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HOW THE ARTS BENEFIT YOUR CHILD

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SHE’S GOT PERSONALITY

Is that sass genetic? The factors behind our kids’ personalities and how to work with them and against them to raise children who are the best versions of themselves. words Erin Burt

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Lessons in Art

Helping kids develop a fondness for theater, dance, music and more

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Shanon Tate

A dancer for nearly 40 years talks about raising two boys 12 Datebook Happenings that are perfect for date night or GNO 14 Routines / Kim Copley This single mom of two boys works for Denton ISD and bakes cakes on the side Ever wonder where your child gets her personality? Turns out it’s not only in her genes. p. 16

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ussell McKinley, who is now on staff in the theater department at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, discovered the stage as a creative outlet as a kid and credits it with helping him in so many facets of his education. “In theater, I have to be equal parts artist, architect, engineer, philosopher and historian,” he explains. That’s really the case in all artistic disciplines. Beyond furthering a creative talent, kids build relationships, think critically, problem solve and develop

better communication when they participate in the arts. Plus, numerous studies show that kids involved in the arts do better in academic subjects and exhibit more confidence. So whether it’s painting, sculpting, acting, dancing or designing, exposure to the arts (both participating in and enjoying the work of others) absolutely benefits a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills. “[Theater’s] made me a much more well-rounded person,” McKinley says. What, specifically, can the arts do for your kiddo?

PROMOTE CREATIVITY

This one might seem like a nobrainer, but kids who engage in any type of arts education are better outside-the-box thinkers because they’ve learned to look at tasks from different perspectives and to think on their feet. In art, kids may paint a picture that represents a memory. In theater, they may recite the same monologue two ways, and in music, singers may be asked to make up a song. Practicing creative thinking often means it will eventually come naturally. There’s also the ongoing trend with employers valuing creativity and leadership over test scores and grade point averages (though both are still very important). “[Employers want] people who

approach things from a different direction and don’t just go with the crowd,” says Correy Sharkey, an art teacher in Fort Worth. “The arts help engrain these qualities into kids’ brains.” HONE FOCUS

Painting, learning the lyrics to a song and memorizing lines for a play all take extreme focus. Not only do the arts require intense concentration on your children’s part, but they help kids see the bigger picture too. Kids begin to understand how their contributions are necessary for the success of a group. Stephanie Diaz-Peters is a dance instructor in Hurst. She says learning a routine, for instance,

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helps to broaden a child’s attention span (and encourages parents to sit back and let kids listening skills) and helps with self-awareness. make mistakes while creating. She then sug“They have [to remember] the steps, engage gests getting constructive feedback from a their core, [and practice] spatial awareness; professional in the craft, which allow children it requires intense focus,” she to improve and grow within the art form. explains. “Physically it makes kids stronger, GET YOU INVOLVED TOO, PARENTS but mentally it So what can you do? There really teaches them The current job are plenty of amazing music, self-control and market is looking for art, dance and photography multitasking at a creativity and leadership classes for kids in the Dallasyoung age,” she Fort Worth area, but there for people who approach explains. are also things you can do things from a different outside formal teachings to UNDERSTAND direction and don’t just expose kids to the arts. NONVERBAL go with the crowd. “We think in pictures even COMMUNICATION before we are aware of spoken The arts require all language,” says Annie Wallace, an kids to express themart therapist in Dallas. “A child who selves in ways they can’t is exposed to different sensations—whether in math and science classes. it’s sounds, colors or movements—is stimuAmanda Allison, Ph.D., the coordinator of lated to grow in every way.” art education at Texas Christian University, Here are a few habits to incorporate the runs a Basics in Arts program at Alice arts into your everyday routine to help your Carlson Applied Learning Center in Fort kiddos bloom and grow: Worth, where her college students interact 1. Read stories to your kids with a bit of with fourth-graders, communicating with dramatic flair. Change your voice, maybe them through art. “If you look at the history get the kids to act out a favorite scene or of the arts, its original use was solely for encourage them to talk you through a expression and documentation,” Allison different ending to the story. points out. “Art making today serves the 2. Instead of giving old dresses, hats, same human purpose.” Physical forms of art scarves and jewelry away, give it to the such as drawing, painting or sculpting may kids to use for dress-up play. And this help children get out emotions they aren’t month, don’t get rid of those Halloween capable of understanding yet, she explains. costumes. Add them to the collection, The same is true with other art forms: and consider buying more after the holiExperiences in theater and dance, for day at discounted prices in stores and in instance, give kids a stage for releasing emoonline yard sales. tions they aren’t comfortable talking about 3. Keep a limited supply of crayons, markor simply don’t have the words to express. ers, paints and other art essentials easily Through their craft, kids understand that accessible. “I give my children unlimited different movements and facial expressions access to supplies they need and let it be communicate different emotions. And it their idea what to do with them,” says works the other way too. Kids involved in Carol Sustaire, an art teacher at arts education discover the mechanics of Fort Worth Academy of Fine body language and how to read people’s Arts and mother of five. unspoken cues. “There’s this technique to encourage readers, where DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING you place interesting books Without even realizing it, the arts randomly around your beckon children to solve problems. house so that your children From the very basic: How do I turn this will find them on their own and clay into a sculpture? To the more complex: become interested without parents How would my character react to this situpushing it.” It’s a strategy parents can ation? Artistic creations force kids to think use with music, literature, photography, critically to solve problems. architecture, anything really. It’s important to note, however, that 4. Expand your musical repertoire at home not every creation—be it a drawing, dance and in the car. Venture into unknown sequence or piano solo—is going to be a musical territory outside nursery rhymes home run every time. In fact, children may or top-40 hits. Try smooth jazz or classistruggle to perfect their art and still end up cal tunes through Pandora or other free disappointed with the results. Andrea Davis, streaming services. Or check out CDs a licensed professional counselor supervisor from the library for free. and board-certified art therapist in Dallas, 5. And sing and dance together often.

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t 10 years old, Shanon Tate started dancing—and she hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in dance and taught modern and jazz techniques at Brookhaven College for more than 20 years.

Now 47, she cultivates a love of dance in others as a modern dance instructor at The Ballet Conservatory and director of LakeCities Ballet Theatre 2. Demanding at times, it’s a career Tate adores and balances adeptly with caring for her family of four. Her husband of 18 years, Tommy, co-owner of a graphic design company, has been in her life

since middle school. And then there are the couple’s two boys: Evan, 17, and Zachary, 6. “It’s been interesting having them spaced so far apart,” says the Highland Village mom. “As new parents, we were very protective of Evan—definitely more helicopter parents. We’re letting go a little bit more now.” DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A MOM? It was one of

those things in the back of my mind. I’m so glad they’re both in my life because, man, they’ve changed me, for sure. HOW SO? You can’t be selfish anymore. And I have two 1 going

1 / At 10, Tate donned her first pair of dance shoes, and 37 years later, she’s still wearing them. 2 / Her favorite venue to take in a dance performance in Dallas-Fort Worth? TITAS Presents at The Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

through such different places in life. One is getting ready to go to college and one is learning how to read so you have to meet them where they are and tone down the self-absorption. WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A BOY MOM? I love it. I work with

lots of girls at the studio, and boys are just a little easier to handle. They’re a lot of fun.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EVAN NEARING GRADU2 ATION? This

year is going to be important. We have to start doing all the applications and visiting schools. It’s a little daunting, but I think we can do it.

