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Welcome to October


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ell, as I write this, we are here at our headquarters, still in the month of September, and in the final stages for getting the October issues ready for print. We are so thankful for our local businesses that advertise with us. It’s a pleasure to work with them to meet their marketing needs. They have the services and we have their audience! There is a great partnership in this business. I also want to respond to our readers who so graciously let us know how much they enjoy Suburban Parent magazines, and even more importantly, how the publication has helped them in some way. Thank you for that, readers! I was fascinated with the comment that our publications have “a talent” for knowing what our readers need to know. It made me consider where talent comes from. I was taught that talent is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift back to God. Nothing can be better than that, right? Keep in mind that talent cannot be earned or faked; it’s a gift, not to be confused with passion or skill. These two are different. Skill is a learned behavior and passion is the enthusiasm or excitement we have for something. Now, I can agree that we are passionate about our work, and many who work here have talent, like art, writing, photography, and skills abound too. “Hey, whose turn is it to put together that researched based analysis to determine our audience’s wants and needs?” If you haven’t read the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:14-30, you would learn that if you believe you have gifts from God (and we all do), you should seize them. Use them for His glory. Present the results back to Him through prayer and thanksgiving. Then you will hear those blessed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” echoing from your heart.

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explore art

Art is so much more than pretty pictures It actually helps children explore and process feelings about the world around them. When we encourage our kids to explore art, and provide them an environment to do it in, we give them an outlet to express themselves in a safe, reflective way. It’s also worth noting that while creating art helps children express their own feelings, observing art helps them understand the feelings of others. Visit local art studios, or join one!

Tired of saying “No” all the time? Try saying “Yes” instead. For example, if your daughter asks for a cookie, you could say, “Yes, you can have a cookie after dinner.” Or if a cookie is out of the question, offer another alternative like, “How about an apple?” It’s no fun to be the bad guy, so look for other ways to say “no” when you have to. The book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is a great resource.

Paying for college is a huge concern for parents, but counting on an athletic scholarship may not be your best bet. According to NCAA statistics, only about 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships to compete in college. And, only a few of those are for full tuition. (Note DIII and Ivy League schools don’t offer any athletic scholarships.) There are certainly financial packages available for some athletes, but your best course of action is to look for merit and need based scholarships. There are plenty of those.

FAMILY + EXERCISE Exercise is one of the greatest things you can do together as a family. Here are some simple, fun (and cheap) things you can do to bond and burn calories. Hula Hooping, with the hit toy from the 1950s, can burn more than 500 calories an hour. Jumping rope burns an estimated 600 calories an hour. In-line skating will get you at least 300 calories an hour. And, hip hop dancing burns about 400 calories an hour. Don’t feel like dancing? Then take a hike, walk the dog, or play a game of kickball, tag or Frisbee.  


science says. How we dress affects the way we think and feel. The phenomenon is termed “Enclothed Cognition” and has to do with the symbolic meaning of our clothing along with how they feel on our bodies (think wearing a white lab coat). Since we evaluate ourselves (and our abilities) based on the clothes we wear, it makes sense to dress for the occasion, be it work, play, worship, etc. Research also indicates that the colors we wear can affect our mental state. Feeling gloomy? Wear something bright!

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Art, art everywhere. We love to display our kids’ masterpieces, but there are so many! That’s why we also love Martha Stewart’s idea of storing artwork in mailing tubes. You can roll several papers together when storing in tubes. And tubes take up less space than those bulky plastic storage bins. Yes, there are digital storage options, but are you going to throw your kid’s art away after you snap a photo of it? Uh huh.



