Pumpkin Patch Guide 2016


 I have put together my list of Pumpkin Patches in DFW. I have been to several in the area and I know what I liked as a parent and what the kids enjoyed. Here you go. 


1. Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch!

 We really enjoyed this patch as a family. There are a lot of activities for the kids. The kids really liked the bounce houses, the hay rides and especially the cartoon cut outs. The kids had a blast going around naming the many different ones they recognized. So plenty of photo ops here. If you're a foodies than go for the Fletcher's Corny dogs. When i saw they had Fletcher's I was super excited about that. 

Pricing- $5 on Weekdays and $10 Weekends- All Activities are FREE. Bring cash for food. 




2. Halls Pumpkin Farm

 This is the farm that I want to go to. I have seen this one last year and its been on my list. I like that the admission is FREE bu know that its CASH only farm. You better stop at the ATM. I mean who caries cash anymore. This Farm as a corn maze and that will cost $5 dollars. I wanna try this one with the kids and see how long it takes to get out. Hope you can make it to this one. Please tag me if you do go to Halls Pumpkin Farm. 

Pricing- Admission is Free:  Check the link for Hours Weekday from 3pm - 8pm. Corn Maze and Hayride is $5




3.  Mainstay Farm

 I found this Farm on Instagram and thought I would include this one. It has a lot of attractions for the kids like duck races,  hayrides, swinging tress a three story tree house and lots more. I haven't seen this many activities for a pumpkin patch and your kids will be busy all day. 

 Pricing- Big Time Fun Pass is $14 and only open on the weekends from September 24th - October 30th









4. Blase Family Farm

 This Pumpkin Patch is in Rockwall. This will be on my list to visit for sure., This 35 acre farm will have hay rides that ride around this scenic acres. The longhorns will be onsite and that would be nice to see. Opportunities to feed animals like goats will be available as well.


Pricing- $7 per person and kids under 1 for free. On weekends hot dogs are free as well as the hayride attraction feed for the animals and a Pumpkin. 







5. Dallas Arboretum

 I can not leave out the most beautiful setting to take pictures and have a blast at the same time. This beautiful gardens transforms into a pumpkin patch paradise and you will be amazed. We really like the mom and tot days going on throughout the month of October. Many activities for the kids like face painting, story time and petting zoo. Enjoy after Hours at the Arboretum Wednesday night buy one get one free tickets to enjoy the "Golden Hour" sunset over white rock lake. Truly worth it to come any of those days to have blast at the arboretum. We love it.




Thank You to Debora of @mozdeb for taking these lovely pictures! 

Here is a list of more Pumpkin Patches in the area that you can try out!

* Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch
* Pumpkins on the Praiare in Frisco
* Central Market Pumpkins
* Yesterland Farm in Canton,TX * I saw a Groupon for tickets 
* Lone Star Family Farm in Stephenville, TX

-have fun. 

Tag me in your family fun adventures at the pumpkin patches. I would like to see them. 

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Weekend of September /23-25th 2015/


Festival Season is here and there will be many to choose from this weekend. Here is a list of family-friendly events happening in DFW.


Fort Worth





Forth Worth Oktoberfest!

1. If you missed the Addison Oktoberfest than you will want to take a trip to Ft. Worth and check out the fun at Panther Island Pavilion. Ft. Worth Oktoberfest  fun began on the 22nd and goes through the 24th this Saturday. You will find authentic German food, music , dancing, and a dachshund races. The kids will have a blast and so will the adults. Check out this awesome festival. Tickets start at $10.


Dallas

1.Greek Food Festival of Dallas

 Take a trip to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas and be immersed in the Greek culture. This is great chance to teach your children to rich history of the Greeks. What a fun way to see traditional dances, food and crafts from the people of Greece. I know I will be going for the Gyro. Take the chance a go for the tour of the church and its Byzantine iconography and more. You will want to  purchase your tickets online and entrance is only $6 for adults and kids 12 and under are FREE. This Friday 23 @4-11pm; Sat @ 11am-11pm & Sun @ 11am -4pm.


