Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with tickets in exchange for an honest portrayal of our day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. All happy children, fun on rides, and mom tips are my own.

What: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051

It’s located in the Grapevine Mills Mall. I pulled it up easily on my maps app and it was easy to locate inside the mall using the signs both outside and inside.

 How Much: Admission at the door is $21 per person, but you can save if you make a reservation online 24 hours in advance. Children 2 & under visit FREE. (but see my note on the best ages to bring later)

When: Year Round!

I especially love that it’s indoors and outdoors with the splash park–absolutely perfect for this HOT Texas summer we’ve been having!

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

For the past few years, Tyler has been absolutely in love with LEGOs.  For his birthday this month, different LEGO sets were literally the only things on his wish list. Because of this, when we were trying to decide what to do to celebrate his birthday the first thing that came to mind was a trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. I’d heard glowing things about it from a local friend who had taken her boys several times. Because of this I knew it would be the perfect experience for him and Amber as a part of his celebration. When I reached out to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and they offered to give us tickets so that we could share our awesome experience with you all, we were ALL super excited!

We chose to go on a Monday, and I’m glad that we did! LEGOLAND Discovery Center ensures that everyone has the best experience by limiting the number of visitors that can be in the Center at one time. This means that if you don’t purchase your tickets in advance you may have a short wait time to get in. We were able to get in within 10 minutes of arrival.

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The first part of your visit takes you through the LEGO Factory where you get a presentation on where those awesome LEGO Bricks are made! Both Amber & Tyler got selected as volunteers (fun!) and the presentation was the “just right” length for kids (and parents) anxious to get into the fun!

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

When you walk in you’re greeted by a fun and crazy mix of options! The kids were so excited and it took awhile to decide where we should start! We stayed for over 2 1/2 hours and weren’t able to get to several of the main attractions. Though not huge it’s definitely a perfect location for a whole day trip. If, like us, you’re commuting from several hours away it’s also perfect for an afternoon and well worth the drive. Once you exit LEGOLAND you can’t go back in, so it’s good to plan your visit with that in mind. You can visit over mealtime,though,  because there’s a Coffee Shop that offers food options as well as much needed caffeine to keep up with super excited kids.

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is designed for ages 3-10, but my kids are definitely in the “sweet spot” for height and ages. At ages 6 & 8 and being between 40-57 inches they were both tall enough to go on all the rides (some needed me to go with Tyler) and they were both short enough to play in the HUGE epic play place. For our trip it was just me and them, which worked out perfectly for us. There’s not as much for the younger/shorter age range (shorter than 40 inches) other than a cute little play area of their own. I’d recommend that if you have a toddler or baby coming along to be sure you have an extra adult and items to keep them happy while the bigger kids play!

Mom Tip: Be sure to have your kids wear socks for the play place! If somehow mysteriously they arrive without them, however, never fear! You can buy socks at the Coffee Shop for a few dollars (ask me how I know).

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center reminded me of a mix between a kids amusement park and a Children’s Museum, with some fun rooms filled with the city of Dallas made out of LEGOs and amazing Star Wars displays thrown in for good measure! The feel of it definitely had a Children’s Museum vibe–think lots of noise, happy kids, and decent sized crowds. There is a nice restroom available and lots of benches and seating for parents to chill on while kids play.

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

For our trip, we focused the majority of our time on the three amusement park like rides and the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center LEGO Play Zone & Fire Academy (that huge play place I mentioned earlier). The rides were a lot of fun, not scary, and we only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes for each (which you’ll know is not bad at all if you frequent amusement parks or even carnivals often). For the first 2 (Merlin’s Apprentice Ride & Kingdom Quest and the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride) I had to ride since Tyler wasn’t tall enough (I wasn’t complaining, they were super fun!) but for the Forest Ranger Pursuit Ride the kids were able to go all on their own. They both loved this ride where they got to drive the cars all on their own, with part of the track even going outside.

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Things To Do In Dallas, TX : LEGOLAND Discovery Center

There is also a Splash Park, and a 4D Theater to visit that we will definitely be checking out on our next visit. The kids were having so much fun in the Play Zone & Fire Academy that we had to leave before getting to discover them, or getting to play on the LEGO Racer build & test track!

We had an amazing time, both kids were thrilled, and we’ll definitely be headed back!

Have you ever been to LEGOLAND Discovery Center? What was your favorite part?

