Goldfish Swim School – Carrollton, TX – What Makes Them Different?

In only three months, my 5-year-old daughter has gone from being afraid to blow bubbles in the bathtub to swimming under water by herself. Goldfish Swim School has completely changed the way she acts in the water and I just have to share!

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I know how important it is to teach my kids safety in and around the water. I have always wanted them to learn to swim both for fun and for their own protection. When Goldfish Swim School reached out to partner with me to showcase their first school in the DFW area, I was so excited. And they have definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Every staff member, from the swim instructors to the ladies working the front desk, have been kind and helpful each week. If you miss a lesson and need to make it up, they are happy to help. If you have a question about your child’s progress, they will take a moment to chat with you about what you can work on at home.

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When you first start swimming lessons, your child will be evaluated to see which class they should join. They’ll also give you a checklist of skills to work on any time you are in the water – things like getting comfortable wearing goggles under water.

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Then you’ll come in for a 30-minute class each week in their heated 90-degree pool. (If you’ve ever tried to do swimming lessons in a cold pool, you KNOW what a big difference that makes!).

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Right now they offer classes Tuesday and Thursday morning and evening and throughout the day on the weekends. They offer different classes at each time slot so even if you have two kids you are trying to coordinate, they will have classes that fit your schedule.

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We have experienced both the mommy-and-me classes for the littlest swimmers and the traditional classes with a few students paired with a teacher. Both formats have been wonderful and it’s obvious the teachers are highly trained to work with kids in the water.

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In three months, my daughter (age five) has learned to hold her breath under water, swim a short distance under water, and float on her back just to name a few skills. My son (age 2.5) know that he needs to turn back towards the wall once he comes in the water, he has learned how to crawl along the wall, and he has overcome his fear of having water on his head.

These may seem like small steps, but they are huge strides for my kids. Each week they are so excited to show me what they’ve learned during the last five minutes of class (during “parent showcase” time).

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Aside from the perfectly heated pool and the phenomenal instructors who get real results, they have amenities that make it easy to go to swimming lessons. When’s the last time you thought it was easy to go to swimming lessons!?

When you come in, they have cubbies for all your gear and distractions for siblings who aren’t in lessons like books, coloring, TV, and even a chalk wall. There is also plenty of room for parent observation.

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They also have showers with tear-free soap for rinsing off after lessons, changing rooms that include a baby seat (as well as a diaper changing station for babies), and family bathrooms to make changing easy.

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Then they have a few features that are just above and beyond what you would expect purely to make a parent’s life easier. They have swimsuit drying stations (so you don’t have to carry a dripping wet swimsuit home in your bag) and a hair drying station with a bench that looks like a surfboard.

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The biggest reason we love Goldfish is because when we had tried swimming lessons in the past, there were tears and fits every single time we drove to lessons.

When we walk into Goldfish with their tropical decor, friendly staff, fun lessons, and extras to make my life easier, there are only smiles. We walk out and my kiddos are asking when they can come to swimming lessons again. That’s what I call a mom win!

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An Evening of Wonder at Medieval Times

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Huzzah and welcome to Medieval Times!

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Prepare to be transported to another time of chivalry and honor inside the castle at Medieval Times.

Your whole family will love spending the evening with princesses and knights. Whether it’s for a special event or an evening out, it’s the perfect way to lose yourself in the magic of the castle. We watched a little boy being knighted for his 8th birthday and chatted with a falcon trainer.

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My kids were talking about this night for weeks. We have been studying Medieval Times as a family, reading through some Magic Treehouse books and the (fabulous) book A Medieval Feast. So my kids were even more excited when stepped through the doors and they got to put on their black and white crowns.

What to Expect at Medieval Times

Doors open 75 minutes before show time and your seats are assigned first-come, first-served.

When you enter the castle, you’ll get crowns in your knight’s color. You’ll have the opportunity to take pictures with a knight or a princess.

Then you walk into the lobby, where you can purchase a souvenir, belly up to the bar, or walk around and take in the sights. Don’t miss seeing the horses up close – they are truly beautiful.

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About 20 minutes before showtime, you will be escorted into the arena by color. Once inside the area, you find your seat and your server arrives to give you some instructions for the evening.

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Then you’ll enjoy your Medieval feast! But parents might want to note – there was no silverware in the Middle Ages, so there’s no silverware here. They also serve Water, Tea, or Pepsi, so plan ahead if you need something else for the littlest Lords and Ladies.

