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REAL DADS 13 Mom Next Door / Kari Kloewer

One local mom turns a penchant for timeless kids’ fashion into a business 16 Sound Garden Irving’s new entertainment complex opens with a bang 16 The Love Boat Take your date on a sunset cruise of Lake Ray Hubbard 16 Master Masseuse A massage class built for two 18 Routines / Julie Higginbotham From tubing at a friend’s lake house to cheering on a college soccer team

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ast month, Graydon turned 1, and he had his 12-month checkup. Along with his height, weight and milestone assessments, I asked his pediatrician to gauge his risk of lead exposure and test his blood for the toxin. Why? After editing Erin Burt’s “Don’t Drink the Water” on page 20, I was a little freaked. Our home was built in the 1960s. And even though we already filter our water (and send it to school with the kids) and the home has been remodeled more than once (so there’s probably no trace of lead in the paint), I needed the test for peace of mind. (He doesn’t have lead in his blood.) I was probably a little paranoid, but some North Texas kids are vulnerable to lead exposure. Recent testing at public schools in Dallas, which isn’t required by law by the way, revealed that an aging infrastructure may have contaminated the water at more than 100 area schools. Read the whole story to find out what’s being done and decide whether you want your child tested too. Something else to think about as the kids head back to school this month is that not everyone can afford the necessities on the growing list of school supplies. This year, as you shop for backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, wipes and more for your kids, toss in some extra school supplies, give gift cards for school uniforms or buy books to give to one of the organizations hosting drives or putting on events for kids in need. We rounded up several collecting a variety of items this month. Find them all in “Supplying Kids in Need” on page 24. And finally, back to school also means back to the daily grind of preparing lunches for the kids. I am typically very uninspired in this department, which means the meh meal I make doesn’t get eaten. So I’m constantly asking other parents for ideas. Seriously, I ask everyone. I’ve posted the question on the conversation boards in my mommy groups, asked other parents during dinner party conversation and even snuck a peek into the other lunchboxes beside Genevieve’s at school. I decided to help myself — and all you parents tasked with the chore of making school lunches too — by getting local chefs and restaurateurs to talk about what they put in their children’s lunches. The tips and ideas they shared in “Pack Lunch Like a Pro” on page 9 are easy, fun and delicious (I tried a few for camp this summer).

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noted. Penrod lives in Denton and makes daily lunches for her two boys — Gabriel, 6, and Micah, 4 — one whom she describes as a fantastic eater; the other, terrible. HER SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Find something

kids like and make it in mass quantities on the weekend. She cooks lots of homemade chicken tenders and oven-baked chimichangas that she fills with nonfat refried beans, cheese and light sour cream. “I never force something on my kids because I know their tastes are going to change,” Penrod says. “Instead, when I find something that they like, I offer it to them as often as possible.” A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Penrod

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f your house operates anything like mine, as soon as the kids are tucked in to bed, you begin preparations for the following morning. My husband and I unpack and repack school bags and diaper bags, but the task we play “not-it” to complete is always making lunches for the kids. Why? Because it’s a lengthy process of staring in the fridge, trying to figure out what to give them that they will actually eat. Our preschooler has lots of foods that are off-limits on campus such as nuts, squeezable yogurt and anything that requires refrigeration or heating. Pair these restrictions with

a picky eater, and my husband and I will do anything — walk the dogs, do the laundry, scrub the toilets — to avoid the chore. And guess what? We’re not alone in our lunch packing frustration. It quickly becomes a topic of conversation in all of our social circles with moms and dads, with kids of all different ages and at various stages. So I decided to consult the experts — you know, the ones who get paid to make food every day? I talked to local chefs and restaurateurs — all of them parents as well — to find out what they put in a school lunch that their kids eat rather than trade.

makes the items in bulk but freezes everything individually. She puts the cooked and cooled chicken fingers or burritos on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and pops it into the freezer. Once they’re frozen, she tosses My request came with a few her creations into a freezer bag or non-negotiables: Nothing could Tupperware. The night before be too complicated. I don’t school, she thaws a have time to make few chicken finanother meal after gers or one burputting my kids to rito to send bed, so options for lunch, WHEN I FIND had to be easy leaving a SOMETHING THAT to assemble, be plentiful made using items THEY LIKE, I OFFER IT stash for the I already have next day and TO THEM AS OFTEN in my kitchen the next day AS POSSIBLE. (I’m definitely not and … you making an after-8pm get the point. run to Whole Foods WHAT SHE for a specific aioli) and PACKS: In addition to be something my kids would chicken fingers or chimiconsume without me fashioning it changas, her boys get leaves (the into creatures with faces. spinach variety) with ranch dressSo close the Pinterest board on ing in their lunches almost daily. your computer, resist sending the “It’s a fun and simple way to make same ham-and-cheese sandwich sure they’re eating their veggies,” or giving in to pizza day at school, she explains. and let these tricks and ideas from HER MOST INVENTIVE Dallas-Fort Worth pros inspire ADDITION: Penrod tries to get you. Then visit dfwchild.com to find creative with her kids’ limited paltheir favorite lunchtime recipes. ates. She takes inspiration from her clients following paleo and vegan diets and whips up seriously fast (and healthy) puddings, putting ingredients such as chia seeds, Personal chef bananas, almond milk, cashew and cookbook butter, honey and vanilla powder all author Sarah

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Erin McKool, founder of Start restaurants in Dallas, keeps it fun, fast and healthy, of course, when she makes lunch for her 9-year-old son, Michael Finn. HER SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: “I

always make sure he has enough energy for the day,” McKool says. In order to avoid the after-lunch crash, she packs lots of protein in a variety of ways. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Take simple

cookie cutters to sandwiches and thread grapes or berries on to Popsicle sticks. “It’s all in the packaging,” she says. WHAT SHE PACKS: Extra protein in the form

of hard-boiled eggs fashioned to look like chickens (don’t worry, Sur La Table makes a mold for that — complete with chicken feet!) add a touch of whimsy without a lot of effort. HER MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: Try substituting

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Chef John Coleman, owner and managing partner of Savor at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, has three daughters — Carter, 11, Chloe, 12, and Caitlyn, 17, and he still makes lunch for his youngest two. HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Let

the kids help come up with something they like. Make meal planning a family affair. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Carter is

Coleman’s chef in training. The fatherdaughter pair often cooks together. Carter comes into the kitchen on certain days to work with her dad and the other chefs. This experience is where she learned to make Monte Cristo sandwiches. “It’s her favorite thing to cook, so we make them together and send them to school with the girls,” he says. WHAT HE PACKS: His turkey meatloaf made

with Quaker Oats instead of breadcrumbs makes a killer gourmet sandwich.

ALL MY KIDS KIND OF LOSE THEIR MINDS WHEN I MAKE MY CHICKEN SALAD.

Fort Worth chef, cookbook author and Horseshoe Hill Cowboy Cafe coowner Grady Spears keeps school lunches simple for his 13-year-old son, Gage. HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY:

Let the kids do it. “Get them involved as early as possible,” he advises. Spears says you can use the task of making lunch together as a learning experience to talk about where food comes from and what makes a balanced meal. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Kids are also more

likely to eat something they helped create. Enlist even the littlest ones to make turkeyand-cheese roll-ups or to help peel the orange, for instance. WHAT HE PACKS: Spears thinks casseroles

and lasagnas only get better when they have a few days to sit in the fridge and let all the flavors marry one another. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: Individual

biscuit pizzas. Spears rolls out the store-bought biscuit dough, Gage layers on his favorite toppings, they pop it in the oven for several minutes and take the hot lunch to go.

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“We never do anything too outrageous,” he admits. “You can’t stray too far from the ranch.” Or your kid is likely to throw it away or trade it for a bag of chips, he says.

Norman Grimm

Norman Grimm, the chef de tournant at Omni Dallas Hotel, manages lunchtime meals at home for his five kids — Ecgwyn, 8, Ava Layne, 11, Cross, 12, Miles, 14, and Lilly Anne, 16. HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Do

it quickly using clean, rather than processed, ingredients.

A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Because he aims

to create as little waste as possible, Grimm repurposes meals all the time. Barbecue and brisket make awesome sandwiches the next day. WHAT HE PACKS: “All my kids kind of lose

their minds when I make my chicken salad,” he says. That’s likely because he starts with Chik-fil-A nuggets, adds grapes, nuts and Hellmann’s organic mayo, and spreads it on slices of bread. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: He’s

made pork belly into Slim Jim-like strips. The verdict? His sons loved it.

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hen her friends need help choosing outfits for family photo shoots, Kari Kloewer is their first call. Last fall, the Devonshire mom decided to channel her keen eye for fashion and passion for classic children’s clothing into a blog, Jojo Mommy. An instant hit with likeminded moms, it quickly evolved into an e-commerce site featuring smocked

dresses, seersucker and gingham prints galore. “I felt like there was space to fill, as far as the more timeless looks for kids,” says the 33-year-old mom of two: Tobin, 4, and Teddy, 1. “It started as a hobby and developed from there.” Jojo Mommy recently set up shop in MADRE on Lovers Lane and shows no signs of losing steam. It’s Kloewer’s passion project and preferred pastime, a creative foray in stark contrast to her day job as a real estate agent.

When she’s not showing houses or spending time with her kids and husband of six years, Troy, vice president of sales for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Kloewer’s attending markets and scouring the web for the best in kids’ fashion. “I’m liking where Jojo’s heading,” she says. “It’s something I love, and I’m excited to see where it goes.” WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE A BOY MOM? It certainly

threw me for a loop at first. But I’ve learned everything about every construction vehicle and car. I play more sports now than I used to. I’m really having fun with it. I love how sweet and snug-

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Saying no. No, you can’t have ice cream for breakfast. No, you can’t stay up and play 30 more min-

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utes. When I look at those sweet faces, it’s hard not to give them everything they want. 

WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT BECOMING A PARENT? How fast they

grow. Everyone says that, but I don’t think it really sunk in for me until I watched it happen before my own eyes. Everything is a phase with them, and those phases change quickly. I’m trying to enjoy every moment.  IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND TELL YOURSELF SOMETHING AS A BRAND-NEW MOM, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

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Not to sweat the small stuff. There was such a huge difference between having my first and my second. With Tobin I timed everything, recorded it and had more visits to the pediatrician than necessary. With Teddy, I learned to go with the flow a little bit more.

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HOW DO YOU BALANCE TWO CAREERS WITH THE FAMILY? My little ones

go to school in the morning, so I use that time to get a lot done. I do most of my writing and blog stuff at night once they’re down to bed. And a lot of my real estate stuff happens I’D BE LYING IF during the day. If I have to show on the weekend, the kids I DIDN’T SAY will go do something fun with IT TAKES A their dad.

