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FEATURE 20 Home, Toxic Home

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s I was writing this editor’s letter from a hotel lobby in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during a trip to visit my brother, I watched as a deeply mourning and distraught mother screamed into a CNN microphone on live TV. Her voice hoarse, she begged President Trump to change the gun laws. Her daughter was one of the 17 killed in Parkland, Florida, the day prior—Valentine’s Day. The editor’s letter that I set out to write changed. For the first time, we’ve dedicated our issue to the home, and in my original editor’s letter, I wanted to address all the articles we have in this issue about the idea of home: how to Kondo your home with your kids (p. 9); how to ensure your home is not making you physically ill, as happened to one local family (p. 20); and our Mom Next Door (and worldwide style icon), Taylor Tomasi Hill, who returned home to Dallas after a long stint in New York (p. 13). More on Taylor later. But my introductions to stories about home wane in importance next to the threat our children face in another place they should feel safe—yet we are repeatedly reminded they’re not. No matter your political affiliations, I would venture to say that all parents—scratch that, all people—want schools to be a safety zone for kids, where they don’t have to worry about getting shot at, and where parents don’t have to wonder if they’ll see their kids in the carpool line at the end of the day. If Sandy Hook wasn’t enough of a wake-up call, I don’t know what will be. What are we as citizens, parents, humans to do? We understand that as a parent, you’re juggling an already full load. So if marching and meeting with your representatives isn’t possible for you, what you can do is vote. In the coming weeks, DFWChild will be launching an initiative to equip busy parents like you with the data, facts and figures you need when you walk up to that voting booth in November. We’ll keep you posted. And as a footnote, as we were going to press we received word that our Mom Next Door and style muse, Taylor Tomasi Hill, had parted ways with Forty Five Ten. We admired her from afar when she lived in New York, proud that she was a hometown girl, and were thrilled when she returned to Dallas two years ago. We love her creative and fearless spirit, and we can’t wait to see where she pops up next. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN NIEBES

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y twins are almost 7, and their playroom was a wreck. I was side-kicking Legos and Barbie heads inside so I could squeeze the door shut and block off the nightmare. When I turned to my local parenting Facebook page for advice, the name Marie Kondo surfaced. Carmen Falls Hunter, an attorney and Fort Worth and mom of three, follows Kondo’s 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The Japanese mom has sold millions of copies, and was included on Time’s list of 100 most influential people in 2015. The central tenet of Kondo’s method is physically holding every item you own to see if it evokes happiness. If it does, you find a place for it; if it doesn’t, you thank it for its services and then donate or dump it. Her primary rule is also the title of one of her chapters: Sort by Category, Not by Location. “It’s just so practical,” Hunter says. “You take everything out of the room one category at a

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time, and not worry about who gave it to you Grandmother for the Fourth of July. Two or where it came from. You just focus on the minutes later my son put his tattered baby joy it brings.” blanket—one of the first blankets I ever It may be practical, but the very idea of bought as a mother—in the Trash pile! holding every single item in my kids’ playroom Hunter’s family also struggled to get rid was overwhelming. How would I get my kids of things that were given to them by someone to help me? Was a 6-year-old special. “We had to accept even capable of making such that our home could not heavy decisions? serve as a museum for all READY, After consulting the these things we tied sentiexperts, three rules proved mental value to,” she says. SORT, GO crucial to Kondo-ing “I narrowed it down to one How much can your our playroom. box. If it could not fit in the child contribute? box, we would take a picture Gauge their readiness of it to remember it by, and 1. TALK TO YOUR based on these four then give it away.” KIDS BEFOREHAND. development stages, So, my kids and I negoFocus on happiness and the as advised by Sam tiated: I would take a picture items that produce it, but Peters, LPC: of the old glow stick, the tailor your conversation to STAGE 1 (TYPICALLY blanket and whatever else your child’s maturity. For 1–4 YEARS): Generally not brought back happy memoexample, if you tell your able to fully understand; may ries and create a picture 3-year-old that he is never not give accurate responses album. That way, we could when asked if an item makes going to see his neglected them happy. still be reminded of special G.I. Joes again, he might be items without stuffing the reluctant to give them up. STAGE 2 (TYPICALLY 5–6 playroom to the brim. Sam Peters, a licensed YEARS): Better able to make sense of the idea that an professional counselor in object makes them happy. 3. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Lewisville who specializes I could typically keep the in pediatric development, STAGE 3 (TYPICALLY 7–8 kids focused for 30-minute YEARS): Can contextualize explains that a child may and understand that intervals, enough time to claim an object still makes something that used to bring go through 15 to 20 toys, them happy if they know them joy doesn’t anymore. reminisce and then make the the alternative is losing it. STAGE 4 (TYPICALLY 9–12 critical decision. After two “Typically, the younger a YEARS): Can understand long days, our last challenge child is, the more often you degrees of happiness, and that loomed: finding a place for can expect a false positive something that makes them the Keep pile, and making it if you tell them that you are happy could make someone easy for my kids to maintain. going to give their belonging else even happier. Valerie Wood, profesaway,” he says. “If you don’t sional organizer for Neat tell them what will happen Method out of Dallas, to the object when they say believes a child is never too young to begin it doesn’t bring them happiness, they may be keeping their space tidy. “My 1-year-old, more likely to give you an honest answer.” Addison, has color coding all over her room,” He also says it’s not necessarily about she reveals. “Even at her age, she is already the age of the child, but their ability to conable to recognize that red books go with red textualize that determines how much they books, and blue with blue.” can contribute. Wood suggests using bins If your child is at a higher develand sorting by texture—woods, opmental level, try explaining plastics and foams should the joy they will bring to other each have their own bin, kids by donating their things. for example. “Keeping it as Taking the scary garbage truck simple as possible and not out of the equation and replacgetting too detailed will help ing it with a less fortunate little the child be able to maintain it boy or girl seemed to help a lot on their own,” she says. with my kids’ separation anxieties. Telling my son to put up his Lincoln Logs isn’t a painful sentence 2. DON’T LINGER IN MEMORY LANE. anymore, as there is a specific place dedicated Seriously—don’t even glance that way. to his village building components. We started with baby toys, and dubbed It’s been a week since we finished. I’m three corners as Keep, Donate and Trash. I knocking on wood, but I think this is going could not believe the resistance I encountered to stick. Finally, we can stand outside the when I tried to put a dead glow stick in the playroom, breathe deeply, and say, “This Trash pile. Turns out, it was my daughter’s brings me happiness.” favorite glow stick; it reminded her of visiting

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f Taylor Tomasi Hill’s flaming red hair looks familiar, it’s with good reason— fashion editors have been splashing her no-holds-barred signature style across their magazines and blogs for years. One of the original street style stars and a former fashion editor herself, the Dallas native was an industry name to know long before she took the helm of creative and women’s fashion at Forty Five Ten. “I found my true passion—discovering untapped, emerging talent—when I worked at Teen Vogue,” she says. “I was the first editor that would walk trade shows to find the needle in the haystack.” Perhaps fated to work in the industry, Tomasi Hill grew up helping her parents write orders and unpack samples for their children’s accessories line. After graduating from Pratt Institute with an industrial design degree, she scored an internship at W Magazine, and her love affair with fashion hit a fever pitch. After departing Teen Vogue, Tomasi Hill, 38, spent time in New York at Marie Claire and Moda Operandi, where she transitioned from editorial to the business side of the industry.

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real moms / T A Y L O R Feeling burned out, she launched TTH Blooms, a floral design company, in 2013. But when Forty Five Ten came calling, she knew it was time to return to her roots. In 2016, Tomasi Hill moved back to Dallas with her husband of 10 years, Chase, and their son, Wells, now 3. She was named vice president, creative and women’s fashion director of Forty Five Ten and got back to doing what she does best: finding the next big thing.

