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Just like her best-selling product, this mom of three is a multitasker 14 A Stroll for the Senses Take a morning to yourself and browse boutiques in Oak Cliff 14 Throwback Tour Channel your inner teenager and see NKOTB and Paula Abdul live 14 DIY Decor Live your Fixer Upper fantasy at this DIY sign-making class 16 Routines / Cookie Johnson One day with a stay-at-home mom of two girls

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Eight state park campgrounds for fresh-air fun words Jessica Myers

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cott and I love to camp. In lieu of china and 800-thread-count sheets, we registered for highquality backpacking sleeping bags and a lightweight two-person tent for our wedding. And to celebrate our third wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, we spent three days hiking the Grand Canyon (and using our wedding presents) with friends. You might say we’re pretty adventurous. What we haven’t yet ventured to do, however, is take our little ones camping. Truth is, I just hadn’t taken the time to research the best places to go in Texas that would be fun for a toddler and provide a breath of fresh air for Scott and me too. Turns out, there are lots of family-friendly state parks to visit with the kids — some have spots for fishing, others host educational workshops and nearly all offer kid-appropriate hiking trails with picturesque vistas. Check out the eight we highlighted in “Tour de Texas” on page 22, and find more of our favorites online at We’re trying to ingrain a love of the outdoors in our kiddos early. So Saturday mornings, we typically get up early and take Genevieve biking around the White Rock Lake Trail near our home. She pedals alongside her dad while I run behind with Graydon in the jogging stroller. The side of the lake we use isn’t frequented by serious cyclists (they stay on the road instead), so it’s a safe place for her to practice and stop as often as she likes. Dallas is home to several other wide family-friendly trails. Read and clip “Chasing Pavement” on page 47 to map out your next family bike ride. And while you’re at it, why not plan a month of Saturday activities? We recently introduced a new column (last month, in fact) on page 42 called “Weekend Plans.” In it, we give you ideas of what to do with your crew based on a budget — $25, $50 or $75. From spray grounds to museums, there are suggestions on where to go, what to do and where (and what) to eat. We created these itineraries based on activities we’ve all done with our own families, but starting in June, we’ll be having some of our readers contribute fun weekend plans. And if you’re the beenthere, done-that family, we want to hear from you. Share your best Saturday ideas with me at I’d love to see pictures too.


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Enuresis is the medical term for bed wetting during sleep. It is a fairly common problem, and is more common in boys than in girls. It tends to run in families. In most cases there is bladder control during the daytime. Assuming that there is no infection of the urinary tract or any problem with the urinary sphincters, in the majority of cases the problem is related to delayed development of the central nervous system.

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mily Millican’s 1-yearold daughter snatched a toy out of her 3-yearold sister’s hand. Rather than tattle or scream at her younger sibling, the 3-year-old found a replacement toy to give her baby sister. For Millican, 34, it was a proud mom moment. “Our kids are watching us, they are listening to us, even as we say grown-up things.” Before she was a stay-at-home mom, Millican was a clinical social worker at Alliance for Children in Fort Worth (she still subcontracts on occasion). As a clinician trained in parent-child interaction therapy, she worked to empower parents to connect with their children. To Millican, the nurture aspect of the parent-child relationship is the foundation of good mental health in children. “They are a part

of you, and you them. As a parent, you are laying down this foundation every single day.” Though the parent-child bond typically happens quickly, the parent-child relationship develops over time and is influenced by characteristics in the child, characteristics in the parent and the context of the family. Research shows that there is a direct association between parenting styles, a child’s emotions and behaviors and their mental health too. And it starts early. Most brain development in children happens before the age of 3. So parents are encouraged to actively engage in their child’s initial touching, talking, reading and playing experiences, which leads to successful parent-guided parentchild collaborations in the future. That’s right: The molding of good

So how do parents successfully do this to support their child’s mental growth? Explain why you make the decisions you do. It helps kids start to understand the rationale. Give kids time to play freely. Unobstructed play is crucial to raising children who think for themselves. Start with small choices. Dawn Hallman, the executive director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education, suggests parents start by narrowing choices for little ones. Begin with simple either-or decisions such as what to wear. Once your child demonstrates that she can manage the choices she makes and the consequences that come with it, move on to bigger decisions like what to have for dinner or where to go on family vacation. Talk it out. Nudge kids into self-reliance by encouraging them to do things for themselves. Don’t decision-makers starts at infancy offer your opinion. Instead, talk and grows from there. about the decision, all the potential Jennifer Robinson says the role consequences and why they might she now plays in her 9-year-old son’s be leaning one way or another. life is a lot like coachDon’t ignore ing. The 41-year-old poor choices. When psychology doctoral kids make a decision LEAD THE WAY candidate at Texas These local resources provide that disappoints Woman’s University you, tell them and classes to teach you how to in Denton has also explain why. Discuss help your child succeed. taught parenting good alternatives for The Dallas Association for Parent Education classes for the Irving the future. (DAPE) offers weekend Family Advocacy Avoid threats workshops throughout Center in partnerand bribes. Don’t the year on a variety of ship with the Irving make promises to topics. Register online. // Police Department, encourage kids to Mesquite, 972/699-0420; and she maintains make favorable that the most sucdecisions. Family Outreach Dallas equips parents with cessful parent-child Let them parenting skills by teaching relationships feel practice. Kids are them child development, more like mentoring. going to make good empathic awareness and Partnering with decisions and some more. Call to register. // kids is key. bad ones too. The Dallas, 214/321-6292; important thing is “Collaboration helps kids develop that we as parents Love & Logic Parenting Classes help parents a sense of self and provide the foundabuild caring, respectful leads to confidence,” tion and freedom to relationships with Robinson says. think on their own. their children through And successful “We want to help online webinars. // collaborations, with our [kids] make Dallas, 214/915-4700; kids of any age, betheir own choices to gin by setting limits. help them succeed,” You create boundarMillican says. That’s ies for children, but experts say it’s true for the toddlers her daughters important to make boundaries for are now and the women they will yourself as the parent too. one day become. / may 2017


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There weren’t a lot of neutral accessories for baby, so I started making my own. Then one of my good friends, Brittany Woodall, who was photographing Pink’s daughter Willow, asked me to make a headband for her [for the shoot]. I did it and when the photograph was published, people wanted [to know where the headband came from]. From there, I started a company called Faas Design [which made baby wraps, nursing kimonos and infant and toddler clothing and accessories]. That company morphed into Milk Snob. I am working to create a lifestyle brand for the modern parent. WHAT’S DOES YOUR SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE THESE DAYS? Monday

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times we drive down to San Chris — that’s our favorite Antonio and spend the weekplace. In the past years, we end with the grandparents never had babysitters and (Gabriel’s parents). We ride were always taking care of horses. At home, the kids, but we just hang out as now that they’re a family — Gabriel older and we have likes playing bassomebody that we I REALIZED ketball with Eli; I trust, we do little THAT YOU sit outside with the trips. We’ve flown kids. Sometimes to Colorado; CAN PUT the kids have we’ll go to Los YOURSELF birthday parties Angeles … The [to attend], so IN A CERTAIN trips are really we’ll go to those. nice because we MOOD. SO THERE’S can spend time NO WORKING ON together one-onYOU ARE THE WEEKENDS? one and explorIN CHARGE If there was ing. So Gabe and I something really don’t go on many OF THAT. I important for dinner dates — we CHANGED THE go out all together work that I didn’t get done (or need with the kids — WAY I WAS to do), I usually but we’ll do those THINKING. try to do it early little trips. in the morning YOU SEEM so we’ll have the LIKE SUCH A day free. It doesn’t POSITIVE PERhappen very often but it does SON, I CAN ALMOST FEEL happen. YOUR ENERGY OVER THE WHAT’S THE FIRST THING PHONE. I wasn’t always like YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE this. I was not in a very good UP? I listen to 15 minutes of place [before]. I missed my positive affirmations. It sounds family [in Germany]; I was silly when you first listen to homesick a lot … Then, I realit, but it will change your subized that you can put yourself conscious; it will change the in a certain mood. You are in way you think. I do it every charge of that. I changed the morning and before I sleep if way I was thinking. It is a lot I can. of work (positive thinking) — YOU MENTIONED YOU to actually watch and pay close COOK AT HOME. WHAT’S attention to your thoughts — YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO it took a long time to actually PREPARE FOR THE FAMILY? go through that process. I wrap chicken breasts in bacon. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORThen I put pineapple on it and ITE ACTIVITIES TO DO DURpour coconut milk mixed with ING YOUR ME TIME? Horsesalt, pepper and a little bit of back riding. I also do watercolor cumin and curry powder over painting, which relaxes me a lot. the top before putting it in the ONE SUPERPOWER YOU oven. The chicken is like butter. WISH YOU HAD Teleportation. I serve it with rice. I also do like I wish I could take my kids to German cooking, so I do a lot visit my family in Germany of things with potatoes. whenever I wanted. DOES YOUR FAMILY FREQUENT ANY PARTICULAR RESTAURANTS? We like

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cookie johnson Cookie Johnson and her husband of 15 years, Pierre, live in Cedar Hill with their two girls: Trinity, 5, and Faith, 1. When they’re not going to church or the movies as a family, Pierre is a truck driver for PetroChoice and Cookie is a stay-at-home mom — due to complications from a car accident five years ago, Cookie was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, an incurable chronic pain condition.


:30AM Princess Faith is up for a warm bottle. I still believe in holding her for 20 minutes after she’s done. 5:30AM I say goodbye to Pierre as he kisses the girls and me on our cheeks. 6AM I call Wednesday “Worship Wednesday” — I have set this day aside to praise and worship God throughout the day. I tell God thank you for another day before turning on the TV to watch Joel Osteen and Bishop Jakes. 6:50AM My mom calls to see if I am up yet and moving around and to give me an encouraging word. 7:15AM Time for Princess Trinity to wake up. As usual, she asks for five more minutes, so I go ahead and get her snacks ready for school. Then I start singing the “good morning song” I’ve been singing to her since she was born. I kiss her all over her face, and she gives me a big smile. 7:22AM I call my dad, aka Poppie. He takes Trinity to school every day, so I confirm he’s on the way. 7:23AM Trinity and I proceed to the bathroom to start getting ready. We wash our face and brush our teeth to Elmo’s brush-your-teeth song. Afterward, it’s time for “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and a praise and worship song. Since I’m not able to take her to school, I

try and have all the fun I possibly can with her while getting her ready. I imagine it’s the fun we would have in the car together if I were taking her to school. 7:41AM Poppie is here, so he comes in and helps with Faith while I finish taking care of Trinity. But Trinity is not having it — her baby sister is spending too much time with Poppie without her. So now he’s holding both girls, one on each knee. 7:52AM Trinity grabs her belongings for school. I get a big hug. She stops and goes to hug and kiss her sissy, then she returns to me to finish with a big kiss. She seals it by looking up at me with those big, beautiful eyes and saying, “Mommie, I can’t wait till you are able to take me to school.” While they’re pulling off, she points to her eye, makes a heart with her hands and points to me, an indication of “I love you.” Regardless of how much pain I am in, I smile and try my best to hide it from Trinity and my dad. 8:30AM I give Faith a warm bottle, then a little hugging and she’ll be ready for a nap. While she’s asleep, I meditate and spend time with God, then begin my praise and worship. Growing up, I was inspired by my Granny Cook — Wednesday was the day she set aside to uphold others in prayer. Granny is 87 and still doing it to this day. 9:30AM My sweet baby awakens from her nap. We get our praise on, then it’s playtime. 11:30AM Faith is ready for some cereal and a warm bottle, and I get a bite to eat too. 12:30PM I put Faith to sleep so I can get some rest. 2PM Family calls to check on us, first my grandma then my mom. 3:15PM I call Poppie so he can go and get Trinity from school. Faith is ready for another warm bottle. 4PM Trinity rings the doorbell, not once, not twice but several times. The first thing she does is run to her sissy. Poppie comes in and spends time with the baby to give me a little break. 4:35PM After Poppie leaves, I have Mommie time with Trinity. I ask how her day went, and she informs me of all the things she can remember. We watch cartoons together while I rock Faith to sleep. 6PM Trinity does her homework assignment, and then we color together and play a game. 7PM Pierre’s home with dinner. We let him get settled in and then we come together as a family to eat and find out how each of our days went. 7:30PM Pierre and I watch TV with the girls before it’s time to start getting ready for bed. 8PM Big princess’s bathtime. Of course she has to take her doll because, wouldn’t you know it, she needs a bath also.

