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DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Hard To Swallow

Household hazards that may surprise you

REAL DADS 11 Dad Next Door / J-Si Chavez

Overcoming adversity to become one of the most popular hosts on air 14 A Day in Deep Ellum Toast the man in your life with a dad’s day out, Deep Ellum-style 14 Dance, Dance Spice up your dance moves at a free salsa class 14 Dad Talk Three local dads dish on fatherhood in a new podcast 16 Routines / Ariya Villegas Law school plus mommyhood means pumping between classes, studying late at night and imitating Elmo 24/7

MOM-APPROVED DOCTORS 25 This Month: Pediatricians Addiction cuts deep and can create wounds that scar kids for life, p. 18

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KID CULTURE 51 Ice Ice Baby

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Five cold treats to try this summer 53 Agenda Our five favorite things to do this month 54 EveryDay Calendar of events for every day in June

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SILENT SUFFERERS

When parents are addicts, their children face trauma words Heather Duge illustrations John J. Custer

45 FUN THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER (FOR $5 OR LESS)

The best things in Dallas and Collin counties are free (or nearly) during the summer words Beth McGee illustrations Mary Dunn

COLUMNS 6 Hello / A Few Surprises DallasChild Cover Model: 4-year-old Jonas of Dallas CollinChild Cover Model: 7-year-old Brooks of Frisco Photography: Nick Prendergast Hair/Makeup: Jenn Karsner, Wallflower Management Styling: Lauren Niebes

Up Our Sleeves An introduction to our June issue words Wendy Manwarren Generes

66 Confessions / Daddy Fails

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ummer has always been my favorite time of year. Even as a child growing up in the oppressive heat in Phoenix, Arizona, those three glorious months made me giddy. Besides a break from school, summertime meant spending lots of time with my parents exploring what our city had to offer and jam-packing our days — and nights — with exciting summertime-only activities and events. There’s no denying that Dallas is an extremely kid-friendly city. We’ve got some of the most amazing museums, zoos and other attractions all centered around children. And during the summer, lots of those offer free options for keeping the kids busy. Seriously, you could fill the holes in the summertime schedule with loads of fun things. We rounded up the 45 best free (or really cheap) options in Dallas and Collin counties in “45 Fun Things To Do This Summer (for $5 or less)” on page 22. From weekly indoor matinees to surprising outdoor discoveries, we found programs, projects, performances and more to provide plenty of next-to-nothing entertainment. And we have a few surprises for Dad in this issue too. We interviewed one of our favorite local fathers. (Hint: He’s a popular radio personality making waves in the morning while you’re on your way to work or carpooling the kids.) Read all about him in our Dad Next Door column on page 11. We also picked creative date night ideas and a guy-friendly class (we promise you’ll have fun as well) on page 14. And on the last page in this magazine, we included some of the funniest parenting fails — all of them submitted by dads, including my husband Scott. What’s not so funny, however, is the number of poisonings happening to kids age 6 and younger. We’d been reading the scary statistics about the millions of kids ending up in the ER due to exposure to household poisons, so we asked writer Leslie Chatman to investigate. In her piece “Hard To Swallow” on page 9, she looked at some of the less-than-obvious household dangers such as cosmetics, essential oils and e-cigarettes and got the experts to weigh in on the best ways to keep kids safe. If you haven’t already, save the number for Poison Control (it’s in the story) in your phone now, and read Chatman’s other tips to minimize the danger zone in your home.

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noted. to kids that despite the fruity taste, what they are taking is medication to help them heal. DETERGENT PODS

Nearly 12,000 children age 5 and younger were exposed to detergent pods last year. Consuming a detergent pod can cause coughing, breathing difficulty and possibly death. “The detergent washes away the protein in the lungs that keeps them inflated,” explains McCreight. Experts recommend ditching the pods until all children in the house are school age or older. If you just can’t do without, put them up high and in a container that locks. And avoid putting the pods in the same types of containers where you store cereal and baking needs.

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elissa Hardage, 33, doesn’t take any chances. She describes her daughters — ages 3 and 1— as incredibly inquisitive. “So my husband and I prevent easy access to household cleaning products and medications by placing them out of reach,” the Dallas mom says. It’s a no-brainer. Even before our babies became crawlers, most of us probably put child safety locks on the cabinets where our household cleaners and medications live. But new statistics show that, that might not be enough. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 300 children, nearly half under the age of 6,

treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of poisoning injuries, typically from ingestion. During a regular 10-hour shift, Dr. Audry McCreight, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, says she sees at least one poisoning injury from ingestion. “The types of accidental poisonings I see range from medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen to detergent pods, nail polish remover and extremely toxic button batteries from watches,” she says. MEDICATIONS

“Most ingestions by toddlers are medicine, both over-the-counter and prescription,” says Dana Walraven, community health outreach manager at Cook Children’s and Safe

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THOUGH HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS AN OPEN BOOK, RADIO PERSONALITY J-SI CHAVEZ DOESN’T TALK MUCH ABOUT HIS KIDS — CHLOE, 3, AND CASON, 5 — ON AIR.

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Cason, 5, and Chloe, 3 — he’s always been an open book. Even at 23, when he learned that the man who raised him wasn’t his biological father — his mother, who became pregnant at 17, had lied to him about his father’s identify — he shared the heartbreaking experience with fans. “Our listeners know more about [my background] than some of our closest family members,” the Carrollton dad says. Some relatives don’t even know about some of the strug-

gles Chavez faced on his journey to recognizable radio personality. Chavez’s path involved living in his truck before breaking into radio as an intern, for instance. Now, a veteran of more than a decade, he helms the nationally syndicated radio show. In 2013, when the show’s namesake died suddenly at a golf tournament fundraiser for Kidd’s Kids, Kraddick’s nonprofit that takes terminally and chronically ill children to Walt Disney World, Chavez rose to the occasion in the midst of his 1 own grief, standing in Kidd Kraddick’s place as ringleader of the popular morning show. After all, the 1 show

must go on, and it has, with lots of success, too. DID YOU ALWAYS ASPIRE TO BE IN RADIO? I’ve always been

interested in entertainment, but in my family there are a lot of people in medicine. I was in the process of becoming a nurse and my counselor asked if there was something I’d always wondered about. I answered radio. Other counselors had told me, “You’re not going to make it.” She looked at me and said, “I think you should try it.” If it weren’t for that con2 versation, I would have never applied to become an intern. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S OFFLIMITS WHEN YOU’RE

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FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME BY YOURSELF?

Going to the gym. It sounds juvenile, but I like to go skateboarding. I like to play video games when the kids are sleeping. And I play guitar.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH KINSEY? My

favorite thing to do is to make a Blue Apron meal together, grab a bottle of wine and watch Dateline. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR NEW DADS? I

hope they’re present in their kids’ lives. Nothing hurts me more than when I see a little kid trying to get his parent’s attention and the parent’s on the phone. You don’t know when it’s going to be your last day. Take in those moments and cherish them; they’re priceless. WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ON FATHERHOOD SOMEONE ELSE HAS GIVEN YOU? When it comes

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milkshakes or ice cream. Sometimes we just stay home and she sets up a tea party or we play princess and prince.

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yourself and don’t listen to what others think. Embrace the quirkiness you have and go toward your passion.

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heritage. Relax on the steampunkthemed patio with a pre-Prohibition cocktail like the smoky diamondback made with rye and Chartreuse. To top off his day, send him on a 20-minute tour of the brew deck at Deep Ellum Brewing Co., where tours start at 1pm and 2pm. Admission gets you three full-size samples of the freshest craft brew and one glass pint to keep as a souvenir.

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If your hubby can name more Disney princesses than you, grab him a well-deserved cold one and send him the link to the DTALKS Podcast: A Podcast for Dads. Launched last December by North Texas fathers Galan Aldaco, John Laird and Joe Shaw, the banter- and blooper-filled show puts a comical spin on fatherhood, complete with bad puns and plenty of PG- to R-rated stories from the hosts about raising their little girls (and soon, a boy). Your man will quickly become a fan of the show’s funny segments — “Ask the Dads,” “Dad Jokes” — as well as “Things You Should Check Out” like parenting hacks and date night ideas. This month, the dads talk swimming lessons and host special guest speakers — their own dads — in honor of Father’s Day. A new 90-minute episode is released every other Sunday; listen online and follow @dtalkspodcast on Twitter.

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ariya villegas Ariya Villegas lives in Addison with her fiance and high school sweetheart, Gabe Maldonado, and their 9-month-old rainbow baby, Amora. Gabe is a corrections officer, and Ariya is a third-year law student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She spends her days going to class, taking care of the family’s three dogs, imitating Elmo, and trying to attend school functions with a baby in tow.

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AM Amora wakes me up by pulling on my hair and smacking my face through the gaps in her bedside crib. So I pull her into bed with us to nurse, cuddle and ask about her dreams. Then I try to convince her to let me change her diaper and put some clothes on her without having to bust out some WWE wrestling moves. She usually wins. 7:30AM I get halfway decent, throw some toys out into the living room for baby to play with and take our three dogs on a quick morning walk. 8AM Grab lunches prepared the night before, put the dogs up, give goodbye kisses to Gabe then run out the door to fight traffic from Addison to Dallas so I can drop off Amora at day care. 8:30AM Arrive at the law school, where I have to fight for parking. Then I run to the library to check emails and print out case files and class notes. 10:30AM Sit through business enterprise law, where we learn about mergers and acquisitions of publicly and non-publicly traded organizations. I pretend to pay attention while I start my job search for the day and occasionally jump on Pinterest. 12PM After class lets out, I take a lunch break and call Gabe to see how his day at work went yesterday. We rarely get to see each other during the week since our schedules are opposite. 1PM Pump in the mother’s room in the basement of the law school while desperately try-

ing to find a signal in the stuffy air so I can look at my email again. 2PM Pack up my pump and start my daily job search. I make the rounds all of the county job webpages (Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays, Caldwell, Tarrant, Denton, Collin and Dallas). I look for anything that I could be qualified for including clerkships, attorney positions, probation officer positions and victim services positions. As usual, this leads to me scanning my LinkedIn for errors or additions. 3PM Attend advanced criminal law, where we talk about the collateral consequences of plea-bargaining and prosecutor discretion. Luckily I have a few friends in this class and we are able to jump on Facebook and chat across the room. This is probably my favorite class because it covers so many interesting topics. 4:30PM Most people stay to talk to our professor, the dean of the law school, but I quickly stuff my things into my backpack and rush to the parking garage where I fight to get out and drive back to the day care. 5PM I get to the day care and pick up Amora. I ask how her day was and get a small report about what she did today. Her teachers are always cheerful and doting on Amora (which reminds me that she probably needs a bath tonight). Then we are off to conquer 5 o’clock traffic from Dallas back to Addison. 6PM By the time we get home, Amora is ready to nurse and is babbling “Mamamama Moo” to let me know that she is ready for Moo Moo Milk. (The name comes from an item in Pokémon Go. I was seven months pregnant in the middle of summer when that stupid app came out, and my fiance dragged me through Addison Circle looking for a Pikachu and other creatures.) After Amora has her nursing snack, we take our dogs out for another walk and pick up the mail. 6:30PM Playtime! We chase the dogs around the apartment, play with all the kitchen utensils, play with Amora’s ever-growing collection of Elmo toys and sing our nightly concert of Adele tracks. 7:30PM I put Amora in her bouncy swing so she can work on her Farrah Fawcett legs while I get dinner ready. Tonight is Cajun pork loin with red potatoes and garlic green beans. 8PM After I eat dinner and let Amora roam, I capture her and get her into a bath. She loves playing in the water, so going in isn’t the hard part — it’s getting her out that she does not like. Once she is all dried and dressed, we do baby massage with lavender lotion and I ask her how her day went. My parents always did this for me growing up, so I make sure to ask her and narrate the interesting day that I hope she had. Today she rode wild unicorns and played with lots of flowers. Before bedtime, we sit on the bed with the dogs and practice gentle petting. 8:30PM I nurse Amora and give her, her nightly head scratches, then put her to bed.

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SILENT SUFFERERS When parents are addicts, their children face trauma WORDS HEATHER DUGE

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even-year-old Sailer Simmons doesn’t think about alcohol and drugs all the time. No, when the little girl from North Oak Cliff is participating in one of her favorite pastimes like dancing or singing, she doesn’t think about those things at all. But when she’s home, alcohol and drugs creep into her thoughts often. “When is Daddy coming home?” she asks her mother. Sailer’s daddy is an addict, one who has struggled with substance abuse since his little girl’s birth. Louise Simmons, 38, Sailer’s mom (names changed for privacy), knew that addiction ran in her now ex-husband’s family even before she married him. “I had the misperception that because I was aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, I was educated and we had a certain socioeconomic status, we were safe,” Simmons reveals. “But that is wildly untrue. Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of their background.” And it did. What began as social drinking in college soon escalated. Shortly after Sailer was born, Simmons discovered that her husband wasn’t only struggling with an alcohol addiction but also with over-thecounter pills and medications prescribed by doctors, all of which he was unsuccessfully trying to hide from his family. These substances enslaved him, and she’d had enough.

PARENTS ON DRUGS

One in three children goes home to a family member using drugs or alcohol daily. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, alcohol and drug use knows no age, gender, race, ethnicity or status when it comes to its victims. But those paying the biggest price for substance addiction — whether it’s alcohol, marijuana or physician-prescribed pain medications such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan — are the children. “The use of drugs and alcohol monopolizes the motivation and attention for the parent,” says Dr. Dave Atkinson, medical director of the Teen Recovery Program at Children’s Health, who also serves as assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “The child tends to be neglected because things that are naturally motivating for most people are not there for people using drugs and alcohol and they become trapped in the addiction.” Even a child receiving basic necessities like food, clothes and a home isn’t getting the emotional support and love they crave and require from a parent who is an addict, who may have difficulty with emotional regulation and get overly angry or overly sad, Atkinson says. These emotional elements contribute to a decreased ability to engage with their kids, discipline effectively and be an overall effective parent.

