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elissa Hardage, 33, doesn’t take any chances. She describes her daughters — ages 3 and 1— as incredibly inquisitive. “So my husband and I prevent easy access to household cleaning products and medications by placing them out of reach,” the Dallas mom says. It’s a no-brainer. Even before our babies became crawlers, most of us probably put child safety locks on the cabinets where our household cleaners and medications live. But new statistics show that, that might not be enough. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 300 children, nearly half under the age of 6,

treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of poisoning injuries, typically from ingestion. During a regular 10-hour shift, Dr. Audry McCreight, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, says she sees at least one poisoning injury from ingestion. “The types of accidental poisonings I see range from medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen to detergent pods, nail polish remover and extremely toxic button batteries from watches,” she says. MEDICATIONS

“Most ingestions by toddlers are medicine, both over the counter and prescription,” says Dana Walraven, community health outreach manager at Cook Children’s and Safe

VAPING PARAPHERNALIA AND E-CIGARETTES

The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is so highly concentrated Kids Tarrant County coordinator. that even a tiny sip might cause a So it’s no surprise that medications child’s heart to race or make them still top the list of household hazards vomit or sweat. And vape liquid is for kids. The hard-to-open bottles often scented or flavored, making it weren’t designed to appealing to kids. prevent a child from Experts recomgetting in but simply IN CASE OF mend never using EMERGENCY to slow him down. e-cigarettes or vaping And in the four around kids, keeping Store the Poison Help hotline 1-800-222years between 2011 materials in a locked 1222, a 24/7 service, in and 2015, the number box at the top of a your phone and call if of kids exposed to high cabinet and you suspect a possible essential oils doubled. disposing of used poisoning. Some kids ingested components according Call 911 if the child is the aromatic liquids to the manufacturer’s drowsy or unconscious, used to treat everyhaving trouble breathing, instructions so chilextremely agitated or thing from allergies dren don’t fish it out of restless or having seizures. to depression; others the kitchen trash. “If a child has ingested were dosed incora harmful substance, do BEAUTY PRODUCTS rectly — both of not attempt to induce Cosmetics and perwhich caused chemivomiting,” cautions Dr. sonal care products cal burns, breathing Audry McCreight, a contain loads of problems and more. pediatric emergency room doctor at Cook chemicals, may smell Experts recomChildren’s in Fort Worth. nice and are therefore mend storing all “It is quite possible that dangerous in a little medicines (including the substance has caused one’s hands. essential oils) in their injury to the esophagus. Experts recomoriginal bottles, and Forced vomiting could cause additional injuries.” mend never storing keeping them locked lotions, creams or in top cabinets that sprays in the refrigeraare completely out tor. They might easily be mistaken of sight from curious kiddos. Also, for juice or yogurt, especially by a never use a medicine bottle as a child who can’t read. And don’t let rattle or other distraction for little your little one play in your makeup ones. And never ever tell a child takbag or purse. ing medicine that it’s candy. Explain northtexaschild / june 2017

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THOUGH HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS AN OPEN BOOK, RADIO PERSONALITY J-SI CHAVEZ DOESN’T TALK MUCH ABOUT HIS KIDS — CHLOE, 3, AND CASON, 5 — ON AIR.

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very morning, loyal listeners tune in to The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on 106.1 KISS FM. Co-host Jose “J-Si” Chavez, a 34-year-old Mexico City transplant, is a fan favorite for his noholds-barred sense of humor and down-toearth sensibility. And it’s no shtick. Chavez is as earnest as they come. From marrying Kinsey, his wife of 6 years, to welcoming his kids — Cason, 5, and Chloe, 3 — he’s always been an open book. Even at 23, when he learned that the man who raised him wasn’t his biological father — his mother, who became pregnant at 17, had lied to him about his father’s identify — he shared the heartbreaking experience with fans. “Our listeners know more about [my background] than some of our closest family members,” the Carrollton dad says. Some relatives don’t even know about some of the struggles Chavez faced on his journey to recognizable radio personality. Chavez’s path involved living in his truck before breaking into radio as an intern, for instance. Now, a veteran of more than a decade, he helms the nationally syndicated radio show. In 2013, when the show’s namesake died suddenly at a golf tournament fundraiser for Kidd’s Kidds, Kraddick’s nonprofit that takes terminally and chronically ill children to Walt Disney World, Chavez rose to the occasion in the midst of his own grief, standing in Kidd Kraddick’s place as ringleader of the popular morning show. After all, the show must go on, and it has, with lots of success, too.

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IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S OFF-LIMITS WHEN YOU’RE ON-AIR? I’m an open book,

but it’s hard for me to talk about my kids. There are certain stories I don’t highlight because they’re going to get older and their friends are going to be listening. WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB? There are so many

people who listen to the show and have basically become family. My biggest fear is to let them down. When listeners reach out and let you know that you touched them or made them laugh … I would do this job for free if I could get those every day. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A DAD? I always envisioned myself mar-

ried with kids. I never looked at myself as a party animal or playboy. HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT NOW THAN YOU WERE BEFORE YOU

1 / To reconnect with his wife of six years, Kinsey, Chavez prefers staying in, making a Blue Apron meal together and watching Dateline. 2 / Family time includes bowling at Pinstack in Plano.

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FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME ON YOURSELF? Going to

the gym. It sounds juvenile, but I like to go skateboarding. I like to play video games when the kids are sleeping. And I play guitar. FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH KINSEY? My favorite thing to do is to make a

Blue Apron meal together, grab a bottle of wine and watch Dateline.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ON FATHERHOOD SOMEONE ELSE HAS GIVEN YOU? When it

comes to my son, to show that a man can have emotion. I don’t want my son to think 2 he has to be a macho man. When it comes to my daughter, to take her on little dates so that she knows how a man’s supposed to treat her.

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about rock ’n’ roll and forbidden love is June 30. Round out either date at the newly opened Prohibition Chicken in Old Town Lewisville (just look for the water tower). Their fried chicken is sourced from a local farm and co-raised by the chef, Roger Kaplan. Sit out on the patio to catch live music, and sneak in to the speakeasy, which, in true Prohibition style, is accessed through a telephone booth in the back. —Beth McGee

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If your hubby can name more Disney princesses than you, grab him a well-deserved cold one and send him the link to the DTALKS Podcast: A Podcast for Dads. Launched last December by North Texas fathers Galan Aldaco, John Laird and Joe Shaw, the banter- and blooper-filled show puts a comical spin on fatherhood, complete with bad puns and plenty of PG- to R-rated stories from the hosts about raising their little girls (and soon, a boy). Your man will quickly become a fan of the show’s funny segments — “Ask the Dads,” “Dad Jokes” — as well as “Things You Should Check Out” like parenting hacks and date night ideas. This month, the dads talk swimming lessons and host special guest speakers — their own dads — in honor of Father’s Day. A new 90-minute episode is released every other Sunday; listen online and follow @dtalkspodcast on Twitter. —Jessica Myers

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madhuri bandla Madhuri Bandla is a licensed CPA and a faculty member of the College of Business at the University of North Texas. She has lived in Lantana for 10 years with her husband, Naveen, who heads research and analytics at DFW International Airport, and their two children: Vishnu, 9, and Shefali, 7.

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:15AM I wake up to the sound of my alarm chiming. After hitting the snooze button, I sleep in for another 15 minutes. 5:30AM Finally wake up from the cozy comfort of my bed. I jump-start my morning with nine minutes of meditation, which energizes me and prepares me for the day ahead. 5:45AM Waffles are my kids’ favorite breakfast. I whip up some pancake flour, egg, honey, butter and milk and switch on the waffle maker. I also start preparing lunch for the kids, which on Thursdays is usually a cheese quesadilla or grilled cheese toast with a side of veggies and fruit. Today I decide to make quesadillas. 6:15AM Breakfast and lunch for the kids are all done, and the aroma of fresh waffles fills the air. I wake up my babies and snuggle with them for 15 minutes. Once they are up and about, I take a shower and get dressed for work. 6:45AM Hubby wakes up and gets ready. 6:50AM The kids and I are all dressed and ready for breakfast. 7:15AM Breakfast is done, and it’s time to leave our house. Hubby and I take turns dropping off the kids at school — it’s a 45-minute commute to their charter school in Coppell. Today is my day to take them. I truly treasure this morning time with them when their minds are fresh and

free of technological distractions. We begin our journey in the car with prayers together. Thursdays are spelling test days in school, so after practicing the kids’ spelling words for this week, we play word games. The kids then make a secret wish for the future. We discuss plans for the upcoming weekend, particularly their playdate calendar and a fun family outing. 8AM We reach my first destination, my kids’ school. After dropping them off from the car line, I head to UNT. It’s a 45-minute drive of pure “me” time. I enjoy listening to motivational podcasts or my favorite music, which tunes me into the day and raises my vibration. It’s also the perfect time for connecting with my precious circle of family and friends via phone calls. 8:45AM I reach the vibrant UNT campus. I enjoy the walk from the parking lot to the College of Business building and around the green campus, which, along with the fresh air, makes for an invigorating morning exercise. I spend the next 30 minutes in my office preparing for my classes. 9:30AM My first lecture for the day begins — I engage around 75 students with accounting principles and problems. 10:50AM Class ends, and I swing by the cafeteria to pick up some garden salad and yogurt for lunch. Then it’s back to my office, where I have students visit during my open office hours. Mentoring students to perform better and become more effective learners is a very fulfilling aspect of my job. Providing career counseling and helping to define their career paths in accounting is a way to give back to my profession and be a change-maker in the lives of students who seek help. 12:30PM My second lecture begins with a class of 45 students who are finance or accounting majors. This is a more complex class that I try to make as interesting and interactive as possible through different learning aids and real-life scenarios. 1:50PM Class ends, and by 2 o’clock, I’m ready to leave campus and spend the next hour or so in my neighborhood Barnes & Noble, my favorite haunt. I also make a quick run to the grocery store before it’s time to pick up the kids. 4PM School bus arrives. Shefali is always ecstatic to see me and we exchange a zillion hugs and kisses. Thursdays are chess club days for Vishnu, so he stays at school. 4:15PM Shefali and I are back home, where we playfully swing in our backyard, munch snacks and exchange notes about the day. I then decide what to make for dinner and start the Crock-Pot while Shefali goes for her shower. 5:45PM We head to Shefali’s art class, where she enjoys creative expression through drawing and painting. After dropping her off, I head home to continue working on dinner. 6:30PM Naveen and Vishnu are back. I wrap up my cooking and pick up Shefali from her art class. 7:30PM Dinnertime, followed by some playtime with Papa. Pingpong, chess, carroms and scrabble are some indoor games we enjoy.

