6 Must-See Children’s Shows This Fall

posted by on 2014.09.16, under What to do today!
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Disney on Ice, photo courtesy Feld EntertainmentWhile you’re already penciling in those fall to-dos, break out the permanent marker for these can’t-miss family performances on ice and on stage in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Dallas Children Theater’s season opener begins this Friday, September 19. Tickets are still available for the first show, so reserve your tickets now and get the royal treatment at the free opening night party with ponies, face painting, mini-cupcakes and crafts to make your own family crest. Tickets start at $15.

The Sound of Music
Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth opens its adult season on Saturday with this family favorite musical starring Maria von Trapp. Why take the kids? Because every child should know the lyrics to “Do-Re-Mi.” Here’s a tip: the theater doesn’t have booster seats so bring one from home so your little can get a better view of the stage. Tickets start at $41.

Snow White and the Prince
Not far behind is the children’s season opener, Snow White and the Prince. This will be a special treat for Rapunzel fans. This new spin on Snow White comes from Mark Friedman and Janes Yates Vogt, the same creators of Rapunzel and How I Became a Pirate. Get your tickets to the world premiere show beginning October 10. Tickets start at $16 and lap seats are $10.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE
For those of you who can’t help but share your favorite stories from childhood with the kids (we sheepishly raise our own hands), in comes The Berenstain Bears. The Eisemann Center in Richardson hosts this one-day-only performance on October 19, so no dallying with these reservations. Tickets start at $13. Check out more shows coming up in the Family Theatre Series.

Disney on Ice – Princesses & Heroes
Disney returns to Allen Event Center’s ice rink with a mash-up of characters on November 26 and 28–30 (closed Thanksgiving). If you and the kids can’t make it out to one of the aforementioned musicals, here’s another chance to see Rapunzel and Snow White. Plus starlets Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Aladdin and the Genie, and more Disney favorites will join the cast on the ice. Tickets start at $16.

A Christmas Story the Musical
Oh Ralphie, you wore the pink bunny costume and fudged over that infamous curse word, and for that we tune in every day for your Christmas Eve marathon, but this year, we’ll be turning off the tube to watch you live on stage at Music Hall in Fair Park. Dallas Summer Musicals opens this Christmas classic on December 2. Individual tickets aren’t yet on sale, so check back online closer to the yuletide. Official word is that the content is appropriate for kids ages 5 and older.

North Texas Giving Day

posted by on 2014.09.15, under What to do today!
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If you’re on the email list for any of the numerous local nonprofits, chances are you’ve seen this graphic: NTGD1

It’s all for the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day, an online donation drive coming up on Thursday, September 18 when more than 1,600 local nonprofits will be vying for your donations. Communities In Schools of North Texas, whose mission is to prevent kids from dropping out of school, will pie someone in the face for every $2,000 raised, and Genesis Women’s Shelters filmed a funny video calling on its “superheroes” to defeat domestic violence. Find a complete list of nonprofits here: northtexasgivingday.org.

Amounts of $25 or more will be accepted online from 6am–midnight, but you can also donate in person and get in a little entertainment for the kids at several events scheduled around DFW in Dallas, McKinney, Arlington, Fort Worth and Denton. Check out the details here.

In Dallas, the Communities Foundation of Texas is throwing quite a party from 11am–2pm with food trucks, performances by local theater and dance companies, and activities for the kids.

Plus, we’ll be there as the sponsor for the Kids Give, a station with three coin jars representing three types of nonprofits. Gather up your loose change (Lincolns, Roosevelts, Washington, we’ll take them all) to donate, but first we need your vote to determine which categories will receive the donations.

There’s still more time to vote in the Kids Give poll, a quick, one-question survey. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Thanks-Giving Art

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2014 1st Place Winner in Art–Osvaldo Rosas

Every year for the past decade, students in grades K–12 have used various forms of art to tell the world (and the judges) what they are most grateful for.

Since 2005, the Thanks-Giving Foundation (TTFG) has sponsored a series of art contests titled “Expressions.” This year the category of dance will be reintroduced and the contest will be renamed “Expressions of Gratitude” to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the foundation’s 50th.

