SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine Texas

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SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine Texas

One family activity not to be missed is SEA LIFE Aquarium! We recently got the chance to visit and it is by far one of our favorite things to do in Grapevine, TX. From the 360° Underwater Ocean Tunnel, 30 incredible displays, and more than 5,000 sea creatures everyone in your group will find something that they love.

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The kids were super excited to see all the various sea creatures and varieties of fish and I loved how relaxing it all was. For me, any location that allows the kids to have fun and the parents to relax a bit is a big win! I didn’t realize how large the location was prior to our visit. It spans several floors and has so much to offer. When we began our journey inside the front desk gave us scavenger hunt of questions to fill out. At the end, we were able to redeem it for a prize in the gift shop.

Once we got inside everyone was just captivated by all the different creatures we hadn’t seen before.

Sea Life fish

The seahorses were definitely one of our favorite attractions. There were so many and they were just mesmerizing! SEA LIFE has been a pioneer in the field of seahorse breeding, successfully breeding and rearing nine different species to date to help this very sensitive and endangered sea creature from facing extinction.

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Shark Mission is a new area at SEA LIFE that allows visitors to learn about several different breeds of sharks.  There is also a great photo op area to take your picture inside the jaws of the largest shark that ever lived. The kids had a great time hamming it up for this picture.

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At the end there was an area where we could see and even touch sea creatures and starfish. There is also a fun play area to explore and get any extra energy out- socks are required to play so make sure to bring an extra pair if the kids are wearing sandals.

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Visit SEA LIFE Aquarium website for information on specials and discounted tickets!

Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -attraction remains open 90 minutes after last admission.

We really enjoyed our visit and are making plans to go back again soon!

Disclaimer: Tickets were provided for our experience and the purposes of this review. As always, all opinions were 100% my own. 

Our Spring Break Fun at IT’Z Family Food & Fun

I love surprising the kids with fun new activities! This year the only spring break plans we had told the kids about included traveling to visit family. But I had a few surprises for them to celebrate our week-long hiatus before our family road-trip.  As soon as all the kids were released from school and the van was packed, we made our way to IT’Z Family Food & Fun in Euless.

Our Spring Break Fun at IT’Z Family Food & Fun

When we first arrived, I was impressed to see how large of a facility it really was! Being that it was the first day of spring break and a Friday afternoon, the parking lot was packed. I was a little concerned we might be squished since it looked like lots of families had the same plan we did. Once inside, the floor plan was so well done and it didn’t feel crowded at all!

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Initially, we decided to explore the facility since it was our first visit. I knew to expect laser tag, route 66 mini-bowling, bumper cars, and video games but there was so much more than that inside. We first walked by FOUR themed dining areas, all with theaters.

IT'Z dining rooms

Directly across from the dining rooms was IT’Z unlimited pizza and salad buffet. I was so pleased to see that there was a healthy salad bar option available! It kept me from splurging and ruining my diet. We walked through the huge arcade area with both interactive games and video games. There was indoor rock climbing, two bowling alleys, laser tag, and bumper cars.  I’m not kidding you when I say there was a TON to do here!

Our kids definitely enjoyed the indoor rock climbing-  We visited this attraction a few times during our visit!

rock climbing at IT'Z Family Food & Fun

We were ready for some food and refreshments after all the fun games so we enjoyed the buffet and choose the theater playing The Croods. It was a relaxing was to enjoy our meal and we talked about what things we wanted to finish up before we headed home. On the way out, I also noticed that IT’Z had several private party rooms. What a fun place to consider for a birthday party!

IT’Z  is always offering great deals like these so be sure to check their website before you visit. It would be a great activity to plan for this summer when the kids are bored and it’s too hot outside to play!

I had a few more spring break surprises for the family that I will be sharing soon! We had such a great time- I cant wait to share them all with you!

What were your favorite moments of Spring Break this year? 

 

Disclosure:  My family was provided with complimentary tickets in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Weekend Events & Family Fun March 21-23 2014

 

Weekend Events & Family Fun

I’ve always got my eyes and ears open for fun things to do with our family locally & in the DFW area. I don’t usually have a difficult time finding fun things because there is always so much going on!! Because my friends know I’m doing my weekly research they are asking “What’s going on this weekend?”  So, I’ve decided to post it for everyone all in one place!!  I hope you enjoy this weeks round-up and remember to check back every week for new weekend activities!!

Yesterday, I shared with you all about the INCREDIBLE sales happening right now and throughout the weekend at Just Between Friends Dallas. Be sure to check out that that post here and get the weekend fun started today!!

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Late Night at the DMA |Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, TX

Friday, March 21st 6:00p- midnight | FREE

Head over to the third Friday of each month, when the Museum is open until midnight. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, and more! For a full schedule of the evening events go here.

 

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Waxahachie Junior Service League Spring Market Shopping Extravaganza |Waxahachie Civic Center Waxahachie, TX

Friday, March 21, 2014 Preview Shopping Party 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

$15 includes food, 2 drinks, entertainment and re-entry on Saturday

Saturday, Mar 22 10:00a to 5:00p

$5.00 at the door for Saturday only

For more information and details check out their website here.

