Safe-at-Home & Outdoor Fun

McKinney neon sign for websiteThe 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."

DIY from Local Businesses

Walls of Clay is offering Pottery-to-Go/Paint at Home kits. Just order a kit (or two or three!) online, have the kids paint it, and when everything opens up again, just run it to the shop to have it fired to finish it off.  Curbside pick-up at Hugs Cafe, 224 E. Virginia) or have it shipped directly to you. 

The Board Bar in downtown McKinney has a DIY To-Go kit. You can pick them up at Hugs Cafe curbside or have it shipped. Order from their website where you can check out all the great projects you can do there.

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.

butterfly flowersHeard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary - The Heard is open to allow people to enjoy the outdoors by walking the nature trails, but asks that guests practice physical distancing guidelines. All organized educational programming has been rescheduled and/or canceled until the current situation changes. Check out their Facebook page for virtual tours, nature storytime, and other educational programming.

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

StopNDD Opens in new window'End Nature Deficit Disorder'

A great online source of ideas for "putting an end to Nature-Deficit Disorder" can be found at This webpage provides a wealth of suggestions and information about the benefits of getting kids outside, exploring nature, and integrating education with nature.

Virtual Concerts

McKinney Musician Relief Fund Watch Parties - Popular McKinney musicians performed from their homes on weekends in April. All of the videos are available on the project Facebook page. The concerts helped to raise funds to support McKinney musicians who are negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

michael cook_nLive-Streaming Concerts - Places where folks love going to enjoy live music aren’t able to offer that right now, sadly. Lone Star Wine Cellars was one of the first businesses that 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. 

The following businesses support live music and are hosting live-streaming concerts on their Facebook pages:

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.