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T H E M AG A Z I N E PA R E N T S L I V E BY I N DA L L A S CO U N T Y

D E C E M B E R 2018

FAMILY TIES RAISING THIRD CULTURE KIDS WITH GRANDMA AT HOME

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EVENTS FOR FAMILIES THIS MONTH

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// THE HOLIDAY ISSUE DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Material World

How to teach your kids that stuff isn’t everything

REAL MOMS 13 Moms Next Door / Vanessa Bouché The TCU professor speaks up about raising awareness while raising her daughters

16 5 More Minutes with Vanessa Bouché / Our mom next

door’s go-tos around Dallas

18 Routines / LaTari Prater A peek into the life of a Dallas Public

Library manager and Cedar Hill mom of one

13 ABOVE // Peppermint Park at the Hilton Anatole is one of many must-see holiday experiences this year.

KID CULTURE 27 Holiday To-Do List 10 can’t-miss holiday experiences in 32 49

Dallas and Collin counties

Travel / ‘Tis the City for the Season

San Antonio’s kid-friendly holiday sites

The Agenda Our favorite family events this month

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FEATURE

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Some North Texas children are growing up between two worlds: the American tradition of independence, and a cultural tradition of rooming with Grandma

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COLUMNS 4 Hello / With a Love Like That An introduction to our December issue

DallasChild: CollinChild: Chloe, 4, of Dallas Melanie, 7, of Allen Photography: Cindy James Styling + Art Direction: Lauren Niebes Hair/Makeup Styling: Jenn Karsner/Wallflower Management

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66 Confessions / Mommy Fails When bad things happen to good parents

7 Online / Off the Pages  

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associate the Beatles’ early hits with the scent of pine. When I was a tyke we would un-trim our Christmas tree, gingerly put away all the ornaments and pick fallen needles from the carpet to the soundtrack of my dad’s old Fab Four albums. My favorite song of the bunch was “She Loves You,” mainly for the catchy chorus: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah With a love like that You know you should be glad And then comes the best part—a harmonized, falsetto “Woooo!” that for my 5-year-old self was the epitome of unbridled joy. You probably won’t hear “She Loves You” on your 24/7 Christmas music station of choice, but it has an apt message for this time of year, does it not? We have a lot of things to be glad about, not least of which is the love that surrounds us. (Homemade desserts are pretty high on the list too.) That message was lost on a young me amid the “Woooos!” but it’s one we need to be purposefully passing on to our kids, especially during the seasonal shopping and gift-giving bonanza. Researchers say materialism is on the rise, and that parents—often unintentionally—are big enablers. (Yikes!) But researchers also say we can combat materialism by teaching our kids to be glad and grateful; mom Ashley Hays offers some practical tips on page 9. One idea is to give experiences rather than putting more LEGOs and Fingerlings under the tree. The kids will still feel the love, and you’ll spend a day making memories at the zoo instead of purging the playroom to make room for more things. Of course, you don’t have to wait till presents are exchanged to start making memories—on page 27, you’ll find a list of holiday experiences to share with your family, from the quintessential (spectacular light displays) to the quirky (a vintage trolley ride). And turn to the Agenda on page 49 for even more local family fun this month, holiday-themed and otherwise. Whether you travel to visit relatives, play host at home or, like many of the parents in our feature on page 20, already share a house with extended family, we wish you the joy and love of the season. Be glad, friends. Woooo!

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“What’s wrong?” I asked. She met my alternating material items with nontangible gaze and said miserably, “I wanted a Fitbit. rewards, like verbal praise or control of the This says something else.” TV for an hour. Total mom fail—and not because I had gotten her an off-brand fitness watch. The FACILITATE FULFILLMENT fact that my second-grader even cared about It’s easy for kids to want the newest, shiniest the brand is what disturbed me. Where had I thing when they aren’t the ones shelling out gone wrong? the money, so it is imperative that we teach Research published last year in the what things are worth—in money and time. Journal of Consumer Psychology shows a This holiday season, Danielle Wharram recent spike in materialistic tendencies in is participating in the Adopt-A-Child children—middle-schoolers in particular. program but giving her children—Brynlea, “Establishing an identity is a pivotal 7, and Gavin, 14—the responsibility of stage of middle school years,” says Georgina buying the gifts. “I’m going to let them Flores, licensed professional counselor-intern create a budget, then come up with chores at CCD Counseling they can do to earn and the Family Tree money. Once they Program in Denton. have raised their She notes that kids goal, I’m going to let will use what they them pick out what have—name-brand to buy with it,” the shoes, clothing, Fort Worth mom phones—to distinexplains. “They’ll guish themselves be working hard and maintain status for the money and among their peers. then generously and Kids may also knowingly spending develop materialistic it on someone else.” THE WRITE ATTITUDE attachments in an Wharram says attempt to fill a void. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to the sense of fulfillconnect with your kids by reflecting together on “We often crave ment that her kids what holds nonmonetary value—and it encourages possessions to fulfill get from helping your kids to do the same independently. In a recent study published in the Journal of Positive an emotional need,” others is invaluable. Psychology, adolescents who kept a gratitude Flores explains. “If children learn to journal gave 60 percent more money to charity Materialism be fulfilled through than those who did not. may be on the rise, positive actions, it “If gratitude is cultivated all along and not but there are steps can help discourjust during the hard years, it’s an easy concept for your child to grasp,” says Jessica Ausmuswe can take now to age them from only Rogers, psychotherapist and owner of Solutions discourage matericoncentrating on Counseling in Mansfield. “It’s when you wait until alism from rearing materialistic items,” rough terrain that it gets much more difficult to its ugly head down she explains. get through to your kid.” the road. Dawn Hallman, longtime execuVALIDATE IN A tive director of the HEALTHY WAY Dallas Association for Parent Education, “We live in a very busy world, and somesuggests providing stories of other kids times parents try to connect with their kids involved in philanthropic activities to by buying them stuff, which is their busy inspire your children to act; however, she way to love them,” says Jessica Ausmuswarns not to make your kids feel shame for Rogers, psychotherapist and owner of having things that others don’t. “Make sure Solutions Counseling in Mansfield. While your dialogue with your children is not guilt not all gift-giving is bad, it’s possible to give inducing,” she says. “‘Guilting’ children your child something tangible without pronever works.” moting materialism. “Find a heart-shaped rock, write ‘I love you’ on it, and give it to PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH your child,” Ausmus-Rogers suggests. “This One of the best ways to instill gratitude in tells them, ‘I thought of you today. You are our children is to demonstrate gratitude ouralways on my mind.’” selves. “If we place great import on objects, Flores adds that parents need to teach our child will grow learning that obtaining their children that their worth doesn’t stem objects equals pleasure,” Flores says. from something tangible. “Our kids are Hallman agrees. “If you as an adult are often validated by ‘If you do good, you will selfless and giving, your kids will catch on to get a new toy.’ Therefore, if they do not that,” she says. “If you’re always waiting for produce, they are not worthy,” she explains. the newest model iPhone to come out, they When rewarding your kids’ efforts, try catch on to that, too.”

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self-proclaimed “activator,” Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D., is not content to sit idly by while injustice ensues. She is a doer and a changemaker with passion in spades. Since learning about human trafficking nearly two decades ago, the Colleyville mom of two has made it her life’s work to help bring this form of modern-day slavery to an end. As assistant professor of political science at Texas Christian University, founder of HumanTraffickingData.org and principal investigator on several federally funded projects, Bouché provides valuable research helping move anti-trafficking initiatives forward. She serves on the Board of Directors for Arcadia and Traffick911, North Texas anti-trafficking organizations, and recently founded Savhera, (Continued on the next page)

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EDUCATION Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from The Ohio State University

FAMILY Husband of 18 years, Noel Bouché, CEO of pureHOPE, and daughters Giovanna, 10, and Tirzah, 8

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an essential oil enterprise employing sex trafficking survivors in Delhi, India, with her husband, Noel. “The thing about human trafficking is that you can’t put it in a box,” says Bouché. “It’s more than a human rights issue. It’s more than public health. It’s more than criminal justice. I’m passionate about trying to remove the scales from people’s eyes and allow them to see the way in which our daily thoughts and actions have implications across the globe.”

Our affluence and our comfort are literally built on the backs of slaves around the globe.

Having grown up in a family with four kids, I did always want to have kids. I always thought I would adopt and maybe have biological kids. My husband really wanted biological kids, so we decided that we would have four: two biological, assuming we could have kids, and two adopted. But after I had Giovanna I got postpartum depression. They say if you have it once you’ll get it again with subsequent children, and it could be worse. So the idea of having a second child really scared me. But we did it, and the second time actually wasn’t as bad.

