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How to host and attend b-day bashes properly

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How she balances being a single mom and owning a business 12 Datebook Happenings that are perfect for date night or GNO 14 Routines / Janie Hoskins The work-at-home mom of three spends one day a week at her office, a local Chick-fil-A

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im Cameron opened the invitation her 4-year-old daughter received and was instantly shocked. “The invitation was very elaborate,” the Fort Worth mom reveals. “It was professionally printed on thick cardstock and included a little watercolor paint palette.” But it also included a registry of pricey birthday gift wishes. My, how things have changed since Cameron, whose name was changed for privacy, and the rest

of us moms were kids. And gift registries aren’t the only tricky issue modern parents find themselves faced with. So we consulted the experts — Park Cities etiquette expert Elise “Mrs. Manners” McVeigh; Misty Harris, owner and director of Texas Etiquette in Fort Worth; and Dallas lifestyle expert, author and Southern Living editor-at-large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman — to help you navigate challenging party situations one invite at a time.

how to be the hostess with the mostest WHO HAS TO GET AN INVITE?

special,” adds Harris, who treated her 7-year-old to a Breakfast at Tiffany’s-themed birthday recently. Eight little girls got to personalize pearl necklaces and I’ve also texted bracelets, make sleep photos of the darling masks looks on my children’s and get faces [when they open pampered.

It’s the question etiquette experts get asked the most: Do I have to invite my daughter’s a gift] to the gift-givers. WHAT’S entire class? —Kimberly Schlegel Whitman THE PROPER The answer is WAY TO HANno. Harris says the DLE REQUESTS costs and logistics TO BRING of inviting 25-plus kids SIBLINGS? (plus parents in some cases) Unless Mom get out of control quickly. is nursing, “I like to keep it simple,” she there’s really explains. “The number of invited no reason guests is equal to the child’s age.” siblings should So your 5-year-old gets to invite come to a party his five closest friends. “It allows (unless their names were included you to do something really on the invite). Harris suggests fortworthchild / september 2017

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including something like, “This party is for Mary and her friends. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate siblings.” Whitman advises enlisting the venue’s staff to help handle unexpected extra guests. “A host can delicately refer the parent of the sibling to the [front] desk and say something like, ‘I have Carol registered to participate already but you can sign Cheryl up [over there],’” she says. That way, the staff handles that uncomfortable conversation of asking parents to pay for the extra kiddos they brought. CAN YOU GIVE AN RSVP NUDGE? Brittany Harmon

loves throwing parties for her three children — ages 16 months to 9 years — but she says she hates that no one abides by the RSVP-by date. “It makes it hard to plan,” the Flower Mound mom laments. But parents often need to give venues final head counts for food and activities a week or more before the party. So McVeigh, who offers parenting manners classes, says it’s perfectly acceptable to send a reminder RSVP text or email to those parents you haven’t heard from. Say something such as, “I wanted to see if Luke was going to make it to Sarah’s party. This is the time, date and location again. Please let me know. I’m trying to get an accurate head count.” IS IT OK TO REQUEST GIFTS? Registries and wish

HOW LONG CAN I WAIT TO RSVP? If your

Park Cities etiquette expert Elise McVeigh says the most common party faux pas is not sending a handwritten thank-you card. Within two weeks of the party, have your child write out his cards. “A good thankyou card includes the person’s name and gift, how he’ll use it [or has been using it] and then something thoughtful like, ‘Thank you for coming to my party; it was so good to see you,’” she explains. If this proves to be difficult for young children, McVeigh encourages parents to write out an appropriate thank-you and have the child copy it until they get the hang of writing them.

SHOULD YOU OPEN GIFTS AT THE PARTY? Experts say that this one can really

go either way. If time allows, open gifts. If not, take them home. Regardless, send a thank-you note (see the sidebar for tips). september 2017 / fortworthchild

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child has been invited to another child’s party, it’s courteous to let hosts know within three days of receiving the invite whether you can make the party. “Once you’ve responded, that should be it,” McVeigh explains. “Barring illness or injury, you SENDING should plan to honor that A MEANINGFUL commitment.” MERCI

lists like the one Cameron’s daughter received should only be shared with out-oftown family like grandparents, aunts and uncles who may not know what your child likes, McVeigh explains. “A party is a get-together with friends and a gift should never be expected,” she adds. It’s fine to write “No gifts, please” on the invite or to ask guests to donate to a specific charity in lieu of gifts. It’s a thoughtful way to sidestep unwanted presents, McVeigh says. Plus, it provides an opportunity to teach the birthday boy about helping others. Consider collecting new books for the children’s hospital or puppy toys and treats for a local shelter, then enlist your kiddos to deliver the goods with you.

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“I’ve also texted photos of the darling looks on my children’s faces [when they open a gift] to the gift-givers,” Whitman says.

CAN I BRING HIS BROTHER? PRETTY PLEASE? It’s

inappropriate to ask if you can bring siblings. But if you’ve exhausted other arrangement options and must, Harris suggests calling the host as early as possible, apologizing and trying to find a solution that puts the least amount of burden on her. Offer to pay for the sibling separately or bring something to occupy him while his brother enjoys the party. “Bottom line: Do not let siblings disrupt the party activities,” Harris says. HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON A GIFT? Rather

than put a price limit on a gift, be thoughtful in its selection. Does the birthday girl love art? Get her a set of glittery markers and fancy papers. Is the birthday boy an only child? Buy him a game that is just as fun to play solo as it is with others. And if the invite says no presents, the polite thing to do is honor that. “You can bring a card if you worry about showing up emptyhanded,” McVeigh suggests. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW? As kids get older — around kinder-

garten age — most kids’ parties become drop-off-and-pick-up affairs. But if you’re unsure, ask the host. And if something (anything) about a party makes you uncomfortable such as a gift registry link or an invite that requires attendees to buy something (like a costume or admission to an amusement park), decline the invitation and ask the birthday girl over for a one-on-one celebration with dinner and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

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ntrepreneurship runs in Melanie Jones’ blood. Her mother founded Adair Eyewear, the upscale Fort Worth stockist of prescription and fashion eyewear, in 1980, and Jones followed in her footsteps, opening Prim & Proper in Fort Worth in 2010.

The 34-year-old single mom always aspired to work in retail in one capacity or another. She spent time on both coasts after high school, studying international relations with an emphasis in marketing at the University of Southern California and womenswear at the Parsons School of Design in New York. After returning to her home-

town, she scratched the entrepreneurial itch. The Prim & Proper boutique has evolved in the years since, shifting focus from specialty gifts to specialty gift-wrapping. The same could be said for Jones, who went through a metamorphosis of her own when her son, Halston, 3, was born. Running a business as a single mom isn’t without its challenges, which Jones is the first to admit. “You never really have time off,” she says. “It’s like having a 24-hour job from the minute you wake up until the minute you go to 2 sleep. It’s either about work or about your kid. You don’t want either to suffer as a result 1

1 / Melanie Jones loves to cook. Right now, spicy Asian dishes with kimchi, shortgrain rice and noodles are the go-to dinners of choice. 2 / Jones does have a network to help her with Halston, but sometimes she brings her preschooler to work with her.

of the other, but there are days when I’m exhausted.” With a support system of family and friends, the Lena Pope Early Learning Center (where Halston attends preschool), and the flexibility to bring Halston to the store with her when all else fails, she’s making it work. YOU’RE BUSY. ARE YOU ABLE TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF? There are a few

things that are important for me personally. I like to zone out. I love going to Indigo Yoga [in Fort Worth]. I like to travel. I like the outdoors.

DO YOU GET MANY GIRLS NIGHT OUTS? Not as many as I’d

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like, but I think that’s because the dynamics are changing because my friends’ lives are changing and my life has changed. The nights end earlier than they used to. Girls’ night is completely different from what it used to be. It might just be sitting at home with a movie in the background and talking over dinner. I think that’s perfectly fine. ARE YOU DATING? I’m open to it. It’s just not a priority. Trying to date takes away from the other things that are big in my life. I think once my son is a little bit older it will be easier. ARE THERE OTHER BOUTIQUES YOU FREQUENT AROUND FORT WORTH? I like [the women’s

clothing boutique] Esther Penn a lot. I don’t spend as much time as I used to shopping, but I do spend a lot of time eating and cooking. FAVORITE RESTAURANTS? I like [healthy]

DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE DISH YOU COOK? I’m a moody eater. Right now

I’m cooking a lot of Asian dishes, using kimchi, short-grain rice and noodles. I tend to like foods that are really spicy. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO OPEN PRIM & PROPER? At Parsons, I realized

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WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? I would like to say that

it’s running the business itself, but for me one of the hardest things is balancing parenthood with owning a business as a single mom. That’s the hardest part: the constant juggle. There are days when it’s not so easy.

IT’S EASY TO PUT ME IN A CATEGORY OF “THE NORMAL, SINGLE BLACK MOM,” BUT MY SITUATION ISN’T NORMAL.

Righteous Foods for breakfast and a morning cup of coffee. I love Fireside Pies and Cane Rosso [on Magnolia Avenue]. Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat. I don’t think you can go wrong with melted cheese. I also love Cannon Chinese Kitchen. I think it’s a Fort Worth gem.

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that the fashion industry wasn’t something I wanted to go into. But I definitely wanted to go into a creative field because there are no limits on how far you can push yourself. You’re constantly becoming better. That’s why I decided to start the store. It’s constantly changing and becoming better, as I become more mature and experienced. I think the place I’m in now is exactly where I’m supposed to be. And that’s really how I live my life — not focusing on the past or thinking too much about the future, which you can’t control. It’s a journey. WHAT WAS YOUR VISION FOR THE STORE? I wanted to have a very simple,

local gift boutique with a feel of those you see on the corner in New York City or Brooklyn. Now, I’m in the process of shifting to gift-wrap as the main focus. We’ll even have self-wrap stations. WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE YOURSELF? A ski trip with friends. It was

the first time I went out of town without Halston in tow. Being a single mom means I’m the only one to manage what Halston

IS HALSTON’S FATHER IN THE PICTURE AT ALL?

