Friday, August 30, 2013

things to do in and around Frisco, Texas

This is a wagon in the museum.
Recently I visited Frisco with my family.  A forty-minute drive from Dallas, it's a great little day trip for any one in or around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Frisco is one of the fastest growing towns in Texas and even America, and it's chock full of wonderful activities for families and kids of all ages.

Spot #1:

    First, I'd recommend a trip to old downtown Frisco, filled with unique boutiques and quirky little shops, a vast library, and a beautiful new museum, The Frisco Heritage Center.
The center is large enough to be interesting, but small enough to be covered in an hour/hour and a half, so it's perfect if you want to see other attractions in the area as well. Plus, it's quite a bargain, $4 for anyone over 12, and $2 for anyone younger. One of my family's favorite parts of the museum was the 'rooms'. Several sections of the museum were furnished authentically as a Victorian Parlor, a 1960's living room(complete with a tv showing reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and Dragnet.) Then there was an 80's den complete with an Atari and some ancient Nintendo games that were predecessors to the Wii and the D.S. You could play them, as they were in good condition.(No doubt they were lovingly preserved by some fully grown 40-something video game addict) =)

 There was also an exhibit on World War Two that I thoroughly enjoyed, a replica of a beauty parlor that was probably in use during FDR' s administration, a small media room showing clips of old movies, quilt displays, and a mock garden toddlers could play in. Outdoors there are several old homes, a tiny vintage church, and a school, all of which can be toured, but ONLY on the third Sunday of a month, which kinda stinks if you wanted to see them any other day. All in all, however, the museum offered an interesting view on life in Frisco years ago. The center's website is here, and, if you're planning a trip, remember that it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Helpful tip: Adjacent to the center is a restaurant called Babe's Chicken Dinner House, so if you go around lunch or dinner time, you'll have a place to eat, right next door! Their website is here.
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Spot #2:

Shop at IKEA!

Frisco boasts one of the largest Ikea' s, and it is a lot of fun to tour the model rooms, browse the kid's section,try Swedish dishes in the restaurant, and look around the HUGE store, which also features an indoor playground for toddlers. Plus, you can pretend you're a Food Network star in the model kitchens!! :P

Next, add flour, sugar, and the beaten egg, stirring gently...:)


I want our homeschool room to look like this!!
Here's Ikea Frisco's website.
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Spot #3
There's an attractive new bowling alley called The Strikz, which my family loved. (I personally don't enjoy bowling whatsoever, but read on to see what I liked.) The cool thing about this place, however, was that it had a new, (clean!) arcade, laser tag play zone, laser target shooting range ,and a restaurant. So there's something for everyone, even the non-bowlers. :) Here's the website.

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