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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 everywhere I look, and it’s delightful. April is for dining al fresco, strolling the town square, and sitting on the porch without fear of mosquito bites. But that’s not all April is good for—we’ve rounded up a bunch of fun Collin County April events for you and yours. Take a peek.

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All Month! Wednesdays and Fridays :: Did you know that North Texas Performing Arts offers Parent’s Time Off twice a week? You can drop kids ages 3-7 off at the theater center at The Shops at Willow Bend (on the second floor near Dillards) for up to three hours while you have some time to yourself in the mall. Crafts, stories, games, movies, and socialization time—supervised! And you don’t need to sign up in advance. 11am-3pm. $10 per hour.

April 1 :: Happy Easter/April Fools’ Day! That’s quite a one-two punch. If you’re looking for a picturesque Easter backdrop, consider a little road trip to the Dallas Arboretum for all-ages Easter games, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. 10am-2pm. Included with general admission.

April 6 :: Is this fun or nuts or both? 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) and have a very outside-the-box afternoon. 2-4pm. $4 per skater.

April 6, 13, 20, 27 :: If you’re a stay-at-home mom who needs some adult interaction, both McKinney libraries (John & Judy Gay and Roy & Helen Hall) host a Friday Playdate every week for parents, babies, and toddlers. 10:15am. Free! Is Friday not good for you? Here’s all the McKinney library programs divided up by age group.

April 7 :: Drive about an hour south 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 more info. Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am-7pm. Tickets start at $13, kids 4 and under are free.

April 8 :: This would be fun parent/child date idea. Mutts Gone Nuts at the Eisemann Center in Richardson is a stage show with high-flying frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog. Proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter. 3-5pm; pre-show action in the lobby at 1:30pm. Tickets start at $16.

April 8 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson celebrates the beginning of baseball season and the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot with a watching party this afternoon. Includes specials on hot dogs, pre-movie shenanigans, themed props, and surprises. Rated PG, FYI. 3:30pm.

April 8 :: It’s Kids Sunday Funday with the Frisco Rough Riders. Might be nice to get out there before the blazing summer sun ruins everything. Sunday Funday means you and the kids can participate in a free pre-game catch on the field (up to 35 minutes before first pitch) AND get $1 ice cream sandwiches during the game. Kids can also run the bases after the game. 4:05pm. Tickets start at $11.

April 13-15 :: 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 14 :: Collin County Moms Blog hosts our first annual Hanging With Heroes event at The Shops at Willow Bend! Meet local heroes like firefighters and police (with their vehicles) and your favorite superheroes. We’ll have games, food, and interactive activities, too. 10am-12pm. Free, although VIP Tickets are available for extra perks.

April 14 :: 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!

April 14, 21, 28 :: The Frisco Library offers a couple different Saturday Storytimes for those who can’t make it to weekday morning programs. Grab your tickets at the second floor “Ask Us” desk on the day. 10:30am for age 2. 11am for ages 3-5. Free! 

April 17 :: Kids ages 5-8 can Learn to Draw something new each month at the Allen Public Library. All materials provided. While you’re there check out a book from one of their great children’s book lists. 4:30-5pm. Free!

April 19 :: Head to the Village Green at Watters Creek for Lucky Duck Kids Club: Earth Day Flower Power designed for kids ages 2-6 (although all ages are welcome). Come for craft activities, treats, and entertainment. No RSVP necessary. 11-11:45am. Free!

April 20 :: Fun on the Farm: The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Ages 2-5 learn about caterpillars with a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project, and take 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, $7 for each additional child. 

April 21 :: 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 and IKEA throw all the volunteers 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. Party is 9am-12pm. Free!

April 21 :: Heads Up Collin County! The Perot Museum of Nature & Science is coming to you! Stop into The Children’s Courtyard – Prosper from 10am – 12pm for a family science day. There will be 9 activities and stations set up for families to learn and explore; all based on the various exhibits on the floors at the Perot Museum. 

April 27-28 :: Can’t go a week without an art festival somewhere in the metroplex. Next up is Plano Artfest in historic downtown Plano. There will be 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. Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm. Free!

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

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