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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

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Free Things to Do Around Main St. Grapevine (year-round!)

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

If you're drawn to this article by the word 'free', I am on your team. I love finding out about the things that I could get or do for free with my family. It was this love of freebies that lead me into exploring Grapevine's Main Street in the Historic District. I'm so glad that I found these places that I'm going to talk about in this post. If you're in for a stroll around the beautiful historic district with your family without spending that much money, take a note! 1. Exhibitions at The Tower Gallery 

Located at the Glockenspiel Tower right at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau building, the Tower Gallery hosts a wide variety exhibitions year-round that are mostly free. This month all the way through September 28, you can enjoy the  Picturing Wonderland exhibition which showcases Sir John Tenniel's illustrations that complemented Lewis Carroll's text of Alice in Wonderland.

We learned a lot about the story behind the story of Alice in Wonderland. Didn't know that this classic literature was inspired by Charles Dodgson's (Lewis Carroll's real name) boating trip along the Thames with a girl named Alice Liddell!

And while you're there, you can also visit an exhibition at the Grand Gallery (located in the same building) that goes on through September 18 called the Be the Dinosaur  exhibit.

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Here, you and your little ones get to play state-of-the-art video game technology, view a traditional exhibit  featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, and play around this awesome Safari Jeep right here. Oh, and the little ones get to wear Dino tails as well! Tickets are $4, get them here.

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And when you step outside the building at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., you can watch this free daily entertainment of 2 would-be train robbers, Nat and Willy who are discussing their evil plan of robbing $60,000 off the train. Arrive a few minutes early so you can  read the storyboards located in the viewing plaza to learn the history of these two characters.

2. Chocolate Sampling at Dr. Sue's Chocolate


This place is one of my must-visit's whenever I go to Grapevine Historic District with my family simply because we get to sample their delicious chocolates for free! Don't expect basic flavors, Dr. Sue's offer a wide variety of unique flavors like Hatch Chile Citrus that is a must-try!

3. Coffee Sampling at The Holy Grounds


Not far from Dr. Sue's you can find this gourmet coffee & Christian bookstore called The Holy Groundthat samples coffee daily. You can find gourmet coffee with flavors like Banana Nut Creme Coffee, Apricot Creme Coffee, Amaretto Coffee, and the one we sampled here in the picture, Cinnamon Pecan. Very flavorful, aromatic, the cinnamon is subtle but it blends perfectly with the pecan flavor. I also love that they serve complimentary cookies alongside the coffee, how thoughtful of them! They have jewelries and gifts that you can check out as well.

4. Grapevine Botanical Gardens

Now this is just a bonus, because it's not really located on Main Street, but it's close by and you get to visit it for free.

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If you just want to chill with your family and let your little ones run around for a little while, this is a great pitstop. Beautiful vegetations, fish ponds, walking trails, butterfly sanctuary - this place has got it all!

I hope this article has been helpful, let me know if you know any other place around DFW that has great free activities for families and have a great weekend!

Exploring Grapevine Historic District

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

While a lot of people seemed to be getting busy with Valentine's Day planning, chocolates, and flowers, last weekend was all about NBA All-Star for us. I am not athletic at all, but my husband is, and it's therapeutic for him even just to watch the game on TV. And I think I'm beginning to see why. The game is fast, it's stylish somehow, yet manly at the same time. I have tried to enjoy watching American football (thanks to the Superbowl fever a few weeks ago), but I think basketball is a lot more fun to watch! (no offense, Americans). So yeah, on Valentine's Day evening, we got our eyes fixed on the NBA All Star Dunk Contest, which was won by the 19-year-old Zach Lavine (as seen in the video below). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYbx_PV3318


What's just as fun was what we did during the day that Saturday, which was visiting the vibrant Grapevine Historic District.



I was first drawn to the district when my friend invited me to take a tour to a birthing center on Wall Street (1 min from the Main street). Why a birthing center? Am I pregnant? No not yet, but am planning to get pregnant this year, so I have been scouting a few birthing centers (not hospitals, because I want a more holistic and natural treatment this time) around DFW. During my first visit I found so many cool shops and hidden gems in the area and I thought that the district is definitely a good alternative to downtown Dallas or even Bishop Arts District! The restaurants are much more affordable, though of course, not as modern and hip as the ones in Bishop Arts.

Anyways, I decided to take Mr. Man and J that Valentine's weekend to have some good lunch and a fun afternoon. First stop was Cafe Italia. If you haven't been there, you need to check this place out!! The house-made vodka sauce is amazing, the veal pasta, the rigatoni, and lasagna were all delicious, and the best part is, the price ranges from $7.95 to $10.95 for lunch!! Not bad at all right?

We finished our meal and strolled around the area, learning a little more about Grapevine.




Got some girl scout cookies at the Farmer's Market. Wasn't interested till I saw the face of the little girl who was selling them. I mean, giving her $4 won't hurt right? Her mom was there helping her out, I thought I might be doing that with my little girl one day, so why not sow some goodness today?

Now the weather was almost summer-like, 79 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. For winter, that's too hot! So we decided to have some fruity popsicles at Hip Pop. We really liked the concept of the store. It's all hip-hop-themed, with a giant graffiti wall, a giant boombox counter, and rapper-inspired menus like "Ice,Ice Berry" and "Busta Limes".



The best part is they use all natural organic cane sugar! No artificial flavor and color added. Mama like!

Now it was still Valentine's Day, no matter how cheesy we thought it was. So we stopped by the heavenly chocolate shop of Dr' Sue's and sampled some chocolates for free.



Oh this one's my favorite, and we got them for free!! The joy didn't stop there though. I was so excited to have found an all-season store called Good Things or All Seasons.


They have everything for every holiday you could imagine! From Christmas to Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Halloween, all year round!



I personally like the Kate Spade corner. Look at those polka dot plates!! I can't....I just can't...aaaaaa....gimme gimmeee...



The other stores that caught my attention was Willow Cottage and Holy Ground (you can sample free coffee here!!). If you want to chill and have some tea or coffee (with dairy alternative like almond milk) and pastries, check out Main Street Bakery & Co. !! And you can have some gelato afterwards at Napolis Cafe just across the street.

Definitely hanging out here more often. Sorry downtown and uptown, I think I've found your substitute.