Levitt Pavilion Summer Outdoor Concert Series: Wednesdays thru Sundays! Free Admission

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by The Insider

Enjoy music under the stars at Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington during the 2013 Texas Power Fall Concert Series which takes place Thursdays thru Sundays, now through July 14th. Children’s concerts take place each Wednesday (except July 3rd) at 9:30am & 7:30pm. Light Up Arlington’s Concert & Fireworks on Wednesday, July 3rd features the Atlanta Rhythm Section!!! All the concerts are free & fun, so bring a blanket or lawn chairs (and snacks/coolers) to Levitt Pavilion! Concessions are also available.

Levitt Pavilion’s 2013 Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington
100 W. Abram St (across from City Hall, intersection of Abram St @ Center St.)
Thursdays-Sundays thru July 14, 2014 @ 8pm; (Children’s Concerts on Wednesdays at 9:30am & 7:30pm)
Admission: FREE!
Web site: www.levittpavilionarlington.org
Info line: (817) 543-4301

 

Lawn seating for each concert is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because the concerts are outdoors, don’t forget things like sunscreen and/or a hat and bug spray. In case of rain or any type of unpredictable weather, there’s an Information Line to call to check on the concert’s status. The number is (817) 543-4301. You can also check the Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Facebook page, Twitter, and the Web site: www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

Bring your own snacks/picnic and beverages (alcohol allowed, but no glass containers), or you can buy from vendors. There are concessions for sale at the flag pole entrance to Founders Plaza on the corner of Abram and Pecan streets. Our concession vendor has snacks, soft drinks, water, snow cones, nachos and hot dogs for sale. J. Gilligan’s is also on site grilling burgers, veggie burgers, chicken and quesadillas.

Admission is free! Parking is free!

Here’s the remaining 2013 Summer Concert Schedule:
*Sun, June 30; 8pm: BILLY JOE SHAVER (the original honky-tonk hero)

*WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD: “LIGHT UP ARLINGTON” ANNUAL CONCERT & FIREWORKS featuring music from THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION. Come to downtown Arlington to enjoy food, fun, fireworks. Free event. ‘Velvet Love Box’ in concert at 7:30pm. Atlanta Rhythm Section takes the stage at 8:45pm (this is the band with hits like ‘Spooky’, ‘Imaginary Lover’, and ‘So Into You’. The FIREWORKS START at 9:45pm. Atlanta Rhythm Section will resume their concert after the fireworks.

*No show on Thurs, July 4th (we’ll be sleeping after the big party/fireworks the previous night!!!)

*Fri, July 5; 8:30pm: DEL CASTILLO (intoxicating Latin romance with an edge)
*Sat, July 6; 8:30pm: THE QUEBE SISTERS BAND (intricate triple fiddles and Texas harmony)
*Sun, July 7: 8:30pm: TERRI HENDRIX & LLOYD MAINES (tapestry of folk/pop/blues/swing jazz)

*Thurs, July 11; 8:30pm: GIRL IN A COMA (raw musical energy & girl power!)
*Fri, July 12; 8:30pm: THE O’s (good music for good people)
*Sat, July 13; 8:30pm: RUTHIE FOSTER (blue straight from the heart…this will be a great show!!!!)
*Sun, July 14; 8:30pm: RADNEY FOSTER (no relation to Ruthie who performs the previous night; Radney is a west Texas poet who plays lyrical country music)

Looking ahead to the Fall Concert Series which begins in September, there’s a fundraiser concert on Saturday, September 14, 2013 featuring the legendary rock band FOREIGNER (whose discography includes classics like “Juke Box Hero”, “Cold As Ice”, “Double Vision”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”). This fundraiser is what pays for the other 50 free concerts throughout the year. Tickets ($35 general admission in advance, $45 at the gate, VIP for $150) are now available. For this concert only, there are no chairs or food or drinks or coolers or pets allowed…chairs will be provided and concessions available. To purchase tickets to FOREIGNER, call 817-543-4308 or link to www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

The remainder of the Fall Concert Series will be announced at a later date.

To anticipate some of your questions about the Levitt Pavilion’s SUMMER concerts…

Yes, there are bathrooms on-site (port-a-potties) as well as bathrooms inside City Hall which is across the street.

Pets are allowed, but must be on leashes. Please, no smoking (you, as well as the pets).

There is plenty of free parking all around the Levitt Pavilion – in the city employee lot, behind City Hall, behind the library, in the lots behind and beside the Arlington Municipal Building, in the Pinnacle Corp. lot, at Southwest Securities and First Baptist Church.

For directions and a map to Levitt Pavilion which is in the heart of downtown Arlington at 100 W. Abram Street, click here: http://www.levittpavilionarlington.org/YourVisittotheLevitt/DirectionsParking/tabid/81/Default.aspx.

The Levitt Pavilion and Founders Plaza are easily accessible for physically challenged patrons. Ramps lead down to the lawn on the Abram Street side of the park. Wheelchairs can be parked all along the sidewalks, and an additional special seating area is wheelchair accessible. All of the parking lots surrounding the Levitt have handicapped parking.

Lincoln Square Shopping Center’s “Catch a Ride to Rangers Ballpark” for Texas Rangers Home Games

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by The Insider

Baseball fans are invited to dine/shop at Lincoln Square before-and-after Texas Rangers home games at Rangers Ballpark. Spend $5 at any Lincoln Square merchant and you can catch a Ride to the Ballpark for just $2 roundtrip. Shuttle service begins 2 hours prior to the game, and return service begins in the top of the 7th inning. Shop/Drink/Play at Lincoln Square and avoid the cost of parking lots at Rangers Ballpark!

