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 email@example.com 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.
Coppell dad and retired Fire Captain Greg Lawler is working hard to make major changes in the fire-safety system.
Lawler recognized a flaw in the standard escape plan when his daughter Olivia failed to open her bedroom window during a fire drill at their home. She was 6-years-old at the time. As she struggled, he told her, “Do whatever it takes to get out because I love you!”
Lawler felt the need to find a solution for his family as well as others, so he created a product called Life Lift, a handle that makes it easier to escape a fire by exiting through a window. The handle uses larger muscles to apply more force and leverage.
He also hopes to raise awareness on the difficulties of exiting windows during a house fire through his program called the Hand2Live Challenge. The program asks families to make sure everyone can open all of the windows in their home.
The name was created to commemorate the night when Olivia couldn’t open her window during their fire drill. When he saw she was experiencing trouble, he asked his other daughter Hannah to give a “Hand to Liv” (Olivia).
He says many fire victims are found 4-5 ft. from the front door and may have passed a window in an attempt to escape. Lawler hopes to educate other communities on this issue by getting information and products like Life Lift into firehouses across the country.
To make this possible, Hand2Live has begun crowdsourcing in order to fund demonstration kits. Their mission is to distribute these kits to the two largest fire departments in every state. Funding will also go toward finding a more affordable way to manufacture the handles.
Join the University of North Texas in June for a two-day camp that delivers a trifecta of summer fun. If you want to give your kiddo a headstart on college, enrich their interest in science and provide a fun opportunity for bonding time with grandparents, check out Grandparents University.
On June 19 and 20, children ages 7–12 and their grandparents (or other parental figures) will learn about the stars, discover the science in veterinary medicine, build robots and more. After a day of captivating science activities, participants have the option to join others in the evening for poolside amusement or experimenting with science toys like a leaf blower hovercraft. For the full college experience, campers can choose to stay on campus overnight in a residence hall.
Registration costs start at $417 and hurry — the deadline to register is June 3. For more information call 940/565-3481 or visit call.unt.edu/GU. Get a feel for the camp and watch this video from the 2013 Grandparents University below:
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.
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!
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!
This Saturday, April 26, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington debuts its newly expanded kidsâ€™ areaBugs Bunny Boomtown featuring five new rides:
â€“Looney Tunes Adventure Camp: a massive play place with crawl tubes and curvy slides
â€“Taz Tornado: pint-sized swing carousel
â€“Marvin the Martian Space Rockets: think the Dumbo ride at Disney but in your own rocketship
â€“Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters: water barrels spin â€˜round while you blast passersby with water cannons (bound to be a favorite during the hot hot summer)
â€“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 kidsâ€™ 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 9â€“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.