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Places that rock our socks (and why)!

on November 9, 2012

So here’s a list of places that we’ve made into our stomping grounds in the past year.  These places are noted here for being family/kid-friendly and welcoming for individuals of all abilities.

  • Rita’s Italian Ice on Keller Parkway- The kids love the flavor selection and I love the friendly atmosphere!
  • Alli B’s Sweets & Treats on 377 in Benbrook, Texas- These ladies know how to bake!  Alli and her gals are by far the sweetest ladies with the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.  The kiddos loved their complimentary pink lemonade too.
  • Sea Life Aquarium at Grapevine Mills Mall- Where do I start?  The staff was great.  The aquarium outdoes any I’ve seen in the metroplex without a doubt.  Turtles, seahorses, sharks, octopi, and more, all in an interactive exhibit complete with an indoor playground!
  • Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch- A bit of a drive, but the kids had a blast.  There were tons of inflatables for the kids to jump and slide on, play equipment to climb on, and even a giant haystack!  There were tons of cutouts to take pictures with as well.  Pricey pumpkins maybe, but all activities are free and buying one supports this great business!  The staff was fantastic.

  • Johnson Road Parkin Keller, Tx- The park has updated and inclusive equipment with safe areas for all to play, and the best “mommy benches” by far.

    Great visibility for grown-ups

  • Blue Cherry on Timberland Drive- The couple that owns the establishment is so kind and remembers the kids every time, even with growing clientelle.  Great treats for kids and grownups alike!

  • Landscape Systems of Texas on Keller Parkway- Long story… Our boy needed a plant last-minute for a school activity, so we pulled into the lot in a frenzy.  The lady who helped us was very patient with us and helped the kids pick out baby pumpkins as well.  My favorite part?  The convenience and hospitality.  Their favorite part?  Doggy!  We made friends with their sweet puppy who was docile with the kids.

We love Cobly!

  • Let’s Jump! off of Kroger Drive- Open Jump is great for the kids to burn off some energy!  The staff is great with the kids.  One young man who works there has been particularly helpful with our little girl, as his brother has CP, and offered to assist us personally if needed.
  • Studio One Dance Center on Basswood Boulevard- The kids have started hip hop lessons there and we love it!  Great teachers, great environment to learn and grow.
  • Justice at Alliance Town Center- The employees rock!  They are super patient when we go in there and always help us find what we need.
  • The Children’s Placeat Alliance Town Center- Much like Justice, the employees are very helpful and kind.  Great sales at both!

    The sisters in their new digs from The Children’s Place

  • Sweet & Sassy at Southlake Town Center- We love Sweet & Sassy!  Our little girl gets her hair cut regularly by the sweetest gal, Jordan.  The chicks there are always happy to see the kids and are very adaptable to our differing moods!
  • Target on 377 in Watauga- It sounds silly, but it’s great to have a store we feel good about frequenting!  The employees are really helpful and very nice to the kids.
  • Cotton Patch Cafeon 377 in Watauga- I take my sisters there on occasion and we always have a great time.  The servers and hostesses are so nice!

    Little Sis being silly

  • Chili’s (Chili’s Bar and Grill) on 377 in Watauga- Okay, this place is great.  My sisters used to be afraid to have the waiter to sing them “Happy Birthday” in restaurants, but now that can’t wait!  The staff remembers them and is excited every time we come in.  The girlies love stopping by for fuel on our girls night outs.
  • Half-Price Bookson 377 in Watauga- The kids love picking out books there, and I can afford them!

    Found them with their new books after we got home

  • Therapedia on Keller Parkway- This isn’t your average therapy clinic.  The wait list is eternal, but so worth it!  Our little girl goes there for speech therapy and occupational therapy.  The waiting room has become a pretty close-knit group too!  The therapists are above and beyond expectations and she has made amazing progress.

These are just a handful of the great places we’ve visited in the past year.  I make an effort to recommend businesses/ locations that have facilities and/or staff that make the environment inclusive for individuals of all abilities.  Most places don’t need to make special accomodations to be inclusive- all you need is a positive team!

Thanks again to the places mentioned in this post, y’all rock!

From Ear 2 Ear,



One response to “Places that rock our socks (and why)!

  1. Leigh Aiello says:

    Great information and such cute pics! It is helpful to have the aspect not only about the service but information related to inclusiveness as sometimes that is critically important. Inclusive for ‘all’ is ideal but having recommendations of places where you can take your kids and they have either facilities or attitudes that allow for inclusiong is so great! Thanks for sharing the info!!

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