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THE ARTS ISSUE

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Paranoid Parenting’s Pitfalls

Learn to keep kids safe without hovering

OPINIONATED 10 Policing Your Language

Should you tell your kids they’ll go to jail if they’re bad?

REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door / Sabra Girard

The mom of two girls holds quite an impressive resume 16 Flea to the Web A favorite pop-up shop is now online 16 Yoga to You Personalized, in-home yoga classes 16 Fresh Meat Dallas’ new grass-fed meat market 18 Routines / Gina Aldaz A day in the life of a wealth adviser slash-mom of two

NESTING 20 Rock Stars / Lauren Renfrow An invites us into her gem of a home

Upcoming performances and workshops to boost your child’s cultural savvy, p. 28

KID CULTURE 41 Fall Flutters

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A CLASSICAL (ARTS) EDUCATION

8 places to nurture a love for dance, theater and music words Alex Mitchell Mortenson

There’s more to Orlando than princesses and roller coasters 44 Celebrate / Whimsy & Wonder Flower petals and fondant toadstools decorated this fairy-themed party 57 Agenda Our five favorite things to do this month 59 EveryDay Calendar of events for every day in October

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et me start by saying that my mom almost never takes medicine. She’s the GaGa (that’s what Genevieve calls her) who powers through helping me with the kids, the house, dinner and laundry — even with a migraine. So the few times she does take something for pain, she typically ends up with the rare side effects outlined on the bottle. I always assumed it was because her body just wasn’t acclimated to foreign substances. (She cures almost everything with dietary changes and exercise.) But writer Jessica Bowers explores a relatively new science called pharmacogenetics in “It’s All in the Genes” on page 24, which points to our DNA as the reason some drugs work for us and some don’t. This is especially true for kids and parents dealing with ADHD, who often have to do a trial-and-error process to find the right drug. Could DNA testing be the future of medicine? Clearly, we’re not all wired the same. I’m typically a very calm, rational person, but my wiring completely changed after I had Graydon. Perhaps it’s because I’m up in the wee hours of the morning (he still doesn’t sleep through the night), trolling the Web while I nurse. I have found horrifying stories. And they’ve made my crazy. A routine grocery store run with two kids has me hovering over my cart like a hawk, thinking it would be so easy for someone to just grab Graydon from the back of the cart and run. Unfortunately, my paranoia could have lasting — and damaging — effects on my kids, as writer Lisa Ferguson found out in “Paranoid Parenting’s Pitfalls” on page 9. Luckily, she also discovered that there are behaviors I can practice to keep my kids safe and me sane. Phew! Maybe I should start by getting out more — with the kids — so I don’t become insane when I am out with two kids in tow. Turns out children (even infants and toddlers) are welcome at places I never would have dreamed of taking them, such as the symphony, plays, even the opera. And introducing kids to the arts early gets that “right brain” going, giving kids a deeper emotional perception, intuition and creativity. Plus, it gives them a better appreciation for culture. We decided to put together a guide of some of the best local places to take kids to expose them to art, dance, theater and more. Check out “A Classical (Arts) Education” on page 28, then sign up for classes, make plans for a family fun day or buy tickets for an upcoming performance.

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s a child, Corrie Brock often played without adult supervision in the front yard of her family’s southeast Texas home. Fast-forward nearly three decades, and the Prosper mom of two young girls, ages 2 ½ and 5, wouldn’t dare let them do the same. After all, when Brock was growing up in the late 1980s, “no one was going to come and get me out of my yard and take me away,” she says. “That is a reality now.”

Or is it? Given all of the scary segments on nightly newscasts, it’s easy to assume that predators hide around every corner. Has the inundation of graphic images bolstered an epidemic of paranoid parenting? Dr. Honey A. Sheff, a licensed clinical psychologist in Dallas, says there likely isn’t a parent around who hasn’t at one time or another allowed fear to direct her decisionmaking. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.

“When you parent out of fear, One recent study followed you run the risk of creating very parents and their kids into public anxious, very uncertain, very fearful parks and playgrounds over a twochildren,” Sheff explains. month period and found that chilStatistics actually show that dren whose parents hovered over child abductions by strangers are them were less likely to engage in down. Only about 100 children spontaneous play. (less than 1 percent) are kidnapped “These parents take away their annually, according to the Polly child’s ability to problem-solve Klaas Foundation, a nonprofit that because they take away a child’s promotes child safety. power and control,” Derrick says. “I think generally the media “They’re taking away a child’s abilblows everything out of proity to experience life.” portion,” says Dr. Elizabeth So where’s the line? How do McCarroll, an associate profesparents keep their children safe sor and undergraduate program without giving them psychological coordinator in the family sciences problems down the road? department at Exercise moderaTexas Woman’s tion. Being extremeUniversity in ly strict makes chilDenton. “When we dren fearful, sneaky see these things on and dependent, WHEN YOU the internet and in while being too PARENT OUT OF permissive doesn’t the media, it starts to feel like, ‘Oh FEAR, YOU RUN teach boundaries, my gosh, how are Derrick explains. THE RISK OF there any children Educate your in the world that kids — and yourself. CREATING VERY are still safe?’” “The antidote for ANXIOUS, VERY anxiety is education,” To be sure, sound social science says Dr. Shannon UNCERTAIN, research demonWolf, a professor strates that the more VERY FEARFUL at Dallas Baptist news people watch, University and a CHILDREN.” the more they tend licensed marriage and to overestimate the family counselor at chances of bad things happening. Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Brock doesn’t care. Worth. “Teach [kids] to be aware “I make sure that my 5-yearof their surroundings. Teach them old has her hand on me at all times to be savvy. And teach them to trust and that I can see her at all times slowly. You want to teach them to when we’re in stores,” she admits. look for red flags,” she advises. “Maybe it’s irrational, but you Sheff recommends giving kidhave to be vigilant.” dos age-appropriate safety tools. This paranoid parenting typi“You don’t say to a child, cally stems from a parent’s fears, ‘Don’t go with a stranger,’ because explains Tiffany A. Derrick, a a 3-year-old or a 5-year-old doesn’t licensed professional counselor know a stranger,” she explains. at Counseling and Consulting Instead, teach them basic behavServices in Fort Worth. “They ioral rules. project their own anxieties onto “Say, ‘You don’t ever go with their kids,” she says. someone you don’t know. This Overworrying about everything is a rule in our family because you see and read can actually not everybody is a nice person,’” impede a child’s development. Sheff suggests. “Children may have difficulty And finally, seek help for yourbuilding relationships and lack self, Johnson advocates. Parents confidence,” says Dr. Rhonda need to get to the root of their feelJohnson, owner of the Center ings of anxiety so they can better for Counseling and Family process them and not displace them Relationships in Fort Worth. on their children. dc dallaschild / october 2016

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tive comments about law enforcement, even though he doesn’t have a negative attitude about police officers. He knew that the times he was pulled over, he had committed a violation and had been caught. Instead of admitting to his kids that he was wrong, he blamed the officer. Admittedly, he said the tragedy of July 7 was a wakeup call for him and gave him a new awareness of what he tells his kids about cops. Oftentimes, when I see a child with their parents, and I’m in uniform, the parents say to their child, “See that officer over there? She’s going to arrest you if you don’t

take your 5-year-old to jail for acting like, well, a 5-year-old. We do more than take people to jail and write frivolous traffic tickets. We are the Youth Outreach Unit (Y.O.U.), a free program working to shape young community leaders. We are counselors. We are car mechanics and cab drivers. We are Chief on the Beat, community events with food, drink, entertainment and officers. We are wellness fairs, places where officers teach safety precautions. We are Coffee with Cops, a program that lets people come meet the cops working in their neighborhoods. We are mental health

Head to Plano Public Safety PULLooza with the crew to see police SWAT and bomb robot demos, a helicopter landing and police motorcycle rodeos. Kids can also explore the inside of a firetruck, get fingerprinted and eat food truck fare. WHERE Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, Plano WHEN Oct. 8, 9am–2pm 214/943-9981 // plano.gov The Dallas Police Department hosts Chief on the Beat, a community outreach event encouraging crime prevention, safety and health, plus a good time. There will be food, music and kids activities. WHERE Dallas Baptist University, Dallas WHEN Oct. 15 214/671-3000 // dpdbeat.com

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uly 7, 2016. I got home later than usual that Thursday evening, but I remember seeing the sun setting and thinking how beautiful and peaceful it was. It was the calm before the storm. That night, I looked at my phone one last time to set my alarm for the next morning. My phone was already on silent so I had not heard the numerous text messages or missed calls come in. Later, when I scrolled through them one by one, I saw, “Are you OK?” “Please tell me you’re not at work,” “Oh my God, this is crazy!” “WHERE ARE YOU!!!??” I replied to one: “Yes, I’m fine. What’s going on?” The returned text message read: “Dallas is under attack!” We were under attack. Text messages and phone calls came in — and went out — like mad. The news initially reported that one officer had been killed, but we already knew more died and even more were injured, including civilians. We knew that as officers were being shot at, they were yelling for civilians to run. I had many conversations with my family afterwards. One in particular was with my brother. He told me about a co-worker of his. Apparently, the events of July 7 made this co-worker think of his attitude towards law enforcement and how he portrays them to his children. He went on to say that the times he’s been pulled over for traffic violations, he’s made nega-

start behaving.” The same holds responders. We are crisis interventrue when we teach Blue in the tion. And we are negotiators. School (BITS), a program aimed But we’re also human. We make at educating fourth graders about split-second decisions and are stigdrug awareness, anti-bullying, social matized for decisions that other offimedia pitfalls and domestic viocers made that have now gone viral. lence. Teachers tell the students, “If So what can you do? Take you act up, that officer will responsibility for things take you to jail.” you do and say, whether For the record: No, you are a police officer, BELOW // I will not threaten or civilian, politician or Officers from the parent, especially a Dallas PD take time parent. Our children to read to a group of local kids. are exposed to enough scare tactics through media and other social platforms. Please expose your children to love and kindness through you. Police officers are not here to scare your child out of a tantrum or threaten to place them in cuffs for not turning in their homework. We arrest criminals and enforce laws, but we are more than that. We are here to help. And sometimes we need your help too. July 7, 2016, was a wake-up call for all of us. dc


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eat together every night, even if he gets home at 9. We’re trying to plan a 10-year trip without the kids for our anniversary next summer. We’re thinking Italy, but we just don’t know yet. I think the best part of planning a vacation is thinking about it. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PARENTING STYLE? When we first had

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gina aldaz Gina Petrelli Aldaz is a wealth adviser and marketing director for Talis Advisors in Plano. She lives in University Park with her husband, Alex, a men’s soccer coach at Southern Methodist University, and their two children: Alex Jr., 8, and Luci, 6.