It’s a blessing and a curse to be informed. My kids would probably like to be allowed to do more, but my husband and I have very open dialogue with our children. Our parenting philosophy is less about protecting them from everything and more about preparing them for everything. They know a lot about human trafficking. They know about the dangers of social media. We talk about a lot with them. Kids want to hear these things from their parents.

We still talk about it. Recently my husband and I started Savhera, a business in India employing sex traffic survivors. I was there three weeks ago, and the last day was extremely emotional. One of the women said, “You have come here and become a mother to us. You’re taking care of us and nurturing us in the way a mother does.” It hit me on the way home that maybe these are my “adopted children.” So, it’s not clear if we’re going to adopt in the traditional way, but it’s definitely still on the table.

I very much do. One of my biggest things is being present. That’s a huge value of mine. I tell my students, “If you want to be successful in life, be present in every moment, whatever you’re doing.” This week I decided to put my phone in my closet when I get home and to not touch it until 9pm when the kids go to bed, and I’ve had some time with my husband. It’s a constant struggle that we all go through.

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I started leading a study abroad on transinternational human trafficking in India. Last year we were on the study abroad in a medical clinic in Delhi. There was a woman there who challenged me. I said, “What is it that you need?” And she said, “We need dignified employment to get us out of this dirty business.” It became clear that we needed to start something. WHY DO YOU THINK THE ISSUE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING STRUCK SUCH A CHORD WITH YOU?

First of all, it’s the issue of slavery. Slavery has always been so disgusting to me. I’m the kind of person that can’t just sit there; I’m an activator.

WHY DO YOU THINK THERE’S SO MUCH IGNORANCE SURROUNDING THE ISSUE?

The main underlying reason, I think, is people’s own culpability. To look this issue straight in the face means that you cannot continue living the same way, especially in the West where we are affluent and comfortable.

DID HAVING CHILDREN STOKE THE FIRE EVEN MORE?

I was super passionate about this before I had kids. But having children helps hold me accountable. [If I didn’t have kids] I would probably consume more media than I allow myself to. I probably would behave in ways that are worse for me. BECAUSE YOU’RE SO INFORMED ON THE DANGERS OUT THERE, ARE YOU PRONE TO BE OVERPROTECTIVE OF YOUR GIRLS?

YOU HAVE MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE. DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH BEING FULLY PRESENT AT HOME?

WHAT DO YOU DO TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF?

For me, yoga is a way of life. It has taught me so much about the power of the nonreactive mind, how to sit and surrender in discomfort, and how to be totally present. It teaches you balance and strength, active meditation and about being okay with trying something new and scary—even if you topple over. It teaches you to laugh at yourself, play and have fun.  DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LEGACY YOU HOPE TO LEAVE?

Probably more than I should. I’m always thinking about big-picture stuff. When I was struggling with the decision of having kids, I decided to do a thought exercise where I would imagine myself at the end of my life and think through who I want there and what I hope to have accomplished. All that I could picture was children and family around me. That was the defining day that I went home and told my husband I wanted to have kids. I want my legacy to be that I loved the people around me well, and I want my kids and husband to be able to say that, first and foremost.


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FO R G R E AT G I F T S FO R TH OS E LO O KI N G TO LE A R N MO R E A BO UT H UM A N TR A FFI CKI N G g “Any book written by Dr. Kevin Bales is excellent. Louise Shelley also wrote a great book. CNN’s Freedom Project has put out some excellent journalism on the subject and there are a variety of non-governmental organizations that produce good content: Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, International Justice Mission, Not for Sale and Verité.”

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LATARI PRATER LaTari Prater is a branch manager at the Dallas Public Library. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Cedar Hill with their two-year-old son, Trey.

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:15AM The alarm goes off and I immediately hit the snooze button. I turn over and try to remember what day it is—oh yeah, Wednesday. The alarm goes off again and I manage to get out of bed. 6:30AM I peek inside Trey’s room. He’s still asleep! It’s a mini victory to spend a few minutes picking out something to wear for work, apply makeup and style my hair in peace. 6:50AM Breakfast. Thank God for instant oatmeal. While it cooks, I pack my workbag and gather stuff for Trey’s babysitter. 7AM Enjoy breakfast and watch a little (non-cartoon) TV. 7:15AM Time to wake up Trey. He’s a hard sleeper, so I turn on his favorite cartoon, Paw Patrol, to help him wake up. He finally opens his eyes, but refuses to sit up. Well, looks like it’s breakfast in bed. (Yes, I realize that I’m totally spoiling my son.) 7:30AM Get Trey ready for the day. Jerry comes in to wish us a great day before heading off to work. 7:50AM Trey and I load into the car and we’re off. 8:25AM We arrive to drop-off Trey with his babysitter. I place his lunch and

snacks in refrigerator, kiss him goodbye and head to work. 8:50AM Pull into the library’s parking lot. I take a quick look at my phone and then head inside. 9AM Check that the library is ready to open for the day. I walk around the facility to make sure all computers are functioning normally and restrooms and meeting rooms are set. 9:15AM I read my email and prepare for my staff meeting for the day. 9:30AM I hold a meeting to inform my staff about updates on various procedures and upcoming training on the horizon. 10AM It’s show time! The library is open, and a few students in my weekly computer class arrive and I log them onto the computer. The class is for adults and seniors, and today we go over using web browsers and typing skills. After 30 minutes of instruction, I allow them to practice typing for the remainder of class. 11AM Class ends and I’m off to work the reference desk, where I assist patrons with resumes and job applications. 12PM I hold a second staff meeting for my staff working the evening shift. 1PM Lunchtime. I’m trying to eat healthier, so I resist my temptation to get a cheeseburger and fries and eat the chicken fruit salad and Greek yogurt I packed today. The sacrifices we must make for health. 2PM I meet with our children’s librarian to discuss kid-focused programming for fall and winter. 3PM The rest of the afternoon is spent reviewing and approving program proposals, publishing events to our public calendar and answering emails. One of my staffers reports an issue with the printer, so I’m off to investigate. It’s a paper jam, which I quickly fix. I spend the last hour helping a student with a PowerPoint presentation for school. 6PM I wrap up work and head out. I decide to take the back roads to avoid traffic and call my mom to chat while I drive. 6:45PM Home! Jerry gets off at 4pm so he and Trey are already home. Jerry loves to cook (lucky me) so dinner is already in the oven. While our food cooks, I prepare dinner for Trey: a DIY chicken pot pie, made our of a crescent roll stuffed with mixed veggies and baked chicken. He likes to eat and play, so I must chase him to feed him. Chasing around a toddler is like a mini cardio session, right? 7:30PM Dinnertime. Jerry prepared bourbon brown sugar pork chops, brown sugarcrusted sweet potatoes and garlic asparagus with butter thyme mushrooms. It was simply delicious! After dinner, we sit down to watch some TV while we play with Trey.

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9PM I get up to prepare my son’s lunch and backpack for the babysitter. I restock his bag with diapers, wipes, and an extra set of clothes. Then I prepare my lunch for the next day. Once everything is prepared, I give Trey a warm bubble bath. While he plays in the tub, I brush my teeth, floss, wash my face and twist my hair for bed. After I towel off Trey, I slather on some baby lotion and put some pajamas on him before I carry him to the bed with Jerry. 9:30PM Time to take a hot shower! I can never take a shower without music, so I turn on the Beyonce station on Pandora and jam out in the shower. After that, I slather on my favorite body cream, Orange Ginger from Bath & Body Words, and get ready for bed. 10PM I walk out the bathroom hoping that Trey is already asleep. Wrong! He’s watching an episode of Kings of Queens. I lay beside him and encourage him to lay down as well. Nope, he sits right back up while sucking his fingers. 10:30PM After a few tosses and turns, Trey finally falls asleep. I carry him to his bedroom and place him down in his crib before returning to my bed. I read for a bit from my Bible app and then watch some reruns of The New Adventures of the Old Christine on TVLand. 11:30PM I feel my eyes starting to get heavy. I set my alarm for the next morning, set the timer on the TV and drift off to dream land.

