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Dallas Newsletter
June 17, 2021

In-person events in and around Dallas this weekend

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Dear readers:

Last May, Dave Grohl, frontman for the rock band Foo Fighters, wrote a beautiful essay for The Atlantic magazine called "The Day the Live Concert Returns." In it, he describes the raw power of live music as "the most life-affirming experience" we have as humans. "I don’t know when it will be safe to return...But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to." I read those words last year and became an instant fan, if not of Foo Fighters, at least of Dave Grohl.

And then I became an even bigger fan of his mom.

In 2017, Virginia Hanlon Grohl published From Cradle to Stage: Stories from Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars: It's a compilation of reflections on raising music stars from the moms of Adam Levine, Miranda Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Amy Winehouse, and 13 others. In the momentum of the book's success, Virginia and Dave went on the road to record video interviews with some of the moms featured in her book; that companion series From Cradle To Stage was released this spring on Paramount Plus.

Woven throughout both the book and the videos is the message of what it means to let kids take risks. The last episode (highlighting Geddy Lee of Rush and his mother, Mary Weinrib) opens with Dave reflecting:

I wasn't so different from a million other kids. What made me different is that my mother ALLOWED me to do it. What made me different is that she believed in me.
Virginia Grohl, Mary Winerib, Verna Griffin, Janis Winehouse, and the rest somehow found the courage to let their kids march to the beat of the drum they heard in their own ears even when it sent them off the traditional success path, even when the uncertainty felt overwhelming. Their stories show the good that comes from doing so, for the world and for their relationship with their kids, both then and now.

Believe in your kids. Not because they might be Dave Gohl someday, but because, if you do, they're certain to be them.

Debra Ross, publisher

P.S. Poetically, Foo Fighters will be the band to reopen live music at Madison Square Garden in the wake of the pandemic. The show is this Sunday evening at 8 pm, so I'm headed to New York for the weekend. Dave's right: I have to be there. 

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.


Father's Day is This Sunday, June 20

How are you celebrating Dad this year? These days, just getting out among people feels like its own celebration, but

If you need some ideas for how to make the most of Father's Day,  we've got you covered with our list of local and virtual Father's Day Events.

Give that special guy plenty of love, but just because it's his day doesn't mean you can't all enjoy it together!

Hooray for Summer!

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

Nerf Challenge- The Ultimate Nerf Playground

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.

Juneteenth Celebration at Dallas Heritage Village

Come celebrate and learn more about a historic day in history : Juneteenth! Admission is free & DHV will feature a special film about enslaved woman Harriet Mason’s Emancipation. Harriet Mason received information about her emancipation at the Gano Farmstead in the dining room, a building that currently resides on DHV’s grounds. We are excited to highlight and elevate her story and the story of the historic knowledge of emancipation on June 19, 1865 in Texas.

Click here for more information.

Father's Day Weekend at Dallas Arboretum

Come for a fun-filled weekend for dads at the Dallas Arboretum. Bring dad and grandpa to the garden to enjoy live music performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage from 2-4pm. The Closers on Saturday and The Blandelles on Sunday entertain audiences with their oldies rock and roll covers. The Classic Chassis Car Club returns with more than 20 cars on display in the garden for all guests to admire.

Click here for more information.

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

The City of DeSoto will host the Juneteenth Celebration and will join forces with Lancaster, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville. The community is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy a family-friendly event.

Click here for more information.

Lunch & Learn: The History of Juneteenth, on Thursday, June 18, at 12 pm Central

On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army issued a statement that all slaves in Texas were free. The announcement came almost three years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Though the event was followed by confusion, delay, and continued terror for many enslaved Texans, Juneteenth is now the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. Join Dr. George Keaton, Jr., Founder and Executive Director of Remembering Black Dallas, for Lunch & Learn: The History of Juneteenth, a discussion of the history of Juneteenth, its particular significance in Texas, and how the holiday has evolved over the last 150 years.
Creating a Summer Solstice Ceremony: Friday, June 18, at 3 pm Eastern

In our Creating a Summer Solstice Ceremony event, the teens will learn about the significance of celebrating the earth and her cycles, and how to create their own special ceremony to celebrate the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the time when the sun is at the height of its power. The days are long and all of nature is flourishing. It's the beginning of a new season, a good time to honor the earth, and a time to remember that we, like the sun, have the power to endure, nurture, and shine our lights as brightly as we can.

Celebrate Juneteenth with MoAD: Saturday, June 19, at 11 am Pacific

MoAD invites you to Celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong line up of virtual talks and workshops. Juneteenth is known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day. It commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army arrived in Galveston and proclaimed the end of slavery in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is now celebrated as the end of the institution of slavery in the United States. A campaign to make Juneteenth a national holiday is gaining ground as more and more people across the country are celebrating Freedom Day.

A Laurie Berkner Virtual Family Concert: On Father's Day! Sunday, June 20, at 12 pm and 5 pm Eastern

There will be two shows of Laurie Berkner's Virtual Family Concert on Father's Day, one at 12 pm and one at 5 pm. Join Laurie Berkner for an 80+ minute LIVE, interactive, virtual performance for the whole family! Sing, dance, & play games through your device with Laurie as she performs fan favorites and songs from her new album, interacts with you through the screen, & brings in a few surprises - from her house to yours! 



VIRTUAL events this weekend

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

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

Juneteenth Celebrations

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those people who had been enslaved in the United States. While President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation happened in 1862, many were still enslaved until Union troops gained control of states and territories during the Civil War. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when emancipation was announced in Texas. Juneteenth began with small community celebrations in Texas but have become increasingly popular, because freedom is worth celebrating everywhere.

Click here for a list of online and local events.

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. 

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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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