Sites for Parents

Parenting

Baby Center – http://www.babycenter.com/
Find information on pregnancy, children’s health, parenting & more, including expert advice & weekly newsletters that detail your child’s development from preconception to 9 years.

Kids in Mind - http://www.kids-in-mind.com/
This site enables adults to determine whether a movie is appropriate for them or their children according to their own criteria. Unlike the MPAA, they do not assign a rating based on age but 3 objective ratings for Sex/Nudity, Violence/Gore, and Profanity, on a scale of 0 to 10, and explains in detail why a film rates high or low in a specific category

Family Fun & Entertainment – http://fun.familyeducation.com  
With links to a multitude of sources in many subjects, this site links parents and caregivers to a plethora of information. Opportunities for communication such as blogs and message boards, recipes, special needs resources, and much more are found here. Advertisements are present, but can be skipped over at times.

Pampers Parenting Institutehttp://www.pampers.com
Information from T. Berry Brazelton and other experts on infant and toddler care.

Education.com – http://www.education.com/
Provides parents of school-aged children with free access to information and resources to give them the answers they need — plus activities and articles that make learning together more fun for everyone.

Ready Starthttp://www.readystart.org
Providing in-home, therapeutic services for families with children 0 to 36 months of age who have concerns about how their child is growing and learning.

Early Childhood Interventionhttp://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/index.shtml
ECI is a Texas-wide program supporting families with children from birth to three years with developmental delays and disabilities.

Head Starthttp://k-12.pisd.edu/Schools/headstart/default.html
Head Start is a federally funded child development program designed to provide comprehensive services to preschool children from low-income families.

Early Literacy

Birth to Six –  http://www.multcolib.org/birthtosix/booklists/bklists.html
Includes information about early literacy skills and how to help your child get ready to read as well as how to read to different ages: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Booklists are provided. Discusses the role reading plays in brain development. Provides information about early childhood resources and programs, including Early Words.

Get Set 4 Kindergartenhttp://www.getset4k.org  
This amazing guide to school readiness includes four sections that change monthly: kindergarten skills readiness, getting ready to read, health and wellness, and an information printout. Notably, each section includes book and website recommendations.

Get Ready to Read – http://www.getreadytoread.org/
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. The initiative provides an easy-to-administer, research-based screening tool to early childhood educators, child care providers, and parents in order to help them prepare all children to learn to read and write.

Ready at Fivehttp://www.readyatfive.org
Parent newsletters and school readiness activities.

Reading is Fundamental http://www.rif.org
How to choose good books, create a literacy-rich home, and motivate your child to read.

Story Blocks http://www.storyblocks.org
Children get ready to read long before they start Kindergarten. You can help by singing, talking, and playing with the children in your care. Watch these brief videos to learn fun songs and rhymes, and how they help build readers!

Zero to Threehttp://www.zerotothree.org/
Complete early literacy guide for parents and caregivers.

Internet Safety

Bnetsavvyhttp://www.bnetsavvy.org/
A great resource for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet. Contains articles on cyber bullying, social networking, gaming, and more.

Child Safety on the Information Highway – http://www.safekids.com/
A guide to Internet safety for parents and kids, originally from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association. Offers a quiz for kids on Internet safety. http://www.safekids.com/quiz/

OnGuard Onlinehttp://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/net-cetera.aspx
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. 

Connect Safely - http://www.connectsafely.org
If you have concerns about social media and how your children are using it, this site provides some help and guidelines for parents. 

 

Family Fun in DFW  

Aquariums

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park – Dallas http://www.dallaszoo.com/aquarium/aquarium.htm

Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas http://www.dwazoo.com/

Attractions

Cowtown Cattlepen Maze – http://cowtowncattlepenmaze.com/

Dallas Farmers Market – http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org/

Sandy Lake Amusement Park – http://www.sandylake.com/

Six Flags Over Texas – http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx

South Fork Ranch – http://www.southfork.com/

Stockyards Station – http://www.stockyardsstation.com/

Tarantula Train-
https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ThingsToDo/GrapevineVintageRailroad/tabid/267/Default.aspx

Texas Motor Speedway – http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/          

Historical Sites

Bureau of Engraving & Printings Western Currency Facility – Fort Worth http://www.moneyfactory.gov/tours/fortworthtxtours.html

Chestnut Square Historic Village – McKinney http://www.chestnutsquare.org/

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park – Dallas http://www.oldcitypark.org/

Fair Park – Dallas http://www.fairpark.org/

Farmers Branch Historical Park – Farmers Branch
http://www.ci.farmers-branch.tx.us/play/historical-park

Fire Station No. 1 – Fort Worth
http://www.fortworthmuseum.org/150-fort-worth-history

Florence Ranch Homestead – Mesquite
http://www.cityofmesquite.com/hmi/florence_ranch.php
 
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic Dist. – Fort Worth http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/
 

