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Dallas Newsletter
July 29, 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:

I want my kids to be happy in life, so I want them to fail. Summer is a great time to practice it.

As an entrepreneur, I fail all the time. As my team and I try new designs, new products, and new systems, only some of them work. The right attitude is key: Learning from our failures and then setting them aside quickly helps successes come faster. When I was a kid, though, I was so afraid to fail that I didn't risk anything, ever. I played it safe, stayed in my lane, got my A's, and was "successful." But I never pushed my own limits, and didn't accomplish much. It took me well into my 20s to realize that a comfort zone is really a velvet trap that protects us from both risk and reward, but once I was free, I was free.

Most schools are not safe places to fail. It would be great if they were, but they probably can't be, with limited time and resources and a large population to serve. Summer, though... Summer is a GREAT time to practice the special art of failing. Outside of school, kids can try new things without consequences if they don't work out. You can help by encouraging your kids to blast off in a direction they hadn't considered. They can build a straw rocket or a stomp rocket or a pop rocket. Or write poems and plays and songs and perform them in the backyard for an audience of stuffed animals. Or they can learn to cook: With all of the produce ripening, these days, anyone can mess around with food at minimal expense. If it tastes yucky, no problem, but you never know until you try.

Summer is a time of no grades and few consequences... so it's essentially a nice soft sandy landing cushion for when kids close their eyes and jump into the unknown. There's still some time before school starts back up, so tell your family you have a new motto for the rest of the summer: Fail elaborately, fail often, fail cheerfully, fail safe. Let me know how it goes.

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.

Scavenger Hunt in Allen

Allen's hosting a scavenger hunt! Get in NOW! Ready, set, DISCOVER! Embark on a mission-based scavenger hunt to explore special spots in Allen. Join this free activity yourself or with a small team. Allen Adventure Hunt takes place through 5 p.m. July 31.

Click here for more information.

Christmas in July Workshop at Young Chefs Academy

Holiday cheers comes more than once a year! Join us in our “cool” kitchens where we’ll bring holiday cheer back into the kitchen with tasty favorites, sweet treats and more! It’s time for visions of delicious, festive fun to come to life a few months early during our Christmas in July culinary workshop!

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Disney’s Moana Jr (Mask) at Brodie Copeland Theatre at Willow Bend Center of the Arts

Disney’s Moana JR. is a 60-minute musical based on the 2016 Disney animated movie Moana, about the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of returning the heart of Te Fiti and saving her people.

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Prosper Summerfest

Cedarbrook Media is excited to announce Prosper Summerfest 2021! Held at Frontier Park, which is located at 1551 W. Frontier Parkway in Prosper, we will feature music, food, shopping with our vendors, inflatables, games for the kids and a movie on the giant screen at dark. Festival attendees will be able to set up on the grassy berm at Windmill Pavilion to enjoy the music and allow their children to enjoy the festivities. We are currently accepting sponsorships and Vendors in order to make the 2021 Prosper Summerfest event the best ever!! This is wonderful opportunity to give back to the Prosper community and to promote/advertise your business at the same time!

Click here for more information.

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!


VIRTUAL events this weekend

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

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

14 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Nursery School

Is your child starting nursery school soon? We offer some tips to help both of you with the transition. Review them now and use the last weeks of summer to prepare your little one for their next big step. You'll both be ready to start the school year off right!

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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.

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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