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SHE’S GOT PERSONALITY

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

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Lessons in Art

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

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Dana Schultes

A behind-the-scenes look at an executive producer’s life 12 Datebook Happenings that are perfect for date night or GNO 14 Routines / Shannon Daniels She’s active-duty Navy and active-duty mom of three Ever wonder where your child gets her personality? Turns out it’s not only in her genes. p. 16

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

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

PROMOTE CREATIVITY

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

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

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

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

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t’s opening day at Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth and executive producer Dana Schultes is cool as can be. An industry vet of more than 20 years, she’s opened many shows over the course of her career—both behind and in front of the curtain. “I considered other careers,” she says. “I thought about being a lawyer or a therapist or a nurse, but as an actor I get to live in the skin of different people from different walks of life, and that’s pretty cool.” An Arlington native, the single mom of 9-year-old Matilda was bit by the acting bug early on. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Texas Wesleyan University, she traveled the world before settling close to home in Fort Worth. She built a name for herself in the local theater scene then joined Stage West in 2004. In the years since, she’s done it all—swept the floors, served as stage manager and climbed the ranks to executive producer. On top of her duties, she wears many hats—from director and sound designer to actor. She’s starred in a number of productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream

WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE OF THE THEATER COME FROM? My mother’s

side of the family was part of a traveling theater troupe. But my parents took me to the theater too.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO STAGE WEST THEATRE? I first

discovered Stage West when I was in college, and it’s been my homebase theater since.

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and A Streetcar Named Desire, but her favorite role is mom. “It was an unplanned pregnancy that made both her father and I extremely happy,” Schultes says. “I loved being pregnant so much. Even today, at 40, if the right circumstances were in place, I would have another one.” 1

1 / Schultes and her daughter, Matilda, 9, love to walk the Trinity Trails, visit art museums and, of course, go to the theater together. 2 / When Schultes gets an adults-only night out, she heads to Shipping and Receiving in Fort Worth with friends for craft beer and live music.

It depends on the project. I like to be on stage because it’s the only way to exercise that craft. It’s a real pleasure to work with other actors and the whole production team. IS THERE A ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED THAT STANDS OUT FROM THE REST? There are

many different roles that have been special for different reasons. For the great majority 2 I try to just enjoy and be in the moment. And I love ones that Matilda can come see.

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is a big part of Matilda’s life.

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She was at the theater with me from the time she was 2 weeks old. She does enjoy acting, but I don’t think it’s going to be something she’s going to want to do as a career. Of course, who knows?

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eryone tells you that it’s going to go by real fast, which almost becomes cliché. So I guess it’s kind of silly, DOES but I would HAVING probably tell MATILDA myself the INFLUENCE same thing. THE ROLES That’s probably YOU’RE ATthe hardest part TRACTED of the whole TO? She wants process, is that to see everyit does go so thing. I had to dang quickly. reflect on what L I K E M O T H E R , L I K E D A U G H T E R ? M AT I L D A H A S At the same I’m willing B E E N I N T H E T H E AT E R S I N C E S H E WA S 2 - W E E K S time, we the to comproO L D , S H E ’ S T H E R E A S O N S TA G E W E S T O F F E R S C L A S S E S F O R K I D S A N D S H E LO V E S TO A C T. parents are mise as far rapidly aging as innocence as well. If there was ever a measurement of is concerned so she can be a part of this how quickly life goes, it’s having children conversation. The compromise I made and watching the aging process. was with language. HOW DID IT FEEL TO TURN 40? I YOU PUBLISHED A COOKBOOK. feel like I will go through life perpetually HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? In 2007, feeling like I’m 30—no matter what the when we opened Stage West at its new outside looks like. location, we reinstated WHAT’S YOUR FAVORfood service. For whatever ITE THING ABOUT BEING reason, my very stubborn A MOM? Holding her hand, self decided to make every saying I love you and makpot of soup. I stuck with it. ing her smile. For six years, I would pick FAVORITE WAY TO a new soup and create my SPEND A MOMMY-ANDown version of the recipe. DAUGHTER DAY? I love And then about that time I to take her on the Trinity was ready to be done with Trails, to the art museums it. It was a lot of cooking. I and to see theater. Fort thought a book would be a Worth is such an interestgreat donor gift and Soups! ing city. It seems to be was published in 2013. really down to earth, but I’d IS MATILDA’S FATHER love to see it invest a little IN THE PICTURE? Yes, her bit more in the arts. I’m a father is a theater teacher person who loves to walk actually. And he’s a great around neighborhoods and dad. We support each other. see random art. We’re not together, but he is WHERE DO YOU LIKE a big part of her life.

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my best to be married to the calendar, and if something is going to fall through the cracks, I make sure the one thing isn’t anything that she needs. It’s a juggling act, but my job is part of my life and it’s something that I love doing. And I get to let my daughter be a part of it. In fact, the reason we have theater classes is because I have Matilda.

TO HANG OUT WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT WORK?

