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FEATURE

16 Walk On

How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time words Heather Duge photography Carter Rose

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Mind Your Child’s Mind

Give kids’ brains a boost with a few expert tips

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Kristin Sullivan One former reporter and mom now works to improve literacy

12 Datebook

Happenings that are perfect for date night or GNO

14 Routines / Latoya Polk

The mom of six kids (and six chickens) runs a culinary business James Miller stands tall on his prosthetic leg in the atrium of the hospital that's helping him be just like every other 3-year-old. p. 16

THE HEALTH & WELLNESS ISSUE

KID CULTURE 23 JFK’s Final Day

Relive history with a family-friendly tour

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MOM-APPROVED DOCTORS 32 This Month: Counselors, Therapists & Alternative Health Practitioners Local wellness professionals nominated by readers

COLUMNS 46 Confessions / Mommy Fails

When bad things happen to good parents

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what they eat, when they sleep, what they do and how safe they feel all get etched into children’s brains WORDS ERIN MCKNIGHT ILLUSTRATION JADE JOHNSON

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t’s been three months since 41-year-old Heidi Henke’s son, Gunnar, came home from his first day of school with his Broccoli Award. The 4-year-old earned it by eating three bowls of broccoli at lunch. “It’s on his dresser,” the Carrollton mom says of the certificate that depicts a large piece of broccoli and says “I Rocked the Broc.”

Gunnar is a preschooler at Prince of Peace Christian School, now in its second year as a Flik Independent School Dining community, a partnership program with independent and private schools that provides students with from-scratch cooking and nutritionally balanced meals, along with nutrition education in the form of tastings and spotlighted foods. Kids learn about the variety, health benefits and, of course, the

tastiness of good-for-you foods. As headmaster Chris Hahn sees it, “The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.” But overall brain health is about more than what kids eat. When they sleep, their activity level and how secure they feel are also key contributors to their overall well-being and brain health, experts say. So parents need to help their kids find the right balance of food, activity and sleep—and make sure kids feel secure—so those developing brains function better.

at school has led to a more attentive and focused preschooler. That’s likely because nutrition can help to establish the neural connections, cell signaling and the structure responsible for cognitive functions like perception, thinking, reasoning and remembering inside the brain. A recent study by Abbott Nutrition and the University of llinois confirms that specific nutrients in breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks play a large part in how kids’ brains are wired (or not) for success. Key nutrients include lutein and zeaxanthin, which support memory and improve processing speed, and are rich in dark, leafy greens such as spinach

The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.

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and kale, though they can also be found in eggs, corn, kiwi, grapes, oranges and zucchini. Unsaturated good fats like those in nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil and DHA-fortified eggs, milk and other dairy products benefit cognitive development. And anthocyanins, the nutrients behind the pigment in purple and blue fruits like grapes and blueberries, promote blood flow to the brain, which helps it function optimally. But getting kids to consume these good-for-them foods can be tricky. Davita Lister, Flik ISD food service director and chef in Dallas, suggests deconstructing meals and encouraging kids to build their own. Involve kids in the process of buying groceries or creating a meal plan, she says. Most kids want to eat what they’ve planned or prepared themselves. Angela Lemond, licensed pediatric and family nutritionist and dietitian and owner of Lemond Nutrition in Plano and Rockwall agrees: “Involve your child in the process of eating, and your kid will make better choices because they’re learning age-appropriate kitchen skills and helping with the shopping.” Prioritize balance: include a fruit or veggie (or both), lean protein and a whole grain on every plate. Protein is especially important with breakfast since it will help kick-start a child’s attention span, concentration and memory. Try eggs, sausage or bacon, even cottage cheese as part of the morning meal. And make veggies fun to get kids to try them. Spiralize zucchini to make noodles in place of pasta, or blanch green beans and encourage little ones to eat them with their hands. Remember that taste buds grow along with bodies so keep offering; broccoli haters today may be rockin’-the-broc award winners in the future. A developing mind also requires water. Evidence shows that children with attention and memory problems are often just slightly dehydrated. Teachers are now being encouraged to give water breaks, but it’s important to develop good hydration habits at home, which include drinking plenty of water and steering clear of soda and other sugary beverages.

de-stress, which ultimately affects a child’s attention span and memory. SLEEP

Many parents keep a scheduled bedtime for kids during the week but relax it (sometimes significantly) during the weekend or over school breaks. “Sleep allows the brain to rest and reset,” says Dr. William Brown, a psychiatrist at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “And insufficient sleep can negatively and permanently alter how a brain functions.” Daytime sleepiness, emotional outbursts, moodiness and excessive goofiness or clumsiness all indicate a deficiency in sleep. Keep the schedule on course and don’t deviate by more than an hour—even on special occasions. “Sleep is critical for optimal academic and physical functioning,” Brown says. To get better sleep, experts suggest limiting kids’ screen time, especially before bed. The blue light cast from electronic devices is thought to have the same effect as caffeine. According to sleep specialists, toddlers need 12–15 hours of sleep a day (including nighttime sleep and naps), children ages 3–5 require 11–13 hours and ages 5–12 should get 10–12 hours of shut-eye. Want a good indicator of whether or not your kids are getting sufficient zzz’s? Do they wake up in the morning on their own? If not, they need more sleep and probably need an earlier bedtime.

Insufficient sleep can negatively and permanently alter how a brain functions.

ACTIVITY

Exercise is also important to a child’s brain health, and kids need more than what they get during school recess and physical education classes. Encourage at least 30 minutes of active play after school too. Let them ride bikes, enroll them in a sport or play outside together. Exercise helps kids relax and 6

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“For children to learn, they need to be in a place where they feel safe,” says Justin Smith, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Hospital in Trophy Club. Worrisome kiddos tend to be inattentive and distracted. Being unsure of a parent’s reaction sends the young brain into stress mode. The brain focused on protecting itself isn’t open to learning, which is why discipline doesn’t work in moments of heightened anxiety. Be a predictable parent who manages your kids’ (brains’) expectations. It shouldn’t be about perfection—consistency is the goal, says Dr. Laura Lamminen, a psychologist at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano. “[That means] structure during the day, rules in the home, reasonable expectations and consequences for actions,” she explains. It’s really a simple, intuitive recipe to create a secure home environment for kids. It includes talking, reading, singing, caring, loving and giving ample affection to kids.


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real moms / K R I S T I N cent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025. Mitch Whitten, her husband of 20 years, is vice president of marketing and communications for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. And the couple’s two boys—John, 14, and Scott, 10—are students at Paschal High School and Lily B. Clayton Elementary School, respectively. A Southern Methodist University alumna, Sullivan, 49, studied journalism and political science (and also met her husband there), then worked as a reporter and editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for nearly two decades. In 2009, she shifted gears to work in media relations and strategic communications at The University of Texas at Arlington, where she was ultimately promoted to associate vice president for communications. But when the opportunity with Read Fort Worth came knocking last year, Sullivan couldn’t resist. “The cause is something I believe in very much,” she says. “It’s a big challenge, but Fort Worth is a can-do town. We’re going to do this.”

