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DEPARTMENTS NOTED 7 You’re Invited

How to host and attend b-day bashes properly

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Linda Abraham-Silver What the new CEO of the Perot has in store for the museum — and herself 14 5 Things … / A Newbie’s Guide A few favorite shops, workouts and restaurants 16 Routines / Kristine Tague The technical illustrator for Southwest Airlines has a full schedule, from playing with her 2-year-old to training for a 5K

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enevieve turned 3 this month. And since she’s now in preschool, it was the first time I had to navigate hosting a party that involved more than family and our friends. Genevieve has friends and playdates of her own now. Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing. I wanted to ensure that I adhered to proper party protocol. Did I have to invite her whole class? How should I handle siblings? Was there a polite way to ask guests not to give her gifts? My questions overwhelmed me, so I didn’t even start planning until after I read “You’re Invited” on page 7. Our writer, Sundey McClendon, chatted with three area experts in the etiquette and party planning arena to get the answers to these (and other) tricky situations that come with hosting a kids’ birthday party. Next came finding the venue. I knew exactly the type of party Genevieve would enjoy. I have the kid who loves to climb, run and jump off everything so a gymnastics party was a no-brainer. But there are a lot of options in Dallas and Collin counties. Thankfully, you all (our fabulous readers) made my choice very easy. You voted for the best party venues in categories ranging from frilly fêtes to come-to-me setups, and for kiddos with a variety of interests — from athletes to history buffs. We tallied all those votes, and on page 22, you’ll find “Best for Families: Kids’ Parties 2017,” our present to you, Mom. It’s a comprehensive guide to this year’s winners, including what makes it great for parents and fun for the kids too. Speaking of fun, “She Reminds Me of … Me” on page 18 by Shelley Hawes Pate and Nicole Jordan is just that. What kind of celebrity mom are you most like? I relate to multitasking Jessica Biel (though I do miss workouts — frequently). In fact, as I write this, I’m cooking dinner and entertaining Graydon by letting him take everything out of one kitchen cabinet and put it into another. And like Biel, I do like to lay low, but I also like to get out with my husband Justin — I mean Scott. Where are we going this month? I’m letting Mom Next Door Linda Abraham-Silver, the Perot’s new CEO, who transplanted to Dallas by way of Abu Dhabi this summer, guide the locations of our date nights this month. In addition to her ideas for the future of the museum, the newcomer shared some of her favorite places around town — at least, thus far.

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im Cameron opened the invitation her 4-year-old daughter received and was instantly shocked. “The invitation was very elaborate,” the Fort Worth mom reveals. “It was professionally printed on thick cardstock and included a little watercolor paint palette.” But it also included a registry of pricey birthday gift wishes. My, how things have changed since Cameron, whose name was changed for privacy, and the rest

of us moms were kids. And gift registries aren’t the only tricky issue modern parents find themselves faced with. So we consulted the experts — Park Cities etiquette expert Elise “Mrs. Manners” McVeigh; Misty Harris, owner and director of Texas Etiquette in Fort Worth; and Dallas lifestyle expert, author and Southern Living editor-at-large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman — to help you navigate challenging party situations one invite at a time.

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Harris, who treated her 7-year-old to a Breakfast at Tiffany’s-themed birthday recently. Eight little girls got to personalize pearl necklaces and bracelets, make I’ve also texted sleep masks photos of the darling and get looks on my children’s pampered.

It’s the question etiquette experts get asked the most: Do I faces [when they open WHAT’S have to invite THE PROPmy daughter’s a gift] to the gift-givers. ER WAY entire class? —Kimberly Schlegel Whitman TO HANDLE The answer is REQUESTS no. Harris says the TO BRING costs and logistics SIBLINGS? of inviting 25-plus kids Unless Mom (plus parents in some cases) get is nursing, out of control quickly. “I like there’s really to keep it simple,” she explains. no reason “The number of invited guests is siblings should equal to the child’s age.” So your come to a party 5-year-old gets to invite his five (unless their names were included closest friends. “It allows you to on the invite). Harris suggests do something really special,” adds dfwchild.com / september 2017

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loves throwing parties for her three children — ages 16 months to 9 years — but she says she hates that no one abides by the RSVP-by date. “It makes it hard to plan,” the Flower Mound mom laments. But parents often need to give venues final head counts for food and activities a week or more before the party. So McVeigh, who offers parenting manners classes, says it’s perfectly acceptable to send a reminder RSVP text or email to those parents you haven’t heard from. Say something such as, “I wanted to see if Luke was going to make it to Sarah’s party. This is the time, date and location again. Please let me know. I’m trying to get an accurate head count.” IS IT OK TO REQUEST GIFTS? Registries and wish

“I’ve also texted photos of the darling looks on my children’s faces [when they open a gift] to the gift-givers,” Whitman says.

how to be polite party people HOW LONG CAN I WAIT TO RSVP? If your

child has been invited to another child’s party, it’s courteous to let hosts know within three days of receiving the invite whether you can make the party. “Once you’ve responded, that should be it,” McVeigh explains. “Barring illness or injury, you SENDING should plan to honor that A MEANINGFUL commitment.” MERCI

Park Cities etiquette expert Elise McVeigh says the most common party faux pas is not sending a handwritten thank-you card. Within two weeks of the party, have your child write out his cards. “A good thankyou card includes the person’s name and gift, how he’ll use it [or has been using it] and then something thoughtful like, ‘Thank you for coming to my party; it was so good to see you,’” she explains. If this proves to be difficult for young children, McVeigh encourages parents to write out an appropriate thank-you and have the child copy it until they get the hang of writing them.

lists like the one Cameron’s daughter received should only be shared with out-oftown family like grandparents, aunts and uncles who may not know what your child likes, McVeigh explains. “A party is a get-together with friends and a gift should never be expected,” she adds. It’s fine to write “No gifts, please” on the invite or to ask guests to donate to a specific charity in lieu of gifts. It’s a thoughtful way to sidestep unwanted presents, McVeigh says. Plus, it provides an opportunity to teach the birthday boy about helping others. Consider collecting new books for the children’s hospital or puppy toys and treats for a local shelter, then enlist your kiddos to deliver the goods with you. SHOULD YOU OPEN GIFTS AT THE PARTY? Experts say that this one can really

go either way. If time allows, open gifts. If not, take them home. Regardless, send a thank-you note (see the sidebar for tips).

CAN I BRING HIS BROTHER? PRETTY PLEASE? It’s

inappropriate to ask if you can bring siblings. But if you’ve exhausted other arrangement options and must, Harris suggests calling the host as early as possible, apologizing and trying to find a solution that puts the least amount of burden on her. Offer to pay for the sibling separately or bring something to occupy him while his brother enjoys the party. “Bottom line: Do not let siblings disrupt the party activities,” Harris says. HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON A GIFT? Rather

than put a price limit on a gift, be thoughtful in its selection. Does the birthday girl love art? Get her a set of glittery markers and fancy papers. Is the birthday boy an only child? Buy him a game that is just as fun to play solo as it is with others. And if the invite says no presents, the polite thing to do is honor that. “You can bring a card if you worry about showing up emptyhanded,” McVeigh suggests. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW? As kids get older — around kinder-

garten age — most kids’ parties become drop-off-and-pick-up affairs. But if you’re unsure, ask the host. And if something (anything) about a party makes you uncomfortable such as a gift registry link or an invite that requires attendees to buy something (like a costume or admission to an amusement park), decline the invitation and ask the birthday girl over for a one-on-one celebration with dinner and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

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rom Abu Dhabi to Dallas, Linda AbrahamSilver, Ph.D., spent the summer acclimating to a drastic change in scenery. The mom of two was leading science and technology initiatives for the government of Abu Dhabi when the Perot Museum of Nature and Science came calling.

She took the helm as chief executive officer in July and got to work posthaste. “I’m here to help this very young, successful organization think about that it wants to be when it grows up and help shape that future,” says Abraham-Silver, 47. “We’ve got a lot of great opportunities on our horizon.”

The job is a perfect fit for Abraham-Silver, whose impressive resume includes executive roles at museums from California to Ohio, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a doctorate of education from the University of Sothern California. As she’s hitting her stride at the Perot, her kids — 17-year-old Caroline and 15-year-old Brad — are settling in at Alcuin School and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, respectively. It’s not Abu Dhabi, but it will do. “It’s been fabulous so far,” says AbrahamSilver of her new Dallas digs (Preston Hollow to be exact). “Everybody thinks I’m crazy for moving 1 to Dal-

1 / The free Natural History Museum in London, with 36 galleries of dinosaurs, volcanoes and earthquakes and lots of other treasures, is among Abraham-Silver’s favorite in the world. 2 / After living in the Middle East for six years, she was really excited to have Mexican food when she arrived in Dallas.

las in July, but it’s cooler here than in Abu Dhabi!”

WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A MOM OF TEENAGERS? I actually

really enjoy it. I find it less stressful than when they were little. Neither of my kids have their driver’s licenses yet, so maybe that has something to do with it. At these ages, you start to get a glimpse of the adults they’re going to be.

DID THEY INHERIT YOUR LOVE OF SCIENCE?

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focused on becoming a shark wrestler, but for the last eight years or so he’s wanted to be a paleontologist. DO THEY LOVE HANGING OUT AT MUSEUMS AS MUCH AS YOU? They do. Every

city we visit, we’re in museums. I’m a huge believer in museums and the impact they have on people and their choice of long-term careers. I certainly see it with my kids. YOU’RE A CHAMPION OF INCLUSION IN STEM. WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PARENTS UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THIS ISSUE? Research

tells us the highest indicator for somebody choosing a career in science and technology is not their grades or how they test or what their parents do but their interest rates in science between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. So it’s important to be fostering that curiosity and encouraging that interest early on.

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WHO HASN’T [STRUGGLED WITH THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE]. IT’S EASIER TO ADMIT THAT NOW THAT I’M IN MY 40s.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE PEROT? It was an opportunity that doesn’t

come very often — the perfect nexus of my background. It’s part natural history museum, part interactive science museum, and part children’s museum, all in one setting. And it’s right in the middle of a city that’s thriving. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE EXHIBIT OR PIECE IN THE PEROT? That’s like

asking if I have a favorite child! From an aesthetic standpoint I absolutely love the Gems and Minerals Hall. It’s stunning, but I’d like to do more in terms of facilitating learning in that space. IF YOUR CAREER HAD GONE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIRECTION, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING?

