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Dallas Newsletter
July 22, 2021

In-person events in and around Dallas this weekend

VIRTUAL events this weekend
VIRTUAL events next weekend

In-Person Summer Camps
Virtual Summer Camps
Local Private Schools
Local Preschools & Daycares
101 Family Day Trips

How to post your organization and events (it's FREE to post!)

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

My college roommate, Marni, had a condition called spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the major skeletal muscles. Marni's attitude was that her disability was mostly irrelevant, and the rest of the kids in our freshman dorm took their cue from her approach. Sure, she needed stuff handed to her, doors held, etc., but the accommodations quickly became part of the regular background noise of a college routine.

The guys across the hall from our room were the star players on our school's basketball team. They were boisterous, confident, fun, and not very good at academics. One day, a group of us were hanging out in the dorm's common room where Marni was helping Ben study for an algebra test. Ben, who needed a C+ average to keep his scholarship, started complaining: about the professor, the rules, everything. "I wish the <curse word> coach would mind his own <even worse curse word> business and get off my case."

Marni stared at Ben, then gestured at her wheelchair and said, “If wishes were horses, I'd be having a LOT more fun.” The room went silent, and a bunch of 18-year-olds suddenly grew up. I'm sure, decades later, I'm not the only one who remembers the incident, or the lesson.

It was a lesson I took to heart as I launched into life, and then into parenting. There's no point in putting energy into wishing the world were different: You just have to deal, practically and realistically, with what you’re given. Kids are who they are, they can't grow faster than they can grow, they can't learn algebra before addition. The parenting journey—just like the life journey—is frustrating or elating or disappointing or satisfying by turns. Sometimes you find a horse, and that's great, but usually it's just you on your own feet—or, as in Marni's case, on some useful wheels. And, as she'd be the first to point out, you really do have everything you need for the trip.

Debra Ross, publisher
If you like my publisher's column, you can easily scroll through past columns in the "Notes from Deb" section of our site.

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Free, Almost Free, and Bargain Summer Movies for Kids in and around Dallas

Dallas families love spending time together during the summer going to the movies. Whether inside or outdoors, free or almost free, KidsOutAndAbout's Big List will point you in the right direction to all the area's summer movie options!

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Hooray for Summer!

Looking for summer fun? We've got you covered!

Les Miserables – 30th Anniversary Series

Join us for a special fundraiser celebrating 30 years of NTPA and 15 years of programming in Fairview/McKinney! Take the stage on the set of Les Mis and karaoke the night away with your Fairview Youth Theatre family!

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Movies on the Beach

Loyd Park is excited to bring back Movies on the Beach! Movies start at sundown around 9 pm each night and concessions will be available for cash purchase. $15/vehicle entry fee to the park ($20 on holiday weekends), movies are FREE! Check the event page each week to see any fun activities planned before each movie as well. Show up early and bring a chair, we will see you at Loyd Park!

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"Texas Nessie" Plesiosaur Fossil Exhibit

Experience the Heard's new exhibit! In May of 1991, avid fossil collector Mike Donovan made an amazing find in Collin County: the partial skeleton of a plesiosaur. In 2015, the bones were donated to the Heard by the Debera Donovan Foundation. Decades after the exciting moment where Donovan found this magnificent creature, his dream of having it on display has come true! This plesiosaur, nicknamed "Texas Nessie" is now a permanent exhibit at the Heard Museum and is free with general admission.

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POP! is an interactive experience for all ages that takes guests on an adventure through themed rooms and photo moments. A fully-immersive and truly unforgettable experience, POP! features unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture - including 7 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting.

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VIRTUAL events this weekend

Click here for hundreds more 24/7 activities, tours, etc.

Click here to search for online classes by subject & age.

14 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Nursery School

Is your child starting nursery school soon? We offer some tips to help both of you with the transition. Review them now and use the last weeks of summer to prepare your little one for their next big step. You'll both be ready to start the school year off right!

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101 Family Day Trips

Looking for a new place to explore that's still close to home?  Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun! Find free activities and splurges that are worth it. We've collected the coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from here.

Click here for more information.

Private Schools

Are you considering private school for your kids? As you contemplate what might be best for your family's upcoming education needs, we're here to help! You can always find our list of Private School on the menu you'll find on every page of Just click Local Lists, then Schools & Preschools.

It's private school admissions season. The admissions offices of most private, charter, and alternative schools are employing a combination of virtual open houses, virtual consultations, and safe in-person tours. So browse our list, check out their websites, then connect with schools that sound like they may be good fits. 

Here's the KidsOutAndAbout list of private schools. You'll find options for different ages and educational philosophies, and hopefully, someplace just right for your family. 

Are you a member of an organization that offers events, camps, or classes?

Organizations that offer family and kid-friendly activities in the Dallas area can receive a FREE listing on, manage it easily, and post events to our extensive online calendars at no cost.

For more information about listing your organizationclick here.
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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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