Summer vacation is coming to a close. Make the most of it by enjoying some fun events with your kids! For daily happenings check the PAM Calendar. Here are the events happening in August that require advanced registration or tickets – don’t miss out!

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Family Place Parent/Child Playgroup
Harrington Library
August 4 & 25
Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists. Ages 0-3 Registration required in person at Harrington. Registration opens June 20 (August 4 session) and August 8 (August 25 session)

Robot Racing
Thursday, August 4 6-8pm
Schimelpfenig Library
Test your engineering and programming skill by building the fastest robot you can! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 6-12

Ringling Bros. Circus Extreme
American Airlines Center, Dallas
August 3 – 14
It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Treasure Island
August 5 – 13
Plano Children’s Theater
Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones (played unforgettably in the movies by Lionel Barrymore), the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney, and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Silver is an unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold, coupled with his affection for Jim, cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure. Ages 7+

Zip Line Day
Saturday, August 6 1-4pm
Heard Museum, McKinney
Soar through the treetops of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary as you travel down the Ropes Course’s zip line! Purchase one ticket for each time you would like to go down the zip line. $12 per person. Preregistration required. For ages 10+; see ropes course program information page for information on size requirements. Registration required.

Board Game Design
August 10 – 12, 2-5pm daily
Schimelpfenig Library
In this 3-day workshop, you will work as part of a team to create a prototype of your own board game. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 4-8

Legally Blond – The Musical
Church Street Auditorium, McKinney
August 12 – 21
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! Ages 7+

Night Hike
August 12, 8-10pm
Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll through forest, prairie, or marsh trails. We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear… it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Ages 5 and up. The fee for this hike is $10 per person. Registration required.

Beauty and the Beast
August 12 – 21
The Art Centre Theatre, Plano
A selfish prince runs afoul of a powerful witch, who punishes him by making him a true “beast” – a spell which can be broken only if someone can be shown to love him for himself. A widow happens upon his castle, innocently taking a rose from the garden. The Beast sentences her to death, but her daughter, Beauty, intervenes, and agrees to stay in the castle with the Beast if he will spare her mother’s life. An enchanted mirror, a fight with the furniture, and the dawning of a love that sees past the surface, all lead to some of the most memorable moments (with a classic happy ending!) in theatre. ACT Youth bring this remarkable and beloved tale to life.

Shoes & Stories
SPARK!, Dallas
Sunday, August 14 1-4pm
SPARK! is hosting the second annual Shoes & Stories event for girls in 2nd grade through high school to explore our wildly creative environment and participate in a back-to-school themed creative activity. This event features two creative activities: designing and decorating a pair of shoes and share the story behind the inspiration for their unique design by creating a short story, poem, dance, or skit. SPARK! instructors will lead the girls through design and storytelling, teaching them about the creative process and opening their eyes to their own creative potential. Bring your own pair of shoes to decorate or pay an extra fee and SPARK! will provide the shoes. Only 150 spots available. Register today!

Stars on the Prairie
Friday, August 26, 8:15-10:15pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Education Center
Join us for a fascinating evening as we venture to LLELA’s prairie restoration area to explore the wonders of the night sky. Ages 5 and up.  Registration is required.  Search for activity code 800001.  The cost is $10/person. Please check our calendar for upcoming dates. If the sky is cloudy on the event night but it is not threatening rain, we will still meet and take a night hike.