What fun things can I do near me?
Luckily for us, there is no shortage of things to do with kids near us. In fact, so many things that we found it tough to stick to 101 ideas. Many of these should be on your Bucket List and are perfect for visitors to explore. Plano Moms has created a list of 101 things to do near us this summer around Plano, Frisco, Dallas and further afield in DFW.
Energy- Busting Indoor Places
Altitude Trampoline Park You gotta have all the energy to even think of going there with the kids. The park features high-energy equipment such as trampolines, a foam pit, a battle beam, a trapeze, and much more entertainment for families, groups, and individuals.
Urban Air Adventure Park The place where you can definitely release that energy; this place is the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family. Urban Air Adventure Park has been voted BEST Gym In America for Kids by Shape Magazine, BEST Place To Take Energetic Kids and BEST Trampoline Park.
Jumpstreet It all says it in the name. And if you love jumping, their loyalty program will reward you for doing what you love.
Plano Super Bowl has been open since 1985, a family entertainment facility in which guests can enjoy the Scratch Drafthouse bar, the Scratch Kitchen, an arcade, private VIP rooms, and the bowling alleys. Big bowling alley with room for almost 50 lanes, a cafe & a staging area for live music and they have an arcade area for more fun. The offer leagues and lessons to improve your game.
Pinstack Your ultimate entertainment destination featuring a restaurant, full-sized bowling lanes along with an array of indoor games and attractions. Summer will never get boring for the kids and the parents.
Main Event Every occasion is a celebration when you visit the Main event.
Strikz Entertainment is a family owned and operated entertainment center featuring 32 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, 12 boutique lanes in the Rose Room, a huge arcade featuring tons of games, One-of-a-kind laser tag arena, Billiard tables and a Bar and Grill. You can get 4 visits to Strikz Family Fun Center free with the Pogo Pass. Pogo Pass members can choose from One (1) of the following each visit.
* $5.00 Game Card
* 1 game of Laser Tag
* 1 game of Bowling
Galleria Ice Skating Rink A perfect place to literally cool off this summer is to take some classes or even just to have some fun ice skating at Galleria. The Galleria Ice Skating Center is a popular destination for families and children year round, but for summer, this can be your go-to place. If you’re ready to hone your skills, start with their private lessons or get right to it during public hours on the rink.
Starcenter Community Ice Rink Plano Beat the heat, bring your family and friends out for public skating at your local Starcenter. Check out their public skating time
Dr. Pepper StarCenter is the official home of the Dallas Stars, and as such has two NHL-sized sheets of ice, which can definitely help you cool off this summer. It offers five different locations for public ice skating, figure skating lessons, ice hockey, broomball curling, and more. All locations have a Learn To Skate skating academy that can start kids off at three years old.
Allen Community Ice Rink Run by the City of Allen, this facility includes not just ice skating but also hockey, figure skating, and more. Schedule for open skating varies from day to day, so check out the site for public skating sessions hours.
Fitness/ Gym/ Gymnastics
Kid Strong Something exciting and new, an innovative 360-degree synergy training program designed to develop your kid’s mental, physical, and character skills. As per the advertise, they help parents build stronger, smarter, and more athletic kids. KidStrong classes are based on science and taught by professionals – Ages 14mo-8yrs. They offer a free trial, check them out.
Power Kids Sports and Fitness PowerKids offer a uniquely creative and fun fitness experience for the whole family, babies through adults! Each exciting experience is built around age-appropriate social and motor skill development. In order to tackle the nation-wide epidemic of inactivity the PowerKids Movement encourages people of ALL ages, sizes and skill levels to DO SOMETHING BIG and GET MOVING!! Their professional coaches are full of energy and nurture each of our guests as they develop skills, self-esteem, and confidence to be healthy and fit for a lifetime. They also offer camps this summer full of energy-busting activities.
WOGA They offer fun and educational camp program for boys and girls ages 3 and up. They are committed to improving the kid’s fitness in a fun and positive environment.
Obstacle Warrior Kids If you have kids who love any fitness challenge, this is your place. Obstacle Warrior Kids, inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior on NBC, is a place for kids to get challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles in an indoor, climate-controlled environment.
