Lego KidsFest is coming to Dallas in August (+ Giveaway)

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The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Texas – this time at the Dallas Convention Center — from August 29-31.

Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.

LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year’s visit to Dallas include LEGO Chima, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO Mindstorms.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Dallas-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.”

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the August 29-31 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.

Deal:

Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased prior to August 8. These events have been selling out in past cities! Go here to get your tickets!

General Information:

The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX from Aug. 29 – 31, 2014. This is their third event in Texas, with sell-out shows in Austin and Houston preceding this trip.

LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.legokidsfest.com/tickets.html.

* LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

FUN FACTS

  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world’s largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.

GIVEAWAY:

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, August 29,  2014  (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday! Go here to sign up for this giveaway!

Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park: Ziplining, Pedal Boats, and More


If you are like me, then you enjoy outdoor adventures that allow you to play and have fun with your family! Did you know that you can do this near Dallas? I didn’t either! I recently learned about The Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure park which features a fun Canopy Tour, Challenge Course and Zip Line Adventure. Totally Safe. Totally Fun!

Right next door to The Southern Cross Ranch, which offers a range of recreational activities such as Rock Climbing Walls, Pedal Boats, Bungee Trampoline, Swimming, Fishing, Wagon Rides, Pony and Horseback Rides on our Trails, as well as a 300′ Zip Line over one of the ponds. Book your ALL DAY COMBO TICKET!

Right now you can enjoy BOGO at Trinity Forest Adventure Park and BOGO at Southern Cross Ranch!

The Southern Cross is only open Thursdays through Sundays until September 1st, with a 2 pm opening on Saturday, July 26th and closed on Sunday, August 3rd!

Pay it Forward with Hawaiian Falls and Team Connor

Team Connor was started by the parents of Connor, a sweet boy who lost his four year battle with cancer in 2009. They started this foundation because they saw the toll childhood cancer took on families, both emotionally and financially.

FACT:

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined, yet the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer.

TeamConnor has raised $1 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers. And the fight continues. All because of one inspirational little boy with a warrior’s heart.

SAVE and Pay It Forward:

Today, Hawaiian Falls has teamed up with TeamConnor to bring awareness and raise money! You can currently buy $20 tickets (good thru the rest of the year!) by going to teamconnor.org

They have a run coming up in Frisco in October. I’ll be posting more about that soon as well.

Ballroom with a Twist at Music Hall (July 19th ONLY)

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Do you enjoy Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance? This you will NOT want to miss out on this show at Music Hall at Fair Park, July 19 at 2 and 7:30PM.

Take your obsession with live talent-based reality TV shows to the next level!! Coming out of the TV and into your venue is Ballroom With A Twist with its spectacular dancing and singing. Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up close and live beneath the fringe, sequins, and booming sounds of Rumba bass is a whole other ballgame. Ballroom With A Twist brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves by professional international dancers spanning the hot moves of Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Jive.

As if the jaw-dropping dancers aren’t enough to keep you ogling at smooth moves and high kicks, several of your favorite American Idol finalists will also be joining the bill with their powerhouse hit songs. Ballroom With A Twist gives audiences thrills with its varieties of music providing a concert soundtrack to the evening. Star Watch: It’s the who’s who of the dance and singing world, joining together for an evening of grace, athleticism, and passion. This exciting family-friendly event includes Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and 2014 DWTS Pro Winner Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

Click here to read more about this fun show and to grab your tickets!

 

Fun with Friends and Family at Hawaiian Falls

*My family enjoyed a fun day in the park as means to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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We enjoy going to Hawaiian Falls each summer! I love that it is extremely family friendly and I never have to worry about the music they play over head or other various inappropriate things that could be associated with water parks.

We were treated to a nice cabana by the wave pool, as well as a locker to hold all vaulibles. I love having the cabana as it affords us a place to spread out and relax, in the shade. Along with a cabana, you get a Cabana attendant that comes and takes your drink/food order…then delivers! It’s awesome, especially when you have little ones that you can’t leave unattended and you don’t have the hands to carry everything yourself!

