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Best Things to Do This Weekend in DFW: May 20–22

DFWChild calendar editor's recommends the top five events worth venturing out of the house with the kids.

Wanna get out of the house? DFWChild’s calendar editor recommends the top five kid-friendly events each weekend coming to Dallas-Fort Worth that are worth the effort of venturing out. Sign up here to get our Weekend newsletter directly in your inbox every Thursday and find more family fun events every day of the week at dfwchild.com/calendar.

May 20–22

Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas

Begins Saturday, May 21, 10am–5pm
Continues Sunday, May 22, 11am–5pm, and open daily except Tuesdays
Test your “chimp chat” language skills and walk inside a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent as part of the Perot Museum’s new exhibition exploring the work of world-renowned conservationist and ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who has studied chimpanzees in the wild for more than 60 years. 

Main Street Fest
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Friday, May 20, 5–11pm
Saturday, May 21, 11am–11pm
Sunday, May 22, 11am–6pm
Once you’ve made it to Grapevine’s annual carnival on the historic Main Street, make a beeline for Pint-Sized Craft Alley, a children’s play area with activities courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center and Peppa Pig’s World of Play.

All Pro Dads Experience
Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility, Fort Worth
Saturday, May 21, 9am–noon
Join TCU’s head football coach Sonny Dykes at Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility for this special event where dads spend a few hours playing ball and connecting with their kids. Be sure to register online. Let’s go, Horned Frogs!

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Galatyn Park Urban Center, Richardson
Friday, May 20, 6pm–midnight
Saturday, May 21, 11am–midnight
Sunday, May 22, 11am–6pm
Toadies and Neon Trees headline at this three-day music festival also featuring new activities in the WF! Kids area, like kids’ karaoke, TikTok dances and DJ dance parties. Plus, you can pick out your own rock star hairdo.

Festival of Joy
Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

Saturday, May 21, 11am–6pm
Klyde Warren Park fills up with Indian cultural entertainment and activities throughout the day. Bring the kids to get a henna tattoo and watch the giant chariot parade as it travels through the Dallas Arts District. Plus, a vegetarian feast is free for everyone. FREE


May 13–15

Blippi the Musical
Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth
Saturday, May 14, 2pm
Is it the orange suspenders, or the exciting places he visits in his YouTube videos? Whatever the reason your 2 to 7-year-old loves Blippi, don’t miss the chance to see the show live on stage. (Super fans will notice that Blippi creator Stevin John has been temporarily recast for the tour but for good reason! He’s a new dad after recently welcoming his first child.)

Cartier and Islamic Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Opens to the public Saturday, May 14, 11am–5pm
Now this tiara is fit for a princess. See this headpiece made of turquoise, platinum and diamonds up close and 400 more pieces of jewelry and objects in the Dallas Museum of Art’s new major exhibition. DMA member preview days run May 11–13.

Chalk Art Festival
Mary Heads Carter Park, Carrollton
Saturday, May 14, 10am–3pm
Use complimentary sidewalk chalk to create your own artwork, or enter the competition for a small fee. Have a child with autism? Take advantage of the new sensory-friendly break area with noise-cancelling headphones.

Children’s Drawing from the Masters
Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas
Sunday, May 15, 3:30–4pm
Stop by the Spanish art museum for informal drawing programs, one for 5 to 12-year-olds and another for adults and teens, both led by local artist and elementary art teacher Ian O’Brien. No registration required.

PBR World Finals
Dickies Arena, Fort Worth
Friday, May 13–Sunday, May 22
Festivities daily 10am–6pm; evening rodeos
Bull riding’s biggest event of the year moves to the new Dickies Arena for two weekends of high-octane bull riding competitions, country music concerts and fan activities, like the rider autograph sessions and kid zones.


May 6–8

Mayfest
Trinity Park, Fort Worth
Thursday, May 5, 3:30–9pm
Friday, May 6, 3:30–10pm
Saturday, May 7, 9am–10pm
Sunday, May 8, 10am–7pm
The water-skiing squirrel named Twiggy is back for the 2022 Mayfest, where you’ll also find 20-plus activities—a petting zoo, treasure dig, and the May Day tradition of dancing around the Maypole—in the children’s area and they’re all free! Free general admission (Thursday, May 5) only.

Free First Saturdays
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Saturday, May 7, open 11am–5pm, family programming 11am–2pm
Enjoy free admission and kids’ programming led by local artists and creatives at Nasher. This month, you’ll make your own work of art inspired by the collection, chat with Nasher educators and snack on gourmet popcorn. FREE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Friday, May 6, 8pm
Saturday, May 7, 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, May 8, 2pm
It’s off to fairyland in Texas Ballet Theater’s gorgeous new adaptation of Shakespeare’s famed comedy—and your last chance to see company dancer Carolyn Judson, who’s retiring after the ballet’s run. See her in the role of Titania during the evening performances this weekend in Dallas and next weekend at the Bass in Fort Worth.

Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Park, Richardson
Saturday, May 7, 10am–7pm
Sunday, May 8, 10am–5pm
Make your own hat or Picasso-esque painting on canvas in the children’s ArtStop area, and don’t miss the spectacle of live art entertainer Amy Burkman speed painting on stage each morning and afternoon.

Plano AsiaFest
Haggard Park, Downtown Plano

Saturday, May 7, 11am–5pm
Kick off Asian American Heritage Month at this annual festival where you’ll experience cultural traditions like martial arts, cooking, fashion and origami. Can’t go in-person? Watch the live-stream from home.


Top photo courtesy of Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau