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AUGUST 2017

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 7 Pack Lunch Like a Pro

Five local foodies help you deliciously answer “What’s for lunch?”

REAL MOMS 11 Mom Next Door / Sharon Pfaff Charity events to attend, a small business to run — this mom of two still carves out time for herself 12 Vineyard Views Take a day trip to a winery in North Texas’ own hill country 12 Sound Garden Irving’s new entertainment complex opens with a bang 12 Fixer Upper 101 Channel your inner Joanna Gaines at a vintage painting workshop 14 Routines / Regan Schiestel The stay-at-home mom keeps her 4-year-old boy and 6-year-old twin girls busy — and vice versa

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f your house operates anything like mine, as soon as the kids are tucked in to bed, you begin preparations for the following morning. My husband and I unpack and repack school bags and diaper bags, but the task we play “not-it” to complete is always making lunches for the kids. Why? Because it’s a lengthy process of staring in the fridge, trying to figure out what to give them that they will actually eat. Our preschooler has lots of foods that are off-limits on campus such as nuts, squeezable yogurt and anything that requires refrigeration or heating. Pair these restrictions with

a picky eater, and my husband and I will do anything — walk the dogs, do the laundry, scrub the toilets — to avoid the chore. And guess what? We’re not alone in our lunch packing frustration. It quickly becomes a topic of conversation in all of our social circles with moms and dads, with kids of all different ages and at various stages. So I decided to consult the experts — you know, the ones who get paid to make food every day? I talked to local chefs and restaurateurs — all of them parents as well — to find out what they put in a school lunch that their kids eat rather than trade.

My request came with a few boys — Gabriel, 6, and Micah, 4 — non-negotiables: Nothing could be one whom she describes as a fantastoo complicated. I don’t have time tic eater; the other, terrible. to make another meal after putting HER SCHOOL LUNCH my kids to bed, so options had to PHILOSOPHY: Find something kids be easy to assemble, be made using like and make it in mass quantities items I already have in my kitchen on the weekend. She cooks lots of (I’m definitely not making an homemade chicken tenders and after-8pm run to Whole Foods for a oven-baked chimichangas that she specific aioli) and be something fills with nonfat refried beans, my kids would consume cheese and light sour without me fashioncream. “I never force ing it into creatures something on my with faces. kids because WHEN I FIND So close I know their the Pinterest SOMETHING THAT tastes are going board on your to change,” THEY LIKE, I OFFER IT computer, resist Penrod says. TO THEM AS OFTEN sending the “Instead, when same ham-andAS POSSIBLE. I find something cheese sandwich that they like, I or giving in to pizza offer it to them as day at school, and let often as possible.” these tricks and ideas from A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Dallas-Fort Worth pros inspire Penrod makes the items in bulk but you. Then visit dfwchild.com to find freezes everything individually. She their favorite lunchtime recipes. puts the cooked and cooled chicken

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Coleman’s chef in training. The fatherdaughter pair often cooks together. Carter comes into the kitchen on certain days to work with her dad and the other chefs. This experience is where she learned to make Monte Cristo sandwiches. “It’s her favorite thing to cook, so we make them together and send them to school with the girls,” he says. WHAT HE PACKS: His turkey meatloaf

made with Quaker Oats instead of breadcrumbs makes a killer gourmet sandwich. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: “We

never do anything too outrageous,” he admits. “You can’t stray too far from the ranch.” Or your kid is likely to throw it away or trade it for a bag of chips, he says.

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Fort Worth chef, cookbook author and Horseshoe Hill Cowboy Cafe co-owner Grady Spears keeps school lunches simple for his 13-year-old son, Gage.

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biscuit pizzas. Spears rolls out the store-bought biscuit dough, Gage layers on his favorite toppings, they pop it in the oven for several minutes and take the hot lunch to go.

Norman Grimm, the chef de tournant at Omni Dallas Hotel, manages lunchtime meals at home for his five kids — Ecgwyn, 8, Ava Layne, 11, Cross, 12, Miles, 14, and Lilly Anne, 16.

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the kids do it. “Get them involved as early as possible,” he advises. Spears says you can use the task of making lunch together as a learning experience to talk about where food comes from and what makes a balanced meal. A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Kids are also

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it quickly using clean, rather than processed, ingredients.

A STRATEGY TO STEAL: Because he aims to

create as little waste as possible, Grimm repurposes meals all the time. Barbecue and brisket make awesome sandwiches the next day. WHAT HE PACKS: “All my kids kind of lose

their minds when I make my chicken salad,” he says. That’s likely because he starts with Chik-fil-A nuggets, adds grapes, nuts and Hellmann’s organic mayo, and spreads it on slices of bread. HIS MOST INVENTIVE ADDITION: He’s

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haron Pfaff, 47, is a hard woman to pin down. The Irving mom of two — Andrew, 14, and Cate, 11 — is also owner of a 3-year-old accounting firm, White Tiger Business Services, an avid traveler, golfer and tennis player. Then, there’s the charity and community work. Over the years, Pfaff ’s helmed her kids’ PTA organizations, co-chaired Irving Healthcare Foundation’s annual gala and volunteered with Irving Schools Foundation, where her husband of 16 years, David, president of Plastronics, is on the board of directors. Currently, she’s chair of the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club, which she calls the family’s “second home.” Last year, a routine mammogram revealed early-stage breast cancer, forcing Pfaff to hit pause and focus on her health. But she’s cancerfree now and back to business as usual. “I definitely have a tendency [to say yes],” Pfaff says. “But I also know when it’s time to stop. The kids and David are always first.” HOW’S YOUR HEALTH TODAY? Thankfully, they found the cancer at the earliest stage and were able to get it all. I made the decision that was right for me and decided to do the double mastectomy. Now, I’m all done and cleared to play tennis again, which is good news. I feel great. HOW DID WHITE TIGER COME ABOUT? I was in public accounting before. I worked at Deloitte. Now I do accounting for small businesses. It’s a way for me to set my own hours. I can work from around the world.

BEEN RECENTLY?

We’ve been doing more interesting trips for the kids’ sake. Last spring break we went to Peru and took the kids to the Amazon to show them what it’s like to live in that area. We want to keep them grounded; it can be hard. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION? I lived in Italy

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After the cancer, I had to drop things. I don’t feel as spread-thin. WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING STYLE? My kids tell me I’m really strict. They call me a helicopter mom, but I’m not. We’re here for them, but not overseeing everything they do.

