The Neighborhood Issue 2019: DallasChild
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Words The Editors , Photography The Town of Addison, Courtesy of The Cove at Samuell Grand, Courtesy of The Galleria Dallas, Courtesy of the Inwood Village, Go Oak Cliff, Courtesy of Highland Park Village, Richardson Parks and Recreation Department, Courtesy of The Harbor Rockwall
Published July 2019 DallasChild
Updated July 16, 2019
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ADDISON, FARMERS BRANCH, SOUTH CARROLLTON 

There a ton going on in the Farmers Branch, Carrollton and Addison area. Whether your kiddos are in the mood for outdoor adventures, up for a history lesson or need to cool off at water parks (reminiscent of Willy Wonka’s factory), these towns north of Highway 635 have you covered. “My son and I love the trail on Vitruvian Way,” says Nicole Jackson, Addison mom of one. “We take our skates or scooter and go for a stroll—it’s beautiful.” Plus, residents in this area (and nonresidents, too) can enjoy events year round. Take Addison’s Kaboom Town for instance everyone gathers here for the spectacular Fourth of July show. In Farmers Branch, families love stopping by the local library for reading and play time. And Carrollton has several outdoor trails for your biking adventures. These towns are the perfect blend of small-town feel with big city-like scenes.

MEET NICOLE JACKSON
KID’S AGE: 7
WHERE SHE LIVES: Addison
WHY SHE LOVES IT: We love the local events held in Addison circle like Kaboom Town, Taste Addison and Salsa Night on Vitruvian Way. This area really caters to children and family.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. It’s so much fun and a great way to learn about different planes. H
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Entertaining

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
CARROLLTON EVENTS
JULY 3 // 4TH OF JULY CONCERT at the Senior Center, 1720 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton; 11am–1pm (free In-N-Out)
JULY 4 // COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAY at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton; from 9:30–9:45pm
NOV. 2 // 10TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL AT THE SWITCHYARD in Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton; from 11am–10pm

ADDISON EVENTS
MAY // TASTE ADDISON An annual event celebrating food with live music, carnival rides and bites from over 180 local eateries. tasteaddisontexas.com
JULY 3 // ADDISON KABOOM TOWN! Celebrate the Fourth of July with loud, bright fireworks and carnival games at Addison Circle Park. And yes, the sights and sounds are kaboom-tastic. addisonkaboomtown.com
SEPT. 19–22 // OKTOBERFEST Sample German culinary bites, partake in carnival games and bop along to music. addisonoktoberfest.com
EVERY THIRD SATURDAY // ADDISON AFTER DARK Meet at Addison Circle Park for live music, movies, food trucks and themed activities. In July, for instance, bring out your Hawaiian flower necklaces for a Luau On The Lawn; in August, your furry family members are invited to Pints and Pups. addisonafterdark.com

EXPLORE THE AREA
MARY HEADS CARTER PARK
This is the thrill-seeking child’s dream. Right in the middle of the huge,turfed playground are three tall slides that little ones have to climb up to. There are smaller slides and climbing structures for the younger kids, and the playground is shaded.Littles can become the captain of the ship or sit on the seesaw. For parties, there is a large shaded pavilion available for reservation.
2320 Heads Lane, Carrollton; 972/466-3080
cityofcarrollton.com

KINKUNIYA CARROLLTON
Opening just last year, this bookstore offers uniqueJapanese books, magazines, stationery and other cutesy knickknacks. The store participates in events, such as anime festivals. Catch a local author or artist during one of the regularly scheduled events, or bring the kids to sift through large selection of children’s items.
2540 Old Denton Road, Suite 114, Carrollton; 214/731-6800
usa.kinokuniya.com

FARMERS BRANCH HISTORICAL PARK
Discover 27 acres of the Farmers Branch of yesteryear at this historical park. Old-time cars,cabins, tea sets, knickknacks and more are wait-ing for your munchkins to explore. The park hosts events for kiddos each month ranging from fairy garden workshops to chalk drawing and scavenger hunts.
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch; 972/406-0184
fbhistoricalpark.com

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON
A picturesque gazebo surrounded by a luscious lawn marks the spot of Carrollton’s historic downtown, making it the perfect spot for town events.Community events range from Father’s Day on the Square to Shop Small Saturday on the first Saturday of each month. And on any given day, stop by for one-of-a-kind goodies fromBloom’s Candy and Soda Pop Shop, or eat at the throwback diner Sid’s Rainbow Cafe.Around Broadway and Main streets, Carrollton
cityofcarrollton.com

ELM FORK NATURE PRESERVE
Escape the city views at this woodsy area in Carrollton. Enter through the McInnish Sports Complex to begin roaming through the trails. Public restrooms are available at the entrance.
2335 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton; 972/466-3080
cityofcarrollton.com

FARMERS BRANCH AQUATIC CENTER
Lazy river? Check. A colorful water playground with a large dumping bucket, slides and spraying pipes? Check. A lagoon pool? Check. And that’s just in the outdoor Frog Pond area at this aquatic center. Indoors is the Margaret Young Natatorium that’s open year-round for lap swim, lessons and fitness classes, plus events such as log rolling and open swim.
14032 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch; 972/919-8720
fbh2o.com

NICKLE MANIA
Named appropriately, with a $2.49 admission fee, kid-dos and their parents can play on over 125 video games for a nickel. It’s BYOF (bring your own food), and as children collect tickets, they can redeem them for a prize. Host a party here where you can control the cost of the party.
2661 Midway Road, Suite 218, Carrollton; 972/713-9500
nickelmania.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
CARROLLTON EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
Email cecptamembership@gmail.com for membershipinquiries.
cecpta.org

CARROLLTON MOMS CHAT
Search on Facebook to join group.

