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role model who can share his or her wisdom and experience is beneficial—for both the kid and the mentor. “Qwanya has a brilliant mind,” Parnell says. “He made me smarter.” BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES

Parnell and Qwanya meet once a week at the boy’s school during lunch. Over snacks and goodies, they work on projects or watch educational videos. Thus far, the pair has constructed a wind turbine and built a replica R2D2. “I let Qwanya guide things,” Parnell says. Giving children the reins empowers them to learn self-control and responsibility. “By making decisions, children learn to believe that they have some degree of control over outcomes,” he says. “By giving Qwanya the power of choice, my role is much more interesting too because I get to learn new things as a result of his curiosity.” “Mentoring gives them a reason to aspire to something bigger than themselves,” says Linda Metcalf, director of graduate counseling programs at Texas Wesleyan University. She adds that consistent time commitment is an important part of what makes great mentors—they need to be available for their mentees. “Mentors have time to answer questions [when] parents don’t have time,” she explains. Dawn Hallman, executive director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education and an adjunct professor at Eastfield Community College, agrees that mentors can function as additional support for parents. “Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever do,” Hallman says. “Most of us need someone else to help us … sort the information that is coming through the fire hose, whether you want to think of it as a mentor, teacher or coach.” Parnell says, though, mentors should not be viewed as parental figures. “I can’t put my foot down with a child I’m mentoring,” he says. “There is a level of authority that is different.” Metcalf agrees and says that makes the relationship a uniquely safe space for the child. “A mentor doesn’t have to discipline,” she says. “A mentoring relationship is a place where [a child] can relax.” A GIFT OF IDENTITY

There isn’t such a thing as the right age for a child to have a mentor. Parnell says his mentees are usually no younger than third and fourth grade, while Metcalf recommends middle school age and older since that is the prime age for a child’s self-discovery. “We are in an age in which who we are and how we identify ourselves is important,” she says. “By providing mentors who can help [children] to recognize what fits them best, we give our kids a gift of identity. Then, when faced with social groups that may offer tempting, yet unhealthy opportunities to belong, [children] can make the choice that is right for them.” Anyone can be a mentor, Metcalf says—a family member, a school teacher or a neighbor—but he or she should have interests that align with the child’s. The most important aspect to remember about a relationship between an adult mentor and a child mentee is that communication and relationship building are key. “A good connection lasts a lifetime,” Metcalf says. “A mentor is always someone you can call.”

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nce upon a time, Lucy Dang swore she’d never operate a nail salon. Though her family had been in the industry for over 20 years, Dang had her sights set on fashion. So she got her degree, hopped a plane to New York City and worked her way up the fashion chain, ultimately launching an eponymous eveningwear collection that won her a slew of industry awards. She was on the fast track to fullfledged fashion star, but she craved more. “I became Stanley Korshak’s premier in-house bridal designer at one point,” says Dang. “But the superficiality and stress got to me. I couldn’t fake-smile anymore. I wanted to create something real that was of value to the world.” So with baby Ollie in tow, she launched Pink Pedi in North Oak Cliff with her husband of four years, Brandon, last spring. Unlike traditional nail salons, Pink Pedi is eco-friendly and fume- and toxin-free—a Dallas first. Confection-like bath and body products line the hipster-chic space, all made in-house, by hand. Dang’s carrying on the family tradition after all, it seems—with a very modern twist.

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE FASHION? It got to a point where I felt like

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it wasn’t my life’s calling. It didn’t have a high enough purpose. And then I had a baby, and that changed everything. I wanted to be with my family more.

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When Ollie was born, I’d visit my mom or aunt or cousin’s salon to hang out and think, Oh my gosh … all these fumes. It just clicked. I thought, I’m going to change that; let’s do something toxin-free. I wanted all my favorite things in one place: pretty toenails, a glass of wine, essential oils and a foot rub. sold their businesses and fully invested into Pink Pedi. In the beginning, they were hesitant about a toxin-free nail salon. We’ve since been able to prove that the market needs something like Pink Pedi.

DID YOUR FAMILY’S BACKGROUND GIVE YOU AN EDGE? The whole time I was

pursuing fashion, it was like I was a small guppy in a huge sea, running away from my background. I didn’t realize growing up in the nail industry made me a shark in that pond. Right off the bat, we were able to take all we knew about brand creation and marketing and put it in to building Pink Pedi.

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Driven, quirky, purposeful DEFINITION OF BEAUTY

Being comfortable in your skin

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OVER THE PAST YEAR? That owning a business with your

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HOW DO YOU GUYS BALANCE IT DAYTO-DAY? I guess when I say it’s been easy,

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We do clash, but we’ve learned to compromise and respect each other. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT KIDS? I didn’t want to have kids. I thought I was going be a career woman. But then you meet the right person and you’re like, Oh yes, I want to have a baby. WHAT’S SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BEING A MOM? How easy it is. REALLY? I’VE NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE. It’s easy because it feels natural.

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HOW DO YOU AND BRANDON SPEND TIME TOGETHER WHEN IT’S NOT ABOUT WORK? It’s always

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it’s because I have a lot of help. It takes a village. My husband’s mom is an identical twin, so we basically have two grandmothers on his side. I also have my mom, my godmother, who is [Ollie’s] nanny and my stepmother.

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WHEN DID THE IDEA FOR PINK PEDI START BREWING?

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HOW HAS HAVING OLLIE CHANGED THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN YOU AND BRANDON? We see each other as a family unit

about work. We try to carve out moments. You just have to pencil it in. We also made a firm rule this year not to talk business after 10pm. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO UNWIND AND DE-STRESS?

Getting a pedicure. Having a massage. Just getting pampered, which is why I made a place I can go to. WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SALON? We’re officially

launching a full product line this month, and eight more Pink Pedi locations are in the works. WHAT WILL THE LINE BE CALLED? Purpose. Pink Pedi

is about “pampering with purpose.” Each ingredient has a reason to be there.

HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE BATH BOMBS AND BODY BUTTERS? I’ve always

tinkered with mixing things. And I’m a researcher. Pinterest is like a black hole. WHEN DID A GREENER WAY OF LIVING BECOME IMPORTANT TO YOU? I just

fell into it. I had Ollie and wanted better for him. It led to me making a change in my lifestyle.

DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER VENTURE BACK INTO FASHION? Not my original line.

