Family-Friendly Fun in DFW

Family-Friendly Fun in DFW

Want to get out this spring but can’t find anything fun that’s family-friendly? We’ve scoured our resources to create a list of activities that are exciting for every age, no matter where you live in DFW.


Don’t let the season pass you by without taking advantage of these area attractions!


Aquariums and Zoos:

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas

The Dallas Zoo, Dallas

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth

Frank Buck Zoo, Gainsville

Sealife Aquarium, Grapevine



Alley Cats, Arlington

Cowtown Bowling Palace, Fort Worth

Bowl & Barrel, Dallas

Plano Super Bowl, Plano


Mini Golf:

Put-Put Fun Centers, Fort Worth and Arlington

TopGolf, Allen, Dallas, and The Colony


Museums and Libraries:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Dallas

Dallas Fire Fighters Museum, Dallas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth

George Bush Library, Dallas

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth

National Scouting Museum, Irving

Perot Museum, Dallas



Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth

Galaxy Drive-In, Ennis

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

Reunion Tower, Dallas

Sundance Square, Fort Worth

Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas


Theme and Water Attractions:

Bahama Beach Water Park, Dallas

Celebration Station, Mesquite

Dinosaur World, Glen Rose

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

Galveston Island, Galveston

Hawaiian Fallas Water Park, Garland, Mansfield, The Colony

Hydrous Wake Park, Allen

Jump For Fun, Southlake and Flower Mound

Legoland, Grapevine

North Texas Jellystone Park, Keene

NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills

Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

Stockyards Station, Fort Worth

Water Works Park, Denton


Photo via Dallas Zoo Facebook

What $1 Million Gets You in DFW

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We’re always interested to see what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring seven homes that can all be yours for less than $1,000,000.


Take a look at a these remarkable homes for sale in Frisco, Dallas, Grapevine, Lucas, McKinney, and Irving.

What $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$999,000: 3808 Greenbrier Drive, FriscoWhat $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$985,000: 12105 Elysian Court, DallasWhat $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$960, 000: 2224 Lakeridge Drive, GrapevineWhat $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$950,000: 601 Isleworth Lane, McKinneyWhat $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$950,000: 1605 Tokalaun Court, Lucas
What $1 Million Gets You in DFW

^$939,000: 2171 Hogan Drive, IrvingWhat $1 Million Gets You in DFW^$920,000: 7 Parliament Place, Dallas

Feature We Love: Built-Ins

Storage is often high on the list of desirable amenities for buyers looking for a new home. As people age and families grow, functional storage is needed to keep organized and accommodate a growing amount of “stuff.” Enter, built-ins.


Unlike furniture pieces, built-ins utilize space more efficiently and flow seamlessly with a home’s ceiling, wall and floor elements. They turn dead wall space into usable storage that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.  Still not sure exactly why we’re so charmed by this feature? Check out the examples below:

Feature We Love: Built-Ins

^3406 Golfing Green Drive, Farmers BranchFeature We Love: Built-Ins

^3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 12E, DallasFeature We Love: Built-Ins

^3218 Jubilee Trail, DallasFeature We Love: Built-Ins

^8411 Sweetwater Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Built-Ins

^6326 Lakehurst Ave., DallasFeature We Love: Built-Ins

^2224 Lakeridge Drive, Grapevine
Feature We Love: Built-Ins

^2506 Sunset Ave., Dallas

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week in DFW is all about anniversary celebrations and fabulous beer and wine-paired dinners. Plus, check out new restaurant openings and closings.


Tuesday, Nov. 18:

Chipotle Benefit for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Grab any meal at a Dallas-area Chipotle today and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital.


Rahr & Sons Beer Dinner at AF+B: A four-course, beer-paired dinner will be served at the Fort Worth restaurant beginning at 6:30. Courses include crispy pork rillete with a brussels sprout chow chow, wood-grilled cobia with clams, braised beef cheeks with farro and a pumpkin cake with haute goat cheese.


Wednesday, Nov. 19:

Eat Meat, Drink Buffalo: Kent Rathbun, Buffulo Trace Distillery and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell are joining forces to bring you a four-course, bourbon-paired dinner. It will be held at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake from 6:30 to 10pm. Email for reservations.


