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FEATURES 14 Your Kids Are All Right

Breathe easy, parents of B students and third-stringers: Your child doesn’t have to be top of the class to be successful in life. words Misty Jackson-Miller illustration Julia Lavigne

18 The Private School List

Our comprehensive guide to North Texas private schools compiled by Jessica Myers and Sara Strugger


Tips and tricks for teaching financial responsibility

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Amber Venz Box The costs of pushing our kids to be the best at everything, p. 14

12 Routines / Bailey Talbot

It’s go, go, go for this Denton ISD teacher with two girls of her own

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The president of rewardStyle talks leadership, family and rearranging her priorities

KID CULTURE 27 The Agenda

Our favorite family events this month

COLUMNS 30 Confessions / Mommy Fails

When bad things happen to good parents

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rystal Hume still remembers begging her parents for a Barbie Dreamhouse. “For weeks and weeks, I asked my parents if I could have one, and somehow they tolerated it,” the Melissa mom of two recalls with a laugh. “When you’re a kid, you don’t think about how expensive things are.” Despite her pleas, Hume never got her Barbie Dreamhouse. She sees it as a lesson that you don’t always need what you think you need, one of the pillars of money management she’s trying to pass on to her own kids, ages 5 and 11. “It’s easy to spoil them with stuff you’ve never had, but there’s value in having less,” she says. As a parent, you want to give your children the world … but you also want them to be savvy about saving and spending. It can be tricky navigating the murky financial waters (especially if you’re still learning to be money-wise yourself), but experts agree that teaching children money

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MONEY “They see us practicing good habits, and that’s a more powerful lesson than anything we can teach them,” she says.

Saving money is a significant part of money BUDDING BUDGETERS management, but what do you do if your Of course, money managechildren are too young to make money through ment goes far beyond the a part-time job? This is when many parents allowance debate. Susie employ a weekly or monthly Mayes helps coordinate allowance—yet the debate the Las Colinas Federal continues over whether to Credit Union’s studentBANK give a financial reward for run branch program, BOOKS work done around the house. where elementary kids in Head to the library to Patrina Dixon, a finanCoppell Independent School check out these stories cial consultant and mother, District apply to staff on-site that help kids learn about believes in doling out a credit union branches. The saving and budgeting: weekly allowance—providschool branches open twice ing your kiddos earn it. a month for students to do PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN “The allowance should very real banking—about Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells be for something that helps $400,000 has been deposited Bunnies Max and Ruby have to the household, like doing in savings accounts since the figure out how to pay for their the dishes or laundry, takprogram started in 2004. grandmother’s birthday present. ing out the garbage or rakUnsurprisingly, Mayes Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by ing the yard,” she explains. believes it’s never too early Simms Taback Allowance apps can help to start budgeting, a pracIn this Caldecott Medal winner, Joseph’s coat starts to get worn kids visualize their earnings tice she says should be as out, so he uses the material for (and help you stay on top hands-on as possible. other things, teaching kids that of a payment schedule). For “If you’ve got a big vacaevery little bit counts. example, BusyKid, which tion coming up, involve your ELEMENTARY costs $14.95 per year for kids in the budgeting process Annie’s Adventures series by one family, lets you create a as you save up money,” she Lauren Baratz-Logsted virtual chore chart, pay your says. “When my kids were Eight sisters who find themselves kids for completing chores, little, they both had to clean suddenly independent have then oversee how they use out their rooms for our anto learn the basics of earning money, paying bills and even the money they’ve earned: nual garage sale. Afterward, writing checks in this light and They can choose to save, we divided up the earnings, humorous series. spend, even invest in stock, and our children had a set The Lemonade War series by all through the app. amount of spending money Jacqueline Davies That is, if you decide to for the trip.” A brother and sister open rival pay your children for doing Take the kids to the lemonade stands and must use their wit, wiles and business work around the house. bank. Make it as experienacumen to come out on top. Hume and her husband tial as possible. “Instead of are in the other camp, opting going through the drivenot to give their two kids an thru, go inside and fill out allowance. “Because of that, we find different the deposit slips,” Dixon offers. ways to encourage saving,” she says. Her kids reAs your child nears the teenage years, ceive money on their birthdays, which they are Mayes suggests building a budget together so encouraged to save for family vacations instead that your preteen will know how—and how of spend on every item that strikes their fancy. not—to use credit and debit accounts. Dallas mom Liz Farris practices similar By implementing a budget early on, habits with her three children but with an preteens can learn how to track their spendadded perk to help them build saving accounts. ing and set weekly, monthly and yearly goals. “We don’t give allowance for chores Establishing these habits while they’re still around the house because we believe they young can pay dividends in the long term. should be doing that just to help out,” she “It only takes a few minutes to track your says. “But we have always encouraged them spending, and that few minutes can save to earn money by babysitting, dog sitting and hundreds of dollars,” Mayes says. doing other part-time jobs.” And once you’ve shown your children At the end of each month, Farris and her how to manage their money, Mayes says be husband match the money their children have sure to demonstrate that there’s a time and earned and allow them to either spend it on place for giving back. something they’ve been wanting or save it “Make sure your children understand for the future. She believes that they typically giving and see you giving,” she says. “Seeing choose to save because of the good example she parents give with a cheerful heart will help and her husband set with their own finances. children keep money in perspective.”



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president and co-founder at rewardstyle and INTERVIEW NICOLE JORDAN



mber Venz Box was a 23-yearold fashion blogger fresh out of Southern Methodist University when her million—make that billion—dollar idea hit. The question: How can I make money from blogging? The answer: rewardStyle, a platform that allows fashion bloggers to monetize clicks by tracking the traffic and sales they drive to retailers. Launched in 2011 with her then-boyfriend now-husband, Baxter Box, rewardStyle boasts a global network in the tens of thousands with 4,000 retail partners and more than 500,000 brands. The company’s newest launches, and @LiketoKnow. it.Family, make it possible for followers to buy merchandise from their favorite bloggers’ and retailers’ Instagram posts. As president, Venz Box is a certified jetsetter and master multitasker, balancing hefty professional responsibilities (she’s the creative and marketing brain behind the business) with caring for her two children: Birdie, 2, and Boyce, 8 months.

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VENZ BOX WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU PROFESSIONALLY? We always tend to build things out of

“I want to show the kids that working hard is rewarding, but I don’t want to do that at the expense of someone else raising them,” says Venz Box, 30. “I’ve talked to other working moms about it a lot lately. My goals are admirable, but I hope I’m executing them in the right way.”

a need. Back in 2015 I had my daughter, and it became increasingly difficult for me to go get my nails done, so we’re launching a new app called Cherry for nails anytime, anywhere. I call it a fun project, but hopefully it will be the next big company.



