Celebrating at Medieval Times

Thank you to Medieval Times for having us out for a fantastic evening.

Lords and Ladies, welcome to the majesty, royalty, and splendor of Medieval Times!

If your family loves being whisked away to magical lands and faraway times, you’ll love spending an exciting evening at Medieval Times. Full of princesses and knights, falcons and horses, jousting and sword fighting, there is never a dull moment inside the castle.

We have two birthdays during the month of February in our family and going to Medieval Times is one of our favorite way to celebrate in Dallas.

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You’ll be asked to arrive at the castle 75 minutes prior to show time. Seats are first come, first served, and most shows sell out. While there’s not a bad seat in the house, if you want to be front and center, arrive early!

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When you arrive, you’ll be assigned a seat and a color section.

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You’ll get a crown and the opportunity to take photos with the princess and the king. You can even dress up, if you’d like. 

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There’s plenty to do while you wait to be admitted into the show. Our favorite thing to do is to watch the horses in their stalls. They really are beautiful animals. They also have some knights available for photos and sometimes the falconer will bring out the falcon.

They have a torture museum, which is too intense for our little ones, but it can be fascinating for older kids who are learning about the medieval period in school.

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About 30 minutes before the show starts, they will do some special presentations for birthdays and other celebrations and 15 minutes prior to show time, you’re allowed to enter the arena.

The Meal

The meal is really delicious! It’s “chicken on the bone” as my 3 and 5 year old call it – which is really nicely seasoned roasted chicken. They also offer potatoes, corn, soup, toast, and dessert. 

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Of course, it’s served just like the medieval days, which means no silverware! (They do have wet napkins, though, which are a life saver!) That’s not much different from a normal evening at our house – does anyone have any tips for getting a 3 and 5 year old to use their silverware normally!?

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They also serve Pepsi, Unsweet Tea, and Lemonade to drink.

The Show

The show is really beautifully done – a full 90 minutes of entertainment. You’ll hoot and holler for your knight while shouting “boooooo” at the other team’s knights. I don’t want to spoil too much, so you can be surprised when you visit, but it is a great time!

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We love celebrating birthdays, holidays, and everything in between at Medieval Times and I know you will love it, too. Find out more about the Dallas castle and purchase tickets by clicking here:

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Weekly Swimming Lessons – Does It Matter?

This summer here on the blog and over on Instagram, I’ve been partnering with Goldfish Swim School in Carrollton, TX to share all the benefits of a dedicated swim school. Today I want to talk about weekly swimming lessons and whether they make a difference.

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Weekly Swimming Lessons – Does It Matter?

A lot of summer swimming lessons revolve around the 30-minutes 4-days-a-week for 2-weeks format. If you have the time during the summer, this can be a great supplementary activity for kids.

If you’re looking for your kids to develop swimming and safety skills that will last, I would recommend looking into weekly swimming lessons like they have at Goldfish Swim School. Here are a few reasons why this format matters.

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Safety

One of the biggest reasons we started going to swimming lessons is because I wanted my kids to be safe around the water. Even more than developing the skills to become the next great Olympic Swimmer, I want them to know what to do if they fall into a pool – how to swim to the side and climb out of the pool.

Of course we live in Dallas, Texas, which means there are pool parties every week during the summer. As a mom of two kids, I am vigilant about keeping a close eye (and hand) on my kids when we’re at the pool, but I know accidents can happen.

When they practice skills like rolling over to float on their backs, turning to find the wall, swimming to the wall, and climbing out each week. Those skills are getting engraved into them until they become muscle memory. That kind of repetition over time is invaluable when learning safety skills.

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Consistent Teachers

As an adult, you are more likely to know and trust someone you see week after week. Kids feel the same way! I have been so impressed with the quality and consistency of teachers at Goldfish Swim School. It’s obvious that the teachers aren’t high schoolers who took a short training course to be certified to teach swimming lessons for the summer.

These are dedicated teachers who really care about seeing your kids progress. At the end of each lesson, they will have something for your child to work on throughout the week. They remember their strengths and weaknesses from week to week and help them improve.

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Flexible Make Up Schedule

If you’re paying for swimming lessons, you really want to get the most out of your time and funds. Unlike a quick summer swim session, Goldfish Swim School has a very flexible schedule where you can make up classes or change class times as long as you’re enrolled in their program.

