Earn $20,000 and stardom at the DFW ICON Vocal Competition

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Waiting for your big break? Here’s a chance for the aspiring young singers in your family to get closer to super-stardom: the inaugural DFW ICON Vocal Competition coming to downtown Grapevine during Main Street Days May 16–18.

Singers between age 7 and 24, prepare two minutes of your favorite song (one that shows off your range, of course) for a chance to win more than $20,000 in prizes and services to help launch your career. Do you sing and play the guitar or piano? The same goes for you.

CEO of JG Entertainment, Jonathan George, who has developed singers for Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, Universal and Sony, will be there scouting for talent and judging on vocals, performance and image.

See the details online and register at dfwicon.com. The application fee is $40 and all the proceeds benefit Kidd’s Kids.

Competitors in the prelims will perform at the Palace Theatre May 16–17 and the finals contestants sing on the main stage at the 30th annual festival. More for information, visit grapevinetexasusa.com/mainstreetdays.

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Fashion Activism

posted by on 2014.04.25, under Celebs, Charity, Fashion and Style, Mom, Products
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We love when being fashion-forward can also mean helping those in need.

These products are perfect examples of when form (style) meets function (activism).

FEED Projects recently paired up with mommy blogger Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) to create a limited-edition diaper bag. The purchase of a bag ($150) provides one mother and one child with micronutrients for an entire year! Not to mention it’s bright speckled pattern, perfect for summer. But don’t worry dads; the bag also comes in beige.

Founded in 2007 by model and activist Lauren Bush, FEED Project’s mission is to help feed the world through the sales of its bags, bears, T-shirts and other accessories. In creating the products, FEED practices fair-labor production and uses environmentally friendly and artisan-made materials.

Today, FEED has donated more than $6,000,000 and 60 million meals. That’s a lot of food!

Learn more about FEED

Get the bag

But FEED isn’t the only one making fearless humanitarian efforts in the fashion world.

Online retailer ShopBop and HIV awareness initiative Born Free collaborated with 22 of the fashion industry’s top moms like Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang to create a women and children’s collection.

ShopBop will donate 100 percent of its profits towards ending HIV transmission at birth and the MAC AIDS Fund will match all donations and the total purchase price of all products sold, up to $500,000.

The collection features everything from a silk baby blanket by Alexander McQueen to matching mommy-daughter pleated skirts by Prada. You won’t need an occasion to sport this adorable get-up!

Shop the collection

Here comes the boom: Bugs Bunny Boomtown opens Saturday at Six Flags

posted by on 2014.04.24, under Around Town: Fort Worth, Cool Stuff, Family Fun
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Bugs Bunny Boom TownThis Saturday, April 26, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington debuts its newly expanded kids’ area Bugs Bunny Boomtown featuring five new rides:
–Looney Tunes Adventure Camp: a massive play place with crawl tubes and curvy slides
–Taz Tornado: pint-sized swing carousel
–Marvin the Martian Space Rockets: think the Dumbo ride at Disney but in your own rocketship
–Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters: water barrels spin ‘round while you blast passersby with water cannons (bound to be a favorite during the hot hot summer)
–And the Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer
Plus, more seating and shaded areas to escape the sun between rides. Check out this video for a sneak peek.

The new kids’ area opens to the public at 1pm, and the whole park stays open until 10pm.

Got a season pass? (They start at $70.) Season pass holders will have exclusive access to the Bugs Bunny Boomtown the following Saturday, May 3 from 9–10am.

Single tickets at the gate are $65 for adults and $50 for kids from 3 years to 48 inches tall; free for kids two and younger. Save $15 by getting your tickets online beforehand.