HOW DO YOU AND DAVID STAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH BUSY SCHEDULES? We

try to go to dinner. We know that’s important. FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER? We’ve taken little trips. Before

we got married, we took a trip to Ambergris Caye in Belize and got hit by a hurricane. We were rained in for four days. We went back for our 10-year anniversary to the same place and loved it. YOU’RE AVID TRAVELERS. WHERE HAVE YOU

1 / After a health scare sidelined her last year, Pfaff couldn’t wait to get back to one of her favorite pastimes — playing tennis. 2 / The avid traveler has been to Belize twice: once during a hurricane for her honeymoon and once 10 years later to celebrate a decade of marriage with her husband David.

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We go down to Dallas. We love Shinsei Restaurant — anything in that Inwood Village area — and going to concerts at American Airlines Center. HOW DO YOU TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF? Tennis and golf IS TIME WITH GIRLFRIENDS A PRIORITY?

We try to plan fun trips — just a long weekend to recharge and appreciate the hardworking mamas we are. We went to New York before I had my surgery last year. We’ve gone to California and Mexico.

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Visiting Andrew wherever he’s in college. Not all the time! Just once a semester. And I hope to still have my business and be traveling.

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regan schiestel Regan Schiestel is a stay-at-home mom, and her husband, Adam, is an IT engineer for a local utility. They live in Flower Mound with their 6-year-old identical twin daughters, Luca and Larkin, and 4-year-old son, Grant. Schiestel is a board member of Metrocrest Parents of Multiples and Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA.

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AM Four-year-old Grant staggers into our room and climbs into bed. He gets the middle half, while I’m able to defend 12 inches at the edge. 7AM Hubby’s alarm goes off, but I’m already awake after multiple kicks to the neck. I get up and put on my workout clothes. 7:15AM I drink Spark, an AdvoCare energy drink, to wake up, and then I make breakfast and lunch simultaneously for the kids — today it’s scrambled eggs. While they eat breakfast, I put sandwiches, water, chips and fruit into their lunch thermals to grab when we leave the house. Having snacks with us at all times is essential to their nutrition as well as good for keeping their interest when we’re out and about. 9AM It is time for Mama to work out. I can pretty much stick to a workout regimen if there is free child care offered. Today, the kids enjoy the church nursery while I’m at my indoor strength and conditioning class at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. When I do an outdoor Camp Gladiator workout, they sit on a blanket beside me or go to the enclosed, supervised playground. 10:30AM After my workout, I shower and get ready for the day to really begin. The kids are banging on the bathroom door the entire time.

How good I look really depends on how many times I have to stop putting on makeup and doing hair to break up fights, open snack packs and tie shoes. Most days it’s only lipstick and mascara with a topknot because I do not have time to do my hair. 11AM We’re off to the splash park. I like to schedule playdates or outings each day not only to educate and socialize my children, but for my own sanity. Otherwise, the kids will watch TV and fight all day long. Splash parks are always fun in the mornings, but we like nature parks, trampoline parks, zoos and museums as well. 3PM We are back home from a busy day of fun and running errands. We all need quiet time. So I give the option to each child to either go to their individual rooms for quiet play, such as crafts, puzzles and workbooks, or watch a show together. SpongeBob it is. Again. He is their favorite character and they watch it on their Kindles and our TV, and we read books about him. Initially, I tried to deter them from SpongeBob because the character says “stupid” a lot. But I have to admit, it’s a good show. Not that I actually watch, but I can hear the funny remarks from the laundry room. 4PM The girls have piano class at Bach to Rock. On the way, Grant falls asleep in the car. It’s only a short drive home but a big hassle to get his sleepy body back on the couch only to put him in the car again in 45 minutes. Nevertheless, I enjoy the moment of rest before picking up the girls. 5PM The little girl from next door comes over to play. She has one hour. Within 10 minutes, the pantry is being raided. An hour before dinner! I allow one snack. I start the salmon with a side of rice and broccoli. That is my go-to meal if I am out of ideas. 6PM Daddy is home! We eat dinner together as a family most nights. No devices or potty talk is allowed at the table. We ask the kids about their day while begging them to eat. They can’t remember a single detail of their own day; however, they describe in excruciating detail the hilarious antics of SpongeBob and the gang. I offer a bribe of dessert to anyone who eats their dinner. There goes the secret stash of ice cream. 7:30PM Bathtime, which the kids like to do in my bathroom. Larkin wants a shower. Luca wants a bubble bath. And Grant never wants to get in the bathtub — then once he’s in, he doesn’t want to get out. I hear splashing and giggling and all sorts of potty talk between three naked children. They hate going upstairs for simple tasks like brushing teeth and getting jammies. (Frankly, I do too. My next house will be a single story.) So they just grab a “Daddy shirt” out of the master closet to sleep in. Hubby thinks it’s hilarious that Luca and Larkin wear his favorite band T-shirts like Rancid and Bad Religion.

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don’t drink the water After the Flint water crisis, area schools began testing their water, and many discovered unsafe levels of lead. What’s being done now and what more needs to be done going forward?

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ntil the Flint, Michigan, water crisis was exposed, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins, few of us thought about lead in the pipes and plumbing that bring drinking water to our faucets. It certainly wasn’t on the minds of Nate and Rachel Spruhan until their then 5-year-old daughter came home with a letter from Springdale Elementary, located not far from Haltom City, last August. The letter read: “In the past year we’ve heard about national events that have brought increased attention to the issue of water quality. This summer the Fort Worth ISD began a proactive and comprehensive water-sampling program of all our schools.” It went on to reveal that lead had been found in the water over the summer. Fort Worth and cities and school districts across the country started looking at their aging water supply infrastructures after the lead contamination crisis in Flint made national headlines beginning in 2015. There’s no federal, state or local mandate requiring public schools to test their drinking water — not annually, not ever. But in June 2016, Fort Worth ISD voluntarily began testing a few schools. After discovering high levels of lead in that sampling, they expanded the effort to cover every drinking

fountain and sink in the district, and what they found was concerning — very concerning. Water samples from 60 of 127 schools in Fort Worth contained actionable levels of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that there is no safe level but recommends action be taken if levels are 20 parts per billion or higher; Fort Worth ISD used 15 parts per billion, the same threshold the City of Fort Worth uses. Other districts fell in line. Dallas ISD, which did not test every fountain but instead relied on random testing to give a statistical representation, discovered 113 out of 234 schools with elevated levels of lead. Arlington ISD found 16 schools with levels exceeding 15 parts per billion after taking samples from every fountain and sink. And Plano ISD didn’t find any schools with actionable levels in the random samples they took from older campuses. (To find individual school test results, visit the school district’s homepage and search water quality, or call your child’s school.) But even with the testing now taking place, it’s impossible to know how long the water’s been contaminated since it has never been tested before. Many of the water fountains containing lead were 30 years old. Who knows how many kids may have been affected in that time. And while the amount of lead in the water is concerning, the effects of the exposure on kids and the unborn children of pregnant women is the real issue.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women exposed to lead are at risk for miscarrying; delivering prematurely; damaging the unborn baby’s brain, kidneys and nervous system; and having children with learning or behavior problems later on. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that state and local governments “take steps to ensure that water fountains in schools do not exceed water lead concentrations of 1 part per billion.” This is far below the current actionable level of 15 parts per billion that Fort Worth ISD and other school districts are using as a threshold. “Young children, especially those 6 years and younger, are at particular risk for lead exposure because they absorb lead more easily than adults,” says Dr. Samuel H. Davis, a pediatrician at Child Plus Pediatrics in Saginaw. “Children’s nervous systems are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of toxins like lead. Levels below 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood are associated with inattention and hyperactivity, and decreased cognitive function.” What does this mean for North Texas kids? Unfortunately, there are plenty of districts in North Texas that haven’t tested at all, and a new report from Environment Texas, a citizen-based, nonprofit environmental advocacy project based in Austin, estimates that the confirmed cases of escalated levels of lead might just be the tip of the iceberg — that 65 percent of Texas schools have lead-contaminated drinking water. COMING DOWN THE PIPES

