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DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Pack Lunch Like a Pro

Five local foodies help you deliciously answer "What’s for lunch?"

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Heather Reynolds This super mom aims to end poverty every day

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Irving’s new entertainment complex opens with a bang 12 Bricks & Brews No kids allowed at this Legoland date night 12 Spin Me Right Round Become a master of the turntables with private DJing lessons 14 Routines / Rachel Pellegrino The Bedford mom of two is living her dream of owning a faith-based publishing company

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f your house operates anything like mine, as soon as the kids are tucked in to bed, you begin preparations for the following morning. My husband and I unpack and repack school bags and diaper bags, but the task we play “not-it” to complete is always making lunches for the kids. Why? Because it’s a lengthy process of staring in the fridge, trying to figure out what to give them that they will actually eat. Our preschooler has lots of foods that are off-limits on campus such as nuts, squeezable yogurt and anything that requires refrigeration or heating. Pair these restrictions with

a picky eater, and my husband and I will do anything — walk the dogs, do the laundry, scrub the toilets — to avoid the chore. And guess what? We’re not alone in our lunch packing frustration. It quickly becomes a topic of conversation in all of our social circles with moms and dads, with kids of all different ages and at various stages. So I decided to consult the experts — you know, the ones who get paid to make food every day? I talked to local chefs and restaurateurs — all of them parents as well — to find out what they put in a school lunch that their kids eat rather than trade.

My request came with a few boys — Gabriel, 6, and Micah, 4 — non-negotiables: Nothing could be one whom she describes as a fantastoo complicated. I don’t have time tic eater; the other, terrible. to make another meal after putting HER SCHOOL LUNCH my kids to bed, so options had to PHILOSOPHY: Find something kids be easy to assemble, be made using like and make it in mass quantities items I already have in my kitchen on the weekend. She cooks lots of (I’m definitely not making an homemade chicken tenders and after-8pm run to Whole Foods for a oven-baked chimichangas that she specific aioli) and be something fills with nonfat refried beans, my kids would consume cheese and light sour without me fashioncream. “I never force ing it into creatures something on my with faces. kids because WHEN I FIND So close I know their the Pinterest SOMETHING THAT tastes are going board on your to change,” THEY LIKE, I OFFER IT computer, resist Penrod says. TO THEM AS OFTEN sending the “Instead, when same ham-andAS POSSIBLE. I find something cheese sandwich that they like, I or giving in to pizza offer it to them as day at school, and let often as possible.” these tricks and ideas from A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Dallas-Fort Worth pros inspire Penrod makes the items in bulk but you. Then visit dfwchild.com to find freezes everything individually. She their favorite lunchtime recipes. puts the cooked and cooled chicken

Sarah Penrod

Personal chef and cookbook author Sarah Penrod lives in Denton and makes daily lunches for her two

fingers or burritos on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and pops it into the freezer. Once they’re frozen, she tosses her creations into a freezer bag or Tupperware. The night

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before school, she thaws a few chicken fingers or one burrito to send for lunch, leaving a plentiful stash for the next day and the next day and … you get the point.

WHAT HE PACKS: Spears thinks casseroles

WHAT SHE PACKS: In addition to chicken

HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: Individual

HER MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: Penrod

John Coleman

fingers or chimichangas, her boys get leaves (the spinach variety) with ranch dressing in their lunches almost daily. “It’s a fun and simple way to make sure they’re eating their veggies,” she explains. tries to get creative with her kids’ limited palates. She takes inspiration from her clients following paleo and vegan diets and whips up seriously fast (and healthy) puddings, putting ingredients such as chia seeds, bananas, almond milk, cashew butter, honey and vanilla powder all together, letting it sit overnight then offering it to her boys as a lunchtime treat with fruit on top.

Erin McKool

Erin McKool, founder of Start restaurants in Dallas, keeps it fun, fast and healthy, of course, when she makes lunch for her 9-year-old son, Michael Finn. HER SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: “I

always make sure he has enough energy for the day,” McKool says. In order to avoid the after-lunch crash, she packs lots of protein in a variety of ways. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Take simple

cookie cutters to sandwiches and thread grapes or berries on to Popsicle sticks. “It’s all in the packaging,” she says. WHAT SHE PACKS: Extra protein in the

form of hard-boiled eggs fashioned to look like chickens (don’t worry, Sur La Table makes a mold for that — complete with chicken feet!) add a touch of whimsy without a lot of effort.

Chef John Coleman, owner and managing partner of Savor at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, has three daughters — Carter, 11, Chloe, 12, and Caitlyn, 17, and he still makes lunch for his youngest two. HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Let

the kids help come up with something they like. Make meal planning a family affair. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Carter is

Coleman’s chef in training. The fatherdaughter pair often cooks together. Carter comes into the kitchen on certain days to work with her dad and the other chefs. This experience is where she learned to make Monte Cristo sandwiches. “It’s her favorite thing to cook, so we make them together and send them to school with the girls,” he says. WHAT HE PACKS: His turkey meatloaf

made with Quaker Oats instead of breadcrumbs makes a killer gourmet sandwich. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: “We

never do anything too outrageous,” he admits. “You can’t stray too far from the ranch.” Or your kid is likely to throw it away or trade it for a bag of chips, he says.

Norman Grimm

HER MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: Try

Grady Spears

HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Do

Fort Worth chef, cookbook author and Horseshoe Hill Cowboy Cafe co-owner Grady Spears keeps school lunches simple for his 13-year-old son, Gage. HIS SCHOOL LUNCH PHILOSOPHY: Let

the kids do it. “Get them involved as early as possible,” he advises. Spears says you can use the task of making lunch together as a learning experience to talk about where food comes from and what makes a balanced meal. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Kids are also

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biscuit pizzas. Spears rolls out the store-bought biscuit dough, Gage layers on his favorite toppings, they pop it in the oven for several minutes and take the hot lunch to go.

Norman Grimm, the chef de tournant at Omni Dallas Hotel, manages lunchtime meals at home for his five kids — Ecgwyn, 8, Ava Layne, 11, Cross, 12, Miles, 14, and Lilly Anne, 16.

substituting pesto for mayonnaise on a turkey sandwich.

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and lasagnas only get better when they have a few days to sit in the fridge and let all the flavors marry one another.

it quickly using clean, rather than processed, ingredients.

A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Because he aims to

create as little waste as possible, Grimm repurposes meals all the time. Barbecue and brisket make awesome sandwiches the next day. WHAT HE PACKS: “All my kids kind of lose

their minds when I make my chicken salad,” he says. That’s likely because he starts with Chik-fil-A nuggets, adds grapes, nuts and Hellmann’s organic mayo, and spreads it on slices of bread. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: He’s

made pork belly into Slim Jim-like strips. The verdict? His sons loved it.


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HEATHER REYNOLDS AND HER HUSBAND, JOHN, ALWAYS KNEW THEY WANTED TO ADOPT, AND NEARLY FIVE YEARS AGO, THEY BECAME FIRST-TIME PARENTS TO OLIVE, 5.

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t’s early — 7:15am — but you’d never know by the tempo of Heather Reynolds’ voice. The Fort Worth mom is already at the office, settling in to another day of fighting poverty at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW).

The 37-year-old Ohio native started at the organization as an intern, working her way up the ranks to president and CEO in a record three years. She was only 25 when she took the helm of the $27 million nonprofit, which is dedicated to ending

poverty in Fort Worth one family at a time. In 2014, Reynolds was invited to Capitol Hill by Rep. Paul Ryan to provide testimony on poverty reform. That same year, during the border crisis, she led efforts to double the number of beds at CCFW, garnering attention on a national level. Changing the world is no small feat, but Reynolds is doing her part, all while raising a family of her own. On November 2 6, 2012, Reynolds and her husband of 14 years, John, owner of video production company Midland Creative, adopted their

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5-year-old daughter Olive, who was 10 months old at the time, from Taiwan. Each year the family celebrates the day Olive came home — dubbed their “gotcha day” — with dinner and dessert. “I’m so thankful Olive is my daughter, but the fact that in someone else’s poverty I became a mom is a really humbling reality,” Reynolds says. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO FORT WORTH? I

came to get my bachelor’s degree in social work at Texas Christian University and fell in love with the town.

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were 14 years old. We’ve been dating since we were 17. He came with me to Fort Worth.

But she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.

husband and I always talked about wanting to adopt. We just knew it was something in our future. When we decided we were ready to start a family, things didn’t biologically work out for us so we started exploring options.

poverty, but my parents were fantastic about making sure I understood not everyone had it as good as me. That experience, volunteerism, and my faith made me super passionate about this work.

WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE ADOPTION? Even when we were young, my

WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? I didn’t realize the joy

that would come with it. Seeing her little mind explode and learn is the most rewarding thing ever. ARE THERE PLANS TO GROW THE FAMILY? We’re

I HAD NO AMBITIONS TO BE A CEO. I JUST WANTED TO HELP CHANGE LIVES.

open to whatever God has in store. But our work is very important to us, and my husband and I are very important to each other, and Olive is very important. I think we’re good, but if something happened, we’d be open to it. HOW DID BECOMING PARENTS EVOLVE YOUR MARRIAGE? You start feel-

ing your age when you have a child in your late 30s. But I could not be more pleased with the sequence within which we did things. I can’t imagine being a mom without having the foundation that John and I have been able to build. WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING STYLE?

There are some things I’m really intense about — the word “bored” is not allowed in our house — and other things I’m laid-back about. All in all, she’s just my little buddy.

ARE YOU RAISING HER TO BE MULTICULTURAL? IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT SHE UNDERSTANDS WHERE SHE COMES FROM? We had a chance to meet her

birth mom and extended family, so we created a book about her journey to Texas with pictures of her birth mother and the foster mother she lived with. She loves that book. It’s been neat to see her own her history. HOW DID YOU LAND AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES? When I was getting my mas-

ter’s degree in social work at University of Texas at Arlington, I started interning and loved the organization. But I didn’t like what I was doing, working as a therapist. One of my greatest weaknesses is that I have no patience. Being a therapist without patience is like being a fish without water. The organization felt like they could use me in other ways, so I moved into more administrative functions. In 2004, the CEO at the time approached me because she’d been diagnosed with a fatal liver condition. She asked if I would succeed her. I had no ambitions to be a CEO. I just wanted to help change lives.

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WHAT’S YOUR DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS ROOTED IN? I didn’t grow up in

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD ABOUT POVERTY? People

think it’s a homeless man on the side of the street, and while that is an example of poverty, the majority of those in poverty are the working poor. Seventy-three percent of people who walk through our doors are working. HOW DO YOU BALANCE A DEMANDING CAREER WITH BEING A MOM? When I figure it

out, I’ll let you know. There’s been a lot of reprioritizing my life. I hate to say no, but I’ve had to get a lot better at that over the last few years. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF? I love a cup of coffee and

a quiet, slow morning. And we love to travel as a family. We love taking cruises.

HOW DO YOU AND JOHN STAY CONNECTED? Date night has always been impor-

tant to us. We made a commitment earlier this year to carve out time for us every day — even if it’s 30 minutes to play a game together or have a cup of coffee and talk. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO GO AROUND FORT WORTH? We like

to walk up to Snappy Salads [in the Village at Camp Bowie] and Mi Cocula.

DESCRIBE YOUR VERSION OF THE PERFECT DAY. Generally speaking, my per-

fect day is feeling really satisfied that I made a difference. It includes time with John and just being with Olive. DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO THAT YOU LIVE BY? One of my favorite quotes

describes how I feel a lot: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”

WHAT QUESTION ARE YOU ASKED THE MOST? Where do you get your energy? SO WHERE DO YOU GET ENERGY?

I drink a lot of coffee! For Christmas, my mom and dad got me an espresso machine — life-changing. WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? I want my legacy to be that things

are different, that things are better. As a mom and a wife, I want Olive and John to feel like, because I’ve been a part of their life, things have been different for them in a positive way.


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The long-awaited Irving Music Factory is finally opening around Labor Day with a bang — that is, with Dave Chappelle and Brad Paisley kicking off a star-studded events schedule beginning Aug. 31. (Tickets start at $45 and $29.95, respectively.) Besides the indoor-outdoor concert venue, the new entertainment mecca

is home to an Alamo Drafthouse, retail shops and restaurants including Texas newcomer Thirsty Lion Gastropub and local favorites like Gloria’s — making it easy to plan a dinner-and-dancing date with your S.O. or a girls’ night out to see your favorite ’90s bands (Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows will be in town Oct. 1).

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rachel pellegrino Rachel Pellegrino lives in Bedford with her husband of nine years, Jason, a systems analyst at Fidelity. She’s mom to Brianna, 5, stepmom to Anthony, 13, and founder of Little Lamb Books, which publishes faith-based fiction for kids.

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:30AM The voices of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor begin singing “Good Morning” until I hit snooze. They are way too cheerful for this time of day. I drift off again, dreaming of having a chauffeur, maid, butler and chef. 6:48AM I hit the alarm again, roll to an upright position and open my eyes — one more hit of the alarm and we will be late. I’m so not a morning person, but waking up my sweet girl as I sing her a song, kiss her head and cuddle for a few minutes is the best start to my day. 7:10AM We’re downstairs eating breakfast as a family: mini-muffins and yogurt for Bria, coffee and English muffin with peanut butter for my husband, and tea and breakfast granola for me. My stepson, Anthony, is not at our house today — he’s only with us every other weekend. 7:50AM Bria’s dressed in her school uniform and I’m in workout clothes as we race out the door to get to school on time. Thankfully, we moved last year and are literally less than a mile from school, or we would probably be late every day. 8:05AM Back at home, I stretch before walking a mile. I envy those who enjoy working

out. Exercising is one of my two least favorite things. (Cooking is the other.) 9:15AM My thoughts are full of my to-do list as I get cleaned up and dressed for the day. Today I have a big meeting, so it’s hair, makeup and choosing between a dress and a pair of palazzo pants with a top. 10AM I grab a cold soda from the fridge (I’m not a coffee drinker, but I still need caffeine) and head to my home office. I power up my Mac and begin prioritizing my day: answer emails, call an author about a contract, check in with our graphic designer, approve a picture-book cover design, etc. Being a children’s publisher of faith-based fiction is a dream come true, but there are many, many moving pieces. 11AM Grab my purse and work bag and head to Dallas for my first strategy meeting with our newest partner and distributor, Brown Books Publishing Group. From choosing an illustrator to marketing a title, so much goes into publishing a book, and I’m excited to begin this partnership and see our books receive national attention. 2PM Back in the car to head home. I missed lunch, so I head through the closest Chickfil-A drive-thru and eat on the go. That reminds me — I still need to figure out what’s for dinner. Truly, the largest stress of my day is cooking dinner! 3:10PM Barely home long enough to change clothes and let our Lab mix Daisy out before getting back in the car and heading to Bria’s school to pick her up. 3:55PM Bria has changed into comfy clothes and we’ve had some time to cuddle and chat, so she’s now sitting on our living room couch with Cheez-Its and a bottle of water just in time to start watching Curious George while I head into my office to see what still needs to be checked off my to-do list. 5:30PM My husband texts that he’s on the way home. I realize I still haven’t figured out dinner, so I hurry into the kitchen to see what I can throw together for a yummy meal. 6:45PM Dinner is on the table, maybe later than our usual 6pm, but we have learned to roll with it. Bria enjoys an all-beef hot dog, tater tots and oranges while Jason and I chow down on spaghetti, mine with clam sauce and his with pesto. He’s not a seafood eater, so we’ve learned to tweak meals according to our preferences. 7:30PM Bria loves playing with her daddy, so while I clean up the dinner dishes and prep lunches for tomorrow, she and Jason play a few rounds of Pac-Man, and then she reads her weekly reading homework to him. 8:15PM Time to get Bria ready for bed. We clean up her room, set out her uniform and start her bath. During bathtime, Bria likes to play the “Ask Me Anything” game where she asks me questions like “What’s your favorite animal?”

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WHAT SHE’S READING Manuscripts of future children’s books FAVORITE INDULGENCE Bubble bath YEARLY DESTINATION Florida — Walt Disney World, the beach or both WHAT’S ON HER DVR Madam Secretary, Bull, Agents of Shield WHERE SHE GOES FOR RETAIL THERAPY Target or Barnes & Noble FAVORITE SCENT Peppermint MUST-HAVE MAGAZINE FOR A LONG FLIGHT People or Entertainment Weekly CELEBRITY CRUSH Chris Pine SHE WISHES SHE HAD MORE TIME TO Sleep! Always more sleep! BIGGEST PET PEEVE The smacking of other people’s lips while eating — ugh! DREAM VACATION Two weeks on a beach in the Caribbean, just reading, swimming, sleeping. No deadlines, phones, emails or outside interruptions. WORDS SHE LIVES BY “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1 MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS Blessing beyond anything I imagined

MOVE NATURALLY Walk or Bike to School You don’t have to be a super-endurance athlete to be a longevity superstar. Just add more natural movement to your day, beginning with the school day. Children who bike or walk to school are more alert and ready to learn! Just 30 minutes of exercise a day, three days a week or more, can help you and your family lead a healthier, better life.

