Page 1

26

MUST-DO FALL FAMILY OUTINGS

MEET OUR MOM NEXT DOOR

THE TOT’S NASIBA ADILOVA BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A BETTER BRAIN

STAND TALL

HOW A LOCAL HOSPITAL HELPS KIDS WALK AGAIN

MOM-APPROVED ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTIONERS

JFK IN DFW A FAMILY TOUR OF THE PRESIDENT’S LAST DAY

ion g sect : sin rti e v

specia l ad

THE MAGAZINE PARENTS LIVE BY IN DENTON COUNT Y

N O V E M B E R 2017

*

holiday fun guide


For every stage of life, we’re there for you.

More than 350 locations across North Texas. When you need convenient, quality health care, Texas Health has you covered. From pregnancy to imaging services to family care, we’re the health system more people choose for care in North Texas. We’re here for you, making it easier than ever to get more of the care you need.

TexasHealth.org/350 1-877-THR-WELL

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital or Texas Health Resources. © 2017


santa’s.here. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and receive a FREE Santa plate.* Nov. 10 – Dec. 24 Ice Palace in Grand Court DETAILS ONLINE shopwillowbend.com

Sponsored by

*While Supplies Last. One plate per visit. dfwchild.com / november 2017

3


4

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


pages / N O V E M B E R

2017

FEATURE 20 Walk On

How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time words Heather Duge photography Carter Rose

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Mind Your Child’s Mind

Give kids’ brains a boost with a few expert tips

REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door / Nasiba Adilova The Tot co-founder talks kids, philanthropy and what’s next

16 5 Things … / Woman About Town

Our Mom Next Door’s favorite spots to snack and shop

18 Routines / Krystal Alverson James Miller stands tall on his prosthetic leg in the atrium of the hospital that’s helping him be just like every other 3-year-old. p. 20

When she’s not working part time, the Allen mom spends her days with 1-year-old Caleb

KID CULTURE 27 JFK’s Final Day

Relive history with a family-friendly tour

60 Getaway / The Big Easy

Fun for the whole fam in New Orleans

63 Agenda

Our favorite family events this month

9

13

THE HEALTH & WELLNESS ISSUE

60 ON THE COVER

MOM-APPROVED DOCTORS 44 This Month: Counselors, Therapists & Alternative Health Practitioners Local wellness professionals nominated by readers

COLUMNS DallasChild Cover Model: Landon of Dallas CollinChild Cover Model: Asher of Celina Photography: Nick Prendergast Hair/Makeup: Shane Monden, Wallflower Management Styling: Lauren Niebes

6 Hello / Expanding Horizons

An introduction to our November issue words Wendy Manwarren Generes

66 Confessions / Mommy Fails

When bad things happen to good parents dfwchild.com / november 2017

5


hello / E D I T O R ’ S

NOTE

expanding horizons

Handpicked events for your family to enjoy every weekend. Subscribe at dfwchild.com/newsletter.

Facebook

facebook.com/ dallaschildmagazine facebook.com/ collinchildmagazine

Follow Us on Instagram

@dfwchildmag

Email Us

Let us know what’s on your mind. editorial@dfwchild.com

Story Ideas

Have a story idea? We want to hear it. Email us at editorial@dfwchild.com

6

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

A

child’s mind is truly an amazing thing, and what’s really incredible is that we, as parents, have the ability—and awesome responsibility—of aiding in the development of our kids’ brains. We’ve all heard over and over about the importance of reading and singing to our infants, but there are things we can do beyond that to help our children’s memory, focus and cognitive thought. In “Mind Your Child’s Mind” on page 9, Erin McKnight explores how parents can help boost kids’ brain health through food, activity, sleep and security. The other aspect of a young child’s mind that leaves me in awe is his or her innocence and inability to judge. My kids love the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. They’ve actually never been patients there, but the inclusive playground out front might just be one of the best in the city. It’s fun for school-age kids and crawlers too, so it’s my mommy group’s go-to spot for playdates. On a recent trip, Genevieve saw a little girl walking in on a prosthetic leg covered in rainbows. “I want one of those, Mommy,” she said to me. Her statement inspired some research (lots of YouTube videos showing kids walking and using prosthetic limbs) and a deeper look inside Scottish Rite Hospital. Join photographer Carter Rose and writer Heather Duge as the two follow 3-year-old James Miller, who has worn a prosthesis since he was 14 months old, during one of his appointments at the hospital that specializes in treating many pediatric orthopedic conditions in “Walk On” on page 20. For more thought-provoking conversations with your kiddos this month, use “JFK’s Final Day” on page 27 to take them on a tour of President John F. Kennedy’s final day, the anniversary of which falls on Thanksgiving this year. From his morning speech in Fort Worth to his final ride down Elm Street, let us take your crew on a history lesson—with plenty of stops along the way for the kids to play too. And if you’re looking for something a little less deep to do in November, check out the Agenda on page 63. Parents, don’t miss DFWChild’s first ever Project Preschool event on Nov. 4 (kids welcome too) to learn more about the various teaching philosophies and help you find the best fit for your little one. November also marks the start of Dallas Zoo Lights (starting the 17th) and the Trains at NorthPark (opening on the 18th), both holiday favorites of my kiddos. Whatever you do, enjoy your family, be grateful for your blessings and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK PRENDERGAAST

The Weekend Guide


PAID ADVERTISEMENT

Ask

BRAIN MAPPING

PUBLISHER/ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Joylyn Niebes

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lauren Niebes

lauren@dfwchild.com

EDITORIAL Executive Editor

Wendy Manwarren Generes Managing Editor

­Jonathan E. Walker, M.D. Board-certified in neurology

1

Assistant Editor

It is an objective way to help identify and diagnose many brain problems including ADD, ADHD, learning difficulties, head injuries, reading problems, anxiety, and seizure disorders, and many others. It shows where brainwave activity is out of the normal range and is likely causing problems.

Jessica Myers

Calendar Editor

Elizabeth Smith

ART

Graphic Designer

2

What is the map used for?

3 4 5

How many Neurotherapy sessions might be required?

6

How do I find a qualified Neurotherapist?

Susan Horn

Editorial Designer

Katie Garza

ADVERTISING Associate Publisher

Diana Whitworth Nelson Account Executives

Stacy Howton, Kristen Niebes, Sandi Tijerina, Kerensa Vest Fort Worth/North Texas

Nikki Garrett, Nancy McDaniel Advertising Coordinator

Amy Klembara

advertising@dfwchild.com

PR/MARKETING

Audience Development Director

Candace Emerson

Promotions Coordinator

Beth McGee

Address: Phone: Fax: Online:

4275 Kellway Circle, Suite 146, Addison, Texas 75001 800/638-4461 or 972/447-9188 972/447-0633, 972/447-0425 dfwchild.com

DFWChild is published monthly by Lauren Publications, Inc. DFWChild is distributed free of charge, one copy per reader. Only DFWChild authorized distributors may deliver or pick up the magazines. Additional or back copies of DFWChild are available for $2 per copy at the offices of Lauren Publications, Inc. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for the return of any unsolicited material. DFWChild is ©2017 by Lauren Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission prohibited.

Is the process painful? Nothing we do in our clinic is painful or invasive.

Are the results permanent? Almost always. It is a process called operant conditioning. When the brain learns to do something, it usually does not forget, like learning to ride a bike. When one learns to ride at age seven, their brain will still remember at age 50.

I suggest you choose someone who is both a member of I.S.N.R. (International Society for Neuronal Regulation and Research) (www.isnr.org) and is board-certified in EEG Neurofeedback (BCN) by B.C.I.A. (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance) (www.bcia.org).

8

How can I get more information?

Leah Wagner

HOW TO CONTACT US:

The number depends on the number of abnormalities found on the map.

What is the process in your clinic?

Business Manager

Robbie Scott

Proper interpretation of the results of the map can be used to guide Neurotherapy sessions in which the brainwave activity is brought into a normal range, and usually eliminates the problems.

7

ADMINISTRATIVE Office Manager + Distribution

Recent radio and television programs have talked about Brain Mapping. What is it and why have it done? A brain map is a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (a QEEG) which measures the brainwave activity at 19 different areas of the brain.

Carrie Steingruber

calendar@dfwchild.com

Dr Walker

I am a medical doctor, a board-certified neurologist, and have studied, researched and taught about these brain problems for over 35 years. I begin with an intake evaluation which includes a history, a neurological exam, and reflex testing. I may also recommend neuropsychological tests in addition to a brain map. I use the results of these tests to help guide Neurotherapy sessions.

a) Visit our website: www.neurotherapydallas.com. b) Come to a free information session in our clinic. c) Call our office and ask your questions.

A Medical Clinic with Painless Drug-free Solutions 12870 Hillcrest Rd., Suite 201 | Dallas, TX 75230

Neurotherapy Center of Dallas

972.991.1153

www.neurotherapydallas.com Covered by most insurance plans ©

dfwchild.com / november 2017

7


ALLEN EVENT CENTER 1704518

NOV 22 – 26 DisneyOnIce.com


noted.

MIND YOUR CHILD’S MIND

what they eat, when they sleep, what they do and how safe they feel all get etched into children’s brains WORDS ERIN MCKNIGHT ILLUSTRATION JADE JOHNSON

I

t’s been three months since 41-year-old Heidi Henke’s son, Gunnar, came home from his first day of school with his Broccoli Award. The 4-year-old earned it by eating three bowls of broccoli at lunch. “It’s on his dresser,” the Carrollton mom says of the certificate that depicts a large piece of broccoli and says “I Rocked the Broc.”

Gunnar is a preschooler at Prince of Peace Christian School, now in its second year as a Flik Independent School Dining community, a partnership program with independent and private schools that provides students with from-scratch cooking and nutritionally balanced meals, along with nutrition education in the form of tastings and spotlighted foods. Kids learn about the variety, health benefits and, of course, the

tastiness of good-for-you foods. As headmaster Chris Hahn sees it, “The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.” But overall brain health is about more than what kids eat. When they sleep, their activity level and how secure they feel are also key contributors to their overall well-being and brain health, experts say. So parents need to help their kids find the right balance of food, activity and sleep—and make sure kids feel secure—so those developing brains function better.

at school has led to a more attentive and focused preschooler. That’s likely because nutrition can help to establish the neural connections, cell signaling and the structure responsible for cognitive functions like perception, thinking, reasoning and remembering inside the brain. A recent study by Abbott Nutrition and the University of llinois confirms that specific nutrients in breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks play a large part in how kids’ brains are wired (or not) for success. Key nutrients include lutein and zeaxanthin, which support memory and improve processing speed, and are rich in dark, leafy greens such as spinach

The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.

NUTRITION

Aside from Gunnar’s awards (he’s also the recipient of the carrot award), Henke notes that the healthier eating

dfwchild.com / november 2017

9


noted / M I N D MEET THE SCHOOL THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR CHILD

YOUR CHILD’S MIND

and kale, though they can also be found in eggs, corn, kiwi, grapes, oranges and zucchini. Unsaturated good fats like those in nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil and DHA-fortified eggs, milk and other dairy products benefit cognitive development. And anthocyanins, the nutrients behind the pigment in purple and blue fruits like grapes and blueberries, promote blood flow to the brain, which helps it function optimally. But getting kids to consume these good-for-them foods can be tricky. Davita Lister, Flik ISD food service director and chef in Dallas, suggests deconstructing meals and encouraging kids to build their own. Involve kids in the process of buying groceries or creating a meal plan, she says. Most kids want to eat what they’ve planned or prepared themselves. Angela Lemond, licensed pediatric and family nutritionist and dietitian and owner of Lemond Nutrition in Plano and Rockwall agrees: “Involve your child in the process of eating, and your kid will make better choices because they’re learning age-appropriate kitchen skills and helping with the shopping.” Prioritize balance: include a fruit or veggie (or both), lean protein and a whole grain on every plate. Protein is especially important with breakfast since it will help kick-start a child’s attention span, concentration and memory. Try eggs, sausage or bacon, even cottage cheese as part of the morning meal. And make veggies fun to get kids to try them. Spiralize zucchini to make noodles in place of pasta, or blanch green beans and encourage little ones to eat them with their hands. Remember that taste buds grow along with bodies so keep offering; broccoli haters today may be rockin’-the-broc award winners in the future. A developing mind also requires water. Evidence shows that children with attention and memory problems are often just slightly dehydrated. Teachers are now being encouraged to give water breaks, but it’s important to develop good hydration habits at home, which include drinking plenty of water and steering clear of soda and other sugary beverages.

project DFWCHILD’S

de-stress, which ultimately affects a child’s attention span and memory. SLEEP

Many parents keep a scheduled bedtime for kids during the week but relax it (sometimes significantly) during the weekend or over school breaks. “Sleep allows the brain to rest and reset,” says Dr. William Brown, a psychiatrist at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “And insufficient sleep can negatively and permanently alter how a brain functions.” Daytime sleepiness, emotional outbursts, moodiness and excessive goofiness or clumsiness all indicate a deficiency in sleep. Keep the schedule on course and don’t deviate by more than an hour—even on special occasions. “Sleep is critical for optimal academic and physical functioning,” Brown says. To get better sleep, experts suggest limiting kids’ screen time, especially before bed. The blue light cast from electronic devices is thought to have the same effect as caffeine. According to sleep specialists, toddlers need 12–15 hours of sleep a day (including nighttime sleep and naps), children ages 3–5 require 11–13 hours and ages 5–12 should get 10–12 hours of shut-eye. Want a good indicator of whether or not your kids are getting sufficient zzz’s? Do they wake up in the morning on their own? If not, they need more sleep and probably need an earlier bedtime.

Insufficient sleep can negatively and permanently alter how a brain functions.

preschool NOVEMBER 4, 11AM–2PM

FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT

D F W C H I L D.C O M

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CINDY JAMES

Dental Care for your Special Loved One Anna Willison, DDS

People with disabilities often need special care to maintain their dental health. Dr. Willison is a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association and is trained to provide her patients the attention and care they deserve. Our state-of-the-art office with trained staff is available to treat most of our patients. In-office sedation is available by a board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Willison is also on medical staff at the Medical City Hospital in Dallas, where she can safely complete the necessary dental treatment under general anesthesia in the operating room. We recognize that caring for special needs patients takes compassion and understanding. We focus on meeting those needs, both for the patients and the care givers.

ACTIVITY

Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness Medical City Hospital Dallas, 7777 Forest Ln., Ste. A-309

972-566-6300 • yourprettysmile.com

10

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

©

Exercise is also important to a child’s brain health, and kids need more than what they get during school recess and physical education classes. Encourage at least 30 minutes of active play after school too. Let them ride bikes, enroll them in a sport or play outside together. Exercise helps kids relax and

SAFETY

“For children to learn, they need to be in a place where they feel safe,” says Justin Smith, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Hospital in Trophy Club. Worrisome kiddos tend to be inattentive and distracted. Being unsure of a parent’s reaction sends the young brain into stress mode. The brain focused on protecting itself isn’t open to learning, which is why discipline doesn’t work in moments of heightened anxiety. Be a predictable parent who manages your kids’ (brains’) expectations. It shouldn’t be about perfection—consistency is the goal, says Dr. Laura Lamminen, a psychologist at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano. “[That means] structure during the day, rules in the home, reasonable expectations and consequences for actions,” she explains. It’s really a simple, intuitive recipe to create a secure home environment for kids. It includes talking, reading, singing, caring, loving and giving ample affection to kids.


