As the commencement of lazy summer days gets underway, so does the anticipation for what the next two months has in store. With children and college students celebrating their break from mounds of homework and test preparation, adults look forward to finally spending those reserved vacation days. Now is the perfect time to schedule a range of family-friendly, and, oftentimes, free activities that can be found right here in Collin County. Here is our guide to Collin County summer activities including popular attractions, city events, and cultural outings.

 

ARTS & CULTURE

JUNE 16-25 – GREASE, presented by Repertory Company Theatre (RCT)

It’s time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and come along to the biggest party in Dallas, as Danny (Joe Caskey)  and Sandy (Kim Swarner) fall in love all over again. Performed by RCT’s acclaimed REP Company actors.

LOCATION: Repertory Company Theatre, 650 N Coit #2320 in Richardson

COST: $25 adults, $15 youth; group rates for 10 or more

JUNE 23-JULY 16 – Theatre Britain presents: “Nobody’s Perfect” by Simon Williams

Shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing ‘for women by women’. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle’s identity! Rated: PG13

LOCATION: Cox Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue in Plano

COST: Adults: $23 Students/Seniors (60+): $18 Group discount: 10% for parties of 10 or more

JUNE 23-JULY 2 – Brick Road Theatre presents: “Cabaret”

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through the dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs from this acclaimed masterpiece, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles …

LOCATION: Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue in Plano

COST: $20 for Students & Seniors; $25 for the General Audience

JUNE 28 – My Possibilities presents: “2017 Create Showcase”

This night promises to be one filled with food and entertainment as My Possibilities celebrates its visual and performing artists. The My Possibilities Create Program provides adults with cognitive disabilities the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their talents as professional artists in the community. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue in Plano

COST: $25

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

NOW-AUGUST 14 – Moonlight Mondays at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

Moonlight Mondays occurs every Monday evening from 7 -9 p.m. now until mid-August. The outdoor pool will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. every Monday during the summer.

LOCATION: 5801 West Parker Road in Plano

COST: Outdoor pool admission is $2 per person (ages 3 and up) after 7 p.m.

JUNE 21 – Summer Movie at the Park: Beauty and the Beast

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and get settled in with a showing of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park / P.O.W. Camp, 500 W. College Avenue in Princeton

COST: Free. Popcorn is free; drinks and candy will be available for purchase.

JUNE 24 – Fun with Fostering Open House

Become a foster parent to a shelter animal. The city of Plano is hosting a Fun with Fostering Open House from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for those interested in opening their homes to a shelter pet. Snacks, drinks and face painting will be provided; veteran foster parents will be on hand to answer questions.

LOCATION: 4028 W. Plano Parkway in Plano

COST: Free

Movies in the Park: Star Wars Rogue One

For Rogue One, attendees and their dogs are encouraged to dress up and take part in Star Wars-themed costume contests at 6:30 p.m. A Jedi Training class will be hosted by Roser Martial Arts Center at 7 p.m., and the movie is set to begin at 8 p.m. Food trucks will be on site to sell refreshments.

LOCATION: Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street in Plano

COST: Free

 

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

JULY 1 – Splash & Blast

This 4th of July pre-celebration features live music by Jon Christopher Davis, water slides, food, arts and crafts vendors, games, and a car show starting at 4 p.m. The evening ends with a fireworks show around 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Old Celina Park, 12670 FM 428 in Celina

COST: Free. Parking per car is $5.

Pride in the Sky

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the celebration from 5-10 p.m. It is set to include the Pride of Prosper Charity Softball game, live music, food, car show, games and activities, bounce houses, and a fireworks show.

LOCATION: Frontier Park (located east of Prosper High School), 1551 W. Frontier Parkway in Prosper

JULY 3  July Spectacular

A fun event for the whole family that takes place from 5-10 p.m. There will be a variety of bounce houses, train rides, and a dunking booth. The Range radio station will be broadcasting live and live music will entertain those in attendance, with performances by the Vandoliers Band, the Castro Band, and Reckless Kelly. Foods and arts & craft vendors will be present, as will Carter Blood Care for its blood drive. The event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show scheduled to start at approximately at 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park/P.O.W. Camp, 500 W. College Avenue in Princeton

COST: Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at Princeton City Hall. A $5 wristband is required for the kid’s zone for children 3 and older. There will be a charge of $5 per car for parking, and free shuttle service that runs from 4:30-11 p.m. with a drop-off/pick-up location at Panther Stadium.

Plano Community Band Presents

Kick off the celebration of America with patriotic music and an acknowledgement of Military veterans from 7-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Haggard Park (next to the DART Red line’s Downtown Plano station), 901 E. 15th St. in Plano

COST: Free

JULY 4  Frisco Freedom Fest 2017

Celebrate our nation’s birthday with a family-oriented event that has plenty of food, music, and a 20-minute firework show that starts at 10 p.m. No alcohol or dogs allowed. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. Activities include a Children’s Expo, hamster ball races, multiple zip lines, Euro bungees, a Community Stage with local entertainers, and Hometown Hero Exhibit.

LOCATION: Toyota Stadium, Simpson Plaza at City Hall

City of Richardson’s “Family 4th Celebration”

The traditional event is open to the entire community. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or lawn chairs, and enjoy the evening under the stars. A live performance by Counterfeit Radio takes place at 6:30 p.m., the Richardson Community Band presents its annual Patriotic Salute Concert at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks proceed at 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Breckinridge Park, located just south of the intersection of Renner and Brand roads in northeast Richardson

COST: Free

 

MUSIC

JUNE 23-24  A Midsummer Night’s Rock Musical

“A Midsummer Night’s Rock” is Read Play Love’s newest original musical. When a bunch of mismatched kids are stuck together in a Shakespeare class in summer, a music competition leads them on an unforgettable adventure. Featuring 55 kids ages 3-15, this colorful rockin’ musical tells a story with heart through music with soul. From 7-9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Read Play Love, 1251 S. Sherman Street in Richardson

COST: $5-10; Open House Encore on 6/26 at 2 p.m. is only $10 for the whole family

JULY 1 – Bluegrass on Ballard

Bluegrass on Ballard features top bands, a car show, arts and crafts, and food taking place in historic downtown Wylie, the annual tradition draws citizens and visitors into the heart of the city. The day begins at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, and food and goes through the evening with a 200+ car show and bands performing on stage in Olde City Park from 3-10 p.m.

LOCATION: Ballard Ave. (Hwy. 78 to Brown St.) and Olde City Park in Wylie

COST: Free

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

JUNE 22 – The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Be a part of the Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson where every participant will receive a free lesson and certificate. Occurs 8-8:50 a.m. Register using course #193076.

LOCATION: Jack Carter Outdoor Pool, 2601 Pleasant Valley Drive in Plano

COST: Free