Lead was used in water supply pipes up until 1986 because of its durability and malleability. After 1986, pipes were only allowed to

contain 8 percent lead because of the danger of contamination. Then in 2014, mandates reduced the allowable amount to less than 0.25 percent. So how many schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have pipes made of lead? No one knows for sure. There’s not a single state agency that has a comprehensive list of when each of the schools in North Texas weas built. “According to reports by the comptroller’s office, the average age of Texas schools is over 45 years old,” says Rep. Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), who brought a bill to the Texas House this session that would have addressed water quality testing in Texas public schools. “Our research further found that over 40 percent of public school campuses are in need of physical repair, and lead testing should be an important part of assessing what repairs are necessary.” TESTING … ONE, TWO, THREE

The current tests sample the water at that site and at that moment, but lead levels can fluctuate with the corrosiveness of the water, the temperature of the water or how long it has been since water ran through the pipe. “Lead testing is unreliable,” says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. “The fact is, you need to know if there’s lead used in the school, period. The methods used to test for lead are not reliable and often give false negatives.” Another problem is that over 90 percent of public schools and child care centers are exempt from

on-site testing. The EPA estimates that there are approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care centers in the United States that are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), established in 1974 and then amended in 1986 and 1996. That’s because the SDWA only monitors public water systems. These schools and child care facilities are not considered public water systems. In contrast, hospitals and prisons are, and therefore receive on-site water testing regularly. In 1988, the EPA issued a mandate that required schools to test water on-site. The results showed widespread contamination. But the requirement was revoked eight years later when a court decided that the decision to test should be left up to the states, leaving our children vulnerable. Now Environment Texas estimates that over 24 million children across the country will be affected by levels of lead at 5 parts per billion or less, whether it’s losing IQ points or something more severe such as kidney failure. The estimate is based on findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which concluded: “Extensive evidence indicates problems begin at levels [of 5 parts per billion], including lower IQ scores and academic performance, inattention, impulsivity, aggression and hyperactivity.” A June 20, 2016, policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, and again called for “stricter regulations,

expanded federal resources and joint action by government officials” to identify and eliminate sources of lead exposure. And there are North Texas schools that tested way, way, way above that 5 parts per billion. Fort Worth ISD found levels of more than 45 parts per billion at one of its testing sites at Atwood McDonald Elementary and 1,340 parts per billion at one of the testing sites at Cater Park Elementary. (Both schools are in low-income neighborhoods.) Both testing sites were subsequently made inoperable, according to updates on the district’s website. “As a toxicologist that has worked with the EPA on the National Primary Drinking Water standards, I think lead regulation, especially for schools and day cares, should be revised,” says Dr. James Smith, a toxicologist at Collin College in McKinney. “I know that there is constant revision of the regulations, but with the current political climate, I am not sure what they will come to.” WHEN LEAD RISES TO THE SURFACE

In Flint, lead exposure was first discovered in pediatricians’ offices. Though Davis hasn’t seen any cases in his office that could potentially be attributed to the lead found in local school water, he admits low levels of exposure cannot be identified clinically. “The exposure is not the same for all children since not all kids drink the same amount of water at school,” he explains. “The amount of lead in a water fountain can also decrease as the day goes on since the water in the fountain is being flushed throughout the day as it is used.” But lead accumulates in the body, meaning it stays and builds up over time, so ongoing exposure, even at extremely low

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levels, is toxic. Therefore, public health experts and agencies now unanimously agree that there is no safe level of lead for our children.

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In response to the Flint water crisis, the EPA rolled out new guidelines for water testing in schools in 2015. Its “3 Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water” offers suggestions and technical guidance for schools, including training school officials on the dangers of lead, testing drinking water, taking corrective actions and keeping parents and staff in the loop on findings and action plans. These guidelines, however, aren’t required and leave the implementation (or not) up to each state. So why hasn’t Texas implemented these guidelines across every district statewide? The cost. Testing comes with a significant price tag — anywhere from $75 to $100 per sample taken from a drinking fountain or sink — that officials estimate would cost each campus in a district $2,500 per year for initial samples plus follow-up testing for any areas with a reading above 15 parts per billion. Multiply that by 8,685 campuses statewide, and the Texas Education Agency says the bill would run about $22 million just to test for lead, not to do anything about getting it out if it’s found. That number is part of the reason a bill to address the lack of testing in schools failed this session in the Texas Legislature. The bill, HB 2395, authored by Collier, sought to address water safety in schools. It was killed, however, in what press termed the Mother’s Day Massacre, the night House lawmakers watched the unnecessary slaughter of good legislation, all because some legislators couldn’t play nice and took political retribution instead. “We know based on what testing has already occurred that schools built before 1986 have at least some risk of lead contamination. And there is

overwhelming evidence that lead contamination in drinking water causes often severe health problems. I was saddened...to see that our children face potential illness and suffering because of a fear that we will uncover costly issues,” Collier says of the decision. At the national level, wheels are still in motion, thankfully. Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, both from New Jersey, proposed new legislation in June of this year that would allocate federal funds to reimburse schools for the costs of testing their drinking water for lead. “It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue,” Gottheimer told lawmakers. “It’s an American issue.” WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW (WHILE WAITING ON LEGISLATION)

If you’re worried about water quality in your area, experts stress controlling what you can first. Send your child to school with water. Have your child take a multivitamin if she isn’t great about eating wellbalanced meals, Davis urges. Why? Lead looks like iron and calcium to the body, and the body will absorb lead into the bones in place of calcium. The body will do the same with iron. “Children will absorb lead at different rates according to [their] nutritional deficiencies,” Davis explains. “Adequate iron and calcium and possibly zinc stores [in their bodies] may decrease lead absorption.” You can also request a lead test from your pediatrician at the next checkup. It only takes a quick finger prick, and Davis says that insurance would likely cover the test for any suspected lead exposure. “If my child attended a school with high levels of lead, I’d get the test done,” he says. According to the EPA, you certainly don’t want to cook, make baby formula or brush the kids’ teeth with lead-laced water. But you shouldn’t bathe in it either. So the agency recommends being proactive if your home was built before 1986.