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That my children still give me hugs—even the oldest one.

MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? It’s

easy to try to be their friend. For me, it’s putting my foot down. IF YOU COULD GO BACK, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF AS A NEW MOM?

Put the phone down, spend as much time with your kids as possible and the laundry can wait.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TEACHING DANCE? The kids.

It’s so much fun to go in there with a concept in mind and get them all twisted up in these crazy positions.

ally never have. There are so many different aspects of [my job]. Not only am I a teacher and director, but I’m on the board of directors. There’s the whole paperwork side of it, assisting with grants and logistics of putting shows together. It’s not just dancing. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE DANCE IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH?

TITAS Presents at Winspear Opera House.

CAN YOU IMAGINE A TIME WHEN DANCE IS NOT PART OF YOUR WORLD? My time is

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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND TIME AS A FAMILY? We

like to find fun, new restaurants and go see movies.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RESTAURANT?

IT’S EASY TO TRY TO BE THEIR FRIEND. FOR ME, [THE HARD PART IS] PUTTING MY FOOT DOWN.

HAVE YOU EVER IMAGINED A DIFFERENT CAREER PATH? I actu-

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the most out of my body that I can. But I would always like to be involved in dance and art, whether it’s producing it or being on the board of an organization.

The most interesting one we went to recently was Kula in Carrollton.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND DATE NIGHT? We take

Zachary to Adventure Kids Playcare and just go to a restaurant and talk. Shoal Creek Tavern is nice and quiet.

HOW DO YOU FEED YOURSELF?

To recharge I have to be by myself so I try to carve out a little time. I also like to do projects. I’m working on refurbishing a few steamer trunks. We just painted the outside of our house. I volunteer at my church. IF YOU HAD TO PICK A FEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

I’m like the nutty professor. I try not to take myself too seriously and think there’s fun in everything. DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO OR MANTRA YOU LIVE BY?

There was a movie that came out in 2005 called Robots, and one of the character’s motto was, “See a need, fill a need.” I’m kind of like that.

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Last call! Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail at the Dallas Museum of Art closes Nov. 12. Don’t miss your chance to explore the culture of cocktails and how they’ve developed from late 19th century to modern day. Free. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas // 214/922-1200 // dma.org

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Carrie Bradshaw’s love affair with Manolo Blahnik was legendary. Discover why at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Oct. 6–8. The documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards offers an in-depth look at the life of the designer, from young boy to celebrated shoemaker. $9 a ticket for nonmembers; showtimes vary. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth // 817/738-9215 // themodern.org

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Prost! Southlake’s Oktoberfest kicks off Oct. 6 in Southlake Town Square. The 16th-annual event will feature plenty of grown-up fun including live music, shopping and German food galore— and of course, pints of bier. Free. 1400 Main St., Southlake // 817/481-8200 // southlakechamber.com

07 SPIN-A-THON

Spin for a cause on Oct. 7 at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Las Colinas. The Spin-A-Thon will be led by fitness instructor Michelle Miller to benefit the Irving Healthcare Foundation. Pledge to spin all four hours ($300) or one to three hours ($75 per hour). 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving // 972/717-2525 // thesportsclubfourseasons.com

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Step away from Netflix and head to Sundance Square for the Sunday Cinema Series at Four Day Weekend. Presented by Lone Star Film Festival, the weekly series showcases Hollywood classics, documentaries and independent films that can’t be found anywhere else. On Oct. 8, see Chavela, a documentary chronicling the life of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. $10 per ticket. 312 Houston St., Fort Worth // 817/226-4329 // lonestarfilmfestival.com

21 WEAVING AND WINE

Bring your own wine and learn how to weave at SCRAP Denton on Oct. 21. In the adults-only workshop, create a loom from an old picture frame and start a woven wall hanging; you’ll leave with the materials and skills to weave upcycled fibers you find at home. $25 including materials. 420 S. Bell Ave., Denton // 940/808-1611 // scrapdenton.org

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kim copley Kim Copley is a single mom living in Denton with her two boys: Jaxsyn, 9, and Preston, 3. She works full time as a dispatch supervisor for the Denton Independent School District Transportation Department and has a side business making cakes of all kinds— wedding, birthday, even a divorce cake once.

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:25AM My first alarm goes off. I hit snooze till 3:30am. 3:30AM My second alarm goes off, and I crawl out of bed and start the coffee maker before I jump in the shower. 3:45AM I get dried off, straighten my hair, “put my eyes on” as I like to tell the boys and try and decide what I’m wearing to work. 4:40AM My amazing babysitter arrives and goes back to sleep in the extra bed in Preston’s room. Caroline started babysitting for me last summer when I had to make an emergency trip to New York to help move my grandmother into a nursing home. She has become part of our family—the boys love her. Preston talks about her all the time, especially when they go days without seeing her. When I was her age, I babysat for several families on a regular basis, and the parents would say, “The kids want you more than us!” I know how they feel now! 4:45AM With my second cup of coffee, a Nutri-Grain bar to eat in the car and my “Pig

Pen” Yeti cup full of ice water, I’m ready to head out the door. (“Pig Pen” is a nickname my dad gave me as a teen. He thought it was so funny to put it on my Yeti cup as a Christmas gift a few years ago.) 4:55AM Arrive at work and start the day, praying that we don’t have too many drivers call in that they can’t make it. I get all the school bus routes covered and make sure the drivers get out on their routes on time. 6AM I spend a few hours fielding parent and school phone calls. I enjoy my job (and the schedule—I’m able to have the school holidays off with my boys), but it is especially stressful at the beginning of the school year trying to coordinate routing assignments and talking to all the parents and administrators that call us. I was previously a 911 dispatcher, which gave me great resources for this job. I know the area and which police department to call in the event of an emergency on a bus. 9:30AM Staff meeting. 11AM On my lunch break, I run to the grocery store. I feel like I’m on the show Supermarket Sweep—rushing through the store, grabbing items we need that we have run out of for the week and can’t wait till the weekend to get. 12PM I work at my desk covering afternoon routes while eating a quick lunch. 1PM The afternoon drivers come in, and I field questions and concerns from the drivers. They ask how to reroute with all the construction going on in Denton, and I have Google Maps pulled up on my computer to assist. Then I catch up on emails before leaving for the day. 2:30PM My day is done! Off to pick up Jaxsyn from school and then to pick up Preston from school too. This year, Jaxsyn’s class is concentrating on multiplication facts, and he has quizzes several times a week. As we’re talking on the way home, I randomly throw out multiplication problems for him to answer. 3:30PM We arrive home and eat a snack, and then they go jump on the trampoline. While they are playing, I mix up a cake for an order for Saturday: a two-layer chocolate birthday cake. While the cake is in the oven, I go out and jump on the trampoline with the boys. 4:15PM The cake is done—into the fridge it goes so I can decorate it tomorrow. Dinner is in the oven, and it’s time to help Jaxsyn with his homework. 5PM Dinner is ready. Time for the boys to eat! We go around the table and talk about our day. They tell me their “flower” (the good part of their day), “flower bud” (something they are looking forward to) and “thorn” (something not so great that happened today). 5:30PM Time to clean up. Jaxsyn reluctantly does the dishes and helps clean up. 5:50PM We all head to my Camp Gladiator workout. My goal is to attend three days a week. I love the relationships and accountability that I have formed by going to these workouts. The boys bring bouncy balls to play

