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Cops & Robbers

27 Oct

Now that it’s fall, my children and I are able to spend more time outdoors again.  This summer was so hot that we wound up spending most of our time indoors.  Oddly enough, even the pool was too hot this year.

I love being outdoors.  When I was a kid, you could always find me outside somewhere, playing with neighborhood kids, swimming at the neighborhood pool, riding my bike, climbing a tree, having an acorn fight, judging a talent show, or making a hideout in the bushes.  My siblings and I did not go in until it was time for dinner.

Back in those days, we used our imagination to entertain ourselves.  Over the past few years, I have been trying to instill the same love for outdoors and innovation!

This weekend, a neighbor boy came over and I taught the kids how to play cops and robbers.  You split the kids into two teams.  Half are cops half are robbers.  You designate a “jail” and conversely, a robber “hideout”.  From there, the robbers pretend to steal (we pocketed leaves from the yard).

If the robbers are spotted stealing, the cops try and catch them.  If the cops catch the robbers, the robbers are escorted to jail.  The robbers can stay in jail for a minimum time limit (we made it two minutes, so the kids would not get bored).

If the robbers get away with the theft, they can bring the monies back to their hideout and stash it.  The robber hideout is “base”.  Robbers can also bust their partners or teammates out of the jail.  If no police are guarding the jail, one robber can save another robber.

The cops win if all of the robbers are jailed.  The robbers win if they confiscate “x” number of fake money (we did 20 leaves).  If you can find an enthusiastic group of kids, they might even help you keep the brown leaves off your lawn and they wouldn’t even know it; less raking for the grown ups!

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)

Weekend Calendar Reminder

3 Jun

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on this weekend – click on the links or check out our calendar for all the details!

Friday, June 3:

Dino Snore & Rawr at the Fort Worth Zoo

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

FREE Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion

Saturday, June 4:

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center

First Saturday at the Crow Collection

Free Kids’ Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

Kids’ Fishing at Bass Pro Shops

Kidtoon Movies at Studio Movie Grill (Arlington Highlands)

Animal Exploration at River Legacy Park

FREE Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion

Sunday, June 5:

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Kidtoon Movies at Studio Movie Grill (Arlington Highlands)

FREE Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion

Upcoming Events at River Legacy Park in Arlington

3 Jun

Animal Exploration
2 pm, Saturday, June 4 at River Legacy Living Science Center.  Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

The Mask in the Moonlight!
11 am, Wednesday, June 8 at River Legacy Living Science Center. Watch a story performance about a raccoon who teams up with a famous cowboy to outwit a gang of ruffians. Stay afterward for a discussion with a Naturalist and additional family activities. Presented in partnership with the Arlington Public Library. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Nature Walk
2 pm, Saturday, June 11 at River Legacy Living Science Center.  Explore the nature trails surrounding the Science Center on a family-friendly guided nature walk. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Saturday Story Time
11 am, Saturday, June 18 at River Legacy Living Science Center.  Hear a fun, seasonal story presented by an Arlington librarian and participate in a craft or activity afterward. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

For more information, visit www.riverlegacy.org.

Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – Free Summer Concert Series

26 May

Join the fun at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington for the FREE summer concert series!  All shows begin at 8 pm, except for the children’s shows on Wednesdays in June, which are at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm.  All shows are FREE, except for the Charlie Daniels Band on June 4 –  proceeds from the ticket sales for that show fund the rest of the summer’s concerts, and it is the ONLY show for which a ticket is required.

Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic food, coolers, and insect repellant.  Parking is free around the amphitheater.

Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram Street in Arlington.  To visit their website, visit www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

May 27:  Ambrosia

May 28:  The Quebe Sisters Band

May 29:  The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

June 1:  Eddie Coker (children’s show)

June 2:  Grupo Fantasma

June 3:  Soul Track Mind

June 4:  The Charlie Daniels Band (benefit concert, tickets required)

June 5:  Austin Lounge Lizards

June 8:  Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (children’s show)

June 9:  Cas Haley

June 10:  Carrie Rodriquez

June 11:  Turnpike Troubadours

June 12:  The Spring Standards

June 15:  Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (children’s show)

June 16:  The Orbans

June 17:  Terri Hendrix

June 18:  Rick Trevino

June 19:  Blame Sally

June 22:  Aaron Nigel Smith (children’s show)

June 23:  Katsuk

June 24:  Josh Weathers & the True Endeavors

June 25:  Sonny Burgess

June 26:  The Lee Boys

June 29:  The Biscuit Brothers (children’s show)

June 30:  Del Castillo

July 1:  The Killdares

July 2:  Mingo Fishtrap

July 3:  Radney Foster (Arlington Independence Day celebration with fireworks)

Weekend Calendar Reminder

20 May

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on this weekend – click on the links or check out our calendar for all the details!

Friday, May 20:

Late Nights at the DMA

Taste Addison

Saturday, May 21:

Hansel & Gretel at Artisan Center Theater

Herb Society Festival at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Butterfly Plant Sale at Texas Discovery Gardens

Free Kids’ Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

Kids’ Fishing at Bass Pro Shops

Kidtoon Movies at Studio Movie Grill (Arlington Highlands)

Taste Addison

Night on the Town at Town Park in Mansfield

Sunday, May 22:

Kidtoon Movies at Studio Movie Grill (Arlington Highlands)

Taste Addison

Taste Addison

17 May

Taste Addison 2011
May 20 – 22, 2011

Taste Addison offers a tasty weekend blend of food, music and family fun.  This three-day festival features over 60 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices, national musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine tasting seminars, carnival rides, midway games, award-winning children’s entertainment, and more.