When I go out with other adults it’s after a play. I love Republic Street Bar and Shipping and Receiving. If I do have a lunch date, I’m heading to the Near Southside neighborhood.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOURSELF?

I plan trips.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NEXT?

We’re about to go on a cruise, and we’re probably going to Colorado in the spring.

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Step away from Netflix and head to Sundance Square for the Sunday Cinema Series at Four Day Weekend. Presented by Lone Star Film Festival, the weekly series showcases Hollywood classics, documentaries and independent films that can’t be found anywhere else. On Oct. 8, see Chavela, a documentary chronicling the life of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. $10 per ticket. 312 Houston St., Fort Worth // 817/226-4329 // lonestarfilmfestival.com

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Grab the girls and kick up your heels at the sixth annual Wine, Women & Shoes charity event at Ridglea Country Club on Oct. 13 at 6pm. Sip wines from a handful of the country’s top makers, win big at the live auction, enjoy a fashion show and more. Individual tickets are $200 each (including admittance to a pre-party at Neiman Marcus on Oct. 5), with proceeds benefiting Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County. Sunday Cinema Series: Chavela

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From Oct. 13–15, downtown Arlington will host musicians and artists from around the country at South Street Art Festival. The event is free, but bring your spending money—everything from ceramics and watercolor paintings to original photographs and handmade jewelry will be available for purchase, along with adult beverages and bites. 200 E. Abrams St., Arlington // southstreetartfest.com

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shannon daniels Shannon Daniels has been active-duty Navy for 15 years and counting. She is currently stationed in Fort Worth, where she’s an aviation ordnanceman— storing, issuing and receiving bombs, missiles and other arms. She’s also mom to 7-year-old Jessiana and two somewhat feral toddlers, Poppy, 3, and Maddox, 2. In her free time, Daniels loves to paint, and she and her husband Key, a full-time student and stay-at-home dad, enjoy a good cup of coffee.

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AM My alarm goes off. I have physical training (PT) today so I have to be at the gym by 0700. I wake up our 7-year-old, Jessiana. She’s slow as molasses when she starts her morning routine—she spends at least 15 minutes sitting on the potty, staring into space. 6:05AM My gym bag is already packed and my workout attire is laid out, so as soon as I finish brushing my teeth, I toss on my clothes and hit the road. 6:20AM I pull through Dunkin’ Donuts for my daily 99-cent hot coffee refill. With the military discount, it ends up being 97 cents. Score. I call in my breakfast order to Lulu’s Tacos on Las Vegas Trail. They have the most bomb breakfast tacos in the city—and only a buck each! I’ll save them and likely most of my coffee until after the gym. 6:50AM At the gym, my co-workers and I go through a series of warmups and calisthenics before being released to PT on our own today. I decide to take spin class. It sounds so innocent, but it will leave you sweaty, lightheaded and thoroughly worked out. On a good day I vomit in the trash can. I hate cardio. 8AM In the locker room, I message my husband, Key, to ask if Jessiana got off to school OK and see how the toddlers are doing. We use Marco Polo, a video app, so I can see their beautiful faces—curly hair all askew, jammies breakfaststained. Poppy, my 3-year-old, babbles on about potty songs and pleas for candy.

8:15AM I hit the shower, put on my uniform and pull my hair up into a sad little bun, securing the flyaways with bobby pins. Then I grab my bag and head to my building. 9AM Our morning meeting goes off without a hitch. We have a couple of arms issues and turn-ins today. A few people have meetings or appointments. Easy day. 10AM I head out to where the guys already have an arms issue well in hand to make sure everything is in compliance. These guys rarely need any correction. 11AM We break for lunch. Things are slow today, so we’ll take two hours because some of the guys want to hit the gym again. 11:15AM I check Marco Polo. The toddlers are in the backyard. Maddox (my 2-year-old) has disrobed as usual and would remove his diaper too except that we now duct-tape it on. Yes, you read that correctly—we stretch the side bands so he has plenty of wiggle room and put a long strip of duct tape around his waist ending on his lower bum. Many wellmeaning moms tell me to let him take the diaper off and roam naked, but with back-to-back babies and a dog with a sensitive stomach, I’ve cleaned up enough poo that I refuse to willingly invite more. 12PM I break out a small painting kit I have in my bag and paint at my desk until my guys get back. All else fades away. It’s delicious. 1:30PM Marines arrive to turn in their ammo. Their paperwork is messed up, so we turn them away until they fix it. 3:15PM I’m out of my uniform and headed to the commissary (base grocery store) to pick up what we need. 5PM Home, where I’m sacked by toddlers. I give hugs and kisses to curly, earth-smelling heads and kiss the aloof 7-year-old who is secretly brimming with a million things to tell me. My husband briefs me on the kids and what’s going on in the world today. We discuss the rise and fall of humanity as the kids interject and bounce off the walls. He’s already started dinner—I’ll just have to finish up while he’s at the gym. 5:45PM I put away the groceries and Jessiana briefs me on her new best friend (though she can’t remember her name). Throughout this exchange, the toddlers are destroying the house and climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym. I stop Maddox from riding the dog, tell Poppy to stop climbing on the counters and scream “Share!” no less than nine times. 6:15PM I finish up dinner. Key’s made chicken breast, broccoli and mac and cheese. The girls eat the chicken drowned in ketchup, throw the broccoli and devour the mac and cheese. Maddox doesn’t eat much; he’s going through a weird stage. 7:15PM After I bathe the toddlers and Jessiana showers, we all head to the living room to watch The Octonauts for wind-down time.

