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SHE’S GOT PERSONALITY

Is that sass genetic? The factors behind our kids’ personalities and how to work with them and against them to raise children who are the best versions of themselves. words Erin Burt

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Lessons in Art

Helping kids develop a fondness for theater, dance, music and more

REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door /

Ever wonder where your child gets her personality? Turns out it’s not only in her genes.

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Carrie Ellen Adamian Broadway actress-turned-business exec raises her daughters with laughs 16 4 Things … / Art About Town Our mom next door’s favorite haunts 18 Routines / Christie Butcher The Dallas mom took a cross-country RV trip with her family of four (and one on the way)

NESTING 20 Style in Bloom / Alicia Rico

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KID CULTURE 37 It’s an Art, Art World

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arenting strategies have become a bigger topic in my house because 3-year-old Genevieve’s personality is really beginning to develop, and her true colors are coming through (hopefully some of them only temporarily). She’s egocentric, emotionally liable and indecisive, but that’s a toddler for you. She’s also independent, stubborn, messy, shy, sensitive and extremely thoughtful. I definitely see myself in her (the independent, stubborn and messy parts) and Scott (the shy, sensitive and thoughtful bits), but I don’t always necessarily know how to guide her as her mom so that the best of what we’ve given her shines. Thankfully, Erin Burt’s piece “She’s Got Personality” on page 24 provided me with some tips—and some things to keep in mind when parts of my preschooler’s personality collide with my own. Aside from my own self-improvement, we’ve made a few adjustments to the magazine we’re hoping you’ll enjoy. We’ve expanded our Kid Culture article to include lots more fun to be had with the family. This month, writer Alexandra Mitchell Mortenson takes you on a public art tour of Dallas and Collin counties in “It’s An Art, Art World” on page 37. Make a day of discovering some of the city’s iconic (and lesser known) pieces and exploring nearby kid-friendly activities and attractions too. We’ve also brought our Nesting feature back in this issue. I’m totally enamored with Alicia Rico of Bows + Arrows’ light and airy abode that Lisa Martin wrote about in “Style in Bloom” on page 20. It’s actually the second family home we’ve featured of this adorable family of four (obviously, they have incredible taste). But while the last house was bright and bold, this one is super kid friendly (hello, Ikea sofa) but oh so sophisticated with a very neutral palette. I’m clipping the story and letting it serve as inspiration for the home I hope to create one day—when I no longer have a toddler who waddles around the house with crayons and food in his hands (I’m looking at you, Graydon). And finally, our new Agenda on page 65 gives you the best of what Dallas and Collin counties have to offer this month in family entertainment. You can’t miss the Wizard of Oz–themed pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the State Fair of Texas (be sure to also check out our perfect State Fair day itinerary on page 55) or our DFWChild Cover Model Search in Plano. And don’t worry. You can still find great things to do with the kids daily by visiting our online calendar at dfwchild.com.

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ussell McKinley, who is now on staff in the theater department at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, discovered the stage as a creative outlet as a kid and credits it with helping him in so many facets of his education. “In theater, I have to be equal parts artist, architect, engineer, philosopher and historian,” he explains. That’s really the case in all artistic disciplines. Beyond furthering a creative talent, kids build relationships, think critically, problem solve and develop

better communication when they participate in the arts. Plus, numerous studies show that kids involved in the arts do better in academic subjects and exhibit more confidence. So whether it’s painting, sculpting, acting, dancing or designing, exposure to the arts (both participating in and enjoying the work of others) absolutely benefits a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills. “[Theater’s] made me a much more well-rounded person,” McKinley says. What, specifically, can the arts do for your kiddo?

PROMOTE CREATIVITY

This one might seem like a nobrainer, but kids who engage in any type of arts education are better outside-the-box thinkers because they’ve learned to look at tasks from different perspectives and to think on their feet. In art, kids may paint a picture that represents a memory. In theater, they may recite the same monologue two ways, and in music, singers may be asked to make up a song. Practicing creative thinking often means it will eventually come naturally. There’s also the ongoing trend with employers valuing creativity and leadership over test scores and grade point averages (though both are still very important). “[Employers want] people who

approach things from a different direction and don’t just go with the crowd,” says Correy Sharkey, an art teacher in Fort Worth. “The arts help engrain these qualities into kids’ brains.” HONE FOCUS

Painting, learning the lyrics to a song and memorizing lines for a play all take extreme focus. Not only do the arts require intense concentration on your children’s part, but they help kids see the bigger picture too. Kids begin to understand how their contributions are necessary for the success of a group. Stephanie Diaz-Peters is a dance instructor in Hurst. She says learning a routine, for instance, dfwchild.com / october 2017

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helps to broaden a child’s attention span (and encourages parents to sit back and let kids listening skills) and helps with self-awareness. make mistakes while creating. She then sug“They have [to remember] the steps, engage gests getting constructive feedback from a their core, [and practice] spatial awareness; professional in the craft, which allow children it requires intense focus,” she to improve and grow within the art form. explains. “Physically it makes kids stronger, GET YOU INVOLVED TOO, PARENTS but mentally it So what can you do? There really teaches them The current job are plenty of amazing music, self-control and market is looking for art, dance and photography multitasking at a creativity and leadership classes for kids in the Dallasyoung age,” she Fort Worth area, but there for people who approach explains. are also things you can do things from a different outside formal teachings to UNDERSTAND direction and don’t just expose kids to the arts. NONVERBAL go with the crowd. “We think in pictures even COMMUNICATION before we are aware of spoken The arts require language,” says Annie Wallace, an all kids to express art therapist in Dallas. “A child who themselves in ways they is exposed to different sensations—whether can’t in math and science classes. it’s sounds, colors or movements—is stimuAmanda Allison, Ph.D., the coordinator of lated to grow in every way.” art education at Texas Christian University, Here are a few habits to incorporate the runs a Basics in Arts program at Alice arts into your everyday routine to help your Carlson Applied Learning Center in Fort kiddos bloom and grow: Worth, where her college students interact 1. Read stories to your kids with a bit of with fourth-graders, communicating with dramatic flair. Change your voice, maybe them through art. “If you look at the history get the kids to act out a favorite scene or of the arts, its original use was solely for encourage them to talk you through a expression and documentation,” Allison different ending to the story. points out. “Art making today serves the 2. Instead of giving old dresses, hats, same human purpose.” Physical forms of art scarves and jewelry away, give it to the such as drawing, painting or sculpting may kids to use for dress-up play. And this help children get out emotions they aren’t month, don’t get rid of those Halloween capable of understanding yet, she explains. costumes. Add them to the collection, The same is true with other art forms: and consider buying more after the holiExperiences in theater and dance, for day at discounted prices in stores and in instance, give kids a stage for releasing emoonline yard sales. tions they aren’t comfortable talking about 3. Keep a limited supply of crayons, markor simply don’t have the words to express. ers, paints and other art essentials easily Through their craft, kids understand that accessible. “I give my children unlimited different movements and facial expressions access to supplies they need and let it be communicate different emotions. And it their idea what to do with them,” says works the other way too. Kids involved in Carol Sustaire, an art teacher at arts education discover the mechanics of Fort Worth Academy of Fine body language and how to read people’s Arts and mother of five. unspoken cues. “There’s this technique to encourage readers, where DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING you place interesting books Without even realizing it, the arts randomly around your beckon children to solve problems. house so that your children From the very basic: How do I turn this will find them on their own and clay into a sculpture? To the more complex: become interested without parents How would my character react to this situpushing it.” It’s a strategy parents can ation? Artistic creations force kids to think use with music, literature, photography, critically to solve problems. architecture, anything really. It’s important to note, however, that 4. Expand your musical repertoire at home not every creation—be it a drawing, dance and in the car. Venture into unknown sequence or piano solo—is going to be a musical territory outside nursery rhymes home run every time. In fact, children may or top-40 hits. Try smooth jazz or classistruggle to perfect their art and still end up cal tunes through Pandora or other free disappointed with the results. Andrea Davis, streaming services. Or check out CDs a licensed professional counselor supervisor from the library for free. and board-certified art therapist in Dallas, 5. And sing and dance together often.

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arrie Ellen Adamian’s key to success? She maintains a sense of humor in every facet of life. From raising 10-year-old twin girls, Addison and Olivia, to navigating hectic workdays as director of

marketing and ticket sales at The Dallas Opera, Adamian doesn’t take anything too seriously. “I always tell my girls you have to embrace yourself and keep a sense of humor—and you can survive anything life puts in front of you,” says the 46-year-old University Park mom.

Even through life’s most trying times—like her ex-husband’s battle with a rare neurological form of dementia—she uses humor to cope. “I never thought I would be handed this to deal with,” she says. “Every parenting handbook became obsolete in our household. I just had to figure it out.” So she did. Now, well-versed in life as a single mom, Adamian relies on a support system of friends and a stable of trusted babysitters to make it through each day. (And of course, it helps that she loves what she does.) After two decades of working in performing arts in 1 New

1 / Adamian exposes her girls, Addison and Olivia, to the arts at the Winspear Opera House and at home. 2 / Adamian’s family likes to stay active. With a home in Colorado, winter vacations are spent on the slopes.