Thursday, Nov. 20:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: What could be better than a night of wine and shopping in Deep Ellum? The Deep Ellum Community Association and Deep Ellum merchants invite you to enjoy wine samplings and explore neighborhood shops. It costs $5 and takes place every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8pm.


Grapevine Craft Brewery Year of Beer: Help this local brewery celebrate their 1-year anniversary with 10 different beers, live music, door prizes, food pairings, and more.


Oysters and Champagne Thursday at Proof+Pantry: This is the second-to-last Thursday to enjoy oysters and French champagne at very special prices. Get in on the fun with Ruinart champagne and East Coast oysters.


Three Sticks Wine Dinner at Grace: A five-course meal paired with wines out of Sonoma County will be served beginning with a reception at 6:30pm. Dinner begins at 7 and includes veal tortellini, pork short rib, pear and smoked blue crostada and more.


Friday, Nov. 21:

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival: The 31st-annual, French-inspired event will be held at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, food tastings, French and American wine and craft beer tastings, live entertainment, a silent auction and more.


Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary VIP Progressive Beer Dinner: Head to the brewery for a VIP night featuring rare beer and pairing stations including artisan cheeses, hot appetizers, and whole roast hog. There will also be live music performed by High School Caesar throughout the evening.


Saturday, Nov. 22:

Chefs at the Market Cooking Class: This week’s class will be held by Chef Joanne Bondy of Stocks & Bondy under the theme of Maple Syrup: The Grading Truth– Sweet and Savory.


Rahr & Sons 10th Anniversary Celebration: Round out the weekend’s celebrations with the brewery with an extended tour and tasting event featuring more than 30 rare beers for tasting. Your ticket gets you a collectible glass, live music from Big Mike’s Box of Rock, and the opportunity to customize a commemorative t-shirt and eat from some of your favorite local food trucks.



EZ Dude and Cepage 2820: EZ Dude BBQ in Deep Ellum has closed and will be replaced by a French Bistro called Cepage 2820. Expect French staples like rabbit, French onion soup and croque madam. Cepage is scheduled to open by Spring 2015.


Mesero Miguel: The Henderson Ave. spot owned by Mico Rodriguez will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 20 under a new name, Mesero. Rodriguez currently owns Mr. Mesero on Mckinney Ave. and the original Mesero in Inwood Village.


Olivella’s Updated Menu: New additions include a cheese dip with house-made bread; a sausage, gorgonzola and tomato sauce antipasta plate; a prosciutto and blue cheese pizza roll antipasta plate; a chicken piccata pasta; and a peanut butter and Nutella panini.


Reverie Bakeshop: The Richardson bakery has debuted a vegan and gluten-free take on the popular Samoa Girl Scout cookie.


Underground Indian: Downtown Dallas now has a new Indian food option located in the 1700 Pacific building’s food court.


Image via Grapevine Brewery Facebook Event

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

DFW breweries highlight this edition of Food & Beverage News. They won medals last weekend and this week they’re hosting some awesome events. We also have some interesting news about new restaurant openings and closings. Check it all out below.



Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where you can find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week in Dallas.


Beer & Plate Pairing: Rahr & Sons Brewing is having a beer and plate pairing hosted by Stephan Beaumont tonight, Tuesday, October 7, at Flying Saucer in Garland. Beaumont, who is the co-author of The World Beer Atlas and The Pocket Beer Guide, will be there to talk about beers and sign books.


Houndstooth Coffee Brewing Class: The new coffee shop on Henderson Ave. is hosting an event to teach you how to brew great coffee at home. The class will focus on the Kalita Wave brewing method and begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8.


Revolver Beer Dinner at Grace: Thursday, Oct. 9, Chef Blaine Staniford and master brewer Cicerone Grant Wood are teaming up for a five-course dinner featuring Thai-style curried catfish, stout-braised veal cheek, and spiced carrot cake paired with selected beers.


Local Brewers Summit: Author Stephan Beaumont will join five local breweries on Friday, Oct. 10 in a prelude to BeerFeast 2014. There will be six special beer selections and small plates as well as a post-summit book signing. The event is being held at Flying Saucer Fort Worth.


