It’s June! Y’all ready for this? I’m already wondering how often I’ll hear “I’m borrrrred” now that school is out. My favorite response to that is from Mad Men when Betty Draper tells her kids, “Only boring people are bored.” I can’t quite bring myself to say that to my children…yet. If you want to stop summer boredom in its tracks, check out our Collin County June events guide below; we’ve got the deets on fun kids activities all around the area that you can participate in from home or in public — whichever you feel safest doing. Stay cool and have a great summer! (*me signing your yearbook*)
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Reminder: Because things are changing so quickly as Texas reopens, please be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events. In addition, because many activities are virtual, you’ll find us repeating several events that are continuing on from last month’s guide.
Reopenings: As of June 1st, there are quite a few local attractions that are scheduled to reopen. Of course, each one comes with their own very specific rules you MUST follow in regards to how to purchase tickets, how many people can be in your party, etc. Be sure to check with each business or organization BEFORE you attend to make sure you’re not left feeling disappointed when you aren’t allowed in.
- Dallas Arboretum: Official reopen date is June 1st. You’ll find their new visitor and member policies here.
- Dallas Zoo: Official reopen date is May 29th. You’ll find their new entrance policies here.
- Epic Waters Indoor Water Park: Officially reopening May 29th. Find all the details here because you’ll definitely need tickets in advance!
- Heard Natural Science Museum: Open regular hours of operation.
- Gaylord Texan Hotel: Reopening June 8th with full access to Paradise Springs. They’re now accepting reservations.
- Great Wolf Lodge: Plans to reopen June 15th.
- SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium: Now operating at 25% capacity. Find their new policies here.
Now through September :: Fun mail alert! The Big Tex Little Lone Stars Club is a free subscription services for kids 12 and under. It includes fun, fair-related activities delivered every month. See the link for more details and to sign up.
June 10 :: New Moms, you’ll want to make sure and attend the Virtual Prego Expo. This is a three day event that will feature some of the best brands on the market. You’ll hear from experts in maternity, baby, and health services LIVE in a private Facebook group + still be eligible for giveaways and swag. Tickets range from $5-$75.
June 12-14 :: Third Monday Trade Days are back open in McKinney. While not all 450 vendors have returned, those that have will be taking precautions to help you shop with your family. All shoppers & vendors must maintain social distancing and they encourage everyone to wear a mask, but if you need a little fresh air, this could be the place to go!
June 20 :: Parents, if you have access to a sitter right now, be sure to support Historic Downtown McKinney as they relaunch their Craft Beer Walk. Special precautions are being made to ensure you’re protected as much as possible; limited tickets, arrival time registration, and separate starting locations.
June 21 :: The Plano Symphony Orchestra is bringing music back to the community with a family concert at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 21 from 3-4pm. Families will enjoy movie-themed music from films like Moana, Star Wars, and Frozen. *There will be no pre-concert activities and seating will be limited to 50% occupancy. Tickets are required in advance.
:: Virtual Activities ::
June 3, 10, 17, 24 :: Allen Public Library is hosting virtual family shows every Wednesday at 2:30pm with fun acts like James Wand’s Secret Magic Show and Critterman. Be sure to check the requirements of each show as some are free to the public on their Facebook page while others require pre-registration for the Zoom link.
June 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center is still closed to the public, but each week in June, they’re hosting Preschool Science Time Webinars. Join them in celebrating Eric Carle through singing, dancing, activities, and a storytime. Participation is FREE, but you must register to reserve a spot.
While the Scarborough Renaissance Fair has been canceled for the 2020 season, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is helping fill in the gap with some free education printables! You can find free activity pages, games, and crowns to color on their Pinterest page for ages PreK-Middle School.
:: Virtual Storytimes ::
All month, Monday-Friday :: The Plano Public Library will continue to host virtual storytimes at 11:00am on Facebook. These are free to the public and geared towards preschool-age children.
All month, Monday-Friday :: One of our favorite authors, James Dean (Pete the Cat), hosts a virtual art lesson and storytime LIVE on Instagram each weekday at 12pm CT/ 1 ET. Watch him draw some of your favorite Pete moments and hear a book live.
June 4 :: For the last 9 weeks, Dolly Parton, has been releasing a bedtime story on YouTube in a series called “Goodnight with Dolly.” While the final new episode airs Thursday, June 4th, you can go back and watch all 10 storytimes on her YouTube Channel.
From 1990-1994, Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted Mrs. Bush’s Story Time for families. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is re-releasing these storytimes in podcast format through June 30, 2020! Each reading features special guests like Winnie the Pooh, Elmo, and even Oprah, and can be found through their website here or wherever you listen to podcasts.