VILLAGE. I’M FORTUNATE TO HAVE MY FAMILY WITHIN FIVE MINUTES FROM ME, IN-LAWS WHO LOVE TO VISIT OFTEN AND TROY, WHO’S A VERY HANDSON DAD.

I’ve been really into the kids’ clothes since the day they were born. It’s a very classic, southern style — traditional and timeless. There are so many mom blogs, but many of them are all about more trendy clothing. I started a blog about classic children’s clothes, which led to an online store. It just organically blossomed. Now I’m doing a little bit of both — real estate and kids’ clothes — which I’m loving. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A FASHION GIRL? I’ve always loved it. I’ve always been

a girly girl.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? It’s timeless, very classic

and effortless. I usually wear a simple piece that might be more on trend mixed with classic accessories. YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS? I wear anything from Zara to Lela Rose to Marchesa. It just depends on the day. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP FOR YOURSELF? Growing up in Dallas, I’m a

Neiman’s girl, of course. I love Elements on Lovers Lane. And I love to walk around NorthPark; it’s almost like a stress reliever. I find myself going to Club Monaco a lot for everyday basics. FAVORITE DESIGNERS FOR KIDS? I love Pixie Lily — very classic and simple yet so chic. I put the boys in a lot of Little English and Bailey Boys too.

HOW DO YOU SOURCE THE MERCHANDISE YOU STOCK IN JOJO MOMMY? I try to carry timeless brands that

I’ve loved for years. I also love looking for new brands that offer the same feel, so I go to markets in Dallas and Atlanta. I love to find

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off-the-beaten-path designers. I just bought some cute clothes off of someone I found on Instagram. It’s amazing what you can find through social media.

WHEN DO YOU FIND TIME TO SLEEP? Sleep is actually a

big thing for me, and my kids are the same way. I need a good eight hours to feel energetic the next day. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it takes a village. I’m fortunate to have my family within five minutes from me, in-laws who love to visit often and Troy, who’s a very hands-on dad. IT MUST BE SO NICE TO HAVE A LOCAL SUPPORT SYSTEM. Yes, I’m so lucky.

My sister and parents live five minutes down the road and my other two siblings are 20 minutes away. We get together a lot as a family.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME ON YOURSELF? I think

there’s a lot of power behind going to get a manicure and pedicure. I love that.

DO YOU GET MUCH TIME WITH GIRLFRIENDS? I do. We try to get together and

grab a dinner or something once a month. We seem to alternate between R+D Kitchen at Preston Center and Shinsei on Inwood Road. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND DATE NIGHT? We actually try to go

out once a week. We usually find ourselves at Shinsei or at Le Bilboquet on Travis Street. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A FEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF, THEY WOULD BE … Fun-loving, laid-back and

family-oriented

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO OR MANTRA YOU LIVE BY? I find myself saying all the

time, “The kids are only little once, so enjoy it while we can.”

WHAT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU?

That I’m a natural blonde!

WHAT’S YOUR BIG-PICTURE DREAM FOR JOJO MOMMY? It’s been interesting to

see where it’s gone so far; I thought it would just be a blog. I want to have fun with it and enjoy it. It’s so different from selling a house. I just want to help people have fun dressing their kids.


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:18AM I awake to my daughter Olivia saying, “It not dark outside, Mommy.” The sun has barely risen, yet a little bit of light has come through the windows. We are staying at a friend’s lake house for the weekend, and Olivia is sleeping in our room in a Pack ’n Play crib — the joys of sharing a room with your toddler. I roll out of bed and scoop her up. We head upstairs to get her some milk and me some coffee. I am so ready for the day when my children want to sleep in. Does this ever happen? 6:45AM My son Brayden wakes up. (He is also an early riser.) We watch TV for a while, trying to stay quiet while everyone else is sleeping. I have gotten to be a pro at dozing to early morning cartoons. I will say, there is a gorgeous view of the lake outside — there is nothing more beautiful than a sunrise view of a quiet lake. 7:30AM My husband Ryan wakes up and makes an appearance. He stayed up later than I did last night watching a late soccer game on TV, so I decided to be nice and let him sleep a bit more. We both shouldn’t have to suffer a very early morning, am I right?

8:15AM The rest of the house is awake, and our gracious hosts are making us yummy breakfast tacos — my favorite. I think by now I am on cup of coffee No. 3. 9AM My husband and I walk the kids down by the lake; there is an area with sand volleyball and a sandpit to play in. The boys play some volleyball for a bit, and then we move over to the sandpit and the kids make a sandcastle. It is a peaceful morning with a little bit of a breeze. 9:30AM Since we are heading home in a few hours, we decide to take one last spin out on the boat for some tubing. So fun watching my son and husband being pulled and thrown in every direction. My daughter is still trying to figure out if she likes being on a boat. We have a brief crisis when her sunglasses fall off and blow out of the boat, but she recovers pretty quickly after I tell her we will go to Target and get a new pair for her this afternoon. 10:30AM Back at the lake house to pack up our stuff. Then we head back to Dallas. On the car ride back, I make an order on Instacart for groceries for the week. Grocery delivery has literally changed my life — with a full-time job and two kids, grocery store trips stressed me out. But now I can get groceries delivered in two hours, and life is so much easier! 12PM Home sweet home. We start unpacking and get settled back in to our house. 1:15PM Baby girl is so tired and ready for a much-needed nap. 1:30PM Once Olivia is asleep, I head to Target with my son. He has money he’s earned that he wants to spend, and I have to take back a few things — next week is crazy busy at work, so I’m not sure when I can go shopping again. My son decides on a Lego set and a new Nerf water gun. 3PM We’re back at home, and the Instacart shopper delivers our groceries — again, so convenient! 3:30PM I lie down on the couch next to my husband to take a quick 30-minute nap while baby is still sleeping. I love to nap. 4PM I jump in the shower for first time today. Finally! 4:45PM My husband is coaching a soccer game in a few hours, and we are going to the game, so I open my daughter’s door to slowly wake her up from her nap. She always takes long naps on the weekends. I think she’s catching up from her busy week at child care. 5:10PM I run through the drive-thru at McDonald’s to get the kids a quick dinner before the game. Don’t judge! I try not to make this a habit, but the kids can get a Happy Meal every once in a while. 5:15PM We make a quick stop by my dad’s house to give him an early birthday card and present. His birthday is Monday, but due to my daughter’s swimming lessons, we won’t be able to see him tomorrow.

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don’t drink the water After the Flint water crisis, area schools began testing their water, and many discovered unsafe levels of lead. What’s being done now and what more needs to be done going forward?

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ntil the Flint, Michigan, water crisis was exposed, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins, few of us thought about lead in the pipes and plumbing that bring drinking water to our faucets. It certainly wasn’t on the minds of Nate and Rachel Spruhan until their then 5-year-old daughter came home with a letter from Springdale Elementary, located not far from Haltom City, last August. The letter read: “In the past year we’ve heard about national events that have brought increased attention to the issue of water quality. This summer the Fort Worth ISD began a proactive and comprehensive water-sampling program of all our schools.” It went on to reveal that lead had been found in the water over the summer. Fort Worth and cities and school districts across the country started looking at their aging water supply infrastructures after the lead contamination crisis in Flint made national headlines beginning in 2015. There’s no federal, state or local mandate requiring public schools to test their drinking water — not annually, not ever. But in June 2016, Fort Worth ISD voluntarily began testing a few schools. After discovering high levels of lead in that sampling, they expanded the effort to cover every drinking

fountain and sink in the district, and what they found was concerning — very concerning. Water samples from 60 of 127 schools in Fort Worth ISD contained actionable levels of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that there is no safe level but recommends action be taken if levels are 20 parts per billion or higher; Fort Worth ISD used 15 parts per billion, the same threshold the City of Fort Worth uses. Other districts fell in line. Dallas ISD, which did not test every fountain but instead relied on random testing to give a statistical representation, discovered 113 out of 234 schools with elevated levels of lead. Arlington ISD found 16 schools with levels exceeding 15 parts per billion after taking samples from every fountain and sink. And Plano ISD didn’t find any schools with actionable levels in the random samples they took from older campuses. (To find individual school test results, visit the school district’s homepage and search water quality, or call your child’s school.) But even with the testing now taking place, it’s impossible to know how long the water’s been contaminated since it has never been tested before. Many of the water fountains containing lead were 30 years old. Who knows how many kids may have been affected in that time. And while the amount of lead in the water is concerning, the effects of the exposure on kids and the unborn children of pregnant women is the real issue.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women exposed to lead are at risk for miscarrying; delivering prematurely; damaging the unborn baby’s brain, kidneys and nervous system; and having children with learning or behavior problems later on. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that state and local governments “take steps to ensure that water fountains in schools do not exceed water lead concentrations of 1 part per billion.” This is far below the current actionable level of 15 parts per billion that Fort Worth ISD and other school districts are using as a threshold. “Young children, especially those 6 years and younger, are at particular risk for lead exposure because they absorb lead more easily than adults,” says Dr. Samuel H. Davis, a pediatrician at Child Plus Pediatrics in Saginaw. “Children’s nervous systems are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of toxins like lead. Levels below 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood are associated with inattention and hyperactivity, and decreased cognitive function.” What does this mean for North Texas kids? Unfortunately, there are plenty of districts in North Texas that haven’t tested at all, and a new report from Environment Texas, a citizen-based, nonprofit environmental advocacy project based in Austin, estimates that the confirmed cases of escalated levels of lead might just be the tip of the iceberg — that 65 percent of Texas schools have lead-contaminated drinking water. COMING DOWN THE PIPES

Lead was used in water supply pipes up until 1986 because of its durability and malleability. After 1986, pipes were only allowed to

contain 8 percent lead because of the danger of contamination. Then in 2014, mandates reduced the allowable amount to less than 0.25 percent. So how many schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have pipes made of lead? No one knows for sure. There’s not a single state agency that has a comprehensive list of when each of the schools in North Texas weas built. “According to reports by the comptroller’s office, the average age of Texas schools is over 45 years old,” says Rep. Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), who brought a bill to the Texas House this session that would have addressed water quality testing in Texas public schools. “Our research further found that over 40 percent of public school campuses are in need of physical repair, and lead testing should be an important part of assessing what repairs are necessary.” TESTING … ONE, TWO, THREE

