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

Here we go, September. How’s it going out there? Hopefully nothing more than you can handle. Lots of teetering on the brink though, no doubt. I’m over here distracting myself with the concept of cooler temperatures, even though we all know that won’t happen until mid-November AT BEST. Let’s see what’s going on around town this month, shall we?

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And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are ever-changing! We encourage you to check the Collin County Health Services website to be “in the know” about risk levels before you plan any activities in public with your family. Also, be sure to contact all businesses in advance for cancelations or changes to events.

All Month :: We recently made A Guide to Virtual Learning & Homeschool over on Dallas Moms, and one of the sections is about Outdoor Spaces. Our metroplex is full of open space and trails; use this list to discover your favorites!

All Month :: As always, North Texas Food Bank will collect jars of peanut butter this month for their Annual Plano Peanut Butter Drive. This year’s goal is 220,000 pounds! Due to COVID, they’ve scrapped public drop-off sites (other than NTFB’s Perot Family Campus) and are encouraging virtual donations. See the link for details!

All Month :: The Fall Program Guide for McKinney Libraries just dropped, so check that out for free story times and events. Top picks: Mother Daughter Book Club for ages 8-12 (fathers and sons always welcome) on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm; and Mytherious Legends, exploring myths and legends from cultures all over the world (for 4th-8th graders). Lots more at the link. Free!

All Month :: The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum recently reopened with new visiting guidelines, but you can still virtually visit their special photography exhibition The Fight For Civil Rights in the South. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for the virtual visit.

All Month, Mondays & Fridays (except Labor Day) :: Plano libraries are closed to visitors but they have lots of virtual programming, including frequent Preschool Story Times. They’re short sessions that include stories and movement activities to inspire a child’s curiosity and reinforce early literacy skills. 11-11:20am. Free!

All Month, Tuesdays & Thursdays :: Join the Frisco Library on their Facebook page twice a week for Virtual Story Time for ages 0-5. No need to register. Free!

September 1 :: Last day to register for any State Fair Youth Arts & Crafts Contests (yep, they’re still doing it, even thought the fair is cancelled). Lots of categories for entry, open to any child over the age of 6, although most sections have dedicated groupings (7-12 and 13-17 years old). Drop off completed work by September 13. Entry fee from $3.

September 2 :: The 2020 Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival will be virtual for the first time ever this year. The live stream will include performances, demonstrations, and special presentations including haiku poetry reading. See how to submit your haiku at the link. 8-9:30pm. Free!

September 4-6; 11-12 :: Cinema Drive-Ins at the Star in Frisco brings you a different family favorite blockbuster each time. Harry Potter, The Goonies, Batman, and more. Movie night takeout specials from surrounding restaurants are available. Lots open at 7:30pm, movie at 8:30pm. $25 per car, buy your tickets in advance at the link.

September 5 :: Dinosaurs Live! returns to the Heard for the season. Dig into dinosaur geology and hike the dino trail. See here for info on strollers and new safety measures. 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

September 13, 20, 27 :: Choose one of these dates to Be a Chemist! Kids ages 7-12 can join Plano libraries and Sci-Tech Discovery Center for a one-hour Zoom program that includes hands-on experiments using supplies picked up from the library the week before. Classes are small so be sure to register right away! 2-3pm. Free!

September 14-18 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club To-Go at Watters Creek has a Barnyard Boogie Bash theme this month. Pick up your activity box at the Concierge+ Lounge on Garden Park Dr. next to J.Jill. Activities geared to kids ages 2-6. Free!

September 17 :: Time for the annual North Texas Giving Day, an 18-hour giving extravaganza benefitting local non-profits (with prizes!). This is a great time to find a non-profit to get involved with. Start here and see how to identify the local orgs that align with your passions and values.

September 19 :: Arboretum pumpkins will be out starting today. Autumn at the Arboretum: The Art of the Pumpkin will have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month with new safety precautions and rules in place. Note: FYI, as of now the Children’s Garden is still closed.

September 19:: The pond at McCord Park in Little Elm will be stocked with catfish for the Kid Fish Tournament today. Loaner equipment available first come, first served. Prizes awarded for the biggest fish caught in each age bracket (2-6, 7-11, 12-16). 9-11am. Free!

September 26 :: McKinney’s annual Oktoberfest has become Parktoberfest, a socially distant celebration with live music, a stein-holding competition, interactive trivia, and more. 5:30pm. $65 per vehicle. See link for details.

September 25-27 :: The State Fair is cancelled this year, but here’s something funny you can do instead. The Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru is a chance to get your fair food fix AND take a picture with Big Tex, who will be wearing an enormous mask for safety. That’s a historical photo op, y’all. If you want the Big Tex photo but not the food, there’s a dedicated photo weekend September 19-20. See link for tons of details including times, ticket packages, FAQs, and more.

Any other fun stuff happening in September? Let us know below!

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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