Plant an herb, check out the animals from the Dallas Zoo, make a present for Mom, watch a movie, boogie to live music or pull on your tie-dyes and tutus and go for a run -- A Night on the Town is back.The free, city-sponsored series will feature family-friendly movies, a live band and lots of kid-friendly activities at Town Park, 500 N. Main St. Angie Henley, the city’s special events/cultural events supervisor, said the focus is on children and their families.“In the past, that is who has tended to show up for this event,” she said. “Parents are looking for an event that is safe and kid friendly.”The fun kicks off Saturday with Earth Day activities and a showing of “The Lorax” in the park’s amphitheater. The city’s water truck will be on site and education specialist Arianne Shipley will do a presentation, Henley said.“We’ll also be planting herbs,” she said. “Everybody will leave with a flowerpot with herbs, basil, cilantro or thyme.”On May 4, the evening starts with the Tye Dyes & Tutus Fun Run, followed by the film “Wreck It Ralph.” Everyone can register for the mile run at the event, and feel free to wear their tie-dye t-shirts and tutus. Dazzarkle will also be selling tutus at the park, just in case anyone forgets. All run participants will receive a medal.On May 11, performers from the Music Place will sing and do a skit, while “Brave” will be the featured film. Youngsters can create a craft for their moms for Mother’s Day, and the first 100 moms will receive a gift just for showing up.The Saturday evening series wraps up May 18 with the rock ‘n’ roll band “Shades of Gray,” which plays favorites from The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett. The Dallas Zoo will also be on site with critters, plus arts and crafts.“Besides the Winter Walk, this will be my first event that is for families,” said Henley, who was hired last fall. “I’m looking forward to seeing the families come out in Mansfield.”Tourism manager Theresa Cohagen, who started the Night on the Town series seven years ago, said the event has evolved.“We were trying to capitalize on that we had an amphitheater in downtown and wanted people to see all that the parks had to offer,” she said. “We realized that it was more for the families.”All events are free, and concessions will be available to purchase. Additional parking is available at Alice Ponder Elementary School, 102 Pleasant Ridge Drive; Worley Middle School, 500 Pleasant Ridge Drive; and Katherine Rose Memorial Park, 303 N. Walnut Creek Drive.
Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451 Twitter: @AmandaRogersNM