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DFW Family Fun Fall Roundup

Let’s move this year along, shall we? Bring on Fall and all that Texas has to offer. In case you’re feeling the fall vibes too, here are a few fun things to do with your family to get everyone in the mood for autumn!

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Pumpkin Picking
Blase Family Farm

Photo Credit: Blase Family Farm

WHAT: A small pick-your-own family farm offering pumpkin picking in October by reservation. REGISTER HERE.

WHERE: 1232 E Fork Drive, Rockwall, Tx 75087

WHEN: Through November 1st

Facebook: @BlaseFamilyFarm 

Instagram: @blasefamilyfarm

 
 
 
 

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Photo Credit: Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

WHAT: A family-friendly pumpkin patch located on a small farm. You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from ranging in size from the very small to the largest you’ll ever see, as well as cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments!  Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture all the great smiles!

WHERE: 5100 Cross Timbers Rd Flower Mound, TX 75028

WHEN: Through October 31st, 9 am-7 pm.

COST:  $10 weekdays and $20 weekends per car and covers entry, parking, and activities. Attendance is by reservation only! Your reservation payment is per car, so load up family members! You can make an appointment for a desired time slot up to 30 minutes before the start time. NOTE: Reservations can not be made during a current time slot.

Facebook: @flowermoundpumpkinpatch

Grace Ave. United Methodist Church, Frisco

Photo Credit: Grace United Methodist Church, Frisco

WHAT: Pumpkins on the Prairie has been a beloved tradition in the Frisco area for over 15 years. Each year people come from miles to share in the joy that a day outside in the fall weather brings to people of all ages. Families come for pictures, to find that perfect pumpkin, and just to be together. There will be pumpkins and photo ops for everyone. 

WHERE: 3521 Main Street, Frisco, Texas 75034

WHEN: Oct 17-31, 2020, Monday-Friday: 3-6 pm; Saturdays: 10 am-6 pm; Sundays: 1-6 pm

Facebook: @pumpkinsontheprairie

Green Meadows Petting Farm at Camp Wisdom

Photo Credit: Green Meadows Petting Farm

WHAT: Spend a relaxing day on the farm! Milk a cow, play with the animals, cuddle a bunny, take a hayride, play in the haymow, pony rides for kids, pumpkin patch, and so much more! Family run business since 1964 where memories are made!

WHERE: 6400 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas, TX 75236!

WHEN: Oct. 9-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-Nov. 1st. Thursdays- Sundays: 10 am to 3 pm; Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 

COST:  Cash: $14.00 – 2 yrs & up; Credit: $14.50 – 2 yrs & up; Under 2 years – FREE. CLICK HERE TO GET A DISCOUNT

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

Photo Credit: Hall’s Pumpkin Farm

WHAT: Family farm since the 1920’s, now open for the corn maze, pumpkins, farm animals, hayrides, hay house, hay maze, and fun for all ages. They have big pumpkins, little pumpkins, sweet pie pumpkins, fairy-tales, cinderellas, gourds of all kinds, hay bales, and corn stalks too! Of course, their pumpkins are for sale! There will also be picture snappin’ opportunities including scarecrows, haystacks, farm animals, and a vintage farm tractor.

WHERE: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, Texas 76051

WHEN: 11 am-8 pm; Hayrides start at noon.

COST:  $10.00 (Includes admission into the corn maze).

Facebook: @HallsPumpkinFarm

Mainstay Farm – 2020 Fall Pumpkin Days

Photo Credit: Mainstay Farm

WHAT: Visit the Biggest Backyard in Texas and enjoy over 40 attractions and delicious food and drinks that you won’t believe came from a farm, including wine chillers, Mainstay Farm Wine, and freshly squeezed lemonade!

WHERE: 1004 W. Bethesda Rd., Cleburne, TX 76031

WHEN: Through Nov. 1st. WEEKDAY HOURS: Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm; WEEKEND HOURS: Friday Evening: 5 pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

COST:  Varies. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. NOTE: All sales are final & non-refundable. 

