The Neighborhood Guide 2019: NorthTexasChild

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IRVING AND LAS COLINAS

These suburbs offer a nearness to Dallas, and being right next to multiple interstates, it’s a quick trip. However, these suburbs provide plenty of community events and family-friendly businesses to keep you busy year-round. The area is continuously growing, ensuring lasting fun for years to come. Angela Uza lives in the master-planned Las Colinas with her husband and 5-year-old. “We love to walk across [and] down the street to one of the three parks in our neighborhood,” she says. “We go for family walks with the dog and kiddo, and sometimes take halved grapes or seeds to feed the ducks, fish and turtles, then let our son play on the playground.” The area is respected as a safe, diverse community and beautiful place to raise a family.

MEET ANGELA UZA

KIDS: One, 5 years old
WHERE SHE LIVES: Las Colinas
WHY SHE LOVES IT: Las Colinas is safe, beautiful and has everything I need (and more) close by.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: Irving’s Gondola Adventures! A few years ago, before we moved to Las Colinas, my husband set up a romantic anniversary date that started off with us riding a gondola while being serenaded by the gondolier under the moonlight.
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Beautiful

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JULY 4 // INDEPENDENCE DAY in the Heritage district. Enjoy the parade featuring over 80 community organizations, businesses and families, and afterwards, munch on complimentary watermelon while enjoying live music. Then in the evening, bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic fare to Lake Carolyn for live music and fireworks.
AUG. 23 // LAUGHS BY THE LAKE at Levy Event Plaza is the largest outdoor comedy show in North Texas. This event offers comedic performances, local talent competition and yummy food. Pro tip: Bring blankets or lawn chairs because no seats are provided.
SEPT. 21 // IRVING MAIN STREET EVENT in the Heritage District. Join in this annual street festival celebrating Irving with live music, a car show, rides, children’s activi-ties, food and shopping. Admission is free.
DEC. 7 // HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA in the Heritage District. A community parade through the district followed by a tree lighting ceremony is the right way to kick off the holidays

EXPLORE THE AREA

CENTENNIAL PARK
Walk onto Founders Plaza to read the history and milestones of Irving’s first 100 years spreading out over 18 acres, the park has a small lake with plenty of ducks to watch, or you can stroll under the trees. Make sure to check out the park dur-ing Christmas for beautiful holiday lights.
444 W. Second St., Irving; 972/721-2501
cityofirving.org/parks

PLAY STREET MUSEUM
Named one of USA Today‘s top 10 museums for families in the Dallas area, and No. 1 Indoor Party Venue in 2017–2018 by yours truly, this open-play facility offers kids the chance to become an astronaut, engineer or even a zoologist while exploring the world through imaginative, interactive and hands-on activities.
901 MacArthur Park Drive, Suite 130, Irving; 972/543-0911
irving.playstreetmuseum.com

SOUTH IRVING LIBRARY
Bright and enticing colors coat the walls and floors of the library. The 5-and-under crowd has plenty to keep their hands and minds busy in the Discovery Zone. There are story times Monday–Thursday, as well as children’s programs to choose from, such as Art Attack and Lego My Library.
601 Schulze Drive, Irving; 972/721-2606
cityofirving.org/library

NORTH LAKE NATATORIUM
The only Olympic-size pool in Irving, which was remodeled in November 2017, is now a 50-meter indoor facility open year-round, with kids’ swim lessons, water aerobics classes and other events.
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/756-0860
cityofirving.org/2791/north-lake-natatorium

WEST IRVING AQUATIC CENTER
When you drive up, look for the clock tower and take the pedestrian bridge over the creek to reach this seasonal, outdoor facility. There’s something for every age: a current channel, four-lane lap pool, slides and zero-depth entry pool.
3701 Conflans Road, Irving; 972/721-2325
cityofirving.org/aquatics

FRITZ PARK PETTING FARM
For over 30 years, this farm has given little ones up-close encounters with sheep, goats, chickens, horses, ducks and rabbits; or you can reserve a guided tour for personal introductions to the fam animals. Weather permitting, this free petting zoo is open in June and July Tuesday–Sunday in the Red Barn in the center of Fritz Park.
312 E. Vilbig St., Irving; 972/721-2640
cityofirving.org

THE TUBES, THE BUGS & CUPPA ESPRESSO BAR
Niched inside of Irving Bible Church are two indoor play areas (separate ones for big and small kiddos). While your littles play around, enjoy a cup of joe at the coffee bar. All areas are open seven days a week.
2435 Kinwest Parkway, Irving; 972/560-4600
irvingbible.org/buildinginfo

FOUR SEASONS MARKET
At this weekly farmers market, munch on fresh produce, tacos, pupusas and barbecue while jamming to live music. Kid options include face painting, balloon art-ists, temporary tattoos and yard games. Check the Four Seasons Facebook page for upcoming activities every Saturday.
MacArthur Park, 7701 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
fourseasonsmarkets.com