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8PM Key gets home from the gym. We give hugs and kisses to the babies and begin putting them down. Key takes Maddox to his room, and I carry Poppy to the girls’ bedroom where we both climb up on Jessiana’s bed and say night-time prayers. Then I put Poppy in bed. She immediately tells me she’ll be my “bess fwiend” if she can stay up for a little longer. I tell her no, kiss her head and tell her I love her. As I leave the room I tell both girls they are “black and full of stars.” They say, “We know.” I reply, “Love you, sleep well,” and close the door. 8:30PM Key and I meet up in the living room for some much-needed “us” time. We get in two episodes of Sense8 before calling it a night. 10:30PM We head to the bedroom, do evening routines and are on our way to sleep by 2300. In a few hours we’ll hit the repeat button and do it all over again. fortworthchild / october 2017

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

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HE’S GOT HER MOMMY’S EYES, HER DADDY’S NOSE AND AUNT DANA’S SMILE. But how about that sass,

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

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

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

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

New experiences, your parenting style, education, therapy and lots of other environmental factors may impact 60 percent of our kids’ personalities.


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

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

How we parent falls into that environmental category of things that help determine personality. And it obviously plays a large role. We can help our children bring out their best with a bit of guidance. For instance: If your child is shy… • You may need to literally let her lean on you at times and take new experiences slowly. • It may be helpful to use a soothing, calm voice when talking to her, especially when prepping her for an unfamiliar situation, like the first day at a new school. • Don’t rush her. She doesn’t need to be a social butterfly like you so don’t force her to mix with others if she’s just not feeling it. If your child is a spitfire… • Offer a place to calm down. Energetic kids benefit from soft lights and soothing music from time to time. • Give clear instructions and set expectations to help with his impulsive tendencies. • Help him find healthy, creative ways to express his feelings such as art, theater, dance or comedy. If your kid is fearless… • Let her negotiate — sometimes. It helps her understand that she can work with you, not against you. • Avoid monotony and expose her to new things, even simple things like a food she hasn’t tried before or a book she’s never heard. • Challenge her. Once she’s mastered something, take it to the next level, even if you’re just playing hide-and-seek. If your kid is laid-back… • Don’t let him get lost in the shuffle. Join him in his play even though he plays so well independently. • Recognize his more subtle cues. Sometimes, easy-going kids don’t show emotions in obvious ways, like having a meltdown. • Reinforce good behavior so your laid-back guy doesn’t act out to get the same attention his more energetic brother gets. fortworthchild / october 2017

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

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WHEN PERSONALITIES COLLIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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alk about works of art with the kids, and they’ll likely reference pieces they’ve seen in museums or books. But have you ever looked at some of the public art around town with them? Do they even consider the “Dream” sign in

Arlington or the “Chisholm Trail Mural” art? Well, free installations with interesting background stories can be found all over Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. So lace up those sneakers, grab your camera and hit the streets to show the kids that art is approachable, interesting

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and sometimes even climbable.

Encourage the kids to dream big with a visit to “DREAM,” downtown Arlington’s first-ever piece of public art, which was installed in 2015. Weighing approximately 3 tons, the five sheet-metal letters, perforated with cutouts of 17,400 flying bird shapes, stands 12 feet tall

and illuminates at night with LED lights that change color. The sculpture by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg is meant to reinforce Arlington’s slogan, “Arlington: The Dream City,” a motto that was developed in 2014 to put the city on

the map as a place of growing diversity and opportunity. BEST PHOTO OP: Space your family members out between letters or have one of them climb inside the “D” and stand far enough away that you can capture the whole word. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Get a dose of

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traditional art a few blocks away at the Arlington Museum of Art. Starting Oct. 19, the museum will have works from surrealist painter Salvador Dalí on display. Admission: adults, $8; kids 12 and younger, free.

“DREAM,” 200 W. Abram St., Arlington // Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington, 817/275-4600; arlingtonmuseum.org

To the kids, the “TABACHIN RIBBON” might resemble a ball of sunshine. The bright yellow sculpture, by Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge, is actually constructed of five separate carbon steel pieces. Together they measure 13 feet in diameter and weigh about 8,000 pounds. The piece debuted in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of a temporary exhibition. When the exhibition closed, “Tabachin Ribbon” was permanently moved to Fort Worth. BEST PHOTO OP: Have your family stand north of the sculpture to capture the Fort Worth City Hall building in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Fort Worth City Hall is a stone’s throw from

ABOVE // Arlington’s “DREAM” lights up at night. 1 // One hundred works by Salvador Dalí go on display this month at the Arlington Museum of Art. 2 // The “Tabachin Ribbon” in Fort Worth is named after a tree in Madagascar that blooms a brilliant orangey-red.