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AM My Fitbit vibrates. t’s Monday. Sigh. I roll over and feel a small body molded against mine. I see our 6-year-old, Luci, in a deep sleep, mouth open where her thumb had most likely been minutes before. She is a notorious “space invader” and leaves the room she and her brother share each night and comes into ours. It’s moments like these that I wish I could freeze time. 6:15AM Like a secret agent, I crawl around my sleeping Luci. I grab my phone from the bedside table, read my email and check my calendar to see what my day looks like. I’m a wealth adviser at Talis Advisors in Plano — I love my job and our hardworking team. Today it looks like I have a meeting with someone in the community. Time to make myself look presentable. Looking at my unruly mop of hair, I realize this will take work. 6:20AM I hear my husband Alex blending our smoothies. Every morning, he concocts a special smoothie that, based on how he describes it, is supposed to make us immortal. Did I mention he’s a health nut? Somehow he manages to get up at 5am every day no matter how late he left the soccer fields the night before, and makes our coffee and smoothies and fixes the kiddos’ breakfast. 6:30AM I get dressed and make sure that the buttons are done correctly and that no tags are hanging out. I grab my makeup bag and heels

and shove them in my purse to finish pulling myself together in the parking lot of the office later that morning. 7AM I flip on the switch in the kids’ room and see a bed-headed boy pop up on the top bunk. Our 8-year-old son, Alex Jr. or “Little Man,” throws his legs over the covers and jumps off the ladder of their bunk bed and onto me. “Goooood morning, Mommy!” He puts his long, lanky legs on the ground and scuffles off to eat his blueberry waffles. 7:15AM I go into our bedroom where Luci is still sleeping. She looks up at me and says, “Mommy, it’s a home day,” then rolls back over. 7:30AM Kids are fed and dressed, and we hurry out the door with Dad trailing behind us carrying Luci’s backpack, which she left in the kitchen … again. We pile into our SUV and drive to school. 8AM I walk through the office door and settle in at my desk — take off my flip flops, put on my heels, pull out my list and fire up my computer. Then I pour a cup of coffee … hot coffee. Mmm. Time to prepare notes for our firm huddle at 10:30am. 10:30AM The team goes through our meetings during the week and items of note. I give an update on an online investment platform that we are about to launch and on upcoming networking events, one of which is this Thursday. (Note to self: Make sure Alex can watch the kids on Thursday night.) 12PM I get on the phone and discuss with developers about our platform launch. Meanwhile, my mobile is buzzing. It’s a text from a colleague, who wants to know if I can make an event the following week. Check calendar — nope, husband Alex will be working that night. 2PM I jump in a meeting with a potential client. I love working with prospects and our team. It’s such a cool process to learn about people. 4PM In a meeting with one of our partners, and I can hear my phone buzzing. I’m sure this is Alex texting me to see what we’re going to do for dinner. I’ll call him on the way home. We catch up and decide that salmon and rice is on the menu. 6PM I walk in the back door and hear “Mama!” Alex and Luci run up to me, and I envelop them in a hug. This is my favorite time of the day. They fill me in on every detail. “Mama, did you know that air is a gas?” Alex asks. 6:15PM Husband Alex takes dinner duty, and I bathe kids and help with homework. We read a book in the bathroom, and I scrub off the remains of their day. Luci tells me that she can tie her shoes now. I love our talks. 7:30PM Homework is finished and dinner is ready. We make it a habit of eating together every night. 9PM Kids give Dad a kiss goodnight, and I take them to their bed. Alex climbs to the top bunk,

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and I follow him up to tuck him in, then climb down and slip in next to Luci and give her a kiss. I pull out Where the Red Fern Grows and continue reading where we left off. 9:30PM I stop reading and can hear the slow breathing of two sleeping children. Mission accomplished! I quietly roll out of bed and tiptoe out of their room and into ours. I pull out my outfit for the next day, read emails once more and look at my list and calendar for tomorrow. I make sure I have everything accounted for related to the job and the family. 11PM I turn on my audiobook, Girl on a Train, taking a deep breath and give thanks. Another day is complete. dc

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he Renfrow house quite literally rocks. Lauren and her 10-year-old daughter, Addison, have filled their luminous University Park home with geological treasures, ranging from polished agate slices and mineral-encrusted table lamps to sparkling geodes in various sizes, shapes and hues. In fact, the home has become a laboratory of sorts for Times Two Design, Renfrow’s decorative accessories company that specializes in giving Mother Nature a modern makeover. “I’ve always loved science and nature,” says the entrepreneur, who studied environmental science and botany at the University of Colorado. Upon graduating, Renfrow went to work at an environmental consulting firm but left after becoming a mother. “My mom always threw these fabulous parties, and I loved the art of entertaining, specifically understanding the details of a party and what makes it successful,” she says. So as a new stay-at-home mom, Renfrow began helping her Colorado friends with various events. Soon she found herself embellishing containers with minerals and gold leaf as a means of creating sumptuous tablescapes and vignettes. When Addison was 3, the Plano-reared Renfrow relocated to University Park following her divorce. She was in the midst of decorating her 1930s-era home when she came across a solid quartz lamp that she had to have — until she spied the exorbitant price tag. RIGHT // Addison and her mom share an affinity for hot pink; most rooms, including the den, boast liberal pops of the highoctane color on everything from minerals and artwork to books and botanicals.

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“My dad’s a retired engineer so I asked him if he could wire a lamp for me,” she recalls. “I still had all that quartz in my house from my floral arranging, and I was born with a glue gun in my hand.” So she built a lamp out of the mineral. Now, versions of that early prototype are popular in the 40 stores throughout the United States that sell Times Two Design home products. While Renfrow works hard as both CEO and creative director of her burgeoning business, she also loves to entertain. In addition to a Christmas cookie exchange and other holiday get-togethers, every August she hosts a mothers-only back-to-school bash complete with a DJ. “We put a bar in my front room and moved the furniture out of the den so everyone could dance,” Renfrow says. The den remains her favorite spot in the house. “It has my personality written all over it with shelves filled with all the things we love,” she explains. “It’s a comfort-

able place to be.” One of her most prized furniture finds? The room’s burlwood coffee table that she discovered at Antiques Moderne. The kitchen benefitted from her artful eye this spring. “It wasn’t a very usable space, because all of the cabinet fronts had glass in there so there was no place to hide plastic cups,” she explains. She redid the cabinets with solid fronts except for some seeded glass by the stove and used white Ann Sacks tile against black granite countertops. Renfrow also repainted much of the main level a pristine white called Tibetan Jasmine. “It’s a Ralph Lauren bright white that color really pops against,” she says. “I’d read about it on blogs and loved that it’s a warm white but one that’s not too warm.” Upstairs, work continues on her bedroom as well as Addison’s. Renfrow has 2 enlisted her decorator pal Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

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for help with window treatments and other furnishings. Unlike her mother, Addison adores the color blue so her room boasts a pair of Times Two Design’s Glamazon Agate lamps in cerulean. For the playroom, Renfrow painted a pair of faux deer heads from West Elm vivid cobalt. They peer over Addison’s IKEA tulip table, where the fifth grader often tackles her own arts and crafts projects. “That girl has known how to gold leaf for years,” says her proud mother. “We have a lot of fun doing projects together, some of which end up as part of our decor.” dc

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It’s All in the W Genes YOUR CHILD’S DNA MIGHT HOLD THE KEY TO FINDING HIM THE RIGHT RX

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hen 11-year-old Jennifer was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 8, her mom Katherine Patterson knew for certain that she didn’t want to use medication, except as a last resort. The Denton mom, whose name has been changed for privacy, tried everything — from major diet changes to therapy — to cope with the disruption caused by her daughter’s disorder, which included daily emotional outbursts and struggling grades. “I knew medication would be the easiest route, but I was worried about the potential for side effects,” Patterson recalls. When Jennifer’s self-esteem and friendships began to suffer because of her behavior, Patterson decided to give medication a try. Unfortunately, drug therapy definitely didn’t prove to be the easiest — or the most effective — antidote. Jennifer was first prescribed Strattera, a nonstimulant class medication that is commonly offered for ADHD treatment because it is considered less addictive and offers fewer side effects than stimulant drugs. Almost immediately, she began experiencing muscle weakness in her legs that made it difficult to stand, as well as lethargy that left her sleepy — or asleep — for most of the day. While drowsiness is a common side effect with Strattera, Jennifer’s daytime sleepiness was borderline narcolepsy. “She was calmer but only because she was too sleepy to do much of anything else,” Patterson says. So the frustrated mom went back to Jennifer’s psychiatrist. This time, she was prescribed Concerta. But Patterson had reservations about giving Jennifer this new drug. She didn’t like the trial-and-error approach to helping her daughter cope. Patterson’s not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 5 boys and 1 in 11 girls are diagnosed with ADHD. Doctors typically choose a medication to prescribe for ADHD largely based upon their own professional experience with it, meaning if most of their patients have had favorable results with it, your child likely will too. But that’s not entirely true. And many of the families affected by ADHD find themselves, like Patterson, stuck in a system that relies heavily on an experimental approach to find the right prescription for their kids. Which begs the question: Why do some medications work for some kids and not for yours? CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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THE RISE OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