MOUNTAIN CREEK PRESERVE
For a nature immersion, check out the paved walkways that meander through the forest and creek to create a truly scenic view. The over 62 acres of land offer more than just nature exploration; there is also a cricket field, basketball court, playground and horseshoe pits.
825 W. Irving Blvd., Irving; 972/721-2600
cityofirving.org

FIND YOUR SQUAD

COPPELL EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION (CECA)
Hosts monthly parent meetings, plus weekly playgroups, parents’ night out events, children’s events and parties.
972/462-1643
coppellearlychildhood.org

METROCREST PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (MPOM)
Meets at 7:30pm on the second Thursday of each month at Faith Lutheran Church and Day School. MPOM hosts mom’s night out and children’s social throughout the year. Email info@mpom.net.
6000 Morriss Road, Flower Mound; 248/231-4480
mpom.net

MOMS CLUB OF COPPELL—NORTH
This group supporting moms of young chil-dren meets monthly and hosts playgroups, service projects and moms’ night out events throughout the year. Email mom-sclubofcoppell@gmail.com for information.

MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (MYC)
Meets the third Tuesday of every month (child care available for preschoolers to age 6) at St. Ann Catholic Parish and hosts playgroups, social events for moms and service opportunities. Email stannmyc@gmail.com for more information.
180 Samuel Blvd., Coppell; 972/393-5544
stannparish.org

COPPELL AND VALLEY RANCH

Ranked the best suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Coppell has a superfluity of restaurants and parks for the family to bask in. Erika Slater, mom of three, raves about all of the renovated parks. Her go-to place? “Old Town Coppell,” she says. “Splash pad, restaurants, coffee shop and a playground for the kids. Our city hosts several events for residents, including the farmers market, concerts in the park and other fun events.” Fun fact: The city consciously and purposefully promotes recycling, volunteering and fundraising year-round, making it an environmentally friendly city. Coppell resi-dents can attend Coppell, Carrollton-Farmers Branch or Lewisville Independent School Districts, depending on where they live. “[It’s] the only place to raise our children,” Slater says. Valley Ranch, a community within Irving, is a planned development that hous-es mostly single families and falls within Coppell ISD and the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Now that the Cowboys have moved away, Valley Ranch is best known for its natural beauty and countryside, homey feel.

MEET ERIKA SLATER
KIDS’ AGES: 12, 10, 8
WHY SHE LOVES COPPELL: It [has] a small-town feel in the heart of the Metroplex.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: The parks. All have been renovated and are beautiful for biking, tossing the Frisbee or fishing.
COPPELL IN ONE WORD: Everything. Family, caring, friendly, fun

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SEPT. 7 AND 21 // FALL MUSIC SERIES at The Square at Old Town Coppell from 7–9pm. Enjoy listening to music while munching on the complimentary popcorn, or try one of the local food trucks.
OCT. 19 // KALEIDOSCOPE at Andrew Brown Park East in Coppell. Dubbed the “festival of lights, sound and color,” this event is all about celebrating the diversity within the community with a variety of foods, cultural performances, kid activities and more.
DEC. 7 // HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING at Andrew Brown Park East in Coppell. The start of the holidays in Coppell means the annual lighting of the tree, along with winter activities, live music, giveaways and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance.

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THE SQUARE IN OLD TOWN COPPELL
The place to bring the community together, The Square in Old Town Coppell holds family-friendly (and fun) events throughout the year, such as the Saturday farmers market, a fall and spring music series, October’s Scare on the Square (a trick-or-treating event for the little ones) and holiday-themed activities.
768 W. Main St., Coppell; 972/462-0022
coppelltx.gov

COPPELL FARMERS MARKET
The best way to learn about gardening is to get your kids involved early. Every market Saturday, scurry to Garden Time for Kids—a chance for children of all ages to do a craft or gardening activity at the Learning Garden; past events include veggie tastings and rock painting. When the weather is warm, there’s a splash pad as well as a playground with a Minyard’s grocery truck for the kiddos to pre-tend they’re running their own market. After a morning of fun at the market, grab a burger from Twisted Root.
768 W. Main St., Coppell
coppellfarmersmarket.org

COZBY LIBRARY & COMMUNITY COMMONS
As you and the kids stroll the plaza right behind the library, look for the Storybook Walk panels, each containing one page of a children’s book that changes every few weeks. By the end of your stroll, you’ll have read the entire story.
177 N. Heartz Road, Coppell; 972/304-3655
coppelltx.gov/library

