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PARTY TIME! BEST FOR FAMILIES: KIDS’ PARTIES WINNERS

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How to host and attend b-day bashes properly

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you’re invited modern party etiquette for kids’ bashes, according to the experts WORDS SUNDEY MCCLENDON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW LONG CAN I WAIT TO RSVP? If your

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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healthy, happy children is a huge accomplishment. DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH WORKING MOM GUILT? I don’t because my

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tried to get up early and go for a quick walk or run as the sun comes up. That’s my time to clear my head and start my day.

HOW DO YOU AND CRAIG STAY CONNECTED? We make

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We love to swim; we’re outdoorsy. We have a big backyard, so we love to get out and run around. NEXT VACATION DESTINATION? We’re planning to

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

01 LAUGHS BY THE LAKE

Cash Cab host Ben Bailey headlines this year’s Laughs by the Lake comedy showcase on Sept. 1. More than 1,500 people are expected to turn out at Lake Carolyn to giggle through sets by a few of comedy’s finest and chow down on fare from In-N-Out Burger and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop food trucks. Free. 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, 972/721-2600 // cityofirving.org

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Practice poses under the stars with Karma Yoga Denton. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Denton group hosts Late Nite at the Square from 9–10pm on the courthouse lawn. Classes are open to yogis of all levels who want to find their Zen before bedtime. $5 donation recommended; mats available to borrow. 110 W. Hickory St., Denton, 214/718-6942 // karmayogadenton.com

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Stop by Cool River Cafe or Silver Fox Steakhouse at 5pm on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to play sommelier for the day (or at least for the evening) at their monthly wine tasting events. Wash down hors d’oeuvres with wines hand-picked by the restaurants’ wine directors and vote for your favorite to be the featured wine of the month. $20 a ticket; call to reserve your spot. Late Nite at the Square

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

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ali seay Ali Seay is a lifelong North Texan, stay-athome mom, part-time Stitch Fix stylist, and home stager. She’s married to Mark, an engineer, and they live in Argyle with their two boys: Stratton, 3, and Scout, 1.

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:35AM My obnoxious alarm goes off. There’s no snooze option or I’d never get out of bed. I get “dressed” and head to Body Back, a wonderful workout class for mamas. 5AM Arrive at Body Back and begin my workout. I feel particularly tired this morning because I stayed up late binge-watching The Real Housewives. Clearly a terrible decision. I swear I also sweat more than any other human being. Gross. 6:17AM Pull back into the driveway. Surprise! The baby is awake, and even though I put the monitor 2 inches from my husband’s head, he’s still snoozing. I get Scout and we head downstairs for breakfast, his being a bottle and mine being peanut butter toast with bananas and cinnamon — yum. I don’t really drink coffee, but today I pretty much chug an entire mug in under five seconds. 6:45AM We sit down in the living room to play with brother’s cars (what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him) and watch the news. This is really the only time of day that it’s just Scout and me, so I’ve learned to cherish these early mornings. 7:15AM Scout and I load up in the jogger and head out for a walk with some other mamas in the neighborhood. Some of my favorite conversations happen with these ladies. 8:10AM When we get home, Dad is awake and getting Stratton up for the day. I make

pancakes for Stratton and ask what he wants to do today. Of course the answer is play trucks and go swimming. Dad heads out the door for some client meetings. 9AM Scout is ready for a nap. Thank God! Teething has been miserable for him. I make another bottle and rock him in his room until he falls asleep. Stratton plays in the living room for a bit while I sit down to work for as long as these boys will let me. 10:48AM Scout is up and Stratton’s ready to get out of the house. Even though we have a pool, the community pool is so much easier when I’m by myself. There’s a huge area just for the smaller kiddos, and Scout and I can sit in the water and watch big brother play. We run into some other friends while we’re there and I get in some good girlfriend time. Win for all of us! 12:05PM The boys are hungry. We buy some pizza at the pool, and the three of us sit on a towel and talk about the big airplanes that fly overhead. 12:45PM The little one has a blowout. I am not prepared for this, so we pack it up and rush home ASAP. 1PM We made it! I hose off the baby in the yard because it’s that bad. We all change clothes, and the boys go down for their naps. 1:15PM I wish I could take a nap, but it’s off to work I go. I love this part of my day because I get to be creative and make an impact. This is also my time to get things done around the house: I load some laundry, turn on the dishwasher, vacuum (kind of) and tackle one bathroom. Then Scout’s up. 2:20PM Scout has another bottle and we finish tidying up the kitchen. What are we going to eat for dinner? This is a daily struggle, and I despise cooking. Who has time to cook? I’ll worry about it later. We play in the living room and work on waving bye-bye. 3:30PM Stratton is awake and wants to swim. First we make a quick run to Target for more potty training bribery and somehow spend a small fortune. Target has become our go-to for getting out of the house, and I always run into somebody we know. 4:45PM Dad’s home! He swims with the boys while I figure out a dinner plan. I pull up Pinterest — garlic Yukon Gold potatoes and barbecue chicken for the win. The chicken is delish, but the potatoes turn out to be a Pinterest fail. (Seriously, should have been a meme.) Mac and shells to the rescue. 5:50PM Dinnertime. We have to watch some show called Super Truck for the 500th time in order to bribe Stratton to sit still long enough to eat. Pre-kid, judgy me would gasp, but it is what it is. 6:15PM Scout is ready for bed. I put him in his jammies, make a bottle and rock him. He’s asleep instantly. Back downstairs, we watch some random shows on ABC while playing trucks and making pillow forts. 7:30PM Bath time for Stratton. He would stay in there for hours if he could, but we play