LINCOLN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER (N. Collins St, 1 block south of I-30)
PARKING/SHUTTLE FOR TEXAS RANGERS GAMES @ RANGERS BALLPARK
Shuttle ride: $2 with purchase of $5 from Lincoln Square merchants/restaurants
Info: http://www.lincolnsquarearlington.com/park/bus-to-the-ballpark-parking/

 

If you don’t have the time to shop/dine and spend $5 at a Lincoln Square merchant on the day of the Rangers game, you can purchase a $5 Lincoln Square gift certificate at any of the three shuttle bus stops at Lincoln Square. Those gift certificates can be redeemed at Lincoln Square merchants/restaurants at a future date.

There are 3 locations for shuttle bus stops inside Lincoln Square: in front of Boomerjack’s Sports Bar & Grill, in front of Sherlock’s Pub, and in front of Blue Mesa Grill.

For a map/directions to Lincoln Square as well a map of the Lincoln Square parking lot, click here: http://www.lincolnsquarearlington.com/location/.

DINING OPTIONS at Lincoln Square include (in alphabetical order): Birraporetti’s, Boomerjack’s Sports Bar & Grill; Black Eyed Pea; Blue Mesa Grill, Chaucer’s Sushi; Colters BBQ, Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Hibachi 97, Jason’s Deli, Lupe’s Mexican Food, Marble Slab Creamery, ; Olenjack’s Grille, Olive Garden, Sherlock’s Pub, Social Bakehouse Café, Sprouts Spring Roll & Pho, and TGI Friday’s.

LATE-NIGHT OPTIONS include: Louie-Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar (open til 2am, but closed Sunday thru Tuesday), Sherlock’s Pub (open til 2am), Chacuer’s Sushi (open til 2am), and Boomerjack’s (open til 2am).

SHOPPING at Lincoln Square: Accent Optical, Ann Taylor Loft, Art USA, AT&T Cellular World, Bath & Body Works, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Chico’s, Clothes Mentor, Curves, DaVita, Fun Xion Fitness, GAP, GNC, Half Price Books, Happiness Hallmark, Lincoln Jewelers, Maren Karsen Aveda Salon, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Michael’s, Mylinda Renay Salon Spa, Office Depot, Palm Beach Tan, Perfecto Cigar Shop & Lounge, Petsmart, Pier 1 Imports, Quikset Jewelry Repair, Rack Room Shoes, Ross Dress for Less, Stein Mart, Studio de Salon/Texas Candles, Stylin Around, Super Cuts, Super Nails, The Children’s Place, The Popcorn Store, Ulta, Wedding World Bridal & Formal, World Nails.

2013 CONCACAF GOLD CUP SOCCER SEMIFINALS: International Soccer Returns to Cowboys Stadium on July 24, 2013 (Two Games for Price of 1; Family 4-Packs Starting at Only $160)

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by The Insider

International soccer returns to Arlington when Cowboys Stadium hosts the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. There will be two games that night: 6pm & 9pm. Not only do you get 2 games for the price of 1, there are now additional discounts available thanks to “Family 4-Packs”. You can purchase 4 tickets in the End Line (normally $50 each) for $160 which is an overall savings of $40. Or you can purchase 4 tickets in the corners (normally $60 each) for $200 (also an overall savings of $40). The tickets must be purchased in increments of 4’s (so 4, 8, 12, etc.).

By the way, even better savings if you can round-up 11 buddies to go with you…Group tickets (at least 12 people per group) start at only $28 per ticket.

You can purchase tickets at the Cowboys Stadium Ticket Office or through all Ticketmaster Outlets. Please keep in mind that Ticketmaster adds additional fees/taxes for each ticket. For example, the $40 tickets have additional fees/taxes of $8.97; the $50 tickets have additional fees/taxes of $10.59.

Other seating sections are available, too, with prices ranging from $30 to $200. Here’s a full list:

*$200.00 ($14.42 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $214.42
*$100.00 ($11.88 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $111.88
*$75.00 ($11.24 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $86.24
*$60.00 ($10.86 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $70.86
*$50.00 ($10.59 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $60.59
*$40.00 ($8.97 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $48.97
*$30.00 ($8.75 Fees/Additional Taxes) = US $38.75

Here’s the link to purchase tickets on-line through Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004A4D895763AC?did=cowpre. When you get to the page on Ticketmaster, you will see the boxes to click for full price tickets, Family 4 Packs, or Group Tickets.

Parking will be $35 for the official Cowboys Stadium lots on the day of the game.

The following teams are competing in this year’s Gold Cup which kicks off July 7th at The Rose Bowl Pasadena, California:

*GROUP A’s Mexico, Panama, Canada, and Martinique
*GROUP B’s Honduras, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, and Haiti
*GROUP C’s USA, Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba

 

Cowboys Stadium is located in the heart of Arlington, Texas’ Entertainment District.  For map/directions to Cowboys Stadium, link here:  http://stadium.dallascowboys.com.
For travel packages to Arlington, link to Experience Arlington’s “Stay” page for lodging (http://www.experiencearlington.org/stay-experience/experience/).   There are also tons of local attractions (and, of course, dining and shopping) within a few blocks of the stadium.  Whether you spend an extra couple of days in Arlington enjoying Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor water park, touring Rangers Ballpark or the International Bowling Hall of Fame, you can plan your visit at experiencearlington.org.

SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS: Ride the New “Texas SkyScreamer” (World Record for Tallest Swing Ride!!!!)

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by The Insider

At a world-record height of 400 feet, the Texas SkyScreamer is the world’s tallest swing ride. I rode it the first day it was open and, oh my gosh, it seems so much higher than 40 stories. We were so high, looking down at Cowboys Stadium a few blocks away, and so much higher than the other big rides at Six Flags (looking way down at the giant “S” on the Superman ride). It’s an open-air seat so you don’t feel confined…your feet are dangling and it feels really open. This is the closest we’ll come to flying without being in a paraglider. By the way, it’s literally twice as high (400 ft vs 200 ft) as a similar ride at San Antonio’s Fiesta Texas. Everything is big in Texas, but it’s even bigger in Arlington!!! Six Flags Over Texas is open daily during the summer through August 25th. Save money with the 3-Day Advance Purchase at only $41.99 per ticket. Haven’t planned ahead by three days? That’s okay, too. Everyone pays kids’ price when tickets are purchased on-line for just $44.99 (savings of $15 off gate price).

 

Six Flags Over Texas: Open Daily thru August 25, 2013
Address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX
Tickets: $44.99 with On-line purchase; non-discount rate of $59.99 adults at gate; kids under 48” are $39.99; Kids under 2 Free; (3-Day advance purchase on-line for $41.99)
Parking: $20
Guest Relations: 817-640-8900
Web site:  http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx

 

If you want to ride the SkyScreamer, hang a right when you enter the park. It’s over in the southeast corner of the park (the “Good Times Area” near the passage to the Judge Roy Scream). And if you can’t find the SkyScreamer, just look up. It’s 400 feet tall, so you can’t miss it.

A couple of fun facts about the ride….once you’re in the air, you do about 7 revolutions at 35 miles per hour. Now I know you’re thinking 35 mph isn’t that fast compared to riding the Giant or the Titan…but trust me…when you’re that high, it’s fast enough. Honestly, I was glad when it started descending. I’ve never been afraid of heights, but you feel so out-in-the-open in the swing that it’s a little scary being hoisted that high in the air. Once you’re up near the top of the ride and start the revolutions, you’re soaring in a 124-foot wide circle.

The design for the SkyScreamer is based on a ride in Europe. That original ride is just about 400 feet. All the copies around the world haven’t been nearly as high (other rides in the U.S. like in San Antonio, etc., are between 200 and 300 feet with San Antonio approximately 200 ft). The SkyScreamer here in Arlington is just a couple feet higher than the one in Europe (that’s why there are six flags at the top of the ride….they extend high enough to give the world-record for tallest ride to the Texas Sky Screamer).

Insider Tip: You must be 48” in height to ride the Sky Screamer. Also, the night time views are really cool because you’re so high in the air and can see all the city lights. So if you’re at the park in the evening, plan to ride it at night and get a spectacular view! You can easily see downtown Dallas & downtown Ft Worth as well as nice views of Arlington with Cowboys Stadium & Rangers Ballpark.

 

But let’s mention more than the Texas Skyscreamer….With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Six Flags Over Texas remains the premier travel destination for affordable family fun in 2013 Tickets are as low as $41.99 with a 3-Day Advance Purchase on-line. If you’re unable to purchase tickets three days in advance, that’s okay, too!! Everyone pays kid’s price when tickets are purchased online ($44.99); otherwise, general admission tickets at the gate are $59.99 adults; kids under 48” tall are $44.99 at the gate.

Thrill seekers looking for savings all year long can purchase a Season Pass, priced at just $64.99, plus tax, each when you purchase 4 or more (you also get a free parking pass with this package deal, so that’s another big savings!!!). Prices for Season Passes go up on June 3rd, so don’t delay!!!

Guests can also purchase a Season Dining Pass of which several options are available starting at $69.99. Basically if you’re coming more than twice to the park, you’ll save money with the dining pass.

Are you familiar with the Flash Pass? It’s basically a way to skip to the front of the line. You reserve your ride time so you don’t have to wait in line. The price is in addition to your park admission and the passes range in price from $45 to $90.

Insider Tip: for even more savings: use your Discover Card credit card. Discover® Cardmembers save 5% online and around the parks— that’s big savings on big fun at Six Flags! Start saving today when you use Discover to save 5% on your entire online purchase, including Season Passes, Play Passes, daily admission tickets, parking, food, merchandise, The Flash Pass, VIP Tours and more. Also, you can enter through the Discover Cardmember Entrance Lane during the first two hours of each day.

To purchase tickets online and get more info on the dining pass and Flash Pass, click here: http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/tickets/index.aspx.

Group discounts are available for single-day visits starting for groups of 15-or-more starting at $28.99 per person. For more information about discounts or anything about the park, call Guest Relations at (817) 640-8900 or go to: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx.

Daily operations/summer hours are underway and run through late August. For the full schedule, link to the Six Flags calendar here: http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/info/parkInfo.aspx.

For more information on Season Passes, and Combo Season Passes, click here: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx.

Click here for a Six Flags Vacation Package from the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://travel.arlington.org/nexres/start-pages/hotelactivity_promotion.cgi?src=10025665&hotelactvid=1174.

