The 4th is over, so it’s time to look at the rest of the month and firm up your plans, and you don’t want to miss out on these events that require advanced registration or tickets!


A Day at the Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Thursday, July 7 10am-1pm
Experience what life was like on the Blackland Prairie with A Day at the Farm.  Stroll through our four acres, feed our chickens, and tour the historic Farrell Wilson House. Hands on activities include feeding the chickens, milking Buttermilk the Incredible Milking Cow, washing clothing the old fashioned way, and so much more!  Perfect for summer camps, daycare, home-school groups, or families. Tickets are $5.00 per person.  Preregister and receive one free chaperone ticket for every ten kids. Register in advance online or pay at the door on the day of the event. $5/person

Luau/Family Swim Night
Thursday, July 7 6-9pm
Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center
Not only will the whole family have a great time cooling off in the outdoor pool, each participant will be fed to an In-N-Out burger, chips, drink and a refreshing ice cream treat. Cost is $5/person. Children under the age of 3 are free. You can purchase tickets at the Tom Muehlenbeck Center (5801 W. Parker Rd) or by calling the center at 972.769.4404. Please purchase tickets ahead of time as the event sold out last year. You are welcome to bring your own food and dress in your favorite luau attire. Don’t miss out on the fun in the evening sun! $5/person.

The Superhero Ultraferno
July 8 – 17
Allen’s Community Theatre
Now that nerds have taken over the world, it’s imperative that all popular kids learn everything they can about comic book superheroes. Join two nerds and a crack team of actors as they race hilariously through the world of tights-wearing crime fighters, from the 1960s TV Batman to the soap opera insanity of the Fantastic Four to a bizarre, German opera of Spiderman.

The Metamorphosis
July 9 & 10
Plano Children’s Theatre
This play is a dramatic adaptation of Kafka’s novella. The story, first published in 1915, is of a man who finds himself transformed one day into an insect. There is a tragicomic aspect to this surreal tale. In this adaptation Gregor Samsa awakens into a dream. In this nightmare he can neither speak nor alter the conduct of those around him who see him as a bug. A mime plays Gregor and a fiddler performing Klezmer music communicates his wildly swinging emotions. All actions take place in the moment of the dream rather than in real time. Inviting the audience to view the experience as Gregor perceives it, the Stage Manager summons the play. Set in early 20th century Prague and written in verse, this adaptation captures the surreal humor and pathos of the story.

Family Place Parent/Child Playgroup
Harrington Library
Thursdays, 9-10:15am
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.

Ropes Course Adventure Day
Saturday, July 9 1-5pm
Heard Museum, McKinney
Individuals and small groups (comprised of nine or less persons) are welcome to participate in our pre-scheduled Adventure Days. Reservations are required for these programs. The ropes course can be scheduled for custom programs for groups of ten or more persons. The minimum requirements are 10 years old and 50 pounds. $35

42nd Street
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
Through July 10
Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from Allenstown, PA with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. Facing adversity from all directions, the young but talented performer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life. With highs and lows in her early career, Peggy experiences growth as both a performer and a young woman.

School of Rock – The Musical
July 14 – 17
Courtyard Theater
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The stage musical on Broadway is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all of the original songs from the movie. SCHOOL OF ROCK, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with you! Ages 13+

Wizard of Oz YPE
July 15 – 24
Church Street Auditorium, McKinney
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

Breakfast with Paw Patrol
Saturday, July 16 8-10pm
Amazing Jake’s, Dallas
Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast Plus an Opportunity to Meet & Take Pictures with Chase and Skye! $6.99/person

Night Hike
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Saturday, July 16 8:30-10:30
Experience the wonders of nature at night as a guide leads you on a leisurely stroll through twilight trails. 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. Flashlights aren’t necessary. Trail locations vary depending on the season and other conditions. Hike distance is under 2 miles. Participation may require the ability to stand and walk at a leisurely pace for 2 hours. Please remember to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle, and some hikers wear long sleeves and/or bug spray. Registration is required.