All 4 Frisco Just about anything on fitness; All 4 is the place to go in Frisco, Plano McKinney, Prosper, Celina, and surrounding areas. Offering cheer classes, competitive cheer teams, preschool gymnastics classes, recreational gymnastics classes, and competitive Gymnastics and tumbling classes. Also, you can enjoy and use the place for parties, open gyms, kid’s summer camps, and kids day camps.
Jump Mania Not only does Jump Mania have five inflatables for hours of bouncing; they also have an arcade area, bumper cars, mini golf, and mini bowling for the whole family to enjoy.
Coo Coos As they mentioned in their website, Coo Coos is a place where kids can come and have a CRAZY fun time! Their unique bounce house facility is designed for open play and birthday parties.
Kid Mania A spacious playground of entertainment and the largest and most modern playground maze which includes slides, bungee walls, cave, tunnels, zip line and a lot more. They have a separate area for smaller kids, “MiniMania” toddler only play place which is equipment for children their size and physical abilities.
Pump It Up Where every day is a party!!!
Jungle Joe’s Family Fun Center As per their site, the concept for Jungle Joe’s is simple: create an environment that is super fun for kids but still comfortable and practical for parents with AMAZING food.
Safari Run Perfect for younger and older kids alike (up to age 11) with Obstacles, slides, a multi-level playscape, and room to run around, plus a separate space for toddlers to play freely. They also have an arcade (games require coins). No outside food allowed, but there are snacks and drinks available to purchase in the lobby. Socks are required in the play area.
Kidz Indoor Playground at Prestonwood Baptist Church KIDZPlay is free but you must check-in at our KIDZ Central desk.This special play area is for children 10 years and under. KIDZPlay is located at the Plano Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church (6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano). Follow the signs in the parking areas to “Main Entrance.” KIDZPlay is located immediately to the right from the main Atrium doors. There are restrooms and water fountains just outside the doors. At the opposite end of the Atrium, down the steps and to the left, you’ll find Main Street Café, with salad bar, food stations, coffee station, snacks and drinks. Kids need shoes on and are not allowed inside with Food, gum or Drinks.
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; 5:00–6:20 p.m, Saturdays: 4:30–4:55 p.m, Sundays: 8:45–9:20 a.m., 12:15–12:45 p.m.
The Coop Frisco A super clean indoor facility, where your kids will play in a giant ball pit, the tall curly slide, a super cool rope climbing tunnel, the bouncer equipped with a basketball net for “kid-friendly” dunking, pow wow in the COOP tee pee, or play and dance the day away on the BEAM interactive gaming floor! Adults have to wear socks too (they are a shoe-free facility) but can relax with free wifi, an espresso bar and magazines to read.
The COOP is OPEN for Play: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Adults and caregivers can come in for free. Full pricing is available on their website.
Fun and Educational Indoor Places
Museums and Libraries
Heritage Farmstead Museum A living history site, all about the history of the Texas Blackland Prairie region. The whole family can enjoy what it has to offer – it has over 10,000 objects and archival materials, plenty of collections and exhibits.
Interurban Railway Museum A restored 1911 railway car parked in the Historic Downtown Plano, just within walking distance to modern-day DART light rail tracks. It features some interesting interactive exhibits on electricity, science, and Plano’s history. They also offer guided tours through historic Car 360!
Exploreum Denton Children Museum Art Explorium is a fun, safe place where Hawaii’s children of all ages have the opportunity and permission to create freely.
Frontiers of Flight Museum According to Wikipedia, Frontiers of Flight Museum features an extensive collection of aviation history artifacts and vehicles and focuses on the history of aviation and space exploration with an emphasis on the role of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Exhibits include the Apollo 7 Command Module; a World War I Sop with Pup biplane replica; artifacts from the German airship Hindenburg and other airships; and over 200 World War II aircraft models.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science So many things to do and see here, a day visit wouldn’t be enough. However, if you have a day, then you better enjoy and explore. Perot Museum is a destination for everything from dinosaurs to the universe, to beautiful gems and minerals and a lot more. Have fun exploring the 11 permanent exhibit halls, watch3D film, and check out the traveling exhibition.
