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!

Date Night: Painting with a Twist in Grapevine, Texas

*I was provided with passes to enjoy a class with my hubby and to help facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.
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Summer is coming quickly and I know my “me” time and our “us” time will be cut to a minimum. This is why setting up date nights to make our marriage is such a priority. It’s so easy to just go to dinner and to a movie, but I’ve made it my personal goal to look for fun things that are outside of the box for us!

For the date night that we did this weekend (and we do try to do one per month!) we went to Painting with a Twist in Grapevine, TX. Grapevine is only 30 minutes from our house and there are so many great things to do there! (More posts about the area coming in the next few weeks!)

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We made reservations online for the couples painting class, which was also a BYOB. They provided ice buckets and we saw everything from wine, to soda, to just water. This class was so much fun for us. They provided us both with an apron to wear, our paint, and the blank canvas’. They led us step by step on what to paint, allowing us to put our own creative spin on our canvas.

I am super artsy and love to paint, but I get a little nervous about messing things up. Steve is not really artsy, but also doesn’t really care if something isn’t perfect. This was a great combination! He encouraged me to have confidence and I fixed a few of this brush strokes. It was so much fun.

If you are looking for a fun date night idea or girls night out activity, then check out Painting with a Twist in Grapevine!

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well. Classes run around $35-$45 and you can book online. You will see a preview of what they offer each day before booking. They are located near downtown, so parking to paint then walk to dinner would be perfect! They also offer a punch card which will earn you rewards.

Enjoy #TurtleFest at Sealife Grapevine

Sealife treated my family to a preview of their #TurtleFest events. This post is more information about this event and all opinions are my own and are honest.
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My girls enjoy sea life and any opportunity to see it! Not living by an ocean means we don’t get to see these things too often. Sealife Grapevine brings opportunities for my girls to experience a lot of the awesome sea life. They love seeing the Starfish, Eels, and the giant Turtles.

This week Sealife is celebrating the Sea Turtles with #TurtleFest. While you are there you can go through a turtle excluder and learn first-hand how this device helps a turtle escape when caught in a fisherman’s net. You can also take a “Turtle Shellfie” to post on social media – a selfie impersonating a turtle or with a turtle using the hashtag #turtleshellfiedfw for a chance to win an annual pass to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine.

My girls loved seeing them feed Hope. We got to hear all about the techniques that they use to bring the Turtles up for a feeding. It was interesting to hear how they “train” these turtles and more amazing to watch the turtles respond. It’s great that there are places like Sealife that can rescue and rehabilitate these injured turtles.

Go check it out before school gets out and it gets super busy! Turtle Fest is only until the 30th.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -attraction remains open 90 minutes after last admission.

SEA LIFE Aquarium
Grapevine Mills Mall
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051

Groupon: Seaworld San Antonio as low as $35

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Pay as low as $35 per ticket to enjoy Sea World San Antonio right now when you buy this Groupon! This is half off and a great deal! And don’t forget that Preschoolers get to go FREE with this pass! Military and Teachers go free too!