I took my family to Dallas to watch my grandkids play summer sporting events (a swim meet and baseball). We spent a good part of the weekend enjoying some kids attractions and activities in Frisco and Plano.

swim meet with grandson
Grandson playing baseball
Swim meet with granddaughter

Frisco is loaded with fun things for kids to do ranging from excellent bike trails to Frisbee golf and kayaking. There’s also stand-up paddleboarding, climbing walls, adventure parks, and more. One weekend, we decided to check out iFly, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, PINSTACK, and the National Videogame Museum.

A Visit to the National Videogame Museum

I once considered myself the pinball wizard and master of videogames. Therefore, our first stop for this fun kids activities weekend was the National Videogame Museum in Frisco. I had a blast, and so did the grandkids.

Some museums can be a tad boring and stuffy, but that’s not the case with the National Videogame Museum. Some of what it has to make for a fun visit for everyone includes: a thirty-foot-long counter with playable game consoles, several computers, an authentic 80s style operating arcade, the world’s largest pong console (that alone was enough to get me to want to go), and lots of videogame history, To learn more, read our article about a visit to the National Videogame Museum.

Pong at the National Videogame Museum

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center is in the same building with the National Videogame Museum. That means we had to drop in and check it out, and we’re glad we did.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center inspires hands-on discovery experiences in the essential areas of science, math, and technology for kids of all ages and backgrounds. There are several permanent exhibits (such as Nano, Bodies in Balance, and Coordination Station). Plus, there are several special exhibits.

Here is a link to an article about our visit to the Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

Skydiving at iFly in Frisco

After the early morning swim meet and baseball game, we took the grandkids to let them try indoor skydiving at iFly in Frisco.

iFly gives anyone from 3 to 103 an opportunity to try skydiving, and it’s a blast. After a short lesson on flying positions and hand signals, the grandkids and my daughter put on flight suits, helmets, and goggles. Then, they stepped into the waiting area to go on their first skydiving flight in a 45′ wide and 14′ tall wind tunnel experiencing speeds up to 185 miles an hour! The instructor told our grandson to step into the tunnel with him for his first flight.

Click on the link to learn more about indoor skydiving at iFly in Frisco.

grandson skydiving at iFly
flying with iFly instructor
instructor at iFly

Bowling at PINSTACK in Plano

After one of those games, we stopped by PINSTACK to knock some bowling pins around, enjoy some appetizers and drinks, and take advantage of the arcade and other attractions.

climbing a wall at PINSTACK

PINSTACK is a tech-savvy 50,000-square-foot entertainment complex loaded with fun things to do, a couple of bars, and a New American bistro. In addition to state-of-the-art bowling, you’ll find a climbing wall, laser tag, an arcade with 100 games, bumper cars, a ropes course, two bars with lots of local craft beers, and a restaurant with a variety of options.

Read about why we loved PINSTACK and can’t wait to go back again.

After all that, I went home and slept for a week!

Mike Sharp
Author: Mike Sharp

I have a passion for travel and outdoor activities, and now I'm enjoying retired life. I will continue my traveling, golfing, boating, and enjoying life all across the great state of Texas.

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