It’s August, which means we’re getting the kids ready to go back to school. Of course, this is completely unlike any back-to-school we’ve experienced before. It’s also hotter than blazes outside. That’s familiar, at least. It’s important to retain some semblance of normalcy in trying times. Here’s a few fun ideas to help with stress levels as we keep on keepin’ on!
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And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are changing quickly! We encourage you to check the Collin County Health Services website to be “in the know” about risk levels before you plan any activities in public with your family. Also, be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events.
All Month :: Check in on the virtual programming at the Frisco Library, including story times, author Q&As, and more. You can filter by kids or teen events. Free!
All Month :: There’s still time to check off items from Natalie’s Summer Bucket List!
All Month :: What about a kayak or canoe rental over at Lake Lewisville? The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area doesn’t rent them directly, but they link to several options on their site. Park hours: 7am-7pm. Entry fee of $5 per vehicle.
All Month :: Amaze Your Brain at Home with the Perot. You’ll find videos and activities on a variety of topics. Kids can explore science concepts using common household items. Content is organized by age group, from early childhood to grades 6-12. Free!
All Month :: Don’t be afraid of a little sweat; get all the nature you can handle on the hiking trails at the Heard. Check out their COVID protocols before you go! Closed Mondays.
All Month :: The State Fair may be cancelled but they’ve still got a few things going on, like the Youth Arts & Crafts Contests. Lots of categories for entry, open to any child over the age of 6, although most sections have dedicated groupings (7-12 and 13-17 years old). Register at the link by September 1; drop off work by September 13. Entry fee from $3.
All Month, select dates :: Speaking of the State Fair…Fletcher’s Corny Dogs will do pop-ups around the metroplex, so you can get your fix of funnel cakes, corn dogs, curly fries, and lemonade. They’ll continue this through the fall, so check the link for a spot near you.
All Month :: Some of you may be feeling a little better about the Dallas Zoo, considering all the outdoor space and opportunities for distancing. They’ve made a bunch of operational changes, which are detailed here. If you aren’t comfortable heading over there in person, don’t forget about their Bring the Zoo to You program.
All Month, Mondays :: Visit @PlanoArts on Facebook for live online art classes. All ages and skill levels welcome. Classes are taught using watercolor paints and modified for colored pencils, markers, and crayons. And if you miss one, previous classes are saved in the “Video” section. Noon. Free!
All Month, Tuesdays and Thursdays :: NTPA hosts a weekly bedtime reading featuring popular children’s books as read by Ms. Sara. Next up she’ll do Winnie the Pooh (starting July 25). Simply register by email. 7:30-8pm. FREE
Daily, through August 8 :: The Olympics are postponed, but McKinney Parks & Rec will post Olympic challenges on the city’s Instagram stories for you to try at home. The goal is to beat their records! And don’t forget to check out all the other summer content and activities at their site, including details on area hike and bike trails.
August 1 :: This year’s Lucky Duck Duck Race has moved online, and it’ll still be every bit as exciting to watch your duck try to win you a $500 Visa gift card. See link for all the details on adopting a duck(s). Proceeds benefits This Side UP! Race starts at 2pm.
August 1, 2 :: Last chance for Cinema Pop-Ups at The Star in Frisco. The final movies will be Ghostbusters and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. See the link to purchase tickets and find info on food specials from surrounding restaurants. Lots open at 8pm, movie starts at 9pm. $25 per car.
August 4 :: Join the Plano Public Library on Facebook at 3pm for Kindergarten Kickstarter: Social and Emotional Development. Help your little one get kindergarten-ready with skill-building activities. Ages 3-5. Free!
August 17-21 :: Watters Creek does Lucky Duck Kids Club to-go these days. Pick up your “Happy Happy Birthday” Activity Box (while supplies last) at the Concierge + Lounge on Garden Park Dr., next to J.Jill. Activities are geared to children ages 2 to 6. Free!