As a mom, I can say that makes it so much easier than making sure we’re free for two whole weeks at a time during the summer.

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These are just a few of the reasons weekly lessons have made such a difference for our family this summer. If you want to find out more about the benefits of weekly swimming lessons and Goldfish Swim School in Carrollton, TX, check out their website and following them on Instagram.

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The Phantom of the Opera at Dallas Summer Musicals

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Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has come to Dallas, and let me tell you – it’s incredible.
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Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals and Broadway Across America at The Music Hall at Fair Park, it is showing from December 19 through January 6.
You may already know the story of Phantom of the Opera, but this production breathes fresh life into a familiar tale.
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This brand new North American tour features elaborate new sets. A highlight was a rotating piece that creatively housed several different settings. I especially loved the creative treatment of the Phantom’s lair.
We were invited into the theater ahead of the production to see the show’s legendary chandelier being outfitted with a few special effects of it’s own. This priceless piece weighs 2,000 pounds and travels with the production from city to city for this tour.
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We also got to see a few of the costumes up close, including the Phantom’s famous cape. All the beads on the gowns are hand sewn. While a lot of the costumes are reproductions, a few pieces from the original show have been passed town to this tour.
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You will hear all your favorite songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and (my personal favorite) “Masquerade” performed by an impressive cast and orchestra of 52 performers.
It’s always a good idea to arrive early to performances at Dallas Summer Musical. If you have time to eat, they have a fine dining buffet available at the Crystal Terrace (you’ll probably want to make reservations ahead of time) or quick and casual dining at the Bistro upstairs.
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To purchase tickets, visit DallasSummerMusicals.org, call 800-745-3000 or visit the Music Hall at Fair Park’s Box Office at 909 1st Avenue, Dallas TX 75210. Ticket prices start at $26 (pricing subject to change).

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

Enchant Christmas – The Best New Holiday Experience in DFW

We visited Enchant Christmas this past week and we were absolutely blown away. It was a blast!

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The area was huge – the beloved Christkindyl Market was featured with some really unique vendors.

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They also had more food trucks than I’ve ever seen in one location. Our favorites were Truck to Table – you must try the Brisket Nachos. You will dream about them!

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And my forever favorite is The Butcher’s Son. Their Beef-n’-Cheesy Slider is the stuff of legends.

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As soon as my 3-year-old saw the ice skating ring, she immediately started begging to skate.

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We got dinner and walked around for a bit enjoying the live music.

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But the only thing on my daughter’s mind was skating.

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Of course, as soon as she put on her ice skates, she completely melted down. I knew she was just nervous, so I made her go out and try it anyway (when else is she going to be able to skate outdoors on real ice in the middle of Dallas!?).

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Halfway around the rink, she was giggling and saying it was her FAVORITE thing ever.

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In fact when they were taking off their skates at the end of the night, she told me she was going to be an ice skater in the Olympics.

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After skating, we made our way to the star attraction – the light maze. You can see the shining lights as you walk up to Enchant, so we were very excited to check it out.

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When you walk in, you’re given a card from Santa asking you to help him find the reindeer. It’s a cute activity for the kiddos while the adults just enjoy the beauty of the lights.

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I love that there were different sections of lights. One part featured giant ornaments while another had snowflakes.

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There was a gorgeous hall of hanging lights and a field that looked like ice shards from Elsa’s palace.

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Of course there were also all of the giant reindeer.

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I won’t ruin the surprise, but Santa has a little treat for anyone who successfully finds all his reindeer.

It was an incredible night and we would absolutely visit again. I think Enchant Christmas has just become our family’s new favorite Holiday tradition!

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Enchant Christmas runs through December 31st. Find more details on their website: http://www.enchantchristmas.com

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Free Printable: Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti

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Did you know that tomorrow is National Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? I have one question…how have I not known about this my entire life!?

Well, I thought today’s free print was especially appropriate because nothing says kindness like a warm chocolate chip cookie. I hope you enjoy this Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti Free Printable. Please let me know if the comments below if you have any requests for free prints in the future. I’ll do my best to make it happen!

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Whatever you do with this free print – let me see! Tag @TheDallasMom anywhere on social media and I’ll repost some of the best photos.

Enjoy!The Dallas Mom Signiture

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5 Things to Do in Dallas when the Kids are Out of School

5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of School

School’s out for summer! Of course, that means there are about 100 days of summer vacation to fill.

