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Kelly Eddlemon

Epic Waters nominated as Best Big Water Park for a Party in DFWChild

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Epic Waters has been nominated as Best Big Water Park for a Party in DFWChild’s 2018 Best for Families: Kids Parties.

Help us turn the nomination into a win! Submit your vote for DFW’s newest, most EPIC place to host a party here! Contest closes on Friday, June 22.

Epic Waters offers a year-round splash-tastic time! Referred to as a “cruise ship on land,’ there is something for every member of the family. Eleven waterslides are featured on the waterpark’s slide tower, and three slides are ‘first of their kind’ within the waterpark industry. An outdoor wave pool will be sure to excite, as well as birthday parties, private rentals, and events that will be held year-round.

Epic Waters is home to one-of-a-kind features like the body slide Lassoloop, the “tallest indoor Aqualoop” in the country,” and the twisty-turvy Yellow Jacket Drop, which is a combination of the popular Boomerango and Constrictor features and gives you the feeling like you’re floating in air! If the water features aren’t enough, check out the park’s Twilight Swim and Family Fun Friday events.

Crawfish Boil at Farmers Market

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The Grand Prairie Farmers Market will be open from 8am – 2pm on Saturday, June 2 at Market Square, 120 W. Main Street, featuring a crawfish boil from 10am – 2pm prepared by Dustin Clement’s Head’s or Tails Cajun Crawfish. The event will also feature live music, gift market, arts and crafts, and games. The tasty crawfish, which will be available beginning at 10am, will be sold for $10 a pound and will be accompanied with potatoes and corn.

Remember Kechi from America’s Got Talent?

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Remember Kechi from America’s Got Talent?


See Kechi LIVE in concert on May 5 at the Uptown Theater. An Evening with Kechi, presented by Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington and Landscape Structures Incorporated, is a fundraiser for the PlayGrand Adventures Foundation. PlayGrand Adventures is the largest all-inclusive playground being planned for Dallas-Ft. Worth, and will have many unique components to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

Kechi was a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2017. As a teenager, she was only one of two survivors in a plane crash that killed 107 people. Despite visible burns on more than 65% of her body, Kechi bravely appeared on the televised talent show and continued to wow the judges and America as they voted her into the finals. The evening will feature a raffle, an auction, specialty drinks, and an additional performance on some of the outdoor musical instruments that will be installed on the playground site.

Concert-goers can purchase tickets at two levels: VIP tickets for $75 which gives preferred seating and a meet and greet with Kechi at a reception. Or, general admission tickets at $50. To purchase tickets or for more information, call The Uptown Theater at 972-237-8786 or visit

For more information about the project, visit

Ruthe Jackson Center’s Enchanted Wedding Bridal Open House

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Beautiful brides-to-be are invited to step into the enchantment of elegant table and room decor, dazzling bridal gowns, delectable wedding cakes and scrumptious catering menus at Grand Prairie’s Ruthe Jackson Center bridal open house on Tuesday, March 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway, will feature tastings, trends and tablescapes by wedding experts, planning and design resources, entertainment showcase and upscale bridal fashion. The event is an opportunity to visit the sought-after Ruthe Jackson Center and meet with selected wedding professionals who will share their expertise in floral designs, bridal fashions, décor, wedding fare and more.

An exquisite, award-winning venue, The Ruthe Jackson Center offers picturesque settings for wedding ceremonies, catered receptions and social engagements. Elegant ballrooms, a gorgeously landscaped garden, gourmet menus, stylish exterior, ample parking and state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities accommodate the needs of the most special occasions. Partnering with the finest vendors, The Ruthe Jackson Center specializes in providing brides an enchanted wedding day experience. The Ruthe Jackson Center is ideally located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex just minutes from DFW airport, Interstate 20, Instate 30, State Highway 360 and State Highway 161.

The Ruthe Jackson Center Enchanted Wedding Bridal Open House is a complimentary event, but reservation is required. Make your complimentary reservation today – call the Ruthe Jackson Center at 972-237-7500, or visit No guests under the age of 16 will be admitted.

9 Smart Tips That Will Help You Have a Blast at Prairie Lights

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year—especially in Grand Prairie, where the holidays shine a little brighter thanks to Prairie Lights Powered by Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation, the premiere drive-through holiday light park in Texas.

You’ve got until New Year’s Eve to experience an all-new, stunning display of four million lights on the beautiful shores of Joe Pool Lake—but closing day will be here before you know it, so make plans to visit now and avoid missing out on one of the most popular holiday traditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Get ticket pricing and hours of admission.

9 Tips For Your Prairie Lights Visit:

One: Plan to participate in the Prairie Lights out-of-car experiences.