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how Combats Bullying martial arts A BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN



ccording to, a study found that approximately 49% of kids in 4th through 12th grade said they had been bullied at least one time in the previous month. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, poor performance in school and, in some extreme cases, even suicide.  Where is bullying happening? It’s happening most often at school, including at recess and on the school bus, but school isn’t the only place. It also occurs where kids are gathering in large groups, like at amusement parks, block parties, campgrounds and swimming pools. And of course we can’t forget about cyberbullying, which includes using cell phones and computers as ways to bully with words and spread untrue words and embarrassing photos.  So what can we, as parents, do about this widespread problem? Well, it turns out martial arts is a great place to start. Of course, martial arts can’t necessarily tackle the cyberbullying issue, but it can give our kids the self-confidence they need to handle people who are not treating them well in a specific situation.  Lindsey Watts, mom of a daughter who has been in martial arts for four years, says, “Martial arts gives kids discipline and teaches them respect. They learn self-control, perseverance and integrity. They learn to help build a more peaceful world.”  One mother shared a sad situation that happened to her son, “My son was in 2nd grade when he was being bullied. We had no idea it was going on; we just knew that something wasn’t right ...” Her son ended up bullying another child and was sent to see the principal, where the story came out that a boy at recess, someone her son called a friend, had been bullying him. Later other issues came out; like that he had been pushed, tripped and poked. “We then realized our good-natured son … may be setting himself up for more bullying. Our son was very shy, but just wanted everyone to like him so he befriended everyone.”  Dave Kovar, founder of Martial Arts Against Bullying (MAAB) and life-long martial arts professional, shares on his

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website “I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry. The mere act of training in martial arts and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place.” The mom from the previously mentioned bullying situation shared her family’s resolution. “We decided our son needed help with handling himself and building his confidence up. [Tae Kwon Do] gave my son confidence to know that he had the strength within him to stop something first with his words, and as a last resort, defense. Never to hit first, never to intentionally hurt the person hurting you, but to just keep yourself safe. My son is now 10 years old and has his high brown belt in TKD. My son walks tall now. He’s not afraid to stand up for himself or others. TKD has taught him that fighting is never the answer. It’s only a last resort to protect himself from harm or to protect someone else from harm.”  Robyn Morrow, mom of a Tae Kwon Do student, “I was teased and called four eyes as a child and had a hard time feeling connected to people, but that pales in comparison to the stories I’ve heard happening nowadays. My oldest child is skinny and tall, but holds his head high and walks tall … I think his confidence is in large part due to his years at Taekwondo … He knows he has the power to break boards, so I would guess that gives him more confidence too. I am so glad we made the choice to enroll him in Taekwondo classes before he reached the awkward teenage age he’s entering now.”  Martial arts comes with other benefits as well. Jody Jones, mom of 3, says, “I think martial arts helps form a great foundation for understanding the benefits of structure, discipline and hard work. Attaining a black belt, or any higher belt rank, is a manifestation of what you can gain through the physical and mental discipline of martial arts. It’s an experience that’s hard to duplicate for your children, and the concept of working extremely hard to attain your goals is one that you carry into your adult life and work.” SP

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Risks, Symptoms, and New Revelations on Early Detection


oday 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die from it this year alone, reports BreastCancer. org. That’s why a refresher course on early detection and keeping up-to-date on latest studies is so important and the reason for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Risk factors

There are several risk factors for breast cancer, as identified by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of these factors are unchangeable but should be taken into account in developing a screening plan. Other risk factors are lifestyle-related. Therefore women, especially those already at higher risk, should consider those factors she can control. Still, the simple presence of risk factors does not mean a woman will go on to develop breast cancer. Likewise, lack of


risk factors doesn’t mean a woman won’t develop the disease. For this reason, all women should be aware of the risks and symptoms and what screening does and doesn’t do. Some factors that are unchangeable and increase risk, according to the ACS, are: female gender, aging, genetics, race and ethnicity (white women are at slightly higher risk), dense breast tissue, a benign breast condition such as fibrosis or others, a greater number of menstrual cycles, previous chest radiation, and exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). Other risk factors, however, can often be controlled. Pregnancy and child birth affect risk. Women who have never had a child have a slight increased risk over those who have had more than one child. Yet, women who give birth to only one child at the age of 35 or older have a slightly increased risk over

