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Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. The city is the third-largest in the Lone Star State, and it has plenty of fun, family-friendly activities to discover. Consider a staycation over Spring Break in mid-March to really explore your own backyard. The DFW area has history galore (including the famous JFK assassination site), art museums, aquariums, sculpture centers, and more.

1. Visit the Amon Carter Museum

Spring Break at the Amon Center features conversations about American art and artists. Enjoy art projects, creativity challenges, gallery games, food trucks, lawn games, and more throughout the afternoon. Be prepared to create, compete, and consider American art in a new way.

2. See the Spring Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum

There’s no need to break the bank on your Spring Break activities. Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is only $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Pack a picnic lunch (bringing your own food will save a ton of money). The kids can play on the Texas-themed playground in teepees and mud huts down by the lake. Bring the camera for photos among half a million blooming tulips, daffodils, pansies, and azaleas during Dallas Blooms. The bridge in front of one of the cottages is the perfect place for your official Easter photo.

3. Tour the Dallas Museum of Art

It’s Art Madness at the DMA! Enjoy an action-packed week of art-making activities, family tours, storytimes, and team gallery competitions for families.

4. Check Out The Fish at the Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is an incredible attraction and the perfect adventure for kids of any age. The indoor adventure begins at the top of the Orinoco, Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit. The upper levels showcase birds and mammals, ranging in size from small Vampire bats to large Antillean manatees, that share the rainforest with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fish.

5. Explore the Dallas Zoo

Check out the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) on the 20-minute monorail safari through the Wilds of Africa exhibit. You wanna iguana? Experience one of the best reptile and amphibian exhibits in the U.S. in the Pierre A. Fontaine Bird & Reptile Building. Other exhibits include the Simmons Hippo Outpost and the Elephants on the Savanna.

6. Play Games at Dave and Buster’s

Dave and Buster’s contains numerous electronic, skill and sports-oriented games. There are many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets, and motorcycles, as well as a golf simulator. You’ll also find retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga, plus shuffleboard and billiards.

7. Hit the Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge

It doesn’t matter what the temperature or weather is in the Metroplex, this resort’s gigantic indoor waterpark is always 84 degrees. Everything you need for the perfect Spring Break is here. You will find themed restaurants, interactive arcades, ​full-service spas (and even a version for kids), fitness centers, and special spring break activities for the kids. Spend all day relaxing as the current sweeps you along with the endless, winding lazy river. The kids will enjoy the four-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.

8. See the Animals at Fort Worth Zoo

Spring Break Camp is a day camp for first through sixth-grade students that include crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip to the Zoo. Campers must pack a lunch each day and snacks will be provided. The Fort Worth Zoo is open 365 days a year.

9. See the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

This museum is perfect for kids who love history. Check out the planetarium or catch “Flight of the Butterflies” or “Coral Reef Adventure” in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome.

10. Explore the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Explore the rugged beauty and discover a sanctuary for endangered species. You can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself and avoid the crowds and feed all the exotics early. Be in line at 9:00 a.m. and receive a free bag of feed. Greet the wild residents during breakfast. See how playful they are early in the morning and you can avoid the Spring Break crowds.

11. Play Games at Main Event

How about a game of adrenaline-pumping laser tag or indoor climbing in Texas’ only indoor gravity ropes course? This unique entertainment complex also offers rock climbing, bowling, billiards, arcade, and other activities.

12. Visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is incredible. It’s very interactive. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks, and educational games.

13. Visit Wildcat Ranch Texas

You are invited to discover Wildcat Ranch Texas, a master-planned community unlike any other, where value meets lifestyle to create Dallas Fort Worth’s most exciting new hometown. Inspired by family values and natural wonders, the power of the community is alive and well here. Don’t miss this opportunity for a fresh start and to be a part of something new in Kaufman County, the fastest-growing county in the region. Come see what Crandall, Texas has to offer with more value at Wildcat Ranch. Sign-up and view floor plan brochure.

Skyrocketing real estate prices and a shortage of affordable housing options might prompt anyone to look for other less expensive areas to live in.

To make it easier to choose the best place, Curbed released a list of 10 U.S. cities people should move to in 2020. To determine the best alternatives, the team measured livability in each urban enter by considering certain criteria such as walkability, access to parks, diversity, housing costs, job opportunities and more.

The Dallas real estate market boasts affordable housing options with a median home price of $219,173 and a median rent of $1,137 for a two-bedroom apartment. Previously, the city focused on sprawling to grow, but now it’s working to add density.

Moving toward more walkable urban development, Dallas offers desirable living at attractive prices and the low cost of living is also drawing in corporations, which has been the case in nearby cities such as Arlington and Plano.

Enticing neighborhoods in Dallas offer the music scene with new office projects under development; Wildcat Ranch Texas, a DFW suburb, offers a family-friendly master-planned community that offers affordable new construction homes and amenities including a brand new elementary school.

Wildcat Ranch provides big-city access with small-town charm, just 30 minutes from Downtown Dallas, Crandall is the perfect Dallas suburb at the most incredible value. New homes are priced from the $200s. With easy access to major interstates and the Dallas Metroplex, it has never been so easy to get around with everything you could ever need right outside your door.

To learn more about Wildcat Ranch, simply sign-up and get our free brochure that includes photos of the community, amenity highlights and so much more.