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IS YOUR FAVORITE PASTIME PLAYING AT THE PARK WITH YOUR LITTLE IN A PAIR OF LULULEMON LEGGINGS? (HELLO, JESSICA BIEL.) MAYBE YOU’RE A SLAVE TO FASHION, AND POST-BUMP YOU HIT UP A-LIST DESIGNERS NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF, BUT FOR

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YOUR MINI ME TOO. (VICTORIA BECKHAM, ANYONE?) EITHER WAY, CHANCES ARE YOU IDENTIFY WITH ONE OF THESE FOR-THE-FUN-OF-IT (STEREO)TYPES — OR EVEN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF YOURSELF IN EACH ONE. FIND THE CELEBRITY MOM WHO REMINDS YOU OF YOU, CHECK OUT WHERE SHE’S LIKELY TO BE FOUND AND HEAD OVER TO MAKE SOME LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS. northtexaschild / september 2017

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FA S H I O N I S TA

SOUTHERN BELLE

GLOBAL PHIL ANTHROPIST

V I C TO R I A BECKHAM

REESE WITHERSPOON

YOU’RE THE T YPE OF MOM WHO SQUEEZED

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

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

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

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

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M A S T E R M U LT I TA S K E R

JESSICA BIEL

EVERY AFTERNOON AT 3, YOU CAN BE

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

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

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

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

HOW YOU KNOW HER

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FOR HISTORY LOVERS

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

KIDS’ PARTIES BEST FOR FAMILIES:

2017

WORDS NORTHTEXASCHILD EDITORS

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

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

AMF Lewisville Lanes

Kids have a ball when they celebrate their birthday at AMF Lewisville Lanes. The Unbelieva-Bowl package keeps your party of 5–20 guests entertained and fed with 2 ½ hours of bowling (shoes included); pizza, drinks and fries (paper goods included); a $5 future admission credit for each child; and a treat from the ice cream station. Customize your party with a second menu option such as mac and cheese bites or chicken tenders, or with bumpers or lightweight balls. Adults join the fun on the lanes or at the full-service bar, billiards table and arcade. Some party packages also include a souvenir bowling pin (which all the guests sign) for the birthday boy or girl. Packages from $19.99 per child.

1398 W. Main St., Lewisville, 972/436-6575; amf.com FOR A PARTY ON WHEELS

Critterman

David Kleven, aka Critterman, has worked with the wildest guys in the biz, including the late Steve Irwin, and brings creepy-crawly “edutainment” to children turning 3 or older. Each 45-minute package includes a small stuffed animal for the guest of honor, a hands-on encounter with seven different animals and a lesson in how they contribute to the environment, even in our own backyard (included in the Texas Tails package). This year, a South American three-banded armadillo and a prairie dog join the ranks of Critterman’s crew — a hissing cockroach, a nonvenomous king snake, a tarantula, Stripes the sugar glider and more. Packages from $325 for up to 15 kids. Book at least one month in advance by phone.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area, 940/365-9741; critterman.com FOR INDOOR PLAY

Win Kids Sports and Learning Center

Parents love hosting celebrations at Win Kids Sports and Learning Center because they get to be a guest at the party rather than a referee, and the kids love tumbling, climbing, crawling and jumping. Gymnastics

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parties for ages 1 and older begin with supervised open play, games and obstacle courses. Then it’s off to the private party room for lemonade, cake and presents. The staff keeps track of who gave what, cleans up the mess, even packs up the presents for you. To put a ninja spin on the gymnastics party, book a Ninja Warrior Party for ages 3 and older in the brand-new Ninja Gym. Kids attempt parkour tricks like vaulting, flipping and swinging from obstacles under the direction of highly trained instructors. $280 for up to 15 kids; $10 for each additional gymnast or ninja warrior. Reserve early; party times can fill up months in advance.

3000 Waketon Road, Flower Mound, 972/355-9988; winkids.net FOR NATURAL PERFORMERS

Studio B Performing Arts Center

Give your star a moment in the spotlight at Studio B Theater. The birthday package includes 10 tickets to a show, a quarter-page shoutout in the program and theater slideshow, and another from the stage during February 2018’s live performance of Peter Pan Jr. As if that wasn’t recognition enough, actors call your child to the stage for the birthday song and a top hat filled with gifts such as a show poster, two tickets to an upcoming show and a Studio B T-shirt. The celebration continues after the curtain closes with a tour of backstage (bring a pen for autographs). $250 for 10 guests.