Parking is $20 per day. If you plan on returning to Six Flags Over Texas throughout the year, you can purchase a Season Parking Pass for $60. You do not have to pre-purchase parking, but if you like, you can purchase parking passes and Season Parking Passes on-line here (scroll down towards the bottom of the page, it’s the same page as purchasing tickets): http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx.

Location/Driving Directions: Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 360 (Angus Wynne Jr. Freeway), approximately 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. If you need to input an address into your GPS, use this physical address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington TX 76011. You can also click here for driving directions: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/info/directions.aspx

Follow Six Flags Over Texas on Twitter and Facebook: on Twitter at twitter.com/sixflagsovertx ; on Facebook at facebook.com/sixflags/sixflagsovertexas

Planetarium at UT-Arlington

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by The Insider

Stargazing takes on new meaning at The Planetarium at UT Arlington with its 60 foot diameter dome and state of the art Digistar 4 DLP Projection system which makes this one of the largest and most sophisticated planetariums in the state of Texas. Now through August 25th, the summer schedule features shows including: Texas Stargazing, We Are Astronomers, Big Bird’s Big Adventure, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. Tickets are only $6 for adults and just $4 for kids/students/seniors.

 

The Planetarium at UT-Arlington
Chemistry-Physics Building on UTA campus
700 Planetarium Place
(817) 272-0123
Web site/Info:  www.uta.edu/planetarium

 

The Planetarium at UT-Arlington is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning and special occasion facility. In addition to charting the skies and traveling the galaxy, the Planetarium presents kid-friendly (and educational) shows. Inside the cool air conditioned auditorium which seats nearly 150, there are comfortable reclining seats, wheelchair friendly access, and radio headsets for the hearing impaired.

Here is the SUMMER SCHEDULE (May 28, 2013 thru August 25, 2013) but I suggest you confirm dates/show times by calling the pre-recorded show line number at (817) 272-0123 or checking out the Web site: www.uta.edu/planetarium .

TUESDAYS:
2pm “Texas Stargazing

3pm “Spacepark 360” (an out-of-this-work entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer)

WEDNESDAYS:
2pm “We Are Astronomers” (do you know what an astronomer does? Learn about the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe)

THURSDAYS:
*2pm: “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure” (kids can discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu)

*3pm: “Spacepark 360” (an out-of-this-work entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer)

FRIDAYS:
*2pm “TimeSpace” (a new show which turns the planetarium into a time machine)

SATURDAYS:
*1pm “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure” (kids can discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu)

*2:30pm “TimeSpace” (a new show which turns the planetarium into a time machine)

*5:30pm “We Are Astronomers” (do you know what an astronomer does? Learn about the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe)

*7:00pm: “Pink Floyd” (enjoy a 60’s style laser lights show set to the music of Pink Floyd)

SUNDAYS:
*1:30pm “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (join two children on a magical journey through the solar system, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination)

*2:30pm “SpacePark 360” (an out-of-this-work entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer)

MONDAYS: Closed

 

Ticket prices for planetarium shows featuring astronomy are: $6 adults, $4 seniors (65+), $4 children (18 & under); $3 UTA students w/ID; $4 non-UTA students; $4 UTA alumni/faculty/staff w/ID. Children under 3 years of age are free.

Groups of 15-or-more should make a reservation 24 hours in advance to receive a discount ($4 per person per ticket). The phone number for Group Reservations is (817) 272-1183.

Field trips are $3 per student. Teachers interested in scheduling a field trip can find more info by linking here: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/schools.  Many shows are available, not just the shows on the Winter Schedule.

The Planetarium is an awesome idea for field trips for your school or organization. And what a cool birthday party! They’ve even hosted corporate events, family reunions and sweet 16 birthday parties.

The Planetarium Dome Theatre seats 150 people, but there is also an atrium area (comfortable seating for 50 or standing area comfortable for 75-100 guests) as well as an executive conference room (3rd floor of Chemistry-Physics Building, planetarium is at ground level entrance). So this is a venue to consider to presentations, ceremonies, corporate gatherings, and parties.

If you’re thinking of having a children’s birthday party here, rental of the dome theatre is $225 which includes one show (you can choose from a long list of shows) and one hour in the atrium for cake/presents. For an extra $50 you can get a customized show that would include some visual effects (e.g. snow falling, slideshows, etc.).

When you book a private show, you may choose from the following options: “Astronaut”, “Bad Astronomy”, “Black Holes”, “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System”, “Ice Worlds”, “Magnificent Sun”, “Microcosm”, “Nanocam”, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure”, “Pink Floyd”, “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 1”, “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”, “Spacepark 360”, “Star of the Pharoahs”, “Time Space”, “Two Small Pieces of Glass”, “Unseen Universe, the Vision of SOFIA”, “Violent Universe”, “We Are Astronomers”, and “Wonders of the Universe”.

The Planetarium staff will work with you to choose a show that is age appropriate. They’ll also answer questions about event planning. Call them at (817) 272-1183.

To help arrange a Field Trip for your organization, click here: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/schools.

The Planetarium is located inside the Chemistry-Physics building in the heart of the UT-Arlington campus. Parking (especially on weekdays when school is in-session) is not available immediately in front of the building but there is a drop-off circle drive in front of the building’s entrance. There is a covered parking garage a short distance away (one-half block south of Planetarium) at $1.50 per hour with validated parking ticket (get it validated at Planetarium box office).