No, it’s just me.

WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT ABOUT BEING A SINGLE MOM? Not having

someone in it with you. I don’t think people really understand what that’s like. I’ve heard friends say, “I was a single parent for the weekend.” That doesn’t convey what being a single parent is like. You only have one form of income. You have to play all of these different roles. You can’t second-guess yourself. Sometimes you nail it and sometimes you don’t. There are stereotypes of what being a single parent looks like. They get applied to me more often than not because I’m a single, black woman. It’s easy to put me in a category of “the normal, single black mom,” but my situation isn’t normal. I went to Trinity Valley School; my mom has a successful business. I have my own business and an amazing support system. To be a good single parent is a choice that I make every day, and I wouldn’t change anything. WHAT’S THE NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE OTHER SINGLE MOMS? Create a solid support sys-

tem. If you can’t find it in your family, look to friends. You will need help at some point and it’s OK to ask. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AS A MOM? Obviously, I admire my mom for the

woman she is and all she’s done to contribute to who I am today. But I have to also acknowledge my grandmother. She had kids during a time when black women couldn’t even give birth in regular hospitals. She kept six kids’ bellies full with food she grew in the garden. And in rural South Carolina, she wasn’t supposed to be able to read or write, but all of her children served our country or became educated professionals. She was the strongest, most amazing woman I have ever known. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? Watching him

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Film and food (two of our very favorite things) convene Aug. 31– Sept. 3 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Film Feast. Austin cinephiles Louis Black and Caroline Frick curate the weekend’s food-inspired playlist — ranging from rare cult favorites to modern classics — and Café Modern will create a diverse menu of pairings. Festival passes start at $210; single film tickets available too. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817/738-9215 // themodern.org

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Find your Zen to start the weekend. Rise and grind on Saturdays, Sept. 2 and 16, for morning yoga in Sundance Square Plaza led by instructors from the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. Class starts at 8:30am for all levels. Free. 420 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/255-5700 // sundancesquare.com

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0 6 WINE-UP WEDNESDAY

Stop by Silver Fox Steakhouse at 5pm on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to play sommelier for the evening at the monthly Wine-Up Wednesday. Wash down hors d’oeuvres with six wines hand-picked by the restaurant’s wine director and vote for your favorite — the winner earns a place on the menu next month. $20 a ticket; call to reserve your spot. 1651 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817/332-9060 // 1235 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, 817/329-6995 // silverfoxcafe.com

0 8 FRIDAY ON THE GREEN

Grab a blanket and settle in — Friday on the Green returns to Near Southside on Sept. 8. Shop locally made products and partake from gourmet food truck fare with a backdrop of local bands. Festivities kick off at 6pm. Admission is free.

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14 PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINE TASTING CLASSIC

Sample vino from wineries across the state at GrapeFest’s People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, Sept. 14–17. The largest consumerjudged wine competition in the country, the tasting features 10 categories of reds and whites. Guests receive a guide to what they’re sipping and a ballot to mark their picks. Winners are announced on Sunday. Tickets from $23, plus admission. Downtown Grapevine, 800/457-6338 // grapevinetexasusa.com

2 8 TRIVIA NIGHT

Calling all art buffs: On Sept. 28, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art hosts a trivia night with snacks, drinks and prizes. While questions draw inspiration from the museum’s collection, they cover a variety of topics — no art degree required. (Reservations, however, are.) Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/989-5013 // cartermusuem.org

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janie hoskins Janie Hoskins lives in Fort Worth with her husband of 11 years, Aaron, and their three children: Caden, 7, Brynna, 5, and Sophie, 1. She works from home as a restaurant marketing director for Chick-fil-A, and Aaron is the worship pastor at Hulen Street Church.

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AM The alarm goes off. I barely open my eyes and hit “snooze.” The alarm rings again and I reach for my phone to check my weather app. Trying not to wake my husband, I stumble around in the dark gathering my clothes. 5:15AM Awake and dressed, I venture into the living room. I am not a morning person, but I have come to love this time. It is the only part of my day that is free from distractions and noise. I open my Bible and study materials and begin working on my lesson for today. 5:55AM I perform what my kids call the “sneaky ninja” past my kids’ rooms and to the garage, and then I drive three minutes to meet some friends for our run. During our run we somehow find the strength to talk about life, motherhood and God. 6:57AM Back home, the house is bustling with noise. Brynna hops down from the table to give me a hug and remind me that I’m sweaty. Sophie toddles over next with her arms held high — the universal sign for “Pick me up!” I lift her up and we go find Caden in his room getting dressed. 7:20AM I empty the dishwasher while telling Caden to grab his backpack and lunchbox. Sophie and Brynna are still eating breakfast. My

husband swoops in for a quick hug and kiss and then heads out the door with our boy. 8:45AM After multiple interruptions, I finally emerge from my room completely dressed. I frantically pack my girls’ bags. Brynna is dressed but her hair needs to be brushed and pulled back. I pull it into “piggy tails” while she tells me about the drawing she was working on. Next, I chase Sophie around the house until I can snatch her up and wrestle her to get her clothes on. Off to preschool we go. 9:28AM Brynna hops out of the car and says hello to her friends as I unload Sophie from her car seat. As we walk into the church, Brynna runs ahead toward her classroom. She thinks she’s all grown up. I drop Sophie off, then I stop by Brynna’s classroom where she has already begun her table work. She lets me kiss her forehead and hug her. I wave to a few mom friends as I head back to my car. 10:03AM I pull into the Chick-fil-A in Burleson. Most days I work from home but Thursday is my day in the restaurant. I am grateful for this job, which allows me to use my degree but also care for my family. I have a meeting this morning with my fellow marketing director, so I find our usual table, drop all my stuff down and grab a drink. 11:15AM The lunch rush hasn’t begun yet so after our meeting, I place my order. I like working in the restaurant; the noise and energy help keep my mind engaged. I answer emails, return phone calls and prepare my social media calendar for the next month. 1:30PM It’s time to go, but I can’t find my phone. After a few minutes of searching, I find it buried under a stack of donation requests. Crisis averted, I clean up my mess and say goodbye to my teammates. 1:50PM At the church, I sit in my minivan for just a minute to catch my breath before heading in to pick up Sophie and Brynna from their classrooms. Then we walk over to Aaron’s office. The girls announce their entrance with a bang of the door and continue on to see Ms. Joy, who has candy at her desk. We stay and talk with Aaron for a few minutes. I need to swing by the grocery store before I pick up Caden. 3:05PM Our fast trip through the grocery store is done and we head toward High Point Academy. 4:25PM We are all finally back home. The big kids rush outside to play and Sophie follows behind. They are both sweet to push her in the swing so that I can put away all our various bags from the day. 5:05PM I begin making dinner. It’s an easy dinner tonight: We are having tacos, or quesadillas, or burritos — basically, I make turkey taco meat and wrap it in whatever form they prefer. 5:45PM After we all sit down for dinner, we go around for Highlight, Lowlight, which is when we ask our kids about the high point and low point of their day. It is always an interesting conversation.

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WHAT SHE’S READING Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst WHERE SHE GOES FOR RETAIL THERAPY University Park Village FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Sundance Square. We usually pick a restaurant and then go for a walk after dinner. GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER LAUGH My husband has told the same corny joke since we were dating. Makes me laugh every time! GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER CRY Sweet words from my kids will bring tears every time. BEST PURCHASE EVER I never thought I’d say this, but my minivan. I love being able to haul my kids and friends around, plus the sliding doors are amazing! NO. 1 ITEM ON HER BUCKET LIST Visit New York City and see several shows on Broadway BIGGEST PET PEEVE Dirty dishes in my sink FAVORITE INDULGENCE Vanilla ice cream with caramel, or anything chocolate BY HER BED A stack of journals WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Call a girlfriend and have a good cry or go for a run MOTHERHOOD IN FOUR WORDS A big, beautiful mess LEAST FAVORITE CHORE Cooking ONGOING PROJECT De-cluttering my house GREATEST FEAR Failing my family

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6:47PM Dinner is done for everyone expect Brynna; she seems to be the last one at the table each night. I begin cleaning the kitchen, Caden finishes his homework and Aaron gets Sophie ready for bed. 7:30PM Sophie is asleep. The big kids are in pajamas and it’s time for our family devotional. This is a sweet time for me listening to my children talk about God. (Plus, I love the snuggles.) 8PM Caden and Brynna are tucked into bed and it’s downtime for Aaron and me. I find my favorite spot on our sofa and pull my fuzzy blanket up to my chin. Aaron turns on Hulu and we watch a few TV shows. 10PM Aaron and I go kiss the babies again. I change into my pajamas and take off my makeup. I always love the way it feels at the end of the day to sweep my hair up into a high ponytail and wash the dirt of the day away. 10:15PM I melt into my very comfortable bed. I have to tell myself to stop thinking about the tasks of tomorrow and just go to sleep. fortworthchild / september 2017

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two weeks after delivering. You eschew frilly diaper bags for your oversized Dolce & Gabbana tote. Most likely you can be found at the spa (it’s all about upkeep, after all), salon (that bob won’t maintain itself) or mall (although you might opt to have your stylist make the run for you). When you play tennis, only designer athletic skirts will do; ditto goes for carpool — what if the line is long and you want to sashay to your BFF’s crossover to catch her up on your latest European vacay? You’re not afraid to tool around town in your luxury mom-mobile during the week, but on the weekends you dash away in your Beemer to meet the ladies for lunch. Your children are perfectly outfitted (thanks again to your stylist), and you and your couture-clad daughter hold season tickets to Texas Ballet Theater.