York City, both on Broadway stages and behind-the-scenes for the prestigious Lincoln Center, the native Houstonian landed in Dallas nearly five years ago. She’s become a fixture in the local arts scene since—and shows no signs of slowing down. WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS COME FROM? I got

bitten by the bug when I was in fifth grade. 2 I went to a student matinee of Scrooge and realized that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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Broadway for three years while finishing my degree at Fordham University, and it was a really great experience. But I got tired of doing a night and weekend job, so I got into the business side of Broadway. I found being in a marketing position satisfied both sides of my brain. It’s ONE where I’ve been the happiest. WILL YOU EVER RETURN TO THE STAGE?

I don’t think so, not professionally.

ANY INDICATION THAT THE GIRLS WILL FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? One

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DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR VACATION SPOT? My family has a place in Crested

Butte [in Colorado]. We go skiing in the winter and hiking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding in the summer.

OF MY GIRLS LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, ‘MOMMY, YOU USED TO BE SO FUNNY AND MAKE US LAUGH. ARE YOU EVER GOING TO LAUGH AGAIN?’

in the final stages and in an assisted-living facility. He’s basically been sick since they were about 5. It’s a different upbringing. They’ve certainly become more compassionate and empathetic. This is our path and we’ve found peace with it. HOW DO YOU COPE? I was completely paralyzed by grief the first two years. When we transferred him to his facility, one of my girls looked at me and said, “Mommy, you used to be so funny and make us laugh. Are you ever going to laugh again?” I thought, “Carrie Ellen you need to pull up your boot straps and move forward with building a life for these girls.” WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING STYLE? I call myself a hybrid parent because I have to wear the pants and carry the handbag. I’m tough, but very fair and loving. We make the best of what’s been given to us. HOW DO YOU STAY SANE? It’s hard to carve out time for myself, but I love to go on long runs and listen to classic Guns N’ Roses. It’s either long runs with Axl or a Soul Cycle class. I also rely on my close girlfriends and parents. DO YOU GET MANY GIRLS’ NIGHTS OUT? Each month we host something at one

of our houses. We pick a country and re-create the environment. The last one was Russia. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO TAKE ADDISON AND OLIVIA TO AROUND DALLAS? I bring them here to

the Winspear. I’ve taken them to Dallas Summer Musicals. We love to go to dinner: Penne Pomodoro, Malai Kitchen, True Food Kitchen. Their favorite restaurant is R+D Kitchen.

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE MOST SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU? I

can be very shy. I’m also very private. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO HAVE KIDS?

Absolutely. I could never have imagined my life without children. And I’m so glad I have girls. What’s so surprising about motherhood is the humor and perspective it brings to everyday living. I learn so much from them. WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? Raising

girls with a terminally ill father. It’s really hard to help navigate it for them. I’ve had them in counseling since day one. It’s been hard to help them understand that, while their dad is not around, we’re still a family. IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE YOURSELF ADVICE AS A NEW MOM, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Always keep your

sense of humor and keep your cool. Keeping a good sense of humor is the key to surviving motherhood. You’re not going to be perfect. WORST PARENTING ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? People say you always

need to stick up for your kids. I actually do the complete opposite. If there’s one thing I can do for my girls it’s to teach them to be independent, smart and strong advocates for themselves. I want my kids to feel comfortable speaking up for themselves. WHAT QUESTION DO YOU GET ASKED THE MOST? How do you do it all,

Carrie Ellen?

SO HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL? I don’t. Inevitably, something is going to fall through the cracks. I finally had to just accept that. You have to give yourself a break. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE MOMS SHOULDN’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT?

Creating perfect family memories. All the best family memories I’ve ever had were the funny, imperfect ones. I finally realized all my girls really want is my time and attention. WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? My legacy is my kids. If I can

create two independent, smart girls who have a sense of humor … there’s really nothing else.

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christie butcher Christie Butcher lives in Lake Highlands with her husband, Matt, and their children: Gracie, 5; Grant, 3; and a rainbow baby on the way. They’re members of Watermark Community Church and avid explorers. They’ve just returned to their jobs in Dallas—Christie is a stay-on-the-go mom, and Matt is a brand strategy director at The Richards Group—after a six-month, cross-country RV trip. Read more about their adventures at sailsandtrails.us.

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:45AM Wake up to the sounds of Gracie in full crescendo from her bunk. (Life’s a musical with this one.) We have morning kids, and they open their eyes ready for breakfast. 7AM In an effort to borrow a few more moments of rest, we let the crew pile into our seemingly pint-size bed, despite it being a queen. We talk through breakfast options and the big adventure for today. But first, where are we again? It’s hard to remember when we’re moving our little roaming home every few days. 7:15AM Open the window shade to be awed by the jagged peaks of the Watchman inside Zion National Park. Wow—it’s no wonder so many people travel here from around the world. 7:33AM Breakfast is finally underway. Matt coaxes them to eat while I get ready in a bathroom the size of most people’s coat closet. 8:45AM We are all out the door and loaded into the Jeep. Water, check! Snacks, check! Backpack for carrying Grant, check! Change of clothes (who knows where this trail will lead), check! Let’s roll. 8:49AM We drive back to the RV to get Grant’s forgotten shoes. 9:10AM At the trailhead, I step out of the car, breathe in the fresh air deeply and then promptly throw up. Ugh, really? One of the downsides of being pregnant and driving twisty roads.

9:45AM We’ve made it about half a mile into our planned 3-mile loop before someone says, “I want a snack.” So we sit down and take the first of what seems to become dozens of snack and potty breaks while the kid-less hikers breeze by us. Sometimes I think it might be easier to hike with a bear—like, a real bear on a leash—than with toddlers. 10:02AM Matt spots a colorful caterpillar that we stop to examine. The looks of wonder and amazement on Gracie’s and Grant’s faces remind me that although it is hard to hike with toddlers, it’s worth it. 10:27AM The vista that pans out before us is more vivid than a Blu-ray movie, more serene than a spa day (OK, that might be a stretch) and more peaceful than the first full night’s sleep with a newborn (OK, definitely a stretch). But truly, these views we’re experiencing together have blown our minds and each one is a gift. But then Grant runs lemming-style toward the precipice. For what seems like slow-motion eternity, Grant and my husband race each other to the cliff’s edge. Nausea returns. Thankfully Matt gets there first, scoops Grant up and in one surprisingly fluid motion swings him into the backpack baby carrier and inserts a sucker into his mouth to quell the inevitable screams of protest. We march onward. 11:02AM The air suddenly cools and the rush of roaring water reaches our ears. We’re almost to our destination: a waterfall deep in the woods. We stop and let it all flood our senses. Moments later someone says, “I’m hungry.” 11:27AM Bento boxes are opened, picnic lunches are in progress and we’re enjoying the delicate mist from the falls. 11:53AM The kids throw rocks in the water, Matt tries to climb up somewhere he shouldn’t and I sit in the shade enjoying my family enjoying themselves. I think to myself, Never in a million years would I have guessed that I’d be living in an RV, hiking to natural wonders as a pregnant mother with two little ones. But I’m deeply humbled for such an opportunity. 12:37PM Even with our quick pace, we won’t make it back to the RV on time for naps. So I’ll have to keep the kids awake long enough to get them back … while fighting the nausea from this ridiculously winding road. 3:13PM I wake up in a bit of a daze and remember that being pregnant means I don’t have as much control over my own body. Tired from the long hike and growing a human, I must have conked out after getting the kids down. 3:45 PM Everyone’s up, and we head down to the river to whittle away the afternoon basking in the sun and throwing rocks. (Seriously, our kids could throw rocks for days— no, weeks.)  4:02 PM My husband says he loves this place and asks, “Why not stay here another day?” Part

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WHAT SHE’S READING The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson FAVORITE INDULGENCE Massages from Mona at Monalisa Wellness Center off Inwood (a prenatal must!) YEARLY DESTINATION Beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to visit Matt’s side of the family WHERE SHE GOES FOR RETAIL THERAPY HomeGoods FAVORITE MOVIE Cinema Paradiso RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH THE FAMILY Zoës Kitchen FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Uchi GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER LAUGH Grant’s belly laugh GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER CRY Unscripted, sincere prayers of kids INSTAGRAM SHE FOLLOWS Focus on the Family, Fearless Mom, IF Equip WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Pray; seek counsel and support through our community group BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Matcha green tea latte with almond milk MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS They don’t stay little forever. LEAST FAVORITE CHORE Ironing (as in, doesn’t happen) ONGOING PROJECT Creating a family cookbook with our Nana’s recipes LOOKING FORWARD TO Next date weekend with husband at Hotel ZaZa FAVORITE GIFT TO GIVE FRIENDS Dark chocolate and good champagne

of the reason we took this trip is to slow down, step away from our schedules and intentionally enjoy time as a family together while our littles are still little. We decide to stay, because, well, I love it here too. We all do. 5PM It’s back to the RV for dinner. Despite the occasional drama (“He’s sitting in my place!” “Grant, come back to the table …”), the sun dipping below the Sawtooth Peaks and filtering through the swaying pines makes for a very peaceful meal. 6:02PM Showers, jammies on, teeth brushed and we’re ready to wind down the day. 7:37PM With Bible stories read, last kisses given, prayers said and the kids tightly tucked in bed, Matt and I sit down to admire the view out our front window—or rather, windshield. Gracie call outs, “Daddy, what are we doing tomorrow?” He responds, “I’m not sure yet, but I’m sure it will be an adventure.” I softly say, “Me too.” dfwchild.com / october 2017

