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.
Cool, Indoor Ideas to Do on a Hot Day
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 June 24, 2019