My mom was always en“THERE’S JUST SO MUCH LOVE IN OUR HOUSE NOW,” VENZ BOX SAYS, THANKS TO THE ADDITION couraging me OF BIRDIE, 2; AND BOYCE, 8 MONTHS. to be creative. My children And my dad is have made me a better person. I’ve become a small-business owner. He encouraged my more empathetic and started to notice the brother and me to own our own businesses world around me more. It’s also helped me because it would allow us to build the lifeto delegate, be more intentional and reset my style that we wanted. priorities. RewardStyle was No. 1 for many WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE years. Over the last several years, I’ve had a LAUNCHING REWARDSTYLE SIX YEARS refactoring of that. My faith is No. 1. Marriage AGO? I’ve learned a lot about hiring the right is No. 2. Kids are 3, and work is 4. people and delegation. That’s something I WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT ABOUT had a hard time with as a young founder. MOTHERHOOD? The balance. I love workHaving two kids, I don’t even have an option ing and being involved in so anymore. The third thing is many projects. But the first the importance of peers and eight years of your child’s life mentors. For so long, I didn’t are the most impressionable. make enough room for people AS MUCH AS As much as I want to spend in my life. I WANT TO every waking moment with WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT SPEND EVERY them, I also want to be the best ABOUT HELMING A COMperson I can be for them. It’s PANY OF THIS SIZE? Finding WAKING trying to juggle how to run a really strong talent you can MOMENT WITH large business and also be a delegate to and trust. One great mom. That’s something I wrong leader can derail the [MY KIDS], I genuinely struggle with. entire company.


work together. We have very complementary skill sets. His background is in finance and engineering, and mine is completely fashion and marketing. It’s incredible to have a cofounder who I trust through and through. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO LAUNCH LIKETOKNOW.IT.FAMILY? When I had kids,

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It sounds so rigid, but we found we were working all the time whether we wanted to or not. So now we have a rule that once we get out of the car, all work discussion is off. If we have an idea or something we want to talk about, we just put time on each other’s calendar. Putting those boundaries in place has really helped us. WHAT KEEPS YOU GROUNDED? I grew up in a Christian household, but throughout college and professional life, I didn’t really prioritize that. Now that’s resurfaced and is something that’s very important. When you make God the priority, you become less selfish, and you’re able to focus more on loving other people. If faith hadn’t become a big part of my life, I think rewardStyle would probably still be No. 1.


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a thursday in the life of

BAILEY TALBOT Bailey Talbot is a mom of two girls, a fourthgrade teacher for Denton ISD, and a wife to Tom, a salesman for Huffines Kia Subaru of Corinth. This dynamic duo lives in Denton with their 3-year-old daughter, Allison; 7-month-old daughter, Grace; labrador retriever, Cole; and dwarf hamster, Pluto. Life is always interesting at the Talbot house.


:30AM And so it begins. I wake up every morning during the week at this time so I am able to get ready for the day with some peace and quiet. I tiptoe out of bed to the bathroom in complete darkness, avoiding a 65-pound Labrador in an attempt to keep from waking my sweet husband. However, I’m not sure that it is completely necessary since he sleeps with militarygrade earplugs and a face mask that says, “do not disturb.” 5:30AM I am dressed and ready for work. Now it is time for my first giant cup of coffee and boiled egg whites. Allison wakes up early this morning and begins yelling for someone to come get her. 5:45AM Allison is dressed for school, teeth are brushed and hair is done (complete with a giant bow. Our motto is, the bigger the bow, the closer to Jesus). Now it is Grace’s turn to wake up and get a diaper change. 6AM Breakfast is served. Allison sits to eat her sausage and biscuits while Grace and I snuggle up on the couch for her morning bottle.

6:15AM We all go in the bedroom to tell Tom bye. Allison wakes him up by tickling his side. After goodbyes are finished, I load up both girls in their car seats, place backpacks and diaper bag in the car, and head to my mom’s house before I go to work. Oma, my mom, watches Grace during the day, and she takes Allison to preschool at 8:30. 6:35AM Girls are dropped off, so this means I have 10 minutes of quiet time on my way to work. I take this time to listen to The Kidd Kraddick Morning show, something I have done for over 10 years. 6:45AM Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work I go. Now it’s time to make sure everything is ready for my lessons, work on making copies for the next week, enter lesson plans and have coffee No. 2. 7:40AM The school day has officially begun. I love my job; you never know what the day will bring. 8:45AM I take my students to Special Areas. Typically we have some sort of meeting during this time period so I wear my backpack with my supplies in it to rush straight to the conference room. 11:17AM Time to take the kiddos to lunch. By the time I run the students through the lunch line and get back to my classroom, I have about 15 minutes to eat lunch. I have become a pro at eating lunch quickly. 3PM Dismissal time … I take my students down to the gym and quickly head outside. I am responsible for sending each student to a station to be placed in their parent’s car. After dismissal, we usually have a meeting, but today’s meeting was canceled (silent cheer). 4:20PM Time to go by the church to pick Allison up from school. 4:35PM If I time it just right, I can miss the traffic from the high school nearby ... today is not one of those days. Allison and I are on our way to Oma’s house to pick up Grace and get ready for Allison’s school program. 4:50PM We rush into Oma’s, change everyone’s clothes, fix hair and hop back in the car to eat dinner at Subway. 5:10PM Soup’s on! Allison is eating her club sandwich while I eat mine and feed Grace baby food in between bites of sandwich. I feel like becoming a mom has also made me a master of multitasking. After dinner, we head back to church. 6PM Yes, I do realize we are 30 minutes early to a program that only lasts 30 minutes, but we want good seats. I rock Grace to sleep while we wait. 6:30PM Let the show begin! Allison waves and yells, “Hey, guys!” from the stage. She sings her songs … sort of, and afterward we go to have cookies and lemonade.