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“Many people think that if the addict would just stop drinking or using drugs, then everything would be OK,” says Dr. Emily Van Pelt, a play therapist supervisor and licensed professional counselor supervisor at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center in Dallas. “But it can’t be turned on or off [like a switch]. It’s a daily battle, and they need to be loved instead of being shamed.” THE SIDE EFFECTS

Most researchers and the National Institute of Drug Abuse define addiction as a compulsive behavior that continues despite negative consequences. In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents. “Kids will pick up on something being wrong with the parent, but they don’t know it’s drugs or alcohol,” Atkinson explains. “Even if the parent can hide the substance use, they can’t hide all the consequences that go with it.” Addiction interferes with kids’ social circles, making it difficult for them to make and keep friends. The emotions that a child of a substance user deals with are complex. Some feel ashamed and keep the secret from others, causing them to isolate themselves socially and not have other children over to play, explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. They may avoid going to events where a parent has

to go or lie that an absent family member is sick or traveling. Kids with parents who are addicted feel like they live two separate lives — the embarrassing one in emotional upheaval at home and the façade they put on in front of others. “[These kids] may sit at the lunch table at school and listen to friends talking about weekend plans or birthday parties and not contribute to the conversation because they’ve been trained not to share their home life,” Sanford says. Other kids blame themselves, thinking their bad grades, untidy room or poor behavior causes Dad to stay away for days at a time or their parents to fight, for instance. “Developmentally, kids can be egocentric, so oftentimes, they think it’s their fault,” says Erin Williams, a children’s counselor in the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center in Irving, a unique prevention and education curriculum for kiddos ages 7–12 who have an addict in their lives. These children feel insecure, frustrated and lonely as a result of the unstable environment at home. But they don’t know how to process these emotions and often act out; struggle with school; and experience anxiety, depression and sleeping issues such as insomnia. And then there are other kids who hide an unpredictable family life well. Dr. Sam McCage, manager, behavioral health in the psychology department at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, explains that these children may excel academically, behave well in class and participate in numerous extracurricular activities. From the

outside, these kids might seem fine, great even, but inside they harbor a tremendous amount of guilt and a sense that no matter what they do it’s never enough. “The kids quietly struggling often go unnoticed,” Williams says. “They don’t appear to be affected and aren’t helped.” It’s not uncommon for children of substance users to lose trust in all people who hold positions of power — teachers, grandparents and other wellmeaning adults. “It’s a lifelong struggle for some kids who can carry some of the issues into [adulthood],” Sanford says. As the kids get older, meaningful relationships become harder to sustain, and instead these children seek out relationships in which the dynamics feel familiar — with people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, for instance, Williams cautions. There’s also the danger that they too might spiral into the dangerous world of addiction since genetic and environmental contributors affect who suffers from the disease. If addiction is already in the blood line and it’s being modeled at home, kids are frighteningly more likely to succumb and develop an addiction to a substance or substances. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that drinking early and often increases the likelihood of becoming addicted. “People often say that parents should allow their kids to drink a moderate amount of alcohol while they’re home,” Atkinson says. “But research shows the kids

who do this drink a lot more in college, mostly because they lose their natural fear of alcohol.” GETTING HELP

“[With addiction], oftentimes, children are the first ones hurt and the last ones helped,” Williams explains. It’s our job as the parent not struggling with addiction to help them reclaim their childhood. Sailer underwent lots of changes in a short amount of time. Within 18 months of her sixth birthday, her parents separated and subsequently divorced, and her dad moved from Dallas to Minnesota for treatment. “I realized that Sailer needed someone to help her talk about her feelings and understand addiction,” Simmons recalls. So she enrolled Sailer in Five Star Kids at the Betty Ford Center, a three-day, five-hour-per-day program facilitated by counselors who also grew up dealing with a loved one’s addiction. The program uses art, games, role-playing and journaling to help kids set and achieve goals and deal with problems and emotions effectively. The program gave the Simmonses age-appropriate phrases and key words to help explain and talk about addiction, and an instant community of other families also struggling with the disease. Sailer realized she’s not alone. “It really helps kids understand anything they do or don’t do will not change the disease of addiction,” Simmons says. “Whether they are making straight A’s or if they are acting out at school, the addiction is not about them.” Experts agree that parents should plant the seeds for honest discussions about addiction early (before age 9). After all, knowledge is power. Discuss

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addiction in a casual, matter-offact way. Use age-appropriate language, demystify the disease and keep the lines of communication open. For instance, you might compare alcoholism to diabetes when explaining it to younger kids. Tell them that just as a diabetic has to avoid sugar, an alcoholic has to avoid alcohol or they’ll get sick. Tell kids the truth and let them know what’s happening to their loved one in therapies and treatment. Also, talk frankly about children’s predisposition to substance addiction given their genetic makeup. “Sailer’s dad kept his addiction hidden,” Simmons explains. “She had seen other family members drink alcohol at mealtime, but she had never seen her dad drink alcohol or take pills, so it was all really confusing for her.” Through dialogue and treatment, Sailer better understood that some people can drink alcohol responsibly and not become addicted. But those who suffer from addiction, like her dad, can’t. They require special treatment (sometimes far away) to help them get better. It’s important for children to understand that an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an illness that their parent can recover from. Children dealing with drug abuse in their families need help just like the addicts themselves do. They benefit from talking about their feelings in therapy (individual or family), with their school guidance counselor or in a support group (see our sidebar for local options). Kids living with addiction often forget their No. 1 job is to be a kid, Williams says. “Remind

them that adult problems are not their problems.” THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

If possible, experts advise removing an addict from a home with kids and sending them to an addiction treatment facility, halfway house or another family member’s home — but keeping them present, Van Pelt says. “I recommend activities like creating a journal with letters and pictures to give the parent when [the child] sees him or her.” Eight months ago, Sailer’s dad went into an inpatient program and sober house in Minnesota. Her grandparents have taken her to visit him, and he comes back to Texas to see her. “Family recovery is so important,” Williams explains. “If everyone is in recovery, people are much more likely to stay sober.” Children benefit from adult encouragement when dealing with any trauma, including addiction. It’s important to surround them with trusted family members who don’t have addiction issues to shower them with unconditional love and support. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Keep in mind that a child’s life won’t suddenly turn around when the addict gets into treatment. The process is lengthy, and children may still feel anxious and uncertain. The road to recovery for Sailer means continued private therapy sessions, the occasional re-enrollment in the Five Star Kids program, FaceTime-ing her dad and making plans for the future, like his visit in a few months for her eighth birthday.

Get Kids the Support They Need DR. SAM MCCAGE, MANAGER, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT COOK CHILDREN’S IN FORT WORTH, RECOMMENDS that children dealing with a

parent’s addiction get support outside the home. Kid-focused support groups help children see that they’re not alone in their struggles and offer a place for solace, encouragement and love. Many also provide education and tools for how to positively cope with their situation. Betty Ford Center hosts a three-day program to help kids ages 7–12 learn the basics of addiction and that they aren’t to blame, and to encourage children to share their feelings and make healthy choices for themselves. Irving, 972/751-0363; hazeldenbettyford.org Dallas Al-Anon now has a fellowship of young Al-Anon members ages 9–12 whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Plano and Wylie; dallasal-anon.org The Child & Family Guidance Center’s Safety Net program provides an intensive drug and alcohol program in high-need schools in Dallas, Collin and Rockwall counties. Multiple locations; childrenandfamilies.org Rainbow Days provides a substance abuse prevention program for kids 4 and older in schools and homeless shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 214/887-0726; rainbowdays.org

Like most kids, Sailer dreams of being lots of things when she grows up — an author, illustrator, chef, dancer and photographer. Her mom’s dreams include steering her as far as possible from unintentionally following in her father’s footsteps and indulging the same awful appetite for drugs and alcohol that consumes him.

“I want her to know she is loved by both of her parents, and we are all working to make our family strong and safe,” Simmons says. “I hope that now, at age 7, she can develop life skills to deal with stress and adversity as she grows up. I want her to have the tools to grow into a healthy and confident young woman.”

JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS? HAVING A CHILD THAT MAY BE PREDISPOSED TO ADDICTION

because of her DNA is a frightening prospect for any parent. What’s more, it’s now been found that putting an at-risk child on medication for the common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their drug addiction risk factor by three. “Our society values fast, fun and easy when fixing problems,” explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor

supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. “The symptoms of ADHD, trauma and depression are the same in kids. When a child starts being impulsive, has problems focusing or sitting still, or lacks organization, oftentimes it is blamed on ADHD. If a parent is wanting to hide the addiction, they agree to treat the ADHD with drugs, which puts the child at a higher risk of being an addict later in life.”

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Fun Things To Do This Summer WORDS BETH MCGEE

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The best things in Dallas and Collin counties are free (or nearly) during the summer — spray grounds, indoor play spaces, trolley rides and more. And what’s not free is no more than a few dollars, including movies, arcades and lots of other activities. Here, our favorite warmweather cheap thrills to keep kiddos entertained during the three-month school break.

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even crawlers. 214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org

The coolest farmers markets offer more than local produce and meats. 1. The recently opened outdoor children’s playscape at the DALL AS FARMERS MARKET encourages kids to climb, draw and splash. 214/6649110; dallasfarmersmarket.org

2. From petting zoos to bounce houses to rideable kid-size tractors, the FARMERS BRANCH MARKET delivers on pint-size fun. 972/919-2602; farmersbranchmarket.com 3. Find face painting and pony rides in Chestnut Square during the MCKINNEY FARMERS MARKET . 972/562-8790; chestnutsquare.org

7. A whimsical mushroom, palm tree and rainbow make it rain on kiddos at W.J. THOMAS SPL ASH PARK in Carrollton. 972/466-3080; cityofcarrollton.com

Trade the sprinklers and garden hose for interactive fun at a splash park or pool.

4. Besides drenching buckets, fountains and cannons, CELEBRATION PARK in Allen, which is closed on Wednesdays, is home to a duck pond and an accessible playground. 214/509-4700; cityofallen.org 5. Surrounding the steady streams of water shooting out of the ground at FRISCO COMMONS SPRAY PARK are restrooms and a large pavilion. 972/292-6500; friscofun.org 6. Multiple interactive fountains throughout KLYDE WARREN PARK mean there’s an area for all ages,

8. Pack a change of clothes to shop at HILLSIDE VILL AGE in Cedar Hill and let kids splash in the vertical jets. 972/637-6301; shophillsidevillage.com 9. The adjoining playground and spray ground at AL RUSCHHAUPT PARK in McKinney offers shaded picnic benches for snack time. 972/547-7480; mckinneyparks.org 10. HARRY MYERS PARK features a colorful modest spray ground amongst lots of trees. 972/771-7762; playrockwall.com 11. Water guns, a flower spray and water walls create wet and wild fun for kids of all ages at SPL ASH FACTORY OUTDOOR WATER PL AYGROUND

in Grand Prairie. $2 per person getting in the water. 972/266-5272; grandfungp.com


12. After 4pm, kids under 48 inches enjoy a twilight swim for $4 at SURF AND SWIM in Garland. Ages 2 and under are free. 972/205-2000; surfandswim.org

Beat the heat (or the rain) indoors.

Frisco and Rockwall. Visit kidsbowlfree.com for registration and details. 21. Build — and take home — a free Lego model at the Monthly Mini Model Build at the LEGO STORE in NorthPark. Reserve a spot online. 214/750-6422; lego.com

24. Catch magic shows, a cappella harmonies and more starting at noon in Grand Court at the SHOPS AT WILLOW BEND during Summer Fun Thursdays. 972/202-4900; shopwillowbend.com

14. The three-story tree fort at WATERMARK COMMUNIT Y CHURCH in Dallas features stairs, bridges and a separate area for toddlers. 214/3612275; watermark.org 15. Take toddlers 4 and younger to The Woods at HIGHL AND PARK PRESBY TERIAN CHURCH in Dallas to play, read and pretend. 214/5267457; hppc.org/kids-students 16. A three-story twisty slide and obstacle course at PRESTONWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH ’s free KIDZ Indoor Playground in Plano keeps kids 10 and younger busy. 972/820-5000; prestonwood.org 17. Take kiddos 3 and younger to bounce around in just-for-them inflatables at JUMPSTREET in Plano. $4.99 for ages 3 and younger. 972/378-5867; gotjump.com 18. Spend a free late afternoon at the AMERICAN GIRL STORE at Galleria Dallas on the first Wednesday of each month for Let’s Get Crafty. 877/247-5223; americangirl.com 19. See a Kids Camp movie as a family for a $1, $3 or $5 donation at AL AMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA in Dallas and Richardson. Most movies are appropriate for ages 3 and older; go online for details. 972/534-2120; drafthouse.com/dfw 20. Kids can BOWL TWO FREE GAMES each day all summer long at participating lanes in Dallas, Allen, Plano,

Pack a picnic, lawn chairs and bug spray to spend time outdoors after dark. 30. Arrive before 7pm on Saturday to reserve a prime spot for an outdoor rock, ‘90s hits or jazz concert at the VILL AGE GREEN AT WATTERS CREEK in Allen. 972/747-8000; watterscreek.com 31. Watch a free Friday concert at MUSIC IN THE SQUARE in front of Frisco City Hall as the sun sets. 469/633-7117; friscosquare.com

Summon some culture into the summer routine with a trip to museum or gallery. 25. Arturo’s Nest for ages 0–4 and the Young Learners Gallery for ages 5–8 at the DALL AS MUSEUM OF ART let kids explore rotating themes using games, hands-on activities, toys, art and books. 214/922-1200; dma.org 26. Visit sheep, goats and chickens at the HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM in Plano, where self-guided tours are $3 per person. 972/8810140; heritagefarmstead.org 27. Find interactive STEM exhibits and a 106-year-old railroad car at the INTERURBAN RAILWAY MUSEUM in Plano. 972/941-2117; interurbanrailwaymuseum.org

at KLYDE WARREN PARK in Dallas. 214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org 37. Hop aboard the vintage M-LINE TROLLEY to roll through historic Uptown along McKinney Avenue in Dallas. 214/855-0006; mata.org 38. Indulge in $2 Tuesdays at FRISCO SQUARE , where treats such as popcorn, cake pops and cannolis cost $2–$2.50 each. 469/633-7117; friscosquare.com

22. Let kiddos make a free craft at L AKESHORE LEARNING every Saturday from 11am–3pm. 972/934-8866; lakeshorelearning.com 23. Take tiny builders to the nearby HOME DEPOT for free kids’ workshops offered Saturday mornings. 972/735-9333; homedepot.com

13. Set little ones 5 and younger loose to climb through tunnels and explore interactive stations at the Wildcat Fun Zone at the L AKE HIGHL ANDS REC CENTER in Dallas. $3 per tot. 214/670-7794; dallasparks.org

store and train depot at FARMERS BRANCH HISTORICAL PARK before maybe seeing a historic baseball game (check the schedule online). 972/406-0184; fbhistoricalpark.org

32. Addison’s annual SUMMER SERIES IN ADDISON CIRCLE features live music from a variety of genres in Beckert Park on Saturday evenings. 972/450-7031; addisontexas.net 33. The Joe Farmer Recreation Center Ampitheater in Allen hosts the SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES

the first three Mondays in June. 214/509-4700; allenparks.org

34. Catch a sunset flick at MOVIES ON THE SQUARE in Carrollton one Saturday a month. 972/466-3000; cityofcarrollton.com 35. Experience SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK at Samuell-Grand Ampitheatre in Dallas on a Tuesday or Wednesday for pay-what-you-wish admission. June’s lineup includes The Merry Wives of Windsor and Quixote. 214/559-2778; shakespearedallas.org

28. Target First Saturdays offer kidcentered art scavenger hunts and garden yoga at the NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER in Dallas. 214/2425100; nashersculpturecenter.org

On days when it’s not too hot, plan an outdoor adventure.