FARMERS BRANCH MOMS
Search on Facebook to join group.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF BENTWOOD TRAIL
Meetings take place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:30–11:30am at the BentwoodTrail Presbyterian Church. This is a relatively new group; moms should have at least one child under the age of 5. For more information, email Barb at bkolle@bentwoodtrail.org.
mops.org/groups/bentwoodtrailmops

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS AND MOMS-NEXT OF FIRST BAPTIST CARROLLTON
Meetings will begin this September at the new campus at The Fields. Contact coordinator Kate Petterson at 434/249-3752 ormops@fbcc.orgformore information.
1401 Carrollton Parkway, Carrollton
fbcc.org/mops

MOMS / DADS IN CARROLLTON, ADDISON,FAR NORTH DALLAS, FARMERS BRANCH
Search on Facebook to join group

EAST DALLAS, LAKEWOOD

East Dallas embodies that  old-school Dallas feel, from the quaint, quiet homes along the M Streets and the historic Swiss Avenue to the up-and-coming Lakewood District. Nestled west of Interstate 635, this neighborhood is also home to some of the quirkiest restaurants around town and local businesses, as well (take a look at our list below). “I love this neighborhood for being a place where I can support local businesses and feel safe living here,” says Danielle Calhoon, Old Lake Highlands mom of one. Residents also take advantage of two major Dallas attractions: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and White Rock Lake. The Arboretum hosts a plethora of kid-friendly events throughout the year, not to mention the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden—a fanciful 8-acre garden with 17 interactive galleries. And White Rock Lake is the picture perfect go-to for long summer days and bike rides with the kids.

MEET DANIELLE CALHOON
KID’S AGE: 2
WHY SHE LOVES HER NEIGHBORHOOD: Dallas has so many things to offer— both free and paid.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: I don’t think most people would know that we are surrounded by a large amount of places that are great for families, and I would tell people to come move here if you are a young family. Any family is welcome, though.
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Growing

EXPLORE THE AREA
THE COVE AT SAMUELL GRAND
This is one of the city’s three new aquatic centers that debuted in summer2018, each featuring a children’s play area,slides, a current channel, a lap pool with a diving board and climbing wall, picnic tables and more. This year, the park is open fromMay through the weekend of Aug. 18. Admission is $6 for age 11 and under and $8 for age 12 and up for residents. Nonresidents pay $10 for age 11 and under and $12 for age 12 and up.
3201 Samuell Blvd., Dallas; 214/670-1379 dallasaquatics.org

GARDEN CAFE
An Old East Dallas classic,Garden Cafe is a farm-to-table brunch and lunch spot (long before it became trendy). After munching down on a veggie burger or turkey avocado sandwich, tour the garden out back that’s perfect for kiddos to explore.
5310 Junius St., Dallas; 214/887-8330
gardencafe.net

HAT CREEK BURGER CO. 
A favorite among families, this burger joint has indoor and outdoor seating, plus an outdoor play structure for kids––a cut-in-half trailer and string lights mark the spot. Note Tuesdays after 5pm on your calendar for Family Night when burgers are half price.
8185 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1400, Dallas; 469/206-3305
hatcreekburgers.com

TIETZE PARK
Dating back to 1924, Tietze Park is an EastDallas gem located along Skillman Street. Ideal for your dog days of summer (literally—bring the dog with you), the 8.2-acre park features an outdoor basketball court, pavilion, picnic tables, a community pool, tennis court, trails and Wi-Fi for your use (although we suspect you will not be tempted to look at your phone while basking in the park’s amenities).
2700 Skillman St.,Dallas; 214/670-4100
dallasparks.org

PLAY STREET MUSEUM
Kids age 8 and younger enjoy indoor,unstructured playtime at this downtown-themed space with mini storefronts, a trolley and costumes to match. (Talk about a game of play pretend!) Admission is $11.50 for kids ages1–8. Bookmark this venue for birthdays too.
7130 Skillman St., Suite 150, Dallas; 214/414-2819
psmlakehighlands.com

SAMUELL-GRAND AMPHITHEATRE
Since 1983, Samuell-Grand Park has had sport options for the kiddos, such as basketball,volleyball, tennis and softball. But the real magic takes place at the amphitheatre, where Shakespeare Dallas hosts Shakespeare in the Park. For upcoming performance dates visitshakespearedallas.org.
1500 Tenison Parkway, Dallas; 214/559-2778
visitdallas.com

