Tyler Junior College’s Dancefest!

Tyler Junior College’s Dancefest, Featuring

Snow White

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Wise Auditorium

1327 Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701

https://www.tjc.edu/artsfestival

Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children (12 & under) & TJC students

Final Showtime: Sunday, April 23rd, 2:00 PM

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These adorable cuties were SO excited to go see a REAL princess, Snow White! This show is a full-length, contemporary production of the classic fairytale, “Snow White.” The production is part of TJC’s Arts Festival, a month-long celebration of exhibits and performances by TJC students, faculty and staff.

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Let me be the first to admit, I am partial to plays and not much for a show with no words. BUT after this I felt the same emotions that Julia Roberts felt seeing her first Opera in Pretty Woman. It was AWESOME an engaging and we all absolutely loved it!

The show lasts about an hour and a half and has a 15 minute intermission for bathroom breaks! Or in our case….

…..the girls to show off their dance moves they learned by the amazing performers! They both thought that the intermission was the end, and were ecstatic to learn that it was only a break!

Once the show is over, you have the option to buy “picture tickets” for $5 a piece to take pictures with the cast. There was NO WAY I was getting away with not letting them meet Snow White & the hilarious dwarfs!

The characters were all so sweet, kind, engaging and really made the girls feel very very special. Each one asked how the girls enjoyed the performance and what their names where and let them chat for a second or two!

You also got to take pictures if you purchased a book ($10) or doll ($20).

The concession stand offered candy apples, cupcakes, shirts, and more!

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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Tickets go on sale 1 hour before the performance
  • I recommend bringing cash (I had to write a check for tickets)
  • They do accept debit cards at the concession stand, but cash is just easier.
  • Stay for pictures
  • No flash photography during performance
  • Use the restroom before, during intermission or afterwards
  • The show is at Wise Auditorium
  • This is part of a month long celebration, so look for more events!
  • Check for more performing arts: https://www.tjc.edu/performingarts

 

All our love,

The Adventurers!

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari Cherokee County

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

1200 County Road 4405, Jacksonville, TX 75766

http://www.cherokeetrace.com/

903-683-3322

 

Hours: MARCH 1st, – MAY 23rd

Mon-Sat open 10:00 AM
Sunday open 1:00 PM
Last car admitted 4:00 PM
Gates Closes at 6:00 PM

Hours change with each season*

Prices + Taxes

Each paid Admission comes with one sack of feed.

Adults $15.95 each
Kids ages 3-12 $10.95 each
Senior ages 65+ $13.95 each

They also offer discounted admission for groups of 15+ & 50+

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Heeeelllllooooo adventure!!

If adventure is what you’re looking for, that is exactly what you will find at the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru in Jacksonville.

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Tucked back in the woods of Rusk county is a 300-acre preserve, filled with some of the most unique animals you have ever seen. And I can assure you, you have never been this close and personal, haha!

You get a bag of food per person and it seems, no matter how busy the trail is these animals always come for more.

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THE RULE IS: throw the food out the window so the animals won’t get too close to your car.

….But, it was too hard not to. Especially with these adorable Zebras everywhere!

But, we did get a couple scratches and paint chips from some of the animals so be aware that is can happen.

Abigayle was, of course, much more timid than Seri in the beginning… She has harsh boundaries when it comes to animals. Especially, the GIANT kinds!

However Seri, AKA Dr. Dolittle, was in HEAVEN…

MUST WATCH!

*Disclaimer: We may be considered terrible parents for this video, but the was one of the most hilarious events ever captured in adventure history! And.. no one was harmed in the making of this video.

However, this is a perfect example of how CLOSE these animals will get to you.

Yes.. He’s THAT huge!

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Not only does the park provide you with food, they also give you a really cool key with the pictures and names of all the animals you’ll see. It’s fun to match the picture to the faces in real life.

Make sure you give yourself AT LEAST two hours to drive thru the safari, and we would really recommend 2.5 hours. Simply because we really enjoyed taking our time and that cut into our picnic after.

*Don’t worry: 1/4 of the way through the trail, there is an option to detour for bathrooms and snacks 🙂

Afterwards, you will have worked up quite the appetite. The reserve has several picnic tables and a cool tipi to play in. You can really spend a whole afternoon here. So even though it is one of the more expensive adventures we’ve taken, it is so worth it!

