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BOYS TO MEN RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEN IN THE #METOO ERA

YOUR MOMAPPROVED PEDIATRICIANS

HOW TO CULTIVATE CURIOSITY IN YOUR CHILD

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FEATURE 20 About Our Boys

How we define manhood to our boys has big ramifications for their emotional and mental health words Ashley Hays

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Curious Little Minds

Why you should encourage curiosity, according to science

REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door / Ashley Williams

Army veteran and co-host of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth 16 Datebook GNO and date night events just for Mom 18 Routines / Anne Ingwalson The Addison mom of two runs her very own babysitters’ club So your kid wants to be a scientist to learn how to make bubblegum? We show you where he can learn about his dream job through summer activities. p. 37

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KID CULTURE 37 Summer of Dreams 20 summer camps and activities for 40 42 53

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Travel / Meet Me in St. Louis

A three-day getaway to the Gateway of the West

Celebrate / Come Fly Away

Fashion blogger Stia Allen Coffman throws an airplane-themed birthday for her son William

The Agenda Our favorite family events this month MOM-APPROVED DOCTORS 31 This Month: Pediatricians

Local pediatricians nominated by readers

COLUMNS 4 Hello / Summer Loving An introduction to our June issue words Lauren Niebes DallasChild Cover Kid: Jax of Dallas CollinChild Cover Kid: Zander of Plano Photography: Cindy James Hair/Makeup: Jenn Karsner, Wallflower Styling: Meredith Mosshart

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ABOVE / It takes a village

… and deep conversation. Alexis and Jax, our Dallas cover kid, take a break on set of our cover shoot this month.

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very kid looks forward to summer. Every. Single. One. And I was no exception. Through my rosecolored childhood glasses, I seem to remember splitting my time between my grandparents’ house and my mother’s office. With my grandmother, I’d have breakfast out on her back patio sipping milk with a dash of coffee, run errands with her and be a (little) lady who lunched. At the office, I’d just as enthusiastically put myself to work by sharpening pencils, answering phones (I felt very adult) and typing up my own stories on the typewriter or a spare computer. Whether I was “working” or pursuing more leisurely activities, my summers represented the ultimate work-life balance and I couldn’t have been happier. A weird child (I like to think of it as a good thing), I enjoyed “working” in what turned out to be my future career, just as much as I enjoyed my leisure activities. But I can’t be alone. In “Summer of Dreams,” we asked 10 local kids selected from our last Model Search what they want to be when they grow up, and then we found summer activities that suit their future pursuits. Perhaps the most interesting aspiration? A banker during the week, dance instructor on the weekends. Flip over to p. 37 for our suggestions on how to keep your future banker-slash-dancer—or artist, or pilot—happy and busy this summer. Ashley Hays tackles a more serious topic in our main feature this month, “About Our Boys.” In this time of #MeToo, and gun violence carried out predominately by men, I think there’s a collective question of how we got here with our boys. Is how we as a society raise our boys contributing to this epidemic of male misbehavior? As mothers of girls and boys alike, this question has been heavy on our minds. We do our best as parents to raise good kids, but are we doing it all wrong? Turn to p. 20 to see what we learned. And finally, we bring you a Mom Next Door profile on Ashley Williams, who co-stars in HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth with her husband Andy. On p. 13 she talks about their work for fellow veterans, how their kids react to seeing Mom and Dad on TV, and how she keeps a regimented schedule even with two little ones. We hope you have a wonderful start to your summer and a very happy Father’s Day!

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Now Rome has a heart as strong as her will.

Rome, Age 13 Heart Transplant Patient

After being born with a congenital heart defect, Rome received a lifesaving heart transplant at Children’s HealthSM . Now, with a heart full of determination, she has her sights set on one day becoming the first female president.

Every patient has a dream. Read more at childrens.com/littledreamers


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what’s in store this month on dfwchild.com WORDS LISA SALINAS

School’s (almost) out, and the sun is out to play. For you, the start of summer means finding a balance between keeping the kids cool and taking advantage of all this city has to offer. Bookmark dfwchild.com/calendar to stay on top of everything happening in Dallas this month—both indoors and out—and keep tabs on our homepage for more ways to make this hot month cool.

ROME’S MOM KNEW THE DIFFERENCE CHILDREN’S HEALTHSM COULD MAKE. We know care isn’t one size fits all. That’s why we’re specifically trained in pediatrics, so kids like Rome can grow up to pursue their dreams.

Outdoor Flicks

We here at DFWChild believe that there are very few things better than grabbing a tub of popcorn and settling in to watch a favorite movie with the family—especially outdoors on a warm (and hopefully breezy) summer evening. So we’ve rounded up the best opportunities for you and the kiddos to catch family-friendly flicks at local parks and pools this summer.

Splash Away

Take a cool and budget-friendly break from the Texas heat this month at our local splash pads and spray parks. From Allen to Rockwall to Cedar Hill, we’ve got the go-to list of free places to splash the day away in the Dallas area, including this season’s brand-new parks—every year, it’s one of our most popular guides. Check it out to start making your summer bucket list.

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It’s the time of the season for berry picking. Grab your baskets and head to a local farm, where you not only get to pick your own fruits and veggies but you may get to meet some farm animals too. Look for our roundup of pick-your-own farms to see what’s in season and get all the details you need to venture out for a field trip with the fam. Happy picking!

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LOUISE BOURGEOIS Saturday, June 9, 1 – 4 PM NorthCourt, Free Admission L EV EL O N E BET W EEN N O RD S T RO M A N D MA CY’ S

Join us as we explore the art of Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist whose work is most commonly associated with the Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements. Bourgeois is best known for her large-scale sculpture, though she was also a prolific painter and printmaker, often focusing on themes of family and domesticity. Children will enjoy art projects with Artist DIY, Creative Arts Center, Kid Art and Sour Grapes, as well as a Bookmarks scavenger hunt and walkSTEM tours. Free admission. ArtROCKS! is a NorthPark Center arts and education initiative that fosters children’s understanding of the arts through hands-on projects inspired by some of the world’s most famous artists. VI SI T NORTH PAR K C ENT ER . C OM, C ALL 214. 363. 7441 OR D OWNLOAD T H E NORT H PAR K APP @ N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R


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n a recent visit to the Half Pint section of Half Price Books, I grabbed a copy of Curious George and went to sit at a doll-sized table. Right as George was to meet The Man with the Yellow Hat, I met someone of my own. Bryce, 5 years old, wanted to know what I was reading. “Curious George,” I said. “Do you know what it means to be curious?” He did. “It’s what people do when they want to see things.” After we discussed the things he is curious about (blocks, lightning and Superman), he looked up at the paper tree above us. A string of questions followed. “Is that a real tree? Does Curious George live there? Is that his house? Are those leaves fake?”

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While Bryce can now voice all the questioning teaches kids to do the same. thoughts swirling around in his head, he Curious monkey see; curious monkey do. was likely questioning his surroundings long When Nicole Sweeney’s 5- and 8-year-old before he could talk. ask her questions, the Plano mom responds “We are curious from the get-go,” says David with open-ended questions like “I wonder …” Cross, Rees-Jones director at Texas Christian or “What do you think?”—so much so that University’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child she recalls her oldest saying, frustrated, “You Development. Cross, who has never answer my questions! a doctorate in education and You always ask me what I think psychology, explains that curithe answer is!” BOTTLED osity is an integral component Eight-year-old Brady will CURIOSITY of infant development. “If you have his mom to thank if he watch babies, they are exquisitely For a hands-on someday makes a major scienattuned to their environment. tific discovery. Because the way project that you can do with your little They’ll attend to novel things she sees it, “curious kids are investigator, the early more than familiar things.” likely to experiment with their This act of opening ourselves childhood team at ideas and take the information the Perot Museum of to extract information from they learned and apply it to Nature and Science our environment is called an future curiosities.” recommends making “orienting response” and signals Thomas Close, who a discovery bottle healthy development—meanmanages education programs (also called a sensory ing curiosity is foundational at the Perot Museum of Nature bottle). A discovery bottle uses items found for learning. In fact, according and Science, says the museum around the house to to a study published in the takes a similar approach. encourage curiosity neuroscience journal Neuron “Our educators emphasize and exploration while in 2014, curiosity enhances inquiry-based learning with developing motor skills . brain functioning, allowing us children as a way to get them HERE’S HOW to retain information. (That’s thinking about the knowledge why you might remember more TO MAKE ONE: they already have and connect1. Find a clear, sealable from those college courses ing it to the answers they want bottle (like the empty you weren’t just taking for the to discover,” he explains. plastic water bottle credits.) Research also indicates Until Brady is happily sitting in your cup a correlation between curiosity employed at NASA, Sweeney holder) and fill with and higher levels of well-being, encourages him to play out water or baby oil. Oil is greater life and job satisfaction, more viscous than water, side with his little sister, Molly, and positive social interactions. building lean-tos from fallen allowing the objects But if curiosity is an branches and identifying ani inside to move around more slowly. innate trait, what role can mal shapes on leaves. She sees you play in developing your value in free play, especially 2. Add a few drops of little one’s curiosity? out in nature. And she’s onto food coloring. For starters, Cross suggests something: Play and curiosity 3. Add various small toys, creating environments that fosare closely linked. colorful buttons and ter intrigue, a concept he refers “It’s widely recognized beads, large flake glitter to as environmental engineering. or sequins, marbles, that playfulness, creativity paper clips, metal Kiaran Beck, a music and curiosity are drivers of nuts for magnetic teacher at Borman Elementary well-being,” Cross says. “The exploration and other School in Denton, says singing more curious we are, the more recognizable objects. alone can make her students creative we are, the more playful 4. Tighten the lid and feel vulnerable, putting a we are.” begin exploring with damper on their curiosity. Allowing your children to a magnet or magnifying exercise their curiosity “[Kids] have to be comfort glass. able to create,” she says. through play does more than So she adapts accordingly, just wear them out before changing lesson plans, swapbedtime; it furthers their ping singing for instruments or having investigation of the world, which is likely to students perform in groups. continue so long as there’s support. Sweeney Parents can mimic this at home by believes that rewarding her children’s curieliminating conditions that might trigger osity will keep them wondering, exploring fear or anger, which are incompatible with and questioning—all things that benefit her exploratory play and curiosity. Once children too. Brady and Molly, she acknowledges, see are at ease, they are ready to investigate and the world in a way that she tends to overlook, ask questions—or as Beck puts it, they are reminding her to adjust her own vision. ready to take hold of their own learning. “I’m constantly trying to reframe my He also proposes that parents model parenting lens and encourage my kids to curiosity at home. Demonstrating good keep exploring their world,” she says. 10

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shley Williams and her husband of nine years, Andy, live each day hyperfocused on the mission at hand: Integrating veterans back into civilian life by way of their Fort Worth–based real estate company, Recon Realty. More than a mission, it’s a passion project for Ashley and Andy, who are both military veterans themselves—the couple first met in Iraq. When they moved back to the States in 2012, Ashley had a difficult time making the transition. Then real estate came knocking. Andy had a growing portfolio of rental properties. Ashley discovered her talent for design, and the couple began flipping. In the years since, they’ve spun Recon Realty into a profitable venture that pays the bills and, more to their point, helps fellow veterans find success in civilian life. The couple sees themselves as mentors of sort, training fellow vets and partnering with veteran-owned small businesses. Ashley and Andy added to their A-team with kids Ashton and Amina, and in a serendipitous turn of events, landed an HGTV series, Flip or Flop Fort Worth. PHOTO COURTESY OF HGTV

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AGE 32 HAILS FROM Chicago LIVES IN Fort Worth SIGNIFICANT OTHER Andy Williams, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, co-host of Flip or Flop Fort Worth and founder of Recon Realty HOW THEY MET In a gym on deployment in Baghdad CHILDREN Ashton, 6, and Amina, 5 CV HIGHLIGHT United States Army veteran

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We thought, “Who better to help begin that than someone who has actually experienced it?” It came from a need to figure out what to do when I got out of the military. We also needed a way to provide for our family so Andy didn’t have to go back overseas and work. Once we started having kids, I didn’t want them to have a Skype relationship [with Andy]. It developed from our needs.

