It’s June! Y’all ready for this? I’m already wondering how often I’ll hear “We’re borrrrred” now that school is out. Mentally, my favorite response to that is from Mad Men when Betty Draper tells her kids, “Only boring people are bored.” I can’t quite bring myself to say that to my children…yet. If you want to head off summer boredom at the pass, check out our Collin County June events guide below; we’ve got the deets on fun kids’ activities all around the area. Stay cool and have a great summer! (*me signing your yearbook*)
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All Month, starting June 1 :: Time for Music in the Square, Frisco Square’s outdoor summer concert series. Every Friday evening in June, bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic (or get food from onsite vendors) and listen to live music while the sun sets. Perfect for meeting up with friends at the end of the week. 7:30-9:30pm. Free!
All Month, select dates :: Did you see our recent Readers’ Choice: Movie Theaters post? Lots of summer movie ideas in there. Cinemark Theaters starts their Summer Movie Clubhouse with a different kids’ film each week. First up is Boss Baby, Smurfs, The Ninjago Movie, and Storks. Check the link for your theater specifics. Tickets are $1 per person, or get a punch card and see all 10 movies for $5!
June 1 :: For today’s National Donut Day, participating Dunkin’ Donuts will give you a free donut of your choice with the purchase of any drink. I mention this because I hear their coffee is good, although I can’t imagine what’s so different about it? But by all means, get you some! Free donuts all day, while supplies last.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 :: Periodic reminder about Nature Story Time at the Heard in McKinney. Each session introduces a different nature-themed book plus some kind of enrichment activity, live animal, or puppet to go along with it. 10:30-11am. Included in general admission/free for members.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 :: Your other Friday morning storytime option is at Interurban Railway Museum with storyteller Genie and her sidekick Eugene the Motormouse. Singin’, dancin’, and stories designed for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. 10:30am. Free!
June 2 :: Want to take the kids fishing but don’t have any of the gear? First Saturday at the Raptor Center outside of Allen is the way to go. They supply the poles and bait, and they’ll have prizes for biggest, smallest, and most caught (by age groups). After fishing, stay for their educational raptor talk at 12:15pm. Check the link for exact directions to the lake and more event details. 8:30am-noon. $5 per person.
June 2 :: Get summer off on the right foot with Plano Library Summer Learning Kickoff events. Visit any Plano library and plan how you’re going to expand your kids’ minds this summer. Face painting and balloon artists at all libraries, and each branch will have additional special activities and/or guests. Come and go; all ages. Hours vary by location: Davis/Haggard/Harrington/Parr/Schimelpfenig. Free!
June 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Every Monday, the Hebron & Josey branch of the Carrollton Library does Mother Goose Time for pre-walkers up to 15 months. Twenty minute sessions allow you to interact with your baby, helping them develop a love of language through rhymes and music. 11am. Free! Oh, and the Josey Ranch Lake branch does their Mother Goose Time on Wednesdays at 1pm. Have older kids? Here’s the programs calendar for June.
June 7, 14, 21, 28 :: Willow Bend begins their Summer Fun Thursdays series in the Grand Court. Each week brings us a new act: silly clowns, sing-a-longs, bubble shows, cool science demos, and more. 1pm. Free!
June 7 :: Collin County Moms Blog is hosting our 3rd Moms Night Out event, and this time we’re partnering with our friends at the Moviehouse & Eatery – McKinney. This event will include a pre-movie happy hour starting at 6pm, and a special early screening of Ocean’s 8 at 7:30pm. Get all the details HERE!
June 8 :: Dirk Nowitzki’s annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game is tonight at Dr. Pepper Park in Frisco. Celebrity players, entertainment, and a fireworks show afterwards. Proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation (bettering the welfare of children and women) and the Heroes Foundation (bringing sports training to kids and adults with disabilities). 7pm. Tickets start at $9.
June 9 :: Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano hosts the 8th annual “Come As You Are” North Texas Pride Festival with live entertainment, local celebs, food & drink, kid zone, vendors, and raffles. 11am-7pm. $10 suggested donation, kids 12 and under free.
June 9 :: There are SO many opportunities for free outdoor concerts this month. McKinney presents a family-friendly Cultural Music Series in Bonnie Wenk Park, and the first one will have an African Heritage theme. Bring blankets, chairs, a picnic, and maybe some bug spray. 4:30-8:30pm. Free!
June 16 :: The Douglass Community Boys & Girls Club in Plano hosts a Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival today. Live music, games, bounce houses, and vendors. They’ll have a free hot dog lunch and BBQ dinner, too. 12-8pm. Free!
June 16 :: Head to Downtown Carrollton Square for the Lava Luau, welcoming the summer season here in Texas through music, color and decoration, food, and dance. There will be live music, dancing, vendors, contests, and more. See the link for schedules and more info. 3-9pm. Free!
June 17 :: It’s the 22nd annual Ice Cream Crank-Off at Chestnut Square in McKinney. Homemade ice cream, music, magic shows, petting zoo, and kids’ activities. Could be a nice little Father’s Day outing, right? Admission is free, but tickets are required for food, games, and activities. See the link for a sampling of activities and ticket requirements. 10am-3pm.
June 18 :: The Plano Community Band sets up in Haggard Park for a Kids’ Night Out concert this evening. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and even your dog (on a leash). They do live concerts every Monday in June, but I’m spotlighting the one most obviously for kids. Check here for the full schedule. 7pm. Free!
June 19 :: Celebrate Dairy Month with Let’s Get Mooving at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Milk Buttermilk the (faux) milking cow, feed chickens, take wagon rides, try washing clothes the old fashioned way and much more. 10am-1pm. $5 admission per person.
June 21 :: Watters Creek hosts Make Music Day Allen as part of a free, worldwide music celebration always held on the Summer Solstice. How cool is that? Everyone of every age, musical genre, and skill level is invited to participate. Check the link for a schedule, and don’t miss the Mass Appeal guitar event details. 10am-9pm. Free!
June 21 :: Lucky Duck Kids Club is also happening at Watters Creek today during the Make Music celebration. Geared towards ages 2 to 6 years, but all children and their families are welcome. Stay for craft activities, treats, and entertainment. 11-11:45am. Free!
June 30 :: Wylie’s annual Bluegrass on Ballard festival is today, and it’s much more than music. Come for the arts and crafts vendors, chili cook-off, car show, pony rides, great food, and bands playing all day. You can even bring your instrument and jam in the street or in the shops. See the link for a schedule of events. 10am-9pm. Free!