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Oct 12

Five-Plus Things to Do With Your Family in McKinney in October

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 5:05 PM by Beth Shumate

Summer has turned to Fall in McKinney and with that comes several fun things to do with your family!

At Storybook Ranch
pumpkin at storybookPumpkin Patch (all month): This year's pumpkin patch runs Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. until dark (around 7 p.m.). Enjoy fun fall activities including a hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, slide bounce house, and more. One small pumpkin is included with admission while supplies last; $15 each per child 2 and older and $5 per adult. Other larger pumpkins are available for purchase as part of this annual fundraiser benefitting River Ranch Educational Charities. Concessions will be available for purchase. Masks covering nose and mouth are required at all times. For other details, visit the Storybook Ranch website

At Chestnut Square
Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk (Oct. 30-31): Heritage Village at Chestnut Square once again is hosting its Annual Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk for two ghostly evenings, with different activities each evening. Options for this two-night event include a historic downtown McKinney Trolley Tour, their famous “Ghostly Hauntings” Tour, a paranormal presentation, haunting tales told in our historic homes, and food and drink concessions. Details and tickets are available on the Facebook event

At Bingham House
Fall Family Festival (Oct. 17): Bingham House, a historic event venue steps from Downtown McKinney, is hosting their first Fall Family Festival! Guests can wander through the outdoor grounds, complete with a pumpkin patch and kid-friendly Hay Bale Maze, play yard games, listen to live music, savor delicious, fall-inspired foods, and more. During the event, Bingham House will feature apple cider, barbecue sliced brisket or pulled pork with slaw and chips, a caramel apple dipping station, caramel corn, grilled corn on the cobb, spiced nuts and s’mores. Adults can relax and enjoy beers or seasonal sips from the Spiked Cider Bar. For more fall festivities, guests are welcome to take pictures in front of Bingham House’s special backdrop with pumpkins and florals, and children can get a balloon animal from our balloon artist. There will even be a Surprise Tattoo Wall where guests can stick their hands through the wall to receive a surprise temporary tattoo.

Measures will be in place to ensure a safe and socially distant environment. The event will be outdoors, cashless, and masks will be required (outside of eating/drinking and limited activities such as face painting). Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids (purchase through Eventbrite by October 16th) and include a cup of cider. Almost all activities are free of charge, and food and beverage will be available for purchase. Tickets purchased at the door will be $12 for adults and $7 for kids. Credit Card payment only. No charge for kiddos under 2 years old!

Movies & More Free Family Virtual Fall Concert (Oct. 24): Enjoy an entertaining family-friendly evening of popular tunes from the silver screen! The McKinney Community Band’s virtual concert features new performances by several small ensembles as well as popular past performances by the full band. This concert is sponsored in part by grants from the McKinney Community Development Corporation and McKinney Arts Commission.

Also prior to the concert, learn how individual band instruments work and what they sound like during the band's virtual “instrument petting zoo” where band members will talk about and play a wide range of instruments. The kid (and adult) friendly “zoo” will be streamed prior to the start of the “Movies & More” virtual band concert! Three prize drawings will be held in conjunction with the concert, donated by Rockin' A B, Arcade 92, and the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Viewing link and other details can be found on the band's website.

At the Heard Museum
boy on dinoDinosaurs Live (Through Feb. 15): Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the 15th Annual Dinosaurs Live! The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. This year, the exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller-friendly; it is not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs. Runs through February 15, 2021. Included with museum admission.

Mini-Halloween at the Heard (Oct. 24):  Since the regular annual Halloween at the Heard is not possible due to COVID-19, they will offer Mini Halloween at the Heard on October 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. Trick-or-treating will be available along our Dinosaurs Live! trail—while supplies last. Guests are welcome to wear Halloween costumes for this activity. While reservations are not required, we strongly encourage and ask participants to RSVP to help with planning. Guests may RSVP on Facebook or via this form. While reservations are not required, we strongly encourage and ask participants to RSVP to help with planning. Guests may RSVP on Facebook or via this form. This event will be included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at, and Heard Museum memberships are available on their website as well.

McKinney Parks & Recreation Department Events
Several fun family activities for Fall and some that are Halloween-themed are on the McKinney Parks Department's calendar this October including concerts, a virtual 5K, a drive-thru Halloween event for people over 50, and more. Learn more about them HERE.

Other Fun All Year Long!
There are other fun activities to enjoy year-round, too! Check out these fun family spots, both of which have plenty of health precautions in place to keep your family safe:

Urban airUrban Air Trampoline Park: The kids will love bouncing, climbing, zipping around above it all, and more. Grab something to eat and drink at the snack bar and parents might enjoy some time in the massage chairs. 

North Texas Escape Rooms (Suitable for ages 10 and up): Put your skills of deducing problems to the test in family-friendly escape rooms that contain no scary or adult content. Special 45-minute puzzles are perfect for ages 10 and up with 60-minute rooms available with older kids, teens, and adults. Learn what to expect and what this attraction is doing to be COVID-safe in their FAQ section.

Escapology Escape Rooms (Suitable for ages 14 and up based on room selected): This fun escape room location is connected to Urban Air Trampoline Park and offers several 60-minute game rooms designed to get the group playing to work together to get out in the allotted time! Game play is half-priced on Thursdays! See what Escapology is doing to keep your game experience safe for you and your group.