I haven’t mastered work-life balance, for sure. A lot of people seem like they have, but I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t have it figured out. DOES THAT GIVE YOU GUILT? I was raised watching

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WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO RESTAURANTS IN DALLAS? When I get off the plane

from Paris, my husband and Wells pick me up and we head directly to Mesero to get the salsa in the veins. I also love the Honor Bar and Flower Child. LET’S TALK ABOUT FASHION. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? It’s not just about picking

what I think is cool; it’s about making sure we’re catering to women and their bodies—not what color is in or what style of jean is of the moment. Having a oneWANT WELLS on-one with a woman and her TO SEE HIS leaving feeling thrilled and confident is what inspires me.

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both my parents work late hours. At the time, it may have felt lonely. But looking back I realize that’s what shaped my work ethic. I want Wells to see his mom as a hardworking person, who really does contribute to the family. SINCE HAVING WELLS, HAS YOUR TRAVEL SLOWED DOWN AT ALL? At the

moment, not so much. Am I working on that? One-hundred percent. It’s not worth it to miss certain moments. I miss his birthday every year because I have to go to fashion week. That’s a tough one.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO OTHER WORKING MOMS? We all have to be a

little easier on ourselves. I hold myself to a high standard, and I’m a perfectionist. But we need to give ourselves credit for everything we juggle. DO YOU HAVE A PHILOSOPHY ON PARENTING? We all lead by example. When

I was growing up, my father would go out to his old ’79 Porsche, put on his driving gloves, heat up the car and take me to school. And every single morning he’d tell me, “Be nice to everyone. Everyone is here for a reason. Be a leader and choose your own path.” I preach that to my son.

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WHAT IS YOUR ETHOS WHEN IT COMES TO WELLNESS? DO YOU HAVE ONE? When

I travel, I allow myself to eat whatever I want. I had french fries almost every night in Paris. But I’m pretty good about what I eat at home. Lots of ginger shots.

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I like to try everything in new and different ways. I often look back and see that 75 percent of what I wore was awful, but it’s fun to just play with fashion. DO YOU HAVE A STYLE ICON? I try not to have too

many references. I want to be genuine. The magic happens when you’re not trying to replicate something. We can help assist you in what works for your body, but it’s not about copying.

DID HAVING WELLS CHANGE HOW YOU GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING? I often

wear the same thing two days in a row—and I fully own it. I don’t know why you wouldn’t. You can’t plan your life with a child. It worked yesterday so let’s just throw it on again. THAT’S CALLED EFFICIENCY. Exactly! And I am not afraid to admit it. WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO DRESSING WELLS? I was adamant about hand-me-

downs and still am. But the website Maisonette completely changed—not changed, tweaked—my hand-me-down philosophy. It’s very well edited. I get caught in a bit of a black hole when I’m on their site late at night. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT LIKE YOU NAILED IT PROFESSIONALLY?

I don’t know about nailed it, but I’m very excited about the fact that we’re working with Kirsty Hume, an incredible model from the ’90s. She’s a mom and embraces being natural. She can speak volumes to our customer. I’m thrilled that we got her. That was a real win. AND PERSONALLY? Getting through every day—at the end of the day, when I get to have a glass of wine. Or if I can get through half of my emails, that’s a major win. Editor’s Note: As this issue went to press, it was announced that Taylor Tomasi Hill and Forty Five Ten had parted ways. We can’t wait to see what she does (and wears) next. >> T U R N T H E P A G E T O S E E T AY L O R T O M A S I H I L L’ S F A V O R I T E S .


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NANCY MAJOR Life is sweet for Nancy Major. She and her husband, pastry chef Sam Major, moved to Dallas in 2016 when they purchased Tart Bakery in the Park Cities. The couple lives in Lakewood with their four children— Catherine, 7, Peter, 5, Elisabeth, 3, and Andrew, 4 months.

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:49AM My husband wakes up one minute before his alarm. I’m grateful not to be as awake as I would have been had the alarm gone off. Sam kisses my forehead and at 5:15, he’s off to the bakery. 6:25AM My alarm goes off. I could sleep another 15 minutes, but I’ve put off making lunches. The kids will be up shortly so I pour some milk for Elisabeth, Cate and Peter before checking on Andrew. 6:52AM Oatmeal is ready. The kids take a bite and it’s clear I’ve cut the sugar too much—they are on to me. I cave. A little more sugar for each of them. 7:25AM I remind Peter to get ready. Cate is dressed, except she can’t find any socks. I tell her to take some out of Peter’s drawer and get her violin. 7:30AM I quickly feed Andrew before we begin loading into the car to drop off Peter and Cate at school. We run through the checklist: backpacks, lunches, Andrew in car seat, and shoes on Elisabeth. 8AM Back home. The morning blitz continues: beds made, bathroom wiped down, dishwasher unloaded, breakfast dishes loaded, frozen chicken pulled out to thaw, laundry folded and sorted.

9:15AM Wrangle Elisabeth into her ballet clothes. Twist her waist-long curly hair into the required bun. 9:40AM Off to ballet. 10:30AM Elisabeth bounds out of ballet and around the building to our bakery for a treat. My friend Liz meets us there with her little guy for some cookies. We’re glad for a chance to catch up while the kids eat their treats. 10:35AM Sam sneaks out front for a quick visit. I’m in yoga pants and have a messy bun and no makeup on, trying to keep a low profile as guests come and go. Someone recognizes Elisabeth’s picture on the wall and my cover as the owner is blown. I swear that next week I will get myself together before ballet. 11:17AM Elisabeth and Andrew fall asleep on the way home, and I pray for a smooth transfer to bed. Like, an actual prayer. I get both of them inside asleep. 11:35AM I get a text from Sam alerting me that our supplier didn’t deliver Callebaut chocolate as promised. He asks me to pick some up from Restaurant Depot. I look at the clock and tell him that I’ll be at the bakery at 12:50. One of my talents is the ability to estimate how long almost any task will take me within about two minutes. 11:40AM I put Andrew in the car and wake up Elisabeth. She’s crying and confused. I get outside and realize I should have taken her to the bathroom. Back inside, back outside, buckled in the car. 12:15PM Arrive at Restaurant Depot. Carts here are not made for a toddler, a baby, and fancy chocolate. Put Andrew in the Snap-NGo. Elisabeth walks. 12:20PM Where is the chocolate in this place? Why are there no signs? Is there like a secret chef code that helps people find stuff in here? Oh, there it is. 12:49PM I make it to Tart with a minute to spare and hand Sam the chocolate. Elisabeth wants a cookie, forgetting she’s already had one. She wails, “I want a cookie from da bakery!” Sympathetic look from Sam, quick kisses for all of us. 3PM I walk to school to meet Cate, Peter, and a friend. 3:25PM Snack time. Painting. “Let’s make cookies.” Nerf guns. Trampoline. “Can we watch a show?” 5PM School friend gets picked up. Neighbor friend comes over. Time to start thinking about what to do with that chicken. 5:30PM I feed and change Andrew, holding him on my hip as I check on the kids out front. Bikes, skateboards, and construction vehicles are all in action. Chicken is in the oven. Salad is made. Neighbor friend heads home. 5:53PM “Cate, set the table. Peter, get napkins. Elisabeth, put your clothes back on.” 5:55PM “She hit me!” “He hit me first. He

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is the worst brother!” I ignore the yelling and head to the bathroom, only to find toothpaste on the shower curtain. Peter admits to doing it, but says Cate tempted him. 5:56PM Sam is home! 6PM Dinner. Or long-distance marathon training. Whatever you want to call it. 6:35PM Dishes cleared, jammies, reading, bedtime milk. 7:15PM Teeth brushing, prayers, all tucked in. 7:25PM Sam snuggles Elisabeth. I hold Andrew and sit on Peter’s bed, while Peter and Cate are together in the trundle from under his bed. 7:35PM Everyone’s asleep! 7:36PM Sam gives me the run-down on the day at the bakery: review retail sales numbers, update on wholesale clients, discuss new product ideas, a funny story or two. I do the same—friend was over, toothpaste story, and I ask Sam to bring in the bikes. 8:15PM Start the dishwasher. Think about making lunches. Nah. We fold laundry together and watch an episode of The Crown. 9:30PM Check my bakery email. Review a handful of donation requests. Write and schedule bakery Facebook posts for the next few days. 10:25PM Think about making lunches again. Nah. Time for bed! 1:22AM Andrew’s up. Feed, burp, snuggle, back to bed. 1:43AM If I’m asleep in six minutes, I can sleep three straight hours.