According to the Food and Drug Administration, an estimated 2 million hospitalizations occur yearly as a result of adverse drug reactions, and more than 700,000 people experience serious consequences as a result of those adverse drug reactions. Finding the right drug and the right dose is part of the art of medicine. And it’s something that pharmacists, physicians and researchers have tried for decades to understand. Whether a medication will work depends on several factors including age, other medications the child might be taking, kidney function and more. But it also depends on whether the prescribed medication is best matched to a child’s genetic makeup. That’s right: The same genes kids inherit from their parents that determine characteristics such as eye color and blood type are also responsible for how the body processes medications. A young and rapidly growing field in health care aims to provide this genetic information for drug therapy to physicians so they can take a more personalized approach to selecting the right medication and dosage for each child — and adult. For the last decade, pharmacogenetic testing has emerged as a promising tool. Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to medications — the answer, perhaps, to that question of why some meds work for some kids and not for others. It’s because some kids rapidly metabolize a certain medication, while others might

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poorly metabolize that same drug — all based on their DNA. Dr. Michael Jann, professor and department chair of pharmacotherapy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, explains it this way: “Everybody is different down to their genetic level. Pharmacogenetics tells us how the body handles a medication, or how it’s absorbed and metabolized. Another way to look at it is to say that it is how different people react differently to the same medication.” The promise of pharmacogenetic testing is that people get the right dose of the right drug with one pain-free swab on the inside of the cheek. For patients with ADHD, this could define a better starting point when looking at drug therapy. Jann offers Strattera as an example: “Strattera is metabolized by a specific liver enzyme, and it turns out that 10 percent of the population is a poor metabolizer of this enzyme. [That means that] the poor metabolizer will have almost four times the amount of the drug in their bloodstream as a fast metabolizer. In other words, [the slow metabolizer] could have more side effects, but they wouldn’t know that unless they took a drug-gene test.”

The potential for using a pharmacogenetic test, which provides information about whether a certain medication might be effective, dosaging specifications and the potential for side effects, is clear. Some experts have made the optimistic claim that this personalized medicine being the norm is just a matter of time, and it might be, but as of now, pharmacogenetics isn’t without its limitations. There’s the question of what the test actually measures. Today the most frequently used pharmacogenetic tests look for variations in the genes that carry instructions for making the enzymes in the liver that metabolize or break down drugs. Researchers say these tests don’t look at anything other than metabolic rate. Representatives from the companies making tests, companies like GeneSight, which offers ADHD pharmacogenetic testing, claim the test measures metabolic rate and efficacy. And some say that the companies making the tests are actually misleading patients, but that hasn’t stopped moms from seeking the tests for their kids. Until recently, you could have picked up a Harmonyx ADHD genetic test from the community pharmacy for under $100. Flower Mound Pharmacy was just one of the more than 7,000 pharmacies nationwide (RiteAid carried the

Different people react differently to the same medication.

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So why isn’t every doctor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area subscribing to this?

If you feel that drug sensitivity testing might help your child — or you — experts suggest starting a dialogue with your doctor. You are your child’s best health care advocate. And since it’s still a relatively new science, your child’s doctor may or may not be familiar with genetic testing for drug therapy, so it might actually be up to you as the parent to help educate your practitioner about why you feel it would be a good fit for your child.

test in nearly all its pharmacies) that offered the test to customers. “Patients were usually referred to us before the physician would prescribe a medicine,” says pharmacy owner Dennis Song. “We would do a simple swab here in the pharmacy and then enter that information into a portal. Results were emailed to the patient and simultaneously faxed to the doctor.” But the FDA ordered the removal of the Harmonyx tests from pharmacy shelves last November, citing that the tests were “patient-initiated” and considered “direct-to-consumer” and therefore required special approval through their agency. GeneSight isn’t FDA-approved either, but it hasn’t been pulled from the system. The test is ordered by a doctor’s office and processed in a laboratory. The results filter medications into categories, showing which drugs a particular body is programmed to break down in a normal fashion and which drugs the body is not programmed to break down in a normal fashion. It’s important to note, however, that a “normal” result doesn’t necessarily mean the drug is going to be effective or free of side effects. TESTING THE WATERS

With the science of pharmacogenetics still finding its footing, the patient response is mixed. For Linda Ferrell-Brooksbank, pharmacogenetic testing helped determine what medication would finally work for her son Alex, who was diagnosed with ADHD in the first grade. “We had tried so many different ADHD medications, and

Find out if the doctor has any experience with pharmacogenetic testing and whether they think a test like that might help find the right medication, especially if you’re dealing with a disorder, condition or illness that typically uses a trial-and-error formula to find the right drug and dose. Then call your insurance company. Coverage for testing varies from total coverage to nothing at all.


I was feeling very frustrated that after several years of trial and error we still had not yet landed on the right one,” she says. “My feelings of exasperation led me to the GeneSight testing.” Although she was warned by her psychiatrist that the test may not tell them exactly which drug would work best, she was willing to give it try. She had nothing to lose at that point. When the test results came back, they showed only one drug, Strattera, that would supposedly metabolize effectively in Alex’s body. Ferrell-Brooksbank was shocked by the results. Her son had been taking stimulants with a variety of side effects for years, but they never considered a nonstimulant drug. Alex, now 13, has been on the nonstimulant for over a year and Mom is thrilled with the results. “I am more comfortable with the nonstimulants because I have noticed a dramatic decrease in side effects in my son,” she says. Author Penny Williams, who has written several books on the ADHD and children topic, including What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, Boy Without Instructions and The Insider’s Guide to ADHD, had an opposite experience when her son tried two different pharmacogenetic tests. Luke was diagnosed with ADHD in 2008 before genetic testing for drug therapy was offered to patients. Like many kids, he was sensitive to several medications and had serious side effects, including psychosis and deep depression. Knowing this history, a therapist recommended pharmacogenetic testing when it became available. “We had gotten to the point where we were fearful to try anything else because it was so bad when it was bad,” Williams recalls. The results? Even more frustrating for Williams and her son. It turns out that several of the drugs Luke had already taken — and had significant side effects with — were greenlighted for use.

“Obviously, the reason that he is sensitive to medication was not found in the genetic markers these tests looked for because this test was coming back with a green light for drugs we knew he definitely couldn’t take and do well with,” Williams explains. “That tells me that the test isn’t covering as much as they want you to believe it does. It’s not giving the whole picture, like a lot of consumers think that it does.” Clearly pharmacogenetics isn’t a cure-all. In fact, even if you try the first medication at the top of your child’s personal list (results given to you from the lab), there’s no guarantee that it will work and be effective for his symptoms. THE FUTURE OF PHARMACOGENETICS

So there’s a reason pharmacogenetic testing isn’t routinely offered by your child’s physician yet: The usefulness of the test results are still a bit murky. “Doctors are usually the last people to accept new technology,” Jann explains. “They want to see it work before they use it.” (See sidebar for more information about talking to your doctor.) And experts disagree on the efficacy of the pharmacogenetic testing currently on the market. But it seems clear to all parties that genetic testing for drug therapy looks promising and may eventually have very helpful applications. In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative that uses pharmacogenetic tests to guide the use of certain medications “to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes — and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.” The tests are currently being used successfully in treating children with leukemia to help with dosages, and for those adults taking Plavix, a drug commonly used after heart attacks to prevent blood clots from forming. Tests found that nearly 30 percent of

adults taking the drug cannot fully convert Plavix, making it less effective at preventing future heart attacks and strokes. And consider this potential real-life application that testing could eventually provide you: You’re stuck in the ER with a hurt or sick child. Wouldn’t it be nice to hand the emergency room doctor your child’s pharmacogenetic test results so he can cross-reference the list with any medications your little one may need while she’s in the ER? That, experts say, is the future of medicine. But Jann says we’re likely years away from that reality and routine genetic testing for drugs, explaining that we first have to have to better understand the genetics behind disorders like ADHD. We had tried so “We don’t have a genetic test for many different autism, and we don’t have a genetic test for ADHD medicaADHD,” he points out. “We don’t really tions, and I was understand the disease feeling very frusat the genetic level, and until we come up with trated that after a genetic marker for those disorders, we will several years of never be able to learn everything we need to trial and error from these tests.” we still had not Until then, parents like Patterson, who yet landed on the still hasn’t found the right medication for right one. her daughter, will have to make do with the limits of genetic testing and the standard trial-and-error drug therapy. Pharmacogenetic testing is currently unavailable to Jennifer because it’s not covered by insurance. “It would be a dream come true to have an affordable test that would tell me exactly what medicine my daughter needs,” Patterson laments. “Until that happens, we will keep hoping that the next thing we try will be the right answer.” dc

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Take a look at your child’s class schedule, and you’ll likely see subjects such as coding and web design in place of more traditional (dare we say antiquated?) subjects like Latin. Some of these changes are welcome, but others chip away at the cultural foundation necessary for building curious and artistic young minds. Studies show that art and music spur a child’s creativity and discipline while performance arts teach confidence. Luckily, it’s easy to foster an appreciation for classic subjects, from opera to cinema, in a child-friendly atmosphere outside the schoolyard.