Facebook: @mainstayfarm

Instagram: @mainstayfarmpark

Preston Trail Farms & the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

Photo Credit: Preston Trail Farms

WHAT: Set along the historic Shawnee trail, Preston Trail Farms offers a destination farm with a cafe, gift shop, feed, and hardware store. And, they are the home of the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm! Their pumpkin farm offers visitors a chance to experience blossoming small green pumpkins right on the vine in their pumpkin patch, hayrides, a 6-foot hay maze, and a petting farm for a taste of the country life. 

Here’s my review of the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trails.

WHERE: Preston Trail Farms, 15102 TX-289, Gunter, TX 75078

WHEN: Through November 25, Monday-Sunday, 8 am-8 pm

COST: $10 per person – Farm Train included! Children under 2 are FREE! 

NOTE: They welcome well-behaved dogs on a leash

Facebook: @prestontrailfarm

Instagram: @prestontrailfarm

Storm Farm

Photo Credit: Storm Farm

WHAT: Fall has arrived at Storm Farm, a family-owned small business with fresh veggies and pumpkins!

WHERE: 3010 South Bowen Rd. Arlington, TX 76016

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 12-7 pm and Saturday, 24 & 31, 10 am-7 pm 

Facebook: @stormfarms

 
Storybook Ranch McKinney

WHAT: It’s time for the pumpkin patch and the River Ranch Educational Charities’ Annual Fundraiser! A variety of pumpkins will be available for purchase. Sizes, colors, and prices will vary. A self-serve photo area will be available for paying clients.

WHERE: 3701 S. Custer Rd. McKinney, TX, 75070

WHEN: Every day through November 1, 10 am until dark

COST:  Adults are $5/each and includes access to the Pettin’ Zoo and a mini Wagon Ride through the western town. Kids 2 and older are $15/each which includes: Hay Maze, Pony, and Horsey Rides, Pettin’ Zoo, Slide Bounce House and Obstacle Course, Field Day Games, and a mini Wagon Ride through the western town. One small mini pumpkin is included while supplies last. Kids under 2 are free but does not include pony/horse rides or pumpkin. No reservations required.

NOTE: Parking is Free; No pets allowed; No outside food or alcohol allowed.

All proceeds from the annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser support River Ranch Educational Charities’ programs for low income and at-risk youth and the high-functioning special needs communities. 

Team Family Farms

Photo Credit: Team Family Farms

WHAT: 5th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Farm Fall Festival. Activities are very spread out to allow for social distancing.

WHERE: 1042 W Sherman Dr, Aubrey, TX 76227

WHEN: Through November 8, 10 am-7 pm

 

COST: $10 ages 2yrs and up; Parking is FREE

NOTE: This is a working farm, closed-toe shoes recommended. No pets allowed at this time.

Facebook: @teamfamilyfarms

Instagram: @teamfamilyfarms


Autumn at the Arboretum – Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition

Photo Credit: Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden

WHAT: The Art of the Pumpkin, presented by Reliant, is a nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin VIllage. It features four 20-foot tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Guests can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb, and vegetable garden. 

WHERE: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

WHEN: Through Nov. 1, 9 am-5 pm

COST: Varies. RESERVE TICKETS HERE.

Facebook: @dallasarboretum

Instagram: @thedallasarboretum


Grapevine Farmers Market

Photo Credit: farmersmarketofgrapevine.com

WHAT: Eat healthy with locally and regionally grown produce from Texas farmers, all in the heart of downtown Grapevine. You’ll find incredible produce, awesome vendors, and the most fascinating selection of food products! The Grapevine outdoor farmers market is an experience you just can’t miss!

WHERE: Town Square Gazebo, 520 South Main Street #203, Grapevine, TX 76051

 

WHEN: Mondays – Saturdays: 8 am-8 pm, Sundays: 9 am-6 pm

Facebook: @fmograpevine

Twitter: @fmograpevine


Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru & State Fair of Texas From Home

Photo Credit: Bigtex.com

WHAT: Enjoy a progressive fair food experience and get your favorites from concessionaires FROM YOUR CAR with the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru! You can also get your annual photo with Big Tex, play a Midway game from your car, listen to live music, view new vehicles in the auto show displays, and hear Big Tex’s voice live! 

Here’s how my family and I got our annual State Fair fix at the drive-thru.