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8:15PM On Thursdays, either Naveen plays tennis with his buddies or I have my girls’ night out. Tonight it’s my turn — nothing like catching a movie with my girls at the end of a busy day. While I am out, the kids get ready to sleep, and Naveen kisses them goodnight and tucks them in. 10:30PM Naveen and I hit the bed for some relaxed time together, which involves watching TV for Naveen and reading a book for me, as we exchange tidbits about our day. 11:30PM I drift into deep sleep with a prayer of gratitude for a fulfilling day and, most of all, the gift of life and the present moment.

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even-year-old Sailer Simmons doesn’t think about alcohol and drugs all the time. No, when the little girl from North Oak Cliff is participating in one of her favorite pastimes like dancing or singing, she doesn’t think about those things at all. But when she’s home, alcohol and drugs creep into her thoughts often. “When is Daddy coming home?” she asks her mother. Sailer’s daddy is an addict, one who has struggled with substance abuse since his little girl’s birth. Louise Simmons, 38, Sailer’s mom, knew that addiction ran in her now ex-husband’s family even before she married him. “I had the misperception that because I was aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, I was educated and we had a certain socioeconomic status, we were safe,” Simmons reveals. “But that is wildly untrue. Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of their background.” And it did. What began as social drinking in college soon escalated. Shortly after Sailer was born, Simmons discovered that her husband wasn’t only struggling with an alcohol addiction but also with over-thecounter pills and medications prescribed by doctors, all of which he was unsuccessfully trying to hide from his family. These substances enslaved him, and she’d had enough.

PARENTS ON DRUGS

One in three children goes home to a family member using drugs or alcohol daily. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, alcohol and drug use knows no age, gender, race, ethnicity or status when it comes to its victims. But those paying the biggest price for substance addiction — whether it’s alcohol, marijuana or physician-prescribed pain medications such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan — are the children. “The use of drugs and alcohol monopolizes the motivation and attention for the parent,” says Dr. Dave Atkinson, medical director of the Teen Recovery Program at Children’s Health, who also serves as assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “The child tends to be neglected because things that are naturally motivating for most people are not there for people using drugs and alcohol and they become trapped in the addiction.” Even a child receiving basic necessities like food, clothes and a home isn’t getting the emotional support and love they crave and require from a parent who is an addict, who may have difficulty with emotional regulation and get overly angry or overly sad, Atkinson says. These emotional elements contribute to a decreased ability to engage with their kids, discipline effectively and be an overall effective parent.

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“Many people think that if the addict would just stop drinking or using drugs, then everything would be OK,” says Dr. Emily Van Pelt, a play therapist supervisor and licensed professional counselor supervisor at Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center in Dallas. “But it can’t be turned on or off [like a switch]. It’s a daily battle, and they need to be loved instead of being shamed.” THE SIDE EFFECTS

Most researchers and the National Institute of Drug Abuse define addiction as a compulsive behavior that continues despite negative consequences. In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents. “Kids will pick up on something being wrong with the parent, but they don’t know it’s drugs or alcohol,” Atkinson explains. “Even if the parent can hide the substance use, they can’t hide all the consequences that go with it.” Addiction interferes with kids’ social circles, making it difficult for them to make and keep friends. The emotions that a child of a substance user deals with are complex. Some feel ashamed and keep the secret from others, causing them to isolate themselves socially and not have other children over to play, explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. They may avoid going to events where a parent has to go or lie that

an absent family member is sick or traveling. Kids with parents who are addicted feel like they live two separate lives — the embarrassing one in emotional upheaval at home and the façade they put on in front of others. “[These kids] may sit at the lunch table at school and listen to friends talking about weekend plans or birthday parties and not contribute to the conversation because they’ve been trained not to share their home life,” Sanford says. Other kids blame themselves, thinking their bad grades, untidy room or poor behavior causes Dad to stay away for days at a time or their parents to fight, for instance. “Developmentally, kids can be egocentric, so oftentimes, they think it’s their fault,” says Erin Williams, a children’s counselor in the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center in Irving, a unique prevention and education curriculum for kiddos ages 7–12 who have an addict in their lives. These children feel insecure, frustrated and lonely as a result of the unstable environment at home. But they don’t know how to process these emotions and often act out; struggle with school; and experience anxiety, depression and sleeping issues such as insomnia. And then there are other kids who hide an unpredictable family life well. Dr. Sam McCage, manager, behavioral health in the psychology department at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, explains that these children may excel academically, behave well in class and participate in numerous extracurricular activities. From the outside, these kids might

seem fine, great even, but inside they harbor a tremendous amount of guilt and a sense that no matter what they do it’s never enough. “The kids quietly struggling often go unnoticed,” Williams says. “They don’t appear to be affected and aren’t helped.” It’s not uncommon for children of substance users to lose trust in all people who hold positions of power — teachers, grandparents and other wellmeaning adults. “It’s a lifelong struggle for some kids who can carry some of the issues into [adulthood],” Sanford says. As the kids get older, meaningful relationships become harder to sustain, and instead these children seek out relationships in which the dynamics feel familiar — with people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, for instance, Williams cautions. There’s also the danger that they too might spiral into the dangerous world of addiction since genetic and environmental contributors affect who suffers from the disease. If addiction is already in the blood line and it’s being modeled at home, kids are frighteningly more likely to succumb and develop an addiction to a substance or substances. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that drinking early and often increases the likelihood of becoming addicted. “People often say that parents should allow their kids to drink a moderate amount of alcohol while they’re home,” Atkinson says. “But research shows the kids who do this drink a lot more in

college, mostly because they lose their natural fear of alcohol.” GETTING HELP

“[With addiction], oftentimes, children are the first ones hurt and the last ones helped,” Williams explains. It’s our job as the parent not struggling with addiction to help them reclaim their childhood. Sailer underwent lots of changes in a short amount of time. Within 18 months of her sixth birthday, her parents separated and subsequently divorced, and her dad moved from Dallas to Minnesota for treatment. “I realized that Sailer needed someone to help her talk about her feelings and understand addiction,” Simmons recalls. So she enrolled Sailer in Five Star Kids at the Betty Ford Center, a three-day, five-hour-per-day program facilitated by counselors who also grew up dealing with a loved one’s addiction. The program uses art, games, role-playing and journaling to help kids set and achieve goals and deal with problems and emotions effectively. The program gave the Simmonses age-appropriate phrases and key words to help explain and talk about addiction, and an instant community of other families also struggling with the disease. Sailer realized she’s not alone. “It really helps kids understand anything they do or don’t do will not change the disease of addiction,” Simmons says. “Whether they are making straight A’s or if they are acting out at school, the addiction is not about them.” Experts agree that parents should plant the seeds for honest discussions about addiction early (before age 9). After all, knowledge is power. Discuss addiction in a casual, matter-of-

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fact way. Use age-appropriate language, demystify the disease and keep the lines of communication open. For instance, you might compare alcoholism to diabetes when explaining it to younger kids. Tell them that just as a diabetic has to avoid sugar, an alcoholic has to avoid alcohol or they’ll get sick. Tell kids the truth and let them know what’s happening to their loved one in therapies and treatment. Also, talk frankly about children’s predisposition to substance addiction given their genetic makeup. “Sailer’s dad kept his addiction hidden,” Simmons explains. “She had seen other family members drink alcohol at mealtime, but she had never seen her dad drink alcohol or take pills, so it was all really confusing for her.” Through dialogue and treatment, Sailer better understood that some people can drink alcohol responsibly and not become addicted. But those who suffer from addiction, like her dad, can’t. They require special treatment (sometimes far away) to help them get better. It’s important for children to understand that an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an illness that their parent can recover from. Children dealing with drug abuse in their families need help just like the addicts themselves do. They benefit from talking about their feelings in therapy (individual or family), with their school guidance counselor or in a support group (see our sidebar for local options). Kids living with addiction often forget their No. 1 job is to be a kid, Williams says. “Remind them that adult problems are not their problems.”

THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

If possible, experts advise removing an addict from a home with kids and sending them to an addiction treatment facility, halfway house or another family member’s home — but keeping them present, Van Pelt says. “I recommend activities like creating a journal with letters and pictures to give the parent when [the child] sees him or her.” Eight months ago, Sailer’s dad went into an inpatient program and sober house in Minnesota. Her grandparents have taken her to visit him, and he comes back to Texas to see her. “Family recovery is so important,” Williams explains. “If everyone is in recovery, people are much more likely to stay sober.” Children benefit from adult encouragement when dealing with any trauma, including addiction. It’s important to surround them with trusted family members who don’t have addiction issues to shower them with unconditional love and support. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Keep in mind that a child’s life won’t suddenly turn around when the addict gets into treatment. The process is lengthy, and children may still feel anxious and uncertain. The road to recovery for Sailer means continued private therapy sessions, the occasional re-enrollment in the Five Star Kids program, FaceTime-ing her dad and making plans for the future, like his visit in a few months for her ninth birthday. Like most kids, Sailer dreams of being lots of things when she grows up — an author, illustrator, chef, dancer and photographer.

Get Kids the Support They Need DR. SAM MCCAGE, MANAGER, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT COOK CHILDREN’S IN FORT WORTH, RECOMMENDS that children dealing

with a parent’s addiction get support outside the home. Kid-focused support groups help children see that they’re not alone in their struggles and offer a place for solace, encouragement and love. Many also provide education and tools for how to positively cope with their situation. Betty Ford Center hosts a three-day program to help kids ages 7–12 learn the basics of addiction and that they aren’t to blame, and to encourage children to share their feelings and make healthy choices for themselves. Irving, 972/751-0363; hazeldenbettyford.org Hosted by the Recovery Resource Council, Camp L4 (Live, Learn, Laugh and Love) hosts a day camp three times a year for at-risk kids from local domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and foster care programs. Children go horseback riding and fishing and do arts and crafts while learning how to make healthy life choices. Fort Worth, 817/332-6329; recoverycouncil.org Dallas Al-Anon now has a fellowship of young Al-Anon members ages 9–12 whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Plano and Wylie; dallasal-anon.org Rainbow Days provides a substance abuse prevention program for kids 4 and older in schools and homeless shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 214/887-0726; rainbowdays.org The Sunshine Club, offered through the Recovery Resource Council, is a 10-week program for kids ages 5–11 who are living in at-risk situations to arm them with the skills they need to overcome adversity and stay drug-free. Fort Worth, 817/332-6329; recoverycouncil.org

Her mom’s dreams include steering her as far as possible from unintentionally following in her father’s footsteps and indulging the same awful appetite for drugs and alcohol that consumes him. “I want her to know she is loved by both of her parents, and

we are all working to make our family strong and safe,” Simmons says. “I hope that now, at age 7, she can develop life skills to deal with stress and adversity as she grows up. I want her to have the tools to grow into a healthy and confident young woman.”

JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS? HAVING A CHILD THAT MAY BE PREDISPOSED TO ADDICTION

because of her DNA is a frightening prospect for any parent. What’s more, it’s now been found that putting an at-risk child on medication for the common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their drug addiction risk factor by three. “Our society values fast, fun and easy when fixing problems,” explains Vanessa M. Sanford, a licensed professional counselor

supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor who specializes in addiction and families at Support System in Frisco. “The symptoms of ADHD, trauma and depression are the same in kids. When a child starts being impulsive, has problems focusing or sitting still, or lacks organization, oftentimes it is blamed on ADHD. If a parent is wanting to hide the addiction, they agree to treat the ADHD with drugs, which puts the child at a higher risk of being an addict later in life.”

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The best things around North Texas are free (or nearly) during the summer — spray grounds, indoor play spaces, museums, skating and more. And what’s not free is no more than a few dollars, including movies and lots of other activities. Here, our favorite warmweather cheap thrills to keep kiddos entertained during the three-month school break.

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to try on a uniform, meet Denton firefighters (as long as they aren’t on a call) and tour the trucks. 940/3498840; discoverdenton.com

Summon some culture into the summer routine with a trip to a museum or gallery.

1. Let kids play conductor, color and craft and learn about Denton County history using interactive educational panels at the DENTON COUNT Y MUSEUM for free. 940/349-2850; dentoncounty.com 2. The museum sits in the HISTORICAL PARK OF DENTON COUNT Y , an open green space that regularly hosts story times, live music and the farmers market. 940/349-2850; dentoncounty.com 3. Stop, drop and roll over to the free DENTON FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM

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4. Make a trip to the NATIONAL SCOUTING MUSEUM for hands-on displays and life-size campsite replicas before it closes its doors in Irving at the end of the summer. 800/303-3047; bsamuseum.org

5. Take little fashionistas to see regal gowns at the TEXAS FIRST L ADIES HISTORIC COSTUME COLLECTION at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Ogle replicas and originals worn by Laura Bush, Lady Bird Johnson and others. 940/898-3644; twu.edu/ gown-collection

When it’s not too hot out, plan an outdoor adventure. 6. Take outdoorsy kiddos to the LEWISVILLE L AKE ENVIRONMENTAL

LEARNING AREA (LLEL A) to go on a guided bird or nature walk or night hike. $5 per vehicle. 972/219-3550; llela.org

7. Pick sweet, juicy peaches right off the tree for $1.50 per pound at the HENRIETTA CREEK ORCHARD in Roanoke. 817/439-3202; henriettacreekorchard.com 8. Head to SANDY L AKE AMUSEMENT PARK in Carrollton for mini golf, bumper cars, and pony rides. Take a break for ice cream at a shaded picnic table. Admission, $2; tickets, 50 cents each. 972/2427449; sandylake.com 9. Encourage kids to learn heritage skills, even how to play Victorian games, on the first Friday morning each month at the NASH FARM in


Grapevine. $3 per person. 817/4103185; grapevinetexasusa.com

matinees in the summer. 972/2193570; library.cityoflweisville.com

10. Spend a day at L AKE PARK on Lake Lewisville swimming, playing Frisbee golf and climbing on one of the two playgrounds. $3 per vehicle for Lewisville residents. 972/2193550; lake-lewisville.org/lake-park

25. Take the kids to 10 weeks of films during CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE at the Oakbend Drive location in Lewisville. Shows start at 9am Monday–Thursday. $5 for all 10 movies or $1 per show. 972/316-0595; cinemark.com

11. Hike the trails of COPPELL NATURE PARK at night with a North Texas master naturalist. Meet at the Biodiversity Education Center for a 40-minute, stroller-friendly walk (flashlights provided). The next one is June 9. Register online. 972/3043581; coppellnaturepark.org 12. Wander the many paths and bridges, see koi fish in the pond and visit the butterfly sanctuary at GRAPEVINE BOTANICAL GARDENS at Heritage Park. 817/410-3350; grapevinetxonline.com/botanical-gardens

13. CAMPION TRAIL , Irving’s 22-mile greenbelt along the Trinity River’s Elm Fork and West Fork, provides the perfect spot to host a family picnic, throw a football or Frisbee or just walk, bike or skate. 972/721-2501; cityofirving.org 14. Let kiddos spend time in June or July with cows, sheep, peacocks and more at FRITZ PARK PETTING FARM in Irving. 972/721-2640; cityofirving.org 15. Kids rule the KIDS KASTLE playground in Highland Village. The wooden playland keeps little princes and princesses busy climbing staircases, crossing bridges and feeding ducks. 972/317-7430; highlandvillage.org 16. Watch airplanes take off and land from FOUNDER’S PL AZA at the DFW International Airport. dfwairport.com/founders 17. Toddlers and preschoolers sing and dance during the free 45-minute IRVING CONCERT SERIES 4 KIDS

show. Come at 9am to play, craft and get a balloon. 972/721-2501; cityofirving.org 18. Dress the kids in sneakers, head out early and walk the GRAPEVINE PUBLIC ART TRAIL to discover lifesize bronze statues between the Cotton Belt Depot and Northwest Highway depicting the city’s history. 800/410-7572; grapevinetexasusa.com

Trade the sprinklers and garden hose for interactive fun at a splash park or pool. 19. Let kids frolic beneath the colorful spray features at PARR PARK in Grapevine, then air-dry on the adjacent playground. 817/410-3000; playgrapevine.com 20. Water slides and loads of things that spray at CIMARRON FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER in Irving keep kiddos cool. Resident rates: adults, $3; kids age 4 and older, $2. 972/7216556; cityofirving.org 21. Visit the OLD TOWN AQUATIC PARK in Lewisville at 7pm Monday– Friday when you can exhaust the kids on three spray grounds, a lazy river and water slides for just $2 per person. 972/219-3744; cityoflewisville.com 22. The newly built DOUBLETREE RANCH PARK in Highland Village features a modern splash pad with over 80 drenching structures. 972/317-7430; highlandvillage.org

nees. $3 per person. 940/369-8213; astronomy.unt.edu

26. Watch the live fish feeding at BASS PRO SHOP OUTDOOR WORLD

in Grapevine on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30pm, or let kids fish in the pond (equipment provided) out front on Saturdays from 11am– 1pm. 972/724-2018; basspro.com

The coolest farmers markets offer more than local produce and meats.

27. Let kids romp around The Ark at GRACE POINT CHURCH in Coppell, sliding, climbing and jumping into a ball pit. 972/462-1643; gracepointcoppell.org/the-ark

35. Every Saturday at 10:30am, the COPPELL FARMERS MARKET hosts a free gardening class for kids. 972/3047043; coppellfarmersmarket.org 36. In addition to live music and food trucks, the DENTON COMMUNIT Y MARKET has crafts, learning activities and yoga for kiddos. 940/268-4326; dentoncommunitymarket.com

28. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GRAPEVINE ’s Paradise Pond lets kids ages 2 to sixth grade bounce, build with Legos, play with trains or dress up. $1 per person. 817/488-8573; fbcgrapevine.com 29. Make the 40-plus-mile journey from Denton to Dallas aboard the A-TRAIN just for fun. $3 for two-hour passes. 940/243-0077; dcta.net 30. Get to THE COLONY RECREATION CENTER early for free kids’ movies during the monthly Summer Cinema Clubhouse series on Fridays at 10am. 972/625-1756; thecolonytx.gov 31. Little ones learn to skate for $5 any Saturday morning at 9am at INTERSKATE ROLLER RINK in Lewisville. 972/221-4666; interskate.net

Beat the heat (or the rain) indoors. 23. Lose an afternoon in The Tubes, a maze of colorful tunnels inside IRVING BIBLE CHURCH , for kids 36–52 inches tall. There’s also an adjacent toddler-only play space. 972/560-4600; irvingbible.org 24. Sign preschoolers up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program at the LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY , which also hosts lots of story times, family craft nights and Friday

32. The modest indoor play space at CROSS TIMBERS CHURCH in Argyle opens Monday–Thursday for free play and story and craft times. 940/240-5100; crosstimbershurch.org 33. Take littles ages 2 and older to the IRVING ARTS CENTER on the first Thursday and second Sunday of each month for interactive story times and take-home art projects. 972/252-7558; irvingartscenter.com 34. See a family-friendly movie about the stars, the moon and other astronomical wonders at the SKY THEATER AT THE UNIVERSIT Y OF

NORTH TEXAS in Denton during the monthly Saturday children’s mati-

Pack a picnic, lawn chairs and bug spray to spend time outdoors after dark. 37. Sing and dance along to the music at the EVENINGS ON OAK STREET CONCERT SERIES in Roanoke with your kiddos. 817/491-2411; roanoketexas.com 38. Delay bedtime any Friday night between Memorial and Labor days to see a weekly fireworks show (it starts at 9:30pm) over Lake Grapevine during GRAPEVINE SUMMERBL AST . 817/410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com 39. Before getting down to the SOUNDS OF LEWISVILLE free concert at the Wayne Ferguson Plaza every Tuesday night in June and July, let littles frolic in the interactive splash pad. 972/219-3401; soundsoflewisville.com

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HOW WE DO IT PICKING A PEDIATRICIAN is a lot like picking a partner. You need to find someone you trust, someone who makes you feel at ease, someone whose philosophies align with your own and someone you can see yourself — and your baby — with long-term. Unfortunately, there’s no Match.com equivalent to finding the right doctor for your little one. If you’re in the market, ask trusted friends, neighbors and family members for an introduction to a pediatrician they love, or begin here with this list of Mom-Approved Pediatricians recommended by local moms and dads.

in good standing with the Texas Medical Board at press time.

recommendation. If you have a local pediatrician or pediatric specialist you love, tell us.