Garland Landmark Museum – Garland http://www.garlandhistorical.org/

Heard-Craig House – McKinney http://www.heardcraig.org/

Irving Heritage House – Irving http://www.irvingheritage.com/

Log Cabin Village – Fort Worth http://www.logcabinvillage.org/

Marty Leonard Community Chapel at Lena Pope Home – Fort Worth http://www.lenapopehome.org/marty-leonard-chapel

McKinney Avenue Trolley – Dallas http://www.mata.org/

Old Bedford School – Bedford http://www.oldbedfordschool.com/

Old Downtown Square – Carrollton http://www.olddowntowncarrollton.com/

Old Red Courthouse/Museum – Dallas http://www.oldred.org/

Sundance Square – Fort Worth http://www.sundancesquare.com/

Thanks-Giving Square – Dallas http://www.thanksgiving.org/

Thistle Hill House Museum – Fort Worth Thistle Hill House Museum http://www.historicfortworth.org/WeddingsTours/tabid/627/Default.aspx

West End Historical District – Dallas http://www.dallaswestend.org/

Nature and Gardens

 

Campión Trails – Irving http://www.texastrails.org/traildetail.cfm?id=345

Cedar Ridge Preserve – Dallas http://audubondallas.org/cedarridge.html

Clark Gardens Botanical Park – Weatherford http://www.clarkgardens.org/

Connemara Conservancy – Allen http://www.connemaraconservancy.org/

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Dallas http://www.dallasarboretum.org/

Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Fort Worth http://www.fwbg.org

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge – Fort Worth http://www.fwnaturecenter.org/

Fort Worth Water Gardens – Fort Worth
http://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/attractions/fort-worth-water-gardens/

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary – McKinney http://www.heardmuseum.org/
 
McKinney Green Gardens – McKinney http://mckinneygreengardens.tamu.edu/about-the-gardens
 
Myers’ Park & Event Center – McKinney http://www.co.collin.tx.us/parks/myers/index.jsp

River Legacy Living Science Center – Arlington http://www.riverlegacy.org/

Texas Discovery Gardens – Dallas http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/

Trinity River Farm -Fort Worth http://www.trinityriverfarmtx.com/

Museums

African American Museum, The – Dallas http://www.aamdallas.org/

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum – Fort Worth http://www.crsmithmuseum.org/home.aspx

Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth http://www.cartermuseum.org/about

Arlington Museum of Art – Arlington http://www.arlingtonmuseum.org/

Aviation Heritage Museum -Fort Worth http://www.aviationheritagemuseum.org/

Bayless-Selby House Museum – Denton
http://dentoncounty.com/dept/main.asp?Dept=120

Cattle Raisers Museum – Fort Worth http://www.cattleraisersmuseum.org/

Cavanaugh Flight Museum – Addison http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/

Charles D. Tandy Archaeological Museum – Fort Worth http://tandyinstitute.org/museum.cfm

Courthouse-on-the-Square – Denton
http://dentoncounty.com/dept/main.asp?Dept=72&Link=236

Cowboys of Color Museum -Fort Worth http://www.cowboysofcolor.org/

Dallas Center for Contemporary Art – Dallas http://www.dallascontemporary.org/

Dallas Firefighter’s Museum, Inc – Dallas http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com/

Dallas Holocaust Museum – Dallas http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/

Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas http://www.dm-art.org/index.htm

Denton County African American Museum – Denton http://dentoncounty.com/dept/main.asp?Dept=72&Link=670
 
Denton County Historical Museum and Texas Heritage Center – Denton http://www.dentoncountyhistoricalmuseum.com/

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History – Fort Worth http://www.fwmuseum.org/

Frontiers of Flight Museum – Dallas http://www.flightmuseum.com/about.htm

Grapevine Botanical Gardens – Grapevine
http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/IndividualDepartments/ParksandRecreation/BotanicalGardens.aspx

Hall of State at Fair Park – Dallas http://www.hallofstate.com/

Heritage Farmstead Museum – Plano http://www.heritagefarmstead.org/

International Museum of Cultures – Dallas http://www.internationalmuseumofcultures.org/
 

Kimbell Art Museum – Fort Worth https://www.kimbellart.org/index.aspx

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area – Lewisville http://www.ias.unt.edu/llela/
 
Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Grand Prairie http://grandprairie.ripleys.com/

Madi Museum and Gallery – Dallas http://www.madimuseum.org/

Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center – Mansfield http://www.mansfieldhistory.org/

Mary Kay Museum – Addison http://www.marykaymuseum.com/

Meadows Museum of Art – Dallas http://smu.edu/meadowsmuseum/

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Fort Worth http://www.themodern.org/

Museum of Nature & Science – Dallas http://www.natureandscience.org/

Museum of the American Railroad, The – Dallas http://www.dallasrailwaymuseum.com/

Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – Fort Worth http://www.cowgirl.net/

National Scouting Museum – Irving http://www.bsamuseum.org/

North Texas History Center – McKinney http://thenthc.org/

Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery – Fort Worth http://www.monnigmuseum.tcu.edu/

Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art -Fort Worth http://www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The – Dallas http://www.jfk.org/