VALLEY RANCH LIBRARY
The city of Irving knows how to make a crowd-pleasing kids’ zone. In the middle of the library, there’s a two-story pirate ship marking the entrance to the children’s area, sur-rounded by chairs for kids to cozy up and read. If you have an older child, the Green Room gives teens access to cameras, lighting equipment and microphones for making podcasts; just schedule an appointment for a tour and orientation.
401 Cimarron Trail, Irving; 972/721-4669
cityofirving.org

GEORGE COFFEE & PROVISIONS
For quiet time away from the kids, stop by this quaint shop that’s family-owned. Besides coffee, there is homemade hot chocolate, lemonade made fresh daily and oh, did we mention wine and some local brews? If you need to grab a quick bite to eat with the kids, there are bento boxes made for the mom on the go.
462 Houston St., Coppell; 469/464-3107
georgecoffeeandprovisions.com

BIODIVERSITY EDUCATION CENTER
Located in the 66-acre Coppell Nature Park, this green-constructed education center is powered by 96 solar panels and has a cistern that captures 9,400 gallons of rainwater a year. Stop by during visitor hours (on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) to learn about seasonal programs, includ-ing guided hikes, educational programs and live animal shows.
367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell; 972/304-3581
coppelltx.gov/bec

CIMARRON FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER
Open Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day, the outdoor aquatic center is packed with a splash pool, water playground, water slides, zero-depth entry pools and a five-lane lap pool. There are also water wheel-chairs available.
199 Red River Trail, Irving; 972/721-6556
cityofirving.org/aquatics

THE CORE
This family fitness center also has indoor and outdoor pools with play areas, slides and lap lanes. The outdoor water features are open from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and if you want to work sans kids, littles ages infant to 9 are welcome in the Sunshine Room for playtime (free for family pass holders). Family passes start at $165 for three months and $500 for a year.
234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell; 972/304-7077
coppelltx.gov/core

ANDREW BROWN PARK EAST
Take a walk along the lake on the paved sidewalk in this 118-acre area, or rally the kids to the enclosed playground with plenty of space for them to run. The play-ground has a rope tower to climb, or littles can use their imaginations roaming the castle-like structures. There is even a collection of houses where children can pretend to be bankers or waiters.
260 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell; 972/462-5100
coppelltx.gov

COPPELL NATURE PARK AT WAGON WHEEL PARK
If bird watching is your thing, check out the 66-acre park that has over 130 species of birds migrating through it each year. With more than 5 miles of nature trails, there is plenty to see.
367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell; 972/304-3581
coppellnaturepark.org

NORTH LAKE RANCH PARK
This beautiful park not only has plenty of greenery, but if you need to find bluebonnets, there are hundreds blooming in spring. Beyond an art structure that shows a shadow of a cowboy with his horse, there are two (covered) playgrounds and a swingset for kids to get their energy out. And there are plenty of shaded picnic tables for snack time.
1317 Ranch Trail, Irving; 972/721-2501
cityofirving.org

FIND YOUR SQUAD

COPPELL EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION (CECA)
Hosts monthly parent meetings, plus weekly playgroups, parents’ night out events, children’s events and parties.
972/462-1643
coppellearlychildhood.org

METROCREST PARENTS OF MULTIPLES (MPOM)
Meets at 7:30pm on the second Thursday of each month at Faith Lutheran Church and Day School. MPOM hosts moms night out and children’s social events throughout the year. Email info@mpom.net.
6000 Morriss Road, Flower Mound; 248/231-4480
mpom.net

MOMS CLUB OF COPPELL — NORTH
This group supporting moms of young children meets monthly and hosts playgroups, service projects and moms’ night out events throughout the year. Email momsclubofcoppell@gmail.com for information.

MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (MYC)
Meets the third Tuesday of every month at St. Ann Catholic Parish and hosts playgroups, social events for moms and service opportunities. Email stannmyc@gmail.com for more information.
180 Samuel Blvd., Coppell; 972/393-5544
stannparish.org

FLOWER MOUND, LEWISVILLE AND HIGHLAND VILLAGE

“Friendly” is how Grace Fleenor encapsulates her city—she says Flower Mound is “filled with kind and genuine people.” Her husband helped build Fort Wildflower, the castle-like playground at Heritage Park, when the town held a community build several years ago. (The parks and recreation department has since gone wild, literally, installing a wildflower area, splash pad, trails, disc golf course and bronze animal statues.) This united effort is the perfect picture of FloMo and neighboring Lewisville and Highland Village: Three family-focused cities that celebrate small, homegrown progress and prize the beautiful natural areas they’re nestled in, including miles of lakeshore. These enclaves might not have dazzling new high-rises, but they do have good schools (and school marching bands), and they’re constantly adding reasons for families to love living here, from arts and culture events in the revital-ized Old Town Lewisville to Flower Mound’s long-awaited Riverwalk—not to mention the ever-popular Shops at Highland Village. Some people might call this area a bubble, and maybe they’re right, but residents are well positioned to explore both Dallas and Fort Worth before returning to the quiet neighborhoods, plentiful parks and sense of unity that make these suburbs feel like home

