I feel like its been a while since I wrote a proper weekend itinerary for you! You may remember I went to Hawaii with my family and that was amazing, so if you haven't checked out my top five travel tips with your kids, check out my Travel tab!
With that said go ahead and check out your family friendly weekend itinerary in Dallas, TX.
Check out Oddfellows for the $5 Cheeseburger special going on. Also you can't forget LIVE music from the people over at Spinster! $5 Cheeseburgers will be from 3-10pm and Live Music from 7-10pm! Y'all go out with the kids and eat some good burgers and jam out! Or leave the kids home with a babysitter and have a date night!
Friday April 1st
No April fools here y'all! This Friday walk into any Krispy Kremedoughnut store and get a FREE glazed doughnut! This is to celebrate the Doughnut Harvest that is taking place that day! This is a fun event that I know everyone in the family will like!
Saturday April 2nd
1. Check out the Crow Collection in Downtown Dallas for Free activities all Day! Enjoy the SENsational SEN, its is the newest exhibit at the Center! Please follow the link for all the Fun going on!
2. Head down to the Dallas Farmers Market! It has a new makeover and I know that you will enjoy checking out the new / old vendors and some yummy food that is served on site as well!
3. I am in awe of how cool the South Irving library is! The children's library is worth checking out. They have a mini preschool setup for the kids like building blocks, mini kitchen activity and arts and craft. You can see that a lot of thought went into the children's area! If you want to see what an amazing library looks like come here this Saturday! The Library is showcasing the Family Earth day Film! a story about the Legend of Washington Irving.
This was a trip to Hawaii that I will never forget. It felt like an emotional roller coaster at times I wondered what I was doing. Then I put all the frustration aside and remembered this is a trip that I want my kids to remember. It was my first time flying with all three kids without my husband to Oahu . I knew that I wanted to have everything prepared before I left on this trip. I want to share with you a few must- do's when traveling with kids! And remind you, I traveled with three wonderful kids that made this trip very memorable! So here it goes, grab your pen and paper and let's get to it.
1. Pack smart mama!
We are always about packing light when traveling anywhere. This applys to any trip to Austin, Florida and even Hawaii. My advice is to have the kids pack a bag for themselves. That way they will pack toys, games, electronics that make them happy. I have a 6yr and 3yr old and both are old enough to decide what they like to put in the bags. They tend to pack separate mini Ziploc bags with Lego bricks, notebook and crayons, mini toy trucks, etc. I have each of my boys carry there own mini back packs when we go out, they feel responsible and look cool too. Let the kids get involved in picking what they like!
2. Traveling when they are TIRED!
If you are flying I recommend getting a flight that's either early in the morning or what I prefer later in the afternoon. I dread the feeling of traveling with three kids and having to entertain each one individually. Its a hard task if you're flying to keep everyone happy and quiet on a long flight. My energy is really at its lowest when I have to entertain kids all day. So my advice is to plan to travel when your kids can get the most sleep on a flight or on a car ride.
3. Take Food/ Buy Food!
This should be number one ya'll. Taking food is the best. I really like grabbing some snacks before we go anywhere. I even take snacks with me when I go to the grocery store. My kids are always hungry and want to eat at every place they see. I recommend baking muffins, grabbing some fresh fruit, water bottles with the kids names on them. We like to get water bottles from R.E.I that are kid sized and with lids. That way each kid has their own and it avoids conflict while out on a trip. One thing we did in Hawaii was stop at a local market and get some fresh oranges, bananas, and maybe chips. I really like to try what the local are eating too. So do some research on some good spots for where the local eat and feel apart of the culture while you are there.
* we went to the China town and that was fun. We saw large squid, chicken feet hanging in the windows and fish that we've never seen. The kids were amazed by that. We enjoyed drinking apple tea my favorite drink.
* Highway Inn was a must stop for us to eat what the locals eat.
4. Family Friendly Hotel!
This is a must! We were able to find a decent hotel. The hotel we stayed at in Oahu was a bit small for us. The space was limited for the kids to stretch out and be relaxed. It is the best feeling to stay in rooms that are large in space with at least two beds and pull out sofa. Y'all, having space for everyone is critical. It will cut down on stress and arguments among the kids. Kids like their space too. Please unpack your clothes and use the drawers. This way you are not literally living out of a suitcase and your things are organized and neat. I had a minor incident in the room. My son was jumping up and down on the bed, fell off and bumped his head which caused him to bleed and leave a scar. Which leads me to this. Always pack a FIRST-AID kit. This is what kept me from not panicking to much. I packed band-aids, numbing spray and alcohol wipes, etc.
* Check out places like Kid & Coeits like an Air- BnB for families also Clanventure. I didn't use these services on my trip. But I want to next time.
