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Village Burger Bar recently announced its new Kids Fit Menu. Developed for kids, by kids, the menu will be available in February. Some of the new dishes include a grilled turkey and cheese, a grilled chicken Panini and grilled chicken strips. The meals—for kids age 12 and under—will also include fruits and vegetables.
Village Burger Bar // Multiple locations
Arboretum Annie, Dallas’ groundhog meteorologist, is returning to the Dallas Arboretum to predict the arrival of spring in North Texas. The Arboretum’s Groundhog Day celebration is Feb. 2 from 7–9am in one of the newest gardens, which overlooks White Rock Lake and has a view of the Dallas skyline. Festivities will include a hat contest. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy breakfast items and beverages for sale. The event is free with garden admission($5 from Feb. 1–28).
Dallas Arboretum // 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
Three new films are now showing in the Omni Theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Born to be Wild follows young orphaned elephants and orangutans from birth to their new life in the wild. Coral Reef Adventure joins ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers on an expedition in the South Pacific. National Parks Adventure takes you on an ultimate off-trail adventure into some of the nation’s great outdoors. Check the museum’s website for show times.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History // 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300
A new app has recently been developed specifically for moms. The Mindful Mamas app, created by licensed psychologist Terra LaRock, includes guided meditations, mantras, breathing techniques and 1–3 minute exercises called Mini-Pauses. The app was designed so moms can fit self-care into their busy lives and so smart phones can transform from distractors to peace providers. The app will launch in February.
Mindful Mamas // mindfulmamasclub.com
Chicco has released a new car seat. The Chicco Fit4 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat includes configurations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids (up to 100 pounds). The new car seat also provides side-impact protection and easy-install equipment. Read more about the new seat on Chicco’s website.
Chicco // chiccousa.com
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Galleria Dallas on Feb. 2. Make your way to the mall to see lion dancers, dragon dancers, an installation of 250 Chinese lanterns and more. The lanterns are on view now through Feb. 8. The performance will take place at 2pm at the Center Court on Level 1.
Galleria Dallas // 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 972/702-7100
An Apollo 11 experience is now on exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Launchpad: Apollo 11 Promises Kept showcases artifacts and takes you on a “cosmic journey” through past, present and future space travel. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History // 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300
New technology now enables children who are blind to learn coding alongside their peers. Code Jumper allows students to connect strands of code through pods, which take block coding off the screen and put it on the table in front of the students. The pod’s functions are indicated by colors and differently shaped knobs, so students can identify each pod by sight or touch. Kids can learn about sequencing, iteration, selection and variables while also learning computational skills.
Code Jumper // codejumper.com
Souper Bowl of Caring is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The organization kicked off the 2020 campaign at Nimitz High School in Irving, with a goal of raising $2.2 million in food and funds for local hunger-relief organizations—including the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Souper Bowl of Caring // 6260 Westpark Drive, Suite 260, Houston; 800/358-SOUP
The Crow Museum of Asian Art will present its exhibition Beili Liu: One and Another this month. The work kicks off the museum’s Texas Asian Women Artists Series—a series that will last three years and consist of exhibits that aim to honor the cultural traditions of Asia with new contemporary voices from Texas women.
The Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas // 2010 Flora St., Dallas; 214/979-6440
Girl Scout cookies are here! It’s that time of the year to stock up on your favorites: Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Caramel deLites (aka Samoas) and the new Lemon-Ups (available in the Dallas region only; Lemonades available in the Fort Worth region). This entrepreneurship experience allows the girls to learn essential skills such as money management, public speaking and decision making among others. With that incentive in mind, go get some cookies!
Girl Scouts // girlscouts.org
Have a sleepover at the Perot! Kids ages 6–14, and their parents or guardians, can get after-hours access to the museum, catch a live science show and more. Sleepovers take place Feb. 7 and 15. Prices start at $45 per child and $30 per adult.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555
The Irving Chuck E. Cheese is getting a makeover. The restaurant will now include play passes, a new logo, an interactive dance floor, an enhanced menu and more. This location is one of the first among hundreds of locations to get the upgrades.
Chuck E. Cheese // 3903 W. Airport Freeway, Irving; 972/256-1600
Enjoy a “Moo-seum” experience as the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History partners with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Admission to the Stock Show and Rodeo includes free admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Available anytime during the Stock Show & Rodeo, Jan. 17–Feb. 8.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History // 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817/255-9300
Lewisville just landed its very own professional basketball team. The Lewisville Yellow Jackets, owned and operated by the Lewisville-based nonprofit Creating Young Minds, joined The Basketball League—a league dedicated to delivering a pro basketball experience in the community. This league replicates the European model of training, development and preparation for young athletes to live as a professional. All Yellow Jacket home games will be held at the Macedonia C.A.R.E. Center in Old Town Lewisville. The inaugural season kicks off Feb. 1 and runs through April.
