HEART of Texas

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HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

APRIL 2017 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,
We are excited to share information that we feel may be of interest to home schoolers in North Texas.  Please share this newsletter with your friends or other homeschooling families in your network.

If you use content from this newsletter for placement within your own newsletter, website, or other communications, please acknowledge the HEART of Texas newsletter as your source via a link to our website: www.heartoftex.org.

If you know of an event or activity that would benefit other home schoolers, please drop us a line at editor@heartoftex.org so we can share it in our next bi-weekly e-newsletter.

Support group meeting listings are free. If you are a new group please contact us so we can also add you to our database so families can find you.  
Non-profit clubs and organizations that are in partnership with HEART of Texas can also promote their meetings in our newsletter.  Advertising space is available for those wishing to advertise their businesses, classes, workshops, job listings, or other opportunities.  Special rates and other benefits are given to businesses and organizations which partner with us. Email us for more information about our Partnership Programs.

Additionally, if you or anyone in your homeschool group would like to submit articles, or volunteer to serve on our newsletter or advertising teams, please contact us at editor@heartoftex.org.

We would love to hear from you!  


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Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 1st of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 15th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.
Please send all submissions to editor@heartoftex.org for consideration in the newsletter.

Thanks so much!
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Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc., (HEART of Texas) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to serving the home schooling support groups, leaders and families in our regional service area. Our mission is to provide leadership, training, resources and support within the home school community through communications, networking activities, and events directed at home school support groups, leaders, and families in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas region.

This information is provided as a service to our fellow home schoolers. HEART of Texas does not necessarily endorse, warrant, or represent any of the activities, events, or organizations listed, or their content, views, opinions, or recommendations. Please use your own judgment when considering taking part in or attending any of these events or activities or visiting any of the websites or links provided.  HEART of Texas assumes no responsibility for the content of any ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered.

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS
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INVITING EXHIBITORS: 
HEART OF TEXAS
ANNUAL "HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND" EXPO
LOCATION & DATE TBA


If you offer a classes, extra-curricular activities, a club/organization or other resources
for homeschoolers, we would love to have you exhibit at our next Expo!

Date and location are forthcoming, but will be in the DFW area.

Please click here to contact us for details.


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FEBRUARY 13
"HOMESCHOOLING 101" INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
BEDFORD

Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Cost: FREE

LOCATION:
Bedford Public Library
, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 76021

For More Information:  Click Here
To Register:  Click Here

To Ask Questions:  Click Here

Details:  Thinking about homeschooling? 
Wondering what's involved, how it works, and if it's right for your family?  
Our "Homeschooling 101" informational meetings are designed to teach you the basics of homeschooling and give you the information you need to help you get started on the right foot.   

Some of the Questions answered during the session:
What is required to homeschool in the state of Texas?
Where can I find curriculum?
What about teacher certification?
How do homeschoolers perform on standardized tests?
Can homeschoolers go to college?
How do homeschoolers perform in the real world?
and MORE!!

Other Homeschooling 101 Informational Meetings: TBA 
If you would like to host an Info Meeting, or if you would like to become a part of our Homeschooling 101 Presentation Team, p
lease contact us via our website.  


BECOME A MENTOR!!
If you are a veteran home school mom or dad homeschool group leader and would like to stay connected to the homeschooling community by serving in this way, we would love for you to consider becoming a Mentor!  We are recruiting Mentors for our Homeschool Mentor Program.  Mentors assist new homeschool families with getting started on their journey.  It is not a tutoring service or classes for homeschool students.  This is a ministry to parents who are seeking guidance in getting started homeschooling their children. 
For more information, please contact us via our website.

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
THE ANIMATION COURSE

The Animation Course

Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and current homeschool Dad, offers 12 week LIVE - online animation courses for 11-18 year olds. He also teaches online drawing classes for multiple ages as well. Weekly classes are one hour long and include personal video reviews for individual learning! The cost is $300 for the full 12 weeks. The Spring Session starts during the week of January 30th and classes tend to fill up very quickly so if you can, register soon! You can hold your child’s spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out our website: theanimcourse.com


Email:
 click here to email for more information



Discount:
 
HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive $25 off class fees with a special code upon registration. 
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM

LANTANA GOLF CLUB

Experience the Game of Golf!  Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play.  Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning.  We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides. 

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed.  Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club.  He was named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011, 2012, and 2013" and a member of the PGA President’s Council for his continuing efforts to promote and grow the game of golf.

Program scheduled to begin week of Sept. 8 and end week of Nov. 3 (no clinics week of Oct. 6)

To Register:  click here to download the registration form.
For more information, contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 or click here to email

Discount:
 
Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas supporting members (with a current HEART of Texas member card) a 10% discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
HOMESCHOOL PE PROGRAMS
ROANOKE, PROSPER, HALTOM CITY, McKINNEY, FLOWER  MOUND

PE 101 is a 90 minute class that allows students to explore many sports in a short time. This porogram is designed so that students can be active and learn about athletics and team sports. Each class begins with a dynamic warm-up and stretch. We rotate through agility sations and drills.  Each unit of study includes sport specific drills and games, including rules of the game, strategy and the fundamentals required to play.  We also enjoy fun classic games like kickball, dodgeball, whiffleball and capture the flag.  

Roanoke Classes:  
Meet Fridays at 10:30am
Location: Ronoake Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Rd, Roanoke, TX 76262
Click Here to register.

Prosper Classes:  Meet TBD 
Click here to register

Haltom City Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 9:30am
Location:  Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave
Click here to register or 817-831-6464

McKinney Classes:  Meet Thursdays at 10:30am
Location:  McKinney Community Center, 2001 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070
Click here to register

Flower Mound Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Click here to register

Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive a $5 discount off monthly class fees.  Some classes are eligible to combine for an additional sibling discount - ask at registration.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
 
Email:  click here to email or 817-929-3333

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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
April -- Reading Programs
April -- Amon Carter Museum Exhibits
April -- Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits
April -- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
April -- Dallas Arboretum
April --
Fort Worth Botanic Garden Programs
April
-- Texas Discovery Gardens
April -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
April
-- Library Programs
April
-- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs (Select Parks)
April -- Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens
April -- Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
April
-- Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
April
-- Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
April
-- Fort Richardson State Park/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
April
-- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway -- Mineral Wells
April
-- Tyler State Park -- Tyler
April
-- Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point
April -- 3D Films at Perot Museum's Hoglund Foundation Theater -- Dallas
April -- Films at Omni/Imax (FW Museum of Science & History)
April -- HEART Partner: Homeschool Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo
April
--  "Homeschooling 101" Informational Meetings
April
-- Perot Museum:  Open Enrollment for Homeschool Classes
April
-- Perot Museum: Open Enrollment for Junior Master Naturalist Program
April
-- Registration Open:  FW Symphony Orchestra's Young Persons Concerts
April
-- Registration Open: Dallas Symphony Youth Orchestra - American Celebration Concerts
Sponsor -- HEART Partner The Animation Course
Sponsor -- HEART Partner Homeschool PE (Roanoke, Prosper, Haltom City, Flower Mound, McKinney)
Sponsor -- HEART Partner  Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club


April
April-July 2 -- Amon Carter: Homer and Remington in Black and White
April-August 6 -- Amon Carter: Between the Lines: Gego as Printmaker
April-September 10 -- Amon Carter: Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler
April 1 -- Dallas Arboretum: Hula Hoop Contest
April 1 -- Dallas Arboretum: Ann's Diner
April 1 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 1 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Wildflower Walk
April 1 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Fool's Hike
April 1 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Pokemon GO Hike
April 1 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Campfire Scary Stories
April 1 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
Through April 1 -- Genesis Theater: Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
April 1 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Storytelling Down in the Hollow
April 1 -- LLELA: Nature Walk
April 1 --
Nasher Sculpture Center: First Saturdays: Repitition
April 1, 2 -- Shine Performing Arts: Auditions: High School Musical 2; Into the Woods
April 1 -- Tyler State Park: Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
April 1 -- Tyler State Park: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot
April 1 -- Tyler State Park: Edible and Useful Plants
April 2 -- Dallas Museum of Art: Carey Young: The New Architecture
April 2 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 2 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Photography Scavenger Hunt
April 2 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Atlatl Demo
April 3 -- Dallas Zoo: Homeschool Day at the Dallas Zoo
April 4 -- Kimbell: Pictures and Pages: Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, written and illustrated by James Rumford
April 4 -- Oliver Nature Park: Home School Nature Class: Caterpillars
April 5 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club Seedlings: Seed Bingo
April 5 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Bouncing a Bunny

April 6 -- Genesis Theater: Robin Hood-Homeschool Cast
April 6-9 -- Plano Children's Theater: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
April 7 -- Fort Richardson State Park: Fort Richardson Days
April 7 -- Fossil Rim: Discovery After Dark
April 7 -- Ft. Worth Zoo: Registration Open for Middle School Camps: Keepers in Training
April 7 -- Ft. Worth Zoo: Registration Open for Zoo Careers Camp
April 7 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Fun on the Farm: Peter Rabbit
April 7 -- LLELA: Night Hike
April 7 -- Nash Farm: First Fridays: Easter Traditions
April 8 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk

April 8 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
April 8 -- Fossil Rim: National Zoo Lovers Day: Family Fun Day
April 8 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Name that Bird!
April 8 -- LLELA: Bird Walk
April 8 -- LLELA: Art Boat
April 8 -- Ray Roberts State Park: Ray Roberts Lake State Park: Johnson Branch: Texas Outdoor Family: DFW Area (Open)
April 8 -- Tyler State Park: Birding 101: Introduction to Birding
April 8 -- Tyler State Park: Lakeshore Nature Hike
Through April 9 -- Dallas Museum of Art: Carey Young: The New Architecture
Through April 9 -- Kimbell: "State of the Arts" Complementary Exhibition
April 9 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 9 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Photography Scavenger Hunt
April 9 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Atlatl Demo
April 11 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Pubic Tour of the Japanese Garden
April 12 -- HEART of Texas: Homeschooling 101
April 13 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: Seed Balls
April 14 -- DEADLINE for The DOSS Sam Houston Essay Contest
April 14 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Campfire Scary Stories
April 15 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 15 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Birding in the Park
April 15 -- Fort Richardson State Park: Easter Egg Hunt
April 15 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
April 15 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
April 15 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Cowboy Campfire - Music and Poetry
April 15 -- LLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
April 15 -- LLELA: Saturdays at the Cabin
April 15 -- Tyler State Park: Lost in the Forest
April 15 -- Tyler State Park: Bees, Butterflies, and Wildflowers
April 16 -- Dallas Museum of Art: Young Masters 2017
April 16 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 17 -- Fossil Rim: Birds and Birding: Beak to the Basics (Homeschool Class + Modified Tour)
April 17 -- Oliver Nature Park: Painting at the Park: Pond Scene

April 19 -- Oliver Nature Park: Little Naturalists: Fancy Flowers
April 20 -- Oliver Nature Park: Ladybugs
April 21 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Fun on the Farm: Birds on the Farm
April 21 -- Nasher: DEADLINE for Summer Institute for Teens
April 21-29 -- Plano Children's Theater: Alice in Wonderland
April 21-May 20 -- Artisan Center Theater: Seussical, Jr.
April 21-May 14 -- Casa Manana Children's Theater: The Little Mermaid
April 22 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Monarch Monitoring
April 22 -- Fossil Rim: Earth Day Celebration: Family Fun Day
April 22 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Kid's Wilderness Survival
April 22 -- LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour
April 22 -- LLELA: Family Campfire
April 22 -- Log Cabin Village: Spring Social
April 23 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 23 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Photography Scavenger Hunt
April 23 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Atlatl Demo
April 23 -- Nasher: The Great Create
April 25 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts: Seeds
April 28-May 6 -- Genesis Theater: Godspell, Jr.
April 28-June 3 -- Artisan Center Theater: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

April 29 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 29 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Greenery Day Walk
April 29 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Star Party in the Valley
April 29 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
April 29 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Night Sounds
April 29 -- Log Cabin Village: Cherokee Basket Weaving
Through April 30 -- Amon Carter: Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler
April 30 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Dinosaur Track Talk
April 30 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Photography Scavenger Hunt
April 30 -- Dinosaur Valley State Park: Atlatl Demo
Through April 30 -- Nasher Sculpture Center: Richard Sierra: Prints
Through April 30 -- Old Red Museum: Through April 30, 2017 -- Throughout the Decades: A Circle of Sisters Perpetually Purposed for Service

May
May 2 -- Kimbell: Pictures and Pages: The Magic Horse of Han Gan, by Chen Jiang Hong
May 5-13 -- Plano Children's Theater: Pippin
May 6 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
May 6 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: WS, FC - Chamber Concert
May 6 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Wildflower Walk
May 6 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Wildflower Walk
May 6 -- LLELA: Nature Walk
May 6 -- Nasher: First Saturdays: Pattern
May 6-7 -- Camp Tonkawa: Between Earth and Sky (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
May 7 -- Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: Musical Math
May 7 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra:  WS, FC - Concert
May 7 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra:  GDYO  - Jazz Institute Concert
May 7-Aug 21 -- Nasher: Joel Shapiro
May 8 -- Fossil Rim: Fossil Fun!

May 9 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
May 9 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Nature Painting
May 12 -- Fossil Rim: Discovery After Dark
May 12 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Fun on the Farm: Animal Moms
May 12 -- LLELA: Family Campfire
May 13 -- Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day camp
May 13 -- Eisenhower State Park: Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
May 13 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike

May 13 -- Fossil Rim: Mother’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner And Tour
May 13 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Kid's Wilderness Survival
May 13 -- LLELA: Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
May 15 -- Genesis Theater: Moanna
May 17 -- HEART of Texas: Homeschooling 101
May 18 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: Create
May 18 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
May 19 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Homeschool Day: From Seed to Table
May 19 -- Kimbell: Family Educator Mornings: A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection
May 19 -- Plano Children's Theater: Madagascar, Jr.

May 19-21 -- Texas Ballet Theater: Alice in Wonderland (Bass Performance Hall)
May 20 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike

May 20 -- Fossil Rim: Endangered Species Day: Family Fun Day
May 20 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
May 20 -- LLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
May 20 -- LLELA: Saturdays at the Cabin
May 20-Aug 20 -- Nasher: Roni Horn
May 20-21 -- Camp Tonkawa: Wonders of Water (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
May 21 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
May 21 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra: Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
May 21 -- LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
May 23 -- Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Survival Day Camp 5: Tracking/ Snares/ Traps
May 23-June 4 -- Dallas Summer Musicals: CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus
May 23 -- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts: Roots
May 25 -- Kimbell: Family Educator Mornings: A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection
May 25 -- Sandy Lake Amusement Park: Homeschool Family Fun Day
May 26 -- Dallas Museum of Art: Teen Homeschool Workshop: Statement Fashion
May 26 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Fun on the Farm: What's Growing on the Farm
May 26-June 4 -- 
Genesis Theater: Sweeney Todd
May 27 -- Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day camp
May 27 -- Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Nature Hike
May 27 -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park: Night Sounds
May 27 -- LLELA: Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
May 29 -- Fossil Rim: Learn About Composting Day: Family Fun Day

June
June 1 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Stories and More!
June 2-10  -- Cottage Theater: Oklahoma (Musical)
June 2-July -- FW Botanic Gardens: Concerts in the Garden
June 2-May 31, 2018 -- Old Red Museum: Dallas Curated: 50 Objects/ 50 Stories
June 2-3 -- 
Texas Ballet Theater: Alice in Wonderland (Winspear Opera House)
June 3-July 8 -- Artisan Center Theater: James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
June 3 -- Cedar Hill State Park: Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
June 3 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike

June 3 -- Nasher: First Saturdays: Detail
Through June 4 -- Amon Carter: David Ellis: Animal
June 5-7 -- Camp Tonkawa: Walk in the Woods Summer Camp
June 5-9 -- Camp Tonkawa: Week in the Woods Summer Camp (ages 9-14)
June 5-9 -- Nasher: Nasher Kids Camp 2017
June 5-9 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Seedling Scientists Summer Camp (4th-5th grade)
June 6 -- Kimbell: Pictures and Pages: Firebird, written by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers
June 7 -- Kimbell: Pictures and Pages: Firebird, written by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers
June 10 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
June 10 -- LLELA: Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
June 2-July -- FW Botanic Gardens: Concerts in the Garden

June 12-16 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Pioneer Camp: Session I
June 12-16 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Wiggly Week Bug Camp (ages 4-5)
June 13 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts: Flowers
June 13 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
June 14 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Bug Hunt (ages 4-6)
June 15 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Family Fun: I Spy...
June 16-July 22 -- Artisan Center Theater: Mary Poppins
June 16 -- Log Cabin Village: Wagons West
June
17 -- Fossil Rim: Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner And Tour
June 17 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
June 17 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
June 17 -- LLELA: Kayak Power River Trip
June 19 -- Fossil Rim: African Safari Day Camp (Homeschool Day Camp)
June 19-23 -- Nasher: Nasher Summer Institute for Teens 2017
June 19-23 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Outdoor Art Summer Camp (2nd-4th grade)
June 20 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts: Summer
June 20 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: Let's Get Mooving
June 21 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Camoflauge (ages 4-6)
June 23-July 9 -- Dallas Children's Theater: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (An African Tale)
June 23 -- Ray Roberts State Park: Isle du Bois Unit: Two Night Event! - Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
June
24 -- Fossil Rim: Watercolor Wildlife Workshop (Workshop + Optional Tour)
June 24 -- Fossil Rim: World Giraffe Day: Family Fun Day
June 24 -- FW Nature Center: Nature Hike
Through June 25 -- Dallas Museum of Art: Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996
Through June 25 -- Kimbell: The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the Collections of His Children
June 26 -- Heritage Farmstead Museum: June 26 -- Creek Camp: Session I
June 26 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: Bitty Bugs Half Day Summer Camp (ages 3-4)
June 27-28 -- Texas Discovery Gardens: All About Bugs Day Camp
June 28 -- FW Botanic Gardens: Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Scavenger Hunt (ages 4-6)



FEATURED ARTICLE
Sam Houston Essay Contest for 7th Graders in Parker County

HEART of Texas:  Event Planner Needed!

Are You Connected Yet?
-- Anne Gebhart, HEART of Texas

Wanted: Homeschool Veterans to Help Get Families Off to a Successful Start


No Greater Joy Ministries Offering FREE Magazines to Support Groups and Home School Families

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Newsletter Readers


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LIBRARY PROGRAMS
1.   Library Programs at North Texas Libraries -- North Texas
       Other Libraries are Welcome to Include Their Events – contact editor@heartoftex.org

      Arlington Public Library (Homeschool Thursdays at the Southeast Branch)
   
 Bedford Public Library    
     Fort Worth Public Library
     Hurst Public Library
     Lewisville Public Library
     McKinney Public Library System
     Rockwall County Library
     Tyler Public Library 

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment:  May 1 through 2nd Friday in June each year
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
      Six Flags Read to Succeed -- Enrollment for 2014-2015
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics
5.   FIRST Lego League: WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31, 2016 (yearly contest)
7.   National Engineers Week
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search 
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest --
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.  City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.  City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court -- Hurst-Euless-Bedford

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
14.  Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for Graduating Seniors
15.  National Congressional Art Competition -- Districts 3, 4, 5, 12, 24, 26, 30

HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your Enrichment Program or Homeschool Classes

16.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
17.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
18.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area

19.  E.A. Young Academy -- North Richland Hills
20.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
21.  Hurst-Euless-Bedford Homeschool Association -- HEB and surrounding areas
22.  JOY Christian Academy
-- Decatur
23.  Matthew Road Academy -- Grand Prairie
24.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
25.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
26.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
27.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland
28.  Vine Academy -- McKinney
29.  Westcliff Tutoring Physics Classes -- Southwest Ft Worth


HOME SCHOOL CLUBS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your Club

30.  GEMS Girl's Club
31.  Dallas STEAM Explorers
32.  Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
33.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
34.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
35.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
36.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
37.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
38.  Dallas Zoo -- Dallas
39.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
40.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
41.  Fort Worth Japanese Gardens -- Fort Worth
42.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
43.  Fossil Rim
44.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
45.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
46.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
47.  Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
48.  
Nash Farm -- Grapevine
49.  Oliver Nature Park -- Mansfield
50.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
51.  River Bend Nature Center - Wichita Falls
51.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
52.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
53.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas
        Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens

       
Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
        Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
        Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
        Dinosaur Valley State Park -- Glen Rose
        Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
        Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway -- Mineral Wells
        Tyler State Park -- Tyler
        Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point 


PERFORMING ARTS
54.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
55.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
56.  Cantare Performance Choir -- Southlake
57.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
59.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
60.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
61.  Dallas Summer Musicals -- Dallas
62.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
63.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
64.  Genesis Theater -- Plano
65.  Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra -- Dallas
66.  Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory -- Dallas
67.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
68.  Shine -- Plano
69.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
70.  Texas Ballet Theater Dance School -- Dance Classes -- Fort Worth
71.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
    
ART AND SCIENCE MUSEUMS
72.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
73.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
74.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
       Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
75.  Perot Museum -- Dallas                             
76.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
77.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas

OMNI & 3D FILMS 
78.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
79.  3D Films at the Perot Museum in Dallas -- Perot Museum
  

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
80.  Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
81.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
82.  Old Red Museum -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
83.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
84.  North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers

HOME SCHOOL SPORTS/PE PROGRAMS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your non-profit Sport/PE program
85.  Aledo Christian School's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball Teams -- Aledo
86.  Aqua Kids -- Flower Mound & Keller
87.  Berne Academy's Varsity Boys Basketball Team -- Lancaster

88.  Best Gymnastics -- Flower Mound
89.  Bowman Sports -- Roanoke, Prosper, Haltom City, McKinney, Flower Mound
90.  316 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (316BJJ) -- Rockwall
91. 
Christian Martial Arts -- Bedford
92.  Dallas Thunder Homeschool Basketball Organization
92.  DasCHE Spartans -- DeSoto
93.  Elite Track Club/Cross Country Program for Home Schoolers
94. 
Home School Athletic Association
95. 
Home School Fencing Classes -- Fencing Institute of Texas -- Farmers Branch
96.  Home School Golf Program -- Lantana Golf Club
97.  Homeschool Swim -- The Colony Aquatic Park -- The Colony
98.  Homeschool Swim & Swim Team -- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium-- Allen

99.  Parker-Tarrant Home School 
100.  Pop-In Playtime -- Pump It Up of Grapevine -- Grapevine
101. THESA Riders Home School Association
102. Training For Confidence Martial Arts School -- Colleyville
103. Turbo Techniques -- Flower Mound 

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Become a HEART of Texas Support Group Partner to list your Support Group here!
104.   HEART of Texas Mentor Program
105.  
DFW Speech and Debate Club -- Coppell
106.   Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton

107.   Irving Home Schoolers -- Irving
108.   PEACH -- Plano

COLLEGE PREP
109.  SAT Test Dates

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
110.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities must indicate a direct homeschool interest to be included in this listing.
111.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
112.  Laugh in Another Language: Host a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdvENTURES
113.  Home School Weekday Volun-Teens Program -- Fort Worth Zoo
114.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Meals On Wheels, Tarrant County
115.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
116.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
117.  Texas Global Education and Cultural Exchange Program 

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
118. Free Organ Recitals -- Dallas
119. Reading Programs
120. City of Arlington: Animal Essay Contest


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Sam Houston Essay Contest for 7th Graders in Parker County
Deadline:  April 14, 2017


7th Grade Students in Parker County are invited to submit an Essay on Sam Houston answering the prompt below.  All Essays must comply with the following submission guidelines.  A winning essay will be chosen from each participating school. Winners will receive (3) FREE Tickets to the the Lion of Texas: An Evening with Sam Houston play on May 7th at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. At this matinee performance the winners will be recognized. The winning essays will also be featured in a printed book handed out at the event.

Prompt
The inscription Sam Houston's tomb reads:
A Brave Soldier. A Fearless Statesman. A Great Orator—A Pure Patriot. A Faithful Friend, A Loyal Citizen. A Devoted Husband and Father. A Consistent Christian—An Honest Man.
Choose three of these characteristics to explain how Sam Houston made an impact on Texas History.

Submission Guidelines
All essays must be 2-3 pages typed and double spaced, following the 5 paragraph format 12pt Times New Roman font.  All essays must include a cover page with the Student's name, school name, and teacher's name.
Please include page numbers at the bottom of each page.

Teachers:
ALL essays must be submitted to the Doss for judging no later than April 14th 2017. Winners will be selected by April 24th and we will send tickets to the schools for the winners that week.  The Teachers of the Essay Contest winners will also receive (2) tickets to the May 7th Play and a Copy of Jon Vandagriff's book The Story of Parker County, Texas 1852-1956.
For Details, click here to contact Rachel Stack.


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HEART of Texas: Event Planner Needed!

HEART of Texas is looking for volunteers to help us fill the following positions:

Event Planner -- If you love to plan events and coordinate activities, we need you!  HEART of Texas hosts various types of events for North Texas homeschoolers throughout the year, and we need you to help us make these events even better!

This positions can be performed from the convenience of your home.

To apply:  send your resume and contact information to us via email

Thank you for helping us to make HEART of Texas the BEST resource for Homeschoolers in the North Texas region!


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Are You Connected Yet?
-- Anne Gebhart, Regional Director, HEART of Texas

In the 70s, Bell Telephone created a television commercial encouraging people to, "reach out and touch someone" with a phone call.  Back then, talking on the phone was one of the few ways people could "reach out" to others to say "hi" or offer a timely word of encouragement.  When news had to be spread within an organization or group quickly, leaders would often coordinate a "phone tree," where one person would call another person with a message, and that person would call the next person on the list to deliver the message, and so on.  It worked pretty well back during a time when people were home and answered their phones.

We've come a long way since the 70s in terms of technology.  The home phone (land line) is quickly growing obsolete as people gravitate toward phones they can keep in their purse or pocket.  Yesterday's phone trees have given way to today's email lists, today's cell phones do a whole lot more than call people, and we have many communication options to choose from when we wish to "reach out" to someone.

While the ways we communicate have changed since the 70s, there is something that has not changed:  the need to be connected to others.  This is especially true of new homeschool families looking for encouragement and support, but even we older homeschoolers need to remember the importance of connecting with others even if we feel like we're doing okay on our own.

The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to "encourage each other and build one another up."
How can we do this unless we are in communication (fellowship) with others?

Hebrews 10:24-25 says that we should "encourage each other, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
We certainly have lots of communication tools at our disposal to "reach out" and encourage each other!  If you see as I do the darkness and grim events all around us, you probably recognize that we all need lots of encouragement to keep us headed in the right direction.  Is it possible that we need to be more in communication with others than those in the 70s?  While technology can be a bane in many regards, we have never had so many different ways to communicate and encourage each other as we do today -- and just in time for End-Times Encouragement!

Ever wonder how often we are to encourage each other?  Don't freak out, but this might come as a surprise.  According to Hebrews 3:13, we are to encourage others "every day, as long as it is called 'today".  Every day.  Whew! That's a tough one for me because I'm not always in the mood to encourage others.  Some days I can be pretty grumpy.  But, the beauty of today's versatile phones and computers is that they give us options that don't require us to be "up" for a phone call.  We can send a text.  We can post a message on Facebook.  We can send an email.  We can even "share" something that someone else sent.  We are no longer limited to the phone to make a timely deposit into someone else's Encouragement Account.

Encourage each other.  Even more as the Day draws near.  Every day. 

Are you connected?
If not, we can help.

The mission of HEART of Texas
is to provide leadership, information, training, and educational support to the families and support group leaders in North Texas.  We have an extensive database of homeschool groups, classes and other resources, and part of what we do in serving this region is to help families find what they need to be successful as they endeavor to teach and train their children.  

We also host a variety of regional events such as our annual HEART of Texas Regional College Night, a Regional Home School Expo, homeschool informational meetings, a Nuts & Bolts Conference where parents can learn more in-depth how to homeschool from Kindergarten through High School and Beyond, and other special events as opportunities arise.

