Day to PLAY by Family Gateway

A community event that promotes volunteerism, community and helping others is what Day to PLAY prides itself. I am so happy to live in Dallas, because of how this community rises up together to help families in need and especially experiencing homelessness. Homelessness and poverty is something that some families in Dallas go through because of unseen circumstances. Thanks to the amazing people at Family Gateway hoisting Day to PLAY at the AT&T Performing Arts in Dallas families can forget about their situation and just play. 

 Saturday April 7th was the coldest weekend we've had in Dallas in the month of April. I was determined to make this day extra special for my kids and my friend that joined us for some fun. One of the many things that I really liked was that we were instructed to bring some hygiene products for the families that are staying at the Family Gateway shelters. This was something that anyone can do to personally contribute to the needs of our neighbors in the community. This was a great example to teach kids to look outside of their bubbles and help someone in need.

The event had so many activities and booths all around the Annette Strauss Artist Square, that we couldn't keep up with them all. My kids really enjoyed making lighthouse at the Maestri Studio booth, decorating donuts at Top Pot, playing video games that the Perot Museum booth and more. The lawn was filled with inflatables, like bounce houses, slides, music from DJ S.O.U.L.Jah , live yoga, dancing and more. I know that my kids really had a blast hanging out and making new friends. Despite the weather being so cold everyone had a positive attitude because of course we wanted the event to be fun and successful.

 If you are looking for a chance to volunteer your time or just drop off some hygiene products check out the Family Gateway website for more information on how to get involved. We enjoyed our weekend at the event and look forward to helping those in our community. 

Pinstripes at The Shops at Clearfork

 Pinstripes is the new upscale bowling , bistro and boccie venue to make roots here in Fort Worth. The newest family-friendly attraction is located at The Shops at Clearfork, making it the ninth location to open in the area. Chicago being the home of the first Pinstripes owner Dan Schwartz gave us the VIP tour and experience on media day. Don't worry because the Grand Opening is April 7th and you will like it here.

 The kids and I had the best time touring the 30,000 SQ FT two level Pinstripes. This place has something for families, girls nights, after work fun and more. What I think makes it special is the 12 bowling lanes, 6 bocce ball courts, and open concept kitchen that dishes out Italian- American comfort foods that's made from scratch daily. I also enjoyed the fact that families can enjoy the outside patios year round and don't worry on chilly nights, because blankets and fire pit will keep you warm. 

 Pinstripes will be open 7 days a week with special themed days throughout the week. I look forward to coming on Kids Days M-F from 10am to noon, where kids can bowl for $3. I will take advantage of that great deal, so gather your playgroups for a new place to have play-dates. Also M-F from 3:30-7pm Pinstripes will offer Happy Hour with half price selective appetizers, pizzas, and flat-breads as well as drinks specials starting at $3. Look out for the Sunday BIG and bottomless brunch buffet with $1 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary's all day. 

Pinstripes will be a place that families and friends can gather for a new bowling experience that really is upscale but not stuffy at all. It will be a new take on the fast passed bowling experience you might be used to. It will for sure have that chilled vibe combining a bistro with a tasteful menu and great activities in between. 

Spring Break 2018

Spring break 2018. What did you do? Did you stay here in Dallas and Fort Worth? Did you stay home and not do anything? Leave me a comment on what you did for spring break. It would be nice to share! But it was a nice break from waking up super early for school etc. 

We had one of the coolest vacations to San Antonio, explored Dallas and watched the NCAA men practice teams from Florida.

So let's begin, we were on the fence on whether we wanted to travel to San Antonio and go to Sea World. Because word on the street is that this is the last year that Shamu will perform for crowds of touristy folks like us. But last minute we decided no to to Sea World but instead stay at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country.

This was the best decision because we really enjoyed this resort. Maybe i'm getting old/or lazy but I am a fan of resort all inclusive stays. This resort has it all. We arrived early in the morning and got our room so fast. This helped because we were able to leave our luggage in the room, have a quick change and go swimming at the Ramblin River. This is the longest lazy river that we've been on and the kids loves it. We didn't use the tubes that often but are there if you need them. 

We got swimming and the jacuzzi done first and spent the rest of that afternoon doing planned out spring break activities at the resort. Most of the activities were happening at Aunt Mary's Lawn.

There were endless things to do at the resort from, bike rides, face painting, s'mores, family bingo, golfing and tons more. I highly recommend you stay here and get that hill country feel with a property that's nestled in the hill country and oak tress. Tip: Stay on the ground level near Pats Place, because you are near the playground. 

  • -We did shopping at the La Cantera in San Antonio
  • -Stopped at Buc-ee's in New Braunfels and Temple, TX
  • -Had Apple strudels at Naegelin's


Dallas of course had so many things going on that it was hard to just keep it simple, but I did.

