Pink Petals & Patriotism! Waxahachie Texas Fireworks, Parade and Event info

Waxahachie Fireworks and 4th of July events

It’s no secret that we LOVE our city. Fourth of July is one of our favorite times of year here because the city shows out in a big way to celebrate. There is nothing like hearing the Oooohs and Ahhh’s at the firework display and waving to all those parading down Main Street.  Wanna come celebrate with us?  Here’s all the info you need.

Pink Petals & Patriotism! Waxahachie Texas Fireworks, Parade and Event info

Join the city of Waxahachie for a flower-filled 4th of July celebration with crape myrtles in full bloom during the 17th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade.   The theme for this year’s festival is Pink Petals & Patriotism. 

The patriotic celebration will begin on Thursday, July 3, at 5 p.m. with the Vintage Bank Tailgate Party at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Broadhead Rd. This year, guests will enjoy a concert by Escape – the Dallas Journey Tribute Band at 7 p.m. sponsored by Carlisle Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

Following the concert will be the spectacular H-E-B fireworks display at 9 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their barbecue grill to cookout. Other festivities include a children’s area, food vendors and more.

On July 4, the celebration will continue at 10 a.m. with a hometown parade. The parade will start at College Street, head west on Main Street and end in Getzendaner Park.

After the parade, Remedy Church will host a Picnic in the Park in Getzendaner Park for families along with free hotdogs, water, old-fashioned games and bounce house.
In 1997, the Texas State Legislature designated Waxahachie as the “Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.” Each summer, the city’s historic streets are lined with hundreds of beautiful pink crape myrtles in full bloom.

The Crape Myrtle Festival and Parade are FREE to the public. Other sponsors include the Crape Myrtle Council, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Waxahachie.”

Have other specific questions? Check out www.Waxahachiecvb.com

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Ripley's

 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie invites the public to join in celebrating 25 years of bringing the weird, odd and fun to the Metroplex.

Before school was out for summer, I was able to accompany our daughter on a super fun outing with her classmates to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in Grand Prairie, TX.  We had the BEST time experiencing all the unique exhibits in theOdditorium, not to mention our many photo ops in Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax ( read about the rest of our time here.) Seeing the building from the highway had always intrigued us and certainly made it an attraction we knew we wanted to visit.  We had a ton of stories to share after out initial visit but we knew we would have to bring the rest of out family back so they could get the full experience for themselves.

If your family was like us and has had Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie on your “Must see places to visit in DFW” list, you wont want to miss this perfect opportunity!

Ripley’s Grand Prairie will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, July 5th!!
There will be plenty of FREE events outside the attraction, including:
  • Games
  • Snacks
  • Face painting
  • Bounce houses
  • Prizes
People who want to enjoy the attractions – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie Odditorium, Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax, Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze and the Impossible LaseRace – will save $5 on the price of any combo ticket( July 5th 2014 only)

The all-day celebration begins when the doors open at 10 am.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie is located at 601 E. Palace Parkway.
For more information, visit ripleys.com/grandprairie

 

My Maleficent Movie Review

Maleficent
The long anticipated opening weekend of Disney’s Maleficent is finally here!!! Critics from around the globe have been weighing in. All that’s left is for you to do is buy your own Maleficent tickets from the box office.

But is Maleficent everything the trailers have portrayed it to be? Is it Family Friendly or Frightening?  Earlier this week, I was able to attend a screening of Maleficent to be able to share my personal movie review with you.

Maleficent’s Story

Without the inclusion of any spoilers, Let’s start off with a little description of the movie’s story line. Extracted from the classic Disney story of “Sleeping Beauty”, this film goes back in time to give us full insight into the life of Maleficent. We are allowed a peek at the darkness that took root and grew in heart, before she came to bestow the curse on Princess Aurora. This fairy tale version is instead told from the perspective of Maleficent, giving us the rest of the story. After all, every good story has two sides, right?

After seeing the trailer months prior, I was more than excited when screening day finally arrived! I had heard great things but like many of you had doubts about whether I wanted to bring my children to the theater for this one. First off, this film is perfectly cast.  Angelina Jolie steals the show as Maleficent. She is strong, stunning, and even in scenes with minimal dialogue she is able to convey so much emotion with a just glance.  

We fall in love with Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville are equally amazing in their roles.  Our screening was shown in 3-D . The 3-D effects lend a great element to viewing experience. If you have the option, I highly recommend watching it in this format.  

