Jan 082013

Penguin Days at Dallas Zoo - $5 Admission in January & February

Penguin Days at Dallas Zoo Means $5 Admission in January and February

The temperature is dropping and so is the price of admission to the Dallas Zoo. Everyone age 3 and up, including adults and seniors, can visit the African penguins and all the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $5 per person during the months of January and February. The Penguin Days promotion is the Dallas Zoo’s way of thanking the public for their support.

Penguin Days is a great time to enjoy the warmth of the Herpetarium, Bug U!, the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Station, and the Simmons Safari Base Camp at Giants of the Savanna. Parking remains at $8 per vehicle. When the temperature goes up in March, so does admission. Children age 2 and younger and Dallas Zoological Society members are always free.

The Dallas Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is the largest zoological experience in Texas featuring a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The official airline of the Dallas Zoo is American Airlines. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). Regular season admission is $12 for ages 12-64, $9 for ages 3-11 and 65+, and free for ages 2 and younger and Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) members. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, download the free iPhone app, visit www.DallasZoo.com, or call 469.554.7500.


Dec 282012

Lone Star Circus - Cirque Banquiste

Cirque Banquiste! : Fun for the Whole Family

by Mina Frannea

Our family caught the opening night performance of Cirque Banquiste! last night. We saw the show last year and loved it so we were eagerly anticipating this year’s production — we weren’t disappointed! Directed by Fanny Kerwich, founder of Lone Star Circus, Cirque Banquiste! creatively combines the excitement of thrilling circus acts that will keep you on the edge of your seat with humorous skits that will make you giggle and laugh out loud.

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Dec 212012

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

By Mina Frannea

Every time we drive by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, I’m intrigued by the design and the building’s textured look. Coupled with the cool looking enclosed escalator on the outside of the building, the overall effect is really interesting and unusual.

We recently got a chance to visit the Perot. Up close, the building is an architectural treat!

There is so much to see and do at the Perot. Multi-level exhibits offer a chance to learn about animals, our planet, our bodies, technology, science, engineering and so much more. Those of you who visited the old Museum of Nature and Science may recall that it was split into two buildings. The new museum combines everything into one building that is convenient and easy to navigate. There’s also a children’s museum on the lower level for little ones.

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Dec 192012

Oz The Great and Powerful coming March 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful comes out March 2013. Can’t go wrong with Sam Raimi as the director and James Franco as one of the cast!

This version focuses on how Oz comes to be:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Sounds like it’ll be a good one to catch!



Dec 092012

Santa's Village Richardson - Polar Scene

Last night, we met up with our brother-in-law and his family at Santas Village in Richardson. This was our first time to see it at night. The twins and I had been there for a day time field trip when they were in Kindergarten, but we’ve never managed to make it there at night until now. It’s only open about three weekends in December from 6-9 pm, so by the time we thought about it, it was usually over.

What a neat place, but boy was it crowded! There’s no charge to visit, which is likely why it’s so popular. We got there just in time to see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style in their Richardson Fire Truck — what a grand entrance! The duo stepped off the truck and shook hands with a few folks then off they went to their respective village dwellings. I saw people starting to follow them so I rounded up the twins and did the same so we could find a good spot to wait for Daddy while he parked the car. Good thing I headed in that direction because that was, apparently, everyone starting to get in line to visit with Santa – yikes!

Santa’s dwelling is near the BIG tree with all the lights. It’s iconic so you can’t miss it.

Santas Village Richardson - Reaching for the Big Tree

Here are the twins with their cousin reaching up to try to touch the lights. Sorry kids, it just wasn’t going to happen — but great try and great photo too! Continue reading »

Dec 082012

Cirque Banquiste - Lone Star Circus

Cirque Banquiste Performs New Years Eve Weekend

(See discount code for tickets below!)

It’s almost time for Lone Star Circus’ annual circus extravaganza, Cirque Banquisté! We went last year and it was a wonderful experience!

When I interviewed Fanny Kerwich, founder and Creative Director of Lone Star Circus, she explained to me that renowned circus artists from around the world come to Dallas just to perform in Cirque Banquisté, and they have just a few days to put this amazing show together each year. The show features acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, jugglers, clowns and contortionists, just to name a few, who perform together to create a fabulous show just for DFW! Continue reading »

Nov 252012

Disney on Ice : Treasure Trove - logo

We caught the opening night performance of Disney on Ice : Treasure Trove last week at the Allen Event Center. It was so much fun – great show!

The performance started out with The Incredibles and some random cast members whose job it seemed to be to rev up the audience by encouraging everyone to get up and move. This opening didn’t seem to resonate much with the audience. I think bringing out a few of the villains and doing some crime fighting would have been more entertaining, as my hubby suggested.

Next to come out were long time favorites, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald — love these guys! They chatted with the audience about the upcoming stories. The foursome came out one more time and during the finale, and were a joy to watch.

Disney on Ice : Treasure Trove - Mickey & the Gang -TheMomsJournal.com

The rest of the show seamlessly wove together highlights from the story lines of Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Lion King, Peter Pan; and Disney princesses, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana and Rapunzel. Continue reading »