Academia. I love the intellectual side of what I do, and with a doctorate degree, that’s kind of an easy career trajectory to flip into. HAVE YOU STRUGGLED WITH WORKLIFE BALANCE OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER? Absolutely. I don’t think

there’s anybody who hasn’t. It’s easier to admit that now that I’m in my 40s. In my 20s and 30s I would have answered by saying, “Oh, no. I’ve got it all handled.” When you think about that, if you’re having children, you’re likely to be having those children at the same time you need to be the most ambiseptember 2017 / dfwchild.com

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WORKING MOM GUILT? Some because I tend to travel

a lot. When my kids were really young their dad was a full-time stay-at-home father. When my daughter was 3 and I was seven months pregnant with my son, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 brain DON’T THINK cancer. So [that] was really THERE’S hard to balance. But it also gives you perspective. ANYBODY

student, I volunteered in museums. It’s what I did on the side. And one of those volunteer jobs led to my first paid museum job. I started working for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and stayed there for 13 years.

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tious in your career — those late 20s and early 30s. At least that was the case for me. It’s a challenge, but it’s not a unique problem. All of us face it.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF? Travel and physi-

cal exercise

IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND OFFER YOURSELF ADVICE AS A YOUNG MOM, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Slow

down. Life is not a race. And in the end it will be just fine. DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO YOU LIVE BY? I love the idea

of staying curious. Luckily, I get to indulge that every day at the office. Anytime I need a creative perk, I can go downstairs.

WHAT ARE YOUR EARLY IMPRESSIONS OF DALLAS? It’s an exciting place to

be living. There’s diversity. It’s thriving and there’s a very obvious can-do spirit.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING BACK IN THE STATES? For six years living in the

Middle East, I’ve been deprived of Mexican food. So Mexican food, and to be really blunt, pork. AS YOU GET SETTLED, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO EXPERIENCING? Obviously, the museums. I’ve

already got my subscription to the ballet and the opera.

FAVORITE MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD?

The Getty in Malibu, the Natural History Museum in London and the British Museum WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE THROUGH THE PEROT? It’s really

about making this museum an absolute cornerstone of the community in Dallas — and a cornerstone for science museums nationally and globally. I want to be recognized for doing it well and doing it right. I want the Perot to be a place that other museums emulate. AND PERSONALLY? It’s about helping other people be bolder and more curious. It’s curiosity that drives us to come up with solutions to problems in the world. >> T U R N T H E PA G E T O S E E L I N D A A B R A H A M - S I L V E R ’ S D A L L A S FA V O R I T E S .


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kristine tague Kristine Tague is a technical illustrator at Southwest Airlines in Dallas as well as the illustrator coordinator for the North Texas Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in The Colony with her husband, Nick, a financial planning and analysis manager with Nationstar Mortgage, and their 2-year-old son, Jacob.

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AM My husband is my alarm clock — he wakes me up after his run with the dog. In my groggy state I glance at my phone, check weather and read through messages while getting ready. I feel lucky because most days I can go to work in a T-shirt and jeans. 5:50AM Time to wake up Jacob, but he has other ideas. He grumbles, pulls his blanket over his eyes and ignores me. I help him get out of his crib, brush his teeth and get him changed into a T-shirt and jeans for day care. 6:05AM My husband serves breakfast; today it’s sausage, eggs, croissant and — most important — some hot coffee with a splash of almond milk. I feed our Labrador, Cooper. He’s part of the family and eats when we do. We sit together, discuss our plans for the day and encourage our toddler to eat his breakfast. 6:15AM I rush out the door and tune my radio for the traffic update to make sure my route is clear. Time in the car is my refuge, so I turn on my audiobook as I drive to the office. 7AM My day at Southwest begins! First I grab a cup of coffee with my co-workers before checking my inbox for illustration requests or edits. 8AM Today I’m going back and forth with one of the tech writers — I have questions about some of the edit requests for an illustration, but we need to hear back from the technical pilot.

9AM Time to send the daily drawing prompt to my team members. I started this last year as a fun way to team-build and break up the day. Now we have quite a few participants who look forward to it every day. 10AM The tech pilot gets back to the writer on our questions and includes some additional reference photos for me to work from. Now that I’m sure about what they need for the illustration, I can get started. Once I’ve made all the edits, I submit the image to the other illustrator I work with to check for anything I might have missed before sending it back to the writer. 12PM Lunchtime. I check in on my toddler online to see what he’s been up to at day care. Then I head upstairs to our roof-deck patio to eat my lunch while watching the planes taking off and landing at Love Field. I text my hubby to see how his day has been going so far, and we discuss my parents’ upcoming visit and brainstorm places we should take them around town. 1PM One of our pilots is retiring today and he’s taking his final flight — these are really special events so everyone goes to the deck and lines the runway to wave as he takes off. The fire department has two trucks shooting their water canons over his plane. Even though he can’t hear us, people are clapping and cheering as he takes off. 2PM I get an email that we’ve got a new employee starting in the department so her team needs a welcome sign. Hospitality is part of living the Southwest way, so we welcome new team members by decorating their cubes. 3PM My workday is almost over, so I make sure I haven’t missed anything between sending back edits and changes. It’s also time to review the daily drawing prompt entries — today’s challenge was to draw a seahorse. Not everyone is an illustrator so we get all sorts of doodles. 4PM Home. The dog walkers have just brought Cooper back from an afternoon run. He’s happy to see me, and we play catch for a bit. I change quickly and grab my toddler’s stuff before heading to pick him up. 5PM I take Jacob to the local pool to splash around and cool off. We bounce between the pool and the splash pad and stop for snacks when we need a break. Between swim classes and pool time, he is getting a lot more comfortable in the water. 6PM We head home, and Jacob watches cartoons while I make pasta, veggies and chicken with cream sauce for dinner. Nick gets home and we all sit together for dinner, talking about what we did today. Jacob and I share all the fun we had at the pool. 7:30PM Bedtime for our kiddo. Nick has done story time for Jacob since the day he was born. Tonight we have two books: Jacob asks for Where the Wild Things Are, a current favorite, and Nick picks another book from the stack we borrowed from the library.

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ILLUSTRATION BY KATIE GARZA

WHAT SHE’S READING Currently bouncing between Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan FAVORITE MOVIE Star Wars — the original trilogy plus the two newest movies. I tend to ignore the three prequels. GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER CRY The scene in Toy Story 3 where Andy’s mom walks into his bedroom, now empty, before he goes off to college (I’m tearing up just thinking about it) NO. 1 ITEM ON HER BUCKET LIST I really want to spend more time stand-up paddleboarding. WORDS SHE LIVES BY Adapt and overcome. FAVORITE PODCAST I love a good story so I usually tune in to “The Moth” and “Missed in History.” BLOG SHE FOLLOWS Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) by Tara Lazar RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH THE FAMILY We love going to Heritage Pizza in The Colony — they have really good thin-crust pizza and chop salad, and they have Etch A Sketches to keep Jacob busy. WORKOUT SHE MANAGES TO SQUEEZE IN I try to run every other night. BY HER BED I have a journal in my drawer to help me calm my thoughts before bedtime. I use it as a place to jot down story ideas and feelings or to sketch things. WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Lie in my hammock and draw in my sketchbook or walk the dog while listening to an audiobook

8PM As soon as Jacob’s in bed, Nick and I have work to do. Nick has gotten into woodworking, so he goes to his wood shop to put the finishing touches on some custom-order pens. Tonight I have to get some art finished for a conference for the children’s book writers and illustrators group I’m part of. I work in my studio and tweak the art before sending it off to the other leaders for final approval. 9PM Tonight is my night for running. I’ve been using the C25K app to get back into running regularly since I’ve signed myself up for a 5K. Cooper loves to run with me, so we head out for a few miles and I follow the cues of the app to walk or run, though I enjoy the walking breaks a bit more tonight. 10PM I wind down for the night by reading a few chapters of my book while my husband catches up on a show he’s recorded. We talk about how our creative projects went tonight and share a few last thoughts. dfwchild.com / september 2017

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WHICH CELEBRIT Y MOM ARE YOU? WORDS S H E L L E Y H AW E S PAT E + N I CO L E J O R DA N

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IS YOUR FAVORITE PASTIME PLAYING AT THE PARK WITH YOUR LITTLE IN A PAIR OF LULULEMON LEGGINGS? (HELLO, JESSICA BIEL.) MAYBE YOU’RE A SLAVE TO FASHION, AND POST-BUMP YOU HIT UP A-LIST DESIGNERS NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF, BUT FOR ©SHUTTERSTOCK/ANDREA RAFFIN

YOUR MINI ME TOO. (VICTORIA BECKHAM, ANYONE?) EITHER WAY, CHANCES ARE YOU IDENTIFY WITH ONE OF THESE FOR-THE-FUN-OF-IT (STEREO)TYPES — OR EVEN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF YOURSELF IN EACH ONE. FIND THE CELEBRITY MOM WHO REMINDS YOU OF YOU, CHECK OUT WHERE SHE’S LIKELY TO BE FOUND AND HEAD OVER TO MAKE SOME LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS. dfwchild.com / september 2017

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FA S H I O N I S TA

SOUTHERN BELLE

V I C TO R I A BECKHAM

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YOU’RE THE T YPE OF MOM WHO SQUEEZED

ROOM MOTHER. SOCCER MOM. PTA PRESI-

GLOBAL PHIL ANTHROPIST

ANGELINA JOLIE

YOUR KIDS HAVE PASSPORTS AND FRE-

two weeks after delivering. You eschew frilly diaper bags for your oversized Dolce & Gabbana tote. Most likely you can be found at the spa (it’s all about upkeep, after all), salon (that bob won’t maintain itself) or mall (although you might opt to have your stylist make the run for you). When you play tennis, only designer athletic skirts will do; ditto goes for carpool — what if the line is long and you want to sashay to your BFF’s crossover to catch her up on your latest European vacay? You’re not afraid to tool around town in your luxury mom-mobile during the week, but on the weekends you dash away in your Beemer to meet the ladies for lunch. Your children are perfectly outfitted (thanks again to your stylist), and you and your couture-clad daughter hold season tickets to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Is there anything you don’t do? You prefer khakis to jeans and polo shirts to little tank tops. You’re the first one in line at carpool, waiting to pick up your little darlings in their perfect hair bows and Burberry dresses. For class birthday parties, you effortlessly bake cookies, wrapping each one in cellophane tied just so with a silk ribbon. You wear very little makeup, yet always appear rested and cheerful (your hair never belying you with dark roots). On Saturdays, you and your spouse can be found on the soccer field in matching tailgate chairs. Sundays, however, are reserved for attending church and slow-cooking a tenderloin. Your family dines together every night at 6, and the kids are in bed by 7. On Fridays, you host game night and are the reigning Scrabble champ (although your son is getting pretty good).