Dallas Museum of Art One of the largest art museums in the country, its collections include more than 24,000 works of art from around the world, ranging from ancient to modern times. Visitors can enjoy its exhibitions, lectures, literary events, presentations, and more. Admission to the DMA is FREE!
Nasher Sculpture Center Located at the Dallas Arts District, Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Matisse, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra and a lot more. It offers a series of special programs like artist talks, music concerts, artist-led classes, lecture programs, and exclusive member events, to enrich the museum experience.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza A must-visit museum in Dallas, and if you have school kids, they for sure significantly appreciate visiting this historical site. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. It is located within a national historic landmark site; the Museum is in the former Texas School Book Depository building.
Frisco Heritage Center A cute Historic Park where you can visit the Frisco Heritage Museum, historic buildings, a steam locomotive, a wooden caboose, and more. Experience the early days of Frisco and the Shawnee Trail by stepping into a living town from the past. Learn the stories of past residents who shaped the foundation of what later became the City of Frisco, including Mrs. Ethel, the owner of the first beauty parlor in Frisco and Sam Lane, one of the city’s first mayors. Learn also about the early farmers and how the cotton industry evolved locally & the impact of the American railroad. Check out the Heritage Theater, authentically showing silent black and white films, free of charge for attendees. You’ll need tickets to the rest of the Center.
Frisco Discovery Center Home to the Black Box Community Theater, Frisco Art Gallery, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and Special Events Center.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center With its mission state, it aims to provide dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math, and technology.
Visit your Local Libraries for all the summer fun activities
Heard Museum, McKinney They have an indoor museum, little outdoor zoo, settlers village, animatronic dinosaurs, and walking trails. You can walk the long trail, takes about 45 mins to an hour. You walk over suspended walkways over wetlands. We’ve seen deer several times, turtles, beautiful birds.
Try an Escape Room. There are several in the area now, and some have rooms especially designed for Kids! Best for ages 10+ check with the individual Escape Rooms in the area. We love Breakout Games at 2301 North Central Expy: Ste 275 & 285 Plano.
Roleplay and Imagination
Play Street Museum (Multiple area locations) Play Street is a great Indoor role play destination for smaller kids up to age 8. Locations in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney and Allen are themed uniquely. They’ve got free WiFi, and although there is no food allowed, feel free to bring drinks for you and the kids. You’ll need to leave your strollers behind.
Open Play Monday-Friday, exact hours vary by location. Special events and Open Play by Reservation on weekends. Do check before you leave home to ensure they are open for you to visit.
Small Pockets (Dallas) You can shop and then head downstairs to their curated Tea Room. Aside from being an adorable birthday tea party spot, they host a free Story Time on Fridays and Open Play while you shop. Open Play is available anytime the room is not booked for an event.
Story Time is Friday 10:30-11am. Story Time, Open Play, and Playdate reservations are FREE. You can reserve time for a small group if you contact them directly.
EQ Kids Club (Frisco) This indoor safari play village is very purposeful about learning through play and engaging all the senses. Like Play Street, they keep things nice and organized and clean, just like we like it. Your kids will be obsessed with the light show sandbox. Trying to find something different and skewed to babies, toddlers all the way to age 8 isn’t easy as most places are bounce-house based. The owner, Marcia Morales is a children’s book author who curated the concept for EQ Kids Club herself. This is not a franchise & offers a roam-free, safe & warm environment for kids to explore, express themselves and for parents to see their natural curiosities.
With a safari theme, the venue offers free tea for parents & comfortable chill-out area. Coffee frothed by Marcia or her husband and a snack & drink for each child is included. Open Play is Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Special Summer Sundays Open Play from 10am-3pm (subject to change, call to confirm).