Is there anything you don’t do? You prefer khakis to jeans and polo shirts to little tank tops. You’re the first one in line at carpool, waiting to pick up your little darlings in their perfect hair bows and Burberry dresses. For class birthday parties, you effortlessly bake cookies, wrapping each one in cellophane tied just so with a silk ribbon. You wear very little makeup, yet always appear rested and cheerful (your hair never belying you with dark roots). On Saturdays, you and your spouse can be found on the soccer field in matching tailgate chairs. Sundays, however, are reserved for attending church and slow-cooking a tenderloin. Your family dines together every night at 6, and the kids are in bed by 7. On Fridays, you host game night and are the reigning Scrabble champ (although your son is getting pretty good).

QUENT flyer miles and likely know at least two languages. You’re a single mom on the go supporting your favorite causes and don’t bat an eye about taking the kids with you — even if it’s an 18-hour plane trip. You tend to dress in all black (lest you have to hop a last-minute flight to NYC or Paris, where you own apartments). When you host a soiree, it’s to convince local luminaries that they need to jump on board with your pet organization’s mission (hence, you spare no expense on catering). You family doesn’t own TVs, but you’re not opposed to a shopping spree at a toy emporium, as long as you donate the amount spent to a nonprofit. Your home is filled with pricey contemporary art purchased from struggling artists. And for family outings, you prefer a little adventure (ATV riding at your parents’ Hill Country ranch or backpacking in Big Bend).

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YOU BELIEVE IN LIVING WELL. Your refrigerator is always stocked with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies, and because your kids have eaten healthy from day one, they love to snack on tofu and hard-boiled eggs. You’re as conscious about what you put on your body as what you put in it, and scour the web to find the safest sunscreens and nontoxic beauty products. (Of course, with your too-good-to-be-true glowing skin, makeup is purely optional.) Your home is LEED approved — for obvious reasons — and trying new things is your forte. (Vampire facials, vagina steaming — you’ve done it all.) While you have your critics, it doesn’t get under your skin. You know you’re more than a pretty face with expensive taste. You’re a savvy businesswoman with a heart of gold — always eager to share your tips and tricks for living the good life with other mindful mamas.

It might be your unabashedly over-the-top style, but most likely it’s your innate charisma. You’re the life of the party and have never met a camera you don’t like. (It probably helps that cameras love you.) As one half of the town’s preeminent power couple, you’re a regular at every big-ticket event and courtside at every Mavs game. But you’re not all play. You’ve worked hard to build an enviable career — the spoils of which live in your designer-packed closet. Full as your iCal may be, family is your No. 1 priority. You balance life on Fort Worth’s A-list with a houseful of littles thanks to a steller team of nannies and housekeepers. And if the babysitter cancels, well, you just bring your kids along. That’s what custom kid-size Gucci is for, after all.

FOUND AT THE PARK in your favorite Lululemon leggings, pushing the kids on the swings while swigging Starbucks and catching up on email. You’ll dress up to attend a black-tie event with your husband, but mostly you prefer to romp around in running shoes. You never miss a workout and have even been known to squeeze in a few pull-ups on the monkey bars. You live in a good school district, so you don’t fret about the quality of education. Instead, you spend languid days at the library with your little ones or host impromptu playdates at your chic abode, where you catch up with other moms while the kids play tag in your sprawling backyard. You and your friends like to meet up for salads and smoothies or a morning walk. And when it comes to date night, you prefer to stay in and lay low. DoorDash and movies on demand will do.

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YOUR KIDDO’S HOBBIES CHANGE WITH THE TIDE and that means last year’s arcade-themed birthday might not jive with her newly discovered artist within. To help you plan a party around her latest fancy, we compiled our annual list of Best For Families: Kids’ Parties awards. This year’s winners, chosen by you, include venues that cater to Broadway-bound babes and little gymnasts; indoor playgrounds perfect for middle-ofsummer or winter birthdays; and parties that come to you because we can’t think of anything better than front-row seats in the comfort of your living room (or backyard). Find the package best suited to your kid’s growing personality and watch the memories unfold.

Birthday girls and boys party aboard the Victorianstyle fun train for a one-hour round trip to Colleyville. Parents provide food, drinks and a cake and take pictures of the kiddos with the conductor and coach attendants. The $600 fee to reserve a private coach for up to 66 guests includes a 6-foot serving table and the price of the birthday cake. Add a little wild to the western excursion with train robbers or musicians (for an additional cost). Call early to book your party. 636 S. Main St., Grapevine, 800/457-6338; grapevinetexasusa.com FOR A PARTY ON WHEELS

GameTruck

Fuel the kids with cake and ice cream before releasing them into GameTruck’s world of virtual reality. They play games like FIFA 15, Minecraft, Just Dance and more on flat screens in the climate-controlled trailer for at least 90 minutes. Or play laser tag in the front yard. Every party package comes with a certified GameCoach to help kids get to the next level and navigate laser tag bunkers. Laser tag parties from $260; video game sessions from $309. Upgrade to the combo party for 1–2 hours of both.

Arlington, north Tarrant County and surrounding area, 866/253-3191; gametruckparty.com FOR INDOOR PLAY

Celebration Party and Event Center

All the attractions in the 5,000-square-foot play space are kid-sized. For 2 1/2 hours of semi-private (during open play hours) or private party time, guests play oversized Connect Four and tic-tac-toe or dress up as a shopkeeper, firefighter and more in one of the eight playhouses. Every party comes with a party host (to keep the kids safe and handle the setup and take-down) and either a bounce house or a dance floor and disco ball. Fill the time with party add-ons such as a face painter, balloon artist or character appearance. Party packages from $125 (for a weekday party) for up to 40 guests.

5950 Park Vista Circle, Suite 140, Keller, 817/741-5590; celebrationeventandpartycenter.com FOR NATURAL PERFORMERS

Casa Mañana

Give a budding star or starlet age 3–12 a birthday party at Casa Mañana this year. The theater’s 2018 season includes Peter Darling: The New Peter Pan Musical, Madagascar and Beauty and the Beast. A dedicated party host serves your 10 guests a specialty drink tied to the show’s main character or theme (for last year’s Little Mermaid, guests drank “under the sea water”) and sets up the private party room with chairs, tables and paper goods (plus, they


clean up). Your only job is to bring the guest of honor, decorations, food and cake. Once the curtain closes, your crew gets a backstage tour (pending availability). Standard party packages from $250 for up to 10 guests.

3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817/332-2272; casamanana.org FOR GOLD-MEDALIST SWIMMERS

NRH2O Family Water Park

For the second year in a row, NRH2O Family Water Park sinks the win for best swimming party in Fort Worth, and it’s easy to see why. The Bounder’s Birthday Bash offers full-day admission, a party host and one hour of reserved seating near the water slides, plus pizza and ice cream. For an adrenaline boost, upgrade to Extreme Extravaganza with all-day reserved seating next to Green Extreme, the world’s largest uphill water coaster, or Frogstein’s Splashatory, the five-level water playground. Plus, your party host escorts kids to the front of the line for three high-thrill rides. Party packages from $194.99 for eight guests.

9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills, 817/427-6500; nrh2o.com FOR BIG BOWLERS

TIE: Brunswick Zone and iT’Z Family Food & Fun

Brunswick's Unbelieva-Bowl package ($18.99 per child at Westcreek; $20.99 at Watauga) keeps your party of 5–20 kids entertained and fed with 2 ½ hours of bowling (shoes included); pizza, drinks and fries (paper goods included); and a treat from the ice cream station. Customize your party with a second menu option, such as mac and cheese, or bumpers or lightweight balls. Adults join the fun on the lanes or at the full-service bar, billiards table and arcade. Some party packages also include a souvenir bowling pin (which all the guests sign) for the birthday boy or girl.

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Watauga Lanes, 7301 Rufe Snow Drive, Watauga, 817/485-2695; Westcreek Lanes, 3025 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/294-0501; bowlbrunswick.com Your party of eight strikes big during a bowl party at iT’Z Family, Food & Fun. During the 60-minute bowling session, party hosts bring pizza, drinks and cake laneside along with a balloon bouquet. The basic package also includes two attraction credits and a Fun Card for the rock climbing wall, arcade, laser tag arena, lazer maze and bumper cars. On a weekday, you can upgrade to the premium package with all-day access to rides and video games for only $4 more per person. And take advantage of the

free, customizable invitations. Party packages from $19.99 per person.

hello, date night. Packages start at $15.95 per person for 10–15 guests.

1201 W. Airport Freeway, Suite 400, Euless, 817/283-3700; itzusa.com

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Artful Mayhem Studio There’s a reason parents voted Artful Mayhem Studio the best party for aspiring artists two years in a row. The free customized invitations, takehome masterpiece and personalized souvenir poster make any child’s day, but the memories take the cake. At the 90-minute Artsy Party for up to eight guests (ages 4 and older), an instructor leads your group in a painting picked from a library of over 150 themed projects. Then kids head to the party room for cake and presents (you bring all paper goods and serveware). A shorter 60-minute party is also available for up to six guests and does not include the party room. $175 for Artsy Party; $100 for a Mini Party.

128 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817/653-1703; artfulmayhemstudio.com FOR SCIENCE LOVERS

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Make slime, create a fossil, interact with rabbits and snakes or build a scribbling robot — at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the decision is up to the birthday kid. Partygoers enjoy free admission to the museum for the day plus a 90-minute party in a private studio (20 minutes is dedicated to a hands-on science activity) led by a party coordinator. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks for the kiddos, or you can opt to have the museum cater for an additional charge. For $50, the coordinator can use liquid nitrogen to make tasty ice cream for the group. Nonmembers $370; members $300–$340 depending on level.

1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817/255-9300; fwmsh.org FOR FUN & GAMES

Main Event

Laser tag, bowling, arcade — if your kid wants to do it all on their birthday, book a party at Main Event. All of Main Event’s new party packages come with an arcade card for the guests, 1–4 activities (including a spin on the ropes course at the Fort Worth North location), a kid-friendly entree and a dedicated party host, meaning parents can bring the cake then focus on having fun. Invitations are a breeze too, with premade evites you can send when you book or print out to mail the old-fashioned way. An extra perk for Mom and Dad: Your child’s birthday package includes a certificate for an hour of free bowling just for you —

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It’s up for debate who has the best time at an AT&T Stadium party — the pint-size Cowboys fans, or the not-sopint-size ones who get to chaperone. Run around on the Cowboys’ home turf, take a selfie in front of Dak’s locker (or the cheerleaders’ lockers, if your little one is more of a tumbler than a tackler) and chow down on a personalized cake in the Rowdy Room. The best part? It’s all air-conditioned, and parents don’t have to do anything but bring footballs and Frisbees to toss on the field. There are multiple packages available for 20 guests; call or email GroupSales@dallascowboys.net for pricing.