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Send BPA-FREE WATER BOTTLES from home, and tell kids to stop drinking the water at school. Make sure your child is getting the RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCES OF IRON, ZINC AND CALCIUM. Ask your pediatrician for guidance.

Have your child TESTED FOR LEAD at their next checkup. Find out what contaminants have been found in the water coming in to your home. If you discover that the service pipe at your street has lead in it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends RUNNING THE WATER IN YOUR HOME ON COLD (never warm or hot) and at a high volume for five minutes before showering or taking a bath. For cooking or consuming, run the water for an additional two minutes. Boiling removes some contaminants but not lead. Buy a WATER FILTER based on the contaminants found in your water — for the drinking and shower water.

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FIND OUT WHAT, IF ANY, TESTING HAS BEEN DONE at your child’s school. ASK TO SEE RESULTS and any follow-up as well.

If lead was found at your child’s school, ASK WHAT’S BEING DONE. Request to see information about the supply lines in the school. If lead pipes run into the school, ASK ABOUT THEIR REPLACEMENT at the next school board meeting. If there’s no money to replace them, ASK FOR FILTERS TO BE INSTALLED at every drinking fountain and sink, or request that bottled water be provided to every student.

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE to voice support for annual lead

testing measures both in Texas schools and at the federal level. (Find a complete list of representatives and contact information at texastribune.org/directory.)

Start by calling your municipal water supplier and asking for a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, a regular report required by federal law that lists levels of contaminants found during water quality tests. (The report may even be posted online; check epa.gov/ ccr.) If you see a red flag (any lead, really), ask for a site test to be done at your home. Some suppliers will do it for free. At school, ask to see building records that reveal what’s in the supply lines. If records can’t be produced, request that the school get a plumber to come check the supply lines. “If they refuse to do that, you have to go to a school board meeting,” Metzger says. “If

they won’t hear you, you’ll have to propose a bond issue to pay for it to get done. Parents really have to shake the tree, and they can’t let up.” Collier plans to try her bill again. “I intend to refile a lead testing bill at the earliest opportunity during the 86th session,” she says. The session starts in January 2019. What can you do? Contact your representatives to let them know you support annual water quality testing in schools. (See the sidebar for details.) “[My daughter] was drinking the water all last year,” Spruhan says of his soon-to-be first-grader. “I worry about the damage that’s already been done.”

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL TO DO THE MATH. Those crayons, spiral notebooks, glue sticks and more will cost you — about $200, on average, for each student in the house. Unfortunately, thousands of North Texas students will start school without the proper supplies, a backpack or even money for lunch. But you can help. Education can help kids overcome poverty; you can set them up with the tools they need to learn. Donate new or gently used books to the AVANCE-DALLAS Parent-Child Book Clubs, which teach low-income parents to read regularly and expressively with their young children age newborn to 3. The organization also helps these families expand their child’s age-appropriate library at home — with your contributions! Take books to the Dallas office, volunteer to be a book club aide at Pierce Early Childhood School in Irving, or help prepare activities for early childhood educators. Email volunteer coordinator Nancy Quirindongo at nquirindongo@avance-dallas.org for more information. // Avance-Dallas, 2060 Singleton Blvd., Suite 103, Dallas, 214/887-9907; avance-dallas.org There are a couple of ways to help kids go back to school when you partner with BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS (BBBS) OF NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS . Donate funds

directly to the Annual School Supply Drive through the BBBS website, host your own drive with donations given to your local BBBS (see sidebar) or drop off supplies like wide-ruled paper, pre-sharpened colored pencils, nylon pencil bags and more to the Irving office Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm. // 450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 300, Irving, 469/248-4389; bbbstx.org Most kids look forward to getting new clothes for the start of school. Sadly, that’s not a reality for lots of North Texas grade schoolers. But

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aims to change that, with your help. Contact the volunteer coordinator to enlist you and your kiddos to serve as personal shoppers (and purchasers) for kids in need. You’ll be assigned a day (Aug. 14, 16, 21 or 23) and time to meet the child and help them pick out an outfit at the Old Navy in Flower Mound. Can’t make any of the days? Make a monetary contribution online that will go toward purchasing Old Navy gift cards for these families. // Multiple locations, 972/221-1224; ccahelps.org Fill backpacks and distribute them to victims of sexual assault and domes-

tic violence at DENTON COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY . The top five needs this year include colorful or character backpacks for all ages, scissors, dividers, compasses and protractors. Supplies need to be delivered to the outreach office in Corinth by Aug. 4, or you and your little ones can help assemble the backpacks Aug. 3–8. On pick-up day (Aug. 9), enlist your family to assist these kids in picking out the perfect backpack filled with goodies. Sign up online (limited availability for kids 12 and younger). // 4845 S. Interstate 35 E., Suite 200, Corinth, 940/3875131; dcfof.org CASA OF DENTON COUNTY lets families contribute year-round to a list of in-kind donations for children living in protective care. Besides new backpacks and the requisite school folders, markers and composition books, these kids need coats, gloves, hats and scarves for the winter as well as sports equipment like soccer balls. (Call to get the most up-todate needs.) CASA is also accepting uniforms and shoes — all of which can be dropped off at the Denton office Monday–Friday from 8:30am– 5pm. // 614 N. Bell Ave., Denton, 940/243-2272; casadenton.org

Grab an extra backpack in the school supply aisle to fill with brandnew supplies for child refugees from Central Africa. These relocated families often have multiple children heading back to school with very little disposable income to fulfill supply list requirements. Drop off the stocked backpacks you create with your kids at GRACEPOINT CHURCH in Coppell by Aug. 25. Visit the website for a list of the most-needed supplies. // GracePoint Church, 590 S. Denton Tap Road, Coppell, 972/462-1643; gracepointcoppell.org Last year, INTERFAITH MINISTRIES OF DENTON provided 1,500 students who rely on the free and reduced meal program with a new backpack, school supplies, two complete uniforms and a new pair of shoes. They’re hoping to help

