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

Happy October, happy fall! Just in time, since my seasonal affective disorder was getting unmanageable. As usual, local events and activities look quite different than they did at this time last year. But there are still some safe and fun options! I also want to mention our Guide to Fall Events in Collin County, a separate post dedicated to local fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween affairs. Have a look and enjoy!

things to do with kids in Plano OctoberAs always, don’t forget to PIN IT for later OR subscribe to our Newsletter and have our Collin County event guides sent straight to your inbox.

And of course, it’s important to remember that things are still 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 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 here; COVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Need some activities and crafts to do at home? The McKinney Public Library offers Take & Make Kits on different topics throughout the month: Hispanic Heritage (until October 3), Moon Festival (October 4-17), and Halloween (October 18-31). Separate kits available for ages 0-4 and 5-12. While supplies last. Free!

All Month :: Speaking of libraries, Plano library programming continues to be all virtual, and they’ve made a schedule of everything going on each week. Top picks this month:

All month: Pipe & Palette in Plano has At Home Kits for pottery, painting, photo transfer, and more. Materials and video instruction included. And have you heard about their Splatter Room? It’s a private session for 2-4 guests to get messy and splatter paint on canvas (and each other). Book tickets at the link!

All Month :: Now that the weather is nicer, don’t forget to revisit our guide to local Outdoor Spaces over on Dallas Moms. The metroplex is full of open space and trails. Use this list to discover your favorites!

All Month, Saturdays :: Fairview Town Center has a new Critter Club on Saturday mornings in The Park. Meet a unique animal each week during an interactive presentation, including fun take-home materials and themed face painting. See details on COVID protocol and a schedule of the animals at the link. 11am-12pm. Free!

Through October 4 :: DCT Digital is a way to experience theater while we wait for indoor gatherings to be safe again. Award-winning playwright, poet, and change-maker Idris Goodwin offers short online plays for multi-generational audiences to spark conversation about race in America. This month, watch The Water Gun Song, inspired by Tamir Rice, about a parent trying to find the words to explain why a water gun isn’t simply a toy. For ages 6 and up. Free!

Through October 15 :: Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15, and Plano libraries have compiled a great list of favorite picture books by Latinx and/or Hispanic authors and illustrators on all sorts of topics. This is a great opportunity to use your library card! Free!

Through October 23 :: The State Fair of Texas team has curated some fun-filled virtual events and kid’s activities as part of Fair from Home. Big Tex Cooking School, Create Your Own Fair Kits, virtual tours and contests, shopping, and more. See link for all the details.

October 1-3 :: It’s the last weekend to participate in the Frisco Arts Walk & Run. Run/walk/treadmill/bike across 5K to support the arts (which has been majorly impacted by COIVD). The event culminates on October 3 in an online Finisher’s Fest that includes performances by local musicians, dancers, vocalists, and even an online art sale by our community’s visual artist. Register at the link!

October 3 :: First Saturday at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas, TX, has kid-friendly activities, outdoor educational raptor presentations, and guided hikes through the ecosystem. Please see the link for COVID protocols. 10am-1pm. $5/adults, $3/ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are free.

October 10 :: The second Saturday of the month means it’s time for a Star Party with the Texas Astronomical Society in Frisco Commons Park. Observe and learn about the night sky and its celestial wonders. The event begins at sundown. Be sure to call 214-800-6000 for any last-minute cancellation info. Free!

October 12-16 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club To-Go at Watters Creek has a Pumpkin Jack 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. Pick up anytime from 12-7pm. Free!

October 17 :: Join the experts at Play Frisco’s Natural Resource team on nature walks the third Saturday of each month. October’s theme is Zombie Survival Hike at Frisco Commons Park, focusing on survival skills (it’s not scary). Please register in advance. 9am. Free!

October 25 :: Legacy Hall hosts a Kids Monster Mallow Class today. Dress in costume and decorate marshmallows while staying safely distanced. Please check out the House Rules at the link for COVID protocols. Get tickets in advance before it sells out! 3pm.

Don’t for get to check out the Guide to Fall Events in Collin County for lots more!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.

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