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. I’m over here trying to manifest cooler temperatures, even though we all know that won’t happen until mid-November AT BEST. Side note: Friday Night Lights always made me laugh because it showed the first Texas high school football game of the year with everyone in jackets and scarves. Hahahaha, so cute.

Let’s see what’s going on around town this month!

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Note: Remember to check ahead for updated safety protocols or cancellations. A lot of major fairs and festivals are back this month after 1-2 years postponement. Let’s do everything we can to keep our community safe so we can enjoy these events together, yeah?


As always, North Texas Food Bank will collect jars of peanut butter for their Annual Plano Peanut Butter Drive. Last year saw a 49% increase in peanut butter donation, and this year’s goal is 300,000 pounds! Drop off at NTFB’s Perot Family Campus or Granite Park or participate in a virtual peanut butter drive of your own. See the link for details.


The Fall Program Guide for McKinney Libraries just dropped, so check that out for free story times and events for all ages. Top picks: National Comic Book Day on September 25; and Library TV, which teaches kids (ages 13+) how to plan, edit, film, and schedule video content for the library’s internal television network. Lots more at the link. Free!


Looks like Jurassic World: The Exhibition couldn’t bear to leave Grandscape. They’re staying until January now! Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15, 2 and under free with accompanying adult. This is an indoor event. See our visitor tips here.


The Paw Patrol Experience: Only at CAMP is an immersive, all-ages installation that lets your explore the world of Adventure Bay with your favorite characters from the show. It’s only here for a limited time, so reserve your date and time slot while you can!


Join the Frisco Library at an outdoor Story Time on the Square for babies through age 5. Bring a blanket and enjoy songs, rhymes, books, and more (in the shade!). The librarians do lots of outdoor story times, so no worries if you can’t make this one. Check the link for a list of future options. 10-10:30am or 11-11:30am. Free!


Dinosaurs Live! returns to the Heard for the season. Dig into dinosaur geology and hike the dino trail. The Heard is usually closed on Mondays, but they WILL be open on Monday, September 6, as a treat. 9am-5pm.


Get ready for a family-friendly, fun race day at the Blackland Triathalon and Little Buggy Kids Tri. See the link for details on the kids race, sprint triathlon, sprint aquabike or Splash & Dash, and the Labor Day cookout at the Oak Point Amphitheater. 7am-11am.


Watters Creek will throw a craft beer Oktoberfest this weekend, complete with an artisan market, live music, DJ, and festive activities. See link for event hours by day and a schedule of the weekend. Free!


Plano Trade Days is a vintage market where you can shop antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, jewelry, furniture, and more. This is an indoor event at Plano Market Square Mall. 9am-5pm. Free!


FTC Critter Club returns for the fall! This Fairview Town Center series invites kids to learn about and interact with different animals every Saturday. See link for more details and a schedule of animals by week. First up is bees (completely enclosed bees, of course). 11am-12pm in The Park. Free!


Tech Tuesday at the Frisco Library is for kids K-5 to get hands on and explore different technologies each month. This session is all about Augmented Reality. 3:30-4:30pm on the east patio. Free!


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.


Heritage Farmstead’s Fun on the Farm is back after their summer hiatus with “Tractors” (9/17) and “Fall Harvest” (9/24), 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).


Gotta love the simplicity of the name: Celina’s Touch-A-Truck allows attendees of all ages to explore the ins and outs of the equipment and tools that keep the city running. Reps from various departments will be onsite with their vehicles to answer questions and hand out goodies. Free bounce houses, balloon artists, and face painters, too. 9am-12pm. Free!


Pumpkins are out for Autumn at the Arboretum: Bugtopia. They’ll have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month, like daily insect encounters and beneficial insect releases into the gardens. See link for more info on these seasonal activities and more. Included with garden admission.


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 will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in each age bracket (2-6, 7-11, 12-16). 9-11am. Free!


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!


Market at the Star returns to Frisco this month. The pop-up event features a curated mix of fashion, jewelry, home décor, and other unique lifestyle goods vendors set up outside throughout the Entertainment District. 10am-6pm. Free!


Yes, Oktoberfest = beer, but McKinney’s Oktoberfest covers 14 blocks of Historic Downtown McKinney and has lots for kids to enjoy. Purchase coupons for beverages and activities like the petting zoo, the carnival, rock climbing, face painting, and bounce houses. Here’s the FAQ so you can know everything before you go. Free admission!


The State Fair of Texas is back with all the food and fun you’ve missed the last two years. Check out Plan Your Visit –> Attractions & Events for lots more details and schedules. Here’s a great rundown of their safety protocols, which you’ll want to know ahead of time. And the FAQ, my fave part of any website.


Celebrate our feathered friends and learn more about those in our area at All About Birds, a family program at the Environmental Education Center in Plano. They’ll have kid-friendly activities like hunting for bird-friendly plants, making window decals, and identifying local birds by sight and sound. Become a citizen scientist and help count birds in our community. Register here. 10am-12pm. Free!


Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day at the Frisco Heritage Museum is a chance to see what life was like way back when. They’ll have Wild West shows, stagecoach rides, armadillo races, pony rides, midway games, blacksmith demonstrations, kids arts & crafts, live music, food trucks and more. 10am-3pm. $5 per person/$15 per family. Some activities are pay to play.


The 10/11th Annual North Texas Pride Festival will be held in Plano at the Saigling House today. They’ll have vendor booths, food and drink, giveaways, adult and kid activities, bands, DJ, dancing, and more. 9am-5pm. Free!


Celina’s Movie Night on the Square is more than a big screen with bleachers and lawn seating. They also have a free kids zone with rotating activities, such as costumed characters, bounce houses, games, and crafts. They’ll have food and beverage vendors, or you can carry out from one of the surrounding restaurants. Movie is Raya & The Last Dragon, and will begin at sunset. Free!


Head to The Star in Frisco (Tostitos Championship Plaza to be exact) for a Movie Night showing of Mulan (2020). There are 35 restaurants on the premises, so grab some dinner to eat while you watch. 7pm. Free!

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

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.


  1. North Texas Giving Day is on September 23rd! Support your favorite (and local) Non-Profit Organization through a monetary donation or the gift of service this year!

    One of my favorite Non-Profits, the CECPTA is organizing a day of Kids-Giving the Saturday Prior (Sept 18th) Kids throughout Carrollton and the surround city will be organizing mini businesses to help raise money for this great organization. Follow @carrolltonecpta on instagram or Facebook for the list of cute kid businesses you can support!


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