even more kids this year with your help. Deliver school supplies or $25 gift cards to clothing stores such as Walmart, Target, JCPenney and Finish Line to the Denton office by Aug. 11. // 1109 N. Elm St., Denton, 940/566-5927; ifmdenton.org Place new school supplies, including pens, highlighters, coloring books and index cards (no crayons or anything that may melt) and canned foods with pop tops and dried goods (no canned meats, food in glass containers or homemade goodies) to any one of the 17 LITTLE FREE PANTRIES peppered throughout Denton County. Lowincome families visit the birdhouselike boxes and take whatever they need for free. If you’re interested in hosting a pantry on your property, visit the website for information. You’ll be responsible for the cost of materials to build the pantry (less than $100) and stocking it with supplies year-round. // Multiple locations, 940/735-3234; servedenton.org/little-free-pantry Help teachers help their students by organizing school supplies, hygiene kits and dried food packages at the NORTH TEXAS TEACHER RESOURCE CENTER in Grand Prairie. Volunteers as young as 10 help unpack pallets of donations, sort them by category and stock the shelves for easy “shopping” when local teachers visit to grab supplies for the homeless, hungry and refugee students in their classrooms. Schedule a volunteer time with the partner coordinator by phone. // 3325 Roy Orr Blvd., Suite 300, Grand Prairie, 972/790-1204; worldvisionusprograms.org A hungry child is one that cannot focus in the classroom. Fill their bellies at OUR DAILY BREAD in Denton. The community soup kitchen welcomes volunteers ages 8 and older and their parents to serve meals to hungry children Monday nights and Saturdays. Sign up for a serving shift online. // 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100, Denton, 940/566-1308; ourdailybreaddenton.org

There Has To Be More Ministries hosts the Back 2 School Backpack and Health Fair for Lake Dallas ISD every year. In addition to free school supplies, kids get free immunizations, sports physicals, vision screenings and haircuts. Donate gender-specific backpacks, pencil pouches, lunchboxes, sandwich bags, hand sanitizer and more (find the complete list of supplies on the Lake Dallas ISD website) by Aug. 5 to Point Bank in Corinth. Missed that deadline? Enlist your family to help set up and break down the fair on Aug. 10. Fill out a volunteer packet on the website. // Lake Dallas Middle School, 425 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas, 940/594-4417; www.therehastobemore.org/back-2-school-fair

Start a Supply Drive 1. CALL YOUR CHURCH OR SCHOOL DISTRICT to see if and how often they collect school supplies for kids. You can also call agencies that provide after-school programming for children such as the YMCA, United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs. 2. CONTACT THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to get the most up-todate information on needed items and when and where you can deliver your drive’s collections. You may need to fill out a volunteer application, donation form or other documents. 3. ASK TO PLACE BOXES, TUBS OR CRATES at your office, church or child care center. Then ask your friends to do the same. Print copies of the supply list and attach them to each of your collection bins. To ensure you don’t collect too much of one thing, split the list up among the boxes. 4. EMAIL US at supplydrives@dfwchild. com with the location(s), what you’re asking for and the best contact person, and we’ll post it online (in hopes of filling your bins to the brim). 5. EMPTY THE COLLECTION BOXES periodically so you can monitor inventory and make adjustments, such as adding a notice that tells donors they only have three days left to contribute. 6. COLLECT THE BOXES filled with supplies a few days before the agreedupon drop-off date. Enlist friends and family to help sort donations. 7. TAKE THE KIDS with you to drop off the items so they see the benefits of all the labor.

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kid culture. around the world no passport required for these cultural destinations WORDS NICOLE CRITES & WENDY MANWARREN GENERES

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xposing the kids to other cultures is a worthy goal, but during the school year, you may not have room in the schedule for a trip to Italy or Southeast Asia. Instead, tour the world right here in North Texas. From eating an Indian

dessert that resembles ice cream to learning traditional Irish dance, you might be surprised how far you and the kiddos can travel without

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leaving your hometown.

Take a stroll along the Veniceinspired MANDALAY CANAL , a tree-lined path that winds past restaurants and shops in Las Colinas — or better yet, embark on a classic gondola ride with Gondola Adventures, which offers both electric and man-powered excursions. With the kids in tow, opt for an hourlong classic cruise, which starts at $140 for two guests plus $25 per extra passenger and includes gourmet chocolates and sparkling cider. Romantically inclined couples are encouraged to share a kiss under every bridge. (Try not to gross out the kids too much.)

Gondola Adventures, 357 West Fork, Irving, 949/646-2067; irving.gondola.com Carrollton’s KOREA TOWN is the ideal spot for a culinary adventure with the fam. The melting pot of Asian culture is anchored by H Mart, the popular Korean supermarket where kids can nibble on treats like green tea matcha Kit Kat bars. (Let your daredevil taste the dried squid.) When you’re ready for a bona fide meal, head to nearby Omi Korean Grill and Bar. The hole-in-the-wall spot serves up some of the best Korean barbecue in the area — try the LA 1

galbi (grilled short ribs) or bul go ki (grilled beef) for your little carnivores. And for dessert, stop by 85C Bakery Café to grab a Cantonese mooncake or frozen marble taro, an ice cream drink that’s naturally purple.

H Mart, 2625 Old Denton Road, Suite 200, Carrollton, 972/323-9700; hmart.com // Omi Korean Grill & Bar, 2625 Old Denton Road, Suite 326, Carrollton, 972/245-3565; omikoreanbbq.com // 85C Bakery Café, 2540 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, 469/729-8585; 85cbakerycafe.com Slip on your dancing shoes and head to INISHFREE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE , founded 40 years ago by Dublin-born Emily Touzin. Today her daughter Leslie Middleton coaches kids and adults (so Mom and Dad can try too!) in traditional Irish dance — no, not Riverdance, though you will be doing tap-like steps. Beginner classes for kids at the Lewisville location are offered Mondays from 5:30– 6:30pm. Fall classes officially start August 6, but newcomers are welcome to join anytime — drop in for a single class or sign up for the season. All levels, including beginners, take part in public shows throughout the year at libraries, churches and retirement homes.

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Inishfree School of Irish Dance, 190 W. Main St., Lewisville, 972/979-2559; inishfreedallas.com

Head to Irving when you have a taste for Indian food and need a kid-friendly atmosphere. Locals love the lunchtime buffet, served from 11am–3pm Saturday and Sunday and until 2:30pm Monday–Friday, at OUR PLACE , an eatery that specializes in tandoor (Indian clay pots) cooking and is always packed with families. Order the kids chicken makhani, a boneless chicken dish in a mildly spiced butter sauce, and navaratan koorma, a mild veggie dish, to share. (The menu also features chicken nuggets and fries for picky little ones.) We recommend you sample a little of everything and get the bread basket. For dessert, make the three-minute drive up the road to KWALITY ICE CREAM to try kulfi, an Indian dessert made from milk that’s simmered until it’s as thick as cream, caramelized 3 and nutty and flavored with, among others, cardamom pods, pistachio or saffron.

