Arts & Culture

What to do with your kids this Spring

The official first day of Spring is March 20 and we have just what you need to keep busy this season.

Angela Roe
Posted on Mar 20, 2019

We've already "sprung forward," and the longer, warmer days mean more time to enjoy your family in your city. Dallas has much to offer this time of year no matter what you're into. Check out these ideas for entertaining your whole family this spring, from tinies to teenagers.

Hit up the Dallas Children's Theater for a performance of "Tuck Everlasting" (recommended for ages 10 and up), from March 22 – April 7, or "The Island of the Skog," from May 3 – 25 (recommended for ages 3 and up). The theatre also offers acting mini-workshops during April and May for pre-K through sixth grade.

The Dallas Museum of Art will host Joie des Fleurs Family Day on March 31, with face painting, artist demos and more. The museum will also have a free Family Festival called "MAKE" on April 7 (though some activities require advance registration). Throughout the day, your kiddos can create art using oil pastels, meet artists, ventriloquists and authors, or even make their own books. Stop by the toddler sensory play room, and take a museum tour en español, if you like! More information can be found here. In addition to their regular exhibits, the museum has scheduled Family Workshops and baby/toddler art workshops throughout the spring.

Nowhere else in Dallas can you see half a million tulips and thousands of other spring florals, except at the Dallas Arboretum. Now through April 7, stroll through the Arboretum's Dallas Blooms festival. Find a lush nook to snap photos, enjoy a picnic with the whole fam and stop by the educational Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden for a lesson on earth science. You could also take a break inside at a Spring Tea event for a more distinguished afternoon.

Head to the Easter celebrations at the Arboretum, too, for egg-themed programs and the ultimate egg hunt. EGG-stravaganza Weekends are April 12 – 14 and 19 – 22. Ticket and parking info can be found here.

Dallas Moms Blog is hosting its 5th Annual Egg Hunt at the Texas Discovery Gardens on March 30 – 31. The best part of this event? Egg hunts are separated by age group so that your littles stay safe. There will also be face painting, food vendors and professional photography to capture these sweet memories. Buy tickets here.

It's everyone in the family's dream come true: donuts, coffee and beer under one roof. Visit Four Corners Brewery in the Cedars neighborhood for Dallas Donut Fest on March 31. Try donuts from all over the city and sip on your favorite bevs all day long. Purchase tickets here.

Sample all your favorite Dallas food trucks at Klyde Warren Park's 2019 Food Truck Rally on April 13. Music and games on the lawn will give everyone something to do in between culinary experiences. Register here.

Later on this spring, make a day of eating at Taste of Oak Cliff on May 4. Live music will accompany your delicious bites from favorites like Dallas Grilled Cheese Company, The Local Oak and dozens more vendors. Register here.

Take a trip over to the George W. Bush Presidential Center for a family lesson in modern American history. Although this is best fit for older children, young ones could hang at the museum before taking a trip across the street for Pokey O's ice cream. The current special exhibit features details on presidential retreats, including Walker's Point and LBJ Ranch. Venture outside to the Native Texas Park for a group tour of the grounds. Find more info here.

To celebrate the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza's 30th anniversary, grab your favorite history buff and catch the museum's "55 Years" exhibit before it leaves this summer. The display features JFK's iconic magazine covers over a five-decade period. Purchase tickets here.

Stop by the Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble near NorthPark Center on March 30 for story time featuring Joanna Gaines' new children's book "We Are the Gardeners." The event is free and comes with a coupon for the store's Cafe. B & N also hosts story time for kids every Tuesday.

The Dallas Public Library has branches all over the city, with various activities fit for each member of your family. Every event is free with a library membership. Consider attending Toddler Storytime, Bilingual/Spanish Storytime, Family Storytime or After-School Crafts & STEAM Time, offered several times per week. Activities vary slightly at different branches, so check here for specific dates and times.