Do you want to get into the holiday spirit this winter at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary? Are you looking for fun winter family activities?

Look no further than the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas! With a variety of events, exhibits, nature trails, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Holidays at the Heard & Extended Holiday Hours

T-Rex head with Christmas lights in treesOn December 8-9, Holidays at the Heard, presented by Plano Tree Care, will bring the beauty of the holiday season into nature. This annual event is designed to complement the sanctuary's natural beauty. Holiday lights and décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Enjoy live, festive music under the stars in the outdoor amphitheater. You'll also get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit and enjoy family-friendly activities. It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit with your family. Get event tickets and more information now at

In addition to the Holidays at the Heard event, you'll also be able to visit for Holidays Extended Hours on December 10 and from December 12 to 16, 2023, from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy a peaceful tour of the Heard's lighted nature trail as you stroll through a beautiful forest and prairie.

Winter Mini-Camps

Children on a nature trailFor children in kindergarten through 6th grade, Heard Winter Mini Camps are a great way to keep them engaged and entertained during the winter break. These half-day camps offer a unique opportunity for kids to explore the great outdoors while school is out. These mini-camps are designed to provide children with an educational experience, all while having fun! With three mini-camps to choose from, kids will have a blast while learning about a variety of aspects of science and nature.


Dinosaurs Live!

And don't forget about Dinosaurs Live! This exhibit brings these ancient creatures back to life and will be open during the Heard’s regular hours through February 19, 2024.  This exhibit features life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar, providing a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you explore a half-mile nature trail and encounter these prehistoric creatures.



Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary memberships offer discounts to all of the activities detailed above! They also make a great gift idea for those interested in offering their friends and family a connection to nature this holiday season. Plus, you’ll be supporting the Heard’s nonprofit mission to bring nature and people together.


Be sure to visit the Heard Natural Science Museum this winter to make memories with your family, celebrate the season, and learn about the natural world. There's always so much to see and do at Heard. Learn more about the Heard and plan your next adventure at


About Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on volunteers, admissions, memberships, donations and grants to fulfill its mission to bring nature and people together. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard when she was 80 years old. Throughout her life, she witnessed the expansion of the Metroplex and foresaw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.