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EBECCA BLACK HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM-SOLVER.

So when her son, Barron, now 10, was diagnosed with autism in 2009, her fix-it mentality kicked in: After diving into research on autism, Black, 40, decided their Highland Park home needed to be gutted. Built in 1915, the house had been renovated several times, but Black suspected that behind the walls lurked mold, a toxin that can cause developmental delays. Testing confirmed Black’s suspicions: Mold was found between the framing of the house and the brick. She also found out the paint on the outside of the house contained lead. “When your child is struggling, everything is a big deal,” Black says. In addition to developmental challenges, Barron was “covered in rashes” and had eczema and stomach problems. Black’s daughter, Avery, was experiencing severe sinus issues. “I didn’t want one thing on my house that had touched lead paint,” Black says. But as Black found during the 18-month renovation, mold and lead were just the first two ingredients in the chemical cocktail cooking in their home. Average Americans spend 90 percent of their life indoors, much of that time at home, says Samantha Dunne, sustainable designer and process analyst at TreeHouse in Dallas. “We are breathing in and exposed to whatever toxins are within our walls,” she explains. That’s especially scary considering that furniture, cookware and even your shower curtain can contain chemicals like phthalates, formaldehyde and other carcinogens—yet many of us aren’t even aware of these toxins or the ways they are damaging our family’s health. “Effects from exposure to these toxins can show up in subtle ways, such as coughing, sneezing or an itchy throat—essentially indoor allergies,” Dunne says. “However, effects can also be much worse—causing

headaches, chronic migraines, asthma, increased risk of cancer, and even damage to the kidneys and central nervous system.” Erin Maxwell, NMD, a naturopathic doctor with a practice in Lewisville, adds that many of the toxins found in homes can affect children’s behavior. “A child might be hyperactive if he comes in contact with certain chemicals,” she explains. Maxwell reveals she’s seeing a “significant increase of toxins in the home.” Yet these substances are often scantily regulated and poorly labeled so parents often have no idea their families are at risk—or how to go about coming clean. TOTAL DETOX

Black’s family of four moved out in 2010 and began the process of making their craftsman home toxin-free from top to bottom, starting with the wood. Like most manufactured products, composite wood off-gasses, or releases harmful chemicals, as it breathes and expands—think that “new” smell. Formaldehyde is the most common output. At low levels, it causes irritation; at higher levels, it’s a known carcinogen. In 2016, the EPA published a new rule on formaldehyde emission standards to limit the off-gassing potential of composite wood—the results of a yearslong research process after the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was passed by Congress in 2010—but the rule doesn’t take effect until December of this year. Black checked every piece of wood entering her home to ensure it came straight from the lumberyard. But she says some wood used in the new framing may have been manufactured to allow it to bear more weight, an opportunity for formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be introduced into the wood—and from there, into the air inside her home.

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“The best way to fight off-gassing if these toxins are in materials is to let them breathe,” Black explains. “We not only allowed the wood to breathe for six weeks, but we also soaked it with water hoses to speed along any off-gassing in order to rid the wood of toxins prior to walling the house.” The Blacks’ new floors are made of repurposed wood, which has had years to off-gas toxins, and solid pine, which is natural and untreated. And Black made sure all that craftsman carpentry was sealed with beeswax instead of traditional sealant, another off-gassing culprit. (To fight water stains without a traditional sealant, the Blacks found an unlikely but safe water stain remover: mayonnaise.) Her new stone countertops are natural and untreated too—just like wood, stone offgases toxins if they are present. “Your family eats food prepared and served from countertops,” Black says. So instead of serving supper with a side of toxins, she chose 100 percent natural stone that doesn’t have toxins to off-gas. Black filled the house with organic furniture and mattresses that are clean of flame retardants and stain- and waterproofing materials. Though many furniture manufacturers have phased out harmful flame retardants since California law stopped requiring them in 2014, the foam in older furniture may still harbor carcinogens that off-gas and make their way into the dust floating around your home. And the polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs or PFCs) used to repel water and stains are still found in some consumer goods, even though research has suggested links to cancer, developmental problems and higher cholesterol. In other words, it may be a good idea to skip the flea market and invest in a nontoxic slipcover. To cover the floors, Black sprang for 100 percent woven wool rugs without fire-retardant chemicals and special carpet tiles that are woven together—no need for toxic glues. All the walls sport zero-VOC paint as opposed to enamel-based color that off-gases for years. “The paint is not as convenient since it’s flat and shows fingerprints, but it’s all worth it,” Black says. That’s because the Blacks noticed a difference in their health almost immediately when they moved back in. Allergies that were a constant issue now only flare up on occasion, Black says, and Avery, now 11, rarely experiences sinus problems. Barron’s autism hasn’t gone away—he still has anxiety and auditory processing issues—but his random rashes and eczema disappeared along with his chronic ear infections. “Did our nontoxic renovation aid in some of the healing that is necessary when raising a child with autism to enable him to see gains like typical children? Absolutely,” she says. “Living in a toxic home was adding weight to all of us. For Barron, the weight was too much on top of the load he was already carrying.”

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Creating a toxin-free home is only step one. Ironically, the myriad sprays, wipes, detergents and even scented candles we use to keep our homes clean and fresh can do exactly the opposite. For example, candles made from paraffin wax produce harmful benzene and toluene when burned. Maxwell points out that ben-


zene, which has been linked to leukemia and breast cancer, can also be found in glue, furniture wax and detergent. Suspect ingredients like benzene are the reason Black uses mostly vinegar to clean her toxin-free home, plus an all-purpose cleaner from the Young Living essential oils line. In fact, oils are diffused throughout the house daily instead of scented candles, which now give the family severe headaches. Preston Hollow mom Jennifer Helms, 47, has overhauled her clean routine too. Before, the mom of two found herself at the pediatrician’s office all too often with her son, Jack, who had problems ranging from chronic ear infections and stomach pain to developmental challenges like feeding issues and sensory sensitivities to infections like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rotavirus. After years of doctors and therapists, and no real remedy, Helms looked to her chemical cabinet. “My husband, John, and I had childproofed the home with locks on cabinets to keep Jack and Grace away from products like Windex and bleach, and I began thinking why we even had those products in the first place,” Helms recalls. “It never occurred to me back then that there might be safer product choices that would not harm my children.” Her own research and consultation with an osteopathic doctor revealed that the toxins in her everyday household products could be contributing to her son’s neurological, developmental and immune system challenges. Mary Ann Block, DO, medical director of The Block Center in Hurst, says fragrances found in detergents can wreak havoc on the body. “These petroleum products are manipulated to smell better,” she says. “Since the FDA does not regulate these products, thousands of chemicals can be hidden in them without people realizing it.” It’s true: The Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have banned very few chemicals, and new ingredients are innocent until proven guilty by the government. For now, there are also limited labeling requirements for household products, making it hard for consumers to spot harmful ingredients—especially fragrance components, which have historically been included within the unhelpful catchall “fragrance.” That could be changing in the next few years. California passed a law in October that requires manufacturers to list certain chemical

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potent, and the density decreases as you go down the list. Research the ingredients before buying. For example, MSG (also labeled as glutamic acid and monosodium glutamate) can cause ADD-like symptoms in children. SW I T C H O UT P L A S T I C containers for glass or stainless steel. M A KE Y O UR O W N CL E A N I N G PR OD U C TS with vinegar, water, baking soda and lemon juice. T A KE Y O UR S H O ES OF F A T THE D OOR. All kinds of toxins, including pesticides, collect on the bottom of your shoes and hitch a ride into your home. LE AV E D R Y C L EA N I NG I N THE G AR AG E for a week to allow the chemicals to off-gas. WA T C H W H A T Y O U E AT. The environment at home also includes what you put into your body. The fresher the food, the better it is for you. dfwchild.com / march 2018