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of parenthood, choose your partner well. My husband is an equal and sometimes a greater parent than I am. I had a good life and think my mom did very well by me, but parenting is all hands on deck. Mitch and I are very blessed by a strong faith community. We go to Broadway Baptist Church, and our friends within the church environment are the ones who help us raise these kids. I think it’s really important for young parents to know that you’ve got to have that safety net. You can’t raise a child all by yourself. WHAT’S MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT MOTHER-

HOOD? If you think you know what you’re doing, you won’t tomorrow. My ninth-grader is very stressed out right now because he wants the driving experience, and that’s freaking me out. My youngest is struggling for independence. As soon as you know what you’re doing with a child, things change. WHAT DO YOU DO TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? I’m not as good at self-care as I

should be. But I think exercise is everything. At this stage in my life, I don’t care what type of exercise it is.. I will do Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, cycling. I get on the treadmill when I can. Also, I teach Sunday school. Not that I’m particularly well qualified, but I do have a commitment to attend and learn weekly. That keeps me grounded. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FORT WORTH? The extreme diversity and

the city’s history. I love the fact that Van Cliburn’s from here. I love that we have a history in the rails but also in cattle. Michelangelo’s first painting ever is at the Kimbell Art Museum. And people here are just incredibly warm and kind.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A DATE NIGHT? We really like Press Cafe in

Fort Worth, but if we get to choose our own TV program, that’s a big deal. We like to have wine and cook dinner with friends. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO SPOTS AROUND THE CITY? We orient ourselves

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Southern Methodist University hosts hundreds of women from around North Texas for TEDxSMUWomen, an independently organized TED event that coincides with the global TEDWomen conference in New Orleans. Expect simulcast sessions from NOLA, plus live speakers, workshops and networking events designed to connect local, like-minded women. Tickets from $27. 3145 Dyer St., Dallas // 214/768-1559 // tedxsmu.org

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08 LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL

Screen more than 50 of the year’s most anticipated films and interact with the filmmakers at happy hours and panel discussions at Sundance Square. Opt for an all-access badge or attend screenings à la carte. $300 for all-access badges; $10 for individual screenings. 209 W. Second St., Suite 284, Fort Worth // 817/924-6000 // lonestarfilmfestival.com

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Texans Clint Black, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett take the stage at Bass Performance Hall for a Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert. All proceeds from the event benefit the North Texas Community Foundation’s relief fund, which will be distributed to organizations bringing aid to our fellow Texans on the coast. Tickets start at $150. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth // 817/212-4200 // basshall.com

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LATOYA POLK Latoya Polk is the executive chef of Toffee Culinary Company. She’s been married for 16 years to Samuel, a middle school math teacher and CEO of S.O.S. Security. The couple shares an urban farm in Fort Worth with their six kids—Jair, 15; Samaira, 14; Bryce, 8; Japhia, 6; Joshua, 5; and Azaliah, 3—plus six chickens, two dogs and two cats.

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:08AM The rooster (“Big Red”) is crowing, and I wake up only to look at the time and go back to sleep. I let my second alarm do its job. 6:20AM I’m awakened by a light because my husband is up waking all of the children with his deep-toned voice: “Time to get up!” 6:45AM I’m dressed and greeted by the three amigos—Bryce, Japhia and Joshua— who are usually “sick,” had a nightmare or don’t want to go to school. Some mornings are all smiles and excitement, but lately it’s been rough so I count it a blessing that everyone is excited and dressed. 7:10AM I am trying to wake our toddler, who wants to sleep in, but as we gather her up she is bouncy and happy too. Our oldest two have made it downstairs in their polished uniforms. My daughter goes to an all-girls school and has to wear “full prep” as I call it, and my son, a freshman, wears whatever he wants. He is, let’s just say, enjoying his selfexpression. Some days you have to just let

them be themselves—a wrinkle or two never hurt anyone. 7:20AM The boys help feed the animals and give them all water. It sounds simple, but usually there is some newfound issue—either the chickens are out of the run, or one of the dogs has attacked a chicken, or the dogs have torn up the chair cushions, or another dog has gotten into our yard … Thank God, today all the animals are where they belong. 7:30AM We are off to three different schools. My husband takes our son the high schooler, and I take the elementary and middle schoolers. 7:55AM I’m back home and back to work. My baby girl has to have Mickey Mouse every morning, so I give her a dose of the Mickster while I organize work, make calls, send emails and update social media pages for my business. I send an email to my marketing manager to update flyers for our cooking class and to contact organizations that have asked for classes at their locations. 8:30AM Time for outdoor activities. We check on the animals and water plants. 9AM A client stops by to pick up a smoothie, like she does every morning. She likes that I live close and wants to support my business versus going to the high-price juice companies. 9:30AM I’m in the lab—my kitchen—meal prepping for family and clients while Azaliah does her computer lesson. 10:45AM All prep is complete, veggies are cut and washed, and biscuit dough is ready and wrapped for finishing at a later time. 11:30AM Lunch. Nothing extravagant: a salad, a few tortilla chips and an apple. Sometimes it’s just a stale chicken nugget from my daughter’s plate or a half-eaten sandwich. 12:30PM Clean up, do laundry, finish dinner and do my business follow-up. Once baby is down for her nap, I can rest ... maybe. 2:30PM As this is the official end of my workday, I am pushing and pulling all loose ends possible so that by the weekend I can have a clear head for each event. My classes are scheduled, and my menus are complete. 3:30PM Pickup line for the elementary kids. The kids pile in, and they sporadically begin talking about their day. My youngest son is so tired he dozes off before we can make it home. 4PM We are home. I receive a text from my oldest that he is going to the Boys and Girls Club to study and play ball. I then get a text from my daughter with the details of her volleyball game. 4:30PM All three kids need help with homework, and I manage to get all the kids working while I get organized. 5PM Dinner is heated, and I am trying to get the kids to eat before we leave. When my

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WHAT’S ON HER DVR Queen Sugar, Rickey Smiley, The Walking Dead, Black Love FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT DelShawn’s NO. 1 ITEM ON HER BUCKET LIST A fully operated facility for my business and community WORDS SHE LIVES BY Success isn’t about how much money you make, but it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. WORKOUT SHE MANAGES TO SQUEEZE IN Weights, treadmill and sumo squats ON GIRLS NIGHT OUT, WE’LL FIND HER Having wine at someone’s house other than mine MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS Relax, breathe and have fun. HOBBIES Crafting. I love to make things and DIY projects. SHE WISHES SHE HAD MORE TIME TO Enjoy the little things. Time makes us move so fast that the little things become big things. ONGOING PROJECT Our yard. Our house was a complete gut, and we have a new project each month. FAVORITE SCENT Gardenia, lemon and basil FAVORITE GIFT TO GIVE FRIENDS Time, service and me, whether it’s cooking a meal, hanging out or tickets to a concert GREATEST FEAR Not being able to help my family thrive CELEBRITY CLOSET SHE’D LIKE TO RAID Toccara Jones MUST-HAVE MAGAZINE FOR A LONG FLIGHT

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Walk On How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time WORDS HEATHER DUGE PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE


PREVIOUS PAGE James Miller, 3, sits on his mom’s lap while they wait to see his surgeon and prosthetist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. THIS PAGE 1. On the way to the waiting room, James stops to play an oversized version of Connect Four in the atrium of the hospital. 2. The main entrance at Scottish Rite Hospital invites patients in with the colorful decor, the aroma of fresh popcorn and friendly volunteers everywhere.