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We have to give a special shout-out to Daddy Tutt for taking one for the team, leisurely driving us through the reserve, listening to all of our squeals, staying cool through all of the bull slobber, and not grounding us for the dings on his truck, hehe 🙂 WE LOVE YOU!

RULES

  • Stay inside your vehicle at all times.
    • Stay out of sunroofs and windows and off hoods of vehicles. No one may ride in the bed of a pickup.
  • Feed only the food pellets provided.
    • Any other food can cause these animals to have serious health problems.
  • Keep doors closed at all times.
    • This includes tailgates, van doors, and hatchbacks. Jeeps must have side doors and a top. Convertibles must have the top up.
  • Pets are not allowed.
    • Domestic animals present a health and safety risk to these animals.
  • Remove flags, balls, or other objects from the outside of your vehicle.
    • Animals are attracted to them and, if eaten, can cause serious injury. Violation of this policy will result in eviction from the park.
  • Stay on the roads.
    • Follow the yellow arrow route signs.
  • Drop food pellets on the ground do not hand feed.
    • Animals may bite, spit, or kick if fed from your hand or a feeding sack.
  • Pull to the side of the road when stopping.
    • Allow other vehicles to pass.
  • Speed limit 10 mph.
  • No alcohol allowed on this property.
  • No Coach Buses, RV’s, Trailers, Motorcycles, or ATV’s

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Picnic lunch
  • Camera
  • Car with a sunroof (if that’s an option)
  • Sense of adventure
  • Hand sanitizer & wet wipes
  • Extra money for snacks/extra fee/souvenirs
  • At least 3-4 hours, if you plan to picnic after

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Family Movie Matinee at the Public Library Tyler, Texas 

Family Movie Matinee

Tyler Public Library

201 S College Ave, Tyler, TX 75702

(903) 593-7323

http://library.cityoftyler.org/Calendar.aspx

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What a jackpot we found! Every third Saturday of the month the Tyler Public Library offers a FREE movie matinee for the whole family from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM!

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….and as you can see, we were not the only ones excited about seeing an afternoon movie. Our little adventurers couldn’t wait to get inside and make a pallet.

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Last Saturday we lucked out with Pete’s Dragon, Abigayle and I hadn’t ever seen it before. I think this was a great pick for multiple ages.

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In the library’s auditorium they have a large screen that projects onto the wall which makes you feel like you’re right at the movies. Better than the movies though, you can bring all the cozy pillows, blankets, and “Sparkly Eyed Animals” your heart desires. We even took off our shoes to maximize comfort 🙂

You are also welcome to bring snacks and drinks inside. However, if you run out or forgot yours, there are drink and snack vending machines conveniently right outside. I wish we would have gotten to the auditorium a little early so we could get settled before the movie began.

This matinee movie was just how we like it, BYOS (Bring your own stuff), not many rules, and extremely enjoyable.

ALSO.. If you are like Lili & I, full time college students, it is always nice to know that the library offers free WiFi. So you can bring homework, work, or feed your love of Pinterest while your kiddos are entertained.

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However, not having my laptop was a good excuse to enjoy cuddles with these two cuties.

AND, the sweet lady at the library informed us that EVERY MORNING during Spring Break week they will be showing a movie from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Movies like Moana, Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, and more!

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Once you’re finished with the movie, you can trot over to the library with tons of books. And what is better than a movie and a good book?

REMEMBER

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Snacks / Drinks
  • Change for vending machines
  • Bring homework/work
  • Get there a bit early to get settled
  • Your library card (only if you check out books after)

Definitely mark your calendars to come enjoy one of these family matinee movies!

All our Love,

The Adventurers

Helen Lee’s Daffodil Garden Gladewater, Texas

Helen Lee’s Daffodil Garden

21600 CR 3103

Gladewater, TX 75647

(903)845-5780

http://www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodils_home.htm

Location: To reach to garden, turn east on Smith County Road 3104 from US 271 seven miles north of its junction with Interstate 20 (about 100 miles east of Dallas). Drive a mile and a half, turn right on Smith County Road 3103, then continue one-fourth mile to the entrance sign.