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ingredients in household products right on the label beginning in 2021. (Cleaners are included, but personal care products like shampoo are not.) New York is working on a similar initiative, and the new rules are likely to be followed nationwide. In the face of consumer calls for transparency, SC Johnson (maker of Glade) and other companies have voluntarily begun publishing detailed ingredient lists for the fragrances in their products. Though transparent labeling will help savvy parents avoid cleaning supplies and scented candles with unwanted toxins, it may take longer for those toxins to exit the market entirely. Progress was made in June 2016 when the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed to reform the 40-yearold Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law that famously didn’t even confer the power to ban asbestos. Now all new and existing chemicals must be evaluated for health risks by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and companies can’t necessarily hide behind claims of confidentiality and proprietary recipes. The EPA has already begun prioritizing chemicals for risk assessment (asbestos was high on the list), but considering there are about 85,000 chemicals in the TSCA inventory, removing all toxins from the grocery store shelves won’t be a quick process. ON A MISSION

In the meantime, Block explains, many people just don’t know how these ingredients are affecting them. At The Block Center, she has treated many patients who did not realize their health conditions were caused by their environment until they removed toxins from their homes. She says some patients who had been taking asthma medication no longer needed it after cleaning up their environment. “The improvement once these products are removed can be very dramatic,” she says. 24

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Plant-based cleaners and detergents Recommended brands: Ecos, Eco Nuts, Nellies AllNatural, Babyganics, Seventh Generation

Keep away from artificially scented products, chemical-based products and limit exposure to antibacterial products, as they can actually weaken your immune system.

To redo your floor

CARB II compliant (California Air Resources Board Phase 2), NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde) or no VOC (volatile organic compound) flooring and installation material Recommended brands: Kährs, Tesoro Woods, Cali Bamboo Recommended types: cork, bamboo, engineered wood

Consider price and company mission when purchasing flooring. Unrealistically low prices or strong-smelling products often indicate shortcuts taken during the manufacturing stage—largely possible due to dependence on hazardous chemicals.

To remodel your kitchen

Low or zero VOC cabinetry options and countertops that are installed with low-VOC adhesives and don’t require sealing. Recommended brands: Crystal Cabinet Works, Caesarstone (countertops), Dekton (surfaces)

Typically, off-the-shelf cabinets have years of off-gassing to cycle through before they can be considered healthy. Do your homework before you invest in a cabinet line. Countertops made from granite or other porous materials require sealing and are often installed with toxic adhesives.

Organic furniture with nontoxic foam Recommended stores: Verellen, Lee

Buy newer models. Furniture produced before 2013 probably contains flame-retardant chemicals.

To cook

Kitchenware that minimizes exposure to toxins Recommended materials: ceramic, cast iron, stainless steel

Kitchenware containing BPA or PFCs (nonstick chemicals) and a lack of ventilation while cooking increases your exposure to toxins.

To paint a room

Zero-VOC paint by companies that provide clear and thorough product safety sheets demonstrating they meet the requirement of 5 grams per liter or less. There are alternative all-natural paints to consider as well, such as all-natural mineral paint and clay plaster. Recommended brands: Dunn-Edwards (latex), Mythic (latex), American Clay (plaster), Romabio (mineral)

Not all zero-VOC paints are equal. Be sure to check product safety sheets. If the company does not have them easily accessible to customers, question the integrity of their zero-VOC claim and move on to a more transparent brand.

To freshen the air

Indoor plants and HEPA air purifiers will help to keep your indoor air clean and smelling good. Invest in airsealing services that seal off all the duct work and wall penetrations to prevent the transfer of unhealthy attic air to the living space. Recommended brands: Austin Air, Airmega, Fresh Wave

Artificially scented sprays and petroleumbased candles simply add more toxins to the air and mask odors instead of eliminating them. Additionally, unless fans are used in conjunction with air purifiers, they simply push bad air around.

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To furnish your home

Five years ago, Helms slowly started detoxing her family’s home and implemented dietary changes to clean up their eating habits too. Soon she noticed that the monthly doctor visits became more spread out. Daily trips to the school nurse ended. Over time, many of her son’s chronic issues have become nearly nonexistent. Jack, now 14, sees the doctor once a year for his annual checkup.  “It was shocking the difference all of it made,” Helms says. “I kept

thinking if someone could have taught me how to eliminate toxins and provided me with a list, it wouldn’t have taken so long.” Helms’ wish for specialized detox services led her to leave her 18-year career as a lawyer to start Cleerlife, a company with a mission to teach people how to reduce toxins in their homes. Helms and her business partner research brands in order to sell safe products—they’re expert label readers, clueing in other moms to the meaning of confusing terms like “fragrance-free”

and “unscented.” (The former means no fragrance has been added, while the latter means a chemical has been added to mask the smell.) “We meet people where they are, understanding that everyone doesn’t have the means to renovate their home,” she says. “And we know that children can’t live in a bubble, but as a mom, if you can control the home environment, even small changes like toxin-free laundry detergent and cleaners can make a big difference.”


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state. Learn how to care for the insects, plants and animals, then pass on the knowledge to visitors. Experiences can be tailored to your child’s interests, whether it’s trimming the tropical foliage or feeding the cockroaches. Then take your knowledge home and build a conservation butterfly garden in your backyard, on your porch or even on a windowsill. A butterfly garden conserves the pollinator population by providing a safe place for them to grow, breed and pollinate plants. To build a garden, you need to plant nectar plants (like zinnia or Mexican sunflower) and host plants (like milkweed). And here’s a perk for your nature lover—volunteers can attend garden walks for free every second Saturday from March to September. Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Dallas, 214/4287476; txdg.org

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Kids age 6 and up who can pitch in four hours a month can become junior volunteers at O P E R ATI O N K I N D N E S S in Carrollton. The gig comes with responsibilities like walking dogs (with a parent’s supervision), cleaning kennels, changing litter boxes, socializing kittens and even taking the family pet to senior living centers. Kids who can’t commit to the junior volunteer program can drop off much-needed items like chew toys, Fancy Feast and paper towels year-round or volunteer to read to dogs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Just bring a book from home or check one out at the shelter. Fill out a volunteer application online and pay the $35 volunteer fee for adults, $25 fee for juniors or call for times to drop off donations. Animal lovers age 10 and 11 and their parents assist the S P C A O F TE X A S with facility upkeep such as washing dishes, doing doggy laundry and greeting customers. Twelveyear-olds pitch in by walking, feeding and grooming dogs, cuddling cats, uploading photos to the website and even fostering a pet. To be assigned a two- or three-hour weekday shift (which is when they need the most help), pay the $50 parent-child volunteer registration fee and fill out an application online. Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, 972/418-7297; operationkindness.org // SPCA of Texas, Multiple locations; spca.org

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unteer is an especially bright spot. First attend a volunteer training, offered the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1:30–3pm at the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Center in Dallas. There, you will be assigned a nearby depot to pick up meals and a compact route to drive and deliver meals in three hours or less Monday–Friday. 1

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C IT Y H O U S E in Plano provides shelter to homeless, abused and neglected children, teens and young adults. Your child can show them love and support by writing cards of encouragement to their peers. As a family, you can cook a meal for young adults housed in the Transitional Living Program, collect birthday gifts for children, donate canned goods and loose change, or build welcome boxes for new residents. Bring your donations to the administrative office on 18th Street. Thanks to the Rainbow Room at COM M U N IT Y PA R TN E R S O F DA L L A S , caseworkers can shop for clothes, school supplies and toiletries for local abused and neglected children without having to pay out of their own pockets. Have your kids help meet the basic needs of these kids by volunteering to stock the room with necessities like Pull-Ups, coloring books, sip cups and birthday party supplies. Find a complete list of needs on their website.