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YEARLY DESTINATION Monterey, Virginia, to see my mom. We drove this summer and the boys did so amazing—only twice did they ask, “When will we be there?” WHAT’S ON HER DVR On my Netflix list I have This Is Us, Pretty Little Liars and How I Met Your Mother. FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH Devon Sawa. He was in Casper, Now and Then, and Final Destination. GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER CRY Watching my kids do something great like receive an award at school, score a goal in soccer, etc. FAVORITE SCENT Perry Ellis 360 Red for men smells so amazing. NO. 1 ITEM ON HER BUCKET LIST I would love to take the boys to Disney. On my personal bucket list: zip lining, whitewater rafting and sitting front row at a Garth Brooks concert. WORDS SHE LIVES BY “Be still in the presence of the Lord. Wait patiently for Him to act.” —Psalm 37:7. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Ha! Date night? That’s funny. This single mama doesn’t have time to date. ON GIRLS NIGHT OUT, WE’LL FIND HER At a movie or, when I can talk them into it, Painting with a Twist RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH THE FAMILY Chickfil-A, or as my 3-year-old says, “Etouffee” DREAM VACATION Cruise—I don’t really care what kind!

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She’s Got Personality Is that sass genetic? The factors behind our kids’ personalities and how to work with them and against them to raise children who are the best versions of themselves. WORDS ERIN BURT

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that stubbornness or that incredible selflessness? Where do those traits come from? Obviously, kids inherit their parents’ (or extended family’s) physical attributes, but scientists know way less about whether they also inherit personality traits from Mom and Dad. So even though your mom swears your daughter gets her extroverted tendencies from you, there’s more in play than your DNA. Environmental factors play a part too. THE GENETIC COMPONENT

Mary Grace Clark swears she’s been tapped into her daughters’ very different personalities (they’re fraternal twins) since the Fort Worth mom was pregnant with them. “I had two cracked ribs from Ella during my pregnancy. Olivia was always calm, even in utero,” she says. Now, 18 months later, Ella’s got the huge personality, and Olivia is more reserved. Most of us are like Clark. We recognize our child’s temperament from the get-go because there are some aspects of temperament that are hardwired. Just like genes dictate eye and hair color, genes can also determine a child’s inclination to take risks, be social and behave (or not). It’s all

part of our temperament, which even determines why some kids are great sleepers and others are not. But there’s more to understanding your child’s personality than realizing their inherent temperament. Although scientists decoded the human genome (the three billion chemical building blocks that make up human genetic material), researchers haven’t yet isolated the genes that might carry markers for all personality traits. Why you ask? It’s complicated. Most cells in the body contain 46 chromosomes. Each chromosome carries many genes, which come in pairs. So half your child’s genes come from Mommy and half from Daddy. It sounds like predicting personality traits should be easy, right? Like flipping a coin? Not so. Only a few traits, like blood type, are controlled by a single pair of genes. Personality traits are the result of lots of genes, many unidentified, working together. “Personality is a combination of many different genes,” says Maria Chahrour, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “It’s complex because it is not only affected by genetics but by your environment.” Which is all very difficult to measure. “Even in adults, we can only measure [personality] through questionnaires, asking people to evaluate themselves.” So yes, personalities exist from birth because genetics play a

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large role. “We are observing personality, but we can’t measure it in any useful way,” she says. That’s because when DNA from two parents combine, often it changes. These changes are called variants. A physical variant might be the color of your child’s eyes. She may have a different eye color from you and your husband as a result of the gene mixing. Personality falls on a spectrum, meaning there are far more options than green, blue, hazel and brown. And since genes work with one another and influence each other’s expression, it might take several different genetic combinations for a child to get a certain personality trait. Plus, to complicate matters even more, according to the Genome News Network, a news source for worldwide genomics research, genes can switch on and off because of environmental factors or other genetic influences so it can be hard to determine when a change in personality from one generation to the next is a result of genetic variation, environment or individual preference. “The qualities that form an individual’s unique traits have no objective measure,” Chahrour says. “So to try to simplify it, we came up with the big-five system model.” Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oregon came up with the big five — openness (adventurous vs. cautious), conscientiousness (carelessness vs. meticulousness), extraversion (introversion vs. extraversion), agreeableness (coldness vs. friendliness) and neurosis (anxiety and nervousness vs. confidence) — categories of personality after surveying thousands of people in the 1970s. These five are sets of two dichotomies at opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Most kids (and adults for that matter) fall somewhere in between. Researchers found that the big-five personality traits seem to surface early in life and are pretty good indicators of long-term personality and dispositions. Ashley Vera is a mom of five, including fraternal twin 6-year-old boys. In an old home video, she pans around her Arlington playroom and finds a preschool-age Owen covered in green marker. He has a green mustache and beard and long, green scrawls on both arms. His legs and torso illustrate his enthusiastic green scribbles, even down to his toenails. They too have been carefully colored green. Owen declares that he is a green dragon. Ashley pans over to his twin brother, Jack, who has been playing with blocks. He is neatly dressed with his hair combed. He looks horrified as he takes in what Owen has done to himself and just stares as if he can’t comprehend it. She asks Jack if he wants to be a dragon too. “Owen yucky!” he says, before getting up and running out of the room. Clearly, Vera’s boys are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Owen is definitely the more adventurous and careless, while Jack’s more cautious and meticulous. Two years later, nothing’s changed. And Vera can see how these traits in her children might look in adulthood. “I am much more likely to express myself through my appearance than my husband,” she admits. “Owen is doing a pretty good job of that in the video; whereas, I think my husband is a little more concerned about what other people think.”

New experiences, your parenting style, education, therapy and lots of other environmental factors may impact 60 percent of our kids’ personalities.