The current tests sample the water at that site and at that moment, but lead levels can fluctuate with the corrosiveness of the water, the temperature of the water or how long it has been since water ran through the pipe. “Lead testing is unreliable,” says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. “The fact is, you need to know if there’s lead used in the school, period. The methods used to test for lead are not reliable and often give false negatives.” Another problem is that over 90 percent of public schools and child care centers are exempt from

on-site testing. The EPA estimates that there are approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care centers in the United States that are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), established in 1974 and then amended in 1986 and 1996. That’s because the SDWA only monitors public water systems. These schools and child care facilities are not considered public water systems. In contrast, hospitals and prisons are, and therefore receive on-site water testing regularly. In 1988, the EPA issued a mandate that required schools to test water on-site. The results showed widespread contamination. But the requirement was revoked eight years later when a court decided that the decision to test should be left up to the states, leaving our children vulnerable. Now Environment Texas estimates that over 24 million children across the country will be affected by levels of lead at 5 parts per billion or less, whether it’s losing IQ points or something more severe such as kidney failure. The estimate is based on findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which concluded: “Extensive evidence indicates problems begin at levels [of 5 parts per billion], including lower IQ scores and academic performance, inattention, impulsivity, aggression and hyperactivity.” A June 20, 2016, policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, and again called for “stricter regulations,

expanded federal resources and joint action by government officials” to identify and eliminate sources of lead exposure. And there are North Texas schools that tested way, way, way above that 5 parts per billion. Fort Worth ISD found levels of more than 45 parts per billion at one of its testing sites at Atwood McDonald Elementary and 1,340 parts per billion at one of the testing sites at Cater Park Elementary. (Both schools are in low-income neighborhoods.) Both testing sites were subsequently made inoperable, according to updates on the district’s website. “As a toxicologist that has worked with the EPA on the National Primary Drinking Water standards, I think lead regulation, especially for schools and day cares, should be revised,” says Dr. James Smith, a toxicologist at Collin College in McKinney. “I know that there is constant revision of the regulations, but with the current political climate, I am not sure what they will come to.” WHEN LEAD RISES TO THE SURFACE

In Flint, lead exposure was first discovered in pediatricians’ offices. Though Davis hasn’t seen any cases in his office that could potentially be attributed to the lead found in local school water, he admits low levels of exposure cannot be identified clinically. “The exposure is not the same for all children since not all kids drink the same amount of water at school,” he explains. “The amount of lead in a water fountain can also decrease as the day goes on since the water in the fountain is being flushed throughout the day as it is used.” But lead accumulates in the body, meaning it stays and builds up over time, so ongoing exposure, even at extremely low

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In response to the Flint water crisis, the EPA rolled out new guidelines for water testing in schools in 2015. Its “3 Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water” offers suggestions and technical guidance for schools, including training school officials on the dangers of lead, testing drinking water, taking corrective actions and keeping parents and staff in the loop on findings and action plans. These guidelines, however, aren’t required and leave the implementation (or not) up to each state. So why hasn’t Texas implemented these guidelines across every district statewide? The cost. Testing comes with a significant price tag — anywhere from $75 to $100 per sample taken from a drinking fountain or sink — that officials estimate would cost each campus in a district $2,500 per year for initial samples plus follow-up testing for any areas with a reading above 15 parts per billion. Multiply that by 8,685 campuses statewide, and the Texas Education Agency says the bill would run about $22 million just to test for lead, not to do anything about getting it out if it’s found. That number is part of the reason a bill to address the lack of testing in schools failed this session in the Texas Legislature. The bill, HB 2395, authored by Collier, sought to address water safety in schools. It was killed, however, in what press termed the Mother’s Day Massacre, the night House lawmakers watched the unnecessary slaughter of good legislation, all because some legislators couldn’t play nice and took political retribution instead. “We know based on what testing has already occurred that schools built before 1986 have at least some risk of lead contamination. And there is

overwhelming evidence that lead contamination in drinking water causes often severe health problems. I was saddened...to see that our children face potential illness and suffering because of a fear that we will uncover costly issues,” Collier says of the decision. At the national level, wheels are still in motion, thankfully. Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, both from New Jersey, proposed new legislation in June of this year that would allocate federal funds to reimburse schools for the costs of testing their drinking water for lead. “It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue,” Gottheimer told lawmakers. “It’s an American issue.” WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW (WHILE WAITING ON LEGISLATION)

If you’re worried about water quality in your area, experts stress controlling what you can first. Send your child to school with water. Have your child take a multivitamin if she isn’t great about eating wellbalanced meals, Davis urges. Why? Lead looks like iron and calcium to the body, and the body will absorb lead into the bones in place of calcium. The body will do the same with iron. “Children will absorb lead at different rates according to [their] nutritional deficiencies,” Davis explains. “Adequate iron and calcium and possibly zinc stores [in their bodies] may decrease lead absorption.” You can also request a lead test from your pediatrician at the next checkup. It only takes a quick finger prick, and Davis says that insurance would likely cover the test for any suspected lead exposure. “If my child attended a school with high levels of lead, I’d get the test done,” he says. According to the EPA, you certainly don’t want to cook, make baby formula or brush the kids’ teeth with lead-laced water. But you shouldn’t bathe in it either. So the agency recommends being proactive if your home was built before 1986.

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Send BPA-FREE WATER BOTTLES from home, and tell kids to stop drinking the water at school. Make sure your child is getting the RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCES OF IRON, ZINC AND CALCIUM. Ask your pediatrician for guidance.

Have your child TESTED FOR LEAD at their next checkup. Find out what contaminants have been found in the water coming in to your home. If you discover that the service pipe at your street has lead in it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends RUNNING THE WATER IN YOUR HOME ON COLD (never warm or hot) and at a high volume for five minutes before showering or taking a bath. For cooking or consuming, run the water for an additional two minutes. Boiling removes some contaminants but not lead. Buy a WATER FILTER based on the contaminants found in your water — for the drinking and shower water.

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FIND OUT WHAT, IF ANY, TESTING HAS BEEN DONE at your child’s school. ASK TO SEE RESULTS and any follow-up as well.

If lead was found at your child’s school, ASK WHAT’S BEING DONE. Request to see information about the supply lines in the school. If lead pipes run into the school, ASK ABOUT THEIR REPLACEMENT at the next school board meeting. If there’s no money to replace them, ASK FOR FILTERS TO BE INSTALLED at every drinking fountain and sink, or request that bottled water be provided to every student.

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE to voice support for annual lead

testing measures both in Texas schools and at the federal level. (Find a complete list of representatives and contact information at texastribune.org/directory.)

Start by calling your municipal water supplier and asking for a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, a regular report required by federal law that lists levels of contaminants found during water quality tests. (The report may even be posted online; check epa.gov/ ccr.) If you see a red flag (any lead, really), ask for a site test to be done at your home. Some suppliers will do it for free. At school, ask to see building records that reveal what’s in the supply lines. If records can’t be produced, request that the school get a plumber to come check the supply lines. “If they refuse to do that, you have to go to a school board meeting,” Metzger says. “If

they won’t hear you, you’ll have to propose a bond issue to pay for it to get done. Parents really have to shake the tree, and they can’t let up.” Collier plans to try her bill again. “I intend to refile a lead testing bill at the earliest opportunity during the 86th session,” she says. The session starts in January 2019. What can you do? Contact your representatives to let them know you support annual water quality testing in schools. (See the sidebar for details.) “[My daughter] was drinking the water all last year,” Spruhan says of his soon-to-be first-grader. “I worry about the damage that’s already been done.”

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL TO DO THE MATH. Those crayons, spiral notebooks, glue sticks and more will cost you — about $200, on average, for each student in the house. Unfortunately, thousands of Dallas and Collin county students will start school without the proper supplies, a backpack or even money for lunch. But you can help. Education can help kids overcome poverty; you can set them up with the tools they need to learn. Every year, ALLEN COMMUNITY OUTREACH parks Allen ISD school buses around town for families to fill with school supplies for kids in need in the district. Now through Aug. 8, shop for new spiral notebooks, hand sanitizer, erasers, watercolors, lunchboxes and lots more. (Check out the full list of supplies needed on the Allen ISD website.) Then bring the goods to any of the collection sites around town (a complete list of locations can be found online) daily from 9am–3:30pm. // 801 E Main St., Allen, 972/727-9131; acocares.org There are a couple of ways to help kids go back to school when you partner with BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS (BBBS) OF NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS . You can donate

funds directly to the Annual School Supply Drive through the BBBS website, host your own drive with donations given to your local BBBS (see sidebar) or volunteer at the backpack distribution event at the Dallas or Richardson offices. Parents join their kiddos to pass out supplies to families in need from 5–7pm on Aug. 17. The Richardson office also accepts donations Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm. // Dallas office, 450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 300, Irving, 972/573-2330; Richardson office, 101 S. Coit Road, Suite 115, Richardson, 469/248-4389; bbbstx.org

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West Dallas houses more families living in poverty without an education than anywhere else in Dallas. Every year, BROTHER BILL’S HELPING HAND  assists these children during the Back To School Beach Bash. Volunteers of all ages are needed Saturday, Aug. 12 from 8:30am–12:30pm to play games (some of which include water; dress accordingly), serve families lunch and distribute backpacks and supplies. Call or email volunteer@bbhh.org to register. // 3906 N. Westmoreland, Dallas, 214/638-2196; bbhh.org Sort through piles of donated school supplies on Aug. 5 when volunteers with BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL ’s Dallas office deliver the goods to kids living in foster care in the Dallas-Fort

Worth area. If you miss the event, you can drop off school supplies (erasers, binders, construction paper, etc.) and clothing and shoes (which must be new) at the main office year-round. You can also volunteer to treat the children in Buckner’s afterschool program to the movies, zoo, aquarium and more. To learn more about volunteering, email volunteer manager Lindsey Miller at lkmiller@ buckner.org or visit the website for details. // 700 N. Pearl St., Suite 1200, Dallas, 800/442-4800; buckner.org CASA OF COLLIN AND DALLAS COUNTIES ask families to contribute

to a list of in-kind donations for children living in protective care. Besides new backpacks and the requisite school folders, markers and composition books, these kids need coats, gloves, hats and scarves for the winter as well as sports equipment like soccer balls. (Call to get the most up-to-date needs.) Dallas CASA is also accepting new uniforms and shoes — all of which can be dropped off at the office on Swiss Avenue. And CASA of Collin County needs gift cards to Payless ShoeSource, Kohl’s, Office Depot and Office Max, Staples and Walmart as well as new threering binders, toiletries for kids transitioning to middle school and gently used graphing calculators. // Collin County, 101 E. Davis St., McKinney, 972/529-2272; casaofcollincounty.org; Dallas County, 2757 Swiss Ave., Dallas, 214/827-8961; dallascasa.org The parents of hospitalized kids often don’t have the time or spare cash to go supply shopping. Help by donating supplies to CHILDREN’S HEALTH in Dallas. The list, found on the volunteer page of the website, includes boxes of No. 2 pencils, assorted construction paper, washable markers, lined paper, erasers and more. Fill out the donation form online before scheduling a delivery with the School Services Department. // 1935 Medical District Drive, Dallas, 214/456-8912; childrens.com Donate a bundle of supplies to COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF DALLAS to help over 3,500 abused