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WHAT SHE’S READING The Bible or inspirational books FAVORITE INDULGENCE Funyuns and Cheetos STORE YOU MIGHT CATCH HER BROWSING IN Dillard’s — the kids’ department FAVORITE MOVIE You’ve Got Mail RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH THE FAMILY Golden Corral BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Coke WORDS SHE LIVES BY My family is blessed. FAVORITE APP The Bible App DREAM VACATION Two weeks traveling throughout Europe MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS A special blessing from God HOBBIES Spending time with family, going to the mall FAVORITE GIFT TO GIVE FRIENDS My time BEAUTY PRODUCT SHE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush washable mascara LOOKING FORWARD TO The day I can walk and run in the park with my girls and hubby

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8:45PM Trinity gives us all hugs and kisses, and Pierre prays over our beautiful and loving family. Trinity falls asleep while listening to her bedtime story. One down and one more to go. 9:30PM It’s time for me to take a shower and get ready for bed, so Pierre plays and spends time with Faith. Then I relieve Pierre so he can get his shower and get ready for bed. Last, Faith gets a bath followed by a warm bottle, hugs and kisses before she goes to sleep.  10:30PM Pierre helps me do a little therapy. After a few minutes I can hardly stand to be touched. Even though he’s barely rubbing, it feels as though he is really applying pressure. Due to the pain being elevated, he has to stop and tries to make me as comfortable as possible as I cry myself to sleep. 10:50PM I get up to see if the couch would feel better. 11PM Pierre tries to see if lying on a couple of pillows would work. So I lie down and thank God because I’m better than I was last year at this time. When I think about those precious babies of mine, I am encouraged and will continue to trust God. I pray I can get a little rest and some sleep.

Memorial Day Weekend Activities Friday-Monday • May 26-29 Live Music by Eric Michael Czechowski Bubble Performer Friday • 11am-2pm $2 Hotdogs & Root Beer Floats Saturday-Monday Live Bluegrass Music by Dueling Hearts Saturday & Sunday • 11am-2pm Eddie Coker Concerts Monday • 11am and 2pm Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn Sponsored by DallasChild . Petting Zoo and Face Painting Monday • 10am-2pm All active duty members and veterans of the United States military and first responders are admitted FREE throughout the entire four day holiday weekend. Valid photo ID required. 8525 Garland Road • Dallas, Texas 75218 The Dallas Arboretum is a non-profit organization supported, in part, by funds from Dallas Park & Recreation. / may 2017



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Sometimes the final stop on the quest to parenthood involves renting another woman’s womb




lizabeth Standridge, 33, is one of those women who loves being pregnant. Her friends who complain incessantly about swollen ankles, nausea and heartburn don’t get much sympathy from her. For the North Richland Hills mom, the gestation process feels like a natural state of being. “I’m just one of those people who would rather be pregnant than not,” she says. “It’s so empowering to know you’re bringing a new life into the world and to feel the baby growing and kicking inside of you. Everything about it is just easy for me. I don’t even think about the potential complications or risks of childbirth.” Standridge gave birth to her own child, a son, three years ago but carried another couple’s daughter to term as a surrogate and is in the process of trying to do so again for a Fort Worth couple experiencing fertility issues. With a day job as a merchant services adviser at a local bank, the single mom is also a full-time student taking classes online with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. And shortly after her son turned 1, Standridge added gestational carrier to her resume, signing up with DFW Gestational Carriers, a small surrogacy agency, to make extra income by renting her womb.

“I had a friend at church who was considering [becoming a surrogate] and I said, ‘That’s so amazing. I could totally see myself doing that,’” she remembers. “I loved being pregnant with my own son so much, and I thought it would be such a wonderful gift to be able to do this for others who want a child but can’t do it on their own. … Ultimately, my friend decided not to do it, but I was all in.” Paired in 2014 with a couple from Wichita Falls who had frozen their fertilized embryos, Standridge delivered their healthy baby girl in March of last year. She told her own son that she was carrying a baby for another woman who couldn’t do it herself. After the first successful pregnancy and birth, Standridge and the Wichita Falls family tried three more times for a second child using additional sets of the couple’s embryos, but none of the pregnancies took. AN UNUSUAL ENTERPRISE The United States is actually one of the few developed countries where commercial, or paid, surrogacy is allowed — it is illegal in Canada and most of Europe (all forms of surrogacy are prohibited in France, Germany, Italy and Spain). But surrogacy laws here vary widely by state: In Texas, commercial surrogacy is permitted, with restrictions. And there are only a handful of organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to help / may 2017


guide couples with fertility issues through the often complicated legal and logistical maze of hiring a surrogate, which can be as overwhelming as a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Guidelines recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) involve psychological and physical screenings for women interested in becoming gestational surrogates. In addition, gestational carriers must be between the ages of 21 and 45, have at least one biological child but have had no more than five vaginal births, and come from an emotionally supportive and financially secure home environment. The fees associated with hiring a surrogate are sort of all over the map, but intended parents can typically expect totals to exceed the $100,000 mark. The agency fee alone at Shared Conception in Dallas costs $16,000, for instance. The gestational carrier then makes $24,000–$26,000. The agency fee at Simple Surrogacy, also in Dallas, is $22,000, and their gestational carriers set their own fees, with rates averaging $30,000–$40,000. And at DFW Gestational Carriers, the agency fee is $8,000 and the gestational carrier makes $21,000– $30,000. Intended parents also pay medical bills — health insurance seldom covers a third-party pregnancy, plus there’s the high cost of in vitro — child care costs (for the gestational carrier’s biological children) if bedrest is required, even maternity clothes. And there’s no tax credit for surrogacy. Despite the high costs, however, Stephanie Scott, executive program director at Simple Surrogacy and a one-time gestational carrier, says the com-

“I ought to wear a t-shirt ... that says, ‘Just my oven, not my bun.’”


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mercial pregnancy business is booming. Her agency handles 70–100 surrogate pregnancies each year, a 60 percent increase from the company’s start 15 years ago. Clients come from cities and towns across Texas; from places such as New York and Michigan, where surrogacy is prohibited; and from other countries too. Even smaller surrogacy outfits have seen growth. Gayla Wilson, who has been a gestational carrier three times, founded her one-woman DFW Gestational Carriers in North Texas 10 years ago. She only handles 8–10 matchups annually, but she says that’s double what she was doing even a few years ago. The business could easily expand, she admits, if she were willing to take on more clients. “[Some surrogacy] companies may view this simply as a business, a way to make money [using] womens’ bodies,” Wilson says. “But it’s such a personal choice to be a gestational carrier and to do this for others. Your heart has to be in the right place.” And frankly, so does your head. You’re likely too young to remember the case of Baby M, which gained national attention in the ’80s. In 1986, Mary Beth Whitehead, a high school dropout and mother of two, gave birth to a baby girl she conceived through artificial insemination with William Stern, whose wife had multiple sclerosis and was afraid to risk pregnancy. Once the baby was born — her biological daughter — Whitehead felt attached and fought to keep Baby M. A long, ugly legal battle ensued. Ultimately, the Sterns were awarded custody and Whitehead was granted visitation rights. And though traditional surrogacy still exists, where the carrier is also the egg donor, it’s fallen mostly out of favor. Gestational surrogacy, the new norm, is far more clear-cut. It removes the biological connection, meaning the gestational carrier is just that, the carrier; the eggs don’t belong to her.

Still, since Baby M, psychological screenings of surrogates have become more sophisticated too, and experts claim women seem better able to compartmentalize and keep the lines unblurred when the fetus has no relation to them. Standridge admits that prior to carrying Emily Grace (the name the Wichita Falls parents bestowed upon their baby girl) she was nervous about developing a bond with the baby growing inside her. “I didn’t want to call her by her name for fear of getting attached,” Standridge says. “After childbirth, I loved her but realized the connection wasn’t there like it had been with my son, my own biological child. … I ought to wear a T-shirt with the slogan that says, ‘Just my oven, not my bun,’ because that’s really how it is.” A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE Keva Montrose, 31, and her husband Dan, 42, struggled with infertility for nearly seven years. The Montroses have actually successfully conceived six times. Keva even carried three of the babies — Stella (born August 17, 2009 at 21 weeks), Conal (born March 15, 2010 at 20 weeks) and Declan (born February 13, 2012 at 19 weeks) — into a second trimester before delivering them heartbreakingly early and subsequently burying her children. “Twenty-one weeks is the longest I can make it,” she says. “After that, the baby just gets too heavy. We’d been through everything with all our fertility treatments and surgeries. Basically, my doctor finally told me, ‘That’s it. It’s time to try something else.’ So we knew it was either adoption or surrogacy.” As fate would have it, Montrose won Dallas fertility clinic Sher Fertility’s Facebook contest. Keva and Dan made a video about their tear-jerking journey to become parents (you can see it on As winners, they received a free round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to freeze Keva’s eggs, making the surrogacy choice — to have a bio-

logical child — more affordable and viable. Then came finding the right agency, which left Keva feeling a bit apprehensive. “The profit motive seemed pretty strong [at the first agency],” she says. “And the gestational carriers there didn’t seem that well-informed about the process or the meds they have to take or the responsibility of doing this.” But Keva finally found a happy fit with DFW Gestational Carriers, and through Wilson’s coordination, a gestational carrier in Amarillo delivered the Montroses’ healthy baby boy three years ago. Now the couple is hopeful that Standridge can help make them parents a second time. The first implant in January of this year didn’t take; they’re hopeful that the second implant, done just as this issue went to print, did. MAKING A BABY The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), an organization that reports gestational surrogacy in terms of gestational cycles, not all of which lead to live births, reports that only about 40 percent of surrogate implantations result in successful pregnancies and births. “It’s all about the egg,” says Dr. Robert Kaufmann, a reproductive endocrinologist at Fort Worth Fertility. “Your chances of having a successful pregnancy with surrogacy isn’t about the uterus as much as it is about the egg. … For example, if the egg is from a 25-year-old donor (intended maternal parent), you’re probably looking at an 80 percent chance of a successful pregnancy, but if the donor is 41, that rate is closer to 20 to 25 percent. There are a lot of variables.” Here’s how it works if it’s successful: First, Mom and the gestational carrier take medications to sync their cycles. Mom also takes prescriptions to stimulate the development of eggs; the surrogate may be prescribed oral estrogen and progesterone injections to help prepare her uterus and may have to have blood