Or, enjoy the Fair From Home. The team at the State Fair of Texas has curated a collection of fun-filled virtual events celebrating Texas, downloadable Fair activities for the kids, and all-new digital and video content to allow you to create new Fair traditions and celebrate your favorite aspects of the State Fair of Texas.

WHERE: Historic Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210

WHEN: Weekends through October 18th from 10 am-6 pm with all tickets pre-sold in three entry windows or online.

COST: Varies. Purchase Your Drive-thru TIckets Here.

Facebook: @statefairoftx

Twitter: @StateFairOfTX


30th Anniversary Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

Photo Credit: Alliance Air Show

WHAT: One of the largest, longest-running, and most successful civilian air shows in the nation will now be North Texas’ first drive-in air show experience. Voted number one “Best Air Shows” in 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice contest.

WHERE: Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76177

WHEN: October 17-18; 10 am – Parking Lot Opens; 11:30 am – Aerial Performances Start; 1 pm – Parking Lots Close to Inbound Traffic; 3:30 pm – Aerial Performances End.

COST: $50 per carload. Parking tickets can be purchased HERE

NOTE: There will be NO on-site ticket sales. The drive-in experience WILL NOT include static displays, exhibitors, kids’ inflatables, paid seating areas, or chalets.

CLICK HERE for information regarding what will and will not be allowed, and entry restrictions.

Check out my blog about the Alliance Air Show from a few years back.

Facebook: @AllianceAirShow

Twitter: @allianceairshow


Nash Farm: Barn Dance & Pie Auction

Photo Credit: Nash Farm

WHAT: Join Nash Farm for an old-fashioned 1950s-era Barn Dance at Nash Farm in Grapevine, Texas. Enjoy a fried chicken box supper, followed by a dance. The live band will lead the called dances from atop their farm truck out by the big red barn. Horseshoes and other fun games will be available to play. Grab your boots and hat and get ready for the Nash Farm Barn Dance!

WHERE: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 6:30 pm

COST: Dance admission is $20 per person. Open to all ages. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. 

All sales are final; tickets are not refundable.

 

 

Nash Farm: 20th Annual Fall Round-up Agricultural Exposition & Harvest Festival

Photo Credit: Nash Farm

WHAT: Jump feet-first into fall during Grapevine’s historic Nash Farm’s 20th Annual Fall Round-Up. This family-friendly event takes you back in time. Events include an Agricultural Expo where guests can learn about processing grain, see farm animals, enjoy campfire cooking demos, experience rope making, pony rides, and more. The Farmers Institute, located just outside Nash Farmhouse, will have demonstrations on farm skills, such as maintaining livestock, carpentry, sewing, and food preservation. Concessions will be available for purchase.

WHERE: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 10 am-1 pm and 1 pm-4 pm

COST: $3 per person ages 3+. All sales are final; tickets are not refundable.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 
Nash Farm: Bewitched by the Barn

Photo Credit: Nash Farm

WHAT: Join Nash Farms at their historic barn for tales of old, popcorn, and cider. Stories get spookier as the night wanes.

WHERE: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 7 pm

COST: $3. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 


Pumpkin Carving with Sharks and New Creepy Creatures at Seal Life Grapevine

Photo Credit: Sea Life Grapevine

WHAT: It’s hard enough carving Halloween pumpkins on dry land, let alone submerged in a 160,000-gallon ocean display surrounded by sharks, rays, sea turtles, fish, and other marine life. Watch as animals get in on the action as divers compete in underwater pumpkin carve-offs.

WHERE: Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051

WHEN: October 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28; 10 am M-T-Th-F; 11 am on Wednesdays; 12 pm on Sundays; Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.

COST: Varies. BOOK ONLINE FOR THE BEST TICKETS.

Facebook: @sealifegrapevine

Twitter: @SEALIFEgrpevine


Create a Glass Pumpkin at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

Photo Credit: Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

WHAT: Things are heating up this fall at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in historic downtown Grapevine. Help grow your very own hand-blown glass pumpkin! If your kids love pumpkin picking and carving, they will love this unique fall experience.

Choose from a selection of 5 colors, apply your own color to the hot molten glass, Twist your color to create your own personalized design, heat the color in the 2,000-degree furnace  Vetro’s professional glassblowers will then blow and shape the glass into a carefully crafted pumpkin.