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THIRD CULTURE KIDS Some North Texas children are growing up between two worlds: the American tradition of independence, and a cultural tradition of rooming with Grandma

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and unlock the door, bags slung over both shoulders, trying to focus on your youngest child chattering about her day. You enter your home and find it already humming along. Greetings are exchanged. The house is picked up and the laundry folded. You and your family gather at the table for another homecooked meal—with your mother-in-law, who made it all possible. For many Americans, that’s where this pleasant scene screeches to a halt. Living with extended family members, or even seeing them every day, seems intrusive at best and dysfunctional at worst. Some grimace at the thought of gathering with extended family for only a day or two over the holidays. In other American homes, however, families have never known another way. Everyone sacrifices personal space on a daily basis to pitch in and help one another. Though a multigenerational family structure sometimes happens out of necessity—when Grandma can no longer live on her own, for instance—for many families it’s cultural, not situational. These families can’t imagine life without three generations under one roof because that’s what a successful, loving family looks like. And even if the grandparents don’t live down the hall, they may be heavily involved in child-rearing and consulted on major decisions. In North Texas, joint family networks come in all shapes and sizes, rooted in cultures that span the globe. Often the broader culture of independent, nuclear families co-exists with a traditional culture of extended family interdependence. Andrew Nelson, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Texas, studies joint family networks among refugees from

Nepal and Bhutan. After resettling in the United States from the mid-aughts to the mid-2010s, the refugees have worked hard to save money and buy large, suburban homes together, sharing them with five to 13 extended family members. “For many South Asian groups—Indian, Nepali, Pakistani and so forth—there’s a perception that something must be wrong if people are leaving their parents’ houses and setting up their new, separate houses,” Nelson says. “This goes back to a very South Asian or cultural notion of the joint family being stronger.” HELPING HANDS

Nearly every day when Veronica Garcia Stigers comes home, her mother, Isabel Garcia Smith, is there to greet her, usually with dinner in progress. Stigers’ parents immigrated to Texas from Mexico, but even after she was born they remained close to family, visiting Mexico five or six times a year for every vacation and holiday. There, extended family members live near one another—on the same street or within walking distance—so they can easily help one another, Stigers says. Now she’s replicating that system with her own family: She and her mother don’t live together, but they both live in Farmers Branch, and they soon will live even closer. A single mom of two and tech start-up guru, Stigers recently bought a second home on her street that she’s renovating. When she and her teenage daughter Amber move into that house, Smith and her husband will move into Stigers’ current home, which has also been renovated. (Stigers’ older daughter is away at college in Austin.) “It’s always been the plan to have them as close as possible to me,” Stigers says. “I just think it’s going to be easier for us to live on the same street.” dfwchild.com / december 2018

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Although some parents shudder at the thought of sharing a street, much less a home, with their in-laws, the inconveniences of joint family life—such as sacrifices of privacy or personal space—pale in comparison to the benefits, says Ling Xu, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Texas at Arlington who studies multigenerational family structures. She has firsthand experience: Her husband and their three children share a home with both maternal and paternal grandparents, who alternate six-month-long visits from China. “When the children come home at 3pm they can stay together and have some fun time, and I don’t need to worry and get home early,” Xu says. The grandparents staying with Xu do “the best they can” to contribute to their household, she says. For the two busy, working parents, the grandparents’ help keeps life running more smoothly. “Cooking is a big thing,” Xu explains. “It’s different from … hamburgers and sandwiches that are easy to prepare. Every day we have to cook different dishes for dinner, like five or six dishes. That’s really time-consuming, so they will prepare that, and they will do laundry and housework.” Having extended family members who are heavily involved in the day-to-day functioning of the home may run counter to the independence at the core of the traditional American nuclear family. But on a practical level, living close to or with relatives dovetails well with American parents’ working lifestyles, making it possible to spend less on child care and maybe share more homecooked meals together.

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With a full-time job in Irving and her daughter attending school in Mesquite, Stigers’ days are packed with commuting. So her mother comes over almost every day to pitch in, and to help make their home feel more like, well, home. “She picks up around the house, then also gets dinner started,” Stigers says. “She’s there to greet us; she basically welcomes us home.” The fact that her mother knows Stigers and her daughter so well makes her even more helpful. For example, if Amber has a school project, Smith might ask if she should set out the craft materials at home. “I don’t even know if that’s a cultural thing or if I just have the world’s best supermom,” Stigers says. “I joke around with the girls that I hope someday I can be half the Isabel.”

who are more comfortable in English or don’t know Chinese. Xu’s children speak Chinese, but engaging their grandparents in their language takes patience that’s often difficult for children, especially teens, to muster. Parents too may feel torn between the way they have long defined “family” and the way it’s defined by their friends and neighbors. With greater financial resources and modern social services, some cultures with joint family traditions have come to prefer the space and privacy of separate housing for nuclear families, Xu says. In her studies of family relationships in China and Chinese immigrants in the United States, she sees a struggle to balance the conveniences of greater autonomy and the support system of joint family lifestyles. This struggle is perhaps most reflected in their kids. “Third culture kids”—those who are raised in one culture but surrounded by another—usually reflect a blend of cultural values, says M’Liss Stringer, a training coach with the missionary organization Pioneer Bible Translators. Stringer has worked with families who serve as missionaries around the world, helping them adapt to the challenges of living, working and parenting cross-culturally. Missionaries themselves, Stringer and her husband reared their

“THIRD CULTURE KIDS WON’T HAVE THE SAME CHILDHOOD THEIR PARENTS DID, AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW.”

THE IN-BETWEEN

The closeness that develops between kids and their older relatives is one of the special, nonpractical benefits of joint family living. But it’s not automatic, especially when the kids are not fully steeped in the culture of their grandparents. For example, Xu worries about the language barrier between older and younger generations. When grandparents speak only Chinese, they can feel disconnected from grandchildren

larger culture, whether you’re setting boundaries on social media or processed foods, or encouraging rhythms of prayer or family time. Here are four tips for helping your kids grow in the values of your family:

• EMPHASIZE THE MOST IMPORTANT VALUES. The

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central to Veronica Stigers’ Mexican culture. For example, the Farmers Branch mom has practiced listening respectfully to the advice of her mother and has made sure her two daughters do the same, even if they don’t always follow her advice.

• MAKE SURE YOUR VALUES ARE SUPPORTED BY

daughters abroad, mostly in France, while coming home to the United States intermittently on yearlong furloughs. Stringer, who now lives with her family in Richardson, says her teenage daughters won’t be French or American, but a blend of both. “Third culture kids won’t have the same childhood their parents did, and they’re going to have different points of view,” she explains. This unique blended perspective is the so-called “third culture,” and while it affords benefits like adaptability and greater sensitivity to other ways of life, Stringer admits there’s a sadness parents can feel when they’re rearing third culture kids. “Sometimes, you think, ‘What have I done raising my kids in another culture?’” she says. She describes a funny moment when a server at a local barbecue restaurant asked if her kids wanted a “frosty mug with that root beer,” and Stringer had to explain “frosty mug.” Other times, however, cultural knowledge missed by her children has weighed more heavily. “When they asked me who Abraham Lincoln was—that one nearly killed me,” Stringer reveals. Angelica Granados was one of those third culture kids. She grew up in Nicaragua with her grandparents living at home. Her grandmother taught her how to do the dishes and other household tasks and was the primary disciplinarian—Granados says her grandmother overruled her mother’s overprotective tendencies, on occasion. “I didn’t grow up with my father because he was here working, sending us money,” Granados explains. “But the love my grandmother gave us supplied that missing love from my father.”

YOUR HABITS. North Dallas mom Angelica Granados and her husband, both working parents, have prioritized family time at dinner and on Sundays.

• DISCUSS YOUR VALUES AND HABITS—REGULARLY.

When Ling Xu’s kids became embarrassed of eating their Chinese food at school, Xu, a professor at the University of

Texas at Arlington, discussed with them the importance of their Chinese identity. • SPEND TIME WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. You

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When she was 13 years old, she moved to the United States to live with her father, learning English in American schools. Now her own North Dallas household reflects the cultural blend of her childhood. Two years ago, her mother moved in. She cooks for the family and provides child care for Granados’ two young children while Granados and her husband work. Granados is grateful that her children are growing up with their grandmother as she did with her grandparents. “They were great examples, who made me want to follow that,” she says. But Granados’ family isn’t a carbon copy of the Nicaraguan part of her upbringing. Granados, not her mother, is the one who shoulders discipline. And she doesn’t expect her mother to insert herself when it comes to making decisions about the children as they grow—in part, she says, because of her mother’s personality. But it may also have something to do with that cultural mix of Granados’ upbringing. Instead of the intense interdependence that marked her early life in Nicaragua, she’s embraced some of the autonomy she found in the United States, at least when it comes to making decisions as a mom. After going through a divorce as a new mother, she took advantage of classes at The Parenting Center in Fort Worth. “I wanted the best for my daughter, and I started to say, ‘OK, there are some things I may need to learn,’” she says. “It helped me so much.” THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

