The Neighborhood Issue 2019: CollinChild
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Words The Editors , Photography City of Carrollton, Frisco Library, City of McKinney, The Texas Pool
Published July 2019 DallasChild
Updated July 12, 2019
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NORTH CARROLLTON, THE COLONY, CASTLE HILLS

Conveniently positioned in between Fort Worth and Dallas, Carrollton has long been a popular area to live, with shopping centers, restaurants, parks and nightlife. Mom of one Amy McCoppin lives in Carrollton and spilled on what’s kept her in the area. “The community,” she says. “The people that live here are so incredible. It’s like living in the olden days—spending time with your neighbors in the front yard, borrowing a cup of sugar and then returning it by bringing over the cupcakes you just made.” The Colony is on the rise with more and more businesses moving into the area, and residents revere it as a very safe area with fire and police departments active in the community. Castle Hills is a master-planned community within Lewisville that is packed with shopping, dining and more in the future.

MEET AMY MCCOPPIN
KID’S AGE: 4
WHERE SHE LIVES: Carrollton
WHY SHE LOVES IT: The W.J. Thomas splash pad is a huge hit, and the Josey Ranch Library is right around the corner with all the activities—you could find yourself busy for a full day of fun.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: The Downtown Carrollton area is totally awesome! Events like the Chocolate Walk, where you go from store to store collecting bits of candy at each, or May the 4th BeWith You Day is super special to spend with the family. [Don’t] forget the festival at The Switchyard where they provide free carnival rides.
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Eclectic

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JULY 4 // LIBERTY BY THE LAKE at Stewart Creek Park in The Colony. Beginning in the early hours, there is a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run. The parade begins at 9:15am, and the festival starts at 4pm. There will be a magic show, stunt show and more.
JULY 4 // FREEDOM FESTIVAL in Castle Hills at 5:30pm. Anyone is welcome to this annual event with a giant inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, face painters, a balloon artist, DJ and more. Fireworks begin at dusk; but be sure to bring chairs and blankets. More information can be found at castlehillsvillageshops.com.
NOV. 9 // AMERICAN HEROES: A SALUTE TO VETERANS at The Colony Five Star Complex. The free event is a festival with fireworks, full carnival and veterans ceremonies.
DECEMBER // HOLIDAY IN THE PARK at Central Fire Station in The Colony. You can expect to see Santa (and get pictures) along with the Parade of Lights while holiday music and performances get you in the spirit of the season.

EXPLORE THE AREA
HIDDEN COVE PARK & MARINA
Located on Lake Lewisville, this park has swimming, boating, picnicking and lots of space for fun in the sun—or under the moon. There are daily entry fees (or yearly passes available) as well as a boat-launching fee. There is plenty of lake access when you live in The Colony, so if you’re looking for a closer location, try Stewart Creek Park, which has a hiking trail, playground, swimming beach and more. Check the informational PDF online for all the features, rules and fees.
20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, The Colony; 972/294-1443
hiddencovepark.net

ROSEMEADE RAINFOREST AQUATIC COMPLEX
Currently closed for renovations but expected to open later in the summer, this outdoor pool complex will add a toddler splash pool with shade, a zero-depth entry pool with water features and more. The “rainforest” area has a lazy river, an Amazon-size dump bucket and more interactives, such as water cannons and spray bars. Check the website for the new opening date as it becomes available.
1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton; 972/466-6399
cityofcarrollton.com/aquatics

THE COLONY AQUATIC PARK
Bring the kiddos for swim time in the heated indoor pool open at 1pm daily, and during the summers, cool off in the large leisure lagoon with a waterfall, the shade-covered wading pool or the splash zone (complete with a small playground) for little ones.
5580 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony; 972/624-2225
playtc.com

THE LAKES AT CASTLE HILLS
The resort-style pool has a kid’s water play area as well as a zero-depth entry into the Olympic-size lap pool with full-service poolside dining. For birthday parties, the poolside cabana is available to rent. There are also TVs, a fireplace and Wi-Fi for members. You do not need to be a resident to join.
699 Lady of the Lake Blvd., Lewisville; 972/899-7400
thelakesatcastlehills.com

