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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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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.  

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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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q&a Macy, mom of 1 Q. Which musical instrument should my 6 year old child start with? Piano, Harp or Violin? A.

Typically the recommendation is to start with piano first. By learning to read both the treble and bass clef and playing both hands, students develop more complex brain connections. In addition, pianists also learn to use their right foot on the damper pedal when playing songs which also creates more complex coordination making the brain work at an even more complex level. The piano keys are also much easier to play for little fingers because they are right in front of the child and are smooth to the touch. Lastly, once a student has learned the basic music rudiments in 1-2 years of piano study, they can easily transition into playing guitar or harp or violin. Minda Music Store & School | www.mindamusicstore.com

Tori, mom of 3 Q. My daughter has taken dance lessons since she was 3 years old. She’s now 8. What is the best time or age to start looking towards putting her in a professional dance studio? A. From the ages of 3-5 years, the students are learning how to take a class, enhancing basic motor skills and dance vocabulary. Early lessons help develop attention span. Once they attend school, they have learned to think. Now the dancer is ready to focus and apply their mind to the physical effort of technique. Twice a week classes should be expected by age 8, whether at a professional school with a company or any reputable studio. Most professional ballet schools, such as Royal Ballet or Bolshoi Ballet don’t start serious training until age 10. Above all, the dancer must love it. Our passion must guide our heart. Kathy Willsey | Academy of Dance Arts

Patricia, grandmother of 7 Q. While there is no certain way to prevent breast cancer, would diet and exercise help to avoid Cancer? A. It has been found that leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of getting cancer, and boost your odds for full recovery if you do get breast cancer. Along with exercise, choose your foods carefully. Eat cruciferous and dark leafy green vegetables, like, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards and kale. Include citrus fruits, berries, and cherries. Whole grains like Oats, barley, bulgur, whole-grain pastas, etc. Also add legumes, like dried beans and peas, lentils and soybeans. Consider working with a licensed dietitian. Visit www. eatright.org for more information. Mary Ellen | RDN

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I’m worried about bullying, I’ve heard Martial Arts helps. A. The Martial Arts is all about teaching children to be confident and proud of themselves and their accomplishments. Often times, unfortunately, bullies target those who have low self-esteem or demonstrate a lack of confidence. Martial arts schools and the instructors within them are very aware of this problem. Thus, all martial arts schools focus on developing the skills necessary to prevent bulling before it occurs. Students learn to feel pride in their accomplishments, to make eye contact, and to advocate for themselves when someone bullies them. Even more importantly, however, martial arts schools teach the dangers of being the bully and often maintain a zero tolerance policy for bullies. At its very core, the Martial Arts are about respect and the true Martial Artist will never brag or use their skills to harm another. Texas Karate Do Master James Holan 6th Dan, Master Rebecca Walther 4th Dan


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PicsArt is a great coloring, drawing and learning app for kids 3 and up. Designed for kids and tested with kids, but parents love it too. Learn how to use simple shapes to draw animals, people and more! It was specifically designed for tablets, but works on phone size screens too. Free or upgrade for ads-free version. Find it at www.educationalappstore.com/app/ picsart-for-kids

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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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the art of reading It used to be easy to get lost in a good book,

but now lots of people, especially our youth, say reading is boring. However, science shows us that online reading with all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains, and if we don’t use the deep reading part of our brain, we will lose it!

642 Things to Draw Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Maybe your budding musician is interested how the Master Musicians started. This fascinating biography charts the musician’s extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments.

Tallulah’s Tutu A budding ballerina? Enlighten her passion with a wonderful story of Tallulah’s Tutu. This young ballerina just knew that she would be a great ballerina, if only she has a tutu. Even having given up on ballet, she can’t seem to stop doing it. Everywhere she looks she sees ballet. Follow her in this book and remember, ballet is about more than just a tutu. Marilyn Singer Children of all ages

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Ha! When this spirited, creative child was told not to paint on the walls, he painted himself instead! A perfect story for the oversized board book format, to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, is a lighthearted frolic by the creators of “I Like Myself!” A story that centers on an aspiring young artist who makes elaborate paintings on the ceilings and walls, until mama shouts, “Ya ain’t a-gonna paint no more!” Karen Beaumont Children of all ages

Like to doodle? This book can fuel your inspiration with prompts. Take on a rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. All budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawing prompts. Pick up your pencil! A Journal

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Breast Cancer

BY KIMBERLY BLAKER

Risks, Symptoms, and New Revelations on Early Detection

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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

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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

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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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how Combats Bullying martial arts A BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN

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ccording to StopBullying.gov, 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 www.DoneWithBullying.com “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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timeout community calendar | october 2017

1 | SUNDAY State Fair of Texas

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.