College senior Neha Husein always goes home for birthdays. Even if it’s a busy week at Southern Methodist University, she’ll drive 30 minutes to Carrollton for the midnight celebration. The party begins with a rowdy tradition: smashing a cake in the face of the honoree. (There’s also a cake for eating.) “We will not miss each other’s birthdays for absolutely anything,” Husein says. “Everyone has to wake up. Even if you’re sick, it doesn’t matter.” When Husein’s parents married, her mother moved in with her husband’s family, which is custom-

ary among those who practice the Ismaili religion, a sect of Islam. The family settled in Carrollton because of its large Ismaili community, and everyone in the household helped at the family’s convenience and dollar stores, stocking shelves and working the cash register. For the kids, there also was school in Lewisville Independent School District, as well as sports and Scouts. But the family’s closest associations share faith and customs outside the American mainstream. They live in multigenerational households and faithfully gather at Ismaili places of worship. They practice rituals like drinking holy water in the mornings and praying with their shoes off and set behind them. And, like their Ismaili neighbors, Husein’s family consults each other on major decisions. “We make decisions collectively, so we think about what would be best for our family,” Husein says, adding that she thinks that’s why she and her brother, who attends the University of Texas at Dallas, ended up going to college so close to home. Though their life so far has included a mix of elements from Indian and American culture, Husein and her brother plan to continue the family’s traditions. When and if Husein’s brother marries, he will stay with the parents and his wife will move in with his family. For Husein, it will depend on her husband’s family whether or not she moves in. Either way decisions about work, school and major purchases will be made together, and her husband’s parents will be on hand to help out— and celebrate birthdays. Xu also hopes to follow in her parents’ footsteps of helping her adult children one day. She envisions a life of laundry, cooking, and housework, caring for her grandchildren— if that’s what her children want and need. Even now, the kids see the advantages of help from grandparents, and they’re grateful, Xu says. When discussing the value of joint family structures, Nelson, the UNT professor, likes to quote a metaphor that’s widely known among anthropologists of South Asia: “One straw from a broom cannot sweep.”

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Six middle school students discover a safe place to share their families’ most heartbreaking stories, from deportation to incarceration.

STORIED TRADITIONS Children’s stories offer new opportunities to grow in compassion and understanding for different ways of life—or to see your own family traditions depicted in print. Crack open these titles, with contributions from Lisa Plummer, children’s and young adult book buyer at Interabang Books in Dallas: Drawn Together by Minh Lê Based on the author’s personal experience, a boy and his grandfather endure the awkward silence of a language barrier until discovering a way to connect through art. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales The author-illustrator draws upon her personal immigration journey to the United States, where she and her young son find a place of refuge at the library. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo When her caregiver Granny whisks away 12-year-old Louisiana in the middle of the night, she must leave behind her best friends and discover who she wants to become. The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue In her family with seven children, four parents, a grandfather and an array of pets, all under one roof, 9-year-old Sumac Lottery juggles the unexpected to keep their various winter traditions in tact.

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the material aspect of the holidays. (If this describes your kids, check out page 9 for tips on how to put them on the nice list.) But there is more to the season than gifting and getting. Spending time with your kids and making memories should be the first thing on your to-do list. Read on for the inside scoop on fun and meaningful holiday experiences in Dallas and Collin Counties to help your family get into the holiday spirit.

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ABOVE // Cozy up around the fire after an aventure filled day in Peppermint Park at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. BELOW // Don’t miss a photo opportunity with Mother Nature and Father Christmas at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

You may not be able to sit on his lap, but the Scuba Diving Santa at the SEA LIFE AQUARIUM in Grapevine still knows if your kiddo has been naughty or nice. Santa and his elf will be swimming with the fish, sharks and other ocean life in the aquarium’s 160,000-gallon tank. Kids can take a pic with Santa—but watch out for fishy photo bombers—or pen a Christmas card to their favorite stingray or shark. Hopefully spreading holiday cheer will keep the kids on the nice list. Otherwise, a visit to this Santa might mean they’ll get a stocking full of sardines! Scheduled dives will take place at 11:30am on Dec. 12, 15, 19 and 22. Admission to holiday activities is free with aquarium admission: $20.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids ages 3–12, and free for kids age 2 and younger. SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; visitsealife.com

THE OUTDOOR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

Give your kids something other than the hotel pool to look forward to this Christmas staycation. PEPPERMINT PARK at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas is an amusement park and festival all wrapped up in one big bow. Spend the day chasing your kids from one activity to the next—from predicting the weather with Jack Frost at the North Pole to showing off their sweet moves (is there any move other than the floss?) at the reindeer dance party. The outdoor mega-event is ideal for kids ages 2-12, but your teens just might break a smile playing a winter arcade game. (We are personally intrigued by the elf snowball 28

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game). Peppermint Park is open to the general public as well as hotel guests. If you choose to make it a staycation, additional accommodation and dining packages may be added to your reservation. Some options include a personal visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The park is open 5–9pm Friday and Saturday now through Dec. 15, and it is open 5–9pm daily from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23.

Hilton Anatole, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 214/748-1200; peppermintpark.info

THE (UNEXPECTED) WONDERLAND EXPERIENCE

A hunting and fishing store may not be the first venue that comes to mind this season, but make no mistake. They do it up big time at Santa’s Wonderland at BASS PRO SHOP in Grapevine and BASS PRO SHOP AT CABELA’S in Allen. Free activities run through Christmas Eve and include a visit with Santa, holiday crafts, games and even a Lincoln Logs building station. And you know it’s 2018 when kids can write a letter to Santa and get an email reply from the Big Guy! Entry is free, but a visit with Santa requires a Bass Pass to book a specific time slot. Arrive early to beat lines, or plan on picking up some gifts for Dad while you wait. Bass Pro Shop, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, 972/7242018; basspro.com; Bass Pro Shop at Cabela’s, 1 Cabela Drive, Allen, 214/383-0502; cabelas.com

THE NOT-SO-WINTER NATURE WALK EXPERIENCE

One silver lining about snowless winters in Texas: you can enjoy the outdoors, without risk of frostbite. On Dec. 14 and 15, head to the HEARD NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

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11/23 - 12/31 “The Artistry of the Nativity” in The DeGolyer House Discover over 500 creches from private collections on display in the elaborately decorated DeGolyer House. Don’t miss visits with Santa on weekends and Wednesday nights.

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for an enchanted evening nature walk along a decorated half-mile trail. (Keep your eyes pealed for 10 dinosaurs camped out along the trail!) After the hike, families can enjoy snacks and warm beverages, live music and photos ops with Mother Nature and Father Christmas. The event runs 6:30–9pm, so take advantage of your chance to see stars as bright as those holiday lights. Admission is $9 for adults and seniors, $5 for kids ages 3–12, and free for children age 2 and younger. Purchase your tickets online before Dec. 13 and save $2 per ticket. Heard Natural Science Museum & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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See what life’s like for an elf in the North Pole with a visit to SANTA’S VILLAGE AT RICHARDSON CITY HALL. Your family can peek into 16 colorful elf dwellings around this tiny town, plus enjoy crafts, activities and even a visit with Santa. Santa’s Village is open to the public 6–9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during December. Admission is free with required tickets, available at Richardson City Hall, Huffines Recreation Center and Heights Recreation Center. Richardson

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THE ENCHANTED MAZE EXPERIENCE

Frisco’s CHRISTMAS AT THE SQUARE is more than just a spot to pick out your family’s perfect pine. While you choose from more than 250 flocked trees, let the kids enjoy trains rides, mazes and more than 175,000 lights on display in the Square. Visit now through Jan. 7, 4–9pm Monday–Thursday, and noon–10pm Friday– Sunday. There will be extended hours from Dec. 15–22. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco; friscosquare.com

THE NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHTS EXPERIENCE

Stir up a big batch of cocoa, cue up your favorite holiday tunes and load into the car for an evening taking in bright lights around town. One of the best (and cheapest—like free!) experiences this time of year is looking at holiday light displays, and these local neighborhoods are sure to fill your festive needs. Take in the historic homes in McKinney’s TUCKER HILL neighborhood, which are decorated with such old-fashioned panache that you might want to trade your car for a horse-drawn carriage. If you want to trade your car’s horsepower 30

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for actual horse power, head to HIGHLAND PARK to observe the elaborate light displays in one of Dallas’ grandest neighborhoods by way of a carriage. If the kids get cold, bundle them up under one of the snug blankets the local carriage companies so thoughtfully provide for guests.