In short, we help people make connections.


We connect homeschool families with groups, classes, resources, and information to educate their children in a way that is best for their family.

We connect support group leaders with other leaders, and with training to help them to be effective leaders.  It takes more than one organization to serve North Texas homeschoolers, and we are happy to support the leaders who serve with us.

We connect businesses and organizations with the homeschool community through events and our Partner Program.

We connect community leaders and elected officials with issues that are important to homeschoolers.


We'd love to connect with you!  Here are just a few ways to do that:

Subscribe to our free biweekly enewsletter, chock-full of events and activities going on all across the region. 

Become a member of HEART of Texas to connect with our wide array of Partner Discounts and Benefits.

Become a volunteer!  We have many opportunities for adults as well as students to volunteer with HEART of Texas while helping to serve the homeschool community in a meaningful way.

If you are a veteran homeschooler or support group leader looking for a way to support the next generation of homeschooling families, consider becoming a Mentor. 

And if you'd like to speak by phone, we can still do that too!   Just include your number when you email.


Thank you for connecting with us!  

 

Anne Gebhart, is the regional director of HEART of Texas, and co-founder with Dave, her husband of 26 years.  They have homeschooled their 6 children for 20 years.  For more information about HEART of Texas, or to subscribe to their FREE newsletter of activities, events, and field trip ideas, visit heartoftex.org.  

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Wanted: Homeschool Veterans to Help New Families Get a Successful Start

We are excited to announce that we are rolling out our new HEART of Texas Homeschool Mentor Program for homeschooling families!  The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide real-time, face-to-face, one-on-one help for new homeschool moms and dads who are starting their homeschool journey.

If you are a veteran home educator who would like the opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of home schoolers, please consider becoming a HEART Mentor.  Please email Anne regarding the program (include Mentor in subject line) and she will connect you with our Mentor Coordinator.



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No Greater Joy Ministries Offering FREE Magazines to Support Groups and Home School Families!

Mike & Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries would love to send your home school group FREE magazines!  They have set aside some extra copies just for your group to pass out at your monthly meeting.  To request copies for families in your group, please email Debi Pearl with the number of magazines you need, and where to mail them.

Or, if your family would like to get your own FREE subscription, visit their site
and sign up for their
magazine.

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NEST Family Learning Offering Special Discount to Our Readers

NEST Family Learning has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer a special discount to readers of our newsletter!

Simply visit this link 
to start shopping and begin enjoying your savings today!  Use coupon code "HEART" when placing your order.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

To find out what programs your local libraries have going on, visit the website below.  It includes links to public libraries all over Texas, so you and your kids can get in on the adventure of reading.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/texas.htm


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Location:  2424 Forest Ridge Drive
                Bedford, TX  76021
                817-952-2373
Contact:  Carrie Glinderman

Spring 2017-2018 Dates
TBD


TUESDAYS -- Sprouts Story Time
(for the more active child)
Time:  10 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

TUESDAYS -- Story Book Club
(for the child who is ready to be a sitter and listener)
Time: 11 a.m.11:25 a.m.

THURSDAYS -- Peapods Story Time
(for babies 2 years and under and their caregiver.)
Registration is required for this program.
For More Information:  Contact Kids Help Desk at 817-952-2373

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

CENTRAL LIBRARY BRANCH
Location:      500 W. 3rd St
        817-871-7701

DIAMOND HILL/JARVIS
Location:      NE 35th Street
        817-624-7331

EAST BERRY LIBRARY
Location:      4300 E. Berry St.
        817-536-1945

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    6301 Bridge St.
        817-871-6436

MEADOWBROOK LIBRARY
Location:      2800 Stark St.
        817-451-0916

NORTHSIDE LIBRARY
Location:    601 Park Street
        817-626-8241

NORTHWEST BRANCH
Location:  
6228 Crystal Lake Dr
        817-392-5420

RIDGLEA LIBRARY
Location:    3628 Bernie Anderson Drive
        817-737-6619

RIVERSIDE LIBRARY:
Location:    2913 Yucca Avenue
        817-838-6931

SHAMBLEE LIBRARY
Location:      959 East Rosedale St.
        817-871-6621

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    4001 Library Ln.
    817-782-9853

SUMMERGLEN LIBRARY
Location:      4205 Basswood Blvd.
        817-232-0478

WEDGWOOD LIBRARY
Location:      3816 Kimberly Ln.
        817-292-3368


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HURST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  901 Precinct Line Road
               Hurst, TX  76053
               817-788-7300
Contact:  Click Here to email


Ages 1-3
MON/THURS:  Toddler Time
10am-3pm


Ages 3-6
TUESDAYS:  Story Time

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Elementary Ages and Up
MONDAYS:  Chess Club
4 p.m.–5 p.m.

7th - 12th Graders
FIRST THURSDAY:  Teen Game Night
7 p.m.


To put your collection on exhibit at the Hurst Library:
  Contact the Information Specialist to fill out a form with your contact information and a description of your collection.  To be considered, personal collections must meet the Library display criteria.


Live Homework Help (online tutoring)
Hurst Public Library now offers Live Homework Help
Subjects:  math, science, social studies, and English
Time:  3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free - must have a Hurst Library Card
How To Access: V
isit www.hurst.lib.tx.us
From a library computer, or from your home PC or Mac
Spanish-speaking tutors are available to help students in math and science.
All sessions are confidential and
monitored for quality and safety.
For More Information:  C
all Youth Services at 817-788-7302 or www.hurst.lib.tx.us


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LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville, 75067
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-219-3577


STEM KITS available for check-out!!
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Our STEM kits contain materials such as books, DVDs, and equipment for conducting experiments, with each kit focusing on a specific STEM concept. These kits are most appropriate for children in grades 2-6 and are a great way for you and your children to explore a variety of STEM topics together through fun, hands-on learning activities.
 
How do I check out a STEM kit?
STEM kits are available to anyone with a Lewisville Public Library card, and cards are free to all Texas residents.  For more information about applying for a Lewisville Public Library card, visit: http://www.cityoflewisville.com/index.aspx?page=207#librarycard
STEM kits check out for one week with no renewal and are limited to one kit per card at a time.

What kits are available?
Astronomy
Bridges
Force and Motion
Human Body
Light and Color
Math: Measurement
Microscopy
Nature
Weather
Sustainability Kits (developed in partnership with Lewisville’s Office of Sustainability):
Alternate Energy Sources and Conservation
Water Convervation
Field Observation Backpacks (developed in partnership with LLELA):
Birds Field Observation Backpack
Bugs and Butterflies Field Observation Backpack
For more information:  Lewisville Public Library’s Youth Services Desk at 972-219-3577.


2017 Weekly Classes and Events
(Thursdays) – Prime Explorations (ages 6-8)
4pm
Join us every week for S.T.E.A.M. classes that incorporate age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities.  Space is limited, and a free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Youth Services desk beginning 30 minutes before the class start time on the day of the event.

(Last Sunday of the month) – LegoMania! (all ages)
2pm
We have lots of LEGO and DUPLO blocks for building, so bring your imagination and create whatever you like!  Each month features a different building theme.
 
(2nd Monday of month) – Family Craft Night
7pm
Bring the family for make-and-take crafts on the second Monday of each month.  All supplies are provided.
 
*Note: Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult during these events.
 

LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH -- Maker Mondays (Grades 6-12)
4:30pm
Put your creativity to work in these maker workshops for teens (grades 6-12)!
Schedule TBA
 
THIRD THURSDAYS at 7pm -- Teen Advisory Group (Grades 6-12)
Calling all teens!  Let your voice be heard -- help create the teen experiences you would like to see at your library.  Pick up an application at the Youth Services Desk.


We look forward to seeing you at the library!


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McKINNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Location:  101 E. Hunt Street
               McKinney, TX  75069
               972-547-READ
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-547-7319

Program Calender:
Click Here  


Preschool Programs: For children from birth through entering Kindergarten. Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

STORYTIMES
Fun with Baby:
6-17 mos & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

Hold My Hand: 18mos-3 yr & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

On My Own: 3-5 yr olds
When: Tuesdays
Time: 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT
18 mos-3 yrs old: child and caregiver
When: Mondays
Time: 10:15am

3 through 5 year olds: Independent child
When: Mondays
Time: 11am

FAMILY STORY TIME
For caregiveres and children of all ages
When: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30pm


SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS
Details: For children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Animal Kingdoms: Learn about different areas of the world and the animals who live there.
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
When: Jan 15: Super Heroes; Feb 12: Artists

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ROCKWALL COUNTY LIBRARY
Location:  1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane 
               Rockwall, TX  75087
               972-204-7700
Contact:  Click Here to email 


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TYLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
(all events are free and open to the public)
Location:  201 S. College Ave
One block southwest of the square in downtown Tyler
Contact: Evelyn James – 903-593-7323 or
Click Here to email 

Preschoolers DayCare StoryShare
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS
Time:  10:30 a.m. in the Storyroom
Friends share stories, songs, and books with childcare groups.
Please email or call to register

ReadAloud Crowd
WEDNESDAYS &  THURSDAYS
Time:  10:30 a.m. in the Storyroom
Storyteller Evelyn James and friends share songs, stories, and simple crafts with preschoolers and their families

AfterSchool Rules!
THURSDAYS
Time:  3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium
A reading incentive program for children in grades K-5
Reading games and activities PLUS! One on one reading time with middle and high school “reading buddies”


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ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Southeast Branch of the Arlington Library is starting a program called: “Homeschool Thursdays”. Being held every other Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:00
and will include science projects, books, crafts, poetry and more.
For More Information: Contact Here

 
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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM


Who Can Participate:
  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October 1 through March 31 each school year. It is available for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

The reading program allows the children to earn free personal pan pizzas for meeting their reading goals.

Important Note:  Support groups may not register families for the program.  Each home school family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate, for their children in grades K-6th grade.  They must not be attending another educational facility.

For Detailed Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  (Enrollment opens in May 1, 2015)

Book It! Hotline:  1-800-426-6548
Hotline hours:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST (Monday through Friday)


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

The Braum's Book Buddy program gives children the opportunity to read for delicious prizes from Braum's!  This program is open to home school families!

Who Can Participate: Children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
School must be located within 30 miles of a Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store.  
Participation is on a first come, first serve basis.
Once supplies run out, we cannot accept any more schools.

Enrollment Period:  2016-2017 enrollment is FULL

Program Runs:
  October through end of school year.

Reward:  Each child can earn up to six Braum's treats throughout the year including Single Dip Sundaes, Single Dip Ice Cream Cones and more! The best part...it costs nothing to participate in Braum's Book Buddy reading program. We're happy to offer this program to elementary schools and home schools absolutely free! At Braum's, we want to promote a positive attitude in children for a lifetime love of reading.

How does Book Buddy work?
Teachers distribute Braum's Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student's booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum's!

To Enroll:  Click Here
   
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SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.
 
To register for Read To Succeed for the 2015-2016 school year, please click the Registration link below.  Even if you participated last year, you will need to register again for the new school year. Click here to register.

Information on 2016-2016 School Year not available.

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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 
     

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

Get a glimpse of the teaser video for this year's competition:  Click Here

For Rules:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  2017 FLL WORLD CLASS CHALLENGE

Challenge Release: Click here for more information about the 2016 FLL WORLD CLASS Challenge

If you are interested in coaching or being involved next year:
visit the website to learn more.

About the 2016 Challenge:  Get ready.  Get set.  Roar!  Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends.  In the 2016 FIRSTŽ LEGOŽ League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 14* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES.  What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

Registration Information:  Click Here

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is the official host for the Texas State-Fish Art Contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever. All Texas entries in the annual contest are to be sent to TFFC for judging. Winning Texas entries will be forwarded to Wildlife Forever to compete for national best of show and art of conservation stamp honors.

About the Contest:  The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas' aquatic resources. We also offer you the choice to use our free lesson plan.

Who Can Participate:  All Texas students in grades K through 12.  Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide.

Prizes:  All contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide. Participants will compete within their own state and grade category regardless of species submitted. Winning designs will be displayed at the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Expo in the summer following the contest deadline. All winning designs will be displayed on the State-Fish Art website.  

The Art of Conservation Stamp Award:  Each year Wildlife Forever will select one design (based on specific criteria) from all the entries for an attractive fish stamp.

How to Enter:  Students must create an illustration of the Texas state fish or one of the other state fishes (see list of official fish) and write a composition on its behavior, habitat and conservation. Texas students are encouraged, but not required, to depict the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe bass. Texas entries are judged only against other Texas entries no matter what fish is depicted.

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

For More Information:
Click Here



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7.  NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 6-8TH GRADERS

The North Texas Regional Competition is open to all public, private, parochial and home school 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes, as well as approved youth groups (the only limitation is that teams must be willing to make the trip to Arlington to present their designs).

Registration is by school/organization. Schools may have more than one team competing.

Nominal Cost:  only $25 per school for registration.
Registration is by school. Schools may have more than one team competing.
Schools are limited to spending no more than $100 per team on the model and presentation, combined.


On receipt of registration and fee, we will provide:
   
Download code(s) SimCity (for either Windows or Mac operating systems)
    *  The Teacher-Mentor Handbook - basic rules and information on the competition, lists of resources,    
        ideas on how to incorporate the program into the curriculum, and hints for teachers
   
Specific rules and schedules for the North Texas regional competition
   
Registration (By October 31); 
Click Here

Program Timeline:  Click Here
Program Details: 
Click Here

Through the program, students will:
    * Work as a team under the guidance of a teacher and a technical professional,
    * Use a popular award-winning computer game, SimCity, to design a logical model of a future city,
    * Realize their design with a physical scale model built with recycled materials,
    * Research and write an essay on an assigned engineering topic,
    * Communicate their design to a panel of judges in a public presentation, and
    * See firsthand how engineers turn ideas into reality.


To Download Brochure:  Click Here

For More Information:  Click Here to send email or visit http://www.dfwfuturecity.org


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a FREE mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

The USAMTS allows students a full month to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials - books, calculators, computers - but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary. (Although we do give prizes.)

The USAMTS consists of three rounds, with each round featuring five problems. Each round of problems is published at least four weeks before solutions are due.

Student solutions to the USAMTS problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the students. Our goal is to help all students: develop problem solving skills, improve their technical writing abilities, and mature mathematically.  We wish to foster not only insight, ingenuity and creativity, but also the virtue of perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors.

The USAMTS is one of the ways to enter the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad team, which participates in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The USAMTS score necessary to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is set by the American Mathematics Competitions (which run the AIME) and varies from year to year. Students who score well on the USAMTS after the first three rounds are invited to take the AIME, the second step in the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team.  With permission, USAMTS participant's names and addresses are provided to colleges, universities, and employers for recruitment purposes.

To view Solutions for each round of the USAMTS
:  Click Here

Eligibility Requirements & Rules governing the USAMTS:  Click Here

To Register:  Click Here
(If you have already registered in a past year, you do not need to register again.)

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

About the Challenge:  Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) is a national student contest promoting creativity and environmental stewardship. ICE is unique in the realm of student contests due to a commitment to allowing rather than restricting. Entries in the contest range from poetry, videos, essays, 3D models, games to anything else a student may be able to imagine and create.

To Learn More:  Click Here

Rules of Eligibility: (subject to change)
• No purchase necessary. This is a competition of skill.
•Entries must be postmarked
• The Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in the U.S. and Canada. Void in Quebec.
• Entries must be submitted individually with the exception of group projects.
• Group projects may be submitted, however each individual in the group must submit his/her own entry form and written explanation and will be judged independently. All prizes will be awarded to individuals.
• Entries must relate to the theme "Igniting Creative Energy".
• Entries must be the student's original work.
• Entries must be complete, legible and include required signatures.
• Students may enter multiple projects in any creative form within the following limits:
• Documentation or written entries (500 words or 3 page limit).
• Audio or Music (3 minute limit).
• Media or electronic (10 minute limit). Videos in VHS or DVD format only.
• All entries must include a written explanation (not to exceed one page) describing how the entry relates to the theme. (see judging criteria below)
• Entries must be accompanied by the official Igniting Creative Energy entry form (click here).
• Entry forms must include signatures of the student and parent or legal guardian.
• Employees of Johnson Controls, Inc. and the National Energy Foundation and their immediate families, household members and dependents may participate, but are not eligible for prizes.
• The Challenge is open to all students K-12, however only students enrolled in accredited public and private schools are eligible for the grand prize.
• State winners will be selected from each state that has a minimum of 25 entries
 

Can home school students enter?  Yes. All students K-12 are invited to enter. However, home school students are not eligible for the grand prize.

Awards and Other Details:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

Contest Registration Deadline Passed
(This is an annual contest)

Who Can Participate:
Any student, aged 17-20 (not over 20 by Sept 1 of the contest year), who is enthusiastic about the beef industry is eligible to compete. The four individuals with the highest combined scores are selected to join the team.
To be eligible to compete, contestants must complete the following:
1) One Media Interview: local, state, or national print, radio or television media
2) One Consumer Promotion: such as in-store demonstrations and health fairs
3) One Youth Presentation: made to elementary age youth. If it is not possible to make the presentation in the classroom, after school programs or youth organizations such as 4-H, YMCA or scouts groups may be used.

For Contest Information, Rules & Forms:  Click Here

Contest hosted by Texas CattleWomen and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff


Awards: The top four winners of the TBLT contest will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winners receive industry and media training, travel opportunities across Texas, invaluable experience and exposure in the beef industry. The high point winner will represent Texas in the National Beef Ambassador Competition which affords more opportunities for prizes and scholarships. Expenses to the National Beef Ambassador Competition will be funded by the Texas Beef Checkoff.

Contestants compete in four categories:
1) Media Interview – The contestant will participate in a mock media interview. The interviewer will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up questions in order to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. A panel of judges will observe the interaction for: knowledge, articulation, poise and the contestant’s ability to “Tell the Beef Production Story” and present the industry in a positive light. Scoring will be done by the judges only. The contestants should be well versed in all areas of beef production and the beef industry relating to consumers. Questions will be taken from the website www.explorebeef.org; however, special attention should be paid to all current industry issues.

2) Consumer Promotion – A mock consumer promotion event will be set up for the contestants. Each contestant will be provided with a “sample” to serve as well as beef industry production and nutrition literature and recipes. Scripted “Consumers” will approach the table to take the sample. They will ask questions to test the contestant’s knowledge, capacity to perform in the field and ability to present beef in a positive light. A panel of judges will observe and score each contestant on their ability to educate the consumer and provide the consumers with the appropriate information to answer their questions.

3) Youth Presentation – On competition day contestants will submit a report to represent the presentation made to youth. The report must contain the following items:
1. A lesson plan
2. An overall written report detailing your presentation and the response of your students.
3. A Teachers Evaluation form (provided)
4. Four pictures of you presenting to students
5. Examples of any items used in presentations may be included in two additional photos.
This report will be evaluated at the competition by two judges. Contestants will not be present at the evaluation nor will they be required to make a youth presentation at the competition. Reports and all materials contained in them become the property of the Texas CattleWomen.

4) Issues Response – Contestants will be provided with a recently published news article regarding the beef industry. Each contestant will compose a brief (150 words or less) response to the article. The judges will score the contestants on their ability to respond to an industry article by thoughtfully answering questions, identifying misinformation and listing positive consumer information.
  

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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to involve youth in local government.  The Fort Worth City Council believes that the voices of young people are important.  To facilitate that, the Council has approved a new Youth Advisory Board for the City of Fort Worth.  The Youth Advisory Board will advise the City Council on issues regarding the youth in the City of Fort Worth.  A brief summary of the Youth Advisory Board follows.

Who May Apply:  High school age students who are between the ages of 14-18 and who reside in Fort Worth may submit an application for consideration for appointment to the advisory board.
 
 Purpose:                
The Youth Advisory Board shall:
• act in an advisory capacity to the Fort Worth City Council;
• study youth issues important to the community;
• encourage youth to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the community; and,
• act as a source of information and education on issues important to youth.
 
Members:             
The Youth Advisory Board shall be composed of 27 members who will meet bi-monthly.  
 
Activities:           
To be determined by the Youth Advisory Board, following the direction of City Council.
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email
Community Relations Department, School and Youth Outreach
1000 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX 76102
817.392.8444       817.392.7529 (fax)

For an application:  http://www.heartoftex.org/downloads/downloads.html
    

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

Teen Court benefits both youth and community by providing an alternative method of adjudicating juvenile offenders and allowing teen volunteers to learn about the judicial system, while documenting Community Service hours.
 
Who Can Volunteer:  Full time students ages 13-18 who are in PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR HOME SCHOOLS.  

Volunteers may serve as jurors for our Teen Court sessions, or once trained, can act as a defense attorney or prosecutor in our Teen Court trials.
 
Teen Defendants are held responsible for their behavior while giving them the opportunity to participate in and become knowledgeable about the judicial system. Juvenile Offenders "pay" for their offense(s) by performing community service and participating in Teen Court. Volunteer teen attorneys present offender's cases to a jury of their peers.

Upon successful completion of the program, offender's cases are dismissed and do not appear on their permanent records. Teen Court alleviates the strain on the regular court system, besides giving juvenile offenders a second chance. The program also provides youths in the area a chance to participate in the judicial process.

Location:  North Richland Hills Teen Court
        6720 N.E. Loop 820
        North Richland Hills, Tx 76180
        817-427-6705


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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13.  HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD TEEN COURT

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court is a program that allows juveniles with Class C misdemeanor offenses an alternative to the criminal justice system. Offenders' cases are presented to a jury of their peers by volunteer teen attorneys. Teen jury members assign community services sentences, and upon completion of the program the offenders' case(s) are dismissed and removed from their record.

HEB Teen Court is currently open for both ADULT AND TEEN VOLUNTEERS! Adult volunteers can serve as Jury or Master Jury Monitors. Teens (must be at least 15 years of age) can serve as clerks, bailiffs, and attorneys. Teen Court is held on various Monday evenings, usually twice a month. If you have a few hours you can spare on a Monday evening, come volunteer with HEB Teen Court.

There are many great benefits for teen volunteers such as earning community service hours for school (National Honor Society, CAS, International Baccalaureate), your college resume, and for scholarship opportunities. For more information contact Mindy Eichorst in Teen Court at the number or email below.

Location:  HEB Teen Court
        2000 Forest Ridge Drive
        Bedford, TX 76021
        817-952-2468


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

District 24
Congressman Kenny Marchant, U.S. House of Representative, would like to give each graduating senior, who resides in the 24th District of Texas, a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
 
The certificates will be printed with the name of the senior and will be signed by the Congressman.
 
The completed certificates will then be mailed directly to the senior’s home address.
 
If interested, please call 972-556-0162 or Click Here to send an email with the name of the graduating high school senior, the date of graduation and the senior’s home address to.
  
Address:
Congressman Kenny Marchant
9901 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, Ste. 3035
Irving, Texas  75063

To find out if your Congressman has a similar program, please contact your representative:

To Locate Your Representatives:
www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
 

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

"An Artistic Discovery" is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Each Congressional District may host its own competition. Since the competition was first launched in 1982, hundreds of thousands of students have participated in over 5000 locally conducted contests.


24th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2017 ART COMPETITION
Open to all high school students living in the 24th Congressional District, including homeschoolers.

The winning student from each district will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year! Additionally, the winner will be provided airfare and lodging for two to visit Washington, DC where he or she will be recognized among the other winners from across the country.
Every contestant will have his or her artwork digitally displayed on the Congressional website and receive a special certificate of recognition. A group of 5 finalist will be invited to a special ceremony where the winner will be announced.  The 4 runner-ups will receive a special consolation prize of showcasing their artwork in North Texas gallery.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  TBA:  Stay Tuned for the 2017 competition
For More Information or to Enter: click here



26th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2017 ART COMPETITION
The juried contest is open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing and/or attending schools located in the 26th Congressional District.  Each art teacher may submit up to 5 entries with no student allowed to submit more than one entry; all works must be submitted as a group through the art teacher. 

The Grand Prize is the display of the winning student's artwork for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol. 
The First Place winner will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in my Lake Dallas district office for the upcoming year.
 
Qualified submissions will be posted in a virtual gallery on the website during a selected period of time.  The "Best of School" awards will be selected by the art juror and will be given to one student artist from each school; as a finalist, they will have their artwork further considered for the Grand Prize and First Place. 
 
In addition, the public will be able to vote online for their favorite pieces in a virtual gallery on my website; the artwork earning the most votes will be named the "Texas Choice" winner.  Please encourage your school's students and teachers to vote for their favorites online.  The "Texas Choice" and "Best of School" awards will be announced online and via email to art teachers. 
 
Competition finalists, their parents, teachers and school administrators will be invited to attend a reception  to view the "Best of Schools" and "Texas Choice" artwork.  All the student finalists will be honored during the reception.  The Grand Prize and First Place winners will be announced at the reception.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  TBA (Stay tuned for next year's competition!)
For More Information or to Enter: click here



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16.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

Center for Home Education provides, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Enrichment Classes
See our website for details about these and other classes, and call 817-281-2293 or visit the store to register.

Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

Christian Educators Resource Center has a full line-up of electives for the elementary student through the high school student!

Discount:  CERC is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount on any in-stock items.  You must present your current HEART of Texas Family I.D. card to qualify for the discount.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

Location:  Christian Educators Resource Center
        4501 Rowlett Rd., Suite 105
        Rowlett, TX 75088

Contact:    972-475-4138
        http://www.cerconline.org

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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Enrichment Days is a fun, exciting, and educational learning group that meets six times each semester at a local church.

Classes vary each semester based on the interests of the individual teachers.  You can view a sample class schedule on our website at www.c-h-a-t.org .  The classes offered that semester will not necessarily be offered again, but this will acquaint you with the kinds of classes available. 
 
You must be a member family in the Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas to participate.  Membership is $30 per year.  New member families can join mid-year for $15.



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19.  E.A. YOUNG ACADEMY -- North Richland Hills

E.A. Young Academy is offering summer programs and enrichment classes to home school students.

Location:
8521 Davis Blvd
N. Richland Hills, TX  76182
For More Information:  Click Here

Discount:  E.A. Young Academy is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID Card) a
$45 discount off each Ignite Summer program Intensive.  Members will also receive discounts off
enrichment classes as they are developed.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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20.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

Science
English
Foreign Language
Girls Gymnastics
Guitar Lessons
History
Math
Physical Education
Robotics
World View

Location:

1288 W. Main Street Suite 203
Lewisville, TX 75067
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
    

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21.  HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

If you are looking for support, fellowship for your kids, encouragement from experienced moms who have "been there and done that," and field trips and activities to round out your homeschool, come and check us out!  We offer monthly field trips, Moms' Night Out, Activities and Family Fun for all ages.

Contact:  Click here to send an email to the group leader. 


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22.  JOY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN DECATUR
    
For more information on the JOY Christian Academy and the home school enrichment courses we offer, please go to www.joyca.org.


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23.  MATTHEW ROAD ACADEMY

An affordable Christian university model school, we offer academic and elective courses from Kinder to Highschool. Pick and choose courses from Art to English Composition to Algebra and more! Limited spots available in each course.

MARCH-MAY 2017
Matthew Road Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

Please check out our website for more information: matthewroadacademy.org
or call the school office at 469-200-0227.


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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is a classical Christian school located in the Keller area.  MGA uses a college-style schedule of classes, offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students study at home according to their family's schedule the other days of the week.  


To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
http://www.themga.org/
Location: Morning Glory Academy -- The Mount Church: 860 Keller-Smithfield Rd. Keller, TX  76248

MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.


Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on tuition at MGA!

See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about HEART of Texas membership:
http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership    



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25.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL MATH CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS


SE Campus 2100 SE Pkwy Arlington TX (Off 20 and New York)
MW Classes
Algebra II MW 230-4
Geometry MW  1-230

Friday

College Algebra 9-12

Cost: 
$173 for entire course and text. 
This is a FULL math credit.