5. Hands FREE!
If you are following my Instagram, you will always notice that my hands are always FREE. I use a Boba baby-carrier more than the stroller. I make sure that my hands are free to keep my older ones in check. This is especially helpful when I don't want to push a stroller in large crowds. Mamas y'all understand the importance of having control of the kids when you are in public outing and especially on trips with crowds. Be sure you are aware of your surroundings, I love using my baby- carriers.
My motto is so simple mamas. Have fun in all that you do with your family! Follow your passion to never stop traveling without your kids. You will find times on your trip being frustrated, excited and asking yourself why? But that's the whole point of a vacation is building those memories with your family. So be that paparazzi mama and take loads of pictures, video tape everything and kiss your husband and remind yourself why you LOVE each other. Remember we always are doing this for the kids, well at least that's what we say in our home.
Please Check out Shasha from Busy Being Shasha, Follow her journey through her travels around the world! This was in Collaboration!
Check out The Porch this weekend or the next or the next. Y'all I have been driving down Henderson Ave so many times and have seen the Porch! I was like "need to eat here ASAP". I finally made it in and was so impressed. I came on a Saturday at 11:ooam and there was no line. I repeat the GOLDEN hour is 11:ooam. I was shocked that we got a table straight away. My advice is to skip Sunday brunches and come on SATURDAY. Look at the pics and I will put down what I ate. Soooo good y'all, check out the big board for the brunch menu. Come with the kiddos around this time and I guarantee no awkward stares. ENJOY. be sure to tag me on IG @in_dfwplay
Top Golf is becoming my favorite place in Dallas. Why? The staff, the food, the games and its outdoors. You will like it as well. I really like that feeling when the kids and the hubby are happy when we are out doing things together. Top Golf knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to entertaining the whole family.
This burger right here. The burger is so juicy and it comes with a fried egg on top. What just happened here y'all. and you can't go wrong with bacon too. When you come here order this please!
These two are the coolest people ever. Ian and Anna made our experience that more personal and exciting. Y'all I have a lefty son and they were so kind enough to go and find mini golf clubs for the kiddos and also a set of lefty ones. That made it that much fun for the kids to use clubs there size and my lefty son was super stoked too. He was saying "mom I can hit the ball far" . I can't say thank you enough for being courteous and accommodating!
Easter Fun/ Top Summer Golf Academy!
1.Cotton Candy with the Easter Bunny
Join us on Sunday, March 27th from 11am-2pm.The first 200 kids playing Topgolf will receive a complimentary photo with the Easter
Bunny. Also, kids will receive an Easter themed gift and Cotton Candy. * No registration required.
Start off your morning at the Davis Street Espresso in Oak Cliff. I was in here on a weekday and I saw mommy and kids having a casual no fuss breakfast. The menu only serves hot beverages and light pastries, but that didn't seem to mind at all. The kiddos really like help mom sip on some hot cocoa, in my opinion is delicious.
Make sure you head to the back of the shop to find an old empty school bus. This by far was the highlight. my son was super stoked to go inside an empty bus and play around at the wheel. He felt as if he was the conductor. I was even cool with him hanging out in the bus, you can totally join the kids inside the bus too. There are ample seating with mini tables to rest your drinks.
FREE SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES
1. Check out the DMA for some FREE spring break activities. Follow the link for the entire list.
2. Fair Park will also host a variety of outdoor games for the kiddos, like a scavenger hunt, and lawn games. Take advantage of the FREE parking and check out the Fair Park Aquarium.
1. Check out the StarPlex in Irving and Lewisville, movies showing are, The good Dinosaur, Norm of the North and the Chipmunks movie. Something for everyone.
is great time to check out some fun places in the Dallas/ Bishop Arts
District. I took my kiddos to the NEW taco eatery in town. IF you haven't
heard of Tacodeli
get on it. This is an Austin based taco joint that
wants to make roots here in the Dallas taco scene. I mean come on
everyone restaurant wants to be in the Dallas scene. So, Tacodeli has
made a mark in the new development off Sylvan Ave.
One thing that Tacodeli stands for is the best tacos in town. I have to agree, they are really good. I want to try out the breakfast taco, since moving from New Braunfels we yet to have an authentic breakfast taco in Dallas. Tacodeli, please when I come back, I will for sure order me one and I can't wait. Which is what I like about Tacodeli, they pride themselves on local and organic meat and produce. Bold commitments from them, cause a mommy wants to feed her family some gooood food. Y'all go ahead and give this place a try spring break week. Try the breakfast taco, let me know what you think. * breakfast served all day on the weekends
Hands down some good macarons. This place right here. They offer some yummy macarons and the are sooo good. My son knows exactly what to order when he comes here. " Blue Macaron Please". He is obsessed with color and Joy Macaron doesn't disappoint that's for sure. I really can't say which macaron is my favorite, so go ahead and give it a try and pick your favorite flavor or color. I mean you're eating it right.