2400 Justin Road, Lewisville, 972/966-2787; studiobtheater.com FOR GOLD-MEDALIST SWIMMERS

AquaKids

Let up to 20 little mermaids age 3 and older swim, play with rings and noodles and barrel down two twisty tube slides into the 92-degree water during a twohour swim party at AquaKids (goggles and life jackets are available to borrow). On dry land, change clothes and enjoy brought-from-home food, cake and presents in the party room. $220 (nonmembers) or $195 (members) for 20 kids; $5 each additional swimmer.

3409 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, 972/7241528; aquakids.com FOR THE ARTISTICALLY INCLINED

Marynell’s Craft Attack

Whether the honoree wants to paint pottery, make jewelry, create a masterpiece on canvas, or do any number of other projects, Marynell’s Craft Attack is Dentonites’ favorite venue for art-y parties. Owner Marynell Kaufman pours her own ceramics, so pottery painters can choose from hundreds of premade items or put in a special request with at

least two weeks’ notice. On the day of, partygoers take over two rooms in the cozy old home-turned-studio — one for the project and one for celebrating (cake and pizza are yours to provide). When everyone is finished, Kaufman wraps the pieces in tissue and gift bags for guests to take home. Parties cost $10–$15 per participant. Email marynellk46@verizon.net to book.

9085 Teasley Lane, Denton, 940/565-0195; marynellscraftattack.com FOR SCIENCE LOVERS

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Reluctant to turn your living room into a lab? Let the Perot Museum of Nature and Science handle the goop — or fossils, or rocket fuel, or dinosaur toothpaste. Birthdays at the museum include 90 minutes of party time with the theme of your choice, from Dinosaur Tamer to Professor Mix-a-Lot, while the Museum Explorer theme lets you party at your child’s favorite exhibit, perfect for littles who love the Moody Family Children’s Museum. All-day general admission is included, so guests can wander the exhibit halls before and after the celebration. Basic parties are $260 for members and $300 for nonmembers; upgrade for extra activities, an additional party host (you’ll have one set of helping hands already) and kid-friendly music.

2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214/428-5555; perotmuseum.org FOR ALL-AROUND FUN & GAMES

Main Event

Laser tag, bowling, arcade — if your kid wants to do it all on their birthday, book a party at Main Event. All of Main Event’s new party packages come with arcade cards for the guests, 1–4 activities (including extra arcade spending money, or mini golf at the Lewisville location), a kid-friendly entree and a dedicated party host, meaning parents can bring the cake then focus on having fun with the birthday boy or girl. Invitations are a breeze too, with premade evites you can send when you book or print out to mail the old-fashioned way. An extra perk for Mom and Dad: Your child’s birthday package includes a certificate for an hour of free bowling just for you — hello, date night. Packages start at $15.95 per person for 10–15 guests; book online.

407 W. State Highway 114, Grapevine, 817/416-1111 2070 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, 972/459-7770 mainevent.com FOR SPORTS FANS

Frisco RoughRiders

Even when the Frisco RoughRiders are on the road, your little slugger can celebrate at the Dr Pepper Ballpark. Tour the dugout, romp on the playground and chow down on pizza and cake;

upgrades include field access and a visit from the mascot. When the RoughRiders are in town, the ballgame takes center stage, but your kiddo and their friends also get access to the playground, unlimited food and a tour of the field depending on the party package you choose. Want to knock this party out of the park? Go for the Choctaw Lazy River package to root for the Riders from the comfort of inner tubes behind right field. Packages start at $699 on game days and $600 on other days.

7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, 972/731-9200; ridersbaseball.com FOR CINEFILES

Coyote Drive-In

A movie party doesn’t have to stay indoors. Take your pack to Coyote DriveIn for a silver screen birthday under the stars. Besides the playground that’s open to all moviegoers, your kiddo and his cast of friends have access to a decorated table, scratch-made grub from Coyote’s menu, a dedicated party host (read: no setup or cleanup for Mom and Dad) and, of course, the main feature: back-to-back flicks on the big screen once the sun goes down. Party packs start at $259 for up to 10 guests; prices vary by day and season.

1901 Midway Road, Lewisville, 214/222-9208; coyotedrive-in.com FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Fort Worth Zoo

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

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

Great Wolf Lodge

Even kiddos born outside summer months can enjoy a poolside celebration with water slides, floats and splash toys at Great Wolf Lodge, where birthday party packages include all-day water park admission for at least 10 guests (and at least two adults), plus pizza, cake, drinks and a character visit.

Afraid the little ones might get too waterlogged? Add treatments at the Scoops Spa, climbs on the ropes course or fun with Magiquest wands and interactive games (all for an additional cost). Packages start at $55 per person; $27.50 per chaperone.