Fri., May 20 – 6 pm to midnight
Sat., May 21 – Noon to midnight
Sun., May 22 – Noon to 5 pm

For more information, click here.

Mayfest at Trinity Park in Fort Worth

6 May

Dates and Times

  • May 5th – May 8th in beautiful Trinity Park
  • Thursday and Friday 3:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

7 Stages of Live Music and Entertainment

  • 3 Stages of Live Music to please every taste
  • 4 Stages of Dance and Performing Arts

Special Shows and Attractions for 2011

  • Great American Duck Races
  • Fun House
  • All American Lumberjack Show
  • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
  • Stiltwalkers
  • Cowtown Wakeboarding on the Trinity River
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife’s “Life’s Better Outdoors Experience”
  • FLIPPENOUT Extreme Trampoline Show
  • Schedule of Shows and Stages

The Zone

  • Everything with the teenager in mind! Including the Giant Human Maze!

Art & Gift Market Area

  • Over 40 booths of handmade craftsmanship and wonderful gift items
  • Youth Art Contest with cash prizes awarded

Tom Thumb Children’s Area

  • FREE activity booths for children ages 3-12
  • Click Here for Complete List

Festival Food

  • All your old favorites and new ones to savor!
  • Click here for Complete List


At the Gate
$8.00 Adults
$5.00 Children 6-12
Children 5 and under are Free

Visit www.mayfest.org for more information.

Richardson Cottonwood Art Festival – May 7 & 8

5 May

RICHARDSON, TX — Apr 06, 2011 / (www.myprgenie.com) — At the Cottonwood Art Festival, pint-size Picassos in the crowd have their own special space — ArtStop, a hands-on, interactive children’s area at the May 7-8 festival at Cottonwood Park.

With the help of more than 100 volunteers, ArtStop creates a world of art that features life-size paint brushes and irresistible activities for every child.

Paint on a HUMONGOUS Monster Mural. Let your imagination run wild making your signature Cottonwood Cool Cap. Throw lots of mud onto a pottery wheel with ArtStop’s “Masta Potta.” Design your very own Cottonwood drawstring bag, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece forever.

Other activities include CastAway, Tile Painting, Chalk Board Easels (for young children), Chisel Away (chisel on a large block of plaster) and Magnetic Personalities (make faces and scenes using magnets on large magnetic boards). ArtStop is a unique experience available only at Cottonwood. Who knew art could be so much fun?

For adult art aficionados, the bi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival, features works from more than 240 of the nation’s top visual artists. The prestigious show is rated the fifth-best art festival in theUnited States, and is the premier fine arts event in North Texas. It is now in its 43rd year.

The festival will run 9 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Road, one block east of Coit Road, in Richardson and is free of charge.

Works on display include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, art glass, woodwork, mixed media and photography by the finest artists in the country. All works are museum-quality.

Cottonwood’s beautiful courtyard/café area borders Cottonwood Lake and is the perfect stop to enjoy food, spirits and live music. The lakeside stage will host a variety of local and regional bands.


Web: www.cottonwoodartfestival.com

Concerts in the Garden at the Dallas Arboretum

3 May

Enjoy the Concerts in the Garden summer series at the Dallas Arboretum.  From www.dallasarboretum.org:

This year’s concert series will have thirty-seven evenings of music featuring the best bands from the area.  We have brought back your favorites and added some new acts that are sure to become favorites as well!  You can choose to come on Tuesdays in the spring/summer (15 performances), Thursdays in the spring/summer (15 performances), Thursdays in the fall (7 performances), or you can come to all 37 concerts in spring/summer and fall!

Gates open at 6:00 pm, concerts begin at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, April 19:  Emerald City

Thursday, April 21:  The Derailers

Tuesday, April 26:  Spector’s Collection

Thursday, April 28:  Fast Lane

Tuesday, May 3:  Havana NRG

Thursday, May 5:  Asleep at the Wheel

Tuesday, May 10:  Cuvee

Thursday, May 12:  Professor D

Tuesday, May 17:  The Killdares

Thursday, May 19:  Hunter Sullivan

Tuesday, May 24:  Kraig Parker

Thursday, May 26:  Hard Night’s Day

Tuesday, May 31:  Tuxedo Junction

Thursday, June 2:  Brave Combo

Tuesday, June 7:  Johnny Cash Tribute

Thursday, June 9:  Emerald City

Tuesday, June 14:  Petty Theft

Thursday, June 16:  Frontiers

Tuesday, June 21:  The Project

Thursday, June 23:  Blaze of Glory

Tuesday, June 28:  Spazmatics

Thursday, June 30:  Quebe Sisters Band

Tuesday, July 5:  Cat Daddies

Thursday, July 7:  Briefcase Blues

Tuesday, July 12:  Monte Montgomery

Thursday, July 14:  Le Freak

Tuesday, July 19:  Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Thursday, July 21:  Key West

Tuesday, July 26:  Satisfaction

Thursday, July 28:  M80s

Visit www.dallasarboretum.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

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