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  • Cool off at these 20 spray parks around DFW
    As the summer heats up, we know it gets harder to entertain the kids, so trade the sprinklers and backyard water hose for fun romp through an interactive water fountain, splash pad or spray park near you. We gathered a few of our favorite locales that are unaffected by water restrictions and have generous open times – and best of all, entry is absolutely free.
  • Cooler weather and outdoor fun in Colorado
    When mid-summer heat hits Texas, the only options are to hibernate near the air conditioner until fall or vacate to a cooler destination. Colorado ski resorts are the easy choice for a nearby retreat that offers milder temperatures, with a healthy dose of off-peak rates and outdoor activities. Don’t worry that the mountains won’t be the same without the snow.
  • Shape up lunchtime with these fun, new lunchboxes
    We already did some of your back-to-school shopping for you (you're welcome). Your kid will look sharp at lunchtime with one of these 13 lunchboxes, all available locally or made by a company based in Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Family fun at 3 local balloon celebrations this fall

    Hot air balloons are a rare sight in DFW (OK, they’re a rare sight anywhere). So we’d be lying if we said that spotting a balloon’s rainbow-colored panels floating in the distance didn’t elicit squeals of elation. Late this summer, far more hot air balloons will be floating around the skies thanks to three weekend-long festivals.

  • 12 water parks and destinations for families
    Dallas-Fort Worth is packed full of water parks, so we’ve collected a few of our favorite destinations, including wake parks, stand-alone surfing rides and the biggest parks with the most daring slides. Stay the weekend at one of the local resorts with spectacular water parks of their own, get more out of your day with special events like outdoor movies over the water, or take it easy with paddleboats.
  • Use our map to plan your next adventure
    School's out for summer! If you're looking for something fun to do with your family, use our map to find local entertainment, from bowling alleys and aquariums to theme parks and water parks.
  • Teaching your child to be a savvy conversationalist
    “How old are you?” Corretta Turner asks a young boy. “He’s 12,” interjects his mother. Sound familiar? Turner, a Dallas-based speech communications coach, says this refrain is all too common: A well-meaning parent answers for a child who is clearly capable of responding on his own, and then wonders why the child is not a more confident speaker.
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