One of the things we love most about Wylie is that it is so very family friendly. With great schools, friendly neighbors, and a community that cares about each other, it’s a wonderful place to raise a family. There’s also a lot going on around town right now, particularly as we leave the heat of summer behind us and head into fall. I’ve put together a list of things to do in Wylie with kids. I hope you find something new to try with your family!
Storytime at Smith Public Library
There are libraries all over the place, but there’s something special about Smith Public Library! This cool building has a huge children’s section and a designated storytime space. It’s very popular, and with good reason…not only is the location a lot of fun, but the actual storytime sessions are perfectly geared towards little kids (ages infant through 5-years-old). Starting in October, the library will be offering a sensory-friendly storytime experience for kids pre-k through 2nd grade.
City of Wylie Municipal Complex Trail
Once storytime is over, let kids run around outside – the City of Wylie Municipal Complex Trail is right next to the library and can be accessed from the same parking lot. The trail is paved and easy for walking, biking, and pushing a stroller. It’s about 1.5 miles long and a great way to get the kids out to stretch their legs. This trail is centrally located, and the fact that it’s next to the library makes it extra convenient. You can check out some books and then gor a walk, all before naptime!
Rock Climb at the Rec Center
Now that you’ve been to story time and gone for a hike, take kids next door to the Wylie Recreation Center for some rock climbing! You’ll need to be a member to climb, but membership gets you more than just an opportunity to climb. Members get to take advantage of everything else the center has to offer, including games, free play and open gym opportunities, and great childcare for littles (while Mom and Dad work out).
All kids love lions and tigers, and you have the chance to get up close and personal with lions, tigers, and more…right here in Wylie, Texas! In-Sync Exotics is a big cat sanctuary known across the country for rescuing big cats and providing them with lifelong homes. They are open on weekends for the public. You can get their schedule and find upcoming events here.
Visit the Pirate Park
OK, it’s real name is Founder’s Park, but most kids I know call it the Pirate Park! A large playground, complete with a pirate ship fort, is located at Founder’s Park. There are many parks in Wylie. You can find one near you here. But trust me on this one…the “Pirate Park” is where it’s at.
Another fun playground can be found at Olde City Park, which is located in Downtown Wylie.
Get a Sweet Treat in Downtown Wylie
No day out is complete without a treat, right? Take the kids to Downtown Wylie for something sweet. You’ve got lots of options.
Panaderia la Esperanza is the place to go for Pan Dulce.
Stop in at The Blend on Ballard, a couple doors down, for cookies or muffins (they also serve breakfast and lunch to go, AND have a cute boutique!).
Shoemaker & Hardt is perfect if the grown-ups want coffee, but the kids want cookies.
Feeling fancy? Skip on over to Say it With Sugar Cake Shop for cookies, cake pops, and cupcakes.
If you’re craving ice cream, you’ll find Wylie’s popular ice cream shop, OMG Creamery, the place to be.
See a Movie
Take the kids to a movie at Wylie B&B Theatres. B&B even has a theater with a play structure in it for busy toddlers (and little kids) who can’t sit through an entire movie. Another cool thing they do is offer sensory-friendly movie experiences.
Local Wylie Events
Wylie has family-friendly events taking place all year long. People come from all over North Texas for some of these! Here’s a list of the most popular events in Wylie:
- September – September is rodeo season! The Wylie Championship Rodeo takes place every September.
- October – Celebrate Halloween (and go trick-or-treating!) in Downtown Wylie with Boo on Ballard. Check Discover Wylie for the date.
- December – The Holiday Train rolls into town for a day or two in December. If you have a train lover in the family, you won’t want to miss it!
- May – May means Pedal Car races! This is a popular event every year. Kids ages 3-5 can participate in the pedal car races for free.
- July – Bluegrass on Ballard is everyone’s favorite event for live music, activities for kids, and a vintage car show.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Wylie with kids? Let us know!