If you missed June’s installment of My Perfect Saturday in Downtown Dallas, you can find it here, or take this Prestonwood mom’s advice and spend a laid-back day in Richardson. Kelly Love, 40, one of our Inner Circle moms, took her boys, Brady, 7, and Trent, 5, for a foodie-slash-artsy adventure in Richardson — all for under $100.
Start with lunch at the Richardson Food Truck Park. They have rotating food trucks and outdoor picnic tables open from 11:30am–10:30pm on Saturdays. My kids love the NVN Burgers truck for the $7 sliders and cheese fries. And for dessert, the $1 ice pops that cool down hot August days — which is especially important since all the seating is outdoors (tables are shaded by umbrellas). The kids can run around in the gravel yard and play oversized games such as Connect Four and Jenga while waiting for their food. My boys think it’s so fun to order food from a truck, and I appreciate that all the trucks take credit cards.
At the Interurban Bar, moms and dads grab nachos and a locally made craft brew (comes from within 250 miles of Richardson). There is a restroom on-site and, occasionally, live music. Before you go, see which trucks are at the park by checking the Facebook page.
I like to take the kids to Painting With A Twist for the Family Friendly sessions for ages 5 and older. During the 90-minute class, the instructor guides you through the painting process; we had a great time painting canvases that go together to make one picture. The class costs $25 per participant and includes a canvas, painting supplies, a smock and a “Happy Half Hour” — arrive 15–30 minutes before class begins to tour the studio, sip a juice box (BYOB), tie on your aprons and set up your snack to eat during intermission. Family Friendly classes are offered Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons this month. Reserve a spot online.
When my kids want a cool treat we go to Monster Yogurt off of Campbell and Coit. They love the frozen yogurt (I love it too since it’s nonfat) and the dozens of toppings (over 75). Plus, there’s the Monster Cave — the indoor playground for ages 3 and older. They could hang out in that place for hours, and I don’t mind sipping a complimentary cup of coffee and surfing the free Wi-Fi while they do.