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It’s August, so it’s no surprise that:
1) it feels like it’s 1,000 degrees outside
2) it feels like it’s been 1,000 days since school let out for the summer!
If you are like our families, you have vacationed, camped, day camped, swam and generally worn yourselves out “summering”! Last week we featured some fun indoor activities to keep your kids entertained in the dog days of summer, but this week we are switching it up and bit!
Whether you are headed to the beach, about to tackle ANOTHER road trip or are just tired and ready to chill on the couch for a few hours, we have the perfect summer reading list for your kiddos! Recommended by the kids in our own LECPTA Book Club, these books are sure to keep your kids entertained over the LONG dog days of summer.
List of Books (as recommended by our kiddos) in no particular order:
Jedi Academy Series
The 39 Clue Series
The Secret Rescuers Series
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Trilogy
Clifford Finds a Friend
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Captain Underpants (recommended multiple times and a sure crowd favorite!)
The Land of Stories Series
Wondering how much water your lawn needs in this heat wave? We were (especially after opening our own water bills this month!) and we reached out to our favorite, local, East Dallas gardening expert for her recommendations!
"Your lawn needs between 5 and 10 minutes of watering twice a week at the most to remain healthy, says Courtney Esposito of Bee Contained, "Overwatering your lawn is not only wasteful to your pocketbook it is wasteful to our most precious resource."
The City of Dallas passed a Water Conservation ordinance in 2012 which limits "non-essential" watering to twice a week. This ordinance is in effect starting April 1 and runs through October 31st. Since the water conservation program began, Dallas has decreased the number of gallons used per capita/per day by 22% - a number that really makes an impact when you think about how much Dallas is expected to grow (and how much water we will be using) over the next 10-20 years! Variances may be given for new landscaping that needs additional watering to take hold and residents are permitted to use soaker hoses and hand watering at their discretion.
Our friends at The Richards Group just launched their third iteration of the Water Is Awesome Campaign for the City of Dallas and the Tarrant Regional Water District. The goal of this year was to get residents to sign up for weekly watering advice. The watering advice uses weather stations from all across Dallas/Fort Worth to give you a precise amount of watering for your zip code. To sign up go here.
How do you conserve water when it's this hot outside - we want to know! Send us your own tips and tricks.
What to do in Dallas when it’s HOT!
by Heather Guild
One of the reasons I love living in Dallas is that there is always something fun and interesting to do---fast forward to August in Dallas when it’s unbearably hot and it’s essential to seek out indoor activities! We recently had friends visit from out of town and treated their trip as a mini-staycation, exploring different attractions around town. As the forecast is calling for one of the hottest weeks in the last few years to settle upon Dallas this week, I’m sharing some of our favorite indoor activities for you and your family this week!
This may be my son’s new favorite activity! Designed to simulate skydiving, IFly offers kids as little as 5 an opportunity to “fly” in their windtunnel. Each flight provides two-1 minute flights with an option to go “high” on the second flight. A great half day of fun for all ages (I may have even tried it out)! If you love the experience, you can buy additional flights for future use at a discounted price AFTER you finish your session. Need to make this a full day’s worth of fun? Finish your flight and head over to the Dave and Buster’s next door!
It’s no surprise that The Perot Museum tops any list of great indoor activiites, but even if you have already been this summer, the new “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit is worth going again! An interactive exhibit on Pangea fascinated everyone in our group and the checklist of activities to complete before leaving the special exhibit kept our kids goal oriented and entertained! Plus, it’s always fun to race the dinosaurs in the SPORTS HALL!
Bowl and Barrel
I love this place, but it’s not usually our first option for economical bowling with the kiddo. That being said, they are running a fantastic summer promotion! Every Monday-Wednesday, kids can bowl for an hour and get shoes, lunch and a drink for $10! Plus, the happy hour specials from 3-5 are pretty awesome too! I think that makes this a win for everyone!
Other indoor activity ideas:
Catch a movie at the Alamo Draft House in Lake Highlands!
Spend the day rock climbing at Summit
Check out the new Crayola Experience in Plano! (everyone I know who has gone said their kids loved it!)
Enter the Oval Office and Situation Room at the George W. Bush Presidential Library
Visit the newest indoor water park in DFW at Epic Waters
Have a favorite indoor Dallas activity - we want to know about it!
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Cool things to do in & around Downtown Dallas
Do your kids like to dance? Do you? If you haven't attended a Disco Kids night at It'll Do, you have to add this to your family "bucket list". At only $5 per child this a great night for all to strut their stuff on a light-up dance floor to the sound of lots of great music.
Safari Nights Concert Series at the Dallas Zoo
Whether you're a science buff or just have a curious mind, the world-class Perot Museum offers a treasure trove of goodies that are certain to fascinate visitors of any age. Opened in 2012, this stunning 180,000-square-foot architectural gem, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis-- features five floors of mind-blowing exhibit halls filled with hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and a state-of-the-art multimedia cinema. Highlights include a children's museum with a dinosaur dig, a hall of gems and minerals with a 5-foot geode and an earth hall where you can experience an earthquake. Not to be missed is the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall where explorers can build robots and create their own digital music. A good way to start is to take the external glass escalator up to the top and work your way down while enjoying the panoramic views of downtown Dallas.
Native Texas Park Bluebonnet Toursat George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Led by docents from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the free guided walking tours take visitors through the one-mile network of trails on the Bush Center’s grounds. The tour showcases bluebonnets and other native wildflowers along with a variety of native plants and grasses, migrating butterflies and birds. The free docent guided tours are offered Saturdays at 10 and 11 a.m. until June 2. Space is limited and tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. Self-guided tours of the grounds are free every day from sunrise to sunset.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
This living history village, located in one of the city's oldest parks on the southeastern edge of downtown-- allows visitors to experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The village is comprised of thirty-eight restored and fully furnished buildings, some of which include-- a log cabin, a Greek Revival style mansion, a school house, a shotgun house and a farmstead. Kids will especially like the general store where they can weigh products, wrap up merchandise and sit around an old stove playing a game of checkers. Adding to the atmosphere are costumed docents, live farm animals and a host of recurring events, ranging from mock gunfights to historical reenactments.
Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas' Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world. In addition to stingrays, piranhas, electric eels, poison dart frogs and Orinoco crocodiles, the aquarium boasts a 20,000-gallon walk-through exhibit brimming with hundreds of Indo-Pacific fish-- as well as a forty-foot long glassed-in tunnel filled with sharks circling overhead. But there's more than fish that meets the eye, visitors can commune with everything from three-toed sloths, manatees and giant river otters to penguins, snakes, tree kangaroos and even a few jaguars. There's also a lush three-level (seven stories in height) recreated South American rain-forest-- complete with free-flying birds, pink flamingos, monkeys and a 40-foot waterfall. Not-to-be-missed are the talks and feeding sessions held throughout the day. Be sure to check the website schedule before you go.
Looking something HIPPITY and HOPPITY to do this Easter weekend? The Heather Guild Group Blog has gathered some exciting Easter events in the Dallas / Fort Worth area! Take a look below to find something fabulous and fun for all ages.Read More