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

Urban Air Adventure Park

Hosting a mixed-age party? Let littles and bigger kids bounce off the walls, literally. Treat jumpers to a two-hour party at Urban Air Adventure Park. Kids love the variety: playing dodgeball or basketball, navigating the Tubes indoor playground (for ages 9 and younger) and hopping around the bowl (for ages 7 and younger); you’ll love the laissez-faire approach you can take to party planning. Even the basic party package includes water, paper goods and balloons. Add on pizza, treats and favors for a truly stress-free event, or maybe upgrade to an evening glow-in-the-dark party. Packages start at $149.99 for 10 jumpers; $17 for each additional guest.

110 W. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, 972/347-9608; urbanairtrampolinepark.com FOR A FRILLY FÊTE

Let’s Pretend Tea Parties

The princess tea parties can range from simple affairs to elaborate events at the newly remodeled Let’s Pretend Tea Parties. Let your little one and up to eight of her friends dress in princess costumes (there are knight, prince and pirate outfits for boys) complete with makeup, glitter and a crown to keep; feast on tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs, cookies and petit fours; and play, dance and have story time during the 90-minute party. To take it up a notch, invite Elsa, Cinderella, Snow White or another fairy-tale princess to the party, or go all out by treating your daughter’s royal court to a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown Grapevine.

317 Jenkins St., Grapevine, 817/809-7465; letspretendteaparties.com FOR TUMBLEWEEDS

Denton Gymnastics Academy

Encourage kids who like to tumble, jump and climb their way to a destination to try their moves on the beam, bar and mat during a 90-minute birthday party at Denton Gymnastics Academy. The party, for up to 20 preschoolers and older, keeps kids of any level busy with lots of games and activities. You just need to bring the food and drinks (paper goods and decorations are included). $150 for up to 20 kids.

600 N. Loop 288, Suite 205, Denton, 940/387-2025; dentongymnastics.com

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

THE PARTY DIRECTORY We’ve made it easy to plan the perfect party.

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SERVICE

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Color Me Mine highlandvillage.colormemine.com 972/539-9911

Party Place

Come to Color Me Mine to create unique artwork on pottery. Parties include supplies, instruction, over-glazing and firing and everything you and your guests need to have a super party for celebrating and creating!

Denton NAT and Water Works Park dentonwaterworks.com 940/349-8800

Party Place

The coolest party in town! Celebrate with a Candy Haven cake, ice cream sandwiches, paper goods, Punchbowl invitations, guest admission per package and a party host just for you. See ad on page 2.

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

Party Place

Celebrate your special day with a birthday party full of wonder and discovery! Designed for ages 3–12, choose from one of multiple educational activities to add an exciting, hands-on element to your special day. See ad on page 30.

Frank Buck Zoo frankbuckzoo.com 940/668-4533

Party Place

Package includes zoo admission, use of party deck, interpretive program (featuring three live Animal Ambassadors) and goat feeding. Please check out our website for details and to request a date. See ad on page 33.

Gigi's Cupcakes gigiscupcakesusa.com 817/363-7000

Party Food

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

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

Party Place

Come celebrate your special day with us in Grapevine! Grapevine offers many unique venues to host your party, such as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Nash Farm, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and more! See ad on page 30 and 37.

Little Gym of Flower Mound, The thelittlegym.com/flowermoundtx

Party Place

Offering truly awesome customized, themed and structured birthday party adventures. The entire facility is yours and we handle everything — set-up, leading the fun games and activities, and clean-up. No stress or mess for you! See ad on page 37.

Main Event Entertainment mainevent.com

Party Place

Main Event's new lineup of birthday party packages include a dedicated party host, menu selection, FUNcard and souvenir drink cup for all kiddos. Packages start at $15.95. Activities offered where available. Multiple locations. See ad on page 34.

Mr. Gatti's Pizza gattispizza.com

Party Place

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

PJ's Party Rental & Essentials pjspartyrental.com 940/384-7789

Supplies & Rentals

Serving Denton County since 2008. Party rentals include tables, chairs and concession machines. Balloon decorating services include columns, arches, centerpieces and sculptures. Call for a free quote, ask about our specials!

Rainforest Cafe rainforestcafe.com 972/539-5001

Party Place

Be the king or queen of the jungle! Celebrate your next birthday with the Wild Bunch and you'll enjoy the royal treatment — an incredible feast, unexpected treats and an overall wild time. See ad on page 30.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! ripleys.com/grandprairie 972/263-2391

Party Place

Get your weird on and experience all 5 of our unique attractions for a party so fun you'll freak! Options to make wax hands, green screen photos and experience the attractions for a unique party. See ad on page 37.

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

Party Place

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

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

Party Place

Take your next birthday party to new heights at a place that defies gravity! There is a reason why Urban Air Adventure Park has been voted Best Kids Birthday Party Place year after year. See ad on page 33.

Win Kids Sports and Learning Center winkids.net 972/355-9988

Party Place

Private gymnastics and Ninja Warrior-themed parties inside DFW's nicest children's facility. Our team of specialists makes sure your child and guests feel special and have the "funnest" party ever!