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36. Take bookworms to check out the free, interactive story times

39. Head to SANDY L AKE AMUSEMENT PARK in Carrollton for mini golf, bumper cars, and pony rides. Admission, $2; tickets, 50 cents each. 972/242-7449; sandylake.com 40. Watch airplanes take off and land from Founder’s Plaza at DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT or Bachman Lake across from DALL AS LOVE FIELD . dfwairport.com/founders; dallasparks.org 41. Run the kids ragged in the CenterPark Garden at NORTHPARK while you sip an iced coffee at La Duni. 214/751-3470; northparkcenter.com 42. Visit the Village Depot play area at THE VILL AGE AT ALLEN where kids can wander through a Texas-shaped hedge maze or pretend in the scaled-down playhouses. 972/6784939; thevillageshopping.com 43. TEXAS HORSE PARK in Dallas offers free pony rides the third Thursday of the month from 1–6pm. 469/804-2660; riverranch-texashorsepark.com 44. Visit the Children’s Garden at TRINIT Y RIVER AUDUBON CENTER

in Dallas on the third Thursday of the month, when admission is free. 214/398-8722; trinityriver.audubon.org 45. Visit TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS in Dallas on pay-what-youwant Tuesdays. Don’t miss the butterfly release at noon. 214/428-7476; texasdiscoverygardens.org

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HOW WE DO IT PICKING A PEDIATRICIAN is a lot like picking a partner. You need to find someone you trust, someone who makes you feel at ease, someone whose philosophies align with your own and someone you can see yourself — and your baby — with long-term. Unfortunately, there’s no Match.com equivalent to finding the right doctor for your little one. If you’re in the market, ask trusted friends, neighbors and family members for an introduction to a pediatrician they love, or begin here with this list of Mom-Approved Pediatricians recommended by local moms and dads.

in good standing with the Texas Medical Board at press time.

WHAT MAKES MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIANS DIFFERENT? Each year

various publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think MomApproved Pediatricians 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-toparent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

WHAT IS A MOMAPPROVED PEDIATRICIAN? A Mom-

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

Approved Pediatrician is a pediatrician, family physician or pediatric specialist who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local parents reached out

to our magazine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their bedside manner or professional acumen, these providers have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their health. All of these providers were

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HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? To recommend a pediatrician, visit our website at dfwchild.com and complete the Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her childfriendly 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 PEDIATRICIANS? The full list of Mom-Approved Pediatricians with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com. The list will be updated as new providers are added.

Brown, Michael MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Alvis, Jeffrey MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney

Capote-Piga, Versallie MD Piga Primary Care Associates, Frisco

Anderson, Howard MD AIM Center for Health and Wellness, Dallas

Cavalier, Mary Ellen MD Joy & Crown Pediatric Specialists, Frisco

Aslam, Qamar MD Carrollton Pediatrics, Carrollton

Chang, Christina DO Pediatric People, Frisco

Bacsik, Susan DO Pediatrics at Campbell Center, Dallas

Clarke, Adrian MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas

Becker, Christopher MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall, Rockwall Bergman, Barry MD Bergman Pediatrics, Dallas Berkowitz, Jeffrey MD Pediatric Specialists of Plano, Plano

Sher, Ellen MD Office of Dr. Sher, Dallas

FAMILY MEDICINE

The list is by no means exhaustive. Our June list primarily includes pediatricians and pediatric specialists. There are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a

recommendation. If you have a local pediatrician or pediatric specialist you love, tell us.

Clifford, Jenny MD Baylor Pediatric Center, Dallas Cook, Yuri MD Raintree Healthcare, Allen See ad on page 29 Curry, Daryl MD Office of Dr. Curry, Dallas

Berry, Marcy MD A Bright Future Pediatrics, Plano

Davila, Holanda MD MD Kids Pediatrics, Garland See ad on page 30

Bourland, Christina MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Davis, Samuel MD Child Plus Pediatric Health and Wellness, Saginaw


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Day, Gustavo MD Office of Dr. Day, Dallas

Hanig, Joseph MD Clinical Pediatric Associates, Dallas

Mannering, Isha MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Plano

Oved, Kfir MD All Star Pediatrics, Frisco

Deacon, Thomas MD Pediatrics Southwest, DeSoto

Hart, Chafen MD Pediatricians of Dallas, Dallas

Maun, Dimple MD A Bright Future Pediatrics, Plano

Paruolo, William MD Office of Dr. Paruolo, The Colony

Denison, Early MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Hebbur, Malini MD Village Health Partners, Plano

McClard, Karen MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Henderson, Allison MD Office of Dr. Henderson, Richardson

McClendon, Laura MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Pascoe, Rama MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall, Rockwall

Henry, Travis MD Baylor Family Medical Center, Waxahachie

McDonald, Russell MD Plano Pediatrics, Plano

Deuber, Christina MD Inwood Village Pediatrics, Dallas Diaz-Esquivel, Maribel MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas Dickschat, Diana MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Plano Do, Bich MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas Dollins, Kathleen MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney

Hidalgo, Hector MD Trinity Pediatrics, Plano Hingle, Laurie MD Best Nest, Frisco Hsu, Alison MD Starside Pediatrics, Frisco Hunke, Louis MD Pediatric Southwest, DeSoto

Drake, Casey MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics, Rockwall See ad on page 28

Jagani, Azra MD Frisco Family Clinic, Frisco

Dreiling, Chris MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Jowdy, Michelle DO Lakewood Pediatrics, Dallas See ad on page 17

Eley, Cheryl MD Children’s Choice Pediatrics, McKinney Ewert, Anne MD Pear Pediatrics, Rockwall Faulkner, Cheryl MD Collin County Pediatrics, Frisco Fernandez, Ernesto MD Clinical Pediatric Associates, Dallas Fisch, Jason MD Baylor Family Medical Center, Murphy Gair, Ashley MD West Plano Pediatrics, Plano Goebel, Charles DO Pediatric Specialists of Plano, Plano Gondol, Sara MD Starside Pediatrics, Frisco

Kaplan, Aaron DO Kaplan Pediatrics, Plano Kaplan, Seth MD TLC Pediatrics of Frisco, Frisco Karam, Albert MD Office of Dr. Karam, Dallas Katz, Scott MD Plano Pediatrics, Plano Kim, Danny MD Windhaven Pediatrics, Plano Kotas, Robert MD Baylor Pediatric and Adolescent Associates, Murphy Kravitz, Michelle MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas Lange, Rose MD Rainbow Pediatrics, Richardson Lawrence, Christopher MD Healthcare Associates of Texas, McKinney

McElroy Ryan MD Pediatric Associates of Plano, Plano McGonnell, Christopher MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Plano McKnight, Andrea MD Family Medical Center at North Garland, Garland Menchaca, Virginia MD Pediatric HealthCare Associates, McKinney See ad on page 31 Merchant, Rhonda MD Legacy Pediatrics, Plano Michaels, Shobha MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano Milici, Marjorie MD Baylor Pediatric Center, Dallas Miller, Amy DO Family HealthCare Associates, Richardson Mirza, Muhammad MD Carrollton Pediatrics, Carrollton Mitchell, Damien MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas Mix, Angela DO West Plano Pediatrics, Plano Mohiuddin, S. Ovais MD Honey Pediatrics and Family Medicine, Plano See ad on page 30 Moshier, Jason MD North Dallas Pediatric Associates, Plano

Pecson, Grace MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics, Wylie See ad on page 28 Peterman, Joe MD Preston Centre Pediatrics, Dallas Piga, Naomi MD Piga Primary Care Associates, Frisco Porter, John MD Office of Dr. Porter, Richardson Punita, Shah MD Pediatrics with a Mission, Plano Randles, Norah MD Richardson Pediatric Associates, Richardson See ad on page 30 Rayabhari, Ananth MD Children’s Health, Prosper Reyes, Paul MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney Rivera, Richard MD KidsDoc, Carrollton Roberts, Tana MD Pediatrics at Campbell Center, Dallas Rogers, Donza MD Kessler Pediatrics, Dallas Rylie, Sarah MD A Bright Future Pediatrics, Plano Saleha, Khanum MD Healing Care Pediatrics, Frisco Santiago, Aralis MD Rainbow Pediatrics, Richardson Schwartz, Jay MD Collin County Pediatrics, Frisco

Moulton, Daniel MD TLC Pediatrics, Allen

Seibert, Lori MD North Dallas Pediatric Associates, Plano

Naidoo, Randy MD Shine Pediatrics, Richardson

Seidel, Jack MD Office of Dr. Seidel, Farmers Branch

Lestz, Leslie MD Centennial Pediatrics, Little Elm

Naz, Farah MD Office of Dr. Naz, Carrollton

Sejour-White, Jeannette MD Children’s Health, DeSoto

Guetersloh, Chad MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Linck, Audra MD Pediatric People, Frisco

Neely, Joe MD Pediatricians of Dallas, Dallas

Semrin, Mhammad MD Children’s Health, Plano

Halsell, Karen MD Pediatricians of Dallas, Dallas

Liu, Ann MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas

Newton, Christopher “Kit” MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Shinn, Victoria MD Clinical Pediatric Associates, Dallas

Han, Lily MD Windhaven Pediatrics, Plano

Longshaw, Jacquelyn MD Pediatric Southwest, DeSoto

Okammor, Chioma MD Village Pediatrics, Plano

Shridharan, Lata MD Natural Pediatrics, Plano

Gore, Lauren MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas Gray, Larry MD Woodhill Pediatric Associates, Dallas

Le, Janet MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano See ad on page 29

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Sickler, Susan MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano Simon, Matthew MD Park Cities Pediatrics, Dallas Smith, Abbie MD Richardson Pediatric Associates, Richardson See ad on page 30 Smith, Chad MD Raintree Healthcare, Allen See ad on page 29 Smith, Christine MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney Somer, Curtis MD Pediatricians of Dallas, Dallas Sonnen, Gregory MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall, Rockwall

Stellman, Harry MD Office of Dr. William Paruolo, The Colony

Towns, Mark MD Pediatric Southwest, DeSoto Tran, Mai MD Pediatric Associates of Wylie, Wylie

Straughn, Christopher MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas Strong, Lily MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas

Troendle, Sarah MD Richardson Pediatric Associates, Richardson See ad on page 30

Sweet, Kimberly MD Baylor Family Medicine, Midlothian

Tucker, Michelle MD Castle Hills Pediatrics, Carrollton See ad on page 30

Tauseef, Muhammad MD Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Dallas

Wagner, Haley DO Baylor Family Medical Center, Waxahachie

Terry, Stacy MD Best Nest Pediatrics, Frisco Thomas, Elizabeth DO Children’s Health, Dallas Thomas, Michelle MD Children’s Health Complex Care, Dallas

Waters, Melissa MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas, Dallas Wheelahan, Patricia MD North Texas Pediatrics, Richardson

Wiener, Sharon MD Pediatric Offices at Willow Bend, Plano Wimberly, Kelly MD Office of Dr. Wimberly, Dallas Wolovits, Laura MD At Home Pediatrics, Dallas Yaeger, Matthew MD Pediatricians of Dallas, Dallas Yedwab, Alan MD Office of Dr. Yedwab, Richardson

PULMONOLOGY Gelfand, Andrew MD Pediatric Pulmonary Sleep Specialists, Dallas See ad on page 29

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Casey Drake, MD & Grace Pecson, MD Pediatrics Pecan Tree Pediatrics is proud to once again have “Mom-Approved Docs” on our team! Dr. Casey Drake and Dr. Grace Pecson are honored to have this recognition from our patients and thank you for your kind words. We work alongside fellow board certified pediatricians Dr. Virenda Wood, Dr. Nicole Laird, Dr. Velouette Zavadil, Dr. Nadine Wakim, Dr. Lynne Day and Dr. Lynne Beach. Dr. Rachel Ternan joined us in February and has been well received by our patients and families. We are also excited to welcome Dr. Rae Luan and Dr. TJ Benson this summer! We know that this recognition would not be possible without the support of our wonderful fellow physicians and staff. They ensure that we are organized, keep our visits timely, and allow for improved communication with our patients. We encourage everyone at Pecan Tree Pediatrics to respect and provide excellent care for our patients. We strive to provide the same quality of care that we want and expect for our own families. Our mission is simple … to provide compassionate and high quality care for the pediatric and adolescent patients in our community. Our physicians and staff are committed to exceeding the standards of medical care with courtesy and consideration for families, caregivers, and our patients. We have offices in Rockwall and Wylie to serve the many surrounding communities around us.