WHAT MAKES MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIANS DIFFERENT? Each year

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? To recommend

various publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think MomApproved Pediatricians 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 NorthTexasChild. This is a parentto-parent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

a pediatrician, visit our website at dfwchild.com and complete the Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her childfriendly 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 PEDIATRICIANS? The full list

WHAT IS A MOMAPPROVED PEDIATRICIAN? A Mom-

to our magazine, recommended these providers and told us why. Whether it’s for their bedside manner or professional acumen, these providers have impressed moms and dads like you who love their kids and care about their health. All of these providers were

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Forbes, Michelle MD MD Pediatric Associates, Flower Mound See ad on page 20

McColm, Vincent MD USMD MacArthur, Irving

Squiers, Milton MD Cook Children’s, Denton

Meyer, Carissa MD Pediatric Center of Las Colinas, Irving

Tomecko, Wincy MD Pediatric Center of Las Colinas, MD

Naylor, Debra MD 18 and Under MD, Flower Mound See ad on page 21

Ulanoski, Pam MD Stepping Stones Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Coppell

Pape, Jennifer MD 18 and Under MD, Flower Mound See ad on page 21

Varughese, Lizy MD Cook Children’s, Lewisville See ad on page 21

Peak, Sandra MD Cook Children’s, Lewisville

Venkatachalam, Vani MD MD Pediatric Associates, Coppell See ad on page 20

Approved Pediatrician is a pediatrician, family physician or pediatric specialist who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of parents. Local parents reached out

Bauer, Paul MD ENT for Children, Coppell

PEDIATRICS Brown, Mary MD Clinical Pediatric Associates of North Texas, Irving Burgess, Kim MD Cook Children’s, Flower Mound Butler, Rebecca MD Lantana Pediatrics, Bartonville See ad on page 20

Georgulas, Anne MD Dr. Anne Pediatrics, Coppell See ad on page 20 Goff, David MD Cook Children’s, Denton Holland, Karen MD Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving, Irving See ad on page 21 Holt, Mark MD MD Pediatric Associates, Coppell See ad on page 20

Day, Jeff MD Cook Children’s, Denton

Jones, Carrie MD Cook Children’s, Denton

Dickey, Elizabeth MD Clinical Pediatric Associates of North Texas, Irving

Kay, Joan MD Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving, Irving See ad on page 21

Fitzgerald, Ralph MD MD Pediatric Associates, Flower Mound See ad on page 20

McAnelly, George MD Dr. Mac’s Pediatrics and Allergy, Coppell

The list is by no means exhaustive. Our June list primarily includes pediatricians and pediatric specialists. There are likely many outstanding professionals who aren’t on the list because our readers didn’t pass on a

Powell, Susan MD MacArthur Pediatrics, Irving Raja, Kalyani MD USMD MacArthur, Irving Sanborn, Cheryl MD Nuby Pediatrics, Denton Schlichtemeier, Tammi MD Coppell Pediatrics, Coppell Sias, Tricia MD Kids First Pediatrics, Highland Village See ad on page 21

of Mom-Approved Pediatricians with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com. The list will be updated as new providers are added.

Williams, Tammi MD Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving, Irving See ad on page 21

To view comments on all nominated doctors, visit dfwchild.com/doctors.

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Ralph Fitzgerald, MD; Michelle Forbes, MD; Mark Holt, MD & Vani Venkatachalam, MD Pediatrics Generations of kids — from newborns to young adults — have grown up with MD Pediatric Associates since we opened our first practice 26 years ago. With extended hours and same-day appointments, MD Pediatrics works around busy schedules and helps keep families healthy. MD Pediatrics has five pediatricians and five nurse practitioners at two locations: Flower Mound and Coppell. Saturday hours, an on-staff lactation consultant, and ADHD care are a few of the services that set MD Pediatrics apart from other pediatricians.

MOM-APPROVED PEDIATRICIANS

Dr. Ralph Fitzgerald has been practicing with MD Pediatrics since 1996. Dr. Fitzgerald’s medical interests include sports injury prevention and asthma maintenance. Patients comment that he is very professional, timely, and has a great bedside manner. Dr. Michelle Forbes joined the MD Pediatrics team in 2014 and sees patients in Flower Mound. Dr. Forbes has an interest in the impact physical fitness has on brain function and mental health. Patients have commented that she always takes her time and they never feel rushed. Dr. Mark Holt established MD Pediatric Associates with Dr. Darla Kincaid in 1991. He is especially passionate about maintenance of ADHD, and patients comment that Dr. Holt has a lot of patience and is very understanding. Dr. Vani Venkatachalam joined the MD Pediatrics team in 2015 and sees patients in Coppell. Dr. Vani grew up in India and speaks many languages, including Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She has an understanding and appreciation for cultural aspects that relate to health and treatment. Her medical interests include newborn care and travel medicine. 760 N. Denton Tap, Suite 120. Coppell,TX 75019 2560 Central Park Ave., Suite 195, Flower Mound, TX 75028 972-420-1475 • mdpedi.com

Rebecca D. Butler, MD, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Butler was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 2002. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2007. She then completed her residency at the same institution in association with University Medical Center and Covenant Children’s Hospital in 2010. After exploring different avenues of pediatric practice in a well-established office in Frisco and urgent care centers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, she found the perfect place to foster her own family and established Lantana Pediatrics in February 2012.

Dr. Butler is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 100, Bartonville, TX 76226 940-455-7200 • lantanapediatrics.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Anne Georgulas, MD Pediatrics Being small is a big deal. Trust your child with Dr. Anne, a board-certified pediatrician. She is your trusted advisor. You are empowered with information. You call the shots. Dr. Anne takes time with you. She understands the whole child — physical, developmental, social, school. Dr. Anne takes care to get the big picture first.

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That extra care can make all the difference. Big care for small packages. Call Dr. Anne. 150 S. Denton Tap Rd., Ste. #116 Coppell,TX 75019 972-304-0091 •drannemd.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Karen Holland, MD; Joan Kay, MD & Tammi Williams, MD Pediatrics Drs. Holland, Kay and Williams have over 5 decades of combined experience as pediatricians for the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving. They provide quality pediatric care to the residents of Irving, Las Colinas, Coppell. “Healthy children grow up to be healthy adults.” Our team of boardcertified pediatricians cares for children from the moment they’re born through their developmental years with two locations and

after hours care. Dr. Joan Kay currently serves as a resident physician at Camp I Thonka CHI which is the Parkland Burn Camp. Dr. Tammi Williams was recently named to the NCAA Division II 40 year Anniversary Tribute Team. 2021 N. Mac Arthur Blvd. Ste. 250 Irving, TX 75061 972-253-4300 mscitx.com

Lizy Varughese, MD Pediatrics parents at Babies R Us as well as the Mid Cities Crisis Pregnancy Center. She treats a wide variety of illnesses including asthma, allergies, ADHD, and is a certified IMPACT provider for concussion screenings.

Cook Children’s Lewisville-Castle Hills PC 1600 FM 544, Ste. 100, Lewisville, TX 75056 972-316-7400 • cookchildrens.org/lewisville

Debra Naylor, MD, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Naylor attended medical school at the University of Utah, then completed her residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Dr. Naylor opened 18 & Under MD in 2005 and is board-certified in general pediatrics. She maintains hospital privileges at Med City Lewisville where she serves as medical chief of staff, as well as THR Presbyterian

Flower Mound. Dr. Naylor especially enjoys seeing adolescent patients and teaching parents about their developing child. 3041 Churchill Dr., Suite 300 Flower Mound, TX 75022 972-691-1240 • 18andundermd.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Jennifer Pape, MD, FAAP Pediatrics Dr. Pape attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where she earned AOA honors, then completed her combined pediatrics and internal medicine residencies at Duke Hospital. Dr. Pape joined the team at 18 and Under MD in September of 2014 as a board-certified general pediatrician.

Dr. Pape has a special interest in breastfeeding support, adolescent and young adult health, nutrition, and orthopedic and sports related injuries. 3041 Churchill Dr., Suite 300 Flower Mound, TX 75022 972-691-1240 • 18andundermd.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Tricia Sias, MD Pediatrics I joined Kids First in 2014 after completing my residency program at Medical Center in Dallas. I enjoy providing education and guidance during each new and exciting stage of a child’s life! My clinical interests include asthma, mental health issues and preventative medicine. My husband Chris and I have fallen in love with the state of Texas and are excited

about building our lives here with our son Luke and our two Labrador retrievers. 2280 Highland Village Rd., Ste. 130 Highland Village, TX, 75077 972-317-6000 kidsfirstpediatrics.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Dr. Varughese is a board-certified pediatrician with 15 years of pediatric experience. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M University and attended medical school at UT Houston and completed her pediatric residency in Stony Brook, Long Island. She was then appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at the medical school. Dr. Varughese is passionate about educating patients, especially first time parents. To that end, she teaches newborn classes to expectant


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Win a Sandestin Family Vacation! Looking for exciting places to take your kids this summer? Enjoy plenty of family fun while school is out and join in the Summer Fun Photo Contest.

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1. Follow @dfwchildmag on Instagram 2. Visit any of the locations on the Summer Fun Map 3. Snap a picture and post it to Instagram 4. Use hashtag #dfwchildsummerfun and be sure to tag us @dfwchildmag

Contest closes July 31, 11:59pm. Winners will be announced August 1. Winners selected at random. Must be 21 years or older to enter.

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Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau Abilene. 325-677-1161. storybookcapitaloftexas.com. Visit Abilene, official Storybook Capital of Texas, June 8–10 for 6th annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival. Enjoy Storybook Parade, dramatic readings, costumed characters, art activities, animals, and magic shows. Celebrating Garth Williams, illustrator of Stuart Little, and many more! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW Multiple locations. 972-534-2120. drafthouse.com. Enjoy family friendly films every day at 10am for just a $1, $3 or $5 donation to local charity, HopeKids North Texas, with our Summer Kids Camps! Featuring a new movie every week and all ages are welcome.

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Potter County. 806-857-6680. nps.gov.

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Alley Cats Entertainment Arlington. 817-7842695. alleycatsbowl.com. Alley Cats offers 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor fun! Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, indoor rock-climbing, and more. We have a variety of packages for groups and birthday parties. Be sure to check out our summer camp program too!

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Amistad National Recreation Area Del Rio. 830-775-7491. nps.gov.

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. cartermuseum.org. Storytime is every Wednesday, June 7 through July 26, from 10:30am–noon for families with children ages 3–8. Sunset Cinema July 13: The Wizard of Oz; July 20: The Birds; July 27: A League of Their Own.

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Big Bend National Park Rio Grande. 432-4772251. nps.gov.

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Big Thicket Nation Preserve Kountze. 409-9516800. nps.gov.

