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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

My Top 10 Summer Fun List for Kids & Moms too!

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.  

  1. Public libraries
    We are blessed with some of the best libraries around and all at our doorstep.  They offer amazing programs over the summer and at the very least, we go and borrow some books and dvd’s for those afternoons where it’s just too hot to play outside.  They offer summer camps and summer reading programs.  Look online for more details.

2. Movies

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. 

4. Pools 
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.

7. Bowling

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.

8. Rollerskating

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

9. Zoos
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

Plano Water Party

There’s a contest going on right now through America’s Main Streets and Plano has made it to the quarter-finals! If Plano wins the contest, the city will hold a huge water party in downtown! Wouldn’t a Plano Water Party be so much fun??

The goal of the America’s Main Streets contest is to help promote the importance and strong economic benefits of these Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. Please help us by nominating and telling us about Plano as a deserving Main Street.

The lucky town winner will receive $25,000!! Water balloons, dunk tanks, super-soakers, and water slides for everyone if we win. You can help by voting every day through May 28th here: voteandsoak.com  You can vote once a day but tell your friends and spread the word!

I’ll see you at the Plano Water Party!

Haggard Park

If you are going to be around downtown Plano with kids then visiting Haggard Park is a must see! Haggard Park is a great playground and walking area with pretty trees and lots to offer people nestled in the heart of downtown Plano, east of Central Expressway. Come check out Haggard Park!

Visiting downtown Plano? Come check out Haggard Park!

Haggard Park Amenities

Playground, Interurban Railway Museum, Restrooms, grass area to play, pond, gazebo, walking path, access to DART train, restaurants across the street in downtown Plano.

Haggard Park would be a great place to host a party but do note there are no covered areas or pavilions.  They do offer lots of tables scattered throughout the grounds. Many outdoor events take place at Haggard Park including Summer movies at the Park and even outdoor weddings. It’s also a great place to take family photos!

Check out this video all about Haggard Park.

The Interurban Railway Museum is located on site of Haggard Park and is free. Hours are 10am-2pm Mon-Fri and Sat 1pm-5pm closed on Sundays. This is free and they also have a story time that children would enjoy every Friday at 10:30 am.

Haggard Park

If you are going to be near downtown, Haggard Park is a must stop! The Farmer’s Market is across the street and all of downtown Plano restaurants are within distance. Visiting the park and enjoying some lunch or dinner would make Haggard Park a nice family fun day out in Plano.

Are you looking for another nice park for your kids to play and have fun? Check out this review on Lonestar Park in Plano or Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Plano? Check out these 5 Things to do in Plano!