Pecan Tree Pediatrics 3360 W. FM 544, Ste. 910, Wylie, TX 75098 • 972-429-4800 1005 W. Ralph Hall Pkwy., Ste. 135, Rockwall, TX 75032 • 972-772-3100 f 972-692-1128 • pecantreepediatrics.com

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Andrew S. Gelfand, MD Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists Andrew S. Gelfand, MD, Steven C. Copenhaver, MD & Pravin K. Sah, MD 7777 Forest Ln. Ste. B309, Dallas, TX 75230 7000 W. Plano Pkwy., Ste. 205, Plano, TX 75093 972-566-6996 • f 972-566-3107 • pediatricpulmonary.com

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Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP & Chad Smith, MD, FAAP Pediatrics

Raintree Healthcare 919 Medical Dr., Allen, TX 75013 214-644-0280 raintree-healthcare.com

We’re honored you’ve entrusted us with your child’s health and appreciate the recognition from our patients! Dr. Cook established Raintree Pediatrics in 2005 and has been practicing in Allen since 2000. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his training there in 1995. Dr. Cook is dedicated to the Allen and Collin County community. He’s served at the local hospital as Medical Director of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Cook promotes active, healthy lifestyles by regularly supporting kid’s bike races, triathlons, and weekend events. Dr. Smith joined Raintree in 2009. As a proud father of three, he relates with his patients and is adored by them. Dr. Chad (as his patients call him) graduated from Texas A&M University. He received his medical degree and completed his training and internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Janet Le, MD Pediatrics Dr. Janet Le is honored to be nominated as a Mom-Approved Doctor for the 3rd time! Dr. Le finds fulfillment in forming close relationships with her families through personalized care. She has a particular passion for guiding first-time parents and providing support for breastfeeding mothers. She has two young daughters of her own, and feels this

has helped her to relate with her families even more. Dr. Le is available for ‘Mom to Be” interviews. 5940 Communications Pkwy. Plano, TX 75093 972-403-9355 • willowbendpediatrics.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2014, 2015, 2017

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Doctors Andrew Gelfand, Steven Copenhaver and Pravin Sah are board certified pediatric pulmonologists at Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists. Together they bring over 40 years of clinical experience to the patients and families in their practice. This makes them one of the most experienced pediatric pulmonology groups in the region. This team is uniquely qualified to deliver services supporting the full spectrum of your child’s respiratory health care. This includes care of acute and chronic asthma, allergies, sleep disturbances, preterm infant, cystic fibrosis, chronic mechanical ventilation and other respiratory issues. The physicians are fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and are members of the American Thoracic Society. They have received recognition as outstanding community practitioners by the residents at Children’s Medical Center as well as “Best Pediatric Specialists” by D Magazine. Respiratory care is provided across the metroplex with offices in Dallas and Plano. In addition to their private practice, patients are also seen in specialty clinics at several Dallas pediatric hospitals. Also unique is their ability to possess privileges at several large hospitals systems throughout Dallas and Plano to care for your child when you need them most.


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Holanda Davila, MD, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Davila attended medical school at the University of Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela and completed her pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and fellowship training in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. She also received Pediatric Infectious Disease training at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Davila is certified by

the American Board of Pediatrics and has over 15 years of experience Caring for Healthy Futures. In her spare time Dr. Davila enjoys traveling, photography, bicycling, jogging, and listening to rock and classical music.

3050 S. 1st St., Ste. 209, Garland, TX 75041 214-501-0856 • mdkidspediatrics.com

S. Ovais Mohiuddin, MD, FAAP Pediatrics

MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIANS

We are pround to announce that through nominations by his patients, Dr. Mohiuddin is a Mom Approved Doctor! Dr. Mohiuddin is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Texas Medical Association. He is a Dallas native, and a graduate of UT Southwestern. He serves as the Vice Chief of Pediatrics at Medical City Plano. He works in

Plano with his wife who is a Family Physician. In addition to caring for his patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, reading, and coaching youth soccer.

3721 W. 15th St., Ste. 601, Plano, TX 75075 972-596-8100 honeypediatrics.com

Norah Randles, MD, Abbie Smith, MD & Sarah Troendle, MD Pediatrics Our physicians aim to build strong relationships with families, providing guidance that allows families to grow and thrive. We provide a small office environment that fosters individualized, personable and compassionate care. Our physicians have been recognized in DallasChild as Mom-Approved Doctors as well as Best Doctors in Dallas by D Magazine. Drs. Randles, Troendle, Smith and Pounds provide well child care from birth to adolescence as well as treatment for illness

and injury. We see newborns at Presbyterian Dallas, Medical City Dallas and we maintain affiliation with Children’s Health. We treasure the relationships we have with our families and welcome new families to come meet us. 1112 N. Floyd Rd., Ste. 7 Richardson, TX 75080 972-952-0280 richardsonpediatricassociates.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2012–2017

Michelle Tucker, MD Pediatrics Castle Hills Pediatrics provides comprehensive care from birth to age 17, emphasizing preventive medicine while treating children for acute and chronic illnesses. We encourage parents to take an active role in the health of their children and want them to feel comfortable discussing their child’s physical and emotional growth. Dr. Tucker graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School, completed residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and is board

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certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Castle Hills Pediatrics accepts most commercial insurance plans and serves children in Carrollton, Lewisville, Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, and other surrounding communities. Walk-ins are welcome.

1821 Golden Trail Ct. #200 Carrollton, TX 75010 972-492-2222 castlehillspediatrics.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Virginia Menchaca, MD, FAAP Pediatrics For nearly 17 years, Dr. Menchaca has been in private practice, dedicating herself to making sure that every visit is a positive one for her patients. Boardcertified in pediatrics, Dr. Menchaca joined Pediatric Healthcare Associates in 2005. She is available Monday–Friday for office visits and is fluent in Spanish. Along with her husband, Donas Cole, and daughter,

Chloe, she continues to be an active member of the North Texas community.

Pediatric HealthCare Associates, P.A. Mom Tested • Kid Approved Since 1992

3701 Eldorado Pkwy., Ste. A McKinney, TX 75070 972-548-7888 • phamckinney.com

Steven Peskind, MD Otolaryngology I have been a solo practice ENT in Plano for over 20 years focusing on problems of the ear, nose, throat and sinuses for children and adults. I truly enjoy taking care of children, acknowledging I am taking care of both the child and their parents. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction in my daily work than to have a baby or child who intuitively

knows they are sick let me take care of them, and then share in their improved health with their family.

5957 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 100, Plano, TX 75093 972-596-2552 • www.drpeskind.com

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2017

Who has earned your stamp of approval? Nominate your favorites at dfwchild.com for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card. Survey closes July 31

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Check out our Mom-Approved Doctors directory at dfwchild.com/doctors to find doctors and health care professionals to fit your family’s needs. Each Mom-Approved Doctor is nominated by local moms, just like you.

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Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau Abilene. 325-677-1161. storybookcapitaloftexas.com. Visit Abilene, official Storybook Capital of Texas, June 8–10 for 6th annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival. Enjoy Storybook Parade, dramatic readings, costumed characters, art activities, animals, and magic shows. Celebrating Garth Williams, illustrator of Stuart Little, and many more! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW Multiple locations. 972-534-2120. drafthouse.com. Enjoy family friendly films every day at 10am for just a $1, $3 or $5 donation to local charity, HopeKids North Texas, with our Summer Kids Camps! Featuring a new movie every week and all ages are welcome.

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Potter County. 806-857-6680. nps.gov.

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Alley Cats Entertainment Arlington. 817-7842695. alleycatsbowl.com. Alley Cats offers 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor fun! Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, indoor rock-climbing, and more. We have a variety of packages for groups and birthday parties. Be sure to check out our summer camp program too!

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Amistad National Recreation Area Del Rio. 830-775-7491. nps.gov.

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. cartermuseum.org. Storytime is every Wednesday, June 7 through July 26, from 10:30am–noon for families with children ages 3–8. Sunset Cinema July 13: The Wizard of Oz; July 20: The Birds; July 27: A League of Their Own.

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Big Bend National Park Rio Grande. 432-4772251. nps.gov.

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Big Thicket Nation Preserve Kountze. 409-9516800. nps.gov.

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Bowl & Barrel Dallas. 214-363-2695. bowlandbarrel.com. Strike up some indoor fun! With party packages, ramps and bumpers for kids 6+ and kid-friendly house-made specialties, Bowl & Barrel is family fun at its finest. Conveniently located by Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

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Brookhaven Country Club Dallas. 972-243-6151. clubcorp.com/clubs/brookhaven-country-club. Brookhaven Country Club, named the Best Family Club in Dallas, is ideal for everyone. The club’s relaxed and friendly environment is the perfect place for friends, business colleagues and families to enjoy a variety of recreational activities and events. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Fort Worth. 817-231-4000. bep.gov/services/takeatour.html. Learn how billions of dollars are printed during a free tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing ‘s (BEP) Tour and Visitor Center. BEP designs, engraves, and prints all U.S. paper currency. Hope to see you soon! Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson. 972231-1466. clubcorp.com/clubs/canyon-creek-country-club. Canyon Creek Country Club provides a haven where friends are waiting, a place for you to relax and enjoy your life. The club features a familyfriendly pool with cabanas, poolside bar, splash pad, slide, 18-hole golf course, tennis and more.

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Chamizal National Memorial El Paso. 915-5327273. nps.gov.

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Clubs of Prestonwood, The Dallas. 972-2397111. clubcorp.com/clubs/the-clubs-of-prestonwood. The Clubs of Prestonwood is your perfect home away from home! Featuring two clubhouses, The Hills in Plano and The Creek in North Dallas, each with 18-hole golf courses, grill and bar, pool, fitness center, plus tennis at The Creek.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Dallas. 214-515-6525. dallasarboretum.org. Family Fun Fridays June 2–July 28, 10am–2pm. Petting zoo, face painting and music in the Pecan Grove. Summer Camps June 5–August 11. Registration now open, for more information and registration, visit dallasarboretum.orgevents-education/summer-camps.

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Dallas Firefighter’s Museum Dallas. 214-8211500. dallasfiremuseum.com. Dallas Firefighter’s Museum, located in 1907 fire station, where you can climb on an engine that once raced to fires, learn firefighting history or interact with the children’s home safety video. Curators are all retired firefighters. Fun for all!

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Dallas World Aquarium, The Dallas. 214-7202242. dwazoo.com. The indoor facility features the aquarium with exotic marine life from around the world, the Orinoco – Secrets of the River rainforest full of primates, crocodiles, freeflying birds and the Mundo Maya exhibit that is home to jaguars, sharks, owls and eagles. Dallas Zoo Dallas. 469-554-7500. dallaszoo.com. Hippos are back at the Dallas Zoo! Get nose-tosnout with an underwater view of these magical “river horses,” and see the rest of the 2,000+ animals at the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. Visit dallaszoo.com for more info. Denton County Office of History and Culture Denton. 940-349-2850. dentoncounty.com/chos. Denton County boasts three museums within downtown Denton, Texas, including the historic Courthouse-on-the-Square. We are a place of learning and discovery that provides unique educational opportunities, events, and resources to the North Texas community. DoSeum, The San Antonio. 210-212-4453. thedoseum.org. The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids. Within our 104,000 sq. ft. building, explore indoor and outdoor spaces including like our 40-foot-tall climbing structure The Big Climb, our ADA-certified Treehouse, Spy Academy, Little Town, and so much more! Dr. Pepper StarCenter Multiple locations. 214467-5283. drpepperstarscenters.com. Skate with your friends at Dr. Pepper StarCenters. The Dallas Stars’ network of ice rinks are all across the Metroplex — find one near you! Offering beginner figure skating and hockey classes and summer camps — visit drpepperstarcenters.com. Fort Davis National Historical Site Fort Davis. 432-426-3224. nps.gov.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth. 817-255-9300. fortworthmuseum.org. Don’t miss out on a summer of fun at the Museum! Adventure in the bilingual world of Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore, visit Birdwell Island in Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog and more!

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Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth. 817-6249715. fortworthstockyards.com. Legends of Texas gunfight reenactments, Fort Worth Herd cattle drive, Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, petting zoo, horseback riding, rodeos, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stockyards Museum, historic walking tours, Cow Camp and more!

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Fort Worth Zoo Fort Worth. 817-759-7555. fortworthzoo.org. Named 4th best zoo in the country by USA Today—only Texas zoo in top 10! There’s always something new to see and do! Learn fun facts at Keeper Chats or cool down at Safari Splash, our zero-depth splash park.

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Frank Buck Zoo Gainesville. 940-668-4533. frankbuckzoo.com. Summer hours: 9am–5pm (last tickets sold at 4:30pm). Check out our Summer Safari Day Camps and Junior Zoo Crew Teen Volunteer program. 10:15am daily VIP Flamingo Feeding (restrictions apply). Inquire about special VIP Animal Encounters.

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Frog Pond Water Park Farmers Branch. 972-9198720. fbh2o.com. The Frog Pond Water Park in Farmers Branch is a neighborhood oasis featuring an activity pool, lazy river, lagoon pool and water slides. From tadpoles to bull frogs, the entire family will fall in love with this mini water park.

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Galveston Island Galveston. 888-425-4753. galveston.com. Whether you’re a history buff, thrill seeker or beach bum, Galveston Island has something for everyone. From the pyramids of Moody Gardens to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterbahn Waterpark, there are plenty of adventures for the whole family.

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston. 855-789-7437. pleasurepier.com. Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.

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Gaylord Texan Resort Grapevine. 817-778-1000. gaylordtexan.com. This Memorial Day through Labor Day experience family fun inspired by the Lone Star State at Gaylord Texan Resort. SummerFest features activities such as Junior Chef Camp, Hank’s Outlaw Scavenger Hunt, pool parties, dining events, live music and more.

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Gleneagles Country Club Plano. 972-867-6666. gleneaglesclub.com. Gleneagles Country Club was named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW and recently invested millions to create a top-notch golf experience. The club offers 36 holes of golf, tennis, grill and bar, resort-style pool and so much more. dfwchild.com / june 2017

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Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Grapevine. 817-410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com/ summer. Splash into fun during Grapevine’s 9th Annual SummerBlast! Now through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine’s SummerBlast features fun for the whole family including water activities, Friday night fireworks, special exhibits including “Grapevine Rails: Rolling Through Time,” outdoor activities and more.

