FRIDAY — AN EVENING IN DALLAS
The best place to start your Friday night is Hat Creek Burger Co. This restaurant is literally my favorite hidden gem in Dallas! Not only does Hat Creek have a menu everyone in the family will enjoy, but the layout of the restaurant itself is very kid friendly. They have the coolest (yet safest) outdoor playground, and part of it includes an old Airstream RV trailer. So cool!
Just a few minutes away from Hat Creek Burger Co., you’ll find Klyde Warren Park — A public park built on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It has a kid’s playground, food trucks, a splash area and a stage in the middle of the park where events and activities are hosted daily! It’s the perfect place to play in the middle of the city. When my family visits the park, we love riding the M-Line Trolley, which offers free tours around McKinney Avenue and the surrounding areas.
Wrap up your evening in Trinity Groves, located just a few minutes away from Klyde Warren Park. I’d suggest taking a walk along the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge for an awesome view of the beautiful Downtown Dallas skyline! Whether you want to snap a family photo or sit back, relax and watch the sunset, this is where you’ll want to soak in the evening before heading to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
SATURDAY — EXPLORING FRISCO
This local restaurant is one of the most kid-friendly breakfast spots in Frisco! I recently ate there and met the owners (who are simply the sweetest). As parents themselves, they designed the restaurant to be as family-friendly as possible. Plus, the menu has a huge variety that will satisfy everyone’s hunger. One of my favorite options is the kid’s mac & cheese, because it has little pieces of cauliflower mixed in the pasta and even the picky eaters don’t realize that they’re eating vegetables! Isn’t that the best? To top it all off, their patio has a very comfy sitting lounge and a kids play area. It’s a great place to start your morning off right!
The weather in Texas is so unpredictable, it’s not even funny. My kids hate when the weather ruins our plans for going to the park! On the bright side, Little Humans Big Fun has changed the game for every parent. They have an interactive and engaging indoor play area for children ages 12 months to 8 years old, and my kiddos love it. The child admission fee includes one free entry for adult and a complimentary beverage, such as coffee, latte, tea, water or cappuccino. Yes, please!
Let’s be honest—every parent needs and deserves a cup of joe. This family-friendly coffee shop is rated 5 out of 5 stars in my book, and every time I come across the opportunity to recommend a coffee shop, I brag about this place! Not only is Summer Moon Coffee is super cute, it’s super kid friendly. They have a little kids “reading/activity corner” (toys are provided), an outdoor seating patio, high chairs and even a changing table inside the men’s restroom! It’s one of the smallest details that makes the biggest difference. Of course, their coffee is delicious. Summer Moon makes their own creamer with a “secret” ingredient, which is THE best I’ve ever had…and as a mother of three kids, believe me when I say I’ve tried many.
Minutes away from Summer Moon Coffee, you’ll find the only video game museum in the entire country (curated from the owner’s personal videogame collection). My favorite part is that this isn’t your typical museum, where you look at the items through a glass and take pictures. At the NVMUSA, you get to look and play with the video game consoles. Trust me, the whole family will have fun here! When my husband and I visited the museum with our kids, we thought it would just be them going crazy over the video games. Little did we know, we’d all spend hours going crazy playing video games and having a blast!
End your Saturday adventures at The Star, a must see when exploring Frisco. If you love the Dallas Cowboys, you should definitely stop by! It’s the Cowboys Headquarters and where the Cowboys practice. You can tour the facilities, or enjoy an event on outside field. There’s also a store where you can snag some exclusive Cowboys gear, many great photo-ops, and lots of different restaurants where you can grab dinner with your family. We recently visited Mi Cocina at the Star, and I highly recommend eating there (especially if you like delicious tex-mex food, tasty drinks and great customer service).
SUNDAY — SEE SOUTHLAKE
This hippie-themed donut shop in Southlake is a great “foodie” stop, perfect for #SundayFunday breakfast! Whether you’re a fan of Donuts or not, it’s almost impossible to not drool over these adorable donuts. Each one is made to order, so they come out hot off the fryer every time. Plus, they’re decorated and topped with the most unbelievable flavors you can imagine. Totally Insta-worthy!
Urban Air is great for the whole family! My husband and I always get a good workout in every time we go here and play with our kiddos. They really enjoy running and jumping around here (especially in the Dodgeball Pit), which is great because it helps them wear off energy after all that sugar from the donuts! If you’re planning to spend some time at Urban Air, I’d suggest getting the Ultimate Attractions tickets. The Rope Course and Sky Rider Coaster are just too cool!
A trip to North Texas isn’t complete without local barbecue! Feedstore is a Southlake favorite. They have drool-worthy BBQ, and after dinner, you can walk over to say hi to the animals next door. There’s usually donkeys and cows hanging out in the pasture, and sometimes they even come close to the gate (especially if you’re carrying out leftovers from the restaurant). It’s definitely a unique experience, and a great way to end your family vacay.