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Nearly 12,000 children age 5 and younger were exposed to detergent pods last year. Consuming a detergent pod can cause coughing, breathing difficulty and possibly death. “The detergent washes away the protein in the lungs that keeps them inflated,” explains McCreight. Experts recommend ditching the pods until all children in the house are school age or older. If you just can’t do without, put them up high and in a container that locks. And avoid putting the pods in the same types of containers where you store cereal and baking needs.

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treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of poisoning injuries, typically from ingestion. During a regular 10-hour shift, Dr. Audry McCreight, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, says she sees at least one poisoning injury from ingestion. “The types of accidental poisonings I see range from medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen to detergent pods, nail polish remover and extremely toxic button batteries from watches,” she says. MEDICATIONS

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VAPING PARAPHERNALIA AND E-CIGARETTES

The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is so highly concentrated Kids Tarrant County coordinator. that even a tiny sip might cause a So it’s no surprise that medications child’s heart to race or make them still top the list of household hazards vomit or sweat. And vape liquid is for kids. The hard-to-open bottles often scented or flavored, making it weren’t designed to appealing to kids. prevent a child from Experts recomgetting in but simply IN CASE OF mend never using EMERGENCY to slow him down. e-cigarettes or vaping And in the four around kids, keeping Store the Poison Help hotline 1-800-222years between 2011 materials in a locked 1222, a 24/7 service, in and 2015, the number box at the top of a your phone and call if of kids exposed high cabinet and you suspect a possible to essential oils disposing of used poisoning. doubled. Some kids components according Call 911 if the child is ingested the aromatic to the manufacturer’s drowsy or unconscious, liquids used to treat having trouble breathing, instructions so children extremely agitated or everything from aldon’t fish them out of restless or having seizures. lergies to depression; the kitchen trash. “If a child has ingested others were dosed a harmful substance, do BEAUTY PRODUCTS incorrectly — both of not attempt to induce Cosmetics and perwhich caused chemivomiting,” cautions Dr. sonal care products cal burns, breathing Audry McCreight, a contain loads of problems and more. pediatric emergency room doctor at Cook chemicals, may smell Experts recomChildren’s in Fort Worth. nice and are therefore mend storing all “It is quite possible that dangerous in a little medicines (including the substance has caused one’s hands. essential oils) in their injury to the esophagus. Experts recomoriginal bottles, and Forced vomiting could cause additional injuries.” mend never storing keeping them locked lotions, creams or in top cabinets that sprays in the refrigeraare completely out tor. They might easily be mistaken of sight from curious kiddos. Also, for juice or yogurt, especially by a never use a medicine bottle as a child who can’t read. And don’t let rattle or other distraction for little your little one play in your makeup ones. And never ever tell a child takbag or purse. ing medicine that it’s candy. Explain fortworthchild / june 2017

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THOUGH HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS AN OPEN BOOK, RADIO PERSONALITY J-SI CHAVEZ DOESN’T TALK MUCH ABOUT HIS KIDS — CHLOE, 3, AND CASON, 5 — ON AIR.

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very morning, loyal listeners tune in to The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on 106.1 KISS FM. Co-host Jose “J-Si” Chavez, a 34-year-old Mexico City transplant, is a fan favorite for his no-holds-barred sense of humor and down-to-earth sensibility. And it’s no shtick. Chavez is as earnest as they come. From marrying Kinsey, his wife of six years, to welcoming his kids —

Cason, 5, and Chloe, 3 — he’s always been an open book. Even at 23, when he learned that the man who raised him wasn’t his biological father — his mother, who became pregnant at 17, had lied to him about his father’s identify — he shared the heartbreaking experience with fans. “Our listeners know more about [my background] than some of our closest family members,” the Carrollton dad says. Some relatives don’t even know about some of the strug-

gles Chavez faced on his journey to recognizable radio personality. Chavez’s path involved living in his truck before breaking into radio as an intern, for instance. Now, a veteran of more than a decade, he helms the nationally syndicated radio show. In 2013, when the show’s namesake died suddenly at a golf tournament fundraiser for Kidd’s Kids, Kraddick’s nonprofit that takes terminally and chronically ill children to Walt Disney World, Chavez rose to the occasion in the midst of his own grief, 1 standing in Kidd Kraddick’s place as ringleader of the popular morning show. After all, the show 1 must

go on, and it has, with lots of success, too.

DID YOU ALWAYS ASPIRE TO BE IN RADIO? I’ve always been

interested in entertainment, but in my family there are a lot of people in medicine. I was in the process of becoming a nurse and my counselor asked if there was something I’d always wondered about. I answered radio. Other counselors had told me, “You’re not going to make it.” She looked at me and said, “I think you should try it.” If it weren’t for that 2 conversation, I would have never applied to become an intern. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S OFF-LIMITS

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WHEN YOU’RE ON-AIR? I’m an

open book, but it’s hard for me to talk about my kids. There are certain stories I don’t highlight because they’re going to get older and their friends are going to be listening. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY FOOT-IN-MOUTH MOMENTS WITH KINSEY? She’s

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB? There are so many people

who listen to the show and have basically become family. My biggest fear is to let them down. When listeners reach out and let you know that you touched them or made them laugh … I would do this job for free if I could get those every day.

FAVORITE INTERVIEW YOU’VE EVER DONE? I like the

interviews with artists who are just starting out best. The two that stick out in my mind are Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A DAD? I always envi-

sioned myself married with kids. I never looked at myself as a party animal or playboy. I pictured myself as the dad of a little boy. When I found out Cason was coming, life was made. HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT NOW THAN YOU WERE BEFORE YOU BECAME A FATHER? It’s incredible how much

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the good cop — with authority. FAVORITE SPOTS AROUND DALLAS TO GO AS A FAMILY? I like

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always been so supportive of my radio career that she’s never doubted me or any stories I’ve picked to tell on the radio. She was the only person besides that counselor that didn’t laugh at me when I started going toward radio. She’s been the most supportive human that could have ever come into my life.

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making sure I had what I needed, so that didn’t become an issue.

taking the kids to Studio Movie Grill, Pinstack and Dave and Busters. We go to Willow Bend or the Galleria.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME BY YOURSELF? Going

to the gym. It sounds juvenile, but I like to go skateboarding. I like to play video games when the kids are sleeping. And I play guitar. FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH KINSEY? My

favorite thing to do is to make a Blue Apron meal together, grab a bottle of wine and watch Dateline. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR NEW DADS? I hope

they’re present in their kids’ lives. Nothing hurts me more than when I see a little kid trying to get his parent’s attention and the parent’s on the phone. You don’t know when it’s going to be your last day. Take in those moments and cherish them; they’re priceless. WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ON FATHERHOOD SOMEONE ELSE HAS GIVEN YOU? When it comes to my son,

to show that a man can have emotion. I don’t want my son to think he has to be a macho man. When it comes to my daughter, to take her on little dates so that she knows how a man’s supposed to treat her. WHAT DO THOSE DATES LOOK LIKE? She likes to go

get milkshakes or ice cream. Sometimes we just stay home and she sets up a tea party or we play princess and prince. IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? Don’t doubt

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andrea palmer Andrea Palmer is an OB/ GYN married to a pediatric urologist. She met her husband, Blake, in medical school at the University of Oklahoma in 2001, and they lived in Oklahoma City before moving to Fort Worth last November. The couple lives in the Tanglewood neighborhood with their two kids — Lorelei, 8, and Wiley, 4 — and a cat, Sassy, who is Blake’s arch-nemesis.

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AM Get up, I tell myself. Just do it. You won’t have time later. Fine. I get out of bed and hit the treadmill. One of my favorite podcasts keeps me company and I slug through 40 minutes of hills. This is not my favorite part of the day. 5:45AM I text my husband, Blake, who is out of town for work, so he can be proud of me. He’s working out too. I finish my workout with weights and stretching, then hit the shower. (But first—coffee!) 6:30AM I hear our kids, Lorelei and Wiley, rumbling around upstairs … they sound like they’re getting along. I’ll let them be while I finish getting ready. Maybe they will magically appear downstairs with school clothes on, combed hair, brushed teeth and smiling faces … maybe? 6:32AM Yeah right — the kiddos come downstairs, not dressed and obviously hangry. Food will be required to make them normal human beings. 6:45AM With banana bread, fruit and yogurt, everyone is in a better mood. 7AM Kids get dressed (after only a moderate amount of prodding) while I pack lunches times three, clean up the kitchen and start the dishwasher. 7:35AM Time to go! 7:40AM We actually go. Because kids are slow and I needed one more cup of coffee.

7:45AM Drop off Lorelei. Kisses and hugs and yelling “I love you!” just loud enough to embarrass her. She walks confidently in to school without me, and I take a minute to realize how proud I am of her. We have recently relocated to Fort Worth from Oklahoma City, and both of our kids have transitioned to life here fairly easily. Having both parents who are physicians has prepared them from an early age to adapt. We have to get creative with child care, dropoffs, pickups, picnics at the hospital in lieu of sit-down family dinners… 8:05AM Drop off Wiley. I get a “Love you too, Mommy” out of him as he proudly goes to school too. He loves school and the independence he gets to exhibit there. 8:30AM I arrive at work, check in with my clinic staff, then head across to the hospital. I have a case today in the OR — my happy place. I love surgery; it’s one of the reasons that I chose OB/ GYN as a specialty. Today I have a robotic hysterectomy, one of my absolute favorite cases to do. 8:35AM I sign and update the necessary paperwork, speak with my patient and her family and answer any questions they have. Then I check in with the OR staff and we are ready to roll. The case goes well, although her anatomy is more challenging than I had anticipated. 9:50AM I finish up orders and dictation, check on my surgery patient one last time and head over to the office. 10AM The rest of the morning is all scheduled patients. I really do enjoy clinic. It’s the place where I get to know my patients the best. 12:20PM Lunchtime. I click through emails as I eat at my desk and look outside longingly at the gorgeous day. 1PM Patients, patients, patients. I also field a phone call for a labor admission — yay for a birthday today! Baby delivering is my other favorite part of my job. 4:30PM I find out Blake’s flight is delayed coming home … this may make call night interesting. So I take a quick minute to check in with the babysitter and let her know the new info. 4:50PM Finished in the office, so I head over to labor and delivery to check on my admitted patient. I chat with her and her nurse, break her water and decide I have enough time to run home and feed my kids. 5:15PM I arrive home and make dinner while going over spelling words with Lorelei. 5:45PM Dinner is served. I take dinnertime to ask my kids the same questions every day: What made you smile today? What did you do to make someone else smile today? 6:15PM Playtime, short dance party (Alexa, turn up the music!) and kitchen cleanup. 7PM It’s bathtime for the kiddos. I change into scrubs out of my nice clothes and check in on my labor patient — she is 8 centimeters. Quick check-in from the hubs — he has landed! Should be perfect timing. 8PM Stories are read, covers are tucked, snuggles have been given.

