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DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Mom as Mind Guide

Tips for teaching kids to make good choices

THE CHART 6 Helping Hands

Outsource your to-do list

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Heather Essian

Photographer-turned-SAHM finds another creative outlet 12 Retail Therapy Spend Mother’s Day getting pampered while you shop 12 Throwback Tour Channel your inner teenager and see NKOTB and Paula Abdul live 12 Craft & Cocktail A casual evening of cocktails and creating 14 Routines / Melissa Titus One day with a teacher-turned-stay-at home mom and her 9-month-old twins Hit the road! Sleep under the stars in one of Texas’ most family-friendly state parks, p. 20

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Sometimes the final stop on the quest to parenthood involves renting another woman’s womb words Elaine Rogers

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Eight state park campgrounds for fresh-air fun words Jessica Myers

KID CULTURE 25 Chasing Pavement

Five family-friendly bike trails 27 Agenda Our five favorite things to do this month 29 EveryDay Calendar of events for every day in May

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mily Millican’s 1-yearold daughter snatched a toy out of her 3-yearold sister’s hand. Rather than tattle or scream at her younger sibling, the 3-year-old found a replacement toy to give her baby sister. For Millican, 34, it was a proud mom moment. “Our kids are watching us, they are listening to us, even as we say grown-up things.” Before she was a stay-at-home mom, Millican was a clinical social worker at Alliance for Children in Fort Worth (she still subcontracts on occasion). As a clinician trained in parent-child interaction therapy, she worked to empower parents to connect with their children. To Millican, the nurture aspect of the parent-child relationship is the foundation of good mental health in children. “They are a part

of you, and you them. As a parent, you are laying down this foundation every single day.” Though the parent-child bond typically happens quickly, the parent-child relationship develops over time and is influenced by characteristics in the child, characteristics in the parent and the context of the family. Research shows that there is a direct association between parenting styles, a child’s emotions and behaviors and their mental health too. And it starts early. Most brain development in children happens before the age of 3. So parents are encouraged to actively engage in their child’s initial touching, talking, reading and playing experiences, which leads to successful parent-guided parentchild collaborations in the future. That’s right: The molding of good

So how do parents successfully do this to support their child’s mental growth? Explain why you make the decisions you do. It helps kids start to understand the rationale. Give kids time to play freely. Unobstructed play is crucial to raising children who think for themselves. Start with small choices. Dawn Hallman, the executive director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education, suggests parents start by narrowing choices for little ones. Begin with simple either-or decisions such as what to wear. Once your child demonstrates that she can manage the choices she makes and the consequences that come with it, move on to bigger decisions like what to have for dinner or where to go on family vacation. Talk it out. Nudge kids into self-reliance by encouraging them to do things for themselves. Don’t decision-makers starts at infancy offer your opinion. Instead, talk and grows from there. about the decision, all the potential Jennifer Robinson says the role consequences and why they might she now plays in her 9-year-old son’s be leaning one way or another. life is a lot like coachDon’t ignore ing. The 41-year-old poor choices. When psychology doctoral kids make a decision LEAD THE WAY candidate at Texas that disappoints These local resources Woman’s University you, tell them and provide classes to teach in Denton has also explain why. Discuss you how to help your child succeed. taught parenting good alternatives for Love & Logic Parenting classes for the Irving the future. Classes help parents Family Advocacy Avoid threats build caring, respectful Center in partnership and bribes. Don’t relationships with their with the Irving Police make promises to children through online Department, and encourage kids to webinars. // 800/338-4065; loveandlogic.com she maintains that make favorable the most successful decisions. The Parenting Center offers a variety of parenting parent-child relationLet them classes on everything from ships feel more like practice. Kids are parenting styles to improving mentoring. going to make good communication. // Fort Partnering with decisions and some Worth, 817/332-6348; kids is key. bad ones too. The theparentingcenter.org “Collaboration important thing is Parents as Teachers, a helps kids develop that we as parents program supported by Fort Worth ISD, is an evidencea sense of self and provide the foundabased, home visiting model leads to confidence,” tion and freedom to and parent education Robinson says. think on their own. program that ensures kids And success“We want to succeed in school and life. // ful collaborations, help our [kids] make Fort Worth, 817/814-3330; fwisd.org with kids of any their own choices to age, begin by setting help them succeed,” limits. You create Millican says. That’s boundaries for children, but experts true for the toddlers her daughters say it’s important to make boundar- are now and the women they will ies for yourself as the parent too. one day become. fortworthchild / may 2017

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Founded by North Texas mom and CEO Brenda Stoner, Pickup uses Good Guys — offduty firefighters, veterans and military personnel — to pick up the étagère you won on the neighborhood Facebook garage sale and deliver it to the foyer.

Good Guys can pack boxes, hook up appliances, assemble bunk beds and rearrange furniture too, for $1 per minute.

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Request quotes from vetted, experienced (at least 10 years) local mechanics, then choose based on price and ratings. They come to your home or office and to replace brake pads, repair the alternator or perform hundreds of other fixes.

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ONE OF HEATHER ESSIAN AND HUSBAND JIM’S FAVORITE THINGS IS SPENDING TIME AT HOME WITH THEIR THREE GIRLS — (FROM LEFT) HOLLIS, 4, HADDEN, 1, AND HARPER, 6.

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three girls: Harper, 6, Hollis, 4, and Hadden, 1. “I wasn’t traveling anymore. I wasn’t shooting weddings as much anymore. The transition from boss lady to stay-at-home mom was humbling. I had been confident in my role as a business owner. As a new mom, I had to navigate each day feeling less than confident in the beginning.” Fast-forward six years and Essian, 35, is far from the uncertain, new mom she once was. She and her husband of 13 years, Jim, lead

pastor of The Paradox Church in downtown Fort Worth, grew their brood by two more and Essian is thriving as family matriarch. She’s also back in touch with her creative roots, reviving her photography career and adding a new medium to her portfolio: abstract painting. “When Hollis was a newborn I needed a creative outlet, so I started to abstract paint,” she says. “It was a great outlet when I had two little ones under 2, and it’s evolved from there.” And her vibrant 1 aesthetic is resonating with local art lovers. Pieces go fast via her Instagram (@artist_ heatheressian), private

1 / After giving up a full-time career as a photographer to raise her girls, Essian found a new creative outlet while watercolor painting with her toddler. 2 / Now she spends hours and weeks on her abstract paintings and sells them through her Instagram, Facebook and Etsy shop.

Facebook group and ARTISTHeatherEssian Etsy shop; many pieces are commissioned. “It’s been life giving,” Essian says. “It’s something I do because I love to be able to express myself. I’m equally passionate about being an entrepreneur. There’s creativity in growing a business.” HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? I took my first

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decided to marry him and travel from God. I didn’t know how to around the country while he was be a mom and I needed to spend playing baseball. We lived in Fort time learning. I didn’t ever want Worth our first year while he to be a stay-at-home mom, but played for the Fort Worth Cats, God changed my heart and my then we moved to Michigan, husband encouraged me. New Jersey and Florida. In each HOW HAS PARENTHOOD new city we lived in I found my CHANGED YOU? I value being favorite photographer and worked a mom, wife and homemaker, with them as an aswhereas before sistant and second children it wasn’t shooter photosomething on my IN graphing weddings radar. I was just and designing COUNSELING thinking about how wedding albums. to be successful. THEY TOLD BUT YOU’RE Now, I have more of A SELF-TAUGHT a balance than I did. US TO ARTIST? I’ve A lot of working SCHEDULE A moms struggle with never taken a painting class. It’s what that balance is, DATE NIGHT just learning by and for each one of EVERY SINGLE us it looks different. trial and error. HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOVED ART? I’ve always

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been artistically inclined. My favorite subject was art. Growing up, I remember sketching my wedding dress and what it would look like. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION? Colors and the way

they play off of each other. Shapes and lines and shadows. The way light changes everything.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH A PIECE? Each piece

is different. It can take anywhere from five hours to two weeks.

WHAT’S YOUR BIG-PICTURE DREAM AS AN ARTIST? I dream

of seeing my work in galleries.

MIGHT YOUR DAUGHTERS FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? They love to paint

alongside me, so I’ll set them up with their own paint and paper. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO HAVE A BIG FAMILY? I

think so, but I didn’t have kids on the radar until I was about 28. I was in no rush.

