August in Texas is H-O-T, so LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s pirate-themed splash pad comes just in time to keep us from melting into puddles. Pirate Beach, designed for kids ages 3–10, features a pirate ship with a 50-gallon dump bucket and more than 12 other spray features worked into the LEGO treasure chests, palm trees, cannons and sand castles.
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.
Captivated by the toys and figurines lining the shelves of every supermarket, 4-year-old Marcos couldn’t wait to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film and to throw a totally rad birthday bash in its honor. “He picked the theme about six months ago, maybe more,” says Grand Prairie mom Sara Ledezma. “He started watching Ninja Turtle movies with his dad and then a lot of stuff started coming out for the new movie. They became his favorite.”
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.
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.
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.