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March 3, 2022

Local in-person events this weekend
Local in-person events next weekend

Local After School and Weekend Classes
Virtual Classes

101 Local Family Day Trips
Top 20 Places to Take Kids

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Save the Date

Fri, Mar 11: Arts Week at Mansfield Commission for the Arts
Fri, Mar 18: The World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade at Historic Downtown Mansfield
Sat, Mar 19: Frisco Festival of Colors at Independence Practice Field
Sat, Mar 19: Touch A Truck at Independence Park
Sat, Mar 26: Camp Olympia Open House 
Sat, Mar 26: Feather Fest at Acton Nature Center
Fri, Apr 1: Monster Truckz Extreme Tour at Myers Park 
Sat, Apr 2: Earth Day Festival at River Legacy Living Science Center
Sun, Apr 3: Harlem Globetrotters at Dickies Arena
Thu, Apr 7: Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate at Dickies Arena
Sat, Apr 9: MAC Bunny Brunch at Mansfield Texas Parks & Recreation
Sat, Apr 9: Dog Man: The Musical at AT&T Performing Arts Center
Thu, Apr 14: Spring Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at The Colony Five Star Complex
Sat, Apr 16: Eggstravaganza at Independence Park
Sat, Apr 23: ArtsGoggle at Near Southside, Inc
Sat, Apr 30: The Music of Harry Potter at Bass Performance Hall

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

The first time I can remember having to take a public stand on anything was in eighth grade English: We were to write an essay taking a side on a controversial topic, and then make the argument to the class. As he handed back our papers, Mr. Schmidt announced that we wouldn't be reading our essays to the class, but instead talking through our points, with note cards as a backup. I was terrified at the idea of being so vulnerable, so I went to talk to him after school.

"This makes me really uncomfortable," I confessed, hoping to twang his heartstrings and secure a get-out-of-jail-free card. Mr. Schmidt looked at me over his glasses. "That's the whole point," he said. "To get stuff done, you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Don't worry, you'll live."

I wasn't happy about this, but Mr. Schmidt was right, I didn't actually die from the stress. And the experience taught me that rather than let discomfort be a roadblock to accomplishment, I should push it into my peripheral vision and get on with the journey. As time went on, public speaking became a pleasure for me rather than a problem, as did other things like driving a car, programming software, and becoming an entrepreneur with a team to manage.

My kids benefited from Mr. Schmidt's wisdom, too: Long car rides in the back seat proved they could entertain themselves just by using their own brains. Soccer classes taught them the difference between physical discomfort and injury. Drama classes taught them that even if they disliked the all-eyes-on-them experience, they could still summon the courage to sing solo. During a weeklong Field Camp in Virginia when she was 6, Madison learned that you can have plenty of fun even if you're muddy and cold, and she never minded it after that. This is partly why we at KidsOutAndAbout are such fans of summer camps: These not-entirely-risk-free experiences provide endless opportunities for kids to prove to themselves that they can do this new thing, whatever it is.

Getting comfortable being uncomfortable also helped teach Madison and Ella that they can do just fine even when Mom is not nearby... which, after all, is the whole point of growing up. They're getting ready to leave the nest soon, and they're looking forward to it. That means these days, the discomfort is all on my end. I'm sure I'll manage it fine, though: After all, Mr. Schmidt started me practicing for times like these when I was 13. "Don't worry, you'll live" is echoing in my ears.

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.

Kids Need... Self-Esteem

Sensei Matt Dorsey, owner and head instructor of Martial Arts America, has been training in martial arts for over 45 years and holds a 9th degree black belt in Isshin ryu karate, as well as a 2nd degree black belt in Iaido (Samurai sword), a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. and experience in jujitsu, kali, tai chi and other martial arts. 

Sensei Matt's passion for teaching children and adults led him to open his first dojo in 1980 and he’s been a professional martial arts teacher ever since. Over the years, he's learned what kids need to become the best version of themselves. One thing? Kids need self-esteem! Sensei Matt explains how learning martial arts skills helps kids feel empowered and fulfilled.

Click here to read more from Sensei Matt.