Through July 17
Dallas Children’s Theater
Pink-A-Boo! DCT audiences were tickled…that’s right – PINK the last time Pinkalicious was on our stage, so we’re bringing her back in this exhilarating musical! When PINKALICIOUS doesn’t heed her parents’ warnings and indulges in too many pink goodies, she has to make some healthy choices to fight off a bad case of Pinkititis. PINKALICIOUS will finally eat a little green, her little brother will no longer be blue, and all kids will learn to show their true colors! The popular book pops off the stage in this high-energy musical treat that kids will love even more than pink cupcakes! Recommended for ages 5 and up

Eco Tots Discovery Hour
Environmental Education Center, Plano
Thursdays 9:30am
This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and includes stories, crafts and activities about the environment, gardening, or nature-related themes. Plan to stay and play in our outdoor Nature Explore Classroom as well. $3 Plano residents,  $5 non-residents

Video Game Design Workshop
Tuesday, July 19 1-4pm
National Video Game Museum, Frisco
In collaboration with the National STEM Video Game Challenge and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, middle and high school students are invited to attend a FREE video game design workshop. Workshop participants will: complete hands-on, minds-on, physical game design exercises; design original video games and modify existing games; play-test each other’s games to provide feedback and learn how to enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Participants must bring a laptop running the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. If you would like to participate but do not have a laptop computer, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. FREE! Space is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP by Monday, July 17, 2016.

Heritage Crafts Workshops
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
July 20-23
The Heritage Crafts Workshops offer an opportunity for visitors age 6 to adult to learn heritage craft techniques.  Each workshop is 2 hours long and includes all materials and instructions needed for each project. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Workshop fee: $30/per participant, $25 for two or more workshops. Age 6 to adult. Register for one or several. July 20: Braided Fabric Basket; July 21: Patchwork Pillow or Tote; July 22: Patchwork Pillow or Tote; July 23: Sock Puppets; Jul 30: Rag Dolls

A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS
July 21 – 24
Plano Children’s Theater
Adapted from the three-time Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year With Frog And Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. One hour, recommended for all ages.

Obstacle Competition
Obstacle Warrior Kids (formerly ‘Lil Ninjas)
Friday, July 22: Dallas location
Friday, July 29: McKinney location
Ages 6-9 at 5pm, ages 10-13 at 7pm. $40 entry fee, advanced registration is recommended buy not required. PAM Review (Dallas)

Art Time
Saturday, July 23 3-4pm
Schimelpfenig Library
Try your hand at drawing and painting. Presented by Root to Fruit, an out-of-school club of high school students who provide unique, fun, and educational classes for children in various disciplines including art, creative writing and health. Registration required at Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 1-5

Science Time
Sunday, July 24 2-3pm
Schimelpfenig Library
Find out about your vital organs. Presented by Root to Fruit, an out-of-school club of high school students who provide unique, fun, and educational classes for children in various disciplines including art, creative writing and health. Registration required at Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 1-5

Disney’s Aladdin Kids
July 28 – 30
Frisco Discovery Center
When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. 45 minutes, all ages.

The Trial of Goldilocks
July 28 – 31
Plano Children’s Theatre
In rhyme, mime and mirth, this exciting comedy examines the familiar fairy tale from three points of view: the traditional, the Bears’, then Goldilocks’. Guilty or innocent? Was the young girl a selfish, spoiled brat, intruding where she didn’t belong? Or was she the victim of three conniving bears (and their animal “band of hoods” in the woods)? Complete with a hard-of-hearing judge, a harried clerk, two comic lawyers and a jury (of any size)—which gets involved in the action as tables, chairs, beds and forest animals – this is a charming comedy.

Stars on the Prairie
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
July 29 8:45-10:45pm
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 at 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. Registration is required. $10/person.