Country Critters Pumpkin Patch

10am-6pm Saturdays and Sundays through Nov 19. Bounce house, playground, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, hay rides, games and more. $10/adults; $12/child (kids receive a pie-sized pumpkin with paid admission). 3709 County Rd 617, Alvarado. 817-477-3060 www. countrycrittersfarm. 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.mlb.com/ rangers

Preston Trail Farms Pumpkin Patch

8am-8pm Looking for a pumpkin patch in the Dallas area? Come visit Preston Trail Farms – home of the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm. The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm Celebrates 21 Years in North Texas! You’ll find hay rides and a hay maze, a petting farm where kids and adults alike can meet and feed the animals. At their new location they have a general store, hardware store, gift shop and cafe! Runs through 11/22. $8 per person M-F; $10, Sat.Sun. Preston Trail Farms, 15102 TX-289 (Preston Rd), Gunter www. prestontrailfarms.com

Addams Family Musical

3pm The Addams Family has lived by their unique values for hundreds of years,

and Gomez and Morticia would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now a young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a respectable, traditional family. In one fateful, night, everything will change when they host a dinner for Wednesday, her boyfriend, and his parents. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise. Rated PG. Tickets $22$25. Runaway Theater, 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine, www. runwaytheatre.com

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids.

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In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

Lone Star Family Farm

Open weekends through 11/18. Get in the fall spirit by enjoying the giant 9-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, cow train ride, and much more! Concession stand available. $12 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Please visit the website to plan your visit. Lone Star Family Farm, 4199 Highway 67, Stephenville www.lonestarfamilyfarm.com

Country Critters Pumpkin Patch

10am-6pm Sat and Sun, weekdays by reservation through 11/19. Come experience family fun with a bounce house, playground, petting zoo, hay rides and more. $10/adult; $12/child, kids 2 and under are free. Check the website for more information. 3709 Country Rd 617, Alvarado 817-477-3060 www.countrycrittersfarm.com. See ad in this issue.

2 | MONDAY Altitude Trampoline Park Toddler Time

10am-1pm Do you wish you had the same amount of energy as your toddler? Level the playing field by letting them burn some of that energy in the 34,000 square foot trampoline park! Toddler Time is Mon thru Fri. Bring your toddler (6 years old and younger) and they can jump for just $6.95! Don’t want your toddler jumping alone? That’s okay, they also allow a parent to jump during toddler time for just $2.00! Altitude Trampoline Park, 3530 Grapevine Mills Blvd North, Grapevine www. altitudegrapevine.com

Inneractive PlayhouseMommy & Me PIYO (Pilates + Yoga)

9:30-10:30am Every 1st & 3rd Monday. $10 admission (includes class and 1 admission

for child), $5 each additional child. Be sure to bring your yoga mat! Inneractive Playhouse, 5950 Park Vista Circle, Suite 100, Keller www. inneractiveplayhouse.com

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

Read and Play

10:15-11:30am Weekly. Bring your little ones (birth to 3-years-old) for a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes to help their brains grow! Make new friends while your child plays with various learning and fun toys. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington, 817-459-6900 www. morelibrary.org

Spanish Story Time

11:30am-12:15pm Hola! The Keller Public Library and Spanish Schoolhouse holds Spanish Language story time for children 18 months to 5 years of age, and their caregivers. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www.cityofkeller.com

Costume Swap

5pm. Bring your old costumes, accessories, and trick or treat buckets to the library any time before Oct. 7th. For every item you bring, you can take as many home on the day of the swap. Any leftover costumes will be donated to the Community Storehouse. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, Keller library@cityofkeller. com 817-743-4800

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timeout Homework Helpers

6-8pm Free homework help is available for children in 1st-6th grade on Monday & Thursday evenings. When available, teen volunteers will assist children with their homework questions on a first come, first served basis. Mostly group sessions. Check in at Children’s area. Contact: Mary Woodward, 817-952-2372

3 | TUESDAY The Library Show: Music & Movement Storytime 

10:15 - 11am Lots of interactive fun with shakers, ribbons, beanbags, scarves, books, parachute, and puppets! Freestyle music jam from 10:45 to 11am with air dancer and disco lights! All ages welcome; no registration needed. Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, 817-410-3405 www.grapevinetexas.gov