IS THREE THE MAGIC NUMBER? It depends on which one of

us you ask and which day of the week it is. HOW DID HAVING KIDS CHANGE THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN YOU AND JIM? It

turned us on our head. We didn’t have as much time to be selfish. WAS BECOMING A STAYAT-HOME MOM A DIFFICULT DECISION? It was a conviction

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HOW DO YOU AND JIM STAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH BUSY LIVES? We have

a date night once a week that we’re religious about. Early in our marriage we had a really hard time. In counseling they told us to schedule a date night every single week. We clung to that. It wasn’t always perfect when our kids were little, but it’s something we’ve always made a priority. It’s our lifeline. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT? We usually end up

somewhere on Magnolia Avenue. A current favorite is Lili’s Bistro, and we love Ellerbe. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO AROUND FORT WORTH AS A FAMILY? We like to go to

Trinity Trails. The girls ride their scooters. And we like to spend a lot of time at home because we’re just so busy. FAVORITE PLACE TO GO SHOPPING? I love dh Collec-

tion, Esther Penn and Madewell. DO YOU KEEP A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT IN THE BOOKS?

I like to get together with girlfriends through playdates, and we’ll usually have dinner with at least one family a week.

FAVORITE WAY TO FEED YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE NOT PAINTING? Jim and I wake

up at 6am and read our Bibles or do a devotional. That’s time I take for myself every day. It helps me to get the day started slowly.


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Spend a morning with girlfriends at the newly opened Neiman Marcus at the Shops at Clearfork. Use the Rockbot app to curate the in-store music by choosing a song in the queue or voting on the next playlist while you try on new looks in front of the MemoMi digital memory mirrors, which display and record your ensemble in 360 degrees and let you compare snapshots and videos of outfits side by side. At the cosmetics counter, request a professional makeover you can

recreate at home thanks to — you guessed it — memory mirrors that record the session and allow your makeup artist to add notes. Be sure to make an appointment for a complimentary facial or hand treatment in one of the two spa rooms before arriving for your brunch reservation at the new NM Café. On request, the chef will whip up an off-menu sandwich or pancake special while you sip a blood orange mimosa from the fullservice bar. —Jessica Myers Neiman Marcus and NM Café 5200 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth, 817/738-3581 neimanmarcus.com

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Let Dad take bath and bedtime duty on May 25 and sneak away with your girlfriends to River Legacy’s monthly Artini Hour for crafts and craft cocktails. From 6–8pm, nibble light appetizers with wine or a mint chocolate martini, this month’s specialty drink. While you’re enjoying good company and sweet sips, an instructor guides you through embellishing a terra cotta pot with natural materials like shells, colored stones and gravel. Arrive early to meander the on-site nature trails. Call or go online to reserve your spot. —B.M. Artini Hour, $20 // River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, 817/860-6752 // riverlegacy.org

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melissa titus When she’s not changing diapers or reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, teacher-turnedstay-at-home mom Melissa Titus enjoys freelance writing, baking and the rare chance to drink her coffee while it’s still hot. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Chris, who works from home for Blue Cross Blue Shield, and their 9-month-old twins, Liam and Clara.

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AM Our son is up and hungry. I walk like a zombie to the kitchen to make his bottle. My husband, Chris, has already prepped bottles. I feed and change our son then try to go back to bed for a few more hours. Our daughter is our good sleeper; she doesn’t wake up until after 5. 5:30AM Both twins are up and do not go back to sleep at this point. While I’m still in bed, Chris takes them into his office and plays with them until he needs to get ready for work. He starts the coffee and makes our breakfast smoothies with vanilla protein, spinach, berries, banana and almond milk. He also prepares something for the slow cooker for dinner — we love to make things like pot roast, stews and lasagna. We usually have leftovers, which means we don’t have to try to cook every night with two babies demanding our attention.

7AM Time for me to wake up. I pick up our daughter and “fly” her up and down. She gives me her sweet “Good morning” smile. I feed both babies, then they take their morning nap. 8AM I’ve had several cups of coffee now. Chris heads to his office on the other side of the house to begin working. I take advantage of both babies sleeping by gulping down my protein shake, folding laundry and working on the articles I have due. I read a little from a devotional called Fast Talk & Faith by Mary Carver. 9AM Both babies wake up. I give them a pouch of fruit and veggies mixed with a little of their formula. After eating, our son needs a full bath. While his sister plays in the Pack ’N Play in our bedroom where I can keep an eye on her, I give our son a bath, then change his sister. Then it’s time for “school.” We read books and sing songs, and they play in their Jumperoos. 11AM I grab a few chocolate-covered almonds to snack on and have my last cup of coffee for the day. Yes, I still need my coffee mid-day. 1PM It’s time for a bottle, lunch and another nap. Our daughter decides she is not feeling the nap, so I pick her up and walk her around until she falls asleep. Now is my chance to brush my teeth and freshen up. Chris takes his lunch from 1–2pm, so after freshening up, I heat up leftovers. We get a few minutes to eat together before he needs to go back to work. 2PM The twins wake up from their nap. Time for more play. First we read some books. They love the colorful illustrations in Eric Carle books; their current favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Then the twins crawl around and play. It’s fun to hear them babble at each other and play with one another. Today they are nice, but sometimes they get curious and start grabbing each other’s hair or ears and I need to intervene. 5PM Both twins get another bottle and puree. Our daughter takes longer to eat. It’s more challenging for her to push the food to the back of her mouth because of her cleft palate, but she loves trying new foods and is growing well. Her palate will be repaired around 12 months. She takes another quick nap after eating. Sometimes our son joins her, but today he refuses. I think he likes getting one-on-one time with me by staying up. I enjoy snuggle time with him before his sister wakes up. I try to take advantage of the rare one-on-one time I get with each of them. When our daughter wakes up I start getting them ready for their baths. 6:30PM My husband gets off work and helps me bathe the twins. They both love bathtime! Liam has a rubber duck he drops in the water and likes to chew. Clara likes to splash around. We play a game with them by grabbing a

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WHAT SHE’S READING The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson FAVORITE INDULGENCE Hot stone massage WHAT’S ON HER DVR MasterChef Junior WHERE SHE GOES FOR RETAIL THERAPY Amazon GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER LAUGH The Office quotes BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Coffee in all its glorious forms FAVORITE SCENT Just-bathed baby  BEST PURCHASE EVER Baby Trend Snap-N-Go Double stroller — makes carting twins around so much easier WORDS SHE LIVES BY Never, ever give up!  BLOG SHE FOLLOWS The Dad Mom and A Slice of Style. Both document life with twins.  WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Get outdoors for fresh air DREAM VACATION Chocolate tasting tour in Europe MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS Every day is an adventure. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Central Market cooking class HOBBIES Writing, baking, spending time outdoors SHE WISHES SHE HAD MORE TIME TO Shower and sleep LEAST FAVORITE CHORE Dishes  CELEBRITY MOM SHE ADMIRES Candace Cameron Bure

handful of foam letters to put in the tub. We look at each one to see what they got, then the twins get to drop the letters in the water — they love dropping (or chewing on) the letters. After bathtime, we feed them and hold them until they fall asleep before transferring them to their cribs. Now it’s Mommy and Daddy time. 7:30PM We have started the 21 Day Fix workouts. There are nights the twins wake up and we don’t finish the workout, but we’ve been trying to do as much as we can. We have a quick dinner together after our workout. I take a bath after dinner, and then we watch something on DVR, but as usual, we fall asleep while watching. 10PM Bedtime for Mommy and Daddy. I check the monitor to make sure the twins are both asleep before I drift off. 2AM Our daughter sleeps most of the night, but she’s up now. We take shifts — I get up first, then Chris gets up the rest of the morning. I’m so glad he has Wednesdays off. fortworthchild / may 2017

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lizabeth Standridge, 33, is one of those women who loves being pregnant. Her friends who complain incessantly about swollen ankles, nausea and heartburn don’t get much sympathy from her. For the North Richland Hills mom, the gestation process feels like a natural state of being. “I’m just one of those people who would rather be pregnant than not,” she says. “It’s so empowering to know you’re bringing a new life into the world and to feel the baby growing and kicking inside of you. Everything about it is just easy for me. I don’t even think about the potential complications or risks of childbirth.” Standridge gave birth to her own child, a son, three years ago but carried another couple’s daughter to term as a surrogate and is in the process of trying to do so again for a Fort Worth couple experiencing fertility issues. With a day job as a merchant services adviser at a local bank, the single mom is also a full-time student taking classes online with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. And shortly after her son turned 1, Standridge added gestational carrier to her resume, signing up with DFW Gestational Carriers, a small surrogacy agency, to make extra income by renting her womb.