LASERTAG-DFW
Since 2005, this family-owned, outdoor adventure area has hosted a woodsy laser tag experience. There are five fields on this 22-acre spot as well two softball fields for team events. Using the Barracuda taggers, kiddos age 4 and up can play lasertag. The older kids (age 14 and up) can use the high-tech electronic taggers (three different choices). If you’re looking to host a party, you can do it at Lasertag-DFW, your house or a local park (with city approval).
5700 Squires Dr., The Colony; 469/371-4056
lasertag-dfw.com

TOPGOLF
Tee off from elevated bays, and score points by hitting targets in the outfield—both near and far. No actual golfing experience necessary. Oh, and there is full service in your bay complete with food and drinks along with complimentary golf club rentals. Ask about birthday parties and private lessons for kids.
3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony; 469/213-5204
topgolf.com/thecolony

THE SHACKS
Made for those who want to exercise with their dog, meet up with friends and eat food all within an hour, this 1-acre dog park is all the rave. Within the area, there are six restaurants ranging from burgers to tacos to ramen that all share an open-air patio. Doggies can run around, kids can watch and the family can eat all in one. Day access codes to member-only areas are available with any purchase from any restaurant. Check the online calendar for special events, such as adoption events and live music.
5800 Windhaven Parkway, The Colony; 972/347-0128
shacksaustinranch.com

OAK HILLS PARK
Parents can grill, and kiddos can play in the sand volleyball court, basketball court or pirate-themed playground structure (yes, there is a ship). In 2017, the city opened a splash pad (and play structure) in the park with additional shading as well as replaced the wood chips with turf and installed bathrooms with changing tables.
1210 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton; 972/466-3080
cityofcarrollton.com

KIDS’ COLONY PARK
The Colony community originally came together to build this playground in 1993. Rebuilt in the 2010s, the park now has two separate structures: one wheelchair accessible and one with more climbing. There are also swings and playhouses for imaginations to run free. Find it nestled between the recreation center, a basketball court and Griffin Middle School.
5151 N. Colony Blvd., The Colony; 972/625-1106
thecolonytx.gov/472/kids-colony-park

THE FIELDS AT CARROLLTON PARKWAY
Anyone can enjoy the amenities for running, walking, playing and splashing around. Find basketball courts, sand volleyball, a spray garden, .-mile track and more. The sports turf is off-limits due to maintenance, but there are open play nights. Although open year-round, the hours vary by season—the splash pad in particular can change hours based on weather conditions.
1401 Carrollton Parkway, Carrollton; 972/512-3880
fbcc.org/sports-rec

FIND YOUR SQUAD
CARROLLTON EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
Monthly meetings and weekly play groups for families with children under 6 run September–May. Email cecptamembership@gmail.com for membership inquiries.
cecpta.org

CASTLE HILLS MOMS (DALLAS AREA)
Join this closed Facebook group to connect with other mothers in the area. Search on Facebook to find the group.

METROCREST PARENTS OF MULTIPLES
Moms of multiples from Carrollton, The Colony, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville and beyond meet the second Thursday of every month at Trietsch Methodist Church. Contact info@mpom.net for more information.
6101 Morris Road, Flower Mound
mpom.net

MOPS AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CARROLLTON
Mothers of babies to kindergartners meet the first and third Mondays at 9:30am. The church will move in August to its new location.
1401 Carrollton Parkway, Carrollton
fbcc.org

FRISCO, WEST PLANO, LITTLE ELM, PROSPER CELINA

Chosen by Money Magazine as the No.1 Best Place to Live in the U.S., Frisco has so much for families to love. The rapid growth over the past couple of decades has given Frisco the opportunity to decide how to grow, and they have chosen to put the well-being of their community as the top priority. This shows in the school system, the parks and the continued effort to draw businesses to the city that are great for families. Little Elm is experiencing growth like many North Texas cities, but it’s managed to retain a close-knit vibe sprawling next to the expansive Lake Lewisville. The commute is reasonable, and the city is home to a plethora of parks and characterized by an overall laid-back style. Downtown Plano is on the east side of the city, but that hasn’t kept the city from expanding west. Plano is consistently lauded for the schools and its ability to offer a great quality of life for all ages. Plano finds ways to make sure families are accommodated, no matter their interests. Hiking and biking trails abound, as do places for fun family nights out.

