Posts Tagged ‘Kids’

Autumn at the Arboretum: The Great Pumpkin Festival

Posted by    |    October 11th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin.”        -Linus from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Linus was reticent to discuss his fascination of The Great Pumpkin with his friends. And really, who can blame him? It wasn’t a popular subject. Even his sister, Lucy, thought he was crazy.

“That stupid blockhead of a brother of mine is out in the pumpkin patch making his yearly fool of himself.”

Linus, may I give you some advice? Don’t let ’em get to you. That pumpkin patch is full of fall goodness and ready to be enjoyed. Get on in there and knock yourself out.


Cool it down.

Posted by    |    July 15th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

It’s a shame you missed the party yesterday.  But considering it was a pity party, you might be glad you did.  My “I’m over summer” pity party started as I got in my car yesterday afternoon.  The temperature gauge on my dashboard said 110. For added emphasis, please indulge me and let me spell that out for you…one hundred and TEN degrees.  Thank you.  My make-up was well on it’s way to being completely melted off of my flushed face.  My seat sizzled as it almost set my jeans on fire.  I winced as I touched the scalding hot steering wheel, knowing that the lovely feeling of cold air blasting out my AC was still several long minutes away.

By the way, this story has a happy ending…stay with me.   (more…)

Spray it, don’t say it.

Posted by    |    June 8th, 2011 at 1:05 am

Leslie Knope

I love the show Parks and Rec.  Seldom do I miss it – and when I do, my DVR doesn’t. Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department, takes enormous pride in her city parks – and most of the time, to the eye-rolls and irritation of her co-workers. Her endearing enthusiasm drives her to go to great lengths for the city she’s devoted her life to. And for that, I thank her…because it makes for great television.

Max's buddy Cooper playin' in the spray

I had a Leslie Knope moment today at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. For all you moms out there, this diamond in the rough is only a stone’s throw away from Lakewood – and the ideal way to get revenge on the sweltering, Texas heat. The park features two play-scapes (one for older children and another for younger), a pavilion, pool, rec center…and SPRAY PARK! Having never been to a spray park before, I was rather impressed. Yes, I’m a first time mom, so all you veterans with years of motherhood under your belt, please excuse my naivete. This thing was awesome.  My son, Max, was all smiles as he stood on the peripheral taking it all in.  Slowly but surely he ventured closer to the water and once he did, I heard squeals of delight and excitement from a distance as he took off to explore every water fall and spray spout available.


Get festive

Posted by    |    June 1st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

July 4th is practically knocking on our door and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.  Nothing says summertime than fireworks, hot dogs, watermelon and some good ‘old patriotic pride.  Whether it be with family, friends, in the shade or on the water – how do you plan to celebrate the 4th? Will I be seeing you at The Lakewood 4th of July parade?

a letter to Lakewoodstock

Posted by    |    May 13th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Dear Lakewoodstock,

I’ve been anxiously awaiting your arrival. You’ve been marked in my calendar for months. And now…only one day stands in between you and me…and I can barely contain my excitement.

Why do I love you so?  Below are the reasons I think you’re tops.

1.  Sometimes, I get hungry. But I know at Lakewoodstock, the local vendors of Lakewood Village Shopping Center will be on hand with food and beverages to enjoy. And that, fun festival, is just plain yummy.

2.  Sometimes, I like to be sung to.  And there you are, dear festival, with live music all day from bands like The Electro-Magnetics, Homespun Remedies, The Sutcliffes, Hunter Hendrickson, Local Honey, Colin Boyd, Southbound Lane, Club Wood, Plowboy, Thin White Dukes, Tres Leches Trio, Darryl Lee Rush, Jackson Eli, Jim Suhler & Jason Elmore, Jill Allison Bryan, Doug Bryan, Rahim Quazi, Nick Chatum, and Jay Gummer.

3. Sometimes, I like to impress my family by taking them to do cool stuff.  You’ve got activities for both the young and the young-at-heart, like face-painting, puppet-making, shrinky dinks, a photo booth, laser tag, a bungee trampoline, a video arcade and a climbing wall…just to name a few. (more…)

a classroom kids will love

Posted by    |    March 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

After 10 years in the making, the Dallas Arboretum broke ground last Monday on The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opening spring 2013.  Familiar (and notable) faces filled the garden to celebrate the creation of this game-changing, North Texas gateway into strengthening science education for our children. Honorary Chairman, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dallas Mayor, Dwaine Caraway, spoke at the ceremony, sharing their support and excitement for what’s to come.

So what is to come?  A 7-acre, science adventure garden and laboratory, created specifically for children and tailored to families, that will profoundly impact the education of young minds.  The garden consists of 150 interactive exhibits and 16, primarily outdoor, “hands-on” classrooms, including The Incredible Edible Garden, The Wild Wetland Walk, Texas Skywalk and Pure Energy.  Your kids won’t even know they’re learning while they partake in the many activities the garden has to offer, like taking an elevated walk through the tree canopy, investigating natural energy, hiking in the grass tunnels of the wetlands or experience the 31 best fruit-bearing trees for North Texas…just to list a few. (more…)

little (spring) bean

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Oh Lakewood – you never fail to impress me.  Just when I think I know all the in’s and out’s of my neighborhood, I stumble upon a delightful little surprise.  Which is all the introduction I need to tell you about Little Bean, tucked away in a residential-ish neighborhood of historic Junius Heights.  This bright, breezy storefront carries all things cool for kids – clothing, accessories, gifts and art…and all from hard-to-find lines.  Owner and East Dallas resident, Christine Visneau, carries the finest of fineries from indie designers all over the country, not to mention her own line, Little Bean.    A quick peek behind the cash register and you’ll see her studio, complete with vintage fabrics and a trusty sewing machine.  She takes special orders too.  When my neice was born, Christine graciously allowed me to look through all her samples to find just the right fabric for sweetly chic baby bloomers and a sundress.

My advice? Spring over and check it out for yourself – warm weather treasures are on the hangers and available for purchase!

Little Bean | 5308 Junius St. | Dallas, Tx 75214 | 214.370.9111