We also had a cooler pass, which allowed us to bring in the things that we wanted to eat/drink while there. I packed myself yogurt, bottled water, and raw veggies with hummus. My kids were content ordering pizza and pretzels as well as Mini Melts (like Dippin Dots) and Churros. I also appreciated that Hawaiian Falls has Poweraid. I prefer getting non caffeinated drinks for my kids when possible! Keeping them dehydrated when they are playing in the HOT Texas sun is always a priority for me.

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My 9 yr old loves going to Hawaiian Falls and going down the slides. She is a bit of a date devil and is always up for a challenge. I don’t think that there is one single ride there that she hasn’t ridden and loved. I love the mountains of stairs that she gets to climb…build in workout and she didn’t even know it!

My 7 yr old really enjoys rides that she can do WITH me. She was very content riding the two man rides and just playing with her (younger) sister in the kids area. She also really enjoys the lazy river. She is such a fish that if I am not careful watching, she will be half way around the lazy river before I know it! So much fun!

My 5 yr old is just starting to feel confident in the water. She took swimming lessons this year and I trust her in the water without a flotation device now. She really enjoyed playing on the giant pirate ship! I love that I can let her roam around it with confidence. She isn’t afraid of any of the slides on it and does a great job helping other kiddos up the stairs and such. It’s perfect for her or any other preschool aged child. We found that the lazy river was a tiny bit too deep for her to touch bottom and so she enjoyed floating around in a ring relaxing with me.

If you are looking for a day of family fun, consider Hawaiian Falls. There are 7 locations around Dallas and there are always deals for tickets. They have a very active Facebook page and send emails about upcoming events and deals often. Sign up here to get their emails and follow them on Facebook too. You can currently grab discount tickets for Hawaiian Falls at Tom Thumb, HEB, Costco, and Wendys.

Currently they have an Instagram promo going on! Don’t miss out! (Look for the signs inside the park with more info on this!)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to DFW (+ Giveaway!) #RBBBDFW

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is heading to Dallas FortWorth later this month! Andre McClain, Ringmaster and America’s favorite cowboy takes the Ringling Bros.® reins and accompanied by his horse Comanche, leads his Built To Amaze! funny and mischievous super circus supervisors, to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances. Ringling Bros. is thrilled to introduce nine-time international award winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia. Also new to Ringling Bros. is the Tower Tumblers, a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City!

For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit them on Facebook.

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Performance Schedule:

Dallas’ American Airlines Center, July 30- August 10
2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Wed, July 30, 7:30PM
Thu, July 31, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
Fri, Aug 1, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
Sat, Aug 2, 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:30PM
Sun, Aug 3, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 6:30PM
Tue, Aug 5, 7:30PM
Wed, Aug 6, 7:30PM
Thu, Aug 7, 7:30PM
Fri, Aug 8, 7:30PM
Sat, Aug 9, 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:30PM
Sun, Aug 10, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 6:30PM

Fort Worth Convention Center, August 13-17
1201 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Wed, Aug 13, 7:30PM
Thu, Aug 14, 7:30PM
Fri, Aug 15, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
Sat, Aug 16, 11:30PM, 3:30PM, 7:30PM
Sun, Aug 17, 3:00PM

Ticket Information

Tickets are currently available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $105 (Circus Celebrity), $75 (Front Row), $50 (VIP), $30, $22, $15. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling toll free 800/745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations and at the arena’s box offices.

Giveaway:

Wanna win some tickets? Ringling Brothers is providing my family with tickets to enjoy the show opening night AND they are providing me with a family four pack giveaway! Enter to win through July 31st at 7:30PM CST. by leaving a comment on this blog post with who you would take or what your favorite circus act is! For extra entries, Tweet or Share on Facebook, then leave another comment. (I have share buttons on the left hand side of the screen which make it super easy to share!) Giveaway ends on July 21st at 5PM CST. Winner can only win on ONE site, not on multiple sites.