For more info contact:
Maurine Amend
mdamend@tx.rr.com
maurine.amend@tccd.edu
cell:  972-743-9179

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Located in Plano, THEO’s 20 Christian, talented teachers—most homeschool momsoffer a myriad of classes for 6-12th grade home educated students.  Testing is also available.

Discount:  THEO is offering HEART of Texas family members with valid ID cards 20% off their regular application fee.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

For Complete List of Available Classes or More Information:  www.THEOsonline.org

Location:  1301 Custer Road, Suite 703
                Plano, TX 75075
                214-282-6936

For Questions:   Click Here to email


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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

"Serving the Home-School Community"
Classes held in Garland, TX

To Learn More:  click here to email or 972.271.0673.
For More Information:  
www.quovad2000.org

Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive
$5/month off tuition all year (up to 9 months per student per school year) AND Children's Theater Workshop Half-Price Tuition ($45 value, limit one discount per workshop) See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about  HEART of Texas membership:
 www.heartoftex.org



Spring Drama Class -- Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s -- Mary Poppins
Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure!
 
Large cast, many great roles for both male and female, huge Ensemble with lots of stage time.
4 shows in late May at Eastfield College Performance Hall
 
Auditions
for Teen Cast (7th-12th grades) and for Jane & Michael (ages 8-14):
(choose one):
TBA
Prepare a 30 second monologue and a 30 second Broadway song excerpt.
 
Sign up for your audition spot at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0844AAAD29AAFD0-qvplayers

The Teen DRAMA CLASS, + Jane & Michael,
will meet Tue/Th 2:30-4:30p, Jan thru May.
Tuition is $60/mo.
 
- - - - - - - - -
Auditions for KIDS CAST (ages 6-12)
TBA

Kids class will meet on Wed’s 3-4:30p, Feb thru May and will perform with the Teen cast.
Tuition is $30/mo.
 
Location of auditions & classes: Household of Faith Church
1550 Wynn Joyce, Garland TX 75043


NOW REGISTERING FOR SPRING: RESEARCH PAPER WRITING (High School Students)
10am-11am; Mondays
Cost: $55/month


Questions: Click here to contact Mrs. Clark or 214.682.9117


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28.  VINE ACADEMY -- McKINNEY

The Vine Academy seeks to assist home school parents by providing classes for middle and high schol students.  Classes meet once a week, with the student completing homework during the week.  All classes taught from a Christian perspective.  

For More Information:  
Click Here

Discount:  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive $5/month off tuition all year.  See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

To learn more about  HEART of Texas membership:
 www.heartoftex.org



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29.  WESTCLIFF TUTORING  - PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY CLASSES - SW FORT WORTH

2 Hours of Instruction/week
3-6 Hours of Homework/week

Location:  SW Fort Worth
Cost: $360/semester
Class Size: 8 Students
Documentation for Transfer Credit

About the Teacher:
Bachelor Degrees:
Zoology
Petroleum Engineering
Secondary Science Education
Private High School Instructor (9 yrs)

Email:  westclifftutoring@gmail.com
Website: westclifftutoring.com

Discount:  WestCliff Tutoring is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid membership card) a 5% discount on Physics & Chemistry Class Tuition.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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30.  GEMS GIRLS CLUB

Our GEMS club invites interested girls of the ages 6 - 13 to come and experience GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior)!  We are a mentoring ministry just for girls led by moms with a heart for guiding and training in godliness.  We meet twice a month during the school year at an Allen church, on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:00.   Our club meetings include large group worship time, followed by small group time in similar age groups. Our club meetings are fun and dynamic and include a variety of activities to learn about Jesus and serving others.

To Learn More About Becoming a Member of GATE GEMS Girls' Club: Email Here
To find out more about the GEMS organization: Click Here


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31.  DALLAS STEAM EXPLORERS

Dallas STEAM Explorers is a Club for students interested in careers in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Tech Art, & Math


Meetings are held the first Monday of the Month at the UTD Campus
Although we recommend that you RSVP, walk-ins are welcome. We encourage parents and/or teachers to attend with students. Participation is free and there is no membership or dues.

For More Information:  
Click Here


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32.  TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING (TAME)

TAME is a science and math non-profit organization geared to create interest in STEM. Regional events take place during the winter.  State events take place in the spring.  There is no cost to families.
If you or your organization is interested in starting up a TAME club, please click here to send
an email
to the Dallas Chair.

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33.  LIBRARY & USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

Looking for inexpensive literature books and other resources to add to your home school library?  Library used book sales are excellent opportunities to purchase books at bargain prices. Here are a few sales that we know about in the North Texas area.
To advertise your library book sale in our newsletter, please contact us by email.


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WACO -- NOV
Time:  For Information click here
Location:  Extraco Events Center
                4601 Bosque Blvd
                254-750-8419
Books:   Over 110,000 Sorted Books, DVDs, CDs, and More!
Prices: $2 Hardbacks; $2 Trade Paperbacks; $1 Mass Market Paperbacks; 50cents to $1.50 Children’s Books;  $3 DVDs or as priced.
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WICHITA FALLS -- APRIL 1; MAY 6; JUNE 3; JULY 1; AUG 5; SEP 2;  OCT 7; NOV 4; DEC 2
Time: Mon: Noon-6pm;  Thu: 10am-2pm; Sat: Noon-5pm
Location: Wichita Falls Public Library
                  600 11th St
                940-767-0868 x248
Books: 3,000 books; .50-$2;  Half-price sale on most books 1st Sat of each month

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BRECKENRIDGE -- APRIL 3; MAY 1; JUNE 5; JULY 3; AUG 7;  SEP 4; OCT 2; NOV 6; DEC 4
Time: Mon: 11am-5:30pm
Location: Breckenridge Library
               209 N. Breckenridge Library
                (enter through back door)
                254-559-5505
Books:  
hardcovers $1 or 6/$5; paperbacks $3/small bag, $4 large bag (bags provided)
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KERRVILLE -- APRIL 8; MAY 13; JUNE 10; JULY 8; AUG 12; SEP 9; OCT 14; NOV 11; DEC 9
Time:
10am-4pm
Location: Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library
              505 Water St.
               830-895-0592
Books:   .50-$2.50, coffee table books $4

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DALLAS -- DEC
Time: Wed/Thurs: 10am-7:45pm;  Fri/Sat: 10am-5:45pm
Location: Skillman Southwestern Library
               5707 Skillman St
               214-670-6078
Books: 
15,000 books; 100% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; .50-$3
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FORT WORTH  -- APRIL; OCT
Time:
Fri/Sat: 9am-4pm;  Sun: Noon-4pm
Admission:  $1per day;  Children free
Location:  Chapter II Annexes
                5318 and 5314 Trail Lake Dr
                (3 doors from Book Store)
                Wedgwood Village Shopping Center
                817-346-2255 (Friends Book Store)
Books:  Thousands" of books; includes CDs, DVDs, ct.; Most .50-$1.50; Sun $15/box (boxes provided), Credit cards accepted

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GARLAND -- SEP 22-23
Time:  Fri/Sat: 10am-5pm
Location:   South Garland Branch Library
                4845 Broadway Blvd.
                972-205-2500
Books: 
25,000 books; 50% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2; children's .50
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LONGVIEW -- ONGOING
Time:
Tues/Thurs: 10-9;  Wed/Fri/Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun 1-5pm
Location:  Longview Public Library
                222 W. Cotton St
                903-237-1350
Books:  4,000; paperbacks .25; hardcovers $1
, children's .25
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DALLAS -- TBA
Time:  Fri/Sat: 9am-8pm; Sun: 10am-6pm
Location:   Dallas Market Hall
                2200 Stemmons Fwy
Books: 
Thousands of Items
BONUS: 1st 100 people through door each day will receive a FREE Half Price Books tote bag!
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RICHARDSON -- APRIL 28-30; OCT 6-8
Time: Fri/Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 2-5pm
Location: Richardson Public Library
                900 Civic Center Dr
                972-744-4350
Books: 
25,000 books; 95% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2; children's .50-$1

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GRAND PRAIRIE -- APRIL; OCT
Time:  Wed/Thurs: 10am-7pm;  Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1-5pm, (Closed Fri)
Location:  Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr
                972-262-8015
                (Enter thru Eastern most door from the parking lot.)
Books:   28,000 books; sorted; not 'picked over'; .25-$2; Sunday is half price day


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34.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education in Action, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://www.centerforhomeeducation.com/   

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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35.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

Visit them at their Location:
401 E. Church St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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36.
 CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

Camp Tonkawa is an Outdoor Learning Center, where we teach nature through hands on experiences.  Located outside of Collinsville, TX, on a 35 acre tract of land certified as a wildlife refuge.

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering HEART of Texas members a  10% discount for HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card.  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

Location:  
Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center
1036 CR 203
Collinsville, TX  76233
For Information: 940-440-8382 or Click Here to email


CAMP SCHEDULE


APRIL 2017
1-2 -- Survival Through the Seasons: Spring
       
Time: Begins 9:30am Saturday.  Ends about 2:30pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $95/camp (family rates available - check website)

1-2 -- Native American Indian Camp
                Time: Saturday 9:30am thru Sunday 2:30pm
                Cost: $45 /Children 15 and under;  $60/Adults

8-9 -- Get Moving/ Clean Energy (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
         Cost:  $45/each person

15 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
   
   Time: 11am-3:30pm
       Cost:  $50/person.  Parents/leaders who will NOT be riding are FREE.

25 -- Primitive Survival Day Camp 4: Edible Plants
        Time: 10am-3pm
       Cost: $110-$130/all five classes; $30/single class

29-30 -- Breathe AIR (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
       Cost:  $45/each person


MAY 2017
6-7 -- Between Earth and Sky (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
        Cost:  $45/each person

13 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
   
   Time: 11am-3:30pm
       Cost:  $50/person.  Parents/leaders who will NOT be riding are FREE.

20-21 -- Wonders of Water (It's Your Planet Love it - Leadership Journey)
        Time: Starts 9:30 am on Saturday and goes through 2:30 pm on Sunday.
        Cost:  $45/each person

23 -- Primitive Survival Day Camp 5: Tracking/ Snares/ Traps
        Time: 10am-3pm
        Cost: $110-$130/all five classes; $30/single class

27 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
   
   Time: 11am-3:30pm
       Cost:  $50/person.  Parents/leaders who will NOT be riding are FREE.


JUNE 2017

5-7 -- Walk in the Woods Summer Camp
        Time: Arrive at 9:30am (first day); Pick-up time is 4pm (last day)
        Cost: $225 (A deposit of $100 will save your place.  Remainder due two weeks before camp date.  *Pay in Full two months before camp, receive a $25 discount!*)

5-9 -- Week in the Woods Summer Camp (ages 9-14)
        Time: Arrive at 9:30am (first day); Pick-up time is 4pm (last day)
        Cost: $365
(A deposit of $100 will save your place.  Remainder due two weeks before camp date.  *Pay in Full two months before camp, receive a $25 discount!*)



        Time: Arrive as early as noon (Friday); Closing ceremony: 3pm, Sunday
        (One Day option would be for Saturday 9am through 4pm (no meals included)


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37.  DALLAS ARBORETUM

No matter the time of year, the Arboretum is always in bloom. Both spring and fall feature wild bursts of color. Summer does nothing to diminish the bloom of the Arboretum plantings, which thrive on the warmth of Dallas' summer months. And, because of Dallas' temperate winter temperature, the arboretum is even blooming in the middle of winter.

Location:
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX  75219
214-515-6500
http://www.dallasarboretum.org  

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open Wed evenings until 8pm through October 26
Customer Service hours:  Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day)
Admission: 
$15 for adults (13-64)
$12 for seniors (65+)
$10 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children ages 2 and under
Children's Adventure Garden Admission: $3 (in addition to general garden admission)
Onsite parking:                                                                
$15 per vehicle self-parking or parking garage
$8 daytime parking pass available by online purchase only                                                


DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Featured Discounts:  click here

TEACHERS & EDUCATORS DISCOUNT
Complimentary admission to the Main Garden and Children's Adventure Garden is available to Teachers and Educators. Present a valid educator picture ID at the ticket booth for the complimentary admission. If a picture ID is unavailable, an educators ID plus a driver’s license can be presented. Teachers and educators can purchase a Dallas Arboretum membership and receive a 10% discount for the first year with their IDs. Offer is only valid on daytime admission. Offer does not apply for paid educational programming. Parking fees apply.

GROUP DISCOUNT
Groups of 15 or more receive $2 off General Admission and have the opportunity to have one of our experienced tour guides lead your group on an educational and entertaining tour of the gardens. Guided tours include seasonal highlights and are available year-round. These tours are an additional $7 per person. For more information, please see the Group Sales page.

Rainy Day Guarantee
If the rain won’t go away you can come back another day. The Arboretum’s rainy day pass will guarantee another free entry if rain interrupts your visit. Tickets are issued at the ticket booth on the day of the occurrence only. Offer valid for a full paid general garden admission. Rainy day tickets are good any day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for up to three months from the original date of purchase. Rainy day passes are only good for the original type of ticket purchased.  This policy does not apply to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, the Cool Thursdays Concert Series or Parking.

CityPass Tickets:
Save 41% or more off admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, plus the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck, and a choice between the Dallas Zoo and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Valid for 9 days after first coupon has been redeemed.

EVENTS at the ARBORETUM

April 1 -- Ann's Diner
9am-5pm

Location: Ann Stuart Courtyard
Cost: FREE with paid admission
The Arboretum transforms into a hang-out that resembles a classic diner, with nostalgic food and dancing.

April 1 -- Hula Hoop Contest
10am-12pm
Location:
Nancy Rutchik Concert Stage
Cost: FREE with paid admission
join us for a free hula hoop competition!





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38.  DALLAS ZOO

Location:
650 South RL Thornton Fwy
Dallas, TX  75203

The Zoo is located 3 miles south of downtown Dallas, on I-35E at the Marsalis exit.

Hours of Operation:
9am-5pm daily
(Closed Christmas Day)

Admission:
Adults (12-64):
  $15 (Mar - Dec);  $5 (Jan-Feb)
Children (3-11):
 $12 (Mar-Dec); $5 (Jan-Feb)
Seniors (65+):
   $12 (Mar-Dec) ; $5 (Jan-Feb)
Children (2 and under):
FREE all year
Parking:
$8 per car

Family Zoo Adventures for Homeschool families

APRIL 3 -- Homeschool Day at the Dallas Zoo
Time:
9am-3pm
Homeschoolers and their families are invited to spend the day at the Dallas Zoo.  Fun, interactive, and educational activities are available for Kindergarten – 8th grade!
Your Homeschool Day ticket Includes:
*Admission to the Zoo
*Access to Homeschool Day activity areas available only to registered Homeschool Day participants.
*Hands-on activities and curriculum from the Dallas Zoo and other community partners.
*Homeschool Day Backpack (included with Adult Participant tickets) with activity materials and supplemental curriculum appropriate for home classroom instruction.

These Add-Ons are Also Available When You Pre-Register:
* Animal Adventures Shows at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Tickets are $3 each for adults and youth.
* Participants can pre-purchase additional Homeschool Day Backpacks for $5 each while registering.
* Additional Backpacks and Animal Adventures Shows are available in the Add Ons category.


To Learn More:  
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39.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
                Fort Worth, TX 76135
Located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy (TX Hwy 199), just inside the city limits of Fort Worth.

Admission: $5 ages 13+; $ 2 ages 3-12;   under 3 free; $3 Seniors (65+)
$1 discount per person with military ID
-Active/Retired
For More Information:    817-392-7410  

Refuge Hours:  8am-5pm daily
Extended Hours Beginning Sept 7 (Labor Day):  
7am - 7pm (Refuge only)
Hardwicke Interpretive Center:
9am-4:30pm daily

Monthly Programs
APRIL
April 1 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

April 8 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.


April 15 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

April 22 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

April 29 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.


MAY
May 6 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.


May 13 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

May 20 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

May 27 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.


JUNE
June 3 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

June 10 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

June 17 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.

June 24 -- Nature Hike
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/person (with paid admission)

Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on one of our trails. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather.
MAXIMUM of 15 participants.
Hikes not designed for organized groups. First come, first served.




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40.  FORT WORTH  BOTANIC GARDEN PROGRAMS

Location:  3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth  76107

Green Thumb Club
Little Diggers -- Age 4 by class date
Green Thumb Club Juniors -- Grades K-2
Green Thumb Club -- Grades 3-5
Details: Green Thumb Club provides children the opportunity to learn more about the natural world around them. We use the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as a living laboratory for students to explore topics such as native plant studies, pollination, tree structure, climate change, and more.
Registration required: 817-392-5534 or click to email
For more information: Click here


Little Sprouts Program
For children 18-36 months
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
This activity is free. 

Limited to 16 children.
Location: 
Backyard Vegetable Garden

If you plan to participate: Click to email


Family Drop-In Program (Once a month, April - November)
Come-and-go craft time for all ages, and all supplies are furnished. We meet throughout the Garden. Find out some Garden history from our Garden educator and tour the area with your family! Bring a picnic for afterwards.
6pm-7pm

Location: 
Leonard Courtyard just outside the Garden Center

If you plan to participate: Click to email
For More Info:  Click Here

Family Discovery Program (Once a month, April - November)
Program is for children ages 4 and up.
Free to the public.
Two children per caregiver please.  
No registration required.
11am-Noon
Location:
Backyard Vegetable Garden at Ft Worth Botanic Garden

For More Info:  Click Here

Programs

April 5 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Seed Bingo (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.

April 11 -- Pubic Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: Regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.

April 13 -- Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: Seed Balls
6pm-7pm
FREE event
We will make seed balls our of wildflowers, its a little bit mess and a whole lot of fun!
Parental supervision required.

April 22 and 23 -- Japanese Garden Spring Festival

10am-5pm (Sat); 11am-5pm (Sun)
Cost: $8/adult; $4/ages 4-12; FREE/ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, raku,  tea ceremonies and more.
For more information: click here

April 25 -- Little Sprouts: Seeds (children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10:30am
FREE event
We'll find the seeds of various fruits. Messy fun! We'll play fun gardening tasks!
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required) Space is limitted to first 16 children.

May 9 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required

May 9 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Nature Painting (ages 4-18)
11am-12pm
FREE event
Let's get creative! We will create works of art using nature.
Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. Two kids per caregiver.

May 18 -- Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: Create
6pm-7pm
FREE event
Learn how to make leaf rubbings and and use rubber stamps to make wonderful works of art.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required.

May 20 -- 
Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548


May 23 -- Little Sprouts: Roots (children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
FREE event
Down in the ground, roots are a mystery. We'll look at carrots, our favorite roots; then we will do gardens tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required. Space is limited to first 16 children.

June 2-July 8 -- Concerts in the Garden
8pm-10pm
Relax under the stars while listening to great music performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends! Described as “Fort Worth’s best seasonal outing” (Star-Telegram), the 27th annual Concerts In The Garden Summer Music Festival offers 16 nights of outdoor concerts every weekend from June through July with a firework display ending every night.
Make sure to stop by the Gardens Restaurant's tent for food, wine, and beer or order ahead off of there special concert menu.
Don't forget to head on over to the Treasure Tree's tent for all things that glow in the dark!

June 13 --
Little Sprouts: Flowers ( children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
FREE event
Flowers come in different shapes and colors and with different smells. We will investigate them and do gardening tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required. Space is limited to first 16 children.


June 13 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required

June 14 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Bug Hunt (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.


June 15 --
Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: I Spy...
6pm-7pm
FREE event

Decorate folding benoculars and talk a walk through the Garden and see things up close.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required.

June 17 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548

June 20 -- Little Sprouts: Summer ( children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
FREE event
We will celebrate the first day of summer and crown ourselves king or queen of the Garden! We will also do gardening tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required. Space is limited to first 16 children.

June 21 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Camoflauge (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
Get an in-depth look at flowers and why they are so important to nature.
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.


June 28 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Scavenger Hunt (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
Enjoy this fast-paced game of clues at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.

July 5 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Watermelon Madness (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
Enjoy this fast-paced game of clues at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.

July 11 -- Little Sprouts: Birds ( children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
FREE event
Birds fly throughout the Garden, we will have fun with feathers then do some gardening tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required. Space is limited to first 16 children.

July 11 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required

July 12 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Nature Journaling (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
Enjoy this fast-paced game of clues at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.

July 18 -- Little Sprouts: Animals (children 18-36 months)
9:30am-10am
FREE event
We will talk about animals found in the Garden at our pretend petting zoo, then do some gardening tasks.
One child per caregiver (parental supervision required)
No reservation required. Space is limited to first 16 children.

July 19 -- Green Thumb Club - Seedlings: Bug Olympics (ages 4-6)
11am-12pm
Enjoy this fast-paced game of clues at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
This activity is free. Make sure to bring gardening gloves.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required. 2 kids per caregiver.

July 20 -- Green Thumb Club - Family Fun: Something's Fishy
6pm-7pm
FREE event

Decorate folding benoculars and talk a walk through the Garden and see things up close.
No reservation required. Parental supervision required.

July 22 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548


Sep 8-10 -- Art in the Garden
1pm-5pm (Fri); 10am-6pm (Sat); 1pm-4pm (Sun)
Come peruse the artwork from over 30 local artists in the halls of the Garden Center. Displays of oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more will fill the lecture hall. Wine and cheese will be served on Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Gallery Night.

Oct 28-29 -- Japanese Garden Fall Festival
10am-5pm (Sat); 11am-5pm (Sun)
Cost: $8/adult; $4/ages 4-12; FREE ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies, and more.

For more information about the Fort Worth : call 817-871-7686


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41.  FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDENS

Location:  3320 Japanese Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX  76107

Hours:  March-November (DST):  9am-7pm
November - March (ST):  9am-5pm
Admission:  
$5/adults;  $3/ages 4-12;  $4.50/ages 65+;  FREE/ages 3 and under
Parking is free


EVENTS
April 11 -- Pubic Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: Regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.

April 22 and 23 -- Japanese Garden Spring Festival

10am-5pm (Sat); 11am-5pm (Sun)
Cost: $8/adult; $4/ages 4-12; FREE/ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, raku,  tea ceremonies and more.
For more information: click here


May 9 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required


May 20 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548


June 13 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required

June 17 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548

July 11 -- Public Tour of the Japanese Garden
10am-11am
Cost: regular admission
Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and be introduced to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
No reservations required

July 22 -- Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden
11:30am-1pm
Cost: $30/person
Take part in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. This monthly delight is provided by the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Participants will have a reserved seat and be able to sample the tea and treats at the end.
For More Information: 817-392-5548


Oct 28-29 -- Japanese Garden Fall Festival
10am-5pm (Sat); 11am-5pm (Sun)
Cost: $8/adult; $4/ages 4-12; FREE ages 3 and under
Enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku, tea ceremonies, and more.


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42. FORT WORTH ZOO HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Location:  1989 Colonial Park
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Hours:  Monday-Friday:  10am-5pm
            Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

TBA -- HOME SCHOOL DAY
Cost: $6/ages 13 and up;  $4.50/ages 3-12;  FREE/ages 2 and under. Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event will be $7 for adults and $5.50 for children 3 to 12 years.
All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!

Home School Day visitors are able to participate in zoo-wide adventures!

    Education Program - New show that is great for the whole family! Come meet us at the Outdoor Learning Theater at either of the following show times: 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
    Animal Meet and Greet at the Outdoor Learning Theater at 1 p.m.
    Outside organizations such as Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Nature Center, and more set up in Texas Wild! Make sure to visit their booths.
    Wild Encounter keeper chats around the zoo.
    Texas Nature Traders program in Texas Wild! Bring a nature item to trade from your backyard.
Online registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the event.
Tickets are good for the event date only. Parking is $5 and is not included in the price of the ticket.
Tickets are nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and no rain checks will be issued.

JUNE 5-AUGUST 8 -- Summer Zoo Camps (children 3 years - 5th grade)
Mon-Fri, Half day and full day sessions.
For more information: click here

JUNE 8-9, JUNE 22-23, JULY 6-7, JULY 20-21, and AUGUST 3-4 -- Middle School Camps: Keepers in Training (students entering grades 6-8)
REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 7.
For More Information: click here

JUNE 11-16, JULY 9-14, JULY 23-27 -- Zoo Careers Camp (grades 9-12)
REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 7.
For More Information: click here

SEPTEMBER 2017-MAY 2018 -- Zoo Preschool (ages 3-5)
Class meets for three hours once a week.
REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1.
For More Information: click here


2017 Home School Classes (Jan - May)

Time:  8:45am-10:45am
Cost: $25/student
Ages 6-12
Includes snack, Interactive Lab, live animal presentation, and admission to the Zoo on class day.
Class Schedule:  See listing below for monthly class themes
To Register or For More Information:  Click Here
Location:  Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Discount:  The Fort Worth Zoo is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID card) a free Ft. Worth drawstring backpack when they register for FIVE Zoo Home School Classes (notify the zoo and they will have your backpack when you come to class).
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


Ages 6-8:
This class will be touch on the literary stories of the animal kingdom. From fiction to poetry, students will learn the differences in writing styles, expand their vocabulary and practice their reading and writing skills. Each class we will read and learn in detail about some of our favorite animals here at the Zoo!
JAN -- Mimicry
FEB -- Animal Defenders
MAR -- Natural Masters of Disguise
APRIL -- Animal Armor
MAY -- Thermoregulation Challenge
To Register:
 Click Here

Ages 9-12:

This class will discuss all things biology. Group discussions and activities include topics on anatomy, physiology and animal behaviors. Students will learn new vocabulary, work on writing exercises and have interactive group debates.
Jan 24 -- Perimeter (African Savanna)
Feb 7, 21 -- Weight (Elephant Springs)
Mar 7, 28 -- Animal Needs (Hunters of Africa)
April 11, 25 -- Volume (Hippo Lazy River)
May 9, 23 -- Structures and Buildings (Forests and Jungles)

To Register:  Click Here

Ages 13-15:  Fort Worth Zoo's Nature Educators in Training (NET)
Cost:  
$75 (includes 10 one-on-one classes, offered Monday-Friday)
Want to learn more about zoology, ecology and the natural sciences? The Fort Worth Zoo’s Nature Educators in Training (N.E.T.) program provides local high school students the opportunity to learn more about environmental sciences and prepare for their fields of study, as well as earn class credit. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will take 10 two-hour classes and participate in 20 hours of homework, 10 hours of field trips and 10 hours of volunteer work, totaling the state-required 60 hours for class credit.  Classes will take place at the Zoo and are offered five days a week, year-round. (Students who wish to only audit the classes will receive a certificate for 20 hours.)
To apply for the NET program:
1.  Download the application
2.  Email your completed application to the Zoo Education Staff
3.  You will be contacted for an interview time.
4.  After an interview, you will be provided a link to register.


WEEKDAY HOME SCHOOL VOLUNTEENS (ages 12-17)
This program provides local home-schooled teens the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for half of the day, either from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.
For Information about Registering for this program:
Click Here

2017-2018 -- Volunteer Opportunities (grades 9-12)
For Summer Zoo Camp: June 5-Aug 18.
REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 10.
For More Information: click here


TEXAS NATURE TRADERS
Details: Located in Texas Wild! near the wishing well, the Zoo’s newest building is the home base for many Texas-based education programs, primarily the Zoo’s latest offering, Texas Nature Traders. This formalized program encourages kids (age 3 and older) to explore the outdoors and bring to the building fossils, rocks, bones, plants and other artifacts in exchange for points. Traders can redeem points (or save them for future use) for items in the Nature Trader inventory. Texas Nature Traders operates seven days a week, opening at 11 a.m. and closing one hour before the Zoo closes. Stop by to look around, ask questions and become a nature trader!



