Pediatrician Dreeny Chen loves calling Carrollton—a city that Chen says boasts many exciting family-friendly activities throughout the year—home with her husband Tony and three daughters, Olivia, 11, Evelyn, 9, and Ava, 7. Chen shares her family’s favorite places to go and things to do in this Denton County neighborhood.
Favorite family restaurant: Pollo Salsa because we love Mexican food and especially their chicken with the yummy seasoning. We also love Marshall’s Bar-B-Q. Pollo Salsa, 1853 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton; 972/242-8903; Marshall’s Bar-B-Q, 12895 Josey Lane, Suite 215, Farmers Branch; 972/243-4941
Favorite local park: The duck pond behind the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake. We’ve been going there since our girls were babies. We would attend story time in the library and then go feed the ducks in the pond afterwards. We still go there now to take walks and to see the ducks, turtles, frogs, bunnies, etc. 1700 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton; 972/466-4800
Favorite family outing: Fishing! We love to go fishing in the ponds nearby.
Go-to date night: Going out for Indian or Thai cuisine followed by a movie.
For self-care: Being outdoors for a walk or at a park to be in nature.
Get active: Taking my kids outdoors to ride their bikes or scooters, going for a walk or a run in the neighborhood, or roller-skating!
Cool off: Dessert at 85C Bakery Cafe or at Andy’s Frozen Custard and swimming in our pool or at the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. 85C Bakery Café, 2540 Old Denton Road, Suite 106, Carrollton; 469/729-8585; Andy’s Frozen Custard, 1733 E. Hebron Pkwy., Carrollton; 972/394-7555; Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex, 1334 E. Rosemeade Pkwy., Carrollton; 972/466-6399
Give back: We pack food for impoverished children in countries all over the world at the nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children. 1680 N. Glenville Drive, Suite 300, Richardson; 214/453-5480
Why Carrollton a great place to raise a family? The City of Carrollton holds a lot of different activities for families to enjoy throughout the year, such as Trick or Treating in Historic Downtown Carrollton, Fall Festival at the Carrollton Public Library, Festival at the Switchyard, Christmas activities at the A. W. Perry Homestead Museum, and May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Event. 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton; 972/466-3000
Find your tribe: Through my children’s elementary school.
Featured photo courtesy of Dreeny Chen.