There is free parking on Sunday (you still need to have it validated). If you don’t want to pay for covered parking, you may park in “Student Surface Lots” which are free from 5pm Friday to 5am Monday (Friday evenings through Sunday nights, only).

As for directions/maps (For the purpose of Google maps, the address is listed as 700 College Street), from South Cooper Street, turn east on S. Nedderman Drive, go one block to Planetarium Place (turn left on Planetarium Place). For the parking garage, go past Planetarium Place and turn left on S. West St (garage is located at corner of S. Nedderman and S. West St.).
Click here for directions and parking: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/about/directions-and-parking.php.

Alley Cats Family Fun Center: Summer Playcation and Discounts

Posted on: May 26th, 2013 by The Insider

Bring family & friends to Alley Cats Family Fun Center and take advantage of summer discounts.  Alley Cats has bowling, laser tag, putt-putt golf, a walk climbing wall, billiards, and tons of arcade games.

 

ALLEY CATS FAMILY FUN CENTER
2008 W. Pleasant Ridge, Arlington, TX
Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-Midnight; Fri 10am-2am; Sat 9am-2am; Sun 9am-Midnight
Phone: (817) 784-2695
Web site: www.alleycatsbowl.com

 

Alley Cats has a little bit of everything (it’s also next to the Putt-Putt center, so go next door if you want to do some putt-putt). While this is a fun place for the family and for kids’ parties, the evenings offer parties for adults, a billiards room, and special pricing for groups of all ages. It’s open until 2am on Fri and Sat nights, until midnight Sunday through Thursday.

You can get a good value by taking advantage of money-saving packages and discount specials:

 

OTHER DISCOUNT SPECIALS:

* “Sunday Morning Madness” is four hours of fun from 9am to 1pm. For $15.99 per person, enjoy unlimited bowling and shoes, $10 game card, one jumbo hot dog and one 16 oz soft drink. Add unlimited laser tag or unlmited Putt-Putt golf for just $5.99 more.

*”Manic Mondays” (does not include May 26, 2013): from 8pm to Midnight, for $19.99 per person enjoy unlimited bowling and shoes, unlimited laser tag, and $10 game card. Domestic longnecks are $2.

* “Half Price Tuesdays” (ends May 28, 2013): 10am-Midnight; half-price: bowling, bowling shoes, laser tag, rock climbing, billiards, $20 game cards for $10.

* “Wednesday Night Unlimited Laser Tag” (ends May 29, 2013): 8pm to Midnight on Wednesdays; $9.99 per person, games begin every 15 minutes.

* “After School Madness”: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm; only $7.99 per person includes unlimited bowling with shoes, $5 game card, and a 16oz soft drink; pay only $4 more for unlimited laser tag

* “Late Night Friday Nights” from 11pm to 2am (ages 18 & older only) for just $14.99 per person. Includes: unlimited bowling and shoe rental (minimum 4 people per bowling lane); drink specials, and prize drawings. Hosted by Alley Cats’ DJ Rick.

*“Morning Madness” (Monday thru Friday, 10am-1pm) $15.99 per person includes unlimited bowling & shoes, $10 game card, one jumbo hot dog & soft drink.

* “Happy Hour Billiards & Beverages” Monday thru Friday, 4pm-7pm (thru May 31) — Just $1 per rack (normally $2 per rack or $5 for 30 minutes); plus domestic 22 oz drafts of Miller Lite and Bud Lite for just $3.25 and $3.25 well drinks.

Alley Cats specializes in group parties, youth and adult. For more info and pricing, click here: http://www.alleycatsbowl.com/group.php. Yes, there are Birthday Party packages, too. With 4 party rooms, they’re usually able to accommodate most requests. Hold your birthday party on a weekday and save $25.

And here’s a great idea for a youth group or youth sports-league team (pardon me while I flash back to my church youth group)….a LOCK-IN! Pricing is based on a minimum of 150 students and there must be a 1:20 ratio of chaperones. The cost is anywhere from $25 per person for 3 hours, up to $36 per person for 6 hours. Call Alley Cats or go to the Web site for more information.

The Web site is very informative. It includes a virtual tour and lots of video to go with animation. Even if you’re not interested in bowling or laser tag, it’s fun to see how they’ve put together an entertaining site. Just click on www.alleycatsbowl.com.

As for Alley Cats’ location, the street address is 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road which is two blocks west of the S. Cooper Street/W. Pleasant Ridge intersection. W. Pleasant Ridge Road is just a block north of I-20; in fact, it runs parallel to I-20. So go to Cooper Street, one block north of I-20 (in front of The Parks mall), then go two blocks west on W. Pleasant Ridge Road. The Parks Mall will be on the east side of S. Cooper Street/W. Pleasant Ridge intersection. Here’s the Mapquest for Alley Cats: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Arlington&state=TX&address=2008+W+Pleasant+Ridge.

SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS: Open Daily!!!! Tickets Only $41.99 with 3-Day Advance Purchase

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by The Insider

Enjoy Texas-sized thrills at a discount price at Six Flags Over Texas. Daily operations are now underway. Save money with the 3-Day Advance Purchase at only $41.99 per ticket. Haven’t planned ahead by three days? That’s okay, too. Everyone pays kids’ price when tickets are purchased on-line for just $44.99 (savings of $15 off gate price).