MEET GRACE FLEENOR
KIDS’ AGES: 10 and 3
WHERE SHE LIVES: Flower Mound
WHY SHE LOVES IT: It is conveniently located somewhat in [the] middle of Dallas and Fort Worth…and Grapevine where our kiddos were born!
HER GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: Heritage Park. Dad helped build the park during a community build.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: Flower Mound has some of the best trails in the area. Twin Coves is worth a visit, even if it’s just for a few hours to hike, mountain bike or go boating.
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Friendly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JULY 3–30 // SOUNDS OF LEWISVILLE CONCERT SERIES Free concerts every Tuesday in July (except the first week’s concert, which happens on Wednesday, July 3) in Wayne Ferguson Plaza. Bands include tributes to Selena, Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks.
AUG. 16–18 // HIGHLAND VILLAGE LIONS BALLOON FESTIVAL An annual gathering with tethered balloon rides, live music, a car show, kids activities and the highlight of the event: the balloon glow after sunset.
SEPT. 27–28 // WESTERN DAYS FESTIVAL With a backdrop of live music, Old Town Lewisville hosts Western-themed activities for families, including blacksmith demos, a cattle drive parade and a stickhorse rodeo.
APRIL // COLORPALOOZA Old Town Lewisville’s annual chalk art festival
MAY // HIGHLAND VILLAGE ART FESTIVAL at the Shops at Highland Village

EXPLORE THE AREA

FLOURISH FLOWERS & GIFTS
As of May, this charming florist shop in Old Town Lewisville hosts monthly story times in its kiddie seating area, in addition to an ongoing schedule of floral arranging and crafting classes for children and adults. Follow Flourish on Facebook to see upcoming events (including a fairy terrarium class later this month), and stop by in person to make your own mini garden at the DIY succulent bar.
156 W. Main St., Lewisville
facebook.com/flourishflowersandgifts

PILOT KNOLL PARK
Bring lifejackets for the littles, and try your hand (er, feet?) at stand up paddle boarding on Lake Lewisville. (Pro tip: Wait for a day that’s not too windy.) Paddle board rentals from Bluet SUP—training is included—are $25 for one hour Friday–Sunday. Kiddos who are too young to captain their own board can ride along with Mom or Dad. The company also offers SUP yoga, moonlight paddles and more activities perfect for parents; visit bluetsup.comto see the full calendar of events. Stick around the park for more lakeside fun: kayaking (rentals available), picnicking, fishing, hiking and even camping if you want to get away without going too far away.
218A Orchid Hill Road, Argyle; 940/455-2228
hvparks.com

DOUBLETREE RANCH PARK
The only thing missing from this sprawling family hub is a playground—but not for long: An all-abilities playground with synthetic turf surfacing, musical features and swings for all ages is opening this summer, plus a 40-by-40-foot shaded seating area for parents. The city’s also installed 13 new umbrellas next to the splash pad (hallelujah!), so you can stay cool as your kiddos explore the spiraling water feature that’s designed to flow like a high-tech creek with 66 fountains and bubblers.
310 Highland Village Road, Highland Village; 972/317-7430
hvparks.com

STONE CREEK PARK
Thanks to the picturesque creek, this park has long been a favorite for family photo sessions and exploring the wilder (and wetter) side of Flower Mound. Now the park has a brand-new playground, with synthetic turf replacing the old wood-chip surface. There are two canopy-shaded play structures, musical panels and swings, including a generation swing that allows Mom or Dad to swing with their child. THRUSH PARK WEST is also sporting a new dinosaur-themed playground where kids can climb the bones of a faux fossilized dino. Be on the lookout for new playgrounds at two other FloMo parks (Lakewood and Gerault) coming later this year.
Stone Creek Park // 1400 Fuqua Drive, Flower Mound
Thrush Park // 950 Sun Ridge Drive, Flower Mound
972/874-6300
flower-mound.com/parks

CENTRAL PARK
Read a book while taking a walk in the park—in May, the Lewisville Library installed the Story Stroll on the paved trail around the play-ground. Plaques display a picture book one page at a time along with questions and activ-ity prompts to keep kiddos engaged. The book changes monthly; on the first Friday of each month, join the library for story time at the park’s large pavilion to usher in a new title. The other thing to love about this park? Lots of shade in the summer months as you explore the playground and winding trails.
1899 S. Edmonds Lane, Lewisville
library.cityoflewisville.com