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Breathe easy, parents of B students and thirdstringers: Your child doesn’t have to be top of the class to be successful in life. WORDS MISTY JACKSON-MILLER ILLUSTRATION JULIA LAVIGNE


rynn Sandlin is the community coordinator for the Healthy Kids Running Series in Frisco. There are no uniforms. No team practices. No stress. “There isn’t anything like it,” says Sandlin, whose two sons, ages 6 and 3 ½, participate. The emphasis of the program is on finishing your race, not winning it—the points system favors consistency rather than the occasional first-place finish. Not every kid will win a trophy at the end of the series, but regardless, everyone will have a good time. Before every race, Sandlin tells her sons, “I expect you to finish your race. That is what your goal is. Someone might be faster than you this week; next week, it might be you.” She’s teaching them that coming in second—or last—doesn’t mean they’ll never finish first in the future, and that success is about more than being the best at everything they pursue. After all, not all kids are honor students or star athletes or violin prodigies. Yes, some kids excel in academics. Others have gifts like perfect pitch. And the parents of these children have their own sets of

challenges to address. But that’s not the typical kid. Typical kids make B’s and C’s and don’t make the varsity squad. Instead they have creative minds or gritty spirits, skills that are impossible to quantify on a battery of standardized assessment tests. Skills that may shine in the lab or the boardroom 20 years down the road. And yet, right now, parents push these kids so hard to be something they’re not, especially in activities for which they might not have the talent—or even the passion. It comes at a cost. Many of the parents I’ve talked to, both for this article and in more casual settings, agree that this generation of parents is spending more money, and a lot more time, on all the “extras” to push their kids to greatness. They’re not making it up: The BackPack Index found that between 2007 and 2015, the average cost of supplies and extracurricular school activities increased 88 percent for families with elementary school students and 81 percent for middle school students. In 2016, the average family spent $659 per elementary kid on these school-related activities annually, and $957 per middle-schooler. And those figures are just for school-related activities. In 2016, TD Ameritrade surveyed families with children in premier athletics programs. A majority spent $100–$500 per month, per child—and about a third of the parents surveyed reported spending more than $500 a month. The average parent is now spending the equivalent of a monthly car payment (or three) on private tutoring, hobbies, league play, equipment, uniforms, etc. It’s no longer enough to have a happy, resourceful B student or for the child to compete on a recreational sports team. The message these kids are absorbing, whether they realize it or not, is that they aren’t enough. And if they don’t finish first here and now, they never will. Breathe, Mom and Dad. Your kids are going to be all right. More than that, by pursuing their passions and honing skills like teamwork and perseverance, they’re creating their own pathways to success.

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Jennifer W. of Flower Mound has a 9-year-old son, Bryan (names changed by request), who is absolutely crazy about basketball. He’s on an academy-level team and has to go through tryouts every six months. The flat rate for six months of play is $1,560. In addition to the league dues, his uniforms—custom tailored—total $300 per season. He plays with a small group of boys from the league, four times a week, for $200 a month. And the family spends about $240 on private lessons every other month. Tournaments, which occur twice per season, carry an additional cost. “It’s expensive, but he loves it,” Jennifer says. “We’ve cut out a lot of things to make it work.” That TD Ameritrade survey reveals she’s not alone: More than half of parents with kids in elite sports cut back on entertainment to pay for athletic expenses, 40 percent take fewer vacations and nearly a fourth put less money into savings and retirement accounts. Jennifer is adamant that one of the reasons why parents seem to be pushing their kids so hard, more so than what she remembers from her childhood, is because league play and other activities can feel like a huge investment—and as the numbers show, they are. We tend to frame this discussion in terms of sports. (After all, this is Texas.) But the arts and academics are absolutely a part of this conversation too. Tutoring and eventually SAT and ACT prep don’t come cheap: According to Angie’s List, tutoring services cost

anywhere from $20 per hour for online tutoring to $30–$60 per hour for in-person services, with some experienced private tutors charging up to $85. Furthermore, in addition to money, our children’s activities and interests require a significant investment of time. Multiple weekly practices, tutoring sessions and all the cross-town road trips leave little time for awesome things like family meals and date nights and good, old-fashioned sleep. “We all want our kids to be happy,” says Aileen Wainwright, a licensed clinical social worker based in Keller and mom to four children ages 11–14. “But you’ve got to ask yourself, are you so busy that you feel like you’re living out of your car? If you’re exhausted, your child is more than likely exhausted, too.” She encourages parents to routinely ask themselves, “Who is actually invested in this?” and “Does it make my child happy?” NAVIGATE THE WORLD

Nancy Graham, 48, of Dallas says that some people were “shocked” when she mentioned she wasn’t going to actively push her son Babe, 9, into one of Dallas Independent School District’s magnet programs. He’s a good student and turns his homework in on time, but he isn’t that interested in school. Rather, he has a wide variety of interests outside of class, like Minecraft and tae kwon do. Most of all, he loves spending time with his friends. When Babe was in first grade, Graham recalls being a little bit nervous about his reading

assessment when she sat down for a parent-teacher conference. But Babe’s teacher immediately put her at ease. Babe was hanging in there and completing his assignments. And as the teacher explained, “You’ve got the ones who shoot up and the ones who creep up, but by the time they get to third grade, it all evens out.” So Graham helps Babe with his homework. She throws a football with him on the weekends. “If we start something, we finish it,” she says. “The game, the season, we’ll follow through with it.” But she doesn’t pressure her son to win lots of awards and trophies. Yes, she cheers for him when he catches a football, but she is careful not to attach too much value to a single achievement. “Look, there’s something to be said about striving to make sure my child is happy, rather than be the fastest or the smartest kid out there,” says Graham. “I want him to learn how to navigate the world and get through social events in time—in his time. And there’s not just one way to get there.” This is a sentiment strongly echoed by Wainwright. Kids who don’t excel in school have so much to offer the world as they come into adulthood. “Average kiddos can be great leaders, and they have much better social skills. They’re good listeners and they tend to have a very high emotional intelligence.” Since psychologist Daniel Goleman published Emotional Intelligence in the mid-’90s, study after study has confirmed that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than IQ or


If your child is stressed or overwhelmed by an activity for which she used to have a passion, she might be reluctant to say anything. But because “kids might not be able to verbalize that they’re stressed, it’s up to the parents to begin that conversation and say, ‘Let’s take a break,’” says Aileen Wainwright, a licensed clinical social worker.