It will be something different, something with more purpose.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Comfort first. WHAT ABOUT YOUR PARENTING STYLE? I let him play in the dirt and be. WHAT KIND OF CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE IN THE WORLD? I don’t

know. I’m just going to take care of my employees and build my little niche in the world with products that don’t harm people. Just do good.

WHAT OTHER CREATIVE OUTLETS DO YOU HAVE? Painting, cooking … any of

that. I read Julia Child’s cookbooks back to back for fun reading.

WHO DO YOU LEAN ON FOR PARENTING ADVICE? Definitely the grandmas. WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE THEY’VE GIVEN YOU? Just love him and let him

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ALEXANDRA KINCY Alexandra Kincy is a special education teacher in Richardson Independent School District. She lives in Far North Dallas with her 3-year-old son, CJ.

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:40AM Alarm goes off. I wash my face, brush my teeth, throw on some red lipstick and sit down in front of the computer. For an hour in the morning, six days a week, I teach English online through VIPKid to students in China between 4 and 10 years old. 6AM CJ wakes up smiling and says, “Hi, Mommy!” Today is a good day. 6:30AM CJ eats a banana to hold him over until he gets his full breakfast at day care. While he snacks, I get myself dressed for the day. 6:45AM We FaceTime with Grandma in Florida to say good morning and give kisses. I moved to Dallas from Florida in 2011, so I check in with my mom every morning before I head out to work. 7AM We head over to Ms. Heather’s house, where CJ is part of an in-home day care called University of Tots. We give goodbye kisses and say our daily affirmations: “I am strong. I am smart. I am a leader but I will listen. God is the head, and I’ll make Mommy,

Daddy and my ancestors proud. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 7:30AM I arrive at work. Monday mornings are hard for us all, so I mentally prepare for my students to be anxious from the weekend break. I have 20 minutes before the school bus pulls up, so I prep my classwork and have a little gospel jam session in my classroom. 7:50AM School bell rings. I stand at my classroom door and greet each one of my students with a hello and a high five. They unpack their backpacks, put their jackets and supplies in their lockers and head into class. 8:30AM A phone alarm goes off reminding me to do attendance for the day. I always forget to do attendance. 10AM Ms. Heather texts me a video of CJ having a blast performing Kidz Bop karaoke. He’s pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. 11:30AM I get a quick break to run to the bathroom and eat lunch. This week I’m doing a cleanse, so lunch consists of beet, apple, sweet potato and ginger juice. While I sip, I dream of fries and ice cream. With about 10 minutes left until class resumes, I drop by the classroom next door and talk to my partner teacher about how her day is going. 12:30PM The post-lunch struggle is real. To beat the afternoon haze, the kids and I get up and do some movement coordination exercises to wake us up and energize us. 2PM I start the process with my students to pack up for the day. We unwind from our studies, discuss the day’s highs and lows, and share a quick classroom snack. Then the kids each complete a journal reflection on how the day went. 2:45PM The bus arrives, and it’s time for my students to head home. Before I leave for the day, I spend a few minutes reading work emails, checking phone messages and catching up on classroom paperwork. 3:30PM I load up my car and head to Ms. Heather’s house to pick up CJ. 4PM The moment I walk into day care, CJ runs up to hug me. He exclaims, “Mama!” and it instantly puts a smile on my face. 4:30PM We arrive home and change into more comfy clothes. I hate wearing clothes that I’ve had on all day at work—all the coughs and sneezes you find in elementary schools are not welcome in my home. 5PM I start on dinner prep. Tonight is baked chicken and Caesar salad. The chicken breasts have been thawing since last night, so I season and coat the chicken to bake it later tonight. 5:30PM Uninterrupted CJ time. Sometimes I have mom guilt about being around other moms’ kids all day and not my own, so I make sure to spend as much quality time with my son as possible. We have 30 minutes before we head to the gym, so I give CJ my undi-

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vided attention. We do ABCs, count to 20 and sing all our favorite songs— “B-I-N-G-O,” “Old McDonald,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and the theme song from Paw Patrol. 6PM CJ and I load into the car and head to the gym. On the drive, I check in with my best friend, Tiffanie, who is also CJ’s godmother. She’s two months away from her wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I will be a bridesmaid and CJ will act as ring bearer. 6:30PM I drop CJ off at the gym’s child care center and head into my Body Pump fitness class. I’m not going to talk about what goes on in Body Pump—just know that I count down the minutes until 7:30. 7:45PM We are back home. Dinner is baking in the oven, so I run a bath for CJ. We splash around for a bit before we really get down to the business of cleaning. CJ is proving to be a little rock star—we have another mini concert and sing our favorite songs. 8:30PM Dinner is served. We sit down to eat and don’t really talk much because we are so focused on the food. It’s been a long day! 9PM Bedtime for both CJ and me. I read My River by Shari Halpern to CJ, then we say our prayers and it’s lights off. I try not to count the hours until my alarm will ring and I have to get up and do it all over again.

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Teaching your children to love themselves inside and out

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ome parents have in a joking way, but they’ll almost asked her to erase always say it in front of their kids— the tantrum tears and their kids are listening!” WORDS MISTY JACKSON-MILLER of a young child. As a professional, Jackson knows PHOTOGRAPHY CINDY JAMES Other parents have all too well that cameras can really asked her to edit bring out our personal insecurities. cradle cap, poor posture and run-of-the-mill teenThey can make us feel self-conscious. Now that we live in an age of age acne. Taylor Jackson, 35, a Richardson-based likes and shares, family photos have moved out of the privacy of our photographer, recounted the time a client asked her to shoot a teen homes and into our more widely viewed timelines and Instagram from a certain angle for his senior pictures so that his face wouldn’t feeds. As a result, we’re careful to scrutinize these images of ourreally show—and the client made the request right in front of her son. selves and quicker to cringe at what we see. “You could just tell that he was so embarrassed,” Jackson says. But as a parent, Jackson is also sensitive to how voicing these The mother of three (soon to be four) has received a lot of editinsecurities in front of young children can indirectly shape their ing asks from parents over the years, some stranger than others, but developing self-image. Whenever a parent “is voicing her insecurities she’s noticed another trend during her photo sessions: parents— in front of her kids about being too fat, or having wrinkles or hiding moms especially—joking about their own weight or hair or wrinkles. things, it makes the kids look at their own images in a mirror and “They’ll ask to be shot from a certain angle, they’ll say they wonder about these sorts of things,” Jackson says. haven’t gone to the gym in a while, they don’t want to show their In other words, when we as parents make uncomplimentary wrinkles, that sort of thing,” Jackson explains. “They’ll usually say it observations about ourselves, no matter how light-hearted, what our