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9PM Bria is snug as a bug in a rug, and now it’s time for me to shower, wash my hair and wrap up my day. I’m probably late to the game, but I just discovered coconut milk shampoo and conditioner and I love it for my naturally curly hair. Smells yum! 10:15PM After fluffing a load of laundry that’s still in the dryer, I’m in bed with my iPad, iPhone and a legal tablet taking notes and making my to-do list for the next two days. The news is on in the background so I can listen for the weather report — Bria isn’t a fan of storms, so I like to check on what the weather might be as we head into our weekend. 11:30PM After peeking in on Bria one last time, my husband and I are finally in the same place at the same time. We chat about the day’s events before we’re both yawning. 12AM I was once the biggest night owl, but after having Bria, I’m of no use to anyone by midnight. I toss off all the decorative pillows, plug in all technology, turn off lights and try to turn off the gerbil spinning the wheel in my brain. Tomorrow is another day. fortworthchild / august 2017

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don’t drink the water After the Flint water crisis, area schools began testing their water, and many discovered unsafe levels of lead. What’s being done now and what more needs to be done going forward?

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ntil the Flint, Michigan, water crisis was exposed, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins, few of us thought about lead in the pipes and plumbing that bring drinking water to our faucets. It certainly wasn’t on the minds of Nate and Rachel Spruhan until their then 5-year-old daughter came home with a letter from Springdale Elementary, located not far from Haltom City, last August. The letter read: “In the past year we’ve heard about national events that have brought increased attention to the issue of water quality. This summer the Fort Worth ISD began a proactive and comprehensive water-sampling program of all our schools.” It went on to reveal that lead had been found in the water over the summer. Fort Worth and cities and school districts across the country started looking at their aging water supply infrastructures after the lead contamination crisis in Flint made national headlines beginning in 2015. There’s no federal, state or local mandate requiring public schools to test their drinking water — not annually, not ever. But in June 2016, Fort Worth ISD voluntarily began testing a few schools. After discovering high levels of lead in that sampling, they expanded the effort to cover every drinking

fountain and sink in the district, and what they found was concerning — very concerning. Water samples from 60 of 127 schools in Fort Worth ISD contained actionable levels of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that there is no safe level but recommends action be taken if levels are 20 parts per billion or higher; Fort Worth ISD used 15 parts per billion, the same threshold the City of Fort Worth uses. Other districts fell in line. Dallas ISD, which did not test every fountain but instead relied on random testing to give a statistical representation, discovered 113 out of 234 schools with elevated levels of lead. Arlington ISD found 16 schools with levels exceeding 15 parts per billion after taking samples from every fountain and sink. And Plano ISD didn’t find any schools with actionable levels in the random samples they took from older campuses. (To find individual school test results, visit the school district’s homepage and search water quality, or call your child’s school.) But even with the testing now taking place, it’s impossible to know how long the water’s been contaminated since it has never been tested before. Many of the water fountains containing lead were 30 years old. Who knows how many kids may have been affected in that time. And while the amount of lead in the water is concerning, the effects of the exposure on kids and the unborn children of pregnant women is the real issue.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women exposed to lead are at risk for miscarrying; delivering prematurely; damaging the unborn baby’s brain, kidneys and nervous system; and having children with learning or behavior problems later on. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that state and local governments “take steps to ensure that water fountains in schools do not exceed water lead concentrations of 1 part per billion.” This is far below the current actionable level of 15 parts per billion that Fort Worth ISD and other school districts are using as a threshold. “Young children, especially those 6 years and younger, are at particular risk for lead exposure because they absorb lead more easily than adults,” says Dr. Samuel H. Davis, a pediatrician at Child Plus Pediatrics in Saginaw. “Children’s nervous systems are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of toxins like lead. Levels below 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood are associated with inattention and hyperactivity, and decreased cognitive function.” What does this mean for North Texas kids? Unfortunately, there are plenty of districts in North Texas that haven’t tested at all, and a new report from Environment Texas, a citizen-based, nonprofit environmental advocacy project based in Austin, estimates that the confirmed cases of escalated levels of lead might just be the tip of the iceberg — that 65 percent of Texas schools have lead-contaminated drinking water. COMING DOWN THE PIPES

Lead was used in water supply pipes up until 1986 because of its durability and malleability. After 1986, pipes were only allowed to

contain 8 percent lead because of the danger of contamination. Then in 2014, mandates reduced the allowable amount to less than 0.25 percent. So how many schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have pipes made of lead? No one knows for sure. There’s not a single state agency that has a comprehensive list of when each of the schools in North Texas weas built. “According to reports by the comptroller’s office, the average age of Texas schools is over 45 years old,” says Rep. Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), who brought a bill to the Texas House this session that would have addressed water quality testing in Texas public schools. “Our research further found that over 40 percent of public school campuses are in need of physical repair, and lead testing should be an important part of assessing what repairs are necessary.” TESTING … ONE, TWO, THREE

The current tests sample the water at that site and at that moment, but lead levels can fluctuate with the corrosiveness of the water, the temperature of the water or how long it has been since water ran through the pipe. “Lead testing is unreliable,” says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. “The fact is, you need to know if there’s lead used in the school, period. The methods used to test for lead are not reliable and often give false negatives.” Another problem is that over 90 percent of public schools and child care centers are exempt from

on-site testing. The EPA estimates that there are approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care centers in the United States that are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), established in 1974 and then amended in 1986 and 1996. That’s because the SDWA only monitors public water systems. These schools and child care facilities are not considered public water systems. In contrast, hospitals and prisons are, and therefore receive on-site water testing regularly. In 1988, the EPA issued a mandate that required schools to test water on-site. The results showed widespread contamination. But the requirement was revoked eight years later when a court decided that the decision to test should be left up to the states, leaving our children vulnerable. Now Environment Texas estimates that over 24 million children across the country will be affected by levels of lead at 5 parts per billion or less, whether it’s losing IQ points or something more severe such as kidney failure. The estimate is based on findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which concluded: “Extensive evidence indicates problems begin at levels [of 5 parts per billion], including lower IQ scores and academic performance, inattention, impulsivity, aggression and hyperactivity.” A June 20, 2016, policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, and again called for “stricter regulations,

expanded federal resources and joint action by government officials” to identify and eliminate sources of lead exposure. And there are North Texas schools that tested way, way, way above that 5 parts per billion. Fort Worth ISD found levels of more than 45 parts per billion at one of its testing sites at Atwood McDonald Elementary and 1,340 parts per billion at one of the testing sites at Cater Park Elementary. (Both schools are in low-income neighborhoods.) Both testing sites were subsequently made inoperable, according to updates on the district’s website. “As a toxicologist that has worked with the EPA on the National Primary Drinking Water standards, I think lead regulation, especially for schools and day cares, should be revised,” says Dr. James Smith, a toxicologist at Collin College in McKinney. “I know that there is constant revision of the regulations, but with the current political climate, I am not sure what they will come to.” WHEN LEAD RISES TO THE SURFACE

In Flint, lead exposure was first discovered in pediatricians’ offices. Though Davis hasn’t seen any cases in his office that could potentially be attributed to the lead found in local school water, he admits low levels of exposure cannot be identified clinically. “The exposure is not the same for all children since not all kids drink the same amount of water at school,” he explains. “The amount of lead in a water fountain can also decrease as the day goes on since the water in the fountain is being flushed throughout the day as it is used.” But lead accumulates in the body, meaning it stays and builds up over time, so ongoing exposure, even at extremely low

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levels, is toxic. Therefore, public health experts and agencies now unanimously agree that there is no safe level of lead for our children.

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SO WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS WAITING FOR?

In response to the Flint water crisis, the EPA rolled out new guidelines for water testing in schools in 2015. Its “3 Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water” offers suggestions and technical guidance for schools, including training school officials on the dangers of lead, testing drinking water, taking corrective actions and keeping parents and staff in the loop on findings and action plans. These guidelines, however, aren’t required and leave the implementation (or not) up to each state. So why hasn’t Texas implemented these guidelines across every district statewide? The cost. Testing comes with a significant price tag — anywhere from $75 to $100 per sample taken from a drinking fountain or sink — that officials estimate would cost each campus in a district $2,500 per year for initial samples plus follow-up testing for any areas with a reading above 15 parts per billion. Multiply that by 8,685 campuses statewide, and the Texas Education Agency says the bill would run about $22 million just to test for lead, not to do anything about getting it out if it’s found. That number is part of the reason a bill to address the lack of testing in schools failed this session in the Texas Legislature. The bill, HB 2395, authored by Collier, sought to address water safety in schools. It was killed, however, in what press termed the Mother’s Day Massacre, the night House lawmakers watched the unnecessary slaughter of good legislation, all because some legislators couldn’t play nice and took political retribution instead. “We know based on what testing has already occurred that schools built before 1986 have at least some risk of lead contamination. And there is

overwhelming evidence that lead contamination in drinking water causes often severe health problems. I was saddened...to see that our children face potential illness and suffering because of a fear that we will uncover costly issues,” Collier says of the decision. At the national level, wheels are still in motion, thankfully. Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, both from New Jersey, proposed new legislation in June of this year that would allocate federal funds to reimburse schools for the costs of testing their drinking water for lead. “It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue,” Gottheimer told lawmakers. “It’s an American issue.” WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW (WHILE WAITING ON LEGISLATION)

If you’re worried about water quality in your area, experts stress controlling what you can first. Send your child to school with water. Have your child take a multivitamin if she isn’t great about eating wellbalanced meals, Davis urges. Why? Lead looks like iron and calcium to the body, and the body will absorb lead into the bones in place of calcium. The body will do the same with iron. “Children will absorb lead at different rates according to [their] nutritional deficiencies,” Davis explains. “Adequate iron and calcium and possibly zinc stores [in their bodies] may decrease lead absorption.” You can also request a lead test from your pediatrician at the next checkup. It only takes a quick finger prick, and Davis says that insurance would likely cover the test for any suspected lead exposure. “If my child attended a school with high levels of lead, I’d get the test done,” he says. According to the EPA, you certainly don’t want to cook, make baby formula or brush the kids’ teeth with lead-laced water. But you shouldn’t bathe in it either. So the agency recommends being proactive if your home was built before 1986.

get the lead out AT H OM E

Send BPA-FREE WATER BOTTLES from home, and tell kids to stop drinking the water at school. Make sure your child is getting the RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCES OF IRON, ZINC AND CALCIUM. Ask your pediatrician for guidance.