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2.Green Fest

 Want to know how to live a more green life. This is the event for you and kids. Military Urban Farm , Green Fest will host this free family friendly event teaching the community the value of gardening, renewable energy and fun activities as well. The Green Fest has partnered with F.A.R.M Farming Assisting Returning Military program. Its to help returning soldiers new skills and the slower pace of a non-regimented life. Get on board and lets keep our veterans in mind, Also food trucks will be on site. This Saturday the 24th from 10am-2pm.

Plano

1.Plano Balloon Festival 

 Have you ever seen hot air balloons before? Then you need to go to the Plano Balloon Festival . You will see sky divers, huge concession stands, concerts and of course the hot air balloons. You will enjoy all the fun and especially see the many balloons in different colors, ans designs. We love balloon festivals with our kids. The fun starts Fri @ 4pm-10pm ; Sat @6am-10pm & Sun @6am-7pm. Many opportunities catch the fun. Buy your tickets online in advance or at the booth. Tickets $5


Glory House






If you live in Irving or work in Irving then you need to know about Glory House. I finally made it to the Glory House and wanted to see the happening inside. This place is exactly what I was looking for. A yummy spot to have a casual lunch with down home cooking. I was amazed that a place so quaint was in Irving. I shouldn't expect anything less than great from the residents of Irving. Sometimes cities are judged with reputation on how hip they are. What does that really mean? Lets give Irving a chance and see what can become of Downtown Irving.






You will want to be here from 11am- 2pm during the weekday. These are the lunch hours and the menu changes everyday. The time we went was the chicken pesto, a great salad bar with many options and two soups, cream of mushroom and the tomato bisque soup. I had the soup and salad and it was so good. I couldn't believe it, my kids liked the soup and the rolls so much we had seconds.







 The Glory House was very quiet and a little intimate setting. I was embarrassed when Stella was screaming her head off. I felt uncomfortable, but no one was offended I think. I would recommend this for older kids who can sit still or just a lunch date with your girlfriends or husbands. Give it a try and check out what the Glory House is all about. 




Glory House is not only a bistro by day during the weekday but they offer space rental and catering. If you have an event coming up you should check out the event space as well.



Downtwon Dallas Trolley Explorers!


Downtown Dallas Explorers.

1. Take the Downtown Trolley ride to the West Village! You will want to take the trolley at the Kylde Warren Park and catch the train on either side of the park. This will be a great chance for the kiddos to board on a vintage train and see the city in whole different way. My kids really enjoyed the ride.I hope that you get a balloon on your trip because the conductor was handing out balloons to all the kids. It sure was a nice gesture to witness something like that!


2. The West Village Stop in uptown has some great shopping and food spots. We opted to eat at the Taco Diner because of the price and the plantains. I am a Haitian and I need my fried bananas. I love them there and you will too. The food choices are straight forward and the ambience is so Miami chic. All white decor and just a fresh feeling.








- Have Fun 



Labor Day Weekend!




So you should know by now that Shake Shack made it to Dallas! We are so stoked here and can't contain ourselves. Of course I wanted to write out a long detailed list of what you should be doing with your family labor day.  I figured I would just blog about the place called Shake Shack at the Crescent Hotel downtown Dallas.


You need to run, not walk to this place and grab yourself a yummy burger and custard. This location has an incredible collaboration with local foodie spots in the area including Dudes Chocolate, Emporium Pies, and Pecan Lodge just to name a few. The collaboration with theses awesome foodie places is pure magic.




I had the chance to eat in the shroom burger and the classic shack burger. It as my first time having the shroom burger and I really liked it. the portabello mushroom was crispy and tasty! The custard was super yummy. I had the Pearl and Pecan and I gotta tell you I am getting it again!






I am so happy that I can take my kids with to places where they see and be apart awesome experiences. This was super amazing that we got a chance to preview the new menu and taste the classic Shack Burger. I love this place i can't move away from Dallas. Everything is here and I can eat my way through the city! Loving this.

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Irving


Laughs by The Lake Carolyn. 

1. Have a Date Night at the Lake Carolyn and check out some local food trucks. Laughs by the Lake is great couples night. This way you are relaxing and not worried about what to eat. They say that laughter is the best medicine. Event is FREE, Parking is $10 at the Summit Garage. Follow the link for event details.