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43.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


Fossil Rim is located 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, near Glen Rose.
GPS address is:
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, Texas, 76043
254.897.2960


HOME SCHOOL CLASSES/EVENTS
April 7 -- Discovery After Dark
6pm-9pm

Cost: $35/person (
includes admission to the Scenic Wildlife Drive, which can be used the day of Discovery after Dark or the morning after (before 10 a.m.).
Come enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim. We’ll start with an interactive learning experience where you can discover nocturnal animal adaptations and how animals utilize the night sky. Then, using spotlights, we’ll go on a guided after-dark adventure that will feature both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife at Fossil Rim and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.
This tour meets at the EcoCenter.
This tour is recommended for ages five to adult. Reservations are required, and it is recommended that they be made at least three days in advance. Space is limited.
For more information: 254.897.2960. 

To register: 254.897.2960


April 8 -- National Zoo Lovers Day: Family Fun Day
10am-3pm
Everyone loves to visit the zoo. In fact, we love it so much that there is a day designated just for all the zoo lovers out there. Come spend this special day at Fossil Rim, where we will have free activities set up at our Front Gate just for zoo lovers like you!

April 10 -- Plants at Home and in the World
10am-3pm
Animal species often become endangered because the plants in their habitat become endangered. Learn the roles plants play in preserving biodiversity and how we can help pull plants/habitats and the species in them back from the “brink of extinct.” See our pollinator garden and keyhole gardens and get some practical ideas and skills for your home and yard!
To register: 254.897.2960

April 17 -- Birds and Birding: Beak to the Basics (
Homeschool Class + Modified Tour)
10am-3pm
Cost:
$23/person
Join us for fun in the classroom, as we learn about feathers, flight, bird families, bird behaviors and much more! Then, we’ll head into the field for birding: finding and identifying some of the 200-plus bird species amongst our 1,800 acres. We’ll also have close encounters with some exotic bird species.
We will hike, so wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring drinking water.
To register:
254.897.2960

April 22 -- Earth Day Celebration: Family Fun Day
Celebrate Earth Day with us at our fun learning station at the Overlook. Our education staff will be there to help you enjoy discovering more about the beautiful balance of life on Earth and a free activity.

May 8 -- Fossil Fun!
10am-3pm
Fossil Rim used to be underwater! A lot of sea creatures left an abundance of interesting evidence that they used to live here. That evidence is found in our rocks and fossils. Find and identify fossils, understand them and how they got here. You can even take one or more home!
To register: 254.897.2960

May 12 -- Discovery After Dark
7pm-10pm

Cost: $35/person (
includes admission to the Scenic Wildlife Drive, which can be used the day of Discovery after Dark or the morning after (before 10 a.m.).
Come enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim. We’ll start with an interactive learning experience where you can discover nocturnal animal adaptations and how animals utilize the night sky. Then, using spotlights, we’ll go on a guided after-dark adventure that will feature both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife at Fossil Rim and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.
This tour meets at the EcoCenter.
This tour is recommended for ages five to adult. Reservations are required, and it is recommended that they be made at least three days in advance. Space is limited.
For more information: 254.897.2960. 

To register: 254.897.2960

May 13 -- Mother’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner And Tour
6pm-10pm
Cost:
$90/adult; $55/child
Show mom how much she means to you by spending the evening at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We will start the evening with a delicious dinner including tea, coffee and homemade dessert in the glass-walled pavilion located at the Foothills Safari Camp overlooking a watering hole in our main pasture. After dinner, you will board one of our open-air vehicles to take a sunset tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. A special gift for mom is also included.
Reservations are required. Call 254.897.2960 to make your reservations or for more information.

May 20 -- Endangered Species Day: Family Fun Day
10am-3pm
Every species is an important piece of the puzzle we call our ecosystem. Why are so many of these species disappearing and what can you do to help? Discover the answers as we explore endangered species with a series of free interactive learning stations set up at the Overlook just for this special day!

May 23 -- Learning from the Lorax
10am-3pm
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!”
Discover this powerful message of natural resource conservation found in a favorite children’s book written by Dr. Seuss. In this program, students will have the opportunity to visit the Street of the Lifted Lorax and become a part of the story. This integrative program connects the story of the Lorax to an endangered Texas native, the Attwater’s prairie chicken, for which Fossil Rim has an onsite breeding program. The experience is guaranteed to get students thinking about the environment, sustainability, stewardship and their role in it all.
To register: 254.897.2960

May 29 -- Learn About Composting Day: Family Fun Day
10am-3pm
Have you ever savored a crisp apple or a juicy watermelon? Or maybe you have an appreciation for beautiful flower bouquets? Healthy plants are a result of healthy soil, which can be created by adding a little dose of compost. Visit us at our Front Gate on this special day to learn more about composting: what is it, how is it created and why should you care?

June 5 -- African Safari Day Camp
9am-4pm
Discover the colorful continent of Africa, enjoy fellow homeschoolers, play group games and watch African animals right here in Texas! Get to know the story of Africa, the savanna ecology and the main characters – cheetah, white rhino and scimitar-horned oryx. Then, watch the story unfold: predators looking for prey, prey seeking safety, everything looking out for their basic needs and the chance to raise the next generation. The plot thickens as people enter the picture – some upset the balance of the African landscape and others work to restore that balance. Hands-on activities make the learning engaging and memorable.
To learn more or to register: 254.897.2960

June 17 -- Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner And Tour
6pm-10pm
Cost:
$90/adult; $55/child
Show dad how much he means to you by spending the evening at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We will start the evening with a delicious dinner including tea, coffee and homemade dessert in the glass-walled pavilion located at the Foothills Safari Camp overlooking a watering hole in our main pasture. After dinner, you will board one of our open-air vehicles to take a sunset tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. A special gift for dad is also included.
Call 254.897.2960 to make your required reservations or for more information. 

June 19 -- African Safari Day Camp (
Homeschool Day Camp)
9am-4pm
Cost:
$32/person
Discover the colorful continent of Africa, enjoy fellow homeschoolers, play group games and watch African animals right here in Texas! Get to know the story of Africa, the savanna ecology and the main characters – cheetah, white rhino and scimitar-horned oryx. Then, watch the story unfold: predators looking for prey, prey seeking safety, everything looking out for their basic needs and the chance to raise the next generation. The plot thickens as people enter the picture – some upset the balance of the African landscape and others work to restore that balance. Hands-on activities make the learning engaging and memorable.
To learn more or to register, call 254.897.2960.

June 20 -- Giraffes: Our Gentle Giants
10am-3pm
Join us for an encounter you won’t soon forget, as we celebrate the official World Giraffe Day (June 21) with a class and tour! There are so many amazing things to learn about these gentle giants.
To register: 254.897.2960

June 24 -- Watercolor Wildlife Workshop (Workshop + Optional Tour)
9am-12pm
Cost:
$30/person
Join the Fossil Rim Education Department for an art workshop with instruction by local artist Wendy Moore! A master naturalist, she will teach, coach and help you enjoy developing your watercolor painting skills as you recreate some Fossil Rim animal species on paper.
Coffee and pastries will be provided, as well as the necessary art materials.
For a total of $45, you can add a guided wildlife tour. In that case, this event becomes 9am-3pm with a one-hour break for lunch.
Call 254.897.2960 for reservations or more information.

June 24 -- World Giraffe Day: Family Fun Day
10am-3pm
Enjoy this free Family Fun Day celebration for visitors of all ages! Gain a new appreciation for our gentle giants with a learning station in front of the Admission Office, as well as face painting and button making at the Overlook.

July 3 -- Robin Hood Day Camp
9am-4pm
Come join our merry band for a day of discovery and adventure! Take up a bow and notch an arrow! Discovery the forest habitat and learn some skills you need to camp in it! Explore the forest, learning about “The King’s Deer” (European red deer) and whitetail deer, as well as camouflage and poaching. Use your camouflage to escape the not-so-sheriff-like Sheriff of Nottingham!
To register: 254.897.2960

July 7 -- Discovery After Dark
7pm-10pm

Cost: $35/person (
includes admission to the Scenic Wildlife Drive, which can be used the day of Discovery after Dark or the morning after (before 10 a.m.).
Come enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim. We’ll start with an interactive learning experience where you can discover nocturnal animal adaptations and how animals utilize the night sky. Then, using spotlights, we’ll go on a guided after-dark adventure that will feature both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife at Fossil Rim and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.
This tour meets at the EcoCenter.
This tour is recommended for ages five to adult. Reservations are required, and it is recommended that they be made at least three days in advance. Space is limited.
For more information: 254.897.2960. 

To register: 254.897.2960


July 11 -- Summer Special: What Does the Doc Say?
10am-3pm
“Who’s the patient?” Whether you call him Nate Churr, N. Vironment or Bry O’ Sphere, we’ll give him a good checkup and then ask “what’s the diagnosis?” and “what’s the treatment plan?”
To register: 254.897.2960


July 29 -- World Nature Conservation Day: Family Fun Day
10am-3pm
There will be a Family Fun Day celebrating World Nature Conservation Day at the Overlook. The free event will have a fun learning station with a free activity.

Aug 22 -- Chemical Capture
10am-3pm
How do we safely capture wild animals? How do we make sure they don’t get hurt and we don’t get hurt? There are a number of ways. See demonstrations of the tools we use and get involved by using a blowgun and safety dart to “tranquilize” a Styrofoam zebra!
To register: 254.897.2960

Aug 29 -- Animal Enrichment: Go Ahead, Make My Day!
10am-3pm
Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. See how places like Fossil Rim keep their animals stimulated, healthy and as happy as possible. Participants will make enrichment items and then watch some animals and/or birds in the Children’s Animal Center enjoy their gifts.
To register: 254.898.2960

Sept 19 -- Rhino Reality
10am-3pm
Come see these true giants of the animal kingdom and find out why a white rhino is poached in South Africa approximately every seven hours. We’ll discuss what role we can play to help them be pulled back from the brink of extinction instead of pushed over!
To Register: 254.897.2960.

Sep 25 -- Ride to the Rhinos
8:30am-12:15pm
(Leaves from the front gate at: 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am)
To celebrate during the month of World Rhino Day, homeschool coordinator Mark Phillips will take up to 12-15 children during each time frame from the front gate to the white rhino yard in a tour vehicle for an “engaging and interesting time.”
It will last 45 minutes for each of the four start times.
Call for pricing. All proceeds go to Fossil Rim’s rhino program. Registration is not required.


For more information about homeschool events, click here

In addition to their scheduled homeschool events, Fossil Rim offers their faculty, teachers, and curriculum for privately-scheduled events. For more information, please click here or call 254-897-2960 and ask for the Homeschool coordinator. 


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44. HAVEN'S HORSES HORSEMANSHIP & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CLASSES AT CHRIST'S HAVEN

Christ's Haven is offering homeschoolers Christian Horsemanship and Outdoor Education programs at their facility in Keller, Texas.  The classes will be held during the day, while their foster children are at school.

Location:  4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248
For More Information:  817-925-1982 or click here to email

Discount:  Haven's Horses is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid Family ID card) 50% off their first ride! You must show your card to be eligible for this discount!
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://heartoftex.org/resources/membership  

Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

Cost:  
$25/child
Class Length:  1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  Spiritual Values are incorporated into each Horsemanship Lesson through group devotions and activities.  It's more than a basic riding lesson!  Christian Horsemanship unites children and inspires them to grow in the areas of Horsemanship Skills (grooming, saddling, feeding, groundwork, riding and horse anatomy); Spiritual and Personal Growth, and Communication Skills.

Outdoor Adventure
Ages 7-14
Cost:  
$20/class
Course Length:  
1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  
Teaches children about God's creation in an outdoor spiritual setting.  Activities include:  day hikes, fishing, flying kites, and much more!  Outdoor Adventure classes focus on: Science in the Outdoors, Servant Leadership, Self Expression, Self Reflection and Silent Retreats.


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45.  THE HEARD MUSEUM–HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
 
These Homeschool Classes will introduce your student to the Natural Sciences. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets.  Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum's education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of home school families.  All curricula are based on current scientific theory.

Please note: You will need to submit a medical record form including immunization history to be able to participate in their programs.
Click here for information

For more information: Click Here to send an email
                                  972-562-5566 x237
                                                       
Location:  One Nature Place
                McKinney, TX  75069
               
www.heardmuseum.org


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46.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM -- PLANO
 
The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location:      Heritage Farmstead Museum
                    1900 West 15th Street
                    Plano, TX
Discount:  Heritage Farmstead Museum is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid membership card)
$1 off the adult regular admission price (up to 4 people) and .50 cents off child's regular admission, good for either the 1:30 p.m. Historic Farrell-Wilson house tour or for the following special events: Harvest Festival, Lantern Light, Spring Festival.   

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://heartoftex.org/resources/membership


Events:


April 7 -- Fun on the Farm: Peter Rabbit (ages 2-5)
10:30am-12pm
Cost: $11/ adult+child; $7/ additional child; $4/ additional adult
Join us when we read Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.  Visit the Farmstead gardens and see if you can spot a rabbit while you are here.   Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride.
Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.

April 15 -- Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
10am-2pm
Cost: $6/
online pre-registration; $8/at the door
Plano’s biggest historic Easter Egg Hunt takes place Saturday April 15th at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. Children are invited to hunt for more than 5,000 eggs on the Museum’s Lawn and in the North Meadow. The Museum grounds will be sectioned off into age-appropriate areas so everyone, including toddlers, will have an opportunity to participate. 


April 21 -- Fun on the Farm: Birds on the Farm (ages 2-5)
10:30am-12pm
Cost: $11/ adult+child; $7/ additional child; $4/ additional adult
Come learn about the different birds on the Farmstead.  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride.
Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.

May 12 -- Fun on the Farm: Animal Moms (ages 2-5)
10:30am-12pm
Cost: $11
/ adult+child; $7/ additional child; $4/ additional adult
Is your Mama a llama?  Come to the farm to read a story about animal moms and make a craft for Mother's Day.  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride.
Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.

May 19 -- Homeschool Day: From Seed to Table
10am-1pm
Cost: $7/ages 2-18; $3/adults; children under 2 are FREE
Join us on May 19 for Homeschool Day: From Seed to Table where we will learn about how a Farmer would grow, harvest, and prepare food.  Featured activities include plowing and planting seeds, a creek visit, corn and wheat grinding, feeding the chickens, tractor rides, a tour through the Farrel Wilson House, an outdoor cooking demonstration and so much more!
Bring drinks and a sack lunch and have a picnic on the grounds!

May 26 -- Fun on the Farm: What's Growing on the Farm
10:30am-12pm
Cost:
$11/ adult+child; $7/ additional child; $4/ additional adult
Come learn what is growing on the Farm.  How many plants can you find?  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride.
Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability.

June 12-16 -- Pioneer Camp: Session I 
9am-1pm
Pioneer Camp at the Heritage Farmstead Museum encourages campers to put away the gadgets of today and experience farm life in the middle of Plano. It is 4 hours of good old fashioned fun with a smattering of chores which include caring for our sheep, chickens, guineas, pigs, and mules. Where else can you experience days gone by activities like Croquet, Graces, Horse shoes, Sack races, Basketball with real Peach Baskets and honest to goodness watermelon eatin’ contests? Campers will receive hands-on outdoor cooking lessons and there will be time to cool off with water games which include a water fight and water relays.
Recommended for ages 6-12.
To register: click here

June 20 -- Let's Get Mooving
10am-1pm
Cost: $5/person; group rates available.
Celebrate Dairy Month with "Let’s Get Mooving" where visitors can immerse themselves in farm life at the turn of the century.  Let’s Get Mooving will feature Buttermilk the milking cow and our Southwest Dairy Farmers’ Exhibit. Other activities throughout the day include feeding our chickens, wagon rides, washing clothes the old fashioned way and much more.
To Register: click here or call
972-881-0140

June 26 -- Creek Camp: Session I
9am-1pm
Creek Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY. At Creek Camp our campers have fun with science while keeping cool during our hot Texas summer!  The highlight of Creek Camp is a daily trip down to the creek to explore plant and animals life.  Campers will also conduct experiments, learn to be a part of a team and have a better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. In an effort to keep cool there will be a  myriad of water games.
Recommended for ages 6-12.
To register: click here

July 10 -- Pioneer Camp: Session II
9am-1pm
Pioneer Camp at the Heritage Farmstead Museum encourages campers to put away the gadgets of today and experience farm life in the middle of Plano. It is 4 hours of good old fashioned fun with a smattering of chores which include caring for our sheep, chickens, guineas, pigs, and mules. Where else can you experience days gone by activities like Croquet, Graces, Horse shoes, Sack races, Basketball with real Peach Baskets and honest to goodness watermelon eatin’ contests? Campers will receive hands-on outdoor cooking lessons and there will be time to cool off with water games which include a water fight and water relays.
Recommended for ages 6-12.
To register: click here


July 19 -- A Day at the Farm
10am-1pm
Cost: $5/person. Group rates available for pre-registered attendees.
Experience what life was like on the Blackland Prairie with A Day at the Farm.  Stroll through our four acres, feed our chickens, and tour the historic Farrell Wilson House. Hands on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old fashioned way, and so much more!  Perfect for summer camps, daycare, home-school groups, or families.
To register: click here or call
972-881-0140

July 24 -- Creek Camp: Session II
9am-1pm
Creek Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY. At Creek Camp our campers have fun with science while keeping cool during our hot Texas summer!  The highlight of Creek Camp is a daily trip down to the creek to explore plant and animals life.  Campers will also conduct experiments, learn to be a part of a team and have a better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. In an effort to keep cool there will be a  myriad of water games.
Recommended for ages 6-12.
To register: click here

July 31 -- Creek Camp Session III
9am-1pm
Creek Camp is the perfect opportunity for campers to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY. At Creek Camp our campers have fun with science while keeping cool during our hot Texas summer!  The highlight of Creek Camp is a daily trip down to the creek to explore plant and animals life.  Campers will also conduct experiments, learn to be a part of a team and have a better understanding of what life was like over 100 years ago. In an effort to keep cool there will be a  myriad of water games.
Recommended for ages 6-12.
To register: click here



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47.  LEWISVILLE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING AREA

Hours of Operation:  
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Mar 1):  Fri, Sat, & Sun:  7am-5pm

Summer Hours (Mar 2-Oct 31):  Fri, Sat, & Sun: 7am-7pm

Entrance Fees:

$5 person;  Children 5 and under FREE
Cash payments only;  Prescheduled groups can pay by check or cash.
Annual Passes:  
$30/Individual;  $60/Family

EVENTS 2017:  

April 2017
APRIL 1 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing trees, trees with personality -  we never know what we'll find on our monthly nature walk!  This family-friendly hike will last about two hours.  All ages are welcome. 
No registration is required. 
For more information:
 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends).


APRIL 7 -- Night Hike (ages 5 and up)
8pm-10pm
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll down one of LLELA's nature trails.  We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear...it's probably just an armadillo.  Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience.  Registration is required by 11am on Thursday, April 6.
For more information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends).

APRIL 8 --
Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

APRIL 8 -- Art Boat (ages 7 and up)
2pm–4pm

Cost: $25/class fee, plus $5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Art and nature go hand in hand, or sometimes paddle in water!  Kayak to a secluded spot, dip a paintbrush in the calm water, and see how nature inspires you.  You will make memories (and a piece of art) on this unique kayak tour.  All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided.  
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800012.   
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)


APRIL 15 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here

APRIL 15 -- Saturdays at the Cabin
12pm – 3pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
(Third Saturday of each month, except July and August)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required.
More information:
972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends), or click here


APRIL 22 -- Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
10am-12pm
Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA.  Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species.  All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided.  LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. 
Registration is required by 11am on March 24th.
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800002. 
More information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends)

APRIL 22 -- Family Campfire
7:30pm-9:30pm
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire.  Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: songs, stories, and of course, s'mores!  Each campfire will feature a special program. 
Call 972-219-3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more. Registration is required by 11am on March 17th.
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800006. 
More information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends)

May 2017
MAY 6 -- Nature Walk
10am-12pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
Animal tracks, deer trails, singing trees, trees with personality -  we never know what we'll find on our monthly nature walk!  This family-friendly hike will last about two hours.  All ages are welcome. 
No registration is required. 
For more information:
 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends).
 

MAY 12 -- Family Campfire
7:45pm-9:45pm
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire.  Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: songs, stories, and of course, s'mores!  Each campfire will feature a special program. 
Call 972-219-3550 to ask about special pricing for families of four or more. Registration is required by 11am on March 17th.
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800006. 
More information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends)

MAY 13 --
Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

MAY 20 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here

MAY 20 -- Saturdays at the Cabin
12pm – 3pm
Cost: $5/ vehicle entry (cash or check only)
(Third Saturday of each month, except July and August)
Step back in time when you visit the historic Minor-Porter log house. Visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house. You’ll get a feel for pioneer life as you tour the log home, smoke house, dugout, and homestead grounds. Knowledgeable volunteers and sometimes local musicians will add to your experience.
Registration not required.
More information:
972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends), or click here

MAY 21 --
Guided Kayak Tour (ages 7 and up)
2pm-4pm
Drift under willows, float past reeds and cattails, and see what wildlife we encounter on either McWhorter Creek or the Beaver Pond at LLELA.  Both are havens for wildlife, including turtles, frogs, fish, beavers, and many other species.  All skill levels are welcome and all equipment is provided.  LLELA instructors will give an intro to kayaking and water safety basics. 
Registration is required by 11am on March 24th.
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800002. 
More information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends)

MAY 27 --
Stars on the Prairie (ages 5 and up)
8:30pm-10:30pm
Join us for a fascinating evening as we trek to LLELA's prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky.  Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky.  If the sky is cloudy, we will have a Night Hike. 
Registration is required by 11am on Friday, March 24.
Register at bit.ly/CoLRegistration.  Search for Activity Code 800001.  
More information: 972-219-3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972-219-7980 (weekends)

June 2017
JUNE 10 -- Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

JUNE 17 -- Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here

July 2017
JULY 8 -- Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

JULY 15 --
Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here

August 2017
AUG 12 -- Bird Walk (ages 10 and up)
7:30am–10:30am
Cost:
$5/vehicle (cash or check only)
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA.
Reservations not required. 
More information:
972.219.3550 (Mon-Fri) or 972.219.7980 (weekends)

AUG 19 --
Kayak Power River Trip
9:00am-2pm
(
3rd Saturday of each month)
Kayak down the Elm Fork with KayakPower.com:
Whether you’ve got lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here! Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle.
Registration Required: 
214-669-1663 or click here




HOMESCHOOL NATURAL SCIENCE CLASSES: 
Classes are for students K-8th grade.
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost:
$12 per class, or enroll your child in four classes for $40
Details: Students in each class will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop the student off after submitting a medical release form.
Younger siblings are welcome, but must be supervised by a parent during class time.
Each student should bring a water bottle and sack lunch and wear closed-toe shoes with long pants.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here to email
Grades K-5
NOVEMBER 3: Animal Senses
Grades: 6-8
NOVEMBER 3: Be a Wildlife Manager for a Day


Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with valid ID card) receive $1 per child discount on home school science classes.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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48.  NASH FARM -- GRAPEVINE TX

Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grapevine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

Location:  
626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX  76051

Guests may enter Nash Farm at the following locations:
• Ball Street near the service drive
• Homestead Lane through picket fence gate in front of the farmhouse
• Homestead Lane, west side of the farm near the barn
• College Street near the Grapevine cemetery

This event is handicap accessible and concessions will be available.
For more information:  www.NashFarm.or


FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM
10am-Noon
Cost: $3/person ages 3 and up
Each program has a different theme that highlights the heritage skill that you can use to enrich your life today.
Registration Required.  Space is limited.
To Register Online:  Click Here
Themes:
APRIL 7 -- Easter Traditions



Farmhouse on the Grapevine Prairie
10am-Noon
$3/person
Follow the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie," and experience the daily life activities that will bring this story to life. This series is designed for 3rd-7th grade, but all ages welcome.
Registrations is required:  Click here to register.  Space is limited.
Themes:

TBA


Nash Farm Heritage Workshops
10am-2pm
$3/person
Visit Nash Farm and experience what it's like to step into a 19th century home while learning the essential farm skills.
This open-house setting allows guests to discuss the activities with the interpreters and involvement may be encouraged when possible. Following your visit to the farmhouse, you may visit the farm grounds to complete your experience.
Registrations is required, but walk-in registration is also encouraged. Space is limited.
Themes:

TBA



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49. 
OLIVER NATURE PARK-- MANSFIELD TX

Located at the intersection of two ecoregions: the eastern Cross Timbers and the northern Blackland Prairies. The 80 acres of the park contains several different ecosystems such forests, prairies, and riparian areas.  Each section is unique in plant and animal life. Each animal and plant is adapted to a certain area of the park.  Look for other examples of these kinds of adaptations along approximately 1 mile of trails.

Park Hours: 
    Daily 5am-9pm (March-October)
    Daily 5am-6m (November-February)
Location: 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield, Texas

Programs


Home School Nature Class
10am-11am
Cost: 
$7person
APRIL 4 -- Caterpillars
APRIL 20 -- Ladybugs
MAY 9 -- Pond Ecology
MAY 23 -- Fish
Join a naturalist for a nature related lesson, nature walk, and guided exploration of Oliver Nature Park. The naturalist will describe the plants and animals found along the trails. Learn about local ecosystems; watch how animals and plants interact; and sneak up on a few of the natural inhabitants of the park.
Registration Required:
click here



Painting at the Park
Join us for a painting class at Oliver Nature Park with an artist. You will be lead in creating a master piece at this easy‐to‐follow painting class for all painting abilities. You will be guided step by step by the instructor throughout the class. All materials will be supplied.
Pre‐registration required
: click here

APRIL 17 -- Pond Scene (ages 5 and up)
10am-11:30am
Cost:
$27/ early registration; $32/ three business days before event


MAY 20 -- Wildflowers (ages 12 and up)
10am-12pm
Cost:
$32/ early registration; $37/ three business days before event



Little Naturalists (ages 3-5)
Children ages 3‐5 come learn about nature through exploration. We will read, sing, take a nature walk, and do crafts all about nature.
Wednesday Mornings: 10:30am-11:15am
Cost:
$7/ child
Registration Required: click here

APRIL 5 -- Bouncing a Bunny
APRIL 19 -- Fancy Flowers
MAY 3 -- Spring has Sprung
MAY 24 -- Butterflies


Upcycled Art at the Park
10am-11am
TBA



HOMESCHOOL NATURE WALK WITH A NATURALIST
Cost: $5 per child
Time:  10-11am
DATES TBA


For More Information and to Register: Click Here (Click on "Nature Education Programs")

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50.  RIDE WITH PRIDE

Ride With Pride, Inc. Horsemanship School in Southlake specializes in teaching students ages 3 and older how to care for and ride a horse safely.  Ride With Pride, Inc. has been in operation since 1980.  They offer Western & English lessons, and their instructors are certified with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). 

For Enrollment Information:  Click here to send an email or 817-481-2893

Discount:  Ride with Pride is offering HEART of Texas members (with a current HEART of Texas Family ID card) a 10% discount on tuition.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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51.  RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER - WICHITA FALLS

River Bend Nature Center
2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls, TX  76301
riverbendnaturecenter.org

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 10am-4pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Independence Day

Admission:
General Admission $5.00
Seniors (62 and Older) $4.00
Military $4.00
Children ages 1 and under Free


Electri-Critters
TBA



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51.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch sits on 126 breathtaking acres near Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County, Texas.  Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?