MEET KATIE ANDERSON
KIDS’ AGES: 3 and pregnant with a baby girl.
WHERE SHE LIVES: Little Elm
WHY SHE LOVES IT: Little Elm is close enough to shops and restaurants but out just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Denton and Frisco to still feel that small-town charm. Additionally, over 66 miles of town limits are on the shoreline of Lake Lewisville. HER GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: In the summertime, Little Elm Splash Park is a great place to cool down. Little Elm Beach is also a hot spot, but reserve it for a weekday to avoid the crowds. A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT: Christmas at the Beach set up at Little Elm Park is a great way to celebrate the holiday season each year. An entire Christmas village with a Santa Land village, festive music, 30-foot Christmas tree, hot cocoa, train rides, s’mores on the beach and plenty of Christmas lights adorn the lakefront area.
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Beachy

EXPLORE THE AREA
FRISCO ATHLETIC CENTER
Squeeze in a workout while kids ages 8 weeks to 7 years enjoy time in the Fun Club. Besides access to a variety of classes and a gym, summer at the athletic center means fun at the outdoor water park. The kiddie pool area keeps young children occupied while the larger slides give older kids a chance for adventure.
5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco; 972/292-6600
friscotexas.gov

HAT CREEK BURGER CO.
The burgers are delicious, but parents and kids are drawn to Hat Creek for the opportunity to combine food and play. Littles can play outside on the slides and play structures, and Mom and Dad can eat in peace while keeping their children in sight. Hat Creek Burger opened in early July; it’s a win for the family-friendly community, if you ask us.
2661 Little Elm Parkway, Little Elm; 469/305-7600
hatcreekburgers.com

THE BEACH AT LITTLE ELM
Mom will love easy access to a beach area without the drive to the coast. That’s what The Beach at Little Elm offers on Lake Lewisville. Families can grill, camp, hike and swim, and there is a playground—if the other activities don’t wear them out.
701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm; 972/731-3296
littleelm.org

KIDZANIA
Coming to Stonebriar Centre in fall 2019, Kidzania offers curriculum-based play that lets kids try out jobs and adult life in a simulated real-world city. Kids enter at the Kidzania airport and move through the city to pursue their interests. Aside from being a mini city for kids to play pretend, the space will have rooms for birthday parties, corporate events and a parents’ lounge, too.
2601 Preston Road, Frisco
usa.kidzania.com

TOM MUEHLENBECK RECREATION CENTER
Indoor and outdoor pools, a basketball court and game rooms to accommodate a variety of sports are available for members of the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center. Nonmembers can pay a daily entry fee, and though there is not child care available, families can find plenty to do here together.
5801 W. Parker Road, Plano; 972/769-4404
plano.gov

STRIKZ
Beat the Texas heat with bowling, arcades and laser tag at Strikz. Food and drinks galore mean families can stay the whole day and never run out of things to do. Pro tip: Thursday nights tend to have fewer crowds. 8789 Lebanon Road, Frisco; 972/668-5263
strikz.com

SILO PARK
A park dedicated to food trucks? Yes, please! Named for the large silo bins on the property, the lot has enough room for six full-size food trucks as well as outdoor seating, a kid’s area, corn hole and more. The indoor area has a full bar, craft beers, TVs and tables. Check the calendar for the food truck lineup and entertainment details.
380 W. Broadway, Prosper; 214/725-1104
siloparktx.com

ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE
Tucked into the city is this beautiful nature preserve where walking, biking and playing are all options. Families can start at the elevated playground before making their way to the trails. Expect to see animals that live in nature.
6701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 972/210-2936
plano.gov

BEARD PARK
Near Lake Lewisville and newly restored, Beard Park offers modern play structures with an out-in-nature vibe. Kiddos won’t want to leave the famed log cabin play structure, and the large pavilion offers a perfect place for picnics.
310 E. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm; 972/731-3296
littleelm.org

MCCORD PARK
Wide-open space and tree-shaded paths alike await at this 38-acre park. Bring a fishing rod, and see what you can catch from the pond, or put on a swimsuit, and jump around the splash pad during warmer weather.
2050 FM 423, Little Elm
littleelm.org

