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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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Arts, Splash Pads, and Food Trucks -- A Day at DMA & Klyde-Warren Park

Debora Manusama

Summer at Dallas Arts District is always fun. You can start the day pondering upon incredible artworks at the DMA and then chill at Klyde-Warren park both without paying for admission! Here's a look of what these two downtown gems have got to offer!

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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!

Fun and Free! It's Target First Saturdays

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I am all about finding something free, educative, and fun to do with J nowadays. Cause staying at home all the time seems to be causing him boredom now that he walks around a lot.Plus, I really don't want him to be sitting in front of the TV for cartoons on the weekend or playing with gadgets all the time (not that I give him any). So I was so excited when we finally got the chance to go to Nasher Sculpture Center's Target First Saturdays. nasher1

It usually costs us $10 to get into Nasher, but thanks to Target, it's free on every 1st Saturday of the month. They have a lot of fun activities starting at 10 a.m. including yoga at 11.30 a.m, creative writing at 12 noon, and my favorite which is the outdoor storytime that starts at around 12.30 p.m.


The other awesome stuff that we got to do is the Art Scavenger Hunt where we had to find the title of 5 art works that are all displayed in the Nasher and the artists who created them. These ones were one of the things we needed to find!



For some reason, J was so clingy towards Mr. Man. It's weird, but cute at the same time. He only wanted his daddy the whole time (unless when he's thirsty and wanting some milk). And as I said in the beginning, all J wants to do is walking around. We could hardly take any picture with him cause he would always walk away, especially towards the pond.

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We sat at the cafe to have some good chit-chat with our friends Karen and Cesar. Here they serve some good Kids Meal from 11 to 2 p.m.


Their adorable son Ben has quickly become J's best friend. He asks for J all the time, saying "Je-om, Je-om" :) And he even asks for me too! Looking at them playing together got me thinking of having another son soon.

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We even got matching boots. Ah...next year another boy? We'll see :)