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ABOVE // The “Chisholm Trail” painting in Sundance Square is a popular tourist attraction. BELOW // The cutout “Man With a Briefcase” towers over Burnett Park.

the sculpture so head inside the atrium to check out George Rickey’s kinetic “Twelve Triangles Hanging.” Watch as the massive paper airplanelike triangles move in response to the air currents inside. Then take a 10-minute walk east to see a different kind of art at the Fort Worth Water Gardens’ three ooh-and-aah-worthy pools.

“Tabachin Ribbon,” 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth // Fort Worth City Hall, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth, 817/392-2255; fortworthtexas.gov // Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7111; fortworth.com Towering over Burnett Park is one of Fort Worth’s most iconic sculptures. Artist Jonathan Borofsky’s “MAN WITH A BRIEFCASE” features the silhouette of a man wearing a hat and holding a briefcase cut out of a block of brushed aluminum measuring 50 feet tall and 22 feet wide. While the piece’s significance is open to interpretation, many believe it was meant to symbolize Fort Worth’s place in the worldwide business culture. BEST PHOTO OP: Get a long shot of your kids peeking their heads through the opposite side of the sculpture’s cut-out legs.

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Wander through the 2-acre park and over to the modest playground, which has two roped climbing structures.

“Man With a Briefcase,” 501 W. 7th St., Fort Worth The iconic “CHISHOLM TRAIL MURAL” in Sundance Square commemorates Fort Worth’s rich agricultural history. Richard Hass painted the three-story trompe l’oeil-style (a style that tricks

the eye into seeing a painted detail as a threedimensional object) mural on the south side of the Jett Building’s facade to honor the longhorn cattle runs of the 1860s on the Chisholm Trail. BEST PHOTO OP: Sundance Square can get crowded. We suggest visiting at night for a better photo opportunity of the illuminated mural—and less people in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Pop in to the Sid Richardson Museum, half a block from Sundance Square, that showcases Wild West paintings. Go on Oct. 14 to take advantage of the museum’s Second Saturdays program, which includes a free public tour at 2pm and a living history performance at 3pm.

“Chisholm Trail Mural,” 400 Main St., Fort Worth // Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/332-6554; sidrichardsonmuseum.org Let Ned Kahn’s “WIND ROUNDABOUT” mesmerize the kids when you drive by (several times if you like; the sculpture is the center of a traffic roundabout). The 30-foot metal sculpture is made of 4,000 hinged aluminum flappers that flutter in the breeze. The artist intended the piece to heighten people’s awareness of natural forces since the sculpture’s movement is powered entirely by free, renewable energy. BEST PHOTO OP: Do a few loops with the windows down and let your kids take a video, narrating their impressions with the piece in action. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: You’re a five-minute drive from the Coyote Drive-In so plan your trip around a show time at the outdoor movie theater. There are nightly screenings of G- or PG-

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Kids come in various shapes, sizes, colors and quantities, and so do their body parts. Their ears may be too prominent or misshapen, or perhaps completely missing. Their fingers may be too many or too few, webbed or fused. They grow assorted lumps and bumps anywhere they can. A child’s self-consciousness may extend to a nose occupying more of his or her face than acceptable. And of course, kids always seem to cut, break, burn, crush or otherwise injure themselves, usually at the most inconvenient times for their parents. All of these altered body arrangements are in the purview of plastic surgery.

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You don’t need to wait for the holidays to see an outdoor light spectacle. Drive down the “AVENUE OF LIGHTS” on historic Lancaster Avenue to see six Art Deco–style stainless steel sculptures by artist Cliff Garten. The 36-foot-tall sculptures, located along the median from Lamar to Main/ Commerce streets are constructed of 100 stainless steel plates that appear to twist and stretch gracefully upward. At dusk (and until dawn) energy-efficient LED lights turn the artwork white. And on holidays and other special occasions, you might see the sculpture wearing a different hue (red or green perhaps) at night. BEST PHOTO OP: From the corner of Lamar and Lancaster streets, carefully cross to the median where the first sculpture is located. Take a few steps back and snap a picture facing east so you can capture your kids in front of multiple sculptures in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Continue the lesson in Art Deco architecture with a trip to Bass Performance Hall, a five-minute drive north. Most Saturdays at 10:30am (call ahead to confirm, 817/212-4280), you can join a free docentled tour to learn the history of the building.

“Avenue of Lights,” 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth // Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817/212-4200; basshall.com A star made out of cowboy hats. Can you think of anything more quintessentially Texas? This large fashion statement, “INTIMATE APPAREL AND PEARL EARRINGS” by artist

Donald Lipski, hangs in the Fort Worth Convention Center (open Monday–Thursday 7am–4pm and 2 Friday until 1pm). Attached to a tubular star-shaped steel frame, many of the 400 cowboy hats belonged to notable Texans such as former President George H.W. Bush, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and several rodeo stars. BEST PHOTO OP: Hold your phone or camera vertically and take a jumping picture of the kids trying to reach the star (extra points if you wear your own cowboy hats).

