From a toddler to a teenager, mother-of-five Paulina Flores has her hands full—and there’s no better place to keep her kids busy and happy than in Grand Prairie. That’s where Flores, a stay-at-home mom, grew up—and it’s where she and husband Josh (a district manager for an international operator of pawn stores) are raising Ezekiel, 2, Kynadi, 5, Melodi, 9, Emma, 10, and Noah, 13.
Favorite family restaurant Pizzaiolo’s! The owner and his son treat you like family. They always offer the kids candy or other sweets and have amazing deals. We love the huge pizzas.
Pizzaiolo’s Pizza & Pasta // 355 E. Westchester Parkway, Grand Prairie
Best park The new PlayGrand Adventures park has amazing amenities for all ages (and abilities). The jungle gym, the climbing and exploring sections, the flying saucers and the swings are the best! They have bathrooms and a shuttle that will bring you to and from the park if there’s no parking available in the main lot.
PlayGrand Adventures // 2985 Epic Place, Grand Prairie
Favorite family outing The Waggoner Park walking trails by the Trinity River are great. They’re very relaxing, with lots of nature to encounter, little creeks and river views. The trails are very wide, which is perfect for the kids’ bikes and scooters. And it’s a pet-friendly area, which is a must since we have two fur babies.
Waggoner Park Trail // 2122 N. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie
For a night out We don’t get to have a night to ourselves very often, but when we do it’s at Cheddar’s. As far as a drink, the Painkiller is my fave! So delicious. The cheese fries are a must, especially with extra ranch. I absolutely love Cheddar’s lemon pepper chicken breast; it’s lighter but still full of flavor. My husband always gets the Monte Cristo sandwich.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen // 4106 S. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie (more DFW locations)
Self-care spot I go to Oasis Nail Bar for a relaxing pedicure. Oasis has a calm feel, with piano music and screens that play videos of fish in the sea. They also serve delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. They would give my toddler a slushy and a lollipop every time.
Oasis Nail Bar Grand Prairie // 1205 Arkansas Lane, Suite 150, Grand Prairie
Go-to for getting active We go to the Tony Shotwell Life Center. They have a gym, trails and pools. We go one or twice a month, and more often if we have time. The kids also love the center’s library. They have awesome books, games and computers as well. And for my toddler, they have a play kitchen and toys.
Tony Shotwell Life Center // 2750 Graham St., Grand Prairie
For cooling off For my littles, it’s Splash Factory. It’s a water playground for younger children, no pools. It’s cheap, shaded and fun! For the best snow cones, we go to Tastee Ice. My personal fave is the pickle-flavored snow cone.
Splash Factory // 601 E. Grand Prairie Road, Grand Prairie
Tastee Ice Snow Cones // 829 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie (more DFW locations); Search on Facebook
How she gives back I volunteer with the children’s schools and PTAs. I get to know the staff better and build bonds with them—and see my babies more!
How she found her mom squad Honestly? High school! But we have lots of ways to help meet new mom friends: our library’s toddler and elementary classes, citywide events and so much more.
Why Grand Prairie is great for families People here take pride in their land, homes and neighborhoods. It’s a sweet spot in DFW, right in the middle of all the main cities, and there is so much culture and diversity.
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