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those who had no children. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, and the longer they breastfeed during child rearing years, the greater the protection. Oral contraceptives slightly increase risks. But once a woman has been off contraceptives for a period of 10 years that risk is no longer present. Hormone therapy for menopausal women also increases risk for those women with a uterus. Because estrogen alone can increase risk of uterine cancer, progesterone is typically prescribed along with estrogen. This can then increase breast cancer risk. Women without a uterus are prescribed estrogen alone, and therefore are not at increased risk, says ACS. Alcohol is a risk factor. The greater the consumption, the greater the risk. More than 5 drinks daily can increase risks for other cancers as well.

After menopause, obesity increases risk as well. But, the ACS explains the risk of breast cancer related to weight is complex, and those who were overweight as a child may not be affected. Also, waist area fat may be more significant in increasing risk than fat in other parts of the body such as hips and thighs. A study by the Women’s Health Initiative says walking briskly 1.25 to 2.5 hours each week can reduce risk by 18%. For women with average risk factors, clinical breast exams should be done every one to three years starting at age 20. At age 40, clinical exams should be done annually. Women with greater risk factors should have exams more often. Early trials found mammography reduced breast cancer death rates by 25%. But some statistics have overstated mammography’s role in the reduction of breast cancer death rates. This is because increased use of mammograms occurred along with much improved treatments, and medical experts believe treatments have likely played the greater role in reducing deaths. Still, what is known is that among women in the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Though various studies If you notice any of these reveal mammography screening symptoms, consult your health care provider to seems to have very limited usefulrule out breast cancer. ness among women under 40, it is


nonetheless moderately effective • A new lump that feels different from the rest for detection in women ages 40 of your breast 49, and is most effective for those • Nipple discharge that in the 50-69 age group. occurs without squeezIt is now known there are at ing the nipple least four types and subtypes of • A lump inside the breast breast cancer. Mammography or in underarm area often does not detect the more • Breast swelling, lethal types until they are in the warmth, or redness • Breast skin dimpling or later stages. puckering “Ductal carcinoma in-situ • Scaly or itchy sore or [DCIS] accounts for approximately rash on the nipple 20% of mammographically detect• Any part of your breast ed breast cancers. As screening pulling inward mammography has become • Pain in one spot more prevalent, the rate of DCIS that doesn’t detection has increased.” Doctor go away Deanna Attai, explains, DCIS is also referred to as noninvasive, or Stage 0 breast cancer. It is primarily diagnosed by screening mammogram, as it often does not form a palpable lump. Some medical experts say DCIS is really not a form of cancer at all and by referring to it as such results in overly aggressive treatment. The likelihood of low grade DCIS developing into invasive breast cancer is only 16%, while high grade DCIS has a 60% chance over 10 years. The problem, however, is there is currently no way to determine which cases of DCIS will ultimately develop into breast cancer. This creates a major dilemma. The results of recent studies have revealed several needs. First, more studies are needed to better answer questions about approach to both detection and treatment. Additionally, better screening techniques should be developed for detecting the more deadly forms of breast cancer. And finally, mammography screening for breast cancer should be based on informed decisions and individualized plans taking into account a woman’s age, risk factors, and both the advantages and disadvantages of mammograms for each woman’s unique situation. SP

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State Fair of Texas

Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Celebrate all things Texan with more than 100 daily attractions offering a wide variety of entertainment, art, agriculture, history, and cuisine. Runs through Oct 22. Fair Park, Dallas. Plan your trip at BIGTEX.COM. See ad in this issue.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A’s

2pm The final regular season game for our Texas Rangers is also Fan Appreciation Day! Come out to Globe Life Park and cheer on the Rangers! Ticket prices start at $2. Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, www.

