for those in DFW that like to be in the know
Published September 2019
Updated September 16, 2019
- A new interactive store is opening in Grapevine Mills Mall—Goofy Turtle, a toy store where kids can “try before you buy.” Think of it as a test drive of sorts. There’s something for every age group, too—from little ones to tweens to adults who are looking to pilot their own drone or box it out in a robo-fight. There are plenty of play arenas to choose from, including a racetrack arena, smart toys arena, play area for kids under age 5 and more.
Grapevine Mills Mall // 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine;
- The Junior League of Collin County is gearing up for their 24th annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market. The market will feature holiday décor, women’s clothing, children’s items, jewelry and more from over 100 different vendors. The proceeds from this event fund community impact projects such as Collin County Council on Family Violence, Done in a Day projects, My Friend’s House and more. The event runs Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.
The Plano Event Center // 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano; 972/769-0557
- The Hughes Family Tribute Center will present its fifth Dia de los Muertos Celebracion 2 at Crown Hill Memorial Park. Families traditionally visit this cemetery on Oct. 31–Nov. 2 to remember their loved ones and celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The celebration includes a parade, dance performances, face painting, live mariachi music, a free showing of Disney Pixar’s Coco and much more.
Crown Hill Memorial Park // 9718 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas
- The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas has a new building—a huge 13,090 square foot facility in Southwest Fort Worth. This is a big change from their old space of 4,000 square feet. The building has a state-of-the-art milk-processing laboratory, new reception room with child activity center, a private lactation counseling room and more. Also, mothers can take part in a new initiative called Baby Café, a program that offers free drop-in breastfeeding support from a certified lactation consultant.
Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas // 7617 Benbrook Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/810-0071
- Collin County Ballet Theater is presenting Ballet Fete 2019 on Sept. 21, National Dance Day. The performance will be the season opener for the company beginning with the popular Choreographer Series, as well as a special appearance from Texas Ballet Theater Studio Training Company and Hathaway Academy of Ballet jazz students. The performance will take place at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts.
Collin County Ballet Theater // 2865 McDermott Road, Suite 140, Plano; 972/747-0600
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts // 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650
- This month the Meadows Museum will present 11 paintings created by some of Spain’s most celebrated artists including El Greco and Goya. The paintings are drawn from the collection of England’s The Bowes Museum, one of the British Isle’ most comprehensive collections of Spanish art. This will be the first time the works will travel to the United States. One of the paintings has never even been moved since its installation at the Bowes until now. El Greco, Goya and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from the Bowes Museum will be on view at the Meadows Museum through January 2020. Great for kids age 5 and up.
Meadows Museum // 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas; 214/768-2516
- A Dallas high school student, Natalie Gonchar, 16, recently wrote a book that will be published by Brown Books and released Sept. 15— Gringle’s Magical Wheelchair. Natalie wrote the book after noticing a lack of children’s books featuring kids with disabilities. With this book, Natalie is hoping to inspire others to write more inclusionary books. The book can be found at the Highland Park Public Library and online at Barnes and Noble. All proceeds from the sales will benefit disability and differences charities including Big Dreams Children’s Foundation, a non-profit that provides support for kids with disabilities around the world.
Barnes and Noble // Multiple locations
Highland Park Public Library // 4700 Drexel Drive, Dallas; 214/559-9400
- Turn, a Dallas-based environmental subscription service, is partnering with three Whole Foods stores in DFW in a program to recycle consumer food waste at a community level. As part of this new program, Turn will host a food waste drive-through station in three Whole Foods parking lots, where Turn subscribers will drop off their food scraps at the Turn truck. In turn, subscribers will receive a monthly perk and a quarterly household impact report on their diverted organic waste. The program launches this month at the Addison, Colleyville and Forest locations.
5100 Beltline Road, Addison; 214/854-3334
4801 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville; 817/918-3821
11700 Preston Road, Dallas; 214/361-8887
- A new chapter of The Miracle League is now in Dallas. Heather Gregg, along with two of her friends Paula Willard and Caroline Demers, decided to form the organization after seeing a need for adaptive sports in their area. The league will start its first season Oct. 12 with basketball where the kids can participate in weekly practices and games. There will be a pep rally that will kick off the new season. Keep an eye out for when they start their adult league down the road. Registration begins Sept. 6.
The Miracle League of Dallas // 214/794-6120
- The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will have a new exhibit beginning Oct. 19—Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind. This exhibit gives you and your family the chance to dig into the history of humans through recently discovered fossils of ancient relatives. The fossils rarely travel—they’ve never been displayed outside of South Africa—so go see them while you can.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555
- KidZania will be opening its first US location at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco this November. Kids will have the opportunity to take a peek into various industries and careers such as a firefighter, chef or surgeon through different activities and adventures. Your kiddos will be able to learn some life skills while having fun at the same time. Some of KidZania’s partners include MOOYAH Burgers, Southern Methodist University, Planet Fitness and Spotify. Great for ages 4–14.
KidZania USA // kidzaniausa.com
- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on Sept. 14 after being closed for three months. After completing a year-long renovation project, the museum and galleries have a brand new layout for an improved experience with features, such as LED lighting and better accessibility. The grand reopening bash begins at 10am with events all day including live music, food trucks and more. New galleries include American Roots, Opulence and the Everyday and America as Landscape to name a few.
Amon Carter Musuem of American Art // 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/738-1933
- Soon you and your family will be able to bring your love of Disney and Target together. The two companies are collaborating to open permanent Disney shops in 25 Target stores starting Oct. 4, with more opening in October next year. Two of the first 25 openings will be here in North Texas: one in Euless and one in Allen.
1401 Glade Road, Euless; 817/399-8494
150 E Stacy Road, Suite 2400, Allen; 469/342-2004;
- Coming up on Sept. 21–22, Addison’s Cavanaugh Flight Museum will be hosting its Wheels and Warbirds event. This year, the museum will be showing off some of their Vietnam War era machines for rides and flight displays. In addition to the powerful warbirds, cars from the same era will also be on display as well as World War II tank demonstrations. The event goes from 10am–5pm.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum // 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison; 972/380-8800
- Walmart announced its stores will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition as well as handgun ammunition. The store will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, which marks the company’s complete exit from handguns. This decision comes after the deadly incident in El Paso, Texas, last month.
Walmart // Multiple locations
- From Sept. 5–19, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program will host legal clinics for eligible Dallas County residents. The 11 free legal clinics for residents will offer legal advice, as well as consultation in civil matters. The clinics will be held at seven different locations around Dallas County.
Dallas Bar Association // 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas; 214/220-7400