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hether designing sumptuous florals for destination weddings or fashioning whimsical costumes for her young daughters, Alicia Rico radiates relentless creativity with energy to spare. She and her husband, Adam, also maintain a punishing pace thanks to the success of Bows + Arrows, a special-events florist that has besotted brides since 2009. As an antidote to the rigors of their high-octane careers, the Ricos set about transforming an 87-year-old Highland Park house into a serene setting that anchors their family life. “The location right across from Highland Park Village reminded us of the Brooklyn neighborhood where we lived before we had the girls,” says Alicia, who decamped for New York City not long after graduating from Texas Christian University in 2004. “We love the fact that we walk Dotty to school every morning and can literally run across the street to go see a movie.” The couple met in New York where she worked as a florist while Adam, armed with a fine arts degree from the prestigious Pratt Institute, produced photo shoots. The move back to Alicia’s hometown felt right when she was expecting Dotty, now 7; sister Pia followed three years later. Not long after launching their business (which has amassed over 160,000 Instagram followers to date), the Ricos bought a home on Richard Avenue in Lakewood, which they proceeded to fill with riotous patterns, fearless hues and an array of funky flea market finds. “Everything in that house was so quirky, colorful and fun,” Alicia says. “But we felt like our taste is changing and maturing, and we wanted this new house to reflect that.” With the blessing of Alicia’s architect-father, Charlie Price, the couple bought their diamond in the rough on Mockingbird Lane in February 2015. “The kitchen was a nightmare, something from a horror movie, and the rest of the rooms were in pretty bad shape too,” she recalls. “But we knew we could turn it into a bright, sunny home that would be a good fit for the four of us. And the schools in Highland Park are great, which was a big motivation.” LEFT // Six months of top-to-bottom renovations transformed the Ricos’ 1930 Highland Park cottage into a chic yet comfortable home for the young family of four. dfwchild.com / october 2017

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1 1 // An Ikea sectional, Anthropologie rug and a wood-and-marble table from HomeGoods (a gift from the company after the Ricos participated in one of their ad campaigns) make the living room both chic and livable; Alicia ordered the custom-made overhead chandelier on Etsy. 2 // For the kitchen redo and expansion, Alicia insisted on a massive island topped with a Taj Mahal quartzite, serendipitous considering the couple visited the Indian landmark on their honeymoon.

Six months of renovations succeeded in enlivening the interior spaces with abundant natural light. Along the way, the Ricos nearly doubled the size of the one-story cottage by adding a new living room, expanding the kitchen and creating a bathroom for their girls. When it came to decorating, the duo gravitated toward a streamlined and sophisticated aesthetic. They whitewashed the home’s original wood floors and painted the walls white, choosing to confine color mainly to artwork and accessories. Except for the master bedroom, windows remain unadorned in order to welcome that allimportant natural light. “With the exception of the girl’s toy room, which has 50-plus Barbies, hundreds of books and all the Lego craziness you can imagine, we wanted every room to look crisp and clean,” Alicia says. “We’ve made an effort to keep everything very minimal, too.”

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On the family’s frequent travels, they do still hunt for treasures, many of which they’ve incorporated into the decor. During a six-week trip to Europe in the summer of 2015, the foursome spent a day cuddling baby lambs at a farm in the Netherlands. A sheepskin from that particular adventure now adorns one of the living room chairs that Adam discovered at World Market. 3 Bistro seating typical of the Paris cafes they visited inspired the couple to purchase the woven chairs and stools in their new breakfast room and kitchen upon their return. The open kitchen-breakfast room-living room area has become the epicenter of the Ricos’ home life thanks in part to the walls of windows that offer extravagant views of the outdoors. “We wanted to be able to see the greenery and foliage in the garden,”

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Alicia explains. “These rooms are really a comfortable place for us to be.” Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves remain carefully curated, a practice the couple has no intention of abandoning with respect to their decor. “Adam and I slept with our mattress on the floor for six months before we found just the right bed,” she says. “We don’t want to rush this house.”

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She’s Got Personality Is that sass genetic? The factors behind our kids’ personalities and how to work with them and against them to raise children who are the best versions of themselves. WORDS ERIN BURT

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that stubbornness or that incredible selflessness? Where do those traits come from? Obviously, kids inherit their parents’ (or extended family’s) physical attributes, but scientists know way less about whether they also inherit personality traits from Mom and Dad. So even though your mom swears your daughter gets her extroverted tendencies from you, there’s more in play than your DNA. Environmental factors play a part too. THE GENETIC COMPONENT

Mary Grace Clark swears she’s been tapped into her daughters’ very different personalities (they’re fraternal twins) since the Fort Worth mom was pregnant with them. “I had two cracked ribs from Ella during my pregnancy. Olivia was always calm, even in utero,” she says. Now, 18 months later, Ella’s got the huge personality, and Olivia is more reserved. Most of us are like Clark. We recognize our child’s temperament from the get-go because there are some aspects of temperament that are hardwired. Just like genes dictate eye and hair color, genes can also determine a child’s inclination to take risks, be social and behave (or not). It’s all

part of our temperament, which even determines why some kids are great sleepers and others are not. But there’s more to understanding your child’s personality than realizing their inherent temperament. Although scientists decoded the human genome (the three billion chemical building blocks that make up human genetic material), researchers haven’t yet isolated the genes that might carry markers for all personality traits. Why you ask? It’s complicated. Most cells in the body contain 46 chromosomes. Each chromosome carries many genes, which come in pairs. So half your child’s genes come from Mommy and half from Daddy. It sounds like predicting personality traits should be easy, right? Like flipping a coin? Not so. Only a few traits, like blood type, are controlled by a single pair of genes. Personality traits are the result of lots of genes, many unidentified, working together. “Personality is a combination of many different genes,” says Maria Chahrour, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “It’s complex because it is not only affected by genetics but by your environment.” Which is all very difficult to measure. “Even in adults, we can only measure [personality] through questionnaires, asking people to evaluate themselves.” So yes, personalities exist from birth because genetics play a

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large role. “We are observing personality, but we can’t measure it in any useful way,” she says. That’s because when DNA from two parents combine, often it changes. These changes are called variants. A physical variant might be the color of your child’s eyes. She may have a different eye color from you and your husband as a result of the gene mixing. Personality falls on a spectrum, meaning there are far more options than green, blue, hazel and brown. And since genes work with one another and influence each other’s expression, it might take several different genetic combinations for a child to get a certain personality trait. Plus, to complicate matters even more, according to the Genome News Network, a news source for worldwide genomics research, genes can switch on and off because of environmental factors or other genetic influences so it can be hard to determine when a change in personality from one generation to the next is a result of genetic variation, environment or individual preference. “The qualities that form an individual’s unique traits have no objective measure,” Chahrour says. “So to try to simplify it, we came up with the big-five system model.” Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oregon came up with the big five—openness (adventurous vs. cautious), conscientiousness (carelessness vs. meticulousness), extraversion (introversion vs. extraversion), agreeableness (coldness vs. friendliness) and neurosis (anxiety and nervousness vs. confidence)—categories of personality after surveying thousands of people in the 1970s. These five are sets of two dichotomies at opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Most kids (and adults for that matter) fall somewhere in between. Researchers found that the big-five personality traits seem to surface early in life and are pretty good indicators of long-term personality and dispositions. Ashley Vera is a mom of five, including fraternal twin 6-year-old boys. In an old home video, she pans around her Arlington playroom and finds a preschool-age Owen covered in green marker. He has a green mustache and beard and long, green scrawls on both arms. His legs and torso illustrate his enthusiastic green scribbles, even down to his toenails. They too have been carefully colored green. Owen declares that he is a green dragon. Ashley pans over to his twin brother, Jack, who has been playing with blocks. He is neatly dressed with his hair combed. He looks horrified as he takes in what Owen has done to himself and just stares as if he can’t comprehend it. She asks Jack if he wants to be a dragon too. “Owen yucky!” he says, before getting up and running out of the room. Clearly, Vera’s boys are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Owen is definitely the more adventurous and careless, while Jack’s more cautious and meticulous. Two years later, nothing’s changed. And Vera can see how these traits in her children might look in adulthood. “I am much more likely to express myself through my appearance than my husband,” she admits. “Owen is doing a pretty good job of that in the video; whereas, I think my husband is a little more concerned about what other people think.”

