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Dallas Newsletter
July 15, 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:

"There are dragons in the twins' vegetable garden."

That's the first line of one of my favorite novels, A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L'Engle. L'Engle was one of my childhood heroes; her A Wrinkle in Time series had a profound impact on my understanding of what it means to think for oneself, and the dangers of sliding into what today we call "groupthink." At the age of 12, I knew with fist-pounding certainty that I could never be as good a writer as Madeleine L'Engle. But that was okay, I told myself, because she was a genius, and I was not.

Madeleine L'Engle died in 2007 at the age of 88. And yet, she recently rocked my world all over again.

A friend showed me a copy of a story L'Engle had published before A Wind in the Door, called Intergalactic P.S. 3. It was, in essence, a first draft of A Wind in the Door, and it was... not so good. The first line was: "It started at the dinner table." Much less grabby than dragons in a vegetable garden, and the rest of the story was similarly humdrum. Intergalactic P.S. 3 was not even close to the genius standards that L'Engle set in book after book throughout her career. And this fact thrilled me.

But...How could I possibly be rejoicing in a dead author's crappy first version of a story? Because it showed me how wrong I'd been: L'Engle's genius didn't reside in some Talent Spark conferred by the Universe, but in her persistence and guts. And this means that the world is filled with more possibilities for mere humans like you or me than I'd imagined. If success is more a matter of work than of luck, then it's in my grasp, or yours, or our kids'. So how about this: The next time you sit down for a nice meal with your family, talk with your kids about how geniuses are not born, but self-made, like Madeleine L'Engle.

It all can start AT THE DINNER TABLE. Hmmm... Maybe that's not such a boring beginning, after all.

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.

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!

Family Fun Fridays at the Arboretum

Bring your family and your picnic and spend the end of the week with us in the garden for Family Fun Fridays with tons of great activities! Every Friday from June 4–July 30, bring your family and your picnic and spend the end of the week with us in the garden for Family Fun Fridays. Activities include painted forehead or arm designs by A Fresh Perspective (with COVID-19 restrictions) and the Country Critters petting zoo from 10 am–2 pm. At 9:15 am, get fit with stroller fitness led by White Rock Dallas Fit4Mom on the first Fridays in June and July; at noon, enjoy a KinderMusik program.

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Beauty and the Beast

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. This inspiring story reveals an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life, dares to take a stand, and changes her own destiny. With powerful music and electric dance numbers, this is a favorite for the whole family that continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

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Kids Business Fair

Everyone please join Young Legacy Builders by coming out to support your local KIDpreneurs, as they launch their very own startup business! Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Tristan Walker, Freddie Figgers, Tiffany Aliche or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities. Over the next couple of months youthful KIDpreneurs will develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our quarterly one-day marketplace to be held in Duncanville, TX. Enjoy a day combined with "The perfect blend of family, community and business at the Armstrong Amphitheater on July 17th, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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