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 www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw

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Family Storytime

10:15-10:35am This program is for children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Storytime incorporates rhymes, finger plays, stories and puppetry. No registration required. Storytime Theatre, Contact: Carrie Glindeman,

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Eco-Explorers

9am-12pm Introduces children to the wonders of the natural world through the use of self-guided and hands-on activities, books, crafts, and other interactive items. Every Tues. and Thurs. through November. Free. Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell www. coppelltx.gov/bec

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Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Pick out a pumpkin and take a journey in a hay-filled 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.hallspumpkinfarm.net

Altitude Trampoline Park Toddler Time

10am-1pm Do you wish you had the same amount of energy as your toddler? Level the playing field by letting them burn some of that energy in the 34,000 square foot trampoline park! Toddler Time is Mon through Fri. Bring your toddler (6 years old and younger) and they can jump for just $6.95! Don’t want your toddler jumping alone? That’s okay, they also allow a parent to jump during toddler time for just $2.00! Altitude Trampoline Park, 3530 Grapevine Mills Blvd North, Grapevine www. altitudegrapevine.com

Shake Rattle & Read

11:15am Movement and music are all part of the fun in this exciting program designed for preschoolers. Enjoy crafts, experiments and special programs designed to encourage higher thinking and social skills. Pre-registration IS required and can be done in person or online. Contact: Youth Services, 817-503-1154, Meeting room B, Colleyville Public Library, 110 Main St.,Colleyville, 817-503-1150


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timeout 5 | THURSDAY Green Meadows Petting Farm

9:30am-4pm Get up close with 150 farm animals, milk a cow, feed sheep and goats, go on a tractor-drawn hay ride and watch a pig race. Open through Nov 1. Admission $14 (cash) Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie www. greenmeadowsevents.com

Movies in the Park

7:30-9:30pm Go Downtown. 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 www. mainstreetgarden.org

JumpstART – Wild, Wild West!

10am Explore new stories and fun art projects on the first Thursday of each month during this creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. Saddle up the whole family for tales of the Wild West and create a take-home art project fit for a pioneer. Ages 2 and up. Free. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com/event/ jumpstart-wild-wild-west

Bilingual Story Time

10:30-11:15am Weekly, Children 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English and Spanish. Mansfield Library Community Room, Mansfield Public Library 104 S Wisteria Mansfield 817-459-6900 www.morelibrary.org

Eco-Explorers

9am-12pm Introduces children to the wonders of the natural world through the use of self-guided and hands-on activities, books, crafts, and other interactive items. Every Tues. and Thurs. through November. Free. Biodiversity

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Education Center, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell www. coppelltx.gov/bec

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. southlakechamber.com/ oktoberfest-home

First Fridays at the Modern

5-8pm Great date night with cocktails, music, dining and art. Your evening can start with cocktails and live music in the Museum’s Grand Lobby then dine in the Café Modern. A docent led, 20 minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 (regular gallery admission applies). An ongoing film series, Magnolia at the Modern, offers critically acclaimed films every Friday night at 6 and 8 pm, as an exciting pairing of cinema, culture, and dining all in one spectacular setting. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth 817-738-9215 www. themodern.org

One Magic Kiss: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 5pm The Artisan’s Children’s Theater presents a magical retelling of a classic story with a contemporary twist. When all everyone can think about is who’s the “fairest in the land,” this princess shows us that ultimately beauty is who you are and how you treat people, not how you look. This performance will be interpreted for the deaf. Tickets start at $7. Check website for all dates and times. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst www. artisanct.com

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accomplished and feel better about themselves. 1 hour pass (2-5 year olds), $8.75; 1 hour pass (6 years and up), $12.75. Check the website for more info. All Star Ninjas, 2000 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. all-starninjas.com

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 www. dallaszoo.com

After Dark in the Park

5-9pm This family-friendly fall festival & fundraiser features storytelling, karaoke, a pumpkin patch, animal encounters, bounce houses and a variety of children’s games, crafts and activities. Admission is $8 per person ages 3 & up. Runs through 10/8. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW

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7 | SATURDAY Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