WILD HOMESCHOOL DAY
Date: TBD
Time:
10am-5pm
Cost: $5 per attendee
Pre-registration Required!: Click Here or call: 940-686-4600

Open to the Public Days -- 2017
Saturdays and Sundays -- Mar 7 - Nov 29 (all other events require advance reservation)
Time:
  10 a.m. (last tour begins at 4)  
We recommend arriving no later than 2pm to ensure you are able to see lots of animals at the front of the ranch and are able to ride the Safari Tram.
Admission:  $12/ages 13+; $10/ages 3-12 and Seniors 65+; children 2 and under are free
Season Passes: $30/Child & Seniors 65+; $36/Adult Pass $36, $115/Family of 4 ($30 additional)
Season Passes are good for one year from date of purchase
Ticket Includes:
– Animal Presentations: Lemurs, Kangaroos, Black Bears, Cobra and more!
Safari Tram: 35 minute ride through exotic pastures to see camels, zebras, emus, endangered deer, zedonks, zorses and more!
– Small Barn Viewing: Walk around small animal barn and see a variety of animals up close in their habitats
– "Kangaroo Kourt" Marsupial Habitat & Joey Junction: Watch Kangaroos & Wallabies!!
– Kids Barrel Train Ride: Our popular 3 minute ride; adults are welcome to ride too!
– Meet and Greets with our Education Animals: Kangaroo Joeys, Camels, Lemurs, Lizards, Snakes and more! (Animals available for meet and greet vary with the season and temperature).
– Use of our two covered picnic areas for lunch: bottled water, soda & snacks are available in our gift shop. Snow Cone Shack is now open and The Bears Dens Restaurant will be open for lunch! www.bearsdentx.com
– Entry to the Petting Zoo ( feed is available at an additional $2 )


Schedule a Field Trip, Private Tour or Party:  Click here for details.
Field trips are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9:30am or 10:30am
Cost is $8 person
A minimum of $200 is required for a field trip.
A deposit of $200 is required to make a field trip reservation (this is applied towards your total ticket cost)
At the end of each field trip, our gift shop will be open with items for your group to purchase. Items are 50 cents and up. We appreciate your school allowing students to visit the gift shop as this helps keep our admission costs low.

For More Information:  Click Here
940-686-4600 (main)
940-686-3715 (fax)

For Directions:
Click Here
Please do not use MapQuest it WILL get you lost!


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52.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis located at historic Fair Park. The gardens showcase beautiful native and adapted plants that are grown using sustainable methods that help to protect the environment.  The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens offers educational programs and exhibits that teach children and adults how to provide vital habitat for butterflies and other native Texas wildlife, add beauty, conserve water and restore the natural environment in urban areas.


Regular Admission & Hours:
$8/adults; $6 seniors (60+); $4 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Group Pricing Available for 10 or more:  Call 214-428-7476 ext 343
Each Tuesday:  Gardens are open for free (butterfly house admission is regular admission price)
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Last ticket to Butterfly House sold at 4:45 p.m.
Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day
For More info:  214-428-7476 ext. 341 or Click Here
Location:
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fair Park.
Fair Park is
two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30.



APRIL Programs
APRIL 6 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here

APRIL 21-23 -- Earth Day Texas
10am-6pm
Texas Discovery Gardens will be free to the public, thanks to a partnership with Earth Day Texas! We are also extending our hours until 6 pm.

MAY Programs
MAY 4 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here

MAY 14 -- Mother's Day Concert and Butterfly Release
2pm-4pm
Our annual Mother’s Day Concert with The Women’s Chorus of Dallas ends with a special finale inside the Butterfly House.

JUNE Programs
JUNE 1 -- Stories & More!
11am
Cost:  $8/ages 3-11;  $3/ages 1-3;  Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks.
Register Online:  Click Here

JUNE 5-9 -- Seedling Scientists Summer Camp (4th-5th grade)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $210
Join us in our BRAND NEW camp as we explore the really cool world of plants! From the animals that depend on plants to inventions that use plants, we will explore it all! Includes a field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park!
For more information: click here


JUNE 12-16 -- Wiggly Week Bug Camp (ages 4-5)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $210
Have fun learning all about arthropods and meet our six, eight and hundred-legged friends. Includes a field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park!
For more information: click here


JUNE 19-23 -- Outdoor Art Summer Camp (2nd-4th grade)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $210
 Explore different artistic methods as we learn how to recreate what we see in nature! A field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is included.
For more information: click here


JUNE 26 -- Bitty Bugs Half Day Summer Camp (ages 3-4)
9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $20
Young ones can learn all about the bugs in their backyard – and get home by naptime! $20; $17/members.
For more information: click here


JUNE 27 and 28 -- All About Bugs Day Camp (ages 3-5, Tues.) (ages 6-9, Wed.)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $35
Our day is full of bug encounters, songs, games and crafts!
For more information: click here


JULY 10-14 -- Backyard Buddies Summer Camp  (ages 4-5 (three spots left); 1st-4th grade (full))
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $210
Discover new creatures daily and learn how they help our garden grow. Includes a trip to the Children’s Aquarium! Register soon – this is our most popular camp!
For more information: click here


JULY 17-21 -- Land to Sea Summer Camp with the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park  (4th-5th grade)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $210
Discover new creatures daily and learn how they help our garden grow. Includes a trip to the Children’s Aquarium! Register soon – this is our most popular camp!
For more information: click here


JULY 24 -- Bitty Butterflies Half Day Summer Camp (ages 3-4)
9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $210
 Young ones can learn all about the bugs in their backyard – and get home by naptime!
For more information: click here


JULY 25, 26 -- Chrysalis Day Camp (ages 3-5, 25th; ages 6-9, 26th)
9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $35
Explore the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and meet our fascinating caterpillars!
For more information: click here



Children's Outdoor Education Programs:
Cost:  $5/person;  $60 minimum fee per program
Availability:  Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
To Make Reservations:  214-428-7476
Gardening for Children:–introduction to gardening and seeds.  Students even plant thier own seeds to take back to the classroom. (Grades Pre-K–2)
Butterflies, Bugs & Botany:–Insects and their amazing lives help students inderstand the concepts of adaptation, habitats, and pollination.  (Grades 1-8)
Terrarium Worlds:–Your class will build a terrarium (a home for a plant) and see the water cycle, the carbon-oxygen cycle, and the nitrogen cycle in action.  (Grades 1-8)
Life in the Compost Bin:–Recycling and decomposition come alive as students see that an ecosystem is powered by a complex web of creatures and energy. (Grades 1-8)
Math in Nature:–Math is seen as a real world tool as students visit diverse garden habitats to record data, such as temperatures, time, and mesurements.  (Grades 2-8)
Careers in the Garden:–Explore the various careers that are necessasry to keep the garden beautiful and running, including landscape design and greenhouse management.  (Grades 2-8)



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53.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX -- Purtis Creek State Park

Location: Purtis Creek State Park, 14225 FM 316, Eustace, TX 75124
903-425-2332

Things to do:
Camping, picnicking, boating, hiking

Upcoming Events at Purtis Creek State Park: TBA




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CEDAR HILL, TX -- Cedar Hill State Park

Location: Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
972-291-3900

Things to Do:
Camping, Mountain Biking, Birdwatching, Picnicking, Fishing, Swimming beach, Playgrounds, Boating

Upcoming Events at Cedar Hill State Park:

MAY 13 -- Cedar Hill State Park: Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.


JUNE 3 -- Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities.


For Details about these and other Events: 
click here


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DENTON, TX -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bios Unit

Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Isle Du Bois Unit:
100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258
940-686-2148 x258

Johnson Branch Unit
100 PW 4153, Valley View, TX 76272
940-637-2294

Things to Do: picnicking, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rollerblading, swimming on a beach area (unsupervised), boating and fishing. Johnson Branch also offers backpacking

Upcoming Events at Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bois & Johnson Branch Unit:

April 8 -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park: Johnson Branch: Texas Outdoor Family: DFW Area (Open)
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit

Join us for a fun filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.

June 23 -- Ray Roberts Lake State Park: Isle du Bois Unit: Two Night Event! - Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.

For Details about these and other Events: click here


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DENISON, TX -- Eisenhower State Park

Location:  Eisenhower State Park, 50 Park Road 20, Denison, TX 75020
903-465-1956

Upcoming Events at Eisenshower State Park:

MAY 13 -- Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities.


For Information about Events: click here


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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway, 228 State Park Road 61, Jacksboro, TX 76458
940-567-3506

Upcoming Events at Fort Richardson State Park/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway:


April 7 -- Fort Richardson Days
Come out to our annual living history event.

April 15 -- Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter egg hunt.


For Details about these and Other Events: click here


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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
940-328-1171

Upcoming Events at Lake Mineral Wells State Park

APRIL 1 -- Storytelling Down in the Hollow
“Listen to stories, cowboy poetry and folklore in a beautiful setting.”

APRIL 8 -- Name that Bird!
“Learn new songs! Songs written and performed by our native birds.”

APRIL 15 -- Cowboy Campfire - Music and Poetry
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

APRIL 22 -- Kid's Wilderness Survival
A great program for your child’s outdoor safety and parents learn as much as the kids.

APRIL 29 -- Night Sounds
“After attending the Night Sounds program, I found my daughter sitting on the back porch the next night, not watching TV or playing video games, but listening to nature!” – Park Visitor

MAY 6 -- Wildflower Walk
Texas is known for her wildflowers. Come see the wildflowers of the Cross Timbers of Texas.

MAY 6 -- Wildflower Walk
Texas is known for her wildflowers. Come see the wildflowers of the Cross Timbers of Texas.

MAY 13 -- Kid's Wilderness Survival
A great program for your child’s outdoor safety and parents learn as much as the kids.

MAY 20 -- Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories
“Learning about our cowboy heritage can be fun!”

MAY 27 -- Night Sounds
“After attending the Night Sounds program, I found my daughter sitting on the back porch the next night, not watching TV or playing video games, but listening to nature!” – Park Visitor




For Details about these and Other Events: click here


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GLEN ROSE -- Dinosaur Valley State Park

Location:  The park is located four miles west of Glen Rose. Take U.S. Highway 67 to FM 205 for four miles to Park Road 59; then go one mile to the headquarters. Use the honor box located at headquarters to pay fees after office hours.
254-897-4588 

Upcoming Events at Dinosaur Valley State Park

April 1 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.


April 1 -- Wildflower Walk
Witness a native prairie's wildflower display.

April 1 -- Fool's Hike
Join a ranger for a hike filled with foolery!

April 1 -- Pokemon GO Hike
Gotta catch 'em all!

April 1 -- Campfire Scary Stories
BOO!

April 2 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 2 -- Photography Scavenger Hunt
Photography fun for all skill levels!

April 2 -- Atlatl Demo
Prehistoric hunting!

April 8 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 9 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 9 -- Photography Scavenger Hunt
Photography fun for all skill levels!

April 9 -- Atlatl Demo
Prehistoric hunting!


April 14 -- Campfire Scary Stories
BOO!


April 15 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 15 -- Birding in the Park
Come join us on a morning bird walk.

April 16 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 22 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 22 -- Monarch Monitoring
Learn about the Monarch butterfly and its life cycle with live examples!

April 23 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 23 -- Atlatl Demo
Prehistoric hunting!


April 23 -- Photography Scavenger Hunt
Photography fun for all skill levels!


April 29 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.

April 29 -- Greenery Day Walk
Join a ranger to enjoy the new spring growth of the park's plants.

April 29 -- Star Party in the Valley

April 30 -- Dinosaur Track Talk
Hear an interpretive story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Texas.


April 30 -- Photography Scavenger Hunt
Photography fun for all skill levels!

April 30 -- Atlatl Demo
Prehistoric hunting!




For Details about these and Other Events: click here

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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park

Location:  Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706
903-597-5338

Upcoming Events at Tyler State Park:

April 1 -- Tyler State Park: Texas Outdoor Family: Dallas Area (Open)
Join us for a fun filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park is included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.

April 1 -- Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot
Caution: You will be hooked!

April 1 -- Edible and Useful Plants
Useful plants of the Post Oak Savannah

April 8 -- Birding 101: Introduction to Birding
Everybody's a Birder

April 8 -- Lakeshore Nature Hike
Join us for a ranger led hike around the picturesque 64 acre Tyler State Park Lake.

April 15 -- Lost in the Forest
Explore the definitions of what it means to be “lost in the forest.”

April 15 -- Bees, Butterflies, and Wildflowers
Pollinators and wildflowers need each other.


For Details about these and Other Events: click here

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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park, 10822 FM 2475, Wills Point, TX 75169

Upcoming Events at Lake Tawakoni State Park:

TBA


For Details about these and Other Events:
 click here


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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/learning/color/

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54PERFORMANCES AT ARTISAN THEATER IN HURST

Artisan Center Theater holds quality, "in the round" performances that are family-friendly, entertaining, and affordable!  The theater's full-length stage productions include musicals, comedies, and family dramas which are entertaining, as well as family-friendly. Past performances have included such classics as Godspell, Cheaper By the Dozen, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Sound of Music.

Their Interactive Children's Theater offers original, fun-for-all-ages productions featuring familiar characters and themes, but with fresh twists that keep it entertaining and exciting for parents as well as children. Each
production is about 30-45 minutes long, and include lots of audience participation to hold the interest of even the youngest child in the family.

Location:  420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  Click Here

Artisan Children’s Theater Productions:
Cost: $7/Children 12 and younger;  $10/Adults
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am; Fridays at 5pm.



MARCH 10-APRIL 8 -- Madagascar, Jr.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture Madagascar, Jr. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Coming March 2017...MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, JR.!
For More Information: 
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APRIL 21-MAY 20 -- Seussical, Jr.
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical, Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Opening April 2017…Seussical Jr!
For More Information: 
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JUNE 3-JULY 8 -- James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
When a young boy is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. The young lad befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, Floating Along to a stage near you in June of 2017…James and the Giant Peach Jr!
For More Information: 
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JULY 22-AUGUST 19 -- 101 Dalmations KIDS
Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians is a fur-raising adventure, featuring Disney’s most outrageous villain and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Coming in July 2017…Disney’s 101 Dalmatians!
For More Information: 
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OCTOBER 6-NOVEMBER 4 -- Snow White
Snow White is a magical retelling of a classic story with a contemporary twist. When all everyone can think about is who’s the “fairest in the land,” this princess shows us that ultimately beauty is who you are and how you treat people, not how you look. Playing in October 2017…Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
For More Information: 
Click Here


NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 23 -- A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol: The Musical
Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment with A Fairy Tale Christmas Story. You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf meets his old business partner Jacob Midas, who could turn anything to gold. Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts. The three make Big Bad realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids. This fun-filled adaptation teaches us to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about. Coming in November of 2017…A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL!
For More Information: 
Click Here



Artisan Main Stage Productions:
Showtimes:
Mon & Tues: 7:30 p.m.;  Thurs/Fri: 7:30;  Sat: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: $20 Adults; $20/Students & Seniors (60+); $9/Ages 12 and under
            Fri & Sat: $22.00/Adults; $20/Students & Seniors (60+); $11/Ages 12 and under.



FEBRUARY 4-DECEMBER 16 -- The Tumbleweed Roundup
Created and Hosted by Dr. Bill Brooks, this Country-Western and Gospel Musical Review will feature a variety of entertainers from every corner of the country with unique performances each night. Continuing Mr. Brook's distinguished career of growing new talent while embracing veteran performers, each show promises a taste of fun, patriotism, gospel and of course, PURE COUNTRY

For More Information: 
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FEBRUARY 10, 2017-MARCH 11 -- My Fair Lady
This timeless story takes us back to a simpler time, when musicals were magical and make believe. And at the heart of this timeless story is a cockney flower girl who is magically transformed into a “genteel lady” and the man who falls in love with her.

For More Information: 
Click Here


MARCH 24-APRIL 15 -- The Pirate Queen
This passionate musical is based on a true story. In 1558, England and Ireland are locked in a battle for Ireland’s independence. Grace O’Malley, a strong Irish lass, fearlessly battles Queen Elizabeth’s mammoth Navy. Add splendid Celtic dancing, ships, swashbuckling swordplay, betrayal, and glorious romance! This extraordinarily beautiful, new musical was crafted by Boubil and Schonberg – composers of the blockbuster, Les Miserables. This amazing third show in the main season is THE PIRATE QUEEN!

For More Information: 
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APRIL 28-JUNE 3 -- Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
In 1957 a young guitar player changed the face of popular music forever. In two years’ time this young man with glasses became the world’s top recording artist. Some of the songs that became hits include “Peggy Sue”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, “La Bamba”, and “Chantilly Lace”. This ultimate feel good musical is the fourth show in the Main Stage season – BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.

For More Information: 
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JUNE 16-JULY 22 -- Mary Poppins
Things are not going well for the family who lives in a big house on Cherry Lane. The children are out of control. When a mysterious young woman appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. The children aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even the grown-ups learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it,” the nanny known as - MARY POPPINS.

For More Information: 
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AUGUST 3-12 -- Les Miserables: School Edition
This two-week special event features a cast of young people. A beloved tale of forgiveness and repentance follows the life of an ex-convict hunted for decades after he breaks parole by a ruthless policeman. When he agrees to care for the young daughter of a factory worker, their lives change forever. Set against a backdrop of student protests and government overthrow, this powerful musical tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. LES MISERABLES is a summer special event sure to sell out early.

For More Information: 
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AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 23 -- Sister Act
A smash hit from London to New York to Hurst, Texas. This feel-good musical comedy based on a hit 1992 film will have you jumping to your feet! Sheer jubilation as an Abbey of nuns bravely venture into a world of soul music. Shout, "Hallelujah!" as an entertaining lounge singer, hiding from thugs, disguises herself as a nun and surprisingly turns a timid convent choir into a divine, power-house of harmony. Show stopping music! Heavenly fun! From the famous movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, Artisan is excited to present SISTER ACT.

For More Information: 
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SEPTEMBER 7-23 -- See How They Run
Galloping in and out of doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed in the Air Force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who "touches alcohol for the first time in her life," four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which, for disguised as one is an escaped prisoner, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings on and the trumped up stories they tell.

For More Information: 
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OCTOBER 6-NOVEMBER 4 -- Phantom
Those people who can bring forth beautiful music from the very depths of their souls compel us, astound and sometimes frighten us. In this musical we go on a journey where music can fill our lives – transporting us from the world of the ordinary to the extraordinary. When Erik closes his eyes to his gloomy world of ugliness, music brings to his imagination beauty, poetry, and ecstacy. Based upon what he believed to be a true story passed down through the years, Leroux penned the story of an ‘Opera Ghost’ who wreaked chaos and destruction in late 19th century Paris at the Opera Garnier. “Rhapsodic music that entrances, moves and haunts – a welcome link to musical theatre’s golden past.” Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM will be our 7th main stage production.

For More Information: 
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NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 23 -- Annie
Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

For More Information: 
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Birthday Parties at Artisan!
For more information about how to schedule a birthday party, call
817-284-1200.

To Register for classes or for more information:  817-929-0852 or click here to email

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55.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

Breitling Youth Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing theater opportunities to children ages 2-19 in the North Texas area.  Whether your child is attending one of our Acting Workshops, or particpating in one of our productions, they will have fun, learn, and create lasting friendships!
 
Location:  303 Main St, Garland, TX  75040


Discount:
 
Breitling Youth Theater is offering $10 off their annual family registration fee of $20 to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Homeschool Classes -- For Information: click here

AUDITIONS AND ENROLLMENT:  Classes start week of FEB 20th.
The Little Mermaid
Peter Pan
High School Musical
Les Miserable

If your student is doubtful about participating:  email us to be scheduled for a 45 minute Free Trial Class the week of February 13th.

If your student wants to enroll & audition early:
 
-Pay the Family Enrollment Fee ($35),  Script($20) & CD($15) Fees (Peter Pan does not have a CD)  
-Pay the Prorated Tuition for February($35 for 1st class, $30 for 2nd class/student) or the Full Semester Tuition(see below for each class' full tuition price)

Click here to Email us with the following information:
-Student's Name
-Age
-Production(s) they are interested in joining
-The times your student is available for classes:
      Mon., Tues., Weds., and/or Thurs. 4-9pm or Weds 10-4pm (homeschool classes)
-Provide the names of any student(s) that your student wants to attend class with.


Little Mermaid JR. (musical)
Ages: 3-19 yrs. old
Experience: 
None to Advanced 
Classes Days:
Students will be scheduled to rehearse 1 day per week, for 45 minutes or 1 hr. 15 min. depending on their part.
Sign up for Class & Audition 
Parts that Rehearse 1 hour 15 minutes:
Ariel,  Sebastian, Flounder, King Triton, Prince Eric, Grimsby, Carlotta, Skuttle, Ursula, Flotsam & Jetsam
Parts that Rehearse 45 minutes: 
Ariel's Mersisters, Princesses,  Chef Louis, Chefs,  Gulls, Sailors & Pilot, Seahorse, Merfolk, Sea Creatures, Lagoon Animals, Tentacles 
 
Peter Pan (non-musical)
Ages:  3-19 yrs.old
Experience: 
None to Advanced 
Classes Days:
Students will be scheduled to rehearse 1 day per week, for 45 min. or 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on their part.
Sign up for Class & Audition 
Parts that Rehearse 1 hour 15 minutes:
Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, Pirates, Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter Pan, John, Michael, Mr. & Mrs. Darling, Crocodile, Neverbird, Liza the maid, Nana the dog
Parts that Rehearse 45 minutes:  Fairies, Indians, Mermaids

 
High School Musical JR. (musical)
Ages: 8-19 yrs old
Experience: 
None to Advanced 


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56.  CANTARE PERFORMANCE CHOIR IN SOUTHLAKE

Cantare is an auditioned choir available for exceptional 3rd-12th grade singers in the NE Tarrant County area. Previous experience is not necessary; however, an audition is required.

Any young person that loves to sing and is entering 3rd through 12th grade may audition. While prior musical training is not necessary, an audition is required.

Upcoming Auditions
SEPTEMBER 1
Other SEPTEMBER Dates by prior arrangement
To request an audition:  Click Here to send an email.
Auditions are by appointment only -- www.cantaretexas.com
Complete the online audition registration form.
An email will be sent to you confirming the audition time.

Rehearsals:
Cantare Bene (3rd-8th Grade)
5:30-6:30pm on Thursday evenings

Cantare Voce (9th-12 Grade)
6:30-7:30pm on Thursday evenings

Location:  The choir rehearses at the White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX.
Rehearsals are on Thursdays at the times above, with additional rehearsals leading up to performances.
For More Information:  Click Here
To request an audition:  Click Here

Discount:  Cantare Performance Choir is offering HEART of Texas members (with calid ID card) a $15 discount off annual tuition.  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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57.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

For over 40 years, Casa Manana's Children's Playhouse has introduced children of all ages to the magic of live theatre.  This tradition continues as Casa Manana's Children's Playhouse proudly presents:




MARCH 17-APRIL 2, 2017 -- Red Riding Hood
A bewitching new musical, Red Riding Hood tells an uplifting story of brave Red, who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save her mother’s bakery from closing down. Will she reach Grandma’s house in time? Or will the charming Big Bad Wolf distract her from her quest? Join Red on her journey into the woods, where no one is who they seem and adventure waits at every turn!
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $16;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $12
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APRIL 21-MAY 14, 2017 -- The Little Mermaid
Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its unforgettable songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”  When the mermaid, Princess Ariel, longs for a life out of the water, she bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her fins for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Sections:  1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Admission: Standard Pricing: $20;  Group Pricing (10+ tickets): $16
Group Sales Info

Order Season Tickets!
Order a 5-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Manana Theatre. 
For More Information:  Call 817-332-2272  

Location:  3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Box Office: 817-332-2272
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm;  Saturday 12pm-5pm;  Sunday and Monday Closed
Open one hour prior to every show

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59.  THE COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:
2017 Season for Production Class
MAR 24-APRIL 1 -- Pride and Prejudice (non musical)
JUNE 2-10 -- Oklahoma (Musical)
Admission:  $10 for adults, $8 for students. Small children who sit in laps are no charge. No baby carriers or strollers, etc.
Student Night Thursday:  
$5 student tickets
To purchase tickets:
Call 817-281-2293;  Sorry, no refunds

For More Details: click here

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 20% dicount off all show tickets for HEART of Texas members (with valid ID Card).  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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60.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

Location:    Baker Theater
                 Rosewood Center for Family Arts
                 5938 Skillman Street
Box Office:  214-740-0051
 

2017 Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  


MARCH 24 - APRIL 2, 2017 -- Tomas and the Library Lady
An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.
Recommended for ages 7 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance:  MARCH 25 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  APRIL 2 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

APRIL 21 - MAY 7, 2017 -- Blue
An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in...well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!
Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

Sensory-Friendly Performance:  APRIL 29 at 1:30pm
ASL-Interpreted Performance:  APRIL 30 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

MAY 5 - MAY 27, 2017 -- James and the Giant Peach
Adapted by David Wood
Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and... voilŕ, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance: MAY 13 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  MAY 14 at 4:30pm (call box office)

JUNE 23 - JULY 9, 2017 -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (An African Tale)
The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Sensory-Friendly Performance: JULY 8 at 1:30pm
ASL Interpreted Performance:  JULY 9 at 4:30pm (call box office to confirm)

    
Sensory-Friendly Performances
General production adaptations include leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance and reducing the sound level. We also offer a "Quiet Room" for children who need a break.
There will be some fun and engaging activities presented before the play, so plan to come as early as one hour before the show.
Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets:  
$5 per person (regular tickets range from $13 -$28)
To Purchase Tickets: 214-740-0051

FEB 18 at 1:30pm -- Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her - until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh... and a great life lesson.
Recommended for ages 5 and up


MARCH 4 at 4:30pm -- Jack and the Beanstalk
Adaptation, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf
With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!
Recommended for ages 4 and up

MARCH 25 at 1:30pm -- Tomas and the Library Lady
An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.
Recommended for ages 7 and up

APRIL 29 at 1:30pm -- Blue
An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in...well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!
Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families


MAY 13 at 1:30pm -- James and the Giant Peach
Adapted by David Wood
Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and... voilŕ, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"
Recommended for ages 5 and up


JULY 8 at 1:30pm -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (An African Tale)
The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.
Recommended for ages 5 and up


Sensory-Friendly Resources for Visiting the Dallas Children's Theater:

Click Here for a Pictorial Guide
Click Here for Parent Tip Sheet


Box Office Hours

9am to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday
On performances days: Friday evenings until 30 minutes past curtain.
Saturdays 11:00am until 30 minutes past last curtain.
Sundays 11:00am until 30 minutes past last curtain.
214-740-0051
Ticket Sales are subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges on single tickets.
Reservations are recommended and require prepayment with either
Cash, Check, Mastercard,Visa, or Amex.
Coupons and discount offers must be arranged in advance with the box office and may be suspended at any time.
Ticket Prices: Range from $13 - $28
For Ticket Information: Click Here
               

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61.  DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS

Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210   
        
MAR 28-APRIL 19 -- Kinky Boots
KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony AwardsŽ including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

MAY 23-JUNE 4 -- CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus
The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.
Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more!

JULY 18-30 -- The Bodyguard
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
Suitable for ages 12 and up.

(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)
HEART of Texas is proud to partner with Dallas Summer Musicals!
Your family or homeschool group (group of 10 or more) can get discount rates to great family-friendly performances for the upcoming season.  
Be sure to mention HEART of Texas when you order. 

Check out the Group Discount Form on our Downloads page for details.
Special Discounts for Groups with 10 or More:  Click Here for pricing and show times
(Then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Performance Schedule and Pricing)



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62.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

2017 Youth Concerts:

Young Person's Orchestra Guide


APRIL 19-20, 2017 -- Straight From the Heart
Expressing and inspiring emotion is one of the main purposes of art, available to even the youngest and most inexperienced concert-goer.  Featuring curriculum connections in language arts, social studies and, of course, music, this program explores how music can express a true rainbow of emotion.
Repertoire List: TBA

Admission:  $6.50/person (payment must be received with all reservations).  Only reservations confirmed in advance can be seated.  No walk-ins.
Parking:  $6 per car in the Arts District Parking Garage
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before concert time.  Concerts last approximately 45 minutes.
Special Students at the Symphony Program: Free seats are available to mentally and physically challenged students.  To participate, complete the appropriate information on the reservation form.