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Salt Flat. 915-828-3251. nps.gov.

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Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving. 972869-2631. hackberrycreek.com. Hackberry Creek Country Club recently celebrated its 24th anniversary of providing family fun and upscale business entertaining. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a great meal, we have you covered.

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Hawaiian Falls Multiple locations. 972-3827885. hfalls.com. Have fun all summer long in a safe, family-friendly environment at any of the Hawaiian Falls locations in the Dallas area. Whether floating down the Lazy River or exploring Keiki Kove, there’s something for every family member at Hawaiian Falls! iT’Z Family, Food & Fun Euless. 817-283-3700. itzusa.com. iT’Z the summer family fun destination: arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, bowling and more. We have all the fun your family can handle! Save big with an annual pass at itzusa.com for unlimited fun all summer. J of Dallas, The Dallas. 214-239-7138. jccdallas. org. Enjoy a summer of fun, filled with new experiences, smiles and memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve got special events, camps, aquatics, fitness, performing arts and fun for the whole family. We are celebrating 75 years of happy campers. Kemah Boardwalk Kemah. 877-285-3624. kemahboardwalk.com. The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.

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Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Mineral Wells. 940-325-2557. visitmineralwells.org. Come visit Mineral Wells, where Texas runs deep! Join us at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, State Park or dig for fossils at the Fossil Park. Explore the many attractions in Mineral Wells that are fun for kids of all ages! North Texas Performing Arts Multiple locations. 972-422-2575. northtexasperformingarts.org.

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Texas Discovery Gardens Dallas. 214-428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. There’s something for everyone at Texas Discovery Gardens. Passionate about beautiful butterflies? We’ve got them! Curious about native snakes and cool critters? We’re crawling with them! Ready for a deal? Visit every Tuesday for Pay-What-You-Wish admission!

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Timarron Country Club Southlake. 817-481-7529. timarronclub.com. Timarron Country Club features Kids’ Kourt, fitness center, relaxing lunches, social hour and fine dining with friends. Exceptional service, lasting friendships and enduring memories are the way of life at Timarron Country Club.

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Pump It Up Multiple locations. pumpitupparty. com. Our kid’s birthday parties are 100% private and the best in the industry. They include our gigantic inflatables, colorful party rooms and a friendly, trained staff that allows mom and dad to relax and enjoy a safe, fun, hassle-free party.

Topgolf Multiple locations. 337-654-0179. topgolf.com. Half-day golf clinic for kids and teens Mon.–Fri., 9am–noon. The program includes all of the components that make up the game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette.

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Putt-Putt Entertainment Multiple locations. 817468-7041. putt-puttgolf.com. Putt-Putt Entertainment offers a variety of entertainment. Putt-Putt Golf, arcade games, batting cages, and more. Be sure to ask about our summer camp program for children ages 5–13. Group rates and birthday party packages available. Attractions vary by location.

Town of Little Elm Little Elm. 972-731-3296. lakefrontlittleelm.com. The Lakefront area in Little Elm is the place to be this summer! A beautiful beach, award-winning bars, restaurants, and playgrounds. There is something for everyone here. The beach has kayak/paddle board rentals, sand volleyball courts, open swimming, and more.

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Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club. 817837-1900. clubcorp.com/clubs/trophy-club-countryclub. Trophy Club Country Club features an 36-hole championship golf course with extensive junior and adult programs. You can also relax by our beautiful pool, sweat it out in the fitness center or host a meeting in our private meeting space.

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Urban Air Trampoline Multiple locations. urbanairparks.com. 800-960-4778. Urban Air offers a variety of indoor activities on its wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pit, trampoline Dodgeball, Slam Dunk Track and more! This summer we’re featuring Sizzlin Summer including a summer jump club coupon book and Camp Urbie summer camp!

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Waco Mammoth National Monument Waco. 254-750-7946. nps.gov.

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Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield. 817-4736111. clubcorp.com/clubs/walnut-creek-countryclub. Walnut Creek is more than a country club. It’s a place where families come together to enjoy fellowship that can only be found there. Walnut Creek offers the privacy and prestige you expect when entertaining your friends and business associates.

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Water Works Park Denton. 940-349-8800. dentonparks.com. A new wave pool and new concessions will debut in July 2017! In addition, enjoy four giant outdoor slides, two outdoor toddler slides, one giant indoor slide, a lazy river, children’s play pool, sand volleyball, pavilions, cabanas, and more.

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White Rock Paddle Co. Dallas. 469-888-0620. whiterockpaddle.com. Kayak and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals on White Rock Lake. Online reservations available and recommended, whiterockpaddle.comwhite-rock-lake-reservations. html. Kids kayak camp sessions in June, July and August. For details call or visit our website.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science Dallas. 214-428-5555. perotmuseum.org. Summer is big at the Perot Museum! From the stunning, bilingual Maya exhibition and inspiring Dream Big 3-D film to sleepovers, birthday parties, and more. And don’t miss the Children’s Museum with water tables, “dino dig” sandbox, and miniature Dallas.

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Las Colinas Country Club Irving. 972-541-1141. clubcorp.com/clubs/las-colinas-country-club. Las Colinas Country Club was built as the cornerstone of the community, providing members with 18 holes of championship golf, elegant and modern dining, swimming, state-of-the-art tennis facilities and more.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Dallas. 888-935-6878. medievaltimes.com. Kids free this summer with any full price adult admission Monday–Thursday. A four-course feast awaits, as six armor-clad knights compete in thrilling games on horseback as the pageant unfolds inside the walls of the king’s 11th Century-style castle. Code: DCKF.

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Padre Island National Seashore Corpus Christi. 361-949-8068. nps.gov.

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Studio Movie Grill Multiple locations. studiomoviegrill.com. SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat. Join SMG for only $1 to see recent, popular, children’s films and grab a bite to eat!

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Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park Johnson City. 830-868-7128. nps.gov.

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Oakmont Country Club Corinth. 940-321-5599. clubcorp.com/clubs/oakmont-country-club. Oakmont Country Club is just minutes north of Lake Lewisville in Corinth. Serving as the social gathering place for the community, Oakmont’s uncompromising golf course, combined with numerous social events, provides a warm and inviting place of fun for everyone.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Fritch. 806-857-3151. nps.gov.

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Stonebriar Country Club Frisco. 972-625-5050. stonebriar.com. Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2016), Stonebriar Country Club has two 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, a pool and a 65,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring the Grille and Tavern, tween space, fitness center and expansive patio.

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Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Little Rock. 800-844-4781. littlerock.com. Little Rock is known for its hospitality and charm. Centrally located and affordable, it has a variety of cultural attractions, museums, a vibrant artisanal food scene, great restaurants and shops that make it a perfect destination for family vacations.

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NRH2O Family Water Park North Richland Hills. 817-427-6500. nrh2o.com. Soak up the fun at NRH2O with our 4 newest slides, plus 20 more thrilling slides and attractions. Make your summer even more splashtacular with 4 fireworks shows and Dive-In Movies Friday nights, June 16–August 4.

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SPCA of Texas Multiple locations. 214-742-7722. spca.org/crittercamp. SPCA of Texas offers family education, events, pet adoptions and volunteer opportunities. Supporting SPCA of Texas as a family teaches kindness, love and how to help animals in need. Camp activities include guest speakers, games, crafts, meeting pets and more.

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Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth. 817-332-8451. kimbellart.org. The Kimbell offers a wide range of summer programs. Designed for audiences with diverse interests and learning styles, these programs seek to increase understanding and enhance appreciation of the artworks on view, as well as their historical and cultural context.

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Theater performances to entertain the whole family — summer classes, auditions and camps for students ages 5–18 full of performing instruction, creative experiences, and characters you know and love. Learn from our professional directors, actors, and singers!

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PINSTACK Multiple locations. 972-781-2695. pinstackbowl.com. PINSTACK is a one-of-a-kind family dining and entertainment destination with 28 state-of-the-art bowling lanes offering food and beverage service, arcade with the newest video games, two-level laser tag arena, rock climbing wall, ropes course, and more! Visit pinstackbowl.com for information.

Reunion Tower Dallas. 214-712-7040. reuniontower.com. Spend summer vacation at the top with a visit to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck! Plan a visit for activities including animal encounters with the Dallas Zoo and Tall Tales story time led by the Dallas Public Library. Ripley Entertainment Grand Prairie. 972-2632391. ripleys.com/grandprairie. Discover unbelievable fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not with five indoor attractions under one roof. Hours of fun at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Palace of Wax, Mirror maze, Impossible laser race, or the 7D Moving theater.

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SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Grapevine. 877819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. Take a stroll under the seas as you pass through our amazing 360° ocean tunnel. Climb through mangrove roots and traverse through mist in Rainforest Adventure. Learn something new about the amazing creatures here at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium.

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Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington. 817-275-3092. clubcorp.com/clubs/shady-valley-country-club. Shady Valley Country Club, located in the heart of Arlington, is a tree-lined, tranquil retreat. The club features an 18-hole golf course, refreshed grill and bar with theme-night dinners and fun member events plus a relaxing pool with new cabanas.

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Shops at Willow Bend, The Plano. 972-2024900. shopwillowbend.com. The Shops at Willow Bend has in-demand fashion, the world’s leading brands of cosmetics and premier home furnishings. The center is undergoing a $125 million redevelopment to elevate its status from simply wonderful to beyond sensational in 2017–2018.


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Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps June 5th–August 11th Find your place in nature! New summer camps, as well as all-time favorites, will provide children with hands-on explorations in nature, science and art that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Preschool to 7th grade.

8525 Garland Rd. Dallas, TX 75218 214-515-6540 www.dallasarboretum.org

Explore the animals and plants that inspire our ZimSculpt artists in Wild about Art & Nature. Adventure Camp allows kids to hike a local nature preserve, fish and kayak on White Rock Lake and more! Campers in Arboretum Explorers at Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area will discover the wonders of nature among the 8 miles of hiking trails, investigate fossils, create their own nature art and learn to build and fly a drone. These and more camps are available for registration at dallasarboretum.org.

The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Rd. Dallas, TX 75229 www.hockaday.org/summer

Summer at Hockaday invites girls and boys, age 3 through 10th grade, to The Hockaday School for a summer of academics, enrichment, and fun led by a nurturing and experienced faculty and staff. Campers and students will make great memories with new friends while participating in sports, the arts, technology, academics, and much more. Summer at Hockaday is thrilled to offer new classes for boys and girls along with favorites that have stood the test of time. Don’t miss the Summer Math & Writing Institute for coed students entering grades 5–10, and come discover our NEW Creative Arts & SCIENCE Camp for boys and girls entering grades K–4.

Contact information Melissa Curtis, Director of Auxiliary Programs 214-360-6534 mcurtis@hockaday.org

View all additional offerings at www.hockaday.org/summer.

This Summer, Dream Big With Kidventure In a world where summer reigns supreme, an epic story is waiting to be told...

Campsites Camp Frisco Camp St. Patrick Camp Preston Hollow Camp All Saints Camp Kessler Kidventure Overnight Camp 214-303-9789 kidventure.com/dallas-summer-camp

Kidventure proudly presents KIDVENTURE CAMP: SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER. Campers will live out high-energy adventures usually reserved for the big screen, from deep-sea excursions to journeys in outer space and everything in between, with the help of a supporting cast of caring and capable counselors and directors. Each weekly tale is complete with sports, art, science, field trips, and fun as big as you can dream it. Thousands of amazing memories. Eleven unique weekly adventures. One EPIC summer. This summer, dream big. Coming to a campsite near you in summer 2017. Who: Kids ages 3–12 yrs. When: 11 Camp sessions June 5–August 18 REGISTER TODAY Voted: ‘Texas Best Summer Camp Program 2016’ —Living Magazine Voted: ‘Best Overall Summer Camp 2016’ —Nurture My Child

Look for these camps and more online at dfwchild.com/camps

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CHESS CAMP Campers learn while they PLAY. Chess develops reading, math, critical thinking and analytical skills, and builds character and self-esteem. Just don’t tell the kids ... they think chess is fun!

CHESS CAMP 972-883-4899 www.utdallas.edu/chess james.stallings@utdallas.edu

Join beginner, intermediate or advanced chess classes for ages 7 to 14 on the UT Dallas campus. Morning (9am–noon) or afternoon (1–4pm) sessions are available June 12–16, June 19–23, July 10–14, July 17–21 and extended playing classes. Camp includes T-shirt, chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book, group photo, snacks and drinks.

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Camp Summit is a one-of-a-kind camp for children and adults with disabilities where the emphasis is on the campers’ abilities rather than their disabilities. Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual and are provided in our barrier-free facilities and implemented by trained, caring staff. Our campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while having fun and experiencing new adventures. 270 Private Rd. 3475 Paradise, TX 76073 972-484-8900 camp@campsummittx.org www.campsummittx.org

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www.dallasaquatics.org 17 locations throughout Dallas

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Camp Summit is located just north of DFW on 460 beautiful acres of land. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed as a Youth Camp in the State of Texas.

LEARNING TO SWIM is one of the most important skills a child will learn: • Protect them from the danger of drowning • Promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle Classes include: • Parent/child classes (infants/toddlers) • Lifeguard courses (teens) • Swim lessons (all ages) • Recreational swim teams (youth) Offering aquatic programs all across Dallas

Scholarships Available Pools open June 3 AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS

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Summer Enrichment Camp Enjoy a fun-filled summer experience with our enriching and fun activities! Build your language, artistic and athletic skills in workshops led by dynamic and international instructors!