“I had a friend at church who was considering [becoming a surrogate] and I said, ‘That’s so amazing. I could totally see myself doing that,’” she remembers. “I loved being pregnant with my own son so much, and I thought it would be such a wonderful gift to be able to do this for others who want a child but can’t do it on their own. … Ultimately, my friend decided not to do it, but I was all in.” Paired in 2014 with a couple from Wichita Falls who had frozen their fertilized embryos, Standridge delivered their healthy baby girl in March of last year. She told her own son that she was carrying a baby for another woman who couldn’t do it herself. After the first successful pregnancy and birth, Standridge and the Wichita Falls family tried three more times for a second child using additional sets of the couple’s embryos, but none of the pregnancies took. AN UNUSUAL ENTERPRISE The United States is actually one of the few developed countries where commercial, or paid, surrogacy is allowed — it is illegal in Canada and most of Europe (all forms of surrogacy are prohibited in France, Germany, Italy and Spain). But surrogacy laws here vary widely by state: In Texas, commercial surrogacy is permitted, with restrictions. And there are only a handful of organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to help

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guide couples with fertility issues through the often complicated legal and logistical maze of hiring a surrogate, which can be as overwhelming as a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Guidelines recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) involve psychological and physical screenings for women interested in becoming gestational surrogates. In addition, gestational carriers must be between the ages of 21 and 45, have at least one biological child but have had no more than five vaginal births, and come from an emotionally supportive and financially secure home environment. The fees associated with hiring a surrogate are sort of all over the map, but intended parents can typically expect totals to exceed the $100,000 mark. The agency fee alone at Shared Conception in Dallas costs $16,000, for instance. The gestational carrier then makes $24,000–$26,000. The agency fee at Simple Surrogacy, also in Dallas, is $22,000, and their gestational carriers set their own fees, with rates averaging $30,000–$40,000. And at DFW Gestational Carriers, the agency fee is $8,000 and the gestational carrier makes $21,000– $30,000. Intended parents also pay medical bills — health insurance seldom covers a third-party pregnancy, plus there’s the high cost of in vitro — child care costs (for the gestational carrier’s biological children) if bedrest is required, even maternity clothes. And there’s no tax credit for surrogacy. Despite the high costs, however, Stephanie Scott, executive program director at Simple Surrogacy and a one-time gestational carrier, says the com-

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mercial pregnancy business is booming. Her agency handles 70–100 surrogate pregnancies each year, a 60 percent increase from the company’s start 15 years ago. Clients come from cities and towns across Texas; from places such as New York and Michigan, where surrogacy is prohibited; and from other countries too. Even smaller surrogacy outfits have seen growth. Gayla Wilson, who has been a gestational carrier three times, founded her one-woman DFW Gestational Carriers in North Texas 10 years ago. She only handles 8–10 matchups annually, but she says that’s double what she was doing even a few years ago. The business could easily expand, she admits, if she were willing to take on more clients. “[Some surrogacy] companies may view this simply as a business, a way to make money [using] womens’ bodies,” Wilson says. “But it’s such a personal choice to be a gestational carrier and to do this for others. Your heart has to be in the right place.” And frankly, so does your head. You’re likely too young to remember the case of Baby M, which gained national attention in the ’80s. In 1986, Mary Beth Whitehead, a high school dropout and mother of two, gave birth to a baby girl she conceived through artificial insemination with William Stern, whose wife had multiple sclerosis and was afraid to risk pregnancy. Once the baby was born — her biological daughter — Whitehead felt attached and fought to keep Baby M. A long, ugly legal battle ensued. Ultimately, the Sterns were awarded custody and Whitehead was granted visitation rights. And though traditional surrogacy still exists, where the carrier is also the egg donor, it’s fallen mostly out of favor. Gestational surrogacy, the new norm, is far more clear-cut. It removes the biological connection, meaning the gestational carrier is just that, the carrier; the eggs don’t belong to her.

Still, since Baby M, psychological screenings of surrogates have become more sophisticated too, and experts claim women seem better able to compartmentalize and keep the lines unblurred when the fetus has no relation to them. Standridge admits that prior to carrying Emily Grace (the name the Wichita Falls parents bestowed upon their baby girl) she was nervous about developing a bond with the baby growing inside her. “I didn’t want to call her by her name for fear of getting attached,” Standridge says. “After childbirth, I loved her but realized the connection wasn’t there like it had been with my son, my own biological child. … I ought to wear a T-shirt with the slogan that says, ‘Just my oven, not my bun,’ because that’s really how it is.” A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE Keva Montrose, 31, and her husband Dan, 42, struggled with infertility for nearly seven years. The Montroses have actually successfully conceived six times. Keva even carried three of the babies — Stella (born August 17, 2009 at 21 weeks), Conal (born March 15, 2010 at 20 weeks) and Declan (born February 13, 2012 at 19 weeks) — into a second trimester before delivering them heartbreakingly early and subsequently burying her children. “Twenty-one weeks is the longest I can make it,” she says. “After that, the baby just gets too heavy. We’d been through everything with all our fertility treatments and surgeries. Basically, my doctor finally told me, ‘That’s it. It’s time to try something else.’ So we knew it was either adoption or surrogacy.” As fate would have it, Montrose won Dallas fertility clinic Sher Fertility’s Facebook contest. Keva and Dan made a video about their tear-jerking journey to become parents (you can see it on dfwchild.com). As winners, they received a free round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to freeze Keva’s eggs — making the surrogacy choice — to have a bio-


logical child — more affordable and viable. Then came finding the right agency, which left Keva feeling a bit apprehensive. “The profit motive seemed pretty strong [at the first agency],” she says. “And the gestational carriers there didn’t seem that well-informed about the process or the meds they have to take or the responsibility of doing this.” But Keva finally found a happy fit with DFW Gestational Carriers, and through Wilson’s coordination, a gestational carrier in Amarillo delivered the Montroses’ healthy baby boy three years ago. Now the couple is hopeful that Standridge can help make them parents a second time. The first implant in January of this year didn’t take; they’re hopeful that the second implant, done just as this issue went to print, did. MAKING A BABY The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), an organization that reports gestational surrogacy in terms of gestational cycles, not all of which lead to live births, reports that only about 40 percent of surrogate implantations result in successful pregnancies and births. “It’s all about the egg,” says Dr. Robert Kaufmann, a reproductive endocrinologist at Fort Worth Fertility. “Your chances of having a successful pregnancy with surrogacy isn’t about the uterus as much as it is about the egg. … For example, if the egg is from a 25-year-old donor (intended maternal parent), you’re probably looking at an 80 percent chance of a successful pregnancy, but if the donor is 41, that rate is closer to 20 to 25 percent. There are a lot of variables.” Here’s how it works if it’s successful: First, Mom and the gestational carrier take medications to sync their cycles. Mom also takes prescriptions to stimulate the development of eggs; the surrogate may be prescribed oral estrogen and progesterone injections to help prepare her uterus and may have to have blood

drawn weekly to ensure adequate hormone levels. Next, Mom’s eggs are fertilized using Dad’s sperm, and the embryos are cultured in the lab. Finally, the fertilized embryos are implanted in the gestational carrier’s uterus. CONTROVERSIAL CONSIDERATIONS Like so many other hot-topic women’s issues, surrogacy is not without its fair share of critics. The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBCN) leads a national campaign trying to make commercial pregnancy illegal. Among the criticisms: children’s rights, the exploitation of poor and low-income women, and using a woman’s body as a commercial transaction, among others. “Women who choose to [be gestational carriers] should already be financially stable and not in any sort of desperate situation,” Scott advises. “No one should be doing this because they need the fee to pay their electric bill.” Another point of contention? The unknown dangers associated with using hormones and other fertility drugs to prepare the surrogate’s uterus and jump-start the pregnancy. But experts contend that the low-dose hormones are natural (the body starts producing them anyway during pregnancy), administered over a short period of time (about 10 weeks total) and are safe for a gestational carrier in good health. “[These gestational carriers] have been heavily screened for their health,” Kaufmann adds. “They’ve been picked because they have greatly reduced risks for developing problems like high blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy.” SURROGACY VS. ADOPTION Surrogacy opponents advocate for hopeful couples to choose adoption over surrogacy. But for parents like the Montroses, it’s just not that simple. Keva and Dan didn’t have a problem getting pregnant; they wanted and still want biological children. And their happy 3-year-old is definitely the spitting image of his mom.

