Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of April

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In the grand tradition of all Texans (all humans?) loving weather talk, let’s take a moment to recognize that April is generally our last chance to enjoy the outdoors before mosquitos and high temps are upon us. It’s that spring sweet spot, so make the most of it!

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All Month :: Were you into The Guinness Book of World Records as a kid? The new touring exhibit The Science of Guinness World Records at the Perot promises a deep dive into these amazing achievements. See protocol for tickets and timed entry here.
For those who prefer to stay home, don’t forget about the Perot’s new virtual experience The Whynauts.

All Month :: The African American Museum at Fair Park will have the Carroll Harris Simms: National Black Art Competition and Exhibition this month. The purpose of the exhibition program is to expand the Museum’s distinguished fine art collection and to provide Black artists from across the nation a venue to display their work. See the Plan Your Visit section for COVID hours and protocols. 12-5pm.

All Month, select dates :: It’s glorious running weather right now, so check out this selection of Virtual Run Events benefitting a variety of good causes. There’s even a section for Kids Races.

Through April 11 :: You still have time to visit Dallas Blooms “America the Beautiful” at the Arboretum! Here are the special events planned for the final days:

    • April 2-4 :: Easter Weekend :: Face painting, live bunny photos, a petting zoo, live music, and more. Activities vary slightly by day, see link for specific list. 9am-5pm. Included in admission.
    • April 5-11 :: Celebrating America Week :: For this last week, each day will have a little something going on. We recommend Mommy & Me Monday and BOGO Wednesday. And the garden scavenger hunt and live music on Thursday. See link for a list of activities by day. 9am-5pm. Included in admission.

Through April 18 :: I’m so interested in all the new COVID-considerate creative performances popping up. Art Heist at AT&T Performance Center is a true crime walking theater event about the America’s biggest art theft in Boston (coincidently also the subject of a new Netflix docuseries, FYI). Expect intrigue, high stakes, and laughs as you gather clues to find out what really happened. Afternoon and evening showtimes. Tickets from $34.

April 1 and April 11 :: This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday celebrate Colors and Our Beautiful Earth, respectively. The programs are currently virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup while they last. JumpstART is for ages 2 and up. Free!

April 1-4 :: ANTIBODIES is an interactive installation in the West End that takes the form of a double-sided larger-than-life LED wall which tracks the faces of participants and elicits them to make facial expressions. It’s located in Dallas’s newest park, West End Square, the very first public green space in the West End Historic District (the park just opened on March 26). Free!

April 1-4 :: The Colony’s new outdoor shopping/dining/entertainment spot Grandscape will have Grand Opening festivities all weekend, including plenty of live music, a Spring Fling Eggstravaganza, and lots of specials and promotions from the onsite businesses. See link for more details. Free!

April 3 :: The Shops at Park Lane have a first Saturday Spring Market Series going on right now. Shop local artisans’ handcrafted goods in a socially-distant fashion. Outdoor dining options available if you want to make an afternoon of it. 11am-4pm. Free!

April 3 :: Kate Weiser Chocolate in Trinity Groves will have a Llamazing Easter Petting Zoo on the patio today. They’ll have an alpaca, bunnies, chicks, goats, and even a mini pig. Pick up some Easter sweets while you’re at it! 1-3pm. Free!

April 4 :: Happy Easter! If you haven’t figured out your Easter plans, check out our Guide to Easter & Egg Hunts. Some new events have popped up recently, so be sure to take another look!
(Hint: Do you live further north? Don’t miss our Collin County Moms Guide to Easter & Egg Hunts for activities closer to you.)

April 6 :: Tiger Tuesdays at the Dallas Zoo means the first Tuesday of every month is $8 admission. COVID protocols are still in place, including reserving timed tickets prior to visiting.

April 10 :: The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is back, y’all. Saturdays and Sundays this month and through the end of May, head to Waxahachie for OLDE.TYME.FUN. Tons of details and a schedule here. They have new COVID guidelines this year, so please check those out before making the drive. If you’ve never been, check out our past post on bringing kids – yes, there’s lots for them to like!

April 10 :: Today is the Dallas Heritage Village Youth Fair featuring games, demonstrations, and contests throughout the day. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the park!