THE POLAR EXPRESS EXPERIENCE

Hop aboard the Polar Express—er, the MCKINNEY AVENUE TROLLEY—when it rolls ‘round uptown Dallas this month. Sure, you won’t end up in the North Pole, but the hour-long excursion will take you on a scenic tour of the West Village, Klyde Warren Park and Downtown Arts District before dropping you off at your Uptown Station start point. Plus, you can enjoy plenty of holiday tunes, ornaments and stacks of sweet treats aboard the old-timey cable car. Oh, did we mention that each kiddo will receive a special little present after their ride? Just $15 per child ages 2–12 ($20 for adults) will snag you a seat aboard the trolley, which runs at 6pm and 7:30pm on the first three Mondays in December. McKinney Avenue Trolley, Uptown Station, 2700 City Place West Blvd., Dallas, 214/8550006; mata.org

THE TAKE IN A SHOW EXPERIENCE

For a book-to-stage production that intertwines two tales, NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS’ Plano troupe will take the crazy characters of L. Frank Baum’s Oz and set them on a Christmas mission. Christmas in the Land of OZ can be seen at 7pm Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, 11pm and 5pm Saturday, Dec. 8, and 1pm and 5pm Sunday, Dec. 9.

Willow Bend Center of the Arts, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B26, Plano, 972/422-2575; northtexasperformingarts.org

THE GIVING BACK EXPERIENCE

It’s important to teach kids to give to those in need, and the holiday season is the perfect time to begin those loving lessons. Join Santa’s team of helpers with the DALLAS CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER, a nonprofit that supports survivors of child abuse. The DCAC’s Holidays of Hope drive offers plenty of ways to spread holiday cheer to children in need. dcac.org CASA OF COLLIN COUNTY sponsors an Angel Tree Program during the holidays. Adopting a child, or children, served by the organization provides gifts and necessities for kids newborn to 18 years old. Help CASA show these foster children they are loved this holiday. casaofcollincounty.org

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Pack your bags for a winter weekend getaway in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Main Street is lined with live Christmas trees, vintage-style streetcars are dressed for the holidays and local theaters put on holiday-themed, family-friendly performances. Come shop, buy gifts and take photos with Santa at McCain Mall or spend an afternoon in a World War II submarine. Need a family photo for your holiday cards? The Old Mill is a popular backdrop.

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AN ANTONIO COMES to life this December with outdoor exhibits and activities celebrating the season. Spend an electric day at the San Antonio Zoo’s North Pole then opt for an evening on the banks of the River Walk surrounded by glowing paper lanterns. GO HERE: SAN ANTONIO ZOO TO SEE THIS: Now through Dec. 31, the ZOO LIGHTS exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo has turned the wildlife park into a holiday wonderland. Pop your tot on the back of a camel for a ride— because, why not?—and then send them, with their Christmas list in hand, to Santa at the zoo’s version of the North Pole. If you happen to spend the whole day there, stop by the Lakeside Lightshow extravaganza at night to see the holiday lights twinkling to hip-hop tunes. Zoo Lights events run throughout the day from noon to 9pm. Zoo admission is $16.90 for adults, $13.35 for kids ages 3–11 and free for children younger than age 2. 32

GO HERE: SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN TO SEE THIS: Filled with beautiful flowers and lush greenery, the massive garden is decked out in holiday décor for the HOLIDAYS IN BLOOM exhibit. Grab an Insta-worthy family photo next to garlands, red ribbons and festive ornaments. Following the #obligatory social media post, head over to the garden’s other feature exhibit,

kids to holiday celebrities such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, eat a family dinner with Santa Claus himself or tap your feet to the sounds of a mariachi band. Before you leave, visit the 27-foottall Christmas tree in front of the Nautilus Amphitheatre. The festive pine makes the perfect backdrop for your family photo-laden holiday card. Admission for ages 3 and older starts at $39. Advance tickets are available online at a discounted rate.

showcases 13 larger-than-life LEGO sculptures. Download a Nature Connects Bingo map at sabot.org so your kids can put their sculpture-spotting skills to the test. Admission to the garden is $9 for kids ages 2–12, free for age 3 and younger, and $12 for adults. Both exhibits are on display now through Dec. 31.

GO HERE: ELF ACRES TO DO THIS: With 15 acres of lights and holiday icons on display—we’re talking reindeer, gingerbread men and toy soldiers— ELF ACRES is aglow at night now through Dec. 30. Enjoy the view from the comfort of your car as you and the kids sip hot cocoa and listen to Elf Acres’ own holiday hit radio station. But if the kids do get restless in the car (which they will), park at the end of the trail to walk around, meet up with Santa and fill your kids’ hungry bellies with funnel cake and kettle corn. Park admission is $27 per vehicle, but Santa photos and those sugaryconcessions cost extra.

GO HERE: SEA WORLD TO DO THIS: There are a number of kid-friendly holiday activities at the city’s most popular aquarium and amusement park, SEA WORLD. Introduce your

GO HERE: RIVER WALK TO DO THIS: Paper lanterns will adorn the banks of the River Walk at the FORD FIESTA DE LAS LUMINARIAS event during the first three weekends in December.

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These luminarias, also known as forolitos, are part of a centuriesold Mexican Christmas tradition. Typically placed outside of houses on Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve, they are said to light the way to Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph. Luminarias are available for purchase ($11.99) at the River Walk store or online at sa-river-walk. myshopify.com. AND SEE THIS: Take part in a traditional Jewish holiday celebration—the lighting of the Menorah—along the River Walk. For more than 20 years, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning has hosted CHANUKAH ON THE RIVER, which will begin at 4:15pm on Dec. 9. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids how other faiths and cultures experience the holidays. This year, Brooklynbased artist Yoni Z will perform. Admission to the event, including the concert, is free. SAN ANTONIO ZOO, 210/734-7184;

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SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN, 210/536-1400; sabot.org SEA WORLD, seaworld.com ELF ACRES, 210/643-8662; elfacres.com RIVER WALK, thesantonioriverwalk.com FORD FIESTA DE LAS LUMINARIAS,

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1 / Enjoy the lights along the River Walk. 2 / Don’t miss the Holidays in Bloom at San Antonio Botanical Garden. 3 / See if you can spot the San Antonio Santa Claus while exploring the historic town.


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Adding this subject opens a window to students who have not been “confirmed” by the school system through a perfect test score and encourages creative thinking. STEAM enables students to engage in problem-solving through asking thoughtful questions, discovering the answers and applying what they learn to hands-on activities.

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STE(A)M Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math STEAM includes the same subject areas as STEM, but with “art” added into the mix.

Science, Technology, Reading/W(R)iting, Art, Math STREAM combines everything from STEM and STEAM, but incorporates reading and writing. But, this is not your everyday textbook reading. Through STREAM, students read materials that align with concepts they are working with. Writing helps students place those concepts into context and makes the project or lesson come alive. With so many different acronyms (and more on the rise), finding a program that’s the right fit for your child can seem overwhelming. However, though the definition of each program remains the same, the impact of the program will be determined by the school you choose.

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Bishop Lynch’s state-of-the-art campus isn’t the only thing that’s cutting edge. BL offers the following STEM learning opportunities: • • • • • •

Seventeen science courses, including astronomy and forensics Scanning electron microscope on loan from Hitachi Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms Gaming, web design and AP computer science courses Robotics club and competitions—starting Spring 2019 Math Success Center (open daily) and Mu Alpha Theta Chapter 9750 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 214-324-3607 bishoplynch.org 

D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School: Transforming Learners into Leaders Hulcy prepares students to excel in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Classes integrate multiple subjects for an authentic, challenging learning environment, while coursework features projects that examine complex, real-world issues. As a Dallas ISD Transformation School, enrollment is open to students throughout the metroplex. Apply at dallasisd.org/ yourchoices by January 31. Space is limited—apply today!

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STEM Center of Excellence—Girl & Family Weekend and Summer Programs In a world full of boys clubs, give her one of her own! We offer rich hands-on programs and camps designed for girls—building her confidence to do anything! Explore subjects like astronomy, coding, robotics, space science and cybersecurity. Try out the ropes course, swimming, archery, hiking trials, energy in motion zone, sound scape and butterfly garden. Membership in Girl Scouts is $25/year. Program rates vary. 6010 Whispering Cedar Dr. Dallas, TX 75236 469-998-5484 • stemcenter.gsnetx.org

Home to the only SmartLab® in DFW. As a leader in advanced education methods, St. Mark incorporates STEM, STEAM and STREAM into the curriculum and enhances through the SmartLab®. Students explore many disciplines through applied technology and project-based learning, building next generation skills. Activities include robotics, graphic design, biomedical applications, animation, engineering, music, circuitry and more. Schedule a visit and learn how tradition meets innovation in preschool–8th grade.

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Shelton STEM+ Full STEAM Ahead Fostering exploration, innovation, creation, collaboration Something for everyone: • • • • •

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The renowned Solar Preparatory School model is now available as one of Dallas’s newest all-boys schools. Solar equips boys with the depth of knowledge and strength of character they need to excel in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) fields. As a Dallas ISD Transformation School, enrollment is open to students throughout the Metroplex. Apply at dallasisd.org/ yourchoices by January 31, 2019.

