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How I Plan Affordable Family Fun And Eats In Dallas


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What We Do As A Family In Dallas: City Diaries

Hey, Y'all hope you guys are off to a fantastic week. I know its almost time for our little and big kiddos to start preparing for back to school. Yippie I am ready, but here in Dallas, we are still a week or two away. Most of you guys who know me knows I love to frolic and I am proud of that. So, today I will be adding a new adventure to my City Diaries

 Hey, gotta keep this ole' life fun before it's too late. Anywho, it is no secret I have a large family; it is 6 of us total together. That is why most people wonder how we afford family fun and eats. Well, I will say it's expensive to live, eat or treat yourself in Texas But, your girl has a few secrets that I will be sharing on lots of posts. So come on in for a sneak peek, I know you are nosey because I am.
Fun Fact: There are a lot of things to do in the city, it just takes a little scouting, planning and some real budgeting. I do find there are more adult things to do than family stuff. So, I've learned how to get, up drive and ask people questions. If now we would be doing the same thing day in and night out. Although that is life, its time to add a little adventure and crank living basic up a notch.
My family and I moved to Dallas Forth Worth over eight years ago, and we are still learning how to be city folk. 
I am a big fan of the saying All work and no play is not fun. I'm not sure who said that, but I am happy to stand by every word. In reality or shall I blurp out the real world, most of us working families have to find fun and affordable ways to keep our families healthy, happy and learning new things.
Sidenote: Doing things in and out of the home has brought us closer as a family. So I am going to share with you guys how I do it stress-free.  If you are ever visiting the big D, you will have a little city guide for at least a whole day.

The set up: I purposely plan each step of our city frolicking. If I have no destination, we do not go, or we will walk in the park. Seriously, I can not tell you the amount of money we've wasted for not having a plan. My focus is always will the day be fun, budget-friendly and memorable.  


The Hang Out: One thing my family and I love to do is ride the city trolley in Uptown Dallas. It is free, but I recommend leaving a tip for the conductor. It helps put back in the community, and I think its just one act of kindness toward those shuffling us around the city. So, when I want to sightsee, I jump on and ride away with the family. I think new visitors should take a ride around the Uptown area. It is family and kid friendly not to mention fun for the whole family. 
Woman and Daughter enjoying the Uptown Dallas trolley

Image: Dallas Arts Museum
What We Do In Dallas: There are a lot of things to do if you know how to do them without breaking the bank. One of our favorite things to do is visit the Dallas Museum. It is the perfect little getaway on a Sunday, and my family loves it. 
Family visiting Dallas Museum.Every time we go there is something different to see and do together. We also discover new ways of looking at things. My girls and I are very artsy people, and we each have a different skill. So we love watching and talking about all the different pieces from around the world.
Every time we go there is something different to see and do together. We also discover new ways of looking at things. My girls and I are very artsy people, and we each have a different skill. So we love watching and talking about all the different pieces from around the world.
Family enjoying the activities at the Dallas Museum.The Dallas Museum is enormous and its filled with interactive activities and we take advantage of them all. The hands-on and drawings are the best parts because we get to make fun of each other's pictures.
The Dallas Museum is enormous and its filled with interactive activities and we take advantage of them all. The hands-on and drawings are the best parts because we get to make fun of each other's pictures. 
If you ever visit the Dallas Art Museum try making it a Sunday Fun day, and you may see me somewhere on the top floor. If so, say Hi! I love meeting new people on the go.
Sidenote: I usually pack a picnic so we can eat on the lawn but today we will be having a pizza dinner together.

When I pack our picnic lunch I usually go with:

  • crescent bread with sharp cheddar cheese
  • individual bag chips
  • grapes, strawberries, and watermelon
  • bottle water, juice pouches (always simple)
  • shortbread cookies - they are less messy
  • blanket

Veolia the perfect picnic outside at the museum and I love it. 
Couple enjoying the retro art at Dallas Museum.You will also find me and my bae (husband) in the retro, modern and back in the day furniture section. I have a fetish with orange colors. Our whole apartment is done in fall colors all year round. And I do not think I will ever change because the bright color makes me happy.

You will also find me and my bae (husband) in the retro, modern and back in the day furniture section. I have a fetish with orange colors. Our whole apartment is done in fall colors all year round. And I do not think I will ever change because the bright color makes me happy. 
Dad talking to daughter about artifacts that are in the Dallas Museum
A day trip to Uptown Dallas is affordable, and it is a fantastic way to bring your family and friends without breaking the bank. Also, guess what it is FREE to the public. So, how amazing is that? It only cost 12 dollars for underground parking, or you can catch the trolley of jump on the city bus line for a small fee. Either way, you win with the savings of money viewing the antique pieces.

Fun Fact: I love watching Rico tell the girls about things I know he knows nothing about artifacts. But, hey if Moriah believes him, I am all down for the daddy and daughter day of bonding. 

First time visiting Pizza

The Eats: I am not shy about eating good food at all. But there is one place we as a family frequent often and that is Grimaldi's Brick Oven Pizza. The place is spacious, and the pizza is absolutely finger licking good. Each slice of pizza is big enough to be folded into half, so you get all the gooey bites of toppings and flavor of their special sauce.
We generally get the Margherita Pizza with pepperoni, bacon, and jalapenos peppers. Each one comes with a special sauce; basil leaves on the softest yet lightly crispy dough. 


Image:Describing Pizza and Toppings.You will also find me and my bae (husband) in the retro, modern and back in the day furniture section. I have a fetish with orange colors. Our whole apartment is done in fall colors all year round. And I do not think I will ever change because the bright color makes me happy.






Image family laughing over pizza



Grimaldi's is where we cut loose and laugh the rest of our night away.  When we go out to eat, I will be honest when I say. I look for places that can accommodate our large family.

Sidenote: Some places charge a fee for six or more people. They treat all large numbers as a party. Well, we are not a party, we are family, so I want to be seated without paying a fee.
Some restaurants have cut that out, but I always call and check ahead. Since I have a small one, I also make sure there is food that will accommodate Moriah's picky eating. Luckily Moriah loves pizza, she has a strange way of eating it, but she loves it a lot.

Fun Fact: We usually order lots of food and share it. But with pizza, we order two and eat until full. We could get away with only one because it is super big and filling. I think it is the right amount for us to enjoy.

In conclusion: Times are hard, and it can be costly trying to treat our family to the pure fun things in life. But, my husband and I gets it done, on budget and only when we have extra cash. .I know most people may feel doing things in life is not a necessity. I disagree with working and just paying bills can be exhausting on the person doing it and the family.


The moral of the story is life is short, but it has to be a balance between work life and play life. I do not worry anymore about small stuff because I have learned how to balance both.  So, with a little planning and saving it is possible to find affordable and fun things to do in the city. I hope this short guide has inspired or helped with finding something on the radar in Dallas.


Everybody has a story, but underneath mine, I am trying to enjoy every moment of it with the things and people I already have in and around my life.


Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie

You can read more of my frolicking in the city right here!


7 comments

  1. Super cute, affordable , fun, but yet the simplicity of It all brings it together 🙏💘 cuteeeee blog

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  2. Let me tell you something, that trolly is so fun and it feels good just to run around the city! Such good and useful tips for people with families!

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    1. Yes and that is so true...city fun is the best!
      xo tangie

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  3. Those are some great tips for families that are budgeting.

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  4. Hey Keisha thank you. Hope your week is off to an amazing start.
    tangie

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  5. That looked like a Nice family outing! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that pizza looked SCRUMPTIOUS by the way!!!

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