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kids are actually hearing is that these things—hair, weight, signs of aging—matter. And younger children don’t yet understand the nuance of self-deprecatory humor. They closely watch their parents and caregivers for social cues about how to move through the world, and the way the people they love talk about themselves can really impact whether kids develop a positive, healthful self-image. And that can last a lifetime. When we think of “kids” and “self-image,” we tend to think of teenagers, but the formation of a positive sense of self starts much earlier than that, typically at 18 months of age. And in this touched-up, filtered world, where every moment captured is a moment in the golden hour, teaching our children how to love themselves, both inside and out, is more important than ever. PUBERTY, NOW ON INSTA

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elping your children develop positive self-images in their early years will blunt some of the image hits they’ll take as they enter puberty. These image hits come from all over—external sources like media messaging and the peer-topeer pressure to conform to a certain “look,” as well as the internal experience of looking in a mirror and seeing (or not seeing) a dramatically changing physical appearance. The onset of self-consciousness and body insecurities during these years is an experience shared by most tweens and teens, regardless of gender. Which is to say, it’s not just girls who experience selfimage issues.

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When Abby Rathkopf’s eldest son, Devin, turned 11, he started gaining weight, even without significant dietary changes—and then he started calling himself fat. While the Carrollton mom wasn’t as concerned about his actual weight (which fell within the “normal” range), she was more concerned about how it was affecting him. She was particularly struck by how her normally laidback son was concerned about his body image during that time. “For him to actually say something was really surprising,” the 38-year-old says. “It really bothered him.” Most of us have our own stories about these uncomfortable years. We look back on old school photos with horror at our evolving sense of style and with vivid memories of every little thing we didn’t like about our physical appearance. Why were we so hard on ourselves? “What we’ve got to stop and recognize is that as soon as young girls and boys reach the age of puberty, their bodies begin to change in ways that trigger insecurities. This is normal. No one gets a pass,” says Dr. Kelly Jameson, a Dallas psychotherapist. This has been the experience for the many adolescents Jameson’s treated over the years. But now there’s social media, which only adds to the pressure to measure up that teens and tweens feel. “Scrolling and scrolling [through social media feeds] can make these insecurities all the greater,” she says. Keisha Howard Gaddis is a certified life coach and the founder of PEARL Girls, a Dallas organization that promotes selfesteem and teaches social skills to young girls. She understands all too well how the demand to be in the public eye via social media can lead to long-lasting self-image issues. “They see these happy and beautiful images of their friends,” she says, “and when they feel like they don’t measure up, they begin to have self-doubt, and that can spiral into other things.”

A lack of self-confidence can reverberate through adulthood. That’s why it’s important for parents to help their kids love themselves, no matter how young they are. “Build them up in their younger years so they’ll have the confidence and courage to face the haters and challenges they’ll have to deal with in high school,” Howard Gaddis says. So how in the world can we prepare our younger kids for this #world? The answer is we start now. HOW THEY SEE THEMSELVES

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ow we praise our children can go a long way in nourishing how they see themselves in the world around them. Howard Gaddis urges parents to highlight their children’s efforts rather than their appearances. When they hear, “You’re so pretty” or “You’re so smart” as encouragement, that can really add to the pressure” they experience in their teen years, she explains. Instead, she advises, “praise their efforts … so they’re confident in themselves, and that will empower them to work through the challenges they’ll come up against.” Giving your children the space to shape their own identities can go a long way in helping them love who they are. Jackson does this by allowing her 7-yearold daughter the freedom to choose her own outfits. “I let her wear what she wants to wear,” Jackson says. “I’m not going to say ‘that’s ridiculous’ about whatever she wants to wear. I’m going to let her develop her own sense of style and self-expression— modest and weather-appropriate, of course!” Rathkopf, whose older son began calling himself “fat” at age 11, is now much more sensitive to how her boys view themselves. She actively listens to her younger son, who’s 7, when he expresses misgivings about, for example, getting a haircut. Another way to help children ward off insecurities is by exposing them to different forms of


beauty, including what beauty looks like in other cultures. That means making an effort to get out of the “Dallas bubble” whenever you can, Jameson says. But you don’t have to pay for a summer vacation in Europe to do it. Instead, make a point to try out new restaurants or attend local cultural events. (Editor’s note: You’ll find events celebrating Mexican and Asian traditions, among others, in our Agenda this month—see page 50.) You can even drive as far as your local library and look for picture books with rich stories and diverse characters. Yet even as you give your children other forms of beauty to look up to, remember that their primary role model when it comes to building a positive and healthful self-image is you. THE BIGGEST CASE STUDY

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ven when you think they’re too young, they’re watching,” says Lauren Stockard, 29. Her son, Hardin, is 2. About 14 months after Hardin was born, Stockard challenged herself to lose the last bit of weight she had gained during her pregnancy. So for a couple of weeks, as part of her weight-loss goal, the Fort Worth mom weighed herself on the bathroom scale every morning. One day, she skipped over this little morning ritual. The next thing she knew, her son had pulled out the scale and stood on it to “weigh” himself. “He didn’t know how to use it or what it was even for,” Stockard says, but the sight was still alarming. “I didn’t realize just how impressionable he was. I thought I had more time! They pick up on so much, so fast and so early!” To take a page from social learning theory (which posits that we learn how to act by observing the behavior of others), our kids are always watching us. Or, as Jameson explains, “We are the biggest case study.” Even children as young as 12 months old are observing how we interact with the world around us. They unconsciously use these quiet, everyday observations to