LAKE HIGHLANDS NORTH AQUATIC CENTER
Kiddos will swoon over this new aquatic center (and we mean new—it opened June 1). With three pool sections to explore—one of which is a zero-depth entry play area for children—two slides, a diving board and a climbing wall attached to the lap pool, your littles just might never want to leave. Plus there are concession stands and lounge chairs inside. Admission is $4 for age 11 and under and $6 for age 12 and older for residents. Nonresidents pay $7 for age 11 and under and $9 for age 12 and up. Stop by for twilight hours: Two hours before the center closes, admission is $2 cheaper.
9400 Church Road, Dallas; 214/670-1346
dallasaquatics.org

WHITE ROCK FARMERS MARKET
Parents love this local farmers market for its family-friendly atmosphere: a chalk coloring area by the entrance, a corn hole setup, plus kid vendors. The market, located at the parking lot of LakePointe Church, allows kids of all ages (as long as they’re accompanied by an adult) to host their own booths. Kid booths include the likes of Charlie’s Treats by 11-year-old Charlie and Row Candles by teen Christopher Row. Aside from the kiddie vendors, browse 43 vendors with goods from pickles and jams to toys and furniture. The market is open every Saturday in March–December from 8am–1pm (8am–noon in July and August).
9150 Garland Road, Dallas; 781/223-0655
goodlocalmarket.org

HALF PRICE BOOKS
This flagship location hosts story time every Sunday from 3–4pm in the community room (find it at the back left corner of the store). Following story time, let your kids wander around the kids’ section, adorned with a small playhouse and colorful selection of books to learn the joy of reading.
5803 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 214/379-8000
hpb.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
LAKE HIGHLANDS AREA EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
This PTA group is for parents with kids up to 5 years old. For more information, email membership@ lhaecpta.org.
Dallas; 972/342-0743
lhaecpta.org

OLD EAST DALLAS EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
Membership includes weekend and weekday play dates, moms and dads night out, and more. Sign up online to join.
oldeastdallasearlychildhoodpta.org

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF WILSHIRE BAPTIST CHURCH
From September–May, join 80-plus moms every other Friday morning from 9am–noon. Members typically have kids ages 0–5. Contact wilshiremops@gmail.com for information about membership.
4316 Abrams Road, Dallas; 214/452-3100
wilshirebc.org

EAST DALLAS AND LAKEWOOD MOM’S GROUP
Search on Facebook to join group.

FAR NORTH DALLAS

Whether you’re looking for space to play ball with the kids, a one-stop shopping destination or family-friendly amenities, such as local spray grounds and an indoor treehouse (no sunscreen, yeah!), this area north of Highway 635—otherwise known as Far North Dallas—is where families thrive and play. Nestled between Richardson and Addison, and just minutes away from Highway 75 and PGBT, it’s no wonder families flock to this part of town to settle down—you get the comfort of being a few miles away from the hustle of Downtown Dallas, but within minutes, you can be at the Star in Frisco or the Dallas Arboretum.

MEET VIVIAN JONES
KID’S AGE: 7
WHERE SHE LIVES: Far North Dallas
WHY SHE LOVES IT: Off the Dallas North Tollway and nestled between Downtown Dallas and Legacy West, I have the convenience of the intimate neighborhood experience balanced with easy access for a night on the town with my husband.
HER GO-TO PLACE WITH HER KIDDO: Half Price Bookstores. The children’s section is fantastic!
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOW KNOW ABOUT: The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center rivals more expensive water parks for a fraction of the cost.
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Dynamic

EXPLORE THE AREA
GALLERIA DALLAS
With arguably one of the most visited ice skating rinks in Dallas-Fort Worth, Galleria Dallas is a go-to for families from all over the metroplex. Aside from visiting a plethora of shopping destinations, you’ll definitely want to stop by during the holidays, as the ice rink becomes the platform for an epic Christmas tree. On any day, visit the American Girl store next door, which regularly hosts crafts, tea parties and events for kids and their dolls. Plus, the nearby Grand Lux Cafe is ideal for a celebratory lunch or dinner.
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 972/702-7100
galleriadallas.com

T BAR M RACQUET CLUB
The junior program for ages 4–18 helps develop kiddos’ technical tennis skills, along with helping their physical development. And in addition to the plethora of indoor and outdoor courts, you’ll enjoy a weight room, Pilates/yoga/spin room and a wellness center, plus a dining room and massage room to unwind. Download the membership application online.
6060 Dilbeck Lane, Dallas; 972/233-4444
tbarmtennis.com

VALLEY VIEW PARK  
Stay active year-round by taking the kids biking or running on this paved trail that winds along White Rock Creek.

