The last time you left home with the kids, it required brute strength, help from neighbors, and a handsome candy bribe just to get them in the car.
But everyone will be quick to join the trip to Village Tea Company, a just-opened family cafe. For parents: a super-chill lounge where you can surf the Web and sip signature teas and coffees. For Junior: a supervised play area with scheduled story times, puppet shows, and games.
When stomachs rumble, order a smoked salmon sandwich or PB&J, or try a caffeine-free rooibos.
Getting them to go back home?
It takes a village.
Village Tea Company, 11661 Preston Road, suite 210 (877-221-0428 or villageteaco.com).
The Trains at NorthPark
What: Mini vintage trains chug through a model America — all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Why: You think you can.
When: Thurs.-Jan. 3. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expwy. (214-361-6345).
Curious George Live
What: Head to Rome with the inquisitive chimp in this musical adventure.
Why: You’re in monkey business.
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Nokia Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie (972-854-5111). Tickets online at nokiatheatredfw.com.
What: Etiquette expert Elise McVeigh teaches students ages 4-10 the merits of good holiday manners.
Why: Ps, Qs, and tons of fun.
When: Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Where: The McVeigh residence. To register, call 214-212-2033 or e-mail email@example.com. (You’ll get the address then.)
Photo: Courtesy of Village Tea Company