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Guide to Dallas with Kids: Winter Edition
Earlier this month we made our way three hours North for our 2nd Annual Dallas Holiday trip. Last year we had such an amazing time exploring the city of Dallas and taking in all of the fun that they have to offer in December during the count down to Christmas, that we decided to make it an annual event. This year was also a little different in that instead of having a toddler and being pregnant, we had a preschooler and an infant, boy is that a game changer.
Where to Stay
We knew the best place to stay in town during the holidays would be the Hilton Anatole. They decorate everything and its magical. The Christmas at the Anatole is packed with events the entire family will enjoy but especially the little ones. Breakfast with Santa, puppet shows and this year featuring Peppermint Park where kids can visit with Santa, read a story with Mrs. Clause, Play game and decorate cookies. Did I mention there is a kids train to ride too! As always our stay was perfect and the location of the Anatole is perfect for exploring the entire city of Dallas.
Where to Eat
TruckYard– The food truck concept is not new to us as its every where in Austin. What I loved about this place was the large amounts of indoor and outdoor seating and that the featured trucks rotate giving you a variety each time you stop in. I had an amazing BBQ sandwich from Easy Slider and The Mister picked a health option with a killer salad from Eggstand. Fun spot for a weekend lunch, Friday night or just to grab a drink!
Steel City Pops– Right around the corner from Truckyard in the Lower Greenville neighborhood is a store front for these delicius pops! I indulged in the Sweet Potato Pecan bar and it did not dissapoint. We snacked on our bars while we walked around the fun Lower Greenville neighborhood and took in all the adorable shops.
The Pharmacy– Located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood it’s your go to for milkshakes piled high with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Not to mention adding everything from brownies to teddy grahams. Since we were sharing with a little we opted for the family friendly version, but all The Pharmacy’s creations are available with an adult twist!
Medieval Times– This was a bucket list item for me! I have wanted to check our Medieval Times for about 15 years and every time we are in a city with a castle it has never worked out to go. One of the best things about the Dallas castle is that it is in walking distance to the Hilton Anatole so you don’t have to worry about parking. A dinner show of epic proportion that even the youngest member of the family will enjoy. Knights on horse back, theatrics, eating with your hands and a chance to dress up in period clothing and pose for pictures. We recommend the VIP package which allowed us to be seated earlier than general seating and JDub loved his VIP lanyard and color themed pennants.
What to Do
Lower Greenville Neighborhood- Stroll the streets of this fun and funky neighborhood. Tons of fun eateries like, TruckYard, Steel City Pops and Dude Sweet. Stock up on local athemed gift items nad apparel at Bullzerk and grab a cup or coffee and people watch at one of the fun sidewalk cafes.
Holiday Parade– I love parades and the Dallas Holiday parade did not dissapoint. Now that I think about it, all of thes best parades I’ve seen have been in Dallas (the state fair parade is also awseome). The holiday parade is free to the public but you can purchase tickets to have bleacher seating. It gets packed and you should plan to be there for the full event. The parade is filled with area dance teams, bands and great local sponsors. The large toy solider balloon was a highlight for the littles this year.
Dallas Mavericks– On a whim we decided to grab tickets to a Mavs game. We purchased the cheaper nose bleed seats, but I have to tell you. There is not a bad seat in that place. We loved it and JDub loved that he could see everything. We snacked on all my favorite sporting event foods, like hot dogs and soft pretzels. We made sure to hit up the gift shop before we left and purchased Mavs gear for the entire family.
Perot Museum– This is one of our families favorite places to visit when we road trip to Dallas. I wrote a full in depth feature on it in my last post about visiting Dallas with kids in Fall. It remains a favorite and this time we were able to take in the 3D space movie and exhibit, as well as spend more time the Children’s Museum. If the Perot Museum is on your agenda I suggest purchasing City Passes for the best prices on tickets to various attractions around Dallas include the Perot Museum.
Deep Ellum Neighborhood- Another great space in Dallas, full of fun places to eat like The Pharmacy and Glazed Donut Works and Serious Pizza. We walked around between snacking and found Rocket Fizz candy shop and B4 a vintage collectibles shop that brought back fun memories of childhood.
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