Macedonia C.A.R.E. Center // 416 McKenzie St., Lewisville
A recent survey conducted by Narbis—a tech company dedicated to developing wellness products for focus and concentration—found that children’s distractibility adds hours to weekly homework and causes family tension. Narbis hopes this study will help parents understand that they are not alone in having children who struggle with paying attention, and that there are ways to combat the issue. Narbis recommends implementing limited screen time, behavior therapy, possibly diet and exercise changes and more. To see the full results of the survey, click here.
Narbis // narbis.com
January is Upstander Month at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (DHHRM). The museum defines an upstander as someone who stands up for other people and their rights, combats injustice, inequality and unfairness, and when they see something wrong, they work to make it right.
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum // 300 N. Houston St., Dallas; 214/741-7500
The Dallas Museum of Art will open a new, cross-cultural exhibition Feb. 1. My|gration traces the movement of people, objects and ideas in art across various times and cultures through the works of artists who immigrated to the United States. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2, 2021.
Dallas Museum of Art // 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1802
A new show-slash-experience is coming to DFW. From the co-founder of Cirque du Soliel, PY1 is a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience. The pyramid-shaped venue launched in Montreal summer 2019, and premiered in Arlington at Globe Life Park this past December. Check out “Through the Echoes” (great for ages 12 and up) and “Stella—The Time Machine Journey,” (great for ages 3 and up), as well as PY1 Nights for adults only. Tickets for “Through the Echoes” start at $40.50, and start at $23.50 for “Stella—The Time Machine Journey.” Check PY1’s website for details on PY1 Night pricing and available dates and times.
PY1 // py1.com/en
Globe Life Park // 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; 817/273-5222
Medical City Frisco will be the first in Texas to use a light-based surgery platform. This particular system provides a radiation-free tool for placement of spinal implants and removal of cranial tumors. This enhances patient safety in both operations.
Medical City Frisco // 5500 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco; 214/618-0500
Santa and some of his helpers stepped away from the North Pole recently to visit patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. On Dec. 19, Santa made his way to the NICU—brightening the holidays for parents and infants by reading books and bringing gifts.
Parkland Memorial Hospital // 5200 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas; 214/590-8000
Dallas Children’s Theater will present Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Jan. 25–Feb. 23. The show is recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets range from $17–$30; group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Call the box office for reservations for the sensory-friendly performances.
Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts // 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/978-0120
A new Tex-Mex restaurant opened Dec. 13 in Dallas—Queso Beso, a casual dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating options. Located on Main Street across from The Joule in downtown Dallas, you can chow down on classics such as tacos, quesos and adventurous house specialties including Shrimp Diablo and Braised Chicken en Mole. For the more advanced palettes, check out the extensive cocktail list filled with creative libations, such as the ancho-spiked Paloma.
Queso Beso // 1525 Main St., Dallas; 214/922-7510
The Addison youth soccer team Titans FC North Texas recently received recognition from US Club Soccer as a Players First licensed club. Players First clubs focus on club development, coaching and player development, parent engagement and education as well as player health and safety. Titans FC North Texas is one of nine clubs to recently receive this recognition, bringing the Players First clubs to a total of 90 across 25 states.
Titans FC North Texas // 15000 E. Beltwood Parkway, Addison; 855/784-8267
Fort Worth’s first yoga studio for children will open in February 2020. Nanda Yoga, in the Cultural District, will offer classes, parent workshops and more for kids ages 6 weeks–18 years. The studio will be open Monday–Saturday and offer 25 classes per week as well as play studio and flex space, seasonal camps, kids nights out and a gift boutique.
Nanda Yoga // 3608 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth
A new dessert spot is now open at The Shops at Willow Bend. Mallow Box serves gourmet marshmallow-based desserts including s’mores, hot and cold drinks, shakes and more. At the s’mores bar, visitors will be able to customize their s’mores with various cookie options, marshmallow flavors, chocolate types and more. You can find Mallow Box in the Food Court.
