It’s almost here, people – spring break, that blessed week off from school that all parents desperately need so we can limp past the finish line in May. This year it falls March 9-13 in Plano ISD. Staying put this year? Dealing with less-than-ideal weather? No worries. I’ve compiled my favorite indoor places around Plano to take my kids when they say, “I’m so bored, mom!”
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Interurban Railway Museum
Tucked inside the original depot, Downtown Plano’s Interurban Railway Museum teaches visitors the history of electric railway travel in Plano. Uniformed Motormen take guests on guided tours of a train car from the early 1900s. Kids can enjoy hands-on science exhibits. The week of spring break, the museum will host free story time Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m.Interurban Railway Museum >
Recreation Center Indoor Swimming Pools
Kiddos may be missing summer sun and warm weather right now. If not headed to the beach this break, hit one of our recreation center’s indoor pools. Plano Aquatic Center, Carpenter Park, Tom Muehlenbeck and Oak Point Rec Centers all have indoor swim areas with zero depth entry and play features. Carpenter Park and Tom Muehlenbeck Rec Centers both have a lazy river and slides for the bigger kids. Plus, lifeguards are always on duty to help keep an eye on everyone.Plano Parks and Rec >
Thunderbird Roller Rink
Give your children a taste of 1980s childhood at Thunderbird Roller Rink, where kids have been skating along to “Thriller” since 1972. Cheap Skate night on the first Tuesday of every month is one of the most budget-friendly ways in town to entertain.Thunderbird Roller Rink >
Has your child worn out every video game he owns? Located in Allen, Imaginations VR offers more than 60 virtual reality games and eight multi-player gaming units, including games available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Pro. Reservations are required for weekends, but walk-ins are welcome Tuesday through Friday, if space allows.Imaginations VR >
Childrens Health StarCenter
This is the go-to place to ice skate. StarCenter locations in DFW offer birthday parties, skating lessons and public skate hours with ice skate rentals. The center also has bucket zones where there’s no shame in using the buckets to keep your balance while learning. A youth hockey program and figure skating lessons are worth checking out if lots of ice time is your kid’s thing.Childrens Health StarCenter >
Dark Hour Haunted House
One would think a year-round haunted house would be overrun with teenage boys, but apparently it’s teenage girls who are the bigger fans of this spooky hotspot in East Plano. The creators of each Dark Hour production are professionals with one goal: a multi-sensory experience designed to scare guests with frightful, movie set-style productions. St. Patrick’s Slay runs the evenings of March 13-14 and involves leprechauns, trolls, goblins and of course, lots of jump scares.Dark Hour Haunted House >
For an outing parents enjoy as much as the kids, head to PINSTACK in Plano or Allen. Both locations have bowling, bumper cars, a ropes course, rock climbing wall, giant foosball, video games, virtual reality and laser tag. The restaurant offers chef-driven American cuisine, and the bar has 24 draft beers and 12 wines on tap. Consider this your break from spring break.PINSTACK >
Newly opened, Strike + Reel is located in Garland off George Bush Turnpike, just a few minutes’ drive from Plano. Strike + Reel combines the best of an all-ages entertainment venue (think laser tag, bowling, arcade, rock climbing wall and more) with a full restaurant and bar, plus an eight-screen cinema. Relax in heated reclining loungers, catch a new release and treat the kiddos to a chocolate sundae while you sip a craft beer or cocktail. Movies are just $5 every Tuesday; XD movies are $7.Strike+Reel >
Summit Climbing Gym
With 5,000 square feet of bouldering and 20,000 square feet of top-rope, lead and auto-belay climbing, Summit Climbing Gym is the largest gym in DFW, and we’re lucky to have it smack in the middle of Plano. Summit is great for teens who want a place to hang with friends while having some independence from mom and dad. Friday nights are discounted Student Nights. Summit is also offering spring break camp that includes team building activities, staff instruction and of course, lots of climbing time.Summit Climbing Gym >
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