So while these big five are good indicators of the person your child will become—a shy child, for instance, is more likely to grow into an introverted adult—your child’s educational pursuits, careers and relationships are not easily mapped out simply by using this big-five assessment. “Experiences and variants and genes all shape [personality],” Chahrour stresses. So the big-five traits are not necessarily set in stone. THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

Dr. David Funder, author of The Personality Puzzle, has said that only about 40 percent of a child’s personality comes from inherited traits, meaning new experiences, your parenting style, education, therapy and lots of other environmental factors may impact 60 percent of our kids’ personalities. Epigenetics is the study of how these environmental factors shape our genetics. Environmental factors such as your social experiences, even nutrition, toxicological exposures and adolescent hormones affect your kiddos’ personality. Behavioral epigenetics studies how signals from the environment cause molecular biological changes that modify what happens in the brain and potentially affect DNA. That’s right, your kids may not solely be at the mercy of their genetic codes when it comes to thier personalities. PARENTS IMPACTING PERSONALITY

How we parent falls into that environmental category of things that help determine personality. And it obviously plays a large role. We can help our children bring out their best with a bit of guidance. For instance: If your child is shy… • You may need to literally let her lean on you at times and take new experiences slowly. • It may be helpful to use a soothing, calm voice when talking to her, especially when prepping her for an unfamiliar situation, like the first day at a new school. • Don’t rush her. She doesn’t need to be a social butterfly like you so don’t force her to mix with others if she’s just not feeling it. If your child is a spitfire… • Offer a place to calm down. Energetic kids benefit from soft lights and soothing music from time to time. • Give clear instructions and set expectations to help with his impulsive tendencies. • Help him find healthy, creative ways to express his feelings such as art, theater, dance or comedy. If your kid is fearless… • Let her negotiate — sometimes. It helps her understand that she can work with you, not against you. • Avoid monotony and expose her to new things, even simple things like a food she hasn’t tried before or a book she’s never heard. • Challenge her. Once she’s mastered something, take it to the next level, even if you’re just playing hide-and-seek. If your kid is laid-back… • Don’t let him get lost in the shuffle. Join him in his play even though he plays so well independently. • Recognize his more subtle cues. Sometimes, easy-going kids don’t show emotions in obvious ways, like having a meltdown. • Reinforce good behavior so your laid-back guy doesn’t act out to get the same attention his more energetic brother gets.

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Studies show that children learn how to regulate emotion and interact with other people by observing their own parents. So if you have what you perceive as a potential negative trait, you may need to take the opposite approach to help a child overcome it. A child born with an inherited pessimistic outlook from Mom or Dad, for example, can be changed by the way Mom or Dad act and parent. A depressed, distant parent can send the child further down a bad path, but an attentive parent who models problem-solving behavior could lead the same child to a more positive way to approach situations. Chahrour says a trait isn’t considered harmful unless it’s affecting the child’s physical or emotional well-being or the wellbeing of those around the child. If well-being is being impacted, it can be hard to determine which route to take when you do have a real problem because there are so many variables and factors that affect personality. Some kids benefit from treatments like behavioral therapy, others don’t. Sometimes you can treat a symptom of the personality problem with medication while you work on the cause. But sometimes you just can’t parent your way out of the problem, which would be the case with disorders like clinical depression, bipolar disorder and other chemical imbalances in the brain for which you should seek professional help. It’s also important to note that not all of what you as the parent perceive as negative characteristics are bad. Those same traits that you find challenging now may benefit your kids later on. Intense, feisty kids can become passionate, creative and assertive. Shyer children can be more thoughtful, sensitive and empathetic. So don’t go trying to fix what isn’t broken unless it’s really broken. “I don’t even want to think about when they are teenagers,” Clark laments. “I see Ella being the rebel, breaking rules, and pushing boundaries. Olivia is going to be in her room reading, doing her own thing. I don’t want Ella to feel like she’s bad all the time or that Olivia is a better person because she is an introvert and doesn’t push back as much.” Though it seems like common sense, it’s important that we enjoy each of our children’s unique qualities and strengths while responding to that same child’s more difficult and challenging behaviors throughout childhood and adolescence. You don’t have to do anything special to effectively parent different personalities, even difficult ones. All children need a supportive environment, positive feedback, role models who illustrate healthy behavior and someone to talk to about their emotions and experiences. Listen without judgement and show them healthy interactions and problem-solving instead of trying to mold them into a particular kind of person. Let your children be themselves, not images of you.

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“Many times, when a kid and a parent are having problems, it’s because they are either too similar or because they are complete opposite personalities,” says Perla Salazar, a licensed therapist at The Center for Psychological Services in Arlington. Here are a few ways to deal with personalities at opposite sides of the spectrum: HIGH-SPIRITED CHILD VS. LAID-BACK PARENT

Rules and routines are what these kids crave. Expect high highs and low lows, and avoid correcting intense feelings. Instead, acknowledge these feelings and attach meaning to them to help children understand what’s going on, such as “I see that you’re frustrated. Not being able to reach things makes you mad, huh?” Schedule lots of outdoor time for these active kids, and give yourself some time to decompress afterward.

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Look for the reason behind the mess so you can problemsolve together. There are many reasons for disorganized tendencies. Some kids don’t like to have other people in their space; others have anxiety and tear a closet apart to find the right outfit. Ask if your child needs help organizing, more time in the morning or more privacy. ATHLETIC CHILD VS. NON-SPORTS-FAN PARENT

You don’t have to be the ultimate fan of soccer, basketball or volleyball to support your kid’s interests. Show up, cheer loudly and ask questions. Your child will enjoy being the expert. And ask him to teach you a few things, which aids in mastery. INTROVERT CHILD VS. EXTROVERT PARENT

Focus on what your child is good at, and help her improve other areas. Sometimes introverts are misunderstood by others as acting rude or unfriendly so help your child work through that by finding ways to be respectful while still being comfortable, like smiling or waving at a neighbor instead of rushing by.

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alk about works of art with the kids, and they’ll likely reference pieces they’ve seen in museums or books. But have you ever looked at some of the public art around town with them? Do they even consider the mustangs in Irving or the

murals in Denton art? Well free installations with interesting background stories can be found all over North Texas and the surrounding areas. So lace up those sneakers, grab your camera and hit the streets to show the

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kids that art is approachable, interesting and lots of fun.

Explore the public art at DART rail stations along the Red, Blue, Green and Orange transit lines. To get to the DART from Denton County, start at one of five A-train stations in Denton or Lewisville, and set your sights on the Trinity Mills Station in 1 Carrollton, where you can connect to the DART Green Line. In Irving and Coppell, voyagers can catch the DART at the Irving

Convention Center and take the Orange Line. Outside the Akard station (on all four lines) sits Michael Brown’s 15-foot-tall “BELL TOWER,” which houses a visible and mesmerizing rollercaster track-and-bell system that puts on an hourly show, directing a steel ball down the track at the top of each hour. And find “THE TRAVELING MAN WALKING TALL” outside the

DART Deep Ellum Rail Station (Green Line). With a steel interior and a brushed stainless steel exterior, the four-story, friendly-looking man, part of a series from Brad Oldham, seems to welcome visitors to the artistic neighborhood as he takes his jaunty stroll. BEST PHOTO OP: Before boarding the train again, take a mirror selfie by holding your front-facing camera phone body-height to photograph your reflection on the surface of one of the 42-inch-tall birds surrounding the traveling man in Deep Ellum. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: A regional day

pass that covers DART and the DCTA A-train is $10 for adults and $2.50 for children. For those beginning the day in Irving or Coppell, a day pass, which is $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids 5 and older, is the best bet for hopping on and off the DART—

and seeing as much of the art as you like. Plus, you can take the DART Green Line to the State Fair of Texas (exit MLK, Jr. station) this month.