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ENCHANT THEIR EARS WITH BRAHMS, BEETHOVEN AND BACH DALL AS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (DSO) Little attention spans can be tested by classical music’s long performances and lack of visual stimulation. The DSO changes all that with its special Family Series programming. All Family

Series shows run about an hour, feature familiar and exciting music and have a powerful visual component to keep the younger set engaged. Check out the Oct. 29 “Disney’s Fantasia – Live In Concert” performance, where the orchestra brings Mickey’s animated adventures to life with music and high-resolution scenes from both the 1940 and 2000 versions of Fantasia. Then kick off the holiday season watching costumed singers perform popular holiday tunes accompanied by the orchestra at “A DSO Family Christmas” on Dec. 3 (Santa may even make an appearance). Arrive an hour early for any Family Series show to participate in a full roster of kid-focused activities, including arts and crafts, the opportunity to test out several instruments in the musical petting zoo and special timely extras like a Halloween costume contest or photos with Santa. Buy tickets in advance online. Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance. Dallas, 214/849-4376; mydso.com


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PL ANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Plano Symphony Orchestra Encore Youth program is dedicated to educating the younger generation about all elements of classical music. The Family Symphony Sunday Series offers special concerts for kids ages 3–12 and their families in Plano, Frisco and McKinney. Before attending a show, let the kids navigate the Encore Youth website, which offers free educational tools explaining the different instrument families and more. And attend the program’s pre-concert arts and crafts activities and the ever popular instrument petting zoo that allows kiddos to experiment with various instruments. Kids also get to play conductor by standing on a podium and holding a baton. Be sure to catch the upcoming Halloween-inspired “Spooky Symphony” concert on Oct. 30 with recognizable music from favorite films (think songs from Frozen and the Star Wars and Harry Potter series). Musicians combine fun and learning through short demonstrations that highlight the different instrument families. Buy tickets in advance online. Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance. Multiple locations, 972/473-7262; planosymphony.org

TAKE THEM TO A MOVIE THAT’S NOT IN 3-D PA L A C E T H E AT R E They don’t make them like they used to. Take kids to see a piece of classic cinema like Roman Holiday, a black-and-white 1950s film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck about a European princess and an American journalist who fall in love in Rome, on Oct. 7. Sure it lacks the special effects of Pete’s Dragon and the modern humor of The Wild Life, but it’s the perfect film to watch in this 1940s art deco theater that also shows old and contemporary classics — from Hitchcock films to the Indiana Jones series — once a month. Things really rev up around Christmas, when the theater shows old-school holiday favorites such as It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and White Christmas. Buy tickets online or at the door starting an hour before the show. Cost: $6 per person. Grapevine, 817/410-3100; grapevinetexasusa.com

FUEL THEIR IMAGINATIONS WITH VISIONS OF BALLERINAS AND ACTORS THE DALL AS OPERA Not many people take their 6-year-olds to the opera. Operas are long and often hard to understand. But The Dallas Opera Family Performance series disavows the assumption that kids can’t appreciate opera. Instead of a 21/2-hour show plus an intermission, the family series performances last less than 45 minutes. Bring kids in kindergarten–fifth grades to the shows an hour and a half before the curtain goes up to play dress-up, make arts and crafts and experiment with instruments in the orchestra petting zoo. Upcoming performances include the Oct. 23 rendition of The Three Little Pigs, a 30-minute version set to Mozart’s operas, and Verdi and Company on Nov. 13, where kids journey through composer Giuseppe Verdi’s life and get inspired by performances from young artists their age. Cost: $5 per person. Multiple locations, 214/4431043; dallasopera.org C H A R L E S W. E I S E M A N N C E N T E R FOR PERFORMING ARTS The Eisemann Center hosts plays, concerts and dance performances throughout the year. Take kids who can sit through longer productions to the Russian Grand Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty on Oct. 6. Or check out the special family-friendly Methodist Richardson Medical Center Family Theater Series. Touring children’s theater companies put on shows for kids ages 3–12 and their families on Sunday afternoons at the Hill Performance Hall. On Nov. 13, watch a single actor switch seamlessly between roles in The Frog Bride. And on Jan. 15, kids learn the true meaning of friendship watching Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider in Theatrework’s adaptation of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance. Richardson, 972/744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

D A L L A S C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT E R Each production that the Dallas Children’s Theater puts on transports kids to a different world and teaches them important social values like integrity and cultural diversity. Now through Oct. 23, Horton the Elephant and other favorite storybook characters entertain kiddos 5 and older in the musical Seussical. Starting next month, see A Charlie Brown Christmas (for ages 5 and up) and in the spring, reserve seats for Jack and the Bean Stock (for ages 4 and up). Buy tickets in advance online. Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance. Dallas, 214/740-0051; dct.org

INTRODUCE THEM TO MONET, MANET AND MATISSE DALL AS MUSEUM OF ART (DMA) The DMA makes its collections accessible and interesting for even the youngest guests (infants to age 12) through classes and workshops. The upcoming Nov. 12 Cats Meow family workshop sends kids ages 6–12 prowling through the “Divine Felines” exhibit before creating a take-home piece of 3-D art. The 5-and-under crowd shouldn’t miss the museum’s First Tuesdays program, which provides free story times, performances, art projects and gallery explorations from 11am–2pm on the first Tuesday of each month September–May. Cost: General admission, free; prices for classes and workshops vary. Dallas, 214/922-1200; dma.org NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER The Nasher gives families free admission to the museum on the first Saturday of each month through the Target First Saturdays program and provides special activities geared towards preschoolers through fifth graders. Kids discover the wonders of architecture this month with an architecture-focused scavenger hunt and a building project. At other times, take advantage of free gallery kits, with hands-on activites, that can be picked up at the admissions desk. Cost: Adults, $10; kids 11 and younger, free. Dallas, 214/242-5100; nashersculpturecenter.org dc dallaschild / october 2016

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Each year, The Dallas Opera presents two mini-operas and a concert as part of its Family Season. This year, come see The Three Little Pigs, Bastien or Bastienne or Verdi and Company. Tickets $5. See ad on page 8.

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t’s hard for kids not to love butterflies — they’re gentle, they fly and, with their beautiful colors and eye-catching patterns, they’re just plain nice to look at. Lucky for us, Dallas is a crucial stop in the monarch butterfly’s migration pattern as they journey south from Canada to Mexico during autumn each year. While the exact timing varies year to year based on weather patterns, we can generally anticipate the monarch’s arrival in the first few weeks of October. Take advantage of our temporary winged visitors with a slew of local events celebrating their arrival. Then stick around to show some appreciation for a host of North Texas’ other less celebrated — but equally important — pollinators, like the birds and the bees.

PLANO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER In the Nature Explore Garden, kids of all ages learn about animal habitats, ecological cycles and environmental sustainability through play. Youngsters explore the butterfly life cycle with a chrysalis large enough for them to hide inside, plant seeds in the children’s garden, and keep an eye out for winged pollinators like birds in the nowalls classroom. Admission is free. Plano, 972/941-7000; plano.gov

RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER Make a day of it and head to the state’s premier butterfly exhibit in Wichita Falls, roughly a two-hour drive northwest of Dallas. Marvel at the rolling plains ecosystem simulated inside the nature center’s Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, a 7,000-square-foot glass structure stocked with prairie shrubbery and animals like box turtles, prairie dogs and, 1 of course, butterflies. Then set small hearts aflutter in Peyton’s Place, the property’s butterfly house filled with brightly colored

wildflowers and butterflies such as the zebra longwing. Kiddos can check out special explorer packs in advance from the front desk so they can inspect nature up close with the help of binoculars, a magnifying glass and a scavenger hunt sheet. General admission is $5; babies under 12 months are free. Wichita Falls, 940/767-0843; riverbendnaturecenter.org TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS While the Gardens are open yearround, the staff puts on a daily monarch tagging event on the front lawn while the State Fair is open, from Sept. 30–Oct. 23. Any kid old enough to be gentle can participate in tagging temporarily captured monarchs with stickers and releasing them to continue their migration. (The stickers unobtrusively help scientists collect data on monarch migration patterns and population.) Tagging event is free, but State Fair admission and parking fees apply. If you want to do a deeper dive into the world of pollinators, visit the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium. Texas Discovery Gardens imports 500–1,000 butterflies a week (from family-run farms in countries like Kenya, the Philippines and Malaysia) and maintains the tropical creatures’ balmy natural rainforest habitat. Don’t forget to check out the new honeybee exhibit, which allows mini explorers to watch the worker bees inside the hive behind a special see-through plexiglass cover. Highly knowledgeable entomologists offer tours of the butterfly house on the first Saturday of the month at 11am. The tour is open to all ages and lasts

20–30 minutes, giving guests just enough time to do their own walkthrough after the tour before the daily butterfly release at noon. Compare and contrast the tropical butterflies with their native Texas counterparts in the outdoor pollinator gardens. The specially planted gardens act as a natural magnet for butterflies and other pollinators. Admission to Texas Discovery Gardens is half-off during the State Fair: $4 for adults, $2 for ages 3–11 and free for tots under 3. Dallas, 214/428-7476; texasdiscoverygardens.org HEARD NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Master Naturalist and volunteer Melanie Schubert hosts an 2 hourlong lecture called “Butterfly Talk: Amazing Monarchs” on

Oct. 1 at 10am. Appropriate for curious kiddos ages 10 and older, the presentation covers everything one might ever want to know about monarchs. After the lecture, be sure to check out the property’s Butterfly House and Garden. The expansive garden will be full of native butterflies. Then roam the Heard’s 289 acres of nature preserve seeking pollinators in their naturally occurring habitat. You can learn more about the butterflies you’ll find and even download a special pollinators coloring sheet on the Heard’s website at heardmuseum. org/butterflies. Lecture is free with admission: $11 for adults, $8 for kids 3–12 and free for tots ages 2 and younger. McKinney, 972/562-5566; heardmuseum.org dc

1 // Two enclosed habitats at Wichita Falls’ River Bend Nature Center offer upclose encounters with winged friends. 2 // Find the delicate insects in the garden and on the preserve at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Orlando is best known for its theme parks, but if your children are too young or too old to appreciate the rides and roaming characters, or if your family craves different adventures, there are plenty of kid-centric activities and entertainment options to wow everyone. Plus, October’s a great offseason time to see Orlando, save money and avoid crowds.

