If you’re headed to the Dallas area for a family-friendly group outing or conference, you will definitely want to check out Frisco’s newest attraction: KidZania. The 80,000-square-foot experiential learning space allows kids to explore the everyday workdays of firefighters, construction workers, journalists, fashion designers and more.

In the KidZania city, there are child-sized destinations, such as a hospital, police station, supermarket, radio station and theater. Kids can role-play in realistic simulations, such as fighting fires, piloting airplanes, acting in plays, designing robots, performing surgery and going on secret missions. Each KidZania is tailored to the city in which it’s located, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and an economy fueled by a currency called KidZos. The Frisco location is the first in the U.S.

Event professionals are constantly thinking about how to best stimulate our guests’ senses in order to create the most memorable experience and greatest impact, whether it’s a wedding, corporate meeting or event, fundraiser or social gathering. Many people focus on only three of the five senses: taste, sight and sound. Rarely do planners pay attention to touch or smell. Strategically paying attention to scent and how it interacts with other sensory experiences can greatly impact the overall quality of an event.

 

Teresa Preza first came to Sugar Land 14 years ago while pursuing a job in event management. Today, she’s assistant director of economic development for the city. Here are some of her reasons for calling Sugar Land her “home sweet home.”

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This past December, the HALL Arts Hotel opened in Dallas. Located in the largest contiguous arts district in the country, the hotel features 183 rooms, 19 suites, a rooftop pool, restaurant and lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.