and neglected children start the school year off prepared. Purchase pencil pouches, erasers, highlighters, construction paper and backpacks (there’s a list of the most-needed supplies on the website) then drop them off at the Dallas, Richardson or Plano offices by Aug. 25. // Multiple locations, 214/624-7588; cpdtx.org Dozens of families living in cars or parks find their way to FAMILY GATEWAY in downtown Dallas for food, shelter and support. After putting a roof over a family’s head, the organization enrolls the kids in school. Drop off needed items from the back-to-school list at the facility on St. Paul Street. The list includes backpacks (for all ages and genders), composition notebooks, heavy-duty pencil bags, yellow highlighters, wet wipes, three-ring binders and more. Wish you could do more? Tutor these kids after school, cook and serve a meal at the shelter or host a game night for the shelter’s kids. Monetary donations are also welcome. Visit the website to find a full list of needs and to fill out a volunteer application. // 711 S. St. Paul St., Dallas, 214/823-4500; familygateway.org FOOD 4 KIDS PLANO provides

weekend backpacks to kids experiencing chronic hunger in the Plano school district. Each week at the North Texas Food Bank’s warehouse in Dallas (Plano location coming 2018), children and families fill backpacks with shelf-stable food that’s ready to eat (meaning it doesn’t require a can opener or cooking). To help, sign up for distribution center shifts on the food bank website or contact director of communications Anna Kurian at annak@ntfb.org for more information. While there, sign up for a shift on Plano Volunteer Day, specifically for Plano residents, on Sept. 21. // 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas, 214/3301396; ntfb.org/planokids For a second year, HOPE SUPPLY CO., an organization aimed at helping North Texas’ homeless children, is hosting the Tools for School Drive,

which ends Aug. 25. Collect plain backpacks (no characters) filled with everything from the list of supplies (which you can find online), or help as a family to assemble packs at the Dallas warehouse by contacting Liz Muth at liz@hopesupplyco.org. // 10480 Shady Trail, Suite 104, Dallas, 214/630-5765; hopesupplyco.org YOUTH BELIEVING IN CHANGE

is a faith-based organization that collects backpacks, pencils and copy paper — items that are always in high demand — for elementary-age kids in their after-school tutoring and reading programs, which you, Mom, can also volunteer to facilitate. // 8574 Stults Road, Dallas, 214/6929242; ybcdallas.org

Start a Supply Drive 1. CALL YOUR CHURCH OR SCHOOL DISTRICT to see if and how often they collect school supplies for kids. You can also call agencies that provide after-school programming for children such as the YMCA, United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs. 2. CONTACT THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to get the most up-todate information on needed items and when and where you can deliver your drive’s collections. You may need to fill out a volunteer application, donation form or other documents. 3. ASK TO PLACE BOXES, TUBS OR CRATES at your office, church or child care center. Then ask your friends to do the same. Print copies of the supply list and attach them to each of your collection bins. To ensure you don’t collect too much of one thing, split the list up among the boxes. 4. EMAIL US at supplydrives@dfwchild. com with the location(s), what you’re asking for and the best contact person, and we’ll post it online (in hopes of filling your bins to the brim). 5. EMPTY THE COLLECTION BOXES periodically so you can monitor inventory and make adjustments, such as adding a notice that tells donors they only have three days left to contribute. 6. COLLECT THE BOXES filled with supplies a few days before the agreedupon drop-off date. Enlist friends and family to help sort donations. 7. TAKE THE KIDS with you to drop off the items so they see the benefits of all the labor.

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3–10 yrs

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Good Shepherd Episcopal School

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Guthrie School, The

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Allen

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Highland Park Presbyterian Day School

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Holy Communion Christian Academy

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Holy Trinity Academy

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Dallas

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3–12 yrs

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Lamplighter School, The

11611 Inwood Rd.

Dallas

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3–4 yrs

150

Merryhill School

Multiple locations

Dallas area

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6:30am–6:30pm

6 wks–12 yrs

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Montessori Children's House and School

7335 Abrams Rd.

Dallas

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7:30am–6pm

3–6 yrs

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New Hope Christian Academy

1501 H Ave.

Plano

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K3–6th

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Oak Hill Academy

9407 Midway Rd.

Dallas

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3 yrs–6 yrs

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Parish Episcopal School

Multiple locations

Dallas

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7:10am–6pm

3 yrs–12th

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Park Cities Baptist Church Day School

3933 Northwest Pkwy.

Dallas

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3–5 yrs

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Park Cities Day School

5923 Royal Ln.

Dallas

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6 wks–5 yrs

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Prince of Peace Christian School & Early Learning Center — Little Eagles

4004 Midway Rd.

Carrollton

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6 wks–6 yrs

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Sherry and Ken Goldberg Early Childhood Center

7900 Northaven Rd.

Dallas

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7:30am–6pm

1–5 yrs

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St. Rita Catholic School

12525 Inwood Rd.

Dallas

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PK4–8th

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Wesley Prep

9200 Inwood Rd.

Dallas

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6 mos–6th

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Westwood School, The

Multiple locations

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20 mos–18 yrs

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White Rock North School

9727 White Rock Trl.

Dallas

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Willow Bend Learning Center

3900 W. Park Blvd.

Plano

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7am–6:15pm

6 wks–12 yrs

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Xplor Preschools & School-Age

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We offer a dynamic and experiential learning environment that fosters critical thinking and sets the foundation for a child's future. See ad on page 19.

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The Episcopal School of Dallas prepares young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity and purpose. See ad on page 19.

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Where your child can ... discover, advance, soar. ACSI and AdvancEd accredited/ABEKA curriculum, STEAM year-round, staff first aid/CPR certified, small ratios and safety first.

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Beginning with our full-day Pre-K program, we encourage our students to discover pure joy and confidence in how they learn. See ad on page 50.

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The Guthrie School is a private, co-ed school serving the needs of students from 3-year-olds through sixth grade.

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Highland Park Presbyterian Day School partners with families to educate the whole child within a nurturing Christian environment.

Yes

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Students benefit from individualized/developmentally appropriate curricula that are designed to facilitate learning in a manner consistent with developmental research.

Yes

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HTA is an Orthodox Christian school that nurtures excellence in academics and faith in God.

Yes

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Wonderful after-school enrichment programs.

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Lamplighter is an independent, co-educational day school that engages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students in the joy of learning. See ad on page 52.

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Merryhill preschools and camps build the solid foundation that students need for success in school and success in life.

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Founded in 1970, MCHS is an AMI-accredited Montessori school located on 3.5 acres in northeast Dallas.

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Located in historic downtown Plano, providing a unique urban cultural learning experience. Excelling in academics, personalized instruction at all levels.

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We are also a Pre-K–12th grade academic program for students with learning differences and speech/language delays.

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From the youngest Pre-K child, Parish helps students nurture passions, and become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to make an impact. See ad on page 15.

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Academic preparation for Kindergarten, Christian environment, low ratios, degreed teachers, cognitive learning, problem-solving, individualized programming, development focused.

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Each classroom is equipped with Watch Me Grow streaming video service for parents to view their child. See ad on page 56.

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Award-winning childcare in a caring environment. We believe that children learn through playing and exploring! Our curriculum fosters natural curiosity. See ad on page 49.

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NAEYC accredited, experienced and caring faculty, pre- and post-care options, aquatics, tennis and other activities offered. Kindergarten-ready. See ad on page 38.

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Two classes of Pre-K4. 16:2 ratio. Full day. Follows the school curriculum and hours. See ad on page 49.

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Wesley Prep's mission is to develop joyful leaders empowered by academics and integrity. Come for a tour to see first-hand!

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We provide a Montessori foundation that emphasizes personal ethics and responsibility within a caring, supportive community. See ad on page 53.

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Accelerated curriculum, PE, roller skating and indoor swimming classes, gardening, livestock. Accredited by SACS/CASI, established in 1964. See ad on page 54.

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We are committed to exceeding your expectations when you entrust us with the care of your most precious possession! See ad on page 54.

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Xplor provides excellence in preschool and school-age programs. Our curriculum prepares students for school and for life.

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Summertime Escapes Nothing says summer like a last-minute getaway. Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or venture across the country, these destinations have families in mind and offer something for everyone. BY KAMBRY RUBY

Kemah Boardwalk and Pleasure Pier

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Getaway to adventure! Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Downtown Aquarium are incredible amusement locations around the Houston area that provide the perfect setting for your next family vacation and guarantee big fun, big thrills, and memories to last a lifetime. Featuring waterfront dining and entertainment like no other, the Kemah Boardwalk and the Pleasure Pier are home to family-oriented rides, midway games, waterfront dining, and retail shopping. Soar over the Gulf of Mexico at Pleasure Pier, one of the few spots in the world that features 16 rides that go over the oceanfront. Or, become bulletproof on the thrilling Boardwalk Bullet rollercoaster at the Kemah Boardwalk. Families can play all day and then stay overnight at the Boardwalk Inn, a charming waterfront hotel in Kemah. Kids and adults will also enjoy the Downtown Aquarium, which boasts more than 500,000 gallons of underwater tanks filled with 200 species of fascinating sea creatures, sharks, and marine life. The aquarium offers life-like, educational exhibits designed to teach visitors about aquatic life in various environments around the world, including the Louisiana swamp, shipwrecks, rainforest, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Where can you go and find something for everyone? Whether you and your family are seeking adventure, sports recreation, or pure relaxation, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features deluxe accommodations, more than seven miles of sparkling beaches and pristine waterfront, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, and 19 swimming pools, as well as a fitness center and spa. Club KZ Children’s Program at Sandestin offers children an exciting setting to explore the world around them and let their dreams run wild as they discover the inexhaustible beauty of the resort’s natural surroundings. Families can also take advantage of end-of-summer savings and complimentary summer activities and events, including live music and daily bicycle and kayak rentals. At Sandestin, the days just don’t seem long enough to enjoy everything this award-winning resort has to offer.

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa TEXAS

Situated along the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa offers a luxurious Texas wilderness escape on more than 400 acres of scenic terrain – the perfect family getaway to create lasting memories. From golf, a spa retreat, fine dining, and horseback riding to archery, swimming, kayaking, rafting, hiking, and nightly s’more roasting at onsite outdoor fire pits, families can choose from a lengthy lineup of recreational activities at this award-winning destination.

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When it comes to things for families to do and see in Grapevine, the list is Texas-sized. From shopping, dining, and an urban wine trail to museums, sports, and outdoor adventures, Grapevine is located minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and offers a small-town feel and a convenient escape from the big city. Step aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, discover outdoor adventure on Lake Grapevine, tour LEGOLAND®, or explore the heart of Grapevine along the beautifully preserved historic Main Street.

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AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY Want more information? Find these after-school activities on our website, dfwchild.com. NAME OF ORGANIZATION

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Breitling Performing Arts Garland • 972/658-3915 actingforchildren.org

3–25 yrs

Classes for all ages. Free trial. Ages 3–25. Theater classes and auditions — everyone gets a part! Dance classes: hiphop, tap, combo, ballet and jazz. Voice, piano and guitar. Private lessons. See ad on page 57.

