Things to Do in Downtown McKinney :: Kid-Friendly & Date-Night Options


Downtown McKinney has something for everyone! The historic downtown square is one of the oldest of its kind in Texas. I’ve lived in McKinney for four years now and I know I still have so much to see! If you’re not sure where to start, consider this post a starting point of family-friendly things to do in McKinney town square.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Downtown McKinney

First off, head to Spoons Cafe and start your adventure with the most important meal of the day. Serving breakfast all day, it’s sure to start your day of downtown McKinney sights off right.

From there, take a walk around the square and make your way to the Roy and Helen Hall Library. Especially in the summer, this is a cool (literally and figuratively!) place to explore. A wide selection of books and a separate room with games and activities for kids makes it a perfect place to spend some quiet time. Depending on your visit, you might be able to catch a summer activity or daily program.

Next, if you’re feeling creative, you can make your way down the street to Walls of Clay, a paint-your-own-pottery studio to stretch your creative muscles. With everything from figurines, to plates and mugs, to home decor, everyone will find something to make their own. Paint your pottery, leave it with them, and a week or so later you’ll be able to pick it up and take it home! As a side note, we did a birthday party there with my 10-year-old last year and we were very happy with the results!

Finally, we can never go to the square without a request to stop at “the candy store.” Mom and Popcorn is a family favorite. My husband and I love the popcorn (try the Snickerdoodle and/or the Cookies and Cream, and thank me later) and the kids love the candy. A wall of candy, a huge variety of saltwater taffy, and lots of other classic candies, I guarantee that there is something for everyone!

If, after this adventure, you are hungry for lunch, there is no shortage of places to try! Local Yocal BBQ and Grill is a favorite of ours. Or if pizza is a fave, try out Cadillac Pizza. Whatever sounds good to you, you are likely to find it.

Now after all of that fun, it’s time to head home for naps and quiet time. Call that babysitter and get ready to head back out for date night.

Date Night Ideas in Downtown McKinney

There is no shortage of unique date night activities in Downtown McKinney. Check here for a complete guide to the arts and culture, shopping, and dining you can find there. Here’s a little idea of how to start:

If your date night in Downtown McKinney can start early, check out the LAST Art Gallery. This location houses works of various local artists and is sure to be a unique and inspiring visit. From there, you can visit any of the many shops located around the square. From antiques to boutiques, there is something to be found on every corner.

Next, head to dinner at one of several delicious restaurants located around the square. A personal favorite is Harvest Farm to Table. Their menu features local and seasonal food and a welcoming atmosphere.

Finally, around the corner is Emporium Pies, a sweet way to end a full day in Downtown McKinney.

This post only scratches the surface of what you can find in Downtown McKinney! Let us know your favorites in the comments if you have a particular place you love!

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Amanda Stewart
Amanda moved to the Dallas area as a child, moved away for college, but then returned “home” with her husband and new daughter. Now five years later, she and her family are putting down roots in Collin County. Her educational background is an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Studies. Most days you can find her doing her best to put her knowledge to work with 3 of the sweetest students around- born in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Once bedtime hits, you can find her doing some instructional design work, blogging, or finding the next great series on Netflix, usually with a cookie in hand. You can read more about her collection of thoughts on everything from motherhood and parenting to DIY and fitness, and whatever else is on her mind at her new blog <a href "" This Collective Life .