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET
At this homemade––or homegrown-only market on the Historic Celina Square, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied: a large grassy area to run around, plus games such as checkers and tic-tac-toe. Besides vendors selling pickles, popcorn, soaps, woodworks and more, the evening market has kid-friendly booths from the likes of Jungle Joe’s. Enjoy the live music and rotating special events, such as talent shows, hayrides and dog races—keep an eye on the Facebook page or website for the scoop on activities at upcoming markets. Open March–November on the first Friday of the month (except July, when it will be on the second Friday) from 6–9pm. 302 W. Walnut St., Celina
celinamarketonthesquare.com

FIND YOUR SQUAD
CELINA LADIES & FRIENDS
Started in 2009, this women’s group (not moms exclusively) for Celina, Gunter, Prosper, Anna and beyond hosts socials, such as ladies’ nights out, family picnics, Pokeno game night and more. Contact info@celinaladiesandfriends.com for membership information.
celinaladiesandfriend s.com

FEARLESS MOM
Mothers with kids of all ages in Prosper and Celina can join the Fearless Mom group at the local Fellowship Church outpost. On Wednesday mornings and evenings, the group gathers for biblical readings and discussions while kids enjoy some supervised playtime. Visit the website for the schedule of bi-monthly family events across North Texas.
1100 Cypress Creek Way, Prosper; 972/471-5700
fellowshipchurch.com

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) AT CROSSRIDGE CHURCH
Monthly meetings occur the first and third Fridays from 9:30–11am at CrossPoint Church in Little Elm. Contact
mops@crclife.org for more information about enrollment.
1701 Walker Lane, Little Elm
mops.crossridgelife.org

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF FRISCO
Drop by Frisco’s First United Methodist Church on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 9:30–11:30am to take part in the local MOPS chapter. Additional MOPS gatherings can be found at First Baptist Frisco, which also offers a MOMSnext group for women with school aged children.
First United Methodist Church, 7659 Preston Road, Frisco; 972/335-4380
mops.org
First Baptist Frisco, 7901 Main St., Frisco; 972/335-9830
fbcfriscomops.org

PLANO AREA MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES
The organization offers emotional support for families with twins, triplets and more across North Dallas, including Plano, Allen, Richardson, McKinney and Frisco. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at Medical City of Plano.
3901 W. 15th St., Building III Auditorium, Plano
pamom.org

ALLEN, FAIRVIEW, LUCAS, MCKINNEY

Unique by nature is McKinney’s motto, but it works for other suburbs northeast of Dallas as well. While offering all the conveniences of big cities, McKinney, Allen and Fairview have managed to make residents feel like they are a bit further off the grid by creating natural play areas and trails that let families stay in touch with the outdoors. There’s access to first-rate shopping and food abounds, and don’t forget about the hiking trails, community classes and imaginative play areas. Residents of Lucas can almost forget they are a short drive from the busy Dallas-Fort Worth area, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do. Wildlife conservation, parks and food are available in this outdoor-rich area.

MEET PAIGE MEJIA
KIDS’ AGES: 13 & 12
WHERE SHE LIVES: McKinney
WHY SHE LOVES IT: It is a booming metropolis that still retains that small-town feel. A lot of people I meet in McKinney grew up here an can recite the history of the growth of the city.
GO-TO PLACE WITH THE KIDS: We have so many great parks in McKinney that we can take the kids to daily, but our favorite activity is the special events that occur on the McKinney Square. Home for the Holidays is one of our favorite festivals, but the Ice Cream Crank-Off comes a close second.
A HIDDEN GEM PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW: Most people know that McKinney has been named “Best Place To Live in America” a few years in a row, but people might not know that it is also the crape myrtle capital of America and has recently been named the “Wedding Capital of North Texas.”
HER NEIGHBORHOOD IN ONE WORD: Hometown

EXPLORE THE AREA
BLACKLAND PRAIRIE RAPTOR CENTER
Learn about preservation and conservation efforts by interacting with birds of prey at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. Schedule a presentation for kids, and get a close-up look at the birds being rehabilitated and protected.
1625 Brockdale Park Drive, Lucas; 469/964-9696
bpraptorcenter.org

