Fun Things to Do with Kids This Weekend in Grapevine, Texas!



Our daughter loves Grapevine, Texas so much that every time I am (Jennifer) away at a conference, she literally PLANS a trip to visit this magic city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! She convinces her dad to drive her ALL the way to Grapevine so she can visit Legoland and walk around the Gaylord Texan!

Here's our guide for families who are visiting the Grapevine area.

What Should We See?

You should definitely check out Bass Pro Shops, Legoland Discovery Center, AND Sea Life Aquarium.

Visit Bass Pro Shops!


LegoLand Discovery Center




Sea Life Aquarium


Where Should We Eat?

Dine at the Rainforest Cafe! We seriously love this plane and they have great gluten free options!


Where to Stay

Courtyard Grapevine - We LOVE this place!


Gaylord Texan - Yes, we are Marriott fans and we use our points here!



Great Wolf Lodge - We also LOVE the Great Wolf Lodge!!!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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Enjoy a Day of Science at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science!


If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and you are looking for something EXTRAORDINARY to do with your family, please check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. This museum is truly a GEM for Texans and visitors to Texas!

Also, this museum has a reciprocal partnership with other museums in the area (as well as museums around the nation). We had FREE admission as a result of our membership with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. YES! 

As a mom, I love the fact that they have themed activities. In fact, I thought that these were JUST for the children, but parents can enjoy the activities as well! I sure did! From art activities and reading to science trivia and "science on the spot". These are themed-activities that the entire family can experience.


When you enter the museum, you take the MULTI-STORY escalator from the main lobby. This escalator allows your family to have a superb view of the downtown Dallas!

The first rooms that you experience are the solar system-focused rooms! These are SUPER engaging!


Then, after you learn about the planets and stars, you learn about our prehistoric past by examining FOSSILS! This collection is TOP NOTCH and very engaging for ALL AGES!




Did I forget to mention that the exhibits are VERY interactive and learning through touch is ENCOURAGED!  Look at this exhibit on bird bones! 


After you learn about bird bones, you can BUILD your own bird! Seriously, where else can you BUILD your own bird???



Now, back to those dinosaurs  - mammoth style! You can also discover WHERE these fossils were found throughout Texas. Who knows - maybe you are walking on history when you walk to school and work!




Next, let's learn about gems and rocks. This part is always engaging for me (as mom), because my father always used to take me to a museum in East Texas that was focused on oil and rocks. I know my rocks! :) Plus, through the Perot Museum, I can teach my daughter about the importance of natural resources. SUPER important!




The interactive exhibits focused on the human body are MEMORABLE! I actually learned a lot about my OWN body! 


Yes! ROBOTS! We need our young scientists to learn about the importance of robots so our children can design the technology we need for the future. Think about it. Children need this experience!


Did I mention that our family was ENGAGED in Science Trivia? It was great and we learned a lot! Who knew that we would continue to use the knowledge that we gained in our science classes....from 30 YEARS AGO!


We even WON our prize! This was FRAMED!!!!


Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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Travel Hacks You Need To Try On Your Next Trip - Guest Post


This week, we have a GUEST POST! Introducing Josh!

About Josh - Josh Cornehell is a marketing specialist professional that helps attract customers, convert leads, or even close customers. Josh has been working professionally in this field since 2008. Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

The adventure of traveling starts even just at the moment you are looking for cheap flights and accommodations. Whether your intent is to unwind or to thrill, nothing makes your tour more pleasant than making sure you a capable of tackling any problems that might occur. Hack your travel and have a great trip with these simple yet street-smart notes.


Download offline Google maps to save data.

For some, it is almost impossible to get around without Google Maps. However, buying a sim card in another country can be pricey for just a short stay and you can’t always expect wi-fi to be available either. Good news is, the latest versions of Google Maps allows users to save destinations for later offline use. Simply type in ‘ok maps’ in the Google Maps search bar and load your starting and end points.


Plug in on a Smart TV.

Losing or forgetting your wall plug is a major hassle especially when your battery is running low. If you’re booked in a hotel, look for the USB connector on the back or side of the TV. You can plug your device in that way to get some needed charge.


Make backup copies of your documents.

You can never tell if you’re next in line of theft or loss incidents. Better safe than sorry. Make copies and take screenshots of your passport, booking confirmation, hotel reservation and all other documents regarding your trip. Have printed copies on hand and also send digital copies to your email or even save copies on a USB stick and on your phone. This step is a lifesaver.


Mark your bags as fragile when checking in.

Aside from ensuring the careful handling of your luggage during transfers, your luggage will also be given top priority in the storage. This means you won’t be waiting too long to get your bag back in the conveyor belt.


Get unlimited water at the airport for free.

Airport security keeps an eye on liquids. As much as you want to bring water bottles with you due to the hefty price of beverages inside the airport, you really cannot. Just bring an empty bottle or canteen and refill it at the water fountains after you’ve passed security.


Switch to incognito settings when looking for flights.

Aside from just clearing the cache technique, private browsing will also save you from hiked up prices especially when you visited multiple times from price watching.


Follow airlines’ social media accounts.

