School is back in session and I saw some red leaves on the group yesterday – fall is coming! Here are the events happening in September that require some planning as they involve tickets or registration in advance. Don’t miss out! For a complete list of events happening in the Plano area check the PAM Calendar.


Family Place Parent/Child Playgroup
Thursdays, 9-10:15am
Harrington Library
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 August 8.

We Will Rock You School Edition
The Art Centre Theatre
September 2 – 4
St. Alcuin’s is delighted to present this fabulous show! After a record-breaking, twelve year run in London, this is the FIRST American showing of the British hit, featuring the music of the legendary Queen. With more than 20 hit Queen songs, WE WILL ROCK YOU School Edition tells the tale of two radicals in a post-apocalyptic world, dedicated to saving Rock. The planet once known as Earth is controlled by a mighty corporation who has banned all rock music and all musical instruments. Our heros set out to change that along with an unlikely group of rebels. The musical features the songs “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,”  “We Are The Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many more. Join us for this unforgettable show! This talented cast consists of students under the age of 18. $15.

Let’s Ride Bicycle Workshop
Harrington Library
Saturday, September 3, 11am-4pm
Learn about bicycles, while having fun! Free refreshments and a chance to win a 21-speed bike with the $10 registration fee. Representatives from local bike shops will be teaching the kids how to service bicycles. Tools and bikes are provided. This workshop is not for profit, only to complete a Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouts who attend may have the opportunity to earn their E badge (provided). The workshop is geared for students in 3rd through 8th grade Questions? Please email me at [email protected]

Zip Line Day
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, September 3, 1-4pm
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 and spots are limited. For ages 10+; see ropes course program information page for information on size requirements.

Mornings with Mommy
Atonement Lutheran Church
September 6 & 20, 10am
Mornings with Mommy sessions start at 10 am on the first and third Tuesday of the month. We begin on the Circle Time rug with songs, stories, and some flannel board activities that center on a theme like “Things that Go” or “Colors and Shapes.” Then sessions break into Mommy-led learning activities. Registration is required. Five dollars per family per session.

Sensory Storytime
Davis Library, Wednesdays at 2pm
Haggard Library, Thursdays at 11am
An interactive, inclusive storytime geared toward children with sensory integration issues and their caregivers. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote learning – read books, sing songs, move around, and have fun! Visit the children’s desk or email [email protected] for more info and to check availability. Registration required in person at Davis and Haggard. Registration opens August 8. All ages.

Fun on the Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Friday, September 9, 10:30am-noon
Count at the Farm with Dr. Seuss’ 10 Apples Up on Top. Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. Space is limited. Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability. $11 (includes adult and child).

Les Miserables
Courtyard Theater
September 9 – 17
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. Ages 13+ 2.5 Hours plus intermission.

In The Heights
The Art Centre Theatre
September 9 – 18
Where’s home? What is Family? Where do you belong? In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythms of 3 generations of music. A community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Score, Choreography, and Orchestration, a show that must not be missed. Mixed aged cast. $15

Ropes Course Adventure Day
Saturday, September 10 1-4pm
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. $35 per person.

Night Hike
LLELA Nature Preserve, Lewisville
Saturday, September 10, 7:30pm
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. Registration is required. The fee for this hike is $10 per person.

Hella Shrine Circus
September 15 – 18
Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco
Experience all the things you know and love about the circus and be amazed by things you’ve never seen before!  You can expect smiles and excitements with our riveting show featuring exotic animals, hilarious clowns, and many other talented performers and attractions! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the world have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that is designed to excite, delight and captivate children of all ages!  Don’t forget to come early to experience a variety of fun-filled, pre-show activities. All tickets half price on opening night – September 15

Charlotte’s Web
September 16 – 25
Frisco Discovery Center
All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. All ages. Frisco Youth Theatre is partnering with Frisco Family Services by hosting a food drive for their food pantry. In the spirit of harvest and abundance, we would like to invite our audiences for Charlotte’s Web to bring an item from the list on their website to the show to donate to the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry.

September 16 – October 23
Dallas Children’s Theater
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone! Sensory-Friendly performance: October 15, 2016 at 1:30pm (Phone orders only) ASL performance: September 25, 2016 at 4:30pm

Saturday, September 17 7:30pm
LLELA Nature Preserve, Lewisville
Pull up a chair at our cozy campfire. Watch the sun set and the stars appear as you enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s’mores! $10/person or $30/family

Parenting POWER HOUR Series
Haggard Library
Tuesday, September 20 6:30-7:30 with free (reservation required) coaching sessions until 8:45pm
Avoid Helicopter Homeworking & Build Great Study Habits
This Side UP! Family and the Plano Public Library system are partnering up once again to bring you informative panel-style discussions with amazing Parenting Experts who will equip and empower parents of elementary through high school age kids. Power Hours are free to the community. Water and Light Snacks Provided. Following each Power Hour, there will be FREE 30-minute Parent Coaching Sessions from 7:45-8:45pm. Click here to reserve your 30 minute coaching session. Future sessions include substance abuse, control issues and social media.

Fun on the Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Friday, September 23, 10:30am-noon
Read about Charlotte’s Web and meet our pigs Wilson and Hamlet.  Children ages 2-5 learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  Space is limited.  Registration will close end of business day the Wednesday before each program as long as there is still availability. $11 for one adult and child.

Mother and Son Adventure Night
Saturday, September 24, 5-9pm
Lions Club Park, The Colony
Cost: $20 per couple, $5 additional son. New in 2016 the Mother and Son Adventure Night will feature great outdoor activities such as fishing, archery, camping skills, horseshoes, cookout, campfire, games and other fun activities. Registration begins August 8 at The Colony Recreation Center. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 30, 7:30pm
Flung into the future by a bumbling sea witch, a crew of misfit pirates now have only one chance of returning home – performing the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! There’s only one problem – half their script is missing! Help the crew fill in the blanks and watch as they improvise a brand-new musical adventure based on your suggestions!  $25 adults; $15 students ages 6 yrs+

Other Events Coming Up….

Plano Public Safety PULLooza
Oak Point Recreation Center
Saturday, October 8, 9am-2pm
Police, Fire-Rescue and 9-1-1, along with other City departments, invite you to enjoy a day of FREE fun while learning how to keep your family safe. Kid’s fire obstacle course, police motorcycle rodeo, bomb robot demo, helicopter landing, crime prevention, kid’s fingerprinting, tour fire and police vehicles, fire-rescue clowns “Patches” and “Snozzle” and face painting. 2016 Plano Public Safety PULLooza fire truck pull supports Special Olympics Texas! Teams of 12 people face off pulling a 72,000 pound fire truck for a distance of 75 feet in a timed event. Each team captain will receive a packet with their team’s participation information. The Public Safety Fair is FREE. Only teams pay a registration fee: $300/team or $25/person Register here

Halloween at the Heard
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, October 15, 6-10pm
Experience Collin County’s premier family-friendly Halloween event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Halloween at the Heard features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Live-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. Halloween at the Heard event tickets required for all attendees. Tickets available to the public, while supplies last, starting September 30. $15 for adults. children ages 3-12: $10, children ages 2 and under: free.