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WAS IT A DIFFICULT DECISION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SHOW? WERE YOU NERVOUS?

Definitely. We were fairly private people, and I was very tentative about showing the kids. You’re opening yourself up to scrutiny. But you’re also showing others that normal people can do this. You have the opportunity to take control of your future. Andy asked early on, “Is this really something you want to do?” I told him, “If it helps with the mission, let’s do it.” HOW HAVE YOUR LIVES CHANGED SINCE THE SHOW DEBUTED?

Well, it’s definitely a lot busier. Veterans everywhere are reaching out. The veteran interaction has been the biggest change. We were doing everything on a smaller scale before the show. HAVE THE KIDS PICKED UP ON THE CHANGES?

The good thing about kids is that they’re so resilient. They only see us as Mommy and Daddy. We put the show on and they’re like, “Oh look, there’s Mommy on TV. I want to watch Ninja Turtles now.” It’s their normalcy.

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HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN DESIGN?

I wanted to be a nurse but didn’t stick with it because I went to the military. With us having our own real estate business, I was able to design and figured out I’m actually kind of good at it. It grew from there. I got some of the kinks out and learned to be creative without breaking the budget. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

I’m definitely modern, but I love bright colors. One of my favorite designers of all time is Diane von Furstenberg. I love all her prints.

WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING STYLE? DO YOU RUN A TIGHT SHIP?

Oh yes, we have a schedule for everything. We have organized play. We have school time, wake-up time. I think kids thrive when they have structure. I think they do best when they can anticipate what’s happening next. I let them have free time, but at a certain time. Every minute of the day I know exactly what they’re doing, even if I’m not there.

WE PUT THE SHOW ON AND THEY’RE LIKE, ‘OH LOOK, THERE’S MOMMY ON TV. I WANT TO WATCH NINJA TURTLES NOW.’”

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It was happenstance. We didn’t go out for a casting. We were on vacation talking with someone and didn’t know, at the time, that he was a producer. Andy was talking about our passion for working with veterans. [The producer] took an interest, and a month or so later said he was thinking about pitching a show.

and what our strengths were. But now everything runs pretty smoothly. I have my spot, he has his spot and he lets me do what I need to do. You have to work off of each other’s strengths. You’re going home with that person at night.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THING YOU’VE LEARNED FROM BEING A MOM?

You can’t control it all. I’m a control freak. I love to keep things organized, and kids have a way of coming in and mixing it up. But it all works. They taught me to be OK with the uncomfortable. When I first had Ashton, I was a nervous wreck. When Amina came, I learned to just let things happen, and she’s so calm. Ashton is a bit higher strung, but I think that’s because I was the one that was high strung. Just letting go ... I’m still learning, but that was a big lesson for me. YOU’RE SO BUSY. HOW DO YOU SPEND TIME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY WHEN YOU GET A BREAK FROM WORK?

The kids’ favorite spot is Main Event, but I think I’m winning them over with Dave & Buster’s. AND DATE NIGHT?

We like to eat. I love movies. Most of the time we go to Movie Tavern by Social House. AND WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOURSELF?

I work out. That’s a big thing for me. I picked up running about three years ago. First, it was to lose weight, but then I realized I actually really like running. Distance helps me clear my mind. It’s my “me” time. It’s definitely my Zen.


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stave off summer’s dog days just a little bit longer with a special screening, can’t-miss exhibit and yoga hour with furry friends—all happening this june JUNE 1 SWEET TOOTH HOTEL

Don’t miss Cole and Jencey Keeton’s sugar-fueled art and retail pop-up featuring works from Dallas artists Jeremy Biggers, Shamsy Roomiani and Jojo Chuang and Mexicanborn Ilse Valfré. (Girls night, perhaps? We won’t tell the kids, if you don’t.) Boasting beaucoup eye candy and a large gift shop selling dessert-themed apparel and accessories, the 1,200-square-foot space will call Victory Park home through June 30. $20. 2316 Victory Park Lane, Dallas // sweettoothhotel.com

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The Dallas Museum of Art brings together two of our favorite things: beer tastings, courtesy of Noble Rey Brewing Company, and a tour of the museum galleries. First, guests will sample different Noble Rey brews, learning the story behind each flavor combination, and then enter the galleries for a special curated tour. $65; book in advance. (If you miss this one, tix go on sale June 8 for the next Artful Pairings event on Aug. 2.)

You’ve seen it on Instagram; here’s your chance to try it. Lone Star Ranch & Rescue is offering one-hour goat yoga classes to benefit their farm animal rescue operations. Practice your poses while goats run to and fro, and then stay awhile to mingle with your new four-legged friends and sip complimentary mimosas and craft beers. Good vibes only—goat yoga is all about disconnecting from daily stressors and focusing on positivity. $25.

721 Anderson St., McKinney. // 469/867-7463 // lsrr.org

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LEON BRIDGES

Show the Fort Worth native a little hometown love as he stops at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will open for the Grammy-nominated singersongwriter (who, in case you were wondering, just so happens to turn 29 next month). Starting at $42. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving // 972/810-1499 // thepaviliontmf.com

Leading Ladies

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Angelika Film Center in Plano is celebrating Marilyn Monroe, the most famous leading lady of them all. A yearlong special series, Leading Ladies highlights iconic women in cinema with one-time showings of movie classics. This month provides the rare opportunity to see the 1953 classic Gentleman Prefer Blondes on the silver screen. $10.50.

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:15AM Wake up. I check text messages, emails and social media for any overnight Sitter Sweet activity. Next, I read my daily devotional on my Fellowship app. Alejo has been up for an hour— he’s dressed for school, fed the cats and is playing Roblox. 6:30AM I’m fixing breakfast—eggs, hash browns and fruit for the kids. My breakfast consists of a glass of water with apple cider vinegar and lemon and a quick bite of eggs straight out of the pan. 6:45AM Isabella is a slow riser like her mama, so I take a few minutes to make her smile as she greets the day. 6:47AM Throw last-minute laundry into the dryer. I forgot to check for clean uniforms last night, which happens more often than I care to admit. 6:50AM Time for a quick cold shower. I know, but studies show it’s really good for you! It wakes me up, obviously, but also my skin and hair feel softer. I tell the kids that

if they hear me scream, I’m OK; it’s just the initial cold shock. 7:00AM Breakfast is served. My bedroom is next to the kitchen, so I run between getting ready and helping the kids get ready and pack up their backpacks. 7:20AM I fix Isabella’s hair into the style of the week. Today, we debate braids versus side ponytails. 7:30AM I pour coffee into a thermos, finish my makeup and yell at the kids to hurry up when it’s really me running late. Alejo torments his sister just by looking at her. 7:40AM Out the door and off to school. During the drive, I turn on Spotify and we all sing together. In moments like this, I take full advantage of the fact that I don’t embarrass them yet to have fun together. 7:50AM Arrive at Isabella’s school. I tell her I love her and will see her after her Robotics club. 8:10AM Pull up to Alejo’s school. I tell him I love him and that I’ll pick him up from his after-care program. 8:11AM On my way to work, I switch from music to a podcast. I love the ones from Ed Young and Rich Wilkerson, but my favorite podcast is Unshakeable by Tony Robbins. 8:35AM At the office, I immediately hunker down to work. I have one intern who helps me with the business side of Sitter Sweet. The company is in a big transition, so budgets are tight and many hats must be worn until I can hire more full-time staffers. I check emails and then confirm how many open shifts we have that need to be filled. 10AM I draft a few Sitter Sweet social media posts, check my email again and respond to a few requests and inquiries from parents. 12PM Desk lunch is the norm for me. I need to take full advantage of my time before I have to pick up the kids from school. I made a big batch of soup for dinner this weekend, so I slurp some leftovers while reviewing bookkeeping and budgets. 1:15PM Over the past six months, I’ve been focused on relaunching the Sitter Sweet website to offer parents a whole new experience. I talk to my web developers to check on progress and share updates about new pricing models and upcoming marketing campaigns. Then I make a note to set up a training session for all of our sitters to learn about the new web service. Trying to coordinate a meeting with over 40 college students who all work remotely is like herding cats. It’s not easy, but they are all sweet girls and do a great job. 4:45PM Back to the schools to pick up the kids. Isabella always lets me know after Robotics that she’d prefer to be at soccer or in hip-hop class. Mondays are easy for Alejo—it’s the only day that he doesn’t

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About Our Boys How we define manhood to our boys has big ramifications for their emotional and mental health W O R D S A S H L E Y H AYS ILLUSTRATION JOHN J. CUSTER

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arla Morton remembers the day she was running errands while her sons, Collin and Ben, now 10 and 8, were buckled up in their car seats practicing gender identifiers. “You are a …?” she prompted. “Boy!” Ben and Collin chimed in. “Good! And Daddy is a …?” “Boy!” “Yes!” praised Morton. “And Mommy is a …?” The boys thought for a moment. “Doctor!” It was a proud moment for Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. She continually tries to break the molds of what we consider traditional gender stereotypes in hopes of giving her kids—and any child who needs a voice—the freedom to express themselves independent of social norms. “In my home, we are very progressive and have less-set gender roles,” she says. “My boys may see their dad doing the dishes or housework while I do the finances or computer repairs. That’s their ‘normal.’” We are in a transitional era in which society is becoming more accepting of women and men who depart from stereotypes of femininity and masculinity. But there are still definite expectations that society has put on our boys when it comes to what it means to be a boy—and a man.