The Music of John Williams With Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The film industry has ensured that orchestras continue to be heard far and wide, and no one composed more inspired and recognizable soundtracks than the illustrious John Williams. Hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra bring music from cinematic masterpieces like Superman, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more, led by none other than renowned film conductor Richard Kaufman.

Click here for more information.

Annual Train-a-Palooza in Grapevine

The Lone Star Hi-Railers model railroad club will host the its annual Train-A-Palooza model train show and swap meet at the Grapevine Heritage Center, 705 S. Main St. in Grapevine on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Click here for more information.

Dinosaur World Live In Downtown Cowtown at The Isis

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of DINOSAUR WORLD in this interactive new show for the whole family. Using stunning puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage, Dinosaur World Live presents a host of impressive pre-historic creatures including every child’s favorite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with a Giraffatitan, Microraptor, Segnosaurus and Triceratops. The show introduces Miranda, daughter of paleontologists, who grew up surrounded by dinosaurs on a far-away island off the coast of South America. She has brought her pre-historic pals to our shores and would love you to meet them.

Click here for more information.

Field Hockey Free Clinic

Come try the fun, fast game of Field Hockey. Boys & girls are invited to try a new sport and learn the fundamentals of this game played around the world.

Click here for more information.

Spring Break Camps and Activities

Spring Break is approaching and it's time to start filling in your calendar. Check out dozens of camps and activities taking place during Spring Break week.

Find out how countries around the world celebrate Spring with the fun slideshow you'll see here
  • Songkran Water Festival in Thailand (playing with elephants) 
  • Holi Color Festival in India (throwing colored powder)
  • Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling Festival (grand prize - a giant cheese wheel)
How will you celebrate the new season?

Get (Safely) Out and About This Winter

Do we absolutely hate that we're sharing this article again? Yup. Do we think it might be useful again, anyway? Sadly, yes. So here goes:

Your family could really use a fun outing, but you're committed to social distancing. If you haven't been motivated to get outside in the winter in the past, now's the time to explore new places and try new things, all while staying a safe distance from others. If you can, switch your schedule and do your outings on weekdays to avoid weekend crowds. And don't forget your masks!

Take advantage of these ideas now, because we sincerely hope that after this winter we'll never, ever share this article again.

How to Choose a Preschool That's Right for Your Family

Did you know that most preschools and nursery schools are registering students in January and February for the new academic year in the fall? Preschools vary widely in their educational philosophy and day-to-day routines, and the school that's a perfect fit for your neighbor or friend might not be just right for you. But how can you navigate through the preschool search process to find a place that will be best for you and your child? KidsOutAndAbout offers a list of specific factors to ponder and ask about as you attend open houses and school visits.

Click here for advice on How to Choose a Preschool That's Right for Your Family.

We have a list of local preschools to help you as you search for the perfect place for you and your child to start this new adventure. 

Choose Great Taste and Good Health and Join a CSA This Year

It's CSA sign-up season! If you haven't ever participated in a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture), you're missing out on a terrific opportunity to support your local community, connect with your neighbors, get great deals on fresh produce, and expand your culinary horizons.

Families purchase shares of produce that they receive each week during the growing season. Depending on the CSA, fruits, dairy, meat, or other natural products may be available. Some farms encourage pick-your-own activities or offer events when everyone can help out on the farm. What a great field-to-table lesson for the whole family!

 Here's our local list of CSAs.

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 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 you family

Guide to Local Summer Camps 

What are your kids doing this summer? We've got your week-by-week guide to day camps, overnight camps, and specialty subjects like music, theater, technology, science, history, sports, and fitness! There are in-person camps and virtual options, too. Our summer camps page lets you search by week, by subject, or by audience, and camps are adding new listings all the time. You're sure to find something amazing for your kids, whether they're trying something new, honing their skills, or just having fun outside!

Click here for our Guide to Summer Camps.


This Year's KidsOutAndAbout Top 20 Winners

Once again, our readers have spoken! Thousands of parents voted in the KidsOutAndAbout survey of the Top 20 Places to Take Kids. Our Top 20 results page includes a list of your top picks as well as winners in special categories like favorite sports education and favorite arts education! Check out your fellow readers' favorites, and enjoy exploring the best of the region!

Click here for the Top 20 list.


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.

Click here for more information.

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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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