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hree-year-old James Miller is waiting to see one of his prosthetists at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Other patients and visitors pass him as he sits with his mom, Jessica McIlroy, and grandmother, Darlene Miller. A boy walks in wearing a prosthetic leg, just like James. “The wonderful thing about this hospital is that you don’t feel different,” the Farmers Branch grandmother says. “You see all kinds of kids just like you.” And actually, until the Millers stepped into Scottish Rite Hospital three years ago, they didn’t know anything about prosthetics. But this world of prosthetics was one the family entered into almost immediately after James’ birth. After a normal pregnancy, James was born at 36 weeks at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford. McIlroy remembers immediately noticing something was wrong with his right leg, and he only had four toes on his foot. An X-ray revealed that James’ tibia, or shin bone, bowed at a 90-degree angle, and he was missing his fibula, the bone that runs parallel to the shin bone and helps stabilize the ankle and muscles in the lower leg. James spent five days in the hospital for observation and went home with a referral to Scottish Rite Hospital, a facility that serves over 20,000 kids each year and is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of 18

1 orthopedic conditions ranging from scoliosis and hip disorders to limb-length discrepancies and conditions that lead to amputation. There, James was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, a rare condition with no known cause. Doctors explained two options for his condition: multiple surgeries to reconstruct the leg and lengthen it, or surgery to amputate the leg and receive a prosthetic one in its place. For several months, McIlroy kissed her newborn baby’s feet each night with tears streaming down her face as she agonized over the decision. Should the young Bedford mom amputate her baby’s leg? “It was very hard, but once the decision was made, I knew it was right for James,” McIlroy says. Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, chief of staff emeritus at Scottish Rite Hospital, says he likes to perform amputations when the

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3. James and his mom, Jessica McIlroy, walk to the waiting room and pass several children wearing prosthetic limbs. The family entered this world of prosthetics soon after James’ birth.

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infants are about 9 or 10 months old—after they’re somewhat mobile but before they start to walk. Plus, it gives parents more time to make a decision. The hospital also works to match families in similar situations. So McIlroy and James’ dad, also James Miller, met with a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with the same rare fibular hemimelia. The active boy had undergone an amputation and was now the quarterback of a football team. “The boy was so happy and doing everything a kid his age would do,” McIlroy explains. “James and I spent a lot of time researching and thinking about amputation. Meeting him confirmed our decision to go through with it.” When James was 10 months old, Herring, who has been with Scottish Rite Hospital for 42 years and performed hundreds of amputations, removed James’ foot at the ankle joint and took the bones out of his heel, saving the heel pad. The pad was sutured to the front of the shin to cover the end of the residual

4. James hops onto the bed and takes off his prosthetic leg while Darlene Miller, his grandmother, explains the recent development of leg pain to Steve Ronde, James’ prosthetist. 5. James looks up at his surgeon, Dr. Tony Herring. “Are you a model?” Herring asks as the camera captures the moment. Just prior, James was walking without his prosthesis thanks to his heel pad that Herring attached to the end of his residual limb.

limb as well as the wound. This way, even though one leg would be shorter than the other, James could still stand and even walk without his prosthesis. Because James’ tibia was bowed, Herring cut the bone and straightened it to allow a prosthetic leg to fit over it. James wore a cast for six weeks until the bone healed.

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After James’ cast was removed, at 12 months, James started the lengthy process of being fitted for a prosthetic leg. Cecilia Concha, a prosthetist at Scottish Rite Hospital, made his first leg. First, she took measurements for the length of the prosthetic leg as well as his foot, then she pulled a thin casting sock over his residual limb and wrapped it in plaster to create a mold. After that, she tried on the test socket (the final socket would be custom-made to fit James’ residual limb). Finally, James’ leg, which had a Star Wars design picked by his dad, was connected to a prosthetic foot with a soft heel. At 14 months, James tried on his leg for the first time. Concha slipped a heavy-duty prosthetic sock over the toddler’s residual limb. Then she put on a foam liner, a thin sock and the rigid socket with an attached prosthetic foot. McIlroy remembers that her baby didn’t like his new leg at first. He didn’t really know what to do with it. But after a few sessions with a physical therapist, he started walking with it while holding onto the couch. One month later, he let go of the couch and took his first steps. “It’s exciting when a child first starts walking on the prosthesis,” Herring says. “We all watch and cry a little bit.” Two years later, Herring and Don Cummings, director of prosthetics at Scottish Rite Hospital, who wears two prosthetic legs himself, evaluated James’ growth. Cummings determined James needed another prosthesis. On average, a child receives a new prosthesis every 15 months and prosthetic legs can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 each. Prostheses are covered under most insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicaidmanaged programs, but Scottish Rite Hospital treats all patients regardless of their ability to pay. “The hospital relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corpora20

tions to continue its mission,” Cummings explains. “We offer Crayon Care, which provides financial assistance to families who qualify, and this certainly applies to prosthetic care.” Prosthetist Steve Ronde began working on a new prosthesis for James, and this time, the toddler chose his own design—one with frogs. At his most recent checkup this past September, James ran ahead of his mom to the waiting room. Once in the exam room, James hopped onto the low bed and took off his leg. Ronde came in to inspect the skin on James’ residual limb and to check for areas of redness or soreness. The preschooler had recently started experiencing some pain. Herring walked in and gave James a high-five before examining his leg and asking him to run down the hallway on his new prosthetic leg while the team watched. Back in the room, Ronde recommended a gel sock to help with James’ soreness. The family followed Ronde to the prosthetics and orthotics clinic where James practiced walking wearing various socks underneath his prosthetic leg. Above all, Ronde and the rest of James’ team at Scottish Rite Hospital, which includes orthopedists, prosthetists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and psychologists, want kids to live a normal, healthy life. The team approach to care is what sets Scottish Rite Hospital apart from other private and corporate prosthetic practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In fact, if a Scottish Rite Hospital child (up to age 18) wants to pursue a sport for which there is not yet a prosthesis, the Scottish Rite Hospital team works with biomedical engineers in the research department at the hospital to make one. For James, a prosthetic leg is now just a part of life. “He really has no limitations,” McIlroy says. “He runs, jumps and climbs ladders at the playground. I hope he doesn’t ever let it stop him from what he wants to do in life.

