Wednesdau, May 7
We’ve never participated in a maypole celebration because it combines two things we can’t do separately let alone at the same time: braiding ribbons without lumps or spaces and running without falling down or knocking people over. However, the Dallas Arboretum’s Mayfest, though it does include a maypole, also features walking through gardens of spring flowers (tripping or stumbling not forbidden), listening to classical music and viewing demonstrations by the Herb Society. Even the clumsiest visitors can have stress-free fun; just be sure to tiptoe through the tulips, not on them. Special events happen Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and during Sunday garden parties, Mommy & Me Mondays and the neighborhood garden tour. Mayfest opens May 1 and runs through May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 3 to 12 and free for kids under 2. Parking is $4. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Call 214-327-8263.

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