build a template for how they too influence our children’s developshould interact with the world. ing sense of self. One of the They absorb and mimic all the ways Arden Prucha Jenkins, 36, positive things we hope to pass actively promotes a positive selfdown but also all the not-so-good image in her children (as well as things—like our own insecurities. the young women who follow her And let’s be honest: We all on Instagram) is by purposefully have them, these insecurities examining how she presents about aspects of our physical herself in photos and on social appearance, some having to do media. The Fort Worth mom of with aging and a life well-lived, five (spanning ages 3–14) is a others with the professional appreciable photographer changes that and former happen during model. In pregnancy. the past, she We tug at the admits she was loose skin on very comfortable Three easy ways to promote our elbows and with using Phoa positive self-image in your exclaim, OMG! toshop to “clean child, as recommended by the My elbows look myself up.” experts: like old-timey But about LISTEN TO HOW THEY TALK crepe! But our five years ago, TO THEIR FRIENDS. Skip the children are she began audiobook on the morning archiving all of looking at imcarpool. Certified life coach these observaages of herself Keisha Howard Gaddis says the tions we make. and thinking, morning commute can be an That’s why “This isn’t me; incredible opportunity to listen Jameson advises this isn’t a fair to how your child interacts with against voicing representation her friends. “Don’t let her know displeasure of me.” you’re listening,” Howard Gadwith our bodies. “It feels dis adds. Moments like these “There should cruddy to preswill help you better understand be no mention ent yourself how your child sees herself as by Mom about in a Photoshe relates to her peers. the insecurities shopped way,” COMPLIMENT THEM WITHIN of her body,” she says. EARSHOT. Let your child “overshe says. “That That hear” you say something posishould be kept realization tive about him to another adult, very private.” made her suggests Dr. Kelly Jameson, a For Stockrethink how Dallas psychotherapist. ard, that single she uses filters PRAISE THEM FOR THEIR moment with on Instagram. QUALITIES, NOT THEIR APPEARthe scale was In fact, the ANCE. Start by praising their eye-opening. photographer effort, Howard Gaddis says. She knew her rarely uses This will empower them to work son was watchfilters, but through future challenges. ing but hadn’t when she does, realized how she always much he was absorbing. hashtags the filters she’s using. “They see what you’re watch“I truly feel these filters are ing on TV and the food you’re dangerous, especially for our eating,” she says. “They’re daughters,” she says. She is listening to how you talk about troubled by how many teen girls other people and how you talk she sees on Instagram who careabout yourself.” fully edit their stories and images because that false depiction #NOFILTERS of reality can distort how they f we understand that our kids see the world around them—and are always watching us, then how they see themselves. it follows that we can use this So to Prucha Jenkins, how as an opportunity to positively parents present themselves in

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efore she was even 18 months old, Prucha Jenkins’ daughter Lake had three open-heart surgeries. She spent 70 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Hospital, and all the wires and tubes inserted into her as a newborn, in addition to the surgical incisions, resulted in a lot of scarring. “One day when she’s older, I imagine she might want plastic surgery to minimize her scars,” Prucha Jenkins says. “It would make me sad, but we would support her in that decision. Until then, I can’t even imagine Photoshopping out her scars in photographs of her. It would break my heart.” For Prucha Jenkins, so much of Lake’s personal story of survival and of overcoming incredible odds is written in those scars. For Lake, her scars are something to be proud of. When a little boy at her preschool returned to class for the first time after undergoing an operation to repair a heart defect, Lake sought him out and lifted up her shirt to compare scars. “Look at how brave we are!” she exclaimed. This was a moment for her mom to savor. “Lake is very proud of her scars. It’s something she’s very proud of, and I want her to be proud of it,” Prucha Jenkins says. “It might not be pretty, but it’s life.” Lake’s journey has inspired her mother to look at her own image in a kinder, less critical way. And maybe, as we parents strive to encourage our children to love themselves for who they are, maybe we too can learn how to love ourselves—our courage, our strength, our wrinkled elbows and all. VISIT DFWCHILD.COM FOR TIPS ON CREATING A SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD.

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Outdoor seating allows mom to easily watch little ones at the playscape without having to leave the table (hello, eating a meal while it’s still hot). If you’re in the mood for a good old burger and fries, you can’t go wrong with a signature burger topped with “happy sauce” and some sweet potato fries on the side. Beyond classic cheeseburgers, the menu also extends to include guiltfree items such as fresh salads with grilled chicken, glutenfree sides and even a bunless burger wrapped in lettuce. And before you ask—yes, there’s coffee. Fuel up with a cup (or two or three) of Hat Creek’s Cuvée Coffee. Thanks to the kidfriendly atmosphere, Hat Creek is a great place to connect with other moms or get some work accomplished with free Wi-Fi while the kids play—and you might as well sip a craft beer or wine while you’re at it! What’s special about your menu?

source their ingredients locally. From Organic Vital Farm eggs to homemade sauerkraut, Hat Creek serves food with integrity. Plus, a variety of gluten-free options including chicken flashers and fresh-cut fries welcome those with dietary restrictions. Oh, and there are milkshakes, so you can wrap up your family outing on a sweet note. Grab a classic chocolate or vanilla, or get creative with a specialty build-your-own shake. How does Hat Creek speak family? It’s an environment designed with families in mind, so Hat Creek is committed to providing reasonable prices. If you really want to catch a deal, make your way to Hat Creek for Family Night, which takes place every Tuesday. From 5pm to close, burgers are sold at half price so the whole squad can eat out without breaking the bank. Head back on Thursday for the all-day special, when beer and wine are only $1!

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Summer at Hockaday invites girls and boys, age 3 through 10th grade, to The Hockaday School for a summer of academics, enrichment and fun led by a nurturing and experienced faculty and staff. Campers and students will create awesome summer memories with new friends while participating in sports, fitness, the arts, technology, academics, LEGO®, culinary, STEM, science and MUCH more! Summer at Hockaday is thrilled to offer new classes along with favorites that have stood the test of time. Don’t miss the Summer Math & Writing Institute for coed students entering grades 5–10, and come discover our Discover Day Camp for 3’s and 4’s and the ever popular Creative Arts & SCIENCE Camp for girls and boys entering grades K–4. Let us help you build an amazing summer schedule for your child!   View all camp and class offerings at hockaday.org/summer.

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

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

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Drop-off indoor summer camp for ages 18 months– 5 years. Engaging, educational theme-based activities from May 1–September 7, 2018, from 9–11:30am or 9am–1pm. Snacks and Whole Foods lunch included. 2, 3 or 5 day weekly options available.

COME PLAY, EXPLORE & CREATE Join us for a fun-filled summer and choose your adventure from new programs to popular favorites such as: Drone Flight Academy • Decorate! Sewing Machine Camp Build a Computer • Jr. Veterinarian Camp with live animals American Girl • Back to Nature • Summer Musical! St. John’s Episcopal School 848 Harter Rd., Dallas, TX 75214 214-328-9131 ext. 224 www.StJohnsSchool.org/Summer

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June 4–August 3, 2018 • Camp Ages: 1st–6th Grade   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!

Summer is HERE! Discover Winston Summer Camps Kindergarten through 12th grade June 4–July 6 Full- and half-day options in areas of Academic Enrichment, 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 214-6916950 or info@winston-school.org for more information.