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less than a 10-minute drive at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. There, kids explore over 20 free gardens and see October blooms like trumpet vines, lilies and marigolds. Head by on Oct. 10 from 11am–noon for the free Monarch tagging event where kids ages 4 and older help tag Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico.

“Intimate Apparel and Pearl Earrings,” 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth // Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/392-5510; fwbg.org Austin-based artist Philippe Klinefelter carved “EARTH FOUNTAIN,” a 9-foot orb with three openings for flowing water to show how water comes from, shapes and then returns to the earth. The 2009 sculpture was made from a single 30-ton slab of Texas Sunset Red Granite, which is the same granite used in the nearby Tarrant County Courthouse. BEST PHOTO OP: Sit your family on the curbheight ring around the fountain, and have a friend take a photo from far enough away to showcase the cool zig-zag paths leading to the fountain. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Stay outdoors. Take a 6-minute walk to Sanguinet Park to shoot some hoops, picnic and let the kids climb a rather intricate geometric structure, plus slide, swing and see-saw.

“Earth Fountain,” Camp Bowie Boulevard and Eldridge Street, Fort Worth // Sanguinet Park, 5137 El Campo Ave., Fort Worth Inspire kids to go on a fossil hunt with a visit to the “AMMONITE INTERVENTION” sculptures on the pedestrian bridge over Fossil Creek. Created in 2015 by artist Lars Stanley, the two nearly identical, vibrantly painted metal sculptures of the extinct marine mollusks unfurl their tendrils over the handrails of the bridge and over a fossil bed where many ammonite fossils were discovered. BEST PHOTO OP: Have your kids stand at the end of the ammonite’s tendrils so the photo looks like the ammonite is trying to catch them. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT:

Afterward hike the paved trails of the adjacent 95-acre Buffalo Ridge Park. Supervised kiddos can easily walk down to the banks of Fossil Creek to search for fossilized ammonites and other treasures before the family retires to the playground.

“Ammonite Intervention,” 6149 N. Riverside Dr., Fort Worth // Buffalo Ridge Park, 5720 Parkwood Trail, Haltom City, 817/831-6464; haltomcitytx.com

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APEX Arts League and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Expose your family to the magic of music as APEX Arts League and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present the Halloween with Harry Potter Concert. Come early (and in your Halloween costume!) for the instrument petting zoo, where the winds, strings and percussion will be on display to touch, see and play. After trying out the different instrumental sounds, sit back and enjoy the wizardry of the orchestra as they play familiar tunes from the beloved movie series.

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

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Oct. 8 – Geometric Art Art-making activities will include creating collages with shapes and using patterns to embellish projects as we explore geometric art in various cultures and traditions. Inspiration: 6th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX, 75062 Open 7 days a week Free parking IrvingArtsCenter.com

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Texas Center for Arts and Academics There’s a show for every art lover at Texas Center for Arts and Academics, where the talent from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Texas Boys Choir, Texas Dance Conservatory and Texas School of the Arts come together to produce the finest performances in musical theater, dance, drama, choir and visual arts. Stay entertained all year with the Subscriber Series, which begins with Into the Woods, a musical theater production opening on October 27. Marvel at the original choreography of December’s dance concert Pulse, hum along to familiar carols during Christmas With the Texas Boys Choir, sharpen up on your Shakespeare during February’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, take in the beautiful harmonies of Songs in the Night sung by Academy Choirs in April, and wrap up the school year with Sleeping Beauty, the spring ballet in May.

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing Responsible for creating over half of the nation’s currency, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth provides the perfect spot to see how money goes from blank sheets to crisp bills! With free, self-guided tours, visitors take a front-row seat as billions of dollars are printed and engraved. After viewing the production floor from the elevated walkway, enjoy two floors full of interactive exhibits highlighting the history of paper currency, then visit the gift shop to take home collector’s editions. Bureau of Engraving and Printing For tour information & to learn more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This exhibition has been co-organized by the Meadows Museum, SMU; The Frick Collection; and Auckland Castle; in association with the Kimbell Art Museum. A generous gift from The Meadows Foundation has helped make this exhibition and technical study possible. The exhibition catalogue has been underwritten by the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and the Center for Spain in America. Promotional support provided by The Dallas Morning News and VisitDallas. Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664), Asher (detail), c. 1640-45. Oil on canvas. © Auckland Castle Trust/Zurbarán Trust. Photo by Robert LaPrelle.

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Texas Discovery Gardens Transport your family to the tropics at Texas Discovery Gardens, where kids can explore nature and sustainable practices, right where they live. The first organically certified public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens is home to a bounty of critters, which can be found at the Butterfly House, Native Snakes of Texas Exhibit and Honeybee Hive Exhibit. Take advantage of daily programs such as the Toddler Talk, Butterfly Release and Critter Encounter, all of which are free with admission.

