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Date Night Ideas

Is it date night? If you’re lucky enough to have a sitter for the night, here are so fun ideas for a date night in Plano!

Date Night Ideas

Restaurants

Kate Outpost: Enjoy the patio with a nice drink and good atmosphere

City Line: (Richardson) Lots of fun shops and places to eat. Check out our review on City Line

Hub Streat: This is Plano’s food truck location that is also a restaurant/bar. It’s so much fun!

Watters Creek in Allen: Tons of restaurants and outside patios!

Love and War in Texas: Restaurant and live music

Whiskey Cake: Great food and atmosphere

Mexican Sugar (Shops of Legacy, Plano) Great food and drinks

The Melting Pot (Addison) Fondue!

 

Fun Ideas

Escape Room: You work with a group to try and escape the room! 11th Hour Escape in Plano (Make reservations!)

Pinstack: Go bowling and grab a drink

Painting with a Twist: Grab some wine and bring out your artistic side for this date

Coyote Drive in (Lewisville) Would be fun for the family or a date night too!

Zip Line at Oak Point: Go Ape is now open and sounds really fun and different!

Top Golf: Located in Allen or The Colony, this makes for a nice night out and something different.

Cooking Class: Cooking Concepts

 

Are you wanting to plan a date night? Here are some great ideas for drop-in daycares around town and some places that offer parent’s night out!

Moms, tell us your favorite place for a Date Night!

The New Jack Carter All-Abilities Park (Now Open)

There’s a brand new park that is one of a kind for Plano. Jack Carter Park is an all-abilities park! It’s so nice for all kids and abilities.

 

Jack Carter Park is a beautiful park that will serve kids of all abilities. It’s located at  2800 Maumelle Drive. This is the former location of Jack Carter Pool for those of you that have lived in Plano for awhile. The playground is designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together and will include experiences that involve movement, climbing and a mix of tactile, visual and auditory experiences.

 

The park just opened to the public on April 24th. The Mayor of Plano and other city officials were there the ribbon cutting ceremony.  There are several great bigger pieces to play on and the ground is all cushioned to help kids if they fall. The park itself is really nice with a lot for kids to do but the grounds area is really great for parents and families too. 

There are several great bigger pieces to play on and the ground is all cushioned to help kids if they fall. The park itself is really nice with a lot for kids to do but the grounds area is really great for parents and families too. There are several tables that can be used and restrooms on site. There is a great entertainment area and a nice pond to walk around.

 

Make a day out of this and bring a picnic to enjoy the entire park. There are several tables that are covered and a very nice large open pavilion that will serve for great parties. Reserving these tables is first come, first serve.

 

Another nice feature of the park is a giant sand volleyball court! Bring some cups, shovels, and buckets to provide loads of entertainment and fun for kids.

We are so excited about this new park for all abilities! We hope to see you there soon!

Lonestar Park in Plano

I’m always looking for nice parks for my kids. One of our favorites is a small neighborhood park off Mission Ridge called Lonestar Park.

Check out this video all about it!

Lonestar park is located on Mission Ridge in Plano between Spring Creek and Legacy. It’s small but has a lot for kids to do. There are picnic tables and basketball courts along with a walking trail. The only negative is there are no public restrooms close by! Be prepared!

Lonestar park is made by Landscape Play structures, which are very good quality playgrounds. It’s great for a variety of ages and plenty of fun for all kids.

What’s your favorite park in Plano? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!

 

 

Fun Places to Take Older Kids

As kids get older, they like to get out of the house and be busy doing something fun. Here are some ideas of fun places to take older kids.

Obstacle Warrior Kids $10 an hour

Altitude Trampoline Parks (Richardson) Call for prices and hours

Allen Wake Park  $20 for 1-hour ride, rentals not included. This is a fun up and coming sport that older kids will love!

Jumpstreet 8 and older $13.99

Urban Air Trampoline Park 1 hour jump pass $12.99

Paint n’ Party  Walk-in’s welcome, price depends on what you paint. This is great for kids that are creative and want a calming activity.

Go Ape: Obstacle and zip line in Oak Point Park (only for 10 years and older) Search for a Groupon, this can be expensive.

Nickelmania: A fun and cheap place to play games! $1.95 per person for admission. Follow them on Facebook for coupons and prizes.

Amazing Jakes: $28.99 per person but that includes the pizza buffet and rides and video games.

Strikz: (Frisco) bowling, laser tag, and more! Prices depend on what you do.

Whirly Ball: A great place for older kids, normal prices are $15 per hour, per person.

Thunderbird Rolling Rink: Check the site for prices but most prices are $6 per person.

Top Golf: $20 per hour, fun for lots of ages!

 

Have younger kids? Check out our ideas for fun places to take younger kids.

 

Klyde Warren Park

If you’re looking for a fun day trip with kids, Klyde Warren Park is the way to go! The park is in downtown Dallas and so much to offer for the whole family.

 

Check out this video all about the park.

Know Before You Go:

You can take the Dart train to save money on getting there. It takes about 35-40 minutes. If you drive you will have to pay for parking.

Bring a picnic! The food trucks are so nice but can be expensive. To save money, bring some food and drinks!

Take a blanket and balls to play with. There are some tables but picnic style is fun too.

There are lots of fountains so be prepared for your kids to get wet! Bring extra clothes or a towel.

In the gated playground area there are bathrooms, but there are only 2! There is usually a wait.

Fun Places to Take Younger Kids

Toddlers and Preschoolers need to stay busy! Here are some great places to venture out and take your active younger kids.

