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

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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).

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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

Faulkner Park Spray Park Tyler, Texas

Spray Park

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Faulkner Park

410 W. Cumberland Rd.

Tyler, Texas 75703

(903) 531-1370

$FREE$

Open 7 Days a Week

9 AM – 9 PM

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Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to beat this Texas summer heat? Look no further than the Faulkner Park Spraypad in South Tyler.

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This is another place wear rules are few and far between, simply be kind to others & keep the park clean. This spraypad has several water features and a couple dump buckets if you are really looking for a splash. You can also bring buckets, water guns, and water balloons to add in the already exciting experience.

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We would recommend bringing a picnic or at least snacks to munch on with LOTS of water. Being in the sun is draining, plus running and playing is more taxing on us and our littles.

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If your kiddos are like ours, they are ready for the next event no matter what you are doing. Thankfully, Faulkner Park has a playground in the same area as the splash pad. There are swings, slides, mountain (hehe) climbing, and the contraption photographed above the girls loved! They find it extremely rewarding to climb to the very top, which I guess to scale is a great feat!

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Aside from the cool splash park and playground, Faulkner Park also has Tennis Courts, Baseball Fields, Fishing, Hiking & Biking trails and beautiful scenery. If you have not explored Faulkner Park yet, you should really take a trip. We even got to help carry a turtle cross the road -he literally jumped out of my hands as soon as he saw the water.. who said turtles are slow?? The girls even caught some tadpoles in there butterfly nets. Just make SURE to bring bug spray, especially if you are going on a hike. Also… beware of the horse flies, just ask Lili, haha.. We are able to laugh about it now, because it’s over. However, we are only allowed to tell this story in hushed tones.

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As you can tell by these adorable faces, we recommend Faulkner Park Spray Park for an afternoon of cool fun in the sun!

REMEMBER

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water guns / buckets / water balloons
  • Towels
  • Dry clothes
  • Tennis shoes for hiking / playground
  • Water shoes / sandals (the sidewalks near the water get pretty hot)
  • Picnic
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Fishing Poles
  • Butterfly net
  • Chair, in case all of the benches / tables are taken

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Depot Museum Henderson, Texas

Depot Museum

514 N High St, Henderson, TX 75652

(903) 657-4303

http://www.depotmuseum.com/

Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–1PM
Sunday Closed
Monday

(4th of July)
9AM–5PM

Hours might differ
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday 9AM–5PM

**THE WEBSITE SAYS THEY CLOSE AT 5:00 PM, BUT THEY START CLOSING AT 4:00 PM**

Admission Fees
Daily Rates

Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.00

Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00

Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.00

Carousel Ride . . . . . . . . . $1.00

The Depot Museum in Henderson, Texas is truly a hidden gem! This is exactly the type of place the feeds our adventurous, playful, and out of the ordinary souls.

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Unfortunately, we got to the museum at 3:45 pm and that’s when the sweet ladies informed us that they actually begin locking up and closing down at 4:00 pm because The Depot Museum has ELEVEN buildings to lock up! However, they were kind enough to let us play and explore awhile, thank goodness!

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The first building you walk into is a really cool museum. You can find an antique car, vintage classroom set up, an elegant vanity display, classic music case and loads more!

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The lady that took us around was so incredibly kind and full of fun facts. She told us about this hair curling contraption (haha) that curled your hair in 5 minutes and lasted a month! Hot tools.. what happened?

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The next room we got to explore, was probably the most entertaining for the kiddos. It was a whole room filled with toys, dress up clothes, a club house, music toys, play doh, a puppet theater and much much more. The girls could have easily spent much more time in here, had we had it!

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This room alone is a great place to curb some of your summertime boredom blues. All they ask is that you clean up after yourself which sounds reasonable to us.

Outside the play haven, there are several different shops to explore including, an old doctor’s office, country store and the oldest outhouse in Texas!

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The girls had a blast running around and exploring the different historical markers and asking all sorts of questions.

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We even put them to work a bit, haha! Which at this age, they still love. It is always so nice to be able to explore, touch and see all of these old artifacts. We love being left to our own devices and only wish that we had more time to really explore all of these cool exhibits.

The Carousel

What an amazing perk it was to discover that they have a vintage carousel from the 1960’s that still works! And at $1/per person, you can’t beat that with a stick. They even let us ride twice. As you can tell by these excited faces, our little adventurers had such a blast on the carousel and us moms enjoyed it as well.

While we were there we learned about Henderson’s annual Syrup Festival! This year will mark the 28th annual festival on Saturday, November 12th 9 AM – 5 PM. It occurs all over downtown Henderson and at the Depot Museum as well! There will be old-time syrup making, folk arts, antique tractors & cars, arts & crafts, hay rides, shopping vendors, live music & more! This sounds like all the makings of a great afternoon to us!

*REMEMBER*

  • Come well before 4 PM, because you can easily spend several hours here
  • Bring Cash (although you don’t have to bring much because it is so inexpensive)
  • Camera
  • Water (this Texas heat…)

 

All our love,

The Adventurers