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Fun Ideas for Teens in Collin County

Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano



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.

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

Teens Can Cuddle the Dogs and Cats:


SPCA
Free
214.742.7722
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
$-$$$$$
972.599.2529
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
$-$$
214.509.6700
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


What Teen doesn't Love Bowling?


Strikz
$$-$$$$
972.668.5263
While bowling in the area is about $20/hour, teens can score some pretty good deals here that brings the rate way down--and may even combine bowling with other fun activities, such as laser tag.
8789 Lebanon Rd, Frisco


Athletic Teens may like Climbing:


Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
Free to members, $ non-members
214.509.4770
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
$$
214.872.2992
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
$$$
214.769.0645
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
$$$
972.668.5180
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
Free
214.509.4700
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
Free
972.292.6515
Dash's Track Disc Golf Course (inside B.F. Phillips Community Park) is an 18-hole championship style disc golf course. Bring your own disc (frisbee), of course.
3335 Timber Ridge Drive, Frisco

Disc Golf, McKinney
Free
972.547.2686
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.

Disc Golf, Wylie
Free
972-516-6360
Nine-hole disc golf course with interesting Frisbee-golf-inspired public art.
961 Brown St., Wylie


Teens Who Love a Challenge


Ninja Nation, Frisco
$$$-$$$$
214.937.4942
Just like you see on TV, teens (and all ages!) teens can stop in (specified hours) to test their skills or join a class.
7140 Dena Dr, Frisco


Teens Love to Drive!


Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway, Frisco
$$$$$
972.727.7223
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
Free-$
214.509.4760
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

National Videogame Museum
$$$
972.668.8400
This is an experience that may be worth the membership price so teens can visit throughout the year. With the cost of admission, visitors can "enter" a videogame (the museum) where they search for "Easter Eggs" in the various games available for play. While experiencing the history of gaming beginning with Pong, visitors work their way through the decades and can play about 80 games. (40 games are available to play at no cost in within the exhibits and a few tokens are provided with the cost of admission to play in the arcade. Additional games in the arcade are twenty-five cents. Bonus: Located inside the Frisco Discovery Center, where other fun things await teens!
8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco (Inside Frisco Discovery Center)


Ice Skating keeps Teens Active:


Allen Ice Rink, Allen
$-$$
972.912.1097
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


Urban Air Trampoline Park, Frisco
$$$
800.960.4778
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
$$
972.668.5263
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
214.509.4900
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:

skate parks in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano TX

Carpenter Park Skate Park
Free
Opened in August 2018, located in the southeast corner of the park. Combining popular street-style skating and bowl skating features, the skate park features some of the most extensive and unique skate features in all of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
6701 Coit Rd, Plano

The Edge Skate Park, Allen
Free
214.509.4760
One of the largest in the state of Texas at 38,000 square feet. 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

Gabe Nesbitt Community Park
Free.
One of the largest skate parks in the state of Texas, the park has elements for all skill levels, including three bowls, street elements and roughly 30,000 square feet of concrete and shaded seating for spectators.
7001 West Eldorado Parkway, McKinney

Joel Scott Memorial Park
Free.
Joel Scott Park Skate Park, which opened in 2007, is a neighborhood skate park featuring above-ground ramps. The 4800-square-foot concrete skateboard playground features quarter pipes, pyramids and banks. The skate park is located on the west side of Joel Scott Park off of Westgate Way. The park has no restrooms and limited parking and is open from dawn until dusk.
424 Westgate Way, Wylie

Northeast Community Park
Free.
The largest in North Texas at more than 47,000 square feet. Features include street and terrain course with multiple lines, rails, bowls, half pipe, and more.
2895 Honey Grove Dr, Frisco


where teens can go sky diving in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano TX

Sky Diving offers Teens a Unique Experience:


iFly Dallas, Frisco
$$$$$
214.618.4359
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
Free-$$$$$
972.668.5180
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
972.881.5809
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
$$$$-$$$$$
214.755.9905
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


Organized Group Events


Churches
Do you have a church near you? All teens are welcome; they don't need to belong to the church or even share the same faith. Most churches have youth groups for all ages that provide opportunities for fun group events. Bonus: many weekly activities are free. To learn more, stop in at the church, go online, or call.

Frisco Public Library
Teens can hang out in the Teen Room or join one of the clubs such as anime, writers, book, or tech.
6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco

McKinney Public Library Teen Zone
The Roy & Helen Hall Library and the John & Judy Gay Library offer an area for teens to hang out and read a book. There are also organized programs at these libraries designed for teens and tweens.

Plano Public Library
Haggard Library offers a Teen Digital Creation Space equipped with everything from cameras to computers for teens to have fun. Classes are offered for teens in coding & programming, college prep and digital creativity.

Updated December 14, 2018

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