The Coop $10 per child

Playstreet Museums $11 per child

Polka Dot Party and Play $10 per child

Jungle Joes (Prices vary depending on age of child)

Kid Mania (has a younger kid area if needed) Prices vary but ages 3+ is $6.99

Safari Run (has a younger kid area) $10 per child

Perot Museum (children’s area in the museum) Ages 2-17 are $12

CooCoos $8 per person ages 4 and up

Prestonwood Baptist Church Playspace (10 and under only) FREE!!!

Monster Yogurt (small play area inside yogurt shop) Yogurt is priced per pound

Jumpstreet (younger kid area) 3 and under are $4.99, 4-7 is $7.99

EQ Kids Club Call ahead for prices and to make a reservation!

 

Call ahead and check on any special events or prices. Sometimes you can find great deals on these places through Groupon.

Do you have older kids? Here are some fun things to do for older kids. 

Fun Day trips around Dallas

Have the day off? Last minute no weekend plans? Plan a last minute family fun day! Here are some day trips ideas into Dallas and surrounding areas that would make for great memories and fun for the whole family.

Dallas Zoo: You can easily take the DART train to the Dallas Zoo! Bring a picnic and some comfy walking shoes.

Ft. Worth Zoo: Want to get out of Dallas? Try the Ft. Worth Zoo.

Heard Museum: Located in McKinney on 289 acres of wildlife sanctuary. Come walk the trails and check out the fun exhibits.

Perot Museum: Located in downtown Dallas, this museum offers fun for all ages. See dinosaurs and animals from the past. View a 3D movie or just bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.

Klyde Warren Park: Take a break from the hustle and bustle and bring your kids to play at this park that goes across Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Enjoy the tasty food trucks and soak up some sun.

Dallas Aquarium: Kids of all ages will love this. You can make a day of it and eat in the West End area or bring a picnic lunch and head the park afterward!

Ranger Game in Arlington: Cheer on the Rangers baseball team in Arlington!

Burger’s Lake: Ft. Worth, Enjoy a day on the water at Burger’s Lake. A fun waterhole and you will think you’re at the beach!

Six Flags: Spend a full day at Six flags over Texas. Ride the rides, eat, and see the fun shows in the park.

Arboretum: Spend the day at the beautiful arboretum in the heart of Dallas off the serene White Rock Lake. Spring and Fall are great times to go to view the flowers and see the amazing displays.

Lake Lewisville: Want to spend the day on the water? Head to Lake Lewisville to eat and play on the water. Lots to do there!

 

 

Top 5 Things to do in Plano with Kids

 

We asked our group of Plano Moms to pick the top 5 things to do in Plano with Kids. The consensus…..it’s hard to pick only five because Plano is such a family friendly city.  Plano can boast about having one of the best school districts in Texas but it has also been voted as one of the safest places to live!

The great outdoors! Plano has over 60 parks, trails, and nature preserves. Whether you want to hit a playground, go on a walk, or experience nature on a hike Plano has it. Plano has at least a dozen walking trails where you can enjoy walking, riding bikes, or skating. There are also two nature preserves:  Arbor Hills and Oak Point. You can get lost in nature, enjoy the creeks and enjoy spotting critters.

Plano also has a variety of recreation centers for families to enjoy. Most of the recreation centers have outdoors pool areas or splash pads that are open from Memorial Day to Labor day. The recreation centers that have indoor pools are open year-round.

Interurban railroad museum is great for those train loving kids and hosts a story time hour every Friday. Play Street museum the newest addition to Plano and is perfect for younger kids. It is not an actual museum but a camping themed creative play venue. Heritage Farmstead Museum is amazing for little ones to see what it was like before electronics and has several animals children can see and maybe even pet. Finally, there are about a half dozen bounce house businesses that typically have a separate toddler section to keep your little ones safe.

We also love that Plano has several kid-friendly restaurants!  Joes Crab shack, Katy Trail,  and Central Market have areas where the kids can play while you enjoy your meal.  Kid mania is a climbing venue, which has a room for adults with free wi-fi but has viewing access to your kids.

Plano is also famous for its Hot air Balloon festival held in September at the Oak Point recreation area. Plano also holds a yearly International Festival, Asiafest, Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano, and several other smaller festivals throughout the year.

What about Tweens? Well, we have activities to keep them busy. Bowling, rock climbing, laser tag, movies theaters, ice-skating, trampolines, and roller-skating. The newest all in one entertainment venue is Pinstack, which has food, laser tag, rock climbing, bowling, and video games. Pinstack is one of many entertainment venues for families to enjoy.  We also had many moms mention the dollar theater as a go to for a cheap family outing!

When it comes to Plano you really can’t settle on just 5 Things to Do with Kids however here are our top 5 recommendations!

  1.  Visit a park!  Plano has amazing parks, trails and nature preserves!

  2. Stop by one of the recreation centers for a class or swimming!  The recreation centers and city pools can’t be beat! Check out the all updated Jack Carter Park that opened in July of 2016.

  3.  Head over to the Interurban Railway Museum or the Farmstead Museum.  Plano has such a variety of activities to choose from, there is something for everyone!  From museums to farms to indoor bounce houses to bowling….a choice for everyone!

  4. Check out the city calendar for a festival!  Plano offers many exciting festivals throughout the year!

  5.  Henrys!! Nothing beats some homemade ice cream from Henrys!!  Catch a movie at the dollar theater then head to Henrys!