THE COVE AT FRETZ PARK
With its grand opening last summer, The Cove became one of the city’s three newest aquatic centers. Cool off in the children’s play area, slides, current channel, lap pool with a diving board, lazy river—just to name a few amenities.
14778 Hillcrest Road, Dallas; 214/670-6464
dallasaquatics.org

ADVENTURE LANDING DALLAS
For an ultimate day of play, head to this amusement park filled with laser tag, batting cages, go-karts, miniature golf—even bumper boats. They host birthday parties, too. Visit their website for coupons and a birthday brochure.
17717 Coit Road, Dallas; 972/248-4653
dallas.adventurelanding.com

VALLEY VIEW PARK
Meander through 27 acres of nature at this park equipped with trails, a soccer field and picnic tables for snack time. Plus, kiddos will love climbing up the faux rock structures and gliding down slides at the nearby playground.
7000 Valley View Road, Dallas
dallasparks.org

WATERMARK TREEFORT
Treehouses aren’t typically built indoors; however, visit Watermark Church, and you’ll come across a multistory playscape for kids equipped with ropes, bridges and lots of stairs for littles to climb. It will give the Berenstain Bears’ treehouse a run for its money. While they play, you can get your caffeine boost at the onsite coffee shop. Check the website for hours.
7540 LBJ Freeway, Dallas; 214/361-2275
watermark.org/dallas/treefort

FIND YOUR SQUAD
MOCHA MOMS, INC. NORTH DALLAS CHAPTER
Mothers in this group for moms of color are a mix of stay-at-home and working ladies.
Meets every month. For location and membership inquiries, email Melanie at mochamomsnorthdallasinfo@ gmail.com, or message them on Facebook.

MOMS / DADS IN CARROLLTON, ADDISON, FAR NORTH DALLAS, FARMERS BRANCH
Search on Facebook to join this group open to both parents.

NORTH DALLAS MOTHERS OF TWINS CLUB
This organization for mothers in North Dallas and beyond meets the first Wednesday
of every month at 6:30pm. Contact via Facebook for more information.
ndmotc.org

NORTH DALLAS / PRESTON HOLLOW

If there’s one thing we love here in Dallas, it’s dining and shopping. You can rest assured there is no shortage of shopping centers and restaurant strips in North Dallas. In this area extending from Northwest Dallas to west of U.S. Highway 75, there is an outdoor retail center at just about every corner. And while you’re sure to have no excuse to miss a birthday or Christmas gift, if you live in the area, several of these centers also boast kid-centric amenities. Whether it’s visiting Bookmarks inside NorthPark Center or strolling through Inwood Village for afternoon frozen yogurt, North Dallas is where families thrive and play. Suzie Tsai, Preston Hollow mom of three, says her kids enjoy stopping by an old-fashioned burger shop. “Gazeebo Burgers has a back dining room with old-school arcade game machines my kids love,” she says. Parents also love this part of town because of the proximity to upstanding private schools—do The Hockaday School and The Episcopal School of Dallas ring a bell?

MEET SUZIE TSAI
KIDS’ AGES: 9, 6 & 5
WHERE SHE LIVES: Preston Hollow
WHY SHE LOVES IT: While Preston Hollow is one of the oldest neighborhoods, nowadays, you see new beautiful, modern homes being built as well as the shops being modernized and keeping up with the evolution of [the] community’s needs.
GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: Now that our kids are older, we love visiting the DMA [Dallas Museum of Art]. It’s cool inside and out, and we always discover something new and uncover interesting stories behind the art and artists. The kids even sat through a lecture once …amazing!
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: This is totally new, and we look forward to the next one: First Friday at Preston Royal with shopping, food and new experiences. My kids especially love dropping by Toy Maven to check out the latest toys and activities. Driving on Strait Lane is always a treat to see all of the magnificent new and historic homes and estates.
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Evolving

PRESTON ROYAL VILLAGE
Whether you’re in need of groceries, your kiddos’ prescriptions or a chance to catch up with your girlfriends over lunch, this shopping center is your go-to. Dating back to the ’50s, PR shopping center is home to restaurants, from Flower Child and Eatzi’s to Steel City Pops and Pinkberry, and the iconic Dougherty’s Pharmacy that’s been in business since 1929.
6025 Royal Lane, Dallas; 972/850-2882
prestonroyalvillage.com

COOPER CLINIC
Part of Cooper Aerobics, the Cooper Clinic has provided patients with individualized health screenings for nearly 50 years, giving them information to live their healthiest life. Their standout service is the comprehensive preventive exam, which includes a thorough medical exam, laboratory analysis (with same-day results), cardiovascular screening, skin cancer screening and more. Also part of Cooper Aerobics, the Cooper Fitness Center offers year-round activities for kids, such as sports training and camps, plus complimentary Kids Passes for kiddos of members (age 11 and younger).
12200 Preston Road, Dallas; 972/560-2667
cooperaerobics.com

FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM
Kids that already show a love of planes and flying will love roaming around this museum’s exhibits. From World War II planes to a real Southwest jet, you can hop on board. Make sure to stop by the Children’s Discovery Area, an indoor play space with a climbable observation tower and a Jay Jay the Jet Plane theater. The museum also hosts a variety of kid-centric events throughout the year: Engineers Week Student Day in February, Moon Day in July and the Wings of Freedom Tour in March, to name a few. Get a family membership for free admission all year.
6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; 214/350-3600
flightmuseum.com

NORTHPARK CENTER
Luxury retail shopping, lots of food options (Breadwinners, Kona Grill and Seasons 52), a movie theater and public art for the kids to ogle, plus plenty of family events throughout the year—there’s a reason Dallasites love NorthPark Center. Be sure to visit Bookmarks (located on level one across from Breadwinners), a Dallas Public Library outpost just for kids. And don’t forget to stop by the legendary duck pond on level one in front of Neiman Marcus—kids love sliding down the mini hill that’s actually a tiled planter.
8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441
northparkcenter.com

