Sneak in Learning While Having Fun in Collin County
including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano
"Purposeful Play" stimulates children's minds while they think they are just having a great time. Collin County offers a plethora of opportunities
for children to learn while they play.
Frisco Safety Town
Wouldn't it be neat if there was a miniature town where you could take your elementary school children to learn how to cross the road or escape a burning
building--in a safe, contained environment? There is! You can schedule a Safe and Sound Walk Around Tour within regular business hours at Frisco's Fire
8601 Gary Burns Drive, Frisco
Fun on a Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum
During the school year, pre-school programs are offered on specific days where children hear a story, play on the farm, and ride in a wagon. Programs
for K-6 are also offered for groups.
1900 West 15th Street, Plano
Fun in a Garden
Texas SmartScape® Demonstration Gardens
Crawl through a tunnel like a worm? Dig for worms? Oh, yes! The children's Nature Explore® garden is a play, exploratory area designed around a
nature theme and using natural materials for play elements. Free and open to the public during daylight hours.
4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano
Custom-made playhouses fill this large room where the kids can play while parents enjoy free WiFi and a cup of coffee. The kids can play school, tend
a garden, work with tools, serve desserts--and more!
2701 Custer Parkway, Richardson
Play Street Museums
There are multiple locations throughout Collin County (and nearby), each with a different theme. Your young child will have fun playing at each one,
as the focus may be "On the Go" (Allen), "Town Square" (Frisco), "The Farm" (McKinney), or "The Great Outdoors" (Plano).
EQ Kids Club
Kids can drive a safari truck, cook up a fantastic meal, play in a teepee or a playhouse in the village.
3245 Main St, Frisco
Let's Go Exploring!
Hall Park Texas Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Pick up a map at the interior gallery to the outdoor HALL Collection of art scattered throughout Hall Park. Enormous flowers, an alligator emerging
from the water, Jack rabbits and other surprises can be found around every corner. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the tables found within
the park. Restrooms and drinking fountains available at the interior gallery during business hours. This private collection has three specific
areas: an interior gallery, four-acre contemporary Texas sculpture garden, and the 150 pieces of art located outdoors throughout Hall Park.
6801 Gaylord Pkwy #100, Frisco
Play at the Library
Your local library is a treasure trove of fun, and FREE, things to do with your little one. Structured play times, story times, science exploration,
and playgrounds are all at your local library at specific times. LEGO tables are often located at each library, and there may even be a play structure!
Bonus: Obtain a library card in the city you live and you can use it to obtain a library card at neighboring libraries. As your child grows, you'll
find programs designed for toddlers thru teens--and even adults!
NextGen Recycling Center
The recycling facility features a first-of-its-kind Learning Center--an interactive resource to help community members and beyond become better
recyclers. Get a first-hand view of the recycling process from the observation deck, view recycling and sustainability educational videos and
colorful displays, and play interactive games throughout the 5,000 square foot learning space. Open to the public, tours must be scheduled
with Republic's Plano Recycling Facility office in advance. 972.422.2341
4200 14th St., Plano
Updated April 3, 1029