Have your child TESTED FOR LEAD at their next checkup. Find out what contaminants have been found in the water coming in to your home. If you discover that the service pipe at your street has lead in it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends RUNNING THE WATER IN YOUR HOME ON COLD (never warm or hot) and at a high volume for five minutes before showering or taking a bath. For cooking or consuming, run the water for an additional two minutes. Boiling removes some contaminants but not lead. Buy a WATER FILTER based on the contaminants found in your water — for the drinking and shower water.

AT SC H O O L

FIND OUT WHAT, IF ANY, TESTING HAS BEEN DONE at your child’s school. ASK TO SEE RESULTS and any follow-up as well.

If lead was found at your child’s school, ASK WHAT’S BEING DONE. Request to see information about the supply lines in the school. If lead pipes run into the school, ASK ABOUT THEIR REPLACEMENT at the next school board meeting. If there’s no money to replace them, ASK FOR FILTERS TO BE INSTALLED at every drinking fountain and sink, or request that bottled water be provided to every student.

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE to voice support for annual lead

testing measures both in Texas schools and at the federal level. (Find a complete list of representatives and contact information at texastribune.org/directory.)

Start by calling your municipal water supplier and asking for a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, a regular report required by federal law that lists levels of contaminants found during water quality tests. (The report may even be posted online; check epa.gov/ ccr.) If you see a red flag (any lead, really), ask for a site test to be done at your home. Some suppliers will do it for free. At school, ask to see building records that reveal what’s in the supply lines. If records can’t be produced, request that the school get a plumber to come check the supply lines. “If they refuse to do that, you have to go to a school board meeting,” Metzger says. “If

they won’t hear you, you’ll have to propose a bond issue to pay for it to get done. Parents really have to shake the tree, and they can’t let up.” Collier plans to try her bill again. “I intend to refile a lead testing bill at the earliest opportunity during the 86th session,” she says. The session starts in January 2019. What can you do? Contact your representatives to let them know you support annual water quality testing in schools. (See the sidebar for details.) “[My daughter] was drinking the water all last year,” Spruhan says of his soon-to-be first-grader. “I worry about the damage that’s already been done.”

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL TO DO THE MATH. Those crayons, spiral notebooks, glue sticks and more will cost you — about $200, on average, for each student in the house. Unfortunately, thousands of Fort Worth-area students will start school without the proper supplies, a backpack or even money for lunch. But you can help. Education can help kids overcome poverty; you can set them up with the tools they need to learn. Each year, 6 STONES hosts Operation Back 2 School to give 6,000 kids in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD a new backpack and school supplies. The organization buys customized bulk kits, but they do need money to support their efforts. A $30 donation gives one student everything they need to start the school year; $600 helps students in an entire classroom. If you’d rather give your time, sign up online to volunteer as a family (they need 1,000 helpers) to hand out these fully stocked backpacks on Aug. 12 from 9am–4pm. // Campus West, 209 N. Industrial Blvd., Bedford, 817/868-7400; 6stones.org To prepare the over 400 kids in their care for school this fall, ACH CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES is collecting new school clothes for kids in preschool through 12th grade. The goal is to give each child two complete outfits, including underwear and socks. Bring shirts, polos, jeans, khakis, backpacks or gift cards to Walmart, Target, Old Navy, Ross or Marshalls to the ACH Welcome Center Monday–Friday from 8am–5pm or give a monetary donation online by Aug. 9. // 3712 Wichita St., Fort Worth, 682/432-1068; achservices.org There are a couple of ways to help kids go back to school when you partner with BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS (BBBS) OF NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS . You can donate

funds directly to the Annual School Supply Drive through the BBBS website, host your own drive with donations dropped off to your local BBBS Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm or volunteer with the kids (all ages welcome) to sort and stuff backpacks at the Arlington office on Aug. 14 from 9–11:30am. // 205 W. Main St., Arlington, 469/248-4389; bbbstx.org

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needs new backpacks and school supplies for elementary-age kids living in protective care. (Check the district websites for detailed lists.) Drop off markers, glue sticks and scissors along with gift cards to places such as Target, Walmart and Amazon Monday–Friday from

8:30am–5pm, but please call ahead before delivering. // 101 Summit Ave., Suite 505, Fort Worth, 817/8775891; speakupforachild.org To help Tarrant County’s littlest ones prepare for kindergarten, donate art and school supplies like construction paper, washable markers, finger paint, glue sticks and chunky crayons to the CENTER FOR TRANSFORMING LIVES , an organization that provides educational programs, safe housing, child care and more. Their three child development centers in Fort Worth and Arlington focus on literacy and school readiness. Aside from school supplies, the centers request balls, scarves, diapers, bubbles, board books, food coloring (for making Play-Doh!), baby wipes, tissues and more. Deliver donations at any of the three centers Monday–Friday from 8:30am–5:30pm. // 512 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817/253-6400; transforminglives.org The CHRISTIAN CENTER OF FORT WORTH collects new notebooks, binders, pencils and more as well as new and gently used backpacks and school uniforms year-round to give to the children in their summer feeding program, which offers a hot meal to the kids who get a free lunch during the school year. Deliver donations to the church office (the door is always locked; be sure to knock) or to a Haltom City Fire Department station. // 4301 NE 28th St., Fort Worth, 817/834-5595; ccofw.org COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS GREATER TARRANT COUNTY

needs rulers, map pencils, construction paper, zipper pencil pouches and new or gently used backpacks, among other things. (Check online for the list of items in high demand.) Before Aug. 20, deliver donations to The Virgin Olive Oiler Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 12–5pm. // The Virgin Olive Oiler, 76132 Overton Ridge Blvd., Suite 128, Fort Worth, 817/294-0036; cist.org On Aug. 19, the COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT CENTER 's Refresh Birdville ISD will reach hundreds of

families in need. They've already purchased the backpacks and supplies for 3,200 kids but need monetary donations to help offset the costs. A $30 gift gives one child a free backpack, school supplies, haircut, sports physical and eye exam. To donate or to volunteer (they need 500 adults) for the event on the 19th, visit their website. // 6250 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, 817/281-1164; thecec. org; refreshbisd.com COMMUNITY LINK ’s Back to School Bash on August 12 gives kids age 4 and older in the Eagle MountainSaginaw and Lake Worth ISDs new backpacks filled with all the necessary supplies, access to a free farmers market, a free haircut, free eyeglasses (if needed), free books and more. Email b2sb@community-link.org for a copy of the supply list, then deliver complete (as in, fully stocked) backpacks to one of the two Saginaw Fire Department stations by Aug. 8. // Station No. 1, 400 S. Saginaw Blvd., Saginaw; Station No. 2, 801 Basswood Blvd., Saginaw; 817/847-4554; communitylinkmission.org

This year, MISSION ARLINGTON aims to help over 10,000 students in need in Arlington ISD. The wish list, which can be found online, includes wide-rule notebook paper, crayons and three-prong pocket folders in red, green, yellow and blue only, among other items. Mission Arlington is also seeking volunteers of all ages to help organize the donations for distribution. Deliver any contributions to the Arlington office Monday–Saturday from 7am–7pm. Call to volunteer. // 210 W. South St., Arlington, 817/2773388; missionarlington.org Host a supply drive to collect new backpacks, school supplies and shoes for kids staying in SAFEHAVEN ’s shelters. Or donate gift cards to stores like Target, Kohl’s and Walmart so SafeHaven can buy them new clothes and shoes for school. Label all contributions “Shelter School Supplies” and deliver them to the Fort Worth or Arlington centers this month and throughout the year. // Berry Good Buys, 1701 W. Berry St.,

