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Fun Ideas for Teens in Collin County

Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano

by Debbie Krubsack

February 19, 2016

Are your teens looking for something fun to do, perhaps something out of the ordinary? Are your teen girls spending all of their time walking around the mall or in front of the screen? Well, we've interviewed (and teen-tested) these ideas for some out-of-the-box ideas to keep your teen busy this summer and any time s/he has some extra, disposable time on hand.

Even though our teens have lived in Collin County for over three years, they had no idea most of these options were available to them! That's when we knew we just HAD to share this with you.

Because a budget is always a consideration when looking for something for teens to do, we've tried to select the value-priced options even if there are similar opportunities at higher prices.

Free $0
$ $1-5
$$ $6-10
$$$ $11-15
$$$$ $16-20
$$$$$ $21+

Teens Can Cuddle the Dogs and Cats:

Well, it's free to visit, but if you bring home a new four-legged family member, it'll cost you a little more. For the teens who love animals, and even for those who are just very fond of them, this is a great way to get them out of the house and the shopping mall. Plan your visit when it isn't very busy and the staff may even let you take a puppy into the visiting room to play.
8411 Stacy Rd, McKinney

Teen Girls Love to Create Arts & Crafts:

There are several opportunities for teens to express their creative side:

Art & Soul, Plano
From a piece of jewelry (under $5) to an $80 platter, this could be a great place to go for teens on all budgets. You can even bring in your own piece to paint.
4621 W. Park Boulevard, Plano

Teens fun in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano TX
NY6design Beads & Supplies, Allen
Our teen girls had a blast creating friendship bracelets here which, in the end, cost them about $8 each. They were thrilled with the price and their projects, especially the flexibility they had to create their own designs. A best-kept secret is that on Saturday mornings for just $4.99 you can sit at their project table and make a piece to take home from their assortment of beads and findings.
1023 S Greenville Ave, Allen

Paint & Pottery, Allen
The price on the bisque is what you pay--nothing additional. Studio time? Nope. Paint fee? Nope. Firing fee? Nope again! Fun for the artistic teen!
204 N. Greenville Ave, Allen

What Teen doesn't Love Bowling?

Splitsville, Fairview
This is a fancy bowling alley that our girls have told us they love. Savings deals: Tuesdays is always $2/p game and $2/pair of shoes. Check their website for other specials.
351 Town Place, Fairview

Athletic Teens may like Climbing:

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Free to members, $ non-members
The rock climbing wall is 24 feet high and 18 feet wide. The sandstone-textured wall challenges climbers of all skill levels.
110 Rivercrest Blvd, Allen

Canyons Rock Climbing, Frisco
Monday-Friday between 12-4 teens can score rates of $10 with harness. (The usual rate is $17, although the first time is $13.)
7164 Technology Drive, Frisco

Teens Love to Laugh - Comedy Clubs!

When we mentioned this option to our teens, they were VERY excited!

Comedy Sportz, Plano
CLEAN comedy held every other Saturday evening at Life Central Church. Improv comedy with a whole group of performers make up scenes and play games on the spot based on the audience suggestions. Your teens can come home and share the jokes with you, because if any of the performers go beyond the boundaries of good taste, they'll receive the "Potty-Mouth Foul" and have a toilet seat placed over their head!
2301 Premier Dr, Plano

Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco
CLEAN comedy at the Night of Improv about once a month. When we mentioned this option to our teens, they were VERY excited!
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco

Disc Golf for the Teens who Love to Move:

Disc Golf, Allen
Said to have nine of the best Disc Golf holes in No. Texas. Bring your own discs!
745 S. Allen Heights Drive, Allen

Disc Golf, Frisco
Dash's Track Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole championship style disc golf course. Bring your own disc (frisbee), of course.
3335 Timber Ridge Drive, Frisco

Disc Golf, McKinney
Two courses to suit your fancy: Alex Clark Memorial Disc Golf Course with 18 championship style holes and the Towne Lake Disc Golf Course. The latter considered by many to be one of the best courses in No. Texas.

Teens Love to Drive!