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eauty can be found in many places, but there’s just something about natural beauty that stirs up curiosity and wide-eyed wonder in our kiddos—and us too. Suburban oases and fresh-air getaways are hidden throughout the Dallas area, from winding trails to lush green

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arbor hills nature preserve While West Plano’s beloved Arbor Hills boasts 3 miles of paved hiking trails (and an awesome playground), get away from the crowds by exploring the 200-acre preserve’s more hidden pathways—3 miles of unpaved trails meander along the perimeter of the property. If your brood is a biking bunch, pedal over to the off-road cycling trails in the southern part of the preserve. Before you leave, be sure to visit the Observation Tower for an unparalleled view of the city and the preserve’s three ecoregions—the wildflower meadows and grasses of Blackland Prairie, the creekside riparian forest, and the upland forest, home to dense trees as well as many of the preserve’s wilder creatures. Open until 11pm every day; stay after dark to listen for owls. Free. 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 972/941-7000 plano.gov

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dogwood canyon audubon center

Get a bird’s-eye view of Dallas and learn a thing or two about the local wildlife at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. It’s home to over 200 acres of Hill Country–esque habitat and native plants, like the Ashe juniper and the white trout lily. It’s also home to one of the highest elevations in Dallas—your kids will be able to spot Joe Pool Lake and AT&T Stadium when you hike the West Loop Trail. (For little legs and less adventurous hikers, the half-mile Canyon Floor Trail is flat and strollerfriendly.) Look for bugs and reptiles and listen for birdsong as you walk the trails. When you need a breather, stop by the Nature Play area, equipped with picnic tables. Dogwood Canyon also offers a summer camp for ages 6–11; find details online. Regular admission to the center is free. 1206 W. Farm-to-Market Road 1382, Cedar Hill; 469/526-1980 dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

Tucked away south of Addison’s Restaurant Row is a quiet, 4-acre park that’ll take you and the little ones far away from the noise of the city. The park lives up to its heavenly name, and not just because of the tranquil landscape—stone steps stamped with lines of poetry and quotes from iconic figures such as Helen Keller ascend to a human sundial. The kids can stand in the middle and cast their shadows to tell the time (disregarding daylight saving time, that is). The park also has stroller-friendly jogging trails and large stones that are safe enough for your children to clamber over. Street parking is available on Celestial Road.

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5501 Celestial Road, Dallas; 972/450-2851 addisontexas.net

2335 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton; 972/466-3080 cityofcarrollton.com

Tucked at the south end of McInnish Park and Sports Complex is this 40-acre preserve with a soft-surface loop trail and plenty of critters on the prowl. Duck into the trees with your kiddos and look for animals like squirrels, armadillos, beavers and snakes (from a safe distance, of course). Bring your binoculars to spot birds—woodpeckers, owls and hawks, among other feathered friends, can be found in the woods. Be sure to bring bug spray too. Before you go, download the trail map from the city website. Free.

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the preserve, well, preserved by signing up for volunteer cleanup days; watch the Facebook page for upcoming events. The preserve is free to visit and open daily from dawn to dusk; park in the dirt lot off Pierce Street. 2875 Pierce St., Dallas; 972/696-9810 facebook.com/oakcliffnaturepreserve 1

spring creek nature area

this preserved piece of Collin County is certainly a gem. From the colorful fliers in the Native Butterfly Garden to the vivid wildflowers in the native prairie habitat, it’s full of natural wonders. The looping trail system has something for hikers of all ages, but our favorite spot is the boardwalk along the Wood Duck Trail, where you and your little adventure seekers can look for turtles, snakes, herons and other inhabitants of the swampy cypress wetland. General admission is $10 for adults and $7 for ages 3–12 through May 31; prices drop by a dollar beginning June 1.

Enjoy 51 acres of natural beauty only a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Highway 75 in Richardson. You and the kids can find shade under the tall trees as you walk or bike the paved trail system—and, as you might have guessed from the name, get scenic views of the creek and its limestone walls. Pack a lunch for the family and take a break at one of the picnic benches along the path after you have worked up an appetite from exploring. Pro tip: Print a Spring Creek Trail map from the city website before you go.

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The giant teddy bear statues at Lakeside Park are not part of its natural beauty, per se, but they’re surrounded by 14 acres of lush foliage, blooming flowers and quiet waters— aka, the perfect picnic spot. Snap photos of your littles sitting on the bears, bring corn or seeds to feed the ducks, and find the bridge that overlooks a beautiful waterfall. Get your steps in for the day too by strolling the park’s curving trails—there are benches throughout if you and the little ones need a break. There is no designated parking lot, but spots along the street are easy to come by.

Although White Rock Lake is probably on your radar (and maybe your weekly jogging route), the lakeshore has several secluded spots you might drive or bike by without even realizing it. Head to the western side of the lake to T&P Hill, where you’ll find soft green grass (perfect for cartwheels) and a pavilion with tables and benches for picnicking. For a different kind of scenery, find the Old Fish Hatchery, located at the southern tip of the lake next to the spillway. It has 50 acres worth of dense woods to explore with trails running in a grid pattern beneath a towering canopy. Let the kids examine the low-lying areas that were once spawning grounds for fish and are now filled with water or native plants, or tread softly through the woods to spot birds and other critters. To get to the hatchery, park in the lot on Winsted Drive just off Garland Road and follow the paved path northwest along the edge of the trees until you find the gated entrance. Don’t forget to pack wellies—the flat grassy areas just outside the hatchery are ideal for puddle jumping after a rain.

4601 Lakeside Drive, Dallas; 214/521-4161 hptx.org

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With 8 miles of trails looping through 121 acres, you and the kiddos could easily spend a few hours exploring the woodlands, wildflowers and weird junk, er, art installations of Oak Cliff Nature Preserve. It’s behind an apartment complex in the heart of Oak Cliff, but once you delve into the trees, the city feels miles away. Before heading out on your hike or bike trip, snap a photo of the trail map or keep the Texas Land Conservancy’s online version pulled up on your phone—it’s easy to get lost in the maze of loops and shortcuts as you wind through forests and prairies. You and your brood can help keep

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T&P Hill, 3240 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas Old Fish Hatchery, Winsted Drive at Garland Road, Dallas 214/670-4100. dallasparks.org

1 // Enjoy the cityscape of downtown Dallas at White Rock Lake. 2 // Visitors can find an urban oasis at Spring Creek Nature Area’s 51 acres of scenic beauty.

