For the time of your life … step back in time. Tomorrow kicks off this year’s Scarborough Renaissance Festival, one of the most thrilling ways to escape from iPhones and BlackBerries and enjoy a little everyday jousting, fire throwing and harp playing (what’s not to like?). But if you can’t make it all the way down to Waxahatchie this weekend, there are a few local activities that will let you time travel just a bit (DeLorean not included).
Try spending Saturday afternoon in downtown Grapevine for Grapevine Blacksmith Day, where over 40 blacksmiths will be on hand demonstrating their unique skills. Learn about forging, horseshoeing and more, and participate in a silent auction.
Or … try learning a little about your own family’s unique history. White Rock Lake is celebrating its Centennial, and you can join in the fun by gathering family photos taken by the lake in years past and learning about them in historical context. Come by Saturday and Sunday.
You can also explore the days of the wild, wild west, when cowboys called the shots across the plains of Texas. Pop in to the Frisco Heritage Museum on Saturday for Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day, where you can go for a ride in a stagecoach and witness authentic gun fights performed by the Trinity River Desperadoes.
See you back in the present day!
Support your local artist … especially when she’s forgoing afternoons on the playground for her craft.
Local student Anna Nguyen, a sixth grader at Wylie’s Davis Intermediate School, was selected out of tens of thousands as one of 36 finalists competing to have their handiwork reproduced on a Heinz Ketchup bottle. Want to see her drawings stand the test of time? The fate of Anna—and her handiwork—is up to you! Check out her work and vote for her here. Contest closes April 11.
Some kids just have all the fun. Precocious siblings Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, out on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
In this third installment of the beloved fantasy series, the trio joins King Caspian and a noble mouse named Reepicheep on a quest to rescue noble lords who had been lost fighting evil on another island. Aboard the the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader, they travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures and, of course, reunite with the great lion Aslan on a mission that may just determine the fate of Narnia itself. Are they up to the challenge?
You’ll recognize Academy Award-winner Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan, along with the voices of Simon Pegg and Tilda Swinton. Pick it up Friday for $24.99 (Blu-ray) or $20.98 (DVD). Rated PG.
Now that it’s spring, you should dress the part—and your little ones shouldn’t be left out.
Your rambunctious boys can pay homage to their mother (both the Earth and the genetic variety) by sporting this Respect Your Mother tee from Peek … Aren’t You Curious? It’s made with 100 percent mercerized cotton, giving it a super soft feel. $34; available in sizes XS-XL. Pair it with the blue-and-white-striped Jenner One Pocket Shorts for an extra laid back vibe.
Next time your little girl is picking flowers for the world’s best mother, be sure she’s got something she can move in. With elastic bands at the top and bubble leg openings, the Rosemary Romper (also from Peek) will give her plenty of freedom to run and play as little kids do. It’s made of 100 percent cotton, with a vintage-inspired paisley pattern. $68; available in sizes XS-2XL.
Pick up all items at Peek … Aren’t You Curious? at Dallas’ NorthPark Center.
He’s got good intentions, but whenever he tries to help, he makes a mess of things! He loves his dog, Ruff. And his youthful curiosity always manages to get the best of him.
The beloved television series based on Hank Ketcham’s iconic comic is coming to DVD this week. Celebrate the simple joys of childhood by kicking back and watching Dennis the Menace: Season One with the whole family. You’ll laugh at Dennis’ humorous (yet heartwarming) misadventures—and perhaps take a trip back in time to your own glory days (who hasn’t replaced their neighbor’s flower bulbs with sweet potatoes?).
The five-DVD box set includes exclusive interviews with cast members, original TV show promo and a special bonus episode of The Donna Reed Show.
Join swords with the mighty Arthur! Well, maybe not literally. But when you check out Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3: The New Minimoy Adventures, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away on the adventure.
In the part-live action, part-animated films, the heroes from the first film return for another action-packed quest. This time around, 10-year-old Arthur enters the World of the Invisibles, where danger lurks, giant insects invade and the evil Emperor Maltazard is terrorizing his people. In order to save his beloved princess, he enlists the help of the Queen Bee. Can he win an epic war of TWO worlds?
You’ll recognize the voices of Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus) and Mia Farrow, along with pop sensations Snoop Dogg, will.i.am and Fergie.
Pick it up tonight on DVD or Blu-ray, sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Rated PG.