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Solar Preparatory School for Girls A “Super School” (MetroTex Association of REALTORS), among the “Best of Dallas” (Dallas Observer) and featured in the New York Times, Solar has established a record of excellence. Solar girls are equipped with the depth of knowledge and strength of character they need to excel in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) fields. Apply by January 31 at dallasisd.org/yourchoices.

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Building Bridges to the Future Bridgeway’s STEAM program begins in our Pre-K classroom. Through the use of Science Fusion and PITSCO, our expert learners engage in hands-on exploration and problem-solving while driving their own progress. 2405 E. Belt Line Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006 214-257-8883 bridgewaypreparatory.org

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Dallas Academy is Mad about Science! We believe students learn by doing. That’s why we have introduced STEM Friday for high school students, a self-paced program with a focus on engineering and robotics. Students are encouraged to broaden their skills in the DA Robotics Club, where they work with drones as well as deconstruct, re-create and build robots. Middle school and lower school students are introduced to hands-on inquirybased learning through engagement in the STEMscopes curriculum. Activities rooted in the 5E model: engage, explore, explain, extend and evaluate, bring science to life. Schedule a visit to see our campus and learn more about us at dallas-academy.com. 950 Tiffany Way Dallas, TX 75218 214-324-1481

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STEM: Explore and Engage in Our World STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs provide graduates with skills and knowledge necessary for high-tech jobs. Dallas International School provides a STEM program with courses from early years through high school. 5th–12th Grade 17811 Waterview Pkwy. Dallas, TX 75252 469-250-0001

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STEAM: Using Technology to Solve Real-World Problems Lakehill’s STEAM education blends technical accuracy and outside-the-box thinking. From robotics to makerspace to our Environmental Science Center, Lakehill provides hands-on exploration to develop the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow. Lakehill Preparatory School 2720 Hillside Dr., Dallas, TX 75214 214-826-2931 • lakehillprep.org

Our Redeemer: Rocketing to Success! Partnering with Dallas Area Rocket Society for our Dallas BlastFest 2018 and building our own rockets, student created Tinkercad programs to incorporate our new 3-D printer, coding and computer classes. Students in Kindergarten and above are part of the newly revamped STEM curriculum at ORLS!  7611 Park Ln., Dallas, TX  75225 214.368.1371 ORDallas.org

A Makerspace for Problem Solvers and Lifelong Learners (or those who aim to be!) Dallas’s unique makerspace destination for all ages. Offering children’s STEM camps, classes and parties, plus adult enrichment for personal or professional skills development, with a focus on those seeking “new collar” jobs. 214-850-9599 WorkChops.org

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SPEED DATING for Preschools

The second annual Project Preschool happened over the course of one weekend this fall. The preschool fair was free and kid-friendly, thanks to our sponsors: Children’s Dental & Orthodontics, Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and Children’s Health.

Project Preschool Perot Museum of Nature and Science | September 22 The Shops at Willow Bend | September 23

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The search for the perfect preschool was on. Dallas and Collin families had their pick of dozens of area preschools featured at the second annual event. While parents explored education opportunities, kids kept busy with interactive activities from our presenting sponsors, Children’s Dental & Orthodontics and Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Art supplies were collected at each event to later be donated to the young patients of Children’s Health.


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MOM’S NIGHT OUT

The ladies of Collin County took over The Star in Frisco this fall for the second annual Mom Party, presented by the Pediatric Sleep Institute.

Mom Party at the Lincoln Experience Center

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The wine options were endless, the food was savored and the giveaways treasured. The hardest working ladies in the household took the night off to cash in on some well-deserved mom time. The evening kicked off with complimentary manicures, makeup touch-ups and, of course, shopping. The evening ended with moms coming together for an expert panel discussion led by Dr. Mohsin Maqbool of the Pediatric Sleep Institute. We wrapped up the evening by giving away a queen-size mattress provided by our sponsor, Naturepedic.


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tella Wrubel is proof that even the youngest of people can have the biggest of hearts. After feeling compelled to help the children affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Wrubel, now 13, set up shop in her front yard selling mistletoe to passers-by and donated all of the profits to the American Red Cross. Now, six years later, Jingle Bell Mistletoe has moved from (Continued on next page)

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dallas co. / I N F L U E N C E R S Wrubel’s front yard to multiple locations around Dallas. With the help of good friend Quinn Graves, 13, Wrubel continues the tradition of goodwill, selling mistletoe décor to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR? STELLA WRUBEL: Our goals for

this year are to break the Guinness World Record for most people simultaneously kissing under mistletoe, and to raise $70,000 for the North Texas Food Bank, feeding 210,000 people. But our dream is for kids all around the world to raise money for their local food banks so we can defeat the horrible infestation of hunger on our planet. QUINN GRAVES: Our hope is that kids who like sports and art just like us, and who go to school just like us, can get enough nutrition to help them escape the problems that result from hunger. 

Drums • Acoustic and Electric Guitar Piano • Ukulele • Violin • Voice All instructors have earned graduate degrees in music

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SW: Our mission has completely changed! We started out raising money to help rehabilitate people in need after Hurricane Katrina. Now, we sell mistletoe to raise money to benefit the North Texas Food Bank, where $1 feeds three people. QG: We are also raising money through corporate donations and company matches. We’ve practiced our business pitch and would be really excited to share that with any readers who own companies.

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WHERE IS YOUR MISTLETOE WORKSHOP, AND HOW MANY PIECES OF MISTLETOE WILL YOU MAKE? SW: We set

up shop in my grandmother’s garage. It is actually very nice in there—we have a couch and a table, some snacks and things for the volunteers. We aim to make as many pieces as possible!

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on the Mistlecrew means being part of a family. We are connected through this thing that we do every December, and it has turned the winter holidays into so much more than just a time to think about what I would want. It is now a time where I would think of what others need. I also like having fun with my best friends in the process!

FIND THE MISTLECREW HERE: December 15: 2–5pm Royal Blue Grocery  December 16: 10am–2pm  Royal Blue Grocery December 16: 11am–2pm Dallas Farmers Market December 17: 10am–2pm  Royal Blue Grocery  December 18: 10am–2pm  Royal Blue Grocery Royal Blue Grocery // 1 Highland Park Village, Dallas; 214/526-9516 // royalbluegrocery.com

KIDS ARE CAPABLE OF INCREDIBLE THINGS. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE ADULTS TO KNOW ABOUT KIDS? SW: Don’t

underestimate the power of kids! We can do more than most adults think we can. Actually, sometimes [more] than other kids think we can. We just need the motivation, and we are off to the races. QG: We have big ideas, and we can even surprise ourselves sometimes. SOMETHING TELLS ME YOU ARE ON SANTA’S NICE LIST. ANYTHING SPECIFIC YOU WOULD LIKE FOR CHRISTMAS?

SW: An end to hunger. I actually mean that though. There is nothing I would want kissandtella.com more than that, but no one can give me HOW WILL YOU that. They can just PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON? do their part to help me and my friends end QG: We prepare starting in August with weekhunger. And we try to keep specific religions ly conference calls with each other. We set the out of mistletoe so it is more universal. dates, work on artwork, update the website, QG: We would just like everyone reach out to companies and brainstorm new to put a little more toward their favorideas. We also spend some time refreshing our ite charity—we hope that’s Jingle Bell memories on our favorite Christmas carols so Mistletoe!—and spread holiday cheer we can belt out tunes while working.  throughout our community.

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Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American Multiple locations // unleavened.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

MONDAY

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue

See Sunday for details.

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza

See Sunday for details. Denny’s // Diner Multiple locations // dennys.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal from 4–10pm. Drinks not included. Days, number of meals and ages served vary by location. Deal also offered on Tuesday. Golden Corral // Buffet

See Sunday for details.

JC’s Burger House // American 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/2392740 // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table

See Sunday for details.

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue 3317 Inwood Road, Dallas; 214/350-2649 // bigalsbbq.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Age 10 and younger. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 972/934-0165 // bluemesagrill.com // K ids age 5 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet from 9am–3pm. Kids ages 6–11 eat for $7. Deal also offered on Saturday 10am–2pm and Wednesday 11am–2pm. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch Multiple locations // cafebrazil.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree from 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Thursday. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids age 3 and younger eat free at the buffet. Drinks charged separately. Details vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. Dickey’s // Barbecue Multiple locations // dickeys.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dine-in meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Details vary by location. Freebirds World Burrito // Mexican Multiple locations // freebirds.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Golden Corral // Buffet Multiple locations // goldencorral.com // Kids 44

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age 3 and younger eat free. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/5320206 // modernmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Monday. Details vary by location. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican 13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/233-2700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/303-5555 // moes.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/8185445 // oliverseatery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday. Pakpao Thai // Asian 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 120, Dallas; 214/7497002 // 7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 150, Dallas; 214/484-8772 // pakpaothai.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dine-in meal, all day. Age 10 and younger.

