April family fun in DFW

The month of April brings something magical to Fort Worth. Festivals pop up every weekend. There is tons to do outdoors in every corner of the city. Although the weather in April can seem like a month-long prank, now is the time to get out and play before we start creeping towards those 100-degree days of summer. Here are my picks for April family fun activities in Fort Worth and nearby for each weekend.

April family fun in Fort Worth - Lots of free activities, festivals, and special events. | One Mama's Daily Drama

April family fun in DFW

Things to do April 5-6

Fresh Off the Boulevard

Sip, savor and shop from noon to 4 p.m. on April 5th. Stroll down the bricks of Camp Bowie District and enjoy a celebration of all things new and fresh. Many of the shops will be having sidewalk sales and trunk shows. Lemonade stand will sell kid-friendly drinks and adult coctails. There will also be face painting, balloons, games, and giveaways. Pick up a punch card and get it stamped at each store or restaurant; every five punches is a raffle entry.

For more info: Camp Bowie District

BRIT First Saturdays

The month of April kicks of the monthly BRIT farmers market and special activities from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The theme for the April 5th market is Inspired by Nature. Tours will take place along with education stations and story time. Local producers will set up to sell from 8 a.m.-noon (cash only).

For more info: BRIT

Family Film Series

The Fort Worth Public Library hosts a free film screening for parents and children. On April 5th at 1 p.m., Central branch is showing Stewart Little (1999). The film is rated PG and runtime is 85 minutes.

For more info: Family Films at the Fort Worth Public Library

Free admission to the Modern

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth offers free admission to all visitors on the first Sunday of each month. For this month, that date is April 6th and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Current exhibits include David Bates (paintings, sculptures and reliefs) and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

For more info: Visit the Modern

Things to do April 12-13

Main Street Arts Festival

If you’ve never been before, this event is huge. Main Street from the courthouse to the Convention Center for four days (April 10-13) of amazing art, live music and entertainment, and local food. Most things are free, but food and beverages are by coupon and most of the activities in the kids area cost too. I could write forever on this event, so get the details on the official website below.

For more info: Main Street Arts Festival

Family Film Series

The Fort Worth Public Library hosts a free film screening for parents and children. On April 12th at 2 p.m., Northwest branch is showing [the newer] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). The film is rated PG and runtime is 115 minutes.

For more info: Family Films at the Fort Worth Public Library

Family Festival: Sights and Sounds of Japan

Visit the Kimbell Art Museum from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday April 12th for a free family event inspired by the current exhibit. Activities include demos, tours, hands-on art activities, children’s short films, and interactive Kabuki theater workshops. Admission will also be free to the current exhibit, exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, during the event.

For more info: Kimbell Art Museum events

Caring Bunny Easter event

North East Mall and Firewheel Town Center invite families with special needs children to attend an Easter event free from sensory triggers. On Sunday April 13th from 10 a.m. to noon, the malls will turn down lights, music, and other distractions. Children can visit the Easter bunny and take a photo without having to wait in a long line. Each person will receive a number of activities will keep kids occupied while they wait. No reservations needed.

For more info: Simon Malls

Things to do April 19-20

Texas-sized Easter

Stockyards Station hosts an annual egg hunt at high noon on April 19th for kids up to age 12. Afterwards, there will be a hunt for the golden horseshoe for kids 12 and older (Prize = $100!). The event will also include face painting, balloon animals, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Free.

For more info: Stockyards Station

Family Film Series

The Fort Worth Public Library hosts a free film screening for parents and children. On April 19th at 2 p.m., Diamond Hill/Jarvis branch is showing The Muppets (2011). The film is rated PG and runtime is 103 minutes.

For more info: Family Films at the Fort Worth Public Library

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio

Kids age 12 and younger – accompanied by an adult – can participate in a fun and free activity at the Kimbell Art Museum. Saturday April 19th from 1-1:45 p.m., drop by the Renzo Piano Pavilion for a gallery activity and studio-art project. This weekend’s theme is Helmets for Heroes. Space is limited, so sign up during the hour before the event begins at the entrance to the education studios. While you’re there, remember that admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free.

For more info: Kimbell Art Museum

Things to do April 26-27

5th Annual Puppetry Festival

The Fort Worth Public Library hosts the annual puppet event at Central branch on April 27th from 1-4 p.m. Kids of all ages can enjoy activities like watching puppet shows, making their own puppets, and doing hands-on activities. Free.

For more info: Fort Worth Public Library

El día de los niños

Day of the Children is an annual event that celebrates literacy with crafts, games, and story times. The event will be held at most branches on April 26th, but some take place during the following week. See the library link for the specific date and time at your preferred branch. Free.

For more info: Fort Worth Public Library

Japanese Garden Spring Festival

Welcome the new season with an annual celebration at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. Watch dance, music and martial arts performances. There will also be traditional tea ceremonies and other cultural activities. Hours are April 26th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 27th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids age 4-12.

For more info: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Family Car Advice event

Stockyards Station hosts the Cars.com Expert Moms to answer all your questions about car seats, safety, and travel. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., peek inside four recommended family vehicles, participate in a challenge game, and enter to win some cash for gas.

Sonny & Friends concert

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. hosts a family-friendly event that benefits the Hope Center for Autism. Although not particularly frugal, this event is for a good cause. $35 will get you beer, barbecue, and a concert. Kids 12 and under are admitted free, but will have to pay for food.

For more info: Autism Awareness with Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

If you have an event that you think should be added to this April family fun listing, send me a message through the contact form. I’ll be adding to this post throughout the month.

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