Above: Towne Lake Park
At The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566. Exhibits & talks included in admission. Museum closes at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve (Sat.) and is closed on New Year's Day (Sun.).

(shown, thru Feb. 19) Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and his life-size animatronic dinosaur friends along the nature trails. Regular hours. Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nature Story Time (Friday)
Story times are designed primarily for young children and will introduce a different nature-themed book each week. During some story times, a puppet, live animal or enrichment items are used to enhance the experience. 30-45 minutes depending on the book covered. Included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members. 10:30 a.m.
Collin County Junior Livestock Show (Sunday-Saturday)
Students from FFA chapters and 4-H clubs throughout Collin County will display their hard work during this week-long event held annually at Myers Park Show Barn at 7117 CR 166. 972-679-4749.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic night (Thur.); Buzz Andrews Band (Fri.); Zack King Band (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Love Past Blue plays upstairs (shown), Psychic Night downtowns (Thur.); Rory Payne (Fri.); School of Irish Music, 6-7:30 p.m.; Sluggers Rule, 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Chris Grooms, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; TIMES Irish Music Session, 3-6 p.m.; Bodarks, 6:30-9 p.m.
Hank's Texas Grill: Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (Thur.); Metal Shop (Fri.); Casey Daniels Band (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Greg Hargrove (Thur.); Django Walker (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Live Music (Thur.-Fri.)
TUPPS Brewery: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Wyatt Martin (Thur.); Reigning Nickels (Fri.) Chant Duplantier (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ ​
For discounts and sweepstakes for a weekend in Collin County, visit NorthTexasShopping.com.

Heard-Craig House: 205 W. Hunt. Thursdays at 1 p.m. $10 for Tour & Tea.

Chestnut Square Historic Village: 315 Chestnut. Tour the buildings, 11 a.m.

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy. Open New Year's Eve for tour.

721 Anderson (at the Cotton Mill); Open at 11 a.m.
Click to access the web map or pick up a pocket map at the McKinney CVB visitors center at 200 W. Virginia.
McKinney hotels and B&Bs offer a wide range of options when staying overnight in town. ​​Find lodging links at VisitMcKinney.com
or call the McKinney CVB at
888-649-8499 for assistance.