Posados Café // Mexican 4000 Towne Crossing Blvd., Mesquite; 972/682-0688 // posados.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Age 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. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Poke Bop // Asian 4140 Abrams Road, Dallas; 214/821-7653 // ilovepokebop.com // Free kid’s meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal is also offered Tuesday–Thursday. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

TUESDAY

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue

See Sunday for details.

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza

See Sunday for details.

Simply Fondue // Fondue 2108 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/827-8878 // simplyfondue.com // Free kid’s plate with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger.

Denny’s // Diner

Steak ’n Shake // Diner Multiple locations // steaknshake.com // One free kid’s meal per every $9 on the ticket, all day Saturday and Sunday. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Excludes drinks and shakes. Details vary by location.

See Monday for details.

See Monday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet

See Sunday for details. Poke Bop // Asian

IKEA // Swedish 1000 Ikea Way, Grand Prairie; 888/888-4532 // ikea.com // Up to two free kids’ combo meals with

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purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/2915001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 8165 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1300, Dallas; 469/480-8480 // 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // lunagrill.com // Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal from 4pm–close. Age 10 and younger. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/490-9464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Slater’s 50/50 // American 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/888-0158 // slaters5050.com // Kids age 12 and younger eat free from the kid’s menu with purchase of adult entree, all day. Smashburger // American Multiple locations // smashburger.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of adult entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Texadelphia // Deli Multiple locations // texadelphia.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location.

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Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

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WEDNESDAY

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue

Are you struggling with:

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Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican

See Sunday for details.

Braindead Brewing // American 2625 Main St., Dallas; 214/749-0600 // braindeadbrewing.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree from 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza

See Sunday for details. Poke Bop // Asian

See Monday for details. Charco Broiler // Steakhouse 413 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 214/9426806 // charcodallas.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree from 5–9pm. Age 12 and younger. Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // coltersbbq.com // Free

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kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter after 4pm. Age 12 and younger.

Golden Corral // Buffet

Golden Corral // Buffet

Poke Bop // Asian

Hook Line & Sinker // Seafood 17602 Preston Road, Dallas; 469/587-5888 // hookline-sinker.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal from 5–8pm. Ages 12 and younger. At this location only.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

Kyoto Japanese Steak House // Japanese 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688 // 9900 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett; 972/4630288 // kyotosteakhouse.com // Kids age 12 and younger get a free hibachi chicken meal with purchase of an adult hibachi dinner entrée of $15.95 or more. Dinner only. Dine-in only. Details vary by location.

See Sunday for details.

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Luby’s // Cafeteria Multiple locations // lubys.com // Free kid’s plate with purchase of an adult dine-in meal, all day. Age 10 and younger. Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // 1001 MacArthur Park Drive, Irving; 214/379-0165 // mattitos.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree from 4–9pm. Age 12 and younger. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase. Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/3683100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

See Sunday for details.

See Monday for details. See Sunday for details.

FRIDAY

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue Cici’s Pizza // Pizza

See Sunday for details.

Golden Corral // Buffet

See Sunday for details.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

SATURDAY

Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue

See Sunday for details.

Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican

See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza

See Sunday for details. El Rincon Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar // Mexican 1114 S. Elm St., Suite 100, Carrollton; 469/8926429 // elrincontx.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree from 11am–1pm. Age 10 and younger. Golden Corral // Buffet

See Sunday for details.

JC’s Burger House // American

See Monday for details.

THURSDAY

Beto’s Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 2530 W. Interstate Highway 20, Grand Prairie; 972/660-1289 // eatatbetos.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Big Al’s Smokehouse // Barbecue

See Sunday for details.

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

Luby’s // Cafeteria

See Wednesday for details. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli

See Sunday for details. Steak ’n Shake // Diner

See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

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Fill little tummies by spending a crisp Lincoln or less. Know of a deal we missed? Send us an email at editorial@dfwchild.com. Buffalo Wild Wings // American Multiple locations // buffalowildwings.com On Wednesday, kids age 12 and younger make selections from the kids’ menu for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Times and details vary by location. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com Kids age 3 and younger eat free, and kids ages 4–10 eat for under $4 every day. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican Multiple locations // cristinasmex.com On Monday and Tuesday, kids age 12 and younger eat for under $2. Two discounted kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Dine-in only. El Chico Café // Mexican Multiple locations // elchico.com On Thursday, kids age 12 and younger eat for $0.99 from the Little Amigos menu with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location. McAlister’s Deli | Deli Multiple locations // mcalistersdeli.com Kids’ meals cost $0.99 when you dine in or $2.49 for takeout, all day, every day. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Souper! Salad! // Buffet 1645 N. Town East Boulevard, Suite 166, Mesquite; 972/682-6888 // soupersalad.com Buffet costs $4.99 for kids ages 3–12 and is free for kids age 2 and younger. All day, every day. Drinks not included.

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Spaghetti Warehouse // Italian 1815 N. Market Street, Dallas; 214/651-8475

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On Monday, kids age 10 and younger eat for $1.99 all day with purchase of an adult meal. Up to two kids’ meals per adult. Dine-in only. Texas de Brazil // Brazilian 15101 Addison Road, Addison; 972/3851000 // 2727 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas; 214/720-1414 // texasdebrazil.com Kids age 2 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Kids ages 3−5 eat for $5. Kids ages 6–12 eat for half price. All day, every day. Weekend lunch from 11:30am– 3:30pm includes drinks and dessert (Addison only). Details vary by location.

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DALLAS HOLIDAY PARADE

your tickets too (running at $15 and up) for Allen Civic Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker Dec. 15–16. 705 Central Expressway South, Allen; 972/727-5959 allencivicballet.org

D OW N TOW N DA L L A S December 1 The Dallas Holiday Parade is the gift that keeps on marching. Don’t miss the 31st annual parade with marching bands, festive floats and all the holiday staples from 10–11am. Bleacher seats from $20. For bleacher seating, all children age 2 and younger sitting in an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. Premier tickets at $125 include stadium seats, a swag bag, hot chocolate and donuts. Commerce St., Dallas; 469/628-5399 dallasholidayparade.com

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A JOHN WILLIAMS FAMILY CHRISTMAS

M ORTON H . M E YE R S ON SYM P HON Y CENTER December 1 From legendary American composer John Williams comes selections from the Harry Potter and Home Alone movies and more Christmas favorites in this special onehour concert on Saturday morning for families. Hear the soaring instrumentals performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and carols by the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Tickets from $84. 2301 Flora St., Dallas; 214/849-4376 mydso.com

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

E P IC WAT E R S I N D O OR WAT E R PA R K December 1–22 Santa makes a splash at Epic Waters, Grand Prairie’s super cool indoor water park with a

ELF THE MUSICAL

DECEMBER 12–16 // CHRISTIAN DELL’EDERA AS FLICK AND THE CAST OF A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL AT WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE IN DALLAS.

retractable roof, i.e. climatecontrolled. Bring your kids’ beach towels and Christmas wish lists on Saturday, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Tickets include all-day admission, breakfast buffet, crafts and Santa meet and greet from 8–10am before the water park opens to the public. $46 per person. $19 for 3 years and younger. $169 for family of four. Sign up online to secure your spot. 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie; 972/337-3131 epicwatersgp.com

CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH

L A K E F RON T AT LITTLE ELM December 1–31 Find a little bit of paradise at the Little Elm beach park featuring Santa Land, elf houses and a 30-foot-tall Christmas

tree on display through New Year’s Eve. Come on select days (Dec. 1–2 and 8–9) to see Santa himself, eat s’mores on the beach and enjoy more special holiday entertainment including a light-up parade and fireworks on Dec. 1 and live reindeer on Dec. 2. Entrance into Santa Land is free with the purchase of commemorative Santa photos; prices vary. 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm; 972/731-3296 lakefrontlittleelm.com

MERRY MAIN STREET

F R I S C O S QUA R E December 1 Santa Claus is coming to Simpson Plaza on Saturday evening from 5–9pm. Get on that nice list by welcoming him to Frisco and ringing in the month of December during this night of family fun including the lighting of the city Christmas tree and a holiday store for kids to buy gifts for their parents. (Sweet, right?) $12 per child for a 20-minute shopping session. Ice skating in the Frisco

Square continues through Jan. 7; closed Christmas Day. $12 per person. 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco; 972/292-6500 friscotexas.gov

TEA WITH THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY

H I LTON G A R DE N I N N December 1 The Allen Civic Ballet presents Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Guests are welcomed into the Snow Queen’s Kingdom and served tea, lemonade and treats, while characters from the ballet visit each table. Mother Ginger tells the story of The Nutcracker with the help of the characters, after which guests may sit with the Sugar Plum Fairy on her golden, jewelencrusted throne or visit with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince in the Snow Queen’s ice-blue sleigh. Tickets from $15. Get

M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K December 1–2 Get a review of an elf’s four main food groups—candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup—during a Broadway musical performance based on the 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. Watch his journey from a young orphan who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts to his journey to New York City to find his birth father. Tickets from $20. 909 First Ave., Dallas; 800/745-3000 dallassummermusicals.org/ shows/elf

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T E X A S S C OT T I SH R I T E HO SP I TA L F OR C H I L DR E N December 7–8 Team up with your family to decorate the most creative gingerbread castles and get a special visit from Santa at this 11th annual Gingerbread Extravaganza by the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Tri Delta. Register online for one of two time slots on

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PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE!