INWOOD VILLAGE
Whether you need to purchase groceries for the week at Trader Joe’s or want to shop for new ensembles at the newly opened KidBiz location (it moved from its original location at The Plaza at Preston Center), Inwood Village will meet just about all your family’s needs. The Inwood Theatre is also a go-to for watching new and old flicks while resting on the comfy couch seating.
5300 West Lovers Lane, Dallas; 214/350-2500
inwoodvillage.com

PRESTON HOLLOW VILLAGE
Because there is no such thing as too many shopping centers in Dallas, Preston Hollow Village is a newcomer among the shopping-slash-dining scene. Here, you’ll find your neighborhood Trader Joe’s (who doesn’t love fresh-cut flowers?) and dining options from Blue Sushi Sake Grill to Blatt Beer and Table. Although, we predict your kids will take a special liking to Frost Gelato.
7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas; 972/947-9150
prestonhollowvillage.com

THE SHOPS AT PARK LANE
Yes, there’s a DSW shoe store, J.Crew, Old Navy, Whole Foods and a slew of other shops and restaurants at this shopping center. But we believe families flock here for the outdoor amenities. In the center of the center (ha!), you’ll come across a grassy area with colorful tables and chairs, plus an upstream fountain kids can play in. And throughout the month of May, The Shops typically hosts Movies at the Park; catch family-friendly flicks on those nice summer nights.
8080 Park Lane, Dallas; 214/365-0222
shopsatparklane.com

SPEEDZONE
Take go-karts for a spin and partake in a little family competition. This go-kart park also has a mini golf course for your Jordan Spieth or Lorena Ochoa in training. Kids under 54 inches tall (but at least 42 inches) can drive their own go-karts on the Lil’Thunder track or ride with a parent on Thunder Road. And if your littles are keen to all things speed racing and cars, host their next birthday party here—see birthday party packages online.
11130 Malibu Drive, Dallas; 972/247-7223
speedzone.com/dallas

WALNUT HILL RECREATION CENTER
This local rec center is equipped with a slew of activities for your little ones to burn off their energy: a baseball field, basketball court, tennis court, pool—you could spend a whole day playing away. The center is also home to a fitness center and meeting rooms.
1011 Midway Road, Dallas; 214/670-7112
dallasparks.org

CELEBRATION RESTAURANT
Dallasites know about Celebration Restaurant. The farm-to-table eatery dates back to 1971, serving up menu items from salmon to grass-fed chicken and meat. If you and your family don’t have time for a dine-in meal, no worries; pick up a to-go meal from the market next door. They do catering, as well.
4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas; 214/351-5681
celebrationrestaurant.com

AREPA TX
This Latin American restaurant serves up mouthwatering arepas. Your littles will stay entertained with the large chalkboard to draw on, a train setup and kid-size tables. Plus, kids’ meals start at just $5.
5940 Royal Lane, Dallas; 214/396-8866
arepatx.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
DALLAS MOMS CLUB
Stay-at-home moms with kids in preschool and younger connect through playgroups and outings.
meetup.com/dallasmomsclub

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF LOVERS LANE UMC
Meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September–May, at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. The group is open to all moms who are pregnant or have kids from age 0 up to kindergarten. Email Bianca at b_rock110@yahoo.com for membership inquiries.
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas; 214/691-4721
llumc.org/mops

PRESTON HOLLOW EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION
Membership includes monthly meetings, playgroups, children’s parties, moms night out events and more. For more information, email phecamoms@gmail.com
Dallas; 949/338-6531
pheca.org

DALLAS MOMS
Search on Facebook to request to join.

NORTH DALLAS MOM’S GROUP
Search on Facebook to request to join.

DALLAS MOMS OF MULTIPLES
Search on Facebook to request to join.

OAK CLIFF

Oak Cliff is a mélange of old-school Dallas (before all the swanky restaurants and bars) with a sprinkle of newness, from the booming shops and restaurants popping up on Bishop Arts to the new restaurants along the colorful Jefferson Boulevard. Those who have called Oak Cliff home for years know it as a part of town where you can find the perfect quinceañera dresses, stop by the historic Texas Theatre for a movie or roam through Kiest Park. Parents also love the OC’s overall original personality—it’s a neighborhood for community. “We hardly have to get in our cars on the weekends to have a good time,” says Mari Hidalgo. “Everywhere you look, you see something interesting, different and thought-provoking. It’s inspiring.”