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This was a brand new show we had never seen before and it was really wonderful. I don’t want to spoil too much, but there was action, intrigue, and excitement – totally captivating!

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Our family loved this evening of entertainment and fun and we can’t wait to visit Medieval Times Dallas again!

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Experience the New Show

Is your house filled with little Lords and Ladies of the royal court? Do they like to eat with their hands at the dinner table? Medieval Times is the perfect place to take your family back to the Middle Ages for an incredible night of epic battles and delicious food.

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Tickets: 40% OFF Adults / 20% OFF Kids

For the first time in Medieval Times’ 35-year history, a Queen has taken the throne. Her Majesty Dona Maria Isabella presides over a tournament of knights who gather in celebration to test their skill against one another in a series of games, jousting, and combat.

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The new story brings a series of changes to the show including new costumes, custom-designed and handmade armor, fight scenes, and musical score composed by Dr. Daniel May, who directed and recorded the composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Be among the first to experience the debut of our new show.

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

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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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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.

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  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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Winter at Medieval Times

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“Lords and Ladies, we welcome you to Medieval Times!” Huzzah!

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From the moment we stepped over the drawbridge into the castle at Medieval Times Dallas, we were transported to another era.

Medieval Times - The Dallas MomFull of Kings and Queens, Knights and Princesses, this magical castle is the perfect setting for some fabulous family-friendly entertainment.

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When you walk into the castle, your family will receive your seating assignment and get the opportunity to take a picture with a knight. Then you walk into the lobby, where you can purchase a souvenir, belly up to the bar, or take pictures with some of the Knights from the show (or even a falcon!).

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About 20 minutes before showtime, you will be escorted into the arena by color. Once inside the area, you find your seat and your server arrives to give you some instructions for the evening.

Before long, the show begins and servers start bringing out course after course of a delicious medieval feast. The horses and falcon show off their tricks during dinner and are truly magnificent. After dinner, the real magic begins. A knight arrives to fight for the Princesses’ hand in marriage spurring on a contest of riding, jousting, and sword fighting.

The whole evening is very fast paced and exciting. It is so high energy and by the time a winner is crowned, you feel like you have been truly transported back to Medieval Times.

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Our family loved this evening of entertainment and fun and we can’t wait to visit Medieval Times Dallas again!

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Is your house filled with little Lords and Ladies of the royal court? Do they like to eat with their hands at the dinner table? Medieval Times is the perfect place to take your family back to the Middle Ages for an incredible night of epic battles and delicious food.

Visit this page for more information and to get tickets to the tournament!

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Family Fun at the State Fair of Texas

 

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The annual State Fair of Texas is right around the corner and it’s a great time for families, if you know where to look. Upon first glance, the hundreds of vendors and beer tents might not scream “Family Friendly”, but there are dozens of family activities you can only experience at the State Fair. Here are my Top 12 Family Friendly Activities at the State Fair of Texas:

1. Children’s Petting Zoo

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Our favorite part of the State Fair every year must be the Children’s Petting Zoo. You can pet a giraffe, feed a camel, and watch baby goats and sheep play. One year we actually saw a live birth of a baby sheep! It is definitely one of the best petting zoos I’ve seen – especially with a few more exotic animals like emus, kangaroos, and zebras. Admission into the petting zoo is free, but there is a small cost for food if you’d like to feed the animals.

2. Engaging Shows

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderOne returning show (with a new name) is always a hit with the little ones – ZuZu African Acrobats will be performing daily on the Mattress Firm Stage. You might also want to stick around for the after-dark show, Illumination Sensation. It’s a display of water, lights, dancing, and pyrotechnics right alongside the reflection pool. All new this year on Truck Zone Stage, wood carver Burt Fleming will be turning chunks of wood into works of art.

3. Backyard Circus

In this interactive show, audience members can join the cast! Children will be invited to dress up and join the three ring circus in this fun show just for kids. It’s located at the Colosseum Terrace with shows throughout the afternoon.

4. Big Tex’s Farmyard

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderThis all new area will be packed with interactive exhibits that are as educational as they are fun! Kids can learn how famers produce enough food to feed the world. They will also be able to see live animals like piglets, calves, and hatching chicks. It’s located near the Kids’ Boardwalk and the Wild West Pet Palooza. This fun diversion is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m and is free with State Fair admission.