To Order Tickets Online or by Phone:
 Click Here or call 214-871-4006.  
To Pay by Check or Money Order:  Please fill out this PDF form and mail it with the check or money order attached.
Please note that reservations will not be held without payment. The DSO will not process your request unless the reservation form is fully complete.
Read Youth Concert Logistics and FAQ’s before making a request.


Concert Location:  Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX  75201
                            (intersection of Pearl & Flora Street in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District)
For Directions:  Click Here


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63.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

Designed to engage the interest of children of all ages, these concerts are open to school groups, home school groups and individuals.
You must have a reservation.  No walk-ins.


2017 Concerts  --

May 7 -- Musical Math
1pm
Cost:
$10/adult and $5/child and student.
Ever wonder what music and math have in common? Come learn some fun rhythmic division with FWSO Associate Conductor Dan Black as he leads the orchestra in family-friendly music selected to help us all find the beat! You’ll enjoy famous tunes like the “Hoe Down” from Copland’s Rodeo, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Brahms’s Hungarian Dance no. 5, and more!
FWSO Box Office: 817.665.6000



1 adult chaperone per 10 children is required.
Orders for Fewer than 20 Seats:  
Must be paid at time of reservation.
Orders for 20 or More:  May be reserved without advance payment.
You will receive an invoice within a week of making your reservation.  Full payment is due no later than 14 days prior to the concert.
No refunds will be given after this date.
The FWSO does not distribute tickets or assign individual seats for educational events. If you require special seating for any members of your group, please indicate this at the time of your reservation.
Prior to the performance, you will receive an email outlining concert policies and procedures.
Children Under Age 3:  Because of the nature of the event, we request that children under age three not be brought to these concerts, particularly to the concerts at Bass Performance Hall. You must purchase a seat for each person to be admitted to a concert, regardless of age.


For Questions:  Click Here to send an email message or call 817-665-6500.

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63.  GENESIS CHILDREN'S THEATRE

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas Members (with valid membership card) 10% off production tuition (to be used one time a year).
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here
 

Location:    3100 Independence Parkway Suite
                 324b Plano, TX 75075
Box Office:  972-599-3505



Upcoming Shows at Genesis Theatre --

Through April 1 -- Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
April 6 -- Robin Hood-Homeschool Cast
April 28-May 6 -- Godspell, Jr.
May 15 -- Moanna
May 26-June 4 -- Sweeney Todd
To order tickets: click here


Classes at Genesis Theatre

JAN 12-APRIL 6 -- Robin Hood (Homeschool) (ages 6-11; Grades 1-6)
1pm-2:30pm, Thursdays
Cost: $225

JAN 24-APRIL 1 -- Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Girls Only (ages 9-13) (Grades 4-8)
5pm-7pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost: $385

FEB 3-JUNE 10 -- Sweeney Todd School Edition Girls Only (ages 13-18; Grades 8-12)
5pm-9pm, Fridays
Cost: $440

FEB 3-JUNE 10 -- Sweeney Todd School Edition Boys Only (ages 13-18; Grades 8-12)
5pm-9pm, Fridays
Cost: $440

FEB 13-MAY 6 -- Godspell, Jr. Boys Only (ages 8-13; Grades 5-8)
5pm-8pm, Mondays
Cost: $385

FEB 13-MAY 6 -- Godspell, Jr. Girls Only (ages 10-13; Grades 5-8)
5pm-8pm, Mondays
Cost: $385


MAR 13-MAY 15 -- Moana; Master Wayfinder (ages 7-10)
3pm-5pm, Mondays
Cost: $200

For More Information: click here

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64.  GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

2017 Concert Schedule -- 

May 6 -- WS, FC - Chamber Concert
7:30pm
Location: Murchison Performin Arts Center,2100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton, 76266
For Tickets: Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

MAY 7 -- WS, FC - Concert
2:30pm
Location:
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets: Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

MAY 7 -- GDYO  - Jazz Institute Concert
5pm
Location:
Sambuca, 2120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75201
FREE Event
More Information:
click here

May 21 -- Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
2pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

May 21 -- Phil, Sinf, DSE, YPO - Concert
7:30pm
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 75201
For Tickets:
Click here or 817-528-7747 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

Auditioning for GDYO
If you would like to be added to the audition email list, please
click here.   
If you have not done so already, you can look over the Audition FAQs, Audition Requirements, etc. 
If you have any questions, please email us
If you auditioned this spring (for the 2015-2016 season), results will be mailed May 17, 2015. 
Under NO circumstances will results be given over the phone

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65.  PARK CITIES STUDIOS/THE DALLAS CONSERVATORY

Park Cities Studios offers world-class instruction for ages 18 months and older, in dance, singing, and acting.

Discount:  Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) 10% off their class tuition.
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Location:  7979 Inwood Rd, Suite 201, Dallas, TX  75209
Phone:  214-357-8888
For More Information:  Click Here

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66.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES


Location:  Plano Productions: Plano Children’s Theater, 1301 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75075
                McKinney Productions: Heard Craig Hall, 306 North Church Street, McKinney, 75069
                McKinney (MPAC): McKinney Performing Arts Center 111 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX
                Frisco Productions: Expedition Frisco (9073 Berkshire Drive, Frisco 75033)
NOTE:  Some productions may not be appropriate for children.  Each family is encouraged to exercise discretion when considering to allow your children/family to view these productions.

Now Showing:


Mar 24-April 1 -- Singin' in the Rain, Jr.
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 week of show, $20 front row
Singin’ in the Rain JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

April 6-9 -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 week of show, $20 front row
Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.

April 21-29 -- Alice in Wonderland
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 week of show, $20 front row
This great play is adapted from both ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Originally produced and later revived on Broadway, this is the most successful dramatic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories, offering myriad opportunities for multiple role-playing over a large range or types and ages. This will be an ALICE like you have never seen, providing a unique and exciting opportunity for many actors.

May 5-13 -- Pippin
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 week of show, $20 front row
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

May 19-21 and 25-27 -- Madagascar, Jr.
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 week of show, $20 front row

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.




To Learn More:  
www.planochildrenstheatre.com



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67.  SHINE PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

Shine is a family-friendly, faith-based performing arts studio for kids and teenagers to hone their skills in singing, acting, and dancing.

Discount:  Shine is waiving their $25 class registration fee for HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID).  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here


Location:  3616 Churchill Lane, Plano, TX  75075
Phone:  214-218-4779
For More Information:  Click Here

2017 Performances:

TBA

AUDITIONS:
April 1, 2 -- High School Musical 2; Into the Woods


Discount:
 
Shine is waiving their $25 class registration fee for HEART of Texas
members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID).  
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about becoming a HEART of Texas member: Click Here



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68.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers (that's you!) and other homeschoolers special ticket pricing during select performances. The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.  You can purchase tickets as a group or as a family -- all homeschoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member of HEART of Texas or any other home school support group, but you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.


Performances:

Alice in Wonderland
May 19-21 (Bass Performance Hall)
June 2-4 (Winspear Opera House)
For More Information: click here

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call 877-828-9200, opt 1
HEART of Texas Discount Tickets TBA for selected performances.
You must mention HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program to get the discount.
Any homeschooler may take advantage of this program
 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible to ensure the best section seating available during our select performances.  All tickets, even group tickets, must be paid for up front.  Please be aware that all sales are final. 

Please Note:  Some performances may not be appropriate for all audiences.  Please use your own judgment when considering allowing your children/family to view these productions.

           


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69.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER DANCE SCHOOL -- DANCE CLASSES -- FORT WORTH

$50 Discount for HEART of Texas newsletter readers!
The Texas Ballet Theater School is offering our readers a $50 discount on registration if you mention HEART of Texas.

They currently offer classes during the day for 3 & 4 year olds, but if you have a group of at least 6 students who are close in age/ballet experience, they will try to put together a class for your students!

For more information:  Click here to email Ashley Friedman or 877-828-9200, ext 108


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70.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

Save 20% on regular priced tickets.
Location:  Music Hall at Fair Park

Offer valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun evening performances in price level 2-4
To Order Tickets: Click here to email

Offer open to homeschoolers, friends and family.  Unlike some of the other theater offers, DSM gives a different link each time so contact Susan at the email above for the link to the current offers. 

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71.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

The Carter houses one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early nineteenth-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-twentieth-century modernists and up to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Museum Exhibits:

THROUGH APRIL 30 -- Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler
For more than forty years, Texas artist Valton Tyler (b. 1944) has depicted unparalleled worlds from his imagination. His captivating artworks feature unique interplays of identifiable, organic, mechanistic, and surreal shapes, which often rise from mountain, desert, or arctic landscapes. One of the only etching series he ever created, along with graphite drawings and large-scale paintings, are brought together for the first time in this rare exhibition of a local talent whose work defies artistic categorization.

THROUGH JUNE 4, 2017 -- David Ellis: Animal
Animal inaugurates an exciting new cycle of video installations at the Amon Carter. In 2010, Landmarks, the public art program at the University of Texas at Austin, commissioned multimedia artist David Ellis (b. 1971) to create a video during a six-week residency there. Ellis and his collaborators, cinematographer Chris Keohane and composer Roberto Lango, created a film of the artist painting creatures, landscapes, and abstractions to an accompanying soundtrack. Animal takes you on an exhilarating journey through Ellis’s spontaneous, creative process.

THROUGH JULY 2 -- Avedon in Texas: Selections from In The American West
When renowned New York City fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) agreed in late 1978 to take on a commission from the Amon Carter to create a portrait of the American West through its people, he was filled with uncertainty about whether the project would succeed. The following spring he went to the Rattlesnake Round-Up in Sweetwater, Texas. That weekend he created six evocative portraits that would set the tone and bar for five more years of photographing. In these sittings, he discovered people who conveyed through their faces, clothes, and postures, not merely hard living but the full embrace of existence. This selection of 17 of the project’s Texas images makes abundantly clear why In the American West has become a touchstone in photographic history.

THROUGH JULY 2 -- Homer and Remington in Black and White
Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and Frederic Remington (1861–1909) were among the most accomplished American artists of their day. While they both personally measured the success of their careers by the recognition they received from critics and patrons for their oil paintings, they likely would never have obtained the status of American greats without their mutual involvement in the world of illustration. Wide distribution in the leading periodicals of the day assured that they became household names.
Homer and Remington continued throughout their careers to create works on paper, some as illustrations, some as studies for larger works, and some as finished presentation artworks in their own right. This exhibition features works from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection that represent the variety of their creations in black and white.

THROUGH AUGUST 6 -- Between the Lines: Gego as Printmaker
From zigzags and curves to diagonals and scribbles, this small exhibition of prints by abstract artist Gego (1912–1994) celebrates the vibrant diversity of line. While primarily known as a kinetic sculptor, Gego explored the printing process’s potential for creating intricate linear patterns while working at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966.
Drawn from the Amon Carter’s collection, these richly saturated lithographs reflect Gego’s interest in the intersection between line and space. Her choice of dramatic blacks and reds, contrasted with the lightly colored paper sheet, highlights the images generated by negative space, or what Gego called, “the nothing between the lines.”


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 -- Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler
Drawn from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, this exhibition includes more than 25 prints made from a diverse range of techniques, including lithographs, etchings, aquatints, screen prints, and woodcuts. The artist’s adaptation of her “soak-stain” aesthetic for the graphic medium offers a stunning look at how printmaking—notorious for being a slow, methodical process—can exude a sense of spontaneity and immediacy. From splattered pigments to translucent layers of ink, the radiant prints brought together here pulse with creative energy.

THROUGH AUGUST 6 -- Between the Lines: Gego as Printmaker
From zigzags and curves to diagonals and scribbles, this small exhibition of prints by abstract artist Gego (1912–1994) celebrates the vibrant diversity of line. While primarily known as a kinetic sculptor, Gego explored the printing process’s potential for creating intricate linear patterns while working at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966.

THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2017 -- Abstract Texas: Midcentury Modern Painting
This exhibition presents the work of some of Texas’s most significant contributors to mid-twentieth century modernism—Jack Boynton, Ben L. Culwell, Seymour Fogel, Michael Frary, George Grammer, Robert O. Preusser, and Donald Weismann. Although geographically isolated from the progressive cultural environments of New York City and Los Angeles, these artists pioneered their own abstract styles that reflect their independent ambitions within the Lone Star State.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 -- Gabriel Dawes: Plexus no. 34
 The Amon Carter has commissioned a large-scale, site-specific installation of more than eighty miles of multicolored thread by internationally celebrated Mexican-born, Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe. Words cannot do justice to the transformative power of Dawe’s sculptural marvels, which he weaves from thousands of thin strands. They look like frozen light and Technicolor vaporous mist, drawing attention to the majestic architecture and natural light of the museum’s Atrium, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The Amon Carter will be the home of Plexus no. 34 for two years.


Guided Tours for Students:  Click Here

Museum Hours:      
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Admission:
 Admission to permanent collection is FREE.
Tickets for special exhibitions can be purchased
at the information desk.
All galleries in the Amon Carter Museum offer barrier-free access.


Location:  Amon Carter Art Museum
        3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, TX 76107
        817-738-1933


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72.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS 

Location:  Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201
Hours: Monday:  Closed
            Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

            Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
            Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
            Closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
            Late night Fridays (3rd Friday of the month, excluding December) museum open until Midnight.


General Admission:  General admission is FREE every day
Special Exhibit Admission:  $8/person;  Ages 11 and under:  FREE


CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

THROUGH APRIL 9 -- Carey Young: The New Architecture
Carey Young: The New Architecture is the artist’s first solo museum show in the US since 2009. This exhibition will include the world debut of Palais de Justice (2017), a new video work by the London-based artist, together with a selection of new and existing photographic and text-based works.

THROUGH APRIL 16 -- Young Masters 2017
The Young Masters exhibition features selected works created by Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students from ten Dallas-area high schools participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts Incentive Program. The 2017 Young Masters exhibition includes sixty-five original works and features two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces created by AP Studio Art students, essays analyzing works in the DMA’s collection by AP Art History students, and four-minute compositions by AP Music Theory students.
Admission is FREE.

THROUGH APRIL 23, 2017 -- Daumier's Political and Social Satire
Level 2
Daumier’s Political and Social Satire explores work exclusively from the DMA’s collection by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), a French artist known for his caricatures lampooning politics and society in 19th-century France. The installation presents thirteen works that demonstrate Daumier’s satirical eye, serving collectively as historical documents that reflect the amusements, fashion, demeanor, and politics of 19th-century Parisian life.

Admission is FREE.


THROUGH MAY 28, 2017 -- Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996
Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries
Passages in Modern Art: 1946–1996 brings together objects from the DMA’s acclaimed contemporary collection, including recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved paintings and sculpture. Art by such iconic artists as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, and Mark Rothko is presented alongside their lesser-known contemporaries. Accompanying Passages in Modern Art are four focused installations in the Quadrant Galleries that include the U.S. premiere of Nina Canell’s 2015 piece Mid-Sentence; art created in the 1960s and 70s by artists Alejandro Puente, Bridget Riley, Jack Whitten, and Sam Gilliam, who were influenced by Abstract Expressionist works made in the 1950s by artists including Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still; an important and visually complex photographic work by Robert Gober; and, finally, the installation Walter De Maria: Counterpoint, the first exhibition of the artist’s work in thirty years.

THROUGH JUNE 25 -- Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996
Passages in Modern Art: 1946–1996 brings together objects from the DMA’s acclaimed contemporary collection, including recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved paintings and sculpture. Art by such iconic artists as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, and Mark Rothko is presented alongside their lesser-known contemporaries. Accompanying Passages in Modern Art are four focused installations in the Quadrant Galleries that include the U.S. premiere of Nina Canell’s 2015 piece Mid-Sentence; art created in the 1960s and 70s by artists Alejandro Puente, Bridget Riley, Jack Whitten, and Sam Gilliam, who were influenced by Abstract Expressionist works made in the 1950s by artists including Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still; an important and visually complex photographic work by Robert Gober; and, finally, the installation Walter De Maria: Counterpoint, the first exhibition of the artist’s work in thirty years. Revisions to works on view will be made over the course of the installation’s year-long presentation.

THROUGH JULY 16 -- México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde
This major exhibition exploring 50 years of Mexican modern art will make its first and only stop in the US at the Dallas Museum of Art following its successful presentation at the Grand Palais, Paris. Organized in collaboration with the Secretaría de Cultura de México, México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde highlights new narratives in Mexico’s modern art history. This sweeping survey, the result of a combined cultural endeavor between Mexico and France, features almost 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, and films that document the country’s artistic Renaissance during the first half of the 20th century. The traveling exhibition showcases the work of titans of Mexican Modernism alongside that of lesser-known pioneers, including a number of rarely seen works by female artists, to reveal the history and development of modern Mexico and its cultural identity. México 1900–1950 showcases how Mexican 20th-century art is both directly linked to the international avant-garde and distinguished by an incredible singularity. The exhibition features work by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Ángel Zárraga, Tina Modotti, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others.

THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2017 -- The Wittgenstein Vitrine
Conservation Gallery
Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine reveals the results of an intensive research and conservation program by exploring the conservation effort and charting the context and history of this masterwork’s design and fabrication, iconography, and provenance. The exhibition also presents new perspectives on designer Carl Otto Czeschka, his work for the Wiener Werkstätte, and the important patronage of the Wittgenstein family.
Admission is FREE


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 -- Waxed: Batik from Java
Level 3
Drawn from the DMA’s collection, Waxed: Batik from Java presents a selection of Javanese batik made in the West and Central regions, where the main batik production was centered during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Batik is a wax-resist process for dye-decorating cloth. In Indonesia, batik is especially associated with the island of Java.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 12, 2017 -- Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail
Focus Gallery
Featuring nearly sixty works predominantly from the DMA’s extensive design holdings, Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail explores the culture of cocktails and the wares in which they were prepared and served. The exhibition follows the development of the modern cocktail from the late 19th century to the present day, tracing the stylistic reflections of the rituals of the cocktail’s concoction, presentation, and consumption through metalware, glassware, and ceramics. Featuring a range of objects, many of which are on view for the first time, Shaken, Stirred, Styled includes 19th-century punch bowls, early 20th-century liquor decanters and glasses, Prohibition-era cocktail shakers, and Art Deco and modern barware.


FREE First Tuesdays of each month
TBA


HOMESCHOOL CLASS
Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
Time:
11am-12:30pm
Details:
The Dallas Museum of Art’s homeschool classes offer an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6 and above. Parents and children learn about works of art together in the galleries, participate in hands-on activities as a family, and create a work of art together in the Art Studio. During the program, parents learn techniques and skills for creating their own educational experiences in the gallery.
Cost:
$8/child (ages 6 -12). Adults do not require a ticket.
To Register/
To Purchase Tickets:  Click Here  Follow the instructions to add the number of tickets you need for the class (one ticket per child). Participating adults do not require a ticket. If you have any difficulties with the new system, call 214-922-1270 or 214-922-1822. Class size is limited to 20 students.  When classes are filled, call 214-922-1818 or click here to send an e-mail to be placed on a waiting list.
Themes:
MAY 26 -- Teen Homeschool Workshop: Statement Fashion

For more information about family experiences:  214-922-1822 or click here to e-mail


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73.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

The Kimbell Art Museum’s holdings include artworks ranging in period from antiquity to the 20th century. The collection includes masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, El Greco, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso, as well as antiquities, Asian, African, and pre-Columbian art.

Location:  Kimball Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Phone: 817-332-8451   Metro: 817-654-1034   Fax: 817-877-1264
Museum Hours:  Mondays – Closed
                            Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
                            Fridays, noon–8 p.m.
                            Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
                            Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
                            Closed New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day
Admission:  Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.  There is a charge for special exhibitions.
Half-Off Admission:  Tuesdays from 10am to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Not applicable for Member audio tours).
Group Sales:  Discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more are available with a reservation for a specific date and time, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For reservations, call 817-332-8451, ext. 229. Reservations for groups should be made at least two weeks in advance.



CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITS
THROUGH APRIL 9 -- "State of the Arts" Complementary Exhibition
Extraordinary works by Fort Worth artists Fabiola Valenzuela and Jesse Sierra Hernandez have been selected by the State of the Arts panelists for a complementary exhibition in the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion lobby prior to the program, from March 31 through April 9. A reception celebrating the artists will take place immediately following the panel discussion on April 7. Admission is free.

MARCH 26, 2017 - JUNE 25, 2017 -- Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
The American architect Louis Kahn (1901--1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. Highlights of the exhibition include a 12-foot-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952--57), as well as previously unpublished film footage shot by Nathanial Kahn, the son of Louis Kahn and director of the film My Architect.

THROUGH JUNE 25 -- The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the Collections of His Children
This intimate exhibition presents a selection of pastels dating from a three-month period in 1950-51 when Kahn was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. While there, he had the opportunity to travel and sketch the great historic monuments and public spaces of Italy, Greece, and Egypt. Away from the daily concerns of his architectural practice, his eye and spirit were free to absorb the essence of these places. In pastels that have been acknowledged as the most sublime examples of his drawing, he captured the vivid colors that light and shadow make as they illuminate the ancient sites.

MAY 14, 2017 - AUG 13, 2017 -- 
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
A Modern Vision presents a selection of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, which opened in Washington, D.C., in 1921. Ranging from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century, the incomparable collection of "modern art and its sources," as its founder, Duncan Phillips, characterized it, includes distinctive Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist masterworks. Viewers will encounter a stunning array----paintings from the first half of the 19th century by Courbet, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix and Ingres in dialogue with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Redon and Sisley.

AUG 27, 2017 - DEC 31, 2017 -- Cassanova: The Seduction of Europe
Casanova: The Pursuit of Pleasure explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725--1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Bringing together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and period costume, Casanova will bring this world to life.


FAMILY FESTIVALS

View current exhibitions & preview upcoming exhibitions.
Network with other educators and participating institution staff
Enjoy light refreshments.
Learn about programs for educators and students.
Receive free resources for your classroom.
Explore ideas for using primary sources.
For More Information:  Click here to email


KIMBELL KIDS DROP IN STUDIO
Time:
1pm-1:45pm
This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio art project.
Registration: No advance registration for this drop-in program; space is limited to 20 children, plus adults.
Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, beginning one hour before the program.

For More Information: Contact Here or call: 817.332.8452


PICTURES & PAGES
Time:
Select Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45am
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers (ages 4–6) and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Free Program, but Registration is required:  
817-332-8451, ext. 351, or click to email
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
Themes: 

APRIL 4 -- Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad,
written and illustrated by James Rumford
MAY 2 -- The Magic Horse of Han Gan,
by Chen Jiang Hong
JUNE 6 -- Firebird, written by Misty Copeland;
illustrated by Christopher Myers
JUNE 7 -- Firebird, written by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers
JULY 11 -- Rooster/Gallo,
written by Jorge Lujan; illustrated by Manuel Monroy
JULY 12 -- Rooster/Gallo, written by Jorge Lujan; illustrated by Manuel Monroy
AUGUST 8 -- Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Rafael Lopez
AUGUST 9 -- Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Rafael Lopez


Children's Workshops
Time:  10am-Noon on select Saturdays
Connect with artworks, new friends, and creative activities during Saturday workshops for children (ages 6–14) and their adult partners. Limit three children per adult; no charge for parents. Individual session fees are $15; series of 3 sessions for $37.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 351.
Themes:

APRIL 8 -- Brick, Column, Arch: Sketching Architecture
JUNE 3 -- Smear and Tear: Mixed-Media Collage Activity


Family Educator Morning
Time: Selected Fridays, 10:15am-12:30pm
Free learning experiences structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners include a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
Pricing: Single session for one nonmember child or additional adult: $10
Single session for one member child or additional adult: $8
One accompanying adult is admitted free; additional adults will be charged.
No unregistered siblings may attend; please refer to Kimbell Kids Drop-in Studio (ages 12 and younger) as a free option that includes younger children.
For questions or more information: 
817-332-8451, ext. 351. or click to email
Programs:
MAY 19 -- A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

MAY 25 -- A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection


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74.  PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Location:  2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, 75201 (located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street
Phone: 214-428-5555  
Museum Hours:  Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
(Moody Family Children's Museum (Lower Level) Mon: Noon-5pm, Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm)
                        Sunday: noon-5pm
                        First Thursday Late Night: 5-9pm
Extended hours first Thursday of each month. Also enjoy a late-night film and special interactive programming!
Last exhibits entry at 3:30pm regular hours, or an hour and a half before closing for extended hours.

School Group/Field Trip Traffic Calendar:
                            Monday-Friday: 9am-2:30pm, September-June 5
                            Tuesday-Friday: 9am-2:30pm, limited groups June-August 28 


Museum Information:
The Museum of Nature & Science consists of several buildings all located in Fair Park, Dallas. The Nature Building is located at 3535 Grand Avenue, the Science Building is located at 1318 South Second Avenue and the Planetarium Building is located at 1620 First Avenue.


Traveling Exhibits


FEB 11, 2017-SEP 4, 2017 -- Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Time: 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat); 12pm-5pm (Sun); 5pm-9pm (First Thurs. late night)
Location: Lower Level of the Perot Museum, in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall.
Additional Information: click here


HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Times:  
Mondays: 9am-11am  (October November, December, January, February, April, May)
For Ages:
ages 3-5; 6-7; 8-10; and 11-13

Cost:  $25/person.   All attendees must be registered.  Fee includes admission into the regular exhibits.
One adult over 21 must remain with child/children during any Home School class. Max is five (5) children per one (1) adult.
Parking: One parking voucher will be issued at check-in for each family. The voucher is valid program day for the main Museum Parking lot, located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Once you park, there is a safe crosswalk to the north (away from downtown) that leads visitors up the ramp toward the main entrance.
To Enroll:  Click Here
For Additional Information:  Click Here to send an email
Please note:  
the Museum is a state-licensed facility, which requires all children be vaccinated or have a vaccine affidavit exemption form from the state, which can be requested here.
Details:
Beyond our upcoming Homeschool days, we offer additional time in the Museum and recommend that you stay and take advantage of visiting all five levels. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation. 
Themes:  

Overall themes are the same for all grade levels each month, however activities and curriculum will be age specific.


JUNIOR MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM
Times:  
1st Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm at the Museum;
                and Saturdays 10am-Noon at north Texas parks (see schedule for locations)**
For Ages:  4th - 6th Grade
Cost:  
$150/person.
Location:
Perot Museum Learning Labs, plus 4 field trips to natural parks
Do your kids get excited about catching bugs, collecting rocks or tracking wildlife? The Junior Master Naturalist program offers a whole new way to explore and protect the natural wonders of Texas. Led by Perot Museum education staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help kids develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems. Through exciting hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, your child will gain the skills and knowledge to become good stewards of the environment.  Classes take place during First Thursday Late Nights at the Museum — and on Saturdays, participants and their parents meet at different parks in the North Texas area to explore Texas terrain, vegetation and wildlife firsthand. Once they’ve completed the program, your kids will even have the opportunity to help train future Junior Master Naturalists by becoming volunteers themselves!
**Please note that at least one guardian must provide transportation and accompany his or her children during each field trip.
2017 Schedule:  SOLD OUT
Here is last year's schedule to give you an idea for what was offered:
Orientation
:  Thursday, September 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
Geology:
Thursday, October 1 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                Saturday, October 3 | 10am-noon | Ash Grove Cement Co.

The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Explore the unique geologic formations of Texas and learn how to start a fossil collection!
   
Mammology:
Thursday, November 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                     Saturday, November 7 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park
Skulls, tracks and scat, oh my! Discover the wide variety of mammals that live in North Texas and learn how to track them in the field.

Botany:  
Thursday, January 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                Saturday, January 23 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park
Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Learn some key points about plant biology, and put your knowledge to work to identify local flora.

Aquatic Science:
Thursday, February 4 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                             Saturday, February 20 | 10am-noon | John Bunker Sands
Discover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems, and learn how they act as indicators of environmental health.