Stockyards Museum – Fort Worth http://www.stockyardsmuseum.org/

Texas Civil War Museum – Fort Worth http://www.texascivilwarmuseum.com/

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame – Fort Worth http://www.texascowboyhalloffame.com/

Texas Fashion Collection – Denton http://www.tfc.unt.edu/

Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection – Denton
http://www.twu.edu/gown-collection/

Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, The – Dallas
http://www.crowcollection.com/

Vintage Flying Museum – Fort Worth http://www.vintageflyingmuseum.org/

White Settlement Historical Museum – White Settlement http://www.wsmuseum.com/

Women’s Museum, The – Dallas http://www.thewomensmuseum.org/

Parks and Recreation

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Fort Worth http://www.fwssr.com/

Mesquite Championship Rodeo – Mesquite http://www.mesquiterodeo.com/

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo – Denton http://www.ntfair.com/

Stockyard Championship Rodeo – Fort Worth http://www.cowtowncoliseum.com/

Texas Parks & Wildlife – Texas http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Texas Stampede – Dallas http://www.texasstampede.org/          

Planetariums 

Museum of Nature & Science Planetarium, The – Dallas http://www.natureandscience.org/planetarium/default.asp

Noble Planetarium – Fort Worth http://www.fwmuseum.org/noble-planetarium-about

Planetarium at UT Arlington, The – Arlington http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/

University of North Texas Sky Theater Planetarium – Denton http://skytheater.unt.edu/

Theater and Performing Arts

Actors Conservatory Theatre – Lewisville http://www.getintotheact.org/

ArtCentre of Plano – Plano http://www.artcentreofplano.org/

Artisan Center Theatre – Hurst http://www.artisanct.com/

Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth http://www.basshall.com/

Bath House Cultural Center – Dallas http://www.dallasculture.org/bathHouseCultureCenter/
Casa Mañana’s Children’s Playhouse – Fort Worth http://www.casamanana.org/playhouse/
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts – Richardson http://www.eisemanncenter.com/tickets/

Circle Theatre – Fort Worth http://www.circletheatre.com/

Creative Arts Theatre – Arlington http://www.creativearts.org/

Dallas Children’s Theatre – Dallas http://www.dct.org/

Dallas Summer Musicals – Dallas http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/

Dallas Theater Center – Dallas http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/

Denton Community Theatre – Denton http://www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com/

Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra – Flower Mound http://www.fmco.org/

Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater – Flower Mound http://www.fmpat.org/

Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Fort Worth http://www.fwcac.com/

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Fort Worth http://www.fwsymphony.org/

Frisco Area Children’s Theater – Frisco http://www.friscoacts.com/

Frisco Community Theater – Frisco http://www.friscocommunitytheatre.com/

Granbury Opera House – Granbury http://www.granburyoperahouse.net/

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre – Lewisville http://www.glct.org/

Heard Craig Hall – McKinney http://www.heardcraig.org/

Hip Pocket Theatre – Fort Worth http://www.hippocket.org/

Irving Arts Center – Irving http://www.irvingartscenter.com/Home.aspx

Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue – Arlington http://www.johnniehighcountry.com/

Jubilee Theater – Fort Worth http://www.jubileetheatre.org/

Kids Who Care – Fort Worth http://www.kidswhocare.org/

Lakeside Community Theatre – The Colony http://lctthecolony.org/

Lewisville Lake Symphony – Flower Mound http://www.lewisvillesymphony.org/

Majestic Theatre, The – Dallas http://www.liveatthemajestic.com/

McKinney Performing Arts Center – McKinney http://www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org/frameset.asp?aid=144
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas http://www.dallasculture.org/meyersonsymphonycenter/

Music Hall at Fair Park – Dallas http://www.liveatthemusichall.com/

Ohlook Performing Arts Center – Grapevine http://www.ohlookperform.com/

Plano Children’s Theater – Plano http://www.planochildrenstheatre.org/

Pocket Sandwich Theatre – Dallas http://www.pocketsandwich.com/

RCT – Repertory Company Theatre – Richardson http://www.rcttheatre.com/

Runway Theatre – Grapevine http://www.runwaytheatre.com/

Stage West – Fort Worth http://stagewest.org/

Teatro Dallas – Dallas
http://teatrodallas.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=1679

The Colony Playhouse – The Colony http://www.thecolonyplayhouse.org/

Theatre Arlington – Arlington http://www.theatrearlington.org/

Theatre Coppell – Coppell http://www.theatrecoppell.com/

Theatre Three – Dallas http://www.theatre3dallas.com/

Verizon Theater (NOKIA Theatre) – Grand Prairie http://verizontheatre.com/

WaterTower Theatre – Addison http://www.watertowertheatre.org/

 Zoos

Dallas Zoo – Dallas http://www.dallaszoo.com/

Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth http://www.fortworthzoo.com/

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Glen Rose http://www.fossilrim.org/

Frank Buck Zoo – Gainesville http://www.frankbuckzoo.com/

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch – Pilot Point http://www.sharkarosa.com/

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