5. Lone Star Horse Spectacular

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderThis show is all new for 2015, featuring professional horseback riders in a performance that celebrates the history of the Texas State Flag. This show is daily at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. in the Pan Am Arena and is free with State Fair Admission.

6. Little Hands on the Farm

This miniature farm is perfect for little hands to plant seeds, gather eggs, drive a tiny tractor, and and harvest crops. There is even a little general store where kids can purchase a real snack with their earnings from the harvest. This little farm experience is open daily from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

7. Starlight Parade

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderThis parade, which runs nightly at 7:15pm is a spectacle of lights and colorful characters. There are electric floats, giant puppets, and (my favorite) stilt walkers!

8. BMX Show

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderIf you’d like a little more adrenaline in your State Fair experience, you won’t want to miss the BMX Show. A professional stunt riding team flips, spins, and defies gravity on their BMX bikes.

9. Livestock Barns

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderIf your little ones are interested in livestock, this is the place to be! You can walk past hundreds of State Fair animals through several barns. If your kids are a little older, they might enjoy a guided tour by resident student experts who are happy to answer questions.

10. Kid’s Boardwalk

14_SFT_BestShots_253The Kid’s Boardwalk was new last year and features free games and activities for kids. There is a show with Ronald McDonald and a witty Buford Buzzard, and new this year is an interactive magic show and a comical cowboy puppet. There will also be kid-friendy favorites like crafts and face painting.

11. The Greenhouse

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderThe Errol McCoy Greenhouse is a permanent exhibit at Fair Park that features the very cool Texas Garden Railway. During the fair, you can also find gardening demonstrations and giant pumpkin carving.

12. Big Tex

State Fair of Texas - Wit & WanderEvery family needs a picture with this giant cowboy! It’s a certified Texas tradition, y’all!

State Fair of Texas Tips for Families:

  • Look for Discounts – Click Here for a great list of State Fair admission discounts, and Click Here for more info on Thrifty Thursdays.
  • Go during the school day – it will still be busy, but it might not be completely packed!
  • You can bring your own food and soft sided coolers into the State Fair, but you are not allowed to bring in glass containers and alcohol.
  • There are Port-a-Pottys throughout Fair Park, but restrooms with changing tables can be found in each of the EXPO buildings.
  • Strollers are available for rent, but you might as well bring your own. You will definitely want one because Fair Park is huge!

Did I miss your favorite? Share what you love about the Texas State Fair in the comments!

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A Mom’s Guide to The Dallas Zoo

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Lions and giraffes and koalas, oh my! The Dallas Zoo is known as one of the best activities for kids in the metroplex. Though our sweet girl slept through most of our trip, we had an amazing day walking around enjoying the animals. One of the best aspects of living in Dallas is the amazing weather in Spring and Fall, so February and March are actually some of the best times to visit the zoo. The crowds were low, but the weather was gorgeous and the animals were very active. Here are a few of my favorite tips for visiting the Dallas Zoo:

Before You Arrive

Save money by packing a cooler. Bring your own snacks and drinks (glass and alcoholic beverages are not permitted) – you can even pack a lunch to save a bit of money. There are some beautiful shaded areas to rest and have a snack. My favorites are ‘Base Camp’ in the Giants of the Savannah, where there is a shaded porch overlooking the elephant enclosure, and an area with picnic tables between the Texas Cats and Wings of Wonder exhibits. If you’d like to eat at one of the zoo’s most unique dining experiences, the Serengeti Grill in the Giants of the Savanna has floor to ceiling windows that allow you to watch the lions while you eat.

Ride the DART to add an adventure. The DART arrives at the gate of the Dallas Zoo and you save money on parking. If you show your ticket stubs on Monday or Tuesday, you save $2 on your zoo admission! It’s a fun addition to any day at the zoo.

Bring a swimsuit. Maybe not for the whole family, but at least for the littlest members! The children’s zoo is very well developed and it sure to captivate children of all ages. This area includes barn animals, underground creatures (featured in a room you have to crawl through!), and a koi pond. Your child’s favorite part will undoubtedly be the water feature. Kids can splash around and let off steam from a long day walking around the zoo, but if you want to stop meltdowns on the way home, it’s best to bring a swimsuit or at least a change of clothes.

