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Take a trip back in time and see what life was like in the 19th century

Dallas Heritage Village hosts Spring Fling: A Day in the Life, beginning Saturday, March 10 – Saturday, March 17 (excluding Monday, March 11-the Village is closed all Mondays),at 1515 S. Harwood. Times for Tuesday-Saturday are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and for Sunday, noon-4 p.m.  

During “A Day in the Life,” children will discover the significant differences when comparing the way people lived in the 19th century as opposed to today.  There will be many fun hands-on activities during the day. Participants will have the opportunity to send a coded message through a telegraph – very different from using a cell phone.  They will also have a chance to clean a rug by beating the dust out of it instead of using a vacuum cleaner. Penmanship was also an important skill taught in school as there were no computer keyboards. Kids will get to see if they would score an “A” during a penmanship lesson and can also participate in a spelling bee. Additional activities include chopping wood, clothes washing, gardening, weaving, horseshoes, jacks, and hoops and graces. These are just a few of the many activities offered during Spring Fling, transporting young guests back to a different time.

“This is a perfect week to learn a bit of history, enjoy the great outdoors, and have lots of fun,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “Our guests will surely leave more appreciative for the modern conveniences they have today after spending a day in the life of a 19th century family!”

Guests may also tour the Village throughout the week. Young shopkeepers, shoppers, and postal workers can have fun role playing at The Blum Brothers store.  Everyone enjoys stopping by to see Mammoth Jack Donkeys Nip and Tuck and Willie and Waylon as well as the sheep, who also like the attention.

Additional events occurring during Spring Fling are Barnyard Buddies Preschool Story Time (March 10 and 14) and Girl Scout Badge Workshop Day (March 10).  Barnyard Buddies will feature Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle.  Following story time and a hands-on activity, attendees may enjoy time in the Village’s new early childhood interactive playspace, The Parlor, until 1 p.m. The cost for Barnyard Buddies is $5/child, aged 2+, $5/adult. Also beginning at 11 a.m. on March 10 is Girl Scout Badge Workshop Day. Daisies will earn their Gloria Petal, Brownies will earn their Making Friends Badge, and Juniors will earn their Social Butterfly Badge.  There will be special activities for scouts throughout the day, culminating with their own tea party.  Girl Scouts must be pre-registered by March 3. Badges are including in the price for the workshop: $15/scout; $5 adult; $5 siblings.

“March is an extremely busy time at Dallas Heritage Village, and we anticipate seeing a lot of families during these special events,” added Prycer. “Come see us, and make some memories with your family during this week!”

For Spring Fling, tickets are $9/ adults; $7/ seniors; $5 / kids 4-12, children 3 and under are free. For more information, go to or call 214-421-5141.  Check in at Spring Fling via Facebook.  Leave your tips and reviews and let others know about all the fun things happening.


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