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

And now it’s November! I have to be honest, I’m not really sure what to think about the upcoming holiday season in light of current circumstances. Maybe we’ll all be more low key? Or maybe we’ll still be stressed, just for different reasons. Either way, let’s stay mindful as we venture out safely and explore Collin County November events and activities. Oh, and don’t forget about the time change on November 1! Hello darkness, my old friend.

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And of course, it’s important to remember that things are ever-changing. We encourage you to check the city’s risk levels before you plan any activities in public with your family. Also, be sure to double check any event pages for cancellations or changes.

All Month :: The life-sized animatronic dinos are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard Museum in McKinney. Walk the trails and hear them roar, then get hands-on in the outdoor fossil dig. Visitor tips hereCOVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Frisco Library has a collection of Activities at Home divided by age group. I’m digging the Shiny Pennies experiment, Pumpkin Slime, and DIY Foam Dye.

All Month, Mondays :: Join Plano Arts & Events every Monday at 12 noon for a live online art class. Different topics each time, no registration required. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You may use watercolor, pencils, markers, or crayons; up to you! 12-12:45pm. Free! 

All Month, Saturdays :: Join Plano Public Library on Facebook for Saturday Stories at the Farmstead filmed on location at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. They have a different them each week. A nice option if you are missing the Heritage Farmstead Barnyard Buddies programming. All ages. 10:30-11am. Free!

All Month, Weekends :: We don’t often talk about farmers markets on here. There are a bunch in Collin County these days, so I thought I’d list some for reference. FREE outdoor activities!

  • McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square (downtown) has local meats and produce, specialty prepared items, and arts & crafts vendors. Consistently rated a top farmers market in Texas! 8am-12pm, SATURDAYS.
  • Willow Bend Farmers Market (Plano) is a small but diverse market in the Willow Bend parking lot. They have fresh produce, homemade baked goods and specialty foods, artisan jewelry, handmade items, and more. 9am-2pm. SATURDAYS.
  • Farmers Market at the Boardwalk (Granite Park, Plano) has fresh produce, homemade goods, specialty foods, and gift items. This one is about 15-20 vendors in one long row, waterside. 11am-3pm, SUNDAYS.
  • Carrollton Farmers Market (Trinity Valley) is operated by Four Seasons Markets and has prepared foods, sweet treats, farm-fresh produce and meats, and more. Check out the vendor list here. Pre-order curbside pick-up options here. 10am-2pm, SUNDAYS.
  • Frisco Fresh Market (Main Street, across from Toyota Stadium) is a large outdoor market that always has extra stuff going on. Freshly harvested items, prepared foods, chef demos, family-friendly activities, etc. 8am-4pm, SATURDAYS and 10am-4pm, SUNDAYS.

November 2 :: The Allen Public Library will hold a Jurassic World Virtual Escape Room for grades 4-6. More details to come. This activity will be available all day. Free!
Hint: If you live in Allen, the library regularly offers take-&-make craft activities for different age groups. Check here for dates.

All Month, starting November 4 :: Another cute concept over at the Allen Library…for the month of November, they’ve set up an interactive StoryWalk® around the outside of the building; just follow the numbered signs. This month’s story is Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap. For ages 2 and up. Free!

November 7 :: It’s the last meeting of Fairview Town Center’s Critter Club. They’ll have an interactive presentation with a bearcat and some fun take-home materials and themed face painting. One of our own contributor’s experience here. See details on COVID protocol at the first link. 11am-12pm. Free!

November 7 & 14 :: Courtyard Theater in Plano gets into the drive-in movie game, showing Frozen II and Black Panther as part of their Parking Lot Pictures series. Public restrooms available. Purchase tickets at the link. 7:30pm. $10 per vehicle.

November 11-January 3 :: Holiday lights are officially plugged in and turned on. Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular is a drive-thru display at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Sip hot cocoa and listen to Christmas songs over the radio as you bask in the brilliant glow of 2 million lights. FAQ here. VIP packages available. 5:30-10 or 11pm. $30 per vehicle.

November 12-15 :: The annual Junior League of Collin County ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Market will be virtual this year! 125+ merchants, shop-able via the ‘Neath the Wreath app (available for iPhone and Android). Head to the link for all the details, including raffle ticket purchases and the silent auction. No admission fee this year since it’s virtual, but consider donating that ticket price to the JLCC, so they can continue serving our community in such a difficult year.

November 12-15 :: NTPA Plano presents Disenchanted, a new, virtual version of the musical comedy with Disney princesses “Zooming” in from their kingdoms around the globe. Recommended for all ages. Afternoon and evening showtimes available; purchase tickets online. Tickets $10 in advance, $40 for a Family Pack.

November 20-January 3 :: SNOWDAY, the magical, multi-sensory event returns. This year it’ll be at the Galleria. Staying space-conscious, they have doubled the square footage this year and are fully equipped with new contactless ticketing and photo booths. In order to ensure the safest experience, tickets are limited. Adults/$22; Kids 4 – 12/$8; 3 and under free.

November 21 :: Time for the Third Saturday Trail Walk with Play Frisco’s Natural Resource Team. This month it’ll be a guided Fall Colors Hike at Limestone Quarry Park along the beautiful Taychas Trail. Please register in advance at the link. 9-10:30am. Free!

Related: Five Kid-Friendly Outdoor Adventures, From One Hour to One Day

November 21-22 :: This weekend is earmarked for the Plano Christmas Market showcasing handmade holiday gifts and décor for all ages—crafty stuff, clothing and jewelry, food and treats, and the Hip Hop for Gray booth stocked with goods made by Collin County seniors. The final decision on how the event will unfold (if at all) is still PENDING. Stay tuned for updates. Friday: 9am-5pm. Saturday: 11am-4pm. Free!

November 26 :: How about some family fitness for a good cause before you feast? 100% of proceeds from the North Texas Turkey Trot benefit The Miracle League of Frisco, a sports organization for children ages 5-22 with special needs. And you guessed it; this year it’s a virtual run. Registration fees vary; see the link for deets. Purchase by November 10 to ensure Thanksgiving delivery!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Next up is our 2020 Guide to Winter Events with info on holiday activities in and around Collin County, coming mid-November!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 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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