How the State Fair of Texas Can Help You TEACH Your Children


We were fortunate to attend the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last year (prior to COVID19) and we were VERY excited to experience this event. From the State Fair Midway and the barns (where they are preparing their livestock for show) and cultural experiences to shopping and creative arts experiences, you can experience almost everything that the state has to offer!

State Fair of Texas attendees travel from each corner of the state and beyond to attend this annual event.

We are all about learning and we use the State Fair of Texas materials to teach learning throughout the year (especially in the summer). Here are a few State Fair of Texas items that YOUR family can incorporate this summer!

1 - State Fair of Texas Idea - Dairy Discovery Zone (Presented by Dairy Max)

How to Make Dairy Dice (from milk cartons)!


How to Make a Moola Bank!


2 - State Fair of Texas Idea - Summer Cooking!

Your children can try a New Dairy Recipe (for Different Age Groups!

Make a Garden Veggie Pizza!

Funtastic Cheese Snacks

3 - State Fair of Texas Idea - Printable Games!

Play the A-Maze-Zing Dairy Maze!

Play the Shake-It-Up Word Scramble

4 - Engage with the Texas Discovery Gardens

Guess what? They are open during the State Fair of Texas AND they also have activities during the summer! From Butterfly Tea Parties to Storytime, the Texas Discovery Gardens has activities for everyone! Check out their schedule! - https://txdg.org/kids


5 - Prepare for Next Year's Youth Contests!

We always like to view the youth projects to give our child something to experience in the future. We love to view the different youth entries, because we have some TALENTED YOUTH in Texas!

Check out the Arts and Crafts Categories - https://bigtex.com/get-involved/creative-arts-competitions/youth-contests/

6 - Learn about Cows and Dairy Farming from Southwest Dairy Farmers

Time to Color - Downloadable "Milk: From Cow to You" Coloring Book
*Here's the Black and White Version - "Milk: From Cow to You" 

7 - More Exciting Educational Materials from the State Fair of Texas!

These are organized by grades (4th through 8th and 9th to 12th). Each activity has a student PDF and a Teacher PDF. Check it out!

These are some of the student PDFs for 4th grade:

Go with the Flow: Procedures and Consumers at the Fair

Energetic Tex: Art on the Move

An Amazing Race! From Local Farms to Texas Tables

Have an amazing time exploring the fair in the summer time!

The expos are great ways to experience the state fair and to discover new products that are available in your local grocery store. The products can range from

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

Sincerely,

The @WeekendsCount Family!

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Did You Know There is an African Savanna at the Fort Worth Zoo?


We enjoy visiting zoos all over the state of Texas, but we especially LOVE the Fort Worth, Zoo! One of my daughter's favorite features of the Fort Worth Zoo is the African Savanna.



This section is GREAT for a day away from home. It is the PERFECT zoo for exploring new animals and different areas of the world. It actually reminds me of one of my favorite parts of Disney World - Animal Kingdom.






Seriously, these pictures are AMAZING and it does not seem that we are in the middle of Fort Worth! :)




What did you think about the African Savanna in the Fort Worth Zoo? Write your reaction in the box below. :) 

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Exploring Catalina Island with Kids - A DIY Cruise Excursion


The Catalina Island port has a lot of free and affordable experiences for families. From free playgrounds and a basketball court to affordable (and delicious) ice cream, your family can enjoy this amazing island. 


These free experiences are located steps away from the cruise port (including Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, and Crystal Cruises) tether boat and the Catalina Express Ferry port. There are many things to do for kids on Catalina Island, but if you do not want to walk too far from the ship, you can enjoy these free experiences.

Carnival Cruise Lines has an amazing itinerary from Los Angeles to Mexico. This cruise provides a lot of discovery experiences for children of all ages. Whether you are planning to explore the island or remain close to the port, enjoy these free experiences!

This is a NEAT list focused on Things to Do On Catalina Island
https://www.wheressharon.com/north-america-with-kids/catalina-island-things-to-do/

To get around the island, you will need to rent a golf cart OR you can take the Garibaldi Bus Service, which is SUPER cute!

Here's the Updated Bus Service Schedule
http://www.cityofavalon.com/transit

Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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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!

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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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