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

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!

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.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get to know some other mom’s this month, join us on Tuesday, April 24 (11am-12pm) for Dallas Moms Blog’s first Lunch Bunch event {presented by McDonald’s of North Texas} at McDonald’s :: 6950 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231. 

Lunch Bunch is a new initiative hosted by McDonald’s of North Texas and Dallas Moms Blog to invite
local moms and dads into the restaurant to learn more about McDonald’s and its commitment to
education, food and giving back in local communities. The April Lunch Bunch event will feature a
registered dietician who will speak about McDonald’s dietitian-approved menu and tips for eating
healthy on-the-go; all while kids are having fun in the PlayPlace. 

Spots are very limited, so grab yours here starting Thursday, April 12 at 12pm. Then stay tuned for our next Lunch Bunch events in June, October, and November!

Until April 8 :: Last chance for Dallas Blooms: A World of Flowers at the Arboretum. The final week will have activities, tastings, and entertainment centered around “The Americas.” FYI, the Arboretum also has a bunch of family-friendly stuff happening Easter Sunday (10am-2pm). Would be a great spot for photos, obviously. Scroll to the bottom of the link for info about their Easter activities.  

April 1 :: Ahh, the very rare Easter/April Fools’ Day combo. If you are looking for Easter fun in Dallas, check out our round up of local egg hunts and Easter events here. My sister’s family just visited and really enjoyed going to the Dallas Farmers Market. How about Easter at the Farmers Market? Family activities, a make-your-own Easter hat parade, music, balloon twister, face painting, the Easter Bunny, and more. 10am-2pm. Free!

April 3 :: 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 :: Bookmarks at Northpark presents a creative rendition of Where the Wild Things Are by local storytelling talent Dorayne Breedlove, featuring interpretive dance, a wolf suit, and a journey to the land where your children will become the “Wild Things” as they roar their terrible roars. 10:30-11am. Free!

April 5 :: LEGO Challenge at the Preston Royal Branch Library. Work by yourself or in small groups to make the best themed LEGO creation. Afterwards, check out a book from one of the Dallas Public Library reading lists. Recommended for ages 4-14. 4-5pm. Free!

April 6-8 :: First festival up this month is the Deep Ellum Art Festival. Over 200 visual artists, 100 bands and singers on six different stages, a Pet Parade and Artists in Motion Parade, plus a variety of food and drink. Be advised, this festival welcomes children during the day, but it’s not explicitly billed as a “family festival” like so many others. There’s no “Xtreme Kidz Zone” is what I’m saying. 11am-11pm. Free!

April 7 :: I have to mention the return of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie because even though I’ve never been, I’ve always wanted to go see the whole spectacle. 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 7 :: Head to Klyde Warren Park for the Festival of Joy, a celebration of India’s spirituality and rich culture. You’ll find crafts, cultural displays, Indian dress-up booths, face painting/henna tattoos and more. Oh, and a free multi-course vegetarian feast, along with other cultural and vegetarian preparations. Check the link for all the deets, including info on the pre-party parade. 10am-4pm. Free!

April 7 :: Day to Play brings families together for kid-friendly fun and games. A day for kids to just be kids. 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 activities planned. $50 for a 4-person Family Pass. $5 each additional person. Kids 2 and under are free. If you can swing it, attendees can sponsor a $50 pass for families affected by homelessness. Family Gateway will also be collecting donation of new toiletries at the event. Please see the link for details on items needed! 1-4pm.

April 7, 14, 21, 28 :: 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 8 :: The Eisemann Center in Richardson presents Mutts Gone Nuts, a comedy dog thrill show featuring high-flying frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog. Proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter. Showtime is 3pm but pre-show lobby activities begin at 1:30pm. Tickets start at $16.

April 11, 14 :: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park will do Barnyard Buddies Story Time: Gregory the Terrible Eater 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 14 :: Discovery Days:Earth at the Perot Museum this month. Explore areas of the Earth, conduct mineral testing experiments, make energy efficient circuits, and learn about weather patterns. Check the link for a complete schedule of the day. Discovery Day activities are included with general admission.

April 14 :: The Renner Frankford Branch Library hosts STEAM Saturday with hands-on STEAM activities. This week’s presentation: Animal Tracking, courtesy of the University of Texas at Dallas. Ages 6-11. 4-5pm. Free!

April 15 :: Celebrate Oak Cliff Earth Day today in historic Lake Cliff Park. Yoga, body/mind/soul-type group dancing, an all-ages Mother Nature pageant and Green Man contest5k or 1 mile fun run,a kids area, and more. They’ll also have food and drink, artists, civic and non-profit groups, and lots of other vendors. Embrace your inner Earth Mother here, big time. 11am-6pm.

April 15 :: This is so hilarious to me – Pizza Fest! It’s 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 20-22 :: Bop over to the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas for the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival. Arts & crafts, kids activities, vendors, music, and more. Here are tips on bluebonnet hot spots in the area if you’re interested in a photo shoot. Like Waxahachie, Ennis is about an hour south of here, give or take. Friday: 12-9pm, Saturday: 8am-6pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm. Free!

April 21 :: Touring stage shows can be $$$$, but here’s a free option for ya. The Parks Mall at Arlington hosts Sesame Street: F is for Friends, which includes a live performance, meet-and-greets with Abby and Elmo, a library reading corner, an interactive digital station, and the chance to take a pic with the newest addition to Sesame Street – Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck. 11am-4pm, performance portion repeated throughout the day. Free!

April 21 :: If you’re in the northern part of the city, you’re in luck because the Perot Museum of Nature & Science is coming to you! Stop into The Children’s Courtyard – Prosper from 10am – 12pm for a family science day. There will be 9 activities and stations set up for families to learn and explore; all based on the various exhibits on the floors at the Perot Museum. 

April 21 :: Do you have an American Ninja Warrior fan in your house? Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course is a fun event for little ninjas of all ages to get out and get active while having a blast on their favorite obstacles. The course is around 1 mile or so and features 10 crazy, fun, challenging obstacles. Ages 5-17 are welcome. Parents are welcome to go through the course with their kids to watch, cheer, assist, and take photos. Get registered at conqueryouth.com

April 21 :: How cool is this, a Dallas Children’s Theater play that is recommended for squirmy toddlers! A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young, and Blue is part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. Love it. Blue is a fun, humorous, whimsical play about acceptance. Many times to choose from, including morning shows. Tickets $16.

April 24 ::  Dallas Moms Blog’s 1st Lunch Bunch event {presented by McDonald’s of North Texas} will take place at McDonald’s :: 6950 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231. Lunch Bunch is a new initiative to invite local moms and dads into the restaurant to learn more about McDonald’s and its commitment to education, food and giving back in local communities. The April Lunch Bunch event will feature a registered dietician who will speak about McDonald’s dietician approved menu and tips for eating healthy on-the- go; all while kids are having fun in the PlayPlace.  Spots are very limited, so grab yours here starting Thursday, April 12 at 12pm. Then stay tuned for our next Lunch Bunch events in June, October, and November!

April 28 :: Camels, ostrich, and zebras hit the track between regular horse races for Extreme Racing at Lone Star Park. Place “bets” for charity because each animal is paired with a local non-profit. They’ll also have bounce houses, a petting zoo, and pony rides from 1-6pm. AND you get $1 soda, hot dogs, and popcorn. Admission is $5/adults, $3/ages 4-12, 3 and under are free. 

April 29 :: AVANCE Latino Street Fest is a family-friendly outdoor event spanning 4 blocks along Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Local artists, elected officials, international celebrities, 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. 10am-6pm. Free!

What April events are you looking forward to? Let us know below!

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