My two year old daughter and I attended last year’s “After Dark in the Park” – a family-friendly fall festival that highlights the unique environmental-education programs of River Legacy Living Science Center.   The River Legacy Science Center is a great place to bring children at any time of year- but it’s a lot of fun at Halloween. Below are some pics from our experience!

She Is Dallas Info:  After Dark in the Park will be held October 7th-9th, 2011 from  5 – 9 pm each night at River Legacy Living Science Center.   Admission is $7 and children 2 and under are FREE.  Purchase a Family Fun Package: 4 admission tickets PLUS 40 activity and concession coupons for just $40 (a $48 value)! Family Fun Packages must be pre-purchased by Wednesday, Oct. 5. Extra admission tickets can be purchased with Family Fun Packs for just $6 at time of sale. Family Fun Packages can be purchased inside Acorns Gift Shop at the Science Center; by calling Kristi Payne at 817.860.6752 or online (put Family Fun Pack in Comments section). Tickets purchased online or by phone will be available at Will Call at the Admissions Booth during After Dark in the Park.   The park is located at  703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks)  Arlington, Texas 76006,  Phone: 817.860.6752.   You can also follow River Legacy on Facebook

At dusk, the torches at the front entrance get lit…Survivor style!

The annual festival features family fun that includes:

» karaoke
» storytelling under the stars
» starlight stroll
» pumpkin patch
» walk on the wild side
» hayride shuttles from River Legacy Parks to event entrance
» concessions
» a variety of games and activities geared for children ages 2 to 10.

baby with pumpkins

Lot’s of blow up pumpkins and characters for photos and ogling.   There are free games for young children like bean bag toss- as well as games required a small fee like bounce houses.

little girl in  pumpkin patch

A small pumpkin Patch   was set up and kids could go in and select a pumpkin to decorate for a nominal fee.   This year they will even have the first-ever pumpkin decorating contest for a chance to win fun prizes in a variety of categories! There is a $5 entry fee. Get   rules and registration here.

Craft stations had tables for both older and smaller children- which was great.

My little ones favorite part? The hayride from the parking lots to the Festival, and back again at the end of the night! She did not want to get off!

One warning- the $7 dollar entrance fee does cover the basics, but bounce houses and pumpkin patch and food are all extra. So be sure you budget extra!

f you live in the DFW area- check it out!   This Dallas fort Worth Halloween Tradition has become a must do for us!

We will definitely be back next year! Maybe next year our bedtime will be a little later…and we’ll even   get to see it get spooky in the dark!

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