Mola Lenghi, Arlington Reporter
Spring Break has arrived in North Texas and the City of Arlington plans to be a vacation destination for thousands of children who are out of school for the week.
Spring break brings high hopes of big business for Arlington's hotels, shops and restaurants.
"Spring is always a busy time for us and with kids out for spring break it just gets that much busier," said Parks Mall marking manager Debi Martinez. "Spring is probably comparable to back to school, in terms of sales and shopping."
At Six Flags Over Texas, nearly 100 bands will put on live shows over the next eight days.
"This season I think guests will enjoy the fact that in addition to the rides we're going to have lots of music for them to enjoy and we'll have a variety of genres so whatever their music tastes are, we'll have something to wet the pallet," said Six Flags Over Texas public relations manager Sharon Parker.
Hotels near the amusement park and the city's entertainment district are prepared for the onslaught of visitors.
"One of the busiest times of the year is obviously spring break," said Norma Ventrca, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Sheraton in Arlington. "Many of the guests are driving in from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and people coming in from other states."
The Sheraton in Arlington reports it is already fully booked during spring break week.