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SILENT SUFFERERS When parents are addicts, their children face trauma WORDS HEATHER DUGE

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even-year-old Sailer Simmons doesn’t think about alcohol and drugs all the time. No, when the little girl from North Oak Cliff is participating in one of her favorite pastimes like dancing or singing, she doesn’t think about those things at all. But when she’s home, alcohol and drugs creep into her thoughts often. “When is Daddy coming home?” she asks her mother. Sailer’s daddy is an addict, one who has struggled with substance abuse since his little girl’s birth. Louise Simmons, 38, Sailer’s mom (names changed for privacy), knew that addiction ran in her now ex-husband’s family even before she married him. “I had the misperception that because I was aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, I was educated and we had a certain socioeconomic status, we were safe,” Simmons reveals. “But that is wildly untrue. Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of their background.” And it did. What began as social drinking in college soon escalated. Shortly after Sailer was born, Simmons discovered that her husband wasn’t only struggling with an alcohol addiction but also with over-thecounter pills and medications prescribed by doctors, all of which he was unsuccessfully trying to hide from his family. These substances enslaved him, and she’d had enough.

PARENTS ON DRUGS

One in three children goes home to a family member using drugs or alcohol daily. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, alcohol and drug use knows no age, gender, race, ethnicity or status when it comes to its victims. But those paying the biggest price for substance addiction — whether it’s alcohol, marijuana or physician-prescribed pain medications such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan — are the children. “The use of drugs and alcohol monopolizes the motivation and attention for the parent,” says Dr. Dave Atkinson, medical director of the Teen Recovery Program at Children’s Health, who also serves as assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “The child tends to be neglected because things that are naturally motivating for most people are not there for people using drugs and alcohol and they become trapped in the addiction.” Even a child receiving basic necessities like food, clothes and a home isn’t getting the emotional support and love they crave and require from a parent who is an addict, who may have difficulty with emotional regulation and get overly angry or overly sad, Atkinson says. These emotional elements contribute to a decreased ability to engage with their kids, discipline effectively and be an overall effective parent.

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“Many people think that if the addict would just stop drinking or using drugs, then everything would be OK,” says Dr. Emily Van Pelt, a play therapist supervisor and licensed professional counselor supervisor at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center in Dallas. “But it can’t be turned on or off [like a switch]. It’s a daily battle, and they need to be loved instead of being shamed.” THE SIDE EFFECTS

Most researchers and the National Institute of Drug Abuse define addiction as a compulsive behavior that continues despite negative consequences. In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents. “Kids will pick up on something being wrong with the parent, but they don’t know it’s drugs or alcohol,” Atkinson explains. “Even if the parent can hide the substance use, they can’t hide all the consequences that go with it.” Addiction interferes with kids’ social circles, making it difficult for them to make and keep friends. The emotions that a child of a substance user deals with are complex. Some feel ashamed and keep the secret from others, causing them to isolate themselves socially and not have other children over to play, explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. They may avoid going to events where a parent has to go or lie that

an absent family member is sick or traveling. Kids with parents who are addicted feel like they live two separate lives — the embarrassing one in emotional upheaval at home and the façade they put on in front of others. “[These kids] may sit at the lunch table at school and listen to friends talking about weekend plans or birthday parties and not contribute to the conversation because they’ve been trained not to share their home life,” Sanford says. Other kids blame themselves, thinking their bad grades, untidy room or poor behavior causes Dad to stay away for days at a time or their parents to fight, for instance. “Developmentally, kids can be egocentric, so oftentimes, they think it’s their fault,” says Erin Williams, a children’s counselor in the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center in Irving, a unique prevention and education curriculum for kiddos ages 7–12 who have an addict in their lives. These children feel insecure, frustrated and lonely as a result of the unstable environment at home. But they don’t know how to process these emotions and often act out; struggle with school; and experience anxiety, depression and sleeping issues such as insomnia. And then there are other kids who hide an unpredictable family life well. Dr. Sam McCage, manager, behavioral health in the psychology department at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, explains that these children may excel academically, behave well in class and participate in numerous extracurricular activities. From the outside, these kids might

seem fine, great even, but inside they harbor a tremendous amount of guilt and a sense that no matter what they do it’s never enough. “The kids quietly struggling often go unnoticed,” Williams says. “They don’t appear to be affected and aren’t helped.” It’s not uncommon for children of substance users to lose trust in all people who hold positions of power — teachers, grandparents and other wellmeaning adults. “It’s a lifelong struggle for some kids who can carry some of the issues into [adulthood],” Sanford says. As the kids get older, meaningful relationships become harder to sustain, and instead these children seek out relationships in which the dynamics feel familiar — with people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, for instance, Williams cautions. There’s also the danger that they too might spiral into the dangerous world of addiction since genetic and environmental contributors affect who suffers from the disease. If addiction is already in the blood line and it’s being modeled at home, kids are frighteningly more likely to succumb and develop an addiction to a substance or substances. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that drinking early and often increases the likelihood of becoming addicted. “People often say that parents should allow their kids to drink a moderate amount of alcohol while they’re home,” Atkinson says. “But research shows the kids who do this drink a lot more in

college, mostly because they lose their natural fear of alcohol.” GETTING HELP

“[With addiction], oftentimes, children are the first ones hurt and the last ones helped,” Williams explains. It’s our job as the parent not struggling with addiction to help them reclaim their childhood. Sailer underwent lots of changes in a short amount of time. Within 18 months of her sixth birthday, her parents separated and subsequently divorced, and her dad moved from Dallas to Minnesota for treatment. “I realized that Sailer needed someone to help her talk about her feelings and understand addiction,” Simmons recalls. So she enrolled Sailer in Five Star Kids at the Betty Ford Center, a three-day, five-hour-per-day program facilitated by counselors who also grew up dealing with a loved one’s addiction. The program uses art, games, role-playing and journaling to help kids set and achieve goals and deal with problems and emotions effectively. The program gave the Simmonses age-appropriate phrases and key words to help explain and talk about addiction, and an instant community of other families also struggling with the disease. Sailer realized she’s not alone. “It really helps kids understand anything they do or don’t do will not change the disease of addiction,” Simmons says. “Whether they are making straight A’s or if they are acting out at school, the addiction is not about them.” Experts agree that parents should plant the seeds for honest discussions about addiction early (before age 9). After all, knowledge is power. Discuss addiction in a casual, matter-of-

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fact way. Use age-appropriate language, demystify the disease and keep the lines of communication open. For instance, you might compare alcoholism to diabetes when explaining it to younger kids. Tell them that just as a diabetic has to avoid sugar, an alcoholic has to avoid alcohol or they’ll get sick. Tell kids the truth and let them know what’s happening to their loved one in therapies and treatment. Also, talk frankly about children’s predisposition to substance addiction given their genetic makeup. “Sailer’s dad kept his addiction hidden,” Simmons explains. “She had seen other family members drink alcohol at mealtime, but she had never seen her dad drink alcohol or take pills, so it was all really confusing for her.” Through dialogue and treatment, Sailer better understood that some people can drink alcohol responsibly and not become addicted. But those who suffer from addiction, like her dad, can’t. They require special treatment (sometimes far away) to help them get better. It’s important for children to understand that an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an illness that their parent can recover from. Children dealing with drug abuse in their families need help just like the addicts themselves do. They benefit from talking about their feelings in therapy (individual or family), with their school guidance counselor or in a support group (see our sidebar for local options). Kids living with addiction often forget their No. 1 job is to be a kid, Williams says. “Remind them that adult problems are not their problems.”

THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

If possible, experts advise removing an addict from a home with kids and sending them to an addiction treatment facility, halfway house or another family member’s home — but keeping them present, Van Pelt says. “I recommend activities like creating a journal with letters and pictures to give the parent when [the child] sees him or her.” Eight months ago, Sailer’s dad went into an inpatient program and sober house in Minnesota. Her grandparents have taken her to visit him, and he comes back to Texas to see her. “Family recovery is so important,” Williams explains. “If everyone is in recovery, people are much more likely to stay sober.” Children benefit from adult encouragement when dealing with any trauma, including addiction. It’s important to surround them with trusted family members who don’t have addiction issues to shower them with unconditional love and support. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Keep in mind that a child’s life won’t suddenly turn around when the addict gets into treatment. The process is lengthy, and children may still feel anxious and uncertain. The road to recovery for Sailer means continued private therapy sessions, the occasional re-enrollment in the Five Star Kids program, FaceTime-ing her dad and making plans for the future, like his visit in a few months for her eighth birthday. Like most kids, Sailer dreams of being lots of things when she grows up — an author, illustrator, chef, dancer and photographer.

Get Kids the Support They Need DR. SAM MCCAGE, MANAGER OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AT COOK CHILDREN’S IN FORT WORTH, RECOMMENDS that children dealing with a parent’s

addiction get support outside the home. Kid-focused support groups help children see that they’re not alone in their struggles and offer a place for solace, encouragement and love. Many also provide education and tools for how to positively cope with their situation. Betty Ford Center hosts a three-day program to help kids ages 7–12 learn the basics of addiction and that they aren’t to blame, and to encourage children to share their feelings and make healthy choices for themselves. Irving, 972/751-0363; hazeldenbettyford.org Hosted by the Recovery Resource Council, Camp L4 (Live, Learn, Laugh and Love) hosts a day camp three times a year for at-risk kids from local domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and foster care programs. Children go horseback riding and fishing and do arts and crafts while learning how to make healthy life choices. Fort Worth, 817/332-6329; recoverycouncil.org Rainbow Days provides a substance abuse prevention program for kids 4 and older in schools and homeless shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 214/887-0726; rainbowdays.org The Sunshine Club, offered through the Recovery Resource Council, is a 10-week program for kids ages 5–11 who are living in at-risk situations to arm them with the skills they need to overcome adversity and stay drug-free. Fort Worth, 817/332-6329; recoverycouncil.org

Her mom’s dreams include steering her as far as possible from unintentionally following in her father’s footsteps and indulging the same awful appetite for drugs and alcohol that consumes him. “I want her to know she is loved by both of her parents, and

we are all working to make our family strong and safe,” Simmons says. “I hope that now, at age 7, she can develop life skills to deal with stress and adversity as she grows up. I want her to have the tools to grow into a healthy and confident young woman.”

JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS? HAVING A CHILD THAT MAY BE PREDISPOSED TO ADDICTION

because of her DNA is a frightening prospect for any parent. What’s more, it’s now been found that putting an at-risk child on medication for the common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their drug addiction risk factor by three. “Our society values fast, fun and easy when fixing problems,” explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor

supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. “The symptoms of ADHD, trauma and depression are the same in kids. When a child starts being impulsive, has problems focusing or sitting still, or lacks organization, oftentimes it is blamed on ADHD. If a parent is wanting to hide the addiction, they agree to treat the ADHD with drugs, which puts the child at a higher risk of being an addict later in life.”

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The best things around Fort Worth are free (or nearly) during the summer — spray grounds, indoor play spaces and more. And what’s not free is no more than a few dollars, including movies, rides and lots of other activities. Here, our favorite warm-weather cheap thrills to keep kiddos entertained during the three-month school break.

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4. Kids examine over 100 meteorites and even hold some at OSCAR E. MONNIG METEORITE GALLERY at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. 817/257-6277; monnigmuseum.tcu.edu

Summon some culture into the summer routine with a trip to a museum or gallery. 1. The KIMBELL ART MUSEUM in Fort Worth offers activities and projects on Tuesdays and select Saturdays. 817/332-8451; kimbellart.org

2. Visit the MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH Sunday when admission is free and artists sometimes take kids through drawing techniques. 817/738-9215; themodern.org 3. The free AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART in Fort Worth hosts hands-on workshops and story times for kiddos 7–12. Register online. 817/738-1933; cartermuseum.org

On days when it’s not too hot, plan an outdoor adventure.

5. The SID RICHARDSON MUSEUM IN FORT WORTH provides free story times and matinees for kiddos ages 3–8. Register online. 817/332-6554; sidrichardsonmuseum.org 6. Make a trip to the NATIONAL SCOUTING MUSEUM for hands-on displays before it closes its doors in Irving at the end of the summer. 800/303-3047; bsamuseum.org 7. Take the crew to RIVER LEGACY LIVING SCIENCE CENTER in Arlington on Saturday to see native wildlife and walk the nature trails. 817/860-6752; riverlegacy.org

8. The MILITARY MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH will re-open at the Stockyards. Bring the kids to see relics from World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and more. Ages 13 and older, $2; free for kids. 817/945-2680; militarymuseumfortworth.org

9. Lots of paths to explore at the TRAILHEAD AT CLEARFORK in Fort Worth make for a fun morning. 817/731-7396; trailhead1848.com 10. Encourage kids to learn heritage skills on the first Friday morning each month at NASH FARM in Grapevine. $3 per person. 817/4103185; grapevinetexasusa.com 11. Pick peaches for $1.50 per pound at HENRIETTA CREEK ORCHARD in Roanoke. 817/439-3202; henriettacreekorchard.com 12. Catch the twice-daily Cattle Drive at the FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS for free. 817/336-4373; fortworth.com/the-herd


13. While there, weave your way through the COWTOWN CATTLEPEN MAZE , a wooden maze that’s over 5,400 square feet. $5 per person ages 5 and older. 817/336-4373; fortworth.com/the-herd 14. Visit a stagecoach station, teepees and more at the CHISHOLM TRAIL OUTDOOR MUSEUM . $5 for adults; free for kiddos 7 and younger. 817/645-0927; jcchisholmtrail.com 15. Wander through an urban oasis in Cowtown’s downtown with a trip to the FORT WORTH WATER GARDENS . 817/392-7111; fortworth.com 16. Take MOLLY THE TROLLEY , wich runs every 10 minutes, in downtown Fort Worth. 817/215-8600; mollythetrolley.com 17. Encourage little sluggers (at least 48 inches tall) to practice their swing at PUTT-PUTT FUN CENTER’S BAT ZONE . $5 for 50 pitches. puttputt.com

working turbines and running trains. $2 for adults; $1 for kids. 214/6930258; lonestarhirailers.com 22. Enjoy a ride on the FOREST PARK MINIATURE RAILROAD , which rolls through Trinity Park in Fort Worth. $5 for adults; $4 for kids. 817/336-3328; fpmt.us

24. Watch airplanes take off and land from FOUNDER’S PL AZA at DFW International Airport. dfwairport.com/founders 25. The FORT WORTH AVIATION MUSEUM hosts paper airplane, Styrofoam glider and water rocket workshops. $5 for adults; $1 for kids; free for ages 6 and younger. 855/7338627; fortworthaviationmuseum.com

Even if you’re staying put this summer, make a trip to see planes and trains.

21. Visit the LONE STAR HI-RAILERS MODEL TRAIN ASSOCIATION near the Grapevine rail yard to see a detailed model of historic Grapevine,

Pack a picnic, lawn chairs (or floaties) and bug spray to spend time outdoors after dark. 26. Pay $5 per person and BYO noodles, see-through inflatables and life jackets (or borrow one for free) to Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center’s monthly FLICK N’ FLOAT family movies. 817/952-2323; bedfordsplash.com 27. Spend a Hump Day evening at MOVIE NIGHT IN SUNDANCE SQUARE in Fort Worth. Free, family-friendly flicks like Aladdin and Little Giants begin around 8:45pm. 817/255-5700; sundancesquare.com 28. Every Thursday in June, come to KELLER SUMMER NIGHTS at the Keller Town Hall Amphitheater for a free concert at 7:30pm and a family movie at 9pm. 817/743-4000; cityofkeller.com 29. Bring the kids and Fido, pick a spot on the lawn and listen to live

38. Take the kids to the movies during CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE at the Fort Worth Alliance Town Center and Rave Ridgmar locations. Shows start at 9am Monday–Thursday. $5 for all 10 movies or $1 per show. 817/7500560; cinemark.com 39. Kids up to age 11 jump, slide and climb for free through the Wesley Playground at WHITE’S CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST

CHURCH in Southlake. 817/4814147; whiteschapelumc.com

Beat the heat (or the rain) indoors. 31. Sign preschoolers up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program at SOUTHL AKE PUBLIC LIBRARY , then bring them to story times. 817/748-8243; cityofsouthlake.com 32. Get to MONKEY AND DOG BOOKS in Fort Worth before 10:30am every Wednesday and Thursday for story time. 817/9754260; monkeyanddogbooks.com

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for littles ages 18 months–6 years. 817/392-5510; fwbg.org

20. The KELLER FARMERS MARKET is staring a program to teach kids about wholesome foods before setting them loose to buy their own. 682/593-3507; kellerfarmersmarket.com

30. Sing and dance along to the music at the EVENINGS ON OAK STREET CONCERT SERIES in Roanoke. 817/491-2411; roanoketexas.com

23. Board the TRINIT Y RAILWAY EXPRESS (TRE) and take the hourlong ride to Dallas. $5 for adult day passes; $2.50 for kids. 817/215-8669; trinityrailwayexpress.org

18. Discover how a garden grows at one of the free workshops at the

19. Delay bedtime any Friday night between Memorial and Labor days to see a fireworks show (it starts at 9:30pm) over Lake Grapevine during GRAPEVINE SUMMERBL AST . 817/4103185; grapevinetexasusa.com

local music with hundreds of other families during FRIDAY ON THE GREEN at Magnolia Green in Fort Worth. nearsouthsidefw.org

40. See billions of dollars printed and learn about the process with interactive exhibits at the BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING in Fort Worth. 817/231-4000; moneyfactory.gov 41. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GRAPEVINE ’s Paradise Pond lets kids ages 2 to sixth grade bounce, build and play. $1 per person. 817/488-8573; fbcgrapevine.com

Trade the sprinklers and garden hose for interactive fun at a splash park or waterfall.

33. The RIDGMAR MALL KIDS CLUB hosts themed play activities, arts and crafts and more on the second Thursday of every month at 11am. 817/731-6691; ridgmar.com 34. Roll over to COWTOWN BOWLING PAL ACE Sunday before noon to play for $1.50 (shoes, $2). 817/624-2151; cowtownbowling.com 35. Watch the live fish feeding at BASS PRO SHOPS OUTDOOR WORLD

in Grapevine on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30pm, or let kids fish in the pond (equipment provided) Saturdays from 11am–1pm. 972/724-2018; basspro.com

42. BICENTENNIAL PARK ’s splash pad in Crowley features spray guns, buckets and a shaded area with benches. 817/297-2201; ci.crowley.tx.us 43. Get your feet wet in the AIRFIELD FALLS WATERFALL along the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. 817/698-0700; trinityrivervision.org

36. Let the kids stay up late for $5 all-you-can-bowl after 8pm (every night of the week) at IT’Z FAMILY FOOD & FUN in Euless. 817/2833700; itzusa.com

44. Let kids frolic beneath the colorful spray features at PARR PARK in Grapevine, then air-dry on the adjacent playground. 817/410-3000; playgrapevine.com

37. Join Bella the begonia hand puppet for preschooler story time on the first Saturday of each month (except in July) at the BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS . 817/332-4441; brit.org

45. Dress the kids for wet and wild fun in the fountains at FOUNDER’S PL AZA in Arlington before heading to the free evening concert at Levitt Pavilion. 817/543-4308; levittpavilionarlington.org

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Ijeoma Nnamani, MD, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Nnamani attended medical school at the University of Nigeria, and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. She is passionate about providing excellent medical care to children of all ages and building lasting relationships with their families. She offers well care visits and same-day appointments for acute illnesses.

Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Nnamani is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 350 Westpark Way, Ste. 123 Euless, TX 76040 817-267-3065 Fax: 817-545-9097 ivychildrensclinic.com

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Pediatrics Cook Children’s Arlington pediatricians understand that taking care of kids means including the whole family. Our board-certified doctors — Vuong Dao, DO, Desiree Harris, MD, Heeten Masters, DO, and Wilfred Raine, MD — are specialists in the health care of infants, children and adolescents. We’re here to help you with well-child visits, vaccines, illnesses, behavior problems, or learning disorders or to answer questions all parents have. Our families know their doctor will spend as much time with each patient as necessary, going above and beyond to make sure every child receives the best care possible. Our diverse team includes doctors that have been practicing over 30 years, to those recently out of medical school and equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques. Two of our pediatricians are doctors of osteopathic medicine, giving parents the benefit of a variety of perspectives and treatment options. If there is one thing that is of utmost importance to all pediatricians at Cook Children’s Arlington, it is the concept of prevention. Whether it is counseling about how to keep your child well and safe, or providing life-saving immunizations to prevent serious infectious diseases, we would much rather prevent a disease than have to treat one. From toddler tummy bugs to navigating the teenage years, our team is with you every step of the way. 3131 S. Center St., Arlington, TX 76014 817-375-1413 cookchildrens.org/arlington

Mary Ann Weaver, MD Family Medicine Mary Ann Weaver, MD, grew up in Grand Prairie, and went to school near her family practice office, Methodist Family Health Center – Lake Prairie. She enjoys treating patients from her hometown and seeing everyone from life-long friends to acquaintances come in her office. Dr. Weaver worked on a pediatric floor of a hospital while attending college. “That’s where I realized I wanted to treat children. The pediatricians always seemed happy and it felt like a profession with such purpose.” When she started her medical education, she decided she wanted to do more than treat children, though. She wanted to treat the entire family, so she concentrated her studies on family medicine. “Seeing children in my practice brightens my day, but I love treating the entire family and seeing the parents and the grandparents as well. The other benefit is that I don’t lose my patients as they mature into adolescents or adults. I get to help them manage their health through their adult years, and hopefully be their children’s physician as well.” Dr. Weaver is board-certified in family medicine, and earned her medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX. She completed her residency at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation/Waco Family Medicine Residency Program. When Dr. Weaver is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, and cooking. Methodist Family Health Center – Lake Prairie 5224 S. State Hwy. 360, Ste. 230 Grand Prairie, TX 75052 972-522-0691 • Fax: 972-522-1053

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Dr. Fikkert graduated from Baylor University; attended medical school at UNTHSC in Fort Worth; and completed her residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Fikkert is passionate about caring for her patients and the relationships she builds with their families. She is particularly interested in nutrition and fitness in children and adolescents. Dr. Fikkert offers well care from birth to adolescence and same day care for acute illnesses. Dr. Fikkert is an avid runner and triathlete. She has run 20 marathons including the 2013 Boston Marathon, and is a four-time IronMan

finisher. Dr. Fikkert is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Vizsla, Jasper.

4907 S. Collins St. #121, Arlington, TX 76018 817-417-9001 • collinsstreetpeds.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Pediatrics At Cook Children’s Pediatrics on Keller Parkway, we think of parents as partners. We’ll work together to help keep your kids healthy and safe. We provide comprehensive pediatric primary care for newborns through the teen years. All of our doctors are experienced, pediatric board-certified and are connected to an innovative health care system and pediatric specialists. Our six doctors — Sara Y. Garza, MD, Catherine Hampton, DO, Kim Mangham, MD, Kimberly Matlock, MD, Jason V. Terk, MD, and Amani Terrell, MD — are with you every inch of the way!

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Kathryn Mandal, MD, FAAP Pediatrician After graduating from high school at age 14, Dr. Kathryn Mandal attended prestigious Smith College in Massachusetts. She then attended medical school in San Antonio and completed her residency training in pediatrics in New York. She has been a board-certified pediatrician since 2002. Dr. Mandal started Continuum Pediatrics in 2016 to provide a unique place where patients can get same-day appointments and see the

same doctor every time. As the mother of an ex-preemie with health issues, she understands how difficult it can be, and works hard to make convenient access to health care a priority.

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Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau Abilene. 325-677-1161. storybookcapitaloftexas.com. Visit Abilene, official Storybook Capital of Texas, June 8–10 for 6th annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival. Enjoy Storybook Parade, dramatic readings, costumed characters, art activities, animals, and magic shows. Celebrating Garth Williams, illustrator of Stuart Little, and many more! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW Multiple locations. 972-534-2120. drafthouse.com. Enjoy family friendly films every day at 10am for just a $1, $3 or $5 donation to local charity, HopeKids North Texas, with our Summer Kids Camps! Featuring a new movie every week and all ages are welcome.

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Potter County. 806-857-6680. nps.gov.

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Alley Cats Entertainment Arlington. 817-7842695. alleycatsbowl.com. Alley Cats offers 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor fun! Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, indoor rock-climbing, and more. We have a variety of packages for groups and birthday parties. Be sure to check out our summer camp program too!

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Amistad National Recreation Area Del Rio. 830-775-7491. nps.gov.

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. cartermuseum.org. Storytime is every Wednesday, June 7 through July 26, from 10:30am–noon for families with children ages 3–8. Sunset Cinema July 13: The Wizard of Oz; July 20: The Birds; July 27: A League of Their Own.

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Big Bend National Park Rio Grande. 432-4772251. nps.gov.

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Big Thicket Nation Preserve Kountze. 409-9516800. nps.gov.

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Bowl & Barrel Dallas. 214-363-2695. bowlandbarrel.com. Strike up some indoor fun! With party packages, ramps and bumpers for kids 6+ and kid-friendly house-made specialties, Bowl & Barrel is family fun at its finest. Conveniently located by Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

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Brookhaven Country Club Dallas. 972-243-6151. clubcorp.com/clubs/brookhaven-country-club. Brookhaven Country Club, named the Best Family Club in Dallas, is ideal for everyone. The club’s relaxed and friendly environment is the perfect place for friends, business colleagues and families to enjoy a variety of recreational activities and events. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Fort Worth. 817-231-4000. bep.gov/services/takeatour.html. Learn how billions of dollars are printed during a free tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing ‘s (BEP) Tour and Visitor Center. BEP designs, engraves, and prints all U.S. paper currency. Hope to see you soon! Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson. 972231-1466. clubcorp.com/clubs/canyon-creek-country-club. Canyon Creek Country Club provides a haven where friends are waiting, a place for you to relax and enjoy your life. The club features a familyfriendly pool with cabanas, poolside bar, splash pad, slide, 18-hole golf course, tennis and more.

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Chamizal National Memorial El Paso. 915-5327273. nps.gov.

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Clubs of Prestonwood, The Dallas. 972-2397111. clubcorp.com/clubs/the-clubs-of-prestonwood. The Clubs of Prestonwood is your perfect home away from home! Featuring two clubhouses, The Hills in Plano and The Creek in North Dallas, each with 18-hole golf courses, grill and bar, pool, fitness center, plus tennis at The Creek.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Dallas. 214-515-6525. dallasarboretum.org. Family Fun Fridays June 2–July 28, 10am–2pm. Petting zoo, face painting and music in the Pecan Grove. Summer Camps June 5–August 11. Registration now open, for more information and registration, visit dallasarboretum.orgevents-education/summer-camps.

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Dallas Firefighter’s Museum Dallas. 214-8211500. dallasfiremuseum.com. Dallas Firefighter’s Museum, located in 1907 fire station, where you can climb on an engine that once raced to fires, learn firefighting history or interact with the children’s home safety video. Curators are all retired firefighters. Fun for all!

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Dallas World Aquarium, The Dallas. 214-7202242. dwazoo.com. The indoor facility features the aquarium with exotic marine life from around the world, the Orinoco – Secrets of the River rainforest full of primates, crocodiles, freeflying birds and the Mundo Maya exhibit that is home to jaguars, sharks, owls and eagles. Dallas Zoo Dallas. 469-554-7500. dallaszoo.com. Hippos are back at the Dallas Zoo! Get nose-tosnout with an underwater view of these magical “river horses,” and see the rest of the 2,000+ animals at the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. Visit dallaszoo.com for more info. Denton County Office of History and Culture Denton. 940-349-2850. dentoncounty.com/chos. Denton County boasts three museums within downtown Denton, Texas, including the historic Courthouse-on-the-Square. We are a place of learning and discovery that provides unique educational opportunities, events, and resources to the North Texas community. DoSeum, The San Antonio. 210-212-4453. thedoseum.org. The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids. Within our 104,000 sq. ft. building, explore indoor and outdoor spaces including like our 40-foot-tall climbing structure The Big Climb, our ADA-certified Treehouse, Spy Academy, Little Town, and so much more! Dr. Pepper StarCenter Multiple locations. 214467-5283. drpepperstarscenters.com. Skate with your friends at Dr. Pepper StarCenters. The Dallas Stars’ network of ice rinks are all across the Metroplex — find one near you! Offering beginner figure skating and hockey classes and summer camps — visit drpepperstarcenters.com. Fort Davis National Historical Site Fort Davis. 432-426-3224. nps.gov.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth. 817-255-9300. fortworthmuseum.org. Don’t miss out on a summer of fun at the Museum! Adventure in the bilingual world of Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore, visit Birdwell Island in Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog and more!

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Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth. 817-6249715. fortworthstockyards.com. Legends of Texas gunfight reenactments, Fort Worth Herd cattle drive, Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, petting zoo, horseback riding, rodeos, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stockyards Museum, historic walking tours, Cow Camp and more!

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Fort Worth Zoo Fort Worth. 817-759-7555. fortworthzoo.org. Named 4th best zoo in the country by USA Today—only Texas zoo in top 10! There’s always something new to see and do! Learn fun facts at Keeper Chats or cool down at Safari Splash, our zero-depth splash park.

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Frank Buck Zoo Gainesville. 940-668-4533. frankbuckzoo.com. Summer hours: 9am–5pm (last tickets sold at 4:30pm). Check out our Summer Safari Day Camps and Junior Zoo Crew Teen Volunteer program. 10:15am daily VIP Flamingo Feeding (restrictions apply). Inquire about special VIP Animal Encounters.

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Frog Pond Water Park Farmers Branch. 972-9198720. fbh2o.com. The Frog Pond Water Park in Farmers Branch is a neighborhood oasis featuring an activity pool, lazy river, lagoon pool and water slides. From tadpoles to bull frogs, the entire family will fall in love with this mini water park.