City House, 901 18th St., Plano, 972/424-4626; cityhouse.org // Community Partners of Dallas, 1215 Skiles St., Dallas, 214/624-7622; cpdtx.org

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monthly destination for dress-up and time travel to the turn of the century—maybe you’ve even 2 celebrated a birthday there. To give back to this family favorite and preserve a piece of Plano history, you and the kids can pick up trash and rake the farm on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Garden volunteers pull weeds and plant (when needed) in the kitchen plot, and livestock helpers feed the goats and sheep and clean their pens too. Complete a volunteer application online. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 West 15th St., Plano, 972/881-0140; heritagefarmstead.org

1 // At the SPCA’s shelter, volunteers 12 and older can walk dogs, cuddle with cats and even foster a pet to get it ready for adoption. 2 // Kids pitch in to make meals for the homeless young adults in City House’s Transitional Living Program.

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Adventure Kids Playcare adventurekidsplaycare.com 214/295-5877

Adventure Kids Playcare is a unique drop-in childcare and entertainment center for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old with theme nights, spring break camp, summer camps, daily activities, STEAM and more! See ad on page 14.

Children’s Health redballoonevent.org 214/289-4534

Lace up your shoes. Registration is now open. The Red Balloon Run & Ride is much more than a 5K run and bicycle rally. Enjoy lots of free family-friendly activities on April 21. See ad on page 23.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden dallasarboretum.org 214/515-6500

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays, February 24–April 2, 10am–2pm at the Pecan Grove. Children's activities include face painting, a petting zoo, story time and Kindermusik. See ad on page 7.

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance dallasholocaustmuseum.org 214/741-7500

Tour two exhibits, One Day During the Holocaust & Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams about the Japanese-American internment. March 12–16 hear Holocaust survivors, refugees and hidden children speak.

Dallas J, The jccdallas.org/camps 214/239-7138

This spring be part of tradition and see JPAS’s production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr., March 8–25. Tickets at jccdallas.org/fiddler. The J is in when school’s out. Check out break programs at jccdallas.org/break. See ad on page 61.

Firewheel Town Center firewheeltowncenter.com 972/495-8085

Easter Bunny Photos, March 10–April 1. Hop over near the playground in the park, next to Sweet & Sassy, for visits and photos. Caring Bunny, Sunday, March 18, 10am–12pm, for children with special needs.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History fortworthmuseum.org 817/255-9300

Have a rockin' good time at the Museum! Explore the science of sound in our newest exhibit, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, and experience America's Musical Journey in the Omni Theater.

Fort Worth Zoo fortworthzoo.org 817/759-7555

Zoo Run–Race Day: April 7. Join the stampede by participating in a 1k or 5k race and help support our education and conservation efforts. For more info and to register, please visit: fortworthzoo.org. See ad on page 37.

Frank Buck Zoo frankbuckzoo.com 940/668-4539

In celebration of Frank Buck's birthday, admission is just $2 for everyone on March 14 only. Join us at 1pm for free birthday cake while it lasts!

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

Hop over to Grapevine for family-friendly fun this spring! Enjoy activities including vintage train excursions, experience history coming alive at interactive heritage workshops and events, catch a movie and so much more. See ad on page 35.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary heardmuseum.org 972/562-5566

Visit the Heard and enjoy the beauty of our 289-acre nature preserve, exhibits and more. Every day spent on the trails provides new experiences. Sign up for a fun program or explore on your own. See ad on page 45.

Kemah Boardwalk kemahboardwalk.com 281/535-8100

Spring Break at the Kemah Boardwalk, just 40 minutes south of Houston! Bring the family for waterfront dining, live music and amusement rides. Weekend Adventure Passes available for unlimited visits. Purchase online today! See ad on page 58.

Museum of the American Railroad museumoftheamericanrailroad.org 866/468-7630

Join us at Day Out with Thomas in downtown Grapevine! Enjoy family fun, activities, train ride with Thomas and more. Meet Sir Topham Hatt. For tickets phone 866/468-7630, or visit historictrains.org. #HistoricTrains #GrapevineTX #ThomasAndFriends #DayOutWithThomas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science perotmuseum.org 214/428-5555

The Museum is a place where families can learn together and individuals can take a break from their daily routines to ponder the mysteries of science through interactive exhibits. Save $2 when you book online! See ad on page 17.

Reunion Tower reuniontower.com 214/712-7040

Spring to the top at Reunion Tower! Enjoy free activities and entertainment, Magic Monday, Tall Tales Story Time and make new furry friends by some of the Dallas Zoo’s residents. See ad on page 17.

Texas Discovery Gardens txdg.org 214/428-7476

Get out and play at Texas Discovery Gardens! Enjoy our brand-new Natural Playscape, with new elements being added throughout spring. Stay for the day during Spring Break with extra activities for the whole family. See ad on page 47.

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25 Exciting Science Day Camps! Kids Grades Pre-K–7th Spark your children’s love of science this summer by enrolling them in fun and engaging science day camps! Your children are sure to have an unforgettable experience as they do hands-on activities and learn how science is used in everyday life. Camp themes include topics such as rocketry, video game creation, robotics, veterinary medicine, meteorology, paleontology and many more!  Locations in Addison and Dallas 214-530-5979 www.ClubSciKidzDallas.com Hello@ClubSciKidzDallas.com

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Weekly Classes for Ages 5–18 June 4th–August 10th Bring a sack lunch and stay all day! NEW YEAR! NEW HOME! NEW CLASSES! Weeklong, half-day Camps: Pottery on the wheel, glass art, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, drawing and more


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June 4th–August 10th, 2018 Find your place in nature!

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

BEST Summer EVER CAMPS/TRAVEL/SPORTS/ARTS/EDUCATION

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 and problem-solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children. 3-year-olds: Little Critters 4 years–kindergarten: Creature Feature, Back to the Future, Creepy Crawlies 1st & 2nd grade: Cool Science Explorations, The Secret Life of Bugs 3rd & 4th grade: SciQuest Jr., Adventure Camp Jr. 5th–7th grade: SciQuest, Adventure Camp Register online beginning March 1st.

The #1 Summer STEM Camp Learn new skills and discover a passion for technology! At iD Tech, students ages 7–18 learn to code apps, design video games, learn programming with Roblox, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, create levels in virtual reality, build websites, create 3D-print objects and much more. In each weeklong session, students explore a top campus, learn from top-tier instructors, create an impressive project and build in-demand skills that last long after summer. Campers are taught in small groups of just an average of eight students per instructor for the most personalized instruction. 1-844-788-1858 info@idtech.com www.iDTechCamps.com

iD Tech summer programs are held at 150 prestigious campuses nationwide, including the University of Texas at Dallas, SMU, TCU, Rice, Westlake Academy, Stanford, MIT and more. While most programs are weeklong (overnight stays optional at many locations), teens can enroll in two-week, pre-college academies for the most immersive, in-depth instruction. Join us this summer to see why over 300,000 camp alumni can’t stop talking about iD Tech summer camps. Visit www.iDTechCamps.com or call 1-844-788-1858 to find the right program for your student.

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The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Rd. Dallas, TX 75229 www.hockaday.org/summer Contact information Melissa Curtis, Director of Auxiliary Programs 214-360-6534 mcurtis@hockaday.org

There is Something Magical About Summer… Kidventure Summer Camp is about the chance to explore the world, run free and share that magic with friends. It speaks to our soul, it challenges our fears and it reminds us about the best part of being a kid.   Join Kidventure for their 24th summer season at one of five DFW-area day camp locations or overnight camps in the Texas Hill Country.   Ages: 3–18 Years Camp Office: 3809 Parry Ave. #106 Dallas, TX 75226 Contact information: email: dallas@kidventure.com  phone: 214-303-9789   web: www.kidventure.com/dallas-summer-camp

Dates: June 4–August 17 5 DFW Day Camp Locations:  Camp Frisco, Camp St. Patrick, Camp Kessler, Camp All Saints, Camp Preston Hollow at ORLS Overnight Camps: Hunt and Rocksprings, Texas Named “Texas Best Summer Camp” —Living Magazine, 2016, 2017 Named “Best Summer Camp” —Nurture My Child, 2015, 2016, 2017

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

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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 www.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 recently tied for second place at the college championships for the Western Hemisphere (North, Central and South Americas).