Some of those expectations are prohibitive; others, overly permissive. “Historically, we have excused certain behaviors in our boys, more so in socially conservative circles,” Morton says. “Boys will be boys” is a phrase tossed around (often endearingly) by loving parents, well-meaning teachers and doting grandparents. And there is some truth to it—testosterone is widely understood to increase aggression and dominance in boys and may affect cognitive performance, too. But often the phrase is used to justify otherwise unacceptable behavior. Little Jake called Sophie ugly at lunch today? “Aw, he has a crush on her!” Matthew wouldn’t mind his teacher when it was time to come in from recess? “He is such a boy!” Thanks to recent events—the #MeToo movement, for one—the restriction that “boys will be boys” is being challenged. It hasn’t escaped society’s notice that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of sexual violence perpetrators—against women and men—are men. And so behavior that was previously written off as either playfulness or biologic inevitability (like inappropriate jokes or unwanted advances in the workplace) has come under long-overdue scrutiny. At the same time, society still feeds our boys catchphrases like “boys don’t cry” instead of teaching them how to healthily process and express their emotions—and then we wonder why they act on their feelings in inappropriate, uncontrolled ways. Ah, well. Boys will be boys, right? dfwchild.com / june 2018

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Yes, boys will be boys—and inevitably, men. And the way we respond to our boys’ emotions and behavior now is creating the structural boundaries for who they will be and how they will perceive manhood as adults. BOYS VERSUS GIRLS

princess manners and is immediately sternly corrected.” West, who has a doctorate in psychology, has two boys, ages 6 and 2, and a girl, 9. She believes that mothers of boys tend to tolerate or overlook inappropriate behavior by reasoning that boys are more energetic and therefore harder to rein in. Benbrook mom Brandi Thomas agrees. “Boys definitely have more latitude to be wild and crazy,” she says. Her two boys are 11 and 6. “The expectation for them to be able to sit quietly through the same activity as a girl just isn’t there.”

It is undeniable that we manage boys and girls differently. The way we react to a variety of behaviors depends on the child’s gender. Alex Wade, a licensed professional counselor intern at Curis Functional Health and Apple Counseling and Consulting in Dallas, says that as a therapist, she tries to be aware of this proclivity and treats both her male and female patients similarly. BOTTLE IT UP “[Parents] often speak to, At the same time, boys do not discipline or even defend their have the same latitude as girls to children depending on genderexpress and work through their related grounds,” she says. “When emotions. A study published in I point it out during the parent The British Journal of Developmenconsultation, most of them aren’t tal Psychology found that mothers even aware of what they’re doing.” are more prone to use emotional In 2017, the BBC conducted words and content with their a social experiment in which toddler daughters than with their they dressed a male child in girls’ sons. This models to our children clothes and a female child in that sentimental conversations are boys’ clothes and to be reserved for placed both kids in female interactions. a child care room “As a society, with unsuspectwe have not emoing employees. The tionally coached “THE NUMBER our boys to caregivers spoke to the kids differently ONE STATE- identify, express (coddling and cooing or cope with their MENT THAT feelings approprimore to “Sophie,” whose actual name WE MAKE TO ately,” West says. was Edward) and “When a little boy BOYS THAT falls on the playoffered them different toys to play with. SUPPRESSES ground, parents When confronted are more inclined EMOTIONAL to say, ‘You’re with the swap, the employees admitted EXPRESSION OK—brush it off,’ that they were acting when really, that TO PAIN IS, boy is feeling sad, on gender bias. “Think of how lonely.” ‘YOU’RE OK.’” hurtLaorTonya we respond to Dapotty words,” says vison, a licensed Brooke West, a play master social therapist and owner of HOPE worker, social psychologist and Child and Family Center in Dalhost of the radio show Mental las. “When a little boy says a bad Speak, agrees. “The number one word, a dad is more inclined to statement that we make to boys laugh about it while saying, ‘Now that suppresses emotional expreswe don’t say that,’ which sends sion to pain is, ‘You’re OK.’” the little boy a contradicting This simple phrase, meant to message. But if his little girl says toughen up our boys and teach the same word, she isn’t using her them how to be strong, could in22

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stead be detrimental to their emotional well-being by enforcing the idea of locking away or dismissing their feelings. “Boys are seen choking back tears although it is a naturally triggered response to physical or emotional pain,” she adds. For a year and a half, Davison was an adolescent boys’ therapist at a mental health facility in Arlington. The most common issue she dealt with? Boys suppressing their emotions and thoughts. “The suppression is directly related to parental belief systems of how boys ought to react when emotionally triggered,” Davison explains. She’s spent a lot of time helping boys process their feelings regarding these conditioned behaviors but doesn’t believe that they readily associate this with the term “masculinity.” “From an early age, we teach boys that it’s not appropriate to cry, and that if they do, they are not being masculine,” says Paul Bones, an assistant professor in the sociology department at Texas Woman’s University. The belief that boys aren’t supposed to be timid, cautious or fearful is being ingrained into them every day, intentionally or otherwise. The result is not that our sons are any less sensitive— any boy mom will attest to that— but that our sons are holding in their insecurities rather than voicing them, causing an inability to appropriately express or interpret emotional struggles. Terrill Richardson of Fort Worth experienced this firsthand when his son Kyle, a high school football player, broke his leg his sophomore year. He tried to get back in the game once released by a doctor, but “his heart wasn’t in it anymore,” Richardson says. “He tried, but he said he wasn’t as fast, wasn’t as agile. He was really afraid that he’d re-break his leg. A

few weeks in, he made the decision to quit.” What affected Richardson the most was not that Kyle decided to quit, but that he was actually afraid to tell his father. “I think he probably went to practice a lot longer and went to games a lot longer than he wanted to in order to please me,” Richardson says. “The thing is … I was actually relieved that he quit.” Kyle’s reluctance to share his feelings is not uncommon, according to Davison. “Many [boys] share in therapy that they try to tell adults how they feel but have felt shut down when they attempt,” she reports. These “shutdowns” are surfacing in areas of these boys’ lives that are supposed to provide security. To show feelings in school is to make oneself vulnerable to bullying and ridicule by other children. To show feelings at home is pointless from their perspective as they feel that they will be shut down regardless. “When shut down, the response is depression, anxiety or uncontrollable outbursts of aggression,” Davison says. It’s like that big splash bucket at the water park that tips when it gets too full: At some point, all those pent-up feelings have to find a release. That release could be defiant or aggressive behavior—which society often tells our boys is OK, even when talking about their feelings is not—or a serious mental health crisis. It’s worth noting that boys are more likely than girls to commit violent crime, including sexual violence and gun violence. Boys are also less likely to seek professional mental health care, which might prevent those uncontrollable outbursts.


“Guys don’t talk about their feelings, we don’t seek help when we need it, and we feel like asking for help makes us lesser,” Bones says, going so far as to link the bottling up of emotions to men’s shorter average life expectancy. “It’s because men are told that asking for help is a sign of weakness and a departure from masculinity. It’s why we don’t go to the doctor unless we’re on death’s door. And forget about seeking psychological help.” IN NEED OF A DETOX

While parents may play a role in advancing these stereotypes, they’re far from the only influence. Society in general—and media in particular—has a big impact on how boys view masculinity. “It’s generally between the ages of 8 and 9 that kids start becoming more self-reflective and looking to outside factors for confirmation that they are ‘normal,’” Morton says. “It’s those external factors that parents really need to concern themselves with.” YouTube, for example, serves as a major platform for such persuasive manifestos. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, uses his channel to rebuke the idea of male weakness with excerpts from his best-selling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos and abrasive comments such as “Don’t be dependent. At all. Ever. Period.” These are the kinds of ideas of what it means to be a man that are promoted to our boys—and we’re buying it. More than 700,000 copies of it. Peterson’s YouTube channel is only a fraction of the screen time equation. West is adamant that the overuse of screen time is detrimental to children’s development, for boys in particular. “What do I really think about screen time? I think that it’s creating monsters,” she says, explaining that as it becomes more and more acceptable for families to rely on electronics, our boys need a parent’s presence more than ever. “The very first issue I address with my male clients’ parents is

their screen time and use of elecencourage emotional health (see tronics,” she says. “As a society, we sidebar at right for phrases to are allowing unlimited exposure to avoid) and paying closer attenthese, which can model violence tion to the behaviors we promote and crude behavior to impressionand accept. able and vulnerable minds.” “My goal is to encourage as While studies disagree about much ‘personhood’ as I can to the long-term impacts of violent them versus defined ‘manhood,’” entertainment, West believes that Morton says. screen time itself, no matter what’s She urges her male clients to on said screen, is toxic. Namely, embrace what they like without the instant gratification that focusing on the outside reactions comes with befrom their ing constantly family, peers “plugged in” or social media is robbing our platforms. boys of the For moms ability to apand dads, it propriately exis critical to Dr. Brooke West offers a press empathy, stress to our weekly child-parent relationship compassion boys the value training group at HOPE CHILD and patience. in their distinct AND FAMILY CENTER . The 10The first personalities, week course begins Wednesday, thing she interests and Aug. 29, from 10:30am–noon. advises for characteristics Both West and Morgan Meyers, a licensed professional counher patients is without pushing selor intern, are experienced an “electronic them toward in the gender-specific issues detox,” during what society that parents of boys encounter which the boys says they should and offer aid to parents who unplug and are be like. are feeling overwhelmed by or encouraged to “It’s impordisconnected from their child. spend more tant that we $75 for the course. Register or time outdoors encourage our request information by emailing riding bikes or boys to be indimorganclairemyers@gmail.com playing board viduals rather or calling 469/203-1533. games with than modeling 13720 Midway Road, Suite their families. themselves 106, Dallas “We need after what hopecentertx.com to take back society expects the power from them to be,” tablets, video games, and smartWade emphasizes. phones,” West says. “If we don’t, Efforts such as the #MeToo we are losing our ability to raise movement have provided our kids into good people, not just platforms for this reformation of people with good behavior.” manhood, similar to the cultural changes we experienced within the THE NEW MANHOOD last generation regarding our girls. It’s hard in the moment to picture “It used to be that girls our rambunctious little boys as needed to be quiet, passive and grown adults, but it is crucial that ladylike. Then we realized that we turn our focus on just that. those messages weren’t the best “The definition of masculinfor our girls,” Bones explains, ity is rapidly changing,” Davison adding that over time, society says. “The nature of what masbegan to encourage girls to be culinity has been, and what it is more assertive, independent and becoming, is contingent upon true to themselves. the changing of past beliefs. “We didn’t ban or demonize Parents need to adopt what boys femininity; we just decided to are saying they require emotiondrop some of these damaging ally and mentally.” ideas of what it means to be a This means policing the girl. That’s what we’re doing with language we use with our boys to boys now.”

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Feeling disconnected from your boy? Here is a list of common no-no’s when attempting to bond with your son and what you can say instead. DON’T SAY

“You (throw/hit/act/fill in the blank) like a girl.” Not only is this promoting sexism, but you are creating a wall between your son and yourself using humiliation as your tactic. DO SAY

“I can tell you are trying—is there a way I can help?” Acknowledge that he’s making an effort, and offer your time and attention in helping. DON’T SAY

“Well you just won’t talk to me so I don’t know how to help you.” Boys often want to communicate but feel uncomfortable initiating it. Don’t get frustrated when your attempts to engage with him are met with shrugs. Be patient. DO SAY

“I can tell when something is bothering you. When you need me, I am ready to listen.” Letting your son know that you are tuned in and all ears during an awkward situation for him can ease him into letting his guard down. DON’T SAY

“How was your day?” This staple dinner-table question is typically met with one of two answers: “Fine” or “Good.” Not exactly a conversation starter, much to a parent’s disdain. DO SAY

“Did anything interesting or abnormal happen today?” Asking open-ended questions that require a thought-out response will naturally create a flow of conversation. And if he responds with, “Not really,” don’t push him. Forced conversation is just as bad as none.

