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

I can’t believe it’s already {insert literally any month}. But seriously, it’s April?! Just like that, the trees are bursting with flowers, and the morning air is no longer as chilly. We’ve also got Easter this month, and there are so many Easter events happening that we had to make a whole separate post for them all. See our Guide to Easter & Egg Hunts in Collin County here!

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Through April 7 :: It’s the inaugural year of the Frisco Fair at Frisco Fresh Market with rides, food, and family entertainment. Open 5pm weekdays, 12pm weekends. Free admission, tickets required for rides, food, and games.

April 2 :: Thunderbird Roller Rink in Plano has a Homeschool/Stroller Skate today. Instead of an afternoon walk, do some skating while you push that stroller around the rink. Bring a couple other moms (or your headphones). 2-4pm. $4 per skater.

April 5-7, 11-13 :: NTPA at Willow Bend presents Once On This Island, a story thematically similar to The Little Mermaid but with a Caribbean island setting. I love the music for this show and listened to it so much when I was a kid! All ages. See link for various showtimes. Tickets $12.

April 5, 12, 19, 26 :: If you’re a stay-at-home mom who needs some adult interaction, both McKinney libraries (JJGL and Hall) host a Friday Playdate every week for parents, babies, and toddlers. 10:15-10:45am. Free! Friday not good for you? Here’s the McKinney Library Spring brochure with programs divided by age.

April 6 :: Try a day trip to Waxahachie for all kinds of family-friendly 16th century fun at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Themed weekends, armored jousts, Birds of Prey exhibitions, entertainment on 27 stages, Mermaid Lagoon, rides, games of skill, crafts, 200 shoppes and artisan demonstrations, and more. Their website is actually quite modern and comprehensive if you want to explore. Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am-7pm. Tickets start at $13, kids 4 and under are free.

April 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 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 7 :: This Sunday marks the first annual Carnival for Autism at Olde City Park (Wylie). Bringing people together for an afternoon of fun and inclusion, the carnival will feature games, prizes, food, bounce houses, autism-related services and autism-friendly products. 10am-4pm. 

April 9 :: Kids ages 5-8 can learn How to Draw today at the Allen Public Library. All materials provided. While you’re there, check out a book from one of their children’s book lists. 4:30-5pm. Free!

April 12-14 :: Time for 2018 Arts in Bloom in Historic Downtown McKinney. This art & wine festival has live music, wine tasting, 150 artist booths, food, craft beer, dancers, kids’ activities, all the usual art festival stuff. Here’s a bunch more info for ya. Free!

April 12-14 :: Bop over to the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas for the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival. Arts & crafts, kids activities, vendors, music, and more. 2019 is supposed to be a huge year for bluebonnets. Check out Krystal’s hot tips on bluebonnet photos and other resources from our sister site. Ennis is about an hour and a half south of Collin County, give or take. Friday: 12-9pm, Saturday: 8am-6pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm. Free!

April 12, 26 :: Fun on the Farm at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has two different options this month: Chicken and the Egg and Shear the Sheep. Ages 2-5 have story time and a unique activity, a fun craft project, and a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. Space is limited, so register in advance. 10:30am-12pm. $11 for one adult/child combo, $8 for each additional child. 

April 13 :: Little Librarians at Davis Library in Plano is a chance for kids to learn what it’s like to work in a library. After completing all the activities, they’ll earn their very own Mini Master of Library Science certificate. All ages. 3-4pm. Free!

April 13 :: Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live! at The Theater in Grand Prairie. Marc Summers hosts, and you can register to be a contestant! All ages. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.  Tickets start at $30.

April 20 :: Play Street Museum McKinney will host a Pint-Sized Easter Party just for littles. In addition to playtime, the kids will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt and craft and will receive their own set of HABA Shakin’ Eggs. For ages 3 and under. 9-10:30am. $25.

April 20 :: The Easter Open Skate at Allen Community Ice Rink is open to all ages. There will be activities and an opportunity to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Allen Community Outreach and receive a free skate rental. 11:45am-1:45pm. $5 entry/$3 skate rental.

April 20 :: Celebrate Earth Day in Frisco by participating in Clean It & Green It. Volunteers are asked to clean in areas near where they live, work, or attend school. As a reward for your hard work, the City of Frisco throws you a party. This family-friendly event offers food, face painting, bounce houses, games, and more. Check the link for an event schedule, pro tips, and a link to the registration form. Registration is required. Clean up from 9-11am, party from 11am-1pm. Free!

April 21 :: Don’t miss our Guide to Easter & Egg Hunts in Collin County!

April 26-28 :: Earthx2019 is the world’s largest environmental expo, conference, and film festival. Fair Park hosts 700+ exhibitors and activities including Tiny House Village, Outdoor Adventure Zone, Organic Farm, Animal Petting Zoo, Virtual Reality Zone, Big Thought Robotics Truck, E-Bike Test Track, Green Auto Show, Scuba Diving, and much, much more. 10am-6pm. Register online in advance for free admission, or $5 per person at the gate after March 31.

April 27 :: Earthfest Allen returns to Dayspring Nature Preserve and features local experts hosting interactive educational booths, nature walks, wildlife demonstrations, kite flying, live music, and more. Geared toward families and people of all ages. 10am-2pm. Free!

April 27-28 :: Can’t go a week without an art festival somewhere in town. Plano Artfest in Historic Downtown Plano will have live music, contemporary art installations, performances from local arts groups, a makers market of craftsman and artisans, family chalk art, a kids zone with bounce houses, and more. Here’s the FAQ with extra deets. Hours vary slightly each day, so check the link for a schedule of activities. Free!

What do you have cooking this April? Let us know below!

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.