10am-6pm Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun this fall with the return of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission every Tuesday now through December 12. Valid all day, $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 4 and under. Additional children are $5 each. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine 877818-1677


Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Pick out a pumpkin and take a journey in a hayfilled trailer pulled by a genuine farm tractor. The corn maze is two acres of towering corn stalks surrounding the paths of unbelievable twists, turns and dead ends. $5 (cash only). Hours vary by day. Visit the website for more info. 3420 Hall Johnson Rd, Grapevine www.

2 | MONDAY Puppet Shows: Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

10:30-11am Mother Goose shares her favorite nursery rhymes! All ages. Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Plano, www.

Toddler Storytime in Lakewood

10:30am-11am Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around and learn! Suggested ages: 18 months 3 years old. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth St, Dallas 214-670-1376 dallaslibrary2. org/branch/lakewood.php

5 | THURSDAY Movies in the Park

7:30-9:30pm Fun, free and family friendly! Bring your own chair and blanket. It’s an evening under the stars, including an outdoor showing of Forrest Gump. First 100 people will receive awesome giveaways. Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas

Autumn at the Arboretum

Daily through 11/22. Visit the popular one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, with pumpkin houses featuring designs inspired by this year’s theme, The Wizard of Oz. Free with paid admission. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www.

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Toddler Story Time in Highland Park

10-10:30am Stories for 2 year-olds and their caregivers. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park, Texas, 214-559-9400 www.

6 | FRIDAY Southlake Oktoberfest 

5-11pm Take a stroll in Southlake’s beautiful Town Square and visit handcrafted arts and crafts booths. Great food and live entertainment. Free. Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main St. Ste. 244, Southlake www. oktoberfest-home

Lights Out Overnight

Ages 6 & up. Join us as we show you the fascinating world of animals through Zoo tours, activities, special talks, and an opportunity to see some of our animals up-close. Offered seasonally to organizational groups (i.e. scouts, schools, youth groups) on select Friday and Saturday nights. Dallas Zoo, 650 RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas 469-554-7500

7 | SATURDAY Frisco Arts Walk

12-7pm Singing fairy tale princesses, Nutcracker dancers, street performers, painters and sketch artists, along with carnival games and crafts. Fun for the whole family. Free. Texas Sculpture Garden at Hall Office Park, 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco

Cottonwood Art Festival

10am-7pm Talk with more than 200 artists and artisans about their works at this semiannual art show. The festival includes live music, food trucks, a craft beer garden and a children’s art area. Runs through 10/8. Free. Check the website for more information. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson www.


9am-5pm Sat and Sun. This celebration of all things retro features free-play arcade and console games, cosplay, vintage toys, vendors booths, panels and just about any form of nostalgic pop culture you can think of. Some top YouTube stars are also scheduled to appear. Kids 12 and under are FREE! $20 adults; $25 for a weekend pass. $5 parking. Check the website for more information. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington info@

8 | SUNDAY Dallas Farmer’s Market

10am-5pm. Visit The Shed on Sunday. Also open Fridays & Saturday (check website for times) The Market food hall, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. open daily. 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. 214-6649110. 

9 | MONDAY Spooky Stem Science

3-4pm Ages 8-12. Get ready for Halloween with spooky science experiments in the Children’s Program Room! Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen

Power Hour Games

4:30pm - 7pm Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Dave & Buster’s, 9450 N Central Expy, Dallas, 214-3615553

10 | TUESDAY Baby & Toddler Programs

All Day Event. Children 0 months-6 yrs. Baby Bounce Basics, Boogie Woogie Books, Toddler Storytime, Bilingual Story-Time, Little Bookworms Story Time and Family Fun Story Time/ Hora de Cuentos, and more! Visit askalibrarian@ www.dallas 214-670-1400 Multiple Locations

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timeout 11 | WEDNESDAY Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Worth the trip! Open through 10/31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find tons of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Free. Parking is $5 during the week and $10 on the weekends. Visit the website for all the details. Double Oak Ranch, 5100 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound www.