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APEX Arts League apex-arts.org 817/307-2224

There’ll be wand-waving of a different sort during the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween-themed concert featuring musical selections from the Harry Potter films. This family-friendly concert will include an instrument petting zoo. See ad on page 28.

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Learn how billions of dollars are printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas, where over half of the nation’s currency order is produced. See ad on page 31.

City of Keller Parks & Recreation cityofkeller.com/services/parks-recreation 817/743-4050

Will you make it through the night at Keller's Haunted Camp Out? Come camp with us Oct. 21–22 at Bear Creek Park. Lots of fun family activities including hayrides. $5/person, includes dinner and breakfast.

City of North Richland Hills nrhtx.com 817/427-6620

Have a spooky good time at Hoot n Howl! It's free family fun. Join us at Green Valley Park, 7701 Smithfield Rd., on Oct. 28, 2017, from 5–9pm. See you there.

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

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

Fort Worth Zoo fortworthzoo.org 817/759-7555

Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 27–29. Grab your costumes! Join us for Wild Encounters, live shows, candy, games and a whole lot more! This family-friendly daytime event is free with Zoo admission. See ad on page 13.

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

Mom and Dad! Load the kids in the car and head to Fredericksburg this fall for festivals, engaging museums, pioneer homesteads, homemade ice cream, nostalgic candy stores, eclectic toy shops and much more. Plan now! See ad on page 13.

Granbury, Texas visitgranbury.com 817/573-5548

Take a short trip to Granbury for the Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts, Oct. 21–22. Restore yourself with food, entertainment and original artwork by more than 80 artists, makers and craftspeople. See ad on page 31.

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

Fall brings some of Grapevine’s best family-friendly events. Now through Oct. 31, enjoy the Barn Dance, Butterfly Flutterby, Fall Round-Up, Bewitched by the Barn, Witches Brew Train Excursion, ghost tours and Hallo-wine Trail. See ads on pages 7 and 32.

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With a stay at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, experience rustic natural settings and luxury accommodations in one fell swoop. Spend your day kayaking the Colorado River, hiking or horseback riding. See ad on page 19.

Irving Arts Center irvingartscenter.com 972/252-7558

Discover acrobats, aerialists and martial artists, free Second Sunday Fundays with hands-on art, monthly storytelling and crafts, and free twice weekly guided gallery tours in the creative atmosphere. Open seven days a week. See ad on page 29.

Kimbell Art Museum kimbellart.org 817/332-8451

Kimbell Fest: Casanova, a celebration of love. Come enjoy contemporary live music on the Kimbell Lawn, stunning performances, family activities, face painting, food and beverages. Visit kimbellart.org for details. See ad on page 2.

Meadows Museum meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214/768-2516

From old masters to modern masters, the Meadows Museum’s fall 2017 exhibitions on Francisco Zurbarán, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera offer something for everyone! See ad on page 34.

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

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

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

October in Mineral Wells is all about family fun! Have a blast at the Crazy Water Festival Oct. 13–14, or dig up and keep prehistoric fossils at the Crazy Fossil Dig on Oct. 21. See ad on page 33.

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

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

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Join us for a Spook-tacular Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5pm! Wear your costume for tricks & treats, meet Cha! Cha! and try the $9.99 kid’s buffet. Visit our website for details. See ad on page 27.

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The REC offers hundreds of activities every season. Registration has begun for all of our fall classes and activities. Don't wait ... sign up today as classes do fill up.

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

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

Ridgmar Mall ridgmar.com 817/731-6591

Join us for Kids Club at Ridgmar Mall on Thursday, Oct. 12, 11am–12pm, for our Halloween Costume Contest. We will have activities, great giveaways and more! Free. See ad on page 15.

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

Celebrating 131 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas will return for another season of food, festivities and family fun. See ad on page 21.

Stockyards Station stockyardsstation.com 817/625-9715

Dress your family in their Halloween best and head to the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards on Oct. 31! Join Stockyards Station from 5–7pm for a spooktacular time with fun activities for the whole family. See ad on page 35.

Texas Center for Arts + Academics artsacademics.org 817/766-2390

Into the Woods: Oct. 27–29, Nov. 2–4, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. This musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes. See ad on page 30.

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BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L October 1 Texas Ballet Theater gives its last performances of Beauty and the Beast on Sunday but begins the day with the Tutus & Tiaras party at 1pm. Dress up your aspiring ballerinas in princess wear and join the special activities in the lobby. Performance tickets from $20. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; 877/828-9200 texasballettheater.org

LEGOLAND D I S C O V E RY C E N T E R October 1 and 7–8 Get a load of the finished mosaic of Sensei Wu and let the kids complete their ninja training at Legoland when the attraction offers its last days of Ninjago-themed builds and activities. Free with admission: $21.95 for age 3 and older. 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; 877/818-1677 legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ dallasfw

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C AS A M A ÑA NA T H E AT R E Weekends through October 15 Remember the Jim Carrey film? Or better yet, the original 1938 children’s book? Introduce your kids to this silly story when a waddle of penguin puppets takes over the Casa Mañana stage. Tickets from $17. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; 817/332-2272 casamanana.org

