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Dallas Newsletter
June 24, 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

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Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

"Where's Papa going with that axe?" The opening line of Charlotte's Web is one of the most compelling in all of children's literature. Where IS Papa going with that axe? That one sentence launches us brilliantly into the next 192 pages, and part of E.B. White's genius is that everything, everything that happens is shaped by those six little words.

Starting off on the right foot matters. But I think endings matter even more. Our lives are composed of story arcs small and large, and how we bring one to conclusion determines how we incorporate its meaning into our lives. End even a difficult chapter with grace, with class, with a little a ta-da!, and the story will cast a rosy glow over the rest of life. End it with a fizzle and it will fade into irrelevance and be forgotten. End it with bitterness and the whole story will be colored black for the regret to linger forever.

I've been saying throughout the pandemic that we should think about what story we want our kids to tell about it someday, and then write the ending that way as a family. But it's equally important to help others as they do the same: If we can help close someone's tragedy with quiet but solid support, the survivors get to look back on the hard time through the lens of our love for them. And there are a thousand quiet ways to foster community unity, such as patronizing favorite local businesses, to help us all bring this difficult chapter to an end and get us oriented to a new beginning, a story that will be much more fun to tell.

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
See how important the ending is? Coming or going, Elwyn Brooks White knew what he was doing.

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.

Fill Out our KidsOutAndAbout Top 20 Survey and Share Your Favorites!

It's time for our annual KidsOutAndAbout survey of the Top 20 Places to Take Kids! Here's your way to thank the people who create opportunities for kids in our area. . . and PLAN YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST at the same time! You'll select your three top places to go, and then you can also select optional favorites in arts education, sports education, and STEM education. This year, we're also asking you to tell us about who impressed you with making your family's life a little better during the pandemic.

The survey will take about 4 minutes, and you'll have the opportunity to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Voting ends July 1, 2021.

Click here to vote.

Hooray for Summer!

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

Nerf Challenge

Nerf Challenge is a groundbreaking live attraction that brings all of the high-octane action and competitive fun of NERF into a 90,000 square foot, adrenaline-pumping, action-packed active play experience. Tickets to Nerf Challenge On Sale now and going fast! Book your spot now to ride a giant bowling ball, test your blaster skills, and challenge your friends...Remember, it's Nerf or Nothin'!

Click here for more information.

Troupe Vertigo: Circus, Dance, Theater

Where reality bends, expectations twist and the body embraces the imagination. Troupe Vertigo’s spellbinding performances ignite the imagination through stunning physical feats choreographed into works of art. Their commitment to create work that is an eclectic and innovative mix of Circus-Dance-Theater redefines visual space with displays of mental and physical prowess. Incorporating artistic components from across different creative disciplines, Troupe Vertigo shows create stories woven together using highly stylized choreography, lighting and music to create scenes with imaginative visual landscapes.

Click here for more information.

Road & Track Month at Crayola Experience Plano

VROOM! VROOM! Race into Crayola Experience all month long for Road & Track month in partnership with R&T Crew, the kids club by Road & Track.

Click here for more information.

Olympic Day at Irving's

Get in the spirit of the Summer Games at Irving’s first-ever Olympic Day celebration. This two-day event will feature sporting and cultural activities in conjunction with World Olympic Day which was founded to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games.

Click here for more information.

Summer Strawberry Shortcake: Friday, June 25, at 6 pm Eastern

When strawberry harvest season begins in Western New York, that means summertime is just around the corner. Grow your own berries or take a morning to go strawberry picking at one of your region's local fruit farms! And of course, pick or purchase a couple quarts because it is hard to get home without eating them all. Then join us for this class, Summer Strawberry Shortcake, in which students will learn to make a delicious strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream. This class is appropriate for all ages with parent supervision with oven and cutting. Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, we can accommodate you! Just fill out our contact form. 
African American Book Festival: Saturday, June 26, Sessions at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm Central

Good vibes reign at the Austin African American Book Festival! Our festival is an interactive community gathering and cultural celebration of African American writers and their work. Through literary-based programming that includes author talks, book discussions, pop culture conversations, children's activities, and a vendor marketplace. Now in its fifteenth year, the Austin African American Book Festival is a community-focused event that invites some of the greatest literary talents of our generation to engage directly with readers to foster creativity, activism and positive change.
Movie Making Basics for Families: Saturday, June 26, at 11 am Mountain

Do you love to watch movies? Have you ever watched a movie and thought “I’d love to make a movie but I don’t know how!” Are you thinking you can’t make movies because you don’t have a movie camera? The Utah Film Center will teach you that you CAN make a movie and you DON’T need any fancy movie equipment to make it happen at our class, Movie Making Basics for Families! Professional filmmaker Fernando Lara will show you how to use what you have–a smartphone or a tablet–to make a movie with your family and friends. You will learn the basics of movie-making from storyboarding to directing to casting to cinematography and editing. You will walk away from this workshop with all the basic tools and skills you need to make a movie of your own!
Virtual Old Songs Festival 2021

The health and safety of our audience members, volunteers, and artists is of paramount importance to us, so this year we will be presenting Virtual Old Songs Festival 2021. So you won’t have to travel this year to join in on the festivities — you’ll be able to join us from home or wherever you happen to be at the time! Music, Dance, learn hows, Great Groove Band, and so much more. 


VIRTUAL events this weekend

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

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

Fourth of July Celebrations

The 4th of July is coming up soon... Hooray for community festivities and gathering together again!

If you're looking for fireworks and other community celebrations, check out our list.

Try Camping This Year!

A wonderful way to connect with your kids AND with the great outdoors is camping. June is a great time to get started with the Great American Campout!

Our communications director, Katie Beltramo, is a camping enthusiast, and her article about how to have a great experience camping in your backyard with your kids is extremely useful. I wish you a dry backyard, perfectly toasted marshmallows, and few mosquitoes. Have at it! 

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.

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. 

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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