QUENT FLYER MILES and likely know at least two languages. You’re a single mom on the go supporting your favorite causes and don’t bat an eye about taking the kids with you — even if it’s an 18-hour plane trip. You tend to dress in all black (lest you have to hop a last-minute flight to NYC or Paris, where you own apartments). When you host a soiree, it’s to convince local luminaries that they need to jump on board with your pet organization’s mission (hence, you spare no expense on catering). You family doesn’t own TVs, but you’re not opposed to a shopping spree at a toy emporium, as long as you donate the amount spent to a nonprofit. Your home is filled with pricey contemporary art purchased from struggling artists. And for family outings, you prefer a little adventure (ATV riding at your parents’ Hill Country ranch or backpacking in Big Bend).

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

BACK INTO YOUR SIZE 2 JEANS

SHOPS EATS (WITHOUT THE KIDS) FREQUENTS (WITH THE KIDS) CALLS HOME CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT DRIVES

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DENT. JUNIOR LEAGUER.

SHOPS

The Shops at Willow Bend, Draper James and Madre

SHOPS

EATS (WITHOUT THE KIDS)

Sixty Vines

EATS (WITHOUT THE KIDS)

FREQUENTS (WITH THE KIDS)

Dallas Zoo

FREQUENTS (WITH THE KIDS)

CALLS HOME CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT DRIVES

Willow Bend Smythson planner Lexus GX 460

CALLS HOME CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT DRIVES

Le Labo and Highland Park Village Gemma Restaurant Nasher Sculpture Center University Park Louis Vuitton luggage Land Rover Range Rover


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B E YO N C É K N OW L E S C A RT E R YOU WALK INTO A ROOM AND PEOPLE

M A S T E R M U LT I TA S K E R

JESSICA BIEL

EVERY AFTERNOON AT 3, YOU CAN BE

YOU BELIEVE IN LIVING WELL. Your refrigerator is always stocked with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies, and because your kids have eaten healthy from day one, they love to snack on tofu and hard-boiled eggs. You’re as conscious about what you put on your body as what you put in it, and scour the web to find the safest sunscreens and nontoxic beauty products. (Of course, with your too-good-to-be-true glowing skin, makeup is purely optional.) Your home is LEED approved — for obvious reasons — and trying new things is your forte. (Vampire facials, vagina steaming — you’ve done it all.) While you have your critics, it doesn’t get under your skin. You know you’re more than a pretty face with expensive taste. You’re a savvy businesswoman with a heart of gold — always eager to share your tips and tricks for living the good life with other mindful mamas.

It might be your unabashedly over-the-top style, but most likely it’s your innate charisma. You’re the life of the party and have never met a camera you don’t like. (It probably helps that cameras love you back.) As one half of the city’s preeminent power couple, you’re a regular at every big-ticket event and courtside at every Mavs game. But you’re not all play. You’ve worked hard to build an enviable career — the spoils of which live in your designer-packed closet. Full as your to-do list and iCal may be, family is your No. 1 priority. You balance life on Dallas’ A-list with a houseful of littles thanks to a stellar team of nannies and housekeepers. And if the babysitter cancels, not to worry — you’ll just bring your kids along. That’s what custom kid-size Gucci is for, after all.

FOUND AT THE PARK in your favorite Lululemon leggings, pushing the kids on the swings while swigging Starbucks and catching up on email. You’ll dress up to attend a black-tie event with your husband, but mostly you prefer to romp around in running shoes. You never miss a workout and have even been known to squeeze in a few pull-ups on the monkey bars. You live in a good school district, so you don’t fret about the quality of education. Instead, you spend languid days at the library with your little ones or host impromptu playdates at your chic abode, where you catch up with other moms while the kids play tag in your sprawling backyard. You and your friends like to meet up for salads and smoothies or a morning walk. And when it comes to date night, you prefer to stay in and lay low. DoorDash and movies on demand will do.

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

SHOPS EATS (WITHOUT THE KIDS) FREQUENTS (WITH THE KIDS) CALLS HOME CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT DRIVES

Forty Five Ten FT33 and True Food Kitchen Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Lakewood Whole Foods Market Tesla Model S

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FOR HISTORY LOVERS

Heritage Farmstead Museum

KIDS’ PARTIES BEST FOR FAMILIES:

2017

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YOUR KIDDO’S HOBBIES CHANGE WITH THE TIDE and that means last year’s arcade-themed birthday might not jive with her newly discovered artist within. To help you plan a party around her latest fancy, we compiled our annual list of Best For Families: Kids’ Parties awards. This year’s winners, chosen by you, include venues that cater to Broadway-bound babes and little gymnasts; indoor playgrounds perfect for middle-ofsummer or winter birthdays; and parties that come to you because we can’t think of anything better than front-row seats in the comfort of your living room (or backyard). Find the package best suited to your kid’s growing personality and watch the memories unfold.

Turn the dial to the late 1800s for a birthday party at Heritage Farmstead Museum. For the littlest farmhands — ages 3 and younger — parties begin with story time then games like gathering apples and feeding the chickens. Those older than 3 also get to dress up and play with era cooking utensils, sewing machines and more in the History House, as well as participate in sack races and lasso pretend steer. And kids 5 and older follow a map to find buried treasure on the property too. All parties include a party facilitator who sets up and leads the activities. Add tractor rides for an additional charge. $200 for 10 guests.

Plano, 972/881-0140; heritagefarmstead.org FOR BIG BOWLERS

Pinstack

Pinstack is a haven for bowlers, video game lovers and adrenaline junkies of all ages. In addition to one hour of bowling, the Spiller birthday package includes two hours of unlimited video games and access to the two-story laser tag arena, LED-lit rock climbing wall, ropes course and bumper cars. Your party host serves unlimited soft drinks, pizza and fried mozzarella sticks or chicken tenders and french fries; bring a cake or purchase individual cake pops from the Bowl Bar. Packages from $24.99 per person.

6205 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 972/781-2695; pinstackbowl.com FOR A PARTY ON WHEELS

Grisham Farms

From furry to slimy to spiky, the animals of Grisham Farms come to your child’s party for a 45-minute handson meet and greet. Kids ages 2 and older hold and pet 10 animals including the chinchilla, hedgehog, rabbit, bearded dragon and ball python. The zoo crew teaches age-tailored lessons — 3-year-olds learn what animals eat and do while older kids might learn how an animal’s exterior helps it survive in nature. For more fun, add a 30-minute Mother Goose Live song and story time. Call at least one month in advance to book for up to 50 guests. Packages from $250.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area, 214/544-7255; grishamfarms.com FOR INDOOR PLAY

Play Street Museum

You have options when it comes to throwing a jamboree at one of Play Street Museum’s many themed locations. Does your kid love all modes of transport? Book an On-The-Go party in Allen. Take animal lovers to McKinney and outdoorsy kiddos “camping” in Plano. DIY packages at all locations let you customize a private party for up to 20 kids; the Sit Back and Relax option enlists a party specialist who provides invitations, cupcakes, food, drinks, party favors and paper goods. Visit the website to choose from over a dozen themes. New this year: Let guests deposit money electronically into the Birthday Bank, a fund used for


toys in the museum’s shop. Packages from $365 for 20 kids.

Multiple locations; playstreetmuseum.com

grade for extra activities, an additional party host and kid-friendly music. $260 for members; $300 for nonmembers.

FOR NATURAL PERFORMERS

2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214/428-5555; perotmuseum.org

Plano Children’s Theatre

Your child takes the stage at Plano Children’s Theatre, moving this month to The Shops at Willow Bend. The party begins with theater costumes and improv games led by a professional theater director and a short skit performed by the guest of honor and his 10 castmates before watching a one-hour musical. Guests enjoy a VIP experience that includes a birthday serenade during the show and an introduction to the creative team. Bring cake, food and presents to enjoy post-performance. Packages from $250 for $10 tickets (discounted rates available for parents).

1301 Custer Road, Suite 706, Plano, 972/422-2575; northtexasperformingarts.org FOR GOLD-MEDALIST SWIMMERS

Emler Swim School

For two hours, your party of up to 30 guests enjoys free time in the indoor, heated saltwater pool at Emler Swim School (add a swim buddy to lead the kids in games for an additional charge). Then head to the party room, where the food, cake, paper goods and decorations that you provide await. Packages from $210 for members; $300 for nonmembers.

Multiple locations; emlerswimschool.com FOR THE ARTISTICALLY INCLINED

Color Me Mine

Your child and at least eight of her friends each choose a ceramic teacup, salt and pepper shakers, seahorse or anything that ranges from $16–$19 to decorate with nontoxic, food-grade paints during a two-hour party at Color Me Mine. Upgrades include balloons and a souvenir signature plate or paper goods and pizza, cake and drinks. Book online at least two weeks in advance. Packages from $20 per guest.

3401 Preston Road, Suite 10, Frisco, 972/668-6201; colormemine.com FOR SCIENCE LOVERS

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Reluctant to turn your living room into a laboratory? Let the Perot Museum of Nature and Science handle the goop and glob — or fossils, or rocket fuel, or dinosaur toothpaste. Birthdays at the museum include 90 minutes of party time with the theme of your choice, from Dinosaur Tamer to Professor Mixa-Lot, plus all-day general admission, so guests can wander the exhibit halls before and after the celebration. Up-

FOR FUN & GAMES

Main Event

Laser tag, bowling, arcade — if your kid wants to do it all on their birthday, book a party at Main Event. All of Main Event’s new party packages come with arcade cards for the guests, 1–4 activities (including gravity ropes or mini golf at the Frisco location), a kidfriendly entree and a dedicated party host, meaning parents can bring the cake then focus on having fun. Invitations are a breeze too, with premade evites you can send when you book or print out to mail the old-fashioned way. An extra perk for Mom and Dad: Your child’s birthday package includes a certificate for an hour of free bowling just for you — hello, date night. Packages start at $15.95 per person for 10–15 guests; book online.

9375 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 469/362-7227 3941 Central Expressway, Plano, 972/881-8181 mainevent.com FOR SPORTS FANS

Frisco RoughRiders

Even when the Frisco RoughRiders are on the road, your little slugger can celebrate at the Dr Pepper Ballpark. Tour the dugout, romp on the playground and eat pizza and cake; upgrades include field access and a visit from the mascot. When the RoughRiders are in town, the ballgame takes center stage, but your kiddo and their friends also get access to the playground, unlimited food and a tour of the field depending on the party package you choose. Want to knock this party out of the park? Go for the Choctaw Lazy River package to root for the Riders from the comfort of inner tubes behind right field. Packages start at $699 on game days and $600 on other days.

