Plano’s newest family activities

Family Friendly Fun. Illustrations by Jynnette Neal
Illustrations by Jynnette Neal

With one of the best school districts in the state, it is no surprise that families are drawn to Plano. Plano also ranked No. 16 in the nation in Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore for the city’s many parks and recreational spaces. Young children throughout Plano have the opportunity to have the packed schedules of CEOs, but family-friendly fun doesn’t stop at the elementary school age.

New businesses have been cropping up with fun for families with older kids and fun for teens without being glued to a screen. Here’s a few we’ve found that are worth trying out.

Battle House Laser Tag
2300 Coit Road, Suite 400
Battle House Laser Tag is no ordinary glow-in-the-dark laser experience. The facility features a 14,000-square-foot gaming space with eight separate two-story buildings, tramways and passageways, high-tech and low-tech props, and a lounge area. Tickets for 1.5-hour gameplay are $35 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, $40 on Fridays and Saturdays and $30 for an hour on Sundays. Tickets include a standard issue Raptor gun and other weapon upgrades are available for purchase. Players must be at least 7 years of age for the first game of the day. Afterward, the minimum age is 10 years old. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended.

Fowling Warehouse DFW
1714 14th St., Suite 300
In a twist on an American family favorite, Fowling combines football and bowling by having players throw footballs at bowling pins. The warehouse play area is $15 per person for unlimited fowling for open play or an hour with a private lane that includes a private table and server. For those looking for adults-only fun, Fowling Warehouse DFW has adults-only hours and a VIP club-like lounge.

Pinstack Plano
6205 Dallas Parkway
Pinstack Plano is full of indoor family activities. The bowling chain also features an LED rock climbing wall, full-service restaurant, a high ropes course, two-level laser tag, bumper cars and video games. Bowling in the main lanes is $26 per hour Monday through Thursday. Attractions are paid for with a point system: Laser tag and ropes course are 24 points, and bumper cars and the rock wall are 20 points. Points can be purchased at staggered rates, with the lowest being $20 for 100 points.

Active Games ball and targets. Illustration by Jynnette Neal

Activate Games
5013 W. Plano Parkway
Competitive families beware. Activate Games puts teams of two to five together to try and accomplish as many 1-3 minute games as possible in 75 minutes. The games cover anything from laser mazes, trivia and basketball shots, and other combinations of the 11 options that cover communication, agility, speed and memorization. Because of the physical and mental requirements, it is suggested that players be over 10 years of age. Booking online is highly suggested; cost is $25 per person regardless of age.

Clock and lock as clues in 11th Hour Escape Room. Illustration by Jynnette Neal.

11th Hour Escape
601 J Place, Suite 300
Unlike other escape rooms that have skill limits, making it difficult for families with younger children to participate, 11th Hour Escape has customizable difficulty for all of their rooms. Currently, they have two escape room themes: Fallout Shelter and The Upside Down. Participants can choose between three difficulty levels: the 50% success rate, 25% or 10%. Both rooms can be enjoyed by ages 10 and up, but at least one adult is required to be in the room. Tickets are $29 per person, and at least four people are required to book a room. 

North Texas Escape Rooms
8232 Preston Road, Suite 100
North Texas Escape Rooms’ Plano location has 7 rooms, each with different themes and skill levels. For several rooms, you can choose between the 45-minute or 60-minute version. Pricing ranges from $27-$36 per person depending on the number of people in each room and what version is chosen. Current themes include Killer’s Campground, Dragon’s Curse, Empire City: Villains, Empire City: Superhero, Summer Camp, Penthouse and Jailhouse. Participants must be 9 or older to play the game, with some rooms including higher age requirements.

Giant keys as glues from North Texas Escape Rooms. Illustration by Jynnette Neal

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