Don’t wait for Black Friday...ORDER NOW thru 11-28-17! Monkey Tower

1999

$ GS60c

CV60

Playhouse 6’

Lion’s Den

with wood roof

2099

$

REG: $2640

CV72

REG: $3021

$

DC72 E1

3449

REG: $4926

Check our website for

trampoline deals Reg: $2099

Reg: $1599

1199

799

$

$

TM

Reg: $2999

Reg: $2399

1449

1999

$

Free

$

Pole & Edge Pad, Yard Guard

More Deals online!

On Goalrilla CV60, CV72 and DC72 E1. See store for details. Some restrictions may apply.

BeyondBackyards.com • 972.506.9950 DALLAS

FORT WORTH

972-506-9950

817-563-6000

1694 W. Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75220

5860 E. Interstate 20 Fort Worth, TX 76119

GRAPEVINE

3221 Ira E. Woods Blvd. Grapevine, TX 76051

817-251-8097

SPRINGTOWN

5189 East Hwy. 199 Springtown, Texas 76082

817-221-2218

RED OAK

510 N. IH 35 E. Red Oak, TX 75154

972-617-6500

Local Delivery & Install available on all products

TYLER

CARROLLTON

ROYSE CITY

903-561-3371

972-985-1061

469-707-3501

15994 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX 75703

4211 Charles St. Carrollton, TX 75010

7612 State Hwy 66 Royse City, TX 75189

dfwchild.com / november 2017

11


R E A L PAT I EN T S. R E A L S TOR I E S.

‘‘

Our twins arrived 10 weeks early. Baylor Scott & White was ready.

’’

“When we found out we were having twins, we were ecstatic,” Rachel Caver says. But 10 weeks before they were due she went into labor. Weighing less than four pounds, her babies stayed at their local Baylor Scott & White Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU nurses put Rachel and her husband Chris at ease. “They were very protective – and very careful with the babies,” she says. Now her babies are six months old and healthy. “Our NICU nurses became our best friends and family,” she says. “One nurse even said, ‘thank you for letting us care for your babies.’ I couldn’t have heard sweeter words.”

For a physician referral or for more information about women’s services, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit us online at BSWHealth.com/Women Physicians provide clinical services as members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and do not provide clinical services as employees or agents of those medical centers or Baylor Scott & White Health. Not all services available at all locations. © 2017 Baylor Scott & White Health. BSWWom_80_2016 CE 09,17


real moms. mom next door /

NASIBA ADILOVA co-founder of the tot INTERVIEW NICOLE JORDAN PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE

H

arpers Bazaar, Elle, W and the fashion bible itself, Vogue, have all featured Nasiba Adilova. She’s a street-style mainstay with a phone book that reads like a who’s who of best-in-class designers. Her Instagram (@naseebs) touts 100,000 followers, and her closet is covetable—to say the least. But there’s much more to Adilova than fashion prowess. She’s charitable, intellectual and entrepreneurial. The mom of two—Daniel, 2, and Thomas “Thom Thom,” 5 months—grew up in Russia’s republic of Dagestan, nearly 6,000 miles from the University Park manse she now calls home. She moved stateside at 15, quickly acclimating, and then aspiring to a career in politics. In 2001, Adilova graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in political science, subsequently landing an internship on Capitol Hill. “I realized it wasn’t really for me,” she says. “I was too opinionated and outspoken about my views.” So she returned to school for her master’s from the School of Diplomacy and Internation-

dfwchild.com / november 2017

13


real moms / N A S I B A

ADILOVA

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS al Relations at Seton Hall University. Success AROUND THE CITY TO GO AS A FAMILY? I in the nonprofit sector followed, along with love taking my kids to The Frontiers of Flight an introduction to the elite fashion circle, Museum, the Dallas Zoo, the Fort Worth courtesy of her BFF, Miraslova Duma. Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and SciAlong the way, she met her husband, ence and, of course, The Tot Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Playhouse is a favorite. president of an international WHERE DO YOU GO electric-supply company, and FOR DATE NIGHT? It’s ONE DAY AT followed him to Big D. sounds so cliché, but I Last year, Adilova made A TIME. IT’S really love R+D Kitchen her mark on the city by and Hillstone. They’re easy, opening The Tot in HighNOT EASY, casual and serve incredible land Park Village with her ESPECIALLY food. We also love Nonna BFF-turned-business partner and Tei-An. Duma. Featuring a highly WHEN YOU WHAT ABOUT FOR curated assortment of nonGIRLS NIGHT OUT? Mirador toxic, stylish products for HAVE TWO at Forty Five Ten and Grange savvy parents, it represents KIDS. I HAVE Hall are my lunch spots. the answer to Adilova and I like The Joule Hotel for Duma’s own pregnancy and A FANTASTIC drinks and Uchi Dallas for parenting woes. TEAM OF drinks and dinner. In the wake of the first YOU HAVE A VERY FULL location’s success, the duo PEOPLE AND PLATE. HOW DO YOU DO opened The Tot Playhouse on Lovers Lane earlier this year. WITHOUT THEM IT ALL? One day at a time. It’s not easy, especially when “It’s our vision for creatIT WOULDN’T you have two kids. I have a ing an offline experience fantastic team of people and that works with our online BE POSSIBLE. without them it wouldn’t experience,” Adilova says. be possible. “We’re millennial moms and YOU’RE EXTREMELY know that a lot of moms are PHILANTHROPIC. WHAT CAUSES ARE YOU shopping online today, but we believe MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? I really love that building a community entails providan organization out of Los Angeles called ing an experience. “ Baby2Baby [an organization that provides HOW DID THE TOT COME ABOUT? I low-income children ages 0–12 years with became pregnant and was researching evdiapers, clothing and other basic necessities]. erything about babies. I’ve always had more My husband loves to collect art, so we’re of a holistic outlook. After a lot of research, very involved in amfAR as well as the Dallas I realized the baby industry was archaic in Museum of Art. terms of its online presence. I thought, “Why WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO TAKE isn’t anybody doing anything to make a more TIME FOR YOURSELF? I’m not one of those elevated shopping experience for moms?” people that needs to be alone. I feel most HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOVED FASHION? relaxed if I’m with my family and friends. Even when I was little. But I never felt that WHAT WOULD YOUR PERFECT DAY I would actually work in fashion. That hapENTAIL? We’d wake up late, cook a big breakpened by accident. My business partner and fast, have friends over, swim in the pool, take one of my best friends, Miraslova Duma, our kids to a park and come home to watch a used to be part of this company called Büro movie and go to bed early. 24/7. She was in the United States doing DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO YOU LIVE BY? business development and asked me to join My mantra is: The greatest risk in life is not her to help raise awareness around the projtaking one. ect. I met so many people through her. That’s WHAT KEEPS YOU GROUNDED? how I ended up in the fashion world. My children. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERWHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO SONAL STYLE? Constantly evolving. I dress LEAVE? I hope we’re able to leave a charitable based on my mood, but I’m not afraid to footprint through The Tot—maybe even take risks. I constantly push myself to try difstart our own charity. I hope for The Tot to ferent things and make them work for me. become a place where women and parents WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT can come and connect with others. We want LIVING IN DALLAS? It’s easy to travel in to be in all the major cities and grow internaand out of Dallas-Fort Worth. Everyone is tionally. That’s the big dream. very nice and family oriented. There’s a lot of culture. And there’s always something going on, which makes life interesting. >> T U R N T H E P A G E T O S E E N A S I B A A D I LO VA’ S D A L L A S FAV O R I T E S . What’s not to love?

14

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


© Copyright 2017 Solis Mammography

One more reason to love your neighborhood...

Your Peace of Mind Mammogram is just around the corner OFFERING

TM

3D MAMMOGRAPHY

21 LOCATIONS IN NORTH TEXAS Online Scheduling: SolisMammo.com | (866) 717.2551

dfwchild.com / november 2017

15


real moms / 5

THINGS …

WORDS NICOLE JORDAN

WOMAN ABOUT TOWN Live like a street-style star at Nasiba Adilova’s favorite spots to snack and shop around Big D.

1

GRANGE HALL

Eclectic and at times eccentric, Grange Hall is a treasure trove of the unique. Since 2004, owners Rajan Patel and Jeffrey Lee have scoured the globe for home decor, jewelry, handbags and knickknacks from best-in-class designers and artists. 4445 Travis St., Dallas, 214/443-0600 // ufgrangehall.com

4 BIRD BAKERY

Confections are made on-site, from

FORTY FIVE TEN

Just try to resist its glittering facade. Main Street’s newest attraction seduces you with undeniable curb appeal and takes hold with three floors of fashion’s finest. Discover the latest collections from design paragons, racked right alongside the next big thing. (Bonus: The Neiman Marcus flagship store is directly across the street.) 1615 Main St., Dallas, 214/559-4510 // fortyfiveten.com

5

to local nonprofits at the end of each day. The bakery’s location is also a fashion girl’s

From limited editions to classic photography collections, wall-towall coffee-table books beckon. Everything is for sale, but by all means, stay awhile— the sofa is always up for grabs, and Weekend coffee shop is just a lobby away.

Sisters and interior designers Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford opened Madison in 2003. Merging their unique aesthetics, the store features a highly curated assortment of home wares sourced from around the world— in most cases, New York’s Madison Avenue.

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

dream, sandwiched between Alice + Olivia and Reese Witherspoon’s new boutique, Draper James, at Highland Park Village. 7 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214/780-0322 // birdbakery.com

1530 Main St., Dallas, 214/748-1300 // thejouledallas.com

MADISON

45 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214/528-8118 // madison214.com 16

goods are donated

PHOTOS COURTESY NATHAN SCHROEDER; THE TASCHEN LIBRARY; MANNY RODRIGUEZ; MADISON

THE TA SCHE N LIBR ARY

scratch, and unsold


ALWAYS ENGAGED. 214-701-5035

Chris & Jennifer LeLashGroup.com

YOUR PRESTON HOLLOW AND PARK CITIES REAL ESTATE ADVISORS


a wednesday in the life of

KRYSTAL ALVERSON Krystal Alverson lives in Allen with her husband, Chris, and their baby boy, Caleb, who just turned 1. Chris is an auto damage supervisor with Geico, and Krystal left her fulltime job as a warehouse loan administrator at LegacyTexas bank to stay home with Caleb, though she goes back in to help when volumes are heavy. In her free time, she loves to travel, read and have a night out with her friends or hubby.

3

AM Caleb wakes up crying in his crib. While we won the battle with getting him to sleep in a crib, we most definitely have not won the war. The odds of Caleb ending up in our bed by morning time are pretty high. Chris gets up to make a bottle for Caleb and feeds him. 3:30AM I’m trying to go back to sleep, but Caleb is cooing sweetly while simultaneously kicking me in my ribs and stomach. 6AM Apparently I finally dozed off because my alarm goes off and startles me. I turn it off quickly so I don’t wake Caleb or Chris. I take a quick shower and then start getting ready for work. I exclusively pump, so while I’m doing my hair and makeup I am also pumping at the same time. 7AM Caleb wakes up and Chris gives him a bottle with the milk I’ve just pumped. I go in the kitchen to get everything ready for me to go to work and for Caleb to go to his Grandma Patty’s for the day. Long gone are the days of just grabbing my purse and going to work. Now I leave the house with a freezer

bag for the milk I’ve pumped; a bag for my breast pump and all its supplies; Caleb’s lunch bag, which includes two bottles and at least two things of solids, a spoon and a bib; a diaper bag that includes a change of clothes just in case; and, oh yes, my purse. 7:15AM I get Caleb dressed for the day. I cherish this little time I have with him in the mornings. We giggle with each other and I make him laugh by doing random bird noises and tickling him. I live for his smile and giggle. He squirms like crazy while I change his diaper and fusses as I put his clothes on. I win out though and he is ready for the day. 7:30AM Caleb and I are in the car and on our way to Grandma Patty’s house. 7:45AM I take Caleb in to Grandma’s house. He lights up when he sees her. It makes going to work a lot easier when I see how happy he is to see Grandma. I bring in my haul and get it sorted out, then I take Patty’s car to work so that she can have my car with the car seat and base to take him to Kindermusik at 12:30. 8AM I get to work on time—yay! I log in to my computer and get started on work. The day starts out right when we are surprised with a catered breakfast. It’s the little things that make me happy. 8:30AM Patty texts me to ask when she should feed Caleb. I let her know I put a feeding schedule in his bag in the refrigerator. 10AM I step away from my desk to go pump. Honestly, pumping has been one of the biggest challenges. I had no idea how hard or time-consuming it would be. That being said, I am so grateful that I am able to do it. 1PM Work has been very busy today. I finally get a chance to step away from my desk to grab something to eat. I end up going up the block to McDonald’s and getting a cheeseburger. I call Patty to see how Caleb is doing but she doesn’t answer. So I start watching a new documentary on Netflix for 10 minutes while I eat my burger and then go back into work. 4PM After I clock out at work, I head straight to Patty’s house to pick up Caleb. I can’t wait to see his smiling face. 5PM Caleb and I get home and are greeted by Chris. We spend some time talking and catching up while Caleb plays with his toys in the living room. 6PM I pump while Chris takes Caleb with him to get us some dinner. 7PM Chris and I play with Caleb. He just started dancing this weekend, so we put some music on and have a little dance party. 7:30PM We start our bedtime routine by giving Caleb a bath. He loves bathtime, so we let him stay in a little longer than normal to play with his toys.

Diaries are penned by moms (and dads) in the Dallas area. The authors volunteer to share a day of their choosing and are not paid or endorsed by DFWChild. Send your diary to editorial@dfwchild.com. All submissions are subject to editing and may be cut for space. 18

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF KRYSTAL ALVERSON

real moms / R O U T I N E S


the fine

print

WHAT SHE’S READING Confessions of a Paris Party Girl: A Humorous Travel Memoir by Vicki Lesage FAVORITE INDULGENCE Hot stone massage YEARLY DESTINATION California—we love the beach WHAT’S ON HER DVR This Is Us, Below Deck, Grey’s Anatomy FAVORITE MOVIE Dirty Dancing FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH Backstreet Boys RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH THE FAMILY On the Border FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Maggiano’s BLOG OR INSTAGRAM SHE FOLLOWS Humans of New York BEAUTY PRODUCT SHE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Bye Bye Redness by IT Cosmetics WORKOUT SHE MANAGES TO SQUEEZE IN Does throwing my baby up and down count? GO-TO UNIFORM Nice jeans, cute top and blazer with flats or heels BIGGEST PET PEEVE Rude people BY HER BED Stress Relief lotion from Bath and Body Works, my Kindle and Burt’s Bees lip balm WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Take a deep breath and remind myself it could be worse ON GIRLS NIGHT OUT, WE’LL FIND HER Out to dinner at a cool patio restaurant in downtown Dallas followed by Pete’s Piano Bar DREAM VACATION A hut over the ocean in Bora Bora MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS Hard but totally worth it HOBBIES Traveling, reading, photography, hiking and biking SHE WISHES SHE HAD MORE TIME TO Travel

Holiday at the Arboretum Presented by

November 4 - January 7 Featuring The 12 Days of Christmas and The DeGolyer House “Nutcracker Suite” Exhibit

Enjoy 12 Victorian style gazebos, 500,000 holiday lights and the DeGolyer House Nutcracker Suite display beginning November 24. Also open Wednesday-Sunday evenings through December 30.*

©ISTOCK.COM/MIXFORMDESIGN

Elves Workshop Wednesday-Sunday Nights November 8-December 30 • 6-9pm Play “Toss the Snowball,” “Pin the Nose on the Snowman,” or make a special holiday craft.