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Bowl & Barrel Dallas. 214-363-2695. bowlandbarrel.com. Strike up some indoor fun! With party packages, ramps and bumpers for kids 6+ and kid-friendly house-made specialties, Bowl & Barrel is family fun at its finest. Conveniently located by Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

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Brookhaven Country Club Dallas. 972-243-6151. clubcorp.com/clubs/brookhaven-country-club. Brookhaven Country Club, named the Best Family Club in Dallas, is ideal for everyone. The club’s relaxed and friendly environment is the perfect place for friends, business colleagues and families to enjoy a variety of recreational activities and events. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Fort Worth. 817-231-4000. bep.gov/services/takeatour.html. Learn how billions of dollars are printed during a free tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing ‘s (BEP) Tour and Visitor Center. BEP designs, engraves, and prints all U.S. paper currency. Hope to see you soon! Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson. 972231-1466. clubcorp.com/clubs/canyon-creek-country-club. Canyon Creek Country Club provides a haven where friends are waiting, a place for you to relax and enjoy your life. The club features a familyfriendly pool with cabanas, poolside bar, splash pad, slide, 18-hole golf course, tennis and more.

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Chamizal National Memorial El Paso. 915-5327273. nps.gov.

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Clubs of Prestonwood, The Dallas. 972-2397111. clubcorp.com/clubs/the-clubs-of-prestonwood. The Clubs of Prestonwood is your perfect home away from home! Featuring two clubhouses, The Hills in Plano and The Creek in North Dallas, each with 18-hole golf courses, grill and bar, pool, fitness center, plus tennis at The Creek.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Dallas. 214-515-6525. dallasarboretum.org. Family Fun Fridays June 2–July 28, 10am–2pm. Petting zoo, face painting and music in the Pecan Grove. Summer Camps June 5–August 11. Registration now open, for more information and registration, visit dallasarboretum.orgevents-education/summer-camps.

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Dallas Firefighter’s Museum Dallas. 214-8211500. dallasfiremuseum.com. Dallas Firefighter’s Museum, located in 1907 fire station, where you can climb on an engine that once raced to fires, learn firefighting history or interact with the children’s home safety video. Curators are all retired firefighters. Fun for all!

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Dallas World Aquarium, The Dallas. 214-7202242. dwazoo.com. The indoor facility features the aquarium with exotic marine life from around the world, the Orinoco – Secrets of the River rainforest full of primates, crocodiles, freeflying birds and the Mundo Maya exhibit that is home to jaguars, sharks, owls and eagles. Dallas Zoo Dallas. 469-554-7500. dallaszoo.com. Hippos are back at the Dallas Zoo! Get nose-tosnout with an underwater view of these magical “river horses,” and see the rest of the 2,000+ animals at the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. Visit dallaszoo.com for more info. Denton County Office of History and Culture Denton. 940-349-2850. dentoncounty.com/chos. Denton County boasts three museums within downtown Denton, Texas, including the historic Courthouse-on-the-Square. We are a place of learning and discovery that provides unique educational opportunities, events, and resources to the North Texas community. DoSeum, The San Antonio. 210-212-4453. thedoseum.org. The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids. Within our 104,000 sq. ft. building, explore indoor and outdoor spaces including like our 40-foot-tall climbing structure The Big Climb, our ADA-certified Treehouse, Spy Academy, Little Town, and so much more! Dr. Pepper StarCenter Multiple locations. 214-467-5283. drpepperstarscenters.com. Skate with your friends at Dr. Pepper StarCenters. The Dallas Stars’ network of ice rinks are all across the Metroplex — find one near you! Offering beginner figure skating and hockey classes and summer camps — visit drpepperstarcenters.com. Fort Davis National Historical Site Fort Davis. 432-426-3224. nps.gov.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth. 817-255-9300. fortworthmuseum.org. Don’t miss out on a summer of fun at the Museum! Adventure in the bilingual world of Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore, visit Birdwell Island in Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog and more!

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Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth. 817-6249715. fortworthstockyards.com. Legends of Texas gunfight reenactments, Fort Worth Herd cattle drive, Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, petting zoo, horseback riding, rodeos, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stockyards Museum, historic walking tours, Cow Camp and more!

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Fort Worth Zoo Fort Worth. 817-759-7555. fortworthzoo.org. Named 4th best zoo in the country by USA Today—only Texas zoo in top 10! There’s always something new to see and do! Learn fun facts at Keeper Chats or cool down at Safari Splash, our zero-depth splash park.

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Frank Buck Zoo Gainesville. 940-668-4533. frankbuckzoo.com. Summer hours: 9am–5pm (last tickets sold at 4:30pm). Check out our Summer Safari Day Camps and Junior Zoo Crew Teen Volunteer program. 10:15am daily VIP Flamingo Feeding (restrictions apply). Inquire about special VIP Animal Encounters.

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Frog Pond Water Park Farmers Branch. 972-9198720. fbh2o.com. The Frog Pond Water Park in Farmers Branch is a neighborhood oasis featuring an activity pool, lazy river, lagoon pool and water slides. From tadpoles to bull frogs, the entire family will fall in love with this mini water park.

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Galveston Island Galveston. 888-425-4753. galveston.com. Whether you’re a history buff, thrill seeker or beach bum, Galveston Island has something for everyone. From the pyramids of Moody Gardens to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterbahn Waterpark, there are plenty of adventures for the whole family.

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston. 855-789-7437. pleasurepier.com. Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.

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Gaylord Texan Resort Grapevine. 817-778-1000. gaylordtexan.com. This Memorial Day through Labor Day experience family fun inspired by the Lone Star State at Gaylord Texan Resort. SummerFest features activities such as Junior Chef Camp, Hank’s Outlaw Scavenger Hunt, pool parties, dining events, live music and more.

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Gleneagles Country Club Plano. 972-867-6666. gleneaglesclub.com. Gleneagles Country Club was named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW and recently invested millions to create a top-notch golf experience. The club offers 36 holes of golf, tennis, grill and bar, resort-style pool and so much more. northtexaschild / june 2017

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Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Grapevine. 817-410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com/ summer. Splash into fun during Grapevine’s 9th Annual SummerBlast! Now through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine’s SummerBlast features fun for the whole family including water activities, Friday night fireworks, special exhibits including “Grapevine Rails: Rolling Through Time,” outdoor activities and more.

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park Salt Flat. 915-828-3251. nps.gov.

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Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving. 972869-2631. hackberrycreek.com. Hackberry Creek Country Club recently celebrated its 24th anniversary of providing family fun and upscale business entertaining. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a great meal, we have you covered.

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Hawaiian Falls Multiple locations. 972-3827885. hfalls.com. Have fun all summer long in a safe, family-friendly environment at any of the Hawaiian Falls locations in the Dallas area. Whether floating down the Lazy River or exploring Keiki Kove, there’s something for every family member at Hawaiian Falls! iT’Z Family, Food & Fun Euless. 817-283-3700. itzusa.com. iT’Z the summer family fun destination: arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, bowling and more. We have all the fun your family can handle! Save big with an annual pass at itzusa.com for unlimited fun all summer.

Kemah Boardwalk Kemah. 877-285-3624. kemahboardwalk.com. The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day. Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth. 817-332-8451. kimbellart.org. The Kimbell offers a wide range of summer programs. Designed for audiences with diverse interests and learning styles, these programs seek to increase understanding and enhance appreciation of the artworks on view, as well as their historical and cultural context. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Fritch. 806-857-3151. nps.gov.

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Las Colinas Country Club Irving. 972-541-1141. clubcorp.com/clubs/las-colinas-country-club. Las Colinas Country Club was built as the cornerstone of the community, providing members with 18 holes of championship golf, elegant and modern dining, swimming, state-of-the-art tennis facilities and more. Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Little Rock. 800-844-4781. littlerock.com. Little Rock is known for its hospitality and charm. Centrally located and affordable, it has a variety of cultural attractions, museums, a vibrant artisanal food scene, great restaurants and shops that make it a perfect destination for family vacations.

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Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park Johnson City. 830-868-7128. nps.gov.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Dallas. 888-935-6878. medievaltimes.com. Kids free this summer with any full price adult admission Monday–Thursday. A four-course feast awaits, as six armor-clad knights compete in thrilling games on horseback as the pageant unfolds inside the walls of the king’s 11th Century-style castle. Code: DCKF.

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NRH2O Family Water Park North Richland Hills. 817-427-6500. nrh2o.com. Soak up the fun at NRH2O with our 4 newest slides, plus 20 more thrilling slides and attractions. Make your summer even more splashtacular with 4 fireworks shows and Dive-In Movies Friday nights, June 16–August 4.

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Oakmont Country Club Corinth. 940-321-5599. clubcorp.com/clubs/oakmont-country-club. Oakmont Country Club is just minutes north of Lake Lewisville in Corinth. Serving as the social gathering place for the community, Oakmont’s uncompromising golf course, combined with numerous social events, provides a warm and inviting place of fun for everyone.

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Mineral Wells. 940-325-2557. visitmineralwells.org. Come visit Mineral Wells, where Texas runs deep! Join us at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, State Park or dig for fossils at the Fossil Park. Explore the many attractions in Mineral Wells that are fun for kids of all ages! North Texas Performing Arts Multiple locations. 972-422-2575. northtexasperformingarts.org.

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SPCA of Texas Multiple locations. 214-742-7722. spca.org/crittercamp. SPCA of Texas offers family education, events, pet adoptions and volunteer opportunities. Supporting SPCA of Texas as a family teaches kindness, love and how to help animals in need. Camp activities include guest speakers, games, crafts, meeting pets and more.

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Stonebriar Country Club Frisco. 972-625-5050. stonebriar.com. Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2016), Stonebriar Country Club has two 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, a pool and a 65,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring the Grille and Tavern, tween space, fitness center and expansive patio.

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Studio Movie Grill Multiple locations. studiomoviegrill.com. SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat. Join SMG for only $1 to see recent, popular, children’s films and grab a bite to eat!

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Padre Island National Seashore Corpus Christi. 361-949-8068. nps.gov.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science Dallas. 214-428-5555. perotmuseum.org. Summer is big at the Perot Museum! From the stunning, bilingual Maya exhibition and inspiring Dream Big 3-D film to sleepovers, birthday parties, and more. And don’t miss the Children’s Museum with water tables, “dino dig” sandbox, and miniature Dallas.