MULTI ACTIVITY

Girl Scouts Multiple locations • 972/349-2400 gsnetx.org

5–18 yrs

At Girl Scouts, girls discover who they are and how to change the world. Girls may join a troop or participate independently. Programs and events held throughout the year. See ad on page 50.

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Guthrie School, The Allen • 972/596-6929 guthrieschool.com

3–11 yrs

Guthrie Extend is the premier after-school program offered in the area. We take a personal interest in each student and his or her family and pride in developing continuing relationships.

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J of Dallas, The Dallas • 214/239-7138

2–16 yrs

We offer a wide variety of sports (tennis, basketball, gymnastics, soccer and more) performing arts (acting, dance, theater shows, music lessons) and swimming (swim academy, prep team and elite). See ad on page 57.

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For 38 years, KD Studio has offered children’s acting classes taught by working professionals. The classes are designed to give your child the foundation needed for camera and stage acting. See ad on page 57.

Infants–Adult

PowerKids has a class to fit the needs of every member of your family! Choose from sports skills, PowerParents, tumbling, yoga and fitness classes for tweens and teens. Call for schedule. See ad on page 57.

Texas Ballet Theater School Richardson • 214/377-8576 texasballettheater.org

3 yrs–Adult

The official school of TBT develops well-rounded dancers through training in various dance styles, emphasizing classical ballet technique. Students also have the opportunity to perform with TBT dancers. See ad on page 48.

Warrior Martial Arts Academy Frisco • 972/837-9230 warriormartialartsacademy.com

3–16 yrs

We are a mixed martial arts academy that teaches self-defense, respect, confidence, leadership, discipline and anti-bullying classes. Come check us out for a free class today!

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Multiple locations ymcadallas.org/afterschool

5–12 yrs

We serve families in Anna, Celina, Coppell, Dallas, Frisco, Forney, Irving, McKinney, Mesquite, Midlothian, Richardson and Waxahachie. Join us! See ad on page 53.

KD Studio Dallas • 214/638-0484 kdstudio.com

PowerKids Sports & Fitness Dallas • 972/922-1943 powerkidssportsandfitness.com

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Spotlight On Education

Purvi Ajmera Dean of School, Yorktown Education

“Teaching is an art form,” says long-time educator and mom of two Purvi Ajmera. Holding two decades of experience, she knows a thing or two about the art form. This fall marks Ajmera’s sixth year at Yorktown Education, a K–12 private school that takes a different approach to education. Instead of emphasizing standardized testing and advancement based on grade level, curriculum at Yorktown focuses on mastery-based learning — students progress through cohorts based on their ability to demonstrate understanding, independence and self-reliance. And with enrollment coming in at 100 students, no child is left unnoticed. The family environment allows students to apply critical skills such as collaboration and innovative thinking, facilitated by teachers who understand each student’s gifts and needs. Advanced coursework coupled with a “Do What You Love” approach engages students in a style of learning that prepares them for life. “We foster an innovative school environment for not only our students but our teachers as well, and I’m proud of that,” says Ajmera.

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efore lunchboxes require filling and homework needs checking, book a weekend (or more) at one of these Collin County hotels, and take the whole crew. Welcome bags filled with toys and activities and dive-in movies at the hotel pool are just some of the family-friendly amenities you’ll find — and love. Plus, there’s the added convenience of someone else cooking (and bringing it to your room!) and making the beds. (Note: Prices vary based on availability. The prices listed were current at press time.)

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A FEW FAVORITE PA S T I M E S You don’t need to book the Family Fun Package for a kid-friendly stay at EMBASSY SUITES DALLAS FRISCO HOTEL CONVENTION CENTER & SPA, although doing so will get you unlimited Wi-Fi access

throughout the hotel — a perk for downtime with the kids. All guests enjoy free board games and books to rent from the reception desk and a complimentary breakfast every day, including made-to-order omelets and pancakes. Then before bedtime, unwind at the free evening reception with cheese and wine for 1 the grown-ups and juice, soda, gummy bears and

pretzels for the kids. The hotel is undergoing renovations, but the indoor pool is open, and two-room accommodations mean the blow dryer won’t disrupt nap time. When you want to venture out of the hotel, hop over to Stonebriar Centre for fun and games at Dave & Buster’s or walk across the street to the Dr Pepper Ballpark to watch a Frisco RoughRiders minor league game throughout August; seats on the lawn behind center field (where kiddos can roam and romp freely) are $7.57 per person. COST: From $164 for a two-room suite with two queen beds WHERE: 7600 John Q Hammons Drive, Frisco, 972/712-7200; embassysuites3.hilton.com

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When you book a Complete Weekend Package at PLANO MARRIOTT AT LEGACY TOWN CENTER, enjoy complimentary breakfast every day and a free toy from the toy basket at check-in. While at the front desk, be sure to snag a newsletter with movie times for local theaters, including the nearby Angelika, which hosts Crybaby Matinees every Thursday at 1:30pm (for parents on baby duty) and English-dubbed, PG-rated Japanese cartoons Thursdays at 11am. The Shops at Legacy is full of shopping and dining options too — stop at Mexican Sugar for three-cheese queso and crab enchiladas or treat the fam to Main Street Bakery’s famous Croi-Dough-Nut Brule (a fried

ABOVE // Enjoy a fireside retreat after a day of pool-side bocce ball and theater at Westin Stonebriar. 1 // Catch a RoughRiders game just steps away from your getaway. 2 // Bring your Cowboys-loving kids to the Omni Frisco Hotel for a football-filled weekend getaway.

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SPORTS FAN’S DREAM The brand-new OMNI FRISCO HOTEL keeps football fans of all ages entertained. As part of the Omni Kids Club program, the littlest guests receive a backpack with a matching memory game, a pop-up football game and coloring book at check-in. Spend an afternoon at the pool on the fourth floor then picnic at the football field-shaped green space next to the hotel, and be sure to take a selfie in front of the Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Or get an up-close look during a 75-minute guided tour of The Star — see the locker rooms, the Nike Star Walk with past uniforms on display, and trophies and rings from all five Super Bowl championships. Tour tickets start at $27.50 for adults; free for children 4 and younger.

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The SHERATON MCKINNEY is a short 10-minute drive from Chestnut Historic Village where children ages 6 and older can join the Prairie Adventure Camp to weave, churn butter, make soap and play marbles. Camps run from 9am–noon August 1–3 or August 8–10. $100; pre-registration required. Explore the rest of Chestnut Historic Village or take it slow in Historic Downtown McKinney at Spoons Café over a slice of homemade pecan pie and a macchiato — order a Fuel Injection latte mixed with orange juice and cinnamon if you’re feeling extra adventurous. Spend another morning wandering the trails and visiting native animals at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife

Sanctuary. Kids ages 10 and older (and at least 95 pounds) fly through the preserve on Zip Line Day, Saturday, Aug. 12, ($12 per flight) and preschoolers join the weekly Nature Story Time on Fridays from 10:30–11am (free with admission: $9 adults; $6 ages 3–12; free for ages 2 and younger). Back at the hotel, relax with the kids at the outdoor pool. COST: From $143 per night for the Club Room with two double beds WHERE: 1900 Gateway Blvd., McKinney, 972/549-4000; sheratonmckinney.com

GET UP AND GO Book the WESTIN STONEBRIAR for an active getaway to enjoy swimming, golf, bocce ball and more. Spend the afternoons and evenings at the hotel pool — a 200-foot-long lagoon with a basketball hoop, waterfall and divein movies every Friday night at 7:45pm; this month’s flicks include Trolls on Aug. 11 and Finding Dory on Aug. 18. Dry off at the poolside putting green or the two bocce ball courts. And bring your jogging stroller to hit the 3- and 5-mile paved trails around the property, but you don’t have to pack your own workout gear — the New Balance lending program delivers shoes and apparel to your room (and takes it away post-workout) for just $5 a day. For off-premises fun, drive less than 5 miles south to find Topgolf and Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, where lots of slides, geysers and rope ladders beckon. Drop kids ages 6–11 off at Island Explorer Camp August 7–11 from 9am–4pm to learn about Hawaiian folklore, play games and do science projects ($75 per day or $325 for the week; walk-ins welcome) while you hit the spa or order an in-room couples massage. COST: From $197 per night for the traditional room with two queen beds WHERE: 1549 Legacy Drive, Frisco, 972/668-8000; westinstonebriar.com

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croissant filled with crème brulee and topped with caramel and chocolate drizzle). Spend afternoons at the hotel in the rooftop pool outfitted with floaties and pool toys for water games.


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Personalized learning in a nurturing community Merryhill Schools offer outstanding private education, from preschool through sixth grade, with a curriculum that prepares students for success. Our preschools offer the perfect balance of learning and play. Our elementary school continues to foster a love of learning by providing challenging academics along with specialty classes.

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weekend plans choose your budget, choose your adventure Your day in the summer sun doesn’t have to be hot — or pricey. Pack swimsuits or sneakers (or both) and follow our lead to entertain the fam for $25, $50 or $75. (Note: These totals were estimated using a family-offour model.)