Mallow Box // instagram.com/themallowbox; facebook.com/mallowbox
In Denton ISD, there are over 100 kids who need mentors, and Communities In Schools is looking for people to mentor at-risk kids within the district. Not sure you want to make that commitment yet? There’s also a need for volunteers in other areas as well. Contact Rachel Rodriguez for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities in Schools //217 S. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 101, Lewisville; 972/538-9930
The Frisco Public Library was recently named the Top Innovator in Customer Experience for the library’s artificial intelligence (AI) project. The project combined coding, AI kits and classes that make AI accessible to entrepreneurs, students and anyone else looking to learn.
Frisco Public Library // 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco; 972/292-5669
Fort Worth ISD opened its first healthy food pantry at Daggett Middle School in November. With this pantry, Daggett Middle School students have easier access to healthy choices, including fresh fruit and vegetables. Parents will be able to take advantage of nutrition classes as well. The pantry is a result of a partnership with FWISD, Blue Zones Project, Tarrant Area Food Bank and Fidelity Investments.
Daggett Middle School // 1108 Carlock St., Fort Worth; 817/814-5200
The Dallas Museum of Art has unveiled a never-before-seen West African helmet mask. The exhibition, Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask runs through March 21. It features a Komo mask created by the Senufo people as well as CT scans performed by UT Southwestern Medical Center that show materials beneath the surface that give the mask its strength. Komo masks tend to be worn as a helmet by a member of the male-only Komo society at ceremonies and secret events. The scans will be on display around the actual mask with touchscreen monitors so visitors can explore the components.
Dallas Museum of Art // 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1802
A national poll conducted by OnePoll and Crayola Experience found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about missing special moments with their kids. The poll covered 2,000 parents of children between the ages of 3–16. In addition to the 67% who worry about missing those moments, 40% admit they’ve already missed at least one important milestone in their child’s life. The study also showed 82% of parents felt their children are simply growing up too quickly, while 78% wish they had more time to spend with their kids. For more of the survey information, click here.
Crayola Experience // 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite A100, Plano; 469/642-2901
The Amon Carter Museum will open three new exhibits this winter. Looking In: Photography from the Outside, open from Dec. 21–May 10, features over 60 works by artists including Richard Avedon, Morris Engel, Laura Gilpin, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon and Paul Strand. Tracing the Past: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas, open from Dec. 7–March 8, is dedicated to the Gentling brothers’ watercolors of birds that were featured in the 1986 portfolio, Of Birds and Texas. Eliot Porter’s Birds will be open Jan. 4–May 10 and highlights rarely seen color photographs of birds.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art // 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/989-5067
Good Buy Gear, an online marketplace for resale of gently used baby and kids’ gear, has expanded to Dallas. The Colorado-based re-commerce store plans to expand to 20 other cities in the next five years.
Good Buy Gear // goodbuygear.com
The US Nanny Association has established a set of National Nanny Standards. In addition to defining the difference between sitters, nannies and professional nannies, the standards establish expectations for training and experience so families can easily find someone reliable. The standards were developed by childcare educators and industry leaders, and align with early childhood development post-secondary curriculums. To learn more about the standards, visit the US Nanny Association website.
US Nanny Association // usnanny.org
InBloom Autism Services opened a new learning center in Farmers Branch. The center focuses on ABA therapy for kids and offers additional programs and features. Call to schedule a tour of the new space.
InBloom Autism Services // 1801 Royal Lane, Suite 300, Farmers Branch; 888/754-0398
A new book focusing on the challenge of raising boys who respect girls went on sale Nov. 12. Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots and Unintended Sexism by Dave Willis addresses topics including the root causes of sexism and sexual misconduct, the number one challenge boys face, the keys to teaching boys about sex and more. The author believes that the challenges addressed in the book will have great impact, but must be implemented at home and with the family in order to bring real solutions.
Dave Willis // davewillis.org
Central Market recently announced it will give $50,000 for tornado relief to DISD’s Education Foundation. The funds will help replace school supplies for teachers and students from three schools that suffered severe damage from the recent tornadoes.
Central Market // Multiple locations
The Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science reopened Nov. 12. The reimagined hall will feature new interactive experiences, such as a new engineering challenge lab, robotics centers and music coding to get kids’ gears in motion and connect with engineering and innovation.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555
Fort Worth Country Day was recently awarded top honors from Fort Worth Sister Cities International. At this annual meeting, the school earned two of the three annual awards for exceptional efforts for enriching the community and for promoting the city of Fort Worth. The school is the first independent school to receive the Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement since it began in 2001. An additional award, the Volunteer of the Year Award, was given to FWCD’s French teacher Andréanne Annis.