Signs your child might need a break include:

• A drop in grades • Withdrawing from family activities and retreating to his or her room • Changes in eating and sleeping


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• Physical symptoms like constant fatigue, gastrointestinal issues and aches and pains • Change in mood, including irritability and grumpiness • A strong avoidance or a stress reaction before an event • Expressing concern that he or she is “letting you down” But before it even gets this far? The best way to know if your child needs a break? “Talk to him or her,” says Stephanie Adams, a licensed professional counselor. “Tell your child, ‘I’m okay with whatever you decide. I want to support you.’” And before your child begins any activity or program, let him or her know where the hand break is.

test scores—meaning kids who are good at, say, finding friends on the playground could end up with leadership roles and higher salaries than their book-smart but socially unsavvy peers. The professional and political worlds are rife with leaders who were not top of their class but rocketed to success once free to pursue their interests. Some worked hard, but were gifted in areas like creativity and entrepreneurship rather than academia. Others found school boring and not worth their effort, but discovered other passions they could pour their energy into. Think Richard Branson, who dropped out of high school, where he performed poorly, to follow his entrepreneurial bent and now has a net worth of over $5 billion. Or former Vice President Joe Biden, whose college grades were “never exceptional” according to The New York Times, but who made it into law school by sheer force of personality and later found his passion in politics. And there’s former President George W. Bush, who famously told graduating Yale students: “To the C students, I say, you too can be president.” He would know. So not nabbing that valedictorian spot doesn’t mean your child is destined for a life of mediocrity—and in the nearer future, it doesn’t mean your child won’t earn a place at his or her dream college. In fact, nonacademic traits like “concern for others and the common good” are highly desirable in prospective students for many college admissions offices. Concern for others can be a very difficult quality to assess, but in a 2016 report by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the authors suggest it can be demonstrated in the less splashy, sometimes overlooked day-to-day activities like “contributions to one’s family and the community”—activities that some kids may naturally be drawn to instead of schoolwork. REDEFINING SUCCESS

When parents push too hard for their children to excel, there

can be unintended physical and emotional consequences. Children are particularly susceptible to sports injuries. And with athletics or academics (and especially with both in the equation), there’s also an emotional risk of burning out, which can carry into adolescence and young adulthood and contribute to depression and anxiety. In her Fort Worth counseling practice, Stephanie Adams, a licensed professional counselor, sees a lot of teenagers and college students with anxiety disorders. Many of her clients “don’t know how to slow down or take care of themselves,” and because many of them are so used to having structured activity, “they get overwhelmed when their parents aren’t there to manage their schedules or plan their activities or even take care of the day-to-day things like laundry and picking up after themselves.” Given the risks, why are we putting so much pressure on our kids to excel—to “be the best, next better thing,” as Adams describes it? Why are we trying to box our kids in with such a narrow definition of success? Instead, says Adams, parents should nurture and value “the assets that these kids already have— for example, that they are good to people, they are kind to people, that they are good at finding solutions to difficult challenges.” (See sidebar for phrases to help you encourage your child.) Some kids who don’t excel in the classroom will climb the ladder to the C-suite and the White House. Others will grow up to be good friends, good parents, good employees—all-around good people who successfully pursue their passions and make an impact in their communities. “An angel on earth,” is how Jana Bailey, 59, of Richardson describes her son Brandon, 25.“What he’s accomplished in such a short amount of time; he’s truly an amazing individual.” Brandon never went through a gifted and talented program or took a bunch of honors classes. When it came to academics, “school was

just not very high on my priority board,” says Brandon. “I thought as long I passed, I’m good.” And yet, when Brandon was a teenager, the Bailey house was always full of kids. “It was definitely the place to be!” laughs Bailey. “Brandon treats everyone as a friend, no matter what his or her background.” His ability to connect with different people, across so many different backgrounds, “to understand the lives people live,” has helped pave his way to adult success. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and has a great career in account management ahead of him. He is a loving husband and devoted father of twin daughters. He and his wife are even foster parents, which are sorely needed here in Texas. Last year, he ran his first half-marathon. So even though his parents didn’t push him to front-load his CV, Brandon found his own road to success. Now he’s passing those ideals on to his girls. He wants them “to find their niche” and hopes to inspire in them qualities like “kindness” and “thoughtfulness.” And he’s thinking about taking on a full marathon next. FINISHING THE RACE

The runners will push themselves forward, one step at a time, and as they near the finish, they will dig deep into their inner reserves and find that extra kick they’ve been saving. They will finish the race. And that resilience and self-motivation are well worth celebrating.


Instead of falling back on familiar phrases (maybe the ones you heard from your own parents!), it might be time to freshen up your encouragement game to make sure you give your kid the support he or she needs. Scratch these three phrases from your parenting repertoire: 1. “GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!” Instead, say, “You’ve got this!” or “Shake it off!” or the always classic, “Way to hustle!”

At the Healthy Kids Running Series in Frisco, the runners line up on the orange starting line in a grassy field. Some of them nervously wait for the sound of the air horn. Some of the younger kids are picking dandelions. Some of the older kids are doing stretches with their friends. But every one of these kids is going to finish—just like the little girl in the Richardson series who ran almost an entire mile in slide sandals before kicking them off and finishing her last lap in socks. By the end of the program, most of parents will find themselves cheering for the other kids in their child’s event by name. “These kids run their hearts out,” says Sandlin. “They run to the very best of their abilities. And that is the goal of this series.”

2. “MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU WON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.” Purging this sentence doesn’t mean you should let your kid off the hook for procrastinating or being disorganized. But take a nonconfrontational tack and lead with a question: “What would you do differently next time?” and depending on the age of your child, “Is there something I can help you with?” This way, you’re also teaching your child how to evaluate his or her own performance. 3. “YOU’RE SO SMART!” This is a hard one because it’s meant as a compliment; however, this kind of compliment can also become a label. And labels, fair or unfair, can be binding. “Once you put that label on them,” says Dallas mom Nancy Graham, “it limits them.” So instead of praising your child for being “smart” (or “clever” or “bossy”), praise him or her for those qualities and skills that made the achievement possible. Try, “Your hard work has really paid off!” and “I’m so proud of you for not giving up!” and “That was very thoughtful!”

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Our comprehensive guide to North Texas private schools


Finding a school that is the right fit for your children, your lifestyle and your wallet can be a daunting task. Luckily, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has such a vast number of options when it comes to private schools that the toughest part of the search isn’t finding a suitable campus, but rather narrowing a long list of contenders down to one. There are schools that fit nearly every learning style, budget and desired class size. So how do you decide? We did our homework in an effort to make the task a little easier for you by compiling the answers (from the schools themselves) to basic FAQs like tuition, teacher-student ratios and religious affiliation on schools in the area. So you can use this information to compare schools based on what’s important to you—and your children. This list is by no means exhaustive. (There are schools that didn’t respond to repeated calls and emails.) And information is subject to change, but we’re hoping you can use this as a starting point, whether you’re starting to think about preschool, elementary school or high school or simply looking for a change (lots of schools begin the admission process in the fall for the following school year). Regardless, after narrowing the field, schedule a tour at a handful of campuses to get a feel for each of the programs and find the best education for your kids.