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas ymcadallas.org 214/880-9622

Party Place

Think of our locations for your next birthday party, baby shower, Bible study or big meeting! The Y is a great place to come for room or pool rental. See ad on page 7.

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THIS MONTH:

DENTISTS

WORDS NORTHTEXASCHILD EDITORS

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

THINGS THAT

STAIN TEETH

MOST CHILDREN

BEGIN TREATMENT

WITH BRACES BERRIES

OF KIDS GR IND H O THE R CLENC IR TEETH

BETWEEN AGES

8 &14

BABY’S FIRST TOOTH

starts to show around 6 months

SODA

REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY

3–4 MOS.

SPORTS DRINKS

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

BAD HABITS FOR A CHILD’S DENTAL HYGIENE:

TAKING A BOTTLE TO BED

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SWALLOWING TOOTHPASTE

SHARING UTENSILS

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PROLONGED THUMB SUCKING

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

SOY SAUCE

PASTA SAUCE

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

OR WHEN IT STARTS TO FRAY

(Most outgrow it.)


SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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

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

IS THE LIST EXHAUSTIVE?

FAMILY DENTISTRY

Thomas, Vilija DDS Office of Dr. Thomas, Irving

Martin, Benjamin DMD, MS Martin Orthodontics, Coppell

Huynh, Peter DDS Office of Dr. Huynh, Flower Mound Leatherwood, Samantha DMD Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Denton Thomas, Ryan DDS Highland Village Family Dentistry, Highland Village

holds four surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite health care providers. Visit our website at dfwchild. com/doctors to complete the current Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Is it her child-friendly demeanor? Her listening and communication skills? Other parents want to know why you think this professional is special. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity.

publications come out with lists ranking area health care professionals. We think Mom-Approved Dentists are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by NorthTexasChild. This is a parent-toparent referral list. It has been a labor of love for us.

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

Artho, Matthew DDS Country Lakes Family Dental, Bartonville

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? NorthTexasChild

WHAT MAKES MOMAPPROVED DENTISTS DIFFERENT? Each year various

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED DENTIST? A Mom-Approved Dentist is a dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon who has earned the trust, admiration and respect of

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The same day The Lego Ninjago Movie hits big screens everywhere, Legoland Discovery Center unveils a massive, 6-by-10-foot mosaic made of nearly 80,000 bricks. On Friday, Sept. 22, see the largerthan-life model of Sensei Wu and stay to play on the center’s new Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course. To make a day of it, stroll over to the nearby AMC Dine-In Theatre to watch the full-length action-comedy. $21; free for kids 2 and younger.

Alert your family’s aspiring princesses: Texas Ballet Theater opens its new season with Beauty and the Beast. Reserve your seats to see the world-class dancers in kid-friendly performances Sept. 7–8 and 10 at the Winspear Opera House and Sept. 29–Oct. 1 at Bass Performance Hall, both with live accompaniment by the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, respectively. Tickets from $20.

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

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

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First Fridays at the Farm Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. nashfarm.org. 10am–12pm. Learn the finer domestic skills of needle art and create domestic art projects that at one time would have become treasured family heirlooms. $3 per person.

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

MUSIC

Lakeside Music Series The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Pkwy., Flower Mound. 469/533-4131. lakesidedfw.com. 7:30–9:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and sit on the grassy area in front of the stage and listen to live music by a different performer each Fri

ARTS & CRAFTS

Open Art Friday – Coloring Book Party Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving. 972/7218063. irvingartassociation.org. 6:30–9pm each first Fri. Join the Irving Art Association for an all-ages coloring party. Basic art supplies (pencils, crayons, markers and coloring pages) are provided and families are welcome to bring their own supplies. FREE

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2 SATURDAY FITNESS

Compete Every Day – Fighting Autoimmunity 5K Andy Brown East Park, 260 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. 214/6976922. playtri.com/competeeveryday. 8am 1-mile fun run; 8:30am handcycle; 8:32am 5K. Join a 5K and 1-mile fun run to help raise funds for research and assistance for those living with autoimmune diseases. Get a face painting and see a firetruck display. Proceeds benefit CONQUER at UT Southwestern and the Children’s Alopecia Project. Registration starts at $20.

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

NATURE

Eco-Explorers Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell

Nature Park, 367 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell. 972/304-3581. coppelltx.gov/bec. 9am–12pm select days through Nov 30. Discover the wonders of the natural world through self-guided activities, books and crafts. Open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. FREE

NATURE

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

HISTORY

Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards Excursions Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817/410-3185. gvrr. com. 1–5:45pm Sep 2 and 3. Ride in authentic 1920sera coaches aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad as cowboys and family-friendly saloon girls greet guests, share historical facts about Grapevine, tell jokes and snap photos with riders. $18 touring-class ticket; $26 first-class ticket.

