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

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We’re back with a new month and a new batch of activities for you and the family to enjoy. I believe this first week of May will see temperatures up to 90 degrees, which, ya know… yikes. Crossing my fingers that we’ll have a few perfect days mixed in here and there, too.

As usual, we maintain a full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

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All Month :: The Science of Guinness World Records continues at the Perot, with 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 :: For a Dreamer of Houses at the DMA brings together more than 50 works of art, from immersive installations to intimate photographs, all related to the idea of home. Remind: If you go with younger kids, download one of the Family Guides on your phone.

All Month :: An annual tradition you can still do while safely social distancing? Bluebonnet photos! Need a new spot? Try Texas Native Park, Bachmann Lake, Bluebonnet Trail in Plano, Toyota Headquarters, or Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

All Month :: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I like to think of any culturally-themed month as a reminder that one of our jobs as parents is to continually and explicitly teach our children to accept and value different cultures. One very simple way to do this is through food. Here’s a post on Eating Asian Food in Dallas With Kids, with restaurant recommendations for great Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisine around town. We’ve also included a couple more family-friendly community events in this guide.

All Month, Weekends :: The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is back, y’all. Saturdays and Sundays until May 31, 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!

All Month, Mondays & Wednesdays :: Play Lewisville On Wheels is the city’s new mobile recreation unit. The PLAY Team will be traveling across Lewisville to all of the parks this spring. Join them for an afternoon filled with fun, games, and activities for kids of all ages. Here’s a quick reference to the tour schedule. 3:30-5:30pm. Free!

All Month, select dates :: Let’s not forget about Circo Metropolis. Local clown legends Slappy & Monday have been working it out here with their circus friends in the absence of Showtime Saturdays at the Galleria. Bring blankets and enjoy the zaniness at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in Dallas. See link for more details and showtimes. Tickets $15 or $50 for a family 4-pack.

May 1 :: Tying into events surrounding ZimSculpt at the Arboretum, Black Heritage Celebration Day will be packed with cooking demonstrations, live music, dance, and a vendor fair of more than 20 Black-owned businesses showcasing and selling their handiwork. 10am-4pm. Included with garden admission.

May 1 :: Here’s a chance to shop local handcrafted goods: The Market at Park Lane will have artisan tables and booths spaced six-feet apart along with live music, giveaways, and lots of patio dining options. 11am-4pm. Free!
Alternatively, you could go to a similar event downtown in Pegasus Plaza for Art in the Park. They’ll have free gifts from the Dallas Public Library.

May 1 :: The Farmers Branch Mustangs will play a Vintage Baseball Game today at the Historical Park, with vintage uniforms, balls, bats, and 1860s rules. 10am-12pm. Free!
Related: This must be a national “day” or something because Nash Farm in Grapevine is doing the same thing! 6pm. $5 per person, includes lemonade and popcorn.

May 1 :: The Shops at Highland Village will host the Highland Village Art Festival today, with displays from over 45 gallery quality artists, demonstrations, live jazz quartet, and kids activities. Take a picture with Mirror Man (intriguing) and watch a chalk artist create a 6-by-6 foot mural in Central Park. 10am-6pm. Free!

May 1 :: Downtown Rockwall’s historic square will host a Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Saturday evening that will include solo performances, group ensembles, Mariachi, and Ballet Folklorico. Bring chairs! (This is also opening weekend for the Rockwall Farmers Market and San Jacinto Plaza Music Series) 6-8pm. Free!

May 2 :: Also slightly ahead of schedule, Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie will have a Cinco de Mayo celebration today with live music and plenty of shopping. Buy an all-day-ride wristband for $13.99. 9am-5pm. Entry is free, parking $5.

May 6 and May 9 :: This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offers Moms are Amazing and Masterpieces with Mom, 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!

May 8 :: Hike the Trinity River Audubon Center trails for free today in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. Tickets are free but you must reserve them in advance online. 7am-3pm. Free!
Related: They’re also having a Birder Bowl competition this weekend where teams of up to 4 people can try to spot the most species. See link for participation details.