 

DFW family Expo

DFW Family Expo |Dallas Market Center

Saturday, March 22, 2014

$5 per person|Under 2 Free; 100% of Ticket Proceeds donated to Children’s Medical Center

Tickets are cash-only on-site. Parking is free; Valet parking/$10 cash-only.

One of the greatest things about this expo is that all activities are included with your admission! Indoor Trampoline Park, petting zoo, laser tag, bounce houses & slides, princess tea party, Star Wars characters for photo ops, rock climbing, mini- massages for the moms, and obstacle course and so much more- and did I mention it’s all included with your admission?!!?!

Check out all the details on their website here!

 

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Brahms at the Dallas Museum of Art |Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, TX

Saturday, Mar 22 3:00p  | FREE

Fine Arts Chamber Players invites you to a FREE Bancroft Family Concert on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:00pm featuring an all Brahms program at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium.

The program features two major masterpieces of Brahms, the Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 and Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Dallas Symphony Associate Principal Cellist Yuri Anshelevich performs with Associate Principal Clarinetist Paul Garner and pianist Steven Harlos.

More information can be found on the even website here.

 

Plano New Home and remodeling show

THE NEW HOME & REMODELING SHOW | The Plano Centre 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074

Saturday & Sunday March 22- 23rd 2014 10:00am-5:00pm    website

Tickets are $9.00 for adults | $7.00 for seniors | Children are free

The Plano New Home & Remodeling Show, produced by E&M Management, LLC and in partnership with the Dallas Builders Association, features the latest in new home construction trends as well as the finest in remodeling techniques for any upcoming home improvement project. Show attendees can take advantage of this “one stop shopping opportunity” to meet industry experts one-on-one and compare exhibitors to find the expert who will best suit their needs.

There will be a show stage with professional demonstrations, classes to attend and access to the industry’s finest professionals to answer all of your remodeling and building questions. Whether you are shopping for a new home, remodeling, or looking for design inspiration, the Plano NHRS has something for everyone!

What are your weekend plans? Any events you want to share with us? Comment below – I’ll post them on our Facebook page!

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine – Kids Go Free Coupon

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If you’ve got LEGO fanatics at your house like we do, you are going to want to make sure and add LEGOLAND Discovery Center to your list of spring break and Summer plans! Everything really is awesome at LEGOLAND!

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Come and explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the ultimate indoor playground for kids who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine is one of DFW’s best attractions! They can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, build the fastest car in LEGO Racers: Build & Test, zap the bad guys in Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. We had a great time having Sebastian’s party there a few months ago. Plan your family visit now and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!

Right now Kids Can Go Free – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Receive one free child with purchase of full-price admission Click here to get the coupon.

High Flying Family Fun at Flight Deck Trampoline Park

This weekend our whole family got the chance to check out Flight Deck Trampoline Park. I was super excited to find out everyone from our younger ones to our teenagers wanted to go on this adventure. It can sometimes be a challenge finding family activities that suit everyone’s ages and interests. I also had been hearing a lot about the fun workouts trampoline centers offer and was curious to see how much of a workout all this jumping really was.  Did you know you can burn 1,000 calories in just an hour?!?!

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Flight Deck Trampoline Park  offers more than 90 indoor trampolines and indoor trampoline attractions that include a foam pit, basketball dunking lanes, main court, and two dodge-ball arenas. They also offer a designated area for smaller children ( under 44″) where no “big” jumping is allowed. Every week events such as Teen Nights, Family Nights, Vertical Aerobics, Kid Jump and Open Jump times are available. Be sure to check out the Flight Deck Trampoline Park website for special deals and more information on everything they offer.

family fun at flight deck trampoline park

When we first arrived,we were immediately greeted by Flight Deck’s friendly employees. They directed us to a row of several computers to complete waivers for everyone in our group. (This can also be done online from home to save time if you like.)  We were able to complete our waivers quickly and then one of the staff explained the Flight Deck rules to us and gave each of us the same colored wristband. To keep a good rotation and avoid over crowding, tickets are purchased in 1 hr or 2 hr segments. The wristbands are color coded and when your time is up an announcement is made for that color to leave the deck.  I loved that I didn’t have to worry about constantly checking the time and could just have fun with the rest of my family.  The facility was very large so even on a busy day, with several parties,  it never felt crowded. It was also staffed very efficiently to ensure everyone was safely having a great time together.

Who can resist jumping into a pit of foam????

foam jumping at flight deck trampoline park

 

Sebastian loved the trampoline basketball courts! These courts can make everyone a basketball MVP. 

In addition to all the jumping activities and fun, Flight Deck Trampoline Park offers  several rooms for birthday parties and Cool Zone, an in-house frozen yogurt bar. They offered tons of great flavors and toppings. When our teens were done they had a great time hanging out there and enjoying some new flavors, while the little ones kept jumping a little more.

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I love family time where we can get moving together and have fun! We had a great time at Flight Deck Trampoline Park and will definitely be back!!

*My family was provided tickets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my 100% my own.