Texas Discovery Gardens Dallas. 214-428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. There’s something for everyone at Texas Discovery Gardens. Passionate about beautiful butterflies? We’ve got them! Curious about native snakes and cool critters? We’re crawling with them! Ready for a deal? Visit every Tuesday for Pay-What-You-Wish admission!

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PINSTACK Multiple locations. 972-781-2695. pinstackbowl.com. PINSTACK is a one-of-a-kind family dining and entertainment destination with 28 state-of-the-art bowling lanes offering food and beverage service, arcade with the newest video games, two-level laser tag arena, rock climbing wall, ropes course, and more! Visit pinstackbowl.com for information.

Timarron Country Club Southlake. 817-481-7529. timarronclub.com. Timarron Country Club features Kids’ Kourt, fitness center, relaxing lunches, social hour and fine dining with friends. Exceptional service, lasting friendships and enduring memories are the way of life at Timarron Country Club.

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Topgolf Multiple locations. 337-654-0179. topgolf.com. Half-day golf clinic for kids and teens Mon.–Fri., 9am–noon. The program includes all of the components that make up the game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette.

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Town of Little Elm Little Elm. 972-731-3296. lakefrontlittleelm.com. The Lakefront area in Little Elm is the place to be this summer! A beautiful beach, award-winning bars, restaurants, and playgrounds. There is something for everyone here. The beach has kayak/paddle board rentals, sand volleyball courts, open swimming, and more.

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Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club. 817837-1900. clubcorp.com/clubs/trophy-club-countryclub. Trophy Club Country Club features an 36-hole championship golf course with extensive junior and adult programs. You can also relax by our beautiful pool, sweat it out in the fitness center or host a meeting in our private meeting space.

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Urban Air Trampoline Multiple locations. urbanairparks.com. 800-960-4778. Urban Air offers a variety of indoor activities on its wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pit, trampoline Dodgeball, Slam Dunk Track and more! This summer we’re featuring Sizzlin Summer including a summer jump club coupon book and Camp Urbie summer camp!

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Waco Mammoth National Monument Waco. 254-750-7946. nps.gov.

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Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield. 817-4736111. clubcorp.com/clubs/walnut-creek-countryclub. Walnut Creek is more than a country club. It’s a place where families come together to enjoy fellowship that can only be found there. Walnut Creek offers the privacy and prestige you expect when entertaining your friends and business associates.

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Water Works Park Denton. 940-349-8800. dentonparks.com. A new wave pool and new concessions will debut in July 2017! In addition, enjoy four giant outdoor slides, two outdoor toddler slides, one giant indoor slide, a lazy river, children’s play pool, sand volleyball, pavilions, cabanas, and more.

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White Rock Paddle Co. Dallas. 469-888-0620. whiterockpaddle.com. Kayak and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals on White Rock Lake. Online reservations available and recommended, whiterockpaddle.comwhite-rock-lake-reservations. html. Kids kayak camp sessions in June, July and August. For details call or visit our website.

J of Dallas, The Dallas. 214-239-7138. jccdallas. org. Enjoy a summer of fun, filled with new experiences, smiles and memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve got special events, camps, aquatics, fitness, performing arts and fun for the whole family. We are celebrating 75 years of happy campers.

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Pump It Up Multiple locations. pumpitupparty. com. Our kid’s birthday parties are 100% private and the best in the industry. They include our gigantic inflatables, colorful party rooms and a friendly, trained staff that allows mom and dad to relax and enjoy a safe, fun, hassle-free party. Putt-Putt Entertainment Multiple locations. 817-468-7041. putt-puttgolf.com. Putt-Putt Entertainment offers a variety of entertainment. Putt-Putt Golf, arcade games, batting cages, and more. Be sure to ask about our summer camp program for children ages 5–13. Group rates and birthday party packages available. Attractions vary by location. Reunion Tower Dallas. 214-712-7040. reuniontower.com. Spend summer vacation at the top with a visit to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck! Plan a visit for activities including animal encounters with the Dallas Zoo and Tall Tales story time led by the Dallas Public Library. Ripley Entertainment Grand Prairie. 972-2632391. ripleys.com/grandprairie. Discover unbelievable fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not with five indoor attractions under one roof. Hours of fun at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Palace of Wax, Mirror maze, Impossible laser race, or the 7D Moving theater.

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SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Grapevine. 877819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. Take a stroll under the seas as you pass through our amazing 360° ocean tunnel. Climb through mangrove roots and traverse through mist in Rainforest Adventure. Learn something new about the amazing creatures here at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium.

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Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington. 817-275-3092. clubcorp.com/clubs/shady-valley-country-club. Shady Valley Country Club, located in the heart of Arlington, is a tree-lined, tranquil retreat. The club features an 18-hole golf course, refreshed grill and bar with theme-night dinners and fun member events plus a relaxing pool with new cabanas.

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Shops at Willow Bend, The Plano. 972-2024900. shopwillowbend.com. The Shops at Willow Bend has in-demand fashion, the world’s leading brands of cosmetics and premier home furnishings. The center is undergoing a $125 million redevelopment to elevate its status from simply wonderful to beyond sensational in 2017–2018.


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e all scream for ice cream (or Popsicles, or floats), especially in the wake of the summertime sun. So we’ve got the scoop on the hottest spots to cool down in North Texas this summer. We’ve rounded up the

best in traditional, trendy, new and even dairy-free, whether you’re eager to sample the latest viral sensation (we’re looking at you, Snoball

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Loco) or you want to share milkshakes at an old-school dive.

BETH MARIE’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM & SODA FOUNTAIN Sample the new summer-inspired flavors at Beth Marie’s, where ice cream is churned out of a machine dating back to 1927. The Denton Square staple boasts checkered floors, wooden tables, cast-iron chairs and servers wearing bow ties and paper hats. You can’t go wrong with any choice from the massive ice cream flavor board — 50–60 flavors are rotated daily — but spring for the summery new cherry limeade sorbet or watermelon sorbet. Then sit at the bar, lick to your liking, and watch as the staff assembles banana splits, cherry tree phosphates and coffee floats. 1

117 W. Hickory St., Denton, 940/3841818; bethmaries.com EPIC GELATO What makes this year-old Flower Mound establishment epic, you ask? Obviously the signature Donato — a gourmet doughnut filled with gelato, heated to ooey-gooey perfection and finished with Oreo pieces, chocolate sauce or another topping of your choice. But you can also opt for kidsize cups of housemade flavors such as hazelnut, toasted marshmallow and white chocolate fudge, as well as dairyfree offerings like peach, mango and sour cherry. Grab yourself an affogato (double espresso poured over gelato) and join your kiddos

at the bar or a table in the sleek, modern space. 2400 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100, Flower Mound, 972/874-5678; epicgelato.com

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FROSTY DRIVE-IN What Frosty Drive-In lacks in glamor, it makes up for in taste and oldschool fun. Head to the 1950s dive (it’s been in operation since 1954) on the way home from the pool for jukebox tunes and cool treats: killer chocolate milkshakes, root beer floats made with homemade root beer and served in a frosted mug, or chocolate and vanilla swirl soft-serve in a cone. Order up front, then enjoy your frozen treats at a table outside. 1002 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, 940/387-5449; facebook.com/frostydriven HIPPOP Head to HipPop for all-natural, fruitbased pops such as strawberry basil and 3 milk-based flavors like toasted marshmallow — all made with filtered water, organic sugar and fruit juice. If you’re on the go, grab a mango slush for your little, and add in sweetened condensed milk or raspberry puree. And don’t worry about a sea of

synthetic dyes in your child’s snow cone: In addition to traditional Hawaiian shaved ice, HipPop offers natural shaved ice flavored with real fruit puree and even ice cream add-ins — it’s everything good about summer in one bite. 520 S. Main St., Suite 2015, Grapevine, 817/527-4383; hippoptx.com SNOBALL LOCO Snoball Loco is North Texas’ newest snow cone truck — and viral internet sensation. Visit the stationary truck to see how traditional (and delicious) flavors such as strawberry, cherry and grape escalate to Instagram-worthy treats when topped with oodles of eye-catching sour candy. We recommend the MakAttack topping with your flavor of choice, which means you’ll get gummy worms, gumballs and lollipops popping out of your shaved ice. Another fan favorite is the MaddMatt, where blue coconut and skark’s blood flavors are decorated with shark gummies and Sour Patch Kids to look like a shark attack. Before you leave, grab a loyalty punch card (buy 10, get one free) and start munching toward your free snoball — trust us, it won’t take long. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 2–9pm. 800 N. Beltline Road, Irving, facebook.com

1 // Doughnuts and gelato make the perfect marriage at Epic Gelato. 2 // Try out a lemon ginger slush with raspberry puree at HipPop. 3 // Snoball Loco’s MakAttack is an instant kid-pleaser.

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Family Fun Health Night Lone Star Sports Center, 222 S. Mayhill Rd., Denton. 940/293-6009. healthntx.org. 5:30–8:30pm. Go roller skating at the indoor skating rink, snack on free concessions and get information about a variety of Denton’s summer programs and other local health programs. Hosted by Health Services of North Texas. FREE

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Fritz Park Petting Farm Fritz Park, 312 E. Vilbig Rd., Irving. 972/721-2501. cityofirving.org. 10am–6pm Tue–Sat and 2–6pm Sun through Jul 31. Walk through the red barn facade and visit a variety of farm animals from sheep and goats to chickens, horses, ducks and rabbits at the city’s annual summer petting zoo. FREE

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JumpstART Stories & Art Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 10am. Listen to stories about camping and adventures and join an art project related to fun indoors and outside. For ages 2 and older. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org/clifford. On view through Sep 24. 10am–5pm Mon–Sat and 12–5pm Sun. Discover the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all of the residents of Birdwell Island by exploring this children’s exhibit with slides, Clifford’s Doghouse and the Birdwell Island Ferry. Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 youth 2–18. Free for museum members.

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Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. 214/421-5678. dallassummermusicals.org. Jun 1–4. Watch elephants in puppet form, strong men, contortionists and high-wire walkers in a worldwide cast of circus performers in an all-ages show presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Tickets start at $20.

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Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/2559300. fwmsh.org. Open through Labor Day. 10am–5pm Mon–Sat and 12–5pm Sun. 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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First Thursday Late Night Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/4285555. perotmuseum.org. Museum open for extended hours 5–9pm. Activities from 7–9pm. Come early and stay late for physics-related activities and experiments, plus a screening of the 1985 film Back to the Future in the theater. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17.