May 8 :: Flower Mound’s inaugural Art in the Park Festival is today with a focus on eco-friendly ways to be creative. The festival includes live performances, food trucks, 45+ art vendors, a “Find Bob Ross” scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, a community mural, and much more. Bring your chairs and blankets and stay all day if you want! 10am-5pm. Free!

May 8 :: Plano Asiafest is livestreaming virtually this year, and will have a bunch of interesting cultural demonstrations and performances to provide a fun and engaging time for your entire family. Get your kids going on some origami! 11am. Free!

May 8 :: Field Day is a new socially-distanced event that takes participants on an exciting Amazing Race-style adventure throughout Dallas. Compete in teams of 2 via app in a friendly and competitive city-wide scavenger hunt with lots of fun and prizes! Benefits Dallas Afterschool. 11am-2pm. $100 per team, includes shirts and lunch.

May 8 :: Denton Drive Live! is the 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. 6-10pm. Parking and admission are free!

May 9 :: Happy Mother’s Day! You’ve earned a major merit badge for motherhood this year, clearly. Whew. Don’t miss our {Top 5} Mother’s Day Activities & the Best Brunch Spots in Dallas.

May 13 :: Bring a picnic dinner and hear tribute/cover bands at Rockwell’s Concert by the Lake series which starts today at The Harbor Amphitheater, overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard. See a schedule of bands at the link. 7:30-9pm. Free!

May 14-15 :: Mystical Forest is an outdoor, interactive mystical drama based on a classic tale. You will journey to 6 stops throughout Kalachandji’s Park. At each stop, the story will unfold through lighting, sound, and live acting scenes. The journey is about 40 minutes altogether – plan to be walking, standing, and sitting. 7:30, 8, or 8:30pm showtimes. $15 per ticket.

May 14-16 :: Experience the beauty of ballet under the Texas sky at AT&T Performing Arts Center. Ballet al Fresco is a sensational collection of classic and contemporary pieces, showcasing the powerful range of Texas Ballet Theater. Afternoon & evening showtimes. Tickets from $45.

May 15 :: Dallas Pizza Fest is back! The 3rd annual Dallas Pizza Fest will be at Bottled Blonde Pizzeria in today in Deep Ellum. This family-friendly event features a pizza truck block party, live music, beer & wine garden, pizza eating contests, and more. 12-8pm. Tickets from $7. Kids 8 and under are free.

May 15-16 :: Grapevine’s Main Street Fest returns! This year’s event has been re-imagined and harkens back to a simpler time when admission was free and Main Street businesses were truly the heart of the festival. Bistros, cafes and boutiques will extend their storefronts onto Main Street to provide alfresco dining and shopping experiences. See jugglers and acrobats; enjoy live music; play in brand new kids areas with chalk art and craft activities; and savor your favorite festival foods and treats for kids of all ages. 11am-8pm. Free!

May 21 :: The Boho Market is all over town these days! Head to The Sound at Cypress Waters (Coppell area) this evening for an outdoor market featuring local, hand-crafted, and vintage items. You could have dinner on one of the patios before or after. Check the Boho link to see other dates and locations this month. 6-9pm. Free!

May 22-23 :: Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new outdoor plaza this weekend complete with food, shopping, crafts, fire dancers, and other cultural presentations. 11am-9pm. Free!

May 28-30 :: Does anyone else have a Nerf-obsessed child? Fair Park will host Nerf Challenge featuring experiences playfully designed to test focus, dexterity, and skill across multiple play styles. Tickets from $25.

May 29 :: Fiesta Charra is a free, family-friendly event at Lewisville Rodeo Arena featuring several activities of a traditional Charreada, which is like a rodeo and practiced in Mexico. See link for schedule of events including a jalapeño eating contest, Ballet Folklorico, Rodeo Comedy Show, and more. 4-10pm. Onsite parking is $10. Admission is free!

May 29 :: The Coppell Arts Center kicks off their Drive-In Movie Series with Cinderella (the Brandy/Whitney one) tonight. Big D Kettle Corn will be on-site selling popcorn and drinks. Tickets must be purchased online. 8pm. $15 per vehicle.

Do you live in Plano (or elsewhere in Collin County)? Don’t miss the Collin County Moms Guide to the Month of May!

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