I always think about how time flies for us as adults, but it doesn’t AT ALL for kids. Summer will be here before we know it, but May lasts an eternity for our children! Poor things. Let’s take a look at some ways to entertain everybody as we count down the days until school’s out.
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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
Willow Bend Kids’ Club has an event in the Play Area every Saturday morning with balloon artists, airbrush artists, Crayola Experience crafts & goodies, and a special costume character appearance from Crayola. 12–2pm. Free!
UNTIL MAY 15
There’s still time to visit the Frisco Fair (located on the grounds of Frisco Fresh Market), with music, games, rides, fair food, and contests. Afternoon and evening hours only, and they vary by day so be sure to check the link. Admission is free; pay to play.
Join Plano Symphony string and woodwind ensembles for a Spring Family Concert at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano. Kids ages 3–12 are welcome to dress in costume for this 45-minute interactive performance. Lobby activities for kids before the show. 3pm & 4:30pm. Tickets from $10–$12.
Fun on the Farm: May Flowers is an interactive program at Heritage Farmstead Museum designed for ages 2 to 5 years old, featuring story time, a craft, livestock meet & greet, wagon ride, and fun on the 4.5-acre farm. Space is limited, so register in advance. This is the last session of Fun on the Farm for the season! 10am–12pm. $10 per child/$5 per adult (infant siblings are free).
At DIY Musicians, kids from 6th–12th grade are invited to come learn the basics of electronic music production and mixing and create their own beats at the JJGL today in McKinney. Registration required. 4:30–5:30pm. Free!
MAY 6 – 8
Vintage Market Days returns to McKinney for Mother’s Day weekend with live music, food trucks, and two buildings for you to shop vintage and vintage-inspired goods, architectural salvage, and more. Cash and credit card are accepted at the gate. Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend. Tickets from $10. Kids under 12 are free.
MAY 6 – 8
Plan a wee drive over to Decatur for the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. This is a big event with multiple stages, vendors, Nessie’s Nook kids area, shortbread contest, whiskey tasting, the Games, and more. Lots of info at the link. Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm. Tickets from $5–$25.
Flower Mound’s Arts Festival in Heritage Park returns today with live performances, art vendors, a community mural, hands-on activities for all ages, and much more. Bring your chairs and blankets and stay all day! 10am–5pm. Free!
Adriatica Village in McKinney hosts Shakespeare in the Park today. Artists, vendors, and community members can gather in a unique environment to celebrate the talent of local youth and adult performers through classic works of theatre, dance, and music. 10am–9pm. The Kid Zone is pay to play, but the event is free!
It’s the last session of Fairview Town Center’s Spring Family Fun Series. They’ll close things out with “Creepy Crawly Critters” geared towards kids ages 3–10. It lasts about an hour. 10:30am. Free!
Haggard Park is the spot for AsiaFest 2022, celebrating the rich cultures of Asia with demonstrations, performances, and vendors. Kids can enjoy art activities, view and try out various musical instruments, and visit the Children’s Corner. 11am–5pm. Free!
Frisco StrEATS is the longest-running food truck festival in 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!
Legacy Hall will host a combo Kentucy Derby-slash-Cinco de Mayo Weekend Fiesta today. Mariachi bands and ballet folklorico on stage plus a Kentucky Derby hat contest and lots of relevant food and drink, of course. See exact schedule of events at the link. 1pm. Free!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Celina’s Historic Downtown Square today. It’ll be a cultural celebration featuring a parade, traditional dances, music, great food, shopping, games, and more. See a schedule of performers at the link. 2–10pm. Free!
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!
Psst: Here are some brunch-y spots we rounded up, if you need one.
Listen to a story and do an activity afterwards during DINOStory Time at The Dinosaur Company. This is a popular event, so be sure to register in advance! All ages. 10am. Free!
May 13 – 15
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 all that festival stuff. See link for specifics. Friday: 4–8pm, Saturday: 10am–8pm, Sunday: 12–6pm. Free!
May 13 – 15
Third Monday Trade Days at Southfork Ranch has over 300 booths of local artisans selling handcrafted items like jewelry, furniture, candles, charcuterie boards, etc. They also have food vendors, antiques, axe throwing, a blacksmith, a psychic, entertainment, and more. 10am–5pm. Free! ($10 parking Saturday & Sunday)
Celina’s 10th annual Cajun Fest in Historic Downtown Square is this afternoon. Feast on one of the largest crawfish boils in Texas and enjoy live alligator shows, live music, local vendors, and a large kid’s zone with inflatables and carnival rides. See link to pre-purchase crawfish platters. 2–9pm. Free!
Carrollton’s 3rd annual Chalk Art Festival is today with chalk art competitions, artisans displaying their crafts, a variety of food offerings, and free crafts for non-participants, including an area for young aspiring chalk-artist-to-be. 10am–3pm. Free!
Visit the Heard in the morning for 2nd Saturday Bird Walk or in the evening for their monthly Night Hike. Bird Walk: 8am, included with general admission; Night Hike: 8:30pm, $12 for members/$14 non-members.
The Sanctuary Music and Events is a lovely event space in McKinney, and they’ll be hosting “Heart for Kids” Art Festival featuring art activities for the whole family, fun photo ops, artist booths and demos, a student art exhibit, art for sale, food, fun, and live music. 11am–6pm. Free!
MAY 19 & 20
Lucky Duck Kids’ Club To-Go is the third week of the month, on Thursdays and Fridays. FYI, looks like they changed the pick-up spot: Pick up your Kid’s Club activity box at the Watters Creek Management Office located off Village Green Drive in the walkway between Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen and Pure Barre. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 12–5pm. Free!
Also note: Concerts by the Creek are back, every Saturday evening at 7pm.
MAY 20 – 22
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson features tons of bands, artists, performers, acrobats, magicians, a cornhole tournament, battle of the bands, a marketplace, and WF! Kids (an area with kid-friendly fun, art, and games). Tickets from $15; kids 12 and under free.