drawn weekly to ensure adequate hormone levels. Next, Mom’s eggs are fertilized using Dad’s sperm, and the embryos are cultured in the lab. Finally, the fertilized embryos are implanted in the gestational carrier’s uterus. CONTROVERSIAL CONSIDERATIONS Like so many other hot-topic women’s issues, surrogacy is not without its fair share of critics. The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBCN) leads a national campaign trying to make commercial pregnancy illegal. Among the criticisms: children’s rights, the exploitation of poor and low-income women, and using a woman’s body as a commercial transaction, among others. “Women who choose to [be gestational carriers] should already be financially stable and not in any sort of desperate situation,” Scott advises. “No one should be doing this because they need the fee to pay their electric bill.” Another point of contention? The unknown dangers associated with using hormones and other fertility drugs to prepare the surrogate’s uterus and jump-start the pregnancy. But experts contend that the low-dose hormones are natural (the body starts producing them anyway during pregnancy), administered over a short period of time (about 10 weeks total) and are safe for a gestational carrier in good health. “[These gestational carriers] have been heavily screened for their health,” Kaufmann adds. “They’ve been picked because they have greatly reduced risks for developing problems like high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy.” SURROGACY VS. ADOPTION Surrogacy opponents advocate for hopeful couples to choose adoption over surrogacy. But for parents like the Montroses, it’s just not that simple. Keva and Dan didn’t have a problem getting pregnant; they wanted and still want biological children. And their happy 3-year-old is definitely the spitting image of his mom.

“We only have two transfers left,” Keva says of the implantations taking place this month with Standridge. “If they don’t work, we’ll have to try the egg retrieval again, but with my diminished ovarian function, I might not have enough left. … After that, we might have to look into adoption instead. We’ll cross that bridge if we have to.” But it’s not her first choice. Another big difference between surrogacy and adoption? Birth mothers typically choose the couple they want to parent the child they give birth to. In a surrogate situation, the matchup tends to be a bit more mutual: Intended parents pick from the profiles of prospective gestational carriers, and if the surrogate agrees, the intended parents have the opportunity to get to know the would-be gestational carrier before committing. Then there’s the legal contracts, which spell out everything — from how long a surrogate must abstain from sex to how much of a bonus she will be paid for twins — and get signed even before there’s a baby in utero. After adoption, birth mothers can also request post-placement contact, either in an open or semiopen arrangement. Gestational carriers, on the other hand, don’t typically stay in touch with the child’s intended parents unless, of course, they want to try for more children using the same surrogate. For now, Montrose isn’t weighing the pros and cons of adoption because she’s hopeful that this implantation takes and results in the birth of another healthy baby. And Standridge foresees moonlighting as a gestational carrier as long as she possibly can (most gestational carriers stop by their early 40s). She looks at it not necessarily as a job but something she’s been called to do, her mission in life. “If God gave you the opportunity to be part of a miracle, to help make something like this happen for others, wouldn’t you want to do that? It just makes sense for me.”

Finding Support While there are lots of resources for couples experiencing infertility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there aren’t support groups for gestational carriers or parents via surrogacy. But there are plenty of places online that offer support for all types of surrogates and for the intended parents too. AGENCY FOR SURROGACY SOLUTIONS, INC., based in California, offers a virtual chat room where current and previous gestational surrogates can talk and share feelings, thoughts, concerns and joys. ALL ABOUT SURROGACY is a popular online forum that covers lots of topics, including surrogacy for beginners, insurance issues and support groups for those experiencing failed transfers, among others. There are also ask-anexpert sections where those interested in becoming a surrogate get tips from been-there, donethat carriers, and intended parents can talk to other moms and dads who became parents through someone else’s womb. SURROGATE MOTHERS ONLINE provides online message boards for both surrogates and intended parents with medical and legal experts available to answer questions. / may 2017



Tour deTexas Eight state park campgrounds for fresh-air fun




efore the mercury rises to sweltering levels, pack up the kids and spend a weekend or more in one of Texas’ beautiful, family-friendly state parks. There are a number of campgrounds near (and a little farther away) to suit your crew’s comfort and interests — some sites loan rods and tackle boxes to young anglers, for instance. All admit kids 12 and younger for free and all lend littles Junior Ranger Explorer Packs with binoculars, pencils, watercolors and more. Plus, playgrounds, swimming areas and children’s programming add to the fun. Book online at


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Glen Rose, 254/897-4588 THE PITCH: Campers search the shallow riverbed for the tracks of three-toed theropod and elephant-size sauropod dinosaurs. See a 40-foot-tall T. rex replica (and others too), and borrow a birding kit with binoculars to find endangered species. On weekends, grab a treat at the snow cone truck stationed in front of the park store. GOOD TO KNOW: Pack rain boots or water shoes to traverse the wet, rocky riverbed (which can be anywhere from 6–24 inches deep), and plan to attend one of the free weekend ranger programs such as archery or painting, both on May 13.

COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Book a guided tour or steer your own safari ride to see rhinos, giraffes and more at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 15 minutes south of the park. Open daily from 8:30am–4:30pm; drive admission from $21.95 per adult and $15.95 per child age 3 and older. Call for tour prices.


Mineral Wells, 940/328-1171 THE PITCH: Walk a bit of the Trailway (it’s 20 miles long), which parallels an abandoned railroad, or descend the stone steps and narrow canyons of Penitentiary Hollow to a lakeside overlook. Then lounge on the beach or rent kayaks, canoes and rowboats.


GOOD TO KNOW: Every Saturday in May, park rangers host one- to two-hour family-friendly activities. Identify flowers during the afternoon Wildflower Walk on May 6 or learn safety strategies at Kid’s Wilderness Survival on May 13. COST: Campsites from $10 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Spend a morning 10 miles west at Mineral Wells Fossil Park. Dig up shark tooth fossils from 300 million years ago.




Spot members of the state-protected longhorn herd in the Panhandle Plains 3 ½ hours northwest of Dallas. Borrow a tackle box and reel, throw in a line and wait for the rainbow trout to bite. Hike the mile-long Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop, and stop frequently for scenic views of the prairie. GOOD TO KNOW: The preserved rural area offers the best views of constellations, planets, moons and stars. Book a guided StarWalk night hike near Big Pond. COST: Campsites from $8 per day; adult admission $2 per day NEARBY PERK: Drive through the ghost town of Medicine Mound in Hardeman County, 12 miles east of Quanah, to see 200-foot-tall mounds revered by the Comanche tribes for their sacred ceremonial and religious purposes. Trespassing is prohibited, but you can learn more at the Downtown Medicine Mound Museum open Saturdays 9–11am (other days by appointment) or Quanah Depot Museum, where kids can also see a space room furnished by NASA.


Concan, 830/232-6132 THE PITCH: Six hours southwest of Dallas, camp along the Frio


to September, the Mexican free-tailed bats put on an evening show at Frio Cave 20 minutes south of the park. Arrive before sunset to see millions of bats evacuate the cave.


Burnet, 512/793-2223 THE PITCH: During a trip to Inks Lake, one hour north of Austin, grab an interpretive guide for the 3.3-mile Pecan Flats Trail, suitable for the whole family (you don’t have to walk all 3 miles), and learn about native plants and wildlife from 22 trail markers along the way. Sign up for a guided canoe tour (includes life jackets and paddles). Or swim Devil’s Waterhole, a safe swim spot for families, surrounded by restrooms with showers and picnic areas. The park has three playgrounds too. GOOD TO KNOW: Rangers bring out the telescope for free stargazing parties several times a month. Other all-ages events include fishing, making s’mores and Underwater Discovery — use a weighted net to find what lurks beneath the lake’s surface. COST: Campsites from $11 per day; adult admission $6 per day NEARBY PERK: Explore the underbelly of the Hill Country at Longhorn Cavern 10 minutes

south of the park. Book a daily 1.5-mile easy walking tour (not strollerfriendly). Guided tours: $16 per adult; $12 kids (ages 3–12); free for ages 2 and younger.


Pilot Point, 940/686-2148 THE PITCH: A marina with boat rentals, a kids’ fishing pond, and playgrounds at each campsite mean no shortage of entertainment. Swim, hike the easy half-mile Lost Pines Nature Trail or rent a rod and lures to fish in Johnson Branch. GOOD TO KNOW: Park rangers host stargazing workshops, evening bike rides (borrow bikes for free) and more several times a month. See the events online. COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Go horseback riding through scenic equestrian trails from Black Mustang Ranch in the Jordan Unit of the state park, less than 1 mile from camp. Rides from $40 per person.

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Sulphur Springs, 903/945-5256 THE PITCH: The few remaining areas of Texan tallgrass prairie can be found 90 minutes east of Dallas on the south side of Cooper Lake. Embark on the easy, 30-minute Honey Creek trail or book a guided one-hour canoe tour on the lake for $12 per canoe (each seats two). Then fish for crappie and catfish from any of the piers. GOOD TO KNOW: Use binocu-


lars to spot bald eagles, bluebirds, white-tailed deer, bobcats and beavers. Let the kids learn how native mammals adapt to their environment in weekend programs. And once a month, a certified archery instructor teaches kids 8 and older how to shoot an arrow (reservations required). COST: Campsites from $10 per day; adult admission $5 per day NEARBY PERK: Let kids see how ice cream, butter and cheese are made at the Southwest Dairy Museum just 25 minutes south of the lake. The museum is open Monday–Friday 9am–4pm.



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River at the Pecan Grove or Oakmont campgrounds, where kids will find sand volleyball and basketball courts. From here, gain access to the easy, half-mile Blinn River Trail. Attend a geocaching mission with a park ranger, rent tubes to float the river or play mini golf. GOOD TO KNOW: Book a cabin now for the fall to see the cypress trees turn colors. COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $8 per day

Tyler, 903/597-5338 THE PITCH: This sprawling system of campsites, trailer hookups and cabins in the Eastern Piney Woods offers 13 miles of trails and two fishing piers for catching trout, catfish and bass. Lead the kids to a wading pool and small waterfall on the short Whispering Pines Nature Trail, which provides plenty of shade too. Canoe, kayak and peddle boat rentals available too. GOOD TO KNOW: Explore the Lakeshore trail and cross the bridge for a view of a working beaver dam. There are two restrooms along the 2-mile walk and plenty of spots to picnic and rest. Trail maps available at the ranger station. COST:

Campsites from $16 per day; adult admission $6 per day


The largest house made of salt can be found at the Salt Palace Museum in Grand Saline, 40 minutes west of the park. Open Monday–Saturday 9am–4pm. / may 2017





From dental advice to speech therapy, finding the right professional to help meet your child’s needs and answer questions is often the first important step in the right direction. Moms understand this better than anyone. Thankfully, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to some of the nation’s best and brightest skilled professionals. In the following pages, several local experts share indepth information about medical issues, educational options, therapy, and speech development — making your job as Mom easier.