WHAT TO DO

Head to the new I-Drive entertainment and dining complex to take in the awesome views from the 400-foot-high COCA-COLA ORLANDO EYE , the tallest observational wheel on the East Coast. The enclosed capsules hold up to 15 people for the 20-minute ride. $25 adults; $20 ages 3–12. Buy online in advance to save $5 per ticket. Rent a swan-shaped paddleboat and explore LAKE EOLA PARK in downtown Orlando. Each boat fits five people and costs $15 per half hour. For some high-adrenaline fun, take kids to COCOA BEACH PARASAIL for a boat ride into the Atlantic and a 7- to 15-minute flight above the ocean to see the

Kennedy Space Center, dolphin pods and even breaching whales. Ages 5 and up can soar; book in advance starting at $80 per person. And for high-speed thrills over land, opt for one of three zip lining tours at FOREVER FLORIDA , where ages 8 and up can zoom through the treetops. The familyfriendly Zip Line Adventure, with seven zips and three sky bridges, costs $79.99 per person. Take animal lovers for a day trip to GIRAFFE RANCH in Dade City, about an hour’s drive from Orlando, to see zebras, lemurs, rhinos and, yes, giraffes during intimate, guided excursions. Tour by canopy-shaded safari vehicle, on camelback (ages 4 and older) or even by llama (ages 10 and older).

Reservations by phone are required. $90 per person by vehicle; $180 by camel or llama. On a rainy day, stop in to the new CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE to personalize your own crayon, create a digital mural or make a cool sculpture at the drip art station. $18.99 online; $22.99 at door; free for ages 2 and younger. Got a sweet tooth? THE WORLD OF CHOCOLATE MUSEUM offers samples from around the world. Check out the sculpture room’s 25 famous landmarks — all carved out of chocolate. $16.95 adults; $12.95 children; free for ages 3 and younger.

LODGING

When you stay at the HILTON ORLANDO BONNET CREEK or the WALDORF ASTORIA ORLANDO

resorts, you get access to both facilities. Splash in the pools, relax on the lazy river or in the hot tub, and enjoy the water slide. Bonus: There’s a terrific view of the nightly fireworks over Magic Kingdom every night from either

1 / Rent a swan boat on Lake Eola to see Orlando in a new light. 2 / Observe the animals of Giraffe Ranch by camelback safari. 3 / Witness the art of crayon-making at the newly opened Crayola Experience.

hotel. Hilton rates start at $179 for a double room; Waldorf Astoria rates start at $249.

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The nonprofit ENZIAN THEATER in nearby Maitland has an eclectic slate of new movies, classic films, stage broadcasts and family events, including Peanut Butter Matinees on the fourth Sunday of the month (free for kids 12 and younger) and a free monthly outdoor movie series called Popcorn Flicks. On Oct. 23, the Enzian is throwing a Halloween bash with games, lunch and a showing of Hotel Transylvania. $18 per person. dc

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1 Tori Sdao began prep for her daughter’s woodland fairy tea party six months before Elaina’s eighth birthday. Elaina requested a fairy-house treasure hunt, chocolate and berries — lots of berries. Sdao’s decorations and Pinterest-inspired crafts adorned the scene in soft teals, glittery golds and nature neutrals. When the pixie dust settled, Elaina and her four guests took home teacup fairy gardens and lots of magical memories.

2 Elaina and her friends began the party by decorating paper doll printables from illustrator Merrilee Liddiard’s blog, Mer Mag. Perched on earthy mats and pillows underneath a DIY-ed tulle chandelier, the girls plucked petals and leaves from carnations and daisies to turn their paper dolls into paper pixies.

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3 Sdao earned her fairy wings when she surprised the little ladies with a homemade three-layer vanilla cake topped with edible moss cookies — a recipe from The Cake Blog. She also made chocolate cupcakes garnished with fondant toadstools and dressed in laser-cut doily wrappers. Surrounding the sweets were teacups filled with pixie punch (Hawaiian punch, raspberry sherbet and ginger ale) and fairy finger foods like raspberry “mushrooms” and pretzel “twigs.” dc

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ess gore, more gourds — that’s the kind of Halloween us scaredy-cats (especially scaredy-cats with small children) want to celebrate. But it doesn’t have to be a drag for the older kids. This season’s not-so-spooky spectacles promise thrills for everyone in the family: a hayride on the farm, a glow-in-the-dark maze, age-appropriate ghost stories and more fright-free treats.

The Blase Family invites you to their farm’s annual PUMPKIN PATCH for a month of kid-friendly Halloween fun. Little tots to growing tweens enjoy hunting for the perfect gourd and hailing a hayride around the 13-acre wooded property, with the youngest finding more thrills in the hay bale-high hay maze. The scariest part of the day might be showing up emptyhanded to the petting zoo; luckily, admission includes one cup of feed for the goats, sheep and Texas longhorns. Don’t leave without enjoying a square of home-

made pumpkin fudge or posing for a fall family photo at one of the themed photo op sets. COST: $7 per person; free for children 1 and younger WHEN: Oct. 1–30, Monday–Friday 9am–6pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 12–6pm WHERE: Blase Family Farm, Rockwall // 972/772-3645; blasefamilyfarm.com

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To give little ghosts and goblins just a taste of terror, Bath House Cultural Center hosts SPOOKY TALES FOR KIDS. During the afternoon event, professional storytellers from the Dallas Storytelling Guild spin tales of spirits haunting White Rock Lake. The hourlong story session gets progressively scarier, so parents of tots may want to exit early and enjoy a cultural experience in the Bath House gallery, where children can learn about the Day of the Dead traditions in the 30th annual Dia de Los Muertos: Long Live the Artists exhibition.

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Hook Line & Sinker // Seafood 17602 Preston Road, Dallas; 469/587-5888 // hookline-sinker.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with an adult purchase all day. Request “kids eat free menu special” to receive deal.

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

Pei Wei // Asian Multiple locations // peiwei.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Ages 12 and younger.

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Black-eyed Pea // Southern 7979 Belt Line Road, Dallas; 972/490-1932 // 3825 Pavillion Court, Mesquite; 972/686-1787 // theblackeyedpea.com // Two free kids meals (Dallas) or one free kids meal (Mesquite) with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Ages 12 and younger. Pluckers // American 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/3639464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Ages 10 and younger. Details vary by location. Pollo Tropical // Caribbean 5290 Belt Line Road, Addison; 972/770-3540 // 4622 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 469/232-2074 // pollotropical.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in or drive-thru. Twisty Treats // Frozen Yogurt 2065 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall; 214/7710801 // twistytreatsofrockwall.com // Free frozen yogurt with purchase of a frozen yogurt.

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Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/2983335 // coltersbbq.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree. Times vary by location. Ages 12 and younger.

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Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 972/934-0165 // 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214/3788686 // bluemesagrill.com // On Saturday 10am–2pm (Addison location only) and Sunday 9am–3pm, kids under 6 eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet. Details vary by location.

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The circus tent at the STORYBOOK RANCH PUMPKIN PATCH once housed a pumpkin the size of a Volkswagen; this year’s marvel is still under wraps, but the hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo and wagon rides through the Old West-style town are enough to keep kids entertained. A stint in the bounce house will help burn off excess energy before your crew goes home, but you won’t leave empty-handed: visitors receive a pie-size pumpkin and the satisfaction of knowing that all proceeds go toward River Ranch

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is only scary for the pumpkins that kids send flying from the pumpkin launcher. In addition to said giant catapult, the pumpkin patch is teeming with other scare-free fun. As kids lug around wagons of soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns, which range in price from $1–$50 depending on size, they can make pit stops to play corn hole, show off their hula-hoop skills or take a prairie hayride. Bounce houses and face painting are available on weekends. Check the online schedule of events for special attractions. COST: Free admission and activi-

ties; $2 for pumpkin launch tickets WHEN: Oct. 1–31, weekdays

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Colony. While the sun is up, younger children take a 150yard walk through the foggy woods to the tune of spooky music and rattling bones. (But keep little ones in the tent when the sun goes down and the walk becomes a haunted trail fraught with clowns and zombies.) Compete in the costume and screaming contests and trick-or-treat to the other 100plus campsites before snuggling up in your sleeping bags with s’mores to watch Goosebumps (rated PG). Registration opens Oct. 1, and spots usually fill up in the first week. COST: $15 per person;

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Dickey’s // Barbecue Multiple locations // dickeys.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal, ages 12 and younger. Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Details vary by location. Spezzo // Italian 4901 W. Park Blvd., Suite 521, Plano; 972/5968942 // spezzoitalian.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free from the kids menu all day with purchase of an adult meal.

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Pollo Tropical // Caribbean Multiple locations // pollotropical.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Texadelphia // Deli 6801 Warren Parkway, Suite 125, Frisco; 214/619-1590 // 5813 Preston Road, Suite 574, Plano; 972/781-1616 // texadelphia. com // Free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Ages 14 and younger (Frisco) or 12 and younger (Plano).

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Pei Wei // Asian Multiple locations // peiwei.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Ages 12 and younger.

Boston’s // Pizza 6800 State Highway 121, McKinney; 469/215-2510 // bostons.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree. Ages 12 and younger.

Stan’s Lakeview Draft House // American 4847 Main St., The Colony; 972/370-9994 // stanslakeview.com // Kids ages 12 and younger eat free all day with purchase of an adult entree and beverage. Limit two per table.

Mattito’s // Mexican 6129 Main St., Frisco; 214/872-3411 // mattitos.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal after 5pm. One child eats free per adult.

The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/385-3287 // thestringbean.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

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Black-eyed Pea // Southern 605 W. 15th St., Plano; 972/423-5565 // theblackeyedpea.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal 5–9pm. Ages 12 and younger.

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Paradise Bakery & Café // Bakery 8240 Preston Road, Suite 100, Plano; 972/731-0005 // paradisebakery.com // Free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal Tuesday and Thursday after 5pm. Ages 12 and younger. Dine-in or takeout. Pluckers // American 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1800, Allen; 972/6789464 // 3316 Preston Road, Plano; 972/5999464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day Tuesday (both locations) and 11am–3pm Sunday (Allen only). Ages vary by location. Señor Locos // Mexican 701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 214/501-4258 // senorlocostexmex.com // Up to two kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal all day Monday and Tuesday. Ages 12 and younger. Steak ’n Shake // Diner Multiple locations // steaknshake.com // One october 2016 / dallaschild

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After a successful night of trick-or-treating, encourage your kids to share their spoils by donating to the Halloween Candy Buyback Program, the nationwide campaign that ships candy to U.S. soldiers overseas. Participating dentists’ offices in Dallas, Plano and more North Texas cities will accept the donations and pay the kids back $1 per pound for their candy. Sweet.