PLAY STREET MUSEUM
Hard to believe it’s already been a year since PSM Flower Mound opened—and quickly became a local go-to for parties and play dates. The park-themed space is great for one to two hours away from the sweltering summer sun. Check the website for open play hours, and take advantage of free Wi-Fi while the kids tinker with toys under a very real-looking tree, walk dogs from the pretend pet shop and take orders at the diner. $11.50 admission for kids 1–8. PSM really shines in the party department, whether you need a fun space for your DIY party or you want museum staff to take the reins with one of the adorable preset themes.
6050 Long Prairie Road, Suite 600, Flower Mound; 972/349-1138
flowermound.playstreetmuseum.com

MARKET STREET
The Terrace at Market Street is a win-win for families: Parents can grab something inside to sip or snack at the umbrella-shaded patio tables while the kiddos have a blast on the synthetic turf playground. The Terrace is open daily from 6am–10pm, so you can meet friends for a brunch play date, or enjoy a family dinner on a summer evening—there’s even live music (with food specials to boot) on Thursday nights during select months. While you’re there, take a minute to read the plaque in memory of Luke Tharp, a local 3-year-old who loved the playground and whose parents helped upgrade the space for other kids to enjoy.
3800 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound; 972/355-4007

URBAN CRAFT CO.
Make your own canvas pillows and rustic signs at Flower Mound’s newest GNO and kids’ party spot. Mommy-and-me workshops for ages 4 and up come with muffins and your choice of a wooden sign or wall hook project. Visit the website to reserve your seat in a class, sign up for daily and weekly kids’ summer camps, or book a party.
2311 Cross Timbers, Suite 305, Flower Mound; 469/382-2080
urbancraftco.com

THE DOCK
The two-story indoor playground at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church is a great free option for letting your kiddos get the wiggles out. Best for ages 3–10, The Dock is open Sunday after-noons from 1–5 and Tuesday–Thursday from 10am–2pm. You’ll find it inside the main church entrance. There’s seating for parents, but food and drinks aren’t allowed.
6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound; 972/539-8547
tmumc.org/children

SUN VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER
This water park (the larger of the two operated by the city of Lewisville) offers a day full of fun with a lazy river, slides, tot pool, water play structure and concession area. If you’re a Lewisville resident, buy a family season pass that’s good for both of the city’s aquatic parks. Otherwise, admission is $4 per person ($5 for nonresi-dents); kids younger than 3 are free.
801 S. Valley Parkway, Lewisville; 972/219-3743
cityoflewisville.com/parks

POPDOD
If you’re a regular attendee at Sonic Happy Hour, this new-to-Highland Villlage soda shop might become your favorite afternoon pit stop with the fam—it even has theice. This isn’t your nostalgic50s malt ’shop; menu options include the Fat Frog (Dr Pepper with cherry, lime and vanilla) and a kid’s drink called the Dweeb (containing Nerds candy, of course), or you can choose your own base and mix-ins. The shop also has fla-vored water, cold-brewed coffee and even Butterbeer for Potter fans, plus chocolate-covered cookie dough and other sweet treats courtesy of local bakery The Flour Shop.
mypopdod.com

MOVIEHOUSE & EATERY
Moms and Dads with a young kiddo at home during the day can still slip away for a movie thanks to Mommy Mondays. Don’t be afraid to bring your babies—the sound is quieter, the lights are brighter and tickets are only $6 at all shows before 2pm. The deal is on year-round, except for a few holidays (check the website). Plus, every Tuesday through Aug. 27, the theater is showing free kids’ movies—from Minionsto the latest How To Train Your Dragoninstallment—if you arrive in time to claim tickets. They’re up for grabs at 9am; showtime is at 10am.
951 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound; 972/355-6363
themoviehouse.com/flowermound

FLOWER MOUND COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTER
You don’t have to join the CAC to access the indoor pool, outdoor water park, fitness center, gyms and teen room, but families with children will likely spend enough time lounging in the lazy river and sailing down the water slides to make a membership more than worth it, especially during the summer. Pay monthly (from $50 per family) or annually (from $500 per family) to skip the daily admission fee, and get discounts on swim lessons, camps and party packages.
120 Gerault Road, Flower Mound; 972/874-7275
flower-mound.com/cac

FIND YOUR SQUAD

FIT4MOM / FLOWER MOUND / HIGHLAND VILLAGE / ARGYLE
In addition to stroller workouts and other fitness classes, FIT4MOM hosts play dates, moms nights out and more social events. Find the franchise on Facebook and visit flowermound.fit-4mom.com for a class schedule.

METROCREST PARENTS OF MULTIPLES
Support group for parents of twins, triplets and more in Flower Mound, Lewisville, Highland Village and the surrounding area. Visit mpom.net, and email info@mpom.net for more information.

MOMS CLUB OF FLOWER MOUND – SOUTHWEST
Moms who live west of FM 2499 and south of FM 1171 in Flower Mound are welcome to join. Visit momsclubflowermoundsw.weebly.com for membership inquiries.

