A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of May

Is school out yet? Almost? I think about how time flies for us, but it doesn’t at all for kids. Summer will be here before we know it, but May probably lasts an eternity for them! Poor things. Let’s take a look at some ways to entertain everybody as we count down the days, shall we?

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All Month :: An annual tradition you can still do while social distancing? Bluebonnet photos! Try Texas Native Park, Bachmann Lake, Bluebonnet Trail in Plano, Toyota Headquarters, or Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Or make the drive to Ennis like CCM contributor Sarah Crilley did recently with great success.

All Month :: A reminder that this month would be a great time to visit these 5 Unique Playgrounds in Collin County!

All Month: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Plano Courtyard Theater will showcase art by local AAPI artists in the atrium gallery for their Asian Art Exhibition. View online or in person. Gallery hours 9am-5pm. Free!

All Month, Fridays :: Flower Mound’s Concerts in the Park feature various family-friendly bands, food truck, and vendors. Bring chairs and blankets to relax and absorb the TGIF energy. Concerts begin at 7pm. Free!

All Month, Saturdays :: This one’s more for you than the kids: The Boardwalk at Granite Park has a new program called Summer Bod Saturdays, which means free exercise classes that are actually pretty cool. The workout changes every week: Camp Gladiator, Row House, Title Boxing Club, and more. 10-11am. Free!

May 1-2 :: Plan a wee drive over to Decatur for the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. This is a huge event with multiple stages, vendors, Nessie’s Nook (the kids’ area), shortbread contest, whiskey tasting, a kilted fun run, the Games, and tons more. Lots of info at the link. Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm. Tickets from $5-$25.

May 1, 8, 15 :: Fairview Town Center’s Spring Family Fun brings us a different activity and performance for kids on Saturdays. See link for a schedule of the lineup. Shows last about 45 minutes and are recommended for ages 3-12. 11am. Free!

May 5 :: Super family-friendly Hub Streat will celebrate Cinco de Mayo today. Basically that means drink specials (and $5 appetizers): Happy Hour from 4-7pm & 9-11pm and $1 traditional margaritas from open-close. Have dinner al fresco!
The more you know: Cinco de Mayo often winds up as a chance to focus on tequila, but just so we’re all aware, the true purpose of this holiday is to celebrate Mexican heritage and Mexico’s freedom from France.

May 7-9 :: The Allen Arts Festival is a weekend of family fun at Watters Creek with juried artists, local and regional, showcasing original art in different media categories. They’ll also have live music, children’s art activities, and more. All that festival stuff. See link for specifics. Friday: 4-8pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 12-6pm. Free!

May 8 :: The 9th Annual Cajun Fest in Celina’s Historic Downtown Square is a street festival celebrating all things Louisiana: mudbugs, zydeco music, shopping, and cold drinks. More details at the link. 12pm-9pm. Free!

May 8 :: Frisco StrEATS is the longest-running food truck festival in North Texas, featuring gourmet food from the best food trucks in the metroplex, live musical acts, shopping, craft beer and wine gardens, and countless children’s activities. Bring chairs and blankets for a picnic if you’d like. 11am-8pm. Free!

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! 10am-5pm. Free!

May 9 :: Happy Mother’s Day to all our readers! Motherhood can be a lonely business, but if anyone understands what we go through, it’s our fellow moms. Let’s raise a glass and toast to all our hard work during this ridiculous year. Superwomen, every one of you!
Psst: Here are some brunch-y spots we rounded up, if you still need one.

May 9 :: ArtCentre of Plano will host a Mother’s Day Garden Party held outdoors. There will be raffle baskets with unique items by local artists and an auction of a special painting by Kelly Hrad. 3-5pm. Tickets $40.

May 11 :: So You Think You Can Draw? is a virtual program from the McKinney Public Library for K-5th graders. Learn how to draw animals, characters, nature, and everything in-between. All skill levels welcome. You’ll need, at minimum, a pencil and paper to follow along. Access the program through the link. 4:30-5:30pm. Free!

May 12 :: Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Preschool Wednesday: May Flowers today for children ages 18 months to five years. Bring a picnic lunch for after! Lots more details at the link. Space is limited, so register in advance. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).

May 14-15 :: Shop local women-owned businesses at Alley Market, a fun pop-up benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter. Over a dozen vendors in the outdoor Alley (next to The Blue Fish) selling everything from luxury goods to custom hats, handmade jewelry, and build-your-own bouquets. Plus, food, drinks, and photo moments. 12-5pm. Free!

May 15 :: Rail District Outdoors is an ongoing marketplace in Frisco on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Walk Main Street and support local gift shops, boutiques, bakeries, and restaurants, while enjoying arts, music, entertainment, and more! 9am-5pm. Free!

May 16 :: It’s the perfect time of year to stroll through the sprawling Frisco Fresh Market, don’t you think? Today they’ll have a bonus 35-animal petting zoo! Mini horse, mini cow, mini donkey, mini goats… didn’t even know some of those animals came in “mini.” 12-3pm (regardless of how many people are still in line, so get there early!). $5 per person; CASH ONLY.

May 20-21 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club To-Go is the third week of the month, on Thursdays and Fridays. Pick up your Kid’s Club Activity Box at the Concierge+ Lounge on Garden Park Dr. next to J.Jill. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 11am-7pm. Free!
Also note: Concerts on the Creek are back, every Saturday evening @ 7pm.

May 20-June 6 :: One more for the Frisco Fresh Market, kind of: The Frisco Fair is back (located on the grounds of FFM), with music, games, rides, fair food, and contests. Sundays-Thursdays: 4-10pm, Fridays-Saturdays: 4-11pm. Admission is free; pay to play.

May 26 ::  Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Preschool Wednesday: Poncho’s Pals today for children ages 18 months to five years. Bring a picnic lunch for after! Lots more details at the link. Space is limited, so register in advance. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).

May 31 :: Celebrate Memorial Day with a Splashtacular at the Flower Mound CAC’s outdoor water park. Activities and games are spread throughout the day to encourage participation from patrons of all ages and abilities. 1-5pm. Activities are FREE with paid admission to the CAC.
Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.