Kid’s Korner

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Fall Activities in DFW 2015

Lake Highlands Family YMCA - Play N Learn 

Fall Session 2015
September 8 through December 15, 2015
Tuesday’s 10:30-noon
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Wildcat Funzone at the Lake Highlands North Recreational Center (for children age 5 and under)

Dallas Arboretum (Autumn at the Arboretum)

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Mondays & Tuesdays, September 21 – November 24
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pecan Grove
For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature crafts, face painting and Kindermusik.

Monarch Madness Weeks at the Dallas Arboretum
First Weeks of October
Destined for the warmer climates of Mexico, the monarch’s annual overwintering takes them on a 3,000 mile journey deep in the heart of Texas. Specially planted salvia in the main gardens attract these regal and recognizable pollinators to the Arboretum. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a Certified Monarch Waystation, also celebrates and studies the Monarchs this fall.

Monarch Migration Day
October 3 & 10
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monarch Migration Activities take place on the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that is filled with plants that attract butterflies. A face painter is available to paint butterfly faces on children. Special thanks to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Discovery Gardens for helping with this fun and educational day.

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities

October 10 & 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Children’s Activities in the Pecan Grove include crafts, face painting and more.

October 12 | 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Children’s concerts by Eddie Coker are sponsored by DallasChild on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Guests are invited to listen to live music overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake while enjoying a picnic on the lawn.

Family Fun Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trick-or-treat throughout the gardens with costumed characters and other family fun activities. Children are encouraged to wear festive costumes.

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village
Sponsored by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
Daily, September 19 – November 25
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Pumpkin Village features a record number of 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash including the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch(pumpkins available for purchase), Old Texas Town Houses (made of pumpkins), Great Pumpkin Search, Hay Bale Maze and Cinderella’s Carriage in the Pecan Grove.

Klyde Warren Park

Family Yoga with the Crow Collection.
The Crow Collection hosts a family-friendly yoga class on the Great Lawn.

  • Saturday, August 01 from 10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 08 from10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 15 from10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 22 from10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 29 from10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.


Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden
May 25 – Sep 29
9am–5pm Tue–Sat; 1–5pm Sun.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Pl.
McKinney, TX 75069

Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the butterfly house and garden. The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. The butterfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. This area is also a great setting for nature photography and portraiture; a small fee applies.

Cost: $9 adults; $6 for ages 3–12.

Dallas Children’s Theater
5938 Skillman, Dallas, Texas 75231

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX 75201-1704

Kid Friendly Recipe

I cringe every time my toddler requests a corndog for lunch… again. These cheesy corndog muffins are quick, portable and can be frozen for 2 weeks. Another bonus? You control what’s going into them, so no mystery meat here.

Cheesy Corndog Muffins
Makes 24 muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 all-natural, nitrate-free hot dogs
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 Tbs baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar


  1. Cut hotdogs into toddler-sized pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together and slowly add wet ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Fold in diced hot dogs.
  4. Line 2 muffin tins with wrappers. Scoop mixture into wrappers and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Once cooled, these can be frozen for 2 weeks- remove foil liner and thaw/reheat.