Liberty Christian School 1301 S. Highway 377, Argyle, 76226 Year established: 1983 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $6,480–$19,020 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,200 Uniform: Yes Average class size: v Student-teacher ratio: 17 to 1 Standardized test(s): CPAA, CTP, ERB, PreACT, PSAT Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED

Selwyn School 2270 Copper Canyon Road, Argyle, 76226 Year established: 1957

Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $12,500–$18,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 100 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): CTP4, ERB Accreditation: AdvancED, TAAPS


Riverchase Montessori 1555 E. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, 75019 Year established: 2014 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–3 Annual tuition: $9,500–$11,500 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No

Total enrollment: 150 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–20 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CAT/5, Stanford Accreditation: None


Denton Calvary Academy § 1910 E. University Drive, Denton, 76209 Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $5,000–$8,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 310 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 10-15 to 1 Standardized test(s): PSAT, Stanford Accreditation: AdvancED, TAAPS

Immaculate Conception Catholic School 2301 North Bonnie Brae St., Denton, 76207 Year established: 1995 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 250 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: NCEA, TCCED

Koan School 6441 Fishtrap Road, Denton, 76208 Year established: 2013 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $7,500 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No

Total enrollment: 60 Uniform: No Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: None


Coram Deo Academy, Flower Mound Campus 4900 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound, 75022

Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,100–$11,900 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 686 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): ACT, Aspire, CPAA, ISEE, PLAN, PSAT, SAT Accreditation: AdvancED

Explorations Preparatory School 1501 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound, 75028 Year established: 2002 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,500–$9,500 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 130 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED

Grace Christian Academy 3200 Firewheel Drive, Flower Mound, 75028 Year established: 1970 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $5,250

KEY: AACS = American Association of Christian Schools; ACRE = Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education; ACSI = Association of Christian Schools International; ACT = American College Test; AdvancED = Organization of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012; AMI = Association Montessori International; AMS = American Montessori Society; Aspire = ACT Aspire Assessments; CAT/5 = California Achievement Test, Fifth Edition; CogAT = Cognitive Abilities Test; CPAA = Children’s Progress Academic Assessment; CTP, CTP4 = Comprehensive Testing Program; ERB = Educational Records Bureau; Iowa = Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; ISAS = Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; ISEE = Independent School Entrance


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SCHOOL LIST Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 45 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 4–11 Student-teacher ratio: 3–11 to 1 Standardized test(s): OLSAT, Stanford Accreditation: NAPS

Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 345 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 21 Student-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: ISAS

Montessori Country Day School § 7400 Hawk Road, Flower Mound, 75022

Faustina Academy 1621 W. Grauwyler Road, Irving, 75061

Year established: 1987 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–5 Annual tuition: $4,050–$7,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 60 Uniform: No Average class size: Varies Student-teacher ratio: Varies Standardized test(s): v Accreditation: v

Temple Christian Academy 2501 Northshore Blvd., Flower Mound, 75028 Year established: 1980 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $4,300–$12,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 94 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa, OLSAT, TerraNova Accreditation: AACS


Cistercian Preparatory 3660 Cistercian Road, Irving, 75039 Year established: 1962 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 5–12 Annual tuition: $18,350–$19,700

Year established: 2003 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $5,000–$6,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 210 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: NAPCIS

Highlands School, The § 1451 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, 75062 Year established: 1986 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $10,300–$11,900 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 456 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 13 Student-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Holy Family Catholic Academy 2323 Cheyenne, Irving, 75062 Year established: 1965 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,548 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 238 Uniform: Yes

Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 22 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Redeemer Montessori School § 2700 Warren Circle, Irving, 75062 Year established: 1978 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $7,950–$8,950 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 150 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, AMS

Saint Francis Montessori § 1018 W. Pioneer Road, Irving, 75061 Year established: 2009 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $3,500–$5,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 70 Uniform: No Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): v Accreditation: AMI

Sloan School, The 3131 N O’Connor Road, Irving, 75062 Year established: 1985 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–5 Annual tuition: $8,300–$9,800 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 167 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford Accreditation: None

StoneGate Christian Academy 1705 Esters Road, Irving, 75061 Year established: 1976 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $5,750–$7,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 139 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 11 Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: NPSAA

Wesleyan Academe 1615 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, 75062 Year established: 1978 Religious affiliation: Methodist Grades: Pre-K–1 Annual tuition: $4,500–$6,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 108 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: NAEYC


Lakeland Christian Academy 397 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, 75067 Year established: 1973 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $2,000–$6,360 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 525 Uniform: Yes Average class size: v Student-teacher ratio: 8–16 to 1 Standardized test(s): PSAT, Stanford, TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED, TANS, TEPSAC

Exam; NAEYC = National Association for the Education of Young Children; NAPCIS = National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools; NAPS = National Association of Private Schools; NCEA = National Catholic Educational Association; NPSAA = National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance; OLSAT = Otis-Lennon School Ability Test; Plan = ACT Plan Assessment; PreACT = Pre ACT Assessment; PSAT = Preliminary SAT; SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test; Stanford = Stanford Achievement Test; TAAPS = Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools; TANS = Texas Association of Non-Public Schools; TCCED = Texas Catholic Conference Education Department; TEPSAC = Texas Private School Accreditation Commission; TerraNova = TerraNova Tests & Assessments;  = Information not provided; § = Information from 2016– 2017 school year // Schools that are not listed could not be reached by email or phone. Information is based on the 2017–2018 school year and subject to change. Tuition rates could reflect or 2016–2017 numbers.

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HEAD OF SCHOOL The importance of school leaders to the success of our children’s education is often underestimated. Their philosophies, aspirations and initiatives are key to a thriving educational model. Meet some of these visionaries and gain some insight into the workings of a flourishing school.

Aubrey ISD is a small district with a big vision. Dr. David Belding began his tenure as superintendent of schools in July 2016. He brings 30 years of experience at every level of a school district. He believes in providing the best experiences for students to prepare them for success throughout their lives. The mission of the Aubrey I.S.D. Chaparral family is to inspire, nurture and empower all students to realize their potential and to succeed in an ever-changing world. The values of the district are integrity, compassion, service, respect, loyalty and excellence. The philosophy of the district is to invest in students and families in order to prepare our children to make a positive impact on the world. Aubrey ISD does this by offering numerous opportunities for students from pre-K through 12th grade, while maintaining a small school atmosphere. The outstanding teachers and staff are focused on developing the whole child. Students have the opportunity to take advantage of rigorous academic and extracurricular programs ranging from college dual credit, advanced placement, on-ramps in partnership with the University of Texas, academic decathlon, athletics, fine arts and career technology education courses. All of these experiences work together to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities including admission to leading universities in Texas and throughout the country. Come visit Aubrey ISD and experience a small district with a big vision!