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How To Improve

Your Child’s Speech

Comprehensive Speech/Language Diagnosis and Therapy in-home and school setting

Elizabeth Wallace, founder and director at Park Cities Speech, Language & Learning Center since 1988, offers a wealth of knowledge to patients and their families. What she and her staff have seen throughout the last decade could change the way you approach your child’s speech development. What is the present-day situation for speech and language development in children?

What is the approach at Park Cities Speech Language & Learning Center?

In recent years, the inconceivable changes in how humans communicate have revolutionized the field of speech and language pathology. Technology and the large volume of information children today are expected to learn have reduced communication to little more than an exchange of facts. We are now assessing little ones who are able to recite colors and numbers, but are sorely lacking in the ability to hold the most basic conversation.

We believe that the cutting edge approach to therapy ironically means going low-tech. When children are routinely asked to recite or rehearse sentences or allowed to interact with electronics, they have a very artificial picture of communication. At Park Cities Speech, we want our therapy intervention to mimic natural interactions. For example, rather than repeating sentences, it is more useful to have a child explain a process. For our youngest patients, a session is more likely to involve creating a natural situation that makes communication more likely than using a contrived computer app or worksheet. Our at-home activities also foster a stronger parent-child bond and expedite growth.

How do speech pathologists cope with these cultural changes? As specialists, we continue to address the typical developmental issues of poor articulation and limited vocabulary. However, these developmental delays pale in comparison to the social communication limitations we are seeing in children.

Find Park Cities Speech, Language &

Our team of pediatric learning specialists provide diagnosis and treatment for childhood speech, language and learning challenges. To learn more about our many programs and typical language development, visit:

8100 Lomo Alto Dr., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75225 214-368-8251

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How One Dentist Can Solve

Childhood Bedwetting

Musso Family Dental understands that evidence of good oral hygiene can be found beyond just your teeth and gums. This familyoriented practice examines and addresses the overall health of each patient, from the health inside the mouth to how oral health is affecting the rest of his or her body — even bedwetting in children.

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the effects of a compromised airway develop a condition known as sleep-disordered

breathing (SDB). When a child’s airway is narrow or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to receive adequate oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing. The brain will realize that an insufficient amount of oxygen is coming into the body, and this delicate organ goes into fight or flight mode while the child is sleeping. Rather than produce more oxygen, the brain takes oxygen from other organs that don’t require as much, including the bladder and kidneys, and sends it to major muscle groups, such as the brain, heart, and lungs. The result is often bedwetting in children. How do you treat bedwetting as a family dentist? At Musso Family Dental, dental professionals open up the air-

way by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward and allowing the airway to widen. This is accomplished through the use of a series of uniquely designed oral appliances that children wear for just a few hours a day and/or at night while they sleep. Soft and comfortable, these appliances promote nasal breathing and discourage mouth breathing.

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How To Customize

Your Child’s Education they grow,” says Yorktown Education founder, Randall Reiners. What is your curriculum philosophy?

Yorktown Education believes that by capitalizing on an individual’s unique strengths and skills throughout a customized approach to education, students are better equipped, challenged, and happier. How do you create a customized education curriculum? Yorktown’s mission is to create an environment for students to “do what they love,” by focusing each

individual student’s personalized curriculum around their areas of strength and interest. “At Yorktown, we adjust each student’s personal educational program as

The curriculum at Yorktown is comprised of a variety of advanced academics with a custom curriculum. “We prepare our students for real life,” says Reiners, “by providing an education beyond the constraints of a traditional classroom.” The curriculum philosophy at Yorktown is focused on empowering graduates with fundamentals designed to give them a topquality education and the tools to help them succeed in life. What are some results of this innovative approach? The personalized attention and customized coursework that Yorktown students receive create

an environment in which the individual is prioritized. Additionally, because children in this learning environment are provided with a means of learning that suits their wants as well as their needs, students enjoy and absorb their studies more, and a love of learning is cultivated at an early age. Graduates of Yorktown are awarded scholarships and go on to attend elite universities around the country.

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We believe in inspiring minds and accelerating students academically and socially. Advancement based on performance leads to happiness and success. Yorktown Education develops students to be respectful, responsible and innovative adults who succeed at doing what they love. We do it every day. Visit us at or call us at 972-638-9270 for a personal tour. / may 2017





How To Improve Overall Health

Through Massage a personalized wellness experience, driving home long-term care with a healing touch. Why Modoma?

From pregnancy, labor, and delivery to cradling babies and picking up toddlers, motherhood can take a physical toll on a woman’s body. Modoma Massage & Wellness understands the strain that mothers undergo caring for their family and recognizes the importance of wellbeing and self-care. Using a comprehensive discovery process, Modoma treats patients with a holistic, personalized approach to accurately pinpoint and address the root of each problem for every patient — not only the symptoms. What is Modoma Massage & Wellness? “Modoma provides foundational healthcare using a combination of massage and other healing modalities to reduce stress and pain, increase function, and ultimately improve the quality of life,” says Tori Armold, lead wellness coordinator. Because Modoma treats the root of the problem and not just the symptoms, these healthcare professionals are able to locate, address, and monitor the treatment and offer options. “Our patients receive personalized care, and our highly trained staff listens to patients’ concerns and supports them every step of the way,” says Armold. “We also routinely track patient progress,


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which allows us to be open and honest about what’s working and what kind of improvements could take place based on results and data.” What services do you offer? Modoma’s services include massage memberships (as low as $9/month after insurance), gym memberships (as low as $19/month after insurance; Dallas location only), prenatal massage, non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine, regenerative medicine, pain treatments, medical weight loss, hormone replacement therapy, custom foot orthotics, supplements, and personal/small group training (Dallas location only). Modoma’s mission is to ensure

Modoma’s healthcare professionals believe that a solid foundation is critical for optimal health, which is why their approach focuses on the combination of relaxation therapy and total body wellness. Modoma is committed to being a leader in personalized, whole-body healthcare and wellness. “We strive to be the premier destination of choice for people looking to take control of their health so they can get back to living life on their terms,” says Armold. “No matter where you are in your healthcare journey, Modoma will always be there for you.” Additionally, Modoma is constantly searching for and developing new products and services to offer patients and help them reach maximum improvement in the least amount of time. Modoma’s hallmarks of exceptional service provided to each client and outstanding ethical conduct are entrenched within the company ethos and translated in the culture, guaranteeing that the mission is achieved to reduce pain, increase function, and improve the quality of life. How can you help women relieve motherhood stress? “In addition to pre-natal and post-natal massage therapy,

we recommend that mothers, especially of young children, implement and maintain a routine approach to therapy and care,” says Armold. “We all know that in order for moms to take care of their families, they have to first take care of themselves. A super mom and super wife equal a super tired woman. Modoma can customize a treatment plan to help every mom achieve maximum health and wellness so they can enjoy time with their children.” What do your clients have to say? Testimonials speak for themselves. “Stress melts away when I’m in a therapy session,” says one satisfied client. “I couldn’t have gone much longer without a visit to my doctor for pain medicine or a surgeon to seek relief for neck pain. Thanks to Modoma, I don’t have to resort to such extreme measures for relief!” Another happy patient shared that “My mood is improved, my range of motion is better, and my tension headaches are less frequent and severe — incredible!” “Our clients experience the relaxing benefits of massage combined with the practicality of physical therapy-like care. They all complete a comprehensive discovery process to pinpoint and address their concerns, and their care will be completely personalized and uniquely tailored to their needs and lifestyle — ultimately reducing stress,” says Armold.

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CAMP GUIDE D AY & O V E R N I G H T C A M P S / C L A S S E S / S P O R T S Look for these camps and more online at Fit & Fun Kids All Summer at Cooper Summer is all about fun and fitness at Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas. Our experienced staff and ideal camp setting on a 30-acre campus provide the ultimate camp experience.

Swim Academy, ages 18 months+

Cooper Fitness Center – Dallas 12100 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75230 972-233-4832 Register today at

For more than 20 years, Cooper has been teaching swimming in a nurturing, safe environment. Private and semi-private lessons — for beginners to competitive swimmers — are taught year-round. *Swim Team starts June 5 for ages 6–15.

Sports Camps, ages 5–15 Our experienced coaches help kids improve their skills, boost their confidence and learn the sport with summer options of basketball and tennis. Ages, dates and times vary by sport. One-week sessions, M–F, 1–2½ hours/day.

Athletic Development, ages 8–12 Cooper Fitness Center’s IGNITE! program focuses on building overall athletic skills, preparing kids to perform their best in any sport. Three-week sessions offered year-round, Tues/Thurs 4:30–5:30 p.m. Make it a full day at Cooper by combining one of these programs with our Fit & Fun Day Camps!

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


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


Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps June 5th–August 11th Find your place in nature! New summer camps, as well as all-time favorites, will provide children with hands-on explorations in nature, science and art that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Preschool to 7th grade. Explore the animals, plants and art that make countries around the world unique in Wild about Art & Nature. In this special camp, ZimSculpt artists will work with campers and reveal their secrets to creating intriguing works of art.


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

Adventure awaits in our all-time favorite nature camp, Adventure Camp! Campers will hike a local nature preserve, fish and kayak on White Rock Lake and more! Brand new satellite camp! Campers in Arboretum Explorers at Lewisville ISD Outdoor Learning Area will discover the wonders of nature among the 8 miles of hiking trails, investigate fossils, create their own nature art, learn how to build and fly a drone. These and more camps are available for registration at

The #1 Summer Tech Camp

D AY & O V E R N I G H T C A M P S / C L A S S E S / S P O R T S

Learn new skills and discover a passion for technology! At iD Tech programs, students ages 6–18 learn to code apps, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, create levels in virtual reality, build websites, 3D-print objects, and much more. In each weeklong session, students explore a top campus, create an impressive project, learn from top-tier instructors, and build skills that last long after summer. Campers are taught in small groups of just 8 students per instructor — guaranteed — for the most personalized instruction. 1-844-788-1858

iD Tech summer programs are held at many 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 275,000 camp alumni can’t stop talking about iD Tech summer camps. Visit or call 1-844-788-1858 to find the right program for your student. / may 2017



SUMMER CAMPS at The Behavior Exchange. Every child deserves a chance to shine bright.


D AY & O V E R N I G H T C A M P S / C L A S S E S / S P O R T S

Are autism spectrum disorders, behavioral issues, developmental delays, or other special needs keeping your child from reaching his or her full potential? We can help.

NOW in Two Locations: Plano 6105 Windcom Court, Ste. 400 Plano, TX 75093 Frisco 8501 Wade Blvd., Ste #330 Frisco, TX 75034

We are offering a 10-week long SUMMER CAMP that will include social skills groups, early start and school readiness programs. Using a unique curriculum, developed by The Behavior Exchange, experienced behavior trainers use ABA-Therapy techniques to engage students in fun learning activities that enhance their individual behavior goals and socials skills. Our camps will focus on: • Communication • School Readiness • Group Participation • Social Skills Call us or visit us online today and schedule a consultation. What could be, can be! Our program is covered by insurance in most cases.