Our Place, 8150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 150, Irving, 214/574-7117; ourplaceusa.net // Kwality Ice Cream, 8600 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 154, Irving, 972/506-7861; kwalityfoods.com

1 // Cruise Irving’s Mandalay Canal by gondola. 2 // 85C Bakery in Carrollton’s Korea Town serves sweets from around the globe. 3 // Kids and adults alike can learn to tap and kick at Inishfree School of Irish Dance.

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perform live stories and invite kids in the audience to participate. For ages 5 and older. FREE

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 circus-themed activities and snacks for ages 3–10. Call to register. FREE

PARADE

Bella’s Book Club Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/332-4441. brit. org/education/bella. 10:30am–12pm Aug 1 and 2. Reserve your spot online for guided outdoor explorations and story readings with Bella the begonia hand puppet in the Burk Children’s Library. $10 per family of two; free for BRIT members.

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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 kid-friendly movie. Aug 1–4: The Peanuts Movie; Aug 7–11: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Aug 14–18: Chicken Run; Aug 21–25: Home (Home not showing in all theaters). $1.

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DCT Roadshow North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 3pm. Watch as actors from the Denton Community Theatre

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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 Modern Kids – Summer Flicks The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/7389215. themodern.org. Aug 1–2: films for ages 3–5 at 11am; ages 5–older at 2pm. Aug 3 at 2pm for all ages. Take a seat in the Modern’s auditorium to watch the animated shorts from the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival as well as Song of the Sea and Eleanor’s Secret. Come early or stay after the films to tour the galleries. FREE

FILM

Summer Kids Camp Movies Moviehouse & Eatery, 951 Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound. 972/355-6363. themoviehouse.com/flowermound. 10am each Tue through Aug 22. Watch Paul Blart – Mall Cop on Aug 1, The Lego Movie on Aug 8, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Aug 15 and Sing on Aug 22. Tickets are available first come, first served starting at 9am. FREE

RECREATION

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

EXHIBIT

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.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Story Time South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Ln., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 7pm. Read stories, sing songs and stay for crafts during this glow-in-the-dark program for ages 1–5. FREE

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Help Build Massive Lego Mosaic Legoland Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 877/818-1677. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw. 11am–3pm. Join a master model builder in creating a Ninjago-themed Lego brick mosaic featuring Sensei Wu. The completed mosaic will be unveiled in the center’s Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course on Sep 22, opening day of The Lego Ninjago Movie. $21.95 at the door; free for kids 2 and younger. Discounts online in advance.

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Kids Story and Craft Time Whole Foods Market, 4041 Waller Creek, Highland Village. 972/538-9710. 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

PLAYTIME

Star Wars Celebration North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. 940/3498752. dentonlibrary.com. 7pm. Dress as your favorite character and enjoy Star Wars-themed snacks and crafts at this seventh annual event. For all ages. FREE

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Bella’s Book Club See Aug 1. Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Modern Kids See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

3 THURSDAY NATURE

Dallas Zoo Visits Reunion Tower Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower.com. 11am–12pm. Experience a 360-degree view of Dallas from 470 feet in the air and meet a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles presented by the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures team. Free with admission: $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.

ARTS & CRAFTS

JumpstART Stories & Art Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 10am. Listen to stories about the dog days of summer and join a canine-related art project during this monthly program for ages 2 and older. FREE

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Movie Time at the Library Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Rd., Coppell. 972/304-3658. coppelltx.gov/library. 3pm. Snack on popcorn while watching an indoor screening of Storks on Aug 3 and Zootopia on Aug 10. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE

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4 FRIDAY ON STAGE

Disney’s Tarzan Studio B Performing Arts Center, 2400 FM 407, Highland Village. 972/966-2787. studiobtheater.com. 7:30pm each Fri–Sat and 2:30pm each Sun through Aug 13. Watch local teens perform in this musical based on the Disney film and adapted from Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. $15 adults; $10 kids 10 and younger.

SPECIAL EVENT

First Friday Denton Downtown Denton square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. 940/382-7895. discoverdenton.com. 5–9pm. Stroll through downtown and stop into businesses and art venues open late, including the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and A Creative Art Studio, for special activities. FREE

HISTORY

First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Make paper crafts inspired by the Victorian era. $3 per person.

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ARTS & CRAFTS

Open Art Friday – Coloring Book Party Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving. 972/721-8063. irvingartassociation.org. 6:30–9pm each first Fri. Join the Irving Art Association for an all-ages coloring party. Basics art supplies (pencils, crayons, markers and coloring pages) are provided and families are welcome to bring their own supplies. FREE

PLAYTIME

Splish Splash Story Time The CORE, 234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell. 972/304-7077. coppelltx.gov. 11am Aug 4 and 11. Join a special story reading, songs and play-

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time at the outdoor pool, held in conjunction with Tot Swim, and stay to swim for free until 12:45pm. For ages 2–8. FREE

RODEO

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

FILM

Summer Movies at Palace Theatre Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3100. palacetheatre.com. 7:30pm. Watch The Princess Bride on Aug 4 and Airplane on Aug 5. On Aug 11, come dressed in theme attire to watch Grease and earn a free small popcorn. $6 per person.

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Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

5 SATURDAY NATURE

BRIT First Saturday Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth. 817/3324441. brit.org. 9am–1pm. Talk to a real botanist, join plant walks and meet Bella the begonia hand puppet for a story time and activities at this monthly event. FREE

ON STAGE

Damsels, Dragons and Donuts Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 469/442-1925. geppettostheater.com. Each Sat through Sep 2. Doors open at 8:30am; showtime at 9am. See 20 popular storybook characters in Happily Ever After ; enjoy a breakfast of doughnuts, muffins, juice and coffee; and stay after the show for photos with the marionettes. For ages 3–12. Kids in costume are welcome. $16.

MARKET

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.

MUSIC

Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., Fort Worth. 817/392-5881. logcabinvillage.org. 1–3pm Aug 5 and 19. Listen to Bob Sawyer sing the folk songs and cowboy ballads that helped pass the time on the range and westward trails. Free with admission: $5.50 adults; $5 kids 4–17.

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 each Sat and Sun. Watch trick riding and listen to cowboy songs during a historical re-enactment of the original show. $18.50 adults; $11.50 children.

FILM

Planetarium Shows UNT Sky Theater, 1704 W. Mulberry St., Denton. 940/369-8213. skytheater.unt. edu/nowshowing.htm. 2 and 8pm each Sat. Children’s matinee at 12pm. Watch short films about space and space exploration on the planetarium’s high-definition projection system. $5 adults; $3 kids 12 and younger. Children’s matinee is $3 for all ages. Cash only.