6039 Churchill Way Dallas, TX 75230 972-991-6379 www.summerdis.org

Weekly camps, Monday through Friday: June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17 LANGUAGES / ARTS & TECHNOLOGY / MUSIC / SPORTS Open to ages 3 and up. Check out our Language Workshops for parents! SummerDIS.org

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Park Cities Speech, Language & Learning Center 8100 Lomo Alto Dr., Ste. 200 Dallas, TX 75225 214-368-8251 www.parkcitiesspeech.com

Exciting 1- or 2-week camps set the stage for amazing academic growth in reading and study skills. Our experienced, licensed educators ignite that spark within your student. Younger students enjoy fast paced learning activities, supercharged by scavenger hunts, mysteries and hands-on projects. Older students are provided with real life learning goals designed to motivate them to improve that GPA, raise their ISEE/SAT score or simply take responsibility for their own learning success. For over 25 years, our curriculum has evolved to maximize your child’s learning potential.

EXPLORE • INVENT • DESIGN LEARN • CREATE • BUILD WITH SMU SUMMER YOUTH! Choose from more than 200 camps for students in grades K–12 STEM | VISUAL ARTS | ACADEMIC SKILLS | TEST PREP

Half-day or full-day All camps held at SMU-in-Plano

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Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Summer Camps 2017 June 12 - August 11 PreK–Grade 12 Visit DallasZoo.com/Education to learn 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy., Dallas, TX 75203 469-554-7300 • education@dallaszoo.com www.dallaszoo.com

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9 Locations in Dallas Fort Worth Area Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Keller, Plano 888-909-2922 • www.destinationscience.org

The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2017 topics include Robotic Mystery Camp, Crazy Contraption & Demolition Camp, Coaster Science & Mad Chemistry Camp, Journey Into Space & Movie Making Camp!

Ignite your kids’ imagination! Camp Harvey is a series of STEAM-based youth camps filled with meaningful learning and fun. Topics include: • • • • 3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite TX 75150 972-860-7114 • 4SummerCamp@dcccd.edu

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Set Your Sights on Summer Fun! Offering summer fun for everyone, ages 3 and up, from May–August. Before and after care available for ages 4–10 from 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

The Episcopal School of Dallas 4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 214-353-5854 www.esdallas.org/summercamp

Questions? Contact Mike, our Director of Summer Programs, at schneiderm@esdallas.org

Time to make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have FUN! Select week by week from a wide range of academic, fine arts, sports, artistic, or fun-filled camps. For boys and girls, ages 3–18 from May 30–August 11. We hope to see you this summer at Greenhill School.

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Theatre Summer Camps Starting June 5

4 Locations: Plano, Fairview, Frisco, Dallas 972-422-2575 www.northtexasperformingarts.org/camps

NTPA Summer Programs offer morning, afternoon and full-day programs full of performing instruction, creative experiences, and characters you know and love. With summer learning opportunities for ages 5–18, there’s a spot for everyone to learn from our professional directors, actors, and singers who have worked from everywhere from Broadway to L.A. New students: use discount code NEW2NTPA for 30% off your first camp!

We’ve Got Sunshine! Parish Episcopal Summer Camps Age 3–Rising Seniors May 30–August 18

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Parish Episcopal School 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 972-852-8752 summer@parishepiscopal.org

• All-day camps for $275/week • Programming available from 7:30am–6pm • Covers the entire summer • Volume discounts & payment plans • Open to the public More than 300 camps: LEGO® Robotics, Ukulele, Dance Intensive, Science Research, Musical Theatre, Minecraft, Football, Acting, Baseball, Sewing, Coding, Furniture Makeover, Soccer and more. There’s something for everyone! Catalog & Registration: ParishSummer.org.

YOU GOTTA GET IN HERE! June 5–August 4 • Camp Ages: 1st–7th Grade

White Rock North School 9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238 214-348-7410 www.whiterocknorthschool.com

Willow Bend Learning Center • Infants • Toddlers • Preschool • Afterschool

3900 W. Park Blvd. Plano, TX 75075 972-867-1871 www.willowbendlearningcenter.com

What makes this camp so awesome? Every day starts with “Morning Meet-Up” and every week ends with a blow-out event! Our kid-friendly Activity Center is the ultimate hub for indoor fun, because we have flat screen TVs for XBox Kinect, movies and interactive game fun! A comfy reading nook, board games, game tables and hands-on projects are just a few of our extra features! Campers will also get to experience our Outdoor Learning Center! Camp WRN kids have some BYOD time every day, but also have daily reading time to keep their brains from turning to mush!

Camp Willow Bend 2017 Now Enrolling (K–6th grade) • June 5–August 17 Open Monday–Friday, 7am–6:15pm

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Water Slides & Bounce Houses Music Shows & Theme Parties Computer Lab & Video Games Cooking & Crazy Science Sports & Talent Clubs Crafts & Hobby Clubs Dance & Cotillion All-Night Pajama Party

Ice & Roller Skating Gymnastics & Bowling Laser Tag, Go Carts & Putt-Putt Planetariums & Museums Movies & Children’s Theater Zoo & Arboretum Ball Park & Games Water Parks & Pool Parties

Free camp shirt with registration. Tuition includes all meals, activities & field trips. We also offer summer programs for infants–preschoolers. Call or come by for a personally guided tour.

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ibrarians aren’t the only ones who can lead a rousing story time. You can find animated storytellers in the most unlikely places — even your local grocery store. And that’s good news for young minds: During story time, children broaden their vocabularies, increase comprehension skills and use their imaginations to follow along. Pencil in story time every day of the week at these non-library locales (and be sure to check our online calendar for story sessions at your library too).

Every Wednesday in June, Nip and Tuck, the barnyard donkeys of DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE, host a 30-minute story and craft time (with help from a couple of humans) for little kids ages 4–12.

This month, the activities go hand in hand with the characters of Eric Carle’s popular books: On June 7, kids construct caterpillars from painted balloons and listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and then things get wiggly on June 14 as attendees clap, bend and kick like the animals

in From Head to Toe. When the books are closed and the craft supplies are put away, stay to explore the rest of the historical village. No registration required. COST: $5 per child; one accompa-

nying adult free. WHEN: Wednesday 11–11:30am WHERE: 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, 214/421-5141; dallasheritagevillage.org Join cast members at the DISNEY STORE in NorthPark Center for a 10- to 15-minute story time inside the store’s gazebo. As storytellers bring Ariel, Sofia, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and other favorite characters to life with animated voices, the storybook pages are projected on a screen so children of all ages can follow along. Bonus:

Kids who attend story time and other in-store activities receive wristbands; collect wristbands all summer long and receive a special prize at the end of the season. Call ahead for schedule changes. While you’re there, request a sing-along to Zootopia’s “Try Everything” by Shakira or a classic like “A Whole New World.” WHEN: In-store activities (includ-

ing story time) occur Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30am; Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm WHERE: 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214/234-0144; disneystore.com Miss Kimberly draws a crowd every Tuesday at 11am at the outdoor Reading and Games Room at KLYDE WARREN PARK. For one dfwchild.com / june 2017

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“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom and it blossoms in play.” – Peter Gray

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hour, she entertains kiddos up to age 6 with 2–3 picture books, sing-alongs and bubbles. After, kids can keep reading on their own with borrowed books from the lending library or play checkers (for free) on the outdoor game tables. Bring a change of clothes and a few bucks — the kids will want to visit the nearby spray ground and the Steel City Pops mobile frozen treat stand. Check the park’s Facebook page for schedule changes due to weather or special events.

time ends, the kids are ushered to the Butterfly House to see the butterfly release at noon.

WHEN: Tuesday 11–noon WHERE: 2020 Ross Ave., Dallas,

Get the grocery shopping done sans meltdowns when you drop your kids off for the free, 30-minute story time at WHOLE FOODS stores in Richardson, Lakewood and the Shops at Park Lane. Team members entertain toddlers and kids up to age 6 with stories and themed, hands-on activities that change weekly. While you tackle the grocery list, kids listen to a story, color and draw then refuel on complimentary snacks like cheese sticks and apples. Ask the front desk where story time takes place; it may be in the café, at the front tables or elsewhere depending on the store.

214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org POTTERY BARN KIDS in Dallas of-

Play • Parties • Events

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fers more than swanky backpacks and playroom accessories: Every Tuesday morning, the store hosts a half-hour story time and craft best suited to ages 6 and younger. Storytellers choose princess and superhero books from their toddler and baby book section or tell summer-themed tales to older audiences — or whatever the crowd wants to hear; the store has a hundred books to choose from. Sign your child up for the Kids Book Club and receive a story time punch card on your first visit. When your child gets five punches, you get $10 to spend (on your kid, of course) at the Dallas location. WHEN: Tuesday 11am WHERE: 3220 Knox St.,

Dallas, 214/522-4845; potterybarnkids.com If your kid loves bugs, birds and more, mark your calendar for Stories And More!, a monthly critterfilled story hour at TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

in Fair Park. On the first Thursday of the month, kids sing with garden attendants, do a craft, meet a live animal and listen to a naturethemed book. (Past selections include Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards, I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies and Fly Monarch Fly by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.) When story

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COST: $8 per child

ages 3–11 ($6 members); $3 per child ages 1–3 ($2 members); $8 per adult (free for members) WHEN: June 1, 11–11:45am WHERE: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, 214/428-7476; texasdiscoverygardens.org

WHEN: 10am every Monday

(Lakewood), every Tuesday (Park Lane) or the second and last Saturday of the month (Richardson) WHERE: Multiple locations; wholefoodsmarket.com Volunteer educators or retired schoolteachers host a free story time every Friday morning in the Tea Party Room of SMALL POCKETS, a children’s consignment shop across from Jesuit Dallas. When you enter, send the kiddos downstairs for 45 minutes of stories and activities while you shop for maternity clothing and baby swag upstairs. The story time leader takes little kids on a journey through 1–3 books, occasionally using puppets and props, then guides little listeners through a craft such as building a rocket ship or making paper caterpillars. WHEN: Friday 10:30am WHERE: 12300 Inwood Road,

Suite 160, Dallas, 214/484-9240; smallpockets.biz

PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS; SMALL POCKETS

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Before you leave, visit the general store where kids can pretend to be shopkeepers in the hands-on exhibit. The loop around the village is one-third of a mile so it’s best to bring a stroller for little legs that may get tired trotting the whole circuit. Admission is $5 per child ages 4–12 and $8 per adult. On our way to lunch, we pulled over to check out the B OW L E R H AT landmark. You’ve probably seen it before — it’s the giant, random hat hanging on a larger-than-life-size coat rack in a vacant grassy lot on Griffin Street between Browder and Ervay. The whole sculpture is 30 feet tall, 20 feet wide and weighs two tons. It was originally meant to hang over Timothy Oulton, a British furniture store in Dallas, but when the hat was too heavy to pass city code, the store’s owner donated it to the Cedars neighborhood where the hat’s artist, Keith Turman, grew up. Pull over and take a selfie like we did, or at the very least, point it out to your backseat sightseers. I like going to L E E H A R V E Y ’S (named for the grandfather of the original owner, not that other guy) for lunch because it is one of the only places near Deep Ellum and downtown that keeps my kids happy so I can eat in peace. The atmosphere is as if a truck yard merged with a dive bar — it has a cool vibe and isn’t crazy busy during the day. The food is basic, which is great if you have picky eaters in tow, and the portions are big enough to take home leftovers. There’s a patio with picnic tables, which makes me feel a lot less guilty about the bits of chicken tacos or grilled cheese my kids invariably leave behind. The patio is dog-friendly too.

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On the first and third Saturday of the month, the Trinity River Desperados stir up trouble in the streets of Olde City Park at DA L L A S H E R I TAG E V I L L AG E . At noon and 1pm, the bounty hunter and sheriff instigate a gunfight outside the saloon on Main Street, just inside the entrance to the village. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to explain to my toddler that the whole thing was faked, so after traumatizing him, we fed donkeys and sheep and chopped wood at the pens near the parking lot. (There are nearby hay bales where you can grab handfuls of straw to feed the animals through the fence.)

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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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Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal $7.99 or more, all day. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/6776812 // lunagrill.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Ages 12 and younger.

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Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // coltersbbq.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter, all day. Ages 12 and younger.

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Kyoto Japanese Steak House // Japanese 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688 // 9900 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett; 972/463-0288 // kyotosteakhouse.com // Kids 12 and younger get a free hibachi chicken meal with purchase of an adult hibachi dinner entree that is more than $12.50. Dinner only. Details vary by location. 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 (Preston) or dinner only (Abrams). Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

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

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Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 972/934-0165 // 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214/378-8686 // bluemesagrill.com // On Saturday 10am–2pm (Addison location only) and Sunday 9am–3pm, kids under 6 eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 4170 Lavon Drive, Suite 100, Garland; 972/496-7555 // cristinasmex.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day Monday and Tuesday. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. 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 Friday–Sunday. Ages 12 and younger. Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // 3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 214/526-8181 // mattitos.com // Kids ages 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm on Wednesdays (Oak Lawn) or after 4pm Monday–Friday (Forest). Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Age varies by location. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/5320206 // modmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item Sunday and Monday 5pm–close. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican 13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/2332700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/3035555 // moes.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal on Tuesday (Farmers Branch) or Sunday (Garland). Ages 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 Saturday and Sunday, dine-in only. Ages 12 and younger. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/828-8700 // unleavened.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal every day after 4pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Know of a deal we missed? Send us an email at editorial@dfwchild.com. Be sure to call ahead before you go, as details are subject to change.


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nitrogen) or you want to share snow cones at an old-school diner.

CHILLS 360 This Thai-inspired newcomer rolls out some of the best creamy confections in Dallas … literally. For an experience your kiddos can watch from start to finish, hop in line at the Deep Ellum storefront. The made-to-order treat (that means no added preservatives or stabilizers) starts as a liquid custard base poured onto the freezing metal countertop, where mix-ins like strawberries, pretzels and Oreos are added. Then, the employee will write your child’s name in chocolate or caramel sauce across the thinly spread mixture before using a spatula to pry the ice cream off the counter in rolls (think scrolls, not scoops). Yeah, 1 it’s pretty cool.