MOMS INC. (MOMS IN CHRIST)
A group for stay-at-home and working moms of preschoolers that meets at First Baptist Church Lewisville. Search for “Moms Inc. at First Baptist Lewisville TX” on Facebook, and visit fbclewisville.org/momsinc.

MOMS OF LANTANA / DENTON, ARGYLE / FLOWER MOUND / LEWISVILLE / HIGHLAND VILLAGE
Search for the group on Facebook to get local info and support from other moms.

CORINTH, DENTON AND LAKE DALLAS

Drive up Interstate 35, and you will find yourself in the Lake Cities and then the affectionately named Little D. This eclectic town, as Denton resident and mom of one Ilona Jade refers to it, is filled with fun places and activities for the whole family—just take a look at our list of events you need to mark in your calendar. Although we don’t list all of them (though we wish we could), there is something going on just about every week. And that’s what makes Denton stand out from the rest of North Texas (in addition to the out-of-the-box restaurants and artistic vibe)—there is an instant feeling of welcome here. “There are amazing places to eat, a great library for story time, a small enough community to where you see the same people at the local coffee shop—yes, there are a few amazing local roasters,” says Jade. As you drive through the town, notice the murals along the streets and bookstores. The town of Corinth also possesses that family-friendly ambiance, hosting several kid-centric/can’t-miss events during the year. And not to boast, but Corinth is home to some pretty well-to-do families; several multi-million dollar homes are situated here. Lake Dallas, which borders Lake Lewisville, is ideal for shore-side views. Residents take advantage of Willow Grove Park here—the quintessential spot for summertime fun along the lake.

MEET ILONA JADE
KIDS: I have a 15-month-old girl!
WHERE SHE LIVES: Denton
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO KID PLACE: South Lakes Park Trail.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: The downtown square. There is so much to do. For date night we love going to eat at Austin St. Truck Stop. My favorite coffee shop is West Oak—I love that they make their own flavors for coffee. Denton is also the place for a lot of outdoor music events and festivals. It has an old town personal-ity with young, fresh college students keeping it lively.
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Eclectic

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

CORINTH EVENTS
FEB. 1 // DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE AT THE GLOBAL SPHERES CENTER There are informal and formal options for girls ages 4–12 and their dads. Cost for the informal dance is $18, and the formal dance is $25. The informal dance is in the afternoon and includes light snacks, while the formal dance is in the evening and includes a full dinner.
APRIL // EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA Aside from egg picking, the event includes food, rides and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
MAY // FISH N’ FUN Kids ages 5–13 practice fishing skills. A light break-fast is typically provided.
OCT. 19 // PUMPKIN PALOOZA This is one of Corinth’s biggest annual events. Bring in the fall season with live music, amusement park rides and food.
DEC. // ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING Bring hot cocoa and a blanket to this festive event, which typically takes place at City Hall.

DENTON EVENTS
APRIL // DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL Celebrate jazz and blues music with live performances and food at Denton’s Quakertown Park.
SPRING AND FALL // TWILIGHT TUNES Takes place every Thursday in April–June for the spring season and October in the fall. Located at the Downtown Denton Square.
AUG. // NORTH TEXAS FAIR & RODEO This is Denton’s annual nine-day celebration of rodeo culture. Celebrate with food, see the horse and livestock shows, and live concerts. Located at the North Texas Fairgrounds.
SEPT. // ARTS & AUTOS EXTRAVAGANZA Stop by the Denton Square to spot motorcycles, see classic and custom cars, and trucks lined up the street. Kids’ games, activities and food will also be on-site.
OCT. // DENTON’S DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL This is a full-day event, including a pumpkin patch, vendors, coffin races, a parade, costume contest and much more along Hickory and Industrial streets. Located in downtown Denton.
DECEMBER// DENTON’S HOLIDAY LIGHTING FESTIVAL Bring in the holiday spirit every year with carriage rides, kids crafts and a visit with Santa himself. Located at the Downtown Square.

EXPLORE THE AREA

LSA BURGER CO
Opt to sit on the rooftop at this Denton burger shop, adorned with rotating murals (they change every year in April) by local artists. The restaurant will hosts live music every week: Monday is open mike night; Tuesday nights Texas radio takes over and Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for live bands. And, their grub isn’t any less exciting. Dig into brisket queso and southern style coleslaw.
113 W. Hickory St., Denton; 940/383-1022
lsaburger.com

BETH MARIE’S OLD FASHION ICE CREAM AND SODA FOUNTAIN
Satisfy your sweet tooth with banana splits, ice cream sodas and an ever-changing menu of ice cream flavors served in homemade waffle cones at this ice cream hot spot.
bethmaries.com

