Since we eat oatmeal every morning, we understand the nuances of breakfast porridge preparation. Too little water, you end up with dry clods and flakes throughout your meal; too much water renders a sticky mush. We likewise have issues with the flock of ill-natured office chairs that litter our department. Each is differently skewed--pitched forward, tilted backward, horizontally misaligned--but all perfectly calculated to hinder comfort and productivity. So, no, we don't think Goldilocks was asking too much: good porridge, a cozy chair, the right-sized bed. All right, maybe she should've sought those things a little closer to home, but despite her missteps, we applaud the drive for perfection behind her actions. To draw your own conclusions, check out Travis Tyre's adaptation of the classic tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Creative Arts Theatre & School, 1100 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington. The play is August 7 with performances at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and group rates are available. Call 817-861-CATS. --Michelle Martinez
For the Li'l Doggies
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Imagine it: You're riding your steed through the prairie, the smell of leather in the air; you feel the ache of saddle sores on your butt and pray for an inn to appear over the horizon. Oh, the glory of cowgirl life. This summer, The National Cowgirl Museum is introducing children to cowgirls and pioneers with its Yippee Yay Summer Day Kid's Camp. Young'ns will be gatherin' around the fire to make dolls out of clothespins and corn husks during Pioneers at Play on August 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 per child and free for parents; admission to the museum is free. Camp takes place at the museum, 1720 Montgomery at Harley in Fort Worth. Call 817-336-4475 or visit www.cowgirl.net. --Mary Monigold
You gotta give props to animals that have been around since the Paleozoic Era--reptiles, that is. Since we, supposedly higher intelligence life forms, can't even keep a cactus alive, we are impressed by species that have fought to survive for millions of years. This probably means that humans are about to be phased out to be replaced by turtles, but we'll try not to dwell on that. In reverence of these ectothermic beings, the Dallas Museum of Natural History dedicates an entire weekend to reptile-related events where visitors can get "up close and personal" with snakes, lizards and turtles. Specialists from Carl's Creepy Crawlies, DFW Herpetological Society, Reptile Rope and Boutique Pet Shop will be on hand to answer questions about reptile care. Be nice to them now--reptiles may be your masters someday. Stop by the Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday or noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are $4 to $6.50. Call 214-421-DINO. --Michelle Martinez