DFW Boat Expo July 11-13, July 18-20

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Dream BIG at the DFW Boat Expo, July 11-13 and July 18-20.  The DFW Boat Expo will be the largest event of its kind ever staged at the Dallas Market Hall. Over 450 boats and watercraft will be on display and available for purchase. 20 North Texas Boats dealers will be taking part in the four day show. The DFW Boat Expo is sponsored by United Boat Dealers of North Texas.

When: July 11-13 and July 18-20

Where: Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75207

Cost & Ticket Information: $12 Adults $6 Children

Tickets for the show are only available at the door

***Parking is free of charge

Click here for More Information or on Facebook or Twitter

DFW Summer Fun: Octonauts are coming to SeaLife, Grapevine


Check out this FREE event at Sea Life Grapevine Saturday, July 5 – Sunday, July 20.

Octonauts at SEA LIFE Aquarium

Coming to SeaLife, Grapevine:

The underwater explorers of the Octopod entertain fans with their missions to save sea creatures in trouble and now young adventurers can meet two of their heroes in person. You will also have a chance to become an honorary Octonaut for a day, roaming the ocean environments inside SEA LIFE Aquarium to learn about marine life and the importance of conservation.

Daily Octonauts activities include:

  • Meet and Greet: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii will be available for photo opportunities in the Cinema. Plus, get an Octonauts sticker! (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Scavenger Hunt: take a special undersea mission with an Octonauts fact-finding trail, available at admissions.
  • Story Time: discover the latest Octonauts adventures as team members read one of the Octonauts books with fun Octonauts toys, available for purchase in the retail shop. (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
  • Videos: watch select Octonauts episodes in the Cinema.
  • Octonauts-themed coloring activities.

This is a free event included in the price of admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Book early to secure your tickets. On Wednesday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. annual pass holders are invited for an exclusive breakfast and pajama party with the Octonauts.

Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.  To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.

Date Night in Plano at Mexican Sugar #VisitPlano

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Plano is beautiful and taking a stroll with your love down The Shops at Legacy is a great way to spend a date night. Recently I was asked to attend a Plano Photo walk and got to check out several awesome eats and treats. We enjoyed Mexican Sugar and it was SOOO yummy!

Mexican Sugar is located at 7501 Lone Star Drive Ste 8150 in Plano. You can valet and enjoy dining inside or out. You will want to make reservations because this place is hopping! (You can put in your name, then walk around and shop at the Shops at Legacy while you wait!)

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Make sure to try an appetizer or two, they are so tastey. Their margaritas are yummy too! I ordred BarBacoa – a slow roasted brisket, salsa verde, chilled roasted corn salad. It was heaven on earth! The flavors were perfect and I enjoyed every last bite!

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Save some room for dessert! You won’t want to miss out on trying their chocolate avocado cake – Ancho spiced chocolate cake, cinnamon meringue, chocolate avocado mousse & ganache. It was so rich and smooth.

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I will be doing more posts about fun things to do in Plano in the next few days, so stay tuned.

Take Dad to Play at Hawaiian Falls for FREE on Father’s Day!

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Hawaiian Falls is offering you a HOT deal! Take Dad and/or Granddad and they will get in free Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15 when accompanied by a child with a day ticket or season pass plus a “Dads Free” coupon, which can be downloaded here. As always, kids 2 and under are free. So, yes, if Dad is accompanied by a 2-year-old or younger, both Dad and child would be free.

Hawaiian Falls water parks in Garland, Mansfield, The Colony, Roanoke and White Settlement will be open 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14 and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15. Season pass holders always get in 30 minutes before the general public.

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco, Pflugerville and White Settlement. More info at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

Click over here for other special offers and coupon deals!