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Family Fun: Arlington's After Dark in the Park, Oct. 5-7

As a proud resident of Arlington, I love when I can attend and recommend worth-while events in my own backyard. After Dark in the Park, Oct. 5 – 7 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is one of them. Designed to create awareness of the River Legacy Living Science Center environmental-education programs, After Dark in the Park is an annual family-friendly fall festival that includes fun family programming from ages 2 – 10 years old. 
It comes at a perfect time of the year when you start burning those pumpkin candles and thinking about the holidays. My favorite part is that the event is just the ideal size to enjoy with a young child without feeling overwhelmed or like you’re missing something. And since entrance includes a hayride shuttle from River Legacy Parks to event entrance, that’s almost worth the experience all together.

Here's an old shot of  my then 2 yr. old enjoying the simple fun of leaves at After Dark in the Park. 

The annual festival features family fun like:
·         k araoke
·         storytelling under the stars
·         animal encounters
·         pumpkin patch
·         bounce houses
·         crafts and games
·         concessions featuring fall foods like hot chocolate and cider
·         NEW for 2012: Bass Pro Camping Demo & Contests & Drawings for GREAT Prizes!  
After Dark in the Park
River Legacy Living Science Center
Oct. 5 – 7, 2012 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$7 for kids ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under free. (Star-Telegram Press Pass customers get half off on Sunday, Oct. 7 when they flash their pass.)

Special notes:
No pets allowed.
Bring extra cash for tickets and some activities.

Want another mom’s view on After Dark in the Park? My friend Shannon of and her daughter attended last year and she shared her experience on She is Dallas.

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