SCALLYWAGS
Kids craving a snow cone will love getting one from this huge pirate ship. There’s an abundance of flavors to choose from, but for kids, the ship is the biggest draw. The atmosphere radiates summer fun, plus prices are great.
Find them on Facebook (@scallywagsdfw).
4700 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney; 214/733-2296

CAMP CINEMARK
Families can lounge in comfy chairs while enjoying movies at Cinemark Allen’s Camp Cinemark. Perfect for kids who want a theater that’s a bit brighter than average, this screen plays G- and PG-rated movies daily. Pro tip: You can ask for the sound to be lowered for kids who have sensitivities to noise.
921 State Highway 121, Allen; 214/383-971
cinemark.com/camp-cinemark-allen

COMMUNITY CENTER
Kids can play air hockey, foosball and table tennis inside McKinney’s Community Center, weather permitting. They can also venture outdoors to enjoy the playground and hiking trails, or hop in paddle boats and cruise around on the water.
2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney; 972/547-2690 mckinneytexas.org

BONNIE WENK PARK
This park has always been a great place to play in McKinney, but it just got even better. June 2019 saw the opening of an all-abilities playground along with more multipurpose fields. Equipped with a splash pad, dog park, and multitudes of hiking and biking trails, Bonnie Wenk has something for all your kiddos.
2996 Virginia Parkway, McKinney; 972/547-7480 mckinneytexas.org

CELEBRATION PARK
This park sprawls off Angel Parkway, and there is enough to keep kids busy for hours. The splash pad opens in May. The playground is massive and wheelchair-accessible. Bring dinner, and use the barbeque grills to cook while the sun sets over the city.
701 Angel Parkway, Allen
cityofallen.org

BEAVER RUN PARK
This neighborhood park has a basketball court, trails and horseshoe pit as well as a playground area. Parents can walk while kids socialize and play—this provides a great way to meet families in the area.
110 Elisabeth Way, Fairview; 972/886-4235
fairviewtexas.org

ERWIN PARK
Camp, hike or bring a hammock and read at Erwin Park. Ten campfire sites are scattered throughout the park to make camping easier, but those who simply want to hang out for the day will find plenty to do. Besides playgrounds and bike trails, wooded areas give kids a place to stroll through nature without a sign of the city in sight.
4300 County Road 1006, McKinney; 972/547-2690
mckinneytexas.org

FORD POOL
Spend the whole day in the water at Ford Pool. Slide down the 20-foot water slide, rent a cabana or play in the kids’ area. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day; season passes are available.
724 Whitman Drive, Allen; 214/509-4791
cityofallen.org

THE FAIRVIEW FOUNTAIN
Cool off at Fairview’s splash pad nestled right in the middle of shopping and dining. This wide-open space allows parents to keep an eye on kids as they explore the fountain. Pick up some food at one of the restaurants beforehand, and make it a night out.
329 Town Place, Fairview
fairviewtowncenter.com/fountain

SPIRIT PARK
This 75-acre community park has 50 developed acres that include playgrounds for all ages and a softball complex. The remaining 25 acres provide trails, wooded areas and open space for pick-up soccer games or kite flying. Don’t forget to read the plaques scattered throughout the park area to learn about the native animals.
1151 Ridgeview Drive, Allen; 214/509-4700
cityofallen.org

WATTERS CREEK
This place might look like it’s only for shopping and dining, but it’s actually a wonderful place for kids to explore. The treehouse play area, which usually has ducks roaming and waiting for corn, lets kids use their imaginations while parents sit on the green and enjoy a coffee from Frogg Coffee Bar and Creperie.
970 Garden Park Drive, Allen; 972/747-8000
watterscreek.com

KELLY FAMILY FARMS FIND YOUR SQUAD
BURGER STAND

Grab a burger to go, or sit at a picnic table and enjoy grass-fed meat under the Texas sun. Either way, the stand is known for its casual environment and great food. If you can’t get enough, take some meat home for later to cook up your own meal.
1989 W. Lucas Road, Parker; 972/754-7974
kellyfamilyfarms.com/burger-stand

ALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pass the enormous aquarium to enter the children’s area of Allen’s Public Library. Story times and homeschool activities are available, and the library is set up with play stations for each age. Adults can venture upstairs for computer access and more books.
300 N. Allen Drive, Allen; 214/509-4900
cityofallen.org/library

FIND YOUR SQUAD
LUCAS & FAIRVIEW MOMS CORNER
Find the group on Facebook.