1 AT&T Way, Arlington, 817/892-8687; attstadium.com FOR CINEPHILES

Coyote Drive-In

A movie party doesn’t have to stay indoors. Take your pack to Coyote DriveIn for a silver screen birthday under the stars. Besides the playground that’s open to all moviegoers, your kiddo and his cast of friends have access to a decorated table, scratch-made grub from Coyote’s menu, a dedicated party host (read: no setup or cleanup for Mom and Dad) and, of course, the main feature: back-to-back flicks on the big screen once the sun goes down. Party packs start at $199 for up to 10 guests; prices vary by day and season.

223 NE Fourth St., 817/717-7767; coyotedrive-in.com FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Fort Worth Zoo

Meet Beltre and Buddy, the Fort Worth Zoo’s two giraffe calves, when you book a birthday at the zoo — every package includes all-day admission for 30 guests so you can take your time peering into the Meerkat Mounds and feeding parakeets in the walk-through aviary. To make the day extra-special (and extra-convenient for you), choose add-ons like custom invitations, zoo-themed cupcakes and party supplies, a photo booth, and an animal presentation. When the weather is hot, host a party at Safari Splash, the zoo’s 14,000-square-foot splash park, and add an animal presentation to your zoo admission and two-hour cabana rental. Packages start at $399.95.

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817/759-7555; fortworthzoo.org FOR THRILL-SEEKERS

Great Wolf Lodge

Even kiddos born outside summer months can enjoy a poolside celebration with water slides, floats and splash toys at Great Wolf Lodge, where

birthday party packages include all-day water park admission for at least 10 guests (and at least two adults), plus pizza, cake, drinks and a character visit. Afraid the little ones might get too waterlogged? Add treatments at the Scoops Spa, climbs on the ropes course or fun with Magiquest wands and interactive games (all for an additional cost). Packages start at $55 per person; $27.50 per chaperone.

100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, 800/693-9653; greatwolf.com FOR HIGH ENERGY

Urban Air Adventure Park

Treat jumpers to a two-hour party at one of Urban Air Adventure Park’s many locations (Arlington, Bedford and Fort Worth open later this year). Kids love the variety: playing a game of dodgeball or basketball, navigating the Tubes indoor playground (Arlington, Fort Worth and Mansfield only) and hopping around the bowl (Fort Worth, Mansfield and Southlake only); you’ll love the laissezfaire approach you can take to party planning. Even the basic party package includes water, paper goods and balloons. Add on pizza, treats and favors for a truly stress-free event, or upgrade to an evening glow-in-the-dark party. Packages start at $149.99 for 10 jumpers.

Multiple locations; urbanairtrampolinepark.com FOR A FRILLY FÊTE

Sweet & Sassy

Though the most popular parties at Sweet & Sassy feature dressing up like princesses, complete with fancy updos and tiaras to keep, or walking the catwalk in fun frocks and taking home the bling (a necklace and ring for each girl), the storefront offers spa parties, evening pajama parties, even createyour-own options. Each hour-andforty-five-minute bash includes online invites and group photos, but you can add a limo ride, DIY beauty products or feather boas for an additional cost. Packages from $279 for 6–8 kids.

1246 Main St., Southlake, 817/251-6353; sweetandsassy.com FOR TUMBLEWEEDS

The Little Gym

There’s a reason why The Little Gym consistently wins best party place for tumblers ages 1–12. A 90-minute Awesome Birthday Bash gives the birthday child and at least 12 of his or her friends the full run of the facility, with instructor-led games, music and other fun such as parachute activities and time on the air mat (a bounce house sans the top). It also includes setup, cleanup and paper goods. You just show up with the food and drinks of your choice. Prices vary by location.

Multiple locations, thelittlegym.com

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We have plenty of birthday party packages, and we're adding more as we expand. We've already added laser tag and new go-carts, and we have 28 bowling lanes opening this fall. See ad on page 38.

Alley Cats Arlington alleycatsbowl.com 817/784-2695

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We proudly offer a variety of birthday party packages. Laser tag, bowling, Putt-Putt golf and arcade games are only part of what makes our parties great. Our hosts are the best in the business! See ad on page 38.

Casa Mañana casamanana.org 817/332-2272

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Celebrate with a party and a show! Packages include tickets to the show, a show t-shirt for the party child, semi-private party area, drinks, set up and clean up, and a dedicated party host.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History fortworthmuseum.org/birthday-parties 817/255-9440

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Celebrate your special day with a birthday party full of wonder and discovery! Designed for ages 3–12, choose from one of multiple educational activities to add an exciting, hands-on element to your special day. See ad on page 38.

Fort Worth Zoo fortworthzoo.org 817/759-7555

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Give your child a once-in-a-lifetime birthday adventure at the Fort Worth Zoo! With customizable packages, all-day admission to the Zoo and a special gift, your child’s party is sure to be a roaring success.

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Offering delicious cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cakes and other baked goods. Custom cupcakes and cakes available for pre-order. Let us help make your party memorable! Call or visit your local Gigi's Cupcakes to place your order.

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

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Come celebrate your special day with us in Grapevine! Grapevine offers many unique venues to host your party, such as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Nash Farm, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and more. See ads on pages 41 and 47.

iT'Z Family Food & Fun itzusa.com/birthdays 817/283-3700

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iT'Z the perfect place to party! Packages include bowling, arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, indoor rock climbing, reserved seating and a dedicated party host. Packages start at just $11.99 per person. Book your party today. See ad on page 44.

JudyPie judypie.com 817/400-7437

Party Place

Adorable pie shop in downtown Grapevine to host your Little Mermaid or Princess Party, or Little Slugger parties. If you can imagine it, we can offer it. Reserve your date today. "Keep it sweet."

'Lette Macarons lettemacarons.com 817/823-0079

Party Food

Make your birthday parties unique with best in class Parisian macarons. ‘Lette Macarons offers custom decorated macaron towers, party favors, lollimacs and more! Sixteen different flavors to choose from. See ad on page 11.

Little Gym, The thelittlegym.com

Party Place

Named Best Gym Party by Parents magazine, an awesome birthday bash at The Little Gym gives you a private facility, with instructor-led games, music and serious fun! We set up and clean up, and provide paper goods. See ad on page 34.

Main Event Entertainment mainevent.com

Party Place

Main Event's new line up of birthday party packages include a dedicated party host, menu selection, FUNcard and souvenir drink cup for all kiddos. Packages start at $15.95. Activities offered where available. Multiple locations. See ad on page 41.

Mr. Gatti's Pizza gattispizza.com

Party Place

Party packages available that include a private room, food, drinks and game play for kids and adults. Call or visit your location to book a party. Visit gattispizza.com to find a location near you!

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SERVICE

DESCRIPTION

Nothing Bundt Cakes nothingbundtcakes.com 702/494-9333

Party Food

Cakes and party incidentals. See ad on page 13.

NRH Centre nrhcentre.com 817/427-6608

Party Place

Have your indoor pool party at the NRH Centre! Open and private parties available for two hours. Tube waterslide, lazy river, rock wall and kiddie splash area. Party attendants and lifeguards.

Pump It Up Fort Worth pumpitupparty.com/fort-worth-tx 817/570-7055

Party Place

Pump It Up parties are private. It's your birthday, so you get your own arenas and party room, plus your own customized party package. Let us do all the work! See ad on page 47.

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Party Place

Be the king or queen of the jungle! Celebrate your next birthday with the Wild Bunch and you'll enjoy the royal treatment — an incredible feast, unexpected treats and an overall wild time. See ad on page 47.

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

Entertainment

Experience interactive touch screens, high definition zoom cameras, telescopes and an indoor/outdoor observation deck with 360-degree views. All parties include GeO-Deck tickets, a digital photo, private elevator ride and lunch options.

Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium visitsealife.com/grapevine 877/819-7677

Party Place

Enjoy a birthday party under the sea at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium! Birthday includes all day admission, one hour in private party room, fun fin fact talk with education host and free birthday photo.

Urban Air Adventure Park urbanairparks.com 800/960-4778

Party Place

Take your next birthday party to new heights at a place that defies gravity! There is a reason why Urban Air Adventure Park has been voted Best Kids Birthday Party Place year after year. See ad on page 15.

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THE

SCHOOL G U I D E Want more information? Find these schools on our website. dfwchild.com

Small Classes.

Big Advantage.

Our average class size of 15 students (2016-17 school year) allows teachers to foster strong relationships and carve out extra time to support your child spiritually and academically. Visit SCS, and find something more.

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the school guide

Educating the

community for over

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• Montessori School • Serving students 4 mos–1st Grade • Low class ratios • Part-time & Extended Day schedules available • PE, Music, Spanish & Drama • Summer program

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Students Test in the Top 93% Academically All Faiths Welcome Serving Students in Colleyville, Grapevine

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KINDERGARTEN PREVIEWS October 5, 9:30 a.m. October 10, 6:00 p.m.

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LIFE LESSONS FOR, WELL, LIFE. 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76108 | 817.560.5700 | aseschool.org All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth administers its personnel, academic, extracurricular and tuition assistance programs without regard to gender, race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.

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TVS 204 N. Dooley St. Grapevine, TX 76051

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At The Novus Academy, our Students Develop Confidence, Respect, and Self Worth Within a School Culture and Program that Provides Opportunities to Maximize Their Potential. Our students discover that their Learning Differences are no longer barriers to success. Call or Stop by to Learn More about our School and Academic Program

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Trinity Valley School


THIS MONTH:

DENTISTS

WORDS FORTWORTHCHILD EDITORS

Brush up on your knowledge of teeth and how to take care of them with these facts and tips from experts on children’s oral health.