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O PPO S I T E P A G E 6. Herring gives James a high-five before watching James run down the hallway wearing his prosthetic leg. 7. The rigid socket (on the left) goes over the foam liner (on the right). James will outgrow his leg and need to be fitted for a new one every one to two years. 8. Ronde, James’ prosthetist, slips on different gel prosthetic socks under James’ leg to eliminate the pressure and pain. 9. James looks down into the atrium at former Texas A&M football players as he finishes his bag of popcorn. The hospital hosts events for their patients and families regularly.

THIS PAGE 10. James is all smiles as he heads to child care, where he can’t wait to climb on the playground. For this preschooler, a trip to the doctor means a morning filled with games, painting and popcorn.

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his Thanksgiving, inspire a newfound gratitude for the 35th president of our nation, John F. Kennedy, in your little history buffs. After all, the anniversary of his death falls on Thanksgiving, and Dallas-Fort Worth was ground zero on

that historic day. Take your kids for a tour of the president’s route through North Texas; along the way, kids learn about one of our country’s great leaders and get up close to the exact spot he gave his last public speech, landed in Dallas, and eventually was shot. While the historical bits of this tour are best suited to grade schoolers, there are plenty of preschoolerfriendly stops to keep restless littles entertained too. Bonus points if your kiddos memorize Kennedy’s famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country”—words of wisdom to truly be thankful for this year.

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If you’re dedicated to driving JFK’s entire route through Dallas, you actually have to begin at the Hilton Fort Worth, formerly known as the Hotel Texas, where Kennedy gave his final public speech before flying to Dallas later that morning. Thousands of Fort Worthians gathered in the cold rain to hear Kennedy speak,

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Stop No. 2 along the tour is Dallas Love Field. The first couple hopped aboard Air Force One for a 15-minute flight from Fort Worth to Dallas; but, without a personal jet, it will take you 45 minutes along Highway 183. Stretch your legs at the C H I L D ’ S P L AY P L AYG R O U N D next to Bachman Recreation Center. Here, you’ll have a front-row seat to planes taking off and landing at Love Field, plus the kids can play pilot on the spring-loaded Southwest airplane bouncer.

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where kiddos can see all the gadgets inside the cockpits of two reconnaissance aircraft built during the Cold War era: the Blackbird and the Phantom II. Explain to your kids that during Kennedy’s presidency, countries were developing weapons that had the potential to wipe out entire countries. These planes were built to help defend against a calamity of that magnitude, and Kennedy did his part by championing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty between the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain in which the countries agreed to stop testing nuclear weapons. Kennedy was the leader of our country during the civil rights movement as well. Around the time of the March on Washington in 1963, he sent a bill to Congress that eventually passed as the Civil Rights Act in 1964. But citizens like the Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots, had long been fighting for equality. Get a glimpse of their history by browsing artifacts, uniforms and even comic book–style illustrations of these World War II pilots’ exploits. The cockpits and the artifacts are for display only—no little hands allowed—but curious preschoolers can touch the knobs and buttons inside a mini control tower, pretend to fly a jumbo-size plane and climb the treehouse playhouse, all in the Children’s Discovery Area. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 per child age 4 and older and free for age 3 and younger. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1–5pm. Bachman Recreation Center, 2750 Bachman Drive, Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214/350-3600; flightmuseum.com

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Spend a minute at the J O H N F. K E N N E DY M E M O R I A L one block east of Dealey Plaza. Built by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the 30-foot-high square structure evokes an empty tomb, symbolizing the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. Ask your kids what other features

of the monument make it feel like this: Is it the granite square in the middle of the floor that’s reminiscent of a tombstone, or is it the fact that the walls muffle the city noises? Why isn’t there a roof? Explain that Johnson meant for the monument to give the illusion of floating between earth and sky—in fact, it’s supported by only eight small columns. John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St., Dallas; jfk.org

the end

Once you come back down to 1 earth, drive down Houston Street to Jefferson Boulevard for the next stop: TH E TE X A S TH E ATR E , where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested about 70 minutes after the shooting. You and the kids can take a tour of the 1931 building and see the spot where Oswald was put in cuffs … kind of. Since his arrest, the theater has undergone several renovations, so you won’t find the exact seat where Oswald was perched (although they are the original seats), but you will see how he snuck in without buying a ticket and the approximate spot where Dallas police officers arrested him. Head upstairs to view the original poster for War Is Hell (the movie Oswald was watching when the law found him) signed by Johnny Brewer, the nearby shoe store manager who witnessed Oswald sneak in and alerted a woman in the box office to call the police. A $10 donation is requested for parties of up to four people. Email info@aviationcinemas.com to schedule a tour. To celebrate the end of your JFK Tour, reward your kiddos with a trip to W I L D D E TE C TI V E S bookstore and bar in the Bishop Arts District, just a few blocks away from the theater. (If you plan your tour for Nov. 18, you may want to hit the bookstore before you set out—at 10:30am, the craftsman home-turned-independent bookstore hosts Kids in the Cliff, a monthly storytelling hour in their cozy nook furnished with lots of pillows and a padded bench. This month, kids will hear Dragons Love Tacos.) While the littles grab a book from the modest children’s section, you can order a cup of joe and slice of Emporium Pies’ The Trifecta from the bar—seriously, the best of Bishop Arts in one place. Open from 10am Tuesday– Sunday and from 2pm Monday. The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, 214/948-1546; thetexastheatre.com Wild Detectives, 314 W. Eighth St., Dallas, 214/942-0108; thewilddetectives.com

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The world’s only year-round rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm in the historic Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum.

Stockyards Station fortworthstockyards.com 817/625-9715

Sippin’ and Shoppin’ at Stockyards Station will take place every Thursday of the month starting Nov. 16! Shop for all your holiday gifts and enjoy hand-selected wines by Cowtown Winery while you browse. See ads on pages 22 and 25.

Texas Ballet Theater texasballettheater.org 877/828-9200

Join Texas Ballet Theater for The Nutcracker, a holiday classic. Bring your children to our Kingdom of Sweets for crafts, stories and surprises one hour before select matinee shows. Free with ticket to the ballet.

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

Create new traditions with these memorable holiday performances: Academy Choirs Holiday Concert, Dec. 15, 7pm; Elf the Musical JR., Dec. 16–17, 7pm and 3pm; Christmas with the Texas Boys Choir, Dec. 19, 7pm. See ad on page 7.

