Holidays

Oodles Of Local Holiday Events

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There is plenty to do around this time of year! We don’t want to cram the holidays full of “doing” at the expense of enjoying this holiday season, but it’s fun to enjoy some festive things with the family along the way.

Our first Lionheart Children’s Academy is located in Arlington, TX, so here are some events going on in and around Arlington that are fun for the whole family:

Arlington

Check out the Spirit of Arlington website for a big ol’ list of events going on in Lionheart’s backyard!

Fort Worth – Sundance Square

Here is a great list of events going on in downtown Fort Worth at the beautiful Sundance Square.

Grand Prairie

Here’s a calendar of Grand Prairie’s events including lights, live events, and Santa!

Mansfield

Here is historic Mansfield’s calendar of holiday events.

Hurst

Hurst has Santa’s Mailbox, tree lighting, and much more! Check out their calendar here.

Euless

Euless has a parade of lights, breakfast with Santa, and a historic park Christmas celebration – find their calendar of events here.

Bedford

If you’re in Bedford, they’ve got a tree lighting at the Historic Old Bedford School and a community wide decorating contest! Get the details here.

Grapevine

Grapevine, TX claims to be the “Christmas Capital of Texas,” so it’s probably worth checking out!

Irving

If you’re in Irving, you won’t want to miss the Holiday Extravaganza! Get the details here.

 

We hope this Christmas season fosters togetherness in your family – how ever big or small it may be!

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LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

 

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Teaching Kiddos To Spread The Love

love; beautiful hands of children holding green heart shapeThe holiday season is coming! In my house, it starts with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, and topped off with Christmas & New Years. Those are the big guys, anyways.

We love giving and receiving gifts, dressing up for Halloween & trick-or-treating, and giving lots of thanks.

Along with eating lots of food. 🙂

I also live for decorating.

More importantly, this year I’m excited to incorporate some “giving back” into our holiday traditions. To me, it’s important to teach our three-year-old that there are other people in this world, and some of them need help. My husband and I want her to experience the privilege of giving first-hand and see the joy in helping others.

Here are some causes you can be part of, or donate to, if you want to spread the love this holiday season (or any time of year):

  1. Donate that extra Halloween candy to our troops.
  2. Donate to Toys for Tots.
  3. Donate or volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree.
  4. Sponsor a child. There are lots of organizations to choose from, find one that resonates with your family.
  5. Donate food to or volunteer to distribute food at a local food bank.
  6. Go through closets, bookshelves, and toy boxes and donate things. Here’s a big list of who needs/accepts what.
  7. Make Care Kits for the Homeless. This is something little ones can help with, and it can be stored in your car for times when you see someone in need.
  8. Make a card to send to out of town family – we can serve loved ones in addition to strangers.
  9. Make a jar of hearts for dad, mom, sister, etc.
  10. Contribute to or pay the bill of the person behind you in the check-out line at the grocery store.
  11. The next time you go out for a meal, pay another table’s bill.
  12. Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
  13. Deliver Meals on Wheels (we did this one Christmas day when I was a kid).
  14. Make Chemo Care Packages for a local oncology center or for someone you know going through chemotherapy.
  15. Contact a local foster care agency and make care packages for their children. Often children arrive at the center with nothing and have great needs.
  16. Write letters and send care packages to service men and women.

(Lots of these ideas came from Pennies of Time & FeelsLikeHome)

Which cause do you like the best? Which one are your kids most excited about? What other ways does your family give back? I’d love to hear, so leave a comment below!

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LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

Local Pumpkin Patches & Tips for Making the Day Fun

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I’m pretty sure that my parents never took me to a single pumpkin patch when I was growing up. I just don’t remember it being a thing for us Texas kids. But now, well, by golly, a fall pumpkin patch is an important rite of passage for today’s kiddos, and it’s a permanent part of my fall to-do list.

Last October, my little Wrenn was only three months old – unable to even sit up on her own, much less have any idea what a pumpkin patch was all about. But I called my sister anyway and asked if her family wanted to meet us so we could take pictures for each other. A few lessons I learned as a first-time pumpkin patch mom:

1. Bring a change of clothes. My little one had a blow-out diaper the minute we got to the pumpkin patch, so we had to go with Outfit #2. Just assume it will happen to you!

2. Set low expectations. For us, it wasn’t exactly easy to capture awesome photos of our little one, since she couldn’t sit up on her own. We did a few obligatory photos of her lying on a blanket surrounded by pumpkins, and a few quick family photos. My one-year-old nephew fell and hit his head on a pumpkin and cried. My colicky baby had a meltdown. There was a lady’s rear end in the background of my favorite family photo. It just happens… so keep your sense of humor!

3. Invite another family so you can take each others’ pictures. My little family of three rarely gets a picture together that isn’t a selfie. By bringing friends, you can help each other out so that MAYBE you can capture a frame-worthy moment. Or, at least a moment that you can laugh about later.

4. Enjoy the memories. I hope that once Wrenn is a little older we can make it a special family outing, where she can pick her very own pumpkin to decorate. It’s an easy, inexpensive family outing, and a fun tradition we can create. In the meantime, I’m excited to bring her back this year, now that she’s 15 months old and can enjoy running around the pumpkin patch, enjoying the fresh air. Even if she still has no idea what’s going on.

Don’t know where to go? We found some resources to help you find a local pumpkin patch in Tarrant County:

DFW Child’s List of Best Pumpkin Patches in DFW

Pumpkin Patches Sorted by County

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.