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So while these big five are good indicators of the person your child will become—a shy child, for instance, is more likely to grow into an introverted adult—your child’s educational pursuits, careers and relationships are not easily mapped out simply by using this big-five assessment. “Experiences and variants and genes all shape [personality],” Chahrour stresses. So the big-five traits are not necessarily set in stone. THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

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Dr. David Funder, author of The Personality Puzzle, has said that only about 40 percent of a child’s personality comes from inherited traits, meaning new experiences, your parenting style, education, therapy and lots of other environmental factors may impact 60 percent of our kids’ personalities. Epigenetics is the study of how these environmental factors shape our genetics. Environmental factors such as your social experiences, even nutrition, toxicological exposures and adolescent hormones affect your kiddos’ personality. Behavioral epigenetics studies how signals from the environment cause molecular biological changes that modify what happens in the brain and potentially affect DNA. That’s right, your kids may not solely be at the mercy of their genetic codes when it comes to their personalities. PARENTS IMPACTING PERSONALITY

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How we parent falls into that environmental category of things that help determine personality. And it obviously plays a large role. We can help our children bring out their best with a bit of guidance. For instance: If your child is shy… • You may need to literally let her lean on you at times and take new experiences slowly. • It may be helpful to use a soothing, calm voice when talking to her, especially when prepping her for an unfamiliar situation, like the first day at a new school. • Don’t rush her. She doesn’t need to be a social butterfly like you so don’t force her to mix with others if she’s just not feeling it. If your child is a spitfire… • Offer a place to calm down. Energetic kids benefit from soft lights and soothing music from time to time. • Give clear instructions and set expectations to help with his impulsive tendencies. • Help him find healthy, creative ways to express his feelings such as art, theater, dance or comedy. If your kid is fearless… • Let her negotiate—sometimes. It helps her understand that she can work with you, not against you. • Avoid monotony and expose her to new things, even simple things like a food she hasn’t tried before or a book she’s never heard. • Challenge her. Once she’s mastered something, take it to the next level, even if you’re just playing hide-and-seek. If your kid is laid-back… • Don’t let him get lost in the shuffle. Join him in his play even though he plays so well independently. • Recognize his more subtle cues. Sometimes, easy-going kids don’t show emotions in obvious ways, like having a meltdown. • Reinforce good behavior so your laid-back guy doesn’t act out to get the same attention his more energetic brother gets.

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Studies show that children learn how to regulate emotion and interact with other people by observing their own parents. So if you have what you perceive as a potential negative trait, you may need to take the opposite approach to help a child overcome it. A child born with an inherited pessimistic outlook from Mom or Dad, for example, can be changed by the way Mom or Dad act and parent. A depressed, distant parent can send the child further down a bad path, but an attentive parent who models problem-solving behavior could lead the same child to a more positive way to approach situations. Chahrour says a trait isn’t considered harmful unless it’s affecting the child’s physical or emotional well-being or the wellbeing of those around the child. If well-being is being impacted, it can be hard to determine which route to take when you do have a real problem because there are so many variables and factors that affect personality. Some kids benefit from treatments like behavioral therapy, others don’t. Sometimes you can treat a symptom of the personality problem with medication while you work on the cause. But sometimes you just can’t parent your way out of the problem, which would be the case with disorders like clinical depression, bipolar disorder and other chemical imbalances in the brain for which you should seek professional help. It’s also important to note that not all of what you as the parent perceive as negative characteristics are bad. Those same traits that you find challenging now may benefit your kids later on. Intense, feisty kids can become passionate, creative and assertive. Shyer children can be more thoughtful, sensitive and empathetic. So don’t go trying to fix what isn’t broken unless it’s really broken. “I don’t even want to think about when they are teenagers,” Clark laments. “I see Ella being the rebel, breaking rules, and pushing boundaries. Olivia is going to be in her room reading, doing her own thing. I don’t want Ella to feel like she’s bad all the time or that Olivia is a better person because she is an introvert and doesn’t push back as much.” Though it seems like common sense, it’s important that we enjoy each of our children’s unique qualities and strengths while responding to that same child’s more difficult and challenging behaviors throughout childhood and adolescence. You don’t have to do anything special to effectively parent different personalities, even difficult ones. All children need a supportive environment, positive feedback, role models who illustrate healthy behavior and someone to talk to about their emotions and experiences. Listen without judgement and show them healthy interactions and problem-solving instead of trying to mold them into a particular kind of person. Let your children be themselves, not images of you.

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“Many times, when a kid and a parent are having problems, it’s because they are either too similar or because they are complete opposite personalities,” says Perla Salazar, a licensed therapist at The Center for Psychological Services in Arlington. Here are a few ways to deal with personalities at opposite sides of the spectrum: HIGH-SPIRITED CHILD VS. LAID-BACK PARENT

Rules and routines are what these kids crave. Expect high highs and low lows, and avoid correcting intense feelings. Instead, acknowledge these feelings and attach meaning to them to help children understand what’s going on, such as “I see that you’re frustrated. Not being able to reach things makes you mad, huh?” Schedule lots of outdoor time for these active kids, and give yourself some time to decompress afterward.

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Look for the reason behind the mess so you can problemsolve together. There are many reasons for disorganized tendencies. Some kids don’t like to have other people in their space; others have anxiety and tear a closet apart to find the right outfit. Ask if your child needs help organizing, more time in the morning or more privacy. ATHLETIC CHILD VS. NON-SPORTS-FAN PARENT

You don’t have to be the ultimate fan of soccer, basketball or volleyball to support your kid’s interests. Show up, cheer loudly and ask questions. Your child will enjoy being the expert. And ask him to teach you a few things, which aids in mastery. INTROVERT CHILD VS. EXTROVERT PARENT

Focus on what your child is good at, and help her improve other areas. Sometimes introverts are misunderstood by others as acting rude or unfriendly so help your child work through that by finding ways to be respectful while still being comfortable, like smiling or waving at a neighbor instead of rushing by.

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With four distinct galleries, rotating exhibitions, a sculpture garden and frequent free and family-friendly events, Irving Arts Center is full of opportunities for children to engage in the arts. Plan a monthly outing the first Thursday of each month for JumpstART Stories & Art, a free creative story and craft time for kids. Upcoming themes include Wild, Wild West in October and Animal Tales in November. For more crafty family fun, try out Second Sunday Fundays, another free program where parents and kids work together to craft masterpieces. You don’t want to miss the next one on October 8—activities will center on geometric art with the chance to create patterned collages. For an extra cultural experience, October’s Second Sunday Funday can be combined with a performance from The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin. The show promises amazing acrobatic stunts and martial arts narrated with traditional Chinese music.

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City of Granbury An arts and entertainment go-to for families, the city of Granbury is bursting with fun. Catch local bands performing family-friendly tunes at the New Granbury Live, or snag tickets to one of Granbury Theater Company’s 8–10 yearly productions in the historic Opera House, which was recently renovated to reflect its original look in the 1880s. Watch a flick at the outdoor Brazos Drive-In Theater, and be sure to join in on events on Granbury’s Historic Square, including upcoming Oktoberfest and Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Travel to space, dig for dinosaurs and walk the neighborhood streets with Curious George at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History! Stomp with dinos from the Mesozoic era in the DinoLabs, or explore new worlds beyond the horizon in the Noble Planetarium. Visit the website to learn more about special exhibitions opening soon, like Curious George: Let’s Get Curious, Race to the End of the Earth and giant-screen documentaries in the Omni Theater, an IMAX Dome. 

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Grapevine Visitor’s Bureau From butterfly releases to pumpkin decorating to evenings at the barn, Grapevine is bursting with free family-friendly activities this fall. Gather up your crew and head to Butterfly Flutterby for a costume parade and scavenger hunt, or welcome the season at Fall Round Up, where you’ll find live music, wagon rides, apple pie and more. And if you’re in for a spook, enjoy warm cider and spooky stories at Nash Farm during Bewitched by the Barn.

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Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, located in Historic Old Town Lewisville, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The MCL Grand houses multiple spaces giving arts groups from the Greater Lewisville area and beyond a facility to perform, display works of art and host events, classes and meetings. These spaces include a 296-seat performance hall with acoustics for both voice and music, an art gallery, dance recital hall, black box and several classrooms.

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Mineral Wells Mineral Wells is the perfect weekend escape for families seeking adventure, recreation and history. Spend an afternoon amidst fall blooms at the Clark Gardens Botanical Park or hike along Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Plan a trip to the Crazy Fossil Dig at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park—the Dallas Paleontological Society will be on-site to help kids identify fossils, and what they dig up they can keep! Other October events include the Crazy Water Festival and the Crazy Kicker 100 Bike Ride.

