A Collin County Recreation Center Roundup

Whether you’re looking to get back into shape, enroll the kids in extracurricular activities, or meet other moms while fostering a new hobby, Collin County Moms has you covered with this recreation center roundup!

What’s a Recreation Center?

Feel free to keep scrolling while I “mom-splain!”

Rec centers (sometimes known as community, fitness, or athletic clubs or halls) are public spaces where local residents and visitors can swim, play sports, take classes, and participate in group activities. They tend to be more affordable than private gyms, fitness studios, or camps. Recreation centers are especially great for families, as they host a variety of age-appropriate activities year-round.

A team of young basketball players in wheelchairs.

Where Can I Find My Local Collin County Rec Center?

Typically, your city website (such as Plano.gov) will have a parks and recreation tab. There you can find your nearest recreation center. Rather than do your own research, however, why not leave it to Collin County Moms? Here’s our list of mom- and kid-approved rec centers around Collin County.

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Apex Centre, McKinney

Another mammoth recreation center here in Collin County, the Apex Centre features 80,000 square feet of aquatics, fitness, and fun for the whole family. Host your child’s birthday party, exercise while the kids are in the playroom, or rent a cabana by the pool! However you play, the Apex center is a welcoming environment sure to impress.

Frisco Athletic Center (FAC)

This state-of-the-art venue boasts the largest fitness floor in North Texas, an entire outdoor waterpark, an indoor aquatic center (featuring a play pool and three water slides), childcare, group exercise classes, and more. Register your child for swim lessons, enroll them in a camp, or drop them at Play Depot while you catch a spin class!

Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Allen

Tiny Tots Open Gym, youth/teen sports and camps, adult fitness classes . . . Joe Farmer Rec Center has all of your family’s recreational needs covered. Create a custom workout regimen with a personal trainer or nourish your child’s creativity at LEGO Bots camp. Check out the center’s four different facility rental options. Bonus: A membership at Joe Farmer includes access to the Ford Pool!

Oak Point Recreation Center, Plano

With a new outdoor pool set to open this summer, Oak Point has it all: A 600-square-foot climbing wall, a fully decked-out game room, racquetball, and more. For the perfect rainy day activity, check out the indoor pool’s water slide, crazy cactus, and zero depth entry ramp. This area is great for hosting private birthday parties, too!

Wylie Recreation Center

This well-maintained fitness center feels brand new, with a track that surrounds top-notch workout equipment and overlooks two basketball courts. Let the kids climb the climbing wall instead of your furniture. Work with a personal trainer or take a yoga class while the kiddos are in childcare. Don’t forget to check out the library, two-mile trail, and art installations on your way out!

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Just Outside of Collin County

Right outside our county line, these Denton County facilities are just too impressive not to mention.

The Cove at the Lakefront, Little Elm

DFW’s newest waterpark is an indoor, year-round adventure for kids of all ages (even kids at heart)! Tucker them out at the FlowRider double surf machine, lazy river, water slides and spray ground. Check out The Cove’s Toddler Time, swim lessons, or even adult nights for some kid-free fun!

The Rec at the Lakefront, Little Elm

This 70,000-square-foot recreation center has two stories of classrooms, fitness rooms, locker rooms, and even a craft room. It offers fitness and youth programs, personal and small group training, adult and youth league athletics, childcare, and Kidventure Camp.

three girls showing their paint-covered hands






Adapted Recreation

Looking for activities to fit your child’s differences and disabilities? Here are some great resources for adapted recreation in Collin County:

Lauren Escobedo
Lauren serves as Beal Media Council member, writer, resource editor, and hospitality coordinator. A transplant from New York, Lauren now lives on the border of Collin and Dallas counties with her husband and their two sons. On any given day, you will find Lauren working as a full-time mom, attending classes, storytimes, and yoga with her kids. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking on a budget, crafting with her Cricut, and drinking mocktails with friends. Lauren hopes to support, encourage, and uplift other moms, as her closest friends have done for her.