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!
In addition, you can enjoy the:
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:
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!
A highlight of our year in Downtown Plano Arts District, is the annual Steinfest Festival at Haggard Park
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.
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.
For 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!
Why 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!
One 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
New 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!
Photo credits: Downtown Plano Arts District, Steinfest.org and Facebook
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
What other ideas do you have? Tell us in the comments and we’ll add them to the list of good places!
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:
Pearachute gets your family into the best kids classes and locations in town – all at the touch of a button and all for one affordable rate. It’s never been easier to try out art class, drop into kids yoga or give soccer and ballet a try.
You know that you want to spend time together as a family once the weekend rolls around, but there are only so many times you can visit the same old neighborhood playground. Switch up your weekend routine by exploring the best that Plano has to offer with unique drop-in classes for the whole family! Read on for a guide to filling your weekend with quality classes that your kids will love.
Start your weekend with some music! The Little Wing program at School of Rock offers 4-6-year-olds the chance to develop the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to children’s’ growth, whether it’s through new friendships, shared musical experiences or the joy that comes from learning to play a song for the first time. Link: School of Rock
Keep your child’s mind active over the weekend by checking out the science programs at STEAM and Robotics. These multi-leveled classes allow students ages 7-14 to work with an individual robotics kit at their own pace to create a unique project that they will take pride in!
Link: STEAM and Robotics
At a certain point in your weekend, you might be looking for some alone time. Luckily, Adventure Kids Playcare offers drop-off open play! Drop off the kids for supervised playtime while you take a break for a lunch date, a mani-pedi, or just some time to do your grocery shopping.
Link: Adventure Kids Playcare
Your little ones will never be more ready for naptime than after a bounce session at Bounce U. All ages can come, so it’s the perfect class for the whole family to check out!
Link: Bounce U Plano
Family painting at Carefree Colors
Break away from the screen and explore your creative side by spending a carefree afternoon painting together with your kids, ages 5-12. At the end of the day, you’ll all have a masterpiece to take home!
Link: Carefree Colors
Never tried Jiu-Jitsu before? Drop-in to try it out with no commitment! Jiu-Jitsu helps kids develop self-control, self-confidence, and skills to handle disputes with other children in a peaceful manner. Classes are offered for kids ages 3-14 and consist of physical exercises, self-defense techniques, and educational games that are used to strengthen a child’s coordination, agility, and flexibility.
Link: Gracie Gym
Work up an appetite and fill those pesky pre-dinner hours by taking a family trip to the pool. Mom and Dad can get moving and the kids can develop their water skills at family open swim!
Fill your weekend with memorable experiences that will keep your family feeling connected throughout the week. Book through Pearachute to find even more events and classes in Plano!
Permanent offer: Plano Moms can try their first month on a Pearachute 3 Class Plan for only $1! Simply create a free account on PearachuteKids.com and use promo code PLANO1 at checkout to redeem this offer! (New customers only.)
Now that summer is upon us we get the job of keeping the school-aged kids entertained all day. There are lots to do in Plano and surrounding cities but all these places can cost money and will quickly add up fast! If you’re on a budget like most of us, here are some free or cheap things to do with kids!
Dallas Museum of Art: Free family fun on 1st Tues of the month has a free general admission.
Build and Take: Places like Home Depot and Lowes offer monthly kids’ build and take home activities. Each store offers something different each month so call ahead and see when the next date is. Most take reservations so call ahead!
KidsBowlFree: Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling all day every day all summer long!
Plano Library Story Time: This is fun for little kids and totally free. Each library in Plano has daily story time and other fun activities. Check the library website for more info.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve: This is a great park and walking area in Plano. You can bring a picnic or bikes and make a day of it. Lots to do here and totally free!
Frisco Safety Town This is located in Frisco and great for the younger crew. All tours and visits are free. You are to call ahead and make sure they are available but it would be fun for a Mom’s meet-up playdate. The kids would love it!
Founder’s Plaza This is near DFW airport and would be fun for any kids interested in airplanes! You can watch planes take off and land all in one safe place.
Cabellas: Look at boats, ride on tractors, see hunting gear, and see fish. This would be a fun field trip for the younger crowd and FREE!
Interurban Railroad Museum: This is a free vintage train car located in Haggard Park that you can tour and learn about. It’s open daily and they even offer a weekly story time!
Splash Pads: There are several splash pad parks around the area that offer free water fun. You just bring a towel and some sunscreen and you’re good to go!
McKinney Avenue Trolley: This is totally free and so fun! You can hop on the trolley, ride around Dallas a little bit and then hop off. Kids would love this!
Dallas Zoo: Getting a yearly membership can totally pay for itself in a few visits. This would be fun for the family and you can take food/drinks to save money. The new hippo center just opened up! Have you seen it yet?
Nickelmania ($2ish per person) admission, Most games cost 2-3 nickels. This is not totally free but it’s pretty cheap entertainment. You can also bring in your own food!
Discount Movies: On Tuesdays movie at Cinemark (Movies 10) $1.50 admission or check out Cinemark’s Summer Clubhouse movie schedule. You can see 10 movies for $5!
Klyde Warren Park: Make a day trip into Dallas and ride to DART train to the park. Dart tickets would be around $2 per person and then you can either bring food into the park or eat from the awesome food trucks there!
Farmers Markets There are several Farmer’s Markets around the area including a brand new on to Plano that is open on Sundays. These markets usually have lots to check out and see. You can get local produce and crafts at great prices. Being outside and getting fresh air and exercise is always a plus!
What else can we do for free (or cheap) to keep the kids entertained? Tell us your ideas!
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
As kids get older, they like to get out of the house and be busy doing something fun. Here are some ideas of fun places to take older kids.
Obstacle Warrior Kids $10 an hour
Altitude Trampoline Parks (Richardson) Call for prices and hours
Allen Wake Park $20 for 1-hour ride, rentals not included. This is a fun up and coming sport that older kids will love!
Jumpstreet 8 and older $13.99
Urban Air Trampoline Park 1 hour jump pass $12.99
Paint n’ Party Walk-in’s welcome, price depends on what you paint. This is great for kids that are creative and want a calming activity.
Go Ape: Obstacle and zip line in Oak Point Park (only for 10 years and older) Search for a Groupon, this can be expensive.
Nickelmania: A fun and cheap place to play games! $1.95 per person for admission. Follow them on Facebook for coupons and prizes.
Amazing Jakes: $28.99 per person but that includes the pizza buffet and rides and video games.
Strikz: (Frisco) bowling, laser tag, and more! Prices depend on what you do.
Whirly Ball: A great place for older kids, normal prices are $15 per hour, per person.
Thunderbird Rolling Rink: Check the site for prices but most prices are $6 per person.
Top Golf: $20 per hour, fun for lots of ages!
Have younger kids? Check out our ideas for fun places to take younger kids.
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!