Welcome to May, mamas. I was just looking at my kid’s monthly school calendar, and the last square says “Come back and visit us!” I had a little moment of, “Oh yeah, summer is like…here.” ARE YOU READY? If nothing else, I’m ready to not be packing lunches at the crack of dawn. Talk about starting the day with drudgery. Also, this is probably our last chance to get out on the town without soaking in sweat, so let’s make the most of that, for sure. Fun May events comin’ atcha!
May 2-4 :: Air Play is the latest all-ages show to grace the stage at Wyly Theater. It’s “a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air… Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.” They’re offering special Student Matinees at 10:30am. 1 hour run time, $10 per ticket, $5 for lap children (2 and under).
May 3 :: JumpstART Stories and Art has a “Moms are Marvelous” theme this month, as they should. Explore new stories and fun art projects during a creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. Create a take-home art project and then browse the galleries with your kids. For ages 2 and up. 10am. Free!
May 4 :: “May the 4th Be With You” is basically a national holiday at this point. Head to Downtwon Carrollton Square for their annual May the 4th Star Wars party. Bring your lightsabers and come in costume to enjoy Star Wars-themed booths, face painting, laser tag, games, and photo ops. There will be 2 free screenings of The Last Jedi in the Plaza Arts Building at 5pm and 8pm. Seating is limited so get there early for those. 6-9pm. Free!
May 4-5 :: The Perot will also do it up for the”holiday” with a May Fourth Celebration full of special activities, performances, themed music, food, and snacks. Learn about holograms, cloning, 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 4-26 :: Dallas Children’s Theater presents Jungalbook, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories, recommended for ages 5 and up. Lots of showtimes to choose from, including a Sensory Friendly performance on May 5 and an ASL show on May 13. Tickets start at $17.
May 5 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson hosts PBS Kids: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this morning. If you’ve not been before, admission is a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefiting our local PBS station. It’s Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans aren’t a problem, but they ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. 10am.
May 5 :: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the annual Oak Cliff fiesta centered on and around Jefferson Street. It starts with the Big Parade from 10am-12pm. They’ll also have DJs on every block playing diverse musical genres, vendors and food trucks, tailgating and free parking, plus the Cultural Expressions Showcase with performances by ballet folklorico, mariachis, live bands and more. 10am-4pm. Free!
May 5 :: Head to AsiaFest 2018 in Haggard Park (Historic Downtown Plano) today with vendor and cultural booths, live music, dance performances, and food from all over Asia. Lots of children’s activities in the KidsZone including drawing and painting booths, STEM activities, a musical instrument “petting zoo,” and more. 10:30am-5pm. Free!
May 5-6 :: The Cottonwood Art Festival is back in Richardson. Browse artists’ booths, listen to live music, eat, enjoy the park, and make art of your own. In the ArtStop Children’s Area, kids of all ages can create a hat from scratch, design a wax hand, or practice their hand at sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel. Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Free!
May 5, 12, 19, 26 :: 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. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
May 5, 12, 19, 26 :: Saturday Morning Kids Storytime at the Richardson Library is 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 12 :: If you want more purpose and structure to your Dallas Zoo trip, consider their Family Zoo Adventure: Garden Safari. Each monthly session will focus on a different theme and include activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours. Designed for families with kids ages 4-12. 9:15-11:15am. $12 for members/$15 non-members, register at the link.
May 12 :: Discovery Days at the Perot this month focuses on “Being Human.” Explore what makes us human by looking at our DNA, learning how our hands work, and analyzing our voices. Full schedule of the day’s activities at the link. 10am-5pm. Included with admission and free for members.
May 13 :: Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! The Arboretum’s gonna be poppin’ today. Texas Discovery Gardens also has a lovely event happening in their Grand Hall, with the Women’s Chorus of Dallas performing a concert to honor our mothers and ancestors. The concert ends with an a capella song in the lush greenery of the two-story Butterfly House, capped with a live butterfly release by singers and audience members. 2-4pm. Purchase tickets here.
May 13 :: A classy and semi-off the beaten path idea for Mother’s Day brunch is the Nasher Scuplture Center. The Nasher Café will have an enhanced Mother’s Day brunch menu, specialty cocktails, live music by a string duo, free family photo booth in the garden, and kids’ art activities. Reservations encouraged. 10am-4pm.
May 16 :: The Dallas Zoo brings some of their animal friends to Bookmarks at Northpark today for Animal Adventures. This interactive program will feature animals from around the world. 10:30-11am. Free!
May 18-20 :: 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 18-20 :: Seems like such a scheduling error to have Wildflower and Taste Addison on the same weekend every year, but what do I know. Taste Addison sets up shop in Addison Circle Park with lots of food, drinks, vendors, and music all weekend. Their website has an FAQ which I always appreciate. Tickets start at $10 and kids under 12 are free.
May 18-20 :: Clearly a popular festival weekend. The 34th annual Grapevine Main Street Fest is 3 days of family fun, music, food, and craft brews. 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 ages 6-12, under 6 are free. Ticket packages available at the link.
May 20 :: Bring the family and explore geology rocks, fossil discovery, and dinosaurs with the Preston Royal Library for Smart Sunday. Investigate the rock cycle and examine rock specimens, learn about how fossils form, the layers of the Earth and their relationship to time, and the dinosaurs that walked the planet (including those that lived right here in Texas). 2-3pm. Free!
May 23 :: Bookmarks at Northpark presents “A Patriotic Show with Dubble Bubble.” Dubble Bubble the Clown and Uncle Sam the puppet do a fun children’s show that’s basically a guaranteed crowd-pleaser because all children are obsessed with bubbles. 10:30-11am. Free!
May 25 :: SummerFest at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine begins May 25 and runs through September. It’s all about Smurfs this year, with family-friendly Smurf-based entertainment, scavenger hunts, pool parties, breakfast with the Smurfs, live music, and more. If you book an overnight stay, you get free passes to Paradise Springs, their outdoor waterpark. Could be a fun little Memorial Day weekend getaway!
May 25-28 :: Memorial Day Weekend at the Arboretum offers free admission into the main garden all four days for active duty members, veterans of the United States military, and first responders with a valid photo ID. On Memorial Day, the celebration continues with face painting and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove. They’ve also got $2 hot dogs and root beer floats at the cafés. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the early summer weather.