I absolutely LOVED this movie!! My husband and I talked about the themes and messages taken from each character on and off for a couple of days after seeing it. Disney’s character development in this movie was unparalleled to any movie in years. That alone is a reason to see it this weekend. Come to the theater prepared, this movie will lead you through a series of emotions. The action scenes will leave you on the edge of your seat. You will find yourself empathizing with a villain and wondering if she is instead a heroine.  Every scene in the movie is filled with great intensity and emotion sometimes its love and splendor, other times its anger and bitterness. 

Which brings me to the question every parent is asking….

“Should I bring my child to see Maleficent?” 

I can guide you best by telling you this question is best answered by you as their parent.  The movie has been given a PG movie rating. I left the screening immediately planning to take my teenagers opening weekend. As much as I loved the movie myself, I still had hesitation about taking our 8 and 10 yr old. I know my own children. I knew they would empathize with the hurt and pain of portrayed in some of the scenes and because of their compassionate hearts would leave the theater somewhat sad. I also knew the intensity of some of the scenes could startle them. Ultimately, we decided to wait until later for them to see this movie.

In the same way, you know your children and are the best judge of what they should see regardless of a movie rating. Watch the trailer above or better yet go see Maleficent in its entirety before deciding. We do this often with new movies. If you decide it is something they would love, I can promise you will not regret going back to watch it again.     

Have you seen Maleficent yet? What were your thoughts?

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to preview this movie. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Fun Family Event May 31st: FC Dallas Moneygram Nations Cup 2014 Soccer Tournament #NationsCup14

May 31st to June 1st, select men’s teams from 16 countries will compete for the Nations Cup 2014 title at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco. In addition to the exciting matches, all are welcome to enjoy skill competitions, food trucks, contests, photo booths and more! Best of all—admission is free!

FC Dallas Moneygram Nations Cup

FC Dallas Moneygram Nations Cup 2014 takes place from 8am – 5pm, with 16 different teams competing. The teams will face-off in a round robin on Saturday and the top 8 teams will participate in the playoffs on Sunday until a champion is crowned! I’ll be there with my family – It would be great to see you at the competition!!
Along with tournament there will also be fun activities for all attendees, including The Ultimate Soccer Experience.

The Ultimate Soccer Experience is an organized activity that lets attendees show off their fancy footwork in a variety of fun drills that include:

  • 1 on 1 competition: the ultimate in endurance and skill. Score as many goals against your opponent in a limited time – without any teammates
  • Target practice: Show off your pinpoint accuracy
  • Soccer lob: Show off your long range passing – in the air!

For the kids:

  • Soccer-themed face painting
  • A balloon artist
  • A soccer-shaped bounce house for the littlest tikes
  • A gaming trailer where fans can show off your virtual skills playing FIFA 14 with friends

Other fun features:

  • Soccer bowling: Take a strike to knock down the pins
  • Soccer + basketball: Go for three… with your feet!
  • 16 countries will be represented
  • Watch amateur players represent their countries

This year, Nations Cup will be played on Toyota Soccer Center fields 9, 11, 12, and 14.
Tournament Address:
FC Dallas Stadium/FC Dallas Corporate Offices
9200 World Cup Way
Suite 202
Frisco, TX 75034
You can find more FC Dallas Moneygram Nations Cup 2014 Soccer Tournament details, including a full schedule, here and be sure to follow on facebook and twitter!

Don’t miss out on the magic of Scarborough Renaissance Festival!

For one more weekend only,  renaissance magic will come alive at Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas! Saturday, Sunday and through Memorial day, Scarborough Renaissance Festival will be delighting locals and those traveling from afar with mermaids, knight jousting, elephant( llama or camel) rides, shows, traditional foods, and so much more!!!

Scarborough Renaissance Festival mermaid
As a Waxahachie family, we try attend every season and have made our plans to visit this weekend as well!  So, look closely for the Chase family this weekend during your visit- we may be traveling with a knight or princess!

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Here are a few pictures of our favorite memories at  Scarborough Renaissance Festival from seasons past:
Scarborough Renaissance Festival KnightScarborough Renaissance Festival fairy

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Knight BowFriends of Scarborough Renaissance Festival
This season has been extra special because several other of our favorite bloggers have come to enjoy the experience too! They’ve taken some amazing photos and provide excellent insider tips from their visits that you will find invaluable as you plan your time at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Read all about their experiences and then head out with your family!

You can find directions, ticket information, show schedules and vendor information at www.srfestival.com

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