. This Plant and Sip Event is not to be missed!

Plant and sip Event

Registration is only $20 (Wine and Beer Sips and Nibbles included) and includes your very own succulent terrarium.

Space is limited so register today!

Find out about another Plano Mom event that we have hosted:

Let’s Go Visit the Dallas Zoo!

If you’re new to the Dallas area then spending the day at the Dallas Zoo is a must. It’s a great zoo with a lot to offer for the whole family. Grab your walking shoes, here are 5 Reasons to Go to the Dallas Zoo.

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Size

The Dallas Zoo is a good sized zoo. It’s not too big and not too little. You can definitely do it in a day or even a few hours if you just have an afternoon. I’ve been to the Dallas Zoo several times and I feel like it’s very well marked and labeled for visitors. There are tons of maps and signs showing good directions.

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Africa Exhibit

This hands down one of our favorite exhibits and what we do as soon as we arrive at the zoo every single time. We bypass all the other things and head straight to the African exhibit to feed the giraffes. This does cost extra (around $5) but is so worth it! My advice is to get there early and do this first so the giraffes are hungry! The giraffes will come right up at your eye level and eat from your hands. It’s an amazing experience that you and your kids will never forget!!

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Looking for more fun things to do in Dallas? Check out these Best Places to Take Visitors or visit Klyde Warren Park

Children’s Area

The Dallas Zoo has a fabulous children’s area that is great kids. There is a fun water area so if you go during warmer months bring swim gear. We usually go during spring break and let the kids take shoes/socks off. You should also bring a towel. Other features in this area include a Farm where you can pet and see baby animals, a Swap/Shop area, Bird’s Landing, and other fun amenities. They also have eateries and places to sit in the shade. Just a warning; we usually do this LAST. Our kids NEVER want to leave this spot!!

Visit the Dallas Zoo

(photo courtesy of Traci Denny)

New Hippo Exhibit

Spring of 2017 opened a brand new $14 million dollar center just for the hippos! It includes an African water hole that is 24 foot by 8 foot underwater viewing window of the 120,000-gallon pool. Visitors can get really up close and personal with the hippos in their new habitat. Come meet the Hippos in the Dallas Zoo YouTube channel, check it out!

Zoo Membership

Visiting the zoo can be expensive but there is a great deal that many people don’t take advantage of and that’s getting a membership. A family membership will cost you $129 for the year but it will include 2 adults and 4 children to come year round (364 days a year!) for free parking,  a subscription to the zoo magazine, free admission, exclusive members only event invites, and tons of discounts. This would be a great gift idea from grandparents or family instead of toys!

What is your favorite thing about the Dallas Zoo? Tell us in the comments!

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

The countdown is officially on for the 2017 Plano Balloon Festival! This will mark the 38th year of the 3 day event that begins at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 22nd at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074. This is a total family-friendly event including the marathon and fun-run races.  Come learn all about what’s in store for the fun weekend ahead for the Plano Balloon Festival 2017.

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Balloon Festival Facts:

When: Doors open 4:00 pm on Friday, September 22nd at Oak Point Park

Where: 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074

Parking: Most parking will cost about $10 and check here for good places to park.  (Collin College, Oak Point, First United Methodist Church are some of the choices. Another option for $5 is to park at Plano Center but you will have a farther walk!)

Tickets: Beginning September 1st, you can pre-purchase your tickets or buy them at the door. All Plano ISD elementary students will get a complimentary ticket to get in free to the festival on Friday evening so check those backpacks! Ticket prices are $5 per person/$1 off for Seniors 65 and older, kids under 36 inches are free.

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Events/Attractions: If you have never been to the Plano Balloon Festival, you are in for a real treat! This is one of Plano’s biggest event’s and it is so much fun!