8PM I take Caleb into his room and give him his bottle. We read two books together, and then I start to rock him to sleep and sing lullabies. After about 20 minutes of him fighting sleep, I tap out and Chris takes over. 8:30PM Caleb is finally asleep, and Chris and I enjoy this time just catching up on how our days went. We are currently selling our home so we have a lot to talk about. 9PM I pump while watching some TV. Chris is on the couch surfing his phone. This is our time to zone out and have a little “me” time. 9:30PM Exhausted, I decide to head to bed early tonight. Chris decides to stay up so I give him a kiss goodnight and head off to bed.

Visits with Santa Wednesday Nights November 15-December 20 6-9pm Saturday & Sunday November 25-December 24 12-4pm Santa is back in the garden this year in the perfect holiday setting.

Toy Soldier Stilt Walker Wednesday Evenings November 15-December 20 6-9pm A larger than life toy soldier walking around the grounds to take a photo with. Holiday Screening of the movie “Elf” Thursday, November 30 6:30-8:30pm Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn Nothing says joyful like an elf. Bundle up and enjoy one of the season’s most beloved movies.

DallasArboretum.org 8525 Garland Road • Dallas, Texas 75218 • 214-515-6500 The Dallas Arboretum is a non-profit organization supported, in part, by funds from Dallas Park & Recreation. *Closed on select evenings; check website.

dfwchild.com / november 2017

19


Walk On How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time WORDS HEATHER DUGE PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE


PREVIOUS PAGE James Miller, 3, sits on his mom’s lap while they wait to see his surgeon and prosthetist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. THIS PAGE 1. On the way to the waiting room, James stops to play an oversized version of Connect Four in the atrium of the hospital. 2. The main entrance at Scottish Rite Hospital invites patients in with the colorful decor, aroma of fresh popcorn and friendly volunteers everywhere.

T

hree-year-old James Miller is waiting to see one of his prosthetists at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Other patients and visitors pass him as he sits with his mom, Jessica McIlroy, and grandmother, Darlene Miller. A boy walks in wearing a prosthetic leg, just like James. “The wonderful thing about this hospital is that you don’t feel different,” the Farmers Branch grandmother says. “You see all kinds of kids just like you.” And actually, until the Millers stepped into Scottish Rite Hospital three years ago, they didn’t know anything about prosthetics. But this world of prosthetics was one the family entered into almost immediately after James’ birth. After a normal pregnancy, James was born at 36 weeks at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford. McIlroy remembers immediately noticing something was wrong with his right leg, and he only had four toes on his foot. An X-ray revealed that James’ tibia, or shin bone, bowed at a 90-degree angle, and he was missing his fibula, the bone that runs parallel to the shin bone and helps stabilize the ankle and muscles in the lower leg. James spent five days in the hospital for observation and went home with a referral to Scottish Rite Hospital, a facility that serves over 20,000 kids each year and is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of 22

1 orthopedic conditions ranging from scoliosis and hip disorders to limb-length discrepancies and conditions that lead to amputation. There, James was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, a rare condition with no known cause. Doctors explained two options for his condition: multiple surgeries to reconstruct the leg and lengthen it, or surgery to amputate the leg and receive a prosthetic one in its place. For several months, McIlroy kissed her newborn baby’s feet each night with tears streaming down her face as she agonized over the decision. Should the young Bedford mom amputate her baby’s leg? “It was very hard, but once the decision was made, I knew it was right for James,” McIlroy says. Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, chief of staff emeritus at Scottish Rite Hospital, says he likes to perform amputations when the

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

3. James and his mom, Jessica McIlroy, walk to the waiting room and pass several children wearing prosthetic limbs. The family entered this world of prosthetics soon after James’ birth.

2

3


4

infants are about 9 or 10 months old—after they’re somewhat mobile but before they start to walk. Plus, it gives parents more time to make a decision. The hospital also works to match families in similar situations. So McIlroy and James’ dad, also James Miller, met with a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with the same rare fibular hemimelia. The active boy had undergone an amputation and was now the quarterback of a football team. “The boy was so happy and doing everything a kid his age would do,” McIlroy explains. “James and I spent a lot of time researching and thinking about amputation. Meeting him confirmed our decision to go through with it.” When James was 10 months old, Herring, who has been with Scottish Rite Hospital for 42 years and performed hundreds of amputations, removed James’ foot at the ankle joint and took the bones out of his heel, saving the heel pad. The pad was sutured to the front of the shin to cover the end of the residual

4. James hops onto the bed and takes off his prosthetic leg while Darlene Miller, his grandmother, explains the recent development of leg pain to Steve Ronde, James’ prosthetist. 5. James looks up at his surgeon, Dr. Tony Herring. “Are you a model?” Herring asks as the camera captures the moment. Just prior, James was walking without his prosthesis thanks to his heel pad that Herring attached to the end of his residual limb.

limb as well as the wound. This way, even though one leg would be shorter than the other, James could still stand and even walk without his prosthesis. Because James’ tibia was bowed, Herring cut the bone and straightened it to allow a prosthetic leg to fit over it. James wore a cast for six weeks until the bone healed.

5 dfwchild.com / november 2017

23


After James’ cast was removed at 12 months, James started the lengthy process of being fitted for a prosthetic leg. Cecilia Concha, a prosthetist at Scottish Rite Hospital, made his first leg. First, she took measurements for the length of the prosthetic leg as well as his foot, then she pulled a thin casting sock over his residual limb and wrapped it in plaster to create a mold. After that, she tried on the test socket (the final socket would be custom-made to fit James’ residual limb). Finally, James’ leg, which had a Star Wars design picked by his dad, was connected to a prosthetic foot with a soft heel. At 14 months, James tried on his leg for the first time. Concha slipped a heavy-duty prosthetic sock over the toddler’s residual limb. Then she put on a foam liner, a thin sock and the rigid socket with an attached prosthetic foot. McIlroy remembers that her baby didn’t like his new leg at first. He didn’t really know what to do with it. But after a few sessions with a physical therapist, he started walking with it while holding onto the couch. One month later, he let go of the couch and took his first steps. “It’s exciting when a child first starts walking on the prosthesis,” Herring says. “We all watch and cry a little bit.” Two years later, Herring and Don Cummings, director of prosthetics at Scottish Rite Hospital, who wears two prosthetic legs himself, evaluated James’ growth. Cummings determined James needed another prosthesis. On average, a child receives a new prosthesis every 15 months, and prosthetic legs can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 each. Prostheses are covered under most insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicaidmanaged programs, but Scottish Rite Hospital treats all patients regardless of their ability to pay. “The hospital relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corpora24

tions to continue its mission,” Cummings explains. “We offer Crayon Care, which provides financial assistance to families who qualify, and this certainly applies to prosthetic care.” Prosthetist Steve Ronde began working on a new prosthesis for James, and this time, the toddler chose his own design—one with frogs. At his most recent checkup this past September, James ran ahead of his mom to the waiting room. Once in the exam room, James hopped onto the low bed and took off his leg. Ronde came in to inspect the skin on James’ residual limb and to check for areas of redness or soreness. The preschooler had recently started experiencing some pain. Herring walked in and gave James a high-five before examining his leg and asking him to run down the hallway on his new prosthetic leg while the team watched. Back in the room, Ronde recommended a gel sock to help with James’ soreness. The family followed Ronde to the prosthetics and orthotics clinic where James practiced walking wearing various socks underneath his prosthetic leg. Above all, Ronde and the rest of James’ team at Scottish Rite Hospital, which includes orthopedists, prosthetists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and psychologists, want kids to live a normal, healthy life. The team approach to care is what sets Scottish Rite Hospital apart from other private and corporate prosthetic practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In fact, if a Scottish Rite Hospital child (up to age 18) wants to pursue a sport for which there is not yet a prosthesis, the Scottish Rite Hospital team works with biomedical engineers in the research department at the hospital to make one. For James, a prosthetic leg is now just a part of life. “He really has no limitations,” McIlroy says. “He runs, jumps and climbs ladders at the playground. I hope he doesn’t ever let it stop him from what he wants to do in life.

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

6

7

8

9


O PPO S I T E P A G E 6. Herring gives James a high-five before watching James run down the hallway wearing his prosthetic leg. 7. The rigid socket (on the left) goes over the foam liner (on the right). James will outgrow his leg and need to be fitted for a new one every one to two years. 8. Ronde, James’ prosthetist, slips on different gel prosthetic socks under James’ leg to eliminate the pressure and pain. 9. James looks down into the atrium at former Texas A&M football players as he finishes his bag of popcorn. The hospital hosts events for their patients and families regularly.

THIS PAGE 10. James is all smiles as he heads to child care, where he can’t wait to climb on the playground. For this preschooler, a trip to the doctor means a morning filled with games, painting and popcorn.

10 dfwchild.com / november 2017

25


November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018 • NEW ICE! theme – 2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas • 2 million twinkling lights along with lavish holiday displays • Build-A-Bear Workshop® & Scavenger Hunt

• NEW-The Elf on the Shelf® Character Breakfast • Gingerbread Decorating Corner • Ice Skating and Snow Tubing • Santa’s Christmas Cottage Escape Room • Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Photos with Santa & much more!

GRAPEVINE, TX

Tickets and Packages on Sale Now!

ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com

(817) 778-1000

PEPSI, PEPSI-COLA and the Pepsi Globe are registered trademarks of PepsiCo, Inc. FUJIFILM and INSTAX are trademarks of FUJIFILM Corporation and its affiliates. © 2017 FUJIFILM North America Corporation. All rights reserved. © Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The Elf on the Shelf and © CCA and B, LLC. All rights reserved.

®

PRESENTED BY

ICE! PRESENTED BY


kid culture.

JFK’S FINAL DAY

relive history with a family-friendly tour of nov. 22, 1963

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CECIL STOUGHTON. WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, BOSTON; HILTON FORT WORTH

WORDS JESSICA MYERS

T

his Thanksgiving, inspire a newfound gratitude for the 35th president of our nation, John F. Kennedy, in your little history buffs. After all, the anniversary of his death falls on Thanksgiving, and Dallas-Fort Worth was ground zero on

that historic day. Take your kids for a tour of the president’s route through North Texas; along the way, kids learn about one of our country’s great leaders and get up close to the exact spot he gave his last public speech, landed in Dallas, and eventually was shot. While the historical bits of this tour are best suited to grade schoolers, there are plenty of preschoolerfriendly stops to keep restless littles entertained too. Bonus points if your kiddos memorize Kennedy’s famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country”—words of wisdom to truly be thankful for this year.

before you go

To get more from your tour, download the J F K TO U R DA L L A S app for iPhone and iPad, which allows families to dive deeper into the history of wellknown and not-sowell-known sites with videos, images and intel. Also, try your hand at the Conspiracy Quiz. Available for $0.99 from the Apple App Store. jfktourdallas.com Android users, keep your brains (and your competitive kiddos) busy with the J F K WA L K I N G TR I V I A TO U R app. At each site, choose easy or advanced quizzes

to test your family’s knowledge of key historical figures, including the architects who designed memorials to Kennedy. Download for $9.99 from Google Play. 1

no faint hearts in fort worth

If you’re dedicated to driving JFK’s entire route through Dallas, you actually have to begin at the Hilton Fort Worth, formerly known as the Hotel Texas, where Kennedy gave his final public speech before flying to Dallas later that morning. Thousands of Fort Worthians gathered in the cold rain to hear Kennedy speak,

ABOVE // President John and Jackie Kennedy descend the stairs of Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas. 1 // Kennedy spent his last night and gave his last public speech at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, which was Hotel Texas at the time. dfwchild.com / november 2017

27


kid culture / J F K ’ S

F I N A L DAY

The Ashford Rise School of Dallas at the Moody Family YMCA is an NAEYC-accredited preschool serving children

with and without special needs in an inclusive environment for ages 6 months to 6 years. ABOVE // The John F. Kennedy Tribute outdoor exhibit in General Worth Square commemorates the ideals and leadership from the president’s final speech.

+ Occupational, Speech, Physical and Music Therapy in the classroom setting + Educational assessment + Year-round schedule + Full day program 8:00a–2:30p + YMCA after-care available 2:30–5:30p 6000 Preston Rd., Dallas 75205 214-526-7293 // www.risedallas.org

and because of their dedication, he greeted them with the famous words, “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth.” The parking lot where Kennedy spoke is now General Worth Square, and in 2012, the city unveiled a memorial to the president. To get the most out of the J F K TR I B U TE I N G E N E R A L WO R TH S Q UA R E , send your kiddos on a scavenger hunt of the bronze plaques and etchings. They’ll have to skim the text to answer questions: What was the name of Kennedy’s wife? Can you find his signature? In which war did he serve? What does the “F” stand for in his name? What did he call the “common enemies of man”? (Hint: There are four.) Why did he say “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth”? Before leaving, take a family portrait with the 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the president himself. Pro tip: You can bend the timeline by starting your tour in Dallas and ending at General Worth Square after the sun sets. At night, the pictures and plaques light up around the glowing statue of Kennedy, making for a magical and reverent experience. Recap your day and warm up over a cup of seasonal hot cocoa from SCHAKOL AD CHOCOL ATE FAC TORY just four blocks south.

©

JFK Tribute at General Worth Square, 916 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/870-1692; jfktribute.com Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 106 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817/870-2400; schakolad.com

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

airborne

28

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Stop No. 2 along the tour is Dallas Love Field. The first couple hopped aboard Air Force One for a 15-minute flight from Fort Worth to Dallas; but, without a personal jet, it will take you 45 minutes along Highway 183. Stretch your legs at the C H I L D ’ S P L AY P L AYG R O U N D next to Bachman Recreation Center. Here, you’ll have a front-row seat to planes taking off and landing at Love Field, plus the kids can play pilot on the spring-loaded Southwest airplane bouncer.

Then take in all things aviation at the

F R O NTI E R S O F F L I G HT M U S E U M ,

where kiddos can see all the gadgets inside the cockpits of two reconnaissance aircraft built during the Cold War era: the Blackbird and the Phantom II. Explain to your kids that during Kennedy’s presidency, countries were developing weapons that had the potential to wipe out entire countries. These planes were built to help defend against a calamity of that magnitude, and Kennedy did his part by championing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty between the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain in which the countries agreed to stop testing nuclear weapons. Kennedy was the leader of our country during the civil rights movement as well. Around the time of the March on Washington in 1963, he sent a bill to Congress that eventually passed as the Civil Rights Act in 1964. But citizens like the Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots, had long been fighting for equality. Get a glimpse of their history by browsing artifacts, uniforms and even comic book–style illustrations of these World War II pilots’ exploits. The cockpits and the artifacts are for display only—no little hands allowed—but curious preschoolers can touch the knobs and buttons inside a mini control tower, pretend to fly a jumbo-size plane and climb the treehouse playhouse, all in the Children’s Discovery Area. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 per child age 4 and older and free for age 3 and younger. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1–5pm. Bachman Recreation Center, 2750 Bachman Drive, Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214/350-3600; flightmuseum.com

the grassy knoll

After arriving at Love Field, President and Mrs. Kennedy climbed into the back seat of a

PHOTO COURTESY OF FORT WORTH CVB

Student-to-staff ratio 3–4:1


Neurotherapy Center of Dallas

A Medical Clinic with Painless Drug-free Solutions

Are you a parent looking for information or help with one of these disorders?