When was the last time you really stared up at the moon? Recapture that awe on the next full moon (Oct. 15) by joining the Japanese celebration Otsukimi at Klyde Warren Park. To get the full cultural flavor of the festival, preorder your choice of a chicken or veggie bento box ($20, and each comes with a matcha macaron) or a ramen dish with mushrooms and green onions ($12).

Walk, don’t run, to the newly renovated Hall Park for the first Frisco Arts Walk, an arts festival in the park’s Texas Sculpture Garden on Saturday, Oct. 8. From 3–9pm, let your kids loose inside the children’s area for puppet-making and an instrument petting zoo, and keep your eyes peeled for costumed princesses roaming the grounds. Free.

Tell the kids they’re in for a real treat this Halloween: the Spooktacular Sleepover at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The overnight on Friday, Oct. 28, features a full schedule of science experiments like exploding pumpkins, a “Monster Mash” dance party and activities designed for 6to 12-year-olds. Register online. $50 per child; $40 per adult chaperone.

Frisco, 972/810-1028 friscoarts.org

Dallas, 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

Pokémon Go is all the rage right now, but do your young gamers know the franchise has been around for 20 years? Experience the history of these “pocket monsters” on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Dallas POPS musicians perform Pokémon – Symphonic Evolutions, a special concert with visuals shown above the stage at Fair Park’s Music Hall. Tickets start at $25.

Multiple locations, 818/469-0448 halloweencandybuyback.com

Dallas, 214/979-6430 crowcollection.org

Dallas, 800/745-3000 dallaspops.com

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1 SATURDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Adventure Asia – A Play Day with Clay Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas. 214/979-6430. crowcollection.org. 10am–2pm. In celebration of the exhibition Clay Between Two Seas, watch a painting demo by a Talavera ceramic artist and then make a pinch pot out of clay, paint a plate reminiscent of Chinese porcelain and assemble a Talavera tile collage. FREE

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FESTIVAL

Line Rd., Richardson. 972/744-4582. cottonwoodartfestival.com. 10am–7pm Oct 1; 10am–5pm Oct 2. Listen to a variety of music genres by live bands and see displayed works from hundreds of juried artists at this semiannual festival. FREE

EXHIBIT

Dinosaurs Live! Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 9am–5pm Tue–Sat and 1–5pm Sun through Feb 19. See the 46-foot-long T. rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails, hear them roar, and play on the play area dinosaurs. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller-friendly. Free with admission: $11 adults; $8 kids 3–12.

Autumn at the Arboretum Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 9am–5pm daily through Nov 23. See more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash in an elaborate display arranged by a talented horticulture team for the Art of the Pumpkin exhibition in the Pumpkin Village. General admission: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

EXHIBIT

Concerts by the Creek Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. watterscreek. com. 7–9pm every Sat through Oct 22. Listen to live music by a different band each week on The Green. On Oct 1, country band GOODnGONE will perform. The Music Makes a Difference Partner is the Allen Public Safety & Recovery Fund. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

MUSIC

FESTIVAL

Cottonwood Art Festival Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt

Fall Plano Train Show Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 469/438-0741. dfwtrainshows.com. 10am–5pm Oct 1; 10am–4pm Oct 2. Browse 75 tables of model train vendors at the North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs’ second annual event with operating layout displays, door prizes, contests and educational workshops. $8; free for children 11 and younger. Family Art Activities Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark. org. 10:30am–12pm. Meet at The Dallas Morning News Reading & Games Room for craft activities provided by the Nasher Sculpture Center. FREE

NATURE

Family Zoo Adventures Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7300. dallaszoo.com. 9:15– 11:15am. Learn about what it takes to be a veterinarian to the world’s smallest and largest animals by joining this program for ages 4–12. $15 for zoo members; $20 for nonmembers.

FESTIVAL

Plano International Festival Haggard Park in downtown Plano, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 214/495-7838. planointernationalfestival.org. 11am–5pm. Sample foods at an ethnic food court and watch music and dance performances and a multicultural fashion show at the 12th annual festival. Get free flu shots and health screenings at the fitness and wellness fair at the nearby Courtyard Theater. Free activities. $5 for family film admission.

HISTORY

Saturday Fun Train Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. gvrr.com. 10–11am each Sat in Oct. Step back in time by boarding the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for a one-hour, roundtrip excursion. $10 adults; $8 children.

ON STAGE

Seussical Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051. dct.org. Each Sat–Sun through Oct 23. See the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, JoJo and more of Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters in this musical about family and friendship. For ages 5 and older. Tickets start at $17. dallaschild / october 2016

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Showtime Saturdays Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 972/702-7171. galleriadallas.com. 11:30am–12pm. Watch special entertainment each Sat on level three near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom. Oct 1: Julio and Kelli’s Comedy Show; Oct 8 and 29: Slappy and Monday; Oct 15: Critterman; Oct 22: Magic Mike Williams. FREE

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State Fair of Texas Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. 214/565-9931. bigtex.com. Daily through Oct 23. Gates open daily at 7am. Exhibits and concessions open 10am–9pm Sun–Thu and 10am–10pm Fri–Sat. Museum and midway hours vary daily. Enjoy 24 days of shows, live music, exhibits, food, games and rides in a family-friendly environment. $18 general admission; $14 for children under 48 inches; free for ages 2 and younger.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Target First Saturday Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. Open 10am–5pm. Activities 10am–2pm. Make a building in a bag, listen to a story reading, join a yoga session in the garden, and enjoy more family programming during this family day for preschoolers and elementary-age children. FREE

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2 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Cottonwood Art Festival See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Fall Plano Train Show See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1.

3 MONDAY PLAYTIME

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Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 10am–2pm each Mon and Tue through Nov 22. Experience Kindermusik, a petting zoo, nature crafts and face painting in the Pecan Grove. Presented as part of Autumn at the Arboretum, featuring the Pumpkin Village. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

EDUCATIONAL

Monarchs on the Move Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 2 and 4pm weekdays Oct 3–27. Head to the Moody Oasis, the rooftop garden, to get a butterfly face painting and learn when, how and why pollinators and butterflies travel so far. $15 adults; $10 children 3–12.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1.

4 TUESDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

First Tuesday Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1312. dma.org. 11am–2pm. Meet in the Center for Creative Connections for special programming themed around the five senses. Activities are designed for children ages 5 and younger but open to all ages. FREE

PLAYTIME

Imagination Playground Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 9am–12pm every Tue. Use blue, larger-thanlife blocks by Imagination Playground to build your very own play equipment on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

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NATURE

Nature Nights Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. Each Wed through Oct 19. Take a garden stroll on Wed nights when open hours are extended to 8pm. From 6–7:30pm look for Booker T. Washington art students throughout the arboretum for free instruction available for kids ages 6–12. $15 adults; $10 children ages 3–12.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.


6 THURSDAY MUSIC

Cool Thursdays Concert Series Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/5156500. dallasarboretum.org. Gates open at 6pm; concerts begin at 7pm. Each Thu through Oct 27. Bring your own picnics and beverages or purchase food items from food trucks and listen to a different live band perform each week at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. Tickets start at $10.

SCIENCE

First Thursday Late Night – Monsters Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. perotmuseum.org. 7–9pm. Stay late at the museum to learn all about real and fictional monsters, and even create your own. Free with admission: $19 adults; $12 kids 2–17.

ON STAGE

The Tempest Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 214/559-2778. shakespearedallas.org. 8pm Oct 6–9 and 12–16. Watch the actors of Shakespeare Dallas perform in this story of love, forgiveness and a ship caught in a violent storm caused by magical powers. Pay what you can each Wed; $10 each Thu and Sun; $15 each Fri–Sat; free for kids 12 and under.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

7 FRIDAY PLAYTIME

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. Oct 7–10. On Oct 7, take a walking tour with sculptor Gary Lee Price and on Oct 8–9, listen to a lecture about his Great Contributors statues throughout the garden. On Oct 8, listen to the Que Pastas in the Children’s Adventure Garden at 11am and 2pm. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 children 3–12.

ON STAGE

DanceAfrica Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. 800/745-3000. attpac.org. 7:30pm Oct 7–8 performances; 10am–2pm Oct 8 festival. Watch performances by five Dallas Black Dance Theatre companies and then participate in the free 10th annual DanceAfrica Marketplace and Festival with music, art, food and children’s activities at Annette Strauss Square. Concert tickets start at $32.50; free for festival.

NATURE

Family Pokémon Go Campout Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/5547500. dallaszoo.com. 7pm Oct 7 – 10am Oct 8. Learn about the animals that inspired the design of your favorite Pokémon, go behind-the-scenes at the zoo to meet education animals and eat s’mores around a campfire. For ages 5 and older. Limit four children per adult. Registration is required. Zoo members: $65 adults; $50 kids ages 5–17. Nonmembers: $80 adults; $65 kids.

HOME-SCHOOL

Lone Star History Day Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. dallasheritagevillage.org. 10am–4pm. Stop by stations throughout the village to meet Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew and other detectives throughout history who will help uncover the reason behind Poe’s untimely death 167 years later. $5 per person through Oct 4. At the gate: $10 adults; $6 kids 4–12.

FILM

Neighborhood Night at the Movies McKinney parks, multiple locations. 972/547-2686. mckinneytexas.org/parksevents. 7:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and watch PG-rated movies outdoors. Oct 7: Hotel Transylvania 2 at Old Settlers Park. Oct 14: Inside Out at Falcon Creek Park. Oct 21: Zootopia at Sonntag Park. FREE

STORY TIME

Sci-Tech Story Time Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 972/5463050. mindstretchingfun.org. 10:30am each Fri through Oct 28. Learn new skills and concepts and make take-home crafts at this weekly story program with stories, songs and activities for kids ages 3–5. Free with admission: $8 for ages 3 and older.