  • Plano Balloon Festival 2017The biggest attractions are the balloons of course. There will be 40 beautiful, colorful balloons lighting up and taking off into the sky 2x a day along with a fun ‘glow’ that happens each night. (This is fun for the kids!) The 12 featured Special Shapes that are participating this year include Joelly the Baby Bee, Betty Jean the Butterfly, Tomcat, Terry Mouse, Bimbo Bear, High Kitty, Peg Leg Pete the Pirate Parrot, Humpty Dumpty, Love Birds, Annie the Lady Bug, SpyderPig, and the always popular High Jack.
  • A Parachute Team will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons at 5:30 pm by jumping from their plane over the park and landing right in the middle of the launch field
  • Local Bands will perform Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night
  • FIREWORKS will go off on Saturday night!!!
  • To top it all off Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a Balloon GLOW after dark that is a must see!

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Still looking for something for the kids to do there? Don’t worry? They have an entire area designated just for Kids, called Central Market Kids Zone Fun! This will include bounce houses, rides, and fun. Tickets and wristbands are available in the kids’ zone area for purchase. These rides and games are an additional cost to the festival.

 

Know Before You Go:

  • This event is very fun but it’s outside and is weather permitting. It can be very hot still in September so dress accordingly and plan to be hot! If it does rain the balloon events do get canceled.
  • It will be crowded. Be prepared for crowds, bring your patience.
  • You are not encouraged to bring pets!
  • Coolers are allowed but they do have tons of food trucks and food vendors set up so plan to eat some yummy food out there!
  • Bring chairs and blankets for picnic style and enjoy the evening.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you might have to park and walk far.
  • Plan to have some family fun and enjoy this amazing event!!

We’ll see you at the Plano Balloon Festival! How many days are left??

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!

The Best Places to Take Visitors

When you have company in town you want to show them all that our city has to offer. We are so lucky that Plano has some great places around us including Dallas and Ft. Worth that are so close. Here are some of the best places to take visitors to show off our city!

Klyde Warren Park

A park that is right in the middle of downtown Dallas? Yes! It’s the coolest thing! It’s totally kid-friendly and dog-friendly too. There are food trucks for everyone and you can easily get there via DART or by driving and parking the Dallas Museum of Art.  You can bring a picnic and make a day of this or just stop there to eat at one of the fun food trucks as a pit stop. Klyde Warren is a must see, especially on a beautiful day!

6th Floor Museum

If you have a history buff on your hands then they would love to hear about JFK and the history of the shootings that took place in Dallas.  Located in Dallas, the museum offers tickets daily for visitors. It has a great location close to the West End area and the Dallas World Aquarium as well.

Frisco Star

Even if you’re not a Cowboys fan, visiting the Star in Frisco would be fun to take visitors. This is the new Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters located off the toll road in Frisco. You can take a tour of the facility of the place where the Cowboys train and work out the majority of the year. With the tour, you can see the indoor athletic facility, the NFL draft war room, the Nike Star Walk, the Super Bowl Memorabilia station, and the Grand Atrium. This would be a fun place to visit and take kids as well!

 

Perot Museum

If you have family that would like to stay indoors then visiting the Perot Museum would be a great option. The Perot Museum is a fabulous museum located in the heart of downtown Dallas that is fun for all ages. They have seasoned exhibits and 3D shows you can see as extras but just visiting the general museum is fun for most. From dinosaurs to birds to weather and engineering there is something for everyone. They even have a great children’s area that is located at the bottom that is for the younger crew.

Celebration Station Park

If you have a crew that would like to be outdoors, then spending the day at Celebration Station Park in Allen would be so much fun. They have several tables you can reserve for a party or picnic so plan ahead. If you go during the summer months they have a great splash pad that is fun for all ages. Year round they have a large playground area that is so much fun. The park is equipped with several restrooms and large fields to play sports on as well.

 

Downtown McKinney

Care to do some outside shopping and dining in a small town atmosphere? Downtown McKinney is the perfect place to do this! It’s a perfect ‘square’ that is filled with shops/antiques and several eateries around the area. McKinney has several festivals and yearly celebrations including a totally cute 4th of July parade and a Scare on the Square event held every October. It’s a great place to check out!

 

Here are some other ideas from Plano Moms:

  • Go see a Frisco Rough Riders Game
  • Visit Hurricane Harbor
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Ft. Worth Stockyards
  • Little Elm Sandy Beach
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Lake Park (Lake Lewisville)
  • Watter’s Creek in Allen (shopping/eating)

What other ideas do you have? Tell us in the comments and we’ll add them to the list of good places!