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It’s Your Child’s Summer to Shine! Boost your child’s creativity, confidence and talent.

14340 Proton Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 972-239-8598 www.westwoodschool.org/summer

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The Westwood School Summer Camps are designed for MORE FUN at every age! An exciting daily schedule to include art, games, cooking and more. A special guest each week and Pizza/Splash Fridays. Session themes such as Chef’s Showcase, Mad Science, Make It Take It Art, Circus Theater, Kid Nation, Lego Engineering, Around the World and The Great Outdoors. Camp times: 9am–12pm or 9am–3pm, plus Extended Day & Childcare available. Contact Ellen Woodbridge: EWoodbridge@westwoodschool.org. Register by May 1st for $50 Early Bird Discount.

YMCA Camp Grady Spruce promotes Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility through faithbased character-building activities that encourage campers to establish their own identities. Campers discover their confidence when they face their fears, try, try again and achieve!

3000 Park Rd. 36 Graford, TX 76449 214-319-9944 ccunningham@ymcadallas.org

Whether your camper is learning to jump the wake on water skis, building up the confidence to ride a horse or hitting a bull’s-eye in archery, Camp Grady Spruce is the place for your child. Parents appreciate a child that returns home more mature and independent with a better ability to problem solve. Campers leave with friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that will tide them over until they can return the following year!

The start of summer doesn’t mean the end of learning ...

3939 Valley View Ln. Farmers Branch, TX 75244 972-860-4715 • bhcinfo@dcccd.edu www.brookhavencollege.edu/youthprograms

The summer youth programs at Brookhaven College are designed to give kids of all ages the chance to experience something new and challenging. Our programs include art, cooking, creative writing, theater, photography and leadership. Enroll your child today!

Animals • Science • Adventure There is no better place for an animal lover! Camp is home to more than 300 animals including lemurs, llamas, miniature horses, cats & dogs, hedgehogs, wallabies and that’s only a few! There are over 100 hands-on activities campers may choose to do while at camp:

Cub Creek Science & Animal Camp Rolla, Missouri 573-458-2125 • www.MoScienceCamp.com

• Animal Care • Culinary Science • Pottery • Veterinary Medicine • Crime Science • Arts & Crafts • Survival Skills • Ropes Course • Archery Spend just a week making friends and memories that will last a lifetime! dfwchild.com / march 2018

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SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP Dallas International School KIDS GET GLOBAL!

BEST Summer EVER CAMPS/TRAVEL/SPORTS/ARTS/EDUCATION

Enjoy a fun-filled summer experience with our enriching and fun activities! Build your language, artistic and athletic skills in workshops led by dynamic and international instructors! 6039 Churchill Way Dallas, TX 75230 972-991-6379 www.dallasinternationalschool.org/camps

Weekly camps, Monday through Friday: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 LANGUAGES / ARTS & TECHNOLOGY / MUSIC / SPORTS

Open to ages 3 and up. Check out our Language Workshops for parents! SummerDIS.org

Summer just got more awesome!

3000 Meadowmere Ln. Grapevine, TX 76051 For questions: 817-228-9104   www.GoGrapevine.com/DoveCreek

The shores of Grapevine Lake can be your child’s next summer adventure — full of watersports, wilderness skills, camp games, archery and so much more! Dove Creek Day Camp offers your child the experience of overnight camp without the hassle of packing for a full week. Multi-child and multi-week discounts are available for families. We can’t wait to see you this summer for all the fun we have planned! Visit GoGrapevine.com/DoveCreek for dates, times and complete details. Dove Creek — DFW’s all day adventure Day Camp!

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

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FIND YOUR FORTE AT DAMPA THIS SUMMER! We have a variety of camps just for YOU!

Studio A – 3415 Milton Ave. Studio B – 6705 Hillcrest Ave. 214-363-4980 makemusic@dallasacademyofmusic.com www.dallasacademyofmusic.com

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Musical Theatre Camp Brushes and Beats — Music and Art Camp Summer Strummers Beginners Camp We Got the Beat! Drum Camp Improv Through Play Private Lessons


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DESTINATION SCIENCE

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

The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top-notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2018 topics include Science Makers & Inventors Camp, Amusement Park Science Camp, Transforming Robots Camp and Rovers Rocketing to Space Camp! Save $30/wk! Ends 3/31/2018

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

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

Our camps and programs emphasize adventure, arts, sports, STEM and academics, and most importantly, making new friends and having FUN! Questions? Contact Mike, our Director of Summer Programs, at schneiderm@esdallas.org

Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s Summer Program shatters all expectations! We are excited to bring you classes from May 29–August 3 designed specifically for prekindergarten (PreK) through eighth grade, offering a unique blend of dynamic and academically rich sessions. Good Shepherd Episcopal School 11110 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 214-357-1610 ext. 283 • wwest@gsesdallas.org www.gsesdallas.org/summer Whitney West, Director of Enrichment

4141 Spring Valley Rd. 972-628-5490 www.greenhill.org/summer

At Good Shepherd, we strive to inspire your children’s love of learning so they can gain the confidence to explore their individual talents with experts in their fields. Make this a summer to remember!

Time to make friends, learn new skills and, most importantly, have FUN! Select week by week from a wide range of academic, fine arts, sports, artistic or fun-filled camps. For boys and girls, ages 3–18, from May 29–August 10. We hope to see you this summer at Greenhill School.

1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069 972-562-5566 • info@heardmuseum.org www.heardmuseum.org

Spending time in nature plays a vital role in child development! Register for a Heard Nature Camp and give your child the gift of a connection to nature. Heard Nature Camps feature opportunities to investigate the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animals and more. Specialty camps will offer opportunities to create art in nature or even go behind-the-scenes to learn about animal care. Mini camps are also available.

2430 Hwy. 39, Hunt, TX 78024 830-238-4650 • 830-238-4670 jane@hohcamp.com • conor@campstewart.com www.hohcamp.com • www.campstewart.com

Come to our Open Houses on March 17, fun outing on the beautiful Guadalupe River near Kerrville. Separate boy/girl camps owned and operated by Ragsdale family, Camp Stewart for boys 6–16, and Heart O’ the Hills Camp for Girls 6–16. Worldwide, limited enrollment, personable and fun! Instructionoriented, 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 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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Morning, afternoon and full-day teacher-led camps are available, as well as free before- and after-camp care. Academic Readiness • Acting and Film-Making Community Service • Cooking • Crafting and Building Arts • LEGO • Outdoor Adventure • Science and Discovery Sports • Technology • And More!

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214-826-2931 • www.lakehillprep.org

Online Summer Camps Guide and Online Registration: lakehillprep.org

Camp Lamplighter June 4–29, 2018 Camp Lamplighter offers one-week sessions throughout the month of June. Classes include offerings in arts and crafts, creative expression, literacy, games and sports, world languages, and STEM. Online Camp Lamplighter Guide and Registration www.thelamplighterschool.org

11611 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75229 214-369-9201 www.thelamplighterschool.org

Open to rising 1st–5th grade students.

Theatre Summer Camps

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

NTPA Summer Programs offer morning, afternoon and full-day programs full of performing instruction, creative experiences and characters you know and love. With summer learning opportunities for ages 5–18, there’s a spot for everyone to learn from our professional directors, actors and singers who have worked from everywhere from Broadway to LA. New students: Use discount code NEW2NTPA for 50% off your first camp!

