It’s August, which means we’re getting kids ready to go back to school, and we’re sweating while we’re doing it. Despite the heat, there’s quite a bit going on around town this month, with plenty of free options to boot. Have fun out there and finish your summer off right!
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All Month, Tuesdays :: McKinney’s Moviehouse & Eatery has a Summer Kids Camp with free movies every Tuesday morning. These are typically movies you can find on Netflix, but it’s nice to get that theater experience. August movies include Despicable Me 2 and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Tickets are available first come, first served at 9am, and all movies start at 10am. Your whole party must be present to pick up tickets. Free!
August 1 :: Strap your babe in a carrier and head to the Angelika in Plano for this month’s Cry Baby Matinee, The Farewell, about a Chinese-born/U.S.-raised woman returning to China to deal with complicated family issues brought on by her grandmother’s ill health. It’s getting really good reviews. 11am.
August 1-3 :: Shark Week at the Texas Pool in Plano means special promotions and fishy fun. Enjoy visits from pirates, mermaids, mermen, and other sea creatures. The Texas Pool closes after Labor Day, so get over there while you still can. Shark Week tickets $10.
August 3 :: Cool off at the Allen Community Ice Rink Back-to-School Bash. They’ll have fun on the ice with games and activities for all ages. 11:45am-1:45pm. $5 entry/$3 skate rental.
August 3, 31 :: Two more Dive-In Movies at the APEX Centre Outdoor Pool in McKinney. First up is Incredibles 2, then Wreck it Ralph 2 on 8/31. You’ll be able to enter the outdoor pool at 7pm and play on the slides and kiddie areas before the show. Movie begins promptly at dusk. Tickets $5 each.
August 5 :: It’s our final Summer Playdate at Legacy Hall! We’re wrapping things up with a showing of Beauty & The Beast (2017) + Lunch with Belle. Join us! There’s over 20 food vendors at Legacy Hall and they even keep a list of the especially kid-friendly menu items offered. 10am-12pm. Free!
August 9 :: Float in the pool or lazy river as you watch Incredibles 2 at the Frisco Water Park. Gate opens at 8pm. $12 per person; children under 2 are free. Last month’s dive-in movie sold out, so don’t delay!
August 9-11 :: Tax-Free weekend, folks. Get caffeinated and brave those back-to-school hordes.
August 9-11 :: For the major Harry Potter fans in our midst, LeakyCon is this weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The big guest is Tom Felton, and they’ll have a new Family Day on Sunday, August 11 with wizarding crafts, games, kid-focused costume parade, and more. Schedule of events here. Recommended for ages 11 and up. This is a pretty major event, which is reflected in the ticket prices – they start at $59.
August 10 :: Plano Family Expo at Southfork Ranch seems to have been rescheduled from last month. Come and enjoy interactive family activities, family services near you, community networking, competitions and entertainment, parent pampering, and more. All indoors! Lots of details at the link on all the contests, food, and activities. 10am-6pm. Free!
August 10 :: Burning Boards Skateboard Competition is in Frisco Skate Park today (one of the largest skate parks in Texas). Come watch or participate – see link for the different categories, register for free when you get to the event. They’ll have food trucks, music, and industry vendors. 6-10pm. Free!
August 10 :: Summer Family Fun Nights at the Heard in McKinney features hands-on activities built around a Magic Planet topic, plus access to the exhibit hall and parts of the sanctuary. Take break from your adventuring to enjoy your own snacks or picnic in the outdoor dining area. Pre-registration required. 6:30-9:30pm. $16/members, $19/non-members ages 3 and up.
August 11 :: Frisco RoughRiders host a Back to School Night this Sunday. Play catch on the field before the game and run the bases afterward. Kids can also enjoy a special play area throughout the game. Free Rough Riders water bottles to the first 1000 kids 12 and under. 6:05pm start time. Tickets start at $8.
August 15-18 :: NTPA presents The Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn Kids for all ages in Fairview this weekend, with afternoon and evening showtimes available. All ages. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 starting August 12.
August 16 :: Watters Creek’s Lucky Duck Kids Club is inside this month with a “Happy Happy Birthday” theme. Activities geared toward ages 2-6, but they welcome all children and their families. No registration required, just head into Blue House Too (across from DSW) and sign up on the spot. 11-11:45am. Free!
August 16-18 :: Depending on where you are in Collin County, the 32nd annual Lions Balloon Festival in Highland Village, TX is probably under an hour away (30 min from McKinney, e.g.). Arts & crafts, kids zone, food court, vendors, live music, all that festival stuff. And, of course, hot air balloons, including the chance to take tethered rides. Check out the balloon glow on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free! (however some activities do cost money, and it is CASH ONLY)
August 16-24 :: The North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton has some pretty famous country music acts, a carnival, magic shows, Swifty Swine Swimming & Racing Pigs (!), and more. Lots of details at the link, including schedules. Tickets $15 or $20 adults/$5 kids (7-12)/6 and under free. Admission discount info here.
August 30 :: Join Haggard Library in Plano for a Parachute Party. Rhymes and songs using giant parachutes for ages 2-5. Limited space, tickets distributed 30 minutes before program. 11am-12pm. Free!
August 31 :: The Arab American Culture Society will host the 3rd Annual Arab Texas Festival at Southfork Ranch today. Cultural exhibits, tons of food, folkloric and contemporary art and music performances, a big kids zone with rides, petting zoo, games. See link for lots more event details and what the ticket price includes. 3pm-midnight. Tickets $25.