Tips for the Perfect Family Trip to Six Flags

Six Flags Spring Break
We’d like to thank Kia Motors America for sponsoring this post and providing park tickets for our day of fun! As always all thoughts,opinions, and experiences are 100% our own.

Deciding where to go and what activities to choose during spring break is always a daunting task. This year was no different. Our criteria is always about making it fun and exciting, making the most of the time we have together but without breaking the bank. Sound familiar? Since we’d just returned from a really wonderful family ski trip a couple of weeks ago, we decided staying relatively local was our best bet for a fun time. Six Flags over Texas is only 20 minutes away from our new house in Dallas and of course the kids were THRILLED at the suggestion Spring Break at Six Flag it was! Spring is actually my favorite time to visit ANY theme park because the weather isn’t too warm to enjoy a full day, there is usually a breeze.

We made sure to print our tickets at home before getting to the park to save both a bit of time and money. We also made sure everyone wore comfortable shoes and dressed in light layers.

The Kia Ride and Drive Experience at Six Flags 

Kia Six Flags

(Wait…. what IS a “Ride and Drive” anyway? I’m glad you asked.  If you’ve never been to a ride and drive, it is an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car (or several cars)  you’ve been curious about without any sales pressure. It’s a great way to keep a current and experience new automotive technology. Sometimes there are even really great thank you gifts- see below.)

Kia Family of cars

The Kia ride & drive tent was easy to spot as we approached the entrance of the park. Everyone was super friendly and asked if we had a preference of what car we would like to drive first. Randall had been looking for a chance to get behind the wheel of the all new Cadenza for himself after I told him what a PERFECT car it would be for him after driving it during the Cadenza national press launch last year. Kaitlyn and Sebastian were looking to ride in Kia that was new to them as well. So the Cadenza it was! Our specialist drove us through the busy parking lot until we got away from the crowds and this gave Randall a chance to check out the passenger comforts of the Cadenza.

Randall at Six Flags over TX Kia Cadenza

inside the Kia Cadenza

We were really impressed with the knowledge the product specialists shared. We like to ask a lot of questions – we like knowing ALL the details. There wasn’t a single question they didn’t know the anwser to. As a thank you for our 10 min drive, each of us were given flash passes and $10 Daffy dollars to use inside the park for food or product. We also go to use a special VIP entrance eliminating the longer lines to get into the Six Flags. Flash passes are one of my VERY favorite things ever invented for Six Flags or any theme park!

Six Flags over Texas Kia

I loved that taking a 10-15 min ride in a Kia potentially saved us hours waiting in line. We also were excited to find a place to charge up our cell phones ( ProTip: Kia ride and drives almost always have charging stations.) During this time we made a plan for which rides we would go to first. We each chose one ride that was a “must do” for us. Honestly the only must do any of us really cared about was being together so there would be no splitting up the group. We all agreed we would wait in line or ride as a group for all rides. 

Charging with Kia Six Flags

Now we were charged up and ready to head into the park! The carousel was our first ride, my choice. I was worried that the kids may have outgrown the fun of it but they were as nostalgic as I was to ride it and happily hopped on their choice of carousel steed.

Next up was a Virtual Reality Coaster, the Galactic Attack! Did you know Six Flags Over Texas has total of 13 roller coasters??11 steel, 1 super-hybrid and 1 wooden! Sebastian doesn’t enjoy extreme roller coasters so I loved knowing that Six Flags has “Thrill Swap” as option for families like ours. When a child (or anyone) can’t or does not want to ride a ride, your entire party stays together and goes through the ride line. When preparing to board the ride, notify the attendant that you’d like to use Thrill Swap. One person rides, while the other stays with the child. When they return, the swap takes place; allowing the other person to ride while the child waits with the other guardian. It is a brilliant time saver and allows everyone to have a great time together.

Six Flags over Texas Kia Rides

In addition to flash passes & utilizing Thrill Swap,  I have a few more time & money-saving Suggestions to making the most of a trip to Six Flags during spring break or any time of year!

