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My Top 10 Summer Fun List for Kids & Moms too!

10 really great Ideas for Summer Fun in Plano, Frisco and Dallas

Well, the countdown is on, the Summer Break is rapidly approaching.  If you’re anything like me, I love to have a list of things up my sleeve for those days when the dreaded “I’m bored” words ring in my ears.  I try and balance out some at home days with some summer fun adventures out of the house .  

And if it’s a free or cheap adventure, everyone is happy!

My kids are 12, 9 and 6 so finding something that everyone enjoys for summer fun can be a challenge to say the least.

Now, some of these we haven’t tried before and some are my family’s favorites.  I’ve limited my list to within Dallas but focusing on Plano, Frisco, Little Elm area.  

Try a Library in Plano

We are blessed with some of the best libraries around and all at our doorstep.  

They offer amazing summer fun programs over the summer and at the very least, we go and borrow some books and dvd’s for those afternoons where it’s just too hot to play outside.  

They offer storytime and summer reading programs.  Look online for more details.

Hit the Movies

Both Cinemark and Studio Movie Grill are offering selected films at $1 over the summer.  See their website for details. 

Here’s some of our favorite Movie Theater’s nearby

Hawaiian Falls

I love Hawaiian Falls but with 3 kids, I usually save this for a weekend when I can get my husband or another adult to come with me so we keep our eyes on everyone at once.  

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Hawaiian Falls

We always take our own cooler in with lunch and drinks and might treat the kids to an ice-cream or snow cone on our way out.

For the ultimate in Summer Fun sure to check out Pogo Pass before you go if you plan on some other activities over the summer. We also have a Pogo Pass guide with a discount code, to find out how it works!

Pogo Pass

Have a Pool day 

Our personal favorite is the Frisco Athletic Center.  

We love that you can take a cooler in (no glass or alcohol) and enjoy a free day out if you are a member or pay the small entry fee if you’re not.  

There are two great little kid’s areas, a big slide for the bigger kids and an awesome lazy river.  We haven’t yet been but will definitely be checking out the Jack Carter pool this summer, it has a diving board, a lazy river and a flow rider!  

Jack Carter Pool Plano TX

There is also the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center close by which has splash pad, diving board and a slide.  Lots of great local swimming pools

Play at The National Video Game Museum

If you haven’t been, you should check it out.  

My kids loved it and at the end of the museum is an 80’s style arcade (not to mention the 80’s tunes!!) and your entry gets you 4 tokens which gets you 4 games.  You can buy extra tokens – 4 for $1.  

We only went a few weeks ago and my kids are already asking to go back. 

Entry to the National Videogame Museum is also included with the Pogo Pass so be sure to check that out. 

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Go Downtown to the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park

My kids love being downtown and eating at the food trucks and playing in the park at Klyde Warren.  It’s right across the road from the Dallas Museum of Art so makes for a great day out.  

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) offers free entry every day and has a great summer family fun program. 

Klyde Warren Park

Go Bowling

Most offer cheap deals over the summer like Strike and Pinstack, usually if you get there before 10am but if you register at Kids Bowl Free  – you can bowl for free, you just pay for your shoes. 

Registered kids get two free games of bowling every day of the summer for free.

There is a one time payment of $5 per child to register and the closest is probably Plano Super Bowl.

Take them Roller Skating

A similar program to the bowling – it’s great when it’s hot outside and you can all enjoy some summer fun, it’s at Kids Skate Free and the closest to us is Interskate at Lewisville.  

Ice Skating at the Galleria in Dallas is also lots of fun

Head to the Zoos

We love both the Dallas Zoo (especially feeding the giraffes) and the Fort Worth Zoo (love the walk in bird exhibit).  

We’ll try and pick a cooler day and go early to avoid the heat, the animals aren’t overly active when it’s so hot. We also have a great list of other options with animals here

Try a Local Scavenger Hunt

We’ve explored some of our favorite Local Parks and Outdoor Spaces for you and put together some fun local products for your family to enjoy and a Coloring, Activity and Puzzle Book for Kids

Enjoy a local Adventure on one of our Scavenger Hunts. 

Have a blast as you follow the map on a quest. Your team will look for clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges all while having fun!

Get yours here – three options to choose from. 

Usually as summer approaches, I ask my kids to write down some things they’d really like to do on a piece of paper and we try and schedule all these things in too.  

Try it out, you’ll be surprised what they ask to do – a trip to the library, or going out for ice-cream always make it on to our lists.

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So many more ideas for you on our website including Water Parks – Indoor and Outdoor , Splash Pads and Day Trips.

We are blessed to live in an amazing part of the world with so many kid friendly things to do and amazing weather to enjoy it in.  

Don’t forget all the wonderful aquariums, museums, LEGOLAND (it has a small splash pad too!), splash pads, the list is endless…

Pogo Pass

Save 50% on the Annual Pogo Pass Membership

This is one steal of a deal for families!

Each pass includes free admission to kids’ activities at 22 destinations around Dallas/Fort Worth for only $49.99 per person.

Give the gift of experiences all over DFW!

Use code PLANOMOMS or just use our link below to buy.

Buy the Pogo Pass

If you have Questions, we’ve written a huge guide to the Pogo Pass to help you!

It’s worth checking out the great deal with Plano Moms and Pogo Pass – for $39.98. You get access to quite a lot of these activities mentioned above and a whole lot more.  And the best part is that you have a year to use it.  

Get yours now:

Enjoy your summer vacation!

What’s your favorite thing to do with kids over the long hot summer? I would love to hear of any I may not know about.

Melissa, Guest Blogger for Plano Moms

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