Dr. David Belding Superintendent

Aubrey ISD Central Administration 415 Tisdell Ln., Aubrey, TX 76227 940-668-0060 • F: 940-365-2627

Dr. Jamie Wilson Superintendent of Schools


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Serving more than 29,000 students in 17 communities, Denton ISD is proud to be one of the premier educational systems in Texas. As one of only two area districts to offer the acclaimed International Baccalaureate programme to all grade levels, our graduates attend top colleges and universities across the country. With AP and dual-credit courses, dual-language programs and the ability to graduate with professional certifications, our academics are second to none. Our students thrive in fine arts and athletics, routinely playing for state championships and

gaining national accolades. Please visit us to learn why we are the second-fastest growing district in the DFW area.

1307 N. Locust St., Denton, TX 76201 940-369-0000



Deborah Hof

This year Selwyn celebrates its 60th year of educating North Texas! Selwyn offers a private education with a global vision, facilitated by trained educators at the forefront of 21st century educational practices. Like all great institutions, Selwyn began with an inspired idea. From the beginning, our founders believed in the value of a rich education and set out to find our first headmaster, John Doncaster, an English Professor at SMU. Since 1957, Selwyn has been committed to shaping the lives of young people in Denton County. From day one, we have offered a highly academic, liberal arts program with a global perspective. While the delivery of that education has changed over time, the grounding of our educational philosophy has not. Today, we continue to be dedicated to our mission to prepare students for success— professionally and personally—through a challenging college preparatory curriculum and comprehensive extracurricular activities. Students are able to learn the core values of respect, acceptance, integrity, responsibility and service in a family atmosphere dedicated to helping them reach their full potential. Academically, that means providing a world-class curriculum, the best teachers and a focus on each individual student. We take a hands-on approach to learning, addressing students’ individual interests. We are deeply committed to providing students with the tools to solve conflicts, take risks, make decisions and lead with courage and integrity. Focusing on both college readiness and global citizenship, students are equipped not only to thrive on their own as they enter adulthood, but are prepared to be leaders of the future.

Head of School

2270 Copper Canyon Rd., Argyle, TX 76226 940-382-6771

Andrea M. Slaughter, M.Ed. Principal

Ed C. Smith, Ed.D. President

At Explorations Preparatory School, we believe students learn best when they are challenged and engaged. EPS provides students with opportunities to learn through interdisciplinary lessons and projects. Problemsolving and critical thinking are central to all learning at EPS. Explorations also puts a high priority on students’ social and emotional growth. EPS’ small, family-friendly environment is a warm and caring place for students to learn and grow into motivated and successful learners. EPS students score in the top 1.75 percent of schools nationwide — Iowa Assessment (2017).

Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. In partnership with Christian families, we educate children ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade. Faith offers a unique educational opportunity for students through a challenging, Christ-centered, biblically based school program with excellence in academics, athletics and creative arts. We strive to infuse a biblical worldview in every aspect of the school experience and encourage ministry and mission mindedness to the local community and beyond. Faith is coeducational, evangelical

Pre-K–8th — Open House: Thursday, January 18, 6–7:30pm

E X PLOR AT IONS Preparatory School

1501 Flower Mound Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028 972-539-0601

and college preparatory with selective admission. Upcoming Open Houses: January 23, February 20, March 27 and April 24. Visit for details and registration.

730 E. Worth St., Grapevine, TX 76051 817-442-1605 •

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Danielle Robles


School Director

Kathy Edwards

Founder and Executive Director

Darin and Christy Sloan

Owners, Chief Administrator and Director

Heather Lourcey Head of School


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KLA Schools is a dynamic, developmentally appropriate program that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. It is heralded as one of the best educational approaches in the world, as noted by Newsweek and CNN. We help foster confidence, social skills, creativity, cooperation and community. Our educators and leaders are completely dedicated to the education of our students and strive to offer the best foundation for early learning and development. KLA Schools also stays actively involved in our local community by not only inviting

local leaders to speak to our students and parents, but also through valuable fundraising and positive programs that help those in need. In addition, students will attain a diverse experience while here, including sports, engineering, arts and much more!

The Novus Academy is a college and career preparatory school for students in grades K–12. Our excellent staff and faculty provide a much-sought-after academic program, school environment and culture. Novus instruction is designed to ensure that no student is ignored, overlooked or left behind. We recognize the individual strengths, needs and talents of our students. They learn to understand their difficulties without becoming defined by them and build upon their existing and developing skills.

Kathy Edwards, the founder and head of The Novus Academy, has 30 years of extensive experience within public school, private school, therapeutic and university settings.

The Sloan School is an independent, private nondenominational Christian school offering preschool, private elementary school, after school and summer programs. Darin and Christy Sloan have owned and operated The Sloan School since 1996. Their mission is to provide an outstanding Christ-centered education that develops your whole child—challenging his mind, nurturing his heart, stirring his soul and strengthening his body—in order that he may be equipped to achieve God’s highest and best for his life. To learn more about the school, please

visit, or better yet, come visit us!

As we celebrate our 31st year, I have reflected on what makes The Westwood School different. Our foundation is one of believing in the uniqueness of each student, and Westwood is the embodiment of the small school, big experience sought at every age level. Students from toddler through Grade 12, connect with the world as they choose to conduct a class meeting or confidently climb a mountain in adventure leadership. I am proud to serve this close-knit community in a school that ignites in students a voluntary joy in learning through our highly regarded Montessori/ International Baccalaureate education.

I invite you to discover The Westwood Way. Admission Preview: Thurs., Jan. 18, 5–7:30pm

KLA Schools of Flower Mound 4600 Bridlewood Blvd., Flower Mound, TX 75028 469-993-1031 •

The Novus Academy 204 N. Dooley, Grapevine, TX 76051 817-488-4555

3131 N. O’Connor Rd. Irving, TX 75062 972-659-1199

14340 Proton Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 972-239-8598


Midwestern State University— Texas Flower Mound MSU’s new 30,000-square-foot building at Parker Square in Flower Mound boasts interactive TV classrooms, seminar spaces, teaching labs, study nooks and a bookstore. Busy parents can choose between online courses or the hybrid track, which mixes in occasional on-campus special sessions.

to complete or you’re hoping to build on your associate’s degree, MSU Texas—Flower Mound is the place for you. An extension of MSU in Wichita Falls, this division II public university is designed for lifelong learners eager to finish strong.

