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. Stay cool and have a great summer! (*me signing your yearbook*)
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All Month :: Splash pads are back in business. We have a round up of some good ones! And the city of McKinney has a whole bunch, and they made very handy “Where to Splash” list so we can keep up with them all.
All Month, weekdays :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson gears up for summer with the return of Kids Camp – daily matinees with reduced ticket pricing (your choice of $1, $3, or $5), raising money for local non-profits. Join Alamo Kids Club to collect stickers and earn prizes. First up are The Lorax and Paddington 2. Here’s a link to the calendar. Showtime at 10am.
All Month, select dates :: Cinemark Theaters start their Summer Movie Clubhouse with a different kids movie each week. First up is Despicable Me 3 and Peter Rabbit. Check HERE for your theater specifics. Tickets are $1 per person, or get a punch card and see all 10 movies for $5.
All Month, Tuesdays :: Play in the Park is a program put on by Plano Parks & Rec. Every Tuesday morning, kids of all ages can meet at Willowcreek Park (2101 Jupiter Rd) for fun, heart-pumping games like limbo, tag, relay races, and more. This year, Plano Libraries will be there to join in the fun. 9-10am. Free!
All Month, Thursdays :: The Shops at Willow Bend begins their Summer Fun Thursdays series in the Grand Court (lower level between Neiman’s and the food court). Each week brings us a new act: silly clowns, sing-a-longs, bubble shows, cool science demos, and more. Pre-show entertainment starts at noon, showtime at 1pm. Free!
All Month, Fridays :: Periodic reminder about Nature Story Time at the Heard in McKinney. Each session introduces a different nature-themed book plus some kind of enrichment activity, live animal, or puppet to go along with it. 10:30-11am. Included in general admission/free for members. While we’re here: Did you know, if you are a Heard Member at the Road Runner level or higher, you can get into the Perot Museum for free? Love that reciprocity!
All Month, Fridays :: Your other Friday morning story time option is at Interurban Railway Museum with storyteller Genie and her sidekick Eugene the Motormouse. Singin’, dancin’, and stories designed for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. 10:30am. Free!
All Month, Fridays :: Time again for Music in the Square, Frisco Square’s outdoor summer concert series. Every Friday evening in June, bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic (or get food from onsite vendors) and listen to live music while the sun sets. Perfect for meeting up with friends at the end of the week. 7:30-9:30pm. Free!
June 1 :: First Saturday at the Raptor Center (outside of Allen) is a chance to learn all about raptors and the prairie from Texas Master Naturalists. Check the link for exact directions to the lake and more event details/schedule. 9am-1pm. $5 for adults, $3 for kids, under 3 free.
June 2 :: Head to the Warren Sports Complex in Frisco for the 10th Crosswalk Kids’ Summer Kick-Off. Ultra kid-friendly with bounce houses, face painting, magic show, games, food, and lots of prizes. Free admission with a non-perishable food item for Frisco Family Services. Suggested donation items and your free ticket download (required) at the link. 5-8pm.
June 3 :: Did you see our post the other day?? We are so excited about our Summer Playdate Series partnership with Legacy Food Hall, brining you FREE kid-friendly fun and entertainment every Monday. The Kick-Off Playdate is today, with swag bags for the first 100 families, face painting (10am-12noon), and two magic shows (10:30 and 11:30am). Come out and have lunch with us! Legacy Hall has a whole list of Kid-Approved Menu Items. See our post for details, tips, and the full schedule. 10am-12pm. Free! RSVP here.
June 7 :: Dirk Nowitzki’s annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game is tonight at Dr. Pepper Park in Frisco. Celebrity players, entertainment, and a fireworks show afterwards. Proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation (bettering the welfare of children and women) and the Heroes Foundation (bringing sports training to kids and adults with disabilities). 7pm. Tickets start at $11.
June 8 :: I wanted to mention one more Alamo Drafthouse Richardson event, because I told my kids about it the other day and they were SO into the idea. Watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 at a mid-morning Cereal Party, with a cereal buffet available throughout the entire film. Pajamas are encouraged! 10:30am.
June 9 :: Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano hosts the annual “Come As You Are” North Texas Pride Festival with live entertainment, local celebs, food & drink, kid zone, vendors, and raffles. 11am-7pm. Tickets are $8 for 13+, kids 12 and under free.
June 15 :: McKinney celebrates the opening of their new All-Abilities Playground at Bonnie Wenk Park today. The party includes food trucks, lacrosse demos, velcro soccer, a climbing wall, bubble bus with DJ, and more. Ribbon cutting and ceremony at 9am, celebration 10:30am-1pm. Free!
June 15 :: McKinney presents a family-friendly Cultural Music Series in Bonnie Wenk Park, and the first one will be Kupira Marimba, a high-energy family-friendly band from Austin. Bring blankets, chairs, a picnic, and probably some bug spray. 6:30-8:30pm. Free!
June 16 :: The Collin County Juneteenth Committee invites you to NAACP Juneteenth Night at the Ballpark with the Frisco Roughriders this evening. Enjoy baseball, fireworks, and celebrating African American heritage. Kids are allowed to play catch on the field before the game and Crayola Experience will be there, too. 6:05pm. Tickets here, $12.
June 17 :: The Plano Community Band sets up in Haggard Park for a Kids’ Night Out concert this evening. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and even your dog (on a leash). They do live concerts every Monday in June, but I’m spotlighting the one for kids, of course! 7pm. Free!
June 19 :: Celebrate Dairy Month with Let’s Get Mooving at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Milk Buttermilk the (faux) milking cow, feed chickens, take wagon rides, try washing clothes the old fashioned way and much more. 10am-1pm. $5 admission per person.
June 21 :: Watters Creek hosts Make Music Day Allen as part of a free, worldwide music celebration always held on the Summer Solstice. How cool is that? Everyone of every age, musical genre, and skill level is invited to participate. Check the link for a schedule, and don’t miss the Mass Appeal gathering details. 10am-9pm. Free!
June 20 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club is also happening at Watters Creek today during the Make Music celebration. Geared towards ages 2 to 6 years, but all children and their families are welcome. Stay for craft activities, treats, and entertainment. 11-11:45am. Free!
June 22 :: DFW World Village Festival at Southfork Ranch is a celebration of life and the footprint of humanity on Earth, providing an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about culture, cuisine and philosophies through music, entertainment, and interaction. This is an indoor event with kids activities, multi-cultural stage performances, food court, vendors market, and more. 11am-8pm. Free! Parking $10.
June 29 :: Do you have an American Ninja Warrior fan in your house? Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course is a touring event for little ninjas of all ages to get out and get active. The Plano course is around 1 mile or so and features 10 crazy, fun, challenging obstacles. FAQ here. For ages 5-17. Parents are welcome to go through the course with their kids to watch, cheer, assist, and take photos. Get registered HERE. $25 until June 2, $45 after that.
June 29 :: Wylie’s annual Bluegrass on Ballard festival is today, and it’s much more than music. Come to Historic Downtown Wylie for the arts and crafts vendors, chili cook-off, car show, pony rides, great food, and bands playing all day. You can even bring your instrument and jam in the street or in the shops. See the link for a schedule of events. 10am-9pm. Free!
June 29 :: Market Street Allen USA Celebration is from 4-10pm today. The idea behind it is “First to the Fourth,” so it’s Allen’s annual 4th of July celebration but held on the last Saturday in June to be cheeky. Food, fireworks, and various “Zones” that promise to be everything you want in a festival. Admission is free, but there is an all-inclusive wristband you might be interested in purchasing in advance. Check the link for all the details, including the helpful FAQ!