Here’s the full list of the 10 most appealing U.S. cities (in alphabetical order):

  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Provo, Utah
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • St. Louis, Missouri

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Picking a new home is a big thing in a family’s life. While parents have a list of things that they need, such as enough space to host holiday parties and close proximity to work and top-rated schools, kids have their own needs that a home needs to satisfy. When viewing homes, families should consider factors such as how close it is to a school, how much room there is for pets, and how they could see their family growing in it. Check out some of the other common suggestions below!

Imaginative Play Area

The playground is a great way for kids to burn energy and meet new friends while parents get to take a break, but they play an important role in a kid’s growth, as well. Any child development expert could tell you that at a playground, children learn social skills, stretch out their muscles, and develop eye-hand coordination. Every neighborhood needs one!

Parks and Trails

With the demands of school getting bigger and technology coming up with more distractions, the time that a kid spends outside is shrinking drastically. That’s why it’s important to live in a neighborhood where it’s easier for kids to get out and move around. Getting outdoors is an essential part of growing up. Outside is where imagination can take over. Parks and trails are an important part of this, serving as a place for children to have their own adventures, explore the natural world, and have fun in the fresh air.

Super Swimming Pools

Come summertime, everyone needs somewhere to cool off! What’s better than splashing around in a pool? Parents might want to catch up on their tans, but for kids, a swimming pool is the ultimate social spot. Whether it’s part of the community’s offerings, or it’s right in the backyard, no one can go wrong with a pool.

Not Too Far from Friends

Part of the reason why the early childhood years are so important is because children are forming the relationships that they’ll carry throughout life. A great neighborhood should be able to help foster these relationships. Sidewalks open up a whole world to kids, from letting them ride bikes down the way to a friend’s house to giving them an open canvas for chalk art. Parks give them space to play in. Wildcat Ranch in Crandall, Texas, even has a school on-site, so not only are kids close to their education, they’re also close to their friends as well.

Room for Rover

No need to leave furry friends out of the fun – a home should have plenty of space for pets. After all, they’re family too, and their needs to be respected as well. That means a big backyard to run around in, plenty of parks and trails to take a walk to, and a separate space for them to lay their head (and tear up their toys).

An ideal family home is one that kids can explore childhood and grow up in. That’s what makes the homes at Wildcat Ranch so special. Located in Crandall, Texas, this community creates a hometown feel and offers a brand new on-site school, Noble Reed Elementary School. As part of the Crandall Independent School District, Noble Reed Elementary is just one of the many features that make Wildcat Ranch perfect for families and kids.

You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Wildcat Ranch is where value meets lifestyle with floor plans handcrafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from four Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Homes. Each locally known builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The Model Row Village will be available to tour soon as well.

Located 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining. Within the community, residents have an assortment of amenities at their fingertips. There is something for everyone, from the Amenity Center with an expansive pool and Fitness Center, to the dog parks, and the miles of trails. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. For floorplans, pricing and up-to-date information, sign up today.

There’s nothing like owning a home. While websites like Moneycrashers.com and GOBankingRates.com compare the benefits of buying versus renting, and while some folks have their preferences, there truly is nothing like owning a home. For the long-term planner, a home is an investment that can grow over time. Creative types love being immersed in their personal style and social butterflies love feeling like part of a community. Maybe that’s why so many are taking a look at Wildcat Ranch in Crandall, Texas. Maybe it’s time you joined them.

Equity For All!

Smart home buyers know that one of the best ways to have a home build value is through equity. Over the long-term homes most often become more valuable, creating equity for their owners. Equity can also be increased with the addition of special features and upgrades, such as a pool or unique design elements. For those who think owning might be out of reach, the State of Texas has a variety of grants and deductions to offer homebuyers, whether this is their first house or their third! The Home Sweet Texas Home Loan Program is available to homebuyers with limited income a low 30-year fixed interest rate and down payment assistance!

Triumph Over Taxes!

While rent isn’t tax-deductible in Texas, homebuyers can get a deduction on their home’s taxes thanks to the homestead program. Instead of paying full taxes on a home, homebuyers can have up to $25,000 taken off of the taxes of the residence that they declare as their homestead! Texas is one of six states that doesn’t have a personal income tax, making it very popular for homebuyers moving out of highly taxed states.

When You Own Your Home, You Make The Rules!

Rentals may restrict tenants in terms of how they can decorate their space, or whether they can own pets. However, owning a home is a completely different experience that can totally shift a homebuyer’s worldview. There’s no landlord to set the rules, and homebuyers can personalize their space as they see fit. No need to ask about the pet policy anymore! Do you dream of having the front porch or creating a master bedroom that’s an oasis from everyday stress? When you own your home, you set the priorities and make the rules!

The Beauty of Belonging To A Community

When buying a new home, it’s important to consider the surrounding community. With a new hometown, you’ll meet new neighbors and develop camaraderie throughout the neighborhood. It’s the ideal place to grow friendships, have fun at social events, and become more connected to the people and places in the surrounding area. A new home makes homebuyers feel like they’re part of something bigger.

Wildcat Ranchis a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with one-of-a-kind amenities and homes priced from the $200’s. You are invited to discover this master-planned community in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Located 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining.

Within the community, residents have resort-style amenities at their fingertips, and there is something for everyone. The spacious Amenity Center is home to a refreshing pool and convenient Fitness Center. With dog parks and the miles of trails, there is plenty of room to go enjoy the outdoors. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch.

Choose from four Award-Winning home builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Homes. Each locally known Builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The Model Row Village will be available to tour soon. Join our VIP list to be among the first to receive floor plans, pricing & availability.