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Dallas Newsletter
July 8, 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

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Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

The hottest trend in North America this summer is a cool shade of purple.

I'm not sure how we as a people decided we were nuts for lavender, but this summer it's all the rage to visit a lavender farm. It's appropriate for the times, too: Lavender is one tough little perennial; it does fine in the heat, doesn't need much fertilizer, just needs the opportunity to grow without too much rain in the way. It smells great, and it's known for its calming effect. So we want lavender this year, and our farmers have responded by planting fields of the stuff for our wandering pleasure. KOAA's editors have boosted any lavender experiences within driving distance to the top section of our 101 Local Family Day Trips article—it's the most popular page on KidsOutAndAbout these days.

I take a lot of inspiration from farmers: Farmers face facts without fuss. They know that wasting energy on wishing about the weather does nothing to help lavender grow…. Just as wishing 2-year-olds didn’t have tantrums does you no good when he’s face down on the floor of the frozen food aisle. Navigating calmly around the flow of the facts that present themselves is what farming is all about, and it's what adulthood is all about, too.

“We take what comes,” a 6th-generation farmer told me recently as she was contemplating the dry spell that’s slowing the growth of her sunflower field. "And we do what we can with it. There are easier ways to make a living, but we do it for the love of it as much as for the challenge and the tradition."

Children are forces, each with their own nature. There are storms, there are droughts, there are times when the lavender is blooming. We help make opportunities for them to grow without too much rain in the way. And we weather it all, for the love of it.

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!

Click here for more information.

Hooray for Summer!

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

Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden

Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in our Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden. The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. Our butterfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures.

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Flick and Float

We are staying open late to let you and your family enjoy a night under the stars! Bring out the whole family and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your lawn chair or float! Everyone is only $6 and FREE for our Season Pass Holders. Gates open at 8 pm! Enjoy dinner and a show with a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Combo for only $6! No coupons or other discounts apply.

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Second Sunday Funday at Irving Arts Center

Hands-on art-making activities all designed for an afternoon of family fun! **Until further notice, Second Sunday Fundays art activities will presented online with pre-recorded videos and free to-go arts & craft kits available for pick-up at Irving Arts Center.

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The Science of the Guinness Book of World Records

All around the world, people are pushing themselves to achieve new and amazing things. From the world’s smallest stop motion film (hint: it’s measured in nanometers), to the most drum beats in 60 seconds (2,400 beats or 40 beats per second!), to the most consecutive pinky pull-ups (36!), the world is full of fascinating people achieving strange and incredible feats. Now, for the first time ever, we’re looking into the science behind these mesmerizing accomplishments with our new The Science of Guinness World Records exhibition. This is a guided walking tour and will last 1 to 1.5 hours. Please inform the tour guide if any accommodations are required. This tour is not recommended for children under 10 years old.

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Virtual Art Workshop with Sandy McDermott: New England Animals on Saturday, June 10, at 12 pm Eastern

Teaching artist Sandy McDermott will be conducting a Virtual Art Workshop for families about how to draw your own illustrations of animals inspired by New England! No prior skills are necessary for this workshop, where you will learn the tools needed to draw your own scientific illustrations of the variety of animals that live in New England. Sandy McDermott is a natural sciences illustrator from New England. Her passion includes field sketching, and she has worked with several other museums prior. Participants will receive a list of materials required for the workshop prior to the program.​ Advanced registration required.

St. Louis Mercantile Library Anniversary Educational Series

The St. Louis Mercantile Library is excited to announce its new Anniversary Educational Series! Learners of all ages are invited to expand their knowledge and make history come alive with our new three-part self-guided education program. Take a free virtual field trip and explore the 175 year old library and its collections. Use primary sources to discover stories of individuals and communities who changed the course of American history. Subjects include early American immigration, Westward Expansion, and American slave narratives. New topics are being added regularly! The program is an excellent tool for home educators.

Shark Bait Hoo Ha Ha 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1 Mile, or 26.2 Mile Run or Walk

Okay people! Did you know that Shark Awareness Day takes place on July 14th?  We want to celebrate in our own way…with our fifth annual Shark Bait Hoo Ha Ha 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2! Will you be able to run (or walk) fast enough to not be shark bait? Don’t forget, “Fish are friends, not food.” We will be donating at least 20% of every registration to The Ocean Foundation, which “is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.”

Eastman Opera Theatre: Elizabeth Cree

Eastman Opera Theatre (EOT) is thrilled to premiere Elizabeth Cree, released for on-demand streaming starting July 9.This suspenseful and highly theatrical opera, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning Eastman alumnus Kevin Puts ‘94E and a libretto by Mark Campbell, is based on the novel The Trial of Elizabeth Cree by Peter Ackroyd. This production will be directed Stephen Carr and music directed by Timothy Long. 


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.

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?

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Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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