THINGS THAT

STAIN TEETH

MOST CHILDREN

BEGIN TREATMENT

WITH BRACES BERRIES

OF KIDS GR IND H O THE R CLENC IR TEETH

BETWEEN AGES

8 &14

BABY’S FIRST TOOTH

starts to show around 6 months

SODA

REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY

3–4 MOS.

SPORTS DRINKS

ON AVERAGE, BRACES COST $3,000–$7,000 MEDICATIONS

BAD HABITS FOR A CHILD’S DENTAL HYGIENE:

TAKING A BOTTLE TO BED

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SWALLOWING TOOTHPASTE

SHARING UTENSILS

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PROLONGED THUMB SUCKING

BRUSHING SHOULD START BEFORE A CHILD HAS TEETH. WIPE BABY’S GUMS WITHASOFTINFANT TOOTHBRUSH OR WET CLOTH.

SOY SAUCE

PASTA SAUCE

SOURCES: COLGATE ORAL CARE CENTER; MOUTH HEALTHY; AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

OR WHEN IT STARTS TO FRAY

(Most outgrow it.)


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HOW WE DO IT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON to take care of that toothy grin you love can be a hefty undertaking. The area is (thankfully) home to many top-notch dentists who have decades of combined experience taking care of tiny teeth. So how do you begin the search? The staff at FortWorthChild has made it easier for you by compiling our annual list of pediatric dentists, orthodontists and other oral health care professionals. We asked our experts — local parents — to reach out to us and share their excellent experiences. These moms and dads are convinced that their dentists are special, and they want you to know why.

have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their oral health. All of these providers were in good standing with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at press time.

WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED DENTISTS DIFFERENT? Each year various

publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think Mom-Approved Dentists 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.

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED DENTIST? A Mom-Approved

parents. Local parents reached out to our magazine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their kid-friendly office or professional acumen, these providers

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

FAMILY DENTISTRY

Rudd, Jeremy DMD Broad Park Family Dentistry, Mansfield

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Dentist is a dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of

Attar, Masoud DDS Pride Dental, Arlington Bacon, Jason DDS Delmar Dental, Fort Worth Bohannan, David DDS Bohannan Dentistry, North Richland Hills Cook, Justin DDS The Parkway Dentist, Fort Worth Cook III, William DDS Office of Dr. Cook, Fort Worth Corbitt, Renee DDS Office of Dr. Corbitt, Fort Worth Darnell, Reid DDS Darnell Dentistry, Southlake Frank, Angelica DDS Southlake Family Dental Care, Southlake Harlin, Justin DDS Smile Fort Worth, Fort Worth Knight, Ryan DMD Chisholm Trail Dental, Benbrook Ku, H. Peter DDS Office of Dr. Ku, Fort Worth

Walsh, Lindsey DDS Brush Dentistry, Saginaw Wilkinson, Matthew DDS, DMD Smile Fort Worth, Fort Worth Windmiller, Glory DDS Windmiller Dental, Fort Worth See ad on page 33

ORTHODONTICS Birth, Sheila DDS, MS Orthodontics by Birth, Stewart and Fletcher, Burleson See ad on page 30 Fletcher, Christi DDS, MPH Orthodontics by Birth, Stewart and Fletcher, Burleson See ad on page 30 Delgado, Michael DDS, MS Delgado Orthodontics, North Richland Hills Kelley, John DDS, MS Kelley Orthodontics, Fort Worth

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 recommenda-

tion. If you have a local dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon you love, tell us.

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? FortWorthChild

holds 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 child-friendly demeanor? 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 DENTISTS? The full list of Mom-Approved Dentists with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com/ doctors. The list will be updated as new providers are added.

Laborde, Elizabeth DDS Burleson Pediatric Dentistry, Burleson

Armstrong, Sandra DDS Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry, Southlake See ad on page 32 Davis, Chris DDS, PA Davis Pediatric Dentistry, Southlake

Lindsay, Michelle DDS Children’s Dentistry of Arlington, Arlington See ad on page 33 Preece, Stan DDS Preece, Church & Associates Pediatric Dentistry, Fort Worth

Gold, Elizabeth DDS, MS Legacy Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Fort Worth See ad on page 33

Purczinksy, David DDS Office of Dr. Purczinksy, Granbury Roberts, Susan DDS, MS Dr. Susan Roberts Pediatric Dentistry, Fort Worth

Hamilton, Blane DMD iKids Pediatric Dentistry, Mansfield See ad on page 32

Stroud, Casey DDS Office of Dr. Stroud, Willow Park

Hamilton, Randy DMD iKids Pediatric Dentistry, Mansfield See ad on page 32

Ta, David DDS Pediatric Dentistry of Colleyville, Colleyville

Hamilton, Ross DDS iKids Pediatric Dentistry, Fort Worth See ad on page 32

Walton, Chris DDS Burleson Pediatric Dentistry, Burleson

Hoffman, Jeffrey DDS Just for Kids Dentistry, Keller

Laska, Justyna DDS Office of Dr. Laska, Fort Worth

Machicek, Steven DDS, MSD iKids Orthodontics, Mansfield See ad on page 32

Libling, Jennifer DDS Brush Dentistry, Saginaw

Patel, Anthony DMD, MSEd Anthony Patel Orthodontics, Keller

Indiramohan, Aishwarya DDS Preece, Church & Associates Pediatric Dentistry, Fort Worth

Perry, Chad DDS Office of Dr. Perry, North Richland Hills

To, Vincent DDS, MS Fort Worth Orthodontic Specialists, Fort Worth

Ketchel, Jennifer DDS, MS Arlington Pediatric Dentistry, Arlington

Warcup, Justin DDS North Texas Smiles, Fort Worth See ad on page 31 Watts, Amy DDS, MS Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry, Southlake See ad on page 32 Witte, John DDS Children’s Dentistry, Arlington

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Sheila Birth, DDS, MS & Christi Fletcher, DDS, MPH Orthodontics

MOM-APPROVED DENTISTS

Orthodontics by Birth, Stewart & Fletcher provides high-quality, comprehensive orthodontic care to patients of all ages, but that’s not all! Their orthodontists truly care about making a difference in patients’ lives. In fact, Drs. Birth and Fletcher were voted two of 2017’s Mom-Approved Orthodontists. Find out why moms all over North Texas put their trust in Orthodontics by Birth, Stewart & Fletcher! Latest Technology – In today’s world of rapidly changing technology, orthodontic treatment has greatly improved. From Invisalign to TMJ and sleep apnea relief, Orthodontics by Birth, Stewart & Fletcher stays up-to-date on the most recent treatment methods to provide the best possible service with less discomfort and faster treatment times. As a top 1% provider of Invisalign clear aligners, patients require fewer adjustments and feel less discomfort than traditional metal braces. Low-level laser therapy is also available to increase tooth movement and reduce inflammation, shortening patients’ time spent in braces. ABO Certified – Drs. Birth and Fletcher are board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics — a distinction less than 50 percent of orthodontists achieve! To become board certified, they passed a series of difficult written and oral examinations and submitted case studies of patients they successfully treated. The entire certification process usually takes anywhere from five to ten years. Now that’s commitment to providing the highest level of patient care! Orthodontists Who Care – In addition to top-rate education and the latest treatment advancements, Drs. Birth and Fletcher put patients first. “Orthodontics is my passion. I believe it’s one of the best professions in the world, and I am honored to know that each day I am able to make a difference in someone’s life. Every smile is important to me, and I enjoy giving patients a beautiful smile that they can live with for the rest of their lives. Seeing the changes that my patients go through when they achieve a beautiful and functional smile is the reason I became an orthodontist. “Thanks to advances in technology, I am truly excited to be able to help patients with chronic headaches, migraines, tinnitus and vertigo. It is a joy to my team and me to be able to help these patients who may have been suffering from these symptoms for years or even decades.” — Dr. Birth “I became an orthodontist because of the positive difference I can make in a person’s life. Being able to transform peoples’ lives to give them confidence, courage and happiness is extremely rewarding.” — Dr. Fletcher For more information, visit bsfortho.com.

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Arlington 817-557-0025

Fort Worth 817-370-0268

Burleson 817-546-0770

Keller 817-348-0910

bsfortho.com MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2015–2017


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Justin Warcup, DDS Pediatric Dentistry

North Texas Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 3550-C Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-732-9341 northtexassmiles.com MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2015–2017

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Justin Warcup, DDS, is the owner of North Texas Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. He is passionate about creating Texas’ best pediatric dental care and experience in an energetic, fun, and kid-friendly atmosphere. Dr. Warcup earned a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree at Ohio State University (OSU), where he also was on the dean’s list, served as president of the OSU Dental Entrepreneur Society, and co-founded OSU’s La Clinica Latina to provide dental care to an underserved community. After earning his DDS, Dr. Warcup completed a two-year pediatric specialty residency at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. During his residency, Dr. Warcup gained extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of pediatric dentistry and dental trauma, including treating the medically compromised and special needs patient. Dr. Warcup is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Fort Worth District Dental Society and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Warcup practiced in Arizona before settling down in the great state of Texas with his wife and four children. When he is not in the office helping patients or at home enjoying his family, Dr. Warcup serves in leadership capacities with youth groups in the community — where he coaches sports teams, leads scouting groups, and helps youth become Fort Worth’s future leaders. “At North Texas Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, every member of The Smile Team aims to help our patients enjoy their trips to the dentist so much that they look forward to the next visit! We recognize that each patient is special and invaluable, and we celebrate them. I consider it both an honor and a privilege to provide Fort Worth’s youth the highest quality dental care in the best possible environment. I love what I do, and I truly believe I have the greatest job on this earth. Thank you to all of my patients for allowing me to be a part of your Smile Team.”