Directions to Mrs. Lee's Daffodils

Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily, 7 days a week from mid-February through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom.

Admission: $Free$ (Donations accepted)

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Looking for a sweet escape, beautiful  backdrop, or good dose of vitamin D?

Mrs. Lee’s daffodil garden is spectacular. Tucked away in deep East Texas, is 1,000 acres of rolling hills and 28 solid acres of beautifully golden Daffodils.

One your way to this oasis, be careful with the traffic. The roads are small and over the weekend the traffic was heavy. There were two sweet women at the entrance to debrief you and accept a donations.

And what could make this a more beautiful scenery…

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Two adorable curly headed cuties… 🙂

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Once you enter, you will enjoy a scenic journey to parking. After you cross over two wooden bridges, you will see a sign for parking. This was a beautiful area to explore and take pictures.

Lili had the girls “inspect” the flowers for creatures, which they loved and allowed us to capture some sweet moments.

Somehow, each patch of Daffodil’s looks more beautiful than the last. Consequently, we traipsed all over… BUT, if at all possible, wear closed toed shoes. We had a few incidents involving sandals, roots, twigs, cuts, and whines, haha! As you can see though, we were able to still get a few giggles from our girls.

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“The kiss of the sun for pardon. The song of the bird for mirth. You’re nearer God’s heart in a Garden than anywhere else on earth.”

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Can you say, model status??? Geez…

Once you’ve taken a minimum of 300 pictures at this spot, load up and head to the cabin where Mrs. Lee lived.

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Read all about the history of the family, land and Daffodils here:

http://www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodil_history.htm

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Even though our beautiful girlies were in a mood.. we are still so thankful to have experienced such a lovely slice of heaven. You can tell that the garden was created with love and has been maintained throughout the years with such care.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • There are so many spots for a picnic…
    • So bring a blanket, basket and appetite!
  • Closed toe shoes, if your ensemble allows 🙂
  • Camera with a full charge, you’ll need it!
  • Allow several hours to explore
  • A nap for toddlers beforehand so they are willing to take a million photos
  • Use the sunroof if you have one, the kiddos loved it!
  • Try going on a weekday, it may be less busy.

We would definitely taking a family adventure here to enjoy some sunshine!

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Skateland Kilgore, Texas

SKATELAND KILGORE, TEXAS

2803 N Longview St

Kilgore, Texas

(903) 984-3729

https://www.facebook.com/kilgoreskateland/

$7 PER PERSON, PARENTS ALWAYS FREE 🙂

HOURS OF OPERATION

THURSDAY: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

FRIDAY: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

SATURDAY: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Did you know how much you would miss skating rinks? Yea, us either…

When I contacted the sweet owner about going skating last Saturday, she advised us that the 2pm-4pm skating would be quite busy due to three birthday parties. So by the time that we explored Kilgore and ate a delicious (filling) meal, 7:30 was sounding a whole lot like nap time. But we laced up and in no time forgot how tired and full we were!

We are here to tell you skating is just as much fun as you remember! Getting older though… You’re a bit more sore over the next couple days, haha!

We got the girls ready and let them get a feel for the rink before we laced up. They have these awesome “locked” skates for sweet Abigayle, our novice skater. Seri on the other hand is a Roller Skating Boss!

 They started in the center circle with the rest of the kiddies just starting out. I think this is an awesome concept, because next to the 10 year old skating professionals the adults were even a bit intimidated, haha!

After a half hour, Seri was zipping around the rink and we decided to let Abi have a try on four rolling wheels..

 However.. after much trial, wipeouts, frustration, pep talks, tears & kisses, we threw in the towel and let her have her locked skates back. We were thankful for this option!

Once we all found our stride, there was no stopping us!

They had games like limbo and racing by ages and even a dance party towards the end. I mean kids were actually super excited to be on the rink showing off tricks and not glued to their phones, it was wonderful.

About 9:30 PM they made an announcement that the Snack Bar was closing and would sell the remaining hot dogs for .25 each. As you can see, the girls had worked up another appetite!

One of the best parts about our whole experience was the overwhelming feeling of family and community being here. Everyone knew everyone and they were all so incredibly KIND! Both employees and skaters offered encouragement, tips and kind words to the girls. This is definitely an instance to not judge a book by it’s cover!