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GO: Splash into your Saturday at T H E CO LO N Y AQ UAT I C PA R K ’s outdoor sprayground, from 1–4:50pm. Cool off at the leisure lagoon and wading pool and try to dodge the water geysers. $4 for ages 7 and older; $3 for ages 6 and younger accompanied by an adult. // 5580 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony, 972/624-2225; thecolonytx.gov DO: Dry off at K I D S CO LO N Y 2 , just a two-minute drive along North Colony Boulevard. Kids venture through the sensory garden and play on the forest-themed forts and slides while you relax under a covered pavilion. // 5151 N. Colony Blvd., 972/625-1106; thecolonytx.gov EAT: Whet your palates at O M G TACO S at the newly opened restaurants of the Shacks at Austin Ranch. Tacos are 50 cents off after 3pm. Tacos from $1.49; drinks from $1.99. // 5800 Windhaven Parkway, The Colony, 972/347-0977; shacksaustinranch.com

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the green make it easy for players of all ages. Bays cost $20 per hour for 1–6 people before noon plus $5 membership cards for each family member. In the free game room, families play giant Jenga, pingpong and more. // 1500 Andrews Parkway, Allen, 469/675-9730; topgolf.com EAT: You and the kids create personal pizzas at C R A Z Y TO M ATO eight minutes southeast of Topgolf. Layer an original or thin-crust pie with meats and veggies. Personal pizzas from $6.99. // 803 E. Main St., Allen, 972/747-5131; crazytomato.net GO: Before heading home, let the kids run around at C E L E B R AT I O N PA R K just 2 miles east. Change the kids into their swimsuits, and let them splash around at the sprayground. They can dry off on the accessible playground with slides and swings after. Free. // 701 Angel Parkway, Allen, 214/509-4700; cityofallen.org

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EAT: Enjoy an afternoon starting with lunch at TO M O S U S H I before 2:30pm. The bento boxes are popular for family-style dining, but they offer kids’ meals too. Boxes from $12; $6 kids’ meals. // 5995 Preston Road, Suite 103, Frisco, 214/436-4779; tomosushifrisco.com GO: Run the gamut of games at the N AT I O N A L V I D E O G A M E M U S E U M , 4 miles up the Tollway, on Saturdays from 10am–8pm. Admission includes four tokens to redeem in the vintage arcade with Centipede, Pac-Man and more, plus everyone can play computers and consoles at no extra cost throughout the museum. Tickets: $12 adults; $10 ages 10 and younger; free for ages 3 and younger. // 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 972/668-8400; nvmusa.org DO: At Frisco Square, a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk north, set your family loose at F R I S CO P U B L I C L I B R A RY . Let elementary-age kids fiddle with exploration kits and MagnaTiles while preschoolers put on puppet shows and read inside the interactive Ready-To-Read Railroad play space. No library card required to play, but you will need to show another Collin County library card or purchase a $50 nonresident card to borrow books and videos. // 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, 972/2925669; friscolibrary.com —Jessica Myers

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xposing your kids to other cultures is a worthy goal, but during the school year, you may not have room in the schedule for a trip to Southeast Asia or the south of France. Instead, tour the world right here in Dallas. From ogling

contemporary Cambodian art to playing a traditional French lawn game, you might be surprised how far you and the kiddos can travel

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On the first Saturday of each month, head to the CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART for Adventure Asia, a free day of performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and more from 10am–2pm. The museum is always free too — take the kids inside to marvel Hidden Nature: Sopheap Pich, a solo exhibition by a prominent Cambodian artist that features a 25-foot flower woven from rattan and bamboo. Call ahead to ask about the museum’s weekly docent-guided tours. Crow Collection

of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, 214/9796430; crowcollection.org Get a taste (literally) of traditional Asian culture by visiting Dallas-Fort 1 Worth’s only CHINA TOWN , located on Greenville Avenue in Richardson. At the Dallas Chinese Community Center’s

dolls and samurai weapons, masks from Africa and Cambodia, and Australian boomerangs and facial tattoos. As you tour the exhibits (with a docent, if you call ahead), kids compare musical instruments from all over the world and learn the history of wayang golek, a type of Indonesian puppet. The museum is open 10am–4pm Monday–Friday and by appointment on Saturday, so sneak in a visit before school starts. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 4–12 and free for children 3 and younger. Museum of

International Cultures, 411 E. Highway 67, Duncanville, 972/572-0462; internationalmuseumofcultures.org

The only museum outside of Japan dedicated to the art and culture of Japanese samurai, THE ANN AND free library, kids peruse pages of Chinese symbols and illustrations and read bilingual children’s books. Don’t leave without dessert — visit Jeng Chi, where the chef prepares Taiwanese snow ice in flavors like green tea, mango, strawberry, caramel and coconut. Each plate of the creamy shaved ice serves 3–4 kids. Dallas Chinese Com-

munity Center, 400 N. Greenville Ave., Suite 12, Richardson, 972/480-0311; dallasccc. org // Jeng Chi Restaurant, 400 N. Greenville Ave., Suite 11, Richardson, 972/669-9094; jengchirestaurant.com Satisfy your wanderlust with a single stop in Duncanville. The MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURES

gives you and the kiddos a peek inside (almost) every part of the world: See traditional saris and elaborate jewelry from India, Japanese

GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM: THE SAMURAI COLLECTION showcases armor,

masks, helmets, weapons and more from the 14th through 19th centuries. The highlight of the collection is the display of fully suited samurai warriors on life-size horses saddled with traditional armor and battle gear. Stop by the museum on the first Saturday of each month for Family Day from 1–3pm to embark on a scavenger hunt, make origami or design your very own kabuto, a samurai helmet. Admission is always free. The Samurai

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The first Kuby’s opened in 1728 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as a neighborhood meat market; two centuries later, Karl Kuby opened KUBY’S SAUSAGE HOUSE in Dallas. Though the dinner menu changes monthly, it always includes traditional favorites like rouladen, a beef dish, and schweinebraten, a Bavarian spin on pork roast. The kids can order a pint-size sausage plate (or American classics like chicken nuggets and grilled cheese). Visit on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the restaurant brings in a live accordion player. And before you leave, purchase authentic German candies to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Kuby’s Sausage House, 6601 Snider

Plaza, Dallas, 214/363-2231; kubys.com

In addition to splashing around in the fountains at KLYDE WARREN PARK , try playing a classic French game that has been one of the country’s most popular pastimes for centuries. Pétanque is very similar to bocce, but the goal is to toss (not bowl) the lightweight metal ball 3 close to the cochonnet, a small wooden ball used as a marker. Borrow pétanque equipment for free at the East Lawn game cart during the park’s hours: 6am–11pm daily. Klyde Warren Park,

2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, 214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org

For even more fun cultural experiences in the DallasFort Worth area, visit dfwchild.com/passport.

1 // Make Asia-inspired art at the Crow Collection’s Adventure Asia family days. 2 // Visit Kuby’s Sausage House on Friday or Saturday for live accordion music. 3 // Dallas is home to the only samurai museum outside of Japan.

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Dallas’ literary renaissance broadens with the recent opening of Interabang Books. Co-owned by Nancy Perot and named after an obscure punctuation mark that combines the exclamation point and question mark, the independent bookshop, open daily, hosts author readings and free programming for kids, such as the Dog Days of Summer on Aug. 12. Listen to a reading of Lassie and bring a photo of your pet to add to the bookstore’s Dog Wall of Fame.

On Monday, Aug. 21, a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event takes place directly over the United States when the moon passes between the sun and earth for a total solar eclipse. Resist the urge to look without safe-viewing glasses, and instead score a free pair at the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party, which also offers views through a solar telescope and livestream footage from NASA. $10 adults; $8 kids 3–17.

The Lego Batman Movie screening at Haggard Park is only a fraction of the Lego fun planned for Aug. 26. Come early to help build a massive 6-by10-foot brick mosaic (to be completed and unveiled next month at Legoland in Grapevine), and for the Batmobile design contest, first build your own Batmobile at home and then bring it to the movie screening for a shot at the prize for most creative. Free.

Did you know watermelon is roughly 92 percent water? Get your fill of thirst-quenching slices on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the annual Melon Dash. The early morning fun run for kids and all-ages 5K leads runners through McKinney’s Towne Lake Park and surrounding historic neighborhoods, then back toward the post-race party where the food and ice towels await. Registration from $20.

Bring the kids to the S.H.E. Super Hero Experience, a selfdefense workshop designed for women, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 12. And let them join one of two simultaneous workshops that cover stranger danger and bullying (for 4–6 years) and a haka lesson (for 7 and older). $75 women’s workshop includes kids’ admission; $15 for kids’ workshop only. Proceeds benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.

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AUGUST FILM

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson and Dallas. drafthouse.com/dfw. 10am daily through Aug 27. Watch a different kid-friendly film each week this summer at both Dallas-Fort Worth locations. For ages 3 years and older with a parent or guardian. $1, $3 or $5 donations requested. At least $1 donation required per person. Donations benefit nonprofits.

NATURE

August Dollar Days Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 9am–5pm daily through Aug 31. Explore the arboretum with discounted admission during the entire month, plus hot dogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies for $2 each. General admission and the Children’s Adventure Garden for $1.

SPECIAL EVENT

Back 2 School Bash The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony. 972/625-1106. thecolonytx. gov. 5–8pm. Watch a mascot dance-off, load up on free school supplies and get helpful information for the upcoming school year. For ages 5–12. Registration is required. Space is limited to the first 500 children. Free for residents; $3 for nonresidents.

FILM

Children’s Summer Series Studio Movie Grill, all DFW locations. 972/388-7888. studiomoviegrill.com. 10:30am each Mon–Fri through Aug 25. Stay cool indoors with a matinee screening of a kid-friendly movie. Aug 1–4: The Peanuts Movie; Aug 7–11: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Aug 14–18: Chicken Run; Aug 21–25: Home. (Home not showing in Plano.) $1.

FILM

Crybaby Matinee Angelika Film Center, Dallas and Plano.

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angelikafilmcenter.com. 1:30pm every Tue and Wed in Dallas and 1:30pm every Thu in Plano. Relax at these film screenings for parents and their babies at the Angelika where the lights are kept dim and the volume down. Contact each theater for the week’s Crybaby Matinee selection. Regular matinee admission for adults; free for kids under 5.

ON STAGE

Hood – The Robin Hood Musical Adventure Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. 214/880-0202. attpac.org. Multiple showtimes Aug 1–6. Watch Dallas Theater Center’s comedic musical about the renegade hero who made redistributing wealth seem cool. Recommended for ages 9 and older. See site for detailed content warning. Tickets start at $20.

PLAYTIME

Imagination Playground Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 9am–12pm every Tue. Use blue, larger-than-life blocks to build your very own play equipment on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. FREE

FILM

Summer Kids Camp Movies Moviehouse & Eatery at Craig Ranch, 8450 SH 121, McKinney. 469/854-6754. themoviehouse.com/mckinney. 10am each Tue through Aug 22. Watch Paul Blart – Mall Cop on Aug 1, The Lego Movie on Aug 8, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Aug 15 and Sing on Aug 22. Tickets are available first come, first served starting at 9am. FREE

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Let’s Get Crafty American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464

Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 1–3pm. Explore a featured theme and craft at this monthly event for ages 8 and older. FREE

MUSIC

Marshall Mitchell the Singing Cowboy NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/bookmarks.php. 10:30–11:15am. Join Marshall Mitchell and his trusty sidekicks for stories and interactive songs with foot tapping, hand clapping and coyote howling. Held at NorthCourt. FREE

STORY TIME

Story Time at Interabang Books Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas. 972/364-1911. interabangbooks.com. 11am each Wed. Meet at Dallas’ newest bookstore for this weekly story reading. Best for kids 2–5 years but open to all ages. FREE

HISTORY

Summer Walking Tours Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 214/428-0101. museumoftheamericanrailroad.org. Each Wed through Aug 23; each Thu–Sat through Sep 30. Meet up with a docent at the Frisco Heritage Museum and head over to the train yard for a 45-minute tour of the museum’s vintage trains on display. Call ahead to check the status of the tour schedule in case of bad weather. $8 adults; $4 kids 3–12.

STORY TIME

Wee Little Wednesdays Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/664-9110. dallasfarmersmarket.org. Each Wed through Aug 30: 10am story time; 10:45am craft. Meet at the market for a story reading open to kids ages 1–8, followed by a craft geared toward kids ages 4–8. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Hood See Aug 1.