Behavior Disorders Asperger’s Bipolar Autism Stress ADD Concussions Depression Learning Difficulties Sports Injuries Anxiety Sleep Disorders Dyslexia ADHD Anger Control Seizure Disorders Jonathan E. Walker, MD,

Board-certified neurologist with more than 35 years of experience in healthcare If your child has been identified with one or more disorders, we offer hope and success

Free information session

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

••••

••••

Wednesday, November 29 7:00 p.m. Call for reservations.

Neurotherapy Center of Dallas 12870 Hillcrest Road, Suite 201, Dallas, TX 75230

972–991–1153

neurotherapydallas.com •••••••• Covered by most insurance plans

©

dfwchild.com / november 2017

29


F I N A L DAY

convertible to be escorted through downtown Dallas to the Dallas Trade Mart. Follow the route the motorcade took down Lemmon Avenue. Turn right on Turtle Creek Boulevard, left on North Harwood Street but make a pit stop at Klyde Warren Park. On Tuesday mornings from 10am–noon, the lawn at K LY D E WA R R E N PA R K is strewn with life-size foam blocks from Imagination Playground that kids can use to build fortresses or design obstacle courses. When you finally make your way to D E A L E Y P L A Z A , you’ll notice a special reverence about the place—another reason to get the kids’ wiggles out before arriving at the site of Kennedy’s assassination. Park in the lot next to the red brick Sixth Floor Museum (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) then safely cross to the infamous grassy knoll between the museum and Elm Street. Be sure to look for the X that marks the exact spot on the road where Kennedy was shot. From the hill, take in an eyewitness’s perspective of the events of that day. Shots came from the Texas School Book Depository and, some claim, from the picket fence behind the knoll. In fact, the staggering number of eyewitness accounts that couldn’t agree on where the shots originated has led the term “grassy knoll” to be synonymous with suspicion, conspiracy and cover-up. Speaking of cover-ups, the S I X TH F LO O R M U S E U M houses archives of conspiracy theories, audio recordings, crime scene photographs and video footage of the day. (If you have preschoolers in tow, we recommend giving the museum a pass—it’s really best for kids 10 and older.) Visit the permanent exhibit, Memory of a Nation, to see a re-creation of the room where it is believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was stationed when he fired the shots. To get the most out of your visit, ask for the youth version of the audio guide included with admission ($16 per adult, $13 for ages 6–18 and free for children 5 and younger). Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, 214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org Dealey Plaza, 400 Main St., Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St., 214/747-6660; jfk.org

in memoriam

2

Spend a minute at the J O H N F. K E N N E DY M E M O R I A L one block east of Dealey Plaza. Built by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the 30-foot-high square structure evokes an empty tomb, symbolizing the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. Ask your kids what other features

of the monument make it feel like this: Is it the granite square in the middle of the floor that’s reminiscent of a tombstone, or is it the fact that the walls muffle the city noises? Why isn’t there a roof? Explain that Johnson meant for the monument to give the illusion of floating between earth and sky—in fact, it’s supported by only eight small columns. John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St., Dallas; jfk.org

the end

Once you come back down to 1 earth, drive down Houston Street to Jefferson Boulevard for the next stop: TH E TE X A S TH E ATR E , where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested about 70 minutes after the shooting. You and the kids can take a tour of the 1931 building and see the spot where Oswald was put in cuffs … kind of. Since his arrest, the theater has undergone several renovations, so you won’t find the exact seat where Oswald was perched (although they are the original seats), but you will see how he snuck in without buying a ticket and the approximate spot where Dallas police officers arrested him. Head upstairs to view the original poster for War Is Hell (the movie Oswald was watching when the law found him) signed by Johnny Brewer, the nearby shoe store manager who witnessed Oswald sneak in and alerted a woman in the box office to call the police. A $10 donation is requested for parties of up to four people. Email info@aviationcinemas.com to schedule a tour. To celebrate the end of your JFK Tour, reward your kiddos with a trip to W I L D D E TE C TI V E S bookstore and bar in the Bishop Arts District, just a few blocks away from the theater. (If you plan your tour for Nov. 18, you may want to hit the bookstore before you set out—at 10:30am, the craftsman home-turned-independent bookstore hosts Kids in the Cliff, a monthly storytelling hour in their cozy nook furnished with lots of pillows and a padded bench. This month, kids will hear Dragons Love Tacos.) While the littles grab a book from the modest children’s section, you can order a cup of joe and slice of Emporium Pies’ The Trifecta from the bar—seriously, the best of Bishop Arts in one place. Open from 10am Tuesday– Sunday and from 2pm Monday. The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, 214/948-1546; thetexastheatre.com Wild Detectives, 314 W. Eighth St., Dallas, 214/942-0108; thewilddetectives.com

1 // Interactive touch-screens overlooking Dealey Plaza give a unique and educational perspective of the historic site. 2 // The Texas Theatre marks the location where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of JFK. 30

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA; THE TEXAS THEATRE

kid culture / J F K ’ S


Having Spina Bifida doesn’t stop us from just being kids. We Are Living #beyondlimits!

Find out more about Camp TLC and the other programs we offer for persons with spina bifida at www.spinabifidant.org

Support, Programs, Advocacy & Awareness Since 1973

972-238-8755 • information@spinabifidant.org www.spinabifidant.org ©

MID-NOVEMBER – EARLY JANUARY Create Christmas memories with the entire family while experiencing the thrill and joy of the holiday season. ICE!® at the Gaylord Texan Resort Christmas concerts at the Palace Theatre ✦ Shopping for everyone on your list ✦ Christmas Light Show Spectacular ✦ North Pole Express, ® presented by Great Wolf Lodge ✦ Texas’ best Christmas lights – by the millions ✦ “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” Exhibit at Tower Gallery ✦ And a whole lot more! ✦

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

VISIT GRAPEVINE, WHERE

COMES TO LIFE.

Visit us at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas or call 817-410-3185 • #GVChristmas 25711_GCVB_Childs_Mags_CCOT_Nov_2017_ad_v2.indd 1

10/12/17 4:16 PM

dfwchild.com / november 2017

31


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN D I R E C T O R Y

Whether your thing is hot chocolate in your jammies or dressing up for a holiday theater peformance, here’s a list of family-friendly events and winter activities to get you in the holiday spirit. More details online at dfwchild.com.

32

COMPANY NAME

DETAILS

AT&T Performing Arts Center attpac.org 214/880-0202

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation that features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special.

Bowl & Barrel bowlandbarrel.com 214/363-2695

Bowl & Barrel is a boutique bowling alley and tavern dishing locally sourced American eats and drinks. We offer kid-size bowling shoes, small lightweight bowling balls, bumpers on each lane and ramps.

Dallas Arboretum dallasarboretum.org 214/515-6615

Elves Workshop: Play “Pin the Nose on the Snowman,” Nov. 8–Jan. 7, Wednesday– Sunday nights 6–9pm. Visits with Santa: Nov. 15–Dec. 20, Saturday and Sunday, 12–4pm and Wednesday nights, 6–9pm. See ad on page 19.

Dallas Opera, The dallasopera.org/family 214/443-1000

Tickets to The Dallas Opera’s Family Series makes a wonderful holiday gift. Tickets are only $5. Productions include two mini-operas and one composer-focused musical presentation. Gift certificates also available. See ad on page 29.

Dallas Repertoire Ballet eisemanncenter.com 972/744-4650

Dallas Repertoire Ballet celebrates the 25th anniversary of their presentation of The Nutcracker, Dec. 8–10, 2017, at the Eisemann Center, including a sensory-friendly performance for children with special needs, Dec. 9 at 2pm.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra mydso.com 214/849-4376

Your holidays won’t be complete without the DSO’s annual Family Christmas Pops concert featuring the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and everyone’s favorites including “Sleigh Ride” and “12 Days of Christmas.”

Disney On Ice disneyonice.com 800/745-3000

Disney On Ice Reach for the Stars opens Nov. 22 at the Allen Event Center with opening-night tickets starting at just $15! See ad on page 8.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark epicwatersgp.com 972/337-3131

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark offers year-round indoor fun for the whole family! Rain, snow or shine, it features 11 water slides, a lazy river and a FlowRider. Book your private cabana or holiday party today!

Firewheel Town Center simon.com/mall/firewheeltowncenter 972/495-8085

Santa Photo Experience located near the park and next to Sweet & Sassy from Nov. 22– Dec. 24 with events including Santa Spectacular on Nov. 25, Caring Santa on Dec. 3 and Pet Photos with Santa on Dec. 10.

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

Enjoy the holidays at the museum this season. Join us for Polar Express in the Omni IMAX Theater, and be sure to check out Innovation Studios for fun, themed activities!

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

COMPANY NAME

DETAILS

Frisco Square friscosquare.com/cits 469/633-1721

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square—light and music show runs Nov. 24 through Dec 31. The Special Event Night will be on Dec. 16, 5–10pm. Full list of event activities at friscosquare.com/cits.

Galveston Island Tourism galveston.com/holidaymagic 888/425-4753

Offering a magical experience with thousands of holiday events including Ice Land, Festival of Lights—Moody Gardens, Santa Train at Galveston Railroad Museum, Downtown Lanterns and Lights, and the 44th Annual Dickens on The Strand.

Gaylord Texan's Lone Star Christmas christmasatgaylordtexan.com 817/778-1000

Families will marvel at lavish holiday displays including 2 million-plus twinkling lights, largerthan-life decorations, ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, cookies with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop and scavenger hunt and much more! See ad on page 26.

Granbury, Texas visitgranbury.com 817/573-5548

Restore your holiday spirit in Granbury. Join us Nov. 24 to see Santa make his grand entrance in our Night of Lights Parade, then enjoy Granbury—A Candlelight Tour of Homes, Dec. 1 and 2.

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau grapevinetexasusa.com 817/410-3185

Create lifetime memories in the Christmas Capital of Texas! With 1,400 events in 40plus days, enjoy Texas’ largest ICE! event, snow tubing, North Pole Express aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, millions of magical lights and more. See ad on page 31.

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

Experience the most unique North Texas holiday event at Holidays at the Heard, featuring live entertainment and a nature trail accentuated with holiday decor. See lifesize animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail at Dinosaurs Live!

Holiday Wonder holidaywonder.com 972/905-6742

At Holiday Wonder, guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree and more than a few holiday surprises.

Park Cities Baptist Church pcbc.org/christmas 214/860-1500

Come home for Christmas at Park Cities! Majestic music and carols, fun family events and beautiful Christmas Eve worship services in English and Spanish.

Prairie Lights prairielights.org 972/237-4569

Prairie Lights features a two-mile drive with more than 4 million lights! Stop at the Holiday Village out-of-car experience for photos with Santa, concessions, gift shop, allnew Snow Maze and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest.

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Join us in December for Breakfast with Santa and our New Year's Eve Party! Visit our website for details about all upcoming events. See ad on page 61.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck reuniontower.com 214/712-7040

Enjoy Santa and his elves, Dallas Zoo visits, holiday photo ops and more at the GeODeck this season! Experience interactive touch screens, fun activities and an indoor/ outdoor observation deck with panoramic views. Visit reuniontower.com.

Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium visitsealife.com/grapevine 877/819-7677

Experience a dive show like no other with Scuba Diving Santa, along with his elf as they take the plunge in a magical dive show. Dives will be held at 11:30am Dec. 13, 16, 20 and 23.

Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! sesamestreetlive.com 800/745-3000

Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. See ad on page 4.

Shops at Willow Bend, The shopwillowbend.com 972/202-4900

Visit with Santa, Nov. 10–Dec. 24; Breakfast with Santa Nov. 11, free event, breakfast/craft included; Santa Paws, Nov. 27–Dec. 1, bring your pups for Santa pictures; Festivals of the Lights, Dec. 13; free gift wrap Dec. 10–24; Salvation Army Angel Tree. See ad on page 3.

Texas Ballet Theater texasballettheater.org 877/828-9200

Join Texas Ballet Theater for The Nutcracker, a holiday classic. Bring your children to our Kingdom of Sweets for crafts, stories and surprises one hour before select matinee shows. Free with ticket to the ballet.

Town of Little Elm lakefrontlittleelm.com 972/731-3296

Enjoy Christmas at the beach, right here in DFW! Our life-size elf village is fun to wander through. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, see reindeer, enjoy train rides and much more. Great for all ages. See ad on page 61.

Trains at NorthPark, The thetrainsatnorthpark.com 214/631-7354

Presented by Bank of Texas, this holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations and includes 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. See ad on page 30.

dfwchild.com / november 2017

33


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

THE

SCHOOL G U I D E Want more information? Find these schools on our website. dfwchild.com

Instilling Catholic Principles in a Modern World GRADES

PK4-8

9924 Hillcrest Rd. | Dallas, TX 75230 dallasisd.org/hillcrest

Achieving Excellence Together!

We invite you to be a part of our family. Limited space available. For Open House dates or more information, please visit www.strita.net or call (972) 239-3203.

• Bio-Medical Academy

• Engineering Academy

To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.502.6800 34

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Public Magnet School

Six State Distinctions

2016 Blue Ribbon Schools nominee and Texas Honor Roll School Montessori and international instructional models dallasisd.org/dealey 972-794-8400 ©

©

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

At St. Rita Catholic School, we strive to foster spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social growth within each child.

• College Preparatory Academy


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

As we

REIMAGINE SCHOOL,

your student has a voice and a choice.

PRE K THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE

Midway 3rd - 12th grade Saturday, November 11, 2017 Open House 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

parishepiscopal.org

|

the school guide

Hillcrest PreK - 2nd grade Saturday, November 4, 2017 Open House 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

972.852.8 737

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE! MIDDLE SCHOOL COFFEE (5th - 8th) NOVEMBER 8, 9:30 a.m.

EARLY CHILDHOOD COFFEE NOVEMBER 29, 9:30 a.m. WWW.STJOHNSSCHOOL.ORG

p.214.328.9131 x103

SJES_DFWChild_Horiz.indd 1

dfwchild.com / november 2017

35


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Open House & Fine Arts Festival

December 2, 2017

Campus Tours

Call us to schedule a tour, 469.742.8003

Your child stands out. Don’t settle for fitting in.

the school guide

Photo of Elizabeth Britton by Lovejoy student Tyler Le.

We're a public school providing a private school experience through tuition-based enrollment. LISD is accepting applications for Pre-K through 12th grade students living outside the LISD boundaries. Isn't Lovejoy ISD music to your ears?

469.742.8003 | lovejoyisd.net

Fairhill School

Where Students with since 1971 Learning Differences Succeed • • • •

College Preparatory Program Multi-Sensory Instruction Small Student-Teacher Ratio Fully Accredited School Grades 1 – 12

Fairhill School and Diagnostic Assessment Center

16150 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75248 972.233.1026 | Fairhill.org | fairhill@fairhill.org 36

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 1/4 page ad Nov.qxp_Layout 1 9/27/17 3:48 PM Page 1

ARE YOU TIRED OF YOUR

INTELLIGENT

AR E

YOU

AND

YOU R

CH ILD

Ready for More?

LEARNING DIFFERENT CHILD NOT REACHING THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL?

OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, Nov. 11 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Meet with faculty, administrators & students • Experience hands-on activities in classrooms

Great Lakes Academy, an accredited, non-profit private school in Plano offers 3rd–12th grade students with average to above average intelligence, with various learning differences, ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome, a positive school experience.

greatlakesacademy.com

6000 Custer Road • Building 7 • Plano 972-517-7498 ext. 103

GREAT LAKES ACADEMY ... WHERE INDIVIDUALITY AND DIFFERENCES ARE CELEBRATED

the school guide

SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY!