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

Revamped day camp with weekly water slides! Launch Program – Lower School academic camp with 6:1 ratio Covers the entire summer, camps available from 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Early bird & Mix + Match discounts, payment plans available Open to the community

Soccer, LEGO Robotics, Dance Intensive, Drone Racers, Furniture Makeover, Summer Science Research, Athletic Development, Vet School, Football, Wilderness Medicine, Virtual Reality, Musical Theatre, Minecraft, Jedi Engineering, Ninja Camp, Acrylic Masterpieces and more! Catalog & Registration: ParishSummer.org

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SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP Returns to Dallas June 25–29, 2018

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Has your child ever dreamed of calling a last-second, game-winning shot on radio or TV? Well now is their chance. Boys and girls, ages 10–18, can learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities. Make play-by-play, sports anchor and reporting tapes. Host your own sports talk radio and PTI-style shows and much more! If your child is a sports fanatic, they are our kind of kid!

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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. Golden Corral // Buffet Multiple locations // goldencorral.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. JC’s Burger House // American 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/239-2740 // 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; 469/532-0206 // modernmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item 5pm– close. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Monday. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican 13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/2332700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/3035555 // moes.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal. Age 12 and younger. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/818-

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Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table See Sunday for details. The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/3853287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

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free organic baby food with any adult meal purchase. Age 12 and younger. Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // 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; 972/490-9464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Details vary by location. 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. Texadelphia // Deli Multiple locations // texadelphia.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

Luby’s // Cafeteria Multiple locations // lubys.com // Free kid’s plate with purchase of an adult dine-in meal all day. Age 10 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday. Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // mattitos.com // Kids 10 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase. Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/3683100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Shenaniganz // American 1290 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-1133 // shenaniganz.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal after 5pm. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

THURSDAY

Beto’s Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 2530 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie; 972/6601289 // 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.

WEDNESDAY

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.

Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details.

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

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // coltersbbq. com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter, all day. Age 12 and younger. Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. 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.

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

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Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

SATURDAY

Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican See Sunday for details. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details.

Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details. Luby’s // Cafeteria See Wednesday 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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Fill little tummies by spending a crisp Lincoln or less. Find a cheap deal while you’re out and about? Email us at editorial@dfwchild.com. Buffalo Wild Wings // American Multiple locations // buffalowildwings.com // On Wednesday, kids 12 and younger make selections from the kids’ menu for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Times and details vary by location. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free and kids ages 4–10 eat for under $4 every day. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican Multiple locations // cristinasmex.com // On Monday and Tuesday, kids 12 and younger eat for under $2. Two discounted kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal all day. Dine-in only. El Chico Café // Mexican Multiple locations // elchico.com // On Thursday, kids 12 and younger eat for $0.99 from the Little Amigos menu with purchase of an adult entree all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location. McAlister’s Deli // Deli Multiple locations // mcalistersdeli.com // Kids’ meals cost $0.99 when you dine in or $2.49 for takeout, all day, every day. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Souper! Salad! // Buffet 1645 N. Town East Blvd., Suite 166, Mesquite; 972/682-6888 // soupersalad.com // Buffet costs $4.99 for ages 3–12 and is free for age 2 and younger. All day, every day. Drinks not included. Spaghetti Warehouse // Italian 1815 N. Market St., Dallas; 214/651-8475 // meatballs.com // On Monday, kids 10 and younger eat for $1.99 all day with purchase of an adult meal. Up to two kids’ meals per adult. Dine-in only. Texas de Brazil // Brazilian 15101 Addison Road, Addison; 972/385-1000 // 2727 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas; 214/7201414 // texasdebrazil.com // Kids 2 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Kids 3−5 eat for $5. Kids 6–12 eat for half price. All day, every day. Weekend lunch from 11:30am– 3:30pm includes drinks and dessert (Addison only). Details vary by location. BE SURE TO CALL AHEAD BEFORE YOU GO, AS DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


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FIRST LADIES – THE STYLE OF INFLUENCE

G E O R G E W. B U S H PR E SI DE N T IA L CENTER Opens March 1 The Bush Center’s new exhibit examines the impact of former first ladies, including Laura and Barbara Bush, Jackie Kennedy, Dolley Madison, Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt, and displays artifacts from 200-plus years of White House history. See Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” baseball jersey and more items that give insight into how the women used their position to advance initiatives and diplomacy. $19 adults; $17 for youth ages 13–17; $13 for children 5–12.; free for 4 and younger. 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas; 214/200-4300 bushcenter.org

THE WIZARD OF OZ BALLET

C O U R T YA R D T H E AT E R March 2 Dorothy dances on pointe in her ruby red slippers when the Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents this full-length fairy tale ballet on Friday night. See all the characters from the classic story on stage performed by the ballet’s Junior Company and

guest dancers from Gotta Dance Studio. $16. 1509 H Ave., Plano; 972/769-0017 planometballet.org

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LEGOLAND D I S C O V E RY C E N T E R Opens March 3 Inspired by the SpaceX launch last month? Build your own spaceship and make a Lego rocket blast off into outer space in a plume of smoke in this new intergalactic building experience, on view through the end of the year. Free with admission: $21.95 at the door; discount tickets online in advance. Free for age 2 and younger. 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; 877/818-1677 dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

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NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER March 3 From stone to paper to steel, the range of materials used in the Nasher’s artworks on view serves as inspiration for this monthly family day. Bring the kids for a material-themed activity, plus art demonstrations, family tours and yoga out in the sculpture garden. Can’t get enough of the Nasher?

N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R March 3 You’ve likely glanced at Frank Stella’s Washington Island Gadwall (Exotic Birds) or another one of his 17 artworks on display at NorthPark Center. Now take a closer look at the minimalism and post-painterly abstraction he’s known for during this art day for kids. Head to NorthCourt for art projects with Artist DIY, Creative Arts Center, KidArt and Sour Grapes. FREE 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com

ALL OUT TRINITY

TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR March 3 Get up and active on this annual day of fitness and fun along the Trinity River and overlooking the Dallas skyline. Register for your choice of the Trinity River Levee Run, yoga on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, bike rides along the levee system’s gravel paths and more waterfront activities along the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge. Cost varies by event. 109 Continental Ave., Dallas; 214/671-9500 allouttrinity.com

BUBBLE GUPPIES LIVE! READY TO ROCK

VERIZON T H E AT R E March 4 Rock out to an under-the-sea concert on a Sunday

afternoon with the merkids from Nickelodeon’s preschool series Bubble Guppies. Molly, Gil and the whole crew stir up the ocean floor in a live stage production on Sunday afternoon. $129.75 for the pre-show meet and greet package. General tickets from $29.75. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 972/854-5050 axs.com

MOVIE MAGIC

CHURCH STREET AU D I T O R I U M March 4 Your young mega fans of Frozen, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Star Wars are invited to come in costume to Odysseus Chamber Orchestra’s performance of theme music from these and more epic films. As the orchestra moves through the soundtracks, see locally made artwork inspired by the films projected on screen. $20 adults; $10 kids 12 and younger. Discount tickets online. 306 N. Church St., McKinney; 940/594-8790 odysseusorchestra.com

EASTER BUNNY FUN AT BUNNYVILLE

T H E S H O P S AT WILLOW BEND March 10–31 Meet the Easter Bunny on his home turf at Bunnyville, a 3-D town in the shopping center’s Grand Court. Play in and around the Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Bed and Basket, Hare Salon, 24 Carrot Bank and other buildings, and snap photos with Bunny at his house. For extra fun, come on the kids’ activity days (March 10, 17, 24 and 30–31 from 11am–3pm) for face painting, balloon creations

and crafts. Photo packages vary. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/202-4900 shopwillowbend.com

CODING DISCOVERY DAY

PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E A N D SCIENCE March 10 In honor of Raspberry Pi’s sixth birthday, feed your brain by discovering all you can do with the versatile minicomputer. This family science day explores the process of coding, virtual reality, how video games are made and, best of all, how to turn everyday objects into computer keyboards. $20 adults; $13 kids ages 2–17. Museum members get in free and get a sneak preview from 9–10am. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