Tips for the Perfect Family Trip to Six Flags

  1. Buy your tickets online and print at home – Plan ahead for the day you want to visit, and be sure to review our website to prepare for the day. Our website offers the best deal on admission tickets, so you can save time and money at the park. You’ll be able to save up to $18, depending on the day you plan to visit. Plus, you can print your tickets at home so when you arrive at the park, you’ll skip the ticket booth and head straight to the front gate – getting you in to rides faster.
  2.  Plan your meal times earlier or later than normal – Taking a few moments to re-energize will help you stay refreshed so you can tackle more rides without getting worn out. Plan your schedule accordingly so you can spend less time waiting for meals. Eat lunch and dinner a little earlier or later than the “normal” time. This will allow you to be out riding while everyone else is eating. Then, when you’re ready to eat, you’ll miss the mealtime rush and save time, getting out to more rides as quickly as possible.
  3. BUY FLASH PASSES- I cannot encourage this enough. There is nothing better than breezing past rows and rows of other visitors to be at the front of line at your favorite ride.
  4. Take a photo of your parking spot- There is nothing worse than having a tired crew and not remembering where you parked. Snap a quick pic of your spot to help you remember and make a bee line straight to your spot. You can also purchase preferred parking to get an even closer spot to the park.
  5. Pick a meeting spot first thing- In the event that your family or group splits up or gets separated, pick a meeting spot well in advance with the understanding that you will meet there and wait. I sent my husband a text saying to meet me at the group of red picnic tables, little did I know that around the corner from me were several groups of red tables just like ours. If we had picked a spot first, we wouldn’t have lost time looking for each other.

Funnel Cakes Kia Six Flags

We always wait until after the rides are over for snacks and treats. Because we typically try to avoid fried and sugary foods, we’ll often pack a cooler for lunch and snacks in the van and get stamped for reentry. There is a nice shaded area of picnic tables right outside the park. Since it was Spring Break and we did have Daffy dollars to use from our ride & drive experience we splurged on an ice cream funnel cake. It was a super fun splurge and it was so fun to say yes to a request that seemed so whimsical and extravagant. The kids thought we were the coolest parents ever this spring break!

Funnel Cake Ice Cream Six Flags

It was a perfect ending to a perfect day! If you have spring break in the near future, check out the dates below to see when Kia will be hosting a ride and drive in your area! I highly recommend working Six Flags in as part of your spring break plans.

Chase Family Kia Six Flags

Six Flags Spring Break

Dates & Info for all upcoming Kia Six Flags Events:
4/14 – 4/16: Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
4/14 – 4/16: Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527
4/21 – 4/23: Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave, Bowie, MD 20721
5/13 – 5/15: Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO 63025
5/27 – 5/29: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW, Vallejo, CA 94589
5/27 – 5/29: Six Flags New England
1623 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001
What are you doing this year for Spring Break? I’d love to know what YOUR plans are!

Spring Break Experiment Idea & Giveaway

We are proud to be participating in this campaign on behalf of P&G and The Motherhood. As always opinions are 100% our own.
Spring Break Experiment & Giveaway

Finding new fun activities to do with the kids for spring break always seems to require some creativity. We typically plan at least one activity per day. A little getaway nearby, a movie day, museum, art, and then….. ? What about adding an activity that is fun but has a purpose? Our family really enjoyed this water purification experiment from P&G recently.

Clean Water P&G Water Purification Experiment

Purifying water with the P&G Purifier of Water packet is an incredible visual transformation that allows kids to learn in a fun setting about the importance of clean drinking water and giving back. This easy-to-do family activity transforms water right before your eyes. These packets are available for under $10 (including shipping!) to purify dirty water at home.

It’s a great experiment to try to see the action take place so quickly and the reasons why it’s important. According to WHO in 2014, 663 million people lacked access to an improved water source. P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program has provided 9 billion liters of cleaner water and has goal of providing 15 billion liters of clean water by 2020.

It is such a great feeling to know that the time we spend with our kids can really give them a global view and teach them a new process at the same time. It’s a perfect hands on way to show how science and technology can help in solving global issues, and the importance of giving to those in need.

Giveaway! 

We want your family to share in this activity and have the opportunity to talk about why clean water is so vital around the globe.  We are giving FIVE readers the same experience we had with the P&G Purification of Water packet! To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me what activities your family is doing during Spring Break.

• No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of US & DC who are 18 years of age or older. Giveaway starts 03/09/2016 and ends 03/21/2016. Sponsored by The Motherhood with a P&G Purifier of Water packet. For the full list of rules, click here.

Spring Break Fun Part 2 (March 12th-14th)

Spring break fun part 2

Earlier this week I posted some great ways to have Spring Break fun in Dallas without Breaking the Bank. Honestly there is always SOOOOO much to do in Dallas that one post just can’t hold all the fun! We are halfway through spring break but there is still so much fun to be had. This week/weekend in particular are some really fun events happening that I wanted you guys to know about. These activities are super fun & will only be around this week!!

* March 12- March 14  American Girl Dallas

american girl dallas

If you’ve got a girl who LOVES her American Girl Doll then American Girl Dallas has you set with FREE activities all week. Check our the great list of all the activities and times here.

