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Fall Activities Around Arlington

4 Oct

HOLY SCARECROW, BATMAN!!  There’s SO much to do around here this month!  Here are a few – click on the links for more info.

State Fair of Texas (through October 23)

Dallas Arboretum – Autumn at the Arboretum (daily in October)

Pumpkin picking and scarecrow building at Gnismer Farms (Wednesday, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October)

Studio Movie Grill – Spookley the Square Pumpkin (weekends in October)

Halloween Crafts at Michael’s stores (various dates through October)

Green Meadows Petting Farm in Grand Prairie (daily from October 6 – November 1; closed October 8-9)

After Dark in the Park at River Legacy (October 7-9)

Harvest Fair at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market (October 15)

Log Cabin Village – Frontier Fall Fest (October 15)

Fort Worth Zoo – Boo at the Zoo (October 21-23 & 28-30)

Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden (October 22 & 23)

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo (October 27-29)

Tips for Breathing Easier this Fall

28 Sep

Last Saturday evening, my husband and I attended an outdoor wedding at the Dallas Arboretum.  The setting was gorgeous—as was the bride and her party.  During the ceremony, I found myself getting teary.  No, I wasn’t overcome with emotion.  Rather, ragweed was the culprit.

Unlike many who suffer through the pollen in spring, my allergies rear their gunky heads every fall.  I’m the one dabbing her eyes, honking into her hankie and swallowing my sneezes this time of year.  I don’t take allergy meds because they often have a reverse reaction, making me hyper.  My most useful strategies are showering at night and changing my pillow case every day so I’m not making myself worse while I sleep.

I’m not alone.  At least 40 million Americans suffer some kind of seasonal allergy.

In this case, the nose knows.

“Sinus health is the foundation for good respiratory health,” says Mike Tringale, vice president at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).  “And we are increasingly finding that relieving nasal congestion makes a huge impact on the quality of life for people of all ages.”

AAFA offers some tips for reducing sinus symptoms, whether they’re caused by allergies, a cold or the flu:

  • To reduce your chance of catching a cold, avoid touching your face or nose.  Wash your hands with hot water and soap regularly, especially after being in public places like stores, schools or offices.
  • Get a flu shot each year to try to avoid getting the flu.  However, if you feel flu-like symptoms, talk to your doctor within the first few days to get medications that will reduce the severity.
  • Manage your seasonal allergies by reading daily pollen counts and limiting your outdoor exposure on high-pollen days, and keep windows and doors closed during the morning hours before noon, when pollen tends to be most prevalent in the air.

Good luck!  Here’s hoping we all thrive this autumn outside and in!

First Fest, a Community-Wide Family Festival

28 Oct

Yeah, I know – another festival…but really, this one sounds great!  In particular, check out the Pumpkin Run benefiting the Mission Arlington Christmas Store – get a head start on helping them out for the holidays.

First Fest will be held on October 31st, at the corner of Abram and Center Streets in downtown Arlington.

From the website:

  • Afternoon of fun begins @ 4:00pm with the Pumpkin Run, a 5k run/walk benefiting the Mission Arlington Christmas Store. Registration is $10 + a new unwrapped toy.
  • Immediately following the Pumpkin Run there is a huge FREE family friendly street party.
  • From 4:30-8:30pm there will be over 20 inflatables, bounce houses, games, a mechanical bull and street performers.
  • Food vendors will be available all day for you to purchase you favorite foods.
  • Kids will be able to Trunk R Treat at over 60 cars between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Mansfield Fall Festival

28 Oct

Saturday, October 30, 5-9 pm

Vernon Newsom Stadium, 3700 E. Broad Street, Mansfield, TX 76063

Prizes & candy!

Carnival booths!

Themed hayride!

Bounce houses!

Petting zoo!

This Fall Festival is coordinated by the Mansfield Police Department in order to provide a safe Halloween environment for families.  Most activities are free, but some (hay ride, food booths, and jump rides) have a minimal charge to cover costs.

For more information, click here.

Got Festivals?

28 Oct

Got a festival to plug?  Is your church hosting a fall festival in the next couple of weeks?  Is your school holding a Halloween carnival open to the public?

Tell our readers about it!  You can let everyone know about your event by placing a comment here with all the info.

Thanks – and have fun!

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:


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

30 Sep

It’s here – it’s really here!  Wait, what?  No, no, not Christmas – AUTUMN.  The cool weather has finally arrived!!  After months of sweaty discomfort, it’s time to dust off the jeans and jackets and enjoy the fall weather, plus all the activities that come with it.

Like many people, I despise Texas summers.  Once June hits, I sequester myself into a self-imposed summer hibernation.  I avoid the sun like the plague (though somehow I always manage to end up with tan lines!).

But when the air finally cools off, I feel like I come alive after months of missing out on life.  Everything suddenly feels bright and new.  I feel energized!  I want to have another baby, write a book, run a race!  Everything just seems so…possible.

As I sit here, it’s only 70 degrees outside, and very windy.  (Just saying that brings a tear to my eye!)  We’ve got all the windows in our house open, I’m wearing pants and a sweatshirt, and I actually played outside for over an hour with my kids this morning.  For me, it’s hard to imagine anything better.

And there are suddenly so many things to do – festivals, races, hayrides, petting farms, pumpkin patches, and of course, the best of all – HALLOWEEN!

Halloween is absolutely my favorite holiday, maybe because my mood in October is just so darn good.  My house is decorated to the hilt, and I run a Halloween food drive in which my family trick-or-treats around our neighborhood to collect canned goods.  It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding!

So get ready – I will be sharing LOTS of fall and Halloween-related activities with you!  After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year!!  Or something like that.

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