“We only have two transfers left,” Keva says of the implantations taking place this month with Standridge. “If they don’t work, we’ll have to try the egg retrieval again, but with my diminished ovarian function, I might not have enough left. … After that, we might have to look into adoption instead. We’ll cross that bridge if we have to.” But it’s not her first choice. Another big difference between surrogacy and adoption? Birth mothers typically choose the couple they want to parent the child they give birth to. In a surrogate situation, the matchup tends to be a bit more mutual: Intended parents pick from the profiles of prospective gestational carriers, and if the surrogate agrees, the intended parents have the opportunity to get to know the would-be gestational carrier before committing. Then there’s the legal contracts, which spell out everything — from how long a surrogate must abstain from sex to how much of a bonus she will be paid for twins — and get signed even before there’s a baby in utero. After adoption, birth mothers can also request post-placement contact, either in an open or semiopen arrangement. Gestational carriers, on the other hand, don’t typically stay in touch with the child’s intended parents unless, of course, they want to try for more children using the same surrogate. For now, Montrose isn’t weighing the pros and cons of adoption because she’s hopeful that this implantation takes and results in the birth of another healthy baby. And Standridge foresees moonlighting as a gestational carrier as long as she possibly can (most gestational carriers stop by their early 40s). She looks at it not necessarily as a job but something she’s been called to do, her mission in life. “If God gave you the opportunity to be part of a miracle, to help make something like this happen for others, wouldn’t you want to do that? It just makes sense for me.”

Finding Support While there are lots of resources for couples experiencing infertility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there aren’t support groups for gestational carriers or parents via surrogacy. But there are plenty of places online that offer support for all types of surrogates and for the intended parents too. AGENCY FOR SURROGACY SOLUTIONS, INC., based in California, offers a virtual chat room where current and previous gestational surrogates can talk and share feelings, thoughts, concerns and joys. surrogacysolutionsinc.com ALL ABOUT SURROGACY is a popular online forum that covers lots of topics, including surrogacy for beginners, insurance issues and support groups for those experiencing failed transfers, among others. There are also ask-anexpert sections where those interested in becoming a surrogate get tips from been-there-done-that carriers, and intended parents can talk to other moms and dads who became parents through someone else’s womb. allaboutsurrogacy.com SURROGATE MOTHERS ONLINE provides online message boards for both surrogates and intended parents with medical and legal experts available to answer questions. surromomsonline.com

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efore the mercury rises to sweltering levels, pack up the kids and spend a weekend or more in one of Texas’ beautiful, family-friendly state parks. There are a number of campgrounds near (and a little farther away) to suit your crew’s comfort and interests — some sites loan rods and tackle boxes to young anglers, for instance. All admit kids 12 and younger for free and all lend littles Junior Ranger Explorer Packs with binoculars, pencils, watercolors and more. Plus, playgrounds, swimming areas and children’s programming add to the fun. Book online at tpwd.texas.gov.

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Go West DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK

Glen Rose, 254/897-4588 THE PITCH: Campers search the shallow riverbed for the tracks of three-toed theropod and elephant-size sauropod dinosaurs. See a 40-foot-tall T. rex replica (and others too), and borrow a birding kit with binoculars to find endangered species. On weekends, grab a treat at the snow cone truck stationed in front of the park store. GOOD TO KNOW: Pack rain boots or water shoes to traverse the wet, rocky riverbed (which can be anywhere from 6–24 inches deep), and plan to attend one of the free weekend ranger programs such as archery or painting, both on May 13.

COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Book a guided tour or steer your own safari ride to see rhinos, giraffes and more at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 15 minutes south of the park. Open daily from 8:30am–4:30pm; drive admission from $21.95 per adult and $15.95 per child age 3 and older. Call for tour prices.

LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE PARK & TRAILWAY

Mineral Wells, 940/328-1171 THE PITCH: Walk a bit of the Trailway (it’s 20 miles long), which parallels an abandoned railroad, or descend the stone steps and narrow canyons of Penitentiary Hollow to a lakeside overlook. Then lounge on the beach or rent kayaks, canoes and rowboats.


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GOOD TO KNOW: Every Saturday in May, park rangers host one- to two-hour family-friendly activities. Identify flowers during the afternoon Wildflower Walk on May 6 or learn safety strategies at Kid’s Wilderness Survival on May 13. COST: Campsites from $10 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Spend a morning 10 miles west at Mineral Wells Fossil Park. Dig up shark tooth fossils from 300 million years ago.

COPPER BREAKS STATE PARK

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID OWENS; TYLER STATE PARK; BRIAN HEID

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Spot members of the state-protected longhorn herd in the Panhandle Plains three hours northwest of Fort Worth. Borrow a tackle box and reel, throw in a line and wait for the rainbow trout to bite. Hike the mile-long Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop, and stop frequently for scenic views of the prairie. GOOD TO KNOW: The preserved rural area offers the best views of constellations, planets, moons and stars. Book a guided StarWalk night hike near Big Pond. COST: Campsites from $8 per day; adult admission $2 per day NEARBY PERK: Drive through the ghost town of Medicine Mound in Hardeman County, 12 miles east of Quanah, to see 200-foot-tall mounds revered by the Comanche tribes for their sacred ceremonial and religious purposes. Trespassing is prohibited, but you can learn more at the Downtown Medicine Mound Museum open Saturdays 9–11am (other days by appointment) or Quanah Depot Museum, where kids can also see a space room furnished by NASA.

GARNER STATE PARK

Concan, 830/232-6132 THE PITCH: Five hours southwest of Fort Worth, camp along the

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to September, the Mexican free-tailed bats put on an evening show at Frio Cave 20 minutes south of the park. Arrive before sunset to see millions of bats evacuate the cave.

INKS LAKE STATE PARK

Burnet, 512/793-2223 THE PITCH: During a trip to Inks Lake, one hour north of Austin, grab an interpretive guide for the 3.3-mile Pecan Flats Trail, suitable for the whole family (you don’t have to walk all 3 miles), and learn about native plants and wildlife from 22 trail markers along the way. Sign up for a guided canoe tour (includes life jackets and paddles). Or swim Devil’s Waterhole, a safe swim spot for families, surrounded by restrooms with showers and picnic areas. The park has three playgrounds too. GOOD TO KNOW: Rangers bring out the telescope for free stargazing parties several times a month. Other all-ages events include fishing, making s’mores and Underwater Discovery — use a weighted net to find what lurks beneath the lake’s surface. COST: Campsites from $11 per day; adult admission $6 per day NEARBY PERK: Explore the underbelly of the Hill Country at Longhorn Cavern 10 minutes

south of the park. Book a daily 1.5-mile easy walking tour (not strollerfriendly). Guided tours: $16 per adult; $12 kids (ages 3–12); free for ages 2 and younger.

Go North RAY ROBERTS LAKE STATE PARK

Pilot Point, 940/686-2148 THE PITCH: A marina with boat rentals, a kids’ fishing pond, and playgrounds at each campsite mean no shortage of entertainment. Swim, hike the easy half-mile Lost Pines Nature Trail or rent a rod and lures to fish in Johnson Branch. GOOD TO KNOW: Park rangers host stargazing workshops, evening bike rides (borrow bikes for free) and more several times a month. See the events online. COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $7 per day NEARBY PERK: Go horseback riding through scenic equestrian trails from Black Mustang Ranch in the Jordan Unit of the state park, less than 1 mile from camp. Rides from $40 per person.

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COOPER LAKE STATE PARK — SOUTH SULPHUR UNIT

Sulphur Springs, 903/945-5256 THE PITCH: The few remaining areas of Texan tallgrass prairie can be found two hours northeast of Fort Worth on the south side of Cooper Lake. Embark on the easy, 30-minute Honey Creek trail or book a guided one-hour canoe tour on the lake for $12 per canoe (each seats two). Then fish for crappie and catfish from any of the piers. GOOD TO KNOW: Use binocu-

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lars to spot bald eagles, bluebirds, white-tailed deer, bobcats and beavers. Let the kids learn how native mammals adapt to their environment in weekend programs. And once a month, a certified archery instructor teaches kids 8 and older how to shoot an arrow (reservations required). COST: Campsites from $10 per day; adult admission $5 per day NEARBY PERK: Let kids see how ice cream, butter and cheese are made at the Southwest Dairy Museum just 25 minutes south of the lake. The museum is open Monday–Friday 9am–4pm.