Sunset Concert Series – Hot Pickin’ 57s

7-9pm Bring your blankets & chairs and enjoy a relaxing

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timeout fall evening of various music styles surrounded by the beautiful Botanical Gardens. This FREE outdoor concert series will be held the first three Saturday evenings during the month of October. Feel free to bring your own food and drink (no glass allowed) and make it a great evening with the family. Dogs are allowed on leash. Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St, Grapevine www.grapevinetexas.gov

Cowtown Farmers Market

8am-12pm Saturdays yearround under the tents in the parking lot of Edelweiss Restaurant and Texas Outdoors, on the Weatherford traffic circle. 3821 Southwest Blvd, Fort Worth 817-763-0193 www.cowtownmarket.com

Keller Famers Market

8am-12pm. Saturdays through October. The Keller Farmers Market is a casual, open air, seasonal market at Keller Town Hall that offers fresh Texas produce, meats, tamales, baked goods, artisan bread, cheese, salsa, pasta, pickles, jellies and jams, honey, baked goods, prepared foods, pet products and crafts, all from the state of Texas or within 150 miles. After your market visit, enjoy the relaxing walking trails and large parks surrounding the area. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller www. kellerfarmersmarket.com

Cottonwood Art Festival

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

Retropalooza

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

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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@retropalooza.com

Putt-Putt Golf

9am-2am Visit Putt-Putt golf for some family fun. Weekend Special: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12pm you get a $20 Game Card for $10. A value of $20.00! Check the website for more information. Putt-Putt Fun Center (South Arlington), 2004 W Pleasant Ridge Rd., Arlington, 817467-6565 www.puttputt.com/ arlington

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8 | SUNDAY Farmers Market - Grapevine 9am-6pm Here to serve you at their beautiful, new indoor market. They can’t wait to meet you in person and help you with all your needs. 520 South Main Street #203, Grapevine farmersmarketofgrapevine@ gmail.com Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

North Richland Hills Farmers Market

9am-7pm Buy the freshest, highest quality and premium grade foods. Products brought in daily. All produce year around based on the season availability.700 Davis Blvd, North Richland Hills, 817-428-7075 www.nrhfm@ sbcglobal.com

State Fair of Texas

10am-4pm Take the family to the Fair! Enjoy Farmer Mike the Pumpkin Carver at the Errol McKoy Greenhouse on


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9 | MONDAY Bilingual Story Time in Arlington

10-11:15am A Bilingual Storytime that focuses on parent-child interaction. This program uses a wide variety of activities designed to help toddlers and preschoolers with dual language acquisition and pre-literacy skills, all while being fun and engaging. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington www.morelibrary.org

Spanish Story Time

11:30am-12:15pm Hola! The Keller Public Library and Spanish Schoolhouse holds Spanish Language story time for children 18 months to 5 years of age, and their caregivers. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www.cityofkeller.com

Read and Play

10:15-11:30am Weekly. Bring

your little ones (birth to 3-years-old) for a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes to help their brains grow! Make new friends while your child plays with various learning and fun toys. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington, 817-459-6900 www. morelibrary.org

10 | TUESDAY Grapevine Faith Christian School Open House

7pm. Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. Pre-K – 12th Grade. Next Open House dates are Nov 7 and Dec 5. 729 E. Dallas Rd, Grapevine, 817-442-1605 GrapevineFaith.com See ad in this issue.

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 www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw

English Conversation Circle

6-7pm Practice speaking with other students and native English speakers to improve your conversation skills, or sit in and listen to conversations to enhance your understanding. No registration necessary! Literacy House, 101 E North St, Arlington www. morelibrary.org

Eco-Explorers

9am-12pm Introduces children to the wonders of the natural world through the use of selfguided and hands-on activities, books, crafts, and other interactive items. Every Tues. and Thurs. thru November. Free. Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell www.coppelltx.gov/bec

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timeout Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

11 | WEDNESDAY Wacky Wednesday

3:30-4:30pm Hang out at the library after school every Wednesday! Each week we will play, make, or watch something new! For kids in grades K-5. Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, www. coppelltx.gov

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12 | THURSDAY Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market

12-7pm The Junior League of Fort Worth hosts more than 200 merchants selling home decor, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food, toys and more in this event that kicks off the holiday season. $12 per single ticket or $30 buys admission for the entire family. Runs through 10/15. Hours vary by day so check website for more info. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft. Worth members.juniorleaguefw.org.