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Galveston Island Galveston. 888-425-4753. galveston.com. Whether you’re a history buff, thrill seeker or beach bum, Galveston Island has something for everyone. From the pyramids of Moody Gardens to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterbahn Waterpark, there are plenty of adventures for the whole family.

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston. 855-789-7437. pleasurepier.com. Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.

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Gaylord Texan Resort Grapevine. 817-778-1000. gaylordtexan.com. This Memorial Day through Labor Day experience family fun inspired by the Lone Star State at Gaylord Texan Resort. SummerFest features activities such as Junior Chef Camp, Hank’s Outlaw Scavenger Hunt, pool parties, dining events, live music and more.

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Gleneagles Country Club Plano. 972-867-6666. gleneaglesclub.com. Gleneagles Country Club was named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW and recently invested millions to create a top-notch golf experience. The club offers 36 holes of golf, tennis, grill and bar, resort-style pool and so much more. fortworthchild / june 2017

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Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Grapevine. 817-410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com/ summer. Splash into fun during Grapevine’s 9th Annual SummerBlast! Now through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine’s SummerBlast features fun for the whole family including water activities, Friday night fireworks, special exhibits including “Grapevine Rails: Rolling Through Time,” outdoor activities and more.

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Salt Flat. 915-828-3251. nps.gov.

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Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving. 972869-2631. hackberrycreek.com. Hackberry Creek Country Club recently celebrated its 24th anniversary of providing family fun and upscale business entertaining. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a great meal, we have you covered.

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Hawaiian Falls Multiple locations. 972-3827885. hfalls.com. Have fun all summer long in a safe, family-friendly environment at any of the Hawaiian Falls locations in the Dallas area. Whether floating down the Lazy River or exploring Keiki Kove, there’s something for every family member at Hawaiian Falls! iT’Z Family, Food & Fun Euless. 817-283-3700. itzusa.com. iT’Z the summer family fun destination: arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, bowling and more. We have all the fun your family can handle! Save big with an annual pass at itzusa.com for unlimited fun all summer. J of Dallas, The Dallas. 214-239-7138. jccdallas. org. Enjoy a summer of fun, filled with new experiences, smiles and memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve got special events, camps, aquatics, fitness, performing arts and fun for the whole family. We are celebrating 75 years of happy campers. Kemah Boardwalk Kemah. 877-285-3624. kemahboardwalk.com. The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day. Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth. 817-332-8451. kimbellart.org. The Kimbell offers a wide range of summer programs. Designed for audiences with diverse interests and learning styles, these programs seek to increase understanding and enhance appreciation of the artworks on view, as well as their historical and cultural context.

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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Fritch. 806-857-3151. nps.gov.

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Las Colinas Country Club Irving. 972-541-1141. clubcorp.com/clubs/las-colinas-country-club. Las Colinas Country Club was built as the cornerstone of the community, providing members with 18 holes of championship golf, elegant and modern dining, swimming, state-of-the-art tennis facilities and more.

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Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Little Rock. 800-844-4781. littlerock.com. Little Rock is known for its hospitality and charm. Centrally located and affordable, it has a variety of cultural attractions, museums, a vibrant artisanal food scene, great restaurants and shops that make it a perfect destination for family vacations.

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Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park Johnson City. 830-868-7128. nps.gov.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Dallas. 888-935-6878. medievaltimes.com. Kids free this summer with any full price adult admission Monday–Thursday. A four-course feast awaits, as six armor-clad knights compete in thrilling games on horseback as the pageant unfolds inside the walls of the king’s 11th Century-style castle. Code: DCKF.

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Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Mineral Wells. 940-325-2557. visitmineralwells.org. Come visit Mineral Wells, where Texas runs deep! Join us at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, State Park or dig for fossils at the Fossil Park. Explore the many attractions in Mineral Wells that are fun for kids of all ages! North Texas Performing Arts Multiple locations. 972-422-2575. northtexasperformingarts.org.

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SPCA of Texas Multiple locations. 214-742-7722. spca.org/crittercamp. SPCA of Texas offers family education, events, pet adoptions and volunteer opportunities. Supporting SPCA of Texas as a family teaches kindness, love and how to help animals in need. Camp activities include guest speakers, games, crafts, meeting pets and more.

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Stonebriar Country Club Frisco. 972-625-5050. stonebriar.com. Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2016), Stonebriar Country Club has two 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, a pool and a 65,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring the Grille and Tavern, tween space, fitness center and expansive patio.

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Studio Movie Grill Multiple locations. studiomoviegrill.com. SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat. Join SMG for only $1 to see recent, popular, children’s films and grab a bite to eat!

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Texas Discovery Gardens Dallas. 214-428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. There’s something for everyone at Texas Discovery Gardens. Passionate about beautiful butterflies? We’ve got them! Curious about native snakes and cool critters? We’re crawling with them! Ready for a deal? Visit every Tuesday for Pay-What-You-Wish admission!

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Timarron Country Club Southlake. 817-481-7529. timarronclub.com. Timarron Country Club features Kids’ Kourt, fitness center, relaxing lunches, social hour and fine dining with friends. Exceptional service, lasting friendships and enduring memories are the way of life at Timarron Country Club.

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Pump It Up Multiple locations. pumpitupparty. com. Our kid’s birthday parties are 100% private and the best in the industry. They include our gigantic inflatables, colorful party rooms and a friendly, trained staff that allows mom and dad to relax and enjoy a safe, fun, hassle-free party.

Topgolf Multiple locations. 337-654-0179. topgolf.com. Half-day golf clinic for kids and teens Mon.–Fri., 9am–noon. The program includes all of the components that make up the game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette.

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Putt-Putt Entertainment Multiple locations. 817468-7041. putt-puttgolf.com. Putt-Putt Entertainment offers a variety of entertainment. Putt-Putt Golf, arcade games, batting cages, and more. Be sure to ask about our summer camp program for children ages 5–13. Group rates and birthday party packages available. Attractions vary by location.

Town of Little Elm Little Elm. 972-731-3296. lakefrontlittleelm.com. The Lakefront area in Little Elm is the place to be this summer! A beautiful beach, award-winning bars, restaurants, and playgrounds. There is something for everyone here. The beach has kayak/paddle board rentals, sand volleyball courts, open swimming, and more.

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Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club. 817837-1900. clubcorp.com/clubs/trophy-club-countryclub. Trophy Club Country Club features an 36-hole championship golf course with extensive junior and adult programs. You can also relax by our beautiful pool, sweat it out in the fitness center or host a meeting in our private meeting space.

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Urban Air Trampoline Multiple locations. urbanairparks.com. 800-960-4778. Urban Air offers a variety of indoor activities on its wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pit, trampoline Dodgeball, Slam Dunk Track and more! This summer we’re featuring Sizzlin Summer including a summer jump club coupon book and Camp Urbie summer camp!

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Waco Mammoth National Monument Waco. 254-750-7946. nps.gov.

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Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield. 817-4736111. clubcorp.com/clubs/walnut-creek-countryclub. Walnut Creek is more than a country club. It’s a place where families come together to enjoy fellowship that can only be found there. Walnut Creek offers the privacy and prestige you expect when entertaining your friends and business associates.

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Water Works Park Denton. 940-349-8800. dentonparks.com. A new wave pool and new concessions will debut in July 2017! In addition, enjoy four giant outdoor slides, two outdoor toddler slides, one giant indoor slide, a lazy river, children’s play pool, sand volleyball, pavilions, cabanas, and more.

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White Rock Paddle Co. Dallas. 469-888-0620. whiterockpaddle.com. Kayak and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals on White Rock Lake. Online reservations available and recommended, whiterockpaddle.comwhite-rock-lake-reservations. html. Kids kayak camp sessions in June, July and August. For details call or visit our website.

Theater performances to entertain the whole family — summer classes, auditions and camps for students ages 5–18 full of performing instruction, creative experiences, and characters you know and love. Learn from our professional directors, actors, and singers!

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NRH2O Family Water Park North Richland Hills. 817-427-6500. nrh2o.com. Soak up the fun at NRH2O with our 4 newest slides, plus 20 more thrilling slides and attractions. Make your summer even more splashtacular with 4 fireworks shows and Dive-In Movies Friday nights, June 16–August 4.

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Oakmont Country Club Corinth. 940-321-5599. clubcorp.com/clubs/oakmont-country-club. Oakmont Country Club is just minutes north of Lake Lewisville in Corinth. Serving as the social gathering place for the community, Oakmont’s uncompromising golf course, combined with numerous social events, provides a warm and inviting place of fun for everyone.

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Padre Island National Seashore Corpus Christi. 361-949-8068. nps.gov.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science Dallas. 214-428-5555. perotmuseum.org. Summer is big at the Perot Museum! From the stunning, bilingual Maya exhibition and inspiring Dream Big 3-D film to sleepovers, birthday parties, and more. And don’t miss the Children’s Museum with water tables, “dino dig” sandbox, and miniature Dallas.

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PINSTACK Multiple locations. 972-781-2695. pinstackbowl.com. PINSTACK is a one-of-a-kind family dining and entertainment destination with 28 state-of-the-art bowling lanes offering food and beverage service, arcade with the newest video games, two-level laser tag arena, rock climbing wall, ropes course, and more! Visit pinstackbowl.com for information.

Reunion Tower Dallas. 214-712-7040. reuniontower.com. Spend summer vacation at the top with a visit to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck! Plan a visit for activities including animal encounters with the Dallas Zoo and Tall Tales story time led by the Dallas Public Library. Ripley Entertainment Grand Prairie. 972-2632391. ripleys.com/grandprairie. Discover unbelievable fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not with five indoor attractions under one roof. Hours of fun at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Palace of Wax, Mirror maze, Impossible laser race, or the 7D Moving theater.

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SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Grapevine. 877819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. Take a stroll under the seas as you pass through our amazing 360° ocean tunnel. Climb through mangrove roots and traverse through mist in Rainforest Adventure. Learn something new about the amazing creatures here at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium.

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Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington. 817-275-3092. clubcorp.com/clubs/shady-valley-country-club. Shady Valley Country Club, located in the heart of Arlington, is a tree-lined, tranquil retreat. The club features an 18-hole golf course, refreshed grill and bar with theme-night dinners and fun member events plus a relaxing pool with new cabanas.

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in traditional, trendy, new and even dairy-free, whether you’re eager to sample the latest science experiment (we’re looking at you, liquid

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nitrogen) or you’re in the mood for old-fashioned, homemade ice cream.

