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

Welcome to July! How is summer treating everyone? Of course, the biggest thing going on this month is Independence Day and all its related events. Check out our Collin County 4th of July Guide for details on parades, fireworks, and festivals near you. And don’t forget about our Collin County Guide to All Things SUMMER! If you need something fun to do with the kids, you’ll find plenty of inspiration there.

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All Month :: Connect with local moms in our Neighborhood Groups for splash pad play dates, Moms’ Night Out, and more!

All Month :: Preschool Wednesdays are over for the season, but you can still visit Heritage Farmstead Museum to tour the grounds, take a wagon ride ($2), and feed the chickens ($1). Please register in advance. Open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-2pm. $5 per person, ages 2 and under free.

All Month :: RecQuest is a self-paced scavenger hunt going on right now with McKinney Parks & Rec. Find QR codes, submit pictures, and answer questions for a chance to win one of 3 grand prizes. Free!

All Month :: Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Grandscape continues to be super popular. This all-ages exhibition immerses you in scenes inspired by the movie. 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.

All Month, Tuesdays :: Grandscape’s Fun in the Sun Series features entertainment and activities every Tuesday morning, from Animal Learning with the Dallas Zoo to Christmas in July. See link for details on each week. 10:30am-11:30 (or 12:30, depending). Free!

All Month, Wednesdays :: WOW! Wednesdays at the Frisco Library features different educational and entertaining presentations for kids ages K-5th grade and their families. First up is Sci-Tech Discovery Center on July 7. Showtimes are at 9:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 4pm, and 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before showtime. Free!

All Month, Wednesdays :: Legacy Hall Sunset Movie Series features family-friendly films outside in the Box Garden. The event is free to attend but you can reserve a table for $70. Reservations include a Movie Night Package with candy, Pepsi, a bucket of beer or bottle of wine, and a $10 Hall Pass for each guest. 7:30pm.

All Month, Fridays :: Summer Dive-In Movies feature family-friendly shows at Frisco Water Park at the FAC. July 16 is Raya and the Last Dragon. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend! Movies begin at dusk and are included with water park admission.

All Month, Fridays & Saturdays :: Music at FTC is a summer concert series in The Park at Fairview Town Center. Friday nights are for local singer/songwriters and Saturday nights are for bands. See link for a complete schedule of performers. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and grab carryout from one of the FTC restaurants to eat while you listen. 7:30pm. Free!

All Month, Saturdays :: Summer Bod Saturdays continue at The Boardwalk at Granite Park. I’m excited for July 17: SESSION Pilates, a 50-minute, beat-based, high-intensity mat class. You’ll need a yoga mat, a small towel, and water for class. They’ll have raffles, swag, and fun surprises. Pre-registration required each week. 10am. Free!

All Month, Saturdays :: Little Language Explorers is for kids up to age 5 and their caregivers at Frisco Public Library. Join Lemur the Language Explorer to explore a new language every week through songs, rhymes, and fun. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before the program. See link for language schedule. 10:30-11am. Free!

July 3 :: Plano Community Band presents a Patriotic Concert in Haggard Park this evening. Bring a picnic and get comfortable. 7pm. Free!

July 11 :: The Heroes and Villains! Family Concert from the Plano Symphony Orchestra introduces characters from Harry Potter, Superman, The Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmatians, and more. In this 45-minute performance, families with children 2–12 will learn about instruments, hear great music, and even participate in the action on stage. 3pm. Tickets $12 general admission.

July 12 :: Collin County Moms will be at Legacy Hall’s Summer Lunch-N-Play series today with crafts, games, a balloon artist, and Dinomania show. See link for all the fun details and additional Lunch-N-Play dates this summer. Free!

July 15-16 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club To-Go is the third week of the month, on Thursdays and Fridays. Pick up your Kid’s Club Activity Box 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!

July 16 :: Head over to The Boardwalk at Granite Park for their Summer Flashback Film Series. Come early to grab dinner and pick a good spot along the water. 8:30-10:30pm. Free!

July 16-18 :: Third Monday Trade Days are back in McKinney this weekend. Over 450 vendors offering almost anything you can imagine, plus fair food concessions if you need a treat. Lots more info here. Friday: 8am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8am-5pm. Free! (Onsite parking is $5 during peak hours.)

July 17 :: 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!

July 18 and July 31 :: Visit the Heard to see their Texas Nessie exhibit and hit up Zip Line Day while you’re at it! Climb a 23-foot tree then zip down a 487-foot line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration is required.

July 18 :: It’s time again for the annual Ice Cream Crank-Off in McKinney’s Chestnut Square. Enjoy music, dancing, kid’s games and activities, ice cream eating contests, a
scavenger hunt, and more. Admission includes competition flavor samples while
ice cream supplies last. 11am-3pm. Wristbands with unlimited fun for $10 per person, $35 for a Family 4-Pack.

July 23-24 :: The Retro Expo is back at the Plano Event Center. This celebration of all things fun & retro will feature dealers of retro-inspired, vintage, and antique toys; comic books; video games; VHS tapes; vinyl records; buttons, t-shirts and apparel; board and role playing games; and all kinds of pop culture memorabilia. 9am-4pm. General admission $10. Kids 12 and under free!

July 28 :: Movie Night at The Star in Frisco features Grease this month. 8-10pm. Free!

Anything else fun going on this month? Let us know!

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