See calendar for monthly parent-child workshops. $12 per child (up to age 8) for up to 2 hours play; children under 1 are free with a paying sibling or $6 on their own; no charge for adults. Memberships are also available
Little Humans Big Fun (Frisco) Stimulate imagination with hands-on play for problem solving and creativity. They advertise for ages 12 months to 8 years but we think that Pre-Schoolers to 1st Grade Kids will enjoy this the most. Kids love the car mechanic center where they can work under the hood of a play car. There’s more of a children’s museum vibe here compared to your standard run-around-and-play places, with an intentional focus on STEAM activities. Free coffees, lattes, and teas for the grown ups and you can bring food/snacks for the kiddos.
Check their website for hours before you leave home. Costs are $13 for first kid, $11 for each additional. No charge for adults. Under 1 and over 11 are free with one paid admission.
The Dallas World Aquarium: 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202
Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium: Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park: 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
iFLY Indoor Skydiving: 8380 TX-121, Frisco, TX 75034
Lego Discovery Center: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Arts and Crafts
Crayola Experience Never a dull moment for you and the kiddos, go and make unique family memories with a day of creativity & fun! There are so many things to do that your kid will get to be creative at the same time burn some of those energies.
Paint my Pottery An ART experience so hassle-free you can come in when you want, in an atmosphere that inspires creativity limited only by your imagination. Kids and adults can have tons of fun!
Pipe And Palette Their goal is to teach art and sell art that they find amazing and useful, this can be such a great experience for you and your little one. And, they have many talented art instructors who teach from age 5 to adults. They meet you where you are, not the other way around.
Paint ‘N Party Visit this place, be creative, and have fun while they provide you with just the right amount of assistance. They are not just about parties; you can also just go if you feel like being creative.
Carefree Colors A great way to get the whole family out of the house and have fun being creative. And, this might be your chance to unleash your inner artist with someone guiding you throughout the process if needed.
Michael’s Arts and Crafts Classes As much as you can find anything you need for your arts and crafts, Michaels also have some classes to offer for kids and adults. Michaels is ready to help your kid’s creativity takeoff! All parents or caregivers must remain on premises but are free to shop around the store while the kids are having fun. Please take note that classes vary by location, so be sure to check the online schedule for a Michaels near you, and don’t forget to pre-register your child’s name.
Home Depot free Kids’ Classes Home Depot hosts craft workshops for children- they receive an apron and certificate of completion!
Abrakadoodle One of the best art education options in the area. Your kid will get never bored with all the activities they offer from face painting to art classes. They have something for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and elementary schoolers. The parents can relax and enjoy some peace while their kids attend one of the summer camp programs they offered.
Jump Into Arts McKinney They have drop-in or open studio class available every Saturday. Whether it is painting on canvas, printmaking, or sewing, kids are encouraged to do whatever they feel like at the time. The possibilities are endless here! All supplies are all included, so no need to bring anything of your own.
Make Expression Walk in, parties, classes, or camps, they have got you covered. Pottery painting, mosaic creations, glass fusing, canvas painting, candle making, and a lot more.
Quiggly’s Clayhouse A fired-arts studio for adults and children which accepts walk-ins to paint pottery, sculpt clay, fuse glass or make mosaics without an appointment!
Shopping malls are not dying; they’re considered a destination because of what they offer – better amenities and entertainment to enhance the shopping experience. They now have restaurants, bars, salons, cinemas, play areas for kids, and some even have fitness centers. So, during summer days, when it is too hot outside, it is a perfect place to beat the heat. Please always check their website for events.
The Shops at Willowbend: 6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240
Stonebriar Centre: 2601 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
NorthPark Centre: 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
A perfect place to cool off, grab the popcorn, soda, and watch your favorite films. Many of them have discounted deals over the Summer! Check out the Movie options in the area.
Musicals, Concerts and Theater Shows
Watching shows is a perfect way to spend some quality time with the whole family without getting some sunburns.
Dallas Summer Musicals (lovingly known as DSM) is the preeminent non-profit presenter of Broadway theater in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes live musical theater year-round. It also provides extensive community outreach programs to entertain, educate, and empower young people in the world of theater.