MOM LIFE OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ALLEN
Mothers with littles from birth to age 5 meet two Fridays a month from September–May at First Baptist Church Allen. Annual membership fees are $120 per person. Contact Heather Pate at tropical_joy@hotmail.com with enrollment inquiries.
201 E. McDermott Drive, Allen
fbcallen.org/ministries/preschool/mom-life/

MOMS OF ALLEN, TX.
Find the group on Facebook.

OFFICIAL MCKINNEY MOMS
Find the group on Facebook.

CENTRAL / EAST PLANO , MURPHY WYLIE 

As one of the safest cities in the Texas, Plano also has an accredited school system and is ranked No. 103 out of over 10,000 school districts in America—oh, and we should mention this diverse and family-oriented city is one of the best cities to buy a house in the U.S. Stacy Hillstead, Plano mom of three, loves how family-friendly the city is. If you’re looking for the best-kept secret in town, Hillstead spilled. “Our family loves both MilkyTreats Ice Cream (over-the-top toppings and ice cream options) and Wow! Donuts & Drips. They’re so great and accommodating with kids, and they get excited every time we surprise them with a trip to either.” Wylie is a small and big town in one, with enough to do on the weekends but a close knit community. Check out Purple Dot Fashion for a new outfit because they donate a portion of their proceeds to building an orphanage in Venezuela, where the owner’s family is from. Murphy is on the smaller side of the suburbs with a country lifestyle but is just a short drive to bigger cities, such as Plano and Richardson, for more options to keep you and your kiddos entertained. If you live in either Murphy or Wylie, you might just have access to Plano’s schools.

MEET STACY HILLSTEAD
KIDS’ AGES: 5, 4 & 1
WHERE SHE LIVES: Plano
WHY SHE LOVES IT: It’s so, so very family friendly with amazing activity options for kids, and it has cutting-edge restaurants for my husband and I. We get the best of both worlds: family community as well as the feel of city living for our special nights out.
HER GO-TO PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS: Definitely the new outdoor eat/play/shop area at Willow Bend. It’s so easy to get in and out, and we can let the kids run around and play (inside or outside), and they have giant lawn games like corn hole, Connect 4 and giant Jenga. There’s also Ascension Coffee (for my mama pick-me-up) and sweet treat options for the kids!
HER NEIGHBORDHOOD IN ONE WORD: Family

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SEPT. 28 // MURPHY MAIZE DAYS at Murphy Central. This annual fall festival will host games, vendors, food, drinks and concerts. Check out maizedays.com for updates.
OCT. 24 // BOO ON BALLARD/NIGHT OF WONDER at FBC Wylie Event Center. Little ones can dress in their costumes for some safe trick-or-treating on Ballard Avenue and see Glow in the Park at Olde City Park, where there will be a trampoline, zip line, foam cannon pit and more. Then head to the family-friendly magic show at 7pm.
NOVEMBER // ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING in Murphy. Although all the details have yet to be announced, this event rallies volunteers from the community to plant young trees and saplings around the city. Check murphytx.org/474/arbor-day for updates.
DECEMBER // CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK in Murphy. To kick off the celebration, there is a mini parade as well as lighting the tree. Walk around the grounds of City Hall to find food, drinks, exhibits, vendors and other attractions. Check murphytx.org/334/Christmas-in-the-park for updates.
DEC. 7 // WYLIE ARTS FESTIVAL & TREE LIGHTING at Olde City Park from 9am–4pm. Find over 100 vendors selling their arts and crafts along with a kids’ area featuring inflatables, face painting and more. Mayor Eric Hogue will read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” until it’s time to light the tree.