DCTA, 940/243-0077; dcta.net // DART, 214/979-1111; dart.org Sometimes the most meaningful art hides in plain sight. Artist Jon Barlow Hudson used slabs of Texas pink granite and steel to create a series of four interconnected 2 windows called “FENESTRAE AETERNITAUS : BOOKS TO ETERNITY.”

One window opens into another within the 10-foot-tall sculpture in front of the White Rock Hills Public Library, symbolizing how old ideas lead to the creation of new ones. BEST PHOTO OP: Snap a picture

ABOVE // “The Traveling Man Waiting on a Train” is part of the Brad Oldham series and sits across the street from “The Traveling Man Walking Tall.” 1 // See dozens of public art works along the DART rail stations. 2 // Let the kids take a seat inside one of the sculptures in “Fenestrae Aeternitaus: Books to Eternity.” northtexaschild / october 2017

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ABOVE // Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. and SCRAP collaborated on the beautification effort that resulted in this “SCRAP Denton Mural” on the side of the art store. BELOW // The abstract welded steel “Dancers MM” are one of many pieces you can see outside the Texas Sculpture Garden.

“Fenestrae Aeternitaus: Books to Eternity,” 9150 Ferguson Road, Dallas // Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 214/515-6615; dallasarboretum.org // Hypnotic Donuts, 9007 Garland Road, Dallas, 214/668-6999; hypnoticdonuts.com Artscapes, a mural art initiative by Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. was created to inspire civic pride and deter graffiti in Denton’s public spaces. The “SCRAP DENTON MURAL” is one of the murals in the project and appears to be 20 different murals rolled into one. Painted by local artist Mick Burson, the mural, which lives on the side of the SCRAP Denton, the art-focused nonprofit that sells gently used art supplies, is divided into geometric shapes, each showing a different colorful pattern or nature motif. BEST PHOTO OP: For a framed effect, center your family in front of the green-purple rainbow on the left side of the mural then experiment by trying several other backdrops. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Like what you see? Hop in the car to take a drive-by tour of Burson’s

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other colorful works in Denton. First, head north to the Greater Denton Arts Council to see his contemporary take on the mural on the adjacent wall of a rail station and locomotive. Next, coax the kids into taking another family photo in front of Burson’s postcard-like “Denton” mural outside Oak St. Drafthouse before getting yourself one of the 70 beers on tap and letting the kids play pingpong on the huge patio. Make sure you’re parked legally because you’re going to ditch the car and walk one block north to Burson’s athletic-inspired mural outside Second Hand Sports & Game Swap (the kids may ask for a ping-pong table). Get back in the car to head to the last stop, A Creative Art Studio to see the artist’s colorful wall of houses.

SCRAP Denton, 420 S. Bell Ave., Denton, 940/808-1611; scrapdenton.org // Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940/382-2787; dentonarts.com // Oak St. Drafthouse, 308 E. Oak St., Denton, 940/435-0404; oakstreetdrafthouse.com // Second Hand Sports and Game Swap, 204 E. McKinney St., Denton, 940/8988733; shsdfw.com // A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St., Denton, 940/442-1251; acreativeartstudio.com Outside the TEXAS SCULPTURE GARDEN ,

you’ll find over a dozen modern sculptures you can access for free. Take the kids to see the towering leaf-like metal sculptures in Tim Glover’s “6 Piece Garden” and the lifelike metal jackrabbits, native to Texas, in David Iles’ “H.O.P. Rabbits.” BEST PHOTO OP: Capture a successive action shot of the kids dancing in front of Jerry Daniel’s steel-and-concrete, 30-foot-tall “Dancers MM.” MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Drive to nearby

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with each member of your family popping out of a separate window, which are each carved to resemble the side of a book. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: There’s no shortage of things to do at White Rock Lake. Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (a sixminute drive west) this month for the Oz-inspired 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds on display. Or grab a few gourmet breakfast treats from Hypnotic Donuts on Garland Road, and picnic lakeside at T&P Hill, a park with a playground and walking trails on the west side of the lake.


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Frisco Central Park and spend an hour or two walking the scenic trails, picnicking and checking out the park’s collection of Westernthemed sculptures.

The iconic “CHISHOLM TRAIL MURAL” in Sundance Square commemorates Fort Worth’s rich agricultural history. Richard Haas painted the three-story trompe l’oeil-style (a style that tricks the eye into seeing a painted detail as a three-dimensional object) mural on the south side facade of what used to be called the Jett Building to honor the longhorn cattle runs of the 1860s on the Chisholm Trail. BEST PHOTO OP: Sundance Square can get crowded. We suggest visiting at night for a better photo opportunity of the illuminated mural—and less people in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Pop in to the Sid Richardson Museum, half a block from Sundance Square, that showcases Wild West paintings. Go on Oct. 14 to take advantage of the museum’s Second Saturdays program, which includes a free public tour at 2pm and a living history performance at 3pm.

You don’t need to wait for the holidays to take the kids to see an outdoor light spectacle. Drive down the “AVENUE OF LIGHTS” on historic Lancaster Avenue to see six Art Deco–style stainless steel sculptures by artist Cliff Garten. The 36-foot-tall sculptures, located along the median 1 from Lamar to Main/Commerce streets are constructed of 100 stainless steel plates that appear to twist and stretch gracefully upward. At dusk (and until dawn) energy-efficient LED lights turn the artwork white. And on holidays and other special occasions, you might see the sculpture wearing a different hue (red or green perhaps) at night. BEST PHOTO OP: From the corner of Lamar and Lancaster streets, carefully cross to the median where the first sculpture is located. Take a few steps back and snap a picture facing east so you can capture your kids in front of multiple sculptures in the background. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Continue the lesson in Art Deco architecture with a trip to Bass Performance Hall, a five-minute drive north. Most Saturdays at 10:30am (call ahead to confirm, 817/212-4280), you can join a free docentled tour to learn the history of the building.

“Chisholm Trail Mural,” 400 Main St., Fort Worth // Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/332-6554; sidrichardsonmuseum.org

“Avenue of Lights,” 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth // Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817/212-4200; basshall.com

A star made out of cowboy hats. Can you think of anything more quintessentially Texas? This large fashion statement, “INTIMATE APPAREL AND PEARL EARRINGS” by artist Donald Lipski, hangs in the Fort Worth Convention Center (open Monday–Thursday 7am–4pm and Friday until 1pm). Many of the 400 cowboy hats belonged to notable Texans such as former President George H.W. Bush, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and several rodeo stars. BEST PHOTO OP: Hold your phone or camera vertically and take a jumping picture of the kids trying to reach the star (extra points if you wear your own cowboy hats). MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: Find natural art less than a 10-minute drive at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. There, kids explore over 20 free gardens and see October blooms like trumpet vines, lilies and marigolds. Head by on Oct. 10 from 11am–noon for the free Monarch tagging event where kids ages 4 and older help tag Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico.

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to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, the hyperrealistic piece by African wildlife artist Robert Glen shows nine bronze wild mustangs crossing a granite stream. It serves as the centerpiece in Williams Square Plaza and is meant to embody Texas’ free-spirit heritage. BEST PHOTO OP: This one might require a selfie stick or someone else taking the picture. Stand closest to the front of the herd, and shoot from slightly 2 above to capture the small fountains meant to show the movement of the horses’ feet hitting the water. MAKE A DAY OF THE VISIT: If the mustangs interest your kids, head over to the adjacent Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum where kids learn how the sculpture was built. Free admission.

