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Dino Snore & Rawr at the Fort Worth Zoo

1 Jun

Bring your family and friends to spend the night at the Fort Worth Zoo!  Your Dino Snore & Rawr adventure explores the Zoo on a guided evening dinosaur exhibit scavenger hunt, morning tour before the Zoo opens and all-day Zoo admission the day after your Overnight.  Enjoy sleeping in the comfort of our climate-controlled Education Center.  You will participate in a craft activity and live animal presentation.  A pizza dinner, evening snack and continental breakfast are also included.

Date/Time: Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Cost: $40 per participant

To register, click here.

Late Nights at the DMA

19 May

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Friday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–midnight; admission $10; members are free

Join us for an evening of music, performances, tours, and family experiences celebrating the exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Enjoy special performances by Native Spirit Productions featuring Brian Hammill, the 2009 and 2011 Hoop Dance World Champion. Meet North American animals from the Dallas Zoo, and stay late for Showdown at the Space Bar and our After Hours Music Showcase featuring Seryn.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

No, Really, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

17 May

In honor of National Dog Bite Awareness Week, I’m re-posting this blog from last year about my daughter getting bitten by one of our dogs.  More than 4.7 million Americans (most of them children), and 5,600 mail carriers were attacked by dogs last year.  Dogs are wonderful, but they are animals.  Teach your kids to respect them!

It happened just the other day.  One of every parent’s worst nightmares – or at least in the top five.  One of my dogs bit my 2-year-old daughter.

Before you panic or shed any tears, let me assure you that she’s fine – it didn’t even break the skin.  Apparently, she decided to pull our 70-pound dog, Ripley, by her tail, trying to drag her into another room.  Ripley did NOT like that one bit, so of course she reared back and snapped at my daughter’s head.  She really only bonked her, but my daughter was FREAKED.  Screaming, crying, and suddenly terrified of Ripley.

And do you know what my reaction was, once I found out she was OK?

“Good.  Maybe that’ll teach her a lesson.”

I know, it sounds so harsh to read that, but I don’t know what else will get it through my daughter’s head that dogs can hurt you if you are not nice to them!  My husband and I have told our kids a million times to leave the dogs alone – that they don’t want to be ridden, chased, pulled, screamed at, hit with drumsticks, etc.  And they probably don’t really want to be hugged every 5 minutes, either.  Oh yeah, and don’t sneak up on them.  And don’t try to run them over with the play lawnmower or jam stuffed animals in their collars.

OK, so maybe there are lots of rules about the dogs, but these dogs are OLD.  And my kids are…well…”boisterous” is putting it nicely.  And all of them being in the same house is only a recent experience.

My husband and I had our dogs long before we had kids.  We adopted our first dog, Indiana Jones, from a rescue shelter.  We lived in a one-bedroom apartment and had no business getting a dog, but something about Indy just melted our hearts and we took him home.  A few months later we saw our second dog, Lt. Ripley, and realized that Indy needed a sister.  Soon, our dogs became the center of our world.  We had pictures of our dogs all around our house and at our respective jobs.  Yes, we were dog parents years before we had “real” children.

And then, 5 years ago, we had our son, followed a couple of years later by our daughter, the aforementioned tail puller.  Suddenly, our dogs became just pets.  They were no longer the apple of our eye – instead, they were in the way and constantly making messes that we just didn’t have the energy to deal with anymore.  When our daughter was only 6 months old, we decided the dogs couldn’t live inside anymore.

For the next 2 years, our dogs slept outside in the backyard.  They had a shed with crates and blankets.  They never stepped foot in the house.

Then, a couple months ago, my husband went outside to brush Indy, and he was mortified at how dirty and matted his fur was.  I bathed the dogs periodically, but they insisted on sleeping under the bushes in the dirt, so keeping them clean was pretty much a lost cause.  But my husband felt so guilty about Indy looking like a stray mutt, we decided to move them back in.

To the dogs, it’s like they never left.  They came right back in and settled into all their old sleeping places.  They do have the kids to contend with, but for the most part, they’re doing amazingly well in the face of my two little hooligans.  And the kids LOVE it.  They think the dogs are two exotic circus animals that supply a constant source of entertainment.  But all children need to learn that dogs, even long-time beloved pets, are still animals that will defend themselves if they feel scared.  We’re going to keep working on that.

So what happened the next morning, after our little one had such fear instilled in her?  She pranced out of her bedroom when she woke up, ran straight to Ripley, gave her a big hug and sang a song right in her face.  Back to square one!

Radio Disney Day at the Dallas Zoo

11 Mar

March 12
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The gang from Radio Disney returns to the Zoo for this annual kick-off to the Spring Break season! Enjoy music, celebrity guests, games, and prizes while exploring all the changes at the Zoo.

For more information, visit www.dallaszoo.com.

Indoor Safari Park in Southlake

3 Feb

Part toy store, part jungle-themed play place, Indoor Safari Park is a great place to go during the cold-weather months when you just can’t take another day at the mall.  It has a miniature golf course, a train, ride-on robotic safari animals, a multitude of train tables, a trampoline, a slide and ball pit area, and 2 birthday party rooms.  Outside food and drink are not permitted, but they do sell snacks and drinks in the back of the store.

Another cool feature they offer, which is a great idea but in my opinion fell a little short, was the ceramics painting area.  Kids can paint a small ceramic item as part of some admission packages.  My kids loved it, but it was nowhere in the ballpark of a place like Creative Hands in Arlington.  Only a few colors of paint were available, and some of the paint was moldy.  Once my kids were done, the ceramics didn’t get glazed, they were just set out to dry.

Overall, the place was a huge hit with my kids.  They loved riding the train and the robotic animals, and we played golf a couple times.  And they burned off ridiculous amounts of energy in the slide/trampoline/ball pit area.

The one drawback to the place, which was a HUGE negative for us, was that they recently installed a TV in the main play area.  For my kids (my son in particular), that proved to be a huge distraction.  The owner, a very nice woman, said that she had just installed to play educational jungle-related videos; however, when we were there it was playing Nick Jr.  If I’d wanted my kids to watch TV I could have just stayed home!

For the Indoor Safari Park website, click here.

Mobile Pet Adoption Event

14 Jan

Bring home a loving new family member this weekend!  The City of Arlington Animal Services is holding a mobile pet adoption event on Saturday, January 15, from 10 am – 3 pm at Bob Moore Subaru of Arlington.

Adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $90 for cats.

Also available at the event will be pet microchipping for $10.

Bob Moore Subaru is located at 1333 E. I-20.  For more information, click here.

Green Meadows Petting Farm

25 Oct

One of my family’s favorite places to go in the fall is Green Meadows Petting Farm.  Located in Grand Prairie, Green Meadows is a huge petting farm where you and your kids can get up close and personal with chickens, cows, sheep, horses, horses, goats, llamas, and pigs.  You can hold the chickens, pet and feed the sheep, and the best part – you can milk a cow!

They also have hilarious pig races and a fun hayride.  And there always seems to be a ton of baby chicks and ducklings, which the kids love.

Monday – Friday, gates open at 9:30 am; Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 10 am.  Every day, they let the last person in at 2 pm (but you can stay as long as you like after that).

Green Meadows is only open in the month of October, through the 27th.  Admission is $12 per person, for everyone ages 2 and up.  Kids 1 and under get in free.  Everyone gets to take home a pumpkin free with paid admission.

If you get a group of 10 or more people together and pay in advance, each ticket is only $9.  Check out their website for details:

www.greenmeadowsevents.com/gm/grand_prairie_map.htm

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