The Dinner Detective Dallas: An interactive murder mystery dinner show takes place Friday at Crowne Plaza. Actors will be hidden among customers throughout the four-course meal, making everyone a part of this thrilling evening.


Beerfeast 2014: The 9th-Annual festival in Fort Worth will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers selected by Flying Saucer Drought Emporium’s experts.  The event runs from 1-7pm on Saturday, Oct. 11.



Chipotle Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Options: Next Tuesday, Oct. 13, Chipotles around DFW will roll out vegan and vegetarian-friendly sofritas.


DFW Breweries Take Home Medals: This past weekend racked up the medals at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival awards in Denver. Grapevine Craft Brewery’s Sir Williams’ English Brown Ale nabbed gold medal in the English Brown Ale category and Peticolas Brewing Company’s 2012 Great Scot! won first in the Aged Beer category.  Community Beer Company took home a gold for their Public Ale in the Extra Special Bitter Category and a bronze in the Coffee Beer category for their Ascension brew. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. also took home a bronze medal in the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock division for their The Regulator. Here’s the full list of winners.


Kenny’s Burger Joint in Plano: Kenny’s Burger Joint is now open in Plano’s Lakeside Market. It is Kenny Bowers’ fifth restaurant and second branch of Kenny’s Burger Joint, the first of which is in Frisco.


Mason Bar Closing: The Uptown bar will close on October 18th with a grand finale event. After 3 years in the neighborhood, it will be replaced with a residential hi-rise.


New York Sub Closing: After 40 years in business on Asbury St. in the Park Cities, New York Sub will close its doors on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be replaced by a new branch of Project Pie.


Vertskepbap: The Austin-baed kebab chain, lovingly-known as Verts, will open it’s first DFW location in Addison in October.


Image via Local Brewers Summit Facebook Event

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Chocolate, wine, and cheese- does it get much better than that? The rest of the week is filled with them, plus BrewFest, Food Truck Palooza, and Okrapalooza. You just might not fit back in your skinny jeans come Monday.



Food Truck Schedule: See where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.


Grapefest 2014: The annual festival is back for its 28th year this Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, Sept. 14. Unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment, and family-friendly fun will highlight the event in Historic Downtown Grapevine.


Bourbon Month: Celebrate Bourbon month with The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Thursday night with $8 Knob Creek Flights.


Eden Wine Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four summer wines on Thursday night with Chef Karen Kahn.


Scardello’s How to Pair Cheese & Wine: This event only comes once a year, so you don’t want to miss it on Thursday. You’ll learn the rules behind cheese and wine pairing and why they work so well while tasting 12 cheeses and 6 wines.


2014 Dallas Chocolate Festival: The 5th annual festival will be held at Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event showcases local and national chocolate artisans and features classes, demonstrations, and all the decadent chocolate you can image. More workshops will be held on Sunday in Trinity Groves.


Arché Harvest Party: Arché wines is hosting a grape-picking, Cabernet-sampling day with a lunch buffet on Saturday at the winery’s vineyard in the Red River Valley. It may require a little bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it.


Dallas Observer BrewFest: The 4th annual BrewFest is being held in the all-new Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. Head there Saturday for craft beer sampling , live music and food.


PakPao Anniversary Thai Throwdown: Sunday, Chef Jet Tila is looking to battle Dallas’ best home cook in a Pad Thai Throwdown. There will be a panel of celebrity judges and all guests will get to sample a portion of Chef Jet’s signature dish.


Food Truck Palooza: The 3rd annual Food Truck Palooza is being held this Sunday at Temple Shalom. Participants currently include The Bomb Fried Pies, The Butcher’s Son, Coolhaus, Cravetopia Bakery, Cup Cakin’, Easy Slider, Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Mad Grill, Misha’s Kitchen, Nammi, Rockin’ Rick’s, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, Simply Dosa, Taste of Cuba, Texas Burrito Company, and Tutta’s Pizza.