EXPLORE THE AREA
OAK POINT PARK & NATURE PRESERVE
Start at the north entrance for the closest access to the lake for fishing, or by the amphitheater to hit the soft-surface trails through Plano’s largest park, clocking in at 800 acres. In the future, the park plans to add an additional 1,500 feet of recreational trail, a 201-spot parking lot, a playground with natural play elements and more by late 2019. For more fun above ground level, kids age 10 and up can check out the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure course (goape.com) with zip lines and Tarzan swings.
5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano; 972/941-7250
planoparks.org

COOCOOS
Jungle and alien-themed alike, this indoor bounce house facility has open play every day. There are obstacle courses as well as gaming bounce houses to wear out even the most active kid. Party packages available, too.
6505 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/781-2662
coocoos.com

ADVENTURE SCUBA & SNORKELING CENTER
If your kiddie is over 6 years old, they can sign up for mermaid classes in the indoor pool. The tail rental is included with the class fee of $45. This hourlong training class will help any mermaid or merman get equipped with their new tail. There are also other programs that include “aquamissions” and more.
2301 N. Central Expressway, Suite 140, Plano; 972/423-3483
adventureschubaoline.com

JACK CARTER POOL
Take a ride on the wild side on the FlowRider surf simulator. Kids 48 inches or taller can stand up on the board, and those 42 inches or taller can use a body board. There’s also a dual-rider tube slide, body slide, lazy river, deep water pool—with a diving board and climbing wall—a tot pool, leisure pool (with lap lanes), spray features and more.
Admission is free with a Plano Parks and Recreation membership.
2601 Pleasant Valley Drive, Plano; 972/208-8081
plano.gov

MURPHY CENTRAL PARK
At this concrete splash park, littles can play in the water as it sprays from wavy poles. While you’re there, take the kiddos to the shaded playground equipped with slides and multiple climbing fixtures.
550 N. Murphy Road, Murphy; 972/468-4444
murphytx.org

THE TEXAS POOL
Dive into the deep end at the “panhandle,” and wade in the water with your toddlers in “South Texas” at this community-run, 16,800-gallon saltwater pool, which opened in 1961. Explore all the corners of Texas during the summer (closed Mondays), and don’t miss special events including mermaid swim classes and holiday weekend cookouts, or book your next party here.
901 Springbrook Drive, Plano; 972/881-8392
texaspool.org

PLANO’S HARRINGTON LIBRARY
Join this library for a two-hour workshop that allows families to paint alongside the current 18st AIRSpace Artist in Residence. When the artist is not present, there are simple make-and-take projects for families to work on at home. Stroll under the wall of swirling clouds to be transported to the Family Place, named for the national Family Place Libraries network, which helps libraries promote early childhood literacy. There are a range of toys, Legos, interactive puzzles, traditional wooden puzzles, play food, trucks and wooden blocks for all ages—and plenty of books of course. The library offers Family Place Playgroup for age 3 and younger and a parent or caregiver (siblings are welcome, too, if they are 4–5 years old). The five-week workshop includes play activities and provides professional resources to parents, such as speech, hearing and nutrition info.
1501 18th St., Plano; 972/941-7175
planolibrary.com

SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY
This brightly colored library has ongoing events and programs for kids and teens. Until August 3, fifth-graders and younger can participate in the summer reading club and enter to win prizes, including an Amazon Fire, family membership to Trinity River Audubon Center and more. Starting in September, the kiddie programs, for first- through sixth-graders, begin for the 2019–2020 year with programs such as Lego League and My Very Own Book Club. Also, story times will start back up again August 27.
300 Country Club Road, Wylie; 972/516-6250
wylietexas.gov/library

FIND YOUR SQUAD
MOMS & MORE
This group organizes social events for Wylie moms with children of all ages. Visit the Facebook page to join.
facebook.com/wyliemomsandmore

MOMS CLUB OF MURPHY/SACHSE
Monthly meetings and guest panels are just a small part of the membership experience—the group also hosts kid-friendly play events, plus moms night out. For more information, email murphy_sachse_moms@yahoo.com.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF LIFEPOINT CHURCH
Meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 9:30am at LifePoint Church. Email josh.longmire@lifepointplano.org for more information.
4501 Hedgcoxe Road, Plano
lifepointplano.org

PLANO AREA MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES
The organization offers emotional support and guidance for local families with twins, triplets and more across North Dallas, such as Frisco, Little Elm and the surrounding suburbs. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at Medical City of Plano.
3901 W. 15th St., Building III Auditorium, Plano
pamom.org