Jan 272013

Daddy Daughter Dances in DFW -

2013 Daddy Daughter Dances in DFW

Dads, plan a special Valentine celebration with your little princess. Here are a few of the local Daddy Daughter Dances scheduled for February. Be sure to check the websites or call ahead for updates to times.

Saturday, Feb 2nd

Royal Ball (Frisco)
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 – 2-3:30pm (Pre-K to K), 4-5:30pm (1st & 2nd), 6-7:30pm (3rd & 4th) and 8-9:30pm (5th & 6th) at Frisco Conference Center

19th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance (DeSoto)
Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, 7-9pm at DeSoto Civic Center

Daddy Daughter Dance – An Evening in Candy Land (Grapevine)
Saturday, Feb 2 at 7pm at Community Activities Center

Hearts & Roses Ball (Lewisville)
Feb 2nd from 5-9:30 at Hilton Garden Inn

Princess and Papa Wonderland Ball (Rockwall)
Feb 2nd, 5-9pm at Hilton Bella Harbor

Daddy’s Little Princess (The Colony)
Feb 2nd from 5-6:30 OR 7-8:30

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Jan 252013

Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine - Valentine's Day Activities

Dive into an ocean of love this Valentine’s Day at SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine

Invite your date, spouse or the entire family to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine for a variety of love-themed activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

  • All tickets are buy one, get one free at the admissions counter after 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15.
  • FREE Fish Kiss Candy Packs will be given to the first 100 kids to enter the attraction each day starting Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 17.
  • Watch, interact and take fun keepsake pictures with SEA LIFE divers while walking through our 360° Tunnel of Love.  Scheduled dives occur at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17.
  • Don’t forget to blow a kiss to your favorite fish!

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. – last admission two hours before; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – last admission two hours before.


You might also be interested in these Valentine’s Day posts:
6 Valentine Activities for Kids
Daddy Daughter Dances in the Dallas -Ft. Worth Area
Homemade Valentines: Easy Kids Crafts

Jan 242013

Krewe of Barkus Parade McKinney

11th Annual Krewe of Barkus! Dog Parade and Costume Contest

Downtown McKinney is hosting the 11th Annual Krewe of Barkus! Dog Parade and Costume Contest on February 10, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The parade celebrates animated characters from the Sunday funny papers, comic books, movies, and television. It’s going to be Loony Tunes — one big Toy Story! The theme for this year’s event is, “Barkus Gets Animated”.

Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny may parade alongside your favorite Super Heroes. As in year’s past, it’s a family affair – the Simpsons, The Incredibles, and the Flintstones could be showing up. 101 Dalmatians will be there sniffing out a good time. The only limit is your imagination.

Patterned after the legendary Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, the event will feature a parade, festivities and shopping galore! Located at Mitchell Park, just west of the Historic Downtown Commercial District, vendors will be on hand starting at 12:30 p.m. to showcase their products and services. The parade will begin promptly at 2 p.m., followed by the costume contest that is a must-see experience all in itself.


The event is free and open to everyone. Cost for participants to enter the costume contest is $5 per dog, and pre-registration is required to secure your spot. However, there is not a fee to walk in the parade. To register, contact the Art Institute of McKinney at info@artinstituteofmckinney.com. Please be sure to include the dog’s name, color, and breed, along with the owner’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Prizes will be awarded in each size group (small, medium, large and really large) for Best Costume, Best Dog and Owner Combo, and overall Best of Show.

For more event information call 972.547.2660 or visit www.downtownmckinney.com.

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Jan 232013

Sci-Tech Discovery Center - New Exhibits Open Jan 26, 2013

Sci-Tech Discovery Center Grand Re-Opening Jan 26th

Bodies, DNA Mutations, Heart Dissections, Nano Science and other Kid-Friendly Fun at Sci-Tech Discovery Center this Weekend!

Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Sci-Tech) re-opens Saturday, January 26, 2013 with two brand new exhibits: Bodies in Balance and Putting DNA to Work. Also returning are two long time favorites, Coordination Station and Nano. All of this “Mind-Stretching Fun” is open to the general public at 12 noon on Saturday at the Frisco Discovery Center.

From the day you are born, your body’s systems work hard to stay in balance with each other and to deal with challenging elements you run into in the course of living in a physical world. Your body works persistently and invisibly to keep you healthy.  Bodies in Balance includes 24 interactive stations with tools that explore your body’s maze of complex systems and functions.

Putting DNA to Work showcases some of the innumerable ways DNA has been put to work since 1953 when Watson and Crick cracked the mystery of the structure of life itself: the DNA molecule. DNA has been used to physicians and researchers to detect diseases, by agrarian scientists and farmers to improve crops, and by forensic scientists and law enforcement to identify and catch criminals.