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Sandra Armstrong, DDS & Amy Watts, DDS, MS

MOM-APPROVED DENTISTS

Pediatric Dentistry Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry, PLLC is a fun-filled office designed to make every boy and girl’s dental appointment enjoyable. Giggles and Grins provides mostly preventive dental care. However, they offer all dental procedures for children, adolescents and those with special needs. Our doctors are specialists who can provide care under oral sedation, IV sedation, and attend the Children’s Surgery Center to provide hospital dentistry when necessary. Our doctors work together with all patients thus providing a team approach, which can result in a more thorough diagnosis and quality of care. Our primary goal is to provide a positive dental experience for our patients and their parents. Professional, pain-free dental health care for children leads to adults who have confidence and are comfortable continuing a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our office is consistently voted ‘Mom-Approved’ and ‘Top Dentist’ in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as ‘Best of the Best’ pediatric dentist by the citizens of Southlake, Grapevine and Colleyville. Our doctors are proud members of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and are both diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Giggles and Grins Pediatric Dentistry and Associates PLLC 2915 E. Southlake Blvd. #200, Southlake, TX 76092 817-488-3533 • gigglesandgrins.org

MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2012–2017

Steven Machicek, DDS, MSD; Blane Hamilton, DMD; Randy Hamilton, DMD & Ross Hamilton, DDS Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Together with their highly trained and compassionate team, the Drs. Hamilton strive to provide the best possible experience for young guests and their parents while offering a wide range of services. It’s exceptional care and it’s just for kids. Each member of the iKids team is required to attend the renowned NEDAC Institute, an accredited course established by the Drs. Hamilton based off Disney University, with the goal of providing the ultimate in guest service. Dr. Machicek and his team work diligently each and every day to create an atmosphere where adults and children can enjoy their time, and feel as though they aren’t sitting in a doctor’s office. They want their patients to be excited to see them, to know that they will be receiving the best quality of treatment, and to be comfortable with all aspects of their care. iKids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics combines high-tech, cutting-edge dental care with a welcoming, fun, and family friendly environment. Parents are always welcome in their child’s treatment room or to relax in the comfortable reception area, knowing their child is calm, happy, and in excellent hands. Visit iKids online at iKidsDental.com to learn more about this unique practice that sets the standard of excellence in both customer service and pediatric dentistry. iKids, a Whole New Dental Experience!

ikidsdental.com

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Arlington 817-467-9089

Burleson (Orthodontics) 817-426-1406

Mansfield 817-453-2800

N. Fort Worth/Keller 817-847-7001

Burleson 817-295-1144

Fort Worth 817-332-0007

Mansfield (Orthodontics) 682-593-4820

Waxahachie 972-351-9910


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Glory Windmiller, DDS Family Dentistry Glory Windmiller, DDS, a graduate of UMKC, taught operative dentistry for one year then moved here to Fort Worth, where she has practiced for 12 years. Although she is a general dentist, she has extensive experience with children and is dedicated to implementing the latest advancements in both treatment and technology in order to enhance her patients’ oral health. Dr. Windmiller is truly gifted with children and quickly establishes a rapport of trust with her patients. Being a mother herself, her own children were the inspiration for her developing the “pain-free shot technique,” because she believes that no part of the child’s dental visit should ever hurt. She is passionate about helping children establish excellent dental health early in life. Her office is open one night a week and on Saturdays to help accommodate parents with busy schedules. Dr. Windmiller is a member of the American Dental Association, the Fort Worth Dental Society and an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Locally, Dr. Windmiller participates in Cook Children’s Save a Smile program. Her office also supports SmileTrain in their efforts to help children around the world who have nowhere else to turn have cleft palate surgeries.

MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2013–2017

Elizabeth Gold, DDS, MS Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Gold was born in Galveston, TX and raised in Palestine, TX. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science in 2006. Dr. Gold continued her education at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and graduated with her DDS degree in 2010. Her interest in the specialty of pediatric dentistry led her to remain in Houston to complete a two year residency, also at the University of Texas School of Dentistry. Dr. Gold has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Fort Worth for 5 years. She is

a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She was recently married. She is also a proud aunt to her 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Her hobbies include traveling with her husband, going to Aggie football games and spending time with her family and friends.

4200 Bryant Irvin Rd. #129 Fort Worth, TX 76109 871-731-6964 legacykidsfw.com MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2016–2017

Michelle R. Lindsay, DDS Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Lindsay is a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in North Arlington. Her 26 years of experience include serving as faculty at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Baylor College of Dentistry. Her office uses huge, colorful murals of circus animals to create a fun and friendly atmosphere called “Super Smile Circus.” Dr. Lindsay and her staff truly believe in the “care” in

healthcare and parents are always welcome in the treatment rooms. 1000 N. Fielder Rd. Arlington, TX 76012 817-261-3100 lindsaydds.com MOM-APPROVED DENTIST:

2012, 2014, 2016–2017

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Windmiller Dental

3901 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-665-8260 windmillerdental.com


Children’s Workshops Connect with artworks, new friends, and creative activities during Saturday workshops for children ages 6–12 and their adult partners. SELECTED SATURDAYS, 10 am–noon OCTOBER 21 Modeling Great Minds: Portrait Sculptures NOVEMBER 11 Far and Wide: Pastel Landscapes FEBRUARY 10 Art from the Ancient Americas: Drawing in Clay Visit kimbellart.org for pricing information. To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 351. Promotional support provided by

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard • Fort Worth, Texas 76107 • 817-332-8451 • www.kimbellart.org

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kid culture. square roots find history and fun in old downtowns WORDS CARRIE STEINGRUBER

T

hanks to the Texas Main Street Program and grassroots revitalization efforts, old town squares and main drags across North Texas are getting family-friendly facelifts. Spend a day wandering these historic blocks to see

architecture and artifacts, do a street art scavenger hunt and sample

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MURAL ARTISTS: EDDIE & MARY ELIZABETH PHILLIPS PHOTOS BY DAVE GOODWIN’S GREEN DOORS STUDIO; CARRIE STEINGRUBER; THE HOOD COUNTY JAIL MUSEUM; ©ISTOCK.COM/ARTMARIE

grub from local farmers and eclectic eateries.

ROANOKE Roanoke’s revitalized Oak Street is the artery of the Unique Dining Capital of Texas — but before you indulge, grab a walking tour brochure at the VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM housed in a 19th-century saloon, where you’ll also find locally unearthed mammoth molars and an old-fashioned telephone the kiddos can crank. Then take your pick of Oak Street’s culinary offerings, from casual taco joints like TACOS & AVOCADOS (which has a patio with picnic tables) to local produce from the ROANOKE FARMERS MARKET, open Saturday mornings through Sept. 30. Don’t forget dessert — take home a mini pie or a slab of fudge from OAK ST. PIE CO. or visit HEY SUGAR! CANDY

STORE for sweets of all kinds, an

array of specialty sodas (the pickle juice soda is surprisingly not bad) and their concoction du jour: cupcake ice cream sandwiched between cherry Pop-Tarts. The brightly painted shop has a coin-operated horse and car on the front porch and TVs inside showing films like Tangled and The Wizard of Oz, though the kiddos will be plenty distracted by the canisters of old-fashioned candy waiting to be scooped for $2.50 per quarter-pound.

Visitor Center and Museum, 114 N. Oak St., 817/491-6090; roanoketexas.com // Tacos & Avocados, 101 S. Oak St., 817/491-4442; tacosandavocados.com // Roanoke 1 Farmers Market, 221 N. Oak St.; roanoketexas.com // Oak St. Pie Co., 110 N. Oak St., 817/490-0994; oakstpieandcandyco. com // Hey Sugar! Candy

Store, 111 S. Oak St., 682/831-9900; facebook.com/heysugarcandystore GRANBURY An impressive stone courthouse anchors the historic Granbury Square, which attracts beachgoers in warm weather (the sand at City Beach Park on the shores of Lake Granbury was imported from South Padre Island) and festivalgoers to the town’s full slate of events. You can tour the HOOD COUNTY JAIL MUSEUM on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 1–4pm to see the historic jail cells as well as old-fashioned school desks, toys and other town memorabilia. Admission is $2 for ages 12 and up, $1 for ages 6–12 and free for littles 5 and younger. Walk a few blocks to the GRANBURY DOLL HOUSE , a quaint 1905 Victorian that’s home to dolls of all makes and vintages and four fully furnished doll houses (open Friday–Sunday only), and sample the sausage at KETZLER’S SCHNITZEL HAUS & BIERGARTEN, where the

kiddos can order their own schnitzel plates, and live music fills the patio on weekends.

Hood County Jail Museum, 208 N. Crockett St., 817/5735135; hctxhs.org // Granbury Doll House, 421 E. Bridge St., 817/894-5194; facebook.com/thegranburydollhouse // Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus & Biergarten, 101 E. Pearl St., 682/936-2777; ketzlersschnitzelhaus.com

MANSFIELD Look for artistically painted pianos as you wander 2 Mansfield’s Main Street — Downtown Mansfield, Inc. gives donated pianos to local artists, who dress them up to be public art. When you spot one, the kids are free to take a seat and have a jam session. And try to take a selfie with all 30 public paintings that were commissioned for the MANSFIELD 30 IN 30 project. Two local artists added 30 paintings to area walls, sidewalks and even utility boxes; stop by the MANSFIELD HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER to pick

up a scavenger hunt checklist. While you’re there, you can see exhibits on the town’s history, including recreated living quarters upstairs. On Saturdays through October, grab fresh tamales from the MANSFIELD FARMERS MARKET. Cake makers, honey farmers and other vendors set up shop from 8am–1pm just 3 a few blocks from Main Street.

Mansfield 30 in 30; facebook.com/ mansfield30in30 // Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center, 102 N. Main St., 817/473-4250; facebook.com/ mansfieldtxmuseum // Mansfield Farmers Market, East Broad Street at Walnut Creek Drive; mansfieldtxfarmersmarket.com

1 // Treat the kids to a Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich at Roanoke’s Hey Sugar! Candy Store. 2 // Practice typing the old-school way at the Hood County Jail Museum. 3 // Find local goods at Mansfield’s weekly farmers market.