The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Rd. Dallas, TX 75229

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

Contact information Melissa Curtis, Director of Auxiliary Programs 214-360-6534

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

Campsites Camp Frisco Camp St. Patrick Camp Preston Hollow Camp All Saints Camp Kessler Kidventure Overnight Camp 214-303-9789

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


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

CHESS CAMP 972-883-4899

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


The UT Dallas Chess Team qualified for their 15th appearance in the College Chess Final Four Championship!

24 Exciting Science Day Camps! Grades PreK–7th Spark your child’s love of science this summer by enrolling them in fun and engaging science day camps! Your child is sure to have an unforgettable experience as they do handson activities and learn how science is used in everyday life. Camp themes include topics such as rocketry, video game, robotics, meteorology, paleontology, and more!

Locations in Addison and Dallas 214-530-5979

214-670-1926 17 locations throughout Dallas

Who: PreK-7th Grade What: Science Day Camps When: June 19–August 4, 2017 9AM–4PM, Mon–Fri (Optional Pre & Post Camp Available) Where: Two Dallas & One Addison location Cost: $235-$285/per week

Visit for details today!

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

Scholarships Available Pools open June 3 AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS

Summer at Alcuin School Join us for an amazing summer of fun under the sun! Wide selection of awesome camps and classes. Age 3 through 12th Grade  – June 5–July 14 • Half-Day and Full-day options • Week-by-week programming •  Before-and-after care 6144 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230 972-239-1745

Cheer, Chess, Coding, Computer Programming, Dance, Field Trips, Fine Arts, Film, LEGO, MineCraft®, Montessori Classes, Robotics, Sports, Space Explorers, Tumbling, TV Production and so much more! Online Summer Brochure and Online Registration: / may 2017



2017 SUMMER CAMPS for Cool Kids Science and Technology 6–11 years old


D AY & O V E R N I G H T C A M P S / C L A S S E S / S P O R T S

10 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area


Artificial Intelligence • Wearable Technology Computer Coding • 3D Animation • Robotics Digital Art • Zombie Outbreak and more! Visit our website for camp descriptions and locations.

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

3939 Valley View Ln. Farmers Branch, TX 75244 972-860-4715 •

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!

One week Summer Camp close to home! Only 55 minutes north of DFW, Kiowa shares… Extraordinary role models! Immeasurable fun! Remarkable friends! Exciting activities! Terrific food! Exceeding expectations, we partner with our camp parents to provide summer camp at its best! 8484 S FM 372 Gainesville, TX 76240 940-665-3800 •

Fresh air to invigorate, freedom to make healthy choices, safety to ensure confidence, relaxed environments to promote social skills and experiences that lead to more successful campers. Come see why so many choose Kiowa!

IGNITE YOUR SUMMER Dallas International School

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

6039 Churchill Way Dallas, TX 75230 972-991-6379

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


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

The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2017 topics include Robotic Mystery Camp, Crazy Contraption & Demolition Camp, Coaster Science & Mad Chemistry Camp, Journey Into Space & Movie Making Camp! Save $10/wk! Ends 5/31/17

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

Star Wars Stop Animation CSI/Forensics Academy Swimming Clinics Nature Appreciation

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Improvisation Minecraft Girl Gamers Debate, and more!

Registration fee waived through April 15. Discounted registration through May 15. For youth ranging in age from 5–17. Contact us today for more info or to register!

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

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

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Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy There is no reason for your child to fall behind this summer! We build on the progress your child made throughout the school year to ensure they are prepared in the fall.

Frisco Feeding & Speech Therapy 5000 Eldorado Pkwy, Ste. 150-170 Frisco, TX 75033 469-630-2328

Our skilled therapists will develop a personalized program targeting your child’s speech and language needs. Summer is the perfect time to focus on fundamental skills needed for academic success.

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

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4141 Spring Valley Rd. 972-628-5490

We offer the following pediatric therapy services: • Speech – Language Therapy • Comprehensive Evaluations • Social Skill Groups (4–6 & 7–10 yrs) • Feeding Therapy

• June 13–16: All Star Day Camp #1, Ages 6–14 • June 19–22: All Star Day Camp #2, Ages 6–14 • June 26–29: All Star Day Camp #3, Ages 6–14 • July 10–13: All Star Day Camp #4, Ages 6–14 • July 17–20: All Star Day Camp #5, Ages 6–14 For more information and to sign up, please visit:

• August 12–13: Summer Showcase Camp,

High School Students only

Theatre Summer Camps Starting June 5

4 Locations: Plano, Fairview, Frisco, Dallas 972-422-2575

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 everywhere from Broadway to L.A. New students: use discount code NEW2NTPA for 30% off your first camp! / may 2017



We’ve Got Sunshine! Parish Episcopal Summer Camps


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Age 3–Rising Seniors May 30–August 18

Parish Episcopal School 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 972-852-8752

9 Metroplex locations 866-695-5515 •

848 Harter Rd., Dallas TX 75218 214-328-9131

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

SCHOOL OF ROCK offers summer rock music camps for musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Students ages 7–17 can develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment. School of Rock camps emphasize live performance through workshops, clinics, and group rehearsals, where students learn about playing together in a band and develop stage presence. Camp specials right now! Contact us to get signed up today!

Say hello to summer at St. John’s Episcopal School and discover a world of wonder and fun! From June 5 through July 28, campers will create, learn, and explore while making friends and having the time of their lives. Designed to accommodate your family’s busy schedule, our program offers morning, afternoon and full-day camps, as well as optional extended-day care. Camps are for children going into Pre-K through 8th grade. See for details. Registration now open.

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

White Rock North School 9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238 214-348-7410

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

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

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

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

On-site Activities Include:

Field Trips Include:

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

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

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

Summer is HERE! Discover Winston Summer Camps

5707 Royal Ln., Dallas TX, 75229 214-691-6950


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Kindergarten through 12th grade June 5–July 7 Full and half-day options in areas of Academic Enrichment, STEM in Action, Arts, Sports, Field Trips and more. There’s something for everyone. Come ready to learn, discover, explore, create and have loads of FUN! Camp dates, times and fees vary. Contact us at 214-691-6950 or for more information.




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Imagine Only Rain Water Down the Stormwater Drains Leaves and grass washed down the city’s storm drainage system causes algae to grow. Large algae blooms deplete water of life giving oxygen for aquatic animals and plant life. YARD WORK TIPS:

• Never sweep or blow yard waste into the street or down storm drains. • Sweep or blow grass clippings back onto your yard because it acts as fertilizer. • Fallen leaves can be mulched and left on the lawn. • Leaves can be bagged and stored until bulk waste collection day in your neighborhood. • Or compost leaves and grass clippings turning them into wonderful natural fertilizer

Sweeping or blowing yard waste into storm drains can result in a fine of up to $2000.

Contact City of Dallas Stormwater Management at or 214-948-4022 to learn more or to request a presentation for your organization, school or business.

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make believe 4 places in Dallas to role-play for a day WORDS JESSICA MYERS



laying dress-up means more than pretending to be a marine biologist or the Pink Power Ranger; it’s a way for kids to develop socially and mentally. According to Jacqueline Woolley, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, children sharpen their creative problemsolving skills when they take on identities. And playing a familiar role like a doctor, shopkeeper or Mom or Dad builds empathy. Visit these indoor play places and museums and see who they bring to life.

On your next visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, stop in to ARTURO’S NEST in the Center for Creative Connections across from the reception desk. Stocked with costumes

and props for kids ages 0–4 and based on a changing theme — May is all about transportation — kids don construction hats and wave traffic signs while tinkering with miniature cars and trucks, learning how a steering wheel works and manipulating

gears and dials. Building blocks shaped like fire stations and post offices let kids pretend they are building tiny towns. The Young Learners Gallery for ages 5–8 doesn’t offer much in terms of dress-up, but kids tap into their inner artist by moving strings of yarn across the giant pegboard to create an optical illusion, penning a storyline based on the museum’s collection or curling up in a cozy, wall-mounted “tube” to read a book from the Learners Gallery library. COST: Free WHEN: During the museum’s open hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, extended hours Thursday 11am–9pm WHERE: 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, 214/922-1200;

Besides offering kids’ haircuts and mini manis, LITTLE LAKEWOOD SALON, BOUTIQUE AND PLAYHOUSE’s open

play area lets kids ages 8 and younger assume their favorite roles — Ariel and Elsa, Batman and Spiderman, doctors, nurses, firefighters, knights, astronauts, Woody, The Incredibles and more (the dress-up rack expands every time moms donate gently used costumes). Kids bring pit crew costumes to life while fiddling with the toy cars and train tracks, practice their red carpet poses in their black-tie best, or play Mom and Dad in the life-size dollhouse. At the sitting area for real-life moms and dads, you can purchase something to nibble or bring your own bottle of red and catch up / may 2017


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baby Fair & model search SATURDAY, MAY 20 10AM–3PM with other parents while keeping an eye on your littles through the giant glass window. Costumes come in a variety of sizes and are laundered weekly. COST: $6.50 per child all day; crawlers free (socks required) WHEN: Monday–Saturday 9am–6pm WHERE: 6434 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 105, Dallas, 214/824-2253



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inside the lower level of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Beginning in the forest, kids become khaki-vested wildlife biologists and tote binoculars to explore the flora and fauna of the Trinity River by crawling through logs, hanging out at a campsite and interacting with live toads, geckos and snakes (with the help of staff members). Or kids can dress up as a bird or turtle (costumes rotate weekly). Then make your way to the Dallas Farmers Market where kids dressed as produce vendors stock the bins and arrange artificial flower bouquets. In the Big Bend region, petite paleontologists pull on field vests and use rakes and shovels to dig for replica dinosaur fossils.

COST: Included in Perot admis-

sion: $19 adults; $12 ages 2 and older; free for members and children under 2 WHEN: Daily 10am–5pm; members only until noon on Sunday and Monday WHERE: Perot Museum of Nature and Science 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214/428-5555; To tour Tudor England like royalty, make your way to Suit Your Fancy, the costume rental shop at SCARBOROUGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, for costumes in all sizes including newborn. There are A-line gowns with satin shoulder poufs; two-piece fairy costumes with wings and flower crowns; outfits for maidens, pirates, mermaids and warrior princesses; and garments for regal lords, knights in shining armor, dragon trainers, woodsmen, wizards, pirates, jesters, Vikings and more. There’s even a wee Scottish kilt for baby. Fullday rentals for costumes range from $15–$35. COST: Festival admission: $13 ages 5–12; $28 adults; free for ages 4 and younger WHEN: Weekends 10am–7pm until May 29; open Memorial Day WHERE: 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, 972/938-3247;



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Summer Camp locations in Preston Hollow, W. Plano, Tech EdVentures HQ and now Frisco!

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A N D M A D I A R T . Get off at Bowen Street and walk three minutes north to view the collection of 3-D shapes and colors. Free admission. // 3109 Carlisle St., Dallas, 214/855-7802;

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Grades 1–5 Half & Full-Day Camps Available with Before & After Care Spanish House Elementary School 7159 E. Grand Ave., Dallas 75223 214-826-2323

weekend plans choose your budget, choose your adventure Your day in the almost-summer sun doesn’t have to be hot — or pricey. So pack your swimsuits or your best climbing shoes and follow our lead to entertain the fam for $25, $50 or $75. (Note: These totals were estimated using a family-of-four model.)



