Dallas Zoo Fun

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The Dallas Zoo is definitely on my list of top 5 places to visit in Dallas. For those of you thinking about visiting the Dallas Zoo, I wanted to share some of our favorite things to do when we visit. Of course, this just barely scratches the surface. We only go for few hours at a time, but you could seriously spend a full day enjoying all of the different exhibits.

Lacrete Family Children’s Zoo

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The Lacrete Family Children’s Zoo is full of so much fun for little ones. From petting zoos to sensory play to water play, this area offers so many fun experiences…not to mention the much needed shade!

Giraffe Feeding

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The Giraffe feeding is definitely at the top of our list on almost every visit. This does cost and additional $5, but so worth it!!

Zoo Rides

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The Carrousel and Monorail are so much fun, and they both offer much needed breaks from walking in the Texas heat.

Animal Viewing

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In my opinion, these pictures speak for themselves. The animal views are AMAZING. And you get the chance to see a lot of them extremely close up.

The Dallas Zoo is such a fun place to spend a day! So grab your sunscreen, water, and a picnic and head on over!

5 Places to Splash at the Dallas Arboretum

The second week we were living in Dallas, a new friend invited Emma and I to join in on a trip to The Dallas Arboretum.  Ever since then, it has seriously been our favorite place in Dallas.  We typically go once a week.  It is very easy to spend hours upon hours of fun there, but because we are members sometimes our trips are short.  One of our favorite things to do at the Arboretum is to cool off by splashing.  There are 5 really great places to cool off in the water.

Springs

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The springs are a great place to splash and not get completely wet.  This is also a favorite picnic spot. One of our current favorite activities is to have leaf races.  There have been days that we have gone to the Arboretum and spent our entire time in this area.

Frogs

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The frogs are at the end of Crepe Myrtle Allie.  This spot is really beautiful year round. Be sure to pack a towel and change of clothes if you plan to splash here. Emma normally winds up completely soaked.  

The Rory Myers Children's Garden

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Right inside the gate to the Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden, there is a great splash area.  There are shaded seats along the outside for parents, but NO shade when splashing.  Make sure you take some sunscreen if you plan to go to this area.

Toddler Garden

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The Toddler Garden is right inside the Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden.  This is a great shaded area with plenty of room for your little ones to run out some energy.  This is a favorite for us right now because the shade is perfect for baby brother.

T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy at the Children's Garden

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Emma calls this area the 'hand splash pad'. This is a great opportunity for learning through play.  While older kids will get more, educationally speaking, from this area, the younger kids have SO MUCH FUN here.

We feel so blessed to have The Dallas Arboretum to visit regularly.  It is our favorite place in Dallas, and I will be forever thankful to the friend that introduced us to the gem!

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Packing List for Family Beach Trip

Last week we had the pleasure of joining extended family for a beach trip.  I really was not sure if we were gonna have much fun on our first beach trip with two children, but it was so much fun! We really only wore swimsuits and pj’s...I mean, that is just heaven!

I start to have travel anxiety when it is time for us to go on a trip, so I make so many lists to keep everything straight in my head.  Lists of what I need to do before, what we need to pack for each person, what baby gear we will need, what we need for travel, and what I need to buy when we get there.

Here is my packing list for beach fun:

  • Shade- Either buy an umbrella or rent one where you are staying.
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and Water- We buy prepackaged snacks and use these water bottles.
  • Cover ups (especially for mom-this helps me to feel comfortable chasing around littles)
  • Hats (baby, little girl, mom, dad)
  • Puddle Jumper-We actually only used this at the pool.
  • Sand Toys
  • Muslin Blankets for nursing covers--So much better than a thick nursing cover
  • Rash Guard Baby Swim Suit
  • Wipes
  • Swim Diapers
  • Ziploc bag for phone
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Extra Pj’s (we just changed the kids into pj’s for rest time)
  • Toys (We took a basket full of baby rattles and toys, but only this and this for the 4 year old)
  • Cup/bag for collecting sea shells
  • Stroller or other place baby can safely nap (We took our stroller and it worked great!)
  • Extra Activities (Kite, bubbles, Beach Ball, etc…)

I think the most important thing to take on vacation, though, is yourself.  BE PRESENT. ENJOY your family. Enjoy spending time together without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Packing all of the ‘right’ things will mean nothing if you aren’t present and attentive to your family.

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