7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, 972/731-9200 ridersbaseball.com FOR CINEPHILES

Studio Movie Grill

Treat your mini movie buff and her friends to dinner (or brunch or lunch) and a show at Studio Movie Grill. Choose from one of the current kidfriendly flicks (and sit in a reserved section in the theater) or rent the entire auditorium and bring your own favorite film to watch while feasting on popcorn, pizza, burgers, chicken bites, desserts or sausage links dipped in pancake batter. Prices from $6 per partygoer, plus the cost of movie tickets. Email kwalden@ studiomoviegrill.com to book.

4721 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 972/596-4627

4800 State Highway 121, The Colony, 972/987-1899 studiomoviegrill.com FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Dallas Zoo

Spend the day at the Dallas Zoo with your party animal and her pack. Choose the Zoo-It-Your-Way Birthday option — and bring at least 20 people — for discounted all-day admission ($7 per kid ages 3–11; $10 per adult) and a bring-yourown party (food and decor) to enjoy in a first-come, first-served picnic area. Or opt for the Zoofari Package if you prefer to be a little more hands-off. It includes all-day zoo admission for 20 guests, plus 90 minutes in an air-conditioned party room and a private zookeeper-led animal encounter. $475 for up to 20 guests.

650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 469/5547470; dallaszoo.com FOR NATURE LOVERS

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

At the Dallas Arboretum, outdoorsy kiddos can explore the 66 acres of gardens, get wet in one of two splash pads (depending on time of year) and learn about plants and bugs in the interactive Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (for an additional charge). Bring at least 15 kiddos to receive discounted admission ($9 for kids ages 3–12). Add a child-centric educational tour for $7 more per kid. Then bring your own picnic or grab prepared lunches from the Children’s Garden Café.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 214/515-6500; dallasarboretum.org FOR THRILL-SEEKERS

iFly

Give little daredevils a rise with a party that mimics the free-fall portion of skydiving without the risk — kids simply float on a cushion of air. Parties at iFly begin with private training from an International Bodyflight Associationcertified instructor and include the rental of the helmets and flight suits that let kiddos as young as 3 soar like superheroes, plus, everyone gets an HD flight video too. Bring the kids and cake; iFly supplies the food, drinks, decor and paper goods. Packages vary by group size and flight time.

8380 State Highway 121, Frisco, 214/785-1243; iflyworld.com FOR HIGH ENERGY

Urban Air Adventure Park

Treat jumpers to a two-hour party at one of Urban Air Adventure Park’s many locations (McKinney is set to open next spring). Kids love the variety: hopping around, swimming through the foam pit or playing a game of dodgeball or basketball; you’ll love the laissez-faire

approach you can take to party planning. Even the basic party package includes paper goods and balloons. Add on pizza, treats and favors for a truly stress-free event, or upgrade to a glow-in-the-dark party. Packages start at $199 for 10 jumpers.

10570 John W. Elliott Drive, Suite 900, Frisco, 469/458-6721; urbanairtrampolinepark.com FOR A FRILLY FÊTE

American Girl

Get all dolled up and take her favorite little ladies to lunch (with their dolls) at American Girl Bistro at Galleria Dallas. Dolls sit in their own seats with paper tiaras and tiny china. Actual living and breathing guests choose from kid favorites like pizza, mac and cheese and chicken tenders, while the grown-ups order fare such as chicken salad and salmon before the staff presents its signature pink-and-white cake and ice cream. Basic parties for ages 3 and older include goody bags; a deluxe party adds a craft to make and take. Packages start at $31 per child; $21 per adult.

13464 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 877/247-5223; americangirl.com FOR TUMBLEWEEDS

Obstacle Warrior Kids

If American Ninja Warrior inspires your tyke to DIY her own indoor obstacle course, plan a party for her and 14 of her friends, age 5 and older, at Obstacle Warrior Kids. The two-hour parties include 90 minutes of unstructured gym play time, allowing tiny athletes to crawl, run, jump, swing and hang at their own pace and comfort level. Or hire a personal coach (for $100 per hour) to guide novice ninjas through the course. Parties include paper goods, balloons and drinks. Party favors and pizza can be purchased for an additional cost. $375 for up to 15 kids.

448 N. Custer Road, Suite A, McKinney, 214/8565001; obstaclewarriorkids.com FOR TINY DANCERS

The Dance Movement

Right from the start, the Pop Star party at The Dance Movement gets kids of all ages on their feet. Disco balls, glow accessories and music greet kids as they enter. After 15 minutes of freestyling, instructors teach a choreographed routine (set to the birthday girl or boy’s favorite tune) and lead games and other activities before the 90-minute celebration ends with food, cake and presents. The studio hosts ballet, princess and hip-hop parties too; besides dancing, all packages include a photo shoot, decorated party room, setup and take-down. Packages from $250 for 15 dancers.

10301 Custer Road, Plano, 214/509-9000; thedancemovement.com

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THE PARTY DIRECTORY We’ve made it easy to plan the perfect party.

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Bowl & Barrel

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Color Me Mine

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Emler Swim School

emlerswimschool.com 817/552-7946

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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Gigi's Cupcakes

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Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau grapevinetexasusa.com 800/457-6338

Jungle Joe's

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Party Place

Kid-size bowling shoes, small lightweight bowling balls, bumpers and ramps on each lane. Buffet-style kids menu consisting of: fruit, veggies with ranch dip, chicken tenders (made in house), mini corn dogs and fries.

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Come to Color Me Mine to create unique artwork on pottery. Parties include supplies, instruction, over-glazing and firing and everything you and your guests need to have a super party for celebrating and creating!

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Up to 30 guests splash and play in Emler's heated indoor pools under the watchful eyes of two certified lifeguards. A private, airconditioned party room is provided after swimming to continue the fun! See ad on page 46.

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Celebrate your special day with a birthday party full of wonder and discovery! Designed for ages 3–12, choose from one of multiple educational activities to add an exciting, hands-on element to your special day.

Party Food

Offering delicious cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cakes and other baked goods. Custom cupcakes and cakes available for pre-order. Let us help make your party memorable! Call or visit your local Gigi's Cupcakes to place your order.

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Come celebrate your special day with us in Grapevine! Grapevine offers many unique venues to host your party, such as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Nash Farm, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and more! See ads on page 63.

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Celebrate your child's next birthday at this playtime paradise. There's a party package for every budget, starting at $179. Book our Safari or Jungle Deluxe Package or rent the entire space for a private party. See ad on page 65.

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Main Event's new lineup of birthday party packages include a dedicated party host, menu selection, FUNcard and souvenir drink cup for all kiddos. Packages start at $15.95. Activities offered where available. Multiple locations.


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Mr. Gatti's Pizza gattispizza.com

Park In Play

parkinplay.com 972/442-7600

PINSTACK

pinstackbowl.com 972/781-2695

Play Street Museum

playstreetmuseum.com 469/362-8624

Pump It Up Carrollton/West Plano

pumpitupparty.com/north-dallas-tx 972/820-0777

Pump It Up Dallas

pumpitupparty.com/dallas-tx 972/792-9663

Pump It Up Frisco

pumpitupparty.com/frisco-tx 214/387-9663

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THIS MONTH:

DENTISTS WORDS DFWCHILD EDITORS

Brush up on your knowledge of teeth and how to take care of them with these facts and tips from experts on children’s oral health.

THINGS THAT

STAIN TEETH

MOST CHILDREN

BEGIN TREATMENT

WITH BRACES BERRIES

OF KIDS GR IND H O THE R CLENC IR TEETH

BETWEEN AGES

8 &14

BABY’S FIRST TOOTH

starts to show around 6 months

SODA

REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY

3–4 MOS.

SPORTS DRINKS

ON AVERAGE, BRACES COST $3,000–$7,000 MEDICATIONS

BAD HABITS FOR A CHILD’S DENTAL HYGIENE:

TAKING A BOTTLE TO BED

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SWALLOWING TOOTHPASTE

SHARING UTENSILS

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PROLONGED THUMB SUCKING

BRUSHING SHOULD START BEFORE A CHILD HAS TEETH. WIPE BABY’S GUMS WITHASOFTINFANT TOOTHBRUSH OR WET CLOTH.

SOY SAUCE

PASTA SAUCE

SOURCES: COLGATE ORAL CARE CENTER; MOUTH HEALTHY; AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

OR WHEN IT STARTS TO FRAY

(Most outgrow it.)


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HOW WE DO IT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON to take care of that toothy grin you love can be a hefty undertaking. The Dallas area is (thankfully) home to many top-notch dentists who have decades of combined experience taking care of tiny teeth. So how do you begin the search? The staff at DFWChild has made it easier for you by compiling our annual list of pediatric dentists, orthodontists and other oral health care professionals. We asked our experts — local parents — to reach out to us and share their excellent experiences. These moms and dads are convinced that their dentists are special, and they want you to know why.

have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their oral health. All of these providers were in good standing with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at press time.

WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED DENTISTS DIFFERENT? Each year various

publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think Mom-Approved Dentists are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by DFWChild. This is a parent-to-parent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

tion. If you have a local dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon you love, tell us.

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? DFWChild holds four

surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite health care providers. Visit our website at dfwchild.com/ doctors to complete the current MomApproved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her child-friendly demeanor? Her listening and communication skills? Other parents want to know why you think this professional is special. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity.

WHERE CAN I VIEW COMMENTS ABOUT THESE MOM-APPROVED DENTISTS?

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED DENTIST? A Mom-Approved

parents. Local parents reached out to our magazine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their kid-friendly office or professional acumen, these providers

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

The list is by no means exhaustive — there are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a recommenda-

The full list of Mom-Approved Dentists with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com/ doctors. The list will be updated as new providers are added.