 

Six Flags Over Texas
Address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX
Tickets: $44.99 with On-line purchase; non-discount rate of $59.99 adults at gate; kids under 48” are $39.99; Kids under 2 Free; (3-Day advance purchase on-line for $41.99)
Parking: $18
Guest Relations: 817-640-8900
Web site and info:  http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx

 

 

With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Six Flags Over Texas remains the premier travel destination for affordable family fun in 2013 Tickets are as low as $41.99 with a 3-Day Advance Purchase on-line. If you’re unable to purchase tickets three days in advance, that’s okay, too!! Everyone pays kid’s price when tickets are purchased online ($44.99); otherwise, general admission tickets at the gate are $59.99 adults; kids under 48” tall are $44.99 at the gate.

 

Thrill seekers looking for savings all year long can purchase a Season Pass, priced at just $64.99, plus tax, each when you purchase 4 or more (you also get a free parking pass with this package deal, so that’s another big savings!!!). Guests can also purchase a Season Dining Pass of which several options are available starting at $69.99.

 

To purchase tickets online, click here: http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/tickets/index.aspx.

 

Group discounts are available for single-day visits starting for groups of 15-or-more starting at $28.99 per person. For more information about discounts or anything about the park, call Guest Relations at (817) 640-8900 or go to: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx.

 

Daily operations (summer hours) begin Wednesday, May 15th and run through late August. For the full schedule, link to the Six Flags calendar here: http://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/info/parkInfo.aspx.

 

Here’s a tip for even more savings: use your Discover Card credit card. Discover® Cardmembers save 5% online and around the parks— that’s big savings on big fun at Six Flags! Start saving today when you use Discover to save 5% on your entire online purchase, including Season Passes, Play Passes, daily admission tickets, parking, food, merchandise, The Flash Pass, VIP Tours and more. Also, you can enter through the Discover Cardmember Entrance Lane during the first two hours of each day.

For more information on Season Passes, and Combo Season Passes, click here: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx.

 

Click here for a Six Flags Vacation Package from the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://travel.arlington.org/nexres/start-pages/hotelactivity_promotion.cgi?src=10025665&hotelactvid=1174.

 

Parking is $18 per day. If you plan on returning to Six Flags Over Texas throughout the year, you can purchase a Season Parking Pass for $50. You do not have to pre-purchase parking, but if you like, you can purchase parking passes and Season Parking Passes on-line here (scroll down towards the bottom of the page, it’s the same page as purchasing tickets): http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx.

 

Location/Driving Directions: Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 360 (Angus Wynne Jr. Freeway), approximately 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. If you need to input an address into your GPS, use this physical address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington TX 76011. You can also click here for driving directions: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/info/directions.aspx.

 

Follow Six Flags Over Texas on Twitter and Facebook: on Twitter at twitter.com/sixflagsovertx ; on Facebook at facebook.com/sixflags/sixflagsovertexas

SIX FLAGS HURRICANE HARBOR: Open Daily!!! (On-Line Tickets Only $24.99!!!)

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by The Insider

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Texas’ largest water park, is now open weekends (daily operations begins June 1, 2013).  Everyone pays kids’ prices and enjoys big saving when purchasing tickets on-line (only $24.99 on-line). Come make a splash on all of the park’s 40 rides/slides/pools which are spread across 47 acres with 3 million gallons of water. Families can step out and enjoy the adventures at Hook’s Lagoon or relax at Boogie Beach. While the experienced thrills seekers might prefer Geronimo or Der Stuka or Surf Rider, there’s also the relaxing alternative of floating down the lazy river. And with two new rides opening in June (Typhoon Twister & Tsunami Surge), the summer just got wetter & wilder!!

 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 
1800 E. Lamar Blvd (across I-30 from Six Flags)
Tickets: On-line Discount of $24.99 (everyone pays kids’ prices on-line);; At the Gate: $29.99 ($24.99 under 48”); ages 2 & under free
Phone: (817) 265-3356
Web site/info: www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/index.aspx

 

Hurricane Harbor is open daily, now operating on summer hours.  Click here to check the calendar for the remainder of the summer: http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbortexas/info/parkInfo.aspx.

 

Buy tickets on-line and pay only $24.99. If you use a Discover credit card, save an additional 5% on all purchases on-line or at the gate.  Here’s the link for purchasing tickets on-line:  http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/tickets/index.aspx

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more info on group discounts, call the Groups Sales department at (817) 640-8900, extension 4100.

If you buy tickets at the gate (not on-line), daily tickets for General Admission are $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for juniors under 48” in height. Kids 2 and under are free.

 

For the best savings, buy a 2013 Season Pass for only $64.99. And here’s the best deal of the year: “Combo Pass” for $84.99. Buy 4 Combo Passes and receive one free Season Parking Pass for Hurrricane Harbor. Combo Passes give you unlimited visits, free tickets for friends on select days, and in-park discounts.

 

PARKING is $15 per day ($20 preferred parking; $25 oversize parking).  You can pay for parking on the day of your arrival, or you can pre-pay for parking online. Click here to link to the site to purchase tickets and parking on-line: http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/tickets/index.aspx

 

FOOD/CONCESSIONS: You can also pre-purchase vouchers redeemable for “Meal Deals” (starting at $13.49 individual “Super Hero Meals” and $39.99/44.99 Family Meal Deals for Four) and Souvenir Sports Bottles (1 for $14.99, 2 for $23.98, 3 for $29.97).