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t’s what’s on the inside that counts, beauty is only skin deep, physical beauty fades—girls hear positive messages like these all the time. But in our selfie-crazed world with Instagram models aplenty, it’s perhaps harder than ever for girls to take these words to heart. Dallas’ Ocielia Gibson is no stranger to glitz and glam. But the former Miss Black USA and founder of More Than A Pretty Face International is reinforcing the notion that there is much more to beauty than what meets the eye. Through life coaching, seminars, workshops and mentor programs, she’s helping girls build confidence and see that true beauty is defined on their own terms.

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dallas co. / I N F L U E N C E R S WHERE DID YOU GET prepare herself. By the end of the THE IDEA FOR MORE summer when we had the show, THAN A PRETTY FACE? she was phenomenal. She went More Than A Pretty Face out there and she just lit up the started when I was in college. I crowd! Her head was held high, had this desire to mentor teen her face was beaming, she had girls. I called a local school down this gorgeous smile on her the street from my college and face, and you could tell she asked if they needed any assistance. had such a great sense of I started an after-school mentorpride about doing it. I was ing program for what they deemed so proud of [her] because their high-risk girls on campus, and she made a complete that’s where More Than A Pretty Face transformation, and her was born. I ended up discovering the parents noticed it as well. amount of societal pressure these girls HOW HAS YOUR BACKGROUND IN were facing, self-esteem issues [and a] lack BEAUTY PAGEANTS IMPACTED YOUR of understanding their identities. Through my PERCEPTION OF BEAUTY, AND HOW DO work, I aim to teach and empower girls to know YOU PORTRAY THAT TO THE GIRLS? One that beauty is from the inside out. of the things that pageants did is help illumiHOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY TO THE nate the gifts I had inside. For me, pageantry GIRLS YOU MENTOR? We go deeper into was another realm of self-discovery. There what it means to be filled with were talents within me I had beauty in the five senses. I start not tapped into until I was with the flavor of beauty, which thrust into an opportunity in is the essence of someone. which I had to be a role model. Then we talk about the aroma It really showed me the imporof beauty, and I ask them tance of using your influence Keep up with Gibson’s sometimes, “Do you know latest work on her website, for good. Because I have a someone who had a funky where you can purchase beauty queen background, I attitude?” We talk about having feel that it opens doors for me her book, More Than a beautiful attitude and that and allows me to influence girls Pretty, book a session being a facet of beauty. I go with this message even more. for your girls and get into the sound of beauty, which the deets on her next And also telling them what workshop, coming up in is the words you speak. I take won me the pageant titles June. them through the THINK acrowasn’t physical beauty—a lot of nym: Is it true, honest, inspirthe times, the biggest part of WEBSITE ing, necessary or kind? THINK my score was my talent. It’s the morethanaprettyface.org before you speak. Then we go things on the inside that truly FACEBOOK into the touch of beauty, which make the crown sparkle. ItsOcielia is how you touch the lives of WHAT’S NEXT FOR INSTAGRAM other people. The icing on the MORE THAN A PRETTY @Ocielia cake is the visual. I explain to FACE? I’m looking to work on TWITTER them that outer appearance my next book project, which @Ocielia should only be a reflection of I’m really excited about. We’re the inner radiance you possess. going to be delving into helpHOW HAVE THE GIRLS ing young women discover BEEN IMPACTED BY YOUR MESSAGE? their identities. I’ve found that self-esteem is IS THERE A PARTICULAR STORY THAT a big issue, but it’s hard for a girl to build her STANDS OUT TO YOU? I do modeling self-esteem if she doesn’t have a clear underand confidence camps during the summer. standing of who she is. It will be a resource I remember a couple of years ago, I had a that young ladies can use and parents as well. young lady who entered into camp. She was I’m [also] really excited about launching the so insecure and timid. She wouldn’t really More Than A Pretty Face Institute for girls. interact too much with the other girls—I had Since my reach has expanded, I wanted to put to really encourage her and bring her in. She a program together that wasn’t only acceswas afraid to model in the show at the end of sible to girls in [Dallas-Fort Worth], but also the summer. What I talked to her about is that make it accessible to girls everywhere. I’m although you’re afraid, prepare yourself for the developing it as an online program, and it will opportunity as best as you can and face it. We be supplemented with in-person workshops explored why she was afraid and helped her for girls here in the Metroplex.

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Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 972/934-0165 // 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214/378-8686 // bluemesagrill.com // Kids 5 and under eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet from 9am–3pm. Kids 6–11 eat for $7. Deal also offered on Saturday from 10am–2pm (Addison location only). Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch

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

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

braindeadbrewing.com // Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger.

deals for every day of the week Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-5818 // steaknshake. com // One free kid’s meal per every $9 on the ticket all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Excludes drinks and shakes. Deal also offered on Saturday. Details vary by location.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/828-8700 // unleavened.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

MONDAY

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

JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table See Sunday for details. The String Bean // Southern

Freebirds World Burrito // Mexican

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

JC’s Burger House // American

See Sunday for details.

Multiple locations // freebirds.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Details vary by location. 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/2392740 // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 11 and younger. Deal also offered Monday and Saturday.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/5320206 // modernmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item 5pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered on Monday. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican

13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/233-2700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/303-5555 // moes.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal. Age 12 and younger.

Oliver’s Eatery // Deli

4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/8185445 // oliverseatery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day, dine-in and takeout. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday.

Pakpao Thai // Asian

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

Schlotzsky’s // Deli

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

TUESDAY

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

1000 Ikea Way, Grand Prairie; 888/888-4532 // ikea. com // Up to two free kids’ combo meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Enjoy free organic baby food with any adult meal purchase. Age 12 and younger.

Jed’s Grill // American

1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day.

Luna Grill // Mediterranean

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details. Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // coltersbbq.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter, all day. Age 12 and younger. Hook Line & Sinker // Seafood 17602 Preston Road, Dallas; 469/587-5888 // hookline-sinker.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal 5–8pm. Ages 12 and younger. Kyoto Japanese Steak House // Japanese 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688 9900 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett; 972/463-0288 // kyotosteakhouse.com // Kids 12 and younger get a free hibachi chicken meal with purchase of an adult hibachi dinner entree of $15.95 or more. Dinner only. Dine-in only. Details vary by location. Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // mattitos. com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree from 4–9pm. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase. Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/368-3100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Shenaniganz // American 1290 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-1133 // shenaniganz.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal after 5pm. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

See Sunday for details.

THURSDAY

Beto’s Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 2530 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie; 972/660-1289 // eatatbetos.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American

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1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/6776812 // lunagrill.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Age 10 and younger.