Toddler - High School Montessori | International Baccalaureate (IB) 14340 Proton Rd. Dallas 75244 (Near the Tollway & Spring Valley) 972.239.8598 | office@westwoodschool.org www.WESTWOODSCHOOL.org

INSPIRE Alcuin School has provided a proven, progressive education for over 50 years. We inspire the spirit of learning with our Montessori and acclaimed International Baccalaureate programs.

Prospective Parent Meetings

To learn more, call 972-239-1745, or visit alcuinschool.org.

1st through 6th Grade Nov. 7 @ 8:45–10:45 a.m.

Middle & Upper Schools Nov. 28 @ 8:45–10:45 a.m.

TODDLER through HIGH SCHOOL

dfwchild.com / november 2017

37


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Equipping children with learning differences, academically and spiritually.

the school guide

• Serving students in grades 1–8 • Multi-sensory, success-oriented teaching approach • 6 to 1 student to teacher ratio • Positive, nurturing environment HILLIER SCHOOL 3821 UNIVERSITY BLVD. DALLAS, TX 75205 214-525-6600 | HILLIERSCHOOL.ORG

Celebrating our 47th year!

Celebrating our 42nd year!

Rogers Elementary cultivates empowered global citizens who dream big, persist, and achieve excellence. • Personalized Learning Campus • Outdoor Learning Garden

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

• Extracurricular Activities including Robotics, Chess, Orchestra and Guitar

Public Magnet School for Grades 6-8

SIX STATE DISTINCTIONS

Authentic Montessori education for children ages 3–6 years

To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.794.8800

Earn high school credit through Pre-AP courses

Montessori Children’s House and School 7335 Abrams Rd. | Dallas, TX 75231 214.348.6276 | mchs-dallas.org AMI Accredited ©

38

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

dallasisd.org/longfellow (972) 749-5400 ©

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

5314 Abrams Rd. | Dallas, TX 75214 dallasisd.org/rogers


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Walnut Hill

Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy

Elementary School 10115 Midway Rd. | Dallas, TX 75229 dallasisd.org/walnuthill

(IDEA) Grades 9–12

Learners today, Leaders tomorrow

1.

Personalized internships for 10th–12th grade students

2.

• Two-Way Dual Language School

Students earn Business or Industry endorsements

• Tuition-Based Pre-K for 4-Year-Olds

Personalized Learning model: A one-of-a-kind education for your one-of-a-kind kid

SIX State Distinctions To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.502.7800 Dallas Child DA OH 2017.pdf

1

dallasisd.org/idea © 10/11/17

9:02 AM

(972) 794-6800 • PLHighSchool@dallasisd.org ©

PROSPECTIVE PARENT VISITS NOVEMBER 7: 5TH - 8TH GRADE @ 9 AM O VREN M B E R 1S 6 : EP R K & M L ENA REV EK I N D E RL@E9AA D

Restoring the promise of full academic enrichment to students with learning differences since 1965.

with N confidence O V E M B E R 2 8with : 1 compassion S T - 4 T H G R A D with E @courage 9 AM

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

Coeducational, day school serving students in grades 1-12

dfwchild.com / november 2017

39

the school guide

3.

• Outdoor Learning Garden


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Wisdom for Hearts and Minds

sdom for Hearts and Minds

Enrolling grades K-4 for 2018-19

Discover what

K-8th grade campus

Now Enrolling

inspires

All girls school STEAM curriculum Dual language instruction

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

See what sets us apart. Register for a fall admission event today!

SACS Accredited

www.greenhill.org/admission

972.628.5910

Enrollment Ages 2 - 2nd 2-490-7060 for details.

dallasisd.org/solarprep 972-749-4300

13555 Hillcrest Road, 75240 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas Dallas TXTX 75240 www.holytrinityacademy.com www.holytrinityacademy.com

ccredited

It is the policy of Greenhill School to administer its educational programs, including admission and financial aid, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, or disability. ©

Creating tomorrow’s global leaders

Creating a Community of Diverse Learners

your

DESTINY

Two-Way Dual Language School International Baccalaureate Program Coming Fall 2018! Outdoor Learning Garden Three State Distinctions

is here

PreK through 6th Grade > Reading/Writing Workshop

ADMISSIONS PREVIEW November 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. December 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. January 9, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Register online at www.stphilips1600.com/admissions or call 214-421-5221, ext. 156 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75215

Arthur Kramer Elementary School 7131 Midbury Dr. | Dallas, TX 75230 dallasisd.org/kramer

PK2-6th grade, robust academics, project based learning, STEM, robotics, and fine arts. Full day PK2-PK4.

To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.794.8300 ©

40

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Units of Study Curriculum

> Interactive, Hands-On Math Curriculum > Spanish, PE & Recess Daily > STEM Lab, Art, Music & Library Time > After School Care & Enrichment Programs

1215 Turner | Dallas, Texas 75208

PH 214.942.2220 | FX 214.942.1223 www.thekesslerschool.com

www.facebook.com/thekesslerschool

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

the school guide

you.


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

F.P. Caillet Elementary School 3033 Merrell Rd. Dallas, TX 75229 dallasisd.org/caillet

As individuals we are strong, but as a team we are invincible!

Believing in the Limitless Potential of Girls

Visit Us to Learn More

WWW.HOCKADAY.ORG Tours and Classroom Visits Available

To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.794.3200

Three State Distinctions

Why does an all-girl education inspire confidence?

the school guide

Two-Way Dual Language School Talented and Gifted Program Extracurricular Activities including Robotics, Chess, Orchestra and Guitar

The Hockaday School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin. ©

Cultivating Minds FOR TOMORROW’S LEADERS

Kindergarten Preview December 6, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Lower School Preview November 2, 2017 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Middle School Preview November 8, 2018 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Upper School Preview November 28, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

• STEM Academy • Two-Way Dual Language Academy

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

Freshman Visit Day February 2, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Transforming Lives.

• Visual & Performing Arts Academy To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.502.6102

E.D. Walker Middle School 12532 Nuestra Dr. | Dallas, TX 75230 DALLASISD.ORG/WALKER ©

dfwchild.com / november 2017

41


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Willow Bend Learning Center

Infants•Toddlers•Preschool•Afterschool

NOW ENROLLING Your child’s safety is our TOP priority Impeccable compliance history with the Department of Childcare Licensing

Grades 9 –12

3 Progressive curriculum is a blend of Montessori, Whole Languages & Phonics

Enrolling grades 9 and 10 for 2018–2019

3 Daily fun activities include Cooking, Yoga, Origami, Computers, Gardening & more

Downtown Campus — Students use the city as their lab

3 After school pickup from area schools, homework help, field trips & special activities

Earn endorsements in Architecture, Environmental Science, or Urban and Regional Planning

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

dallasisd.org/citylabhs (972) 749-2700

Monday–Friday, 7:00am to 6:15pm Winston Dallas Child.pdf

2017-2018 Admissions Open House

Two-Way Dual Language School Outdoor Learning Garden

Thursday, November 9 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Extracurricular Activities including Sports, Theatre and Choir

Sunday, January 28 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Four State Distinctions To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.794.2800

Everette L. DeGolyer Elementary School

3453 Flair Dr. | Dallas, TX 75229

dallasisd.org/degolyer ©

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

8/9/17 ©

Come Discover the Winston Difference!

At DeGolyer we give 100% all day, every day because our scholars are going to college.

42

1

Discover POP Tour Nov. 1 & Dec. 6! 972.447.0532

The Winston School

WWW.POPCS.ORG

winston-school.org

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

the school guide

3 French, Spanish, Sign Language included in curriculum

9:04


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Discover Advance Soar YOUR PURPOSE

Withers Elementary — Where Everyone is a Winner!

BUILDING CHARACTER, KNOWLEDGE & ROBOTS.

GOD’S KINGDOM

TO GREATNESS

Now Enrolling!

• Two-Way Dual Language School • Outdoor Learning Garden • Extracurricular Activities including Robotics, Chess, Orchestra and Guitar

18 MONTHS – 8TH GRADE

4 S.T.E.A.M. ACADEMY 4 FOREIGN LANGUAGES 4 FINE ARTS INSTITUTE 4 DUAL ACCREDITATION

Five State Distinctions

4 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT 4 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION 4 SMALL CLASSROOM RATIOS 4 BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Small Classes. Big Thinkers. 6 months - 6th grade. 9200 Inwood, Dallas.

Harry C. Withers Elementary School 3959 Northaven Rd. | Dallas, TX 75229

dallasisd.org/withers WesleyPrep_Robots_225x4688.indd 1

1821 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas 75232 214-672-9206

©

See us in action Thursday, November 16th! FCASoars.org/rsvp

9/27/16 10:00 AM

ENROLLING

GRADES

PK3-6 FOR 2018-2019

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

PK-8th grade campus

• Student-centered,       hands-on learning

• Mixed-age classrooms

dallasisd.org/mata (972) 749-7500

©

dfwchild.com / november 2017

43

the school guide

To schedule a personal tour, contact us at 972.794.5000


THIS MONTH:

COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS WORDS DFWCHILD EDITORS

Taking your kiddo to a Cowboys game? You may want to take earplugs. Read these fast facts to see what the experts have to say about caring for your kid’s whole health—eardrums included.

Prolonged exposure to

NOISES >85 DECIBELS CAN CAUSE HEARING LOSS

CHILDREN

ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE BACK PAIN IF THEY DO AEROBIC ACTIVITY FOR 1/2 HR,

3–4X/WEEK

65%

90 dB: Hairdryer

OF YOUTH RUNNERS SUFFER INJURIES each year. Most are caused by overtraining or overuse.

100 DB:

MP3 player at full volume

OF CHILDREN IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DO NOT RECEIVE THEM

FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUFFERS AN INJURY.

HOW THICK IS AN ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLE? AS THICK AS TWO HUMAN HAIRS.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING SPEECH SOUND DISORDERS:

GET YOUR CHILD’S HEARING CHECKED 44

READ & PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD EVERY DAY

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILD’S TEETH & MOUTH

SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE INACTIVE FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS ATATIME UNLESS THEY’RE SLEEPING.

110 DB:

Sporting event

120 DB:

Jet taking off

130 DB:

Ambulance

140 DB: Fireworks

SOURCES: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY; AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION; CHILDREN’S HEALTH; COOK CHILDREN’S; NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN IN POVERTY; SEATTLE CHILDREN’S; UNC FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER

EVERY YEAR, ABOUT 1 IN 3 YOUTH


SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

HOW WE DO IT TAKING CARE OF YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH is about more than checkups and flu shots—it means looking after their social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health. So parents turn to Dallas-Fort Worth’s many chiropractors, counselors and other skilled professionals to keep their kids thriving from head to toe. How do you find a trustworthy provider? Start here with our list of wellness professionals recommended by local moms and dads.

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONAL?

A Mom-Approved Wellness Professional is an acupuncturist, chiropractor, therapist or other wellness provider who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local parents reached out to our maga-

zine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their natural approach, flexibility or gentle demeanor, these providers have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their whole health. All of these providers are licensed and were in good standing

APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS

Katz, Brianne DC Uprise Chiropractic, Dallas

Busu, Christina BCBA Help Hope Solutions, Plano See ad on page 46

Kramer, Jason DC Revolution Chiropractic, Dallas

Moses, Nikki BCBA Consulting 4 the Spectrum, Plano

Mann, Jinna DC Crucible Chiropractic, Richardson Marzluff, Cassidie DC T3 Chiropractic, Rockwall

CHIROPRACTIC

Maurer, Jacob DC, CAc Uprise Chiropractic, Dallas

Bendewald, Christy DC Crescendo Chiropractic, Dallas

Meleski, Lexi DC Our Birthing Home, Dallas

Berry, Stephanie DC Mother Me Chiropractic, Dallas

Miller, Meier DC Restoration Dallas Chiropractic, Dallas

Brooks, Amber DC, CACCP, RN BCIP Whole Child Wellness, Dallas Calaway, Erin Stark DC Apex Wellness Center, Dallas Corder, Kristi DC, FICPA Family First Chiropractic, Cross Roads Farrell, Kristi DC Back To Health Physical Medicine, Dallas Gore, Autumn DC Café of Life Chiropractic, Dallas Gowin, Courtney, DC Free To Be Chiropractic, Addison Gruben, Julie DC Allen Family Chiropractic, Allen Harrison, Jonathon DC New Directions Chiropractic, Allen Heikkinen, Marsha DC Heikkinen Chiropractic, Mesquite Jackson, Nicole DC Venn Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Frisco

Newsome, Shea DC Revolution Chiropractic, Dallas Osterman, Lacey DC Crucible Chiropractic, Richardson Porteus, Nikki DC Renew & Restore Wellness, Dallas area Spector, Ashley DC Spector Chiropractic, Plano Wagley, Ben DC Parkwood Family Chiropractic, Frisco Weber, Denisa DC Serving Life Chiropractic, Dallas Weinzetl, Chad DC, CCSP Lifestyle Wellness Center, Plano See ad on page 49

with their respective certification or examination boards at press time.

nutritionist or other whole health care provider you love, tell us.

WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS DIFFERENT? Each year vari-

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? DFWChild holds four

ous publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think Mom-Approved Wellness Professionals are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by DFWChild. This is a parent-to-parent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE? The list is by no means exhaustive—there are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a recommendation. If you have a local counselor,

Beckloff, Dean LPC-S, PhD Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 47

Kertsburg, Kim LCSW Dallas Postpartum Support, Dallas Leipold, Vera LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 48

Davis, Damion LPC Davis Counseling Center, Addison Dooley, Sandra PhD, LPC, LMFT North Dallas Doctors Office, Dallas See ad on page 48

Lockett, Holly LPC-S Frisco Counseling and Wellness, Frisco

Fedro, Holly LCSW Center for Social Success, Dallas See ad on page 47

Lozano, Erin LPC-S, RPT-S Center for Social Success, Dallas See ad on page 47

Fish, Matthew LPC-I Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 48

Lozano, Rusty MEd, LPC, BCB, LM Center for Biofeedback and Behavior Therapy, Addison

Grisham, Zac LPC-S Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 48

MacGregor, Mary PhD, LMFT Office of Dr. MacGregor, Dallas

Hayes, Magnolia LPC Office of Magnolia Hayes, Mesquite Heath, Robi LPC-S, RPT-S Kid Talk, Frisco Heiple, Lauren LPC-I Community Counseling Associates, Allen

York, Meghan DC Serving Life Chiropractic, Dallas

Hudson, Alice MSN, PMHNP-BC Solace Counseling, Plano

Mom-Approved Wellness Professionals with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com/doctors.

Istre, Susan PhD, LPC-S Center for Social Success, Dallas See ad on page 47

Campbell, Kittie LPC Center for Social Success, Dallas See ad on page 47

Wuistinger, Jamie DC Pro Motion Sports Chiropractic, Dallas

WHERE CAN I VIEW COMMENTS ABOUT THESE MOM-APPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS? The full list of

Israel, Karen MEd, LPC Evolve Counseling and Wellness, Dallas

COUNSELING

Hood, Jarrod LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 48

surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite health care providers. Visit our website at dfwchild.com/doctors to complete the current Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her empathy? Her listening and communication skills? Other parents want to know why you think this professional is special. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity.

