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10 Activities for Families in McKinney This April
Posted on March 30, 2021 at 12:20 PM by Beth Shumate
We're so happy to see Springtime bring beautiful weather and blossoming trees and flowers to McKinney. Spring also brings with it opportunities for families to spend time enjoying the great outdoors and time together completing fun projects. Below is a list of fun activities you and your family can enjoy doing together this April in McKinney.
Family Memories at the Downtown Murals:
McKinney's historic downtown is home to a growing number of beautiful murals that are perfect for family photos! Whether working with a professional photographer or taking family selfies, see how many of them you and your family can find. Which one is your favorite?
(Photo at right by @junebugs.and.roses.)
Explore McKinney Parks:
Your family will find so many beautiful parks in McKinney, perfect places for picnics, nature walks, bike riding, kite flying, frisbee, and outdoor games. You'll find a list of all of McKinney's parks
including big parks like Towne Lake Park and Bonnie Wenk Park with their playgrounds, lakes, and nature trails, Erwin Park's rural setting and mountain biking trails, and all the neighborhood parks found throughout the city.
Arts in Bloom:
This popular annual event took 2020 off thanks to the COVID pandemic, and this year, Main Street McKinney has reimagined it to include plenty of creative fun for families while also allowing for plenty of space. This event takes place on the downtown square April 9-11, 2021, and admission is free.
McKinney is filled with some special places where families can enjoy time together as they paint, craft, make pottery, and more. Check out places like Jump Into Art, Walls of Clay, Art House of McKinney, and Painting with a Twist.
Commune with Nature:
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
offers 289 acres of multiple types of wildlife habitats to roam through and educational exhibits to check out. Also make sure to visit the Animal Encounters Trail and the Magic Planet exhibits while there.
(Photo by @texaskidsadventures.)
Embark on a Butterfly Hunt:
Local artists created colorful winged steel creatures - butterflies - that are located throughout the historic district. See if you and your family can find all of the
Monarchs of McKinney
! Here's a
to learn more about them, and a link to
McKinney's Monarch Initiative
Bounce and Sail:
For some active fun in McKinney, take the kids to
Urban Air Adventure Park
where you'll find trampolines, climbing walls and other structures, and a kid-sized zipline. Parents can also relax in a massage chair while the kid play!
Grab a Fishing Pole:
Introduce the relaxing and fun activity of fishing to your kids. McKinney's Towne Lake Park and Bonnie Wenk Park both offer angling fun, and for more serious fishing, head to a nearby Lake Lavon or Lake Texoma. Don't forget fishing licenses for the adults!
(Photo from North Texas Fishing Addicts Facebook Group)
Plant a Garden for the Birds and Pollinators:
Creating a little oasis for winged wildlife will not only provide them places to feed but also make your corner of the world more colorful and happy! For more about butterfly gardens and other Earth-friendly tips, click
. Also, the Heard Museum has a
plant sale April 23-25
where you can buy plants that are native to Texas and can thus withstand the summer heat. Many are also pollinator-friendly.
Put Your Sleuthing Skills to the Test:
Do you and your family have Sherlock Holmes-type skills of deduction? Visit one of McKinney's escape rooms -
North Texas Escape Rooms
- to try your hand at solving the mystery before your time runs out!
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Ready to Welcome Visitors Again!
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