*Wednesday March 10- Friday 14 Dallas Museum of Art

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The Dallas Museum of Art is a favorite of ours any time of year but this week they have (FREE!) activities going on for kids several times a day every day! Check out their full calendar of Spring break activities here. And keep reading below to find out about their BIG Spring Break Block Party later this week! And be on the look out for Chase Family there in person!

*Wednesday March 10-Friday March 14 Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Spring Fling

grapevine trainThere are two main scheduled trips during this spring break trip that also includes family-on-board activities and games. There will be a 1 p.m. trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and a 2:45 p.m. Trinity River Run. Climb aboard this vintage-style train and learn about the history of the area as your family enjoys the sights and sounds of the railroad. The 21-mile trip rolls at a leisurely pace and is perfect for the entire family. Tickets start at $20 for adults.

*Wednesday March 12th- Friday March 14th ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA WEEK  12pm-4pm

Bring your kids to the Mansfield Activities Center for a week of animal-themed events!

  • Wednesday, March 12: Fred the Fish. Arianne will be talking about animals and aquatic life and what we can do to take better care of them from 3-4pm. This event is free, but parents MUST attend with their children.
  • Thursday, March 13: Nancy’s Hands Nancy Burks Worcester will have an animal-themed ventriloquist show. Entry is $4 per person with a current MAC card and $5 per person without a MAC card. Parents are free, but must attend with their children.
  • Friday, March 14: Critterman Critterman will be presenting the Rainforest Jewels show. Come see some awesome animals! A limited amount of goody bags will be available. Entry is $4 per person with a current MAC card and $5 per person without a MAC card. Parents are free, but must attend with their children.

For more information, visit the website or call 817-453-5420.

*Friday, March 14 Spring Break Block Party 2014

spring break arts 14 

This is one event I will be looking forward to all week. Don’t let the words “Block Party” scare you. This is an event for families, young & old! Our family has attended several years and always have such a great time. There will be so many things activities to choose from- outdoor movies, activities, music, etc. make sure to click on the links below to pick out your favorites before you get there. Starting at 6:00 pm, the Dallas Museum of ArtCrow Collection of Asian Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center  host this free family event. Grab dinner or dessert from gourmet food trucks lining the streets as you enjoy all three museums and participate in special activities, live concerts, guided tours, films, and more!

CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART: Click here for more information about the Crow Collection After Dark. The Crow Collection will stay open until midnight with free activities around their theme: Spring Break India.

NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER: The Nasher’s ’Til Midnight event is free and lasts until– you guessed it– midnight! Enjoy a concert at 7pm, film screening at 9pm, and continuous family-friendly activities. Click here for more.

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART: It’s Art Madness at the DMA! Interactive tours, sketching in the galleries, and other family activities fill the schedule tonight. You can even see the NCAA Championship Trophy on display in the Center for Creative Connections. Click here for details.

Spring Break fun without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break is here!! Are you trying to save a little cash this week but still wanting to get out and do something? One of the greatest things about living in and around Dallas is the vast amount of free fun to be had. I’ve got some great Dallas area ideas for you so you can have some spring break fun without giving up all your funds. In fact I found so many great ideas I think I’ll have to do a part#2 post soon with more!

Free Spring Break Fun

McKinney Avenue Trolley – Dallas – Free

The M-Line gives you an opportunity to ride back into history on the only transit line in North Texas that operates lovingly restored antique electric trolley cars running on some of Dallas’s oldest original trolley tracks. Check out their website & tips for trolley riding here.

HOURS
Weekdays: 7 am to 10 PM
Weekends: 10 am to 10 PM

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Dallas Public ArtWalk – Dallas – Free

Public ArtWalk Dallas! is a free, self-guided art walk promoting a healthy lifestyle through increased awareness and appreciation of public art in downtown Dallas. The ArtWalk is a 3.3 mile route highlighting thirty pieces of art and architecture in the Arts District and downtown Dallas.

Go here for a map and download an audio guide to tell you about each artwork as you walk along.

thanksgiving square artwalk

Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive – Fort Worth – Free

“Cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd – Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands – offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You’ll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail!”

HOURS
11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

More information and details can be found on their website here.

Herd

River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center- Arlington – Free

River Legacy Living Science Center serves as the gateway to the adjacent 1,300-acre River Legacy Parks.
This 12,000-square foot nature center offers interactive exhibits, terrariums, aquariums, nature trails, and Saturday events. The Center also offers a variety of environmental educational programming for children and adults.

Check out their full calendar of Spring Break events here.

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Has your family ever done any of these? What are your favorite free things to do in or around Dallas?