April 10 :: Denton Drive Live! is an all-new outdoor concert series in Farmers Branch Historical Park. This family-friendly music festival-style event features 2 bands playing live each month, kids activities, and food and drink for purchase. See link for performance schedule. Parking and admission are free!

April 10-11 :: North Central Ballet, in cooperation with Grapevine Parks and Recreation, is excited to present an outdoor, COVID-friendly, socially-distanced production of Peter and the Wolf in Meadowmere Park. It’s the perfect ballet for children. Food trucks will also be on site. 2pm each day. Tickets from $15. Parking is $5.

April 16-18 :: Time for the annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival! Over 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails, the biggest of its kind in the state, just 35 miles south of Dallas. The festival will have live music, arts & crafts vendors, food, kids activities, and more on the streets of Downtown Ennis. Hours vary by day, see link for festival schedule. Tickets to the festival are $5/adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase at the gate. The trails themselves are open all month long – see website for bloom reports.
From the archives: 5 Insider Tips to Bluebonnet Photos {& Other Resources}

April 16 :: Thinking of a little staycation for Memorial Day weekend? JadeWaters at the Anatole opens early for the season today. It’s a water park exclusively for hotel guests, with slides, lazy river, swim up bar, splash and play area, and more.

April 17 :: The Run for Life 5k Family Fun Run & Walk benefits adoption and foster care organizations in the area. The run will be held in the Trinity Groves area and Gateway Plaza. Packet pick up is April 15. 9am.

April 17 :: It’s the annual Spring Into Nash at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm. Bring the family and experience what life was like when the city’s earliest settlers made their home in Grapevine. Certain activities require coupons that can be purchased on site for 50 cents each. See link for list of free and paid activities. 10am-2pm. Admission is free!

April 17 :: Lewisville Colorpalooza will be happening in Old Town Lewisville today. Sidewalk chalk art demos, live music and cultural performances, DIY tie-dye station, interactive art, an artisan market, and more. 10am-5pm. Free!

April 17 :: This would make a cute one-on-one date idea with your child: Making in the Museum: Sketching the Sculptures is a family workshop with an educator-led discussion of a sculpture and an art making lesson on the Meadows Museum plaza at SMU. For children ages 6-12 and an adult. 2-3:30pm. $20 for non-members, $10 for members.

April 17-18 :: The Dallas Opera and members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra present Garden Serenades at Klyde Warren Park, a weekend of free chamber concerts celebrating spring and the return of live performances. 1-3pm each day. Free!

April 17 & 24 :: Very intrigued by this: ¡Soltar! is an interactive pageant and procession, marking the spring equinox and a period of hope after 12 months of the pandemic. Observing safety precautions, this outdoor, arts experience features an eclectic array of Mexican masks, mojigangas (large puppets), dance and theatre with costumes provided for audience members to actively participate in the festivities. All patrons are encouraged to dress in the spirit of carnival with costumes, hats, masks and/or vibrant colors. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. 2pm. Tickets from $10.

April 24 :: Farmers Branch Fishin’ Fun is an annual fishing tournament that takes place each spring at the beautiful Rawhide Creek. Designed for ages 16 and under and open to both residents and non-residents. There are trophies and prizes for the top 3 fish in each age category and family friendly activities. See link for more details. 8am-12pm. Free!

April 24 :: The Coppell Arts Center hosts Grove Grooves, live outdoor concerts each month. Watusi is an eclectic tribe of 10 world musicians, joining positive vibes and music together in a true Rasta spirit of international unity, with a “One World, One God, One Love” message and a world of rhythms. Bring lawn chairs and blankets! See link for more details on food and drink vendors. 6pm. Free!  

April 24-25 :: Artscape returns to the Arboretum with 85 juried fine art and craft artists from around the country fill Pecan Grove selling paintings, sculpture, hats, jewelry, photography, woodwork and more. They’ll have local food and market vendors and Children’s Art Escape activities, plus face painting and a petting zoo. Lots more details at the link. 9am-5pm. Included with garden admission.

Looking for ideas a little further north? Don’t miss our Collin County April Event Guide!

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