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What To Do on Hot Days in Collin County

Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano

On hot Texas summer days, you'll need to know where to go to stay cool. Here are some ideas for you.

Day Spring Nature Preserve, Allen

Cool, Indoor Ideas to Do on a Hot Day

Indoor Movies

In addition to most libraries offering free movies (check the library calendar in your city), these theatres provide free (or almost free) summer movies geared to young children.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

These almost-free movies are G and PG rated films offered once a week for (are you sitting down?) only $1 per movie--or less if you purchase all ten movie admissions at one time. Be sure to visit the website for a discount on the snack pack as well. Camp Cinemark is located in Allen.
Locations in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano participate.

Free Summer Kids Camp

Free tickets are available beginning at 9:00am and the movie begins at 10:00am.
8450 Texas 121, McKinney

Indoor Playground

Prestonwood Baptist Church

This mega church in Plano opens its doors wide to the public so children 10 & under have a place to play indoors when it is scorching hot outdoors. To play is free, but please check website for specific hours of open play. Restrooms and a cafe are located close to the playground. Follow the signs in the parking areas to "Main Entrance." KIDZPlay is located immediately to the right from the main Atrium doors.
6801 W Park Blvd, Plano

Stonebriar Community Church

Beat the summer heat and bring your preschoolers to enjoy their indoor play area! Open Play is free and happens every Monday June 3-August 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Invite your friends to join you so while the kids play, you can socialize and relax together.
4801 Legendary Dr, Frisco

Indoor Skating

Allen Community Ice Rink

It's a different climate in here! Special hours are set aside for open ice skating.
200 E Stacy Rd, Allen

Thunderbird Roller Rink

Strap on those roller skates (your own or rentals) and enjoy a little nostalgia. The rink is available most afternoons and some evenings for open skating.
3200 Thunderbird Ln, Plano

Dr. Pepper Star Centers
The rinks are open for public ice skating at designated times. On the website, click "Venues" and "Star Centers" again; look for "Public Skating." Days vary based on location.
Various locations: Frisco, McKinney, Plano

cool off on a hot day

Cool, Outdoor Ideas to Do on a Hot Day

Spray Parks, Splash Pads and Water Parks

What better way to cool off then running through water at a spray park or splash pad? Or jump into a city-sponsored water park or aquatic center for some exhilerating fun! They are scattered all throughout Collin County and while many are free, those that charge are typically far less expensive than a large water park. Click the link above for our full list of water-themed adventure in Collin County.

Water "Playground" for Older Kids

DFW Surf
Surf the endless wave, take a stand up paddle board class, join paddleboard yoga, or drop the kids off for tubing--all on Lake Lewisville. Rent paddleboards, kayaks, and mountain bikes!
20400 Hackberry Creek Park Rd, Frisco, TX 75034

Hydrous Wake Park, Allen
While an inclination toward sports is a good thing going into this, there is a beginner area set apart from those who know what they're doing. Kick your adrenaline into high gear here and have fun laughing at one another if you're all in the beginner catagory! It's also okay to just go watch and decide if your group has the courage to go forth. Open year round.
580 N. Cedar Drive, Allen

Shaded Lake Access


Avalon Park, Lake Lavon
Large shade trees and shaded picnic tables provide a reprieve from hot, sunny days spent swimming in the lake. Restrooms available on site. Limited hours. Check website as park is subject to closure.
3455 Skyview Drive, Wylie

Shaded Playgrounds

Anyone who's lived in Texas through a summer knows that playground equipment baking in the sun can cause burns on bare skin. Depending upon the time of day, some of the equipment at these parks is shaded. Local's advice: bring a rug (without a backing) to protect young skin while using slides. Rugs with backing could be used on swings.

Railway Shopping Express Allen Premium Outlet Malls, Allen TX


Railway Shopping Express at Allen Premium Outlet Mall
Located between Skechers and the exit to the North Parking lot, this train-themed playground is not only shaded but has Coca-Cola vending machines adjacent to the playground.
820 W Stacy Rd #430, Allen


Mourning Dove Park
This 8-acre neighborhood park offers a shaded playground and shaded pavilion. The playground is geared to tiny tots and elementary school children. A basketball court will entertain older kids. A picnic table under the pavilion as well as a BBQ grill provides a nice opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors. No restrooms.
11219 Round Mountain Dr, Frisco, TX 75035


Bonnie Wenk Park
Phase 2 (accessed off Hardin Blvd) was completed in 2019 and includes an all-abilities playground with a skywalk. Slides cross over rocky areas. Restrooms are available near the playground, as is a pavilion. Several shades over the equipment provide relief from the blistering summer sun.
2996 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney

Al Ruschhaupt Park

A portion of this large playground is shaded by large trees so Mom & Dad can keep cool, too. Extra bonus: It's adjacent to a splash pad. Restrooms on site.
2710 N Brook Dr, McKinney

Valley Creek Elementary School

Skip the Valley Creek Park playground next to the school and head to the playground tucked under the large shade trees. There's also picnic tables and a bench for Mom and Dad. Geared for ages 2-12. No restrooms.
2800 Valley Creek Trail, McKinney

Valley Creek Elementary School, McKinney TX


Aviary Park
Large shaded playground as well as a shaded gazebo with picnic tables. This park is adjacent to the Aviary Subdivision HOA Swimming Pool and Tots Playground.
1003 Mustang Ridge Dr, Murphy


Buckhorn Park

Renovations to the long-established park were completed in October 2017 and a nice addition were shade bars strategically placed over some of the playground equipment and picnic tables. A bonus are the creek-side hammock posts in the shade. No restrooms.
3601 Mission Ridge Rd, Plano

Coyote Creek Park

Large trees surround the playground equipment and cover a portion of the trail which leads to Coyote Creek. If you have children preschool thru elementary school, you'll appreciate the three different sizes of slides. There's also an OmniSpin spinner (like a merry-go-round). There's a shaded park bench for Mom & Dad, too. No restrooms.
5801 Communications Pkwy, Plano


Frontier Park
Very large play area with much of it shaded from the hot sun.
1551 Frontier Pkwy, Prosper

Zip Line Adventure

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Plano
Climbing through the tree tops can make most people feel a little insecure, but we're assured the harnesses will keep you safe as you find your way thorough numerous rope ladders and 39 crossings, which include two "Tarzan swings!" As you move into a new section, you get higher into the forest canopy, until you come down on a zip line!
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano

shaded trail near Frisco and Plano, The Trail at the Woods Allen TX

Shaded Trails


The Trail at the Woods

This trail takes you through a wetland and a Pecan Grove and consists of both wide, concrete paths and narrow paths.
1424 Rollins Dr, Allen

DaySpring Nature Preserve

Wide concrete trail winds over bridges and behind homes. A lovely rest area is located just inside the woods behind the playground on Winnsboro Ct.
622 Rainforest Ln, Allen

Updated March 9, 2020
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