Kid-Friendly Tools in the Perot’s new Build It Garage


This morning we checked out the crafty new exhibit now open at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and met with the Perot’s new CEO and our previous Mom Next Door Colleen Walker for a look at the drop-in projects, all geared toward kids 8 and older. Get admission to Build It Garage for regular admission, plus a $4 supplies fee, during the exhibit’s run through August 17.

Handheld 3-D printing pens, which work a lot like hot glue guns, run about $100 a pop, so don’t pass up the opportunity to use one of the Perot’s printing pens to trace out fun shapes like “hipster” glasses” and and then wear them, like so:

Want to race your own derby car down a track? First, pick up an actual hot glue gun on the long craft tables and follow the diagram to craft a car out of materials like wooden blocks, popsicle sticks and cut-up straws.


On the other side, design your own aerodynamic rockets and paper planes, and then aim for the 10-, 20-, 30- or 40-foot bulls-eyes by launching them both, which Colleen demonstrations with a stomp on the launch pad.


For a basic demonstration in circuitry, check out the LED pixel mural, a peg wall that you can alter by adding more cubes and rearranging them into letters or shapes. In other words, C-O-O-L.

Freebies and fuzzy friends at the “Longest Day Adopt-a-thon”

(Courtesy of Operation Kindness)

(Courtesy of Operation Kindness)

The dog days of summer seem to drag on but Operation Kindness’ “Longest Day Adopt-a-thon” definitely won’t be a drag. We’re looking forward to seeing the adorable and adoptable furry faces during a day of food, music and freebies. The no-kill animal shelter in Carrollton is celebrating the summer solstice from 10am–10pm on June 21 by offering all adopters $25 off adoption fees, one free night stay at the Toothacres Boarding Facility and 25% off at Pet Supplies Plus.

The deals don’t stop there. Get there early for free coffee from Dunn Bros and free doughnuts from Hypnotic Donuts. Can’t make it until later in the day? Raising Cane’s will be doling out free chicken fingers — the ultimate kid-friendly fare — from 12–1pm. From 6–9pm food trucks such as Ketzler’s Shnitzel Shack, Jack’s Chowhound and Snow Ball Express will be on the scene.

Enjoy family-friendly live music and hang around for raffle prizes such as pet supply gift cards and restaurant gift certificates — there’s a winner every hour on the hour. Have some summer fun and hopefully you’ll find the Fido your kids will love for years to come!

3 high-flying fun experiences for Dad on Father’s Day Weekend


iFly Dallas

Father’s Day is upon us and instead of gifting ties or patronizing crowded restaurants, make a unique memory with your padre. Here are three things to do this weekend with the fly father in your life.

For the history buff

Dads interested in mechanics or planes won’t want to miss the Denton Air Show from 11am–4pm Saturday. Check out vintage planes, watch awesome aerobatics and take a ride on a helicopter at the Denton Enterprise Airport. Can’t get enough? Show up bright and early for breakfast with the pilots. Kids 6 and younger get in free and adult admission is $10 but you can snag tickets discounted to $6 online before June 13.

The great outdoorsman

Maybe your big guy is more of the outdoors type. Swing by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for free fly fishing Sunday. The folks from outdoor outfitters Backwoods will be casting fly rods on the reflecting pool and letting patrons have a try from 11am–1pm. How many dads can say they’ve been fishing at the Modern? If lunch plans are still up in the air, consider trying out the Father’s Day specials at Café Modern. The hearty steak benedict sounds like a real dad pleaser.

For the thrill-seeker

Papas with a penchant for thrills — but maybe not the risky kind — will love to go skydiving indoors. Yes, skydiving. Experience floating in the air without a parachute or an airplane at iFly Dallas where the indoor flight chamber’s 350-horsepower fans generate winds of up to 200 mph. Newbies are welcomed with open arms as fully certified trainers are ready to show you the basics. Convinced? Book your time slot online. The individual package is $59.95 and gets you two one-minute flight sessions, $129.95 includes four flights shared by two people and a DVD of the session or the family package at $269.95 gets sessions for up to five people.There’s a viewing area around the glass chamber, so the whole family can watch you fly!

Zap, pow, biff! Have an action-packed Saturday in Fort Worth



Meet fictional and real-life heroes at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during Action Hero Saturday. Dress up the kids in their superhero costumes for half off admission or swing by Innovation Studios at 11am to make a cape. Other freebies for kids include comic books, posters and have a chance to win other giveaways at the event.