MEET MARI HIDALGO
KID’S AGE: 2
WHY SHE LOVES HER NEIGHBORHOOD: I love living in North Oak Cliff because of the amazing community of friends and colleagues we have. On our street alone, we have so many amazing souls for our son to grow up around: founders of creative, social impact organizations, tea purveyors, muralists, architects, teachers, artists, activists, master plumbers, etc.
HER GO-TO PLACES WITH HER SON: Parks and libraries. Our son is very social and loves play, so our favorite park, Kidd Springs Park, has ducks, a babbling brook, several playgrounds, a new community pool opening in a few weeks and an epic Japanese garden (carefully tended by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks).
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD:
Inspiring

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JULY 14 // BASTILLE ON BISHOP
Parade the streets of Oak Cliff in red, white and blue to browse local vendors and sample food and wine. Buy tickets online.
gooakcliff.org

MARDI GRAS
Ring in Fat Tuesday in the Bishop Arts District. The celebration is typically a two-day event, one Hidalgo has taken part in many times over. “We’ve hosted an open house party every Mardi Gras since its inception—over 10 years now,”she says. “Super fun, family-friendly take on Mardi Gras.”
gooakcliff.org

EXPLORE THE AREA
BAHAMA BEACH WATERPARK
On those sweltering summer days, head to this city-run water park to cool off in the Calypso Cooler (lazy river) or race down the slides. Check the website for a schedule of dive-in movie nights and special events.
1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas; 214/671-0820
bahamabeachdallas.com

KIEST PARK
This park is the go-to spot for Saturday outdoor family fun. Play at the baseball field, tennis court or sand volleyball court, or jog through the trails with baby in tow. Make sure to pay a visit to Fantasy Landing, a shaded, all-abilities playground.
3080 S. Hampton Road, Dallas; 214/670-1918
dallasparks.org

OAK CLIFF NATURE PRESERVE
Strap on your bike helmet for mountain biking, and bring your binoculars for bird-watching through 8 miles of Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) trails. You can also join quarterly cleanups with the Texas Land Conservancy, the Austin-based nonprofit that owns and maintains this preserve.
2875 Pierce St., Dallas; 972/696-9810
texaslandconservancy.org

WILD DETECTIVES
This local bookstore-slash-bar is reserved just for your kiddos on Sunday mornings. Starting at 11am, stop by for Kids in the Cliff story time; the nook surrounded by large windows and adorned with wooden benches and pillows (hello, comfy!) marks the spot.
314 W. Eighth St., Dallas; 214/942-0108
thewilddetectives.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
MOCHA MOMS INC. DFW SOUTH/FORT WORTH
Mocha Moms is a support group for moms of color meeting on the third Sunday of the month. For membership inquiries email mochamomsdallassouth@gmail.com.
mochamomsdallassou.wixsite.com/mochamoms

ROSEMONT EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
RECPTA is open to parents around the Oak Cliff neighborhood who have kids in pre-K or younger. For inquiries email membership@recpta.org.
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PARK CITIES

With the Real Housewives of Dallas bringing the must watch drama to our screens at home, Dallas is best known for luxury, big hair and bigger houses, which pretty much sums up the Park Cities. Made up of the town of Highland Park and the city of University Park, Park Cities represents that quintessential glam side of Texas. These enclaves boast shopping and restaurants galore—stop by Highland Park Village for anything you might need, from a Cartier watch to your morning coffee from Royal Blue Grocery. And every year, Highland Park is the Dallas spot to see the best Christmas lights and Halloween decorations—residents from all over Dallas-Fort Worth stop by to see the out-of-the-box decor; it will be your new tradition with the kids.

MEET ALEX HALBARDIER
KID’S AGE: 2
WHERE SHE LIVES: Park Cities
WHY SHE LOVES IT: It’s the perfect balance for a working mom: urban enough to be interesting but convenient enough to balance work and home life easily.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: The Arts District, which is the largest contiguous arts district in the country—it’s stunning, understated, and next to Klyde Warren Park, which is a great bonus.
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Gutsy

EXPLORE THE AREA
HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE
As the epitome of Dallas glam, the recently renovated Highland Park Village is home to luxury retailers from Dior to Tory Burch. After shopping till you drop, stop by Mi Cocina or Bistro 31 for lunch. Or head to Royal Blue Grocery to make your own lunch at home. Spend your evenings watching a movie at the Highland Park Village Theatre, showing current and past kid-friendly flicks. Beginning in March, you can catch the LOCAL market set up outside on the third Saturday of the month (through June). Find local goods for you and face painting for the kids. During the holidays, take a horse-drawn carriage to see the coveted Christmas lights around HP.
47 Highland Park Village, Dallas; 214/443-989
hpvillage.com

UNIVERSITY PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
In addition to weekly story time, your kiddos will love the space at UP Library for their engaging amenities: three kiddie computers for ages 2–8 and old-school fun, too, such as puzzles, blocks and crafts. Join the library the second Saturday of every month (except December) at 2pm for Brick Bash, where kids build colorful creations out of Legos that are then displayed in the library for the rest of the month.
8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 200, University Park; 214/363-1644
uptexas.org

KATY TRAIL
Walk, run or jog the Katy Trail with strollers in hand on sunny days. The mostly shaded 3.5-mile trail runs from the Southern Methodist University area to downtown Dallas. The best parking is near the intersection of Knox Street and Travis Street or Reverchon Park.
214/303-1180
katytraildallas.org

LAKESIDE PARK
Nestled in the middle of Highland Park is the beloved Lakeside Park, stretching over 14 acres along Turtle Creek Boulevard. Spend a long weekend afternoon having a picnic among the ducks (just make sure they don’t get too close to your food) and walking the trails surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. Walk up the footbridge at Lakeside Drive and Lexington Avenue to find a family of stone teddy bear statues for a photo op. Pro tip: this is a great spot to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July—just make sure to arrive early, as the park fills up fast.
4601 Lakeside Drive, Highland Park; 214/521-4161
hptx.org