When You Arrive

Plan to feed the giraffes. We have been to half a dozen zoos around the country. One of the most unique things about the Photo Jan 31, 12 24 39 PMDallas Zoo (and the exhibit that makes this zoo my favorite) is the giraffes. It only costs $5 to have a unique experience that will not soon be forgotten. For $5, you receive a giant head of lettuce (plenty for the family to share) and you are able to feed and pet the giraffes. They are not shy – they will come right up to the railings and stick their giant tongues out waiting for some food. The keeper will tell you how to feed them and show you how they like to be touched, then get your camera ready! Without traveling to Africa, you will likely never be this close to these beautiful, interesting creatures again.


Don’t miss the reptile house.
Tucked back in the corner of zoo is a building that could easily be looked over. If you pass by this building, you will be missing giant snakes, kimono dragons, and tiny poison dart frogs. The real treat, though, is behind closed doors. As you enter the reptile house, turn right immediately and walk through the door to see the most intriguing animal at the zoo – the albino alligator!

Check trainer encounter times. I love watching the trainers interact with their animals. They are so knowledgeable and able to share really interesting facts. You always get a better view of the animals and you can learn about each of the animals individually. We have seen the lion trainer and the elephant trainer and both were excellent – the last time we went to the zoo, we even heard an elephant trumpet!

What did I miss? Comment below with your favorite part of the Dallas Zoo?

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Popular Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods in Dallas

Looking for your next home? Check out these Popular Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods in Dallas. This is a guest post by Zillow author, Miriam Bornstein. Thanks for sharing your expertise with The Dallas Mom readers!Popular Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods in Dallas | The Dallas Mom

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Purchasing a home is no easy feat. Finding the right neighborhood for your kids adds even more pressure into the mix. School districts, recreational amenities and home values are all important factors to consider when determining whether a neighborhood is great for children.

Here are three popular kid-friendly neighborhoods in Dallas.

1. Lake Highlands

Lake Highlands is equipped for families looking for spacious lots and access to recreational amenities. With a median home value of $93,400, Lake Highlands offers families the perfect balance between suburban and city living. One of the biggest draws to this neighborhood is its close proximity to downtown and surrounding northern cities, such as Plano, McKinney and Frisco. This tight-knit community is known to have top -rated school districts, making Lake Highlands quite attractive for families with young children. Last year, home values rose by 33.6 percent, and are expected to rise by another 8.2 percent.

2. M Streets

The M Streets is a popular neighborhood due to its historic charm and central location to surrounding attractions. Hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley for an enjoyable tour of downtown Dallas neighborhoods or drive to Southern Methodist University for an afternoon at the Meadows Museum of Art or the Barr Outdoor Pool. Other popular amenities located within a 15-minute drive of the M Streets include The Dallas Zoo, the states’ largest zoological park and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, just 15 minutes south. Residents looking to purchase a home in the M Streets can expect a median home value of $333,900, with home values predicted to rise another 7.3 percent in 2016.

3. Lakewood (North East Dallas)

Located in Northeast Dallas, Lakewood is known for its lakeside living nestled between wooded hills and an abundance of outdoor amenities. White Rock Lake is a favorite park among residents, popular for family picnics, hiking, fishing, music festivals and seasonal events. The arboretum is another draw, offering interactive exhibits at the Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and an annual autumn festival, featuring life-sized fairytale houses made from pumpkins. Beyond Lakewood’s scenic surroundings, this neighborhood offers spectacular architecture, known to flaunt English Tudor and Colonial Revival style homes. With a median home value of $243,500, residents looking to buy a home in Lakewood can expect prices to rise by 6.7 percent within the year.

While Lakewood, Lake Highlands and the M Streets are three popular kid-friendly neighborhoods to consider, Dallas-bound families should review the available homes or rentals in the community that best fits their needs.

Winter at the Perot Museum (+ Enter to WIN Tickets!)

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the best things to do in Dallas for Families. Find out what’s new including the Creatures of Light exhibit, Ellie May, and 3D Films and enter to win tickets.
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Since the Perot Museum opened the doors to their gorgeous new building in 2012, our family has loved visiting the museum as often as possible. With four floors and dozens of exhibits, there is something to interest everyone in the family.

This winter, they are hosting some fabulous exhibits and events that families will love. I was invited to a Family Blogger Day to preview some of the exciting things happening this holiday season.

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The Perot Museum has a new family member! Ellie May is a Columbian Mammoth discovered and excavated right here in Texas. We were able to meet the paleontologist, Dr. Ron Tykoski and learned a few interesting facts about the incredible find.