FAMILY DENTISTRY

Musso, Mike DDS Musso Family Dentistry, Garland See ad on page 41

Cope, Jason DDS, PhD Cope Orthodontics, Dallas

Braidfoot, Blake DMD Office of Dr. Braidfoot, Dallas

Najari, Masoud DDS Murphy Family Dentistry, Murphy

Fashemo, Deji DDS, MPH Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics, Dallas

Brister, Timothy DDS, MS Texas Pediatric Dentistry, McKinney

Nalla, Suman DDS Amerismiles Dental, Dallas

Gandy, Allen DDS, MS Gandy Orthodontics, Frisco

Nooraee, Pantea DDS Twins Family Dentistry, Frisco

Goldreich, Hilton DDS Goldreich Orthodontics, Plano

Choate, Barrie Barber DDS, MSD, PA Office of Dr. Choate, Dallas See ad on page 38

Ombrello, Jill DDS Central Dentist, Dallas

Harris, Nathan DDS, MSD Harris Orthodontics, Dallas

Pincus, Scott DMD Parkhaven Dental, Plano

Clark, Shelly DDS Dentistry for Children, Cedar Hill

Henderson, Marlon DDS Henderson Orthodontics, Duncanville

Colter, Diane DDS All About Kids Dentistry, Dallas See ad on page 39

Jones, Tamara DDS, MSD Willow Bend Orthodontics, Plano

Doan, Dana DDS Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Frisco

Dentist is a dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of

Ambramczyk, Robyn DDS Smile Ranch Family Dentistry, Heath Chang, Hank DDS Flossmore Dental, Richardson Clayton, Neill DDS Office of Dr. Clayton, Richardson Davong, Andy DDS Fate Family Dental, Royse City Faucheu, Frederique DMD Peppermint Dental, Rowlett Fleming, Brent DDS Richardson Dentistry, Richardson Gandy, Kelara DDS Twins Family Dentistry, Frisco Guirguis, James DDS Richardson Dentistry, Richardson Guirguis, Michael DDS Richardson Dentistry, Richardson Jones, Aaron DDS Highland Park Dental, Dallas Jones, Demetra DDS South Dallas Smiles, Dallas Kerbel, Gregory DDS, PLLC Office of Dr. Kerbel, Garland Lo, Wilson DDS Texas Dental, Plano See ad on page 41 Madhav, Anita DDS Preston Bend Dental, Plano Manning, William DDS Ridgepointe Dental, The Colony Musso, Mark DDS Musso Family Dentistry, Garland See ad on page 41

Proctor, Ronald DDS Office of Dr. Proctor, Carrollton Seidler, Richard DDS Richard Seidler Family Dentistry, The Colony Tehrani, Ahmad DDS Perfect Smiles Plano Family Dentistry, Plano Toney, David DDS Office of Dr. Toney, Allen Shaw, Robert A. DDS Dental Associates of North Dallas, Dallas

ORAL SURGERY Sanovich, Randy DDS Dallas Surgical Arts, Dallas

Kapadia, Hardik DMD Smile Brite Orthodontics, Sachse

Cantrell, Caleen DDS ChildSmile Pediatric Dentistry, Frisco

Lepley, Casey DMD Lepley Orthodontics, Dallas

Garza, Ronald DDS, MS Just for Kids Dentistry of Forney, Forney

Lewis, Rodney DDS, MS LT Orthodontics, Richardson

Harrington, Erik DDS, PhD Highland Park Dental, Dallas

Lofgren, Trent DDS, MS McKinney Orthodontics, McKinney

Hinze, Ty DDS Frisco Dentistry for Kids, Frisco

Pollan, Sarah DDS, MS Park Hollow Orthodontics, Dallas See ad on page 40

Holly, Lara DDS Children’s Dentistry of North Dallas, Dallas

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Holt, Jeffrey DDS KidsDental, Plano See ad on page 39

ORTHODONTICS

Ayars, Todd DDS, PA Office of Dr. Ayars, DeSoto

Hunter, Jessie DDS Allen Pediatric Dentistry, Allen See ad on page 40

Castano-Rendon, Maria DDS, MSD Rendon Orthodontics, Frisco

Barefield, Donna DDS, MSD Barefield Pediatric Dentistry, Duncanville

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Jaynes, Jeffrey C. DDS Dentistry for Children, Plano Kwak, Kee DDS Children’s Dental Care of Garland, Garland Lalani, Zarmin DDS, MS Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Frisco See ad on page 40 Lindley, Anne DDS Highland Park Dental, Dallas

To view comments on all nominated dentists, visit dfwchild.com/doctors.

Marr, Karina DDS Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda, Dallas See ad on page 40

Morgan, Robert DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentistry of North Texas, Richardson See ad on page 41

McDougal, Sandra DDS Plano Pediatric Dentistry, Plano

Patel, Rupande DDS Smile Island Dental, Plano

Simpson, Harold DDS, MSD Children’s Dental Specialists, Richardson

Plunk, Michael DDS, MSD Plunk Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dallas

Smith, Nathifa DDS Teeth R Us Children’s Dentistry, Plano

Mitchell, Laura DDS Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry, Frisco Morgan, Benjamin DDS, MS Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry, Rockwall See ad on page 38

Preece, Adam DDS Preece Pediatric Dentistry, Garland Roberts, John DDS Roberts Dental Ranch, Prosper

Rubin, Paul DDS Frisco Kids Dentistry, Frisco

Tujios, Aleco DDS, MS Woodhill Dental Specialties, Dallas See ad on page 41

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Barrie Barber Choate, DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentistry

MOM-APPROVED DENTISTS

With 30 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Barrie Choate is committed to providing the highest level of comprehensive dental care and to educating families on the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in their child’s life. A Dallas native, she offers personalized care with a Texas-sized heart for infants, children and teens. Her innovative Lil’ Sparkler program for children under 24 months provides a complimentary first visit that is informative, educational and fun for the child, parents and caregivers. With state-of-the-art technology, ceiling-mounted televisions for education and entertainment and a kid-friendly atmosphere, her stellar team will respect your time and honor your trust. Education: DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry; Post-Doctoral MSD, Baylor University; Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry, Baylor College of Dentistry; Specialty Residency Programs, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Denton State School, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Affiliations: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; American Dental Association; Texas Dental Association; Dallas County Dental Society; Greater Dallas Society of Pediatric Dentists

Barrie Barber Choate DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentistry 8305 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 225, Dallas, TX 75231 214-361-KIDS • starKIDSdentist.com • facebook.com/starKIDSdentist MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2012, 2014, 2016–2017

Benjamin Morgan, DDS Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Benjamin Morgan is a board certified pediatric dentist practicing in Rockwall. He completed his DDS degree and pediatric dental residency at Baylor College of Dentistry, Children’s Medical Center, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry has been serving children in the community for over 25 years. Dr. Morgan is proud to advocate

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for children and their parents to establish healthy dental habits to last a lifetime. 990 W. Ralph Hall Pkwy., Suite 100 Rockwall, TX 75032 972-771-9933 rockwallpediatricdentistry.com


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J. Diane Colter, DDS Pediatric Dentistry

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MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2012–2017

Jeffrey D. Holt, DDS, MS Pediatric Dentistry A board certified specialist in pediatric and adolescent dentistry, Jeffrey Holt is the founder of KidsDental, a favorite of both kids and parents alike in the Dallas area. Dr. Holt has strategically changed the way children experience dentistry by providing positive and exciting atmospheres custom designed with children’s needs in mind. Kid-friendly diversions like SuperSlide PlayScapes, video games, trendy music, cool light shows, and inviting colorful dental chairs equipped with DVD movies help keep each visit fun! With an emphasis on early childhood intervention, cosmetic restorative pediatric dentistry, and orthodontics, Dr. Holt and his expert team focus on specialized and preventive dentistry during the growth and development years. A commitment to the highest level of quality care assures a healthy smile for life. Education: DDS, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry; Post-Doctoral MS, Baylor University; Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry, Baylor College of Dentistry; Specialty Residency Programs, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Affiliations: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; American Dental Association; Texas Dental Association; Dallas County Dental Society; Greater Dallas Society of Pediatric Dentists; former Clinical Director and Professor, Baylor College of Dentistry and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Board Certified: Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Plano: North Dallas Tollway @ Parker 972-378-5437 Carrollton: Hebron @ Josey 972-394-2140 kidsdentalonline.com

MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2012–2017

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Dr. Diane Colter’s passion to be the most caring and compassionate pediatric dentist led her to open All About Kids Dentistry, which specializes in treating infants, children, teens and kids with special needs. She loves working with children and has a very caring and compassionate personality. It is of utmost importance to provide outstanding care along with an inviting atmosphere where both the parent and child will have a positive experience. Dr. Colter grew up in Athens, Texas. She completed her degree from Baylor College of Dentistry, where she graduated in the top of her class. She completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles, serving as chief resident. Dr. Colter is a board-certified pediatric dentist recognized as a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She also holds a staff appointment at Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Colter is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Society. Dr. Colter has also been recognized many times by her fellow dental professionals as a top pediatric dentist in the area as published in D Magazine D Best and Texas Monthly’s Super Dentists. Away from the office, Dr. Colter enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Shandon Colter, and their beautiful children, Sydney and Landon. Dr. Colter also enjoys traveling, and time spent with friends and family.


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Karina Marr, DDS Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Karina Marr has spent her life serving North Texas. She was in the charter class of the International Baccalaureate magnet program at Plano East Senior High School and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2000. She graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry–Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2005, earning a place on the Dean’s Cumulative Honor List and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Marr completed her pediatric specialty training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 2010, and is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Dr. Marr is also a clinical professor at Baylor College of Dentistry and is the current

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Jessie Hunter, DDS Pediatric Dentistry Allen Pediatric Dentistry has been a “MomApproved” office since 2012. Dr. Jessie Hunter and Dr. Karen Coe have been serving families in Allen and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. They are committed to providing a kidfriendly atmosphere that makes our patients feel excited to visit the dentist! Finding a dental home for your child by the age of 1 will establish a long term relationship to ensure a healthy smile. Our dental services include cleanings, preventive

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Robert E. Morgan, DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentistry where he served as chief dental resident. From 2009–2012, he served as president of the medical dental staff at Children’s Medical Center, and he has a faculty appointment at Baylor College of Dentistry. 375 Municipal, Ste. 104, Richardson, TX 75080 972-669-3663 3219 N. MacArthur, Ste. 100, Irving, TX 75062 972-252-7569 robertmorgandds.com MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

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Mike Musso, DDS & Mark Musso, DDS Family Dentistry The Musso brothers have carried on a legacy for over 50 years, inherited from their father. They are passionate dentists that strongly believe oral systemic health is connected to overall health and wellness. Graduates of UT Dental in Houston, they continue educating themselves to bring the most innovative care and information to their patients. Treating adults with sleep apnea over 20 years, they now prevent children from becoming adults with sleep apnea. 9 out 10

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Aleco E. Tujios, DDS, MS Pediatric Dentistry Woodhill Dental Specialties, the dual-specialty dental office of Drs. Aleco E. Tujios (center), J. Thomas Hedrick (right) and Jeffrey G. Johnson (left), has been serving the children and adults of the Dallas metroplex for over 40 years. With award-winning, board-certified specialists in both the fields of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics all under one roof, their office provides exceptional, personalized, and experienced dental care to their patients from infancy

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Dr. Bob Morgan has two private practices serving the Dallas area. His mission is simple and the reason for his patients’ trust and confidence: “to treat all of my patients as though they were my own children.” Dr. Morgan, a native Dallasite, graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory, received his BS from Texas A&M University, and his DDS and master’s degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. He completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Medical Center,


