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

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Dallas Halloween Survival Guide 2016

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When the stores start to stock up on giant bags of candy, costumes in every shape and size, and spooky decorations, you know it’s time to start thinking about Halloween! It still feels like summer in Dallas, so if you’re not careful, Halloween can be a ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ holiday.

Of course your kiddos won’t let you completely forget about Halloween – they might have already been planning their costumes with their friends for weeks – but no one gives mom a list to make the most out of Halloween in Dallas. Thankfully we’ve got you covered with the best local tips, resources, and celebrations to kill it this Halloween. (Figuratively, of course)


Shop Smart for Dallas Halloween

Don’t get caught without a costume at the last minute! If you’re planning to buy your costumes, check out local consignment sales and children’s consignment shops to get a great deal on a slightly used costume. The catch with shopping consignment is that it’s best to shop early for the best selection. Here are a few consignment shops:

Another great option for used costumes is local Facebook ‘garage sale’ groups. You can find these groups by searching on Facebook for “(Your Community) Garage Sale” or “Buy/Sell/Trade (Your Community)”.


Visit a DFW Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patches around DFW are often open from the beginning of October through Halloween, so they are the perfect way to get a little more use out of your Halloween costume and have Fall fun throughout the month. You can get some adorable pumpkin pictures (without the stress of trick-or-treating) and pick out a pumpkin to carve at home. Here are some of the best Pumpkin Patches throughout Dallas/Fort Worth and in the surrounding areas:


Find a Trick or Treat Alternative

City squares, businesses, and churches throughout the metroplex host Fall Festivals and events where kids can get their face painted, play carnival games, jump in bounce houses, and of course get lots of candy. Though they are only one day, these festivals are typically free or very low-cost. They are a great alternative to trick-or-treating if your little ones are too young to stay out late at night (or if your neighborhood isn’t very generous!). Check the websites of churches or towns near you, or you can check out one of these Fall Festivals:


Check Out Museums, Zoos and More

From ‘Boo at the Zoo’ to a Star Wars themed night, your favorite Dallas/Fort Worth children’s activities are hosting fun activities for little ones. Here are a couple of the best options to check out this Fall:


Something for the Older Crowd

If your teenagers are looking for something a little less Charlie Brown and a little more Walking Dead, they will want to check out Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. While the park is more family-friendly during the day, after the sun goes down you’ll see ghouls, goblins, and zombies roaming along the midways. They also have Haunted Houses and Scarezones throughout the park. Fright Fest runs September 24-October 31.


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Did I miss your favorite Dallas Halloween survival trick? Share the tips, tricks, and local events that help you survive Halloween in Dallas with kids in the comments below!

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Christmas at the Hilton Anatole

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The Hilton Anatole is one of Dallas’ best conference hotels, but you might be surprised to know that it is ideal for a Holiday Staycation with the whole family. In the past, they have thrown a huge Christmas bash called Sparkle! complete with bounce houses and an ice skating rink. With construction underway for their upscale, resort-style pool complex (opening in summer 2016) well underway, the festivities were a bit different this year, but they were absolutely perfect for our family.

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Christmas at the Hilton Anatole might just be your new favorite Christmas experience in Dallas. We loved that it checked everything off our Christmas list and it was right in our backyard! The best part was getting away from the hustle and bustle for the whole evening and spending time with our little family of three right before Christmas.

When you check in to the Hilton Anatole, you will be greeted by a giant Christmas tree right in the lobby.

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Check-in was fast (which is helpful when you have a two-year-old who keeps asking to “see me Santa” every 30 seconds) and the staff was incredibly helpful arranging for a portable crib to be delivered to our room.

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We didn’t even have time to see our room before our weekend got started with a Winter Wonderland Marionette show. In a tucked-away theater situated beneath the tower lobby, Le Theatre De Marionette puts on a show that reminds me of a production you would see in a little theater somewhere across Europe.

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The puppets are intricately hand-carved in a wood shop in Denton, TX. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprise, but I will say the show kept my toddler’s attention and she saw several of her favorite characters!

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After the marionette show, we went up to our room to take a nap. We were impressed at this well-appointed room and it was so fun to look out and see the city of Dallas!

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Then we went down for dinner at the Media Bar + Grill, which was absolutely delicious, and enjoyed walking around the hotel looking at all the Christmas decorations.

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We watched a Christmas movie in the Batik before swimming in the resort pool for a few minutes and headed to bed.

Christmas at the Anatole - Things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth for Christmas - The Dallas MomOur toddler could hardly wait to get started the next morning. As soon as she was dressed, she was at our hotel door saying “Santa!” We got on the glass elevator to see that the hotel was starting to wake up for Breakfast with Santa.

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Breakfast with Santa was simply perfect. The breakfast buffet was full of eggs, bacon, a pancake and oatmeal bar, and more.

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Just as we were finishing breakfast, Happy the Elf announced that Santa was on his way! Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Happy the Elf visited each table. They spent several minutes talking and interacting with our daughter before moving on to Story Time with Santa.

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When Santa finished his story, they opened the slides we had heard about all morning (“Mama, slide please?”) and we started a Christmas Scavenger Hunt that included decorating gingerbread cookies, face painting, ornaments, Hot Chocolate, and more.