NATURE

Star Party Rafes Urban Astronomy Center, 2350 Tom Cole Rd., Denton. 940/369-8213. astronomy.unt. edu. 30 minutes after sunset, weather permitting. Gaze at celestial bodies through telescopes, see the Hudson Planetwalk and learn about the night sky from University of North Texas staff members and students. $5; free for kids 4 and younger. Cash only. First Saturday Sky Theater/Star Party combo deal: $9 adults; $7 kids under 12.

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 plane 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

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Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Disney’s Tarzan See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Summer Movies at Palace Theatre See Aug 4.

6 SUNDAY DANCE

Break Kids Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/716-4500. klydewarrenpark. org. 12–1pm. Meet under the Muse Family Performance Pavilion for basic breakdancing classes led by Realstreetjams. For kids, teens and adults. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

HISTORY

RECREATION

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

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Musical Moderns – Family Weekend Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/3328451. kimbellart.org. 10am–5pm Aug 5; 12–5pm Aug 6. Create mixed-media works inspired by Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky and other modern artists who loved music. This free program is offered with A Modern Vision – European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection, which requires an exhibition ticket. FREE

NATURE

Garden Time for Kids Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St., Coppell. 972/304-7043. coppellfarmersmarket. org. 10:30am program; 8am–12pm farmers market. During the weekly Coppell Farmers Market, meet in the Learning Garden near the splash pad for a lesson in how gardens work and what is currently growing. FREE

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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 led by artists from 500X Gallery. For ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE Sunday Funday Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/698-0700. pantherislandpavilion.com. 12–6pm each Sun through Sep 3. Bring the kids to this laid-back, family-friendly event with music, food and watersports. Equipment rentals available for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tubing and pedal boating. Your tubes or kayaks from home, lawn chairs and leashed pets are welcome. FREE


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Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Disney’s Tarzan See Aug 4. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Musical Moderns See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5.

7 MONDAY SCIENCE

Mad Science Fun at Reunion Tower Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214/712-7040. reuniontower.com. 11am–12pm. Experience a 360-degree view of Dallas from 470 feet in the air and join the Mad Science team for kid-friendly laboratory science experiments. Free with admission: $17 adults; $8 kids 4–12; free for 3 and younger.

SAFETY

Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety Life Safety Park, 820 S. Coppell Rd., Coppell. 972/462-5373. lifesafetypark.org. 3–4pm. Register online by Aug 6 for this course on basic motor vehicle and pedestrian safety for kids in kindergarten and first grade. Students will get to drive miniature Jeeps around the outdoor Safety Town. Students and chaperones must wear closed-toe shoes. FREE

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Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

8 TUESDAY EDUCATIONAL

Pictures and Pages Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 10:30–11:45am Aug 8–9. Meet in the Piano Pavilion Education Studios for simple art activities and a reading of Drum Dream Girl – How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. For ages 4–6; max of two kids per adult. Call to register. FREE

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Secret Agent Man Magic Show West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving. 972/721-2691. cityofirving.org/library. 2:30–3:30pm. Join magician James Wand on a secret mission to find clues and secret codes through magic. For all ages. FREE

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Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

9 WEDNESDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Wonderful Wednesdays The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/738-9215. themodern.org. 4–4:45pm. Watch Doug Aitken’s Migration and complete a gallery project inspired by the film during this docent-led program for ages 4 and older. Sign up at the information desk on the day of the program. FREE

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10 THURSDAY MUSIC

Evenings on Oak Street Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke. 817/4912411. roanoketexas.com. 7–8pm. Relax outdoors at the plaza and listen to live music by Johnny D and the Doo Wopps on Aug 10 and Petty Theft on Aug 17. Bring your chairs and blankets from home. FREE

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Family Safari Night Hike Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. dallaszoo.com. 7–10pm. Take a special tour of the zoo after dark and see some education animals up close. Register online. For ages 5 and older. $20 per participant.

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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 Hook. Free with admission: $6 adults and $4 kids for residents; $8 adults and $6 kids for nonresidents.

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12 SATURDAY SCIENCE

Discovery Day – Adventure 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. Piece together artifacts, explore ancient civilizations and join a museum-wide scavenger hunt related to the Maya – Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibition. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids 2–17. Free for museum members.

OPEN HOUSE

Joint Fire Training Center Grand Opening Joint Fire Training Center, 13333 Hutton Dr., Farmers Branch. coppelltx.gov/government/departments/firedepartment. 9am. Watch car fire demos and live rappelling and take a tour of the new state-ofthe-art training center shared with the Coppell, Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch fire departments during this event open to the public. Wear flat-bottom shoes. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio – Zen Gardens Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/332-8451. kimbellart.org. 1–1:45pm Aug 12 and 19. 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

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Pollinator Party Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214/428-7476. texasdiscoverygardens.org. 10am–3pm. Discover the role of butterflies, bees, bats and birds in pollination and how you can “bee” a good neighbor to local pollinators during this annual celebration with activities, butterfly house tours, crafts, and live and pinned insects on view. Free with admission: $8 adults; $4 kids 3–11.

EDUCATIONAL

Read to Rover North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 10am. Practice reading one-on-one with a certified therapy dog from Therapy Pals of Golden Triangle. Open to children reading on their own ages 6–11. Also taking place at 11am at South Branch Library. FREE

FILM

REEL Adventures Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org. Aug 12 and 19: 5:45pm activities; 7:40pm film. Enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, then join tournament activities before watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. $13.

ON STAGE

Seussical Kids The Actors Conservatory Theatre, 359 Lake Park Rd., Ste. 118, Lewisville. 972/4368228. getintotheact.org. 10:30am, 12:30, 4:30 and

6:30pm Aug 12; 2 and 6pm Aug 13. Watch local kids perform this musical mashup of Dr. Seuss characters after a summer intensive workshop. $5.

EDUCATIONAL

There Goes the Sun Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Rd., Coppell. 972/3043658. coppelltx.gov/library. 2pm. Make a pinhole viewer you can take home to safely view the solar eclipse happening on Aug 21. FREE

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Disney’s Tarzan See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Denton Community Market See Aug 5. Garden Time for Kids See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Planetarium Shows See Aug 5.

13 SUNDAY RECREATION

Back to School Bash Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound. 972/8747275. flower-mound.com/cac. 6–9pm. Register to attend this night of games, prizes, food and entertainment for kids ages 10–15 at the CAC outdoor water park. $7 CAC members; $8 nonmembers.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Second Sunday Funday Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 1–4pm. Make a clay creation inspired by the Irving Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden during this program for kids and their parents. FREE

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Disney’s Tarzan See Aug 4. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Sunday Funday See Aug 6. Seussical Kids See Aug 12.

14 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

15 TUESDAY SAFETY

Severe Weather and Emergency Preparedness Life Safety Park, 820 S. Coppell Rd., Coppell. 972/4625373. lifesafetypark.org. 8:30–10am. Register online by Aug 14 for this course that teaches kids in fourth and fifth grades about how to make an emergency supply kit and how to recognize severe weather emergencies. If time remains, students can explore the outdoor Safety Town. FREE

CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

16 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Kids Story and Craft Time See Aug 2.