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family-friendly activities. In May, the Dallas Children’s Theatre, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Center for Architecture and Perot Museum will set up tables with crafts and games; no registration needed. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and change of clothes because there’s no keeping kids out of the free spray ground and playground. // 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, 214/716-4500; EAT: Get the kids a cool treat from the Steel City Pops cart. For bigger appetites, peruse the SAT U R DAY FO O D T R U C K S offering an assortment of cuisines. Meals from $5. // 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, 214/716-4500; DO: As the temperature rises, hop on the free, air-conditioned M-Line Trolley to the M U S E U M O F G E O M E T R I C

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kids can watch cooks roll and knead dough for the fresh loaves of bread served all day long. From $7.99 per adult plate. // Richardson Heights Village, 100 S. Central Expressway, #63, Richardson, 972/231-7500; DO: Enjoy the sunshine and stay cool at the free spray ground at H E I G H T S PA R K less than 2 miles north. The water’s on from noon–8pm every day beginning May 1. // 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, 972/744-4100; GO: After changing, take a 10minute drive north along Custer Road to S W E E T F I R E F LY. Order scoops of ice cream and shaved ice from $1.85 or bag your own handmade toffee and old-fashioned candies in the bulk section. // 2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 810, Richardson, 972/635-5635;



DO: Wear closed-toe shoes and rent the rest of your climbing gear at the N O R T H T E X A S O U T D O O R P U R S U I T C E N T E R , which houses 10–15 short routes for the kiddos ages 3 and older (or as long as they can safely fit in the full body harness) inside Carrollton’s historic grain silos. $15 per person. // 1003 Fourth Ave., Carrollton, 972/446-0105; EAT: Do lunch at one of Dallas’ favorite pizza joints, C A N E R O SS O , within walking distance of the silos. Try the Betty, a sausage, ham and beef pizza smothered in homemade mozzarella. Pizzas from $11. // 1301 S. Broadway, Carrollton, 214/731.6402; GO: Walk across the street to the square, where you’ll find B LO O M S C A N DY & S O DA P O P S H O P. Buy a beef jerky-flavored soda for $2.79, a tin of dill pickle-flavored mints for $2.99 or less adventurous sweets to enjoy under the shade of the gazebo. // 1104 W. Main St., Carrollton, 972/416-5230; —Jessica Myers




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Now Enrolling Open Enrollment Ages 2-K Call 972-490-7060 for details.

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Pakpao Thai // Asian 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 120, Dallas; 214/7497002 // 7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 150, Dallas; 214/484-8772 // // Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult dine-in meal all day. Ages 10 and younger.


Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal $7.99 or more, all day. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Ages 12 and younger. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/4909464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Ages 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Details vary by location.


Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter all day. Ages 12 and younger. Hook Line & Sinker // Seafood 17602 Preston Road, Dallas; 469/587-5888 // // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Ages 12 and younger.

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

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Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // 3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 214/526-8181 // // Kids ages 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/3683100 // // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day (Preston) or dinner only (Abrams). Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

Shenaniganz // American 1290 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-1133 // // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal after 5pm.


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


Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 972/934-0165 // 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214/378-8686 // // On Saturday 10am–2pm (Addison location only) and Sunday 9am–3pm, kids under 6 eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch Multiple locations // // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree, Sunday– Thursday 5–10pm. Ages 12 and younger. Hours vary by location. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 4170 Lavon Drive, Suite 100, Garland; 972/496-7555 // // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day Monday and Tuesday. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. JC’s Burger House // American 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/2392740 // // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day Saturday–Monday. Ages 12 and younger. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/5320206 // // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item Sunday and Monday 5pm–close. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/8185445 // // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day Saturday and Sunday, dine-in only. Ages 12 and younger. Tin Star Taco Bar // Mexican 13710 Dallas Parkway, Suite G, Dallas; 972/458-2000 // // One free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays. Ages 12 and younger. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/828-8700 // // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal every day after 4pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Know of a deal we missed? Send us an email at Be sure to call ahead before you go, as details are subject to change.

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take a spin on family-friendly bike trails WORDS BETH MCGEE


hether you’re hearing “Look, Mom, no hands!” or your littles aren’t quite ready to pop off the training wheels, a family bike ride is a good excuse for vitamin D and some uninterrupted time together.

Here, we’ve mapped out four of the best trails in Dallas and Plano, for


short legs and long.

TRINITY SKYLINE TRAIL, DALLAS For kiddos mesmerized by skyscrapers and construction, the Trinity Skyline Trail is a must. The 4.6-mile paved trail provides a front-row seat to the downtown Dallas skyline while you coast along the Trinity River and Dallas Floodway. Park in the lot by Trammell Crow Park off Sylvan Avenue; from there, bike 1.3 miles south to the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, where you’ll find racks to set your bikes before cooling off at the spray ground. When the kids are 1 ready to hit the trail again, keep pedaling south to log more miles or

cross the bridge and ride home along the opposite side of the river. 3700 Sylvan Ave., Dallas, 214/671-9025; WHITE ROCK LAKE TRAIL, DALLAS This 9.3-mile lakeside loop (keep an eye out for ducks and other water wildlife) is best on weekdays or early mornings, when it’s less crowded. From Northwest Highway, turn onto West Lawther Drive and park in the first lot you come to without having to make a U-turn. This side of the lake is quieter, and serious cyclists remain on West Lawther instead of

on the paved trail with your kiddos. After the bike ride 2 but before leaving, drive further down West Lawther to T. & P. Hill, where there’s a large playground , restrooms and plenty of places to picnic. Note: Avoid the other side of the lake near Garland Road and the spillway, which isn’t family-friendly at all — walkers, runners and speedy cyclists share a narrower path so there’s no room for novice bikers to pedal safely. 4600 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, 214/670-1923; OAK POINT PARK & NATURE PRESERVE, PLANO Plano’s largest park is home to 5.7 miles of paved trails with options for beginning bikers. The main park entrance off Los Rios Boulevard at Morton Vale Road has parking, restrooms and water fountains, plus 3 a 12-foot-wide paved loop around a lake, just under a mile long. To lengthen your trip, venture south on the paved trail that splits off

at the eastern tip of the lake — it’s only 2 miles to the playground at Bob Woodruff Park. Download the tree identification guide at before you go so kiddos can find and identify hackberries, redbuds and cottonwoods. 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, 972/941-7250; ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE, PLANO Three miles of paved trails offer a scenic ride through woods and wildflowers, with loops that let you customize your route based on the experience and energy levels of the kiddos. From the main parking lot on Parker Road, head north to link to the Arbor Vista Trail, a 0.4-mile out-andback route with blackland prairie views. Rejoin the Arbor Hills Loop (1.3 miles) and take the Tower Trail to the Observation Tower for a panorama of the city and an extra mile on the odometer. Before you head home, be sure to stop at the sprawling playground near the parking lot. 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/941-7250;

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We’re still nursing mixed feelings about the end of Ringling Bros. after 146 years, so don’t miss the cast of Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Strong men, contortionists, and giant puppet elephants created by the puppeteers from the Broadway musical War Horse carry on the tradition in an all-ages show May 23–June 4. Tickets from $20.

On Saturday, May 6, while the real Kentucky Derby gets underway at Churchill Downs, the inaugural and familyfriendly miniature horse race called Kentucky Doorby (hosted by Door, a real estate brokerage firm) kicks off in Curtis Park. Come wearing a wide-brimmed hat of your own, or slip on a tiny hat provided for free at the party, and let the kids play the lawn games and on a bouncy racetrack. Free.

If your little is ready for a step up from the stuffed animal tea parties with imaginary finger foods, register online for the Mom & Me – Tea for Two, open to ages 7 and older, at Central Market Plano’s cooking school on Saturday, May 13. You’ll both learn how to make scones, cucumber sandwiches, raspberry coconut cakes and more fancy fare. $100 for a parent/ child team.

Hydration is key to staying healthy and safe during hot Texas summers — and in developing nations around the world. Support the mission of nonprofit charity:water by lacing up for the second annual Firebird 5K, an all-ages run through Uptown Dallas and the Katy Trail on May 6. The $25 fee (or $75 for four runners) includes free breakfast tacos and kids‘ activities at the post-race party.

So you’ve planted milkweed and angelonia in your flowerbeds — now here’s another way to encourage butterfly populations. Stop by the Greater Plano Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival, open daily May 6–June 4 inside the Shops at Willow Bend, and pick up an Adopt-A-Butterfly Kit. The $24.99 kit comes with two caterpillars and instructions to aid in their metamorphosis. Conservatory admission: $6 adults; $5 kids.

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Growing Up Wild Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. 10–11:30am. Learn how people, animals and plants use water during this themed program for scientific exploration, music, art and a snack for toddlers ages 3–6. $40 per parent with child; $30 for member parent with child. $15 per additional child.



The Ultimate Octonauts Experience Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/8197677. On view through Dec 31. 10am–6pm Mon–Sat; 11am–5pm Sun. Attraction remains open two hours after last admission. Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles, look for treasure with Kwazii and help Peso clean up the coral reef in this exhibit based on the hit animated TV series. Free with admission: $20 adults; $16 kids 3–12.


ZimSculpt Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6612. 9am–5pm daily through Jul 31. See more than 200 Zimbabwean sculptures, some as large as 7 feet tall, that are hand-carved from stone, and watch as two Zimbabwe sculptors demonstrate their artistry in the Pecan Grove Market Place. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.


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Crybaby Matinee Angelika Film Center, Dallas and Plano. 1:30pm every Tue and Wed

in Dallas and 1:30pm every Thu in Plano. Relax at these film screenings for parents and their babies at the Angelika where the lights are kept dim and the volume down. Contact each theater for the week’s Crybaby Matinee selection. Regular matinee admission for adults; free for kids under 5.


Star Party Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. 7:30–9pm. Meet members of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas at sunset for views of the moon, Jupiter and double stars through a variety of telescopes. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars if you have them.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1.


Let’s Get Crafty American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. 4–6pm. Explore a featured theme and craft at this monthly event for ages 8 and older. FREE


Cool Thursdays Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. Gates open at 6pm; concerts 7:30–9:30pm. Bring a picnic to relax on the lawn and listen to a different band play every Thu during this spring concert series: Bidi Bidi Banda on May 4; Who’s Bad on May 11; Walk the Line on May 18; Bruce in the USA on May 25. $27 adults; $10 kids 3–12.


First Thursday Late Night – Archaeology Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. Museum open for extended hours 5–9pm. Activities from 7–9pm. Dig through artifacts and learn about ancient civilizations through the Perot’s traveling exhibition Maya – Hidden Worlds Revealed. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17.


Little Sprouts EQ Kids Club, 3245 Main St., Ste. 239, Frisco. 469/579-4926. 10–10:45am. Plant your own seeds and create a habitat for a pet worm to take home during this workshop plus free play for ages 2–8. Register online to reserve your spot. Free for adults; $15 per child.





