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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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. See link for everything you need to know. Free!
Now that the kiddos have had time to decompress, help them set some new reading goals with your local library summer reading program. Don’t forget that kids can also earn discounts and prizes with summer reading programs put on by businesses like Barnes and Noble, Pizza Hut, and Chuck E. Cheese. Free!
Weekdays through August, Studio Movie Grill in Plano offers a Summer Movie Series for kids during the first showtime of the day every Monday–Thursday. See link for the weekly movie line-up. $6 tickets include popcorn and a drink.
Related: On Tuesdays, come for Special Needs Screenings where they have the lights up and the volume low, and moving around, talking, and even dancing in the aisles is welcome. Tickets are free for children with special needs and their siblings, and adult tickets are available for $5 at the Box Office.
ALL MONTH, EVERY TUESDAY
Meet at Shawnee Park in Plano for a weekly Play in the Park event with heart-pumping games like limbo, tag, relay races, and more. 9–10am. Free!
ALL MONTH, EVERY TUESDAY
Grandscape’s Fun in the Sun Series features entertainment and activities every Tuesday morning. First up this month is Meet the Minions on July 5. See link for details on each week. 10:30am–12pm. Free!
ALL MONTH, EVERY WEDNESDAY
Frisco Public Library will do WOW! Wednesdays in the City Hall Council Chambers. Lots of cool stuff on the schedule from magic shows to the Dallas Zoo. Space is limited. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before showtime. For ages K–5. Showtimes vary by week, so be sure to check the link for exact details. Free!
ALL MONTH, EVERY WEDNESDAY
Legacy Hall Sunset Movie Series features popular films outside in the Box Garden. This month’s movies are Spider-Man: No Way Home, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Footloose. 7:30pm. Free!
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, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
Grandscape ALSO has weekend concerts. Sounds of Summer is a family-friendly concert series featuring tribute bands and more. 7:30–9:30pm. Free!
Here are our tips on how to make the most out of these kinds of free concerts.
ALL MONTH, EVERY SATURDAY
Head to The Comedy Arena in McKinney for a Family Comedy & Magic Show every Saturday. Each week, this show will feature one of North Texas’ favorite family magicians. 5–6pm. Tickets $12.58 for kids, $17.07 for adults.
UNTIL JULY 21
Last days to see Psychedelic Robot, the 360° immersive experience at Willow Bend Mall. See an exciting tale of kindness, love, and humanity unfold in an explosion of color featuring world-class art & design, interactive exhibits, augmented reality, and high-quality production. Tickets from $22.60.
There’s a Patriotic Concert this evening at Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano. Bring a picnic and come see the Plano Community Band perform. 7pm. Free!
Use our Collin County Guide to the 4th of July to find all the best Independence Day events near you!
Let’s Get Mooooving at Heritage Farmstead Museum. Hands on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old-fashioned way, and more. 10am–1pm. Pre-register for an admission discount: $8 for kids, $5 for adults.
If you’ve never been to the farm before, check out our rundown here!
Here’s a summer-y community pool event for ya: The TMC Luau is a family night of swimming & fun in Plano. Burger, chips, drink and frozen treat are included with your tickets. See link for details and to register. 5:30–8:30pm. $5 per person.
Visit the Heard to see their cool Magic Planet 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.
Come dance with the Plano Symphony Orchestra this summer! Families can join in the fun with a conga line and a little Latin dance music as well as enjoying a PSO trio perform selections from Aladdin, Moana, The Jungle Book and Encanto. Enjoy the instrument petting zoo before each show. More details at the link. 3pm. Tickets are $12 general admission.
JULY 14 & 15
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 from the Management Office located off Village Green Drive in the walkway between Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen and Pure Barre. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 12–5pm. Free!
Also note: Creekside Live concerts are back, every Friday evening @ 7pm.
JULY 15 – 17
McKinney’s confusingly named Third Monday Trade Days is this weekend (not on Monday though). Shop 18 acres-worth of antiques, trendy apparel and accessories, garage sale items, home and outdoor decor, pet supplies, health and beauty products, and more. They have fair-style food for sale. Parking is $5 on Saturday and Sunday until 4pm.
JULY 15 – 24
NTPA Plano presents The Spongebob Musical this month for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets $20 orchestra, $30 premium.
Bring the family to Downtown Prosper for Fun in the Sun with water slides, inflatables, games, and kid-centered entertainment, topped off with cool summer treats. 3–6pm. Free!
Little Elm has Kids Movies and Concerts at the Lakefront this summer with character meet & greets and food trucks. The July movie is Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13). Activities start at 5pm, showtime at 6pm. Free!
JULY 16 & 17
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. General admission discount until July 15: $8-12. Kids 8 and under free!
Time for the 8th Plano Family Expo featuring entertainment (DJ, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, dances, performers) plus lots of parent resources, educational activities, health & fitness info, and more. 10am–4pm. Free!
JULY 30 & 31
The Premier Lacrosse League will travel to Dallas for the first-time ever, with four afternoon games at The Star this weekend. See link for details. Tickets from $39 each.