Happy October, happy fall! Just in time, because my late summer seasonal affective disorder was getting OLD. Before we get into the best family-friendly events near you this month, I want to mention our Guide to FALL FUN in Collin County, a separate post dedicated to local fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween action. Have a look at both and enjoy!
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ALL MONTH :: FEATURED EVENT
Have you been to CAMP?
It’s the coolest toy store, direct from NYC, with an immersive shopping experience that kids and parents love. And now is the perfect time to visit, while they host the all-ages, interactive PAW Patrol™ Experience: Only at CAMP.
- Enter through a hidden door to explore Adventure Bay’s iconic Lookout Tower, where kids can communicate with one another across the experience with an intercom system.
- Grab hold of a fire hose and douse a colorful projection of out-of-control fireworks alongside Marshall at City Hall.
- Show off how brave you are by sailing down an indoor zipline. Plus much more!
The PAW Patrol™ Experience: Only at CAMP will end on October 31. Limited tickets available. Reserve your date and time slot today!
The life-sized animatronic dinos are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. Walk the trails and hear them roar, then get hands-on in the outdoor fossil dig. Check out the “Texas Nessie” exhibit while you’re there! Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.
ALL MONTH, SATURDAYS
FTC Critter Club at Fairview Town Center invites kids to learn about and interact with different animals every Saturday. See link for more details and a schedule of animals by week. Read about Kristen’s experience here. 11am-12pm in The Park. Free!
ALL MONTH, SELECT DATES
Art Centre Theatre in Plano has a couple spooky productions this month—Carrie: The Musical (October 1-10) and The Addams Family Musical (October 15-31). Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door.
THRU OCTOBER 15
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15, and Plano libraries have a great list of favorite picture books by Latinx and/or Hispanic authors and illustrators on all sorts of topics. This is a great opportunity to use your library card! Free!
THRU OCTOBER 17
You have until October 17 to visit the State Fair of Texas. If you want to know what it’s like this year, check out our latest podcast episode. AND whether you’re a seasoned fairgoer or visiting for the first time, we give you a rundown of what to expect in this post.
How about a Family Campout in Carrollton tonight? Bring your own equipment, set up camp, and enjoy games (giant Jenga, Connect Four, checkers) and a guided hike at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve (EFNP). The hike will cap at 20 kids (ages 2-9) accompanied by a parent, and will be first come, first served. Evening includes dinner, a bonfire, and a screening of Sonic the Hedgehog (PG). Breakfast will be provided in the morning while you break camp. $10 per person.
First Saturday at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas, TX, has kid-friendly activities, outdoor educational raptor presentations, and guided hikes through the ecosystem. 9am-12pm. $5/adults, $3/ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are free.
OCTOBER 8 & 29
Heritage Farmstead’s Fun on the Farm is back this month with “Three Little Pigs” (10/8) and “Trick or Treat” (1O/29), designed for children ages two to five years old. Bring a picnic lunch for after! Advanced registration is required. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).
Animal Rescue Crusaders presents Wags & Whiskers Howl-O-Ween at Watters Creek today. There will be pet adoptions, games for kids, and a Pet Costume Contest at 1pm with prizes for the top 3 contestants. All are welcome to participate in the pet parade immediately following the contest. 11am-3pm. Free!
Families are invited to a Family Night Campout & Movie at Bethany Lakes Park in Allen. After setting up your campsite, enjoy your own picnic, play in the park, and join everyone in the amphitheater for a movie starting at dusk. In-N-Out will be provided for registered participants. $12 per person, 2 and under free.
Rail District Outdoors is an ongoing, open-air marketplace in Frisco on the third Saturday of the month. Walk Main Street and support local gift shops, boutiques, bakeries, and restaurants, as you enjoy arts, music, entertainment, and more. 9am-5pm. Free!
The Boho Market will be in Frisco Square today. Fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect for strolling and shopping small businesses. Meet local artisans, enjoy light bites & beverages, and listen to music at this spacious outdoor venue. Kid- and pet-friendly. 10am-5pm. Free!
[I’m sensing a theme…] Bring your gear and pitch a tent in Frisco Commons Park at the annual Frisco Camp Out. This year’s activities include a spooky trail, scavenger hunt, and movie with popcorn and s’mores. In the morning, head to the pond for a light breakfast and a kids’ learn-to-fish activity, with poles and bait provided. Register in advance. $60 for one campsite with up to five people.
You have a fourth option for a family campout this month with Plano’s Haunted Family Campout at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. They’ll have outdoor games, nature walks, story-telling near the fire, and s’mores, plus a tent decorating contest and pumpkin painting. Be sure to bring some candy for ‘tent-or-treating.’ $12 per person. Children under 2 years are free.
Love this: Bring the family to Grandscape for a Learn the Thriller Dance Event. They’ll have giveaways, themed drinks at The Colony Wine Bar patio, and the first 50 guests will receive a Thriller-themed swag bag. 12-1:30pm. Free!
OCTOBER 21 – 22
Watters Creek continues to do Lucky Duck Kids Club to-go for now. Pick up your Kid’s Club Activity Box (while supplies last) at the Concierge+ Lounge on Garden Park Dr. next to J.Jill. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 11am-7pm. Free! Don’t miss our post on How to Spend a Day at Watters Creek in Allen.
We’re back with an official Collin County Moms event! Let’s all celebrate Halloween and our 5-year site anniversary outside at CityLine in Richardson. Join us (along with Dallas Moms) for a Spooktacular party filled with food, fun, and games for all. 10am-12pm. See ticketing details at the link!
Head to The Star in Frisco—Tostitos Championship Plaza to be exact—for Soul (PG) Movie Night. There are 35 restaurants on the premises, so grab dinner to eat while you watch. 7pm. Free!
Join Allen Parks & Rec for their annual Arbor Day Celebration at Glendover Park. They’ll have activities, educational arts & crafts, music, demos, FREE giveaways, and community tree planting. Schedule at the link. 9am-12pm. Free!
Meet at the Frisco Library for some Spooky Science. This STEM program will be held outside in front of the library. Designed for ages 6-12. 3-4pm. Free!
Things are getting spooky at JJGL in McKinney for their Halloween Haunt. Explore the haunted house, make some eerie crafts, and compete in a candy monster scavenger hunt. All ages. Come and go, 2-5pm. Free!