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Frio River at the Pecan Grove or Oakmont campgrounds, where kids will find sand volleyball and basketball courts. From here, gain access to the easy, half-mile Blinn River Trail. Attend a geocaching mission with a park ranger, rent tubes to float the river or play mini golf. GOOD TO KNOW: Book a cabin now for the fall to see the cypress trees turn colors. COST: Campsites from $15 per day; adult admission $8 per day

Tyler, 903/597-5338 THE PITCH: This sprawling system of campsites, trailer hookups and cabins in the Eastern Piney Woods offers 13 miles of trails and two fishing piers for catching trout, catfish and bass. Lead the kids to a wading pool and small waterfall on the short Whispering Pines Nature Trail, which provides plenty of shade too. Canoe, kayak and peddle boat rentals available too. GOOD TO KNOW: Explore the Lakeshore trail and cross the bridge for a view of a working beaver dam. There are two restrooms along the 2-mile walk and plenty of spots to picnic and rest. Trail maps available at the ranger station. COST:

Campsites from $16 per day; adult admission $6 per day

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Each camp offers a variety of activities for children including a different theme each day. A camp calendar is posted on our websites. Summer camps will be held at our Putt-Putt locations in Arlington, Hurst and Fort Worth, as well as Alley Cats in Arlington. Our camps are designed for ages 5–13. Our state-licensed camp program combines the fun and excitement of Putt-Putt and Alley Cats with a curriculumbased program offering a different theme each day. Note: Attractions vary by location. Camp Camp Price:

Dates: June 5 to August 18, Monday–Friday Times: 7:30am to 6pm $200 per week. This price includes T-shirt, snacks and supplies

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Summer University at All Saints’ offers more than 150 classes to encourage academic growth, stimulate imagination and keep campers active. Students ages 3 through high school seniors can participate in classes including (varies by age): Video Game Creation, Equestrian, Art, Drone Games, Field Hockey, ACT/SAT Prep, Golf, LEGO Engineering, Choir, Sailing, Chess, College Application Essay Writing, Cooking and many more. Come join the summer fun!

Camp Summit is a one-of-a-kind camp for children and adults with disabilities where the emphasis is on the campers’ abilities rather than their disabilities. Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual and are provided in our barrier-free facilities and implemented by trained, caring staff. Our campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while having fun and experiencing new adventures. 270 Private Rd. 3475 Paradise, TX 76073 972-484-8900 camp@campsummittx.org www.campsummittx.org

Camp Summit is located just north of DFW on 460 beautiful acres of land. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed as a Youth Camp in the State of Texas.

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The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2017 topics include Robotic Mystery Camp, Crazy Contraption & Demolition Camp, Coaster Science & Mad Chemistry Camp, Journey Into Space & Movie Making Camp! Save $10/wk! Ends 5/31/17


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The Master’s Touch School of Music & Performing Arts LLC. will be pumping up the volume this summer! We’ll be offering several camps to jump start your musical training!

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Call for a camp brochure or visit us at www.themasterstouchschool.com. At The Oakridge School in Arlington, your child can discover a world of possibilities this summer! Summer Camp (ages 3–4th grade) offers field trips and fun activities. Summer Days (K–4th grade) focuses on academic and enrichment classes, and Oakridge Sports Camps (1st–9th grade) feature baseball, football, tennis and more to keep your child active. Programs are open enrollment. Visit www.theoakridgeschool.org/summerprograms or contact Summer Programs Director Lauren Matocha at 817-563-9742 to explore these exciting opportunities!

River Legacy Living Science Center has a variety of weeklong summer classes in June and July that are sure to beat those summertime boredom blues. (And your students may even learn something too!) Age-appropriate classes for preschoolers to elementary students explore wildlife, science, ecology and the environment. A NEW Extreme Outdoor Adventure class will have 7th and 8th graders kayaking, hiking, and spending the night at the Science Center enjoying dinner over a campfire.

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No matter the age or skill level, after your time with Raegan Pebley Basketball Camps at TCU, you will have improved your individual skills, knowledge of the game, and will have had FUN during the process. • June 9: Individual Skills Camp, Girls, Grades 7–12 • June 10: 3-on-3 Team Jamboree, Girls, Grades 7–12 • June 12–15: Kids Camp, Boys and Girls, Grades K–6 Camps held on TCU campus 817-257-7962 www.raeganpebleybasketballcamp.com

For more information and to sign up, please go to www.raeganpebleybasketballcamp.com. **Early Bird Registration and Multiple Child Discounts Available

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kid culture. chasing pavement

take a spin on family-friendly bike trails WORDS BETH MCGEE

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hether you’re hearing “Look, Mom, no hands!” or your littles aren’t quite ready to pop off the training wheels, a family bike ride is a good excuse for vitamin D and some uninterrupted time together.

Here, we’ve mapped out five of the best trails in Tarrant County, for

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short legs and long.

RIVER LEGACY PARK, ARLINGTON Route options are endless along this 8-mile paved trail following the Trinity River, so you can customize your ride to suit your brood’s cycling skills. We recommend parking at the playground after entering the park off Northwest Green Oaks Boulevard (just west of the River Legacy Living Science Center). Pedal north toward Snider Creek and loop past portable restrooms and a drinking fountain. If you want to extend your ride beyond this 1-mile loop, exit the path shortly after you pass the Legacy Pavilion 1 and follow the westward trail along the Trinity River greenbelt until you reach the

end (about 1.2 miles), keeping an eye out for birds and other wildlife. 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, 817/459-5474; riverlegacy.org OAK GROVE PARK, GRAPEVINE The paved Oak Grove Trail at the southern end of Lake Grapevine is hemmed in by trees but wide enough for the whole gang. Start at the corner of Oak Grove Loop and Darren G. Medlin Trail (there’s parking at the adjacent baseball complex), and roll south past sports fields before plunging into the forest for a few miles of lakeside scenery. The 1.3-mile trail is linear, so you may want to turn around when you meet up with the

Dove Loop Trail. Wrap up 2 your ride with burgers on the dock at Big Daddy’s Ship Store. 2520 Oak Grove Loop S., Grapevine; lake-grapevine.com/trails BIG BEAR CREEK GREENBELT, KELLER The paved trail along Big Bear Creek stretches nearly the entire width of Keller, but you can break up the trip for smaller cyclists. Steer onto the 10-foot-wide trail as it skirts the southern end of Keller Sports Park, and head east to Bear Creek Park (about a mile away) for a water break and a spin on the two play sets. Have bigger kids with you? Keep pedaling for another 2 miles to Keller Town Hall and the Pathways to Play anamorphic sculptures, which are unidentifiable to the naked eye but become familiar landmarks when you peer through a special telescope. 1 Sport Parkway, Keller, 817/743-4300; cityofkeller.com JOHN BARFIELD TRAIL, NORTH RICHLAND HILLS The newly completed John Barfield Trail provides plenty of room for you and your littles to ride side-by-side.

Park by the fire station at Shadywood Lane and Davis Boulevard and head west to follow the 10-foot-wide trail as it meanders along the greenbelt. If you need a snack break or want to make a playground detour, veer off the path after a mile and a half to hit the playground at Dr. Pillow Park, where you’ll find climbing walls and water fountains. Turn around at the park for a 3-mile round trip. 8201 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills, 817/427-6620; nhrtx.com TRINITY TRAILS, FORT WORTH We’d be remiss not to mention Fort Worth’s iconic Trinity Trails. If you don’t know which section of the 70 miles of trails to tackle first, we recommend sticking close to Trinity Park off University Drive — from the playground area, head toward the river and Trinity Park Drive to hop on the trail. Make the 2-mile ride to Colonial Parkway to board the Forest Park Miniature Railroad ($5 adults; 3 $4 children) or bike 3.5 miles to the Clearfork Farmers Market at The Trailhead to make a picnic lunch from the fresh local fare. 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, 817/3352491; trwd.com/recreation

1 // Oak Grove Park is one of the largest parks on Lake Grapevine. 2 // Various route options make the trail along Big Bear Creek in Keller a good option for kiddos of all ages. 3 // Always wear helmets while biking any trail.

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Here’s the best thing since sliced bread: a pre-built lemonade stand available to rent for the Fort Worth Zoo’s Ade for Animals program. How it works: Sign up online for your preferred rental dates, take it home to sell drinks, cookies, etc., and let your kids customize the stand as they like with provided markers. Then give the funds they raise back to the zoo to benefit its A Wilder Vision expansion project.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has been on point lately with its kid-centric exhibitions. In place of Storyland (closing up shop May 7) opens Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog on Saturday, May 27. Climb inside his mega-size food bowl, help the kids fill it up with dog bones and take a ride down Clifford’s back via the built-in slide. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 kids.

The city of Hurst recently gave its outdoor Central Aquatics Center a much-needed facelift, and on May 27, it reopens with a ribbon cutting and swim time on the new slide tower, water features and a toddler slide on the spray pad. Bring the family for playtime on all the new and renovated features from 10am–6pm and get a free T-shirt. $4 for Hurst residents; $10 for nonresidents; free for babies under 12 months.