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Bilingual Story Time

10:30-11:15am Weekly, Children 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English and Spanish. Mansfield Library Community Room, Mansfield Public Library 104 S Wisteria Mansfield 817459-6900 www.morelibrary.org

13 | FRIDAY South Street Art Festival

A free three-day art festival featuring artwork from around the country while local bands perform. Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am10pm; Sunday 11am-5pm. Downtown Arlington, 200E South St, Arlington www. southstreetartfest.com

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.lonestarstories.org

Altitude Trampoline Park Toddler Time

10am-1pm Do you wish you had the same amount of energy as your toddler? Level the playing field by letting them burn some of that energy in the 34,000 square foot trampoline park! Toddler Time is Mon through Fri. Bring your toddler (6 years old and younger) and they can jump for just $6.95! Don’t want your toddler jumping alone? That’s okay, they also allow a parent to jump during toddler time for just $2.00! Altitude Trampoline Park, 3530 Grapevine Mills Blvd North, Grapevine www. altitudegrapevine.com

All-Star Ninjas

4pm-8pm All Star Ninjas is a fun family friendly environment for kids to test their physical and mental strength. They


strive to make kids feel accomplished and feel better about themselves. 1 hour pass (2-5 year olds), $8.75; 1 hour pass (6 years and up), $12.75. Check the website for more info. All Star Ninjas, 2000 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. all-starninjas.com

14 | SATURDAY Butterfly Flutterby

10am-2pm Celebrate the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. There’s a Butterfly Costume Parade followed by crafts, exhibits, games and Butterfly Releases. Butterfly Releases will take place at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free. Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball St, Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com/ events/butterfly-flutterby

Celebrate Roanoke 2017

10am-9pm. FREE The 12th annual downtown event is a free, fun festival for the whole family! Join us for live music, children’s activities, fireworks, food, shopping and much more! Don’t miss out on the wonderful day on beautiful Oak Street! Downtown Roanoke, Contact 817-491-2411

Sunset Concert Series – Escape:Journey Cover Band 7-9pm Bring your blankets & chairs and enjoy a relaxing fall evening of various music styles surrounded by the beautiful Botanical Gardens. This FREE outdoor concert series will be held the first three Saturday evenings during the month of October. Feel free to bring your own food and drink (no glass allowed) and make it a great evening with the family. Dogs are allowed on leash. Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St, Grapevine www.grapevinetexas.gov

Plano International Festival

11am-5pm Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, and 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 10am-1pm in the Courtyard Theater. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 214-4957838 www.planointernationalfestival.org

Putt-Putt Golf

9am-2am Visit Putt-Putt golf for some family fun. Weekend Special: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12pm you get a $20 Game Card for $10. A value of $20.00! Check the website for more information. Putt-Putt Fun Center (South Arlington), 2004 W Pleasant Ridge Rd., Arlington, 817467-6565 www.puttputt.com/ arlington

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Game Day at Cotton Bowl Kickoff TBD. AT&T Red River Showdown – UT vs. OU More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair. Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2017 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day only.

15 | SUNDAY Touch a Truck, DFW

10am-2pm. Bring the kids to get up close and personal with community vehicles, trucks, and machinery. Meet the hometown heroes who protect, build, and serve the DFW community. Enjoy a kid zone, community booths and food trucks. $5/person, 2 and under are free. Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex Parking Lot, 9200 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills www. facebook.com/touchatruckdfw

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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. oakclifflivelyfest.com

16 | MONDAY Inneractive PlayhouseMommy & Me PIYO (Pilates + Yoga)

9:30-10:30am Every 1st & 3rd Monday. $10 admission (includes class and 1 admission for child), $5 each additional child. Be sure to bring your yoga mat! Inneractive Playhouse, 5950 Park Vista Circle, Suite 100, Keller www. inneractiveplayhouse.com

Bilingual Story Time in Arlington

10:30-11:15am A Bilingual Storytime that focuses on parent-child interaction. This program uses a wide variety of activities designed to help toddlers and preschoolers with dual language acquisition and pre-literacy skills, all while being fun and engaging. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington www. morelibrary.org

Spanish Story Time

11:30am-12:15pm Hola! The Keller Public Library and Spanish Schoolhouse holds Spanish Language story time for children 18 months to 5 years of age, and their caregivers. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www.cityofkeller.com

Read and Play

10:15-11:30am Weekly. Bring your little ones (birth to 3-years-old) for a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes to help their brains grow! Make new friends while your child plays with various learning and fun toys. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington, 817-4596900 www.morelibrary.org

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17 | 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 877-818-1677 www. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ dallasfw

Little Hands on the Farm

10am-7pm Take your little ones over to the State Fair and enjoy the Little Hands on the Farm at Nimitz and MLK. Fair runs through Oct 22. Fair Park, Dallas. Plan your trip at BIGTEX.COM See ad in this issue.