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Ripley’s Odditorium, the Palace Of Wax, the Enchanted Mirror Maze, the 7D Moving Theater and the Impossible Laser Race.

30. Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. Visit one of the best collections of modern sculpture in the world. Family activity guides and free admission days monthly. 31. NRH20 Family Water Park North Richland Hills. 817/427-6500. nrh2o.com. NRH2O features over 24 slides and attractions with family fun for everyone! Great place for birthday parties. Dive-in movies and fireworks shows on select nights. 32. Play Street Museum Multiple locations. playstreetmuseum.com. Play Street Museum is a network of interactive children’s museums purposefully designed to encourage a young child’s sense of independence, exploration and creativity. 33. Pump It Up Multiple locations. pumpitupparty.com. Our indoor arenas feature gigantic inflatables that are ideal for your child’s 100 percent private birthday party, or check our online calendar for weekday public playtimes.

36. SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Grapevine. 469/444-3050. visitsealife.com/ grapevine. Dive into SEA LIFE Grapevine and become a turtle expert. Rescue, rehabilitate and release your turtle back to the ocean in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center! 37. SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Fort Worth Fort Worth. 682/235-5752. fortworth.visitseaquest.com. Touch, feed and interact with stingrays, sharks and many other animals as you go on a quest through five continents during a journey at SeaQuest! 38. Seaworld San Antonio. 210/520-4732. seaworld.com/ san-antonio. Little ones can discover big thrills at rides, shows and summer attractions, plus dance and sing at the all–new Sesame Street® Party Parade! 39. The Shops at Willow Bend Plano. 972/202-4904. shopwillowbend.com. The Shops at Willow Bend features Crayola Experience, Plano Children’s Theatre, Janie & Jack, Vineyard Vines and Justice making it the perfect family destination.

34. Reunion Tower Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower.com. Beat the heat at the top spot for summer fun! Plan a daytime visit for weekday activities on the GeoDeck. Visit reuniontower.com/summer for details.

40. SPARK! Dallas. 214/421-7727. sparkdallas.org. The creative adventure starts at SPARK! Explore a 6,000-foot climb, Crawl Slide Sculpture. Engage with pop-up creative activities. Enjoy summer camps. Family days Saturday and Sunday.

35. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Grand Prairie. 972/263-2391. ripleys.com/ grandprairie. Experience all five cool attractions:

41. Studio Movie Grill Multiple locations. 972/388-7888. studiomoviegrill.com. Studio Movie Grill is the leader of

in-theater dining where the passion is film, food and fun! 42. Texas Discovery Gardens Dallas. 214/428-7476. txdg.org. Don’t miss our Butterfly Tea Parties, June 14, July 19 and August 23! The perfect event for a Mommyand-me outing or a meetup with friends. 43. Topgolf Multiple locations. 817/349-4002. topgolf.com/ kidzone. No golf skill required to register for Topgolf’s Summer Academy, but each kiddo leaves with new talents, friends and fun memories from this weeklong camp! 44. Town of Little Elm Little Elm. 972/731-3296. lakefrontlittleelm.com. The only beach in North Texas! Sand volleyball, fire pits, open swim, kayaks/SUPs, great restaurants, cable wakeboarding and much more. Little Elm has it all. 45. Trinity Forest Adventure Park Dallas. 214/391-1000. trinitytreetops.com. Trinity Forest Adventure Park is the largest aerial park in the Metroplex and offers high ropes adventure for ages 4 and up. 46. Urban Air Adventure Park Multiple locations. 1-800/960-4778. urbanairparks.com. Urban Air is a fullservice family entertainment center and the perfect destination for family fun. Urban Air provides unforgettable birthday party experiences for all ages. 47. Water Works Park Denton. 940/349-8800. dentonwaterworks.com. Enjoy a new wave pool and concessions, in addition to five giant slides, two toddler slides, lazy river, children’s play pool, pavilions, cabanas and more!

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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 with whom you can see your child long term. Unfortunately, there’s no Match.com equivalent to finding the right health care provider for your kiddos. Just like with dating, turn to your innermost circle first. Ask trusted friends, neighbors and family members who have kids—and who parent the way you do (or the way you want to)—for an introduction to a doctor they love. If you’re new to the area or looking for a fresh start, begin with our Mom-Approved Pediatricians.

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIAN? A MomApproved Pediatrician is a pediatrician, family physician or pediatric specialist who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local moms and dads 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 parents like you who love their kids and care about their health. All of these providers were in good standing with the Texas Medical Board at press time.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Aponte Lopez, Madeline MD Dallas Regional Medical Center, Mesquite

ENDOCRINOLOGY

Mootha, Sudha MD Children’s Health Specialty Center, Plano See ad on page 43

FAMILY MEDICINE

Bonacquisti, Gary MD Benchmark Family Medicine, Rockwall Cham, Roxana MD Methodist Family Health Center – Firewheel, Garland Kainth, Manvinder MD Maple Primary Care, Plano Murdock, Adam MD Murdock Health, Garland Weaver, Mary Ann MD Methodist Family Health Center, Grand Prairie

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Dave, Mona MD Office of Dr. Dave, Plano

Sanghavi, Rina MD Children’s Health Specialty Center, Dallas See ad on page 43 Semrin, Gaith MD Children’s Health Specialty Center, Plano See ad on page 43 32

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Quan, Albert MD Children’s Renal Center, Dallas

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Dao, Lori MD Pediatric Ophthalmology, Plano

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Ehmer, Dale MD Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Texas, Frisco

PEDIATRICS

Abel, Shawn MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics, Murphy Abitoye, Omolara MD Acclaim Pediatrics, Grand Prairie Acosta, Veronica MD MD Kids Pediatrics, Dallas

WHAT MAKES MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIANS DIFFERENT? Each year various publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. Often these providers are chosen not by patients and clients but by other providers. We think Mom-Approved 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 truly a parent-to-parent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us. IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE? The list is by no means exhaustive— there are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a recommendation. If you

Bain, Deborah MD Healthy Kids Pediatrics, Frisco Bergman, Barry MD Bergman Pediatrics, Dallas Berkowitz, Jeffrey MD Pediatric Specialists of Plano Bourland, Christina MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Bridgewater, Erin MD Centennial Pediatrics, Little Elm Cavalier, Mary Ellen MD Joy and Crown Pediatrics, Frisco Chang, Christina DO Pediatric People, Frisco Chowning, Scott MD Prosper Pediatrics Clarke, R. Adrian MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas Crow, Susan MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco Curry, Daryl MD Office of Dr. Curry, Dallas Curtis, Somer MD Pediatricians of Dallas

Agrawal, Anuradha MD PGV Pediatrics, Dallas

Denison, Early MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33

Allam, Fatma MD Mesquite Children’s Clinic

Dickschat, Diana MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Plano

Alvis, Jeffrey MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney Andrade-Fegali, Yohanna MD MD Kids Pediatrics, Dallas Anwar, Ayesha MD Pediatric Center of Grand Prairie Aslam, Qamar MD Carrollton Pediatrics

Do, Bich MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Dollins, Kathleen MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney Drake, Casey MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics, Rockwall See ad on page 34

have a local pediatrician, family physician or pediatric specialist you love, tell us. 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/doctors.

Dreiling, Christopher MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Eastman, George MD George Eastman Pediatrics, Plano Eley, Cheryl MD Children’s Choice Pediatrics, McKinney Ewert, Anne MD Pear Pediatrics, Rockwall Foster, John MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Gair, Ashley MD West Plano Pediatrics Gondol, Sara MD Starside Pediatrics, Frisco Gore, Lauren MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas Gray, Larry MD Woodhill Pediatric Associates, Dallas Guetersloh, Chad MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco Harn, Laura MD Best Nest Pediatrics, Frisco Hart, Chafen MD Pediatricians of Dallas Hayes, Amy MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Hebbur, Malini MD Village Pediatrics, Plano Henderson, Allison MD Allison Henderson MD Pediatrics, Richardson Herrera, Monica MD Windhaven Pediatrics, Plano Hidalgo, Hector MD Trinity Pediatrics, Plano


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Hoang, Thai MD Stonebriar Pediatrics, Frisco

McDonald, Russell MD Plano Pediatrics

Piga, Naomi MD Piga Primary Care Associates, Frisco

Spaeth, Stefanie MD Dr. Stef on Call, Dallas

Jain, Sonal MD MD Kids Pediatrics, Garland

McGonnell, Chris MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Plano

Poole, Julie MD Poole Pediatrics, Richardson

Straughn, Chris MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas

Jindal, Meenu DO Comprehensive Pediatric Care, Dallas See ad on page 35

McMillin, Kimberly MD Baylor Scott & White Family Medical Center, Garland

Reyes, Paul MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney

Terry, Stacy MD Best Nest Pediatrics, Frisco

Jowdy, Michelle DO Baylor Scott & White Lakewood, Dallas

Mehendale, Kimberly MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano

Karam, Albert MD Albert G. Karam, MD PA, Dallas

Merchant, Rhonda MD Legacy Pediatrics, Plano

Katz, Scott MD Plano Pediatrics

Messner, Julie DO Pediatric Specialists of Plano

Katz Lestz, Leslie MD Centennial Pediatrics, Little Elm

Milici, Marjorie MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatric Center, Dallas See ad on page 35

Khouri, Grace MD Pediatric Associates of Wylie Kumar, Iresh MD Lone Star Physician’s Group, Frisco Lacey, Julian MD Baylor Scott & White Health Center, Mesquite Lanman, Nicole MD Pediatric Associates of Wylie

Mitchell, Damien MD Forest Lane Pediatrics, Dallas Mix, Angela DO West Plano Pediatrics Mohiuddin, Ovais MD Honey Pediatrics, Plano Naidoo, Randy MD Shine Pediatrics, Richardson

Le, Janet MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano See ad on page 35

Richards, Ylicia MD Pediatrics at Murphy Road, Garland Roberts, Tana MD Pediatrics at Campbell Center, Dallas Rodrigues, Steven MD ABC Pediatrics, McKinney Rogers, Donza MD Kessler Pediatrics, Dallas Rosales, Marisa MD ABC Pediatrics, McKinney Ruiz-Yedwab, Beatriz MD Office of Dr. Ruiz-Yedwab, Richardson Saleem, Mariam MD Rainbow Children’s Clinic, Grand Prairie Saleha, Khanum MD Healing Care Pediatrics, Frisco Seibert, Lori MD North Dallas Pediatric Associates, Plano

Nail, Richard MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Shridharan, Lata MD Natural Pediatrics, Frisco

Lewis, Hillary MD Pediatricians of Dallas

Neely, Joe MD Pediatricians of Dallas

Sickler, Susan MD Willow Bend Pediatrics, Plano

Limbensen, Joahanna MD Baylor Scott & White Pediatrics, Murphy

Newton, Christopher MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Simon, Matthew MD Park Cities Pediatrics, Dallas

