Spring break! Let’s talk about it. If you’re going out of town, that’s very cool and I’m jealous. If your kid is already signed up for a spring break mini-camp, you get the “Well-Organized Mom” badge. And if you’re going to play it by ear all week and hope for the best, WELCOME TO THE CLUB, SISTER. Just for you, here’s a little list of fun local activities, designed to stave off boredom, whining, and/or excessive infighting. Apply liberally, as needed.
Alamo Drafthouse Richardson Kids Camp: Fantastic Mr. Fox
March 12-16; showtimes vary
Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3-$5, and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance. 100% of ticket sales are donated to local non-profits working to make our community a better place. Also! It’s not a part of Kids Camp, but A Wrinkle In Time is out this week, and you know that’s gonna be a good one.
Discount Specials at Strikz Frisco
All week; 11am-midnight
Strikz has bowling, laser tag, an arcade, billiards, and more. I’ve linked to all their specials – Early Birds, Limitless Laser Tag, Manic Mondays, Half-Price Tuesdays, and more. Spring break is basically the perfect time to post up at a place like Strikz and let your kids go ’til they drop.
Side note: Pinstack offers even more attractions and has locations in Plano and Allen. Although they don’t have any applicable specials at the moment, they do open early at 10am all week for spring break.
Allen Community Ice Rink Introduction to Skating Class
March 13 or 15; 12-2pm
For kids ages 3-14 to learn the basics of ice skating. It’s 30-minutes of instruction followed by a 90-minute open skate. The class will cover how to fall properly, get up, glides, and more. The cost is $15 per class, which includes a skate rental, 30-minute lesson, admission to open-skate following the class, and a discount coupon for $5 off spring semester skating lessons.
Pre-registration is required; call 972-912-1097 to reserve your spot.
Guided Nature Walk Oak Point Park, Plano
March 14; 10-11:30am
Take in the beauty and diversity of Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve on this FREE walk guided by Carol Clark. Learn about the birds, plants, animals, and more, including their names, historic uses, and hidden secrets. Please register if you plan on attending 972-390-2882.
For even more excitement, what about the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at the park? It’s a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy full of suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines – all with an incredible view. This one is for bigger kids only – minimum age 10/minimum height 4’7″. Tickets are $38 (age 10-15), $58 (16+).
Dallas Zoo @ Harrington Library Plano
March 16; 3-4pm
Things get wild when the Dallas Zoo presents this interactive program featuring a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. All ages. Free!
Here’s the Plano Library Spring 2018 catalog if you want to search for some other free events this week!
Play Street Plano Magic Show & Balloon Twisting
March 16; 6-8pm
Each kid will receive a snack pack to enjoy during the show which includes popcorn, fruit snacks, and a juice box. The Magic Show & Balloon Twisting will be from 6:30-7:30pm with playtime before and after. Reservations required, $25 per child.
Spring Break Week at the DMA
March 13-16; 11am-5pm
Ok, don’t be mad, this one is in Dallas. But what better time to take a little drive to the Dallas Museum of Art? It’s been awhile. Enjoy a fun-filled week of time travel-themed art-making, guided tours, story times, and gallery activities for families, all inspired by works of art from across time and space. Spend the day in downtown Dallas while you’re at it. Check the link for a comprehensive breakdown of the various activities and times. Free!