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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Drawing from the Collection for Children First Sundays, 2–3:30 pm Two sessions of this free program are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the Modern’s galleries. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.738.9215 • www.themodern.org

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Expose your family to contemporary art at the Modern Art Museum, home to a plethora of post– World War II paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and prints. Wander through the striking concrete and glass building and join in on a docent-led tour of the permanent collection to see pop art, abstract expressionism and many other styles. Keep an eye out for monthly, kid-friendly programs such as Drawing From the Collection for Children, where kiddos are guided through drawing exercises related to art on display.

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Meadows Museum The Meadows Museum at SMU provides families with the ultimate place to explore over 1,000 years of Spanish art. Gather the kids for an afternoon spent admiring the works of artists such as Pablo Picasso and “El Greco,” then enjoy some sunshine in the plaza sculpture garden, where you’ll find the famed 40-by-90-foot moving sculpture, Wave. Plus, take advantage of free admission on Thursday nights, and mark your calendar for the next family day on April 21, 2018.

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eyeball downtown or the Dallas mural on Sylvan Avenue art? Well free installations with interesting background stories can be found all over Dallas and the surrounding areas. So lace up those sneakers, grab your camera and hit the streets to show the kids that art is approachable, interesting and lots of fun.

“holding up” the teetering “Carousel” sculptures by Tom Stancliffe outside the Cedars station (along the Red and Blue lines). MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT:

A day pass is the best bet for hopping on and off the DART—and seeing as much of the art as you like: adults, $5 each; kids 5-14, $2.50 each; kids 4 and younger, free. Plus, you can take the DART to the State Fair of Texas (see our itinerary on page 55) or the Dallas Zoo.

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DART, 214/979-1111; dart.org Explore the public art at DART rail stations along the Red, Blue, Green and Orange transit lines. The Mockingbird station (on the Red and Blue lines), for instance, features stained-glass birds and human-size bird tracks by artist Pamela Nelson. And outside the Akard station (on all four lines)

sits Michael Brown’s 15-foot-tall “BELL TOWER,” which houses a visible and mesmerizing roller coaster track-and-bell system that puts on an hourly show, directing a steel ball down the track at the top of each hour. BEST PHOTO OP:

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Texas artist Robert Summers created the work in 1994 to pay tribute to the Shawnee Trail, an 1800s trade and migration route that connected Texas cities such as Dallas and Austin to the Native American territory 2 that later became Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

Celebrate the first settlers of Dallas with a visit to “PIONEER PLAZA.” Large bronze sculptures of longhorn steers and cowboys on horseback bring a historic cattle drive to life.

Wait until twilight and take a selfie with the sculpture with the Omni Dallas Hotel behind you. At night, the hotel’s sides are streaked with colorful fluorescent neon stripes. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: To help your kiddos understand the pioneers, walk to the adjacent Dallas Pioneer Park Cemetery, the final resting place for many early Dallas settlers and civic leaders with graves dating to the 1850s. Be sure to stop at the Bryan Me-

ABOVE // “The Eye,” one of Dallas’ oddest public works, isn’t hard to spot across from The Joule downtown. 1 // See dozens of public art works along the DART rail stations. 2 // “Pioneer Plaza” is Dallas’ second most visited landmark (Dealey Plaza is first).

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See if kids can spot “THE EYE”—it’s not difficult. Located just across from The Joule in downtown Dallas, the piece is a part of the hotel’s extensive modern art collection, which also includes works from Andy Warhol. And this one’s a looker. It’s a 30-foot-tall fiberglass blue-eyed orb that Chicagobased multimedia artist Tony Tasset modeled off of a photo of his own eye, originally for a temporary exhibit in Chicago. BEST PHOTO OP: To capture the monstrous size of the oddity, stride to the opposite end of the lawn. Have the kids stand halfway between you and “The Eye,” and have them position themselves so it appears that they are poking the eye from your camera’s perspective—you’ll be sure to end up with some amusing photos. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Continue your celebration of quirky art with a seven-minute drive to Deep Ellum to see colorful murals on the sides of lots of historic buildings. Many were part of the original 42 Murals Project. This year, the second round of the 42 Murals Project is underway. Walk the streets during the day to see new murals and some in progress. Three completed murals to seek out from the original 42? “Deep Texas Pride” by Daniel Yanez on the corner of North Crowdus and Main streets; the vivid “Viva Deep Ellum” mural with sombrerowearing cacti and a gigantic Mexican wrestler from DallasChild’s former Dad Next Door, Jorge Gutierrez, at 2801 Elm St. and the watercolor-like “Deep Ellumphants” by Adrian Torres at 3601 Main St.

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The original “PEGASUS” sculpture included two 40-foot horses that sat atop the Magnolia Building and defined the Dallas skyline for over 60 years before it succumbed to the elements (weatherinduced erosion) and had to be grounded in 1999. After spending decades in a city-owned shed near White Rock Lake, the original “Pegasus” was restored to become part of a rotating “Pegasus” on top of a 22-foot-tall oil derrick next to The Omni Dallas Hotel. BEST PHOTO OP: Smush your family together and crouch down low to take a selfie with “Pegasus” flying high above you. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: After you’ve finished your photo-op, drive the half mile to Reunion Tower to see “Pegasus” from above—and lit up if you go after sunset. Plus, you can give the kids a 360-degree view of the city they call home from 470 feet in the air. Adults, $17 each; kids 4-12, $8 each; kids 3 and younger, free.

“Pegasus,” 555 S. Lamar St., Dallas // Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., 214/712-7040; reuniontower.com Sometimes the most meaningful art hides in plain sight. Artist Jon Barlow Hudson used slabs of Texas pink granite and steel to create a series of four interconnected windows called “FENESTRAE AETERNITAUS : BOOKS TO ETERNITY.” One

window opens into another within the 10-foot-tall sculpture in front of the White Rock Hills Public Library, symbolizing how old ideas lead to the creation of new ones. BEST PHOTO OP: Snap a picture with each member of your family popping out of a separate window, which are each carved to resemble the side of a book. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: There’s no shortage of things to do at White Rock Lake. Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (a six-minute

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The “BISHOP ARTS MURAL PLAZA,” a new 120-foot-long colorful mural of Texas native jackrabbits, cacti, flowers and more painted by local artists Haylee Ryan and Courtney Miles at Bishop and Melba streets, is about as Instagramworthy as street art comes. The mural, meant to beautify a blank wall, will also hide construction coming soon to the neighborhood. BEST PHOTO OP: Ask a friend to snap a picture of you and your kids in front of the built-in space between the butterfly wings. From the right angle, it’ll look as though you’ve sprouted wings. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Plan the trip for Oct. 8 to check out the Oak Cliff Pumpkin Festival from 4–9pm. The free family-friendly festival includes costume contests and face painting. On your way out—and before the screening of the scary movie after dark (which we’re pretty sure you’ll want to skip)—drive along Sylvan Avenue to see the whimsical “Dallas” mural by Oak Cliff–based collective Sour Grapes.

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Outside the TEXAS SCULPTURE GARDEN , you’ll find over a dozen modern sculptures you can access for free. Take the kids to see the towering leaf-like metal sculptures in Tim Glover’s “6 Piece Garden” and the life-like metal jackrabbits, native to Texas, in David Iles’ “H.O.P. Rabbits.” BEST PHOTO OP: Capture a successive action shot of the kids dancing in front of Jerry Daniel’s steel-and-concrete, 30-foot-tall “Dancers MM.” MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT:

Drive to nearby Frisco Central Park and spend an hour or two walking the scenic trails, picnicking and checking out the park’s collection of Westernthemed sculptures.

Texas Sculpture Garden, 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco; texassculpturegarden.org // Frisco Central Park, 3155 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco Artist Snell Johnson was once a convicted con man but changed his life around and became a reputable artist at 50. He is best known for his gigantic bronze lion in front of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but you can see his work locally by visiting his “WAR CANOE” in McKinney. The sculpture, meant to commemorate Native American history in Texas, depicts a man on horseback and a woman floating in a bronze canoe. BEST PHOTO OP: Position the fam in the space in front of the canoe, and step way back to get both bronze figures in the shot. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Saunter through the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, a quiet 7.2-acre park with looping scenic trails and a variety of the state shrub, which bloom in the fall, just a short car ride away.

Find “THE TRAVELING MAN WALKING TALL” outside the DART Deep Ellum Rail Station. With a steel interior and a brushed stainless steel exterior, the four-story, friendly-looking man, part of a series from Dallas sculptor Brad Oldham, seems to welcome visitors to the artistic neighborhood as he takes his jaunty stroll. BEST PHOTO OP: Take a mirror selfie by holding your front-facing camera phone body-height to photograph your reflection on the surface of one of the 42-inch-tall birds surrounding the traveling man. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: “The Traveling Man Walking Tall” is part of a trio. To see them all, stroll to the corner of Good Latimer Avenue and Elm Street, 2 where you’ll find the traveling man’s head rising from the earth, waking from dreamland in “The Traveling Man Awakening.” Next, head to the southwest corner of Good Latimer and Gaston avenues to see “The Traveling Man Waiting on a Train,” where he’s lying on the ground and strumming his guitar.

