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

Heads up! Public events are being cancelled left and right, as you know. And more cancellations are likely in the coming weeks. Double check details, use good judgement, and if you’re sick, stay home. Let’s be smart out there; we’ll get through this together.

Happy March, happy Spring! Is anyone getting involved in spring cleaning yet? My baseboards, they haunt me. It’s also time to emerge from our winter cocoons and get way more fresh air and sunshine than we have been. Leave the cold and gray behind where it belongs.march events in collin county

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All Month, Thursdays :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center has a Pre-K Science Program every Thursday morning, with a different theme each week. First up is Seasons Cycle. 10-10:45am. Free with admission, but please register at the link.

All Month, Fridays :: Every Friday morning, meet Genie and Eugene the Motormouse at Interurban Railway Museum in Plano for a book, singing, dancing, and a tour of Car 360. After story time, feel free to stay and explore the museum. 10:30-11:15am. Free!

All Month, Fridays :: Visit the Heard in McKinney on Friday mornings for Nature Story Time with puppets, live animals, or nature-themed activities. Program lasts about 30-45 minutes. 10:30am. Included with general admission or free for members.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR SPRING BREAK CAMP GUIDE!

March 3 :: Slime appears to be around for the long haul. Here’s a chance for the kids to play with it away from your upholstery. Hall Library in McKinney has Slime Science this afternoon for K-5th grade. Learn about the science of slime with hands-on experiments. Register for the event at the link to save your spot. 4:30-5:30pm. Free!

March 6 :: Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Fun on the Farm: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Children ages 18 months-five years participate in story time, a unique activity, a craft project, and a wagon ride. Bring a picnic lunch for afterwards! 10-11:30am. Space is limited, so register in advance. $12 for one adult/child combo, $9 for each additional child.

March 6 :: Family Superhero Night at Oak Point Park in Plano explores all things superhero. Fun competitions and games, and you can create a mask or shield to aid you in your mission. 6-8pm. $5 per family of four, $2 for each additional person.

March 7 :: Time for the annual TexFest in Historic Downtown Carrollton, honoring Texas Independence Day. You’ll find local craft beers, live music, delicious treats, photo ops with a live longhorn, games, a chance to test your cowboy skills on a mechanical bull, and more. 3-9pm, rain or shine. Free!

March 7 :: The 6th annual Dallas Holi Fest, brought to you by Radha Krishna Temple, will be held at Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney this year. DJ, dance, loads of color play with skin-safe, organic colors, games and rides, food, cultural market and bazaar, and more. No outside color, please. 12-5pm. On-site parking is $10; admission is free!

March 8 :: Competing for your Holi attention is the 9th Annual Festival of Colors and Color Run at Southfork Ranch. Live music and dance performances, DJs, Indian percussion specials (DHOL), Indian street food, and lots of booths with little treasures including dry colors, of course. Color throws every half hour. Wear white! 11am-5pm; color run starts at 9:30am. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids under 5 are free.

March 8 :: Spring forward! For me that means blackout curtains and lots of whining. “How can it be time for bed? The sun is still out!”

March 8 :: You donut want to miss Breakfast at Play Street Frisco this morning. Donuts, juice, milk, and, of course, play! 9-10:30am. Tickets $15 per child. Note: Here are Play Street Plano’s March events if that’s closer to you.

March 8 :: Plano Symphony Orchestra will do family concerts today, tailored towards kids ages 3-12. Music from Faraway Lands consists of selected favorites from Moana, Star Wars, Coco, Frozen, and more. Dancers and narrators help bring the music to life. Come early; there will be crafts and an Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby starting at 2:15pm. 3pm and 4:30pm showtimes. Tickets $8-$12.

March 10-17 :: Crayola Experience Plano has some special attractions for Spring Break, including a Glow Party, Wild Things Zoofari, Superhero & Princess Sensory Sunday, and more. See link for individual event dates and details.

March 12 :: Spring Break Pop Up Party at Watters Creek includes arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artists, strolling characters, a DJ, and light refreshments. The first 300 children ages two and up will receive a free goody bag. (You must register by the Frogg/Play Area entrance to receive the goody bag.) 11am-1pm. Free!

March 13 :: Quiggly’s Clayhouse in Richardson does Kids’ Night Out the second Friday of every month. Projects vary each time and can range from painting pottery, pottery wheel projects, sculpting, canvas painting, mosaic/wood projects, and more. You can drop your child off or stay and create together. Ages 4 and up. 6-9pm. $35+tax admission, and includes dinner.

March 14 :: One more quick tip for Watters Creek—their Shamrock Shindig on the Village Green features bagpipes, face painters, ballon artists, hair root glittering, Celtic and Irish folk musicians, and more. And the creek will be green! See complete schedule at the link. 1-5pm. Free!

March 14 :: Wild Times with the Dallas Zoo at Haggard Library in Plano is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s an interactive show with a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. All ages. 3-4pm. Free!

March 20 :: Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Fun on the Farm: Chicken and the Egg. Children ages 18 months-five years participate in story time, a unique activity, a craft project, and a wagon ride. Bring a picnic lunch for after! 10-11:30am. Space is limited, so register in advance. $12 for one adult/child combo, $9 for each additional child.

March 20 :: Have you been to Made of Sugar and Spice in downtown McKinney? They do monthly girls’ night out, and this month is their Emeraldalicious Bash. Girls ages 3-9 can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night full of fun green crafts, games, dancing, karaoke, dress up, and more. Each girl gets a green glittery up-do and mini-makeover. The night ends with a movie and green popcorn. 6-9pm. $35 per ticket; includes dinner and dessert.

STAY TUNED FOR OUR GUIDE TO EGG HUNTS & EASTER ACTIVITIES!

March 20-28, select dates :: North Texas Performing Arts presents Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical at the Rodenbaugh Theater at Willow Bend. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Suitable for all ages. Tickets start at $12; $20 for the front row.

March 20-28, select dates :: Genesis Children’s Theater presents The Wizard of Oz with kids ages 6-12. Afternoon and evening showtimes. Tickets from $12-20.

March 22 :: Girls Try Hockey for Free today at Comerica Center in Frisco. This event is for girls brand new to hockey, ages 4 to 14. Helmet (hockey helmet, bicycle helmet, or something similar), and gloves (can be plain cotton ones) are MANDATORY. If you have a hockey stick already, feel free to bring that also. Skates will be supplied. Register here. 1:30-2:30pm. Free!

March 22 :: CU•RAT•ED: A Modern Pop-up Market is back at Legacy West celebrating Women’s History Month and all things local. 30+ vendors will be there from 12-5pm. Free!

March 28 :: Our 6th Annual Egg Hunt is today at CityLine in Richardson! Games, prizes, face painters, egg hunts by age, food and drink, and more. This is always a fun one. See the link for details. Tickets are on sale now and they always sell out, so don’t miss your chance! 

March 28-29 :: Time for the 11th annual Arts in the Square Frisco. Performing arts, art activities, Frisco ISD performances, food and drink, and over 120 artist booths. You know the drill. 11am-6pm. Free!

March 29 :: The Spring Fling Market in Downtown Plano will have specials, workshops, a great market, fashion show, and live music by DJ Astronaut. Would be a lovely spot to stroll around on a nice day. 11am-5pm. Free!

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.

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