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

RECREATION

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

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

NATURE

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

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

NATURE

UNT Instrument Petting Zoo North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary. com. 11am–12pm. Meet members of the North Texas Student Music Educators and learn how to play different kinds of instruments, including flutes, saxophones and tubas. For ages 8–14. FREE

FITNESS

With Brave Wings 5K and Bike Rally Aubrey High School, 510 Spring Hill Rd., Aubrey. discoverdenton. com. 7am–1pm. Play carnival games and join a 1K kids’ fun run, 5K race or kids’ bike rally on school grounds at this event benefiting Myranda Williams, a fifth-grade teacher who’s healing from a cycling accident. Registration starts at $15.

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3 SUNDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Drawing from the Collection for Children The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817/738-9215. themodern.org. 2–3:30pm. Bring a sketchbook and pencils to join informal drawing exercises led by Diane Durant and Devyn Gaudet. For ages 5–12. Arrive early and sign up at the information desk. FREE

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

Saturday, Oct. 14 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Labor Day Splashtacular Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound. 972/874-7275. flower-mound.com/cac. 1–5pm. Celebrate the holiday with games and activities at the CAC Outdoor Waterpark. Nonresidents: $8 adults; $6 children. Residents: $6 adults; $4 children.

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5 TUESDAY PLAYTIME

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

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Mom Party Park Place Lexus Plano, 6785 Dallas Pkwy., Plano. 972/447-9188. dfwchild.com/events. 6–8pm. Bring your friends and join us for the first-ever Mom Party with wine, hors d’oeuvres, the Neiman Marcus beauty bar and a panel series moderated by author Jennifer Todryk. For moms 21 and over. Proceeds benefit Junior League of Collin County. $20.

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Kids Story and Craft Time Whole Foods Market, 4041 Waller Creek, Highland Village. 972/538-9710. wholefoodsmarket.com. 10:30–11:30am each Wed. Bring your kids ages 2–6 for stories, crafts and healthy snacks at the kids’ area near the cafe. FREE

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7 THURSDAY MUSIC

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

ARTS & CRAFTS

JumpstART Stories & Art Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 10am. Wiggle, jump and dance during this interactive story and craft program for ages 2 and older. FREE

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8 FRIDAY PLAYTIME

Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Party Lee Park Recreation Center, 3000 Pamela Dr., Irving. 972/721-2508. cityofirving. org. 6:30–8:30pm. Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day with pirate craft, games and refreshments. For kids 6 and older. Register in advance. $5 per person.

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Rang De! Color Me India! Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingtheatre. org. Sep 8–10, 15–17 and 21–23. Experience a bazaar in the lobby and then explore the facets of India through a Broadway-style production with classical music and Bollywood dancing, coproduced by MainStage and ThinkIndia Foundation. Tickets start at $21.

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Arts & Autos Extravaganza Downtown Denton, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. 940/349-8529. dentonmainstreet.org/arts-antiques-autos. 9am–3pm. Walk around the historic square to see the car show of hot rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; browse the downtown shops; and watch the side-


walk chalk art contest at the 18th annual festival. Free admission. Chalk contest registration is $5 for ages 7–17; free for 6 and younger.

RECREATION

Denton Heart Walk C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Rd., Denton. 866/430-9255. dentonheartwalk.org. 8–11am. Walk as a family in this noncompetitive 5K in support of the American Heart Association. Play at the Kids Zone and stop into the food tent for light refreshments. FREE

SPECIAL EVENT

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

MUSIC

Music in the Plaza Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd., Coppell. 972/462-5100. coppelltx. gov. 7–9pm. Pack a picnic, bring your blankets and chairs, get free popcorn and listen to live music by the Beatles tribute band Me & My Monkey. FREE

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Denton Community Market See Sep 2. Garden Time for Kids See Sep 2. Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio See Sep 2. Planetarium Shows See Sep 2. Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8.

10 SUNDAY ARTS & CRAFTS

Monster of the Month Scrap Denton, 420 S. Bell Ave., Denton. 940/808-1611. scrapdenton.org. 12:30–2:30pm. Make your own plush Texas cryptid, monster or critter from reused and upcycled materials during the workshop designed for kids of all ages with a variety of skill levels. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $30.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Second Sunday Funday Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 1–4pm. Tell a story by drawing a comic strip during this program for kids and their parents. Gallery inspiration: BAM! It’s a Picture Book – The Art Behind Graphic Novels. FREE

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Addison Oktoberfest Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison. 800/233-4766. addisonoktoberfest.com. 6–11pm Sep 14; 6pm– 12am Sep 15; 12pm–12am Sep 16; 12–6pm Sep 17. Experience German culture at this 30th anniversary festival of polka music and dancing, authentic foods, carnival rides and kids’ activities, plus contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, yodeling and a German spelling bee. Free on Sep 14 and 17. On Sep 15–16, tickets are $10 for adults, free for kids 11 and younger.