To memorialize a beloved playground rocket ship that stood for nearly 45 years and was torn down (along with the entire jungle gym because of safety concerns) in 2008, the city of Richardson erected a three-dimensional celestial arch in Heights Park in its place. The piece, designed by Jeff Laramore and aptly named “ROCKET,” mimics the original playground equipment it replaced. BEST PHOTO OP: Crouch down low in front of the rocket with your family and get a selfie of your smiling faces with the top of the arch acting as a crown in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Make your way to the new play set in Heights Park. The structure has a two-story treehouse, a sand pit, a log for younger ones to crawl through and lots more.

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1 // The “Rocket” sculpture commemorates a beloved Richardson playground that had to be razed. 2 // The abstract welded steel “Dancers MM” are one of many pieces you can see outside the Texas Sculpture Garden.

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3 Nona Cate’s 40 attendants (dressed in royal attire per invite instructions) dined on mini croquemonsieurs and quiches—both courtesy of her French nanny—and plenty of cake too: Towers of crème puffs and petit fours flanked pedestals of chocolate, almond, strawberry and lemon cakes supplied by Wood’s sister-in-law, Alissa Barnard. The day took an even sweeter turn when coiffed littles posed for a “babies in wigs” photo op.

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Mom and party planner Donna Wood started collecting piled-high pouf hairpieces when daughter Nona Catherine was three months old. Wood thought the wigs would perfectly complement the cake bar she had planned for her baby’s first birthday, and so the Marie Antoinette– inspired “Let Them Eat Cake” party was born. On the big day, Nona Cate dressed the part in a royal gown sewn by a friend.


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t’s here. Twenty-four days (Sept. 29–Oct. 22) of cotton candy smells, Big Tex saying, “Howdy, folks,” and the taste of corny dogs at the State Fair of Texas. We can’t wait—and neither can the kids. But a day at the fair (or multiple if you’re like my

family) isn’t an inexpensive endeavor. So we picked the best of the best

GETTING THERE Parking around the fair costs $15 and, in some cases, still includes quite a walk. Taking the DART means no traffic, a drop-off at the front gate, plus a fun experience for kids of all ages. Ride the Green Line (or transfer to it from any other line in downtown Dallas) to the MLK, Jr. station, and enter the fairgrounds at gate 6, near the Kids’ Boardwalk area. COST: Day passes: adults, $5 each; kids 5-14, $2.50 each; kids 4 and younger, free DART, 214/979-1111; dart.org

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buy discounted admission tickets from the DART GoPass app on your smartphone for $16 for those 48 inches and taller ($18 at the gate) and $12 for kiddos under 48 inches ($14 at the gate). (Littles age 2 and younger are always free.) If you opt to drive instead, buy tickets online before you go to save $1.50 per ticket. It’s worth noting that there are also lots of other discounts available, especially if you spend a weekday at the fair. State Fair of Texas, 214/565-9931; bigtex.com

in family-friendly fun, food and entertainment for a day at the fair that’ll cost you about $100 or maybe a little less. (Note: Prices were estimated for a family of four with one child age 4 or younger.)

ABOVE // For 24 days, the Texas flag flies with the Big Tex flags all over the fairgrounds. 1 // Nearly all of the free entertainment and lots of the rides are suitable for kids as little as toddlers.

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While there are rides appropriate for toddlers on the Kidway and bigger kids on the Midway, there are also lots of free activities for kids of all ages every day at the fair, nearly 100, in fact. Meander down the Kids’ Boardwalk for face painting, Big Tex temporary tattoos, games, bubbles, arts and crafts, and story times with Mother Goose. Check out the Bufford Buzzard puppet show and see Ronald McDonald on stage when the iconic clown does magic, juggles and tells jokes. On your way to the Backyard Circus show, where kids dress up as lion tamers, ballerinas and more and participate in the production, grab a legendary corny dog from Fletcher’s stand and snap the family selfie in front of Big Tex. Then make your way to the Wild West Pet Palooza, where rescued dogs, cats, birds, porcupines, pigs and others star in comical acts. Visit Shorty McCoy, The Tiniest Texas Cowboy, a 17-inch marionette that entertains with songs, dances and jokes. Don’t miss the World of Magic Show to ogle a levitating robot. And at some point during the day, take kids ages 2–8 to the Little Hands on the Farm interactive exhibit. Activities include planting seeds, gathering eggs, driving a tiny tractor, harvesting crops and taking them to market. With the earnings kids get from their labor, they can purchase snacks in the General Store. And don’t leave without a stop in the Children’s Health Barnyard to let your kiddos pet—even feed (for a fee)—giraffes, zebras, pigs, goats, emus, llamas, yaks, camels, kangaroos and pigs.

FEEDING THE FAM It might be in bad taste to visit the fair and not try something fried, but guess what? It’s totally OK to BYO food and

drinks. Coolers are allowed; alcohol, glass containers and metal knives and forks are not. We still suggest trying a few fried foods even if you packed a picnic. A few notable new ones this year include deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick; the Fat Smooth, three mini cream puffs dipped in Café du Monde beignet batter and fried, of course, before being dusted in powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate and 1 caramel sauces; and the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards winning Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, which is exactly that—a beef patty with queso and bacon sandwiched between two funnel cake buns. And if all of this is too rich for your little ones’ simpler palates, head to the Midway to find the new Stiffler’s Mom’s Cookie Factory, a custom-built mobile bakery from veteran concessionaires churning out 800 cookies in just over 10 minutes and letting passersby watch the sweet process from the two 12-foot windows on either side. Buy the cookies in bulk, by the half dozen or more.

S TAY I N G A F T E R D A R K If you and the kids have it in you, stay past sunset. Park the family along Lone Star Boulevard on the Esplanade side of the street at about 7pm. Starting at 7:15pm every night, illuminated floats, life-size puppets, performers on stilts and other characters glide through the park during the Starlight Parade. After that, watch as fireworks explode to pop music and dancers and acrobats perform near the reflecting pool for the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation at 8pm. And as you walk back to gate 6 to exit, take First Avenue past the lagoon to see tens of thousands of multicolored lights twinkling in the trees. 2

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JC’s Burger House // American 4135 Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Addison; 972/239-2740 // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered Monday and Saturday.

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

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

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

Oliver’s Eatery // Deli 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 373, Dallas; 972/818-5445 // oliverseatery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day, dine-in only. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday.

Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal of $7.99 or more, all day.

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

IHOP // Diner Multiple locations // ihop.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal 4–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 7949 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 101, Dallas; 469/532-0206 // modmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item 5pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Dinein and takeout. Deal also offered on Monday.

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Simply Fondue // Fondue 2108 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/827-8878 // simplyfondue.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free after 5pm with purchase of an adult entree. Steak ’n Shake // Diner 15125 Montfort Drive, Dallas; 972/788-4103 // 578 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall; 972/722-5818 // steaknshake. com // One free kid’s meal per every $9 on the ticket all

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. IHOP // Diner See Sunday for details.

Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/6776812 // lunagrill.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/490-9464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/3639464 // pluckers.net // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Details vary by location. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details. CONTINUED ON PAGE 60


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Buffalo Wild Wings // American Multiple locations // buffalowildwings.com // On Wednesday, kids 12 and younger make selections from the kids’ menu for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Times and details vary by location. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free and kids ages 4–10 eat for under $4 every day. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. El Chico Café // Mexican Multiple locations // elchico.com // On Thursday, kids 12 and younger eat for $0.99 from the Little Amigos menu with purchase of an adult entree all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location.

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Souper! Salad! // Buffet 1645 N. Town East Blvd., Suite 166, Mesquite; 972/6826888 // soupersalad.com // Buffet costs $4.99 for ages 3–12 and is free for age 2 and younger. All day, every day. Drinks not included.

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McAlister’s Deli // Deli Multiple locations // mcalistersdeli.com // Kids’ meals cost $0.99 when you dine in or $2.49 for takeout, all day, every day. Age 12 and younger. Details vary by location.

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

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse // Barbecue Multiple locations // sonnybryans.com // Kids eat free when dressed in costume for Halloween Oct. 28–31. Valid with purchase of adult entree. Age 10 and younger.

Penne Pomodoro // Italian 1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas; 214/826-6075 // 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143, Dallas; 214/368-3100 // pennepomodoro.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only.

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Kyoto Japanese Steak House // Japanese 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688 // 9900 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett; 972/463-0288 // kyotosteakhouse.com // Kids 12 and younger get a free hibachi chicken meal with purchase of an adult hibachi dinner entree of $15.95 or more. Dinner only. Details vary by location.