Now, I have no problem letting my kids get bored. Most of their summer days are spent making up things to do on their own. They might build a pirate ship out of sand in the backyard, make a puppet show with scraps of paper, or crate a band out of everything they can get their hands on in my kitchen.

But sometimes the Texas sun has us stuck indoors for days on end and we get a bit of cabin fever. It’s times like these I love living in Dallas because there is no shortage of fabulous things to do. Here are our Top 5 Cabin Fever Remedies.

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Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex

There are tons of ways to get wet, but our top pick gives you a lot of bang for your buck! Just north of Dallas proper, you will the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. For less than $10, your kids can spend an entire day at the pool.

5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of SchoolI love that there is something for everyone – from the littlest kiddos who can play in the one-foot-deep splash area to the most daring pre-teen who can dive off the diving boards and ride a few waterslides. Moms will love that there’s plenty of shade and a convenient parking lot that isn’t a mile away.

Dallas Zoo

This year for Easter, we chose to forego the plastic baskets full of chocolate and instead get our family season passes to the Dallas Zoo. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. We’ve already been several times this year and on our last visit we got to see a baby tiger, a baby elephant, and the brand new hippo exhibit.

5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of SchoolIn addition to the exhibits and programs, they have a great little kids area with a petting zoo and a stream they can splash in.

5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of SchoolThe best part? The incredible naps my kids took when we got home!

Mayor’s Summer Reading Program

Learning doesn’t have to stop while the kids are out of school. The Dallas Public Library has a fantastic summer reading program that will draw kids in with prizes and keep them reading all summer long. This summer, kids can earn free books and prizes like tickets to a Mavs game, the Dallas Zoo, or Dallas Children’s Theater.

Coppell Farmer’s Market

Of course, there are dozens of Farmer’s Markets throughout DFW. Some of the best are the Dallas Farmer’s Market and White Rock Lake Market. But we have found a gem in the Coppell Farmer’s Market.

Coppell Farmer's Market - 5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of SchoolWe love it because I can visit the Farmer’s Market then the kids can play on the playground and on the splash pad – it’s a win for everyone!

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

I don’t think I will ever stop singing the Perot Museum’s praises. Filled with hands-on activities and educational experiences, kids of all ages will burn energy and use their brains.

5 Things to Do in Dallas when Kids are Out of SchoolSome of our favorite parts of the museum are the Engineering and Innovation Hall and the Children’s Museum in the basement. If you have littles don’t miss the sand pit outside the Children’s Museum where mini paleontologists can dig for dinosaur bones.

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Those are our family’s Top 5 Things to Do in Dallas when the kids are out of school! Did I miss your favorite? Share it in the comments below!

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Freebie: Stars and Stripes Free Printable

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I hope you are having a fabulously HOT week in Dallas! We have been to 3 different pools plus a splash park AND I have our little mini pool set up in the back yard – we are definitely in Texas!

Today, I just wanted to pop in and share a cute Free Printable just in time for the Fourth of July. You can use this printable as a decoration for your backyard BBQ or in your home. You could even give it as a gift with some homemade cookies.

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Whatever you do with it – let me see! Tag @TheDallasMom anywhere on social media and I’ll repost some of your best ideas. Let me know what other free printables you’d like to see and I’ll make them happen!

Happy Summer!The Dallas Mom Signiture

20 Places to Watch Live Sports in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Our family loves watching live sports! It’s the perfect way to get out of the house and do something the whole family can enjoy together. Thankfully in Dallas, there’s no shortage of family-friendly venues to watch live sports. All throughout DFW you’ll find dozens of ways to enjoy sports with the family – here are 20 Great Ways to Watch Live Sports in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

  1. Frisco RoughRiders – Semi-Professional Baseball20+ Places to Watch Live Sports in Dallas | The Dallas Mom
  2. Dallas Sidekicks – Semi-Professional Soccer
  3. Texas Rangers – Professional Baseball
  4. NASCAR Sprint Cup
  5. Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo
  6. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie – Horse Racing
  7. Dallas Cowboys – Professional Football
  8. FC Dallas – Professional Soccer
  9. Allen Americans – Semi-Professional Hockey
  10. Dallas Mavericks – Professional Basketball
  11. Dallas Stars – Professional Hockey
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  13. TCU Horned Frogs
  14. UTA Mavericks
  15. Baylor Bears
  16. Texas A&M Aggies
  17. University of Texas Longhorns
  18. The Cotton Bowl – College Football
  19. Dallas Wings – WNBA Basketball
  20. WOGA Gymnastics Classic – Jr. and Sr. Level Gymnastics Competition

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Sporting Events are a great way to spend a family night in DFW! Did I miss your favorite sporting venue or event? Share your favorite spot to watch live sports in the comments below.