12 | THURSDAY The Texas State Fair

10am-9pm. Beat the crowds and celebrate all things Texan at the Fair. Hundreds of shows, games, rides, exhibits and concerts. Visit for more information. 214-565-9931

13 | FRIDAY Lone Star Storytelling Festival 8-9:30pm The 14th Annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival will feature stories with humor, honesty, and a lot of heart, told by nationally-renowned artists and student Lone Star Storytellers! Great for adults and kids 10 and up. Fri and Sat, $10. Check the website for tickets, schedules, and other information. Council Chambers at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco www.

15 | SUNDAY Oak Cliff Lively Fest

11am-8pm This 4th annual reggae and roots-inspired festival showcases multicultural arts and music with DJs, food, vendors, art, drum circles, a petting zoo and more. Free. Kiest Park, 2806 Canton St., Dallas www.

Frisco Heritage Center Open House

1-4pm Fun for all! Kids crafts and games, entertainment, live animals, working blacksmiths, and guided tours. All historic buildings are open to the public free of charge (does not include the museum). Frisco Heritage Center, 6455 Page Street, Frisco www.

16 | MONDAY Power Hour™ Games

4:30-7pm Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Mon-Fri. Dave & Buster’s, 2601 Preston Rd. 1200, Frisco, 214-387-0915 www.


Great Pumpkin Carnival

St. James Pumpkin Patch

Plano International Festival

11am-5pm Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, and

18 | WEDNESDAY Cine de Oro

10am–12pm Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month for Cine de Oro, our monthly movie screening series. Light food and refreshments provided before every movie. Free. Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas 214-671-0045 www.

Pumpkins and Hay Maze

1-7pm M-F; 9am-7pm Sat.-Sun. Fun for the whole family! Lots of pumpkins, a bounce house, hay maze and games. Free. Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main St., Frisco www.

19 | THURSDAY Pony Rides-River Ranch

1-6pm. Every 3rd Thursday of the month. Enjoy pony rides, mini lessons, trail rides, bounce houses, picnic, and more. First come, first served. Call ahead! info@RiverRanch-TexasHorsePark. com, 469-804-2660, www.

Bilingual/ Spanish Storytime (Horas de Cuentos) 10:30-11am Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish to get ready to read! Suggested ages: 6 years old and under. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas, Texas, 214-6701376 lakewood.php

10am-7pm. Runs through Oct.31. Open every day-Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm. Thousands of fresh pumpkins of every size and shape will be sold and, if the weather cooperates, gourds and Indian corn will also be available. The Pumpkin Patch is the primary fundraiser for the St. James Youth Ministry. 99845 McCree Road, Dallas, 214-348-1345. Email: inquiries@ 

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Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas, Texas, 214-670-1400

21 | SATURDAY Old Town Mesquite PumpkinFest

10:00 am - 6:00 pm The 17th Annual PumpkinFest will include contests, carnival games, bounce houses, community stage performances and more! City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave., Mesquite 972-288-7711 PumpkinFest

Bach and Broomsticks Fall Fest

12-9pm Fun for the whole family! Enjoy a day filled with a Halloween pumpkin craft, face painting, balloon art, free hayrides, an instrument petting zoo and more. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, www.watterscreek. com/event/bach-and-broomsticks

Halloween at the Heard

6-10pm Experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! An evening of fun including a family-friendly movie on the amphitheater stage. $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Check website for details. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney www.

22 | SUNDAY Spooky Symphony


14 | SATURDAY 10am-1pm Join us for the Great Pumpkin Carnival at Northaven Co-operative Preschool! It’s been a neighborhood tradition for years. You won’t want to miss the fun! Northaven Co-operative Preschool, 11211 Preston Rd, Dallas, 214-691-7666 www.


cultural displays from over 100 countries. Fun for all ages! Come for the Fitness and Wellness Fair with free flu shots and health screenings. Fitness and Wellness Fair is from 10am1pm in the Courtyard Theater. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 214-495-7838 www.

