Visit dinosaurs, play sand volleyball and more: Things to do in McKinney in August 2019


Here are events taking place in McKinney this month.

Aug. 10: Celebrate back to school

Guests travel back in time to learn about one-room schoolhouses. Story time, games, a scavenger hunt and refreshments are available. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972-562-8790.

Aug. 10: Admire oil paintings

Kim Guthrie Art Studio and Gallery and the McKinney Wine Merchant feature 20 oil paintings of buildings in McKinney. The paintings will be available for viewing and purchase. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free (to attend). Kim Guthrie Art Studio and Gallery, 115 W. Virginia St., McKinney, McKinney Wine Merchant, 120 W. Virginia St., McKinney.

Aug. 13: Eat chocolate, drink tea

During this event guests enjoy a chocolate fountain with fruits and other snacks. A chocolate hazelnut tea is also served. Guests should purchase tickets in advance. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $25. Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-569-6909.

Aug. 14-15: Attend school

Students return to school at Prosper ISD on Aug. 14 and Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD on Aug. 15. Times and locations vary.,,

Aug. 17: Compete in a sand volleyball tournament

The first annual Live Your Legacy Sand Volleyball Tournament includes competitive and recreational games. Players compete in a six-person recreational volleyball tournament or a four-person competitive tournament. Players must be 18 years or older. 5-9 p.m. $25 (single player), $125 (team). The Beach at Craig Ranch, 6145 Alma Road, McKinney. 214-843-3835.

Aug. 24: Listen to live music

Brothers Glenn and Alex Peterson perform their signature “funk-laced style” of blues and soul music, according to the McKinney Performing Arts Center’s website. The Peterson Brothers have been opening acts for Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr. and Willie Nelson. 8-10 p.m. $15 (children and students ages 6-22), $20 (seniors age 65 and older), $25 (adults). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.

Aug. 31: Watch ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’

The Apex Centre invites residents to watch “Wreck-It Ralph 2” at the center’s outdoor pool. Guests can enter the pool at 7 p.m. with the movie beginning at dusk. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended. 7-11 p.m. $5 (per person). Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road, McKinney.

Aug. 31-Feb. 17: Roam with the dinosaurs

Guests travel along a half-mile trail to view 10 animatronic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex. This year’s exhibit also features a fossil dig. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tue.-Sat.), 1-5 p.m. (Sun.), closed Mon. Prices vary. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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