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Yes, it’s well-known that TOPGOLF is the place to go for relaxed family entertainment: You sit under the fans and misters of your hitting bay, order food, whack microchipped golf balls toward the targets and watch the points pile up on the digital scoreboard — even if you have no golf skills. But did you know Topgolf also offers lessons? Kids improve their swing under the mentorship of professional instructors, and with the help of high-tech video. During the hourlong group or private lesson, their swing is

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Stop by HANK HANEY GOLF ACADEMY AT WESTRIDGE on a Saturday to improve your kiddo’s full swing and short game — or to put a club in their hands for the first time. The McKinney facility hosts an hourlong clinic for kids ages 6–15 of all experience levels from 2–3pm every week. Walk up or preregister online. For a more intensive course of study, join the Junior Development Program for weekly lessons on the driving range, practice green and neighboring WestRidge Golf Course. It’s not all hitting shot after shot — games and contests build hand-eye coordination and other essential skills and give kids lots of chances to feel successful. The student-instructor ratio is small for safety’s sake and to make sure each player gets maximum attention. Junior clubs are available to borrow. Keep an eye on the website for weeklong camps during school holidays and summers. COST: $20 for Saturday clinic; Junior Development Program starts at $100 per month for one lesson per week WHEN: Saturday clinic 2–3pm; Junior Development Program practice times vary WHERE: 9055 Cotton Ridge Road, McKinney, 972/315-5300; hankhaney.com

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Stan’s Lakeview Draft House // American 4847 Main St., The Colony; 972/370-9994 // stanslakeview.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult entree and beverage. Ages 10 and younger. The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/3853287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

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Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 8400 Preston Road, Suite 100, Plano; 469/5736074 // 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 500, Richardson; 469/998-0468 // modmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item Sunday and Monday after 5pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

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Paradise Bakery & Café // Bakery 8240 Preston Road, Suite 100, Plano; 972/7310005 // paradisebakery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal Tuesday and Thursday all day. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in or takeout. Señor Locos // Mexican 701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 214/501-4258 //

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1. Livestock Guided Tours Want to get up close and personal with State Fair livestock? Take a tour of their living quarters and have all your questions answered by resident student experts! Livestock is at the heart of Texas culture, economy and livelihood. At the State Fair livestock barns you can test your livestock terminology and check out more than 15 different breeds of cattle, along with an assortment of sheep, rabbits, llamas and more. 16 daily guided tours every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, departing from the Champions Row area in Ag-Power Plaza. 2. Little hands on the farm Kids love this fun and interactive exhibit where they learn how food gets from farm to table. Activities on this miniature farm include planting seeds, gathering eggs, and driving a tiny tractor before harvesting crops and taking them to market. With the earnings from sold crops, snacks can be purchased in the General Store. Suitable for toddlers up to eight years old. 3. Livestock 101 Stage Catch a fun and informative presentation from resident livestock experts. Learn all about the animals being exhibited in the barns before taking a tour later on in the day. By then, you too will be an expert! 4. Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls Kiddos can join the fun and come test their tractor skills at Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls. Children age four to 12 can test out their tractordriving abilities and compete to win prizes while the crowd cheers them on. Each vintage pedal tractor is weighted so the farther one pedals, the harder it is to reach the finish line. Kids compete to see who can pull the most weight. 5. “I Spy Texas” Learn all about Texas agriculture and natural resources at “I Spy Texas,” a new interactive exhibit in the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Building.

6. Milking Demos Cows from nearby farms are brought to the State Fair for an entertaining and educational exhibit of modern milking procedures. Be sure to stop by the all-new Bank of America Discovery Farm for this unique demonstration! 7. Lone Star Stampede Watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive. 8. pee wee stampede Little ones suit up in cowboy gear and participate in this just-for-kids rodeo. 9. Big Tex’s Farmyard Old McDonald himself would be impressed by what’s happening over on Big Tex’s farm. Located next to the Kids’ Boardwalk in the Bank of America Discovery Farm, Big Tex’s Farmyard provides an educational experience through interactive exhibits as well as live animal displays, including calves, piglets and hatching chicks. Learn all about agriculture and its impact on the state of Texas, from the importance of farming and ranching to the process of raising and caring for animals. 10. Wild West Pet Palooza The Wild West Pet Palooza, featuring Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals, includes an array of comical skits starring animals that have been rescued from shelters across the nation. Boasting an impressive cast of critters ranging from cats and dogs to pigs and porcupines, this show is full of family fun. The show is run by nationally acclaimed animal trainer Joel Slaven, who has been working with animals for more than 40 years and has trained animals for major films such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “That Darn Cat.” Slaven and his staff of trainers have adopted hundreds of homeless pets and brought them back to star in shows all around the country.


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hanks to the Texas Main Street Program and grassroots revitalization efforts, old town squares and main drags across North Texas are getting family-friendly facelifts. Spend a day wandering these historic blocks to see

architecture and artifacts, test out the local playground equipment and

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sample grub from local farmers and eclectic eateries.

ROCKWALL Morning or evening? The best time to visit historic downtown Rockwall is up for debate: Saturday mornings through Sept. 30, the ROCKWALL FARMERS MARKET offers local produce, fresh food and live music from 8am–noon. But on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through the end of October, the area hosts the SAN JACINTO PLAZA MUSIC SERIES — bring lawn chairs and coolers to wind down with live tunes. No matter when you visit, take a self-guided walking tour (download the history-packed map and guide from rockwall.com/mainstreet) and share a pizza from ZANATA topped with organic ingredients and local veggies — the kids can even watch the pies going into the wood-fired oven. For something sweet, stop in to ROCKWALL DRUG & GENERAL STORE,

a pharmacy that also stocks oldfashioned candy, colorful wooden toy sets from Melissa & Doug (including demo toys to keep little hands busy) and Blue Bell ice cream — get yours in the form of a milkshake or float.

Rockwall Farmers Market, 101 E. Rusk St.; rockwallfarmersmarket.org // San Jacinto Plaza Music Series, 104 S. San Jacinto St.; playrockwall.com/san-jacinto-plaza // Zanata, 202 E. Rusk St., 972/722-2822; zanatas.com // Rockwall Drug & General Store, 106 S. Goliad St., 972/722-3784; rockwalldrugandgeneral.com CELINA The historic square in Celina is still a work in progress, but families can already taste (literally) the fruits of the city’s labors 1 during FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS . Once a month from spring through fall, farmers, winemakers, artists and other vendors share their wares on

the square. Kids dance to the live music or join the talent show, ice cream contest or sack races — activities vary by month. During the day, sample clean, local ingredients at TOASTED WALNUT, a farm-to-table cafe that serves lunch Monday–Saturday. Indulge in the four-cheese grilled cheese sandwich (because grilled cheese is so not just for kids), then let the kiddos roam at the FOUNDERS STATION PARK playground a block away from the square, or take a break inside the CELINA LIBRARY, which offers puppets, puzzles and picture books — plus story time Fridays at 10:30am — and coffee for Mom and Dad. The free CELINA MUSEUM is open Thursday 1–3pm or call Jane Huddleston at 972/948-5645 to set up a tour on other days; the newspaper office-turnednonprofit museum still houses the original printing equipment, plus an old bank counter and vault and other vignettes from Celina’s history.

Friday Night Market, 142 N. Ohio St.; celinamarketonthesquare. com // Toasted Walnut, 222 Walnut St., 972/382-4500; toastedwalnutfarm.com // 3 Founders Station Park, 132 N. Louisiana Drive; celinatx.gov // Celina Library, 142 N. Ohio St., 972/382-8655; celina-tx.gov // Celina Museum, 211 W. Pecan St., 972/382-3600; celinamuseum.com WYLIE Wide Awake Wylie lives up to its nickname: Ballard Street hosts popular

events year-round, from a summertime bluegrass festi2 val to October’s Boo on Ballard, but you and the kiddos can go anytime to see historic architecture (watch for the stately Brown House to reopen for tours this fall) or do a palette-pleasing cafe crawl. First play “I spy” using the giant mural in OLDE CITY PARK that honors the city’s history. After hitting the swings and climbing the park’s two new playground structures, treat the littles to frozen hot cocoa or a custom Italian soda (and grab yourself some nitro cold brew on tap) at CONVERSATIONS COFFEE BAR and challenge them to a game of cornhole. Or take it inside at SHOEMAKER & HARDT, an eclectic gift shop with an impressive coffee and ice cream menu and a checkers table at the cozy seating area. For a heartier meal, try the just-opened ANGEL’S ICE CREAM AND DELI . They’re off to a good start serving $1.99 kids’ sandwiches, Boar’s Head meats and homestyle ice cream to enjoy in the rustic interior or at picnic tables outside.

Olde City Park, 112 S. Ballard Ave.; wylietexas. gov/parks // Conversations Coffee Bar, 304 N. Ballard Ave., 469/863-7387; conversationscoffeebar.com // Shoemaker & Hardt, 105 N. Ballard Ave., 972/442-0860; coffeetexas.com // Angel’s Ice Cream and Deli, 101 S. Birmingham St., 469/888-2225; facebook.com/zahidsangels

1 // Party after hours with vendors and food trucks at Celina’s Friday Night Markets. 2 // Get your Blue Bell fix at Rockwall Drug & General Store. 3 // Angel’s Ice Cream and Deli in Wylie serves kid-size sandwiches and homestyle scoops.

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Want to embrace your German roots? Start by eating like one. The 30th annual Addison Oktoberfest offers all the strudel, sauerkraut and sausage on a stick you can eat (plus American carnival foods) Sept. 14–17. Head inside Chamberlain’s Brau Haus and snack on a pretzel while you and the kids walk around to take in the sights. Free admission on Thursday and Sunday and every day for kids 11 younger.

Dallas Children’s Theater debuts Goosebumps the Musical – Phantom of the Auditorium on Sept. 22, but for extra tricks and treats, save your visit for The Goosebumps Play and Party the following day. Watch the slightly spooky musical (based on the book by R.L. Stine) before touring the catwalk, learning the dance to “Thriller” and rifling through DCT’s costume shop. Tickets from $83 for adults and $81 for children.

Dallas Arboretum whips up a tornado of new offerings for Autumn at the Arboretum, starring The Wizard of Oz-inspired Pumpkin Village. Beginning Sept. 23, skip down an actual yellow brick road toward storybook vignettes constructed from thousands (upon thousands) of pumpkins, gourds, squash, fall blooms and cornstalks. Then lead your munchkins to the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to pick out their own mini pumpkin for keeps. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

Fall doesn’t arrive in North Texas until the State Fair of Texas opens at Fair Park. Treat the family any day between Sept. 29 and Oct. 22, whether it’s your first time or the nth time you wave hello to Big Tex, and indulge in fried foods, watch the new World of Magic show and more. $18; $14 for kids under 48 inches and over age 2. Look online for a full list of discounts.