FA I R PA R K Daily through October 22 Wave hello to Big Tex, grab a corn dog (or go crazy with the deep-fried Fruit Loops) and steer the kids toward the barnyards for the packed roster of animal and farmyard attractions. Don’t miss the pig races and kiddie tractor pulls. Tickets from $16.50 adults; $12.50 children. Look online for a long list of

I F LY F O R T W O R T H Tuesdays October 3–31 Every Tuesday evening, the simulated skydiving facility offers kids 3–16 the opportunity for more time in the air. Get more than double the air time in the wind tunnel for the same price and personal coaching. Call to reserve a spot. Walk-ins available if spots are open. $69.95 per child. 663 NE Loop 820, Fort Worth; 817/818-4359 iflyworld.com/fort-worth

this magical retelling of a classic story. $11 adults; $7 children 12 and younger. 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst; 817/284-1200 artisanct.com

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SOUTHLAKE T O W N S Q UA R E October 6–8 Dachshunds and other dogs get their moment in the sun when Southlake celebrates Oktoberfest. Watch the wiener dog races and costume contests and groove along to live local bands and more polka bands on the German festival circuit. FREE 1256 Main St., Southlake; 817/481-8200 oktoberfestsouthlake.com

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ARTISAN CHILDREN’S T H E AT E R Opens October 6 Snow White stole the show at the theater’s fairy tale ball last month and comes back for more stage time in One Magic Kiss. Watch the fairest in the land and her devoted posse in

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AT & T S TA D I U M October 7 The day before a home game, head to AT&T Stadium from 10am–6pm for on-field games, a Kids Zone with face painting and inflatables, a self-guided or VIP tour and appearances by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, alumni and mascot Rowdy. $25 adults; $22 children; free for age 4 and younger. $35 for entry plus VIP tour. 1 AT&T Way, Arlington; 817/892-5000 attstadium.com/rallydays

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THE REC OF GRAPEVINE October 6 Suit up the kids for a piratethemed evening when Grapevine’s aquatic center offers mermaid tails for swimming and gold coins and jewels for pool diving from 6:30–8:30pm. For the biggest thrill, search for lost treasure and a wayward parrot in one of two escape rooms designed for different age groups. $5 nonmembers; free for members. 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine; 817/410-3450 gograpevine.com

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T H E S H O P S AT WILLOW BEND October 7 For a chance to appear on our monthly magazine covers, bring your child to walk the runway and meet representatives from our magazines and the Kim Dawson Agency from 10am–3pm. Must be 12 years or younger and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. $45 for walk-ins. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/447-9188 dfwchild.com/events

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RIVER LEGACY LIVING SCIENCE CENTER October 6–8 The 21st annual festival includes a pumpkin patch, animal encounters, bounce houses, night hikes and a children’s area with activities for ages 2–10. Catch a free hayride shuttle from the parking lot to the event entrance. $8; free for age 2 and younger; some activities cost extra.

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F ORT WORT H Z O O October 7 and 21 Make it out to the Fort Worth Zoo an hour before normal opening hours for this new breakfast club for ages 3–10 and meet some furry, feathered and scaled animals. Register online; your pass includes admission for the rest of the day. $30 adults; $22 children; discounts for zoo members. 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort

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C I T Y HA L L October 7 A Beatles tribute by The Eggmen gets more psychedelic with a 20-minute laser light show at the end of the outdoor concert. Watch the spectacle from your lawn chairs and satisfy your munchies with snacks from on-site food trucks. 7–9pm. FREE 4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills; 817/427-6620 nrhtx.com

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F ORT WORT H MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND H I S TO RY Opens October 7 The playful monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat from the original 1941 book series make their return to Fort Worth. For the price of regular admission, check out the exhibit’s play areas and activities that encourage kids to use principles in science, math and engineering to solve problems. $15 adults; $12 ages 2–18; free for members and children younger than 2. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300 fwmsh.org

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L A K E WORT H SPORT S C OMPLEX October 13–14 This wins the trophy for the most unusual pairing of entertainment: live bullfrog races with Louisiana bullfrogs, followed by professional bull riding at the Northwest Tarrant Lions Club’s charity rodeo. $10 adults; $5 ages 3–11; free for age 2 and younger. 3501 Roberts Cut-Off, Lake Worth nwtlions.org/rodeo

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THE REC OF GRAPEVINE October 14 Inject another element of fun into picking out that perfect pumpkin, and go swimming at the floating pumpkin patch in Grapevine’s rec center pool. Dive in to retrieve one of the hollow gourds and dry off to join extra crafts and activities from 6:30–9pm. $5 nonmembers; free for members.