 

Take a Cheap Staycation to Winstar Casino

I don’t know about your summer break but I feel like ours has been flying by. We’ve been so busy with activities and before it was all over we wanted to take a little getaway with our kids.  We needed something close to Dallas area and something that wasn’t too pricey. We ended up going on a cheap getaway to Winstar Casino! Come check out how I managed to get a free room for my family for 2 nights 🙂

take a cheap staycation winstar casino with kids

And before you ask or think badly, no, we did not take kids into the casino part, we only stayed in the resort/hotel part! This was a totally cheap getaway and fun for everyone. Would you believe me if I say that I got our 2-night hotel room totally FREE? Well, I did! A free hotel room! How did I do it? All I had to do was sign up for a player’s club card.

take a cheap staycation winstar casino with kidsAbout 2 years ago I went up with my husband for a day trip (just us) to try our luck and Winstar. We had never been there so we signed up for player’s club cards. It took just a few minutes and then we each had $25 free gambling money on the card, an added bonus! Since then, every month I get vouchers/discounts in the mail for free rooms. The nights are very exclusive and are only during the week (Sundays-Thursdays) so summertime is the perfect time for this to work!!

Summertime is the best time to take kids because that is when their resort style pool is open! This was our free entertainment for the days and the kids had a great time. My 4 year old loved it. My 9-year-old did get a little bored because there were no rides or things she’s used to doing! But all things considered, it was a nice pool with a great pool bar and full service for adults.

I took snacks, breakfast foods, and drinks to save us even more money. The kids had a fabulous time just lounging in the hotel room in pj’s and people watching from the windows. We ordered room service one night and they thought that was the best.

This was a totally doable staycation getaway that was super close. We made it to Winstar in about 90 minutes or less with no traffic and it was fun to get away from Dallas for a few nights. We were definitely not the only ones with kids at Winstar. It was packed with families just like us.

Have you ever taken kids to Winstar? This would also make a great Mommy/Daddy getaway or a Mom’s Night Away too! What is your favorite staycation idea? Check out our top staycation ideas that are close to Dallas. 

10 Plano Date Spots for You and Your Kid

Feeling like you need some quality time with your little one? Take them on a date! There’s no need to go far when Plano offers so many spots for parent-child fun. Read on to find your next adventure!

1. Go to a play

Catch a show at Plano Children’s Theatre! Upcoming productions include Bugsy Malone, the story of two rival gangs living in a city only populated by children, and Skippyjon Jones featuring a little kitten with big ears from the beloved children’s book.

2. Practice your best manners at high tea

Put on your Sunday best and treat your little one to a Children’s Tea at Into My Garden in Plano.

3. Have a spa day

Head to Sweet and Sassy for a boy’s or girl’s haircut in a fun and kid-friendly environment!

4. Dive into play

Stop by the Playstreet Museum for a fun day of play and exploration.

5. Go on a walk at the nature preserve

Not just any walk- make it an exploratory walk at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve! Let your child set the pace- while their dawdling might normally make you want to tear your hair out, embrace it on this leisurely stroll.

6. Heritage Farmstead Museum

You’ll have tons of fun at the Heritage Farmstead Museum– visit a one room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and kitchen garden, and learn about life on the farmstead!

7. Horseback riding

Try out a horseback riding lesson at Mill-Again Stables

8. Storytime at the Interurban Railway Museum

Did you know that there’s a storytime every Friday at the Interurban Railway Museum? Take a magical train ride through the tales of professional storyteller Genie Hammel and her sidekick Eugene the Motor Mouse!

9. Chat over a cup of coffee/cocoa

Head to your local coffee shop for a sweet treat, some quality time, and great conversation with your little one.

10. Make something together

Carefree Colors hosts family painting classes where you can spend an afternoon painting, laughing, and exploring your creative side!

 

Drop into the best kids’ classes around Dallas with Pearachute! Get more info here.