McKinney water tower_support localThe McKinney community is pulling together like never before in the face of this unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. With people working remotely from home and restaurants now closed to public dining-in, we’ve searched the internet to find some great activities to enjoy with your family and support local small businesses, too, while observing "social distancing."

Go for a Walk, Hike, or Bike 

City Parks - McKinney has so many wonderful wide-open spaces that allow you and your family to practice social distancing while still enjoying nature and fresh air. Check out the city’s extensive trails system and learn where to enjoy activities like fishing and kayaking on the city’s interactive parks map.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary - The Heard will be closed from 3 p.m. on March 26 through April 1, and is planning to reopen April 2 at 9 a.m. All organized educational programming has been rescheduled and/or canceled through April 3. Check out their Facebook page for virtual tours, nature storytime, and educational programming.

This article offers some safety tips when enjoying the outdoors amidst this health crisis.

Virtual Concerts

Lolive concert picsne Star Wine Cellars Virtual Live Music -
Places where folks love going to enjoy live music aren’t able to offer that right now, sadly. Lone Star Wine Cellars decided to keep the live music performances going. The different us, rather than having them in-house, you can watch these virtual concert on Facebook.  These "concerts" feature some of the great local musicians who often entertain at the winery.

The beauty of these, of course, is that you may watch them live, or view them at a later time. If watching live, the musicians will often take requests you post in comments. Also, many musicians rely on tips as payment when performing live. If you’d like to tip them, just comment and they may provide a name so you can send a tip via Venmo or PayPal. 

Scavenger Hunts

McKinney Downtown Gems - McKinney has all kinds of gems hidden in plain sight. Drive or walk around places in town to see how many of these you can find. And you’ll learn some fun facts about McKinney in the process! 

Munzee - This McKinney-based QR code scavenger hunt gets its players out and about all over the world. The QR code stickers are hidden in the real world and players capture them with cell phones to earn points. Whether you are a casual player, an avid explorer, or a hardcore competition enthusiast, Munzee helps you rediscover the world around you. (Download the game in the Apple Store or Google Playstore.)

History Walks

Chestnut square chapel_useChestnut Square Heritage Village - The staff and volunteers at Chestnut Square aren’t giving in-person tours right now. Thanks to signs located around the village, you can still learn t some interesting facts about the houses and other buildings. Not only will you learn McKinney history, but you’ll also be outside, enjoying the fresh air while strolling around the beautiful grounds. 

Pecan Grove Historic Cemetery - This beautiful historic cemetery has been the main cemetery for McKinney since 1870.  There is a Potters’ Field Cemetery on the south that is actually a part of this cemetery and the Ross Colored Cemetery, which has a separate charter, is in the southeast section of the cemetery grounds.