SMG Classics Mother’s Day Studio Movie Grill, all DFW locations. 7:45pm each Wed in May. Celebrate Mother’s Day by watching a movie musical each week: Singin’ in the Rain on May 3; The Wizard of Oz on May 10; An American in Paris on May 17; Anchors Aweigh on May 24; and The Band Wagon on May 31. $5. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2.

May the Fourth Be With You Historic downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. 6–10pm. Movie after sunset. Wear your Star Wars costumes and enjoy themed booths, activities and photo opportunities before a screening of the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. FREE

Stories and More! Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/428-7476. / may 2017


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EVERYDAY 11am. Make crafts, eat themed snacks and join the butterflies for a story reading. $8; $3 kids 1–3.


Tastes & Tunes The Grove at Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Dr., Farmers Branch. 972/919-2622. 6–9pm May 4, 11 and 18. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this summer food truck series also featuring a live band each week: Big City Outlaws on May 4; Me & My Monkey on May 11; Havana NRG on May 18. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2.


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Disco Kids It’ll Do Dallas, 4322 Elm St., Dallas. 214/6955947. 6–9:30pm. Bring the kids for dancing at a real club in East Dallas for this family-friendly event with kids behind the DJ booth. Get snacks from a food truck, pose in the photo van, get a face painting and wear glow products available at the concession stand. $5 per kid; free for adults.


First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. 10am–12pm. Learn how crops were vital to the financial success of 1800s family farms and see what grows at Nash Farm today. $3 per person.


Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051. May 5–7, 13–14, 20–21 and 27. Watch as James and his oversized friends, Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm and Spider, go on a great adventure that lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. For ages 5 and older. Tickets start at $15. $5 for sensory-friendly shows.


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African Delights Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. 11am and 1pm. Listen to storytelling by Bernadette Nason, an award-winning storyteller, writer and actress who regularly performs in one-woman shows and regional theatrical productions. $3 for timed ticket, plus general admission to the Dallas Arboretum: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.


Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. 2pm. Celebrate Mexico’s rich heritage by watching the dancers of this local dance company, founded in 1975 by Dallas’ first Hispanic city councilperson, Anita Martinez. FREE


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Cottonwood Art Festival Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson. 972/455-4580. 10am–7pm May 6; 10am–5pm May 7. See larger-than-life monsters in the works of featured artist and abstract expressionist Chris Vance, listen to live music and rotate between the many activity stations at the Children’s ArtStop during this semi-annual festival. FREE


Family Zoo Adventures Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7300. 9:15– 11:15am. Learn about the fierce felines of the African savanna during this program with activity stations, animal encounters and zoo tours for ages 4–12. $15 zoo members; $20 nonmembers.


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


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


Gun Fights at the Village Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. 12 and 1pm May 6 and 20. Witness early Dallas law and order on the village’s Main Street, then visit with members of the Trinity River Desperados. Free with admission: $9 adults; $5 kids 4–12.


Head for the Cure 5K Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 816/218-6871. 8–10:30am. Join the seventh annual Head for the Cure event with a 5K run, kids’ fun run and kids’ zone. A portion of proceeds benefit UT Southwestern. Registration starts at $15.


Jack and the Beanstalk Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. 11am and 2pm each Sat; 3pm each Sun through May 20. Watch Geppetto’s Theater adapt this classic story to the marionette stage, then stay after the show for a backstage tour to see how the puppets are made. For all ages. Advance tickets: $18 adults; $16 kids 17 and younger.





Blue Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051. 1:30 and 4:30pm May 6–7. Take your toddlers to see this all-new show about what happens when color comes into your life. This simple, gentle play introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and theatrical experience. $16.


Lounge on the Green and listen to a live band every week. For Music Makes a Difference night the first Sat, donations benefit Trumpets 4 Kids. FREE

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Old Settler’s Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 972/547-7330. 8:30am–1:30pm. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music as part of McKinney’s Cultural Music Series. FREE


Concerts by the Creek Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. 7–9pm every Sat through Jun 17.

Kentucky Doorby Curtis Park, 3500 Lovers Ln., Dallas. 469/906-2540. 9am– 12pm. Ride miniature horses and wear tiny hats at Dallas’ inaugural miniature horse race, a family-friendly event hosted by Door Inc. Snack on Kentucky Derbythemed finger foods, play lawn games and bid on the winning horse at a mini betting station. FREE Magic Piano Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214/443-1000. 2pm. Listen to the music of Chopin in BreakThru Films’ animated adventure about two children in Warsaw who discover an old piano that becomes their magical ride through the skies above Europe. $10.


Meet the Author Story Time Barnes & Noble Creekwalk Village, 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/422-3372.

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11am–12pm. Meet local children’s author Rosie J. Pova for a story reading followed by crafts, games, book signing and treats in celebration of her newest release If I Weren’t With You. FREE


Meet Z Yang American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. 10am–1pm May 6; 11am–2pm May 7. Celebrate the debut of the newest contemporary character, Z Yang, and make your own stop-motion film with a Zthemed paper doll craft. The May 6 program includes a visit by social influencer Mixie Pixie to showcase her video and photography skills. FREE


Native Plants and Prairies Day Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas. 214/670-8749. 10am–3pm. Help construct a climate ribbon tree, watch raptor and snake demonstrations, browse nature-related goods made by local artisans and go on 30-minute wildflower walks around the lake during this fifth annual festival. FREE

We are a Christian, nonprofit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. We publish free bimonthly newsletters, hold two commemorative ceremonies each year and host support groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Plano AsiaFest Haggard Park in downtown Plano, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 972/379-9351. asianamericanheritage. org. 10:30am–5pm. Learn about customs of other lands at this festival with a kids’ corner, STEM activities, drawing and painting booths, an instrument petting zoo and martial arts demonstrations. FREE



Safari Nights Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. Activities begin at 5pm; music at 7pm. Watch the zoo’s Animal Adventures and Wonders of the Wild presentations and listen to live music on the Cat Green: Los Texmaniacs on May 6; Petty Theft on May 13; Memphis Soul on May 20; A Hard Night’s Day on May 27. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 kids 3–11. Free for kids under 2 and zoo members.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival Scarborough Faire Site, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie. 972/938-3247. srfestival. com. 10am–7pm each Sat and Sun through May 28, and Memorial Day Monday, May 29. Watch entertainers perform on 24 stages, tour the Mermaid Lagoon, be knighted by royalty and discover more children’s entertainment at this festival that recreates a 16thcentury English village. $28 adults; $13 kids 5–12.


Showtime Saturdays Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 972/702-7171. 11:30am– 12pm. Enjoy kid-friendly entertainment each week on level three near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom: Critterman on May 6; Darren Collins on May 13; Dino Show with Cinde Sanders on May 20; Magic Mike Williams on May 27. FREE

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Youth Fishing Derby Bethany Lakes Park, 745 S. Allen Heights Dr., Allen. 214/509-4750. 8–10:30am; 7:30am check-in. Bring your gear for fishing at the pond. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught per age group and overall. Registration is recommended. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5.


A Peep at the Coops Moss Haven Farm, 9202 Moss Farm Ln., Dallas. 214/499-1724. apeepatthecoops. org. 11am–5pm. Take a tour of private urban chicken coops in East Dallas, grab lunch from food trucks and browse artisan booths at the country market at the eighth annual family-friendly event. $10; free for kids 11 and younger.


Comedy and Magic Show Improv Comedy Club Addison, 4980 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 250, Dallas. 972/404-8501. 2pm every other Sun. Doors open at 1pm. Laugh at the tricks and antics of two talented magicians. For all ages but recommended for 4 years and older. Come early to eat lunch before the show. $10 for regular seats; $20 for preferred seats.


DMA Family Days Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. 11am– 5pm May 7 and 14. Get free admission to the special exhibit México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde (on view through Jul 16) and enjoy art activities, music, bilingual tours and gallery activities for all ages. FREE


Etsy Dallas Spring Bash South Side Event Center at Gilley’s Dallas, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas. 214/421-2021. 10:30am–5pm. Shop for handmade goods from local artisans, do free DIY crafts to take home and snap pictures in the photo booth. Strollers are welcome. The first 50 shoppers get a free bash bag. FREE


Farmers Market at Sunset Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972/562-8790. 5–7pm. Listen to musical guests Will and Crystal Yates while munching on ready-to-eat foods and beverages from farmers market vendors. A portion of proceeds benefit the Dulaney House restoration. $20; free for kids 2 and younger. $18 for members.







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

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Target First Saturdays Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter. org. Open 10am–5pm; activities 10am–2pm. Make pattern frames at this family day for preschoolers and elementary-age children. Plus, listen to a story reading, join a yoga session in the garden and enjoy more family programming. FREE walkSTEM Sammons Park at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214/880-0202. Upper elementary-focused: 10 and 10:15am. Middle school-focused: 10, 10:15 and 10:30am. Join a guide to walk through the Dallas Arts District on a route created in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. Designed to show kids

WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. 3–4pm May 7 and 21. Put on your wellies and enjoy a special menu, crafts, conversation cards and a cupcake decorating activity. Registration is required. For ages 5 and older. $13.50 per person. Wild About Art Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. 1–3pm. Get creative with a variety of materials and art techniques in an animal-inspired project led by an instructor, then join a zoo tour and meet an animal up close. For ages 5–8. Online registration is required. $15 per participant for zoo members; $20 for nonmembers. Wylie 500 Pedal Car Races Downtown Wylie, 112 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie. 972/516-6016. Registration at 1pm; first race at 2pm. Get behind the wheel of a pedal car of your choice, provided and decorated by local merchants, and race 500 inches down Ballard in heats of six for a chance to win a trophy. For ages 2–5. $10 entry fee.

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


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Blue See May 6. Cottonwood Art Festival See May 6. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Jack and the Beanstalk See May 6. Meet Z Yang See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6.

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Barnyard Buddies Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. 11am. Listen to a reading of Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw. $5 per child; free for one accompanying adult; $9 per additional adult.

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Cool Thursdays See May 4. Tastes & Tunes See May 4. Butterfly Festival See May 6.



Allen Arts Festival Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/727-7272. 4–8pm May 12; 10am–8pm May 13; 12–6pm May 14. Browse original art by nearly 90 juried artists, listen to live music and join free Art Creation Stations for kids at the ninth annual festival. FREE


Arboretum Family Overnights Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. 6pm May 12 – 9am May 13. Get special access to the Children’s Adventure Garden during these overnights featuring flashlight night hikes, take-home seed bombs and more activities for kids ages 5–12. A light snack and continental breakfast are included. $55 per person; $50 for arboretum members.


Fun on the Farm Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. 10:30am–12pm. On May 12, read a story about animal moms and make a Mother’s Day craft, and on May 26, see which plants are growing on the farm. For ages 2–5. Registration closes the Wed before each program. $11 for parent/child pair; $10 for museum members; $7 per additional child; $4 per additional adult.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6.








