This week is spring break in Plano. School is out. Hordes of children and teens will roam the neighborhoods during the daylight hours, bored and looking for trouble. Just kidding, they’ll all be indoors, glued to their iPads, iPods and iPhones, eating everything in your pantry.
Instead of letting your kids drape themselves across the furniture for hours, holding a tiny screen four inches from their faces, check out some of our best bets for fun during spring break in Plano.
Pretend you’re at the beach for spring break. Surf or bodyboard indoors at Aqua Shop in the Shops at Willow Bend. Reserve your turn on the Flowrider online, Mon-Fri 10am-8:30pm. Pick up a print copy of Plano Magazine (if you didn’t get one yet, find a copy near you here) to get a coupon for a Buy One Get One Free 30 minute session on the Flowrider.
Dr Pepper Starcenter
Don’t let this week’s weather forecast ruin your plans. Bundle up and have some fun indoors ice skating at the Dr Pepper Starcenter. Public skate times are Wed 5:25-7pm, Thurs 10:30am-12:45pm and 3:15-5:15pm, Fri 3:15-5pm and 7-10pm.
Go Ape Treetop Adventures
The brand new Go Ape Treetop Adventures ropes course and zip line attraction at Oak Point Park won’t quite be ready for the public during spring break, but you can be among the first to check it out the weekend of March 12-13. Kids ages 10-15 can try it out for free with every paid adult on opening weekend. Reserve your visit online ahead of time.
Bring the whole gang to battle it out at Plano’s newest laser tag attraction, Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks will open early during spring break, Mon-Thurs 1-11pm and Fri 1pm-midnight. Ask about their special unlimited missions pass for kids 17 and under.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
The Heritage Farmstead Museum is offering staycation fun for families this Tues-Thurs. Only $5 per person, each day will highlight different farm life activities, including a blacksmith demonstration and outdoor cooking. Register online ahead of time.
Pinstack has extended hours this week for spring break. Occupy the kids with bowling, arcade games, bumper cars, a ropes course, laser tag and more, while the adults grab a drink in the bar or a meal in the restaurant or on the patio. Hours this week are Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri and Sat 10am-2am.
The Plano Public Library System has a variety of 1- to 2-hour classes, movies or shows this week. Most are free and with five libraries centrally-located around the city, you are sure to find one close to home. Family programs for all ages include Meet the Pig, Blow a Bigger Bubble with Bernadette, Bender the Balloon Man, Storybook Pen Pals, Animal Adoption, Doctor Who Party and The Amaze-ing Race. Puppet Shows include Anansi and the Talking Melon, Shadow Puppet Extravaganza and Stone Soup. Make a puppet craft while you watch the movie “Inside Out.” There is even a Glow in the Dark Storytime. Robotics are another favorite with WeDo – Freestyle and Family Freestyle (which require registration). For teen and tween programs, check out page 10 of the current event brochure. Many library classes do not require registration, but early arrival is always best because programs are first come, first serve.
Plano Parks and Recreation offers programs for children six and older to meet every budget from $25 to $165, and some include the cost of supplies or rentals. Enjoy one-day outings such as the Inner Space Wild Cave Tour, the Trinity River Kayak Adventure or a Day Hike in Dino Valley. For one-week camps, choose from 3D Modeling Camp, ACT.ED Let’s Make a Movie!, Artful Exploration Camp, Brainopolis App Track, Brainopolis Minecraft Programming, Brainopolis Carpentry Safari Camp, Game Design Camp, Jedi Martial Arts Camp, Mad Science 3, 2, 1…Blast Off, Mad Science Spy Academy, Tae Kwon Do Belt Camp and TMC’s Spring Break Camp.
Plano Super Bowl
Plano Super Bowl on the east side of town is open 24 hours. Enjoy their lunch special during the week of spring break. Mon-Fri (except for Tues) from 11am-2pm, it’s only $10 per person for one hour of bowling, a shoe rental and lunch.
Studio Movie Grill
SMG Plano is showing a family favorite for the week of spring break, with a budget-friendly ticket price of only $1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will show daily Mon-Thur at 11am. Full lunch menu is available of purchase for in-theatre dining.
Thunderbird Roller Rink
Thunderbird Roller Rink has earlier hours this week. Public skate is Mon-Fri 1-4pm. Plus, Cheap Skate Night is Tues 6-8pm for only $4 per person, including skate rental.
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