A hands-on discovery area, Coordination Station features rotating games that engage visitors of all ages with simple machines and demonstrate basic principles of physics. It includes a Keva Plank table and an interactive station where visitors can see and learn more about simple machines in action.

Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Make your own small science creations!

Admission to Sci-Tech is free to members and children under two years, $7 for general admission, and $5.50 ages seniors age 60 and up.

For more information, visit www.mindstretchingfun.org.

Jan 222013

Legoland Discovery Center

$14 Admission for One Adult & Two Children Ages 3-4; 2 & Under are FREE

Tiny tots are invited to join in the fun at Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium with the launch of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission.

Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

  • Third Tuesday of each month starting February 19 through December 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $14 admission for one adult and two children ages 3-4, children 0-2 are free and additional children ages 3-12 are just $5.
  • Free coffee available in the café.

Toddler Tuesdays at SEA LIFE Aquarium

  • Second Tuesday of each month starting February 12 through December 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $14 admission for one adult and two children ages 3-4, children 0-2 are free and additional children ages 3-12 are just $5.
  • Free coffee available in the touch pool areas.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – last admission two hours prior to closing; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – last admission at 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – last admission at 4 p.m.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. – last admission two hours before; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – last admission two hours before.

For more information, visit Legoland at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com and Sea Life Aquarium at www.sealifeus.com

Jan 122013

Good Night Moon - Dallas Children's Theater

Kids, wear your favorite pajamas and join Dallas Children’s Theater at the opening night pajama party for Goodnight Moon!

(Win 4 tickets to see Goodnight Moon on opening night – details below)


Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) presents the wonderful, whimsical bedtime story Goodnight Moon, playing January 25 – March 3, 2013. Goodnight Moon is the sparkling musical adaptation by Chad Henry of the timeless bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown, now celebrating its 66th year.

About the Show

Starring the little bunny in the Great Green Room, this fanciful poem of goodnight wishes comes to life in an extravaganza of magic, singing, dancing and puppetry.  “All the familiar characters from the book are featured in the show, with a few surprises and funny inventions,” says director Nancy Schaeffer.

Goodnight Moon - Dallas Childen's TheaterThree Styles of Puppetry!

Three styles of puppetry including hand puppets, marionettes and Black Theatre rod puppets combine with special effects to create nursery magic and bring inanimate objects to life. The fireplace smiles, a lamp teases, the telephone talks, a red balloon squeaks and the clock dances.  Hand held puppets of a naughty mouse and kittens create the pandemonium that makes this little bunny feel wide-awake at bedtime.

Live Music

Another special element of the play is live musical accompaniment, producing an enchanting, extraordinary nighttime world.  Pianist and composer B. Wolf accompanies the performers with Mr. Henry’s score full of vaudeville, jazz, show-tunes, ragtime and lullaby.  Costumed in jammies herself, Ms. Wolf creates a compelling and dynamic musical experience as she interacts casually with the action.

Will the tooth fairy come?  Who is growling into the telephone?  Will Clarabelle finally make it over the moon?  And something mysterious is very noisy in the little toy house!

Goodnight Moon - Dallas Children's TheaterOpening Night Pajama Party

Attend Goodnight Moon on opening night, Friday, January 25 for extra fun one hour prior to the show and at intermission.  Children are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy coloring, face painting and more.  FREE milk and cookies provided by Tiff’s Treats, and one free show poster per family.

Book Drive for VMLC

During the run of Goodnight Moon (January 25 – March 3), donate a new book for ages 4 months to 5 years to DCT for VMLC and receive a FREE ticket to DCT’s summer show, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!” (one ticket per family).  VMLC provides English Literacy programs to 1,000 adults and 200 young children in the Vickery Meadow, West Dallas, and Bachman Lake neighborhoods – helping adults improve their English skills and helping their young children successfully prepare for elementary school. VMLC services are provided at no cost to the families.  Help DCT support VMLC!

For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the Dallas Children’s Theater website at www.dct.org.


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Jan 092013
Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

One of my family’s favorite meals is my eggplant parmesan casserole. It’s an eggplant parmesan that’s layered like a lasagna! It’s warm and hearty and perfect for a cold night, but a great casserole for any time of year. When I make this, my hubby tends to hang around the kitchen a lot, trying to get at the breaded eggplant pieces before I add them to the casserole. I usually save him a couple of pieces if I can. Our twins love this one too and will ask for it.

This eggplant parmesan casserole is even better the next day. This recipe usually makes enough for leftovers for my family’s dinner the next day and enough for my lunch the following day.

I haven’t tried freezing it yet so if you do and it turns out well, leave me a comment below and tell me about your experience.

I did make a gluten free version recently using brown rice crumbs and it was just as delicious!

If you want to make the recipe lighter, try it with low/non fat ingredients and let me know how it turns out.

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