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A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of July

How is summer treating everyone? Can you believe it’s already July? Of course, the biggest thing going on this month is Independence Day and all its related events. Be sure to check out our 4th of July Guide to Parades, Fireworks Stands, and Festivities for the best ways to celebrate in the community. The guide below is full of all the other cool, kid-friendly July events in Collin County this month. Have fun out there!

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All Month, Tuesdays :: McKinney’s Moviehouse & Eatery has a Summer Kids Camp with free movies every Tuesday morning. These are typically movies you can watch on Netflix, but it’s nice to get out of the house for the theater experience. July movies include Despicable Me 3 and Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader. Tickets are available first come, first served at 9am, and all movies start at 10am. Free!

All Month, Thursdays :: Don’t forget about Summer Fun Thursdays at The Shops at Willow Bend. Head to the Grand Court, located on the lower level between Neiman Marcus and the food court for a different show each week – magic acts, singers, bubble shows, etc. This is the last month for these shows, so don’t miss out. 1pm. Free!

All Month, Saturdays :: Combat summer slide in a fun way at the Smith Library in Wylie during Wagging Tales, where kids get a chance to read aloud to therapy dogs. Participants are usually K-2nd grade. Tickets required – available starting at 10am at the Children’s Desk on the day of the program. 11am. Free!

All Month, select dates :: All branches of the Plano Library will celebrate the Tour de France with various French- and cycling-inspired programs and events. Here’s the Plano Library Summer Brochure – if you scroll to page 9 you can see them all: French Bilingual Storytime (all ages, no language skills necessary), Pointillism Family Art, and Art Start à la Française (for ages 3-6) to name a few. Free!

All Month, select dates :: Never miss a story time at the Frisco Library; get reminders sent right to your phone. Text @fplst2u to 81010 to join. Here is their summer schedule – note the new story times for ages 3-5. Free!


July 1 :: LEGOLAND Discovery Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first LEGO minifigure with a special birthday party event. Activities include a scavenger hunt, cupcake and birthday-themed build sessions, character meet & greet, mini-figure trading stations, and more. Oh, and giveaways! Tickets from $15.99. Buy online in advance to save $$.

July 1 :: Play Street Museum Frisco (the farm-themed one) hosts an Open Play by Reservation today. “Join us at Play Street this month as we learn all about the job of a farmer and explore the plants and animals that you might see on a farm.” Two sessions to choose from: 12-2pm and 3-5pm. Tickets $11.50 at the link.

July 3, 5, 6 :: If you didn’t sign up for summer camps but the kids need more stimulation, how about a mini camp at the Heard in McKinney? There are 3 half-day sessions to choose from for kids ages 6-12: “Extremophiles,” “Flying Jewels,” or “Quake, Rattle, and Spout.” Each one includes indoor activities and time outside exploring their 289-acre nature preserve. 9:30am-12pm. $17 members/$20 non-members per mini camp.

July 4 :: Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Check out our Guide to Parades, Fireworks Stands, and Festivities for everything 4th of July in Collin County.

July 5 :: Give your kid a chance to leave the house in costume (with purpose) for Superhero Parties at both the John and Judy Gay and Roy and Helen Hall branches of the McKinney Library. They always like you to get tickets/register for their events; you can do so at the link. 10:30-11:30am at both locations. Free!

July 7 :: Bring your mermaid tails and pirate gear to the Mermaid Mania Party at the Texas Pool in Historic Downtown Plano. They’ll have fun floats, Youtube star Elizabeth Swims, give-a-ways, and special guests. There’s an FAQ at the link that lets you know what you can bring to the pool. This will sell out, so act fast! 10am-2pm. Tickets are $10, free for members and kids under 2.

July 7 :: Cool off at a Dive-In Movie at the APEX Centre Outdoor Pool in McKinney. They do a different movie each month (this month is Sing). You’ll be able to enter the outdoor pool at 7pm and play on the slides and kiddie areas before the show. Movie begins promptly at 7:45pm. Tickets $5 each.

July 9 :: Schimelpfenig Library in Plano will do Kindness Rocks for kids in K-5. Make someone’s life a little bit brighter by painting rocks with inspiring messages. Share them with a friend or leave around your community. Haggard Library will do this same thing on July 16. Both locations at 3pm. Free!

July 13-15 :: Head to the Courtyard Theater in Plano for Seussical the Musical, Jr. Watch the Cat in the Hat narrate this tale about Horton the Elephant and the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community. Afternoon and evening showtimes available at the link. Tickets $12.

July 18 :: Experience what life was like on the Blackland Prairie at Heritage Farmstead Museum’s A Day at the Farm. Hands-on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old fashioned way, and more. Register in advance online or pay at the door. 10am-1pm. $5 per ticket.

July 19 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club at Watters Creek has a “Summer Fun” theme this month. Activities are geared to children ages 2 to 6, but all children and their families are welcome. No registration required, just sign up on the spot. 11-11:45am on the Village Green. Free!

July 20 :: The Allen Public Library invites you to a Glow Dance Party, a lights-out, glow-in-the-dark dance extravaganza for ages 2 and up in the Children’s Program Room. Don’t forget to wear something white! Free tickets available at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program starts. 10:30-11:30am. Free!

July 22 :: Plano Family Expo at the Plano Events Center is a fun event designed by families for families. Enjoy cool interactive family activities, classes geared towards families and fun, family services near you, community networking, performances, competitions and entertainment, parent pampering, and more. 10am-4pm. Parking and admission are free!

July 22 :: Plano offers Movies in the Park at Haggard Park each month this summer. July’s movie will be Coco. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30pm, and the movie is at 8pm. They’ll have a contest or activity going on before the movie starts, giving you  a chance to win fun prizes. Costumes are always encouraged, and food trucks will be on-site selling refreshments. Or you can bring a picnic, of course. Perfect family date night. Free!

July 23 :: Parr Library in Plano hosts the Dallas Zoo today for an interactive program featuring a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Always a popular one. 3pm, all ages. Free!

July 23 :: Family Tech Night at the Frisco Library lets everyone get involved in hands-on technology activities and exciting demonstrations. This is a come-and-go event and stations are self-paced and spread over the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors of the library. 6-8pm, all ages. Free!

Any other sweet July events going on this month? Let us know below!

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