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Just keeping kids alive until their 18th birthdays is expensive enough. You shouldn't have to break open their piggy banks to give them the occasional cultural experience. The Dallas Theater Center apparently understands this and offers Pay What You Can nights for select Sunday night preview shows. Drop a not-unreasonable $5 a head with a family of four and you'll get your entire clan in for less than a single ticket might otherwise cost. Or donate nothing, if your conscience lets you. With 2009-2010 productions including It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, A Midsummer Night's Dream and, of course, the annual performance of A Christmas Carol (which will be presented for the final time in the Kalita Humphreys Theater), there are plenty of opportunities to get them away from the television and let you check out the innovative new Wyly Theatre.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Courtesy Dallas Arboretum

They're gonna tear our playhouses down come late December, which still gives you plenty of time to see what they planted in the ground for Dallas Blooms back in March—16 architectural treats reflecting the wonder and wisdom contained in kiddie-book classics. Swings and slides are nice and all, but you're young'un hasn't lived (or learned) till he or she hops into the pages of The Lorax, James and the Giant Peach, Thumbelina, Peter Pan or the other classics on (enormous) display at the Arboretum, which actually lets the little ones run wild in the abodes designed by locals who clearly love these tomes as much as the children, who, in our experience, want nothing more than to rush home and read about the places they've just visited. One can only hope they fall into foreclosure and become available at the nice price; we've just the spot in the backyard...no, wait, front yard.

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