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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All Month :: The Frisco Public Library just published their Summer 2018 Early Literacy Storytimes. Conveniently divided into morning and evening/weekend columns so you can quickly see what works with your schedule. You can ALSO set up text alerts from the library so you’ll never miss a storytime. All sessions are free, but you need to grab a ticket on the day of at the second floor “Ask Us” desk.
May 2, 9, 16, 23 :: Wednesdays at the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney are for Comic Book Fight Club (6th-12th graders). Discuss comic books and graphic novels, watch movies, play games, and participate in comic-book-related crafts. The last Wednesday of the month will be “Fight Night,” where kids decide the winner of the group character bracket. 4:30-5:30pm. Free, but please register at the link so they know how many to expect.
May 4 :: “May the Fourth Be With You” today at Davis Library. Celebrate Star Wars with games, trivia, and a craft. Bowl over Darth Vader and his stormtroopers, test your knowledge of a galaxy far, far away, and more. All ages. 3-4pm. Free!
May 4 :: Downtown Carrollton also has a “May the Fourth Be With You” event with laser tag, face painting, games, and Star Wars-themed booths. Come in costume! They’ll screen the The Last Jedi (2017) at 5pm and 8pm at the Plaza Arts Center in the square. 6-9pm. Free!
May 4-13 :: 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, 11, 18, 25… :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center offers 6-week preschool storytime series on Friday mornings for kids ages 3-5. Their early summer series starts this month and has a “mind-stretching” art theme. Get messy with the science of art and read good books. Explore colors, paint with unusual objects, and create art to take home! 11am. $60 for members/$90 for non-members. Price is for the full six weeks; no pop-ins. Click the link to book!
May 5 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson hosts PBS Kids: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this morning. If you’ve not been before, admission is a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefiting our local PBS station. It’s Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans aren’t a problem, but they ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. 10am.
May 5 :: Lots of geek-oriented activities in the guide this month; embrace it! Today is Free Comic Book Day at Madness Games and Comics in Plano. The day will be filled with celebrity guest appearances, Assassination City Roller Derby, 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-11:59pm. Free!
May 5 :: AsiaFest 2018 sets up shop in Haggard Park (Historic Downtown Plano) today with vendor and cultural booths, live music, dance performances, and food from all over Asia. Lots of children’s activities in the KidsZone including drawing and painting booths, STEM activities, a musical instrument “petting zoo,” and more. 10:30am-5pm. Free!
May 5-6 :: It’s the spring/summer edition of the biannual Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson. Browse artists’ booths, listen to live music, eat and enjoy the park, and make art of your own. In the ArtStop Children’s Area, kids of all ages can create a hat from scratch, design a wax hand, or practice their hand at sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel. Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Free!
May 5 :: Today is the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta as part of the McKinney Cultural Music Series. Held in conjunction with the Community Garage Sale & Craft Fair at Old Settler’s Recreation Center, the fiesta will include performances by Lara Latin Jazz, Mariachi Michoacan and Ollimpaxqui MexBallet. Traditional Mexican foods will be available to purchase. Bring a blanket and chairs to maximize enjoyment. 8:30am-1:30pm. Free!
May 12 :: Play Street Museum Allen hosts Doll & Me Mother’s Day Tea today. Get all “dolled” up and have a tea party with your little sweeties. 9-10:30am. Reserve your spot online in advance because these kind of events usually sell out. $25 per child.
May 13 :: Happy Mother’s Day!!
May 13 :: How about some Disney Karaoke at Haggard Library in Plano? Kids K-5th grade are encouraged to come party in costume and belt out their favorites on the karaoke machine. Make crafts while waiting to sing. 2pm. Free!
May 17-20 :: The Box Garden at Legacy Hall in Plano is an outdoor patio and entertainment area constructed of reclaimed shipping containers. They’ve just recently completed it and are celebrating with a big ole grand opening party. Live music, BBQ, silent disco, a farmer’s market, and more. Check the link for musical acts and a schedule for the weekend. Free!
May 18 :: Visit Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano for Fun on the Farm: Firefighters on the Farm. Kids ages 2-5 can splash around for water play and meet members of the Plano Fire Department. As usual, there’s storytime, a unique activity, a fun craft project, and a wagon ride. Space is limited, so register in advance. 10-11:30am. $11 for one adult/child combo, $7 for each additional child.
May 18-20 :: Time again for Wildflower Arts & Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson. Musical acts include Kool & the Gang plus a bunch of 90s/early aughts white dude bands like Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Spoon, Lifehouse, Eve 6, etc. They’ve got a special page set up with the hours and activities for WF! Kids, which includes arts & crafts, face painting, karaoke, butterflies, and more. And don’t miss Performance Row with street performers, acrobats, and magicians. Free!
May 25 :: Bike the Bricks is back in Downtown McKinney. The first race starts at 2:30 pm, where McKinney’s downtown square takes on a festive feel with live music, bike demos, foodie options, an expo area, Texas wines, and craft beers on tap. Bring lawn chairs if you want to post up and watch the races. 2:30-11:30pm. Free!
May 25 :: SummerFest at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine begins May 25 and runs through September. It’s Smurftastic this year, with tons of family-friendly Smurf-based entertainment, scavenger hunts, pool parties, breakfast with the Smurfs, live music, and more. If you book an overnight stay, you get free passes to Paradise Springs, their outdoor waterpark. Could be a fun little Memorial Day weekend getaway!