This year’s theme, “I am Grateful for the Golden Rule” focuses on an integral aspect of The Thanks-Giving Foundation’s mission: to treat others as one would his or herself.  Parents and teachers are encouraged to have a lesson with young people using suggested discussion questions including, “Where do you see the Golden Rule being used?” and “How does the practice of this idea affect your attitude and behavior?”

Judges will include professionals from major museums, libraries, public and educational institutions as well as individual artists. The entries will be judged by category (visual art, essay and dance) and grade level. Winners will receive cash awards from $25–$100 and their teacher or school will receive twice the amount to put towards art supplies. The winning entries will be displayed at the Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas and various other locations.

In the contest’s history, it has attracted thousands of entries throughout Texas as well as eight other states and five other countries. The contest runs Sep 15–Dec 15.

For more information on how to enter, visit thanksgiving.org.

DFWChild hearts Wee Volunteer

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Courtesy of Wee VolunteerIn our September issue now out on newsstands, we announced a new partnership with Wee Volunteer, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit run by mom of two Michelle Chase that hosts hands-on volunteer activities for littlest of philanthropists.

Wee Volunteer takes families out into the field — to food banks, the SPCA and more local organizations — to teach kids at a young age that they can make a difference.

Each month, we’ll be highlighting a new service project for you and the kids to join, starting with Wipe Out Graffiti, a program open to kids as young as 5 to help clean up illegal graffiti in Dallas.

A rep with the City of Dallas Department of Code Compliance will explain to the group about the difference between sanctioned street art and vandalism, Home Depot provides the paint, and you and the kids provide the elbow grease.

The next Wipe Out Graffiti event is set for Saturday, September 13 from 10am–noon, and the project fee is $10 per child.

Register online at weevolunteer.org to secure your spot or call 817/800-3537 for more information.

Groundbreaking party at Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas

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Alamo - Las Colinas rendering. Image by Gensler Architecture - 3
We’ve already shared our affection for Alamo Drafthouse’s outside-the-box movie theater offerings — quote-alongs, dance-alongs, Saturday morning cartoons — and now, fresh off its announcement of its second DFW location coming to Dallas, they’ve just announced a third location planned for Las Colinas.

The theater will open in spring 2016 at the future site of the Music Factory, a new entertainment complex (check out the video here), and they’re throwing a free, family-friendly groundbreaking party this Saturday night, August 30, to celebrate.

Grab your camping chairs and watch an outdoor showing of the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark in 35mm on a 40-foot blow-up screen.

Granted, Raiders has a bit more mature content than its original PG rating (it was the ’80s) suggests so you’ll have to decide if your kids are old enough to see it, but the screening is open to all ages and they’ll have “temple-themed” bounce houses for the kids, as well as whip demonstrations, food trucks and for the adults, local craft beers.

Gates open at 7pm and the cinema will be located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Love all the Indiana Jones movies? Labor Day weekend is your last chance to see the special exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History featuring costumes, memorabilia and a digital scavenger hunt for the kids.

Healthy Huddle

posted by on 2014.08.19, under Charity, Healthy Families
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Hurles Scales signs footballs during the NFLPA Dallas Healthy Huddle launch party with Monarch Dental on August 18 in Dallas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Smile Brands Group, Inc.)

Hurles Scales signs footballs during the NFLPA Dallas Healthy Huddle launch party with Monarch Dental on August 18 in Dallas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Smile Brands Group, Inc.)

This week, the Dallas chapter of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) launched a new program called Healthy Huddles. The program aims to equip retired NFL players and their families with affordable dental insurance while giving them the opportunity to participate in a Community Smile Project that will impact the lives of underprivileged youth in the area.

Each quarter, NFLPA members can nominate one outstanding underprivileged child to receive free dental care from Monarch Dental. The dental offices have 56 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, meaning more than 200 children will have access to free services.

At least 15 NFLPA chapters will participate in the Healthy Huddle Project, with the Dallas chapter being the first. “It’s not about the team you play for,” says Byron Williams, NFLPA Dallas chapter president and former NFL player. “It’s about playing like a team.”

For more information visit monarchdental/healthyhuddle 

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