CURLY’S FROZEN CUSTARD At Curly’s Frozen Custard, an oldfashioned Fort Worth staple, take your pick from classic custard, handmade pops, specialty sundaes and concretes (think Blizzard, but extra-thick) and enjoy your sweet treats at a shady outdoor picnic table. Custard flavors are basic (chocolate, vanilla, lemon and the flavor of the month), but you can choose from a myriad of toppings, including marshmallows, Butterfinger, blueberries, granola and more. If you’re feeling indecisive, order a triedand-true combination such as the fruity Bananarama specialty concrete or Oreo Brownie Deluxe specialty sundae. Or go dairy-free with a cherry limeade pop made from fresh fruit. 4017 Camp Bowie

Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/763-8700; curlysfrozencustard.com HIPPOP Head to HipPop for all-natural, fruitbased pops such as strawberry basil and milk-based flavors like toasted marshmallow — all made with filtered water, organic sugar and fruit juice. If you’re on the go, grab a mango slush for your little, and add in sweetened condensed milk or raspberry puree. And don’t worry about a sea of synthetic dyes in your child’s snow cone: In addition to traditional Hawaiian shaved ice, HipPop offers natural shaved ice flavored with real fruit puree and even ice cream addins — it’s everything good about summer 1 in one bite. 520 S. Main St., Suite 2015,

Grapevine, 817/5274383; hippoptx.com MELT ICE CREAMS For made-from-scratch, melt-in-your-mouth scoops (including dairy-free flavors), hit up Melt Ice Creams, which just celebrated its third birthday in April. The black-andwhite striped shop serves up everyday favorites such as Chocolate-Chocolate and Velvet Vegan, plus flavors like peach and coffee from a rotating menu that changes every six weeks. Plan a visit for Taco Tuesdays to get two scoops of ice cream nestled in a taco-shaped waffle cone and topped with whipped cream or housemade chocolate and caramel sauce. Don’t leave without snapping an Instagramworthy shot of your sticky (but adorable) kiddos in front of the yellow accent wall. 1201 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 115, Fort Worth, 817/866-8365; melticecreams.com 3 STEEL CITY POPS The Southlake location of Steel City Pops (opened earlier this year) boasts a mural of the Southlake skyline, plus the all-natural gourmet pops we’ve come to love. Pop in for a handmade blackberry or peanut butter pop, sans artificial colors or flavors, and for an extra dose of deliciousness, dip, drizzle or drench your pop in a variety

of nuts, crumbs, sauces and spices — your littles will love creating their own custom combos. With 202 plus rotating flavors, you can’t go wrong, but be sure to try June’s pop of the month: strawberry milkshake. 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 370, Southlake, 817/631-7339; steelcitypops.com SUBZERO ICE CREAM & YOGURT An enormous tank of liquid nitrogen greets you when you walk in to SubZero, where your littles craft their own ice cream and watch it flashfreeze at minus 321 degrees. Let the kiddos take the reins as they choose their cream (vegan and nondairy are available for special diets), their flavor (strawberry, cinnamon, chocolate and more) and their mix-ins like peanut butter cups and raspberries before their concoctions turn super creamy beneath a fog of liquid nitrogen. Flavor combos seem infinite, but if you need a suggestion, try the founder’s favorite, Confetti Surprise: cake batter ice cream mixed with M&M’s, drizzled with caramel and served in a confetti waffle bowl. 9986 Grapevine Highway, Suite C, Hurst, 817/8495509; subzeroicecream.com

1 // Try out a lemon ginger slush with raspberry puree at HipPop. 2 // Take your pick between fruity or creamy at Steel City Pops. 3 // At SubZero, enjoy dessert and a show.

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You can help achieve world peace through art (yes, really!) at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a one-of-a-kind bazaar run by a nonprofit that supports artisans from developing countries. Meet 35 of these artisans at UT Arlington on June 17 and peruse their goods handmade with centuries-old techniques. Free kids’ admission; $25 adults.

Are your young 5K runners itching for a greater challenge? Cue the Kids Obstacle Challenge, a Spartanlike adventure course for kids 5–16 and peppered with about a dozen obstacles such as a cargo net climb and a rope swing over a mud pit. Register online for the June 3 race at Village Creek MX Park and don’t forget a change of clothes. Parents run for free with purchase of child’s ticket: $56.

It’s National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, but you won’t need hiking boots. Instead try out the free kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding during the grand opening of the first-ever Grapevine Lake Paddle Trail. Water sports equipment is available from 9am–1pm at Meadowmere Park and open to kids 5 and older with their accompanying adult paddlers.

Roald Dahl readers know: There’s no one like Matilda. Don’t miss your chance June 13–18 to see the girl who sheds her deadbeat parents and leads a schoolwide revolt against Miss Trunchbull in Broadway’s Matilda the Musical when the U.S. tour stops at Bass Performance Hall. (Haven’t read the book? You’ve got at least 13 days’ lead time.) Tickets from $44.

Grapevine, 817/410-3368 playgrapevine.com

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Need to kill some time until your family’s cross-Texas road trip later this summer? Whet their appetites with the ultimate staycation at Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest featuring Lone Star Adventures. Book your overnight stay or make it a day trip now through Labor Day for the Wild West shows, panning for gold or the Aquafina Splash Party at the Paradise Springs pool. Prices vary by activity.

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06/03 KIDS OBSTACLE CHALLENGE @ VILLAGE CREEK MOTOCROSS PARK

JUNE MUSIC

Keller Summer Nights Keller Town Hall Amphitheater, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy., Keller. 817/743-4050. kellerparksandrec. org. 7pm every Thu in Jun. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic for an evening outdoors with a featured band and a movie: Moana on Jun 1; Zootopia on Jun 8; Trolls on Jun 15; Rogue One on Jun 22; The Sandlot on Jun 29. FREE

EXHIBIT

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org/clifford. On view through Sep 24. 10am–5pm Mon–Sat and 12–5pm Sun. Discover the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all of the residents of Birdwell Island by exploring this children’s exhibit with slides, Clifford’s Doghouse and the Birdwell Island Ferry. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18. Free for museum members.

EXHIBIT

Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org. Extended through Labor Day. 10am–5pm Mon–Sat and 12–5pm Sun. Learn words in Spanish and play with Dora, her animal-rescuing cousin and their friends from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series in this interactive exhibit that encourages role-playing, sharing and problem-solving. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18. Free for museum members.

PARADE

Fort Worth Herd Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-9715. stockyardsstation.com. 11:30am and 4pm daily, weather permitting. Line up along the streets to see genuine cowhands and a herd of 15 Texas longhorns in the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. FREE

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. On view through Dec 31. 10am–6pm Mon–Sat; 11am–5pm Sun. Attraction remains open two hours after last admission. Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles, look for treasure with Kwazii and help Peso clean up the coral reef in this exhibit based on the hit animated TV series. Free with admission: $20 adults; $16 kids 3–12.

EXHIBIT

When the Earth Shakes C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Highway 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth. 817/967-1560. crsmithmuseum.org. 9am–5pm Tue–Sat through Sep 2. Launch a wave in the 16-foot Tsunami Tank, complete the plate tectonics puzzle, and become an engineer by designing and building structures to withstand earthquakes on the Shake Table. $7 adults; $4 kids 2–17.

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2 FRIDAY MUSIC

Concerts in the Garden Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/665-6000. fwsymphony. org. Gates open at 6:30pm; concerts begin at 8:15pm. Each Fri and Sat through Jul 8, plus Jun 18, 25 and Jul 1–4. Relax under the stars while listening to music by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and featured bands during this sixweek music festival with fireworks every night. $22 adults; free for children 10 and younger. Table tickets start at $32.

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Partake in traditional summer fun and play Victorian games at the farm. $3 per person.

SPECIAL EVENT

Friday Night Fireworks Lake Grapevine, Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com. 9:30pm. As part of Grapevine’s SummerBlast festivities, watch a 12-minute fireworks show over the lake every Fri night through Sep 1, plus Tue, Jul 4. Gaylord Texan parking begins at $17. Free parking at Grapevine Mills.

MUSIC

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817/543-4301. levittpavilionarlington.org. Select days through Jul 23. Grab the picnic basket and lawn chairs and listen to family-friendly concerts under the stars. See website for a complete lineup and start times. FREE

FESTIVAL

Plaza Palooza Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/255-5700. sundancesquare.com. Jun 2–3. Watch professional chalk artists create 3-D street art, listen to multiple bands on stage, and snap photos inside the photo and GIF booths during this two-day festival. FREE

RODEO

Stockyards Championship Rodeo Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-1025. stockyardsrodeo.com. 8pm every Fri and Sat. Watch real cowboys and cowgirls compete in the world’s only year-round rodeo and let your kids go down into the arena to participate in the calf and mutton scrambles. $19 adults; $10 kids 3–12. $3.50 surcharge for online tickets.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1.

3 SATURDAY NATURE

BRIT First Saturday Botanical Research Institute of Texas,

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1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 9am–12pm. Talk to a real botanist, join plant walks and meet Bella the begonia hand puppet for a story time and activities at this monthly event. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Children’s Workshop – Smear and Tear Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 10am–12pm. Make mixed-media collages inspired by European masterworks on view in the special exhibition A Modern Vision. For kids ages 6–12. Limit of three children per adult. Call to register. $12 for museum member children; $15 for nonmembers. Free for adults.

EDUCATIONAL

Dairy Day Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. In celebration of National Dairy Month, head to Nash Farm to learn about the dairy processes for milking cows and making butter and cheese. For all ages. $3 per person.

HISTORY

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

Bring a picnic, or order out, and enjoy free, family-friendly live music in the Grove, located behind Whole Foods Market. Fridays 6-8pm

RECREATION

Grapevine Lake Paddle Trail Grand Opening Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Ln., Grapevine. 817/410-3368. playgrapevine.com. 9am–1pm. Celebrate National Trails Day and the first-ever paddling trail on Grapevine Lake by joining this event with free kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and refreshments. Open to kids 5 and older with their guardians or parents. FREE

ON STAGE

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst. 817/284-1200. artisanct. com. 10am and 12pm each Tue, Thu and Sat through Jul 8, except Jul 4. Watch as a young boy befriends singing insects and rides the giant piece of fruit across the ocean. $11 adults; $7 kids.