Okammor, Chioma MD Village Pediatrics, Plano

Smith, Chad MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Linck, Audra MD Pediatric People, Frisco

Olteanu, Alina MD Whole Child Texas, Frisco See ad on page 35

Smith, Christine MD Stonebridge Pediatrics, McKinney

Linderman, Julie MD Inwood Village Pediatrics, Dallas

Oved, Kfir MD All Star Pediatrics, Frisco

Linguist, Peggy MD Hope Clinic, Waxahachie

Pascoe, Rana MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall See ad on page 34

Lin, William MD Office of Dr. William Lin, Richardson

Longshaw, Jacquelynn MD Pediatrics Southwest, DeSoto McClendon, Laura MD Centennial Pediatrics, Frisco

Pecson, Grace MD Pecan Tree Pediatrics, Wylie See ad on page 34

Smith, Jeanette MD Pediatric Associates of Plano Smith, Kelley MD All About Children Pediatrics, McKinney See ad on page 35 Sonnen, Gregory MD Pediatric & Adolescent Specialists of Rockwall See ad on page 34

Towns, Mark MD Pediatrics Southwest, DeSoto Waters, Melissa MD Pediatric Associates of Dallas See ad on page 33 Weiss, Shelley MD Healthy Texan Pediatrics & Family Medicine, Dallas Wiener, Sharon MD Pediatric Offices at Willow Bend, Plano Wong, Jenelle MD Pediatric Specialists of Plano

PULMONOLOGY

Copenhaver, Steven MD Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Specialists, Dallas See ad on page 34 Lie, Haw MD Office of Dr. Lie, Plano Sah, Pravin MD Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Specialists, Dallas See ad on page 34

URGENT CARE

Karr, Nick MD Sinai Urgent Care, Dallas

UROLOGY

Nosnik, Israel MD Cook Children’s Urology, Plano

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Pediatric Associates of Dallas 7859 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75230 5800 Communications Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093 214-369-7661 • www.paddallas.com

Pediatric Associates of Dallas has been providing excellence in pediatric medicine and service since 1971. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering quality and compassionate care to generations of children in North Texas. PAD has many unique services that benefit all of our patients. Please visit our website for more information on the services that we provide. We have caring pediatric nurses and medical assistants, trained in-house lab technicians, a friendly, helpful administrative office, and of course our physicians are second to none! PAD offers two convenient locations in Dallas and Plano. Our Dallas location provides extended hours five nights a week for routine checkups and sick appointments, and on Saturdays for sick appointments. Our Plano location provides extended hours three nights a week for routine checkups and sick appointments as well. Our doctors and staff look forward to building a caring relationship with you and your family! dfwchild.com / june 2018

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3-TIME

WINNER

Steven Copenhaver, MD, & Pravin Sah, MD Pediatric Pulmonology

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 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 hospital systems throughout Dallas and Plano to care for your child when you need them most. 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 • www.pediatricpulmonary.com

Casey Drake, MD & Grace Pecson, MD

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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. This recognition would not be possible without the support of our wonderful staff and fellow physicians. We encourage everyone at Pecan Tree Pediatrics to respect and provide excellent care for our patients and to provide the same quality of care

that we want and expect for our own families. We have offices in Rockwall and Wylie to serve the communities around us. 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 www.pecantreepediatrics.com

Rana Pascoe, MD & Gregory Sonnen, MD

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Pediatrics Our doctors are honored to be selected as “Mom-Approved” medical providers for the sixth year in a row. This acknowledgement from our patients’ mothers is the biggest honor a pediatrician could hope for. Good pediatric and adolescent care must be founded on a strong collaborative effort between the doctor, the patient and the parent. We are dedicated to providing the best health care to the youth in our area. We

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have recently added extended care hours until 7pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more details about our practice: www.pediatricsrockwall.com. 890 Rockwall Pkwy. Ste. 100 Rockwall, TX 75032 214-771-3712 www.pediatricsrockwall.com


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Meenu M. Jindal, DO, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Jindal attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, CA, and residency at University of Rochester Medical Center. A board-certified pediatrician, she works hard to give individualized attention to each child and was awarded “Excellence in Pediatrics” by the University of Rochester Pediatric Residency program. This award highlights her

dedication, especially to patients with special needs. Now practicing in Dallas, Dr. Jindal is affiliated with Children’s Medical Center and Baylor University Medical Center.   1151 N. Buckner Blvd., Ste. 203 Dallas, TX 75218 214-324-4221 • F 214-324-3705 www.dallaspeds.com

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Janet Le, MD

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Pediatrics Dr. Janet Le is honored to be nominated as a Mom-Approved Doctor for the fourth 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 prenatal interviews. 5940 Communications Pkwy. Plano, TX 75093 972-403-9355 www.willowbendpediatrics.com

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Marjorie Milici, MD

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Pediatrics Marjorie Milici, MD provides compassionate medical care to the children of Dallas and their families from birth through age 22 to continue care through a child’s college years. Dr. Milici focuses on wellness, prevention and education and has been practicing at Baylor Scott & White Pediatric Center for over 25 years. Her professional interests include

well care, adolescent health care, developmentally challenged and learning different children. Dr. Milici is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurance plans. 9101 N. Central Expy., Ste. 420 Dallas, TX 75231 214-823-2525

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Alina Olteanu, MD, PHD

WINNER

Pediatrics Dr. Alina Olteanu is a board-certified pediatrician who is also board certified in integrative medicine. Services offered include wellness/sick visits, sports physicals, PANDAS/PANS, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, stress management and meditation, nutritional and functional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic care, traditional

Chinese medicine and sports concussion management.

3550 Parkwood Blvd. #100, Frisco, TX 75034 214-736-1954 www.wholechildtexas.com

WINNER

Pediatrics Dr. Smith grew up in Richardson and joined the staff at AACP in 2007. Dr. Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral biology from Johns Hopkins University, and received her Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Scott & White in Temple, Texas, and is board certified in pediatrics.

Dr. Smith’s other passion is running, and she has completed several races for children’s charities. 2217 Eldorado Pkwy. McKinney, TX 75070 972-542-1444 www.aacpediatrics.com

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK OR HURT, little else matters.

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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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“I want to be an artist because I’m a good artist here, right? That’s why I want to be an artist.” —Madeline, 5

ART I S T

All artists are welcome to join weeklong summer camps at J’S ART STUDIO, where mini Michelangelos ages 5–13 can learn the basics of painting, drawing and sculpting through fun themes, from PURR-fect Pets to Galaxy Far Far Away. Weeks are divided into differently themed morning and afternoon sessions, so your child can customize her artsy experience. WHEN: June 4–Aug. 10 COST: $200 per week WHERE: 17630 Davenport Road, Suite 102, Dallas; 972/931-1933; jsartstudio.com On the weekends, take a break from Saturday morning cartoons at KID ART’s Saturday camps. Kiddos in pre-K to sixth grade can come back every other Saturday during the summer for art projects on different cultural themes, from the Impressionist movement in France to beautiful scenes of Hawaii. Call to sign up. Kid Art also has weeklong summer camps during which budding artists learn to use a variety of media, from paint to clay. Register online. WHEN: Weeklong camps run June 4–Aug. 24; Saturday sessions are every other Saturday from June 16–Aug. 18. COST: $260 for weeklong camps; $65 for Saturday sessions (includes supplies) WHERE: 3407 Milton Ave., Dallas; 214/750-7118; kidartdallas.com dfwchild.com / june 2018

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“I want to be a banker during the week and a dance instructor on the weekend.” —Jake, 9

BANKER/DANCER

First, about that weekend gig: Shimmy on over to PARK CITIES STUDIOS. Their half-day camps for ages 2 and up cover the fancy footwork of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Classes are organized by skill level in two- to three-hour sessions. While most camps are coed, boys can groove in Boy Zone, a hiphop and tumbling camp. WHEN: June 4–Aug. 17 COST: $75–$300 per week WHERE: 7979 Inwood Road, Suite 201, Dallas; 214/357-8888; parkcitiesdance.com MCKINNEY DANCE STUDIO

kicks off its summer season of classes and camps on June 11. Kids of all ages can “I want to be a basketball star and play for the San Antonio Spurs.” —Armando, 5

OF DREAMS

“I want to be a baker just like my mom.” —Sophia, 4

dance it out with 10 weeks of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern or contemporary dance, or opt for weeklong, half-day camps like Shake It Up, which introduces beginning dancers age 7 and up to many different styles of dance in a high-energy environment. WHEN: Starting June 11 COST: Tuition from $65 per month; camps $175 per week WHERE: 7209 Virginia Parkway, Suite 120, McKinney; 214/5924866; mckinneydancestudio.com And make a day trip to the BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING in Fort Worth, where

more than half the nation’s money is printed. During the Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations June 26–29 and July 24–27, kiddos can see the money-making process up close and even make their own currency—all for free. WHERE: 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth; 817/231-4000; moneyfactory.gov

BASKETBALLER

Nowitzki wannabes with hometown pride (fine—and Spurs fans too) can chase their NBA dreams at DALLAS MAVERICKS HOOP CAMP. In each weeklong camp, campers ages 8–18 learn drills used by the pros and practice their passing, defense and shooting skills—they’ll even have the

chance to show off their moves to a real Mavs player. Email basketballacademy@dallasmavs.com for more information. WHEN: June 4–Aug. 10 COST: $250 per week WHERE: Multiple locations; 214/747-6287; mavs.com/hoopcamp For the younger set, the weeklong Basketball Skills Camp hosted by the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS offers court instruction organized by age (athletes 5–18 are welcome). Campers will learn basketball basics, play fun games and compete in daily team scrimmages. Contact Coach Polly Thomason at polly.thomas@utdallas.edu for more information. WHEN: June 18–22, June 25–29, July 9–13 COST: From $200 for full-day and $115 for half-day WHERE: 800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson; 972/883-4077; utdallas.edu

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YOUNG CHEFS ACADEMY has the ingredients for your favorite summer ever. In addition to weekly classes a la carte, kids ages 4–17 (Frisco) or 6 and up (Rockwall) can enroll in weeklong, half-day Camp Can-I-Cook sessions organized by age and skill. The menu—er, schedule—offers everything from 38

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a competition-style baking showdown to entire camps devoted to cupcakes and chocolate. WHEN: June 4–Aug. 10 (Frisco); June 13–Aug. 10 (Rockwall) COST: Starting at $60 per day or $199 per week; prices vary by location WHERE: 8855 Preston Trace Blvd., Suite 100; Frisco; 972/335-4449 910 Steger Towne Drive, Rockwall; 469/264-7445; youngchefsacademy.com

