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Fort Worth Newsletter
November 4, 2021

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
Fun on the Farm in Summer and Fall
Local Corn Mazes
Halloween Fun

How to post your organization and events (it's FREE to post!)

Save the Date

Thu, Nov 11: Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade 
Thu, Nov 11: Veteran's Day Ceremony in Richland Hills 
Sat, Nov 13: Veterans Day Celebratory Fun Run at City of Bedford
Sat, Nov 13: Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live 
Sun, Nov 21: 2021 GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights 
Thu, Nov 25: Wise County Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day 
Thu, Nov 25: Arlington Turkey Trot 
Thu, Nov 25: Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot 
Sat, Dec 4: Dallas Sidekicks Home Opener 
Sat, Dec 4: Follow the Star at Cleburne Bible Church
Sat, Dec 11: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at American Airlines Center
Sat, Dec 11: Farmstead Christmas Celebration at Nash Farm
Fri, Dec 17: A Merry Cirque: A Family Holiday Spectacular at Coppell Arts Center
Sat, Dec 18: The Nutcracker 
Fri, Dec 24: A Magical Cirque Christmas
Sat, Jan 15: Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre 

Veterans Day
Holiday Master Guide
Memberships and Season Passes
Private Schools

Santa Sightings
Free Holiday Events
December Break Camps
New Year's Eve
Private Schools

We're planning, too. Events are updated constantly so check back often!

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

"When you smile, you hit better."

My friend Ed, who had his eye on a career in baseball before being sidelined by injuries, has coached his sons' Little League baseball teams on and off for years. His kids got lucky with both father and coach: Ed is firmly of the opinion that it's a baseball game, not baseball work, and that what kids should do is play.

"When you smile, you hit better" is true not only of Little League baseball but anytime, for anyone setting any goal: If you set out to make it fun, you win, regardless of whether you hit a home run or strike out. Think of it this way:
Option 1: Hit goal, had fun Option 2: Didn't hit goal, had fun
Option 3: Hit goal, didn't have fun Option 4: Didn't hit goal, didn't have fun

Options 1, 2, or 3 are wins: Only Option 4 is a loss.

Teaching kids to have this perspective early means they get to start winning right away. We can't control how fast the ball is coming at us, but we can 100% control our attitude toward it, which means we can increase our chances of winning to 100% by guaranteeing we land on Options 1 or 2. And if Ed's right—that we actually hit better when we're smiling—then our chances of landing on Option 1 are even higher, which propels us to sign on for the next challenge.

We're all our kids' coaches—even if not in a formal sense like Ed—and kids learn by watching as well as doing. So the next time you find yourself in front of a plate, smile before you swing. Everyone will win.

Debra Ross, Publisher

P.S. Congrats to the Astros on a well-played World Series.
If you like my publisher's column, you can easily scroll through past columns in the "Notes from Deb" section of our site.

Kids' Books ROC: LIVE, VIRTUAL Rochester Children's Book Festival 2021 

This FREE family event on November 6th includes 43 famous children's book authors and illustrators hosting LIVE virtual storytimes, drawing demos, and panel discussions from 10am - 5pm Eastern Time, with sessions for preschoolers through tweens. Many panels also provide fascinating insights into the children's book publishing industry, so this festival is appropriate for adults interested in becoming children's book authors. Many sessions are interactive.

Check out the schedule and pre-register today at One click gets you access to all fourteen fun and informative sessions!

Kids Need... Physical Fitness

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. In his article, Sensei Matt explains what makes physical fitness so important for kids.

Click here for Sensei Matt's article.

Little Women

This Broadway smash tells the story of the four March sisters. Jo has unsuccessfully been trying to sell her stories for publication, so her friend tells her that she has to write more from herself and she begrudgingly takes his advice. Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Click here for more information.

American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans & First Responders

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 2021, as we celebrate Veteran’s Day with this patriotic annual festival, American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans & First Responders at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks in The Colony, Texas!

Click here for more information.

Veterans Day Parade in Mansfield

The City of Mansfield's Veterans Day Parade and Salute is back for 2021! We are proud to once again recognize veterans from Mansfield and beyond with this special event, and we are thankful for those who have dedicated their lives in service to the United States of America. The parade is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, Nov. 6. Immediately following the parade, there will be a patriotic salute ceremony in front of The LOT Downtown, located at 110 S. Main St.

Click here for more information.

I Heart BBQ

I HEART BBQ was created in 2015 to promote the Keller Senior Activities Center. The event is hosted by Keller Parks & Recreation. I HEART BBQ is a one day festival with something for everyone that loves BBQ, music, beer, and fun!

Click here for more information.

Veterans Day

It's a three-day weekend!  If you'd like to observe the holiday or just have some fun, we have plenty of ideas for you.

Check out KidsOutAndAbout's list of Veterans Day activities , get out and about, and thank a veteran!

Click here for Veterans Day activities.

What to Do With Your Halloween Candy

Have you already started snacking on your treats this season? Even if you have amazing self-control and purposely only bought non-food treats or that one candy bar you can resist when you stocked up for trick-or-treaters, it's likely that soon your kids will be dumping a gigantic bag of candy on your living room carpet (or is that just at our house)?

Never fear! We have fun ideas for things to do with candy besides just gorging on it all. Read our article What to With Leftover Candy (Besides Eat It Yourself).

Master Guide to Fall Fun

Farm fun, fall festivals, pumpkins, Halloween, and so much more! Fall is jam-packed with family fun, and you can find all our essential fun-for-fall lists together in KidsOutAndAbout's Master Guide to Fall Fun!

Click here, then get out there!

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.

It's time to choose enrichment classes and programs for the 2021-2022 school year!

There are so many opportunities for extracurricular programs in all kinds of subjects in our area!

Kids can choose from academic enrichment and tutoring to technology, sports, exercise, dance, music, performing arts, and fine arts. There are classes for preschoolers, elementary age, 'tweens, and teens. Check out the options from our list of Local After School and Weekend Classes as well as Virtual Classes.


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.

Are you a member of an organization that offers events, camps, or classes?

Organizations that offer family and kid-friendly activities in the Ft Worth area can receive a FREE listing on, manage it easily, and post events to our extensive online calendars at no cost.

For more information about listing your organizationclick here.
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And REMEMBER... Don't keep us a secret!  We're sure you can think of other folks who would enjoy finding out what's up for kids and families every week, so please, think of a few friends and forward it along!
Here is the direct link they can use to sign up, themselves.

Wishing you and yours good health.

Debra Ross
Mom to Madison and Ella

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