2646 Elm St., Dallas, 469/687-6797; facebook.com/chills360irolls COW TIPPING CREAMERY Don’t let the digs fool you: Cow Tipping Creamery, the bright blue food truck permanently stationed in downtown Carrollton, serves up nothing less than gourmet confections. The stacker, their version of a sundae, layers homemade toppings (we’re talking Funfetti cake chunks, caramelized bananas, brown sugar hot fudge and more) between ribbons of soft serve like a parfait. Choose your own flavor combo, or pick from tried-and-true menu items like Death by Chocolate or Gimmie S’more. Enjoy your creations at the neighboring picnic tables or on benches around the

square. 1309 S. Broadway St., Carrollton, 512/904-0033; cowtippingcreamery.com ICREAM CAFÉ Thanks to liquid nitrogen, the ice cream at iCream Café is extra-smooth; turns out, fast-freezing cream at minus 320 degrees creates smaller crystals. And it’s allergy-friendly too, made to order with regular, nonfat, soy, almond or coconut milk. After selecting a milk base, your kiddo can choose the flavor (offerings include vanilla, chocolate and cream soda), the mix-ins (Nutella is the most popular), and the color (yes, he can make purple chocolate ice cream) and then watch as the concoction is whisked together in a fog of liquid nitrogen. Flavor combos seem infinite, but if you’re looking for a suggestion, the PBOMG — vanilla with peanut butter, cream cheese and graham cracker — is the owner’s favorite. 9250 Dallas Parkway, Suite 150, Frisco, 214/618-2343; icreamcafe.com HOWDY HOMEMADE ICE CREAM For a scoop (or two, or three) of homemade ice cream that’s also good for the community, stop by Howdy Homemade, where you’ll find

a welcoming “HOWDY” sign on the wall and friendly service from employees with special needs. 2 Classic flavors such as peanut butter chocolate, orange cream pop and nondairy sorbet come in a cone or cup with your choice of toppings. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the shop’s famous Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip. (We won’t tell you what to order, but you should know that the Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip is so beloved that it has a booth at the State Fair — high praise in the world of Dallas eats.) 4333 Lovers Lane, Dallas, 469/930-8494; howdyhomemade.com SNO GOURMET SHAVED ICE Sno Gourmet uses natural ingredients to craft some of their flavors, so you don’t need to stress about synthetic dyes in your kids’ shaved ice. Select from over 50 flavors and 20 toppings ranging from chopped strawberries to Sour Patch Kids, then enjoy your treats indoors at a red vinyl booth. Need a recommendation? Your 3 kids will love the rainbow, an explosion of colors and flavors that will definitely dye their tongues. For Mom, we like the mango chamoyada, which comes with fresh fruit and a hit of chili pepper on top — it’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. 7814 Meadow Road, Dallas, 214/315-5589

1 // Order your soft serve in a homemade bubble cone at Cow Tipping Creamery. 2 // At iCream Cafe, enjoy dessert and a show. 3 // The neighborhood feel of Howdy Homemade is perfect for families.

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Turn your kids’ idle time this summer into an altruistic mission by (step 1) joining VolunteerNow’s Voly in the Park festival. On Saturday, June 3, reps from 75 nonprofits spread out over Klyde Warren Park to look for helping hands. Chat them up to find a cause and project that fits your family’s interest and stick around for a special appearance by Dallas Zoo animals. Free.

Are kids too young for Shakespeare? That is the question. The answer is Broadway’s Something Rotten!, the kid-friendly comedy musical set in 1595 about two brothers on a mission to rival the Bard’s success by creating an entirely new kind of play: the world’s first musical. Do not miss the national tour stopping at Winspear Opera House June 13–25. Open to ages 4 and older. Tickets from $25.

If your little ones’ mermaid obsession runs deep, make their dreams come true at the Mermaid Fin Swim on Saturday, June 10, and learn how to swim while wearing a faux mermaid tail at the (saltwater) Texas Pool. $10 includes a morning fin class and pool day admission for aspiring mermaids and mermen of all ages. $15 at the door. Look online to purchase your own mermaid tail for $44.95 and up.

Imitation of your dad’s ‘stache is the sincerest form of flattery, or at least it’s so at the Must-Dash at Galatyn Park. In honor of Father’s Day, sign up for the themed 5K or fun run on Saturday, June 17, while wearing the stickon facial accessories provided in the registration packet. Make sure to stick around long enough for the audience-judged competition for dads with real mustaches. $25 for fun run; $45 for 5K.

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On Sunday, June 25, ignore the Blue Bell pints in your freezer and instead focus your taste buds on the unique and homemade ice cream flavors at the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off. The 22nd annual event at Chestnut Square Historic Village includes scoop samples from competitors, plus the grand re-opening of Doc & Clyde’s Ice Cream Freezer Museum. Tickets required for scoops and kid’s activities; $1 per ticket.

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06/02 MOVIES AT THE PARK @ THE SHOPS AT PARK LANE

JUNE ON STAGE

Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. 214/421-5678. dallassummermusicals.org. Jun 1–4. Watch elephants in puppet form, strong men, contortionists and high-wire walkers in a worldwide cast of circus performers in an all-ages show presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Tickets start at $20.

MUSIC

Cool Thursdays Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. Gates open at 6pm; concerts 7:30–9:30pm. Bring a picnic to relax on the lawn and listen to a different band play every Thu during this spring concert series: Warehouse on Jun 1; Chicago Reloaded on Jun 8; U2 by UV on Jun 15; The Limelight Band on Jun 22; Fleetwood Max on Jun 29. $27 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

FILM

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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First Thursday Late Night Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/4285555. perotmuseum.org. Museum open for extended hours 5–9pm. Activities from 7–9pm. Come early and stay late for physics-related activities and experiments, plus a screening of the 1985 film Back to the Future in the theater. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17.

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Greater Plano Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. 972/202-4900. shopwillowbend.com. 10am– 8pm Mon–Sat and 12–6pm Sun through Jun 4. Get up close with more than 150 butterflies in a conservatory set up inside the shopping center’s Grand Court. Readings of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar are held Mon–Sat at 11am, 1 and 6pm and Sun at 1, 3 and 5pm. $6 adults; $5 kids; free for 2 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket.

FILM

Movies in the Park Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. 214/744-1270. downtowndallas.com. Movie starts at sundown. In a film series honoring The Statler Hotel’s reopening, watch iconic movies from each decade since the 1950s. In Jun, see Superman. The first 100 people will receive a blanket from The Dallas Morning News. FREE

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Ocean Bound! Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 972/546-3050. mindstretchingfun.org. 10am–5pm Tue–Fri; 10am–6pm Sat; 12–6pm Sun. Through Sep 3. Flip paddles to divert pollutants, pilot a giant submersible and encounter more activities in this traveling exhibit that explores the science of watersheds, oceans and aquatic animals. $8; free for center members and kids ages 2 and younger.

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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Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/819-7677. visitsealife. com/grapevine. On view through Dec 31. 10am–6pm Mon–Sat; 11am–5pm Sun. Attraction remains open two hours after last admission. Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles, look for treasure with Kwazii and help Peso clean up the coral reef in this exhibit based on the hit animated TV series. Free with admission: $20 adults; $16 kids 3–12.

MUSIC

Vitruvian Nights Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison. addisontexas.net. 7–9:30pm every other Thu through Jul 27. Grab dinner from gourmet food trucks and listen to live music at the amphitheater by Emerald City on Jun 1, Infinite Journey on Jun 15 and the Spazmatics on Jun 29. FREE

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Alice in Wonderland Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 877/828-9200. texasballettheater.org. 8pm Jun 2; 2 and 8pm Jun 3; 2 and 7pm Jun 4. Watch the Texas Ballet Theater’s production accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Before the Jun 4 matinee performance, dress in costume and enjoy themed crafts at the Tutus and Mad Hatters party. Tickets start at $20.

NATURE

Arboretum Family Overnights Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. Jun 2, 3, 16 and 23. Get special access to the Children’s Adventure Garden during these overnights featuring flashlight night hikes and take-home seed

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Friday Night Fireworks Lake Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com. 9:30pm. As part of Grapevine’s SummerBlast festivities, watch a 12-minute fireworks show over the lake every Fri night through Sep 1, plus Tue, Jul 4. Gaylord Texan parking begins at $17. Free parking at Grapevine Mills.

FILM

Movies at the Park The Shops at Park Lane, 8020 Park Ln., Dallas. 214/365-0222. shopsatparklane.com. 8:30pm each Fri in Jun. Grab a spot on the lawn and watch movies on the big screen: Rogue One on Jun 2; Legally Blonde on Jun 9; Furious 7 on Jun 16; Grease on Jun 23; The Lego Batman Movie on Jun 30. FREE

MUSIC

Music in the Square Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco. 469/633-1721. friscosquare.com/mits. 7:30–9:30pm each Fri in Jun. Grab a picnic, spread out on the Simpson Plaza lawn and listen to a different band perform each week while the sun sets. FREE

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Addison Summer Series Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 972/450-2851. addisonsummerseries.com. 8–10pm each Sat through Aug 26, except Jul 1. Pack a picnic, spread out on the lawn and listen to a different band perform live music each week, covering a variety of genres. FREE

MUSIC

Concerts by the Creek Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. watterscreek.com. 7–9pm every Sat through Jun 17. Lounge on the Green and listen to a live band every week. For the Music Makes a Difference night on Sat, Jun 3, donations benefit Allen Special Olympics Delegation. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Dairy Day Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. In celebration of National Dairy Month, head to Nash Farm to learn about the dairy processes for milking cows and making butter and cheese. For all ages. $3 per person.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Family Workshop – Print Party Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org. 1–2:30pm. Peruse 300 years of printmaking in Visions of America – Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art, and then do some printing in the studio. For ages 6–12. $8 per child; $5 DMA members. Adults do not need a ticket.

RECREATION

Go Fish! Learn to Fish Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill. 972/291-3900. tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/cedar-hill. 9am–12pm Jun 3 and 24. Learn the basics of fishing at this program for adults and kids 5 and older. No fishing license is required. Enter the drawing for door prizes and take home a fishing fun pack. Use provided rods and reels, or bring your own. Free with admission: $7 for ages 13 and older.

HISTORY

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.

MUSIC

Gun Fights at the Village Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. dallasheritagevillage.org. 12 and 1pm Jun 3 and 17. Witness early Dallas law and order on the village’s Main Street, then visit with members of the Trinity River Desperados. Free with admission: $9 adults; $5 kids 4–12.

MUSIC

Safari Nights Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. dallaszoo.com. Activities begin at 5pm; music at 7pm. Watch the zoo’s Animal Adventures and Wonders of the Wild presentations and listen to live music on the Cat Green: Trout Fishing on Jun 3; The O’s on Jun 10; Ice House on Jun 17; Rebirth Brass Band on Jun 24. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 kids 3–11. Free for kids under 2 and zoo members.

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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 and Nordstrom for kid-friendly entertainment by Darren Collins on Jun 3, magician Mike Squires on Jun 10, singer Willy Welch on Jun 17, and clowns Julio and Kelli on Jun 24. FREE

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SPARK! Saturdays SPARK! 1409 S. Lamar St., Ste. 004, Dallas. 214/421-7727. sparkdallas.org. 10am–4pm every Sat. Explore the 6,000-square-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide sculpture and enjoy pop-up activities such as the giant light bright, recycled art, chalk art, poetry magnets and percussion. For kids in second grade and up. $8 per person in advance; $10 at the door. dfwchild.com / june 2017

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Butterfly Tea Parties June 29, July 27, Aug 24

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

ON STAGE

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

FESTIVAL

Uptown Family Fest West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214/871-2825. uptowndallas.net. 10am–1pm. Attend the second annual festival in the West Village outdoor shopping center for a photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, stilt walkers and live music. FREE

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SPECIAL EVENT

Voly in the Park Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. volnow.org. 12–4pm. Meet with representatives from 75 nonprofits to learn about local volunteer projects and enjoy entertainment from the Dallas Zoo, Plano Children’s Theatre and others. FREE

CONTINUING:

Circus 1903 See Jun 1. Greater Plano Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alice in Wonderland See Jun 2. Arboretum Family Overnights See Jun 2.

4 SUNDAY ON STAGE

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.

FESTIVAL

CrossWalk Kids’ Summer Kick-Off Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Rd., Frisco. 972/999-1685. summerkickoff.net. 5–8pm. Join the eighth annual event with games, face painting, animal balloons and bounce houses. Visit the website for suggested food donations. Get free admission with an online ticket and a nonperishable food donation for Frisco Family Services.

PLAYTIME

WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 3–4pm Jun 4 and 18. 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.

FITNESS

Yoga in Nature Workshops Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, 1206 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill. 469/526-1980. dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org. 11am–12pm. Join GeoFamilyFit for this monthly yoga session for kids ages 6–12 and their parents. Registration is required. FREE

CONTINUING:

Circus 1903 See Jun 1. Greater Plano Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alice in Wonderland See Jun 2. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3.

5 MONDAY FILM

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson and Dallas. drafthouse.com/dfw. 10am daily through Aug 27. Watch a different kid-friendly

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film each week this summer at both area locations. For ages 3 years and older with a parent or guardian. $1, $3 or $5 donations requested. At least $1 donation required per person. Donations benefit nonprofits.

FILM

Children’s Summer Series Studio Movie Grill, all DFW locations. 972/388-7888. studiomoviegrill.com. 10:30am each Mon–Fri through Aug 25. Stay cool indoors with a matinee screening of a new family-friendly movie each week. Jun 5–9: How to Train Your Dragon; Jun 12–16: Rio; Jun 19–23: Turbo; Jun 26–30: Trolls. $1.

CONTINUING:

The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1.

6 TUESDAY PLAYTIME

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

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

7 WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

Barnyard Buddies Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. dallasheritagevillage.org. 11am. Read favorites from children’s book author Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Jun 7; From Head to Toe on Jun 14; The Secret Birthday Message on Jun 21; What’s for Lunch? on Jun 28. $5 per child; free for one accompanying adult; $9 per additional adult.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Let’s Get Crafty American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 1–3pm. Explore a featured theme and craft at this monthly event for ages 8 and older. FREE

STORY TIME

Wee Little Wednesdays Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 469/607-5899. dallasfarmersmarket.org. 10–10:30am every Wed through Aug. Meet at the market for a story reading for ages 4 and younger. Presented by Dallas Public Library. Registration is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome. FREE

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

8 THURSDAY SPECIAL EVENT

Summer Fun Thursdays The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. 972/202-4900. shopwillowbend. com. Preshow magic at 12pm; featured act from 1–2pm. Meet at Grand Court between Neiman Marcus and the food court for special entertainment each week: Vocal Trash on Jun 8; Secret Agent Magic Show by James Wand on Jun 15; The Amazing Bubble Man on Jun 22; David Chicken on Jun 29. FREE

CONTINUING:

Cool Thursdays See Jun 1. Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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Jun 9 at Tietze Pool and Storks on Jun 23 at Kidd Springs Pool. Free with pool admission: $1 for kids 11 and younger; $2 for ages 12 and older.