Fort Worth, 817/921-2793; Arlington Resource Center, 401 W. Sanford, Suite 1400, Arlington, 817/548-0583; safehaventc.org Volunteer with your kids to take Northeast Tarrant County students ages 7–14 shopping at Kohl’s in Keller on Aug. 15 with SUMMER SANTA . The organization gives each child $115 to spend, and it’s up to you and your kiddos to help these children pick out necessities and stretch that money as far as possible. At the end of the shopping spree, each child gets a free backpack, school supplies, age-appropriate books and a haircut. Call to sign up. // P.O. Box 1773, Keller, 888/287-2682; summersanta.org

Start a Supply Drive 1. CALL YOUR CHURCH OR SCHOOL DISTRICT to see if and how often they collect school supplies for kids. You can also call agencies that provide after-school programming for children such as the YMCA, United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs. 2. CONTACT THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to get the most up-todate information on needed items and when and where you can deliver your drive’s collections. You may need to fill out a volunteer application, donation form or other documents. 3. ASK TO PLACE BOXES, TUBS OR CRATES at your office, church or child care center. Then ask your friends to do the same. Print copies of the supply list and attach them to each of your collection bins. To ensure you don’t collect too much of one thing, split the list up among the boxes. 4. EMAIL US at supplydrives@dfwchild. com with the location(s), what you’re asking for and the best contact person, and we’ll post it online (in hopes of filling your bins to the brim). 5. EMPTY THE COLLECTION BOXES periodically so you can monitor inventory and make adjustments, such as adding a notice that tells donors they only have three days left to contribute. 6. COLLECT THE BOXES filled with supplies a few days before the agreedupon drop-off date. Enlist friends and family to help sort donations. 7. TAKE THE KIDS with you to drop off the items so they see the benefits of all the labor.

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Getaway to adventure! Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Downtown Aquarium are incredible amusement locations around the Houston area that provide the perfect setting for your next family vacation and guarantee big fun, big thrills, and memories to last a lifetime. Featuring waterfront dining and entertainment like no other, the Kemah Boardwalk and the Pleasure Pier are home to family-oriented rides, midway games, waterfront dining, and retail shopping. Soar over the Gulf of Mexico at Pleasure Pier, one of the few spots in the world that features 16 rides that go over the oceanfront. Or, become bulletproof on the thrilling Boardwalk Bullet rollercoaster at the Kemah Boardwalk. Families can play all day and then stay overnight at the Boardwalk Inn, a charming waterfront hotel in Kemah. Kids and adults will also enjoy the Downtown Aquarium, which boasts more than 500,000 gallons of underwater tanks filled with 200 species of fascinating sea creatures, sharks, and marine life. The aquarium offers life-like, educational exhibits designed to teach visitors about aquatic life in various environments around the world, including the Louisiana swamp, shipwrecks, rainforest, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory (CPAC) Fort Worth • 817/332-2272 casamanana.org

3–19 yrs

CPAC offers students the highest level of theatre education, designed to foster versatile, creative and successful young artists. Comprehensive classes include instruction in acting, voice, dance and musical theatre.

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Children's Spot, The Mansfield • 817/473-0441 childrensspot.net

6 wks–12 yrs

We are a diversified Christian school teaching American Sign Language, Spanish classes, art, science, social and emotional skills and home work time — where learning never ends! See ad on page 37.

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Clayton Youth Enrichment Fort Worth • 817/923-9888 claytonyes.org

5–12 yrs

As the leading afterschool provider, Clayton Youth Enrichment provides quality before- and after-school enrichment activities to school-aged children throughout Tarrant County. See ad on page 44.

Fort Worth Area Swim Team Fort Worth • 817/706-0348 fastswimming.org

4–104 yrs

FAST is a select, year-round, competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for ages 6+. Swimming lessons for ages 4+. See ad on page 45.

JudyPie Grapevine • 817/400-7437 judypie.com

6–21 yrs

Little Chef Academy at JudyPie is an interactive cooking journey for all ages. Classes are offered in blocks or as birthday parties. Children learn math and nutrition with all classes.

Kids Who Care Fort Worth • 817/737-5437 kidswhocare.org

4–18 yrs

Kids Who Care Theatre School — from storybook theatre, actors studio and dance classes, let our trained professionals help you build your skills to take your talent to the next level!

Little Gym, The Multiple locations thelittlegym.com

4 mos–12 yrs

Where serious fun and confidence collide to create the #1 children's program in the world! Gymnastics, gance, sports prep and motor skill development. See ad on page 37.

Margo Dean School of Ballet Fort Worth • 817/738-7915 margodeanballet.com

3 yrs–Adult

Margo Dean School of Ballet offers ballet for all ages and levels beginning at age 3 as well as adult ballet, flamenco dance and jazz for ballet dancers. See ad on page 45.

Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet Hurst • 817/788-0818 ma-balletschool.com

3–19 yrs

Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet offers ballet classes for students of any age and level from beginner to pre-professional, annual Nutcracker productions, international ballet competitions and much more! See ad on page 45.

Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts LLC., The Grapevine • 817/488-6903 themasterstouchschool.com

3 yrs–Adult

We've been serving the community with quality musical instruction for 25+ years. We currently offer private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums and percussion, clarinet and violin. We also offer group classes. See ad on page 42.

Sunshine Glaze Southlake • 817/424-1417 sunshineglaze.com

6–13 yrs

Sunshine Glaze offers an after-school clay class Tuesdays, September 12–October 17 from 4:30–6pm. Kids will hand build with clay and throw on the pottery wheel. See ad on page 45.

TCU Music Preparatory Division Fort Worth • 817/257-7604 musicprep.tcu.edu

Infant–Adult

TCU’s Music Preparatory Program offers music lessons on the TCU campus. Offerings include: Music Together for infants to age 8, private piano, voice, instrumental and string lessons for all levels. See ad on page 8.

Texas Ballet Theater School Fort Worth • 817/763-0207 texasballettheater.org

3 yrs–Adult

The official school of TBT develops well-rounded dancers through training in various dance styles, emphasizing classical ballet technique. Students also have the opportunity to perform with TBT dancers. See ad on page 41.

Texas Boys Choir Fort Worth • 817/766-2390 texasboyschoir.org

2nd–4th

Learn to read music and sing with the exceptional technique of the GRAMMY Award-winning Texas Boys Choir. Program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3–November 16, 4:30–5:30pm. $200. See ad on page 2.

Texas Dance Conservatory Fort Worth • 817/717-4544 texasdanceconservatory.org

3–19 yrs

Dance with us! Texas Dance Conservatory provides high-quality dance instruction in a fun, healthy environment. Classes include creative movement, ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, young men's class and specialty master classes. See ad on page 2.

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during the school year, you may not have room in the schedule for a trip to Japan or Brazil. Instead, tour the world right here in Fort Worth. From sampling bratwurst

to learning traditional Mexican folk dance, you might be surprised how far you and the kiddos can travel without leaving North Texas.

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Celebrate the cultural traditions of Mexico through ballet folklorico, a folk dance form with quick steps and vibrant dresses made for twirling. BALLET FOLKLORICO AZTECA DE FORT WORTH offers classes for

xposing your kids to other cultures is a worthy goal, but

Tucked away in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the lush FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDEN is home to Japanese maples, cherry trees and bamboo, as well as koi fish that welcome handouts (fish food costs only a quarter per handful). Visit for the monthly docent-led tour, which is free with admission, or peruse the 7 ½ acres at your own pace and let the kids draw in the sand in the massive Zen garden. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4–12 and free for children 3 and younger. On the third Saturday of each month, watch a traditional tea ceremony led by the Fort Worth Japanese Society (and perfect for a Mommy-daughter date). For $30 per person, you get samples of tea and

candies and access to the whole garden to explore after. Call ahead to reserve your seats.

Fort Worth Japanese Garden 3400 Japanese Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/871-7685; fwbg.org/the-japanese-garden To get the full experience at EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT in Fort Worth, take the family on a Friday or Saturday night to catch the restaurant’s polka band and watch the kiddos get down to the chicken dance on the large wooden dance floor. While Mom and Dad enjoy authentic Wiener schnitzel or rouladen, a traditional German meat dish, children feast on the kids’ 1 sausage plate with bratwurst and fries.

a Friday evening or Tuesday for half-price tickets, and check out the free permanent collection to see more art from around the world, including mosaic birds from Syria, decorated vessels from ancient Greece, and scrolls from China that are taller than the average 6-year-old. 2

Edelweiss German Restaurant 3801 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/738-5934 edelweissgermanrestaurant.com

boys and girls 3 and older (including adults, if Mom and Dad get inspired) on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Between detailed toe and heel movements, students learn the history of the dance and the significance of the colorful costumes and cowboy hats. The next eight-week session starts Aug. 7 and ends with a recital; call or email to register.

Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Fort Worth 4200 S. Freeway, Suite 1830, Fort Worth, 817/454-2778 facebook.com/bfazteca Hop from country to country in a single stop at the KIMBELL ART MUSEUM in Fort Worth. On Aug. 27, the museum unveils Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. Many of the 200 pieces are family-friendly, including lavish costumes, musical instruments and large paintings of life in 18th-century Europe. (But you should expect a few artistic nudes.) Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Visit on

Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/332-8451 kimbellart.org It may be called a game, but capoeira looks more like a “dance fight.” The Brazilian art form combines music and movement with strikes and takedowns — all wrapped up in history, culture and the Portuguese language. At FORT WORTH CAPOEIRA, parents and kiddos move to the rhythm together (and learn some Portuguese along the way) during twice-weekly classes for ages 4 and older. Enroll anytime, and you’ll take an intro class before joining group lessons. Drop-in rates start at $20 per session. Want to try it for free? Attend the 3 studio’s monthly community class for all ages.

Fort Worth Capoeira 1800 McPherson Ave., Fort Worth, 817/586-2146 ftwcapoeira.com For even more fun cultural experiences in the DallasFort Worth area, visit dfwchild.com/passport.

1 // Find your Zen and feed the koi at the Fort Worth Japanese Garden. 2 // Ballet folklorico celebrates Mexican culture with colorful costumes. 3 // Tour 18th-century Europe at the Kimbell Art Museum’s new exhibition.

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A once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is coming Monday, Aug. 21. A total solar eclipse, in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth, takes place directly over the United States. (We’ll see a partial eclipse from North Texas.) But don’t try to stare at the sun without proper protection. Get safe-viewing glasses at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s viewing party, or watch the livestream from inside the planetarium. $15 adults; $12 kids.

Listen up, all you ‘90s kids who now have kids of your own: The Animaniacs are back. Remember those zany characters who inexplicably lived inside that classic Warner Brothers water tower? On Saturday, Aug. 12, original cast members revive the show in Animaniacs Live! a musical revue at Arlington Music Hall with film clips from the cartoon and a few updated lyrics. Tickets from $25.

A pay-what-you-can community restaurant called Taste opens its doors in the Near Southside on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Its mission? To end food insecurity in Tarrant County by serving high-quality meals made with local ingredients to everyone, no matter how thin their wallet. Help support this new nonprofit by taking your family to the grand opening (and thereafter).

We Texans are known for our love of breakfast tacos. Work up an even bigger appetite for them on Saturday, Aug. 26, when Central Market Southlake plays host to the Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk and Roll, the annual event with 1-mile, 5K and 10K distance races, followed by a hot breakfast of Hatch breakfast tacos, potatoes and fruit. Registration from $20; free for those using wheelchairs or handcycles. Proceeds benefit the Neuro Assistance Foundation.

Fort Worth’s social fabric grows thicker and more colorful on Saturday, Aug. 19, when Brooklyn-based street artist London Kaye performs a live yarnbombing at The Foundry District. Witness her assemble the 20-foot installation (many of the pieces crocheted in advance) during an all-ages party with food trucks and other textile artisans offering fun such as customized friendship bracelets. Free admission.

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Arlington, 817/226-4400 arlingtonmusichall.net

Fort Worth, 682/233-1255 tasteproject.org

Southlake, 214/288-5438 playtri.com/hothatch

Fort Worth, 469/387-3165 m2gventures.com/ thefoundrydistrict

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Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst. 817/284-1200. artisanct. com. 10am and 12pm each Tue, Thu and Sat through Aug 19. Watch the young actors of Artisan Children’s Theater in this musical based on Disney’s animated tale about the villainous Cruella De Vil’s plot to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. $11 adults; $7 kids 12 and younger.

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.

NATURE

Bella’s Book Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org/ education/bella. 10:30am–12pm Aug 1 and 2. Reserve your spot online for guided outdoor explorations and story readings with Bella the begonia hand puppet

PLAYTIME

Big Blue Blocks C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Highway 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth. 817/967-1560. crsmithmuseum.org. 9am–5pm each Tue–Sat through Sep 2. Build your own playground using soft blocks of different sizes and shapes. Provided by Imagination Playground. $7 adults; $4 kids 2–17.

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 kid-friendly movie. Aug 1–4: The Peanuts Movie; Aug 7–11: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Aug 14–18: Chicken Run. $1.

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 animalrescuing 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

PARENT EDUCATION

Improving Communication The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. Sign up for this adults-only workshop and learn the skills for listening empathetically and changing breakdowns in communication. $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

RECREATION

Kids Club at iFly Fort Worth iFly Fort Worth, 663 Northeast Loop 820, Hurst. 817/818-4359. iflyworld.com/ fort-worth. Every Tue. Check in by 6:30pm; flight time begins at 7pm; debrief and snack at 8pm. Get personal coaching and five minutes in the wind tunnel (more than double the air time for the same price) at this weekly flight time for kids 3–16. Max of five kids per session. Call to reserve your spot. Walk-ins are welcome if spots are open. $69.95.

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themodern.org. Aug 1–2: films for ages 3–5 at 11am; ages 5–older at 2pm. Aug 3 at 2pm for all ages. Take a seat in the Modern’s auditorium to watch the animated shorts from the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival as well as Song of the Sea and Eleanor’s Secret. Come early or stay after the films to tour the galleries. FREE

FILM

Summer Kids Camp Movies Moviehouse & Eatery at Keller Town Center, 250 Rufe Snow Dr., Keller. 817/741-2540. themoviehouse.com/keller. 10am each Tue through Aug 22. Watch Paul Blart – Mall Cop on Aug 1, The Lego Movie on Aug 8, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Aug 15 and Sing on Aug 22. Tickets are available first come, first served starting at 9am. FREE

RECREATION

SummerFest – Lone Star Adventures Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine. 817/778-1000. gaylordtexan.com/summerfest. Through Sep 4. See website for full schedule. 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.

EXHIBIT

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.

FILM

UTA Planetarium Shows The Planetarium at UT Arlington, 700 Planetarium Pl., Arlington. 817/272-1183. uta.edu/planetarium. Multiple showtimes each Tue–Sun through Aug 27. Watch a variety of educational films on the university’s 60-foot dome screen. Tickets available 30 minutes before each show. See website for complete schedule. $6 adults; $4 kids 3 and older; free for ages 2 and younger.

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Candy Man – Ben Willis Fort Works Art, 2100 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817/7599475. fortworksart.com. 11am–5pm Tue–Fri and 10am–6pm Sat through Sep 9. See the Phoenix-based artist’s whimsical artworks featuring a technicolor palette and geometric abstractions with high-gloss and glitter, inspired by the childhood favorite game Candy Land. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Help Build Massive Lego Mosaic Legoland Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/818-1677. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw. 11am–3pm. Join a master model builder in creating a Ninjago-themed Lego brick mosaic featuring Sensei Wu. The completed mosaic will be unveiled in the center’s Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course on Sep 22, opening day of The Lego Ninjago Movie. $21.95 at the door; free for kids 2 and younger. Discounts online in advance.

PARENT EDUCATION

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child East Regional Branch Library, 6301 Bridge St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6–8pm. Sign up for this free course led by The Parenting Center. The class also covers how parent temperament and parenting style affect child behavior, effective and respectful discipline techniques and ways to nurture the child’s positive qualities. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Bella’s Book Club See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Modern Kids See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1.

3 THURSDAY SCIENCE

Dangerous Edison’s Magnificent Traveling Science Emporium Northwest Branch Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Dr., Fort Worth. 817/392-5420. wr365.org. 6pm. Explore hard-to-believe chemical reactions and physics right in front of your eyes during this introduction to concepts in chemical reactions, electricity, sound waves and the attracting forces. For ages 6–17. FREE

ON STAGE

Pinocchio Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817/7488243. cityofsouthlake.com/library. 11am–12pm. Watch a cabaret-style marionette production of Pinocchio presented by Le Theatre de Marionette. FREE


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Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Modern Kids See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

4 FRIDAY RECREATION

Dive-In Movie NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. 817/427-6500. nrh2o.com. 6–8pm characters; movie at dusk. Meet a costumed Snow Queen and Snow Princess and then stay to watch Frozen on a big screen while you float in the wave pool. $28.99 for those taller than 48 inches; $21.99 shorter than 48. Free for kids 2 and younger. Half-off coupon available online for admission after 5pm.

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Make paper crafts inspired by the Victorian era. $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. Gaylord Texan parking begins at $17. Free parking at Grapevine Mills.

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Learning Garden Tour Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden, 3251 Sappington Pl., Fort Worth. 817/857-7100. tafb.org. 10am–12pm each first Fri. Take a guided tour through the food bank’s quarter-acre garden to see the fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and worm composting bin and to get tips for starting your own garden project. For all ages. Register online. 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.

FILM

Summer Movies at Palace Theatre Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palace-theatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch The Princess Bride on Aug 4 and Airplane on Aug 5. On Aug 11, come dressed in theme attire to watch Grease and earn a free small popcorn. $6 per person.