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While the Texas Rangers take on the Angels in L.A., Globe Life Park opens up for a special event benefiting the nonprofit Alliance for Children. Bring your glove to Picnic at the Park on Saturday, Sept. 16, for on-field fun, get playtime in the Kid’s Zone and eat dinner on the baseball diamond as the away game airs live on the scoreboard. $100 adults; $40 kids 3–12; $250 for family of four.

On North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, Sept. 14, thousands of local nonprofits vie for online donations, but you and the kids can join the fun in person by visiting one of two local donation stations. For early risers, stop by Sundance Square from 7:30–9am for free breakfast and live entertainment, or join the evening concert from 6:30–9:30pm at Levitt Pavilion for food trucks and activities. Free; donations encouraged.

The same day The Lego Ninjago Movie hits big screens everywhere, Legoland Discovery Center unveils a massive mosaic of Sensei Wu made of nearly 80,000 bricks. On Friday, Sept. 22, see the larger-than-life model and stay to play on the center’s new Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course. To make a day of it, stroll over to the nearby AMC Dine-In Theatre to watch the full-length actioncomedy. $21; free for kids 2 and younger.

Jazz up your Saturday night with art-making, food trucks and headliner Green River Ordinance at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Party on the Porch. Kick off your shoes on Sept. 23 and dance on the museum’s front lawn to the band’s blend of country, rock, pop and folk music, or head inside through the portico for crafts and gallery tours through 9pm. Free.

Alert your family’s aspiring princesses: Texas Ballet Theater presents Beauty and the Beast with live accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, but don’t expect tunes from the Disney version. This ballet follows the original French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. Reserve your seats to see the world-class dancers in kid-friendly performances at Bass Performance Hall Sept. 29–Oct. 1. Tickets start at $20. Additional $35 for VIP tour and extras.

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Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival Bedford City Hall, 1951 L. Don Dodson Dr., Bedford. 817/952-2128. bedfordbluesfest.com. 6–10pm Sep 1; 2–10pm Sep 2–3. Sample barbecue by local vendors, vote for your favorite and listen to a full lineup of bands all weekend. $7 online; $10 cash only at the gate.

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Candy Man – Ben Willis Fort Works Art, 2100 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817/759-9475. fortworksart.com. 11am– 5pm Tue–Fri and 10am–6pm Sat through Sep 9. See the Phoenix-based artist’s whimsical artworks featuring a technicolor palette and geometric abstractions with high-gloss and glitter, inspired by the childhood favorite game Candy Land. FREE

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Cirque de la Symphonie Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 817/665-6000. fwsymphony.org. 7:30pm Sep 1–2; 2pm Sep 3. Watch as aerialists, dancers and jugglers perform acrobatic feats to classical masterpieces played live by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $33.

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Learn

the finer domestic skills of needle art and create domestic art projects that at one time would have become treasured family heirlooms. $3 per person.

PARADE

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

SPECIAL EVENT

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

EDUCATIONAL

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

MUSIC

Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817/543-4301. levittpavilionarlington.org. 8pm select days through Oct 21. Bring your coolers, lawn chairs and blanket and listen to a variety of music genres when a different band plays each day of this fall concert series. All concerts are free except for Sep 23: $45 general admission; $185 VIP.

RECREATION

SummerFest – Lone Star Adventures Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine. 817/778-1000. gaylordtexan.com/summerfest. Through Sep 4. See website for full schedule. Book your overnight stay or make it a day trip now through Labor Day for the Wild West shows, panning for gold, or the Aquafina Splash Party at the Paradise Springs pool. Prices vary by activity.

ON STAGE

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

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/819-7677.

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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.

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Animal Exploration River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/8606752. riverlegacy.org. 2–2:45pm. Discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal observation with a River Legacy naturalist. Call to register. FREE

RECREATION

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

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BRIT First Saturday Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 9am–1pm. Talk to a real botanist, join plant walks and meet Bella the begonia hand puppet for a story time and activities at this monthly event. FREE

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

PLAYTIME

Big Blue Blocks C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Highway 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth. 817/967-1560. crsmithmuseum.org. 9am–5pm. On the exhibit’s last day, build your own playground using soft blocks of different sizes and shapes provided by Imagination Playground. $7 adults; $4 kids 2–17.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm Sep 2 and 9. Sign up beginning one hour before the program and meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios to make a zen garden. For kids 12 and younger and their adult companions. FREE

RECREATION

Lounge on the Lawn Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-9715. stockyardsstation.com. 1–8pm. Kick off Labor Day weekend at the stockyards with lawn games, food trucks, local vendors and live music by local bands beginning with the Squeezebox Bandits. FREE

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lington, 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.

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 Diane Durant and Devyn Gaudet. For ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE

RECREATION

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

RODEO

Wild West Rodeo Show Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/625-1025. stockyardsrodeo.com. 8pm. Experience Native American dancing as well as bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and trick roping at this special rodeo that’s a mixture of the Stockyards Championship Rodeo and the historic Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. $20 adults; $10 kids.

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Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival See Sep 1. Candy Man See Sep 1. Cirque de la Symphonie See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. SummerFest See Sep 1. The Land of Oz See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Sep 2.

4 MONDAY EXHIBIT

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

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Candy Man See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. SummerFest See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

5 TUESDAY NATURE

Bella’s Book and Nature Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org/education/bella. 10:30am– 12pm Sep 5 and 6. Reserve your spot for guided outdoor explorations and story readings with Bella the begonia hand puppet in the Burk Children’s Library. $10 per family of two; free for BRIT members.

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 for simple art activities and a reading of Cinnamon, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. For ages 4–6; max of two kids per adult. Space is limited. Call to register. FREE


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Candy Man See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

6 WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books Monkey and Dog Books, 3637 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/9754260. monkeyanddogbooks.com. 10:30am each Wed and Thu. Join an all-ages story reading in this small bookshop located inside Feastivities Gourmet To Go. Space is limited. FREE

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Candy Man See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Bella’s Book and Nature Club See Sep 5.

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Register online at www.cscfw.org Registration 7:00 am 1 Mile Fun Run 8:00 am 5K & 10K 8:30 am Awards in multiple categories by age group and overall winners. 5K and 10K are certified races.

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Evenings on Oak Street Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke. 817/491-2411. roanoketexas.com. 7–8pm. Relax outdoors at the plaza and listen to bluegrass music by Whitehouse Harmony on Sep 7 and rock music by Continental Divide Band on Sep 21. Bring your chairs and blankets from home. FREE

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Candy Man See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books See Sep 6.

8 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 get some playtime with the free community toy chest in the Kent & Kids play area. Then spread out on the lawn to listen to four local bands. FREE

RECREATION

Doggie Dive-In Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall Johnson Rd., Grapevine. 817/410-3489. grapevinetexas. gov. 10am–2pm. Play with your pup in the kiddie pool or let them show off their swimming and diving skills in the competition pool at the 11th annual event. Proof of vaccination required. $5 per dog; two dogs max per person.

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 Sep: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. FREE

HISTORY

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

SPECIAL EVENT

Italian CarFest Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–2pm. Take a close look at 80 exotic cars such as Fiats, Alfa Romeos, Lamborghinis and Ferraris at the 14th annual car show, a prelude to GrapeFest. Nash Farm will be open for tours from 11am–1pm. FREE

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

9 SATURDAY RECREATION

Breakfast with the Beasts Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817/759-7555. fortworthzoo. org. 9–10am Sep 9 and 23. Come to the zoo early for this new bimonthly breakfast club in the education building and meet some furry, feathered and scaled animals. For ages 3–10 years. Register online. $30 adults; $22 kids. Discount for zoo members. Includes day admission.

RECREATION

CureSearch Superheroes Unite UTA Maverick Activities Building, 500 W. Nedderman Dr., Arlington. 240/235-2210. curesearchwalk.org/dfw. 9am check-in; 10am opening ceremony and walk. Wear your superhero costumes and capes and enjoy prizes, music, snacks and activities during this special day in honor of kids with cancer. Wheelchairs, strollers and wagons are welcome. Proceeds benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer nonprofit. $10; free for ages 15 and younger.

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Dog Splash and 2K-9 Bedford Splash at Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford. 817/952-2323. bedfordfun.com. Walk at 9am; splash from 9:30am– 12:30pm. Bring your family dog for a 1.24-mile walk around the renovated park and then go for a swim and join canine competitions at the water park. Proof of rabies shots required. $5 splash entrance per dog; owners get in free. $10 for 2K-9 walk. $12 for combo package.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817/332-2272. casamanana.org. Sep 9–10 and 12–17. In the theater’s season opening production, listen to country music, calypso, bubble gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical dramatization of the biblical saga. Suitable for the whole family. Tickets start at $49. Kids First The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org. 9am– 1pm. Sign up for The Parenting Center’s workshop that focuses on the emotional issues adults and children experience in the divorce litigation process. $45 in advance; $60 at the door.

NATURE

Prairie Sky/Star Party Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View St., Fort Worth. 817/731-2787. tandyhills.org. Dusk–11pm, weather permitting, every second Sat of the month. Look up into the night sky through several telescopes set up by members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Come early for solar viewing. Food, drinks and chairs are welcome. FREE

FILM

REEL Adventures Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org. Sep 9 and 15: 5:45pm activities; 7:40pm film. Enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, then join tournament activities before watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. $13 adults; $10 ages 2–18.

RECREATION

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tarrantcountyheartwalk.org. 8–11am. Runs starts at 9am. Register online to join the 5K noncompetitive walk in support of the American Heart Association. Play at the Kids Zone and stop inside the food tent for light refreshments. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

WATER Festival River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817/860-6752. riverlegacy.org. 10am–2pm. Celebrate the wonderful resource of water at this WATER science fair (Water Awareness Through Education & Recreation) with a variety of family-friendly activities, crafts, games and demonstrations. FREE

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Candy Man See Sep 1. Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Archery Range Saturdays See Sep 2. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Sep 2.

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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 adult.