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

SPECIAL EVENT

North Texas Giving Day Denton Square on the Courthouse Green, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. 214/346-5500. northtexasgivingday.org/events. 5–7:30pm. On North Texas Giving Day, visit the Denton County Donation Station at the Denton square and enjoy kids’ activities, live music and entertainment from local nonprofits. Free admission; donations are encouraged.

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Irving Main Street Event Irving Heritage District, 217 S. Main St., Irving. 972/7212501. irvingevents.org. 6–10pm Sep 15; 12–5pm Sep 16. Head to this annual street festival for live music, the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show, food, free rides and kids’ activities. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

Late Night at the DMA Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. 214/9221200. dma.org/programs/late-nights. 6pm–12am. Explore mid-century pop culture when the museum stays open until midnight. Special programming includes a screening of the 1987 The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones in the C3 Theater and live music by The Hip Van Winkles in the Atrium. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional $10.

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Denton Blues Fest Quakertown Park, 700 Oakland St., Denton. 940/382-9100. dentonblackchamberonline.org. Listen to blues music by local artists, and between acts explore the rest of the festival for kid-friendly activities, food and craft vendors. FREE

ARTS & CRAFTS

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

FITNESS

Run Lantana 5K & 10K Blanton Elementary, 9501 Stacee Ln., Argyle. 940/728-1660. runlantana5k.com. 8:25am 10K; 8:35am 5K. Pick up your packet from the visitors center and join this all-ages walk and run through the Lantana community’s rolling hills and hike/bike trails. Proceeds benefit Ranch Hand Rescue. Early registration starts at $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger.

HISTORY

Saturday at the Cabin Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/219-7980. llela.org. 12–3pm. Tour the Minor-Porter log home, smokehouse, dugout, and homestead grounds and make an 1870s-era craft during this come-and-go program with docents and local musicians. Free with gate entry: $5 per vehicle, cash or check only.

CONTINUING:

Denton Community Market See Sep 2. Garden Time for Kids See Sep 2. Planetarium Shows See Sep 2. Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8. Addison Oktoberfest See Sep 14. GrapeFest See Sep 14. Irving Main Street Event See Sep 15.

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YOU PICK YOUR ACTIVITIES*

ARTS & CRAFTS

Wild About Art Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas. 469/554-7500. dallaszoo. com/education. 1–3pm. Explore your creative side using a variety of materials and art techniques while being led in an animal-inspired project by a Dallas Zoo instructor. For ages 5–8. Online registration is required. $20 per child; $15 for zoo members.

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Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8. Addison Oktoberfest See Sep 14. GrapeFest See Sep 14. Denton Blues Fest See Sep 16.

18 MONDAY DANCE

Bolero Texas Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787.

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irvingartscenter.com. Workshop: 5:30–8:30pm Sep 18. Performance: 7:30pm Sep 30. Join this community dance workshop under the artistic direction of Larry Keigwin of Keigwin + Company to participate in a large-scale, evening-length program. Open to a cast of 50 people in all age groups. No prior dance training required. Free to attend workshop. Performance tickets are $20 per person; $15 per person in large groups.

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19 TUESDAY CONTINUING:

Eco-Explorers See Sep 2.

20 WEDNESDAY ON STAGE

Gregg the Balloon Guy Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton. 940/349-8752. dentonlibrary.com. 4pm. Attend a magic show and get a handmade souvenir by a professional balloon twister who previously worked as the official balloon twister for Hello Kitty Land in Japan. Free tickets available starting one hour before the show begins. FREE

HOME-SCHOOL

Home-School Connection Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972/252-2787. irvingartscenter.com. 10am. At this new quarterly program for area home-schoolers, join a tour of the current exhibitions followed by an art activity that relates to one of the exhibits. Space is limited. FREE

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Kids Story and Craft Time See Sep 6.

21 THURSDAY FESTIVAL

Oktoberfest Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817/6980700. oktoberfestfw.com. 5–11pm Sep 21–22; 11am–11pm Sep 23. Celebrate all things German with authentic foods, dancing and music on multiple stages, and German-style competitions such as dachshund races and barrel rolling, plus midway rides and the Oktoberfest Run and Ride. $5 on Sep 21 and $10 on Sep 22–23. $15 for three-day pass. Free for kids 11 and younger with a paying adult.

CONTINUING:

Eco-Explorers See Sep 2. Evenings on Oak Street See Sep 7. Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8.

22 FRIDAY FILM

Movies on the Lawn Cimarron Park Recreation Center, 201 Red River Trl., Irving. 972/910-0702. cityofirving.org. 7–10pm. Bring your own chairs and blankets and grab snacks at the concession stand at this family-friendly movie screening on the lawn. FREE

FILM

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

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Lakeside Music Series See Sep 1. Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8. Oktoberfest Fort Worth See Sep 21.

23 SATURDAY EXHIBIT

Autumn at the Arboretum Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas. 214/5156615. dallasarboretum.org. 9am–5pm daily through Nov 22. Stroll through an elaborate, The Wizard of Oz-themed display of more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and 150,000 fall blooms. Wander through the hay bale maze and browse mini pumpkins for sale in the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.

