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

Ahh, May, the precipice of summer. Enjoy these relatively sweat-free days while we can, people. And 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. Superwomen, every one of you!

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May 2 :: Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood is our sister site’s annual party for expecting moms, new moms, and experienced moms, alike. And, bonus, it’s in OUR neck of the woods! 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. 7-9:30pm. Tickets on sale HERE ($20).

May 2 :: Whiskey Cake in Plano hosts a Local Artisans Market this afternoon featuring music, yard games, and shopping from a whole bunch of cool vendors (see link for list). Operation Kindness will also be there with puppies. 4:30-7:30pm. Free!

May 3-12 :: Head to The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano for the Kiwanis Club’s annual Butterfly Festival where you can walk through a conservatory filled with flowering plants and observe more than 1,000 flying butterflies. Everyone gets to feed a butterfly, and you might even get lucky and see one emerge from its chrysalis. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm. $5 for kids, $6 for adults, kids under 2 free with adult purchase.

May 4 :: AsiaFest 2019 in Haggard Park (Historic Downtown Plano) will have vendor and cultural booths, live music, dance performances, and food 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 :: Downtown Carrollton has a “May the Fourth Be With You” event with laser tag, face painting, arcade games, and Star Wars-themed booths. Come in costume! They’ll screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) at sunset. 5-9pm. Free!

May 4 :: Harrington Library in Plano also has a little May the Fourth party with games, Star Wars trivia and hands-on activities. Bowl over Darth Vader and his stormtroopers and test your knowledge of that galaxy far, far away. All ages welcome. 3-4pm. Free!

May 4-5 :: The Cottonwood Art Festival is back in Richardson for its 50th year. Browse artists’ booths, listen to live music, eat, enjoy the park, and make art of your own. In the new and improved 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 5 :: Today is Free Comic Book Day at Madness Games and Comics in Plano. The day will be filled with celebrity guest appearances (like Jon Heder aka Napoleon Dynamite), a perfect R2D2 replica rolling around the shop, the infamous Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale, and of course, FREE COMIC BOOKS! Check the link for the guest appearance schedule and photo pricing. 9am-4pm. Free!

May 5 :: It’s a Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Mexican Sugar in Plano. The party will have family-friendly activities like face painting, a balloon artist, and a palm reader. They’ll have a DJ during the day, live music starting at 5, and drink specials, tacos, elotes, and churros for purchase. 11am-9pm. Free!

May 10 :: The Plano Symphony Orchestra Learn & Listen Series is a 45-minute concert and music history lesson geared toward kids preK-school age and their families. This session is all about John Williams and his famous film scores (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones) as well as the history of incorporating music into film. An ensemble from the Plano Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the hits. 11am at NTPA Theater 1 at Willow Bend. $10 per ticket.

May 10-12 :: The Allen Arts Festival will be held at Watters Creek this weekend. It’s a family-friendly event with visual arts and lots of free activities for the kiddos. Friday: 4-8pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 12-6pm. 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. (Side note: waiting on the new Frisco branch to open soon!)

May 11 :: McKinney International Festival is new this year! Head to Finch Park for multicultural arts, music, and dance performances, ethnic cuisine from local food trucks, and unique treasures at vendor booths. See a schedule of performances at the link. 11am-3pm. Free!

May 11 :: Get out and enjoy the weather at Frisco StrEATS, a free, family-friendly event with the most popular DFW gourmet food trucks, live music, and vendor booths in downtown Frisco. 12-7pm. 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 Neverland-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 :: Need some celebration inspiration for Mother’s Day? Check out our updated guide to Mother’s Day brunch, lunch, and dinner in and around Collin County!

May 16 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club at Watters Creek has a “How Does Your Garden Grow?” theme this month. Crafts, treats, and entertainment for kids ages 2-6 and their families. No pre-registration required. 11-11:45am. 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 18 :: Join the Davis Library in Plano for a Ramadan celebration where they’ll do cultural hands-on activities like paper lanterns, mosaics and stained glass art. For all ages. 3-4pm. Free!

May 19 :: Play Street Museum Frisco hosts Little Critter Storytime today. We love us some Little Critter over at my house. Along with storytime, kids will get to play, enjoy a “Critter” snack, and take home their very own Little Critter book. Plus, special appearance by Little Critter himself. 11:30am. $18.

May 28 :: Memorial Day means splash pads are back in business. We did a little round up of some good ones! And the city of McKinney has a very handy “Where to Splash” list if you’re in that area.

May 31 :: Visit Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano for Fun on the Farm: Firefighters on the Farm. Kids ages 2-5 can see a real fire truck, learn about fire safety, and meet members of the Plano Fire Department. And as usual, they’ll have storytime, a unique activity, a fun craft project, and a wagon ride. Space is limited, and registration is required. 10:30am-12pm. $11 for one adult/child combo, $8 for each additional child. 

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.

What Collin County events are you looking forward to this month? Let us know!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.