The Best Things to Do with Kids in Frisco, TX
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This is an article on things to do with kids in Frisco, TX including kid-friendly restaurants in Frisco and where to stay.
Frisco, TX is about 20 minutes north of Dallas and is part of the larger DFW metroplex. But it really is a destination all its own. From one-of-a-kind museums to cool street art, there are so many things to do with kids in Frisco. There’s a reason they call it the city that plays!
Disclaimer: Our trip [and this blog post] was sponsored in its entirety by Visit Frisco but all opinions are our own. We genuinely enjoyed these fun things to do in Frisco and are excited to share them with you guys!
If you’re planning your own road trip, be sure to check out our Family Road Trip Packing List!
Here is a list of things to do with kids in Frisco!
- National Videogame Museum
- Sci-Tech Discovery Center
- Frisco Heritage Center & Museum
- National Soccer Hall of Fame
Things to Do With Kids in Frisco – Museums
Museums almost always top our list of fun things to do but especially in Frisco. They don’t have your typical museums but instead the city features unique, interactive venues that the family is sure to love. These are some of our favorite kids activities in Frisco.
National Videogame Museum
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
There is a reason the National Videogame Museum is first on our list. Of all the things to do in Frisco with kids, this one was the family favorite. It’s probably obvious from the name but the National Videogame Museum is a museum of video games. They detail the history of video game consoles, the games themselves, and even the industry as a whole. But it’s so much more than that.
They also have working consoles from every time period you can imagine. Want to play an old-school Nintendo? They’ve got that. Want to school your kids in Donkey Kong or relive your glory days as the neighborhood Street Fighter champion? You can do that here too!
The highlights of the venue are its retro arcades. Admission includes 10 game tokens to play in a traditional arcade that will convince you that you’ve been transported back to the ’90s [complete with dim lighting and neon signs too]. From Pacman to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk to Mortal Kombat, they’ve got it. This is for sure one of the most fun kids activities in Frisco.
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
TrainTopia, created by the Museum of the American Railroad, is another unique addition to the list of things of fun things to do in Frisco. Railroads have a special significance to the city of Frisco, as they are the backbone of the city’s founding history. The Museum of the American Railroad does that heritage justice by collecting and presenting artifacts of the industry.
A visit to TrainTopia has two parts. The first is its large [and stunningly beautiful] toy train exhibit. The exhibit, gifted by the Sanders family, features detailed models of the family’s memories. You can visually travel from downtown Dallas in the 1970s to a drive-in movie theater in Palo Duro Canyon and beyond. Every detail is intricately mapped out with subtle nods to the history of the area and also the trains themselves. And, of course, it wouldn’t TrainTopia if there weren’t tons of toy trains throughout.
If you’d like to see the real deal, the second part of TrainTopia features a guided tour of their historic locomotives and rolling stock collection of trains. It is a small upcharge from the admission but totally worth it.
We are not “train aficionados” but had a blast at this place. If you aren’t a train lover going in, you’ll definitely be one coming out. Highly recommend TrainTopia as one of the fun things to do in Frisco.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
If you’re looking for an interactive science museum, then the Sci-Tech Discovery Center is the spot for you. It’s on this list of things to do with kids in Frisco because of how hands-on its exhibits are. They have several longstanding exhibits like Up, Up, and Away [a bubble station] and the Air Pressure Zone where you can propel objects down a race track using air. But they also have a rotating zone in the Maker Studio where construction and creativity meet.
Frisco Heritage Center & Museum
6499 Page St., Frisco, TX 75034
Our family is a huge fan of historical parks [like the one we visited when exploring things to do with kids in Waco]. If your family is too, then a visit to Frisco Heritage Center is a must of fun things to do in Frisco. The on-site Frisco Heritage Museum has tons of exhibits detailing the city’s rise from a train stop to the bustling city it is today.
You can also explore the park and tour the historical buildings, a wooden caboose, a steam locomotive, and so much more. As they say, the Frisco Heritage Center is a great place to “explore the past and imagine the future.”
If you plan to visit more than just one or two of the museums listed here, consider purchasing a Frisco Museum Pass! It’s only $25 and includes admission to museums listed above. Plus, it’s good for a year from the purchase date!
2601 Preston Rd #3011, Frisco, TX 75034
An entire city made for and run by kids? Yes, please! KidZania isn’t quite a museum – there are no artifacts or exhibits – but it is educational and it is definitely an experience. The entire place is designed for kids to explore and participate independently. As such, parents aren’t allowed into the areas, take an active role in the activities, or stand in line on behalf of the kids. Here, parents are practically glorified supervisors [who am I kidding? We’re always that.]
In KidZania, kids can select a profession to learn. There are all kinds of professions available from surgeon to podcaster to airplane pilot. Each one is incredibly hands-on and kids walk through things those in the profession do. For example, the girls visited the surgical center and replaced a patient’s kidney.
For each profession they learn, they earn a salary [with a currency called KidZos] that can be spent in the KidZania city. So much fun and a must-do thing to do with kids in Frisco.
National Soccer Hall of Fame
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033
Are you and your family big soccer fans? Then you’ll definitely want to visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame as one of your kids activities in Frisco. Even if you aren’t big fans, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is lots of fun for everyone!