Okrapalooza: The Lot will host this year’s competition for the title of Okrapalooza Champion, which will have celebrity chefs and home cooks all competing in the same category. Sunday, attendees will get to sample the various okra dishes and sides as well as free local beer and live music. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Promise of Peace Community Garden.


Red Wattle Porchetta and Cocktail Dinner at Windmill Lounge: The chefs at Lucia, Mike Gibsson and Justin Holt, are serving up plates and cocktails, until they run out, on Sunday. Angels Envy Bourbon and Pilar Rum are sponsoring the event, so you know it’s all going to be delicious. A second pork-centric dinner with the two chefs will take place at Oak Cliff Social Club on Sept. 21.


Kobalt Wine Dinner at Grace: Join Kobalt’s owner and winemaker, Kevin Carriker, as he hosts a night discussing wine on Monday, Sept. 15. There will be passed canapés, Japenese Madai, smoked king salmon belly, trumpet royal mushrooms, Colorado lamb and artisan cheeses.



Bahn Shop: The first location of the new Southeat Asian restaurant is opening up on Friday in Park Cities at 5629 SMU Boulevard. The second location is set to open at the end of the month in DFW Airport Terminal D. The concept is fast-casual with a focus on the classes Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich. The company’s owner, Yum! Brands, also owns Taco Bell, KFC, etc.


2014 Caesar Salad Competition Chefs: The chefs who will compete in this year’s event were announced this week. They are Thomas Holt of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chad Kelly of Café Pacific, Andrea Marichich of The Second Floor, Antonio Marquez of Lazaranda Modern Kitchen & Tequila, Mark McDaniel of ReMARKable Affairs Catering, Kenny Mills of Chop House Burgers, Brandon Moore of Ocean Prime Dallas, Stan Rodrigues of Whiskey Cafe Kitchen & Bar, and Julio Peraza of Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine.


Luscher’s: The chef/owner of The Grape, Brian Luscher, is opening a hotdog spot in Deep Ellum that will focus on his signature “Post Oak Red Hots,’ a handmade dog that can currently only be found at local places like White Rock Local Market and the Green Grocer. Other sausages, Italian beef sandwiches, and beer will also highlight the menu at the restaurant, which is set to open by November.


Moviehouse & Eastery: Keller will officially have its own premier theater/restaurant combination beginning November 7. Think comfortable leather seats, made-from-scratch food, and all your favorite movies right in Keller Town Center.


Parliament: One of Dallas’ most beloved bartenders, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, has opened up his very own speakeasy bar named Parliament in Uptown’s State-Thomas neighborhood.


Rabbit Hole Brewing: The D-FW craft brew company has announced it’s newest seasonal ale, “Off With Your Red,” an aggressively hopped red ale that’s the first release in Rabbit Hole’s “Season of Fear.” Click for launch party events and details.


Vickery Meadow Local Market: Launched by the minds behind White Rock Local Market, Vickey Meadow Improvement District, and Half Price Books, this brand new market will open Sept. 21 and run only on Sundays. Along with healthy produce, you’ll also be able to find arts, crafts and other local goods.

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OTD: Last-minute Valentine’s dinner plans


Valentine's Dinners


Well, everyone, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! If you’re feeling remorse over unmade reservations, this Of The Day post is here to instill some hope! We just stumbled across a Dallas Morning News article, which we tweeted out earlier this morning, that outlines 9 Dallas spots where you don’t need reservations for Valentine’s. Some are taking reservations but holding tables for walk-ins and some are not accepting any reservations at all. Either way, there’s some hope that, with a little luck and good timing, you could still have a fabulous Valentine’s dinner! Here are the links to the restaurants, see the full article for more details.


1. AW Shucks and Big Shuck Oyster Bar (2 Dallas locations, Lewisville, Richardson)


2. Boxwood Tap + Grill (Uptown Dallas)


3. Cantina Laredo (Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Addison)


4. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Addison)


5. Lazaranda Modern Kitchen and Tequila (Dallas)


6. Norma’s Cafe (North Dallas, Oak Cliff, Frisco)


7. Pho Chateau (Irving)


8. Tanoshii Ramen + Bar (Dallas)


9. True Food Kitchen (Dallas)


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