Leche y Galletas (Spanish storytime with cookies and milk)

6pm Families can drop in for a short storytime in Spanish followed by a period of family reading enjoyed with cookies and milk! A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the program. For families with children of all ages. Bennett Program Room, Lewisville Public Library, Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville, www.library. cityoflewisville.com

18 | WEDNESDAY Imagination Town

12-3pm Props and tents create a play town and the children’s imaginations do the rest. Children must be supervised by an adult caregiver while in Imagination Town. Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, Texas, 817-410-3405 www. grapevinetexas.gov


10:30-11:15am Weekly, Children 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English and Spanish. Mansfield Library Community Room, Mansfield Public Library 104 S Wisteria Mansfield 817-459-6900 www.morelibrary.org

20 | FRIDAY Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival 4:30-10pm An outdoor, rainor-shine 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. bloominbluegrass.com

All-Star Ninjas

4pm-8pm All Star Ninjas is a fun family friendly environment for kids to test their physical and mental strength. They strive to make kids feel accomplished and feel better about themselves. 1 hour pass (2-5 year olds), $8.75; 1 hour pass (6 years and up), $12.75. Check the website for more info. All Star Ninjas, 2000 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. all-starninjas.com

21 | SATURDAY Ecofest Arlington

10am-2pm. Eco-friendly vendors, kid-centered activities, food and free fun for the entire family. Learn about environmental awareness and build a sense of community. Founders Plaza/Levitt Pavilion, Arlington. Ecofestartlington. com. See ad in this issue.

Sunset Concert Series – Folk Soul Revival

7-9pm Bring your blankets & chairs and enjoy a relaxing fall evening of various music styles surrounded by the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

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Fiesta Mexicana de Otono

10am-5pm LATV and La Mexicana 87.7 FM will have a live event under the Big Red Patio at Traders Village starting at 12pm. This event is for the entire family and will feature a great afternoon of music. Prize giveaways and more! Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie www.tradersvillage.com

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.heardmuseum. org/halloween

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22 | SUNDAY State Fair of Texas Last Day!

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.

Bake it Happen Workshop

3-4pm Join us as we whip up tasty Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Pies filled with Cream Cheese frosting and rolled in rainbow sprinkles. Let’s Bake it Happen to raise money for breast cancer research. $20 per parent/ child. Taste Buds Kitchen Southlake, 2140 E. Southlake

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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. The ArtCentre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano www. artcentretheatre.com

23 | MONDAY Read and Play 

10:15-11:30am Weekly. Bring your little ones (birth to 3-years-old) for a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes to help their brains grow! Make new friends while your child plays with various learning and fun toys. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington, 817-4596900 www.morelibrary.org

Spanish Story Time

11:30am-12:15pm Hola! The Keller Public Library and Spanish Schoolhouse holds Spanish Language story time for children 18 months to 5 years of age, and their caregivers. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www.cityofkeller.com

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

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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 877-818-1677 www. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ dallasfw

25 | WEDNESDAY Pete the Cat HalloweenDisco Dance Party

7-8pm Wear your “groovy” disco threads, the music will provide the beat, for great Halloween fun, just bring your dancin’ feet! Costumes are encouraged. Online registration begins October 11 and is required for this free event. Storytime Theatre at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford www.bedfordlibrary.org

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. Check the website for all times and dates. Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, www.dct.org/plays

26 | THURSDAY Cool Thursdays Concert Series – Molly Ringwalds

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


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28 | SATURDAY

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Ultimate Friends & Family Fun Day

9am-7pm Open through October 31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. 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.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

The Grapeyard

6-11pm Step right up, the creepiest carnival has come to town! Join the freak show as you try your hand at old school carnival games and test your daredevil spirit as you step on to the haunted trail. Always family-friendly, the thrills and chills won’t stop until the curtain falls. Immerse yourself in scream-worthy games you’ll have to see to believe. Indulge in sweet treats and eats available for purchase all night! All ages are encouraged to come dressed in their best costumes, but please no face masks or hand props. Admission is limited. Register in advance. See website for ticket information. Kids 2 and under are free. Also runs Sat 11/28. Oak Grove Soccer Fields, 1299 Oak Grove Loop North, Grapevine www.thegrapeyard.com