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Exploring the Bishop Arts District: 5 Must-See Shops & Restaurants

Experience the best of the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, TX with these 5 Must-See Spots.

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If you live in Dallas and you haven’t experienced the Bishop Arts District, you are definitely missing out! It’s full of fabulous restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and pie! What else could you want!? These two blocks tucked in the middle of Oak Cliff are packed with fun finds you won’t find anywhere else.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District

1. Lockhart Smokehouse

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It might sound odd when talking about a BBQ joint, but when we take out-of-towners to Lockhart Smokehouse, we always make sure they try the bread pudding. Whether it’s s’mores bread pudding, cinnamon roll bread pudding, or whisky bread pudding, you’ll be in for a treat! Check out their Facebook page for their daily offerings.

2. DIRT

DIRT is a flower shop with an edge! Their unique arrangements and eclectic furnishings will inspire you to rethink your garden. You might leave searching for vintage library catalogs and busted pianos to renovate your garden. Their arrangements are unique and some are one-of-a-kind. They say, “It is our mission to use what’s found, what can be saved, re-purposed, and re-imagined before anything else.” Which is exactly what makes DIRT so special.

3. We are 1976

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We are 1976 is one of my favorite stores in Dallas. They feature lovely cards, prints, and gifts made by local artists and designers.

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My favorite part of this hole-in-the-wall shop is their workshops. Every month, you can learn skills like modern calligraphy, letterpress, and printing business cards. It’s a creative person’s paradise!

4. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

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If your kiddos love grilled cheese, but you’d like something a little more sophisticated, the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. is the perfect compromise.

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You must check out their specialities like The Favorite (Parmesan-crusted grilled sourdough with American, aged Cheddar and Gruyére cheeses, crumbled bacon, Dijon mustard) and their Spicy Two-Pork & Cheese (Grilled sourdough, honey compound butter, ham, bacon, Swiss, aged Cheddar, spicy jam). Their modern, industrial decor makes this restaurant a must-see spot.

5. Emporium Pies

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If you need some help convincing your kids (or husband) to visit the Bishop Arts District with you, just tell them about Emporium Pies. This little bakery in what looks like an old house at the end of the Bishop Arts District is the perfect way to end an afternoon exploring. The only bad part about visiting Emporium Pies is deciding which pieces of their freshly-made pies to try. (But don’t fret over it too much, because you’ll definitely be back!)

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I always love the Lord of the Pies – an indulgent deep dish apple pie with a cinnamon streusel topping, while my hubby prefers the Snowball – a creamy coconut cream pie in a decadent flaky crust. My daughter is much less picky – she will eat any piece of pie you put in front of her!

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Whether you visit the Bishop Arts District for date night, a mother-daughter day, or an afternoon with the family, you won’t be disappointed. There are so many places to explore – I didn’t even have room to mention Pier 247, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Hunky’s, and Eno’s Pizza! Did I miss your favorite Bishop Arts District spot? Share it in the comments below!

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Enchant Christmas + A Giveaway!

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Are you ready to be enchanted in DFW this Holiday season!?

Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze now touring the U.S. Featuring an outdoor skating pond, Santa’s palace, Texas’ largest Christmas tree, 85 vendor shopping market, food trucks, live entertainment and a VIP area perfect for family outings or a private holiday function. The massive 300,000 square foot event will take place in Arlington at Globe Life Park.

A World of Wonder Awaits with Enchant!

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, the memories you make at Enchant will last well beyond the holiday season. Whether you’re navigating through the world’s largest light maze, gliding around the ice-skating pond, waltzing through the Christmas marketplace, or sharing hot cocoa with your loved ones, you’ll find enchantment around every corner.

Find more details on their website: http://www.enchantchristmas.com

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To help your family celebrate the Holiday season, we are giving away a 4 pack of tickets to the VIP premier of Enchant Christmas! Subscribe to our mailing list to enter: http://eepurl.com/bFnSG5