Frisco, do you want to kick off your 2021 on a strong note? With some fun, family time, and a focus on others?
Day 1 DFW is the first-ever event on New Year’s Day created for families to have fun together and help others! Historically, the event was held at Fair Park in Dallas, but for the second year in a row, Frisco, Texas has the honor of hosting this fantastic annual tradition.
Day 1 DFW is presented by Vogel Alcove, a nonprofit organization that helps children recover from the traumatic effects of homelessness. ALL proceeds from the Day 1 DFW will go directly to the programs and services Vogel Alcove provides, for free, to the families they serve.
This year, in partnership with Main Event, Day 1 DFW is bringing us 3 Safe Ways to Play on New Year’s Day! Each option is designed to fit the health and safety concerns for varying comfort levels of DFW families.
Ready to play smart and play safe? Choose from one of the following options:
The Day 1 DFW Virtual Experience – $10
Virtual ticket holders will have access to The Virtual Experience Live Stream and Activities on January 1 from 10 am to 7:30 pm.
Enjoy access to fun, family-friendly activities including a Virtual Trivia Game, a Hula Dancing Lesson, dancing, a cooking class, a science show, and Virtual Bingo!
Also available are two at-home challenges (open from November 23 – December 27, 2020):
- Day 1 DFW Scavenger Hunt featuring New Year’s resolution clues! Each clue submitted through social media earns the player a raffle ticket. The prizes will be raffled off to participants on January 1 during the live stream.
- Day 1 DFW Cardboard Challenge! Participants build their own cardboard creation at home using only cardboard, tape, and markers. Submit photos of your masterpiece for the chance to win prizes.
The Virtual Experience will close with the live-stream of the Day 1 DFW Drive-in Fireworks Show at 7 pm, taking place in Frisco at Toyota Stadium.
The Day 1 DFW In-Person Experience – $15
This year, they’ve teamed up with Main Event to offer $15 all-access wristbands to families on January 1, 2021 at your choice of three sites across DFW; choose from Grand Prairie, Grapevine, and Frisco Main Event locations. These all-access wristbands have a $70 value, each is $15 for this exclusive offer!
The all-access wristband affords wearers access to unlimited play of bowling, billiards, laser tag, gravity ropes*, and golf*.
You’ll be issued bowling shoes, and a $10 Fun Card for use around the facility.
Each site will also offer face painting for $5 and photo booths for pictures of the family! The Frisco location will be the main Day 1 DFW hub where the Virtual Experience shows will be available for limited in-person attendance. Karaoke will also be available all day at the Frisco location.
(*gravity ropes and golf available at Frisco location only, gravity ropes and laser tag have a 48” height minimum requirement.)
The Drive-In Fireworks Experience – FREE
At the end of a day filled with fun, at 7 pm they’ll wrap things up with a FREE drive-in fireworks show sponsored by Oncor and FC Dallas, hosted at Toyota Stadium (200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033). Parking will open at 6 pm, speakers will present at 6:45 pm, and the fireworks begin at 7 pm. Parking will be free on a first-come, first parked basis so get there early to enjoy the show from the safety of your ride!
Frisco’s spectacular firework shows never disappoint so expect a blast! Snacks will be available for purchase from your vehicle.
With all of the mass event cancellations in 2020, including several of our own, we have worked hard to dream up three safe ways to play on New Year’s Day. Vogel Alcove and the Main Event team have ensured CDC health and safety guidelines are followed at each Main Event venue. Because of limited capacity, remember to pre-purchase your tickets now! We can’t wait to ‘Play Smart, Play Safe’ with everyone on New Year’s Day!
— Karen R. Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove
About Vogel Alcove
There’s a reason Day 1 DFW is highly focused on families and children. The event is presented by Vogel Alcove, a 501c3 nonprofit agency that provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs, and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families.
The Problem: Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. It’s the vision of Vogel Alcove that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family, and a foundation for success in school and life — and the clock is ticking.
90% of brain development happens by the age of five. Without intervention at this critical time, homeless children may suffer lifelong social, emotional, and educational deficits.
The Approach: Vogel Alcove understands that children living in trauma face unique challenges. Their highly-trained teachers and staff provide therapeutic early childhood and school-age programs, family support and physical/mental health services, all tailored to the needs of homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old.
Homelessness inflicts trauma on children’s lives. Vogel Alcove gives them hope for a bright future.
Their primary demographic served is preschool-age children between the ages of six weeks to five years old. They focus on curriculum and counseling to ensure the kids are kindergarten-ready as they age into the school system.
Vogel Alcove serves as many as 200 children each day, allowing them to learn, grow, and thrive in a place free from hunger or trauma.
While the children are in the care of Vogel Alcove, their parents, most of whom are single mothers, have the opportunity to work, look for work, or go to school.
Vogel Alcove is giving homeless families a chance to overcome their circumstances. You can be a part of supporting the vision of Vogel Alcove by purchasing tickets to Day 1 DFW! We can’t think of a better way to kick off 2021.
Day 1 DFW at-a-glance:
Date: January 1, 2021
Location: Online, or at any of these participating Main Event locations: Grand Prairie, Grapevine, and Frisco (Note: Frisco is the primary event hub)
Tickets: $10 for virtual games and activities; $15 for an in-person all-access wrist band (a $70 value!). Tickets must be purchased online. It’s highly recommended that you buy your tickets soon as Main Event’s capacity is limited! Note: If participants purchase wristbands and cannot make it on January 1, the wristbands will be delivered via mail to purchasers following the event. Upon receipt, the wristbands will be valid for one entry any day through January 31, 2021.
Time: Participating Main Event locations will open at 9:00 am. Access to the live stream/virtual experience will be from 9:00 am – 7:30 pm. Fireworks show will launch at 7:00 pm.
Parking: General Main Event parking lot. For the fireworks display, Toyota Stadium will be open for parking at 6 pm.
Safety: Main Event has worked hard to get their facilities running in a safe manner for all guests. Each facility has reopened with all new health and safety protocols, ensuring the best experience for everyone. Along with a limited guest capacity, face masks are required for every guest and team member. Hand sanitation stations and temperature checks for every guest and team member are placed all around the facility. Enhanced routine cleanings and dedicated teams for cleaning surfaces, as well as contactless payment and safety shields are installed.