In 2019 we started a tradition of taking a road trip before the new school year starts. We went to Lafayette, LA in 2019 and explored the area while eating good food. We obviously weren’t able to plan one for 2020 due to pandemic reasons. This year our before school road trip 2021 landed us in the Frisco/Plano, TX area. It was the perfect family mini vacation spot. Especially for those of us with little ones still. Frisco, TX is about 3.5 hours away from us so it was the perfect distance for a mini road trip with a 3 year old and 7 year old.
One of the ways I pick our annual before school road trip is the distance for the car ride. Until Jordyn and Riley are a little older (more so Riley) I try to keep our non-stop road trips to less than 5 hours. I also look for activities the entire family will enjoy. One of the highlights of our trip was going to the Crayola Experience in Plano, TX. There were so many interactive things to do for both of our girls. Jordyn loved the interactive stations and Riley loved the classic coloring station. Even better, active duty military members are free and immediate family members get 25% off.
We stayed at the Home2 Suites in Frisco where they had an outdoor pool. The girls LOVE pool time so this was one of their favorite parts of the trip. To make it even better, we had the entire pool to ourselves for the entire time. We were there for about 2 hours which was perfect. Grandma Kim was able to join us for this trip which made it even more special. I especially enjoyed being in a few of the photos with the family.
Our last stop before hitting the road to head back home was at The Star in Frisco. The area was so beautiful and definitely a nice tourist attraction. This is near the Ford Center where the Cowboys practice so there was an open turf field the girls LOVED running on. They ran even though it was 100 degrees outside…yikes! We stopped for some ice cream and got to check out the cool huddle statue in front.
Vacation in the middle of the week (Tuesday – Thursday) was perfect because there weren’t a lot of people at any of the places we visited. Outside of the fact we’re still in a pandemic, I never liked being around a lot of people. Especially during the summer when it’s so hot. Two places we really enjoyed were Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Eqqsquisite Cafe. We went to Handel’s twice while we were there for after dinner dessert milkshakes.
Eggsquisite Cafe was our last food stop before hitting the road back to Shreveport, LA. The entire aesthetic of the restaurant is so beautiful and the food was delicious. It’s also conveniently located across the street from the The Star at Frisco area too. The staff was friendly and there was no wait time on a Thursday afternoon for brunch.
Here’s a cheers to a successful before school road trip 2021 for the Jamieson family!