Day 2. We went to Dallas Arboretum with some friends and I finally got to explore some of the spots we've never been. The boys took a lab class all about dirt and that was FUN. We then walked around the Children's Garden and took the kids to T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy area. This is where the kids got to witness how water, solar and wind can make energy into electricity. I think we stayed there for 30 minutes.  Then next this was one place in the Arboretum that was new to me. The Incredible Edible Garden had me wishing I bought a bowl and salad dressing. The greens and veggies here looked delicious. You gotta check our that part of the garden with kids. It's a great teachable moment about where our food comes from. Of course we saw the tulips which is our favorite this time of season. We will be back that's for sure.

Day 3. I wanted to get a pie on Pie Day. 3.14 but that didn't happen. But we went to the Dallas Performing Arts pavilion for some STEM activities. After that we went to the AAC for the NCAA March Madness team practice. I was super excited to see my favorite teams from Florida practice and cheer them on. After yelling and stuffing our face with popcorn we went to Picole Pops in the Bishop Art's District. This place has some good popsicle with bizarre flavors that actually go together. My son go the Caramel Cheesecake dipped in milk chocolate. I seriously helped him finish. I got the Strawberry with sweet and condensed milk in the center. Ohhh soo good. We will be back SOOON,

Day 4. I have been wanting to visit Juiceland for the longest. After I saw that President Obama visited the location in Austin, I knew I had to try it. This is a new location in Dallas and let me say this place is legit good. I really wanted to try something small and inexpensive and I got something from the kids menu. I tried the honey beary and it was good. Let me tell you that I am coming back here and I get that smoothie bowl. Far warning that its a lil pricey but the flavors are just right. They have a new location on N. Lovers Lane. 

Day 5. Oh so your going to judge me because I went to the Waffle House. Go ahead because I will be going back again. I mean if you've been to a waffle house it seems like all the employees look the same no matter what. But they know how to cook. The Waffles here are so thick, yet fluffy and crispy. how do they do it? The typical eggs and sausage was on point too plus the grits. I like it and the kid ate well so guess what? We are going there again soon, especially since the one by my house in brand spanking new. 

Day 6. Irving Tennis Classic is one of the coolest sports event we went too. Tennis at the Four Seasons sounds super posh and fancy and it wasn't that at all. The games were super fast and was very entertaining. I didn't realize that even the men would grunt when they hit ball. Is it really that intense? We were hosted with the city of Irving and enjoyed VIP Seating and delicious food from the Four Seasons.What a bougie way to watch tennis, but low key we liked being spoiled. I had a blast and only thing is that we had to continue to distract Stella because a loud screaming child is unacceptable at a tennis game. Go figure. 

Dallas Children's Theater - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show-

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Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions
Based on four Eric Carle books

On Monday the caterpillar ate through one apple, but he was still hungry. We are all familiar with the book called The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is one of the books that my kids like to read and some of the other well known books like The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and more.

Photo by Louis Dilion-Savage.

We were invited to see the newest show to come to the Dallas Children's Theater called The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is the newest show to run at the Dallas Children's Theater and it is one that is great for the whole family. What makes this an extra special show for Dallas is that we will be the first to experience the world of 75 larger-than-life puppets on stage. The puppeteer show is bright, shiny and beautiful by taking the stories we love from Eric Carle and displaying them in a majestic theater show.

Photo by Linda Blase

What I really enjoyed is that we were entertained with life sized puppets under the control of an awesome cast with the reenactment from stories from four popular stories from the author Eric Carle. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course the star of the show The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What a treat to see four amazing books transform and literally pop off the page and open up our imagination of what we can see and enjoy.

Photo by Linda Blase

Plan some fun for your family and come dressed in your pajamas and 30 minutes before the show enjoy some arts and crafts and face painting. After my kids finished their artwork of the caterpillar I couldn't resist taking them over to the display of the cutest butterfly wings for a picture.

I am always looking for some entertainment that the whole family will enjoy and coming to the theater to watch a live show is like no other experience for kids. My kids really enjoyed it and even my 8 year old was laughing the whole show. We liked all the surprises that were unexpected and made it  more unique.

I also want to mention that DCT has made it a priority to be very inclusive by offering ASL and sensory-sensitve shows. These shows will be on specific dates.

Performance Dates and Times:

-       Friday, January 19, 7:30 PM – Opening Night
-       Saturday, January 20, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 21, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 21, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, January 27, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 28, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 28, 4:30 PM (ASL)
-       Saturday, February 3, 1:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 3, 4:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 4, 1:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 10, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 11, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 11, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 17, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)
-       Sunday, February 18, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 18, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 24, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 25, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 25, 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:

$15-$28 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for sensory-friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at

-Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit

Photo by Linda Blase