FILM

Sundown Cinema Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972/941-5600. plano.gov. Gates open at 7:30pm. Movie begins at dark. Watch Hook on Jun 9 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Jun 10 under the stars. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. FREE

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Movies at the Park See Jun 2. Music in the Square See Jun 2. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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10 SATURDAY MUSIC

African Heritage Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St., McKinney. 972/547-7330. mckinneytexas.org/ parksevents. 4:30–8:30pm. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music as part of McKinney’s Cultural Music Series. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

ArtROCKS! NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. northparkcenter.com. 1–4pm. Explore the work of American artist Jackson Pollock at this kids event with art projects, a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating and walkSTEM tours. Held at NorthCourt. FREE

SCIENCE

Discovery Day – Humanity Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/4285555. perotmuseum.org. 10am–4pm; sneak peek for members only from 9–10am. Investigate what it means to be human by learning about nutrition, being active and examining anatomy. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17. Free for museum members.

FILM

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

HISTORY

Historic District Trolley Tour Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972/562-8790. chestnutsquare.org. 10–11am each second Sat. 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 of historic buildings and homes and the notable residents who lived there. $10 adults; $7 kids 11 and younger.

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters with Dallas Children’s Theater Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/5156615. dallasarboretum.org. 10am. Watch a live performance of the Zimbabwean tale of Cinderella on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

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Taste of Dallas Fair Park, 3600 Grand Ave., Dallas. 972/5908898. tasteofdallas.org. 11am–7pm Jun 10–11. Sample foods from more than 60 restaurants and food trucks for only $2–$5 per item, shop the indoor taste marketplace and play at the expanded Family Fun Zone with indoor rides, games and inflatables. $15 at the gate. Kids 10 and younger are free with guardian.

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Addison Summer Series See Jun 3. Concerts by the Creek See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Safari Nights See Jun 3. Showtime Saturdays See Jun 3. SPARK! Saturdays See Jun 3. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Sundown Cinema See Jun 9.

11 SUNDAY DANCE

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

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Taste of Dallas See Jun 10.

12 MONDAY CONTINUING:

The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

13 TUESDAY MUSIC

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Parks Concerts Multiple locations, Dallas. 214/849-4376. mydso.com. 8:15pm. Listen to the Dallas Symphony perform casual concerts outdoors at area parks: Timberglen Park on Jun 13, Kidd Springs Park on Jun 14 and Paul Quinn College on Jun 15. FREE

ON STAGE

Something Rotten! Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214/880-0202. attpac.org. Multiple showtimes Jun 13–25; no show on Jun 19. In this Broadway smash hit, watch two brothers in competition with Shakespeare as they set out to write the world’s first musical. Runs 140 minutes. For ages 4 and older. Tickets start at $25.

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Imagination Playground See Jun 6.

14 WEDNESDAY PLAYTIME

Rainforest Cafe Summer Kick-Off Celebration Rainforest Cafe at Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972/539-5001. rainforestcafe.com. 5–9pm. Meet tree frog and cafe mascot Cha! Cha!, enjoy free games and crafts, enter to win prizes and get goody bags for the kids. Discounted kid’s meal ($3.99) with the purchase of an adult entree.

ON STAGE

The Merry Wives of Windsor Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Pkwy., Dallas. 214/559-2778. shakespearedallas.org. 8:15pm Jun 14–17 and each Wed-Fri Jun 28–Jul 21. Watch the actors of Shakespeare Dallas perform this comedy about the disreputable Sir John Falstaff and his pursuit of two housewives who outwit and humiliate him. $10 Wed–Thu; $15 Fri–Sat. Free admission for kids 12 and younger and for active duty military personnel and their families.

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Barnyard Buddies See Jun 7. Wee Little Wednesdays See Jun 7. Dallas Symphony Orchestra Parks Concerts See Jun 13. Something Rotten! See Jun 13.

15 THURSDAY PLAYTIME

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

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Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Vitruvian Nights See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Summer Fun Thursdays See Jun 8. Dallas Symphony Orchestra Parks Concerts See Jun 13. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14.

16 FRIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/9221200. dma.org. 6pm–12am. Experience all-ages performances, tours and family programs themed around the new exhibit Visions of America – Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art when the museum stays open until midnight. $15; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Special exhibitions require an additional $16 ticket.

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Arboretum Family Overnights See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Movies at the Park See Jun 2. Music in the Square See Jun 2. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14.

17 SATURDAY NATURE

African Animal Adventures with the Dallas Zoo Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 11–11:30am. Join the Animal Adventures team from the Dallas Zoo to get up close with animals from the continent of Africa. $3 for timed ticket, plus general admission to the Dallas Arboretum: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

EDUCATIONAL

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

NATURE

Fangs! Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/4287476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. 10am–3pm. Learn all about native Texas snakes and other reptiles during this family-oriented festival. Free with admission: $8 adults; $4 kids 3–11.

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FITNESS

Must-Dash 5K & Fun Run Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 214/7517911. runproject.org/mustdash. 7:45am fun run; 8am 5K. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by wearing faux mustaches and joining a family run through the park. Registration starts at $20.

RECREATION

The Lava Luau Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. thelavaluau.com. 4–10pm. Celebrate the beginning of summer at the downtown square with live music, festive food and hula dancers. FREE

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JUNE 12-AUGUST 18 Keep your child’s brain active over the summer break with fun and engaging camp themes including Mythbusters, Zombie Survival, Space Explorers, and more! Some camps are already selling out, so register now to get the weeks and themes that work best for you and your camper.

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Addison Summer Series See Jun 3. Concerts by the Creek See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Gun Fights at the Village See Jun 3. Safari Nights See Jun 3. Showtime Saturdays See Jun 3. SPARK! Saturdays See Jun 3. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14.

18 SUNDAY DANCE

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

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HISTORY

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Victorian Fencing Demonstrations Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. fbhistoricalpark.com. 1–4pm. Watch, learn and practice the late 19th-century art of swordplay with foils and sabers. Presented by the Victorian Fencing Society. For all ages; no experience necessary. FREE Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Comedy and Magic Show See Jun 4. WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party See Jun 4. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Something Rotten! See Jun 13.

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MUSIC

Kids Night Out – Summer Concerts in the Park Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 972/814-8882. planoband.com. 7pm. Enjoy balloon art, face painting and henna tattoos on the lawn and listen to the Plano Community Band perform songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King and The Incredibles. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. FREE

SPORTS

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CONTINUING:

The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

20 TUESDAY RECREATION

Let’s Get Mooving Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10am–1pm. In celebration of National Dairy Month, see Buttermilk the milking cow and the Southwest Dairy Farmers’ exhibit, plus enjoy feeding the chickens, taking a wagon ride and washing clothes the old-fashioned way. $5.

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Imagination Playground See Jun 6. Something Rotten! See Jun 13.

21 WEDNESDAY ON STAGE

Quixote Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Pkwy., Dallas. 214/559-2778. shakespearedallas.org. 8:15pm Jun 21–25 and each Sat, Sun and Tue Jun 27–Jul 22. Watch the actors of Shakespeare Dallas perform this play set in present-day West Texas in celebration of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes’ shared legacy. $10 Tue–Thu and Sun; $15 Fri–Sat. Free admission for kids 12 and younger and for active duty military personnel and their families.

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Barnyard Buddies See Jun 7. Wee Little Wednesdays See Jun 7. Something Rotten! See Jun 13.

22 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Cool Thursdays See Jun 1. Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Summer Fun Thursdays See Jun 8. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. Quixote See Jun 21.

23 FRIDAY FILM

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

ON STAGE

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051. dct.org. Jun 23–25, Jul 1 and 8–9. Watch DCT’s national touring production of this Zimbabwe-based story of Cinderella. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book. For ages 5 and older. Tickets start at $17. $5 for sensory-friendly shows.

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Arboretum Family Overnights See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Movies at the Park See Jun 2. Music in the Square See Jun 2. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Friday Dive-In Movie Series See Jun 9. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. Quixote See Jun 21.

24 SATURDAY SPORTS

Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRider Trl., Frisco. 972/334-1993. dnfoundation.org. 4:30pm softball game; 6pm pregame activities; 6:30pm celebrity baseball. Watch the Dallas Mavs pro and two baseball teams made up of celebrity players, followed by a fireworks finale. Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. Tickets start at $9.

MUSIC

Lone Star Style Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St., McKinney. 972/547-7330. mckinneytexas.org/parksevents. 8:30am–1:30pm. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music as part of McKinney’s Cultural Music Series. FREE

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Mask Making with the DMA Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/5156615. dallasarboretum.org. 10am–2pm Jun 24–25. Learn how African cultures use masks to bring deities, ancestors and heroes to life in ceremonies and performances. Then create your own mask with the Dallas Museum of Art’s Teen Advisory Council. $3 for timed ticket, plus general admission to the Dallas Arboretum: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

FILM

Movie in the Park Haggard Park in Downtown Plano, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 972/941-7275. visitplano.com. 8pm. Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars costume and watch a free screening of Rogue One. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and a cooler, or get dinner from on-site food trucks. FREE

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Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Addison Summer Series See Jun 3. Go Fish! Learn to Fish See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Safari Nights See Jun 3. Showtime Saturdays See Jun 3. SPARK! Saturdays See Jun 3. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. Quixote See Jun 21. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters See Jun 23.

25 SUNDAY RECREATION

Come Fly a Kite Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. fbhistoricalpark.com. 12:30–5:30pm. Bring your own kite from home to the historical park and spend the afternoon soaring it in the meadow. Participating families get a small gift from the park. FREE

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Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. The Little Mermaid See Jun 3. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Something Rotten! See Jun 13. Quixote See Jun 21. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters See Jun 23. Mask Making with the DMA See Jun 24.

26 MONDAY CONTINUING:

The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

27 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Imagination Playground See Jun 6. Quixote See Jun 21.

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MegaFest Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. 800/247-4672. mega-fest.org. Jun 28–Jul 1. Register for T.D. Jakes’ faith and family conferences for men, women, teens and kids. MegaKidz, run by The Potter’s House children’s ministry, includes music, art, science and math activities for kids ages 5–12. See website for detailed pricing.

CONTINUING:

Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1.

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Barnyard Buddies See Jun 7. Wee Little Wednesdays See Jun 7. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14.

29 THURSDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

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

ON STAGE

Hood – The Robin Hood Musical Adventure Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. 214/880-0202. attpac.org. Jun 29–Aug 6; no shows each Mon or on Tue, Jul 4. Watch Dallas Theater Center’s comedic musical about the renegade hero who made redistributing wealth seem cool. Recommended for ages 9 and older. See site for detailed content warning. Tickets start at $20.

STORY TIME

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

CONTINUING:

Cool Thursdays See Jun 1. Crybaby Matinee See Jun 1. Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Vitruvian Nights See Jun 1. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Summer Fun Thursdays See Jun 8. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14. MegaFest See Jun 28.

30 FRIDAY ON STAGE

Beauty and the Beast The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr., Plano. 214/810-3228. artcentretheatre. com. 6:30pm Jun 30–Jul 1; 1pm Jul 2; 6:30pm Jul 7–8; 1pm Jul 9. Watch a youth cast production of this all-time favorite love story based on a French fairy tale. Suitable for all ages. $15.

PLAYTIME

Park a Palooza Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Pkwy., Frisco. 972/292-6520. friscofun.org. Activities at 7pm; movie at sunset. Grab dinner from food trucks and play on the bounce houses and with other activities until the movie Sing begins on the big screen. FREE

CONTINUING:

Ocean Bound! See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Movies at the Park See Jun 2. Music in the Square See Jun 2. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Movies See Jun 5. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. The Merry Wives of Windsor See Jun 14. MegaFest See Jun 28. Hood See Jun 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.

Want to see even more events? Search our up-to-the-minute online calendar by date, location and event type at dfwchild.com.


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confessions

“My wife had to work one Saturday, and my 2-year-old daughter woke up sick. I took her to the doctor then stopped by Target on the way home to get her prescription filled. While we waited, I let her pretend to shop. She peed her pants, I left everything in a pile next to her puddle and ran out of the store.” —SCOTT, DALLAS

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THE ONE TIME I HAD TO TAKE OUR 4-YEAROLD DAUGHTER TO SWIM LESSONS, I PUT HER SWIMSUIT ON BACKWARDS AND DIDN’T REALIZE IT UNTIL I GOT HER HOME AND MY WIFE LAUGHED AT HER PLUNGINGV ONE-PIECE.” —BOB, DALLAS

Before laying my 18-month-old daughter in her crib, I hung her upside down by her feet. She was laughing. When I tried to right her by grabbing one wrist, she said, ‘Ow!’ and couldn’t lift her left arm. I took her to the ER. I had popped her elbow out of the socket.” —BRENDAN, COLLEYVILLE “My wife was on a girls-only getaway for five days, and I was responsible for doing everything for our three boys. One day, I accidentally sent my 9-year-old to school without his homework or books. His teacher emailed my wife and me to say this: ‘Brady told me that his mom is out of town, and his dad doesn’t know what he’s doing.’” —RYAN, DALLAS

“I let our 16-monthold daughter color with Sharpies on paper I had put on the floor for her. Needless to say, it got everywhere.” —TODD, MCKINNEY

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I WAS COOKING DINNER AND WENT INTO THE YARD TO ASK MY WIFE A QUICK QUESTION. WHEN I CAME BACK IN, MY 2-YEAR-OLD SON WAS HOLDING THE CHEF’S KNIFE CHUCKYSTYLE.” —ZACH, FORT WORTH

Got a parenting fail you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Send it to editorial@dfwchild.com.


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