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How to Pack Like a Jet-Setter

suitcase in roomWhile we know you love living at Derby Park, many of our residents love spending time exploring the world. There’s nothing like the adventure of exploring a new city; we encourage it! Yet, when you are packing up at your apartment in Grande Prairie, take advantage of a few tips that can help you to pack less but have everything you need. That way, you don’t have to pay those expensive fees for taking an extra bag with you!

Tips for Packing Success

How you pack and what you bring with you when traveling really defines how affordable any trip can be. Try these tips for becoming a true jet-setter who doesn’t worry about lots of luggage.

  • Start with a packing list. Choose just what you need to have to travel, such as a toothbrush and passport. List personal items you need to have.
  • Roll and vacuum pack all of your clothing. That helps you avoid the wrinkles while also getting much more into smaller bags. This will make the best use of the amount of space you have.
  • Use every component of your suitcase wisely. For example, look for the empty space along the sides or even inside your shoes. Use that space wisely for items you need to take with you that you need to protect.
  • Place all of your liquid items into zipper-locked bags. This ensures nothing spills onto your clothing and leaves you with an expensive clean-up bill.
  • Bring the smallest items you can. Instead of packing two books, bring along a tablet to read the books on. Instead of bringing along a large bottle of shampoo, go for the travel size. This saves you a significant amount of room.

Make Living at Home a Success

While you may be touring the world, you always want to come home to a place you love to call home. Check out our available apartments in Grande Prairie!

Hosting a Fourth of July Event

summer hamburgersAre you thinking of skipping the crowded bustle and noise of the large-scale public fireworks displays this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A big crowd is definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, a Fourth of July party doesn’t have to be a huge production to be successful. All you really need are friends, family and food to have a great time. Here are a few ideas for hosting a Fourth of July event that everyone will enjoy!

The Food

The Fourth of July is usually accompanied by casual but delicious food. For an outdoor event, it’s hard to go wrong with traditional favorites like burgers and hot dogs, fresh off a hot grill, with some grilled corn on the cob or veggie kabobs as sides. Don’t forget the watermelon to finish off the meal with a refreshing, sweet treat!

Drinks and Desserts

Since it will, after all, be a Texas July, consider making light and refreshing desserts, like a  Key Lime Pie or fruit sorbet. Set out big pitchers of sparkling lemonade or iced tea to drink to keep your guests hydrated and happy!

Be Considerate and Responsible

Please remember that shooting off any fireworks, even small ones, is not allowed. This is more than a request for courtesy within our Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie, it applies to the entire city. We ask that our residents abide by these laws. If there will be children attending your party who might be disappointed by the lack of fireworks, consider trading sparklers for glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces to play with after it gets dark!

However you choose to spend your Fourth of July this year, please stay safe and have a great time. If you aren’t yet a member of our community, give our office a call! We are always happy to discuss floor plan availability with our potential new residents.

A Summer Full of Concerts to Check Out in Grand Prairie

Concert MicrophoneOne of the many great things about being a resident at Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie, TX is the convenient, central location and the wide variety of fun things to do nearby. We are not only in close proximity to Six Flags Over Texas and Mike Lewis Park, but also terrific live music venues!

Soon summer will be upon us, and one of the fun things to do near our apartments in Grand Prairie is to check out concerts. Music lovers in our community are going to have a hard time deciding which of the many amazing shows they want to attend at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie and Lone Star Park, just down the road from the Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie.