Mattito’s // Mexican 7778 Forest Lane, Dallas; 214/377-9576 // 3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 214/526-8181 // mattitos.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree after 5pm. Also, free ice cream for kids every day with dine-in purchase.

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Colter’s Texas Bar-B-Q // Barbecue 3904 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas; 972/298-3335 // coltersbbq.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult platter, all day. Age 12 and younger.

Hook Line & Sinker // Seafood 17602 Preston Road, Dallas; 469/587-5888 // hooklinesinker.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Age 12 and younger.

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Spaghetti Warehouse // Italian 1815 N. Market St., Dallas; 214/651-8475 // meatballs. com // On Monday, kids younger than 10 eat for $1.99 all day with purchase of an adult meal. Up to two kids’ meals per adult. Dine-in only. Texas de Brazil // Brazilian 15101 Addison Road, Addison; 972/385-1000 // 2727 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas; 214/720-1414 // texasdebrazil.com // Kids 2 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Kids 3−5 eat for $5. Kids 6–12 eat for half price. All day, every day. Weekend lunch from 11:30am– 3:30pm, includes drinks and dessert (Addison only).

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Bowl & Barrel bowlandbarrel.com 214/363-2695

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

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Learn how billions of dollars are printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas, where over half of the nation’s currency order is produced. See ad on page 30.

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

Family Fun Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, 10am–4 pm. Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, face painting, a petting zoo and a magician in Pecan Grove. See ad on page 7.

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

The Dallas Opera presents two family-friendly operas, Pépito and The Three Little Pigs, and a concert, Donizetti and Company, this October–November. Performances start at 2pm and are approximately one hour. Tickets only $5. See ad on page 27.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra mydso.com 214/849-4376

The 2017/18 DSO Family Series includes Peter and the Wolf, featuring Magic Circle Mime Co. on Nov. 11, and a Family Christmas Pops, featuring the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas on Dec. 2. Buy tickets today!

Festival at the Switchyard cityofcarrollton.com/festival 972/466-3084

The city of Carrollton’s Annual Festival at the Switchyard is a family favorite. Spend Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Carrollton and enjoy good tunes, good treats and good times. Free admission, free rides, free games! See ad on page 39.

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

Experience familiar favorites at the museum like DinoLabs, Innovation Studios, the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Imax theater. Don't miss our newest traveling exhibit, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, opening on Oct. 7. See ad on page 32.

Fredericksburg the Texas Hill Country visitfredericksburgtx.com 888/997-3600

Mom and Dad! Load the kids in the car and head to Fredericksburg this fall for festivals, engaging museums, pioneer homesteads, homemade ice cream, nostalgic candy stores, eclectic toy shops and much more. Plan now! See ad on page 17.

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

Trick or Treat the Square is Oct. 29, 1–4pm. Come dressed in your best costume and trick or treat at some of your favorite restaurants and businesses at Frisco Square! Free event—12 and under.

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Take a short trip to Granbury for the Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts, Oct. 21–22. Restore yourself with food, entertainment and original artwork by more than 80 artists, makers and craftspeople. See ad on page 32.

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

Fall brings some of Grapevine’s best family-friendly events. Now through Oct. 31, enjoy the Barn Dance, Butterfly Flutterby, Fall Round-Up, Bewitched by the Barn, Witches Brew Train Excursion, ghost tours and Hallo-wine Trail. See ads on pages 33 and 41.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa lostpines.regency.hyatt.com 512/308-1234

With a stay at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, experience rustic natural settings and luxury accommodations in one fell swoop. Spend your day kayaking the Colorado River, hiking or horseback riding. See ad on page 11.

Irving Arts Center irvingartscenter.com 972/252-7558

Discover acrobats, aerialists and martial artists, free Second Sunday Fundays with hands-on art, monthly storytelling and crafts, and free twice weekly guided gallery tours in the creative atmosphere. Open seven days a week. See ad on page 31.

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

Join us at the J for engaging, fun and innovative fall activities that include goat yoga, Junior Ninja Warrior in our Naturescape, J Performing Arts Space Broadway Review and much more! See ads on pages 50 and 69.

Meadows Museum meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214/768-2516

From old masters to modern masters, the Meadows Museum’s fall 2017 exhibitions on Francisco Zurbarán, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera offer something for everyone! See ad on page 35.

Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater mclgrand.com 972/219-8446

Coming to Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater—The Acting Studio presents Little Shop of Horrors Oct. 27–29, a delectable sci-fi horror musical comedy with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. See ad on page 33.

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau visitmineralwells.org • 940/325-2557

October in Mineral Wells is all about family fun! Have a blast at the Crazy Water Festival Oct. 13–14, or dig up and keep prehistoric fossils at the Crazy Fossil Dig on Oct. 21. See ad on page 34.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth themodern.org 817/738-9215

Unique programs for children emphasize learning through observation of art and thoughtful activities inspired by the art on view. Area artists introduce children to the complex and challenging concepts behind modern and contemporary art. See ad on page 34.

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

Get as close to space as you can get from Earth with traveling exhibition, Journey to Space. Fall events and activities also include out-of-this-world films, Discovery Camps, family-fun Saturdays, after-hours sleepovers and much more. See ad on page 26.

Plano International Festival planointernationalfestival.org 214/495-7838

Enjoy food, music, dancing and displays from over 100 cultures! Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am–5pm in Haggard Park, Plano. A fitness and wellness fair offers free flu shots and health screenings. Admission and parking are free.

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Join us for a Spook-tacular Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5pm! Wear your costume for tricks & treats, meet Cha! Cha! and try the $9.99 kid’s buffet. Visit our website for details.

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

Come see what’s up this fall on the GeO-Deck! Experience interactive touch screens, photo ops, fun fall activities and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction. Visit reuniontower.com.

State Fair of Texas bigtex.com 214/565-9931

Celebrating 131 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas will return for another season of food, festivities and family fun. See ad on page 29.

Texas Discovery Gardens txdg.org 214/428-7476

Celebrate cooler temperatures at Texas Discovery Gardens, and enjoy two new daily animal encounters: Toddler Talks daily at 11am and Critter Encounters daily at 2pm. Both are free with paid admission! See ad on page 35.

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DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART Opens October 1 Indulge your fall pumpkin obsession when celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama graces the DMA with her Infinity Mirror Room of polka-dotted yellow gourds. Disclaimer: You’re only allowed inside for 45 seconds, but it is absolutely worth experiencing with your kids. $16 adults; free for members and children 11 and younger. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas ; 214/922-1200 dma.org

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MCKINNEY PERFORMING ART S CENTER October 1 Take your seats for this afternoon concert and listen to the McKinney Community Band perform music from an assortment of family films (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean) and get an up-close look at some of the instruments during an instrument petting zoo. FREE 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney; 972/547-2650 visitmckinney.com

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H E A R D N AT U R A L SCIENCE MUSEUM & WILDLIFE S A N C T UA R Y October 1 The 289-acre nature preserve marks its golden anniversary with refreshments and special activities for kids from 1–4pm. Enjoy the monarch butterfly talk, an instrument petting zoo from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a look at the roaring, animatronic dinosaurs now on exhibit along the nature trail. $11 adults; $8 kids 3–12. 1 Nature Place, McKinney; 972/562-5566 heardmuseum.org

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DA L L A S ARBORETUM Daily through November 22 The world-renowned botanical garden paves the way to its Autumn at the Arboretum exhibit with an actual yellow brick road. Follow the pavers to the Emerald City vignette and help the kids pick out their own mini pumpkin in Munchkinland. Free with general admission: $15 adults; $10 ages 3–12; free for age 2 and younger. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas;

FA I R PA R K Daily through October 22 Wave hello to Big Tex, grab a corn dog (or go crazy with the deep-fried Fruit Loops) and steer the kids toward the barnyards for the packed roster of animal and farmyard attractions. Don’t miss the pig races and kiddie tractor pulls. Tickets from $16.50 adults; $12.50 children. Look online for a long list of discounts and promo days to make multiple visits easier on your wallet. 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas; 214/565-9931 bigtex.com

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DA L L A S A R B O R E T U M October 3 Be among the first to experience the Dallas Arboretum’s edible display garden. The 3.5-acre addition features a cooking pavilion for classes and demonstrations and daily tastings from the garden’s bounty. Free with general admission: $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org

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B L A S E FA M I LY FA R M Daily through October 31 Treat your family to pumpkin pie frozen pops, pumpkin fudge and a stroll through the small urban farm offering hayrides and selections from its pumpkin patch. Come on the weekends for rides on the farm train. Admission includes a small pumpkin. $7; free for age 1 and younger. 1232 E. Fork Drive, Rockwall; 972/772-3645 blasefamilyfarm.com

