Welcome to April, everyone! I warned you last time that we were entering festival season, and I was not kidding around. I think we’ve reached Peak Festival. It makes sense, what with the ridiculously pleasant temperatures and flowers blooming all over the place. Now is the time to play outside, and we’ve got plenty of April events to help you do just that. Pop an antihistamine and get out there!
NOTE: Easter is April 21 and there are TONS of local egg hunts and gatherings to celebrate it. So many, that we’ve grouped them all in their own post. Check out our Guide to Egg Hunts & Easter Events!
Do you know about Mornings with Mommy? It’s a “mommy and me” type of playdate – developmentally appropriate story times and songs, learning centers and activities, snacks, and a chance to meet (and commiserate) with other moms. They’re all about learning through play.
WHO: Ages 0-5 and their caregivers
WHEN: 2nd and 4th Thursday and Friday of every month (that means April 11-12, 25-26 for this month)
TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 AM and 10:30 – 11:30 AM
WHERE: Calvary Lutheran Church, 9807 Church Road, Dallas
COST: $5 per family per session
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required at www.calvarydallas.org.
Mornings with Mommy themes this month:
April 6 :: Donuts with Daddy (a special bonus session this month for the Dads!)
April 11-12 :: Eggs and Easter: Jesus is Risen
April 25-26 :: My Healthy Body :: Participants of this session will have a unique opportunity for their child to be observed while they play by Baylor Doctorate of Physical Therapy students and receive a free pediatric gross motor assessment of their child’s development.
Until April 7 :: Last chance for Dallas Blooms: Life’s a Picnic at the Arboretum. Would be a great spot for some spring-y photos, obviously. If you’re not a member, be sure to purchase parking online in advance for $9 (otherwise it’s $15 at the gate).
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 :: Monday mornings are for Mommy Moves with AfrikoPOP at Bookmarks at Northpark. Bond with your baby while getting a 20-minute workout! This low-impact, mommy-and-me dance class is for caregivers and infants up to 12 months old. Don’t forget your baby carrier. 10-10:30am. Free!
April 2 :: Plan a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art’s First Tuesday for crafts and activities, a marionette show, story time with the Dallas Public Library, and more. See the link for a full schedule of the afternoon. 11am-2pm. Free!
April 4 :: JumpstART Stories & Art has a “Colors” theme today, inspired by the colorful exhibitions at Irving Arts Center and the vibrant springtime. Create a special craft project, listen to a story, then browse the galleries together. Ages 2 and up. All supplies provided. 10am. Free!
April 5-7 :: First festival up this month is the Deep Ellum Art Festival. Over 200 visual artists, 100 bands and singers on 4 different stages, a Pet Parade, plus a variety of food and drink. Be advised, this festival welcomes children during the day, but it’s not billed as a “family festival” like so many others. There’s no “Xtreme Kidz Zone” is what I’m saying. 11am-11pm. Free!
April 5-7, 12-14 :: Hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for Day Out With Thomas (aka Thomas the Tank Engine). Aside from the 25 minute train ride, they’ll have an on-the-ground Imagination Station with stamps, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts; photo ops; storytelling in the Depot every hour on the half hour; video viewing every hour on the hour; live stage music and magic shows; Island of Sodor Sandbox Dig; Boocoos the Clown; and more. Lots of different ride times. Tickets $25, $10 for non-train ride grounds entry. Tons of info at the link, so be sure to check that out.
April 6 :: The Scarborough Renaissance Festival returns to Waxahachie. Check out Arena’s post on bringing the kids. The Festival operates on weekends only, and their website has all the info you could possibly want about what to see/do/bring/etc. Why not dress up for one of the themed weekends?
April 6, 13, 20, 27 :: If you can’t make it to weekday story times, the Richardson Public Library does Saturday Morning Kids, geared towards ages 3-7. It features stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays, and movement activities. Everyone is welcome at this story time, no residency or registration is necessary. 10:30-11am. Free!
April 7 :: AVANCE Latino Street Fest at Klyde Warren Park is a family-friendly outdoor event showcasing Latinx culture. Local artists, food, entertainers, games, vendors, a kid zone, and more. Parents and children can also participate in all sorts of contests. See the link for contest registration details. 12-6pm. Free!
April 11 :: This Thursday you can Shop for a Cause at Hipster Baby and Sweet Firefly in Richardson. DKMS (part of the world’s largest network of bone marrow donor centers leading the the charge against blood cancer and blood disorders) will be there with a swab table for bone marrow donor matching. And a portion of the evening sales proceeds will be donated to DKMS. 5-7pm at Hipster Baby. 7-9pm at Sweet Firefly.