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

Slater’s 50/50 // American

2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/888-0158 // slaters5050.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree, all day.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday

SATURDAY

Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican See Sunday for details. El Rincon Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar // Mexican

1114 S. Elm St., Suite 100, Carrollton; 469/892-6429 // elrincontx.com // Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree from 11am–1pm.

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

Multiple locations // schlotzskys.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult medium meal. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Saturday. Details vary by location.

Texadelphia // Deli

Simply Fondue // Fondue

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

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D OW N TOW N C A R ROL LTON May 4 The force is strong at this Friday night celebration of Star Wars Day. Watch a screening of the latest film in the franchise, The Last Jedi, at either 5pm or 8pm inside Plaza Arts Center. Outside from 6–9pm, enjoy themed booths and games, face painting, laser tag and photo ops in front of a green screen. Costumes and lightsabers encouraged. FREE 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; 972/466-9135 cityofcarrollton.com/downtownempty

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DA L L A S C H I L DR E N ’ S T H E AT E R May 4–26 See the panthers, bears, snakes, tigers, wolves and the young boy raised by them in the jungles of India in this new children’s production, written for age 5 and older and adapted from the 1894 original stories by Rudyard Kipling. To be among the first to watch Mowgli on stage, 50

get your tickets to the first performance at 7:30pm on Friday, May 4, and come early for the opening night party in the lobby. Tickets from $17. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

AIR PLAY

W Y LY T H E AT R E May 4 The Acrobuffos, husbandand-wife clowning duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, bring a light-hearted and lighter-than-air quality to this performance with a flying umbrella and giant kites. Watch as the two squeeze themselves inside mega-size balloons and create a wind tunnel of packing peanuts with the help of electric fans in a circle. Tickets from $20. 2400 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 attpac.org

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join in a “Surface Safari” children’s art project during the Nasher’s monthly family day, as well as artist demos, story time and yoga out in the sculpture garden. Museum open from 10am–5pm with activities from 10am–2pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

SEA TURTLE RESCUE CENTER OPENING

SE A L I F E G R A P E V I N E AQUA R I UM May 5 The aquarium inside Grapevine Mills debuts its all-new center for sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation, accessible as a permanent, interactive exhibit. Come to see the new center as well as the aquarium’s newest resident, a non-releasable green sea turtle named Thalassia. Then let your kids become turtle rescuers too by performing educational tasks with a faux turtle that demonstrate

DA L L A S H E R I TAG E V I L L AG E AT OL D C I T Y PA R K May 5 At this architecture-focused family day, learn about basic principles in building design by experiencing the two disparate settings of the historic buildings of Dallas Heritage Village and Dallas’ modern skyline in view from the village. Bring your kids to discover ins and outs of architecture at activities and stations throughout the historic sites. $5 online through May 2. At the gate: $10 adults; $6 children. 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/421-5141 dallasheritagevillage.org

PLANO ASIAFEST

HAG G A R D PA R K May 5 Did you know May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? Expand your horizons at this 15th anniversary event featuring performances such as lion dances and martial arts demos, authentic foods and a new children’s corner with musical instruments and art activities. Explore the fun in downtown Plano and then duck into the Courtyard Theater nearby for a look at an exhibit of Chinese and Islamic calligraphy. FREE 901 E. 15th St., Plano; 972/379-9351 asianamericanheritage.org

GREATER PLANO KIWANIS CLUB BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

T H E SHOP S AT W I L L OW B E N D May 5–13 The shopping center’s Grand Court transforms into a mini-tropical oasis for 1,000 butterflies. Take a step into the temporary conservatory filled with flowering plants to see them up close, learn how they hatch from the chrysalis and experience the quiet thrill of butterfly kisses. $6 adults; $5 children. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/202-4900 greaterplanokiwanis.org

COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL

R IC HA R D S ON ’ S C OT TON WO OD PA R K May 5–6 Form a sculptural hat from scrap materials, create a collage and get crafty with plaster inside the ArtStop Children’s Area at this twiceyearly arts festival. Find these and more craft activities for pint-size Picassos of all ages under a shade tent. FREE 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson; 972/455-4580 cottonwoodartfestival.com

WYLIE 500 PEDAL CAR RACE

D OW N TOW N W Y L I E May 6 Put the pedal to the pavement in this 500-inch race for preschoolers through the


City of Wylie’s main drag. Local merchants provide the mini cars for kids ages 2–5 to race in heats of six down Ballard Avenue. The winners receive trophies in two age brackets. The $10 entry fee includes a T-shirt, and proceeds benefit Special Olympics and downtown Wylie beautification. 112 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie; 972/516-6016 wylietexas.gov

URBAN CHICKEN COOPS TOUR AND MARKET

M O S S HAV E N FA R M May 6 Go on a home tour of a different kind when Moss Haven Farm organizes A Peep at the Coops, a one-day tour of private urban chicken coops in North and East Dallas, each with plucky names like Schoolhouse Flock. Shop the country market and enjoy local student performances at the farm while experts share tips for raising chickens in the city and lead family activities. $10 per person. 9202 Moss Farm Lane, Dallas apeepatthecoops.org

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GIRL SCOUTS STEM CENTER GRAND OPENING

G I R L S C O U T S OF N ORT H E A S T T E X A S STEM CENTER OF E XC E L L E N C E May 6 In South Dallas, Girl Scout troops have a brand-new, year-round destination for STEM day camps, council workshops and overnights,

and during this community day open to the public, you won’t need to be a member to check it out too. Select your preferred arrival time online to tour the 92-acre living laboratory and join activities such as programming robots and making your own spectroscope. Off-site parking and buses available at The Potter’s House nearby. FREE 6777 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas; 972/349-2400 gsnetx.org

FOLD TO FLIGHT ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY PARTY

G A L L E R IA DA L L A S May 12 Make your own origami butterfly and watch pro origami artist Ekaterina Lukasheva at work, all in celebration of the Galleria’s new exhibit of 4,000 origami butterflies handfolded by volunteers with Paper for Water, a nonprofit founded by sisters Katherine and Isabelle Adams (when they were only 5 and 8!) to help fund the construction of water wells in impoverished communities across the globe. Fold to Flight is on view May 10–June 30 over the shopping center’s ice skating rink. FREE 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 972/702-7171 paperforwater.org

