May is almost here!  Lots of great stuff happening, and some event require you to plan ahead and make reservations or purchase tickets.  Scroll down for the scoop!

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Miss Nelson is Missing
Plano Children’s Theater
April 24th – May 2nd
Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything — including hiring a private eye — to solve the mystery …

The Wiz
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Fridays May 1st & 8th at 8pm

Jackie & Me
May 1st – 17th
Dallas Children’s Theater
Like many other 10-year-old boys, Joey Stoshak is crazy about baseball. Unlike his peers, Joey has a knack for time travel. When Joey is assigned to write a report on an African American hero, he uses his special ability to go to 1947 Brooklyn and meet Jackie Robinson. When his trip back in time unexpectedly changes the color of Joey’s skin, he is forced to face harsh truths about prejudice and discrimination. Adapted from the popular series of young adult novels by Dan Gutman, this powerful play explores what Jackie Robinson can teach us about the true nature of heroism. Enjoyed by ages 9 and up. Contains strong historical language

The Big Bad Musical
Plano Children’s Theatre
May 1st – 9th
A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in The Big Bad Musical! This smart and wickedly funny musical is great for actors and audiences of any age. The jury — your audience — must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Family Freestyle Robotics
Saturday, May 2nd 3-5 pm
Haggard Library, Plano
This freestyle session lets you pick which robot you want to build! We will provide WeDo kits for families with younger kids, and EV3 kits for those looking for a challenge! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Jack and the Beanstalk
April 18 – May 31
Geppetto’s Theater Hilton Anatole, North Dallas
A marionette performance

Junior Robotics: Smart Spinner
Saturday, May 2nd 10:30am – noon
Harrington Library, Plano
Learn about gears, rotation and speed as you build and test your own smart spinner Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 7-9

Nature Explore Family Club
Sunday, May 3rd 3pm & Monday, May 4th 9:30am
Plano Environmental Education Center
May Theme: Your Special Path.  Join us for fun activities appropriate for children ages 3-8. FREE, registration required

Rockin Robotics: Intro to EV3 and Sensors
Schimelpfenig Library, Plano
Wednesday, May 6th & 13th 6:30 – 8:30pm
Get hands on with EV3 Lego Mindstorm kits with a build session and learn about two sensors: gyro and color. Must attend both days. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 10-12

Stars on the Prairie
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Friday, May 8th 8:30pm
Bring a chair or a blanket, plan on a night hike if it’s cloudy. $5 entrance, $5 program. RSVP to erin.taylor@unt.edu

Curtains
May 8th – 17th
Heard Craig Hall, McKinney
It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! Recommended audience age: 10 + due to adult themes

Twinderella The Musical
Frisco Discovery Center
May 8-16
Presented by the Frisco Area Children’s Theater.

Computer Programming: Animate, Draw & Explore Using Scratch
Haggard Library, Plano
Saturday, May 9th 3-5pm
Learn how Scratch uses drag and drop programming which means no syntax errors. The program is always ready to run, enabling young learners to focus on the logic instead! Download Scratch to your laptop ahead of time. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free 3rd grade and up

Kayak Tour
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Saturday, May 9th 4-6pm
All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the waters of McWhorter Creek. All equipment is provided. $20/paddler (or $15/ annual pass holder). Ages 7 years and up. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or lisacole@unt.edu

Mother’s Day Concert & Butterfly Release
Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas
Sunday, May 10th 2-4pm
Join us for our fourth annual Mother’s Day Concert with The Women’s Chorus of Dallas. The hour-long concert, concluding with a live butterfly release in the Conservatory, is the perfect way to celebrate with the ones you love on Mother’s Day. Each year, concerts sell out! You can purchase a concert ticket

Meal & Memories with Mom
American Girl Store, Galleria Dallas
Sunday, May 10th
It’s time for a girls’ day out—just you and your daughter! You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, giggle over fun dice games that you can play over and over—like Story Switch-off, Roll-of-the-Dice Charades, and more—and make a colorful keepsake picture frame craft together. You’ll even have a mother-daughter photo taken right at your table and printed for your one-of-a-kind frame. $38/person, for ages 8+. Reservations required; call toll-free 877-247-5223.

Nancy Drew: Girl Detective
Plano Children’s Theater
May 15th – 23rd
The world’s most famous girl detective is at it again! Another River Heights mystery has developed at the old Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighter’s Barn Theater. Leander Van Pelt has died, and rumors abound of hidden cache of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that have been left somewhere on his estate. A mysterious ghost (or puppet?) has been haunting the estate while the Footlighters try to rehearse their play. Can Nancy Drew and her friends discover who is frightening the Van Pelt residents? Will the Footlighter’s show be able to go on without their lead actress? And where are all of the gems that are to go to Leander Van Pelt’s granddaughter? Nancy Drew leaves no stone unturned in this fun, whodunit!

Premiere 101
Haggard Library
Tuesday, May 19th 7pm
Use cameras, the green screen, and Adobe Premiere to create and edit videos. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 13-18

Family Robotics: Forklift
Davis Library, Plano
Friday, May 22nd 3-5pm
Use pulleys and belts, and investigate energy transfer as you build a forklift that lifts and lowers a pallet! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Aida, School Edition
Plano Children’s Theater
May 22nd – 30th
Adapted from the four-time TONY Award-winning hit by Elton John and Tim Rice. An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris.

Fiddler on the Roof
May 22nd – 31st
Frisco Discovery Center
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

LEGOs: The Challenge
Haggard Library, Plano
Friday, May 22nd 3pm
Can you build an object in the allotted time? Work in teams to create a Lego creation and see if your team will win! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Grades 1-5

Frosted: Adventures with Anna & Elsa in Arendelle
The Art Centre Theatre, Plano
May 22nd – 31st
The always-optimistic Anna sets out to find her missing sister, Elsa, whose strange and wonderful power to manipulate ice is not only beautiful, but can prove dangerous. Joined by Olaf, Kristoff, crazy trolls and reindeer, Anna sets out on an unforgetable journey to reunite with her sister, conquering the elements and her own fears in the process.

Peter and the Wolf
Saturday, May 30th 11am
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
Project Trio joins the Dallas Symphony in reinventing Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. This contemporary version will inspire imaginations young and old.