“I want to be a brain surgeon so that I can help people get better.” —Andrew, 8

DOCTOR

The Doogie Howser in your life can put his stethoscope skills to the test at LITTLE MEDICAL SCHOOL. Weeklong camps for kids in kindergarten to sixth grade teach the importance of


overall health, medicine and science through interactive crafts and activities, like a good game of pin the organ on the body. And forget camp T-shirts— campers don white coats and even receive a diploma. WHEN: June 11–August 10 COST: $175–$300 per week WHERE: Multiple locations; 833/362-5437; littlemedicalschool.com And be sure to drop by the newly renovated Being Human Hall at the PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE for a supersized Operation-style surgery game, plus other interactive ways to examine the human body. Children’s Health partnered with the Perot to revamp Bio Lab, where ages 8 and up can practice separating and inspecting DNA. COST: $20 adults; $13 ages 2–12; free for children under 2 WHERE: 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555; perotmuseum.org

“I want to be a girl pilot so that I can fly high in the sky.” —Claudette, 4

PILOT

At FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM’s summer camps, petite pilots in first through 10th grades do age-appropriate activities that are pretty out of this world, from the Aviators Workshop, during which campers take field trips to see the man-made machines at Love Field and natural flying creatures at Texas Discovery Gardens, to Intergalactic Science, where rocketeers explore the solar system with the museum’s portable planetarium. WHEN: June 11–Aug. 3 COST: $245 per week for members, $275 for nonmembers

WHERE: 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; 214/699-4619; flightmuseum.com

HEARD NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

gives visitors the chance to soar sans aircraft, thanks to their Zip Line Day, where kids ages 10 and up climb a 23-foot tree and then whiz across 487 feet of open air. See upcoming dates online and reserve your spot. COST: $12 per ride WHERE: 1 Nature Place, McKinney; 972/832-0670; heardmuseum.org

yogurt, ice cream or shakes. Once they pick their base (dairy-free options available) and flavors, liquid nitrogen instantly freezes their custom-made dessert. WHERE: 9250 Dallas Parkway, Suite 150, Frisco; 214/618-2443; icreamfrisco.com

for their adoring fans (that’s you!) at the end of each camp. WHEN: June 4–Aug. 17 COST: $495 per week for full-day sessions; $395 for half-day WHERE: Multiple locations; schoolofrock.com For dinner and a show starring your little superstar, head over to WOODY’S SPORTS RESTAURANT in Frisco on a Tuesday or Thursday for kids’ karaoke night starting at 6:30pm. WHERE: 307 W. Main St., Suite 105, Frisco; 214/872-4943; woodyssportsrestaurant.com

SCIENTIST

We can’t promise you’ll make your own gum, but every weeklong DESTINATION SCIENCE camp will have kiddos 5–11 making something—from robots and Rube Goldberg machines to a working roller coaster or the next SpaceX spacecraft. Each week, campers work on different scientific experiments, so your kiddos can sign up for all four themed sessions and never get bored with their discoveries. WHEN: July 2–Aug. 3 COST: From $309 per week WHERE: Multiple locations; destinationscience.org Indulge your scientific sweet tooth at ICREAM CAFÉ, where kids can make their own frozen

“I want to be a singer.” —Holland, 8

SINGER

If your kiddo already has the rock star attitude, SCHOOL OF ROCK’s weeklong camps will give her the singing skills to go with. Kids ages 7–17 get a backstage pass to studio recording sessions, one-on-one instruction and a full rock ’n’ roll education, from the Beatles to Aretha. Campers will learn up to six songs from legendary artists and put on a concert “I want to be

“I want to be a zookeeper so I can drive the tour bus around to show people the animals and feed the kangaroos.” —Sydney, 8

ZOOKEEPER

The obvious place to kick-start a scientist so I can your kid’s zookeeping dreams create formulas and is the DALLAS ZOO’s weekfigure out how to long and single-day camps, make my own gum.” where kids in pre-K through —Zion, 6 third grade observe all sorts of animal behaviors and see how animals have inspired innovators from Walt Disney to the Wright Brothers. For a backstage pass to the zoo’s exhibits, reserve spots on the Backstage Safari, a 90-minute tour offered every Saturday. Or sign up for the Junior Rancher Adventure (for ages 3–8) to help keepers at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo care for chickens, armadillos and more. WHEN: Camps run June 11–Aug. 10; Backstage Safari offered Saturday at 10am; Junior Rancher Adventure offered Thursday–Sunday at 9:15am. COST: Prices vary by activity WHERE: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7300; dallaszoo.com dfwchild.com / june 2018

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launched the Lewis and Clark expedition and a major trade route along the mighty Mississippi River, St. Louis knows a thing or two about adventure. While best known for the stainless steel arch that marks the skyline, this city has much more to offer families who are eager to set off on their own explorations.

DAY ONE

THE GATEWAY ARCH , gleaming 630 feet above the Mississippi River, is the obvious place to begin your adventure. Hop aboard the space-age pods that carry you to the top of the monument for the best views of the city. Back at the base, you can experience the grit of the Old West at the Museum at the Gateway Arch (opens July 3) before boarding a 19th-century paddle-wheel boat replica for a narrated cruise down the river. After the arch, beat the heat with frosty faves from TED DREWES FROZEN CUSTARD , including the famed Terramizzou sundae. 40

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Take in some modern culture (for free!) at CITYGARDEN , an urban park that features two dozen sculptures from renowned artists like Keith Haring and Ju Ming, plus a video wall that screens everything from daily garden activities to movies and Cardinals games. Bring a change of clothes for the kids—the park is full of water features, including 100 computer-controlled spray jets. When it’s time to turn in for the night, the boutique MOONRISE HOTEL in the vibrant Delmar Loop offers luxury in a great locale. Away from the riverfront, you’ll be situated to explore another side of the city that includes the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Art Museum. Kids and adults will love the quirky touches, such as a rainbow-lit stairway and the space-themed guest rooms. Don’t miss a trip to the Rooftop Terrace Bar, where you’ll find stunning views of the city.

DAY TWO

If a band of artists and inventors got together for a party in a junkyard, the result would probably look

something like the CITY MUSEUM. You could easily spend days getting lost in the nooks and crannies of this fun house, but be sure not to miss climbing out onto the junked airplane that hangs three stories above the street, riding on the rooftop Ferris wheel and sliding down the 10-story musical slide. Climbing among the giant jungle gyms of the City Museum will work up a thirst, and FITZ’S ROOT BEER can quench your cravings. Walking into this St. Louis icon is like taking a step back in time to a 1950s soda shop, but with the added element of a factory tour: As you enjoy your burgers and fries, you can watch 3,000 bottles an hour whiz around the antique bottling mechanism at the center of the restaurant.

DAY THREE

Take in the pretty sights of the Show-Me State with a visit to the

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN . While your brood can spot floral faves like daffodils and water lilies, families of all ages will love the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden (open April–October). Be sure to check out the garden’s online calendar for daily hands-on activities. Families who want to commune with animals while taking in St. Louis’ rich history can pay a visit to GRANT’S FARM. The spot was once owned by Ulysses S. Grant and now belongs to Anheuser-Busch, so not only can you tour the cabin that was once home to Grant and his wife, but you can also meet the

3 1 / St. Louis is best known for The Gateway Arch, and visitors can ride to the top for views of the city. 2 / Spend hours playing on the junk-turnedjungle gyms of the City Museum. 3 / At Grant’s Farm, you can feed exotic animals and meet the Budweiser Clydesdales.

famous Budweiser Clydesdales. While the kids enjoy the stables, you can sample a variety of Anheuser-Busch products. Best of all, the entire attraction is free. Before heading out of town, get your kicks at MERAMEC CAVERNS, the oldest attraction on Route 66. Guided tours of this ancient limestone cave are the highlight of the visit, but you can also soar through the treetops on a zip-lining adventure or pan for “gold.”

THE GATEWAY ARCH

877/982-1410; gatewayarch.com TED DREWES FROZEN CUSTARD

314/352-7376; teddrewes.com CITYGARDEN

314/241-3337; citygardenstl.org MOONRISE HOTEL

314/721-1111; moonrisehotel.com CITY MUSEUM

314/231-2489; citymuseum.org FITZ’S ROOT BEER

314/726-9555; fitzsrootbeer.com MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDENS

314/577-5100; missouribotanicalgarden.org GRANT’S FARM

314/843-1700; grantsfarm.com MERAMEC CAVERNS

573/468-2283; americascave.com

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For her son William’s second birthday, Stia Allen Coffman had her head in the clouds. The mom of two who runs the popular fashion blog Bishop & Holland, translated William’s love of airplanes into a sky-high celebration. The firstclass fete was held at Play Street Museum’s “On the Go”-themed location in Allen, which features a kid-size airplane, toy train stations and even a pretend travel agency.

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In-flight refreshments included William’s favorites: pretzel thins and sparkling water. Guests also munched on airplaneshaped sugar cookies, homemade Funfetti cupcakes and a vanilla cake topped with airplane-shaped decorations.

the sky’s the limit INFLIGHT REFRESHMENTS COOKIES: Sift Bake Shoppe; @siftbakeshoppe CAKE: Whole Foods Bakery; wholefoods.com CAKE TOPPERS: Star Design Studio; etsy.com/shop/stardesignstudio PAPER STRAWS: PuppyCat Crafts; etsy.com/shop/puppycatcrafts

3 No detail was left up in the air: Stia sourced boarding passes—er, invitations—and custom red, navy and light blue decorations from Etsy and local indie retailers. More than 50 friends and family were welcomed into the birthday bash by a handmade banner and large cloud-like white balloons accessorized with tassels and tied to wooden aircraft. William and younger brother, Henry, were clad in airplane-embroidered outfits before the birthday boy switched into a mini pilot uniform to soar around the play areas with his 12 high-flying friends. 42

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DETAILS INVITATIONS: Love Lucy Design; etsy. com/shop/lovelucydesign HANDMADE BANNER: Fresh Lemon Blossoms; etsy.com/shop/freshlemonblossoms BALLOON TASSELS: Carousel Lane; etsy. com/shop/carousellane TOY AIRPLANES: Green Toys Airplane & Board Book; greentoys.com AIRPLANE OUTFIT: Apples to Zucchini Monogram; @atozmonogram

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VENUE Play Street Museum “On the Go”; psmallen.com 950 W. Stacy Road, Suite 100, Allen; 972/737-3256


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Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center

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Location: 4100 Breckinridge Blvd. in Richardson, the corner of Breckinridge Boulevard and North Star Road by Stinson Elementary School. Parking is available along Binley Drive or in the school parking lot. Best for: A quick spring picnic. Although the small playground is well-worn, it has everything you need for family playtime and lunch. Kids can swing, climb, slide and play in the little play set or the one for bigger kids. Crawl through tunnels and challenge each other to tic-tac-toe for added fun. After lunch at the picnic tables under the covered gazebo, walk along the park trail or let kids run around the large, open field. For your convenience: There are restrooms and two water fountains not far from the playground. Safety: The playground was clean and well-maintained at the time of our review; however, if you have young ones prone to run, know that the playground is close to a somewhat-busy neighborhood street. —Sydni Ellis

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Location: 3601 Mission Ridge in Plano, next to Wells Elementary School. Park in the shared lot by the school. Best for: Families with kids of many ages. There are multiple ways to play in this park, which reopened last fall after a year of renovations. The new tree house–inspired playground has a play set for younger kids with two sets of racing slides and an area for older children with large hilllike climbing structures. Multiple kiddos can hop on the large round swing at the same time or run around the open grassy area, baseball practice field or basketball court. For your convenience: Huge canopies that provide plenty of shade cover most of the playground. Several picnic benches are situated around the park and in the center of the playground so you can see all your littles playing at the same time.  Safety: Watch out for open electrical boxes that are within kids’ reach on several posts throughout the play area. Also, keep in mind that the playground can get very busy as the school often uses it for recess —Sydni Ellis

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Walking with your child on the way to school or while running errands gives you more quality time together and helps improve air quality. Learn more about helping our air at airnorthtexas.org.

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STEP ABOARD the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and ride between Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot and the Fort Worth Stockyards, or on the Trinity River One-Hour Train Excursion.* Travel in authentic 1920s Victorian-era coaches. Treat dad to a special day out aboard the Father’s Day Train on June 17! For tickets, schedules and train information visit www.GVRR.com or call 817.410.3185. *Trinity River One-Hour Train Excursion departs from Fort Worth Stockyards Station.

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June 4th–August 10th, 2018 Find your place in nature! Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and nature that will spark their imaginations and inspire environmental stewardship. Camps also integrate critical thinking, problem-solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children. 8525 Garland Rd. Dallas, TX 75218 214-515-6540 dallasarboretum.org

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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 create awesome summer memories with new friends while participating in sports, fitness, the arts, technology, academics, LEGO®, culinary, STEM, science and MUCH more! Summer at Hockaday is thrilled to offer new classes 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 Discover Day Camp for 3’s and 4’s and the ever popular Creative Arts & SCIENCE Camp for girls and boys entering grades K–4. Let us help you build an amazing summer schedule for your child!   View all camp and class offerings at hockaday.org/summer.


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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 11–15, June 18–22, July 16–20 and July 23–27 and extended playing classes. Camp includes T-shirt, chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book, group photo, snacks and drinks. The UT Dallas Chess Team have taken first place a record 10 times at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Team Championships.

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Separate boy/girl camps owned and operated by the Ragsdale family, Camp Stewart for boys 6–16, and Heart O’ the Hills Camp for Girls 6–16. Worldwide, limited enrollment, personable and fun! Instruction-oriented, offering more than 50 activities—including English and western riding, Red Cross swimming instruction, sports, canoeing, archery, tennis, climbing and rappelling, survival skills, crafts. Stewart has a unique Trail of Advancement for all boys; older boys specialize in equestrian, ranchman, outdoorsman, sportsman, or campmaster. The Heart has a tradition of etiquette. Also intangibles—self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, individual identity, dealing with challenges. New one-week term (Stewart only), two- and four-week terms.

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TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS

June 1-3: Texas Ballet Theater’s Swan Lake

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TEXAS BALLET THEATER’S SWAN LAKE

W I N SP E A R OP E R A HO U SE June 1–3 The Black Swan character of this most classic of ballets is no ugly duckling. Dress up your family’s most cultured members (if you wish) to see the beautiful costumes, sets and artistry of a Texas Ballet Theater live show, accompanied with live music by The Dallas Opera Orchestra. Tickets for this kid-friendly show start at $20. $35 VIP Experience add-on tickets include exclusive souvenirs and a post-performance backstage tour. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 877/828-9200 texasballettheater.org

NATIVE TEXAS BUTTERFLY HOUSE & GARDEN

H E A R D NAT U R A L S C I E N C E M U SE UM & W I L DL I F E S A N C T UA RY Opens June 2 The new summer season springs new life into the wildlife sanctuary’s butterfly garden open year-round, and now through September,

you’ll expect to see even more free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the butterfly house. Kids 10 and up are welcome to listen in on the Butterflies 101 talk on Saturday, June 2, from 10–11am. Free with admission: $9 adults and $6 for children ages 3–12. Free for Heard members. 1 Nature Place, McKinney; 972/5625566 heardmuseum. org/butterflies

THE BABY EVENT

T H E SHOP S AT W I L L OW B E N D June 2 Want to see your child on the cover of Dallas-Fort Worth Baby magazine? Don’t miss our 21st annual cover model search, open to babies 12 months and younger. Reps from our magazine and the Kim Dawson Agency will be waiting in the Plano mall’s Grand Court to meet your child. Check out the vendor booths for must-

NA SH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER June 2 Have your littles begun their own collection of treasures? Explore the Nasher’s Big Idea of collecting during this family fun day featuring a collage art project and followed by more entertainment designed for preschoolers to elementary-age kids: artist demos, story time and yoga out in the sculpture garden. Museum open from 10am– 5pm with activities from 10am–2pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

SAFARI NIGHTS

DA L L A S Z O O June 2 The Dallas Zoo’s after-hours tribute band concerts and animal encounters continue every Saturday in June. Come during the daytime to visit all the animal exhibits and stay for the keeper chats and Wild Encounters on the Cat Green before the live music begins. Blankets and chairs welcome. $15 adults; $12 children ages 3–11 and seniors. Free for zoo members and children 2 and younger. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 dallaszoo.com

SUMMER FUN THURSDAYS

ARTROCKS!

T H E SHOP S AT W I L L OW B E N D June 7–July 26 Giggle and sing along to kids’ entertainment each Thursday through July in the shopping center’s Grand Court, located on level one near the food court. Every week features a new performance: Julio & Kelly Clown Show on June 7, music by Spaghetti Eddie on June 14, the Amazing Bubble Man on June 21, and a science class with Professor Newton on June 28. Pre-entertainment begins at noon and the main event is at 1pm. FREE 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/202-4900 shopwillowbend.com

SUMMER NIGHTS

P E ROT M U SE UM OF NAT U R E A N D S C I E N C E June 7 Each first Thursday in June, July and August, the Perot stays open late through 9pm for special programming in the plaza and throughout the exhibit halls. First up this month features musicthemed fun, such as building instruments out of unusual objects, and making your own ice cream in a bag with the help of the Perot Café chefs. Free with general admission: $20 adults; $13 youth 2–17. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

N ORT H PA R K C E N T E R June 9 Meet at NorthCourt on level one for an afternoon of family art projects that explore the surrealist and abstract expressionist work of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, who often focused on themes of family and domesticity. Local creatives with Artist DIY, Creative Arts Center, KidArt and Sour Grapes lead kid-friendly introductions to the high art forms, and more educators lead walkSTEM tours and a Bookmarks library scavenger hunt. FREE 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com/events

BIG CAT BIRTHDAY BASH

I N - SY N C E XOT IC S W I L DL I F E R E S C U E A N D E DU C AT ION CENTER June 9 Sing Happy Birthday to a white tiger named Zahra, a serval named Taji and many more exotic felines when In-Sync throws them a collective birthday party. Watch the volunteers feed the cats ice cream and chicken treats, while human visitors get free cake and ice cream too. Take a stroll around the cat enclosures to see them all and enjoy a long afternoon of water balloon tossing, bounce house fun and face painting. Suggested donation: $12 adults; $8 children ages 4–12; free for 3 and younger. 3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie; 972/442-6888 insyncexotics.com

SUMMER DIVE-IN MOVIES

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calendar kids with an over-the-pool screening of Disney’s animated adventure at Frisco’s outdoor water park on Friday night. For the most time in the water, show up at 8pm when the gates open and play on the water features until sunset. The lagoon and lazy river will be open during the movie. $10 per person. Tickets for children under 2 are free but must be picked up at the athletic center front desk in advance. 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco; 972/292-6520 friscofun.org

beloved mini-people with a building competition for kids ages 5–15. Preregister online by June 11 and participate for a chance to win a one-day apprenticeship with the master model builder. See the brand-new collection of Minifigures and enjoy more 40th birthday surprises June 23–24 and June 30–July 1. Competition is free. Other activities included with admission: $21.95 for age 3 and older. 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; 877/818-1677 dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

THE LAVA LUAU

TASTE OF DALLAS

D OW N TOW N C A R ROL LTON June 16 Share in all of the fun of Hawaiian traditions (but far from the recent lava flow from the volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island) when Aloha Amigo Productions throws this summertime kick-off party in the Carrollton square. This local luau features hula dancing and instruction, live bands and food trucks including Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream. Be sure to compete in the limbo and hula-hooping contests and stay for sunset at the square. FREE 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; 214/641-4620 thelavaluau.com

KILLIS MELTON’S ICE CREAM CRANK OFF

C H E ST N U T S Q UA R E H I S TOR IC V I L L AG E June 17 On Father’s Day Sunday, trade in your Blue Bell (for one day only) for a variety of unexpected flavors at this 23rd annual homemade ice cream competition. Take a taste and vote for your favorites, and check out the village’s prized collection of ice cream makers. Free admission; tickets needed for ice cream tastings and other concessions, carnival games and a petting zoo. 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney; 972/562-8790 chestnutsquare.org

LEGO MINI BRICKFACTOR BUILD-OFF

LEGOL AND DISCOVERY CENTER June 21 Long before Lego Batman swooped in, did you know the 1978 Police Officer was one of the first modern Lego Minifigures? Legoland Discovery Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of their 54

G A S M ON K E Y L I V E June 22–24 This massive food fest moves to the Gas Monkey Live music venue for even more entertainment. Fill your tummies with Latin foods, backyard burgers and new offerings of healthy options (organic, glutenfree, vegetarian, etc.) from 50-plus restaurants and food trucks. Then retreat to the Family Fun Zone for a kiddie entertainment stage, jumping with Springfree Trampoline and a toddler area. $20 at the gate; $14 tickets available at Walgreens. Free for kids 12 and younger with paying adult. Food/beverage tickets can be purchased on-site. 10110 Technology Blvd. E., Dallas tasteofdallas.org

KIDS! SUMMER SPLASH & DASH

FA R M E R S B R A N C H AQ UAT IC S C E N T E R June 23 Want to pump up your kids’ heart rate and self-esteem? Sign them up for this youth aquathlon series event in and around the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center pool with swim and run distances for ages 7–10 and 11–15. All finishers receive a race medal and access to post-race fun including vendors, clinics and educational opportunities. $30, plus $10 for USA Triathlon annual membership. 14032 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch; 972/919-8720 fbh2o.com

ULTIMATE DINOSAURS EXHIBIT

P E ROT M U SE UM OF NAT U R E AND SCIENCE Opens June 23 Using augmented reality technology and hands-on

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activities, discover a “new” breed of dinosaurs—including Giganotosaurus (real name), T. rex’s bigger cousin—when this special exhibit opens to the public. Ultimate Dinosaurs tells the story of the breakup of supercontinent Pangaea and how the continental drift affected the evolution of dinosaurs who lived in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. $30 adults; $21 youth 2–12; free for children under 2. $7 for Perot members. Member preview days June 21–22. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

MEADOWS COMMUNITY DAY – A DAY AT THE BEACH

M E A D OWS M U SE UM AT S O U T H E R N M E T H ODI ST U N I V E R SI T Y June 23 The new exhibit At the Beach – Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase opens June 24, but Meadows Museum offers a free preview during this special community event on Saturday. Spend the day at the beach (vicariously, anyway) and take in the light of these late 19th-century masters via art making, storytelling and more entertainment. FREE 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas; 214/768-2516 meadowsmuseumdallas.org