ALLEN ARTS FESTIVAL

WAT T E R S C R E E K AT M ON TG OM E RY FA R M May 11–13 Allen Arts Alliance’s 10th annual festival includes the return

of the Kids Creation Stations. Head to the Green in front of Frogg Coffee Bar for tissue paper art and more children’s art projects. Browse the 80-plus artisan booths for inspiration, and for relaxation (it is Mother’s Day weekend) spread out on the lawn while a roster of live bands lights up the stage. FREE 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen; 972/727-7272 allenartsfestival.org

DISCOVERY DAYS – BEING HUMAN

P E ROT M U SE UM OF NAT U R E A N D S C I E N C E May 12 During this special day of kids’ activities and experiments, celebrate the complete revamp of the Being Human Hall, the Perot’s first major transformation of any hall since its opening. The new, permanent exhibit hall has twice as many interactive displays and seven colorful components that explore the human face, hands, voice, brain, DNA and more. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids ages 2–17. Museum members get in free and get a sneak preview from 9–10am. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

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V E R I Z ON T H E AT R E May 12 Have your preschoolers been glued to the newly relaunched series Muppet Babies? Don’t miss the chance to see Miss Piggy, Kermit, Gonzo and the rest of the nursery room gang daydream adventures in a live concert singing alongside more Disney Junior newbies

MAY 12: Fold to Flight Origami Butterfly Party, Dallas

MAY 5: Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival, Dallas

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OA K C L I F F May 5 Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts’ family-friendly parade begins near the Texas Theatre and heads west through Oak Cliff. Line up along the historic Jefferson Boulevard for a glimpse at the 60-plus floats, marching bands and groups performing ballet folklorico and mariachi. New this year: a mercadito (little market) and Best Mexican Outfit contests open to kids and grandparents. Contestants judged at 1pm on the festival stage. FREE 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 972/965-8673 oakcliffart.org

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M O ODY P E R F OR M A N C E HA L L May 5 Meet the Mariachi Rosas Divinas, an all-female, Dallas-based mariachi band performing this cross-cultural concert in celebration of both traditional Mexican music and classic songs from the German composer. Listen to the worldpremiere performance on a Tuesday evening for tickets starting at $19. 2520 Flora St., Dallas; 214/849-4376 mydso.com

from Puppy Dog Pals and Vampirina. Tickets from $19.50. VIP packages from $129.75 include breakfast with the characters and an after party. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 888/929-7849 axs.com

FAIRY TALE BALL

M AG N OL IA HOT E L DA L L A S PA R K C I T I E S May 13 Grant your child’s wish to meet her favorite fairy tale princess by attending this Friday evening ball with Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Ariel and more. After their formal entrance, join them for danc-

ing and at activity stations for reading stories, eating sweets and making tiaras. Kids in costumes are encouraged. Get your tickets online and choose a time slot. $20 adults; $35 children. Includes a professional portrait with one special princess. Free for children under 12 months with a paid adult/child pair. VIP: $35 adults; $65 children. 6070 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/750-6060 prettyprincesspartiesmn.com

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D OW N TOW N G R A P E V I N E May 18–20 The 34th annual family festival and carnival returns for a weekend-long party in Grapevine’s historic district, so here’s a tip: take the kids on Friday night for unlimited carnival rides with the purchase of the wristband ($25 in advance online or $30 at festival). There’s something for kids with limitless ambition too: the DFW ICON Vocal Competition, open to aspiring performers ages 7–30. Register online at dfwicon.com to compete yourself or listen to finalists perform on Sunday at noon. General festival admission: $7 adults; $5 children ages 6–12. $15 weekend pass. Free admission Friday through 5pm. South Main Street, Grapevine; 817/410-3185 grapevinetexasusa.com/mainstreetfest

WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

G A L AT Y N PA R K U R BA N C E N T E R May 18–20 Among the many local and big-name musicians performing at this family-friendly festival are the young finalists of the Budding Talent Vocal Competition. Cheer on your favorites and let your littles belt out tunes too with kid karaoke, one of several entertainment offerings at the WF! Kids area next to the Plaza Fountain. Adult admission: $30 on Friday and Saturday; $15 on Sunday; $65 for a three-day pass. $5 admission any day for children 5–12; free for 4 and younger. 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4580 wildflowerfestival.com

MAY 4: Air Play, Dallas

most treasured military planes from the WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. The warbirds stretch their wings with flyovers during the day and ground-level demonstrations feature a Sherman tank and naval carrier aircraft operation. $12 adults; $6 children ages 4–12. Personal flights from $75. 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison; 972/380-8800 cavflight.org

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FL AG P OLE HILL AT WHIT E RO C K L A KE May 28 On Memorial Day Monday, honor America’s veterans and fallen soldiers at this patriotic concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the first in its parks summer concert series. Pack a picnic and salute the red, white and blue under a sky of stars and fireworks. In case of rain, the concert will take place at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center downtown. FREE 8015 Doran Circle, Dallas; 214/849-4376 mydso.com F O R M O R E F A M I LY- F R I E N D LY F U N T H I S MONTH, CHECK OUR ONLINE CALENDAR AT D F W C H I L D.CO M/C A L E N DA R.

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KERA Kids has a world of teacher-tested, kid-approved content, online and on the air. Go for the shows, videos and games. Go because fun and learning go hand-in-hand. Go to enrich their education, with the same member-supported organization that probably helped support yours. Go Public.

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WE’RE QUITE SURE OF ITS QUALIFICATIONS

We’re very particular about which pre-owned vehicles get our stamp of approval. Before any pre-owned Jaguar vehicle is given our 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty,* it must undertake a 165-point inspection administered only by a Jaguar-trained technician. And, we put each vehicle through rigorous paces to evaluate its handling and agility. Only then is it considered ready for you to drive. Park Place Jaguar DFW 1300 East State Highway 114 Grapevine, TX 75261 972.407.7000 ParkPlace.com

Vehicles Shown: Jaguar XJ, Jaguar F-PACE, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE, Jaguar F-TYPE. *Jaguar Approved Certified Pre-Owned Coverage, including limited warranty and roadside assistance, expires up to seven years from the original in-service date or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Original in-service date is the earlier of the new-vehicle retail sale or in-use date, as reported to Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. Select vehicles may have the option for different warranty terms. Vehicles with the 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty are limited in supply and only available at participating Jaguar Retailers. For complete details regarding limited warranty and service coverage, please visit JAGUARUSA.COM, call 1.855.JAGUARUSA / 1.855.524.8278 or visit your local Jaguar Retailer. © 2018 Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

Dallas Child May 2018  
Dallas Child May 2018