ON STAGE

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie. 972/854-5076. axs.com. 6pm. Doors open at 5pm. See the Octonauts’ eight-member crew in a live, high-tech production featuring animated projections on a massive screen. The Octonaut Explorer Party includes show admission, a post-show meet and greet and a photo with the cast. Tickets start at $29.50. $130 for Octonaut Explorer Party pass.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6.

8 SATURDAY ON STAGE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood SMU McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Ln., Dallas. 800/745dallaschild / october 2016

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EVERYDAY

3000. ticketmaster.com. 5:30pm. Watch the live musical based on the PBS Kids animated series starring Daniel and friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Tickets start at $22.

SCIENCE

Discovery Day – Celestial Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. perotmuseum.org. 10am–4pm. Sneak preview and exclusive activities for members beginning at 8:30am. Learn about craters, stargazing and life on other planets, giving you the insight you need to create your own alien. Free with admission: $19 adults; $12 kids 2–17.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Tropical Butterfly House Snakes of Texas Honeybee Tree Exhibit Visit our website for daily activities! www.texasdiscoverygardens.org

Family Workshop – Sensory Explorations Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org. 1–2:30pm. Use your creativity, memory and sense of touch to create a masterpiece in the studio. For ages 6–12. Sign up online. $8; $5 DMA members. Adults do not need a ticket.

FILM

Movie on the Square Historic downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. 972/466-9135. cityofcarrollton.com/downtown. At sunset. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn after sunset and watch a screening of Hotel Transylvania 2. FREE

NATURE

Second Saturday Bird Walk Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 8–9:30am. Learn more about birding on these walks intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Free with admission: $11 adults; $8 kids 3–12.

EDUCATIONAL

Spanish in the Park Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 11:15am–12pm. Meet at the Children’s Park for a bilingual story time, songs and activities presented by Spanish Schoolhouse. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Concerts by the Creek See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Saturday Fun Train See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. Showtime Saturdays See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6. Columbus Day Weekend Festivities See Oct 7. DanceAfrica See Oct 7.

9 SUNDAY EDUCATIONAL

National Fossil Day Celebration Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 1:30–4pm. Meet members of the Dallas Paleontological Society to learn about ancient teeth, see casts of animals and get a free fossil, while supplies last. Free with admission: $11 adults; $8 children 3–12.

EXHIBIT

Columbus Day Eddie Coker Children’s Concert Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. 11am and 2pm. See performer Eddie Coker in a concert on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and enjoy face painting, Kindermusik and a petting zoo on the lawn. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 children 3–12.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

11 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Imagination Playground See Oct 4.

12 WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

Barnyard Buddies Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/421-5141. dallasheritagevillage.org. 11am. Use craft sticks and paper to create a caterpillar, look through a magnifying glass and read Pipsie, Nature Detective – The Disappearing Caterpillar by Rick DeDonato. $5 per participating child; free for one accompanying adult; $9 per additional adult.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Nature Nights See Oct 5. The Tempest See Oct 6.

13 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Cool Thursdays Concert Series See Oct 6. The Tempest See Oct 6.

14 FRIDAY FESTIVAL

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. 972/406-0184. bloominbluegrass. com. 4:30–10pm Oct 14; 11:30am–10pm Oct 15. Shop at the arts and crafts marketplace, visit the rose garden, play at the kid zone, open until 8:30pm each night, and listen to a long lineup of bluegrass bands. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6. Columbus Day Weekend Festivities See Oct 7.

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10 MONDAY SCIENCE

Building with Biology Day Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco. 972/546-3050. mindstretchingfun.org. 10am–2pm. Extract real DNA

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Path to the Presidency George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas. 214/200-4300. bush43library.org. 12–5pm. Pose for your own campaign poster, deliver an acceptance speech using a teleprompter, and sit in the 1960s living room to watch iconic campaign debates and TV ads during the last day of this interactive exhibit. $17 adults; $15 for ages 13–17; $11 for ages 5–12.

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from fruit, test your skills with a design challenge and join more bioengineering activities designed for ages 8 and older. Free with admission: $8 for ages 3 and older.

Fun on the Farm – Deputy for a Day Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10:30am–12pm. Follow clues to locate the chicken thieves and put them in the farmstead jail at this program with a story, craft project and a wagon ride. Register by Aug 12. For ages 2–5. $11 for adult/child combo; $7 additional child; $4 additional adult. Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6. Neighborhood Night at the Movies See Oct 7. Sci-Tech Story Time See Oct 7.

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players.com. 8pm. Watch a family-friendly, gamebased performance by the improv comedy troupe Frisco Improv Players. $12.

RECREATION

Butterfly Flutterby Grapevine Botanical Garden, 411 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa. com. 10am–2pm. Parade registration begins at 8:45am. Dress up in a butterfly costume to join the parade of children and pets and then enjoy butterfly exhibits, gardening tips and crafts. FREE

RECREATION

Fall Round-Up Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–2pm. Celebrate the harvest season with kitchen gardening, farm animals, wagon rides and pumpkin decorating. Free admission; fee for activities.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Dallas Children’s Theater Activities Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark.org. 10:30–11:30am. Meet at the learning tree for acting games and more fun. FREE

MUSIC

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concert in the Park NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. northparkcenter.com. 7pm. Hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 led by music director Jaap van Zweden. Open seating in CenterPark Garden. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Family Day Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas. 214/768-2516. meadowsmuseumdallas.org. 10am–1pm. Discover modern Spanish paintings and sculptures through special entertainment and art activities that engage the senses. FREE

FESTIVAL

FarmFest Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10am–2pm. Take a wagon ride around the farmstead, watch the sheep shearing or take tours of the historic Farrell Wilson home and more at this fourth annual event celebrating agricultural heritage. $7.50 per person; $25 for family fun pack (includes four admissions and a pumpkin).

HALLOWEEN

Halloween at the Heard Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 6–10pm. Go trick-or-treating along the Dinosaurs Live! trail to see life-size animatronic dinosaurs, join a costume contest and watch a family-friendly movie at the amphitheater. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

HALLOWEEN

Haunt Jaunt Night 5K & Fun Run Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972/941-7250. hauntjaunt.com. 5:15pm registration; 6:30pm fun run; 7:25pm 5K. Register online for this evening, Halloween-themed race through the nature preserve’s paved trails and streets. $35 for 5K. $10 per child for fun run; includes one free companion adult’s entry.

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Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Concerts by the Creek See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Saturday Fun Train See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. Showtime Saturdays See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6. Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off See Oct 14.

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Art in the Meadow Connemara Conservancy Meadow Preserve, Southeast corner of West Bethany and Alma drives, Allen. 972/727-7272. allenartsalliance. org. 1–6pm. Take a walk to the Pecan Grove at the 72-acre meadow preserve for this inaugural event with music, food and nature-inspired works by local artists. Kid-friendly activities include face

painting, walking tours, hayrides, mazes and a pumpkin patch. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. The Tempest See Oct 6.

17 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

18 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Imagination Playground See Oct 4.

19 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Nature Nights See Oct 5.

20 THURSDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Lucky Duck Kids Club Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen. 972/747-8000. watterscreek.com. 11am–12:30pm. Meet on the Green for Pumpkin Jack-themed crafts and activities. Designed for children ages 2–6 and their families. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Cool Thursdays Concert Series See Oct 6.

21 FRIDAY MUSIC

‘Til Midnight at the Nasher Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. 6pm–12am. Bring a blanket to sit down at the Nasher Garden and listen to live music by bands Calliope Musicals and Wild Child. FREE

HISTORY

Frugal Farm Wife Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–2pm. Step inside the 19th-century home to meet with costumed interpreters and learn about the domestic duties of a farm family. For all ages. Registration is required. $3.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org. 6pm– 12am. Explore a new theme each month during the museum’s third Fri events that offer performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks and family programs for all ages. $15; free for ages 11 and younger.

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Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Neighborhood Night at the Movies See Oct 7. Sci-Tech Story Time See Oct 7.

22 SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENT

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Brick-or-Treat Legoland Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/818-1677. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw. Oct 22–23 and 29–30. Activity times vary. Compete in a monster build challenge, count all the pumpkins on the Pumpkin Trail and go on the scavenger hunt in Miniland. Wear your favorite costume from 11am–4pm Oct 29–30 for a chance to win an annual pass. $21 for ages 3 and older. Discount tickets online.

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Instrument Petting Zoo with School of Rock Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/7164500. klydewarrenpark.org. 3–4pm. Meet under the Muse Family Performance Pavilion to touch and play a variety of instruments. FREE

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Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972/562-8790. chestnutsquare.org. 6–10pm Oct 22 and 29. Get refreshments and take a self-guided, selfpaced ghost walk through the historic village and the downtown McKinney Square. Ticket booklets provide maps, and storytellers at each site will share the legends. Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $5 children ages 4–12; free for ages 3 and younger.

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The Three Little Pigs Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214/443-1000. dallasopera.org/family. 12:30pm lobby activities; 2pm show. Watch this children’s opera of the classic tale with a retelling that reinforces the importance of reading. Sung in English with supertitles; no intermission. $5.

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Seussical See Oct 1. State Fair of Texas See Oct 1. Brick-or-Treat See Oct 22. Dive Into Halloween Fun See Oct 22.

24 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

25 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3. Imagination Playground See Oct 4.

26 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Monarchs on the Move See Oct 3.

Plano Archaeology Fair Bethany Historic Site, Legacy Drive at Custer Road, Plano. 972/941-2117. planoconservancy.org. 10am–4pm. Native American dancers at 11am and 1:30pm. Watch the Bear Claw Singers perform, discover pictographs and petroglyphs, make cornhusk dolls, grind corn and more at the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation’s 14th annual fair. FREE

HALLOWEEN

Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day Frisco Heritage Museum, 6455 Page St., Frisco. 972/292-5657. friscoheritage.org. Tour the Heritage Center buildings and blacksmith shop, take a ride on a stage coach, watch armadillo races and mock gunfights, and enjoy more family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, pony rides and a Western photo booth. $5 per person; free for kids younger than 2.