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NATURE

Seedlings Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 11–11:45am. Bring gardening gloves for a treasure hunt through the Backyard Vegetable Garden. For kids ages 4–6. Max of two kids per caregiver. FREE

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Family Fun – Shoo Crows Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 6–7pm. Meet in the Leonard Courtyard behind the Garden Center to make not-so-scary scarecrows of your own. For all ages. Parental supervision is required. FREE

FESTIVAL

GrapeFest Historic Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/4103185. grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest. 10am–10:30pm Sep 14; 10am–11:30pm Sep 15–16; 11am–6pm Sep 17. Join the GrapeStomp challenge, discover Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium’s touch pool and Legoland Discovery Center builds at the KidsWorld, watch ice carving demos, and enjoy the carnival and midway games at the 31st annual festival. $8 adults; $5 kids 6–12. Free admission all day Sep 14 and until 5pm on Sep 15.

SPECIAL EVENT

North Texas Giving Day Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/6884123. northtexasgivingday.org/events. 7:30–9am. During this online fundraiser for thousands of local nonprofits, join the Philanthro-Party in person for live performances and prizes. Festivities will also take place at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington beginning at 6:30pm prior to the pavilion’s 8pm Josh Weathers concert. Free to attend; donations are encouraged.

PLAYTIME

Ridgmar Mall Kids Club – Monster Truck Mania Ridgmar Mall, 1888 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth. 817/731-6591. ridgmar.com. 11am–12pm. Listen to music, play games, eat a snack from Chick-fil-A and enjoy monster truck-themed activities during this monthly kids program. On the lower level across from Shoe Dept. ENCORE. FREE


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Kids All American Fishing Derby Chisholm Park, 2200 Norwood Dr., Hurst. 817/788-7320. hursttx. gov. 5–8pm. Bring your fishing pole and join the competition for a chance to win prizes. For ages 16 and younger. Participants get a hamburger lunch. Limited poles are available to borrow. Registration is required. FREE

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16 SATURDAY 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 yoga, music and early literacy, presented in separate sessions. Sign up only for one session per day. Registration opens the first day of the month and fills quickly. FREE

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Picnic at the Park Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817/335-7172. allianceforchildren.org/picnic-park. 6:30pm. Eat dinner on the field and watch on the big screen as the Texas Rangers take on the L.A. Angels. Play in the Kid’s Zone, take a tour of the ballpark and bring your glove for fun on the field. Proceeds benefit Alliance for Children. $100 for ages 13 and older; $40 for kids 3–12; $250 for family of four (two adults and two kids).

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STORY TIME

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

SPECIAL EVENT

Trinity Trash Bash Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/335-2491. trwdtrashbash.com/fall. Cleanup 8–11am; after-party 11am–2pm. 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

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Archery Range Saturdays See Sep 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Sep 9. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat See Sep 9. GrapeFest See Sep 14.

17 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Comedy and Magic Show See Sep 3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat See Sep 9. GrapeFest See Sep 14. fortworthchild / september 2017

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18 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

19 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. Workshops for parents only. No child care available. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. $5 per additional adult.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

20 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books See Sep 6.

21 THURSDAY FESTIVAL

Oktoberfest Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/698-0700. oktoberfestfw.com. 5–11pm Sep 21–22; 11am–11pm Sep 23. Celebrate all things German with authentic foods, dancing and music on multiple stages, and German-style competitions such as dachshund races and barrel rolling, plus midway rides and the Oktoberfest Run and Ride. $5 on Sep 21 and $10 on Sep 22–23. $15 for three-day pass. Free for kids 11 and younger with a paying adult.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books See Sep 6. Evenings on Oak Street See Sep 7.

22 FRIDAY FILM

Spaceballs Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palace-theatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch this 1987 spoof of Star Wars starring Mel Brooks, John Candy and Rick Moranis. $6.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Oktoberfest Fort Worth See Sep 21.

23 SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENT

DFWChild Model Search Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972/447-9188. dfwchild. com/events. 10am–3pm. For a chance to appear on our monthly magazine covers, bring your child to walk the runway and meet representatives from our magazines and the Kim Dawson Agency. Must be 12 years or younger and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. $35 preregistration fee per child; $45 on event day.

SAFETY FIRE

Department Open House Fire Station 1, 2100 Precinct Line Rd., Hurst. 817/788-7238. hursttx.gov. 10am– 2pm. Meet local firefighters, eat hot dogs and hamburgers, and see demonstrations and fire apparatuses on display. FREE

HALLOWEEN

Fright Fest Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six

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Flags Dr., Arlington. 817/640-8900. sixflags.com/ overtexas. Select days through Oct 29. Hours vary. During the Halloween season, spend a day at the amusement park for daytime thrills at the Looney Tunes Spooky Town, a kids’ costume party and stay after dark for more spooky entertainment. Some haunted attractions require an additional fee. $56.99 if purchased in advance; free for kids 2 and younger.

NATURE

Kiwanis Butterfly Festival Southlake Town Square, 1350 Southlake Blvd., Southlake. 817/703-5266. netckiwanis.org/butterflyfest.html. 9am–6pm Sep 23; 9am–5pm Sep 24. Explore a 600-square-foot landscaped mesh tent populated with hundreds of Texas butterflies. At 5pm on Sep 24, watch the butterfly release from the pavilion. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. $7 adults; $5 children 3–12.

FESTIVAL

Party on the Porch Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/7381933. cartermuseum.org. 6–10pm. Experience gallery tours and art activities past the museum’s normal closing hours and head out onto the lawn for food trucks, games and live music by Green River Ordinance. FREE

NATURE

Monarch Butterfly Festival Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake. 817/491-6333. bjnc.org. 9am–12pm. Wear a pair of wings or a butterfly costume and join the Perennial Garden Society members and more volunteers for family activities at this third annual event. FREE

RECREATION

Run in the Dark Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center, 9800 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817/4313340. runinthedarkdfw.com. 4:30pm registration and entertainment; 5pm food trucks; 7pm 1-mile; 7:45pm 5K. Join an evening run through the park, grab dinner from food trucks, and cheer on other runners at this annual fundraiser for the Community Storehouse. Strollers are permitted. Individual registration starts at $26.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Archery Range Saturdays See Sep 2. Breakfast with the Beasts See Sep 9. Grapevine Fun Trains See Sep 9. Oktoberfest Fort Worth See Sep 21.

24 SUNDAY EXHIBIT

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org/clifford. 12–5pm. On the exhibit’s last day, discover the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all of the residents of Birdwell Island by exploring this children’s exhibit with slides and Clifford’s Doghouse. $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18. Free for museum members.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Fright Fest See Sep 23. Kiwanis Butterfly Festival See Sep 23.

25 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

26 TUESDAY PARENT EDUCATION

Building Self-Esteem The Parenting Center, 2928 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6348. theparentingcenter.org.


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Little Sprouts Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/392-5510. fwbg.org. 9:30–10am. Meet in the Backyard Vegetable Garden to do some gardening tasks and explore leaves that come in different sizes, colors and textures. For children 18–36 months. One child per caregiver. FREE

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CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1.

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Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books See Sep 6.

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CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Story Time at Monkey and Dog Books See Sep 6.

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Beauty and the Beast Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 877/828-9200. texasballettheater.org. 8pm Sep 29; 2 and 8pm Sep 30; 2 and 7pm Oct 1. Watch the professional dancers of Texas Ballet Theater perform the season opener, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $20.

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CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Fright Fest See Sep 23.

30 SATURDAY FESTIVAL

Chalk Art Festival Crockett Row at West 7th, University Drive North and West Seventh Street, Fort Worth. 817/810-9076. crockettrow.com. 12–7pm. Awards at 6:30pm. Come view elaborate chalk art designs by professional street painting artists and get creative in the children’s art area at this third annual festival. Stay to see the completed murals and for the winners of the amateur artist competition. FREE

DANCE

Fairytale Ball Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst. 817/284-1200. artisanct.com. 6–8pm. Dress up in your fanciest princess or character costumes and dine with Snow White and more friends at this evening with food, sweet drinks and dancing. $20 adults; $15 kids 12 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Sep 1. Levitt Pavilion Fall Concerts See Sep 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Sep 1. Archery Range Saturdays See Sep 2. Grapevine Fun Trains See Sep 9. Fright Fest See Sep 23. Beauty and the Beast See Sep 29. State Fair of Texas See Sep 29.

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confessions

“I haven’t had a regular period in the 12 months since my son was born (I’m still nursing), so I didn’t have a pad or tampon handy when I unexpectedly started one morning. Resourcefully, I used one of my son’s diapers. When I bent down to give my preschooler a kiss goodbye, her teacher told me I had a diaper stuck to my jeans.”

mommy fails

—ANNIE, COPPELL

ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I told my 8-year-old daughter that if she got straight A’s on her last report card, she could get a pet. We now have a female dumbo rex rat.” —CINDI, NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

MY WIFE PUT ME IN CHARGE OF GETTING OUR KINDERGARTNER UP AND READY FOR SCHOOL FOR TWO DAYS SHE HAD OFF SO SHE COULD SLEEP IN. THE FIRST DAY, I FELL ASLEEP AFTER MY ALARM WENT OFF AND GOT MY SON TO SCHOOL 50 MINUTES LATE.”

“My boys — ages 6 and 4 — share a room, so when I needed to put both of them in timeout for fighting, I put one in the room and one in the atrium in our entryway. The one in the atrium found the hose and spent his time soaking himself.” —NICOLE, DALLAS

— JASON, GRAPEVINE

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

“My 3-yearold daughter and I passed a playground on the way home from running a quick errand. I hadn’t originally planned on leaving the car, so she wasn’t wearing shoes. To avoid a tantrum, I let her play on the wood chips and gravel barefoot.” —BRITTANY, GARLAND

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I FORGOT THE BAG WITH MY 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S SWIMSUIT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SWIM LESSONS, BUT SHE HAD BEEN SO EXCITED TO START, I LET HER TAKE THE LESSON IN HER CLOTHES.” —COLLEEN, DALLAS


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