What fun things to do are near me?
We have created a list of 101 things to do near us this summer around Plano, Frisco, Dallas and further afield in DFW
Be sure to check with each venue before you go, as their hours and capacity may change.
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Energy- Busting Indoor Places
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.
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.
Jumping World Allen is the BEST place for indoor trampolines, foam pits, basketball dunking, dodgeball, and more!
During the Summer some of our local Bowling alleys take part in the Kids Bowl Free program, which gives some games for free to kids who register. The nearest to us are Pinstack and Plano Super Bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Something exciting and new, an innovative 360-degree synergy training program designed to develop your kid’s mental, physical, and character skills. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gymnastics is really popular around Plano!
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.
Where every day is a party!!!
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.
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: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm. , closed Saturdays, Sundays 8.45 am – 9.20 am, 10.30 am – 10.50 am. and 12 pm –12.30 pm.
This is a great option for free or cheap things to do with kids around DFW.
Fun and Educational Indoor Places
Museums and Libraries
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.
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!
Art Explorium is a fun, safe place where Hawaii’s children of all ages have the opportunity and permission to create freely.
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.
So many things to do and see here, a day visit wouldn’t be enough. 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, watch a 3D film, and check out the traveling exhibition.
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!
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.
A must-visit museum in Dallas, and if you have school aged 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.
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.
Home to the Black Box Community Theater, Frisco Art Gallery, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and Special Events Center.
With its mission, 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
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, and 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 is a great Indoor role play destination for smaller kids up to age 8. Locations in Dallas, Plano, McKinney and Allen are themed uniquely. They’ve got free Wi-Fi, 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.
(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 the way 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
Located at 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202. Open Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 4 pm. The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen.
Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051. You can save over $6 with these discounted tickets available. Sea Life Grapevine is an interactive aquarium located at Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, Texas. The aquarium contains thousands of aquatic creatures, plus interactive touch pools and a 360° ocean tunnel.
8380 TX-121, Frisco, TX 75034. Flying at iFLY Dallas is as close as you will get to actual skydiving without jumping out of an airplane! The first indoor skydiving wind tunnel in Dallas. Delivering the dream of flight to everyone!
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051. Save over $6 on tickets! Legoland Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth is an indoor family entertainment center located at Grapevine Mills mall in Grapevine. The attraction includes Lego-theme rides, a soft play area, a 4D cinema and a gift shop.
601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. Get ready to experience the excitement of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!—where the unbelievable comes alive right before your eyes!
Arts and Crafts
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. We have discounts for you if you are planning a visit!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Some stores are currently offering these classes via Zoom.
Home Depot hosts craft workshops for children- they receive an apron and certificate of completion!
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.
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.
A huge favorite of ours. Camps, classes, arts and crafts of all types
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.
Address: 6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. A shopping mall located in Plano, Texas, with over 125 stores and three anchor stores. The mall is located at the intersection of West Park Boulevard and Dallas North Tollway in West Plano.
Address: 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240.
The Galleria Dallas is a shopping mall and mixed-use development located at the intersection of Interstate 635 and the Dallas North Tollway in the North Dallas neighborhood of Dallas.
2601 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034. Stonebriar Mall, is a mid-range shopping mall located at the intersection of Preston Road and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Frisco.
8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225. NorthPark Mall, is an upscale, enclosed shopping mall in Dallas, Texas. The mall is at the intersection of Loop 12 and US 75. Opened in 1965, the center now has over 235 stores and restaurants.
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.
You may be able to find a Drive-in Movie or fun Pop-up concert too.
Lovingly known as DSM, Dallas Summer Musicals 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.
5938 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231. Theater featuring a range of shows for kids & families, along with classes & educational programs.
1509 H Ave, Plano, TX 75074. The Courtyard Theater, in Historic Downtown Plano is a 321-seat, proscenium-style theater. With a large stage and spacious lobby, the venue is perfect for any event. Receptions, recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts, meetings, and private parties are all common occurrences in this beautiful venue.
6121 West Park Boulevard B216, Plano, TX. They are a non-profit organization that provides educational theater programs to Plano and surrounding communities. They offer classes, camps and productions for children and youth ages 3-18.
If you have a little performer in the house, check out some of the Summer Camps that Plano Moms have listed for you.
Visiting a waterpark is a perfect way to cool off, and since we are far from the beach, this is a great option.
4400 Paige Rd, The Colony, TX 75056. You can also get in free with the Pogo Pass
1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006. North Texas’ largest water park features 50 acres of rides & slides & a 1-million-gallon wave pool.
2601 Pleasant Valley Dr, Plano, TX 75023. Jack Carter Pool will open for the summer on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Summer hours are noon to 6 pm on Sundays and Mondays and noon to 8 pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays.