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Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

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5 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

FILM

Anime Film Festival The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/738-9215. themodern.org/films. 12 and 2:15pm Aug 5 and 12. Head to the museum’s auditorium for several family-friendly Japanese anime films, including Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2008 reimagining of The Little Mermaid. See site for complete schedule and descriptions. $9 adults; $5 kids under 12.

RECREATION

Archery Range Saturdays Western Heritage Center Archery Range, 3534 E. Berry St., Fort Worth. 817/922-9999. cowboysofcolor.org. 9am–2pm every Sat, weather permitting. Meet at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum’s off-site archery range and get pointers from instructors. Open to ages 4 and older. $20 with rental equipment; $10 with your own equipment.

NATURE

BRIT First Saturday Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 9am–1pm. 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

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10:31am latch on. Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at the sixth annual event with a familyfriendly vendor fair inside the Redbud and Oak halls and a group simultaneous latch on outside on the lawn. You do not have to be a nursing mother to attend. FREE

MUSIC

Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., Fort Worth. 817/392-5881. logcabinvillage.org. 1–3pm Aug 5 and 19. Listen to Bob Sawyer sing the folk songs and cowboy ballads that helped pass the time on the range and westward trails. Free with admission: $5.50 adults; $5 kids 4–17.

HISTORY

Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/4103185. gvrr.com. 1–5:45pm each Sat and Sun through Labor Day weekend. Ride in authentic 1920s-era coaches aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad as cowboys and family-friendly saloon girls greet guests, share historical facts about Grapevine, tell jokes and snap photos with riders. $18 touringclass ticket; $26 first-class ticket.

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Kids First Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 9am–1pm. Sign up for The Parenting Center’s workshop that focuses on the emotional issues adults and children experience in the divorce litigation process. $45 in advance; $60 at the door.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Medallion Help-Create Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 701 S. Main St., Ste. 103, Grapevine. 817/251-1668. vetroartglass.com. 10am–1pm. Choose a stamp and color mix, and assist a professional glassblower in creating a keepsake glass medallion. $20, plus tax.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Musical Moderns – Family Weekend Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/3328451. kimbellart.org. 10am–5pm Aug 5; 12–5pm Aug 6. Create mixed-media works inspired by Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky and other modern artists who loved music. This free program is offered with A Modern Vision – European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection, which requires an exhibition ticket. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Outdoor Enrichment 101 Alliance Town Center, Heritage Trace Parkway and I-35W, Fort Worth. 817/224-6000. alliancetowncenter.com/events. 9–11am. Meet at Bluestem Park for a plant- or animal-focused program for all ages. Look online as details are announced. 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 each Sat and Sun. Watch trick riding and listen to cowboy songs during a historical re-enactment of the original show. $18.50 adults; $11.50 children.

EDUCATIONAL

Sushi Rolls Workshop Taste Buds Kitchen, 2140 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. V, Southlake. 817/488-0538. tastebudskitchen.com/southlake. 10:30–11:30am. Learn how to chop, mix and roll vegetarian sushi rolls, invent your own combinations and develop your chopstick skills. Does not use raw fish. For kids ages 5–8. $20 per child; includes one caregiver.

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first Sat and 5–9pm fourth Fri. Join a workshop for ages 8 and older in one of SiNaCa’s three studios to make a featured glass item. Items vary throughout the year. Space available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Designed to take 20–30 minutes per person. $40.

EDUCATIONAL

Wildflower Craft Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/3927410. fwnaturecenter.org. 2–3:30pm. Make your own wildflower decoration from recycled materials, learn which animals visit flowers, and identify some common species you might see at the nature center. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Summer Movies at Palace Theatre See Aug 4.

6 SUNDAY 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 familyfriendly show. For all ages but recommended for 4 years and older. $15.

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 led by artists from 500X Gallery. For ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE

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 watersports. Equipment rentals available for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tubing and pedal boating. Your tubes or kayaks from home, lawn chairs and leashed pets are welcome. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Musical Moderns See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5.

7 MONDAY RECREATION

DJ Night Swim Bedford Splash Aquatic Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford. 817/952-2384. bedfordsplash.com. 7:30–10pm. Mark the near-end of summer with this evening of games, prizes and DJ-spun music accompanied by a light show over the pool. $5.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest Se e Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.


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8 TUESDAY RECREATION

Full Moon Paddle Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 4600 Broadview Dr., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 8–10:30pm. Meet at the refuge service center for this evening canoe tour in search of nocturnal wildlife. Open to kids ages 5 and older. Some previous experience is recommended. Registration is required. $20, plus admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. $15 for nature center members.

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Pictures and Pages Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart. org. 10:30–11:45am Aug 8–9. Meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios for simple art activities and a reading of Drum Dream Girl – How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. For ages 4–6; max of two kids per adult. Call to register. FREE

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CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Kids Club at iFly Fort Worth See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

More than any other facial feature, teenagers are most keenly aware of their noses. It’s there in the mirror every day, front and center. The embarrassment of a big or distorted nose extends into adulthood, distracting from an otherwise glowing personality. Rhinoplasty (“nose job”) was originally designed for reduction of nasal hump and projection and straightening deviation. The operation today is directed toward both appearance and strength. Providing cartilage support of the nasal top is extremely important for long-lasting results — as important as size, shape and position.

9 WEDNESDAY EDUCATIONAL

Family Camping Basics REI, 1011 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. 817/416-0948. rei.com. 6:30–8pm. Learn how to stay warm, dry and comfortable while camping with the kids; what gear and equipment are necessities; ideas for activities; and which local areas to try. Led by an REI specialist. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Wonderful Wednesdays The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/7389215. themodern.org. 4–4:45pm. Watch Doug Aitken’s Migration and complete a gallery project inspired by the film during this docent-led program for ages 4 and older. Sign up at the information desk on the day of the program. FREE

Sometimes nasal airway obstruction can be dealt with simultaneously by adjustment of a deviated septum, while utilizing the septal cartilage removed for nasal tip correction. The open rhinoplasty approach, through small incisions beneath the nose, allows an excellent access for alteration of internal structures which shape the external appearance.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Pictures and Pages See Aug 8.

10 THURSDAY

Rhinoplasty is best planned for after completion of facial growth, normally age 16 for girls and a few years later for boys. A good rhinoplasty should not bring attention to itself, but rather allow the nose to blend naturally with the other facial structures.

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 Johnny D and the Doo Wopps on Aug 10 and Petty Theft on Aug 17. Bring your chairs and blankets from home. FREE

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Ridgmar Mall Kids Club Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-6591. ridgmar.com. 11am–12pm. Listen to music, play games and enjoy special activities during this monthly kids’ program. On the lower level across from Shoe Dept. Encore. FREE

EXPO

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817/754-0227. backtoschoolroundup.org. 8am–2pm. Attend the 13th annual back-to-school event to get school supplies and health screenings,

available only to families who register in advance by Aug 5 and meet eligibility guidelines. Held in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

11 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 see-through inflatables (life jackets available to borrow) for this poolside movie screening of The Lego Batman Movie. The concession stand will be open. $5 per person; free with wristband from same-day admission.

SPECIAL EVENT

Food Truck Friday Alliance Town Center, Heritage Trace Parkway and I-35W, Fort Worth. 817/2246000. alliancetowncenter.com/events. 6–9pm. Grab dinner from featured food trucks (Pokey O’s, Lee’s Grilled Cheese, Cousins Maine Lobster and Beef Eaters Grille) at Prairie Vista Park and stay to play lawn games. Free admission; costs vary for food truck items.

EDUCATIONAL

Open Studio Night SiNaCa Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817/899-0024. sinacastudios.org. 6–10pm. Discover what goes into the creation of glass art by watching a featured artist at work in the studio. Held on the second Fri of each month. Kids are welcome, but for safety must walk slowly and cautiously through the studio. FREE

ON STAGE

The Land of Oz Hip Pocket Theatre, 1950 Silver Creek Rd., Fort Worth. 817/246-9775. hippocket.org. 9pm each Fri, Sat and Sun through Sep 3. Watch a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original story brought to the stage with puppetry and physical theater. $20 adults; $5 children.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Summer Movies at Palace Theatre See Aug 4.

12 SATURDAY ON STAGE

Animaniacs Live! Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. 817/226-4400. arlingtonmusichall. net. 7:30–9pm. Sing along to tunes from the beloved ‘90s cartoon when original cast member Rob Paulsen and composer Randy Rogel perform on stage in a musical revue with clips from the cartoon. Tickets start at $25.

EXPO

Back to School Expo North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd., Hurst. 817/589-9603. shopnortheastmall.com. 12–2pm. Start the new school year on the right track at this event with giveaways, mall exhibitors, face painting and a photo booth. FREE

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FILM

Family Movie Fun Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. 817/392-7323. fortworthlibrary.org/familyfilm. 1pm. Bring a blanket and watch a different feature-length movie on the second Sat each month. In Aug: Dolphin Tale 2. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio – Zen Gardens Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm Aug 12 and 19. 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

FILM

REEL Adventures Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org. Aug 12 and 19: 5:45pm activities; 7:40pm film. Enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, then join tournament activities before watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. $13.