“The Mustangs of Las Colinas” Museum and Sculpture, 5221 North O’Connor Road, #110E, Irving, 972/869-9047; mustangsoflascolinas.com

1 // The “Chisholm Trail” painting in Sundance Square is a popular tourist attraction. 2 // The realisticlooking, nine-part sculpture “The Mustangs of Las Colinas” is an impressive sight day and night.

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Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, located in Historic Old Town Lewisville, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The MCL Grand houses multiple spaces giving arts groups from the Greater Lewisville area and beyond a facility to perform, display works of art and host events, classes and meetings. These spaces include a 296-seat performance hall with acoustics for both voice and music, an art gallery, dance recital hall, black box and several classrooms.

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Mineral Wells Mineral Wells is the perfect weekend escape for families seeking adventure, recreation and history. Spend an afternoon amidst fall blooms at the Clark Gardens Botanical Park or hike along Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Plan a trip to the Crazy Fossil Dig at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park—the Dallas Paleontological Society will be on-site to help kids identify fossils, and what they dig up they can keep! Other October events include the Crazy Water Festival and the Crazy Kicker 100 Bike Ride.

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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Drawing from the Collection for Children First Sundays, 2–3:30 pm Two sessions of this free program are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the Modern’s galleries. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.738.9215 • www.themodern.org

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Expose your family to contemporary art at the Modern Art Museum, home to a plethora of post– World War II paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and prints. Wander through the striking concrete and glass building and join in on a docent-led tour of the permanent collection to see pop art, abstract expressionism and many other styles. Keep an eye out for monthly, kid-friendly programs such as Drawing From the Collection for Children, where kiddos are guided through drawing exercises related to art on display.

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Meadows Museum The Meadows Museum at SMU provides families with the ultimate place to explore over 1,000 years of Spanish art. Gather the kids for an afternoon spent admiring the works of artists such as Pablo Picasso and “El Greco,” then enjoy some sunshine in the plaza sculpture garden, where you’ll find the famed 40-by-90-foot moving sculpture, Wave. Plus, take advantage of free admission on Thursday nights, and mark your calendar for the next family day on April 21, 2018.

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DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART Opens October 1 Just as our fall pumpkin obsession reaches its apex, the celebrated Japanese artist graces the DMA with her Infinity Mirror Room of polka-dotted yellow gourds. Disclaimer: You’re only allowed 45 seconds inside the reflective chamber, but it is absolutely worth experiencing with your kids. $16 adults; free for members and children 11 and younger. 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas; 214/922-1200 dma.org

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DA L L A S A R B O R E T U M Daily through November 22 The world-renowned botanical garden paves the way to its Autumn at the Arboretum exhibit with an actual yellow brick road. Follow the pavers to the Emerald City vignette and help the kids pick out their own mini pumpkin in Munchkinland. Free with general admission: $15 adults; $10 ages 3–12; free for age 2 and younger.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org

THE REC OF GRAPEVINE October 6 Suit up the kids for a piratethemed evening when Grapevine’s aquatic center offers mermaid tails for swimming and gold coins and jewels for pool diving from 6:30–8:30pm. For the biggest thrill, search for lost treasure and a wayward parrot in one of two escape rooms designed for different age groups. $5 nonmembers; free for members. 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine; 817/410-3450 gograpevine.com

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FA I R PA R K Daily through October 22 Wave hello to Big Tex, grab a corn dog (or go crazy with the deep-fried Fruit Loops) and steer the kids toward the barnyards for the packed roster of animal and farmyard attractions. Don’t miss the pig races and kiddie tractor pulls. Tickets from $16.50 adults; $12.50 children. Look online for a long list of discounts and promo days to make multiple visits easier on your wallet. 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas; 214/565-9931 bigtex.com

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I RV I N G A R T S CENTER October 5 Help instill Texas pride in your kiddos early in life by exploring the myths of the Wild West during this 10am program designed for preschoolers. FREE 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787 irvingartscenter.com

FIRST RESPONDERS’ OPEN HOUSE

TOWN OF FLOWER MOUND October 7 and 28 Flower Mound’s first responders open up their respective stations for tours and kids’ activities from 10am–2pm. Learn how to use a hose with the firefighters’ help at the Central Fire Department on Oct. 7, then meet the police’s K-9 officer and get a digital child ID kit on Oct. 28. FREE Central Fire Department, 3911 S. Broadway Ave., Flower Mound; 972/874-6270 Flower Mound Police Station, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, Flower Mound; 972/539-0525 flower-mound.com

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AU B R E Y F E S T I VA L GROUNDS October 7 The city of Aubrey salutes its 150th anniversary and its peanut harvesting heritage with a 10am parade and all-day festivities. The competitions in peanut shelling, peanut spitting and peanut butter sandwich eating are a sight for locals and out-of-towners alike. FREE 301 S. Main St., Aubrey; 940/343-1313 aubreypeanutfestival.com

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G OL DE N T R IA NG L E MALL October 7 While the Explorium Denton Children’s Museum readies its location for a December opening, you can join them now at the nearby mall from

2–4pm for fun with the Big Blue Blocks. The foam blocks by Imagination Playground come in various shapes and sizes for building and creative play. FREE 2201 S. Interstate 35 E., Denton; 940/566-6024 exploriumdenton.org

CALLOWAY’S FALL FESTIVAL

C A L L O WAY ’ S N U R S E RY October 7 Every Dallas-Fort Worth location of the plant nursery transforms into a pumpkin patch for an all-day family festival. Get to your nearest location at 9am for first dibs on pumpkins and stay for the costumed characters, treats and dry ice demos by Mad Science. FREE All Dallas-Fort Worth locations calloways.com

CURIOUS GEORGE – LET’S GET CURIOUS!

F ORT WORT H MUSEUM OF S C I E N C E & H I S T O RY Opens October 7 The playful monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat from the original 1941 book series make their return to Fort Worth. For the price of regular admission, check out the exhibit’s play areas and activities that encourage kids to use principles in science, math and engineering to solve problems. $15 adults; $12 ages 2–18; free for members and children younger than 2. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300 fwmsh.org

FLOMO FOOD TRUCK FEST

PA R K E R S Q UA R E October 8 Take a day off from cooking at home and feed the kids at Flower Mound’s third annual food truck festival.

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kid culture / From 11am–6pm, get access to about 25 food trucks lined around the square and, after digesting, set them loose at the Kids’ Zone with a zip line and inflatables. $5 admission; free for age 10 and younger. 800 Parker Square, Flower Mound; 469/844-0986 flomofoodtruckfest.com

LE BALLET DE DRACULA

MEDICAL CENTER OF LEWISVILLE G R A N D T H E AT E R October 13–14 LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents its annual ballet inspired by the Bram Stoker tome, plus a special workshop for kids before the Saturday afternoon show. Arrive at 12:30pm and get a bridal veil or Dracula’s cape to channel the vampire characters on stage with the ballet dancers. $20. 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville; 972/219-8446 lakecitiesballet.org

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.

