Sunday, September 20, 2015

Heritage Association of Frisco Third Sunday Open House

This summer, my kids earned free passes to the Frisco Heritage Museum through the Frisco Library summer reading program.

We have been to this museum before a few times and the museum is good for all ages (see my previous write-up here). Outside of the museum are some historical buildings and replicas maintained by the Heritage Association of Frisco that are only open to the public on the third Sunday of every month. We had never made it to the museum on a third Sunday before, so we decided today would be the day.

In addition to the buildings being open for tours, some other activities were advertised on the website:

SEPTEMBER 20. Third Sunday Open House. Go Team! A spirited event featuring cheerleading demonstrations, face painting, and football toss with local high school athletes. Make a megaphone at our craft table. Enter the coloring contest, watch the blacksmiths work and tour historic structures. Frisco Heritage Center, 1-4 p.m.

The historical buildings and the activities onsite are free to the public during the Third Sunday Open House each month. (The indoor Frisco Heritage Museum charges an admission fee if you don't have the library passes.)

We arrived about 1:30 p.m. and started in the old church. Frisco ISD cheerleaders stood outside of each building explaining what was inside. A Heritage Association volunteer was inside the church to explain its history.

Next, we moved on to an old Victorian house from the late 1800s. Again, we were welcomed by cheerleaders.

The tour guide inside walked us through the downstairs rooms and explained some features of the house (a fireplace in every room, an ice box in the kitchen).

Next, we headed inside another house to the craft table where the kids made some megaphones. More Frisco ISD high-schoolers were on-hand to help.

In a different historic house, we enjoyed an animal presentation by Grisham Farms. We met a bunny, hedgehog, guinea pig, python, chinchilla, two birds and a bearded dragon.

Outside, a cheer team was demonstrating cheers, and high school boys were available for football tossing.

A face painter was inside another building.

The blacksmith shop was open with ongoing demonstrations.

And the jail--the ceiling is only 5'8" high! The location on this site is very close to its original location in Downtown Frisco.

The kids enjoyed playing school in the schoolhouse:

And we spent some time by the trains.

We spent so much time in the historic buildings and doing the activities that we decided to skip the indoor museum and save it for another time.

I was surprised at how few people were at this event! Usually if there is any event that advertises free face painting for kids, the line is out the door.

Check out the free events here in the coming months:

OCTOBER 18. Third Sunday Open House. Pets & Pumpkins! Join us for pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling and other games and crafts. Watch square dancers in the old train depot and blacksmiths at their forge. Hear the story of the Crozier house ghost read aloud on the second floor of this Victorian home. Frisco Heritage Center, 1-4 p.m. Animal rescue groups will have adoptable pets that are looking for a home.

NOVEMBER 14. SHAWNEE TRAIL COWBOY DAY. Gather the Herd and come to this rootin’ tootin’ annual event. The good guys and bad guys shoot it out in a dramatic mock gunfight; stagecoach rides; entertainment; petting zoo, and everyone’s favorite ARMADILLO RACES. 11-4pm, Frisco Heritage Center.

NOVEMBER 15. Third Sunday Open House Mayor Maso Mayor Maso will Pardon Tom Turkey at 2 p.m. in the Depot. Join us for hayrides; seasonal games and crafts; live animal show & tell; fiddle music and more at the second annual “Pardoning of Tom Turkey” 1 – 4pm at the Frisco Heritage Center. A lively, fun and FREE event for the whole family.

DECEMBER 20. Santa & Cider. Third Sunday Open House, 1-4pm, Heritage Center. It’s not too late to tell Santa your Christmas wishes. Kids can help make a paper chain to decorate the Heritage Center Christmas tree, and don’t forget the Grinch Dust to be sprinkled in the yard on Christmas Eve. Visitors can enjoy hot apple cider and music in the old Lebanon Church.

Have you been to any of these Third Sunday events at the Frisco Heritage Center? We plan to return for more fun. 


  1. Hi Nancy, Totally off topic but from reading your blog the last couple of days I think your children (some/all?) are adopted from Russia. I have 2 children that were adopted from there as well. I love reading about other adoption adventures and was wondering if you blogged them?

    Thank you for all of the great advice on this blog!

    1. Hi Keri! Yes, my 2 boys were adopted from Russia! I used to have a blog about our adoptions and family life, but I had too many upsetting anti-adoption comments on it so I shut it down. :( Do you live in the Dallas area?