If you’re looking for fun ways to spend your summer break, without the hassle of squeezing into an overbooked airplane or packing up the gas-guzzling SUV, you may have already reached your destination.
The City of Frisco is offering residents a wide variety of summertime activities, aimed at all ages, with all types of interests. While many younger Frisco citizens might spend some of the hottest days in the cool confines of the Frisco Athletic Center, their grandparents can keep their calendars booked solid with trips, contests and technology classes at the Senior Center.
Consider signing up for any of these fun, sometimes free, often educational, summer activities.
Frisco Fire Safety Town: Summer Safety Education Programs will take place each weekday from June 17-August 16. Topics vary, but participants will learn about how first-responders make our homes and community safer. Programs are for students who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Advance registration is necessary and can be done online. All classes are free. Visit the website to get more details or to register.
Friday nights are Family Nights at Frisco Fire Safety Town, from June 14-August 23, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bike and Jeep rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be plenty of other activities in the complex’s mini-buildings. All ages are welcome, and it’s free. The website has more details.
Junior Police Academy: If your children are interested in experiencing law enforcement – from the right side of the law – consider enrolling them in the Frisco Police Department’s annual Junior Police Academy (JPA) summer camp. JPA cadets will learn how police do their jobs and get the chance to practice some new skills in challenging exercises.
Each cadent will participate in a one-week academy class and meet members of the Frisco Police Special Operations unit (SWAT), 911 operators, crime scene investigators, jailers and officers who work in the traffic division. JPA encourages youth to be partners in building a safer community.
JPA is open to students who live in Frisco or attend Frisco ISD. Eligible cadets must be entering 7th or 8th grades, and the academy is free. Submit JPA applications to your child's school or the Frisco Police Department.
Frisco Freedom Fest: If you’ve attended Frisco’s much-anticipated Freedom Fest in the past, July 4 is probably already highlighted on your summer calendar. Don’t miss this patriotic party at Simpson Plaza and FC Dallas Stadium on Independence Day.
Party on the Plaza, including the popular Children’s Expo and Community Stage, begins at 4 p.m. An FC Dallas soccer game also is scheduled across the street. Enjoy the offerings of local restaurants during Taste of Frisco and stay for the fireworks, one of the best shows in North Texas. Watch for more details on the city’s Facebook page.
Parks and Recreation Department programs: Learn more about the dozens of classes and camps aimed at children and adults. Some of the classes/camps are traditional favorites, such as swimming, dancing, art and soccer. But check out the less-expected options, too. Kids can learn the basics of designing the next generation of video games, or find out what it’s like to be an environmental engineer or a future fashion designer.
If you’re a working parent or just a mom and dad eager for their kids’ summer to be filled with physical and mental exercise (far away from a TV), you probably want to investigate Kidventure. All-day summer camps are planned for each week of the vacation break. Taking place at Frisco Athletic Center, each week will center on a different theme: safaris, exploring pyramids, underwater adventure. Read more and register early if you’re interested.
Frisco Public Library: High summer temperatures also make quiet, indoor activities appealing, especially when they come in the form of a challenge. The Frisco Public Library and Mayor Maher Maso are encouraging Frisco parents to keep kids reading over the summer and prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” a loss of skills from the previous school year.
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge kicks off June 7. Reading logs for children and adults will be available at the library or online. Also, check out the library’s website for regular story times and special events such as: Mad Science, a School of Rock concert for teens and many adult programs.
Of course, the summer is also about ‘free-form’ fun. Look beyond scheduled events and explore Frisco’s ever-expanding array of parks. The Stage 3 water restrictions require the city to keep two of its spray parks closed for the next few months, but the Frisco Commons facility will open in mid-June. Even without water, the parks are a lot of fun, offering opportunities to enjoy a picnic in the shade, great climbing challenges and wide-open spaces to kick balls or race dogs.