CRAYON CLUB CHARACTER BREAKFAST

T E X A S S C OT T I SH R I T E HO SP I TA L F OR C H I L DR E N June 23 Mingle with your favorite fictional heroes and become a hero for the young patients at Scottish Rite by attending this Saturday morning experience starring princesses, superheroes and sports mascots. In between bites of breakfast, meet the characters for hugs and autographs, get a face painting and snap shots in the photo booth. $25 adults; $15 children; $150 for table of eight. All proceeds directly benefit the hospital patients. 2222 Welborn St., Dallas; 214/559-7656 scottishritehospital.org/ events/characterbreakfast

REUNION LAWN PARTY

L AW N OF R E U N ION TOW E R June 23 Slip out of your shoes for

June 13-July 7: The Lion King Broadway Musical, Dallas

MUST-SEE MUSICALS

Go on a musical journey with your family when a Broadway touring production brings back characters from the wilds of Africa and a local children’s theater returns from a whirlwind, swashbuckling tour. THE LION KING BROADWAY MUSICAL

M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K June 13–July 7 “Hakuna matata” is Swahili for “get your tickets now so you won’t worry about missing The Lion King.” The smash hit Disney musical appeared on Broadway more than 20 years ago and continues as a must-see for all ages. Tickets from $28. Here’s a tip: Try to snag an aisle seat on the bottom level for the best view of the masked dancers and animal puppets as they parade down the aisles to the stage. 909 First Ave., Dallas; 866/870-2717 dallassummermusicals.org

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

DA L L A S C H I L DR E N ’ S T H E AT E R June 15–July 8 After a year on the road, DCT’s national touring production of the comedy musical How I Became a Pirate sails back into North Texas. Come early for kid-friendly activities in the lobby before each show and sing along to “A Good One to Boot” and “Green Teeth” as the young Jeremy Jacobs and the pirate crew search for a place to bury their treasure. Recommended for 4 years and older. Tickets from $17. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

the ultimate lawn party in view of the downtown cityscape. Head to the green space at the base of Dallas’ landmark Reunion Tower on Saturday night to watch the armadillo races and let the kids play on the grass with frisbees, inflatables, hula hoops, a beanbag toss and more family-friendly games. FREE 692 Sports St., Dallas; 214/712-7040 reunionlawnparty.com

DALLAS CASA PARADE OF PLAYHOUSES

N ORT H PA R K C E N T E R June 29–July 15 Could your backyard use some new play equipment with real flair? Take an up-close look at a dozen or so over-the-top playhouses created by local architects and builders and on display at NorthPark. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the playhouse your kids love the most. Raffle tickets are $5 for one and $20 for five. All proceeds

benefit the abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com

FANGS! FAMILY FESTIVAL

T E X A S DI S C OV E RY G A R DE N S June 30 Butterflies are the yearround stars of the show at the Fair Park butterfly house and gardens, but this day focuses on another type of wildlife—the kind with fangs. Learn all about fascinating features of native Texas snakes, tarantulas and other animals that shoot venom during this annual family festival of herpetological proportions with educational talks, crafts and animal encounters. Free with admission: $8 adults; $4 for children ages 3–11; free for 2 and younger. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas; 214/428-7476 texasdiscoverygardens.org

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dallas co. / I N F L U E N C E R S WHAT SPARKED YOUR PASSION FOR HOW SO? I lead nature walks for developNATURE ADVOCACY? I’m a Dallas native—I ers, primary stakeholders and elected officials grew up biking, fishing, exploring and playing to illustrate how their potential actions would outside. I was also a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. I affect green spaces. Coming from a business returned after college and took up mountain bikbackground, I understand time is money. I ing, which introduced me to more green spaces. structure my advocacy around more efficient That sparked a self-education process. I started development with a lesser footprint or impact. taking photos, visiting local naturalist organizaI’m not against construction or development, tions and researching local flora and fauna. but, at the same time, I want people to be able MUCH OF YOUR ADVOCACY IS to appreciate a pristine nature area or a special DEVOTED TO THE TRINITY RIVER. WHAT historical place that might not be on the radar ATTRACTS YOU TO THIS AREA? I love the of some decision makers. historical imprint of the Trinity River. Dallas’ DO YOU VIEW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY development moved north around the Great AS A MEDIUM FOR NATURE DOCUMENDepression, so South Dallas is a time capsule. TARY OR HUMAN ACCOUNTABILITY? I There are shotgun houses, take photos for the beauty of there are protected Native the image, but they do end up American sites, there are ghosts telling a story. One morning at of places that someone willing White Rock Lake, I saw a bald to bushwhack will find but few eagle observing people illegally Sandifer recommends know about. So much of the capturing fish and turtles. They volunteering with history of the Freedmen’s town were stealing his food. It neighborhood parks Joppa is passed down through was a poignant moment for associations, where oral traditions. I’ve spent a lot me—here is the symbol of the citizens can clean up trash United States going hungry beof time there, drinking sweet or work on trails in their tea and catching a breeze, cause of human action. I’m not local green spaces. Start into “gotcha” moments, but listening to those stories. It’s a spectacular experience learning your education process by that image promoted immediattending an educational ate change. There were already about the unwritten histories nature walk, hosted by of communities that Dallas has laws in the book that disallow organizations like the annexed or swallowed up over that activity, but police really volunteer-based North the years. actively patrol that area. Texas Master Naturalists. WHAT IS THE MOST REWHAT DO YOU WISH If you’re short on time but WARDING ASPECT OF YOUR THAT MORE PEOPLE still want to get involved, EFFORTS? With [nonprofit KNEW ABOUT OUR GREEN consider monetary Groundwork Dallas’] youth outSPACES? Although these look donations to nonprofits reach program, Green Team, I like Groundwork Dallas or like coarse environments that see children from the inner citcan survive a bulldozer, these the Texas Stream Team. ies experience nature, often for systems are really fragile. Cities TWITTER the first time. Whether visiting like San Antonio, Austin and @Ben_Sandifer national parks like Yellowstone Houston spend millions of NORTH TEXAS MASTER or Carlsbad Caverns or showing dollars reverting properties to NATURALISTS them a trail or a lake in their more natural states, but Dallas ntmn.org neighborhood, it’s profound to has great natural areas still GROUNDWORK DALLAS see someone gain a deep apintact. Before we build infragroundworkdallas.org preciation for what’s here. structure into them for human TEXAS STREAM TEAM HOW DO YOU HANDLE enjoyment, we have to think meadowscenter.txstate.edu THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE about the implications of taking IN YOUR ADVOCACY WORK? out something that other cities To keep a place conserved are trying to put back in. and, to an extent, preserved, I sometimes do HOW CAN EVERYDAY CITIZENS have to poke people who are not following PROTECT NORTH TEXAS NATURE? Our the letter of the law. My North Star is the high best natural spaces are ones taken care of by road—which can be hard to do. But the fastest volunteers. Municipal governments can do way to have someone stop talking to you is to maintenance like garbage removal, but the become the adversary. I advocate by showing onus lies with citizens to put trash in the can and sharing. It’s not about airing personal frusin the first place. Strong volunteer contintrations; I communicate for people who don’t gents do nitty-gritty work not covered by city have a voice but who care if the city saves this budgets. That’s what turns a good place into a tree or that pathway. special place.

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KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAY

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

Multiple locations // cafebrazil.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree from 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Thursday.

Dickey’s // Barbecue

Multiple locations // dickeys.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dine-in meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Details vary by location.

Freebirds World Burrito // Mexican

Multiple locations // freebirds.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Details vary by location.

JC’s Burger House // American

4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/2392740 // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered Monday and Saturday.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/5320206 // modernmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item 5pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered on Monday. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican 13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/233-2700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/303-5555 // moes.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal. Age 12 and younger. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/8185445 // oliverseatery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day, dine-in and takeout. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday. Pakpao Thai // Asian

1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 120, Dallas; 214/749-7002 // 7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 150, Dallas; 214/484-8772 // pakpaothai.com // Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult dine-in meal all day. Age 10 and younger.

deals for every day of the week 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 after 4pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

MONDAY

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details.

JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table

See Sunday for details.

Posados Cafe // Mexican 4000 Towne Crossing Blvd., Mesquite; 972/6820688 // posados.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal. Age 10 and younger.

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Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // mattitos.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree from 4–9pm. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase.

See Sunday for details.

See Sunday for details.

TUESDAY

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

See Sunday for details.

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. Age 10 and younger. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/4909464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Slater’s 50/50 // American 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/888-0158 // slaters5050.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree, all day.

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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 of $15.95 or more. Dinner only. Dine-in only. Details vary by location.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/385-3287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

Simply Fondue // Fondue

15125 Montfort Drive, Dallas; 972/788-4103 // 578 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-5818 // steaknshake.com // One free kid’s meal per every $9 on the ticket all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Excludes drinks and shakes. Deal also offered on Saturday. Details vary by location.

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

The String Bean // Southern

Smashburger // American Multiple locations // smashburger.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free after 5pm with purchase of adult entree. Details vary by location.

Steak ’n Shake // Diner

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details.

Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/368-3100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

Schlotzsky’s // Deli Multiple locations // schlotzskys.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult medium meal. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Saturday. Details vary by location. 2108 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/827-8878 // simplyfondue.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free after 5pm with purchase of an adult entree.

Braindead Brewing // American 2625 Main St., Dallas; 214/749-0600 // braindeadbrewing.com // Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger.

Multiple locations // texadelphia.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

WEDNESDAY Barbecs’s // Southern

8949 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/321-5597 // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

THURSDAY

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. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

FRIDAY

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

SATURDAY

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen // Mexican 1114 S. Elm St., Suite 100, Carrollton; 469/892-6429 // elrincontx.com // Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree from 11am–1pm. Age 12 and younger. JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details.

Oliver’s Eatery // Deli See Sunday for details. Schlotzsky’s // Deli See Sunday for details. Steak ’n Shake // Diner See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

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IT WAS I was planning RAINING WHEN I the perfect first ARRIVED HOME WITH MY SON. birthday party for my son, with custom plates. Didn’t notice I misspelled his name… I GRABBED MY Happy Birthday Natheniel.” USUAL LOAD TO BRING “My husband routinely “My kids were INSIDE AND and playfully slaps me arguing and I just on the butt, saying, PUT SLEEPING didn’t have patience ‘Hey, Boo.’ As we were BABY ON MY visiting him at his job, to respond calmly. SHOULDER. MY my son DJ walks up In anger, I picked up FOOT SLIPPED behind my husband’s a wooden stool and AND I FELL. boss, slaps her on slammed it several the butt and LUCKILY, I WAS says, ‘Hey, Boo!’” times on the floor STILL HOLDING while screaming HIM PERFECTLY at them to stop. AND ONLY I broke one of MOMMY WAS Got a parenting fail you’d SOAKED.” the stool’s legs.” like to share? We’d love to —MARIA, DALLAS

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DallasChild June 2018  

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