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
Frisco Heritage Center
Eight structures and a 1910 locomotive sit on four acres of this village. On the third Sunday of each month the structures are open free to the
public and the kids can play in the one-room schoolhouse. Docents are at the ready to explain the history of each building during these Sundays.
While the museum typically has a small admission fee, it is open free of charge during these events.
6455 Paige Street, Frisco, TX 75034
At the time of writing, the maximum charged to enter here is $8 per family, which makes it a bargain. There's a two-story playhouse where kids
ages 3-10* can get dressed up and play on both levels of the house. They can pick eggs from the chicken coop and food from the farmers market to
make their own pretend meals. (*Younger than three and they could fall down the playhouse stairs; older than 10 and they simply won't fit.) This is
a wonderful climate-controlled location to take the kids and let them play while you catch up on your reading. Photo taken prior to new 2-story
6499 Page St, Frisco, TX 75034
Heard National Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Pioneer Village, accessible with the cost of admission to the museum, features eight buildings in playhouse scale that emulate structures that would
have been typical in prairie settlements in the late 1800s. Kids will love going back in time and have fun playing in and exploring these buildings
including a miniature school house, grocery store and settler's cabins!
1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069
A kid-sized city to learn and play? Yes, please! The kids can try out different professions while earning kidZos, which can be redeemed in KidZania.
Kids roam the city freely and choose from a variety of 30-minute experiences, where guardians have the option to watch through floor to ceiling
glass windows or hang in the parents' lounge. (See website for details on child-safety measures, including RFID bracelets matched to parents and
2601 Preston Rd #3011, Frisco, TX 75034
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.
4200 14th St., Plano
Updated August 17, 2019