Anyone ready for the heat of summer to be over? Hang in there, August is almost over! Here are some happenings to keep you moving, and to make your tummy happy for the next few weeks.


August Dollar Days continue at the Dallas Arboretum: $1 admission, $5 parking, and $1 admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, plus $1, $2, and $4 snacks!

Moonlight Mondays
August 7 & 14 from 7-9pm at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center outdoor pool. $2 per person (ages 3 and up).

Free Student Heart Screenings
Living for Zachary has partnered with Walgreens and Frontera to offer in North Texas through August 25. The screenings will be held at four designated Walgreens locations in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano. There is a $50 deposit via paypal to reserve an appointment. This charge will be refunded/voided when testing is completed or if you notify us of cancellation at least 48 hours in advance of your testing date. The 20 minute testing includes an ECG, Echocardiogram and Blood Pressure Check.

Play in the Park
Willowcreek Park (2101 Jupiter Road)
Wednesday, August 9, 9-10am
Heart-pumping games like limbo, tag, relay races and more, plus free popsicles! No sign up necessary. For more information, call the Park & Rec department at 972-941-7250. Photo from the City of Plano.

Sizzling Summer Skate
Dr. Pepper StarCenters:
Plano – August 12, 1-2:30pm | Frisco – August 18, 7:15-8:45pm | Richardson – August 19, 12:45-2:30pm 7 and 7-9pm
$2.50 admission and $2.50 skate rental plus giveaways and contests

Zip Line Day
Heard Museum, McKinney
August 12, 1-4pm
Climb a 23ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487 ft. zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-reservations required.

Choctaw Lazy River Pool Party
Frisco Rough Riders
Thursday August 17 & 31

Melon Dash
August 19, 7:45am
Towne Lake Park Recreational Area, McKinney
Enjoy a run through McKinney neighborhoods. Participants will be greeted at the finish with cool towels and refreshments including watermelon, of course.  Live music & food. Benefiting the League of Animal Protectors. 

Kayak Power River Trip
Saturday, August 19, 9am
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Kayak Power will provide equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Contact [email protected] or 214-669-1663 for information. Reservation required.

Dog Days Relay
August 26, 8am with a Kids K at 9:30am
Bob Woodruff Park
A 3 person X 3K relayRelay team, preregistration on their website.


Groupon Alert! $60 for a one-year Costco membership which includes at $20 Costco Cash Card. We buy a ton of organics (fruit, dairy, coffee, meat) and other high-quality products (great wine deals) at Costco (like the stuff in my cart photo, above)

New Food:

  • The Keeper is now open at Shops at Legacy. Read about this new seafood restaurant in Plano Profile
  • Mesero opened at Legacy West, read about it in Plano Profile
  • Madina Market should be opening soon at 1409 Shiloh Rd, a grocery store selling a variety of international foods.

Art & Wine Walk
Downtown Plano
Thursday August 10, 5pm
Once checked in, attendees embark on a tasting tour of the Plano Arts District. While enjoying wine samples at each participating location, participants keep track of the locations they visit on their Art & Wine Walk passports.

Farmers’ Markets

  • Downtown: North parking area of the Plano Municipal Center on Municipal Ave. and Ave. K. Sundays 10am-3pm, year round. It’s recommended that you park at City Hall
  • Shops at Willow Bend: North (food court) parking lot of Willow Bend Mall (6121 W. Park Blvd) Saturdays 9am-2pm.


Registration for Park & Rec fall classes is now open. Swim, hike, dance, do tai chi and yoga, brush up on computer skills, paint, sew, kayak or learn to paint. 

PSA fall team sports registration is open for outdoor soccer, volleyball and football

There is still time to register for fall Pickleball and Short-Field Soccer thru Plano Park & Rec.