ArtROCKS! NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. 1–4pm. Discover the inspiration behind Monet’s famous Water Lilies series at this monthly program with activities led by local artists, music by a live DJ and cookie decorating. Held in CenterPark Garden. FREE


Bow Wow Bash The Village at Allen, Southeast Corner of US 75 and Stacy Rd., Allen. 972/678-4939. 9–11am. Bring your dog to the shopping center’s Canine Commons dog park to meet adoptable dogs, learn how to care for your pet and get giveaways and treats from PetSmart and The Mutt Puddle pet spa. FREE



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Fishin’ Fun Gussie Watterworth Park, 2610 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/919-1433. 8am–12pm. Bring your pole or borrow one to fish for your share of over a ton of fish stocked in Rawhide Creek and enjoy kayaking and a rock climbing wall in the kids’ activity zone. FREE


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


History Quest – The Oregon Trail Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. 10am–4pm. Test your survival skills at this family day event and see if you would have made it to Oregon City or died of dysentery. $5 discount tickets online through May 10. At the gate: $10 adults; $6 children.


Home Depot Asian Festival Cotton Bowl Plaza at Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas. 972/241-8250. asianfestivaldallas. com. 11am–7pm. Taste cuisine from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Korea and China, and experience lion dances, crafts, a children’s zone and a cultural pavilion. FREE


Homegrown Festival Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. 12–10pm. Listen to 12 bands, all with ties to Texas, perform on two stages at the eighth annual family-friendly festival with live art demonstrations, a dog park, and local vendors selling their wares. Strollers are welcome. $50 in advance; free for kids 10 and younger.


Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214/849-4376. mydso. com. 11am. Come early for crafts and an instrument petting zoo in the lobby, and take your seats for the Dallas Symphony’s family concert featuring a magic chest that time travels to Mozart’s childhood and into the world of The Magic Flute. Tickets start at $29.


Run Like a Mother Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 8am kids’ 1-mile; 8:30am 5K. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family-focused run and stay for the post-race party. $15 for 1-mile; $40 for 5K.


Strut Your Mutt Trinity Groves, at the base of the Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge, 3011 Gulden Ln., Dallas. 214/461-1830. 5K at 8:30am; 3K walk/fun run at 9:30am. Bring your family dog to the 12th annual fundraiser for the SPCA of Texas. Registration includes a T-shirt, free refreshments and a goody bag with a dog toy. $40 for 5K; $35 for 3K.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Concerts by the Creek See May 6. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Jack and the Beanstalk See May 6. Safari Nights See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Showtime Saturdays See May 6. SPARK! Saturdays See May 6. Allen Arts Festival See May 12.


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Dallas. 214/716-4500. 12–1pm. Meet under the Muse Family Performance Pavilion for basic breakdancing classes led by Realstreetjams. For kids, teens and adults. FREE


Mother’s Day Concert and Picnic A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Rd., Carrollton. 972/466-6380. 5–7pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, get free ice cream and lemonade, and listen to the New Horizons Dixie Swing Band. Decorate your picnic area with a theme of your choosing for a chance to win prizes. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Jack and the Beanstalk See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. DMA Family Days See May 7. Allen Arts Festival See May 12.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Preschool Play Date Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Rd., Carrollton. 972/466-4800. 10:30am–12pm. Explore play stations throughout the library where you can engage with your preschooler in ways that boost their development. For ages 6 and younger. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Mr. Mark, Get Set, Go! NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. 10:30am. Sing along with Mister Mark, an award-winning songwriter for children and families, in a concert at NorthCourt. Presented by Bookmarks library. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Budding Musicians EQ Kids Club, 3245 Main St., Ste. 239, Frisco. 469/579-4926. 10–10:45am. Wear your brightest colors for a sensory experience and create your own instruments to take home during this workshop plus free play. For ages 2–8. Register online to reserve your spot. Free for adults; $15 per child.


High School Musical Theatre Awards Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. 800/745-3000. 5:30pm red carpet arrivals; 7pm awards show. Watch live performances by best actor, best actress and best musical nominees from Texas high schools at Dallas Summer Musicals’ sixth annual event patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards. Tickets start at $20.


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


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Cool Thursdays See May 4. Tastes & Tunes See May 4. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. 6pm– 12am. Watch the 1944 film María Candelaria, listen to author Susana Martínez Vidal present her book Frida Kahlo – Fashion as the Art of Being and experience more family-friendly entertainment in celebration of the exhibit México 1900–1950. $15; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members.


Main Street Fest Historic Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa. com/mainstreetfest. May 19–21. Take the family to the 33rd annual festival with carnival rides, midway games and a singing contest. Stop by the KidZone for a petting zoo, the Sea Life Aquarium touch pool, and Legoland Discovery Center’s building competition. $7 adults; $5 kids 6–12. Free on Fri until 5pm. $15 weekend pass; $20 souvenir weekend pass.


Taste Addison Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 800/233-4766. 6pm–12am May 19; Saturday: 12pm–12am May 20; 12–6pm May 21. Sample foods from Addison’s favorite eateries, have fun at the carnival and stay for concerts by headliners Gary Allan and Vanilla Ice. $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Free admission for kids 11 and younger. Free admission for all ages on May 21.


Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 972/744-4580. 6pm–12am May 19; 11am–12am May 20; 12:30–8pm May 21. Listen to headlining bands on multiple stages and stop by the WF! Kids area for kidfriendly tunes, a butterfly tent and a student art contest. Single day adult: $40 at the door; $30 in advance. $65 for three-day pass. $5 kids 5–12; kids free on May 21.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


20th Annual DFWBaby Fair and Model Search Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972/447-9188. dfwchild. com/events. 10am–3pm. Register your baby age newborn–12 months for a chance to be the next DFWBaby magazine cover model. Then explore the Baby Fair to register for mommy swag and learn about new products and services. $45 for walk-up registration; $35 in advance.


Africa Day Celebration Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. 2–3pm May 20–21. Head to the Marketplace to hear the ZimSculpt team speak about how they celebrate Africa Day in Zimbabwe. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.


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


Movie on the Square Historic downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. cityofcarrollton. com/downtown. Sunset. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn and watch a screening of the 2016 film The Secret Life of Pets. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Concerts by the Creek See May 6. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Gun Fights at the Village See May 6. Jack and the Beanstalk See May 6. Safari Nights See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Showtime Saturdays See May 6. SPARK! Saturdays See May



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Bugs, Flowers and Bees McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972/473-7262. 2:15pm activities; 3pm show. Come early for an instrument petting zoo and other activities in the lobby. Then take your seats to watch marionettes from Le Theatre de Marionette dance as the Plano Symphony performs. Tickets start at $8.


Free to Breathe Run/Walk Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 502/643-6971. 6:15–10am. Help raise funds for the lung cancer research organization by joining a morning 5K or 1-mile run through the park and closing rally. Race day: $30 adults; $20 kids 12 and younger.


Victorian Fencing Demonstrations Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/4060184. 1–4pm. Watch, learn and practice the late 19th-century art of swordplay with foils and sabers. Presented by the Victorian Fencing Society for all ages. No experience necessary. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Comedy and Magic Show See May 7. WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party See May 7. Main Street Fest See May 19. Taste Addison See May 19. Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival See May 19. Africa Day Celebration See May 20.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. 214/421-5678. May 23–28 and May 30–Jun 4. Watch elephants in puppet form, strong men, contortionists and high-wire walkers in a worldwide cast of circus performers in an all-ages show presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Tickets start at $20.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Butterfly Festival See May 6.


Little Bo Peep NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/671-1381. 10:30am. Listen to storyteller Dorayne Breedlove read this classic tale about the girl who lost her sheep. Presented by Bookmarks library. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23.


Air Play Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. 214/880-0202. 7:30pm May 25–26; 2 and 8pm May 27. See flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, a giant snow globe and kites floating over the audience in this circusstyle adventure created by husband-and-wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone. Tickets start at $29.


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Public Works Open House and Equipment Rodeo Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Rd., Carrollton. 972/466-4291. 9am–3pm. Sit in the driver’s seat of several city vehicles, watch equipment demonstrations and learn about issues like water conservation under the public works program. FREE Tall Tales Story Time Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower. com. 11–11:30am. Take a seat for this story program on the GeO-Deck 470 feet up in the air. For ages 2–5. Call to register. $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Cool Thursdays See May 4. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23.


National Polka Festival Multiple locations, Ennis. 972/8784748. May 26–28. Join the 51st annual festival with 14 live polka bands performing in downtown Ennis and three dance halls, a Sat morning parade, Czech foods and dancers wearing traditional kroj. Dance hall admission starts at $9 for adults; free for ages 12 and younger. Free downtown activities.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Fun on the Farm See May 12. Circus 1903 See May 23. Air Play See May 25.


Heroes Day Celebration Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. 2–3pm May 27–28. Head to the Marketplace to hear the ZimSculpt team speak about how they celebrate Heroes Day in Zimbabwe. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.


Mexico Espectacular Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. 214/384-2537. 2 and 7pm. See more than 100 dancers with Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico perform dances in original costumes specific to the country’s different cultural regions. $12–$15 in advance online; $20 at the door.


Science with a Princess Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 972/546-3050. mindstretchingfun. org. 10am–12pm and 1–3pm. Join Snow White as she explores the science of mirrors, mines for gems, and picks apart poisonous apples using chemistry. Registration includes snacks, autographs and photos with the princess. For kids in pre-K–second grades. Register online. $25 for center members; $30 nonmembers. Includes one participating child and one accompanying adult.


Stars & Strings Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. 6:30–10:30pm. Listen to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform at this annual Liberty Fest Memorial Day festival including kids’ activities and a fireworks show. FREE


Sundown Cinema Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972/941-5600. Gates open at 7:30pm. Movie begins at dark. Watch Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. FREE


The Little Mermaid Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/4421925. Each Sat and Sun through Sep 3. See more than 60 marionettes in the show’s dramatic underwater sequences. Presented in conjunction with the Hilton Anatole’s Under the Sea promotion. Advance tickets: $18 adults; $16 kids 17 and younger.

Youth Fishing Event Josey Ranch Park Pond, 1440 Keller Springs Rd., Carrollton. 972/466-3080. cityofcarrollton. com. 9am–12pm. Fish for catfish in the freshly stocked pond for a chance to win prizes and trophies in age categories. Bring your own rods or borrow loaner equipment. For ages 16 and younger. FREE The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach See May 5. Concerts by the Creek See May 6. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Safari Nights See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Showtime Saturdays See May 6. SPARK! Saturdays See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23. Air Play See May 25. National Polka Festival See May 26.


Passport to the Park – Exploring the Culture of Dallas Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/8494376. 10am–2:30pm. Play with the Perot Museum’s TECH Trucks, join Helping Hand Drums, listen to a mariachi performance and enjoy more culturally diverse entertainment throughout the park. FREE


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23. National Polka Festival See May 26. Heroes Day Celebration See May 27. The Little Mermaid See May 27.


Memorial Day Concert and Fireworks Display Flag Pole Hill at White Rock Lake Park, 8100 Doran Cir., Dallas. 214/8494376. 8:15pm. Pack a picnic and listen to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform patriotic tunes in honor of America’s veterans and first responders. FREE


Memorial Day Party The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Dr., Plano. 972/881-8392. 12–6pm. National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm. Honor our nation’s heroes at this community pool party with a cannonball contest, traditional pool games and snack bar foods. Wade in the South Texas shallow area for small children and parents. Free; donations are encouraged.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23.


The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. ZimSculpt See May 1. Crybaby Matinee See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3. Butterfly Festival See May 6. Circus 1903 See May 23.

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