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

This guide has been sponsored by CAMP to bring you details on The Paw Patrol Experience: Only at CAMP. All opinions are 100% our own.


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!


ALL MONTH

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.


OCTOBER 2

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.


OCTOBER 3

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).


OCTOBER 9

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!


OCTOBER 9

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.


OCTOBER 16

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!


OCTOBER 16

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!


OCTOBER 16

[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.


OCTOBER 16

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.


OCTOBER 17

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.


OCTOBER 23

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!


OCTOBER 23

Come out to The Village at Allen for a free Fall Festival this afternoon. Games, crafts, music, costume parade, and more. The fun goes down outside in The Grove, located at the center of The Village at Allen (across from Bliss Cupcakes). 1-4pm. Free!

OCTOBER 27

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!


OCTOBER 30

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!


OCTOBER 30

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!


OCTOBER 30

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!

Looking for more kid-friendly Halloween activities?

Don’t miss our roundup of Halloween carnivals and trick-or-treating. (Part of our Guide to Fall Events in Collin County!)

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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