If you thought Lewis Carroll’s original story was mind-bending, wait until you see the masterfully designed and psychedelic costumes of Texas Ballet Theater’s Alice in Wonderland at Bass Performance Hall. Reserve seats now and begin reading the book with the kids to finish in time to see the show May 19–21 (before it heads to Dallas). Tickets start at $35, with limitedview seats for $20.

Grazing bison are a constant presence, thanks to the 3,621acre Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, which celebrates its 25th annual Buffalo Boogie on Saturday, May 13. Run past the bison habitat on the 10K or stroller-friendly 5K and 1-mile routes through the nature center, and cool off at the post-race party with an expo and kids’ activities. $30 in advance; $35 on race day.

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EDITED BY ELIZABETH SMITH 05/27 ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG @ FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

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EXHIBIT

The Ultimate Octonauts Experience Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/8197677. 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.

2 TUESDAY

Weekly Children’s Activities The Trailhead at Clearfork, 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-7396. trailhead1848.com. Each Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri. Join new children-focused classes each week. 10:30am Mon: nature exploration for ages 18 months to 5 years; 9am Tue: Audubon Society bird walk; 10:30am Wed: Van Grow Art Studio for ages 4–5 ($10); 10:30am Fri: Kindermusik for preschoolers. FREE

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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

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Bella’s Book and Nature Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 10:30am–12pm May 2–3. Join Bella the begonia hand puppet for story readings in the Burk Children’s Library, guided outdoor explorations and more for kids in preschool. Registration is required. $10 per family per visit; free for BRIT members. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Fort Worth Public Library, multiple locations. 817/392-7323. fortworthlibrary.org. May 2–4 and 6–7. Learn about the history of the holiday and celebrate Mexican culture and heritage during this bilingual presentation. For ages 8–10. FREE

PARENT EDUCATION

Making Rules and Enforcing Consequences The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. Learn the steps for establishing clear expectations and implementing effective consequences. This adults-only workshop is especially helpful for parents of older children. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional household member.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Pictures and Pages Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 10:30–11:45am. Meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios to read The Magic Horse of Han Gan by Chen Jiang

Hong and do simple art activities. For ages 4–6; max of two kids per adult. Call to register. FREE

ON STAGE

Seussical Jr. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst. 817/284-1200. artisanct.com. Each Fri–Sat through May 20. Additional shows May 2, 9 and 16. Watch the kids of Artisan Children’s Theater in this musical with Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters including Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. $11 adults; $7 kids 12 and younger.

EXHIBIT

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

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Weekly Children’s Activities See May 1.

3 WEDNESDAY EDUCATIONAL

Little Naturalists Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd., Mansfield. 817/804-5789. olivernaturepark.com. 10:30–11:15am May 3 and 24. Read, sing, take a nature walk, make crafts and learn about nature through exploration. Topics: spring on May 3; butterflies on May 24. For ages 3–5. Registration is required. $5 per child for members; $7 nonmembers.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day by watching a movie musical each week: Singin’ in the Rain on May 3; The Wizard of Oz on May 10; An American in Paris on May 17; Anchors Aweigh on May 24; and The Band Wagon on May 31. $5.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Weekly Children’s Activities See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Bella’s Book and Nature Club See May 2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo See May 2.

4 THURSDAY FESTIVAL

Mayfest Trinity Park, 2401 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-1055. mayfest.org. 3:30–10pm May 4–5; 10am–10pm May 6; 11am–7pm May 7. Take the kids to the 45th annual festival overlooking the Trinity River for more than 20 activity booths in the Tom Thumb Children’s Area and more entertainment in the Frost Zone area. $8 adults; $5 for ages 3–12. Family and friends pass is $25 for five people. Free admission on Thu.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo See May 2.

5 FRIDAY ON STAGE

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817/332-2272. casamanana.org. Each Fri–Sun through May 14. Watch the children’s theater production based on the classic animated film about the girl who trades her fins for legs. Runs 1 hour 30 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets start at $20.

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Learn how crops were vital to the financial success of 1800s family farms and see what grows at Nash Farm today. $3 per person.

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Mother’s Day Help-Create Events Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 701 S. Main St., Ste. 103, Grapevine. 817/251-1668. vetroartglass.com. Bowl: 2–5pm May 5. Flower: 12–4pm May 6. Select your colors and assist the glassblowers in creating a glass-blown flared bowl or flower using Vetro’s 2,000-degree furnace. $65 per flared bowl; $30 per flower.

MUSIC

Sounds of Spring Concert Series NRH Centre, 6000 Hawk Ave., North Richland Hills. 817/427-6620. nrhtx.com. Gates open at 6pm; concerts begin at 7pm. Relax under the stars while a featured band plays each evening: Escape on May 5, the Peterson Brothers on May 12 and The Eggmen on May 19. Pack a picnic and get dinner from food trucks and entertain the kids with games at the kids’ zone. FREE

FILM

Star Wars Day at North-Tri North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave., Fort Worth. 817/3925200. fortworthtexas.gov/northtricc. 6pm. Watch Rogue One screened in celebration of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). FREE

RODEO

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

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dium at UT Arlington, 1307 W. Mitchell St., Arlington. 254/675-3992. texasscottishfestival.com. 5pm–12am May 5; 9am–12am May 6; 9am–6pm May 7. Watch highland dancers and bagpipers, see colorful tents that represent various clans and register the kids for tug of war and a three-legged race on Sat and Sun. Admission starts at $12 for adults; $8 for ages 13-17; $5 for ages 6–12.

FILM

UTA Planetarium Shows The Planetarium at UT Arlington, 700 Planetarium Pl., Arlington. 817/272-1183. uta.edu/planetarium. Each Fri–Sun through May 28. Watch planetarium shows, including the new Phantom of the Universe, every weekend on the university’s 60-foot dome screen. Tickets available 30 minutes before each show. See website for complete list of shows and times. $6 adults; $4 ages 3–18; free for ages 2 and younger.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Weekly Children’s Activities See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Mayfest See May 4.

6 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

NATURE

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

FESTIVAL

El Fuerte – Fort Worth Taco Fest Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/698-0700. fwtacofest. com. 12–7pm. VIP entry at 11am. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Latin influence on Fort Worth at the second annual taco festival at The Shack. Admission includes unlimited food samples from dozens of area restaurants and food trucks. Adults: $50 at the door; $30 in advance. $15 for kids 6–13. Free for 5 and younger.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Family Workshop Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/7381933. cartermuseum.org. 10:30am–12:30pm. Discover the art of Helen Frankenthaler and other artists who worked with various printing techniques, and then try your hand at printmaking. Designed for kids ages 7–12. Registration is required. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Family Workshop – Painting Portraits Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6554. sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 1–3pm. Bring the family together to paint your own family portrait on a large canvas. Registration is required. FREE

ON STAGE

Festival Cinco de Mayo Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palace-theatre.com. 8pm. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by attending this concert of new music from Mariachi Allende and dancing by Fort Worth’s Ballet Folklorico Azteca. For all ages. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

FESTIVAL

Founders Day Celebration Wild Rose Heritage Center, 133 Bates St., Keller. 817/562-8801. cityofkeller.com. 10am–4pm. Join the Old Town Keller Foundation for the third annual Founders Day party with children’s crafts and games, demonstrations and tours of the heritage center. FREE


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

PARENT EDUCATION

Kids First The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 9am– 1pm. Sign up for this workshop designed to help adults explore how children perceive divorce and litigation. $45 in advance; $60 at the door.

ARTS & CRAFTS

We are a Christian, nonprofit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. We publish free bimonthly newsletters, hold two commemorative ceremonies each year and host support groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio – Faraway Places Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm May 6, 20 and 27. 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

SPECIAL EVENT

Mother/Daughter Look-Alike Contest Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-6591. ridgmar. com. 11am–1pm. Enter yourself and your daughter(s) in this contest for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree and other giveaways. Held on the lower level across from Shoe Dept. Encore. Online registration in advance is required. FREE

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

EDUCATIONAL

Salamander Saturday Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/3927410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2pm. Learn about the amphibian’s natural history during this program as part of the national awareness event held each spring. $5 plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 ages 3–12. Free for members.

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

FESTIVAL

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Scarborough Faire Site, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie. 972/938-3247. srfestival. com. 10am–7pm each Sat and Sun through May 28 and Memorial Day Monday, May 29. Watch entertainers perform on 24 stages, tour the Mermaid Lagoon, be knighted by royalty and discover more children’s entertainment at this festival that recreates a 16thcentury English village. $28 adults; $13 kids 5–12.

RECREATION

Spring Family Campout Bob Jones Park, 3901 N. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake. 817/748-8019. southlakeparksandrec.com. 4pm May 6 – 9am May 7. Bring your tent, sleeping bags and camping gear, eat dinner Sat and breakfast Sun outdoors and join activities at the park. $10 per person.

