Top 30 Things to do this June in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Dallas and surrounding areas
The weather is heating up, and the school year has ended; but unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over! Our governor, Greg Abbott, has allowed most businesses to open, but social distancing standards are still highly recommended by medical experts. So, what is it that we can do to pass time at home, around our city and nearby towns? To be honest, a lot!
Here is our list to keep you entertained this whole month of June.
Please make sure to plan ahead and check each establishment’s website for any last-minute changes due to COVID-19.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, picnic sounds like a perfect idea to be out and about while adhering to social distancing recommendations. The location wouldn’t be a problem since you can either have it in your backyard or nearby playground or park. Plano has tons of options for everyone.
- Hiking or Walking
For your own physical and mental health, we need to go outdoors. There are a lot of hiking trails around Plano and neighboring areas.
We have some of our most beautiful trails tucked away amidst apartment buildings and suburban houses.
- Bike Rides
Either you are a serious biker or a first-timer; there are tons of biking trails to go to enjoy nature and get some exercise.
Have you heard of geocaching? It is an outdoor treasure hunt for you and your family. Activity participants use GPS satellites and coordinates to hide and retrieve containers hidden in outdoor locations worldwide! It sounds like an excellent way for families to get out of the house and exercise responsibly. The word treasure hunt will, for sure, spark the interest of even the most skeptical child.
Luckily, most Texas parks are open for camping, but you need to make camping reservations in advance because walk-ins will not be allowed. For more details on what to expect and its temporary guidelines.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
You bet, your little ones will love to stargaze and the stars shine so brightly over many Texas State Parks.
Take the family for a camping trip and enjoy the beautiful Texas sky.
Here are 2 Texas Parks at the Hill Country that are in the International Dark-Sky Parks
- Visit a nearby Playground & Park
During the past months, the parks are keeping most of us alive. So many things to do at the park and it may be a great idea to visit a new park nearby. Plano alone has plenty of parks for you to enjoy. Plus, all the neighboring city playgrounds & parks.
There is nothing more relaxing than going for a walk or a picnic in a garden. You are going to love our favorite botanical garden that is opening its doors to the public for this month.
Just a few minutes from Plano, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the locals’ favorite to enjoy some peace, and to reconnect with the beauty of nature. They are overlooking scenic White Rock Lake, which makes it such a romantic place.
Fort Worth Botanic garden was established in 1934, and it is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. Located in the heart of the cultural district and you can enjoy The Fuller, Rose, and Japanese Gardens. Please check the website for opening details.
Stop and smell the roses. It is about time to visit The Rose Garden at Farmers Branch. The COVID-19 related closures have not affected the Rose Gardens. They are still open, but please keep in mind CDC recommendations to stay safe.
Water Sports Activities
Texas has tons to offer for water sports enthusiasts. Whether you prefer boating, skiing, jet skiing, or swimming, there is a perfect and beautiful lake for you.
I am sure you have seen some people fishing while you go on your walk, hike or bike. If it is something you want to try or have enjoyed doing, then this is the perfect time to do it. You can find a spot of peace at a fishing pier at nearby lakes and parks.
- Kayaking or Canoeing
It is fun for the whole family and you should try if you haven’t! Here are a few places that you can go nearby:
- Oak Point Park & Nature Reserve
- Lavon Lake – you can join a tour with Kayak McKinney
- White Rock Lake with White Rock Paddle, Co.
- Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
A fun activity for the whole family. You can buy your own paddleboard and go to the lake nearby, or you can rent. The Little Elm Beach is somewhere you can enjoy SUP, and the DFW Surf offers some classes, summer camps, and equipment rentals.
- Boating and Swimming at the Lake
The fun is endless in the water, and you may need new sunglasses, swimwear, flipflops and please don’t forget your sunscreen!
- Pool Time
If you have a pool, then great, you can enjoy every day some pool time. However, if you don’t have a pool, you can always enjoy it at a community pool.
Also, check out The Texas Pool for their opening details; they are committed to open their doors this summer mid-June.
And if you want to get back in swimming, the following recreation centers and indoor pools are open for Parks and Rec members.
- Plano Aquatic Center
- Carpenter Park Recreation Center and indoor pool
- Liberty Recreation Center
- Oak Point Recreation Center and indoor pool
- Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center and indoor pool
Texas waterparks are clear to open! Who says NO to water parks, kids and adults alike, are huge fans. And everything is big in Texas, including our water parks!
- Chalk Arts
Something is fascinating and fun about doodling just about anything – drawing pictures and writing messages all over the driveway and sidewalk. Chalk art is for everyone in the family to express their creativity while having fun together. Amber Lee, a Plano Mom member, has been kind enough to share her art expertise online. She was teaching live on how to create fantastic chalk arts. Check out and follow her Instagram for future live session, A Life That’s Radical.
It is fun to do some cooking with the whole family. Decide what’s the menu for the day and cook it together. You can enjoy some family time together at the kitchen the whole day.
Maybe sign up to a Subscription box to cook different recipes at home!
Kids normally loves to bake – cookies, cupcakes, cakes and whatever you feel like it.
- Backyard Camping and S’mores
You don’t want to rough it off in the woods? A family adventure in your backyard is just perfect for you and your family. You can either set up a tent in the backyard or in the living room, this type of adventure will be a blast for everyone. And, of course, it is not complete without s’mores.
An all-time favorite family activity!
- Science Experiments
Not just for kids, for sure Mom and Dad can learn a new thing or two. It’s either you have a preschooler or a middle schooler, there are a lot of science experiments that you can do at home. A lot are easy and super fun for everyone!
- Nancy Drew Mystery Game
Anyone in the family is a fan of Nancy Drew? Read the books? Well… it doesn’t matter. You can explore the award-winning Nancy Drew detective games inspired by the … Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Educational Games.
The whole family can make a scrapbook together and each can create a story to tell. There are tons of ideas online; you can use a hard-cover scrapbook or a notebook and even make your own book using construction paper. You can decorate it with weekly as summer progress.
Was planning to travel to Hawaii, but didn’t able to? You can have fun at your backyard, Hawaiian style! As you may know that luaus are about the food, the music and the scene. Prepare simple Hawaiian menu, get some Hawaiian party supplies and turn on the music. And, you are good to have a great time!
Keep kids busy this summer with some easy but amazing DIY projects. You don’t just get to have quality time with them, but they will learn and have a great time.
Summer is the perfect time for tons of tie dye projects. They are fun and easy for kids of all ages!
27.Paper Dream Catcher
Make some magical paper plate dream catchers with your kids to provide wonderful dreams for a good night sleep
- Friendship Bracelets
A good chance you have done this when you were a kid, this time you can do it with your kids. You can make some for friends and family and drive by to their houses to drop it off and to say hello.
- Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft
The family can together make this with the need of simple supplies – paper bowls, yarn and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint.
Some summer camps are opening this June and when you are comfortable to send the kids out, this is a great opportunity for the kids to do the activities they probably miss doing – sports, performing arts, dance, coding, day camps or a sleepaway camps
We also have some great Virtual Camps, Classes and Field Trips!
What are you planning to do?