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She was found in Ellis County and her skeleton was almost complete. They were even able to recover her tail – extremely rare because it is typically the first thing to be scavenged, hers was preserved because she tucked it underneath her body. She is beautifully displayed in a unique way that allows visitors to see her as she was at the excavation site.

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This exhibit is located right off the elevators on Level 3. If you visit Ellie May at the museum, check out the display on the wall – you are able to control a camera pointed over the mammoth to get a better look.

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Creatures of Light at the Perot Museum

Another new experience at the Perot Museum is the Creatures of the Night: Nature’s Bioluminescence exhibit on the lower level across from the Children’s museum.

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There are larger-than-life replicas of glowing mushrooms, vampire squid, flickering fireflies, fluorescent corals, and even live flashlight fish. It is an amazing exhibit your family won’t want to miss.

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Of course, you won’t want to miss the stunning 3D Films in the Hoglund Foundation Theater. Right now, they are showing four brilliant films including Jerusalem 3D, Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D, Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D, and Wonders of the Arctic 3D.

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Don’t miss these great events happening throughout winter break:

  • First Thursday Late Night: Festive will feature National Geographic filmmaker Daniel Ferguson. He introduce his film Jerusalem 3D on Thursday, Dec 3 at 7pm. There will also be various activities like making snow, creating electrical circuit cards and making tinsel float.
  • Discovery Days: Darkness featuring activities focused on nocturnal animals and creatures found deep in the ocean and inside of caves. Saturday, Dec 12 from 10am-4pm.
  • Winter Break: December 19 – January 3 (except for Christmas day), daily activities will include “science on the spot”, bookworm readings, “winter under a microscope” activities, science trivia, and drop-in winter actives (like Rube Goldberg contraptions and snow-making building block challenges). Click here for a detailed schedule.
  • New Year’s Winter Wonderland Sleepover will be a night kids will never forget. Children ages 6-12 are invited to doze with the dinosaurs on January 2, 2016. Activities include behind-the-scenes after-hours access to exhibits, exclusive demonstrations, hands-on discovery plus a late night snack, a 3D film and a light breakfast.

Of course, we had to explore the rest of the museum while we were there. Really, the best reason to visit the Perot Museum is to see the amazement and wonder on your little one’s face as they realize just how interesting our world can be.

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With so many exciting things happening at the Perot Museum, I’m thrilled to be giving away tickets to experience the magic! One person will win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and entrance to the Creatures of Light: Natures Bioluminescence exhibit to be used before January 8. Giveaway will close December 8. Enter below:

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You can find out more about the museum’s current events and programs here and plan your visit with tickets and museum hours here.
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Top 5 Fall 5K Races in North Texas 2015

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I am not a fantastic runner, in fact I just bought my first pair of real, grown up running shoes last fall. But when the weather starts to cool, one of the first things I do is find one or two 5Ks to run. I love the camaraderie that comes from running races and it’s great motivation to get up and move! Whether you want to beat your personal best or dress up like Santa and have fun with your friends, North Texas has a race you will love. Here are the Top 5 Fall 5K Races in North Texas this year:

Roller Coaster Race - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas - Wit & Wander 1. Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags Over Texas – Sept. 20, 2015

Run among the roller coasters at this high adrenaline 5K! You get a ticket to Six Flags with your registration and while you run the race, others will be riding a 5K on the roller coasters.

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas2. Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot – November 26, 2015

This race might just become your newest Thanksgiving Day tradition! Race through downtown Dallas with 5,000 of your closest friends. By the time you’re done, you will be ready for a giant Thanksgiving dinner! (Insider’s tip: Ride the DART downtown so you don’t have to worry about parking.)

Women Race for the Cure - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas3. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure – October 17, 2015

If you want to race for something that matters, this is one of the most inspiring races in the country. You will run alongside breast cancer survivors and women running in their honor.

That Dam Half - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas4. That Dam Half and 5K – October 18, 2015

Apart from having a ridiculous name, this race is during one of the most gorgeous times of year in Texas at a beautiful lake. Plus you receive a one-of-a-kind belt buckle finisher’s metal – could you ask for anything better!?

The Chocolate Frolic - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas5. The Chocoholic Frolic – December 6, 2015

This is the perfect race to start your holiday season. You can enjoy chocolate along the route and get rewarded with a Chocoholic Frolic Finisher Bar at the end of the race. You will also find melted chocolate and treats for dipping at the finish line.

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