Pole Position Raceway, Frisco
This one is a little pricier, but is a great highlight for a special day. Note that in addition to the race cost there is a license fee. There is a special rate if you bring the entire church youth group.
10550 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco

Where Teens can just Hang Out

The Edge Visitor Center, Allen
The kids can get together here for a nominal $10/year (resident) $20/year (nonresident) and use the game room, media room (complete with XBox systems and Playstation) or computer lab. The center is adjacent to the Allen Skate Park, said to be the largest in the state of Texas. There's also a BMX track and In-Line Hockey Rink. An experienced skater told us this is the track advanced skaters will love.
201 St. Mary Drive, Allen

Ice Skating keeps Teens Active:

Allen Ice Rink, Allen
Cool off at the Allen Community Ice Rink on a sizzling hot day. The rates are hard to beat for any activity in town.
Various locations: Frisco, McKinney, Plano

Dr. Pepper Star Centers
Open skating and open hockey, or catch an open rehearsal. Days vary based on location. A little pricier than the Allen Ice Rink.
Various locations: Frisco, McKinney, Plano

Trampoline and Jump Centers hold Teen Nights

Cosmic Jump, Allen
From 9-11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, Cosmic Jump is reserved for teens! High intensity dance music, glow-tastic prices, and a dance club sound system make this THE place to be for teens. Lower cost jump rates are available at other times, but our teens didn't think it had a high "fun" rating during the day.
1300 Central Expressway North, Allen

Urban Air Trampoline Park, Frisco
Every other Saturday evening from 9-11pm is Teen Night when the lights go out, lasers are turned on, and the DJ is spinning the beats! Did we mention free pizza?
10570 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco

Laser Tag is always a Teen Favorite:

Main Event, Frisco & Plano
469.362.7227 (Frisco)
972.881.8181 (Plano)
Laser tag, billiards, bowling, gravity ropes (Frisco), and arcade. Laser tag here is a 2-story, but you can also run out of "ammunition."
Frisco and Plano

Strikz, Frisco
Laser tag, billiards, bowling and arcade. Laser tag here is 1-story, but you do not run out of "ammunition." Our teens absolutely loved the laser tag & bowling deal, which allowed them to play again and again for one price. Pizza was also reasonably priced at the bowling alley.
8789 Lebanon Road, Frisco

Teens can attend the Performing Arts for Free:

Allen Public Library and Civic Auditorium, Allen
Free events held in a lovely auditorium include concerts, poetry, movies and book signings. And if your teens don't like these types of events, they could check out the library's link for fun designed just for them.
300 N. Allen Drive, Allen

Skate Park is a Fun Place for Athletic Teens:

The Edge Skate Park, Allen
Said to be the largest in the state of Texas. There's also a BMX track and In-Line Hockey Rink. An experienced skater told us this is the track advanced skaters will love.
201 St. Mary Drive, Allen

Sky Diving offers Teens a Unique Experience:

iFly Dallas, Frisco
This is one of those activities that when suggested our teens' eyes lit up, so we've included it even though it is a pricey thing to do. Because they are in a wind tunnel, it's a pretty safe bet as long as they're healthy.
8380 State Hwy 121, Frisco

Teens can Dress up and Attend the Theatre:

Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco
Well, first of all, it's free to walk through the art gallery to browse, which is open until 5:00 most days, so you can't beat that, right? The Black Box Theater features plays, classical music, comedy and one-man shows (not free).
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco

Collin Theatre Center, Plano
Prices pending
This college theatre center features three theatres offering everything from family-friendly comedies to socially conscious dramas--and everything in between.
Directions to Theatre
Mailing address is: 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy,Plano TX 75074

Tree Climbing for Teens of all Athletic Abilities:

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Plano
Can you just hear the laughter as the kids work their way through crossings, up rope ladders and down the zip lines? Challenge them out of their comfort zones--or better yet, join them! It's not a cheap adventure, but they'll talk about it for a long time!
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano

Wakeboarding for the Timid and Experienced Teen:

Hydrous Wake Park, Allen
This isn't cheap, but it is an adrenaline rush for the teens that just need to burn off some energy and cool off at the same time! While an inclination toward sports is a good thing going into this, there is a beginner area set apart from those who don't know what they're doing. Open year round.
580 N. Cedar Drive, Allen

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