Ok, Moms, let’s see what kind of kid-friendly shenanigans we can get up to this month. Here’s a handy list of ideas for you and yours. Also, this is probably our last chance to get outside without soaking in sweat, so let’s make the most of that, for sure. Fun May events comin’ atcha!
May 2 :: Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood is our annual party for expecting moms, new moms, and experienced moms alike. Enjoy an evening out at the Rooftop Event Spot in Historic Downtown Plano with appetizers & sweets, pop-up shops, giveaways, swag bags full of goodies, mini-makeovers from Sephora, and lots more. 7pm to 9:30pm. Tickets on sale HERE ($20).
May 3 :: JumpstART Stories and Art at the Irving Arts Center has a “Moms are Amazing” theme this month, as they should. Explore new stories and fun art projects during a creative storytime. Create a take-home art project and then browse the galleries together. For ages 2 and up. 10am. Free! *if you can’t make it on a Thursday morning, they also do free Second Sunday Funday (May 12)
May 3-25 :: Dallas Children’s Theater presents Island of the Skog, an adaptation of the classic Steven Kellogg book (loved this one as a kid!), recommended for ages 3 and up. Lots of showtimes to choose from, including a Sensory Friendly performance on May 4 and an ASL show on May 12. Tickets from $15.
May 4 :: Head to AsiaFest 2019 in Haggard Park (Historic Downtown Plano) today for vendor and cultural booths, live music, dance performances, and cuisine from all over Asia. Lots of children’s activities in the Children’s Corner including drawing and painting booths, STEM activities, a musical instrument “petting zoo,” and more. 10:30am-5pm. Free!
May 4 :: “May the 4th” is basically a national holiday at this point. Head to Downtown Carrollton Square for their annual May the 4th Be With You party. Bring your lightsabers and come in costume to enjoy Star Wars-themed booths, face painting, laser tag, arcade games, and photo ops. They’ll show Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) at sunset. 5-9pm. Free!
May 4-5 :: The Perot will also do it up for the “holiday” with a May the Fourth Celebration full of special activities, demonstrations, lightsaber battles, and more. Learn about robotics, futuristic technology, life on other planets, and the real science behind some of our favorite movies. Full schedule of activities at the link. Included with General Admission.
May 4-5 :: The Cottonwood Art Festival is back in Richardson and this is the big 5-0 anniversary. Browse artists’ booths, listen to live music, eat, enjoy the park, and make art of your own. In the revamped ArtStop Children’s Area, kids of all ages can weave, paint, craft, and practice sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel. Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Free!
May 4, 11, 18 :: Showtime Saturdays at the Dallas Galleria provide family-friendly performances for all ages. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3. Different performers every week – singers, magicians, storytellers, clowns, all the greats. First Saturday of the month (May 4) also has balloon artists and face painters following the show. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
May 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Last month for Saturday Morning Kids Storytime at the Richardson Library. It’s a drop-in family storytime geared toward ages 3-7, featuring stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and movement activities. No registration or residency requirements – everyone is welcome! 10:30-11am every Saturday. Free!
May 5 :: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the annual Oak Cliff fiesta on and around Jefferson Street. It starts with the Big Parade from 1-2pm. They’ll also have DJs on every block playing diverse musical genres, tailgating and free parking in the immediate area, plus exhibitors, vendors, and more. 12-8pm. Free!
May 5-6 :: Historic Downtown Garland also has a Cinco de Mayo Festival with music, Mexican food, and margaritas. The 3 M’s, if you will. They’ve also got our number with a kids zone – bounce house, face painting, crafts, all that good stuff. 11am-9pm Free!
May 11 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson hosts a Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG) Cereal Party this morning. Your ticket includes the cereal buffet, which is available throughout the entire film. Pajamas are encouraged! 10am.
May 11 :: If you want more purpose and structure to your Dallas Zoo trip, consider Family Zoo Adventure: Garden Safari. Each monthly session will focus on a different theme and include activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours. Don’t miss the new Dinos at the Zoo exhibit while you’re there! Garden Safari designed for families with kids ages 4-12. 9:15-11:15am. $12 for members/$15 non-members, register at the link.
May 11 :: You may remember me posting about Get Kidz Fit Fest last month. Wellll, they rescheduled it for today due to bad weather last time. Here are the deets again: 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!
May 11 :: SummerFest at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine begins this weekend and runs through September. It’s all about Peter Pan this year, with family-friendly Nerverland-based entertainment, escape rooms, canvas painting, scavenger hunts, dance parties, junior chefs camps, and much more. Don’t forget they have Paradise Springs, the outdoor water park. Could be a fun little Memorial Day weekend getaway?
May 12 :: Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! If you are still looking for ways to celebrate (including non-brunch options) check out our Mother’s Day Activities post.
May 16 :: J Baby Gets Your Baby Moving! today at Bookmarks Northpark. Tummy time and getting your baby moving can be such a challenge. Come join the J Baby team to learn – and put into action – useful tips about engaging your baby in gross motor activities. 12:30-1pm. Free!
May 17-19 :: Time again for Wildflower Arts & Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson. Lots of live music, a high school battle of the bands, budding talent vocal competitions, tons of food and vendor booths, street performers/acrobats/magicians, and lots more. They’ve got a special page set up with the hours and activities for WF! Kids, which includes arts & crafts, face painting, karaoke, and butterflies. Free!
May 17-19 :: Clearly a popular festival weekend. The 35th annual Grapevine Main Street Fest is 3 days of family fun, music, food, and craft brews. This year the festival has an ’80s theme, which sounds super fun. Shop the artisan and marketplace vendors, take the kids to the museum exhibits and the KidZone for activities and shows, and hit up the carnival & midway. $7/adults, $5/kids 6-12, under 6 are free. Ticket packages available at the link.
May 18 :: Highland Park Village has a Local Artisan Market today with vendors, games for kids, face painting, and entertainment for the family, plus special freebies and offers in the surrounding shops for the Spring Shopping Stroll. 9am-1pm. Free!
May 18 :: It’s the Rockwall Founders Day Festival at Harry Myers Park today. This is a Rockwall Parks & Rec event with live country music, food and vendor booths, a kids zone, and plenty of family fun. Gates at 10am. Free!
May 25-28 :: Memorial Day Weekend at the Arboretum offers free admission into the main garden all weekend for active duty members, veterans of the United States military, and first responders with a valid photo ID. Kick off summer with lots of live music and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats. Emporium Pies’ ice cream truck, free face painters, and a petting zoo are onsite all weekend from 10 am-2pm.
May 31-June 2 :: Taste Addison sets up shop in Addison Circle Park this weekend with lots of food, drinks, vendors, and music all weekend. Their website has an FAQ which you know I appreciate. New this year – no need to purchase Tasty Bucks coupons for food & drink anymore; all vendors will accept cash and cards. $15/adults, $5/kids 6-12. Sunday admission is free for all.