April 10, 13 :: Dallas Heritage Village will do Barnyard Buddies which includes a hands-on activity and a fun craft. Designed for ages 18 months to 5 years, story time takes place in The Parlor at 11am with time to play and explore at the end. 11am-1pm. $5 per person, children under 2 free.
April 12-14 :: Bop over to the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas for the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival. Arts & crafts, kids activities, vendors, music, and more. 2019 is supposed to be a huge year for bluebonnets. Check out Krystal’s hot tips on bluebonnet photos and other resources. Like Waxahachie, Ennis is about an hour south of here, give or take. Friday: 12-9pm, Saturday: 8am-6pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm. Free!
April 13 :: The 12th annual Get Kidz Fit Fest is today at Fair Park (Centennial Building) promoting health and fitness in our communities. 67,000 square feet of interactive fitness activities, hands-on nutrition lessons, fun sports and games, challenging obstacle courses and inflatables, on-stage demonstrations, entertainment and prizes. Oncor Kids Race starts at 10am. Event from 11am-3pm. Free!
April 13 :: Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live! at The Theater in Grand Prairie. Marc Summers hosting, but of course. Ooooh, you can register to be a contestant. All ages. Doors at 6, show at 7. Tickets start at $30.
April 13 :: The Dallas Arts District Block Party has a “Changing Perspectives” theme this year and includes food truck fare, local brews, family-friendly games, pop-up and featured performances by local and national artists, photo booth, community mural, and much more. 6pm-midnight. Free!
April 13-14 :: I’m telling ya, everyone has a festival this month. The Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival returns to Reverchon Park with up to 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters. The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and bev. FAQ here. Free!
April 14 :: Pizza Fest is a family event at Deep Ellum Art Co. with a bounce house land for kids, pizza parlors and trucks, live shows and music, pizza eating contests, and more. 12-9pm. $10/adults, $7/ages 8-12.
April 14 :: Celebrate Oak Cliff Earth Day today in historic Lake Cliff Park. Yoga, body/mind/soul-type group dancing, a diverse line-up of entertainment, environmental education booths and green vendors, along with food and fun for the kids. Mother Nature and Green Man costume contests, Mutt Strut dog contest, and a fun run to kick things off at 9:30am. Embrace your inner Earth Mother here, big time. 11am-5pm. Free!
April 21 :: Looking for some Easter fun? See our round up of egg hunts and all things Easter in Dallas!
April 26-28 :: Earthx2019 is the world’s largest environmental expo, conference, and film festival. Fair Park hosts 700+ exhibitors and activities including Tiny House Village, Outdoor Adventure Zone, Organic Farm, Animal Petting Zoo, Virtual Reality Zone, Big Thought Robotics Truck, E-Bike Test Track, Green Auto Show, Scuba Diving, and much, much more. 10am-6pm. Register online in advance for free admission, or $5 per person at the gate after March 31.
April 26-28 :: Grand Prairie’s Main Street Fest is a family-friendly event with live music from Texas Country artists, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, 3 entertainment stages, plenty of food & beer gardens, a KIDZONE, and more. Here’s the FAQ. Free admission and parking!
April 26-28 :: Art in the Square Southlake features lots of art, live music, food, drink, shopping, and children’s activities like face painting, color hair spray, bounce houses, rock climbing, zip line, and more. Food, drink, and activities require tickets. Hours vary by day, see the link for deets. Free admission!
April 27 :: Day to Play brings families together for kid-friendly fun and games at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the event will support Family Gateway’s mission to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. See the link for more info on the many fun activities planned. $50 for a 4-person Family Pass. If you can swing it, attendees can sponsor a $50 pass for families affected by homelessness. 11-2pm.
April 27 :: Hang out at White Rock Lake for Lake-a-Palooza at the Bath House Cultural Center. Four stages of music featuring local/regional performers, music-themed gallery exhibit plus food, fun and free children’s activities. 12-9pm. Free!
April 27-28 :: Plano ArtFest (in Historic Downtown Plano) will have live music, contemporary art installations, performances from local arts groups, a makers market filled with craftsman and artisans, family chalk art, a kids zone with bounce houses, and much more. Hours differ slightly each day, so check the link for details and a schedule of activities. Free!
April 28 :: Temple Shalom Dallas hosts the 7th annual Food Truck Palooza & Music Festival today to benefit CASA of Collin County. They’ll have up to 15 food trucks, and you can sit in the shade at one of the many tables and enjoy music all day from local musicians. Big kids zone with four large bounce structures, professional face painters, balloon creations, and other fun activities – all included in admission price. 11am-6pm. $6 per person.