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

How is summer treating everyone? Time to think about July already! Of course, the biggest thing going on this month is Independence Day and all its related events. Many of these events have moved online, so while we’ve listed some of them below, be sure to check each city’s website for up to date information. Then, of course, we’ve included below a list of all the other cool, kid-friendly July events in Collin County this month, too. Have fun outdoors and stay safe!

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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 events in public with your family. Also, be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events.

All Month :: The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine is open for business and is excited to welcome guests back for their 17th annual Summerfest. In addition to gaining access to the Gaylord’s Paradise Springs waterpark, you can participate in other seasonal family-friendly activities like movie nights, exotic animal encounters, scavenger hunts, and more!

All Month, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays :: McKinneyParks.org is offering 8 FREE themed summer camps for kids of all ages. Each week will have a variety of activities that can be watched online and done at home.

All Month, select dates :: Never miss a story time at the Frisco Library! Here is their July activity schedule. Free!

All Month, select dates :: The Star in Frisco is hosting Cinema Pop-Ups throughout the month featuring classic movies you can watch from your car. Tickets are $25/vehicle and movies begin at 8:30pm. Movies include Edge of Tomorrow, Ready Player One, 42, and Shazam!

All Month, Wednesdays :: Can you imagine a new tradition where KIDS make dinner on Wednesdays? Taste Buds Kitchen hosts weekly classes online for kids ages 6-15 that will walk them through making a meal for the family. For $25 per class, your child will receive two hours of instruction beginning at 4pm and they make really easy meals like Shepherd’s Pie, Breakfast for Dinner, Stroganoff, and Chicken Pot Pie. Warning: The classes can get a little crazy! In a good way!

All Month, Tuesdays & Thursdays :: The North Texas Performing Arts is hosting a weekly bedtime reading featuring some of the most popular children’s books. Join Ms. Sara 7:30pm-8pm each Tuesday & Thursday as she reads Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Simply register by email! FREE

All Month, Monday-Friday :: One of our favorite authors, James Dean (Pete the Cat), hosts a virtual art lesson and story time LIVE on Instagram each weekday at 12pm. Watch him draw some of your favorite Pete moments and hear a book live.

July 1-12 :: Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru, America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event, has made its way to Fair Park and several dates are already sold out! Here’s your chance to see over 80 life-sized dinosaurs in a drive-through setting. Expect it to take about 30-60 minutes to make your way through the entire exhibit. Tickets are $49/vehicle (up to eight individuals) and can be found on their website.

July 1-4 :: Participate in a Chalk Drawing contest courtesy of Watters Creek in Allen! Grab your FREE “Chalk It Up To Summer” Kit between by July 3 and decorate your sidewalks at home with positive messages. Post to social media before midnight (using #ChalkItUpWC) on July 4 and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards! *while supplies last

July 2 :: Watch Alice take an adventure to Wonderland thanks to the North Texas Performing Arts’ new virtual shows! The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland will be performed live but available via webcam during four show times. Tickets are available for $10, and a very limited number of in-person tickets will be available, too (masks required during the whole performance).

July 3 :: Town of Prosper & Prosper Magazine will host their annual Independence Day Celebration “Pride in the Sky” as a Fireworks Show Only from Frontier Park that can be streamed LIVE from Facebook or seen from local homes and cars around the city.

July 3 :: Allen Parks & Recreation has also moved their fireworks display to a space that will be visible from your home or car within a one-mile radius around W. Exchange Pkwy & N. Watters Rd. Tune into 97.5 FM at 9:30pm to listen to patriotic music that will be choreographed with the show.

July 4 :: Red, White, & Boom in McKinney has changed its plans to limit social gatherings. Fireworks will be launched from McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, but parking will not be available onsite. They’re encouraging everyone to watch from their homes or car by tuning into 101.1 FM. In addition, the patriotic parade in Downtown McKinney will be stationary this year to allow YOUR FAMILY to drive and view all the floats.

July 4 :: Freedom Fest in Frisco is scheduled to go on as planned, but you’ll need to find your own spot to view them or live stream the show from the city’s website starting at 9:30pm.

July 4 :: Plano’s July 4th Independence Day Fireworks show has been moved to a private spot on Lavon Farms where they’ll provide ample viewing options for families from their own homes, vehicles, or neighborhoods surrounding the city. The display will be set to music on KLAK 97.5 FM.

July 8-12 :: The Parking Lot Social is taking drive-in to a whole new level! They have five days of non-stop activities at Southfork Ranch for every member of the family. All events are broadcasted to your car and even yummy grub from food trucks can be delivered to your car door. Tickets start at $39/vehicle. Here’s a brief lineup:

  • Wednesday – Parking LOL: Comedy night
  • Thursday – Movie Night Mamma Mia (2008)
  • Friday & Saturday – Midnight Movies Jurassic Park (Friday) & Scream (Saturday)
  • Saturday & Sunday – Social Kids activities (Bingo, Trivia Contests, Disco, Car-a-oke)

July 18 :: If you’re in need of a date night, McKinney Performing Arts Center is hosting a Summer Drive-In Concert at Tupps Brewery, featuring Farewell Angelina (similar music to The Chicks; formally the Dixie Chicks). Tickets are $45/vehicle and the concert starts at 9pm.

July 25 :: The annual Plano Family Expo will go on this year, but virtually! Grab your family and sit down online for this fun-filled day of virtual performances, interactive games, arts/crafts, and lots of giveaways. It’s all online and all free!