SPORTS

Strider Cup Race Sundance Square, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 605/342-0266. striderbikes.com/fortworth. 8am–4pm. Practice and race on Strider no-pedal balance bikes at this series event for kids 18 months to 5 years and those with special needs of all ages. Note: Only Strider-brand balance bikes are permitted to race and will be available for purchase. $25; free for

spectators and special needs. Advance registration required. Free admission to Adventure Zone riding area.

EDUCATIONAL

Tail Waggin’ Tutors Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. 817/392-7323. wr365.org. 1–3pm. In a 10-minute session, read one-on-one to a trained therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International. For children ages 5–12 who have difficulty reading or a speech impediment, or who need practice reading aloud. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Walkup Workshops SiNaCa Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817/899-0024. sinacastudios.org/ youth-programing. 1–5pm each 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 first-come, first-served basis. Designed to take 20–30 minutes per person. $40.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Mayfest See May 4. Disney’s The Little Mermaid See May 5. Mother’s Day Help-Create Events See May 5. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5.

7 SUNDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

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

ON STAGE

Musical Math The Marq Amphitheater, 285 Shady Oaks Dr., Southlake. 817/748-8900. themarqsouthlake. com. 1pm. Bring chairs or blankets to the outdoor amphitheater and listen to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform a family concert that explores tempo, meter, note values and their relationship to mathematics. $10 adults; $5 children.

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Storyland – A Trip Through Childhood Favorites Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org/storyland. 12–5pm. This is the last day to experience the exhibit featuring beloved children’s picture books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. For ages 8 and younger. $15 adults and $12 children.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo See May 2. Mayfest See May 4. Disney’s The Little Mermaid See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6.

8 MONDAY EDUCATIONAL

Kinder Chronicles – A Writing Workshop for Kindergarteners Woodland West Branch Library, 2837 W. Park Row, Arlington. 817/459-6900. morelibrary.org. 10:30– 11:30am. Explore your imagination by creating stories and poetry during this program for ages 5–6. Meet in the Community Room. Register online. FREE

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1.

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PARENT EDUCATION

Parenting Styles 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 to help find a balanced parenting style appropriate for your child’s developmental level and effective at reducing misbehavior. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional household member.

NATURE

Seedings – Nature Painting Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 11–11:45am. Bring your own gardening gloves and make works of art using natural materials. For kids ages 4–6. Two kids per caregiver. FREE

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3.

11 THURSDAY NATURE

Mommy and Me – Creepy Crawlers Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake. 817/491-6333. bjnc.org. 10–11am. Bring your little ones to learn about the insects of the Cross Timbers through crafts and outdoor activities. For parents, grandparents or other caregivers and their kids up to age 3. Register online. $10 per class for one adult/ child pair; $5 per additional child; no charge for additional adults.

EDUCATIONAL

Nature Adventurers – Adventures with Mushrooms River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy. org. 10–11:30am. Enjoy themed classroom activities, stories, songs and a guided nature walk. Designed for preschoolers 2 1/2–5 years. $15 per child/adult pair; $5 for additional child. Max of two children per adult.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2.

12 FRIDAY MUSIC

Friday on the Green Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. 817/966-1880. nearsouthsidefw.org. 6–10pm. Grab dinner from Near Southside eateries on-site and browse the 25-plus vendors at the makers market. Then spread out on the lawn to listen to four local bands. FREE

HISTORY

Frontier Forts Muster Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-9715. stockyardsstation.com. May 12–13. Experience an authentic representation of Texas frontier life at this 16th annual event with infantry and artillery demonstrations, streets lined with encampments, and military parades in commemoration of the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Open Studio Night SiNaCa Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817/899-0024. sinacastudios.org.

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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

Winnie the Pooh Kids OhLook Performing Arts Center, 1631 W. Northwest Hwy., Grapevine. 817/421-2825. ohlookperform.com. May 12–14. See local kids perform on stage as Pooh and his pals Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit and Owl, as they search for Christopher Robin, who has been captured by the mysterious Backson. $15.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Disney’s The Little Mermaid See May 5. Sounds of Spring Concert Series See May 5. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5.

13 SATURDAY SPORTS

1860s Baseball Game Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 6pm. Watch an evening baseball game played according to the rules and customs of the 1860s. Join in or cheer on the teams and enjoy popcorn and lemonade. For all ages. $5.

FITNESS

Buffalo Boogie Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. buffaloboogie.org. 8–11am. Look for live bison grazing in the bison range during this 25th annual event featuring a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run through the nature center. Registration includes breakfast, face painting, balloon animals, crafts and expo. $35 on race day. $5 dog registration includes a bandana.

PARENT EDUCATION

Co-Parenting Essentials Junior League of Arlington, 4002 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 9am–1pm. Sign up for this workshop designed to help parents prevent problems resulting from divorce and to keep children out of the middle of conflict. Additional May 26 session held at The Parenting Center in Fort Worth. $45 per workshop in advance; $60 at the door.

FILM

Family Movie Fun Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. 817/392-7323. fortworthtexas. gov/library/familyfilm. 1pm. Bring a blanket and watch a different feature-length movie on the second Sat each month. In May: Swiss Family Robinson. FREE

RECREATION

Keller Family Campout Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy., Keller. 817/743-4050. kellerparksandrec.org. 6pm May 13 – 10am May 14. Bring your family-size tent and sleeping bags to spend the night under the stars. In-N-Out burgers provided for dinner and breakfast tacos in the morning. Registration is required. $5 per person; free for kids 2 and younger.

SPECIAL EVENT

Laps for Charity Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Fort Worth. 817/215-8500. speedwaycharities.org/ events/texas/laps-for-charity. 5–10pm. Drive your personal vehicle three laps around the newly configured 1.5-mile speedway oval. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. Take a picture on Victory Lane and enjoy a car show. Open to kids 6 and older who are out of a car seat. $40 per vehicle in advance; $50 at the gate; $10 for party-only admission. $30 per additional set of laps. $10 for photo.

NATURE

Nature Walk River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy.org. 2–3pm. Explore the nature trails surrounding the science center on a family-friendly guided hike. Call to register. Held each second Sat. FREE


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FESTIVAL

Prairie Day Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 9am–3pm. In celebration of BRIT’s 30th anniversary, join this family-friendly festival for bird of prey and reptile demonstrations, Bella’s Story Time for preschoolers, food trucks and kids’ activities including a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting. FREE

HISTORY

Second Saturday Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6554. sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 2–3pm tour; 3–3:20pm performance. Join a public tour of the museum and stay to watch Roberta Atkins in costume as Nancy Cooper Russell, wife of cowboy artist Charles Russell, in a 20-minute living history performance that highlights the artist’s career. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Disney’s The Little Mermaid See May 5. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Frontier Forts Muster See May 12. Winnie the Pooh Kids See May 12.

14 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 family-friendly show. For all ages but recommended for 4 years and older. $15.

NATURE

Wildflower Walk Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 2–4pm. Instead of giving flowers for Mother’s Day, take Mom to see wildflowers on a nature walk led by a naturalist. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

EXHIBIT

A Modern Vision – European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection 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. See some of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from America’s first museum of modern art, which opened in 1921. $18 adults; $16 kids 6–11. Free for ages 5 and younger and for museum members.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Winnie the Pooh Kids See May 12.

15 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1.

16 TUESDAY PARENT EDUCATION

Birth Order The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. Discover how your child’s birth order affects their beliefs, personality and behavior and how your own birth order affects the way you parent. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional household member.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2.

17 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3.

18 THURSDAY NATURE

Family Fun – Create Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 6–7pm. Meet in the Leonard Courtyard outside the Garden Center for this children’s Green Thumb Club program. Learn how to make leaf rubbings and use rubber stamps to make works of art. FREE

PARENT EDUCATION

Kindergarten Readiness Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake.

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817/748-8243. cityofsouthlake.com/library. 6–7:30pm. Join this expert-led program to learn the steps that make the transition to kindergarten happy and successful for both parent and child. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2.

19 FRIDAY ON STAGE

Alice in Wonderland Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 877/8289200. texasballettheater.org. 8pm May 19; 2 and 8pm May 20; 2 and 7pm May 21. Watch a bouncing rabbit, a beguiling cat and a crazy queen in Texas Ballet Theater’s production choreographed by Ben Stevenson and featuring accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $20.

ON STAGE

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang OhLook Performing Arts Center, 1631 W. Northwest Hwy., Grapevine. 817/421-2825. ohlookperform.com. May 19–21 and 26–28. Watch local kids and adults perform on stage in this musical adventure based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book. $15.