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

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The Ultimate Octonauts Experience Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/819-7677. visitsealife.com/grapevine. On view through Dec 31. 10am–6pm Mon–Sat; 11am– 5pm Sun. Attraction remains open two hours after last admission. Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles, look for treasure with Kwazii and help Peso clean up the coral reef in this exhibit based on the hit animated TV series. Free with admission: $20 adults; $16 kids 3–12.

MUSIC

Twilight Tunes Denton Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. 940/367-7321. discoverdenton. com. 6:30–8pm each Thu through Jun 29. Lounge on the courthouse lawn, watch the sunset and listen to a different band perform each week during the Denton Main Street Association concert series. FREE

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Alice in Wonderland Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 877/828-9200. texasballettheater.org. 8pm Jun 2; 2 and 8pm Jun 3; 2 and 7pm Jun 4. Watch the Texas Ballet Theater’s production accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Before the Jun 4 matinee performance, dress in costume and enjoy themed crafts at the Tutus and Mad Hatters party. Tickets start at $20.

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HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am– 12pm. Partake in traditional summer fun and play Victorian games at the farm. $3 per person.

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Friday Night Fireworks Lake Grapevine, Grapevine. 817/410-3185. grapevinetexasusa.com. 9:30pm. As part of Grapevine’s SummerBlast festivities, watch a 12-minute fireworks show over the lake every Fri night through Sep 1, plus Tue, Jul 4. Gaylord Texan parking begins at $17. Free parking at Grapevine Mills.

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Plaza Palooza Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/255-5700. sundancesquare. com. Jun 2–3. Watch professional chalk artists create 3-D street art, listen to multiple bands on stage, and snap photos inside the photo and GIF booths during this two-day festival. FREE

STORYTIME Wednesdays June 7–July 26 10:30 a.m. to noon FREE

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Seussical Kids The Actors Conservatory Theatre, 359 Lake Park Rd., Ste. 118, Lewisville. 972/436-8228. getintotheact.org. 7pm Jun 2; 2pm Jun 4. Watch as Horton discovers the tiny Whos on a speck of dust in this musical with many of Dr. Seuss’ bestloved characters. $5.

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RODEO

Stockyards Championship Rodeo Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817/6251025. stockyardsrodeo.com. 8pm every Fri and Sat. Watch real cowboys and cowgirls compete in the world’s only year-round rodeo and let your kids go down into the arena to participate in the calf and mutton scrambles. $19 adults; $10 kids 3–12. $3.50 surcharge for online tickets.

FILM

Summer Kick-Off Movie Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. 972/462-5100. coppelltx. gov. 8–10pm. Bring a blanket and chairs, snack on free popcorn and watch Pete’s Dragon under the stars. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Circus 1903 See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1.

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Adventure Asia – Perspective Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas. 214/979-6430. crowcollection.org. 10am–2pm. Experience sculptural environments made of painted silk in interactive installations that were based on childhood fort building. FREE

NATURE

BRIT First Saturday Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/3324441. brit.org. 9am–12pm. Talk to a real botanist, join plant walks and meet Bella the begonia hand puppet for a story time and activities at this monthly event. FREE

FESTIVAL

Celebrate Highland Village Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village. 972/317-7430. highlandvillage.org/525/Celebrate-Highland-Village. 7:30am run start; 9am fishing; 6pm gates open for evening entertainment. In the morning, go for

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ARTS & CRAFTS

Children’s Workshop – Smear and Tear Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 10am–12pm. Make mixed-media collages inspired by European masterworks on view in the special exhibition A Modern Vision. For kids ages 6–12. Limit of three children per adult. Call to register. $12 for museum member children; $15 for nonmembers. Free for adults.

PLAYTIME

Community Summer Fest Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter St., Irving. 972/721-2641. cityofirving.org. 10am–1pm. Enjoy a day of summer fun with games, food trucks, snow cones and a bounce house. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Dairy Day Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am– 12pm. In celebration of National Dairy Month, head to Nash Farm to learn about the dairy processes for milking cows and making butter and cheese. For all ages. $3 per person.

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Denton Community Market Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton. 940/268-4326. dentoncommunitymarket.com. 9am–1pm each Sat. Browse local vendors for fresh produce and artisan-made products, listen to music and join kid-friendly activities such as crafts and yoga classes. Free activities; costs vary for products.

RECREATION

Family Fishing Day Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St., Irving. 972/721-2529. cityofirving.org. 10am–1pm. Enjoy a morning of fishing at the Northwest pond and get refreshments from the concession stand. Ages 17 and older must have a valid fishing license. FREE

NATURE

Garden Time for Kids Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St., Coppell. coppellfarmersmarket.org. 10:30am program; 8am–12pm farmers market. During the weekly Coppell Farmers Market, meet under the flagpole in the Learning Garden for a hands-on lesson in how gardens work and what is growing this week. 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.

RECREATION

National Trails Day Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/219-7980. llela.org. 10am, 2 and 8:30pm. Join one of two guided hikes at LLELA and another at Valley Vista Park for a sneak peek of the future nature park. Night hike requires registration. Cost varies by hike. Gate admission is $5 per vehicle; cash or check only.

RODEO

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

ARTS & CRAFTS

Target First Saturdays Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214/242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org. Open 10am–5pm; activities 10am–2pm. Make a detailed portrait at this family day for preschoolers and elementary-age children. Plus, listen to a story reading, join a yoga session in the garden, and enjoy more family programming. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Wood Workshop Explorium Denton, 5800 I-35 N., Ste. 214, Denton. 940/595-4001. exploriumdenton.org. 1–5pm. Learn how to use real tools at this pop-up workshop for parents and children at the future site of Explorium Denton. Donations go toward the renovation and future opening of the local children’s museum. $1 suggested donation.

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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 for ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE

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Bring-a-Blanket Story Time Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 10am. Bring a blanket and spread out on the lawn outside the historic courthouse for reading and singing. Then stay to tour the exhibit inside the Courthouse Museum. For ages 1–5. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1.

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Adventure Club for Kids Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville. 972/315-0015. vistaridgemall.com. 10:30–11:30am. Meet in the community room on the lower level near Macy’s for this first Tue program featuring a bubble show and snacks for ages 3–10. Call to register. FREE

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Children’s Summer Series Studio Movie Grill, all DFW locations. 972/388-7888. studiomoviegrill. com. 10:30am each Mon–Fri through Aug 25. Stay cool indoors with a matinee screening of a new family-friendly movie each week. Jun 5–9: How to Train Your Dragon; Jun 12–16: Rio; Jun 19–23: Turbo; Jun 26–30: Trolls. $1.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

7 WEDNESDAY NATURE

Bella’s Book and Nature Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit.org. 10:30am–12pm Jun 6–7. Join Bella the begonia hand puppet for story readings in the Burk Children’s Library, guided outdoor explorations and more for kids in preschool. Registration is required. $10 per family per visit; free for BRIT members.

STORY TIME

Kids Story and Craft Time Whole Foods Market, 4041 Waller Creek, Highland Village. 972/5389710. wholefoodsmarket.com. 10:30–11:30am each Wed. Bring your kids ages 2–6 for stories, crafts and healthy snacks at the kids’ area near the cafe. FREE

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Story Time at the Amon Carter Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/738-1933. cartermuseum. org. 10:30am–12pm each Wed through Jul 26. Bring your kids ages 3–8 to look at art, create something inspired by summer vacation, eat a snack and hear stories with a different theme each week. Register for your chance to win that week’s featured books. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Twilight Tunes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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Irving Concert Series Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd., Irving. 972/721-2501. cityofirving.org. 7–8:45pm. Bring blankets or chairs and listen to live music by Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band on Jun 9 and Zydeco & Louis Armstrong Tribute on Jun 23 in this concert series that features the music of New Orleans. FREE

NATURE

Moonlight Hike at Coppell Nature Park Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park, 367 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell. 972/304-3581. coppelltx.gov/bec. 8:30–9:30pm. Hike the trails (not stroller-friendly) with a master naturalist and provided flashlights. Registration is required. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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Art Boat Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/219-7980. llela. org. 9–11am. On this unique kayaking tour, stop in a secluded spot and dip a paintbrush in the calm water to paint scenes in nature. Open to ages 7 and older and paddlers of all skill levels. Register by 11am the previous Fri. $25 per paddler. $5 per vehicle gate entry fee; cash or check only.

MUSIC

Boy Band Night Castle Hills Village Shops, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. 972/410-6500. castlehillsvillageshops.com. 6:30–9:30pm. Music begins at 8pm. Let the kids enjoy carnival games, bounce houses, face painters and a black light photo booth. Then listen to live music tributes to ’N Sync, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, New Kids on the Block, and Boyz II Men. FREE

RECREATION

CAC Birthday Bash Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound. 972/8747275. flower-mound.com/cac. 7am–7pm. Celebrate the activity center’s ninth birthday with snacks, special prizes and games throughout the day. Residents: $6 adults; $4 children. Nonresidents: $8 adults; $6 children. Members may bring a friend for free.

SCIENCE

Discovery Day – Humanity Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. 214/428-5555. perotmuseum.org. 10am–4pm; sneak peek for members only from 9–10am. Investigate what it means to be human by learning about nutrition, being active and examining anatomy. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17. Free for museum members.

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Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio – Chibinda’s Journey Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm Jun 10 and 17. Join a gallery activity and related studio art project in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios. For kids 12 and younger and their adult companions. Sign-up begins one hour before the program. FREE

HISTORY

Pioneer Day Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St., Coppell. 972/393-2829. coppellchamber.org. 8am–1pm. Celebrate the heritage of Coppell at this inaugural festival with a variety of activities and demonstrations. FREE

RECREATION

The Amazing Race – Father/Son Edition Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln., Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine. com/event/amazing-race-father-son-edition. 7:30am–12pm. Race at 8am. Form a team for your sons ages 5 and older and complete outdoor challenges, road blocks and detours. Up to three sons per dad. $20 per person; $15 before Jun 2.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Denton Community Market See Jun 3. Garden Time for Kids See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3.

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Second Sunday Funday Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 1–4pm. Create a flower-themed art project during this program for kids and their parents. Gallery inspiration: The Association of Oriental Arts’ annual exhibition of paintings and ikebana and James Surls’ Star Flower sculpture. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3.