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Beauty and the Beast opens Tuesday

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Joan-MarcusDisney’s Beauty and the Beast the musical opens tomorrow at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House for a run April 15–27 (tickets are still available starting at $30) and we’re giddily humming “Be our guest, be our guest!” in anticipation of seeing the live-action versions of the characters we know and love: Cogsworth the worrisome clock, Lumière the amiable candlestick, Mrs. Potts, Chip, the Wardrobe. All those household objects from the Beast’s French castle got us thinking about our own humble abodes. What inanimate objects on our shelves would be full of personality?

Joan_Marcus1So like Belle reading her favorite book, we let our imagination run away from us and came up with a few household items we wish were anthropomorphic:

Object: Perfume bottle
What it’d do: As master of the vanity table, she’d spritz your neck and wrists before you leave for the office, date night or girls’ night out.
What it’d say: “Don’t bruise the scent!”

Object: Yoga mat
What it’d do: She’s your workout buddy and best cheerleader. Plus, rolls itself up and into your gym bag.
What it’d say: “Take a deep breath and clear your mind.”

Object: Coffee maker
What it’d do: Whip up your morning joe better than a barista and faster than a Keurig.
What it’d say: “The usual? Coming right up!”

Have any other just-for-fun suggestions? Leave them in the comments and don’t forget to get your tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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It’s all at ARTsPARK

posted by on 2014.04.03, under What to do today!
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We love one-stop shops. Baby wipes, bananas, new bathing suit. One and done. Which is why we also love this family festival at NorthPark coming up this Saturday.

At the fifth annual ARTsPARK, more than 30 local arts and culture organizations (complete list online) are hosting live artist demonstrations, performances and activities of all sorts for all ages.

artspark 3Take the kids to NorthPark noon–4pm for fun with some of our favorite heavy hitters – Dallas Zoo, Dallas Children’s Theater – but also more that you may not yet have encountered.
–Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation
–Jane Austen Society of North America
–Kaligrafos (Dallas Calligraphy Society)
–Maguire Academy of Irish Dance
–Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

spark-titleYou’ll also have the opportunity to be a part of something else that’s building steam in Dallas. SPARK, while several years out from being completed, will be a “playground for the mind,” a highly interactive venue that focuses on showing kids ages 7–17 how to expanded their creativity – think painting, arts, sculpture, music, even woodworking. Much of the ideas, organizers say, are inspired by the mind-blowing City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

SPARK is going to make a big unveiling at ARTsPARK, and your kids can take part in helping to build some of the features that will be part of the new venue.

Stay tuned for more info about ProtoSPARK, a prototype of the SPARK, expected to open later this summer to groups of visitors at the South Side on Lamar.

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Walking Among Dinosaurs

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Today we got a sneak peek into the Perot Museum’s newest traveling exhibit – The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit. While the exhibit is not a gallery lined wall-to-wall of giant dinosaurs (it does feature a colossal dino, the Mamenchisaurus, with a 30-foot-long neck), the exhibit is packed with fossils and features to show kids young and old(er) how their bodies worked. How do you breathe with a 30-foot-long neck? And what kind of engineering did their bone structure have to hold up said neck?

Get your tickets online to see the exhibit opening Thursday for members and to the public on Sunday. The hall on the bottom floor is loaded with interactive features, including a dino dig area in the raised sandbox. (The Perot’s Children’s Museum has a digging area more accessible for toddlers).

Have a seat in front of the Mamenchisaurus to watch the projected video demonstrate how its organs worked.DSCN1130

It sure had a set of lungs on it. DSCN1135

Behold, the world’s largest salad (aka, how much it ate in one day).DSCN1143

You’ve got to pump it up! Pump these levers to feel the blood pressure in a human compared to an African elephant.DSCN1148

While you’re there, check out more dinosaur fossils on the museum’s permanent hall on the fourth floor, and catch the 3-D film Dinosaurs – Giants of Patagonia, opening Thursday. Get a combo ticket for a discount to both the film and the new exhibit.

For more family-friendly events every day, visit the calendar at dfwchild.com/calendar and sign up to receive our Weekend Guide newsletters each Thursday to your inbox.

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