 

CABANA RENTALS: for more information on renting a private cabana for the day (cost includes 4 guests, $10 for each additional guest with maximum of 8 guests per cabana). Cabana rentals start at $125. For more info, link here: https://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/tickets/cabanas.aspx.

 

Click here for a listing of all the rides so you can survey which level of thrill-seeking will best suite your style: http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/rides/index.aspx

 

Hurricane Harbor is located conveniently in Arlington’s Entertainment District, just one block north of Interstate 30 at 1800 E. Lamar Boulevard. Hurricane Harbor is directly across interstate from Six Flags Over Texas and Rangers Ballpark, and four blocks northeast of Cowboys Stadium Click here for driving directions to Hurricane Harbor: http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/info/Directions.aspx

 

For any questions relating to Hurricane Harbor and its policies or ticketing, call the park’s Guest Relations at (817) 265-3356 or click here for Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborTexas/info/Faq.aspx

 

There are dozens of hotel options within a couple square miles of Hurricane Harbor.  To learn more about hotel/dining/shopping/attractions in Arlington’s Entertainment District and throughout the city, check out the ‘Stay & Experience’ section of ExperienceArlington.org (link here:  http://www.experiencearlington.org/stay-experience/experience/).

2013 DALLAS COWBOYS SCHEDULE

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by The Insider

The 2013 Dallas Cowboys Schedule includes a fantastic slate of home game at Cowboys Stadium.  In addition to the regular season home opener against Eli Manning and the NY Giants on Sunday Night Football (Sept 8th), the schedule includes visits from:  Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (Oct. 6th); RGIII and the Washington Redskins in another prime time Sunday Night Football matchup (Oct 13th); phenomenal running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings (Nov. 3rd); and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (Dec 15th).  The Thanksgiving Day opponent is the Oakland Raiders, and Cowboys Stadium is also the site of the regular season finale versus the division rival Philadelphia Eagles on Dec 29th. 

PRESEASON (all kickoffs Dallas time)
Sun., Aug. 4: vs. Miami Dolphins- @ Canton, Ohio (Hall of Fame Game); 7pm (NBC)

Fri., Aug. 9: @ Oakland Raiders; 9pm (KTVT/CBS 11)

Sat., Aug. 17: @ Arizona Cardinals; 3:30pm (KTVT/CBS 11)

Sat., Aug. 24: CINCINNATI BENGALS; 7pm (KTVT/CBS 11)

Thurs., Aug. 29: HOUSTON TEXANS; 7pm (KTVT/CBS 11)

REGULAR SEASON
Sun., Sept. 8: NY GIANTS; 7:30pm (Sunday Night Football, NBC)

Sun., Sept. 15: @ Kansas City Chiefs; 12pm (FOX)

Sun., Sept. 22: ST. LOUIS RAMS; 12pm (FOX)

Sun., Sept. 29: @ San Diego Chargers; 3:25pm (FOX)

Sun., Oct. 6: DENVER BRONCOS; 3:25pm (CBS)

Sun., Oct. 13: WASHINGTON REDSKINS; 7:30pm (Sunday Night Football, NBC)

Sun., Oct. 20: @ Philadelphia Eagles; 12pm (FOX)

Sun., Oct. 27: @ Detroit Lions; 12pm (FOX)

Sun., Nov. 3: MINNESOTA VIKINGS; 12pm (FOX)

Sun., Nov. 10: @ New Orleans Saints; 7:30pm (Sunday Night Football, NBC)

Sun., Nov. 17 BYE

Sun., Nov. 24: @ N.Y. Giants; 3:25pm (FOX)

Thurs., Nov. 28: OAKLAND RAIDERS; 3:30pm(Thanksgiving Day, CBS)

Mon., Dec. 9: @ Chicago Bears; 7:40pm (Monday Night Football, ESPN)

Sun., Dec. 15: GREEN BAY PACKERS; 3:25pm (FOX)*

Sun., Dec. 22: @ Washington Redskins; 12pm (FOX)*

Sun., Dec. 29: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES; 12pm (FOX)*

Home Games in BOLD

* Game times and television broadcasts are subject to change due to flex scheduling.

 

Individual tickets to 2013 Dallas Cowboys home games are not available until late-summer, but season tickets can be purchased throughout the year.  For season ticket information, link here:  http://cowboys.c1ms.com/

 

Five national television appearances highlight the Dallas Cowboys upcoming season. The Cowboys schedule currently features four games that are going to be broadcast nationally in primetime, including two from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Cowboys will also play five games against four different teams that qualified for the 2012 playoffs (Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota and Washington).

 

In addition to the two primetime games at Cowboys Stadium on NBC and the club’s annual Thanksgiving Day national appearance against Oakland on CBS this year, the Cowboys will make two more national appearances, one on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and one on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Dallas’ appearance on Monday night this season will be the club’s 75th time on Monday Night Football (second most in NFL history behind Miami’s 78). No NFL team has won more MNF games than the 43 that have been won by the Cowboys.

 

The 2013 regular season opens for Dallas on Sept. 8 when the Cowboys host the N.Y. Giants on Sunday night. This season is the first time Dallas will open at home since 2007 and just the fifth time since 2000. It is also the fourth straight season the Cowboys will open the season in primetime. Dallas hits the road for a Week 2 bout at Kansas City at noon on Sept. 15. The Cowboys host St. Louis at noon on Sept. 22 before closing out the first month of the season in San Diego at 3:25 on Sept. 29.

