Spring break is just around the corner, starting March 8 for Plano ISD. With the ongoing pandemic, many will choose to stick around town for the week. Thanks to the many safety protocols and precautions that businesses have put into place, there are still plenty of fun activities in and around Plano for kids or entire families to choose from. Here are our top 10 picks.
Children’s Health StarCenter
Spring break camp is being offered by the Children’s Heath StarCenter ice rink in McKinney March 10-12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for kids ages 5-12. The camp includes on-ice sessions with trained coaches, skating aids for beginners and snack time (bring your own snacks). The camp is $110 for all 3 days or $45 for a drop-in day. Public skating for tne entire family is also open in Plano, just be sure to check the schedule in advance.
Though Go Ape isn’t offering a camp for kids, it’s a fun option for the whole family to have some outdoor fun during the school break. Go Ape is a treetop adventure with tree-to-tree crossings, ziplines and giant swings. The youngest age to participate is 10 years old, and the minimum height is 4 feet 7 inches. Maximum weight is 285 pounds. If your child is between 10-15 years old, a participating adult needs to be present.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is offering daily camps March 8-12 from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and pre-registration is required. Camps are for students in grades K-6, with a special camp for grades 3-9 on Friday. The Heard’s focus is the outdoor world, with activities involving reptiles, animal eggs, mammal babies and the wetlands. Older kids will get a behind-the-scenes peek at caring for the animals onsite Friday. The museum will also be open to all visitors 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week, including Monday.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Enjoy the historic Heritage Farmstead Museum with the whole family during spring break. On Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. preschoolers can meet the Farmstead’s sheep, and participate in sheep-themed storytime, crafts and activities. The museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, where the public can visit the new mama pig, her piglets and other animals on the working farm.
Main Event will not be hosting a spring break camp or events, but will be open as usual for indoor fun during that week. Kids with adult supervision can enjoy the arcade games, bowling, laser tag, virtual reality and billiards.
North Texas Performing Arts
North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is offering virtual and in-person theater camps at its Plano, Fairview and Frisco campuses. With options for half-day or full-day, the camps are themed around popular children’s stories and promote learning through creativity. Visual arts activities include painting, pottery, mixed media, cartooning, sculpture, drawing, collage, and printing. Performing arts activities include story dramatization, improvisation, theatre games, movement, and pantomime.
Open as usual during spring break week, Pinstack is a great spot to take your kids. The entertainment center offers all kinds of indoor activities including bowling, a ropes course, laser tag, arcade games, rock climbing walls, bumper cars, giant foosball and a laser maze. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m-2 a.m.
Pipe and Palette
Kids ages 5-12 can learn sculpture, drawing, watercolor and painting at Pipe and Palette’s “Springtime in Paris” themed camp at the Plano location. Camp is hosted March 8-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pipe and Palette will provide a water bottle, art supplies and lunch every day. Each child will bring home their creaions, including paintings, a sculpture, pottery and drawings.
Plano Recreation Centers
There are several half-day spring break camps offered at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, including Artful Explorations, Epic Engineering Disasters, Camp Millionaire and more.
Summit climbing gym offers half-day camp for kids 6 and older March 8-12 in its Plano location. Kids will participate in top-rope climbing, bouldering, climbing games, obstacle courses and more. The gym is also open for anyone to climb that week. They are operating at 50% occupancy, so be sure to check their live capacity tracker online before heading to the gym. The youngest age for climbers is 3 years old.