McLaughlin, Laura LPC, RPT HeadFirst Counseling, Dallas Rosenberg Waks, Helen LCSW Office of Helen Waks, Dallas Sewell, Erica LCSW, RPT, CAS Full Circle Counseling and Family Services, Dallas Shepherd, Natalie LPC, LMFT, RPT Office of Natalie Shepherd, Rockwall Stephens, Kristina LPC, RPT Campbell Counseling Group, Richardson

dfwchild.com / november 2017

45


SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

CONTINUED

Van Pelt, Emily LPC-S, PhD, RPT-S Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 49 Villarreal, Valerie LPC Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center, Dallas See ad on page 49 West, Brooke PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S HOPE Child and Family Center of Texas, Dallas

To view comments on all nominated dentists, visit dfwchild.com/doctors.

Washer Reneau, Keelie MOT, OTR Theraplay Associates, Dallas

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Bragers, Mary Pat OTR Plano Therapeutic Services, Plano See ad on page 48 Carnine, Patricia OT A Therapy Connection, Richardson See ad on page 47 Civello, Ashley MA, OTR Theraplay Associates, Dallas

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Schulenburg, Julia BSN, ND, CLT Center for Holistic Healing, Dallas

NEUROTHERAPY Walker, Jonathan MD Neurotherapy Center of Dallas, Dallas

Sanders, Crystal MOTR, SIPT Progressive Pediatric Therapy of Texas, Plano Suggs, Jennifer MOT, OTR, SIPT Suggs Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Services, Dallas See ad on page 49 Sullivan, Nancy OTR Speech and Occupational Therapy of North Texas, Plano

PHYSICAL THERAPY Stryk, Lance PT, DPT Children’s Health Specialty Center, Dallas

Davis, Maggie SLP Let’s Talk Speech Therapy, Dallas Eskridge, Mallory SLP Apraxia Dallas, Dallas Fitzgerald, Morgan SLP-A Let’s Talk Speech Therapy, Dallas Friedman, Laura SLP Bloom Speech and Language Therapy, Dallas

PSYCHOTHERAPY

Garrett, Jean SLP Office of Jean Garrett, Dallas

Miltenberger, Paula PhD Women’s Mental Wellness, Dallas See ad on page 47

Mathis, Downie SLP A Therapy Connection, Richardson See ad on page 47 Reva, Jessica SLP Speech & Feeding of Frisco, Frisco

SPEECH THERAPY Ahmed, Amanda SLP, EdM Summit Speech Therapy, Frisco Crespi, Brittney SLP A Therapy Connection, Richardson See ad on page 47

Sorokwasz, Meredith SLP Let’s Talk Speech Therapy, Dallas Valenzuela, Bre’Anna SLP Let’s Talk Speech Therapy, Dallas Waldrup, Breanna SLP Apraxia Dallas, Dallas

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Cristina Busu, BCBA Applied Behavioral Analysis Cristina earned her master’s degree in early childhood disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has completed postgraduate coursework at the University of North Texas in preparation for her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), which she received in summer 2007. Cristina’s 10-plus years of experience working with children encompass public school teaching (certified in first–fourth grades) and children with autism and other developmental delays as an ABA therapist, trainer, team lead and consultant. Through this experience, she has had the opportunity to work with children (from 14 months to 18 years) across the autism spectrum and with children who have various developmental delays, ADD/ADHD and nonverbal learning disorders. She currently develops and implements intervention programs; provides parent, therapist and teacher training; creates behavior intervention programs for home, school and natural environment settings; conducts developmental and functional assessments; develops and implements individual education plan (IEP) goals; and participates in school admission review and dismissal (ARD) meetings. Cristina’s unique approach has been widely praised for providing customized, comprehensive strategies addressing the language, cognitive and social needs needed to navigate today’s complex social world. She is an active member of the International Association of Behavior Analysis, Texas Association of Behavior Analysis and the North Texas Autism Special Interest Group.

Help Hope Solutions 7800 Preston Rd., Ste. 202, Plano, 75024 • 972-403-0100 2615 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 190, Southlake, 76092 • 817-251-8099 helphopesolutions.com

46

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Downie Mathis, SLP; Patricia Carnine, OT & Brittney Crespi, SLP Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy

MOM-APPROVED COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

Downie Mathis, Brittney Crespi and Pat Carnine are therapists at A Therapy Connection. ATC provides speech, occupational, feeding and physical therapy to children, from newborn through adolescence. Comprehensive evaluations, individual and group therapy sessions, social language groups, preverbal classes and adaptive dance are all available under one roof.

A Therapy Connection 1601 N. Collins Blvd., Richardson TX 75080 972-470-5855 info@atherapyconncection.com atherapyconnection.com

Susan Istre, PhD, LPC-S; Holly Fedro, MS, LCSW; Kittie Campbell, MS, LPC & Erin Lozano, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S Counseling Thank you to all our clients for their vote of confidence for five straight years. We strive to provide individual therapy and social skills groups that are focused and effective—and our therapy pups provide the fun! Come see us today to decrease stress; improve parent and sibling relations; and manage ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression and more. Mention this ad for a 20 percent discount on your first visit.

12880 Hillcrest Rd., #105, Dallas, TX 75230 972-404-3001 • dristre.com MOM-APPROVED:

2012–2017

Paula Miltenberger, PhD Psychotherapy Women’s Mental Wellness is a specialized practice dedicated to treating the psychological and behavioral health of women at every phase of life. The practice’s single focus on women has allowed the therapists to achieve expertise in issues such as infertility, perinatal mood disorders and work-life balance for women. Dr. Miltenberger is a licensed psychologist and founder of Women’s Mental Wellness. She received her doctorate degree in clinical

psychology from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed a fellowship training in women’s mental health with the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Women’s Mental Wellness 5949 Sherry Lane, Suite 752 Dallas, TX 75225 214-890-9880 womensmentalwellness.com

Dean Beckloff, PhD, LPC-S Counseling Dr. Beckloff maintains an active counseling practice in North Dallas, specializing in treatment for children and families. He is a trained play therapist for children and specializes in family counseling and parenting. He works with children with emotional and behavioral issues, ADD and Asperger’s syndrome, as well as with parents and

children dealing with divorce, both during the divorce and after. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017

dfwchild.com / november 2017

47


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Mary Pat Bragers, OTR Occupational Therapy

MOM-APPROVED COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

Mary Pat Bragers is an occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with sensory processing disorders (SPD). She has been in private practice in Plano for over 20 years and will be adding a new location in north Plano when she begins providing occupational therapy and interactive metronome at

Structure Chiropractic/BrainworX Center. Mary Pat also enjoys providing in-services and consultation to professionals and families. Plano Therapeutic Services 4011 W. Plano Pkwy #118 Plano, TX 75093 214-535-8772 mpbragers@aol.com

Structure Chiropractic 4508 Legacy Dr. #200 Plano, TX 75024 MOM-APPROVED:

2014, 2017

Sandra Y. Dooley, PhD, LPC/LMFT Counseling Sandy has been a practicing therapist for 25 years and has extensive experience as a therapist and consultant to many families. She offers a comprehensive range of counseling services for children and teens, as well as relationship counseling for adults. Sandy also conducts custody evaluations, offers parent

facilitation for divorced families and serves as an expert witness in family litigation.

NORTH DALLAS DOCTORS OFFICE, P.C. 6750 Hillcrest Plaza Dr., Ste. 304, Dallas, TX 75230 214-770-9710 • sdooleydrs@gmail.com sandydooley.com

Matthew Fish, MA, LPC-Intern Supervised by Emily Walker-Van Pelt, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Counseling

I endeavor to promote an environment of hope for families struggling with a variety of difficulties. I love working with children, adolescents, parents and communities to provide a holistic approach to counseling using evidence-based techniques in a safe, warm and encouraging relationship. Working with a variety of concerns from parent-child relationships and

developmental disorders to anxiety and depression in children, I hope to provide an inviting place to work through some of life’s toughest detours. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com

Zac Grisham, MS, LPC-S Counseling Zac earned his master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce. There he was trained in play, family and sandtray therapies. Zac has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and teens dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma and anger management issues. Zac really strives to be genuine and transparent

throughout the therapy process in order to help his clients be collaborative partners in their treatment. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017

Jarrod Hood, MA, LPC Counseling I am a child and family counselor. I get to help good people and families in challenging situations find hope and empowerment. I get to support them taking the necessary steps toward more confident decision-making. There is no better time to start. I develop a strong working plan with you at the beginning of therapy. I assess progress of the

treatment plan each month. I have developed a strong reputation for my collaborative concern with those who are important to the care of you and your family. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017

Vera Leipold, MEd, LPC Counseling A licensed professional counselor, Vera works with children, adolescents, families, adults and couples. She specializes in play and activity therapy and has received training to work with clients struggling with self-harming behaviors. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, therapeutic progress is achieved by helping clients journey toward a

48

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

healthier sense of self. When working with children and adolescents, Vera understands that parents are an important component to achieving growth. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Jennifer Suggs, MOT, OTR, SIPT Occupational Therapy provides both occupational and physical therapy services and accepts insurance. She has been married for 20 years and has 2 teenage children.

MOM-APPROVED COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

Jennifer Suggs has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years and is the owner of SPOTS, which specializes in pediatric sensory integrative therapy. She and her talented team of therapists are passionate about helping children reach their full potential in the areas of fine and gross motor skills and sensory processing. SPOTS

12810 Hillcrest Rd. Ste. B-100 Dallas, TX 75230 972-404-1718 spotstx.com

Emily Walker-Van Pelt, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S Counseling As a registered play therapist–supervisor and a licensed professional counselor–supervisor, Dr. Van Pelt is trained to work with a variety of concerns in children, adolescents and adults. She believes in working closely with parents and children to develop plans that are beneficial for the family system.  Dr. Van Pelt’s interests include divorce care,

multiple-birth children, sibling rivalry, ADHD, anxiety, depression and children with selective mutism. Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017

Valerie Villarreal, MEd, LPC Counseling Valerie Villarreal is a registered play therapist. Through a positive relationship with her clients, she helps them gain insight into their desire to belong and have significance. She teaches coping strategies as well.

Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center 17210 Campbell Rd., Ste. 200 Dallas, TX 75252 972-250-1700 • drbeckloff.com MOM-APPROVED:

2016–2017

Chad Weinzetl, DC Chiropractic Dr. Chad Weinzetl is the co-author of the book, The Art of Being Healthy: Wellness Tips from the Pros and founder of Lifestyle Wellness Center: Family and Sports Chiropractic. He is the official chiropractor of the Allen Americans hockey team and a certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP). He loves treating children of all ages, but especially

those involved in athletics. His wife, Kim, is also a chiropractor and they have two boys, Noah, 3, and Caleb, 1. 4140 Legacy Dr., Ste. 324 Plano, TX 75024 469-241-9665 chirochangeslives.com

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK OR HURT, little else matters. 2017

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

dfwchild.com / november 2017

49


county/locavore. dallas

ONE DAY, TWO WAYS IN DALLAS COUNTY play knock-knock on knox-henderson or travel back in time in addison

PHOTO COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF THE KATY TRAIL

WORDS JESSICA MYERS

I

f you’ve lived in Dallas long, you know that November is a fair-weather friend when it comes to, well, the weather. That’s why this month we’ve lined

up itineraries with both indoor and outdoor play to help your littles get the wiggles out no matter what the mercury reads.

dfwchild.com / november 2017

51


dallas co. / L O C A V O R E CARROLLTONADDISON FROM $67

We love the all-inclusive MARY HEADS CARTER PARK not only for the features that accommodate kids who use wheelchairs but also because it’s great for parents and tots too. Let older kiddos explore the slides and the teeter-totter while you push your babe in a baby swing and do tummy time on one of the shaded benches surrounding the playground.

SIGN UP FOR MUSIC LESSONS TODAY! Drums • Acoustic and Electric Guitar Piano • Ukulele • Violin • Voice Adult Recreational Beginning Piano Classes Weekend Discounted Lesson

2320 Heads Lane, Carrollton, 972/466-3080; cityofcarrollton.com

All instructors have earned Graduate Degrees in Music

The third Saturday in November, stop in to the nearby JOSEY RANCH LAKE LIBRARY for story time at 10:30am. For 30 minutes, littles ages 3–6 sing songs, listen to stories and watch a puppet show with a friendly librarian. Go any day (except Thursday, when the library is closed) to hang out in the children’s area and admire an interactive exhibit by UT Dallas—a ball drops into pipe pieces that little hands can move to make the ball go wherever they like. Kiddos can also tell their own stories with felt cut-outs that stick to the wall. Check the calendar to find weekday toddler story times and evening Lego Challenges for bigger kids.

214-369-7772 grayschoolofmusic.com 11661 Preston, Suite 136 | Dallas, TX 75230 SW Corner of Preston & Forest

©

1700 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton, 972/466-4800 cityofcarrollton.com

Mom-Approved 5 Years in a Row!

214-242-9654 www.letstalkdallas.com info@letstalkdallas.com Inwood Village, Dallas, TX ©

52

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

17

KNOX-HENDERSON FROM $45

November is prime time to leaf-peek in Dallas. Spy the changing autumn leaves on the KATY TRAIL near Knox-Henderson. There’s a small parking lot fronting the trail on Buena Vista Street. Need a restroom break before your adventure? The Highland Park Pharmacy, just steps away at the corner of Travis and Knox streets, welcomes Katy Trail goers, or if your crew hits the pavement hard for a mile or so, take a break at the Katy Trail Ice House. Before rejoining the trail, snack on the famous loaded queso and chips with guac, sour cream and brisket, and enjoy craft 1 beers from Lakewood and Deep Ellum brewing companies. Katy Trail, 214/303-1180; katytraildallas.org Katy Trail Ice House, 3127 Routh St., Dallas, 214/468-0600; katyicehouse.com When the queso wears off, fill up at WILD ABOUT HARRY’S at their new location next to the Apple store. For over 20 years, Dallasites have enjoyed Chicago-style hot dogs and frozen custard from this local haunt. Grab the kiddos a Happy Harry Meal that includes a hot dog or corn dog, side, custard and drink for $5.49. Parents, you gotta try the Knox dog with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. End on a sweet note by sharing a Turtle Creek sundae with hot fudge, caramel and pecans. Open daily 10am–10pm. 3107 Knox St., Dallas, 214/520-3113; wildaboutharrys.com

Fuel the kids’ imaginations with dinner at MAGIC TIME MACHINE , a few minutes down Belt Line Road in Addison. Aside 2 from the gourmet Americana kids’ menu (how many restaurants do you know that serve chopped steak for kids?), the tables are the main attraction. Cozy into the Lunchbox, Tee-Pee, Dunce-cap or even a carousel complete with horses while waiting on your costumed server. Don’t be surprised if your picky eaters load up on salad and veggies—each meal comes with a trip to the salad car, a vintage red roadster-turnedsalad bar. If that wasn’t amazing enough, order and share the overflowing Oreo sundae.

Find plenty of post-meal entertainment at FROGGIE’S 5 AND 10 just two blocks west of the restaurant. The store is filled with novelty toys like slinky dogs and stuffed kitten emojis (yes, the original ones from Facebook messenger), but don’t feel pressured to make a purchase—staff welcomes anyone wanting to play and share quality time. Set your littles down at the train table or the book wall and see where imagination takes them. And at the diner-style playhouse, kids can pretend to order at the counter and whip up eggs, bacon and milkshakes. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–9pm and Sunday 11am–6pm.