Fort Worth Country Day // 4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth; 817/732-7718
The Dallas Zoo has officially become a certified sensory-inclusive facility for children and adults with autism and sensory sensitivities. The zoo is partnering with an organization called KultureCity to make sure its programs, events and campus all are sensory inclusive. In order for the zoo to be certified, members were trained by medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs as well as how to handle a sensory overload situation. In addition to having access to dedicated sensory rooms, sensory bags will also be available and includes noise-cancelling headphones, weighted lap pads and more for those that feel overwhelmed.
Dallas Zoo // 650 S. RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500
The Beverly Hills, California, chain Fatburger is opening its first Texas restaurant in North Richland Hills at the start of 2020. The restaurant will serve made-to-order hamburgers and chicken wings in a 2,300-square-foot space. More information to come in the following months.
Fatburger // fatburger.com
A survey commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America recently found that Generation Z across the US believes bullying to be the biggest issue facing their community. The survey asked 1,002 Americans ages 6–17 to prioritize the top five issues from a list of 20. An additional 241 individuals were surveyed specifically in Texas within the same age range. Bullying was the issue 31% of youth said they wanted to solve the most with hunger coming in second (28%), and care for elderly, poverty and homelessness all tied at third place (24%).
Boy Scouts of America // 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving; 972/580-2000
The Autism CARES Act of 2019 was signed into law on Sept. 30. This authorizes $1.8 billion in federal funding to autism research, training and services over the next five years. Additionally, funding will continue to enhance education, early detection and intervention activities at the Health Resources and Services Administration through training of future leaders and healthcare professionals.
Autism Speaks // 1 East 33rd St. Fourth Floor, New York; 646/385-8500
Allen Police Department and Dodd Law Offices are partnering to enroll individuals with special needs in Project H.O.M.E.—a program that helps first responders identify children or adults who are unable to communicate their names or addresses. To enroll, the individual or parent would complete information sheets and get pictures taken. From there, the individual’s information is in the specialized database. With the information, if an adult or child with special needs is found wandering, the police will be able to return them to their caregivers or parents quickly and safely. Enrollment is also available anytime at the APD Headquarters during normal business hours. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Allen Police Department Training Facility // 900 S. Greenville Avenue, Allen; 214/509-4350
1 in 6 children in the U.S. have a least one mental disorder but only have of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The 2017 Beyond ABCreport by Children’s Health noted that 1.2 million children in Texas live with a mental health disorder. Prosper Independent School District partnered with Children’s Health to introduce a school-based Telebehavioral Health program that allows elementary to high school students have virtual consultations at school.
Mutualink, which has systems used by the US Department of Homeland Security, met with representatives from a number of local independent school districts on Oct. 1 to discuss school safety. Mutualink is developing solutions that connect schools with local law enforcement during crisis situations, and on Tuesday, the company provided live demonstrations of technologies that could save lives in the event of a school emergency, including the Rave Panic button, which activates real-time video sharing, and instant communication between schools, local law enforcement and first responders.
Chuck E. Cheese’s will now have Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Every first Sunday of the month, they will open two hours early specifically for children with autism and other special needs. Accommodations include reduced lighting and noise, food, games and trained staff.
Chuck E. Cheese’s // Multiple locations
The African American Museum in Fair Park will present The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection starting Sept. 21–March 1. The exhibit celebrates the achievements and contributions of black Americans from 1595 to present times. It will feature masterful paintings, sculptures, photos, rare books, letters and more. Admission is free to anyone attending the State Fair of Texas.
The African American Museum in Fair Park // 3536 Grand Ave., Dallas; 214/565-9026
A new playground designed to be accessible for children of all abilities opened in West Plano. Windhaven Meadows Park’s Liberty Playground—a 20,000-square-foot playground—will allow children with and without disabilities to play together. The park also includes walking trails, a pond, a dog park, restrooms, a pavilion and a spray ground.
Windhaven Meadows Park // 5400 Windhaven Parkway, Plano
A new Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse opened in Plano on Sept. 17. Think barbecue, Southern food, homemade sides—the works. Outside of the good ole barbecue standbys, Delta Blues will also offer other more inventive options, such as “Nashville Hot” Fried Texas Quail and Sticky Pork Belly Bites. Delta Blues is a part of the Pappas Restaurants family with the original Delta Blues located in Houston.
Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse // 3916 Dallas Parkway; Plano; 972/378-9903
Veggie Tales is back with 18 brand-new episodes—including a Christmas special—and a fun, new kid’s Bible, The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids. Phil Vischer—the creator of Veggie Tales and author, filmmaker and writer of over 70 million kid’s products—developed this new Bible for kids. Pre-sale is available through Amazon.
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 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
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
KidZania opened its first US location at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco in 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 reopened to the public 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;
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