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The Top 5 Things to Do with Grandkids in Plano, Texas

Located in Plano, Texas, The Legacy Willow Bend has no shortage of things to do on campus. There are fun and engaging activities, exercise and fitness opportunities, plenty of great dining options and the freedom to do as you please. But what do you do when the grandkids come to visit?

Well, there are plenty of amazing things to do in the Plano area. Whether you’re a nature lover, a shopaholic or a just in the mood to try something different, Plano has you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit with young children:

  1. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is one of the nicest parks in North Texas. Located near the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activities. There are paved recreational trails, natural walking trails, designated off-road cycling trails as well as playgrounds and restroom facilities. There is also an observation tower that gives visitors a spectacular view of the city.

For a small fee, the pavilions at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve can be reserved for social or family gatherings, celebrations and other events.

For more information, visit their website or call 972-941-7275 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon-Fri.

  1. KidMania

KidMania is the best family fun center in North Texas for daily play, kids’ birthday parties and group outings! Located in Plano, KidMania is a safe and secure venue with more than 16,000 square feet of frolicking fun for the whole family.

The main attraction, ManiaMaze, features a huge two-story playground maze with five slides, bungee walls, a cave, tunnels, zip-lines, climbing nets, and an isolated toddler-only playground. The ArcadiaMania room has more than 50 of the hottest and most popular arcade games with prize redemptions. There is also a restaurant with a large menu selection, spacious private party rooms and a quiet adults-only “No Mania Parents Mezzanine.” KidMania provides hours and hours of good clean family fun!

To learn more, visit their website or call (972) 517-7800.

  1. Historic Downtown Plano

Downtown Plano is a vibrant community with urban living, performing arts, galleries, event venues, plus unique shops and restaurants that are independently owned and operated. Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, the Plano Station Dart Rail, and Haggard Park, Downtown Plano is a fantastic destination for families and kids of all ages.

To see a list of shops, restaurants and other attractions, you can view the directory.

  1. Escape Room Games

If you haven’t yet heard of them, escape rooms are a type of entertainment where a group of people are locked in a room and told to solve a series of puzzles before they can leave. Typical puzzles involve using logic to solve clues and codes to reveal combinations for padlocks, electronic keypads or other innovative ways of entering solutions. You may also find some physical puzzles where you have to manipulate props to release an object or clue.

Participants have a predetermined amount of time to finish the puzzles to win the game. Winning usually entitles the team to some small prizes, but the thrill of the game is the real prize.

Escape rooms are an ideal experience for you and your grandkids to enjoy together, and there are several in the Plano area, including Escape Expert and Escape Hunt.

  1. Heritage Farmstead Museum

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is a living history site representing the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas. An American Alliance of Museums-accredited institution, the HFM strives to offer a step into the past for people of many ages, interests and backgrounds.

Featuring exhibits, programs and events designed to entertain as well as educate, the Heritage Farmstead Museum offers great times for everyone in the family. You can even rent the farm for special occasions!

To learn more about the Heritage Farmstead Museum, you can visit their website or call (972) 881-0140.