Oct 282011

Pumpkin Patches in Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex

Most of the pumpkin patches in the Dallas – Fort Worth area are going to close this Halloween weekend so if you have a particular one you want to visit, plan to go this weekend. I put together a Pumpkin Patch guide that’s published on page 15 of the October issue of North Texas Magazine that has a lot of helpful details about area pumpkin patches so feel free to check it out.  In the mean time, here’s a quick list of the pumpkin patches through this weekend and a couple that are open through early November.

Close Sunday, October 30th
Elves Pumpkin Farm – Denison
Pumpkins on the Prairie – Frisco

Close Monday, October 31st
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch – Flower Mound
Halls Pumpkin Farm – Grapevine
Owens Spring Creek Farm – Richardson

Open through Early November
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm - Celina – through November 6th
Country Critters Farm - Alvarado – Plan to stay open through early November if they have pumpkins left
Dallas Arboretum – Through November 23rd

For more information on these, click here: October issue of North Texas Kids Magazine

Oct 082011

I’ve been hearing about something called Zentangle recently. Without knowing much about it, I assumed it was a type of Yoga. Well, it’s not. It’s art!

From the Zengtangle website:

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages  and is used in many fields of interest.

I was browsing through various sites and there is some really gorgeous work out there! I think this art form would be right up my alley as I frequently tend to doodle on things in repetitive patterns. I think I’m going to learn more about this and do it!

Here’s a piece on ByDesignForWomen.com that I found inspiring. It’s representative of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

hope zengtangle representing breast cancer awareness

Do you Zentangle? If so, I would love to hear more about your experience and to see your art! Leave a link in the comments below.


Oct 072011

Stop by the Plano Centre on Saturday, November 5th between 10am and 4pm and enjoy the great energy of the North Texas Kids Family Expo. This is a FREE event for families that will have the best in educational resources, entertainment, shopping, and products and services designed to enrich the lives of babies, children and families throughout the Metroplex.  More than 100 vendors will be on hand to ensure a day of giggles and fun!

This year’s event benefits Sci-Tech Discovery Center, a non-profit dedicated to providing dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology.

North Texas Kids has planned a number of fabulous activities for children to enjoy at their Expo—check this out:

  • See stage show spectaculars including Zoe the Clown, local martial arts, dance troupes, and other children’s groups (performances by Tuzer Ballet and Texas Creative Arts Academy)
  • Create Thanksgiving-themed crafts
  • Rock out with About to Rock School
  • Ride on the Fun Times Party Rental train
  • Try your hand at sports at O’Reilly’s McDonalds inflatable soccer and basketball games and the Allen Americans inflatable hockey game
  • Enter the Fall Festival Photo Contest for Kids and Adults
  • Donate your used Legos and race over to Sci-Tech’s Lego Race Track, where you can build and race your Lego cars
  • Make snowmen in the courtyard with Sno to Go (you read that right–make snowmen!)
  • Enter to win fabulous door prizes

Grown ups can also enjoy themselves shopping with cool and trendy vendors like Annie’s Poodle Skirts, Stella and Dot, Chick Charms, and Mary Kay, Scentsy!

This HUGE family friendly event takes place just twice a year so be sure to stop by for a little bit to enjoy all the festivities.  For more info. visit the North Texas Kids website. You can also check out the October issue of North Texas Kids Magazine.



Oct 062011


The Dallas Children’s Theater is offering a special discount of 50% on adult and children’s admission for Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day through Sunday, October 23rd. Use code CAKE when you check out.

This discount is not valid with any other offer or for the 4:30pm showing on Saturday. The offer is also subject to availability. Ticket prices with discount are $9-$23, plus web and phone fees. Visit www.dct.org or call 214-740-0051.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is totally hilarious and your kids will love it!! Check out my review of the show here at the North Texas Kids Blog.

Image Credit: Karen Almond Photography

Oct 032011

Just heard about the the West Plano Family-pa-looza, a three hour free event that features bounce houses, obstacle courses, interactive games, video games, carnival games, slides, rock wall, popcorn, cotton candy, face painters, balloon artists, arts & crafts vendors, music, petting zoo, food for purchase and more.

When: Sunday October 30th from 3-6pm

Where: The fields between Gulledge Elementary and Robinson Middle School

Cost: The event is FREE, but it is for the benefit of Minnie’s Food Pantry so they are requesting you bring a donation for this non-profit. Check out their website for more info: http://www.westplanofamilypalooza.com

Oct 022011

If you’re looking for information on local pumpkin patches, be sure to check out my feature article on page 8 of the October issue of North Texas Kids Magazine. I’ve listed information on some of the most popular pumpkin patches in DFW and surrounding areas. Many locations offer hayrides, pony rides, train rides, bounce houses, petting zoos, face painting, haystacks to climb as well as mazes to navigate. Pumpkins are available in all shapes and sizes and some locations even offer special varieties of pumpkins.