LAKE SIDE RENTALS
Kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards are available for all ages to rent from Lakeside Adventure Rentals at Willow Grove Park (which also has a play-ground, picnic tables and campsites).
lakesideadventurerentals.webs.com

EUREKA 2 PLAYGROUND
This playground opened in 2016 and features cool play equipment, such as an accessible merry-go-round, endless swings and slides, an accessible zip line, rock wall, and more. Take advantage of the pavilions, picnic tables and grills on-site. We warn you, your kids might never want to leave.
501 Hobson Lane, Denton
eureka2playground.com

PENNY’S PLAYTOWN
Kiddies can dress the part and play pre-tend in a mini police station, grocery store, gym and medical center (all indoors). Host your kiddo’s next birthday here by booking a private room.
5800 Interstate 35 N., Suite 402, Denton; 940/222-5350
pennysplaytown.com

BOWLING GREEN PARK & COMMUNITY GARDEN
On a sunny day, bring the kids for playtime at the slippery slides and swirly monkey bars. Littles can also sharpen their garden-ing skills by potting veggies or flowers at the on-site community garden. Stop by the Denton Civic Center to reserve your family’s gardening plot.
2200 Bowling Green St., Denton; 940/349-7275
cityofdenton.com

DENTON CHILDREN’S GARDEN
On Thursday mornings from March–June, learn about gardening during children’s programs led by the Denton County Master Gardener Association. Topics include the basics of planting, to how to compost and learning about our fellow creatures, such as ladybugs and butterflies.
1950 Lattimore St., Denton; 940/349-2892
dcmga.com

WILLOW GROVE PARK
For a quintessential summer-by-the-lake experience, spend an afternoon at Willow Grove Park. Bordering Lake Lewisville, the park is perfect for fishing or camping, with ample grass to pitch your tents.
800 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas; 940/497-2226
lakedallas.com

WATER WORKS PARK
This water park has a plethora of options for a day of fun: a new wave pool, four giant water slides, two toddler slides, a children’s play pool and lazy river, plus cabanas for rent and sand volleyball. There are even new concession options because you’ll work up an appetite after all that.
2400 Long Road, Denton; 940/349-8800
dentonwaterworks.com

SPRAYGROUND AT CARL GENE YOUNG SR. PARK
Opened May 2018, Denton’s all-abilities aquatic play area features a tall water-spinning flower fountain with multi-level spray effects, translucent shadow-casting petals and flush-mount ground sprays designed to stimulate the senses. The park is open May 10–September 30 from 9am–8pm.
327 S. Wood St., Denton; 940/349-7275
cityofdenton.com

GNOME CONES
Recently opened in early May, the Gnome Cones in Denton offers an expanded menu from its original location in Argyle. Exclusive menu items include Gnome Scones, sparkling lemonade and home-made ice cream, in addition to the traditional Gnome Cones (snow cones served in a gnome-shaped hat) and Gnomesicles. This location also now serves Gnaughty Gnomes: alcoholic snow cones and pops to curb your summertime crav-ings, Mom and Dad.
205 N. Elm St., Denton; 940/320-7772
gnomecones.co

DENTON COMMUNITY MARKET
All are welcome to this local farmers market—yes, even your little furry family members. In its 10th season, the market exclusively sells produce and artisan goods by vendors within 100 miles of Denton. And kids stay entertained with arts and crafts, music, and educational activities.Since this year marks the mar-ket’s decade anniversary, there is a year-long exhibit on display about its history. The market is open April–November, every Saturday 9am–1pm. During the summer months (June–August), the market is open 8am–1pm.
317 W. Mulberry St., Denton; 940/268-4326
dentoncommunitymarket.com

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MOMS
Meets twice a month during the school year at Denton Bible Church. Email Marla at moms-group@dentonbible.org,or call 940/395-0414.
2300 E. University Drive, Denton
dentonbible.org

MOMS OF COUNTRY LAKES OF DENTON/ARGYLE
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THE MOMS GROUP OF DENTON
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MOMS OF LANTANA, DENTON, ARGYLE, FLOWER MOUND, LEWISVILLE, HV
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MOPS OF THOUSAND HILLS CHURCH
Meets at Thousand Hills Church every first and third Thursday at 9:30am and 6pm; free child care provided.
3201 Tower Ridge Drive, Corinth
thousandhillspeople.org/seasonspreschool

ARGYLE, BARTONVILLE AND LANTANA

The quaint but affluence towns south of Denton offer a taste of that Texas allure we’re known for: horses and stables proliferate in this part of North Texas, where there are more ranches and rolling hills than highways and high-rises. Families love this part of town for the ample space. Bartonville is the best example—most homes sit on 2- or 5-acre lots with plenty of yard for kids and pets to roam. Then there are the family-oriented master-planned communities that have taken root, such as Harvest, a neighborhood built to honor Argyle’s farming heritage where families can grow produce together and participate in a host of other outdoor activities. Sports also bring people together here—in fact, Argyle High School just won its second straight state baseball championship. And though a commute is required for most shopping and cultural excursions, residents can take advantage of nearby Pilot Knoll Park on Lake Lewisville and the Flower Mound Public Library; as long as you’re a resident of Denton County, you can get a library card.

