Texas: Plano, Balloon Fest Family Fun - Colorful Balloons in Flight, Arts and Crafts, and Kids Fun Zone.
The 32nd Annual 2011 Plano Balloon Festival will feature five balloon launches throughout the weekend and a wide variety of affordable family fun.
For families balloon festivals much like Renaissance fairs, re enactments, and some state fairs provide unique day adventures (mini vacations) and the chance to be awed while sharing a one-of-a-kind experience. Hot air balloons provide colorful entertainment for the grounded; they demonstrate a sense of adventure in a beautiful way; create an atmosphere of fantasy. Who doesn't remember Phileas Fogg and Around the World in 80 Days? From their tethered sites with soft whispers awaiting the launch to the balloon soaring overhead creating the ultimate lollipop sky, fun is in the air. Someone is bound to say holy cow!
For the Dallas Forth Worth area the Plano Balloon Festival is simply the best. Acknowledged as the largest balloon festival in Texas this year it will feature five balloon launches: Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Other activities will include: a balloon glow on Friday and Saturday night where the balloon burners are ignited and the balloons are displayed against the dark night sky, a fireworks show and concert on Saturday night, sky divers, a wide variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors and various children’s activities.
All weekend, there will be a Kids Fun Zone to keep children entertained, complete with a rock climbing wall, inflatable rides and “Kids Korner” art activities.
“The Balloon Festival is an exciting way for Plano to give back to our surrounding communities and also entertain visitors,” Mark Thompson, director of Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau, said. “This event allows families from all over to experience the unique ambiance of Plano.”
Not only will families be able to watch the spectacular balloons take flight, but for $250 per person, they can experience Plano from a birds-eye view in a colorful hot-air creation. Tickets will be sold before each balloon launch and are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Balloon Festival will open Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 6 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for this weekend-long festival are free for children under 36-inches, $5 per person one-time admission, $8 per person two-time admission, $4 per person discounted admission from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and a $1 off discount for seniors over 65 years old.
Oak Point Park is located at 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, near the Collin County Community College Spring Creek Campus in Plano. Parking will be available at Collin County Community College Spring Creek Campus, Oak Point Recreation Center and First United Methodist Church for $10 per car. The 2009 Plano Balloon Festival, sponsored by EDS Credit Union, will launch around 100 hot-air balloons at Oak Point Park in Plano, on Sept. 16-18th, 2011. This three-day event is a nationwide family attraction where more than 75,000 people gather each year.
For more information on the Plano Balloon Festival, visit www.planoballoonfest.org