Ornithology:
  Thursday, March 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, March 5 | 10am-noon | White Rock Lake

Explore the basic biology of birds as you discover the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.

Entomology:  
Thursday, April 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, April 23 | 10am-noon | Cedar Ridge Preserve

Invertebrates (bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Learn how to collect and classify the many invertebrates found in Texas.

Herpetology:
 Thursday, May 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs
                        Saturday, May 14 | 7-9pm | White Rock Lake

Explore the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.

Awards Ceremony:  Thursday, June 2 | 6-8pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs


PARENT/CHILD PROGRAM
Time:
Mondays 9am-10:30am (For children ages 4-5)
Classes begin an hour before the Museum opens to the public, to allow children access to the galleries without distractions or interruptions.
Parents participate alongside the children.
Classes are 1.5 hours to allow time for supplemental hands-on experiences such as art projects and experiments that reinforce the concepts learned while visiting each of the four galleries: The Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, The Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, The Rose Hall of Birds
For more Information: 214.756.5728
To Register: Click Here

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Secrets of the Sun
From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.
Universe
Universe allows audiences to experience an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally we look at the Universe through the eyes of today’s science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.
Texas Night Sky
Enjoy this informal narrated introduction to the wonders of the sky featuring a view as it may appear tonight in your own backyard. Learn which planets, stars, and constellations are currently visible, the unique stories behind their names, and tips on how to locate them in the night sky. The things available to see change as the calendar changes and so do these shows!
Seven Wonders
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.
Hubble Space Telescope Images
The Orion Nebula, a cavern of rolling dust and gas some 1,500 light-years away, is the nearest star-forming region to Earth. This image is the sharpest ever taken of the nebula.  The bright central region is home to the four heftiest stars in the nebula, collectively called the Trapezium. Ultraviolet light from them is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. Nearby are stars still young enough to have disks of material encircling them, too small to be seen clearly in this image. The disks are the building blocks of solar systems. Faint red stars near the bottom are myriad brown dwarfs. Sometimes called “failed stars,” brown dwarfs are cool objects too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does. Astronomers used 104 five-color Hubble images to make this composite picture, adding ground-based photos to fill out the edges. The mosaic covers approximately the apparent angular size of the full moon. The observations were taken between 2004 and 2005.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS AT PEROT MUSEUM

Moody Family Children's Museum  
Where Little Children Make Big Discoveries: Park your stroller-and rev up for a day of discovery with your child! Here, kids 5 and younger can climb a replica of Reunion Tower, discover Texas wildlife or simply paint a picture.   
Sports Hall
Give Your Mind and Body a Workout!: Could you outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex, or through a football better than a pro? Get ready, get set-and get active as you explore your body in motion!
Discovering Life Hall
The Power of Adaptation: What is life, and how do different species adapt over time? From single-cell organisms to the largest creatures on the planet, this exhibit hall explores and celebrates the diversity of life on earth.
Being Human Hall
What Does it Mean to be Human?: Study a sliver of real human tissue-or use your brain waves to launch a ping-pong ball. There's more to being human than you may realize!
Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall
How Does it Work? Ask an Engineer: What do bridges, prosthetics and robots have in common? Discover how engineers use math and science to solve everyday problems.
The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall
Forecast: 100 Chance of Change: Where else can you experience an earthquake, touch a tornado and broadcast a weather forecast all in the same day? Discover how earth, air, and water interact to provide dynamic results.
Tom Hunt Energy Hall
Empowering the Future of Energy: Take a virtual expedition deep underground to explore a drilling rig from the inside out! From natural gas to solar and wind energy, every source of energy is fueled by science.
Gems and Minerals Hall
Natural Brilliance: Gems and minerals not only serve as as the building blocks of our planet-many of them also happen to shimmer, sparkle and glow! Explore both the practical side and beautiful aspects of these complex structures.
Expanding Universe Hall
Your Space for Discovery: Embark on a journey through our solar system and beyond, and discover how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe.
T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Clues and Insights from the Fossil Record: Discover how studying the bodies and behaviors of modern-day animals can give scientists a glimpse of dinosaur life.
Rose Hall of Birds
Let Your Mind Take Flight: Create your own virtual species of bird as you explore the adaptations that help birds thrive in diverse environments.



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75.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Explore innovative learning studios and a wide variety of interactive exhibits in the new Museum of Science and History.

Location:  1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 76107 (corner of Montogomery & Gendy)
Admission:  $15 for adults;  $11 for children (2-12);  $13 seniors (60+)
Admission to ExploraZone and all National Cowgirl Museum exhibits is one price and free for all Museum members
For Ticket Information: 817-255-9540
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Exhibit admission includes half-price admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  
The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame is open daily Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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EXHIBITS:

Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years
It's an exhibit unlike any other filled with iconic artifacts from a teaching collection which has inspired generations.  From period rooms showcasing life in a bygone era to Texas History artifacts to a spectacular array of ceremonial masks from around the world, they are collections that shaped our story.
Collections Include: 
Birth Models: When these three-dimensional models were installed in 1974, they provided a fascinating look into the birth cycle in an era before prenatal imaging was commonplace. The models remained on exhibit until the exhibit closed in 1998.
TAM: TAM is a visual representation of the human skeletal and muscular systems. Half of her body demonstrates the human skeleton and the other half demonstrates the muscular system.
Astrid: Astrid is a visual representation of all of the body's systems. Specifically, Astrid demonstrates the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Skeleton on a Unicycle: The skeleton on a unicycle is a unique visual representation of the human skeleton in motion.
Trepanning: The Primitive Art of Skull Surgery: This diorama depicts a scene of Neolithic people performing a primitive form of surgery. This type of surgery was known as trepanning. Trepanning was a form of skull surgery that removed pieces of the skull that had fractured or splintered after an individual experienced some sort of head trauma.
Animals and Birds: Many of our research specimens were collected by the Museum's Science Club and exemplify our dedication to the preservation of Texas flora and fauna. Research and scientific collecting represent approximately 75% of the Museum's science collection.
Samurai Armor: The Samurai suit of armor is an authentic, Japanese suit of armor. Samurais were warrior knights during the 16th and 17th centuries in Japan. A Samurai's armor not only protected the warrior inside, but it also frightened their enemy and symbolized legendary courage.
Ceremonial Masks: Throughout history, masks have been used by many cultures for spiritual, symbolic, protective, ceremonial, and decorative reasons. These masks were on display in the "People and Their Possessions" and the "Mexican Festival Masks" exhibits.
Totem Poles: These Totem Poles were in the exhibit "Where the Spirits Dwell." They represent different concepts of home, memorial, shame or ridicule, and welcoming.
Ford Motel T Roadster, 1919: Generally regarded as the first affordable automobile for middle-class America, the Model T stands on the top ten list of the most cars sold of all time.
Champlin Oil Wagon, 1920: H.H. Champlin was a well-known banker and oilman whose company Champlin Oil had drilling operations and production in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Log Cabin, CA. 1850: Many early settlers in Texas built and lived in log cabins. This period room recreates a typical log cabin kitchen in the 1850s.
Victorian Parlor, CA. 1900: This Victorian Parlor from the 1900s recreates the formal meeting place for a home during the 19th and 20th centuries. Parlors often would have contained the nicest furniture in the home in order to make a good impression on guests.
School Room, CA. 1900: Schoolhouses, like this 1900s recreation, were often one room. One teacher typically taught all students from every grade at the same time. In fact, the first school in Fort Worth had only 12 students in 1854.
General Store, CA. 1900: A typical General Store of the early 1900s provided a variety of items to farmers and ranchers and usually on credit. These stores were also popular gathering places for men, who made most of the purchases. The first general store in Fort Worth opened in 1856.
Archival Photographs:  Hidden Treasures" photographs were taken between 1941 and the early 2000s and are representative of the extensive collection of archival film photography maintained by The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The preservation and digitization of nearly 40,000 film images is managed by Museum archivists.

Critter Kingdom
Bugs, butterflies and birds abound in Critter Kingdom! The exhibit highlights artifacts from the Museum's vast collection of natural wonders. Enjoy this debut Collection Showcase as we launch our celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Think
THINK, created and developed by IBM, is an experience that celebrates the wonders of our technological world and explores the possibilities of tomorrow.  This 6,600 square-foot interactive exhibit is designed to showcase how technology and innovation have transformed the world. The THINK experience presented by IBM explores how technology influences the way we live and work.  THINK engages visitors through a unique combination of experiences. A 30-foot “gesture wall” reveals the ebb and flow of data in our daily lives through colorful visualizations of information such as traffic, solar energy and air quality. In addition to the self-guided interactive tour, THINK provides a theater space and game stations for technology driven education and entertainment.
Teacher Guide:  Click Here

Air Park
Air Park looks at four main forces that make flight possible: gravity, lift, thrust and drag. All four of these forces are explained by activities that allow guests to see the forces in action: build a paper airplane and see if the design will soar; learn how kites are created and how they can fly; design and build a craft that floats on a column of air; and make a pinwheel and test it on a table of air.
Exhibit components include:
Kite Creation: Learn how kites are designed.
Real Hang Gliders: Watch footage of hang gliders as they take off, soar through the sky and land.
Airplane Launcher: Design your own paper airplane and test it at the airplane launcher.
Air Tables: Design and build a craft that floats on a column of air.
Bernoulli Blowers: Learn why beach balls magically float above a column of moving air.
Pinwheel Table: Design a twirling pinwheel and test it on a table of moving air.



PLANETARIUM SHOWS:
One World, One Sky:  Big Bird's AdventureJoin Big Bird, Elmo and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu as they introduce children to the night sky and very basic astronomy. Recommended for very young audiences (ages 2 to 7), and the very young at heart!
Back to the Moon, for Good! – In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good.
LASER Light Family Style
Our Amazing Solar System – Climb aboard for a fun and informative journey through the planets, from the center of our solar system to its very edge.
Fragile PlanetFly from the oceans of Earth, to the towering peaks of Mars, and out to the unexplored landscapes of the Milky Way galaxy. Could there be life out there and, if there is, could we ever find it?
Two Small Pieces of Glass Follow two students as they learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space.
IBEX  – IBEX stands for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer. This mission has helped us to better understand where our solar system ends, and where the rest of the Milky Way galaxy begins.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity – Dare to get up close as a star ends its life with a cataclysmic explosion and collapses into one of the most mysterious and destructive objects of the universe.

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76. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

Location:  Dallas Arts District
                2001 Flora Street
                214-242-5100
Hours:  Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Cafe Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 3:30 pm (for food services) & 4 pm (for beverage services)
Please note that hours are subject to change depending on private events and/or volume of business.
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission:  
Adult: $10; Seniors 65+: $7; Military w/ID: $7; Student w/ID: $5; Child under 12: FREE
Regular admission includes a free audio tour and entrance to special exhibitions.
FREE admission every first Saturday of the month, 10am-5 pm.

Til Midnight at the Nasher:
6pm-Midnight
FREE Admission
'til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent and film screenings in the Nasher Garden. Guests have the opportunity to engage in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions.  Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two and grab & go food items the night of the event.


APRIL 23 -- The Great Create
Inaugurated in 2013, The Great Create family fundraiser transforms the Nasher Garden into an interactive, art-filled space for kids and parents. Children can put their hands to work in engaging projects under the instruction of Dallas-based and national artists. The event also features live entertainment and kid-friendly food. Friends and Supporters of the Nasher Sculpture Center are invited to bring their children, their friends’ children, or sponsor a family. The event is geared toward children 12 and under, with teens ages 13 and up invited to serve as “Art Ambassadors” to assist the artists. Children 2 and under attend FREE.

JUNE 5-9 -- Nasher Kids Camp 2017
9am-12pm
Explore the world around you! Discover how artists can be inspired by nature and use natural materials in their artwork. Take an art walk each morning and create your own sculpture garden.
Register your artist-in-the-making for a fun week of learning and discovery! Campers will discover the history behind sculptures in the Nasher Collection and the methods and materials used by artists through stories, tours and hands-on art projects.
This camp is open to students who have completed 1st – 5th grade in 2017.
Registration for this program is open March 20 - May 19, 2017.

JUNE 19-23 -- Nasher Summer Institute for Teens 2017
10am-4pm
Meet other students who love art, work with artists and get advice from professionals in the art community. The Nasher Summer Institute for Teens is a week-long program that exposes students to many aspects of museums and the art world.
Teachers may nominate students who have completed grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 in 2017. All applicants must be teacher-nominated.

Participants can expect:
    In-depth learning experiences with artworks in the Nasher Collection.
    Sessions with a variety of art-world professionals, including educators, gallerists, conservators and designers.
    Hands-on projects focused on artistic process with practicing, professional artists.
    Visits to selected museums and galleries.

Application deadline is April 21, 2017. Please apply electronically using the form below. Up to 30 students will be accepted. Finalists will be selected by Nasher staff and will be notified of their acceptance by April 27, 2017. Tuition for accepted participants is free of charge, and includes art supplies, meals, and a transportation stipend.


EXHIBITS:

THROUGH APRIL 30 -- Richard Serra: Prints
Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, Richard Serra: Prints is a comprehensive retrospective of Serra’s work in printmaking, from his first lithographs in 1972, through his Reversals series of 2015. The exhibition will provide viewers with a greater understanding of how Serra transitioned between methods (lithography, silkscreen, etching), experimented with materials and scale, and created works that lay bare the process of printmaking. Visitors to the exhibition can also see Serra's monumental Cor-Ten steel sculpture My Curves Are Not Mad (1987) in the Nasher Garden, as well as his Cor-Ten steel prop piece Inverted House of Cards (1969-70) in the gallery alongside Serra's prints.

THROUGH JULY 16 -- Manuel Neri: Recent Acquisitions
In 2015, the Nasher Sculpture Center was invited to select works to be donated from the Manuel Neri Trust. The resultant gift (six sculptures and ten drawings) comprises one of the most important public repositories of the artist’s work, highlighting significant developments in Neri’s career and providing insight into his working process. Manuel Neri: Recent Acquisitions from the Artist’s Trust celebrates this extraordinary gift and highlights the work of this important American sculptor and draftsman.

MAY 7-AUG 21 -- Joel Shapiro
 
One of the most prominent and influential sculptors of the era, Joel Shapiro has long explored geometric form through structural compositions of rectangular elements that visually and physically challenge the possibilities of balance and weight. On view in his Nasher exhibition was a series of brightly painted, suspended forms that hovered in space at different heights and angles, along with a series of recent drawings and key works by Shapiro from the Nasher’s permanent collection.

MAY 20-AUG 20 -- Roni Horn
Horn began making cast glass sculptures in the early 1990s. Created through a labor- and time-intensive process, the works require three to four months to complete. With their abstract forms and industrial fabrication processes, her sculptures often borrow from the visual language of Minimalism, though Horn imbues her work with personal meaning and references that distance it from the strict autonomy characteristic of Minimalist sculpture. Her work instead acts as a critical bridge connecting Minimalism and Post-Minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to contemporary art-making practices today. Within the Nasher galleries, her sculptures will be infused with light, calling attention not only to their volumetric forms, but also the reflective and translucent qualities of glass. The works in Roni Horn defy traditional definitions of glass art, expanding the genre into the realm of sculpture laden with weight and presence.


First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
10am-5pm (family activities from 10am-2pm)
Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month.  
Themes:

APRIL 1 -- Repitition
Art Project: Double Trouble Butterflies
MAY 6 -- Pattern
Art Project: Pattern Frames
JUNE 3 -- Detail
Art Project: Detail Portrait

HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOPS
TBA

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77.  SHOWS AT THE FORT WORTH OMNI IMAX THEATER–MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

NOW SHOWING:
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for IMAX that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Dinosaurs Alive!
Dinosaurs Alive is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant IMAX Ž screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive…in a big way!

Mysteries of China
Mysteries of Ancient China captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times, telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today.  Starting with modern China and springing back as we seek the birth of this mighty nation, we talk of an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.

Dolphins
From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.

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78. 
FEATURED 3D FILMS AT THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER AT PEROT MUSEUM

Electropolis 3D (20 minutes)
What would happen if the energy grid we have all come to rely upon were to stop working? This enthralling film takes a fascinating look at our all-important electrical grid and explores how companies are working to ensure that blackouts don’t disrupt our lives.
To View Trailer: Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here


Extreme Weather 3D (40 minutes)
From famed storm chaser and award-winning filmmaker Sean Casey, this dramatic and exciting film will take you where few have gone before — to the edge of 300-foot-tall glaciers, the front lines of massive wildfires and directly into the paths of deadly yet mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow the men and women on the forefront of climate research and the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.
To View Trailer: Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here


Wild Africa 3D (20 minutes)
Come with us on a spectacular 3D ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. Our guide through this enchanted kingdom is the sorcerer itself — water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys. Your students will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures. Discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted kingdom. It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
To View Trailer: Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here

OPENING SOON: Dream Big 3D (40 minutes)
From the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
To View Trailer: Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here

OPENING SOON: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (20 minutes)
Our main characters are a herd of large, frilled, plant eating dinosaurs – Pachyrhinosaurus. The film follows their youngsters through the seasons and the challenges of growing up and establishing themselves in this prehistoric world. From the moment they hatch, they face predators, extremes of weather and natural disaster as they fight for survival.
Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D is an immersive 3D experience – the characters are animated throughout against real backgrounds. It’s the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be seen on the giant screen. The animals’ bodies and movements have been precisely built up from fossil evidence and their behaviour is derived from both palaeontology and detailed knowledge of the behaviour of modern animals.
This film contains some scenes with predator and prey themes.
To View Trailer: Click Here
Tickets:
Click Here





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79.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

Location:  2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth, TX  
Phone: 817-392-5881
Admission:  $4.50 ages 4-17 and 60+;  $5 ages 18+
Groups:  $4.00 each for groups of 10+;  Free for ages 3 & under
Hours:  Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
             Sat & Sun, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
             Closed Mondays

Upcoming Programs

APRIL 22 -- Spring Social
1pm-4pm
Cost: Regular admission, plus $2 to make a party favor to take home
Although we’ve been open more than fifty years, it’s time to start a new tradition—a Village birthday party! Come enjoy music by Buttermilk Junction, crafts, games, and more. 
No registration required.

APRIL 29 -- Cherokee Basket Weaving
1pm-4pm
Cost: $25/person (includes admission and materials)
Join Hannah as she guides you through the process of making your own beautiful Cherokee-style double-walled basket. 
Class is designed as an adult or adult/child activity. Limit of two children, ages 8 and up, per adult.

Reservations required at least one week prior: click here

JUNE 16 -- Wagons West
9am-12pm
Cost: $15 (includes admission, materials, and a candle)
Wagons West is a program of hands-on activities recreating elements of a typical school-age child's day. The children wash clothes using a washboard and lye soap, card wool, grind corn by hand and weave on a child's scale loom.
This “drop-off” program is for children going into 1st-6th grade.
Reservations required at least one week prior: click here

JULY 29 -- Make Your Own Sewing Kit ("Housewife")
9am-12pm
Cost: $20/person (includes admission and materials)
A Civil War soldier was often sent to battle with a small rolled up fabric wallet (“housewife”) containing items to make emergency repairs to his uniform.  Join Teresa as she guides you through the process of making your own kit/fabric wallet that can be used for everything from sewing to carrying tools. 
Program is designed to be an adult or adult/child activity.  Limit of 2 children (ages 8 and up) per adult.
 
Registration required at least one week prior:
click here

For More Information about the programs:  Click Here

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80.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE AT OLD CITY PARK

Location:  
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 South Harwood St.
                  (
located near the heart of downtown Dallas, close to the junction of Interstates 30 and 35)
Admission:  $9 Adult;  $7 Senior (65+);  $5 Child (4 to 12 years)
Dallas Heritage Village members are admitted free.

Group Pricing:
 15 - 49 People Adults: $8 per person; Seniors (65+): $6.50 per person
                       
  50 - 99 People Adults:  $7 per person; Seniors (65+): $6 per person
                         
100+ People Adults: $5 per person; Seniors (65+): $5 per person
*Admission prices for special events vary. Detailed information about upcoming events is listed in our Calendar of Events.

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
           
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
           
Monday: Closed to the public
Closed:
January and August
Closed the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.


EVENTS

Barnyard Buddies
2nd Wednesday of the month (March – May & October – December) and every Wednesday in June.
11am-Noon
Cost:
$5/participating child, 1 free adult, $9 additional adults.



FAMILY PAST TIMES

3rd Sunday of the Month
Time:  
Noon - 4pm
Admission:  
Children FREE; Adults $9; Seniors $7
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities.


Homeschool Workshops:

Cost:  $15 per participating student;  Parents & children 3 and under free
Registration Details:  Workshops & tours must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance,
and are conducted during regular museum hours.
Workshops are held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Topics Offered:
--Teens Telegraphing

How did kids know what the weekend plans were? What did they do to let friends know what was happening? Today, everything and everyone is connected, and within seconds of something happening, texts and photos are being sent across town and the country. How did people communicate long ago? Learn how we kept in touch when we were restricted by technology, etiquette, and social rules.
--Home Arts of the Pioneers
Pioneers knew how to spin, weave and sew along with the many other chores needed just to survive. With all the labor required every day just to persevere, why would they take the extra time to learn the additional skills and techniques to decorate basic everyday objects? We’ll go back in time and try to understand the creative heart of the pioneers.
--Pioneer Pets
Could your pet make it in the Old West? How do you pet a chicken? Can you envision your pampered lap cat with the job title of “Rat Killer”? Just like the pioneer children, the animals had chores too! During your workshop, learn a lesson in Donkey Care 101, what Fluffy would have to do to earn her keep and more.
For More Information:  Click Here to email or 214-413-3664

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81.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE

Location:  Old Red Museum, 100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX  75202
Phone: 214-757-1949
Hours:
The Museum is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The Museum will be closed on the following days:
December 24th & 25th

Admission:
General admission: $8
                 Senior (64+)/Student admission: $6 (students must show current high school or university ID)
                 Children ages 3-16: $5
                 Children under age 3: Free
                 Old Red Members: Free (Must Provide Proof of Membership)
                 Sunday Only – Early Bird Special: $5 for tickets purchased before noon
                 Jury Duty – Visitors can receive a reduced admission of $4 with proof of jury duty
General Admission tickets include admission to both the permanent galleries on the second floor and any special exhibit on the first floor.
Special Exhibits Only:  
Free with Old Red Museum General Admission
Special Exhibit Gallery Only: 
$3.00 adults; $1.00 children 3-16; Free for children under 3 years of age
Groups:  
Groups of 20 people or more, $5 each. This special pricing is ONLY AVAILABLE BY MAKING ADVANCED ARRANGEMENTS. Please call the group sales department at 214-757-1949 or click to email to book a group sale to take advantage of this price.

Discount:
  The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) a $1 discount per person/ticket. Discount may not be used for the Home School Workshops.

To learn about HEART of Texas membership:
Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



CURRENT EXHIBITS
Through April 30, 2017 -- Throughout the Decades: A Circle of Sisters Perpetually Purposed for Service
The Alpha Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was founded in 1929 by Dallas native and Howard University graduate, Mrs. Florence Harllee Phelps. Alpha Kappa Alpha has the distinction of being the country’s first Greek letter sorority for African American women. The exhibit provides decade-by-decade details of the sorority’s emphasis on high scholastic and ethical standards, promotion of unity and friendship among college women, community service, and social action initiatives.

June 2, 2017-May 31, 2018 -- Dallas Curated: 50 Objects/ 50 Stories
In celebration of the Old Red Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibit takes you on a journey into the curator’s world of examining and mining stories from the museum’s own collection. Whether handcrafted or mass-produced, every day or extraordinary, objects have the power to evoke a wide range of responses. Visitors are encouraged to share their own favorite objects that tell the story of Dallas.

June 2018-May 2019 -- Creating a Postwar Life: Dallas in the 1950s
Through the years, the Old Red Museum has explored some of the most defining decades in Dallas County’s history, from the 1940s home front experience to the turbulent 1960s. What happened in between? Experience life in Dallas during a period of highway construction, suburban development, and sweeping social change. Sound familiar? The exhibit balances the decade’s complex social and political environments with the golden age of television and popular culture that continue to draw enthusiasts nearly 70 years later!

June 2019-May 2020 -- American Childhood: Celebrating Classic Toys
This self-curated exhibit showcases more than 100 of America’s favorite toys dating from the 1880s to the 1980s!   Join us to gain insight on how economic and social history shaped the development of toys and leisure-time play. Iconic favorites like Lincoln Logs, Barbie,and Fisher-Price are highlighted along with model trains, vintage dollhouse furniture, and classic board games. Relive your childhood by peering into a recreated Woolworth’s display window that promises fun and excitement for pennies on the dollar!

OTHER EXHIBITS:
Early Years: Prehistory to 1873
Trading Center

Big D
World Crossroads


HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Future Home School Programs TBA

Chose your Date, Chose your Program:
Your group can schedule the date and choose the program from the many we offer.  The date and program can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm or on limited Saturdays from 9:30am till noon. 
All visits will include:  Four interactive galleries, over forty computer touch screens, the Children’s Education Center, Discovery Carts and Interactive Gallery Guides.
 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
To RSVP:  Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.
 
  
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82.  STAR PARTIES

Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn? Have you ever wanted to view the moons of Jupiter? Have you been dazzled by a star cluster? Are you in the market for a telescope and don't know where to start? Our star parties are a blast! While the Fort Worth Museum no longer conducts monthly star parties for the public, we will announce others as we learn about them.

Stars & Stories (In the Planetarium Gallery)
10:15am
Cost:  Regular museum admission
Details:  Join the Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Public Library for Stars and Stories!  This storytime for our youngest astronomers will feature a story read by librarians from the Fort Worth Public Library and then the planetarium show One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure!  Stars and Stories is FREE with museum admission!

              

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83.  NORTH TEXAS DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Need a boost to your homeschool science curriculum? Have a detail inclined child or one who loves science or technology? Need something on a college application to convince the staff your child can compete with the best? Science fair should be in your future!

Your 6th graders have a chance to participate in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) too!

Private homeschooled students in grades 3-12 may enter in one of 4 divisions. Those living in TEA region 10: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties compete for the opportunity to enter the DRSEF. Students in other near-by counties may compete at our NDTSF for awards, but cannot be guaranteed entry into a regional ISEF event: some have gone on to the FortWorth Regional event.

All 6 - 12 grade projects need some ISEF forms (like the research plan) to be filled in BEFORE experimentation begins! 6th graders' projects may NOT include any handling of toxic/dangerous substances or require permission for human or animal subjects. Higher grades must submit forms for these BEFORE experimentation begins - start early. Please find out more on our website. This is the most confusing part of science fair participation, so let's get it worked out early - contact us. We don't want students eliminated on technicalities.

Students from our NDTSF have done very well at DRSEF (placing and even Grand Prize!) and at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (placing). You don't have to place to win a special prize. Add that "WOW" factor to your project by checking out our new links to give your project even more "Marvelocity". Ask how we can help. Don't forget to check our "Links" page for more homeschool friendly science competitions (some links need to be fixed at Texas A&M).

For More Information:  Click Here to email

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84.  ALEDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL TEAMS

Aledo Christian School, located in Aledo,TX, is offering their sports programs to home schoolers.

Who:  7-12th grade boys and girls
Girls Sports:  
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Boys Sports:  Basketball & Baseball

Location:  Aledo Christian School
                400 Queen Street
                Aledo, TX  76008

For Information About Baseball:  817-939-2979 or click here to email
For Information About Other Sports: Contact 817-441-7357
 

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85.  AQUA KIDS

AquaKids Swim School, located in Flower Mound and Keller, provides year-round swim lessons beginning at 6 months of age. In addition, they provide Swim Team, Open Swim, and private birthday parties.