It gives you a birdseye view of the FC Dallas stadium but that’s not all. There’s also a virtual training booth where your favorite soccer player can teach you the ins and outs of the game. Everything is personalized to you so you can even create your own jersey.
Things to Do With Kids in Frisco – Art
I Heart Frisco
The city has several “I Heart Frisco” art installations throughout the city. Not only does it give you the opportunity to explore the city but it also makes a fantastic photo opportunity. There may be more around the city but we found them at Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco Square, and the Frisco Rail District so start your search there!
You guys know we love street art and Frisco doesn’t disappoint. I believe the majority of the street art is located on Main St. in downtown Frisco. We spotted a “Smile Frisco” mural and a colorful mosaic of Frisco treasures. We also heard of a train mural but there may be others. Venture into the area and you can’t miss it!
Frisco is one of the few cities we’ve visited with a public art program. The Frisco Public Art initiative commissions sculptures that can be placed around the city. Each comes from a unique artist and has its own special story to tell. All the public art sculptures are on a map and turned into a full tour of Frisco Square. You can download a copy of the Frisco Square Public Art Walking Tour map here and see the Frisco Public Art Story Map here.
Things to Do With Kids in Frisco – Outdoor Activities
The Star in Frisco
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034
Did you know that Frisco is also called Sports City USA? That’s because it is home to seven professional sporting teams including the infamous Dallas Cowboys. [Much to Phil’s chagrin] The love for the Cowboys runs deep in Frisco and there’s no place more evident of that than The Star in Frisco.
This dynamic area features shopping, dining, public art, and more. But most notably for things to do in Frisco with kids, it has an amazing green space for kids to run around. It’s located right outside the Cowboys’ Ford Center so your kiddos will truly feel like a part of the team.
Frisco Junior Ranger Program
If outdoor exploration is right up your kid’s alley, definitely add the Frisco Junior Ranger Program to your list of fun things to do in Frisco. It’s designed for kids ages 5-10 and leads them on a journey through Frisco that will not only introduce them to the city but acquaint them with nature. It comes with an adorable handbook participants can fill out and turn in. When it is completed, they are officially promoted to Frisco Junior Ranger – complete with their own badge!
Kid Friendly Restaurants in Frisco
We didn’t get a chance to eat everywhere in Frisco [although, we’d welcome the chance] but we did get to try many great restaurants. Here is a list of places we visited and thoroughly enjoyed.
5757 Main St. #111 and #112, Frisco, TX 75034
Nerdvana may be a newcomer to the dining scene but it has definitely made its mark as one of the most kid friendly restaurants in Frisco. Patrons can choose their gaming console of choice while chowing down on dining classics like hamburgers, braised beef short ribs, and more. If video games aren’t your thing but you still want a bit of play, they offer board games too!
6725 Winning Dr., Frisco, TX 75034
I may or may not be drooling as I type this out but Tupelo Honey is one of the best kid friendly restaurants in Frisco. In fact, it might be one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.
They serve breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner with traditional yummy Southern cuisine. Meatloaf, biscuits, fried green tomatoes, and of course fried chicken are all served here – even for the kids’ meals. I’m sure the entire menu is delicious but please order the banana pudding [and thank me later].
3401 Preston Rd. #16, Frisco, TX 75034
Despite the name, Biscuit serves so much more than just biscuits. They are open for breakfast and lunch but breakfast is where their meals really shine. What makes it one of the top kid friendly restaurants in Frisco is its spectacular pancakes and crepes. Our girls were particular fans of the fruity pebbles pancake and the strawberry cheesecake crepes.
Herd & Hearth
1549 Legacy Dr., Frisco, TX 75034
Herd & Hearth is actually located in our new favorite hotel, The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. They’re only open for breakfast so this kid friendly restaurant in Frisco is for the early risers. But what a great breakfast it is! Their menu offers an elevated spin on breakfast with dishes like chilaquiles, rose-scented french toast, and smoked brisket hash. If your kids have a taste for food with a flavorful profile this restaurant is the one for you!
Top Golf Swing Suite
1549 Legacy Dr., Frisco, TX 75034
Top Golf Swing Suite is yet another dining option in The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. It’s described as an immersive social experience but in plain terms, it is the most fun, interactive, kid friendly restaurant in Frisco. You can play hockey, carnival games, and even zombie dodge ball while nibbling on some Tex-Mex dishes in your own private suite.
The Cookie Society
9320 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
If a cookie shop doesn’t count as a kid friendly restaurant in Frisco then what does? Cookie Society is no ordinary cookie shop either. Their gourmet cookies are as big as your kids’ heads and come in both unique flavors [like banana pudding] and traditional ones [like chocolate chip]. Their cookies [and cinnamon rolls] are absolutely delicious. They were even selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2020!
Things to Do With Kids in Frisco – Where to Stay
The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa
During our visit to Frisco, we stayed at The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa and cannot recommend it more! Their restaurant options are simply delicious and since it is a golf resort, the grounds are immaculate. Although we didn’t get to try it, I’ve heard rave reviews about their spa as well.
The heart of the property, their rooms, are top-notch too. Each room is incredibly spacious, with comfortable bedding, and one of the nicest hotel bathrooms I’ve seen.
That’s it for the list of things to do in Frisco with kids! What was your favorite?