Put a philanthropic twist on your child's next party
Kids these days: They’re a generous bunch. We get a thrill every time we hear about a birthday boy or girl using his or her special day to make someone else feel special. If your child is in the giving mood on his next big day, help turn his party into a charity event by recruiting party-goers to donate gifts, volunteer or craft up a storm. To make it easy, we gathered 29 of our favorite causes. Pick one that speaks to you, and get to giving.
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.
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.
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.
Reaching across the so-called "skipped generation"
It’s amazing what you don’t realize is going on in your own family, because we had no clue,” recalls 57-year-old Richardson resident Kaye Surley of the stunning phone call that snatched grandparenting from her life two years ago. “We were oblivious. We were just happy to have Kyleigh every weekend.”