5003 Belt Line Road, Dallas, 972/980-1903; magictimemachine.com

3211 Knox St., Dallas, 214/522-5867; froggies5and10.com

PREVIOUS PAGE // See the changing leaves along the 3.5-mile Katy Trail, which follows the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. 1 // The wheelchair-accessible pirate ship toy at Mary Heads Carter Park provides fun for all. 2 // Kids can play and explore the retro and new toys at the whimsical Froggie’s 5 and 10.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JESSICA MYERS; CHASE BILBREY

ing v i g s k Than Rocks!


dallas co. / P L A Y G R O U N D

OL

EH

I LL

NO

For the past 27 years, Educational First Steps has set at-risk children on the path to success by creating high-quality early education environments. educationalfirststeps.org

PLAYGROUND REVIEW:

GP

D O R AN C IR

FL A

RT

H

S WE

TH

W

Y

dallas’ flag pole hill park

Location: 8015 Doran Circle in Dallas, off Northwest Highway near Buckner Boulevard at the north end of White Rock Lake. There’s a semicircular parking lot next to the playground and stone pavilion. Best for: Soaking in the views and running wild in the wide-open spaces—the playground overlooks the flagpole after which the historical, 107-acre park is named. Take a detour down the paved trail toward the flagpole and hike up some steps to spot the lake in the distance. Then wander back up and set the gang loose in the grassy fields or on the small play area with three slides, multilevel climbing poles and a telephone toy that lets kids talk to each other across the playground. There are four baby swings, but older kids are out of luck. For your convenience: Bring a football and make a day of it—restrooms and picnic tables are provided nearby. Safety: Though the play equipment isn’t new, it’s in good condition; however, there is only one play set for all ages to share (so watch your tots carefully) plus minor litter in the play area. —Sydni Ellis

+

+ Beautiful views + Restrooms + Lots of room to run

-

swings for - No older kids one - Only play set Our Rating: 3/5

*Based on the National Program for Playground Safety’s Report Card at playgroundsafety.org. 54

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SYDNI ELLIS

This review was distributed to the city of Dallas Park and Recreation Department for further review and/or action.


Curious George television series merchandise © Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.

Achieve a Balanced Life NOW ON EXHIBIT!

Building individualized relationships with our patients and their families Central Auditory Processing

Language

Speech

Audiology

VISIT FORTWORTHMUSEUM.ORG 972-608-0416 | www.achievehearing.com LOCATIONS IN DALLAS AND PLANO

5952 Royal Lane, Suite 168 Dallas, TX 75230 5928 West Parker Road, Suite 1000 Plano, TX 75093

FW Child OCTOBER 2017

dfwchild.com / november 2017

©

55


dallas co. / R E S T A U R A N T S MONDAY

Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 4170 Lavon Drive, Suite 100, Garland; 972/4967555 // cristinasmex.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered on Tuesday. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details. JC’s Burger House // American See Sunday for details.

KIDS EAT FREE

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table See Sunday for details. The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/3853287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

deals for every day of the week

TUESDAY

Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican See Monday for details.

Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free at the buffet. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

close. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Monday. Moe’s Southwest Grill // Mexican 13701 Midway Road, Farmers Branch; 972/2332700 // 5949 Broadway Blvd., Garland; 972/3035555 // moes.com // Kids eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal. Age 12 and younger. Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/8185445 // oliverseatery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day, dine-in only. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday.

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.

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.

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

Simply Fondue // Fondue 2108 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/827-8878 // simplyfondue.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free after 5pm with purchase of an adult entree.

Golden Corral // Buffet Multiple locations // goldencorral.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

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

IHOP // Diner Multiple locations // ihop.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal 4–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. JC’s Burger House // American 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/2392740 // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered Monday and Saturday.

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.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/532-0206 // modmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item 5pm–

Villa-O // Italian 4514 Travis St., Suite 132, Dallas; 214/780-1880 // villaorestaurant.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal.

56

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details. Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal of $7.99 or more, all day. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // lunagrill.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/4909464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // pluckers.net // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Details vary by location. Slater’s 50/50 // American 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/888-0158 // slaters5050.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree, all day. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

WEDNESDAY

Braindead Brewing // American 2625 Main St., Dallas; 214/749-0600 // braindeadbrewing.com // Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree 5–10 pm. Age 12 and younger. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/2983335 // coltersbbq.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter, all day. Age 12 and younger. CONTINUED ON PAGE 58

©ISTOCK.COM/FCAFOTODIGITAL

SUNDAY

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).


Basketball & Cheerleading Kindergarten – 6th Grade Places available for 2018 teams! pcbc.org/upward 214.860.1570

3933 Northwest Parkway Dallas TX 75225

Opening LATE 2017! Annual Passes on Sale Now! • 11 Thrilling Slides • 80,000-square-feet of Attractions • Arcade • DELICIOUS Food

At Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, your family can experience year-round fun, thanks to our massive retractable roof. Call to learn about our outstanding group packages for your child’s birthday party, school group or team outing.

Book your PARTY FOR 2018 now! 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 | EPICWATERSGP.COM | 972.337.3131 dfwchild.com / november 2017

57


dallas co. / R E S T A U R A N T S

Cultivating Young Minds & Characters

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 56

At Learn & Grow our philosophy is simple: Pair the tailored attention of one-on-one tutoring with the stress-free environment of your own home. Success follows!

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details.

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details.

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

IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details.

IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details.

Oliver’s Eatery // Deli See Sunday for details.

Kyoto Japanese Steak House // Japanese 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688 // 9900 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett; 972/4630288 // 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. Details vary by location.

Steak ’n Shake // Diner See Sunday for details.

Luby’s // Cafeteria Multiple locations // lubys.com // Free kid’s plate with purchase of an adult dine-in meal all day. Age 10 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday. Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // 3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 214/526-8181 // mattitos. com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase. Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/3683100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Shenaniganz // American 1290 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-1133 // shenaniganz.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal after 5pm. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

THURSDAY

Beto’s Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 2530 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie; 972/6601289 // eatatbetos.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

www.lgtutoring.com Call to arrange for a complimentary consultation!

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

972-672-5037 214-642-1389

IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

FRIDAY

Careers

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

Requires a bachelor’s degree and valid teaching certificate. Teaching experience preferred. All applicants should be committed to high expectations and achievement for all students. ©

58

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

English • Math • Spanish

Luby’s // Cafeteria See Wednesday for details.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

KIDS EAT CHEAP

Fill little tummies by spending a crisp Lincoln or less. Find a cheap deal while you’re out and about? Email us at editorial@dfwchild.com. Buffalo Wild Wings // American Multiple locations // buffalowildwings.com // On Wednesday, kids 12 and younger make selections from the kids’ menu for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Times and details vary by location. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free and kids ages 4–10 eat for under $4 every day. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. El Chico Café // Mexican Multiple locations // elchico.com // On Thursday, kids 12 and younger eat for $0.99 from the Little Amigos menu with purchase of an adult entree all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location. McAlister’s Deli // Deli Multiple locations // mcalistersdeli.com // Kids’ meals cost $0.99 when you dine in or $2.49 for takeout, all day, every day. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Souper! Salad! // Buffet 1645 N. Town East Blvd., Suite 166, Mesquite; 972/682-6888 // soupersalad.com // Buffet costs $4.99 for ages 3–12 and is free for age 2 and younger. All day, every day. Drinks not included. Spaghetti Warehouse // Italian 1815 N. Market St., Dallas; 214/651-8475 // meatballs.com // On Monday, kids younger than 10 eat for $1.99 all day with purchase of an adult meal. Up to two kids’ meals per adult. Dine-in only.

SATURDAY

Texas de Brazil // Brazilian 15101 Addison Road, Addison; 972/385-1000 // 2727 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas; 214/720-1414 // texasdebrazil.com // Kids 2 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Kids 3−5 eat for $5. Kids 6–12 eat for half price. All day, every day. Weekend lunch from 11:30am–3:30pm includes drinks and dessert (Addison only).

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

BE SURE TO CALL AHEAD BEFORE YOU GO, AS DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details.

Part-time only. Looking for a long term commitment (one year minimum). We offer flexible schedule.

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

IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican See Sunday for details.


wInTEr BrEak CaMP | DEC 18-29

HI-TECH for

YounG kIDs

Plano / PrEsTon Hollow

CaMPs EnrollInG now

TechEdventures.com | (972) 905-1777

Gifts for Growing Minds SHOP OUR NEW LOCATION!

14060 N. Dallas Pkwy. Dallas, TX 75240 • (972) 934-8866

buy one, get one

50

%

off

Valid through 11/30/17, 11:59 p.m., PST. Purchase one item at regular price and receive a second item of equal or lesser value at 50% off its regular price. Limit one coupon per customer and valid for one-time use on in-store or online purchases only. Not valid on sale, discounted or clearance items. Purchase must be made in a single transaction. Cannot be resold or used for commercial purposes. Cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards or combined with any other coupon, discount or offer. Not applicable on prior purchases or custom-stocked items. Excludes sales tax and shipping charges. No ship-to or special orders. Valid on in-stock items only. No cash value. Returns are subject to the discounted purchase price and to Lakeshore’s return policy. Must present coupon code at time of purchase for all in-store transactions. Void where prohibited. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. ©2017 Lakeshore 853713

coupon code: 2515

LakeshoreLearning.com Play & Explore Rocket • 3 yrs.–7 yrs. 853713_20170915_NovemberRegional_Woodlands_Color_9Versions_W2_KO.indd 8

LakeshoreLearning.com

9/18/17 dfwchild.com / novem b e r 211:50 0 1 7 AM 59


kid culture / G E T A W A Y

2

THE BIG EASY

family-friendly fun in new orleans WORDS WENDY MANWARREN GENERES

3

GETTING THERE

From Dallas, the trip is just over 500 miles southeast and takes about 7½ hours to drive. If you’d prefer to fly, there are several daily nonstop flights out of Dallas Love Field and DallasFort Worth International Airport.

WHAT TO DO

Plan to spend the better part of one day exploring the Audubon Nature Institute’s many offerings. Start in Audubon Park, where you’ll find the AUDUBON ZOO . Don’t miss the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, where you can stand on a cafe porch to get a better view of the alligators below. From there, hop on the No. 11 bus or the St. Charles Streetcar for the scenic ride to the AUDUBON AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS

and the AUDUBON BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM , both near the end of Canal Street at the edge. A one-day Jazzy Pass allows for unlimited bus and streetcar trips and costs $3 for ages 3 and older. At the aquarium, climb to the top of the Amazon Rain Forest to get a birds-eye view and feed the

stingray. Then walk up the street to the insectarium’s Butterfly Garden, where hundreds of the graceful creatures flit around, even land on your shoulders. The Audubon Experience ticket gets you in to all three Audubon attractions: adults, $44.95; kids 2–12, $34.95. Avoid the French Quarter’s Bourbon Street, and instead reserve spots in one of FRENCH QUARTOUR KIDS tours. The Creole Kids Tour for ages 5–12 teaches kiddos about enslaved versus free and American versus Creole children in New Orleans from 1810–1840. Or book the Spooky Tour for kids ages 5–10, where they learn hunting techniques to find mischievous ghosts. Tickets for ages 4 and older, $20. Spend a late afternoon inside STORYLAND (open until 5pm every day) in City Park. Let kiddos board Captain Hook’s pirate ship, follow Pinocchio into the mouth of a whale, sit inside Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage and more. Before you leave, take a whirl on the handcarved carousel (only open evenings

after November 5). $4 per person; kids 36 inches and shorter, free. Mardi Gras is crowded, chaotic and expensive, but you can watch as artists create the floats for carnival season in a massive warehouse on the Mississippi River. Take an hourlong tour of MARDI GRAS WORLD any day, and call to have the free shuttle pick you up. Adults, $19.95; kids 2-11, $12.95. And if your kids are into history—or just like tanks and airplanes—visit the lauded NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM , with its massive collection of transport options and an interactive submarine simulation. Adults, $27; kids 5 and older, $17.50; kids 4 and younger, free.

WHERE TO EAT

You can’t visit New Orleans without at least one trip to the famous CAFÉ DU MONDE in the French Quarter, where servers deliver plates of beignets—squares of fried dough topped with powdered sugar—and chicory coffee round the clock. And visit THE BACKYARD for lunch or dinner. The restaurant,

1 / Jackson Square, home of the impressive St. Louis Cathedral, sits in the heart of the French Quarter. 2 / See the colorful creatures who live under the sea in the walk-through tunnel at the Aquarium of the Americas. 3 / Learn all about New Orleans kids in the 1800s during a French Quartour Kids tour.

not far from City Park, serves kidfriendly fare and also has a big yard and playground.

WHERE TO STAY

If vacation means letting the kids stay up late, stay at the centrally located LE PAVILLON for complimentary PB&J sandwiches, hot chocolate and milk nightly at 10pm. Rooms from $226/night. Or book a room at MAISON DUPUY , located on a quiet residential street in the French Quarter that also has a heated pool that can be used yearround. Rooms from $220/night. AUDUBON ZOO, AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS AND BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM 504/861-2537;

audubonnatureinstitute.org

NEW ORLEANS REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY 504/248-3900; norta.com FRENCH QUARTOUR KIDS

504/975-5355; frenchquarterkidstours.com STORYLAND

504/483-9402; neworleanscitypark.com MARDI GRAS WORLD

504/361-7821; mardigrasworld.com NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

504/528-1944; nationalww2museum.org CAFÉ DU MONDE

504/525-4544; cafedumonde.com THE BACKYARD

504/309-8767; thebackyardnola.com LE PAVILLON

504/581-3111; lepavillon.com CHECK OUT M ARDI GRAS WORLD

60

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

E AT AT CAFÉ DU MONDE

GET AROUND B Y S T R E E TC A R

MAISON DUPUY

504/586-8000; maisondupuy.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ISTOCK.COM/GARGOLAS; ZACK SMITH; REBECCA RATCLIFF; NEW ORLEANS CVB; ISTOCK.COM/MEINZAHN

1


AL!* E M S ’ D I K FREE discount or any other offer, . Not valid with n only. of an adult entrée Grapevine locatio at se id cha val pur er Off the b. *With lect Clu discount. ing Landry’s Se pon to receive cou t sen pre st promotion includ per table. Mu strictions apply. Limit one coupon cash value. Re or gratuity, no 58 Not valid on tax Code: 534-228-8

GRAPEVINE MILLS 972.539.5001 rainforestcafe.com

WWW.FORTWORTHSTOCKYARDS.COM Must be 21 or older to participate.

dfwchild.com / november 2017

61


project DFWCHILD’S

FRE

E FA MI

LY

-F

RI EN

MEET THE SCHOOL THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR CHILD

S AT U R D AY, N O V E M B E R 4, 11 A M –2 P M 8687 N . C E N T R A L E X P Y, D A L L A S BENEFITTING

D F W C H I L D.C O M PHOTOGRAPHY BY CINDY JAMES

D LY E V E N T

preschool


kid culture

R DAILY

EN T

HILD.C

EV

O

the agenda M

FO

DF

WC

S

VI SI

T

WORDS ELIZABETH SMITH

2 6 F A M I LY- F R I E N D LY E V E N T S Y O U C A N ’ T M I S S I N

NOVEMBER complimentary admission until 5pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS BIKE RIDE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DALLAS ARBORETUM; ISTOCK.COM/SHIRELL; EONE AND ROUND ROOM PRESENTS