Jam All Summer Long With This Great Concert Lineup

 

Check out the calendar of concerts this summer in the Grand Prairie, Texas area:

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Bell Biv DeVoe, Guy, SWV & EnVogue: June 9

John Mellencamp: June 21

Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzmán: June 29

Hans Zimmer Live on Tour: July 13

I Love The 90’s – The Party Continues Tour: July 29

Idina Menzel: July 30

Maze with Frankie Beverly & The Isley Brothers: August 5

Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper: August 11

The Australian Pink Floyd Show: August 19

Lost 80’s Live: August 24

The Piano Guys: August 26

Lone Star Park

Josh Abbott Band: June 16

Randy Rogers Band: July 7

Pat Green: July 21

It’s going to be a great summer at Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie. Whether you are enjoying an amazing concert or relaxing by one of the two swimming pools available for Derby Park residents, one thing is certain: It’s going to be a great season! Don’t want to miss out on the summer fun? Find yourself in the middle of it all. Contact us and become a member of our happy community!

4 Great Summer Activities for Your Four-Legged Friend Near Grand Prairie

One of the great perks to finding an apartment in Grand Prairie, Texas is the proximity to so many fantastic resources for pet owners. There are dog parks that offer a great variety of activities. If you’re looking for an apartment in the area, Derby Park Apartments are pet friendly, with plenty of amenities for your dog and you to enjoy, as well. Residents of Derby Park enjoy outside features, such as tennis courts and swimming pools. There are a variety of floor plans available to fit any lifestyle and certain apartments offer a balcony or patio for outdoor entertainment.

4 Activities for Your Dog Near Grand Prairie

Residents at Derby Park can find a number of things to do close to home. Here are 4 activities perfect for pet owners over the summer months.

  1. Marshall Grain Pooch Pool Party. This fun-filled pool party in Grapevine is scheduled for July 16 and 17th of 2016. It’s a great opportunity to get your dog washed and socialize with other pet owners in the area. This event also raises funds to help pug rescues, so you’ll get a chance meet other pet owners and pets while helping a worthy cause.
  2. Mike Lewis Park. Leashed dogs are welcome at this great park, where you can walk the trails, bike ride or roller skate. This park has plenty of facilities for outdoor sports and there are dog-friendly water fountains available for your pet.
  3. Veterans Park. This fantastic park also features Central Bark, a fenced in dog park for off the leash play. Central Bark has different areas so that dogs can be separated by size.
  4. Cravens Park. Cravens Park in Arlington is a fantastic place for biking and walking trails which also welcomes your pets.

Are You Looking for an Apartment in Grand Prairie?

If you’re interested in an apartment at Derby Park, contact us today to see what floor plans are available to meet your needs.

5 Fun Pool Games For Kids and Adults

Summer has arrived and you’re ready to get out of your air-conditioned Grand Prairie apartment and into the pool. Regardless of your age and whether or not you have kids, you’ll have a blast in the pool while playing these entertaining games:

Fun Pool Games

  • Marco Polo. A swimming pool classic, Marco Polo involves a blindfolded “it” person, who attempts to tag everybody else. Auditory clues are available — whenever the “it” person shouts “Marco,” everybody else must respond with a chorus of “Polo.”
  • Sharks and minnows. Another swimming pool classic, sharks and minnows begins with a single shark lurking on one side of the pool. The minnows jump in the side of the pool opposite of the shark and attempt to swim to the other side without being tagged. Any minnows that do get tagged become sharks and must help the original shark tag the remaining minnows.
  • Alphabet swimming. Alphabet swimming is similar to sharks and minnows, but much quieter. The “it” person is blindfolded and asked to stand at one side of the pool. Those who are not “it” must choose a letter. The “it” person calls out the letters of the alphabet, and, as their letters are called, everyone else quietly tries to get to the other end of the pool without being tagged.
  • Chicken fight. Always popular among teenagers, chicken fighting occurs when two “chickens” hop up on the shoulders of their friends and try to knock each other off.
  • Mermaid race. A simple and entertaining way to combine pool fun with exercise, mermaid racing involves holding your breath and swimming as far and as fast as you can underwater in an effort to beat out your mermaid adversaries.

Ditch your Grand Prairie apartment for an afternoon and head over to one of Derby Park’s two swimming pools for a game of Marco Polo. Reach out today to learn more about our pools and other amenities.