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Eye Spy

So often we fight others on the comparison of children to gerbils. They are not the same. Sure, they're small, but the similarities end there. Kids have fingers, no tails, are human and don't normally run mazes. Our last point, however, has now been blown with the arrival of the Agent Cody Banks Challenge. Sure, kids can earn their junior secret agent credentials, but the challenge lies in an inflatable obstacle course the burgeoning detectives have to conquer. The itsy inspectors face wall climbing, a maze of inflatable villains, hoop jumping and tunnel crawling. We may be a little big for the detective britches, but for the sake of the participating kids, we hope the challenge is inside, otherwise this rodent-like activity may turn scientific experiment in the Texas heat. The determined will receive an official ID badge and the chance to win spy stuff from BMW Street Carvers, Spy Toys, Alpen Binoculars, JNCO clothing and others. The big coup for kids, though, is the pass to the Top Secret Screening Room for a sneak preview of Agent Cody Banks 2. Friday the challenge hits the Mesquite Rodeo, 1818 Rodeo Drive, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, hosts on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free. Check out for more info. --Merritt Martin

Soaked Cinema

Poor Aquaman. All the other superheroes get amazing powers, exciting adventures and killer vehicles, but this guy gets screwed rescuing dolphins from tuna nets. And if being the laughingstock of the leotard brigade isn't bad enough, the fin-loving fighter also has been left out of the recent comic-book-cum-movie resurgence. What are Aquaman's seven fans to do? Well, geeks seeking an aquatic superhero movie experience should splash on over to NRH20's Dive-In Movie on Friday. At dusk, the park will play the latest Spider-Man movie on a screen above the giant wave pool. The flick is free with normal admission, so come for the water rides and stay for the part where Kirsten Dunst gets soaked in the rain. Beat THAT, Aquaman. Visit --Sam Machkovech

School Daze

Just when kids thought they were safely entrenched in summer fun, the Dallas community is poised to splash them with a cold shower of pencils and protractors. Dallas city employees, volunteers and health-care providers will distribute free school supplies to more than 20,000 children and their families at the Mayor's Back to School Fair. Ouch. On August 7 at 8 a.m., Mayor Laura Miller and the city of Dallas will host the fair at the Fair Park Automobile Building. The fair will provide information on preparing children to succeed in school as well as free educational, social and health services such as immunizations and dental screenings. To qualify, recipients must be Dallas residents and meet the federal poverty income guidelines (proof of income, residency and picture identification required). To register in advance, call 211 or visit --Mark Stuertz

Imagine This

If John Lennon were alive today, he'd be somebody's grandfather. Holed up in the Dakota, he'd sit with the grandtots in front of the tube, fascinated by the icons of toddler pop culture. One day, he'd amend his infamous quote during a Dateline exclusive. "The Wiggles," Boompa John would say, "are more popular than Jesus Christ." Before they sold out to Disney, the Aussie boy band got famous via Australian television and road shows. Still touring, The Wiggles arrive in Grand Prairie at NextStage, Belt Line Road and Interstate 30, August 3 through August 4, with tickets ($19, $24 and $29) available only for the August 4 show at 3 p.m. Call or visit Ticketmaster, 972-647-5700, or --Annabelle Massey Helber


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