A Family Day-Date: The Nutcracker, The Point Park & Eats, and Scooped Cookie Dough Bar!
One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is going to see The Nutcracker Ballet with my husband every year. We usually make a date night out of it, but I have been anxiously awaiting the year that our daughter would be old enough to go with us. She’s almost six now, so we decided to give it a shot this year. We made a whole day out of it; sort of a special day out with just her and Mom and Dad…here’s how it went:
We started our special day at The Point Park & Eats in Leon Springs. There were three food trucks that were open: Pho-U Vietnamese/Chinese Cuisine, Caliente Grill (Mexican grill), and Crazy Carl’s (burgers and handcut fries). My poor, sick husband decided to go with the brisket pho from Pho-U to help soothe his throat. Big Girl went with the cheese quesadilla from Caliente Grill (no surprise there!) and said it was “the cheesiest quesadilla ever!” I ordered the asada street tacos with all the fixin’s, borracho beans, and the corn in a cup from Caliente Grill as well….and it did not disappoint!
It was a beautiful day, so we chose to eat outside (there is a small place to sit and eat inside too). Big Girl had a great time climbing all over the HUGE Rainbow play system and swinging on the swings. We filled her tummy and let her run around just enough that she got a bit of a rest on the way to the theater which is always a good thing! I’m so glad we finally made it out to see what The Point was all about, because now that I know it’s there I think we’ll probably end up there often. So much good food, a bar, open-air, and a place for the kids to play is always a great combination for our family!
After lunch we drove into San Antonio to catch The Nutcracker at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Getting into and out of the parking garages downtown is always a bit of a chore, but we made it just in time. The presentation of The Nutcracker that we went to was put on by the Quenedit Ballet School/Quenedit Dance Theatre, which is local here in San Antonio.
It was a great show and the 2:00pm matinee showing was perfect for small kids. Aside from being her usual squirmy self and needing to go potty three times while we were there, our girl did really well and had a great time. She has been a bit obsessed with ballet and The Nutcracker for a while now (we have watched it on Netflix together and we have a children’s book of it too), so she thought it was so cool to see real-life ballerinas. She would get so excited with each new song and say, “Oooh, Mama, I LOVE this one!”. Is there really anything better?
After the show, we made one last stop at the Scooped Cookie Dough Bar inside the North Star Mall. There were so many flavors to choose from that it took us a bit to decide, but we ultimately ended up with a Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich and a scoop each of the Monster, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Holiday Peppermint. Once we had our yummy treats in hand, we rode the escalator up to the food court and made ourselves at home at a table to enjoy them. Let me tell you what, folks, this stuff is the real deal. It is every bit as rich and sweet as you’d expect cookie dough to be; one scoop each was plenty for us. I think the Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich was the big hit as the ice cream was a great way to counter some of the sweetness of the dough. We also ordered a nice tall glass of cold milk from the tap, (because what’s cookie dough without milk??) and that really was the perfect finishing touch.
So there you have it; our family day-date in a nutshell (<--See what I did there?). Do you make The Nutcracker a part of your annual holiday celebrations? Do you make a date night out of it or take the kiddos?
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