FITNESS

Kids Obstacle Challenge Village Creek Motocross Park, 4840 Shelby Rd., Fort Worth. 888/655-1127. kidsobstaclechallenge.com. 8:30am–2pm. Race through a muddy course with 10–15 obstacles designed for kids ages 5–16 and their parents. $46 through Jun 2; $56 on race day. Parents race for free.

RECREATION

Kids All American Fishing Derby Chisholm Park, 2200 Norwood Dr., Hurst. 817/788-7320. hursttx.gov. 7am. Bring your fishing pole and join the fishing competition for a chance to win prizes. For ages 5–16. Limited poles are available to borrow. Participants get a hamburger lunch. Registration is required. FREE

RODEO

Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-1025. stockyardsrodeo.com. 2:30 and 4:30pm. Watch trick riding and listen to cowboy songs during a historical re-enactment of the original show. $18.50 adults; $11.50 children.

June 2 - Casey Thompson June 16 Morgan Lindley

June 9 - Ansley Dougherty June 23 - Eric Webb

June 30 - Zach Pack

FITNESS

PoserKids Yoga The Trailhead at Clearfork, 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-7396. trailhead1848.com. 9am Jun 3, 10, 17 and 24. Join Mister Mateo with PoserKids Yoga for a family class and learn poses together. Bring your mat for adults. Kids’ mats are available to borrow. FREE

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FITNESS

Saturday Sweat Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center, 9800 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth. 972/521-5000. alliancetowncenter.com/events. 8–11am every other Sat through Jul 29. Join strength training with PT Fitness at 8am, yoga with SunstoneFIT at 9am, and at 10am a family fitness class for ages 4 and older with Northpark YMCA. Bring a mat and water bottle. FREE

ON STAGE

Sleeping Beauty Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Truett Hall, 2001 W. Seminary Dr., Fort Worth. 800/844-5977. abacademy.com. 5pm. Watch the Art Ballet Academy dancers in this classic ballet featuring Kelsey Thomas and a guest principal dancer, Andrey Prikhodko. Children 3 and younger do not require a ticket but must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. $15.

NATURE

Summer Scavenger Hunt Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd., Mansfield. 817/804-5789. olivernaturepark. com. 10–11am. Take a naturalist-led walk in search of unique elements that show how nature changes and adapts to the season. $7 for activity center members; $9 nonmembers.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Plaza Palooza See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2.

4 SUNDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Drawing from the Collection for Children The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/738-9215. themodern.org. 2–3:30pm. Bring a sketchbook and pencils to join informal drawing exercises for ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3.

5 MONDAY FILM

Children’s Summer Series Studio Movie Grill, all DFW locations. 972/388-7888. studiomoviegrill.com. 10:30am each Mon–Fri through Aug 25. Stay cool indoors with a matinee screening of a new family-friendly movie each week. Jun 5–9: How to Train Your Dragon; Jun 12–16: Rio; Jun 19–23: Turbo; Jun 26–30: Trolls. $1.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1.

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7 WEDNESDAY NATURE

Bella’s Book and Nature Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/3324441. brit.org. 10:30am–12pm Jun 6–7. Join Bella the begonia hand puppet for story readings in the Burk Children’s Library, guided outdoor explorations and more for kids in preschool. Registration is required. $10 per family per visit; free for BRIT members.

STORY TIME

Story Time at the Amon Carter Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/738-1933. cartermuseum.org. 10:30am–12pm each Wed through Jul 26. Bring your kids ages 3–8 to look at art, create something inspired by summer vacation, eat a snack and hear stories with a different theme each week. Register for your chance to win that week’s featured books. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Pictures and Pages See Jun 6.

8 THURSDAY MUSIC

Evenings on Oak Street Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke. 817/491-2411. roanoketexas.com. 7–8pm. Relax outdoors at the plaza and listen to live music by featured band Party Machine. Bring your chairs and blankets from home. FREE

FILM

Family Movie Night Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817/543-4301. levittpavilionarlington.org. 8pm. Watch Moana on Jun 8, Sing on Jun 15 and The Secret Life of Pets on Jun 29 on the lawn. Coolers, chairs and blankets are welcome. FREE

PARENT EDUCATION

Helping Children Handle Their Feelings Cook Children’s Medical Center, 801 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth. 817/3326348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. In this new workshop presented by The Parenting Center, learn how to increase your ability to help your children recognize and express their feelings. Meet in the Family Support Meeting Center. For adults only. FREE

MUSIC

KidsNotes with Symphony Arlington Arlington. 817/4596900. morelibrary.org. 10:30–11:30am. Meet real musicians and try out different instruments during the instrument petting zoo on Jun 8 at Northeast Branch Library and Jun 19 at Lake Arlington Branch Library. Arrive 30 minutes early to claim your free admission ticket. FREE

PLAYTIME

ARTS & CRAFTS

STORY TIME

Pictures and Pages Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 10:30–11:45am Jun 6–7. Meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios for simple art activities and a reading of Firebird, written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers. For ages 4–6; max of two kids per adult. Call to register. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

NATURE

Painting at the Park Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd., Mansfield. 817/804-5789. olivernaturepark.com. 9–10:30am. Make your own masterpiece featuring a cardinal in this easy-to-follow painting class for ages 5 and older. Registration is required. $27 for Mansfield Activity Center members; $32 nonmembers.

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Ridgmar Mall Kids Club Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-6591. ridgmar.com. 11am– 12pm. Join a Dr. Seuss party with a special guest from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center as they present The Lorax. Held on the lower level across from Shoe Dept. Encore. FREE Sid’s Story Time Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6554. sidrichardsonmuseum. org. 11am–12pm. Listen to a book reading and do a gallery activity for ages 3–8. Jun 8: Thunder Rose; Jun 15: Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express; Jun 22: D is for Drum – A Native American Alphabet; Jun 29: Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. FREE


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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Keller Summer Nights See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

9 FRIDAY RECREATION

Flick N’ Float Bedford Splash Aquatic Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford. 817/952-2384. bedfordsplash.com. 9pm. Bring your pool noodles and seethrough inflatables (life jackets available to borrow) for this poolside movie screening of Moana. The concession stand will be open. $5 per person; free with wristband from same-day admission.

MUSIC

Friday on the Green Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. 817/966-1880. nearsouthsidefw.org. 6–10pm. Grab dinner from Near Southside eateries on-site and get some playtime with the free community toy chest in the Kent & Kids play area. Then spread out on the lawn to listen to four local bands. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

10 SATURDAY NATURE

Animal Exploration River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy.org. 2–2:45pm. Discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy naturalist. Call to register. FREE

RECREATION

Healthy Hurst Dash & Splash Central Aquatics Center, 715 Mary Dr., Hurst. 817/788-7327. hursttx.gov. 1-mile at 7:30am; 5K at 7:50am. Join a 1-mile or a 5K run, and jump into the pool at the finish line. Register at the recreation center by 5pm on Jun 8 or on race day beginning at 7am. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio – Chibinda’s Journey Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm Jun 10 and 17. Join a gallery activity and related studio art project in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios. For kids 12 and younger and their adult companions. Sign-up begins one hour before the program. FREE

NATURE

Prairie Sky/Star Party Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View St., Fort Worth. 817/731-2787. tandyhills.org. Dusk–11pm, weather permitting, every second Sat of the month. Look up into the night sky through several telescopes set up by members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society during these monthly, public star parties. FREE

RECREATION

The Amazing Race – Father/Son Edition Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln., Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine. com/event/amazing-race-father-son-edition. 7:30am–12pm. Race at 8am. Form a team with your sons ages 5 and older and complete outdoor challenges, road blocks and detours. Up to three sons per dad. $20 per person; $15 before Jun 2.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The fortworthchild / june 2017

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EVERYDAY

Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. PoserKids Yoga See Jun 3.

My daughter often complains (with tears) about the way her ears “stick out.” Is this something we can take care of now or should we wait?

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congenital ear deformity, stand out early, just asking for ridicule. Self esteem suffers immeasurably, causing tears about ears. This is usually brought to parents’ attention, as it is often the one surgery that a child specifically asks for. Children can undergo surgical correction anytime after age 5 1/2 years.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3.

12 MONDAY FILM

Family Film Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6554. sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 1–3:30pm. Escape the summer heat at these indoor film screenings with provided snacks for ages 6–12. Then head into the gallery for an activity. Homeward Bound on Jun 12 and Toy Story 2 on Jun 19. Register online. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

Prominent ears are often caused by an excess of cartilage, as well as lack of proper definition. Surgical correction addresses both situations, reducing and reshaping with permanent internal stitches. Other congenital ear deformities such as Satyr ear, cryptopia (hidden ear) and lop ear can be complex, requiring ingenuity for correction.

13 TUESDAY NATURE

Little Sprouts Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 9:30–10am. Investigate flowers (on Jun 13), celebrate the first day of summer (on Jun 20) and make binoculars to search for critters (on Jun 27). For children 18–36 months. One child per caregiver. FREE

ON STAGE

Matilda the Musical Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 817/212-4280. basshall.com. 7:30pm Jun 13–16; 1:30 and 7:30pm Jun 17; 1:30 and 6:30pm Jun 18. Watch this Broadway musical based on the Roald Dahl novel about the extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets start at $44.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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Seedlings Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 11am– 12pm. Bring gardening gloves for gardening activities and do nature painting (on Jun 14), create camouflage creatures (on Jun 21) and go on a scavenger hunt (Jun 28). For kids ages 4–6. Max of two kids per caregiver. Meet at the Backyard Vegetable Garden. FREE

ON STAGE

Comedy and Magic Show Improv Comedy Club Arlington, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Ste. 147, Arlington. 817/635-5555. improvarlington.com. 2pm every other Sun. Doors open at 1:15pm. Laugh at the antics of professional magicians at this family-friendly show. For all ages but recommended for 4 years and older. $15.

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NATURE

Little Naturalist Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd., Mansfield. 817/804-5789. olivernaturepark.com. 9:30–10:15am. Discover nature through reading, singing, crafts and outdoor exploration for ages 3–5. Themes: pollinators on Jun 14–15 and dragonflies on Jun 28–29. $7 for Mansfield Activity Center member children; $9 nonmembers.

PLAYTIME

Rainforest Cafe Summer Kick-Off Celebration Rainforest Cafe at Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972/539-5001. rainforestcafe.com. 5–9pm. Meet tree frog and cafe mascot Cha! Cha!, enjoy free games and crafts, enter to win prizes and get goody bags for the kids. Discounted kid’s meal ($3.99) with the purchase of an adult entree.