FUN ON THE FARM – LET’S BUILD A SCARECROW

H E R I TA G E FA R M S T E A D M U S E U M November 3 Register your preschoolers ages 2–5 for a spot at this Friday morning program in the children’s garden. Help plow, plant and water seeds and make a scarecrow to keep watch over the crops. $11 parent/child combo; $10 for members; $7 per additional child; $4 per additional adult. 1900 W. 15th St., Plano; 972/881-0140 heritagefarmstead.org

PROJECT PRESCHOOL

N O R T H PA R K CENTER November 4 Meet face to face with early childhood educators, learn about their teaching philosophies and get one step closer to finding the perfect preschool for your child by attending DFWChild’s inaugural Project Preschool from 11am–2pm. FREE 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 972/447-9188 dfwchild.com/events

HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

DA L L A S A R B O R E T U M A N D B O TA N I C A L GARDEN Opens November 4 See the Partridge in a Pear Tree and the other characters from the classic carol on elaborate display inside 25-foot-tall gazebos around the arboretum. The 12 Days of Christmas exhibition is on view daily through Jan. 8 and on select evenings beginning Nov. 8. Daytime admission: $15 adults; $10 children ages 3–12. Separate tickets required for nighttime viewing. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org

TARGET FIRST SATURDAY

NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER November 4 The Nasher opens its galleries for a full schedule of artist demos, stories, a colorful art project and yoga poses out to the sculpture garden, all designed to inspire your preschoolers and elementaryage children. Family activities run from 10am–2pm with

DA L L A S C I T Y HA L L PL A Z A November 4 Go on a family bike ride without the worry of vehicle traffic by joining this inaugural, closed-road bike event in Dallas. The 10.5and 20-mile routes have entertainment and snack stops along the course and a Finish Festival at City Hall with music, food trucks and all-ages activities. Register online to reserve your bike rental. $60; $30 ages 8–15; free for ages 3–7. 1500 Marilla St., Dallas; 833/389-2453 dallasbikeride.com

FESTIVAL AT THE SWITCHYARD

DOWNTOWN C A R R O L LT O N November 4 Every single one of the many children’s activities at the eighth annual Festival at the Switchyard is free. Enjoy rides, games, face painting, balloons and children’s entertainers during the day at no charge and rock concerts with headliners The Toadies and Everclear after dark. FREE 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; 972/466-3084 carrolltonfestival.com

PJ MASKS LIVE! TIME TO BE A HERO

MAJESTIC T H E AT R E November 4 In this all-ages musical based

on the Disney Junior series, a trio of friends transforms into their crime-fighting alter egos (Catboy, Owlette and Gekko) by putting on pajamas and activating their animal amulets. Tickets from $19.50; VIP tickets are $99.50 with perks like an after-show meet and greet. 1925 Elm St., Dallas; 214/880-0137 axs.com

THE DALLAS OPERA’S FAMILY SHOWS

WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE November 4 and 19 The Dallas Opera continues its family season with two performances this month: an adaptation of The Three Little Pigs based on music by Mozart on Nov 4., and Pépito, Offenbach’s oneact comedy about a love triangle, on Nov. 19. Both operas are sung in English and include pre-show crafts and activities in the lobby. $5 per show. 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214/443-1000 dallasopera.org/family

HISTORY QUEST

D A L L A S H E R I TA G E V I L L A G E AT O L D C I T Y PA R K November 5 Learn about Mexican, African, Irish and Jewish cultures during this educational day of activities and crafts, and stop by the historical village’s new early childhood interactive play space called The Parlor, stocked with toys, dress-up clothes and books in the reading

nook. $10 adults; $6 children ages 4–12. 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/421-5141 dallasheritagevillage.org

PETER AND THE WOLF

MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER November 11 The Dallas Symphony presents Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece Peter and the Wolf, which serves as an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Listen to the wolf, represented by the French horns, threaten the orchestra as Magic Circle Mime Co. acts out the plot. Tickets start at $39. 2301 Flora St., Dallas; 214/849-4376 mydso.com

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL

EISEMANN CENTER FOR PERFORMING ART S November 12 Indulge your child’s affinity for the popular hue when the national touring cast of Pinkalicious stops in Richardson for a one-timeonly performance. This Family Theatre Series show is a cautionary tale about how a girl’s bottomless appetite for pink cupcakes turns into an infection of Pinkititis. Tickets from $13. 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650 eisemanncenter.com

DALLAS ZOO LIGHTS

DA L L A S Z O O Begins November 17 The Dallas Zoo begins a new holiday lights tradition in a big way, covering 25

dfwchild.com / november 2017

63


AGENDA

acres of ZooNorth with light-wrapped trees and 3-D light sculptures. Come on weekends and select weeknights through Jan 2. (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) for kids’ activities and holiday performances. Free with regular admission: $15 adults; $12 children ages 3–11. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 dallaszoo.com

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS AND

THE TRAINS AT NORTHPARK

FROSTY & FRIENDS DA L L A S C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT E R Opens November 17 Dallas Children’s Theater doubles the holiday cheer with two new offerings on select days Nov. 17–Dec. 23, with many of the performances on stage simultaneously in the Baker and Studio theaters. Watch as Charlie Brown and friends rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and as Frosty, created by Kathy Burks’ Theatre of Puppetry Arts, learns to live in the moment. Tickets from $17. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R Opens November 18 This 30th annual exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas harkens back to the glory days of toy trains. Get an up-close look at more than 750 rail cars chugging past elaborate re-creations of American landmarks on 1,600 feet of track, on view on level two between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. $7 adults; $4 children ages 2–12. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/631-7354 thetrainsatnorthpark.com

LATE NIGHT AT THE DMA

ALLEN EVENT CENTER November 22–26 Treat the Disney devotees and aspiring Elsas in your family to this ice show-slash-musical with the princesses and costumed sidekicks from Frozen, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast dazzling on ice skates. Tickets from $32. 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen; 800/745-3000 ticketmaster.com

DA L L A S MUSEUM OF ART November 17 Let the kids stay up past their bedtimes for the museum’s last Late Night event of the year. Look online for the complete schedule of performances, family tours and programs in celebration of the DMA’s Keir Collection of Islamic Art. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1200 dma.org

TEAM USA WINTERFEST

DISNEY ON ICE – REACH FOR THE STARS

PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE

V E R I Z O N T H E AT R E November 22 Britain’s posh piglet comes to North Texas for a live

K LY D E WA R R E N PA R K November 18 In anticipation of the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year, several Team USA athletes and the Hershey’s S’moresmobile make a tour stop in Dallas to let fans try bobsledding, curling and fun with virtual reality features via the social media truck. FREE 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas; 214/716-4500 teamusa.org/winterfest 64

november 2017 / dfwchild.com

show of brand-new songs and life-size puppets. Snag tickets starting at $29.75 for you and your preschoolers. VIP tickets for $149.75 include up-close seating, afterparty access, and a meet and greet with the cast on the pink carpet. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 972/854-5050 axs.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

W Y LY T H E AT R E Opens November 22 Brad Leland of Friday Night Lights fame headlines Dallas Theater Center’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas past, present and future in this musical version recommended for kids in elementary school and up. Tickets from $20. 2400 Flora St., Dallas; 214/880-0202 dallastheatercenter.org

GIFT OF LIGHTS

TEXAS MOTOR S P E E D WAY Opens November 23 Buckle in for a Texas-size drive-through light park, open nightly through Dec. 30, on the race track’s 1.5mile loop. Then stretch your legs with a walk through Santa’s Village and meet the jolly old elf himself. $25 per car. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots, Speedway Children’s Charities and several more nonprofits. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth; 800/276-6344 tmsgiftoflights.com

TEXAS BALLET THEATER’S THE NUTCRACKER

WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE November 24–December 3 It’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker. Relive the eternal holiday favorite or experience it for the first time when Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer and the Sugar Plum Fairy dance on the Dallas stage directed by legendary choreographer Ben Stevenson. Before matinee shows on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, journey to the Kingdom of Sweets (i.e., the lobby) for story times, crafts

SNOW DAY!

Ice skate, launch snowballs and tube down snow hills at these four winter wonderland destinations. LONE STAR CHRISTMAS

G AY L O R D T E X A N R E S O R T Opens November 10 Grant your kids’ Christmas wish early with a fun day on the Texas-size snow tubing lanes, ice rink, snowball target range and two-story-tall ice slides inside the Gaylord’s ICE! exhibit, featuring scenes from ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and open daily through New Year’s Day. Prices vary by activity. ICE! tickets from $21.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. // 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine; 817/778-1000; christmasatgaylordtexan.com

SKATE THE SQUARE

F R I S C O S Q UA R E Opens November 18 The Frisco Square begins its Christmas in the Square festivities—horse-drawn carriages, light shows and snow flurries—beginning Nov. 24, but lace up even earlier when the outdoor rink opens Nov. 18 for daily skating. $12 to skate (includes skate rental if you don’t have your own); free for spectators. // Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco; 469/633-1721; friscosquare.com/cits

HOLIDAY WONDER  

FA I R PA R K Opens November 21 Enter Fair Park’s Leonhardt Lagoon through the snowflake corridor to find a land of holiday light displays created in the Chinese lantern style, on display through Jan. 7. General admission is $20 adults; $12 children ages 3–12; $54 for family four-pack. For an extra charge, throw snowballs (at targets, not at each other) and sled down the twostory Santa’s Arctic Slide. // 1318 S. Second Ave., Dallas; 972/905-6742; holidaywonder.com

and surprises, free with your seat reservations. Tickets from $20. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 877/828-9200 texasballettheater.org

CHRISTMAS PUPPET THEATRE AT NORTHPARK

N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R Opens November 24 Say “Bah humbug!” to the start of holiday shopping season when Le Theatre de Marionette begins its daily Scrooge Puppet Theatre shows on level one near Dillard’s. See the ornery Scrooge emerge from his cottage at the bottom of every hour, plus the Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre at the top of every hour on level two. FREE

8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

C OX BUILDING P L AY H O U S E November 25– December 30 Don’t miss your last chance to boo the villains and cheer for the heroes in Theatre Britain’s traditional panto. This kid-friendly production is the theater’s final one before closing up shop for good—Sue Birch, who co-founded the theater in 1996, plans to return with her husband to their native England next year. $23 adults; $12 children. 1517 H Ave., Plano; 972/490-4202 theatre-britain.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 M O N T H , C H E C K O U R O N L I N E C A L E N DA R AT D F W C H I L D.CO M/C A L E N DA R.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF TRESSAVENT PHOTOGRAPHY; FELD ENTERTAINMENT; PEPPA PIG LIVE!

kid culture / T H E


THE SOURCE Seeking

Surrogate Mothers Compensation: $30K–$50K and up

• Cognitive Assessment • Cognitive Brain Training • Sensory Integration/Focusing • Visual Math/Algebra Tutoring

Help an infertile couple finally have their baby by becoming a surrogate mom! 

www.MindMenders.net pat_staf@msn.com 214-755-4386

• between the ages of 21–38 • healthy non-smokers • enjoy being pregnant • currently raising their own child

214-390-4024

www.deliveradream.com

A NEW TWIST ON TRADITION! Ag

- 18 es 6

REGISTER

NOW FOR

AUDITIONS Dec. 11 & 12

JR.

10%OFF

Registration

Until Nov. 15

JCCDALLAS.oRG/FIDDLER

We Rock!!!

ENROLLING NOW 6 weeks-5 years Soccer, Ballet Computer classes 5923 Royal Ln., Dallas 75230 469-776-5501 parkcitiesdayschool.org

Serving DFW since 1955 Licensed and Bonded Surrogate Grandmothers CPR...Background Check CALL 214/692-1354

24/7 817/356-1001 pgr www.babysittersofdallas.com

and Friends

LOADS OF FUN & LAUGHS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Performing Monkeys

A High Energy Performer Music Story Telling Fun Games Facepainting

Where minds grow in a loving place

BabySitters of Dallas

Newborns to Seniors ~ From Cradle to Cane

Jobi

Kids Love Miss Cookie & April

• • • •

Park Cities Day School

• Puppets • Balloons • Magic

Free Delivery & Set Up Bounce Houses, Wet/Dry Slides, Popcorn Machines, Tables & Chairs and more...

Commercials • Parties Special Events

Like him on Facebook

Custom Parties & Characters Plus Day Care & Educational Shows

817-275-8644 • 214-274-5353 www.cookieclowntoo.vpweb.com

©

FULLY INSURED

817-233-1847

STATE INSPECTED AND CERTIFIED

JobiAndFriends@gmail.com

Sharon & David Langham

Serving: Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney & Surrounding Areas

DON’T Wait until summer to teach

your kids water safety!

Ads with © are © of Lauren Publications, Inc. 2017.

CUSTOM PAINTING

Learn to swimright today. ®

Jennifer Kulick // thatssonif@gmail.com 214-478-4781 // www.etsy.com/shop/thatssonif

dfwchild.com / november 2017

65


confessions

MOMMY FAILS ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I was sick of fighting with my 2-yearold to eat so I let him have chocolate pudding for dinner.” —ELLEN, FORT WORTH

I MADE CORN ON THE COB FOR DINNER, NOT A GREAT CHOICE FOR A 7-YEAROLD WITH NO FRONT TEETH. POOR THING WAS TRYING TO EAT IT USING THE SIDES OF HER MOUTH BEFORE I NOTICED.” —BRENDA, FORT WORTH

“My wife always says I should keep extra clothes in my car for our 3-year-old. I learned my lesson the day I picked my ill daughter up from school. She vomited all over her dress on the way to the doctor so I fashioned the undershirt I was wearing into a shirtdress for the visit.” —BRIAN, DALLAS

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

“I was holding my 5-year-old’s cupcake at a classmate’s party when I dropped it frosting side down. There were only enough treats for each child to have one, so before she saw, I scooped the frosting off the ground, removed the obvious specks of dirt and handed it over.” —VICKY, COPPELL

“I took my 2-year-old and 4-week-old baby to see their 4-year-old sister’s school performance. After buckling everyone in to go home, I went to the driver’s side only to realize I had locked my keys—and my girls—in the car, and it was a cold November day. The local fire station had to come to our rescue.” —ASHLEY, DALLAS

I TOOK MY 18-MONTHOLD OUT FOR LUNCH WITH A GIRLFRIEND. I TOTALLY FORGOT TOYS FOR HIM, BUT HE WAS ENTERTAINED OPENING AND CLOSING THE CARDBOARD MENU. HE WAS BEING SO GOOD AND QUIET. ONLY WHEN I STOPPED GABBING DID I REALIZE HE HAD EATEN THE BOTTOM PART OF THE MENU.” —HOLLY, TROPHY CLUB

66

november 2017 / dfwchild.com


So today’s dreamers can grow into tomorrow’s doers. When you see the world through the eyes of a child, you don’t see limitations — you see possibilities. At Children’s HealthSM we believe that illness and injury should never stand in the way of childhood. For more than 100 years, we’ve been committed to providing the highest quality treatment for the most serious pediatric illnesses. Today, we’re the area provider ranked in the most U.S. News & World Report pediatric specialties, the only children’s Level 1 Trauma Center and the only one with eight care certifications by the Joint Commission. Now as a system, we’re by your side in more ways than ever with 50 specialties, virtual medicine, innovative research and locations throughout North Texas. All because we believe in supporting children who dream as big as we do.

Learn more at childrens.com/littledreamers

DallasChild November 2017  

The magazines parents live by in Dallas County