MUSIC

Concerts in the Park Doubletree Ranch Park, 310 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village. 972/317-7430. hvparks.com. 7pm. Come early to set up your lawn chairs and blankets at the town’s new park and listen to live music by the Stewart Brothers Band. Play at the splash pad until 9pm and enjoy concessions from The Flour Shop Bakery. FREE

HISTORY

Denton County Farm Heritage Day Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton. 940/349-2850. dentoncounty.com/chos. 9am–1pm. See antique tractors and watch blacksmith demonstrations during the first-ever Denton County Farm Heritage Day, presented by the Denton County Office of History and Culture and the Denton County Antique Tractor Club. FREE northtexaschild / september 2017

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

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Kayak Tour Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. 972/219-3550. llela. org. 10am–12pm. Drift down either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond, both havens for wildlife, during this intro to kayaking and water safety program. For ages 7 and older. Registration is required by 11am the Fri before the program. $20 per person. $5 per vehicle gate fee, cash or check only.

CONTINUING:

Denton Community Market See Sep 2. Garden Time for Kids See Sep 2. Planetarium Shows See Sep 2. Rang De! Color Me India! See Sep 8. Oktoberfest Fort Worth See Sep 21.

24 SUNDAY EXHIBIT

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

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Funny Car Chaos North Star Dragway, 3236 Memory Ln., Denton. 940/482-9998. northstar-dragway.com/ funny-car-chaos. 6–11:45pm Sep 29; 4–11:45pm Sep 30. Bring your ear protection and watch as professional drag racers speed down the track in funny cars equipped with nitro fumes, header flames and ground-shaking horsepower. $20 adults; free for kids 12 and younger.

FESTIVAL

State Fair of Texas Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. 214/565-9931. bigtex.com. Open daily through Oct 22. Hours vary. Celebrate 131 years of tradition with live concerts, livestock shows and animal encounters, family fun, famous fried foods, midway games, carnival rides and more. $18; $14 for kids under 48 inches (save $1.50 online). Free for ages 2 and younger. Combos and season passes available.

FESTIVAL

Western Days Festival Old Town Lewisville, 151 W. Church St., Lewisville. 972/219-3401. lewisvillewesterndays.com. 5–11:30pm Sep 29; 10am– 11:30pm Sep 30. Celebrate Texas culture and heritage at this annual two-day festival with a cattle drive parade, live music on three stages, a Kid Kountry Playground, a mechanical bull, a working blacksmith and more. Look online for the full schedule. Free until 7pm both days with downloadable ticket. After 7pm, admission is $10; free for kids 10 and younger.

CONTINUING:

Lakeside Music Series See Sep 1. Autumn at the Arboretum See Sep 23.

30 SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENT

Food Truck Frenzy The Square at Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St., Coppell. 972/462-5100. coppelltx. gov/events. 5–9pm. Bring a blanket and have a picnic dinner on the lawn when food trucks and Old Town restaurants offer their fares at this fall event. Free admission; food cost varies.

FITNESS

Stompin’ Stigma 5K and Fun Walk Forestwood Middle School, 2810 Morris Rd., Flower Mound. 972/4677704. wtf-winningthefight.org. 7am–12pm. Help eliminate the judgment associated with addiction and mental health and sign up for this 5K and 1-mile fun walk organized by the Flower Mound-based nonprofit Winning the Fight. Stay for the post-race party with face painting, snacks and prizes. $30 adults; $15 students.

CONTINUING:

Denton Community Market See Sep 2. Garden Time for Kids See Sep 2. Planetarium Shows See Sep 2. Bolero Texas See Sep 18. Autumn at the Arboretum See Sep 23. Funny Car Chaos See Sep 29. State Fair of Texas See Sep 29. Western Days Festival See Sep 29.

EDUCATIONAL

Daycares

Sing-alongs, Stories, Puppets & Fun!

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Create a Fall Monarch Butterfly Garden Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln., Flower Mound. 972/874-6165. fmlibrary.net. 7pm. Learn simple steps for creating a monarch waystation for your landscape during this program led by Monarch Watch conservation specialist Carol Clark. Call to register. FREE

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Kids Story and Craft Time See Sep 6. Autumn at the Arboretum See Sep 23.

28 THURSDAY CONTINUING:

Eco-Explorers See Sep 2. Autumn at the Arboretum See Sep 23.

FREE denotes free event admission. Other costs, such as parking, may apply. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead before every event. If you have an event that you’d like us to consider for the next calendar, please go to dfwchild.com and click on calendar to submit your event. Or fax to 972/4470633 by the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Events must be open to the public and of interest to families in the Dallas area. Please include name and description of event, address, phone number, website, time, date, cost and age served. We reserve the right to edit or withhold submissions.

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confessions

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

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—ANNIE, COPPELL

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

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

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

— JASON, GRAPEVINE

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

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

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


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