On North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, Sept. 14, thousands of local nonprofits vie for online donations, but you and the kids can join the fun in person by visiting one of two local donation stations. For Dallasites, head to NorthPark Center for a full schedule of dance performances and animal meet-andgreets from 11am–2pm. In Collin County, enjoy outdoor fun, food trucks and music at Finch Park from 5–8pm. Free; donations encouraged.

Addison, 800/233-4766 addisonoktoberfest.com

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SEPTEMBER DANCE

Disco Kids It’ll Do Dallas, 4322 Elm St., Dallas. 214/6955947. 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.

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First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Learn the finer domestic skills of needle art and create domestic art projects that at one time would have become treasured family heirlooms. $3 per person.

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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 9am–5pm Tue–Sat and 1–5pm Sun through Oct 1. Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators and see the variety of host plants that naturally attract them. Free with admission: $9 adults; $6 kids 3–12.

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.

EDUCATIONAL

Twilight Safari Night Hike Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7300. dallaszoo.com. 7–10pm Sep 1, 8, 15 and 29. Take an after-hours walking tour through the zoo and see some of the education animals up-close. For ages 6 and older. $20 per person.

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Adventure Asia – A Day in Edo Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas. 214/979-6430. crowcollection.org. 10am–2pm. Take a step back in time to the Edo period in present-day Tokyo, watch a screening of Kubo and the Two Strings and join activities inspired by the current exhibition, such as paper making, woodblock printmaking, origami and storytelling. FREE

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Pre-Fair Horse Shows Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/565-9931. bigtex.com/2017-prefair-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 Summer Walking Tours Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 214/428-0101. museumoftheamericanrailroad.org. Through Sep 30: 11am each Thu and Fri; 10 and 11am each Sat. Meet up with a docent at the

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Damsels, Dragons and Donuts Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. 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. Dinosaurs Live! Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. Open during regular business hours: 9am– 5pm Tue–Sat and 1–5pm Sun. See the 46-foot-long T. rex

and nine life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a half-mile nature trail during the 12th annual exhibit. Hear them roar, watch them move, and play on more dinosaurs in the play area. $9 adults; $6 kids 3–12.

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Family Day at the Samurai Collection The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum – The Samurai Collection, 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/965-1032. samuraicollection. org. 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

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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.

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.

RODEO

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 cow-

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girls compete in bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding and more rodeo events. Tickets start at $20. $10 for kids 3–12.

FILM

Movies in the Park Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/7164500. klydewarrenpark.org. 8:30–10:30pm. Spread out on the park lawn and watch a movie outdoors: Star Wars – The Force Awakens on Sep 2; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Sep 9; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Sep 16; Trolls on Sep 23. FREE

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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 shows by Magic Mike Williams on Sep 2, clowns Slappy and Monday on Sep 9, Youth Talent Showcase of circus artists on Sep 16, clowns Julio & Kelli on Sep 23 and magician Mike Squires on Sep 30. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Target First Saturdays Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. Open 10am–5pm; activities 10am–2pm. Make an art project that explores expression at this family day for preschoolers and elementaryage children. Plus, listen to a story reading, join a yoga session in the garden, and enjoy more family programming. FREE

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The Little Mermaid Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. 11am and 2pm Sep 2; 2pm 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. $18 adults; $16 kids 17 and younger.

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3 SUNDAY RECREATION

Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders 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.

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Ocean Bound! Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 972/546-3050. mindstretchingfun.org. 12–6pm. On the exhibit’s last day, flip paddles to divert pollutants, pilot a giant submersible and encounter more activities that explore the science of watersheds, oceans and aquatic animals. $8; free for center members and kids ages 2 and younger.

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WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 3–4pm Sep 3 and 17. 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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4 MONDAY MUSIC

Summer Sounds Concert Allen Civic Plaza, 305 Century Pkwy., Allen. 214/509-4700. cityofallen.org. 7–9pm. On Labor Day, bring a blanket to sit on the amphitheater lawn and listen to the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus. FREE

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Crybaby Matinee Angelika Film Center, Dallas and Plano. 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.

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Nancy Churnin’s Manjhi Moves a Mountain Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy., Ste. 300, Dallas. 214/739-1124. stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2884. 6pm. Listen to The Dallas Morning News theatre critic read and sign her new picture book based on the true story of Dashrath Manjhi, who used a hammer and chisel to carve through a mountain separating his village from schools and a hospital. FREE dfwchild.com / september 2017

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Mom Party Park Place Lexus Plano, 6785 Dallas Pkwy., Plano. 972/447-9188. dfwchild. com/events. 6–8pm. Bring your friends and join us for the first-ever Mom Party with wine, hors d’oeuvres, the Neiman Marcus beauty bar and a panel series moderated by author Jennifer Todryk. For moms 21 and over. Proceeds benefit Junior League of Collin County. $20.

STORY TIME

Story Time at Interabang Books Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas. 972/3641911. 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

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7 THURSDAY ON STAGE

Beauty and the Beast Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 877/828-9200. texasballettheater.org. 7:30pm Sep 7; 8pm Sep 8; 1 and 6pm Sep 10. Watch the professional dancers of Texas Ballet Theater perform the season opener with the accompaniment of The Dallas Opera Orchestra. A quiet space is available in the broadcast booth on the third level for young children who need a break. Tickets start at $20. Additional $35 for VIP.

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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8 FRIDAY RECREATION

Carry the Torch 5K and Fun Run C.C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas. 214/874-7474. carrythetorchrun.com. 6–10pm. Fun run at 6:30pm; 5K at 7pm. Wear glow lights and go on a scenic run through East Dallas. Stay after the run for food trucks, vendors and music. Proceeds benefit the C.C. Young Cares Program, which provides flash frozen, heart-healthy meals for seniors. $25–$40.

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Dallas Chocolate Festival Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District, 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas. dallaschocolate.org. Sep 8–10. Get your tickets for this three-day celebration of gourmet chocolates and chocolatiers. Bring the kids for the family-friendly day on Sat and step inside the kids’ area for the chocolate fountain table and an educational treasure hunt. Admission varies by day; $5 for kids 11 and younger.

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Water on the Farm Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/8810140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10:30am–12:30pm. Read about and explore how water is dispersed around the farm by joining this program with stories, activities and a wagon ride. For ages 2–5. Register by the prior Wed. $11 for parent/child ticket ($10 for members). $7 per additional child; $4 per additional adult.

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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden See Sep 1. Summer Walking Tours See Sep 1. Twilight Safari Night Hike See Sep 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Sep 2. Beauty and the Beast See Sep 7.

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A Night of Improv Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 214/4508596. 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.

SCIENCE

Discovery Day – Animals 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. Examine specimens through microscopes, look at X-rays, invent a creature and meet some live animals throughout the museum. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17. Free for museum members.

NATURE

Family Zoo Adventures Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. dallaszoo.com. 9:15–11:15am. Explore the world of wildlife during this program with activity stations, animal encounters and zoo tours for ages 4–12. $15 zoo members; $20 nonmembers.

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Global Village Frisco Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco.


469/633-1721. friscosquare.com. 11am–6pm. Browse artisan-made items, watch traditional dance and music and sample foods from various countries and cultures at this market that reflects the unique diversity of the Frisco community. Kids’ activities include bounce houses. FREE

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Grapevine Fun Trains Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. gvrr.com. 10–11am each Sat. Boarding begins at 9:30am. Climb aboard the authentic 1920s-era Victorian coaches for a one-hour ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. This shortened excursion is ideal for families with younger children. $10 adults; $8 kids 13 months–12 years.

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Historic District Trolley Tour Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972/562-8790. chestnutsquare.org. 10–11am the second Sat of each month. Meet at the Dulaney House to board the vintage trolley tour bus and ride through McKinney’s downtown and historic district. A trained docent will speak about the architecture and the notable residents who live in the homes. $10 adults; $7 kids 11 and younger.

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ON STAGE

Second Saturday Magic Shows Main Street Magic and Fun Company, 211 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972/542-5010. mainstreetmagicandfun.com. 7pm family-friendly show. Head upstairs to the shop’s Magic Attic Theater for a family-friendly show. Seating is limited. Call to reserve tickets. The store is open every Sat from 10am– 6pm for sales and live demonstrations. $15 per person; $50 for four people.

ON STAGE

The Wizard of Oz Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. Weekends through Nov 19: 11am and 2pm each Sat and 2pm each Sun. See a new cast of hand-carved marionette characters from the classic story in this all-new production by Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. $18 adults; $16 kids 17 and younger. Get your tickets in advance to secure your seats.

RECREATION

Victor E. Green Skates Dr Pepper StarCenter, 6993 Stars Ave., McKinney. 469/6758325. drpepperstarcenter.com. 12–1:30pm. Join the Dallas Stars mascot for games, inflatables and a public skate session, and play hockey with equipment provided by Street Squad. $9 adults; $8 kids 17 and younger. $4 for ice skate rentals.

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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden See Sep 1. Summer Walking Tours See Sep 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Sep 2. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Sep 2. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Sep 2. Movies in the Park See Sep 2. Showtime Saturdays See Sep 2. Dallas Chocolate Festival See Sep 8.

10 SUNDAY DANCE

Break Kids Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 12–1pm Sep 10; 12:30–1:30pm Sep 17. Learn breakdancing basics in this class open to kids, teens and adults and led by Realstreetjams. Held under the Muse Family Performance Pavilion. FREE

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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.

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Family Star Party Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. fbhistoricalpark.com. Sunset–9pm. Meet members of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas at sunset for views of the visible planets and stars through a variety of telescopes. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars if you have them. FREE

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Addison Oktoberfest Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 800/233-4766. addisonoktoberfest. com. 6–11pm Sep 14; 6pm–12am Sep 15; 12pm– 12am Sep 16; 12–6pm Sep 17. Experience German culture at this 30th anniversary festival of polka music and dancing, authentic foods, carnival rides and kids’ activities, plus contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, yodeling and a German spelling bee. Free on Sep 14 and 17. On Sep 15–16, tickets are $10 for adults, free for kids 11 and younger.

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Bring It On – The Musical Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave., Plano. 972/422-2575. visitplano.com/event/bringit-on-the-musical. Multiple showtimes Sep 14–17. Watch the kids of North Texas Performing Arts perform in this musical with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on the 2000 movie. Tickets start at $10.

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Cool Thursdays Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 7–9pm each Thu through Oct 26. Gates open at 6pm. Bring low-to-the-ground chairs and blankets to relax on the lawn overlooking White Rock Lake, grab dinner from food trucks and listen to a different band play every week. $27 adults; $10 kids 3–12. Discounts for garden members.