All-Star Ninjas

4pm-8pm All Star Ninjas is a fun family friendly environment for kids to test their physical and mental strength. They strive to make kids feel accomplished and feel better about themselves. 1 hour pass $8.75 (2-5 year olds); $12.75 (6 years and up). Check the website for more info. All Star Ninjas, 2000 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. all-starninjas.com

2-6pm Come one, come all for ultimate inflatables, ultimate games, ultimate food, ultimate laser tag, ultimate fall fun. Free. 121 Community Church, 2701 Ira E. Woods Ave, 817488-1213 121CC.com See ad in this issue.

CASA of Tarrant County 4th Annual Superhero Run 7am. 1 Mile Fun Run and USATF Certified 5K, plus live entertainment, kids area, costume contests and more to support abused and neglected children in foster care. Come dressed as your favorite Superhero! Visit the website for registration info. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W Abram St, Arlington. www. casatarrantsuperherorun.com.

Star Wars Halloween

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 www.flightmuseum.com/star-wars-2017

Monster Mash Dash Halloween Fun Run 5K & Walk

8:30am-12pm Costumes are encouraged for this Halloween 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun, and entertainment. Money raised helps provide after school tutoring, tennis instruction and life skills development to over 25,000 under-resourced youths. See website for registration and other info. University of TX at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson www.runsignup. com/Race/TX/Richardson/monstermashdash

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Tucker Hill Fall Family Fun Festival

10am-5pm You won’t want to miss this festival with free hayrides, face & pumpkin painting, petting zoo and much more! Runs Sat. and Sun. The festival will be just across the street

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timeout from Tucker Hill’s new commercial development, in a grassy area near the front entrances off of Highway 380. Check website for all the details. McKinney, www.tuckerhilltx.com

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Boo Bash

10am - 5pm Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready for the biggest free spooktacular for kids in the Metroplex. Come celebrate Halloween with a costume contest with prizes and lots of candy. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family! Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www.tradersvillage.com

30 | MONDAY Halloween Portrait Event for Kids in Costume

3pm-7pm Free! Portrait Innovations is pleased to offer parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event at all Portrait Innovations studios. See website for all participating locations. Parents will receive two free 5x7 portraits and the digital images of each child dressed in costume. Employees will also be handing out candy to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Portrait Innovations studios, 2108 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 216 A, Plano, www.portraitinnovations.com

Read and Play

10:15-11:30am Weekly. Bring your little ones (birth to 3-years-old) for a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes to help their brains grow! Make new friends while your child plays with various learning and fun toys. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington, 817-459-6900 www. morelibrary.org

Spanish Story Time

11:30am-12:15pm Hola! The Keller Public Library and Spanish Schoolhouse holds Spanish Language story time for children 18 months to 5 years

of age, and their caregivers. Free. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www. cityofkeller.com

31 | TUESDAY Last Day! Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9am-7pm You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. Parking is $5 during the week. Visit the website for all the details. Double Oak Ranch, 5100 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound www.flower moundpumpkinpatch.com

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11 | NOVEMBER Open House at North Richland Hills Montessori

10am-2pm. 8725 North Tarrant Pkwy, North Richland Hills 817281-9992 www.nrhmontessori. com. See ad in this issue

17 | NOVEMBER Little Gobblers Thanksgiving Open House at Holy Trinity Catholic School

8:30-10:15am For Prospective PK and Kindergarten students. 3750 William D. Tate Ave, Grapevine. 817- 421-8000x121, admissions@holytcs.org. See ad in this issue. Dec 2 SP – The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm. Presented by North Central Ballet. Another performance Dec 3 at 2pm. Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. $35. www.nutcrackertickets.com. See ad in this issue.

DECEMBER 2 The Nutcracker

2 & 7:30pm. Presented by North Central Ballet. Another performance Dec 3 at 2pm. Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. $35. www.nutcrackertickets. com. 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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funstuff Source: www.club.chicacircle.com

ghoulish slime

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

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LOVE ‘EM

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 www.club.chicacircle.com for mason jar instructions and grab an Eyeball Mason Jar Lid Free Printable too!

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

What’s a ninja’s favorite Halloween game? Hide-and-ghost-seek!

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

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You kidding me?

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


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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.

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Our social network.

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

2

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.

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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;

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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.


Suburban Parent GCS, October 2017