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After the scavenger hunt, it was time for us to head back to reality, but not before getting a few pictures with the big man, himself!

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We loved our stay at the Hilton Anatole – it is definitely at the top of our “Must See” list of things to do in Dallas for Christmas.

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Have you been to Christmas at the Anatole? What was your family’s favorite part? I can’t wait to see what the Hilton Anatole has planned for next Christmas!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and tickets for the purposes of providing this review. Click here for more information.

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Texas Christkindl Market: German Christmas Celebration in Arlington, TX

Authentic German Christmas at the Texas Christkindl Market. This post is in partnership with the Arlington CVB who provided complimentary experiences to facilitate this review. Of course, I wouldn’t share anything I didn’t love and all opinions expressed are my own. #TXChristkindlGerman Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, Texas - Things to Do in Dallas for Families - The Dallas Mom

My family and I had the opportunity to visit the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX this past weekend. If you are looking for a unique Christmas experience without traveling outside of DFW, this is a must-see event this holiday season.

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Located in Arlington right outside of Globe Life Park, this open air German Marketplace is brimming with holiday cheer.

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When you arrive, you’ll notice dozens of vendors selling all kinds of food, clothing, and goods. Some of these people are selling items actually made in Germany, like the German Christmas Shop selling intricate pieces created by artisans at their small woodworking shop in Niederfrohna, Germany.

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They had authentic German food like Spaetzle (German mac n’ cheese) and Strudel.

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If you’ve had a hankering since the State Fair has ended, they even had Fletcher’s Corny Dogs!

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One of our favorite parts of the morning was the live band. They were playing updated versions of classic Christmas songs, which made the whole event feel alive. Of course, we have a little dancer who couldn’t help but show off a bit!

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We also loved the Kinder Market, where you could meet St. Nick at the Santa Haus, build a gingerbread house, ride a carousel, and throw snow at Santa’s Snow Playground.

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Overall, we just loved spending a Saturday together enjoying ourselves and making a few memories. We will definitely be back next year for this one-of-a-kind event!

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When

Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2015
Sunday-Friday: Noon – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Where

Adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Road to Six Flags & Nolan Ryan Expressway

Cost

FREE admission and parking (there is a cost for activities and food)

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For more information including events, times, and vendors, visit the Texas Christkindl event on their website or on Facebook.

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Texas Christkindl Market – German Christmas Celebration

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Texas Cristkindl Market  is a month long celebration of German Christmas traditions at Globe Life Park in Arlington!

Sports-lovers might know Arlington, Texas as home of the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park. Thrill seekers come from all over North Texas to experience Six Flags Over Texas. Throughout the holidays though, Arlington transforms into a winter wonderland, hosting a number of unique events designed to create memories. Families will love the Arlington Parade of Lights, Holiday in the Park, and the Interlochen Lights.

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One experience that is sure to be unique is the Texas Christkindl Market. In its fifth year, this authentic German marketplace is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest. Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this free, family-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations, and unique one-of-a-kind finds. Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and indulge in authentic German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and entertainment.

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Texas Christkindl Market runs from Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Here are some things I know families will love:

  • Storytelling
  • Riding the Carousel
  • Pony Rides
  • Snow Playground and Snow Throw
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop
  • North Pole Texas Marionette Show
  • Santa Haus to meet St. Nick.

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Though entry to the market is free, there is a cost for activities. For more information including special events and vendors, visit www.TXChristkindlmarket.com. Of find Texas Christkindl Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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The Best Pumpkin Patch in Dallas: Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

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Is there anything more perfectly ‘Fall’ than a trip to the Pumpkin Patch? Tons of activities, delicious fall treats, beautiful pumpkins, and of course the most perfect back drop for those adorable fall pictures! We live in North Texas, so we scoured the internet for the best Pumpkin Patch in Dallas, and I think we may have found it!

Pumpkin Patch (10 of 52)We have been itching to experience a few things from our list of 10 Family Friendly Fall Activities list. Now that the weather in Dallas has finally ventured below 80 (for the most part), we decided it was time to break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots, and hit the road. Of course, the day we chose to go it was a warm 78 degrees, so we ditched the jackets and opted to take our fall pictures in our short sleeves!

Every mom I know had been telling us about the ‘most glorious pumpkin patch in all the land’ – The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. Now that I have a little one to introduce to the joys of fall, I knew it was time to test their theory.

I must say that I wholeheartedly agree – Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is the Best Pumpkin Patch in North Texas!

Pumpkin Patch (23 of 52)When you arrive, you are greeted by a friendly moose and you will drive past well over 100 character cutouts. Parking is $5, but everything inside is free! Our little girl was too small for most of the attractions, but they had several inflatables, a hay maze, a pumpkin house, hay rides, and a playground.

Of course my favorite part was the giant field of pumpkins. We went at towards the end of the season, so I was expecting the selection to be limited, but they still had a ton of pumpkins! We were able to take our time and get as many family pictures as we liked. There were other people in the fields, but the fields weren’t overly crowded and we were able to avoid the other people for the most part.

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I don’t know if your family will love the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, but I know it will be a tradition for our family for years to come!

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What are your favorite family friendly Fall traditions? Share in the comments below!

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I did not receive compensation from Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch for this post – I just loved our trip to Flower Mound, and I think you might, too!