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Last Weekend Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 3:00 PM
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It’s the final weekend to enjoy the Dallas Blooms festival’s thousands of tulips, azaleas and other colorful blossoms and special activities. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” and the gardens house patriotic topiaries, including a large American flag in a raised bed. In addition to hundreds of thousands of flowers, Dallas Blooms features live music on the weekends, cooking demonstrations and other performances.

Ages 5 and older are required to wear masks while visiting the grounds. Reservations are required.

Through April 11, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking, $10 if purchased online. 

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Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth!  Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more.  GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment!  For other ways to save on going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!

FREE McKinney’s Arts in Bloom Festival This Weekend

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 12:00 PM
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Downtown McKinney’s spring festival is returning with a reimagined format to allow people to spread out. The three-day event will feature more than 120 juried artists, musicians, 15 wineries and food vendors. Festival organizers have changed the layout, placing tents farther apart and staggering the openings.

The festival’s footprint will also extend farther east than it usually does to accommodate additional spacing needs, and the main stage concert areas and the large wine tent have been replaced with two smaller stages and an open-air pavilion. There will be a hands-on Kids Creation Station where children can create take-home crafts from kits ($10-$20).

April 9 from 5 to 10 p.m., April 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., April 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. Free admission and parking. For $25, those 21 and older can get a souvenir glass and 10 wine tastings. 

See what else is going on around town HERE!

Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth!  Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more.  GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment!  For other ways to save on going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!

FREE Lowe’s Family Garden-to-Go Kits Available Every Thursday In April

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 2:30 PM
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Every Thursday in April, Lowe’s is giving away FREE Garden-to-Go kits as part of their month-long “Springfest” celebration!

Simply head to Lowe’s tomorrow April 8th to register for your free Mystery Garden Pinata kit. Then, just pull up to your local Lowe’s store on Thursday, April 15th, and pop your trunk to score your free garden project with mystery seed packets!

Lowe’s Garden-To-Go project pickup schedule:

  • April 15:  Lowe’s Mystery Garden Pinata with mystery seed packets.
  • April 22:  500,000 tree saplings given out in honor of Earth Day.
  • April 29:  Lowe’s Butterfly Quest, which helps families create a butterfly garden.

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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 2:30 PM
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Easter is almost here and even during the pandemic, there are tons of ways to make Easter Egg Hunts fun and entertaining! Here are some great ways to make your celebration memorable:

Flashlight Hunt

Put together your hunt the night before Easter. Using flashlights and glow-in-the-dark paint on the eggs, kids love finding the eggs at night!

Easter Egg Checklist

Give each hunter a list of what particular eggs they are supposed to find, “4 yellow eggs, 3 purple eggs, 1 golden egg, etc.”. This turns it into a true hunt and you will find the kids end up helping each other out.

Scavenger Hunt

Make the egg hunt last a little longer by having kids search for one at a time. Write up a clue to put in each egg, directing the hunters from one hiding spot to the next. Put the first clue in an empty basket to get started. The last clue can lead to a bigger prize, such as a chocolate bunny or a new book.

Color-coded Eggs

Assign each child a color that he or she can hunt, then hide an equal number of eggs per child. This is a great solution when your egg hunt includes a wide age range.

Neighborhood Hunt

For a neighborhood-wide egg hunt, several families on the block can get together and hide eggs. Set the boundaries and hide eggs in the bushes, in the mailbox or on the bumper of a car.

Treasure Hunt

Make a pirate-style map of the backyard that marks where all of the eggs are hidden. Include a few good landmarks, but don’t give too much away. For the extra-creative, add a few clues along the path, such as bunny footprints drawn on the sidewalk with chalk. Kids can follow the map to find the “treasure.” As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about finding a lost egg in a few weeks.

Golden Ticket

Channel your inner Willy Wonka and come up with a fantastic grand prize. It can be something as simple as a dollar, or pricier, like a gift card to a favorite restaurant. Hide that in one of the plastic eggs or just include a note if it is something large. Embellish the egg with gold paint or plastic rhinestones so it looks different, or leave it to blend in with the rest. The child who finds it will be especially surprised.

The Egg Zone

For a large group of mixed ages, divide the yard into two zones. Kids can hunt based on age group, so everyone finds plenty of eggs. For the older group, choose more challenging hiding spots, while younger kids can enjoy finding eggs out in the open.

Thanks to the Star Telegram for some of these ideas!

Sign Up For FREE DCT Zoom Brain Break With Mr. Adam, Ms. Alyssa, & Ms. Ania

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 2:00 PM
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It’s time for another fun and fabulous 30-minute Brain Break! Get ready to sing, dance, and share in the fun with your amazing theater friends! Join incredible DCT Musical Theater teachers Ania, Alyssa, and Adam as they lead you through highly interactive exercises and games to get your Saturday started off just right. So come on…Dance! Sing! Take a Brain Break!

Tons of fun. Thoroughly enjoyed by all ages. Sign up now!

Saturday, April 10 at 10AM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Groupon Local Deals~ Lots of Kid Friendly Spring Break Activities

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 11:00 AM
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Do something new this Spring Break with the kiddos! Today only, head on over to Groupon to score up to 75% off Family Activities, Restaurants and Festivals – no promo code needed!

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day With Super Easy Irresistible Irish Soda Bread Recipe!

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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Want to surprise your family with an authentic Irish recipe for St Patrick’s Day? Every year, I make this Irresistible Irish Soda Bread recipe and my kiddos love it!  It is super easy to make and all the ingredients are found in most pantries so you don’t have to run to the store for special ingredients. Serve it with Green Eggs & Ham for a festive, kid friendly St. Paddy’s dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Thanks, All Recipes!

Groupon Deals on Delivery & Takeout From Local Restaurants

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 4:00 PM
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Did you know you can grab a bunch of Groupon deals on local delivery and takeout? Perfect for this weekend!

Show your support for local businesses with a RISK-FREE purchase. If you’re unable to use your local Groupon, you can trade it in for use toward any of our other great local businesses – until you either view the voucher or it expires.

See what else is going on around town HERE!

Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth!  Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more.  GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment!  For other ways to save on going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!