SPECIAL EVENT

Summer Fireworks at NRH2O NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. 817/427-6500. 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.

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The Boy Who Cried Giant Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/713-1835. stolenshakespeareguild.org. 10:30am each Fri and Sat through Aug 26. Watch the kids of Billy’s Globe House in this new musical about an elementary student who’s hard of hearing and how he overcomes his fears when starting a new school. $7 adults; $5 children 3–12; free for 2 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Anime Film Festival See Aug 5. Archery Range Saturdays See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. The Land of Oz See Aug 11.

13 SUNDAY NATURE

Beating the Trees and Bushes Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2:30pm. Walk among the trees and shrubs at the nature center to find insects and caterpillars you would normally overlook. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

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Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Sunday Funday See Aug 6. The Land of Oz See Aug 11.

14 MONDAY SCIENCE

TECH Truck – New Tech Circus Ridglea Branch Library, 3628 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth. 817/3926631. wr365.org. 4pm. Discover the technology of 3-D printers, use Makey Makey circuits to discover unexpected conductive materials, play computer games and build an animal out of recycled parts at the Robot Zoo. For ages 6–17. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

15 TUESDAY PARENT EDUCATION

Praising Children and Their Behavior Babies R Us, 5800 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8pm. Register online for this adults-only program led by staff at The Parenting Center. Increase your understanding of the importance of praise, roadblocks to it and its different uses according to Nurturing Parenting techniques. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Kids Club at iFly Fort Worth See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

16 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

17 THURSDAY SCIENCE

TECH Truck – Build a Better World Southwest Regional Branch Library, 4001 Library Ln., Fort Worth. 817/392-5860. wr365.org. 1pm. Build the tallest or the strongest tower using only paper and tape, design colorful paths to code mini robots, or make and race a derby car out of Popsicle sticks, straws and wheels. For ages 6–17. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Evenings on Oak Street See Aug 10.

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and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 10:30–11:30am. On Aug 18 play games, make a craft and go on a short hike outside to discover native lizard species. On Aug 25, learn how insects contribute to the environment. For ages 3–5. $8 per child, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. $5 per member.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. The Land of Oz See Aug 11. The Boy Who Cried Giant See Aug 12.

19 SATURDAY RECREATION

International Geocaching Day – Family Celebration Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. 817/392-7323. wr365.org. 2–4pm. Share quest stories, geotags, photos and the locations of all the area’s best caches during this event with a photo booth, make-your-own-swag crafts and prizes. 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 music, early literacy and yoga, presented in separate sessions. Registration opens the first day of the month and fills quickly. FREE

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Reptile Rendezvous Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/3927410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2pm. Learn about cold-blooded creatures and how they are beneficial to local habitats, and experience some live encounters with the center’s animal ambassadors. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12.

STORY TIME

Saturday Story Time River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy.org. 11am–12pm. Listen to seasonal stories presented by a librarian from Arlington Public Library and stay after for a related craft or activity. Call to register. FREE

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Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Pinocchio W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/852-6887. balletfrontier.org. 7:30pm. Watch as the dancers of Ballet Frontier of Texas perform Andante and Finale and The Lady of the Camellias, choreographed by artistic director Chung-Lin Tseng, as well as Pinocchio. $25.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Archery Range Saturdays See Aug 5. Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. The Land of Oz See Aug 11. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Aug 12. REEL Adventures See Aug 12. The Boy Who Cried Giant See Aug 12.

20 SUNDAY STORY TIME

Fast Track to Reading Story Time Fort Worth Central

Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. 817/392-7323. wr365.org. 3pm. Meet in the Speedway Charities’ Fast Track to Reading area for dress-up, activities and stories that celebrate sportsmanship, perseverance, technology and teamwork. For ages 5 and younger. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Comedy and Magic Show See Aug 6. Sunday Funday See Aug 6. The Land of Oz See Aug 11.

21 MONDAY NATURE

Great American Eclipse Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/2559300. fwmsh.org/great-american-eclipse. 11am– 1:30pm. Get solar eclipse glasses, enjoy themed activities in Innovation Studios and watch the livestream in the planetarium of the total solar eclipse, a rare event in which the eclipse will be visible in totality only from the U.S. $15 adults; $12 children.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

22 TUESDAY PARENT EDUCATION

Making Rules and Enforcing Consequences The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/3326348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. Learn the steps for establishing clear expectations and for implementing effective consequences. This class is especially helpful for parents of older children. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional adult.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Kids Club at iFly Fort Worth See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

23 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

24 THURSDAY MUSIC

Me & My Monkey Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Rd., Hurst. 817/788-7300. hursttx.gov/library. 7pm. Listen to a live concert by the Beatles tribute band at the library. FREE

NATURE

Nature Center After Hours Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 7:30–9pm. Visit the nature center after normal hours to learn more about the local bat species and use a special bat detector to observe them using echolocation to find bugs to eat. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. Registration is required. $10, plus


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Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

25 FRIDAY FILM

Fourth Friday Films The Park at The REC, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine. com. Dusk. Grab your blankets or lawn chairs and watch Hook outdoors. FREE

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Friday Funday – Keeping Cool 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. For all ages. Register online in advance. $12 per child for BJNC members; $15 per child for nonmembers.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Walkup Workshops See Aug 5. The Land of Oz See Aug 11. The Boy Who Cried Giant See Aug 12. Preschool Discovery Club See Aug 18.

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Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk and Roll Central Market, 1425 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. 214/288-5438. playtri.com/hothatch. 6–11am. Register to join the 1-mile, 5K or 10K distance races and get a hot breakfast of Hatch breakfast tacos, potatoes, fruit, coffee and juice. Proceeds benefit the Neuro Assistance Foundation. Registration starts at $20; free for those using handcycles or wheelchairs. $15 for dog bandana.

NATURE

Late Summer Wildflower Walk Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2:30pm. Join a naturalist on a hike looking for new wildflowers on the nature center’s ever-changing landscape. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

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Woofstock Bedford Bark Park, 3200 Meadow Park Dr., Bedford. 817/952-2300. bedfordfun.com. 7:30pm. Bring your family dog to relax outdoors, enjoy icecold refreshments and listen to groovy music by performers Bravo Max and Jack Kerowax. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Archery Range Saturdays See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. The Land of Oz See Aug 11. The Boy Who Cried Giant See Aug 12.

27 SUNDAY EXHIBIT

Casanova – The Seduction of Europe Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-

8451. kimbellart.org. 10am–5pm Tue–Thu and Sat; 12–8pm Fri; 12–5pm Sun. On the exhibit’s opening day, see more than 200 works of art inspired by the story of Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) that illustrate the splendor of mid-18th-century Europe. On view in the Louis Kahn Building. $16 adults; $12 kids 6–11. Admission is half-price all day each Tue and after 5pm on Fri.

NATURE

Vultures, Nature’s Clean-up Crew Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2:30pm. Learn how New World vultures help clean up the environment and help prevent diseases from spreading. Then search the refuge for the two species. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Sunday Funday See Aug 6. The Land of Oz See Aug 11.

28 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

29 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Kids Club at iFly Fort Worth See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

30 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

31 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford See Aug 1. Big Blue Blocks See Aug 1. Dora and Diego See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Candy Man See Aug 2.

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.

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confessions

“I am the mother of two little ones — ages 8 months and 22 months. On a recent outing, I had to use the restroom with both of them in tow. Wearing the baby and holding the hand of a very active toddler, I attempted to squat while also holding up my maxi dress, but I missed and peed down the back of my dress.”

mommy fails ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

MY 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LOST HER FIRST TOOTH, SO I WROTE THE SWEETEST, MOST ENCOURAGING NOTE FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY AND ENDED IT WITH, ‘KEEP BRUSHING THOSE PEARLY WHITES; I’LL BE BACK FOR THE REST.’ NOW SHE’S TERRIFIED TO GO TO BED.”

Our Lab’s name is Grinch. My 2-year-old can’t say it correctly, so it ends up sounding like b@#ch when he calls him. I laughed it off until we were at the grocery store, and he was calling a woman’s guide dog b@#ch.” —CARTER, ALLEN

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“I took my 4-yearold with me to my 6-year-old’s T-ball game and let him play nearby with some of the other kids. When I went to collect him after the game, he was chewing gum. I asked him where he got it and he pointed underneath the seats.” —JESSICA, GRAPEVINE

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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FOR ALMOST A YEAR, I UNKNOWINGLY WASHED MY SON WITH BUBBLE BATH INSTEAD OF SOAP, LIKE FROM THE DAY HE CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL UNTIL HE WAS ALMOST A YEAR OLD.” —AUTUMN, FORT WORTH


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