A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of August

Well that was quick. Time to get these kids ready to go back to school! I’m crossing every finger that this year is better than last. I’m sure you are too. If anyone needs a family pick-me-up at any point this month, take a look at our roundup below. Lot’s of fun to be had!

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things to do in Collin County AugustCheck ahead for cancellations and mask requirements.

All Month :: There’s still time to party down with our Guide to All Things SUMMER. And don’t forget about all the Collin County Farmers Markets, a perfect weekend activity.

All Month :: Have you been to the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden at the Heard yet? Walk among free-flying butterflies and other pollinators. Get some ideas for your garden at home! Included with admission.

All Month :: It’s the last full month to check out Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Grandscape (runs through early September). See our visitor tips here! Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15, 2 and under free with accompanying adult. This is an indoor event.

All Month, Mondays :: Visit @PlanoArts on Facebook every Monday 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!

August 1 :: There’s a Wasted Paint Party: Kids Edition today, for ages 7-12. Kids are guaranteed to enjoy creating their very own masterpiece. No artistic skills necessary. All supplies included. Adults are free to attend with child ticket. 1-4pm. $15-20.

August 3 :: Plano Parks & Rec hosts the final summer Play in the Park, a meet-up featuring games, special guests and, of course, popsicles and plenty of water. Make new friends and play games like freeze tag, jump the river, relay races, and more. Willowcreek Park. 9-10am. Free!

August 5 :: All ages are welcome to participate in the Back to School: Choose Your Own Adventure event at JJGL in McKinney. Kids follow an adventure map through the library, solving puzzles and testing their skills. Meet favorite characters along the way, become a superhero, and even be rewarded by a medieval knight! 11am-2pm. Free!

August 5 :: It’s #FreeBritney Night at the Frisco RoughRiders game. Fans named Britney, or who come dressed as Britney Spears, receive free admission. There’s also a giveaway for kids under 12 as part of Back to School Week. 7:05pm.

August 6 :: First Friday Art Trail is back. Come stroll along the water at The Boardwalk at Granite Park and enjoy local showcased artwork and local crafters’ creations. Grab dinner before or after and make an evening out of it. 5-9pm. Free!

August 6 :: Summer series are winding down. Tonight is the final Summer Dive-In Movie at the Frisco Water Park. Watch Lilo & Stitch the comfort of your poolside lounge chair or a float in the pool itself. Movies are included with daily admission or valid memberships. 8pm.

August 6-7 :: It’s the final two Music at FTC events of the summer. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and grab carryout from one of the Fairview Town Center restaurants to eat while you listen. 7:30pm. Free!

August 7 :: The Girls in STEM Summer Expo 2021 (held at Parr Library in Plano) provides girls in grades 9-12 with quality STEM resources, interface with a professional panel of women in the industry, a college roundtable, and interactive workshops. 1-4pm. $10.

August 7 :: Tonight’s Dive In Movie at Apex Centre in McKinney is Onward. You’ll be able to enter the outdoor pool at 7pm and play on our outdoor aquatics attractions. Space is limited. Pre-registration is advised. The movie will begin at dusk. 7-10pm. $5

August 6-8 :: Tax Free Weekend alert.

August 7-8 :: Plano Trade Days is a vintage market where you can shop antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, jewelry, furniture and more. This is an indoor event. Saturday hours: 9am-8pm, Sunday hours: 10am-5pm. Free!

August 12-14 and 19-22 :: Descendants: The Musical hits the stage at Willow Bend Center of the Arts (NTPA Plano). The show is mask-optional for performers. See the link for details on what that means and other COVID protocols. This is an indoor event. Several showtimes available. Tickets from $10-20.

August 14 :: The final Celina Summer Music series is tonight on the square. Come dressed in your best 80s costume for a chance to win delicious 80s themed candy baskets from Hey Sugar. 7:30-9pm. Free!

August 19-20 :: Watters Creek continues to do Lucky Duck Kids Club to-go for now. Pick up your Kid’s Club Activity Box (while supplies last) at the Concierge+ Lounge on Garden Park Dr. next to J.Jill. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 11am-7pm. Free! Don’t miss our new post: How to Spend a Day at Watters Creek in Allen.

August 20 ::  Head to The Boardwalk at Granite Park for their Summer Flashback Film Series. This month will be Sister Act 2. Come early to grab dinner and pick a good spot along the water. 8:30-10:30pm. Free!

August 20-28 :: Rhea Lana’s upscale resale Back-to-School/Fall & Winter Sale is back. They’ll have it in the old SteinMart on Preston in Frisco. Pre-Sale is August 20-21. Prices and times vary by date. See link for lots more details, how to consign, the event schedule, and tickets. This is an indoor event.

August 21 :: Rail District Outdoors is an ongoing marketplace in Frisco on the third Saturday of the month. Walk Main Street and support local gift shops, boutiques, bakeries, and restaurants, while enjoying arts, music, entertainment, and more. 9am-5pm. Free!

August 22-24 :: Diving Consign Plano is a mega consignment pop-up for all things kids. Discounts get steeper by the day. See the link for details on presale, early entry opportunities (first time parents, teachers, etc.), hours, and more. This is an indoor event.

For more family-friendly activities near you, check out the Guide to the Month of August from our sister site Dallas Moms.

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.