The Shops at Legacy
Legacy Drive and Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024
This is a fun place to walk around with your family or for a quick overnight stay to celebrate a special occasion. The Shops at Legacy is a great little collection of mostly boutique-style shops with unique finds. However, if you’re traveling with teenagers, they’ll love the newly opened Urban Outfitters (you might too!) There is a plethora of dining options from casual Tex-Mex to upscale steakhouses so the hard part will be getting the family to agree on one place. Also, if you haven’t experienced, and yes, I do mean ‘experience’ a film at the Angelika Film Center then you’re missing out. It’s a boutique-style cinema and cafe where you can sip on a glass of wine while you enjoy the show!
Indoor Safari Park
6205 Coit Road, Suite 200, Plano, TX 75024
Open Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Sun. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fee: $9.99/child (see site for more services and prices)
This seems like the place to be in order to get out of this Texas heat. Plano is a new location for Indoor Safari Park (other is Southlake) and you will be your child’s hero if you take them here. They’ll find a train and robotic animal to ride, a jungle gym with a ball pit, ceramic painting and even a toy store! This is a great place to take young children or even host their next birthday party here. Coupons seem plentiful throughout the web so search for one before you go.
Cinemark Movies 10
1818 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075
If you’re anything like my family, then going to the movies all together is a rarity. Cinemark to the rescue! This theater offers movies for $1.50 or less! While you may not be seeing a new release, it’s still a fun way to catch a show and it won’t break the bank.
Heritage Farmhouse Museum
1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075
Open Tues-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
If you can drag your kids away from the pool and the TV, take a family outing to the Heritage Farmhouse Museum. You and your kids will surely learn a lot and be reminded of how much has changed in the last century. This 4.5 acre complex is now a living museum that features the original farm house built in 1891. You can either walk around on your own or take a guided tour, but be sure you let your kids have the experience of visiting this historic farm.
The Shops at Willowbend
6121 West Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093
Open Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sun 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
I know I should be highlighting more educational things to do in Plano, but the reality is we all end up at a mall eventually. So, here’s a good reason to go the The Shops at Willowbend- the playground. This Looney Tunes play area is sponsored by Medical City Plano and sure to brighten up the eyes of any child. It has large structures for kids to play on, some smaller ones more appropriate for toddlers and a padded floor. So hopefully you can grab a peek in Neiman Marcus or Anthropologie before you spend the rest of your time running round after your brood on the slide and the nearby food court.
Casey is a Co-Founder of Dallas Moms Blog (www.dallasmomsblog.com) that helps connect moms to each other and to their city. She’s been married for 8 years and has one daughter.