W I N SP E A R OP E R A HOU SE December 8 Can’t wait for Peppa Pig’s indoor family attraction to open early next year at Grapevine Mills? Neither can she. See the pig herself here in Dallas this month in a live show featuring life-size puppets and costumed characters. Regular tickets from $29.50. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the cast on the pink carpet and

access to the after-party. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 attpac.org

CANDLELIGHT

DA L L A S H E R I TAG E V I L L AG E December 8–9 Wax nostalgic at the 47th annual Candlelight, a historic holiday festival in Old City Park that honors the season in late 1800s fashion. Visit the village grounds to experience it all: the carolers, hay wagon rides, interpreters in traditional costume, the American Flyer model train exhibit in the Depot and, of course, St. Nicholas himself. Discount tickets available online through Dec. 7: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children 4-12. At the gate: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 children ages 4-12. 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/413-3679 dallasheritagevillage.org

BAH HUMBUG!

He’s the Charles Dickens character we love to hate and love to witness his change of heart. This month find Scrooge in a classic musical, an even more kid-friendly version for littles and an improv puppet show. SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL

N ORT H T E X A S P E R F OR M I N G A RT S P L A N O December 7–9 C OU RT YA R D T H E AT R E December 14–16 This musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol chronicling Ebenezer Scrooge’s wild night with the three ghosts is recommended for kids age 5 and older. Watch the kids of North Texas Performing Arts on stage at two venues in Plano, each offering time with Santa before the show and after-show fun with Scrooge and Tiny Tim, plus Christmas treats and gifts. $18 orchestra seats, $25 premium seats. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B216, Plano; 972/422-2575 1509 H Ave., Plano; 972/422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org

SCROOGE PUPPET THEATRE

N ORT H PA R K C E N T E R Through December 24 Remember when Scrooge bursts open his second-floor cottage window and calls out below? Experience the scene in puppet form at NorthPark’s EastCourt on level one. The funny, improv performances begin at the bottom of the hour. Come back for the final show on Christmas Eve, when Scrooge is finally filled with the holiday spirit. FREE 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

W Y LY T H E AT R E Through December 30 ’Tis the season for Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from miser to a grateful, joyful soul. Witness as the three spirits take Scrooge on a journey through past, present and future Christmases in this family series production by Dallas Theater Center. Tickets from $20. 2400 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 attpac.org

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DALLAS ZOO LIGHTS

DECEMBER 8 // PEPPA PIG LIVE! AT WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS

DA L L A S C H I L DR E N ’ S T H E AT E R December 8–January 20 Did you know the characters from Ezra Jack Keats’ stories became an inspiration for Sesame Street? Experience some of his most famous books off the page when DCT performs adaptations of Whistle for Willie, Goggles! and the Caldecott winner The Snowy Day, the success of which broke the color barrier in children’s literature in 1962. See the combination of innovative shadow puppetry and live action with tickets starting at $15. Recommended for ages 3 and older. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL

W I N SP E A R OP E R A HO U SE December 12–16 See the story from the 1983 cult classic Christmas movie acted out in song on the Winspear stage. Laugh along as Ralphie receives his prized Christmas present—the Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle—and one he didn’t bargain for— pink bunny pajamas. Recommended for age 5 and older. Tickets from $25. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 attpac.org

SESAME STREET LIVE! LET’S PARTY!

ALLEN EVENT CENTER December 28–30 Party with the kids like it’s

2019 when puppet friends from the Sesame Street gang—Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and Oscar—perform in Allen. General admission tickets from $35. For an additional $30, snag tickets for preshow experiences that include character meet and greets, an on-stage tour of the neighborhood and a chance to help decorate for the party you’ll see on stage. 200 E. Stacy Road, #1350, Allen; 800/745-3000 alleneventcenter.com

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

DA L L A S A R B OR E T UM Through December 31 See the one-of-a-kind exhibit the Christmas carol has inspired during Holidays at the Arboretum. Each of the 12 glass-encased gazebos feature different characters or animals from the verses, each rotating and playing the tune. Come after hours on Wednesdays–Sundays through Dec. 30 to lay your eyes on the 25-foot-tall music boxes lit up at night. $15 adults; $10 children ages 3–12; additional tickets required for nighttime viewing. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org/12days

NYE COUNTDOWN TO NOON

S C I - T E C H DI S C OV E RY CENTER December 31 Come to Sci-Tech inside the Frisco Discovery Center for a kid-friendly countdown to noon—balloon drop and all. Ring in the new year with science experiments, liquid nitrogen ice cream and explosive stage shows. $5 members, $10 non-members age 3 and older. $2 planetarium shows. VIP Fast Passes: $10 for mem-

DA L L A S Z O O Through January 1 Most of the resident zoo animals call it a night after dark. That’s when the Dallas Zoo switches on its one millionplus twinkling lights and Santa appears for a winter wonderland festival in ZooNorth. Visit on select nights for adventure quests, nature ornament making, and an Elves Workshop in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. Free with regular admission, which includes admission for earlier in the day: $15 adults; $12 children ages 3–11. Free for kids 2 and younger and zoo members. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 dallaszoo.com

THE TRAINS AT NORTHPARK

N ORT H PA R K C E N T E R Through January 6 This toy train set on steroids stretches to 1,600 feet of track with more than 750 railcars, mini landmarks you’ll recognize, such as Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park. See the 20th annual exhibit up close on level two between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, or experience it in virtual reality with a new mobile app All Aboard! 360. Tickets are $7 adults; $4 children ages 2–12; free for children under 2. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/631-7354 thetrainsatnorthpark.com

DECK THE HALLS AND WELCOME ALL—CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE 2006

G E ORG E W. BU SH PRE SIDE NT IA L C ENT ER Through January 6 2006 was a Christmas to remember inside the Bush White House. Now in this special exhibit at the Bush Center at SMU, see a replica of the Blue Room Christmas tree and more of the scarlet, crimson and fuchsia-colored decorations that adorned the White House during the 2006 holiday. $19 general admission; free for members. 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas; 214/200-4300 bushcenter.org

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the family day Saturday, Dec. 8, and/or for the ladies luncheon and gingerbread castle building on Friday, Dec. 7, emceed by Katy Blakey of NBC 5 News. $85 per person for family day. $100 for luncheon. Proceeds benefit Scottish Rite. 2222 Welborn St., Dallas cookiesandcastles.com


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MOMMY FAILS COMPILED BY LISA SALINAS

WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS ABOUT 2 YEARS OLD, WE TOOK OUR SUMMER TRIP TO THE FAMILY LAKE HOUSE. WHEN WE REACHED THE HOUSE I REALIZED WE LEFT ALL HER CLOTHES AT HOME. LUCKILY, THE LOCAL DOLLAR GENERAL CARRIED A SURPRISINGLY CUTE VARIETY OF CARTER’S BRAND.”

ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I sent my kids to school dressed in pajamas on what I thought was jammies day during spirit week. It turned out it was actually Dr. Seuss character day.”

—NIKI, FORT WORTH

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—DONNA, MANSFIELD

“If you have an electric breast pump, always make sure it’s charged if you plan to pump away from home. When I went to pump on my break at work the pump was dead, and I didn’t have the charger with me. (The charger wouldn’t have worked anyway because there’s no plug in the room.) I ended up squeezing the milk out.” —STEPHANIE, WATAUGA

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I WAS ABOUT 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM WORK WHEN I LOOKED IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR AND DIDN’T SEE MY SON IN HIS CAR SEAT—MY HEART DROPPED! FOR A FEW SECONDS I FORGOT I ALREADY DROPPED HIM OFF WITH THE BABYSITTER.” —MELISSA, ROYCE CITY


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