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Blueberry Hill Farms, Edom, TX

Blueberry Hill Farms, Edom, Texas

 


6/30/16 Update: After I first published this 3 years ago (wow!) picking blueberries every summer here has now become a favorite summer bucket list tradition and we went again this year and loved it as much as ever! Because of this I wanted to re-share about this wonderful place! If you’re not local and want to find out where you can pick your own you can find a local spot at PickYourOwn.org . This year we picked extra so I could make this *delicious* Blueberry Crisp, it was amazing and you should make it even if you have to buy from the store!

What: Blueberry Hill Farms

Where: 10268 FM 314
Edom, Texas 75756

 How Much: Inexpensive — varies (currently $2.85 a lb for blueberries) but we spent under $20 on a two small, full bucket of blueberries and 3 blueberry frozen yogurts!

When: June & July

Picking Blueberries is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so when my Moms Inc group announced that our outing would be to go to Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom, TX I was super excited! There are several pick your own places around here but I wasn’t sure which would be the best to go to, so I was happy to bow to the expertise of seasoned locals!

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How To Go on an Epic Mini Adventure With Your Kids!

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How fun!! Great tips for fun with your kids that's cheap or free! How To Go on an Epic Mini Adventure With Your Kids!

The other day I walked into Tyler’s room to find him filling his backpack. He looks up and exclaims, “Mom! I’m filling up my pack with survival supplies, and then, I’m going to go *exploring*!! In the real woods! But….could you come with me, maybe? You know, to keep me safe?”

After this conversation, I told him that I thought us exploring in the woods was a great idea, and it was also a great idea to bring me along. I just love watching my kids develop their very own unique personalities which are now completely evident. Tyler especially has flourished in developing his interest and desires and communicating them in this past year and his “isms” keep me laughing daily! I am also always looking for ways to raise the kids to be sympathetic and respectful to others, and I believe family time together is a key component to all that!

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Yesterland Farm, Canton, Texas

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Legalese Nonsense: We were given the chance to check out Yesterland Farms as a family so that I could give you the low down on the good, the bad, and the corny! All adorable families, pony ride memories, and sunny corn maze pictures are my own!

What: Yesterland Farm

Where: Canton, Texas right off I-20

How Much: 3-55 $11.95 ; “Wisdom Discount” (aka 55+) $9.95 ; 2 & Under FREE! Plus Go Here for a $2 off Coupon to make those prices even lower!!

When: Weekends September 22 – November 11th

We had a wonderful time at Yesterland Farms last weekend! I’ve always thought when we drove past it on our way to Canton Trade Days and Dallas that we needed to go so I was so happy we finally got the chance to!

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Tyler Rose Garden, Tyler, Texas

Tyler Rose Garden, Tyler, TX

What: Tyler Rose Garden

Where: 420 Rose Park Drive
Tyler, TX 75702

How Much: Free! My favorite! (Small admission to the Rose Garden Museum–to be featured in another post)

I have always been a roses girl! They are my favorite gift and I adore all varieties from long stemmed beauties to sweet smelling wild roses! We had a huge yellow rose bush along side of my house growing up–somehow it thrived even in Wyoming, perhaps that’s where my love of roses began! You’ve already seen in The Azalea Trail that Tyler is famous for it’s flowers, but did you know it’s most famous for it’s roses?!

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Caldwell Zoo Tyler, TX

Caldwell Zoo Tyler, Texas

What: Caldwell Zoo

Where: Tyler, TX

How Much:
Children 2 years and younger Free
Children 3 to 12 $7.00
Adults 13 to 54 $10.50
Seniors 55 and over $9.25

Out of all the cool things to do in our “new hometown” one of my favorites has to be the Caldwell Zoo! I remember the first time we visited in 2011 being so impressed that a smaller city would have such an adorable and well kept zoo!

Since then my love has continued to grow–so much so that we had Amber’s Birthday Party there this year and even had everyone pitch in to buy us a Annual Family Pass as her “big” birthday present.

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Things to Do in Tyler, Texas – The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum

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This week I’m continuing my series of Things to Do In East Texas. This week we are staying right in my hometown of Tyler, TX! A few weeks ago at the end of the Azalea Trail (more to come on that next week) we decided  to go see a little of downtown Tyler and our first stop was The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum. (located at 624 North Broadway)

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