THE ACTORS C O N S E R VAT O R Y T H E AT R E Weekends October 13–22 Never mind pumpkins—a local children’s theater is celebrating Roald Dahl’s story of one giant peach. Watch young aspiring actors dressed up as James and his giant insect friends in this musical adaptation of the subversive and quirky book. Tickets from $9. 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, Lewisville; 972/436-8228 getintotheact.org

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HISTORIC PILOT P O I N T S Q UA R E October 14 Pilot Point commemorates its claim to fame with bank robbery scene re-enactments, complete with gangsters and police squad cars, and turns up the 1930s charm with more kid-friendly entertainment from 10am–5pm. Put on a bib for the old-fashioned pie eating contest and compete in the soap box challenge for kids 6–12. FREE 102 E. Main St., Pilot Point; 940/686-6488 bonnieandclydedays.org

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GRAPEVINE B O TA N I C A L G A R D E N S & NA S H FA R M October 14 Grapevine offers two simultaneous, kid-focused events within walking distance from one another. Head to the gardens first for a costumed butterfly parade at 10am, then trot down to Nash Farm for apple pie making and pony rides.

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KIMBELL ART MUSEUM October 14 The masquerade was an essential part of life in 18thcentury Venice, so at this family festival from 5–10pm honoring the Casanova – The Seduction of Europe exhibit, be sure to let the kids get their faces painted, and bring your own mask from home. FREE 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/332-8451 kimbellart.org

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T H E PAV I L I O N AT T O Y O TA M U S I C FA C T O R Y October 15 The Kidz Bop Kids sing and dance to kid-friendly versions of the top pop songs on the radio. Treat your littles to their first concert experience when the Kidz—Ahnya, Cooper, Freddy, Isaiah, Julianna and Sierra—perform live at the brand-new music venue in Irving. Tickets from $29.50. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving; 800/745-3000 thepaviliontmf.com

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WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE October 15 The Dallas Opera makes the high art form accessible to kids (and affordable) with its family shows written for kids under 6. Reserve your seats for the first show of the season, which focuses on the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, and come early for crafts in the

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G E R A U LT PA R K October 21 Move family movie night from the living room to the outdoors when Flower Mound hosts a kid-friendly Halloween screening from 6–9pm (movie starts at 7pm). Bring blankets, chairs, funds for food trucks, and of course, costumes. FREE 1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound; 972/874-6300 flower-mound.com

SHOPKINS LIVE! SHOP IT UP

T H E PAV I L I O N AT T O Y O TA M U S I C FA C T O R Y October 19 The grocery store-themed mini collectable toys and the fashionista Shoppies make their theatrical debut in a live-action musical. Tickets from $25.95. VIP packages include a meet and greet and after-party access. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving; 800/745-3000 thepaviliontmf.com

DALLAS FAN DAYS

I RV I N G C O N V E N T I O N C E N T E R AT L A S C OL I NAS October 20–22 Dress up in your Halloween costumes or superhero gear to be a contender in the kids’ costume contest at this three-day expo, and line up to meet a celebrity guest roster including two teen actors from Stranger Things and Matilda star Mara Wilson. Tickets from $20. 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving dallasfandays.com

C O P P E L L FA R M E R S MARKET October 21 In the name of teaching kids the importance of healthy food and farming, the weekly farmers market from 8am–noon adds extra food-related fun and activities, including a petting zoo, a cooking demo and garden activity. FREE 768 W. Main St., Coppell; 972/304-7043 coppellfarmersmarket.org

JOURNEY TO SPACE

PEROT MUSEUM OF NAT U R E A N D S C I E N C E Opens October 21 Experience near-zero gravity by climbing inside a virtual orbiting space station in the Perot’s new all-ages exhibit. (There’s even a “space dollhouse” for preschoolers.) The museum theater begins screenings for the 20-minute Journey to Space 3D on Oct. 19. Exhibit tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for ages 2–17 and $7 for members, plus general admission: $20 adults; $13 ages 2–17; free for members. $6 for film. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

PUMPKIN DIVE

COMMUNITY ACTIVIT Y CENTER October 28 Why simply pick a pumpkin from the patch when you can make a splash? Slip into your swimsuit and dive into the Community Activity Center’s indoor pool to retrieve one of the floating pumpkins. Then rub it dry for painting and decorating in the party room. For ages 3–14. Pool timeslots start at 1pm and are divided by age; register online. $5 members; $6 nonmembers. 1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound; 972/874-6280 flower-mound.com/cac

SPOOKTACULAR TRAILS AND GLOW RUN

T O Y O TA O F LEWISVILLE R A I L R O A D PA R K October 28 All runners in the Monster Mile or 5K get glow-in-thedark products to wear on the off-road course (not strollerfriendly). For a more leisurely ride through the Spooktacular Trails, hop on the hay wagon, and for the brave, visit the kid-friendly haunted house. 5–9pm. Free festival; races from $20. 1301 S. Railroad St., Lewisville; 972/219-5061 playtri.com/spooktacular

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P I L O T K N O L L PA R K October 21–22 When the kids are ready to graduate from the pillow fort, teach them how to pitch a family-size tent at the city of Highland Village’s overnight event featuring a tent decorating contest, s’mores, and Monsters University screening. $50 per campsite for up to four campers; $10 per additional camper. Register by Oct. 13. 218A Orchard Hill Lane, Argyle; 940/455-2228 hvparks.com

other spirited festivities from 11am–9pm. Create your own illuminated props to hold during the twilight lantern parade, and reserve your tickets for the family-friendly musical Cirque du Horror. Free admission; musical tickets: $15 adults, $7 kids and free for kids younger than 3. dentondayofthedeadfestival.com

DENTON’S DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL

I N DU ST R IA L A N D E A S T H I C K O RY STREETS October 28 Little D lives up to its quirky reputation with coffin races off the square and

L A K E DA L L A S C I T Y HA L L October 31 If trick-or-treating from door to door gets your Spidey sense tingling, find a safe alternative in Lake Dallas where local businesses, churches and organizations hand out candy from decorated vehicles and tailgates from 4–8pm. Then take a hayride through downtown. FREE 212 Main St., Lake Dallas; 940/497-2226 lakedallas.com

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James and the Giant Peach Jr., Oct. 13–22, is an adventurous musical “masterpeach” based on the book by Roald Dahl. The Three Musketeers, Nov. 10–12, is the classic story of romance, intrigue and action. See ad on page 26.

Aubrey Peanut Festival aubreypeanutfestival.com 940/343-1313

The Peanut Festival celebrates the harvest of the local cash crop. Parade starts at 10am, live music until 8pm, street performers, 100 arts/craft booths, food and children’s activities. Come join the celebration on Oct. 7!

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Learn how billions of dollars are printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas, where over half of the nation’s currency order is produced. See ad on page 29.

City of Highland Village Police Department txfallenpd.com 972/899-5131

Fallen Officers Bike Race—Oct. 21 at The Shops at Highland Village. Activities include 5K run, civilian and police team bike race, live music, demonstrations, raffle prizes, silent auction, kids’ zone, food and drinks. See ad on page 15.

