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. Be sure to check out our 4th of July Guide to Parades, Fireworks Stands, and Festivities for the best ways to celebrate in the community. The guide below is full of all the other cool, kid-friendly July events in Collin County this month. Have fun out there!

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All Month, Tuesdays :: McKinney’s Moviehouse & Eatery has a Summer Kids Camp with free movies every Tuesday morning. These are typically movies you can find on Netflix, but it’s nice to get that theater experience. July movies include Captain Underpants and Minions. Tickets are available first come, first served at 9am, and all movies start at 10am. Your whole party must be present to pick up tickets. Free!

All Month, Thursdays :: Don’t forget about Summer Fun Thursdays at The Shops at Willow Bend. Head to the Grand Court, located on the lower level between Neiman Marcus and the food court for a different show each week – clowns, Sci-Tech Discovery Center demos, and bubble shows. This is the last month for these shows, so don’t miss out. Pre-show activities at noon, showtime at 1pm (no show on July 4). Free!

All Month, select dates :: All branches of the Plano Library will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  Here’s the Plano Library Summer Brochure – scroll to pages 4 and 5 to see a bunch of themed activities for all ages, including Space Art (ages 3-5), Space Magic Show (all ages), Space Mystery (K-5th), a puppet show about famous people in space (all ages) and lots more. Free!

All Month, select dates :: Never miss a story time at the Frisco Library; get reminders sent right to your phone. Text @fplst2u to 81010 to join. Here is their July activity schedule – see different color coding for age groups. Green = Early Literacy. Free!

All Month, select dates :: If you didn’t sign up for summer camps but the kids need more stimulation, how about a mini camp at the Heard in McKinney? There are a handful of half-day sessions to choose from for kids ages 6-11, each with a different topic. Each one includes indoor activities and a little time outside as long as the heat isn’t too extreme. 9:30am-12pm. $18 members/$22 non-members per mini camp.

All Month, select dates :: Did you know the Dallas Star Center ice rinks have a “Try Skating for Free” program? This month it will be offered at the Plano and McKinney branches for beginning skaters ages 3 and up, no experience necessary. See the link for details on what will be taught. Everyone needs a helmet and gloves, either brought from home or purchased onsite ($10 helmet/$2 gloves). Classes are 30 minutes; see your branch for exact times. Free! (registration required)

July 4 :: Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Check out our Guide to Parades, Fireworks Stands, and Festivities for everything 4th of July in Collin County.

July 4-6 :: Freedom Celebration at Legacy Hall means special deals and entertainment, namely all-day kids games in the Box Garden each day. And don’t forget we’re still doing our Summer Playdates at Legacy Hall every Monday from 10-noon. Kids DJ Dance Party coming up on July 8. See link for complete schedule. Free! 

July 6 :: Cool off at a Dive-In Movie at the APEX Centre Outdoor Pool in McKinney. They do a different movie each month (this time it’s Coco). You’ll be able to enter the outdoor pool at 7pm and play on the slides and kiddie areas before the show. Movie begins promptly at 7:45pm. Tickets $5 each.

July 13 :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center has a “Moonaversary” party today with special activities including planetarium shows, fire shows, tabletop activities and demos, guest speakers, and more. 10am-1:30pm. Members only from 9-10am. Tickets are $8.50 general admission.

July 18 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club at Watters Creek has a “You Are My Sunshine” theme this month. Activities are geared to children ages 2 to 6, but all children and their families are welcome. No registration required, just sign up on the spot. 11-11:45am on the Village Green. Free!

July 19 :: The Allen Public Library invites you to a Glow Dance Party, a lights-out, glow-in-the-dark dance extravaganza for ages 2 and up in the Children’s Program Room. Don’t forget to wear something white! Free tickets available at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program starts. 10:15-11am or 11:15-11:45am sessions. Free! Also, have you seen the Allen Parks & Rec Summer 2019 Guide? Talk about comprehensive – you should def check it out.

July 20 :: Southfork Ranch is the spot for the Plano Family Expo this year. Come and enjoy interactive family activities, family services near you, community networking, competitions and entertainment, parent pampering, and more. Lots of details at the link on all the contests, food, and activities. 10am-6pm. Free!

July 21 :: It’s the 24th annual Ice Cream Crank-Off at Chestnut Square in McKinney. Homemade ice cream, music, magic shows, a train display, and kids’ activities. Admission is free, but tickets are required for food, games, and activities. Purchase a kids’ wristband for unlimited fun for $20. See the link for a sampling of activities and ticket requirements. 11am-3pm.

July 21 :: Third Sunday Open House at Frisco Heritage Museum today. Fun for all ages, with kids crafts and games, face painting, entertainment, live animals, working blacksmiths, and docent-guided tours. 1-4pm. Free!

July 23 :: Experience what life was like on the Blackland Prairie at Heritage Farmstead Museum’s A Day at the Farm. Hands-on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old fashioned way, and more. Register in advance online or pay at the door. 10am-1pm. $5 per ticket.

July 25 :: The Perot Museum Tech Truck will be at Hall Library in McKinney today. It’s a discovery lab where kids can participate in hands-on STEM projects. Register for one of three 40-minute sessions. See link for ticket details. Open to all ages. 2:30-4:40pm. Psst, here’s the McKinney Libraries summer brochure for even more activities for any age. Free!

July 25-28 :: NTPA at Willow Bend presents James and the Giant Peach, Jr. based on the beloved Roald Dahl classic. Recommended for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available at the link. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 starting July 22.

July 27 :: Plano offers Movies in the Park at Haggard Park each month this summer. July’s movie will be Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30pm, and the movie is at 8pm. They’ll have a contest or activity going on before the movie starts, giving you  a chance to win fun prizes. Costumes are always encouraged, and food trucks will be on-site selling refreshments. Or you can bring a picnic, of course. Perfect family date night. Free!

Any other fun July events in Collin County? Let us know below!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.