How To Plan A Trip To Frisco, Texas
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we spent a few days with family in the DFW area. We took the last day of our trip to experience all that Frisco, Tx had to offer for our little nuclear family. We still use our trusty Phil & Ted’s double stroller to get around easily with these little guys. If you are looking for family fun you’ll definitely want to check out Frisco, Texas. Read on and discover our take on The Star, Kidzania, The National Videogame Museum and more!
Where To Stay In Frisco, Texas
We stayed at the Residence Inn, Frisco which was so perfect for traveling with kids. We included our first impression of the suite in our travel vlog below.
Frisco Fast Facts
- Frisco is a northern Dallas, TX suburb, which is approximately 24 miles from the city of Dallas
- The city began with cattle drives coming from Austin, TX that traveled north along the Shawnee Trail
- In its early days, Frisco was a retail and shipping point for farmers
- Frisco is part of the Metroplex, it is one of the top metropolitan growth regions in the nation
- Frisco has become home to several retailers, sport franchises, and many other businesses
- The Frisco RoughRiders, FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, and the Texas Tornado are all Frisco sports franchises, along with being the home office and training facility for the National Hockey League Dallas Stars
Frisco is home to the first Kidzania in the United States. Now, KidZania has 28 locations around the world! This specific KidZania is the 29th in the world, but the first in the United States. One of the unique things about KidZania is that it is catered to children ages 5-14, which is amazing if you have multiple children of all ages. A trip to KidZania takes approximately four hours, since there are so many fun things to do, and each experience takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
KidZania is meant to show children how the world works. It takes up over 85,000 square feet and is completely safe to let your kids roam. Your family will enter into the building through a kid run the airport and will be given a matching RFID (or Radio Frequency Identification) bracelet. This makes it possible to hang back and take your time while your children run around learning, but they cannot leave KidZania without the adults they came with. While at KidZania, children are not only encouraged, but required, to play and work independently.
One of the most interesting things about KidZania is how diverse the different vocations that kids can choose from. Children can role-play possible future careers such as police officers, optometrists, nail technicians, and bankers. I love that they teach children real-world economics, financial responsibility, work ethic, and so many other things we learn along the way to the road of becoming an adult.
KidZania even created a Parent’s Lounge for you to sit back and relax in while your children explore. It has TVs, comfy couches, and better yet…it’s quiet. Of course, you can decide to wander around with your kids, but take a few minutes to breathe!
National Videogame Museum
When we decided to visit the National Videogame Museum, I thought of it as an experience for my husband since I am far from being a gamer. Boy was I wrong; it was such a nostalgic exhibit. No matter who you are, you’ll be thrown back to your childhood. This museum strives to preserve the history of video games, with 20 interactive displays, the 80s themed arcade, gaming stations, and more. It holds over 100,000 pieces of video game hardware, software, and memorabilia.
For those going with children, all are welcome. Ages 3 and under are free but make sure they don’t try to break the exhibit because they will feed them to the ogre (their words exactly). The National Videogame Museum is perfect for a rainy day activity or if there are clear skies.
Experience Frisco, Texas for yourself y’all! Anytime is a great time to visit North Texas. The weather is warm or a light coat will have you prepared.
The Star in Frisco is home to the Dallas Cowboys. It is the practice arena for the Cowboys, but it is so much more than just an arena; it is a 91-acre campus all about football, surrounded by the 12,000 seat Ford Center and a stunning new hotel. If you’re visiting, make sure you stop by to get a VIP Guided Tour to experience the Cowboys like never before. On the tour, you’ll hit some of the best attractions around the Star, including the Ford Center, War Room, Nike Star Walk, Grand Atrium, and the Super Bowl Memorabilia & Station.
The Star District is the best place to shop and eat if you are a Cowboys fan. The whole campus is themed around the football team and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy! You’ll find a restaurant to fulfill whatever you’re looking for since there are over 20 different places to check out.
Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway
Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway is an indoor go-kart racing attraction in Frisco. The facility is approximately 50,000 square feet and is meant to accommodate drivers of any age! Keep in mind that at Kartland, all drivers must be at least 48 inches tall and at least 6 years old. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a minor release liability form, but don’t let this detract from a fun day of racing! This experience is as real as it gets, so all go-karts only have one seat.
If you’re planning on visiting for part of a day, I suggest bringing comfortable clothes to wear, if you are not already wearing them. Make sure you have close-toed shoes, but Kartland also rents footwear to those who may forget. If you aren’t planning on racing, you don’t have to pay an entry fee, which is fantastic if you’re a parent watching after the little ones!
Frisco Sports City, U.S.A
Frisco is called Sports City, U.S.A because it is such a sports town. There are seven professional sports teams that are from Frisco; the Dallas Rattlers, the Texas Revolution, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas and Texas Legends. The Frisco sports facilities are state of the art, including the Star, the Dr. Pepper Arena, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark, and the Toyota Stadium. If you have soccer fans in your family, you should definitely stop by the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which opened in October of 2018.
If you are in the DFW (Dallas Ft. Worth) Area looking for a day of family fun, make sure to checkout Frisco. You won’t be disappointed. I didn’t get a chance to check out any historically black landmarks while there but I would give it 7/10 for my initial impression of diversity and inclusion.