City of Keller Parks & Recreation cityofkeller.com/services/parks-recreation 817/743-4050

Will you make it through the night at Keller's Haunted Camp Out? Come camp with us Oct. 21–22 at Bear Creek Park. Lots of fun family activities including hayrides. $5/ person, includes dinner and breakfast.

City of Lewisville Parks and Recreation cityoflewisville.com 972/219-3550

Join the city of Lewisville Parks and Recreation department at our annual Spooktacular Trails and Glow Run. Make sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Spooktacular event. It will be frightfully fun! See ad on page 6.

Denton Community Market dentonmarket.org 940/268-4326

The Market has local music and free activities. Harvest Day is Oct. 14 and the Day of the Dead/Spooky Market is Oct. 28. The Holiday Market is Nov. 25, with extended hours 9am–4pm.

Denton County Office of History & Culture dentoncounty.com/chos 940/349-2850

Hispanic Heritage Festival: Oct. 7, 9am–1pm; Park After Dark: Oct. 20–21, 7–9pm. Both events held at Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX. See ad on page 27.

Denton Parks and Recreation dentonparks.com 940/349-7275

October is a great month for fun family events in Denton. There will be a Halloween Harvest, a pumpkin patch day, movies in the park, a Halloween carnival and a haunted house! Information at dentonparks.com. See ad on page 2.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History fortworthmuseum.org 817/255-9300

Experience familiar favorites at the museum like DinoLabs, Innovation Studios, the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Imax theater. Don't miss our newest traveling exhibit, Curious George: Let's Get Curious!, opening on Oct. 7. See ad on page 30.

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Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 27–29. Grab your costumes! Join us for Wild Encounters, live shows, candy, games and a whole lot more. This family-friendly daytime event is free with Zoo admission. See ad on page 7.

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Join us for Zoo Boo, Oct. 28 from 6–8pm. It is a fun, non-scary event for children and their families. Featuring treat stations throughout the zoo, costumed characters, games, bounce houses and more! See ad on page 27.

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Mom and Dad! Load the kids in the car and head to Fredericksburg this fall for festivals, engaging museums, pioneer homesteads, homemade ice cream, nostalgic candy stores, eclectic toy shops and much more. Plan now! See ad on page 20.

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Take a short trip to Granbury for the Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts, Oct. 21–22. Restore yourself with food, entertainment and original artwork by more than 80 artists, makers and craftspeople. See ad on page 29.

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Fall brings some of Grapevine’s best family-friendly events. Now through Oct. 31, enjoy the Barn Dance, Butterfly Flutterby, Fall Round-Up, Bewitched by the Barn, Witches Brew Train Excursion, ghost tours and Hallo-wine Trail. See ads on pages 25 and 30.

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With a stay at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, experience rustic natural settings and luxury accommodations in one fell swoop. Spend your day kayaking the Colorado River, hiking or horseback riding. See ad on page 18.

Irving Arts Center irvingartscenter.com 972/252-7558

Discover acrobats, aerialists and martial artists, free Second Sunday Fundays with hands-on art, monthly storytelling and crafts, and free twice weekly guided gallery tours in the creative atmosphere. Open seven days a week. See ad on page 28.

LakeCities Ballet Theatre lakecitiesballet.org 972/317-7987

Dracula and his brides spellbind audiences with chilling special effects, hypnotizing music, amazing sets and beautiful costumes for its annual production of Le Ballet de Dracula, a LBT original production. Oct. 13–14. See ad on page 31.

LLELA Nature Preserve llela.org 972/219-3550

Saturday log house open houses, family nature walks, kayak tours (ages 7 and up), night hikes, star-gazing events, scouting badge workshops and more. See the complete calendar at llela.org. See ad on page 18.

Meadows Museum meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214/768-2516

From old masters to modern masters, the Meadows Museum’s fall 2017 exhibitions on Francisco Zurbarán, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera offer something for everyone! See ad on page 33.

Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater mclgrand.com 972/219-8446

Coming to Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater—The Acting Studio presents Little Shop of Horrors Oct. 27–29, a delectable sci-fi horror musical comedy with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. See ad on page 31.

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau visitmineralwells.org • 940/325-2557

October in Mineral Wells is all about family fun! Have a blast at the Crazy Water Festival Oct. 13–14 or dig up and keep prehistoric fossils at the Crazy Fossil Dig on Oct. 21. See ad on page 32.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth themodern.org 817/738-9215

Unique programs for children emphasize learning through observation of art and thoughtful activities inspired by the art on view. Area artists introduce children to the complex and challenging concepts behind modern and contemporary art. See ad on page 32.

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Join us for a Spook-tacular Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5pm! Wear your costume for tricks & treats, meet Cha! Cha! and try the $9.99 kid’s buffet. Visit our website for details. See ad on page 7.

Shops at Highland Village, The theshopsathighlandvillage.com 972/317-7500

Trick & Treat, Oct. 28, from 2–5pm: safe trick-or-treating, hayrides, carnival games and more! See ad on page 8.

State Fair of Texas bigtex.com 214/565-9931

Celebrating 131 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas will return for another season of food, festivities and family fun. See ad on page 21.

Texas Woman’s University twu.edu/student-union 940/898-3641

Boo at the U is an annual children’s fall carnival. Enjoy free inflatables, games, trunk-ortreating, hayrides, face painting, a haunted house and more! Food and “build-a-buddy” available for purchase. Oct. 19 from 5–8pm.

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confessions

mommy fails ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

During my seven-minute shower, my toddlers—ages 3 and 4—found my stash of Sharpies in the kitchen junk drawer and drew pictures on each other’s faces.” —LISA, DALLAS

I DROVE MY 8-YEAROLD SON TO SCHOOL IN MY BATHROBE AND ENDED UP HAVING TO STOP FOR GAS ON THE WAY, WHERE WE RAN INTO HIS FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL.”

“While out on an earlymorning stroll with the kids, a bee landed on my 5-year-old daughter’s hat. While I tried to shoo it away, I let go of the stroller with my 2-year-old son inside and had to sprint down the hill to grab it.” —GINA, FORT WORTH

— JESSICA, ARLINGTON

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

“I took my 6and 4-year-old boys to the beach at Lake Lewisville early one evening. I didn’t really think they’d get wet. I was wrong. They got soaked, and I didn’t bring towels or a change of clothes.” —MANDY, COPPELL

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“I took my 3-year-old daughter into a rather disgusting port-a-potty when she and I were out for a bike ride. She told me Mommy holds her up when the seat is dirty, so I attempted to do the same. Clearly, I did it wrong because she ended up peeing all over me—from my shirt down to my shoes.” —ANDREW, PROSPER

MY 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS LYING ACROSS MY LEGS WHILE I WAS SWINGING IN OUR HAMMOCK. I THOUGHT SHE WAS BEING SWEET AND SNUGGLING. SHE WAS ACTUALLY LICKING THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOES.” —RUTHIE, BEDFORD


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NorthTexasChild October 2017  

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