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Fun with Toddlers and Elementary School Age Children in Collin County

including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano

Looking for some out-of-the box ideas where your kids can experience a world where children are welcomed and encouraged to play? Or maybe you just want your kids to get excited about getting away from their screens? After you've exhausted the playgrounds, check out these creative destinations for a memorable staycation.

kid-friendly fun in Allen, Frisco, Plano and McKinney  TX

Key (Child Entry):
Free $0
$ $1-5
$$ $6-10
$$$ $11-15
$$$$ $16-20
$$$$$ $21+

Animal Encounters for Elementary Children:

Animal Rescues, Refuges, and Encounters in Collin County

We've created a comprehensive list of all of the unique animal encounter options for kids. Just click on the link above for details.

Food & Fun:


Everyone chooses their favorite base (dairy & non-dairy options) and watch as the staff prepares the final product with liquid nitrogen in over-sized mixers.
9250 Dallas Pkwy, 150, Frisco

Woody's Sports Restaurant

With most of the kids' menu in the $5 range (and kids eat free with an adult meal Sun-Thurs), the kids can also sing karaoke on specific nights and play the free (yes, free!) arcades and video games.
307 Main St #105, Frisco

Learn while Playing:

"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.

Crayola Experience, Plano

Turn yourself into the star of a coloring page in the photo-booth, solve colorful puzzles and riddles using a "magic" tablet, watch a live show and learn the science and magic of color behind your favorite Crayola products, bring your coloring creation to life in front of you, climb a two-story playground, watch how crayons are made--and so much more!
6121 W Park Blvd Suite A100, 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

Heard Museum, McKinney

Pioneer village, an 1800s prairie settlement village consisting of eight pint-sized buildings, provides children an opportunity to play in a school house, grocery store and a settler's cabin. In the Butterfly House and Garden, children can walk among fluttering butterflies. Additional exhibits include live Texas snakes, live animals, the beautiful wildlife sanctuary and changing exhibits.
1 Nature Pl, McKinney

Frisco Heritage Museum

This isn't one of those "don't touch" museums that make moms and dads crazy, but a place where kids can view history and in one exhibit dress up and play in a pioneer village (indoors). This modern facility is set smack in the middle of the Frisco Heritage Center, a village comprised of eight buildings open the third Sunday of each month (excluding July & August). Even when special events are not happening, the kids will enjoy climbing on the trains and porches nearby.
6455 Page St, Frisco


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!

Family Place, Allen Public Library

A member of the Family Place Libraries, Allen Library offers an open play space play space in the children's area for families with young children to play, read, and imagine together as well as five-week series of parent-child workshops for toddlers, parents, and caregivers to participate in play-based activities while getting to meet local specialists one-on-one.
300 N Allen Dr, Allen

Family Place, Harrington Library, Plano

This special place in the children's area is a great place to meet moms and visit with librarians specially trained in child development and family support while your children play "let's pretend" in the "kitchen". There is a five-week series of parent-child workshops full of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers.
1501 18th St, Plano

Ready to Read Railroad, Frisco Public Library

Purposeful play designed for children up to five years old. From sorting tickets at the ticket booth to driving a train, kids will learn basic skills for STEM, social development, language skills, storytelling and more.
6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco

National Videogame Museum

Learn the history of video games through playing the games. That's right, this is a hands-on museum!
8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco

Ninja Nation, Frisco

Are you a Ninja Warrior fan? Now you can test your skills either in open play or during a class. Great idea for a hot (or cold) day!
7140 Dena Dr, Frisco

The PlayDate

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).

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Hands-on exploration of everything math, science and technology such as the Bodies in Balance permanent exhibit where kids can explore how their body's system works. The LEGO tracks, books, blocks and puzzles are fun but we're pretty sure your kids will get "stuck" at the bubble tables.
8004 N Dallas Pkwy, Frisco

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


Camp Cinemark

Adults are only admitted with kids. The fun starts in the Camp Cinemark lobby where the kids can play with the interactive electronic coloring board. Once inside, they can choose to lounge on comfy floor mats or lounge chairs. It's a theater designed just for them! Attend on Discount Day for even greater savings or the Summer Movie Clubhouse on select days for the best bargain of all.
921 TX-121, Allen

City and Library Sponsored Movies

Visit our Calendar of Events for free movies provided by your city or local library. In gathering information for our calendar, we were amazed at the number of free movies available both in an outdoor setting on summer evenings and indoors at your local library.

Tours Kids would Love

Heritage Village at Chestnut Square

Guided tours of the village demonstrates how previous generations (1850-1940) lived. Trolley tours of McKinney are also available as are Prairie Camps during summer months.
315 S Chestnut St, McKinney

Collin County Farm Museum

Would your kids love to climb on an antique tractor? Try their hand at weaving, washing clothes, or cranking a grain cleaner? They can do all this under their parents' supervision during a self-guided tour of the museum. There are many fun scheduled workshops and lessons to sign up for as well, including driving a Model-T or antique tractor, making cheese, bread, or soap.
7117 Co Rd 166, McKinney,

Fire Museum, McKinney

This is one of those amazing adventures for kids that is worth the effort to reserve in advance! Kids can climb into, and onto, fire trucks, watch a fireman slide down the fire poles, see a fireman get dressed in his bunker gear (request), and learn about fire equipment. Best for kids five and older. Make your reservation online here by filling out the Public Appearance/ Community Outreach Request.
301 N. McDonald Street, McKinney

Fire Station Tours

Most of the local fire departments will be happy to accommodate a personal tour, provided you make an appointment--and they are not called out to a fire! Follow our link above to the individual departments, where you'll find everything you need to know.

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 Safety Town.
8601 Gary Burns Drive, Frisco

Heritage Farmstead Museum

There are self-guided tours most days (lowest cost), docent guided tours, and children's programs offering a variety of accessibility to the buildings and grounds of this 4.5 acre site of the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas during the Victorian Era (1890-1920).
1900 W 15th St, Plano

Interurban Railway Museum

The Texas Electric Railway consisted of 200 miles of track and the Plano depot operated from 1908-1948 when the popularity of the auto created a decline in ridership (revenue). While the kids will enjoy the hands-on electrical activities inside the restored depot, the highlight of the visit is a guided tour through the 100+ year old train car. If they're lucky, they'll get to sit in the drivers seat!
901 E 15th St, Plano

Museum of the American Railroad

Guided walking tours of the museum's rolling stock are offered on specific dates and times. There's a steam locomotive and caboose sitting outside the Frisco Heritage Museum that kids can climb on for free.
6455 Page Street, Frisco


As part of the Museum of the American Railroad, this $1 million miniature display is located within the Frisco Discovery Center. The TrainTopia exhibit features topography from Arizona to Texas, New Mexico, and Northeast Texas in the 1960s. Among its many features are an animated downtown Dallas street scene and the famed Palo Duro drive-in theater with a real movie playing!
8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco

Updated February 27, 2019

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