Visit Mineral Wells visitmineralwells.org 940/325-2557

Kick off the Christmas season with Merry Wells on Nov. 25 at 6pm. After our beautiful nighttime lighted parade, visitors can enjoy downtown with vendors, lights, music, our big Christmas tree and of course, Santa!

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THIS MONTH:

COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS WORDS FORTWORTHCHILD EDITORS

Taking your kiddo to a Cowboys game? You may want to take earplugs. Read these fast facts to see what the experts have to say about caring for your kid’s whole health—eardrums included.

Prolonged exposure to

NOISES >85 DECIBELS CAN CAUSE HEARING LOSS

CHILDREN

ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE BACK PAIN IF THEY DO AEROBIC ACTIVITY FOR 1/2 HR,

3–4X/WEEK

65%

90 dB: Hairdryer

OF YOUTH RUNNERS SUFFER INJURIES each year. Most are caused by overtraining or overuse.

100 DB:

MP3 player at full volume

OF CHILDREN IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DO NOT RECEIVE THEM

FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUFFERS AN INJURY.

HOW THICK IS AN ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLE? AS THICK AS TWO HUMAN HAIRS.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING SPEECH SOUND DISORDERS:

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READ & PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD EVERY DAY

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILD’S TEETH & MOUTH

SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE INACTIVE FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS ATATIME UNLESS THEY’RE SLEEPING.

110 DB:

Sporting event

120 DB:

Jet taking off

130 DB:

Ambulance

140 DB: Fireworks

SOURCES: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY; AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION; CHILDREN’S HEALTH; COOK CHILDREN’S; NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN IN POVERTY; SEATTLE CHILDREN’S; UNC FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER

EVERY YEAR, ABOUT 1 IN 3 YOUTH


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HOW WE DO IT

with their respective certification or examination boards at press time.

nutritionist or other whole health care provider you love, tell us.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH is about

WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS DIFFERENT? Each year various

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? FortWorthChild holds

more than checkups and flu shots—it means looking after their social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health. So parents turn to Dallas-Fort Worth’s many chiropractors, counselors and other skilled professionals to keep their kids thriving from head to toe. How do you find a trustworthy provider? Start here with our list of wellness professionals recommended by local moms and dads.

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONAL?

A Mom-Approved Wellness Professional is an acupuncturist, chiropractor, therapist or other wellness provider who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local parents reached out to our maga-

ACUPUNCTURE Wang, Calli LAc Whole Health Wellness Center, Keller

zine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their natural approach, flexibility or gentle demeanor, these providers have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their whole health. All of these providers are licensed and were in good standing

publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think Mom-Approved Wellness Professionals are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by FortWorthChild. This is a parent-toparent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE? The list is by no means exhaustive—there are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a recommendation. If you have a local counselor,

Puente, Emily DC, CACCP Bridge Family Chiropractic, Mansfield

Webb, Sascha LPC-S, NCC The Well Counseling Center, Colleyville

Scott, Mark DC Inner Light Chiropractic, Fort Worth

Wooley, Steffani LPC-I The Well Counseling Center, Colleyville

APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS

Whaley, Rachel DC Chiropractic Wellness Cafe, Crowley

Wilshire, Tayla BCBA PediaPlex, Southlake

Winn, Hannah DC, EMT-B True Health Wellness Center, Bedford

AUDIOLOGY

four surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite health care providers. Visit our website at dfwchild.com/doctors to complete the current Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her empathy? Her listening and communication skills? Other parents want to know why you think this professional is special. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity.

WHERE CAN I VIEW COMMENTS ABOUT THESE MOM-APPROVED WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS? The full list of

Mom-Approved Wellness Professionals with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com/doctors.

Clark, Kelsey SLP PediaPlex, Southlake Dillon, Kim SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

Zender, Zachary LPC-S Brightstar Counseling & Evaluation Center, Bedford

Ethington, Lindsey SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

COUNSELING

MUSIC THERAPY

Seibold, Andi AuD Little Ears Audiology, Fort Worth

Cermak, Michele LCSW Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Burleson

Belshe, Nikki MT-BC Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, Fort Worth

Jenkins, Jamie SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

CHIROPRACTIC

Huffstuttler, D’Lisa LPC Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Burleson

Brown, Kelsey DC The Vine Family Chiropractic, Grapevine Garcia, Terry DC Inner Light Chiropractic, Fort Worth Grady, Meredith DC Hands on Health Chiropractic, Grapevine Halboth, Brooke DC, ART Optum Health & Sport Therapy, Keller Lowery, Taryn DC Peace of Life Chiropractic, Midlothian Paeltz, Kara DC Expressions Chiropractic & Rehab, North Richland Hills Parker, Michelle DC, CACCP The Chiropractic Place for Mommy & Me, Aledo See ad on page 35

Ivey, Meredith LPC-S, RPT-S Compassion Counseling, Arlington Jordan, Courtney LPC Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Burleson Kearney, Cythina MEd, LPC Cinnamon Tree Counseling, Bedford See ad on page 35 McBride, LaDonna LCSW, LMFT Logos Counseling, Southlake

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Bass, Bridget OT Green Apple Therapy, Weatherford

Rollins, Kristi SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

Burget, Frankie OTR/L, LMT Windsong Therapy & Wellness Inc., Bedford See ad on page 34

Rustad, Nikki SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

Hamilton, Carla OTR, MOT Child’s Play Pediatric Therapy, Colleyville

Sas, Rebecca SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

Meyer, Twila LPC-S Meyer Counseling Services, North Richland Hillls See ad on page 34

Johnson, Monica OT PediaPlex, Southlake

Murray, Madelyn LPC-I Compassion Counseling, Arlington

SPEECH THERAPY

Taylor, Anastasia LCSW Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Burleson

Norman, Carrie SLP, LSLS, AVEd Collaborative Communications, Colleyville

Boylan, Natasha CF-SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35

Stewart, Stacey SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35 Wasser, Kim SLP Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy, Hurst See ad on page 35 fortworthchild / november 2017

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MOM-APPROVED COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

Frankie Burget, the 2016 Occupational Therapist of the Year and designated MomApproved since 2014, has been a registered licensed occupational therapist with lifetime certification, board certified in integrative medicine in the Dallas/FortWorth Metroplex for over 30 years. She is also a licensed massage therapist and instructor. Frankie’s unique accumulation of education in many fields gives her a credibility that is unequaled. She is a mastery level Myofascial Release therapist, certified in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment, medical massage and wellness education. Frankie uses her certification in SomaticExperiencing® to treat birth trauma and other forms of PTSD. Her vast experience enabled Frankie to develop a gentle hands-on method of treatment called Fascial Integrative Therapy™ which recognizes the importance of the fascial and craniosacral systems while considering all aspects of the body. It looks at the body’s structural and functional imbalances, as well as the emotional components to find and correct the root cause of the patient’s problem. Owner of Windsong Therapy and Wellness, Inc. in Bedford, TX, she is well known in the medical community and has been named Best of Bedford every year since 2014. Frankie provides individualized one-on-one compassionate care for any “pain” or dysfunction in people of all ages from birth to end of life. Common diagnoses seen in her office are lip/tongue tie, feeding problems, autism, ADD/ADHD, scoliosis, pre/post surgical pain, sensory processing disorders, fibromyalgia, infertility, pre/post pregnancy issues, TMJ, torticollis, misshapen head, among others.