MUSIC

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

FESTIVAL

Main Street Fest Historic Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/4103185. grapevinetexasusa.com/mainstreetfest. May 19–21. Take the family to the 33rd annual festival with carnival rides, midway games and a singing contest. Stop by the KidZone for a petting zoo, the Sea Life Aquarium touch pool and Legoland Discovery Center building competition. $7 adults; $5 kids 6–12. Free on Fri until 5pm. $15 weekend pass; $20 souvenir weekend pass.

EDUCATIONAL

Preschool Discovery Club Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 10:30–11:30am. Register in advance to bring your kids ages 3–5 to the nature center for educational programs. Theme: bees on May 19; flowers on May 26. $8 per child, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. $5 for members.

ON STAGE

The King’s Drum W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/737-5437. kidswhocare.org. 5:30 and 7:30pm. Watch the Kids Who Care Musical Theatre’s final tour show of this production that was co-written with families served by Cook Children’s. Tickets start at $15. $50 VIP pre-party tickets available for 7:30pm show.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Sounds of Spring Concert Series See May 5. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5.

20 SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENT

20th Annual DFWBaby Fair and Model Search Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972/447-9188. dfwchild.com/events. 10am–3pm. Register your baby age newborn–12 months for a chance to be the next DFWBaby magazine cover model. Then explore the Baby Fair to register for mommy swag and learn about new products and services. $45 for walk-up registration; $35 in advance.

FITNESS

Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-9715. 2ndchancerun.org. 5K begins at 8am; 1-mile at 8:15am. Help raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation across the state by joining this family run through the stockyards. Both distances: $20 adults; $10 kids 11 and younger.

RECREATION

Father and Son Adventure Day Richard Simpson Park at Lake Arlington, 6300 W. Arkansas Ln., Arlington. 817/277-5001. naturallyfun.org. 9–11am. Venture outside for archery, kayaking and fishing. Includes breakfast and refreshments. For sons ages 5–12 and their dads. Call to register. $10 per person.

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

ARTS & CRAFTS

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NATURE

Saturday Story Time River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy.org. 11–11:45am. Take a seat as a librarian reads seasonal stories. Stay after for related craft or activity. Call to register. FREE

SPECIAL EVENT

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Trinity River Spring Trash Bash Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/335-2491. trwdtrashbash.com/spring. 8:30–10am. Register online for your preferred cleanup location for the third annual trash bash, then meet back at the pavilion for an after-party with free food, door prizes and entertainment. Register by May 5 for a free T-shirt. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

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Turtles Up Close Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–3pm. Learn about the special adaptations of these shelled reptiles and what they have in common with birds and snails. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Seussical Jr. See May 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See May 6. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See May 6. Saturday Sweat See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Alice in Wonderland See May 19. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See May 19. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season See May 19. Main Street Fest See May 19.

21 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

FITNESS

Great Strides Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/249-7744. fightcf.cff.org. 9am. Form a team and help support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by joining this family-friendly 5K walk with food and children’s activities. Fundraising is encouraged.

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Alice in Wonderland See May 19. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See May 19. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season See May 19. Main Street Fest See May 19.

22 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1.

23 TUESDAY PARENT EDUCATION

Building Self-Esteem The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 6:30–8:30pm. Register for this adults-only workshop to learn how to help your family build on small accomplishments that encourage your child and yourself. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional household member.

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NATURE

Little Sprouts – Roots Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg. org. 9:30–10am. Look at the root vegetable carrot and then do gardening tasks. For ages 18–36 months. One child per caregiver. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Home-School Nature Class See May 9.

24 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Little Naturalists See May 3. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3.

25 THURSDAY SPECIAL EVENT

Summer Activities Kick-off Heritage Village Plaza, 841 W. Pipeline Rd., Hurst. 817/788-7302. hursttx.gov/library. 6–8pm. Register for the library’s Summer Reading Club at this party with kids’ activities and a concert by the Space Rockers. Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs or blankets for lounging. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2.

26 FRIDAY MUSIC

An American Salute White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake. 817/665-6000. fwsymphony.org. 7pm. Ahead of Memorial Day, attend the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performance of patriotic songs including Summon the Heroes by John Williams and a medley of famous marches. $20 adults; $10 kids; $15 Apex members.

FESTIVAL

Art on the Greene Richard Greene Linear Park, 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. artonthegreene.com. 3–8pm May 26; 10am–6pm May 27; 10am–5pm May 28. Browse works by a number of local artists and bring your lawn chairs or blankets to lounge while listening to live music at the fifth annual festival. FREE

NATURE

Friday Funday – Pond Explorers 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 a hike down to the Bluebird Pond, nature-themed crafts and outdoor activities. Register online. $12 per child for BJNC members; $15 per child for nonmembers.

SPECIAL EVENT

Special Olympics Summer Games University of Texas at Arlington, multiple locations on campus, Arlington. 817/332-3433. sotx.org/summergames. May 26–28. Check online for a full schedule. Cheer on the thousands of statewide athletes competing in basketball, gymnastics and more sports. Opening ceremonies begin at 7pm May 26 at UTA’s Maverick Stadium. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Walkup Workshops See May 6. Co-Parenting Essentials See May 13. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See May 19. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season See May 19. Preschool Discovery Club See May 19.


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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 and Emily Elizabeth by exploring this children’s exhibit with slides, Clifford’s Doghouse and the Birdwell Island Ferry. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18. Free for museum members.

EXHIBIT

Grapevine Rails – Rolling Through Time Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinemuseums.com. 8am–5pm Mon–Fri; 10am–6:30pm Sat; 12–5pm Sun. On view through Sep 17. Experience Grapevine’s rail legacy through this exhibit of TEXRail artifacts, a Lone Star Hi-Railers model railroad display, an interactive train and games in the Grand Gallery. FREE

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See May 5. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Grapevine Fun Trains See May 6. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See May 6. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See May 19. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season See May 19. Art on the Greene See May 26. Special Olympics Summer Games See May 26.

28 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. UTA Planetarium Shows See May 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See May 6. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Comedy and Magic Show See May 14. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang See May 19. Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season See May 19. Art on the Greene See May 26. Special Olympics Summer Games See May 26. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See May 27.

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Kids Memorial Day Baking Sur la Table, Southlake and Fort Worth. surlatable.com. 9–11am and 12–2pm. Help your little chef gain confidence in the kitchen by signing them up for this class. Learn how to make frosting from scratch and work with yeast to create a menu of sandwich cookies and homemade ice cream. For ages 8–12. $49 per person per class.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. Scarborough Renaissance Festival See May 6. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See May 27.

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 to recognize and change breakdowns in communication and to listen empathetically. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional household member.

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Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See May 27.

31 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Dora and Diego See May 1. Fort Worth Herd See May 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See May 1. When the Earth Shakes See May 2. SMG Classics Mother’s Day See May 3. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See May 27.

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confessions

“I had taken my 2-yearold to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with another friend and her son. After putting my son in the car — but before buckling him in — I stood there chatting with the other mom. After about 10 minutes, I opened the door to strap my son in and saw that he had found my pink Sharpie and colored the seats, the steering wheel and the windows.” —MARTHA, DALLAS

mommy fails ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

MY DAUGHTER WAS 17 MONTHS OLD WHEN MY SON WAS BORN, AND I WAS SO PROUD OF MYSELF WHEN I WOULD GET ALL THREE OF US OUT THE DOOR. BUT ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS I CAME HOME TO FIND OUR FRONT DOOR WIDE OPEN.”

My 9-year-old twins got a swingset for Christmas, and I think I’ve promised them every weekend we would put it together. Well, I just tripped over it (again!) walking through the front door.” —KRISTY, FORT WORTH “I thought it was a right of passage for a little boy to go tee tee outside in the bushes. So I let him do it a couple of times in our backyard. One day, while I was talking to our neighbor in the front yard, he decided to drop trouser and pee right there.” —NATALIE, DALLAS

—ALEX, DALLAS

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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“I ran to the bathroom after making my 4-year-old her lunch — eggs and sausage with ketchup to dip. I came back to find her food untouched while she squeezed ketchup into her mouth.” —JEN, HURST

THERE WAS A LITTLE DOUGHNUTSAND-COFFEE SOCIAL AT CHURCH FOLLOWING ONE OF THE SERVICES. WE HAD OUR FIVE CHILDREN PLUS OUR TWO NIECES WITH US. WHEN WE GOT HOME, I REALIZED WE LEFT ONE OF OURS BEHIND.” —MARY, SOUTHLAKE


FortWorthChild May 2017  

The Magazine Parents Live by in Tarrant County

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