Wonderful Wednesday The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/738-9215. themodern.org. 4–4:45pm. Visit the work of Fred Sandback during this docent-led program with a story and short gallery project. For ages 4 and older. Sign up at the information desk on the day of the program. FREE Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

15 THURSDAY NATURE

Family Fun – I Spy Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg. org. 6–7pm. Decorate folding binoculars and take a walk through the garden to see things up close during this children’s Green Thumb Club program. Meet in the Leonard Courtyard outside the Garden Center. FREE

FILM

Movie Nights in Sundance Square Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/255-5700. sundancesquare. com. Games and entertainment begin at 7:30pm; movies begin at dusk. Bring your chairs and blankets (no outside food) to the plaza to watch Princess Bride on Jun 15, Back to the Future on Jun 22 and Ghostbusters (1984 version) on Jun 29. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Keller Summer Nights See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Family Movie Night See Jun 8. Sid’s Story Time See Jun 8. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13. Little Naturalist See Jun 14.

16 FRIDAY SPECIAL EVENT

Bacon with Dad Young Chefs Academy, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. 260, Fort Worth. 817/989-2433. ftworthtx.youngchefsacademy.com. 6–8pm. Make pasta noodles from scratch for spaghetti carbonara and create a bacon chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream during this Father’s Day workshop. Registration is required in advance. $50 for father and first child; $20 per additional child.

FILM

Dive-In Movies NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. 817/427-6500. nrh2o. com. At dusk (about 9pm). Float in the wave pool while watching a movie on a big screen outdoors: The Secret Life of Pets on Jun 16, Sing on Jun 23 and Trolls on Jun 30. $28.99 for those taller than 48 inches; $21.99 for those shorter. Free for kids 2 and younger. Get half-off admission after 5pm with online coupon.

FILM

Movies at the Marq The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Dr., Southlake. 817/748-8019. cityofsouthlake. com/events. 8pm. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pick up some free popcorn and spread out on the lawn to watch a movie on a giant inflatable screen after sundown: The Secret Life of Pets on Jun 16 and The Little Rascals on Jun 23. FREE


EDUCATIONAL

Preschool Discovery Club Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/3927410. fwnaturecenter.org. 10:30–11:30am. Register in advance to bring your kids ages 3–5 for educational programs about the nature center’s bison and bison calves on Jun 16 and seeds on Jun 23. $8 per child, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. $5 for members.

HISTORY

Wagons West Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., Fort Worth. 817/392-5881. logcabinvillage. org. 9am–12pm. Wash clothes using a washboard, grind corn by hand and weave on a loom to recreate elements of a typical school-age child’s day. For kids entering first–sixth grades. Registration is required one week before. $15 admission includes craft materials and a candle.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

17 SATURDAY RECREATION

Fishing for Fun Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy., Keller. 817/743-4050. kellerparksandrec.org. 9–11:30am. Bring your fishing pole and bait to fish for catfish in the freshly stocked pond. For anglers ages 16 and younger. There will be prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Itty-Bitty Art Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/738-1933. cartermuseum.org. 9:30–10:30am. Bring your baby (up to 11 months) for art-filled experiences in play, creative movement and infant massage, presented in separate sessions. Sign up only for one session. Registration opens the first day of the month and fills quickly. FREE

RECREATION

Make a Splash Allen Bolden Pool at Vandergriff Park, 2800A S. Center St., Arlington. 817/472-8950. naturallyfun.org/swimsafe. 9–11:30am. Take a swimming lesson from water safety-certified instructors, enjoy activities, safety-related vendors and a provided lunch, and get a voucher for a free day at the pool and another swimming lesson after the event. FREE

MARKET

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market The Green at College Park at UTA campus, 700 S. Center St., Arlington. 214/300-9079. folkartalliance.org/arlington. 8am– 8pm. Meet 35 master artists from across the globe and see their handmade items for sale at this colorful international bazaar held for the first time outside of Santa Fe by nonprofit International Folk Art Alliance. $25 from 8–10am; $10 from 10am–6pm; free from 6–8pm; free for kids 16 and younger all day.

SPECIAL EVENT

Summer Fireworks at NRH2O NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. 817/4276500. nrh2o.com. 9:15pm. Play all day at the water park and stay for the fireworks show after dark. Free with admission: $28.99 for those taller than 48 inches; $21.99 for those shorter. Free for kids 2 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West

Show See Jun 3. PoserKids Yoga See Jun 3. Saturday Sweat See Jun 3. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Jun 10. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

18 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

19 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. KidsNotes with Symphony Arlington See Jun 8. Family Film See Jun 12.

20 TUESDAY

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ARTS & CRAFTS

Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Western Currency Facility, 9000 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth. 817/231-4000. moneyfactory.gov. 8:30am–5:30pm Jun 20–23. Last tour at 4:30pm. See billions of dollars in the making as you take a self-guided tour on the elevated walkway above the production floor, witness intaglio engraving and make your own currency. Open to kids ages 8 and older. FREE

PARENT EDUCATION

Time to Potty Babies R Us, 5800 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8pm. Join this workshop by The Parenting Center to learn how to make this big milestone a less stressful event for toddlers and their parents. Register online. Seating is limited. FREE

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CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Little Sprouts See Jun 13.

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Intro to Fishing Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd., Mansfield. 817/804-5789. olivernaturepark.com. 9–10am. Use provided equipment and bait during these fishing classes for junior anglers ages 3–16. Anglers over 16 need a valid Texas fishing license. Registration is required. $7 for activity center members; $9 nonmembers.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7. Seedlings See Jun 14. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20.

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Peter and the Starcatcher W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/737-5437. kidswhocare.org. 7:30pm Jun 22–23; 2 and 7:30pm Jun 24; 2pm Jun 25. Watch the young actors of Kids Who Care’s intensive summer camp in this production about the orphan boy who becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Tickets start at $15. $50 for VIP ticket and party for 7:30pm Jun 23.

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and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Keller Summer Nights See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Sid’s Story Time See Jun 8. Movie Nights in Sundance Square See Jun 15. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20.

23 FRIDAY FILM

Fourth Friday Films Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln., Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine.com. At dusk. Grab your blankets or lawn chairs, and watch Rogue One outdoors. FREE

ON STAGE

Summer Dance Concert The Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork, 5000 Clearfork Main St., Fort Worth. 817/763-5087. balletconcerto.com. 8:30pm Jun 23–24 and 8pm Jun 25. Gates open an hour before curtain. Watch the dancers of Ballet Concerto in their 36th annual summer performance, now held at the wooded site adjacent to The Shops at Clearfork. Free for lawn seating; reserved table seating starts at $50.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Dive-In Movies See Jun 16. Movies at the Marq See Jun 16. Preschool Discovery Club See Jun 16. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20. Peter and the Starcatcher See Jun 22.

24 SATURDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

String Games Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2 and 3–4pm. Learn to make string games of your own to carry on this cultural tradition of ancient people and pioneers. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. PoserKids Yoga See Jun 3. Peter and the Starcatcher See Jun 22. Summer Dance Concert See Jun 23.

25 SUNDAY RECREATION

Sunday Funday Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/698-0700. pantherislandpavilion. com. 12–6pm each Sun through Sep 3. Bring the kids to this laid-back, family-friendly event with music, food and water sports. Equipment rentals available for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing and pedal boating. Your tubes or kayaks from home, lawn chairs and leashed pets are welcome. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. Comedy and Magic Show See Jun 11. Peter and the Starcatcher See Jun 22. Summer Dance Concert See Jun 23.

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Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

27 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Little Sprouts See Jun 13.

28 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7. Little Naturalist See Jun 14. Seedlings See Jun 14.

29 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Keller Summer Nights See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. See Jun 3. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Family Movie Night See Jun 8. Sid’s Story Time See Jun 8. Little Naturalist See Jun 14. Movie Nights in Sundance Square See Jun 15.

30 FRIDAY NATURE

Friday Funday – Music in the Timbers Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake. 817/491-6333. bjnc.org. 1–2:30pm. Kick off the weekend early with crafts and activities that focus on nature sounds. For all ages. Register online in advance. $12 per child for BJNC members; $15 for nonmembers.

FILM

The Rescuers Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palace-theatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch the 1977 movie (rated G) about two mice who search for a little girl who was kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. Tickets available at the box office one hour before showtime. $6.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. When the Earth Shakes See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Dive-In Movies See Jun 16.

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 972/447-0633 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 Fort Worth 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.

Want to see even more events? Search our up-tothe-minute online calendar by date, location and event type at dfwchild.com.


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confessions

“My wife had to work one Saturday, and my 2-year-old daughter woke up sick. I took her to the doctor then stopped by Target on the way home to get her prescription filled. While we waited, I let her pretend to shop. She peed her pants, I left everything in a pile next to her puddle and ran out of the store.” —SCOTT, DALLAS

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ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

THE ONE TIME I HAD TO TAKE OUR 4-YEAROLD DAUGHTER TO SWIM LESSONS, I PUT HER SWIMSUIT ON BACKWARDS AND DIDN’T REALIZE IT UNTIL I GOT HER HOME AND MY WIFE LAUGHED AT HER PLUNGINGV ONE-PIECE.” —BOB, DALLAS

Before laying my 18-month-old daughter in her crib, I hung her upside down by her feet. She was laughing. When I tried to right her by grabbing one wrist, she said, ‘Ow!’ and couldn’t lift her left arm. I took her to the ER. I had popped her elbow out of the socket.” —BRENDAN, COLLEYVILLE “My wife was on a girls-only getaway for five days, and I was responsible for doing everything for our three boys. One day, I accidentally sent my 9-year-old to school without his homework or books. His teacher emailed my wife and me to say this: ‘Brady told me that his mom is out of town, and his dad doesn’t know what he’s doing.’” —RYAN, DALLAS

“I let our 16-monthold daughter color with Sharpies on paper I had put on the floor for her. Needless to say, it got everywhere.” —TODD, MCKINNEY

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I WAS COOKING DINNER AND WENT INTO THE YARD TO ASK MY WIFE A QUICK QUESTION. WHEN I CAME BACK IN, MY 2-YEAR-OLD SON WAS HOLDING THE CHEF’S KNIFE CHUCKYSTYLE.” —ZACH, FORT WORTH

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


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