It's finally fall in Texas. If you're lucky enough to get a sitter, there are plenty of fun fall activities to enjoy with your better half. Don't have a sitter? Check out the Nextdoor neighborhood app to find a recommended babysitter in your neighborhood or local area. Here are ten of my favorite local dates to help the two of you remember your pre kid days.
1. A Sweet Date at Kate Weiser Chocolate. With a location at Trinity Groves and a new location at Northpark Center, Kate Weiser Chocolate has become DFW's favorite destination for elegant, hand crafted chocolates. Each chocolate is painted to look like a work of art and everything tastes as good as it looks.
Kate's fall specialties include the pumpkin pie candy bar, a chocolate pumpkin filled with truffles and chocolate dipped goodies, and an adorable chocolate monster. Each shop has an open kitchen where you can watch the magic happen up close. Grab a bottle of wine and pair with some yummy chocolates for a sweet evening.
2. AMOM Vendor Fair. Mark your calendar for November 12 from 10am-3pm. Arlington Mothers of Multiples is hosting a vendor fair at Connect Church: 401 Southwest Plaza, Ste 103, Arlington (1-20 and Little Rd.). Grab your honey and kick start your holiday shopping together or split up and play Secret Santa by picking out a special surprise for each other. Visit the Events section of the AMOM website to find out more.
3. Couples Food Tour. Do you love trying new restaurants and bars? Check out Dallas By Chocolate or Dallas Bites Food Tours. You and your date will ride along in a comfy tour bus as a guide takes you to the best places in DFW for tacos, margaritas, barbecue, wine, sweet treats, and more. Tours include samples from each vendor with the option to purchase other items. You never know what new fall favorite bites you'll find.
4. State Fair. If you're new to Texas or you just need your Fletcher's corny dog fix, head to the State Fair of Texas. The State Fair is another great date for foodies and an annual must for native Texans. This year you can try fried jello, cookie fries, or deep fried pulled pork.
Don't forget to check out the Auto Show and midway. The Texas Star Ferris wheel will take you high enough for some spectacular views of the Dallas skyline and a chance to steal a kiss at the top.
5. AMOM Ravenwood Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner. Enjoy a suspenseful evening of fun and support our wonderful organization on Saturday, November 19 at 6pm at Fat Daddy's in Mansfield (781 W. Debbie Ln.). Tickets are $35 each and include a fajita buffet dinner, non-alcoholic drinks and optional participation in the murder mystery game. A cash bar is available and a live band will begin at 10pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance here.
6. Picnic at Oliver Nature Park. Pack up a picnic with barbecue from Big D (226 N. Walnut Creek Dr.) then head over to Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park (1650 Matlock Rd. in Mansfield). Hold hands as you stroll through the park to admire the fall foliage and the hundreds of species of plants and animals that live on park grounds. You can also participate in one of the park's special programs. Take a tour of the park at night for a spooky, up close look at nature or tap into your artistic side with painting in the park.
7. Coyote Drive In. Snuggle up for a movie under the stars. Fort Worth's Coyote Drive In (223 NE 4th St.) is one of the most romantic places to see the latest release.
Admission only costs $5 per person during the fall "off" season. You are not allowed to bring outside food and drinks, but Coyote offers all the traditional movie concessions in addition to a selection of wine and beer. You'll want to get there early for the best view, especially if you want to see a new release. Weeknights are less crowded. Check out their Facebook page for movies and show times.
8. Autumn at the Arboretum. Another great fall date for nature lovers is a visit to the Dallas Arboretum. This year highlights the "Art of the Pumpkin" with pumpkin artwork and houses built using pumpkins. Take a stroll through the pumpkin village along White Rock lake then choose a pumpkin to take home or try finding your way through the Haybale Maze. Fall means extended hours on Wednesdays and live music on Saturdays and Sundays.
9. Fort Worth Food Park. (2509 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth). A permanent fixture in Forth Worth, the Food Park features a rotating selection of food trucks amidst a serene setting featuring a variety of comfy outdoor seating options. Hours are 11am-10pm on weekends and 11am-8pm weekdays. Check out their website or Facebook page for the truck schedule. The park features live music on Saturdays.
10. The Lot Downtown. (110 S. Main St., Mansfield). Enjoy a live concert or a classic movie screening (E.T. is showing October 21) at Mansfield's new venue The Lot. Grab a comfy blanket or those lawn chairs taking up space in the garage and enjoy music and entertainment under the stars. Food trucks are available at some events. Visit The Lot Facebook page for event schedules and ticket information.