MEET JESSICA BROWN
KIDS: 3, 7, and 8
WHERE SHE LIVES: We live in Harvest in Argyle and absolutely love our neighborhood! We have so many activities local to us and enjoy being outside.
HER GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: Currently it’s the pool! Whether it’s the pool in our neighborhood or at Denton Country Club, we’re enjoying some serious splash time.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: 407 BBQ! It’s one of our favoriteplaces to eat!
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Neighborly

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UPTOWN FARMHOUSE
Inspired by the idea that a rural, farm life allows for tranquility, Amy and chef Garth Kushnir began hosting monthly dinner’s at their home aka Uptown Farmhouse. The dinner table is set outside, with string lights adorning the table and nametags at each seat––think a dinner reception, although the only celebration is you, your date and the new friends you will make. Sign up for a seat at one of their coveted dinners by emailing amy@uptownfarmhouse.com.
Argyle area
uptownfarmhouse.com

KIMZEY’S COFFEE
No need to fly to Disney World for a fairy-tale experience; this local coffee shop is reminiscent of Snow White’s thatch-roofed cottage and serves up specialty drinks like “babyccinos” for kids (steamed milk with vanilla or chocolate flavoring, marshmallows and sprinkles), only a dollar a cup.
429 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle; 940/240-1001
kimzeys.com

GNOME CONES
Gnomes have made their way from your front yard to your summer snack. Founded in 2017, this snow cone shop serves ice-cold treats in cups that look like gnomes. (The snow cone forms the hat.) The shop also sells gnome-themed merch—because everyone needs a “Don’t Mess With Gnomes” T-shirt. Open noon–10pm daily during the summer.
421 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle; 940/320-9439
gnomecones.co

CT KIDS PLAY AREA
When it’s too hot to play outdoors, put your socks on and visit this free indoor play area with colorful mats and a jungle gym for climb-ing. Located inside the Cross Timbers Church, the playscape is open Monday–Friday from noon–2pm and all day on Sunday. Ask about birthday parties.
1119 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle; 940/240-5100
crosstimberschurch.org/ministry/ct-kids

MARTY B’S
On the border with Flower Mound, this restaurant is a fun place for a Sunday afternoon (though you might have a wait for dinner on weekends). The lively joint offers updated barbecue and Tex-Mex eats and a large outdoor gathering space—you’ll find families sitting around firepits roasting marshmallows or playing life-size checkers and beanbag toss.
2664 FM 407, Bartonville; 940/241-3500
martybsplace.com

HARVEST MARKET DAY
The Argyle neighborhood market sells a slew of local produce and other goods for the whole fam-ily, from essential oils to rows of veggies grown at Harvest. The market usually hosts family-friendly events and amenities, such as live music, snow cones and food trucks. Stay up to date on market happenings on the community’s Facebook page, Harvest by Hillwood. Open the second Saturday of every month March–May and September–November from 9am–1pm.
1301 Homestead Way, Argyle; 940/648-3322

BUMBERSHOOT BARBECUE
Although food trucks are all the rage, these days, we bet you can’t name many places where you can order from a vintage-style trailer. BB not only serves up good ol’ fashioned Texas-style grub (brisket, pork, ham—the works), but there’s also an outdoor stage for concerts, a picket fence that kids can paint on and string lights over-head for nighttime bites. Bonus: You can get special soft drinks such as Boylan’s Cane Cola or cream soda—yum!
425 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle; 940/595-1782
bumbershootbbq.com

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ARGYLE M.O.M.S (MOMS ON MONDAY)
Moms of infants to elementary-age kids meet every week at Argyle United Methodist Church. Contact admin@argyleumc.org to learn about more moms-only study groups and events.
9033 Fort Worth Drive, Argyle; 940/464-1333
argyleumc.org

ARGYLE MOMS
Moms in Argyle and the surrounding area share community information and recommendations in this closed Facebook group.

FIT4MOM FLOWER MOUND/HIGHLAND VILLAGE/ARGYLE
In addition to stroller workouts and other fit-ness classes, FIT4MOM hosts play dates, moms nights out and more social events. Find the franchise on Facebook and visit flowermound.fit4mom.com for a class schedule.

LANTANA MOMS
This Facebook group is for Lantana moms with young children to socialize and share advice.

MOMS OF LANTANA, DENTON, ARGYLE, FLOWER MOUND, LEWISVILLE, HV
Search for the group on Facebook to get local info and support from other moms.