Summer Bucket List: The A-Z Guide to Summer in Collin County

We are officially in the dog days of summer here in Collin County! The initial excitement and anticipation of long days with a loose schedule has worn off, and ideas to keep the kids entertained are fading. 

No need to worry, we’re here to help. This A-Z guide offers something for everyone: places inside and out, quick excursions and day-long commitments, within Collin County’s borders and beyond, and all guaranteed to bring the fun! 

A   Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – Pack a picnic, enjoy the unique playground, and take a hike while observing the natural beauty of your surroundings. 

B   Bahama Bucks – Dine in and play a board game with your littles while you cool off with a sweet treat!

C   Crayola Experience – Color their world with a creative experience they won’t soon forget! Read our review of it here.

D   Dinosaur Valley State Park – Load up the car for a day trip to explore dinosaur tracks, observe wildlife, camp, picnic, hike, bike, swim and fish! Approximately two hours from DFW.

E  Edge Skate Park – For bigger kids who like extreme sports, Edge Outdoor Skate Park in Allen offers a wide variety of skating elements.

F   Fire Station – Pay your local heroes a visit and ask for a tour while you’re there!

G   GeO-Deck – Head to the top of Reunion Tower for stunning views of Dallas and fun weekday activities for children during the summer!

H   Ham Orchards – About an hour from Collin County, this delightful orchard in Terrell sells sweet Texas peaches grown on site, a farm-to-market store, delicious homemade peach ice cream, and more!

I  iFly – Take your adventurous children ages three and older to try indoor skydiving!

J  Jack Carter Pool – If you grew up in Plano like I did, this is not the pool you’re remembering! It’s revamped with a lazy river, water slides, climbing wall, spray features, and more that the whole family can enjoy!

K  Klyde Warren Park – Slap on the sunscreen, pack some water bottles, and spend the day on the playground (kids can cool off at the water feature), renting games to play on the lawn, eating from the food trucks, and taking a (free) ride through Uptown on the trolley!

L  Library – Grab some quiet time at your local library. Check their weekly schedule to see what children’s activities are offered each week. 

M  Movie – A dark and cool movie theater is a great way to beat the Texas heat! Treat your kids to a fun experience at Camp Cinemark at Cinemark Allen – a uniquely designed, kid-friendly auditorium. 

N  In-Sync Exotics – Located in Wylie, this non-profit is dedicated to rescuing neglected, abused, and unwanted exotic felines. This is a fun way to get up close to big cats while also supporting a great cause! 

O  Obstacle Warrior Kids – Let your lil’ ninjas challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles inspired by American Ninja Warrior.

P  Playground – Even in the heat of summer, sometimes you just need to let your kids get their energy out at a playground! Check out our list of unique playgrounds in Collin County. Moms of toddlers should check out the best parks for toddlers in the area. If staying inside on a hot day is more your style, you can’t go wrong with Play Street Museum.

Q  EQ Kids Club – A fun and educational indoor safari play village located in Frisco.

R  RoughRiders Game – A fun experience supporting our local minor league team no matter how you do it, but watching the game from the unique Choctaw Lazy River really provides for a memorable time! BONUS: $1 ice cream sandwiches on Kids’ Sunday Funday!

S  Splash Park – Beat the heat at a splash park! Check out our guide to some of our favorites.

T  Topgolf – A fun and easy outing that the whole family can enjoy! Check out our review of it here.

U  Urban Air Trampoline Park – Bounce the day away at this thrilling indoor adventure park.

V  Vacation Bible School – If you’re looking for an inexpensive, week-long day camp, there are still a lot of VBS options into August! Check out our guide here.

W  Watters Creek – Do some shopping, grab a bite, and let your kids play in the giant treehouse or on the perfectly manicured lawn. Check their website for upcoming family friendly events!

X  eXperience Texas – What better way to experience Texas than by going to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo? Takes place every Saturday night from June-August.

Y  YouTube Yoga – Enable mindfulness and relaxation in your children with kids’ yoga! Cosmic Kids Yoga is a fun, peaceful, and free way to spend some time together in the comfort of your home.

Z  Dallas Zoo – Get there when they open to avoid the afternoon heat and to see the animals when they’re most active!

I hope you found some new ideas in and around Collin County to help get you through these last weeks of summer!

Alice Robison
Alice and her husband, Sean, live in the town of Fairview with their two active and entertaining boys Mason (Dec 2010) and Harrison (Sept 2013), and their crazy puppy Isebel. She grew up in Collin County and recently made the decision to move back to the ‘burbs from Dallas to raise her family. Now a stay-at-home mom, she previously worked in marketing for a Big Four accounting firm. She spends her time taking her boys on adventures throughout the metroplex, volunteering for their schools and organizations, and hunting down the best fashion and home décor deals. Favorites include cooking with her husband during their date nights at home, just about any adult beverage, and checking out new restaurants with her girlfriends. Follow along with her adventures on ;Instagram.


  1. Wish I would have access to your blog when I was raising my kids and grandkids. Great job Alice.

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