PI DAY FESTIVAL

S A M M O N S PA R K AT AT & T P E R F O R M I N G ART S CENTER March 14 The mathletes of your family know the significance of March 14, and this second annual celebration honors Pi Day with math-related activities and actual pie. Nibble on complimentary samples from Emporium Pies and join a guided walkSTEM through the Dallas Arts District. Registration is requested online. FREE 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 attpac.org

FRISCO’S EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

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the largest in Dallas-Fort Worth. Bring your baskets for over-the-top fun on the fields behind Toyota Stadium with one field reserved for kids with special needs. Free shuttles run continuously from the parking lot to the fields from 12:45-4:15pm. FREE 5801 Technology Drive, Frisco; 972/292-6520 friscofun.org

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

GEPPET TO’ S MARIONETTE T H E AT E R AT T H E H I LT O N A N AT O L E Opens March 17 Geppetto’s marionette masters debut a new handcarved cast for this fairy-tale production. On Saturdays and Sundays, come before the show to grab a snack from the concession stand and watch as the red velvet curtains draw to reveal Snow White, Prince Charming and a plotting Evil Queen with special lighting effects for the Magic Mirror. Tickets from $18. 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas; 469/442-1925 geppettostheater.com

SANTA FE DAYS IN THE PARK

SANDY L AKE A M U S E M E N T PA R K March 17–18 Indigenous dancers and artisans from Santa Fe, Texas’, own Alabama-Coushatta tribe and beyond travel to Carrollton for this annual cultural celebration. Load up the whole family to experience the headlining performers, including a world champion hoop dancer and an expanded children’s area. $2; includes access to event and amusement park for ages 4 and older. 1800 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton; 972/480-5310 santafedays.com

DALLAS JAZZ AGE SUNDAY SOCIAL

D A L L A S H E R I TA G E VILL AGE March 18 Dress in your most Roaring Twenties-esque outfits for this fifth annual shindig from Dallas Heritage Village and the Art Deco Society of Dallas. Join a group dance lesson on a real wood dance floor and cut a rug to live music by the Singapore Slingers. $12; free for kids 12 and younger. Carry extra cash for food trucks and vintage vendors. 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/421-5141 dallasheritagevillage.org 60

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YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET

DA L L A S C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT E R March 23–April 8 This play is not based on the 1983 children’s book but is a new retelling of the ancient Native American legend about the origins of the blue flower and the power of heritage. Bring your family to watch the world premiere, recommended for kids age 6 and older. Tickets from $17. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

CRAWFISH BOIL ON THE RUE

TRINITY FA L L S March 24 Teach your littles the art of peeling mud bugs when the community of Trinity Falls opens its spring crawfish boil to the public. Park at The Club and take the shuttle over for a day with Zorb Balls (those giant inflatable ones you step into), a zip line and more kids’ activities. Event admission and crawfish is only $1 per person, which will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway, McKinney; 972/548-5008 trinityfalls.com

PIRATES AND PRINCESSES

F R I S C O M U N I C I PA L CENTER March 25 Plano Symphony Orchestra performs songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin and Cinderella in this 45-minute performance while Le Theatre de Marionette and dancers from KJ Dance of Plano contribute the visuals. Come before the show to meet the musicians and, for Scouts, to earn a badge by complet-

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ing the scavenger hunt. $10. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco; 972/473-7262 encoreyouthmusic.com

WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR

FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM March 28–April 1 A fleet of rare fighter planes fly into Dallas Love Field at 2pm on Wednesday, March 28, as part of The Collings Foundation’s nationwide tour. Climb inside these WWII bombers and Vietnam-era helicopter and learn about their place in aviation history. $15 adults; $7 children 12 and younger. Includes admission into the museum. Flights from $400 per person. 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; 214/350-3600 flightmuseum.com

VICTORIAN EGGSTRAVAGANZA AND SPRING FESTIVAL

H E R I TA G E FA R M S T E A D MUSEUM March 31 After a morning of egg hunts on the lawn for ages 5–8 and 4 and younger, take part in another springtime ritual: the shearing of the farmstead’s sheep. Pioneer demonstrations cover the whole process, from skirting to weaving the wool. Be sure to say hello to all the resident farm animals and hop on a wagon ride around the farmstead. Tickets from $6. 1900 W. 15th St., Plano; 972/881-0140 heritagefarmstead.org

LUCK O’ THE IRISH

Revel in a bit o’ St. Paddy’s Day fun at these family-friendly festivals and performances featuring Celtic music, Irish step dancing and a dash of Texas shenanigans. NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL

FA I R PA R K March 2–4 Embrace Emerald Isle heritage all weekend long during this 36th annual fest celebrating the Irish (and Scottish!). A jam-packed schedule features dancers, musicians and storytelling on 13 stages and kids’ activities at Urchin Street. Do not miss the Celtic horse shows and sheep herding. $5 admission on Friday; $20 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday. // 1318 S. Second Ave., Dallas; 214/821-4173; ntif.org

MCKINNEY ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL & SHAMROCK RUN

T U P P S B R E W E R Y March 17 Dance a jig to live Celtic music and clap along to Irish step dancing at this inaugural family-friendly event at TUPPS Brewery, located at the historic McKinney Cotton Mill. The fun kicks off with a 5K run followed by a party with food trucks, restaurant fare and a kids’ play zone with a ninja obstacle course. Free festival admission. $25 for 5K; free for kids in strollers. A portion of the proceeds benefit McKinney nonprofit The Red Door Pantry. // 721 Anderson St., McKinney; mckinneyshamrockrun.eventbrite.com

RIVERDANCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

W I N S P E A R O P E R A H O U S E March 20–25 You may think you know Riverdance, but nothing compares to the rumble and energy of a live performance. Introduce your littles to the Irish dance phenomenon with featured flamenco dancers and a Russian ensemble. Tickets from $25. For Neiman Marcus Kids Night on Wednesday, get a special discount of free child admission with a purchased adult ticket and come before the show for Irish-themed art activities, animal appearances and a cast meet and greet in the lobby. // 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202; attpac.org

EASTER EGG HUNT WITH WILD CATS

I N - SY NC E XOT IC S WILDLIFE RESCUE A N D E D U C AT I O N CENTER March 31 Add an extra thrill to this Easter tradition: hunting for eggs inside a tiger’s playground at In-Sync Exotics’ biggest event of the year. Of course that enclosure will be free of wild cats except for the rescue’s costumed tiger mascot, Chuffy. Be sure to take a break from the sack races and egg tosses to watch as staff gives the cats their very own Easter eggs. $12 adults; $10 kids 4–12; free for kids 3 and younger.

3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie; 972/442-6888 insyncexotics.com

DALLAS BLOOMS – A WORLD OF FLOWERS

DA L L A S ARBORETUM Through April 8 The massive flower festival at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden continues with 500,000 flowers in bloom, kid-friendly

entertainment daily and themed week-ends. Make March 2–4 a Dr. Seuss Weekend with special activities in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, and don’t miss the Eddie Coker concert on Good Friday at the concert stage. $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3–12. $3 for children’s garden. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE KIDS IN THE BACKYARD TO OPEN THE FRONT DOOR: YOUR TODDLER STARTS EATING DIRT FROM A PLANT POT. SHE WANTS TO BE ‘CRUNCHIER’ THAN HER MOMMA.” —CRYSTAL, FORT WORTH

“When my son was 2, he had a stuffed puppy he took everywhere named ‘Baby Sister.’ One day we went to the store and he screamed, ‘Mommy, we left Baby Sister at home on the bathroom floor!’ Everyone stared at me. We couldn’t leave fast enough.” —STEPHANIE, FLOWER MOUND

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IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, MY 2-MONTHOLD STARTED CRYING FOR MILK. I GOT UP, GRABBED A BOTTLE, MIXED THE FORMULA, SAT THE BOTTLE ON THE NIGHTSTAND AND WENT RIGHT BACK TO SLEEP. LUCKILY MY SON WASN’T TOO HUNGRY BECAUSE HE FELL ASLEEP TOO.” —LATARI, CEDAR HILL

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