LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine Opens Pirate Beach

legoland pirate beach

Enjoy some fun in the sun at Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center when the interactive water playground opens for the summer season on May 1.

 Geared towards children ages three to 10, Pirate Beach is a seasonal water playground featuring 30 interactive gadgets pumping and spraying thousands of gallons of water.  Structured after a shipwrecked pirate vessel, Pirate Beach’s central feature is a playground where kids can navigate through water jets and fountains, squirt cannons and splash down water slides.  Looming at the top of the 20-foot-tall mast is a 50-gallon bucket poised to dump water on guests every few minutes. Throughout Pirate Beach, guests will also encounter 12 interactive models and a soft play area that includes pirates, cannons, treasure chests, palm trees and sand castles.

The best part is that entry to Pirate Beach is included in the price of admission.  Remember to bring your  bathing suits, towels, change of clothes and prepare for fun…if ye dare!

Tickets:  Admission is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older, free for kids 2 and under.  To purchase special discounted tickets

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – last admission two hours prior to closing.

 LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps are Enrolling Now!

Robots-4-u summer camps

Can you even believe it’s that time of year again?! In just a few short weeks our littles ( and not so littles) will be out of school and looking for things to do. Summer camps are a great way to keep their minds and bodies moving over the long days of summer. One camp we know our kids are interested in is ROBOTS-4-U !

Campers have a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. They are learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way! Each week long camp ( 5 days), is held Monday to Friday ( 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m). So no worries if your kiddos are telling you they want to sleep in during the summer- They still can!

Camps are designed for girls and boys – Aged 7 to 14 and are offered during June, July and August.  Everyone will have hands on learning that is self-paced. Beginners to Expert levels are welcome. CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants

Visit and to see dates and locations for these day camps.

Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

Healthy Spring Snack Cups – Perfect for Easter!

Healthy Spring Snack Cups

I love celebrating holidays and seasons with fun foods. It’s also important to our family to stay committed to healthy eating. Sure we splurge now and then. For fun daily after school treats and such, I try keep it both fun and nutrition packed. These Healthy Spring Snack cups are a great alternative to “Dirt & Worms” for parties too.

Healthy Spring Snack Cups


• 1 tub (7 oz.) of your favorite original hummus
• 1 package of baby carrots
• 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
• (optional) celery stock leaves

Supplies Needed:
• A sharp kitchen knife
• Clear plastic cups (found at Dollar Tree)

Healthy Spring Snack cups


1. Using a spoon, fill your plastic cup with the hummus. (1) 7 oz. tub will fill 1 cup entirely to the top. For kids, I purchase smaller sized cups to be able to make several. Otherwise, buy the bulk container.

2. Use a spoon or small food strainer to spread the unsweetened cocoa on the top of the hummus. This will be your “dirt”.
3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
4. Place a bit of hummus into the hole and place one of the celery leaves in it. This will make it look like a real carrot. (This step is optional)
5. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite pita chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

These really are so easy that even the kids can assemble them themselves! What are your favorite healthy snacks and treats to serve this time of year?

Love Notes: A Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day Craft

Valentine's Day Love Notes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your Valentine’s done yet, Kaitlyn has us covered! I am so proud of this girl for putting this together. “Love Notes” as she calls them are cute, crafty, & quick. Everything you’ll need you probably have sitting in your desk drawer right now.

Valentines Day Love Note Supplies


  • paperclips
  • heart stickers
  • Optional : paper to attach your Love Note & a pen to write a personalized message

Kaitlyn put together this quick video to show us just how easy Love Notes are to make. ( I wasn’t feeling well when they were making these so shout out to her brother Sebastian for filming the video!)

I loved her suggestion of using them for bookmarks. All her classmates are doing a lot of reading and this is something that they can use beyond the holiday.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

Love the Chases

Perfect Indoor Play with Pillow Forts & #PopSecretForts

Pop Secret pillow fortsI have to give a huge Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring our indoor playtime and snacks today. It was a huge help to this mama!

The past few days have been struggling with a nasty virus but as all mamas know : The Show Must Go On. On day 1 and 2 of this illness, it was about all I could do to throw the hair back in a messy ponytail, hide under a pair of shades, and shuffle myself down to the end of the block in yesterday’s yoga pants ( after all, ALL yoga pants are black nobody will ever know). Also, I think one day I even drove myself to the end of the block… I’m telling ya it was BAD. My littles were so understanding to have quiet reading time on their own those days.

By day 3, the littles were growing weary of all our traditional indoor play activities and had read through their books.  Pop Secret came to my rescue by offering the idea of creating a pillow fort. This was the perfect solution for cooped up kids of any age. I remember having the most fun building forts in a corner of my house growing up. I knew they would be occupied all afternoon.

They grabbed the extra blankets, pillows, and got creative with a few leftover party supplies. While they finished up the fort, I headed into the kitchen to make a snack. Since I hadn’t made it to the store in a few days we were all out of a lot. I reached for a bag of Pop Secret and brought it back to their impressive fort.

Pop Secret

They had a great time giggling and snacking together. I listened to them tell each other stories from outside the fort on the sofa. It was wonderful to know I could provide a fun afternoon activity without a lot of effort. Even our dog tried to climb into their cozy spot a few times. The only time they peeked out was to ask which movie I wanted to watch…. all Disney favorites and of course, a second bowl of Pop Secret!

Pop Secret pillow forts

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back!

Make sure to download this $1.00 off coupon for Pop Secret to have for the perfect indoor play day of your own.