12 MONDAY FILM

Family Film Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/332-6554. sidrichardsonmuseum. org. 1–3:30pm. Escape the summer heat at these indoor film screenings with provided snacks for ages 6–12. Then head into the gallery for an activity. Homeward Bound on Jun 12 and Toy Story 2 on Jun 19. Register online. FREE

EDUCATIONAL

Gardening with Grandkids Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St., Lewisville. 972/219-3570. library. cityoflewisville.com. 3–4pm Jun 12 and 21. On Jun 12, join an informational session at the library to learn how to engage your grandchildren in the garden, and on Jun 21, bring the kids to paint a flowerpot to take home. Join one or both sessions. Registration for Jun 21 session is required. FREE

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

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Matilda the Musical Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 817/212-4280. basshall.com. 7:30pm Jun 13–16; 1:30 and 7:30pm Jun 17; 1:30 and 6:30pm Jun 18. Watch this Broadway musical based on the Roald Dahl novel about the extraordinary


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Rainforest Cafe Summer Kick-Off Celebration Rainforest Cafe at Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972/539-5001. rainforestcafe.com. 5–9pm. Meet tree frog and cafe mascot Cha! Cha!, enjoy free games and crafts, enter to win prizes and get goody bags for the kids. Discounted kid’s meal ($3.99) with the purchase of an adult entree.

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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Kids Story and Craft Time See Jun 7. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

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Movie Nights in Sundance Square Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. 817/255-5700. sundancesquare.com. Games and entertainment begin at 7:30pm; movies begin at dusk. Bring your chairs and blankets (no outside food) to the plaza to watch Princess Bride on Jun 15, Back to the Future on Jun 22 and Ghostbusters (1984 version) on Jun 29. FREE

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Friday Movie Madness Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound. 972/874-7275. flower-mound.com/cac. 7:30–9pm. Bring your swimsuit to lounge at the indoor pool and watch Finding Dory. Free with admission: $6 adults and $4 kids for residents; $8 adults and $6 kids for nonresidents.

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FESTIVAL

Juneteenth Fred Moore Park, 501 S. Bradshaw St., Denton. 940/349-8575. cityofdenton.com. 5pm Jun 16; 9am Jun 17. Take the family to this annual festival to commemorate the end of slavery in America. On Fri, listen to gospel music, and on Sat, watch the parade and join kids’ activities. FREE

FILM

Movies in the Park Doubletree Ranch Park, 310 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village. 972/317-7430. highlandvillage.org. Movies start at dark. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to lounge and watch the 2012 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days on a big screen outdoors. FREE

HISTORY

Wagons West Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., Fort Worth. 817/392-5881. logcabinvillage. org. 9am–12pm. Wash clothes using a washboard, grind corn by hand and weave on a loom to recreate elements of a typical school-age child’s day. For kids entering first–sixth grades. Registration is required one week before. $15 admission includes craft materials and a candle.

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and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Splish Splash Story Time See Jun 9. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

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Father’s Day Kite Flying Campion Trail at Sam Houston Park, 101 E. I-635, Irving. 972/910-0702. cityofirving. org. 10:30am–12pm. Help build a kite with provided supplies and then fly it at the park. Register in advance. $5 per child.

SPORTS

FloMo Father/Son Basketball Tourney Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound. 972/874-7275. flower-mound.com/cac. 8am–2pm. Play in two-on-two basketball games in the gym for boys 8–13 and their dads. Register by Jun 15. $35 per team for CAC members; $39 nonmembers.

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

FESTIVAL

Juneteenth Celebration Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, 3925 Jackson St., Irving. 972/7212501. cityofirving.org. 5–8pm. Join a free community picnic sponsored by In-N-Out Burger, play outdoor games, listen to music and theatrical performances and take a tour of the center for information about the origin of the Juneteenth holiday. FREE

HISTORY

Saturday at the Cabin Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/2197980. llela.org. 12–3pm. Tour the Minor-Porter log home, smokehouse, dugout, and homestead grounds and make an 1870s-era craft during this come-and-go program with docents and local musicians. Free with gate entry: $5 per vehicle, cash or check only.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Denton Community Market See Jun 3. Garden Time for Kids See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Jun 10. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13. Juneteenth See Jun 16.

18 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. Matilda the Musical See Jun 13.

19 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Family Film See Jun 12.


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20 TUESDAY ON STAGE

Children’s Day at the Theater Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 2:30–3:30pm. Watch Geppetto’s Marionette Theater perform Jack and the Beanstalk with a colorful cast of handcrafted characters, including a giant marionette over 5 feet tall. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

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Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Western Currency Facility, 9000 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth. 817/231-4000. moneyfactory. gov. 8:30am–5:30pm Jun 20–23. Last tour at 4:30pm. See billions of dollars in the making as you take a self-guided tour on the elevated walkway above the production floor, witness intaglio engraving and make your own currency. Open to kids ages 8 and older. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

21 WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

Family Story Time Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln., Flower Mound. 972/874-6167. fmlibrary.net. 7–8pm. Join pirate-themed stories, music, crafts and snacks for families with young children ages 2–10. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Kids Story and Craft Time See Jun 7. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7. Gardening with Grandkids See Jun 12. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20.

22 THURSDAY

Dr. Melissa Rozas

MUSIC

Irving Concert Series 4 Kids Irving Soccer Complex, 3585 World Cup Way, Irving. 972/721-2501. cityofirving.org. Gates open at 9am; show at 10am. Come early for playtime on the covered playground. Then dance and sing along to AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse, the children’s music project of Andrew Karnavas. Designed for kids ages 5 and younger. FREE

CONTINUING:

Dr. Terra Compton

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Twilight Tunes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Movie Nights in Sundance Square See Jun 15. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20.

Dr. Loria Nahatis

Board Certified Diplomates, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

23 FRIDAY FILM

Fourth Friday Films Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln., Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine.com. Dusk. Grab your blankets or lawn chairs, and watch Rogue One outdoors. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Irving Concert Series See Jun 9. Splish Splash Story Time See Jun 9. Employee Craftsmanship Demonstrations See Jun 20.

24 SATURDAY EDUCATIONAL

Denton County Amateur Radio Field Day Pilot Knoll Park, 218A Orchid Hill Ln., Argyle. 940/455-2228. dcara.club. 12pm Jun 24; 10am Jun 25. Join the volunteers with the Denton County Amateur Radio Association at the park to witness Morse code communication in action and use a ham radio to text message someone in another part of the country. FREE

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ARTS & CRAFTS

Lit’s Alive – Little Prince Tea South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr., Irving. 972/7212606. cityofirving.org/library. 2–3:30pm. Design rose pens, screen-printed pencil pouches, magnetic bookmarks and galaxy notepads at craft stations inspired by each character of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novel. For all ages. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Denton Community Market See Jun 3. Garden Time for Kids See Jun 3. Grapevine Fun Trains See Jun 3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3.


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25 SUNDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Jun 3. Denton County Amateur Radio Field Day See Jun 24.

26 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

27 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

June 26-30 • 9 a.m. to Noon • Ages 6-13 Have a wild summer adventure! Join LLELA for a week-long outdoor survival adventure day camp. Build shelters, find edible wild plants, make fire the way of the Native Americans, wear camouflage, try archery, and much more!

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5.

28 WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

Music Mania Story Time Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 11am. Dance, sing and discover instruments during this musical program for ages 1–5. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Kids Story and Craft Time See Jun 7. Story Time at the Amon Carter See Jun 7.

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Squirm Factor Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln., Flower Mound. 972/874-6167. fmlibrary.net. 2 and 3:30pm. See and learn about live animals such as a tarantula, hissing cockroach and Burmese python in this educational program led by Critterman. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Statue of Liberty South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Ln., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 3:30pm. Learn about the Statue of Liberty’s history and make your own novelty torch during this program for kids ages 5–8. FREE

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Twilight Tunes See Jun 1. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Movie Nights in Sundance Square See Jun 15.

30 FRIDAY ON STAGE

Once Upon a Mattress The Actors Conservatory Theatre, 359 Lake Park Rd., Ste. 118, Lewisville. 972/436-8228. getintotheact.org. 7pm Fri; 2 and 7pm Sat; 2pm Sun. Through Jul 9. Watch local kids in this comedic musical loosely based on the story of The Princess and the Pea. Tickets start at $9.

FILM

The Rescuers Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palace-theatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch the 1977 movie (rated G) about two mice who search for a little girl who was kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. Tickets available at the box office one hour before showtime. $6.

CONTINUING:

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog See Jun 1. Dora and Diego See Jun 1. Fort Worth Herd See Jun 1. Fritz Park Petting Farm See Jun 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Jun 1. Concerts in the Garden See Jun 2. Friday Night Fireworks See Jun 2. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Jun 2. Children’s Summer Series See Jun 5. Splish Splash Story Time See Jun 9.

FREE denotes free event admission. Other costs, such as parking, may apply. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead before every event. If you have an event that you’d like us to consider for the next calendar, please go to dfwchild.com and click on calendar to submit your event. Or fax to 972/447-0633 by the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Events must be open to the public and of interest to families in the Dallas area. Please include name and description of event, address, phone number, website, time, date, cost and age served. We reserve the right to edit or withhold submissions.

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confessions

“My wife had to work one Saturday, and my 2-year-old daughter woke up sick. I took her to the doctor then stopped by Target on the way home to get her prescription filled. While we waited, I let her pretend to shop. She peed her pants, I left everything in a pile next to her puddle and ran out of the store.” —SCOTT, DALLAS

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THE ONE TIME I HAD TO TAKE OUR 4-YEAROLD DAUGHTER TO SWIM LESSONS, I PUT HER SWIMSUIT ON BACKWARDS AND DIDN’T REALIZE IT UNTIL I GOT HER HOME AND MY WIFE LAUGHED AT HER PLUNGINGV ONE-PIECE.”

Before laying my 18-month-old daughter in her crib, I hung her upside down by her feet. She was laughing. When I tried to right her by grabbing one wrist, she said, ‘Ow!’ and couldn’t lift her left arm. I took her to the ER. I had popped her elbow out of the socket.” —BRENDAN, COLLEYVILLE

—BOB, DALLAS

“My wife was on a girls-only getaway for five days, and I was responsible for doing everything for our three boys. One day, I accidentally sent my 9-year-old to school without his homework or books. His teacher emailed my wife and me to say this: ‘Brady told me that his mom is out of town, and his dad doesn’t know what he’s doing.’” —RYAN, DALLAS

“I let our 16-monthold daughter color with Sharpies on paper I had put on the floor for her. Needless to say, it got everywhere.” —TODD, MCKINNEY

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I WAS COOKING DINNER AND WENT INTO THE YARD TO ASK MY WIFE A QUICK QUESTION. WHEN I CAME BACK IN, MY 2-YEAR-OLD SON WAS HOLDING THE CHEF’S KNIFE CHUCKYSTYLE.” —ZACH, FORT WORTH

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


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