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LO G CABIN VILL AGE October 21 Discover the nearly lost art of flint knapping, rug hooking and more pioneer skills when several local organizations bring their talented volunteers to Log Cabin Village to inspire young history buffs. 1–4pm. $6.50 adults; $6 ages 4–17; free for age 3 and younger. 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth; 817/392-6769 logcabinvillage.org

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM October 14 The masquerade was an essential part of life in 18th-century Venice, so at this family festival from 5–10pm honoring the Casanova – The Seduction of Europe exhibit, be sure to let the kids get their faces painted, and bring your own mask from home. FREE 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/332-8451 kimbellart.org

FRONTIER FALL FEST

NIGHTMARE AT BEAR CREEK

B E A R C R E E K PA R K October 21–22 Register in advance for Keller’s haunted campout. The safe overnight features trick-or-treating at your fellow campers’ tents. Families are encouraged to set up and decorate their tents early, leaving time for s’mores and ghost stories around the fire. $5; free for age 2 and younger. 400 Bear Creek Park Road, Keller; 817/743-4050 cityofkeller.com

HALLOWEEN WITH HARRY POTTER

BUTTERFLY FLUTTERBY AND FALL ROUND-UP

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

EARTH AND SOUL

F ORT WORT H C OMMUNIT Y ART S CENTER October 20 The plight of the earth’s environment has deeply affected the students and instructors of Kids Who Care Musical Theatre. Reserve your seats for this inspiring musical that explores recycling, honeybees and making a positive change. $20 adults; $17 children. 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth;

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W H I T E’ S C HA PE L UNITED METHODIST CHURCH October 22 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra marks 20 years of Harry Potter with a live performance fit for Hogwarts. Foster your kids’ interest in the book series and in orchestral music by coming an hour early for the instrument petting zoo. $20 adults; $10 children. 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake; 817/665-6000 fwsymphony.org

SEAQUEST INTERACTIVE AQUARIUM

RIDGMAR MALL Opening late October Feed toucans, let parrots perch on your arm, meet incredibly convincing mermaids, and make reservations online now to go snorkeling with stingrays at the soon-to-open venue. $14.95 age 12 and older; $9.95 ages 2–11; free for children younger than 2. Some activities cost extra. 1974 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth; 682/235-5752 seaquestaquariums.com/ fortworth

BOO AT THE ZOO

F ORT WORT H Z O O October 27–29 Pay a visit to the real-life lions, tigers and other animals that inspire the cutest kids’ Halloween costumes when the Fort Worth

zoo opens up trick-or-treat stations and presents animal shows throughout the complex. Your ticket includes treat coupons with the option to purchase more. Free with admission: $14 adults; $10 ages 3–12. 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/759-7555 fortworthzoo.org

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

ROSE MARINE T H E AT E R October 27–28 Discover the rich, cultural tradition of the Day of the Dead (and how it’s not the same as Halloween) at this community festival with an art exhibition, sugar skull face painting and a Book of Life screening. FREE 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth; 817/624-8333 artesdelarosa.org

RED STEAGALL COWBOY GATHERING

F ORT WORT H S T O C K YA R D S October 27–29 Named for the cowboy poet and musician, the Western heritage festival oozes pure country. Nourish your kids’ Texas souls with fiddle playing, a chuck wagon cook-off and poetry readings with a twang. Single-day tickets from $25; free for age 10 and younger. 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth; 817/444-5502 redsteagallcowboygathering.com

CASA SUPERHERO RUN

L E V I T T PAV I L I O N October 28 One guaranteed way to improve your run time: Channel your favorite superhero. Wear a cape to this 5K and 1-mile run benefiting CASA of Tarrant County and stop in to the event’s Superhero Training Academy exercises. $35 for 5K and $25 for 1-mile run if you register by Oct. 22; prices rise $10 starting Oct. 23. 100 W. Abram St., Arlington; casatarrantsuperherorun.com

BELL HELICOPTER FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIR SHOW

F ORT WORT H A L L IA NC E A I R P ORT October 28–29 Pack your earplugs for this one. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels rip through the skies and send shock waves over the crowd at the annual air show. Watch these and more highly trained thrill-seekers fly jets, perform parachute stunts and even drive a flame-throwing semi. Free general admission; required parking passes start at $30 per vehicle. 2221 Alliance Blvd., Fort Worth; 800/318-9268 allianceairshow.com

JAPANESE GARDEN FALL FESTIVAL

F ORT WORT H J A PA N E S E G A R D E N Oct. 28–29 In Fort Worth, there’s hardly a more fitting place for a Japanese festival than the botanic garden’s dedicated Japanese garden. Feed the koi fish and explore all the pathways for entertainment such as martial arts, sword demos and traditional music. $8 adults; $4 ages 4–12; free for members and children age 3 and younger. 3300 Japanese Garden Lane, Fort Worth; 817/871-7685 fwbg.org

TREAT STREET

S T O C K YA R D S S TAT I O N October 31 Fearful your neighbors won’t open their doors on the Tuesday holiday? Ensure your kids get the full Halloween experience (costume contests, pumpkin decorating, hayride—the works) at the historic stockyards and shops from 5–7pm. FREE 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth; 817/625-9715 stockyardsstation.com

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confessions

mommy fails ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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