 

Dallas opens October with consecutive home games, first hosting Denver at 3:25 on Oct. 6, followed by a Sunday night game against Washington on Oct. 13. The Cowboys finish the month on the road with noon contests at Philadelphia on Oct. 20 followed by one in Detroit on Oct. 27.

November opens at home on Nov. 3 against Minnesota with a noon bout, followed by the club’s last scheduled Sunday night game with a match up at New Orleans on Nov. 10. Dallas will then enjoy its bye week on Nov. 17 – the latest bye for the team since the club’s Dec. 9 off week in 1990. Coming off the break, the Cowboys will head to the N.Y. Giants at 3:25 on Nov. 24, followed by its annual Thanksgiving Day game – this year on CBS against Oakland at 3:30.

The final month of the season opens with a Monday night kickoff in Chicago on Dec. 9, then a home game against Green Bay on Dec. 15. Dallas will head to Washington on Dec. 22, then finish off the regular season at home against Philadelphia. This season is the first since 1998 that the Cowboys will open and close the season at home.

Arlington to Host First College Football National Championship Game: NCAA Selects Cowboys Stadium for Game on January 12, 2015

Posted on: April 25th, 2013 by The Insider

The first National Championship Game in the new NCAA College Football Playoff will be played in Arlington, Texas on January 12, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium. The stadium has been home to the AT&T Cotton Bowl since 2010 and has already hosted tremendous sporting events such as Super Bowl XLV, the NBA All Star Game, and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball South Regional.

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboys Stadium,” said Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected to host the first national championship as part of the new playoff structure. This is a major win for our region.”

“The first championship game of the College Football Playoff era is going to be very special, and Cowboys Stadium is a wonderful place to host the first game,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the NCAA College Football Playoff in an official announcement on April 24, 2013. “We’re also pleased to announce the three other bowls that will be part of the College Football Playoff, because rotating the event means more fans in more cities can experience it in person.”

“Cowboys Stadium was just officially awarded the College Football National Championship game,” noted Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president and key member of the behind-the-scenes team in Arlington which worked to bring the Championship Game to Arlington. “Coming only 10 months after the Final Four our stadium certainly is becoming known for hosting the biggest and best events in the world. We were joined in the bid process by our friends at the AT&T Cotton Bowl and we can’t thank them enough for their efforts in helping North Texas and Cowboys Stadium secure the game.

“More than anything though, I know a lot of work will go into making the first College Football Playoff National Championship game a huge success. We should all take great pride in hosting the first one and hopefully many more to come.”

The AT&T Cotton Bowl, along with the Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl have been selected to be part of the six-bowl rotation that will host the College Football Playoff, and each bowl will host a national semifinal once every three years. The national championship game will be held in a different city each year with Arlington hosting the inaugural game. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl have previously been chosen to host the first national semifinals, on January 1, 2015. The winners of those two games will face off in the first championship game two weeks later at Cowboys Stadium.

The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-2015 season and will feature the four top teams as selected by a yet-to-be-named selection committee.

Arlington can already boast a strong college football tradition even though the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium opened only four years ago in 2009. In addition to the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl played each January, the venue has also hosted great matchups like ESPN’s annual Cowboys Classic played each September to kickoff the college football season. The upcoming Cowboys Classic in 2013 features the LSU Tigers versus the TCU Horned Frogs on August 31st.

Previous Cowboys Classics have included: Alabama vs Michigan, Oregon vs LSU, TCU vs Oregon State, and Oklahoma vs BYU.

Anther great college football game coming to Cowboys Stadium in 2013 is Notre Dame vs Arizona State on October 5, followed by Baylor vs Texas Tech on November 16.

The 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl will be played on January 3rd. Other big events in 2014 include: Florida State vs Oklahoma State in the 2014 Cowboys Classic on August 30; Texas vs UCLA on September 13, 2014; Texas A&M vs Arkansas (date t.b.a.); and Baylor vs Texas Tech (date t.b.a.).

Arlington and Cowboys Stadium have already hosted annual rivalry games between the Aggies/Razorbacks and Bears/Red Raiders.

The first College Football Playoff Championship Game is the first of three major college football games to be played in 2015 in Arlington. Alabama and Wisconsin will meet at Cowboys Stadium on September 5 in the 2015 Cowboys Classic, and the 2015 AT&T Cotton Bowl will host the national semifinal game.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl offices are located inside Cowboys Stadium (you can see the lobby of the office as well as the trophy and other memorabilia as part of the official Cowboys Stadium Tour). Officials with the Cotton Bowl estimate the economic impact of hosting the game at $30 million annually.

As for a national championship game, the economic stakes are even higher. The Dallas Morning News reports that Arizona State University estimated the impact of the 2011 BCS Championship Game played in Glendale, Arizona at $188 million.

Arlington officials teamed with The Dallas Cowboys and the Cotton Bowl Classic in 2012 to form Stadium Events Organizing, a non-profit organization to bring the national championship game to Cowboys Stadium. The organization’s planning and hard work has paid off handsomely for North Texas as well as fans of college football.

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau looks forward to helping fans plan their visits to Cowboys Stadium for future games and/or tours of Cowboys Stadium. Hotels can be booked on-line at www.ExperienceArlington.org.