17 THURSDAY SAFETY

Basic Emergency Services Life Safety Park, 820 S.


Now Enrolling for Fall 2017 Coppell Rd., Coppell. 972/462-5373. lifesafetypark.org. 8:30–10am. Register online by Aug 16 for this course on basic fire safety and an intro to motor vehicle and pedestrian safety. For kids in kindergarten and first grade. Then drive miniature Jeeps around the outdoor Safety Town. FREE

HOME-SCHOOL

Home-School STEAM Ahead Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 2:30pm. Learn about the science of slime during this program with activities related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). For ages 7–11. FREE

CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Evenings on Oak Street See Aug 10.

18 FRIDAY FESTIVAL

Highland Village Balloon Festival Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village. 972/317-9073. lionsballoonfest.com. 5–10pm Aug 18; 6am–10pm Aug 19; 6am–12pm Aug 20. See a number of colorful hot air balloons ascend and float over the park and glow at dusk, go on tethered balloon rides ($20 adults; $15 kids under 12) and enjoy a classic car show, live music and kids’ zone activities at this 30th annual festival. FREE

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ARTS & CRAFTS

Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/922-1200. dma.org. 6pm–12am. Explore a featured topic through all-ages performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours and family programs when the museum stays open until midnight. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional $10.

RODEO

North Texas Fair and Rodeo North Texas Fair Grounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton. 940/387-2632. ntfair.com. Aug 18–26. Gates open at 6pm Mon–Fri and at 1pm Sat–Sun. Check out the livestock shows, rodeo competitions, carnival rides and the Peterbilt Kid Zone at this annual nine-day festival featuring live concerts by country artists including Travis Tritt, Cody Johnson and Tracy Byrd. Adults: $15 Sun–Thu and $20 Fri–Sat. Children: $5 for ages 7–12 and free for 6 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Friday Night Fireworks See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4.

19 SATURDAY PLAYTIME

Back to School Ice Cream Social The Square at Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St., Coppell. 972/462-5100. coppelltx.gov. 6–8pm. Enjoy icy treats available for purchase from some popular ice cream trucks at this event with face painting, lawn games and playtime at the playground and interactive fountain. Donations accepted for the school supply drive. Free admission; cost for ice cream.

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 music, early literacy and yoga, presented in separate sessions. Registration opens the first day of the month and fills quickly. FREE

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Denton Community Market See Aug 5. Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer See Aug 5. Garden Time for Kids See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Planetarium Shows See Aug 5. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Aug 12. REEL Adventures See Aug 12. Highland Village Balloon Festival See Aug 18. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

20 SUNDAY DANCE

African Dance Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas. 214/7164500. klydewarrenpark.org. 11:30am–12:30pm. Meet on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn to learn this unique style of dance led by Fihankra Dance & Fitness Studio. For all ages and skill levels. FREE

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Sunday Funday See Aug 6. Highland Village Balloon Festival See Aug 18. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18. northtexaschild / august 2017

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21 MONDAY NATURE

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Great American Eclipse Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817/255-9300. fwmsh.org/great-american-eclipse. 11am–1:30pm. Get solar eclipse glasses, enjoy themed activities in Innovation Studios and watch the livestream in the planetarium of the total solar eclipse, a rare event in which the eclipse will be visible in totality only from the U.S. $15 adults; $12 children.

NATURE

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 12–2pm. Bring your own lawn chair and umbrella and watch the Great American solar eclipse with provided safe-viewing glasses. An event will also take place from 12:30–1:30pm on the South Branch Library Lawn with provided glasses, crafts and snacks. FREE

CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

22 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. Summer Kids Camp Movies See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

23 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Kids Story and Craft Time See Aug 2. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

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24 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

25 FRIDAY FILM

Fourth Friday Films The Park at The REC, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine. 817/410-3450. playgrapevine.com. Dusk. Grab your blankets or lawn chairs, and watch Hook outdoors. FREE

CONTINUING:

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Children’s Summer Series See Aug 1. Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Friday Night Fireworks See Aug 4. Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

26 SATURDAY NATURE

Night Hike Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/219-7980. llela.org. 8–10pm. Take a guided twilight stroll down a nature trail and listen for the sounds of armadillos, coyotes and owls. For ages 5 and older. Registration required by 11am the day before the hike. $11.50 per person.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

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Stockyards Championship Rodeo See Aug 4. Damsels, Dragons and Donuts See Aug 5. Denton Community Market See Aug 5. Garden Time for Kids See Aug 5. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Planetarium Shows See Aug 5. North Texas Fair and Rodeo See Aug 18.

27 SUNDAY EXHIBIT

Casanova – The Seduction of Europe Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817/3328451. kimbellart.org. 10am–5pm Tue–Thu and Sat; 12–8pm Fri; 12–5pm Sun. On the exhibit’s opening day, see more than 200 works of art inspired by the story of Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) and illustrate the splendor of mid-18th-century Europe. On view in the Louis Kahn Building. $16 adults; $12 kids 6–11. Admission is half-price all day each Tue and after 5pm on Fri.

NATURE

Vultures, Nature’s Clean-up Crew Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth. 817/392-7410. fwnaturecenter.org. 1–2:30pm. Learn how New World vultures help clean up the environment and help prevent diseases from spreading. Then search the refuge for the two species. $5, plus regular admission: $5 adults; $2 kids 3–12. Free for members.

CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions See Aug 5. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show See Aug 5. Sunday Funday See Aug 6.

28 MONDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

29 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

30 WEDNESDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1. Kids Story and Craft Time See Aug 2.

31 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Fort Worth Herd See Aug 1. SummerFest See Aug 1. The Ultimate Octonauts Experience See Aug 1.

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 972/4470633 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-Fort Worth 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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MY 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LOST HER FIRST TOOTH, SO I WROTE THE SWEETEST, MOST ENCOURAGING NOTE FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY AND ENDED IT WITH, ‘KEEP BRUSHING THOSE PEARLY WHITES; I’LL BE BACK FOR THE REST.’ NOW SHE’S TERRIFIED TO GO TO BED.”

Our Lab’s name is Grinch. My 2-year-old can’t say it correctly, so it ends up sounding like b@#ch when he calls him. I laughed it off until we were at the grocery store, and he was calling a woman’s seeing eye dog b@#ch.” —CARTER, ALLEN “I took my 4-yearold with me to my 6-year-old’s T-ball game and let him play nearby with some of the other kids. When I went to collect him after the game, he was chewing gum. I asked him where he got it and he pointed underneath the seats.” —JESSICA, GRAPEVINE

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