MSU’s education program works in conjunction with local

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Calling all adult learners! If there’s a degree you’ve been waiting

Additionally, the university offers excellent degree programs, including health care degrees that can be completed in as little as three semesters. For registered nurses, there’s an accelerated track to become a BSN. The RRTto-BSRC completion program and the BSRS program for AART registered technologists allow students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care or radiologic sciences.

ISDs to provide individuals with student-teaching experiences, preparing them to work in elementary, bilingual or special education classrooms. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree incorporates credit hours based on previous education or experience with instruction time spent learning a more specialized concentration.


North Central Texas College Adult and Continuing Education

If you’ve always wanted to rock some scrubs, the Certified Nursing Aid program is for you. This 100-hour program prepares individuals for work in a care facility or nursing home. Time is split between 60 hours of lecture and 40 hours of interactive clinical time. Scrubs and CPR certification are also included in this course.

With nine different allied health care certification programs in the Adult and Continuing Education division, North Central Texas College is the perfect place to get that healthcare certification you’ve always wanted. Instructors with real-life experience, externships that connect students to potential employers and tuition that covers textbook and certification exam fees set students up for success. Plus, Saturday and evening courses— coupled with the chance to create new course times based on demand—allow even the busiest parents the opportunity to reach their career goals. Read on to find the program that’s right for you. For those interested in working the front desk of a doctor’s office, sign up for the Medical Administrative Assistant program. The 50-hour course includes everything from instruction on scheduling and paperwork to help with basic keyboarding and Excel functions. No externship is required. The Pharmacy Tech program is designed for the “people person” with a knack for numbers. Teaching the ins and outs of working at a 24

retail or hospital pharmacy, this 60-hour course offers instruction on drug interactions, terminology and dosage calculations. It also has the added bonus of a graded practice test prior to the PTCE certification exam. If blood doesn’t faze you, consider the 90-hour Phlebotomy Tech program. The most popular health care program at NCTC, this hands-on course teaches students how to take blood—first on a mechanical

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The EKG/Telemetry Tech is an 80-hour course with a handson lab, during which students discover how to observe a patient’s heart activity by performing echocardiograms. Students also learn how to do 10 and 12 leads on the heart monitor to aid in monitoring and diagnosing heart issues. The Patient Care Tech program educates individuals for hospital work—it includes instruction to be certified as a CNA, Phlebotomy Tech and EKG Tech—and you walk out of the program with three certifications. If you love making people smile, think about the 112-hour Dental Assistant program. This 14-week course is designed to train you in anatomy, dental terminology, chair-side assisting, impression making, sterilization techniques, infection control, temporary

crowns, and radiology and X-ray fundamentals. Students must also complete a 120-hour externship. CPR certification is included in this course. If you’re the parent who’s always pulling out the Purell, try out the 140-hour Sterile Processing Tech/Instrument Tech program, during which students are taught the methods for sterilizing equipment for surgery. Courses prepare individuals to work at hospitals or surgery centers and includes a 400-hour externship at a partner hospital. Students also receive CPR certification. Finally, the Clinical Medical Assistant program guides individuals in learning all aspects of a doctor’s office, from scheduling and medical records to injections, EKG and Phlebotomy. Students who take this course also receive CPR certification. With 150 hours of lecture and a 160-hour externship, this track works well for those with an interest in nursing. At program completion, students walk out with three certifications. Whether you’re eager to work directly with patients or help behind the scenes, there’s a health care certification program for you at NCTC Adult and Continuing Education. So what are you waiting for, Mom? For questions regarding these programs, please contact Health Care Coordinator Maame Darkwa at 940/4986432 or

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FA I R PA R K January 1 Did you resolve to spend more time with your kids? Begin your resolution with a bang on day one of 2018 at this free event hosted by Vogel Alcove. Head inside Fair Park’s Automobile Building for all-ages activities beginning at 3pm, plus more kid-friendly fun and live music outdoors, food vendors and then at 7pm a fireworks show over the Esplanade. FREE 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd., Dallas; 214/368-8686


I RV I N G A R T S C E N T E R January 4 Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day (honoring author A.A. Milne’s birthday, Jan. 18) by reading stories about the beloved bear from the Hundred Acre Wood and making crafts during this monthly program for age 2 and older. FREE 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787


N A S H FA R M January 5 Rather than buy cans of soup

this winter, discover how to make your own during this family heritage program at Nash Farm. Learn from docents how to roll out noodles for a big pot of chicken noodle soup on the wood-fired stove. Open to children age 3 and older. $3 per person. 626 Ball St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185


WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE January 5–15 BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L January 8–10 M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K January 13–21 Witness a performance representing five centuries of Chinese history when Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to North Texas with shows at three venues this month. This grand production features classical Chinese dancers clad in colorful, flowing costumes,

R AFES URBAN ASTRONOMY CENTER January 6 Peer through powerful telescopes at the moon, planets and star clusters at the University of North Texas’ Star Parties (may be canceled in case of cloud cover). For the full celestial experience, come earlier in the day to the UNT Sky Theater on the main campus. Planetarium shows are offered every Saturday beginning with a children’s matinee at noon. Show/First Saturday Star Party combo deal: $9 adults; $7 children. Cash only. 2350 Tom Cole Road, Denton; 940/369-8213


NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER January 6 The Nasher opens the doors to its art galleries for a full schedule of artist demos, stories, a colorful art project and yoga poses in the

sculpture garden, all designed to inspire your preschoolers and elementary-age children. Family activities run from 10am–2pm; museum open through 5pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100


SEA LIFE GRAPEVINE A Q UA R I U M Through January 7 Sound the OctoAlert. Sunday is your last chance to experience the aquarium with Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso and the rest of the undersea adventure heroes in the exhibit featuring activities you’ll recognize from the hit animated TV series. 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine; 877/819-7677