Before we left, the owners granddaughter even gave the girls bears that she won from the claw game!

 We will most definitely be back!

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Socks
  • Phone / Camera
  • We recommend to leave everything else in the car, you won’t want to have to keep up with anything else and your shoes are in a cubby behind the counter.
  • Layers (if it’s cold outside) because you’ll want to shed them after a couple rounds.
  • Cash
  • Go potty first! (You’ll be laughing, falling, and clenching if not haha)

WHAT THEY OFFER

  • BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES
  • HOCKEY
  • SKATING LESSONS (THURSDAYS)

 

ALL OUR LOVE,

The Adventurers!

East Texas Oil Museum Kilgore, Texas

East Texas Oil Museum

Hwy. 259 at Ross St.
Kilgore, Texas 75662
On the Kilgore College campus

http://www.easttexasoilmuseum.com/

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – Monday, closed

Closed Easter & Thanksgiving
Special Holiday Schedule:
Dec. 20 – Jan. 1


Guided tours by reservation only.
A nominal fee is charged.

Adults: $8 / Children: $5

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When Lili told me we had to go the Oil Museum in Kilgore, I had no idea what a gem she was referring to! I figured we’d walk into a small building with a few artifacts, but I boy was I wrong! And what could be cuter than the girls in their old school baby doll dresses??

 When you first walk in there are cool oil rig replicas and jumpsuits of what oil men wear in the fields. They had huge murals, classroom sets, and vintage kitchen setups.

*If you’ve ever wondered how many products petroleum and oil contribute to, they have a display case and full list to educate! You will be very surprised…*

Inside the glass doors it’s like you step back into time, before paved roads and automatic fuels pumps….

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We were greeted by “buddy” he welcomes you to museum and gives you a few little tidbits about the era you are stepping into.

The whole town looked so lifelike, you really felt like you were in East Texas circa 1930’s! The sky was gloomy, and make sure to watch your step, because the mud left terrible conditions in the road. You had to balance on boards just to cross the street… 🙂

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We took a break at an adorable soda shoppe

We in such awe of all the set ups and decorations.. although you couldn’t touch very much, we always enjoy a chance to use our imagination!

 They actually have a simulated ride that actually feels like you’re going deep deep into the ground to explore the different layers of rock until you find oil. You get in, shut the doors and these puppets navigate your journey.

We got to enjoy a historical look into the oil boom in a real old fashioned theater. The girls attention span was not long, but the film lasted about 20 minutes and at the end morphed into an IMAX theater of sorts!

Although there were a lot of things you shouldn’t touch because of how delicate and meticulous the set up is, there was plenty of opportunity to let the girls be a little hands on! They played checkers, checked out an old phone booth, cut the cheese, haha, played pat-a-cake outside the barbershop and more!

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The super sweet man at the museum even showed the girls how you use to have to pump gas and let the girls have a try. Let me just say.. I’m thankful for the pumps we have today!

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All in all, we had an awesome time! Definitely a fun (and educational) way to spend an afternoon and how darn cute are these girlies?? Everyone we encountered was so sweet and helpful. They even drew us a map to help us find our next location 🙂

After we left, we decided to continue our oil exploration and take a look at the

World’s Richest Acre Park

If you haven’t explored downtown Kilgore, it is actually pretty cool. They have shops, cafes and we even got to see a couple trains pass by!

We decided to be a bit rebellious and snag some cute pictures on the train tracks of these cuties…

Even us moms got in on a bit of the action.. However, we do not recommend this and are aware that this is probably not the best example to set.. but, YOLO sometimes 🙂

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Money for admission and the gift shop (Cash & card accepted)
  • Camera with a flash (It is a bit dark inside the coolest parts)
  • Make sure to go to every exhibit, there are neat parts in each one
  • Parking for the museum is located behind the museum.
  • Give yourself a little time to explore downtown Kilgore.

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Calie’s Acre Pumpkin Patch Gilmore, Texas

Calie’s Acre

Pumpkin Patch / Christmas Tree Farm

10589 TX-300, Gilmer, TX 75645

http://www.caliesacre.com/

903-295-2000 / 903-790-2297

$5-General Admission$

FitBit Steps: 4,500

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If you don’t listen to ANYTHING else we say, please please take the drive to Calie’s Acre!