Windsong Therapy and Wellness, Inc. 2700 Tibbets Dr., Ste. 402, Bedford, TX 76022 817-571-8135 • windsongtherapy.com

MOM-APPROVED:

2014, 2016, 2017

Twila Meyer, MA, LPC-S Counseling Twila Meyer’s journey of therapy took root in 2003 when she saw a young family member struggling in the education system. After countless efforts for support, she began learning more about ADHD and the effects it plays in a person’s daily life. Her passions grew where she not only switched occupations but also sought out degrees and licensing to better assist families in the ever-changing world we live in. Twila Meyer is now the CEO, founder and lead therapist at Meyer Counseling Center. Assisting thousands of families pertaining to but not limited to: • Learning or attention deficits • Anger management • ADHD symptoms • Oppositional Defiant Disorder • Anxiety • Depression • Behavioral issues • Childhood stressors • PTSD MCC offers a wide array of services and takes each family on a personal journey to instill a healthier way of living. Providing a customized family plan and coping strategy after an individual evaluation process with both child/teen and parents through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, problem solving skills training, biofeedback, social skills training and other proven methods of therapy to achieve your goals. Both Twila Meyer and her compassionate team can help you and your child/teen find peace, self-esteem and acceptance. Meyer Counseling Center is open Monday–Thursday, 9am–7pm; Friday, 9am–6pm and Saturday, 10am–5pm.

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Cynthia Kearney, MEd, LPC Counseling Working together, we can give your child or teen the keys to successfully manage their life emotionally, socially and academically.

221 Bedford Road Ste. 315 Bedford, TX 76022 940-282-7373 cinnamontreecounseling

Michelle Parker, DC, CACCP Chiropractic Dr. Michelle Parker has extensive postgraduate training being the only doctor in Parker County earning the credentials of Board Certified in Pediatric Chiropractic. The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me is located just 15 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth in Aledo, Texas. Families choose to bring their children to The Chiropractic Place for reasons ranging from torticollis, plagiocephaly, tongue tie, breastfeeding difficulties and digestive issues.

They offer chiropractic, myofascial release and craniosacral therapies integrated to provide superior results. They also host monthly breastfeeding and pregnancy support groups with professional information and a cozy, mom-to-mom feel. 601 N. FM 1187, Ste. #5 Aledo, TX 76008 682-214-0408 askdr@michelleparkerdc.com michelleparkerdc.com facebook.com/thechiroplace Instagram: @thechiroplaceformommyandme

Stacey Stewart, SLP; Natasha Boylan, CF-SLP; Kim Wasser, SLP; Jamie Jenkins, SLP; Nikki Rustad, SLP; Kim Dillon, SLP; Kristi Rollins, SLP; Rebecca Sas, SLP and Lindsey Ethington, SLP Speech Therapy Monkey Mouths pediatric therapy offers speech, language, feeding and occupational therapy in 3 locations across the metroplex. Their Coppell, Fort Worth and Hurst locations serve children and families between birth and 18 years in a fun and progressive clinical setting. Monkey Mouths believes parent input and participation is essential to the therapy process. Monkey Mouths is excited to have 9 therapists nominated as

mom-approved therapists! Congratulations to: (Coppell) Stacey Stewart, Natasha Boylan, Kim Wasser, Jamie Jenkins; (Fort Worth) Nikki Rustad, Kim Dillon; (Hurst) Kristi Rollins, Rebecca Sas and Lindsey Ethington. Coppell • Fort Worth • Hurst 817-479-7019 info@monkeymouths.com monkeymouths.com

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK OR HURT, little else matters. 2017

Check out our directory of Mom-Approved Doctors at dfwchild.com/doctors to find doctors and health care professionals to fit your family’s needs. Each Mom-Approved Doctor is nominated by local moms, just like you.

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MOM-APPROVED COUNSELORS, THERAPISTS & ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

At Cinnamon Tree Counseling my goal is to help children and teens become healthy, happy, disciplined, motivated and successful! My career spans over 20 years—during that time I have worked with over 1,000 children and teens. As a teacher turned counselor, I know how challenging these formative years can be for everyone involved. It’s my belief that success is based upon working collaboratively with the important people in the child or teen’s life.


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Where learning is the ultimate adventure!


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family-friendly fun in new orleans WORDS WENDY MANWARREN GENERES

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GETTING THERE

From Fort Worth, the trip is about 540 miles southeast and takes about 8½ hours. If you’d prefer to fly, there are several daily nonstop flights out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

WHAT TO DO

Plan to spend the better part of one day exploring the Audubon Nature Institute’s many offerings. Start in Audubon Park, where you’ll find the AUDUBON ZOO . Don’t miss the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, where you can stand on a cafe porch to get a better view of the alligators below. From there, hop on the No. 11 bus or the St. Charles Streetcar for the scenic ride to the AUDUBON AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS

and the AUDUBON BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM , both near the end of Canal Street at the edge. A one-day Jazzy Pass allows for unlimited bus and streetcar trips and costs $3 for ages 3 and older. At the aquarium, climb to the top of the Amazon Rain Forest to get a birds-eye view and feed the

stingray. Then walk up the street to the insectarium’s Butterfly Garden, where hundreds of the graceful creatures flit around, even land on your shoulders. The Audubon Experience ticket gets you in to all three Audubon attractions: adults, $44.95; kids 2–12, $34.95. Avoid the French Quarter’s Bourbon Street, and instead reserve spots in one of FRENCH QUARTOUR KIDS tours. The Creole Kids Tour for ages 5–12 teaches kiddos about enslaved versus free and American versus Creole children in New Orleans from 1810–1840. Or book the Spooky Tour for kids ages 5–10, where they learn hunting techniques to find mischievous ghosts. Tickets for ages 4 and older, $20. Spend a late afternoon inside STORYLAND (open until 5pm every day) in City Park. Let kiddos board Captain Hook’s pirate ship, follow Pinocchio into the mouth of a whale, sit inside Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage and more. Before you leave, take a whirl on the handcarved carousel (only open evenings

after November 5). $4 per person; kids 36 inches and shorter, free. Mardi Gras is crowded, chaotic and expensive, but you can watch as artists create the floats for carnival season in a massive warehouse on the Mississippi River. Take an hourlong tour of MARDI GRAS WORLD any day, and call to have the free shuttle pick you up. Adults, $19.95; kids 2-11, $12.95. And if your kids are into history—or just like tanks and airplanes—visit the lauded NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM , with its massive collection of transport options and an interactive submarine simulation. Adults, $27; kids 5 and older, $17.50; kids 4 and younger, free.