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Sundown Cinema Oak Point Park Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972/941-7250. planoparks.org. 8:30pm. Pack a cooler with snacks from home and head to the amphitheater for screenings of family-friendly Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus on Oct 22 and The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct 29. FREE

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Zip Line Day Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney. 972/562-5566. heardmuseum.org. 1–4pm. Climb up to the platform and soar through the treetops as you travel down

HALLOWEEN

Boo Bash Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 W. Parker Rd., Plano. 972/769-4404. planoparks.org. 5–8pm. Dress in costume and go trick-or-treating inside the center for a safe night of candy and carnival games. Canned food donations will be accepted for a local food pantry. FREE

Boo on Ballard Olde City Park, 112 Ballard Ave., Wylie. 972/516-6016. wylietexas.gov. 6–8pm. Dress in costume for trick-or-treating at the downtown shops and then join Glow in the Park at Olde City Park for a bungee trampoline, zip line and foam cannon pit. FREE HALLOWEEN Halloween Nights Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. dallaszoo.com/halloweennights. 5–8pm Oct 27–30. Explore the zoo after normal open hours to trick or treat at themed stations, watch a pirate-themed animal show, see creepycrawlies at the Reptile Building, catch Pokémon and make a “Ghost Eyes” craft of clay, soil and wildflower seeds to take home. $10 for adults and kids 3 and older. $2 discount for zoo members. Admission includes six candy coupons.

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Tall Tales Story Time at Reunion Tower Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas. 214/7127040. reuniontower.com. 11–11:30am on the last Thu of each month. Jump around, listen to a story and sing during this story program presented by Dallas Public Library children’s librarians. For ages 2–5. Call to register. Free with admission: $16 adults; $8 for children ages 4–12.


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28 FRIDAY HALLOWEEN

Fun on the Farm – Trick or Treat at the Farm Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. 972/881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org. 10am–12pm. Put on your costume for trick-or-treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides and a craft. For ages 1–9. $3 adults; $7 child preregistration; $8 child day of.

HALLOWEEN

Trick-or-Treating at Safety Town Frisco Fire Safety Town, 8601 Gary Burns Dr., Frisco. 972/292-6350. friscofiresafetytown.com. 6–9pm. Wear your costumes, meet the Frisco Fire clowns and go trick-or-treating for candy and temporary tattoos at the miniature houses inside the safety town. For kids in fifth grade and younger. Park at the Frisco Athletic Center and take the shuttle. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Sci-Tech Story Time See Oct 7. Halloween Nights See Oct 27.

29 SATURDAY FESTIVAL

Anna Glowfest Slayter Creek Park, 425 W. Rosamond Pkwy., Anna. 972/924-8533. annaglowfest.com. 12–8pm. See the hot air balloons in action at this annual festival also featuring a Kid’s Fun Zone, games, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. FREE

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ArtRocks! Creates KAWS NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas. 214/363-7441. northparkcenter. com. 1–4pm. Learn about the artist KAWS, make your own Halloween and KAWS-inspired crafts, dance along to a live DJ and experience the colorful Frank Gehry Left Twist Cubes. FREE

HALLOWEEN

Dark Waters Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. 8–11pm. Last admission at 10pm. During this special after-hours event, follow the Hallow-marine scavenger hunt to unscramble a spooky phrase and wear your best costume for a chance to win a prize pack. $20 adults; $16 kids 3–12; free for 2 and younger. Discount tickets online.

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Día de los Muertos Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. 214/671-0045. dallasculture.org/latinocc. 12–4pm. Watch Aztec dancers, get a face painting, see elaborately painted sugar skulls and enjoy more cultural activities at the annual celebration. FREE

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Disney’s Fantasia – Live in Concert Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214/8494376. mydso.com. 11am. Listen to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform while scenes from the 1940 classic and Disney’s Fantasia 2000 are shown in high definition on the big screen. Come early for the costume contest, instrument petting zoo and crafts. Tickets start at $39.

HALLOWEEN

Family Fun Weekend Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/515-6615. dallasarboretum.org. Bring your own bags for trick-or-treating in the Pumpkin Village, plus face painting and a petting zoo from 10am–2pm Oct 29–30 and watch a chemistry demo by Mr. Nano in the Children’s Adventure Garden at 11am and 2pm on Oct 29. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

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Movie & Magic on the Lawn A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Rd., Carrollton. 972/466-

6380. cityofcarrollton.com/museum. 5pm activities; 6:30pm magic show; movie at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Make steampunkinspired crafts, take tours of the barn, discover Victorian-era Halloween games and watch a screening of Back to the Future Part III. FREE

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Star Wars Halloween Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. 214/350-3600. flightmuseum. com. Dress as your favorite hero or villain from the Star Wars series and walk the red carpet with the stars of the 501st and Rebel legions. Free admission when dressed in costume.

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Trinity River Wind Festival Trinity River and Dallas Floodway, 146 W. Commerce St., Dallas. 214/6719500. trinityriverwindfestival.com. 11am–5pm. Watch large kites being flown over the floodway, learn how to fly your own, see animal exhibits and enjoy more wind-driven activities. FREE

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Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Saturday Fun Train See Oct 1. Showtime Saturdays See Oct 1. Brick-or-Treat See Oct 22. Dive Into Halloween Fun See Oct 22. Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk See Oct 22. Sundown Cinema See Oct 22. Halloween Nights See Oct 27.

30 SUNDAY FESTIVAL

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Halloween Spooktacular American Girl Boutique and Bistro, 13464 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas. 877/247-5223. americangirl.com. 11am–2pm Oct 30; 3–6pm Oct 31. Make a pumpkin craft, pose for a photo op and enter for a chance to win a Truly Me doll, a skeleton outfit for dolls and a skeleton tee for girls. Dress in costume to receive a sweet treat. FREE

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Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Dinosaurs Live! See Oct 1. Brick-or-Treat See Oct 22. Dive Into Halloween Fun See Oct 22. Halloween Nights See Oct 27. Family Fun Weekend See Oct 29.

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Scare on the Square Historic downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972/547-2660. mckinneytexas.org. 4–7pm. Go trick-or-treating through the downtown streets open only to pedestrians and take a hayride around the square. FREE

CONTINUING:

Autumn at the Arboretum See Oct 1. Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays See Oct 3. Halloween Spooktacular See Oct 30.

FREE denotes free event admission. Other costs, such as parking, may apply. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead before every event. If you have an event that you’d like us to consider for the next calendar, please go to dfwchild.com and click on calendar to submit your event. Or fax to 972/4470633 by the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Events must be open to the public and of interest to families in the Dallas area. Please include name and description of event, address, phone number, website, time, date, cost and age served. We reserve the right to edit or withhold submissions.

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he moment she embarks on her professional career as a graphic designer, my daughter is looking to call Los Angeles home. Honestly, I completely understand. We lived there for several years and it’s pretty darn fun. The perfect weather is actually better than advertised. The beach is always awesome. The Dodgers and Lakers live there. And, of course, there’s the possibility of a chance star encounter such as the time I ran into Andy Dick at the mall or the time I saw Pauly Shore hiding behind a fake palm tree at a Jamba Juice. Those two moments alone made our time in La-La Land worth paying nearly $3,000 a month for a 1,500-square-foot duplex built during the time of silent films. Yeah, yeah, there’s some traffic (read: every moment of every day). And there’s the occasional smog alert (read: every moment of every day). And the Lakers are terrible right now. But all in all, I get the appeal. And to grow her graphic design talents, there’s truly not a better city in America. So she’ll boogie to the West Coast for several years and I’ll miss her dearly, although I’m sure I’ll fly out to see her whenever possible. Why am I so nonchalant about my little girl venturing so far from home in the very near future? Because I know without a shadow of a doubt that she’ll come back to Texas.

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No one leaves Texas for long, if they leave at all. Seasoned Texas parents know this is a special place, and we do an excellent job of indoctrinating our offspring accordingly. So this column goes out to all the new parents. Let me bring you up to speed on what exactly makes the Lone Star State so awesome. I’ve assembled an easy-to-follow list: OUR STATE FLAG IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER STATE FLAG

Think of your favorite state flag that’s not the Texas state flag. Got it pictured in your head? Of course you don’t. Other state flags are as forgettable as Jeb Bush’s run for the White House. Drive between here and really anywhere in our great state, and you’ll count more Texas flags than churches. And there are lots of churches. Texas is one of only 17 states that have state flag pledges, and kids here recite both the national pledge and the state pledge every morning in public schools. It’s actually a state law. THERE ARE MORE THAN 4 MILLION SEATS IN TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STADIUMS

That’s not a misprint. That’s more than the population of at least 25 states. On any given Friday night in Texas, based on conservative attendance figures, there are more than 1.5 million fans in the stands watching Texas high school football

games. By any measure, that’s amazing. And the stadiums are nice, really nice. Eagle Stadium in Allen, which reopened last year, cost more than $60 million to build. And McKinney’s future football stadium will also cost more than $60 million. In Frisco, high school athletes share turf with the Dallas Cowboys at the Ford Center at the Star. Enough said. NO STATE INCOME TAX!!

Sure property taxes punch you in the gut each year, but dang it, we wear T-shirts that boast about our lack of state income tax. BLUE BELL, DR PEPPER, SHINER BOCK AND DAVE CAMPBELL’S TEXAS FOOTBALL

We make the best stuff. Period. We’re also the home state of heroes like American sniper Chris Kyle, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Admiral William H. McRaven, who gave what is arguably the best college commencement speech

ever at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 (YouTube it after you’re finished reading this). Then there’s Eric Dickerson, a great NFL running back in the ’80s and ’90s; LaDainian Tomlinson, an incredible NFL running back for 11 seasons; and Kenneth Hall, who established 17 national football records, several of which still stand, playing for the Sugar Land High School Gators in the 1950s. Post this list as soon as you find scissors and your favorite fridge magnet. It’s guaranteed to brainwash your kids (in a positive way) into staying in Texas forever. Wonder if it’s too late to show my little girl this list one more time. dc

Rudy lives in Flower Mound, sells stuff to make the house payment, spends weekends on dusty ballfields and recently had a GPS chip attached to his daughter. Follow him on Twitter: Manifesto10.


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