February, here we come. My four-year-old continues to say “Happy New Year” to everyone when we’re out and about. Does that still apply? Not so sure, but I’ll allow it. We hope you’re also having a happy new year, despite the weather angst you must feel over our recent wild temperature swings. From 13 to 70 degrees in four days?? Everything’s FINE.
Because the weather is all over the place right now, we’ve got a nice mix of indoor and outdoor Collin County February events for ya. Be sure to PIN IT for later OR subscribe to our Newsletter and have our monthly guides sent straight to your inbox. Enjoy!
All Month :: Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo. Can’t say enough about going to the zoo when the weather is a little less than perfect. You’ll practically have the place to yourself, and there’s plenty of indoor areas to offset the chill/drizzle/what have you. Also, the DART stops right at the zoo, so you can go green. Winter zoo hours are 9am-4pm. Tickets $7; kids two and under are free.
All Month :: The Plano libraries have weekly Rhyme Times for kids ages 0-24 months at each of their branches. Songs, nursery rhymes, and books provide a language-rich experience for babies. Check the link to see which day, time, and location work best for you. Free!
Through February 18 :: Last chance to see Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. They operate the dinosaurs unless temperatures drops below 35 degrees. I swear it used to be 45 degrees, but I guess they have to keep up with these wild times we’re living in.
February 3 :: Head to the Haggard Library in Plano to see the Chinese Lion Dance today. Celebrate the New Year with an interactive cultural presentation of the traditional lion dance, accompanied by live drums and cymbals. 3-4pm. Free!
February 4, 11 :: Meditation for families with children ages 5-10 today at the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation Center in Farmers Branch. This is a class for families to explore values of peace, love, respect, and happiness, and help children grow up with self-respect and respect for others. Check the link for lots of additional details, including how to RSVP. 10am-12pm. Free!
February 6, 13, 20, 27 :: Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium are back. At either of these Grapevine Mills locations ,you get admission for 1 adult + 2 kids under age four for $15. Additional children $5 each.
February 6, 13, 20, 27 :: $2 Tuesdays means a discount at The COOP, the 3600 sq. ft. indoor play space in Frisco Square. $8 admission for kids ages 1 and up, adults get in free. (Hint: you can get $2 off on other days, but you have to bring this printed coupon to get the deal)
February 7 :: UTD celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day with free indoor rock climbing at the Activity Center Gym in Richardson. RSVP at the link with how many climbers you’ll be bringing. 7-8:30pm. Free!
February 7, 14, 21, 28 :: Every Wednesday morning is Paint Me A Story at Color Me Mine Frisco. Kids listen to a story and create a related paint project, often using hand, foot, or finger prints in the design for maximum keepsake potential. This kind of thing produces great grandparent gifts. 10-11am. $20 per painter.
February 7, 14, 21, 28 :: The Davis Library in Plano offers Math-y Time for ages 3-6 each Wednesday. This story time features easy math concepts for preschoolers using books and math manipulatives. 1oam. Free!
February 10 :: Buy-one, get-one free entry for the Valentine’s Open Skate at the Allen Community Ice Rink. 11:45am-1:45pm. Open to all ages. $5 entry/$3 skate rental.
February 10 :: Anyone interested in the metal-crushing spectacle of Monster Jam at AT&T Stadium in Arlington? Even though I would happily go to this, I think it’s a super fun dad/kid date idea. 7pm. Tickets start at $26.
February 11 :: Time for the annual Krewe of Barkus celebration in Historic Downtown McKinney. Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned canines, McKinney’s Krewe of Barkus features a costumed dog parade, vendor booths, interactive activities, and more. Parade starts at 2pm. Free!
February 13 :: Little Cupid’s Corner at Blue House Too at Watters Creek is a come-and-go Valentine’s event geared towards preschool and elementary-aged kids. Make a Valentine craft to take home and enjoy a Valentine’s treat. 10am-12pm. Free!
February 14 :: Happy Valentine’s Day! (it’s a Wednesday, FYI)
February 17 :: If your kids are X Games types, you can probably handle watching people do daredevil stunts. I cannot, therefore I will not be seeing you at Monster Energy AMA Supercross at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. 6:30pm. Tickets from $20.
February 17 :: It’s Middle School Madness at the Frisco YMCA where 6-8th graders can hang out and pretend to be cool (with adult supervision). There’s a DJ, theater room, concessions, fitness challenges, and more. Check the link for more deets. 8-10:30pm. $10 for YMCA members/$15 non-members.
February 24 :: Celebrate Holi and welcome spring at the Davis Library in Plano. This is a come-and-go outdoor event with crafts, henna art, and the traditional colored powder throwing, of course. 2-4pm. Free!
February 25 :: The Eisemann Center in Richardson presents BAM PERCUSSION, a comedy-percussion show that electrifies the crowd with powerful rhythms and funny sketches. 2:30pm. Tickets start at $13.