About halfway through your trip through the light park, you can hop out of your vehicle and enjoy a number of out-of-car experiences, all of which are included free in the price of admission (except for Photos with Santa):

  • Holiday Village: Hot cocoa, funnel cakes, a charming gift shop, free carnival rides and more are in store for you at the Holiday Village (as well as the park’s restroom facility).
  • Photos With Santa: The Big Guy himself will be available through Dec. 23 to listen to holiday wishes and snap a photo or two. (Pricing begins at $15.)
  • SnowMazing Snow Maze: With the help of some friendly snowmen, navigate your way through the twists and turns of whimsical holiday labyrinth.
  • Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest: Enjoy a memorable stroll through a wooded area that’s lit with thousands of lights depicting Christmas around the world.

Two: Allow plenty of time for your visit.

Prairie Lights Peak Times: Holidays, weekends, and December 18-21. Non-Peak Times: Weeknights (with the exception of Dec. 18-21).

If you have limited time or if you prefer smaller crowds, we recommend that you visit Prairie Lights on a non-peak night. During non-peak times, it usually takes about 45 minutes to drive through the park, and about 90 minutes to drive through and stop and enjoy the out-of-car experiences (which you will definitely want to do, since they’re tons of fun). If you visit during a peak time, you should add on at least an extra hour to your anticipated time.

Of course, these are just estimates —ultimately, your visit time will depend on how many guests are at the park that night, as well as how fast or slow everyone is driving. One last note: Cars are allowed to line up prior to our nightly start time of 6 p.m., so you might want to arrive at the park early.

Three: Consider a Fast Pass purchase

This year, we’re offering a Fast Pass ticket (available online only), which is an upgraded “line jump” option that allows you to get to the park quicker. See Fast Pass pricing. (Fast Passes must be purchased online no later than 3 p.m. on the day you want to visit the park.)

The suggested route for Fast Pass holders is to take I-20 and exit south on Lake Ridge Parkway, then stay in the right-hand lane and follow the signage leading the way to the Fast Pass entrance, located immediately after the general admission entrance and shared with The Oasis restaurant.

Note that entrance fees for general admission and Fast Pass admission cover up to eight people per vehicle—but we want you to be safe, so avoid the temptation to overload a vehicle just to save a few dollars on entrance fees.

Buses, limos and RVs carrying up to 56 people are also welcome, but be aware that they cost a little more. Also: Hayrides, while admittedly fun, are not permitted in Prairie Lights for safety reasons.

Four: Take advantage of discounts. In addition to saving time, guests who pre-purchase general admission tickets online can claim a $5 discount. Also, we usually offer special coupons for Prairie Lights at different times through the run of the event (for weeknights only). Follow Prairie Lights on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Five: Charge your phone or camera before you leave. For safety reasons, visitors are not permitted to get out and take pictures during the drive through, but you’ll have plenty of chances to shoot pictures and video from the interior of your vehicle or during your on-foot visit to the Holiday Village, Holiday Magic Walk-Through Forest, or other out-of-car experiences.

Six: Watch the weather. In the event of potentially dangerous weather conditions, Prairie Lights may close or delay opening. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or our website to verify the park status before you head out.

Seven: Plan ahead. Besides charging your camera or camera phone, you might want to bring or pack the following:

  • Beverages or snacks for the first part of your visit (but too many, since we’ve got some delicious holiday-themed concessions waiting for you at the Holiday Village).
  • A coat or jacket if you plan on getting out to explore the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest.
  • Cash or plastic (Visa and MasterCard) for your tickets (if you don’t purchase online) and for shopping or buying concessions at the Holiday Village or taking a photo with Santa.

Don’t forget to gas up your vehicle before you arrive – you definitely don’t want to run the risk of running out while you’re driving through.

Loyd Park restrooms are available at the Holiday Village in front of and behind the big white tent. There are also a few portable toilets located near the office building and Fire Station by the main road (Lynn Creek Parkway), as well as just before the pay gate at the park’s entrance.

In the unlikely event that you experience an emergency during your visit, dial 9-1-1. The Police and Fire Departments are located at the entrance to Prairie Lights, so help will be available quickly.

Eight: Enhance your experience with music. While driving through the park, we recommend that you tune in to KLUV 98.7 FM for festive holiday classics to soundtrack your visit to Prairie Lights.

Nine: If possible, kill your lights while you’re driving through. The Prairie Lights experience is much more enjoyable when your headlights are off, especially for the people in front of your vehicle. You don’t have to worry about finding your way, because the driving path is clearly marked with cones and lighted indicators. Don’t forget to flip your lights back on when you leave the park!

Find out more about Prairie Lights

And the NRPA Gold Medal Award goes to…

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…Grand Prairie, Texas Parks, Arts & Recreation!

Months of preparation and commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has paid off for The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. They have been awarded the 2017 National Gold Medal Grand Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department live during the General Session of the NRPA Annual Conference on Sept. 26, 2017, in New Orleans.

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