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

4:30-10pm An outdoor, rain-orshine music festival and chili cook-off in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. Free. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch www.

Preschool Storytime in Downtown Dallas

10:30-11am Get ready for kindergarten with books, movement, rhymes and music. Suggested ages: 3-6 years old

2:15pm Halloween family fun presented by Plano Symphony Orchestra with music from Jurassic Park, Hook, The Pink Panther, Star Wars and more. Wear your costume! Tickets $9-$16. Eisemann Center, 972-473-7262 www.

The Addams Family

1pm The wicked and witty Addams family comes to life in this highly acclaimed musical comedy. Youth cast. Purchase tickets online, $15. Check the website for more information. The ArtCentre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano www.

23 | MONDAY Power Hour Games

4:30-7pm Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Mon-Fri. Dave & Buster’s, 2601 Preston Rd. 1200, Frisco 214-387-0915 www.

24 | TUESDAY Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

10am-6pm Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun this fall with the return of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission every Tuesday now through December 12. Valid all day, $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 4 and under. Additional children are $5 each. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine 877-8181677

25 | WEDNESDAY Ghouls and Graveyards

Join the all-teen cast at the Dallas Children’s Theatre for a night of fright as they present a collection of stories from horror’s greatest authors— Edgar Allan Poe and W. W. Jacobs. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5938 Skillman, Dallas,

coming. Contact the theater for the Crybaby Matinee selections., 214-841-4713. 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. $8.50 FREE for children under 5.

27 | FRIDAY Orangetheory Fitness Lakewood Special Event

Join us for a night of music, drinks, and prizes. Event continues 10/28. Lowest prices offered on these days only. 1911 Abrams Rd, Dallas. RSVP 214-299-5763. See ad in this issue.

Disco Kids at It’ll Do

6-9:30pm. Disco Kids is a group of kiddos and parents looking for a break from the routine playground & play date to let loose in a room full of dancing fun! $5 per child, parents are FREE. 4322 Elm St. Dallas, 214-695-5947 www.

Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball Skills Training Year Round FUN CAMPS WHEN THE KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL Great Birthday Parties and Social Events Learn more at or call 972.385.5416

28 | SATURDAY Star Wars Halloween

Crybaby Matinee

Monster Mash Dash Halloween Fun Run 5K & Walk

1pm. Visit Angelika Film Center and don’t worry about unexpected tantrums or feedings. For parents and their babies. Here they keep the lights dim, the volume down and the films

for Basketball and Volleyball Leagues

6-9pm. Fall Music Series – Enjoy music this October in the plaza each Friday and Saturday. Listen from one of the restaurant patios on State Street, or pick up dinner to-go and enjoy the live music from the plaza areas. Tonight: Cody Riley,, 214-292-6414

Cool Thursdays Concert Series – Molly Ringwalds

7-9pm Gates open at 6pm. Dallas Arboretum Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas


Date Night

10am-2pm Come join us for the 3rd Annual Star Wars Day Halloween Sci-Fi Extravaganza! Trick-or-Treat at the museum with your favorite Star Wars Characters! Visit museum website for all the details! Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas 214-350-3600



8:30am-12pm Costumes are encouraged for this Halloween 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun, and entertainment.

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timeout Money raised helps provide after school tutoring, tennis instruction and life skills development to over 25,000 under-resourced youths. See website for registration info. University of TX at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson Race/TX/Richardson/monstermashdash

Tucker Hill Fall Family Fun Festival

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10am-5pm Festival with free hayrides, face & pumpkin painting, petting zoo and much more! Runs Sat. and Sun. The festival will be just across the street from Tucker Hill’s new commercial development, in a grassy area near the front entrances off of Highway 380. McKinney, www.