HOLMES AQUATIC CENTER
Splash into summer at this University Park pool, equipped with a curvy water slide, diving boards and walk-in ramp. The center is only open to residents of University Park and the Highland Park Independent School District. Admission is $5 for age 6 and up.
3501 Lovers Lane, University Park;214/987-5611
uptexas.org

PARK HOUSE
Opened in January of this year, Park House is the spot you want to go to see and be seen when you’ve booked the babysitter for the day. Located on level three of Highland Park Village, PH is dubbed a “place more comfortable than your own home,” filled with art, luxurious furniture, a rooftop with a pool, string lights (bar on-site) and a DJ, just to name a few amenities. Apply for a membership online—be aware there is currently a waitlist.
100 Highland Park Village; 214/550-2878
parkhousedallas.com

HOWDY HOMEMADE
Located on Lovers Lane, this ice cream shop has more than 30 flavors to choose from, plus a sweet mission, making your visit all the more special. HH employs adults with special needs, giving them a chance to succeed. (Pro tip: We recommend trying the signature Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip flavor.)
4333 Lovers Lane, Dallas; 469/930-8494
howdyhomemade.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
DALLAS MOMS CLUB (DMC)
Stay-at-home moms with kids in preschool and younger connect through playgroups and outings.
meetup.com/dallasmomsclub

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF LOVERS LANE UMC
Meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month September–May at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Group is open to all moms who are pregnant or have kids in kindergarten or younger. Email Bianca at b_rock110@yahoo.com for membership inquiries.
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas
llumc.org/mops

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF NORTHWEST BIBLE CHURCH
Meets every other Friday morning from September–April. Group is open to all moms with children ages 0–5. Contact Alison Florczak at allisonflorczak@gmail.com for more information.
8505 Douglas Ave., Dallas; 214/549-7521
northwestbible.org/mops

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH
Every other Monday morning from September–May, moms with kids ages 0–5 meet on the third floor of the church’s Community Life Center. For inquiries email Kristen Cimorelli at kcimorel828@yahoo.com.
3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas
pcbc.org/mops

BRADFIELD PTA
Parents in this group have kids ages 3–10. Email allisonclockard@gmail.com for more information.
bradfieldpta.org

GARLAND, RICHARDSON

You might not know thisbut Richardson is becoming a rising hub for the arts. In October of last year, the city unveiled a new sculpture on Greenville Avenue and Alma Road titled Micro Macro Majo; artist Ed Carpenter created a 70-foot tall structure evocative of a large torch. In addition to this new landmark, take your kiddos on Richardson’s art walk along Highway 75 where you’ll spot various sculptures from turtles to children. Find an ArtWalk map on the city’s website, cor.net. The town is also a melting pot of cultures. “I love how culturally diverse the city of Richardson is,” says Dina Alsaid, Richardson mom of two. “Within 3 miles, you can find churches, mosques, Sikh temples, etc.” Garland doesn’t fall far behind Richardson in family-friendly amenities. Residents in this area take advantage of shopping at the quaint Downtown Garland and getting out in nature at large parks such as the Spring Creek Forest Preserve. (Read more detais about the park below.) The city situated east of 635 is home to one-of-a-kind treasures, such as the Plaza Theater and Tin Lizard Thrifts and Antiques. (Visit makeyourmarkgarland.com for a full list of places to see and do that are unique to Garland.)

MEET DINA ALSAID
KIDS’ AGES: 8 & 10
WHERE SHE LIVES: Richardson
GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: The new all-inclusive playground at Cottonwood Park
HER CITY IN ONE WORD: Alluring

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
DECEMBER // CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE
Ring in the holidays at Richardson’s Annual Christmas Parade with bells, Santa hats and elf ears (attendees are encouraged to dress up). The parade takes place before the annual tree lighting ceremony and opening of the famed Santa’s Village. Follow the festivities from the Richardson Square shopping center to Huffhines ball field parking lot.
cor.net

EXPLORE THE AREA
COTTONWOOD PARK
Located along Belt Line Road, this park is the center of activity in Richardson. Two lakes, two pavilions, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a sand volleyball court are some of the amenities you’ll find here. CP is also where the Cottonwood Art Festival is held. On the first weekend in May and October, the park becomes the backdrop for an art show, local bands, food and an area just for the kiddos, where they can create their own sculptures from scrap and take a turn at a potter’s wheel. On any day, check out the new Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground, equipped with ramps and specialized surfaces.
1301 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson; 972/644-7156
cottonwoodartfestival.com; cor.net

RICHARDSON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Aside from Saturday morning story time for ages 3–7, the children’s area at the Richardson Public Library is an interactive space for littles, from the hot air balloon on the ceiling to the Peek-A-Book touchscreen where kids can peruse books. For an outdoor literary experience, visit Darbey’s Storywalk with 16 different stations based on a storybook that changes monthly.
900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4350
cor.net