WHERE TO EAT

You can’t visit New Orleans without at least one trip to the famous CAFÉ DU MONDE in the French Quarter, where servers deliver plates of beignets—squares of fried dough topped with powdered sugar—and chicory coffee round the clock. And visit THE BACKYARD for lunch or dinner. The restaurant,

1 / Jackson Square, home of the impressive St. Louis Cathedral, sits in the heart of the French Quarter. 2 / See the colorful creatures who live under the sea in the walk-through tunnel at the Aquarium of the Americas. 3 / Learn all about New Orleans kids in the 1800s during a French Quartour Kids tour.

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If vacation means letting the kids stay up late, stay at the centrally located LE PAVILLON for complimentary PB&J sandwiches, hot chocolate and milk nightly at 10pm. Rooms from $226/night. Or book a room at MAISON DUPUY , located on a quiet residential street in the French Quarter that also has a heated pool that can be used yearround. Rooms from $220/night. AUDUBON ZOO, AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS AND BUTTERFLY GARDEN AND INSECTARIUM 504/861-2537;

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F ORT WORT H ACADEMY OF FINE ART S November 2–4 See the child and teen actors of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts perform as storybook characters in the Broadway musical, a fractured fairy tale blending the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and their nemeses. In advance: $15 adults; $6 students. At the door: $18 adults; $8 students. 3901 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth; 817/924-1482 fwafa.org

FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM

N A S H FA R M November 3 Work alongside costumed farmhands to master campfire cooking, part of the farmstead’s series to teach heritage skills that can still be utilized today. Learn how to safely cook and bake flavorful, one-pot meals over a wood fire. 10am–noon. $3 per person. 626 Ball St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185 nashfarm.org

DALLAS COWBOYS RALLY DAYS

AT & T S TA D I U M November 4 and 18 The day before a home game, head to AT&T Stadium from 10am–6pm for on-field games, a Kids Zone with face painting and inflatables, a self-guided or VIP tour and appearances by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, alumni and mascot Rowdy. $25 adults; $22 children; free for ages 4 and younger. $35 for entry plus VIP tour. 1 AT&T Way, Arlington; 817/892-5000 attstadium.com/rallydays

MEDIEVAL ARTS FESTIVAL

L E V I T T PAV I L I O N November 4 Chivalry is not dead at the Arlington Library’s Medieval Arts Festival. Come in costume, if you have one, and watch costumed actors show off their medieval arts and sciences exhibits, (safely) demonstrate weaponry and engage in live-action role-play (LARPing). Check out the stories, games and children’s activities, and maybe even win a door prize from Scarborough Renaissance Festival or Medieval Times. FREE

THE MODERN ART MUSEUM OF F ORT WORT H November 5 Pack a sketchbook and pencils for this Sunday afternoon program in The Modern galleries where two local photographers, Desiree Espada and Deedra Baker, lead kids ages 5–12 through drawing exercises inspired by works on view. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; 817/738-9215 themodern.org

PUMPKINS AND PANCAKES

FORT WORT H ZOO November 11 The zoo’s eighth annual fall event, exclusively for zoo members and their guests, includes early access (8–10am) before normal open hours, pumpkin- and fall-themed animal enrichment activities, free rides on the train and carousel, and a hot pancake breakfast. Not already a member of the Fort Worth Zoo? Annual memberships are $52 for adults; $23 for children ages 3–17. $5 per person for breakfast. 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/759-7555 fortworthzoo.org

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM November 11 Discover the pastel techniques used by several artists in the Kimbell’s Casanova exhibition by joining this Saturday morning workshop for parents and

kids 6–12. Meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios to create a Venice landscape drawing to take home. Call to register. $12 for museum members; $15 for nonmembers. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/332-8451 kimbellart.org

SEAQUEST GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

SEAQUEST INTERACTIVE A Q UA R I U M November 11 Feed toucans, chat with mermaids, and make your reservations for snorkeling with stingrays when this new venue opens to the public on Nov. 11 at Ridgmar Mall. SeaQuest annual members get the first peek during member preview days through Nov. 4. Regular admission: $14.95; $9.95 children ages 2–11. Some activities cost extra. 1974 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth; 682/235-5752 seaquestaquariums.com/fortworth

TAKE THE CAKE WALK

WAT E R S I D E November 11 Have your cake and walk it off too at the Waterside shopping center’s first cake walk, a scenic run along the Trinity with cake tastings provided by Whole Foods (and champagne for adults) at the finish line. $40 for 2-mile; $50 for 5-mile; $55 for 9-mile. Stay for WxFW (read: Waterside by Fort Worth) festivities beginning at 1pm. Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive, Fort Worth; 817/509-4170 watersidefw.com

TARRANT COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE

TA R R A N T C O U N T Y C OURTHOUSE November 11 Line up along the downtown streets and join the Tarrant County Veterans Council for a salute to service members as well as the countless Vietnam-era mail carriers who delivered letters across Southeast Asia. Veterans, military groups, first responders, ROTC units and veteran support groups step off from the courthouse at 11am. FREE 100 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth; 817/884-1111 tarrantcountyveterans.org

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L November 14–19 If Texas’ warm weather has you dreaming of more snowy scenery, revisit the 1954 classic movie White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, when the touring Broadway musical opens at the Bass. Tickets from $44. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; 817/212-4280 basshall.com

A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL

ARTISAN CENTER T H E AT E R Opens November 17 Charles Dickens’ enduring holiday tale gets a major update in this new children’s musical. The Big Bad Wolf (as Scrooge) gets a visit from his old busi-

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ness partner Jacob Midas, who warns of coming hauntings by the Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts. $11 adults; $7 children age 12 and younger. 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst; 817/284-1200 artisanct.com

PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE

V E R I Z O N T H E AT R E November 17–19 Ryder summons his team of rescue dogs, including the newest pup, Everest, in a live version of the hit animated preschool series on Nickelodeon. Watch the team save the mayor in this new musical with tickets starting at $22. $178 VIP packages include a postshow photo op with two characters. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 972/854-5050 axs.com

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DOWNTOWN F ORT WORT H November 19 For the best view of 100-plus illuminated floats with Santa as the caboose, stake out a spot along the parade route, or reserve a street seat for $16.50 and up. To support the Cowboy Santa’s toy donation drive, bring an unwrapped gift and hand it over when volunteers pass along the route before the parade. Begins at Weatherford and Throckmorton streets, Fort Worth; 817/336-2787 fortworthparadeoflights.org