3 THURSDAY RECREATION

Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRider Trl., Frisco. 972/731-9200. ridersbaseball.com. Game begins at 7:05pm. Float in an inner tube around the Choctaw Lazy River above the right outfield wall while watching the Frisco RoughRiders game. Bring your own towels. Come early to play catch on the field before the first pitch and stay for the post-game fireworks. $39; free for kids 2 and younger. Ticket includes hot dogs, brats, chips and Dr Pepper products.

NATURE

Dallas Zoo Visits Reunion Tower Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower.com. 11am–12pm. Experience a 360-degree view of Dallas from 470 feet in the air and meet a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles presented by the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures team. Free with admission: $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.

SCIENCE

First Thursday Late Night Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. perotmuseum.org. Museum open for extended hours 5–9pm. Activities from 7–9pm. Join family-friendly experiments in evolutionary and cellular biology during the Perot’s Summer of Science program. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17.

NATURE

Stories and More Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. 11am. Make crafts, eat themed snacks and join the butterflies for a story reading. $8; $3 kids 1–3.

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Hood See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2.

4 FRIDAY FILM

Dive-In Movie Frisco Athletic Center, 5828 Nancy Jane Ln., Frisco. 972/292-6520. friscofun.org. Gate opens at 8pm; movie starts at sunset. Play in the water features at the outdoor water park and then watch Finding Dory over the pool. The lagoon and lazy river will be open during the movie. $10; children under 2 are free but must have a ticket for entry.

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm. org. 10am–12pm. Make paper crafts inspired by the Victorian era. $3 per person.

FILM

Friday Dive-In Movie Series Samuell Grand Pool, 3201 Samuell Blvd., Dallas. 214/6701926. dallasaquatics.org. Gates open at 8:30pm. Movie starts after dark. Bring a blanket and lounge on the deck or float in the pool while watching Zootopia. Free with pool admission: $1 for kids 11 and younger; $2 for ages 12 and older.

RODEO

Pre-Fair Horse Shows Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Dallas. 214/565-9931. bigtex.com/2017-pre-fair-horse-shows. Weekends through Sep 17. See site for complete schedule. Ahead of the State Fair’s return on Sep 29, head to the Coliseum and Livestock Judging Pavilion for barrel races, team roping, and shows featuring Arabian and Appaloosa horses, donkeys and mules. FREE

FILM

Summer Movies at Palace Theatre Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/4103100. palace-theatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch The Princess Bride on Aug 4 and Airplane on Aug 5. On Aug 11, come dressed in theme attire to watch Grease and earn a free small popcorn. $6 per person.

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Hood See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2.

5 SATURDAY MUSIC

Addison Summer Series Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 972/450-2851. addisonsummerseries.com. 8–10pm each Sat through Aug 26. Pack a picnic, spread out on the spark lawn and listen to a different band perform live music each week, covering a variety of genres. FREE

RECREATION

Back to School Open Skate Allen Community Ice Rink at Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd., Ste. 1350, Allen. 972/912-1097. cityofallen.org. 11:45am–1:45pm. Donate dfwchild.com / august 2017

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ON STAGE

Damsels, Dragons and Donuts Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. Each Sat through Sep 2. Doors open at 8:30am; showtime at 9am. See 20 popular storybook characters in Happily Ever After, enjoy a breakfast of doughnuts, muffins, juice and coffee, and stay after the show for photos with the marionettes. For ages 3–12. Kids in costume are welcome. $16.

EDUCATIONAL

Family Day at the Samurai Collection The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum – The Samurai Collection, 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/965-1032. harwooddistrict.com. 1–3pm each first Sat. See the nearly 1,000 pieces of samurai armor on display and enjoy family-oriented guided tours and art activities at the museum. Each monthly event explores a new aspect of samurai art and culture. For ages 4 and older. FREE

ON STAGE

Family Friendly Comedy Show Dallas Comedy House, 3025 Main St., Dallas. 214/741-4448. dallascomedyhouse.com. 6–7pm every Sat. Take the kids out to this Deep Ellum comedy club for improv appropriate for all ages. Seating is first come, first served and begins about 30 minutes prior to the show. $10 adults; $8 kids 13 and younger. Discount tickets available in advance.

FILM

Flick N Float Wet Zone, 5304 Main St., Rowlett. 972/4126266. wetzonewaterpark.com. 8–11pm. Settle into a lawn chair or float in the pool and watch The Lego Movie screened after dusk. $6; free for Wet Zone season pass holders.

HISTORY

Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. gvrr. com. 1–5:45pm each Sat and Sun through Labor Day weekend. Ride in authentic 1920s-era coaches aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad as cowboys and familyfriendly saloon girls greet guests, share historical facts about Grapevine, tell jokes and snap photos with riders. $18 touring-class ticket; $26 first-class ticket.

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Mesquite Championship Rodeo Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. 972/285-8777. mesquiterodeo.com. 7:30pm each Sat through Oct 7. Come early for the free Kid’s Corral with pony rides, roping lessons and stick horse races from 6–7pm. Then watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding and more rodeo events. Tickets start at $20. $10 for kids 3–12.

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Showtime Saturdays Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 972/702-7171. galleriadallas.com. 11:30am– 12pm. Head to level three near the Children’s Play Place for entertainment by Critterman on Aug 5, circus clowns Slappy & Monday on Aug 12, Mister Willy Welch on Aug 19, and Cinde Sanders with Seussology 101 on Aug 26. FREE

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ON STAGE

The Little Mermaid Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. 11am and 2pm each Sat and 2pm each Sun through Sep 3. See more than 60 marionettes in the show’s dramatic underwater sequences. Presented in conjunction with the Hilton Anatole’s Under the Sea promotion. Advance tickets: $18 adults; $16 kids 17 and younger.

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The Mr. Phil Show NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php. 11am. Listen to Mr. Phil, the Song and Dance Man, present classic stories, contemporary tales, traditional nursery rhymes and a few tunes from his ukulele. Stay for more music from Lizza Connor at 2pm. Held at NorthCourt. FREE

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Break Kids Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 12–1pm. Meet under the Muse Family Performance Pavilion for basic breakdancing classes led by Realstreetjams. For kids, teens and adults. FREE

PLAYTIME

WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 3–4pm Aug 6 and 20. Put on your wellies and enjoy a special menu, crafts, conversation cards and a cupcake decorating activity for ages 5 and older. Registration is required. $13.50 per person.

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7 MONDAY SCIENCE

Mad Science Fun at Reunion Tower Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/7127040. reuniontower.com. 11am–12pm. Experience a 360-degree view of Dallas from 470 feet in the air and join the Mad Science team for kid-friendly laboratory science experiments. Free with admission: $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.

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Paint with Picasso/Read with Rivera Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas. 214/768-2516. meadowsmuseumdallas.org. 10am–5pm Aug 8, 9 and 11; 10am–9pm Aug 10. Experience printmaking and still-life activities, go on scavenger hunts and at 2pm daily join family tours through new exhibit Picasso/Rivera. At 11am Aug 10–11, listen to storyteller Ann Marie Newman tell stories about the artists’ rivalry. Free with admission: $12 adults. Free for kids 11 and younger.

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Circus Chicken Dog NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php. 10:30–11:15am. Watch Darren Peterson’s acrobatically trained trick dogs and a pretentious pet parrot perform at NorthCourt. FREE

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Help Build Massive Lego Mosaic Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 10am–1pm. Join a master model builder in putting together a 6-by-10-foot mosaic featuring Sensei Wu and six ninjas. The completed, permanent mosaic will be unveiled in Legoland Discovery Center’s new Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course on Sep 22. FREE

NATURE

Night Hike Owl Prowl Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214/309-5801. trinityriver.audubon.org. 8–10pm. Search and call out for owls on a guided night hike through the Great Trinity Forest, then roast s’mores over the fire. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

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Disco Kids It’ll Do Dallas, 4322 Elm St., Dallas. 214/695-5947. facebook.com/discokidsatitlldo. 6–9:30pm. Bring the kids for dancing at a real club in East Dallas for this family-friendly event with kids behind the DJ booth. Get snacks from a food truck, pose in the photo van, get a face painting and wear glow products available at the concession stand. $5 per kid; free for adults.

ON STAGE

Disney’s Mulan Jr. Allen’s Community Theatre, 1210 E. Main St., Ste. 300, Allen. 844/8228849. allenscommunitytheatre.net. 7pm each Thu–Sat and 2pm each Sun through Aug 27. See Mulan disguise herself as a boy in order to save her father and protect the emperor from the Huns. Based on the 1998 film. $16 adults; $11 kids 17 and younger.

ON STAGE

The Little Mermaid Jr. Wylie Acting Group for Children, 205 Industrial Ct., Ste. 200B, Wylie. 469/298-8061. wylieactinggroup.org. 7pm Aug 11 and 18; 2 and 7pm Aug 12 and 19. Watch a youth cast perform as Ariel, King Triton and Ursula in this musical based on the Disney film. $12 adults; $10 children 17 and younger.

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A Night of Improv Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 214/450-8596. friscoimprovplayers.com. 8pm. Watch the Frisco Improv Players comedy troupe in a family-friendly, game-based comedic performance similar to Whose Line is it Anyway? $12.

ON STAGE

Adventures in Green Gables Read Play Love, 1251 S. Sherman Ste. 112, Richardson. 914/261-7643. readplaylove.weebly.com/summer-musicals.html. Aug 12–13, 17–19 and 21. Watch the kids of Read Play Love in this musical with a colorful twist on the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. Tickets from $5.

ARTS & CRAFTS

ArtROCKS! NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. northparkcenter.com. 1–4pm. Explore the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo by joining kid-friendly art activities at NorthCourt, on level one between Nordstrom and Macy’s. FREE

FILM

Carrollton Movie on the Square Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. cityofcarrollton.com/downtown. Sunset. Watch the 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast and come early to meet special guests Belle and the Beast starting at 6:30pm. FREE

SCIENCE

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Discovery Day – Adventure Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. perotmuseum.org. 10am–4pm; sneak peek for members only from 9–10am. Piece together artifacts, explore ancient civilizations and join a museum-wide scavenger hunt related to the Maya – Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibition. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17. Free for museum members.

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Dog Days of Summer Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas. 972/364-1911. interabangbooks.com. 1–2pm. Bring a photo of your pet to put on the bookstore’s Dog Wall of Fame, test your knowledge of dog language with a group quiz and listen to a reading of Lassie – Come Home, Susan Hill’s picture book adaptation of Eric Knight’s classic story. FREE

HISTORY

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Pollinator Party Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. 10am–3pm. Discover the role of butterflies, bees, bats and birds in pollination and how you can “bee” a good neighbor to local pollinators during this annual celebration with activities, butterfly house tours, crafts, and live and pinned insects on view. Free with admission: $8 adults; $4 kids 3–11.