WILL ROGERS M E MOR IA L C E N T E R January 12–February 3 The countdown to Cowtown’s biggest attraction of the year has begun. Make this year your littles’ first rodeo and don’t miss the petting zoo, children’s barnyard and rodeo mutton bustin’ at the three-week festival. Only have one day? Come on Jan. 21 for Kids Gone Wild Day with fishing in the catch tank, archery and animal encounters with a redtailed hawk. $10 adults; $5 kids ages 6–16; free for age 5 and younger. Rodeo tickets from $22. 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth; 817/877-2420


I RV I N G A R T S C E N T E R January 14 Get creative as a family by joining an art project celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and take a walk through the gallery to see the new exhibit on view, This Light of Ours – Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. FREE 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787


F ORT WORT H MUSEUM OF SCIENCE A N D H I S TO RY Through January 14 Explore the neighborhood where George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, and meet the Curious George character in person from 11am–1pm each Saturday before the exhibit closes this month. Free with regular admission: $15 adults; $12 children ages 2–18. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300


C OYOT E DR I V E - I N Through January 15 Sign up for skating lessons offered on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, or enjoy an open skate every day including New Year’s. Bring your own ice skates or rent a pair for $12 (children’s sizes available). $40 private lessons; $20 semiprivate lessons. Free for spectators. Drive-in movie tickets sold separately.

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223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth; 817/698-0700


MARTIN LU THER KING JR. R E C R E AT I O N C E N T E R January 15 Honor the legacy of the late civil rights leaders at this annual event, including a kids’ flag football game and a peaceful march from the University of North Texas to Fred Moore Park and ending at the MLK Jr. Rec Center. FREE 1300 Wilson St., Denton; 940/349-8575


GRAPEVINE T O W E R G A L L E RY Through January 16 Pop into the downtown Grapevine art gallery (look for the clock tower) to see two holiday exhibits before they close on Tuesday, Jan 16: Hi-Railer Railroad Club Christmas Train, a 1,000-square-foot O-gauge model railroad Christmas display from the Lone Star Hi-Railers Club, and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, a traveling exhibition of Peanuts comic strips and vintage novelties from the Charles M. Schulz Museum. FREE 636 S. Main St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185


BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L January 17–21 Laugh along as two brothers in competition with Shakespeare set out to write the world’s first musical when the touring Broadway show, from the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon, stops in Fort Worth. Open to children age 4 and older. Tickets from $44. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; 817/212-4280


ARTISAN CENTER T H E AT E R January 18–February 3 See the spirited, red-headed orphan from L.M. Montgomery’s original story in a special adaptation written and directed by Artisan Center Theater’s own Taffy Geisel. The Second Stage production runs about two 28


hours with a 20-minute intermission. $22. 444 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst; 817/284-1200


ANGELIKA FILM CENTER DA L L A S January 20–21 Children’s book authors and illustrators Barney Saltzberg, Ame Dyckman and Jacqueline K. Ogburn headline this year’s KidFilm Festival presented by the USA Film Festival. See the authors at screenings adapted from their books and stay for free copies and book signings following each program. Tickets are available beginning one hour before each showtime. FREE 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas; 214/821-6300


THE CAMPUS T H E AT R E January 25–28 Check out the complete film fest schedule taking place at the historic theater. Most films beginning before 7pm are family-appropriate. For more kid-friendly fun, join a prefestival event, Building Bridges – A Community Celebration, on Jan. 20 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center for free children’s activities including films, face painting, a photo booth, a dance workshop and a stamp art contest. 214 W. Hickory St., Denton; 469/573-0799


AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER January 27 DR PEPPER A R E NA January 28 The basketball handling wizards of the Harlem Globetrotters bring their magic back to Dallas and, for the first time since 2010, to Frisco. Reserve your seats starting at $15, and for $22 more, book the Magic Pass, an on-court half-hour

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playtime with the team. The Globetrotters will also be available after the game for autographs and high fives. 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas; 800/745-3000 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco; 800/745-3000


Think hiking and swimming are warmweather activities? Think again. Brave the winter weather for New Year’s Day hikes and the zaniest swim time ever. FIRST DAY HIKES

L E W I S V I L L E PA R K S January 1 Call the office at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area to register for one of three hikes on New Year’s Day as part of a nationwide movement to get adults and kids outdoors. Staff-led hikes begin at 10am at Lewisville’s Central Park, 2pm at Lake Park and 6pm at LLELA, and each is a little over a mile in length. $1 per person. // 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville; 972/219-3550;


C I M A R R O N PA R K R E C R E AT I O N CENTER January 27 The second annual Frost Fest brings the real winter experience to Irving—and all for free of charge. Bundle up for fun in the snow tubing hill and snow play area, lace up for the skating rink, marvel at the live reindeer, and get lost (or try to) in the giant inflatable maze. FREE 201 Red River Trail, Irving; 972/721-2501 frost-fest


BIODIVERSITY E D U C AT I O N C E N T E R AT C O P P E L L N AT U R E PA R K January 27 Meet a number of furry forest animals and learn about their unique habitats, adaptive anatomy and weird animal behaviors during this all-about-mammals program for kids age 5 and older. FREE 367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell; 972/304-3581


N R H 2 O FA M I LY WAT E R PA R K January 20 Supporters and participants with nonprofit Special Olympics Texas are freezin’ for a reason at this annual cold-weather plunge. Wear a costume over your swimsuit (plug your ears with wax) and take a ride down the Viper water slide all to benefit Special Olympics’ local athletes. Awards for best costume follow the plunge. To participate, raise the minimum of $60 for adults and $30 for kids. // 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills; 817/427-6500;


V E R I Z O N T H E AT R E January 27 Experience a live-action version of the children’s animated TV series when cocreators and brothers Martin and Chris Kratt come to Grand Prairie on their quest to share creature fundamentals. Tickets from $27.50. $100 VIP ticket includes a post-show meet and greet and an autographed photo. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 888/929-7849


LEWISVILLE LAKE E N V I R O N M E N TA L LEARNING AREA January 27 After sunset, join an early evening stroll through the forest to listen for wildlife. A LLELA guide will help you recognize the sounds of native animals and lead the

group back to the campfire for s’mores and hot chocolate. Open to children age 5 and older. Registration is required by 11am the previous day. $11.50. 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville; 972/219-7980


I RV I N G A RT S CENTER Through January 28 This art exhibit on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene celebrates the art and literature of graphic novels. Bring the kids for an up-close look at artwork from several of today’s leading graphic novelists—and remember your favorite titles on your next visit to the bookstore. FREE 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787



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My 1-year-old son knocked over my Dr Pepper. I didn’t notice until I heard him slurping it off the floor.” —STEPHANIE, FLOWER MOUND


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