Discount:  AquaKids is offering an exclusive $30 per session discount for HEART of Texas families. This discount is available for Group, Private, or Semi-Private Lessons, or Private birthday parties.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

For More Information: 
Click Here


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86. BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL


Berne Academy, located in Lancaster, TX, is looking for homeschoolers to play on their Boys'  Varsity Basketball Team.  They are associated with T-CAL (Texas Christian Athletic League) out of San Antonio.

Who:  7-12th grade boys
Location of Practices:  Tommie Allen Recreation Center on Bonnie View Road
For More Information:  972-218-7373 or click here to email
 

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87.  BEST GYMNASTICS IN FLOWER MOUND 

Gymnastics is the best sport available to create young athletes and proper athletic foundations for all future sporting endeavors.  We offer several classes for all ages including: Little Tots class for 14mo-3 years, Best Kids 3-4 years.  For ages 5 and up we offer Tumbling, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Gymnastics and a Home schooling class. 

Location:  601 Cross Timbers Rd. Suite 100 in Flower Mound.
To Learn More: 972-874-8800 or click here

Home School Class
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Details: Best Gymnastics does not have sessions, so you can join at anytime! This co-ed class for ages 5 and older will focus on athletic conditioning, tumbling, flexibility, core strength, and of course, fun! The class has a 10:1 student/teacher ratio.
Cost: $59/month
For more information: Click here

Open Gym
Date: Every Friday
Time:  6:00pm-9:00pm 
Cost: $12/child
Details: This is a drop off event. Lots of exercise and lots of fun! No reservations required.
For more information: Click here


Discount:  Best Gymnastics is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount off all of their recreational gymnastics classes, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


To Learn More about Best Gymnastics: 972-874-8800 or click here

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88.  BOWMAN SPORTS -- PE 101 CLASSES

PE 101 is a 90 minute class that allows students to explore many sports in a short time. This porogram is designed so that students can be active and learn about athletics and team sports. Each class begins with a dynamic warm-up and stretch. We rotate through agility sations and drills.  Each unit of study includes sport specific drills and games, including rules of the game, strategy and the fundamentals required to play.  We also enjoy fun classic games like kickball, dodgeball, whiffleball and capture the flag.  

Roanoke Classes:  
Meet Fridays at 10:30am
Location: Ronoake Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Rd, Roanoke, TX 76262
Click Here to register.

Prosper Classes:  Meet TBD 
Click here to register

Haltom City Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 9:30am
Location:  Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave
Click here to register or 817-831-6464

McKinney Classes:  Meet Thursdays at 10:30am
Location:  McKinney Community Center, 2001 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070
Click here to register

Flower Mound Classes:  Meet Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Click here to register

Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive a $5 discount off monthly class fees.  Some classes are eligible to combine for an additional sibling discount - ask at registration.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
 
Email:  click here to email or 817-929-3333



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89.  316 BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU ACADEMY (316BJJ)

316 BJJ is a Christian organization located in Rockwall, TX, designed to help people train their mind, bodies, and spirits in a safe environment. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone to learn self-defense and to increase their skill as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student.

Discount:   HEART of Texas members (with current HEART of Texas member card) will receive a 20% discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

For More Information: click here



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90.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers who wish to try out their program.  Christian Martial Arts has been ministering to the physical as well as spiritual needs of local families for almost ten years at First Euless!

It is a fun way to get plenty of exercise in an environment that seeks to honor God and teach respect for others. The tenets of CMA are Courtesy, Humility, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable spirit. Students learn fundamentals of self-defense, balance, flexibility, practice and repetition. We encourage progress through belt promotions but each student is only in competition with himself to advance. We have sparring nights, optional board breaking, tournaments and special events including Christmas parties and demonstrations. If you are looking for a great family activity, you've found it!


Cost: $25/month per person

Discount:  Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers who wish to try out their program.

Times/Class Descriptions:
Monday: 6:00  p.m.–6:30  p.m.–Children only
Monday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners & Advanced of all ages
Thursday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners of all ages
Thursday: 7:30  p.m.–8:30  p.m.–Advanced students
Saturday: 10:00 am–12:00  p.m.–Open Workout for all students



For More Information: Click Here


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91.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Dallas Thunder is a home school competitive basketball organization.
Dallas Thunder offers:
Christ-centered, competitive Basketball for Home schooled boys and girls
Experienced, Professional Coaches.
The opportunity to play top public and private schools in the area
Participation in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament.

Teams forming for 2017-2018
Forney Sports Center
Monday - 2-4pm
Wednesday - 1-3pm
Click here to register

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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92.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


For More Information:  Click Here to email or 817-800-3922
                               

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92.  DasCHE Spartans


Location:
Faith Bible Church – 1437 W. Pleasant Run Rd. DeSoto, TX 75115
RM 208 in back building

For More Information: click here

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93.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Home School Athletic Association is a Christian-based organization providing athletics for homeschoolers through volunteer home school parent. They provide various programs including football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball for high school and middle school home schoolers.
 
Cheerleading:  Girls junior high cheerleading squad for the 2015 football season.  Click here to contact the coach.  

Cross Country:
If you are interested in joining HSAA Cross Country, p
lease click here to contact the Track Commissioner.

Football: 11-Man Tackle Football...Middle School, JV, and Varsity!
Open to boys, ages 11 to 18 and in grades 6 through 12, HSAA Football promises to provide each student-athlete with a Christ-centered approach to sports. Though competitive in nature, to be sure, HSAA will not sacrifice core values to win at all costs.

Instead, coaches and parents – and team mentors (varsity players and those who have recently graduated) – work with the players to build character for life.

Registration details: Click Here

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94.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

Fencing Institute of Texas is committed to supporting our Home Schooled children by providing physical fitness that challenges the mind as well as the body.  

Home School Classes
Times:  4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays
        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. – Saturdays

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch
For More Information: 972-444-8498 or visit: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html

Students enjoy private lessons, group training, and mini-tournaments during this time.
Parents are welcome to participate along with their children in these programs.

Additional classes during the week between the hours of 10 AM and 4  p.m. will be added

as this program and need grows.  

Open Enrollment: Students may join this program at any time; the first month's fees are prorated.  There is no pro-ration of fees after the first month.  Fees are $90 per month plus $50 tuition ($140), and are due by the 5th of the month.  Fees are due in advance and are non-refundable.

Students may take additional private lessons outside of the class meeting time for an additional fee.

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



To Register: Class size is limited to 15 students; pre-registration is required.  If you are interested, please call our school at (972) 444-8498, or complete and mail or FAX the Home School Registration form.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html


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95.   HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM AT LANTANA GOLF CLUB

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
SPRING 2015 SESSION

Experience the Game of Golf! Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2015. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play. Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on the course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning. We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides.

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed. Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club. He was named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011, 2012 and 2013" and a member of the PGA President's Council for his continuing effors to promote the grow the game of golf.  

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

For more information: Contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 ext. 308 or click here to email

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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96.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

Location:  
The Colony Aquatic Park
               5580 N. Colony Blvd  
               The Colony, TX  75056


For More Information: 972-624-2225 or Click Here to email
http://www.TCpard.com

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97.  HOME SCHOOL SWIM AND SWIM TEAM AT DON RODENBAUGH NATATORIUM
IN ALLEN

Home School Open Swim
Half-Price Fridays at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

Time:  1 p.m. – 3 p.m. during the school year
Who:  Home school students and their families.
Cost:  $2/Students;  $2.50/adults
For More Information:  Call 214-509-4770 or visit http://www.allenparks.org/

City of Allen Home School Swim Team
Practices:  Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
For more information:  Call 972-992-3996 or visit http://www.metro-aquatics.org/


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98.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL SPORTS

Parker-Tarrant Home School exists to promote and accomplish  education for the Texas Home School student in a Christian environment. With a focus primarily in the Parker County and West Tarrant County areas of North Texas, the organization’s objective is to provide a competitive environment for middle school and high school  competition that is not normally provided by traditional home school organizations or support groups. PTHSS desires to accomplish this goal in a way that both works alongside the parents and honors Jesus Christ.

Currently the PTHSS organization offers boys' Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, boys' Basketball from middle school through high school, girls' high school basketball and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball. Six-Man boys' football is being added this fall! Other  programs and age divisions may be offered in the future.

Many of the PT Warriors athletic activities occur at Birchman Baptist Church in West Fort Worth.


For More Information:  click Here to email or www.pthss.org/

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99.  POP-IN PLAYTIME AT PUMP-IT-UP OF GRAPEVINE

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages:  2-6 years old

WEDNESDAYS
Time:  3:30–5:30 p.m.
Ages:  6-12 years old

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.   Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


For More Information:  817-329-1332 or grapevine@pumpitupdfw.com


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100.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

THESA Riders is a home school association, providing the DFW area with competitive and Christ-centered athletic programs for home schoolers at the high school and junior high level.

THESA offers the following:
Baseball -- 
Boys Basketball -- Girls Basketball -- Girls Cheer -- Boys Football -- Boys and Girls Golf -- Girls Softball -- Girls Volleyball

THESA Riders is offering a competitive HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER program for 2014-2015.
TRYOUTS:  Dates to be announced SOON – check web site or email us

Who is THESA?
THESA  (Texas Home Educators' Sports Association) exists to support families with a calling to home educate their children by providing high quality, competitive sports programs, enabling children to grow in Godly character and skills at the junior and senior high level.

What does a THESA soccer tryout look like?
The coaches will spend about 20 minutes at the beginning of the tryouts with a parent/player orientation – expectations, what a season looks like, practices, commitment. 
The coaches will then put players through 1 Ä‚ -2 hours of stretching, conditioning, skills, drills, and team play.

Do players need to attend all the tryouts?
If your schedule allows, attending all the tryouts is best.  While attending all the tryouts is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for each player to make the best showing, get to know the other players and coaches.

What does a player need to bring?

Players need to come with a GREAT attitude, dressed in appropriate soccer attire and equipment, bring a personal ball (only size 5) and LOTS of water, maybe even a snack.

Questions?
Web site:  http://www.thesariders.net/
Email us at thesaridersoccer@gmail.com


For More Information: http://www.thesariders.net

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101.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

Training for Confidence is a full-time martial arts school in Colleyville.

We currently have several families at our Colleyville school location who home school their children. 
We would welcome the opportunity to partner with Heart of Texas and offer discounted tuition to your members.

Discount:  Training for Confidence is offering HEART of Texas members a 25% discount off the monthly student membership fee, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here



To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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101.  TURBO TECHNIQUES - FLOWER MOUND


Turbo Techniques provides a physical education class that is an hour long and focuses on enhancing speed, power, agility, core development, and balance.  
To Learn More: click here

Discount: HEART of Texas members (with current member card) receive a 20% discount!
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here




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102.  HEART OF TEXAS MENTOR PROGRAM

We are excited to announce that we are rolling out our new HEART of Texas Homeschool Mentor Program for homeschooling families! 
The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide real-time, face-to-face, one-on-one help for new homeschool moms and dads who are starting their homeschool journey.

If you are a veteran home educator who would like the opportunity to encourage and support the next generation of home schoolers, please consider becoming a HEART Mentor.  Please email Anne regarding the program (include Mentor in subject line) and she will connect you with our Mentor Coordinator.

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103.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to help students sharpen their ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. Our communications training includes:
 
Speech & Debate Summer Camps
We train hundreds of students each summer who go on to excel in competition! Our camps are engaging and fun and serve to inspire students to cultivate their critical thinking and communication skills. We offer a wide variety of training including introductory, intermediate and advanced Speech and Debate camps, Model UN, Moot Court and much more for ages 12-18! This summer we are expanding our offerings to include Junior Speech for ages 6-11!
 
Private Coaching! - for speakers, debaters and writers who would like to advance their skills at a faster pace
Most great competitors have great coaches. Our veteran team of coaches provide individualized training for students prior to and during the school year. Coaching sessions include helping students develop a high level of competency writing AP quality essays, writing and performing speeches, and writing and arguing their debate case. See specific Coaching Services here.
 
Tools for Debate Curriculum
Most great competitors also have great TOOLS. Our easy-to-use 12-week curricula puts valuable instruction in the hands of debate students and club leaders to prepare students for Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate competition. Our curriculum includes a dual track approach to help beginners master foundational skills such as Writing a Case, 4-Point Refutation, Organization and Cross-Examination (C/X) and more. Experienced debaters will advance to the next level with round-winning techniques on C/X Strategies, and NEG strategies (e.g. identifying unproven or faulty assumptions). Packed with examples, drills, quizzes and a FREE affirmative case!
 
For More Information:  dfwspeechanddebate.com
 
Discount:  DFW Speech & Debate is offering HEART of Texas member-supporters  (with current Family ID) 10% off their Summer Camp fee.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

 

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104.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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105.  IRVING HOME SCHOOLERS

A support group for families in Irving and all surrounding communities.

Details:
We are a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to serving home school families in Irving and all surrounding communities. Our mission is to reach out to all homeschooling families - providing resource information, ongoing activities, and support. All are welcome. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (Sept. - May except Dec.) at Lee Park in Irving.
For more information:
click here


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106.  PEACH

A support group for families in the Plano area
Click Here for More Information


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107.  OFFICIAL 2016 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2017 PSAT TEST DATES:  OCT 11, 2017
(Other options may be: Oct 14 and 25).
To Find out When Your Local High School is Offering the PSAT Test:  Click Here

PSAT TESTING FEE:  $15 (some schools charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs)
Homeschoolers who take the test at their local public school should not be charged more than the school charges its own students.  The College Board makes fee waivers available to schools for students in eleventh grade from low-income families who can't afford the test fee. See the school counselor for more information about fee waivers.  Special testing situations are also available for special needs students.  Ask the school counselor for more details.
PSAT Code for Texas Homeschoolers:  
994499

Information from College Board:
How to Get Started
Find and contact a local school that’s giving the test you want to take. Go to School Search.
Ask for the Official Student Guide, which includes a free practice test.

Start Early

Contact the school early. Our advice: Reach out at least four months before the test.

Find Out if You Can Test for Free
You might qualify for a PSAT/NMSQT fee waiver if:
*You are in 11th grade.
*Your family's annual income falls within USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines or you meet other criteria. Learn about fee waiver eligibility.

*Ask the counselor at the school where you’ll be taking the test if you qualify to take the PSAT/NMSQT for free.
* Fee waivers are not given out for the PSAT 10.

Testing with Accommodations
Students with disabilities must have College Board approval to take the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 10 with accommodations. It can take up to seven weeks, so make your request early.
If you already have College Board approval, let the school know right away so that they have time to order nonstandard test materials if you need them.
Learn more about Services for Students with Disabilities

What to Bring on Test Day
*Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
*An approved calculator
*Email address (optional)
*Valid government-issued photo ID. If unavailable, students can use a notarized College Board Student ID Form (.pdf/488.05 KB).
Just as important: What not to bring


Score Reports
Score reports will be sent to your home address.


2017 SAT TEST DATES:

MAY 6, 2017 -- Registration Deadline Apr 7, 2017
JUN 3, 2017 -- Registration Deadline May 9, 2017
To Register For SAT Test:  Click Here

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here

For More Information:
Click Here



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108.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

College Prep Genius will be offering their incredible "MASTER THE SAT CLASS" in several Texas cities. This revolutionary course will give students all the tools needed to conquer the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Students will learn the logical patterns behind standardized test questions as well as necessary strategies that could help increase their test scores tremendously. A high score on the SAT or PSAT/NMSQT can open doors to college entrance and colossal scholarships that could include full tuition, room and board, honors dorms, graduate money and stipends to study abroad! Many of their students have raised their test scores as much as 600 points and received scholarhips over $200,000 from Ivy-League schools. College Prep Genius has been featured on NBC, CBS, Fox, TXA21 and The Homeschool Channel.

Their carefully selected teachers will show students how to ace the SAT so they can raise their scores and get scholarships to college. The SAT and PSAT are tests of logic (not high school subjects) and most students do poorly on them because they don't understand the test. She will teach how to look at the test questions correctly so they don't fall for the wrong answer and she will not only explain why the right answer is right but also why the wrong answer is wrong. Students will gain confidence in their test-taking skills and be given the necessary tools for scoring high on these standardized tests.

Watch College Prep Genius founder, Jean Burk, give speeches on "How to Ace the SAT" and "Free College Can Happen to You" click here

What's Covered in Class:
"Master the SAT Class” is a thorough investigation of the SAT and PSAT including an extensive review of all three test sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.


Register at collegeprepgenius.com

Download the e-book “15 Secrets to FREE College” for a penny at www.collegeprepgenius.com  Use code: heart

Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $5 discount off classes and products to HEART of Texas family members.  You must have a valid membership card to qualify for the discount.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here
                     
 
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109.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) have teamed up to provide an enormous scholarship opportunity to help students afford a Christian college education while pursuing their dream in a career in aviation, medicine, science, engineering, law, space, business, etc. 

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2016

To Apply:  Visit http://www.afrotc.com/ and fill out the on-line application.


Highlights:

• We appreciate the homeschooled student and know first-hand the talent and intellect they offer.  Our Cadet Wing Commander last Fall was homeschooled and she was outstanding!
 
• Who do we want to help?  Your students interested in leadership who are about to graduate, applying to a
 (Baylor would be a great Plan B), excels academically, involved in Eta Sigma Alpha or other honor societies and service organizations, as well as competitors of all kinds.

 
• The application deadline for AFROTC high school scholarships is December 1, 2012. 

• AFROTC’s best scholarship (Type 1) pays full tuition and fees (~$25,000/year at Baylor).
The second best scholarship (Type 2) pays $15,000/year. 
The majority of our cadets are on these two types of scholarships.

 
• Baylor is very generous with their merit scholarships which range from $3,000–$14,000/year.  Have your student go to http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/calculator/ and input their ACT/SAT scores and class ranking into the Scholarship Calculator to see what they could be offered.  You will be amazed.
 
•  If your student receives an AFROTC high school scholarship and brings it to Baylor, they will receive the Baylor AFROTC Incentive Scholarship worth $3,000/year.  They get this just by simply bringing the AFROTC scholarship to Baylor!
 
•  Students on scholarship also receive $900/year for books and a monthly, tax-free stipend of $300-$500.  They can use this stipend however they like (cheeseburgers and coffee??).
 
•  A student with a high school scholarship can try AFROTC their freshman year, and if they decide not to continue, they can simply walk away without having to pay back their scholarship.  No kidding!
 
•  If your student does not receive a high school scholarship, there’s an even greater opportunity to receive an AFROTC scholarship once they are at Baylor.  AFROTC has a $60 million scholarship budget to award scholarships from and as of the end of the Spring semester, 86% of Baylor cadets were on scholarship.
 
•  Baylor AFROTC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year (the Air Force is 61 years old) and for the first time in our history, we are opening an AFROTC Living & Learning Center where cadets have the option to live among themselves.  Visit http://www.baylor.edu/rotc/llc/ for more information.

•  If you would like to come for a visit, we have a “Bunk with a Bear” program where your students can spend the night with a cadet, attend classes, eat with them, meet other cadets, take the campus tour, talk to academic advisors, and get the feel of Baylor. 

For More Information:  Click here to email or call 254-710-3513.


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110.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE for HOME SCHOOLERS IN 21 COUNTIES ---- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit voluntary organization in the world. The Society depends on the competence, creativity and dedication of its 2 million volunteers nationwide to   achieve   its   mission.  Along  with  learning  the value  of volunteering in your community we can offer your home schooled student a way to apply all they are learning in a real world atmosphere.

Counties in the North Texas Region of the American Cancer Society:  Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise, Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Hunt, Rains, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Eastland, Comanche, Erath, Hood, Rockwall

For more information:  817-570-0612 or Click Here to email
                                  

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111.  BECOME A HOST FAMILY FOR A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT THROUGH INTO EdVENTURES HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

INTO EdVENTURES High School Exchange Organization offers you the opportunity to host a young high school student from another nation in your own home...let these incredible young people from other countries  show you their culture, up close and personal.  Welcome them as a son or daughter...touch their lives, and change their world, and your's too.  The experience will teach you and your children how another family lives across the world, while they, in turn, learn about you and the American culture...many of them love to cook and share themselves and their family with you.. They become part of your family for a lifetime.

Share your heart, your faith, your family and your home with a high school foreign exchange student. 

IF you have children at home, they can learn so much and make a life long friend.  If you do not have kids at home you will LOVE the new dimensions they will add to your life, and the new life they will give to your home.

There are boys and girls ages 15-18 from South america, Asia and Europe.  They bring their wide-eyed enthusiasm and a desire to learn our culture, and in turn share their's.

They will attend your local high school for the academic year.

IF THIS SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART...you can make a huge difference in a young person's life.  You will touch a nation, and change the world!!

All host families are volunteer
Who can become a Host Family:  
Young families with small children, families with teens, empty nesters, grand parents, even single parents!

Our host families must provide:  Room, Board, Food, and Transportation.  Host families
Must also be financially able to take in another child.

The students have:  Full health insurance coverage and their own spending money ($200-$300/month, which takes care of personal things or extra things they want, and school activity expenses).  These will not have to be provided by the host family.

Student information:  Our students are boys and girls ranging in age from 15-18.  They are from South America, Asia, and Europe.   They arrive the third week of August, hopefully a week or two before school starts.

They will attend the LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL for either the ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR...OR ONE SEMESTER (either spring for fall)  

INTO EdVENTURES will share with the prospective host families the student's & letters to the host family from the student and their parents...  

How are families and students matched:  We do our best to match common interests, etc.  And once a match is made, host families can begin communicating with their new "son/daughter"...usually, the student overseas emails as soon as they hear they have been placed with a family...  THEN, MEETING THEM AT THE AIRPORT IN AUGUST… IS AWESOME!!

For more information:  817-545-5058  or Click Here to email    


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112.  VOLUNTEER AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO -- WEEKDAY HOME SCHOOL VOLUNTEENS PROGRAM

The Fort Worth Zoo's Weekday Home School Volunteens Program provides home-schooled teens, ages 12-17, the opportunity to assist Fort Worth Zoo Preschool teachers by helping set up, clean up, and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo.

Volunteens come in once a week, for half of the day -- either from 8:45am to 12:15pm or from 12:45pm to 4:15pm.
The fall session runs from September to December;  the spring sessions runs from January to May.

Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date.  After interviewing all applicangs, the Education staff will make selections.  Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.

For More Information, or to Apply:
 Click Here


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113.  MEALS ON WHEELS, INC. OF TARRANT COUNTY SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS AND FRIENDSHIP

Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a community based agency that provides meals to the homebound in Tarrant County. Delivering meals is a great community service as well as a unique learning opportunity, and we welcome students, along with adults, to be involved in the meal delivery.  Our clients depend on volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals along with care and compassion.

Several home school families currently volunteer for our program and we would like you to join us. 
Weekly and substitute volunteers are needed now. 
Meals are picked up from local distribution sites and delivered to homes within close proximity. 
Delivery typically takes about hour. 
If you join our volunteer team you will feel great ensuring that several Tarrant County neighbors
have received food and a friendly visit.


From a Homeschool Mom's Perspective–by Trudi L.
Benson (age 10) and I started delivering meals when he was two years old.   It's been a very rewarding experience.  We both have learned so much and met some really nice people along the way.  I incorporate our volunteer activities into our daily lessons.
Math:  We count the number of clients, meals, and milks on a route sheet; use a lot of addition and subtraction.
Reading and Spelling:  Letters and words are everywhere on a route sheet.
Science and Health:  We've learned about diabetes and good nutrition.  We also talk about different disabilities.
Social Studies/Geography: We interact with people from different socioeconomic groups.  as we deliver meals, we discuss surrounding terrain, lakes, rivers, and the weather.  Map reading skills are also developed.
Community Service:  By providing hot, nutritious meals, we help a lot of people in our community.

For More Information:  817-336-0912


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114.  MEALS ON WHEELS OF JOHNSON & ELLIS COUNTIES SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS

Volunteers Needed!!!
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties serves the children of yesterday by helping needy elderly and disabled persons to remain independent and healthy in their own homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families. 

Meals-on-Wheels could not operate one day without the help of volunteers.  Dedicated, caring volunteers assist in providing hot, noontime meals.  Not only do our volunteers deliver nutritious meals, they also ensure the safety of our clients.  Daily contact is as important as the meals we serve. 

A meal route takes approximately 45 minutes to deliver with convenient pick-up sites located throughout each county.  By volunteering, you help bring hope, love, and friendship to the elderly and disabled homebound in your community. 

To Volunteer:  817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943.


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115.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE MEALS AT THE STEWPOT IN DALLAS

Is your family or support group looking for an opportunity to help the needy?
The Stewpot is a 501c(3) organization that reaches out to the homeless of Dallas by providing meals and other services.  The Stewpot serves 3 meals a day, every single day of the year.  To meet this great need, The Stewpot is seeking volunteers  (individuals or groups of 10-15) to serve a meal once a month.

For more information:  214-746-2785 ext. 320 or Click Here    

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116.  TEXAS GLOBAL EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Experience the world and expand your family's horizons this summer!
Open your heart and your home to a global visitor and enable your teenager to stay with a family abroad. 

Details: Texas Global Education and Cultural Exchange provides several one-month home-stay opportunities.
Home-stays (instead of staying in a hotel) have many advantages:
•Experience life from the inside - not as a tourist
•Learn, appreciate, understand and evaluate another culture - and your own
•Establish a close relationship with someone - from another culture
•Develop cross-cultural understanding through communication and interaction

The focus of a cultural exchange is friendship, but lasting friendships and warm memories aren't the only results. Young people who have the opportunity to live with a host family in a foreign country or to host an international youth in their home enjoy a priceless educational experience that better prepares them for a life in a global society.
 
For more information: Call 940.241.3097
Info.texasglobaleducation@gmail.com
www.texasglobaleducation.org


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117. FREE ORGAN RECITALS IN DALLAS

FREE ORGAN RECITALS

Time: 12pm-12:30pm (followed by a one hour tour of the Center)
Cost: FREE

Location:  Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, Dallas, 75201
Details: Recital given by Mary Preston, resident organist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on the Lay Family Concert Organ. This 30 minute presentation will be followed by a one-hour tour of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Reservations not required, but requested for groups of 15 or more.
For More Information or for a Group Reservation: 
214-670-3331

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118. READING PROGRAMS 2017

Barnes & Noble -- Read 8 Books & Earn a Free Book
Download the Reading Journal.
Read any 8 books this summer
Record them in the Reading Journal
Bring completed Journal to Barnes & Noble store
Choose your Free Reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the Journal.


Chuck E. Cheese -- Read 14 Day & Get 10 free tokens

Half Price Books -- Read 300 minutes each month for $5 Bookworm Bucks
8th Grade & Under:  Read 15 minutes a day for a month in June & July (grown ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning).  
Download the Reading Log.
Program runs through July.  HPB Bookworm Bucks coupons are valid through August 27.
High School: Read a book each month in June & July and write a short review. No reading log.
Just bring your review to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks.
Submit your review here starting June 1.

H.E.Buddy Reading Program
-- Read 10 books for tee shirt & prizes.
Download Reading Log.
Program is intended solely for children who are residents of Texas between the ages of 3-12.

PBS Summer Reading Camp -- Everything you need for 10 fun weeks of reading
Weekly Themes:  Bugs, Heroes, Reading Quest, Animal Antics, Make Music, Dragons & Dinos,
Play Outside, Get Wet!, Sports & Games, and World of Words
Must Subscribe to Education.com to Access

Public Library Reading Programs -- Click here to locate a library near you.



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119. CITY OF ARLINGTON: ANIMAL ESSAY CONTEST

The contest is open to students in grades 3, 4, 5, & 6, residing within the City of Arlington, who attend public or private schools. Homeschoolers are welcome!

Essay Contest Guidelines:
Only one essay per student is allowed.
Submitted material must be original, must not exceed 500 words, and may be either handwritten or typed.
Students must reside within the City of Arlington.
Cover sheet must contain student’s name, address and phone number, school, grade and teacher’s name.
Previous winners of the Animal Essay Contest are ineligible

Click here for more information


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