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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Go to https://bit.ly/2RGt0f5 and enter PROMO code RF4020 at checkout.

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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.

  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
  12. SMU Mustangs20+ Places to Watch Live Sports in Dallas | The Dallas Mom
  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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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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Ellie May at the Perot Museum

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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5 Reasons I Love Consignment Sales

Consignment Sale The Dallas Mom HeaderI have always been a careful shopper. It drives my husband nuts, but I will wait for months to find a great deal on a big purchase. Before we had our daughter, I read the statistics on how much it costs to raise a child and I knew that just wasn’t going to work for our family.

Thankfully, a dear friend introduced me to consignment sales when I was pregnant with our little girl and they turned my life has never been the same. These giant sales generally happen twice a year and are filled with gently used children’s clothes. But it’s not just clothes – they have toys, games, books, movies, baby gear, nursery furniture, and more! Everything is marked 50%-90% off retail value and each piece is inspected for stains and tears before going on the sale floor.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons I Love Consignment Sales:

1. Deep Discounts on Clothes

One of the major expenses in a child’s first few years is clothes. They go through clothes so fast (especially in those first two years when one size only fits for a few months!). I can’t justify spending several hundred dollars on clothes and shoes that will only fit for a year if I’m lucky. I am pretty picky about choosing brand name, good quality clothes that will last through years of play and I have found some fabulous discounts on quality clothes. Recently, I picked up a $60 designer outfit for $3 and a $70 snow suit set for $15!

2. Toys for Christmas, Birthdays, and Beyond

If you plan ahead, you can save some serious cash on birthdays and Christmas presents if you shop at consignment sales. In the past, I have found a $100 Lego Duplo set for $20 and a $60 Play Table for $5. I love looking through their book section – I have found classic Dr. Seuss board books and our favorite Richard Scarry books. They also have a huge section of bikes, wagons, and outdoor toys that make great birthday presents.

3. Half Price Sale

Consignment sales typically have half price and sometimes even 75% off days to make the savings even sweeter. By this point, the racks are much more bare, but you can find some great basics like t-shirts and jeans.

4. Bringing Home Baby for Less

Bringing home our daughter might have been one of the most expensive things we have ever done, but it was made a lot cheaper because of consignment sales. We got essentials like a Pack n’ Play, a bouncer, and a bassinet. SInce most baby gear is only used for a few months, it’s in great condition and a fraction of the cost if you were to purchase at a big box store. You can use consignment sales to complete your baby registry and save your gift cards for necessities like diapers and formula!

5. Earn Money

My favorite part of consignment sales is that I can come back next year and sell everything I buy this year! It’s different for everyone, but we invested about $100 in the first few sales and since then we have only had to spend a few dollars at each sale because we earn money by consigning the clothes that no longer fit.

Just Between Friends – Fort Worth

One of my favorite consignment sales happens to be the LARGEST children’s and maternity consignment sale in Texas – Just Between Friends Fort Worth. With over 75,000 sq. feet of children and maternity items, there are tons of great deals to be found. It’s a bit of a drive from North Dallas to Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center, but it is completely worth it!

Just Between Friends Fort Worth will be open to the public Thursday, September 3rd 2015 – Saturday, September 13th 2015, but you can shop early by volunteering, consigning, or signing up as a first time parent or grandparent. Click over to see the full schedule and get more information here. It is located in Fort Worth at Will Rogers Memorial Center – Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall.

Everyone can get into the pre-sale for free by showing this coupon:

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And one lucky Wit & Wander reader will win a $15 Gift Card to Just Between Friends Fort Worth. Enter here:

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Winner must pick up the gift card card at the Fort Worth JBF Fall Sale at time of shopping trip. JBF Bloggers are not eligible to enter. More rules included in the giveaway widget. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Just Between Friends Fort Worth, but all opinions expressed are the writer’s. I love this sale and I am so excited to share it with you! For questions about sponsorship or to have your product featured on The Dallas Mom, email Megan at megan@thedallasmom.com. Click here for more information. 

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