Unfortunately, Lili had class today so I was lucky enough to hang out with these cuties today. As I have mentioned in the past, typically the world shuts down on Mondays, but not on this sun shiny acre! I could not have been more thankful to just find something open, much less somewhere awesome! Prayers answered.

Have you (like us) spent $30+ at Yesterland Farms for a decent time? Well, for $30 at Calie’s Acre you get the royal treatment!

General Admission

Typically, general admission gets you the bare minimum and then your sweet children guilt you into all of the other goodies.. Not here!

General Admission gets you:

Hayride
Barnyard
Spider Web
Playground
Music Garden
Spookley Maze
Paint the Pig
Hoop the Horse
Big Chair
Photo Ops

Tokens are $1 each in addition to $5 General Admission, or Get 20 tokens & admission for just $20 at the gate!
**Activities with ** are only available on the weekends.

1 Token Activities
Pumpkin Chunkin’**
Cannon**
Dunk Tank**
Striker**
Cow Milking**
Feed the Ducks
Barrel Train
Duck Races
Wheel Walk
Bouncy Ball
3 Token Activities
Pick-n-Paint a Pumpkin
Sand Art
Barn Stormer**, Chicken Fling**, and Conk the Crow** – 3 tokens for all 3 of these games with one prize per child.

There is nowhere.. and I mean nowhere this fun at this price!

THE BARNYARD

 I may want to come back in my next life as one of the barnyard animals, you can tell they have an abundance of love and care!

They have baby chicks, chickens, rooster, goats, bunnies, & mini donkeys, Lo Lo & Stitch 🙂

PAINT THE PIG

It’s less messy than it sounds.. They have two pigs that can be drawn all over with expo markers! It’s nice when the girls actually have permission to draw all over something!

SPIDER WEB

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I loved that the attractions at Calie’s Acre were out of the box! Not just your run of the mill activities, they all had such a neat element to them. The girls loved climbing and rolling all over the spider web.

MUSIC GARDEN

Speaking of unique, the Music Garden was probably one of the coolest parts of this adventure. Such a simple idea of painted pots and pans, with so much awesomeness! I mean what more could these girls ask for? They can bang on things with sticks and make as much noise as they want! I think we’ve got some future Rockstars on our hands!

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Who knew that hay could be so cool? Hayride, hay fort, hay maze & more! I mean this dead plant is multi-faceted and packed with fun! The girls did not really like the “poking” though (insert eye-roll emoji).

BOUNCY BALL

Did I mention that up until now, all of these activities are included in the GA? Although, this wasn’t included, I would have gladly paid more than $1 to let the girls play in the bouncy ball area. They had an absolute blast playing and knocking each other over!

Just look at those smiles & curls will you?? Cuteness overload… I think yes!

DUCK RACES & BARREL TRAIN

Both of these activities were well worth the $1 and they even got to pick out the rubber duck and take it home after the race! The girls were overjoyed about this! And who doesn’t love a dose of healthy competition. Luckily, the barrel ride mended the friendship!

PHOTO OPS

I could probably have written a whole blog on all the adorable pictures you can get here! I mean tons of painted characters, pumpkin displays, the giant chair, and more! So definitely dress cute!

All in all, I was absolutely amazed with all of the fun we had! We essentially had the place to ourselves and all of the staff was extremely kind and helpful! Completely willing to stop what they were doing to take us on a hayride or barrel train ride or snap a pic! They even have a food truck & shaved ice truck available along with an adorable gift shop.

The only downside and literally it’s the only one, the Sugar Bees.. Yipes! While you can take your own picnic, do not, I repeat DO NOT bring peanut butter an jellies… Abigayle had a full blown meltdown, while Seri “Beewhisperer” was fine. They don’t sting unless you bother them, but they were all over us while trying to eat. I wouldn’t have been surprised if we ate one while taking a bit. So if you do eat either buy from the truck or bring something with little to no sugar!

REMEMBER

  • Cute outfits (but comfortable shoes)
  • Pants (due to hay)
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Low sugar snacks

 

All our love,

The Adventurers