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DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART October 3 As part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s First Tuesday family activities, author Julie Fogliano and illustrator Christian Robinson give an interactive presentation about their new children’s book and the magic of birthdays. 11:30am–noon. FREE 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas ; 214/922-1200 dma.org

activities and demonstrations, yoga in the garden, story time and more on the first Saturday of every month. Designed for kids in preschool and elementary school to stretch their creativity muscles through a monthly theme—this month: poses. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL

C O T T O N W O O D PA R K October 7–8 You’ll need to make more room on the fridge for your kids’ artwork when this twice-yearly festival returns with its impressive variety of crafts. Choose from throwing mud on the potter’s wheel, painting on canvases and more under the ArtStop tent. FREE 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson ; 972/744-4582 cottonwoodartfestival.com

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NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER October 7 Enjoy free admission to tour the Nasher’s collection, plus art

T H E S TA R I N FRISCO October 7, 14 and 28 Before most home games this season, channel that gameday spirit (without busting your budget on tickets) by taking advantage of these parties at the Cowboys’ world headquarters in Frisco, all featuring a live DJ, inflatables and autographs from football alums. FREE 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco; 972/497-4800 thestarinfrisco.com

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patch for an all-day family festival. Get to your nearest location at 9am for first dibs on pumpkins and stay for the costumed characters, treats and dry ice demos by Mad Science. FREE All Dallas-Fort Worth locations calloways.com

projects for local nonprofits. Donations of peanut butter, gloves, scarves, socks and hats will be accepted and donated to North Texas families in need. FREE 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas ; 214/421-5141 dallasheritagevillage.org

which focuses on the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, and come early for crafts in the lobby starting at 12:30pm. $5 per ticket. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/443-1000 dallasopera.org/family

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T H E PAV I L I O N AT T O Y O TA M U S I C FA C T O R Y October 19 The grocery store-themed mini collectable toys and the fashionista Shoppies make their theatrical debut in a live-action musical. Tickets from $25.95. VIP packages include a meet and greet and after-party access. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving; 800/745-3000 thepaviliontmf.com

EISEMANN CENTER October 8 Magician Max Darwin defies the laws of physics, makes objects disappear and needs your kids’ help to do it. Get ready for giggles and a chance to be chosen as an on-stage volunteer in this silly show for age 3 and up. Tickets from $12. 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650 eisemanncenter.com

LONE STAR STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

F R I S C O C I T Y HA L L October 13–14 For months a group of 8- to 18-year-olds have been crafting their stories and honing their public speaking skills. Listen to these local kids as well as two professional storytellers perform at this annual event, and perhaps your own kids will be inspired to audition next year. $10. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco; 972/292-5669 lonestarstories.org

O A K P O I N T PA R K October 14 Watch ambitious teams play tug of war with a 55,000-pound firetruck at this event in support of Special Olympics Texas. Public safety activities for families range from a kids’ fire obstacle course and fire rescue clowns to K-9 and SWAT team demos. 3–8pm. FREE 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano ; 214/943-9981 sotx.org

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GRAPEVINE B O TA N I C A L G A R D E N S & NA S H FA R M October 14 Grapevine offers two simultaneous, kid-focused events within walking distance from one another. Head to the gardens first for a costumed butterfly parade at 10am, then trot down to Nash Farm for apple pie making and pony rides. FREE 411 Ball St., Grapevine and 626 Ball St., Grapevine 817/410-3185 grapevinetexasusa.com

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INTER ABANG BOOKS October 14 Take an afternoon trip out to Dallas’ newest bookstore to discover the true story of the bear that inspired author A.A. Milne to write the heartwarming stories. Make bear ears and listen to a reading of Finding Winnie. FREE 10720 Preston Road, Suite 1009B, Dallas; 214/484-4289 interabangbooks.com

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H A G G A R D PA R K October 20–21 True, Steinfest is named for the German beer tradition, but rest assured, the Downtown Plano Association festival offers safe, family-friendly fun, including a Kiddie Play Patch with face painting and outdoor games, and a Wiener Dog Fashion Show that’s open to all breeds. Free admission; $10 children’s wristband for kids’ area. 901 E. 15th St., Plano; 972/468-1588 steinfest.org

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DA L L A S M A R K E T CENTER October 21 Beautify your home and wardrobe with one-of-a-kind finds at Flea Style, the curated pop-up shop of handmade and vintage lifestyle wares and kids’ items, all created by Texas artisans and small businesses. Browse the 200-plus booths and don’t miss Flea Kids, a kids’ activity lounge sponsored by DFWChild with a tent maze, library, art and games. $5 general admission; free for kids. 2220 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas fleastyle.com

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WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE October 15 The Dallas Opera makes the high art form accessible to kids (and affordable) with its family shows written for kids under 6. Reserve your seats for the first show of the season,

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photo booth. $50 adults; $30 age 18 and younger. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org

T H E S H O P S AT WILLOW BEND October 21 North Texas Performing Arts is throwing a Halloween dance party from 7–11pm at its new theater headquarters. Learn the choreographed steps to the original “Monster Mash” and snap pics of your prize-winning costumes in the

JOURNEY TO SPACE

PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E AND SCIENCE Opens October 21 Experience near-zero gravity by climbing inside a virtual orbiting space station in the Perot’s new all-ages exhibit. (There’s even a “space dollhouse” for preschoolers.) The museum theater begins screenings for the 20-minute Journey to Space 3D on Oct. 19. Exhibit tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for ages 2–17 and $7 for members, plus general admission: $20 adults; $13 ages 2–17; free for members. $6 for film. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

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O A K P O I N T PA R K October 21 Halloween costumes that don’t rub, itch or restrict your movement will serve you well on this after-dark 5K and 1-mile family run through the park’s nature preserve, paved trails and streets. $10 for 1-mile fun run (one free adult per child registration); $35 per person for 5K. 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano; 972/941-7288 hauntjaunt.com

MOVIE ON THE SQUARE

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN C A R R O L LT O N October 27 Receive a free mini pumpkin to take home and run amok in the city’s historic square before settling down for an 8pm screening of the ’90s Disney comedy Hocus Pocus. Activities start at 6:30pm. FREE

1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; 972/466-9808 cityofcarrollton.com

SPOOKTACULAR SLEEPOVER

PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E A N D SCIENCE October 27–28 Experience a different kind of trick-or-treating at the Perot’s themed overnight for children age 6 and up. The tricks: exploding pumpkins and conjuring ghost bubbles. Treats: candy stations throughout the exhibit halls. $50 per child; $40 per adult chaperone. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

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N AT I O N A L VIDEOGAME MUSEUM October 28 Play Pac-Man and more spooky games on the museum’s old-school consoles and computers from open to close. $12 adults; $10 kids 4–10. Costume contest entrants get 50% off admission. 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco; 972/668-8400 nvusa.org

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I N - SY NC E XOT IC S October 28 Watch the resident big cats at In-Sync Exotics play with and crunch into their own pumpkins during this daytime festival with games, face painting and a Cougar Cake Walk. $12 adults; $8 ages 4–12. 3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie; 972/442-6888 insyncexotics.com

STAR WARS HALLOWEEN

FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM October 28 Every day is Halloween for the Star Wars cosplayers coming to the flight museum’s day of intergalactic trick-or-treating. Salute Stormtroopers, explore robotics with C-3PO and R2-D2 and for members, join the Jabba the Pizza Hutt lunch with themed foods. $10 adults; free for kids in costume. Memberships from $35. 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; 214/350-3600 flightmuseum.com

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During my seven-minute shower, my toddlers—ages 3 and 4—found my stash of Sharpies in the kitchen junk drawer and drew pictures on each other’s faces.” —LISA, DALLAS

I DROVE MY 8-YEAROLD SON TO SCHOOL IN MY BATHROBE AND ENDED UP HAVING TO STOP FOR GAS ON THE WAY, WHERE WE RAN INTO HIS FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL.” — JESSICA, ARLINGTON

“While out on an earlymorning stroll with the kids, a bee landed on my 5-year-old daughter’s hat. While I tried to shoo it away, I let go of the stroller with my 2-year-old son inside and had to sprint down the hill to grab it.” —GINA, FORT WORTH

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

“I took my 6and 4-year-old boys to the beach at Lake Lewisville early one evening. I didn’t really think they’d get wet. I was wrong. They got soaked. And I didn’t bring towels or a change of clothes.” —MANDY, COPPELL

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“I took my 3-year-old daughter into a rather disgusting port-a-potty when she and I were out for a bike ride. She told me Mommy holds her up when the seat is dirty, so I attempted to do the same. Clearly, I did it wrong because she ended up peeing all over me—from my shirt down to my shoes.” —ANDREW, PROSPER

MY 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS LYING ACROSS MY LEGS WHILE I WAS SWINGING IN OUR HAMMOCK. I THOUGHT SHE WAS BEING SWEET AND SNUGGLING. SHE WAS ACTUALLY LICKING THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOES.” —RUTHIE, BEDFORD


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DallasChild October 2017  

The magazine parents live by in Dallas County