NOTE: Older children may participate in the hands-on process, while children under the age of 14 get to sit back and watch the magical method unfold.

WHERE: 701 South Main Street, #103 Grapevine, TX 76051

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays in October.

COST: $60.00 (plus tax) per pumpkin; 1 time slot = 1 pumpkin. They have two glassblowing benches, this means to ensure your reservation times stay together, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the first TIME-SLOT you registered for. After you arrive at Vetro’s gallery and sign the waiver your time-slot reservations will all be signed in together!

You’ll get a photo op with your one-of-a-kind pumpkin and can up your glass artwork the following business day after 3:00 p.m. The gallery is open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays or you may have it shipped for an additional fee.

NOTE: Older children may participate in the hands-on process, while children under the age of 14 get to sit back and watch the magical method unfold.

CLICK HERE to reserve your space in Vetro’s pumpkin patch.


Drive Boo Halloween

Photo Credit: Texas Haunted House

WHAT: A no-contact, family-friendly Halloween event, situated in Downtown Dallas at the American Airlines Center Silver parking garage, presented by iHeartRADIO.

Your family can enjoy a safe, contact-free spooky good time from the comfort of your own car. Give your kids a Halloween to remember, from circus thrills to Halloween icons.

The characters inside won’t touch your vehicle but be careful, thrilling good times lurk around every corner. Your kids can enjoy this event rain or shine. For those seeking a more traditional haunted house vibe, a VIP upgrade will give you access to the “top floor”, the less kid-friendly post-apocalyptic chaos, where the scares are a bit more intense. 

Halloween costumes are encouraged!

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Silver Parking Garage, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

WHEN: Oct 2-31, 7-11 pm

COST: $30 per car (standard access and VIP options are available). PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

NOTE: Garage max height is 6 foot 7 inches. No buses, RV’s, Hayrides, or riding in the bed of a truck. All applicable laws apply to vehicles. Headlights off and running lights on. 5 mph or under. 

A portion of proceeds will benefit New Horizons of North Texas, a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens growing up in environments of poverty, academic struggle, and hopelessness.


11th Annual Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

Photo Credit: Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

WHAT: Grab the family and head out to the 11th Annual Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and enjoy the music festival and chili cook-off! 

WHERE: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Famers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 7523475234

WHEN: Fri. Oct. 16, 4:30-10 pm & Sat. Oct. 17, 11:30 am-10 pm

COST: Varies. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

 

Facebook: @bloominbluegrassfestival

Instagram: @bloominbluegrassfestival


15th Annual Dinosaurs LIVE!

Photo Credit: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

WHAT: Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex, nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs, an outdoor fossil dig, and photo ops at the 15th Annual Dinosaurs Live. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly (it is not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs). 

WHERE: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069

 

WHEN: Tues-Sat., 9 am-5 pm & Sun. 1-5 pm. through February 15, 2021.

COST: Adults: $12, Seniors 60+ & Children 3-12: $9, Heard Museum Members & Children 2 & under: FREE. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Facebook: @ConnectwithNature 

Twitter: @HeardNSM


Halloween in the Branch

Photo Credit: Farmers Branch

WHAT: A nearly month-long celebration featuring one virtual and two in-person events.

WHERE: 13000 William Dodson Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

WHEN: 

  • Splashtacular Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Hosted by the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center. Visit the Margaret Young Natatorium between October 10 and 16 to pick up a pumpkin and decoration kit for children. Decorate the pumpkin and submit a photo via direct message to the Aquatics Center’s Facebook page, @farmersbranchaquatics by October 17. Voting will take place on Facebook, October 18 through 23.
  • 80s Monster Mash Jam: Hosted by Farmers Branch Historical Park, Friday, Oct. 30 from 7-10:30 pm. Featuring the tribute bands, Remember Prince and Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience. There will be an 80s Rockstar Costume Contest, with the winner announced at 8:45 p.m.
  • Tour of Frights: The Farmers Branch Historical Park will be transformed into an avenue of thrills and chills on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 pm. The event will replace the annual Halloween in the Park event. Drive through the Park and collect a prepackaged trick or treat bag. Event attendees may also bring canned goods to donate. Donations benefit Metrocrest Services.

COST: FREE

Facebook: @fbcityhall 

Instagram: @fbtx


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