7723, 5304 Main St, Rowlett, TX 75088. City-owned swim facility & water park offering a playground, slides, swim lessons & aerobics.
1895 Campfire Cir, Dallas, TX 75232.
100 Great Wolf Dr, Grapevine, TX 76051. In addition to a water park, each resort features restaurants, arcades, spas and children’s activities.
2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207. The Hilton Anatole is a local favorite for staycations, most notably during summertime when its resort pool, Jade Waters, opens up. Hilton Anatole is located in downtown Dallas, making it an excellent option for visitors and locals who wants to explore the city’s attractions. The Jade Waters is also a perfect oasis to escape from the city’s hustle and bustle and an ideal place to cool off from Texas heat.
2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75051. The largest indoor water park in Texas, open all year round.
1334 E Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007. The Rainforest section features a zero-depth entry pool, two platform levels with bridge, water cannons, bubblers, spray bars, water slides, a 200 foot lazy river and a 600 gallon dump bucket. The newly remodeled Main Pool section consists of a shaded toddler splash pool, a zero-depth entry activity pool with a depth of 4 feet, a 25-meter lap pool with eight lanes, a diving well, and two 22 foot-tall water slides.
The facility also includes a newly remodeled bathhouse and concession stand, deck space, picnic tables, lounge chairs, shaded areas and plenty of parking.
535 W College St, Lewisville, TX 75057. This water park features two leisure pools with play features, a double loop slide, three spraygrounds, a small lazy river, a playground, concessions and more. Open seasonally, from late May through early September.
They have an Indoor and Outdoor Water Park and a great lazy river. Concession stands and plenty of shade.
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815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087.
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!
701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068.
600 Sandy Beach Rd, Lewisville, TX 75057. Recreational park offering lake swimming & boating, a golf course, athletic fields & picnic areas.
6203 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071. Please take a look at their policy for visitors; the beach club is only for residents and friends. It includes an iconic beach and swim lagoon and overlooks beautiful Stonebridge Lake. This original amenity has been serving up family fun for over 30 years!
4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038.
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie. Today the lake and the amenities found along its shores allow visitors to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreational pursuits. Whether you prefer to go bird watching or fishing, jet skiing or barbecuing, or like to spend time in your boat or your camper you can find everything you need to have a great time at Joe Pool Lake.
3000 Meadowmere Ln, Grapevine, TX 76051. This park is best known for the sloping sandy beaches and lake-front camping. There is also a large colorful children’s playground area and a nearby beach with roped off swim zone (one of only two such zones on the lake). There are restrooms available within the park. And there are plenty of covered picnic tables located near the lake and the beach area available first come first serve.
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.
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210. Open Wednesday – Sunday // 10am – 5pm. Visit the 7.5 acres of public gardens, the two-story Butterfly House, and the native Snakes of Texas House!
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.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107. he garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas, it is located in the heart of the cultural district. It is most popular areas are The Fuller, Rose, and Japanese Gardens.
2610 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. With more than 500 different roses planted throughout the city, Farmers Branch is the perfect place to spend the afternoon taking in the small things in life – like old garden roses and modern hybrid teas.
Shop, grab some food, have a drink, watch a movie or concert, all in one place!
5908 Headquarters Dr, Plano, TX 75024. Located in the heart of Plano, head to Legacy West to shop all your favorite brands and dine at over 20 delicious restaurants and eateries!
5741 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024. Your go-to destination for shopping, dining & fun in North Texas. The Shops at Legacy boasts the hottest brands, upscale and fast casual restaurants, and a thriving nightlife.
6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. Great dining options at The Shops at Willowbend.
998 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074. Downtown Plano is a vibrant community of urban living, performing arts, galleries, event venues, plus unique shops and restaurants that are independently owned and operated; all set against a backdrop of historic buildings, the Plano Station Dart Rail, and Haggard Park.
5752 Grandscape Blvd, The Colony TX 75056. Retail, Dining and much more. There’s Plenty To See, Do, Eat, and Enjoy At Grandscape! A One of a Kind Destination, Grandscape Is Your Oasis in North Texas.
Places to eat and PLAY!
Nearest locations to us are Allen, McKinney, Richardson and Little Elm. They have a great outdoor playground to use.
Their outdoor play area is mainly shaded and you can choose from a variety of food options inside the store.
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.
We love these great restaurants that have play areas too!
Ditch the car and Ride the DART to new places along the network around DFW.
Save 50% on the Annual Pogo Pass Membership
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Each pass includes free admission to kids’ activities at 22 destinations around Dallas/Fort Worth for only $49.99 per person.
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If you have Questions, we’ve written a huge guide to the Pogo Pass to help you!
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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