Dallas Children’s Theater: 5938 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231
Courtyard Theater – Downtown Plano: 1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074
Willowbend Center of Arts -North Texas Performing Arts: 6121 West Park Boulevard B216, Plano, TX
If you have a little performer in the house, check out some of the Summer Camps that Plano Moms have listed for you.
Waterparks Visiting a waterpark is a perfect way to cool off, and since we are far from the beach, this is a great option.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: 1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006
Jack Carter Outdoor Pool: 2601 Pleasant Valley Dr, Plano, TX 75023
Rowlett Wet Zone: 7723, 5304 Main St, Rowlett, TX 75088
Bahama Beach Waterpark: 1895 Campfire Cir, Dallas, TX 75232
Great Wolf Lodge: 100 Great Wolf Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051
Hilton Anatole – Jade Water Resort Pool: 2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark: 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Rosemead Rainforest Aquatic Complex: 1334 E Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007
Old Town Aquatic Park: 535 W College St, Lewisville, TX 75057
Frisco Athletic Center. They have an Indoor and Outdoor Water Park and a great lazy river. Concession stands and plenty of shade.
Splash Pads and Places to Swim
Here are more
Harry Myers Park: 815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087
Doubletree Ranch Park: 310 Highland Village Rd, Highland Village, TX 75077
Lakes and Beaches
Few areas around DFW that offer beachfront park with lake swimming, picnic areas, playground, athletic fields, hiking trails, and a lot more. We have 45 places within driveable distance you can try!
Little Elm Park: 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068
Lake Park: 600 Sandy Beach Rd, Lewisville, TX 75057
Stonebridge Ranch Sandy Beach Club: 6203 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071. Please take a look at their policy for visitors; the beach club is only for residents and friends.
Four Season Resort and Spa Las Colinas: 4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038
Meadowmere Park: 3000 Meadowmere Ln, Grapevine, TX 76051
Rent a Kayak or take yours on the lake at Oak Point Nature Preserve and Big Lake Park, Plano.
Go Wakeboarding at Hydrous Wake Parks, in Little Elm or Allen!
Gardens, Parks, and Playgrounds
Exploring local gardens, parks, and playgrounds can be so fun for the whole family. Most kids do love the outdoor even though it is so hot; they seem not to care at all. So make sure you get your Sunscreen lotion ready and have fun and they hydrate at all times!
Explore local parks and playgrounds in the area. Plano Parks and Recreation manages some amazing green spaces for us to use around the city, 4,370 acres of parkland; you will never get to visit them all. Don’t forget to take out your kids on Bikes and hit the Trails around the City too.
Texas Discovery Gardens: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218. Check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden while you are there. It’s highly regarded in the DFW area.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Rose Garden of Farmers Branch: 2610 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Shop, grab some food, have a drink, watch a movie or concert, all in one place!
Legacy West: 5908 Headquarters Dr, Plano, TX 75024
The Shops at Legacy: 5741 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024
The District at The Shops at Willowbend: 6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Head inside the main mall and you can also enjoy Summer Fun Thursdays from 12 – 2pm downstairs by Neiman Marcus, where you’ll find Family Entertainers & fun performances, including magicians!
and on Tuesdays they’ll have outdoor Movies showing starting at 8.30 on the lawn in the District. Join us for a Summer movie series in The District. Guests are invited to watch free family friendly movies!
Historic Downtown Plano: 998 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
Places to eat and PLAY!
Hat Creek Burger Company Nearest locations to us are Allen, McKinney and Little Elm. They have a great outdoor playground to use.
Central Market, Plano. Their outdoor play area is mainly shaded and you can choose from a variety of food options inside the store.
Burger’s Lake, Fort Worth. Burger’s Lake is a 30-acre park featuring a one-acre spring-fed lake for swimming. They have two sandy beaches for sunning; wonderful big trees for shade, a complete staff of certified lifeguards – Over 300 picnic tables – Six diving boards, a 20-foot slide and 25-foot trapeze, Charcoal grills for cooking and you can get a juicy burger in their concession stands!
Ditch the car and Ride the DART to new places along the network around DFW.
So, which of these are you planning to visit or have you visited? We’d love to hear from you! Share your comments with us