Airlines these days have flash discounts and limited seat sales offer which are announced on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check their pages and compare deals before booking.


Use ATMs to get local currency.

Money changers charge hefty fees for buying local currency. Use your card and withdraw from local ATMs as you’ll get a minimal charge from your banks foreign exchange protection feature.


Keep some snacks or instant food handy.

There are many cases when you get hungry quickly and food service is hours away. Bring some instant oatmeal in a Ziploc bag or a packet in case you get hungry on the plane and just ask for hot water. Crackers in packets, gum and mints are always a good idea too.


Bring collapsible laundry bags.

These are extremely helpful when separating your clothes in your luggage. You can easily separate clean clothes from the dirty ones. They can also double as a containers for smaller items so they don’t get lost among everything else in your luggage.


Fanny pack it.

They may look out of style but fanny packs are extremely helpful. They let travelers easily keep an eye on their belongings and keep valuables organized and intact in one small pack. Passing security checks will also be less of a hassle.


Upgrade your luggage allowance for free.

This is one underrated travel hack for packing. If you’re planning to go shopping, bring an extra duffel bag inside your luggage. In case you go over the weight limit, you can move some of your stuff on the duffel bag as hand carry.


Mix and match your tickets.

Ever tried booking two one-way tickets? Book your arrival and returning tickets from different airlines as prices can even be lower. You might also score a flight on the time you like.


Don’t forget to cover yourself up.

May it be a summer season or sunny tropical all-year round on your destination, always bring a pair of pants, long skirts, and long sleeves, according to ecomparemo.com travel advisories. Aside from protecting yourself from unexpected weather change, act accordingly especially on conservative places.

Thanks Josh!

Sincerely, 

The @WeekendsCount Family!

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The World of Wonders Museum in Longview, Texas is a MUST DO Activity in East Texas!


Recently, we celebrated our daughter's birthday at the World of Wonders in Longview, Texas. This was an incredible experience for our family, because it truly entertained my daughter for hours. As a 5th generation East Texan, I remember when an indoor play center existed in one of the shopping centers and it had a water ride, a ball pit, cars to ride, and a party space. This discovery center definitely exceeded my expectations!

The experience made our daughter's birthday complete, even if it just consisted on mom, dad, and daughter. We did not invite the entire family this time, because we did not know what to expect. However, I definitely wish that we would have invited her cousins to enjoy the discover experience with her!

The World of Wonders is DO NOT MISS experience for anyone living or visiting East Texas. It definitely incorporated elements of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout the center.

Here's a video about her adventure in the World of Wonders in Longview, Texas. Enjoy!


"I liked playing with the items in the store and picking up the coal balls with the equipment. I also enjoyed milking the cows while sitting on a stool and seeing the hens lay the eggs. I really liked the stage and dressing up."

When asked by this discovery place is better than the other discover places that she visited in the past,  she stated, "I liked this one because it was just for kids and it is fun. It had fun stuff in it like toys."

The Weekends Count kid was also amazed about the playhouse in the center of the Longview World of Wonders. "It was fun going down the yellow slide," she stated, "there were two ways to get in the house and there is a hidden chalkboard under the slide."

If you are interested in visiting MORE places in East Texas, check out this blog post:


The locations featured include:








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3 Ways to Help You Remember to Pack Important Items for Travel



When you travel, you need to pack almost everything that you will need for your trip. This is especially important for camping and off-the-beaten path travel. For example, you will need to have cooking equipment and food if you plan to camp on a road trip or if you plan to fly to a campsite.

However, there are some weird parents like me who like to save money and cook while in a hotel room (for regular, non campsite) travel. So, this means that I will need to pack food, spices, bowls, utensils, etc. in our suitcases for travel to Florida and California to save money while traveling to Disneyworld, Disneyland, and Universal Studios.

Our packing challenge for all of you is to walk through each essential room of your house when you are traveling.

1. This means, go to the kitchen and write down the essential items that you will need to have in your bag, then go to the bedroom for essential clothing (after checking the weather at your destination).

2. After walking to each room and then adding to your list, consider typing this list on your computer or phone and saving it (so you can use it each time you travel).

3. Then, pack your essential items in packing cubes (or in my case make up bags from Goodwill) and make sure these have a permanent home in your bag. Then you can just use your checklist to double check your items the next time you travel.

Just three easy steps!


If you have a copy of our book, you will find a neat Dollar Tree packing list that can help you get started! These are MUST have items for us!

Here’s Our Usual Dollar Tree Travel Run Check List
▢ Books to Read While on the Trip

▢ Travel Games and Toys (small canisters of play dough, stamps and stamp pads, and the Play Paks are great). The Play Paks have four crayons, coloring books, and stickers.