Ft. Worth


1. All I can say is head out to the Sundance Square in Ft. Worth and have a blast. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and great views of the Fountains. Have a Blast and bring extra clothes, the kids will want to get wet! We like to grab a bite at Taco Diner and get a seat out on the patio. The food is portioned well and the view is great!

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Weekend of August 26-28th!



Friday- August 26th

C.R. Smith Museum

TINKERTOY- Build your Imagination.

 This Friday from 9am-5pm, check out this cool exhibit of play with different construction sets. This is a great chance to use your imagination to come up with ways to build buildings, towers and etc.


Irving South Library

 Check out the Irving South Library 7pm-10pm for the end of summer break! This is a family friendly event that will have a story walk, a block party with Minecraft and of course an outdoor movie showing the LEGO Movie! This a great block party to end the summer and welcome the first week of school! Good Luck to you parents this school year!

Saturday- August 27th

Lowes

 Go to the  Lowes in your area and get building. This is great chance to test out your patience and build awesome crafts. The crafts are pretty cool. Be sure to pre-register on the website.

Bonus Foodie/ Dessert!.
 For those with a sweet tooth. Check out the Gigi Cupcakes in Southlake,TX. This is becoming one of my favorite places to get a delicious cupcake in town. You will like the tower of frosting that piled high. So good. 



 








My ISD is better than yours.

My School District is better than yours!


 Does that mean that your better than me because my kid doesn't go to a top rated school district? I have recently been bothered by this topic of discussion since my child entered pre-school. I have been in many mommy play dates and this would be the first question that was asked. 1. Where do you live, and 2nd is that a good school district? My answer would be Irving and I guess its a good one? Why does that matter and who does that benefit? The idea that moms are comparing their kids education to others is something that bothers me a lot. I have seen parents feel a sense of pride that they bought a home in the most desired school district in Texas and that their kids are getting a better "education". 

When I am faced with those comments I honestly don't know how to react. It makes me feel that I am not trying hard enough as a parent to get my kids a better "education" in a desired school district. It has made me put tons of pressure on my  husband to find a job elsewhere or make more money because we are not like the "Jones". Why so much pressure on myself and my husband to try and fit in when we clearly can't at the moment. This has lit a fire under me to be extremely involved in my child's education. 

We as parents need to stop comparing our lives to others and look down on others trying their best to make it out here. A school district that's not in the desired zip code should not be cast out into the abyss and leaving the kids and parents feeling ashamed. Parents who send kids to school should feel proud at the fact that a teacher is there for their child teaching them to be great citizens and great learners. My opinion is that an educator no matter where you send your child will show kindness to them, when some might not receive it at home.

I know that some schools perform low on standardized tests and that's bad in itself. But come on people,sometimes we need to step back and look at the family situation some of these kids find themselves in. Most of the time its a single family home and the father is not present in the home. The mom is forced to work multiple jobs and the kids are shuffled between daycares. This of course has an impact on the way a child can learn but it shouldn't be an excuse. If a child goes to school hungry and that student most likely will be unable to perform. The focus is how can we make these families whole again. Something is missing, and that's one of the many problems that these kids face on daily basis. I'm sick and tired of this nonsense of why the school is under performing. Compare that to a family attending a school in great school district and the life that child has. Most likely its a two parent home with a modest income and many more resources and contacts. That child is automatically set up to perform well and be held to that standard. 

This is the problem to me. Mommy groups need to stop putting themselves better than the next and instead, be glad that your child is not starving and stressed because they live below the poverty line. This battle between who has the best school will continue to go on, not just here in Dallas but across the country. We pride ourselves on being better than each other and what other way can that be done is " Where do you live and what school district are you sending your kids too". If we can move past that, then we can stop comparing and have many more ideas on how we can better our neighbor who may be a single mom trying to get by. Because I know that mom wants the best for her child. I am a product of a divorced home and raised by a single mom who was asked that question " Where do you live". I don't ever want that to be first question, but better yet how can we develop a Christ centered home and build on from that! 

Thank You
In_dfw Family