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GrapeFest Historic Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com/ grapefest. 10am–10:30pm Sep 14; 10am–11:30pm Sep 15–16; 11am–6pm Sep 17. Join the GrapeStomp challenge, discover Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium’s touch pool and Legoland Discovery Center builds at the KidsWorld, watch ice carving demos and enjoy the carnival and midway games at the 31st annual festival. $8 adults; $5 kids 6–12. Free admission all day Sep 14 and until 5pm on Sep 15.

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North Texas Giving Day NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/346-5500. northtexasgivingday.org/ events. 11am–2pm. Meet at NorthCourt for the Dallas County Donation Station with nonprofit performances, the inaugural volunteer fair, activities and an opportunity to donate your loose change. The Collin County event takes place from 5–8pm at McKinney’s Finch Park. Free admission; donations are encouraged.

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‘Til Midnight at the Nasher Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. 6pm–12am. Music at 6 and 7pm; 9pm film. Come early to spread your blanket out on the Nasher Garden lawn for this event with live music and a screening of Catch Me If You Can. Call by 4pm the previous Wed to reserve a picnic basket from Central Market. FREE

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Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas. 214/979-6430. crowcollection.org. 6pm–12am. Learn about famous heroes of Japan, watch a woodblock printmaking demo and make your own prints, stay late for a screening of Miss Hokusai and stop into the Lotus Shop’s pop-up shop for works by three local female artists. FREE

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Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org/programs/ late-nights. 6pm–12am. Explore mid-century pop culture when the museum stays open until midnight. Special programming includes a screening of the 1987 The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones in the C3 Theater and live music by The Hip Van Winkles in the Atrium. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional $10.

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Heart of Gold 5K The Plaza at Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 214/256-5824. heroesforchildren.org/dallas5k. 7:30am opening ceremonies. During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, join this run benefiting Heroes for Children and Wipe Out Kids Cancer, race through a kids’ obstacle course and visit the special area to honor and remember children who have been affected by cancer. Race day registration: $40 adults; $25 kids 12 and younger.

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Trinity River Wind Festival Trinity River and Dallas Floodway, 146 W. Commerce St., Dallas. 214/671-9500. trinityriverwindfestival.com. 11am–5pm. Get a free kite from the City of Dallas, make your own Japanese kite and paper airplanes, and see show kites from the Dallas Area Kite Flyers Association. The festival includes a live bird show, butterfly displays, Aztec dancers and a kids’ area. FREE

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walkSTEM Sammons Park at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 817/366-6194. walkstem.org. 10am. Take a walk through the Dallas Arts District during this guided program designed to show kids how math is relevant in everyday life. Register in advance. FREE

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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden See Sep 1. Pre-Fair Horse Shows See Sep 1. Summer Walking Tours See Sep 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Sep 2. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Sep 2. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Sep 2. Movies in the Park See Sep 2. Showtime Saturdays See Sep 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Sep 9. The Wizard of Oz See Sep 9. Addison Oktoberfest See Sep 14. Bring It On See Sep 14. GrapeFest See Sep 14.

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Okrapalooza The LOT, 7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas. 214/321-1990. eventbrite.com. 11am–2pm. Watch as celebrity chefs compete to showcase their skills in this food and music festival founded by the Promise of Peace Community Gardens. Step into the children’s area for okra printing with paint and veggie temporary tattoos by Tater Tats. $50 online; $60 at the door. $40 if purchased at North Haven Gardens. Free for kids under 12.

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Third Sunday Open House Frisco Heritage Center, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 972/292-5111. friscoheritage.org/ events. 1–4pm. Discover local history by taking selfguided tours through the historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, staffed with docents. Activities will be themed around sports. FREE


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A Teddy Bear Field Trip Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10:30am–12pm. Bring your favorite stuffed animal along to see what life is like on the farm and join this program for stories, activities and a wagon ride. For ages 2–5. Register by the prior Wed. $11 for parent/child ticket ($10 for members). $7 per additional child; $4 per additional adult.

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Plano Balloon Festival Oak Point Park Amphitheatre, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972/867-7566. planoballoonfest.org. 4–10pm Sep 22; 6am–10pm Sep 23; 6am–7pm Sep 24. See 45 colorful hot air balloons at the annual festival with a full schedule of tethered balloon rides, balloon glows, skydivers, a fireworks show and activities for kids and toddlers. $5 per person; $4 for kids under 36 inches. $20 for all-day play wristbands in the Kids Fun Zone.

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Autumn at the Arboretum Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum. org. 9am–5pm daily through Nov 22. Stroll through an elaborate The Wizard of Oz-themed display of more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and 150,000 fall blooms. Wander through the hay bale maze and browse mini pumpkins for sale in the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

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McKinney Oktoberfest Historic downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972/547-2660. mckinneytexas.org/oktoberfest. 4–11pm Sep 22; 10am–11pm Sep 23; 12–5pm Sep 24. Experience authentic German music and dancing, food, traditional costumes and children’s activities throughout the square. FREE

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Lucky Duck Kids Club Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. watterscreek. com. 11–11:45am. Meet on the Green for fall-themed activities at this monthly kids’ program. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children. FREE

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Cedar Hill Creative Arts Festival Downtown Cedar Hill, 600 Cedar St., Cedar Hill. 972/291-5130. cedarhilltx. com/creativeartsfestival. 10am–3pm. Bring the whole family for a day of art, free kids’ activities, community market vendors, live music and food trucks. FREE DFWChild Model Search Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972/447-9188. dfwchild.com/ events. 10am–3pm. For a chance to appear on our monthly magazine covers, bring your child to walk the runway and meet representatives from our magazines and the Kim Dawson Agency. Must be 12 years or younger and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. $35 preregistration fee per child; $45 on event day.

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FireFest Dallas Firefighters Museum, 3801 Parry Ave., Dallas. 214/821-1500. dallasfiremuseum.com/firefest-2017. 10am–4pm. Races at 12pm. Meet Sparky the Fire Dog, play at the firetruck-themed slide and bounce house, climb on the museum’s antique fire engines, and watch firefighter teams race with antique-style hose carts down on Exposition Avenue. FREE

Goosebumps the Musical – Phantom of the Auditorium Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/7400051. dct.org. Sep 22, 24 and 30, and each Sat and Sun through Oct. Watch a spoof of Broadway’s Phantom in this musical based on the best-selling book series by R.L. Stine. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Tickets start at $23 for adults and $21 for kids.

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Greek Food Festival of Dallas Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas. 972/991-1166. greekfestivalofdallas.com. 12–11pm Sep 22; 10am–11pm Sep 23; 12–6pm Sep 24. Experience Greek traditions at this annual festival with authentic cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, a marketplace, church tours,

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Mother/Son Dance – Calling All Superheroes Frisco Conference Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr., Frisco. 972/292-6520. friscofun.org. 5:30–7pm for boys ages 4–7; 7:30–9pm for boys ages 8–12. Get your tickets early and dress up in a superhero costume or formal attire for this 16th annual dance. Photo packages are available. Includes light refreshments and dancing. $17 residents; $20 nonresidents.

The Goosebumps Play and Party Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051. dct.org. 1:30pm performance; 3–5:30pm party. Watch Goosebumps the Musical – Phantom of the Auditorium and after the show, go behind the scenes for a spooky


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Lawn Games at the Historical Park Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. fbhistoricalpark.com. 12:30–5:30pm. Visit the gazebo to borrow the museum’s collection of lawn games and try your hand at croquet or bocce ball on the lawn. Stay to stroll around the historic buildings and gardens. FREE

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State Fair of Texas Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. 214/565-9931. bigtex.com. Open daily through Oct

22. Hours vary. Celebrate 131 years of tradition with live concerts, livestock shows and animal encounters, family fun, famous fried foods, midway games, carnival rides and more. $18; $14 for kids under 48 inches (save $1.50 online). Free for ages 2 and younger. Combos and season passes available.

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Fall Plano Train Show Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 469/438-0741. dfwtrainshows. com. 10am–5pm Sep 30; 10am–4pm Oct 1. See miniature train layouts and dealer displays, join howto clinics and enter to win door prizes at the third annual train show. $8 per person; free for kids 12 and younger. Cash only.

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Movie on the Square Historic downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. cityofcarrollton.com/downtown. Movie begins at sunset, around 7:15pm. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers and watch The Lego Batman Movie on an outdoor screen near the gazebo. FREE

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Pumpkin Patch Blase Family Farm, 1232 E. Fork Dr., Rockwall. 972/772-3645. blasefamilyfarm.com. Daily through Oct 31: 9am–6pm Mon–Fri; 10am–6pm Sat; 12–6pm Sun. Take a stroll through this wooded farm’s pumpkin patch with a hayride, a small hay maze, a petting zoo and on weekends, a farm train. Treat yourself to homemade pumpkin pie pops and pumpkin fudge. $7; free for ages 1 and younger. Admission includes a small pumpkin.

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Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day Frisco Heritage Museum, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 972/292-5657. friscoheritage.org. 11am–4pm. Tour the Heritage Center buildings and blacksmith shop, take a ride on a stagecoach, watch armadillo races and mock gunfights, and enjoy more family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, pony rides and a Western photo booth. $5 per person; free for kids younger than 2.

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Taste of Firewheel Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972/675-1041. firewheeltowncenter.com. 11am–3pm. Sample foods from local restaurants, listen to live music and enjoy playtime at the kids zone with inflatables, crafts and games. $20 wristband for 10 tastes or $35 for 20 tastes.

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Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden See Sep 1. Summer Walking Tours See Sep 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Sep 2. Family Friendly Comedy Show See Sep 2. Mesquite Championship Rodeo See Sep 2. Showtime Saturdays See Sep 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Sep 9. The Wizard of Oz See Sep 9. Goosebumps the Musical See Sep 22. Autumn at the Arboretum See Sep 23. State Fair of Texas See Sep 29.

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 FORGOT THE BAG WITH MY 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S SWIMSUIT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SWIM LESSONS, BUT SHE HAD BEEN SO EXCITED TO START, I LET HER TAKE THE LESSON IN HER CLOTHES.” —COLLEEN, DALLAS


Exceptional pediatric care, exceptionally close to home. At Children’s HealthSM Plano, we’re proud to bring our award-winning care to your community. With 24/7 emergency services and more than 30 specialties in areas such as ENT, gastroenterology and surgical services, our range of care continues to grow. And for your growing athlete, Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine offers expertise especially tailored to your MVP.

Learn more at childrens.com/Plano or call 844-4CHILDRENS

CollinChild September 2017  

The magazine parents live by in Collin County

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