▢ Ponchos and Umbrellas

▢ First Aid Kits

▢ Zip Lock Bags

▢ Travel-Sized Containers

▢ Pocket Fans

▢ Batteries

Also, here are a few additional items that can have our on evergreen (remember - we are in East Texas and Pine Trees are green throughout the year). :) So we use evergreen, a lot! :) 

Potential Packing List

Clothes

Socks/Shoes (flip flops, dressy, tennis shoes)

Deodorant/Shampoo/Conditioner/Smell Good Spray/Febreze

Toothpaste/Dental Floss/Toothbrush/Mouthwash

Comb/Brush

Electronics

Phone/Charger Cord

Walkie Talkies

Medicine/Creams


Passports/Driver’s License/Some Money

Call Credit Card Company

iPads/Tablets

Bug Spray/Umbrella

Hand Sanitizer/Wipes

Mosquito Bands

Journal - Bring a Journal

Bandages/Wraps/Cream

Enjoy! Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need any help with packing tips!

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count is a Millennial Family Travel, Fun, Food and Activities blog based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. We review hotels, travel and household items, and millennial family experiences!

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

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Contact Information:
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Box #145
Granbury TX 76048
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Flying During COVID19 - What to Pack and Important Things to Remember


It has been over a year since we boarded an airplane. I usually LOVE flying, but I have a TON of anxiety about the process right now. We still earn airline miles through other programs (like grocery shopping), but it is very difficult for me to wrap my head around flying right now.

From domestic to international trips, our family enjoys traveling to new and tried-and-true destinations. We traveled safely on other trips and we cannot wait to travel safely again. Here are some items that we plan to keep in mind when we book and travel on our next trip.

Before You Leave Home

Make sure you know where your seat is located. Are you aisle, center, or window?

Consider purchasing a hard-sided suitcase (or at least a suitcase that you can place under your seat.

Remember to pack your self-cleaning kit (alcohol wipes, sanitizing spray, gel sanitizer, gloves).

Pack some individually packaged snacks in a gallon sized plastic bag. This will help you if you become hungry in the airport and/or on the plane.

Remember to pack more than one mask in your suitcase (and your carry-on bag). It is definitely important to be prepared (just in case).

During the TSA Check-In Process

Pack all of your loose items together in a common pouch (think about your keys, headphones, etc.). This will decrease the level of contact these items will have with germs and viruses in the check-in process.

Consider using the TSA pre-check process. This will probably decrease the amount of time you will spend in line around other passengers.

Remember to sanitize your hands and potentially your bags.

Before You Board the Plane

Think about visiting an airport lounge before your flight. These bathrooms and eating areas are usually less crowded than normal airport lounges. This potentially means less germs.

Considering bringing a drink with a straw. This might be easier to drink a beverage on the plane.\




When You Board the Plane

Wipe down your tray table when you find your seat.

Remember to sanitize your hands.

Relax, you can do this!

This is actually the checklist that I plan to use when traveling for business and also with my family during the next few months. We are looking forward to it!

Did we miss something from our list? Please add it! This list can help save your family a lot of time when planning your next trip. :) 

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!


About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
(817) 382-8475
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8 Reasons Why We Love Imperfect Foods - Plus an Unboxing!


We've had Imperfect Foods for a few months and we are very satisfied with the company, their customer service,  and their selection of products. Our meal planning and our diet have been focused on the Imperfect Foods deliveries.

We've have chances to try new products and experience new fruits through our Imperfect Foods deliveries. Some individuals subscribe to international food boxes to experience international fruits and vegetables, but we just add them to our Imperfect Foods Delivery schedule. :) 

This post contains affiliate links to help you build your shopping list and travel list for your family. We provide easy links for you to click to make your busy lifestyle easier! 

Here are the TOP 8 Reasons WHY WE LOVE Imperfect Foods!

1 - The Selection of Products

Seriously, these Imperfect Foods products change each week and I look forward to their list every week! It is just like a cherry to the top of my week! :) So, if you see a product you like,  order A FEW of them! You never know if they will be on the list during the next week.

2 - The Ease of Ordering

It is very easy to order products! It is almost as easy as Amazon and they send an email to you when the ordering window opens and when it is closes.

3 - The Freshness of Products

We love that the meat and cheese products are on ice when they are delivered. Even in the middle of summer. PERFECT!

4 - The Organic and Conventional Products

If you want organic, they have it! If you would like conventional products (non-organic) they have them as well!

5 - You Can Avoid the Grocery Store

You do not have to walk in the grocery store during COVID! This is super important!


6 - Groceries are Delivered to Your Home!

Seriously, it is like the Jetsons. 

7 - Items are Less Expensive Than the Grocery Store

Yes, some items are less expensive than the grocery store! SO excited about this!

8  - Meal Planning is MADE EASY!

Imperfect Foods enables users to plan their menus in a healthy way!

We love Imperfect Foods. It is a great experience that I look forward to each week. Try it out! 

Did we miss something? Write it down below.

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

About Weekends Count - Weekends Count Magazine is focused on helping people navigate travel, build their family business, and manage their money. We provide tips, printables, and easy-to-understand infographics to help people learn amazing ways to make their lives easier.

We are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas areas. based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Shreveport Metroplex area.

Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards

Here's a link to our press kit/media kit - http://www.weekendscount.com/p/our-media-kit.html

Contact Information:
Weekends Count
Box 501
Beckville, TX 76048


weekendscount@gmail.com
(817) 382-8475
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