GALATYN PARK URBAN CENTER
This park serves as a space for community gatherings, such as festivals and fairs, in addition to housing the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Kids can splish and splash through the dancing jets of water from the vertical fountain, which is lit up at night. The park is located next to a DART station, so feel free to visit the park sans car.
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650
eisemanncenter.com

HEIGHTS FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER
Keep cool during the long Texas summer at this water wonderland of an aquatic center, equipped with amenities for kids of all ages. Littles can swoop down mini yellow slides or hop in the vortex pool for a spin while bigger kids test out the taller slides and play water basketball at the lap pool.
709 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson; 972/744-7856
cor.net

FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER
When the weather’s nice, this outdoor mall is hopping. Besides retail stops for the whole family (including Build-A-Bear Workshop), Firewheel boasts a kid-friendly escape room venue and shaded spots to enjoy an ice cream cookie sandwich from Nestle Toll House Cafe or an ice pop from Steel City Pops. This center is also known to be quite festive for the holidays, hosting the likes of Easter Bunny and Santa. Pro tip: Baby-changing stations are located in the public restrooms next to Nestle Toll House.
245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland; 972/675-1041
firewheeltowncenter.com

JENG CHI RESTAURANT
Located in Chinatown, Jeng Chi serves delectable dumplings, noodles, tofu and much more. The restaurant is also known to celebrate the annual Moon Festival in the fall where traditional mooncakes are served.
400 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson; 972/669-9094
jengchirestaurant.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
MOCHA MOMS, INC. NORTH DALLAS CHAPTER
A group for moms of color in North Dallas and nearby suburbs. For membership inquiries email mochamomsnorthdallasinfo@gmail.com or message them on Facebook.
mochamomsnorthdallas.net

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF SPRINGCREEK CHURCH
Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from September–May at Springcreek Church. Contact Jennifer Nicholson at jennifernicholson@springcreekchurch.org for information about membership.
2660 Belt Line Road, Garland, 469/767-7826
springcreekchurch.org

MOMS OF GARLAND/RICHARDSON/
ROWLETT/MESQUITE
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HEATH, ROCKWALL, ROWLETT

Away from the heart of Dallas, these neighborhoods offer families a small-town feel, plus enviable lakeside views. East of Garland and Lake Ray Hubbard, you’ll come across the quaint towns of Rockwall and Heath, and directly west of the lake, you’ll end up in Rowlett. On a nice day, spend a weekend trotting along The Harbor in Rockwall, a family favorite for residents and nonresidents alike. And on those hot Texas afternoons, cool off at Rowlett’s Wet Zone Waterpark—though we warn you, the kids might never want to leave. Whether you choose to spend a day outdoors or at your local library, these cities are ideal for lakeside living.

MEET SAMANADA MILLER
KIDS’ AGES: 7 & 9
WHERE SHE LIVES: Rowlett
WHY SHE LOVES IT: It’s a great city for families with young children: lots of parks, good schools small-town feel, a great town right on Lake Ray Hubbard.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD: Sabaidee and the Sweet House for homemade ice cream
GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: Kids Kingdom children’s park

EXPLORE THE AREA
THE HARBOR
For quintessential lakeside views, The Harbor is a must-visit. Admire the sunset along the shore of Lake Ray Hubbard while your kiddos splash through the spray fountains nearby and play a game of “who can spot the mini lighthouse first.” There are a slew of dining options if y’all happen to get hungry while admiring the views.
2059 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall; 972/771-7740
harborrockwall.com

WET ZONE FAMILY WATERPARK
Soak up the summer at this water park of funtastic proportions (seriously!). Your munchkins will love sliding down Haley’s Rapid Ripple loopy slide, zipping through Haley’s Hurricane Twist or splashing in the kiddie playground with hippo floatables. (Haley the Hippo, the park’s mascot, will make an appearance at your little one’s birthday party.)
5304 Main St., Rowlett; 972/412-6266
wetzonewaterpark.com

ROCKWALL COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE
Take your kiddos to see a live play at this community theater. The 2019–2020 season is currently in session with plays such as Shrek Jr. (“Jr.” signifying that it’s a shorter version intended for younger audiences), which debuts in July.
609 E. Rusk St., Rockwall; 972/722-3399
rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org

KIDS KINGDOM
Kids rule this outdoor playground, a favorite
among moms. A large castle, robot tower, stainless steel slide, sandbox with giant dinosaur bones fit for climbing, and a wheelchair accessible playground will keep your little queens and kings entertained for hours on end.
5300 Main St., Rowlett; 972/412-6170
rowlettrecreation.com

ROWLETT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library’s new facility (as of June 2018) is
located in the downtown district. Stop by for story times for babies and kiddos up to age 5. On Tuesday and Thursday, the library hosts a math club, fittingly titled Crazy 8s, for grades K–5; in December, visit for holiday flicks every Friday afternoon. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their collection of more than 60,000 books.
3900 Main St., Rowlett; 972/412-6161
rowlett.com/library

FIND YOUR SQUAD
MOMS CLUB OF ROCKWALL
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ROWLETT MOMS
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MOMS OF GARLAND/ROWLETT/MESQUITE AREAS
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MOMS OF GARLAND/RICHARDSON/ ROWLETT/MESQUITE
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