Children can earn a free ice cream treat by completing activities in the adventure guidebook

The fireworks are nearly over but the summer fun is just beginning to explode. McKinney Main Street and the City of McKinney invite children of all ages to get outdoors and explore everything that the community has to offer with the Downtown McKinney Kids Explorers Club.

Kids can pick up their free club passport beginning July 4 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee St. (hours vary, please call 972-547-2650) or at any McKinney Chick-fil-a location, 2011 W University Dr., 6201 Eldorado Pkwy., and 8700 State Highway 121.

The passport includes an Official Adventure Guide filled with 14 self-directed activities such as making a catapult, telling jokes and learning fun kitchen skills. Kids are invited to bring proof of completing the adventure, which varies depending on the activity, to an Explorer Station in downtown to receive a special activity sticker.

“Kids and families will have a blast exploring Historic Downtown McKinney with a variety of fun and free activities,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of MPAC and McKinney Main Street. “The Downtown McKinney Kids Explorer Club offers a great opportunity for children and adults to spend time together, learn more about our community and enjoy activities you don’t necessarily need to spend money on.”

Explorer Station sponsors include McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Groovy Coop, Texas Monkey Business, Ettiene Market, Antique Company Mall, Main Street Magic and Fun Company, 540 Mercantile, Collin County History Museum, Kitchenwares on the Square, The Canine Cooking Company,Chestnut Square Historic Village, McKinney Knittery, McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney Libraries: John and Judy Gay and Roy and Helen Hall.

Downtown McKinney Explorers have until Aug. 12 to complete their activities. Explorers who earn all 14 stickers can redeem a free ice cream at participating Chick-Fil-A locations.