29 | SUNDAY Trick or Treat the Square

1-4pm. Wear your best costume & trick or treat at restaurants, shops, & businesses. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, pooch parade and more! Free. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, trickortreat

images. Portrait Innovations studios, 2108 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 216 A, Plano,

31 | TUESDAY Halloween Stories and Trick or Treat

10:30am-12pm Join us for a some fun and spooky stories to celebrate Halloween! After the stories, stick around the library to check out our trick or treat stations. Each station will have small games for you to win prizes. White Rock Hills Branch Library. 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, 214-670-8443

Kids Night Out-Safe Trick-or-Treating

6-8pm Halloween night at Plano Market Square Mall will provide children with a safe alternative to outdoor Trick-orTreating. Children will be able to play games, win prizes, and Trick-or-Treat at the numerous booths setup within the mall. For kids in grades K-5. Free. Plano Market Square Mall, 1717 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano

Boo Bash

10am - 5pm Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready for the biggest free spooktacular for kids in the Metroplex. Costume contest with prizes and lots of candy. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-6472331

30 | MONDAY Halloween Portrait Event for Kids in Costume

3pm-7pm Free! Offeing parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event at Portrait Innovations studios. See website for all participating locations. Parents will receive two free 5x7 portraits and the digital

Happy Halloween

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NOVEMBER 3 Admissions Open House at St. Monica Catholic School 8:30am-12pm For grades K-8. Preschool Open House is Nov 7, 6-7:30pm. 4140 Walnut Hill, Dallas, See ad in this issue.

Please note: Although we strive to bring you the most current information available regarding event dates & times, confirming with the event venue before going is always a good idea.


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ghoulish slime

Halloween is a great time to celebrate ghoulish slime. Make this one in 10 minutes!



1 Empty one full bottle of glitter glue into a large disposable bowl 2 Mix 1 tsp of Borax into 1 cup of warm water 3 Pour the mixture over the top of the glitter glue 4 Let it sit for about 20 seconds and get ready to get your hands dirty

5 Grab your glob of glue and start molding and mixing together

in your hand until it is the perfect consistency of slime (you may need to dip it back into the borax mixture a couple of times until it changes from a sticky glue to a globby slime consistency)

6 Play with it to your hearts content, and/or package it in a jar for future use. Like a mason jar!

7 Go to for mason jar instructions and grab an Eyeball Mason Jar Lid Free Printable too!

of worddsom wis

Edward Hopper If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

What’s a ninja’s favorite Halloween game?

We were surprised when our dog ventured into our pool one very hot day and sat on the top step and watched us swim. I said to my young daughter, “I bet she thinks this is refreshing.” My daughter said, “I don’t think so, mommy. She is just a puppy so she doesn’t know that word yet.” — Carol, mom of 2

You kidding me?


Why won’t an elephant use a computer? It’s afraid of the mouse.

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healthy eating habits

Dash Diet. Still ranked #1!

According to research, it takes more than just willpower to maintain healthy eating habits. There are actually three hidden factors that influence how we eat.


Our social network.

Are we surrounded by supportive, healthconscious people? Those who will support and encourage our goals.


Our sense of purpose. Do we have

a reason to want to eat healthy? Maybe to avoid or reduce diabetes, or to set an example for our children.


financial stress is the worst. Just something to think about when making new friends, changing careers or – spending our hard earned money.

eat your breakfast Once again, studies show that an early meal (aka: breakfast) kick starts your metabolism; you know, the process that breaks down the food you eat into energy. But stay away from saturated fats, they thwart the whole game plan.


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Our financial stress level. Any stress is bad;

The claim is that this diet plan reduces high blood pressure. But it’s also very effective for weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and managing or preventing diabetes. This is a great way to get back on track with healthier eating right at home! Pick up The Dash Diet book.

tip Keep your College Freshman stocked with healthy snacks. Send over several bags of roasted chickpeas, to give them some needed protein and fiber.

Dallas Parent, October 2017  
Dallas Parent, October 2017