SUNDANCE SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

SU N DA N C E S Q UA R E PLAZA November 18 Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the square’s 65-foot-tall Christmas tree—a real one, not artificial. The countdown begins at 6:30pm. Look for Santa, available for visits and photos from 11am–9:30pm, on his red sleigh. Sign up on the new registration system and you’ll receive a text when it’s your turn with Santa. $20 for Santa photos; cash only. 420 Main St., Fort Worth; 817/255-5700 sundancesquare.com

THE NUTCRACKER

WILL ROGERS AU D I T O R I U M November 18–19 Watch the Ballet Frontier of Texas re-create the magic of The Nutcracker in this 10th annual production. This year, special guest artist and Dallas native Kathryn Boren from American Ballet Theatre performs in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets from $35. 44

CAROL OF LIGHTS

Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster perform on stage at the Bass for three shows only. Tickets from $28. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; 817/212-4280 basshall.com

PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE

V E R I Z O N T H E AT R E November 22 Britain’s posh piglet comes to North Texas for a live show of brand-new songs and life-size puppets. Snag tickets starting at $29.75 for you and your preschoolers. VIP tickets for $149.75 include up-close seating, after-party access, and a meet and greet with the cast on the pink carpet. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 972/854-5050 axs.com

GIFT OF LIGHTS

TEXAS MOTOR S P E E D WAY Opens November 23 Buckle in for a Texas-size drive-thru light park, open nightly through Dec. 30, on the race track’s 1.5-mile loop. Then stretch your legs with a walk through Santa’s Village and meet the jolly old elf himself. $25 per car. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots, Speedway Children’s Charities and several more nonprofits. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth; 800/276-6344 tmsgiftoflights.com

SANTA CLAUS – A NEW MUSICAL

DOWNTOWN GRAPEVINE, TOWN S Q UA R E G A Z E B O November 20 Meet at the gazebo in downtown Grapevine on Monday night when the official Christmas Capital of Texas commences its holiday festivities with a 30-foot-tall tree lighting, live music and fireworks. Come as early as 5pm to make reindeer food, and don’t miss the live reindeer harnessed to a turn-ofthe-century sleigh. FREE 325 S. Main St., Grapevine; 800/457-6338 grapevinetexasusa.com/ christmas

C AS A M A ÑA NA T H E AT R E Opens November 24 After a thousand years of delivering toys the world over, Old Saint Nick decides to retire and hand over the reins—but whom does he choose to take his place? Reserve your seats for this children’s theater holiday musical, written by Casa’s own Director of Theater for Youth Noah Putterman. Tickets from $21. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; 817/332-2272 casamanana.org

RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER

SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN THE STOCKYARDS

BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L November 21–22 Tune in to a live musical version of the classic stopmotion animation when

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S T O C K YA R D S S TAT I O N November 24 Give Santa a big Texas welcome as he parades through the Fort Worth Stockyards

SNOW DAY!

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G L O B E L I F E PA R K November 24–December 31 Skate over a frozen outdoor pond and help Santa find his missing reindeer in the world’s largest light maze when Enchant Christmas debuts outside the Rangers ballpark. The 300,000-square-foot Christmas celebration includes a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, a kids’ play area and Arlington’s traditional German-style Christkindl market (and in the VIP lounge, a dessert bar). Get $5 off admission by reserving tickets online before you go: $29.95 adults; $21.95 children ages 5–14; free for age 4 and younger. VIP tickets are $89.95 for adults and $51.95 for kids. // 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; 817/273-5600; enchantchristmas.com

LONE STAR CHRISTMAS

G AY L O R D T E X A N R E S O R T Opens November 10 Grant your kids’ Christmas wish early with a fun day on the Texas-size snow tubing lanes, ice rink, snowball target range and two-story-tall ice slides inside the Gaylord’s ICE! exhibit, featuring scenes from ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and open daily through New Year’s Day. Prices vary by activity. ICE! tickets from $21.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. // 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine; 817/778-1000; christmasatgaylordtexan.com

PANTHER ISLAND ICE

C O Y O T E D R I V E - I N Opens November 17 The outdoor ice skating rink, powered by a 150-ton chiller, returns to Panther Island Pavilion for a season of holiday fun, music and figure skating exhibitions. Open daily through Jan. 15, including every holiday. $12 to skate (includes skate rental if you don’t have your own); free for spectators. Drive-in movie tickets sold separately. // 223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth; 817/698-0700; pantherislandice.com

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L November 24–26 Listen to local youth choirs, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, perform Christmas carols for an all-ages audience, and look out for Santa as he hands out candy

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LITTLE SPROUTS – TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

F ORT WORT H B O TA N I C G A R D E N November 28 Bring along your toddler’s favorite teddy bear for a morning picnic of juices and cookies in the Backyard Vegetable Garden, followed by gardening tasks designed for ages 18–36 months. Limit of one child per caregiver. FREE 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/392-5510 fwbg.org

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confessions

MOMMY FAILS ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I was sick of fighting with my 2-yearold to eat so I let him have chocolate pudding for dinner.” —ELLEN, FORT WORTH

I MADE CORN ON THE COB FOR DINNER, NOT A GREAT CHOICE FOR A 7-YEAROLD WITH NO FRONT TEETH. POOR THING WAS TRYING TO EAT IT USING THE SIDES OF HER MOUTH BEFORE I NOTICED.” —BRENDA, FORT WORTH

“My wife always says I should keep extra clothes in my car for our 3-year-old. I learned my lesson the day I picked my ill daughter up from school. She vomited all over her dress on the way to the doctor so I fashioned the undershirt I was wearing into a shirtdress for the visit.” —BRIAN, DALLAS

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

“I was holding my 5-year-old’s cupcake at a classmate’s party when I dropped it frosting side down. There were only enough treats for each child to have one, so before she saw, I scooped the frosting off the ground, removed the obvious specks of dirt and handed it over.” —VICKY, COPPELL

“I took my 2-year-old and 4-week-old baby to see their 4-year-old sister’s school performance. After buckling everyone in to go home, I went to the driver’s side only to realize I had locked my keys—and my girls—in the car, and it was a cold November day. The local fire station had to come to our rescue.” —ASHLEY, DALLAS

I TOOK MY 18-MONTHOLD OUT FOR LUNCH WITH A GIRLFRIEND. I TOTALLY FORGOT TOYS FOR HIM, BUT HE WAS ENTERTAINED OPENING AND CLOSING THE CARDBOARD MENU. HE WAS BEING SO GOOD AND QUIET. ONLY WHEN I STOPPED GABBING DID I REALIZE HE HAD EATEN THE BOTTOM PART OF THE MENU.” —HOLLY, TROPHY CLUB

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