Get there early to come face-to-face with everyday heroes. Fort Worth firefighters will be on the scene with their fire truck to meet with your curious kiddos starting at 9am.

Don’t miss the live stunts by everyone’s favorite professor, Indiana Jones at 11am and 3pm. Stick around to hear the stunt actors speak on their experiences in the field.

Round out the whole experience by going on a treasure hunt in the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibit. Purchasing admission to the exhibit includes general admission and all of Saturday’s fun.

If science fiction is more your speed, never fear. Members from Star Wars enthusiast group 501st Legion will be in complete regalia at the event and these guys know their stuff. Trekkies aren’t left out either; Star Trek super fans from Fleet 31 will be in attendance in authentic Starship uniforms.

6 DFW shops offering free treats for National Doughnut Day

Doughnut miss these freebies! (Image courtesy: Krispy Kreme)

Doughnut miss these freebies! (Image courtesy: Krispy Kreme)

Even if you’re dreading the long day ahead we’re sure you’ll perk up when we tell you June 6 is the 77th National Doughnut Day! This American celebration started in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army “Doughnut Dollies” who doled out the scrumptious, sugary treats to soldiers serving in France during the first World War. These days, doughnuts are a common on-the-run breakfast item for bustling parents, a quick soccer practice snack choice or also known as dinner when the PTA meeting runs late. In honor of the mouth-watering merriment, the following establishments are offering free doughnuts and more.

Hypnotic Donuts

The enchanting local doughnuttery, Hypnotic Donuts is going all-out and is giving away shirts, hats, gift cards and doughnuts. They will also showcase their “Dallas Donut Day” proclamation from the office of Dallas mayor, Mike Rawlings.

Glazed Doughnuts and Café

Sweeten your day with one of Glazed Doughnuts’ European-inspired, artisan baked doughnuts. The café is advertising one free doughnut per customer at their Arlington or Grand Prairie locations. Maybe taking an “Éclair de Bacon” for the road isn’t a bad idea either.

Glazed Donut Works

Deep Ellum doughnut shop Glazed Donut Works, known for designer creations such as “Raspberry Chambord” and “Meyer Lemon Poppyseed” is joining in on the jelly-filled fun. Visit Glazed Donut’s pink bus on the corner of Mockingbird and Greenville between 8 and 10 am. The first 500 people to drop a donation into The Salvation Army red kettle on site get a free sour cream cake doughnut.

Krispy Kreme

If you’re looking for a no-strings-attached confection, Krispy Kreme is offering one free doughnut of any variety – even filled doughnuts – with no purchase necessary.

Shipley Do-Nuts

Do you go nuts for Shipley Do-Nuts? Shipley is very generously giving out one free doughnut and one free small coffee for each customer between 5 am and 12 pm. A portion of their sales will benefit The Salvation Army.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Get a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts when you buy your morning coffee. You get your pick of the powder-sugared pack with the purchase of any beverage.

The “Dad and Me” campaign and a $50 giveaway

posted by on 2014.06.03, under Cool Stuff, Products

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Amid the constant “go-go-go” of our lives, what with constantly buzzing smartphones, long grocery lines and seemingly endless traffic on I-635, it’s easy for dad to forget to carve out time with junior.

California-based clothing company fodada is striving to change that. This Father’s Day, fodada is urging fathers and their kiddos to participate in the “Dad and Me” campaign by promising to spend more quality time together by making a written commitment. Dad and child sign fodada’s commitment letter and agree to spend three, one-hour blocks of time together every month doing something silly, educational and outdoors.

fodada hopes to prove that dad’s involvement is valuable and says, “The Dad and Me campaign is a way for dads to promote and celebrate their role set up their children for a lifetime of healthy development —something psychologists, sociologist and even the White House deem vital.” Dads and their littles can send a selfie to while holding up their signed letter and fodada will send dad a free t-shirt.

If you like free, you’ll love this deal. Visit the giveaway tab on our DallasChild Magazine, FortWorthChild Magazine or NorthTexasChild Magazine Facebook pages for the chance to win a $50 fodada online shopping spree. There are lots of great designs for dad, fokiddo and fomama too! Contest ends June 14 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced June 15 at 9 a.m. via our Facebook and Twitter accounts so be sure to follow us.


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