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S.H.E. Super Hero Experience Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive St., Dallas. 214/3515367. kenpogatheringofeagles.com. 1–3pm. Sign up for the women’s self-defense workshop led by black belt Michelle Manu and let your kids take part in one of two simultaneous workshops: stranger danger for ages 4–6 and haka for 7 and older. $75 women’s workshop includes kids’ workshop. $15 for kids’ workshop only.

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FILM

The Princess Bride – An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. 214/670-3687. liveatthemajestic.com. 7pm doors open; 8pm event start. Watch the popular film at this screening with a Q&A with the actor who starred as the Dread Pirate Roberts. VIP tickets include a meet and greet and a copy of Elwes’ book As You Wish – Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Tickets start at $16.75. VIP tickets for $100.

RECREATION

Zip Line Day Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 1–4pm. Climb 23 feet up to the platform and soar through the treetops on the 487-foot zip line. Must be at least 10 years old and weigh 50 pounds. Register online. $12 per person per ride.

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Addison Summer Series See Aug 5. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Aug 5. Showtime Saturdays See Aug 5. The Little Mermaid See Aug 5. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. The Little Mermaid Jr. See Aug 11.

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Comedy and Magic Show Improv Comedy Club Addison, 4980 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 250, Dallas. 972/404-8501. improvaddison.com. 2pm every other Sun. Doors open at 1pm. Laugh at the tricks and antics of two talented magicians. For all ages but recommended for 4 years and older. Come early to eat lunch before the show. $10 for regular seats; $20 for preferred seats.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Shoes & Stories SPARK! 1409 S. Lamar St., Ste. 004, Dallas. 214/421-7727. sparkdallas. org. 12–5pm. Purchase a pair of shoes from SPARK or bring your own to decorate, then share the inspiration for your unique design by creating a short story, poem, dance or skit. For girls in second grade through high school. $5 adults; $15 children; $10 for shoes.

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Solar Eclipse Story Time Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas. 972/364-1911. interabangbooks.com. 11am. Listen to readings of Andrew Fraknoi’s When the Sun Goes Dark and Gail Gibbons’ The Moon Book for the upcoming eclipse. Come back for the Solar Eclipse Party on Aug 21 from 12:30–1:30pm. FREE

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Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php. 10:30–11:10am. Meet at NorthCourt for a live show with Tommy Terrific, a big kid who steps up and performs magic when his Uncle Fumpernutter doesn’t show. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Story Time at Interabang Books See Aug 2. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Wee Little Wednesdays See Aug 2.

17 THURSDAY RECREATION

Free Third Thursdays at Texas Horse Park Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Rd., Dallas. 469/804-2660. riverranch-texashorsepark.com. 1–6pm. Get complimentary access to mini trail rides and riding lessons, equine education, pony rides, plus a bounce house and field day games. Bring snacks from home for a break at the picnic area. Registration is preferred. FREE

PLAYTIME

Lucky Duck Kids Club Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. watterscreek.com. 11–11:45am. Celebrate the birthdays of fellow kids club members during this monthly program. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party See Aug 3. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. Adventures in Green Gables See Aug 12.

18 FRIDAY ON STAGE

A Chorus Line – High School Edition Plano Children’s Theatre, 1301 Custer Rd., Ste. 706, Plano. 972/4222575. planochildrenstheatre.org. Aug 18–20 and 24–26. Watch local teens perform in this musical that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. $10 in advance; $12 the week of the show; $20 front row.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org. 6pm–12am. Explore a featured topic through all-ages performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours and family programs when the museum stays open until midnight. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional $10.

DANCE

Metamorphosis Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas. juniorplayers.org/metamorphosis. 8pm Aug 18–19. Watch teenage dancers of Junior Players in this thought-provoking production that depicts the struggles of growing up. On stage inside the Moody Performance Hall, formerly Dallas City Performance Hall. Purchase tickets online. $10.

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. The Little Mermaid Jr. See Aug 11. Adventures in Green Gables See Aug 12.

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Braniff Gallery Reopening Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. 214/350-3600. flightmuseum.com. 10am–5pm. See the newly renovated exhibit that traces the history of one of America’s most colorful airlines from its humble beginnings in 1928, through

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EDUCATIONAL

Family Garden Activities Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/664-9110. dallasfarmersmarket.org. 10am–12pm. Meet at the Mama Ida Garden, a teaching garden with seasonal crops, for family activities with Farmer Kim. FREE

FITNESS

Melon Dash Towne Lake Park Recreational Area, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney. 214/751-7911. runproject.org/melondash. 7:45am fun run; 8am 5K. Run through McKinney neighborhoods and at the finish line, get cool towels, live music and watermelon slices. Proceeds benefit the League of Animal Protection. Registration starts at $20.

EDUCATIONAL

Sushi Camp for Kids Steel Restaurant and Lounge, 3180 Welborn St., Dallas. 214/219-9908. steelrestaurant. com. 3:30–5pm. Learn how to make three different types of sushi rolls during this one-day camp for kids age 5–14. Parents are welcome to relax at the bar. Call to register. $45 for one child; $10 discount for siblings.

SPECIAL EVENT

The ABCs of Back-to-School Style NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. northparkcenter. com. 10:30am–3pm. Watch a fashion show of back-toschool styles for toddlers through teens, make crafts with officers of the Dallas Police Department and enjoy several Bookmarks presentations including a puppet show and bilingual story time. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Addison Summer Series See Aug 5. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Aug 5. Showtime Saturdays See Aug 5. The Little Mermaid See Aug 5. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. The Little Mermaid Jr. See Aug 11. Adventures in Green Gables See Aug 12. A Chorus Line See Aug 18. Metamorphosis See Aug 18.

20 SUNDAY DANCE

African Dance Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 11:30am–12:30pm. Meet on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn to learn this unique style of dance led by Fihankra Dance & Fitness Studio. For all ages and skill levels. FREE

HISTORY

Third Sunday Open House Frisco Heritage Center, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 972/292-5111. friscoheritage.org/ events. 1–4pm. Take self-guided tours through the historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, staffed with docents, and join back-to-school-themed kids’ activities. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party See Aug 3. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. The Little Mermaid See Aug 5. WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party See Aug 6. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. A Chorus Line See Aug 18.

21 MONDAY NATURE

Solar Eclipse Watch Party Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. 214/350-3600. flightmuseum.com/solar-eclipse-watch-party. 10am–3pm. Watch a rare solar eclipse through the museum’s solar telescope or with a free pair of safe-viewing glasses provided to the first 300 visitors. The museum will livestream footage from NASA TV of the total eclipse. Free with admission: $10 adults; $8 kids 3–17.

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Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/bookmarks.php. 10:30–11am. Laugh at the vaudevillian slapstick comedy act presented by former Ringling Bros. circus clowns Slappy and Monday. Held at NorthCourt. FREE

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Butterfly Tea Party Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. 10:30am–12:30pm. Enjoy fancy activities, crafts, tea and snacks in celebration of the book Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O’Connor and stay for the butterfly release at 12pm. Online: $8 adults; $12 kids 3–11; $3 kids 1–2. $2 surcharge at the door.

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The Colony Summer Clubhouse The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony. 972/6251106. visitthecolonytx.com. 10am show; doors open at 9:30am. Come early to get a good seat and watch a professional stunt juggler in action. Concessions available for purchase. FREE

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Disco Kids See Aug 11. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. A Chorus Line See Aug 18.

26 SATURDAY FILM

Movie in the Park Haggard Park in downtown Plano, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 972/941-7275. visitdowntownplano.com. Lego build from 6:30–8pm; movie at 8pm. Join Legoland Discovery Center in building a Ninjago mosaic and then watch The Lego Batman Movie outdoors. Attendees are also encouraged to build a Batmobile from Legos at home and bring it to the screening to compete for most creative design. FREE

DANCE

Tropical Hula Dance NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php. 2–2:30pm. Join Grace Hula Dance in the spirit of aloha through hula and Tahitian dancing. Held at NorthCourt. FREE

SPORTS

Warriors Games Lake Highlands Recreation Center, 9940 White Rock Trl., Dallas. 214/670-7794. c4yl.com/

warriors-games. 10am–2pm. Watch former players from Survivor, American Ninja Warrior and other reality competition shows, and join in to compete in similar challenges and obstacle courses. Familyfriendly and open to all ages. $15 adults; $10 kids; free for kids 4 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Aug 4. Addison Summer Series See Aug 5. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Aug 5. Showtime Saturdays See Aug 5. The Little Mermaid See Aug 5. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. A Chorus Line See Aug 18.

27 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. The Little Mermaid See Aug 5. Disney’s Mulan Jr. See Aug 11. Comedy and Magic Show See Aug 13.

28 MONDAY CONTINUING:

August Dollar Days See Aug 1.

29 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Imagination Playground See Aug 1.

30 WEDNESDAY MUSIC

Mr. Mark, Get Set, Go! NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php. 10:30–11am. Head to NorthCourt for educational play and live music by Mark Burrows, award-winning songwriter for children and families. FREE

CONTINUING:

August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Story Time at Interabang Books See Aug 2. Wee Little Wednesdays See Aug 2.

31 THURSDAY STORY TIME

Tall Tales Story Time Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower.com. 11–11:30am. Take a seat for this story program on the GeO-Deck 470 feet up in the air. For ages 2–5. Call to register. $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.

CONTINUING:

August Dollar Days See Aug 1. Crybaby Matinee See Aug 1. Summer Walking Tours See Aug 2. Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party See Aug 3.

FREE denotes free event admission. Other costs, such as parking, may apply. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead before every event. If you have an event that you’d like us to consider for the next calendar, please go to dfwchild.com and click on calendar to submit your event. Or fax to 972/4470633 by the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Events must be open to the public and of interest to families in the Dallas area. Please include name and description of event, address, phone number, website, time, date, cost and age served. We reserve the right to edit or withhold submissions.

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“I am the mother of two little ones — ages 8 months and 22 months. On a recent outing, I had to use the restroom with both of them in tow. Wearing the baby and holding the hand of a very active toddler, I attempted to squat while also holding up my maxi dress, but I missed and peed down the back of my dress.”

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MY 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LOST HER FIRST TOOTH, SO I WROTE THE SWEETEST, MOST ENCOURAGING NOTE FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY AND ENDED IT WITH, ‘KEEP BRUSHING THOSE PEARLY WHITES; I’LL BE BACK FOR THE REST.’ NOW SHE’S TERRIFIED TO GO TO BED.”

Our Lab’s name is Grinch. My 2-year-old can’t say it correctly, so it ends up sounding like b@#ch when he calls him. I laughed it off until we were at the grocery store, and he was calling a woman’s guide dog b@#ch.” —CARTER, ALLEN

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