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

Welcome to March, everyone. Of course, I’m already wondering what the weather will bring this month. My kingdom for a string of boring, predictable days. You know things have been rough when “boring” is the new ideal. In other news, we’re approaching the one-year mark of COVID in our lives. We don’t need to unload all our feelings about that right this second, but I wanted to acknowledge and reflect on it, I suppose. And to let ourselves feel hope for a return to normalcy because it finally feels like we’re finally getting close, right? In the meantime, let’s keep doing things in a safe, creative, socially distanced way. Making it work like we always do!

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All Month :: The Interurban Railway Museum in Historic Downtown Plano has been closed to visitors for a while now, but did you know they recreated their Vital to Victory exhibit to be shown outdoors in Haggard Park? Available for viewing 24/7. Free!

All Month :: Drive a little ways north to Texas Tulips in Pilot Point, TX to see their tulip fields. Feast your eyes on the color and variety and pick your own bouquet to take home. 10am-8pm. $5 per person entry fee.

All Month, Wednesday :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center has a Pre-K Science Time every Wednesday morning this month, with a different weather theme each week. First up is Windy Days. Know Before You Go info here. 10-10:45am. Free with admission, but please register at the link.

All Month, Fridays & Saturdays :: Cathy’s Critters (in Princeton, TX) has added Open Farm Fridays to their calendar in addition to their Saturday hours. If you’ve never been, check out the “Before Your Visit” info here. Fridays: 9am-2pm, Saturdays: 10am-4pm. Tickets $8-12.
BONUS: Cathy’s Critters special Spring Break Open Farm Hours, March 8-12 from 9am-2pm.

All Month, Saturdays & Sundays :: Starting March 6, you can get photos with live bunnies over at Watters Creek. Schedule your sitting at the link. Walk-ins welcome if the schedule permits!

March 1-15 :: Looking for an at-home art project? Enter the Plano Library Bookmark Contest! See link for tips, contest rules, and how to submit. Winners will be announced in April for the following categories: Ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-17, and Adult. Submissions due by March 15. Free!

March 4-7 :: NTPA offers both in-person and Livestream tickets to their production of Charlotte’s Web at Fairview Youth Theatre. Recommended for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 starting March 1.

March 5-7 :: NTPA’s Starcatchers present Oz 3.0, a virtual mashup of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, and The Wiz. Intriguing! Starcatchers is NTPA’s program for children and adult performers with special needs. Tickets $10.
Note: If you’re interested in other Starcatchers programs and classes, they offer a 6-week virtual Dungeons & Dragons game starting in April that looks really fun. Save your spot now!

March 6 :: Time for the annual TexFest in Historic Downtown Carrollton, honoring Texas Independence Day. This year has been downsized with fewer vendors and capacity limits. RSVP in advance for guaranteed entry into 1 of 4 sessions. More details at the link. 3-9pm. $6 for guaranteed admission or you can roll the dice for free.

March 6 :: The Heard’s annual Owl Prowl Night Hike is a fan favorite. After the live owl presentation, take a guided night hike through the sanctuary and discover if any owls are out and about. For ages 3 and up. Pre-registration required. 6pm. $18 for members; $20 for non-members.

March 6 & 20 :: Limited to the first and third Saturdays in March, McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square (downtown) has local meats and produce, specialty prepared items, and arts & crafts vendors. It’s consistently rated a top farmers market in Texas! 9am-1pm. Free!

March 8, 10, 12 :: Apex Center in McKinney will do a virtual Spring Break Mini-Camp for ages 5-12. Skip the fuss of buying camp supplies and purchase a $5 Craft Pack filled with themed craft supplies. Details and registration at the link. 9-11am. $20.

March 8-12 :: If you need a hand this week, don’t forget to check out our SPRING BREAK CAMP GUIDE!

March 8-12 :: Spring Break at Legacy West includes a week’s worth of free activities at Legacy Hall starting at 12:30pm each day:

    • Monday – Art Club
    • Tuesday – The Croods (PG) + Marshmallow Decorating
    • Wednesday – Magic Show
    • Thursday – Kids Yoga
    • Friday – Despicable Me (PG) + Meet a Minion

March 8-12 :: The Heard has special Spring Break hours and admission this week. Normally closed Mondays, this week they will be open daily 9am-5pm (no admission after 4pm). Get $2 off regular child admission (age 3-12) as well.

March 9, 11, 12 :: Wayback Workshops at the Historical Village at Chestnut Square feature soap or candle making, metal working, canning or pickling, yarn or needlecrafts, leather working, music & arts for ages 6-14. Tickets are for all three days of sessions during spring break, 9am-noon. $80 for members, $100 for non-members.

March 10 :: Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Fun on the Farm: Miss Ammie’s Sheep today for children ages 18 months to five years. Bring a picnic lunch for afterwards! Lots more details at the link. Space is limited, so register in advance. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).

March 11 and 18 :: How about Spring Break Story Time at Grandscape with The Colony Public Library? Come out to the Terrace for readings of some of your favorite kid’s stories as well as sing-alongs and a pickup craft to take home. 11am. Free!

March 11-12 :: Watters Creek’s Shamrock Shindig is to-go for the kiddos this year. Just stop by Concierge+ to pick up a lucky activity box Thursday or Friday, between 11am-7pm. Geared to children 2-6 years old. More details at the link. While supplies last. Free!

March 13 :: Slightly ahead of the holiday, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Historic Downtown McKinney with the Shamrock Run 5k (starting from Tupp’s Brewery), live Irish music throughout the day, an outdoor vendor market, St. Paddy’s dog costume contests, delicious Irish cuisine, a St Patrick’s Day photo-booth and more. Register for 5k at the link ($30). 9am-6pm. Free!

March 14 :: Spring forward! For me that means blackout curtains and lots of whining that it can’t possibly be bedtime yet.

March 14 :: It’s Pi Day, which means you can get a 12″ cheese pizza from Urban Crust in Plano for $3.14 from 3:14-6pm.

March 17 :: Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano has Fun on the Farm: T is for Tractor today for children ages 18 months-five years.. Bring a picnic lunch for afterwards!Space is limited, so register in advance. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).

March 20 :: Head to Bonnie Wenk Park in McKinney for Fitness Party in the Park. Choose from Fitcamp, Yoga, Zumba, or High Fitness. All fitness levels are welcome, just bring a towel, water, and a mat (no mat needed for Zumba or High Fitness). See link for schedule and to register. Classes start at 8:45am. Free!

March 27 :: I could be wrong, but this program seems new to me. The Heard offers Canoe Programs! No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. Pre-registration required. Minimum age is 7. $32/person for members; $42 for non-members.

March 27 :: Our 6th Annual Egg Hunt is today at CityLine in Richardson! Sweets & treats, activities, egg hunts by age group, and more. 10am-12:30pm. Stay connected to our Facebook Event Page for details!

March 27 :: Wylie has a new Popcorn in the Park event this month where you can enjoy complimentary popcorn and watch The Greatest Showman. Other concessions will be available for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for your area! Register per person. Six family members per physical distancing area. Movie begins at dusk. Tickets $9.

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.

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