Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fritz Petting Farm in Irving

I had to run an errand to Irving and the kids weren't excited about it.  I told them I'd find something fun for them while we were there.  So we stopped by Fritz Park Petting Farm!

There are some animals, like the turkey, that are in cages that you can't access because you probably don't want to really pet a turkey and take a chance at being pecked.

However, most of the farm has big fenced in areas for animals to wander around.  You can just reach in and pet them.

The goat and rabbit area has a gate and you are allowed to just walk in and play with the animals!

This bunny was so silky smooth.  Rachel spent a lot of time with her but the goats kept coming over and trying to get to the cage.  They liked to rub up against it to scratch themselves!

We saw a momma and daddy duck and then realized they had 4 eggs waiting to hatch!

There was a chicken and a rooster in a big pen.  My kids discovered that the birds liked eating weeds fed to them.  I think they only got pecked once and then they decided to quit feeding them.

This sneaky guy found a way to get out of the pen.  Rachel was brave and found a keeper to explain the situation to.  He thanked her but said that the rooster often finds ways out of the pen!

There are two friendly donkeys that love to be scratched.  They were a little bit smelly though.

Nicholas seemed most fascinated with the peacock.  He sat next to him and they chatted for a bit.

It's hard to imagine that this same bird can go from that to this!  What a beautiful display!

The kids remembered our study of Greek mythology and the myth of how the peacock got its beautiful feathers.  Zeus, king of the gods, was married to Hera but he had a thing for Hera's assistant, Io.  Hera found out and turned Io into a cow.  She gave Io to her servant Argus and told him to watch over her.  Argus had 100 eyes all over his body so it would seem to be an easy task for him.  However, Zeus had Argus killed and Hera took his eyes and placed them on the tail of a peacock as a memorial for him.

The front of the tail is so colorful but the back just looks so spiny.  Those feathers are incredibly long!

It's been a few years since we last visited Fritz Petting Park.  Check out our last visit HERE.

Fritz Park Petting Farm is located at 312 E. Vilbig in Irving, TX.  The petting farm is open from 10:00 - 6:00 Tuesday - Saturday and 2:00 - 6:00 on Sunday.  Admission is FREE!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Fun {Eat & Play} at LEGOLAND Discovery Center DFW

I was invited to check out the new cafe at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine yesterday. I just love the new Coffee Shop look!  

It looks like it is really made of LEGOS, doesn't it?  It even has a canopy-covered entry, windows with cute LEGO flower-filled window boxes and terrace-like seating.  So cute!

The interior features a coffee shop counter design, exposed brick details, pendant lighting (the red ones are giant LEGO bricks!), along with booth and bistro seating. It's so much more inviting than their previous cafe design.

They now offer Starbucks signature coffee and tea beverages.  The Frappuccinos are so refreshing on a hot summer day!

Rachel loves that they have even have drink options that aren't coffee-based like Double Chocolate Chip and especially the Vanilla Bean drink that she ordered.  So refreshing!

They now offer a great selection of food items as well from sandwiches to salads and even cinnamon rolls and ice cream.

Some of their menu items are made fresh daily by Grapevine's Main Street Bread Baking Company.  I tried a turkey sandwich.  It was quite good.

Of course, the freshly baked chocolate chip cookie was delicious and the perfect way to top off a fun lunch with my girl!

I love the new variety in the food menu options.  It makes it easier to stay all day and play when you can take care of the munchies anytime they call.

After our bellies were full, Rachel had a chance to spend some one-on-one time with a LEGO Master Builder. 

She built a LEGO flower like the cute ones in the Coffee Shop window boxes.

Once she was done building we decided that there was no better way to beat the heat than getting wet on the outdoor Pirate Beach.

Rachel loves the jets and fountains on the shipwrecked pirate vessel playground.  There are squirt cannons, water jets, and water slides.  

But the most fun is the 50 gallon pirate bucket that dumps water on the kids every few minutes.  That's a lot of water!

Splash!  Followed by lots of squeals and giggles...

There are several interactive models around the beach as well as lots of soft giant LEGO bricks to build to your heart's content.

For more information visit LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw or call 877-818-1677.  LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, Texas 76051.

LEGOLAND Hours:  Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - last admission two hours prior to closing.

LEGOLAND Ticket Prices: Admission is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older, free for kids 2 and under.

As we were leaving I noticed that Grapevine Mills now offers Valet Service outside of the LEGOLAND entrance.  Considering the crazy heat we get in the summers, I just might have to try this next time we come.